MEETING TIME: 6:00 pm. LOCATION: Police Station, Community Room. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to order, approve agenda and minutes (5 min); 2. Presentation about charters and key decisions (30 min); 3. Discussion of questions about the Town/themes from outreach (60 min); 4. Discussion of major direction(s) and next steps (30 min); 5. Discussion of comparable communities and research questions (20 min); 6. Preliminary vote on technical pieces of master draft (20 min); 7. Public comment (10 min); 8. Agendas/planning for future meetings (5 min); and 9. Adjourn.
The Charter Commission, elected in 2016, is meeting to prepare a written document which establishes and defines the structure of the government for Amherst. This document, called a Charter, may create local offices, distribute powers, duties and responsibilities among local offices, and may establish and define certain procedures to be followed. Our work must be completed within 18 months of our election, and when completed, the final recommended Charter is submitted to the voters. If approved by the voters, the Charter would serve as Amherst's "constitution".