LOCATION: Amherst Police Station, 111 Main St. Community Room. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to order, approve agenda, approve minutes (5 minutes) 2. Responding to public comment (5 minutes) 3. Outreach planning – February-March sessions, other plans (20 minutes) 4. Working groups formation (10 minutes) 5. Calendar planning – timeline and schedule upcoming meetings (15 minutes) 6. Discuss mayor vs. manager executive branch (55 minutes) 7. Public comment (10 minutes) 8. Topics not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours prior to the meeting
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".