MEETING TIME: 5:30 pm. LOCATION: Police Station, Community Room. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to order, approve agenda, approve minutes (5 minutes); 2. Deliberating on & deciding on language of Citizen Participation/Relief elements of draft Charter (approx. 1 hour, 30 minutes); 3. Public comment (15 minutes); 4. Deliberating on & deciding on language of School Committee and Other Elected Offices elements of draft Charter (approx. 1 hour, 20 minutes ); 5. Discuss & comment on one-page summary of current draft charter for workshops (15 minutes); 6. Begin conceptual discussion of administrative organization article of draft Charter (approx. 30 minutes); 7. Listening sessions update (5 minutes); 8. Topics not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours prior to the meeting; 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".