MEETING TIME: 5:30 pm. LOCATION: Police Station, Community Room. LIST OF TOPICS: Call to order, approve agenda, approve minutes (5 minutes). Public comment (15 minutes). Review list of remaining sections of Charter to finish, discuss timeline (10 minutes). Work on master draft language to harmonize with manager-council form, starting with executive and legislative articles (up to 3 hours). Time permitting, work on language for other articles (may include Executive, School Committee and Other Elected Offices, Elections, Planning). Topics not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours prior to the meeting. Adjourn. Brief meeting of Transition Article working group
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".