MEETING TIME: 5:30 pm. LOCATION: Police Station Community Room. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to order, approve agenda (5 minutes) 2. Public comment (15 minutes) 3. Review and edit master draft language (all articles and introduction) (3 hours, 10 minutes) 4. Topics not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours prior to the meeting 5. Planning: the vote to approve draft charter; future meetings; publication; etc. (30 minutes) 6. 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".