MEETING TIME: 5:30 pm. LOCATION: Police Station Community Room. LIST OF TOPICS: 1. Call to order, approve agenda 2. Public comment 3. Final review Preliminary Charter Language (all articles) 4. Final review Preliminary Report language 5. Vote on draft charter proposal (3 votes: vote on merits of preliminary charter; vote on preliminary report language; vote on submitting charter & report as approved for publication and to Attorney General and DHCD per legal requirements in MGL Ch. 43B) 6. Topics not reasonably anticipated by the Chair 48 hours prior to the meeting 7. Planning: future meetings; publication; etc. 8. 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".