MEETING TIME: 6:30 pm. LOCATION: Town Room, Town Hall. LIST OF TOPICS: Swearing in of members by Town Clerk. Organization of the Commission: Chair, Vice-Chair and Clerk. Overview by Town Counsel of charter process. Discussion of Article 35 of the Annual Town Meeting re funding of the Charter Commission. Discussion by Charter Commission members of their perceptions of local government in Amherst and their values as it relates to the local government. Discussion of schedule for future meetings. Topics not anticipated 48 hours before 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".