MEETING TIME: 7:00 pm. LOCATION: ARMS, Auditorium. LIST OF TOPICS: A community conversation about Amherst and its values about Town government. We invite participants to share their thoughts on questions such as the following: What aspects of Amherst's current approach to government do you like? What aspects do you think could be improved? What do you see as key challenges facing Amherst? How can we improve our Town government’s ability to meet those challenges? Residents will be able to provide input verbally (2 minute limit each) and/or in writing at the event. The work of the Charter Commission can be followed online at amherstma.gov/2248/Charter-Commission, and residents will soon be able to provide input through a survey link on the site. Feedback is also welcome via email at email@example.com. Other opportunities for input from residents, staff, and other stakeholders will be forthcoming.
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".