Charter Revision 2016-17

The town is currently undergoing a Charter revision and has recently appointed a charter revision commission consisting of nine members: Wayne Rutty, John Fernandes, Tom Berchulski, Amy Jacques-Purdy, William Bowles, Bruno Morasutti, Audrey Brookes, Mike Battistoni and Harlan Fredericksen.

They will spend the next year deliberating on how to change the Charter, which is one of the most important documents for a town. A Town Charter delineates governance rules for a municipality and sets the laws for the local government. It would be analogous to state statutes, hence its importance.

Along with general housekeeping in the Charter, there are many items that are out of date and need modernizing. Feel free to reach out to us or comment with your thoughts and/or changes, additions, deletions.

There will be the first of at least three public hearing on the issue, called by the board of selectmen, on April 27 at the firehouse. If you cannot make the meeting but have submissions feel free to email Melissa Schlag at melissaschlag@hotmail.com and she will make sure your voice is heard at the hearing. However,there will have to be another hearing before they start their work because statutorily the charter revision commission must hold two public hearings on their own, one at the beginning of their deliberations and one at the end before final submission to the board of selectmen and eventual referendum.

Here is a link to the charter on ecode which gives you search capabilities.

A link to a PDF format is on the town website here.

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