On July 13, 2017, the Charter Commission voted 5 in favor, 3 against, and 1 abstaining to support a Preliminary Charter that proposed a Council-Manager form of government. The Charter Commission then unanimously approved the Preliminary Report and the required submission to the Attorney General's Office, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Amherst Bulletin for publication.
Read the Preliminary Report here.
Read the Preliminary Charter here.
Give us feedback on them here. (This is an initial feedback form on the Preliminary Report and Charter. It may change as the publication date of the Charter in the Amherst Bulletin nears.)
The Charter Commission, elected by the voters of Amherst, is guided by State Law, MGL c.43B. By law, we are charged with preparing 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.
All meetings at the Police Station Community Room, unless otherwise noted
Tuesday, August 29th, 7 pm – 9 pm
Thursday, August 31st - 7-9 pm - Public Hearing - Town Room, Town Hall
Tuesday, September 5th, 10 am - noon - Feedback Session - Woodbury Room, Jones Library
Thursday, September 7th, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Thursday, September 14th, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Monday, September 18th, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Monday, September 25th, 7 pm - 9 pm
Find the complete Charter Commission meeting schedule here.
The Charter Commission welcomes input from the residents of the Town about Amherst and its values about Town government. Thank you to all who attended the Feedback Sessions.