Joint Capital Planning Committee

For the previous Joint Capital Planning Committee that existed prior to the adoption of the Home Rule Charter in 2018, see its archived page.

Committee Charge

Type: Standing
Authority: Amherst Home Rule Charter Section 5.7(b)
Appointing Authorities: Town Council President, School Committee, Library Trustees
Number of Voting Members: Seven (7): (2) School Committee Members, (2) Library Trustees 
& (3) Town Councilors, (2) of whom shall be on Finance Committee
Term of Appointment: One (1) Year
Staff Support: Sean Mangano, School Business Manager


Name Role
Andrew Steinberg, Chair Town Council (Finance Committee)
Tamson Ely Library Trustee
Lynn Griesemer Town Council (Finance Committee)
Mandi Jo Hanneke Town Council
Alex Lefebvre Library Trustee
Alisson McDonald School Committee
Eric Nakajima School Committee

Authority: Section 5.7(b) of the Amherst Home Rule Charter calls for the creation of a Capital Improvement Program. The Town Manager is responsible for creating the Capital Improvement Program. 

Purpose: The Joint Capital Planning Committee shall advise the Town Manager on the creation of the Capital Improvement Program. The Capital Improvement Program “shall include: (i) a clear summary of its contents; (ii) a list of all capital improvements proposed to be undertaken during the next 5 fiscal years with supporting data and rationale; (iii) cost estimates, method of financing, and recommended time schedules; and (iv) the estimated annual cost of operating and maintaining the facilities and/or equipment included. The above information shall be revised and extended each year.” [Sec. 5.7(b)] 

Membership: Section 5.7(b) of the Amherst Home Rule Charter states the Joint Capital Planning Committee shall be “composed of, at a minimum, representatives from the Town Council, School Committee, and Library Trustees…” 

Reports: Reports shall be consistent with Section 5.7 of the Charter. 

Charge Adopted: December 17, 2018