Charter Commission Meeting Documents and Handouts

  • June 22, 2017
    • Master Draft - June 20, 2017; Transition Article Draft - June 22, 2017; Master Draft Notes - June 20, 2017
  • June 15, 2017
    • Master Draft - June 13, 2017
  • June 7, 2017
    • Master Draft - June 6, 2017
  • June 1, 2017
    • Master Draft - May 29, 2017; Collins Center Planning Memo; Gage Memo re: 16 year olds voting
  • May 22, 2017
    • Remaining Topics Punch List; Master Draft - May 18, 2017


Working Group Documents and Handouts



Financial and Fiscal Procedures:
Administrative Organization:

  • May 13, 2017
    • Draft Executive Article--Manager Form; Mayor-Council Charter Comparison
  • May 11, 2017 Feedback Session
    • April 24 Proposed Organizational Chart; May 6 Proposed Organization Chart, Council-Manager Charter Comparison; Expanded Council-Manager Charter Comparison
  • May 6, 2017
    • Amherst Charter Master Draft - May 3, 2017; Collins Center Memo #14 - Transition Provisions Primer; Proposed New Executive Language reflecting April 24, 2017 Vote; Proposed Organizational Chart; Radway-2014 Survey on Mayor Council Pay
    • We will also reference General Provisions draft language, Elections Article Draft Language, and Collins Center Memo on Neighborhood Area Councils from meetings that occurred on April 20, 2017 and April 6, 2017.
  • April 24, 2017
    • Collins Center Memo#13 re: Relative Powers and Duties of Mayor and Managers; CAO and COO Position References in Charters and Ordinances; Newburyport CAO Job Description; McGinnis Budget Timeline Chart; Hanneke DAF Motion Language
  • April 20, 2017
    • Collins Center Memos on Panning and Neighborhood Area Councils; Collins Center Summary of Items; Draft Elections Article; Grabbe April 11, 2017 Voices From Newton
    • We will also discuss documents from both the April 6, 2017 and March 27, 2017 meetings
  • April 6, 2017
    • Potential Definitions and General Provisions to Include in Charter; Grabbe-Gage Middle Ground Proposal of 4/5/2017
  • March 27, 2017
    • Amherst Master Draft Charter, March 27, 2017 (All Articles); CAO and COO Position References in Charters; Newburyport CAO Job Description
    • We also viewed the handouts from the February 28, 2017 Feedback Session (March 2, 2017 Meeting) and the Gage Hybrid Proposal #2 from February 22, 2017
  • Amherst Master Charter Drafts (Legislative, Executive, Finance & Fiscal Procedures, Administrative Organization); Budget Timeline Comparison; Draft Feedback Form; Summary of Feb. 28, 2017 Feedback Session; Handouts from Feb. 28, 2017 Feedback Session
  • Amherst Master Charter Drafts (Legislative, Executive, Citizen Relief, Administrative Organization, and Fiscal & Financial Procedures); Gage Hybrid Proposal #2; Workshop Notice; Workshop Draft Handout
  • We also looked at Amherst Master Charter Draft for School Committee & Other Elected Offices from February 8, 2017 Meeting

  • February 8, 2017 
    • Amherst Master Charter 02/07/2017 Draft (Legislative, Executive, Citizen Relief, & Other Elected Officials Articles); Collins Center Memo on Potential Consensus Participation Item Locations; Gage Compromise Proposal; Hanneke Draft Charter Language on Chief Administrative Officer & Hiring Procedures
  • February 2, 2017
  • January 25, 2017
    • Questions for Mayor and Manager Panel; Template for Comparing Government Forms based upon Values; Grabbe Town Meeting and Council Forms Distillation; Grabbe Town Meeting and Council Comparison Narrative; Hanneke Mayor-Council Choice Narrative; Stein Town Meeting-Council Comparison Chart
  • January 19, 2017
    • Amherst Master Charter 01/19/2017 Draft (Legislative, Executive & Citizen Relief Articles); Collins Center Memo on Select Board and Representative Town Meeting; Template for Side by Side Legislative and Executive Comparisons, optional version 2; Town Meeting - Council Comparison Exercise from Churchill, Fricke, Gage, Grabbe, Hanneke, Rhodes, Rueschemeyer, Stein, Weiss
  • January 11, 2017
    • Collins Center Timeline, 01/11/2017 Draft; Hanneke Memo on Meaningful Participation; Fricke Template and Example for Side by Side Legislative and Executive comparisons; we also consulted memos from the January 5, 2017 meeting
  • January 5, 2017
    • Amherst Master Charter 12/29/2016 Draft (Legislative, Executive & Citizen Relief Articles); Collins Center Notes on Amherst Master Charter 12/29/2016 Draft; Collins Center Chart - Mayor-Council Comparable Information; Collins Center Memo on Potential Consensus Citizen Participation Items
  • December 19, 2016
    • Major Decisions Within Legislative and Executive Articles; Churchill, Gage, Weiss, and Rueschemeyer Structure Proposals; Grabbe Top Town Meeting Vote Getters
  • December 12, 2016
    • Challenges and Values Frameworks for Discussion, Grabbe Problems with Amherst Government Handout
  • December 5, 2016
    • TMCC Subcommittee on Policies and Procedures Handout, Hanneke Town Meeting Frequency Options, Gage Summary of Problems, Stein Natick reseach notes, 1996 Charter Commission Final Report
  • November 28, 2016
    • Collins Center Memo on Participation and Engagement Options
  • November 14, 2016
    • Churchill Memo on Researching Comparable Communities, Collins Center Comparable Municipalities by various methods
  • November 7, 2016
    • Amherst Organizational Chart, Collins Center Condensed memo 4 (Mapping Values to the Charter), Collins Center Charts on Amherst Participation and Elections, Collins Center PowerPoint Presentation
  • November 3, 3016
    • Collins Center Memo on Legislative Functions; Citizen Participation Mechanisms Overview; Collins Center Memo on Executive Functions; Amherst School Committee Organizational Graphic
  • October 26, 2016
    • Charter Commission Responses to Consultant Questions (full, individual responses), Sample Charter Preambles, Collins Center Memo on Mapping Values to the Charter, Collins Center Draft Timeline
  • October 13, 2016
    • Charter Commission Responses to Consultant Questions (summary), Charter Commission Work to Date, Amherst Master Charter 10/13/2016 Draft, Collins Center Comparables List 10/13/2016, Collins Center Initial Presentation
  • October 5, 2016
    • Collins Center Memo #3 - Kickoff Meeting Preparation
  • September 22, 2016
    • KP Law Supplemental Memorandum, Memorandum to Charter Commission re: Consultant Scope of Work, Weiss Consultant References Conversations Memo
  • September 14, 2016
    • KP Law Proposal, Listening Workshop Facilitator Guide, Proposal to Hire Communications Assistant, 2001 Charter Commission Expense Sheet
  • September 8, 2016
    • Collins Center Memorandum, Collins Center PowerPoint Presentation, Draft Preliminary Budget
  • August 25, 2016
    • Commissioners' Thoughts on Consultant Tasks; Commissioners' Broad Themes from Outreach; Framingham Work Schedule; Outreach Flyer; Working Group Memo; Proposed Social Media Consultant Scope of Work
  • August 1, 2016
  • July 25, 2016 Packet
    • Gage & Rueschemeyer Updated Proposal to Organize Constituent Meetings
  • July 7, 2016
    • Del Castilho Resume; Questions for Panelists
  • June 20, 2016
    • Gage & Rueschemeyer Proposal to Organize Constituent Meetings
  • June 9, 2016
    • Current Amherst Town Charter; Charter Elements Include; Previous Charter Commission Proposal Summary; 2003 Proposed Charter; Greenebaum Asher 1996 Commentaries; Tewksbury Final Draft Charter Proposal
  • June 2, 2016
    • Charter Commission Timeline Thoughts; Town Clusters for Interviewing; Tasks to Address before Hiring Consultant; Stein Notes on Consultant Process
  • May 16, 2016
    • Churchill, Fricke, Grabbe, Hanneke, & Stein Thoughts on Public Hearing
  • May 5, 2016
    • Rhodes Community Outreach Methods; Gage Proposal to Review Past Amherst Charter Commission Efforts; Commissioner Bios Draft; Frequently Asked Questions Draft; Public Hearing Introduction Draft; Public Input Form Draft
  • April 25, 2016
    • Gage Notes on Easton & Dracut Charter Commissions; Sample Sign Up Sheet for Public Hearing; Newbury Charter Commission Community Survey; Grabbe & Hanneke Web Page Proposal;
  • April 11, 2016
    •  Collins Center Memorandum and attached documents