What is the Charter Commission?
Over the past year, the Charter Commission has convened 55 meetings and 7 public hearings to gather input from residents, community leaders and experts in municipal government to help determine the most inclusive and effective form of government for our community.
The Charter Commission elected by the voters of Framingham on March 29, 2016 was charged by law with preparing a written document pursuant to the provisions of chapter 43B which establishes and defines the structure of city and town government for a particular community. This document, called a Charter, is then submitted to the voters at the next town election, April 4, 2017, and if approved by the voters, serves like Framingham’s constitution.
Who is on the Charter Commission?
The nine members of the Charter Commission include a former State Representative, current and former Selectmen, Town Moderator, Town Clerks, Town Meeting members, School Committee, Housing Authority, Park Commission, and Finance Committee members, Cemetery and Library Trustees and former Town Managers.
The Commission members are: Valerie W. Mulvey, Chair; Dennis W. Cardiff, Vice-Chair; Adam S. Blumer, Clerk; Teri S. Banerjee; Dennis L. Giombetti; George P. King, Jr.; Janet E. Leombruno; Jason A. Smith; and John A. Stefanini.
How Did They Build the Charter?
- Examined charters from other communities, creating ours from these: Braintree, Franklin, Newton, Waltham and Weymouth;
- Met with a variety of Framingham boards, managers and community leaders to hear their thoughts;
- Invited leaders from other communities to learn how other communities work;
- Surveyed public and took public comments at meetings and in formal public hearings;
- Published working documents online for all to review and comment as work developed and changed;
- Adjusted proposal in response to input multiple times.