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Charter review committee minutes 2010 06-09 with websites

  1. 1. Northampton Charter Review Committee Councilor Jesse M. Adams Colleen Currie (Secretary) Councilor Marianne L. LaBarge Councilor David A. Murphy Alan Seewald (Vice-Chair) Margaret Striebel Sam Welson (Chair) 1June 9, 2010 7-9 P.M. Present: Jesse Adams, Colleen Currie, Marianne LaBarge, David Murphy, Alan Seewald, Margaret Striebel, Samuel Welson Documents: Amesbury Charter Commission Final Report 1996 http://www.ci.amesbury.ma.us/Departments-Clerk- Official Town /Documents (left side of screen) Chapter 189 of the Acts of 2005 - An Act Establishing a Mayor/Town Council for the Town of Braintree http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws The City of Easthampton Home Rule Charter as amended by Chapter 60 of the Acts of 1999 http://www.easthamptonweb.com/charter/index.html Town of Greenfield Charter, as amended; (use search box on Greenfield home page (key word: charter) Chapter 105 of the Acts of 2005 - An Act Providing a Charter for the City of Melrose http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws West Springfield Home Rule Charter, recommended by Charter Review Commission in 2000. http://www.west-springfield.ma.us (departments – Town Clerk) Charters for Newton and Weymouth not printed. http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/lega (scroll past Ordinances to Charter) http://www.weymouth.ma.us (Quick Links – Documents) Ground Rules (Best Practices) Public Participation Policy (Best Practices)
  2. 2. http://www.northamptonma.gov/bestpractices MINUTES (DRAFT) Agenda 1. Review and approve minutes from previous meeting Councilor LaBarge moved to approve minutes for April 28. Ms. Currie seconded the motion. No discussion. All members voted to approve the minutes. Ms. Striebel moved to approve minutes for May 26. Councilor LaBarge seconded the motion. No discussion. All members voted to approve the minutes. A note was made to ask City Council President David Narkiewicz whether all members of the City Council should receive copies of the minutes of each of the Committee’s meetings. There was discussion about attachments to minutes of handouts at meetings. [2. Changes or additions to agenda.] 3. Establish ground rules for this committee by reviewing “Best Practices” ground rules as a starting point and adopting or modifying them for this committee. Ground Rules (from Best Practices) Mr. Welson read the Ground Rules Discussion re #7 - (Everybody will follow the “no surprises” rule. Concerns should be voiced when they arise, not later in the deliberations when a “surprise” objection is raised.) There will be times we want to revisit an issue. Ground Rule #7 is designed to avoid using delay as a strategy to have the last word.
  3. 3. Discussion re #9 (Each person reserves the right to disagree with any proposal and accepts responsibility for offering alternatives that accommodates their interests and the interests of others.) How should disagreements be recorded? Not necessarily by name, but as part of discussion. We accept Best Practices Ground Rules as our own. 4. Establish public participation policy for this committee by reviewing “Best Practices” public participation policy as a starting point and adopting or modifying it for this committee. Public Participation Policy (from Best Practices) Mr. Seewald read the Public Participation Policy discussion re: (1) public comment at any meeting? at beginning or end? (2) inviting citizens to join Committee in discussion of any or all agenda items; method of recognizing citizens who wish to speak Councilor Adams proposed: (1) there be public comment allowed at the beginning of meetings, with each speaker allowed three minutes, and with comments limited to Charter Review issues; and (2) the recognition of citizens during meetings may occur by agreement of a majority of the committee. Councillor LaBarge seconded the proposal. vote - five in favor; one opposed; one abstention [5. Review and discuss information collected to date. [See agenda for details of this agenda item.] 6. Using information gathered to date, begin to work on an action plan that will map out the work of the committee. [See agenda for details of this agenda item]
  4. 4. PLAN OF ACTION Suggestions included: dividing up the existing Northampton charter among Committee members and presenting portions at each meeting, including comparisons with modern charters; reading the charter together; using a more modern charter as a template to create a charter for Northampton. recommend the appointment of a charter review committee. compare the existing Northampton charter to a more modern charter, and state which we recommend make a recommendation whether the charter should be a home rule charter or a special act charter identifying specific issues to be addressed not identifying specific issues, but rather, if our recommendation is to scrap the current charter and adopt a modern version, provide information about the conceptual advantages, e.g., a better definition of executive and legislative responsibilities review all samples of modern charters (documents listed above), and identify those we prefer Agreements - Not to dissect current charter Identify better model - concepts not included in ours Perhaps recommend method - special commission vs. special act Perhaps recommend ordinance committee
  5. 5. 7. Review future meeting dates. A number of committee members have expressed concerns that the monthly schedule is too infrequent. Next meeting was moved from July 14 to July 28. (Ms. Currie and Ms. Striebel will be away July 14.) [8. Discuss alternate meeting locations.] [9. Other business.] Adjourned - 9:05 P.M.
  6. 6. 7. Review future meeting dates. A number of committee members have expressed concerns that the monthly schedule is too infrequent. Next meeting was moved from July 14 to July 28. (Ms. Currie and Ms. Striebel will be away July 14.) [8. Discuss alternate meeting locations.] [9. Other business.] Adjourned - 9:05 P.M.

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