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Charter Review Commission

Per Sec. 1205 of the Town Charter: Amendments of Charter.

This Charter may be amended or a new Charter adopted at any time in the manner provided by the Constitution of the State. All proposed amendments shall have a public hearing. Should two (2) or more amendments adopted at the same time have conflicting provisions, the one receiving the largest affirmative vote shall prevail. The sections of any amendments added to this Charter shall be appropriately numbered by the Town Clerk and inserted in their appropriate places. It shall not be necessary for the full text of the Charter or of amendments to the Charter to be printed on the ballot. Any digest or description thereof or any question or statement which substantially expresses the purpose, or identifies the subject matter to be voted upon shall be sufficient. When any question is to be submitted to the voters, the Town Council shall approve the statement of the question as it shall appear on the ballot. A copy of the full text of the Charter or amendments shall be posted in each polling place and such other places as may be designated by the Board of Canvassers. This Charter shall not be replaced nor amended for a period of at least two (2) years following adoption.

(a) Charter Review Commission. In November 1998 and at least every six (6) years thereafter, a nine (9) member non-partisan review commission shall be elected for a term of one year, commencing on the date of the certification of the election by the Board of Canvassers, whose duty it shall be to review the Charter and recommend for approval and adoption, amendments or revisions in a manner provided by the State Constitution.

A Charter Review Commission Election took place on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  RESULTS

Members of the Charter Review Commission are:

Robert Coulter, Chairman
Donna Cook, Vice-Chair
Richard Rom, Secretary
Jeffrey Caron
Stephen Clarke
Nancy Driggs
Raymond Fougere
Justin La Croix
William Lopes


Charter Review Commission E-Mail       Public Proposal Request and Comment Form


Below you will find important documents relating to this session of the Charter Review Commission.

Governance Policy

2017-2018 Notice of Regular Meetings

Proposed High-Level Workload Schedule - Phases

Current Town Charter


Below are the Proposed Charter Changes as received by the Commission - Revised Documents Posted on 10/13/2017 (orig. doc. split into groups for quicker downloads)

Proposals 1 through 10
Proposals 11 through 20
Proposals 21 through 30
Proposals 31 through 40
Proposals 41 through 50
Proposals 51 through 61    
Proposals 61 through 70