Charter Review Committee

The Maynard Town Charter is subject to periodic review and amendment.  The most recent review began on August 1, 2011 with the formation of the Charter Review Committee.  Please use this page to review the process and drafts of the town’s Charter.

Note: This committee was dormant until April 2021 having completed the review in 2013.

 

Meetings

 

Members (2013)

  • Brendon Chetwynd, Chair (SB)
  • Jack MacKeen, Vice Chair (Historical Commission)
  • William Kohlman, Secretary (School Committee)
  • Jennifer Gaudet (Finance Committee)
  • Ronald Cassidy (Board of Health)
  • Peter Campbell (Finance Committee)
  • William Cullen (Library Trustees)
  • Vacant
  • Vacant
 

Background

The current town charter can be viewed on the Charter and Bylaws page.

Our charter specifies that a periodic review of the charter be done on a specific timeline:

At least once every ten (10) years, in each year ending in a one (1), a special committee to consist of nine (9) members shall be established for the purpose of reviewing this charter and to make a report, with recommendations, to the town meeting concerning any proposed amendments which said committee may determine to be necessary or desirable. The committee shall consist of nine (9) who shall be chosen as follows: the select board, the school committee, the housing authority and the board of library trustees shall designate one (1) person; the finance committee shall designate two (2) persons and three (3) persons shall be appointed by the town moderator. Persons appointed by the said agencies may, but need not, be members of the agency by which they are designated. The committee shall meet to organize forthwith following the final adjournment of the annual town meeting.

 

2013 Submittal to Town Clerk

Please consider the document noted below as the Charter Review Committee’s submittal for changes to the Town of Maynard Charter to be considered at the May 2014 Annual Town Meeting. In compliance with Massachusetts General Law, the draft needed to be submitted to  the Town Clerk no later than 6 months prior to the Annual Town Meeting.  This was done on November 8, 2013.

Please note that there were several steps left in the process including a public hearing by the Select Board. As such, comments / changes were still possible.

Town of Maynard Charter Town Clerk Submittal (8-Nov-2013)

 

Earlier Drafts