This committee completed its task and is dissolved.
About the Charter Review Committee:
The Charter Review Committee was appointed by the Town Moderator in the fall of 2004. MA General Law requires a town charter to be reviewed at least every 10 years. The last review of the Stow Town Charter took place in 1996. Recommendations made by the Charter Review Committee are the result of extensive deliberations and consultation with, among others, town committees and boards, the Town Moderator, and Town Administrator. The committee brought amendments to the Charter to the 2005 Annual Town Meeting. Amendments approved by town meeting appeared on the ballot at the 2006 Annual Election.
The committee was chaired by Elizabeth Painter, and included the following members: Robert Billups, Stewart Dalzell, Douglas Hyde, and Marcia Rising. Robert Kaufman and Linda Hathaway were Associate Members.
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Public Information Meeting on the Town Charter
May 3, 2005 at 7:30 pm in the Town Building, Stow
Proposed Charter Amendments
Articles 39 - 44
The Charter Review Committee of the Town of Stow will host an information meeting about changes proposed to the Town Charter on May 3, at 7:30 pm at the Town Building. Residents will have an opportunity to review the six articles that the committee intends to submit for consideration at Town Meeting, ask questions and share comments. The committee considers the proposed changes to the charter minor, and believes these changes will facilitate governance and better reflect existing circumstances. The following is a brief summary of the articles that detail proposed changes to the charter.
1. Schools: This article amends charter sections pertaining to schools to eliminate confusion regarding the requirements of a regional school committee versus a local school committee and to reflect more accurately the current reality of a regional school committee and the absence of a local school committee.
2. Budget: This article replaces the current charter requirement that the town administrator hold a public meeting 180 days prior to town meeting with an optional provision that would permit the town administrator or finance committee to call such a meeting, if either deem it necessary.
3. Capital Outlay Program: This article clarifies charter provisions pertaining to the capital outlay program and shifts the specifics of the program from the charter to the bylaws. It also deletes “capital outlays” from the definition section of the charter.
4. Master Plan Committee: This article reduces the number of required members of the master plan committee, eliminates the zoning bylaw review committee and clarifies the duties of the master plan committee.
5. Transitional Provisions: This article deletes all charter provisions that pertain to the initial implementation of the town administrator form of government.
6. Miscellaneous: This article proposes a number of technical changes intended to update the charter with current town practices.