Charter Review Committee


CHARTER REVIEW IS HAPPENING NOW!

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! The CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE is discussing and recommending changes to how Watertown is governed, so now is your chance! Send in COMMENTS, sign up for NOTIFICATIONS, and JOIN THE VIRTUAL MEETINGS.


NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, March 2, 6:00PM


1-What-Is-It_2c_250x240What is it?Every 10 years, the document (Town Charter) that describes how our town government is organized and functions is reviewed and updated. READ MORE...
2-When-Is-It_2c_250x240When is it?The Charter Review Committee meets online via Zoom on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6pm. SEE THE SCHEDULE HERE...
3-Participate_2c_250x240How can I
participate?
CONTACT your Town Councilors and CRC members
GET NOTIFIED when the next meeting starts
JOIN the next Zoom meeting
4-Agendas-Min_2c_250x240Agendas &
Minutes
Get the agenda for the upcoming meeting or the minutes for past meetings HERE...
5-Reference-FAQs_2c_250x240References
& FAQs
GET ANSWERS to FAQs
DOWNLOAD reference and support documents to help you understand the charter review.
7-Watch_2c_250x240Watch it.Meetings can be watched live on Watertown Community Access TV. Videos of past meetings can also be accessed HERE...



What is a Charter Review?

Watertown's Home Rule Charter (The Charter) is our "constitution." The Charter explains the responsibilities of the Town Council, Town Manager, School Committee, Library Trustees, and other decision-making bodies. It describes every aspect of governance from Watertown's form of municipal government, to how elections are run, to how our budget is developed.

To see how our Town Council/Town Manager government is organized now, who's who in the different departments and boards, see below. Click on the image to download a printable PDF.

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Our Charter is reviewed every ten years by a Charter Review Committee and is up for review this year, 2020. In January of 2020, the President of the Town Council chose six residents who together with the members of the Town Council, make up the CRC. In multiple sessions during an 8- to 12-months period, the CRC reviews all provisions of the Charter. These meetings are public and participation is encouraged. Depending on what recommendations for changes the CRC makes, the Town Council, residents and possibly the state legislature will need to approve the changes.

Due to COVID-19, the Charter Review meetings were late in starting; the first meeting was held on October 6, 2020. An extension has been granted to allow the process to continue into 2021. Meetings are usually held every two weeks on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 6pm via Zoom.

All meetings are open to the public and televised live on Watertown Community Access Television. The public is encouraged to attend and participate.



Current Meeting Dates and Agendas:

Tuesday, March 2, 6:00PMAgenda/DocumentsWatch on WCATV
Tuesday, February 16, 6:00PMAgenda/DocumentsWatch on WCATV
Tuesday, February 2, 6:00PMAgenda/DocumentsWatch on WCATV
Tuesday, January 19, 6:00PMAgenda/DocumentsWatch on WCATV
Tuesday, January 5, 6:00PMAgenda/DocumentsWatch on WCATV
Tuesday, December 15, 6:00PMAgenda/DocumentsWatch on WCATV
Tuesday, December 1, 6:00PMAgenda/DocumentsWatch on WCATV
Tuesday, November 17, 6:00PMAgenda/DocumentsWatch on WCATV
Tuesday, October 20, 6:00PMAgenda/DocumentsWatch on WCATV
Tuesday, October 6. 6:00PMAgenda/Documents | MinutesWatch on WCATV




Members:

Town Council President Mark Sideris has selected the following residents to serve on the Charter Review Committee:


Additionally, members of the Town Council serve on the Charter Review Committee.