Selectmen Appointed Committees & Application

Following is the current listing of openings on all boards, committees and commissions appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Applications are available in the Office of the Board of Selectmen or by viewing the Application Form for boards, committees and commissions.

Applications can be submitted by email or mailing to the following address:
Board of Selectmen
150 Concord St.
Room 121
Framingham, MA 01702.

The positions listed below are currently open:

  • Agricultural Advisory Commission - Alternate (1)
  • Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (1)
  • Cultural Council (2)
  • Cushing Memorial Chapel Advisory Committee (6) 
  • Fair Housing Committee (5)
  • Historic District Commission - Alternate (1)
  • Human Relations Commission (5)
  • Zoning Board of Appeals - Associate (1)

Agricultural Advisory Committee


The purpose is to represent the town's farming and forestry community both internally and externally; encourage, promote, and support the pursuit of farming and forestry in the town both as a business and a community resource; and promote the protection, preservation and economic use of farmland and forestland within the town.

The duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include the following:
  • We serve as representatives, advocates, educators, facilitators and/or mediators on farming and forestry issues both within the town and externally.
  • The committee advises the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Board of Assessors, Board of Health, and other town bodies on all matters pertaining to farming or forestry activities or lands in town.
  • The committee engages in projects and activities, including educational programs and community events, to promote the business, activities and traditions of farming and forestry, as well as farm and forestland protection in town.
  • We develop warrant articles, policies and procedures advocating and promoting agriculture and forestry; The committee reports to town meetings on its projects and activities on an annual basis.

Members

The committee shall consist of 5 members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. At least 3 of the members shall be actively engaged in farming, forestry, or related activities. The members shall serve staggered terms of 3 years each, with 2 of the initial members serving 3 year terms, 2 of the initial members serving 2 year terms and 1 of the initial members serving a 1 year term. Up to 4 alternates may also be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Any vacancy shall be filled by the Board of Selectmen, based on recommendations of the committee, for the unexpired term of the vacancy.

Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee

The committee is dedicated to providing the public with useable, sustainable, and safe ways of moving from place to place in Framingham.

Board of Health

The Board of Health acts as an advocate for preventative health and wellness for the town and is charged with the enforcement of all laws, regulations and town bylaws relating to the public health. This includes conducting hearings, issuing licenses and permits, setting the Board of Health Fee Schedule, approving subdivisions, enacting health regulations, issuing site assignments, registering recombinant DNA technologies and investigating all health-related nuisances.

Board of Registrars


Every city and town must have a Board of Registrars or Election Commission whose responsibilities include registering voters, making local listings or residents, certifying nomination papers and petitions, processing absent voter applications and administering election recounts.


Cable Advisory Committee


The role of the 5 member Cable Advisory Committee is to ensure the provisions of the town’s 3 cable television contracts are implemented, serve as a liaison between cable customers and the cable companies providing feedback and acting in the role of ombudsman and to act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Selectmen and town Manager for issues that may require direct intervention of town administration. The town currently provides a cable franchise license to Comcast, RCN, and Verizon. Satellite television providers are not required to have a license.

Community Development Committee

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) works in cooperation with the Community and Economic Development Department to work to complete the following:
  • Satisfy the citizen participation requirements of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974
  • Hold public hearings to obtain views of citizens on community development and housing needs
  • Provide citizens with adequate opportunities to participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of the Community Development Program
  • Recommends to the Selectmen an annual Community Development Plan consisting of a statement of Community Development Objectives and Projected Use of Funds.

Conservation Commission


The commission reviews proposed work or alteration falling within 125 feet of resource areas. For example this includes the following:
  • Any Lake
  • Creek
  • Fresh Water Wetland
  • Inland Banks Bordering on River
  • Pond
  • Ponds
  • Rivers
  • Streams
This also includes any proposed work within 100-year Flood Zone, isolated land subject to flooding, and river front area. The commission’s review of these activities may result in the issuance of a permit (usually with conditions) or the denial of an activity if the activity cannot meet specific performance standards intended to protect or enhance public or private water supply, ground water, wildlife habitat, fisheries, recreation, and flood control, and/or to prevent erosion and/or sedimentation, storm damage and water pollution. The commission also grants approval of board permits needed for any work or alterations on town conservation land.

Council on Aging

The Council on Aging functions pursuant to MGL c. 40, s. 8b for the purpose of coordinating or carrying out programs designed to meet the needs of the town’s aging population in coordination with the programs of the Commonwealth’s Commission on Aging.

Cultural Council


The mission of the Cultural Council is "to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities." The Cultural Council receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and re-grants these funds to individuals, schools and non-profit organizations in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in the community.

Disability Commission


The commission researches local problems of people with disabilities, advises and assists municipal employees in ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities, coordinates programs designed to meet the problems of people with disabilities, and provides information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance on matters pertaining to disabilities to any inquiring entities. The majority of the 9 member commission is comprised of people with disabilities, 1 person must be an immediate relative of a person with a disability and 1 person must be an elected or appointed official of the town.

Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC)

The 7-member EDIC works with the town to plan for and carry out economic development in town where it is most critically needed. The committee encourages investment that will in turn attract other investments and ultimately enhance long-term economic vitality and improve the quality of life for residents and the climate for businesses. Current economic development plans include working with town officials to encourage improvement of underdeveloped downtown properties, supporting small business development and working with the Chamber of Commerce to further the goals of downtown real estate owners.

Elderly & Disabled Tax Fund Committee

The Town of Framingham accepted the provisions of Acts 1998 C. 166 whereby taxpayers may voluntarily check off, donate and pledge an amount to aid in defraying real estate taxes of elderly and disabled persons of low income. The committee will consist of the chairman of the board of assessors, treasurer / collector and 3 residents of Framingham to be appointed by the board of selectmen. The committee shall adopt rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this section and to identify the recipients of such aid.

Fair Housing Committee

 
This committee works in to promote access to decent, safe, and, to the maximum extent feasible, affordable housing for all segments of the community. The Fair Housing Committee accomplishes this through the study of issues, public education and advocacy. The Committee is comprised of 13 members. Four members are ex-officio appointments for 1-year terms and represent the Human Relations Commission, the Community & Economic Development Department, the Planning Board and the Framingham Housing Authority. The 9 other members should be broadly representative of segments of the community, active and interested in the housing market.

Historic District Commission

This commission, in conjunction with the Community and Economic Development Department, oversees 71 properties in the town’s 2 historic districts. Its purpose is to preserve and protect the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant to the history of the town, to maintain and improve the settings of those buildings and places and to encourage compatibility with existing buildings when new buildings are planned in the districts. The commission is comprised of 12 members, 7 of which are full members and are required to be an attorney, an architect, a realtor, a member of the Historical Society, a resident of the districts and 2 members at large. The remaining 5 members are alternates and are required to be an attorney, an architect, a realtor, a member of the Historical Society and a resident of the districts.

Historical Commission 


The Historical Commission is a 5-member board chartered under state law for the "preservation, protection, and development" of the town’s historical assets. The commission maintains the town’s inventory of cultural resources, administers the Demolition Delay Bylaw, promotes historic preservation and approves historic markers for early homes and historic buildings.

Human Relations Commission


The Human Relations Commission deals with "the causes of inter-group disunity, including, but not limited to, the elimination of conditions of bias, discrimination, and prejudice against minority groups, and to establish affirmative action programs to ensure equal enforcement of law, for all groups regardless of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national ancestry, and disability."

Parks & Recreation Commission


The Park Commission is a 5-member board and has jurisdiction over park lands and recreation programs, establishes policies governing department operations including park usage, fees and registration policies, hears reports from the professional staff on maintenance, recreation services and special projects and entertains special requests from the public on unusual circumstances.

Framingham Veterans' Council 


The Framingham Veterans' Council is composed of 5 volunteer residents of Framingham, 4 Veterans as defined under M.G.L. c. 4, sec. 7, cl. 43rd as amended by the Acts of 2005, Ch. 130. and 1 non-veteran. The purpose of the Council under Massachusetts General Law c.115 is:
  • To provide support to all Framingham Veterans and the Veterans Service Officer
  • To serve as a liaison between Framingham veterans and the Framingham Board of Selectmen and town Manager
  • To promote the recognition and observance of all patriotic holidays to include, but not limited to Memorial and Veterans' Day
  • To foster an understanding and appreciation within the town of the achievements, contributions, and sacrifices veterans have made to the Community, State and Nation
The 5 members will all appointed by the Board of Selectmen. The committee will establish its own leadership roles annually. The Framingham Veteran Service Officer (VSO) will be an ex-officio member. Representatives from Framingham State University and MassBay Community College Framingham Campuses will also have a seat on the committee with no voting privileges. The Veterans Council shall be responsible for producing an annual report.

Zoning Board of Appeals

 
The Zoning Bylaws authorizes the ZBA to issue special permits for regulated uses; consider variances for proposed relief; and hear appeals of the decisions of the Building Commissioner. Full members are appointed for a 3-year term. Associate members are appointed annually and may be designated by the ZBA Chairman to sit on said board because of the vacancy, inability to act, conflict of interest, or absence of a regular member.

MetroWest Health Foundation


The Board of Selectmen nominates a candidate for the MetroWest Health Foundation Framingham Union Grants Panel Member. Description of Duties include:
  • The 5-member Framingham Union Grants Panel oversees the distribution of certain restricted funds of the MetroWest Health Foundation, which may, but need not be, exclusively focused on the needs of the Framingham community.
  • The Panel is responsible for ensuring that the use of these funds is in keeping with the mission and purposes of the foundation, and is directed to meeting the unmet health needs of the Framingham community.

Minimum Requirements

Framingham Union Grants Panel Members shall possess the skills and experience, which can contribute to the purpose and mission of the Panel and Foundation. The panel shall have a diversity of exposure and interests so as to reflect the broad interests of the Framingham community. No panel member shall represent any particular group or special interests except only the broad interests of the Framingham community.