FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10/22/23
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Framingham Charter Review Committee Actively Solicits Community Involvement in Shaping the City's Future Via Suggestion Form
FRAMINGHAM - In 2017, Framingham's residents voted to transition from the Commonwealth's largest town to its newest city.
Framingham officially became a City on January 1, 2018. The City’s Charter requires a review of the new City after 5 years. A Charter Review Committee was appointed earlier this year.
Now, the City of Framingham's Charter Review Committee is actively seeking public input as they embark on their mandated review of the Framingham Home Rule Charter.
This Committee plays a pivotal role in ensuring that Framingham's governance reflects the evolving needs and desires of its residents.
To that purpose, the Committee has launched a Charter suggestion form, which can be accessed here.
To read the City’s Charter in the language of your choice, click here.
The Committee has been assigned the task of conducting a public hearing and submitting their comprehensive report of recommended Charter changes to the City Council no later than May 1, 2024.
Subsequently, as per the Charter, the City Council is required to include the committee's recommendations on its agenda for action before June 15, 2024.
To reach that goal, the Charter Review Committee will source input in multiple ways, from public participation at meetings, to a survey going live shortly, to several focus groups.
Organizations interested in collaborating—promoting Charter Review Committee meetings, encouraging public feedback, hosting focus group sessions with Committee members, or other means—are encouraged to contact Charter Review Committee Communications chair Antonio Gutierrez: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Community involvement is the cornerstone of this review," said Framingham Charter Review Committee Chair Adam Blumer. "Our aim is to be as inclusive as possible. This is an essential opportunity for all residents to play a direct role in shaping the future of our city."
The Charter Review Committee typically meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the Memorial Building's Deborah Blumer room. All residents are warmly invited to attend these sessions and share their perspectives.
The core meeting calendar can be found here (English, Spanish, Portuguese)