Manchester, Connecticut

Charter Revision Commission

PRELIMINARY REPORT- May 23, 2022

As of April 18, the Charter Revision Commission has reviewed all of its assigned charges, and its recommendations are outlined in the above report.  The final public hearing of the commission was held on May 4th, 2022.

Background

On April 6, 2021, the Manchester Board of Directors adopted a resolution establishing a Charter Revision Commission and appointing its membership. The Town Charter defines the form of government for the town and sets out the roles and responsibilities of most elected and appointed town officials. The Charter also codifies the basic framework for how government is conducted, such as the processes for adopting ordinances, the town budget and the identification and operation of the various departments of the town government. Click here to view the Town Charter.

Periodically, communities update their charters to reflect changes in the way the business of government is conducted, to reassign roles and responsibilities or to clarify certain provisions. This process is called Charter Revision and may result in minor technical and administrative changes as well as substantive changes to the structure of the local government. Manchester has a history of undergoing revisions of its Charter to conform its provisions to changes in the manner in which municipalities conduct their governmental operations. 

Subsequent to appointing the Charter Revision Commission, the Board of Directors adopted a resolution directing certain recommendations to the Commission.  The Commission was not limited to acting just on these recommendations. 

Resolution Establishing Commission and Charge to Commission

Charter Revision Commission Presentation 

Charter Revision Commission Members:

Dr. Diane Clare-Kearney
Dr. Maria Cruz
Ms. Cheri Eckbreth
Ms. Margaret Hackett
Mr. Josh Howroyd
Mr. Jerald Lentini
Md Masudur Rahman
Mr. Louis Spadaccini
Mr. Mark Tweedie
Ms. Kelly Lierzer
Mr. Steven Norton
 

Public Input:

The final public hearing of the commission was held on May 4th.  There will be further opportunities to comment when the commission's recommendations are considered by the Board of Directors, and major revisions will ultimately be subject to public referendum where residents may vote for or against adopting the recommended changes.

Residents can also submit their comments in writing to:

Charter Revision Commission
Attn:  Brian Wolverton
bwolverton@manchesterct.gov

When submitting comments electronically, please include the phrase "Charter Revision 2021" in the subject line.

Agendas for Recent / Upcoming Meetings:

Agenda- May 23, 2022

Meeting Minutes:

June 14, 2021
July 12, 2021
August 5, 2021
August 23, 2021
September 9, 2021
September 27, 2021
October 27, 2021
November 8, 2021
November 22, 2021
December 13, 2021
January 5, 2022
January 31, 2022
February 7, 2022
February 23, 2022
March 7, 2022
March 21, 2022
April 6, 2022
April 18, 2022
May 4, 2022

Charter Revision 2007 - Historical Documents