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
Ms. Jacqueline Crespan
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. Jennifer Fiereck
2021 Meeting Schedule- Revised September 27, 2021
The tentative schedule for discussion for upcoming meetings in 2021 is as follows:
Monday, November 22, 2021
1) Charge #13. Review of Chapter III and Chapter IV of the Town Charter, to consider the structure of the Council-Manager form of government.
Monday, December 13, 2021
1) Town Clerk Issues – Town Clerk Joe Camposeo and Clerk-Elect
2) Use of gender-neutral pronouns
3) Schedule of 2022 Meetings
Residents of the Town of Manchester may make suggestions regarding the Town Charter at any future public hearings held by the Commission. Residents can also submit their comments in writing to:
Charter Revision Commission
Attn: Brian Wolverton
When submitting comments electronically, please include the phrase "Charter Revision 2021" in the subject line.
Agendas for Upcoming Meetings:
November 22, 2021
7:00PM, Manchester Room, Town Hall
June 14, 2021
July 12, 2021
August 5, 2021
August 23, 2021
September 9, 2021
September 27, 2021
October 27, 2021
Charter Revision 2007 - Historical Documents