Committee Urges Residents to Submit Comments on City Charter Beginning September 1st through September 8th; Comments Accepted Via Email, Mail and Voicemail
SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville’s Charter Advisory Committee has announced the initial public comment period for the City’s municipal charter beginning September 1st through September 8th. Residents are urged to submit comments on the existing charter and ways to modernize the city’s structure and governance. This will be the first in a series of comment periods and public meetings. Comments will be accepted via email, postal mail and voicemail and will be used to shape the committee’s recommendations to Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Board of Aldermen.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have such intelligent, talented, forward thinking residents here in Somerville and their input is essential to the success of this process,” said Mayor Curtatone. “I applaud the committee for encouraging community input so early in this process and I look forward to the results of the comment period and upcoming public meetings.”
“At this stage of our review, we would be interested in hearing from the public on a range of issues. The charter covers all branches of municipal government, and how they should be elected and organized, as well as the functions of the major city departments. Over the next few months we will focus the public’s attention on more specific matters, for example, whether to rename the Board of Alderman as a City Council – but for now, any general thoughts on the structure of government or city departments are welcome,” said committee chair Howard E. Horton, Esq.
The Charter Advisory Committee was convened by Mayor Curtatone and will meet regularly over the next six months. The committee will solicit input from elected officials, City staff and Somerville residents and will present its recommendations to Mayor Curtatone. The Board of Aldermen will then vote on the recommendations. Following a favorable vote by the BOA the recommendations will be voted on by the state legislature and finally, by the residents of Somerville.
The committee consists of ten members including Somerville residents and representatives from academia, the business community, the BOA and the School committee.
Comments can be emailed to CharterAdvisoryCommittee@somervillema.gov ; mailed to Charter Advisory Committee, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02142; or left on the committee’s voicemail at 617-625-6600 x 2618. For more information on the committee, meeting notes and a meeting schedule visit .
The City’s existing charter and related ordinances can be found here: .
Tom Champion 617-625-6600, ext. 2620
Lesley Delaney Hawkins, 617-625-6600, ext. 2615
City of Somerville
office phone: (617) 625-6600 ext. 2103
cell phone: (617) 512-4847