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In anticipation of next week’s public hearing on Charter Reform (Monday, Nov. 10 at 7pm at City Hall), Fred Berman and Bill Bumpus interviewed local activist Bill Shelton, who favors a City Manager form of government, as compared with our current ”Strong Mayor” form of government…..
Why is this important now?
Earlier this year, Mayor Joe Curtatone convened a Charter Advisory Committee as a first step towards exploring options for amending the City’s Charter, and redefining the way our City government works. Depending upon the kinds of changes enacted, we could either increase or diminish the powers and independence of the Mayor, the Board of Aldermen, and/or the School Committee.
Mayor Curtatone’s initial proposal would double from 2 to 4 years the Mayor’s term and add to the powers of the position.
On their November 10th Progressive Voices program on SCAT, Fred Berman and Bill Bumpus discussed charter reform with Bill Shelton, an activist with the Mystic View Task Force and STEP, who has proposed changes that would reduce the Mayor’s powers, and vest most of the responsibility for City government operations in a City Manager. (Fred didn’t remember to start taping until a minute or two into the conversation, so the video starts with Fred’s head buried in the tape deck.)
What kinds of changes in the City Charter would YOU like to see? The City of Somerville’s Charter Advisory Committee (CAC) has scheduled a public hearing for Monday, November 10th at 7pm in the Aldermanic Chambers in City Hall (93 Highland Ave.) to discuss the work of the Committee and to receive comments from the public. This is an opportunity to put your opinion on the record. For the full press release, see http://www.somervillema.gov/NewsDetail.cfm?instance_id=1340. For summaries of meetings of the Charter Advisory Committee, see http://www.somervillema.gov/spotlight.cfm?id=67