Charter Review Commission

Administrative

Watertown's Home Rule Charter (The Charter) (PDF) is our 'constitution." The Charter explains the responsibilities of the Town Council, Town Manager, School Committee, Library Trustees and other decision-making bodies. It describes every aspect of governance from Watertown's form of municipal government, to how elections are run, to how our budget is developed.

Our Charter is reviewed every ten years by a Charter Review Commission (CRC) (PDF) and is up for review this year, 2010. The President of the Town Council informs the public of the Charter review, invites residents to formally apply to become a member of the Commission, interviews all candidates and selects six residents who together with the members of the Town Council, make up the CRC. The CRC reviews all provisions of the Charter. It holds public meetings and encourages public comment and participation. It is chaired by Town Council President Mark Sideris. Depending on what recommendations for changes the CRC makes, the Town Council, residents and possibly the state legislature will need to approve the changes.

The CRC will usually meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Richard Mastrangelo Council Chambers, second floor, Town Hall, 149 Main Street, until the Charter has been reviewed in its entirety. All meetings are open to the public and televised live on Watertown Community Access Television. The public is encouraged to attend and participate.

Members:

Town Council President Mark Sideris has selected the following residents to serve on the Charter Review Commission:

- Michael Donham
- Dennis Duff
- Rhiana Kohl
- Pamela Piantedosi
- David Siegel
- Tia Tilson

Additionally, members of the Town Council serve on the Charter Review Commission:

- Mark Sideris (President) and (Town Council President)
- Stephen Corbett (Town Council Vice-President)
- John Donahue (Town Council)
- Susan Falkoff (Town Council)
- Angeline Kounelis (Town Council)
- John Lawn (Town Council)
- Cecilia Lenk (Town Council)
- Anthony Palomba (Town Council)
- Vincent Piccirilli, Jr. (Town Council)

Meeting Dates:

- Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 4, 2011, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 7 p.m.
- Monday, April 25, 2011, 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011, 6:30 p.m.

Agendas:

- Tuesday, April 20, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, May 4, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, May 18, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, June 15, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, July 20, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, August 17, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, September 7, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, September 21, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, October 5, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, October 19, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, November 30, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, December 14, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, January 4, 2011 (PDF)
- Tuesday, January 18, 2011 (PDF)
- Tuesday, February 1, 2011 (PDF)
- Tuesday, February 15, 2011 (PDF)
- Tuesday, March 1, 15, (Same Agenda) (PDF)
- Tuesday, March 29, 2011 (PDF)
- Monday, April 25, 2011 (PDF)
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011 (PDF)

Approved Minutes:

- Tuesday, March 16, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, April 6, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, April 20, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, May 4, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, May 18, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, June 15, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, July 20, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, August 17, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, September 7, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, September 21, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, October 5, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, October 19, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, November 30, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, December 14, 2010 (PDF)
- Tuesday, January 4, 2011 (PDF)
- Tuesday, January 18, 2011 (PDF)
- Tuesday, February 15, 2011 (PDF)
- Tuesday, March 1, 2011 (PDF)
- Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (PDF)
- Tuesday, March 29, 2011 (PDF)
- Monday, April 25, 2011 (PDF)
- Tuesday, July 19, 2011 (PDF)

Sign up for Notify Me:

Notify Me is an email subscriber sign up list, via the town's website, for those who wish to receive periodic informational updates from the Charter Review Commission via email. Citizens are strongly encouraged to sign up to keep current with the latest news from this very important Commission. Simply enter the email address where you would like to receive the updates and put a check next to Charter Review Commission.

Presentations:

- July 20, 2010: Forms of Massachusetts Municipal Government (PDF)

Reference Documents

Watertown's Home Rule Charter (PDF)

Watertown Charter Commission - Final Report - 1980 (PDF)

Characteristics of Forms of Government Described in Massachusetts Law (PDF)

Optional Forms of Local Government - Massachusetts (PDF)

Options for Changing Local Government Structure (PDF)

Massachusetts Forms of Local Government (PDF)

Dates of Incorporation and/or Establishing City Form of Government (PDF)

Massachusetts City/Town Directory of Forms of Municipal Government (PDF)

Home Rule Charter - Adoption or revision - Massachusetts General Law Chapter 43B (PDF)

Massachusetts Communities Operating Under Home Rule Charters (PDF)

Watertown Home Rule Charter Review - Questions and Answers (PDF)

Amending the Charter (PDF)

Charting a Route for Charter Change (PDF)

What is Home Rule (PDF)

Charter Amendments (PDF)