Charter Revision Commission

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(PDF, 933KB) to the Commission. The Commission was not limited to acting just on these recommendations.

Resolution Establishing Commission and Charge to Commission(PDF, 228KB)

Charter Revision Commission Presentation(PDF, 533KB)

Charter Revision Draft Report on File with Town Clerk (6.3.22)(PDF, 4MB)

Charter Revision Commission Final Actions(PDF, 297KB)

Charter Revision Commission Final Report(PDF, 734KB)

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

Schedule

2021 Meeting Schedule- Revised September 27, 2021(PDF, 37KB)

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

 

Charter Revision 2007

On May 15, 2007, 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.

Click to read more about the Charter Revision 2007

 

Preliminary Report (May 5, 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.

Click to view Report(PDF, 2MB)

 

 

 

 

 

  

Public Input:

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
bwolverton@manchesterct.gov

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