Here is a YouTube video of the complete 12/6/11 public forum held by Northampton’s Special Act Charter Drafting Committee. This video is 2 hours 7 minutes long and was recorded by Emily Odgers. See the committee’s web page for meeting dates, agendas, minutes and related materials.
Here is the presentation shown at the forum.
The December 14 meeting of the Charter Drafting Committee will include a Leadership Round Table to discuss:
- Powers of the Mayor
- Powers of the City Council/School Committee
- Length of Terms
The public is invited. The meeting will take place from 6-8pm in Hearing Room 18 at City Hall, 210 Main Street (2nd floor). Enter the building from the rear.
MassLive: “Northampton Charter Drafting Committee preparing to submit report” (12/6/11)
Ward  City Councilor Owen Freeman-Daniels told the committee he would like the council to have the authority to appoint people to boards and approve certain fees. [Ward 7 Councilor Gene] Tacy suggested the council, not the Board of Public Works, set the water and sewer fees.
Glendale Road resident Emily Odgers made a case for term limits, saying that people who acquire expertise while on a board or committee can voluntarily avail the public of it if they are replaced.