In the 1700's, the term "Town Charter" referred to a document conveying tracts of land to a certain town or township. Thanks to the information prepared by the Merrimack Heritage Commission, we learned that the Town has two such "land" charters dating back to 1746 and 1750.
On April 13, 2004, voters of Merrimack passed Article 19 which read as follows:
The Town's legal council determined that the above vote was not binding and on April 12, 2005, the voters of Merrimack passed Article 25 which read as follows:
On April 27, 2005, two attorneys from the Local Government Center conducted a workshop on the charter commission process based on their publication entitled " The Municipal Charter Process for Towns".
On June 21, 2005, a general election was held and 851 Merrimack voters elected the nine residents from a field of 27 candidates. Those nine residents have begun the process outlined by this timeline as prescribed by law.