MERRIMACK CHARTER COMMISSION
February 21, 2006
Commission members present: Vice Chairman Heather Anderson, Robert Kelley, Tim Tenhave, Peter Batula, David Yakuboff, Finlay Rothhaus, and Lon Woods
Excused: Chairman Tom Mahon, Secretary Fran L’Heureux
Vice Chairman Anderson convened the meeting of the Charter Commission at 7:05 pm in the Finance Conference Room of the Town Hall.
Vice Chairman Anderson noted that Chairman Mahon and Secretary L’Heureux were attending the Lions Club meeting this evening to discuss the proposed charter with this group. There will be a meeting with the Board of the Chamber of Commerce on Friday, the meeting with the membership of the Chamber of Commerce will occur about one month from the meeting with the Board. A meeting will be held with the Senior Citizens on Monday and the Rotary meeting is tentatively scheduled for March 23, 2006 in the morning. David Yakuboff noted that he thinks that Tom Mahon has set up something with the Exchange Club.
There was no public comment at this time.
Vice Chair – Vice Chair Anderson noted she is working to get the presentations ready for the meeting with civic groups. She is also working to get the tables ready for the Deliberative Session. The Commission will not meet again before the Deliberative Session. The Commission may not meet after the Deliberative Session, either.
Heather Anderson noted that she synthesized the answers given by the members. Tom Mahon, Heather Anderson, and Tim Tenhave reviewed the FAQ document.
Tim Tenhave suggested that a question be added to the FAQ’s. He suggested that the question of this Charter affecting the School District and the Merrimack Village District be added. Ms. Anderson commented that the elimination of the Budget Committee, with the passage of this Charter is the only direct effect on the other two entities.
Ms. Anderson noted that these FAQs will be published on the website and used as handouts at meetings. She is putting together material for the voters’ guide. The Commission, by consensus, gave permission to publish the FAQs as presented.
Heather Anderson noted the pamphlet with the key messages will include 5 key points, each of which will be on a panel of the pamphlet by itself.
Heather Anderson noted that these sign ups will occur at the end of the meeting.
January 24, 2006 and January 31, 2006 – A motion was made by Lon Woods and seconded by Tim Tenhave to accept the minutes of January 24, 2006 and January 31, 2006 as printed. The motion passed 7-0-0.
A motion was made by Lon Woods and seconded by Tim Tenhave to adjourn the meeting at 7:55 PM. The motion passed unanimously.
Rita Carlton, Recording Secretary