The North Attleborough Charter Commission welcomes all residents to this Public Hearing for the purpose of getting input on the strengths and weaknesses of our Town’s form of government as well as suggested changes for improvement in its effectiveness.The following guidelines have been established to allow for a productive hearing:
- This hearing is a designed for the citizens at large. Future meetings will be held to receive input and comments from the various elected and appointed officials.
- This is not a debate. It is an opportunity for the public at large to provide their opinions about what they feel the strengths and weaknesses are of our current form of government and what changes they feel the commission should consider.
- Only Town residents will be allowed to speak. They will need to sign-in with their names and addresses. Speakers will be called in the order they have signed the sign-in sheet.
- The commission will not allow derogatory comments about individuals or positions.
- This is not an opportunity to speak against the need of a Charter
- Each speaker will be allocated 5 minutes. The commission can vote to modify the time on an as needed basis.
- We will allow written submission today, or at any time in the future, but it must contain the submitters name and address and must be signed
In an effort to assist the residents, we are providing the following questions, if you would like to use them. You are not limited to these questions. You can structure your presentation any way you wish, within the guidelines above:
- What do you think is effective or ineffective in the way our government operates?
- What changes would you like to see take place to improve the way our government operates?
- How do you feel regarding centralized vs. decentralized government?
- Do you feel our current government is responsive to the residents?
- What form of government do you think would work best for the Town?
- What one thing, if any, would you rank as the most important to change or not change?