Charter revisions in Brookfield are made once every five years. Once again a Commission is holding hearings to make recommendations on changes to the town's laws. Chairman Matt Grimes two years ago revisions failed by large numbers.
There are three areas they are looking at this time around.
One is to allow Boards and Commissions to fill their own vacancies, which are currently filled by the Board of Selectmen. Splitting the budget is another item. A vote on separate or combined education and municipal budgets is currently determined by the annual town meeting. Brookfield is the only town in the region that still votes on one combined budget. The last area the Commission is studying involves ethics and potential recall provisions.
People can comment before each meeting and via email. Tonight's public hearing is at 7pm in Brookfield Town Hall.
Grimes says the group is hoping to have a draft report to the Board of Selectmen by the end of April.