The Framingham Charter Commission, a group of 9 elected individuals tasked to study Framingham’s form of government and make some recommendations for changes, is asking residents to aparticipate in a survey.
The first survey by the Commission is online in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
The Commission said all responses are confidential and will be seen only be members of the Charter Commission.
Surveys are available in a paper form at the Framingham Town Clerk’s office.
The deadline to participate in this first survey is Friday, June 3.
Some of the survey questions in this current survey include:
- Right direction
- Wrong direction
- A Council and a Mayor to oversee day to day operations
- A Council that appoints a Manager to oversee day-to-day operations
- Representative Town Meeting, Selectmen and Manager
- Unsure / no preference at this point
- The eight traits are:
Speed of decisions, representation, leadership, division of power, avenues for participation, transparency, citizen concerns, accountability The government should be able to make decisions quickly.
- Each geographic region of Framingham should be represented equally.
- We should have a clear leader to represent the community.
- Power/responsibilities should be spread so that no one person/group has the majority of the power.
- There should be many ways for residents to participate in the government.
- Decisions should be made in as open and transparent way as possible.
- Citizens should be able to bring decisions they are unhappy with directly to the voters.
- There should be ways to make sure that leaders are accountable to the public.