FRAMINGHAM – The new City of Framingham Charter stated a Framingham Traffic Commission “shall be appointed by the Mayor within 60 days upon the assumption of office.”
Traffic was one of the top three issues during the mayoral debates last year. Many residents in Framingham expressed frustration over speeding, crashes, construction causing additional traffic, etc.
The City of Framingham Charter created a Framingham Traffic Commission comprised of the Framingham Police Chief (or designee), Framingham Fire Chief (or designee), Director of Public Works (or designee), Superintendent of Schools (or designee), and four residents.
The Mayor advertised for four residents to serve on the Commission – “one from the business community, one from the downtown area (defined as the area within a one-mile radius of the intersection of Routes 126 and 135), and two residents at-large.”
Several individuals applied for the Commissioner positions, including former Town Meeting member Richard Baritz, who lives within one mile of Routes 126/135 in February. Baritz announced he had applied to be a Commissioner at a District 8 community meeting hosted by District 8 City Councilor Judy Grove on Tuesday, in which crime and traffic were the focus points.
The Charter required the Mayor to submit names to the 11-member City Council for the Traffic Commission, within 60 days of the inauguration.
Framingham City Council then has 30 days to approve or reject the candidates for theTraffic Commission.
If the Council takes no action, the individuals become Commissioners. A majority vote is needed to reject a Commissioner.
According to Council members, the Mayor notified Council after 5 p.m. on February 28, that she would miss the City of Framingham Charter deadline.
“I ask for the Council’s patience and understanding, as we work to identify a slate of nominees for the Traffic Commission,” wrote the Mayor in a memorandum to the Council.
“Please be advised that due to the lack of applicants and the opportunity to interview potential candidates for the Traffic Commission, we anticipate a delay of approximately one week from the 60 day requirement of the Charter,” wrote the Mayor to the Council.
Framingham Deputy Police Chief Steven Trask said Tuesday, he would be serving on the Commission, and he would be among those interviewing candidates for the Traffic Commission on Thursday, March 1. Trask served on the Town of Framingham’s Traffic and Roadway Safety Committee.
It is unknown as of Friday, March 2, at 5 p.m., when the Mayor plans to submit names to the Council. No date was included in the Memorandum to Council.
As of 5:30 p.m., today, the City of Framingham still had the ad up to apply for Traffic Commissioner.