Charter commission

At the Annual Town Election on April 23, 2012, under the Home Rule Procedures Act (M.G.L. Chapter 43B), the citizens of Pepperell elected a Commission to frame a charter for the Town of Pepperell. The Charter Commission will spend approximately the next 18 months researching and reviewing town charters from around the Commonwealth and, if deemed appropriate by the Commissioners, propose a new charter for the Town of Pepperell.

The Commission is required to hold a Public Hearings to solicite input from Pepperell citizens. Those Hearings will be posted on the Town of Pepperell website, in Town Hall, and in the local newspaper.

Final Charter being proposed for Pepperell

Charter Commission's Letter to Residents published in Pepperell Free Press

Dear Pepperell Resident,

In today's edition, you will find approximately four pages of a draft document that is referenced as Pepperell's Town Charter. This document is the culmination of numerous hours of work and effort that commenced in May of 2012 and will not be complete until the Annual Spring Election 2014. The Charter will be on the Spring 2014 ballot where you will have the opportunity to vote it into acceptance.

As required by Massachusetts General Law, the Charter Commission has published the draft Charter in this edition so you will have the opportunity to review it in its entirety and hopefully provide feedback at a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, September 18th at 7:00pm at Town Hall, Conference Room A.

The Charter Commission commenced this process with the desire of achieving the five following objectives:

  • To create an organizational structure that contributes to a more efficient town government responding to the needs of its residents; 
  • To ensure there is the appropriate level of accountability in the Town Administrator function; 
  • To allow for the budget and finances of the Town of Pepperell to be consolidated, transparent and streamlined; 
  • To preserve the policy role of all Town Elected Boards; and 
  • To not alter in any form or manner our Open Town Meeting. 
The Charter Commission believes the above stated objectives have been achieved and incorporated into this document. We ask that you please review the proposed Charter carefully and to attend one of the final meetings scheduled for Wednesday, September 18th at 7:00pm at Town Hall, Conference Room A as we drive to complete the document and submit it to the Board of Selectmen in October 2013.

Joseph Sergi, Chairman
Douglas R. Adams, Vice Chairman
Lisa Ferolito, Clerk
Caroline D. Ahdab
Christopher F. DeSimone
Michael L. Hartnett
Peter J. Shattuck, Sr.
Marcia A. Zaniboni