Pursuant to the May 1, 2017 Annual Town Meeting (ATM) vote, the Berlin Board of Selectmen shall appoint five (5) resident volunteers to serve on the Town Management Study Committee. Article 44 at the 2017 ATM stated as follows:
ARTICLE 44 – To see if the town will vote to authorize the Selectmen to appoint a Town Management Study Committee to address the issue of restructuring Berlin’s Town government to meet the needs of the future. This committee will pursue the model of governance featuring a Town Administrator while preserving Berlin’s Open Town Meeting forum.
The Study Committee will:
- Review the Town’s current organization and management structure at a high level of detail in an attempt to determine what works and what does not work. Carefully review all Town Bylaws and make recommendations for changes to content and format where appropriate.
- Examine all appointed and elected officials and committees to determine if the current method is effective and determine alternatives if necessary.
- Review all potential methods for managing a town of the size of Berlin with special emphasis on the use of a Town Administrator in conjunction with the Board of Selectmen and an Open Town Meeting.
- Present a full report including all recommendations to the Board of Selectmen by February 1, 2018.
Said committee shall consist of 5 qualified residents.
The Town Management Study Committee (TMSC) has submitted its report to the Select Board regarding restructuring Berlin’s Town government to meet the needs of the future. The TMSC created by Town Meeting in May 2017 was tasked to specifically investigate models of governance featuring a Town administrator that would preserve Berlin’s Open Town Meeting forum.
In advance of Berlin’s May 2018 Town Meeting, the Select Board and TMSC invites residents to a public forum to review what was learned from the research, the recommendation to create a Town Administrator position, the town meeting article related to this proposal and next steps. The goal is to provide information in advance of Town Meeting in order to answer questions and address concerns.
Link to the report and recommendations of the Town Management Study Committee at http://www.townofberlin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Town-Management-Study-Committee-Report.pdf