Camden’s Charter Commission is announcing the dates of two public meetings regarding proposed revisions to the current Town Charter. The July 21 and Aug. 18 meetings will be held in the French Conference Room at 5:45 p.m. and will be streamed live on the town’s YouTube channel.

The Charter Commission, a group of nine Camden citizens, has been working on revising and updating the Town Charter since late 2018. These changes will bring the Charter into agreement with current procedures and regulations and make the Charter a more user-friendly document. This is the first significant change to the Charter in 35 years.

The working draft is the result of the commission’s meetings, research into other town’s charters, communications with the town manager, finance director, the Select Board, former town manager Roger Moody and the town attorney. Attorney Kelly has participated in numerous meetings, as well as reviewed proposed revisions to the Charter as it progressed. In addition, the commission has met with or talked with the Personnel Board and numerous members of the Budget Committee and town managers from various towns in Maine.

Covid concerns disrupted the commission’s work and delayed presentation of a working draft to the public until this summer. We look forward to citizen feedback and input before the commission finalizes the draft for approval at a town vote.

An annotated version of the draft, along with a document highlighting the major revisions, can be found on the town’s website; go to the Boards & Committee section and select Charter Commission. There is also an email address, Charter@camdenmaine.gov, for citizens to submit comments and questions. Printed copies will be available for review in the town office and Camden Public Library.
Charter Commission
Deb Dodge – Chairperson
Lowrie Sargent – Vice Chair
Karen Grove
John French
Nancy Caudle-Johnson
Mark Haskell
Jim Heard
Bob Oxton
Jean White