Thursday, April 17, 2014
WATERVILLE -- Peter Lyford and Edward Lachowicz will lead the city’s new Charter Commission which voters established in November.
Lyford is a former charter commission member who works as resource development coordinator for United Way of Mid-Maine Inc.
Lachowicz is a student studying social work and is husband of state Sen. Colleen Lachowicz, District 25.
The commission includes seven members who were elected Nov. 6 and three who were appointed by the City Council. The commission is charged with determining if any changes should be made to the current charter to help improve the way the city operates.
Voters decide every seven years whether to establish a commission. A charter is like a local constitution that governs the way the city operates. The new commission may determine that no changes are necessary and recommend no changes.
The 10-member commission met for the first time Wednesday. In addition to choosing Lyford and Lachowicz to lead the panel, the commission elected Alicia Barnes secretary, according to City Clerk Patti Dubois who was at the meting and swore in the members. Barnes is a member of the city’s Planning Board. City Solicitor William Lee explained the commission’s purpose.
The commission Wednesday scheduled a public hearing for 6 p.m. Jan. 2 in the council chambers at The Center, according to Dubois. The next regular commission meeting is 5 p.m. Jan. 22 in those chambers, she said.
Dubois said the commission asked for the final report issued by the last commission in 2005.
Those elected to the commission Nov. 6 were Bernard Huebner, Ward 1; Lachowicz, Ward 2; Rosemary Winslow, a city councilor who represents Ward 3; Barnes, of Ward 4; former City Councilor and Board of Education member Donald N. Dufour, Ward 5; Peter Madigan, Ward 6 and Jacqueline Dupont, also a Planning Board member, Ward 7.
The City Council appointed Lyford, former City Councilor Roland Hallee and Cathy Taylor, a member of the Police Station Study Committee to the commission.
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