Selectmen Appointed Committees & Application
Applications can be submitted by email or mailing to the following address:
Board of Selectmen
150 Concord St.
Framingham, MA 01702.
The positions listed below are currently open:
- Agricultural Advisory Commission - Alternate (1)
- Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee (1)
- Cultural Council (2)
- Cushing Memorial Chapel Advisory Committee (6)
- Fair Housing Committee (5)
- Historic District Commission - Alternate (1)
- Human Relations Commission (5)
Agricultural Advisory Committee
The purpose is to represent the town's farming and forestry community both internally and externally; encourage, promote, and support the pursuit of farming and forestry in the town both as a business and a community resource; and promote the protection, preservation and economic use of farmland and forestland within the town.
The duties and responsibilities of the committee shall include the following:
- We serve as representatives, advocates, educators, facilitators and/or mediators on farming and forestry issues both within the town and externally.
- The committee advises the Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Board of Assessors, Board of Health, and other town bodies on all matters pertaining to farming or forestry activities or lands in town.
- The committee engages in projects and activities, including educational programs and community events, to promote the business, activities and traditions of farming and forestry, as well as farm and forestland protection in town.
- We develop warrant articles, policies and procedures advocating and promoting agriculture and forestry; The committee reports to town meetings on its projects and activities on an annual basis.
MembersThe committee shall consist of 5 members appointed by the Board of Selectmen. At least 3 of the members shall be actively engaged in farming, forestry, or related activities. The members shall serve staggered terms of 3 years each, with 2 of the initial members serving 3 year terms, 2 of the initial members serving 2 year terms and 1 of the initial members serving a 1 year term. Up to 4 alternates may also be appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Any vacancy shall be filled by the Board of Selectmen, based on recommendations of the committee, for the unexpired term of the vacancy.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory CommitteeThe committee is dedicated to providing the public with useable, sustainable, and safe ways of moving from place to place in Framingham.
Board of HealthThe Board of Health acts as an advocate for preventative health and wellness for the town and is charged with the enforcement of all laws, regulations and town bylaws relating to the public health. This includes conducting hearings, issuing licenses and permits, setting the Board of Health Fee Schedule, approving subdivisions, enacting health regulations, issuing site assignments, registering recombinant DNA technologies and investigating all health-related nuisances.
Board of Registrars
Every city and town must have a Board of Registrars or Election Commission whose responsibilities include registering voters, making local listings or residents, certifying nomination papers and petitions, processing absent voter applications and administering election recounts.
Cable Advisory Committee
The role of the 5 member Cable Advisory Committee is to ensure the provisions of the town’s 3 cable television contracts are implemented, serve as a liaison between cable customers and the cable companies providing feedback and acting in the role of ombudsman and to act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Selectmen and town Manager for issues that may require direct intervention of town administration. The town currently provides a cable franchise license to Comcast, RCN, and Verizon. Satellite television providers are not required to have a license.
Community Development CommitteeThe Center for Disease Control (CDC) works in cooperation with the Community and Economic Development Department to work to complete the following:
- Satisfy the citizen participation requirements of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974
- Hold public hearings to obtain views of citizens on community development and housing needs
- Provide citizens with adequate opportunities to participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of the Community Development Program
- Recommends to the Selectmen an annual Community Development Plan consisting of a statement of Community Development Objectives and Projected Use of Funds.
The commission reviews proposed work or alteration falling within 125 feet of resource areas. For example this includes the following:
- Any Lake
- Fresh Water Wetland
- Inland Banks Bordering on River
Council on AgingThe Council on Aging functions pursuant to MGL c. 40, s. 8b for the purpose of coordinating or carrying out programs designed to meet the needs of the town’s aging population in coordination with the programs of the Commonwealth’s Commission on Aging.
The mission of the Cultural Council is "to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and to contribute to the economic vitality of our communities." The Cultural Council receives funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and re-grants these funds to individuals, schools and non-profit organizations in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in the community.
The commission researches local problems of people with disabilities, advises and assists municipal employees in ensuring compliance with applicable laws and regulations that affect people with disabilities, coordinates programs designed to meet the problems of people with disabilities, and provides information, referrals, guidance and technical assistance on matters pertaining to disabilities to any inquiring entities. The majority of the 9 member commission is comprised of people with disabilities, 1 person must be an immediate relative of a person with a disability and 1 person must be an elected or appointed official of the town.
Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC)The 7-member EDIC works with the town to plan for and carry out economic development in town where it is most critically needed. The committee encourages investment that will in turn attract other investments and ultimately enhance long-term economic vitality and improve the quality of life for residents and the climate for businesses. Current economic development plans include working with town officials to encourage improvement of underdeveloped downtown properties, supporting small business development and working with the Chamber of Commerce to further the goals of downtown real estate owners.
Elderly & Disabled Tax Fund CommitteeThe Town of Framingham accepted the provisions of Acts 1998 C. 166 whereby taxpayers may voluntarily check off, donate and pledge an amount to aid in defraying real estate taxes of elderly and disabled persons of low income. The committee will consist of the chairman of the board of assessors, treasurer / collector and 3 residents of Framingham to be appointed by the board of selectmen. The committee shall adopt rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this section and to identify the recipients of such aid.
Fair Housing Committee
This committee works in to promote access to decent, safe, and, to the maximum extent feasible, affordable housing for all segments of the community. The Fair Housing Committee accomplishes this through the study of issues, public education and advocacy. The Committee is comprised of 13 members. Four members are ex-officio appointments for 1-year terms and represent the Human Relations Commission, the Community & Economic Development Department, the Planning Board and the Framingham Housing Authority. The 9 other members should be broadly representative of segments of the community, active and interested in the housing market.
Historic District CommissionThis commission, in conjunction with the Community and Economic Development Department, oversees 81 properties in the town’s 5 historic districts. Its purpose is to preserve and protect the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant to the history of the town, to maintain and improve the settings of those buildings and places and to encourage compatibility with existing buildings when new buildings are planned in the districts. The commission is comprised of seven (7) members to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen including one (1) member from the Framingham History Center, one (1) architect registered to practice in Massachusetts, one (1) licensed real estate agent, one (1) lawyer, one (1) land owner resident in the Historic District and two (2) members at large.
There shall be five (5) alternates selected, with backgrounds in any of the five (5) categories specified above or an urban planner, an architectural historian, a landscape architect, a licensed general contractor or building tradesperson or any other citizen who, through education or experience, have demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation.
The Historical Commission is a 5-member board chartered under state law for the "preservation, protection, and development" of the town’s historical assets. The commission maintains the town’s inventory of cultural resources, administers the Demolition Delay Bylaw, promotes historic preservation and approves historic markers for early homes and historic buildings.
Human Relations Commission
The Human Relations Commission deals with "the causes of inter-group disunity, including, but not limited to, the elimination of conditions of bias, discrimination, and prejudice against minority groups, and to establish affirmative action programs to ensure equal enforcement of law, for all groups regardless of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national ancestry, and disability."
Parks & Recreation Commission
The Park Commission is a 5-member board and has jurisdiction over park lands and recreation programs, establishes policies governing department operations including park usage, fees and registration policies, hears reports from the professional staff on maintenance, recreation services and special projects and entertains special requests from the public on unusual circumstances.
Framingham Veterans' Council
The Framingham Veterans' Council is composed of 5 volunteer residents of Framingham, 4 Veterans as defined under M.G.L. c. 4, sec. 7, cl. 43rd as amended by the Acts of 2005, Ch. 130. and 1 non-veteran. The purpose of the Council under Massachusetts General Law c.115 is:
- To provide support to all Framingham Veterans and the Veterans Service Officer
- To serve as a liaison between Framingham veterans and the Framingham Board of Selectmen and town Manager
- To promote the recognition and observance of all patriotic holidays to include, but not limited to Memorial and Veterans' Day
- To foster an understanding and appreciation within the town of the achievements, contributions, and sacrifices veterans have made to the Community, State and Nation
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Bylaws authorizes the ZBA to issue special permits for regulated uses; consider variances for proposed relief; and hear appeals of the decisions of the Building Commissioner. Full members are appointed for a 3-year term. Associate members are appointed annually and may be designated by the ZBA Chairman to sit on said board because of the vacancy, inability to act, conflict of interest, or absence of a regular member.
MetroWest Health Foundation
The Board of Selectmen nominates a candidate for the MetroWest Health Foundation Framingham Union Grants Panel Member. Description of Duties include:
- The 5-member Framingham Union Grants Panel oversees the distribution of certain restricted funds of the MetroWest Health Foundation, which may, but need not be, exclusively focused on the needs of the Framingham community.
- The Panel is responsible for ensuring that the use of these funds is in keeping with the mission and purposes of the foundation, and is directed to meeting the unmet health needs of the Framingham community.
Minimum RequirementsFramingham Union Grants Panel Members shall possess the skills and experience, which can contribute to the purpose and mission of the Panel and Foundation. The panel shall have a diversity of exposure and interests so as to reflect the broad interests of the Framingham community. No panel member shall represent any particular group or special interests except only the broad interests of the Framingham community.