The Concord Select Board has 5 members who are elected to serve 3 year terms, as defined by the Town Charter and the Term of Office Bylaw. The Town Charter, Bylaws, and the General Laws of Massachusetts grant the Select Board broad powers to govern the Town.
The Select Board appoints more than 20 boards and committees (permanent and ad hoc). The Select Board acts as the primary policy-making body for a wide variety of issues, which affect the Town's development and provision of services. They recommend the budget to the Annual Town Meeting, approve the reorganization of Town departments; provide oversight for matters in litigation; and acts as the licensing authority for a wide variety of licenses and permits. The Select Board also enact Rules and Regulations for such matters as traffic control, underground wiring and street lighting.
The Select Board generally meet on Monday nights at the Town House in the Select Board Meeting Room. For detailed information about the Select Board's schedule, meeting times or other meeting information, please contact the Select Board's Office.
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Select Board Citizen Correspondence Publication Policy
Letters from Concord citizens to the Select Board enhance participation in town government and sharpen the debate on current issues. Citizen correspondence complements other input, such as verbal public comment during board and committee meetings, citizen feedback in public forums and informal discussions between members of the public and individual board or committee members.
On October 3, 2022, the Concord Select Board adopted a policy to address the receipt of, acknowledgement of and sharing of letters addressed to members of the Select Board related to a recent, current, or potential future agenda topic that is within the scope of the Select Board charge. This policy takes into consideration Open Meeting Law and best practice in the support of governmental transparency.
To be published, correspondence must be from a Concord resident or business owner, and include the author’s name and address. Letters and emails should be addressed to:
- The Select Board by name,
- A quorum of Select Board members, or
- To a town staff person with an explicit request to distribute the letter to Select Board members.
Letters will be attached to the minutes for the next meeting after they are received. Recognizing that some letters are time-sensitive, and meant to be input to deliberations, town staff will also include any letters received in advance in the meeting packet on a best-effort basis. The Select Board chair will acknowledge any other letters received when there has not been an opportunity to publish them before a meeting.
The complete policy can be found here:
Concord Select Board Citizen Correspondence Publication Policy
Select Board Statement
It has come to our attention that some people are continuing to harass town staff and contractors as they go about their duties at White Pond. Others are vandalizing trees on private property in Estabrook Woods. Still others are shooting pellet guns at other people.
Civility means we sometimes have to agree to disagree. For example, we certainly understand that not everyone agrees with every aspect of the White Pond project. However, Town Meeting voted at least twice to engage in the project and to fund it.
There is never any excuse for personal attacks, nor is there any value in doing so. To be frank, these behaviors benefit no one, but they are an embarrassment and a hazard to the entire Town of Concord.
Concord prides itself on civil discourse. Ongoing debate and peaceful protests are an important part of that process, but trespassing, vandalism, and personal attacks will not be tolerated. These actions are subject to prosecution, and they have been referred to the Concord Police Department.
I hope you will join me in deploring these behaviors. If you see someone acting inappropriately, please don’t hesitate to speak up. Call 911 if necessary. We all need to act to ensure that the unfortunate actions of a few don't compromise the civility, character, and safety of our town.
Terri Ackerman, Chair
Concord Select Board