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Posted on: May 20, 2019

Volunteers Needed for Town Commission on Disabilities

Commission on Disabilities

The Town has voted in favor of accepting the provisions of M.G.L. c.40, §8J authorizing the Town to create a Commission on Disabilities, and in accordance therewith, to establish a Commission of 5-13 Members to be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for alternating three year terms (other than initial appointments, which must be for one, two and three year terms); a majority of said Commission members shall consist of people with disabilities, one member shall be a member of the immediate family of a person with a disability and one member of said Commission shall be either an elected or appointed official of the Town; such Commission shall be charged to undertake all of the matters authorized by law, including but not limited to: researching local problems of people with disabilities, serving as a resource to the Town in ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws affecting people with disabilities; and reviewing and making recommendations about Town policies, procedures, services, activities and facilities of departments, boards and agencies as they affect people with disabilities; 

 Merrimac will be applying for grants to make town-owned buildings handicap accessible, having a Commission on Disabilities will help on the application.  In the fall the Commission will propose a bylaw to define the roles and responsibilities.  Requested by the Board of Selectmen.

Anyone interested in serving on the commission should email the Selectmen's Office 

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