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