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Oct 112017
 

Article II

The Town Meeting

Section 2.1. The Town Meeting:

Annual and Special Meetings. An annual Town Meeting shall be held for the consideration of the budget and for the consideration of other town business properly before it. It may be adjourned from time to time. Special Town Meetings for the consideration of items properly before them may be called by the Selectmen and shall be called by them within twenty-one (21) days after receipt of a petition signed by not less than 5% of the qualified electors on the latest official lists of the Registrars of Voters of the Town, filed with the Town Clerk.

Section 2.2. Notice of Town Meetings:

Notice of each Town Meeting, whether the Annual or a Special Meeting, shall be given in accordance with the provisions of the General Statutes or any ordinance thereon.

Section 2.3. Quorum:

A quorum, for the purposes of a Town Meeting, shall consist of the number of qualified electors or taxpayers present.

Section 2.4. Moderator:

Any Town Meeting shall be presided over by the Town Meeting Moderator, or in his absence by a Deputy Town Meeting Moderator, who shall be appointed and have the powers as hereinafter provided.

Section 2.5. Conduct of the Town Meeting:

Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of the Town Meetings.

Section 2.1. The Town Meeting:

Annual and Special Meetings. An annual Town Meeting shall be held for the consideration of the budget and for the consideration of other town business properly before it. It may be adjourned from time to time. Special Town Meetings for the consideration of items properly before them may be called by the Selectmen and shall be called by them within twenty-one (21) days after receipt of a petition signed by not less than 5% of the qualified electors on the latest official lists of the Registrars of Voters of the Town, filed with the Town Clerk.

Section 2.2. Notice of Town Meetings:

Notice of each Town Meeting, whether the Annual or a Special Meeting, shall be given in accordance with the provisions of the General Statutes or any ordinance thereon.

Section 2.3. Quorum:

A quorum, for the purposes of a Town Meeting, shall consist of the number of qualified electors or taxpayers present.

Section 2.4. Moderator:

Any Town Meeting shall be presided over by the Town Meeting Moderator, or in his absence by a Deputy Town Meeting Moderator, who shall be appointed and have the powers as hereinafter provided.

Section 2.5. Conduct of the Town Meeting:

Robert’s Rules of Order shall govern the conduct of the Town Meetings.

Section 2.6. When Action by Town Meetings Required:

The annual budget, any resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds or notes or other borrowing of less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00) except notes in anticipation of taxes to be paid within the fiscal year in which issued, any sale of real estate of the Town or any interest therein and any purchase of real estate or interest therein with a value of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00) or more, shall become effective only after it has been adopted or approved at a Town Meeting by a majority vote of persons qualified to vote at Town Meetings, present and voting at such meeting. The Town Meeting shall not act upon any proposal for the sale or purchase of such real estate or any interest therein, or the issuance of such bonds or notes or other borrowing except upon the recommendation and after approval of the Board of Selectmen.

(b) After the same has been approved by the Board of Selectmen, any resolution authorizing the issuance of bonds or notes of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000.00) or more, shall be placed on the call of a Town Meeting; and after completion of other business and after reasonable discussion on such appropriation or resolution, the Moderator of such meeting shall adjourn the meeting to reconvene not less than seven (7) nor more than fourteen (14) days thereafter as provided in Section 7.7 of the General Statutes, as amended, and such resolution shall become effective only after it has been submitted to the persons qualified to vote in such meeting for a “yes” or “no” vote on the voting machines. The voting machine ballot labels shall be provided by the Town Clerk. At the closing of the polls the Moderator shall cause the vote to be counted; and any such resolution shall, if approved by a majority of those voting thereon, be deemed to be a vote of the Town Meeting.

(c) 1. The vote on any annual budget recommendation on the call of any Town Meeting shall be submitted to a vote on the voting machines in accordance with Section 2.6 (b) above and, if approved by a majority of those voting thereon, shall be deemed to be a vote of the Town Meeting.

(c) 2. Any other item or items on the call of any Town Meeting shall, if the Selectmen by majority vote so determine and/or if requested at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to such meeting by a petition signed by not less than 5% of the qualified electors on the latest official lists of the Registrars of Voters of the Town filed with the Town Clerk, be submitted to a vote on the voting machines in accordance with Section 2.6 (b) above and, if approved by a majority of those voting thereon, shall be deemed to be a vote of the Town Meeting.

(d) In accordance with the provisions of Article V, Section 5.20 of this Charter, the Town Meeting is empowered and may be required to elect members of the Board of Education, Regional District 5.

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