Town of Webster, MA
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting 5-8-1988 ATM, Art. 98, as Sec. 10.0 of the General Bylaws. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 253-1 Notice of meeting.

[Amended 10-18-1993 FATM, Art. 37; 5-12-2014 ATM, Art. 10; 6-6-2016 STM, Art. 15]
Notice of every Town Meeting shall be given by publishing notice of the warrant in a newspaper of general circulation within the Town at least seven days preceding the meeting in the case of Annual Town Meeting and at least fourteen days preceding the meeting in the case of Special Town Meetings, and posting attested copies of the complete warrant in the Office of the Town Clerk, at the Town Library, and on the Town web site in a legible fashion.

§ 253-2 Annual Town Meeting article dates.

All miscellaneous articles or articles from the general public for the inclusion in the spring or fall Annual Town Meeting warrant shall be submitted to the Board of Selectmen, 30 days before the spring or fall Annual Town Meeting warrant. Should the 30th day fall on a weekend or legal holiday, the next working day shall be deemed to be the acceptance date.

§ 253-3 Warrant closing dates.

The Board of Selectmen shall have the right to publish different closing dates for the warrant articles which are closer to the period/dates specified for acceptance of articles prior to any Town Meeting by the Charter. However, in no case shall an article be accepted after the final publication or posting of any warrant. Provisions of General Laws shall prevail should any conflict arise.

§ 253-4 Late warrant articles.

A. 
In cases where warrant articles are received after the legal or specified closing Dates, the Board of Selectmen shall have the authority to include articles on any warrant up until the time of posting or publication by presentation of each article at a posted public meeting and a majority vote of the full board to include the article on a warrant.
B. 
If vacancies exist on the Board of Selectmen, a majority vote of the remaining members shall be required.

§ 253-5 Spring Town Meeting date.

The Spring Annual Town Meeting for the transaction of business shall be Held on the second Monday of May at 7:00 p.m. in the Bartlett High School or any other adequate place to be designated by the Board of Selectmen in the Warrant announcing the meeting.

§ 253-6 Fall Town Meeting date.

The Fall Annual Town Meeting for the transaction of business shall be held on the Third Monday of October at 7:00 p.m. in the Bartlett High School or any other adequate place to be designated by the Board of Selectmen in the Warrant announcing the meeting.

§ 253-7 Town Election date.

[Amended 10-16-1995 FATM, Art. 7; 5-11-1998 ATM, Art. 4]
The Annual Town Election of Officers shall be held on the first Monday of May in The Town Hall or any other adequate place to be designated by the Board of Selectmen in the Warrant announcing the meeting.

§ 253-8 Quorum.

The presence of 61 voters at a Town Meeting for the transaction of business shall constitute a quorum, except for a motion to adjourn for which no quorum shall be required; provided, however, that no lack of the required quorum unless it appears from the records of the Town Clerk of the meeting that before the result of such vote the question of the presence of a quorum was duly raised and that such records show that the required quorum was lacking.

§ 253-9 Protocol matters.

In all protocol matters, the Town Meeting shall follow the latest revised edition of "TOWN MEETING TIME" except as otherwise provided by General Laws, the Charter or this bylaw.

§ 253-10 Moderator duties.

The Moderator shall preside and regulate the proceedings at all Town Meetings, decide all questions of order and make public declaration of all votes. If a show of hands so declared is immediately questioned he/she shall verify it by ordering a standing vote and he/she may appoint tellers to make and return the count.

§ 253-11 Motions.

All motions submitted for consideration of the Town shall be in writing if required by the presiding officer or by a majority of the Town Meeting members present. Every person speaking shall address the Moderator in a standing position.

§ 253-12 Committees and motions.

Committees shall be nominated by the presiding officer of the meeting, unless otherwise ordered by the meeting. All motions to lie on the table, or to take from the table, to take any article from its regular order, or to change the order of business, shall be decided without debate.

§ 253-13 Reconsideration of motions.

[Amended 10-18-1993 FATM, Art. 37]
No final vote shall be reconsidered unless ordered by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the voters present.

§ 253-14 Action on articles.

[Amended 10-18-1993 FATM, Art. 37]
Articles for Town Meetings. Articles appearing on the Warrant of any Town Meeting that voters have rejected or passed over, may not be resubmitted prior to the next Annual Town Meeting unless the Selectmen have declared the Article of an emergency nature or unless by petition of voters in accordance with MGL c. 39, § 10, as amended, or unless passed over for additional information. Articles tabled during the Town Meeting may be resubmitted for the next or any annual or special Town Meeting.

§ 253-15 Referendum of voters.

The vote of the people of Webster under the referendum procedures (Section 2-15) of the Charter shall be considered as action taken by the Town Meeting.