[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Blackstone as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Administration of government — See Ch. 5.
Article I Conduct of Meetings
[Adopted 4-7-1998; amended in its entirety 4-7-2015]
Once accepted, the following will supersede all previous rules governing the conduct of the Board of Selectmen's meetings and its members.
At the first meeting of the Board following the Annual Election, members shall choose a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Clerk to serve until the next Annual Election or Special Election, in the event a vacancy is filled.
The second order of business following the Annual Election, shall be the adoption of these "Rules Governing the Conduct of the Meetings and Its Members."
The Chairman will preside at all meetings of the Board, except in his/her absence when the Vice Chairman will preside. If neither the Chairman nor the Vice Chairman is present, then the Clerk shall preside.
The presiding officer will be responsible for the orderly conduct of the meeting as well as any other duties required under the Massachusetts General Laws, Charter, bylaws or by the authority given by the majority vote of the Board.
Motions. Discussion on any subject will take place, prior to motions being made, with discussion to take place, if it is necessary, following the motion.
Tabling. Any member who feels he/she needs more time to study a motion prior to voting may make a motion to table until the next Board meeting. This motion must be seconded by another Board member and is not debatable.
If the presiding officer or any member questions the legality of any motion, the motion must be tabled until an opinion, satisfactory to the majority of the Board, is obtained through Town Counsel or is researched through the Massachusetts General Laws, the Charter, or the bylaws.
In the event of unusual or unforeseen circumstances, the motion to suspend the rules may be made regarding the order of business only.
The Board reserves the right to limit to five minutes the time that anyone appearing before the Board shall have to speak, unless this article is waived by a simple majority vote of this Board. Anyone wishing to speak over the five-minute time limit must request to be placed on the agenda at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.
Nonresidents may speak two minutes upon a 4/5 vote of the Board allowing them to speak. A 4/5 vote of the Board will also be required to extend the two-minute time limit to five minutes.