Town of Westwood, MA
Norfolk County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
2-1-1. 
  The legislative powers of the town shall be exercised by a town meeting open to all registered voters of the town.
2-2-1. 
  The annual town meeting shall be held on the last Tuesday in April of each year, except in years in which the presidential primary elections are held on the last Tuesday in April, then the annual town meeting shall be held on the second Tuesday in April, but the only business to be conducted on that day shall be the election of town officers and the balloting on all matters which are to be determined by official ballot.
2-2-2. 
  All General Laws regarding town elections shall apply, except as provided by this charter or by special act of the legislature.
2-3-1. 
  All elections of town officers shall be nonpartisan and election ballots for town officers shall be printed without any party mark, emblem, vignette or designation whatsoever.
2-4-1. 
  Any registered voter of the town shall be eligible for election to any elective office or board of the town. Any person duly elected to any such office or board shall take up the duties of the office the day after the adjournment sine die of the town meeting at which the individual was elected, unless such office was vacant at the time of the election, in which case the individual shall take up the duties of the office immediately; provided, however, the individual shall first have been sworn to the faithful performance of the individual's duties by the town clerk.
2-5-1. 
  Petition. Any 10 voters of the town may secure, by written petition to the board of selectmen, the inclusion of an article for the warrant of any duly scheduled annual town meeting, and at least 100 registered voters may secure the same for any duly scheduled special town meeting.
2-5-1.1. 
     Pre-Petition.
(a) 
Any 5 voters of the town may submit to the board of selectmen or the finance and warrant commission by a date set by town by-law prior to the annual town meeting a proposed warrant article and shall designate a lead petitioner.
(b) 
The board of selectmen or the finance and warrant commission shall include the proposed article on an agenda at a regular or special meeting for discussion and provide the lead petitioner with nonbinding guidance, if any, concerning the same by a date set by town by-law which shall be no later than 7 days prior to the close of the warrant.
(c) 
Failure to submit an article under this section shall not prevent the filing of a petition under section 2-5-1 and any guidance to the petitioners under this section shall not be binding on the finance and warrant commission or board of selectmen in the event the same petition is submitted under section 2-5-1.
2-6-1. 
  Business sessions of the annual town meeting shall be held on the first Monday in May and may be continued on such additional days as may be decided by the town meeting. There shall also be a second business session of the annual town meeting held in the last 3 months of the calendar year on a date to be determined by the board of selectmen, which meeting shall be an "annual town meeting" for purposes of the General Laws; provided, however, that the board of selectmen may, at its discretion, cancel said fall annual town meeting no later than September 15 in any year, so long as no more than 10 petitioned articles have been submitted for inclusion on the warrant at said fall annual town meeting and notice of the board's action with regard to such meeting shall be posted on the town's website and principal bulletin board. The board's decision as to whether to hold a fall town meeting shall not prohibit the board from calling for a special town meeting at its discretion.
2-6-2. 
  Rules of procedure of the town meeting shall be determined through town by-law.
2-6-3. 
  A journal of the proceedings of the town meeting shall be kept and it shall be a public record.
2-7-1. 
  The finance and warrant commission shall consider all articles in warrants for all town meetings and shall report in writing before each town meeting in the manner provided by town by-law its advice, estimates and recommendations for consideration by the town meeting, and it shall hold a public meeting with respect to the warrant at least 14 days prior to any town meeting. Failure to timely post, publish or mail such advice, estimates and recommendations in the manner provided by town by-law shall not affect the validity of the town meeting.
2-8-1. 
  The town meeting shall establish by town by-law a quorum requirement for the conduct of its business, but a smaller number than the established quorum may adjourn immediately any meeting to a stated date, time and place.
2-9-1. 
  A moderator, who shall be a registered voter of the town, shall be elected for a 1-year term. The moderator shall preside at all sessions of the town meeting.
2-9-2. 
  If the office of moderator becomes vacant, or if the moderator is absent, the board of selectmen shall appoint an acting moderator for a particular meeting or to serve until the next regular election of town officers.
2-9-3. 
  No elected town officer shall be eligible to be appointed acting moderator.