[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Islesboro as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the policy of the Selectmen of the Town of Islesboro to elect one of its members as Chair for a one-year term. The election shall be held at the first regular meeting of the Board after the Annual Town Meeting. Voting shall be by secret ballot. A majority of votes of the Selectmen present at the meeting is required to elect. The Board shall also elect a Vice Chair who shall carry out the duties of the Chair when the Chair is unable to carry out those duties.
The duties of the Chair are as follows:
To call special or emergency meetings of the Board.
To chair the meetings of the Board.
To consult with the Town Manager on agenda items.
To act as the official spokesperson for the Board.
To be the single voice of the Board in instructing or correcting the Town Manager.
To sign documents on behalf of the Board or the Town as appropriate.
To represent the Board or the Town at official functions.
To liaise with the Chair of the School Committee when necessary.
Nothing in the above shall preclude a Selectman from having an item placed on the agenda, provided that item is submitted in a timely manner, that is, by the day before the meeting that the Board sets for closing the agenda.
Decisions by the Chair at a meeting may be overruled by a majority of the Selectmen present.
Nothing in the above shall preclude a Selectman from meeting with the Town Manager and discussing matters or concerns that Selectman may have.
Nothing in the above precludes a Selectman from expressing his or her individual opinion to the public, provided that it is made clear that what is expressed is that person's opinion and not necessarily that of the Board.
It is the policy of the Board of Selectmen to determine there is a quorum if three members are present. Except as stated below, any and all business conducted by the full Board may be conducted by a three-member quorum. A minimum of two affirmative votes is required to pass a motion by a three-member quorum. A minimum of three affirmative votes are required to pass a motion when more than three members are present.
The exceptions to the three-member quorum conduct of business, when the Board has more than three active members, are:
Amending, enacting or repealing Board of Selectmen policies;
Amending, enacting or repealing Town of Islesboro Personnel Policies and Procedures;
Hiring, dismissing, or disciplining a Town Manager, except if there is no serving Town Manager, an acting Town Manager may be appointed;
Selling Town-owned property.