Town of Norwell, MA
Plymouth County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Norwell. Formerly designated Art. IV. Amendments noted where applicable.]
A copy of the warrant for all Town Meetings shall be posted in five or more places in the Town at least seven days prior to the Annual Town Meeting or 14 days prior to a Special Town Meeting, and a notice under the Seal of the Town shall be published in a newspaper circulated in the Town at least seven days prior to an Annual Town Meeting and 14 days prior to a Special Town Meeting, but it shall be sufficient notice if the newspaper states only that a meeting is to be held giving the place, date and hour.
The Selectmen shall prepare a report setting forth the articles of the warrant, together with the recommendations of the Advisory Board, copies of which either shall be mailed to all registered voters, or they shall cause to have a copy left at each dwelling house or apartment, at least seven days before the meeting.
[5-14-2001 ATM, Art. 8]
The Annual Town Meeting shall be held at 7:30 p.m. on the second Monday in May, or as deemed necessary by the Board of Selectmen, of each year, and Special Town Meetings may be held at such time as the Selectmen may order. At least seven days before the Annual Town Meeting, a published complete Annual Report of all Town officers, boards, committees, departments, Town Meetings, elections, births, deaths and marriages shall be made available to all residents and citizens of the Town at the following locations: Town Clerk's office, Town Library, Norwell Housing Authority Common Room and such other places designated by the Board of Selectmen.
[5-12-1992 ATM]
No quorum shall be required for a Town Meeting.
All Town Meeting votes, except those containing authorization for a borrowing in excess of $200,000 and requiring more than a majority vote, or otherwise provided for by law, shall first be taken by a voice vote. If the Moderator is in doubt, or if seven voters immediately question the vote, the Moderator shall call for a standing vote taken by sworn tellers. In the case of a motion authorizing a borrowing in excess of $200,000 and requiring more than a majority vote, a secret ballot shall be used in all instances.
Articles of the warrant shall be acted upon in the order in which they appear unless otherwise determined by vote of the Meeting.
A motion and all amendments thereto shall, if required by the Moderator, be reduced to writing before being submitted to the Meeting.
The duties of the Moderator and the government of the Town Meeting, not provided for by law or bylaws, shall be determined by the rules of practice contained in Robert's Rules of Order as far as they are adapted to the conditions and powers of the Town of Norwell.
[Amended 5-25-1995 ATM; 5-13-2002 ATM; 5-6-2013 ATM]
A meeting shall be held on the second Saturday following the Annual Town Meeting and shall be conducted as prescribed by law, with polling hours set by the Board of Selectmen before each Annual Town Election and/or Special Town Election, for the determination of such matters as shall properly be placed on the official ballot and for the election of Town officers, in accordance with and as required by law and these bylaws, as follows:
A. 
Selectmen.
B. 
Assessors.
C. 
Board of Health.
D. 
Highway Surveyor/Director.
E. 
Housing Authority.
F. 
Moderator.
G. 
Planning Board.
H. 
School Committee.
I. 
Town Clerk.
J. 
Trustees of the Norwell Public Library.
K. 
Board of Water Commissioners.
[1-21-1999 STM]
On matters requiring a two-thirds vote by statute a count need not be taken unless the vote so declared is immediately challenged by seven or more voters as provided in MGL c. 39, § 15.