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Town of North Andover, MA
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of North Andover as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Town Meeting — See Charter Ch. 2.
Finances — See Ch. 15.
[Amended 5-15-2018 ATM by Art. 6]
All meetings of the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Health, Conservation Commission, Community Preservation Committee, Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Finance Committee shall be broadcast live over the local cable television network unless emergency or operational or technical conditions suspend the requirements hereof, as determined by the Town Manager or the Manager's designee. All such meetings shall occur in the Town Hall second floor meeting room, the school administration building meeting room, or other locations as determined by the Town Manager or the Town Manager's designee.
Notice of all such meetings shall be posted in accordance with the requirements of the Open Meeting Law, MGL c. 30A, §§ 18 through 25, and shall contain the date, time and place of such meeting and a listing of topics that the chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed at the meeting, including application names.
[Amended 5-15-2018 ATM by Art. 6]
If there is a scheduling conflict with the use of a meeting room, the Town Manager or the Manager's designee shall have the discretion to determine which board shall have use of the room.
Nothing contained in this bylaw shall be so construed as to conflict with the requirements of the Open Meeting Law, MGL 30A, §§ 18 though 25.
[Amended 5-15-2018 ATM by Art. 6]
A violation of this bylaw or a failure to comply with this bylaw shall not be grounds for challenging or invalidating any actions taken at any meeting of the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Health, Conservation Commission, Community Preservation Committee, Board of Selectmen, School Committee or Finance Committee.
When a Town Meeting shall be adjourned to a time certain that is more than 14 days from the time of adjournment, the Town Clerk shall cause notice of the time and place of such adjourned meeting to be duly posted in three or more public places in each precinct in the Town two days, at least, before the time of holding said adjourned meeting, which notice shall also briefly state the business to come before such meeting.
There is no quorum requirement for Annual or Special Town Meetings.
Unless the Moderator shall otherwise rule, for reasons which he/she shall state to the meeting, no second motion for the reconsideration of any action taken by any Town Meeting shall be entertained during that meeting or any adjourned session thereof.
Upon motion duly made and seconded, at any Annual or Special Town Meeting, and upon the affirmative vote of at least 25% of the voters present at said Annual or Special Town Meeting, any article in the warrant for said Annual or Special Town Meeting shall be voted upon by Australian (secret) ballot.
A. 
The sponsor of any article requiring the raising and/or appropriation of Town funds shall provide to the Town Manager and to the Finance Committee the following information:
(1) 
Total estimated dollar cost of the article, including:
(a) 
Start-up costs.
(b) 
Reoccurring annual costs, including any increase in personnel and/or equipment purchases.
(c) 
Source of estimate.
(2) 
Estimate of any possible revenues the project might generate.
(3) 
Proposed source and/or mechanism for funding.
(4) 
Reason(s) for the request, including but not limited to need.
(5) 
Population group most likely to benefit or be affected by the project.
(6) 
Possible alternatives to the requested proposal.
(7) 
Schedule or time frame for completion of the project.
(8) 
Any motions that would be introduced to support the article as submitted.
B. 
This information shall be provided within two days after the final fixed date for receiving articles into the warrant for the Annual or any Special Town Meeting.
C. 
All CIP (Capital Improvement Plan) articles which seek to raise in excess of $500,000 shall, in addition to any other method of funding, include the appropriate language to allow, but not necessarily require, for funding through a MGL c. 59, § 21C debt exclusion override.
The Board of Selectmen shall vote to set the date of the Annual Town Meeting in accordance with MGL c. 39, § 9. MGL Chapter 39 also permits the Board of Selectmen to postpone by vote an Annual Town Meeting. Any such postponement shall be held on any weekday evening Monday through Thursday at 7:00 p.m. until all articles in the warrant have been acted upon.
The Moderator may take all votes requiring a two-thirds majority in the same manner in which he/she or she conducts the taking of a vote when a majority vote is required.