Friday, May 4, 2001
Town Meeting thoughts
Carlisles Annual Town Meeting will be held the fourteenth and fifteenth of May, at the Carlisle School. We set the towns budget, consider special purchases and attend to bylaw, personnel and various management issues. If you are new to town, this is the best way to learn how our boards work and what issues are active.
To make the evening proceed smoothly, I have a few recommendations you may wish to consider before you arrive. Ill be expecting everyone to take a seat. Its crucial for counting votes and important for everyones comfort and safety. So please plan to sit in a seat instead of lurking by the back wall!
For the time being, we continue to welcome children, but they must be seated with you and remain quiet. They may not sit with the tellers or play in the lobby. The tellers will have special tags for visitors. This lets the tellers know you will not be voting. Visitors making presentations to the meeting may sit up front; visitors not addressing the meeting can sit in the back row of the music room (the addition to the auditorium). This segregation, while unappealing, is helpful for the voting process.
For this Annual Town Meeting we will stick with our time limits of eight minutes for the presentation of a main motion, and four minutes for speaking to it from the floor. Please let me know if you plan to present a motion to, or an amendment during the Meeting. We need them in writing for legal purposes. If you are struck with an amendment during the meeting, please consider the same time limits and quickly write out your wording for me.
I look forward to seeing you at the meeting. As always, if you have comments or questions, please call me at 1-978-369-5424.
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