ARTICLE V. TOWN MEETINGS AND ELECTIONS
Section 5.01 Annual Town Meeting
Annual Town Meetings shall be held each year, during the month of June. At such time a Moderator shall be elected by written ballot. Election of officers and other secret ballot articles shall be voted on the second Tuesday of June immediately after the election of the moderator. Consideration of the remaining articles shall commence on the following Saturday. Any reference to the close of the Town Meeting shall mean the final adjournment of the meeting. As the legislative body of the Town, the Town Meeting shall have the final authority for the enactment of ordinances, budgets and other legislation of the Town.
Section 5.02 Election of Officers and Other Matters to be Determined by Secret Ballot
Except for the Moderator, who shall be elected by written ballot at the beginning of each Annual Town Meeting and Special Town Meeting, the election of officers shall be by secret ballot in accordance with applicable provisions of Maine law. Such applicable provisions of Maine law shall also govern other articles required to be determined by secret ballot by this Charter or applicable law, or which are to be determined by secret ballot by order of the Board of Selectmen or by petition of a number of voters equal to at least 10% of the number of votes cast in the Town at the last gubernatorial election, but in no case less than 10, provided such order or petition is timely filed in accordance with such applicable provisions of Maine law.
A warrant article approved by secret ballot referendum vote may only be amended or repealed by secret ballot referendum vote. (Amendment: June 10, 2008)
Section 5.03 Special Town Meetings
Special Town Meetings shall be called in accordance with Maine law.
Section 5.04 General and Administrative Ordinances
(a) Ordinances: All ordinances, except those which under State law may be adopted by the municipal officers, shall be adopted by the legislative body of the Town, which shall be the Town Meeting. Except for emergency ordinances, or those with dates specified by statute, ordinances shall become effective after adoption unless otherwise specified therein.
(b) Articles for the Warrant
(1) The Board of Selectmen, on their own initiative, may by majority vote place on the warrant any article relating to the welfare of the municipality. All non-budgetary articles for inclusion in the warrant under this sub-section, with the exception of articles that appear in the warrant on a yearly basis, must be announced at a public meeting at least 7 days prior to the signing of the warrant. (Amended: June 10, 2008)
(2) The Planning Board, by their own initiative, may by majority vote place on the warrant any article relating to land use ordinances. Selectmen shall consider the recommendation of the Planning Board for placement and voting method of articles.
(c) Petitions for Articles in the Town Meeting Warrant: Any qualified voter may request the Board of Selectmen to place an article in the town meeting warrant and shall present in written form the substance of the article. If the request is denied by the Board, on the written petition of a number of voters equal to at least 10% of the number of votes cast in the Town at the last gubernatorial election, but in no case less than ten, the municipal officers shall insert the article in the next town meeting warrant issued. If the intent is to secure a secret ballot vote, the petition shall so state otherwise the Selectmen can choose to place the article on the open Town Meeting or by secret ballot referendum. (Amended: Nov. 5, 2002)
- Warrant Articles: All articles for inclusion on the Town Meeting Warrant must be clearly worded and have a distinct single subject and shall be written so that an affirmative vote is in favor of the article.
(e) Life Expectancy of Articles: All non-ordinance articles shall have a stated life expectancy.
Section 5.05 Authentication and Recording of Ordinances
All ordinances and resolutions adopted by the Board shall be authenticated by the signatures of the Board and recorded in full by the Town Clerk in a properly indexed book kept for that purpose, the original or a copy of which shall be accessible to the public.
Section 5.06 Zoning Ordinance
All Land Use Ordinances lawfully adopted prior to the adoption of this Charter shall remain in effect until amended or repealed in accordance with the Buxton Zoning Ordinance, this Charter and the laws of the State of Maine.