Board of Selectmen
Dana Rice, Chair (Term expires 2020)
William Thayer, Vice Chair (Term expires 2021)
Ernest West (Term expires 2019)
Glenn Grant (Term expires 2019)
Cheryl Robinson (Term expires 2021)
Terms expire as of the Town Meeting in the year stated.
Composition, Terms, and Eligibility
The Board of Selectmen shall be composed of five members, each of whom shall be elected by the registered voters of the Town by secret ballot to serve three year staggered terms. At each regular municipal election, Board members shall be elected to fill those positions that have become vacant. Only registered voters of the Town shall be eligible to hold the office of Selectmen (Title 30 MRSA 2526(3)). Selectmen shall physically reside within the limits of the Town during their term of office. A Selectman's term of office shall end at the close of the Annual Town Meeting.
Induction and Organizational Meetings
The members of the newly constituted Board shall meet as soon as practical after the Annual Town Meeting, and they shall organize to the extent possible as follows:
(a) To be sworn to the faithful discharge of their duties by any person authorized by State Law to administer oaths;
(b) The Board shall elect from among its members a Chairman and Vice-Chairman. The Chairman shall preside at meetings of the Board and shall be recognized as head of the Town government for all ceremonial purposes. The Chairman shall call Special Meetings of the Board when such meetings are warranted or called by a majority of the Board. The Vice-Chairman shall act in the absence or disability of the Chairman;
(c) Establish time and place for regular Board meetings, and give appropriate notice thereof to the public.
Regular and Special Meetings
(a) The Board of Selectmen shall, at its first meeting or as soon as possible thereafter, establish by resolution a regular place and time for holding its regular meetings. Maine Statute does not require any specific regular meeting schedule, except that such meetings be held often enough to address Town business. It shall also provide a method for calling a Special Meeting and notice shall be posted for such special meetings in at least 5 (five) conspicuous places spread throughout town. All meetings of the Board of Selectmen shall be open to the public. In the event of an emergency meeting, notice shall be made in accordance with the general laws of the State of Maine, and notice shall be posted for such emergency meetings in at least 5 (five) conspicuous places spread throughout town whenever practical;
Executive Sessions: The Board of Selectmen shall conduct Executive Sessions in accordance with applicable laws of the State of Maine, (Title 1 MRSA 405). All other business shall be conducted in public with proper notice.
General Powers and Duties of Selectmen
The Board of Selectmen shall have the following enumerated powers in addition to those powers granted by law or granted to the Board at a Regular or Special Town Meeting or elsewhere provided in this Charter:
(a) Supervisory authority over the administrative officials of the Town;
(b) The Selectmen shall appoint all members of all boards and commissions, except those required to be elected under this Charter or applicable law. The Selectmen also have the right to initiate boards, committees or commissions as they deem necessary for town affairs; and to terminate any such board, committee or commission so created or existing on the effective date of this Charter and not required by applicable law, ordinance, or the provisions of this Charter.
(c) Selectmen shall serve as Overseers of the Poor, which function may be delegated in whole or in part
to the town manager or a qualified town employee.
(d) Selectmen shall serve as Assessors of the Town. The Board of Selectmen may appoint, as required,
Certified Municipal Assessor to provide assistance to the Board, under contract or annual retainer.
(e) Limitations of Board Action. The Board of Selectmen shall act as a unit settling all questions by
formal vote in an authorized meeting. Members must not act individually unless some duty has been
delegated to a member or members by a majority vote of the Board of Selectmen. A formal minority
report may be issued by Board members in the minority, which shall be recorded in the minutes of
the Board of Selectmen's meetings.
(a) Meetings: The Board of Selectmen shall schedule meetings in accordance with Section 2.04 of this
Charter. All meetings shall be public; however, the Board of Selectmen may recess for the purpose of
discussing in a closed or Executive Session any matter which is an allowable topic for Executive
Sessions under the laws of the State of Maine (Title 1 MRSA 405(6)). No ordinances, orders, rules,
resolutions, regulations, contracts, appointments, or other official actions shall be finally approved in
Executive Session (Title 1 MRSA 405 (2)).
(b) Rules and Journal: The Board of Selectmen shall determine its own rules and order of business and
shall provide for keeping a record of its procedures, including the minutes and will be made available
to the public upon request. The records shall be considered a public record.
(c) Voting: The votes of each member shall be recorded in the minutes. A majority of the Board shall
constitute a quorum. No action of the Board shall be binding or valid unless adopted by affirmative
vote of at least three members of the Board.
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