April 6, 2009

Moderating the Muddle

Justin Katz

Tiverton Town Clerk Nancy Mello has reason to fear that the town council may consider her to be the default appointee for the position of moderator at the pending financial town meeting. So, as she and I spoke amidst children hunting for Easter Eggs this weekend, I promised to make some inquiries. Count this as one.

Candidates need not be from Tiverton, but they must be comfortable with Robert's Rules. One will be appointed by the town council to open the financial town meeting, and another (or the same) will be elected at the meeting for a two-year term. A fair and strong person could do much to help the town of Tiverton through contentious times.

Interested people must file with Mrs. Mello by the 16th.

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what is a resolve and any idea what was the council meeting tonight in tiverton about?

Posted by: tivcitizen at April 6, 2009 7:56 PM

With regard to the financial town meeting, the resolves are essentially the rules and procedures that the meeting will follow (e.g., maximum of three amendments on a movement). The town council is meeting (I believe) to figure out what resolves they ought to propose in the budget, and the voters at the FTM will have the opportunity to approve, reject, or amend them.

Posted by: Justin Katz at April 6, 2009 8:02 PM
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