George Mervosh

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  1. Well, post #2 isn't very helpful since he apparently is a member, but yeah
  2. Well if he's an ex-officio member as FAQ#2 notes (thanks Mr. Huynh) he has every right to be there.....but not to take over the meeting. If he's behaving improperly then the Chair should call him to order and the committee should report his actions back to the town's council.
  3. if the town moderator is not a member of the committee (ex-officio or otherwise), they have no rights at all with reference to the committee's proceedings and can be excluded from attending if the committee so chooses. "During actual deliberations of the committee, only committee members have the right to be present. " RONR (11th ed.), p. 501 I'm not sure I understand exactly what the problem is, but if they aren't a committee member, the solution is clear enough.
  4. Under the rules in RONR, if the next meeting is a new session of the assembly, yes. You should check with the Council's solicitor to see if there is any rule in statute regarding the matter since it will take precedence if there is any conflict with the rule in RONR.
  5. Yes, unless it's agreed to by unanimous consent, which is only used for routine, non-controversial motions. A resolution is just a motion, often offered in written form.
  6. Well the 2FP Happy Hour hasn't started yet (but soon), so he's really not preoccupied right now.
  7. I think Mr. Brown was suggesting they postpone the motion to adopt the budget until their next meeting, assuming it's held within a quarterly time interval. But if it's just a postponement until later in the same meeting, of course no adjourned meeting is necessary.
  8. Will they need to set up an adjourned meeting before postponing the matter since their bylaw says it's to be approved at the September meeting?
  9. He can't ask questions about a particular decision while the approval of the minutes is pending, or ask that a particular passage in them not be approved because he has a question about the decision itself. The minutes reflect what was done and you can't rewrite history to change it . In a small board (not more than about a dozen members present) he can discuss the matter and ask questions when nothing else is pending.
  10. Typically, yes. "When previous notice has been given, it is usual to wait for the member who gave notice of these motions to move them; but if he does not, any member can do so. " RONR (11th ed.), p. 307
  11. I remember back in the days of typewriters in college when one could make beer money typing papers.......not me, of course....well.......
  12. "The presiding officer of an assembly ordinarily is called the chairman* when no special title has been assigned, or in a body not permanently organized, such as a mass meeting (53). In organized societies the presiding officer's title is usually prescribed by the bylaws, that of president being most common." RONR (11th ed.), p. 448
  13. I don't see a conflict. Just two sets of facts, generating two different replies (by Messrs. Lages and Martin). Which is exactly why our moderator Mr. Gerber recommends starting a new thread (like you did) instead of adding onto an old one.
  14. I'm more confused. I can't find that response anywhere. Just read Mr.Martin's is simpler that way.
  15. Yes. Once the motion had passed, you could have used the motions to Reconsider (RONR, p. 315ff) or, if no one on the prevailing side wished to make the motion you could have used a motion to Amend Something Previously Adopted (RONR, p. 305ff) which could be made by anyone. If someone would have thought of it while the original motion was pending, the subsidiary motion to Amend could have been used. (RONR, p. 130ff)