Board of Selectmen

Town of Limerick, ME.

 

ZOOM VIRTUAL MEETING PROTOCOLS

 

ZOOM meetings are made available to the public via Spectrum Cable TV Channel 5 and are Live Streamed via the internet at  External link opens in new tab or windowwww.SRC-TV.org  under the Live Stream icon on the website.  Scroll to the Limerick Brick Town Hall icon and  click.

Department Heads or town committee spoke persons are asked to call or email the Selectmen’s secretary requesting to be placed on the agenda.  Participants on the agenda will be admitted from the waiting room when the Chair recognizes them.   It is the responsibility of the participant to have loaded ZOOM software on their device.  It is the responsibility of the caller to ensure that their device microphone is working when admitted. The link to the ZOOM Meeting will appear on the Town Web Site at External link opens in new tab or windowwww.limerickme.org for those who have arranged to be admitted to the meeting.

 The viewing public may also submit a written comment or question on the Livestream Meeting VIMEO chat board during the meeting.  These communiques will be queued during the meeting.  They will be read and addressed during the meeting section:  Hearing of Citizens, by the Board unless the Chair deems differently.  The citizen’s name will be read with comment.

Citizens may also send emails to the selectmen’s secretary (email:  External link opens in new tab or windowselectmenssecretary@limerickme.org) at any time prior to the meeting.  These communiques will also be addressed under meeting section: Hearing of Citizens by the Board unless the Chair deems differently.  The citizens name will be read with the comment.

 

Title 1: GENERAL PROVISIONS

Chapter 13: PUBLIC RECORDS AND PROCEEDINGS

Subchapter 1: FREEDOM OF ACCESS

External link opens in new tab or window§404

§403-A. Public proceedings through remote access during declaration of state of emergency due to COVID-19

(CONTAINS TEXT WITH VARYING EFFECTIVE DATES)

(WHOLE SECTION TEXT EFFECTIVE UNTIL CONTINGENCY: See T. 1, §403-A, sub-§3)

(WHOLE SECTION TEXT REPEALED ON CONTINGENCY: See T. 1, §403-A, sub-§3)

1.  Remote access.  Notwithstanding any provision of law or municipal charter provision or ordinance to the contrary, during a state of emergency declared by the Governor in accordance with External link opens in new tab or windowTitle 37-B, section 742 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, a body subject to this subchapter may conduct a public proceeding through telephonic, video, electronic or other similar means of remote participation under the following conditions: 

A. Notice of the public proceeding has been given in accordance with External link opens in new tab or windowsection 406, and the notice includes the method by which the public may attend in accordance with paragraph C;   [PL 2019, c. 617, Pt. G, §1 (NEW).]

B. Each member of the body who is participating in the public proceeding is able to hear and speak to all the other members during the public proceeding and members of the public attending the public proceeding in the location identified in the notice given pursuant to paragraph A are able to hear all members participating at other locations;   [PL 2019, c. 617, Pt. G, §1 (NEW).]

C. The body determines that participation by the public is through telephonic, video, electronic or other similar means of remote participation; and   [PL 2019, c. 617, Pt. G, §1 (NEW).]

D. All votes taken during the public proceeding are taken by roll call vote.   [PL 2019, c. 617, Pt. G, §1 (NEW).]

[PL 2019, c. 617, Pt. G, §1 (NEW).]

2.  Application to legislative proceedings.  This section does not apply to public proceedings of the Legislature, a legislative committee or the Legislative Council, except that while the state of emergency as set out in subsection 1 is in effect, the Legislature, a legislative committee or the Legislative Council may restrict attendance by the public to remote access by telephonic, video, electronic or other similar means. This section also does not apply to town meetings held pursuant to External link opens in new tab or windowTitle 30-A, section 2524 or regional school unit budget meetings pursuant to External link opens in new tab or windowTitle 20-A, section 1483.  

[PL 2019, c. 617, Pt. G, §1 (NEW).]

3.  Repeal.  This section is repealed 30 days after the termination of the state of emergency as set out in subsection 1.  

[PL 2019, c. 617, Pt. G, §1 (NEW).]

SECTION HISTORY

PL 2019, c. 617, Pt. G, §1 (NEW).

 §406. Public notice

Public notice shall be given for all public proceedings as defined in External link opens in new tab or windowsection 402, if these proceedings are a meeting of a body or agency consisting of 3 or more persons. This notice shall be given in ample time to allow public attendance and shall be disseminated in a manner reasonably calculated to notify the general public in the jurisdiction served by the body or agency concerned. In the event of an emergency meeting, local representatives of the media shall be notified of the meeting, whenever practical, the notification to include time and location, by the same or faster means used to notify the members of the agency conducting the public proceeding.   [PL 1987, c. 477, §4 (AMD).]