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Carlisle welcomes the participation of all citizens at Town Meeting. We will do our best to help. If possible, please contact the Town Clerk in advance to discuss any special needs, such as access or audio enhancement. Notice in advance of the meeting increases the likelihood of satisfactory accommodations.
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Yes, of course. If they can be reasonably quiet and well behaved, they may sit with you in the main auditorium. We particularly welcome middle and high school students who may be interested in witnessing democratic government in action. For those with smaller children, the Town typically sets up the school cafeteria with an audio and video feed and microphone, so that you can participate fully while your kids play in the corner. The Moderator appoints an Assistant Moderator to oversee this room. If you have further questions, you may contact the Town Clerk.
The agenda for the meeting is established in the Warrant, published beforehand. Each specific item in the Warrant is described in an “article.” As each article is taken up, the Moderator will ask someone to make a motion, which is a more precise statement of the action to be taken by Town Meeting.
Simple amendments to a motion that change only a few words or numbers can be moved verbally. All other amendments must be presented to the Moderator in writing. All amendments must be “within the scope” of the article under consideration, i.e., broadly consistent with the issue as described in the article.