Meeting Calendar, Agendas and Minutes

Committee Meeting Dates

Board of Selectmen Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the Month at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Complex

Board of Assessors Meetings are held as needed

Planning Board Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the Month at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Complex. Ordinance Committee Meetings – dates to be announced. Contact the Town Office at 255-4516 for more infomation.

Shellfish Conservation Committee Meetings are held on the last Monday of the Month at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Complex

Maritime/Harbor Committee Meetings are held on the last Thursday of the Month at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Complex

AOS Machiasport School Committee Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at Fort O’Brien School

Board of Appeals Committee Meetings are held when an appeal is presented to the Committee

Board of Appeals Minutes, July 6, 2015

Committee Meeting Agendas

Copies of Meeting/Agendas are available at the Town Office

Planning Board




Annual Reports

Planning Board Annual Report FY 14-15





Public Meeting Notice

The Right to Know Law requires that advance public notice be given for all public proceedings of a body or agency consisting of three or more people. It is not always necessary for three people to meet for the notice requirement to apply. For example, a three-member board of selectmen needs only two people to constitute a quorum, and thereby hold a legal meeting. If two Selectmen (quorum of 3) get together to discuss public business, advance public notice must be given.

Form of Notice

The Right to Know Law does not specify the type of notice required for public meetings. The law merely requires that notice “be given in ample time to allow public attendance and be disseminated in a manner reasonably calculated to notify the general public” in the area served by the body or agency. The body holding the meeting should choose a method of notification that will reasonably communicate to most people in the community the fact that the meeting will be held.

Notice should be given far enough in advance for people reasonably to arrange to attend the meeting. What is reasonable may vary according to the size of the community, past practices, the expectations of the public, or whether the body or agency is going to conduct a regularly scheduled meeting or a special one.

Emergency Meetings

If a true emergency arises so that it is impossible to give meaningful notice to the general public, the board must first notify local representatives of the media by the same means that notice of an emergency meeting was communicated to the other members of the board. The meeting will then be lawful even if no members of the media or public attend.

Executive Session

The Right to Know Law provides very specific and limited authority regarding when an executive session may be conducted. Executive session deliberations are authorized for certain specific matters and no others. These matters are set forth in the Statutes.

An executive session may be used for deliberation only. No ordinances, orders, rules, resolutions, regulations, contracts, appointments or other official actions may be finally approved in executive session. An executive session must originate from a public proceeding and may only be initiated by a public record, recorded vote on a motion that indicates the precise nature of the proposed executive session. The motion must be approved by 3/5ths of the members present and voting. A motion to enter into executive session must indicate the precise nature of the subject to be discussed in executive session.

Celebration Committee