Mercer Monument Works is opening a brand new location on West Main Street, across from Marty’s.
History: ROY MERCER – Founder of Mercer Lettering and Monument works. Roy retired from the Town of Plainfield and decided to start the business.
Roy started the company over 20 years ago and has worked to create a thriving and constantly growing local business. He is now comfortably retired in Stuart Florida and has handed down the company to his very capable son, Graeme. Graeme has been his father’s dedicated apprentice since he was just a kid, but pursued college and a long time career as a superintendent/estimator with Narragansett Improvement before deciding to join his dad full time about 10 years ago. When Graeme took over, he decided to move the company from his childhood family home and built a beautiful new building at 124 Norwich Rd in Plainfield.
Real Estate Exemption Applications are now available at the Assessor’s Office.
There are guidelines for each exemption.
Real Estate Exemptions available are: Disabled Veteran (service related), Widow/Widower, Legally Blind and Elderly.
If you are over 60 years of age… and worried about how you are going to pay for your heating this winter…
HANDS is here to help…
Helping Address the Needs of Dudley’s Seniors is a nonprofit group comprised of Dudley residents, employees, and business owners, here to help Dudley seniors whose good planning is no longer enough to meet their monthly food, heating and/or utility expenses. HANDS will provide aid for those who qualify, through grants paid directly to heating and utility companies. If you are 60 years of age or older, a resident of Dudley, and find yourself in need of heating or utility assistance, HANDS might be able to help you…
The Dudley Highway Department has closed Carpenter Road Bridge until further notice. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has deemed the bridge unsafe.
In Massachusetts the Move Over Law aims to make police, firefighters, paramedics, tow truck drivers, and all roadside emergency and maintenance professionals safer on the job. The Move Over Law, which took effect March 22, 2009, requires drivers approaching a stationary emergency or maintenance vehicle with flashing lights to move to the next adjacent lane if it is safe to do so, and, barring that, to reduce their speed. Failure to comply could result in a fine of up to $100.
DO YOU HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER STRUGGLING WITH ADDICTION OR ALCOHOLISM
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Join Families Helping Families Support Group
Meetings at Dudley Senior Center – First and Third Monday of Each Month 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
We spend so much time with our addicted loved one, that we become victims ourselves. Join us….Families Helping Families – with loved ones in all different phases of addiction and recovery.
**Tough Love Advise from The Heart
**Sharing of Resources, Hope & Hugs
Maureen – 508-981-4902
Karen – 774-230-6040
Pamela – 774-200-4261
If you’re traveling in the area of Dresser Hill and Dudley Southbridge road please use caution – Bullwinkle is roaming about.
SUMMARY OF THE RULES
DUDLEY TOWN MEETINGS
I. ORDER OF DEBATE
WARRANT ARTICLES – FAA Representative is recognized first for the FAA Report (BL 5.4; MGL 39.16)
A positive report moves the article with or without amendment – the article is thus moved and becomes the main motion.
A negative report recommends that the article not be accepted – the report of the Committee is the main motion. To overturn that, the motion must be defeated at which point a citizen may move to accept the article as written in the warrant. Amendments to the article then would be in order.
Debate should alternate between sides of a question. The chair uses discretion to try to follow this rule, but sometimes the dynamics of the debate make it difficult.
To be recognized for debate, one should stand after the previous speaker has finished. It is out of order to stand while another has the floor except to be recognized for a matter which has priority, such as a point of order.
No one is entitled to debate the same question a second time until all others have had a chance to speak (RR 3.30). The Moderator may waive this rule in cases where a back and forth exchange is necessary and informative.
II. RULES LIMITING DEBATE
MOVE THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. This must be moved after being recognized by the Moderator – must be seconded – requires 2/3rds vote. In order to save time, the Moderator may ask for unanimous consent before putting the question on the motion for the previous question (RR 16.198).
MOTION TO LIMIT DEBATE. This may limit the number of speeches, length of debate or hour of debate. One must be recognized to move to limit debate and the motion must be seconded. This motion is not debatable but is amendable. A 2/3rds vote is required.
III. RULES REGARDING VOTING
VOTES NEEDED FOR PASSAGE OF PENDING MATTERS:
Payment of past bills At a Special Town Meeting – 9/10ths vote
At an Annual Town Meeting – 4/5ths vote
Zoning/Historic By Law Amendments: 2/3rds vote
Regular By Laws: Majority vote
Borrowing – other than anticipation: 2/3rds vote
IV. DECORUM DURING DEBATE
1. NEVER REFER TO ANOTHER CITIZEN BY NAME. ALWAYS REFER TO ANOTHER SPEAKER INDIRECTLY, SUCH AS “THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER”, “THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF ###” OR SUCH OTHER GENERAL FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION.
2. Dudley Town By-Law, Article III, Section 6, provides that “all persons shall be seated with heads uncovered. No person shall remain standing, except when he addresses the Moderator.”
3. All debate is to be addressed through the Moderator, never to anyone else.
4. Dudley Town Meetings, in accordance with the By Laws, are conducted by procedures outlined in Roberts Rules of Order. This book may be obtained at most book stores or viewed online at www.robertsrules.com. When reading Roberts Rules, it is important to understand that they are only a guide and that the Moderator’s rulings are also based on guidance provided by the By-Laws, statutes, court decisions and local customs.
When all else fails – if you are in doubt as to anything during a meeting, rise for recognition by the Moderator and state “point of inquiry”. This will enable you to ask the question of the Moderator to clarify any procedure which you feel needs clarification.
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