There is only one Warrant. The Warrant is the document that was signed by the Select Board, posted, and published as required by law. The Warrant is intended only to notify the voters of the actions to be taken at the Special Town Meeting. Town Meeting actually votes, however, on motions for each article in the Warrant presented by the Finance Committee (except for zoning articles in which case the Planning Board traditionally makes the motion). A motion may have different wording than what was printed in the Warrant and will be allowed on the Floor subject to a scope determination by the Town Moderator. The Town will prior to the Special Town Meeting mail a booklet containing the Finance Committee motions to all households where at least one registered voter resides. For each article, the booklet will show what was printed in the warrant followed by the Finance Committee motion shown in bold text, which may be different than what was contained in the Warrant.
The Finance Committee motion for Article 1 differ in two ways from the printed Warrant that had been approved by the Select Board. One of those differences is linkage. The Finance Committee motion calls for “two-way” linkage of Articles 1 and 2. Both articles must pass in order for each to go into effect. The Warrantapproved by the Select Board calls for only “one-way” linking. Article 1 could pass without the passage of Article 2, but Article 2 requires the passage of Article 1.
The other difference involves the definition of what properties can be “grandfathered” as STRs. The Finance Committee motion under Article 1 extends grandfathering to any property with a structure that received a Certificate of Occupancy by November 7, 2023. The Warrant approved by the Select Board limits grandfathering to STRs that were already in use under certain circumstances.