Jul 26

MMLA is pleased to announce that its 2017 Annual Conference program has been finalized. It is scheduled to take place at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis from Thursday, September 14th through Saturday, September 16th. We are delighted to report that the Keynote address this year will be delivered at the Friday luncheon by Lon Povich, Chief Legal Counsel for Governor Baker. Continue reading »

Apr 26

MCLE 2017 Municipal Law Conference, scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th, postponed due the untimely intervention of Mother Nature, has been re-scheduled for Wednesday, May 3rd.

Click here for UPDATED Program Agenda.

Apr 17

The Association will hold its next monthly meeting on THURSDAY, May 18, 2017, at the Aegean Restaurant in Framingham.  The program was originally planned for February, but had to be postponed due to a winter storm. The program starts at 4:00 p.m., with dinner break at 6:00 p.m., followed by completion of program, ending by 9:30 p.m..   Presenters will include Kathleen Connolly, Esq. of Louison, Costello, Condon, and Pfaff, and James B. Lampke, Esq., Hull Town Counsel.  Learn effective ways to impose and collect fines!  Share your experiences too.  Special questions?- send them to MMLA before meeting.  For program details click here. Visit Upcoming Events for registration and cost information.

Apr 05

Under the direction of Program Chair Chris Petrini, an outstanding panel has been selected to make an informative presentation on From All Sides: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective on Current Issues in Public Construction at this year’s 7th Annual Public Construction Seminar.  We will also hold our annual business meeting and election of officers for the July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 year.  This is a great program to bring others from your community who are involved in any construction projects. 

Please register via phone, email or fax in your reservation to Jim Lampke at jlampke@massmunilaw.org.  You should also be receiving via email a notice to register for this meeting from Constant Contact.  If you are not receiving notices from Constant Contact please let us know and we will put you on their email list for MMLA/Constant Contact notices. A delicious dinner buffet will be served. Thus, there is no meal selection. 

  For program details, go to Upcoming Events.

Mar 31

On March 10, MMLA presented a program at Clark University in Worcester, entitled “The New Marijuana Law—How Municipalities Can (and Should) Respond”.  The program, which was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Municipal Association, attracted over 150 attendees, making it one of MMLA’s largest events.  Participants included municipal counsel, town administrators and managers, municipal and regional planners, and members of planning boards, ZBAs, and Boards of Health.

The MMLA program panelists included Attorney Brandon Moss; Assistant Attorney General Margaret Hurley, Director of the Municipal Law Unit; Sarah Kim and Shawn Collins, the General Counsel and Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, respectively, in the Office of the State Treasurer; and Jeffrey Bagg, Principal Planner for the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission.  The panel was moderated by MMLA Executive Board member John Goldrosen.  The panelists provided a legal overview of the statute, information on the Attorney General’s and State Treasurer’s roles, and the panelists’ perspectives on the issues to be addressed at the municipal level.  The program concluded with an extended question-and-answer period. Continue reading »

Feb 08

The dinner meeting and program – Imposing & Collecting Fines – which had been scheduled for Thursday, February 9th, at the Aegean Restaurant in Framingham was cancelled due to the winter storm.  No decision has been made yet on when it will be re-scheduled. See attached cancelation Notice for details.

Upcoming programs: – The Association has two excellent programs scheduled for March and May. On March 10th there will be a half-day conference at the Hogan Center at Holy Cross College (Worcester) focusing on the impacts of the new marijuana laws (Don’t Get Caught in the Weeds);  and in April we return to Patriot Place for the annual Public Construction Law program.  Visit our Upcoming Events Calendar for the details of these two excellent programs.

Your Association is also co-sponsoring the MCLE 2017 Municipal Law Conference.  See Upcoming Events for details.

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Oct 18

October 18, 2016 – It was announced this morning that MMLA Executive Board Member Kathleen Colleary has been awarded the 2016 Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service.  Kathleen’s day job is as Chief of the DOR Division of Local Services Bureau of Municipal Finance Law. 

Kathleen Colleary

Kathleen Colleary

We at MMLA are extremely gratified to see her recognized by the Commonwealth for the highest levels of service to our cities and towns, a recognition that we  at MMLA have long known to be much deserved.  DOR Commissioner Michael J. Heffernan, in announcing the award, wrote:

I am delighted to announce that Kathleen Colleary of the Division of Local Services has been chosen for a 2016 Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service. The Manuel Carballo Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service, named in honor of the late Secretary of Human Services, is given annually to no more than 10 employees or groups of employees who exemplify the highest standards of public service.  

For 36 years, Kathleen has personified what it means to provide exceptional public service. In her nomination citation, Kathleen was singled out for possessing a “profound understanding” of Massachusetts General Laws, statutes, and regulations, insight which is only matched by her indefatigable work ethic. 

Kathleen’s expertise was critical in our policy direction for the current municipal modernization effort, where “her attention to detail, deep subject matter knowledge and willingness to tackle a seemingly endless backlog of arcane and conflicting laws, policies and regulations led to the development and successful passing of ‘An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government’, legislation hailed as the most comprehensive set of reforms in decades.”  

For those who have worked alongside Kathleen, it should come as no surprise that she is esteemed in municipal finance circles across the Commonwealth as an expert and legal mind of the highest order.  

Oct 17

Dont Miss It!!! – “Social Media and All That Jazz” – Sal’s, Lawrence, October 27

The Association will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at in Lawrence.   The reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner following at about 6:30 p.m., followed by the program.  We plan to end by 9:30 p.m.  The meal will be a dinner buffet with delicious choices.  The meeting fee for members in good standing (paid up for the current year) is $45.00, which includes dinner, materials and program.  For all others the fee is $55.00.  If you have a special dietary need, please advise.  Reservations and cancellations may also be made by calling James B. Lampke, Esq., at 781-749-9922, fax 781-749-9923. Continue reading »

Oct 13

On September 23rd’s Public Records Law Conference at Holy Cross, sponsored by Burns & Levinson, MMLA, and MMA, the following materials were distributed:

Public Records Law Update– Matthew Feher
Chedklist of Procedures for Records Access Officers– Kevin Batt
Top Ten Practical & Policy Issues– Lauren Goldberg
Best Practices for Compliance– Robert W. Ritchie

Aug 30

Be sure to mark your calendar for a great CLE opportunity coming up on Friday, September 23rd at the Hogan Center, Holy Cross College, Worcester. Click on the link below for program details and registration:

September 23 – “Opening the Books on the New Public Records Law”
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Aug 09

Coming Soon!!   The 2016 MMLA Annual Conference, Cape Cod Massachusetts

Red Jacket Beach Resort

Red Jacket Beach Resort

September 15th through 17th – Red Jacket Beach Resort, South Yarmouth.  Visit “Upcoming Events” for details, prices, program summary. Register now!

Jul 11

This year’s MMLA August half-day Seminar will take place on Thursday, August 4th at The Publick House in Sturbridge.

The seminar topic will be –  “A Year in Municipal Government and Finance.”  Co-Chairs are Mark Cerel and Kathleen Colleary.  The program will begin with an overview and then proceed chronologically, addressing typical operational and budgeting issues as they typically arise, depending upon form of local municipal government.  In addition to the budget process, annual town meeting practice and procedure, as well as city equivalents, will be addressed.  We also plan to include a case study of a typical building project, from planning and study through development and construction, from the standpoint of local authorizing legislation.  Click here for a full outline of the topics that will be covered:

May 07

On  May 19th at The Chateau in Westborough MMLA’s May Monthly Meeting held a program entitled “Community Preservation Act – Adoption, Amendment, Revocation, Implementation”.  Presenters for this program were Patricia Hunt and Kathleen Colleary, both from the DOR and Mark Cerel, Franklin Town Attorney and Medfield Town Counsel.

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Apr 14


 Secrets of a Successful Public Construction Project:
Working with Outside Professionals from Design through Project Close-Out

 Thursday, April 28, 2016 3:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m, at CBS Scene, Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA

Come join us for a lively and entertaining discussion and demonstration of the roles played by various professionals in the evolution of a typical public construction project, including discussion regarding pre-qualification, contract negotiations, bid protests, contract administration, construction delay, mediation strategies and best practices.  Our presenters include the following well-respected and experienced professionals in the construction industry: Christopher Petrini, Esq., Petrini & Associates, P.C. , Program Moderator; Deborah Anderson, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Bid Protest Unit; Christopher Brown, Esq., Petrini & Associates, P.C.; Roy Cooper, P.E., Vice President, ARCADIS; Neil Joyce, Principal, Construction Monitoring Services, Inc.; Peter Mello, Esq., Petrini & Associates, P.C.; Alan Miller, self-employed Owner’s Project Manager; James Paolini, Director of Facilities Management, Town of Framingham; James Peloquin, Esq., Partner, Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP.

The program will be followed by dinner and MMLA’s Annual Business Meeting. The registration fee includes the program, related written materials and dinner.  Don’t miss out on this perennially popular program!  Register today!  Program materials will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting, so be sure to provide your email address when registering.

A dinner buffet will be served. Thus, there is no meal selection. Please be sure to return the enclosed registration form to the MMLA office. Reservations and cancellations may also be made by calling James B. Lampke, Esq., at 781-749-9922, fax 781-749-9923. Please note that if you fail to timely cancel your reservation, you will receive a bill for registering.  For details, see Upcoming Events.

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