Municipal Law News

This Old House–Everything You Wanted to Know About Historical Commissions But Were Afraid to Ask

CSTCA invites you to join us on March 14th at the historic John Adams Courthouse for our monthly dinner seminar on Historic Commissions and Districts. Generally, everyone wants to preserve historic structures, but sometimes history is in the eye of the beholder. Sometimes what a developer or neighbor sees as an eyesore, another might see as a historic gem. This program will discuss the interplay between historic commissions, historic districts and demolition delay bylaws. Our panelists include

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Attorney General’s Office to add definition to Open Meeting Law Regulations

The Attorney General’s Office held a hearing on January 19th to consider further defining the term “knowingly” as it appears in the Open Meeting Law Regulations, 940 CMR 29.02. The regulation would define the term “Knowing or Knowingly” used in the Open Meeting Law.  A public body that “knowingly” violates the Open Meeting Law is subject to a $1,000 fine per violation.  CSTCA will keep its members informed about the progress of this any other new regulations.

Join us on January 26 for “Spotlight on Municipal Fees and Hot Topics in Municipal Finance Law”

CSTCA’s January dinner seminar will focus on municipal fees and municipal finance law.  Municipal lawyers are faced with the common and arcane municipal finance issues–fees v. taxes, what fees a municipality may charge, and how to collect fees that are levied.  Our distinguished panel of experts includes Assistant Attorney General Kelli Gunagan the AGO’s Bylaw coordinator; DOR’s Municipal Finance Bureau Chief Kathleen Colleary; and Attleboro City Solicitor and Mendon Town Counsel Robert Mangiarratti.

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The CSTCA Winter Newsletter is Now Available!

CSTCA is happy to announce that the CSTCA Winter Newsletter is now available to its members.  The Newsletter is packed with helpful information for municipal practitioners, including articles on “The Top 10 Procurement Mistakes”; a recent case law update and a legislative update.  We hope you enjoy the Newsletter.  If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute to an upcoming Newsletter please let us know.  Happy holidays!

City of Boston prevails in Occupy Boston Case

CSTCA congratulates City of Boston’s Corporation Counsel Bill Sinnott and First Assistant Corporation Counsel Henry Luthin for prevailing in Occupy Boston v. City of Boston.  On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Frances McIntyre issued an Order rejecting Occupy Boston’s Motion for a preliminary injunction ruling that the occupation was not protected form of speech.   This is a landmark decision in the nationwide occupy movement.  A copy of Judge McIntyre’s decision is available by clicking on the above link.