Municipal Law News

CSTCA co-sponsors MBA’s Sixth Annual Public Law Conference on November 1st

CSTCA is proud to cosponsor the MBA’s Sixth Annual Public Law Conference to be held on November 1st.  This year’s conference will focus on the intersection between the public and private lives of state and local government employees.   Topics will include social media issues, political activity and disciplinary actions for violation of policies governing these areas.  The keynote speaker will be the Hon. Timothy Hillman, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts.  Before he was appointed to the bench, Judge Hillman also served as municipal counsel.  Also participating on a panel is the new Massachusetts Inspector General.    Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling the MBA at: 617-338-0530. We hope to see you there!

Duxbury Seeks Town Counsel

Town Counsel Services
Town of Duxbury

The town of Duxbury is seeking a new Town Counsel. Candidates may obtain a copy of the Request for Proposals (Not Under M.G.L. Chapter 30B) from the town’s website (www.town.duxbury.ma.us), or by calling Susan Kelley, Executive Assistant to the Town Manager/Board of Selectmen, Town of Duxbury, (781) 934-1100 Ext.141. The deadline for submitting an application is Oct. 17. The town reserves the right to reject any or all proposals either in whole or in part or to waive any irregularities or defects in any proposal should it be in the best interest of the town of Duxbury.

CSTCA’s Municipal Law Quarterly is Now Available!

CSTCA is happy to announce that its  Fall Municipal Law Quarterly is now available to its members.  The Newsletter has been renamed the Municipal Law Quarterly to reflect it enhanced content.  The Quarterly  is an invaluable tool for practitioners to keep current on the latest developments in municipal law.  Published quarterly in its new expanded format, CSTCA is proud to offer this benefit to its members.  You can access the Newsletter by logging into this website and accessing the “Newsletter” tab under the members section. If you are not yet a member of CSTCA and would like to join, please visit our membership page to find out how to join and enjoy the benefits of membership.  If you’re interested in contributing to the Newsletter please contact Stacey Bloom at staceygene@gmail.com.

CSTCA invites you to attend its Annual Meeting and Convention

CSTCA announces it will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting in Springfield on September 28-30 at the Sheraton Hotel.  The Annual Meeting will feature three days of programs on municipal issues that are both timely and relevant to municipal practitioners.  This years speakers include U.S. District Court Judge Michael Ponsor, SJC Justice (retired) John Greaney and U.S. District Court magistrate Neiman.  If you’re interested in attending please contact CSTCA Executive Director Jim Lampke at jlampke@massmunilaw.org.  Please note that the CSTCA special room rate expires on August 31st, so act now!  For more details about the weekend, please see the schedule of events below.

Friday, September 28:

Luncheon Speaker:  Judge Ponsor

Friday afternoon programs:

Urban Agriculture issues:    learn about the challenges to a municipality as urban agriculture becomes more popular.  Topics include farming, keeping of animals and farm stand regulations.

Federal Court Practice for Municipal Attorneys:  An update on what local municipal attorneys need to know about successfully practicing in federal Court.  Panelists include Magistrate Neiman, AAG Bart Hollander, and John Davis.

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Attorney General Finalizes New Open Meeting Law Regulations

The Attorney General’s Office has finalized two new regulations for the Open Meeting Law.  One clarifies the regulation that allows municipalities to set restrictions on the use of remote participation by boards and committees.  The second provides additional guidance on the types of conduct that may be considered evidence of an intentional violation of the Open Meeting Law.  Please note that the AGO’s website has not yet been updated to reflect these changes.   As soon as the regulations are available online, the CSTCA will provide a link to them.  The AGO has also posted new FAQs on these topics.

CSTCA’s Summer Newsletter is Now Available

CSTCA is happy to announce that its  Summer Newsletter is now available to its members.  The Newsletter is an invaluable tool for practitioners to keep current on the latest developments in municipal law.  Published quarterly in its new expanded format, CSTCA is proud to offer this benefit to its members.  You can access the Newsletter by logging into this website and accessing the “Newsletter” tab under the members section. If you are not yet a member of CSTCA and would like to join, please visit our membership page to find out how to join and enjoy the benefits of membership.  If you’re interested in contributing to the Newsletter please contact Stacey Bloom at staceygene@gmail.com.

Springfield’s vacant and foreclosed property ordinance upheld

CSTCA congratulates Springfield City Solicitor and CSTCA Vice President Ed Pikula for prevailing in a challenge to Springfield’s vacant and foreclosed property ordinance.  Springfield’s ordinance is aimed at combatting the public nuisance of vacant foreclosed properties by requiring mortgage banks to maintain the properties.  The Ordinance was attacked by mortgage banks ordinances as unconstitutional, preempted, or otherwise legally invalid.  The Federal Court upheld Springfield’s ordinances finding them constitutionally permissible.  Please click on the link below to read a copy of the Court’s decision.  Congratulations, Ed!

Foreclosure Ordinance Decision