Please joins CSTCA for its April 26th seminar and dinner meeting. The meeting will focus on public construction issues including recent developments in independent contractor law; making sure the public owner is properly insured on public construction projects and tips for a public owner to manage problems on public construction contracts. Our distinguished panelists for this meeting will include
CSTCA is proud to announce that its Spring 2012 Newsletter is now available. Simply click on the Newsletter link under the “members section” of this website to read the latest in Municipal Law news. You can also link to the newsletter here: CSTCA Spring Newsletter 2012
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CSTCA’s Executive Board announces that it is considering amendments to its Bylaws. The proposed bylaw changes include amendments to the membership year, more defined duties for the Executive Director and synching the membership and fiscal years. The amendments will be considered at CSTCA’s April meeting. Have any questions? Please feel free to contact CSTCA’s Executive Director, Jim Lampke at JLampke@massmunilaw.org or CSTCA President Stacey Bloom at email@example.com.
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
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.
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.
CSTCA is proud that the Patriot Ledger has featured Executive Director Jim Lampke. In the article Jim looks back on serving as Hull Town Counsel for 30 years. Jim is an invaluable asset to CSTCA and we’re proud that the Patriot Ledger has recognized his long service to his community. To read the article clink on the link above.