Municipal Law News

Hearing Set for Municipal Enforcement Bill

 A hearing has been scheduled for July 19th on a bill filed by Representative Steve Kulik that would increase the amount cities and towns may assess as fines for violation of ordinances and by-laws from $300 to $1,000.  The hearing will be held at State House Room A-1 at 11:00 AM on July 19th.  The full text of the bill follows: 

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City of Westfield Seeks Assistant City Solicitor

The City of Westfield Law Department is seeking a qualified attorney for the position of Assistant City Solicitor.  Under the general direction of City Solicitor, the Assistant City Solicitor will be responsible for varied professional legal work such as drafting of legal documents, advising municipal appointed and elected officials, and representing City’s interests in a variety of legal forums.

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Richard Chmielinski Nominated by Governor Patrick to Appellate Tax Board

Rich Chmielinski, long time member of this Association, was nominated to the Massachusets Appellate Tax Board.  Chmielinski has had a long and distinguished career in municipal having served in the City of Newton Law Department since 1986.  He was recently honored by the Association for special achievement in the advancement of municiapl law in Massachusetts.  For additional information visit Boston Herald.

Richard Chmielinski Nominated to Appellate Tax Board

Long time CSTCA member Rich Chmielinski has been nominated by Governor Patrick to the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board.  Chmielinski has a long and distinguished career in municipal, having served in the City of Newton Law Department from 1986. For more, see article in the Boston Herald:   Boston Herald Article

AG’s Proposed Regulation on “Remote Participation”

Attorney General proposes Open Meeting Law changes that would allow “remote participation.”

The Attorney General on June 29th announced proposed regulations authorizing remote participation in public meetings in certain circumstances.  These regulations, if finally adopted, would allow municipalities to authorize remote participation for local public bodies, and will allow remote participation for county, district, regional, and state public bodies to be authorized by those bodies (or in limited cases by other officials). 

For the full text of the AG’s announcement and a link to the proposed regulations, visit:    AG’s Proposed Regulation

Municipal Proofs: A Comprehensive Seminar on the Burdens of Proof in Different Municipal Cases

Annual Luncheon Meeting & Seminar at the Publick House in Sturbridge

The Association will hold its annual luncheon meeting and seminar in the western part of the state on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the Publick House in Sturbrdige. The educational program will be a presentation on “Burdens of Proof in Municipal Hearings and Trials”. Chairs Mark Cerel and Rob Kerwin have put together a “not to miss” program on the nuances and elements of municipal proofs in hearings and trials. Learn the best methods to establish the necessary proofs you need in hearings and trials. Judge Peter Agnes will be the judicial panelist, joining other experienced municipal lawyers in explaining what you need to prove and how to do it to win your case.  We will also be honoring two gentlemen who have advanced the cause of municipal law.   Bill Kelly of the ABCC will receive the  President’s Award for a career contributing to municipal law and Shawn Williams from the Secretary of State’s Office will receive the Robert W. Ritchie Award for making a significant contribution to municipal law during the last year.  Both Bill and Shawn have assisted the membership of the CSTCA innumerable times over the years and we are pleased to honor them.

The “new” CSTCA website will also makes it its first public appearance at this meeting.  Social Law Library staff are expected to provide a live demonstration of the new site for attending members.  Don’t miss it!

Informative materials will be emailed to registrants who provide their email address. Please forward this information to others who may be interested in this program. Watch your emails for more information or contact CSTC Office.

Directions to the Publick House

Executive Committee Meeting

Regular Executive Board Meeting –

July 11, 2011 – Just a reminder that the next EC will be on Thursday, July 14, 12:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. a Z-Café in Worcester, on the first floor of the same building as the Attorney General’s Central Mass Office. 

Agenda and minutes from the June 9th meeting are now available on the “Executive Board Agenda” tab on the Members Area of the Website. 

Also, if you know you will be attending, please confirm by email to Jim Lampke at:

The CLURPA Committee will meet from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM just prior the executive board meeting.   See below for location of AG’s Office. 


Municipal Fiefdoms & Other Entities

The Association will hold its next dinner meeting and seminar on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at the QueQueChan Club Mansion, Fall River. The educational program will be a presentation on “Municipal Fiefdoms (Libraries, Light Departments, Municipal Trusts, Redevelopment Authorities and Other Creations, etc.)”. An interesting panel will present timely information on the various issues which we face with these special entities. Formation, dissolution, governance, etc. are all matters that often arise. Learn how to deal with these topics by attending this program. Informative materials will be sent to those who register and provide their email address. If you have special questions you want addressed, please send them in.

This is an ideal program to bring others from your community involved in this topic, such as board members, administrators, and staff. Informative materials will be emailed to registrants who provide their email address. Please forward this information to others who may be interested in this program.

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the CSTC Office.