Since the 1970s, our firm has represented several York County municipalities. We have also represented private citizens and companies who are appearing before those municipalities we do not represent. Our expertise on both sides of municipal issues allows us to serve our clients with expertise and efficiency. Examples of our services include the following
- Appearing at meetings of selectmen, planning boards, zoning boards of appeal, town meetings and public hearings
- Appearing before local planning boards for clients seeking municipal permits for land use activities
- Appearing for clients in liquor licensing proceedings.
- Handling appeals for private clients aggrieved by decisions made at the local level
- Advising municipal clients on public records laws and open meeting laws
- Advising municipal clients and individuals on municipal employment matters
- Advising municipal clients on budget and spending matters, borrowing, tax abatements and general assistance
- Serving as Town Meeting moderator
- Drafting of ordinances
- Drafting of charter amendments
- Drafting of policies, e.g. personnel matters, conflicts of interest, sexual harassment
- Drafting of contracts
- Drafting of easements and other agreements relating to snow plowing or road maintenance
- Reviewing and drafting of Town Meeting warrants
- Drafting of formal legal opinions on a variety of topics
- Assisting in matters involving tax acquired property, including title research, auctions, sales agreements, and deeds
- Working with representatives on proposed legislation
We also represent government clients in litigation. These often include lawsuits to enforce land use ordinances, environmental and zoning laws. In addition, we have litigated cases to stop so-called “nuisances” (such as noise ordinance violations and dangerous buildings).
In a recent notable case, our firm was hired as special counsel the York County Budget Committee, a statutory body of representatives from 29 cities and towns. We filed a lawsuit to challenge a voting policy adopted by the York County Commissioners. The Superior Court agreed with our arguments that the policy violated state law, and it was struck down.
Your best first call for municipal law is (207) 324-4422. Call today. Someone can help you right away.