Category: Municipal Law

The Town of Stockton Springs, a Rudman Winchell client, was successful in a recent Law Court case challenging the result of a municipal dangerous building proceeding. Appellant Holly Beal owns a home in Stockton Springs.  Following neighbor complaints, a code enforcement officer inspection and unsuccessful discussions with Ms. Beal, the Town initiated a dangerous building […]

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The 2015 Amendments to Mandatory Shoreland Zoning and How They Impact the Expansion of a Non-Conforming Use

The Legislature adopted the Mandatory Shoreland Zoning Act in 1971.  The current law requires municipalities to establish land use controls for all “shoreland areas” defined as:  “areas within 250 feet of the normal high-water line of any great pond, river or saltwater body, within 250 feet of the upland edge of a coastal wetland, within […]

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North Woods National Park: I have a confession to make: “It’s all my fault.”

IT’S ALL MY FAULT As debate rages endlessly in northern Maine about proposals for a North Woods National Park, I have a confession to make:  It’s all my fault. I came to Maine in 1983, after finishing law school in Virginia, and briefly worked as an associate for a solo practitioner in Guilford, Piscataquis County.  […]

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(Not) Keeping it Confidential: Disclosing Settlement Terms under Maine’s Freedom of Access Act

Maine’s Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) is a state statute that is intended to open the government of Maine by guaranteeing access to the “public records” and “public proceedings” of state and local government bodies and agencies (a similar federal statute called the Freedom of Information Act applies to the federal government). These local government […]

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Question 1 and Tax Expenditures

Today (November 3rd), Maine’s voters will determine the fate of ballot question number 1 which, if enacted, would expand and provide additional funding for Maine’s “clean elections” law. The funding mechanism for the additional estimated $3 million per year in State expenditures for clean election candidate campaigns is not described in the official ballot question. […]

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Development Agreements

By: Rudman Winchell Attorney Erik Stumpfel In 25 years as a municipal attorney, I have had the opportunity to work on dozens of TIF (“tax increment financing”) projects for new or expanded manufacturing and commercial facilities, as well as a smaller number of projects to redevelop existing properties. Among the redevelopment projects, a handful particularly […]

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When is a deadline not a deadline? Law Court Deadline Decision

  Erik M. Stumpfel, Esq.             You might think that determining the deadline for a court appeal is one of the easier parts of a lawyer’s job. However, a recent 4 to 3 decision of the Maine Supreme Court shows that it isn’t necessarily so.             The decision concerned is Peter Beckford et al. v. […]

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Rudman Winchell Wins DECD Final Approval for $200+ Million in TIF Projects

March is a busy month at the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) for approval of tax increment financing (TIF) districts and development programs.  By statute, the valuation numbers that determine  the amount of new project value that can be “captured” in a TIF district change on April 1st, so approval prior to […]

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Rudman Winchell Attorney Erik Stumpfel Involved with Redevelopment of Historic Mill

UPDATE: Here’s a new story from the Bangor Daily News dated July 2, 2015 regarding this project. The article below is from the November 17, 2014 edition of the Bangor Daily News. Rudman Winchell Attorney Erik Stumpfel wrote the development agreement for this project serving as Dover-Foxcroft’s town attorney.  This was a three-way agreement between the Town, […]

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Rudman Winchell attorneys represent City of Old Town in Red Shield Bankruptcy proceedings.

RW attorneys Erik Stumpfel, Hans Peterson and Jonathan Hunter recently represented the interests of the City of Old Town in connection with the proposed bankruptcy sale of the Old Town Fuel and Fiber mill, owned by Red Shield Acquisitions LLC, to Expera Old Town LLC. At issue for the City were $1.7 million of unpaid […]

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