Category: Municipal Law

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 Economic Development Team Assists Somerset County TIF Project

On December 22nd, following a two hour public hearing, Somerset County’s board of Commissioners approved a tax increment financing (TIF) district designation and development plan for a major new Maine wind energy project.  First Wind, LLC is currently developing a 56 turbine, 184 MW wind energy project to be constructed in the town of Bingham …

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Municipal Client Alert: Qualifications of Municipal Elected Officials

By: Rudman Winchell Attorney Erik M. Stumpfel Does your municipal charter, a municipal ordinance or personnel policy prohibit municipal employees or family members of municipal employees from campaigning, running for or serving as town or city council members, school board members or other municipal elected offices? If so, a recent Maine Law Court decision may …

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Who Owns the Town? Information for Town Managers and Selectmen

 By: Rudman Winchell Attorney Erik Stumpfel  One of our municipal clients recently asked whether the town selectmen could lease town-owned real estate to a private business, without prior approval by the town meeting.  No town charter or ordinance expressly gave the selectmen that authority. This column is adapted from our answer to the town and …

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