Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Annual Report Of The Town Attorney - FY 2021

Note: FY 2021 is last year (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021). The report was prepared to cover the business for the FY 2021 period. This year’s report FY 2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) is in preparation now and is normally available for distribution at the polls for the November election. Updated - 08/15/22

The Town of Franklin has an in-house attorney, Mark G. Cerel. Attorney Cerel has an office in the Town Administration Offices and works three days a week. In addition, he attends regular Council sessions and meetings of town boards and commissions on an as- needed basis. His responsibilities include providing legal advice to the Town Administrator and other town officials, review and drafting of legal documents, and representation of the town in negotiations and litigation other than labor-related matters. Having an in-house attorney has enabled the town officials to obtain prompt legal review and advice; it has also expedited various town projects which require legal input.

During the past year, Attorney Cerel has continued to be successful not only in resolving actual litigation but also in resolving disputes prior to litigation on terms favorable to the Town; he has also continued to draft proposed legislation and to be involved in contract and real estate negotiation. In addition, he has continued to work with the staff to review and update the Town’s zoning and general bylaws. During the COVID-19 Pandemic Attorney Cerel worked remotely and attended Town Council and all other relevant meetings using the “Zoom” virtual platform. He was readily available to all Town Staff throughout the pandemic for legal advice and guidance. The Town Attorney also played a key role in ensuring that the Town accurately exercised its Right of First Refusal on Chapter 61A land that became available for purchase near Maple Hill at the end of FY21.

Our in-house attorney plays an essential role in limiting the town's legal exposure. He assists in resolving matters before they result in legal action and he provides the town with a strong legal presence that discourages people from frivolous lawsuits.

The Town Attorney represents the town and is only available to consult with individual residents if the Town Administrators prior approval is obtained.

Respectfully submitted, 

Mark Cerel,
Town Attorney

The full Annual Report for 2021 can be found

The collection of Annual Reports can be found online

Annual Report Of The Town Attorney - FY 2021
Annual Report Of The Town Attorney - FY 2021

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