Municipal OperationsWebinarPublication Date: Sep 14, 2021

A Massachusetts Municipal Councillors’ Association “lunch and learn” webinar on Sept. 14 focused on civility and rules of engagement for city and town councils.

The two speakers, Marlborough City Council President Michael Ossing and retired Franklin Town Administrator Jeff Nutting, agreed that a key factor to a successful council meeting or public hearing is a strong chair or president who identifies rules and expectations at the outset of every meeting. These rules may include time limits (in communities that have them).

Town of Weymouth Town Council Rules 2020-2022 (550K PDF)
MGL Chapter 30A Section 20(g) – presentation by Michael Ossing (90K PDF)
How to Enjoy Being an Effective Board/Council – presentation by Jeff Nutting (40K PDF)