Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC

Municipal Law

Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman regularly counsels municipalities on the issues and operations that face city councils, administrative boards and commissions. Our attorneys also represent developers, businesses and individuals in proceedings and disputes with the state, counties and cities we do not represent.

Our firm currently represents the cities of Fairfax, Ely, Walker and Mount Vernon on a full-time basis. We also counsel other cities on individual matters that require specialized services.

Legal services provided:

  • Drafting, interpretation and enforcement of ordinances
  • Compliance with state and federal laws
  • Prosecution of simple misdemeanors
  • Municipal code enforcement
  • Planning and zoning issues and hearings
  • Board of adjustment hearings
  • Economic development
  • Compliance with subdivision and other land development processes
  • Real estate transactions
  • Counseling city councils on procedural issues
  • Drafting of resolutions
  • Negotiation and drafting of 28E Agreements
  • Utility shut-off and collection issues
  • Negotiation and drafting of easements
  • Vacation of property rights
  • Protection of a city's intellectual property rights
  • Establishment and operation of commissions
  • Police officer training agreements
  • Drafting and implementing rules and regulations required to be adopted by the board of adjustment
  • Human resources, including hiring, firing and investigation of employees
  • Annexation, contested and uncontested, including contested hearings in front of the State, City Development Board and state courts
  • Union negotiations
  • Private activity bond financing
  • Eminent domain
  • Addressing nuisance abatement issues
  • Drafting employee policies and handbooks
  • Addressing utility placement issues
  • Representing cities in various litigation matters, both as plaintiff and defendant
  • Addressing open records and open meetings issues
  • Interpreting, negotiating and prosecuting building code issues
  • Negotiating and drafting agreements with various utilities and vendors
  • Reviewing, drafting and finalizing construction contracts
  • Media relations