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CGA Law Firm Elects Evan M. Gabel, Esq. to Shareholder

access_time Posted on: January 7th, 2022

CGA Law Firm is pleased to announce the election of Evan M. Gabel, Esq. to shareholder. Evan provides legal services in the areas of municipal law, business and corporate law, real estate law, and estate planning and administration. “He is a hard-working and affable attorney.” CGA Law Firm Executive Committee member, Craig Sharnetzka, stated. “Evan has substantial knowledge in his specific areas of law and keeps the legal team apprised of trends and changes in legislation.” Evan assists clients in residential and commercial real estate matters, and with their estate planning and administration needs. He also has considerable experience representing… read more »

COVID-19 Municipal Update: ACT 15 of 2020 — A Primer for Municipalities

access_time Posted on: April 24th, 2020

On Monday, April 20th, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 15 2020 (the “Act”), which, among other things, has significant implications for the administration of local government in Pennsylvania for the duration of the Disaster Emergency that was declared on March 6th, 2020.Specifically, the Act addresses three issues relevant to local government: The Act allows municipalities, for the duration of Disaster Emergency, to conduct business through telecommunication devices, provided that public participation is permitted to the maximum extent possibleThe Act tolls the time limits for applications received by a municipality or pending before the municipality for a period of 30… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Guidance Regarding Memo on House Bill 1564

access_time Posted on: March 27th, 2020

As some of you may be aware, a memo has been circulating regarding Pennsylvania House Bill 1564, which proposes to allow municipalities to conduct fully electronic meetings, as well as suspending some permit application deadlines, among other things. The memo that indicates that the Pennsylvania municipal codes have been amended by House Bill 1564. This, unfortunately, is simply not true. The Bill has passed the House of Representatives unanimously, but no action has been taken by the Pennsylvania Senate. As we all know, a bill does not become a law unless passed by the both the House of Representatives and the Senate,… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Emergency Order Regarding Utilities

access_time Posted on: March 17th, 2020

On Friday, March 13th, 2020, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (the “PUC”) issued an Emergency Order establishing a moratorium on the termination of utility services, including electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunications, and steam, for all entities which are under the jurisdiction of the PUC.  Tom Wolf’s Proclamation This Emergency Order was in direct response to Governor Tom Wolf’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency on March 6th, 2020, which authorized and directed the suspension of “the provisions of any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of Commonwealth business, or the orders, rules or regulations of any Commonwealth agency, if strict… read more »

Special Events Permits and Planning for Municipalities

access_time Posted on: November 11th, 2018

Article by: Evan Gabel, Esquire Nearly every municipality has some type of special event throughout the year on property owned by the municipality – whether that event is a fundraiser, arts and crafts show, fair, parade, or fireworks show. While these events are often great ways for the community to come together and to show visitors positive aspects of the municipality, it is important that the municipal body be prepared for the types of issues that these special events can present. One of the most important items that a municipality must consider when an organizer proposes an event in the… read more »

Formation of a Stormwater Authority

access_time Posted on: December 8th, 2017

By Evan M. Gabel On July 9, 2013, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law Act 68, which amended the Pennsylvania Municipalities Authorities Act (the “Act”) to allow local governments in Pennsylvania to form stormwater authorities. Specifically, Act 68 amended 53 P.S. § 5607, adding “stormwater management planning and projects” as purpose and power for which a municipal authority may be incorporated. Since the passage of Act 68, stormwater authorities have gained traction in large part because of upcoming changes to the requirements of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) Program, which has been administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental… read more »