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Have a Question About Township Law?

Ask our attorneys, then tell us what you think the answer should be!

Township law can be so complicated. Don’t you sometimes wish you could be the judge? Ask your question, then you and other township officials will weigh in on possible answers at the Michigan Township Association Conference! Our team of attorneys at Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes will then tell you how our legislature and courts actually answered those questions. The results should be entertaining! And lunch will be provided.

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Scooters and Townships

Scooters and Townships

Date: Tuesday, April 28 10:15-11:30am

As if out of the blue, electric scooters that could be rented by the public for a nominal fee appeared on our Township streets. Not soon thereafter, T...

ADA in the Township Hall

ADA in the Township Hall

Date: Tuesday, April 28 1-2:15pm

Recognizing triggers for and applying the Americans with Disabilities Act properly in the workplace is difficult, but critically important for employe...

Emotional Support Animals

Emotional Support Animals

Date: Tuesday, April 28 2:45-4pm

Federal laws impose certain obligations on your township when it comes to accommodations involving animals, whether during an employee’s work da...

You Be The Judge

You Be The Judge

Date: Wednesday, April 29 Noon-1pm

Township law can be so complicated. Don’t you sometimes wish you could be the judge? Here’s your chance to ask about pressing legal questi...

Nobody Here But Us Chickens!

Nobody Here But Us Chickens!

Date: Wednesday, April 29 1:30-2:45pm

Chicken coops are popping up everywhere; can goats be far behind? The Right to Farm Act and the Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices (...

Protecting Your Environment

Protecting Your Environment

Date: Wednesday, April 29 3:15-4:30pm

Being environmentally friendly is not limited to large energy projects or infrastructure. The Great Lakes State is full of rivers, lakes, watersheds, ...

Best of the 2019 MTA from Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes, PLC


Common Public Road Issues

William K. Fahey discusses all the fundamentals of public roads in townships. How are roads created? Who owns roads, and who owns sidewalks? How are new roads funded, and how do townships exercise authority of roads? Of course, you'll want to know how funding is appropriated by Gas Taxes, and what your County Road Commission has authority over as well. Learn all this and more in this presentation.

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Event Barns: Avoiding Pitfalls

The growing use of historic barns as venues for weddings and events has some township officials excited, others concerned, and many scratching their heads. Barns as event venues present a unique revenue opportunity. In this 2019 Michigan Township Association presentation, William K. Fahey and Matthew A. Kuschel discuss potential noise complaints, zoning challenges, and even agritourism in relation to event barns.

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Eye in the Sky: Regulation and Use of Drones by Local Government

Rapidly developing drone technology has presented some serious headaches for local governments across the country, but it presents some serious opportunities as well. Leverage properly, and regulated appropriately, drones can be a great benefit to local government. Christopher S. Patterson and Jacob N. Witte address how you can make drones work for you in the coming years.

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Lead and Copper Rule Changes - What do we do now?

Water Safety regulations in regard to lead and copper have changed, and it's time to check whether you are in compliance. This presentation from Christopher S. Patterson and Matthew A. Kuschel lays out everything you need to be aware of, included new sampling protocol, updated definitions, and when replacement is required under the new act.

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Keeping Your Personnel Decisions Out of the Headlines - and Court

The viral media landscape has forever changed the way businesses, institutions, and government entities hire, fire, and discipline employees. No one wants to end up in the headlines, and you certainly don't want to end up with a lawsuit on your hands. Helen "Lizzie" Mills and Jacob N. Witte review some recent legal examples, missteps by organizations, and potential solutions for us to learn from.

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Managing Employee Tweets, Facebook Live, and Snapchats: Social Media in the Workplace

Helen "Lizzie" Mills discusses social media and where it can fit for local governments. Social Media can be a great opportunity to connect with our citizens and our employees. But when does the use of social media become counter-productive in the workplace? More importantly, what is within our control when it comes to regulating the use of social media? Learn more when you download the presentation.

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Download all of 2019's Presentations!

Did you forget an interesting presentation from 2019? Maybe you couldn’t attend the conference? No problem! You can download all of FSBR’s presentation slides here

  • Common Public Road Issues
  • Keeping Your Personnel Decisions Out of the Headlines
  • Regulation and Use of Drones by Local Government
  • Event Barns: Avoid the Pitfalls
  • Lead and Copper Rule Changes: What do we do now?
  • Employee Social Media in the Workplace

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