What is the Open Meeting Law?

The Massachusetts Open Meeting Law pertains to all municipal public bodies and provides transparency relative to their proceedings and deliberations. Fundamentally, the OML ensures that meetings are publicly posted with at least 48 hours notice, are guided by an agenda that properly informs the public of the topics to be discussed, and that the meeting minutes are recorded and reflect the topics that were discussed and any decisions related thereto. Additionally, the OML prevents a quorum of the board from meeting to discuss/deliberate on public business outside of a public meeting, including a prohibition on members engaging in a series of conversations that would have the net effect of creating a quorum.

Please see the Open Meeting Law Guide and Educational Materials available from the Massachusttes Attorney General's Office for further information on the rules, procedures, and how to file a complaint.

Appears in: Public Meeting FAQ

Calendar of Events
Mon, Jun 21, 2021, 3:30 pm
Assessors office, 1 Avenue A Turners Falls MA 01376
Posted to: Board of Assessors
  • Attached File: Board of Assessors 2021-6-21 Agenda
  • Mon, Jun 21, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Gill-Montague Council on Aging 62 Fifth St. Turners Falls, MA. 01476
    Posted to: Library Trustees
  • Attached File: 2021-06-21 Library Trustees Special Services Subcommittee
  • Retirement Board -- SCHEDULED
    Tue, Jun 22, 2021, 9:00 am
    Montague Town Hall - Annex Meeting Room
    Posted to: Retirement Board
  • Attached File: Retirement Board 2021-06-22 Agenda
  • Planning Board -- SCHEDULED
    Tue, Jun 22, 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Town Hall 2nd Floor Meeting Room
    Posted to: Planning Board
  • Attached File: SP2021-03 FCTS Application
  • Attached File: SP 2021-04 FRTA Site Development Plans 1
  • Attached File: SP 2021-04 FRTA Site Plan Review Report
  • Attached File: SP2021-03 FCTS Site Plan1
  • Attached File: SP2021-03 FCTS 3D Elevations
  • Attached File: Planning Board 2021-06-22 2021 Agenda
  • Wed, Jun 23, 2021, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
    Montague Town Hall Annex, One Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
    Latest News
    No appointments necessary. Curbside services will still be available during open hours.
    To: Public Libraries
    Via Zoom Thursday May 27 6:30PM
    To: Historical Commission
    Montague Center Library is now open by appointment Mon. & Wed., 2:00-7:00. Millers Falls Library is now open, with no appointment necessary, Tues. & Thurs. 2:00-7:00.
    To: Public Libraries