09/28/2015 - Sanford Moves Into Municipal Broadband
The City of Sanford has joined a short but growing list of municipalities in Maine that are building municipal broadband networks. Local officials believe the expansion of high-speed broadband will aid economic development efforts. Residents and non-profit organizations can benefit, too. Read More..
09/22/2015 - Concealed Handguns Permitting Update
The Maine State Police want municipal officials to be aware that, even with the recent change in state law regarding concealed weapons permitting, some local responsibilities and action may remain. They have produced a summary of LD 652 (the new law) and a copy of the statute itself. They advise local officials to consult with their police chief, local counsel or Maine Municipal Association’s Legal Services team with any questions.
09/21/2015 - Community Economics Workshop
The Community Institute will hold a day-long training session on "Community Economics" on Oct. 22 at The Daniel in Brunswick. The workshop aims to show local leaders how their decisions can make positive economic development more likely to happen in their communities. Read More..
09/17/2015 - Stephen Gove Named MMA Executive Director
Maine Municipal Association’s executive committee today voted unanimously to hire Stephen W. Gove, who has worked at MMA since 1980 and served as deputy director since 2005, to the association’s top position. The decision was made after a nationwide search to replace recently retired Executive Director Christopher G. Lockwood, who served at MMA for 36 years. Read More..
09/16/2015 - Solid Waste Input Sought
The University of Maine’s Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions is circulating an electronic survey to evaluate options regarding next steps in the area of solid waste management. The center is working with the Legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee to solicit input about what solid waste management policy changes, if any, should be implemented, with a focus on the state’s “hierarchy” of preferred solid waste management strategies (reduce, reuse, recycle/compost, volume reduction, landfill). The center hopes to receive responses to the survey from as many solid waste stakeholders as possible, including municipal stakeholders. Read More..
09/11/2015 - Broadband Forums Coming Right Up
The ConnectME Authority will hold a series of community forums to receive public comment regarding broadband issues in Maine as part of the creation of its strategic plan. Citizens, business owners, municipal representatives and others are encouraged to participate. Municipal broadband has become a “hot topic” of late, as some Maine towns and cities view broadband expansion as integral to economic development. Read More..
09/03/2015 - Fifteen Communities Receive Culvert Grants
Fifteen Maine communities received grants from the state Department of Environmental Protection to upgrade stream crossings and culverts. The funding comes from the “Clean Water for Maine” bond that voters passed in 2014. Applications for the second round of Grants for Stream Crossing funds will be available starting Oct. 5. Read More..
09/01/2015 - Bridgeo, Fortier join MMA’s Executive Committee
Ellsworth City Councilor Gary Fortier and Augusta City Manager William “Bill” Bridgeo have joined the 12-member Executive Committee that directs Maine Municipal Association. Both officials cited the importance of hiring a new executive director as reasons why they are eager to begin their work at MMA. Read More..
08/14/2015 - Muskie School Seeks Feedback
The Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine is refining its municipal training program and higher education curriculum. It recently released a survey that it hopes municipal officials will complete and return regarding municipal management, planning, public policy and internships. Read More..
08/03/2015 - Portland To Host Broadband Summit
The Digital New England broadband summit will be held at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland Sept. 27-28. Municipal officials are realizing that high-speed broadband communication is important to economic development, including in rural Maine. Those topics will be addressed during this event. Read More..