03/23/2017 - Impaired Driving Summit
The issue of impaired driving has taken up new significance now that Maine voters legalized the use of recreational marijuana. AAA of Northern New England and the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety will hold an Impaired Driving Summit at Husson College in Bangor on May 19, with some leading experts in this area of law making presentations. Read More..
03/22/2017 - Crosswalk and Sidewalk Safety Workshops
The Maine Local Roads Center will hold nine workshops on improving crosswalk and sidewalk safety, starting in Skowhegan on April 10 and ending in Paris on June 7. The program is aimed at municipal officials who need to be aware of proper crosswalk locating, ADA sidewalk compliance and improving pedestrian safety. Read More..
03/21/2017 - MMA Essay Contest Winners Announced
Seventh-grade students from Athens, Bath and Veazie won in Maine Municipal Association’s annual essay contest, which encourages middle school students around the state to think about their communities and how the students would lead them, should they ever be in that position. This is the sixth year that MMA has sponsored the contest. Read More..
03/13/2017 - Official 2018 Revenue Sharing Projections
The Maine State Treasurer’s Office has released official Municipal Revenue Sharing projections for 2018. These are among the most highly anticipated figures generated by the state. Remember, Revenue Sharing with towns and cities has been cut 60 percent in recent years. Read More..
03/07/2017 - MMA Releases 2017 Federal Issues Paper
In conjunction with the other New England states and New York, Maine Municipal Association today released its 2017 Federal Issues Paper, which highlights key areas of federal policy and their impact on municipal government. Taken together, the topic areas emphasize the need to address funding for critical infrastructure throughout the region. Read More..
03/03/2017 - Ford Explorer Police Cruiser & Utility Vehicle Issues
Ford has released a service bulletin regarding exhaust fumes entering the passenger compartment when the climate control system is used. While the bulletin was issued for the 2011-2015 model years, there have been reports of exhaust odors in the passenger cabin for the 2016 and 2017 model years as well. Exhaust fumes in the cabin present a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Read More..
03/01/2017 - Legalized Marijuana Presentation
It’s definitely not the same as being there, but Edward “Ted” Kelleher and Amy Tchao from the Maine law firm of Drummond Woodsum have made available the following presentation from their recent (Feb. 28) presentation in Freeport. Stay tuned, because we’re working on it: Maine Municipal Association will hold more workshops on this topic in 2017 and beyond. Read More..
02/27/2017 - Maine Sustainability & Water Conference
Aram Calhoun, a wetlands economist from the University of Maine, will keynote the 2017 Maine Sustainability and Water Conference on March 30 at the Augusta Civic Center. The conference will cover many topics of municipal interest, including: diverting food from solid waste; battling water contaminants; repairing “open sewers;” and, climate change. Read More..
02/21/2017 - Local Roads Posting Rules
The Maine Department of Transportation recently relaxed truck-weight limits in one key area, and if your municipal ordinance refers to Maine DOT rules – then your municipality is affected. The department also is updating municipal officials about other upcoming events, including a series of workshops planned by the Local Roads Center. Read More..
02/03/2017 - Rural Water Training Opportunities
The Maine Rural Water Association will offer training in March: Basic Electricity for Water and Wastewater Personnel and Others, on March 8 in Caribou; and, Basic Map & Plan Reading, on March 7 and 14 in Livermore Falls and Bangor. MRWA provides beneficial training for utility personnel, public works personnel, planning boards, select boards, CEOs and contractors. Read More..