11/20/2017 - Municipal Government Summer Interns
The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine runs a summer government internship program for college students, and has since 1967. In recent years, the program was expanded to include municipal interns. The 12-week internship programs pay students $10 an hour. Staff at the Margaret Chase Smith Center evaluate proposals from municipal employers – the deadline to apply is March 1, 2018 – and makes student matches. Maine Municipal Association is working on a pilot program to assist members with this program.
11/16/2017 - MMA Marijuana Update Information
During a workshop at the Augusta Civic Center, Maine Municipal Association’s Legal and State & Federal Relations staffs on Wednesday (Nov. 15) updated 125 municipal members about the current – and still fluid – situation regarding legal marijuana use, cultivation and sales in Maine. Their Power Point presentations were requested. MMA is making them available to all members.
10/26/2017 - South Portland’s Linda Cohen to Assume MMA Presidency
South Portland City Councilor Linda Cohen was sworn in as president of the Maine Municipal Association earlier this month, a post that she officially will assume in January 2018. Vassalboro Town Manager Mary Sabins was elected Vice President of MMA’s 12-member Executive Committee. Biddeford City Manager James Bennett and Portland City Councilor Jill Duson were elected to new terms on the Executive Committee, and Ellsworth City Councilor Gary Fortier was re-elected.
10/25/2017 - Marijuana Legislative Update
The Legislature on Monday enacted LD 1650, An Act to Amend the Marijuana Legalization Act – but the issue is not over yet. Gov. LePage has until Nov. 3 to either: sign the bill into law; allow it to become law without his signature; or, veto the legislation. Maine Municipal Association’s update on this front-burner topic was released today.
10/23/2017 - Waldo’s Kathy Littlefield Wins MMA Award
Kathy Littlefield, who has served as a selectman and first selectman in Waldo for 45 amazing years, won the Ethel N. Kelley Memorial Award for 2017, Maine Municipal Association’s most prestigious annual honor. Surrounded by colleagues, friends and family, Littlefield accepted the award at MMA’s 81st Annual Convention, which was held earlier this month.
10/20/2017 - Social Media Dos and Don’ts Video Now Online
Maine Municipal Association has placed a video of its “Social Media Dos and Don’ts” workshop, held at the 2017 Municipal HR-Management Conference, online, so that members can hear and benefit from the information as their schedules permit. The program includes valuable information about the legalities and practicalities of municipally offered social media platforms and websites. The three-part video is available in the member area of the MMA website.
10/12/2017 - League of Women Voters: Voter Guide
Maine’s League of Women Voters has released an electronic version of its 2017 Voter Guide, which summarizes referendum items on the Maine ballot, and contains information to help voters understand the election process, including how to vote via absentee ballot.
10/02/2017 - Personal Income Growth: 2.61%
The state Office of Policy and Management has calculated Maine’s average personal income growth rate for 2018 will be 2.61%, an average of the prior 10 calendar years. This figure is important for municipalities that still use the LD 1 calculation, a method established by law in 2005.
09/29/2017 - Planning for Capital Improvements
Are your municipality and its water and wastewater utilities planning for major capital improvements that you know are in the offing? Are you capturing those anticipated costs in your current rates? This program, sponsored by the Maine Rural Water Association, will address planning for major projects, rate setting and how to effectively use surcharges.
09/27/2017 - Annual Report Winners Announced
Each year, Maine Municipal Association recognizes members who produce outstanding Annual Reports for their citizens. This year, 17 municipalities were honored across five different population categories. First-place winners include: Caribou, Vassalboro, Mount Desert, Carrabassett Valley and Cranberry Isles.