12/13/2017 - Governor’s Outreach on Energy Plan
Gov. Paul LePage’s office is asking all Mainers, including municipal leaders, for input as the state develops its Energy Planning Roadmap to advance the state’s energy, economic development and environmental goals. Starting on Dec.19, public meetings on the plan (recently rescheduled) will be held in Portland, Augusta and Presque Isle.
12/07/2017 - Attention Clerks: New Deadline
Municipal clerks take note: The Legislature, in a law that took effect Nov. 1, 2017, changed the filing deadline for municipal nomination papers from 45 days to 60 days prior to Election Day. This means nomination papers should be made available earlier than in the past.
12/06/2017 - LD1 Work Sheets Now Available
Maine Municipal Association is releasing work sheets to help members calculate their LD 1 property-tax levy limits. Completing the work sheets is not mandatory, but does help assure that your town or city complies with Maine law on the rate of property tax increases.
11/29/2017 - State of Maine Christmas Tree Policy
The state Department of Public Safety has released its policy about the use of Christmas trees in public buildings and public areas. The department notes that some communities have regulations about Christmas trees that are more stringent than the state rules. However, for those that do not, the state policy prevails.
11/27/2017 - Survey: Tourism in Your Community
The Maine Office of Tourism wants to hear from municipal leaders about the strength of the “tourism infrastructure” in all Maine communities. Tourism is one of the state’s largest industries and the office wants to mine data through its new survey to better understand tourism at the local level.
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.