03/05/2021 - Governor Eases Gathering Limits, Travel Restrictions
Gov. Janet Mills today said the state will ease limits on outdoor and indoor gatherings, and lift travel-related testing and quarantine requirements for people coming to Maine from throughout New England. These are major changes during the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, taken as the state prepares for and will start to enter its economically important summer tourism season.
03/04/2021 - Maine Opens COVID Vaccines to Child Care, School Staffs
Gov. Janet Mills has aligned Maine’s vaccination plan with President Biden’s recent directive to make eligible pre-K-12 school staff and child care providers, regardless of age. According to the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 36,400 school staff and 16,000 child care providers become newly eligible under this directive, aside from the 10,632 school staff over the age of 60 already eligible under the Governor’s age-tiered system.
03/04/2021 - Program for Transit Buses
The Federal Transit Administration is promoting its “Low or No Emission” competitive program, which provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. There will be a webinar at 2 p.m. today on the program. The deadline to apply for related grant funding is April 12.
02/26/2021 - Governor Alters Vaccination Eligibility
Gov. Janet Mills said today that Maine will extend coronavirus vaccination eligibility to roughly 200,000 more residents between the ages of 60 and 69 starting next Wednesday, and will change prioritization afterward to be based only on age. It is a major departure from the current approach, which has prioritized people in certain professional positions.
02/25/2021 - MMA Supports Municipal Internships
The Maine Municipal Association’s Executive Committee is pleased to announce the 2021 Summer Municipal Intern Award Grant program. The association will award four $2,000 grants to member municipalities that commit to hire a summer intern through the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center’s Government Summer Internship Program. In August 2020, MMA made four awards to Saco, Rockport, Vassalboro and Winthrop.
02/25/2021 - Colorado League’s Online Meeting Guidance
We’re gradually getting better at participating in online meetings – practice makes perfect, after all – and the Colorado Municipal League has produced an easy-to-read, six-page guide making sure the momentum continues. The league’s booklet about “enhancing professionalism” online offers tips on lighting, background, camera position, practicing beforehand and other topics.
02/24/2021 - Legal Guidance: Executive Orders Addressing Municipal Spending, Budgetary Authority
MMA’s Legal Services Department today issued guidance explaining two recent Executive Orders signed by Gov. Janet Mills. These orders, Nos. 27 and 27-A, reinstate several lapsed provisions of emergency legislation enacted at the beginning of the pandemic. They address several matters, including disbursement approval authority, continuing spending authority and election postponement procedures which had lapsed at during January 2021.
02/22/2021 - Official Zoom Video: How to Avoid ‘Bombing’
With many municipalities still meeting remotely as a routine due to COVID-19 safety precautions, it may be a good time to revisit guidelines about holding open meetings via the Zoom platform, and avoiding interruptions. Here is an official video from Zoom itself on steps that everyone can take to help prevent “bombing.”
02/17/2021 - Climate Resilience RFPs
The State of Maine’s Division of Procurement Services is seeking proposals to provide technical assistance and facilitation services that advance community-driven climate resilience planning and implementation in Maine municipalities. These services will support three outcomes identified for the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation’s Community Resilience Pilot Project. The deadline to apply is April 5, 2021.
02/10/2021 - Regional Police ‘Town Halls’ to Begin
Please join a Virtual Police Town Hall event featuring Police Chiefs Jared Mills of Augusta, James Toman of Gardiner, Scott MacMaster of Hallowell, Kevin Mulherin of Monmouth and Ryan Frost of Winthrop on Monday, Feb. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will be facilitated by Maine Community Policing Institute Director Noel C. March and hosted by the Maine Municipal Association. These listening sessions are part of statewide municipal police effort that ultimately will involve 110 departments in Maine. They present opportunities for the wider community to engage with their local police on topics of concern, to open dialogue about policing issues in a local context, and for community members to inform policing policies. The public is welcome and the town hall events are free, but registration is required (link provided below).