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..
01/25/2017 - NLC Explains Executive Orders
The National League of Cities today released a short article explaining Presidential Executive Orders, and what they can and cannot do. The orders can be important to municipalities in the areas of immigration, climate change and energy. Read More..
01/18/2017 - Community Engagement Academy
The University of Maine and University of New Hampshire are pairing up to offer a three-day training program on community engagement and leadership development. The early-registration deadline is March 1. The first part of the program will be held in Berwick. The next two parts will be held in Dover and Portsmouth, N.H. Scholarships are available. Read More..
01/11/2017 - Governor’s Proposed Budget: Municipal Impact
Maine Municipal Association’s State & Federal Relations staff this week released a nine-page memo outlining the impact of Gov. LePage’s proposed 2018-2019 state budget. It proposes significant changes to the municipal General Assistance program, K-12 public education and municipal revenue sharing – all of which would affect property taxpayers. Senior Legislative Advocate Kate Dufour wrote the MMA analysis. Read More..
01/06/2017 - Municipal Design and Resiliency Teams
The New England Municipal Sustainability Network and the Maine Association of Planners are promoting opportunities for towns and cities to receive pro bono assistance to help communities develop strategic visions, usually by focusing on a specific issue or location. The deadline to apply for this free assistance is March 6. Read More..
12/29/2016 - MMA Announces 2017 Training Calendar
Maine Municipal Association will present, host and staff 97 training events and workshops throughout the state in 2017, starting with an Elected Officials Workshop in Augusta (available via video in Caribou) on Jan. 24 and ending with “Winter Issues” training for General Assistance employees next December. The complete training calendar, which includes timely new offerings on Legal Marijuana, Regulating Drones, Running Effective Meetings and Cyber Security, is now available at the MMA website. Read More..
12/08/2016 - Spirit of America Awards
Your municipal governing body is invited to pick a local person, project or group to receive the 2017 Spirit of America Foundation tribute for outstanding community service. Your recipient can be recognized at your annual town meeting or during National Volunteer Month, in April. There is no fee involved. Each year, more than 100 Maine municipalities select a Spirit of America Award winner. Read More..
11/30/2016 - Legal Marijuana & Municipalities
Maine Municipal Association’s Legal Services Department is advising members on how to respond to the Nov. 8 vote to legalize the use of recreational marijuana in Maine. The vote, which is being recounted, has far-ranging consequences for municipalities. Towns and cities, in turn, have a fair degree of authority to regulate various commercial aspects of marijuana in their communities. MMA is offering a legal analysis of the current situation and model ordinances to enact a moratorium and to enact a prohibition on retail marijuana establishments and social clubs. Read More..
11/28/2016 - MMA Public Service Campaign: Your Vote Counts
Maine Municipal Association today launched a Public Service campaign thanking town and city election workers, and polling volunteers across the state, for their service during the recent election. The campaign – “Your Vote Counts”
– also assures voters that the Maine election process is open, fair and professionally run. MMA will employ a two-pronged, social media and electronic media strategy in disseminating its video messages.