Wednesday October 2, 2019

7:30 a.m. Registration Begins

7:30 – 10:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast


Leadership Lessons from the Podium
Lucas Richman draws on years of experience leading orchestras around the world. The Bangor-based, Grammy Award-winning conductor shares lessons in life and leadership in an interactive discussion on what it means to be a performer who doesn’t make a sound, but leads an organization to create a unified artistic interpretation among 70 individual performers. He will share what he learned from working with great artists, from Leonard Bernstein to Martin Short to Midori. Lucas will offer inspiration for leaders responsible for guiding diverse organizations and multiple audiences.
Presenter: Lucas Richman, Music Director & Conductor for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra
Certification: Valid for 1 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Leadership.


10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Break/Visit with Exhibitors

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

Marijuana: Comprehensive Update
As details about legal recreational and medical marijuana come into view, municipal officials in Maine have decisions to make. This panel discussion offers important, distinct points of view – a statewide perspective, legislative analysis and legal counsel. If legalized marijuana is something that your community is looking at, this workshop is for you.
Presenters: Garrett Corbin, Legislative Advocate, Maine Municipal Association; Rebecca McMahon, Staff Attorney, Maine Municipal Association; Representative from the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Legal.

Maine Bicentennial Celebration
Maine will soon celebrate its 200th birthday! Join representatives from the Bicentennial Commission to learn about the Commission’s plans for the bicentennial and how municipalities can get involved. Towns and cities will be encouraged to come up with programming that highlights local history or ties into their specific communities. 
Presenters: Bradley Sawyer, Business Manager and Dave Cheever, Vice Chairman, Maine Bicentennial Commission
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Leadership.

Banking Due Diligence for Municipalities
Doug Berge of Veribanc will explain the need for depository due diligence (not readily available 40 years ago), the benefits of monitoring the safety and soundness of banking institutions where towns and cities have deposits, as well as how to mitigate banking risk as well as one’s professional liability exposure.
Presenter: Doug Berge, Veribanc, Inc.
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Ethics and Finance/Budget.

Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust Annual Meeting (for MMEHT Members only)

11:45 a.m. – Noon Break/Visit with Exhibitors

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon

1:30 – 1:45 p.m. Break/Visit with Exhibitors

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

MMA Annual Business Meeting
Please join us as President Mary Sabins, Vice President Christine Landes and Executive Director Stephen Gove shed light on MMA’s upcoming priorities and topics that arose in 2019.
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Leadership.

Posted Roads: State Statutes, Local Restrictions
Let’s face it: For many communities, local roads – including roads vulnerable to heavy trucks during certain seasons – are what municipal decision making is all about. This detailed presentation will walk attendees through what state statutes actually say, whether local ordinances are good options and how to time road postings.
Presenters: Pete Coughlan, Maine DOT Local Roads Center; Michael Stultz, Staff Attorney, Maine Municipal Association; John Rouleau, Director of Public Works, City of Old Town
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Legal and Finance/Budget.

Tax Increment Financing in Maine Towns
(Co-sponsored by Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association and the Maine Association of Assessing Officers)
Municipal tax increment financing is a tool available to all municipalities and unorganized territories. There are around 500 tax increment financing districts in Maine. Learn about the program from a TIF attorney who represents municipalities across the state and from a municipal official who can speak about the implementation of a TIF district in a particular community. Be prepared to hear advantages and disadvantages of the program, as well as feedback about the program’s applicability to both smaller communities and larger cities.
Presenters: Shana Cook Mueller, Bernstein Shur; Curtis Lunt, Manager, Town of Monmouth
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Finance/Budget and Legal.
Valid for 5 MMTCTA points toward certification as tax collector or treasurer.
This session is approved for 1 CMA/CAT re-certification credit through Maine Revenue Services.

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.Break/Visit with Exhibitors

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. FEATURED SPEAKER

Killer Show: Lessons from the Station Nightclub Fire
Sixteen years ago, the world was stunned by the news of a tragic fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., which claimed 100 lives and affected far more. This presentation analyzes the causes of that fire, conditions that contributed to its severity, and a discussion of what can be done to prevent similar catastrophes.
Presenter: John Barylick, Attorney with Wistow, Barylick, Sheehan and Lovely in Providence, R.I.; Author of “Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire.”
Certification: Valid for 1.50 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Legal.

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Member Appreciation Reception

Thursday October 3, 2019

7:30 a.m.  Registration

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.  Buffet Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.  FEATURED SPEAKER

Trouble in the Presidentials: What a Mountaineering Accident Shows Us about Leadership, Teamwork and Managing Risk
Although strikingly beautiful, Mount Washington and the surrounding Presidential Range hold the dubious distinction of having “the world’s worst weather.” The Presidential Range is also renowned for the challenging terrain it provides for alpinists. As such, it has been the scene of hundreds of mountaineering accidents over the years. Ty will provide in-depth analysis of a recent tragedy on the range and extend those lessons, and others learned above tree line, into your roles as leaders, managers, staff and team members.
Presenter: Ty Gagne, CEO Primex3
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Leadership.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Break/Visit with Exhibitors

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions

ABCs of Economic Development (Co-sponsored by Maine Community Development Association)
Every rural community wants economic development, but how to start? This panel discussion will walk attendees through the basics of planning for economic development, from identifying your town’s areas of potential, to approaching businesses and organizations, from financing projects to seeing concrete progress.
Presenters: Christopher Winstead, Executive Director, Piscataquis County Economic Development Council; Margaret Daigle, Chair Select Board, Town of East Millinocket; Danielle Ahearn, SVP Community Development Officer, Bangor Savings Bank
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget.


Customer Service Excellence: Dealing with Difficult People
Customer service is a tricky business, especially in the public sector. How do you deliver first-rate service when handling irate and sometimes irrational citizens? This panel of experts will examine this growing problem and provide tips and tricks learned from their many years of experience on the “front lines.”
Presenters: Suzanne Farnham, Home Agent Job Coach, L.L. Bean; Michael Roy, Manager, City of Waterville; Kathy Montejo, Clerk, City of Lewiston
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership.
This session is approved for 1.25 CMA/CAT re-certification credits through Maine Revenue Services.


How Do You Value Your Town, City or County Manager (Co-sponsored by Maine Town, City and County Management Association)
In this world of ever-changing rules and regulations, how do you provide your manager with the tools needed to keep up with day to day and future challenges that need to be addressed? How can being involved with the Maine Town, City and County Management Association help your Manager acquire the tools needed to manage change in your municipality? Civility and respect between elected officials and their appointed Managers are crucial to the health of community relations. This session will attempt to explain the importance of training, engagement, respect, and civility for both elected and appointed officials.
Presenters: Perry Ellsworth, Manager, Town of South Berwick & President, Maine Town, City and County Management Association; Bert Kendall, Interim Manager, Town of Denmark & MTCMA Senior Advisor
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Leadership and Elected Relations.

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  LUNCHEON & KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Let’s Talk Progress: Tools that Help Communities Grow
Is your city or town built on a smart economic foundation – well-planned and designed, approaching development in a forward-thinking way? Or are you busy running from challenge to challenge – fixing roads and water mains here, offer tax breaks there? Joe Minicozzi, a sought-after, national expert on municipal economics and urban design, will offer insight and humor as he challenges conventional thinking and entrenched biases about development. If you hope to create a strong community, one that is built to last, our 2019 keynote speaker is a “can’t miss.”
Presenter: Joe Minicozzi, Principal, Urban3, Asheville, N.C.
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget.

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Dessert Social & Musical Entertainment!
Head to the exhibit hall for desserts, one last chance to visit with exhibitors and music provided by Riff Johnson.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Concurrent Sessions

Connecting Communities via the East Coast Greenway
The East Coast Greenway is a walking and biking route stretching 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida and is designed to transform the 15 states and 450 communities it connects through active and healthy lifestyles, sustainable transportation, community engagement, climate resilience, tourism, and more. Kristine Keeney, the Alliance’s New England Coordinator, will provide an overview of the vision and genesis of this project, its current route in Maine, the benefits to local communities, and highlight some of the efforts to complete the route in the state right now.
Presenter: Kristine Keeney, New England Coordinator, East Coast Greenway Alliance
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Leadership.


How to Combat Phishing in Town Offices
Saco’s IT Director will provide a toolkit to prepare a customized strategic security plan for your municipality and identify your organization’s security leverage points. This session will cover: how to develop cybersecurity awareness training; the need for implementing auditing and monitoring systems; and, the importance of preparing for a security breach. Do you have an operations plan in place? Have you created policies? Do you have backups? Do you know how to report breaches? How many items can you check off on our cybersecurity preparedness checklist?
Presenter: Ryan Pinheiro, Information Technology Director, City of Saco
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget.


Regional Planning and Development Issues
Development and redevelopment challenges vary greatly between rural areas and densely populated ones. How densely populated communities approach the issue may differ from rural communities, though each will share common challenges and opportunities. This workshop suggests that regional planning – neighbors working with neighbors – is an approach worth considering, and it will uncover barriers to cohesive development and offer support and help.
Presenters: Rebecca Graham, Legislative Advocate, Maine Municipal Association; John Davis, Town of Millinocket; Judy East, Washington County Council of Governments; Rod Melanson, Town of Topsham; Jim Shattuck, Town of Topsham; Nancy Smith, Grow Smart Maine; Stacie Beyer, Land Use Planning Commission


Right to Know
Attorneys from MMA’s Legal Services Department offer Right to Know training that is required for both elected officials and municipally appointed Public Access Officers. Attendees will get certificates that they completed the course.
Presenters: Richard Flewelling, Assistant Director, Legal Services, MMA; Susanne Pilgrim, Director, Legal Services, MMA
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Legal.


3:30 p.m.  Adjourn 



Affiliate Association Programs

Please see full Convention program for additional offerings, highlights, special events and CEU/Certification credits/points. The following sessions have been prepared by and are sponsored by individual affiliate associations. All sessions are open to all Convention attendees.

Community Television Association of Maine (CTAM) & Central Maine Media Alliance (CMMA)

Thursday, October 3

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Access $1 Million Value for Your Town

Municipalities across Maine are missing out on huge amounts of funding, technology and services available to them. This session will explore the economic development and community engagement benefits of community television and PEG Media, and will provide turn-key solutions and practical applications that towns of all sizes and budgets can utilize.
Presenter: “Twinkle” Marie Manning, Director of Development, Central Maine Media Alliance


Maine Association of Local Emergency Managers (MALEM)

Wednesday, October 2

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.Public Safety Broadband Network Update

FirstNetME and AT&T FirstNet representatives will brief session attendees on the status of the public safety broadband network build-out in Maine, including its capabilities regarding municipal emergency management communications.
Presenters: David Maxwell, Program Director, FirstNetME; Bruce Fitzgerald, Principal Consultant, AT&T FirstNet


Maine Association of Planners (MAP)

Thursday, October 3

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.Planning & Land Use Ordinances

This "roundtable" session is an opportunity to hear about and share experiences municipalities have in managing, revising, or developing new land use ordinances. We will discuss the challenges of juggling local, state and federal regulations in preparing for and participating in Planning and Appeals Boards meetings, and touch upon legal implications of juggling so many volumes of regulations. Hear about (and share) examples of municipalities who have worked to streamline local ordinances, resources for updating or creating new ordinances, approaches to training and updating members of Planning and Appeals Boards, and discuss ideas for improving resources and support for land use ordinance development. This session is for planners, code enforcement officers, planning board or appeals board members, town managers, or anyone interested in discussing issues of land use ordinances in Maine.

Panelists: Vanessa L Farr, Principal/Planner, Maine Design Workshop; Christine Grimando, Acting Director, Planning & Urban Development Department, City of Portland; Jeffrey Robert Levine, Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, MIT; Noel Musson, Principal/Planner, The Musson Group; Matthew Nazar, Director of Development Services, City of Augusta


Maine Chapter of American Public Works Association (MCAPWA)

Thursday, October 3

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.MCAPWA Business Meeting

Opening Remarks, Election of Officers & General Meeting Business.

8:15 – 9:30 a.m.Talking Trash: Addressing Global Markets Locally

Panelists: Craig Stuart-Paul, President, Fiberight; Ben Breadmore, Town Manager, Town of Holden; Bev Uhlenhake, Mayor, City of Brewer

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.Maine Road Scholar Presentations

Presenter: Pete Coughlan, MaineDOT Local Roads Center

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. TBD

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. What’s Happening at MaineDOT?

Presenter: Bruce Van Note, Commissioner, MaineDOT

MCAPWA Luncheon will follow at the Hollywood Casino Hotel (pre-registration required)


Maine Community Development Association (MCDA)

Wednesday, October 2

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.Meeting the Challenges of Housing Older Adults

The Community Aging in Place Grant is a low-cost, high impact home modification program that helps low and moderate income older Mainers stay in their homes safely.
Presenter: Clyde Barr, Maine Housing


Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association (MFCA)

Wednesday, October 2

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Annual Meeting and Maine Fire Chief of the Year Award and Luncheon at Hollywood Casino Hotel

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Keeping Your Fire Chief Prepared – Today and Into the Future

Attendees at this session will learn what is required for people to enter the EMS and fire service fields, what ongoing training is required, what training assistance is available – and, why being a first responder still remains a valuable, and rewarding, public-service career.

Presenters: Fire Chief Thomas Higgins, City of Bangor and 2nd Vice President & Professional Development Committee Chair, Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association; Fire Chief Scott Susi, City of Caribou and Board Member, Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association; Fire Chief Darrell White, City of Presque Isle and 1st Vice President, Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association



Maine Government Finance Officers Association (MEGFOA)

Co-Sponsored by Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association (MMTCTA)

Thursday, October 3

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Continuity of Fiscal Operations
A storm hits your community, leaving your town hall stranded for days, and your finance staff cannot get to their offices. Or, a strain of flu settles on your community and half of the town’s employees are out sick, so the town hall closes because there are not enough employees to keep it open. How would you be able to pay employees, purchase supplies for 24/7 operations and emergency response, collect revenue, manage cash flow, and handle treasury functions? A section of your town is devastated during a storm, wiping out roads, homes, and utilities. How do you fund significant costs of recovery and rebuilding while waiting for federal reimbursement? In disaster and recovery planning, fiscal functions are often overlooked as being emergent in nature. In fact, some of these functions are needed to keep the emergency response going, or to maintain financial stability while taking on large recovery expenses. This session will explore some of the connections between administrative financial operations and direct services that should be considered during disaster and recovery planning.
Presenters: Naomi Petley, Public Assistance Officer, MEMA; Alina Wright, Individual Assistance and Voluntary Agency Liaison, MEMA
Certification: Valid for 5 MMTCTA points toward certification as tax collector or treasurer.


Maine Resource Recovery Association (MRRA)

Wednesday, October 2

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Discussion on Behavior Change, Reaching the Future Workforce, and Empowering your Staff/Employees

Presenters: Skyler Horton and Hannah Nadeau, University of Maine Students; Eric Strout and Daniel Tremble, Hannaford


Maine Town & City Clerks’ Association (MTCCA)

Wednesday, October 2

10:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. State Agency Updates

10:15-10:45 a.m. Vital Records Updates: Theresa Roberts, Deputy State Registrar

10:45-11:45 a.m. Elections & Notary Public Updates: Julie Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State

1:45-2:15 p.m. Animal Welfare Updates: Liam Hughes, Director of Animal Welfare

2:15-2:45 p.m. Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Updates: Angela Vo, MOSES Team Leader and Management Analyst

Certification: Attendance at the MMA Convention is valid for 2 optional points for MTCCA Certification.



Maine Welfare Directors’ Association (MWDA)

Thursday, October 3

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. General Assistance Overview
This session will provide a basic overview of administering a General Assistance program. It is appropriate for any municipal representatives involved with or interested in their GA program. Topics covered will include eligibility requirements, the application process, and emergency assistance.
Presenters: Rindy Fogler, Community Services Manager, City of Bangor; Ellen Moore, Treasurer, Town of Milo

This session will provide a basic overview of administering a General Assistance program. It is appropriate for any municipal representatives involved with or interested in their GA program. Topics covered will include eligibility requirements, the application process, and emergency assistance.

Maine Recreation & Park Association (MRPA)

Thursday, October 3

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Browntail Moth Damage Forum
Browntail moth is a familiar concern for many from Brunswick to Portland, it is a new nightmare for people in the Midcoast through Blue Hill Bay as well as inland locations such as Turner and Burnham.  Join us for an update on this pest of people and trees led by Forest Entomologist Tom Schmeelk and a lively discussion of response strategies with municipal officials.

Presenters: Tom Schmeelk, Forest Entomologist, Maine Forest Service; Peter Joseph, Town Manager, Town of Freeport; Kyle Rosenberg, Arborist, City of Bath

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