Municipal Bulletin Board
(from the November 2010 Maine Townsman)

PLANNING BOARD/BOA: SACO

MMA’s Legal Services Department will host a session for local Planning Board and land use Board of Appeals members from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 18 at the Ramada Inn off Interstate 95.

The workshop is designed as an introduction for new or less experienced members but veterans may find an update useful as well. Among the topics to be covered: jurisdictional issues; conflicts of interest and bias; public notice requirements; site visits; procedure for decisions; and, variances.

The cost is $40 for MMA members and $60 for non-members. Registration is available online from the MMA website.

PLANNING BOARD/BOA: DOVER-FOXCROFT

MMA’s Legal Services Department also will host a session for local Planning Board and land use Board of Appeals members from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Town Office in Dover-Foxcroft.

These workshops are designed as introductions for new or less experienced members but veterans may find the updates useful. Among the topics to be covered: jurisdictional issues; conflicts of interest and bias; public notice requirements; site visits; procedure for decisions; and, variances.

The cost is $40 for MMA members and $60 for non-members. Registration is available online from the MMA website.

ELECTED OFFICIALS: ROCKLAND

MMA staff will hold an Elected Officials Workshop on Nov. 30 at the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland. The workshop will run from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and includes a light meal. Registration begins at 4 p.m.

The workshop is a “must” for both newly elected and veteran officials as they provide updates to legal requirements regarding: your rights as officials; open meeting requirements; conflicts of interest; liability issues; and, the Maine Freedom of Access law. Officials who attend the entire session meet the state’s Right to Know training requirements and receive a certificate. A new section on media relations and communications was recently added to this workshop.

The cost is $40 for MMA members and $60 for non-members. Registration is available through the MMA website at www.memun.org.

MAKING IT WORK: TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

The Maine Town and City Management Association will host a conference on Dec. 3 that will address technology and innovation in local government. The conference will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will be held at the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort in North Conway, N.H.

The first session is entitled, “Best Practices for Computer Systems for Towns and Cities.” The second session is entitled, “Social Media Options & Legal Considerations.” Among the presenters are Lynnelle Wilson, founder of Bold Vision Communications & Consulting; Jason Lenardson, Chief Operating Officer at Winxnet; and, William H. Dale, an attorney with the law firm Jensen Baird Gardner & Henry.

The cost for the session is $20 for MTCMA members and $60 for non-members. Attendance does earn four credit hours toward MTCMA certification. Room rates at the Red Jacket are $99 for Thursday night and $129 per night on Friday and Saturday.

Registration can be done through the MMA website: www.memun.org.

ELECTED OFFICIALS: BANGOR, FARMINGTON

MMA staff will hold consecutive Elected Officials Workshops on Dec. 6 at Spectacular Events in Bangor and on Dec. 7 at the Ben Franklin Center at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. Both workshops will run from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and include a light meal. Registration begins at 4 p.m.

The workshops are “musts” for both newly elected and veteran officials as they provide updates to legal requirements regarding: your rights as officials; open meeting requirements; conflicts of interest; liability issues; and, the Maine Freedom of Access law. Officials who attend the entire sessions meet the state’s Right to Know training requirements and receive certificates. A new section on media relations and communications recently was added to these workshops.

The cost is $40 for MMA members and $60 for non-members. Registration is available through the MMA website at www.memun.org.

MMA CLOSED

Maine Municipal Association will be closing at noon for the remainder of the day on Friday, December 10 to allow our employees to attend our Staff Appreciation Holiday Luncheon.

STATE HOLIDAYS

The State of Maine’s 2011 Holiday Observance schedule is as follows:

Holidays Date Observed
New Year’s Day (2011) Fri, Dec 31
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Mon, Jan 17
Presidents’ Day Mon, Feb 21
Patriots Day Mon, Apr 18
Memorial Day Mon, May 30
Independence Day Mon, July 4
Labor Day Mon, Sept 5
Columbus Day Mon, Oct 10
Veterans Day Fri, Nov 11
Thanksgiving Day Thurs, Nov 24
Fri, Nov 25
Christmas Day Mon, Dec 26

NOTE: For MMA, holidays that fall on Saturday are observed on the preceding Friday, and holidays that fall on Sunday are observed on the following Monday.