Municipal Bulletin Board
(from the February 2010 Maine Townsman)

For more information on the following MMA and Affiliate Group workshops, go to the MMA website at www.memun.org or contact MMA’s Educational & Affiliate Services office at 1-800-452-8786.

PLANNING/APPEALS BOARDS

Throughout 2010, Maine Municipal Association will again be offering its workshop for members of local planning boards and zoning boards of appeal. Next month, the workshop will be offered twice, on March 16 in Augusta at the MMA building on March 23 in Bangor at Spectacular Events. In total, the workshop will be presented seven times at different locations during the year.

As a basic introduction to the various legal rules governing local land use decision-making, this workshop covers jurisdictional issues, conflict of interest, public notice requirements, appeals, variances, reconsideration, site visits, use of email, recordkeeping, deadlines, standing, evidence, and more.

MANAGERS INTERCHANGE

The 31st Annual Statewide Manager Interchange, sponsored by the Maine Town & City Management Association, will be held March 5 at the Black Bear Inn in Orono.

An exciting array of sessions await attendees covering such subjects as leadership, assessing, ethics, Right-to-Know, and organizational changes.

TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE

On March 11, MMA and the Maine GIS User Group will be conducting the 2010 Technology Conference at the Augusta Civic Center.

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES

A Parliamentary Procedures workshop will be held on March 23 at the MMA building in Augusta.

TAX LIEN PROCEDURES

The Maine Municipal Tax Collectors & Treasurers Association (MMTCTA) is sponsoring a “Tax Lien Procedures” workshop on March 18 in Portland and on March 25 in Houlton.

This workshop focuses on the tax lien process and procedures. Attendees will receive up-to-date information and forms. Instructors are Gilberte Mayo, Lincoln treasurer (in Houlton), and Paul Labrecque, Lewiston tax collector (in Portland).

The registration fee is $50 for MMTCTA members and $60 for non-members.

FIRST RESPONDERS
CONFERENCE

The 7th Annual Blaine House Conference for First Responders will be held March 26-27 at Point Lookout Resort in Northport.

This two-day conference includes exhibitors and will have sessions on fire service leadership with special presentations by John Salka of the New York City Fire Department and Howard Cross from Shaftsbury, Vermont.

ELECTED OFFICIALS
WORKSHOP

Maine Municipal Association has expanded its offerings of the popular Elected Officials Workshop. In 2010, the workshop will be conducted at seven locations, starting on April 13 in Houlton at the Shiretown Motor Inn.

This workshop is for selectmen and councilors. It is a “must” for newly elected officials. Veteran elected officials will benefit as well. Stay abreast of your rapidly changing responsibilities as an elected municipal official. Network with other selectmen and councilors from other parts of the state.

For more information, go to the MMA website at www.memun.org or contact MMA’s Educational & Affiliate Services office at 1-800-452-8786.

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