Municipal Bulletin Board
(from the July 2010 Maine Townsman)

BILLING & NETWORKING

The Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association will hold a session on MaineCare billing on Thursday, July 22 at the Snow Bowl in Camden. The session runs from 9 a.m. to noon, and is followed by a lobster (or steak) bake.

The session is designed to help EMS Billing Clerks primarily, but also serves as a morning of networking and sharing ideas and information.

The cost for MFCA members and non-members, who register after July 16, is $45 per person, and that includes the lobster bake. To register, please go to the Maine Municipal Association website, www.memun.org. Please indicate “lobster” or “steak” when registering online.

MTCMA MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

The 65th Annual Institute will feature keynote speaker Leonard A. Matarese, a veteran with over 39 years of management and public-safety experience, who also leads the ICMA Public Safety Services Team.

Matarese’s presentation is entitled, “Asking Your Police Chief and Fire Chief the Right Questions to Get the Right Answers.” He will address police deployment, staffing and scheduling. He also will talk about fire-rescue response times, workload, scheduling and insurance issues.

The Institute will be held from Aug. 18-20 at Point Lookout in Northport. Among the other topics to be addressed: Regionalization/Consolidation Successes, Failures and Legal Implications; Uncomplicating Management; and, a final-day leadership session that can develop one’s “Synergy Profile.”

The Maine Town & City Management Association-sponsored event begins with registration at 8 a.m. on Aug. 18 and ends at 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 20. Rates vary based on food and accommodation selections. For the complete Institute brochure, look at the Training and Workshops section of the MMA website, www.memun.org

VITAL STATISTICS: HOULTON

The Maine Town & City Clerks Association also will sponsor a workshop on Vital Statistics at Shiretown Inn and Suites in Houlton, on Aug. 23. Registration for the workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. The workshop ends at 4 p.m.

Kathy Montejo, city clerk in Lewiston, and Patti Dubois, city clerk in Bangor, will co-present. Vital Statistics is a one-day overview of the law, rules and regulations concerning important documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses and death certificates. The workshop is among four courses needed for MTCCA certification.

Among the topics to be covered are: a history of vital statistics in Maine; duties of the Municipal Clerk; the integrity of vital records; and, amending vital records. The cost is $50 for MTCCA members and $60 for non-members, which includes coffee, lunch and workshop materials.

Participants need to bring their Vital Records Manuals with them. If you need a manual, please call Office Services staff at 287-2558. If you have questions about the workshop or want to register by phone, please call the MMA Educational Services office at: 1-800-452-8786.

NEW CLERKS WORKSHOP

A workshop designed to familiarize newly elected and appointed municipal clerks with the position will be held at the MMA headquarters, 60 Community Dr. in Augusta, on August 24. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Maine Town & City Clerks’ Association, the course will conclude at 4 p.m.

The workshop will cover many topics, including: forms, procedures and duties; where to obtain clerk-specific information; dog licenses; marriage licenses; birth and death certificates; council/selectmen obligations and duties; and, elections. A question-and-answer period will follow the session.

The cost is $50 for MT CA members and $60 for non-members. This program may be used as an optional course for MTCCA certification. Participants must attend the entire day to receive a certificate. Registration can be done online at: www.memun.org.

CLERKS NETWORKING DAY

The Maine Town & City Clerks Association will hold its Networking Day & Annual Business Meeting from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Waterville Elks Banquet & Conference Center.

Instructors include: Jeri Holt, of the Maine Municipal Association; Kim McLaughlin, of Old Orchard Beach; Wendy Rawski, of Eliot; Patti Dubois, city clerk in Bangor; and, Beverly Curry, town clerk in Freeport.

Among the topics to be covered: reviewing the MMA website; an overview of the municipal clerks associations, including how to increase participation; records-disaster recovery; and, overseas elections. The Bangor Daily News also will be acknowledged.

The cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members, which includes lunch and workshop materials. To register or see the Day’s brochure, visit the MMA website at www.memun.org.