Municipal Bulletin Board
(from the February 2006 Maine Townsman)

WORKSHOPS… WORKSHOPS… WORKSHOPS…

The month of March is a busy time for MMA and Affiliate Group workshops. Detailed information and registration materials for each of the workshops listed below can be found on the MMA website, www.memun.org. For more information, contact the MMA Training & Affiliate office, 1-800-452-8786.

Technology Conference

The 2006 MMA Technology Conference will be held March 14 at the Augusta Civic Center. This conference includes sessions on current and emerging technologies that Maine municipalities can use to improve efficiency and the quality of service delivery.

Parliamentary Procedure

The Maine Town & City Clerks Association will hold its Parliamentary Procedure workshop at the Augusta Civic Center on March 2.

This full-day workshop covers “Robert’s Rules of Order” and aims to help make meetings run more efficiently and be more democratic.

Manager Interchange

The Maine Town & City Management Association will be hosting its 27 th Annual Statewide Manager Interchange on March 3 at Jonathan’s Restaurant in Ogunquit.

This year’s Interchange will feature a discussion of citizen involvement in local government and media relations. Facilitating the discussion will be Bill O’Brien of O’Brien Associates.

GA Basics & Not So Basic

The Maine Welfare Directors Association will hold its GA Basics & Not So Basics workshop on March 8 at the Augusta Civic Center. This workshop is for municipal officials who are responsible for administering general assistance.

The instructor is Antoinette Mancusi, Director of Operations for Coastal Counties Workforce, and formerly with the MMA Legal Services staff.

Tax Lien Procedures

The Tax Lien Procedures workshop of the Maine Municipal Tax Collectors & Treasurers Association will be held at two locations in March. On March 22, the workshop will be conducted at Keeley’s in Portland and on March 23 at the Black Bear Inn in Orono. Instructors are Paul Labrecque, Lewiston treasurer, for the Portland workshop and Gilberte Mayo, Lincoln treasurer, for the Orono workshop.

Conference for First Responders

The 3 rd Annual Blaine House Conference for First Responders will be held March 21-22 at the Augusta Civic Center. This conference is sponsored by the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission in cooperation with the Maine Fire Chiefs Association.

This two-day workshop covers contemporary topics of interest to first responders including interoperability, traffic laws, MEMA grants, volunteerism, extrication, EMS, firefighter safety, and much more.

PB/BA Workshop

MMA begins its annual schedule for the Basic Workshop for Local Planning Boards and Boards of Appeal in March. The first workshop is on March 8 at The Colisee in Lewiston.

This evening workshop provides a basic introduction to the various legal rules that govern decisions made by local planning boards and boards of appeal.

The workshop will be held at four other locations in 2006, including Orono (April 11), Presque Isle (June 14), Belfast (September 27) and Augusta (November 30).

Grant Writing

Writing an Effective Grant Application is an MMA-sponsored workshop that will be held March 28 at the Augusta Civic Center. Peter Lyford, with Community Outreach and Development Consulting, Mike Baran, DECD’s Office of Community Development, and representatives from the USDA Rural Development, will make presentations at the workshop.

MMA STRATEGIC PLAN

Each year, MMA’s Executive Committee and management staff evaluate and reaffirm the Association's ongoing commitments and goals, and identify organizational Priority Initiatives for the coming year in order to meet the needs of the membership.

On January 19, 2006, the Executive Committee adopted the 2006 Strategic & Business Plan, which highlights this information and provides a brief description on each of the Priority Initiatives. The MMA Strategic & Business Plan is posted on the MMA website, www.memun.org, for review and reference. If you have any questions, contact the MMA Executive Office at 1-800-452-8786 ext. 211.