9/27/05 - Changes were made to MWDA Programs

Affiliate Programs

(from Maine Townsman, August 2005)

Maine Association of Assessing Officers

Wednesday, October 5

 9:00                   Welcoming Remarks

 9:15                   MAAO Annual Meeting

11:00                  Mapping Presentation

Representative(s), James W. Sewall Co.

12:00-1:30          Lunch (on your own)

 1:30                   Update on Current Taxation Legislation

David Ledew, Director, Property Tax Division, Maine Revenue Services

 4:30 Adjourn

Thursday, October 6

 9:15                   Recent Board of Assessment Review Cases and Outcomes

Dan Robinson, Kennebunk Tax Assessor

12:00-1:30         MAAO Luncheon (at Augusta Civic Center)

To register for this luncheon, please refer to the Convention Registration flyer included in this issue of the TOWNSMAN. Cost of the luncheon is $13. Advance registration is required.

 2:00                   LD 1 and Municipal Spending Limits (cosponsored by MTCMA)

The municipal spending limitation system established under LD 1 applied in 2005 to all fiscal year (July-June) communities and will be applicable to the remaining municipalities in 2006. This session will provide guidance to those municipal officials who have yet to do a municipal spending limit calculation and seek feedback from officials that have already gone through the process as to how it worked and what needs to be fixed.

Geoff Herman, Director of State & Federal Relations, MMA

 4:00                   Adjourn

Maine Chapter of American Public Works Association

Thursday, October 6

 8:30                   MCAPWA Business Meeting & Election of Officers

 9:15                   Safety Presentation

Representative(s) MDOT

 10:00                 Municipal Roads Workshop

This session is a condensed version of MMA's daylong training session on municipal roads. Session leaders will begin with a background on municipal roads, including types of roads and creating/terminating public road rights. The middle part of the session deals with municipal duties and responsibilities for roads and then the final segment deals with municipal liability.

Peter Coughlan, Director, Maine Local Road Center
James Katsiaficas, attorney with Perkins, Thompson, Hinckley & Keddy former MMA Senior Staff Attorney

11:30-1:00         MCAPWA Luncheon (at Augusta Elks Lodge)

Advance registration required. $13.00 per person. See Convention Registration flyer in this issue of TOWNSMAN. Advance registration is required.

Maine Community Development Association

Wednesday, October 5

10:00                  The Global Community (General Session)

For details on this session, see "General Sessions" on page 13.

Tim Honey, Executive Director, Sister Cities International

11:30 – 1:00       MMA Luncheon (General Session)

Can new high tech and manufacturing jobs be created in small towns? The CEO of a growing industrial development company in the midwest believes they can be created and has written a book that constructs a case for business development in small town America.

Guest Speaker: Jack Schultz, author of “Boomtown USA: The 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns”

Thursday, October 6

 11:30-1:30         MCDA Lunch/Annual Meeting (at Augusta Civic Center)

To register for this luncheon, please refer to the Convention Registration flyer included in this issue of the TOWNSMAN. Cost of the luncheon is $13. Advance registration is required.

 2:00                   Impact of Base Closures (General Session – cosponsored by MAP)

Shockwaves rippled throughout Maine this summer when the Department of Defense recommended that the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery be closed, that there should be a major realignment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station, and that the Defense Financial Accounting Services Office at the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone be shutdown. Since that time, Maine federal, state and local leaders have been working diligently to influence the final recommendations of the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). This session will focus on how municipal officials are dealing with the potential impact of base closures.

 4:00                   Adjourn

Maine Fire Chiefs Association

Wednesday, October 5

11:30 – 1:00       MMA Luncheon (General Session)

Can new high tech and manufacturing jobs be created in small towns? The CEO of a growing industrial development company in the midwest believes they can be created and has written a book that constructs a case for business development in small town America.

Guest Speaker: Jack Schultz, author of “Boomtown USA: The 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns”

 1:00                   Making Your Community Safe/Homeland Security Update
                           (General Session – cosponsored by MCAPWA, MWDA)

Bruce Fitzgerald, Maine Emergency Management Agency
Other Speakers TBD

 3:00                   Performance Evaluations/Effective Meetings (General Session – cosponsored by MTCMA)

Performance evaluations should be an integral part of any municipality's HR program. Elected officials, managers, department heads and other supervisors need to know how to make wise use of this HR tool so as to improve the effectiveness of local government service delivery. This session will also give guidance on how to make the seemingly endless number of meetings local officials attend more productive.

David Barrett, Manager of Personnel Services and Labor Relations, MMA
Richard Flewelling, Assistant Director of Legal Services, MMA
Barry Timson, Mayor, City of Hallowell

 4:30                   Adjourn

Thursday, October 6

 8:00                   MFCA Annual Meeting

Will include presentation of "Fire Chief of the Year" Award and Past President's Plaque.

11:30-1:30          MFCA Lunch (at Ninety-Nine Restaurant)

To register for this luncheon, please refer to the Convention Registration flyer included in this issue of the TOWNSMAN. Cost of the luncheon is $13. Advance registration is required.

 1:00                   Persuading & Influencing Through Leadership (General Session; cosponsored by MMTCTA, MTCCA, MWDA)

Mary Ellen Dorsett, CEO, Organizational Dimensions, Inc.

 4:00                   Adjourn

Friday, October 7

 8:00                   The State-Local Education Partnership (breakfast) (General Session)

Susan Gendron, Commissioner, Maine Dept. of Education

Maine Government Finance Officers Association

Thursday, October 6

 8:30                   Update on State Finances and How They Affect Municipal Government

 9:30                   MGFOA Annual Business Meeting & Update on NESGFOA Conference

10:00                  Developing Sound Financial Policies (General Session – cosponsored by MTCMA, MMTCTA)

When it comes to muncipal finance there are some basic policies that every community should have, including ones for investments, cash handling, purchasing, competitive bidding, and fund balances. This session will provide information on financial policies with sample policies contained on a CD that will be distributed at the session.

11:30-1:00          MMTCTA/MGFOA Lunch (at LeClub Calumet)

(sponsored by TD Banknorth) Advance reservations are required. See Convention Registration flyer in this issue of the TOWNSMAN.

 1:00                   How We Dealt With LD 1

A roundtable discussion.

 2:00                   Electrical Energy Costs

A discussion of where energy costs are headed and the impact on municipal government.

 3:00                   Adjourn


Maine Municipal Tax Collectors & Treasurers Association

Wednesday, October 5

10:00                  The Global Community (General Session)

For details on this session, see "General Sessions" on page 13.

Tim Honey, Executive Director, Sister Cities International

11:30 – 1:00       MMA Luncheon (General Session)

Can new high tech and manufacturing jobs be created in small towns? The CEO of a growing industrial development company in the midwest believes they can be created and has written a book that constructs a case for business development in small town America.

Guest Speaker: Jack Schultz, author of “Boomtown USA: The 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns”

 1:00                   Internal Controls and Cash Handling (General Session – cosponsored by MTCCA, MGFOA)

Heather Hunter, Deputy Finance Director, City of Lewiston

 3:00                   Violence in the Workplace (General Session – cosponsored by MTCCA, MGFOA, MWDA)

A reality that confronts employers and employees today is the potential of violence in the workplace. This session will address some warning signs for situations that could turn violent and will provide guidance on how to prepare for and hopefully prevent such events from happening.

James Daniels, University of Southern Maine
Tom Joyce, So. Maine Community College

 4:30                   Adjourn

Thursday, October 6

 8:30                   MMTCTA Executive Board Meeting

10:00                  Developing Sound Financial Policies (General Session – cosponsored by MTCMA, MGFOA)

When it comes to muncipal finance there are some basic policies that every community should have, including ones for investments, cash handling, purchasing, competitive bidding, and fund balances. This session will provide information on financial policies with sample policies contained on a CD that will be distributed at the session.

11:30-1:00          MMTCTA/MGFOA Lunch (at LeClub Calumet)

(sponsored by TD Banknorth. Advance reservations are required. See Convention Registration flyer in this issue of the TOWNSMAN.

 1:00                   Persuading & Influencing Through Leadership (General Session; cosponsored by MFCA, MTCCA, MWDA)

Mary Ellen Dorsett, CEO, Organizational Dimensions, Inc.

 4:00                   Adjourn

Maine Town & City Clerks Association

Wednesday, October 5

10:00                  The Global Community (General Session)

For details on this session, see "General Sessions" on page 13.

Tim Honey, Executive Director, Sister Cities International

11:30 – 1:00       MMA Luncheon (General Session)

Can new high tech and manufacturing jobs be created in small towns? The CEO of a growing industrial development company in the midwest believes they can be created and has written a book that constructs a case for business development in small town America.

Guest Speaker: Jack Schultz, author of “Boomtown USA: The 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns”

 1:00                   Internal Controls and Cash Handling (General Session – cosponsored by MMTCTA, MGFOA)

Heather Hunter, Deputy Finance Director, City of Lewiston

 3:00                   Violence in the Workplace (General Session – cosponsored by MMTCTA, MGFOA, MWDA)

A reality that confronts employers and employees today is the potential of violence in the workplace. This session will address some warning signs for situations that could turn violent and will provide guidance on how to prepare for and hopefully prevent such events from happening.

James Daniels, University of Southern Maine
Tom Joyce, So. Maine Community College

 4:30                   Adjourn

Thursday, October 6

 9:00                   What MTCCA Has to Offer

An informational session on MTCCA's certification program, membership, website, training programs.

10:30                  HAVA Update Class (Secretary of State's Office)

11:30-1:00          MTCCA Luncheon (at the Augusta Country Club)

To register for this luncheon, please refer to the Convention Registration flyer included in this issue of the TOWNSMAN. Cost of the luncheon is $13. Advance registration is required.

  The MTCCA Annual Business Meeting will be held at the beginning of the luncheon. It will include:

— Amendment to Bylaws
— Committee Reports
— Election and Installation of New Officers
— Certification Awards
— Clerk of the Year Award
— Rookie of the Year Award

Drawings will be held during the meeting. You must be present to enter and win.

 1:00                   Persuading & Influencing Through Leadership (General Session; cosponsored by MFCA, MMTCTA, MWDA)

Mary Ellen Dorsett, CEO, Organizational Dimensions, Inc.

 4:00                   Adjourn


Maine Town & City Management Association

Wednesday, October 5

10:00                  The Global Community (General Session)

For details on this session, see "General Sessions" on page 13.

Tim Honey, Executive Director, Sister Cities International

11:00                  MMA Annual Business Mtg. (General Session)

11:30 – 1:00       MMA Luncheon (General Session)

Can new high tech and manufacturing jobs be created in small towns? The CEO of a growing industrial development company in the midwest believes they can be created and has written a book that constructs a case for business development in small town America.

Guest Speaker: Jack Schultz, author of “Boomtown USA: The 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns”

 1:00                   Personnel Policies

What should, or should not, be in a personnel policy. Some "nuts & bolts" on how to develop a personnel policy.

David Barrett, Manager of Personnel Services and Labor Relations, MMA

 3:00                   Performance Evaluations/Effective Meetings (General Session; cosponsored by MFCA)

Performance evaluations should be an integral part of any municipality's HR program. Elected officials, managers, department heads and other supervisors need to know how to make wise use of this HR tool so as to improve the effectiveness of local government service delivery. This session will also give guidance on how to make the seemingly endless number of meetings local officials attend more productive.

David Barrett, Manager of Personnel Services and Labor Relations, MMA
Richard Flewelling, Assistant Director of Legal Services, MMA
Barry Timson, Mayor, City of Hallowell

 4:30                   Adjourn

Thursday, October 6

10:00                  Developing Sound Financial Policies (General Session – cosponsored by MGFOA, MMTCTA)

When it comes to muncipal finance there are some basic policies that every community should have, including ones for investments, cash handling, purchasing, competitive bidding, and fund balances. This session will provide information on financial policies with sample policies contained on a CD that will be distributed at the session.

11:30 – 1:00       Lunch (no formal program)

12:30                  How to Develop A Municipal Loss Control Safety Plan

 2:00                   LD 1 and Municipal Spending Limits (General Session – cosponsored by MAAO)

The municipal spending limitation system established under LD 1 applied in 2005 to all fiscal year (July-June) communities and will be applicable to the remaining municipalities in 2006. This session will provide guidance to those municipal officials who have yet to do a municipal spending limit calculation and seek feedback from officials that have already gone through the process as to how it worked and what needs to be fixed.

Geoff Herman, Director of State & Federal Relations, MMA

 4:00                   Adjourn

Friday, October 7

 8:00                   The State-Local Education Partnership (breakfast) (General Session)

Susan Gendron, Commissioner, Maine Dept. of Education

 9:00                   EPS: The New School Funding Model (General Session)

For the first time, this year's school budgets were adopted under a new school funding model called Essential Programs & Services (EPS). This school funding model which has been in the works since the late 1990s was embodied in LD 1924, enacted during the 2004 legislative session, and then amended and integrated as part of the LD 1 tax reform package, enacted in the 2005 legislative session. There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding of how EPS and LD 1 affects local school budget adoption. This three-hour program will give an overview of EPS, will provide tools to municipal officials to better equip them in their desire to understand and influence the school budget process, and will explore in a practical way the long-term strategies that school and local officials need to consider when looking at the future of K-12 education costs.

12:00                  Adjourn

Maine Welfare Directors Association

Wednesday, October 5

10:00                  The Global Community (General Session)

For details on this session, see "General Sessions" on page 13.

Tim Honey, Executive Director, Sister Cities International

11:30 – 1:00       MMA Luncheon (General Session)

Can new high tech and manufacturing jobs be created in small towns? The CEO of a growing industrial development company in the midwest believes they can be created and has written a book that constructs a case for business development in small town America.

Guest Speaker: Jack Schultz, author of “Boomtown USA: The 7 ½ Keys to Big Success in Small Towns”

 1:00                   Making Your Community Safe/Homeland Security Update
                            (General Session – cosponsored by MFCA, MCAPWA)

Bruce Fitzgerald, Maine Emergency Management Agency
Other Speakers TBD

 3:00                   Violence in the Workplace (General Session – cosponsored by MTCCA, MMTCTA, MGFOA)

A reality that confronts employers and employees today is the potential of violence in the workplace. This session will address some warning signs for situations that could turn violent and will provide guidance on how to prepare for and hopefully prevent such events from happening.

James Daniels, University of Southern Maine
Tom Joyce, So. Maine Community College

 4:30                   Adjourn

Thursday, October 6

 9:00                   MWDA Business Meeting

 9:15                   Legislative Update

Kate Dufour, Legislative Advocate, State & Federal Relations, MMA

 9:45                   Impact of High Energy Prices on Maine People and How Municipalities Can Help Maine People Stay Safe
                           and Warm This Winter – Beth Nagusky, State of Maine

10:30-10:45       Break

10:45                  Household Items – Now Deadly Drugs

James Pease, Detective, Rockland Police Department

11:30-1:00          Lunch (on your own)

 1:00                   Persuading & Influencing Through Leadership (General Session; cosponsored by MFCA, MTCCA)

Mary Ellen Dorsett, CEO, Organizational Dimensions, Inc.

 4:00                  Adjourn