Affiliate Group Programs
(from Maine Townsman, August/September 2004)

Maine Association of Assessing Officers

Wednesday, October 6

9:00          Welcoming Remarks  

9:15          Regionalization of the Assessing Function       Anne Gregory, Falmouth Assessor

11:00        MAAO Annual Meeting

12:00-1:30 Lunch (on your own)  

1:30          Revaluation Tools and Administration        Representative(s), Vision Appraisal Technology of Northboro, MA 

4:30          Adjourn

Thursday, October 7

 9:00          Welcoming Remarks  

9:15          Assessing in a "Post-Palesky" World                    A roundtable discussion.

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.  

1:30          Legislative Update

                   Representative(s), Maine Revenue Services, Property Tax Division

 4:30          Adjourn

Maine Chapter of American Public Works Association

Thursday, October 7

8:30          MCAPWA Business Meeting & Election of Officers  

9:00       Legal Responsibilities of Public Works Departments

                   Bill Dale, Attorney, Jensen Baird  

9:20       Union Issues Involving Service Reductions in Public Works

                   Jim Carson

9:40 - 9:50 Break

9:50        Police and Public Works Coordination Issues in the Event of Service Reductions from Tax Cap Implementation

                   Chief Butch Asselin, President of Maine Chiefs of Police Association; Skowhegan Police Chief

10:10          Emergency Services Response Issues Involving Public Works                    Ray Parent

10:30      Q&A Panel Discussion on Tax Cap Issues Involving Public Works

11:30-1:00  MCAPWA Luncheon (at Maple Hill Farm Inn, Hallowell)

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

Maine Community Development Association

Thursday, October 7

 9:00          Program (to be announced)

10:30          Program (to be announced)  

12:00-1:30  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          Program (to be announced)

4:00          Adjourn

Maine Fire Chiefs Association

Wednesday, October 6

 2:30          MFCA Annual Meeting                   

• Fire Chief of the Year Award Presentation                   

• Past Presidents Plaque Presentation

6:00-9:00  Impact of Palesky Proposal

                   This is an informational meeting on targeting elected and appointed officials about the impacts of the Palesky Proposal. The program is designed to outline what the Palesky Proposal means to elected officials, managers and municipal staff and the challenges of implementing the proposal. The meeting will provide an overview of the impacts on ten communities in Maine and look in more detail at one of those towns. We will also have an expert panel to discuss economic impacts and the impacts of Prop 13 in California. This is a free session open to all municipal officials. There is a separate registration for this meeting. Contact MMA for more information or fill out “Palesky Proposal Session” registration section of the convention registration materials.

Thursday, October 7

10:00      How to Best Communicate the Impacts of the Palesky Proposal (cosponsored with MMA)

                   This session will provide an overview of how to tell your employees, friends, family and associates about the impacts of the Palesky Proposal. What messages work best? What are the key facts and figures? How to tell the story in simple terms that will convince people to vote against the measure. We’ll boil the issues down to “talking points” that will work with the given audience.

12:00-1:30  MFCA Lunch (at MMA building)

                   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       A Ground Level Look at the Palesky Proposal (cosponsored with MMA)

                   This program will consider the potential ramifications of the Palesky Proposal on municipalities. It will outline the legal and technical problems of the proposal and focus on the likely impacts to municipalities. We have invited representatives of four municipalities to participate on the panel and explain the results of their analysis of the impacts to their community. They will also discuss how they have communicated the results and the response they have received from the citizens in their towns. Come learn what you can do in your community to analyze the impacts. Topic experts will focus a significant amount of time to answering questions from the audience.

 

4:00          Adjourn

Friday, October 8   

8:00          Closing Session (breakfast meeting)

                   Our featured speaker is Gary Crocker, a Maine humorist and educator, who knows that laughter is the key to a well-balanced life. Gary Crocker heard his first stories from his Grandfather Russell. The two of them walked the Maine woods together while Grandfather Russell told Maine tales. But the man who had the most impact on Crocker’s decision to be a Maine humorist was the legendary Marshall Dodge. "He was probably one of the finest storytellers I ever heard," says Gary, who has collected all of Dodge's tapes.                   

Today, Gary speaks several times a month and is a regular in front of the Maine State Legislature. While not speaking or cleaning out the trailer, Gary has managed to produce two CDs with a third on the way. “It’s best to make money doing what you love - especially if you like to talk as much as Gary.” Eventually Gary plans to retire from his current position as a lobbyist for the Maine Technical College System and become a full-time humorist. Come and end the Convention with a laugh!

10:00          Adjourn

Maine Government Finance Officers Association

Thursday, October 7

10:00      How to Best Communicate the Impacts of the Palesky Proposal (cosponsored with MMA)

                   This session will provide an overview of how to tell your employees, friends, family and associates about the impacts of the Palesky Proposal. What messages work best? What are the key facts and figures? How to tell the story in simple terms that will convince people to vote against the measure.  We’ll boil the issues down to “talking points” that will work with the given audience.

12:00– 1:15          Annual MGFOA Business Meeting & Lunch (at Civic Center)

                   Door Prizes will be drawn.  Bring ideas of what you would like to see offered by MGFOA.

 

1:30       Bond Rating and the Implications if Palesky Passes

                   A discussion on the implications of the Palesky initiative on the municipal bond ratings from the perspective of an issuer, underwriter and a rating agency.

                   Panelists:  Robert Lenna, Maine Municipal Bond Bank; Joseph Cuetara, Moors & Cabot, Inc., Karl Jacob, Standard and Poors

 

2:30       Ethics  

4:30          Adjourn

Maine Municipal Tax Collectors & Treasurers Association

Wednesday, October 6

 7:00          Executive Board/Breakfast Meeting   

9:00       HR Practices in Municipal Government

                   The presenters will share their experiences about personnel management in the public sector.  The session will provide an update on key changes in personnel law and an overview of the components to maintain an effective human resource program in your municipality. The session will provide an overview of key human resource issues including hiring practices, performance evaluations, personnel policies, and the legal requirements of human resource management.

12:30-2:00  Welcome/MMA Luncheon

                   MMA President Jolene Lovejoy and Augusta Mayor William Dowling will welcome delegates to the 68th MMA Convention. The keynote speaker is scheduled to be an elected official from California (TBD) who will discuss the impacts of Prop 13 on California.

 

2:00          Implementing GASB 34 Reporting Requirements: The Small Town Perspective

                   This program is targeted for small municipalities who are in the process of working towards compliance with GASB 34.  The presenters will outline the basics and offer some suggestions for implementation of GASB 34. 

6:00–9:00          Impacts of the Palesky Proposal

                   This is an informational meeting on targeting elected and appointed officials about the impacts of the Palesky Proposal.  The program is designed to outline what the Palesky Proposal means to elected officials, managers and municipal staff and the challenges of implementing the proposal. The meeting will provide an overview of the impacts on ten communities in Maine and look in more detail at one of those towns. We will also have an expert panel to discuss economic impacts, legal and administrative issues, education impacts and the impacts of Prop 13 in California. This is a free session open to all municipal officials.  There is a separate registration for this meeting. Contact MMA for more information or fill-out “Palesky Proposal Session” registration section of the convention registration materials. 

Thursday, October 7  

10:00     How to Best Communicate the Impacts of the Palesky Proposal

                   This session will provide an overview of how to tell your employees, friends, family and associates about the impacts of the Palesky Proposal. What messages work best? What are the key facts and figures? How to tell the story in simple terms that will convince people to vote against the measure.  We’ll boil the issues down to “talking points” that will work with the given audience.

12:00-1:00  MMTCTA Lunch (at Augusta Country Club)

                   (cosponsored with Peoples Heritage Bank, a Division of Banknorth, NA) Advance reservations are required.  See Convention Registration flyer in this issue of the TOWNSMAN.  

2:00       A Ground Level Look at the Palesky Proposal

                   This program will consider the potential ramifications of the Palesky Proposal on municipalities. It will outline the legal and technical problems of the proposal and focus on the likely impacts to municipalities. We have invited representatives of four municipalities to participate on the panel and explain the results of their analysis of the impacts to their community. They will also discuss how they have communicated the results and the response they have received from the citizens in their towns. Come learn what you can do in your community to analyze the impacts. Topic experts will focus a significant amount of time to answering questions from the audience.  

4:00          Adjourn

Maine Town & City Clerks Association

Thursday, October 7  

9:00          Welcome  

9:05          Bangor Daily News Update

                   Darlene Henderson  

9:15       Office of Animal Welfare  

9:30       Office of Health, Data & Program Management (Vital Statistics)

10:15-10:30  Break

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

                   Julie Flynn & Melissa Packard

11:15      Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Update

                   Bill Swan

11:30-1:00  MTCCA Luncheon (at The Senator)

                   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          MTCCA Annual Business Meeting                  

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.

Maine Town & City Management Association

12:30-2:00  Welcome/MMA Luncheon

                   MMA President Jolene Lovejoy and Augusta Mayor William Dowling will welcome delegates to the 68th MMA Convention. The keynote speaker is scheduled to be an elected official from California (TBD) who will discuss the impacts of Prop 13 on California.

 

6:00–9:00          Impacts of the Palesky Proposal

                   This is an informational meeting on targeting elected and appointed officials about the impacts of the Palesky Proposal.  The program is designed to outline what the Palesky Proposal means to elected officials, managers and municipal staff and the challenges of implementing the proposal. The meeting will provide an overview of the impacts on ten communities in Maine and look in more detail at one of those towns. We will also have an expert panel to discuss economic impacts, legal and administrative issues, education impacts and the impacts of Prop 13 in California. This is a free session open to all municipal officials.  There is a separate registration for this meeting. Contact MMA for more information or fill-out “Palesky Proposal Session” registration section of the convention registration materials. 

Thursday, October 7  

8:00          MTCMA Executive Board Meeting (breakfast meeting)

10:00      How to Best Communicate the Impacts of the Palesky Proposal

                   This session will provide an overview of how to tell your employees, friends, family and associates about the impacts of the Palesky Proposal. What messages work best? What are the key facts and figures? How to tell the story in simple terms that will convince people to vote against the measure.  We’ll boil the issues down to “talking points” that will work with the given audience.

12:00-2:00  Lunch (no formal program scheduled)  

2:00       A Ground Level Look at the Palesky Proposal

                   This program will consider the potential ramifications of the Palesky Proposal on municipalities. It will outline the legal and technical problems of the proposal and focus on the likely impacts to municipalities. We have invited representatives of four municipalities to participate on the panel and explain the results of their analysis of the impacts to their community. They will also discuss how they have communicated the results and the response they have received from the citizens in their towns. Come learn what you can do in your community to analyze the impacts. Topic experts will focus a significant amount of time to answering questions from the audience.

Maine Wastewater Control Association

Wednesday, October 6

 

9:00       Tax Cap Impacts from the Public Works Perspective

                   Vic Krea

11:00          Adjourn       

Maine Welfare Directors Association

Thursday, October 7  

9:00          MWDA Business Meeting  

9:30       DHS Update

                   New forms, committee updates, Maine Care, budget cuts, TANF and DHS Reorganization

                   Cindy Boyd, DHS

10:45-11:00          Break

11:00      The History of GA and the Future of GA

                   Pat Ende, Maine Equal Justice

                   Alex Cuprak, Pine Tree Legal

12:30-2:00  Lunch (on your own)  

2:00       A Ground Level Look at the Palesky Proposal (cosponsored with MMA)

                   (see General Sessions for program details)

 

4:00        Adjourn