MMA Convention Affiliate Group Programs
(from Maine Townsman, August/September 2002)
by Jeff Nevins, Director of Communications & Educational Services, MMA


Maine Association of Assessing Officers

Wednesday, October 16

 9:15       Developing and Using GIS

                  The Town of Camden will share their experience in the planning and development of their GIS systems and present a live demonstration of the many uses it provides to their municipality.

                   Judy Mathiau, Assessor, Camden

                   Jeff Nims, Code Enforcement Officer, Camden

                   Steven Gibbons, Fire Chief, Camden

12:00-1:00 Lunch (at Millers Restaurant)

                  To register for this luncheon, please refer to the last page of Convention Registration flyer included in this issue of the TOWNSMAN.  Cost of the luncheon is $12.  Advance registration is required.

 1:00        MAAO Annual Meeting

 1:45 - 2:00  Break

 2:00       How Your State Valuation Is Prepared and What To Do If You Disagree

                   Mike Rogers, Property Tax Division, Maine Revenue Services

                   Ken Allen, Assessor, Casco/New Gloucester

                   Anne Gregory, Assessor, Falmouth

 4:30       Adjourn

Maine Association of Planners

Wednesday, October 16

10:00      Impact Fees: An Alternative Revenue Source

                  Municipalities struggling with insufficient returns from traditional taxes and fees are seeking alternative revenue sources. Special fees are particularly attractive when revenues and municipal expenditures are linked. A panel of Maine planners will present pros and cons of impact fees.

                   Dan Fleishman, Town Planner Arundel

                   Peter Morelli (invited)

                   Mark Eyerman, Planning Decisions (invited)

12:00-1:30 MAP Luncheon (at Millers Restaurant)

                  To register for this luncheon, please refer to the last page of Convention Registration flyer included in this issue of the TOWNSMAN.  Cost of the luncheon is $12.  Advance registration is required.

Maine Chapter of American Public Works Association

Thursday, October 17

 8:30       MCAPWA Business Meeting & Election of Officers

 8:45       Dig Safe & PUC/On Target: New Rules and Regulations

                   Gary Farmer, Maine Public Utilities Commission

                   Lisa Faso, Dig Safe, Inc.

                   Terry Sylvester, On Target

10:00 - 10:15  Break

10:15      Stormwater Phase II

                   David Ladd, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

12:00-1:30  MCAPWA Luncheon (at Millers Restaurant)

                   Advance registration required. $12.00 per person. See back page of Convention Registration flyer in this issue of TOWNSMAN. Advance registration is required.

Maine Code Administrators

Wednesday, October 16

 1:30       Business Meeting

 3:30       Adjourn

Maine Community Development Association

Thursday, October 17

10:00      MCDA Open House

                   Opportunity to meet MCDA members and learn about the group's activities.

10:00      Introduction to Brownfield Site Redevelopment

                  In many communities, there are abandoned, idled or under-used industrial and commercial properties. This workshop will help to define these Brownfield sites and provide information about federal and state programs to assist assessment and redevelopment.  Local officials that are doing Brownfield redevelopment will share their experiences.

                   James Chow, U.S. EPA Region I, Boston

                   Nick Hodgkins, Maine DEP

                   Matthew Eddy, City of Westbrook

 12:00-1:30  MCDA Lunch/Annual Meeting

                  To register for this luncheon, please refer to the last page of Convention Registration flyer included in this issue of the TOWNSMAN.  Cost of the luncheon is $12.  Advance registration is required.

Maine Fire Chiefs Association

Wednesday, October 16

 9:00       MMA Opening Session

                   Mac Fulfer, Face Reading Specialist

10:30      An Update On Homeland Security

                   Major General Joseph E. Tinkham II, Maine's Adjutant General and Commissioner of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management

                   Art Cleaves, Director, Maine Emergency Management Agency

12:00-1:00  Lunch

 1:00       MFCA Annual Meeting

                    Fire Chief of the Year Award Presentation

                    Past Presidents Plaque Presentation

 4:00       Adjourn

Thursday, October 17

 9:00       Executive Skills Workshop: Managing and Leading Change

12:00-1:30 MFCA Lunch (Millers Restaurant)

                  To register for this luncheon, please refer to the last page of Convention Registration flyer included in this issue of the TOWNSMAN.  Cost of the luncheon is $12.  Advance registration is required.

 1:30       Executive Skills Workshop (cont'd)

 4:00       Adjourn

Friday, October 18

 8:30       Executive Skills Workshop (cont'd)

12:00-1:00  Lunch

 1:00       Executive Skills Workshop (cont'd)

 2:00       Adjourn

Maine Government Finance Officers Association

Thursday, October 17

12:00-1:30  MMTCTA/MGFOA Lunch (at Jeff's Catering)

                  For members of MMTCTA and MGFOA.  Sponsored by the Maine Municipal Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association, Maine Government Finance Officers, and Peoples Heritage Bank.  Advance reservations are required.  See back page of Convention Registration flyer in this issue of the TOWNSMAN.  John Menario, former city manager of Portland and now assistant to the president of Banknorth Group, and Donald Ratajczak, a consulting economist, will be guest speakers.

 1:30       MGFOA Annual Meeting (at Jeff's Catering)

 2:00       Adjourn

Maine Municipal Tax Collectors & Treasurers Association

Wednesday, October 16

 9:00       MMA Opening Session

                   Mac Fulfer, Face Reading Specialist

10:30      MMTCTA Executive Board Meeting

12:00-2:00  Lunch (on your own)

 2:00       Session TBA

 3:30       Adjourn

Thursday, October 17

 9:30       A Citizen Initiative for Tax Reform

                   (see General Sessions for details)

12:00-1:30  MMTCTA/MGFOA Lunch (at Jeff's Catering)

                   For members of MMTCTA and MGFOA.  Sponsored by the Maine Municipal Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association, Maine Government Finance Officers, and Peoples Heritage Bank.  Advance reservations are required.  See back page of Convention Registration flyer in this issue of the TOWNSMAN.  John Menario, former city manager of Portland and now assistant to the president of Banknorth Group, and Donald Ratajczak, a consulting economist, will be guest speakers.

 2:15       Microsoft Office: Tips & Tricks (cosponsored with MTCCA)

 4:00       Adjourn

Maine Recreation & Park Association

Wednesday, October 16

 9:10            Session TBA

10:15-10:30  Break

10:30           Session TBA

12:00-1:30    Lunch

 2:00            Session TBA

 3:15            Adjourn

Maine Town & City Clerks Association

Thursday, October 17

 9:00            Welcome

 9:10            Animal Welfare Update

 9:40            Bangor Daily News/Voter News Service

 9:45            Vital Statistics Update

10:15-10:30  Break

10:30           Elections Update

11:15           Inland Fisheries Update

11:30-1:15    MTCCA Luncheon (at Millers Restaurant)

 1:15            MTCCA Annual Business Meeting

                         Drawings will be made during the meeting. You must be present to win.

  2:15           Microsoft Office: Tips & Tricks (cosponsored with MMTCTA)

 4:00            Adjourn

Maine Town & City Management Association

Wednesday, October 16

1:30        Affordable Housing In Maine

                  This session will address affordable housing issues in Maine and is sponsored by the Maine Town & City Management Association, Maine Welfare Directors Association, University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Policy, and MMA.

                  During the workshop, participants will identify housing issues and problems in Maine communities. The session is intended to not only be a discussion of housing issues, but to list resources available to municipalities and identify ways to utilize these resources to address housing issues in Maine.

                  Panelists include: Frank O'Hara of Planning Decisions, Michael Finnegan, Executive Director, Maine State Housing Authority, and Anne Rugg from the Seacoast Coalition for Affordable Housing.  Greene Town Manager Steve Eldridge will facilitate the discussion.

 3:00       Adjourn

Thursday, October 17

 7:30       MTCMA Executive Board Meeting (breakfast at Holiday Inn)

 9:00       A Citizens Initiative for Tax Reform

                   This session will provide a thorough explanation of MMA's effort to spearhead a citizens initiative for tax reform.  MMA staff and local officials who have been actively involved in the development of this initiative will discuss the evolution of the initiative, provide a detailed description of the proposal, and answer questions about it.

11:00      MMA Annual Business Meeting

11:30-1:30  Lunch (no formal program scheduled)      

 1:30       Gubernatorial Candidates Forum

                   The forum will be moderated by Don Carrigan of Maine Public TV.  Four candidates for Maine Governor have been invited to participate: John Baldacci, the Democratic Party candidate, Jonathan Carter, the Green Party candidate, Peter Cianchette, the Republican Party candidate, and John Michael, an Independent candidate.

 3:30       Retirement Planning Today

                   Girard Miller, President and CEO of the ICMA Retirement Corporation will discuss retirement planning in the current economy.

 4:30       Adjourn

Friday, October 18

 8:00       A Look Into The Future (breakfast meeting)

                   The program will feature Laurie LaChance, the State Economist, who will provide an overview of future economic challenges facing the State of Maine.

                   Following the Ms. LaChance's presentation, a panel of municipal officials will discuss "Preparing Maine for the Future", looking at what towns and cities need to do to address our state's emerging issues. The panel will explore a wide range of issues confronting the state and municipalities, including interlocal and regional cooperation, the cost of government, the levels of government, taxation, growth and economic development issues, school/municipal issues, and Maine's aging population, to name a few.

11:00      Adjourn

Maine Welfare Directors Association

Wednesday, October 16

 9:00       MMA Opening Session

                   Mac Fulfer, Face Reading Specialist

10:15      MWDA Business Meeting

10:45      ASPIRE Program

 12:00-1:15  MWDA Lunch (at Millers Restaurant)

1:30        Affordable Housing In Maine

                  This session is sponsored by the Maine Town & City Management Association, Maine Welfare Directors Association, USM's Muskie School of Public Policy, and MMA. (see General Sessions for program description)

                  

 3:00       HUD Section 8

 4:00       Adjourn