Maine Association of Assessing Officers

Wednesday, October 10

 9:00 Update on the State's New Assessor's Manual (Andros/Aroos/Cumb)

Staff from the Property Tax Division of Maine Revenue Services will review what was presented at Assessing School this past summer, as well as a continuation of other material that was not covered.

Tom Walker, Maine Revenue Services

12:00-1:30 Lunch

 1:30 Update on Assessor's Manual (cont'd) (Andros/Aroos/Cumb)

 4:30 Adjourn

Thursday, October 11

 9:00 Tax & Rent Refund Program (Augusta)

This session will address "Most Frequently Asked Questions" and other information to help assessors in the providing assistance to the public in filling out forms for this program.

Sandra Lynn, Income/State Tax Division, Maine Revenue Services

12:00-1:00 MAAO Luncheon (Augusta)

Cost of the luncheon is $12. Advance registration is required.

 1:00 MAAO Annual Meeting (Augusta)

 4:00 Adjourn

Maine Association of Planners

Thursday, October 11

10:00 Subdivision Law Amendments (cosponsored by MBIOA) (Capital)

This session will cover recently enacted revisions to the Maine Subdivision Law. It will focus primarily on the changes in the definition of a subdivision and the application of those changes that are retroactively effective to June 1, 2001.

Natalie Burns, Esq., Jensen, Baird, Gardner & Henry

Dan Fleishman, Town Planner Arundel

12:00-2:00 MAP Luncheon (Capital)

Cost of the luncheon is $10. Advance registration is required.

 2:00 Access Management (Capital)

A follow-up to last year's convention session on the "why" of access management, this session will provide "how to" information on access management.

Kathy Fuller, AICP, Assistant Director of Planning, MDOT

 4:00 Adjourn

Maine Building Officials & Inspectors Association

Thursday, October 11

10:00 Subdivision Law Amendments (cosponsored by MAP) (Capital)

This session will cover recently enacted revisions to the Maine Subdivision Law. It will focus primarily on the changes in the definition of a subdivision and the application of those changes that are retroactively effective to June 1, 2001.

Natalie Burns, Esq., Jensen, Baird, Gardner & Henry

Dan Fleishman, Town Planner Arundel

12:00 Adjourn

Maine Chapter of American Public Works Association

Thursday, October 11

 8:30 MCAPWA Business Meeting & Election of Officers (Andros/Aroos/Cumb)

 8:45 Administering MDOT Projects on the Local Level (Andros/Aroos/Cumb)

Steve Harris, (new) Local Project Coordinator, MDOT

 9:00 Municipal Equipment Management System (Andros/Aroos/Cumb)

An update on the new MEMS software.

Pete Coughlan, Director of Community Services, Maine Department of Transportation

Wayne Kastning, Kadence Consulting

9:30 - 9:45  Break

 9:45 Using GASB 34 & Asset Management to Improve Community Infrastructure (cosponsored by MGFOA) (Andros/Aroos/Cumb)

GASB 34 and Asset Management are a Governmental Accounting Standards Board financial reporting model and management tool to help communities understand infrastructure-reporting requirements along with putting your infrastructure in a new light for your department, elected officials, and citizens. Attendees will gain an understanding of the reporting requirements and financial methods to consider along with current program development and benefits to be realized.

Larry Nadeau, Public Works Director, Saco

Lisa Parker, Finance Director, Saco

Cathy Kilbun, City of Portland

Greg Chabot, Runyon, Kersteen & Ouellette

11:30 MDOT Salt Priority Policy and Brine Application Pilot Study (Andros/Aroos/Cumb)

MDOT staff will give a report on the department's Salt Priorty Policy and Brine Application Pilot Study for winter road maintenance.

Brian Pickard, MDOT

12:00-1:30  MCAPWA Luncheon (at Elks Club)

Cost of luncheon is $12.00. Advance registration required.

Maine Community Development Association

Thursday, October 11

 9:30 Public Facilities and Public Infrastructure Projects (Somerset)

This daylong program will cover a wide range of topics designed to help communities considering or planning projects that could involve CDBG and other matching funds. Discussion topics include major water and sewer projects, small water systems, fire stations, libraries, parks and playgrounds, communities centers, and more. Resource persons will lead discussions in three breakout topics that will be repeated in the morning and afternoon sessions.

12:00-2:00 MCDA Luncheon (Capital)

Cost of the luncheon is $10. Advance registration is required.

 2:00 Public Facilities and Public Infrastructure Projects (cont'd) (Somerset)

 4:30 Adjourn

Maine Conference of Chief Elected Officials

Friday, October 12

 9:15 Municipal Officials Interchange Working Together as a Team (Kennebec/Penobscot)

This session features a panel made up of appointed and elected officials discussing problems and issues their communities have faced and how they have dealt with these issues.

12:15 Lunch (Fort Western/Howard)

MCCEO will hold its annual meeting during lunch.

 1:15 Adjourn

Maine Fire Chiefs Association

Wednesday, October 10

10:00 MFCA Annual Meeting (Lincoln/Oxford)

 Fire Chief of the Year Award Presentation

 Cole Foundation Award Presentation

 Past Presidents Plaque Presentation

12:30-1:30  Lunch

 1:30 Information Update (1710-1720) (Lincoln/Oxford)

Gary Keith, N.E. Representative, N.F.P.A.

 2:45 How to Succeed with the Fire Grant Act (Lincoln/Oxford)

Steve Gibbons, Camden Fire Dept.

Joe Thomas, State Fire Marshal's Office

 4:00 Adjourn

Thursday, October 11

 8:00 Executive Skills Workshop: Leading Diverse Communities Beyond Conflict (Lincoln/Oxford)

Oliver Jones

12:00-1:30  MFCA Lunch (at Captain Cote's Restaurant)

Cost of the luncheon is $12. Advance registration is required.

 1:30 Executive Skills Workshop (cont'd) (Lincoln/Oxford)

 4:00 Adjourn

Friday, October 12

 8:00 Executive Skills Workshop (cont'd) (Lincoln/Oxford)

12:00-1:30  Lunch

 1:30 Executive Skills Workshop (cont'd) (Lincoln/Oxford)

 4:00 Adjourn

Maine Government Finance Officers Association

Wednesday, October 10

10:00 Cash Handling (cosponsored by MMTCTA & MTCCA) (Kennebec/Penobscot)

Demonstrate knowledge of security and loss prevention procedures, be a competent cash handler, understand banking industry standards, and purchase a manual published by the Municipal Treasurers Association of the United States & Canada. This manual is required if attending this workshop. Cost of manual is $40. Please bring your payment to the workshop to get a receive a copy of the manual on site.

12:00-1:30  Lunch

 1:30 Cash Handling (cont'd) (Kennebec/Penobscot)

 4:00 Adjourn

Thursday, October 11

 9:45 Using GASB 34 & Asset Management to Improve Community Infrastructure (cosponsored by MCAPWA) (Andros/Aroos/Cumb)

GASB 34 and Asset Management are a Governmental Accounting Standards Board financial reporting model and management tool to help communities understand infrastructure-reporting requirements along with putting your infrastructure in a new light for your department, elected officials, and citizens. Attendees will gain an understanding of the reporting requirements and financial methods to consider along with current program development and benefits to be realized.

Larry Nadeau, Public Works Director, Saco

Lisa Parker, Finance Director, Saco

Cathy Kilbun, City of Portland

Greg Chabot, Runyon, Kersteen & Ouellette

12:00-1:30  MMTCTA/MGFOA Luncheon (at Augusta Country Club)

For members of MMTCTA and MGFOA. Sponsored by the Maine Municipal Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association. Advance reservations are required. Limited to 100 attendees. See back page of Convention Registration flyer in this issue of the TOWNSMAN.

 1:30 Procurement Cards (cosponsored by MMTCTA) (Kennebec/Penobscot)

Discover the advantages of procurement credit cards, where they work, what the limitations are, and how you can take advantage of existing government programs to streamline costs.

Lee Giroux, State Bureau of Purchasing

Jill Edwards, Procurement & Contract Specialist, State Bureau of Purchasing

 3:00 On the Lighter Side (cosponsored by MMTCTA & MWDA) (Kennebec/Penobscot)

"Vive la Difference" Communications Styles. Learn how your communication style demonstrates your personality. Are you a box, rectangle, triangle, circle, or squiggle. The session will be sprinkled with lots of humor and you'll leave not only knowing yourself better, but you will know your co-workers, family and friends better too!

Sue Poulin, Consultant & Staff Specialist, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center

 4:00 Adjourn

Maine Municipal Tax Collectors & Treasurers Association

Wednesday, October 10

 8:30 MMTC&TA Executive Board Meeting (Kennebec/Penobscot)

10:00 Cash Handling (cosponsored by MGFOA & MTCCA) (Kennebec/Penobscot)

Demonstrate knowledge of security and loss prevention procedures, be a competent cash handler, understand banking industry standards, and purchase a manual published by the Municipal Treasurers Association of the United States & Canada. This manual is required if attending this workshop. Cost of manual is $40. Please bring your payment to the workshop to get a receive a copy of the manual on site.

12:00-1:30  Lunch

 1:30 Cash Handling (cont'd) (Kennebec/Penobscot)

 4:00 Adjourn

Thursday, October 11

 9:30 Bankruptcy (Kennebec/Penobscot)

Speaker TBA

12:00-1:30  MMTCTA/MGFOA Luncheon (at Augusta Country Club)

For members of MMTCTA and MGFOA. Sponsored by the Maine Municipal Tax Collectors and Treasurers Association. Advance reservations are required. Limited to 100 attendees. See back page of Convention Registration flyer in this issue of the TOWNSMAN.

 1:30 Procurement Cards (cosponsored by MGFOA) (Kennebec/Penobscot)

Discover the advantages of procurement credit cards, where they work, what the limitations are, and how you can take advantage of existing government programs to streamline costs.

Lee Giroux, State Bureau of Purchasing

Jill Edwards, Procurement & Contract Specialist, State Bureau of Purchasing

 3:00 On the Lighter Side (cosponsored by MGFOA & MWDA) (Kennebec/Penobscot)

"Vive la Difference" Communications Styles. Learn how your communication style demonstrates your personality. Are you a box, rectangle, triangle, circle, or squiggle. The session will be sprinkled with lots of humor and you'll leave not only knowing yourself better, but you will know your co-workers, family and friends better too!

Sue Poulin, Consultant & Staff Specialist, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center

 4:00 Adjourn

Maine Recreation & Park Association

Thursday, October 11

 9:00 How To Make Your Town Healthy Through Biking and Walking (Pine Tree)

Improve the health of your community with this informative session. Learn more about the Campaign for a Healthy Maine, what NRPA is doing and how you can connect with local facilities and programs to improve the health of your community.

John Biliki, Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator, MDOT

Debbie Wigand, Program Manager, Maine Cardiovascular Health

10:30 Make Your Workplace Safe: Are You In Compliance? (Pine Tree)

If your aren't in compliance this session is for you! Mr. Wacker, Director of the Maine Bureau of Labor Standards Work Place Safety & Health Division, will inform you of the standards of care required of employers to ensure a safe environment for employees and visitors to your facilities. This is an excellent session for all MMA convention delegates.

David Wacker, Director, Work Place Safety & Health Divison, Bureau of Labor Standards

12:00-1:45  MRPA Fall Business Meeting/Luncheon (Pine Tree)

 2:00 Risk Reduction & Operating Your Skate Park (Pine Tree)

If you have one or are looking to build one, you will want to join us for this informative session on reducing risk and operating a successful skate park. Learn what rules, equipment and surpervision you need to ensure a safe skate park for you and your participants.

Chip Taylor, Director of Parks & Recreation, Camden

 3:30 Adjourn

Maine Resource Recovery Association

Thursday, October 11

 9:00 Recycling & Solid Waste Primer (Waldo)

 Disposal Capacity and Its Effect on Tipping Fees

 Options to Disposal: Pay-As-You-Throw, Recycling - Cost Reduction Benefits

 Other Material: Bulky Waste, Composting, Propane Tanks, etc.

 HHW/Universal Waste: Rules and Procedures

 Training & Certification: What Your Employees and Staff Need to Know

 Market Conditions: What Influences Recyclables Market Prices

 MRRA and the Marketing Cooperative

 Questions and Answers

 12:00-1:30  Lunch

 1:30 Recycling & Solid Waste Primer (cont'd) (Waldo)

 4:00 Adjourn

Maine Town & City Clerks Association

Wednesday, October 10

10:00 Cash Handling (cosponsored by MGFOA & MMTCTA) (Kennebec/Penobscot)

Demonstrate knowledge of security and loss prevention procedures, be a competent cash handler, understand banking industry standards, and purchase a manual published by the Municipal Treasurers Association of the United States & Canada. This manual is required if attending this workshop. Cost of manual is $40. Please bring your payment to the workshop to get a receive a copy of the manual on site.

12:00-1:30  Lunch

 1:30 Cash Handling (cont'd) (Kennebec/Penobscot)

 4:00 Adjourn

Thursday, October 11

 9:00 Welcome (Cushnoc)

 9:10 Vital Statistics Update (Cushnoc)

 9:45 IIMC and New England Associations (Cushnoc)

How these associations fit the needs of Maine clerks.

 9:55 Bangor Daily News (Cushnoc)

Darlene Henderson

10:00-10:15  Break

10:15 Animal Welfare Update (Cushnoc)

Meet the new director, Peter Mosher

10:45 Elections Update (Cushnoc)

11:30-1:30  MTCCA Luncheon (at Le Club Calumet)

 1:30 MTCCA Annual Business Meeting (Cushnoc)

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

 2:45 Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Update (Cushnoc)

 3:15 Recap of Day's Programs (Cushnoc)

Questions and answers and time to share ideas for future conventions.

 3:45 Adjourn

Maine Town & City Management Association

Wednesday, October 10

12:00 MMA Luncheon (North Wing 2nd level)

 1:30 Developing A Strategic Planning Process (Washington/York)

Dr. Gavin will discuss the basic principles of strategic action planning, and lead participants through a series of practice exercises to illustrate the planning process. Learn more about the importance of vision, environmental scanning, setting goals and objectives, and evaluating results. This workshop will be useful to everyone involved in improving municipal government.

Dr. Frank Gavin, Management Consultant and coordinator of the Municipal Leadership Program

 3:30 Adjourn

Thursday, October 11

 7:30 MTCMA Executive Board Meeting (breakfast) (Capital)

10:00 MMA General Sessions (concurrent)

 Engaging the Public in Municipal Government (Piscataquis)

 Promoting Health at the Workplace (Sagadahoc)

 Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness (Washington)

 School/Municipal Relations (York)

 (or attend and Affiliate Group program/workshop)

12:00 - 1:30  Lunch (on your own) 

1:30 MMA General Sessions (concurrent)

 The MMA Website from A to Z (Sagadahoc)

 Working Together (Sagadahoc)

 Maine's Changing Demographics (Washington)

 Emergency Planning for Municipalities (York)

 (or attend an Affiliate Group program/workshop)

 4:00 Adjourn

Friday, October 12

 9:15 Municipal Officials Interchange Working Together as a Team (Kennebec/Penobscot)

This session features a panel made up of appointed and elected officials discussing problems and issues their communities have faced and how they have dealt with these issues.

12:15 - 1:15  Lunch (Fort Western/Howard)

Maine Conference of Chief Elected Officials will hold its annual meeting during the lunch.

Maine Welfare Directors Association

Thursday, October 11

 9:00 MWDA Business Meeting (Arnold)

 9:45 NAMI Maine (Arnold)

This session is about access to mental health care. How to access services initially the referral process and how to make it work. What to do when help is not available advocacy for your clients. Basic information on Dual Diagnosis.

Carrie Horne, Program Services Manager, NAMI Maine

 12:00-1:30  MWDA Lunch (at Holiday Inn)

 1:30 Refugee/Secondary Migrant Presentation (Arnold)

What your municipality needs to know in order to service the refugee/secondary migrant population.

 3:00 On the Lighter Side (cosponsored by MGFOA & MMTCTA) (Kennebec/Penobscot)

"Vive la Difference" Communications Styles. Learn how your communication style demonstrates your personality. Are you a box, rectangle, triangle, circle, or squiggle. The session will be sprinkled with lots of humor and you'll leave not only knowing yourself better, but you will know your co-workers, family and friends better too!

Sue Poulin, Consultant & Staff Specialist, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center

 4:00 Adjourn