1999 MMA CONVENTION

The 63rd Annual MMA Convention will be held September 30 and October 1 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland.

Headlining the 1999 MMA Convention are nationally-recognized speakers, Christopher Gates of the National Civic League, Bruce Blythe of Crisis Management Inc. and Dr. Rushworth Kidder of the Institute for Global Ethics.

Gates’ topic for the opening session is "Building Communities," which is the theme of this year’s convention. Gates will discuss ways local government are engaging their communities in the decision-making process. As we all address problems facing our communities, we are often faced with citizens who are frustrated because they find the political process unresponsive to society’s complex needs. NCL's Gates takes a "holistic" look at local decision-making encompassing participation from all levels including the private sector, non-profit organizations, and individual citizens in the local political process. This presentation is a follow-up to Gates’ presentation at MMA’s convention two years ago in Bangor.

Bruce Blythe is one of the country’s leading experts in the field of crisis intervention services, specializing in the "human side" of disaster. His topic is a difficult, yet timely, issue we are all faced with these days. He will discuss "Principles for Defusing Threatening Behavior." The tragic events at high schools in Colorado and Georgia, along with events in our own state, make this an important issue for discussion.

Finally, the MMA annual banquet will feature Dr. Rush Kidder. Kidder will focus on the evolving shifts in ethical values around the world, in politics and government. Dr. Kidder is a provocative speaker who will challenge your thoughts about ethics in our society.

ELECTED OFFICIALS DAY

Friday is Elected Officials Day. In planning this year’s convention, we have made an effort to encourage increased participation of local elected officials by tailoring a day-long program geared to elected officials. This program comes as a result of feedback and requests from membership to offer a program for elected officials. We scheduled the program for Friday - closer to the weekend – hoping the time would be more convenient for elected officials. At the same time this program is designed to address issues facing elected officials, we believe it would also be of interest to managers and other appointed officials.

We plan to formally announce an advanced professional development program for municipal officials. We will present our plans at the luncheon on Friday.

We will wrap-up two busy days with an opportunity to cruise beautiful Casco Bay and network with your peers. We will explore the Bay and its scenic islands on this late afternoon cruise. A great change to talk with friends and gaze at the foliage aboard Casco Bay Lines’ Bay Mist.

AFFILIATE PROGRAMS

Twelve MMA Affiliate Groups will conduct programs at the convention

Three Affiliate Groups – assessors, public works directors and recreation directors — have their own luncheons on Thursday. Other affiliate groups, that in the past may have held separate luncheons, are joining MMA’s Awards Luncheon which starts at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. All of these luncheons require advance sign-up. (see Convention Registration Form)

SOCIAL EVENTS

The MMA Convention, as those who have attended in the past know, can be both a learning experience and a time to relax and have fun. This year’s convention is no different. In addition to a full slate of informational sessions, several social events are planned to make your stay in Portland enjoyable. Social events are often your best opportunity to meet informally with other municipal officials.

PARKING/TRANSPORTATION

Parking will be available near the Holiday Inn for both hotel guests and commuters to the convention. If you wish to park near the Holiday Inn, drive your vehicle to the front of the hotel and a staff person will direct you to an available parking facility.

If you do not want to drive into downtown Portland, you can park your vehicle at the Marginal Way parking lot which is off Exit 7 (Franklin St.) of I-295 (turn right at first traffic light). MMA will provide a shuttle bus between the Holiday Inn and the Marginal Way lot, on Thursday only for three hours in the morning and after the MMA banquet. The Holiday Inn will provide transportation between those times for people who need to get to their vehicle at the Marginal Way lot.

Parking information is being sent to registered convention delegates.

AFFILIATE GROUP PROGRAMS

Maine Association of Assessing Officers

Thursday, September 30

 9:00 Economic Development Incentives & Public Accountability

This session will provide an overview of trends in offering development incentives to industry and emerging accountability standards. The recent controversy regarding the package of incentives offered by the City of Bath to BIW will be considered as a case study. Finally, the panel will present preliminary findings from an ongoing Muskie School study of TIFs in Maine.

Josie LaPlante, Professor of Economics, Muskie School, University of Southern Maine.

11:00 MAAO Annual Meeting

12:00-1:30 MAAO Luncheon (at Radisson Eastland Hotel)

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 Changing Demographics and the Effect on Real Estate Markets

This session will examine shifts in population in Maine, focusing on how these trends have caused (and will cause) changes in property values.

Valarie Lamont, Professor, University of Southern Maine's Center for Real Estate

 3:30 Adjourn

Maine Association of Planners

Thursday, September 30

 8:30 Opening Remarks

Jon Lockman, MAP President

8:45 Smart Growth Initiatives in New England

Bill Burney, State of Maine HUD

9:00 Planner-Manager Relationships

(cosponsored with Maine Town & City Management Association)

Moderator: Jim Upham, AICP, City Planner, Bath

Donald Gerrish, Town Manager, Brunswick

Maureen O'Meara, AICP, Town Planner, Cape Elizabeth

Dana Reed, Town Manager, Bar Harbor

Wayne Marshall, Planning Director, Belfast

10:15 Adjourn

Maine Chapter of American Public Works Association

Thursday, September 30

 8:15 MCAPWA Business Meeting

 8:30 R.O.W. Law (P.L. 337)

Information will be provided on a new state law enacted this year that relates to street opening and highway protection.

Bruce Bell, Portland Public Works Dept.

 9:00 On Spot Tire Chains

Colin Chambless

 9:30-9:45  Break

 9:45 Sno Tech Inc. — Snow Removal System

A brief discussion of the concept behind this snow removal system and information regarding testing completed by the New York Department of Transportation

John Fox

10:15 Urban/Rural Initiative Program

The latest, hot topic in rural road funding will be discussed with Q & A.

Peter Coughlan, Director of Community Services, MDOT

11:30 Roundtable Discussion

12:00 MCAPWA Presidents Luncheon (at DiMillo's Restaurant)

Advance registration required. $18.00 per person. See back page of Convention Registration flyer in this issue of TOWNSMAN.

 2:00 Adjourn

Maine Community Development Association

Thursday, September 30

 2:00 MCDA Annual Meeting

LEVERAGING FUNDING RESOURCES

 2:15 Government Programs

 3:00 Local Experiences

 3:45 Foundation Resources

 4:00 Closing Remarks

Maine Conference of Chief Elected Officials

Friday, October 1

ELECTED OFFICIALS DAY

7:30 MCCEO Business Meeting

The Maine Conference of Chief Elected Officials will hold a business meeting before the sessions begin. A continental breakfast will be provided.

9:00 Elected Officials Interchange

Modeled after the Great Idea Award. This session features two presentations of problems or issues communities have faced and how they have dealt with their issues.

• Municipal/School Relations

Rose Fitch, Chair of the Gray-New Gloucester School Board and Anne Thaxter, former selectperson from New Gloucester will discuss steps taken in their community to improve relationships.

• A Model Performance Review

Jim Bennett, administrative assistant to the mayor of Westbrook, and Tina Crellin, human resource manager in Westbrook, will present an overview of a model performance evaluation tool.

Moderator: Don Gerrish, Town Manager, Brunswick

10:30 Elected Officials "Open House"

Roundtables covering "municipal topics" with a resource person sitting at each table to lead the discussion. A great opportunity to ask questions, share ideas and hear about how others are facing current issues. Among the topics will be: general assistance, Right-to-Know, roads, utility restructuring, waste management, land use, assessing, personnel.

12:00 -1:15 Luncheon

A brief program is planned to announce the details of an advanced elected officials professional development program.

 1:30 MMA Theater Presents . . .

Situational skits covering difficult issues that municipal officials may face from time-to-time. Topics may include: dealing with a disgruntled resident, conducting an employee performance review, conducting a job interview, dealing with the media, or Right-to-Know or not…a fun look at some serious topics!

3:30 - 6:00 Social Event

Casco Bay Cruise – An opportunity to cruise beautiful Casco Bay and network with your peers. We will explore the Bay and its scenic islands on this late afternoon cruise. Refreshments and light snacks will be available onboard Casco Bay Lines’ Bay Mist.

Maine Fire Chiefs Association

Thursday, September 30

 9:30 MFCA Annual Meeting

11:30 MMA Awards Luncheon

This luncheon includes the presentation of MMA’s Great Idea Awards, certificates to the winners of the MMA Municipal Reports Competition and MMA Affiliate Group awards, including "Clerk of the Year" and "Fire Chief of the Year" presentations.

 1:45 "Defusing Threatening Behavior"

Unfortunately this is a difficult, yet timely topic we are all faced with these days. The tragic events at high schools in Colorado and Georgia and events in our own state this year have reinforced the desire of local officials to have "safe" communities. A national expert, Bruce Blythe, President and CEO of Crisis Management International, will discuss what we can do to protect ourselves and our communities.

 3:15 Adjourn

Friday, October 1

 9:30 What Every Firefighter Should Know About Natural Gas

Steve McGuire, Northern Utilities

12:00 Lunch

 1:00 Propane & Natural Gas Installations

David Brunnell, State of Maine Propane and Natural Gas Inspector

3:30 Adjourn

Maine Government Finance Officers Association

Thursday, September 30

 9:00 Reporting Unclaimed Property

Dale McCormick, Maine State Treasurer

Denise Ducharme, Abandoned Property Manager, State Treasurer's Office

10:00 Check Fraud

Tom Woods, Corporate Security Division, Fleet Bank

Representative, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00 What's New In Municipal Bonds

Robert Lenna, Maine Municipal Bond Bank

Geoffrey Hole, Esq., Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson

James Saffian, Esq., Pierce Atwood

11:30 MMA Awards Luncheon

This luncheon includes the presentation of MMA’s Great Idea Awards, certificates to the winners of the MMA Municipal Reports Competition and MMA Affiliate Group awards, including "Clerk of the Year" and "Fire Chief of the Year" presentations.

 1:45 "Defusing Threatening Behavior"

Unfortunately this is a difficult, yet timely topic we are all faced with these days. The tragic events at high schools in Colorado and Georgia and events in our own state this year have reinforced the desire of local officials to have "safe" communities. A national expert, Bruce Blythe, President and CEO of Crisis Management International, will discuss what we can do to protect ourselves and our communities.

 3:15 Growth in Maine

Encouraging economic development and managing growth are issues that municipal officials struggle with. This session will feature a panel of successful Maine business and municipal people who will share their insights as to what makes a community a good place to create or expand a business. Dana Connors, President of the Maine Chamber & Business Alliance, will moderate.

 4:30 Adjourn

Maine Recreation & Park Association

Thursday, September 30

 9:00 Bring on the Press

How do "we" as recreation professionals turn a tough situation into a smooth situation when dealing with local, state and national press? Join our panel of professionals as they discuss precarious situations that they have faced in their communities.

10:15 A Work in Progress

Join South Portland Parks and Recreation Director Dana Anderson as he takes us through his department's recent progress in developing a Community Center and additional recreational properties. (If you attended last year's conference you are undoubtedly familiar with the multi-million dollar project that was proposed as a bond issue to the voters of South Portland last November).

12:00 MRPA Group Luncheon and Fall Business Meeting

To be held at Cap'n Newick's Seafood Restaurant in South Portland. MRPA members should be receiving an individual mailing with reservation details

 2:15 Facility Tour

Join the Kennebunk Parks and Recreation Department bus, as we take a Magical Mystery Tour of Greater Portland Parks and Recreation Facilities. Spots on our trip list include: Portland P&R Skate Board Facility, Falmouth Community Services "Family Ice" area, and South Portland Community Center Developments.

Maine Resource Recovery Association

Thursday, September 30

 3:15 Municipal Recycling Programs

Municipal recycling programs benefit from the combination of ongoing education and an awareness of the ever changing requirements of recycling markets. Learn how to tailor your education efforts to meet the public's expectation for your community's recycling program and the demands of the recycling market.

Staff from the Waste Management and Recycling Program at the State Planning Office will present "Maine Recycles Week", a statewide high visibility recycling campaign which coordinates with "America Recycles Day" on November 15.

Providing information on recycling markets, current trends, and available market will be staff from MRRA's Marketing Cooperative who will also answer questions.

 4:30 Adjourn

Maine Town & City Clerks Association

Thursday, September 30

9:00 Welcome

 9:10 Animal Welfare Update

Chip Ridky, State Veternarian

 9:30 Hunting & Fishing Licenses

Vesta Billings, Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

 9:50 Vital Statistics Update

Val Moody, Office of Vital Statistics, Dept. of Human Services

10:10 Voter News Service/Elections

Julie Flynn, Secretary of State's Elections Division

10:30 MTCCA Annual Meeting

11:30 MMA Awards Luncheon

This luncheon includes the presentation of MMA’s Great Idea Awards, certificates to the winners of the MMA Municipal Reports Competition and MMA Affiliate Group awards, including "Clerk of the Year" and "Fire Chief of the Year" presentations.

 1:45 "Defusing Threatening Behavior"

Unfortunately this is a difficult, yet timely topic we are all faced with these days. The tragic events at high schools in Colorado and Georgia and events in our own state this year have reinforced the desire of local officials to have "safe" communities. A national expert, Bruce Blythe, President and CEO of Crisis Management International, will discuss what we can do to protect ourselves and our communities.

 3:15 Humor In The Workplace

Deb Bomaster, Playworks

 4:45 Adjourn

Maine Town & City Management Association

Thursday, September 30

 9:00 Planner-Manager Relationships

(cosponsored with Maine Association of Planners)

Moderator: Jim Upham, AICP, City Planner, Bath

Donald Gerrish, Town Manager, Brunswick

Maureen O'Meara, AICP, Town Planner, Cape Elizabeth

Dana Reed, Town Manager, Bar Harbor

Wayne Marshall, Planning Director, Belfast

10:15 Adjourn

Maine Welfare Directors Association

Thursday, September 30

11:30 MMA Awards Luncheon

This luncheon includes the presentation of MMA’s Great Idea Awards, certificates to the winners of the MMA Municipal Reports Competition and MMA Affiliate Group awards, including "Clerk of the Year" and "Fire Chief of the Year" presentations.

1:00-1:30 Break – Visit Exhibits

 1:30 Mobile Workshop (transportation provided)

A tour of the Portland Department of Social Services. Will include a demonstration of the city's new GA computer program and visits to various shelter programs.

 3:00 Adjourn

Friday, October 1

 8:45 MWDA Business Meeting

 9:00 Electric Restructuring

Representatives from the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will review the state's current electric utility structure and then discuss the restructuring plan. Topics to be discussed include: the benefits of competition, aggregation, consumer protections, and other issues related to the administration of GA.

11:00 General Assistance Allowances

Discussion will focus on a new state law enacted this past legislative session which will guide local GA administrators in the determination of general assistance benefits. The use of new, abbreviated GA emergency application forms will also be discussed.

Cindy Boyd, Program Manager, Bureau of Family Independence, Maine Dept. of Human Services

12:00-1:30 Lunch (at Village Cafe)

 1:30 Winter Issues

• CMP Collections Dept. staff will discuss disconnection.

• MSHA staff will dicuss subsidized housing, Section 8, and waiting lists.

• HEAP officials will discuss the application process and the formula that determines eligibility.

• DHS officials will discuss the Bridge Rental Assistance Program (BRAP): what it is and how it works.

 3:30 Adjourn