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The 2017 MMA Convention: 81st Anniversary Year - Agenda

Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
October 4 & 5, 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

7:30 a.m. - Registration Begins


7:30 – 10:30 a.m. - Continental Buffet Breakfast


9:00 – 10:15 a.m. - Welcome and Keynote Speaker
Jessica Kriegel – The Next Generation: Understanding > Stereotyping

Our special guest is Jessica Kriegel, who literally wrote the book on understanding younger adults, a pressing priority in Maine as the state tries to recruit and retain young elected officials and municipal professionals. Jessica and her ground-breaking book, “Unfairly Labeled: How Your Workplace Can Benefit from Ditching Generational Stereotypes,” have been featured in Forbes magazine, on CNN and in many other media outlets.

Jessica, a workplace development executive for software giant Oracle Corp., is
the nationally recognized expert on understanding the diversity of the “under 35” generation. As she says, “You have to understand us, if you want to hire us and keep us.” 

Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Human Resources and Leadership.


10:15 – 10:30 a.m. - Break/Visit with Exhibitors


10:30 – 11:45 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions

Making Great Hires
Now that you’ve learned more about young professionals, let’s focus on the tools and skills you need to make excellent choices in your hiring decisions. Two of Maine’s top experts on this subject will lead you through the “dos and don’ts” of recruiting and selecting productive employees who will serve your city or town for years to come.
Presenters: Ray Inglesi and Sharon Dorsett, Drake Inglesi Milardo, Inc. Human Resource Consultants, Portland
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Human Resources and Leadership.

Roads, Bridges and Culverts: The Real Stuff
Ask any municipal official and you will hear that road projects are the ones that get the most attention from citizens. This session is a general update on best practices, experiences and cost trends on the key infrastructure work that all towns and cities do.
Presenters: Pete Coughlan, Maine DOT Local Roads Center; Theresa Haskell, Manager, Town of Windsor; Allan Moeller, Director of Public Works, Town of Richmond and Selectman, Town of Dresden
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Finance/Budget.


11:45 a.m. – Noon - Break/Visit with Exhibitors


Noon – 1:30 p.m. - Awards Luncheon


1:30 – 2:30 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions

MMA Annual Business Meeting
Please join us as President Laurie Smith, Vice President Linda Cohen and Executive Director Stephen Gove shed light on MMA’s upcoming priorities and issues that arose in 2017, including the introduction of several new MMA initiatives and offerings.
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Leadership.

Budgets & Taxes: Addressing Change & Challenges (Co-sponsored by Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association)
If your town has seen financial challenges, despite a fairly robust national economy, how do you budget? How do you plan for a strong future? How do you set tax rates that both protect property taxpayers, yet keep essential services intact? And, perhaps more devilish, how do you deal with school costs, which are outside of municipal government’s direct control?
Presenters: Jack Clukey, Manager, Town of Dover-Foxcroft; Tim Curtis, Manager, Town of Madison; Rhonda Irish, Manager, Town of Wilton
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget. Valid for 5 MMTCTA points toward certification as tax collector or treasurer.

Coastal Resiliency - Identifying and Managing Weather Related Risks
At the request of the Legislature, MMA is helping ascertain the resiliency of coastal communities to an increase in weather-related hazards. The results of MMA’s survey to these communities and a follow-up stakeholder meeting of municipal officials and scientific, emergency, and planning experts will be shared in this panel’s review of existing preparedness and potential next steps.
Moderator: Garrett Corbin, Staff Advocate, State & Federal Relations Department, Maine Municipal Association
Panelists: Elizabeth Hertz, Blue Sky Planning Solutions; Lewis Pinkham, Town Manager, Town of Milbridge
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Finance/Budget.


2:30 – 2:45 p.m. - Break/Visit with Exhibitors


2:45 – 4:00 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions

Budgets & Taxes: Growth Communities (Co-sponsored by Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association)
So your community is on easy street, eh? Development is happening, the economy is solid, the tax base is growing. But dealing with change – whether it’s starting new municipal programs or deciding how much development is too much – presents major challenges of its own.
Presenters: Rick Bates, Manager, Town of Rockport; Tom Hall, Manager, Town of Scarborough
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget. Valid for 5 MMTCTA points toward certification as tax collector or treasurer.

Confronting the Opioid Epidemic
Maine is in the grips of a drug crisis that threatens an entire generation of young residents. The prevalence of opioid and related drug abuse burdens prisons, first responders and policy makers alike. What is the current situation? What are the next best steps, both on the street level and at the Statehouse?
Moderator: Kate Dufour, Director, State & Federal Relations, MMA
Panelists: Lt. John Kilbride, Town of Falmouth Police Department; Deputy Chief Terry Walsh, City of Portland Fire Department
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Legal.

Are Your Sign Regulations Legal?
Many municipalities have rules and restrictions about signs, especially ones posted along public roads and ways. But the legal landscape has shifted dramatically on this topic in recent months. Your sign rules may, in fact, not conform to recent court rulings and the First Amendment.
Presenters: Jonathan Pottle and Patrick Lyons, Attorneys, Eaton Peabody, Bangor
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Legal.


4:00 – 5:30 p.m. - Member Appreciation Reception & Aerial Drone Demonstration!


5:00 – 6:30 p.m. - Bus Tour of Augusta Area
The City of Augusta will host a bus tour showing highlights in and around the Capital City. A limited number of seats are available on a first-reserved, first-served basis. To reserve your seat, and to enjoy this fun experience, please contact MMA via email now at Convention@memun.org.



Thursday, October 5, 2017

7:30 a.m. - Registration

7:30 – 9:00 a.m. - Buffet Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. - Featured Speaker: Dr. Scott Paine – Mission Impossible? Making Sense of Today’s Political Landscape

Come, listen and learn, as one of America’s top political analysts offers his insight into what is happening across the U.S. during historically turbulent political times.
Using graphs, numbers and real-life anecdotes, Dr. Paine, a former Tampa, Fla. City Councilor and college professor who now works for the Florida League of Cities, will help you better understand – if not necessarily navigate – America’s state of political affairs.
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Elected Relations.


10:15 – 10:30 a.m. - Break/Visit with Exhibitors


10:30 – 11:45 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions

Portland’s Experience with Ranked Choice Voting
It’s been a newsworthy year for “ranked-choice” voting in Maine. First, voters said they wanted it. Then, a court challenge occurred and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court found that ranked-choice voting statewide, as adopted, was unconstitutional. But Maine’s largest city uses this process. What has its experience been?
Presenter: Katherine Jones, Clerk, City of Portland
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Elected Relations.

Changing Zoning Rules – the Open Way
The Town of Scarborough had a neighborhood that was changing right before its eyes, and it was clear that the 1970s-era zoning rules it had in place were not working. So Scarborough began a highly inclusive and transparent process of rezoning the area. Learn more about this process, including what worked and what town officials would do differently the next time.
Presenters: William Donovan, Councilor, Town of Scarborough; Brian Longstaff, Zoning Administrator, Town of Scarborough; Dan Bacon, Planning Project Manager, Gorrill Palmer Consulting Engineers, South Portland
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Leadership.

Why Are Prescription Drugs So Expensive?
Anne Wright, Director of Health Trust Services, will be joined by a panel of experts on this topic.  The panel will discuss the ever-increasing costs of prescription drugs, the factors that are driving those costs, and how the Health Trust is working to contain costs.  There will also be a brief review of upcoming changes to the Health Trust health plans, effective January 1, 2018.
Presenters: Anne Wright, Director, Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust; Sara Fitzgerald, Director of Analytics, Maine Health Management Coalition; John Benoit, President, Employee Benefits Solutions; Amy Drew, Sr. Pharmacy Account Manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Finance/Budget.


11:45 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. - Networking Luncheon, Video of Drone Demonstration and Grand Prize Drawing!


1 – 2 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions

Special Session: Legal Marijuana, Part 1
The hottest topic in state, municipal and legal circles this year has been, without a doubt, legal marijuana use and how it will change the State of Maine. Please join two of the state’s top attorneys in the field, for this two-hour afternoon workshop, as they share their knowledge and update attendees on various legal facets of this voter-approved change.
Presenters: Edward “Ted” Kelleher and Amy Tchao, attorneys for Drummond Woodsum, Portland
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Legal.

Navigating Employment Practices Liability (Co-sponsored by Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association)
Please join MMA Risk Management Services for a presentation on the various complex issues relating to Employment Practices Liability. The presentation will provide insights and tools to help you protect yourself and your entity from employment liability claims. MMA Risk Management Services will also be demonstrating a new free interactive service designed to provide guidance to members of the Property & Casualty Pool as they navigate the ever changing landscape of employment laws, regulation and liability. 
Presenter: Melinda “Mindy” J. Caterine, attorney and shareholder, Littler Employment & Labor Law Solutions, Portland and Boston
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Human Resources and Legal. Valid for 5 MMTCTA points toward certification as tax collector or treasurer.

1 – 2 p.m. - Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust Annual Meeting


2 – 2:30 p.m. - Break/Visit with Exhibitors

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions

Special Session: Legal Marijuana, Part 2 
Presenters: Edward “Ted” Kelleher and Amy Tchao, attorneys for Drummond Woodsum, Portland
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Legal.

Calling Young Leaders
We know it’s not the money. So, what makes young leaders – elected officials, managers and department heads – heed the call to serve municipal government? This panel will discuss their careers in local government, past and present, and offer ideas about recruiting future leaders.
Presenters: Sarah Fuller, Council Chair, Town of Winthrop; Nick Isgro, Mayor, City of Waterville; Christine Landes, Manager, Town of Bethel
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Leadership.


3:40 – 4:40 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions

The Law Court’s Frustration with Municipal Land Use Ordinances – Where do we go from here?
The Maine Supreme Court has expressed increased frustration with municipal land use ordinances in some of its recent decisions—ambiguous ordinance language; confusing administration and appeal procedures; cumbersome, duplicative, and time-consuming application review requirements. This session will use a combination of formal presentations and roundtable discussion to explore the court’s concerns and discuss the extent of legal and planning latitude available to municipalities in deciding whether and how to change their ordinances. What are the pros and cons of change? Where do we go from here? (The Maine Association of Planners will seek AICP CM credits for this session.)
Moderator: Lee Jay Feldman, Director of Planning, Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission
Presenters: Phil Saucier, Esq., Bernstein Shur; Beth Della Valle, Director of Planning and Development, City of Sanford
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Legal.

Right to Know
Attorneys from MMA’s Legal Services Department offer Right to Know training that is required for both elected officials and municipally appointed Public Access Officers. Attendees will get certificates that they completed the course.
Presenters: Richard Flewelling, Assistant Director, Legal Services, MMA; Susanne Pilgrim, Director, Legal Services, MMA
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Legal.

4:40p.m. - Adjourn



Affiliate Association Programs

Affiliate Association Programs

Please see full convention program for additional offerings, highlights, special events and CEU/Certification credits/points. The following sessions have been prepared by and are sponsored by individual affiliate associations. All sessions are open to all attendees.
 

Maine Association of Assessing Officers (MAAO)
Co-Sponsored by Maine Chapter of IAAO

Wednesday, October 4

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.  Tree Growth at another Level
This session will tackle the level of responsibility expected from the forest department in order to assist the municipal assessor. What do you do if the landowner is not following the management plan? What will the Forestry Department do for you? Dan Masius will also discuss the upcoming legislative proposal to improve the tree growth tax law. Presenter:
Don Mansius, Director, Forest Policy and Management
Certification: This session is approved for 1.25 CMA/CAT re-certification credits through Maine Revenue Services


1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Solar Energy Valuation – Ideas and Issues
Presenter: Bill Van Tuinen, Tax Assessment Services
Certification: This session is approved for 1 CMA/CAT re-certification credit through Maine Revenue Services


2:45 – 4:00 p.m.  Paper Streets – What Now?
"I'll Tax the Street"--But can you? Can a municipal assessor tax a landowner’s interest in a paper street that abuts the property? What if the paper street is "deemed vacated"? This presentation by Jim Katsiaficas, Esq. of the law firm Perkins Thompson reviews paper streets, the deemed vacation of paper streets in "ancient subdivisions," and provides advice on how municipal assessors should treat paper streets for property taxation purposes. 
Jim Katsiaficas, Esq., Perkins Thompson 
Certification: This session is approved for 1.25 CMA/CAT re-certification credits through Maine Revenue Services
 


Maine Association of Planners (MAP)

Thursday, October 5

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. MAP Roundtable Discussion: Maine Subdivision Law
This MAP roundtable discussion will be a chance for the MAP Executive Board to discuss with MAP members, planners, planning board members, and other municipal staff on the challenges with current subdivision law in Maine, and ideas for possible improvements. Planners have struggled with the interpretation and complex nature of Maine’s Subdivision Law for many years. As MAP considers undertaking its own comprehensive review of the regulations, input is welcomed on possible changes to the law or stakeholders to involve. Discussion will include a brief overview of legislative bills this session affecting subdivision law. Specific topics and questions may include:

  • How does the current subdivision law impact communities’ efforts to manage growth or promote smart growth?
  • What problems and challenges are communities having either in interpreting or applying subdivision law?
  • Are there ways to simplify the regulations, other models that could be explored?
  • Are there loopholes being used that might need closing?
  • What parts of the law work well, or what pieces might be important to keep?

Facilitator: Anne Krieg, AICP, MAP Board Member


Maine Building Officials & Inspectors Association (MBOIA)

Wednesday, October 4

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.; 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. PV Safety – An Operations-Oriented Approach to PV Systems & Responder Safety
Generating electricity from the use of rooftop solar modules is gaining the attention of many including the fire service, and with good reason. With up to 1000 vdc involved in these systems, it is vital that builders, inspectors, code officials, and firefighters understand what is above them, what can hurt you, and how to stay safe. In this workshop, students will walk away with a solid understanding of the principals of solar electricity generation, and confidence in how to safely operate around PV equipped structures, especially under emergency and fire conditions.Presenters:
Matt Paiss, San Jose Fire Department, Energy Response Solutions
 

Maine Chapter of American Public Works Association (MCAPWA)

Thursday, October 5

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  MCAPWA Business Meeting

8:30 -9:30 a.m.   Ticks: Identification, Prevention and Statistics for Public Works
Ann Schneider has been working in Loss Control at MMA for 18 years, currently as the Loss Control Supervisor. Prior to being employed at MMA, she worked in Health Care as a Respiratory Therapist and Safety Officer. She has been interested in ticks, what they are, how to address their infestation, controls you can take to prevent tick –borne diseases, and what the statistics are in Maine. Maine is currently #2 in ticks and related diseases in the country. This is not a good statistic!  Information will be presented on these topics, along with information on Maine statistics, specifically for Public Works employees. 
Presenter: Ann Schneider, Loss Control Supervisor, Risk Management Services, MMA

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  How to Deal with Surplus Equipment
This session will discuss the option of online auction to produce revenue as you dispose of surplus equipment. How the auction works and what can and can’t be sold on the auction site.
Presenter: David Cazeault, Auctions International

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. State Transportation Projects
Presenter: David B. Bernhardt, Commissioner, MaineDOT

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  MCAPWA Luncheon at Augusta Elks Club (pre-registration required)


Maine Chiefs of Police Association

Co-sponsored by Maine Town, City & County Management Association (MTCMA)

Thursday, October 5

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Law Enforcement Accreditation
Presenters: Chief Phil Crowell, City of Auburn; Chief Ed Tolan, Town of Falmouth; Bob Schwartz, Executive Director, MCOPA
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA credits in the following categories: Leadership


Maine Community Development Association (MCDA)

Thursday, October 5

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Federal Budget and Funding Forum
Representatives from the Maine Congressional Delegation will provide updates on the 2018 Proposed Budget known as America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again. The proposed budget calls for significant changes to discretionary funding programs, which may have an impact on your community.
Presenters: TBD


Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association (MFCA)

Wednesday, October 4
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Annual Meeting and Maine Fire Chief of the Year Award and Luncheon at Maine Municipal Association – (pre-registration required)


Maine Local Government Human Resources Association (MLGHRA)

Wednesday, October 4
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.  Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust Services News & Updates for Benefits Open Enrollment
Presenter: Kristy Gould, Assistant Director, Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust


Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association (MMTCTA)

Thursday, October 5

9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Best Practices – Policies or Not
Presenters: Michael Stultz, MMA Staff Attorney; Diane Barnes, Town Manager, Town of Lisbon
Certification: Valid for 10 points towards certification as tax collector or treasurer.


Maine Town & City Clerks’ Association (MTCCA)

Wednesday, October 4

10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. State Agency Updates

10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Vital Records Updates, Theresa Roberts, Deputy State Registrar & Vital Records Supervisor

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Updates, Chet Chessman, Moses Supervisor and Management Analyst

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Elections Updates, Julie Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State

3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Disposition Schedules, Felicia Kennedy, Records Analyst, Maine State Archives

3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Animal Welfare Updates, Liam Hughes, Director of Animal Welfare

Certification: Attendance at the MMA Convention is valid for 2 optional points for MTCCA Certification.


MMA Convention - Sponsors

Sponsoring Partners

 

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Keynote Speaker Sponsor

 


Attendee Giveaway Sponsor


Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors


 

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Katahdin Trust


Silver Sponsors 

  • Business Management Systems, Inc. (BMSI)
  • Camden National Bank
  • FairPoint Communications
  • Gorrill Palmer
  • Harris Local Government
  • Kofile Technologies, Inc.
  • Lavallee Brensinger Architects
  • Milone & MacBroom, Inc.
  • Sealcoating, Inc.
  • Skowhegan Savings
  • RealTerm Energy
  • TD Bank
  • Metalfab LTD

Bronze Sponsors

  • Octagon Cleaning and Restoration
  • Jordan Equipment Co.
  • R.W. Gillespie & Associates, Inc.

Treasure Chest Sponsor


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