04/16/2015 - Lyme Disease Webinars
Just in time for the tick season, the Maine Centers for Disease Control will hold webinar information sessions on May 1, starting at 10 a.m., and May 13, starting at 2 p.m. The webinars will be presented by Sara Robinson, an epidemiologist for the Maine CDC. Ticks and Lyme Disease are of particular interest to municipal public works, parks and recreation and other employees who work outside.
04/13/2015 - Solar Energy Workshop in Bangor
The U.S. Department of Energy will host a one-day workshop for municipalities on May 2 about solar energy and creating local solar options here in Maine. The event, to be held at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, is co-sponsored by the City of Bangor, City of Brewer, Bangor Regional Chamber of Commerce and the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center.
04/09/2015 - Downtown Conference in Belfast
The Community Institute and Friends of Midcoast Maine will hold a two-day program about successful downtowns and supporting local businesses on May 7-8 in Belfast. A featured presentation on May 7 will address: “Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns.” There will be many other workshops as well.
04/06/2015 - Maine Municipal Names New President, VP
Stephan Bunker, Vice Chair of the Farmington Board of Selectmen, recently advanced to President of Maine Municipal Association and Laurie Smith, Town Manager in Kennebunkport, was appointed MMA’s Vice President. Both took office at MMA’s March Executive Committee meeting. Bunker replaces former Ellsworth City Manager Michelle Beal, who left municipal government to take a position with a law firm in Bangor.
04/02/2015 - Impact of Maine’s Growing Food Economy
Food and real estate are connected in more ways than just seed and soil, and the Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s Spring Conference on May 12 will feature leaders in food/beverage industries. Coffee, beer, organic produce, sea and freshwater products and a growing foodie culture mean there is growing need for production facilities, enhanced supply chains, specialty storage and other property infrastructure assets.
03/30/2015 - Maine Land Conservation Conference
The Maine Land Trust Network will hold its annual Land Conservation Conference on April 24-25 at the Mount Ararat Middle School and Performing Arts Center and nearby venues. This year, the keynote presenter is Dr. Caroline Noblet, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Maine. She will speak about “making successful land conservation choices.” Read More..
03/24/2015 - State’s Official Revenue Sharing Projections
Every year at this time, municipal officials await the State of Maine’s projections for Municipal Revenue Sharing funding. The numbers for FY 2016 are now out. Remember, funding is roughly 40 percent of what state law requires, and the current legislative session could alter things for 2016 and 2017. Still, here are the municipality-by-municipality numbers projected, as of now, by the state for FY 2016. Read More..
03/23/2015 - Christopher Lockwood Announces Retirement
Maine Municipal Association Executive Director Christopher G. Lockwood told his Executive Committee and staff last week that he will retire effective Aug. 21 of this year. Lockwood has led MMA for 36 years, a period during which he and his organization went through many changes – and challenges. MMA’s Executive Committee is taking steps to begin a national search for his replacement. Read More..
03/19/2015 - GASB Prompts Major Pension Changes
Changes from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board will require public employers – including Maine towns and cities – to view pension obligations differently. Not only will the “GASB 68” changes affect pension plans and employees, they will affect municipal audits and annual budgeting. The attached GASB Power Point presentation provides an overview. Read More..
03/17/2015 - Telecommunications Data Posted
The Governor’s Office has released long-anticipated data showing where the state’s two-way telecommunications property is located and the value of that property. The need for this data became important in early January when the Governor proposed as part of the FY 2016 – FY 2017 budget to shift taxing authority over two-way telecommunications property from the state to the municipalities.