11/10/2015 - Efficiency Fund Applications Sought
The state’s Local Government Efficiency Fund, which was created in 2004, is now funded to the tune of $1.5 million. The state Department of Administrative and Financial Services is inviting municipal officials to apply for Efficiency Fund grants, and the first deadline – to ask questions about the program – is Dec. 4. Completed applications are due by Jan. 15, 2016. Read More..
11/05/2015 - Gorham Hosts Firefighter Training
A class entitled, “Combat Ready Firefighting” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Gorham Middle School. The eight-hour workshop will focus on firefighting as a team activity. Read More..
10/28/2015 - MMA Latest Fiscal Survey Complete
As federal and state leaders grapple with the partisan issue of the day, Maine municipal officials work diligently to provide residents, visitors and businesses with an array of vital services. Maine Municipal Association’s 2014 Fiscal Survey report, recently completed, shows how municipalities provide services such as road and bridge maintenance, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, parks and recreation programs and much more. The report also shows that 67 percent of all property taxes collected pay for K-12 education and county government administration. Read More..
10/23/2015 - Guilford’s William Thompson Wins Ethel Kelley Award
Long-time select board member and Chairman William Thompson of Guilford won Maine Municipal Association’s 2015 Ethel Kelley Memorial Award, which is MMA’s most prestigious annual recognition. The award honors one person in the state who has demonstrated leadership and deep municipal commitment over a long period of time.Read More..
10/21/2015 - MMA 2015 Convention Presentations Now Available
Following our annual convention each year, we receive requests to review handouts and Power Point presentations that were presented by our expert speakers. This year’s convention topics ranged from community fire prevention to municipal collaboration to major demographic changes, along with many others. Read More..
10/19/2015 - Best Practices for Snow and Ice Control
The Maine Local Roads Center will hold a series of workshops around the state – starting Oct. 27 in Brewer and ending Dec. 3 in Skowhegan – on Best Management Practices for Snow and Ice Control. Nine workshops will be held in all, starting at 7 a.m. each day and ending at noon. Read More..
09/28/2015 - Sanford Moves Into Municipal Broadband
The City of Sanford has joined a short but growing list of municipalities in Maine that are building municipal broadband networks. Local officials believe the expansion of high-speed broadband will aid economic development efforts. Residents and non-profit organizations can benefit, too. Read More..
09/22/2015 - Concealed Handguns Permitting Update
The Maine State Police want municipal officials to be aware that, even with the recent change in state law regarding concealed weapons permitting, some local responsibilities and action may remain. They have produced a summary of LD 652 (the new law) and a copy of the statute itself. They advise local officials to consult with their police chief, local counsel or Maine Municipal Association’s Legal Services team with any questions.
09/21/2015 - Community Economics Workshop
The Community Institute will hold a day-long training session on "Community Economics" on Oct. 22 at The Daniel in Brunswick. The workshop aims to show local leaders how their decisions can make positive economic development more likely to happen in their communities. Read More..
09/17/2015 - Stephen Gove Named MMA Executive Director
Maine Municipal Association’s executive committee today voted unanimously to hire Stephen W. Gove, who has worked at MMA since 1980 and served as deputy director since 2005, to the association’s top position. The decision was made after a nationwide search to replace recently retired Executive Director Christopher G. Lockwood, who served at MMA for 36 years. Read More..