07/22/2015 - U.S. GSA Programs Can Save Money
The U.S. General Services Administration offers bulk-purchasing and donation programs that can save cities and towns money. This includes purchasing for law enforcement, disaster preparedness, wildfire prevention, federal surplus property, computers and more. Read More..
07/07/2015 - Seeking Ethel Kelley Award Nominations
Maine Municipal Association encourages members to nominate long-time, community-minded public servants for its most prestigious award, the Ethel Kelley Memorial Award. The deadline to nominate someone is Aug. 28. The winner will be honored at MMA’s Annual Convention, Oct. 7-8, in Augusta. Read More..
07/02/2015 - Final Revenue Sharing Numbers
The final revisions to the 2016 Municipal Revenue Sharing projections are available on the State Treasurer’s web site
and linked below. This provides the figures from the FY 2016 budget enacted by the Legislature on June 30.
06/19/2015 - MMA Executive Director Search
Maine Municipal Association’s Executive Committee is moving ahead with its efforts to hire a successor for Executive Director Christopher Lockwood, who will retire in August after 36 years in that position. Stephan A. Bunker, president of the Executive Committee and selectman in the Town of Farmington, said the search effort is on schedule and an executive search firm has been selected.
06/18/2015 - Special Event: Municipal Broadband
MMA continues to develop new training programs based on current events. Our latest example will be held on July 16, when David Talbot, a broadband expert from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, will speak at the MMA Conference Center in Augusta on municipal broadband development efforts throughout New England. Read More..
06/09/2015 - MMA Wins Key Argument in GA-Immigration Lawsuit
State Superior Court Justice Thomas Warren Rules for MMA: Maine Municipal Association won a key ruling in State Superior Court today that the state Department of Health and Human Services acted improperly in June 2014 when it issued a directive, without following legally required, public rule-making processes, about whether certain categories of immigrants should receive local General Assistance benefits. Justice Warren wrote that DHHS “lacks both the regulatory and the statutory authority” to issue the directive that it did.
06/09/2015 - Project Canopy, Maine Forest Service Seek Input
These two organizations are looking for information from municipalities about how much forest land towns and cities own and how they operate and maintain them. They’re also asking questions about park land, green space and cemeteries. They are encouraging municipal officials to participate in a new survey about tree stewardship. Read More..
06/02/2015 - School and Workplace Violence Training
The National Tactical Officers Association will hold an important training session Aug. 19-20 in Brewer about preparing for, and potentially responding to, incidents of workplace and school violence. The course is designed for law enforcement, school and business personnel. The Brewer Police Department is a co-sponsor.
05/20/2015 - Health Care Collaborative Seeks Input
The Maine Community Health Needs Assessment, a collaborative effort involving the state’s four largest health-care systems, has released a survey, along with the Maine Center for Disease Control, that is designed to help set priorities for community health planning. Municipal involvement is eagerly sought. Once completed, the data will be shared widely. The deadline to complete the survey is June 20.
05/08/2015 - Legislative Bulletin Examines Income Tax Status
Today’s Legislative Bulletin from Maine Municipal Association examines both sides – many sides, actually – about the idea of repealing Maine’s income tax and what doing that could do to state, municipal and school services. Testimony at the Statehouse last week shed light on various views of this proposal.Read More..