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MMA’s Elected Officials Webinar sponsored by Maine Municipal Association – 12/8/20

Location: Remote Access - Live Webinar via ZOOM Time:   4:30pm - 7:30pm Cost:   MMA Member: $45 | Non-Member: $90 Pres...
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MMA’s Local Planning Boards & Boards of Appeal Workshop sponsored by Maine Municipal Association – 12/15/20

Location:  Remote Access – Live Webinar via ZOOM Time:   4:30pm-7:30pm Cost:   MMA Member: $45; Non-Member: $90 Present...
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MMA’s Handling COVID during Cold & Flu Season Webinar sponsored by Maine Municipal Association – 12/17/20

Location:  Remote Access – Live Webinar via ZOOM Time:  10:00am-11:30am Cost:   MMA Members: $35 | Non-Members: $70 Pre...
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Recent Announcements

12/04/2020 - Updated Guidance: Maine’s Paid Leave Law

The state Department of Labor recently issued additional guidance specifically addressing how Maine’s Earned Paid Leave law applies to municipalities. The new information can be found within the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of MDOL’s Earned Paid Leave webpage. See below for a link to resources, including a summary of the law from MMA Legal Services.

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12/01/2020 - Economic Recovery Program for Businesses

Municipal leaders are asking what more can be done to help businesses, especially small ones, hurting financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, the Mills Administration announced an economic recovery grant program to support Maine’s tourism, hospitality, and retail small businesses. Backed by $40 million in Federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), the Tourism, Hospitality & Retail Recovery Grant Program is focused specifically on supporting Maine’s service sector small businesses, such as restaurants, bars, tasting rooms, lodging and retail shops, which have been hard hit by the pandemic and face additional challenges with the coming winter months. Applications open tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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11/30/2020 - Shoreline Stabilization Program

The Casco Bay Coastal Academy will hold a free webinar on shoreline stabilization using green techniques, on Thursday, Dec. 17 from 3-4:30 p.m. The techniques are applicable in both upland and coastal zone projects, and the webinar will include information on green design financing options. Conservation commissioners, planning board member, community volunteers and municipal staff are encouraged to register and take part.

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11/24/2020 - Maine Attorney General, DHHS Clarify Stronger Mask Rules

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey and Department of Health & Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew on Monday issued a three-page document designed to clarify, and toughen, COVID-related requirements for wearing face coverings in public settings. Two items of note: 1. Municipal buildings are specifically cited in the update. 2. The document says retail and grocery stores, restaurants and social clubs with over 50,000 square feet of space must – not may – enforce masking requirements within their establishments. The document says criminal charges are possible for non-compliance.

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11/24/2020 - All America City Applications

Once again, it’s time for Maine municipalities to consider entering the National Civic League’s All-America City contest, which will recognize 10 U.S. communities for enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement. More than 500 communities have received this recognition since 1949, including five from Maine. The deadline to submit a letter of interest is Dec. 1, 2020. The deadline to apply is Feb. 10, 2021.

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11/20/2020 - COVID Increases Trigger Earlier Closing Times

Following an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and positivity rates in Maine, the Mills Administration announced that beginning Friday, Nov. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, outdoor and indoor amusement venues, movie theaters, performing arts venues, casinos and businesses that provide seated food and drink service, including social clubs, restaurants, and bars and tasting rooms currently open for outdoor service, will close for the night by 9 p.m. The earlier hours are designed to limit extended gatherings at a time when many students and family members are returning to Maine, and at a time when social gatherings are more common, both of which will likely lead to more COVID-19 transmission.

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11/19/2020 - Maine’s Paid Leave Law

The MMA Legal Services Department has issued an update summarizing the requirements of Maine’s new, first-in-the-nation paid leave law, 26 M.R.S. § 637. The law goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2021.  Links to the MMA summary, the statute and Maine Department of Labor guidance are located below.

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11/18/2020 - FDA: Flu Shot More Important Than Ever

The Food & Drug Administration wants to remind millions of men and women in all occupations, including those on the front lines of growing, processing, preparing, selling and delivering food for both people and animals, to get their seasonal flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the health-care community are grappling with flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 that will spread this fall and winter.

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11/17/2020 - Free Talk: Strengthening Community Development

Join David Milan, Director of Community Development, Town of Orono, as he shares some of the lessons he has learned about the ways that university research can strengthen community development initiatives. "Unkicking the can: How community development can make a difference now" is scheduled for Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. The talk is available via Zoom and is free and open to the public. Registration is required. 

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11/13/2020 - Maine Quarantine Requirement Extended to Massachusetts

The Mills Administration announced that, effective Monday, Nov. 16, Massachusetts is no longer exempt from Maine’s quarantine or negative test requirement. People coming here from Massachusetts must either quarantine for 14 days or receive a negative COVID-19 test with a sample taken no longer than 72 hours from arrival in Maine. This protocol applies to Maine residents returning from Massachusetts or another of the non-exempt states.

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