08/11/2020 - Keep ME Healthy Second Round Grant Recipients
The Mills Administration today released the list of towns and cities receiving state grant funding for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some 82 municipalities will share $4 million in second-round funding, including 38 towns and cities that were not part of the program’s round one. In return for funding, municipalities agree to help the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention respond to COVID non-compliance complaints, on an informational basis.
08/11/2020 - Maine Climate Council Workshops
The Maine Climate Council will hold virtual stakeholder sessions on Aug. 13 and Aug. 18 (6:30 – 7:30 p.m. both days) regarding the impact of a statewide plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to at least 80% below the 1990 gross annual level, as required by state law. Some of the suggestions from a council subgroup will have significant impact on municipal operations, duties and budgets. Municipal participation is encouraged. If you cannot participate, please email Rebecca Graham, Legislative Advocate with the Maine Municipal Association’s State & Federal Relations Department, about this plan: email@example.com.
08/06/2020 - Gov. Mills Extends Civil Emergency
Gov. Janet Mills on Wednesday extended for another 30 days the state of civil emergency in Maine due to the coronavirus public health emergency. Most states have taken similar measures, Mills’ office said. This allows Maine to draw down federal funds to deal with the virus. The Mills Administration cited several statistics showing that Maine is among the lowest states in the U.S. in terms of the prevalence of COVID-19.
08/04/2020 - New State Revenue Sharing Projections
The Maine State Office of the Treasurer has released new Municipal Revenue Sharing Projections for Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021). These figures are significant for municipalities, especially during these uncertain financial times, as they budget for the months and year ahead.
08/03/2020 - Greater Portland COG Series on Racial Equity
As a result of the national and local protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, leaders in Greater Portland are reflecting on what they can do to create a more just and equitable society for people of color. GPCOG will host a summer series of webinars for local leaders on racial equity with content provided by national-level presenters and local experts. The next session will be held on Aug. 11 starting at noon.
07/31/2020 - Maine Schools Get Green Light for Fall Opening
The Mills Administration and state Department of Education today said public schools in all 16 counties can reopen this fall, providing they follow detailed safety precautions made necessary by the COVID-19 public health emergency. State officials say they will revisit the “green” classifications, which allowed all schools to open, every two weeks once the school year begins. If coronavirus statistics change locally or statewide, they said, the status of public schools could change.
07/31/2020 - MMA’s 2020 Virtual Convention: Preliminary Program
One thing’s for sure: The 2020 Maine Municipal Association Convention will be like no other convention before it. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, there will be a full day of convention activities held before a small audience, and live-streamed from the Augusta Civic Center to members statewide. After that, on work days from Oct. 8-15, MMA will offer a series of informative and current Zoom-based webinars, on topics ranging from local roads and culverts to COVID-19 to overseeing the major 2020 election. The MMA preliminary program was posted today, highlighted by four dynamic, featured speakers.
07/28/2020 - MMA Executive Committee Election Process
Each year, member municipalities have an opportunity to vote on the election of the proposed Maine Municipal Association Vice President and municipal officials to serve on the MMA Executive Committee. A five-member Nominating Committee was appointed to review nominations submitted by municipal officials and conduct interviews with those municipal officials interested in serving as the MMA Vice President and Executive Committee. The MMA Nominating Committee completed its task in May and put forth a Proposed Slate of Nominees to member municipalities. It is now time for each member municipality to cast its official vote.
07/24/2020 - Census Data Needed: Maine Can Do Better
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that nationally, 62% of Americans have responded to requests to provide data about where they live, how many people are in their households, and the like. But in Maine, the response figure is 54%. Census officials are asking municipal leaders to help with the data collection effort, noting that millions of dollars in federal funding can hang in the balance for Maine. The Census Bureau provided videos with more personalized information.
07/21/2020 - Keep ME Healthy Funding: Round Two
Gov. Janet Mills’ Administration has begun a second round of funding for Maine municipalities and Tribal governments under the Keep Maine Healthy 2020 Municipal COVID-19 Awareness Campaign. Roughly $4 million is available this round. This program provides financial assistance for municipalities to conduct public health activities aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 during the summer and fall tourist season. The funding period for Round 2 will be Aug. 1 - Oct. 31, 2020. Applications must be submitted to Maine CDC by Friday July 31, 2020. Municipalities must submit a completed application along with a one-page narrative and proposed budget to be considered. Also, MMA will host a Zoom webinar, featuring speakers from the Maine CDC, about this program this week – on Thursday, July 23 at 9 a.m.