01/18/2018 - U.S. Constitution and Classroom Visits
The Liberty Day Institute, a non-partisan organization founded in 1996 that encourages civic education, invites Maine municipal leaders to contact them about getting copies of the U.S. Constitution to take to fifth-grade classrooms in their communities. For more information, contact Eric Boyd or Andy McKean at the Institute, which has been supported by all four members of the Maine Congressional delegation and Gov. Paul LePage.
01/11/2018 - Falmouth’s Guide to Streetlight Conversion
The Town of Falmouth has created a comprehensive, step by step online guide for municipalities interested in converting traditional street lighting to a more energy-efficient and cost-effective system. The guide includes legal and legislative background material, such as a sample Request for Qualifications document, which has been used by Falmouth and other communities in selecting vendors to help in this regard.
01/08/2018 - Real Estate Forecast
The Maine Real Estate & Development Association encourages municipal leaders from across the state to attend its upcoming Annual Forecast Conference, which will be held on Jan. 18 at Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland.
12/26/2017 - Spirit of America Awards
Your municipal governing body is invited to pick a local person, project or group to receive the 2018 Spirit of America Foundation Tribute for outstanding community service and to honor the recipient at your annual town meeting or during National Volunteer Month next April. There is no fee involved. More than 150 Maine municipalities chose a Spirit of America award winner in 2017.
12/21/2017 - Marijuana Legalization Implementation Meeting
The legislative committee trying to regulate the legal use of non-medical marijuana will hold a public hearing on Jan. 9, starting at 1 p.m., in Room 216 of the Cross State Office Building in Augusta. New legislation is available for review. A key change: The deadline for implementation has been pushed to Dec. 31, 2018 from Feb. 1, 2018.
12/19/2017 - Tree Growth Public Meeting, Written Comments
A public meeting will be held on Jan. 3, 2018 in State House Room 126 regarding the Maine Tree Growth Tax Law. A series of developments and questions are under way to analyze the Tree Growth Porgram and see if there are ways to improve it. Maine Municipal Association encourages members to attend the meeting or to submit written testimony.
12/18/2017 - Community Engagement Academy
The University of Maine and University of New Hampshire will once again hold an interactive, three-day “academy” to explore community engagement, particularly as it deals with downtown revitalization. Sessions will begin in April 2018; there will be two in New Hampshire and one in Maine.
12/13/2017 - Governor’s Outreach on Energy Plan
Gov. Paul LePage’s office is asking all Mainers, including municipal leaders, for input as the state develops its Energy Planning Roadmap to advance the state’s energy, economic development and environmental goals. Starting on Dec.19, public meetings on the plan (recently rescheduled) will be held in Portland, Augusta and Presque Isle.
12/07/2017 - Attention Clerks: New Deadline
Municipal clerks take note: The Legislature, in a law that took effect Nov. 1, 2017, changed the filing deadline for municipal nomination papers from 45 days to 60 days prior to Election Day. This means nomination papers should be made available earlier than in the past.
12/06/2017 - LD1 Work Sheets Now Available
Maine Municipal Association is releasing work sheets to help members calculate their LD 1 property-tax levy limits. Completing the work sheets is not mandatory, but does help assure that your town or city complies with Maine law on the rate of property tax increases.