Wednesday October 3, 2018

Taped interviews with the 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates will be shown throughout both days of the Convention in the Hancock Room.

7:30 a.m.        Registration Begins 

7:30 – 10:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast 

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.    WELCOME AND FEATURED SPEAKER 
Up or Flat? The State of Maine’s Economy
Historically low unemployment – and mill closures. A growing state budget surplus – and pressure on property taxes. A higher minimum wage – and trouble recruiting young professionals. For every positive report about Maine’s economy, there seems to be a step back as well. State Economist Amanda Rector will kick off MMA’s 2018 Convention with a comprehensive look at Maine’s economy and what it means for leaders at the local level.
Presenter: Amanda Rector, Maine State Economist
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Finance/Budget.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.    Break/Visit with Exhibitors

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    FEATURED SPEAKER

What a Ride: The State of Maine’s Elections  
Ranked-choice voting dominated our election cycle earlier this year, and thrust Maine into the national spotlight for its political innovation. How did it go overall? What does the future hold? Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap will take us behind the scenes this election year and offer his views on the historic vote that is just a month away.
Presenter: Matthew Dunlap, Maine Secretary of State
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Elected Relations.

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions

Budgeting for Capital Improvement Projects 
Let BMSI walk you through the planning and budgeting process for major capital improvement projects. This session will help you decide which assets need improvement and when, by considering what is required to sustain the performance or level of service, the current condition, risks and consequences. The speaker will also cover the best funding strategies available.
Presenter: Bruce Perlo, III, Senior Management & Development, Business Management Systems (BMSI)
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Finance/Budget.

Demystifying the Spending Account Alphabet Soup 
This session will provide information on the different types of spending accounts that employers can choose to offer in conjunction with employer-sponsored health plans. Our expert will discuss HRAs, HSAs and FSAs, explain when each of these accounts may be offered, and who can take advantage of them. We will also hear from municipal representatives, who will describe their spending account strategies, and provide some helpful hints to others who may be considering offering these accounts.
Presenters: Susan Dublin, Vice President, Group Dynamic; Christine Landes, City Manager, City of Gardiner; Heather Hunter, Finance Director, City of Lewiston
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Human Resources and Finance/Budget.

Noon – 1:30 p.m.    Awards Luncheon

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.    Break/Visit with Exhibitors

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions

MMA Annual Business Meeting 
Please join us as President Linda Cohen, Vice President Mary Sabins and Executive Director Stephen Gove shed light on MMA’s upcoming priorities and topics that arose in 2018, including an overview on the MMA dues formula and our Hometown Careers campaign.
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Leadership.

Pedestrian Safety & Traffic: Open Discussion
Pete and Steve with MaineDOT will lead an open discussion on a variety of subjects such as road maintenance, proper pavement striping, crosswalk safety, ADA requirements, speed reduction technologies, traffic signal maintenance, and more. 
Presenters: Pete Coughlan, MaineDOT Local Roads Center; Stephen Landry, MaineDOT Traffic Engineer
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget.

Senior Citizens & Property Taxes
(Co-sponsored by Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association and the Maine Government Finance Officers Association)
Last month’s enactment of Governor LePage’s senior tax lien foreclosure bill, LD 1629, put an end to the yearlong debate over the process used to dispose of tax acquired property previously owned by senior residents.  In addition to providing an overview of the newly enacted law, this session will debunk the myths that surfaced during the debate, outline the tax lien foreclosure process and examine the lengths to which municipal officials go to avoid foreclosing on property. 
Presenters: Kate Dufour, Director, MMA State & Federal Relations; David Little, Tax Collector/Deputy Treasurer, City of Bangor; Stuart Marckoon, Admin Asst to the Selectboard, Town of Lamoine
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Leadership and Legal. Valid for 5 MMTCTA points toward certification as tax collector or treasurer.Valid for 1 CPE credit.

Preservation: No Such Thing as a Permanent Dump Truck
This session will show why preserving your community’s written history is so important. Dennis Curran of Kofile Technologies will provide a brief history of paper, an overview of elements that are destroying your permanent records, what can be done to save them, the benefits of paper vs. microfilm vs. electronic images, and a four-point plan to get a preservation program running in your community.
Presenter: Dennis Curran, Kofile Technologies
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Leadership.


2:45 – 3:00 p.m.    Break/Visit with Exhibitors

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 
The prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace has taken on new proportions, toppling leaders in business, the entertainment industry and government. How can local leaders and managers minimize the chances of this happening in their municipal offices without infringing on employees’ legal rights?
Presenters: Sarah Newell and Ryan Dumais, Attorneys, Eaton Peabody
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Ethics, Human Resources and Legal. 

Maine Is Changing: Approaching Diversity
The demographics of Maine are changing rapidly. As our state ages, and the demand for new employees and elected officials grows, local leaders must think more about diversity – in age, gender, sexual orientation and ethnic background. Hear two leading municipal officials discuss what’s happening pro-actively in their communities on the issue of diversity.
Presenters: Perry Ellsworth, Town Manager, South Berwick;
Mandy Levine, Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Specialist, City of Portland. 
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Leadership and Ethics.

MMA Salary Survey Update
Maine Municipal Association’s online Municipal Salary Survey entered its third year in 2018, and we’ve made significant changes to make it more printer-friendly and easier to use. More than 210 municipalities enter data and use the survey each year. This is a valuable management, financial and HR tool that you need to know more about.
Presenter: Holly Maki, Project Manager, Dynamic Benchmarking
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Human Resources. 

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.    Member Appreciation Reception

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.    Bus Tour of Hallowell, Update on Water Street Project - Sponsored by: Eaton Peabody
The City of Hallowell, the Capital City’s closest neighbor, has a lot to offer. Ride along for a behind-the-scenes tour of Hallowell’s downtown area and an insider’s look at its major Water Street road construction project. A limited number of bus seats are available on a first-reserved, first-served basis. 


Thursday October 4, 2018

Taped interviews with the 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates will be shown throughout both days of the Convention in the Hancock Room.

7:30 a.m.        Registration

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.    Buffet Breakfast

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.    KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Daniel Sieberg – Mind Blown: The Future of Transportation
When you’re asked about “transportation issues,” do you think of snow plows, culverts and potholes? Many Mainers do, with good reason. But the future of transportation – stunningly, in 10 years or less – includes driverless cars and aerial drone deliveries on a mass scale. Consider: Our young and unborn kids and grandkids may never learn how to drive. And, we all will “interact” with drones at our front doorsteps, as drone deliveries could make UPS and FedEx drivers obsolete.
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Leadership.             

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.    Break/Visit with Exhibitors

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.    Concurrent Sessions

Writing the Perfect Town Meeting Warrant
Drafting and posting a town meeting warrant requires considerable forethought and careful preparation. This nuts and bolts discussion will cover the essential elements of a warrant, including the nature, content and form of a warrant, its preparation, signing and posting, and other special considerations and pitfalls to avoid. 
Presenters: Breana Gersen, Staff Attorney, MMA Legal Services Department; Christine Wolfe, Clerk, Town of Freeport 
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Legal. 

Recovering from a Cyber Event
Cyber-attacks, and subsequent losses, are often not considered when considering recovery measures after catastrophes. However, it is more important than ever before to start creating defenses to protect your community against the increase in frequency and severity of these attacks. Dr. Appunn will provide suggestions on how to prepare, detect, react, repair and recover from attacks and risks that may prevent your office from functioning.
Presenter: Dr. Frank Appunn, CISSP, PhD, Professor, Thomas College
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget. 

Legislative Policy Committee Meeting & Lunch (Christopher G. Lockwood Conference Center, MMA)

Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust Annual Meeting (for MMEHT Members only)

11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.    LUNCHEON & FEATURED SPEAKER: 

Jeff Speck – The Walkable City
How do we solve the problem of ever-sprawling suburbs and their associated costs? Community planner Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from our dependence on the car by making towns and cities more walkable, safer and more pleasant for people, especially in a state that’s getting older.
Certification: Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Leadership.     

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.    Dessert Social & Mentalist Show!
Head to the exhibit hall for desserts, one last chance to visit with exhibitors and - 
A truly unique entertainment experience! 
Stephan Master of the Senses, Maine’s very own mentalist magician, will wow you with his amazing mind reading skills and one of a kind sensory perceptions.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions

Cutting Through the Haze: New Marijuana Laws and Real World Examples    
Hallowell’s City Manager, South Portland’s Assistant City Manager, and a member of Acton’s Commercial Marijuana Committee will discuss their approaches to regulating the medical and non-medical marijuana industries under the recently re-vamped Maine statutes. MMA staff attorney Rebecca McMahon and Legislative Advocate Garrett Corbin will be on hand to discuss key changes to the laws and help answer questions. The final twenty minutes will be devoted to Q&A for your burning questions.
Presenters: Garrett Corbin, Legislative Advocate, MMA State & Federal Relations; Rebecca McMahon, Staff Attorney, MMA Legal Services; Jerry Nulton, Town of Acton Commercial Marijuana Committee; Hon. Richard Nass, Member, Town of Acton Commercial Marijuana Committee; Joshua Reny, Asst. Manager, City of South Portland; Nate Rudy, Manager, City of Hallowell

LED Street Lights: How, Why and What’s Next?             
Municipalities now have options for how they manage, maintain and pay for street lights. Hear from two municipalities that have converted to LED street lights on their experiences and the options available to you, which could help you save money and reduce energy consumption. Also learn how Portland is taking it to the “next level” through technologically advanced control systems and a variety of technologies such as public Wi-Fi, intelligent traffic signals, EV charging stations and environmental sensors.
Presenters: Nathan Poore, Town Manager, Town of Falmouth; Troy Moon, Environmental Programs Manager, City of Portland
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Leadership and Finance/Budget. 

Being Civil in an Uncivil Time
Council meetings getting heated? Citizen groups taking to social media to bash your decisions? Maine is one of four pilot states that are developing a new model for communities to adopt civil respect. Will your town be one of them? These seasoned local officials will discuss this new initiative to revive civil discussion and debate into our local government democracy.
Presenters: Ryan Pelletier, County Administrator, Aroostook County; Pam Plumb, former Mayor and Councilor of Portland; Mark Hewes, State Director, Maine Revives Civility
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following categories: Leadership and Ethics. 

Right to Know
Attorneys from MMA’s Legal Services Department offer Right to Know training that is required for both elected officials and municipally appointed Public Access Officers. Attendees will get certificates that they completed the course.
Presenters: Richard Flewelling, Assistant Director, Legal Services, MMA; Susanne Pilgrim, Director, Legal Services, MMA 
Certification: Valid for 1.00 MTCMA Certification credit in the following category: Legal. 


3:30 p.m.    Adjourn 

Affiliate Association Programs

Please see full Convention program for additional offerings, highlights, special events and CEU/Certification credits/points. The following sessions have been prepared by and are sponsored by individual affiliate associations. All sessions are open to all Convention attendees.


Maine Association of Assessing Officers (MAAO)
Co-Sponsored by Maine Chapter of IAAO

Wednesday, October 3

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Enough About BETE
Whether we like it or not, municipalities must address the newest BETE statute and continue to apply a consistent approach to the eligibility requirements set forth in the law. A panel of professional state and municipal assessors will answer your questions regarding the definition of service vs retail; consistency in the administration of approvals and denials of eligibility; and the status of the transition from BETR reimbursement to BETE exemption.
Presenter: Nicole Philbrick, Maine Revenue Services
Certification: This session is approved for 1.25 CMA/CAT re-certification credits through Maine Revenue Services

MAAO/IAAO Luncheon will follow at Augusta Civic Center (must pre-register for regular MMA Awards Luncheon)

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.     The Next Generation of 911
This session will highlight the roles and responsibilities of municipalities as a partner in the overall processing of a 911 emergency call. It will also cover the processing of a 911 call from different origination sources such as landline, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), wireless and texting.Presenter:
Bob Gasper, Technical Support Manager, Emergency Services Communication Bureau
Certification: This session is approved for 1 CMA/CAT re-certification credit through Maine Revenue Services

Maine Chapter of American Public Works Association (MCAPWA)

Thursday, October 4

8:00 – 8:15 a.m.    MCAPWA Business Meeting
Opening Remarks, Election of Officers & General Meeting Business.

8:15  8:50 a.m.    Aerial Drone Utilization for Engineering/Public Works/Municipal Projects
Presenter: Kevin Connolly, Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc.

10:20 – 10:30 a.m.    Road Scholar Presentations
Presenter: Pete Coughlan, MaineDOT Local Roads Center

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.     Business Case Evaluation (BCE) for the City of Portland’s Back Cove South Storage Project
Presenters: Kate Mignone, Project Manager, AECOM; Chris Branch, Director of Pubic Works, City of Portland

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     What’s Happening at MaineDOT?
Presenter: David B. Bernhardt, Commissioner, MaineDOT

MCAPWA Luncheon will follow at Augusta Civic Center (pre-registration required)

Maine Chiefs of Police Association

Thursday, October 4

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.     Maine Law Enforcement Accreditation Program
The new Maine Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (MLEAP) makes accreditation attainable for every law enforcement agency in Maine. Accreditation is the “next level” of professional excellence and can be a source of great pride for officers and communities. Program Director Liz Allen will share an overview and explain how MLEAP can help an agency demonstrate professional excellence, reduce risk, reassure residents and improve department performance.Presenter:
Liz Allen, MLEAP Program Director, Maine Chiefs of Police Association

Maine Community Development Association (MCDA)

Thursday, October 4

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.    Municipal Solutions for Community Solar
This presentation will cover a financial instrument, known as a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that ReVision Energy offers to municipalities investing in solar. The PPA allows cities and towns to install solar at no upfront cost, and enables them to take advantage of federal tax incentives. Through this opportunity, municipalities can reduce energy expenses while acting as leaders in climate change.
Presenters: Steve Hinchman, Chief Counsel, Director of Development, ReVision Energy; Sadie Lloyd, Planner, City of Belfast

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.    How to Bring Broadband to Your Community
Are you interested in bringing broadband internet to your community, but have questions about the financial and technical implications? Join the Maine Community Development Association (MCDA) along with speakers from the Connect Cumberland Initiative and Maine Broadband Coalition.Using the existing Three Ring Binder infrastructure, Cumberland County is working with communities and non-profits to develop a County-wide fiber network. This session will go through the project’s concept, regional need and positive impacts.
Presenters: Travis Kennedy, Special Projects Liaison, Cumberland County; Heather Johnson, Director, ConnectME Authority, Maine Broadband Coalition

12:30 p.m.      Membership Luncheon will follow at Margarita’s Restaurant. To register, please contact Tracey Steuber: tsteuber@lisbonme.org.


Community Television Association of Maine (CTAM)

Wednesday, October 3

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  The Cable Franchise Renewal Process
A simplified procedure for municipal officials to ensure successful negotiations with the cable operator.
Presenters: Tony Vigue, CTAM; Michael Edgecomb, James W. Sewall Co; “Twinkle” Marie Manning, Director of Development, Central Maine Media Alliance


Maine Fire Chiefs’ Association (MFCA)

Wednesday, October 3

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.      Annual Meeting and Maine Fire Chief of the Year Award and Luncheon at Maine Municipal Association

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.      Maine EMS: Where We Came From and Where We Are Going
An overview of the Maine EMS system – past, present and future.
Presenter: Shaun St. Germain, Director, Maine EMS

Maine Government Finance Officers Association (MEGFOA)

Wednesday, October 3

10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Annual Business Meeting
Agenda will include Treasurer’s report, appointment of new Board members and proposed Bylaw changes.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. What Does a Finance Director Do, Anyway?
Panel-led discussion about the role of a Municipal Finance Director
You are new to your role as a Finance Director, what should you know? You are a Town Manager with a Finance Director working for you, how should you capitalize on their knowledge and skills? Finance Directors are not just accountants, can wear a number of hats in an organization, and have an impact of various municipal functions and initiatives. This panel will discuss backgrounds, common misconceptions, and the important role a Finance Director has in a city or town. Learn how the finance function can be used to help in a number of areas that are not typically considered to be “financial”. Also hear from an auditor’s perspective about the Finance Director’s participation in your annual audit.
Panelists: Julia Henze, Finance Director, Town of Brunswick; Parker Madden, Runyon Kersteen Ouellette; Brendan O’Connell, Finance Director, City of Portland; Greg L’Heureux, Finance Director; City of South Portland
Certification: Valid for 1 CPE credit. 



Maine Municipal Tax Collectors’ and Treasurers’ Association (MMTCTA)

Co-Sponsored by Maine Town, City and County Management Association (MTCMA)

Wednesday, October 3

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Reading a Municipal Audit Report
A look at audit reports – what to realistically expect from them, what should be included and what are the key indicators for a healthy or troubled town or city.
Presenters: Craig Costello, CPA, CGMA, Brantner, Thibodeau & Associates, Bangor
Certification: Valid for 5 points towards certification as tax collector or treasurer.
Valid for 1.25 MTCMA Certification credits in the following category: Finance/Budget.


Maine Town & City Clerks’ Association (MTCCA)

Thursday, October 4

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.     State Agency Updates

9:00-9:30 a.m.     Vital Records Updates, Becky Marston

9:30-10:00 a.m.     Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Updates, Chet Chessman, Moses Supervisor and Management Analyst

10:30-11:30 a.m.     Elections Updates, Julie Flynn, Deputy Secretary of State

1:30-2:00 p.m.     Animal Welfare Updates, Liam Hughes, Director of Animal Welfare

2:30-3:30 p.m.     Liquor Enforcement, Laurence Sanborn, Division Manager

Certification: Attendance at the MMA Convention is valid for 2 optional points for MTCCA Certification.

Maine Welfare Directors’ Association (MWDA)

Wednesday, October 3

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.     General Assistance Overview
Presenters: Jay Feyler, Town Manager, Town of Union; Others TBD

Is your Municipality in compliance with General Assistance rules? This session will address things you’ve always wanted to know about GA but were afraid to ask.

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