Municipal Bulletin Board
(from the August/September 2009 Maine Townsman)

HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS

The grant application period for FY 2009 Homeland Security Grants in Maine is now open.

Eligible applicants are city and county governments, associated public entities and State agencies. For 2009, based on State and Federal Homeland Security priorities, grant application criteria is focused on:

• All-hazards emergency planning;
• Interoperable communications;
• Training and exercise;
• Public education and awareness;
• NIMS compliance measures; and
• School district emergency planning

A total of $2.277 million is available for allocation under the competitive process. Applications from county and local agencies must be submitted to County EMA offices no later than the Close of Business on Friday, September 25, 2009.

For more information, contact Bill DeLong at Maine Emergency Management Agency,
207-624-4400.

FARM FRIENDLY

The Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) is preparing a toolbox of ideas on how to make Maine more farm-friendly. Using examples, both positive and negative, the Maine Farmland Trust (along with the American Farmland Trust and others) hopes to show town officials why planning for agriculture is important, and how it can be achieved.

The publication, and companion Web site, will describe ways to generate interest, work with local groups, partner with land trusts, and use non-regulatory and regulatory tools to help maintain farms and assist farmers and farm businesses.

An increasing number of Maine towns are becoming more proactive in planning for agriculture and keeping farms viable. Please help MFT by contributing your ideas. Contact the researchers listed below with information on: well-framed, farm supportive, Comprehensive Plan language; ordinance provisions that support farming; town programs, fees and/or tax that support agriculture; community groups or partnerships committed to promoting local farms; examples of successful farmland preservation; and examples of impediments to farmland presentation.

Any and all information you provide from Maine or beyond will be appreciated.

Please email or call the following:
Alison Truesdale -- landforms@suscom-maine.net or 729-5350
Amanda Bunker -- ajb@wright-pierce.com or 725-8721
Brian Kent -- kentassociates@myfairpoint.net or 582-1718

PB/BA Workshop

Maine Municipal Association will offer its workshop for Local Planning Boards and Boards of Appeal on September 22 at the South Paris Fire Station in Paris. This workshop begins with a light meal at 5:30 p.m. and run until 9:00 p.m.

The workshop provides a basic introduction to the various legal rules that govern decisions by planning boards and boards of appeal. Registration is $40. For more information, contact MMA’s Educational & Affiliate Services office, 1-800-452-8786.

MBOIA Fall Meeting

The Maine Building Officials & Inspectors Association (MBOIA) will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on September 17 in Gray at the Spring Meadows Country Club.

For more information contact, MMA’s Training & Affiliate office, 1-800-452-8786