Municipal Bulletin Board
(from the October 2009 Maine Townsman)

MMA CONVENTION PHOTOS

If you are interested in seeing photos from the 2009 MMA Convention, go to the MMA website, www.memun.org. Hundreds of photos were taken this year and rather than run a few of them in the Townsman as black & white photos, we’ve decided this year to put them on the website.

INCOMING MMA PRESIDENT

John Sylvester, selectman in the Town of Alfred, was sworn in as the incoming president of Maine Municipal Association on October 8 at the MMA Convention held at the Augusta Civic Center. Sylvester will begin his term as MMA President in January, 2010.

ETHEL KELLEY AWARD

Breaking with tradition, MMA’s 2009 Ethel N. Kelley Memorial Award was presented to two individuals, a husband and wife from the Town of Manchester. Lionel and Betty Gilbert have collectively devoted over 120 years of public service to their hometown. This June, Lionel resigned from his seat on the Manchester Planning Board, which he has held for the past 35 years. He also worked 35 years as the town’s tax collector and treasurer, spent one term as selectman, and was a founding member of the local fire department. In total, Lionel has logged more than 70 years of service as a municipal official and employee in the Town of Manchester. Betty Gilbert has been an election worker for 50 years and served as town clerk for over 30 years.

ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP

Experienced Mainers (50 years of age or older) are currently being recruited to serve as volunteers in the Encore Environmental Leadership Corps (ENCorps). The ENCorps is a program of the University of Maine Center on Aging in partnership with the Maine Community Foundation and with the cooperation of many other local, state, and national organizations. Initial funding for this project comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration’s Aging Initiative and The Atlantic Philanthropies, Inc.

Approximately 150 to 200 older adults will be chosen to participate in ENCorps each year. Volunteers will be invited to attend a training summit on April 12-13, 2010 which will prepare them to take on volunteer opportunities in their communities that are focused on preserving Maine’s environment and making the best use of the state’s natural resources. There is no cost to participate in the summit or ENCorps activities, and transportation assistance is available if needed.

Applications must be received by January 2, 2010 in order to be considered for the 2010 Encore Leadership Corps program. Applications are available online at www.encoreleaders.org or request by email info@encoreleaders.org

For more information contact: UMaine Center on Aging, Camden Hall, 25 Texas Ave, Bangor, ME 04401; 207-262-7923.

TOWN REPORT COMPETITION

For over 50 years, Maine Municipal Association has conducted an annual “Municipal Report Competition”. Winners of the 2009 Municipal Report Competition, by population category and in the order placement -- Supreme, Superior and Excellence, were as follows:

0-499 (Population)
Cranberry Isles
Carrabassett Valley
Portage Lake

500-999
Jackman
Alna
Southport

1,000-2,499
Phippsburg
Hope
West Bath

2,500-4,999
Madison
Vassalboro
China

5,000 and over
South Portland
Waldoboro
Freeport

The judges for this year’s competition included Douglas Rooks, Lee Burnett, and Liz Mockler, all freelance journalists and regular contributors to the Maine Townsman.

Personnel Practices

MMA will be offering its Personnel Practices Workshop on November 6 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Larry Winger, Esq., will conduct the workshop.

This workshop is for public managers and supervisors and will cover such topics as discipline and discharge, Family Medical Leave, disability discrimination, handling difficult employee situations, and collective bargaining.

For more information, contact MMA’s Educational & Affiliate Services office, 1-800-452-8786, or go online at www.memun.org