Municipal Bulletin Board
(from the April 2005 Maine Townsman)

MMA NOMINATIONS

Maine Municipal Association will be accepting nominations until Friday, May 13, 2005 for municipal officials – elected or chief appointed – interested in serving on the MMA Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee was created by the MMA Bylaws and serves as the governing body of MMA. The Committee is composed of 12 elected or appointed municipal officials including a President, Immediate Past President, Vice President and nine Executive Committee members (serving three-year staggered terms). Executive Committee members are elected by the membership during an annual nomination and election process. Officers serve one-year terms in their respective positions. The MMA Executive Committee generally meets on a monthly basis.

The broad responsibilities of the Executive Committee include overall governance, financial responsibility, establishing the mission and long-range planning, policy development, representation of the organization with state/federal governments and business organizations, and overseeing the operations and finances of the MMA group self-funded pool programs (MMA Property & Casualty Pool, MMA Workers Compensation Fund, and MMA Unemployment Compensation Fund).

Service on the Executive Committee involves a fairly significant time commitment. Please visit the MMA website at www.memun.org or contact Chuck Jackson or Theresa Chavarie at MMA (1-800-452-8786) for a job description explaining the nature and duties of Executive Committee members.

In order to be eligible for the position of MMA Vice President, a person must have served for at least one year on the MMA Executive Committee, but does not need to be a current Executive Committee member. If you are interested in being considered for the MMA Vice President position, please contact Theresa Chavarie or Chuck Jackson at 1-800-452-8786 to obtain a Statement of Interest Form and to be placed on the Nominating Committee interview schedule for Monday, May 16, 2005. The Statement of Interest Form is also available on the MMA website.

FEDERAL ISSUES

Saving the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG) was at the top of the list of issues discussed in a series of meetings with members of the Maine Congressional Delegation on March 15. MMA made arrangements for these meetings in conjunction with the National League of Cities annual Congressional-City Conference in Washington, D.C. Municipal officials from Lewiston, Augusta, Scarborough, Brewer, Portland and Bangor participated in the meetings together with MMA Vice President Ryan Pelletier, St. Agatha town manager, and MMA Executive Director Christopher Lockwood.

In advance of the conference, MMA prepared the 2005 MMA Federal Issues Paper adopted by the MMA Executive Committee. The Issues Paper addressed an array of issues including CDBG, transportation reauthorization, truck weight limits, education funding and mandates, homeland security, housing, federal tax reform, water quality issues, secondary migrant/refugee funding, and the base closure process. The Issues Paper concluded with a profile of how federal issues affect a Maine community prepared by Linda Pagels, Calais city manager.

Members of the congressional delegation were very responsive to the concerns raised in the Issues Paper. They particularly expressed support for retention of the Community Development Block Grant program, citing their recognition of its value and flexibility. For more information on the meetings, please contact Chris Lockwood at 1-800-452-8786. The 2005 Federal Issues Paper is available on the MMA website – www.memun.org – or by contacting State and Federal Relations at 1-800-452-8786.

CITIZENSHIP CONFERENCE

The Kids Consortium will hold a Service-Learning Conference June 27-38 at Sunday River in Newry.

The conference is for educators, local and state government officials, non-profit organization staff and interested citizens. This conference is about citizenship.

Featured presentations will be made by Robert Putnam, author of the best-seller Bowling Alone, and Bonnie Benard, a national leader in the field of prevention and resilience/youth development.

To register, go to the Kids Consortium website, www.kidsconsortium.org or call 784-0956.