Municipal Bulletin Board
(from the November 2005 Maine Townsman)

CHUCK JACKSON RETIRES

By Chris Lockwood, MMA Executive Director

Veteran MMA employee Charles “Chuck” Jackson retired on November 30. A simple chronology of Chuck’s distinguished career at MMA would indicate that he began as a Staff Attorney on September 30, 1974 and worked his way through the Legal Services Department, becoming Director of Legal Services in March, 1979. Chuck was promoted to the position of MMA General Counsel in September, 1987 and served in this capacity until his retirement.

What is not captured by a simple chronology is the remarkable contribution Chuck has made to the Maine Municipal Association and to our members over his thirty-one year career. His “down to earth” approach to issues and his keen sense of humor became trademarks. We have valued Chuck’s counsel and service to MMA and our members over the years and will miss his thoughtful advice and contribution to a collegial atmosphere at MMA.

At Chuck’s request, we will not be arranging a retirement function (although many municipal officials might enjoy the opportunity to participate in a roast!). For those who might like to extend appreciation and good wishes, you may send a note or e-mail (marked “Attention: Chuck Jackson”) to: Theresa Chavarie, Manager, Member Relations and Executive Office, Maine Municipal Association, 60 Community Drive, Augusta, ME 04330 tchavarie@memun.org

LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOOK

Maine Municipal Association has published a new edition of the book Local Government In Maine. The new book is a substantial re-write of the original book that was published in 1979.

One copy of the newly published book is being mailed to each municipality. Additional copies can be purchased from MMA Publications, 1-800-452-8786, for $3 each.

STATE HOLIDAYS

The State of Maine’s 2006 Holiday Observance schedule is as follows:

Holidays Date Observed

New Year’s Day Mon, Jan 2

Martin Luther King Day Mon, Jan.16

Presidents’ Day Mon, Feb 20

Patriot’s Day Mon, Apr 17

Memorial Day Mon, May 29

Independence Day Tues, July 4

Labor Day Mon, Sept 4

Columbus Day Mon, Oct 9

Veterans’ Day Fri, Nov 10

Thanksgiving Thurs, Nov. 23/

Fri, Nov. 24

Christmas Day Mon, Dec 25

TOWN MEETING & ELECTIONS

The Maine Town & City Clerks Association (MTCCA) will hold its annual Town Meeting & Elections workshop at three locations in January.

The workshop covers many aspects of town meeting and election procedure including warrants, petitions, meeting preparation, the open town meeting, secret ballot voting and the role of the moderator. The workshop meets MTCCA certification requirements.

The workshop will be held: January 23 in Presque Isle; January 24 in Orono; and January 25 in Portland.

Registration is $50 for MTCCA members and $60 for non-members. For more information, contact MMA’s Training & Affiliate office, 1-800-452-8786.

E-WASTE RECYCLING

California, Maine and Maryland are taking diverse paths to dealing with the digital-age toxic waste posed by mountains of junked electronic equipment. But there is debate about whether a state-by-state approach is the best solution.

While legislatures in more than half the states have considered bills to deal with “e-waste”— from computer and television screens to video game systems and cell phones – the three states have stepped out with laws to encourage recycling of the devices.

But their laws give varying responsibilities to manufacturers, retailers and state and local government. For now, there is no consensus on the best approach, and both the consumer electronics industry and environmentalists worry that a costly or ineffective patchwork of regulations will emerge as more states tackle the deluge of obsolete digital gadgets.

Already, lawmakers in the Northeast and Midwest are studying regional solutions to coordinate their recycling efforts, hoping to make the process both more cost-effective for business and more convenient for consumers.

Computers and television screens can contain several hazardous materials, such as lead, mercury and fire-retardant plastics. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 1 percent to 4 percent of solid waste is electronic equipment, but the amount is increasing at three times the rate of the other types of garbage. Several states already ban televisions and computer screens from their landfills. (reprinted, in part, from Stateline.org article written by Eric Kelderman, December 12, 2005)