Municipal Bulletin Board
(from the February 2005 Maine Townsman)

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

The Maine Town & City Clerks Association (MTCCA) will conduct a Parliamentary Procedure workshop at the Augusta Civic Center on March 3. The workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. til 4:00 p.m.

Kathy Montejo, city clerk of Lewiston, is the instructor of this workshop. This workshop is an optional course under the MTCCA certification program.

The workshop will cover basic parliamentary procedure that should be used to make meetings run more effectively. All participants in the workshop must have a copy of “Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised”, 10 th edition.

Registration is $45 for MTCCA members and $55 for non-members.

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

TAX LIEN PROCEDURES

The Maine Municipal Tax Collectors & Treasurers Association (MMTCTA) is offering its Tax Lien Procedures workshop at two locations in March. The workshop will be held March 23 at Keeley’s in Portland and on March 24 at the Black Bear Inn in Orono.

This workshop has a “how to” focus and will cover the proper procedures in the tax lien process and the proper completion of the necessary forms. This course counts toward MMTCTA certification.

Instructors for the workshop are Paul Labrecque, Lewiston city treasurer, and Gilberte Mayo, Lincoln town treasurer.

Registration is $35 for MMTCTA members and $45 for non-members.

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

MANAGER INTERCHANGE

The 26 th Annual Statewide Manager Interchange will be held March 4 at the Black Bear Inn in Orono.

The theme of this year’s Interchange is “Collaborative Change”. The keynote speaker is Ellen Grant, Director of the Institute for Civic Leadership. Panels and case studies will feature John Alfano, an arbitrator/mediator, Larry Cilley, consultant and former municipal manager, Bath Police Chief Peter Lizanecz, Richmond Superintendent Denison Gallaudet, Kathy Fuller, MDOT, and Jeff Jordan, South Portland city manager.

A special session on LD 1, the new tax reform legislation, was added to the program at the last minute. MMA’s Geoff Herman will provide an overview of this new law and answer questions about it.

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

PERSONNEL PRACTICES

Maine Municipal Association is offering a daylong seminar on Personnel Practices on March 15 at the Augusta Civic Center. This workshop will cover important personnel issues such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family Medical Leave Act, military leave under the federal USERRA law, and workplace safety.

Registration is $60. For more information, contact MMA’s Training & Affiliate office, 1-800-452-8786.

FIRST RESPONSE

A Blaine House Conference on Emergency First Response will be held March 11 at the Augusta Civic Center. This workshop is sponsored by the Maine Fire Protection Services Commission in cooperation with Governor Baldacci.

The conference includes workshops on volunteer recruitment and retention, Homeland Security grants, EMS reponse to WMD incidents, E 9-1-1, improvised explosive devices, and safety standards for first responders.

Pre-registration is $20. For more information contact MMA's Training & Affiliate office, 1-800-452-8786.

GA BASICS & NOT SO BASICS

A two-day workshop, GA Basics & Not So Basics, will be held at the MMA building in Augusta on March 31 and April 1. This workshop is sponsored by the Maine Welfare Directors Association.

This workshop is for GA administrators, selectmen, town manager and other municipal officials who are responsible for administering the general assistance program. Day one provides a basic overview of the fundamental principles of GA administration; day two, which ends at noon, will cover working through fact patterns and review GA forms and DHHS audit and forms.

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

Land & Water Conservation Funds Available

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has announced a deadline of June 17, 2005 for grant applications for funding for outdoor recreational facilities through the federally- funded Land and Water Conservation Fund program.

This grant round will provide for the distribution of funds available from the anticipated federal fiscal year 2005 appropriation to the State of Maine from the National Park Service. Funds available to municipalities and other governmental organizations for acquisition of land for outdoor recreation, construction of new facilities, and renovation of existing facilities are expected to be approximately $420,000.

The program, administered by the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, can provide 50% matching grants to qualified applicants. Applicants may apply for a maximum of $50,000 in federal funding for projects.

Applications must be received by the Bureau on or before the June 17, 2005 deadline to be considered for funding.

Further information and applications for funding are available by contacting the Grants and Community Recreation Division of the Bureau of Parks and Lands, 22 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, by calling 287‑4962, or through e-mail: bud.newell@maine.gov.

The application can also be found on line at: http://www.state.me.us/doc/parks/programs/community/lwgrants.html