08/30/2016 - New President, Vice President at MMA
Kennebunkport Town Manager Laurie Smith will become the next President of Maine Municipal Association’s Executive Committee and Linda Cohen, City Councilor in South Portland, was recently elected Vice President. Vassalboro Town Manager Mary Sabins was re-elected to a three-year term on the MMA board. James Gardner Jr., Town Manager in Easton, and Christine Landes, Town Manager in Bethel, also were elected to MMA’s executive committee. Read More..
08/30/2016 - Commenting on state’s Freedom of Access Act
Maine’s Right to Know Advisory Committee will hold a hearing to receive general comments from the public, including municipal officials, on how the Freedom of Access Act is working and how it might be improved. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. in room 228 of the State House in Augusta. The Committee also accepts written comments. Feel free to contact Garrett Corbin in MMA’s State and Federal Relations Dept. at 1-800-452-8786 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or suggestions. Read More..
08/26/2016 - Honeywell Eye Wash Recall
Honeywell Safety Products has issued a voluntary recall of approximately 9,700 bottles of Eyesaline emergency eye wash solution. The 32-ounce bottles from lot number F16091-61 are being recalled as a precaution because of “a low risk of contamination” with a bacteria that can cause sight-threatening eye infections. The lot number can be found on the outside of the product case and on individual bottles. Read More..
08/26/2016 - MMA Legislative Policy Committee Elected
By hitting the link below, you can see the names of the municipal officials who recently were elected to serve on MMA’s Legislative Policy Committee (LPC), which will guide and oversee the association’s legislative agenda and advocacy program during the 2017-2018 legislative biennium. Please take the opportunity to reach out to members serving your region to congratulate them, let them know what you would like to see as part of MMA’s 2017-2018 legislative platform, and to give your opinion on legislation that will affect municipalities in your region or statewide. If you attend the MMA Convention on Oct. 5 in Bangor, please stop by the 2:45 p.m. “Meet your LPC” session called “Setting MMA’s 2017-2018 Legislative Priorities,” and share your ideas directly with the newly-elected Policy Committee. Read More..
08/25/2016 - MMA Releases Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Report
Earlier this summer a survey was sent to Maine municipalities with active TIF districts to determine if the program was meeting the economic development needs of communities of varying size, fiscal capacity and location throughout the state. A second survey was sent to non-TIF communities to learn why they were not using the program and whether changes to the law would encourage participation. The final report, which includes valuable information about the TIF program and it’s current state, was created in partnership with the Economic Development Council of Maine (EDCM) and Maine Development Foundation (MDF). Read More..
08/22/2016 - MMA Fiscal Survey Results
Maine Municipal Association’s 2015 Fiscal Survey is complete, summarizing important fiscal data from 189 towns and cities throughout the state. Some important conclusions: Municipal spending increased annually by 4 percent from 2010 to 2015, in part fueled by reductions in Municipal Revenue Sharing funds from the state. Public K-12 education spending rose faster than 4 percent over that period. Municipal spending on roads and infrastructure rose much slower, at an annual rate of 2 percent.Read More..
08/17/2016 - MMA Elects New Officers
Maine Municipal Association held elections recently and a new slate of officers and Executive Committee members will come aboard, effect Jan. 1, 2017. Laurie Smith, Town Manager in Kennebunkport, will be MMA’s next president. Linda Cohen, City Councilor in South Portland, will be our vice president. Read More..
08/15/2016 - Ethel Kelley Award Deadline Nears
The deadline for the Ethel Kelley Memorial Award – MMA’s most prestigious annual recognition – is fast approaching. Sept. 2 is the deadline to nominate someone who exemplifies civic and community service, and has done so over a long period of time. Read More..
07/29/2016 - Engineering Workforce Summit
Maine faces a shortage of qualified engineers, including engineers who special in municipally related fields. The Maine Engineering Promotional Council and the University of Maine will hold an Engineering Workforce Summit on Sept. 29 at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Lewiston. Read More..
07/25/2016 - Municipal Issues Survey
MMA’s State and Federal Relations Department is conducting a municipal issues survey in an effort to inform its soon-to-be-elected 70-member Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) as members undertake the process of setting our legislative platform for the 2017-2018 session. The due date for the survey to be returned is Friday, Aug. 5. Results will be mailed to the newly elected LPC the following week. Read More..