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Serve on MMA’s Executive Committee - Applications Due April 25

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The deadline to serve on MMA’s Executive Committee has been extended to Thursday, April 25 at 5 p.m.  Although letters of recommendation are part of the process, understanding that time is a commodity in short supply, interested municipal officials need only submit the application by Thursday (4/25) and all other supporting documents at a later date.  As a reminder, eligible candidates include town or city managers, chief administrative officials, and elected municipal...

Maine Revenue Services – Tax Portal

Friday, March 29, 2024

Maine Revenue Services is seeking assistance in getting the word out on the Maine Tax Portal, which allows taxpayers to file and pay taxes on-line, as well as to check on refunds.  Municipal officials are encouraged to share the attached flyers with community members.  MRS Bulletin Board Flyer MRS Flyer for Community Tax Organizations  

Maine Association of Local Emergency Managers (MALEM) – Scholarship

Thursday, March 28, 2024

MALEM is offering two $500 higher education scholarships to students enrolled in an emergency management related degree program. Students can either be a Maine resident attending an in-state or out-of-state degree program OR an out-of-state student attending a Maine-based degree program.  The application deadline is April 1, 2024.  For more information on this opportunity, please click here. 

New Opportunity for Municipalities - Governor’s Energy Office

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

The Maine Governor's Energy Office and Maine Department of Economic and Community Development have established the Maine Community Energy Redevelopment Program, which is designed to foster economic development across Maine by unlocking community energy assets to create family-sustaining jobs while reducing carbon emissions, in line with State economic development and energy priorities. The program will provide communities with high-quality technical support, including...

Upcoming: Maine Audubon Stream Smart Workshops

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Maine Audubon will be holding 3 introductory Stream Smart workshops this spring at the following dates and locations: April 3rd at the Forestry Department at UMaine Ft. Kent April 23rd at the Greenville Public Safety Building May 8th at the NRCS office in Presque Isle These workshops will be helpful to all professionals who are responsible for road-stream crossings-including contractors, road commissioners, public works departments, conservation commissions, engineers, planners,...

Maine DEP – Triennial Review

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

The federal Clean Water Act requires that periodically, but at least once every three years, states hold public hearings for the purpose of reviewing water quality standards and, as appropriate, modifying and developing standards.  Maine statute contains similar language in 38 M.R.S. § 464.3.B.  This process, known as the Triennial Review, requires consultation with the public and interested state and federal agencies. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is now...

Workplace Retirement Plan Certification Exemption

Friday, March 15, 2024

The Maine Retirement Investment Trust (MERIT) would like to remind municipal officials that local governments are exempted from complying with the requirement that employers with 15 or more employees register with MERIT or certify that they have a qualified workplace retirement plan by April 30th and employers with 5-14 employees register with MERIT or certify that they have a qualified workplace retirement plan by June 30, 2024.  Municipalities do not need to take any action regarding...

Maine DEP Invites Towns to Submit Waste Grant Proposals

Friday, March 15, 2024

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is soliciting grant proposals to support the development, implementation or improvement of programs, initiatives or activities designed to increase the diversion of solid waste from disposal. In the Fall of 2023, the Department funded ten waste diversion projects around Maine with a total of $128,326.07 in awards. These grants are supporting efforts to increase food scrap recovery and composting activities in the Central and Southern Maine...

Cross-Border Conversations: Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

On Monday, March 11 at 10 a.m., the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging is bringing together representatives working with older adults through parks and recreation organizations in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire to discuss how entities are engaging older adults through dynamic programing that strengthens social connections.  Municipal officials interested in participating can register here .

MNAP Pre-Acquisition Review

Thursday, February 29, 2024

The Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP), within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, has served as a significant source of information on the State's important natural features for over 25 years. Working with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, MNAP is pleased to announce a pre-acquisition review service for conservation projects.  Land trusts, municipalities, and State and Federal Agencies may request this free service. ...