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Maine Sheriff’s Association Annual Conference - March 20-21, 2024

Thursday, January 4, 2024

The Maine Sheriff’s Association Annual Training Conference, Vendor Show and Awards Banquet will be held March 20-21, 2024, at the Samoset Resort, Rockport. Not exclusive to law enforcement, the conference is open to all municipal leaders and will feature a nearly two-day leadership training opportunity with Echelon Front.  The cost of participation in the training portion of the conference has been reduced and includes a special incentive for multiple registrations. Information on...

MaineHousing to End Homeowners’ Assistance Fund – January 2024

Thursday, December 28, 2023

As of 5 p.m. on January 10, 2024, MaineHousing will stop accepting applications for the Homeowner’s Assistance Fund program.  The program was established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to provide relief to homeowners who suffered financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic.  While time will tell, based on an assessment of current program statics regarding rates of application, approvals, denials, and financial commitments, MaineHousing is expecting to have...

DECD Schedules 2024 In Person Hours for LD 2003 Questions

Friday, December 22, 2023

DECD’s Housing Opportunity Program staff will host nine in-person additional office sessions throughout January and into early February.  The purpose of the meetings is to provide an opportunity for elected and appointed municipal officials and residents to discuss and pose questions about the impacts of the LD 2003 housing mandates on existing regulations, ordinances, and planning documents.  There is no need to register to attend the events, as the sessions are conducted...

EPA Lead & Copper Rule Improvements Roundtable

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

On Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 2:00 p.m., the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy will host a virtual roundtable focused on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed improvements to the lead and copper rules, which were established in 1991 to protect public health and reduce exposure to lead in drinking water.  To register for the session, please use this link.

SNAP – Lost Food Due to Power Outages

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Mainers who receive SNAP benefits, and lost food due to power outages during the December 18 storm may be eligible for replacement of up to one month’s worth of SNAP benefits. To be eligible, residents must be without power for at least eight hours. Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will verify the duration of the power outage and determine eligibility. Claims must be filed with the DHHS within 10 days of having electricity restored to the home.  To make a...

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife - F.A.Q. for Municipalities

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has created a Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for municipalities to help understand the department’s authority and municipal authority in current statutes governing several activities municipalities may encounter such as: Hunting, Fishing, Trapping, Jurisdiction over Great Ponds, Public Trust Doctrine, Public Usage on Great Ponds, Moorings, Navigational Aids, Wildlife Causing Damage, Shooting Ranges, Recreational Vehicles and how...

Conversation on Antisemitism – December 19

Thursday, December 14, 2023

On Tuesday, December 19th at 6:00 the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine will offer a community conversation on antisemitism. The zoom gathering will begin with a 45 minute presentation on the history of antisemitism from Education Coordinator Erica Nadelhaft; she will then open it up to questions and conversation. The gathering will focus on people's personal experiences, not politics. We would like to hear about what you are seeing and experiencing in your daily lives during...

New Grant Opportunities

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

The Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future is excited to announce the opening of three grant opportunities for municipal and tribal governments and unorganized territories through the Community Resilience Partnership. Visit the GOPIF website for more information and to register for upcoming informational webinars.

Proposed Federal Preemption Legislation

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Two federal level legislative efforts are being advanced to further amend the Farm Bill by preempting state and local regulatory authority over pesticides, food production, and manufacturing.  H.R. 4288, the Agricultural Labeling Uniformity Act, would prohibit state and local governments from adopting pesticide laws and ordinances that are more protective than federal rules, while H.R. 4417, the Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression Act, would prohibit the imposition of standards or...