NLC Leadership Applications – Now Being Accepted

The online applications for the National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors and Officers are now available on NLC’s website, and at the MyNLC Member Portal. Please refer to the candidate information package for eligibility requirements, job description, and how to apply! The application can be found in your member portal under the Leadership Application tab. If you have any further questions, please contact Carla Smith at (202) 626-3179 or Applications are due no later than Monday, October 8, 2018. This is the application period for NLC Board positions. Applications for all NLC Committees and Councils will be accepted later in the Fall.

Open Meetings Act Training

This fall the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance will offer the Maryland Open Meetings Act core class on two occasions as a stand-alone training. The first of these will take place on Tuesday, September 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Mount Airy Firemen’s Hall, 1008 Twin Arch Road in Mount Airy. The second will be held on Thursday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Holiday Inn, 2 Montgomery Village Avenue, Gaithersburg. The early registration cost for each class is $10 and $15 thereafter. Follow these links for additional information and how to register. 

NLC Publishes Resource Documents on Small Cells

The National League of Cities (NLC) recently published a few documents that should serve as excellent resources to municipalities on the topic if small cells. The first is an municipal action guide that highlights background information on small cells and potential strategies that will help prepare your municipality. The second document is a model ordinance with recommended components to preserve local authority in this space. This ordinance can and should be refined to fit your municipalities’ priorities, but it is a good starting point.

MML also is collecting small cell ordinances from those municipalities in the State that are already complete. We are happy to share these resources as a template as you build your own ordinance. If your municipality has recently completed a small cell ordinance please send it to Bill Jorch,

NLC Municipal Action Guide 
NLC Model Ordinance

Planning News from MDP

Being an elected official, a planning commissioner, or a member of a board of zoning appeals is a difficult job. To provide additional training, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association is holding their annual conference on October 25 and 26, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Gaithersburg. The final agenda is still being developed, but additional information about the conference can be found here: Planning Commission Conference Information.
The Department of Planning (MDP) has completed their outreach regarding their 21st century plan to move Maryland forward with the mission of growing responsibly and protecting resources. Notes from their three outreach sessions and the general themes that have emerged as a result of this outreach can be found here: A Better Maryland Outreach Results.  

Bells to be Tolled to Honor WWI Veterans

Maryland Joins Nation to Commemorate Sacrifices of more than 60,000 Veterans

Governor Hogan issued a proclamation calling for bells to be tolled in Maryland on November 11, 2018 at 11:00 am in remembrance of veterans of World War I. The proclamation coincides with a call by the United States World War I Centennial Commission for all Americans to participate in a national tolling of bells.

View the World War I Centennial Commission website for more information.

Best Practices for Water Quality Decisions 

A new website is now available to help your community make wise decisions on your local water quality. Whether you’re an elected official, government administrator, farmer, conservationist, or homeowner, you will find planning tips, scientific data, and financial suggestions about best management practices, including local examples.
The website,, can help you navigate through the multitude of environmental best management practices available. The site is a compendium of best management practices used on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, but the practices can be applied throughout the state and beyond. Details here. For questions contact Josh Bollinger at (443) 239-1392 or

Annapolis Qualified Stormwater Training September 10-11

Be prepared for Maryland's New Permit in October!  This training will cover all the details.

Stormwater MS4 General Permits require that qualified personnel perform onsite inspections. This course is for people who perform or manage personnel who perform MS4 stormwater inspections.
The course focus is on what does the inspector need to do to be effective in the real world. The course will begin with the permit requirements and proceed to in-depth discussions of inspection methods and
techniques. The course will examine some common Best Management Practices (BMPs) with discussions of when and how to effectively use BMPs. You will receive a thumb drive that includes the course materials, the permits, regulations, and several erosion and sediment control manuals.
You also will receive a Certificate of Completion and a hat that clearly identifies you as: ASI MS4 Stormwater Qualified.
To register for the September 10-11 training Download this brochure or register now. The same training is also being offered online on September 4-5.


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