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October 16, 2018

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The Energetic Eighty-Four

Eighty-four municipalities remain in contention for a 2019 Banner City/Town (BCT) designation and the Engagement and Outreach committee is dedicated to getting every one of them over the finish line. Being represented at the Fall Conference marks the second largest milestone along the BCT journey and for many small towns, often the hardest to achieve. Congratulations to those cities/towns that armed themselves with knowledge at this year’s conference.

Keep your engagement momentum going by reviewing what steps your municipality needs to take to maximize their MML membership and snag a Banner City/Town designation in 2019.

Next steps:

  • Complete a Municipal Government Works Month activity in November. See top ways to participate in MGW Month.
  • Attend at least half of your chapter’s events. Check the MML Calendar for meeting dates and upcoming Legislative dinners.
  • Conduct a school visit and educate students (of any age) about how municipal government works

Let’s root on the 84 municipalities in contention.

MML Chapter Legislative Dinners Scheduled

MML Chapter legislative dinners are set for most chapters. The dates are below. Updates and additional information will be shared in future eBulletins. Please share these dates with your legislators NOW or immediately after election day so they can “save the date!”.

Allegany/Garrett County Chapter

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Westernport

Washington County

Monday, November 26, 2018, Clear Spring

Frederick Chapter

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Richland Country Club, Middletown

Prince George’s County Municipal Association

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – Martin’s Crosswinds, Greenbelt

Carroll County Chapter

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – Hampstead

Southern Maryland Association of Municipalities

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 – Chesapeake Beach Resort, Chesapeake Beach

Montgomery County Chapter

Thursday, December 13, 2018 – Radisson Hotel, Rockville

Cecil/Harford County Chapter

Thursday, December 20, 2018 – Cecilton

Eastern Shore Association of Municipalities

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 – Fisherman’s Inn, Kent Island

Contact Candace Donoho at MML with any questions.

Annual Report

Executive Director Annual Report

The 2017-18 MML Annual Report is now available for review on MML’s newly updated website. 

Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants Available

The Maryland of Department Natural Resources announced that counties and municipalities can now apply for grant funding from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. Land and Water Conservation Fund projects must be in direct support of public outdoor recreation. Eligible proposals include the acquisition, development and maintenance of outdoor recreational areas, facilities and properties, including athletic fields, boat launches, fishing piers, playgrounds, trails and more. Municipalities and counties are eligible for up to a 50 percent matching fund with requests capped at $800,000.
Communities are encouraged to apply and submit preliminary application forms by December 18, 2018. It would benefit you to review the LWCF competitive grant information packet found at the bottom of the website before starting the preliminary application.
If you have any questions, please contact Ingrid Brofman, Natural Resources Planner with the Department of Natural Resources, at 410-260-8461 or


open meetings update

Open Meetings Act Update as of October 1

Last session, the General Assembly passed an MML supported bill to permit closed-session discussions about cybersecurity matters when the public body finds that disclosure would pose certain risks.  As of October 1, that law is now in effect.

In accordance, the office of the Attorney General has recently finished updating the online resources, particularly the form and sample closing statements, on the Open Meetings informational page. As requested by the Compliance Board, they also added a template for the closed-session summaries that must be included in the open session minutes. Furthermore, their online open meetings course has also been updated with assistance from the Institute for Governmental Service and Research at the University of Maryland.

If you have any questions about this change or other aspects of the Open Meetings Act, please contact Bill Jorch, MML Government Relations Manager, at 410-295-9100 or

Daily Record’s 2018 VIP List

MML offers sincere congratulations to President elect Ryan Spiegel for making the Daily Record's 2018 Very Important Professionals List - Successful by 40!!
Way to go, Ryan!

Bells Toll WWI

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.


Classified advertisements from Maryland cities, towns, counties and other government agencies will be published in MML’s e-Bulletin at no charge. If you would like to advertise an employment opportunity, request for proposals, or a piece of equipment for sale within the State of Maryland, please e-mail the ad copy, in a text only word doc, 200 words or less to classified. Ads will appear for a 90-day period and can be resubmitted for posting if needed.


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