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MML Summer Conference Pre-registration Deadline - May 27
Just a few days remain to pre-register for MML's summer conference. Representatives from 126 cities and towns have already registered for MML’s summer conference, which will be held June 25-28, 2017 at the Convention Center in Ocean City. Pre-registration ends on Friday, May 27. Information about MML’s summer conference, including the registration form and preliminary program, is in the March issue of Municipal Maryland [http://md-municipalleague.civicplus.com/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/435] . You can also view summer conference promotion information on MML’s website [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/index.aspx?nid=375] , and register online [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/index.aspx?NID=444] . The summer conference schedule and event details can also be found here [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/DocumentCenter/View/849] . Register by May 27 and save money - on-site fees are higher.
Make Your Municipality Cyber Secure
Last week’s massive ransomware attack crippled governments and industries in more than 150 countries. Hundreds of thousands of computers were infected as hackers encrypted data and extorted money from users. And the problem is only getting worse as the number of ransomware attacks increased more than 6,000 percent in 2016 alone. But, if major international industries are susceptible to such cybercrimes, what does that say about the vulnerabilities of towns and small cities?
MML is pleased to have a panel of cybersecurity experts speaking to the topic at this summer’s MML conference in Ocean City. So be sure to mark your calendars for this special session titled Municipal IT: Balancing Transparency, Efficiency, and Data Security on Wednesday, June 28 from 9-10:30 a.m.
Do not join the headlines as the next municipality paying ransom or losing taxpayer data to the growing ranks of cyber criminals. See you on June 28 in Ocean City!
Last Call for the Hall
There is still time to join the distinguished 2017 inductees of the Municipal Hall of Fame.
If you or an elected official will have 20 years or more of elected municipal service by June 30, please download the Hall of Fame form [http://md-municipalleague.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1705] and send it to email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] by May 30. All candidates will be inducted during the Tuesday night dinner at the MML summer conference, June 27.
Congratulations to the following officials, being inducted next month:
Suzanne P. Albert, Westminster - 20 years
John S. Harshman, Rosemont - 25 years
Jerome Klobukowski, Poolesville - 20 years
Henry F. Marraffa, Jr., Gaithersburg - 21 years*
Kelly Porter, Seat Pleasant - 20 years
Walt Stull, Brunswick - 20 years
Richard Sullivan, Brookview - 21 years
Charles T. White, Laytonsville - 24 years*
Joseph Wiles, Rosemont - 20 years
Reveral L. Yeargin, Seat Pleasant - 20 years
*Denotes posthumous induction
Download MML’s Conference Mobile App Today! - MMLCon17
Download MML’s mobile summer conference app to engage with events, activities, and people prior to, during, and after the conference. Smartphone and tablet users can download the mobile app from the App Store [https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1235490684] (iPhone and iPad) or the Google Play Store [https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.attendify.conf67p6po] (Android) by searching “MMLCon17”. iPad users please search under the "iPhone only" section of the App Store. Blackberry, Windows Phone, and PC users can view the app in a browser here [http://67p6po.m.attendify.com/] .
The app provides access to conference schedule updates, session alerts, presenter and exhibitor profiles and maps. You can also share your own tweets and photos, create a personal schedule, and send messages to other attendees.
Visit the Exhibits
When planning your summer conference schedule, be sure to block time to visit the 233 exhibit booths. A wide array of products and services will be on display in Exhibit Halls A&B and Dockside. Review the list of exhibitors [http://exhibits.mdmunicipal.org/2017/exhibitor_list.cfm] now and plan your time in the exhibit halls. The exhibit halls will be open on Monday, June 26 from 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Registration Changes & Cancellations Deadline June 2
The deadline to submit name changes to previous summer conference registrations and to cancel registrations or meal tickets is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2. All changes/cancellations must be submitted in writing to email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] . No telephone changes/cancellations will be accepted. The cancellation fee is $75. After June 2, no money will be refunded. Please remember to contact your hotel to cancel your reservation. MML is not responsible for hotel reservations or cancellations.
Commerce Day in Exhibit Area
Municipal department heads, employees, and other municipal officials who cannot attend all of MML's summer conference are invited to visit the exhibits on Tuesday, June 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per person and includes lunch. There is no pre-registration for Commerce Day. Visit the MML registration desk at the Convention Center on Tuesday, June 27 and pay the $50 fee to receive a special pass to the exhibit areas.
The Deadline for Flag Parade Registration is Here
The parade of city and town flags will again be an exciting part of the MML summer conference opening general session. The flag parade will be held on Monday morning, June 26, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Each participating municipality must designate an elected or appointed official (no children please) as flag bearer to present their municipal colors.
The following municipalities are registered for the 2017 flag parade: Bel Air, Berlin, Betterton, Bowie, Brentwood, Brunswick, Cambridge, Capitol Heights, Centreville, Chesapeake City, Chestertown, College Park, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, Crisfield, Denton, District Heights, Edmonston, Elkton, Federalsburg, Forest Heights, Friendship Heights, Gaithersburg, Galena, Greenbelt, Hampstead, Havre de Grace, Hyattsville, Indian Head, La Plata, Landover Hills, Laytonsville, Leonardtown, Middletown, Millington, Morningside, New Carrollton, New Windsor, North Brentwood, Oakland, Perryville, Pocomoke City, Princess Anne, Queenstown, Ridgely, Rising Sun, Rockville, Seat Pleasant, Snow Hill, Somerset, Sykesville, Taneytown, Union Bridge, University Park, and Upper Marlboro.
Who participated in last year’s parade, but is still missing from this year’s parade? Aberdeen, Barclay, Berwyn Heights, Bladensburg, Cecilton, Charlestown, Chesapeake Beach, Cheverly, Cumberland, Delmar, Easton, Fairmount Heights, Frederick, Friendsville, Glenarden, Greensboro, Hurlock, Laurel, Mount Airy, Mount Rainier, Myersville, North Beach, Ocean City, Oxford, Poolesville, Riverdale Park, Rock Hall, Sudlersville, Thurmont, and Westminster.
If you have not yet signed up for the parade of flags, please click here [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/Forms.aspx?FID=98] to sign up. As a reminder, the flag parade rehearsal will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26 and is MANDATORY for participants. Please be sure that your flag bearer DOES NOT have a conflict with other workshops being held at the same time as the rehearsal. ALL FLAG BEARERS MUST ATTEND THE REHEARSAL - NO EXCEPTIONS!!
Questions about the flag parade may be directed to Candace Donoho at MML, 410-268-5514 or email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] . Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Ocean City! It’s going to be another great conference!
Banner City/Town Deadline – May 26
After a full year of activity, it is time to be recognized. If the members of your town have been engaged with the League throughout the year, please be sure to turn in your Banner City/Town Participant form [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/209] by close of business, May 26. We want to include you among MML’s most active members.
Congratulations to those cities/towns, listed in red, that have already achieved their 2017 Banner City/Town designation!
Aberdeen, Bel Air, Berlin, Berwyn Heights, Betterton, Bladensburg, Boonsboro, Bowie, Brentwood, Brunswick, Burkittsville, Cambridge, Capitol Heights, Chesapeake Beach, Cheverly, College Park, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, Cumberland, Delmar, Denton, District Heights, Eagle Harbor, Easton, Edmonston, Elkton, Emmitsburg, Federalsburg, Frederick, Friendsville, Fruitland, Gaithersburg, Galena, Glenarden, Greenbelt, Hagerstown, Hampstead, Havre de Grace, Hebron, Hurlock, Hyattsville, Indian Head, Kensington, Landover Hills, La Plata, Laurel, Laytonsville, Leonardtown, Middletown, Morningside, Mount Airy, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, New Market, New Windsor, North Beach, North Brentwood, Pocomoke City, Princess Anne, Queenstown, Ridgely, Riverdale Park, Rockville, Salisbury, Seat Pleasant, Somerset, St. Michaels, Sykesville, Takoma Park, Taneytown, Thurmont, Trappe, Union Bridge, University Park, Upper Marlboro, Walkersville, Westminster, and Williamsport (as of May 19, 2017)
MML 2017-18 Board Nominations
Nomination materials for the MML 2017-2018 Board of Directors were e-mailed to chief municipal elected officials and to MML chapter presidents and secretaries in March. The following nominations for MML's 2017-2018 Board of Directors have been received at the League office:
President - Elect
Bridget Donnell Newton, Mayor, Rockville
Member at Large (10 seats)
Diane A. Foster, Mayor Pro Tem, Taneytown
John R. “Jack” Heath, Council President, Salisbury
Marnitta L. King, Mayor, Capitol Heights
Abigail W. McNinch, Mayor, Denton
Malinda A. Miles, Mayor, Mount Rainier
Spencer R. Schlosnagle, Mayor, Friendsville
District Vice Presidents
District 1: Bruce A. Morrison, Mayor, Pocomoke City
District 2: Robert C. Willey, Mayor, Easton
District 4: James "Jay" Maguire Mattingly IV, Councilmember, Leonardtown
District 5: Ryan Spiegel, Councilmember, Gaithersburg
District 6: Randy A. McClement, Mayor, Frederick
District 7: Daniel A. Colmer, Mayor, Barton
District 9: Joseph A. Solomon, Councilmember, Hyattsville
District 10: James L. Eberhardt, Mayor, Perryville
Nomination materials can be found here [http://md-municipalleague.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/3016] . Contact Jim Peck at email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] with any questions.
Help the Census Bureau Accurately Count Your Community
The U.S. Census Bureau requests help from tribal, state and local governments in the 2020 Census Local Update of Census Addresses program. This program is the only opportunity for governments to verify residential addresses, ensuring a complete and accurate 2020 Census.
The Census Bureau mailed advance notifications about participating in the program to tribal, state and local governments in January 2017. If you did not receive the notification, you may find information about the program on the LUCA website [http://www.census.gov/geo/partnerships/luca.html] .
Invitation letters will be mailed in July 2017 and the final participation materials will be mailed in February 2018. Governments can take the following steps now to prepare:
• Participate in the 2017 Boundary and Annexation Survey [https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/bas.html] , which is the annual update for the legal boundaries and names of all governmental units.
• Start preparing your address list — make sure your list identifies multiunit structures and distinguishes between residential and nonresidential addresses.
• Identify local address sources, such as building permits, local utility records, annexation records and other files.
• Attend one of our workshops [https://www.census.gov/geo/partnerships/luca.html] to learn about the program.
Participation in the Local Update of Census Addresses program can help ensure a complete and accurate 2020 Census in your community.
For more information, visit the program website [https://www.census.gov/geo/partnerships/luca.html] .
The Maryland Municipal League Invites Your Input…
Although it seems the dust is still settling from the 2017 General Assembly session, it is time to start thinking about next year’s MML legislative priorities. To submit a Legislative Action Request (LAR) for consideration by the 2017-2018 Legislative Committee, please complete a 2018 LAR submission form [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/DocumentCenter/View/3025] and return it to MML by July 28, 2017. LARs considered in the past have included revenue, environmental, legal, planning and zoning, government operations, and transparency issues. LARs may be submitted by a municipality, a MML Chapter, or a MML Department. Please remember, to be considered by the MML Legislative Committee, prior to submission, all LARs must be adopted at a meeting of the body submitting the request and be signed and dated by an official representing the body. Questions may be referred to Jim Peck [mailto:JimP@mdmunicipal.org] , Bill Jorch [mailto:BillJ@mdmunicipal.org] , or Candace Donoho [mailto:CandaceD@mdmunicipal.org] at the MML office.
Monitoring & Modeling Bay Restoration
The Chesapeake Bay Program’s Local Government Advisory Committee has created a new video [https://vimeo.com/214557908] containing important information for local government leaders interested in learning more about tools available for improving local water quality.
Community Parks & Playground Grant Update
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continues to fund Community Parks & Playgrounds throughout the state. Congratulations to this year’s list of 23 municipal grant recipients [http://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2017/05/08/maryland-municipalities-receive-parks-and-playgrounds-funding/] . You will find complete information on the Community Parks & Playgrounds project criteria and the grant proposal process on the Program Open Space [http://dnr.maryland.gov/land/Pages/ProgramOpenSpace/cpp-Intro.aspx] page of the DNR website.
Quick Question from MML
Did you know that adopting a board/council management system for meetings could help your city or town save money, time, and become more effective?
Want to learn more? Register [http://boarddocs.com/Home.nsf/(WebContent)/387FC8C73868CC268725810900769919?open&utm_source=mml&utm_medium=email&utm_content=webinar&utm_campaign=webinar] for a free, informative webinar to see how your peers are saving money and time with BoardDocs!
When: Thursday, June 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Speaker: Sharon Ferris, Senior Administrative Coordinator, St. Mary's County, MD
MML is pleased to offer BoardDocs board management solutions. BoardDocs has helped over 2,000 organizations worldwide improve board effectiveness, reduce the time required to create and manage board packets by up to 75% and dramatically reduce costs. By using BoardDocs, many organizations report savings in the thousands - even tens of thousands - per year.
If you have any questions about the webinar, or BoardDocs in general, please contact Caleb Wolf at email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] or 410-295-9105.
MML 45th Annual Golf Tournament
Be Part of a Longstanding Tradition - June 25, 2017 - Eagle's Landing
Details Here [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/DocumentCenter/View/530]
Classified advertisements from Maryland cities, towns, counties, and government agencies will be published in MML’s e-Bulletin at no charge. If you would like to advertise an employment opportunity, a 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 [mailto:email@example.com] . Ads will appear for a 90-day period and can be resubmitted for posting if needed.
Legislative Status Link [http://md-municipalleague.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=438]
Classified Section Link [http://md-municipalleague.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=125]
Important Dates / Deadlines [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/calendar.aspx]
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