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June 19, 2017

It’s Almost Here … MML’s 2017 Summer Conference!

In less than a week, officials from 128 cities and towns will gather in Ocean City for MML’s summer conference. Approximately 1,800 city, town, county, and state officials, as well as corporate representatives, will attend MML's summer conference which will be held June 25-28, 2017 at the Convention Center in Ocean City. Pre-registration is now closed, but you can register on-site in Ocean City.

Summer Conference Program on Website & Conference App

You can view a detailed summer conference program on MML’s website. Reviewing the conference schedule prior to getting your registration materials in Ocean City will help you plan which workshops you want to attend and enable you to coordinate your schedule with other officials from your municipality so that all sessions are covered. You can also view the program on MML’s conference app, and create your own schedule after you decide which sessions to attend. Session descriptions are included in the conference app, but not in the Program booklet.

Smartphone and tablet users can download the mobile app from the App Store (iPhone and iPad) or the Google Play Store (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.

The app provides access to the summer conference schedule, session alerts, presenter and exhibitor profiles, speaker bios, and maps. You can also share your own tweets and photos, plus send messages of interest to other attendees throughout the four-day event.

Attend the Keynote by Dr. Samuel Betances

Plan to attend MML’s opening general session on Monday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. to learn about the benefits and value of diversity from internationally renowned consultant, educator, author and motivational speaker Dr. Samuel Betances. His personal story is compelling: a high school dropout who rose above inner city poverty, the stigma of being from a minority group with English as his second language, the pain of losing family members to gang violence and drug overdoses – yet going on to earn a Doctorate from Harvard University.

Valuable Training Opportunities at MML Summer Conference

This year’s MML Summer Conference includes a multitude of training topics exploring the issues that most challenge Maryland’s city and town leaders. From the ongoing opioid crisis and cybersecurity to everyday challenges like dealing with difficult people and public speaking, expert speakers and seasoned practitioners will offer essential insights to improve your governing acumen. You can view the 2017 MML Summer Conference Program here.

Conference Workshop Preview Materials

Are there particular sessions on the MML Summer Conference agenda that have captured your interest? If so, and you would like to get a leg up on the subject matter, check out MML’s Pre-Workshop Ideas page where you’ll find white papers, news articles, and webinars, as well as a short quiz to test your cybersecurity knowledge. Doing so will allow you to arrive at the session better prepared to digest training materials and discussion, ask better questions, and enhance your overall learning experience.

Summer Conference Made Easy for First Time Attendees

So you are a new official or it is your first time at MML’s summer conference. You are all signed up and ready to go. Now what?

To get as much out of your first time summer conference experience as possible, take advantage of a few resources that will help you navigate the event:

Download MMLCon17

The League’s conference app provides access to the summer conference schedule, session alerts, presenter and exhibitor profiles, speaker bios, session descriptions, and maps. You will also be able to live “tweet” and share photos throughout the event.

Orientation for Municipal Officials & First Time Attendees
Sunday, June 25 1:30-2:30 p.m. Rooms 201 & 202

This orientation will get you ready to tackle every workshop, roundtable and networking event and you will be introduced to members of MML’s leadership.

New Officials Meet & Greet
Tuesday, June 27 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Rooms 207 & 208

As part of this year’s CommUNITY theme, the New Officials Meet & Greet will be opened to EVERYONE interested in building rapport with others across boundaries of region, race, ideology or religion. The Maryland Municipal League represents a wonderful assemblage of backgrounds and experiences, where we share the common goal of making our communities better places to live. So grab your lunch, stop on by, and pick up some tips on building bridges across perceived differences as we strive collaboratively to make our communities stronger and more vibrant.

MML Registration Desk Hours

MML's summer conference registration desk will be open during the following hours:

Sunday, June 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Monday, June 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

MML's registration desk will be located in the Level 1 Lobby of the Ocean City Convention Center.

Visit the Exhibits

When planning your summer conference schedule be sure to block time to visit the 233 exhibit booths – booth space is sold out again this year! A wide array of products and services will be on display in Exhibit Halls A&B and Dockside. Review the list of exhibitors 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.

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.

Population Forums

There are many issues shared across Maryland's municipalities. However, MML's summer conference offers an opportunity for member cities and towns to group based on size. This year, on Tuesday, June 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon there will be forums for large cities, small towns, and tiny towns. Participants are encouraged to self-select the forum they believe best represents their municipality, to network and brainstorm with officials from cities and towns who share special interests based on their municipality’s population and culture.

Remember to Vote

It is important that each municipality send a representative to vote for MML’s 2017-18 Board of Directors on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Voting occurs from 8:30 - 9:10 a.m., followed by MML’s Business Meeting from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

• Each MML member municipality is entitled to one vote at the business meeting.
• One representative from each participating municipality should pick up voting materials at the credentials desk outside the business meeting room.
• A mayor or a mayor’s designated elected official from the mayor’s municipality has primary authority to carry the vote for a municipality.
• Voting materials include a ballot to vote (from 8:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.) for the MML Board of Directors, a special ballot to be used in the event of a tie vote in the election, and a voting card to allow your municipality to vote on issues during the business meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m.
• Proxy voting information and materials will be available at the registration desk in the Level 1 Lobby of the Convention Center.

Proxy Procedure

Any one direct member municipality may exercise a voting proxy (municipal proxy) from one other direct member municipality. In the event that no elected municipal official is present at a League meeting from a given municipality, an administrative officer (a city or town's manager, administrator, clerk or other appointed official) of that municipality may exercise all rights as a delegate provided the officer receives the written authorization (administrative proxy) to do so from that person's municipality. Proxies will be rejected for any of the following reasons:

1. Evidence of altering the substance of the proxy

2. Lack of clear intent to award the proxy to a given municipality or administrative official, or

3. Where a municipal proxy recipient already holds a proxy for another city or town

The proxy form should be submitted to the Executive Director or other League staff well before the Board elections occurs on Tuesday, June 27 at the summer conference. If mailed or e-mailed prior to the conference, it should arrive at the League office at least five days prior to the election. No faxes will be accepted. Contact Jim Peck for details at jimp@mdmunicipal.org.

Last Call to Join the MML Flag Parade!

We have a record number of flags in this year’s convention flag parade, which will be held on Monday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. in the Ocean City Convention Center’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). This year’s flag parade will be divided by region and each city or town will be announced by name and will include a short statement describing something special about that particular city or town.

All flag bearers are required to attend the mandatory flag parade rehearsal, which will be held on Monday morning, June 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the PAC. Flag parade registrations by region are listed below and flag parade registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21. Register now so your region is well represented. To register online, please click here. Questions can be directed to Candace Donoho at candaced@mdmunicipal.org or by calling 410-268-5514.

Northwestern Region – (14) – (Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll): Brunswick, Cumberland, Frederick, Friendsville, Hampstead, Middletown, Mount Airy, New Windsor, Oakland, Sykesville, Taneytown, Thurmont, Union Bridge, Westminster.

Northeastern and Central Region – (20) – (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Montgomery, St. Mary’s): Aberdeen, Bel Air, Cecilton, Charlestown, Chesapeake Beach, Chesapeake City, Elkton, Friendship Heights, Gaithersburg, Havre de Grace, Indian Head, La Plata, Laytonsville, Leonardtown, North Beach, Perryville, Poolesville, Rising Sun, Rockville, Somerset.

Prince George’s – (24) – (Prince George’s): Berwyn Heights, Bladensburg, Bowie, Brentwood, Capitol Heights, Cheverly, College Park, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, District Heights, Edmonston, Forest Heights, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Landover Hills, Laurel, Morningside, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, North Brentwood, Riverdale Park, Seat Pleasant, University Park, Upper Marlboro. Missing this year: Fairmount Heights & Glenarden.

Eastern Region – (22) – (Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester): Barclay, Berlin, Betterton, Cambridge, Centreville, Chestertown, Crisfield, Delmar, Denton, Federalsburg, Galena, Hurlock, Millington, Ocean City, Oxford, Pocomoke City, Princess Anne, Queenstown, Ridgely, Salisbury, Snow Hill, Sudlersville. Missing this year: Easton, Greensboro & Rock Hall.

MML Conference Name Badges

Current-year MML name badges will be required for admission to all summer conference workshops, general sessions, and the exhibit areas. Door monitors will be at the entrance to all sessions, and only those wearing a 2017 MML name badge will be admitted.

Packing Tips

Temperatures in Convention Center meeting rooms vary. For your personal comfort, take a sweater or light jacket to all events.

MML’s Conference Planning Committee recommends business casual attire for the dinner on Tuesday, June 27 (dressy attire optional).

Children in the Exhibit Areas

Children (under age 16) will be permitted in the exhibit areas only on Tuesday, June 27 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. and they must be accompanied at all times by a registered adult.

Hotel Check-in

The check-in time at MML's conference hotels, the Clarion, Dunes Manor, Hotels at Fager’s Island, Grand Hotel, Hampton Inn, Hilton Suites Ocean City, Holiday Inn Suites, Holiday Inn Oceanfront, La Quinta Inn, Princess Bayside, and the Princess Royale is after 4:00 p.m. Please do not expect to have access to your hotel room until at least 4:00 p.m.

Ride O.C. Buses for Free

As the host town for MML's summer conference, Ocean City's Mayor and Council have generously agreed that MML conference attendees can ride Ocean City's buses free of charge on June 25, 26, 27, and 28. Just show your 2017 summer conference name badge to the bus driver, and you will not have to pay any fee. The Convention Center bus stop is on Coastal Highway; riders will walk from the Highway to the Convention Center. Buses run at 10-minute intervals from 6:00 a.m. to noon, 5 to 7-minute intervals from noon to 3:00 a.m., and 20-minute intervals from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. For handicapped bus service, call 410/723-1607 at least one hour in advance. Please take advantage of this hassle-free way of getting to MML conference activities at the Convention Center!

REMINDER: Chapter and Department Officers Meetings - June 26

Congratulations and welcome to the new officers of the League’s chapters and departments. Chapters and departments play an essential role in offering educational and networking opportunities to the MML membership, on a regional basis. We appreciate those who step up to lead these affiliate associations.

A reminder to all incoming officers, there will be a briefing held Sunday, June 26 at the summer conference. Briefings are designed to introduce officials to operating procedures, but also often include discussion of a timely topic or a speaker. Please see below for your respective time:

12:00 – 1 p.m. Department Officers Briefing – Open to the 2017-2018 executive officers of all seven MML departments. Room 201 & 202

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Chapter Officers Briefing – Open to District Vice Presidents and the 2017-2018 executive officers of all MML chapters. Room 201 & 202

For more information, contact Paula Chase Hyman at paulah@mdmunicipal.org

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the 2017 MML Hall of Fame Inductees. The Hall of Fame honors current and former municipal officials that have served 20 years or more as a municipal elected official. This year’s class will be inducted during the Inaugural Dinner on Tuesday, June 27, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.:

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
David Preusch, Laytonsville - 22 years
Walt Stull, Brunswick - 20 years
Richard Sullivan, Brookview - 21 years
Joseph Wiles, Rosemont - 20 years
Reveral L. Yeargin, Seat Pleasant - 20 years
*Denotes posthumous induction

MML 2017 Legislative Final Report Now Available

Each year, MML publishes a report that includes a synopsis of legislation with impact on municipal government passed during the previous General Assembly session. The 2017 Legislative Final Report has been emailed to all MML members and MML Department liaisons and is posted on MML’s website. The report can also be accessed by clicking on 2017 MML Final Report.

Legislative Action Request (LAR) Submission Deadline Approaching

Is there a Maryland statute that needs to be changed to enable you, as a municipal official, to do your job better? Have you received citizen complaints that you could not address because you needed legislative authority? Are there outdated provisions in Maryland law that need to be modernized, streamlined or eliminated? Each spring, MML solicits input from our membership to enable us to establish our legislative priority issues. Now is the time to submit ideas that could improve municipal ability to serve residents with a legislative “fix” during the 2018 legislative session.

Suggested legislative priorities may be submitted by a MML member municipality, chapter or department by completing a Legislative Action Request (LAR) and sending it to MML no later than Friday, July 28, 2017. Please note that all LARs must be approved by the governing body of the municipality, department or chapter prior to submission. A copy of the form may be found by clicking on: 2018 MML Legislative Action Request (LAR) form.

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)
James A. Beauchamp, Councilmember, Centreville
Michael Benton, Councilman, North Beach
Diane A. Foster, Mayor Pro Tem, Taneytown
John R. “Jack” Heath, Council President, Salisbury
Emmett V. Jordan, Mayor, Greenbelt
Marnitta L. King, Mayor, Capitol Heights
Abigail W. McNinch, Mayor, Denton
Malinda A. Miles, Mayor, Mount Rainier
Virginia Onley, Councilmember, Rockville
Spencer R. Schlosnagle, Mayor, Friendsville

District Vice Presidents
District 1: Bruce A. Morrison, Mayor, Pocomoke City
District 2: Robert C. Willey, Mayor, Easton
District 3: Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor, Baltimore
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 8: Brigitte M. Schmidt, Councilmember, Boonsboro
District 9: Joseph A. Solomon, Councilmember, Hyattsville
District 10: James L. Eberhardt, Mayor, Perryville
District 11: Perry L. Jones, Mayor, Union Bridge

Nomination materials can be found here. Contact Jim Peck at jimp@mdmunicipal.org with any questions.

Social Media for Disaster Response Training

The Prince George’s County Department of Emergency Management will be hosting a special FEMA-certified class titled Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery. The class takes place on August 21, 2017 in Landover, Maryland and is designed to help participants build skills and knowledge to integrate social media into your municipality’s communications plans for disaster response and recovery. Click here for more information.

Community Parks and Playgrounds Program Accepting Applications

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting grant applications from cities and towns seeking to build, enhance or rehabilitate local parks and playgrounds. Funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program can be used to restore existing areas and features or to develop and expand new green spaces. Applications for Fiscal Year 2019 funding are due Aug. 16.

Submissions Now Being Accepted – National Civic League All-America City Award

The National Civic League invites you to apply for the All-America City Award. Applications require communities to come together to assess their strengths and challenges. The process of applying for the award provides an opportunity to mobilize local groups to work together and display on a national stage the people and projects that make your community a great place to live, work and play.

The All-America City Award honors a community's courage to recognize its challenges along with commitment to face those challenges with the same spirit exhibited in the highlighted projects.

In 2018 the spotlight for the All-America City Awards will be on inclusive civic engagement practices that promote equity and bring all voices to the table to address important issues. NCL hopes to learn more about the inclusive decision-making processes that communities use to solve complex problems and move toward more equitable communities.

Visit the All-America City Award page for more details on the criteria.


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June 19, 2017

It’s Almost Here … MML’s 2017 Summer Conference!

In less than a week, officials from 128 cities and towns will gather in Ocean City for MML’s summer conference. Approximately 1,800 city, town, county, and state officials, as well as corporate representatives, will attend MML's summer conference which will be held June 25-28, 2017 at the Convention Center in Ocean City. Pre-registration is now closed, but you can register on-site in Ocean City.

Summer Conference Program on Website & Conference App

You can view a detailed summer conference program on MML’s website [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/index.aspx?NID=460] . Reviewing the conference schedule prior to getting your registration materials in Ocean City will help you plan which workshops you want to attend and enable you to coordinate your schedule with other officials from your municipality so that all sessions are covered. You can also view the program on MML’s conference app, and create your own schedule after you decide which sessions to attend. Session descriptions are included in the conference app, but not in the Program booklet.

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 the summer conference schedule, session alerts, presenter and exhibitor profiles, speaker bios, and maps. You can also share your own tweets and photos, plus send messages of interest to other attendees throughout the four-day event.

Attend the Keynote by Dr. Samuel Betances

Plan to attend MML’s opening general session on Monday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. to learn about the benefits and value of diversity from internationally renowned consultant, educator, author and motivational speaker Dr. Samuel Betances. His personal story is compelling: a high school dropout who rose above inner city poverty, the stigma of being from a minority group with English as his second language, the pain of losing family members to gang violence and drug overdoses – yet going on to earn a Doctorate from Harvard University.

Valuable Training Opportunities at MML Summer Conference

This year’s MML Summer Conference includes a multitude of training topics exploring the issues that most challenge Maryland’s city and town leaders. From the ongoing opioid crisis and cybersecurity to everyday challenges like dealing with difficult people and public speaking, expert speakers and seasoned practitioners will offer essential insights to improve your governing acumen. You can view the 2017 MML Summer Conference Program here [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/index.aspx?NID=460] .

Conference Workshop Preview Materials

Are there particular sessions on the MML Summer Conference agenda that have captured your interest? If so, and you would like to get a leg up on the subject matter, check out MML’s Pre-Workshop Ideas [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/index.aspx?nid=505] page where you’ll find white papers, news articles, and webinars, as well as a short quiz to test your cybersecurity knowledge. Doing so will allow you to arrive at the session better prepared to digest training materials and discussion, ask better questions, and enhance your overall learning experience.

Summer Conference Made Easy for First Time Attendees

So you are a new official or it is your first time at MML’s summer conference. You are all signed up and ready to go. Now what?

To get as much out of your first time summer conference experience as possible, take advantage of a few resources that will help you navigate the event:

Download MMLCon17

The League’s conference app [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/index.aspx?nid=528] provides access to the summer conference schedule, session alerts, presenter and exhibitor profiles, speaker bios, session descriptions, and maps. You will also be able to live “tweet” and share photos throughout the event.

Orientation for Municipal Officials & First Time Attendees

Sunday, June 25 1:30-2:30 p.m. Rooms 201 & 202

This orientation will get you ready to tackle every workshop, roundtable and networking event and you will be introduced to members of MML’s leadership.

New Officials Meet & Greet

Tuesday, June 27 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Rooms 207 & 208

As part of this year’s CommUNITY theme, the New Officials Meet & Greet will be opened to EVERYONE interested in building rapport with others across boundaries of region, race, ideology or religion. The Maryland Municipal League represents a wonderful assemblage of backgrounds and experiences, where we share the common goal of making our communities better places to live. So grab your lunch, stop on by, and pick up some tips on building bridges across perceived differences as we strive collaboratively to make our communities stronger and more vibrant.

MML Registration Desk Hours

MML's summer conference registration desk will be open during the following hours:

Sunday, June 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Monday, June 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon

MML's registration desk will be located in the Level 1 Lobby of the Ocean City Convention Center.

Visit the Exhibits

When planning your summer conference schedule be sure to block time to visit the 233 exhibit booths – booth space is sold out again this year! 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.

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.

Population Forums

There are many issues shared across Maryland's municipalities. However, MML's summer conference offers an opportunity for member cities and towns to group based on size. This year, on Tuesday, June 27 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon there will be forums for large cities, small towns, and tiny towns. Participants are encouraged to self-select the forum they believe best represents their municipality, to network and brainstorm with officials from cities and towns who share special interests based on their municipality’s population and culture.

Remember to Vote

It is important that each municipality send a representative to vote for MML’s 2017-18 Board of Directors on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Voting occurs from 8:30 - 9:10 a.m., followed by MML’s Business Meeting from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

• Each MML member municipality is entitled to one vote at the business meeting.

• One representative from each participating municipality should pick up voting materials at the credentials desk outside the business meeting room.

• A mayor or a mayor’s designated elected official from the mayor’s municipality has primary authority to carry the vote for a municipality.

• Voting materials include a ballot to vote (from 8:30 a.m. to 9:10 a.m.) for the MML Board of Directors, a special ballot to be used in the event of a tie vote in the election, and a voting card to allow your municipality to vote on issues during the business meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m.

• Proxy voting information and materials will be available at the registration desk in the Level 1 Lobby of the Convention Center.

Proxy Procedure

Any one direct member municipality may exercise a voting proxy (municipal proxy) from one other direct member municipality. In the event that no elected municipal official is present at a League meeting from a given municipality, an administrative officer (a city or town's manager, administrator, clerk or other appointed official) of that municipality may exercise all rights as a delegate provided the officer receives the written authorization (administrative proxy) to do so from that person's municipality. Proxies will be rejected for any of the following reasons:

1. Evidence of altering the substance of the proxy

2. Lack of clear intent to award the proxy to a given municipality or administrative official, or

3. Where a municipal proxy recipient already holds a proxy for another city or town

The proxy form [http://md-municipalleague.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/3048] should be submitted to the Executive Director or other League staff well before the Board elections occurs on Tuesday, June 27 at the summer conference. If mailed or e-mailed prior to the conference, it should arrive at the League office at least five days prior to the election. No faxes will be accepted. Contact Jim Peck for details at jimp@mdmunicipal.org.

Last Call to Join the MML Flag Parade!

We have a record number of flags in this year’s convention flag parade, which will be held on Monday, June 26 at 10:00 a.m. in the Ocean City Convention Center’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). This year’s flag parade will be divided by region and each city or town will be announced by name and will include a short statement describing something special about that particular city or town.

All flag bearers are required to attend the mandatory flag parade rehearsal, which will be held on Monday morning, June 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the PAC. Flag parade registrations by region are listed below and flag parade registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21. Register now so your region is well represented. To register online, please click here [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/Forms.aspx?FID=98] . Questions can be directed to Candace Donoho at candaced@mdmunicipal.org [mailto:candaced@mdmunicipal.org] or by calling 410-268-5514.

Northwestern Region – (14) – (Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick, Carroll): Brunswick, Cumberland, Frederick, Friendsville, Hampstead, Middletown, Mount Airy, New Windsor, Oakland, Sykesville, Taneytown, Thurmont, Union Bridge, Westminster.

Northeastern and Central Region – (20) – (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Montgomery, St. Mary’s): Aberdeen, Bel Air, Cecilton, Charlestown, Chesapeake Beach, Chesapeake City, Elkton, Friendship Heights, Gaithersburg, Havre de Grace, Indian Head, La Plata, Laytonsville, Leonardtown, North Beach, Perryville, Poolesville, Rising Sun, Rockville, Somerset.

Prince George’s – (24) – (Prince George’s): Berwyn Heights, Bladensburg, Bowie, Brentwood, Capitol Heights, Cheverly, College Park, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, District Heights, Edmonston, Forest Heights, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Landover Hills, Laurel, Morningside, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, North Brentwood, Riverdale Park, Seat Pleasant, University Park, Upper Marlboro. Missing this year: Fairmount Heights & Glenarden.

Eastern Region – (22) – (Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, Worcester): Barclay, Berlin, Betterton, Cambridge, Centreville, Chestertown, Crisfield, Delmar, Denton, Federalsburg, Galena, Hurlock, Millington, Ocean City, Oxford, Pocomoke City, Princess Anne, Queenstown, Ridgely, Salisbury, Snow Hill, Sudlersville. Missing this year: Easton, Greensboro & Rock Hall.

MML Conference Name Badges

Current-year MML name badges will be required for admission to all summer conference workshops, general sessions, and the exhibit areas. Door monitors will be at the entrance to all sessions, and only those wearing a 2017 MML name badge will be admitted.

Packing Tips

Temperatures in Convention Center meeting rooms vary. For your personal comfort, take a sweater or light jacket to all events.

MML’s Conference Planning Committee recommends business casual attire for the dinner on Tuesday, June 27 (dressy attire optional).

Children in the Exhibit Areas

Children (under age 16) will be permitted in the exhibit areas only on Tuesday, June 27 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. and they must be accompanied at all times by a registered adult.

Hotel Check-in

The check-in time at MML's conference hotels [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/DocumentCenter/View/1091] , the Clarion, Dunes Manor, Hotels at Fager’s Island, Grand Hotel, Hampton Inn, Hilton Suites Ocean City, Holiday Inn Suites, Holiday Inn Oceanfront, La Quinta Inn, Princess Bayside, and the Princess Royale is after 4:00 p.m. Please do not expect to have access to your hotel room until at least 4:00 p.m.

Ride O.C. Buses for Free

As the host town for MML's summer conference, Ocean City's Mayor and Council have generously agreed that MML conference attendees can ride Ocean City's buses free of charge on June 25, 26, 27, and 28. Just show your 2017 summer conference name badge to the bus driver, and you will not have to pay any fee. The Convention Center bus stop is on Coastal Highway; riders will walk from the Highway to the Convention Center. Buses run at 10-minute intervals from 6:00 a.m. to noon, 5 to 7-minute intervals from noon to 3:00 a.m., and 20-minute intervals from 3:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. For handicapped bus service, call 410/723-1607 at least one hour in advance. Please take advantage of this hassle-free way of getting to MML conference activities at the Convention Center!

REMINDER: Chapter and Department Officers Meetings - June 26

Congratulations and welcome to the new officers of the League’s chapters and departments. Chapters and departments play an essential role in offering educational and networking opportunities to the MML membership, on a regional basis. We appreciate those who step up to lead these affiliate associations.

A reminder to all incoming officers, there will be a briefing held Sunday, June 26 at the summer conference. Briefings are designed to introduce officials to operating procedures, but also often include discussion of a timely topic or a speaker. Please see below for your respective time:

12:00 – 1 p.m. Department Officers Briefing – Open to the 2017-2018 executive officers of all seven MML departments. Room 201 & 202

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Chapter Officers Briefing – Open to District Vice Presidents and the 2017-2018 executive officers of all MML chapters. Room 201 & 202

For more information, contact Paula Chase Hyman at paulah@mdmunicipal.org [mailto:paulah@mdmunicipal.org]

2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to the 2017 MML Hall of Fame Inductees. The Hall of Fame honors current and former municipal officials that have served 20 years or more as a municipal elected official. This year’s class will be inducted during the Inaugural Dinner on Tuesday, June 27, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.:

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

David Preusch, Laytonsville - 22 years

Walt Stull, Brunswick - 20 years

Richard Sullivan, Brookview - 21 years

Joseph Wiles, Rosemont - 20 years

Reveral L. Yeargin, Seat Pleasant - 20 years

*Denotes posthumous induction

MML 2017 Legislative Final Report Now Available

Each year, MML publishes a report that includes a synopsis of legislation with impact on municipal government passed during the previous General Assembly session. The 2017 Legislative Final Report has been emailed to all MML members and MML Department liaisons and is posted on MML’s website. The report can also be accessed by clicking on 2017 MML Final Report [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/DocumentCenter/View/3100] .

Legislative Action Request (LAR) Submission Deadline Approaching

Is there a Maryland statute that needs to be changed to enable you, as a municipal official, to do your job better? Have you received citizen complaints that you could not address because you needed legislative authority? Are there outdated provisions in Maryland law that need to be modernized, streamlined or eliminated? Each spring, MML solicits input from our membership to enable us to establish our legislative priority issues. Now is the time to submit ideas that could improve municipal ability to serve residents with a legislative “fix” during the 2018 legislative session.

Suggested legislative priorities may be submitted by a MML member municipality, chapter or department by completing a Legislative Action Request (LAR) and sending it to MML no later than Friday, July 28, 2017. Please note that all LARs must be approved by the governing body of the municipality, department or chapter prior to submission. A copy of the form may be found by clicking on: 2018 MML Legislative Action Request (LAR) form [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/DocumentCenter/View/3025] .

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)

James A. Beauchamp, Councilmember, Centreville

Michael Benton, Councilman, North Beach

Diane A. Foster, Mayor Pro Tem, Taneytown

John R. “Jack” Heath, Council President, Salisbury

Emmett V. Jordan, Mayor, Greenbelt

Marnitta L. King, Mayor, Capitol Heights

Abigail W. McNinch, Mayor, Denton

Malinda A. Miles, Mayor, Mount Rainier

Virginia Onley, Councilmember, Rockville

Spencer R. Schlosnagle, Mayor, Friendsville

District Vice Presidents

District 1: Bruce A. Morrison, Mayor, Pocomoke City

District 2: Robert C. Willey, Mayor, Easton

District 3: Catherine E. Pugh, Mayor, Baltimore

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 8: Brigitte M. Schmidt, Councilmember, Boonsboro

District 9: Joseph A. Solomon, Councilmember, Hyattsville

District 10: James L. Eberhardt, Mayor, Perryville

District 11: Perry L. Jones, Mayor, Union Bridge

Nomination materials can be found here [http://md-municipalleague.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/3016] . Contact Jim Peck at jimp@mdmunicipal.org [mailto:jimp@mdmunicipal.org] with any questions.

Social Media for Disaster Response Training

The Prince George’s County Department of Emergency Management will be hosting a special FEMA-certified class titled Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery. The class takes place on August 21, 2017 in Landover, Maryland and is designed to help participants build skills and knowledge to integrate social media into your municipality’s communications plans for disaster response and recovery. Click here [http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/17534] for more information.

Community Parks and Playgrounds Program Accepting Applications

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources [http://dnr.maryland.gov/] is now accepting grant applications from cities and towns seeking to build, enhance or rehabilitate local parks and playgrounds. Funding from the Community Parks and Playground Program [http://dnr.maryland.gov/land/Pages/ProgramOpenSpace/cpp.aspx] can be used to restore existing areas and features or to develop and expand new green spaces. Applications [http://dnr.maryland.gov/land/Pages/ProgramOpenSpace/CPP-Grant-Process.aspx] for Fiscal Year 2019 funding are due Aug. 16.

Submissions Now Being Accepted – National Civic League All-America City Award

The National Civic League invites you to apply [http://www.nationalcivicleague.org/aac-2018/] for the All-America City Award. Applications require communities to come together to assess their strengths and challenges. The process of applying for the award provides an opportunity to mobilize local groups to work together and display on a national stage the people and projects that make your community a great place to live, work and play.

The All-America City Award honors a community's courage to recognize its challenges along with commitment to face those challenges with the same spirit exhibited in the highlighted projects.

In 2018 the spotlight for the All-America City Awards will be on inclusive civic engagement practices that promote equity and bring all voices to the table to address important issues. NCL hopes to learn more about the inclusive decision-making processes that communities use to solve complex problems and move toward more equitable communities.

Visit the All-America City Award page [http://www.nationalcivicleague.org/aboutaac/] for more details on the criteria.




MMLCon17 is Here!

Download the Summer Conference App

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