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October 5, 2015

New to You:
Fall Conference Orientation for Municipal Officials – October 26


As the fall conference roster grows, so does the number of officials attending that are new to office or new to participating in League events. We welcome all new officials or those veteran officials who are unfamiliar with League programs and benefits, to attend the Orientation for Municipal Officials (OMO) being held Monday, October 26 1:00-2:00 p.m. during the fall conference.

OMOs are designed to provide a 50,000 foot view of League benefits and programs. MML’s Leadership and staff will be on hand to discuss:

• How certain League programs can save precious municipal dollars
• MML’s legislative advocacy
• How to best take advantage of League membership

Kick off your fall conference experience at the OMO, then visit the tabletop exhibits to gather information on a broad variety of goods and services that your municipality may need.

Legislative Committee to Recommend 2016 Priorities to League Membership at Fall Conference

In its meeting on September 23, the MML Legislative Committee discussed twelve legislative action requests submitted from League members. For the 2016 General Assembly session, the Committee decided to recommend two legislative priorities and three statements of strategic engagement to be voted upon by the general membership at this year’s fall conference in Cambridge.

For the seventh year in a row, the Committee decided that advocating for the restoration of highway user revenues should be a top League priority. The Committee endorsed a commitment to work with the General Assembly and administration to restore these important transportation funds and to ensure predictable, stable funding into the future.

The Committee also recommended that the League actively oppose any effort to divert Program Open Space (POS) funds from their intended purpose to the general fund. In past years, the General Assembly has balanced the general fund on the back of the POS program, to the detriment of local governments. MML will join with other stakeholders in this important program to advocate against continued fund diversions.

The Committee will also be working on three statements of strategic engagement regarding foreclosures, tax equity, and police body cameras. The statements will commit the League to support local government interests on these issues before the General Assembly during the upcoming legislative session.

Fall Conference Update

With the 2015 MML fall conference fast approaching, attendees will have a range of workshop topics to choose from, including three core Academy classes (Structure of Municipal Government, Open Meetings, and Municipal Budgeting.) Additional workshops include Hot Button Legal Issues, Lobbying 101, Environmental Awareness, and Dealing with Blighted and Foreclosed Properties. Although discounted early registration has closed, online registration is still available until October 16 and first-time attendees qualify for a $50 discount. Maryland’s Attorney General Brian Frosh is confirmed as the keynote speaker during the business meeting on Friday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m., where he will discuss policing issues in Maryland. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford are also invited speakers. Registration and conference questions may be directed to Trish Westervelt at trishw@mdmunicipal.org or 410/268-5514.

Municipal Policing “Bonus” Workshop

There have been few moments in recent history when policing has faced greater scrutiny than it has in the past two years. A confluence of tragic events, technological advances, and cultural, demographic and political shifts have forced elected officials, police, and the communities we serve to rethink how we conduct public safety operations. Join MML on Wednesday, October 28 from 1-4:30 p.m. – immediately after the fall conference – at the Cambridge Public Safety Building for a timely conversation titled “Walking the Beat: The Future of Municipal Policing.” This class qualifies for Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Elective credit, and everyone who registers before October 10 will receive a package of supplementary pre-workshop materials.

Registration for this special bonus session is $35 and separate from the fall conference registration. However, you do not need to be a conference registrant to attend. For more information on the Municipal Policing bonus workshop look here.

MML Conference Proxies and Absentee Ballots Available

Proxy forms and absentee ballot information were e-mailed in September to each MML member municipality. Both offer alternatives to cities and towns that will otherwise not be represented at the League fall conference business meeting in Cambridge on October 27, 2015.

If elected officials from a League member municipality are unable to attend the conference, their municipality may be represented for voting purposes by administrative proxy (if a nonelected official from your municipality will represent your city/town) or municipal proxy (if a representative from another municipality will represent your city/town). Note that a MML member municipality may exercise a municipal proxy for just one other member municipality.

Absentee ballots, which are provided on request, provide a limited voice for those who choose not to use a proxy. Absentee ballots may be used only to vote yea or nay on (1) the issues recommended for inclusion in the League's legislative package and (2) any MML bylaws amendments that are considered at the conference.

Questions? Please contact Jim Peck at jimp@mdmunicipal.org.

Public Works Mutual Aid Agreement

If your city or town has not yet signed the state’s Municipal Public Works Mutual Aid Agreement, please consider doing so at a council meeting this fall. We know from La Plata’s catastrophic tornado and a variety of local emergencies that have occurred since then, that municipalities are always quick to assist each other in a time of crisis. However, FEMA and MEMA regulations can limit your jurisdiction’s ability to receive reimbursement for such assistance unless your municipality has a signed mutual aid agreement with the city or town you are assisting.

To date, the following cities and towns have signed the agreement along with an accompanying resolution and submitted it to the Maryland Municipal League office: Aberdeen, Bel Air, Berwyn Heights, Berlin, Betterton, Bowie, Cheverly, College Park, Forest Heights, Frederick, Fruitland, Greenbelt, Hampstead, Landover Hills, Laurel, Millington, Morningside, Mt. Rainier, Port Deposit, Preston, Riverdale Park, Salisbury, Sykesville, Takoma Park, Upper Marlboro, and Walkersville. For more information on how your municipality can ensure reimbursement in future emergencies, contact MML Education Services Director Tom Reynolds at tomr@mdmunicipal.org or 410/268-5514.

Municipal/County Planners to Meet

In what has become an annual event, municipal and county planners will meet jointly on Friday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at MML headquarters. The meeting will feature Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) Secretary David Craig and MDP staff who will discuss recommendations as Maryland local governments transition from a six-year comprehensive master plan update cycle to the new ten-year update cycle. MML and Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) staff will also discuss zoning issues associated with establishing medical marijuana facilities in Maryland. To be added to the municipal planners e-mail list, please send contact information to candaced@mdmunicipal.org.

MML Chapter Legislative Dinners

Four of the nine MML Chapters have scheduled their legislative dinners (schedule can be found below). It is imperative that your legislators be notified of Chapter legislative dinner as soon as you have chosen your date and location. MML leadership and staff will also be on hand to present the League’s 2016 legislative agenda during your legislative dinner so please provide the details to the MML office as well.

Washington County Chapter
Monday, November 23 - Clear Spring

Southern Maryland Chapter

Wednesday, December 2 - La Plata


Prince George's County Municipal Association (PGCMA)

Tuesday, December 8 – Newton-White Mansion, Mitchellville

Montgomery County Chapter
Thursday, December 10 – Location TBD

Maryland Governor's Grants Conference 2015

Early Bird registration is open for the preeminent grants training conference in the nation.

The annual Maryland Governor's Grants Conference will take place Monday, November 9, 2015 in Hyattsville. Join your colleagues from throughout Maryland and the U.S. to learn about the latest updates in federal grants management under the "new" uniform guidance. Mingle with federal and state grant makers and pick up tips on how best to prepare for an audit.

Early Bird is in effect through October 9. (Fair warning: this conference sold out of seats even before Early Bird ended last year.) For full details and to register click here.

Continuing Professional Education credits are offered.

New Sustainability Webinars

Sustainable Maryland Certified is inviting all municipal leaders to participate in a series of FREE new webinars on a variety of sustainability-related topics taking place throughout the fall of 2015. The webinars will offer

• Step-by-step plans to complete Sustainable Maryland actions
• Tools for completing projects in your community
• Examples from communities across Maryland

Even if you are not a participant in Sustainable Maryland Certified, you may still be interested in topics including Sustainable Purchasing, Health and Wellness, and Starting a Community Garden. You will find dates, times, and additional information here.

MD Energy Administration's Community Wind Outreach Events for 2015

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is pleased to announce its upcoming Community Wind Outreach Events. These public information sessions, open to anyone interested in learning more about community wind scale wind projects, will be held in October, with events being hosted in various locations throughout Maryland.

Community-scale wind energy projects are larger than residential projects, smaller than utility scale projects, but large enough to provide energy to a local business, a community facility or an educational institution. Additionally, MEA defines community wind as a project that benefits not only the project developer and site owner, but that also provides a benefit to the local community.

Please join us at one of the upcoming events to learn more about the Maryland Energy Administration’s Community Wind Initiative, please click here. To register for one of the events, please email Rebecca Rush or contact phone 301/797-4146.
 
Urban Waters Small Grants Available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA's water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Note that proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas, as illustrated on the interactive map provided on the Urban Waters Small Grants mapping website.

EPA supports and empowers communities, especially underserved communities, that are working on solutions to address multiple community needs, and fostering successful collaborative partnerships. Projects should address local water quality issues related to urban runoff pollution; provide additional community benefits; actively engage underserved communities; and foster partnership.

The total estimated funding available for awards under this competition is approximately $1.6 million. EPA expects each award to range from $40,000 to $60,000. EPA Regional Offices will award the cooperative agreements resulting from this announcement. It is anticipated that each EPA Regional Office will award approximately two to three cooperative agreements. Funding is contingent upon Agency funding levels, the quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations.

Visit the Urban Waters Small Grants website to learn more about the program and how to submit a proposal.

Classifieds

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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Classified Section Link


Important Dates / Deadlines


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October 5, 2015


New to You:

Fall Conference Orientation for Municipal Officials – October 26

As the fall conference roster grows, so does the number of officials attending that are new to office or new to participating in League events. We welcome all new officials or those veteran officials who are unfamiliar with League programs and benefits, to attend the Orientation for Municipal Officials (OMO) being held Monday, October 26 1:00-2:00 p.m. during the fall conference.

OMOs are designed to provide a 50,000 foot view of League benefits and programs. MML’s Leadership and staff will be on hand to discuss:

• How certain League programs can save precious municipal dollars

• MML’s legislative advocacy

• How to best take advantage of League membership

Kick off your fall conference experience at the OMO, then visit the tabletop exhibits to gather information on a broad variety of goods and services that your municipality may need.

Legislative Committee to Recommend 2016 Priorities to League Membership at Fall Conference

In its meeting on September 23, the MML Legislative Committee discussed twelve legislative action requests submitted from League members. For the 2016 General Assembly session, the Committee decided to recommend two legislative priorities and three statements of strategic engagement to be voted upon by the general membership at this year’s fall conference in Cambridge.

For the seventh year in a row, the Committee decided that advocating for the restoration of highway user revenues should be a top League priority. The Committee endorsed a commitment to work with the General Assembly and administration to restore these important transportation funds and to ensure predictable, stable funding into the future.

The Committee also recommended that the League actively oppose any effort to divert Program Open Space (POS) funds from their intended purpose to the general fund. In past years, the General Assembly has balanced the general fund on the back of the POS program, to the detriment of local governments. MML will join with other stakeholders in this important program to advocate against continued fund diversions.

The Committee will also be working on three statements of strategic engagement regarding foreclosures, tax equity, and police body cameras. The statements will commit the League to support local government interests on these issues before the General Assembly during the upcoming legislative session.

Fall Conference Update

With the 2015 MML fall conference fast approaching, attendees will have a range of workshop topics to choose from, including three core Academy classes (Structure of Municipal Government, Open Meetings, and Municipal Budgeting.) Additional workshops include Hot Button Legal Issues, Lobbying 101, Environmental Awareness, and Dealing with Blighted and Foreclosed Properties. Although discounted early registration has closed, online registration [http://www.mdmunicipal.org/index.aspx?nid=65] is still available until October 16 and first-time attendees qualify for a $50 discount. Maryland’s Attorney General Brian Frosh is confirmed as the keynote speaker during the business meeting on Friday, October 27 at 1:30 p.m., where he will discuss policing issues in Maryland. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford are also invited speakers. Registration and conference questions may be directed to Trish Westervelt at trishw@mdmunicipal.org [mailto:trishw@mdmunicipal.org] or 410/268-5514.

Municipal Policing “Bonus” Workshop

There have been few moments in recent history when policing has faced greater scrutiny than it has in the past two years. A confluence of tragic events, technological advances, and cultural, demographic and political shifts have forced elected officials, police, and the communities we serve to rethink how we conduct public safety operations. Join MML on Wednesday, October 28 from 1-4:30 p.m. – immediately after the fall conference – at the Cambridge Public Safety Building for a timely conversation titled “Walking the Beat: The Future of Municipal Policing.” This class qualifies for Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Elective credit, and everyone who registers before October 10 will receive a package of supplementary pre-workshop materials.

Registration for this special bonus session is $35 and separate from the fall conference registration. However, you do not need to be a conference registrant to attend. For more information on the Municipal Policing bonus workshop look here [http://md-municipalleague.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/2254] .

MML Conference Proxies and Absentee Ballots Available

Proxy forms [http://md-municipalleague.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/976] and absentee ballot information were e-mailed in September to each MML member municipality. Both offer alternatives to cities and towns that will otherwise not be represented at the League fall conference business meeting in Cambridge on October 27, 2015.

If elected officials from a League member municipality are unable to attend the conference, their municipality may be represented for voting purposes by administrative proxy (if a nonelected official from your municipality will represent your city/town) or municipal proxy (if a representative from another municipality will represent your city/town). Note that a MML member municipality may exercise a municipal proxy for just one other member municipality.

Absentee ballots, which are provided on request, provide a limited voice for those who choose not to use a proxy. Absentee ballots may be used only to vote yea or nay on (1) the issues recommended for inclusion in the League's legislative package and (2) any MML bylaws amendments that are considered at the conference.

Questions? Please contact Jim Peck at jimp@mdmunicipal.org [mailto:jimp@mdmunicipal.org] .

Public Works Mutual Aid Agreement

If your city or town has not yet signed the state’s Municipal Public Works Mutual Aid Agreement, please consider doing so at a council meeting this fall. We know from La Plata’s catastrophic tornado and a variety of local emergencies that have occurred since then, that municipalities are always quick to assist each other in a time of crisis. However, FEMA and MEMA regulations can limit your jurisdiction’s ability to receive reimbursement for such assistance unless your municipality has a signed mutual aid agreement with the city or town you are assisting.

To date, the following cities and towns have signed the agreement along with an accompanying resolution and submitted it to the Maryland Municipal League office: Aberdeen, Bel Air, Berwyn Heights, Berlin, Betterton, Bowie, Cheverly, College Park, Forest Heights, Frederick, Fruitland, Greenbelt, Hampstead, Landover Hills, Laurel, Millington, Morningside, Mt. Rainier, Port Deposit, Preston, Riverdale Park, Salisbury, Sykesville, Takoma Park, Upper Marlboro, and Walkersville. For more information on how your municipality can ensure reimbursement in future emergencies, contact MML Education Services Director Tom Reynolds at tomr@mdmunicipal.org [mailto:tomr@mdmunicipal.org] or 410/268-5514.

Municipal/County Planners to Meet

In what has become an annual event, municipal and county planners will meet jointly on Friday, October 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at MML headquarters. The meeting will feature Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) Secretary David Craig and MDP staff who will discuss recommendations as Maryland local governments transition from a six-year comprehensive master plan update cycle to the new ten-year update cycle. MML and Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) staff will also discuss zoning issues associated with establishing medical marijuana facilities in Maryland. To be added to the municipal planners e-mail list, please send contact information to candaced@mdmunicipal.org [mailto:candaced@mdmunicipal.org] .

MML Chapter Legislative Dinners

Four of the nine MML Chapters have scheduled their legislative dinners (schedule can be found below). It is imperative that your legislators be notified of Chapter legislative dinner as soon as you have chosen your date and location. MML leadership and staff will also be on hand to present the League’s 2016 legislative agenda during your legislative dinner so please provide the details to the MML office as well.

Washington County Chapter

Monday, November 23 - Clear Spring

Southern Maryland Chapter

Wednesday, December 2 - La Plata

Prince George's County Municipal Association (PGCMA)

Tuesday, December 8 – Newton-White Mansion, Mitchellville

Montgomery County Chapter

Thursday, December 10 – Location TBD

Maryland Governor's Grants Conference 2015

Early Bird registration is open for the preeminent grants training conference in the nation.

The annual Maryland Governor's Grants Conference will take place Monday, November 9, 2015 in Hyattsville. Join your colleagues from throughout Maryland and the U.S. to learn about the latest updates in federal grants management under the "new" uniform guidance. Mingle with federal and state grant makers and pick up tips on how best to prepare for an audit.

Early Bird is in effect through October 9. (Fair warning: this conference sold out of seats even before Early Bird ended last year.) For full details and to register click here [http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event;jsessionid=48912621EFFA82104C912BCAC9E85885.worker_registrant?llr=k85mzxbab&oeidk=a07eb8c687kbb1e3d9b] .

Continuing Professional Education credits are offered.

New Sustainability Webinars

Sustainable Maryland Certified is inviting all municipal leaders to participate in a series of FREE new webinars on a variety of sustainability-related topics taking place throughout the fall of 2015. The webinars will offer

• Step-by-step plans to complete Sustainable Maryland actions

• Tools for completing projects in your community

• Examples from communities across Maryland

Even if you are not a participant in Sustainable Maryland Certified, you may still be interested in topics including Sustainable Purchasing, Health and Wellness, and Starting a Community Garden. You will find dates, times, and additional information here [http://md-municipalleague.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/2252] .

MD Energy Administration's Community Wind Outreach Events for 2015

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) is pleased to announce its upcoming Community Wind Outreach Events. These public information sessions, open to anyone interested in learning more about community wind scale wind projects, will be held in October, with events being hosted in various locations throughout Maryland.

Community-scale wind energy projects are larger than residential projects, smaller than utility scale projects, but large enough to provide energy to a local business, a community facility or an educational institution. Additionally, MEA defines community wind as a project that benefits not only the project developer and site owner, but that also provides a benefit to the local community.

Please join us at one of the upcoming events [https://gallery.mailchimp.com/99d15dabd36222ae3312ac178/images/81335811-9e34-46fb-9a77-167ed67db186.jpg] to learn more about the Maryland Energy Administration’s Community Wind Initiative, please click here [http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=99d15dabd36222ae3312ac178&id=3d998e4918] . To register for one of the events, please email Rebecca Rush [mailto:info@communitywind-md.us] or contact phone 301/797-4146.


Urban Waters Small Grants Available

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA's water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Note that proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas, as illustrated on the interactive map provided on the Urban Waters Small Grants mapping website [http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants-mapping] .

EPA supports and empowers communities, especially underserved communities, that are working on solutions to address multiple community needs, and fostering successful collaborative partnerships. Projects should address local water quality issues related to urban runoff pollution; provide additional community benefits; actively engage underserved communities; and foster partnership.

The total estimated funding available for awards under this competition is approximately $1.6 million. EPA expects each award to range from $40,000 to $60,000. EPA Regional Offices will award the cooperative agreements resulting from this announcement. It is anticipated that each EPA Regional Office will award approximately two to three cooperative agreements. Funding is contingent upon Agency funding levels, the quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations.

Visit the Urban Waters Small Grants website [http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants] to learn more about the program and how to submit a proposal.

Classifieds


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 [mailto:mml@mdmunicipal.org] . 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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