Annual Meeting Workshops, Saturday Session

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Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, 2-3:30 p.m.
 


1. Best Practices for Municipal Recycling and Waste Diversion Programs
Room 205, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the MMA Policy Committee on Energy and the Environment
 
Cities and towns seek new and better ways to encourage and motivate residents and businesses to recycle more and reduce waste, helping the environment and reducing local solid waste removal costs. This workshop will cover a combination of new and time-tested best management practices for managing solid waste and feature some of the grant programs and other types of assistance available through the Department of Environmental Protection.
 
PANELISTS
Greg Federspiel is the town administrator in Manchester-By-The-Sea.
Michael Lavin Jr. is the public works superintendent in Wrentham.
Rick Reed is the town manager in Bedford.
 
MODERATOR
Dawn Quirk is a municipal assistance coordinator for MassDEP’s Municipal Waste Reduction Program.
 


2. Conducting an Investigative Audit
Room 204, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Association of Town Finance Committees
 
This workshop will take a close look at the investigative audit, often referred to as a fraud or forensic audit. Speakers will review what can trigger such an audit and all aspects of the process itself.
 
PANELISTS
James Powers is a CPA and partner at Powers and Sullivan.
John Sullivan is a certified fraud examiner and leads the fraud investigation division at Melanson Heath.
 
MODERATOR
Mary McBride is the secretary of the Billerica Finance Committee and first vice president of the Association of Town Finance Committees.
 
Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points
 


3. Getting IT Right: Reliability, Security and Managing Change
Room 201, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Association
 
Municipal Information Technology systems are a critical component of a well-managed municipality. Maintaining and upgrading legacy systems can be cumbersome and costly. Municipalities must build reliability and security into new systems from day one, along with the flexibility to adapt to new technologies. This workshop will cover updating municipal IT systems, opportunities for collaboration on IT issues between state and local government, and state resources available to municipalities.
 
PANELISTS
Michael Hamel is the director of municipal and school technology for the Massachusetts Office of Information Technology.
Robin Stein is the assistant town manager in Danvers.

MODERATOR
Adam Chapdelaine is the town manager in Arlington.
 


4. Housing That Fits: Meeting the Needs of Your Community
Room 200, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Councillors' Association
 
Municipalities face challenges encouraging and creating housing that meets the needs of their communities and regional market demands. Local officials are often seeking ways to address their community’s specific housing concerns and goals while balancing local concerns. This workshop will cover a variety of local and inter-municipal housing planning and policy best practices and will share statewide policies to encourage housing growth and preservation.
 
PANELISTS
Andre Leroux is executive director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.
Elizabeth Rust is director of the Regional Housing Services Office hosted by the town of Concord.
 
MODERATOR
Jennifer Raitt is director of planning and community development for the town of Arlington.
 


5. Maximize the Return on Your Investment in Workplace Safety
Room 206, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association
 
Improperly implemented Occupational Health and Safety Administration construction standards contribute to thousands of worker fatalities, injuries and illnesses annually, including to municipal workers. Compliance with OSHA regulations provides cities and towns a return many times over on investments of money, personnel and other resources. Learn how to apply safety analyses and controls within your city or town and make an immediate impact on worker health and safety. Review existing opportunities that assist in longer range planning for safety and health. Content is designed especially for managers, department heads, job supervisors, foremen, and program support personnel.
 
PANELISTS
Tom Estabrook, Ph.D., is an adjunct professor and health and safety trainer with The New England Consortium at UMass Lowell.
Bridget McGuiness is a health and safety trainer with The New England Consortium at UMass Lowell.
 
MODERATOR
Lin Chabra is the MIIA membership training coordinator.
 
Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points
 


6. Municipal Law Update
Room 210, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association
 
This workshop will focus on significant developments in municipal law over the past year and how the changes impact cities and towns, including key federal and state cases, new laws, and developing issues.
 
PANELISTS
Brandon Moss is an attorney with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP.
Don Rider is the city solicitor in Marlborough.
 
MODERATOR
Henry Luthin is first assistant for the Corporation Counsel’s Office in Boston.
 
Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points
 


7. Strategies for Advancing Municipal Transportation Projects
Room 203, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Highway Association
 
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation partners with municipalities to fund, design, construct, and maintain transportation assets that enable the Commonwealth, its people and economy to flourish. The MassDOT identifies and prioritizes the most beneficial investments to meet long-terms goals for mobility, sustainability, and broad-based prosperity. Panelists will discuss funding programs, project scoring criteria, and mobility and road design trends, as well as seek your input in the process.
 
PANELISTS
Dave Anderson is the deputy chief engineer for design at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Jackie DeWolfe is director of sustainable mobility at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
Andy Paul is the state highway design engineer at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.
 
MODERATOR
Chris Cronin is director of municipal services in Andover and president of the Massachusetts Highway Association.
 


8. Strategies in Municipal Emergency Management
Room 202, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association
 
Over the last few years, Massachusetts has faced an increasing number of environmental disasters. Now more than ever it is imperative that cities and towns have a structured emergency management strategy in place. Panelists will provide a toolkit for officials to use when handling the multitude of elements at work during an emergency management situation.
 
PANELISTS
Kevin Nord is the fire chief in Duxbury.
Tricia Vinchesi is the town manager in Scituate.
 
MODERATOR
James Mannion is the Region 2 manager for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
 


9. Successfully Navigating the JLMC Process
Room 209, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Mayors' Association
 
Hear about the experience of two mayors with the Joint Labor-Management Committee, both in terms of going through the process and serving as a committee member.
 
PANELISTS
Dean Mazzarella is the mayor of Leominster.
Jeannette McCarthy is the mayor of Waltham.
 
MODERATOR
John Petrin is the town administrator in Burlington.
 


10. Understanding Municipal Responsibilities Under the New Public Records Law
Room 208, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association
 
Over the past year, the MMA and the MMLA worked with the Legislature to address municipal concerns with legislation intended to update Massachusetts public records law. The bill passed and signed in 2016 affects compliance, enforcement and process, and will have an enormous impact on cities and towns. Panelists will provide a detailed overview of what the new law does, a look at the regulatory framework, and practical advice on complying with the law.
 
PANELISTS
Kevin Batt is counsel with Anderson & Kreiger LLP.
Lauren Goldberg is a managing attorney with KP Law, P.C.
 
MODERATOR
Robert Ritchie is a former assistant attorney general, director of the Attorney General’s Municipal Law Unit, and formerly general counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.
 
Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points