Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, 2:50-3:30 p.m.

Boosting Engagement in Municipal Boards and Committees
Saturday, 2:50-3:30 p.m., Room 201, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Small Town Administrators of Massachusetts
Looking to fill openings on municipal boards and committees but aren’t sure how to best engage your community members? Take steps to build a thriving culture of civic engagement in your town. Hear tips on how to increase and enhance resident participation across a range of municipal groups.

PANELISTS
Heather Budrewicz is the town administrator in Ashburnham.
Robert Markel is the interim town administrator in Becket.
MODERATOR
Andrea Llamas is the town administrator in Northfield.

Facilities Management Best Practices Can Help Your Bottom Line
Saturday, 2:50-3:30 p.m., Room 202, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association and Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association
Implementation of sound facilities best practices is a critical component of effective and fiscally responsible municipal management. Learn about facilities awareness training for managers, administrators and selectmen, with a focus on energy conservation, capital planning, and operational budgeting as the main components of a highly effective program. Discover how sound facilities management practices can have a positive impact on the municipal bottom line.

Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points

PANELISTS
Paul Anastisi is the retired facilities operations manager for Newton Public Schools and a board member with the Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association.
Joseph McDonough is the facilities director in Wellesley and a board member at the Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association.
Ken Wertz is executive director of the Massachusetts Facilities Administrators Association.
MODERATOR
Lin Chabra is the member services manager at MIIA.

Funding Your OPEB Liability
Saturday, 2:50-3:30 p.m., Room 208, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Association of Town Finance Committees
Presenters will cover the technical aspects of other post-employment benefit (OPEB) obligations and how they affect a community’s annual audit, budget and credit rating. Hear the creative strategies some towns have used to fund this obligation.

PANELISTS
Jim Powers is a partner at the law firm Powers & Sullivan.
MODERATOR
Brian Boyle is a finance committee member in Bolton and vice president of the Association of Town Finance Committees.

In-Law Apartment Zoning: If You Build It, Will They Come?
Saturday, 2:50-3:30 p.m., Room 204, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Coalition
Accessory dwelling units have become an increasingly useful tool to help address the changing needs of aging homeowners while adding moderately priced apartments. Representatives from two communities with years of experience in zoning for accessory dwelling units will explain how their regulations have evolved, how many units have been produced, and how the new units have fit into the community fabric. Understand the options for regulating accessory dwelling units and assess how an ADU program might be implemented or expanded in your community.

PANELISTS
James Freas is the deputy director of planning and development in Newton.
Glenn Gibbs is the planning director in Ipswich.

Accessory Dwelling Units: Implementing New Zoning for ADUs, Newton – presentation

Initiatives in Municipal IT
Saturday, 2:50-3:30 p.m., Room 209, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Office of Municipal and School Technology
Staying safe and getting the most from information technology can be a daunting task for local IT staff and the municipal officials that they report to, especially in smaller cities and towns. To assist, the state provides technical assistance and acts as a clearinghouse for grant opportunities and IT best practices. This workshop will cover the new IT Health Check, best practices developed through the Community Compact Cabinet, and other helpful IT tips for municipal officials.

Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points

PANELISTS
Michael Hamel is director of the Office of Municipal and School Technology.
Nina Nazarian is the town administrator in Princeton.
Jorge Pazos is Municipal and School IT manager at the Executive Office of Technology Services and Security.

Operating With Transparency: Open Meeting Law 101
Saturday, 2:50-3:30 p.m., Room 203, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Office of the Attorney General
The open meeting law strikes a balance between government transparency and government efficiency. Learn the law’s requirements, how to give proper notice of a meeting, rules regarding executive session, how to create and maintain accurate minutes, and how to successfully navigate the complaint process.

Workshop eligible for MIIA Rewards points

PANELIST
Kevin Manganaro is an attorney in the Division of Open Government at the Office of the Attorney General.
MODERATOR
Jeffrey Hull is the town manager in Wilmington.

Open Meeting Law: What is a Meeting and Why Does it Matter Anyway? – presentation

Parliamentary Procedures: Keeping the Peace and Keeping It Moving
Saturday, 2:50-3:30 p.m., Room 206, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Moderators Association
Keeping citizens engaged in local government requires efficient meetings that facilitate civil discussion and debate and respect the demands on people’s time away from their homes and jobs. Get 10 tips on how to ensure good participation in local meetings while maintaining civility and staying on time.

PANELISTS
Wayne Davis is the town moderator in Carlisle.
Mark DiSalvo is the town moderator in North Andover.
Rebecca Townsend is the town moderator in Longmeadow.

Respect Your Elders: Tips For Building Age-Friendly Communities
Saturday, 2:50-3:30 p.m., Room 205, 2nd floor, Hynes Convention Center
Presented by the Massachusetts Municipal Human Services Council and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs
Massachusetts now has more residents over the age of 60 than under the age of 20. Cities and towns need deliberate planning to make sure those who have raised families and built our communities and businesses can continue to contribute their energy, experience and talents where they live, work and volunteer. Through the age-friendly framework established by the World Health Organization and AARP, Massachusetts is committed to ensuring that our cities and towns are great places to grow up and grow old together. Learn what tools are available to assist cities and towns of all sizes.

PANELISTS
Laura Kittross is the public health program manager at the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.
Martha Velez is executive director of the Lawrence Council on Aging.
MODERATOR
Alice Bonner is the secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.