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MTA Q&A: The Impact of Proposal 18-3 & COVID-19 on Elections

MTA Q&A: The Impact of Proposal 18-3 & COVID-19 on Elections

July 29, 2020

With the upcoming primary and general elections, there are a lot of questions about elections administration and safety—both for election workers and voters—during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get your questions answered at our upcoming live MTA Q&A with the state Bureau of Elections, featuring director Jonathan Brater. Held at noon on July 22, this free hour-long event is designed for the entire township board, to help you understand how the new requirements are impacting your township, your budget and the role of your clerk.

MTA Q&A reviews details, deadline for CARES Act funding
MTA Q&A: The Impact of COVID-19 on July Boards of Review (audio-only)

MTA Q&A: The Impact of COVID-19 on July Boards of Review (audio-only)

June 25, 2020

COVID-19 was a game-changer for many things, MTA's Member Information Services team—Director Michael Selden and MIS Liaison Cindy Dodge—joined by Shila Kiander Director, Mecosta County Equalization Department and President, Michigan Association of Equalization Directors and Rob Thall, MTA Legal Counsel, Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, P.C. discuss how Executive Order 2020-87, granting a temporary extension of March BOR appeals, impacts your township. Find out how the challenges leftover from March Boards of Review spills into July and gain insights into the guidance offered by the Governor’s office as well as the State Tax Commission.

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MTA Q&A: How townships can help businesses re-open (audio-only)

MTA Q&A: How townships can help businesses re-open (audio-only)

June 12, 2020

As Michigan begins a phased re-opening, townships across the state are focused on the economy. Getting back to work, and back to business, is crucial for all of us, learn steps your township can take to help stimulate your local economy and facilitate Michigan’s successful grand reopening. MTA Executive Director Neil Sheridan hosted this recorded webinar, and discussion with the Small Business Association of Michigan, Meridian Charter Township (Ingham Co.) and Green Lake Township (Grand Traverse Co.). A vital summer season is still within reach, but a key driver to speedy recovery includes healthy local business. Webinar Resources:

Small Business Association of Michigan

Michigan Township Association Recovery/Re-opening resources

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Michigan Small Business Development Center

U.S. Small Business Administration 

MTA Q&A: Rolling with the changes during COVID-19 (audio-only)

MTA Q&A: Rolling with the changes during COVID-19 (audio-only)

May 28, 2020

Find out how the most current executive orders and regional lifting of restrictions impact your township. MTA’s entire Member Information Services team—Director Michael Selden, Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt and MIS Liaison Cindy Dodge—joined by Seth Koches, legal counsel from Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman P.C., offer insights into the evolving impact of the COVID-19 crisis on your township operations. We tackled a wide variety of topics, from meetings to campgrounds, to help you understand where we are now.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Municipal Cyber Security (audio-only)

The Impact of COVID-19 on Municipal Cyber Security (audio-only)

May 21, 2020

COVID-19 drove us all into remote workplaces creating a target-rich environment and exposing our data to new vulnerabilities, from ransomware to phishing attacks. Listen in as the experts review security measures and recommend controls to help protect your township network and the data stored there. Finally, gain insights into what to do if you do have a data security breach.

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MTA Q&A - Considerations for Re-Opening Your Township Hall (audio-only)

MTA Q&A - Considerations for Re-Opening Your Township Hall (audio-only)

May 15, 2020

This webinar is about the planning efforts your board must consider as you prepare to return to the township hall. From risk management to safety guidelines, physical screening to confidentiality, townships must ensure their workplace (and workforce!) is prepared for a safe return. MTA’s Member Information Liaison Cindy Dodge teams up with MTA Legal Counsel Seth Koches from Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, P.C. to review actions that should be considered as your township plans to resume operations in light of recent COVID-19 restrictions. Discussion includes precautions that need to be implemented in both the short- and long-term, as well as in the event of another emergency closure.

Resources from webinar:

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan (Powerpoint as presented by MTA Legal Counsel Seth Koches at the MTA Q&A, Returning to Work)

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan Sample

Return to Work Planning during COVID-19

MTA Board Briefing with Governor Gretchen Whitmer on COVID-19

MTA Board Briefing with Governor Gretchen Whitmer on COVID-19

May 11, 2020

This morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the MTA Board for a briefing on COVID-19 and Michigan’s response—including the impact on the state budget, the need for additional federal stimulus funding, and insights in the stages of recovery and reengaging while mitigating risk. “We have to give the public confidence that they are safe," the governor said of local leaders serving residents during this time. "We need to tackle this together, and I appreciate your leadership in your communities.”

Sen. Jim Stamas, Senate appropriations chair, briefs MTA Executive Committee

Sen. Jim Stamas, Senate appropriations chair, briefs MTA Executive Committee

May 11, 2020

On Friday, May 8, state Sen. Jim Stamas joined members of MTA's Executive Committee and MTA Board members from the senator's district to provide a briefing on the state budget process amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The senator shared the estimated revenue loss of $3 billion the state is facing with less than five months remaining in its fiscal year with a larger impact expected for the upcoming fiscal year. Sen. Stamas emphasized the importance of local officials sharing with their state legislators the impact that COVID-19 is having on their communities. "I appreciate it, and look forward to working with you," he said. "Only together will we get through this." We greatly appreciate the time Sen. Stamas provided in meeting with members of our Board, sharing the latest budget information and learning about the financial challenges townships and other local governments are facing.

“MTA Q&A” Township Cemetery and Park Management During the COVID-19 Crisis (audio-only)

“MTA Q&A” Township Cemetery and Park Management During the COVID-19 Crisis (audio-only)

May 1, 2020

Cemetery expert and Member Information Services (MIS) Liaison Cindy Dodge leads this free hour-long session, moderated by MIS Director Michael Selden, offering guidance on the township’s role on burials and funeral services during the crisis, as well as providing answers to your questions on maintaining township properties.

Resources from webinar:

American Cemetery and Cremation
www.americancemetery.com
Executive Order 2020-43 – Public accommodations & gatherings (see section 3c)
https://bit.ly/EO2020-43
CDC Resources for Parks & Recreational Facilities (language for signage)
https://bit.ly/CDCParkRec
CDC Visiting Parks and Places of Recreation (Dos & Don’ts language for signage)
https://bit.ly/CDCVisitingParks
CDC Frequently Asked Questions including funerals
https://bit.ly/CDCFAQfuneral
Mlive Closed Playgrounds & park sample signs & photos of preventative measures
https://bit.ly/MLIVEplayground
MTA Cemetery & Parks Management due to COVID-19
https://www.michigantownships.org/coronavirus.asp
OSHA Guidelines for Employees in the Workplace due to COVID19
https://bit.ly/OSHAGuidelines