Township Talk
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.

Webinar Resources:

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

Leadership in challenging times

Leadership in challenging times

April 22, 2020

Everything seems more difficult now than ever before. This is not an easy transition. MTA and 2018 Conference keynoter Brett Culp want to remind you that you are not alone. Listen to a special message from Brett including three tips on staying strong and leading your community through this crisis.

MTA COVID-19 Update: “MTA Q&A” live webinar

MTA COVID-19 Update: “MTA Q&A” live webinar

April 15, 2020

Hear MTA’s entire Member Information Services team—Director Michael Selden, Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt and MIS Liaison Cindy Dodge—answer a variety of questions about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on your township operations in this free, recorded hour-long session, moderated by MTA Executive Director Neil Sheridan, that was presented live on April 15.

MTA COVID-19 Update: Legislative update

MTA COVID-19 Update: Legislative update

April 14, 2020

Hear from MTA’s Director of Government Relations on our involvement during the COVID-19 period including work with the Governor’s Office and State departments. Learn more about the state budget, supplemental funding, and the federal stimulus bills as well as their impact to your township.
Guest: Judy Allen, MTA’s Director of Government Relations

MTA COVID-19 Update: Hot Topics from the State Fire Marshal (audio-only)

MTA COVID-19 Update: Hot Topics from the State Fire Marshal (audio-only)

April 14, 2020

Don’t miss this special message from Michigan State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer offering insights into training, resources from the Bureau of Fire Services and the CDC as well as his insights into PPE for firefighters.
Guest: Michigan State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer

MTA COVID-19 Video Update: Temporary Extension of FOIA Response Times

MTA COVID-19 Video Update: Temporary Extension of FOIA Response Times

April 8, 2020

Listen in as MTA’s Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt and Member Information Service Director Michael Selden discuss handling Freedom of Information Act requests in light of Gov. Whitmer’s recent executive order providing temporary flexibility on statutory requirements. (audio only)