Township Talk
MTA COVID-19 Update: COVID-19’s impact on processing payroll and working from home (audio only)

MTA COVID-19 Update: COVID-19’s impact on processing payroll and working from home (audio only)

March 31, 2020

Cindy Dodge, MTA Member Information Services Liaison brings you information about:

1. Working remotely

2. Families First Coronavirus Response Act

3. Emergency Family Medical Leave Act

4. Other payroll issues

Watch video on YouTube: 

MTA’s COVID-19 Update: Exploring & explaining Gov. Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order (audio only)

MTA’s COVID-19 Update: Exploring & explaining Gov. Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order (audio only)

March 24, 2020

Exploring and explaining Gov. Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order

Watch video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CzAEZx3uS4

A Conversation with Ty Bennett, Keynote Speaker for the 2020 MTA Annual Conference

A Conversation with Ty Bennett, Keynote Speaker for the 2020 MTA Annual Conference

February 28, 2020

At this year’s MTA Annual Conference, attendees will hear from our 2020 keynoter, Ty Bennett. The author of the book “Partnership is the New Leadership,” Ty will bring his powerful message on the importance of connecting with people and developing relationships for finding success. The conference theme this year is "Neighbors Serving Neighbors," and Ty’s message perfectly aligns with that sentiment. This episode is an opportunity to get a sneak peek from Ty on both his keynote speech and the breakout session he will be teaching.
Guest: Ty Bennett
Brought to you by: 
Consumers Energy

 

Programs and services available through  the USDA Rural Development

Programs and services available through the USDA Rural Development

February 17, 2020

In this special episode of Township Talk, MTA Executive Director Neil Sheridan takes over the hosting duties and sits down with Jason Allen, state director of the USDA Rural Development. Director Allen shares the extensive USDA resources available for townships—covering areas from broadband to rural prosperity, community facilities to energy efficiencies—and discusses the many invaluable programs and services, including funding and grant opportunities for local governments.
Guest: Jason Allen, State Director of USDA Rural Development
Brought to you by: Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes

Taking on the Opioid Epidemic in Michigan

Taking on the Opioid Epidemic in Michigan

January 31, 2020

The opioid epidemic impacts every community in Michigan. In this episode of Township Talk, we speak to Dr. Jennifer Morse, medical director of three regional health departments, covering 19 rural counties in mid- and central Michigan. Dr. Morse also shared her insights in our December Township Focus cover story on the issue, and what townships can do to help combat the crisis. In this podcast, Dr. Morse further discusses what she is seeing in Michigan—especially in our rural communities—and the local efforts taking place to make a difference.
Guest: Dr. Jennifer Morse, MD
Brought to you by: BS & A Software

Township officials get educated with upcoming educational events in 2020

Township officials get educated with upcoming educational events in 2020

January 6, 2020

2019 was definitely a year for the history books for Michigan’s townships, as well as the Michigan Townships Association. From PFAS, recreational marijuana, and debates over mining, there is no shortage of hot topics—and new information—on which Michigan’s township officials need to stay informed. They have questions—and MTA offers answers and insights. As we head in to the new year, we’ll be talking with members of MTA’s staff to see what’s in store for 2020. In this episode, we hear from MTA’s own Education Director Shelley Cardenas about how the Association is gearing up to offer new opportunities to learn more about key issues impacting townships this year.

Talking about MTA’s NEW Authorities and Responsibilities of Michigan Townships

Talking about MTA’s NEW Authorities and Responsibilities of Michigan Townships

December 17, 2019

At long last, a completely rewritten edition of MTA’s best-selling publication, Authorities and Responsibilities of Michigan Townships, is on the presses and will soon be available! The new version modernizes this essential tool to what townships are experiencing today. We sat down with MTA Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt, who authored the new edition, to hear how the overhauled edition differs from the previous version, and how elected and appointed officials--and many more--can benefit from this helpful guide for serving your community.

State Christmas Tree… an MTA tradition

State Christmas Tree… an MTA tradition

December 2, 2019

In this special holiday episode of Township Talk, host Scott Southard and producer Aimee West talk with MTA Life Member Denny Olson, supervisor of Breitung Charter Township (Dickinson Co.). For 18 years, Denny has played the role of Michigan’s own Santa, helping to find the state Christmas tree that is lit up in front of the Capitol for the holiday season. MTA and its members have also had a long history as part of the state Christmas Tree Crew, from scouting for the tree, being an integral part of the tree-cutting ceremony that engages the entire community, to getting the tree to Lansing for the Capital City’s Silver Bells holiday celebration. In the episode, listen as Denny reflects about this fun—and meaningful—experience, and some of the adventures he has had along the way.

Fire and Safety and Marijuana

Fire and Safety and Marijuana

November 15, 2019

There are a lot of questions in Michigan around marijuana and everything related to this new market, from growing to distribution. In this episode, we take on one of these issues with Adam Dailide from the Bureau of Fire Services. His department is on the frontline in inspecting marijuana facilities in Michigan, making sure they are up to code and are safe both for the workers in the facility, as well as residents nearby. Over the course of the discussion, we’ll share what local officials need to know about the various types of recreational marijuana facilities, including requirements for inspections and oversight, and for safety and fire protection.

Learning more about Michigan’s marijuana future

Learning more about Michigan’s marijuana future

November 5, 2019

Many township officials have a lot of questions about recreational marijuana and what it means for Michigan. In this episode of Township Talk, we speak to Andrew Brisbo, executive director of the Marijuana Regulatory Agency and try to answer those questions. In this in-depth conversation, Township Talk takes on many important issues like marijuana licenses, a township’s authority over marijuana in their area, and the emergency rules around marijuana. We are joined in the episode by Catherine Mullhaupt, MTA’s staff attorney.