Township Talk
Tackling the Problem of PFAS

Tackling the Problem of PFAS

October 28, 2019

In this important episode of Township Talk, we will be discussing PFAS and the rules to try and avoid future contamination of these man-made chemicals. The episode begins with an overview of the rules that have been released by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, looking at what this means for townships across Michigan with MTA Legislative Liaison Tom Frazier. It is followed with a conversation about what the experience of dealing with a PFAS contamination is like at the local level with MTA President Jeff Sorensen.

Part 2 of MTA’s roundtable discussion on township issues

Part 2 of MTA’s roundtable discussion on township issues

October 15, 2019

Continuing the conversation … recently, MTA hosted a roundtable discussion that hit a variety of topics important to townships across Michigan. In this episode, hear from MTA’s Executive Director Neil Sheridan, and Michael Selden and Cindy Dodge from our Member Information Services Department, as they speak with David Fleet, editor of the Citizen and Supervisor Robert DePalma and Clerk Patti Back of Groveland Township (Oakland Co.). The conversation covers such topics as foster care facilities, preemption of local control, the power of townships and MTA working together and the upcoming census. This is the second in a two-part episode.

Part 1 of MTA’s roundtable discussion on township issues

Part 1 of MTA’s roundtable discussion on township issues

September 27, 2019

Recently, MTA hosted a roundtable discussion that hit a variety of topics important to townships across Michigan. In this episode, hear from MTA’s Executive Director Neil Sheridan, and Michael Selden and Cindy Dodge from our Member Information Services Department, as they speak with David Fleet, editor of the Citizen and Supervisor Robert DePalma and Clerk Patti Back of Groveland Township (Oakland Co.). The conversation covers such topics as the upcoming census, outreach to residents, and local government funding. This is the first in a two-part episode.

The Importance of the 2020 Census (with Joan Gustafson of the Michigan Nonprofit Association)

The Importance of the 2020 Census (with Joan Gustafson of the Michigan Nonprofit Association)

September 6, 2019

On this episode of Township Talk, we are joined by Joan Gustafson of the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA). MNA is overseeing the Census 2020 Michigan Nonprofits Campaign, a statewide nonprofit initiative to help ensure a complete count in the next census. The census has the capability to impact Michigan for the next 10 years, from congressional representation to federal funding. Joan speaks about the impact of the census and what townships can do today to prepare and educate their citizens. Find resources and information to help your township at https://becountedmi2020.com/.

The importance of connecting with your legislator

The importance of connecting with your legislator

August 23, 2019

With Michigan’s Legislature set to return to session next month, Township Talk speaks with MTA’s own Judy Allen, our director of government relations, about building relationships with your legislators. It is a crucial connection, especially given the number of bills that impact township government. We dive into how to contact your lawmakers and initiate a conversation, as well as do’s and don’ts to ensure your voice is heard. Judy also shares a sneak peek into issues we can expect to see from Lansing as the legislative session resumes.

Meet Neil Sheridan, MTA’s new executive director

Meet Neil Sheridan, MTA’s new executive director

August 9, 2019

In this episode of Township Talk, our new host Scott Southard talks with MTA’s new executive director, Neil Sheridan. Neil shares with the listeners his experiences that led him to leading Michigan’s largest municipal organization in the state, his perspectives on MTA, and his experiences learning more about Michigan and its townships.

How “Emily” changed your next FOIA request

How “Emily” changed your next FOIA request

July 15, 2019

Last year's "Emily" FOIA request caused headaches for townships throughout the state, but at least one positive change resulted from the chaos. Catherine Mullhaupt, MTA staff attorney, discusses what's new with the Freedom of Information Act, and what it means for your next FOIA request.

Assessing reform and how it will impact townships

Assessing reform and how it will impact townships

June 14, 2019

It's the question on all township board members' lips--how will the assessing reform law impact us, and our assessor? Shila Kiander, Mecosta County equalization director and MTA trainer, covers this issue and more in this week's conversation.

MTA says thanks, and farewell, as Larry Merrill retires

MTA says thanks, and farewell, as Larry Merrill retires

May 31, 2019

As Executive Director Larry Merrill prepares to retire, he looks back on his 39 years with MTA. Hear about how answering a want ad in the Lansing State Journal led to a career spanning nearly four decades, and how townships have evolved over the years.

Local authority and the Legislature

Local authority and the Legislature

May 20, 2019

Already this year, lawmakers have proposed local preemptions on short-term rentals and child foster care facilities--and the legislative term is just getting started. MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill and MTA Government Relations Director Judy Allen drill into the issue of local authority, why it's frequently at risk--and what we can do about it.