MMA’s fall Selectmen conference


Tomorrow is the Mass. Municipal Association’s fall selectmen conference, a chance for me to learn the lessons of how other towns are solving municipal problems.  I always bring back new insights on how we can do things differently or better.  Below is the agenda.  My current thinking is to attend the budgeting and public meeting sessions.

Selectmen’s Association Fall Conference

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Date & Time: Saturday, October 03, 2015, 08:30am – 02:00pm
Location : Lake Pearl Luciano’s, 299 Creek St., Wrentham


8 a.m.
Registration, Networking and Breakfast

8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
• Ellen Allen, Norwell Selectman and President of the Massachusetts Selectmen’s Association
• David Dunford, Orleans Selectman and President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association

8:45 a.m.
MMA Legislative Update
• Geoff Beckwith, Executive Director, Massachusetts Municipal Association

9:15 a.m.
Keynote Speaker
Karyn Polito, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts

10:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
Breakout Session A: Budgeting Basics
This session will outline budgeting best practices including stabilization funds, debt rating agencies, and budget management in times of crisis.
• Colleen Corona, former Easton Selectman
Moderator: Joshua Ostroff, Selectman, Natick

Breakout Session B: Collective Bargaining
This session will outline strategies for successful collective bargaining, including developing a negotiation strategy, factual preparation, and anticipating tactics that may be employed.
• Katherine Hesse, Partner, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP
Moderator: Paul DeRensis, Selectman, Sherborn

11:40 a.m.

11:45 a.m.
Breakout Session C: Open Meeting Law and Public Records Law
This session will explain how to comply with these critically important and evolving open meeting and public records laws using real examples and highlighting common mistakes.
• Robert Galvin, Partner, Galvin & Galvin
Moderator: Ellen Allen, Selectman, Norwell

Breakout Session D: Hold the Tomatoes: Facilitating Public Meetings
This workshop will be a hands-on, experiential opportunity to practice preparing for and designing constructive public meetings. Participants will be given guidelines to address ways to foster engaged citizenship, rather than inviting outrage and rants from “customers.”
• Dave Joseph, Senior Vice President for Program, Public Conversations Project
Moderator: David Dunford, Selectman, Orleans

1 p.m.
Networking and Lunch Buffet

2 p.m.


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