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  • New Officials Training: Role of the Treasurer

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This mini-webcast offers a look into the roles & responsibilities specific to the office of the treasurer. Get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected.

    This mini-webcast offers a look into the roles & responsibilities specific to the office of the treasurer. Get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected. 

    Cindy Davis

    ​MTA Information Specialist

    MTA Information Specialist Cindy Davis joined MTA in 2006 from Williamstown Township in Ingham County where she served as Clerk since 2005. She has been involved with the township since 2003 as assistant to the supervisor, planning commissioner, and assistant to the planning commission. She is currently a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer. Via phone, fax and e-mail, Cindy provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She is also the Association liaison for MTA county chapters, develops MIS Department resource materials, and presents workshop and Conference sessions.

  • New Officials Training: Role of the Supervisor

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    This mini-webcast offers a look into the roles & responsibilities specific to the office of the supervisor. Get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected.

    This mini-webcast offers a look into the roles & responsibilities specific to the office of the supervisor. Get helpful tips from veteran township officials on what they wish they'd known when they were first elected. 

    Michael Selden

    Director of Member Information Services

    Michael Selden is MTA's director of Member Information Services. As director, he supervises the development and delivery of Association member information programs and services.

    Before joining MTA in November 2015, Selden served as the city manager of Wayland, Mich., for three years. In that role, he prepared and managed the city budget, supervised 22 employees, oversaw multiple city departments and served as liaison to numerous boards and commissions. Selden also served as the city manager of Bangor, Mich., from 2007-2012. He holds a master’s in public administration from the University of Michigan—Flint, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

  • Effectively Exercising Board Authority Part I: Duties and Administration

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Learn the essential functions and authorities of a township board and individual board offices, as well as differences from the private sector. Part 1 of a 2-part series.

    Although some individual board members have administrative duties, all township board members have an important role to play as the township board exercises the authority of the township internally through township administration. Discussion includes: What are the essential functions and authorities of a township board and individual board offices? What makes public office different from the private sector (including governmental authority, safeguards on public money, lawful expenditures, transparency, and conduct)?

    This course is divided into two parts for which registration is separate. To receive full benefit of the content, MTA recommends participating in both parts.

    Catherine Mullhaupt (Moderator)

    Staff Attorney, Member Information Services

    Catherine Mullhaupt

    Catherine joined MTA in 1991, working in the Education Department before joining Member Information Services in 2000. She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2006 and is currently the MTA Staff Attorney.

  • Effectively Exercising Board Authority Part II: Governing and Legislating

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This segment, part 2 of the series, will cover the basics of governing, as well as how ethics, leadership and decision-making impact your public service.

    The township board exercises the governmental authority of the township as the legislative and governing body of the township. How do you govern, make laws and regulate for the good of the community? Where should a township board focus its attention and time? How do ethics, leadership and decision-making impact your public service? The answers will help make you and our board more effective and representative.

    This course is divided into two parts for which registration is separate. To receive full benefit of the content, MTA recommends participating in both parts.

    Catherine Mullhaupt (Moderator)

    Staff Attorney, Member Information Services

    Catherine Mullhaupt

    Catherine joined MTA in 1991, working in the Education Department before joining Member Information Services in 2000. She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2006 and is currently the MTA Staff Attorney.

  • How Boards Make Decisions (B-102)

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Two-part course on using “knowledge-based” governance to help your board make informed choices with improved outcomes. Valid for 4 TGA credits.

    Maximize the effectiveness of group decisions and learn how “knowledge-based” governance will guide your board to make informed choices with improved outcomes (and less headaches)! This course challenges “old ways of thinking” and gives a refreshing look at the decision-making process that will meld various viewpoints into a consensus decision that everyone is more likely to support.

    This course is divided into two webcasts segments. To receive TGA credit, candidates must view both webcasts segments, complete and pass the post-webcast quiz, and complete and return a Practical Application Commitment (PAC) form (found here) to MTA.

    Thank you to Municipal Employees' Retirement System for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For cost saving solutions, click here.

    G. Lawrence “Larry” Merrill

    Executive Director, Michigan Townships Association

    Under the general direction of the Board of Directors, Larry executes the policies prescribed by the MTA Board of Directors and the membership. He is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the Association. Larry has served on the MTA staff since 1980, and he holds a master's degree in public administration. Prior to working for the Association, Larry was a county administrator and director of a county emergency medical services department. He is the author of numerous books and on local government finances, administration and services as well as a popular presenter on topics related to townships and board governance. 

  • Cemetery Management - Part 1

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    In part one of this series, learn how to develop a cemetery ordinance to promote orderliness, proper conduct, certainty, predictability, smooth procedures and minimize township liability with regard to township cemeteries.

    This workshops is the first part of a two part series. Part 1 explains why, without a cemetery ordinance, rules and regulations do not have the force of law and anyone who violates such rules or regulations cannot be prosecuted or subject to a municipal civil infraction enforcement proceeding. Learn how to develop a cemetery ordinance to promote orderliness, proper conduct, certainty, predictability, smooth procedures and minimize township liability with regard to township cemeteries.

    Thank you to Pontem Software for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.pontem.com/movie.

    Cindy Davis (Moderator)

    ​MTA Information Specialist

    MTA Information Specialist Cindy Davis joined MTA in 2006 from Williamstown Township in Ingham County where she served as Clerk since 2005. She has been involved with the township since 2003 as assistant to the supervisor, planning commissioner, and assistant to the planning commission. She is currently a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer. Via phone, fax and e-mail, Cindy provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She is also the Association liaison for MTA county chapters, develops MIS Department resource materials, and presents workshop and Conference sessions.

  • Cemetery Management - Part 2

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    In part two of this series, explore all the new types of burial services and memorialization options available in the current market and how your cemetery ordinance may need to be updated.

    This workshop is the second part of a two part series. Part 2 explores all the new types of burial services and memorialization options available in the current market and how your cemetery ordinance may need to be updated to regulate these new options. Learn how to identify gravesites, ensure proper record keeping and reclaim older or abandoned burial spaces.

    Thank you to Pontem Software for helping underwrite the cost of this program. For more information, visit www.pontem.com/movie.

    Cindy Davis (Moderator)

    ​MTA Information Specialist

    MTA Information Specialist Cindy Davis joined MTA in 2006 from Williamstown Township in Ingham County where she served as Clerk since 2005. She has been involved with the township since 2003 as assistant to the supervisor, planning commissioner, and assistant to the planning commission. She is currently a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer. Via phone, fax and e-mail, Cindy provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She is also the Association liaison for MTA county chapters, develops MIS Department resource materials, and presents workshop and Conference sessions.

  • At Your Service: Meeting Township Needs (F-101)

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    This three-part course offers a comprehensive look into how townships provide services to their constituents, from the board's authority, legal requirements and risk management, to evaluating effectiveness and planning for the future. Valid for six TGA credits.

    This three-part course offers a comprehensive look into how townships provide services to their constituents. Earn six TGA credits for this webcast

    In part one, learn more about the role, authority and legal requirements of the township board in funding and delivering services. From property taxes to fees and charges, special assessments to grants and donations, this session will help you identify a variety of funding sources, and the limitations associated with each.

    In part two, examine the township board’s responsibility in assuring that the risks inherent with the services provided are properly managed. Delve into the board’s role in risk management and learn to identify and examine your townships exposure to loss.

    For the final segment, learn strategies that will help you evaluate whether your township’s services are effectively serving the community and what considerations should be made today to ensure future viability.

    To receive TGA credit, candidates must view all webcasts segments, complete and pass the post-webcast quiz, and complete and return a Practical Application Commitment (PAC) form (found here) to MTA.

    Steve Mann (Moderator)

    Attorney

    Steve Mann is an attorney with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC. He practices in the area of municipal finance, including municipal bonds, special assessments, tax increment finance, economic development, Brownfield redevelopment, and intergovernmental transactions.

    Steve currently serves his community as a trustee for Plymouth Charter Township in Wayne County and previously served a term as township supervisor.

    Susan Radwan (Moderator)

    CAE

    Susan Radwan, CAE, Leading Edge Mentoring, Grand Ledge

    Susan is a governance and leadership consultant who focuses on facilitating an authentic leadership process, resulting in accountability in leadership and governance. She is a regular presenter at MTA functions and served as the primary consultant for the development of the Township Governance Academy.

  • Meetings Misconceptions

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Gain insight into the laws that provide information on how meetings are conducted and whether each is required to comply with the Open Meetings Act.

    Township board meetings, annual meetings, special meetings, public hearings, workshop meetings, joint meetings … should we continue? Are you confused by the variety of meetings in which your township board is involved? Gain insight into the laws that provide information on how meetings are conducted and whether each is required to comply with the Open Meetings Act.

    Jim Beelen

    Former MTA Member Information Services Liaison

    MTA Member Information Liaison Jim Beelen joined MTA in October 2008 from Allendale Charter Township in Ottawa County where he served on the township board for 30 years. The last 12 years Jim was the Supervisor. For 18 years prior to that, Jim served as the township treasurer.

    During his time at MTA, Jim provided township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. He also developed MIS Department resource materials, and presented workshop and Conference sessions. Jim retired in 2015 and now enjoys fishing and visiting his many grandchildren.

  • Assessing Oversight: The Process

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Every township board member should be acquainted with all operations within their township. This webinar will help you to be proactive in providing your taxpayers with proper, cost-effective assessing.

    Every township board member should be acquainted with all operations within their township. For many townships, gone are the times when your supervisor was also your assessor. Have you heard about the state's 14-point assessment review? Are you ready to gain a better understanding of the assessing process and assessing in general? Learn how to be proactive in providing your taxpayers with proper, cost-effective assessing.

    Barbara VanGelderen

    Supervisor & Assessor

    Barbara VanGelderen has been Manlius Township Supervisor since 1988. She is a Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer (Level 3) and also works as contract Assessor in Manlius Township.

    Barbara is an instructor in MTA's Township Governance Academy and frequent MTA presenter. She has taught both the basic and advanced sessions of MTA's Board of Review Training.