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    This series delves into both tried-and-true tips for preparing for an election and new procedures for handling hurdles like cyber attacks, absentee voter ballots, redistricting impacts and more.

    Election Tips & Fundamentals Series

    Townships vary dramatically in size and location, but all have elections in common. Every township runs elections, and each is challenged with doing so safely! While some logistics are tried-and-true, new procedures must be put into place for handling hurdles like cyber-attacks, absentee voter ballots and more. 

    MTA can help! Purchase our Elections Tips and Fundamentals webcast today to learn more about these new challenges, and get tips designed to help you organize and prioritize your elections. This prerecorded webcast series is broken into several watchable segments, allowing you to watch and learn at your own pace (and convenience!) from the safety of your home or office.

    The first segment in the series offers checklists and time management tips, and will even help you troubleshoot those nagging Election Day issues. Examine the absentee voter process, tackle ballot issues and streamline precinct setup. Publications and notices are also be addressed. We take you beyond the legal requirements for conducting elections and explore effective ways to run an election safely.

    Next up, we’ve got what you need to know about election workers. From recruiting to requirements, we hit the highlights. Take away tips on alternates to ensure you have appropriate backup to avoid any unwelcome surprises come Election Day.

    But wait, there’s more! The third segment delves into the impact of redistricting on elections. Review the impact these changes have on your township's precincts, voter registration cards, street index, ballot management and more!

    Finally, we'll get an update from the Department of Elections on security. Learn how Michigan is securing the polls and managing misinformation as we prepare for the general election.

    Cindy Dodge

    MTA Member Information Liaison

    Michigan Townships Association

    MTA Member Information Liaison Cindy Dodge 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 as well as teaching live and recorded webinar courses.

    Lori Bourbonais

    Manager, Election Liaison Section, Michigan Dept. of State

    Jonathan Brater

    Director, Michigan Bureau of Elections

    Sally Marsh

    Director of Special Projects in the Executive Office, Michigan Dept. of State

    Sarah Reinhardt

    Analyst, Special Projects, Michigan Dept. of State

    The publications below will help you get started on the right foot! For more resources please visit our online store.

    Authorities and Responsibilities of Michigan Townships
    Member: $52.50*         Non-Member: $76*  
    This go-to guide for all things township underwent a total review and rewrite in 2020. Covering township topics from A to Z—and everything in between—this resource includes the statutory citations, court cases, attorney general opinions and best practices guiding township operations, services and duties. It truly is THE must-have resource not only for today’s elected officials, but also appointed board and committee members, employees, volunteers, attorneys, auditors, and all who play a role in helping to lead their townships.

    Clerks Guide to Township Government
    Member: $38.50*        Non-member: $56* 
    This essential reference to the authorities and statutory responsibilities of the township clerks provides practical tips and techniques for township administration. A separate manual is available for each township office—supervisor, clerk, treasurer and trustee—with common sections on township programs and services, finances, ethics, boardsmanship and meetings, with additional sections detailing office-specific duties.

    *Rates shown to do not include shipping.

    How To Order? 

    Online: Simply click here to visit MTA's bookstore. 
    Fax: Print the downloadable order form and fax to (517) 321-8908. 
    Mail: Print the downloadable order form and mail to Michigan Townships Association, P.O. Box 80078, Lansing, MI, 48908-0078.

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    Get an overview of options every township should consider in their approach to effective enforcement.

    Now You Know - Successful Ordinance Enforcement Strategies

    There is no "one-size fits all" approach when it comes to township ordinances and the best ways to enforce them. Get an overview of options every township should consider in their approach to effective enforcement. From forms to checklists and warnings to penalties, we’ll review what you need to know about documenting and pursuing violations to your township’s ordinances. This one-hour webinar is led by attorney Seth Koches from Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC.

    **Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, login then click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.**

    Seth Koches

    Attorney

    Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman P.C.

    Seth Koches is an attorney at Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman P.C. Prior to joining the firm, Seth worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney for 7 years in the Oakland County and Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s office prosecuting cases from simple retail fraud to criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to murder. Seth’s primary practice encompasses nearly every aspect of municipal law including annexation, ordinance enforcement, planning and zoning, and amicus writing. 

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    Hear from a certified assessor about proactive steps you can take to ensure your township's assessing functions are running smoothly.

    Now You Know - Assessing Your Township's Assessing

    Assessment administration is one of three mandated functions that townships are required to perform. We know that not everyone “speaks assessing” but it’s critical that your board knows what to ask and what to look for. This one-hour webinar, led by MTA’s own Cindy Dodge—a certified assessor—will identify steps you can take to ensure your assessing functions are running smoothly. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of the board’s role in assessing oversight, including what happens if your township doesn’t measure up.

    **Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.**

    Cindy Dodge

    MTA Member Information Liaison

    Michigan Townships Association

    MTA Member Information Liaison Cindy Dodge 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 as well as teaching live and recorded webinar courses.

  • Contains 3 Component(s)

    This three-part series covers an overview of the basic elements of an effective township planning and zoning program.

    Whether you’re a member of the township board, planning commission or zoning board of appeals, your knowledge of the planning and zoning process is vital to your community. As new developments and projects approach your township, it’s important to be prepared to make tough decisions. MTA can help!

    This three-part on-demand webinar will cover an overview of the basic elements of an effective planning and zoning program. We’ll review the sources of township planning and zoning authority, the structure and function of the planning commission and zoning board of appeals, and the role of the township board. In addition, we’ll discuss the “ins and outs” of master plans and zoning ordinances, along with key strategies for effective decision-making. 

    Presented by MTA Legal Counsel Catherine Kaufman, who brings her unique experience as both a planner and an attorney with the firm Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC, this workshop offers real-life, practical application.

    Catherine P. Kaufman

    Attorney & Partner

    Catherine P. Kaufman is an attorney and partner at Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, PC. Her practice includes all facets of municipal representation, with a concentration on land use, zoning and planning matters. She has served as advisor to municipal planning commissions and zoning boards of appeal, as well as to private citizen and environmental groups. A member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, she has also worked as a land use planner and is active in statewide planning organizations. An honors graduate of James Madison College at Michigan State University, she received a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Wayne State University.

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    Take the next step in our three-part ordinance series and learn more about adopting and amending ordinances.

    Now You Know - Adopting Ordinances

    Are your ordinances tailored to your township’s needs and vision? Ordinances can be used to protect residents and retain the character of your community. Join MTA legal counsel for a review of proper ordinance adoption and amendment procedures. Recorded May 18, 2022.

    **Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.**

    Seth Koches

    Attorney

    Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman P.C.

    Seth Koches is an attorney at Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman P.C. Prior to joining the firm, Seth worked as an assistant prosecuting attorney for 7 years in the Oakland County and Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s office prosecuting cases from simple retail fraud to criminal sexual conduct and assault with intent to murder. Seth’s primary practice encompasses nearly every aspect of municipal law including annexation, ordinance enforcement, planning and zoning, and amicus writing. 

  • Contains 4 Component(s)

    This three-part webcast will offer ways to be more open and transparent with your community, tips for determining what your residents need and want, and tools to keep them informed about your township's activities.

    Enhancing credibility in the public eye begins with your township board. Examine ways of being more open and transparent to the community— a valuable exercise to increase trust at the local level. Explore ways of determining what your constituents want and how to keep them informed about your township’s activities. Includes a discussion on cultivating emerging leaders in your community.

    This webcast includes three segments, which can be viewed separately for your convenience. TGA candidates must view ALL segments and complete a PAC form as well as the course quiz (after part 3) to receive credit.

    **MTA Online Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.

    Susan Radwan

    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.

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    This three-part webcast will help you learn to identify key values and needs in your community, and explores how to use that information to define your future direction as a township and in regional placemaking.

    Identifying core community values and expectations is a critical component in serving your community. This three-part webcast offers strategies for evaluating township programs and services, and explores the need for innovation and change. By examining both adversity and opportunities, you can identify how to balance short-term issues with a long-term vision. Rekindle your township’s mission by examining your community’s past, present and future.

    This webcast includes three segments, which can be viewed separately for your convenience. TGA candidates must view ALL segments and complete a PAC form as well as the course quiz (after part 3) to receive credit.

    **MTA Online Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.

    Susan Radwan

    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.

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    Gain insights into the political landscape for 2022 and learn how the priorities of the legislature could impact your township.

    Now You Know - Legislative Update

    Gain insights into the political landscape for 2022 and learn how the priorities of the legislature could impact your township. From the state’s budget (including the latest on revenue sharing) to policy changes to new legislative districts and the upcoming elections to federal relief funds, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear from MTA’s Government Relations Team--Judy Allen, Mike Batterbee and Sean Hammond--on what’s happening inside the capitol and how all impact your community. Recorded April 8, 2022.

    **Premium Pass subscribers: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.**

    Judy Allen

    Director of Government Relations

    MTA

    As director, Judy oversees MTA’s legislative efforts to advocate on legislation impacting township government. She represents the interests of MTA members before the Legislature and the administration.  

    Judy began working for MTA in 2012 and has previous experience working with state and local governments. Prior to coming to MTA, Judy served as Director of Government and Community Services of Oakland Schools, where she advocated on behalf of 28 districts in Lansing and Washington, D.C. Judy has also served as Chief of Staff to the Senate Majority Leader and was later appointed by then Gov. John Engler to serve as Chairperson of the Michigan State Liquor Control Commission.

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    Get an overview of statutory authority for both zoning and non-zoning ordinances, as well as expert tips for drafting effective ordinances.

    Now You Know - Drafting Effective Ordinances

    Are your ordinances tailored to your township’s needs and vision? Ordinances can be used to protect residents and retain the character of your community. Join MTA legal counsel for an overview of statutory authority for both zoning and non-zoning ordinances, and get tips for drafting effective ordinances.

    This is part one of our new three-part series! Part two, held May 18 will review proper adoption procedures and part three, held July 13, features successful enforcement strategies. Why three parts? Because properly written and enforced ordinances not only boost your credibility, they limit public complaints and assist with fair and effective enforcement. One important topic in three bite-sized pieces. Register for parts 2 and 3 online at https://www.michigantownships.org/now_you_know.asp.

    **Premium Pass members: This webcast is already part of your subscription. To access, click MY WEBCASTS, then click the Premium Package link to view this webcast, or to access other webcasts included in your package.**

    Roxanne Seeber

    Attorney

    Roxanne C. Seeber is an attorney at the Kalamazoo law firm of Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber and Kaufman, PC. Her practice focuses on ordinance drafting and enforcement, zoning and land use issues. Roxanne prosecutes ordinance enforcement and unsafe buildings cases in Allegan, St. Joseph, Cass, Kalamazoo, Van Buren and Calhoun County District and Circuit Courts. She routinely provides advice to zoning administrators, ordinance enforcement officers and other township officials. She is a graduate of Western Michigan University and the University of Toledo College of Law.   

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    Get the education your Board of Review members need, in a convenient online format. If you are seeking to fulfill the STC training mandate by attending an online class, please note that the on-demand (recorded) version of this class does NOT qualify.

    Cindy Dodge

    MTA Member Information Liaison

    Michigan Townships Association

    MTA Member Information Liaison Cindy Dodge 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 as well as teaching live and recorded webinar courses.

    Debby Ring

    MMAO

    Deborah Ring is an experienced assessor with more than 40 years of experience in the field. She served as the Assessor for the City of Kentwood for many years, is a past President of the Michigan Assessor's Association, and is a frequent presenter for MTA.

    Shila Kiander, MAAO

    Director, Mecosta County Equalization Department.

    Shila Kiander is a Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer with more than 20 years’ experience in the assessment administration field. She’s served as the Equalization Director for Mecosta County since 2007, and before that was the assessor for three units in northern Kent County. She also teaches assessor continuing education courses around the state, including the MTA Board of Review Training sessions and other courses for MTA.

    Welcome to MTA's 2022 Virtual Board of Review Training! 
    • To view a recorded version of the 2022 virtual training, click on the ON-DEMAND SESSIONS tab. 
    • For info about your presenters, visit the SPEAKERS tab.
    • The presentation and other materials can be downloaded from the HANDOUTS tab.