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    This one-hour webinar reviews the roles and responsibilities of the zoning administrator in township governance.

    Now You Know - The Role of the Zoning Administrator

    Your township’s zoning administrator is responsible for the overall administration of your zoning ordinance. But what exactly does that include and where do they fit into your township’s planning and zoning team? What’s the difference between their role and that of a planning commission or zoning board of appeals? Is it true they have less discretion and can incur serious personal liability? Get the answers to these questions and more in this one-hour webinar, led by MTA legal counsel 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, PC

    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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    Join MTA for an overview of the hottest emerging issues in planning and zoning for townships.

    Examine hot topics in township planning and zoning

    Join MTA for a how-to guide and real-life practical experiences about the latest in Hot Topics in Planning & Zoning. This half-day program identifies emerging issues in planning and zoning, and is a must for planning commissioners, township board members and zoning administrators.

    Dig into hot-button land use and zoning issues that are becoming a key topic of conversation in townships across the state. Short-term rental regulations in residential neighborhoods and zoning provisions for solar energy are just a few of the topics up for discussion. We’ll also review recommendations for how ‘hot potato’ topics and conflict of interest get handled in your township to avoid confusion, contention and ensure everyone knows their part in the process. You won’t want to miss this discussion on matching your townships planning and zoning with the character of your community! Learn what to do when your current approach to restricting an existing use isn’t working and what you can (and can’t!) do to balance property rights with preservation of your neighborhood residential, or agricultural, character. 

    Designed and presented by MTA Legal Counsel from the firm Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman PC

    Seth Koches

    Attorney

    Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, PC

    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. 

    Catherine P. Kaufman

    Attorney & Partner

    Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, PC

    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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    The township board has to set your township’s tax rates every September, and the L-4029 is at the heart of that process. Learn more about these rates and how to complete the required form.

    Now You Know - What You Need to Know about the Tax Rate Request Form (L-4029)

    The township board has to set your township’s tax rates every September, and the L-4029 is at the heart of that process. Learn what the board is actually authorizing and options you have regarding your township’s millage(s). The L-4029 is also a source of information when considering township millage renewals or increases—and other entities’ L-4029s are needed for setting the tax roll and tax bills. Every board member needs to know your L-4029!

    **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.**

    Catherine Mullhaupt

    Staff Attorney, Member Information Services

    Catherine provides township officials and employees with information and resources regarding the day-to-day functions of township government. She writes for the "Hello, MTA...?" and Legal Briefs columns, and other articles in the Michigan Township Focus, develops MIS Department resource materials and webpages, authors MTA publications, and presents workshop and conference sessions, as well as live and recorded online courses.

    She joined MTA in 1991, spending her first nine years in MTA's Education Department writing and editing articles for the Township Focus and MTA publications. She coordinated educational workshops and the annual MTA trade show, and assisted in coordinating the annual MTA educational conference. 

    She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2006 and is currently the MTA Staff Attorney.

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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, PC

    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.

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    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

    Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber & Kaufman, PC

    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, PC

    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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    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.