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    Get an overview of how townships handle resignations, appointments, compensation, the oath of office, required meetings/dates … and so much more!

    Hear MTA’s Member Information Services team share what you need to know about the transition of incoming (and outgoing!) officials between now and the launch of the new township term of office. "In the Transition" will review the “ins and outs” of how townships handle resignations, appointments, compensation, and the oath of office, as well as required meetings and dates. We’ll explain what “the transition” actually is, what’s happening, how you handle “elects,” when those running unopposed can assume duties… and so much more. 

    This webcast is now FREE, for a limited time, for MTA members. Simply add to your cart, then check out and get started today!

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    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.

    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.

    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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    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.

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    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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    A full overview of your duties, starting with your role as a board member through financial oversight and responsibilities specific to your elected office.

    No one understands townships or your roles and responsibilities like MTA. Our unparalleled, in-depth New Officials Training webcast helps those new to township government get up to speed on their roles and responsibilities. This intensive, multi-part training, geared to ALL offices, is designed to introduce those new to the board to what they need to know as they attend their first meetings and take on administrative duties. 

    Start by getting an overview of township government and the role of the township board, then learn what every township must do -- and may do -- and how to finance it. Get the basics on your role in financial oversight and hear about legislative issues facing townships and how you can partner with MTA to make a difference in Michigan and in your community. Then, head into special breakout sessions, where you'll learn the specific roles and responsibilities of your elected office from our staff experts.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Neil Sheridan

    MTA Executive Director

    MTA

    Sheridan has a rich background in local government, beginning as a teenager and then being a member of the Groveland Township (Oakland Co.) Planning Commission and its Board of Review for 12 years. He has helped lead numerous Michigan efforts focused on regional economic development. Sheridan co-authored an economic strategy with Public Sector Consultants for the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) called “Accelerating Growth,” which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer later said she would use in her administration. Previously, he led a group of 80 townships, cities, nonprofits, businesses and governments to produce a comprehensive economic development game plan for coordination with the state and federal governments.

    Sheridan was president of SVPI, an advisory and management services corporation active internationally. He has worked with hundreds of corporations, nonprofits, foundations, governments and small businesses on strategy, innovation and performance improvement initiatives. He is a past member of the SBAM board of directors and previously led an SBAM Legislative Action Committee task force. Additionally, he’s served on healthcare, community development, cultural and foundation boards for many years.

    Sheridan is also a researcher on leadership and innovation. He has taught workshops and courses at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and others on strategy, marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

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    This four-part webcast series provides you with a comprehensive review of accounting and payroll for townships.

    Presented at an introductory level, this is a great class for those with limited experience in governmental accounting, or as a refresher for more experienced officials. 

    In Parts 1 & 2 we'll cover basic accounting methods and includes discussion on common township credits, debits, assets and liabilities. An explanation of accounting methods for various township funds will follow. Delve into the Uniform Chart of Accounts and options for organizing it, as well as new activity. The general ledger and bookkeeping functions of the clerk and treasurer will also be addressed, along with efficient procedures for issuing checks and reconciling balances. 

    In Parts 3 & 4, review the information and forms required to prepare for an audit and complete required State of Michigan financial reports. An explanation of payroll record- keeping will be presented, including issues unique to municipalities, such as how to calculate Social Security and Medicare taxes, and how to prepare state and federal report forms. 

    David Williamson

    CPA

    David Williamson is a CPA, and recently retired from his firm of 37 years, PSLZ LLP, in Plymouth and Bloomfield Hills Michigan. During Dave's career in public accounting he spent 40 years auditing municipalities including townships, cities, villages, district courts, and district libraries.  The townships audited under Dave's supervision included larger urban townships, and small bi-annual townships.

    Dave has written the “Financial Forum” column in the Michigan Township News magazine since 1997, and he has been helping the MTA with workshops, since 1993. He is a 1978 graduate of the University of Michigan and has been in public accounting since he began his career in 1979.

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    This quick and informative session offers tips on how to find (and select!) the best attorney for your township team.

    Now You Know - Why You Need a Township Attorney

    Townships operate in a world of laws. Having an attorney to turn to can help you identify red flags and nip potential legal trouble in the bud. But the challenge is finding the right attorney! One that specializes in the type of law your township needs AND understands your community priorities and challenges. This one-hour recorded webinar reviews of the nuances of a township’s relationship with its legal counsel. You'll walk away with tips on how to find (and select!) the best fit for your township team.

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    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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    An overview of lessons learned from the unprecedented November 2020 election—and its impact on the future of elections.

    Election Wrap-Up: Post-election Insights from the Experts  

    Spend an hour with MTA experts as we review of lessons learned from the unprecedented November 2020 election—and its impact on the future of elections. From drop boxes to recounts, legal challenges to compensation, we’ll offer insights into what your board needs to know, now. We’ll also review precinct audits and biannual reporting for the Election Assistance Commission and National Voter Registration Act, and even provide a refresher on record retention and FOIA requests. 

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    This one-hour session covers anticipated legislative priorities for during Michigan's other 'duck season'.

    MTA Now You Know: Michigan's Other Duck Season

    Listen in as MTA’s Judy Allen takes us on an hour-long dive into the lame duck session, including anticipated legislative priorities, what could expire, what might be extended and what you can expect from this year’s late-night negotiations. 

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    This one-hour seminar offers a quick overview of township budgeting.

    MTA Now You Know: Budgeting... It's a Process
    Smart money management is a matter of mind over money. The same holds true for your township budget. It’s critical to begin with the things every township is required to provide—assessing, tax collecting and elections—and then prioritize the most important things your township wishes to accomplish. Join MTA’s Member Information Services Director Michael Selden for a quick overview on township budgeting, and ensure your township is prepared to continue providing services and programs to your community. 

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    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.

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    This session covers a review of statutory requirements and a practical approach to setting public office pay.

    MTA Now You Know: Board Compensation
    How are salaries set for township board offices, and how can they be changed? What may a township board member be compensated for? And how can our board anticipate that and work it into the budget now? You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Get a review of the statutory requirements and a practical approach to setting public office pay from MTA's Staff Attorney Catherine Mullhaupt.

    **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.**

    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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    From committee changes to revenue estimates, new bills and priorities, this session explores how anticipated legislative changes could impact your township.

    NOW YOU KNOW: What's on Deck for the 101st Legislative Session? 
    From committee changes to revenue estimates, new bills and priorities, find out how these changes (and others at the state level) impact your township.

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