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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. 

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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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    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.

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    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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    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!

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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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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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.

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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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    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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    Get a quick, one-hour update on all aspects of managing your township meetings.

    Now You Know - Meeting Management: What to do When Things Change

    Townships across the state are planning their 2022 meeting schedule, but we’ve all heard the saying about ‘the best laid plans.’ Listen in as we go beyond simply setting the schedule with a review of how to change your public meetings schedule, including the noticing requirements, who can participate virtually in meetings now and more!

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