General Meeting (Teleconference Meeting)
Friday, February 8, 2008
The Maine Community Development Association held a general membership meeting via teleconference on Friday, February 8, 2008 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Present were:
Tony Levesque, President Town of
Jim Gulnac, Vice President Town of
Stephen Dyer, Director RansomEnvironmental Consultants, Inc.
Michael Baran DECD – Office of Community Development
Al Smith City
Joella R. Theriault, Secretary
Wade Hansen Town
Christopher Spruce, Past President
Rodney Lynch, Director City of
Dan LaPointe Town
Suzie Paradis Town
1. CALL TO ORDER: T. Levesque called the meeting to order at 10:04 a.m.
2. REVIEW OF DECEMBER 14, 2007 MEETING MINUTES: Moved by J. Gulnac to approve the meeting minutes as presented; seconded by A. Smith. Motion passed unanimously.
3. TREASURER’S REPORT: President Levesque presented the following information:
· Per Balance Sheet ending 12/31/08 – All bills are paid to date
· $792 balance in the checking account
Moved by W. Hanson and seconded by S. Dyer to accept the Treasurer’s Report. Discussion was to table this article until such time as R. Harriman was present. Moved by D. LaPointe and seconded by J. Gulnac to table the article. Motion passed unanimously.
4. CORRESPONDENCE: President Levesque has a signed copy of the agreement between MCDA and MMA for a total of $1,656 per year. The agreement includes the cost of maintaining the website.
5. REPORT OF COMMITTEES:
Membership: According to Chairman Dyer, there are 15 members paid to date. Discussion ensued regarding the individual who paid early and as a result paid the old membership rate. Moved by M. Baran to have President Levesque contact the individual and use his discretion to deal with the matter; seconded by S. Dyer. Motion passed unanimously. President Levesque will also check on current memberships. Discussion on the Plus One proposal.
Professional Development: Chairman Gulnac reported that the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) requires training and perhaps there could be an opportunity for a joint training session with Maine Association of Planners.
Communication: Chairwoman Walton was not available. J. Theriault requested newsletter articles be submitted.
Advocacy: Chairman Smith reported on the following L.D.’s:
o LD 677 – That bill was signed. Resolve 46 directs the State Planning Office,
with assistance from the State Fire Marshall’s Office, DECD, and the Maine
Historic Preservation Commission, to develop a plan for implementing the Maine
Model Building Code. Mandatory training
would be required, particularly training of Code Enforcement Officer’s to
understand the International Building Codes from an engineering
perspective. LD. 1038 – An Act to
o LD 262 – According to the Legislature’s Office, nothing has gone forward on this document, but there has been much discussion on LD 2008.
o LD 2008 is an Act to Provide Ongoing Funding for the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. It is scheduled for public hearing under the Taxation Committee on February 12, 2008.
o LD 1962 – An Act to Amend the Informed Growth – This was voted on February 6, 2008 with an “Ought Not to Pass” vote. It will be voted again in committee.
o LD 2159 – An Act to Advance the
o Governor’s Council on Maine Quality of Place – The governor’s regional development strategy establishes 15 recommendations, one of which is to take funding from state agencies and make them available to regional organizations.
Nominations: President Levesque urged all MCDA members to encourage one new member to join this year.
6. UPDATE FROM DECD/OCD:
The governor is proposing a 2007-2008 budget curtailment of spending in the amount of $37,000,000+, which includes a cut in the DECD budget of $500,000. Orman Whitcomb has been asked to work through OCD’s budget. MSHA is again looking at taking over the CDBG program.
The 2008 CDBG budget has changed. The final budget is $12,690,754, down from the anticipated $13,082,613. This means that programs have been cut back somewhat. The 2009 budget is anticipating a 30% cut, which means a budget of under $9,000,000. HUD is also looking at restructuring the program from a current 70:30 split to an 80:20 split. This means that entitlement cities would receive 80% of the CDBG funds and states would receive only 20%. Orman Whitcomb is assembling figures that will show the negative impact on communities.
There were a total of 14 Public Infrastructure applications and 11 Public Facility applications submitted. OCD is reviewing these applications and hopes to make the announcements by the published timeframe.
Regarding the Maine Investment Trust Fund (MITF), M. Baran reported that the program application should be available within 2-3 weeks. The bond is $1.5 million. DECD will do a mailing to service center communities. This program carries a dollar-for-dollar match. CDBG funds can be used as a match.
The Maine Riverfront Development bond is a $5,000,000 bond for doing a broad array of things along Maine Rivers. The rules and regulations are nearly completed. The MRD committee will be made up of representatives from the Department of Conservation, State Planning Office, DECD, two members from the Speaker of the House and two from the President of the Senate. The Committee makes the decision on grant approval. M. Baran will e-mail a listing of committee members to MCDA members.
7. DISCUSSION ON TRAINING NEEDS/CERTIFICATION CREDITS: President Levesque asked for comments on training needs. Offering training or certification workshops will augment MCDA’s revenue. Possible joint sessions with Coastal Enterprise Inc., Maine State Housing Technical Assistance, Grant Writers Association, etc. to offer a grant writing workshop may be a good choice. Possible workshop topics: (1) Construction Management and (2) Fair Housing.
10. UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Discussion on the Brochure. J. Theriault will submit the revised brochure as soon as possible.
Moved by J. Gulnac and seconded by M. Baran to adjourn. Meeting adjourned at 11:30 a.m.
Joella R. Theriault