2021 Annual Conference Agenda

 

 

 



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12:00 PM | REGISTRATION OPEN UNTIL 4:00 PM

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM | LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM | MCMCFC WORKSHOP

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | MACSC BOARD MEETING

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | MCMCFC BOARD MEETING

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM | MAC LEADERSHIP BOARD MEETING

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM | MAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM | WELCOME RECEPTION

6:30 PM | DINNER



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7:00 AM - 5 PM | THE HANGOUT

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM | BREAKFAST

8:00 AM - 3:00 PM | EXHIBITOR SHOW

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | PLENARY SESSION

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM | EXHIBIT BREAK

10:15 AM - 12:00 AM | MCMCFC WORKSHOP

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | MAC BREAKOUTS

Effective Meetings: Why Robert’s Rules and Board Rules Are Your Friends*

Speakers: John Amrhein and Eric Walcott, MSU Extension

Session Description: How many of us would engage in a sport, or game, without a shared understanding of the rules of play? Things like: How do we know when we win? Who goes first and in what order? What are the boundaries of the playing field? How do we work together with our teammates? And how do we score points? To work effectively, members of organizational boards need a shared understanding about how things work: Who sets the agenda? What is our process for committees? How do we make appointments? How do we keep our meetings organized and fair? Two essential tools for well-run meetings are board rules and parliamentary procedure. This session will dive into both.

ARP Spending Overview

Speakers: TBD

Session Description: MAC continues its educational efforts around the American Rescue Plan with this breakout on best practices on spending and tracking the ARP funds sent directly to Michigan counties. In this breakout, hear from experts and others on how you can best use ARP funds to make community investments.

911 Funding and Regulation

Speakers: Michael Armitage, MCDA-Eaton County

Session Description: 9-1-1 statutory and regulatory changes, at both state and federal levels, could have significant impact on counties. The Federal Communications Commission proposed rules that could impinge upon Michigan’s ability to determine the definition of allowable costs for 911 fees. The federal proposal eliminates radio system equipment beyond the consoles in the 911 center, i.e., radio infrastructure, mobiles, portables, pagers, AVL (Automatic Vehicle Location) and MDCs (Mobile Data/In-Car Computer) would no longer be allowable costs. In addition, the State 9-1-1 Enabling Act sunsets at the end of this year. In 2018, Michigan began movement to an IP-based Next Generation 911 system funded through surcharges on prepaid and postpaid phones. While project costs are as predicted, some of the surcharges being remitted are below estimates and updates to the act to extend the December 2020 sunset and increases to surcharges will be necessary to ensure proper revenue to fund the entire system.

Regulation of Dams and Lakes

Speakers: Stacy Hissong, Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes

Session Description: There are more than 2,500 dams in Michigan. Some are regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, while others are regulated under Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. Some dams are privately owned, while others are owned by counties. The inspection rates, structural integrity and ability to manage them properly have come to the forefront of conversations in the wake of the Edenville Dam failure that caused widespread flooding and considerable damage in the Midland area. This breakout will discuss the different types of ownership, oversight and need for change in how we monitor and manage dams in Michigan.

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM | LUNCH

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM | PLENARY SESSION

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM | EXHIBIT BREAK

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM | CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | MACAO MEETING

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM | REGIONAL CAUCUSES

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | MCMCFC WORKSHOP

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM | MAC BREAKOUTS

The Problems with Michigan’s Tax System

Speakers: Lincoln Institute

Session Description: The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy recently released a report that took a deep dive into local government finance in Michigan. They looked at state aid, property tax limits, restrictions on local revenue options and the fragmentation and inefficiencies in service deliver. This breakout will lay the groundwork on the problems with the current system of financing local governments in Michigan as a lead in for a panel discussion on day 3 of the conference on what we can do to turn the tide.

Mental Health Funding and State Controls

Speakers: Alan Bolter, Community Mental Health Association of Michigan

Session Description: In recent years, changes to Michigan’s Medicaid system have posed significant challenges to adequately supporting our community mental health system. Rather than providing additional financial resources, the state has been looking to create administrative efficiencies while improving access and quality- undoubtedly a large and controversial undertaking. In light of the many legislative discussions around plans to alter the design of Michigan’s public mental health system, MAC continues to educate members with the latest state efforts and the effects on the system serving some of our most vulnerable populations. Experts will share the differing approaches the Legislature has proposed and weigh the pros and cons of system designs.

Strategic Planning for Counties

Speakers: Scott Dzurka

Session Description: With the historic opportunity presented by the billions in federal COVID investments in Michigan, plus the impending wave of staff retirements as Baby Boomers age out of the work force, there’s no better time for Michigan counties to be making long-term plans for the future. In this breakout, learn how even the smallest counties can use the tools of strategic planning to make better decisions and create stronger organizations.

Boosting Broadband with New Dollars

Speakers:
Eric Frederick, Connect Michigan
Craig Borr, Michigan Electric Cooperative Association
Butch Brock, ITC Broadband Holding

Session Description: The American Rescue Plan is providing all Michigan counties with $1.9 billion in direct aid. Counties have an opportunity to make significant long-term investments for our communities like developing broadband infrastructure. We will discuss what counties have done thus far to expand broadband and what can be done to further the buildout. This session will go over how to maximize federal relief funds to boost broadband infrastructure in your community.

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM | BREAK ON YOUR OWN

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | PRESIDENT'S BANQUET

8:30 PM - 11:00 PM | PRESIDENT'S HOSPITALITY



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7:30 AM - 9:00 AM | BREAKFAST

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM | THE HANGOUT

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM | PLENARY SESSION

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM | MCMCFC WORKSHOP

10:15 AM - 11:30 AM | MAC BREAKOUTS

Potential Solutions for Michigan’s Tax System

Speakers: Tim Dempsey, Public Sector Consultants

Session Description: It has long been established that Michigan’s system for financing local government services is based on a broken model that leaves counties managing a revenue decline. For many counties, the focus has become survival, instead of providing for prosperous communities. Between revenue growth restrictions, inconsistent state support and preferential tax exemptions, counties are left with aging infrastructure and service delivery needs that often go unmet. This breakout will discuss some ideas for reform, including revenue diversification and necessary fixes to shore up the broken financing model.

PA51 and Your Roads

Speakers: Ed Noyola, County Road Association of Michigan

Session Description: The Public Act 51 funding formula for transportation in Michigan is a complex system, with money going to aeronautics programs, public transit agencies, debt service, state trunkline roads, local roads and bridges. The revenue that supports it is just as complex. MAC members have previously been provided presentations on the PA 51 funding formula from a 10,000-foot view, but this session will dive down to the specific allocations for county roads and restrictions on how the revenue can be spent.

How Michigan Votes: A Primer

Speakers: Justin Roebuck and Barb Byrum

Session Description:This presentation will offer an overview of Michigan elections, highlighting the role that counties play in the electoral process. In addition to the many ways that county clerks support municipal clerks in election administration, the county also carries significant responsibilities. From candidate filing, to election worker training, to programming and results accumulation, to the certification and post-election audits, county clerks carry out some of the most critical functions in election administration. Michigan has a highly decentralized process, allowing for more checks and balances, while also granting less authority to county clerks than our counterparts in other states. However, Michigan’s county clerks still have a very important role to play. Answers to some of the common questions that county officials receive will include: How does the certification process work? How much can county boards weigh in on the conduct of elections in their counties? What role does the county play in the auditing process after the election?

Creating Affordable Housing

Speakers: Emily Doerr, State of Michigan

Session Description: Across Michigan communities are facing a shortage of housing supply and affordability issues. Costs continue to increase due to limited supply unable to keep pace with demand, as well as historical increases in the primary cost drivers (land, labor, materials), particularly in high-growth areas. Counties have been working to form relationships and partner with local governments, private and nonprofit agencies for years. While some tools are available through programs at Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, income thresholds sometimes limit flexibility for county governments to serve families just outside of the eligibility criteria. The Legislature has been working to entice employers to support housing for moderate- and low-income workers and create local programs to fill a critical gap in providing workforce housing for families and individuals making up to 120 percent of the area median income. Get the latest on this legislation, as well as ideas for creative partnerships geared toward resolving housing challenges.

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM | MAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

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