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Monday, April 25

Legal Institute for Township Attorneys
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(Includes continental breakfast and lunch)
Connect with fellow municipal attorneys from across the state to discuss changes, updates and other trends affecting township government. The Legal Institute is the premier educational event for attorneys who serve Michigan's townships. Your attendance keeps you on the cutting edge of legal news and changes that impact local government. Registration materials will be mailed in December.
Moderator: Rob Thall, MTA Legal Counsel, Bauckham, Sparks, Thall, Seeber and Kaufman, PC
Creating a Vision for Your Township TGA logo
9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
(B-103 - 4 credits; includes continental breakfast)
Identifying core community values and expectations is a critical component in serving your community. Learn strategies for evaluating township programs and services, and explore 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.
Presented by Susan Radwan, Leading Edge Mentoring
Linking with the Community TGA logo
1 to 4:15 p.m.
(B-106 - 4 credits; includes lunch served at 12:15 p.m.)
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.
Presented by Susan Radwan, Leading Edge Mentoring
The Board Is In Charge: Deciding, Directing and Delegating Day-to-Day Administration
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(includes lunch served at noon)
The township board is the township’s “owner, operator and employer.” But a board can only lawfully act in a meeting. So how can a board ensure that day-to-day administrative decisions get made efficiently? Put another way—how can a board “speak” when it isn’t present? Through written decisions, directions and delegations, otherwise known as “policies.” Every township is required to have some administrative policies and procedures. But it’s also important for townships of all sizes to adopt policies that simply make life easier—and adapt them for your township’s specific circumstances. Don’t miss this session designed to demonstrate what makes administrative policies and procedures useful. We’ll offer best practices and practical approaches to common administrative issues that work for any size township, including policies required by law, and financial, board, administration and service-related policies.
Speaker: Catherine Mullhaupt, MTA Staff Attorney

MTA’s Policy Matters! book is the reference guide for this workshop and a copy of the book is included in the registration fee.

• We’ll highlight sample policies and procedures that can be used in townships big or small.
• The book includes a CD of sample policies that you can customize to fit your township.
• Books will be distributed on-site with handout materials.

Assessors Renewal: Lead Where You Are
1 to 5 p.m.
(Includes lunch served at noon)
This leadership course, approved by the State Tax Commission for four hours of assessor renewal credit, is designed to motivate and encourage those working in assessment administration to Lead Where You Are. From entry-level to administrative positions, leadership is key for every assessor, director, office or department, regardless of your role or stage in your career. With more than 30 years of assessment administration experience, your instructor brings practical, experienced-based advice on how to lead at different phases of an assessment administration career. From defining roles to navigating relationships and communication, participants will walk away with solid, real-life examples and guidance on leading and serving from where you stand today.
Speaker: Shila Kiander, Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer, Director, Mecosta County Equalization