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Don’t Get Soaked by Drain Projects

Don’t Get Soaked by Drain Projects

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 1 to 2:15 p.m.

The processes for addressing drains are mysterious to many township officials, but very important, since townships are often called upon to solve drai...

Current Water & Sewer Issues

Current Water & Sewer Issues

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 2:45 to 4 p.m.

More townships are encountering difficulties with water and sewer issues. Current challenges include: Renewing sewer and water agreements originally s...

Financing Joint Fire Operations

Financing Joint Fire Operations

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 10:15 to 11:30 am

Intergovernmental cooperation is becoming more common for the delivery of fire services across the state. But many issues still arise, most of them ec...

Managing Township Personnel: Why is My Attorney Asking for That?

Managing Township Personnel: Why is My Attorney Asking for That?

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.

With so many statutory and citizen-driven responsibilities, many officials struggle to manage township employees and volunteers. Get tips for avoiding...

Ins and Outs of Collective Bargaining

Ins and Outs of Collective Bargaining

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

Negotiating with a union can be smooth in the right circumstances, but it often becomes complex and overwhelming when the township must address diffic...


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Don’t Get Soaked by Drain Projects

February 2018

“The Drain Code of 1956 is an exceedingly complex statute, the provisions of which apparently are known by few in the profession and understood ...

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Ins and Outs of Collective Bargaining

February 2018

“I don't believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a f...

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Best of the 2017 MTA from Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes, PLC


Collective Bargaining in the New Normal

Collective Bargaining in the New Normal

In this presentation from the 2017 Michigan Township Association Conference, Helen Lizzie Mills and Stephen O. Schultz talk about the increase in collective bargaining in Michigan, and how you can handle it. 

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Faster and Less Expensive Ordinance Enforcement

Faster and Less Expensive Ordinance Enforcement

In this presentation from the 2017 Michigan Township Association Conference, Christopher S. Patterson walks you through ordinances that townships have the authority to adopt, and how they may be enforced.

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Understanding Overtime Rules

Understanding Overtime Rules

In this presentation from the 2017 Michigan Township Association Conference, Helen "Lizzie" Mills expands on the previous years presentation to make sure you don’t find yourself on the wrong side of a wage and hour investigation. 

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Bulletproof Your Zoning Decisions

Bulletproof Your Zoning Decisions!

In this presentation from the 2017 Michigan Township Association Conference, William Fahey explains how to plan out your zoning ordinance so it isn't controversial and you don't end up in court.

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Michigan Municipal Wetland Alliance: The Benefits of Making Compliance Cheaper

Michigan Municipal Wetland Alliance: The Benefits of Making Compliance Cheaper

In this presentation from the 2017 Michigan Township Association Conference, Stacy Hissong outlines why wetlands are important, and how the Michigan Municipal Wetland Alliance works to benefit your township.

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