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Common Public Road Issues

Common Public Road Issues

Date: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.

If counties were given jurisdiction over most local public roads in the 1930s, why do townships have to deal with public road issues all the time? Lea...

Event Barns: Avoid the Pitfalls

Event Barns: Avoid the Pitfalls

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 10:15 to 11:30 am

There are positive and negative impacts of this growing trend. Townships that allow such uses, or are considering them, should understand the approach...

Keeping Your Personnel Decisions Out of the Headlines—And Court

Keeping Your Personnel Decisions Out of the Headlines—And Court

Date: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019, 2:45 to 4 p.m.

Learn how proactive and carefully crafted personnel policies and practices, including proper investigations, can guide your township through even the ...

Managing Employee Tweets, Facebook Live and Snap Chats

Managing Employee Tweets, Facebook Live and Snap Chats

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 1:00 to 2:15 pm

The advent of social media has done wonders for improving connections and sharing information in an instant. But that has come with a price tag, espec...

Get the Lead Out

Get the Lead Out

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Michigan’s Lead and Copper Rule requires that township water systems remove certain service lead lines from their systems. These lines were alwa...

Eye in the Sky: Township Use and Regulation of Drones

Eye in the Sky: Township Use and Regulation of Drones

Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

Drones are becoming an important and readily available tool for townships. Come learn the necessary licensing, limitations of local regulation and bes...


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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 2018 MTA from Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes, PLC


Don't Get Soaked By Drain Projects

In this presentation from the 2018 Michigan Township Association Conference, Stacey Hissong, one of Michigan's foremost drain experts, examines  the key role townships play with county drain commissioners in building, cleaning and maintaining drains.

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Current Water and Sewer Issues 

In this presentation from the 2018 Michigan Township Association Conference, William K. Fahey and Chris Patterson discuss how townships are dealing with water and sewage issues such as: renewing sewer and water agreements originally signed decades ago; dealing with unreasonable demands for rate increases by other municipalities that provide water or sewer service to your township; financing new extensions and the replacement or repair of older infrastructure.

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Financing Joint Fire Operations 

In this presentation from the 2018 Michigan Township Association Conference, William K. Fahey and Chris Patterson share ideas and solutions developed through actual case studies to eliminate economic issues regarding the delivery of fire services across the state. 

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

In this presentation from the 2018 Michigan Township Association Conference, Helen Mills and Ryan Stecovich share techniques for administering discipline and defending your township’s position during an agency hearing, arbitration, or that dreaded court case.

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Ins and Outs of Collective Bargaining 

In this presentation from the 2018 Michigan Township Association Conference, Helen Mills and Ryan Stecovich share tips on on preparing for negotiations, fact finding, mediation, and Act 312 arbitration, while containing legal fees and avoiding unfair labor practice charges against the township.

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