2020 MAT Annual Conference

November 20-21, 2020

The 2020 MAT Annual Conference will be held virtually on Friday November 20th and Saturday November 21st.  Friday will have Online Breakouts and the MAT Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday.

Register for the Annual Meeting and Friday Breakouts

Township Officials can register for the MAT Annual Meeting at no cost.  Once you register for the MAT Annual Meeting, you will receive links to the three Breakout Rooms which will allow you to attend any of the workshops in those rooms.  All workshops will be recorded and available after the Conference.

Please use the tabs for more information on the Breakout Rooms and Annual Meeting Agenda.

To attend any of the breakouts, please Register for the Conference.  Links to all the Breakout Rooms will be sent to those that register.

CLERK/TREASURER BREAKOUT ROOM

4:00pm-5:00pm
CTAS Account Codes
Mark Albarado, Gov Information Division, Office of the State Auditor
Recommended Account Codes for CTAS.

5:15pm-6:15pm
CTAS Q&A
Mark Albarado, Gov Information Division, Office of the State Auditor
Open forum to ask questions about CTAS.

6:30pm-7:30pm
Township Succession Planning
Lucinda Messmann, MAT Trainer
If 2020 has done anything, it has shown us that being prepared for the unexpected should be closer to the top of our list when we prioritize. Are you ready for a new officer to come in and take your place? If you are there to train them, they would likely be able to succeed, but what if you are unexpectedly no longer available? Would they be able to swim through your documentation and keep things moving? Would they sink under the paperwork and run, screaming away? Preparing for the next people to hold our positions is necessary, but also beneficial to us. It forces us to think about how we do things, our consistency (or lack of) and how we can set up the next person (and ourselves) for daily success.

 

SUPERVISOR ROOM

4:00pm-5:00pm
Platted Roads & Accessing Water from Town Roads
Troy Gilchrist, Attorney, Kennedy-Graven Chartered
This session will review the unique issues associated with roads dedicated to the public by plat. Also included will be a discussion of riparian rights associated with public roads – meaning what rights do the town and the public have to access public waters from a town road?

5:15pm-6:15pm
Cartway: What is This Thing?
Steve Fenske, MAT Attorney
A discussion of one of the most misunderstood aspects of town roads, the Cartway. This presentation provides an introduction to the concept of cartways, the various ways they come about, the town board’s duties to create them, their maintenance, the common landowner disputes, and related issues.

6:30pm-7:30pm
Townships in the Social Media Age
Karl-Christian Johannessen, MAT Attorney
How should town supervisors use social media while on the town board? What about social media specifically for the township? This presentation will look at the legal issues, like the first amendment and the open meeting law, and some practical issues concerning elected official and government usage of social media.

 

ALL OFFICIALS BREAKOUT ROOM

4:00pm-5:00pm
Winter Equipment Prep & Workers’ Comp Audit
Jon Mocol, Manager of MAT Agency Operations
This session will review the unique issues associated with roads dedicated to the public by plat. Also included will be a discussion of riparian rights associated with public roads – meaning what rights do the town and the public have to access public waters from a town road?

5:15pm-6:15pm
Noxious Weeds
Emilie Justen, Noxious Weed Coordinator,MN Dept of Agriculture
Emilie Justen from the MN Department of Agriculture will have a presentation about Noxious Weeds and “field” questions from Township Officials.

6:30pm-7:30pm
Mediating Conflict
Janet “Jan” Johnson, Commissioner, Bureau of Mediation Services
Jan Johnson from the Bureau of Mediation Services will discuss various ways that Townships can resolve conflict on the board and with their constituents.

Saturday November 21 | 9:00am – 11:00am

Opening Speakers
MN Governor Walz (invited)
Al Batt

2020 Scholarship Winner Recognition

MAT Business Meeting
In Memoriam
MAT Financial Report
Presentation of Proposed Resolutions
President’s Report
Executive Director’s Report
Close

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Resolution 1: Restore Local Board of Appeal & Equalization Powers
Be It Resolved, MAT support legislation that offers an exception to Minn. Stat. § 274.014, subd. 3, thereby allowing towns to conduct local boards of appeal and equalization in year 2021 after transferring LBAE duties to their counties during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Resolution 2: Polling Place Designation Flexibility
Be It Resolved, MAT support legislation to remove the requirement that towns pass a resolution of polling place designation each year by December 31, as described in Minn. Stat. 204B.16, subd. 1.

Resolution 3: Annexation Fairness Reforms
Be It Resolved MAT pursue annexation reforms that provide fairness in boundary adjustment matters, considering factors such as the actual use of property, the services provided by the municipalities, and the wishes of the property owners and the surrounding community.

*This resolution is modified from the version posed to the Legislative and Research Committee. The original resolution identified two annexation by ordinance powers held by cities as harmful to townships, and suggested towns be able to object to them in a court proceeding. The MAT Board noted the problem the original resolution sought to solve but found this resolution more consistent with MAT’s recent legislative efforts on this subject.

Resolution 4: Expanded Representation on Watershed District Boards
Be It Resolved, that the Rice Lake Watershed district board shall be expanded to include representation from each county included within the watershed district.

*This resolution is modified from the version posed to the Legislative and Research Committee to reflect the discussion had by the L&R Committee, and to focus the effort on the problem described to the Committee.

Resolution 5: Nuisance Animal Control and Permits
Be It Resolved MAT support legislation that would identify local units of government as authorized to issue nuisance permits to anyone, not only the landowner, to harvest and remove offending animals that are destroying crops or livestock.

*The MAT Board of Directors desires more study and cooperation with farming advocates be pursued before this resolution be adopted. Therefore, it is not expected to be acted upon by the town officers attending Annual Meeting. The original version of this resolution included three proposed actions that were not germane to township business, related to the extension of hunting seasons and increasing the harvest limits for certain animals. Those items were removed from consideration.

2021 MAT Annual Conference

September 9-11, 2021

River’s Edge Convention Center, St Cloud MN

NOTE THE NEW DATE!!!

 

The Agenda will be available when the event date approaches.

THURSDAY, September 9, 2021

Round Tables in the Exhibit Hall were very well received in 2019.

We will continue to provide Round Table Discussions during the Exhibitor Show (Thursday night).

Pre-Registration for the Annual Conference will become available when the event date approaches.

 

 

Information coming soon.

If you are interested in Exhibiting at our Annual Conference, please contact Scott Saloum (ssaloum@mntownships.org) for more information and to be put on the Exhibitor Mailing List.

2021 Conference Dates: September 9-11, 2021

River’s Edge Convention Center, St Cloud MN