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Town Law Review: Annual Conference

September 9 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meeting link for Thursday Town Law Review

Sep 9, 2021 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Participate via computer (preferred): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81365186124

Meeting ID: 813 6518 6124

OR participate via phone, (301) 715-8592 passcode 81365186124#


The Town Law Review is an educational seminar aimed at some of the more challenging topics townships face, especially those faced by larger and more urban townships. These seminars will be presented online, at no charge, as part of the 2021 MAT Annual Meeting.



8:00 Community Septic Systems – Applications, Challenges and Management

By: Dr. Sara Heger; Researcher and Instructor at University of Minnesota’s Onsite Sewage Treatment Program in the Water Resources Center

Community septic systems or cluster systems can be part of new development or used to solve problems with small or challenging properties. This presentation will describe what they are, how they are regulated, and the technical resources needed for design, installation and operation and maintenance. It will also discuss the management needs from an administrative and finical aspect. Challenges, life expectancy and decommissioning are additional topics that will be addressed.


9:00 Current Township Legal Issues

By: Troy Gilchrist and Jason Hill; Attorneys with Kennedy & Graven, Chartered

A review of some of the more common and pressing legal issues facing towns, from roads to zoning.


10:00 Town Road Law – Hot Topics

By Ken Bayliss; Attorney with Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.

This presentation will discuss the latest developments in town road law, including issues related to roads that run along and to bodies of water. Among the topics that will be discussed are the cases of Carlson v. Livonia Township and Schussler v. City of Village of Minnetonka Beach. The presentation will also address the question of encroachments on to the right of way and strategies for handling conflicts with those adjoining township roads.


11:00 Employment Basics for Urban Towns:

By: Susan Tindal; Attorney with Iverson Reuvers

This topic will cover considerations in hiring (including the Veteran’s Preference Act, and best practices in hiring), pay and benefit regulations (including PERA and the Local Government Pay Equity Act), and management of employees (including supervision, discipline, and termination).


September 9
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Minnesota Association of Townships

MAT REGISTRATION POLICY (for events with Pre-Registration)

Forms can be found in the MAT Township Insider magazine, on our website and in some MAT mailings.  Phone registrations are not accepted.

One registration form per person, unless otherwise noted.  Please make copies if you only have one form.  Multiple names on a single form may be returned to sender for additional forms to be completed.

Please submit the entire form.  Incomplete forms may be completed in our office based on your position and the information provided.  If there is not enough information to do so, you will be contacted and your registration may be delayed.

To qualify for pre-registration your form must be postmarked, submitted online or faxed by the stated deadline.  Registrations received after the deadline will be held and made available for completion at the event registration area, at the on-site rate.  This also applies to registrations received with the on-site fee included.

Payment is not required to pre-register; selecting the “bill to” option on forms received before the deadline allows you to take advantage of the pre-registration discount.

When registering by fax or online, please do not send payment until you receive an invoice.  Waiting for the invoice will ensure that payment is applied correctly, and that your registration will not be duplicated.

Disability accommodations and dietary food requirements must be requested by the date stated on the form.

Invoices can be paid at anytime, but they are due within 30 days after the event.  Take care to include the pink copy of the invoice with your remittance and be sure that it is sent to MAT’s PO Box of 267, not the Agency’s.

Refunds will be made to those that have mailed, faxed, or emailed a request within 30 days from the date of the event.  Fees will be refunded, less the stated processing fee.

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