SPRING SHORT COURSES
The 2020 Spring Short Courses are CANCELLED for 2020.
The Spring Short Courses is a one day workshop that takes place in 15 cities in 15 days. The first week hits the southern part of the state, the second week occurs in the central part, and the third week takes us across the northern portion.
The training sessions are divided into three groups: Supervisors, Clerks/Treasurers, and New Officers. This is a great chance to be up-to-date on current legislative happenings, get clarification of responsibilities, become orientated in township duties, speak with our trainers or attorneys one-on-one, and get together with other township officers from your area.
There is no pre-registration for these events. For those who have a clerk who brings a check for the entire board members attending, tickets will be given to who pays…if you come separately, please find your clerk to obtain the ticket.
Be sure all required signatures are on the check before submitting it to the registrar.
Registration fee for 2020 is $50/person.
Register on-site at each location on the morning of the short course beginning at 8:00 am. The Registration fee includes training, handout materials, lunch and refreshments. Please have your checks pre-written to MAT to speed registration. Also, try to arrive early to avoid delay in 9:00 am start time. No pre-registration is required.
Cancellation Policy: Refunds will be made only to those who have mailed their unused registration ticket(s) with a written request, post marked no later than 30 days after the event.
The Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance Trust (MATIT) is once again offering a credit to new township officers attending the New Officer Training Program at this year’s Spring Short Course…essentially making it a ‘NO COST TRAINING’. This is a great opportunity for your new officers to get information on what it means to be a township officer at no cost to the township. Don’t let your new officers miss out on this deal.
How It Works
- Your Township must have Consolidated Liability Coverage through MATIT to be eligible.
- At registration, all New Officers who are attending the New Officer Session will still need to pay the registration fee of $50. That may still be paid via cash, check, or invoiced to the Township.
- The New Officer must attend the New Officer Session for the entire day.
- In the New Officer Session, a New Officer will need to complete the Sign-In Sheet at the beginning of the workshop.
- At the end of the workshop (3:00pm), the New Officer will have to sign-out verifying they have completed the New Officer Session.
- MAT Agency Staff will verify the attendance sign-in/out sheet for eligibility.
- The Township will receive a $50 credit applied to the upcoming Consolidated Liability Coverage Renewal through MATIT.
OATH OF OFFICE
In order to take your oath of office at the Spring Short Courses:
- Your township must have held its Board of Canvass and the 7-day contest period expired;
- Have your Certificate of Election (copies will be available for your Clerk to fill out)
If your township’s Board of Canvass met on the second day after the election (the 12th) you could receive your oath at the following locations:
Granite Falls • Breezy Point • St. Cloud • Hutchinson • Willmar • Alexandria
If you held your Board of Canvass after the election on the 10th or on the day after (the 11th) you can receive the oath at these locations as well:
Mankato and Windom
The oath of office must be administered within 10 days of receiving your certificate of election. (Individual oaths may be administered the final week of the Spring Short Course if you fall within the 10-day period. Stop at the registration desk to inquire.)
To request disability accommodation or special diet requests, please contact Scott Saloum (or 1-800-228-0296) before March 1, 2020. Any requests made after March 1 may not be able to be met, but all efforts will try to accommodate the request. MAT is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
The City of Mankato will no longer be providing FREE parking vouchers for those that park in the WALNUT parking ramp. You will be responsible for any fees for parking in that ramp or any other ramp in downtown Mankato. Do note, the WALNUT Street parking ramp is the closest ramp to the Civic Center and is connected via an indoor skywalk. The WALNUT RAMP is located on Riverfront Drive South and says Civic Center Parking on it.
Parking is available in the parking ramp next to the DECC. Guests will be responsible for their own parking expenses. Parking rate is $5/day for unlimited access on that day.
MATIT SAFETY VESTS & PADFOLIOS
New Officers who have just been elected, or are in their first term and have not attended the New Officer Session, are eligible to receive the brand new MATIT Safety Vest. The Vests will be distributed to new officers in attendance during the New Officer Session.
MATIT Safety Vests will also be for sale at the registration desk for $15/each. The Safety Vest is one size fits most.
MATIT Padfolios can also be purchased at the registration desk for $20 each.
The 2020 Spring Short Course Agenda
Clerk & Treasurer Handouts
BOTH Supervisor and Clerk & Treasurer Classes
Newly Elected Officials
There is ONE venue change in 2020.
Week 2: ST CLOUD
New Location: The Park Event Center in Waite Park
FURTHER TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Board of Appeal and Equalization Training
MN Dept of Revenue BAE Training Schedule More information, Course materials, Training Dates/Locations, Attendance lists, and more.
Course Materials Digital copy of the handbook received at the training and the PowerPoint presentation.
Attendance Lists View updated attendance lists by County or by Name for those who have attended an BAE course in the last four years.
Steps to find BAE Training & Certification Step-by-step instructions on how to find the Board of Appeal & Equalization section on the MN Department of Revenue’s website. A roster of trained members by county can also be found as well as certificates of completion.
Board of Appeal and Equalization Further Information
Legislation enacted in the 2003 session requires that, at each meeting of a Board of Appeal and Equalization (beginning with the 2006 local boards), there be at least one voting member who has, within the last four years, attended an appeals and equalization course developed or approved by the Commissioner of Revenue.
The appeals and equalization course details the responsibilities, procedures and requirements of Boards of Appeal and Equalization. The legislation also requires the Commissioner of Revenue to develop a handbook to be reviewed during the course. The contents of the handbook include:
- the role of the board in the assessment process;
- the legal and policy reasons for fair and impartial appeal and equalization hearings;
- board meeting procedures that foster fair and impartial assessment reviews and other best practices recommendations;
- quorum requirements for boards; and
- explanations of alternate methods of appeal.
More than one board member encouraged to attend
While the law only requires that one voting board member attend the appeals and equalization course within the last four years, the Department of Revenue recommends that additional board members attend the training. It is important to note that the member who attended the training session must be present at the Board of Appeal and Equalization meeting. If that member fails to attend the meeting due to illness or other circumstances, the board is deemed to have transferred its Board of Appeal and Equalization duties to the county. Having more than one board member attend the course can eliminate situations in which unforeseen circumstances result in a failure to comply with the training requirement.
Must be voting member to satisfy requirements
Please note that a voting member of the board must attend the appeals and equalization course to meet the training requirements. Generally, the town board of a town or the council or other governing body of a city is the Board of Appeal and Equalization. While city and township clerks are encouraged to attend the training, the clerk’s attendance will not satisfy the training requirements if the clerk is not a voting member of the board. For townships, this means that only the township supervisors are voting members; township clerks are not voting members of the board. For cities, some clerks are voting members of the board (in standard plan cities, the clerk is a voting member).
What if I have questions?
You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 651-556-6091.
LTAP & Truck Weight Training Opportunities
Registration is now open for 2020 Virtual To You (V2Y) NLTAPA/NTTD Annual Conference. To register and see the draft agenda please go to https://nltapa.org/workgroups/conference/.
This year we’ll meet from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM (Central Time) from July 28-30, 2020.
The mission of the LTAP program is to foster a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation system by improving skills and knowledge of local transportation providers through training, technical assistance, and technology transfer.
Minnesota LTAP serves these and other training needs through workshops, personalized training, demonstrations, distance learning, events, seminars, and conferences. Training is at the heart of Minnesota LTAP.
LTAP Website Home Page (Gravel Road Maintenance, Culvert Installation, Sign Maintenance & Management, and more classes available)
Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Training
Minnesota Truck-Weight Education Program: What Does Your Load Weigh? Video about the Truck Weight Program Training
Truck Weight Education Truck Weight Through Alexandria Technical & Community College
GTS Land Use Planning Workshops
Everyone is impacted by how land is used. Land Use describes a decision-making process used to determine how a land should be developed to meet the needs of residents, businesses, and government. Building mixed-use developments, adding more bike lanes and walking paths, or zoning land for commercial development are examples of just some of the ways land can be developed to meet community needs.
From basic to advanced core content, to special and emerging topics, the Land Use Training and Education Program is designed to provide opportunities for elected and appointed officials, land use planning and zoning staff, the business community, community-based organizations, and concerned citizens from cities, suburbs, towns, and rural areas to engage in conversations and collaborative learning that will drive toward equitable and sustainable land use outcomes.
For a list of upcoming Land Use Training & Education Programs, use this link: http://mngts.org/LandUse/
MN Board of Firefighter Training & Education Firefighter Training, Education and Resources
Dept of Ag Noxious & Invasive Weed Website
The Minnesota Noxious Weed Law and Lists (2017) 10MB PowerPoint Presentation. As Township Weed Inspectors, this informational presentation is what you need to review before the weed season begins!
National Stormwater Center MS4 Workshops Online workshops….