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Annual Conference

2024 MAT Annual Conference

December 12 - 14, 2024


River's Edge Convention Center

St. Cloud, MN


The Minnesota Association of Townships hosts an Annual Conference every year

in hopes of bringing people together for networking, socialization, education, and entertainment.

Registration (2023)

Our online, mail-in, and phone registrations are now closed.

We will be accepting onsite walk-in registrations:
Thursday, December 7, 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Friday, December 8, 7:00am - 9:00am

If you have any registration questions, email kplaisance@mntownships.org


Prices


Delegate Registration

Two-Day Conference with Banquet
$200/person (on-site will be $230) 

Two-Day Conference without Banquet
$170/person (on-site will be $200)
           Everyone must pre-register for
           Friday night dinner for so
          set up can be done

Friday Only without Banquet
$110/person (on-site will be $130)

Friday Banquet Only
$40/person

Saturday Only (Annual Meeting)
$50/person (on-site will be $60) 


Spouse/Guest Registration

Guests can participate as much or as little as they want.
Guest passes include access to both morning activities and food.
The Guest event is a fun Friday afternoon get away!

Friday Lunch
$30/Person
        Excludes Exhibit Hall Pass
        Friday Lunch ONLY.


Friday Banquet
$40/Person

Saturday Breakfast
$25/Person

Guest Exhibit Hall
$15/Person
         Thursday Exhibitor/Refreshments
         & Friday AM Refreshments


Guest Event
$30/Person
         Tour of Distillery
         Transportation Included

Questions contact:
Kayla Plaisance (kplaisance@mntownships.org) 
or Jesi Petersen (jpetersen@mntownships.org)
Their info can also be found on the contact page

Schedule (2023)

Thursday, December 7

5:30pm - 8:30pm Registration opens
5:30pm - 8:30pm Vendor Exhibition and Roundtable Discussions
                                Cash bar and snacks available

Friday, December 8

7:00am - 9:00am Registration
7:00am - 9:00am Vendor Exhibition and Roundtable Discussions
                                Breakfast buffet
9:00am                  General Session
                                Welcome and Flag Pledge
                                Introductions
                                General Assembly Presentations
                                         9:15am Cybersecurity: Mark Lanterman
                                         10:15am Mock township meeting
                                         11:00am State Auditor Julie Blaha
                                         11:30am Secretary of State Steve Simon
12:00pm                Lunch buffet
1:00pm - 4:45pm Breakout educational sessions
                                Four rooms with the following tentative presentation topics: 
                                CTAS (Auditor's Office) • MAT Trainers
                                MAT Attorneys • Broadband
                                EMS • LTAP 
                                Kennedy & Graven • MN Fire
                                MATIT • Corporate Purchasing Venture
                                Leslie Rosedahl • Dan Petrik
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Spouse/Guest Event
                                Tour of distillery
5:00pm - 6:00pm Social Hour with cash bar
6:00pm - 7:00pm Banquet
                                Scholarship Presentation
7:00pm - 8:30pm Entertainment

Saturday, December 9

8:00am-9:00am Breakfast Buffet
9:00am                Business Meeting
                                 Introduction of MAT
                                 Directors
                                 Financials - CLA
                                 Legislative Update - Shep Harris
                                 Resolutions
                                 Bylaw Recommended Changes
                                 MAT Dues Structure
                                 Question and Answer
10:45am             Adjourn
11:00am             Door Prizes



*This schedule is tentative and is subject to change

A few of our...

Breakout Topics (2023)

Financial Reporting
Mark Albarado (MN State Auditor's Office)
It's Almost The End Of The Year...NOW WHAT?
Lori Stalker
MAT In-House Counsel
Graham Berg-Moberg
MAT General Counsel
Steve Fenske
Office of Broadband
Bree Maki

This session will give an update on timelines, what comes next, and how townships can be part of deployment. OBD is committed to ensuring all Minnesotans have the infrastructure, tools, resources, and skills to achieve their digital technology goals.

Understanding Minnesota's Earned Sick and Safe Time and Paid Family and Medical Leave Act
Madeline Cash

Join us for an engaging presentation on Minnesota’s Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) and Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA), two significant legislative developments designed to support the well-being of employees and promote healthier workplaces. This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of ESST and PFMLA, the implications for employers, and the steps needed to ensure compliance with the law. Don't miss this opportunity to stay informed and compliant while promoting a healthier work-life balance for all.

EMS
Becca Huebsch

The presentation will offer an overview of the current state of emergency medical services (EMS), from the perspective of ambulance services operating in Otter Tail County, MN. It will cover the challenges related to sustaining rural EMS and will shed light on the financial constraints that EMS organizations face, including the impact of insufficient reimbursements, rising operational costs, and the strain of providing uncompensated care. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of EMS operations, the financial intricacies within the EMS sector, and potential strategies and collaborative approaches to foster long-term financial sustainability and resilience.

LTAP
Dale Prokosch

This presentation will include: Current road weight limits; specific commodity weight issues; road restrictions; damage liability statute; mention (and possible demonstration) of the MN Weight Calculator (TWC).

Lesser Known Road Statutes & Rules
Jason Hill (Kenndy and Graven)
Advocates for Health
Joel Vogel

When sudden cardiac arrest happens, and the heart stops and we will be talking about increasing the odds of saving lives from 5% to 75% with Outdoor Smart Cabinets that have AEDs available 24/7. The myths of freezing, theft and improper usage will be addressed.

MN Cannabis Department
MN Local Road Research Board
Nicole Bitzan

The Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) serves local transportation practitioners by sponsoring transportation research and related technology transfer activities to meet the informational needs of cities and counties. This of it as the “think tank” for Minnesota’s city and county engineers. This session will provide an overview of the LRRB and highlight some recent projects that may be applicable to townships.

Shoreland Management for Townships
Dan Petrik

The DNR recently completed work with MAT and MACPZA to develop guidance for townships taking on shoreland zoning. Recognizing that statutes and rules are not clear on this process, the guidance provides best practices and strategies to help townships understand what they are taking on, avoid litigation risk, and successfully adopt and administer shoreland compliant ordinances. This session will discuss the importance of shoreland regulations, the minimum requirements for shoreland zoning and examples of how some townships have approached shoreland zoning.

Township Communications
Leslie Rosedahl

Learn some “tips and tricks” that will be helpful to your township (and you personally) to improve township communications with residents, potential vendors, and even each other. This session will focus on a variety of communications topics: working with local media outlets, getting started on social media, how to create an electronic newsletter, and how easy it can be to maintain a township website.

MATIT
Heather Tidmore

Metathesiophobia is a fear of change and Technophobia is a fear of technology with this in mind, we are here to help! MATIT Staff will walk through step-by-step the online workers compensation survey process, and address commonly asked questions. In addition, we are excited to demonstrate the new online claims reporting process!

Cooperative Purchasing Venture
Luke Jannett

This presentation will provide an overview of the State of Minnesota’s Cooperative Purchasing Venture (CPV) Program. Attendees will learn the benefits of the program, how state contracts are evaluated and awarded, and how state’s CPV program and resources may be leveraged.

Hotels (2023)

Best Western Kelly Inn

Connected to River's Edge Convention Center.

Includes Pool and Green Mill Restaurant onsite.

100 4th Ave S, St. Cloud, MN 56301

$119.00 plus tax

Book online or call (320) 253-0606

We no longer have our room rate/block. Deadline was November 7, 2023.

Courtyard by Marriott

Connected to River's Edge Convention Center.

Includes Pool and Bistro/Starbucks.

404 West St Germain Street, St. Cloud, MN 56301

$139.00-$149.00 plus tax

Book online or call (320) 654-1661

We no longer have our room rate/block. Deadline was November 7, 2023.

Parking info for the convention center

Documents (2023)

These are some of the documents we will be going over at the meeting.

These are PDFs for your review.

Proxy Document

Bylaws Change Notice

Proposed Bylaws (see the redline version below)

Resolutions

MAT Dues Proposal

Bylaws

At MAT’s Annual Meeting this December, the voting officers will be asked to consider a set of changes to MAT’s Bylaws. MAT District Directors and MAT General Counsel will be hosting a virtual informational and discussion session on these proposals. We request your consideration, questions, and comments on the proposals in advance of the annual meeting.  

MAT’s Bylaws are a set of rules that guide the operations of MAT while also providing operational flexibility for MAT to provide services to township officers. The Bylaws have been changed 23 times since 1981, with the most recent changes being made in 2016. Changes used to be made regularly, on average every two years.  

DOCUMENTS OF PROPOSED BYLAW CHANGES: ·        
A redline version of the proposed bylaw changes can be found here - showing exactly which changes are proposed to be made. (Underlined is new added text and striked is removed text.)        
A clean version of the proposed bylaw changes can be found here.

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