MAT Educational Conference and Annual Meeting

Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 MAT Educational Conference and Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom webinar.

2021 MAT Annual Conference

September 9-11, 2021

You’re invited to the 2021 MAT Educational Conference and Annual Meeting

Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 MAT Educational Conference and Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom webinar. Township officials can use their computer (preferred) or phone to participate. There is no cost to attend.

Click below to register and receive zoom details:


Click below to view full agenda in PDF document format:

2021 Annual Conference Agenda (PDF)

August - District Meetings - Recordings:

District 7 Recording: ->VIEW THE RECORDING (2 hr)

District 9 Recording: -> VIEW THE RECORDING (80 min)

District 8 Recording: -> VIEW THE RECORDING (94 min)

District 12 Recording: -> VIEW THE RECORDING (109 min)

District 11 Recording -> VIEW THE RECORDING (2 hr)

District 10 Recording: -> VIEW THE RECORDING (2.5 hr)

Town Law Review Thursday, September 9, 2021

View Presentation Slides for “Water Clusters” by Dr. Sara Heger
View “Small Community Wastewater Solutions Guide”
Recording: Community Septic Systems (1-hr video)

View Presentation Slides “Current Town Legal Issues” by Jason Hill and Troy Gilchrist
Recording: "Current Town Legal Issues" (1-hr video)

View Presentation Slides for “Roads Roads Roads” By Kenneth Bayliss, Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A.
Recording: "Roads Roads Roads" (1-hr video)

View Presentation Slides for “Employment Basics for Urban Towns” By Susan Tindal, Iverson Reuvers
Recording: "Employment Basics for Urban Towns" (1-hr video)

Meeting link for Thursday Town Law Review

Sep 9, 2021 8:00 AM
Participate via computer (preferred):

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).

Friday, September 10, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, training and informational classes


Keynote: Emerging Energy Technologies (45-min video) , presented by Isaac Orr, Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment

Meeting link for Friday educational session (keynote and breakouts)

Time: Sep 10, 2021 6:00 PM
Participate via computer (preferred):

Meeting ID: 846 6487 2581
OR participate via phone, (312) 626-6799 passcode 84664872581#

Friday, September 10, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, training and informational classes:

6:00 Emerging Energy Technologies

Keynote: Isaac Orr, Policy Fellow at Center of the American Experiment

Breakout sessions: Recordings - See Above

7:00 Table 1: Cory Vaske, County Veterans Service Officers
7:00 Table 2: Steve Flaherty, Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Fire Training and Education
7:00 Table 3: Lori Stalker and Petra Hartness, Trainer and Clerk & Treasurer Support for general Q&A

8:00 Table 1: Tom Nelson, Truck Weight Education Program, University of Minnesota
8:00 Table 2: Kay King, Minding your Mental Health Post COVID-19
8:00 Table 3: Mark Kulda, NOAA weather patterns/insurance

You are also welcome to stop by the "hotel lobby" to socialize:

5:00-7:00 PM: MAT Hotel Bar & Lobby:
Casual conversations for all, hosted by MAT Counsel Steve Fenske

Join "The Hotel Lobby" Zoom:

Saturday September 11, 8:00am – 12:15pm

Saturday: 2021 Annual Meeting (4-hour video)

Minutes: View 2020 Unapproved Meeting Minutes

Resolutions: View 2021 Resolutions packet

2021 Scholarship Winners' Essays

Saturday Annual Meeting Link (Register to receive zoom link automatically by email)
Registration Required
Sep 11, 2021, 08:00 AM

Register for Saturday annual meeting:


Video recording of the MAT Annual Meeting will be posted afterwards.

(Will be posted soon)


Saturday, September 11, 8am-12:15

Pre-meeting Presentation

  • 8:00 Jon Mocol with the Minnesota Association of Townships Insurance Trust (MATIT)
  • 8:30 Meeting opening with pledge, flag presentation, Star Spangle Banner video
  • 8:45 Acknowledgement of 9/11; Memorial for Township Officers late 2020 & 2021
  • 9:00 Business Meeting Call to Order: Gary/Jeff Welcome
  • 9:15 Approval of Minutes, Treasurers Report
  • 9:15 RSM Audit
  • 9:30 Speaker 1: Congresswoman Angie Craig
  • 10:00 Speaker 2: Andrew McCrea, Building Community
  • 11:00 MAT Scholarship Winner Recognition
  • 11:20 Presentation of Legislative Resolutions/Agenda: Gary Burdorf, Steve Fenske, Shep Harris
  • 11:30 Legislative and Research Committee report
  • 11:40 NATaT Report
  • 11:50 ED Report
  • 12:00 Closing, Gary Burdorf

Wander into our Zoom-based social room, The Hotel Bar & Lobby, for casual conversations with MAT staff and town officers during the MAT Educational Conference and Annual Meeting. The room will be open during MAT programming for socializing, but no programing will be scheduled. Bring a drink of your choice and visit! Questions are welcome but not required.

Friday September 10th

5-6 PM:

MAT Hotel Bar & Lobby, hosted by MAT General Counsel Steve Fenske

Join Zoom Meeting:

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