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Wednesday, Jan. 25
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

  1. Dazed and Confused: Trying to Understand Medical Marijuana in Your Township: With the enactment of HB 523 (131st GA) last year, medical marijuana became legal in Ohio. What does this mean for townships as employers? What does this mean for land use and zoning in townships? This session will provide attendees with those answers and much more.
  2. Piggybacking with the State for Facility Maintenance, Repair & Minor Construction: IAP is the Third Party Administrator for the State of Ohio for Facility Maintenance, Repair and Minor Construction.  As most of the Ohio townships are registered as Cooperative Purchasing Partners with the State of Ohio, they are eligible to use our contract to assist them with their repair, maintenance and minor construction needs.  This session will review the program and educate township officials about the benefits of using it. 
  3. Responsibility of Zoning Boards and Inspector: This session will provide attendees with the responsibility of zoning boards and the zoning inspector regarding enforcement through civil actions; the agricultural use exemption; and conducting a proper hearing. The session will also provide an overview of the board of township trustees role in these processes. Additional Materials
  4. Pros and Cons of Township Fire Departments: Contracting Service or Joint Districts: There are several ways townships can provide fire protection to residents. This session will explore the pros and cons of the various fire protection delivery methods including township fire departments, private fire departments, contracting for services and joint fire districts. Come learn the best option for your township.
  5. Thank Goodness We Had Coverage: During this session, attendees will discover the importance of recognizing and covering exposures within individual townships, and making sure that all schedules of real and personal property, vehicles, and miscellaneous property are up-to-date and have correct values.
  6. Controlling Workers’ Compensation Costs (CE): Attendees will leave this session with a basic understanding of how BWC determines workers’ compensation rates and the costs that drive them. Additionally, how claim costs impact rates, rating plan options and strategies to control costs will be discussed.
  7. Cashing Out Investments: The Who, What, When & Why (CPIM and CE): Many public entities simply invest funds under the assumption the investment will be held to maturity. This session will explore scenarios on why it may be advantageous to sell or cash in an investment prior to maturity. The discussion will center on tools that can be used to evaluate the appropriateness of selling a security early and the steps to make it a successful transaction.
  8. Building Sustainable Communities*: Participants will explore concepts and practices around the topic. Sustainability seeks to find the balance between environmental, social and economic aspects of a community. Discussion will center on methods of involving residents in determining the desired balance, resolving differences, and settling indicators for future decision making.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 25
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

  1. Dealing with Pipelines in Townships: Upgrades, refits and new projects - Ohioans will see over 38,000 miles of pipeline construction over the next decade. Learn more about different projects being developed, their regulatory and enforcement provisions, when eminent domain applies, repair/remediation of public infrastructure and under what conditions township trustees have the opportunity to negotiate effective project settlements for the community.
  2. Funding of Township Roads (CPIM and CE): All trips begin and end on local roads. Of the over 122,000 miles of road in Ohio, townships are responsible for the maintenance of 41,387 miles and 80,000 lane miles. Attendees will learn the different ways roads are funded in townships.
  3. Shared Service: Why Funding Agencies Want It & Is It Right for You?: This presentation will bring into sharper focus the meaning of “shared services”, including the types of services which townships may share and limitations applicable to shared services.  It will examine why funding agencies promote shared services.  Additionally, the presentation will discuss when shared services arrangements may be advantageous, the pros and cons of shared services, funding issues related to shared services, strategies for accomplishing shared services agreements, and provide examples of successful shared services arrangements.
  4. Affordable Care Act Impact on How Townships Offer Health Insurance: Join us for a discussion of 1095s, insurance, and the affordable care act.  What are some things to be mindful of if you need to complete the form 1095 for your employees, commonly missed items, and how things may change going forward.  Any new options in the health care market to consider?  And finally, what kind of changes to the affordable care act have been proposed and what to watch out for!  
  5. Economic Development Tools and How They Relate to Zoning & Planning: State incentives packages often receive the big headlines, but local incentives are becoming increasingly important in spurring economic development.  This session with describe some of the most commonly-used local economic development tools, and how those tools can be used in connection with zoning and land use plans to develop a comprehensive growth strategy at the local level. 
  6. Concentrated Animal Feeding Facilities: Over fifteen years ago, the General Assembly passed legislation defining and regulating concentrated animal feeding facilities. The law has been slightly tweaked over the years but has largely been unchanged. With a large turnover of township elected officials in the last few years has necessitated the need for a refresher on the permitting requirements for a concentrated animal feeding facility and the role a township may play.
  7. HB 413: What Does It Mean For Townships: With the smallest changes, townships were provided additional flexibility to stretch resources or given the same permissive authority as other local governments with the enactment of Sub. HB 413, the township omnibus bill. Effective September 28, 2016, the bill contained many provisions that benefit the operations of townships and this session will review all of those provisions.
  8. Cemetery Resources: This session will review potential resources at Federal, State and local levels that may be available to support you in the operation of your cemetery.  From online trainings to preservation blogs to association contacts, come learn about the resources that are just a click or call away.
  9. Digitizing Minutes & Records for Better Management & Transparency (CE): Digitizing records improves accessibility and use of our physical records. However, there are several retention, technological, and resource factors you must consider. This presentation will cover determining whether or not to commit to a digitizing project as well as the planning and implementation of such ventures.
  10. Communicating & Working with the Media*: This is a workshop about developing effective working relationships with the media representatives and organizations that cover your meetings. The workshop will focus on the basic principles and practices that will provide a framework for improving your media relation skills. Topics include: understanding the media; preparing the media for your meetings; preparing yourself; and developing effective media relations.

 

Thursday, Jan. 26
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.

  1. How to Properly Run a Township Meeting: We will discuss the good, bad, and (avoiding the) ugly of township meetings.  Is your township using meeting rules and procedures effectively?  What can you discuss in an executive session?  Should agendas be provided to the public?  What information should be provided to the trustees in advance?  Please bring your questions!
  2. Slips & Road Repairs: Road maintenance is one of the largest responsibilities of townships, as townships are responsible for over 41,000 miles of roads in Ohio. Come learn about slip and road repair tips and tricks a township can use to maintain quality roads.
  3. Top Five Issues Facing Township Police Departments Today: Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code §505.48, a township has the ability to create a police district to provide for the police protection. A township may contract for such authority pursuant to R.C. §505.43. There are challenges that township police departments face such as minimal funding and lack of authority. Add to the challenges recent Supreme Court decisions and public perception of officers and you have quite challenging times for law enforcement. This session will explore the top five issues facing township police departments today.
  4. Putting a Man on the Moon: Managing and Evaluating Today’s Workforce: This presentation will provide an overview of the characteristics of each generation making up today’s multi-generational workplace and supply tips for managing and evaluating each generation. This presentation will also go through each component of an effective evaluation system and discuss how good evaluation systems can be utilized in today’s multi-generational workplace. Specific topics that will be discussed include: identifying the different characteristics of the generations in the workforce; tips for effectively managing and rewarding the performance for each generation; and understanding the components of an effective performance evaluation system.
  5. Explanation of Millage: Ins and Outs of Funding Townships Receive (CPIM and CE): Representatives from the Ohio Department of Taxation will provide an overview of the funding sources townships receive. The different types of levies a township may place on the ballot will be reviewed, including how to estimate the amount of revenue a levy will generate and when to expect the revenue if a levy is passed. An experienced fiscal officer will review the procedures a township should follow in allocating township expenses, including a look at what expenses may come from each revenue funds.
  6. Annexation, Zoning & Economic Development Tools: Understanding Their Interrelationship: This seminar will focus on better understanding the interrelationship of annexation, township zoning, and economic development tools available to townships (including JEDDs, TIFs, Annexation Agreements, Tax Abatement, Water and Sewer Services, etc.).  This presentation will include a discussion of successful strategies which have been developed utilizing  and combining township zoning and economic development tools in a creative fashion to achieve boundary stability and facilitate economic development.
  7. Telecommunication Towers in Townships: A practical and legal examination of federal and state restrictions over a township’s ability to regulate telecommunications towers.
  8. Economic Impact of Shale Industry: The recent technological advancement in horizontal hydraulic fracturing has unlocked oil and gas resources from shale formations once thought to be uneconomical to recover. At the township level, oil and gas development can create a boomtown scenario for townships who experience an increase in population, wealth and economic activity due to the sudden shock. Energy based economies often experience a boom-bust cycle that follows the rise and fall of energy prices. The presentation will provide township officials with reliable information on how energy development affects townships and to provide them with some strategies to assist them in the long-term economic development and planning process.
  9. Limited Home Rule: Expanding Township Authority: How many times have you wanted to help your residents but have lacked the authority to do so? This session will focus on how limited home rule can increase your authority to address issues facing your constituents. Come learn what limited home rule is, how to adopt it and what it can do for your township.
  10. UAN Update (CE): The UAN Update is for all UAN clients. UAN Project Accountants will demonstrate the latest features introduced into the UAN application in the most recent releases. The session will also discuss the solution to the most common support calls received this year. 
  11. Process for Estimating Expenses in Next Budget (CPIM and CE): This presentation will include an overview of the county budget commission process. An experienced township fiscal officer will also be on hand to offer guidance as to the process a township would follow in establishing appropriations. Additional Materials
  12. Heroin and Opioid Problem: Impact on Townships: How does Ohio’s drug epidemic affect our society? Come hear about the impacts on local governments across the state and what can be done to assist and combat this terrible drug problem.
  13. General Workshop*: This basic course is designed to provide participants with an overview of the basic issues, expectations and practices associated with serving in public office. The workshop will focus on the principles and practices for improving your tenure and service. Topics include: responsibilities of public officials, codes of ethics and standards of conduct.

 

Thursday, Jan. 26
2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

  1. Volunteer Management: Handling Volunteer Board Member Removals: Volunteer board members are essential to the success of township government. In this session, attendees will learn what to do when the volunteer relationship goes wrong, from methods of informal dispute resolution, up to and including how to tackle the formal removal hearing process. Attendees will also learn what challenges to expect and what happens after the hearing process is complete.
  2. Utilizing RUMAs Across Ohio: Road Use Maintenance Agreements (RUMAs) are legal agreements between local governments and businesses outlining the responsibility for road construction and repairs resulting from excessive use and/or damage caused by those organizations’ activities. This session will review the evolution of RUMAs, the legal basis for entering into these agreements and what types of businesses are required to enter into the agreements. The key elements of a good RUMA will also be discussed.
  3. Working with Other Generations: There are currently up to four different generations of employees in a typical workplace: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Generation Y.  This session will review the trends and events that have tended to influence each generation, and will provide insights into the different work habits, values and motivational factors that may be encountered.  The discussion will highlight tips for communicating effectively, and working productively, with co-workers and customers from other generations.
  4. New 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Point Operations Rules: The Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Operations Rules became effective May 2016. This session will review the new rules and provide an overview of what is required of PSAP operators.
  5. Understanding Ohio's Liquor Laws and a Township's Role: The liquor objection process will be explained from start to finish, including objection, hearings before the Division of Liquor Control and the Liquor Control Commission and appeals to Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and the Tenth District Court of Appeals.  Come learn what information and evidence should be presented to the Division of Liquor Control should a township object to a liquor establishment.  Examples of cases wherein the local objection was sustained and what evidence was presented will be provided.
  6. Zoning for Small Townships: Small townships are often faced with unique land use issues. This session will focus on land issues unique to smaller townships and how to address those issues through zoning. A discussion will also occur on when smaller townships should consider adopting zoning.
  7. Successful Risk Management for Police & Fire Liability Protection: This session focuses on the training for first line safety forces supervisory personnel to reduce potential exposure by connecting their duties and responsibilities to risk management and reducing liability exposure.  This is a proactive approach to risk management. This session will cover: primary areas of risk/liability; elements of law enforcement risk management and;  the deadly dozen.  
  8. New JEDD Law (CPIM and CE): In 2016, the General Assembly enacted significant amendments to the law governing joint economic development districts, which became effective in September 2016. This session will cover these changes, and will review best practices in implementing joint economic development districts.
  9. Conforming Boundaries: This session will outline the legal aspects of conforming boundaries and the practical implications of doing so. Never a “one size fits all” situation, conforming boundaries may be advantageous to a township and does not necessarily lead to a “paper township” and loss of inside millage.  Hear current developments on this topic from fellow trustees and learn what a township may or may not do as part of the process. Additional Materials
  10. Township Responsibility When Given a Cemetery: Townships maintain over 2,400 cemeteries in Ohio and that number is increasing every year. Not because townships are creating new cemeteries, rather it is because townships are being given abandoned cemeteries. This session will cover the following topics: differences between association/religious society cemeteries and private/family cemeteries (R.C. 517.27); maintenance responsibilities (or lack thereof) for private/family cemeteries; tips and tricks for setting up and dealing with a cemetery that was turned over to a township; the ins and outs of day-to-day needs and special considerations for managing such a cemetery; and what to do if no cemetery records are turned over with the cemetery.
  11. Hiring an Assistant and Other Authorities Granted to Fiscal Officers in the Code (CE): Per the Ohio Revised Code, a township fiscal officer has the ability to hire an assistant to help with the duties of the office. Now the trustees get to set the budget for said position but the choice of personnel is up to the fiscal officer. Should the trustees approve an illegal expense, the fiscal officer doesn't have to sign the check. Come learn more about these provisions and many others that detail a fiscal officer's authority and duty in the township.
  12. UAN Update (CE): This session is for fiscal officers that are closing or have just closed their first year end. We’ll talk about the activities that you should be completing in UAN during the next 60 – 90 days to get ready for your first budget submission. We’ll also discuss some of the most frequent UAN Support calls that we have been receiving.
  13. Funding & Accreditation of Health Districts: This session will lay out the many accreditation hurdles that health districts in Ohio are facing. Additionally, the different methods of funding a health district will be discussed.
  14. Effective Decision Making*: This workshop focuses on the requirements and challenges for serving in public office in Ohio. The program is designed to provide participants with an overview of the basic issues, expectations and practices associated with serving and making decisions in any public office in Ohio. The workshop will also focus on the principles and practices that can provide a framework for improving your tenure and service in public office. Topics include: Duties and Responsibilities of Public Officials; Codes of Ethics; Standards of Conduct; Conflict of Interest; Using and Abusing the office; Open Meetings Laws; Honesty, and Ethics.

 

Friday, Jan. 27
8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

  1. Dazed and Confused: Trying to Understand Medical Marijuana in Your Township: (repeat) With the enactment of HB 523 (131st GA) last year, medical marijuana became legal in Ohio. What does this mean for townships as employers? What does this mean for land use and zoning in townships? This session will provide attendees with those answers and much more.
  2. Using Weight Limits & Frost Law to Preserve Township Roads: How can we protect our most important investment, the infrastructure. This session will explore a proactive approach to weight regulations. A representative from ODOT District will be on hand to share information about a Frost Law Waiver being utilized in the eastern part of the state.  Additional Materials
  3. Implementing GIS and Other Technologies in Safety Services: From reduced response times to requiring online training, safety services are utilizing technology in a variety of ways. Attendees will learn about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), GIS software and other IT programs that will help first responders.
  4. What Are the Gaps in Your Organization That Could Cost You a Million Dollars?: Every day individuals and organizations make decisions. Some of those decisions are easy and some are more difficult. However, all decisions, including not making a decision, involve some risk. Risk is something all of us experience on a daily basis. We will examine five specific areas of risk that all organizations should work to ensure that adequate and proper systems are in place to reduce potential liability.
  5. OPERS Update (CE): This OPERS session will be broken down into two parts: 1) changes to healthcare and pension plans including the new monthly minimum amount and; 2) reviewing the requirements of OPERS reporting as an employer.  Additional Materials 
  6. Dealing with Pipelines in Townships: (repeat) Upgrades, refits and new projects - Ohioans will see over 38,000 miles of pipeline construction over the next decade. Learn more about different projects being developed, their regulatory and enforcement provisions, when eminent domain applies, repair/remediation of public infrastructure and under what conditions township trustees have the opportunity to negotiate effective project settlements for the community.
  7. Telecommunication Towers in Townships: (repeat) A practical and legal examination of federal and state restrictions over a township’s ability to regulate telecommunications towers.
  8. New JEDD Law (CPIM and CE): (repeat) In 2016, the General Assembly enacted significant amendments to the law governing joint economic development districts, which became effective in September 2016. This session will cover these changes, and will review best practices in implementing joint economic development districts.
  9. Conforming Boundaries: (repeat) This session will outline the legal aspects of conforming boundaries and the practical implications of doing so. Never a “one size fits all” situation, conforming boundaries may be advantageous to a township and does not necessarily lead to a “paper township” and loss of inside millage.  Hear current developments on this topic from fellow trustees and learn what a township may or may not do as part of the process.  Additional Materials
  10. Cemetery Resources: (repeat) This session will review potential resources at Federal, State and local levels that may be available to support you in the operation of your cemetery.  From online trainings to preservation blogs to association contacts, come learn about the resources that are just a click or call away.
  11. Fraud Red Flags & Proactive Prevention Activities (CPIM and CE): The Auditor of State’s Fraud Prevention and Detection Training will aim to provide attendees with the tools they need to prevent fraud from occurring. Instead of focusing on investigations the Auditor of State’s Public Integrity Assurance Team has conducted after crimes have occurred, we will educate attendees on ways to avoid being victimized in the first place. We focus on: identifying warning signs that employees may be high risk; best practices and controls that prevent fraud from ever happening in the first place; and management techniques which promote accountability and transparency.
  12. Audit Basics for New(er) Fiscal Officers (CPIM and CE): This session helps township fiscal officers / officials understand what to expect during their Township audit and how to prepare for the audit.  This session is especially useful for newer fiscal officers / officials that are unfamiliar with the audit process.
  13. Controlling Workers' Compensation Costs (CE): (repeat) Attendees will leave this session with a basic understanding of how BWC determines workers’ compensation rates and the costs that drive them. Additionally, how claim costs impact rates, rating plan options and strategies to control costs will be discussed.
  14. Technology in Local Government*: The uses, applications, and limitations of information technology, especially internet-based technology, in local government. This workshop will also identify the primary benefits and costs associated with using information technology in local government.

 

Friday, Jan. 27
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

  1. Explanation of Millage: Ins and Outs of Funding Townships Receive (CPIM and CE): Representatives from the Ohio Department of Taxation will provide an overview of the funding sources townships receive. The different types of levies a township may place on the ballot will be reviewed, including how to estimate the amount of revenue a levy will generate and when to expect the revenue if a levy is passed. An experienced fiscal officer will review the procedures a township should follow in allocating township expenses, including a look at what expenses may come from each revenue funds.
  2. ODOT Programs Available to Townships: The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has numerous programs available to townships. Representatives of the ODOT Local Transportation Assistance Program (LTAP) will be on hand to discuss several of those programs including: the ODOT Cooperative Purchasing Program, the Township Sign Grant Program and other funding programs of interest to townships.
  3. Three Hot Topics in Employment Law: Overtime, Marijuana & Transgender Restrooms: The speaker will explore the three emerging topics of concern to the township attendees.  The program will cover current status, what changes might occur in the next year and best practices to deal with the uncertainties associated with rapid change.
  4. Grant Management & Resources (and more!) (CPIM and CE): Managing and funding township operations isn’t about finding one big answer…it’s a bunch of tiny pieces of one big puzzle.
  5. BWC New Premium Method: Details about the new BWC premium payment method will be reviewed including an explanation on payment installments, requirements for employers and new deadlines.
  6. Economic Development Tools and How They Relate to Zoning & Planning: (repeat) State incentives packages often receive the big headlines, but local incentives are becoming increasingly important in spurring economic development. This session with describe some of the most commonly-used local economic development tools, and how those tools can be used in connection with zoning and land use plans to develop a comprehensive growth strategy at the local level.
  7. Developing a Budget: Fire, EMS or Police (CPIM and CE): This presentation is intended for those with responsibility for budget development in the township or special district public safety departments (fire, EMS or police), although the principals do transfer to other departments within a township. The presentation will cover: the identification of the resources needed for the budgeting process; contracts, incident data, Auditor’s Estimate of Resources etc.; the basic layout of the accounts within the budget, their relationship to each other and how they are utilized; the need to interact with the fiscal officer; developing the specific line item accounts and determining the funds for each; and the layout of the final budget.
  8. Economic Impact of Shale Industry: (repeat) The recent technological advancement in horizontal hydraulic fracturing has unlocked oil and gas resources from shale formations once thought to be uneconomical to recover. At the township level, oil and gas development can create a boomtown scenario for townships who experience an increase in population, wealth and economic activity due to the sudden shock. Energy based economies often experience a boom-bust cycle that follows the rise and fall of energy prices. The presentation will provide township officials with reliable information on how energy development affects townships and to provide them with some strategies to assist them in the long-term economic development and planning process.
  9. Incorporating a Dissolved Village: Permitting the Non-Conforming: Pursuant to R.C. §703.21, a village may be dissolved and the territory would then become part of the surrounding township(s). Following the surrender of corporate powers, all resolutions of the township or townships into which the village's territory was dissolved shall apply throughout the township's newly-included territory. What does this mean with respect to township zoning resolutions? This session will explore this issue.
  10. Audits: Most Common Findings, Tips to Improve and How to Make Faster (CPIM and CE): This session focuses on the common citations and / or control deficiencies identified in past township audits.  In addition, the session will provide relevant information on how to learn from these comments and ways to improve township practices / procedures.
  11. Fiscal Policies Every Township Should Have (CPIM and CE): A course designed to identify a few policies every township can adopt - regardless of size. Among these would be: travel, credit card, phone and other employment related expenses; petty cash; leave (sick leave and/or vacation); and investment and banking policies. We will look over the benefit of having these policies as well as the downfall of not.
  12. Heroin & Opioid Problem: Impact on Townships: (repeat) How does Ohio’s drug epidemic affect our society? Come hear about the impacts on local governments across the state and what can be done to assist and combat this terrible drug problem.
  13. Communicating & Working with the Media*: (repeat) This is a workshop about developing effective working relationships with the media representatives and organizations that cover your meetings. The workshop will focus on the basic principles and practices that will provide a framework for improving your media relation skills. Topics include: understanding the media; preparing the media for your meetings; preparing yourself; and developing effective media relations.

 

Friday, Jan. 27
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

  1. How to Properly Run a Township Meeting: (repeat) We will discuss the good, bad, and (avoiding the) ugly of township meetings.  Is your township using meeting rules and procedures effectively?  What can you discuss in an executive session?  Should agendas be provided to the public?  What information should be provided to the trustees in advance?  Please bring your questions!
  2. Utilizing RUMAs Across Ohio: (repeat) Road Use Maintenance Agreements (RUMAs) are legal agreements between local governments and businesses outlining the responsibility for road construction and repairs resulting from excessive use and/or damage caused by those organizations’ activities. This session will review the evolution of RUMAs, the legal basis for entering into these agreements and what types of businesses are required to enter into the agreements. The key elements of a good RUMA will also be discussed.
  3. Township Responsibility as an Employer: Townships must navigate numerous employment laws which directly impact township records retention requirements and which can have disastrous consequences for misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Courts have shown no hesitation in finding against employers (and awarding sanctions) for failing to maintain relevant employment records and for failing to properly classify independent contractor relationships. In this session, we will discuss: legally required records retention periods; electronic records management issues; spoliation of evidence issues and; risks of misclassifying employees as independent contractors.
  4. OPERS Update (CE): (repeat) This OPERS session will be broken down into two parts: 1) changes to healthcare and pension plans including the new monthly minimum amount and; 2) reviewing the requirements of OPERS reporting as an employer.  Additional Materials
  5. Affordable Care Act Impact on How Townships Offer Health Insurance: (repeat) Join us for a discussion of 1095s, insurance, and the affordable care act.  What are some things to be mindful of if you need to complete the form 1095 for your employees, commonly missed items, and how things may change going forward.  Any new options in the health care market to consider?  And finally, what kind of changes to the affordable care act have been proposed and what to watch out for!  
  6. Relationship of Regional/County Planning to Township Zoning: Township voters may choose to enact either township or county zoning in unincorporated areas.  But when the township zoning has been adopted by the voters, what is the role and responsibility of the county or regional planning commission?  This session will explore this question along with other topics related to township zoning, county and regional plans, and other hot land use regulatory issues.   
  7. Pros and Cons of Township Fire Departments: Contracting Service or Joint Districts: (repeat) There are several ways townships can provide fire protection to residents. This session will explore the pros and cons of the various fire protection delivery methods including township fire departments, private fire departments, contracting for services and joint fire districts. Come learn the best option for your township.
  8. Toxic Algae, Undrinkable Water, and Dead Zones in Lake Erie:  Understanding the Problems and Solutions: This presentation will help community leaders understand how Lake Erie works and how it is different from the other Great Lakes.  We will discuss excessive nutrient loading and how it drives the three major problems we are seeing in the Lake:  Harmful Algal Blooms in the Western Basin, the Dead Zone in the Central Basin, and excessive growths of bottom algae in the Eastern Basin.  We will also discuss the sources of the nutrients, the role of agriculture and sewage treatment plants in addressing the issues, identify the targets to solve the problems, and discuss new research results that offer suggested actions for farmers.
  9. Township Responsibility When Given a Cemetery: (repeat) Townships maintain over 2,400 cemeteries in Ohio and that number is increasing every year. Not because townships are creating new cemeteries, rather it is because townships are being given abandoned cemeteries. This session will cover the following topics: differences between association/religious society cemeteries and private/family cemeteries (R.C. 517.27); maintenance responsibilities (or lack thereof) for private/family cemeteries; tips and tricks for setting up and dealing with a cemetery that was turned over to a township; the ins and outs of day-to-day needs and special considerations for managing such a cemetery; and what to do if no cemetery records are turned over with the cemetery.
  10. Ohio EPA's Technical and Financial Resources for Communities & Businesses: The Ohio EPA Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance will help townships understand what resources are available through the Agency and guide them through the process of getting help, so their needs can be fully met in an expedient manner. Additionally, an overview of the recycling and litter prevention grants and water and wastewater infrastructure funding programs will be provided.
  11. Online Bill Pay & Direct Deposit: Does Your Township Use It? (CPIM and CE): More and more companies (and governments!) are requiring ACH processing for payroll, fund transfers and payments. A representative from the banking industry will provide an overview and the secure nature and benefits of both online bill pay and direct deposit. Township fiscal officers will speak to the process of setting it up and the services for which they use it.  Additional Materials  More additional materials
  12. Building Sustainable Communities*: (repeat) Participants will explore concepts and practices around the topic. Sustainability seeks to find the balance between environmental, social and economic aspects of a community. Discussion will center on methods of involving residents in determining the desired balance, resolving differences, and settling indicators for future decision making.

 

Friday, Jan. 27
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

  1. Piggybacking with the State for Facility Maintenance, Repair and Minor Construction: (repeat) IAP is the Third Party Administrator for the State of Ohio for Facility Maintenance, Repair and Minor Construction.  As most of the Ohio townships are registered as Cooperative Purchasing Partners with the State of Ohio, they are eligible to use our contract to assist them with their repair, maintenance and minor construction needs.  This session will review the program and educate township officials about the benefits of using it.   
  2. Funding of Township Roads (CPIM and CE): (repeat) All trips begin and end on local roads. Of the over 122,000 miles of road in Ohio, townships are responsible for the maintenance of 41,387 miles and 80,000 lane miles. Attendees will learn the different ways roads are funded in townships.
  3. Three Hot Topics in Employment Law: Overtime, Marijuana & Transgender Restrooms: (repeat) The speaker will explore the three emerging topics of concern to the township attendees.  The program will cover current status, what changes might occur in the next year and best practices to deal with the uncertainties associated with rapid change.
  4. Concentrated Animal Feeding Facilities: (repeat) Over fifteen years ago, the General Assembly passed legislation defining and regulating concentrated animal feeding facilities. The law has been slightly tweaked over the years but has largely been unchanged. With a large turnover of township elected officials in the last few years has necessitated the need for a refresher on the permitting requirements for a concentrated animal feeding facility and the role a township may play.
  5. Thank Goodness We Had Coverage: (repeat) During this session, attendees will discover the importance of recognizing and covering exposures within individual townships, and making sure that all schedules of real and personal property, vehicles, and miscellaneous property are up-to-date and have correct values.
  6. All Aspects of Bidding Out Contracts: Advertising to Awarding (CPIM and CE): Attendees will be presented an overview of the bidding process for townships. Best practices will be offered, as well as information on the use of purchase orders for the awarding of contracts, when necessary. A representative from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services will review the state cooperative purchasing program and how townships may utilize it, including the necessary documentation needed for using the program and not competitively bidding the goods or services.  Additional Materials  More additional materials
  7. Effective Decision Making*: (repeat) This workshop focuses on the requirements and challenges for serving in public office in Ohio. The program is designed to provide participants with an overview of the basic issues, expectations and practices associated with serving and making decisions in any public office in Ohio. The workshop will also focus on the principles and practices that can provide a framework for improving your tenure and service in public office. Topics include: Duties and Responsibilities of Public Officials; Codes of Ethics; Standards of Conduct; Conflict of Interest; Using and Abusing the office; Open Meetings Laws; Honesty, and Ethics.

 

*Indicates Ohio Township Association Leadership Academy sessions

 

(CE) - Denotes session certified for Auditor of State Continuing Education.

 

(CPIM) - These classes have been accredited for CPIM.

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Mar 16 2017

Enjoy America’s favorite pastime at the 2017 OTA Baseball Outings!  We’ve reserved a limited number of seats at a Cleveland Indians and a Cincinnati Reds game this July. Bring your fellow township officials or make it a family day and have fun with the...

Jan 12 2017