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2016 Convention: Session B Workshop Descriptions

2016 Convention: Session B Workshop Descriptions

Learn what your colleagues can share about navigating the challenges of working in local government, with hot topics ranging from municipal sustainability, grant writing, invigorating downtowns, and pivotal labor cases to drug abuse prevention, regionalization of municipal services, local government ethics, and much, much more.

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B1   Infectious Disease Outbreak Preparation and Planning - Co-sponsored by American Integrity Restoration LLC

This session will cover how to prepare for and react to an outbreak of some current and common infectious diseases, such as MRSA, H1N1, Clostridium difficile (C. diff), and others.  These outbreaks can disrupt facility activities, Emergency Medical Transport, public transportation, and other operations for days.  The workshop will also involve internal and external communication.

B2   Drug Abuse is a REAL Problem; Drug testing in Accordance to Connecticut Law - Co-sponsored by Gregory & Howe, Inc.

Drug abuse is, unfortunately, an increasingly prevalent problem especially opiate (heroin) abuse. Why is this becoming a developing problem?  What steps can be taken at the local level to help combat the issue? Is drug testing an option for employers? If so, what are the restrictions on drug testing in the state of Connecticut?  Learn what you can do as local officials to help your employees and your community tackle the growing epidemic.

B3   Sustainable Communities - Co-sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University

Strong leadership is generating momentum to accelerate action on sustainability practices by Connecticut towns and cities. CCM’s Task Force on Sustainability, in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University, is designing a comprehensive framework to help towns and cities design and implement “sustainability” related projects. Sustainability reflects the intersection of three areas of concern to local governments: the economy, the environment, and the inclusion of social concerns. Join the conversation to learn about opportunities to leverage private, state, and corporate money into the development of a program that is strongly driven by municipal leaders.

B4   How Do We Build That? Municipal Construction Projects - Co-sponsored by Public Purchasing Association of Connecticut (PPAC)

Whether you’re in need of a school, town hall, community center, or public safety complex, construction is a complicated process that involves far more than simply building something. The Construction Institute, with experts in municipal construction projects, is excited to lead a panel discussion that will dive into some of the most important and often challenging aspects of your next municipal building project including: putting together the right team, permitting, funding reimbursement, estimating, public consensus, and construction delivery methods.

B5   Regionalization of Municipal Services and Collective Bargaining - Co-sponsored by Kainen, Escalera & McHale PC

This session will focus on the collective bargaining requirements related to the consolidation of municipal services, whether that occurs through regionalization or other operational changes that are designed to deliver public services more efficiently.

Patrick McHale is a labor lawyer representing public agencies in Connecticut and he will identify the collective bargaining implications of these decisions.  He will provide practical suggestions for municipal leaders who are considering regionalization and share examples of where public agencies have been successful in accomplishing regionalization of services without violating rules governing collective bargaining. 

B6   New Workers’ Compensation Legislation for Filing of Form 30Cs:  An Impact on Municipalities - Co-sponsored by the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA)

Traditional 30Cs (31-294c – Notice of Claim) have been able to be served on your employer through any representative of the employer.  This has been an issue for municipalities as there is a lack of continuity.  Effective July 1, 2016, the new Workers’ Compensation legislation directs that Form 30Cs must be served upon the Town Clerk.  This presentation discusses definition of notice, protocols for having appropriate back-up coverage, understanding of due process, and the limitation for purposes of service of the notice of claim for municipal employees, as well as the criticality for Town Clerks to become familiar with the protocol for handling a Form 30C or other notice requirements, including the handling of notice for Boards of Education, Regional School Districts, and Local Public Agencies.

B7   The 2016 State and Federal Elections: Implications for Connecticut Towns and Cities

The 2016 Fall State & Federal Elections will have big implications for Connecticut’s towns and cities.  On the state level, the continued fiscal crisis will impact significant issues like municipal aid, local revenue diversification efforts, state mandates, and regionalism.  On the federal level, important matters like infrastructure funding, special education reimbursement, Community Development Block Grants, and education and environmental mandates will be impacted.  Come to this workshop to get “hot-off-the- presses” analysis from experts about how the make-up of these two governmental partners will impact the local-state-federal relationship.


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