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Governor Whitmer Has Signed Open Meetings Act Legislation!

During a special Monday Morning Live, we discussed changes to the Open Meetings Act with special guests Senator Lana Theis and League General Counsel Chris Johnson. On Oct. 16, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 1108 amending the Open Meetings Act. The changes allow public bodies to conduct virtual meetings for any reason through the end of this year, Dec. 31, 2020. The changes are also retroactive back to March 18, 2020. That means that actions taken at remote meetings held since then are considered valid if the meetings complied with other requirements of the act. Read more.

Seven Projects That Build Community Win Microgrants

Projects ranging from community-building bike rides to supporting neighborhood entrepreneurs and more, received the first-ever Bridge Builders microgrants by the Michigan Municipal League Foundation. The winners are from Detroit, ClintonTwp.,Flint, Harper Woods, Middleville, and Ypsilanti. Read more.

Dark Store Problem Continues for Michigan Communities

A recent Sault News article details the ongoing saga of the “Dark Stores” issue facing Michigan communities. The dark store theory is a tax loophole used by retailers to lower the amount they pay in property taxes. Read the article and review our Dark Stores resource page.

Westland Mayor William Wild Named League President

Westland Mayor William Wild has been named as the League's 2020-21 president. He was selected by the 18-member Board of Trustees during the League's annual Convention. The Board also named Pontiac Mayor Dr. Deirdre Waterman as vice president. Read more.

League Board Elects Three New Members; Re-Elects Three

Six officials from across the state were recently elected and re-elected to the League Board at Convention. New Board members are: Detroit City Councilmember Andre L. Spivey, Mason City Manager Deborah Stuart, and Monroe Mayor Robert Clark. Read more.

Webinars Cover Essential Coronavirus-Related & Other Topics

The League has developed a variety of webinars related to COVID-19 and other current topics. Upcoming webinars include Monday Morning Live (Oct. 26, 12pm). After the webinars air, they are available in a variety of formats on our Coronavirus Resources page.

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