BANGOR, Maine — Commissioners and employees from all 16 Maine counties will discuss tax abatement, workplace safety, building security after hours, the state’s freedom of access to information law and the future of the Land Use Regulation Commission when they meet this week in the Queen City.
Penobscot County will be host to the County Commissioners Association annual convention Friday through Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn on Haskell Road in Bangor. More than 150 elected county officials and employees are expected to attend.
This year’s theme is “Counties, the Backbone of Maine’s Future.”
Counties rotate hosting the event. It last was held in Bangor in September 2001.
“A lot of change has taken place in Penobscot County in the past 10 years,” Penobscot County Commissioner Tom Davis of Kenduskeag said Saturday. “We’re proud to have the convention and allow people from around the state the opportunity to see and experience them.”
Amy Fowler, president of the commissioners association and a Waldo County commissioner, said in the brochure for the convention that the organization’s accomplishments in the past year included “Playing a critical role in the passage of laws dealing with county and regional jails, the Maine Registries of Deeds, the reform of land use planning in the Unorganized Territory and Freedom of Access [laws].”
Secretary of State Charlie Summers Jr. will deliver an address after Friday’s dinner. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud will speak Saturday evening.
The convention will not be all work, however. Attendees and their spouses will be able to take part in a bowling tournament, walking tour of Mount Hope Cemetery, the Tommyknockers bus tour and the annual golf tournament.
Award and retirement plaques will be presented.
Davis said one of the goals of the gathering was for county officials and employees to discuss common problems and seek out common solutions.