MGFOA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston
8:30-9:15 AM Annual Meeting Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:15-10:00 Is a paperless Human Resource/Payroll Department possible? Recruiting, onboarding, off boarding and everything in between, is there a better way to manage all that paper? Marianne Davis, HR Director Natick Public Schools.
10:05-10:50 Employee vs independent contractor and other pertinent issues relating to state labor laws, as relayed by a former municipal finance officer. Bill McKinney, Director, Mass. Dept of Labor Standards (and former Town of Weymouth CFO)
11:15-12:00 : New OPEB accounting standards, which will replace GASB Statements 43 and 45, will take effect within the next two years. The new statements are similar in many respects to the revised pension accounting standards (Statements 67 and 68). This session will focus on the major changes coming with the new standards, including reporting of OPEB liability and expense, determination of discount rate, and expanded disclosure requirements. Danny Rhodes & Kathy Riley, The Segal Company
12:00-12:50 State Update - Mass Municipal Association’s John Robertson, Legislative Director and Katie McCue Senior Legislative Analyst , will present their annual State of the State Budget report for us and discuss any other relevant legislative issues.
12:50 Lunch, Annual Meeting
Tower Hill is located in Central Massachusetts, about 10 miles northeast of Worcester. There is plenty of free parking. Get directions to Tower Hill on Google Maps.
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 11A, I-495. Take I-495 North to Exit 25B, I-290 West toward Worcester. Take Exit 24, Church Street, Northborough/Boylston. Follow Church Street toward Boylston for 3 miles. The entrance to Tower Hill is on the right; a dark red sign designates the entrance.
From Providence, Rhode Island
From I-95 North, take Route 146 north exit. Follow for approximately 35 miles toward Worcester. In Worcester, take the exit for I-290 east. Follow through the city to Exit 24, Church Street, Northborough/
Boylston. Follow Church Street toward Boylston for 3 miles. The entrance to Tower Hill is on the right; a dark red sign designates the entrance.
From Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike east toward Boston. Follow for approximately 40 miles to Exit 10, I-290 Worcester. Take I-290 east. Follow through the city to Exit 24, Church Street, Northborough/Boylston. Follow Church Street toward Boylston for 3 miles. The entrance to Tower Hill is on the right; a dark red sign designates the entrance.
From the North or Northwest
Take Route 2 toward Leominster. Take I-190 South to Exit 5, Route 140. Turn left on Route 140 South.
Continue on Route 140 through West Boylston to traffic light at intersection of Route 140 and Route 70. Turn left onto Route 70. Travel 1 mile through the center of Boylston. Continue on Route 70 another 1/2 mile to a blinking yellow light at French Drive (marked by a blue highway sign "turn right for Tower Hill Botanic Garden"). Turn right and proceed a short distance to the entrance to Tower Hill Botanic Garden on left; a dark red sign designates the entrance.OR Take Route 2 to Exit 35, Route 70 Lancaster Lunenburg. Follow Route 70 through Lancaster and Clinton, passing Tahanto Regional High School on the right. Approximately 1-1/4 miles further along Route 70, turn left at the blinking yellow light at French Drive (marked by a blue highway sign "turn left for Tower Hill). Tower Hill Botanic Garden is on the left; a dark red sign designates the entrance.
Public Transportation from Boston
Take Commuter Rail from South Station or Back Bay Station to Westborough, North Grafton or Worcester (Union Station). Unfortunately, the only transportation to the garden from these stations is by cab.