AFMA Flood Zone Newsletter
 
Inside This Issue March 2007
   
2007 Spring Workshop
Certified Floodplain Manager Exam
Registration Underway Summary of Proposed Amendments
 
Registration underway for Spring Workshop

AFMA Spring Workshop
Jacksonville Community Center
Jacksonville, Arkansas

April 26 – 27, 2007

The annual spring workshop is a mid-year technical supplement for the seasoned floodplain manager and serves as a great introduction to floodplain management for those new to the business. Class workshops cover a variety of topics and typically include the following:

  • How to read a flood map.

  • Common community floodplain management problems and solutions.

  • Floodplain management best practices.

  • Ordinance enforcement procedures.

  • And much, much more!

View the 2007 AFMA spring workshop agenda.

AFMA Important Dates
  • Register before April 1, 2007 and take advantage of the early-bird discount rate!

  • Hotel reservation deadline: April 1, 2007

  • Registration deadline: must be postmarked by April 13, 2007.
Click here to register for this event and for additional information about directions and accommodations.
CFM Exam

CFM Exam
Jacksonville Community Center
Jacksonville, Arkansas

April 27, 2007

The exam for certification as a floodplain manager in Arkansas (CFM) will be administered in the afternoon on the last day of the AFMA spring workshop.

This trademarked certification program was adopted by AFMA to raise and maintain the professional standards of those individuals that manage floodplains, wetlands and / or watersheds within the state of Arkansas.

CFM

To learn more and / or register to take the exam, contact Michael Borengasser (501-682-3969).

CFM© is a registered trademark of
the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).
Summary of proposed amendments

VoteA brief business meeting will be held at the annual spring workshop to allow the membership to discuss modification of the AFMA constitution and bylaws. The proposed amendments are summarized below. Although a written notice (that includes copies of these documents with proposals noted) will be sent to the mailing address of every AFMA member, you can download a copy of these documents now for your convenience.

  • Amendment 1 - Elected Officers Term Extension
    Currently the elected officers of AFMA serve a term of one year. A proposed modification to the bylaws will extend that term to two years. This extension promotes a stronger continuity of leadership and will enable the board of directors to devote much more time to the organization (applicable to Article 3, Section 3(c) of the bylaws.)

  • Amendment 2 - Inclusion of Regional Representatives as Officers
    Officers of the association (those with votes) currently only include the chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer. A proposed modification to the constitution will include the five regional representatives among these voting members of the board of directors (applicable to Article 5 of the constitution and Article 3, Section 3(a) of the bylaws).

  • Amendment 3 - Inclusion of Email as an Official Means of Communication
    This proposal modifies the way AFMA is required to communicate with members about important changes in policy, such as those proposed for the constitution and bylaws. Currently AFMA is required to send letters to mailing addresses on file in the database. The option of using email as a means of communication will help streamline AFMA’s ability to serve the membership (applicable to Article 8 of the constitution and Article 2, Section 3 of the bylaws).

  • Amendment 4 – Means of Voting on Amendments
    Any amendment to the AFMA constitution requires a vote by letter ballot. A proposed change to the constitution will enable the option of casting votes both by letter and over the Internet. This change will enable the board to take advantage of today’s technology while still making provisions for those members without Internet access (applicable to Article 8 of the constitution).
Conrad Battreal
Spring is upon us and as the flowers begin to bloom, the rain can’t be far behind. If you don’t have your ditches cleaned out, now is probably a good time to clear them of debris. You do remember how hard it rains in the spring, don’t you?
This is the time of year we find out how well our efforts as floodplain managers pays off. Although floods can occur at any time, spring seems to open the gate of opportunity for hazards everywhere. Remember the Great USA Flood of 1993?
Our mid-year technical session is scheduled for April 26-27 at the Jacksonville Community Center. If you haven’t registered for the spring workshop, please do so now. We have an agenda packed with excellent information for both seasoned professionals and those new to floodplain management. Everyone will have an opportunity to visit with their representative from FEMA Region VI.
The exam for certification as a floodplain manager in Arkansas (CFM) will be administered in the afternoon on the last day of the workshop. AFMA Executive Director Sherman Smith will conduct a two-hour review in preparation for the exam the night before. If you have been planning to become a CFM, please contact Mike Borengasser (501-682-3969) to register for the exam.
AFMA will conduct a brief business meeting at the spring workshop during which a number of amendments to the organization’s constitution and bylaws will be presented. Among these, an amendment has been proposed to extend the term in which elected officers serve AFMA. Currently AFMA officers serve a term of one year. The adjustment will extend that term to two years.
Another amendment will modify the way AFMA is required to communicate with members about changes in policy, such as proposed changes to the constitution and bylaws. In short, we are adding email as an option for communication of this information to the membership. Currently the board of directors is required to send letters to mailing addresses on file in the AFMA database.
When the constitution was written back in the 1990s, email was in its infancy and AFMA was a long, long way from using it as a primary communication tool. The addition of using email as a form of communication will help streamline our ability to serve the membership.
An additional amendment will enable the option of casting votes both by letter and over the Internet. Currently amendments to the constitution are voted on by letter ballot only. The change will enable the board to take advantage of today’s technology while still making provisions for those members without Internet access.
You can read about these and other amendments to the AFMA constitution in detail over on the left side of this page. Members will receive a separate mailing with a letter notifying you of what I have summarized above. This package will include a copy of the AFMA Constitution and Bylaws with proposed modifications noted. A letter ballot will be mailed immediately following the spring workshop. You must cast your ballot by mail within 21 days of the postmark.
We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at the annual spring workshop in Jacksonville. As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome at any time.
Conrad Battreal, PE, CFM
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