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July 2017
NEWS

MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN NOW ... Make plans to join nearly 700 local government officials and employees from across Missouri at Tan-Tar-A Resort Sept. 10-13, 2017, for the 83rd MML Annual Conference. This year's keynote speaker is Jason Roberts, originator of the Better Block Project. More than 25 sessions feature experts focusing on the top issues you face in local government each day. Eight sessions provide credit for the Municipal Governance Institute, to earn the Missouri Municipal Official Certification. This year’s Annual Banquet entertainment is the popular comedian Buzz SutherlandLearn more and register today for this important training and networking opportunity! 

TAX CREDIT COMMISSION REPORTIn January of this year, Governor Eric Greitens issued an executive order establishing the Committee on Simple, Fair and Low Taxes.  The mission of the committee was to review the state's tax code and tax credit system and to produce a report and recommendations by June 30, 2017.  The committee was comprised of 10 members appointed by the Governor, Speaker of the House and President Pro Tem, began meeting in February and held a series of town halls to gather information and input from Missourians. The full report can be read here.

GOVERNOR WITHHOLDS FUNDS FOR PREVAILING WAGE ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT … Missouri's Prevailing Wage Law establishes a minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers on public works construction projects. Recent budget withholdings by the Governor have left the Missouri Division of Labor Standards Prevailing Wage Section with a one-dollar budget and no staff. General revenue funding has been withheld from the Fiscal Year 2018 budget that funds the Prevailing Wage Section. Currently, there is no in-person guidance available; however, there are still Annual Wage Orders available on the Department’s website by county at: https://labor.mo.gov/DLS/PrevailingWage.

The Missouri Municipal League would like to remind cities that the Prevailing Wage Law has not been repealed. Complaints can still be filed with the Department of Labor and those complaints can be acted on at a later date, if funding is restored.  Also, a municipality can be subject to a lawsuit by an individual or a group for not following the prevailing wage law. The League will continue to keep municipalities apprised of the situation and encourages city officials to consult their city attorneys when questions arise regarding prevailing wage.

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PUBLIC HEARINGS … The Missouri Department of Labor will hold a series of public hearings soliciting comments on all Department rules, including prevailing wage. These public hearings will allow municipal officials the opportunity to talk directly to Department of Labor leadership. Written comments can be mailed to Missouri Department of Labor, Attn: Communications, 421 East Dunklin St., P.O. Box 504, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0504 or faxed to 573-526-6686.

Public Hearing Dates and Locations
July 19, 3 p.m.
1410 Genessee St.
Kansas City, MO
 
July 20, 1 p.m.
505 E. Walnut St.
Springfield, MO
 
August 4, 1 p.m.
3315 W. Truman Blvd.
Jefferson City, MO
 
August 24, 1 p.m.
111 N. Seventh St.
St. Louis, MO
 
CALL FOR MML BOARD NOMINATIONS …  If you would like to be considered for the MML Board of Directors, please send a letter of interest to Mayor Carson Ross, Nominating Committee Chair, at League headquarters: Missouri Municipal League, 1727 Southridge Dr., Jefferson City, Mo., 65109. You may also email Richard Sheets at RSheets@mocities.com or send a fax to 573-635-9009.  Members of the 2017 Nominating Committee include: Mayor Norm McCourt, Blackjack; Mayor Gerry Welch, Webster Groves; City Attorney Paul Martin, Olivette; Mayor John Olivarri, Osage Beach; Council Member Michael Trapp, Columbia; Mayor Adam Couch, Odessa; Mayor Bill Kolas, Higginsville; Mayor Bill Falkner, St. Joseph; City Manager Mari Macomber, Kirksville; Mayor Bart Niedner, Louisiana; and Mayor Debra Hickey, Battlefield.  The Nominating Committee will meet in open session at the start of the MML Annual Conference at Tan-Tar-A on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, to hear from interested candidates.  The Committee will propose a slate of candidates to be voted on by MML members at the MML business meeting on Sept. 12, 2017. 

MISSOURI MUNICIPAL LEAGUE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS... The MML College Scholarship committee has announced the winners of the 2017 MML College Scholarship. The winners are: Alysen Able, Parkville; Dominic Accurso, Gladstone; Victoria Meier-Ressler, North Kansas City; Karen Conner-Hatcher, St. Peters; and Jamie Pehle, Mexico. The Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors established the scholarship program to assist those employed in municipal government with furthering their education. The program provides five, $500 college scholarships for fulltime employees of municipal government. The scholarship program is supported in part by funds generated by the golf tournament prior to the start of the MML Annual Conference. Congratulations to the winners!

FLOOD RECOVERY ASSISTANCE … As recovery efforts throughout the State of Missouri continue, FEMA has now established a Joint Field Office in Jefferson City for coordination of both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance, made available as a result of the federal disaster declaration. They will continue their widespread outreach efforts in communities and home improvement stores throughout the impacted areas to encourage registration for assistance. Learn more.

EOT HANDOUTS ...  The Elected Officials Training Conference was a great success with more than 200 attendees from 100 cities! Download the handouts here. Congratulations to the 2017 EOT scholarship recipients: Council Member Michael Haynes, Verona; City Clerk Marie Smith, Norborne; Chairman Lucus Welch, Centertown; and Mayor Judy Williams, Garden City. The recipients received a conference fee waiver and a complimentary room at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. 

UST RULES UPDATE ...  In 2011, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed significant changes to the underground storage tank (UST) regulations. The final version of those federal rules was published in July and became effective Oct. 13, 2015. These rules are not yet effective in Missouri and will not be effective until the Missouri Department of Natural Resources promulgates Missouri’s regulations or until EPA follows its procedures for withdrawal of the state program approval. Missouri’s draft rules were published on Sept. 15, 2016, in the Missouri Register.  View final rules and information on upcoming rule changes. 

MML WEBINARS … Register today  for an upcoming live MML webinar! Many of the webinars apply toward credit for the Municipal Governance Institute curriculum, where you can become a Missouri Certified Municipal Government Official. Recorded webinars are available. Cost is $10 per webinar. Learn more and register at www.mocities.com/webinars.

Upcoming MML Webinars: 

July 27, 2017: "Planning and Zoning,” presented by Paul Martin, Attorney, Paul Martin P.C.
From conditional use permits, to PUDs and BZAs, this session will provide an overview of how planning and zoning is supposed to work, as well as discuss some common pitfalls.
The session will qualify for one hour of planning and zoning credit for the Municipal Governance Institute.

Aug. 24, 2017: “Ehtics,” presented by Patricia Churchill, Attorney, Armstrong Teasdale
This seminar will cover key concepts of ethics, conflicts of interest, and nepotism, as well as recent legislative developments and court decisions of particular interest to municipal government officials.
Session will qualify for 1 hour of Ethics credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).

2020 CENSUS LOCAL UPDATE OF CENSUS ADDRESSES OPERATION … The 2020 Census is fast approaching, and the first Geographic Partnership opportunity that the Census Bureau offers to local governments is the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) operation.  LUCA is an opportunity for tribal, state, county and local governments to compare their address list with the Census Bureau’s Master Address File (MAF) to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the Census address list that will be used in 2020 Census operations.  This 45-minute presentation will introduce and explain the program, define participation methods, and give a brief overview of the LUCA operation.  A question and answer period will follow.

July 19
July 20
July 24
July 25
July 26
July 27

GROW NATIVE! CALL FOR PROJECTS ... Grow Native!, a native plant marketing and education program of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, would love to know about native plant projects in your community for landscaping, beautification, pollinator/wildlife habitat, storm water management or other purpose. Please let Grow Native! know about your native plant project so they can help promote the work you are doing in your community. Email grownative@moprairie.org.

MEMBER ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND MILESTONES … MML would like to share your accomplishments and milestones with members! Send your award recognitions, city anniversaries, long-time employee recognitions, retirements and other items you want to share to Lori Noe at Lnoe@mocities.com. Your announcement may appear in the MML newsletter, Review magazine or on the League's website. 

EVENTS

MISSOURI AGRITOURISM CONFERENCE … The 2017 Missouri Agritourism Conference is July 23-25 in Columbia, Missouri. Learn more and register.

NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE CONFERENCE ... Political, business and community leaders will convene in St. Louis July 26-29, 2017, for the National Urban League Conference. It is the largest annual civil rights conference and includes multiple events that are free and open to registered attendees, as well as the local community, including the conference kick-off, the Career Fair, Expo and small business matters  Learn more and register.

MISSOURI WATER AND WASTERWATER CONFERENCE ...  The Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference takes place Aug. 1-2, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. Learn more and register.

MISSOURI PUBLIC TRANSIT ASSOCIATION ..The Missouri Public Transit Association's (MPTA) 2017 Annual Conference will be held Aug. 6-8 at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Missouri. This year’s Conference will focus on issues of interest to transit providers, but also of interest to local planners, community building networks, offices of sustainability and more.  Learn more and register. 

PRIORITY BASED BUDGETING WORKSHOP … Resource Exploration, the Center for Priority Based Budgeting (CPBB) and the city of Branson are proud to present a dynamic priority based budgeting (PBB) summit in the city of Branson, Missouri. This free PBB Summit is Aug. 15, 2017, hosted by the city of Branson at the Branson Convention Center. Learn more.

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

USDA COMMUNITY FACILITIES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING … Apply by July 24
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for technical assistance and training grants to support the development of essential community facilities in rural areas. Technical assistance providers can use the grants to assist communities with identifying and planning for long-term community facility’s needs; identify resources to finance community facilities; conduct feasibility studies; prepare applications for financial assistance; hire or expand the services of specialized personnel; and retain consultants. The maximum grant amount available is $150,000. Learn more.

USDA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GRANTS ... Apply by July 25, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for the Rural Community Development Initiative grant to support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. The grant will be provided through USDA's Community Facilities Rural Community Development Initiative Grant Program. Congress first authorized this program in 1999 to develop the capacity and ability of private, non-profit community-based housing and community development organizations, low income rural communities, and federally recognized Native American Tribes.

PEOPLEFORBIKES COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAMS … Apply by Oct. 13, 2017
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from nonprofit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. Requests must support a specific project or program; the program does not grant funds for general operating costs. Learn more.

USDA RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE GRANTS …  Apply by Sept. 1-30, 2017
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service is accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program for the construction, improvement and acquisition of facilities and equipment to provide broadband service for rural areas. Click here for application guidelines, related webinar presentations and more information.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE'S FY2017 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION (EDA) ... Application dates ongoing
The FY2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs funding announcement was recently released. Under this federal funding announcement, EDA solicits applications in order to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Learn more. 

MEMBER NEWS

LOU CZECH AWARD … John Mulligan was honored in July with the Lou Czech Award at the Missouri Municipal Attorney Association annual meeting in Lake Ozark, Missouri. The award recognizes public service with a high standard of accomplishment, professionalism and ethical conduct. Mulligan has more than 30 years of local government law experience. He serves as city attorney for University City.  A past president of the Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association, he has served as special counsel for dozens of Missouri municipalities and as class counsel for many more Missouri municipalities in telecommunications tax settlements.

KANSAS CITY NAMED “ALL-AMERICA CITY” FOR TURNING THE PAGE … The National Civic League challenged member cities to join in a crusade to get all children reading at grade level by the third grade, and Kansas City, with its Turn the Page KC effort, was one of 15 cities nationwide to win. Read full article.

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

CITY HALL SELFIE DAY IS BACK! … Save the date! #CityHAllSelfie Day is August 15, 2017.  This year, Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) will hand out trophies for #CityHallSelfie takers in twenty categories. Read more.
Join Us For MML's 83rd Annual Conference at Tan-Tar-A Sept. 10-13, 2017! 
Upcoming MML Webinars!
July 27, 2017: Planning and Zoning
Aug. 23, 2017: Ethics
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