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March 2018
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April 8-14, 2018: Missouri Local Government Week
April 10, 2018: Partners in Governance Conference
April 28, 2018: NEW MML Pop-up Training! 
May 1, 2018: Personal Financial Disclosure Due
USE TAX CAMPAIGN RESOURCES … The League continues to maintain and update a resource page on the League’s website devoted to use tax.  The page provides a wealth of background materials including a current list of all cities that have imposed the use tax as well as the related continuation of the sales tax on vehicles purchased from out-of-state; estimates of potential revenue based on DOR data; sample flyers; and informational brochures credited by other MML members that were used in successful use tax campaigns; FAQ’s; links to related state statutes and court cases; and a previously recorded webinar that provides an overview of the use tax.  The web page is linked here (  Municipal officials who have questions about the use tax are encouraged to contact the League office.   Also linked on the web page is a new video created by the city of Nixa that explains how the use tax works.  That video is linked directly here:

INNOVATION AWARDS MEMBERS’ CHOICE … Each year, MML members have the opportunity to review the MML Innovation Award submissions and vote for their top project. The winner receives the Members’ Choice Innovation Award! Watch for an email survey where you can cast your vote! This year, 27 cities submitted entries, and members have until March 28, 2018 to vote.

MISSOURI LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEEK … Plan to highlight your city this year during Missouri’s Local Government Week! The week has been moved up a bit on the calendar from previous years, to April 8-14, 2018. This coincides with the 4th Annual Partners in Governance Conference on April 10 in Columbia. Click here for a toolkit on the League’s website that provides you with web banners, sample social posts and more!

2018 MML WAGE AND SALARY SURVEY … MML’s annual wage and salary survey has been emailed to human resource officers and city clerks in all MML member cities.  Results from this year’s survey will be available in late March.  Please provide your staff with time to complete the survey.  This year’s survey has been expanded to include more than 50 positions. 

MML DIRECTORY … To keep the MML Directory up to date, we need your help! Be sure to send all elected official and municipal staff changes to Lori Noe at the League office by emailing or calling (573) 635-9134.

MISSOURI MUNICIPAL LEAGUE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP … The Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors has established a scholarship program to assist those employed in municipal government with furthering their education. The program provides five, $500 college scholarships to be issued on a statewide basis. Graduate or undergraduate students may apply as long as the institution is accredited. The applicant must be a full-time employee of an MML member municipality, and must be endorsed in writing by either the city manager/administrator or mayor. Only one applicant will be considered per city. The application deadline is May 18, 2018. The MML Scholarship Committee will select scholarship winners in early June. The application form is available on the League’s website.

MML ANNUAL REPORT … The 2017 MML Annual Report is available on the League’s website. It features the year’s most important advocacy initiatives, conference recaps, award winners and more.

MML LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE PHOTOS … View photos of MML’s 2018 Legislative Conference on the League’s Facebook page.


REGISTER NOW! 2018 ELECTED OFFICIALS TRAINING CONFERENCE … The Missouri Municipal League will be conducting the Elected Officials Training Conference June 7-8, 2018, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. Conference sessions will emphasize the knowledge base all elected officials need to govern effectively, such as personnel law, ethics, economic development, planning and zoning, and more. Changes that continually occur in the municipal arena make this a Conference that all officials (not just newly elected!) should attend! The hotel block deadline is May 21. Learn more and register.
Note: Scholarships are available to municipalities that have not attended in four or more years. To apply, send a letter of interest to Emily Koenigsfeld, Event & Training Specialist at; Subject: EOT Scholarship.

MML REGIONAL MEETINGS … Learn more and register for a regional meeting today!  
  • MML Northwest Region will meet in Cameron on April 12, 2018.
  • MML Southeast Region will meet in Farmington on April 19, 2018.
  • MML Central Region will meet in Higginsville May 23, 2018
  • MML West Gate will meet May 24, 2018 (location to be determined.)
MML POP-UP TRAINING FOR MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS, APRIL 28, 2018 … Register today for a NEW training opportunity in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, on April 28, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This training provides elected and appointed officials with the basics in a number of important areas municipal officials regularly face. From the Sunshine Law to budgets, to ethics and parliamentary procedure, this day-long Saturday training will assist municipal officials who have busy weekday schedules or those with limited budgets. This opportunity is open to all municipal officials at a cost of $35, including lunch, and will offer four credits towards certification with the Municipal Governance Institute. Learn more and register.

MML WEBINARS … A great lineup of MML Webinars is planned for 2018! Check out what’s coming up. Register for upcoming webinars and check out the pre-recorded webinars at
  • March 22: Building Inclusion by Ending Workplace Bullying, presented by Catherine Mattice, International speaker, author, consultant and trainer
  • April 12: Sources of Revenue and Financing Alternatives for Missouri Municipalities, presented by Erick Creach, Gilmore & Bell, P.C.
  • May 10: Post Disaster Recovery – Effectively Using Your CDBG-DR Funds, presented by Curt Skoog, Branch Manager, IBTS
  • June 12: The Benefits of Native Plants For Communities, presented by Carol Davit, Missouri Prairie Foundation
  • June 19: Fundamentals of Municipal Contracting, presented by Nathan Nickolaus, Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C.
PARTNERS IN GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE … Join fellow local government leaders from Missouri cities, counties and school boards, as well as public policy students, at the 4th annual Partners in Governance Conference. This one-day conference will be April 10, 2018, in Columbia, Missouri. Several panel discussions will focus on finding the right balance in social media, finances, perspectives, leadership and more! The cost is $75 and includes lunch, parking and two credits toward certification with the Municipal Governance Institute. Learn more and register today.

PERSONAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE … Officials in municipalities with an annual operating budget of more than $1 million are required to file a personal financial disclosure statement between Jan. 1 and May 1, 2018, with both the Missouri Ethics Commission and the city clerk. Most affected municipalities have adopted an ordinance specifying the officials who must file reports. These statements are public records and may be viewed by the public. If you have any questions or need copies of the forms, please contact the Missouri Ethics Commission at (800) 293-8660 or visit
REPORT FROM THE MISSOURI 911 SERVICE BOARD … The Missouri 911 Service Board recently released a report that presents a comprehensive overview of the Missouri 911 system and provides recommendations on how to provide the best possible 911 technology and service to all areas of the state in the most efficient and economical manner possible.  The report notes that 28 of Missouri counties lack the ability to locate callers who call from cell phones, leaving Missouri behind the rest of the nation in terms of service level available statewide. Nationwide, 98.8 percent of the population can be located when calling 911.  More than half of Missouri Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) cannot provide lifesaving Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) services. EMD uses pre-arrival and post-dispatch instructions to help callers respond to medical emergencies until first responders arrive at the scene. 
While many states are looking toward Next Generation 911-equipped IP Networks, many Missouri PSAPs rely on antiquated technology that is rapidly becoming unsustainable. A great variance in equipment and technology among Missouri PSAPs impedes the interoperability necessary to transfer 911 calls to another PSAP; more than half of Missouri PSAPs are understaffed according to industry standards, leaving a number of Missouri PSAPs without the capacity to handle an influx in call volume or provide adequate 24-hour, seven-day-a-week 911 services; Insufficient and Inconsistent Funding Mechanisms; Missouri does not have state funding for 911, leaving counties with three options for funding, including: a landline surcharge, a county level sales tax, or local funding. Despite more than 70 percent of 911 calls being made from cell phones, Missouri remains the only state in the nation without 911 funding from wireless devices.  Read the full report here.

GFOA-MO ELECTS NEW OFFICERS … The Government Finance Officers Association of Missouri elected new officers during their Winter Seminar.  New officers are President, Lori Obermoeller, Creve Couer; 1st Vice President, Kathy Holschlag, Fulton; 2nd Vice President, Barb Flint, Eureka; and Secretary Julie O’Guinn, Duckett Creek Sanitary District.  

MISSOURI GFOA EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNMENT AWARD … The Missouri Government Finance Officers’ Association will receive written nominations for the Missouri GFOA Excellence in Government Award until April 1, 2018. Award guidelines are available on  A committee will use the criteria on the application in making the selection of the recipient.  The award winner will be formally recognized at the Missouri GFOA Sunday evening event on May 6, 2018, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel during the National GFOA Conference. In 2012, Missouri GFOA created the Excellence in Government Award. This award is presented to a government finance professional in the state of Missouri who displays the high standard of leadership, professionalism, ethics and integrity promoted by the Missouri Government Finance Officers’ Association.
SMART RURAL COMMUNITY SHOWCASE AWARD … The Smart Rural Community Showcase Award honors rural communities that have achieved high levels of broadband activity and have used it to support innovative practices in industry sectors such as healthcare, education, public safety, utilities, civic engagement and commerce. Applications are due July 1, 2018. Learn more.

BUCKLE UP PHONE DOWN …  Missouri mayors gathered Feb. 14, 2018, in Jefferson City after the MML Legislative Conference to promote the Buckle Up/Phone Down campaign, encouraging vehicle occupants to wear seat belts and for drivers to either put down their cellphones or turn them off. The initiative also encourages businesses to require seat belt use and ban cellphone use in all company vehicles. The Missouri Mayors United for Progress also met the same day and voted to ask legislatures to enact a primary seat belt law and an all-driver texting ban, saying these two laws are vital to road safety. Read article.

BRANSON’S INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND … The city of Branson is building its first inclusive playground. Located at the Branson RecPlex, the park has special features for children with special needs. Read article.

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD … The city of Cape Girardeau and Horner & Shifrin (a participating affiliate member of MML) were honored with an Engineering Excellence Award for the S. Sprigg St. Bridge Project. The award was presented by The American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri (ACEC Missouri) at the organization’s annual awards banquet in February.

ICMA SPOTLIGHT … The International City Management Association (ICMA) featured a member spotlight on Kris Simpson, city administrator for Crestwood. Watch here!

ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD … The Kansas City Water Communications Team received a National Environmental Achievement Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) for their “Don’t Flush the Wipes: A Horror Story” video. Check it out!

LONGTIME CITY MANAGER RETIRES AS ICMA SENIOR ADVISOR … Columbia City Manager Emeritus Ray Beck, 85, announced his retirement last month as a senior advisor for the International City Managers Association (ICMA) after serving 10 years. Beck, a registered professional engineer, has worked with cities for more than 60 years. He worked for the state of Missouri as an engineer working with cities on water and wastewater issues, and then as City Manager for 20 years until his retirement. In 2016, he was honored with a life membership in the Missouri City Managers Association.

The FY2018 Supplemental Energy Loan Cycle is now open.  Missouri's energy loan program is making available approximately $5 million in loan financing for qualified projects that invest in energy efficiency and renewable projects. Loan applications are being accepted until March 30, 2018. Loan amounts vary from $10,000 to $1 million and are repaid by energy savings with a maximum repayment term of 10 years including principle and interest. For further assistance, please contact the Energy Loan Program at 855-522-2796. Learn more.

The Division of Energy provides loans to public schools (K-12); public/private colleges and universities; local governments including public owned airport facilities (municipal, county, regional, and international); public water/wastewater treatment facilities; and public/private not-for-profit hospitals to help reduce energy costs through the Energy Loan Program. This loan financing may be used for various energy-saving investments, including projects such as upgrading insulation, lighting systems, heating and cooling systems, windows and other items that affect your energy use. Learn more.

ROADMAPS TO HEALTH COACHING … Application dates ongoing
Sponsored by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, this program offers guidance and support from a community coach for communities who want to improve the health of their populations and work toward building a culture of health. Learn more.

Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) offers three matching grant programs providing up to 75 percent of the costs — Affiliate Grant, People Energizing Places and Strategic Teams Engaging Places. These grant programs provide the tools and resources for downtown revitalization to Missouri communities. Contact the MMSC office at 417-334-3014 or email Keith Winge for more information.

FINANCIAL STRATEGY FOR PUBLIC MANAGERS … A free download is available for the book Financial Strategy for Public Managers, by Sharon Kioko and Justin Marlowe. The book is a new generation textbook for financial management in the public sector. It offers a thorough, applied, and concise introduction to the essential financial concepts and analytical tools that today’s effective public servants need to know. Download here.

CREATIVE COMMUNITIES ALLIANCE … The Creative Communities Alliance (CCA) is a coalition of municipal and nonprofit organizations dedicated to the development of community arts in the St. Louis region. The CCA provides a supportive network for these communities to learn from each other and promote the arts. Learn more.

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