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JOPLIN MAYOR COLBERT-KEAN ELECTED SECOND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES
Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean was elected second vice president of the National League of Cities at the annual Congress of Cities and Exposition Nov. 16 in Seattle, Wash. Colbert-Kean is the first Missouri city official to be named to top leadership with NLC in more than 50 years. She will serve a one-year term in this role that traditionally leads to one year terms as first vice-president, then president of the organization representing more than 19,000 cities and towns.
Missouri has had two other mayors in NLC leadership. Mayor Raymond R. Tucker, St. Louis, served as president in 1960 and Mayor W.F. Kemp, Kansas City, was president in 1954. All NLC officers are selected by a 15-member nominating committee and are elected by NLC’s membership.
NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH BUYBOARD MEANS COST-SAVINGS AND CONVENIENCE FOR CITIES
The MML is pleased to introduce a new partnership with the BuyBoard National Purchasing Cooperative program. The BuyBoard Cooperative obtains competitive proposals on thousands of products and meets all state-level bid laws. From pencils to public works equipment, BuyBoard allows you to benefit from their volume discounts and combines the service with the ease of online, web-based shopping and ordering. There is no minimum purchase and participation is free. Learn more by contacting David Ricketts with BuyBoard at (913) 424-5758. Learn more today!
VICTORY IN WIRELESS LAWSUIT
The Circuit Court in Cole County issued a final judgment in favor of the City of Liberty and five other cities against the State of Missouri and ruling that HB 331 and HB 345 were unconstitutional and were permanently enjoined.
These bills had been signed by the Governor but placed numerous significant limitations on local government authority to protect property owners and residents relating to cell towers and antennas, and further limited control over City rights-of-way, utility poles and property, among other subjects negatively impacting our members and constituents.
While this final judgment may be appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court, it is currently a resounding victory for local governments to remind us all that we are not powerless to block at least the more outrageous special interest efforts in Jefferson City. Specifically, the decision holds that HB 331 and HB345 are unconstitutional in that they contain multiple subjects and violate the Clear Title and Original Purpose provisions of the Missouri Constitution in combining many unrelated subjects. The Cities also had raised other constitutional challenges that were not addressed because the Court struck down the entirety of both laws on the constitutional procedural violations.
Thanks to Dan Vogel, Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C., the City of Liberty, ET AL for a job well done!
NOW AVAILABLE! 2013-2014 DIRECTORY OF MISSOURI MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS
The latest Directory is now available!. It features an alphabetical listing of each member municipality, containing contact information and a listing of elected and appointed officials, as well as administrative and department staff. The Directory contains more than 6,500 municipal officials across Missouri. It is provided free of charge to member municipalities and available for purchase for non-members.
Class Action Information: Winchester v Ameren Class Action Lawsuit Documents and Information
NEW! CERTIFIED MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL PROGRAM
To recognize the commitment elected officials make to the continual process of learning new skills and abilities in the local government field, MML has created the MML Governance Institute. Participants who complete the program are designated as "Certified Municipal Officials" by the Missouri Municipal League.
Learn more today about MML's Municipal Governance Institute!
Pic Of The Week!
City of Independence
The City of Independence was recognized by Kansas City's Ingram's Magazine as a City of Distinction. The cities of Belton and Warrensburgalso received this honor. The magazine recognizes communities that have taken up the gauntlet of economic development and successfully blended the interests of businesses and residents.
Picture above: Mayor Pro Tem Jim Schultz (left) and Mayor Don Reimal (right) accept the award for the City of Independence.
Do you have a picture to share? Submit your photos and a brief caption for consideration to post on the MML homepage to Laura Holloway at Lholloway@mocities.com.