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 December 2016 Newsletter

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REGISTER NOW! MML 2017 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE …
MML’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference is coming up Feb. 14-15, 2017, at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. Join your fellow local government leaders from across the state to discuss the top legislative issues affecting your city, network with other local leaders and share your community needs with state legislators. Register today!

FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUES PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION BLOCKING NEW FLSA OVERTIME RULE… On Nov. 22, 2016, a Federal District Court Judge blocked final implementation of the rule mere days before the Dec. 1 effective date. Agreeing with arguments posed by concerned states and business groups, the judge issued a preliminary injunction preventing the rules from being implemented on a nationwide basis. Assuming that the injunction survives the remainder of President Obama’s term, it is difficult to predict what President Trump will do with the rules once in the White House.  President Trump will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017. It is possible that the Federal Judge may be swayed by U.S. Department of Labor arguments in the coming weeks, or that an appeals court could step in to reverse the ruling before President Trump takes office.  Some employers might find themselves in a difficult spot.

If you have already made alterations to your compensation plans or to your employees’ exemption status, it might be unpopular to reverse course now. Although you may have the legal right to revert to the status quo depending on your circumstances, you might consider waiting until a final decision is reached in court, Congress, and the White House before doing anything further.

MISSOURI AUDITOR FINDS POOR COMPLIANCE WITH MISSOURI SUNSHINE LAW … Missouri State Auditor Nicolle Galloway has continued what has now become an auditor tradition by sending out anonymous Sunshine Law requests to political subdivisions across the state. Auditor Galloway’s staff sent open records request letters to more than 300 local government entities in every region of the state. The request was fairly simple - to provide a copy of minutes for the last meeting held in 2015, along with the notice and agenda for that meeting, and several other basic pieces of information. The letters were not sent on official office letterhead. Of those who received a request, 37 percent failed to acknowledge it or respond within the three-day time period required by law. Some of those eventually provided information after the deadline, but 16 percent did not respond at all.  Only 30 percent of local governments fully complied with the request.

A complete review of the auditor’s findings is available on the Auditor’s website.

Missouri municipal officials are reminded that the Sunshine Law requires that response be provided to a request for records within three (3) business days.  This means the requested information should be sent within three days, or a response providing a reasonable date of when the information will be sent. No reason must be provided for a records request. Fees may be charged for completing records requests or local governments may consider waiving such fees for small requests such as a single meeting minutes and notice.  Meeting minutes must include the date, time, place, members absent and members present.  Notice of meetings must include the time, date, location, tentative agenda and proper citation of proposed closed meetings.

The Missouri Municipal League has an online Sunshine Law training course tailored to the needs of Missouri Municipal Officials.  The course is available on the League website.  Officials with questions about the Sunshine Law are encouraged to contact League staff at info@mocities.com or (573) 635-9134.

LEGISLATIVE NEWS … On Jan. 4, the 99th Missouri General Assembly will convene in Jefferson City. The Republicans now control the House, Senate and the Governor’s office. While both chambers of the General Assembly maintained their veto proof majority, overriding a gubernatorial veto is less important than in past sessions. After January 9, when Eric Greitens is sworn in as Governor, a simple majority is all that is (likely) needed to enact some of the more controversial and divisive measures from previous sessions.  Labor issues (right to work, pay check protection and prevailing wage reform), tort reform, tax reform, ride sharing and opiate use will be high on the to do list in both the House and Senate. As we have seen in past sessions, bills will be filed preempting local authority.

Overshadowing all of this is the state budget shortfall caused by a 2014 corporate tax cut and a shortfall of funds in the state employee retirement system. Both the General Assembly and the new Governor will be struggling with balancing the state’s budget.

League staff will be keeping you apprised of legislation affecting municipalities throughout the legislative session.  When action is needed by municipal officials on a bill, an “Action Alert” will be emailed asking you to contact your legislator. The “Alert” will provide you with what action is needed, a description of the bill and how it will affect municipalities, along with key talking points to discuss with your legislator.

Municipalities are strongest when they speak with a unified voice. It is incumbent on us all to communicate to legislators the importance of keeping decisions on local matters at the local level. 

2016-2017 MML POLICY STATEMENT … The Missouri Municipal League’s 2016-2017 Policy Statement is posted on the League’s website. Learn more about how MML policy is crafted and how you can become involved in shaping future policy on MML’s Advocacy page at www.mocities.com.

PROPOSED AMENDMENT FOR CDGB PROCUREMENT … The Missouri Department of Economic Development, in order to streamline the procurement for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) administration services and still promote free and open competition, proposes to amend the administration procurement process. The proposed amendment is available for a fifteen-day comment period ending Dec. 16, 2016.  Review the proposal here, and submit written comments or questions to Andy Papen via email at andy.papen@ded.mo.gov.

MML WEBINARS, NEW IN JANUARY 2017! … Join us for the Missouri Municipal League’s live webinar titled “Building Trust,” presented by Dr. Mike Mowery, president of servant leadership implementation with Strategic Government Resources. Be on the lookout for other topics throughout the year to include:

-          Budgets

-          Public Works Contracting

-          Personnel Law

-          The Need for Servant Leadership

-          Planning and Zoning

-          Ethics

-          Economic Development

-          Fundamentals of Municipal Government

-          Coaching for Performance

All of the courses will satisfy the credits needed for the Municipal Governance Institute certification (MGI). Registration cost $10. Watch for upcoming registration information!

UPDATED! THE 2016-2017 DIRECTORY OF MISSOURI MUNICIPAL OFFICIALSThe latest Directory is now available at http://www.mocities.com. It features an alphabetical listing of each member municipality, contact information and a listing of elected 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, associate members and participating affiliates. It is available for purchase by non-members.

MML DIRECTORY CHANGESTo keep MML records current,  please send any elected/appointed official changes to Jackie Hagenhoff at Jhagenhoff@mocities.com or call (573) 635-9134 as they occur. Changes should include name of outgoing official and the name of the new official with their title, preferred mailing address and personal email address.

MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE – CALL FOR PROPOSALS … The Missouri Municipal League is beginning preparations for the 2017 Annual Conference. The Conference will take place at Tan-Tar-A, Sept. 10-13, 2017. The League is accepting proposals for session topics. It is preferred that the conference proposal include a speaker (not just a topic) and provide as much information about the topic as possible. This will help the League staff in the selection process so we can provide the best sessions to participants. Municipalities are encouraged to submit a proposal on topics where they have an experience to share.

Submit your proposal by completing the Annual Conference Presentation Form on the League’s website by Feb. 28, 2017. Emily Koenigsfeld, event and training specialist, will make contacts in March and a preliminary agenda will be available in April. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Emily  at emilyk@mocities.com or 573-635-9134.

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

2017 OUTSTANDING CITY CLERK AWARD NOMINATIONS … The Missouri City Clerks & Finance Officers Association invites nominations for the 2017 Outstanding City Clerk Award.  This Award recognizes a City Clerk or Finance Officer who has demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to their municipality, community, and professional organizations.  This award will be presented at the annual MoCCFOA banquet in March 2017.  Nominations may be submitted by a member of MoCCFOA or a municipal official by Jan. 13, 2017. Forms are available on the MoCCFOA website at moccfoa.org, or from any of the committee members: Mary D. Happel, Committee Chair, Salem; Peggy Farrell, Owensville; Robin Kincaid, Riverside; Debbie Cornell, Carterville; Kathleen Trentmann, New Haven; Rebecca Deskins, Cainsville; Nici Wilson, Pleasant Hill; Karen Shaw, Vandalia; Laurie Asche, Kirkwood; Katie Bowman, Wentzville; Shirley Lewis, Duenweg; Karen Rost, Marshfield.


Grants and Funding Opportunities

DED – ENERGY LOAN PROGRAM … The Missouri Department of Economic Development's Division of Energy provides loans to city/county governments and other public entities 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 energy use. The loan amount per applicant is $10,000 to $1 million. The application deadline is Jan. 13, 2017. Learn more.

MISSOURI MAIN STREET CONNECTION GRANTS … Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) offers three matching grant programs providing up to 75 percent of costs:  Affiliate Grant, People Energizing Places (PEP), and Strategic Teams Engaging Places (STEP).  These grant programs continue the mission of MMSC to provide the tools and resources for downtown revitalization to Missouri communities.  MMSC is a 501(c)3 and financially supported by funding from the state of Missouri, Missouri Department of Economic Development, grants, sponsors, members, and other donations. Contact the MMSC office at 417-334-3014 or email Keith Winge at kwinge@momainstreet.org for more information about these programs.

2017 HEALTHY WATERSHEDS CONSORTIUM GRANT PROGRAM … The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) seeks applications for the 2017 Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program goal is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2017. Learn more and apply.

LOCAL RECORDS PROGRAM FY18 … The Local Records Program FY18 grant meetings have been announced.  The application deadline is March 1, 2017, with grants to begin no sooner than July 1, 2017.  The list of grant meetings, along with the grant guidebook and application are all available on the Local Records Grant website.  Local records archivists can schedule onsite consultations to review possible grant projects.  If you have questions, contact the Local Records office by phone at 573-751-9047 or by email at local.records@sos.mo.govVisit the grants website.

HEALTH GRANTS IN FOOD DESERTS … The Department of Health and Human Services is offering grant funds for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts or where applicants can point to indicators of need, such as poor access to a healthy food retail outlet, a high percentage of individuals with low-incomes, incidence of diet-related health conditions, or high concentrations of persons eligible for food assistance programs. Through the Community Economic Development (CED) program and within the framework of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), the Department seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for individuals and families with a low income, and create sustained employment opportunities in communities with low incomes. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017. Learn more.

Events 


ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL MARKETS WEBINAR …
Join the investment leadership team of PFM Asset Management LLC as they discuss the economy in 2016, current market trends shaping long-term strategy and what to expect in the year ahead. The webinar is Jan. 6, 2017 at 2 p.m. Learn more and register.

MCMA WINTER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP … The Missouri City/County Management Association hosts a professional development workshop Jan. 26, 2017, in Columbia, Missouri. The keynote speaker is Kirstin Wyatt, executive director of Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), discussing local government workforce development trends. Learn more and register.

NEW PARTNERS FOR SMART GROWTH … The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the New Partners for Smart Growth conference takes place in St. Louis Feb. 2-4, 2017. The theme is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities.” Learn more and register.

MISSOURI TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE … The 2017 Missouri Transportation Conference, “Connecting Through Infrastructure,” takes place Feb. 16, 2017, at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, Missouri. The conference is sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Learn more and register at www.mochamber.com.

MoGFOA EVENTS ... The Government Finance Officers of Missouri will host a one-day winter seminar at the Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, Missouri Feb. 23, 2017. Topics include auditing, budgeting, labor and employment law. The organization’s annual meeting and spring conference will be held May 10-12, 2017, at the Lake of the Ozarks at Camden on the Lake.  A budget boot camp runs concurrent with the spring conference on May 9-12, 2017, at the same location. Learn more.

MPRA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The Missouri Park and Recreation Association hosts their annual conference March 7-19 in Branson, Missouri. The theme is “Hometown Hospitality.” Learn more and register

 

Member News 


ROCK ISLAND TRAIL STATE PARK TRAILHEAD OPENING IN PLEASANT HILL …
Gov. Jay Nixon visited Pleasant Hill Dec. 10, 2016, for the ribbon-cutting of Missouri’s newest state park, Rock Island Trail. The Pleasant Hill Trailhead is an important extension of the Katy Trail that encompasses a 47.5 mile trail from Pleasant Hill to Windsor. In addition, future planned trail connections include a 17.7-mile expansion to the Truman Sports Complex by the Jackson County Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority and a 145-mile continuation of the Rock Island Trail State Park to the east from Windsor to Beaufort. Learn more.

KEARNEY FIRE CHIEF HONORED …  Kearney Fire Chief Larry Pratt is retiring after 49 years of service and was recognized at the recent KC Chiefs vs. Jacksonville game as a hometown hero. Watch this video tribute.

COLUMBIA NAMED TOP CITY FOR WORKING WOMEN … The city of Columbia has been named as one of the top ten best cities in the nation for working women by Smart Asset. By looking at the pay gap, ratio of working women to working men, percentage of women working, unemployment rate for women, and more, Smart Asset came up with the list. Read article


Have You Seen This? 


MISSOURI TEAMS UP WITH ARIZONA TO CREATE SHAREABLE CLOUD-BASED PORTAL ARCHITECTURE …
The short-term goal of this cloud-based portal architecture is helping municipal Missouri governments better understand environmental law and regulations, and officials hope to create architecture other states can use as well. MML staff are providing input into this project. Read article.

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES CULTURAL DIVERSITY AWARDS PROGRAM ... Submit your municipality’s outstanding diversity efforts for the 2017 City Cultural Diversity Awards Program. The program showcases examples of how cities achieve excellence in diversity. Award recipients will be recognized during the Celebrate Diversity Breakfast, March 13, 2017, during NLC's Congressional City Conference. Learn more and apply by Jan. 5, 2017.

Missouri Municipal League, 1727 Southridge Dr. Jefferson City, MO 65109
info@mocities.com.


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