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MML June 2017 Newsletter: 2017 Annual Conference, Legislative Update and more!

June 2017

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 apply as credit for the Municipal Governance Institute, where you can become a Missouri Certified Municipal Official. Learn more and register today for this important training and networking opportunity! Scholarships are available.

MML LEGISLATIVE REPORT: MUNICIPAL SUCCESSES … The 2017 Legislative Session adjourned May 12. Republicans maintained a veto-proof majority in the House and Senate. Of the 163 House seats, there are 116 Republicans, 46 Democrats, and one vacancy.  There are 24 Republicans, nine Democrats, and one vacancy in the Senate.
Over 1,960 bills and resolutions were filed during the First Regular Session of the 99th General Assembly. Seventy-six bills were truly agreed and finally passed, including 16 appropriations bills. Despite the low number of bills that passed, the Republican supermajorities accomplished many of their labor and tort reform priorities.
Gov. Greitens has until July 14 to sign or veto bills that passed. Approved legislation will take effect Aug. 28, unless the legislation has a specific effective date.  

➤ Bills of Municipal Interest That Passed
Transportation Network Companies (aka Uber) – HB 130
Real ID – HB 151
Population Designation – HB 451
Minimum Wage – HB 1194 & 1193
Transportation Task Force – HCR 47
Delivery Charges – SB 16
Municipal Bonds– SB 111
Municipal Courts – SB 128
Project Labor Agreements – SB 182
Statewide Electrical Contractor Licensing – SB 240
911 Advisory Commission– SB 503

➤ Bills of Municipal Interest That Failed
Small Cell Deployment Act – HB 656
Prevailing Wage – HB 104 
Residential Dwelling Rentals – HB 608
Breed Specific Dog Ordinances – HB 905

➤ Special Sessions and Veto Session
Gov. Greitens has called the Legislature back into a special session on two occasions. The first special session convened a week after the end of the regular session to work on legislation to make it easier to open a new steel plant in rural southeast Missouri. The second special session began on June 10 and is addressing abortion-related issues. There may be other special sessions called before the end of the year. The Legislature will convene on Sept. 13 for their veto override session.

ICIPALITIES ...  In 2014, the St. Charles County Council placed a charter amendment on the ballot to ban red light cameras county-wide and voters approved it. The cities of St. Peters, O'Fallon and Lake St. Louis sued, claiming the ballot measure intruded on the cities' rights to govern their own affairs.  In January, an appeals court upheld the ban and recently, the Missouri Supreme Court decided not to take up the case, leaving the previous decision in place.   John A. Young, of Hamilton Weber LLC that represented the cities that sued, released a statement that said in part, "Never before in the history of this state had a county sought to regulate traffic on city streets. Sadly, despite numerous statutes and court cases giving this regulatory control exclusively to the cities, the Supreme Court decided not to address the issue."  MML contributed funds in support of St. Charles county municipalities' legal fight.  This case has far-reaching legal consequences for municipalities.  

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 Lori Noe at 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, September 10, 2017, to hear from interested parties.  The committee will propose a slate of candidates to be voted on by MML members at the MML business meeting on Sept. 12, 2017. 

COMMITTEE CHAIRS APPOINTED ... The following MML Policy Committee chairs have been appointed for 2017-2018: Council Member Gary Lathrop of Belton, Economic Development and Human Resources Committee; Council Member Rob Binney of Lee's Summit, Finance and Taxation Committee; Mayor Michele DeShay of Moline Acres, Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development Committee; and Mayor Adam Couch of Odessa, Municipal Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.

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. 

WEST GATE DIVISION ELECTS NEW OFFICERS ... At the recent West Gate regional meeting in Excelsior Springs, membership elected new officers. The new officers are: President, Council Member Chris Lievsay of Blue Springs; Vice-President, Mayor Brian Hasek of Harrisonville; and Secretary, Mayor Pam Freese of Houston Lake.

CENTRAL DIVISION ELECTS NEW OFFICERS ... At the recent meeting of the MML Central Division in Centralia, membership elected new officers. The new officers are: President, Council Member  Mike West of Fulton; Vice-President, Council MemberJeff Leeman of Sedalia; and Secretary, Council Member Michael Trapp of Columbia.

U.S. CONGRESS FISCAL YEAR SPENDING ... Earlier this month Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2017 spending package that funds the federal government through Sept. 30, 2017. This final deal includes no cuts to crucial programs for community development, education and public health. It does increase funding in a few areas. 

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 2017 INNOVATION AWARDS … Has your municipality completed any innovative projects or programs recently? We know you have great projects or programs related to policing, IT, parks, the arts, youth, environmental technology, fitness, veterans, infrastructure and more. We want to learn what has been successful in your community! Submit your project for a MML Innovation Award by July 10, 2017. Awards will be given at the MML Annual Conference in September. 
We know you have great projects that have benefited your community that may benefit others. Submit your application today!

NEW! MML MOBILE APP … The Missouri Municipal League is excited to offer a mobile app for MML events, news and information for Missouri's local government officials. Users may check schedules, speaker information, attendee messages and more for all MML Conferences. In addition, stay up to date on new MML Webinars, the Municipal Governance Institute, social media and more! Download the app today by searching “Missouri Municipal League” in your app store!  

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

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.
Will qualify for 1 hour of Planning and Zoning credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).

AMEREN MISSOURI BIZSAVERS® PROGRAM ... Ameren Missouri BizSavers® program offers cash incentives for many cost-effective energy efficiency projects. Whether you're running a small business, large corporation, or municipal facility, you may qualify for cash back from improvements to your facility's lighting, building controls, ventilation, cooling systems and more. Learn more at

DISPOSE OF UNWANTED PESTICIDES ... The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Pesticide Collection Program provides free collection events for farmers and households throughout the state of Missouri to properly dispose of unwanted waste pesticides. Find a collection event near you: 

  • Sikeston, June 24, 2017, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., DeWitt Auction Company, 220 DeWitt Drive, Sikeston, Mo 63801 (Flier)
  • Chillicothe, July 15, 2017, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Litton Ag Center, 10780 Liv 235, Chillicothe, Mo 64601 (Flier)
  • Lockwood, Oct. 14, 2017, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., S & H Farm Supply, 7 State Road A, Lockwood, Mo 65682 (Flier

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 them know about your native plant project so they can help promote the work you are doing in your community. Email

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 Your announcement may appear in the MML newsletter, Review magazine or on the League's website. 


MMAA SEMINAR ... The Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association will meet for a summer seminar July 14-16, 2017, at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. Learn more and register. 

MISSOURI BROWNFIELDS CONFERENCE ... The 2017 Missouri Brownfields Conference will be July 17, 2017, at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri, in association with the Missouri Waste Control Coalition Conference. Learn more and register. 

REVITALIZATION CONFERENCE ... The Missouri Main Street Connection hosts the Revitalization Conference July 26-27, 2017, in Columbia, Missouri. The event features sessions about grants, loans, tax credits and other forms of finance through federal, state and local funding organizations available to Missouri communities.  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.

 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. 


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is excited to share a new rural development funding opportunity authorized by Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This new authority, Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD), prioritizes projects that support the implementation of multi-jurisdictional plans under the Community Facilities Program, Water and Waste Disposal Program, Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, and Rural Business Development Grant Program. Under this provision, up to 10 percent of each programs annual appropriations can be set aside and made available to eligible SECD applicants. The goal of SECD is to promote collaboration in rural communities and across rural development agencies and programs. Learn more.

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.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Serviceis 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.

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. 


CHRISTINE CATES RECEIVES 2017 MISSOURI GFOA EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNMENT AWARD … The Missouri Government Finance Officers Association selected Christine Cates, assistant city administrator of Blue Springs, as this year’s recipient of the Missouri GFOA Excellence in Government Award.  The award was presented at the organization’s annual meeting, held this year at Camden on the Lake. The award is sponsored Piper Jaffray and presented to the government finance professional in Missouri who displays the high standard of leadership, professionalism, ethics, and integrity promoted by Missouri GFOA.

NEW JOPLIN LIBRARY ... A new library opened in the city of Joplin in June, with new meeting space, an "unconference" room with lounge furniture, outdoor courtyards, a family computer room and more. Learn more about this exciting development for the City at!

VETERANS HONOR PARK ... In May, the city of Chesterfield dedicated the new Veterans Honor Park to honor veterans of the United States Armed Forces; past, present, and future, by acknowledging the sacrifices made, sense of duty, and courage they have displayed in service to our country. Mayor Bob Nation and City Administrator Mike Geisel delivered the opening statements for the keynote speaker, Admiral Phil Davidson, Commander of the United States Fleet Forces Command.  Learn more. 


DNR SEEKS INPUT ON WEBSITE ... The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is seeking your opinion on how to improve the Department's website. Participants in the Department's survey are encouraged to include suggestions and comments regarding the website. Visit or go directly to the survey at

TOOL KITS FOR SMART GROWTH IN RURAL PLACES ... Smart Growth America recently released three new tool kits designed specifically for leaders in rural areas interested in implementing smart growth strategies.

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