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September 2017

MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE DETAILS ... We are excited to welcome local government leaders from across Missouri to Tan-Tar-A Resort Sept. 10-13, 2017, for the 83rd MML Annual Conference! Don’t miss the important details below!
  • MML Mobile App: Full conference details and the latest news are at your fingertips with the new MML Mobile App! Search “Missouri Municipal League” in your app store (iTunes or Google Play) for:
    • Complete Conference Schedule
    • Speakers, Exhibitors and Sponsors
    • Interactive Exhibit Hall and Hotel Maps
    • Session Handouts
    • Attendee Networking
    • Municipal Governance Institute Certification Details
  • Handouts available online and on the MML Mobile App … The MML Annual Conference handouts for sessions are available for download on the MML Conference page prior to the Conference. Printed handouts will not be provided at the sessions. Attendees are encouraged to review these session handouts prior to the Conference and may choose to print and bring them to the Conference or download when returning home. Handouts are also available on the new MML mobile app!
NEW MISSOURI LAWS TAKE EFFECT … Aug. 28, 2017, was the date when most legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly and signed by Governor Greitens became law.  Legislation with a specified effective date or with an emergency clause is the only exception to the Aug. 28 date.  Find a list of the legislation that passed and the action taken by the Governor here. Legislation that was vetoed by the Governor could stand for an override vote during the General Assembly’s Sept. 13 override session.

REMINDER TO READOPT ANNUAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE ORDINANCES… When the General Assembly adopted the ethics/personal financial disclosure law in 1991, an MML-supported amendment allowed municipal officials to adopt their own simplified personal financial disclosure requirements by ordinance. This law affects only municipalities with an annual operating budget in excess of $1 million. The General Assembly requires each political subdivision to readopt the ordinance every two years. However, in order to avoid the significant consequences of the failure to readopt the ordinance, we urge each municipality with an annual operating budget over $1 million to adopt the personal financial disclosure ordinance by Sept. 15, 2017, and forward a copy of the ordinance to the Missouri Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 1370, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Learn more at

2020 CENSUS LOCAL UPDATE OF CENSUS ADDRESSES OPERATION (LUCA) … LUCA is the only opportunity offered to tribal, state and local government to review and comment on the U.S. Census Bureau’s residential address list for their jurisdiction prior to the 2020 Census. Training workshops will begin in October, as well as webinars and self-training aids. The deadline to register for LUCA is December 2017. Find more information on how to participate.

MML WEBINARS … Register today  for an upcoming live MML webinar! Many of the webinars apply toward credit for the Municipal Governance Institute curriculum, to earn the Missouri Municipal Government Official certification. Recorded versions of previous webinars are available, covering topics such as Missouri use tax, personnel law and more. The cost is $10 per webinar. Learn more and register at

Upcoming MML Webinars: 
October 11, 2017: Business Retention and Expansion (BRE), presented by Sallie Hemenway, Missouri Department of Economic Development 
Look behind you! While all eyes are focused on attracting new business your existing businesses are steadily fueling your local economy. This session provides specific tools and action steps communities can take to ensure existing businesses have what they need to grow and thrive.
Session will qualify for 1 hour of economic development credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).
November 15, 2017: Fundamentals of Municipal Government, presented by Christine Bushyhead, Bushyhead LLC
Session will qualify for 1 hour of fundamentals credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).
December 7, 2017: Everyone Needs A Coach, presented by Dr. Mike Mowery, President, Servant Leadership Implementation and Executive Coaching
This session will cover: Tools for building a coaching culture; 3 broad categories of coaching; and outline for coaching development. These are not meant to be strict rules to follow, but guidelines that can give the coaching meeting structure. 
Session will qualify for 1 hour of elective credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).

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. 


COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY … The Community Development Academy takes place Sept. 18-22, 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri. It is an intensive, experiential, five-day course offered by the University of Missouri Extension Community Development Program. Three courses combine leading-edge thinking with practical applications. The Community Development Academy provides a conceptual base and develops the skills necessary to successfully bring people (often with diverse views and opinions) together around common issues. Course participants learn how to deal collectively with their issues of concern and give purposeful direction to their own futures. Learn more and register.

ELGL POP UP CONFERENCES … Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) are hosting four one-day pop-up conferences on Sept. 22, 2017, and one of the locations is Kansas City, Missouri. All conference locations have creative and interesting agendas under the theme “stuff you should have learned in school.” Learn more about the Kansas City conference and other locations at

MISSOURI APA STATE CONFERENCE … The 2017 Missouri American Planning Association Conference takes place Oct. 18-20 in downtown St. Louis. Learn more and register.

ICMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The 103rd Annual International City and County Managers Conference takes place Oct. 22-25, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more and register.

MISSOURI TRAFFIC AND HIGHWAY CONFERENCE … Missouri’s 2017 Highway Safety and Traffic Blueprint Conference takes place Sept. 27-29, 2017, in Columbia, Missouri. The program will be structured to include traffic engineering topics with a greater focus on the four E’s (engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services) of highway safety. Learn more and register.

GFOA FALL SEMINAR … The Missouri Government Finance Officers Association (Mo-GFOA) will be hosting its Fall Seminar, October 11, 2017 at the Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia Mo.  Topics discussed will include: Popular Annual Financial Reports (PAFR); Investing Public Funds; Fraud Detection; and Bond Ratings.   Following the seminar on October 12 and 13, Mo-GFOA will host a two-day Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) workshop.  More information will be posted to the Mo GFOA web soon.

NLC CITY SUMMIT … The National League of Cities’ City Summit takes place Nov. 15-18, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Summit draws thousands of local elected officials, municipal staff and others in the sector nationwide for four days of knowledge-sharing, networking, learning and growing — all in the name of making America’s cities and towns amazing places to live, work and play. Learn more and register.


The Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Through Our Town, subject to the availability of funding, the National Endowment for the Arts will provide a limited number of grants for creative placemaking. Learn more.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is now accepting applications for the Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP), that allows local public agencies to receive engineering assistance for studying traffic engineering problems. Typical traffic engineering related projects include: corridor safety and/or operational analysis, intersection(s) safety and/or operational analysis; speed limit review; sign inventory; pedestrian/bike route analysis; parking issues; and other traffic studies. This year, MoDOT is awarding two years’ worth of funding with projects to receive funding in the year funds are available. Eligible projects must be able to be completed by spring of 2018 or spring of 2019. Applications are due Sept. 14.

The Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF) has created a new training opportunity for U.S.–based professionals to gain skills and experience in disaster response for cultural heritage. The training takes place Nov. 13-17 in Washington, D.C. Heritage Emergency and Response Training (HEART) will combine the important principles of the internationally recognized First Aid for Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis training model with context-specific information for a U.S. audience. Learn more.

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.

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.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program will make approximately $1.5 billion available to projects to help rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure. In addition to providing direct federal funding, the INFRA program aims to increase the total investment by state, local, and private partners. INFRA advances a pre-existing grant program established in the FAST Act of 2015 and utilizes updated criteria to evaluate projects to align them with national and regional economic vitality goals and to leverage additional non-federal funding. The Department will make awards under the INFRA program to both large and small projects.  For a large project, the INFRA grant must be at least $25 million.  For a small project, the grant must be at least $5 million. Learn more.

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. 

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.



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, SMART CITIES EFFORTS HIGHLIGHTED IN GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY … Public works and IT officials use traffic and other data to predict where potholes will form. This strategy helps the city repair or resurface 35 to 45 miles of streets per year versus the previous 20 to 25 miles. Read article.

IN MEMORIAM … City of New Florence Mayor Glen Devlin passed away June 12, 2017. Although he had just been elected as mayor in April of this year, Mr. Devlin had a history of service as a member of the New Florence Volunteer Fire Department for more than30 years, serving as chief for 15 years. Mr. Devlin was also a member of the New Florence City Council for several years before being elected as mayor. 
City of Truesdale Mayor Murray Bruer passed away on July I, 2017. He became mayor of Truesdale in 2008, when he was appointed to fill the vacant position. Prior to that he served as president of the Truesdale Board of Aldermen. He was then re-elected and served as mayor until his passing.
Wright City Mayor David Heiliger passed away July 6, 2017. Mr. Heiliger was elected mayor in April of 2010.


DISASTER PREPAREDNESS MONTH … September is designated as National Preparedness Month by FEMA, an annual opportunity to encourage personal and community disaster preparedness. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”  This four-week initiative focuses on specific ways in which individuals and families can better plan for emergencies. Find a toolkit for your community.

BUCKLE UP, PHONE DOWN CHALLENGE … The challenge is simple: when you get into any vehicle, buckle up your safety belt. If you are a driver, put the cellphone down. Turn it off if you have to. No texting and no talking unless hands free.
The League has taken the challenge. Will you? Learn how.
In 2016, 948 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes – 689 were vehicle drivers and passengers, with 63 percent being unbuckled.  Right now, Missouri has a “no texting” law for drivers under 21 years old. But we are challenging all drivers to honor that ban no matter what their age. When a driver is texting and driving they are 23 times more likely to be in a critical incident. Learn more.
FIRST-EVER RAIL SAFETY WEEK SEPTEMBER 24-30 … The first-ever national Rail Safety Week, a joint effort by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the national rail safety education nonprofit Operation Lifesaver, Inc. (OLI), is Sept.24-30, 2017. A person or vehicle in the U.S. is hit by a train about every three hours. In fact, 95 percent of all rail-related deaths involve drivers going through a crossing or a person on the tracks. The goal of the week is to raise awareness, encourage rail safety education and empower the public to make smart decisions near railroad crossings. Learn more.
MML On The Go:
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Upcoming MML Webinars!
Oct. 11: Business Retention and Expansion
Nov. 15: Fundamentals of Municipal Government
Dec. 7: Everyone Needs A Coach


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