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November 2016 Newsletter

Grants | Events | Member News | Have You Seen This?
    


SUPREME COURT ISSUES NEW RULES FOR MUNICIPAL COURTS
…In an order dated Sept. 20, 2016, the Missouri Supreme Court has issued new rules governing ordinance violations and minimum operating standards for the municipal divisions of Missouri courts.  The court rule outlines 10 new minimum standards. The new rules may be found here and go into effect July 1, 2017.

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 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.

AMENDMENT 4 PASSES IN MISSOURI … The Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors voted in October to oppose Amendment 4, stating the proposed measure would limit the ability for city sales taxes to adjust to an ever-shifting economy. However, Amendment 4 did pass on the Nov. 8 ballot.  Thank you to those that worked to share messages in your community regarding the potential dangers of this bill. If interpretation is needed by courts at a later date, MML will work to keep members informed of developments.

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.

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.

IN MEMORIAM… MML is saddened to share the news that Tom Durkin with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office passed away in October. Tom was committed to good government and educating officials on the Missouri Sunshine Law. Many MML members will remember Tom from the numerous Sunshine Law workshops at MML events.

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.

MoGFOA EVENTS ... The Government Finance Officers of Missouri will host a one-day seminar at the Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, Missouri, Feb. 23, 2017. 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.

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 offic by phone at 573-751-9047 or by email at local.records@sos.mo.govVisit the grants website.


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.

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-income, 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 low income, and create sustained employment opportunities in communities with low incomes. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017. Learn more.

KRESGE FOUNDATION ART AND CULTURE GRANT … The Kresge Foundation is offering grants through its Arts and Culture Program to anchor institutions in any sector that have a stake in and are located in a low-income, disinvested community, and to nonprofit community partners, nonprofit artist collaboratives, and government entities. Support is provided for cross-sector/cross-disciplinary projects that embed arts and culture into local systems such as municipal departments, community financial networks, comprehensive planning efforts, human services networks, regional food hubs, etc. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the Arts and Culture Program.

WHITE HOUSE SMART CITIES INITIATIVE … The White House Announced more than $80 million in new federal investment and a doubling of participating communities in the Smart Cities Initiative. These new investments and collaborations will help cities of all sizes address climate issues, transportation, public safety and city services. Learn more.

Events 


59TH ANNUAL MISSOURI S&T ASPHALT CONFERENCE … The 59th Annual Missouri S&T Asphalt Conference takes places Nov. 29-30, 2016, at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. The conference should be of interest to contractors, public agencies, consulting engineers, testing labs, aggregate producers, asphalt binder suppliers, and equipment technical reps. Personal Development Hours will be awarded. For conference program information, visit http://asphalt.mst.edu/.

DAMAGE PREVENTION AND EXCAVATION SAFETY SUMMIT … The Missouri Common Ground Alliance hosts the 2016 Damage Prevention and Excavation Safety Summit Dec. 7-8, 2016, in Springfield, Missouri. Municipalities have the opportunity to receive OSHA training, learn about pipeline safety, trench rescue, overhead electrical, CPR and more. Learn more and register at www.mocommonground.org.

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.

MML LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE … Mark your calendars for MML’s Legislative Conference Feb. 14-15, 2017, in Jefferson City at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. This is a valuable opportunity to meet with your legislators and discuss the most pressing local government issues taking shape in the legislative session. Watch for registration details coming soon. 


Member News 


DISPATCH SERVICE PARTNERSHIP …
The City of Kirkwood will provide Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) dispatching services to the City of Des Peres beginning Jan. 1, 2017, in a new partnership that the cities anticipate will lay the groundwork for similar kinds of service-sharing agreements across the region. The city councils for both municipalities approved the five-year agreement at each of their October council meetings. Learn more.

EPA HONORS MAPLEWOOD AS GREEN POWER LEADER … The city of  Maplewood received the Green Power Community of the Year Award  from the Environmental Protection Agency. The City’s support of green power increased by more than 300 percent, resulting in more than five percent of the community-wide total electricity use last year. Learn more.

2016 DIGITAL CITY SURVEY WINNERS … Congratulations to the cities of Kansas City, Independence and Columbia, all top-ten winners for their size category in the 2016 Digital Cities Survey! Now in its 15th anniversary year, the annual survey, sponsored by the Center for Digital Government,  recognizes cities using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement.

LEE’S SUMMIT AND O’FALLON RANKED AS ONE OF “50 BEST” … The financial website 247WallSt.com has ranked the City of O’Fallon 8th on its “2016 Best Cities to Live” list, citing a multitude of factors such as low crime, affordable housing, employment, median income, recreational resources, student achievements and opportunities for higher education. Lee’s Summit ranked 5th, due to employment growth, educational opportunities for residents, and a strong concentration of area colleges and universities. Read article.


Have You Seen This? 

CALCULATE YOUR TRANSPORTATION INVESTMENT … A new feature on the Missouri Department of Transportation website called Transportation Dollar$ calculates annual contributuions in taxes and fees to support the transportation system in Missouri. Visit www.modot.org/transportationdollars to learn more.

 

Missouri Municipal League, 1727 Southridge Dr. Jefferson City, MO 65109
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