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September 2016 Newsletter

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Dear Member,

MML needs your help.

Some of the most important and requested products and services your MML attempts to provide are accurate and timely lists of municipal election and ballot measure results. MML, member municipalities, state agencies and the media all want or need the information to do their jobs. Because that information is not gathered or reported anywhere else in a timely manner, we are asking you, our members, who are closest to and aware of issues to let us know when you place a tax or bonding authority measure on the ballot.

To improve the process and increase reporting accuracy, MML will now use both the City Clerk and Public Information Officer listservs and other contact information in advance of and immediately following April, August and November elections to learn of the results of ballot measures and also when new municipal officials are elected. Reporting this information to MML will publicly announce and celebrate your success. The data gathered will assist MML in our efforts to provide cities and citizen groups with the language and tools needed to pass the vehicle sales tax and other ballot measures. It will also help us analyze, identify and report on tactics that weren’t successful.

MML is stepping up our efforts to obtain accurate and timely information but we will need your help to be successful. Let me know if you have other ideas to make this initiative work.

Dan Ross

MML Executive Director

AUGUST MOTOR VEHICLE SALES TAX ELECTIONS … Information provided by the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) indicates the following cities passed the continuation of the motor vehicle sales tax in the August election: Blue Springs, Bolivar, Cameron, Concordia, Festus, Fulton, Goodman, Independence, Joplin, Marshfield, Raymore, Rock Hill, Sikeston, Velda, and Velda Village Hills.   Additionally, the following cities reported to MML that they had passed the tax continuation: Arnold, Columbia, Deepwater, Grain Valley, Lake Lotawana and Lee’s Summit.  Members are reminded that DOR must receive a copy of the certified election results and the ordinance imposing the continuation of the sales tax in order for the sales tax to remain effective.  Please let MML know if your municipality passed the tax.

MML DIRECTORY CHANGESDo you have changes for the MML Member Directory? Email changes to Lori Noe at

MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE MOBILE APP … Are you heading to the MML Annual Conference next week? We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis Sept. 11-14! Download MML’s mobile conference app today so you will have the latest conference information at your fingertips. You’ll find the latest schedule, exhibitor information, attendee comments and more! Scan the QR code below or search Missouri Municipal League in your app store.

MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE HASHTAG … The Twitter hashtag for the 2016 MML Annual Conference is #MML16AC. Even if you are unable to attend in person, follow this hashtag for the latest information shared by attendees, speakers and exhibitors at the event.

HANDOUTS FOR ANNUAL CONFERENCE ONLINE! ... The MML Annual Conference handouts for sessions are available for download on the MML Conference page. 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.

MoCCFOA SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION … The Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association (MoCCFOA) have scholarship opportunities posted for 2016-2017 workshops. See all event dates and scholarship details at

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, 2016, and forward a copy of the ordinance to the Missouri Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 1370, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Learn more at

MGI GRADUATES TO BE RECOGNIZED … Sixteen municipal officials have earned designation as Certified Municipal Officials from the League’s Municipal Governance Institute this year! They will be recognized during the MML Annual Conference at the Awards Luncheon on Sept. 13, 2016.  The officials are:

Rich Baumann, Alderman, Manchester;
Randy Carter, Street Commissioner, Kennett;
John Carver, Councilmember, Marceline;
William Cline, City Administrator, Carterville;
Debbie Cornell, City Clerk, Carterville;
Sharyl Dixon, Alderman, Foristell;
Rick Hess, City Administrator, Holts Summit;
Jeri Holt, Councilmember, Marceline;
Ramona Huckstep, Policy and Membership Associate, MML;
Tina Lomax, City Clerk, Warsaw;
Mary Rehklau, Councilmember, Fulton;
Don Rothermich, Comm. Relations Liaison, St. Charles; 
Eddie Simons, Mayor, Warsaw;
Charles Slider, Jr., Alderman, St. Robert;
Laina Starnes, City Clerk, Lebanon;
Alvin Sutton, Alderman, Desloge.

To qualify for the designation, participants must complete 16 credit hours in subjects ranging from the Missouri Open Meeting Law, to Budgets to Planning and Zoning. More than 100 Missouri Municipal Officials are enrolled in the program.  To learn more about becoming a Certified Municipal Official in Missouri, visit the League website.

SHARE YOUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STORY … The January 2017 issue of The Missouri Municipal Review will focus on economic development, featuring national and local content to assist communities with their own economic development initiatives. If you have a topic that fits well for this issue and would like to submit an article for consideration, please contact Laura Holloway with MML at or call 573-635-9134.

MoGFOA EVENTS ... Mark your calendars for events coming up with the Government Finance Officers of Missouri. The organization will host two one-day seminars at the Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, Missouri: Oct. 14, 2016, and Feb. 23, 2017. Their 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.

SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH …  September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Due to the success of last year’s theme, “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” it is also used this September with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. Review toolkit, activities and materials.

EWG NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR 2016 OLGA AWARDS  … Each year, East-West Gateway Council of Governments presents its Outstanding Local Government Achievement (OLGA) Awards to recognize the extraordinary work of municipal, county, special purpose and school district officials in the St. Louis region.  Celebrate the accomplishments of local government individuals, projects and partnerships that represent the best in the public sector. Nominations are due Sept. 23. Awards will be presented at East-West Gateway’s 51st Annual Meeting in November. Nomination form

MARC 2016 CALL FOR SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS STORIES … In order to recognize great work going on throughout the region, the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) is now accepting nominations for 2016 Sustainable Success Stories. A panel of local judges will select projects for presentation at the Sustainable Success Stories forum to be held on Dec. 8, 2016. This annual event allows honorees to share local successes and challenges so that forum attendees can learn about practices that contribute to improvements in our community’s quality of life. The 2016 Call for Projects encourages local organizations to submit projects that focus on sustainable development in the Greater Kansas City region, with an emphasis on exemplary green and complete street policies, projects and initiatives. Learn more.

Grants and Funding Opportunities

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 for more information about these programs.

COMMUNITY CONVENING GRANTS … The Missouri Foundation for Health announces a new grant opportunity focusing on grassroots community engagement around health equity. Community Convening Grants is a new funding program to stimulate health-focused discussions in a limited number of communities with the goal of addressing health issues from a local policy perspective. The application deadline is Sept. 12, 2016. Learn more.

CULTURE OF HEALTH PRIZE … This award honors community efforst and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Awards will honor entire communities, not single organizations or initiatives. To be eligible to apply for a prize, a community must be based in the United States and fall into one of the following categories: town, city, county, federally recognized tribe or region.

Each applicant community will be required to designate a local governmental or tax-exempt public charity operating within its community to accept the prize. A letter of intent is required by Nov. 3, 2016, and the application is due Jan. 20, 2017. Learn more.


The Federal Historic Tax Credit has become an important incentive for the preservation and rehabilitation of commercial and rental residential historic buildings. It is one of the federal government’s most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. Register for a free webinar, “Intro to Rehab Tax Credits,” on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. ET.  Learn more and register.

MISSOURI BCS INCENTIVE & FINANCE PROGRAM TRAINING … Local government officials, non-profit representatives, business developers, community developers or members of a regional planning commission have an opportunity to attend one of several a free trainings offered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development's Division of Business and Community Services (BCS). Participants will learn how development financing tools work in general in the pre-seminar primer, hear from local developers in the general sessions and discover details on incentives available for business and community development, as well as redevelopment. Watch for more details on the following:

Kansas City: Oct. 18-19, 2016;
Cape Girardeau: Oct. 25-26, 2016;
St. Louis: Nov. 9-10, 2016;
Springfield: Nov. 15-16, 2016

ICMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) national conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, Sept. 25-28. Learn more and register.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY … The Community Development Academy is an intensive, experienctial, five-day course offered by the University of Missouri Extension Community Development Program. Its three courses combine leading-edge thinking with practical applications that will enhance your capacity to work effectively with a broad range of community issues. The fall academy will take place at Elms Hotel and Spa in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. Learn more and register.

CDA EXPLORES … The fall, the Community Development Academy (CDA) offered by the University of Missouri Extension is adding a new component called CDA Explores. This is a two-day training that will focus on the intersection of the arts and economic development. CDA Explores will be held Sept. 26-27, 2016, at the Elms Resort and Spa in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. It runs simultaneous to the five-day Community Development Academy course. Learn more and register.

GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM … The 2016 Missouri Governor’s Conference on Tourism takes place Oct. 4-6 in Independence, Missouri. Early bird registration ends Sept. 16. Learn more and register.

MOPELRA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … Save the date for the Missouri Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Conference Oct. 13-14, 2016, in Columbia, Missouri.

LAGERS ANNUAL MEETING … The Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System holds their annual meeting this year Oct. 20-21, 2016. Learn more and register here.

ELGL 16 CONFERENCES … The Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL), a local government professional organization working to connect and educated local leaders, is hosting six “pop up conferences” across the country on Oct. 21, 2016. Locations are Portland, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, Chicago and Durham. Learn more and register.

MISSOURI 2016 TRAFFIC SAFETY AND BLUEPRINT CONFERENCE … The annual Missouri Traffic and Safety Conference, typically held in May, has been expanded and will be joined by Missouri’s Blueprint Conference. Is will be held Oct. 18-20, 2016 in Columbia, Missouri. This year’s program includes topics related to human factors, elderly drivers, young drivers, pedestrians, intersection designs and more. Learn more and register.

MOCCFOA REGIONAL MEETINGS … Check the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association’s website for details on upcoming regional meetings including: Oct. 13-14 in Republic; Oct. 17-18 in Independence; and Oct. 20-21 in Overland. Two scholarships are available for each of the three events. Find more information and register at

ECONOMIC VITALITY=RESULTS WORKSHOP … Join Missouri Main Street Connection and Jay Schlinsog of Downtown Professionals Network for a one-day training session on Economic Vitality=Results in Chillicothe, Missouri, on Nov. 11, 2016. Learn more and register.

NLC’S CITY SUMMIT … The National League of Cities City Summit (formerly Congress of Cities) is coming to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nov. 16-19, 2016. Learn more and register.

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

Member News 

Congratulations to the following Missouri City Clerks who have earned the prestigious Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC).  They are:  Patty Smith, St. Peters; Kimberly Hubbard, Harrisonville; and Emery Ranson, Deputy City Clerk Maryland Heights!

To earn the CMC designation, a Municipal Clerk must attend extensive education programs. The designation also requires pertinent experience in a municipality.

MASTER MUNICIPAL CLERK …  Congratulations to Owensville Deputy City Clerk Peggy Farrell, who has earned the prestigious Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC)! To qualify for entrance into the Master Municipal Clerk Academy (MMCA), which prepares participants for achieving the MMC status, one must have earned the Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation. To earn the CMC designation, a municipal clerk must attend extensive education programs. The designation also requires pertinent experience in a municipality.

#CityHallSelfie DAY AWARDS … Aug. 15, 2016 was the first national #CityHallSelfie Day, sponsored by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL). The online campaign provided a chance for communities around the country to engage citizens and staff with fun photos, spurring conversations regarding local government. ELGL awarded multiple cities for a variety of selfie accomplishments and Missouri was well-represented. The city of Lee’s Summit won for “Most Historic #cityhallselfie”, while Kansas City took honors for “Best #cityhallselfie Lighting,” featuring Mayor James, and “Best #cityhallselfie Wrap Up Video.” The city of Raymore’s Meredith Hauck won “Most Selfies Taken by One Person”, with 13. Learn more and view winners here.

BEST PLACES TO RETIRE IN MISSOURI … has released their 2016 list of Best places to Retire in Missouri. Congratulations to the cities of Oakland, Pleasant Valley, Shrewsbury, Town and Country, Higginsville, Chesterfield, Warson Woods, Creve Coeur, Sappington, Concord! Read about each city here.

Have You Seen This? 

In helping keep track of wildlife, the city of Warrensburg is mapping out trees to keep track of which ones are slated for removal and where others may be planted. Read the full article in Digital Communities magazine.

ICMA'S "LOCAL GOV LIFE" PODCAST … This pilot podcast series from the International City-County Management Association features discussions on a variety of topics in municipal management and leadership. The initial run includes six episodes based on stories from Public Management magazine. Learn more.

BLOOMBERG AND HARVARD TEAM UP TO TRAIN MAYORS … Traditionally, most training for mayoral roles has been on-the-job, with few formal opportunities to learn from their peers. In August, however, Harvard University and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg Philanthropies announced their plan to partner on a groundbreaking executive education program targeted at educating urban executives as many mayors take on increasingly ambitious challenges, responding to a perception of government gridlock and increasing urbanization. Read the full article in Governing Magazine.

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