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October 2016 Newsletter

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Missouri Municipal League members elected new leadership at the annual business meeting in September at the MML Annual Conference. Riverside Mayor Kathy Rose is the new MML president and Hazelwood Mayor Matt Robinson serves as vice president. Four new board members were also elected: Bill Falkner, mayor, city of St. Joseph; DJ Gehrt, city administrator, Platte City; Debra Hickey, mayor, city of Battlefield; and Susan McVey, council member, city of Poplar Bluff.

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 minimum standards, most of which reference state laws or court operating rules that are already in place. 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 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 OPPOSES AMENDMENT 4 … The Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors voted recently to oppose Amendment 4, stating the proposed measure would limit the ability for city sales taxes to adjust to an ever-shifting economy.

The effect, if Amendment 4 passes, could lead to a significant reduction in vital local services, such as police, fire, street maintenance, parks and more.

MML opposes Amendment 4 for the following reasons:

  • Placing a sales/use tax expansion prohibition in the Missouri Constitution would not allow this vitally important local revenue source to adjust to new technologies and an ever-shifting economy.
  • Amendment 4 could lead to the elimination or reduction of vital local services.
  • There are no current efforts in Missouri to tax services. Placing a broad constitutional prohibition on the ballot to prevent an action that has not yet or may never occur is bad public policy.
  • With existing constitutional requirements, any proposals to extend sales tax to services in Missouri require a vote of the people. Amendment 4 focuses on a problem that does not exist.

MML DIRECTORY CHANGESTo keep MML records current,  please send any elected/appointed official changes to Jackie Hagenhoff at 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.

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 Your announcement may appear in the MML newsletter, Review magazine or website.

MML 2016 INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS … Congratulations to this year’s MML Innovation Award winners! This year, the cities of Blue Springs, Battlefield and Mountain Grove took top honors.  Nearly 30 cities submitted a project, providing a wealth of ideas for other cities to utilize in their own community. Learn more about their projects and all of the submissions on the League website.

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

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

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. 15, 2017. Forms are available on the MoCCFOA website at, or from any of the committee members: Mary D. Happel, Committee Chair, Salem; Peggy Farrell, Owensville; Sheri Thacker, Independence; 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; Robin Kincaid, Riverside.

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 ... The Government Finance Officers of Missouri 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.

NATIONAL SCHOOL SAFETY WEEK … Missouri celebrates National Safe Schools Week Oct. 16-22, 2016. The League will participate in sharing school safety messages in conjunction with the Missouri Local Leaders Partnership, comprised of MML, the Missouri School Boards Association and the Missouri Association of Counties. Learn more about Missouri’s innovative Schools Watch program and other activities for the week at and

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.

SMALL BUSINESS REVOLUTION ON MAIN STREET … Nominations are now being accepted for one small town to receive a $500,000 transformation and to be featured in a video series starring Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec. The town that wins the “Small Business Revolution on Main Street” contest and its small businesses will receive a $500,000 revitalization in the form of one-on-one guidance from Herjavec; marketing and business services from Deluxe Corporation, a leading provider of small-business marketing services; and upgrades to the town’s public spaces. In addition to the $500,000 transformation and video series, the winning town will receive major publicity: The initial contest was covered in the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur, and many other major media outlets across the country. Nominations are open through Oct. 21 and the finalist announcement is planned for February, at which point the American public will vote to determine the final winner. Learn more at

CULTURE OF HEALTH PRIZE … This award honors community efforts 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.

HEALTH GRANTS IN DELTA REGION … The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering financial assistance to address unmet health needs in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other entities. Geographic coverage: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee. The deadline to apply is Nov. 7, 2016. Learn more and apply.

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.


Local officials are invited to participate in The Development of Missouri’s Military Strategic Plan (MMSP) by attending one or more public meetings to share thoughts about how the state could best prepare for an uncertain future affecting military bases and defense agencies, defense procurement businesses, and defense-related research and innovation. The dates are Oct. 12 in Kansas City, Oct. 18 in St. Louis and Oct. 19 in Springfield. The meetings will bring together community and civic leaders, chambers of commerce and economic developers, installation support organizations, defense businesses, and researchers and innovators to provide input in developing Missouri’s first strategic plan for protecting and enhancing the state’s military and defense industry. Please RSVP for one or more of the events to Kathy Wunderlich at the Hawthorn Foundation, at For more information visit

MML SOUTHEAST REGIONAL MEETING … The Missouri Municipal League, in conjunction with the City of Desloge, is hosting a southeast regional meeting and dinner.  The meeting/dinner will take place on Oct. 20, 2016, in Desloge, Missouri, at the Desloge City Hall. Speakers include Richard Sheets, MML deputy director, who will speak to how the League serves you. Municipal Court Judge Seth Pegram will also provide an update on Senate Bill 5 and Senate Bill 572, and their impact on municipal court.  A representative from the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery will also provide information about their program.

The workshop is open to all municipal officials and is designed for elected officials and city staff.  This is a great opportunity to learn about the Missouri Municipal League and network with other municipalities in the southeast region. Click here to register.

MML SOUTHWEST REGIONAL WORKSHOP … The Missouri Municipal League, in conjunction with the Mel Gilbert law firm, is hosting a workshop entitled "Labor Issues: The FLSA Overtime Rule, Personnel Issues and the Prevailing Wage Law.”  The workshop will take place on Oct. 27, 2016, in Bolivar, Missouri.  Speakers include Ivan Schraeder, from the Lowenbaum Law partnership and Jana Latham, from the Missouri Department of Labor.  Mr. Schraeder will review the impact of the new federal overtime rule as well as other more general personnel legal issues while Ms. Latham will review the steps municipalities need to take to comply with the Missouri prevailing wage law. The evening workshop is open to all municipal officials and is designed for elected officials and top city staff.  This is a great opportunity to have your labor questions answered by experts.  Click here for more information and to register.

MISSOURI BCS INCENTIVE AND 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. Register at :

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

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

MISSOURI COMMUNITY BETTERMENT … The Missouri Community Betterment annual conference is Oct. 23-24 in Columbia, Missouri. Learn more.

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 

NEW MGI RECIPIENTS … Congratulations to the newest Municipal Governance Institute graduates! Nancy Yendes, city attorney for Blue Springs, and Ella Jones, council member in Ferguson, recently completed the program to become a Missouri Certified Municipal Official! Learn more about the program and get started today.

The cities of Kansas City and Columbia have been named among the first 22 Solsmart designees in the country. SolSmart, a national designation program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, recognizes cities and counties for adopting programs and processes that encourage the growth of local solar markets. A SolSmart designation signals that a community is “open for solar business,” helping to attract solar industry investment and generate economic development and local jobs. Read more.

APWA ACCREDITATION … The city of Maryland Heights, Lee’s Summit and Columbia have been recognized for the prestigious American Public Works Association Accreditation. The program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry, as contained in the APWA Public works Management Practices Manual.

Maryland Heights’ Department of Public Works achieved its first accreditation in 2016. Lee’s Summit Public Works Department has received its third accreditation (also in 2008 and 2012). The city of Columbia’s Public Works Department receives its fourth accreditation (also 2004, 2008 and 20012), while the City’s Utility and Community Development Departments achieved their first in 2016.

Congratulations to these cities on their accomplishment! 

Have You Seen This? 

TRIM GRANTS AWARDED … The Missouri Department of Conservation recently awarded $380,754 to Missouri communities through its Tree Resource Improvement and Maintenance (TRIM) grant program. TRIM grants offer cost-share funding for government agencies, public schools, and nonprofit groups to manage, improve or conserve trees on public lands. Read article.

STATE CHAMPION TREE AWARD … City officials in Sturgeon recently accepted the award for the State Champion Tree from the Missouri Department of Conservation. The largest blue ash in the state lives in Sturgeon’s city park. Read article.

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