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December 2017
Don't Miss These Dates!

Dec. 15, 2017: Deadline for LUCA Training (2020 Census)
Feb. 13-14, 2018: MML Legislative Conference

March 2, 2018: MML Innovation Award Entry Deadline

NEWS

UPDATED! THE 2017-2018 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.

M0-DNR IMPLEMENTS NEW SALES TAX SOFTWARE ... A number of cities have recently reported lower than expected sales tax receipts and some have attributed the decline to the implementation of new software by the Missouri Department of Revenue.  Officials at Missouri Department of Revenue have confirmed some issues with reporting.  However, DOR does expect missed collections to be added to the next reporting period.  MML will continue to monitor this issue.

NOVEMBER TAX MEASURES … The Missouri Department of Revenue reports that Campbell, Garden City, Grandview, Lawson and Rich Hill received voter approval for a use tax in the November elections.  MML election survey results showed that the use tax did not receive voter approval in Ashland, Brentwood, Columbia and Harrisburg.  Further survey results indicate Northmoor received voter approval for the continuation of the sales tax on vehicles purchased from out-of-state while Fordland passed a general sales tax, Lebanon and Shelbina both passed transportation sales taxes; Republic passed a capital improvement sales tax and Peculiar passed a public safety sales tax.   Voters did not approve a transportation sales tax measure in Osceola.  These election results are based on information provided by Mo. DOR and MML members through our election survey.  If your municipality had a tax measure on the ballot that was not included please let MML know.

SECURE YOUR SLICE OF THE FEDERAL FUNDING PIE - REGISTER BY DEC. 15! … Local governments have a once-in-a-decade opportunity to help the Census Bureau clean up the mailing list used for the 2020 Census.  A hit-or-miss mailing list could divert your residents’ tax dollars to other states. For more information on the importance of the Census Bureau’s Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program and the fast-approaching registration deadline, please go to https://oa.mo.gov/sites/default/files/2017-Call-for-LUCA-Participation.pdf

IBTS AVAILABLE TO PROVIDE BUILDING DEPARTMENT SERVICES TO MML MEMBERS … The Missouri Municipal League is happy to announce a partnership with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) to bring MML members a suite of building department services. The MML and IBTS shared-service approach will provide access to certified staff to provide professional services to communities in a cost-effective manner. Under this agreement, the MML members gain access to IBTS’s building department service offering, which includes planning, zoning, permitting, plan review, inspections, floodplain management, storm water services, property maintenance, accessibility reviews, fire code reviews, and the GOVmotus permitting software.  For more information on IBTS services visit http://www.ibts.org/. Or contact: Curt Skoog, IBTS, cskoog@ibts.org, 816.679.0608 or Stuart Haynes, MML, shaynes@mocities.com, 573.635.9134.

CONSOLIDATED PLAN PUBLIC MEETINGS AND WEBINARS … The Missouri Department of Economic Development, in conjunction with the Missouri Housing Development Commission, the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Social Services, will conduct a series of public meetings and webinars regarding the FY2018 – 2022 Consolidated Plan and 2018 Action Plan. Webinars run Dec. 6-21, 2017. Comments regarding the plan will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2017. Learn more.

LEGISLATIVE NEWS … On Jan. 4, the 99th Missouri General Assembly will convene in Jefferson City. As we have seen in past sessions, bills will be filed preempting local decisions. League staff will be keeping you apprised of legislation affecting municipalities throughout the legislative session.  When action is needed by municipal officials on a bill, an “Action Alert” will be emailed asking you to contact your legislator. The “Alert” will provide you with what action is needed, a description of the bill and how it will affect municipalities, along with key talking points to discuss with your legislator.
Municipalities are strongest when they speak with a unified voice! It is incumbent on us all to communicate to legislators the importance of keeping decisions on local matters at the local level. 

2018 MML INNOVATION AWARDS: NEW TIMELINE! … MML is excited to announce an exciting change for next year’s Innovation Awards. We are moving up the timeline in order to announce winners in the spring, coinciding with Missouri’s Local Government Week April 8-14, 2018. Local Government Week offers a wonderful opportunity to highlight the great projects in your cities! Winners will still be honored at the 2018 Annual Conference in Branson in September 2018.
The submission period opened Dec. 1, 2017, and will close March, 2, 2018. Projects completed during 2017 are eligible, including applicants from the 2017 awards that did not win in September 2017. To learn about the MML Innovation Awards and submit your entry, visit the League website.

MUNICIPAL OFFICE FILING DATES … In early December, be aware of publishing newspaper notices of opening filing date for municipal office, the offices to be filled, the proper place for filing and the closing filing date of the election. No date is specified except “before 16th Tuesday before Municipal Election Day.” SS115.127.5
In mid-December, be aware of the opening of filing period for municipal elective office (16th Tuesday before Municipal Election Day) SS115.127.5

2018 MML CALL FOR PROPOSALS … MML is already working to plan for the MML Annual Conference in Branson Sept. 16-19, 2018. The call for speaking proposals is live on the League website and MML will collect your presentation and speaking proposals until March 1, 2018. Learn more and submit your speaking proposal.

MML DIRECTORY … To keep the MML Directory up to date, we need your help! Be sure to send all changes to Lori Noe at the League office by emailing Lnoe@mocities.com or calling (573) 635-9134.

2018 OUTSTANDING CITY CLERK AWARD NOMINATIONS … The Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association invites nominations for the 2018 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 2018.  Nominations may be submitted by a member of MoCCFOA or a municipal official by Jan. 15, 2018.  Forms are available on the MoCCFOA website at moccfoa.org, or from any of the committee members:  Cindy Bowman, committee chair, Clarence; Bev Baker, Lamar; Donna Barger, Brookfield; Melissa O’Bannon, Madison; JoAnn Cova, Maryland Heights; Sheila Smail, Maryville; Barbara Gollhofer, Joplin; Jeanie Woerner, Raymore; Brandi Miller, Duquesne; Melissa Ziemianin, Pineville.

EVENTS

MML 2018 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE … Mark your calendars for the MML Legislative Conference Feb. 13-14, 2018, in Jefferson City, Missouri. This conference brings hundreds of local municipal officials and employees from across Missouri to learn about the latest legislation facing cities, while offering opportunities to meet with local legislators and share your community’s needs. Learn more and register!

MCMA WINTER WORKSHOP … The Missouri City and County Managers’ Association hosts its annual Winter Workshop Jan. 25, 2018, in Columbia, Missouri. Learn more and register.

MML REGIONAL MEETINGS … MML Central Division will meet in Boonville on Jan. 17, 2018.  MML West Gate Division will meet in Smithville on Jan. 25, 2018. Learn more.

MML WEBINARS … A great lineup of MML Webinars is planned for 2018! Check out what’s coming up. Register and check out the pre-recorded webinars at www.mocities.com/webinars.

2018:

  • Jan. 9: Shared Services: Helping Jurisdictions with Capacity, Consistency and Efficiency, presented by Curt Skoog, Branch Manager, IBTS
  • Jan. 11: Conducting City Business: Ordinance, Resolutions, Motions & Parliamentary Procedure, presented by John Young, Hamilton Weber, LLC
  • Feb. 8: Creating an Authentic Servant Leadership Culture, presented by Ron Holifield, Chief Executive Officer, Strategic Government Resources
  • Feb. 20: Municipal Risk and Claims Realities, presented by Patrick Bonnot, MIRMA
  • March 6: Sunshine Law: What You Need to Know About Missouri’s Open Meetings and Records Laws, presented by Patricia Churchill, Director of Regulatory Affairs, AT Government Strategies, LLC

NLC CONGRESSIONAL CITY CONFERENCE … The National League of Cities Congressional City Conference is March 11-16, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Learn more.

MAIN STREET NOW … Missouri Main Street Connection is co-hosting the 2018 Main Street Now Conference in Kansas City, March 26-28, 2018. The conference is the largest gathering of preservation-based economic development and community revitalization professionals looking for real solutions to common problems in downtown and commercial district revitalization. Learn more.

MISSOURI LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEEK ... Mark your calendars for Missouri Local Government Week, April 8-14, 2018. This is earlier in the calendar than previous years, and will coincide with the 4th Annual Partners In Governance Conference in Columbia, Missouri on April 10, 2018. More information will be available soon for both events! 

GRANTS and FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE'S FY2017 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION (EDA) ... Application dates ongoing
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.

MISSOURI MAIN STREET CONNECTION GRANTS … Application dates ongoing
Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) offers three matching grant programs providing up to 75 percent of the costs — Affiliate Grant, People Energizing Places, and Strategic Teams Engaging Places. These grant programs provide the tools and resources for downtown revitalization to Missouri communities. Contact the MMSC office at 417-334-3014 or email Keith Winge for more information.

MEMBER NEWS

NIXA SOLAR FARM … When you flip on a light switch in Nixa, some of the energy is now coming from the state’s largest solar farm, just west of town! Gardner Capital and MC Power held a dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Nixa Solar Farm on Nov. 14, 2017. The City of Nixa has an agreement to purchase 100 percent of the power generated from this 72-acre facility that includes 33,288 solar panels. The solar farm is capable of generating up to 7.92 megawatts of AC power that will provide more than 15 million kilowatt hours per year (roughly 9 percent of Nixa’s annual energy consumption).
The project reduces the city’s carbon footprint (Co2 emissions) by 10,542 metric tons per year, equivalent to burning over 11 million pounds of coal, or nearly 1.2 million gallons of gasoline. Learn more.

THANK YOU NEW BUSINESS ADVANTAGE PROGRAM MEMBERS! … The following organizations have joined the MML Business Advantage Program to highlight their products and services to members in 2018. We are thankful for their support to assist MML in providing quality events and training services in the New Year. There is still time if your organization wants to be a part of the new program, but it is running out! Contact MML Event and Training Specialist Emily Koenigsfeld at EmilyK@mocities.com or (573) 635-9134.

Gold Sponsors:
Curtis Heinz Garrett and O’Keefe, P.C.
Missouri Securities Investment Plan (MoSIP)
Strategic Government Resources (SGR)

Silver Sponsors:
American Fidelity
Burns and McDonnell
CTS Group
General Code
Gilmore Bell
IBTS
ICMA-RC
MIRMA
Municode
Piper Jaffray

Mobile App Sponsor:
Hamilton Weber LLC

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

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

USDA RECOVERY ASSISTANCE FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES … United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced the award of two grants to help rural water and sewer utilities recover from recent and future natural disasters.
USDA is awarding the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) each a $500,000 grant. The funding is being provided through the Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grant program in USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Programs (WEP). Learn more.

MISSOURI EXTENSION TO COMPLY WITH REAL ID … Missouri residents will be able to board airplanes and enter federal installations using their current driver's licenses and identification cards following a decision by the federal government. In a recent announcement, the Missouri Department of Revenue said the state has been granted a nearly yearlong waiver to begin complying with the federal REAL ID Act. Read article.

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