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September 10, 2020
MML News
How Has COVID-19 Impacted Your City? MML Needs Your Stories! 

MML and a few member cities were able to meet this week with U.S. Senator Roy Blunt to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Missouri communities. Sen. Blunt has requested to hear more stories regarding the direct impact, for consideration as a new relief package is shaped. Click here for a few questions that can assist you to think about the impact and details to share. 

Do you have a story to share? Send your information to

COVID-19 Resources and Updates
MML COVID-19 Resource Page offer many more resources for your city regarding the coronavirus and keeping your community safe.
USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19
USDA Rural Development has taken a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses and communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Rural Development will keep our customers, partners and stakeholders continuously updated as more actions are taken to better serve rural America. Visit for information on Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions and more. Learn more.
Statewide and Member News
Scam Alert! - Internet Utility BIlling
Municipal utilities should be on the lookout for websites that claim they will accept customer utility payments on behalf of the city.  MML was alerted that one such website was accepting utility payments while no agreement with the city had been made.  Utility customers may end up making payments to these websites without the funds being remitted to the city.  Cities may only find out about this when the customer complains about their utility being shut-off.     Municipalities may wish to be sure utility billing staff are aware of such potential scams and ask customers for the website URL if they claim to have made payments to a website.   Such websites should be reported to the Missouri Attorney General’s consumer complaint division.
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 more than $1 million to adopt the personal financial disclosure ordinance by Sept. 15, 2020, and forward a copy of the ordinance to the Missouri Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 1370, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Learn more at or from the League's website.

New Regional Water Distribution System
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that the USDA is awarding $9,448,000 to Great Northwest Wholesale Water Commission for the development of a new regional water distribution system. This additional award brings USDA’s total investment to $31,927,210 for this project.

USDA is providing Great Northwest Wholesale Water Commission a $7,448,000 loan and $2,000,000 grant through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.  The commission was founded by three rural northwest Missouri communities; Cameron, Maysville, and Stewartsville; to provide affordable, clean, reliable drinking water to area communities.  Ultimately, the commission will purchase treated water from Missouri American Water in St. Joseph, Mo. to provide to member communities.  The project will construct 36 miles of water transmission line, booster pump facilities, and two (2) elevated water storage tanks.

CDBG Mitigation Application Cycle Now Open For 2017 Disasters
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED)'s Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) application cycle is now open for eligible cities and counties impacted by the presidentially-declared disaster that affected the state from April 28 to May 11, 2017. More than $41 million is available to assist areas impacted by these disasters, which included severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding. Applications will be accepted from Aug. 24 to Oct. 23, 2020 Learn more.

National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month 2020 – Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today. The weekly themes from are:

  • Week 2 (9/6 - 9/12) – Build a Kit
  • Week 3 (9/13 - 9/19) – Prepare for Disasters
  • Week 4 (9/20 - 9/26) – Teach Youth about Preparedness

Social media, graphics, videos, many resources and more information can be found at  
Webinars are also coming up in September regarding preparedness:

Financial Resilience National Preparedness Month Webinar
Sept. 16, 2020

OPEN National Preparedness Month Webinar (Organizations Preparing for Community Needs)
Sept. 17, 2020

FEMA Updates Planning Guides Website
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has updated their website on planning guides and recently released their newest planning guide entitled, “Planning Considerations: Disaster Housing.” This document provides guidance to local governments as they develop disaster housing plans and strategies for their communities. In many instances, emergency managers coordinate the development of disaster housing plans with designated recovery leaders and appropriate housing and mass-care subject matter experts from across their jurisdictions and the private sector. In the aftermath of disasters, communities often face situations that require creative short-term and long-term housing solutions for populations with different geographic, infrastructure and socioeconomic challenges. Planning for disaster housing should occur at all levels of government before a disaster strikes.

ICMA Credentials 
Congratulations to Brian Crane, city manager of Moberly for being recommended to receive the International City/County Management Association's (ICMA) Credentialed Manager status, and to Jonathan Douglass, city manager of Sikeston, for being recommended to receive ICMA Credentialed Manager Candidate status in October!
ICMA Credentialed Managers are professional local government managers qualified by a combination of education and experience, adherence to high standards of integrity, and an assessed commitment to lifelong learning and professional development. Learn more.
East West Gateway Now Accepting Nominations for 2020 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. Help us celebrate the accomplishments of our local governments by submitting the individuals, projects and partnerships that represent the best in the public sector. Nominations are due by September 28th and may be submitted using the online nomination form available on EWG website. The winners will be announced at a later time. 
Grant and Funding Opportunities

Click Here for Grant and Funding Opportunities for Missouri Municipalities.

FY 2021 Supporting Equitable Development and Environmental Justice in Brownfields Communities Grant Guidelines 
Application Deadline: Sept. 21, 2020

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to provide direct technical assistance to communities nationwide on the integration of environmental justice and equitable development when developing solutions to brownfields cleanup and revitalization challenges. EPA anticipates awarding one grant for an estimated $600,000. The award is anticipated to be funded incrementally on an annual basis over three years, at approximately $200,000 per year. More information is available online.

Mark Your Calendar
Financial Disclosure Ordinance Deadline: Sept. 15, 2020 - Learn more at or from the League's website.

MML Virtual Annual Conference
Sept. 14-16, 2020

Webinar: Mornings on Main, 
Retail Realities in the Age of COVID-19
Sept. 16, 2020

Financial Resilience National Preparedness Month Webinar
Sept. 16, 2020

OPEN National Preparedness Month Webinar (Organizations Preparing for Community Needs)
Sept. 17, 2020

ICMA Conference, A Digital Event
Sept. 23-26, 2020

Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association Summer Seminar
Oct. 2-4, 2020, Osage Beach, Missouri

State and Local Legal Center SCOTUS Preview Webinar
Oct. 27, 2020 

National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference (Virtual)
Oct. 27-29, 2020

Missouri LAGERS Annual Meeting
Oct. 29-30, Osage Beach, Missouri

National League of Cities Virtual City Summit

Nov. 18-21, 2020
Featured Participating Affiliate

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