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MML Newsletter November 2017: Legislative Alert, Census LUCA Deadline for Cities, MML Legislative Conference and more!
TIF Annual Reports Due, 2018 Innovation Award Changes, MML Legislative Conference and more!
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November 2017
Don't Miss These Dates!
Nov. 15, 2017: TIF Annual Reports Due
Dec. 1, 2017: 2018 Innovation Awards Open for Submission
Dec. 15, 2017: Deadline for LUCA Training (2020 Census)
Feb. 13-14, 2018: MML Legislative Conference


MML LEGISLATIVE ALERT - 11/1/2017 … The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is currently circulating a draft bill that would authorize in statute many of the rights-of-way issues we have been fighting in Missouri. We need you to contact Sen. Blunt’s office immediately to express your opposition to this draft legislation. Visit the Advocacy page of the League website to learn more about what the proposed bill includes, talking points when calling the Senator, and contact information. Please do not wait to reach out.

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, stormwater services, property maintenance, accessibility reviews, fire code reviews, and the GOVmotus permitting software.  For more information on IBTS services visit Or contact: Curt Skoog, IBTS,, 816.679.0608 or Stuart Haynes, MML,, 573.635.9134.

2018 MML INNOVATION AWARDS: NEW TIMELINE! MML is happy 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.

Submissions will be accepted beginning Dec. 1, 2017, and close March, 2, 2018. Projects completed during 2017 are eligible, including applicants from the 2017 awards that did not win in September 2017. Watch for more details coming soon. To learn about the MML Innovation Awards, the submission process, and previous winners, 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

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of the Army is holding a general public session to give stakeholders an opportunity to provide recommendations on a revised definition of “Waters of the United States.” The session is 1-3 p.m. Eastern time. Information on how to register is available on the EPA website. Registration closes Nov. 14, 2017.

  • Nov. 21, 2017 –  general public
The agencies will also accept written recommendations on the two-step rulemaking effort through a non-regulatory docket (EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0480), that will be available when the notice is published in the Federal Register. The agencies ask that this information be submitted on or before Nov. 28, 2017.
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.  MML will collect presentations and speaking proposals until March 1, 2018. Learn more and submit your speaking proposal.

TIF ANNUAL REPORTS DUE Tax Increment Financing (TIF) reports are due to the Missouri Department of Revenue by Nov. 15, 2017. The penalty for failing to file a report is the loss of ability to implement new TIF projects for five years. Learn more.

FROM THE MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES … The approved Fiscal Year 2018 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Intended Use Plan, Priority Points Criteria, and Readiness to Proceed are available on the Department’s website at Each document can be found on the Department’s website at the following direct links:

Missed the application deadline? It’s not too late to apply. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund has more than $50 million available for new applications. Please contact the Department’s Financial Assistance Center at 573-751-1192 or with questions.


MML WEBINARS … Register today for an upcoming live MML webinar! Many of the webinars apply toward credit for the Municipal Governance Institute curriculum, to earn the Missouri Municipal Government Official certification. Recorded versions of previous webinars are available, covering topics such as Missouri use tax, personnel law and more. The cost is $10 per webinar. Learn more and register at

Upcoming MML Webinars:
Nov. 15, 2017: Fundamentals of Municipal Government, presented by Christine Bushyhead, Bushyhead LLC
Session will qualify for 1 hour of fundamentals credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).
Dec. 7, 2017: Everyone Needs A Coach, presented by Dr. Mike Mowery, Servant Leadership Implementation and Executive Coaching
This session will cover: Tools for building a coaching culture; 3 broad categories of coaching; and outline for coaching development. These are not meant to be strict rules to follow, but guidelines that can give the coaching meeting structure.
Session will qualify for 1 hour of elective credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).

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!

MISSOURI S&T ASPHALT CONFERENCE … The 60th Annual Missouri S&T Asphalt Conference will be held Nov. 28-29, 2017, at the Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Learn more and register.

DAMAGE PREVENTION AND EXCAVATION SAFETY SUMMIT … This summit takes place Dec.6-7, 2017, in Springfield. The Summit is a free event offering safety training for utilities, contractors, excavators and safety professionals. Learn more and register.

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

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.

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.


These brownfields grants may be used to address sites contaminated by petroleum and hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum). The proposal submission deadline is November 16, 2017. Learn more.

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 (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.


BASS PRO LAUNCHES "MAYORS MONARCH GARDEN" … Ninety percent of all Monarch butterflies have disappeared in the last decade, but Bass Pro Shops is doing something to change that. The City of Branson recently certified the newest “Mayors Monarch Garden,” at Bass Pro Shops White River Outpost at Branson Landing. The new landscaping includes two types of native Missouri milkweed, essential for Monarch reproduction. Mayor Karen Best has been a leader in this national effort, signing on the City of Branson as an official “Mayors for Monarchs” city in October 2016. Read article.

BELTON ACHIEVES SOLSMART DESIGNATION … The city of Belton, Missouri, recently earned SolSmart bronze designation. SolSmart is a U.S. Department of Energy SunShot initiative, providing recognition and no-cost technical assistance to help local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth. To achieve bronze, the City reviewed zoning regulations for barriers to solar and conducted feasibility analysis.

CITY HALL GRAND OPENING IN WENTZVILLE … The city of Wentzville hosted a grand opening and open house this month for a new city hall building. The new location is customer focused, allowing residents to pay utility bills, apply for a permit, visit municipal court, attend a board of aldermen meeting and more – all at one location.

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! Contact MML Event and Training Specialist Emily Koenigsfeld at 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:
Burns and McDonnell
CTS Group
General Code
Gilmore Bell
Institute For Building Technology and Safety
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 Your announcement may appear in the MML newsletter, Review magazine or on the League's website.


NATIVE PLANT MODEL ORDINANCE AND ORDINANCE TO RESTRICT INVASIVE SPECIES ... The Missouri Prairie Foundation has a model ordinance that provides an exception from standard municipal nuisance restriction based on weed height.  Many native plants require less water and benefit the local ecology (think insects).  The model ordinance is available on their website (   The city of Maryland Heights recently adopted an ordinance prohibiting the planting of a number of invasive species.  The ordinance is available on the League website.  (


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