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January 2018
Don't Miss These Dates!

Feb. 13-14, 2018: MML Legislative Conference
March 2, 2018: MML Innovation Award Entry Deadline
April 8-14, 2018: Missouri Local Government Week

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.

MISSOURI MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE … Beginning January 1, 2018, the Missouri minimum wage will be raised to $7.85. All businesses are required to pay at minimum, the $7.85 hourly rate.  Retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales and business done are less than $500,000 as well as Missouri municipalities are exempt from the Missouri minimum wage law.  In 2008, MML won a court case affirming that Missouri Municipalities are exempt from the law.

AIRBnB  REACHES TAX AGREEMENT WITH MISSOURI … According to the St. Louis Business Journal, AirBnB, the Silicon Valley company that lets homeowners rent out their homes or rooms on a short-term basis, has agreed to start collecting sales tax on bookings in Missouri.  Beginning February 1, Air BnB will collect and remit the state sales tax and local taxes.  The agreement may add about $1 million to state revenue.  Airbnb already collects taxes in neighboring states such as Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Kentucky and Arkansas. 
 
MML PARTNERS WITH NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES SERVICE LINE WARRANTY … MML pleased to announce that we have endorsed and made available to all member municipalities, the National League of Cities’ Service Line Warranty Program. There is no cost to cities to participate and make this very cost-effective water and sewer line breakage insurance program available to citizens. The program has a long successful track record of good service and customer satisfaction in eleven states, as well as in seven Missouri municipalities, including Kansas City. In the very near future you will be contacted by the program administrator to share information regarding how the program works. You will receive an endorsement letter with the signature of MML Executive Director Dan Ross. This will differentiate this program from other organization’s offerings you may have seen. The League encourages you to give this program serious consideration as a service to your citizens.

MISSOURI RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION GREAT AMERICAN WATER TASTE TEST ... If you believe that your water system has great-tasting water, submit a sample! All you have to do is be one of the first 24 systems to register to participate by Feb. 9, 2018.  MRWA staff will contact you to make arrangements for collecting your water sample. Preliminary judging will take place to narrow the contestants down to five finalists. These finalists will receive an email notification. Final judging for the statewide winner will be decided at the MRWA Open House in Ashland. Learn more. 

21ST CENTURY TRANSPORTATION TASK FORCE RELEASES REPORT … The much-anticipated report of the transportation task force was released on Tuesday during a press conference at the Missouri Capitol.  Additional funding for state roads and bridges would come from increased user fees.  If the gas tax were raised by ten cents and the diesel tax by twelve cents, the state would take in an additional $430 million annually.  These increases must be approved by the voters so lawmakers are being asked to pass a resolution that places this proposal on the ballot. 
 
In addition, the task force has recommended that registration fees for hybrid and electric vehicles be doubled.  They also included ideas about changing the current system by tying registration fees to fuel mileage or imposing a tax that would be charged at electric recharging stations.  These ideas are in line with the concept of keeping fees tied to actual vehicle use on the roadways.

MDNR AND EPA DEVELOP NUTRIENT CRITERIA FOR LAKES ...The Missouri Department of Revenue and the Environmental Protection Agency have both proposed numeric nutrient criteria for Missouri Lakes. EPA’s proposal would result in an impairment designation for 113 lakes in Missouri, including Lake of the Ozarks; Truman Lake; and Mark Twain Lake, and would impact an estimated 739 wastewater facilities. Missouri’s rule, by contrast, designates only 34 lakes as impaired and impacts only 30 wastewater facilities. Based on current data, the impairment designations under EPA’s proposal are estimated to cost $1.7 billion to impacted wastewater facilities, compared to $83.1 million attributed to Missouri’s rule.
 
For more information on the Proposed Nutrient Criteria for Lakes:
https://dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/rules/docs/numeric-nutrient-criteria-factsheet.pdf
 
Comments on either proposed option can be sent to EPA on or before Feb. 26, 2018:
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/12/27/2017-27621/water-quality-standards-for-the-state-of-missouris-lakes-and-reservoirs
 
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.

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 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 elected official and municipal staff changes to Lori Noe at the League office by emailing Lnoe@mocities.com or calling (573) 635-9134.

MML REVIEW CALL FOR ARTICLES … The May/June issue of the MML Review is the annual public works issue. Do you have a public works project to share? If you would like to submit project information and/or be considered for a feature article, contact Laura Holloway, MML communications specialist, at Lholloway@mocities.com or (573) 635-9134.

MML ANNIVERSARIES … Congratulations to the following MML employees on the recent anniversaries of service to League members!

  • Richard Sheets   37 years
  • Lori Noe   17 years
  • Stuart Haynes 17 years

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 … Learn more and register for a regional meeting today!

  • MML West Gate Division will meet in Smithville on Jan. 25, 2018. MML Northwest Region will meet in Cameron on April 12, 2018.
  • MML Southeast Region will meet in Farmington on April 19, 2018.
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS … On Jan. 29, 2018, and Feb. 16, 2018, (if needed), the Water Protection Program’s Financial Assistance Center will host stakeholder workgroup meetings in Jefferson City, Missouri, for 10 CSR 20-4 and 10 CSR 60-13 to discuss the Chapter 4 Grants and Loans (Clean Water) and Chapter 13 (Safe Drinking Water) and the Red Tape Reduction initiative. For more information on the Jan. 29 stakeholder meeting, please contact Ms. Joan Doerhoff at joan.doerhoff@dnr.mo.gov, specific to Division 20 Chapter 4, or Ms. Darleen Groner, at darleen.groner@dnr.mo.gov, specific to Division 60 Chapter 13. 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:
  • 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


GFOA WINTER WORKSHOP … The Government Finance Officers Association of Missouri will hold its Winter Seminar, Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  The seminar is being held at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center.  Topics include using technology in municipal finance, employment law, internal control updates, retention policies, and implementation of Mo-DOR’s new sales tax collection system.  Immediately following the conference GFOA-Mo is sponsoring a CPFO Retirement & Benefits, Risk Management & Procurement Training session.  More information on both events can be found on the GFOA-Mo website: http://www.gfoa-mo.org/

NLC CONGRESSIONAL CITY CONFERENCE … The National League of Cities Congressional City Conference is March 11-14, 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 … Plan to highlight your city this year during Missouri’s Local Government Week! The week has been moved up a bit on the calendar from previous years, to April 8-14, 2018. This coincides with the 4th Annual Partners in Governance Conference on April 10 in Columbia. Watch for updated resources on how you can highlight the great work happening in your city!

NATIONAL GFOA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The National Government Finance Officers Association will hold its 112th annual conference May 6-9, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference features opportunities for sharing ideas, sharpening skills, discovering new tools and technologies, and networking with peers from across North America and around the world. Learn more.

GRANTS and FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

RURAL HEALTH NETWORK DEVELOPMENT PLANNING GRANT PROGRAM … Apply by Feb. 23, 2018
The Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program provides grants to promote the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential healthcare services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system as a whole.
The major focus of the Network Planning Grant is to support multiple (at least 3) rural healthcare entities that have not previously collaborated in a formal manner, but want to work together and form a healthcare network. The grant program supports one year of planning to develop and assist healthcare networks in becoming operational. 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

INDEPENDENCE LEADS THE WAY IN SOLAR ENERGY PRODUCTION IN MISSOURI … The city of Independence, Missouri, recently purchased the Rockwood golf course and has plans to partner with MC Power Companies to install solar panels that will generate an additional 4.5 megawatts of power on the southern half of the existing golf course. This will help with the planned expansion of the solar farm, going from the current 3 megawatts output to a total of 11.5 megawatts across the city.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, FEATURED IN GOVERNMENT TECHNOLOGY MAGAZINE — A recent "Where are they now?" article highlighted the City's progress in smart city technology since 2015. Kansas City reported on improvements in data analytics platforms. The city also worked on expanding broadband access, smart streetcars with video sensors capable of finding badly parked cars, traffic lights to keep streets moving and digital kiosks serving as city guides.

 
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?

CITIES OF SERVICE LAUNCHES NEW 'ENGAGED CITIES' AWARD PROGRAM … Cities of Service, a national nonprofit organization that helps mayors improve the way governments and residents solve local problems, is spearheading the Engaged Cities Award program. This program highlights cities that have worked with citizens to come up with creative solutions to address problems. There will be one award of $100,000 and two awards of $50,000. Learn more from Route Fifty.

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