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April 2017

NEWS

REGISTER NOW! 2017 ELECTED OFFICIALS TRAINING CONFERENCE … The Missouri Municipal League will be conducting the Elected Officials Training Conference June 8-9, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri. Conference sessions will emphasize the knowledge base all elected officials need to govern effectively, such as budgeting, liability, leadership, economic development and more.  The changes that continually occur in the municipal arena make this a Conference that all officials should attend! The hotel block deadline is May 22. Learn more and register.

SHERIFFS' RETIREMENT FUND ... Tony Messenger with the St. Louis Post Dispatch wrote a five-part series examining how all three branches of Missouri government helped prop up the Sheriffs' Retirement Fund by charging a court fee that many judges and legal scholars find unconstitutional. Read the articles at http://stltoday.com/toll

2017 MML SALARY SURVEY DATA ... The League has completed the 2017 wage and salary survey. The survey includes wage information for more than 40 positions from more than 260 cities. Current League policy permits us to process requests for wage information from mayors, managers/administrators, or aldermen/councilmen. To request the data se,t please complete the online request form. http://www.mocities.com/?page=SalarySurvey

MML NEEDS YOUR ELECTION RESULTS AND CONTACT INFO … Now that the elections are over, MML needs to update its database of municipal officials.  Please be sure to provide your city clerk with your contact information so that they can update your city's information.  City clerks, please note: As the contact for the city, you have been mailed a copy of the city’s profile along with the listing of officials MML currently has on record. Please update this listing and email it to Lori at Lnoe@mocities.com or fax to (573) 635-9009 no later than May 3.

MML POLICY COMMITTEES ... Would you like to help shape MML Policy? Each year, four MML policy committees meet to review current policy and make any changes needed to guide MML's focus on legislative priorities for the coming year. The four committees are: Finance and Taxation; Municipal Administration and Intergovernmental Relations; Economic Development and Human Resources; and Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development.
Learn more about how to become involved with the League and the committee process on the MML website. Committees will meet in Columbia, Missouri, on June 22 to propose any changes for consideration for 2018. Please contact us at info@mocities.com to be placed on a committee. 

USE TAX AND SALES TAX ON VEHICLE TITLING WEB PAGE … Amazon’s recent announcement that it will begin collecting Missouri taxes on purchases shipped to Missouri brought a deluge of inquiries to League staff about what it takes to pass a local use tax.   In response, League staff has revamped the existing web page devoted to the tax on the titling of vehicles purchased from out-of-state to include resources related to the use tax.   The web page includes estimates of potential revenue from a use tax, FAQ’s, sample ordinances and other resources.  Municipal officials are reminded that HB 2140 passed last year extends the deadline for the collection of local sales tax on vehicle purchased out-of-state until November of 2018.  It appears that HB 2140 also clarifies that a new local use tax will capture the revenue stream from out-of-state vehicle sales.  Therefore, cities without a use tax now have two options to prevent the loss of revenue November 2018 will bring: pass a local use tax or pass the continuation of the tax on the titling of vehicles purchased from out-of-state. Learn more.

UST RULES UPDATE ...  In 2011, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed significant changes to the underground storage tank (UST) regulations. The final version of those federal rules was published in July and became effective Oct. 13, 2015. These rules are not yet effective in Missouri and will not be effective until the Missouri Department of Natural Resources promulgates Missouri’s regulations or until EPA follows its procedures for withdrawal of the state program approval. Missouri’s draft rules were published on Sept. 15, 2016, in the Missouri Register. Changes were made after reviewing the comments received. The MoDNR is filing the rules with the Secretary of State, and they are expected to be effective May 30, 2017. View final rules and information on upcoming rule changes. 

MML 2017 INNOVATION AWARDS … Has your municipality completed any innovative projects or programs recently? We know you have great projects or programs related to policing, computing, parks, the arts, youth, environmental technology, fitness, veterans, infrastructure and more. We want to learn what has been successful in your community! Submit your project for an MML Innovation Award by July 10, 2017. Awards will be given at the MML Annual Conference in September. 
We know you have great projects that have benefited your community and can benefit others. Submit your application today!

MISSOURI MUNICIPAL LEAGUE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP … The Missouri Municipal League Board of Directors has established a scholarship program to assist those employed in municipal government with furthering their education. The program provides five, $500 college scholarships to be issued on a statewide basis. Graduate or undergraduate students may apply as long as the institution is accredited. The applicant must be a full-time employee of an MML member municipality, and must be endorsed in writing by either the city manager/administrator or mayor. Only one applicant will be considered per city. The application deadline is May 19, 2017. The MML Scholarship Committee will select scholarship winners in early June.  The application form is available on the League website: http://www.mocities.com/?page=CollegeScholarship

NEW CCOFA OFFICERS ... At the recently held Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers’ Association (CCFOA) Spring Institute, the group elected the following new officers: President Leesa Ross of Frontenac; President Elect Maribeth Matney of Carl Junction; and Secretary Lisa Westfall of Branson; and Treasurer Renee Kingston of Camdenton.  The new officers’ terms begin May 1, 2017.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEEK … Missouri’s Local Government Week is April 30-May 6, 2017. MML has a toolkit and a list of ideas for how you can celebrate in your community and share the good work you do each day for your citizens. Learn more at www.mocities.com/LGW.

NEW! MML MOBILE APP … The Missouri Municipal League is excited to offer a mobile app for MML events, news and information for Missouri's local government officials. Users may check schedules, speaker information, attendee messages and more for all MML Conferences. In addition, stay up to date on new MML Webinars, the Municipal Governance Institute, social media and more! Download the app today by searching “Missouri Municipal League” in your app store!  

MML WEBINARS, NEW IN 2017! … Register today  for an upcoming live MML webinar! Many of the webinars apply toward the Municipal Governance Institute, where you can become a Missouri Certified Municipal Government Official. Recorded webinars are available  Cost is $10 per webinar. Learn more at www.mocities.com/webinars.

Upcoming MML Webinars: 

April 19, 2017: Use Tax Explained, presented by Stuart Haynes, MML Policy and Membership Associate. The webinar will review the basics of the use tax, how Amazon’s recent announcement that it will begin collecting Missouri taxes applies, and sources for estimating revenue from the use tax, as well as resources available to aid with a use tax campaign.

May 11, 2017: The Need For Servant Leadership, presented by Dr. Mike Mowery, Strategic Government Resources. (One hour elective MGI credit)
This webinar shares two things regarding the need for servant leadership:  

  1. The Term VUCA World - Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous
  2. The changing demographics of the workforce

U.S. CENSUS TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES ... The United States Census Bureau is offering free training opportunities to help you learn how to use census data for your local needs. The opportunities include webinars, video tutorials and classroom training. Learn more and view schedule.

PERSONAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE … If your name was submitted to the Missouri Ethics Commission (MEC) by a political subdivision (county, city, school district, fire district, etc.) as a person required to file a Personal Financial Disclosure (PFD) due to a position held in 2016, then you must file your PFD by 5 p.m. on May 1, 2017. Annual filers must file for each year (or portion of a year) for which they hold a position that requires the filing of a PFD. If you fail to file by May 1, 2017, you will be assessed a late filing fee of $10 per day. After 30 days the fee increases to $100 per day, not to exceed $6,000. Additional penalties may also apply. The time period covered on the PFD for an annual filer is Jan. 1, 2016 - Dec 31., 2016. For more information visit the Missouri Ethics Commission.

DISPOSE OF UNWANTED PESTICIDES ... The Missouri Department of Natural Resources Pesticide Collection Program provides free collection events for farmers and households throughout the state of Missouri to properly dispose of unwanted waste pesticides. In 2017, the department will provide Missouri residents with a convenient, free opportunity to properly dispose of pesticides, herbicides, rodenticides and fungicides. Find a collection event near you: 

  • St. Peters, June 3, 2017, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., University of Missouri Extension Center – St. Charles County, 260 Brown Road, St. Peters, Mo 63376 (Flier)
  • Sikeston, June 24, 2017, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., DeWitt Auction Company, 220 DeWitt Drive, Sikeston, Mo 63801 (Flier)
  • Chillicothe, July 15, 2017, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., Litton Ag Center, 10780 Liv 235, Chillicothe, Mo 64601 (Flier)
  • Lockwood, Oct. 14, 2017, 8 a.m.-12 p.m., S & H Farm Supply, 7 State Road A, Lockwood, Mo 65682 (Flier

2018 ALL-AMERICA CITIES CALL FOR PROPOSALS … In 2018, the spotlight for the All-America City Awards will focus on inclusive civic engagement practices that promote equity and bring all voices to the table to address important issues. Since 1949, the National Civic League has designated 10 communities each year as All-America Cities for their outstanding civic accomplishments. To win, each community identifies three local efforts targeting pressing community challenges that demonstrate innovation, impact, inclusiveness, civic engagement and cross sector collaboration. More information and applications are available online. 

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 website. 

EVENTS

MfSMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The Missouri Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association’s annual conference takes place April 30 – May 5, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more.

MoGFOA ANNUAL MEETING ... The Missouri Government Finance Officers Association will host the organization’s annual meeting and spring conference May 10-12, 2017, at Camden on the Lake. Topics include: effective teams, grant applications, social media, economic development, personnel policies, revenue forecasting, audits and an MML legislative recap.  A pre-conference budget training seminar runs May 9-10, 2017, in conjunction with the GFOA annual conference. Learn more and register

HEARTLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COURSE … The Heartland Economic Development Course (HEDC) offers intensive training in the basic concepts, information, methods and strategies of local economic development. It takes place April 23-27 in Blue Springs, Missouri. Course content is oriented toward practical applications. Graduation from HEDC fulfills one of the education prerequisites for those who wish to take examinations for Certified Economic Development designation. Scholarships are available. Learn more.

INLAND RIVERS, PORTS AND TERMINALS ... The Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Annual Conference takes place April 25-27, 2017, in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more.


MAIN STREET NOW … The Main Street Now conference of the National Main Street Center takes place May 1-3, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Learn more and register.

MISSOURI EMPLOYMENT CONFERENCE … May 16, 2017, is the Missouri Employment Conference in Columbia, Missouri, at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center. Topics include labor law updates, workers’ compensation, employee communication, problem solving and more. Learn more and register at www.MissouriEmploymentConference.com.

MISSOURI PRESERVATION CONFERENCE … The Missouri Preservation Conference will bring together historic preservation experts May 17-19, 2017, in Hannibal, Missouri. Learn more.

MISSOURI'S DIGITAL GOVERNMENT SUMMIT ... Registration is open for Missouri's Digitial Government Summit June 13, 2017 at Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, Missouri. Local officials and state employees will learn the latest trends in cybersecurity, cloud governance, the citizen experience and more. Learn more and register. 

NAGC 2017 COMMUNICATIONS SCHOOL … The National Association of Government Communicators will hold its annual Communications School June 13-15, 2017, in St. Louis, hosting more than 200 government communicators from all over the country.  Learn more at www.nagc.com.

GRANTS and FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

USDA RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE GRANTS … The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service is accepting applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee program for the construction, improvement and acquisition of facilities and equipment to provide broadband service for rural areas. The application window is Sept. 1-30, 2017. Click here for application guidelines, related webinar presentations, and more information.

STRATEGIC ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ... The U.S. Department of Agriculture is excited to share a new Rural Development funding opportunity authorized by Section 6025 of the 2014 Farm Bill. This new authority, Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD), prioritizes projects that support the implementation of multi-jurisdictional plans under the Community Facilities Program, Water and Waste Disposal Program, Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, and Rural Business Development Grant Program. Under this provision, up to 10 percent of each programs annual appropriations can be set aside and made available to eligible SECD applicants. The goal of SECD is to promote collaboration in rural communities and across Rural Development agencies and programs. Learn more.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE'S FY2017 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION (EDA) ... The FY2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs funding announcement was recently released. Under this federal funding announcement, EDA solicits applications from applicants 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. 

COMPREHENSIVE OPIOID ABUSE SITE-BASED PROGRAM ... The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program provides grants to city, county, and state governments to expand opioid abuse prevention and education efforts while also promoting treatment and recovery. The application deadline is April 25, 2017. Learn more. 

MEMBER NEWS

CCFOA OUTSTANDING CLERK ...  Joplin City Clerk, Barbara Hogelin, was presented with the prestigious Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association’s 2017 Outstanding City Clerk Award at the annual MoCCFOA Spring Institute banquet held in Columbia, on March 15, 2017. The purpose of the Outstanding City Clerk Award is to recognize a city clerk or finance officer who has demonstrated outstanding service and commitment to their municipality, community and professional organization.  A four-member panel of judges, including the Kansas CCFOA President, a Missouri Municipal League representative, and two prior recipients of the award, voted to bestow this honor upon Barbara. Barbara is a member of the Southwest Division of MoCCFOA. She has served on various division, state and international city clerk committees and has served as president of Missouri City Clerks & Finance Officers Association in 2005-2006. Read article. 

FORBES RANKS KANSAS CITY AMONG BEST U.S. CITIES FOR RENTERS ... Forbes ranked Kansas City as the third-best city for renters among a list of 46 major U.S. cities. Forbes considered four factors in its rankings — average monthly rent, the yearly rate change in rent, apartment vacancy and the amount of monthly household income spent on rent. Despite being ranked the third-best city, Kansas City had the best "rental affordability" among the 46 cities.
 
JACKSON COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE RECEIVES COOPERATIVE EFFORT AWARD ... In March, the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) recognized the Jackson County Drug Task Force as the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Cooperative Effort Award. This award recognizes multi-agency cooperation and coordination among federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Members of the Jackson County Drug Task Force include the Independence, Missouri, Police Department; the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department; the Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; and the National Guard Missouri Counter Drug Operations Group


SAINT LOUIS ZOO NAMED BEST IN U.S. ... The Saint Louis Zoo was officially named the best zoo in the country this month. The zoo took first place in USA Today's "10 Best" contest, which asked readers to vote for the best zoo out of 20 contestants. St. Louis was in the running with top-notch zoos from around the country, including Disney's Animal Kingdom and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum took second and third place, while zoos in San Diego, Chicago, New Orleans, Cleveland, Fort Worth and Columbia, South Carolina filled out the top rankings. Read article.

HOUSTONIA WASTEWATER SYSTEMS GRANT ... The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $40,000 Small Community Engineering Assistance Program grant to the city of Houstonia, in Pettis County, to evaluate wastewater collection and treatment system repairs. The City will use the grant funds to develop a facility plan to evaluate lagoon upgrades that are necessary in order to meet future ammonia limits, and to assess the collection system for reduced inflow and infiltration. The facility plan is estimated to cost $50,000 and is expected to be completed in November 2017. Learn more.

CAMPBELL RECEIVES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE GRANT ... The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that the city of Campbell has been awarded $500,000 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program to help improve Campbell’s water system infrastructure. The City has been losing more than 20 percent of water due to faulty waterlines, hydrants and meters. The water system infrastructure improvements include replacing these areas as well as repairing multiple water tanks. The project is also supported by a Missouri Department of Natural Resources loan and grant. The CDBG program, administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, provides grants and loan funds to cities with a population under 50,000 and counties under 200,000 to assist in a variety of public works and economic development projects.                                                                            

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

WHAT WORKS CITIES CERTIFICATION ... Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced a new effort which will publicly recognize municipal governments that most effectively use data to allocate resources and improve residents’ lives. The What Works Cities Certification will be led by a team of national experts who will assess each city’s data practices, and then award cities with a platinum, gold or silver certification status. The certification program will be assessed according to how cities are using performance management, open data, performance-based contracting and behavioral insights to deliver better results for their residents. Learn more. 

CONNECTED CITIZEN REPORT ... A new report reveals that state and local governments, like their federal counterparts, need to do an even better job of using digital technologies — email, social networks, smartphone apps and websites.  The 2017 Connected Citizen Report, commissioned by cloud computing company Salesforce and released in late March, found that nearly 68 percent of people surveyed said they had better experiences dealing with private enterprise than with government agencies. Read article. 

ONE hOUR OF YOUR TIME ... The hOUR Project is a traffic safety presentation that takes approximately one hour of your time to talk about something that is OUR problem – serious injury crashes and fatalities. Geared toward businesses and organizations statewide, this presentation stresses the importance of keeping employees safe while working in company vehicles, and when driving to and from work. Topics of discussion include safety belt and cell phone usage and policies, aggressive driving  and drowsy driving. For more information, or to bring this project to your organization contact Kelly Jackson at Kelly.Jackson@modot.mo.gov.

Join Us For Missouri's Elected Officials Training Conference June 8-9 in Columbia! 
Upcoming MML Webinars!
April 19: Missouri Use Tax
May 11: Servant Leadership
 


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