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May 2017


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 26. Scholarships are available. Learn more and register.

MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN NOW ... Make plans to join nearly 700 local government officials and employees from across Missouri at Tan-Tar-A Resort Sept. 10-13, 2017, for the 83rd Annual MML Annual Conference. This year's keynote speaker is Jason Roberts, originator of the Better Block Project. Sessions feature experts focusing on the top issues you face in local government each day. More than 20 sessions apply as credit for the Municipal Governance Institute, where you can become a Missouri Certified Municipal Official. Scholarships are available. Learn more and Register today for this important training and networking opportunity.

U.S. CONGRESS FISCAL YEAR SPENDING ... Earlier this month Congress passed the Fiscal Year 2017 spending package that funds the federal government through Sept. 30, 2017. This final deal includes no cuts to crucial programs for community development, education and public health. It increases funding in a few areas. 

COURT REFORM LAW ... The Missouri Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling striking down a law that imposed special requirements for municipalities in St. Louis County.  The special requirements were part of a court-reform bill known as Senate Bill 5. Read article.

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 set, please complete the online request form

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 to be placed on a committee. 

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!

NEW MCMA OFFICERS ... At their recent Spring Meeting, the Missouri City/County Management Association elected the following new officers: President, Greg Burris, city manager, Springfield; 1st Vice President, Craig Owens, city manager, Clayton; 2nd Vice President, DJ Gehrt, city administrator, Platte City; Immediate Past President, Chris Heard, city administrator, Lebanon; Board Members - Roger Haynes, deputy city manager, Mexico; Scott Meyer,  city manager, Cape Girardeau; and Lenore Toser-Aldaz, assistant city administrator, O'Fallon.

NEW GFOA OFFICERS ... At their recent Spring Institute, the Government Finance Officers Association of Missouri elected the following new officers: President, Sandra Stephens, assistant director of finance, city of Kirkwood; 1st Vice President - Lori Obermoeller, finance director, city of Hazelwood; 2nd Vice President - Kathy Holschlag, chief financial officer, city of Fulton; and Treasurer - Cynthia Freeman, budget and fiscal officer, Circuit Court of Jackson County.

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

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 … 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

Upcoming MML Webinars: 

June 6, 2017: "Legislative Wrap-Up", presented by Richard Sheets, MML Deputy Director, and Shanon Hawk, Armstrong Teasdale
Review details of state legislation after the 2017 session has concluded. Issues include prevailing wage, wireless antennas, Uber, Air BnB, Real ID, municipal court reform and more.

June 14, 2017:  "The Future of Retail", presented by John W. Brancaglione, PGAV
The traditional retail model cities have relied upon as a significant revenue engine is imploding at a rapid rate. The number of bankruptcies, closures, and developments being returned to lenders is increasing.  This program will discuss how this trend began and how retailers are evolving. This program will provide valuable insight and implications for any Missouri city with a significant retail base.

July 27, 2017: "Planning and Zoning", presented by Paul Martin, Attorney, Paul Martin P.C.
From conditional use permits, to PUDs and BZAs, this session will provide an overview of how planning and zoning is supposed to work, as well as discuss some common pitfalls.
Will qualify for 1 hour of Planning and Zoning credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).

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.

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

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. 


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

MMAA SEMINAR ... The Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association will meet for a summer seminar July 14-16, 2017, at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri. Learn more and register. 

MISSOURI WATER AND WASTERWATER CONFERENCE ...  The Missouri Water and Wastewater Conference takes place Aug. 1-2, 2017 in Columbia, Missouri. Learn more and register.

 The Missouri Public Transit Association's (MPTA) 2017 Annual Conference will be held Aug. 6-8 at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Missouri. This year’s Conference will focus on issues of interest to transit providers, but also of interest to local planners, community building networks, offices of sustainability and more. Early bird registration ends May 15. Learn more and register. 


T4AMERICA CULTURAL CORRIDOR CONSORTIUM ... Application Deadline June 2, 2017.
Transportation for America is seeking to award $50,000 (each) to creative placemaking projects in three cities that engage residents; attract the attention of local public works and transportation agencies; and spark new conversations that bring more people to the table to plan and implement new transportation investments.  Learn more and apply.


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. Click here for application guidelines, related webinar presentations, and more information.

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.

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. 


JAY T. BELL AWARD ...  Congratulations to City Manager DJ Gehrt, Platte City, on receiving the Jay T. Bell Award for professionalism, high standards of accomplishment and ethical conduct. Gehrt received the award at the spring meeting of the Missouri City/County Managers Association (MCMA) in May. The award is the Association's highest honor for members. 
Gehrt has served the city of Platte City since 2011, and has more than 25 years of local government experience and service. He serves as the 2nd vice president of MCMA and is a board member with the Missouri Municipal League.

RICHARD NOLL AWARD ... Congratulations to Anthony Traxler, assistant city manager and director of public works for the city of Maplewood, honored with the Richard R. Noll Award for professionalism, high standards of accomplishment and ethical conduct. Traxler received the award at the Missouri City/County Managers Association (MCMA) in May. Traxler has served in his dual capacity with Maplewood since 2008, and has four previous years of service as the City's assistant to the city manager. Traxler serves on multiple committees, as the City's zoning administrator and manages the the planning and zoning commission.

APWA TOP TEN PUBLIC WORKS LEADERS OF THE YEAR ... Congratulations to Patricia Hilderbrand, P.E., division manager, coordination services, public works dept., Kansas City, Missouri, on being named one of the American Public Works Association's (APWA) Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year. These leaders are recognized for contributions to technology or job knowledge, commitment to the profession, professional excellence and service to the community. 

2017 ALL-AMERICA CITY AWARD FINALIST ... Kansas City, Missouri has been named a 2017 All-America City Award finalist. It is one of 27 cities competing. This year, the National Civic League, that sponsors the award,  is working together with the Grade-Level Reading campaign to recognize communities that have made measurable progress for low-income children on the key drivers of early reading success.

GRANDVIEW WINS APWA-KC BEST PUBLIC WORKS PROJECT ... American Public Works Association (APWA)-KC Metro Chapter named the Missouri highway 150 outer roads improvements "Best 2017 Public Works Transportation Project" with a budget of less than $5 mission. The project will now compete at the national level. Learn more.


REED TESTIFIES ON UNFUNDED MANDATES IN WASHINGTON ... Early this month, National League of Cities (NLC) Board Member and Kansas City, Missouri, Councilmember Jermaine Reed testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Affairs. Appearing on behalf of NLC, Reed described how unfunded mandates place burdens on local governments and communities.

“City leaders are on the front lines of almost every issue — from education to healthcare to the environment — but one of the biggest barriers to our progress is the burden of unfunded mandates,” said Councilmember Reed. “Our constituents depend on a healthy, balanced federal-local partnership to ensure that government services are affordable, reliable and high-quality." Read full article.

Join Us For Missouri's Elected Officials Training Conference June 8-9 in Columbia! 
Upcoming MML Webinars!
June 6: Legislative Wrap-Up
June 14: The Future of Retail

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