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August 2017
NEWS

REGISTER NOW! MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE COMING SOON! ... Register today and join nearly 700 local government officials and employees from across Missouri at Tan-Tar-A Resort Sept. 10-13, 2017, for the 83rd MML Annual Conference. This year's keynote speaker is Jason Roberts, originator of the Better Block Project. More than 25 sessions feature experts focusing on the top issues you face in local government each day. Eight sessions provide credit for the Municipal Governance Institute, to earn the Missouri Municipal Official Certification. This year’s Annual Banquet entertainment is the popular comedian Buzz SutherlandLearn more and register today for this important training and networking opportunity! 
  • MML Scholarship Golf Tournament Sept. 10 (requires separate registration)
  • MML Mobile App: You won’t want to miss the details of the conference and the latest news available all year on the New MML Mobile App! Search “Missouri Municipal League” in your app store (iTunes or Google Play) for:
    • Complete Conference Schedule
    • Speakers, Exhibitors and Sponsors
    • Interactive Exhibit Hall and Hotel Maps
    • Session Handouts
    • Attendee Networking
    • Municipal Governance Institute Certification Details
    • Much More!
  • Handouts available online and on the MML Mobile App … The MML Annual Conference handouts for sessions will be available for download on the MML Conference page prior to the Conference. Printed handouts will not be provided at the sessions. Attendees are encouraged to review these session handouts prior to the Conference and may choose to print and bring them to the Conference or download when returning home. Handouts are also available on the new MML mobile app!
2017 MEMBERS' CHOICE INNOVATION AWARD VOTING ... Check your email and make sure you have received a MML Member’s Choice Innovation Award ballot via SurveyMonkey. If the League has your email in our database you will receive an email and an opportunity to vote. There are 30 amazing nominations from various cities, towns and villages from across our state. As you review the nominations, select only one project you feel is the most innovative and can be easily replicated in other municipalities. Your vote is important to the Missouri Municipal League Innovation Award Program and to the municipalities that submitted these wonderful nominations. You might even get some good ideas for projects or programs that you would like to have in your municipality.  Voting closes Aug. 17, 2017, so get those votes in!

NEW MISSOURI LAWS TAKE EFFECT … Aug. 28, 2017, is the date when most legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly and signed by Governor Greitens becomes law.  Legislation with a specified effective date or with an emergency clause is the only exception to the Aug. 28 date.  Find a list of the legislation that passed and the action taken by the Governor here. Legislation that was vetoed by the Governor could stand for an override
vote during the General Assembly’s Sept. 13 override session.

REGULATION OF COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY IN MUNICIPAL PARK UPHELD … The United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has affirmed a federal district court’s decision in a lawsuit brought against the Village of Twin Oaks, Havlak v. Village of Twin Oaks, No. 16-3377 (8th Cir. July 26, 2017). The lawsuit, filed by a commercial photographer, challenged the constitutionality of the Village’s regulation of commercial activities in a Village Park. Twin Oaks requires any person desiring to engage in commercial activity in the Park to first receive a permit. The Plaintiff claimed that the permit requirement was unconstitutional. Twin Oaks argued that Plaintiff’s photography did not constitute expressive conduct entitled to First Amendment protections. The 8th Circuit (like the district court) avoided answering that difficult question. Instead, the 8th Circuit concluded that even if Plaintiff’s photography was protected speech, Twin Oak’s park regulations were valid in that they are content neutral. Further, the Court recognized that the Village’s regulations are narrowly tailored to serve Twin Oak’s significant governmental interests (e.g., mitigating disruption of park activities and ensuring the public accessibility and use of the relatively small Twin Oaks Park), leave ample alternatives for the photographer to communicate her message, does not allow Twin Oaks unbridled discretion in reviewing commercial activity permits and the regulations contain articulated standards and objective factors to be considered. As a result, the 8th Circuit held that Twin Oaks’ commercial use permit process survives the First Amendment challenge.


OVERTIME REGULATIONS INPUT … The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a highly-anticipated Request For Information (RFI) on the overtime regulations put forward by the Obama Administration that increased the overtime salary level to $47,476, that is double the current level, and called for automatic adjustments every three years. The rule was originally scheduled to go into effect on Dec. 1, 2016, however, it was delayed due to the issuance of a nationwide preliminary injunction blocking the rule by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
In the RFI published in the Federal Register, DOL is seeking input on the role the duties test plays with respect to the salary threshold, the proper methodology, and whether there should be multiple salary levels to reflect different regional economies, sizes of employers, and exemptions. 
The National League of Cities (NLC) plans to issue comments on the RFI, and would welcome and appreciate any input on this issue.  If you are interested in sharing the impact of this rule on your municipality, specifically: the cost implications to your municipal payroll both in the first year of implementation and beyond; any changes you have made to the number of exempt employees on your payroll; and any thoughts you may have on the duties test applied to determine the status of employees, please send your comments to MML staff by Sept. 1, 2017. MML will share your comments with NLC to be incorporated into NLC's formal comments to the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

GOVERNOR WITHHOLDS FUNDS FOR PREVAILING WAGE ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT … Missouri's Prevailing Wage Law establishes a minimum wage rate that must be paid to workers on public works construction projects. Recent budget withholdings by the Governor have left the Missouri Division of Labor Standards Prevailing Wage Section with a one-dollar budget and no staff. General revenue funding has been withheld from the Fiscal Year 2018 budget that funds the Prevailing Wage Section. Currently, there is no in-person guidance available; however, there are still Annual Wage Orders available on the Department’s website by county at: https://labor.mo.gov/DLS/PrevailingWage.
The Missouri Municipal League would like to remind cities that the Prevailing Wage Law has not been repealed. Complaints can still be filed with the Department of Labor and those complaints can be acted on at a later date, if funding is restored.  Also, a municipality can be subject to a lawsuit by an individual or a group for not following the prevailing wage law. The League will continue to keep municipalities apprised of the situation and encourages city officials to consult their city attorneys when questions arise regarding prevailing wage.

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 over $1 million to adopt the personal financial disclosure ordinance by Sept. 15, 2017, and forward a copy of the ordinance to the Missouri Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 1370, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Learn more at www.mec.mo.gov.

CALL FOR MML BOARD NOMINATIONS …  If you would like to be considered for the MML Board of Directors, please send a letter of interest to Mayor Carson Ross, Nominating Committee Chair, at League headquarters: Missouri Municipal League, 1727 Southridge Dr., Jefferson City, Mo., 65109. You may also email Richard Sheets at RSheets@mocities.com or send a fax to 573-635-9009.  Members of the 2017 Nominating Committee include: Mayor Norm McCourt, Blackjack; Mayor Gerry Welch, Webster Groves; City Attorney Paul Martin, Olivette; Mayor John Olivarri, Osage Beach; Council Member Michael Trapp, Columbia; Mayor Adam Couch, Odessa; Mayor Bill Kolas, Higginsville; Mayor Bill Falkner, St. Joseph; City Manager Mari Macomber, Kirksville; Mayor Bart Niedner, Louisiana; and Mayor Debra Hickey, Battlefield.  The Nominating Committee will meet in open session at the start of the MML Annual Conference at Tan-Tar-A on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, to hear from interested candidates.  The Committee will propose a slate of candidates to be voted on by MML members at the MML business meeting on Sept. 12, 2017. 

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. Cost is $10 per webinar. Learn more and register at www.mocities.com/webinars.

Upcoming MML Webinars: 
Aug. 23, 2017: “Ethics,” presented by Patricia Churchill, director of regulatory affairs, AT Government Strategies
This seminar will cover key concepts of ethics, conflicts of interest, and nepotism, as well as recent legislative developments and court decisions of particular interest to municipal government officials.
Session will qualify for 1 hour of Ethics credit for the Municipal Governance Institute (*MGI).

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. 

EVENTS

MISSOURI RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION TRAINING AND SEMINAR OPPORTUNITIES … Are you an operator who has trouble breaking away from work to fulfill MoDNR required recertification hours? An operator that likes the idea of getting training on your schedule? Or, are you an operator that just enjoys online training? SunCoast Learning Systems offers online courses recognized by MoDNR. Learn more at MRWA's training page.

PRIORITY BASED BUDGETING WORKSHOP … Resource Exploration, the Center for Priority Based Budgeting (CPBB) and the city of Branson are proud to present a dynamic priority based budgeting (PBB) summit in the city of Branson, Missouri. This free PBB Summit is Aug. 15, 2017, hosted by the city of Branson at the Branson Convention Center. Learn more.

FEDERAL GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP ... The U.S. EPA Region 7 Brownfields and Environmental Justice programs, along with the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University, and the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska Brownfields' Programs are co-hosting a free two-day grant writing workshop Aug. 29-20, 2017. The workshop is designed to offer tools and tips for grant writing and successful execution of funded grants. One-on one technical assistance may be scheduled for Aug. 31, 2017. For an appointment, please email Maggie Weiser, mjweiser@ksu.edu and include your name, organization and type of grant proposal. Learn more.

MISSOURI WATER SEMINAR … The 12th Annual Missouri Water Seminar takes place Sept. 7-8, 2017, at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Columbia, Missouri. View the agenda and register.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY … The Community Development Academy takes place Sept. 18-22, 2017, in St. Louis, Missouri. It is an intensive, experiential, five-day course offered by the University of Missouri Extension Community Development Program. Three courses combine leading-edge thinking with practical applications. The Community Development Academy provides a conceptual base and develops the skills necessary to successfully bring people (often with diverse views and opinions) together around common issues. Course participants learn how to deal collectively with their issues of concern and give purposeful direction to their own futures. Learn more and register.

ELGL POP UP CONFERENCES … Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) are hosting four one-day pop-up conferences on Sept. 22, 2017, and one of the locations is Kansas City, Missouri. All conference locations have creative and interesting agendas under the theme “stuff you should have learned in school.” Learn more about the Kansas City conference and other locations at www.elgl.org/elglpopups.

ICMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The 103rd Annual International City and County Managers Conference takes place Oct. 22-25, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more and register.

MISSOURI TRAFFIC AND HIGHWAY CONFERENCE … Missouri’s 2017 Highway Safety and Traffic Blueprint Conference takes place Sept. 27-29, 2017, in Columbia, Missouri. The program will be structured to include traffic engineering topics with a greater focus on the four E’s (engineering, education, enforcement and emergency medical services) of highway safety. Learn more and register.

GFOA FALL SEMINAR … The Missouri Government Finance Officers Association (Mo-GFOA) will be hosting its Fall Seminar, October 11, 2017 at the Stoney Creek Inn, Columbia Mo.  Topics discussed will include: Popular Annual Financial Reports (PAFR); Investing Public Funds; Fraud Detection; and Bond Ratings.   Following the seminar on October 12 and 13, Mo-GFOA will host a two-day Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) workshop.  More information will be posted to the Mo GFOA web soon.

NLC CITY SUMMIT … The National League of Cities’ City Summit takes place Nov. 15-18, 2017, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Summit draws thousands of local elected officials, municipal staff and others in the sector nationwide for four days of knowledge-sharing, networking, learning and growing — all in the name of making America’s cities and towns amazing places to live, work and play. Learn more and register.

GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

MODOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ENGINEERING ASSISTANCE FUNDING … Apply by Sept. 14, 2017
The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is now accepting applications for the Traffic Engineering Assistance Program (TEAP), that allows local public agencies to receive engineering assistance for studying traffic engineering problems. Typical traffic engineering related projects include: corridor safety and/or operational analysis, intersection(s) safety and/or operational analysis; speed limit review; sign inventory; pedestrian/bike route analysis; parking issues; and other traffic studies. This year, MoDOT is awarding two years’ worth of funding with projects to receive funding in the year funds are available. Eligible projects must be able to be completed by spring of 2018 or spring of 2019. Applications are due Sept. 14.

PEOPLEFORBIKES COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAMS … Apply by Oct. 13, 2017
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. PeopleForBikes accepts grant applications from nonprofit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. Requests must support a specific project or program; the program does not grant funds for general operating costs. Learn more.

USDA RURAL UTILITIES SERVICE GRANTS …  Apply by Sept. 1-30, 2017
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.

RURAL BROADBAND ACCESS LOAN AND LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM … Apply by Sept. 30, 2017
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development announced this week that USDA is accepting applications for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program for FY 2017.  Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2017 under this window.
To be eligible for a broadband loan, an applicant may be either a non-profit or for-profit organization, and must use one of the following forms:
• Corporation;
• Limited liability company (LLC);
• Cooperative or mutual organization;
• A state or local unit of government
• Indian tribe or tribal organization

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE'S FY2017 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION (EDA) ... Application dates ongoing
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. 

ROADMAPS TO HEALTH COACHING Application dates ongoing
Sponsored by the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Roadmaps To Health Coaching program offers guidance and support from a community coach for communities who want to improve the health of their populations and work toward building a culture of health. Learn more.

MEMBER NEWS

WEST GATE CIVIC LEADERSHIP AWARDS … The West Gate Division of the Missouri Municipal League honored outstanding civic leaders in 23 member cities at its Civic Leadership Award Banquet July 20 in Blue Springs, Missouri. The banquet gave West Gate communities an opportunity to recognize the contributions of business and civic leaders in developing stronger cities. Each mayor selected an outstanding civic leader in his or her community. Each leader was presented with a certificate of appreciation. The West Gate Region of the Missouri Municipal League consists of member municipalities in the five metropolitan counties of Jackson, Clay, Platte, Ray and Cass.
Honorees were recognized from the following cities: Belton, Blue Springs, Excelsior Springs, Gladstone, Grandview, Harrisonville, Houston Lake, Independence, Kansas City, Lake Winnebago, Lee’s Summit, Liberty, North Kansas City, Oak Grove, Parkville, Pleasant Valley, Raymore, Raytown, Riverside, Smithville, Sugar Creek, Weston, and Wood Heights.

CERTIFIED MUNICIPAL CLERK … City of Clayton City Clerk June Frazier has earned the designation of Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) awarded by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC), Inc. IIMC grants the CMC designation only to those municipal clerks who complete demanding education requirements and who have a record of significant contributions to their local government community and state. Congratulations June!

HAZELWOOD LIFEGUARD HONORED FOR QUICK INTERVENTION … A city of Hazelwood lifeguard, Anne Fitzgerald, quickly reacted to a woman who went into cardiac arrest at the Hazelwood Aquatic Center in July.  The lifeguard immediately relied on the life-saving skills she learned in her lifeguard training classes and started administering CPR and chest compressions.  A handful of lifeguards stepped in to help and brought out the AED machine.  After the second shock, the woman’s heart started beating again.  A few minutes later, she regained consciousness.
By that time, the firefighters and paramedics were on the scene and stabilized her before transporting her to the hospital. Without the lifeguards’ intervention, the woman might not be alive today.
Fitzgerald and the other lifeguards involved received a certificate of appreciation from the Midwest Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association.

LEE’S SUMMIT RECEIVES AAA BOND RATING … The city of Lee’s Summit has received the highest possible bond rating, AAA, from Moody’s Investors Service. The new AAA rating is attributed to the City’s strong fiscal management; healthy reserve balance; growing tax base; favorable location in the Kansas City, Missouri, metropolitan area; manageable debt and pension levels. The rating also recognizes that the City’s financial management practices, along with a growing local economy, will continue to support a stable and manageable financial future.

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

CITY HALL SELFIE DAY IS BACK! … Save the date! #CityHallSelfie Day is August 15, 2017.  This year, Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) will hand out trophies for #CityHallSelfie takers in twenty different categories. Read more.

GOVERNOR’S INNOVATION TASK FORCE … Governor Eric Greitens announced the launch of the Governor’s Innovation Task Force. The Governor has charged the Task Force with assessing the current state of innovation in Missouri, analyzing best practices from other states, and developing specific recommendations for what the state can do to promote innovation and new technology start-ups. The Missouri Department of Economic Development is asking for feedback on what you believe are Missouri’s areas of greatest strength and opportunity. Share your thoughts with this survey.

SHOW IT 2 VOTE … Missouri’s new photo voter ID law (HB 1631), effective on June 1, 2017, outlines identification options for registered Missouri voters to use on election day at their polling location. Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft covers questions and information regarding this law at www.sos.mo.gov/showit2vote.
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