MEDICAL MARIJUANA … The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services (DHSS) has begun the process of drafting regulations for the licensing of medical marijuana facilities. The draft regulations are not yet available; however, interested parties may provide comments on the DHSS website: https://health.mo.gov/safety/medical-marijuana/draft-rules.php. Please share your concerns about these regulations with the League by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. DHSS is hosting a Medical Marijuana open house on Feb 13, 2019, in Jefferson City, at the Governor’s Office Building, Room 450, 6-9 p.m. The forum will be an opportunity for interested individuals to leave thoughtful feedback, verbally or written, about what should and should not be included in the medical marijuana program regulations. While this forum is open to the public, the scope of the discussion will be limited to suggestions for program regulation. In response to the passage of Amendment 2, the MML has added a resource page to the League website (https://mocities.site-ym.com/page/MedicalMarijuana). Sample ordinances, FAQ’s and other resources have been posted and more will be added as they become available. The League is hosting a webinar on Feb. 21, 2019, to provide municipal officials with overview of issues including zoning, licensing, offense regulations and personnel policies.
SAMPLE SMALL CELL DEPLOYMENT ORDINANCE … On behalf of the Missouri Municipal League attorney William Ojile, Armstrong Teasdale, has prepared a sample ordinance for use as a template in complying with legislation that passed in 2018. This ordinance can be found on the League website here: As with all sample ordinances, the city attorney should be consulted prior to adoption.
2019 MML WAGE AND SALARY SURVEY … MML’s annual wage and salary survey has been emailed to human resource officers and city clerks in all MML member cities. Results from this year’s survey will be available in March. Please provide your staff with time to complete the survey. This year’s survey has been expanded to include more than 50 positions.
2019 MML CALL FOR PROPOSALS … The Missouri Municipal League is planning for the 85th MML Annual Conference in St. Charles, Sept. 8-11, 2019. The call for speaking proposals is live on the League’s website and MML will collect presentation and speaking proposals until March 1, 2019. If there is a topic you or someone in your municipality would like to propose, fill out the short form. Topics will be selected in March 2019. Learn more and submit your speaking proposal.
2019 MML INNOVATION AWARDS … MML’s Innovation Awards program is growing each year, and we want to hear from you in 2019! Submissions are now being accepted and will close March, 1, 2019. Projects completed during 2018 are eligible. To learn about the MML Innovation Awards, the submission process and previous winners, visit the League’s website. Award winners will be recognized at the MML Annual Conference Sept. 8-11, 2019, in St. Charles, Missouri.
MML REVIEW CALL FOR ARTICLES … The May/June issue of the MML Review magazine 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.
ELECTED OFFICIALS TRAINING CONFERENCE … Registration is open for the MML Elected Officials Training Conference June 6-7, 2019, in Columbia, Missouri. This Conference provides a nuts and bolts review of the myriad of important issues municipal officials face on a regular basis, from Sunshine Law to budgets, public official liability and conflicts of interest to leadership and more! While the Conference focuses on providing the knowledge base newly elected municipal leaders need to effectively govern, the changes that continually occur in the municipal arena make this a Conference that all officials should attend.
Scholarships are available to municipalities that have not attended in four or more years. Click here for the scholarship application. The deadline for scholarship applications is May 1, 2019.
Learn more and register!
MML REGIONAL MEETINGS … Regional meetings are a great opportunity to learn, share best practices and network in a smaller event setting with local officials and municipal employees in neighboring cities. Learn more about upcoming regional meetings in your area today!
MML WEBINARS … Check out what’s coming up. Register for upcoming webinars and check out the pre-recorded webinars at www.mocities.com/webinars.
- MML Northeast Region will meet in Kirksville April 18, 2019
- MML South Central Region will meet in Lebanon April 25, 2019
- MML Southeast Region will meet in Sikeston May 2, 2019
- MML Northwest Region will meet in Maryville May 9, 2019
- MML Central Region will meet in Centralia May 22, 2019
- MML West Gate Region will meet in Excelsior Springs May 23, 2019
- Feb. 21, 2019: Medical Marijuana: Implications for Municipalities; presented by Padraic Corcoran, Attorney, Williams & Campo; Chris White, Attorney, Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MoCann); and John Payne, MoCann
- Feb. 28, 2019: Rejuvenating Downtown, presented by Gayla Roten, Director, Missouri Main Street Connection
- March 7, 2019: The Workforce Of The Future Has Arrived: How Ready Are You?, presented by Patrick Ibarra, The Mejorando Group
- March 13, 2019: Workers’ Compensation Fraud and Noncompliance, presented by Kurt Mueller, Chief Administrator, Missouri Dept. of Labor & Industiral Relations, Division of Workers’ Compensation
CENSUS 2020 … The Census will be conducted in just over a year. Hundreds of billions of federal dollars flow to Missouri over the course of a decade based upon this one-time count. Will your municipality be properly reflected in the count? Here are some things that may help.
2019 BALLOT MEASURES … If your city anticipates putting a ballot measure before the voters in 2019, be aware of Section 115.646, RSMo. The law provides that: No contribution or expenditure of public funds shall be made directly by any officer, employee or agent of any political subdivision to advocate, support, or oppose any ballot measure or candidate for public office. This section shall not be construed to prohibit any public official of a political subdivision from making public appearances or from issuing press releases concerning any such ballot measure. Learn more in the Missouri Ethics Commission newsletter.
- Boundary and Annexation Survey – Municipal officials should be participating in the Boundary and Annexation Survey (BAS). BAS ensures that the 2020 Census counts tabulated for your municipality will be accurate. Participation in BAS is ongoing, but it is especially important just prior to the decennial census. Inaccurate corporate boundaries recorded in the past can negatively impact a multitude of statistics, crucial for grant-writing and planning operations that serve your community. To review your corporate boundaries please visit https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/bas.html (half way down the page). Anyone with further questions about the BAS program should contact the U.S. Census Bureau at (800) 972-5651 or email@example.com.
- Complete Count Committee – Do you have one? Governor Parson signed Executive Order 18-12 establishing the Missouri 2020 Complete Count Committee. The purpose of this state-level committee is to heighten awareness for the 2020 Census and coordinate messaging and community outreach to hard-to-count individuals. Municipalities are urged to form their own complete count committee and to encourage organizations providing community services in their area to work with Missouri’s Complete Count Committee to help reach hard-to-count individuals. Find additional information on the Complete Count program.
- Other Efforts – Another census program city officials may want to be aware of is the 2020 Census Participant Statistical Areas Program (PSAP) that allows participants to provide input on the statistical-area boundaries used for data tabulation by the Census Bureau. Customized tabulation geographies can help your city win grants and can make municipal planning easier. Ask your council of government if they are participating in PSAP on your behalf, or visit https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/decennial-census/about/psap.html#par_textimage_1655013942 for more information.
- Don’t Be In Stealth Mode – If you have not already been contacted by a Census Bureau representative from the Chicago Regional Office (CRO), let them know you exist. The CRO is there to ensure that the Census count for your municipality is accurate. Email Chicago.Regional.Office@census.gov, or call 1-800-865-6384. Let them know that you want all your citizens counted!
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL DRINKING WATER SYSTEMS … Free technical assistance is available for small drinking water systems to help improve customer outreach and education, as well as internal operations. The assistance is available through Wichita State University Environmental Finance Center (WSU EFC), a member of the Environmental Finance Center Network, as part of a national project that seeks to address the major issues facing the nation’s smallest drinking water systems. Examples of technical assistance topics include asset management planning, utility rate setting and evaluation, and customer education and outreach (e.g., development of informational flyers to be included in customer bills, help revamping a water quality report, etc.).
Funding for this program is provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Utilities eligible to receive free technical assistance include drinking water systems that serve a population of 10,000 people or less. For more information about free technical assistance, contact Michele Pugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or (316) 978-6629. Visit the WSU EFC online at www.wichita.edu/efc.
MOCCFOA STATE SCHOLARSHIPS 2018-2019 … Members of the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association (MoCCFOA) have an opportunity to apply for financial support to attend the Spring 2019 MoCCFOA New Clerks Institute and the Annual Spring Institute! Typical requirements for applicants include: the completion of an application; a personal statement of goals and professional interests; a commitment by the municipal employer allowing the applicant time off to attend; and an identification of how ongoing participation and involvement into the future will be supported (beyond the MoCCFOA Scholarship). Additional scholarship details and the current application is on the MoCCFOA website. For questions, contact Kathy Marlock at email@example.com or (314) 647-5795 ext. 212.
GFOA EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNMENT AWARD … The Missouri Government Finance Officers’ Association will receive written nominations for the Missouri GFOA Excellence in Government Award until March 29, 2019. The award nomination form with the criteria guidelines is available at gfoa-mo.org. In 2012, Missouri GFOA created the Excellence in Government Award. This award is presented to the Government Finance Professional in the State of Missouri, who displays the high standard of leadership, professionalism, ethics and integrity promoted by the Missouri Government Finance Officers Association.
- Annual Spring Institute, March 10-14, 2019
- New Clerks Conference, March 11, 2019
ALL AMERICA CITY APPLICATIONS … Each year communities from across the country compete for the All-America City Award, telling the story of their community and their work. More than 500 communities have been named an All-America City since the program began in 1949, including 18 from Missouri. The 2019 applications are due by March 5, 2019. Learn more and apply.
OTHER EVENTS AND TRAININGS
RETHINKING ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP … The Missouri Main Street Connection hosts its’ quarterly training Feb. 22, 2019, in Excelsior Springs, Missouri, on the topic of entrepreneurship. The workshop is designed to help communities create conditions in that entrepreneurs choose to innovate. Learn more.
CDBG APPLICATION WORKSHOPS … The Missouri Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program will hold four training sessions in February 2019 to teach participants how to complete the FY2019 CDBG application for non-entitlement areas of the state (cities of less than 50,000 and counties of less than 200,000 in population). Participants will learn the basic application requirements, plus more specific information geared toward each category of funding. Applications will be available at each workshop and will also be available on the Missouri Department of Economic Development website. The workshops are free and open to the public, and no registration is necessary. Learn more.
GFOA-Mo WINTER SEMINAR … The Government Finance Officers Association of Missouri 2019 Winter Seminar will be held in Columbia Feb. 22, 2019. Conference topics include: Being a Better Finance Officer, Effective Internal Controls for Vendor Management, Making a Difference, HR Compliance, and PCI Compliance and Cash Management. Prior to the seminar, GFOA is also sponsoring an intensive two-day training on Operating and Capital Budgets (this training emphasizes materials needed to become a CPFO). For more on information on either event visit gfoa-mo.org.
WORK IN WATER TRAINING … Discover how your utility can adapt Wichita State University’s successful Work in Water career development program to find and recruit the next generation of water employees. This workshop takes place Feb. 22, 2019, at the Missouri Public Utility Alliance in Columbia, Missouri. Participants will learn step-by-step how to teach lessons and activities, and best practices for engaging schools, developing internships and leading field trips through treatment plants. Participating utilities are eligible for mini-grants to cover costs associated with hosting the program. Learn more.
EPA AND ARMY ANNOUNCE PUBLIC HEARING AND WEBINAR ON PROPOSED NEW “WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES” DEFINITION … The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) will hold a public hearing on the proposed new “Waters of the United States” definition in Kansas City with sessions on Feb. 27 and 28, 2019. All persons wanting to speak are encouraged to register in advance. For more information: https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/proposed-revised-definition-wotus-public-hearing.
EPA and the Army will also hold a public webcast to explain the key elements of the proposed "Revised Definition of Waters of the United States" on Feb. 14, 2019, at 3:30 pm EST. Webinar registration is limited to 2,000 attendees so interested parties are encouraged to view with colleagues. Registration is available at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1548544876509260301.
The agencies will take comments on the proposal for 60 days after publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register. Comments can be submitted online at https://www.regulations.gov. Please follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0149.
More information about the public hearing, informational webinar, and the proposed rulemaking, including the pre-publication version of the Federal Register notice, are available at: https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule/step-two-revise.
MISSOURI COMMUNITY FORESTRY COUNCIL ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The Missouri Community Forestry Council Annual Conference takes place March 13-15, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. Learn more.
FREE MDC WORKSHOPS ON CONSERVATION PLANNING … The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), in partnership with the Center for Resource Planning and Management (CRPM) at Missouri State University, offers free workshops covering conservation planning tools. Workshops will be held across the state covering MDC's Conservation Planning Tools for Missouri Communities: A Reference Manual. Attendees will be given a free copy of the manual. Workshops will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lunch provided.
Workshop dates and locations:
To register for the free workshop: https://goo.gl/5hLKco. For questions contact: Ronda Burnett, community conservation planner, Missouri Department of Conservation at (417) 836-8407 or by email at Ronda.Burnett@mdc.mo.gov.
- March 19, 2019 – Springfield
- April 3, 2019 – Nevada
- April 10, 2019 – Kansas City
- May 2, 2019 – Maryland Heights
NLC CONGRESSIONAL CITY CONFERENCE … The National League of Cities Congressional City Conference is March 10-13, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Learn more.
MAIN STREET NOW CONFERENCE … The Main Street Now Conference offers an opportunity to convene and learn about the innovative methods and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation. The annual Conference takes place March 25-27, 2019, in Seattle, Washington. Learn more.
GFOA-Mo ANNUAL SPRING CONFERNCE … The Government Finance Officers Association of Missouri 2019 Spring Conference will be held April 10-12, 2019 at Camden on the Lake. Registration is $130 for members and $155 for non-members. Visit gfoa-mo.org for more information or register.
MEDC INSIGHT MISSOURI … Develop relationships with professional site selection consultants responsible for advising firms on where to expand or locate their operations in Missouri at the upcoming Missouri Economic Development Council’s Insight Missouri April 10-12, 2019, in Springfield, Missouri. Learn more.
MISSOURI LOCAL GOVERNMENT WEEK … Missouri’s Local Government Week is April 14-20, 2019. Local Government Week provides cities an opportunity to share information about the valuable services cities provide and how cities positively impact a community’s quality of life. It is also a great opportunity to celebrate a local achievement, honor volunteers or recognize city employees. Consider planning an event in your city to celebrate.
As part of Local Government Week, MML will recognize 2019 MML Innovation Award winners and host the 5th Annual Partners in Governance Conference with other local government partners. Watch for a toolkit on the League’s website coming soon with resources you can use to help share the great work you do!
PARTNERS IN GOVERNANCE … Register now for the 5th Annual Partners in Governance Conference on April 17, 2019. This year’s one-day Conference takes place in Columbia, Missouri, and is sponsored by the Missouri Municipal League, MU Institute of Public Policy, Missouri Association of Counties, Missouri School Boards’ Association and FOCUS St. Louis. Participants will discuss “Building Bridges To A Safer Community.” The focus is on safety and how local organizations can bridge resources to strengthen community safety. Learn more.
HEARTLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COURSE … Registration is now open for the Heartland Economic Development Basic Course April 22-26, 2019, in Blue Springs, Missouri. Learn more and register.
MEDC ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The Missouri Economic Development Council’s annual conference takes place June 11-13, 2019, at Camden on the Lake in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. Learn more.
ONGOING ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE … The following links share information and ways to obtain assistance related to different environmental programs and issues.
DOE Clean Cities Coalition Network Technical Assistance
EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities Program – Free Technical Assistance
Building Systems to Sustain Home-Based Asthma Services – Free Technical Assistance
NREL Solar Technical Assistance Team – Free Technical Assistance
NREL Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Team – Free Technical Assistance
SMITHVILLE PILOTS MISSOURI EATS PROGRAM … Several parks throughout Smithville will pilot the Missouri EATs, Engage-Act-Transform, program through the University of Missouri Extension. This program involves planting edible landscaping around different parks throughout Smithville starting with Wildflower Park. Read article.
ASHLAND POLICE CHIEF NAMED “AMERICA’S FAVORITE CROSSING GUARD” … The Safe Kids Worldwide Organization has named Ashland Police Chief Lyn Woolford as America’s favorite crossing guard. Woolford’s love of wearing funny hats while helping folks cross the street might have helped him to secure the top honor. The Southern Boone school district gets $10,000 and Woolford gets $500 as part of the online contest. Read article.
HANNIBAL HONORED FOR ART … The Missouri Arts Council awarded the city of Hannibal a 2019 Missouri Arts Award in the creative community category, noting the City has become an arts magnet with programs from the Hannibal Arts Council, festivals, concerts indoors and under the stars, professional theatre and studios and galleries fueling an economic rebirth. The annual Missouri Arts Awards celebrate people, organizations, and communities that have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state. Learn more.
KEARNEY BECOMES PURPLE HEART CITY … By act of proclamation by Mayor Dan Holt, Feb. 4 in Kearney will now be known as Purple Heart Recognition Day and the City will be known as a Purple Heart City. The proclamation marks an agreement between the city and the Missouri Military Order of the Purple Heart, a veteran’s advocacy organization. Read article.
GREAT STREETS, PUBLIC SPACES AND NEIGHBORHOODS … Congratulations to this year’s Missouri cities that received awards from the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association! Jefferson City received the Great Street award for High Street; Chillicothe honored for the Silver Moon Plaza as a Great Public Space; and Lee’s Summit received the Great Neighborhood award. Read more.
GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
COMMUNITY GRANT PROGRAM – PEOPLEFORBIKES … Online application opens Dec. 10, 2018, with letters of interest due Jan. 18, 2019.
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 non-profit 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. PeopleForBikes focuses most grant funds on bicycle infrastructure projects such as: bike paths, lanes, trails and bridges, mountain bike facilities, bike parks and pump tracks, BMX facilities and end-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, bike repair stations and bike storage. Funding requests up to $10,000 are accepted. Learn more.
BROWNFIELDS MULTIPURPOSE, ASSESSMENT, RLF, AND CLEANUP GRANT … Application deadline Jan. 31, 2019
Grants offered by the Brownfields Program may be used to address sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and petroleum. Learn more.
DHS FEMA FY 2018 PRE-DISASTER MITIGATION… Application deadline Jan. 31, 2019
The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program makes available Federal funds to State, Local and Tribal Governments to implement and sustain cost-effective measures designed to reduce the risk to individuals and property from natural hazards, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding from future disasters. Learn more.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE SMALL GRANTS PROGRAM … Application deadline Feb. 15, 2019
The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. Learn more.
DED ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION LOAN PROGRAM FOR ENERGY IMPROVEMENTS … Application deadline Feb. 15, 2019
The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) is now accepting applications for low-interest energy improvement loans to public schools, local governments and other public entities. In total, $5 million will be available on a competitive basis through the Energize Missouri Loan Program for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the state. Applications for projects between $10,000 and $500,000 are due Feb. 15, 2019. Learn more.
USDOT LAUNCHES SECOND ROUND OF INFRASTRUCTURE FOR REBUILDING AMERICA GRANT PROGRAM … Application deadline March 4, 2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced that it will make $855 to $902.5 million available through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) discretionary grant program. The INFRA program provides direct federal funding for projects that address critical infrastructure needs while also leveraging additional non-federal funding, including public-private partnerships. Awards will be given to both large and small projects. For a large project, the INFRA grant must be at least $25 million. For a small project, the grant must be at least $5 million. Learn more.
RECONNECT PROGRAM … Application deadlines April – June, depending on type of application
One of the essential goals of the ReConnect Program is to expand broadband service to rural areas without sufficient broadband access, defined as 10 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 1 Mbps upstream. The first round of applicants have three separate funding categories to choose from: 100 percent loan; 50 percent loan/50 percent grant; or 100 percent grant. Given the varying closing dates for each funding type, applicants will be limited to one application. Informational webinars take place throughout January. Learn more.
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?
PROPERTY TAX RATES … The Missouri Auditor’s Website offers an interactive map providing property tax rates for all political subdivisions in the state. The map is organized by counties, with detailed information on each political subdivision including separate levies, the ceiling rate, and the actual rate imposed along with assessed valuations.