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June 2019
MML NEWS

MISSOURI GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADJOURNS … Ninety-five pieces of legislation had been Truly Agreed to and Finally Passed (TAFP) when the bell rang at 6 p.m. on May 17, signaling the adjournment of the First Session of the 100th General Assembly. Among those TAFP bills were several of interest to municipal officials. The League’s May 29 issue of the Capitol Report provides a listing, status and links to those bills.

Governor Parson has until July 14 to sign or veto the TAFP bills. If he does neither, these bills become law without his signature. All bills become effective on Aug. 28, 2019, unless a bill has an emergency clause or specified effective date. Sept. 11, 2019, is the veto session, where the General Assembly may override any bills vetoed by the Governor. Pre-filing of bills for the 2020 session begins on Dec. 1, 2019. Please contact League staff any time if we can assist with questions.
 
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. The Nominating Committee will meet in open session at the start of the MML Annual Conference in St. Charles on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, to hear from interested candidates. Prior experience serving on MML policy committees and other involvement with MML may be considered. The Committee will propose a slate of candidates to be voted on by MML members at the MML business meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.
 

MML ELECTED OFFICIALS TRAINING HANDOUTS … More than 250 local elected and appointed officials joined us for the 2019 Elected Officials Training last week in Columbia, Missouri. It was a great event! Handouts are available on our website. Catch photos of the event on MML’s facebook page, and mark your calendars for next year’s conference June 4-5, 2020!

WELCOME NEW MML MEMBERS … We are happy to welcome the following new Participating Affiliate members to MML: Henderson Products, Inc.; R&D Computer Systems, LLC; Rep Com International Vivax Metrotech; and Technology Partners.
 

MML EVENTS

MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE … Register now! Join us for the 85th MML Annual Conference Sept. 8-11, 2019, in St. Charles, Missouri! Don’t miss this opportunity to network and learn from experts on issues you face regularly in local government. Highlights include keynote motivational speaker Sam Glenn; dozens of educational training sessions; the Annual MML Business Meeting, Awards Luncheon and Annual Banquet; networking with local officials, city staff and exhibitors; and a special event hosted by the St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau. Register today!
  • MML 8th Annual Scholarship Golf Outing … St. Peters Golf Club, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2019. Four-person scramble. 10 a.m. Learn more and register here.
  • MML Exhibit Hall Registration Open … If you offer a product or service to municipal members, showcase it to attendees at the MML Annual Conference Exhibit Hall! 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 West Gate Region will meet in Lee’s Summit for the Civic Leadership Banquet July 25, 2019
  • MML Central Region will meet in Marshall Oct. 16, 2019
 
POP-UP TRAINING … MML is offering regional pop-up trainings designed to provide municipal officials with an overview of Missouri local government. The trainings will feature League staff and other presenters. Topics covered will include Missouri Sunshine Law; conflicts of interest; budgets; council procedures; and will also review League services.  These workshops will be a great opportunity to increase your knowledge of municipal government and network with officials from your region. Cost is $15 and includes dinner. Watch for more information posted to MML’s Regional Meeting page on the League website.
 
West Plains Pop-Up Training
Date: July 25, 2019
Time: 5-9 p.m.
 
Aurora Pop-Up Training
Date: July 30, 2019
Time: 5-9 p.m.
STATEWIDE NEWS

NEW MML CENTRAL REGION OFFICERS … At the recent MML Central regional meeting in Centralia the following new officers were elected: President Michael Trapp, council member, Columbia; Vice President Megan Page, council member, Sedalia; and Secretary Dr. Ayanna Shivers, mayor, Mexico.

NEW MML WESTGATE REGION OFFICERS … At the recent MML WestGate regional meeting in Excelsior Springs the following new officers were elected: President Pam Freese, mayor, Houston Lake; Vice President Gerri Spencer, alderman, Kearney; and Secretary Damon Randolph, alderman, Grandview.

SMART RURAL COMMUNITY SHOWCASE AWARD … The Smart Rural Community Showcase Award honors rural communities that have achieved high levels of broadband activity and have used it to support innovative practices in industry sectors such as healthcare, education, public safety, utilities, civic engagement and commerce. Applications are due July 12, 2019. Learn more.

PUBLIC COMMENT ON STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION … The draft 2020-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) lists transportation projects planned by state and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2020 through 2024 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2024). The proposed program is available for public review and comment beginning June 6 and ending July 5, 2019. Learn more.

JULY 3 SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL … On July 3, 2019, Missouri will celebrate the centennial of the state's ratification of the 19th Amendment, that guaranteed women's right to vote in the U.S. Constitution. The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, formed by Congress to plan national events and support state/local commemorations, has developed a toolkit to provide background on the 19th Amendment and recommendations for event/activity planning. In addition, sample resolutions commemorating the centennial are available. Learn more.

MPUA RESOURCE SERVICES CORPORATION OFFERS FREE TECHNICAL PLANNING ASSISTANCE … The Missouri Public Utilities Association Resource Services Corporation (MPUA RSC) is offering free technical planning assistance with a grant from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Compliance with increasingly stringent state and federal wastewater regulations can be daunting. The MPUA RSC is excited to provide free wastewater utility planning assistance to small and medium-sized communities throughout the state of Missouri. They are able to offer the following services included within this grant: on-site training and assistance to establish or refine sustainable financial administration; board and council on-site training; rate reviews and assistance developing appropriate rate structures; development of various infrastructure assessment and improvement plans; energy audits for wastewater treatment plants; application assistance; and arrangement for technicians to troubleshoot supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) controls. If you are interested in these free services, contact Lacey Hirschvogel at 573-825-7244 or email lhirschvogel@mpua.org. Assistance is available to all small and medium-sized communities throughout Missouri.  
 
NEW ST. CHARLES COUNTY MUNICIPAL LEAGUE OFFICERS ... At the recently held St. Charles County Municipal League meeting in Dardenne Prairie, the organization elected the following new officers: President Bridget Ohmes, St. Charles; First Vice President, Rose Mack, O'Fallon; Second Vice President, Dave Hinman, O'Fallon; Treasurer Edward Schaib, West Alton; Immediate Past President Willie Richter, West Alton; Members: Patrick Barclay, St. Peters; Judy Bateman, St. Peters; John Hanneke, St. Charles; Rob Hussey, Wentzville; Bob Ronkoski, Cottleville; and Karen Vennard, Lake St. Louis. 
OTHER EVENTS AND TRAININGS

MoDNR DRINKING AND WASTEWATER FUNDING WORKSHOPS … The Department of Natural Resources is holding a series of free educational funding workshops this summer. These sessions are an opportunity for community leaders, planners, and elected officials to learn how to plan for drinking water and wastewater compliance challenges; pay for the improvements; and construct wastewater and drinking water infrastructure projects from agencies that offer financial assistance programs for these publicly-owned systems. Attendees will learn about bonds and other financial tools; find out about energy loans; and hear from local leaders who have overcome their infrastructure challenges. Lunch provided. Learn more.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SUMMER INSTITUTE … Now in its second year, the Local Government Summer Institute offers targeted, in-depth professional development on a rotating set of topics for elected officials and municipal staff. The program is a partnership between the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis and East-West Gateway Council of Governments and consists of three half-day seminars in Maryland Heights, Missouri: 
  • Preparing Your Community for Disaster | Friday, June 14
  • Attracting the Next Generation of Local Government Talent | Friday, July 12
  • Local Government 101 | Friday, Aug. 9
MISSOURI PRESERVATION CONFERENCE … The Missouri Preservation Conference takes place June 19-21, 2019, in St. Joseph, Missouri. The event brings together historic preservation experts and Missourians from throughout the state to participate in educational workshops, sessions and tours that explore in and around the host city. Learn more.

MMAA SUMMER SEMINAR … The Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association Summer Seminar takes place July 12-14, 2019, in Osage Beach, Missouri, at Tan-Tar-A Resort. Learn more and register.

MISSOURI BROWNFIELDS CONFERENCE … The Brownfields tract of the Missouri Waste Control Coalition Environmental Conference, referred to as the Missouri Brownfields Conference, is hosted by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Brownfields/Voluntary Cleanup Program (BVCP) on July 15, 2019, at Margaritaville Lake Resort – Osage Beach, Missouri (formerly Tan-Tar-A Resort). The Missouri Brownfields Conference provides a venue for attendees to meet state and federal brownfields staff, community members, and other industry experts face-to-face. Attendees will be able to discuss general information about brownfields and environmental assessments, as well as get help with specific brownfield projects including sites currently enrolled in the BVCP and potential sites that may be enrolled in the program in the future. Scholarships are available. Learn more and register.

DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION … Missouri’s Premier Downtown Revitalization Conference takes place July 24-25, 2019, in St. Louis, Missouri. Get Plugged In … Downtown will inspire downtown revitalization attendees to rethink how they present and market their district, businesses and special projects. Learn more and register.

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
 
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Solar Technical Assistance Team – Free Technical Assistance
 
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Team – Free Technical Assistance
MEMBER NEWS

OUTSTANDING SERVICES … During Missouri’s Local Government Week in April, the Municipal League of Metro St. Louis conducted a survey to highlight the outstanding services provided by St. Louis metro municipalities. More than 2,100 people voted for their favorite police department, fire department, public works department, recreation center and parks. Winners were recognized at the Muni Awards in May. The winners are:

Favorite Recreation Center: City of Ballwin
Favorite Parks: City of Jennings
Favorite Public Works Department: City of Manchester
Favorite Police Department: Eureka Police Department
Favorite Fire Service Provider: Maryland Heights Fire Protection District

 
GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

EPA ANNOUNCES GRANT FOR SMALL AND DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES … This spring EPA announced that it allotted $747,000 for Missouri small or disadvantaged communities to be authorized under Section 2104 of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act). This program was created to assist public water systems in small and disadvantaged communities meet Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requirements.  Projects and activities eligible for assistance can include infrastructure projects; technical, managerial, and financial capacity building activities; and activities necessary for a state to respond to a contaminant.
The following steps support the implementation of this grant:
  • Early this summer, DWPD will publish an implementation document, including grant eligibility criteria, that will be made available at www.epa.gov/safewater/grants.
  • The regions will then work with the applicants to review their draft workplans and budget narratives.
  • Late in the summer, DWPD will open the grant application in Grants.gov.
  • The regions will approve the final grant application package.
For questions, contact Cathy Davis at (202) 564-2703 or Davis.CatherineM@epa.gov.

RECONNECT PROGRAM … Application deadlines extended to May 31 – July 12, 2019 (click for details)
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 has 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. Learn more.
 
WIFIA FUNDING FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE … Letter of interest deadline July 5, 2019
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in April the availability of funding to provide an estimated $6 billion in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans in 2019. The WIFIA program is a federal loan and guarantee program at EPA that aims to accelerate investment in the nation’s water infrastructure by providing long-term, low-cost supplemental loans for regionally and nationally significant projects. Learn more about WIFIA and the latest funding announcement.
 
US DOT ANNOUNCES NEW ROUND OF BUILD TRANSPORTATION GRANTS … Application deadline July 15, 2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced that $900 million will be awarded through the FY 2019 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) program. This program funds on a competitive basis transportation projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. More information, including an FAQ and a schedule for webinars for potential applicants, is available on the BUILD program website.
 
CITIZENS’ INSTITUTE ON RURAL DESIGN … Application deadline July 22, 2019
The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) will continue its tradition of offering local design workshops that address specific community challenges, and also create a new cohort learning program that will engage rural leaders from up to 20 additional communities. Since 1991, this National Endowment for the Arts program has offered funding and technical assistance to communities with populations of 50,000 or less to address local challenges related to economic vitality and quality of life through design solutions. All rural communities of 50,000 or less are eligible to apply for the CIRD local workshop and learning cohort opportunities. We encourage applications from nonprofits, tribal or municipal governments, regional planning organizations, and other community partners. Learn more.

MISSOURI MAIN STREET CONNECTION GRANTS … Application dates ongoing.
Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) offers three matching grant programs providing up to 75% 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. Application dates ongoing. Learn more.

COMMUNITY FACILITIES LOAN & GRANT PROGRAM … Application dates ongoing.
USDA Rural Development offers funding to support rural communities make infrastructure improvements and provide essential facilities such as public schools; libraries; courthouses; public safety facilities; hospitals; colleges; and day care centers. A loan guarantee program is also available. Specific Requirements Apply. Learn more.
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

BALTIMORE RANSOMWARE ATTACK … The city of Baltimore, Maryland, estimates a ransomware attack on city computers cost more than $18 million, based on a direct cost to restore systems along with lost or delayed revenue. Read article.

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