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August 2018

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 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.
CITY CLERK MANUAL … MML has completed revisions and updates to the MML Technical Bulletin Manual for Missouri Municipal Clerks. This latest update incorporates revisions made by city clerks in the Western Chapter of the Missouri City Clerk and Finance Officers Association. The manual was also reviewed by long-time City Attorney Mel Gilbert. The League very much appreciates Mel’s efforts in reviewing the manual. Complimentary copies of the 2019 manual may be downloaded by MML members by visiting the League website or may be purchased for $20 by non-members.



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. 8, 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 nearly 700 attendees at the MML Annual Conference Exhibit Hall! Learn more and register.
MML WEBINARS … Register for upcoming webinars and check out the pre-recorded webinars at
  • Aug. 13, 2019: “NLC Service Line Warranty Program: Benefits to Cities and Residents,” presented by Lee Zell, Regional Manager, NLC Service Line Warranty Program
  • Aug. 29, 2019: The Five Questions for Economic Development Due Diligence, presented by Tom Kaleko, Principal, and Jack Ryan-Feldman, Director, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors
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 Central Region will meet in Marshall Oct. 16, 2019
  • MML Northeast Region will meet in Edina Oct. 22, 2019
  • MML West Gate Region will meet in Riverside Oct. 24, 2019
  • MML Southwest region will meet in Ash Grove Oct. 29, 2019

NEW MISSOURI LAWS TAKE EFFECT … Aug. 28, 2019, is the date when most legislation passed by the Missouri General Assembly and signed by Governor Parson 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. 11, 2019, override session.

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 more than $1 million to adopt the personal financial disclosure ordinance by Sept. 15, 2019, and forward a copy of the ordinance to the Missouri Ethics Commission, P.O. Box 1370, Jefferson City, MO 65102. Learn more at

PROPERTY TAX HEARING REMINDER … All municipalities imposing a property tax must hold a public hearing prior to setting their property tax levy for 2019.  RSMo 67.110 requires that this hearing be held prior to Sept. 1, 2019, unless the municipality is located in a first-class county with a charter form of government, in which case the hearing must be held prior to Oct. 1, 2019.  Notice of the hearing must be published seven days prior to the public hearing or posted in three public places within the municipality.

NEW MMAA OFFICERS AND BOARD … At the recent Missouri Municipal Attorneys  Association (MMAA) Summer Seminar, the following officers were elected:  President, John Young, attorney, Hamilton Weber; 1st Vice President, Paul Campo, attorney, Williams and Campo; and 2nd Vice President, Ryan Moehlman, city attorney, city of Jefferson.  Jeremy Cover, attorney, Lauber Municipal Law was elected to a 3-year term on the MMAA board of directors.  Eric Cunningham will serve as immediate past president and Greg Dohrman, attorney, St. Louis County and Erin Seele, attorney, Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, will continue to serve on the MMAA board of directors.

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 Assistance is available to all small and medium-sized communities throughout Missouri.  

ALL AMERICA CITY APPLICATIONS … Every year communities from across the country compete for the All-America City Award, telling the story of their community and their work. The 2020 applications are due by Feb. 19, 2020. Learn more and apply.

MoDNR DRINKING AND WASTEWATER FUNDING WORKSHOPS … The Department of Natural Resources is holding a series of free educational funding workshops this summer, and two remain that takes place in Jefferson City on Aug. 19, 2019, and in Harrisonville on Aug. 29, 2019. 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.

COMMUNITY PLANNING FOR ECONOMIC RECOVERY ... The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) will offer a course on Aug. 21, 2019, in Jefferson City regarding community planning for economic recovery.  This course consists of planning tools and resources for the community to conduct cross-sector planning for disaster recovery. The curriculum will include: tools to develop stronger partnerships between public and private sectors, evaluate community hazard assessments through the lens of economic recovery, and checklist based resources for public and private sector partners to use in a post-disaster. Learn more and register.

ELECTED OFFICIALS WORKSHOP … The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is hosting a training workshop on Aug. 22, 2019, 5-9 p.m. at the MRPC office in St. James.  League staff will serve as the presenters for the workshop.  Attendees will be provided with an overview of the functions, authority and regulations municipal leaders need to be aware of.  Topics include: classifications of municipal government, powers of the mayor and governing body, ethical issues, council procedures and the Sunshine law.  Registration is through MRPC and is complimentary for officials in MRPC member governments; $10 for non-members.  RSVP by Aug. 9, 2019, to Linda Carroll at 573-265-2993 or email

MISSOURI WATER SEMINAR … The 14th Annual Missouri Water Seminar takes place Sept. 4-5, 2019, in Columbia, Missouri. The event, offered in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Water Protection Program, will share important and timely water issues. Learn more and register.

MISSOURI HIGHWAY SAFETY AND TRAFFIC BLUEPRINT CONFERENCE … Missouri’s 2019 Highway Safety and Traffic Blueprint Conference will be at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri, Sept. 9-11, 2019. Learn more and register.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT DAY … The Missouri State Auditor’s Office is holding a free, one-day training on Sept. 12, 2019, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Hosted by State Auditor Nicole Galloway, CPA, the event will share more about Missouri audits, filing requirements, fraud findings and more. Watch for registration details to follow.

MISSOURI MAIN STREET CONNECTION WORKSHOP … Missouri Main Street Connection is offering a workshop, “Building a Supportive Environment for our Downtown Entrepreneurs,” Sept. 13, 2019, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Learn more and register.

ICMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The 2018 International City Managers’ Association Annual Conference takes place Oct. 20-23, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more.

GFOA-MO FALL SEMINAR … The Government Finance Officers Association of Missouri’s (GFOA) Fall Seminar will feature Shayne Kavanagh presenting his latest book on Oct, 25, 2019. The seminar takes place at Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, Missouri. “Financial Foundations for Thriving Communities” introduces GFOA's new Financial Foundations Framework. Organized into five pillars, the framework shares how to improve your financial position now and create a strong foundation for a thriving community over the long-term.  Registration is $95 for members and $125 for non-members.  Learn more and register at
MISSOURI APWA FALL CONFERENCE The 2019 Missouri chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) takes place Nov. 3-5, 2019, in Branson, Missouri. Learn more.

LOU CZECH AWARD WINNER … Congratulations to Gilmore Bell Attorney Mark Grimm, honored as the 2019 recipient of the Missouri Municipal Attorney Association’s Lou Czech award. Grimm received the award in July at the association’s annual meeting in Osage Beach. The award recognizes public service that displays the same high standard of accomplishment, professionalism and ethical conduct as exhibited by Czech. Grimm was nominated and chosen by his peers in MMAA.

CERTIFIED MUNICIPAL CLERK … Congratulations to Fulton City Clerk Courtney Crowson, who has earned the prestigious Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC)! To earn the CMC designation, a municipal clerk must attend extensive education programs often totaling more than 120 educational hours. The CMC designation also requires pertinent experience in a municipality.

MISSOURI MAIN STREET AWARDS Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) presented downtown revitalization awards July 25, 2019, during the annual Missouri Main Street Conference in St. Louis. Congratulations to the following winners!  Read more about each award winner.
  • Brunswick Main Street Association, Outstanding Affiliate Community
  • DownTown Monroe City Revitalization, Outstanding Affiliate Community
  • Main Street Chillicothe, Outstanding Community Education Campaign
  • Washington’s City Administrator Darren Lamb, Outstanding Public Official
  • Cape Girardeau’s Isle Casino, Premier Partner Award
  • Chillicothe Volunteer Kelly Poling, Volunteer of the Year (awarded posthumously)
  • Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, Creative New Event
  • Downtown Excelsior Partnership, Heritage Travel Award
  • Cape Girardeau’s Zickfield’s Jewelry & Gifts, Business of the Year
  • Joplin’s Ivey Hagedorn and Lori Haun, Empire Market, Outstanding Economic Development Impact
  • Lee’s Summit Local Foundery, Best Façade Rehabilitation
  • Clinton Bluebird Mercantile, Best Façade Rehabilitation
  • Cape Girardeau’s Old Town Cape Historic Landmark Preservation Group, Best Large Scale Project
  • Historic Downtown Liberty, Creating Creative Place Award
  • Warrensburg’s Awesome Blossoms, Outstanding New Development Project Award

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DISASTER LOANS … If you were affected by the recent storm damage which occurred April 29 through July 5, 2019, you may be eligible for a low interest loan from the US Small Business Administration. The types of loans available are business physical disaster loans, economic injury disaster loans, and home disaster loans. The type(s) of loan for which you may be eligible are dependent upon the county in which your business is located for business loans or in which you reside for home loans.  Learn more.

VOLKSWAGEN TRUST FUNDS … The Missouri Department of Natural Resources will accept applications until Aug. 30, 2019, at 5 p.m. regarding the Volkswagen trust funds for transit and shuttle buses. Qualifying applicants include government agencies and private entities that own eligible buses.
Learn more.

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, the Drinking Water Protection Program (DWPD) will publish an implementation document, including grant eligibility criteria, that will be made available at
  • 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
  • The regions will approve the final grant application package.
For questions, contact Cathy Davis at (202) 564-2703 or

The Missouri Division of Energy is now accepting applications for low-interest energy improvement loans to public K-12 schools; public colleges and universities; local governments to include municipal, county, regional, and international airports, public water and wastewater treatment facilities; and public and not-for-profit hospitals. In total, the department is making $4 million available for these entities to complete energy efficiency and renewable energy projects throughout the state of Missouri. The loan application period ends Sept. 20, 2019, for loans between $10,000 and $500,000. Loan applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. If money remains after applications have been reviewed and prioritized, consideration will be given to loans in excess of $500,000. Learn more.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Eligible applicants include most state and local government entities as well as nonprofits. Learn more.

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.

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.

CITY HALL SELFIE DAY … Get ready! #CityHallSelfie Day is Aug. 15, 2019. Compete in a variety of categories when you snap a photo of yourself or a group in front of city hall, then share on social media with the @cityhallselfie hashtag. Learn more.

ADDRESSING BLIGHT … Two recent articles highlight blight-addressing approaches in Kansas City and St. Louis.
  1. Kansas City Takes Data-Driven Approach To Addressing Blight
  2. Private Partnership Has St. Louis Blight Removal In Its Sights
FEDERAL GRANT TRIGGERS $301 MILLION IN STATE BONDS TO FIX 215 MISSOURI BRIDGES … Missouri will issue $301 million in bonds to fix 215 bridges, now that it has secured an $81 million federal grant to repair a major bridge along Interstate-70. Read article.

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