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October 2019

HANDOUTS AND PHOTOS AVAILABLE FROM ANNUAL CONFERENCE … Thanks to you, the MML Annual Conference was a big success! Conference handouts for sessions are available for download on the MML Conference page, as well as photos from the event. Thank you to all who could join us, and mark your calendars for MML’s 2020 Annual Conference Sept. 13-16, 2020, in Kansas City!
2020 MML CALL FOR PROPOSALS … MML is already planning for the MML Annual Conference in Kansas City, Sept. 13-16, 2020! The call for speaking proposals is live on the League’s website and MML will collect presentation and speaking proposals until March 1, 2020. 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 2020. Learn more and submit your speaking proposal.
MML WELCOMES NEW LEADERSHIP … MML Members elected new leadership at MML’s recent annual business meeting at the MML Annual Conference last month. New Board of Directors leadership and members include:
  • President: Debra Hickey, Mayor, Battlefield
  • Vice President: Chuck Caverly, Councilman, Maryland Heights
  • Board Members: Heather Hall, Councilwoman, Kansas City; Dwain Hahs, Mayor, Jackson; Jeana Woods, City Administrator, Osage Beach
Learn more about each of these officials and their new roles in the “Latest News” section of the MML website.
MML DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD WINNER … The Missouri Municipal League is honored to present Missouri State Representative Bill Falkner with the 2019 MML Distinguished Service Award. The award honors a current or former Missouri municipal official who has made outstanding contributions to the Missouri Municipal League. The selection committee considers a candidate’s length of service; enthusiasm and dedication; participation in MML activities and outstanding leadership in the association.

Rep. Falkner served as mayor of the city of St. Joseph for eight years, as well as four years on the city council. Since taking office as representative in 2018, Rep. Falkner has recognized the need to educate House members about legislation affecting local governments. He led the effort to form the House Local Government Caucus, made up of House members who were former city, county and school board officials. Read full article.
MML BUSINESS ADVANTAGE PROGRAM … MML depends upon business sponsors and partners to assist with resources that allow MML to provide quality training, resources and advocacy for cities. MML is currently confirming sponsorships for 2020, where organizations can share their municipal products and services with members on a year-long basis. If you know of a business that works with municipalities and could benefit from this program, please feel free to share the following link. Learn more about MML’s Business Advantage Program at
TIF ANNUAL REPORTS DUE … Tax Increment Financing (TIF) reports are due to the Missouri Department of Revenue by Nov. 15, 2019. The penalty for failing to file a report is the loss of ability to implement new TIF projects for five years. Learn more.
MGI RECIPIENTS … Congratulations to the following individuals recently recognized at the MML Annual Conference for their completion of MML’s Municipal Governance Institute certification! These Certified Municipal Officials have completed 12 hours of core study and four hours of elective training. The program is open to both elected and appointed municipal officials. Learn more about how to become a Missouri Certified Municipal Official!
  • Jeff Arp, Loss Control Consultant, MIRMA
  • Ismaine Ayouaz , Alderman, Crestwood
  • Kelly Beets, Loss Control Consultant, MIRMA
  • Tanya Brandkamp, City Clerk, Houstonia
  • Mycal Brown, Dixon
  • Sallie Buck, Council Member, Marceline
  • Kima Burnett, Alderman, Oronogo
  • Noel Dye, Alderman, Ava
  • Carol Gallagher, Council Member, Nevada
  • Edna Givins, Finance Officer, St. Robert
  • Sharon Hubbard, Alderman, Steelville
  • Anita Ivey, City Administrator, St. Robert
  • Maribeth Matney, City Clerk, Carl Junction
  • Tim Otten , Alderman, New Haven
  • Ken Reynolds, Prosecutor, Walnut Grove
  • Donald Schortgen, Trustee, Saddlebrooke
  • Brenna  Schroeder, Trustee, Village of Freistatt
  • Natalie  Scrivner, City Clerk, Bolivar
  • Bill Shiveley, Mayor, Cassville
  • Jeanie Van Iperen, City Administrator, Hamilton


MML LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE … Registration is now open for the MML Legislative Conference Feb. 11-12, 2020, in Jefferson City, Missouri. Join fellow local leaders from across the state to learn about the most current legislative issues affecting your city and visit with your state legislators. The Conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to:
  • Learn more about the issues pending in the Legislature;
  • Participate in discussions with legislators and peers on a wide range of municipal issues; and
  • Hear first-hand from invited state officials and learn more about their programs and how they will affect your city.
 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!
  • Central Region will meet in Marshall Oct. 16, 2019, and in Mexico in January 2020
  • Northeast Region will meet in Edina Oct. 22, 2019
  • West Gate Region will meet in Riverside Oct. 24, 2019, and in Sugar Creek Jan. 23, 2020
  • Southwest Region will meet in Ash Grove Oct. 29, 2019
  • South Central Region will meet in St. Robert on Nov. 6, 2019
  • Northwest Regional will meet in Trenton Nov. 7, 2019
  • Southeast Region will meet in Scott City Nov. 12, 2019
MML WEBINARS … Check out what’s coming up. Register for upcoming webinars and check out the pre-recorded webinars at
  • Nov. 14, 2019:The Five Questions for Economic Development Due Diligence, presented by Tom Kaleko, Principal, and Jack Ryan-Feldman, Director, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors
  • Nov. 19, 2019:Employee Safety: Someone Has to Take Charge!”, presented by Mark Woodward, Senior Safety Risk Trainer, Missouri Employers Mutual

WHITE HOUSE LAUNCHES WEBSITE FOR OPPORTUNITY ZONES … On Oct. 1, 2019, Secretary Ben Carson (HUD), on behalf of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, announced a new website that will serve as a hub of information for the array of audiences that work with the Opportunity Zones initiative. More than 8,760 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five territories have been designated as Opportunity Zones. Nearly 35 million Americans live in communities designated as Opportunity Zones. Importantly, an estimated 45% of designated opportunity zones are located in rural census tracts. The website provides information for investors, entrepreneurs, and local leaders. The website offers information on the Opportunity Zone tax incentives. In order to amplify the impact of this tax incentive, the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council has identified on the website more than 180 federal programs where targeting, preference or additional support can be provided to Opportunity Zones. Learn more.

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT BIDS … Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri is introducing a new service for private and public agencies and AGCMO members to better connect owners and contractors in the proposal process.  AGCMO has added a link at the top right of their website,, entitled “Find A Member/Submit an RFP”.  Anyone needing construction services can click on this link, create a free account, and begin posting project information.  Once an account is created, this website can be used continually for as many projects as needed. From start to finish, this project submission process should only take 10-12 minutes for new users.  For returning users, the timing is even less.
Within minutes of a project information post, AGCMO member companies across the state receive an email from AGCMO that distributes the entered information.  Contractors, subcontractors or suppliers can reach out directly to the person who submitted the information to pursue the option of getting additional bidding information. For questions, contact Beth Appelbaum (314) 480-3172 or  

CDBG ACTION PLAN PROPOSED AMENDMENT … Annual Action Plan Amendment No. 1 (AAP Amendment No. 1) amends the State’s available Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for FY2019 (FY19). Non-housing community development needs/goals identified in the Consolidated Plan, and for which CDBG funds are targeted, include economic development, public improvements/infrastructure, and public facilities. Notification for a public hearing schedule will be posted by Oct. 11, 2019. The Summary of Changes to the Annual Action Plan and the amended FY19 Annual Action Plan are posted for public comment on the Department of Economic Development website, on the Community Development Block Grant page.  The 30-day comment period will end Nov. 7, 2019.
MOCCFOA STATE SCHOLARSHIPS 2019-2020 … Members of the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association have an opportunity to apply for financial support to attend key upcoming MoCCFOA professional development opportunities. 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 will be shared via the MoCCFOA listserve, as events draw nearer. For questions, contact Deanna Jones at  or (314) 524-3313 ext. 3756.
  • Regional Conferences, November 2019
  • Annual Spring Institute, March 8-12, 2020
  • New Clerks Conference, March 9, 2020
  • IIMC 2020, Hosted in St. Louis, May 17-20, 2020
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 Missouri Department of Natural Resources 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

ICMA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The 2019 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.
MRWA FALL MEETING … The Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) will host two meetings back to back in October at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri. The first is the Office Professional’s Seminar Oct. 29-30, 2019. The second is the Fall Operations and Maintenance Symposium Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2019. Learn more.

COMMUNITY PLANNING FOR DISASTER RECOVERY … The State Emergency Management Association (SEMA) is offering a free training session, “Community Planning for Disaster Recovery,” on Oct. 31, 2019, in Chillicothe, Missouri. This is an eight-hour awareness-level course that provides facilitated discussions on key concepts for disaster recovery planning, including the benefits of pre-disaster planning, key elements, and the plan development process. This course will prepare participants to initiate disaster recovery plans and participate in the long-term recovery planning process in their own communities through the review of case studies and existing disaster recovery plans. Learn more and register.

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.

MISSOURI MAIN STREET CONNECTION WORKSHOP … Missouri Main Street Connection will host a workshop Nov. 8, 2019, in Moberly, Missouri, on the topic of “Embracing Building Rehabilitations and Development While Educating Local Investors on Preservation Tools.” Learn more.

GROW NATIVE WORKSHOP … The upcoming Grow Native! “Native Plants for Pollinator Enhancement, Livestock Production, & Prairie Strips within Row Crops” workshop will be held in Columbia, Missouri, at the University of Missouri’s Bradford Research Center on Nov. 9, 2019. This day-long workshop is intended for beekeepers, hobby farmers, gardeners, row crop farmers, livestock producers, recreational landowners, and anyone else interested in the many benefits that native plants offer to farms and recreational land.

MISSOURI S&T ASPHALT CONFERENCE … The 62nd Missouri S&T Asphalt Conference takes place Dec. 3-4, 2019, at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Learn more and register.

MIDWEST LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE … A basic premise of the Midwest Leadership Institute is that successful outcomes in local government require a deep understanding of interpersonal leadership. The Institute is an intensive 4.5-day program with both an internal self-focus and an external organizational focus, taking place April 27 – May 1, 2020, in Naperville, Illinois. The Institute consists of nine learning pods including lectures, exercises, team discussions and team presentations. Each program is limited to 40 participants to ensure time for one-on-one individualized coaching, as well as small group and all-participant events. Learn more.

MONEY MAGAZINE’S BEST PLACES TO LIVE … Two Missouri cities are on the list of Money Magazine’s recent “Top 100 Places To Live” list. Congratulations to the cities of O’Fallon and Blue Springs! Learn more.

MPUA Alliance Awards … The Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA) recently presented several awards to member cities. MPUA’s annual Alliance Awards are made in recognition of achievement and distinction among professional peers within Alliance member municipal. Congratulations to the following cities and local leaders!

•    Robert E. Williams System Achievement Award: City of Farmington Light and Water
•    John "Tom" Tinsley Distinguished Service Award: Scott Miller, General Manager, Springfield City Utilities 
•    Honor Award: Gene Majors, Water and Wastewater Superintendent, Hannibal Board of Public Works
•    Paul Jensen Individual Achievement Award: Scott Lucas, Assistant General Manager, Macon Municipal Utilities 
•    Public Official Award: Mayor Kent Harris, City of Lamar
•    Dan A. Watkins: Gary L. Whorton Personal Service Award: Jim Gillilan, General Manager, Chillicothe Municipal Utilities 
•    Honor Award: Dave Sims, Chief Operator for Water and Wastewater, City of Monett 
•    Jack Swearingen “Seven Hats” Award: Derek Brown, City Administrator, City of Albany


MINI GRANTS – MISSOURI HUMANITIES COUNCIL … Application deadline Nov. 1, 2019
The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) will consider any proposal to support humanities-based projects or programs submitted by a non-profit organization or a civic, educational or cultural organization that operates as a non-profit, including (but not limited to) schools and other educational institutions, local government and governmental agencies, and civic associations. Organizations may apply individually or in partnership with other eligible entities and organizations (in the case of multiple partners participating in the grant project, only a single organization can serve as the applying entity). Mini grants are awarded for project requests of up to $2,500. Learn more.  

This program will award $1,500 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active and engaged places to live, work and play. Funded projects must demonstrate that they will show increased physical activity and active transportation in a specific community, work to engage people, and organizations new to the efforts of walking and walkability, and demonstrate a culture of inclusive health. Learn more.

RURAL AND SMALL WATER SYSTEMS … Application deadline Nov. 14, 2019
On Sept. 30, 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $15 million funding opportunity aimed at improving water quality for small and private water systems. Small water systems often face unique financial and operational challenges including aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs and declining rate bases. Funding will be used by nonprofit organizations to provide small public drinking water and wastewater systems with training and technical assistance to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act, improve operational performance, and help inform private drinking water well owners about protecting their drinking water supply. Learn more.

MISSOURI FEDERAL LANDS ACCESS PROGRAMApplication deadline Dec. 16, 2019
The purpose of the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) is to provide safe and adequate transportation access to and through federal lands for visitors, recreationists, and resource users. The FLAP supplements state and local resources for public roads, transit systems, and other transportation facilities, with an emphasis on high-use recreation sites and economic generators. Application types include capital improvements, enhancements, surface preservation, transit, planning, research and safety. Learn more.
ALL AMERICA CITY AWARD APPLICATIONS … Application deadline Feb. 19, 2019
Each year, the National Civic League recognizes 10 communities nationwide for innovation, civic engagement and cross-sector collaboration. The 2020 All-America City Award theme focuses on increasing health and well-being through civic engagement. Winners of the award benefit from increased community pride, economic stimulus, community collaboration and national recognition. 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 with 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.


SPREAD OF “DARK STORES” … For decades, corporate retailers and local governments have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship: Companies build stores near population bases with ready access to customers, while municipalities receive tax payments from those businesses. The rise of so-called “dark store” valuations, or what some assessors and tax attorneys refer to as fee-simple assessments, threatens to undermine that balance. Big-box retailers are challenging assessors’ valuations of their properties, requesting they be valued as though they are vacant or “dark,” as opposed to operating. Read article.

BUCKLE UP PHONE DOWN DAY … The third annual Buckle Up Phone Down Day is Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019!
More than 10,000 individuals and 461 organizations have taken the pledge to always buckle up and put their phone down when driving.  We encourage you to join the movement and encourage your family, friends and coworkers to accept the Buckle Up Phone Down Challenge! Learn more.


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