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May 2020
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Elected Officials Training Registration open for August… Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Parson’s executive order to postpone municipal elections this year, MML has moved the Elected Officials Training Conference from June to August. This Conference provides an overview of the nuts and bolts of local government, so it is important that newly elected officials from the June 2020 municipal election will have the opportunity to attend.
With constant changes in local government, this overview is as applicable to experienced officials as it is to newer officials. Plan to join us Aug. 6-7, 2020, in Columbia, Missouri, for this important conference! Register today!
 
MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN … Now more than ever, it is so important for local officials to share ideas, support each other and learn from experts on how to best move our communities forward. We hope you can join us for the MML Annual Conference Sept. 13-16, 2020, in Kansas City, to learn strategies for your city's recovery, resilience, cyber security, Sunshine Law considerations and more!
The MML Annual Conference brings together nearly 700 municipal officials from across Missouri for training, networking and the latest tools for local government success. There are informative sessions for this Conference on a variety of topics local officials face every day. Many sessions apply as credit toward the Municipal Governance Institute, where you can become a Certified Municipal Government Official. Learn more and register.
  • MML Exhibit Hall Registration Open … If you are a Participating Affiliate or Associate Member, showcase your product or service at the MML Annual Conference Exhibit Hall! Learn more and register.
WAGE AND SALARY DATA AVAILABLE ... Salary data from the 2020 MML Wage and Salary survey is now available. Thank you to the more than 220 member municipalities that participated in this year’s study. Fifty-four positions are included in the study including one new position: Dispatcher. Municipal officials may obtain wage and salary information by completing the “Wage and Salary Request Form” on the League website.
 
MML WEBINARS … Check out what’s coming up. Register for upcoming webinars and check out the pre-recorded webinars available at www.mocities.com/webinars.
  • June 3: PROTECTING YOUR ORGANIZATION IN A DIGITAL WORLD, presented by Jason McMahon, Risk Management Advisor, Midwest Public Risk
NEW MML PARTICIPATING AFFILIATES … MML is happy to welcome a new Participating Affiliate, Sandberg Phoenix
STATEWIDE NEWS

COVID 19 RESOURCES …
MML has compiled a list of resources in our One-Stop Shop regarding the COVID 19 (Corona) virus. The page is continually updated to include the latest resources cities need regarding the many questions surrounding this pandemic. Highlights include webinar recordings discussing online meetings, the Sunshine Law, and the CARES act; sample ordinances and plans from member cities; answers to frequently asked questions; state and federal resources for cities; reopening considerations and a file library. We are here to assist you with any questions regarding how this pandemic affects your city and the iss­­­ues that will arise in its wake.

Recent Highlights:
Main Street America Reopening Tips
Show Me Recovery FAQs
Coronavirus Practical Guidelines for CARES Act (Lauber Municipal Law, LLC)

The Shared Work Program
The city of Bolivar, Missouri, was kind enough to share this idea with MML and members. Using the Shared Work Program, the City was able to save some money to put towards the COVID-19 potential budget shortfall and help keep their city employees employed but with a temporary, slightly reduced work schedule.

The Shared Work Unemployment Compensation Program is an alternative to layoffs for employers faced with a reduction in available work. It allows an employer to divide the available work among a specified group of affected employees instead of a layoff. These employees receive a portion of their unemployment benefits while working reduced hours. To participate, an employer must complete an application for the affected unit within the company, and submit it to the Division of Employment Security (DES) for approval.
 
The DES may approve a Shared Work Plan if:
  • There is an “affected unit” of three or more employees.
  • The normal weekly hours of work and corresponding wages for a participating employee are reduced in the plan by not less than 20 percent and no more than 40 percent.
  • The plan applies to at least 10 percent of the employees in the affected unit.
  • The employer certifies that the fringe benefits provided will remain the same as if their normal hours had not been reduced, or to the same extent as other employees not participating in the Shared Work Program.
  • The employer certifies that the implementation of a Shared Work Plan and the resulting reduction in work hours is in lieu of a layoff that would affect at least 10 percent of the employees in the affected unit and that would result in an equivalent reduction in work hours.
  • The employer has submitted all quarterly contribution and wage reports required to be filed for all past and current periods and has paid all taxes due for all past and current periods.
Learn more.

DID YOU KNOW? … More than half of MML inquiries over the last six weeks have been related to COVID-19. The most common question asked of MML staff was how to hold a public meeting while following the Sunshine Law during the pandemic. Learn more about how MML has served members during the pandemic. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your city!

MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS POSTPONED … In March, Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued an executive order (20-03) postponing Missouri’s April 2020 municipal elections until June 2, 2020, in response to COVID-19. The Executive Order declares that ballots already printed for the April 7 election may be used at the postponed date of June 2. Voters who have attained the age of 18 by April 7 will be allowed to cast a ballot. Learn more.

MEC NEWSLETTER … MEC’s quarterly e-newsletter contains information about ethics law, including reminders for those required to file a Personal Finance Disclosure, lobbyists, and campaign finance committees, along with current training news, and more. MEC has also announced new training videos related to ethics laws. Named the Assist and Educate series, these videos can be viewed on the official MEC YouTube channel . Learn more.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY LEAGUE OFFICERS … The following municipal officials were elected for 2020-2021 to serve as officers for the St. Charles County Municipal League: Bob Ronkoski, President, Cottleville; Rocky Reitmeyer, First Vice President, St. Peters; Dave Hinman, Second Vice President, O'Fallon; and Eddie Schaub, Treasurer, West Alton
OTHER EVENTS AND TRAININGS

Due to considerations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, many events have been cancelled or postponed. Please confirm the status of an event with its organizers before attending or registering.

BROWNFIELD WEBINARS … Ever wondered if a Brownfield grant was right for you and what information is necessary to develop a strong proposal? If so, please join us for a two-part webinar to gain a better understanding of how to put together a competitive grant application package.
 
Part 1 will cover some of the activities outlined in the EPA’s, “Getting Started Early” document and make sure participants have a good understanding of whether a Brownfield grant is a good fit for them. Learn more and register.
 
2020 MOGFOA ANNUAL CONFERENCE … The Missouri Government Finance Officers Association’s Annual Spring Conference was postponed from April 7-10, 2020, to Aug. 18-21, 2020.  It will take place at Camden on the Lake, Lake of the Ozarks. Watch Mo-GFOA.org for more information as it becomes available.
MEMBER NEWS

WYACONDA CITY HALL FIRE … Our thoughts and prayers are with the city of Wyaconda. The City Hall building was lost to a fire on April 25, 2020. Read article.

ST. LOUIS FLAG … The St. Louis city flag was a clear winner of a recent social media contest and is deemed “Coolest U.S. City Flag.” Read article.

ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE FOR KANSAS CITY FARMERS … Kansas City, Missouri, was chosen as one of 16 cities in the nation to receive assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to boost economic opportunities for local farmers, while promoting clean air, safe water, open space and healthy food choices. The Kansas City location chosen is the Mattie Rhodes Center, that will create a viable food hub and community gardens on a cleaned-up brownfields’ federal facility site located in an urban food desert that is home to a large immigrant refugee population. Learn more.
GRANTS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

FEDERAL GRANTS CENTRALIZED … The Grants.gov website offers a centralized place for grants, training and other helpful information. The Grants.gov program management office was established in 2002 as part of President Trump’s Management Agenda. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Grants.gov is an e-government initiative operating under the governance of the Office of Management and Budget. The system houses information on more than 1,000 grant programs, and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies. You do need to register for an account; there are many great opportunities for municipalities on this site. For more information go to https://www.grants.gov/.
 
WATER AND WASTE DISPOSAL LOAN & GRANT PROGRAM … Application dates ongoing.
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.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE GRANTS … Applications due June 30, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making $1 million in grant funding available to states to help local environmental justice communities address COVID-19 concerns faced by low-income and minority communities. Through the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program, EPA will provide funds to states, local governments, tribes and U.S. territories to work collaboratively with environmental justice communities to understand, promote and integrate approaches to provide meaningful and measurable improvements to public health and the environment. EPA anticipates awarding five grants of approximately $200,000 each for up to a two-year funding period. The agency encourages applicants to develop innovative plans and processes to conduct effective outreach to underserved communities, especially in places where Internet access may not be readily available to all residents. Learn more.

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM – U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) … Application deadline June 30, 2020.
The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. This program is for any small business with less than 500 employees (including sole proprietorships, independent contractors and self-employed persons), private non-profit organization or 501(c)(19) veterans organizations affected by coronavirus/COVID-19. Businesses in certain industries may have more than 500 employees if they meet the SBA’s size standards for those industries. Small businesses in the hospitality and food industry with more than one location could also be eligible at the store and location level if the store employs less than 500 workers. This means each store location could be eligible. Learn more.
 
ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN – U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION … Application due Dec. 21, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on small businesses, Missouri has been granted a disaster declaration by the SBA. This makes low interest disaster loans available to small businesses and private non-profits severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business or non-profit. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Learn more.
 
USDA PROGRAMMING CHANGES … Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA has made some changes to current and upcoming grant programs including deferred payments and extended due dates. Learn more.
 
FACEBOOK SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS PROGRAM Facebook is offering a small business grant program to assist small businesses during the global outbreak of COVID-19. They are offering $100 million in cash grants and Facebook ad credits. The details of this grant are still being worked out but interested small businesses can sign up to get updates. Learn more.
HAVE YOU SEEN THIS?

REOPENING CONSIDERATIONS … As city officials weigh the risks and rewards of reopening their local economies, they face a series of intertwined economic, public health, and public relations dilemmas. How can they maximally reduce the risk of infection in places of business? How do they know if the risk of infection in a sector or region of their city becomes too high for it to remain open? And how do they raise consumer confidence so businesses deemed safe are patronized? Read Article.

SHARE YOUR CITIES' COVID-19 STORY … The National League of Cities (NLC) is working with cities, towns, and villages to help shed light on the impact of COVID-19. They want to hear how Missouri communities are responding to the pandemic. From heroic tales of front line workers to the financial impact of flattening the curve, they are asking you to share.

A simple form below will help tell your story. NLC is using these narratives to help inform a communications strategy and for federal advocacy efforts. MML can also use these stories for advocacy at the state level.

There is a check box at the bottom of the form indicating your preference about how your content is published. Please make sure to state if you would like to be contacted before information you submit is published.

Filling out this form should only take five or ten minutes, and will greatly help efforts to get more resources to cities, towns, and villages on the front lines. Please share your story by next Wednesday, May 20. Thank you!
Share Your Story 

 


                     

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