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October 2018

MOTOR FUEL TAX INCREASE: PROPOSITION D … During the final week of the 2018 legislative session, the Missouri General Assembly passed HB 1460 that places a ballot measure on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot increasing the state motor fuel tax.  If approved by voters, the ballot measure would:
  • Increase the state's motor fuel tax by $.10 from the current $.17 per gallon in increments of 2.5 cents a year over four years, bringing the state fuel tax to $.27 per gallon; and
  • Provide municipalities an additional nearly $62 million annually in revenue, when fully implemented, to fund local transportation projects.
Find a list on the League’s website prepared by the Missouri Department of Transportation showing how much more revenue a municipality and county will receive if the motor fuel tax increase passes in November.
MML ANNUAL CONFERENCE HANDOUTS … Thanks to you, the MML Annual Conference was a big success! Find photos and handouts on the League’s website and thank you for a great event! Mark your calendars for the 2019 MML Annual Conference in St. Charles Sept. 8-11, 2019.
2019 MML CALL FOR PROPOSALS … MML is already working to plan for the 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.
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: Chris Lievsay, Council Member, Blue Springs
  • Vice President: Tim Grenke, Mayor, Centralia
  • Board Members: Chuck Caverly, Council Member, Maryland Heights; Adam Couch, Mayor, Odessa; Michele DeShay, Mayor, Moline Acres; Sam Snider, Alderman, Willard
MML DISTINGUISED SERVICE AWARD WINNER … The Missouri Municipal League is honored to present Missouri State Senator Jill Schupp with the 2018 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.
Jill Schupp began her commitment to public service as a member of the Creve Coeur Planning and Zoning Commission.  She later served on the Ladue School Board, where she served two terms as president.  Her municipal experience continued as an elected member of the Creve Coeur City Council. 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, knowledge and advocacy for cities. MML is currently confirming sponsorships for 2019, 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, 2018. The penalty for failing to file a report is the loss of ability to implement new TIF projects for five years. Learn more.
SHARE YOUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STORY … The January/February 2018 issue of The Missouri Municipal Review will focus on economic development, featuring national and local content to assist communities with their own economic development initiatives. If you have a topic or project that fits well for this issue and would like to submit an article for consideration, please contact Laura Holloway with MML at or call 573-635-9134.
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.
  • Colonel Jeremy Ihler, Chief of Police, Bellefontaine Neighbors
  • Lorrie Peek, Council Member, Belton
  • Paula R. Henderson, CMC/MRCC, Deputy Clerk, Bolivar
  • Jerry Grimmer, Council Member, Bridgeton
  • John R. Feighert III, Council Member, Cameron
  • Kevin Klingerman, Alderman, Dardenne Prairie
  • Angelica N. Zerbonia, City Clerk, Hannibal
  • Judy Bowman, Alderman, Harrisonville
  • Judy Reece, Alderman, Harrisonville
  • J. Stanton Thompson, Alderman, Higginsville
  • Eileen Weir, Mayor, Independence
  • Dwain L. Hahs, Mayor, Jackson
  • Catherine L. Davis, UAW-Ford Community Health Care, Kansas City
  • Jerry Harman, City Administrator, Kimberling City
  • Nancy Luetzow, Council Member, Kirkwood
  • LeAnn Mather, Council Member, Lebanon
  • Sheila Mitchell, Council Member, Lebanon
  • Phyllis Q. Edson, Ph.D., Council Member, Lee's Summit
  • Rob Binney, Council Member, Lee's Summit
  • John E. King, Mayor, Lincoln
  • David William Lange, Mayor, Marthasville
  • Bryant DeLong, Council Member, North Kansas City
  • Cynthia Lambert, City Clerk, Osage Beach
  • Steven Scott Myers, Mayor, Pacific
  • Steve Davis, Mayor Pro Tem, Poplar Bluff
  • Jeanie Woerner, City Clerk, Raymore
  • Bruce K. Lundy, City Administrator, Savannah
  • Patrick Barclay, Alderman, St. Peters
  • John C. Moore, Alderman, St. Robert
  • Michael Myers, Alderman, St. Robert
  • MaryLou Rainwater, City Clerk, Truesdale
  • Teresa Wenzel, Alderman, Vandalia
  • Mary Trentmann, City Clerk, Washington
  • Clifford J. Harvey, Mayor, Weston
  • Samuel Snider, Alderman, Willard
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS … MML is happy to welcome the village of Riverview back as an MML member!


MML 2019 LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE … Mark your calendars for the MML Legislative Conference Feb. 12-13, 2019, in Jefferson City, Missouri. This onference brings hundreds of local municipal officials and employees from across Missouri to learn about the latest legislative challenges and opportunities facing cities, while offering opportunities to meet with local legislators and share your community’s needs. Learn more.
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 and register for a regional meeting in your area today!  
  • MML Central Region will meet in Sedalia Oct. 17, 2018
  • MML Northwest Region will meet in Lathrop Oct. 18, 2018
  • MML Southeast Region will meet in Jackson Oct. 25, 2018
  • MML West Gate Region will meet in Raymore Oct. 25, 2018
  • MML Southwest Region will meet in Bolivar Oct. 30, 2018. This workshop will emphasize regulation of animals and is cosponsored by Mel Gilbert with Gilbert law Office, LLC.
  • MML Northeast Region will meet in Hannibal Nov. 1, 2018
MML WEBINARS … Check out what’s coming up. Register for upcoming webinars and check out the pre-recorded webinars at
  • Oct. 24: Derelict Properties: How Local Government Can Take Action, presented by Stephanie Karr, Curtis, Heinz, Garrett and O’Keefe, P.C.
  • Oct. 30: Understanding New Missouri Collective Bargaining Laws, presented by Ivan Schraeder, Wagner Law Group
  • Nov. 8: Building Better Cities, presented by Joe Lauber, Lauber Municipal Law, LLC

CITIES, COUNTIES VOICE CONCERN OVER FCC’S SMALL CELL RULING … The National Association of Counties and the National League of Cities released a statement last month regarding the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote on the Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order on state and local governance of small cell wireless infrastructure deployment. Read Statement.

VETERAN COMMISSION LOOKING FOR AN ELECTED OFFICIALS PERSPECTIVE … The Missouri Veterans Commission, in order to improve veteran services, is looking for a few representatives to serve on their newly created Veterans Innovation Task Force.  The Task Force will kick off with a meeting on Nov. 7, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Columbia.  After the initial meeting, the Task Force will meet a total of 4-6 times around the state; there is a possibility for the Task Force to break up into subcommittees to study veterans’ issues and then report back to the Task Force.  The Task Force should wrap up its work by the latter part of 2019 with a set of recommendations presented to the Governor, state legislators and other policy makers. You do not need to be a veteran to be on this task force.  If you are interested, please send an email to by Oct. 19, 2018.

EPA SEEKING INFORMATION … The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is interested in the views of the public on possible approaches to updating the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) regulations related to the management of peak wet weather flows at Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) treatment plants serving separate sanitary sewer collection systems. Consequently, EPA is inviting interested members of the public to three planned listening sessions:
  • Oct. 16, 2018 at EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC;
  • Oct. 24, 2018, at EPA Region 7 in Lenexa, Kansas;
  • Oct. 30, 2018 to be held online.
EPA welcomes oral or written information at the listening sessions, as well as any other information the public may wish to provide EPA through the docket (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0420). Learn more.
GRANT RESOURCE DIRECTORY … Missouri Main Street Connection is introducing a new grant resource directory that includes a list of current opportunities that may help your revitalization needs. The directory will be delivered twice a month, but you must sign up. Email to request the grant resource directory. Learn more.
MISSOURI’S VOLKSWAGEN TRUST PROGRAM FUNDS AVAILABLE TO MUNICIPALITIES THIS FALL … In 2016, the United States settled complaints against Volkswagen. The settlement resolved Clean Air Act violations Volkswagen committed by selling approximately 590,000 vehicles with diesel engines having emissions defeat devices. During normal operation, the vehicles emitted levels of nitrogen oxides that exceeded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) standards.  Emissions contained concentrations of nitrogen oxides up to 40 times EPA’s standard. Nitrogen oxides are a precursor of ground-level ozone, a pollutant of concern in Missouri. 
The Volkswagen federal consent decree requires Volkswagen to take several actions, such as paying $2.9 billion to a national environmental mitigation trust fund. Beneficiaries — in this case, states — must use their shares to fund specific projects that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides from mobile sources. The number of affected vehicles sold in the state is the basis for Missouri’s approximate $41 million share.
Award Categories and Funding:
  • School buses with 2009 and older engines can be replaced with a new bus or engine ($12 million)
  • Large and medium government-owned trucks with 1992 to 2009 engine can be replaced with a new vehicle or engine ($6 million)
  • Transit and shuttle buses with 2009 and older engines can be replaced with a new bus or engine ($4 million)
Learn more at Apply for funding at  To stay informed, sign up for the VW Trust email list at

ONLINE SAFETY CHECKLIST … October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a good time to learn more about the importance of cybersecurity. The Missouri State Auditor’s Office has provided an overview of common mistakes local government agencies make, and offers tips to safeguard data. Read more.
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 or (314) 647-5795 ext. 212.
  • Annual Spring Institute, March 2019
  • New Clerks Conference, March 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.

SAVE THE DATE … The National League of Cities (NLC) Board of Directors selected Kansas City, Missouri, to host its 2022 City Summit conference Nov. 16-19, 2022. The event will bring thousands of city leaders, corporate partners and city staff to Kansas City for four days of educational seminars, policymaking and networking activities. City Summit is the largest educational and networking event for city officials in the United States.

MISSOURI COMMUNITY BETTERMENT … Missouri Community Betterment (MCB) is hosting its 55th Annual Fall Conference, “Rural Rally”, Oct. 14-15, 2018. This conference is open to everyone, not just community members who participate in MCB.  The information provided during the conference is beneficial to all rural Missouri communities. Learn more:

OPPORTUNITY ZONES WEBINARS … The Department of Economic Development is hosting a series of webinars to help communities learn more about the Opportunity Zones program. Learn more about the webinars in October.

MISSOURI APA STATE CONFERENCE … The 2018 Missouri American Planning Association Conference takes place Oct. 24-26, 2018, in Kansas City, Missouri. Learn more and register.

MISSOURI LAGERS ANNUAL MEETING … The Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System holds their annual meeting Oct. 25-26, 2018, in St. Louis, Missouri. Learn more.

VACANT PROPERTY WORKSHOP … The Missouri Main Street Connection will host a workshop on Nov. 9, 2018, regarding Tools and Resources to Take Back Vacant and Abandoned Properties in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Attendees will learn how to work with their local government to properly plan for redevelopment both on a broad scale and within the Main Street district. Additionally, attendees will learn fundamentals of real estate financing including potential sources of funding to bring projects from ideation to completion. Learn more and register.
MISSOURI HAZARDOUS WASTE SEMINAR … The 2018 Missouri Hazardous Waste Seminar is Nov. 15, 2018, in Columbia, Missouri. Register by Nov. 1 for early-bird pricing. Learn more and register.
MOCCFOA REGIONAL CONFERENCE … The Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association will host their regional conferences on the topic of “Making Diversity Work for You (Or Your Unique Workplace)”. They will take place at the following locations:
  • Nov. 13, 2018, Springfield
  • Nov. 13, 2018, Online
  • Nov. 14, 2018, Independence
  • Nov. 16, 2018, Maryland Heights
For more information, contact Belinda Pearson at or (417) 836-6866. Or, find more information here.

MISSOURI S&T ASPHALT CONFERENCE … The 61st Missouri S&T Asphalt Conference takes place Nov. 27-28, 2018, at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. Learn more and register.

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.

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.

NIXA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD … Nixa Director of Nixa Utilities and Public Works Doug Colvin received the John Tom Tinsley Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. The award is given to those who have provided distinguished service to Alliance organizations for at least 10 years, and to those who have made contributions to the betterment of the community, region and state. Colvin received the recognition during the MPUA Annual Conference on Oct. 4 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. Colvin also advanced Nixa’s commitment to clean, cheap, renewable energy by developing a partnership with Gardner Capital and MC Power to open the largest utility solar farm in the state of Missouri—an accomplishment which earned Nixa its second Innovation Award from the Missouri Municipal League. Read article.

NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH PROCLAMATION … During the Sept. 20 Cape Girardeau City Council meeting, Mayor Bob Fox issued a proclamation marking September as National Recovery Month in Cape Girardeau. Receiving the proclamation were representatives with the Gibson Recovery Center, including Ward 5 Councilman Ryan Essex. National Recovery Month aims to educate the community about prevention, recovery and treatment to support those in need of mental health and substance abuse services.

PROJECT OF THE YEAR … The South Sprigg Street Bridge Project in Cape Girardeau was recently awarded project of the year for 2018 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) St. Louis Section. The award was given to those involved with the project during the ASCE St. Louis Section annual awards dinner on Sept. 21 in St. Louis. This is the second time the project has been awarded, previously receiving an Engineering Excellence award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri (ACEC Missouri) on Feb. 10. The project is featured in a recent issue of the MML Review.

HONOR AWARD … While attending a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance at the Missouri Municipal League Annual Conference, Mayor Leroy Benton was presented the prestigious “Honor Award”.  This award recognizes employees or officials of MPUA member utilities who have made significant local contributions to municipal utilities.

HIGHWAY SAFETY HONORS … Five highway safety statewide award winners and 14 regional award winners were given recognition at the 2018 Highway Safety and Traffic Blueprint Conference in Columbia on Sept. 10-12, 2018. The conference is organized by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, whose goal is to reduce fatalities and disabling injuries on Missouri roads. 

The Central Regional Arrive Alive Award winner is Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin for her role as one of the most ardent supporters of the Buckle Up Phone Down program. Mayor Tergin is always ready to help promote safe driving habits by advocating that everyone buckle up and put their phones down every trip, every time!

The Southeast Regional Arrive Alive Award winner is Captain Joshua T. Benton of the Dexter Police Department.  As an active participant in the Southeast Regional Coalition for Roadway Safety, Captain Benten leads the coordination of law enforcement efforts with commitment and passion and has proven to be a terrific asset to all of southeast Missouri.
Read about all award winners.

HISTORIC PROPERTIES REDEVELOPMENT PROGRAM ...Letter of inquiry deadline Oct. 12, 2018
The 1772 Foundation has announced that grant funding will be made available for historic properties redevelopment programs throughout the United States. Organizations that wish to be considered should send a one-page letter of inquiry to by Oct. 12, 2018. 
The Foundation will consider requests for the following:

  • Grants for feasibility studies for established preservation organizations which are considering starting historic properties redevelopment programs
  • Grants to increase the capacity of existing historic properties redevelopment programs

Learn more. 

The federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) initially developed the Grants 101 Training for federal government employees, but now these eLearning modules are available as a resource for all. This grants training is comprised of five modules, most of which contain multiple online lessons: Laws, Regulations, and Guidance; Financial Assistance Mechanisms; Uniform Guidance Administrative Requirements; Cost Principles; Risk Management and Single Audit. Learn more >

Missouri Main Street Connection (MMSC) offers three matching grant programs providing up to 75 percent 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. Contact the MMSC office at (417) 334-3014 or email Keith Winge for more information.

EDA DISASTER FUNDING … Application dates ongoing
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently published the FY18 “Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity” (NOFO), making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities where a presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued under the Stafford Act as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires and other natural disasters in 2017. There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until the publication of a new Disaster Supplemental NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO, or all funds are obligated. Disaster recovery projects must be consistent with the U.S. Department of Commerce Disaster Recovery Investment Priorities. EDA disaster grants are made by its regional offices under the agency’s Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program. For more information, please visit the EDA and Disaster Recovery page.

MOVIE WITH A MESSAGE … The Netflix movie All the Queens Horses is a documentary from 2017 that recounts the story of a comptroller who stole millions from her municipality. In 2012, Rita Crundwell was arrested as the largest municipal fraud perpetrator in the nation's history, embezzling upwards of $50 million as the comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, a city in the heart of Illinois. Rita Crundwell became one of the nation's leading quarter horse breeders, traveled the world, and threw lavish parties, all while forcing staff cuts, police budget slashing, and leaving public infrastructure in disrepair. All the Queen's Horses aims to illuminate this landmark case and bring to light ways that the municipality, the auditors and the bankers did not have controls in place to prevent the theft. This documentary also goes over how the theft could have been prevented, and how the municipality has since worked to rebuild trust in the community and tried to get back the funds that were embezzled.

BUCKLE UP PHONE DOWN DAY … The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety and the Missouri Department of Transportation are challenging communities, businesses and individuals to join the Buckle Up Phone Down movement. Buckle Up Phone Down Day is coming up Oct. 19, 2018.  Learn more and help spread the message.

DIGITAL STATES SURVEY … The results of this year’s Government Technology Digital States Survey shows that Missouri is one of a few A-grade states raising the bar to prioritize collaboration, good governance and strong citizen engagement in their use of technology to serve the public. Read article.

SMALL BUSINESS REVOLUTION … Could your community use a $500,000 boost? Nominate your city to be featured on Season 4 of the hit makeover show, “Small Business Revolution.” The Small Business Revolution is on a mission to revitalize small towns, one small business at a time. Each season, America chooses a winning town. Show producers then choose the featured small businesses, and and a host of celebrity experts begins the makeover. Eligible towns must have fewer than 50,000 residents, and anyone can nominate a town, whether they live there or not. Nominations are open through Oct. 26, 2018. Learn more and nominate your community.

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