Call for Nominations in District 2 for Vacant Board Seat (Deadline is November 25, 2013)
The Board seat representing District 2 on the Oklahoma Municipal League Board of Directors is up for election and will be voted on at the December 4 OML Board of Directors meeting. Please submit your letter of interest along with a resolution (see attached Sample) to the OML offices, Attention: Nancee Morris to be received no later than Monday, November 25, 2013. Click here for complete information.
OML Attends Transportation Interim Study Meeting
On Tuesday, November 5, Carolyn Stager, OML Executive Board, along with Neal McCaleb, President of TRUST and former Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation; Nick Doctor, Tulsa Regional Chamber; and Darita Huckabee, INCOG made a presentation to the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Transportation. Click here to read more and to view presentations.
Enid Mayor Appointed to OML Board of Directors
Enid Mayor Bill Shewey was appointed to the OML Board of Directors during its Nov. 6 meeting to replace outgoing District 7 Director Chuck Hall, mayor of Perry. Click here to read more.
Time Is Running Out
Join us for your chance to add something special from your city/town to the OML Time Chest. From a newspaper article to a product displaying the best of your local government. We're sealing it up on December 31st so be sure to get your items to us and show the future what Oklahoma is all about! Mail packages to the Oklahoma Municipal League, Attn Lara Sardi, 201 NE 23rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 or email email@example.com.
Calling All Mayors to Help with If I Were Mayor Essay Contest
The Mayors Council of Oklahoma is inviting all eighth graders from schools – private, public or home schools – to participate in the 2014 “If I Were Mayor …” essay contest. One way that you could help is to go to your local schools and talk to the students about the role of the mayor. The winners of the contest will be recognized during Municipal Government Day at the Capitol on March 10. For educational material based on your form of government, go to http://okmayors.webs.com/ifiweremayoressay.htm.
2014 Congress of Mayors Leadership Meeting
Each year the Mayors Council of Oklahoma convenes the Congress of Mayors which brings mayors from across the state to the State Capitol to debate issues facing municipalities. Your input is vital to the planning process. We must have a strong core of leaders who are willing to undertake the task of preparing for the next congress. We would also appreciate your sending any resolutions you think will fit the profile of the five planks that make up each committee: transportation/infrastructure, public safety, economic development, municipal finance and municipal operations. Click here to access an explanation of the Congress of Mayors and the leadership positions, and click here for the brochure.
Only a Few Days Left Until Black Friday
Last year, Stand with MainStreet told Congress that local businesses couldn’t afford another holiday shopping season without e-fairness. Now, despite getting legislation through the Senate, another year has passed and Congress still hasn’t fixed the problem. If we want to see Congress move forward soon, we need to remind them that the problem not only persists, but is getting worse. Click here to read more and to access a petition to restore fairness to the marketplace. Click here for Basic Principles on Remote Sales Tax and helpful links to help you contact your congressman about marketplace fairness.
Enhancing Municipal Sales Tax
Could your municipality benefit from additional money to assist with funding infrastructure or public safety?
HB 1875 will do just that by reducing the retention you pay to the Oklahoma Tax Commission (OTC) by at least half! Click here for talking points on the issue. Also go to our website, www.oml.org to see what this will mean to your city and town financially. Please contact your State House and Senate members now and often leading up to the beginning of session.
Municipal Judges Hold Fall Conference
The Oklahoma Municipal Judges Association (OMJA) held their annual Fall Conference at the Embassy Suites in Norman, Oklahoma on October 31 through November 1. The function was attended by 51 municipal judges and eight trainers and speakers. The OMJA Board of Directors sponsored a Thursday evening banquet for the attendees, and their spouses or guests at the Salt Grass Steak House in Norman.
The agenda for Thursday October 31 involved the Statewide Judicial Education Program (SJEP), from East Central University’s Contract Training and Professional Development Institute (CTPDI). The goal for this group is to assist in reducing the number of alcohol-related fatalities statewide by providing a program of training for judges and other judiciary personnel regarding the prosecution and adjudication of impaired drivers. ECU has a contract through the Oklahoma Office of Highway Safety (OHSO) to provide the program, and received approval from the Office of Administrative Courts for Mandatory Judicial Legal Education Credits; and the program also offered OBA Continuing Legal Education Credits.
OML’s Kelly Danner Serves as Judge for Student Poster Contest
There were 16 applicants for this year’s Student Poster Contest at the Governor’s Water Conference and Water Research Symposium held recently in Midwest City. Students from OSU and OU presented their research posters to symposium attendees and three of eight judges. Kelly Danner, OML Inquiry Specialist, was one of the judges for the contest. Click here to read more.
New Officials Institutes:
November 21, Woodward Convention Center
December 12, Eastern Oklahoma State College, McAlester
February 15, 2014, OSU Alumni Center, Stillwater
District Dinner Meeting, November 21, Woodward Convention Center
Budget Process Workshop, January 17, 2014, Rose State College, Midwest City
MCO Congress of Mayors, January 24, 2014, Oklahoma State Capitol
Water Summit, February 21, 2014, Rose State College, Midwest City
Municipal Government Day at the Capitol, March 10, 2014, State Capitol, Oklahoma City
November 15, Ardmore
December 6, Bixby
January 10, 2014, Poteau
March 21, 2014, Woodward
May 2, 2014, McAlester
NLC Congress of Cities, November 13 – 16, Seattle, WA
Commercial Driver's License Written Exam Prep, November 19 and 20, Eastern OK County Technology Center, Choctaw
Oklahoma Bike Summit, January 17 and 18, 2014, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Tulsa, OK
Strategic Government Resources
Click here to access SGR’s 10 in 10 Newsletter.
Click here to view SGR’s Course Catalog of Live and Online Classes.
Click here to access "The 16%" Daily Blog
Local Technical Assistance Program & Tribal Technical Assistance Program (LTAP/TTAP)
Click here to access LTAP / TTAP’s News Update.
Click here to access LTAP/TTAP training classes.
Public Technology Institute
Click here to access Public Technology Institute’s upcoming training opportunities.
National League of Cities
Click here to read the latest Federal Advocacy Update from the NLC
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Population Threshold for Cities and Towns Under the Town Meeting Act Raised
HB 1402 raises the population threshold for cities and towns to be under the Town Meeting Act from under 1,000 to fewer than 2,000. This allows all municipalities with a population fewer than 2,000 to conduct their elections at a biennial town meeting or special town meeting. HOWEVER, municipalities that wish to keep their elections under the county election board will need to adopt an ordinance opting out of the Town Meeting Act. Please check your local ordinances to see one has already been adopted (similar to the one attached) already in effect. If so, your municipality will not need to do anything. This new statute will affect those with the pop. between 1,000 to 1,999 that have NOT passed an ordinance opting out of the Town Meeting Act. Click here to access a sample ordinance.
OpenRange RoundUp Conference
OpenRange, a voluntary State of Oklahoma program, invites all state agencies and affiliates to attend. Learn from state agency and vendor experts about technology resources, trends, and shared services with exhibits, breakout sessions, and keynote speakers. Click here to access registration with additional information.
Best Practices Approved by Government Finance Officers Association Will Help Cities
The Government Finance Officers Association’s (GFOA) Executive Board recently approved 14 best practices – eight new and six revised – on topics from managing health-care costs to pension funding policy. These new and revised best practices are being released at a time when cities continue to voice a need for new strategies to approach finance, investment and pension policies to improve local economic outcomes. Of the 14 best practices approved by GFOA’s Board, four are particularly relevant to the current needs of cities and towns: strategies to manage health care costs; factors to address in public and private grant administration; how to establish and manage Tax Increment Financing districts; and core elements of pension funding policy. Click here to read more.
FSA Rollover Provision Announced by IRS
On Monday, the U.S. Department of Treasury issued a notice modifying the “use-or-lose” rule for Health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAS). The notice will now allow a limited rollover of FSA funds to make Health FSAs more consumer-friendly and provide added flexibility. Click here for more information.
National League of Cities Congress of Cities and Exposition
The Opening General Session topic for next week’s NLC Congress of Cities will be: The Future of Cities. The future of cities depends on local leaders’ ability to effectively address challenges head-on and in innovative ways. This session brings inspired leaders together to demonstrate the power of creative thinking, information sharing, and collaboration in ensuring our cities are economically diverse and provide all residents with a high quality of life. Leaders from diverse backgrounds and industries will share insights on how transportation, technology, placemaking, and citizen engagement can help cities prepare for the future and continue to prosper. The closing general session topic will be on Local Leadership for National Solutions. Click here to learn more and to register for this outstanding educational event.
Health Care Reform
If you missed American Fidelity Assurance’s first Health Care Reform Made Easy webinar, you have another chance to get this helpful information. AFA will be repeating its free webinar to learn about the following services again on November 14: WorxTime, Variable Hour Employee Premium Billing, Employee Notice and Reporting, and Consulting Retainer. Click here to register for the webinar and for more information.
Smart Growth America’s 2014 Free Technical Assistance Workshops
Smart Growth America is now accepting applications for its 2014 free technical assistance workshops. Communities interested in learning about smart growth strategies are welcome and encouraged to submit an application for one of 12 types of technical assistance workshops. Smart Growth America's free technical assistance workshops program, now in its third year, helps city and regional leaders find solutions to local issues and concerns. These workshops help participating communities to grow in ways that benefit families and businesses while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place. Click here to read more.
FEMA Announces Opening of Application Period for Assistance to Firefighters Grants
Beginning Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, the application period for Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 will be open, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced. These types of grants can cover the costs of crucial items for firefighters and paramedics such as firefighting equipment, rescue equipment and communications equipment. The AFG application period begins on Monday at 7 a.m. and closes on Dec. 6, 2013, at 4 p.m. Click here to access resources to help guide you through the process.
Federal Highway Administration Funding Available
On November 1, 2013, the Federal Highway Administration published in the Federal Register an interim Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and request for comments for a new Accelerated Innovation Deployment (AID) demonstration grant program. The notice announces the availability of $15 million in funding authorized within the Technology and Innovation Deployment Program under MAP-21. The notice begins a 21-day comment period on the proposed application process, eligibility requirements, and criteria FHWA will use to select projects for funding. Comments can be submitted on this interim NOFA at http://www.regulations.gov. The notice can be found at https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-26053.
EPA Releases New Green Infrastructure Strategy
EPA has launched a new strategy to expand the use of green infrastructure, with the goal of making green infrastructure a part of business as usual for local communities. The Agency’s 2013 Green Infrastructure Strategy builds on its previous 2008 and 2011 green infrastructure strategies. The new strategy maintains a focus on information exchange and community engagement, while focusing on improving federal coordination, Clean Water Act regulatory support, research and information exchange, funding and financing, and capacity building. Click here to learn more.