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AUGUST 2019

REGIONAL NEWS

Shawnee implements program to trade school supplies for reduced court fines — Between July 22 and Aug. 2, the city of Shawnee, Kansas, introduced a program to reduce warrant fees and fines in exchange for school supplies. The city allowed people a credit worth double the amount of school supplies they purchased. Individuals could pay of the remainder of the fee or fine.

Johnson County announces new Chief Information Officer — Bill Nixon started as the new chief information officer (CIO) for Johnson County on July 29. He oversees the department of technology and innovation. Nixon was formerly executive vice president and chief enterprise architect at UMB Bank.

Douglas County introduces online mental health service — Douglas County, along with local agencies, partnered with the organization myStrength to provide an online tool to support the mental health of its citizens. This resource will allow residents personalized and confidential access to various self-care tools.

Kansas City, Missouri, participates in innovative housing program — The city of Kansas City, Missouri, completed a pilot program that examined neighborhood housing conditions using photo surveying technology. The pilot project is part of a larger initiative to support reconstruction and development of housing to revitalize neighborhoods. The pilot revealed that a complete citywide survey would require four years of work from a staffer and would create more than 2 million photos.

Lee’s Summit utilities receive high rating — Lee's Summit Water Utilities received high satisfaction ratings from its customers, including 86 percent of respondents who are satisfied or very satisfied with the overall responsiveness to their requests, questions or concerns. ETC Institute managed the customer satisfaction survey sent to water and sewer customers. This is the second survey conducted since the utility conducted its first survey in 2010. For the full survey report click here.

City of Overland Park ranked as the best place to raise a family WalletHub ranked Overland Park, Kansas, as the top city in the U. S. to raise a family. The rankings compared 180 U. S. cities based on 47 metrics including the cost of housing, quality of schools and health care systems. Overland Park was also ranked as one of the top five least-stressed cities nationwide. WalletHub used 39 key metrics including average weekly work hours, debt load and suicide rates.

Cities receive ICMA Certificates of Excellence — The International City/County Managers' Association recognized the cities of Kansas City, Missouri, and Olathe, Kansas, with Certificates of Excellence in Performance Management. Certificates of Excellence recognize communities that conduct surveys of residents and local government employees, incorporate data into performance dashboards, and foster a performance culture throughout the organization. ICMA Certificates of Excellence represent the highest level of recognition for performance management.

Rocheport I-70 Bridge receives federal funding — The Missouri Congressional delegation announced that $81.2 million of federal funding is available to help replace the I-70 bridge that spans the Missouri River at Rocheport. This federal funding triggered an additional $301 million in state bonds authorized by the 2019 Missouri General Assembly. The additional bond money is slated to replace another 215 bridges across the state. Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) Director Pat McKenna reported to the MARC Board of Directors in June that this funding will free up additional funds that will be used to fund the Buck O’Neil Bridge and other projects across the state.

MoDOT and Kansas City, Missouri, conduct assessment for Buck O’Neil Bridge — MoDOT and the city of Kansas City, Missouri, are conducting an environmental assessment to finalize alternatives for replacing the Buck O’Neil Bridge located on US-169 over the Missouri River. An online public meeting is tentatively scheduled for August so members of the study team will discuss alternative locations and design concepts. The study team aims to complete the study by the second quarter of 2020.


MARC NEWS

Managers Roundtable focuses on downtown redevelopment — The next Managers Roundtable is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 29, in Overland Park, Kansas. The program will include an update on the Vision Metcalf Plan adopted in 2008 with a focus on downtown Overland Park. Speakers include City Manager Bill Ebel and representatives from the project developer and InterUrban Art House. The event will begin at the Matt Ross Community Center at 8101 Marty Street and will include a short walking tour of downtown Overland Park (weather permitting). The roundtable begins at 3 p.m. and an optional social hour begins at 4:30 p.m. at The Other Place in downtown Overland Park. Registration is available online.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — KCRPC issued a new regional joint bid for office paper that opens on Aug. 23. Interested agencies may sign up to participate by Aug. 14. KCRPC awarded new water and wastewater chemical contracts on July 1. Interested parties can contact KCRPC to join contracts with Harcros, Carus and EOSI.

Board of Directors — The next MARC Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting.

Public Service Youth Career Expo — The Public Service Career Expo will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. More than 3,500 middle and high school students are expected to attend. It takes over 100 volunteers to pull off an event of this magnitude. Please encourage a member of your human resources team to participate in planning meetings held on the third Thursday of every month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the MARC conference center. For more information, contact Annette Vaughn.


STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

Harrison-Lee appointed to Kansas Board of Regents — Governor Laura Kelly appointed Cheryl Harrison-Lee, the former city administrator for Gardner, Kansas, to the Kansas Board of Regents. The Board of Regents is the governing body and coordinating board for the state’s public higher education institutions. Her term will expire in 2023.

States on the verge of limiting the use of tax incentives to draw in corporations — The states of Kansas and Missouri are close to a deal that would severely limit the use of tax incentives to lure companies to either side of the state line. Learn more from The New York Times.

Kansas governor drops welfare plan — Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has dropped her plan to allow thousands of Kansans to stay on welfare without having to meet various work requirements. This decision comes after the idea received extreme backlash from state Republican lawmakers and the state attorney general. Learn more from Governing.

Local governments getting the most out of technology for minimal cost — From data service delivery to user interfaces, local governments are making the most of technology for a minimal cost. Learn more from the ICMA Blog.

ICMA Connect — ICMA Connect allows members to network/engage around topics of technical interests and can be accessed online or by mobile app.

The importance of outdoor recreation — Mauricia Baca of Get Outdoors Nevada, at the NaCo Annual Conference, explains the importance of outdoor recreation to foster stronger economies and communities. Learn more from NaCo.

States sue IRS — The states of New Jersey, Connecticut and New York, and various local governments, have sued the IRS over its ban of the practice of fully deducting charitable contributions if other tax credits are given. Learn more from Governing.

Missouri Governor signs SB 291 — Governor Parson signed SB-291, a 911 bill that modifies portions of last years HB 1456. HB 1456 increased options to fund 911 services and created a pool of funds sustained by surcharges assigned to pre-paid phones. Learn more from On the MARC.


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