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AUGUST 2018

REGIONAL NEWS

Johnson County appoints Postoak Ferguson as new county manager — The Johnson County Board of Commissioners appointed Penny Postoak Ferguson as the new county manager. Postoak Ferguson has been serving in the role on an interim basis for the past six months. She joined the county as assistant county manager in 2010, earned the title of deputy county manager in 2012 and became interim county manager in January of this year.

Spring Hill appoints new city manager — On June 28, the Spring Hill City Council appointed Jim Hendershot as the new city administrator. The council selected Hendershot from a pool of more than 50 applicants. Hendershot served as assistant city administrator prior to his appointment as administrator.

MARC hires Palmer to serve as program director for local government services — In September, Lauren Palmer will join MARC as the local government services program director. She will replace Georgia Nesselrode, who retired in June. Palmer has served as the assistant city manager for the city of Independence, Missouri, since October 2016. Prior to that, she served as city administrator for Parkville, Missouri, and assistant city manager of Manhattan, Kansas.

ICMA recognizes Kansas City, Missouri, and Gardner, Kansas — The International City/County Manager Association (ICMA) will recognize the cities of Kansas City, Missouri, and Gardner, Kansas, at the 2018 ICMA national conference. ICMA will recognize Kansas City, Missouri, for its Data Academy training, which helps staff understand how to present performance data in interesting and meaningful ways. ICMA will recognize Gardner for its comprehensive effort to become a high performance organization. To become a high performance organization, Gardner adopted priority-based budgeting, a new strategic plan and a G3 public dashboard to enhance transparency and accountability for achieving community goals. More information about the ICMA Certificates in Performance Management is available online.

Unified Government launches app with access to state services — Residents of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, can now renew their State of Kansas vehicle registration from the convenience of their smartphones with the myWyco mobile application. The Unified Government is among the first in the nation to combine state and local services into one convenient experience. In April, the State of Kansas launched iKan, giving Kansas residents the option to renew their vehicle registrations online. The integration of the vehicle registration renewal service from iKan into the myWyco app gives Unified Government residents the option to renew their vehicle registration while staying in the same application they may use for other government services.

Report shows improved transit access to jobs in Kansas City metro — A recent study by the University of Minnesota found that Kansas City’s access to jobs increased by more than 17 percent last year — higher than any of the other 49 large U.S. metro areas studied. Factors that influenced the ranking include the number of jobs available, where those jobs are located, the availability of transit services and population size. Despite the improvements, the region still ranks 40th out of 49 large metro areas on overall job accessibility by transit.

Lee's Summit completes large solar panel project — The city of Lee's Summit, Missouri, completed a large solar panel installation at its animal control facility. Lee’s Summit High School students came up with the idea to promote green energy solutions. The facility now has a 30-kilowatt system with 96 solar panels to generate electricity for the animals, employees and visitors. Over the course of 25 years, the project will save the city approximately $130,000 in energy costs. The city received national recognition with a SolSmart Gold designation.

Lenexa reduces noise pollution at railroad crossing — The city of Lenexa, Kansas, appropriated $350,000 to install a new wayside horn system to reduce noise from trains near 1,200 residences and businesses around the Old Town Lenexa railroad crossings. A wayside horn is a stationary horn mounted at a railroad crossing, rather than on a locomotive. The wayside horn system warns motorists by projecting sound down the roadway instead of down the track, eliminating noise pollution in neighborhoods.

Olathe creates app for health and recreation resources — The city of Olathe, Kansas, created an app with information about Olathe parks and trails, upcoming events, and health and wellness resources. Users can search for recreation programs, find healthy recipes provided by Johnson County LiveWell and participate in fun challenges presented by Olathe Health System. The app is available for download through the Apple App Store and Google Play. The city hopes the app can be a valuable resource to help users stay active and plans to continue working with Feature Group USA, Johnson County LiveWell and Olathe Health Systems on more features.

Cities in Johnson County use quiz to raise awareness about parks — The cities of Roeland Park, Fairway, Prairie Village, Leawood, Mission and Merriam collaborated this summer to make residents aware of park resources. The 2018 Parks Passport Program gives residents the opportunity to embark on a tour of selected area parks in each city and answer questions about that specific park. A form on each city’s website can be completed online or downloaded. The passport program started June 1 and ends Aug. 10.

Raymore receives AARP Community Challenge funds — The city of Raymore, Missouri, is one of two communities in Missouri and 129 communities throughout the country to receive funds through the 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program. Through this grant, the city will add a new paved and stamped ADA crosswalk to Municipal Circle in front of the Centerview event space to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, and to increase connectivity between nearby businesses and city hall.

Missouri Main Street Connection provides funding for Harrisonville Square — Love the Harrisonville Square (LTHS), a nonprofit with the mission “to return Harrisonville Square to its rightful place as the heart of Harrisonville,” is as a recipient of an affiliate grant valued at $24,000 from Missouri Main Street Connection. The Main Street program will provide training, mentoring and technical services to support revitalizing the city’s historic commercial district. During the next two years, Missouri Main Street Connection will support efforts to preserve historic buildings and build community partnerships to increase interest in the district. City officials have been active members of the LTHS organization since its inception and helped with the competitive grant application. The city also provided the 40 percent funding match required to secure the new grant.

Johnson County starts construction of new courthouse — Johnson County officials commemorated the start of construction on the nearly $200 million new courthouse with a July groundbreaking ceremony in Olathe. The seven-story building, with 28 courtrooms, will replace the current facility across the street at Santa Fe Drive and Kansas Avenue. Completed in 1952, the current courthouse does not have space to separate inmates coming to court from the public. In November 2016, Johnson County voters approved a 10-year, quarter-cent sales tax to fund the new courthouse and a new coroner facility.


MARC NEWS

Board of Directors — The next MARC Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES / SHARED
SERVICES NEWS

Next Managers Roundtable Luncheon set for Aug. 10 — Friday, Aug. 10 is the next Managers Roundtable luncheon. The luncheon will feature a presentation from KU Public Affairs and Administration's professor Shannon Portillo on a recent study completed about the value of immigration. Martin Rivarola with MARC will present a report on the region's long-range transportation plan, RTP 2050. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served at noon. The luncheon will be at MARC's conference center, 600 Broadway, Suite 200, Kansas City, Missouri. Register here. The remaining 2018 luncheon dates are Friday, Oct. 12, and Friday, Dec. 7.

ICMA Webinar: Body-worn cameras for police departments — Body-worn cameras (BWCs) have been in the news for some time. To better educate local governments on the trending issues surrounding this topic, Leonard Matarese leads a discussion with the CNA Institute for Public Research, which directs and coordinates technical assistance regarding BWCs for hundreds of police agencies. In this webinar, to be held at noon on Sept. 12, Dr. James R. “Chip” Coldren Jr., CNA managing director and director of the technical assistance program, will discuss three important issues regarding BWCs: 1) resources available for implementation; 2) current and emerging policy issues ; and 3) research findings regarding the impacts of BWCs.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — KCRPC is working with public safety officials to finalize a request for bids for public safety radios and vehicle equipment. The target date to release the bid document is Sept. 30, and KCRPC will award contracts on Jan. 1, 2019. Recent bids and renewals include snow and ice control materials, surveillance cameras, water and wastewater chemicals, and ambulance medical supplies. KCRPC offers workshops and webinars upon request. Please contact Rita Parker to schedule a session, participate in bids or sign up for e-newsletters.

GTI offers new management courses — MARC's Government Training Institute will launch three new programs in the fall of 2018 and early 2019 to support local government leaders throughout the region. The first program, the Supervisory Refresher Program, will meet the ongoing professional development needs of experienced supervisors and graduates of supervision certificate programs. The second program, Contemporary Issues in Local Government Series, will equip leaders with the tools and resources needed to address challenging issues. In 2019, GTI will launch a regional program to help build the next generation of high-performing local governments. Contact Jonathan Morris for more information.

Shared services update — MARC assists local governments in their effort to provide quality services, through collaborative, shared efforts, recognizing that each community is unique. This year, work has focused on defining needs and opportunities, enhancing existing shared services and advancing new initiatives.

  • Starting in January, MARC staff met with many city and county managers throughout the region to identify needs and discuss potential strategies. Additional meetings will take place this fall.
  • MARC’s public safety communications program and the Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) continues to identify opportunities for agencies to lease or purchase public safety radios. KCRPC is also reviewing its standard procurement offerings for shared services considerations.
  • MARC is providing support for the region’s Cybersecurity Strategic Framework. On Aug. 16, the planning team will present a toolbox to support increased cybersecurity preparedness, including training and communications resources.
  • Agency feedback indicates support for solutions regarding back-office operations, including finance, human resources and information technology. MARC is currently convening conversations on specific interest areas, including electronic data storage solutions, GIS and IT augmentation needs, and digital forensics.

Please contact Angie Laurie at 816-701-8243 or alaurie@marc.org for more information.


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