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APRIL 2019

REGIONAL NEWS

Parkville responds to flooding — English Landing Park and Platte Landing Park remain closed until flood waters recede. Flood conditions delayed replacement of the low water crossing at the entrance to English Landing Park. The project received a $368,000 post-disaster grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). City officials hope to complete the bridge and restore the park in time for the popular Parkville Microbrew Festival on April 27.

Johnson County upholds its rank as the healthiest county in Kansas — Johnson County, Kansas, is the healthiest county in Kansas according to the 10th annual County Health Rankings and Roadmaps. Johnson County ranked first in the state for health outcomes and health factors. The rankings indicate that citizens in the county face poor health outcomes due to obesity, excessive drinking and smoking. The county has a number of initiatives underway to address these issues.

Blue Springs parks director wins distinguished service award — The Missouri Parks and Recreation Association recognized Dennis Dovel, Blue Springs director of Parks and Recreation, with the 2019 Park Resource Distinguished Service Award. Dovel has served as the director of Parks and Recreation since 2012 and guided many initiatives, including the first-ever parks master plan and five-year dedicated half-cent sales tax for parks deferred maintenance.

Excelsior Springs golf clubhouse nears completion — Members and visitors to the Excelsior Springs Golf Course can watch the construction of an outdoor entertainment pavilion and new clubhouse that will encompass the historic O’Dell family cabin. City staff expect the project to be completed by April 2019. Play at the course continues throughout the construction process.

Harrisonville achieves Class 3 ISO rating — The city of Harrisonville, Missouri, earned a Class 3 rating from the Insurance Services Office, an improvement from the previous Class 4 rating. The rating reflects an increase in effective fire protection provided by the city. Ratings may affect business and homeowner insurance rates.

Roeland Park selected for NLC resiliency program — The National League of Cities (NLC) selected Roeland Park, Kansas, for its 2019 cohort of the Leadership in Community Resilience Program. Roeland Park is one of eight cities nationally to win $10,000 and technical assistance to support community resiliency goals.

Kansas City, Missouri, pursues citywide trash collection in 2020 — The city of Kansas City, Missouri, is phasing out contracted trash collection. When the current contract expires in 2020, the solid waste division will pick up trash north of the river and south of 63rd Street. The change should save money and improve services. In the last year, contract crews were responsible for 78 percent of trash and recycling complaints.

Congress approves new Truman Visitor Center in Independence — Congress passed a bill that authorized the National Park Service to acquire property from the city of Independence, Missouri, for a new Harry S. Truman Historic Site Visitor Center near the Independence Square. The bipartisan bill is awaiting final approval by President Trump.


MARC NEWS

Board of Directors — The next MARC Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, April 23, at 12:15 p.m. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting.

MARC is hiring — MARC is recruiting for a graduate-level local government services intern to support the local government services division. This position will work closely with city and county officials on a variety of MARC projects. The work schedule is negotiable. Please refer qualified candidates to MARC’s Human Resources department.

Administrative Professionals Day — Reward the administrative professionals at your agency and register them for MARC’s 2019 Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 24. The event offers skills training and professional development in a fun setting away from the office. This is a great way to say “thank you” to your administrative professionals for supporting your office team.

Managers Roundtable will focus on economic development projects in suburbs — The next Managers Roundtable is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17. The program will feature economic development projects that are completed, underway or planned in Gladstone, North Kansas City and Parkville. Presenters will discuss the challenges and growth opportunities they encountered with each project. The roundtable will be at iWerx, 1520 Clay Street, North Kansas City, Missouri. The roundtable begins at 3 p.m. and the optional social hour begins at 4:30 p.m. Please register online by noon on Monday, April 15.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — KCRPC has a new online platform to access their contract database. Agencies may schedule a demonstration of the new database by contacting KCRPC. The contracts for P-25 capable public safety radios are available for download from the database. The cybersecurity training software RFP closed March 29 and is currently under evaluation.

Get involved in the Public Service Youth Career Expo — The event, led by CORE4 and open to all local governments, is held every other year to promote awareness of local government careers to area youth. This hands-on event will be at Bartle Hall on Nov. 7. 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. Sector leaders are assigned and will be reaching out soon to recruit volunteers for the event. For more information, contact Annette Vaughn.

It’s not too late to access the 2019 Salary Survey — MARC is offering the Compensation Salary Survey (CSS) for local governments to easily obtain peer compensation data for the region. Communities that have not paid dues or updated salary data will be locked out of the system on Monday, April 1. Please contact Thressa Allen to establish a new login. A representative from your community is invited to a focus group on Wednesday, April 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the MARC Board Room. During this meeting, we will gather suggestions that you have about the annual local government salary and fringe benefits survey. The goal is to implement any desired improvements in advance of the 2020 salary survey. Please register online.


WHAT ARE YOU READING?

Guest: Kim Nakahodo
Assistant City Administrator
North Kansas City, Missouri

Book: The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy
by Anna Clark

Kim's review: “I highly recommend this book as it not only chronicles the events of the water crisis but also sets the historical backdrop that created the opportunity for this tragedy to occur. This book underscores the importance of reinvesting in our infrastructure, providing transparency in government and maintaining public trust.”

 

STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

Call for volunteers — ICMA is accepting applications for member committees, task forces and advisory boards. The application deadline is April 12, 2019. Learn more from ICMA.

Ideas from city innovators — What ideas have you borrowed? What ideas should others borrow from you? Here are 10 great ideas you can borrow right now. Learn more from Bloomberg Cities.

Local government laws regarding drones — Municipal lawyers talk about regulations for drones and how local governments use drones to support their work. Learn more from GovLove.

What self-driving cars mean for seniors and the suburbs — New technology provides an opportunity to increase mobility among populations with limited options. Learn more from Route Fifty.

Timeline gets tight for 2020 census — Counties should take steps to prepare for the 2020 census. The census will determine how more than $900 billion in federal funding is allocated. Learn more from NACo's County News.

Do corporate tax incentives work? — Many states and cities fail to track and assess incentive deals to see if promised results were achieved. Learn more from Governing.

Fed holds rates steady — Expressing concern about slowing economic growth, the Federal Reserve is not expected to change interest rates this year. Learn more from The Wall Street Journal.


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