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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020

REGIONAL NEWS

Harrisonville hires Ratliff as new city administrator — The city of Harrisonville, Missouri, hired Brad Ratliff to serve as the new city administrator. Ratliff has 23 years of local government experience and most recently served as the city administrator for the city of Peculiar, Missouri.

Paola hires new city manager — The city of Paola, Kansas, hired Sid Fleming to serve as the new city manager. Fleming previously served as the city manager of Iola, Kansas. Fleming will start working for the city of Paola on or before March 16. Randi Shannon, the assistant city manager for Paola, will serve as the city’s interim city manager until Fleming takes over.

Warrensburg hires Dulin as assistant city manager — The city of Warrensburg, Missouri, hired Danielle Dulin to serve as the new assistant city manager. Dulin has more than 10 years of local government experience working for the cities of Mission Hills, Prairie Village and Lenexa, Kansas. The assistant city manager position will replace the retiring public works director.

Unified Government promotes Bibbs to director of information technology — The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, promoted Kevin Bibbs to serve as the new director of information technology. Bibbs has been with the Unified Government since 2013 and served as the interim director since January 2019.

Osawatomie hires Moon as assistant to city manager — The city of Osawatomie hired Samantha Moon as the new assistant to the city manager. Moon previously served as an Osawatomie Public Library staff member. Megan Borth, the city of Osawatomie's previous assistant city manager, accepted a new position with the city of Lake Jackson, Texas.

StateScoop recognizes Alan Howze — The online government technology publication StateScoop recognized Alan Howze, chief knowledge officer and assistant county administrator for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, as the County Executive of the Year. The award highlights the introduction of the myWyco app, which allows for online payments for taxes and court services.

Unified Government rolls out Opportunity Zones website — The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, launched a new interactive website highlighting Opportunity Zones. The website provides information to citizens about the Opportunity Zones in Wyandotte County and features interactive maps and charts. The Unified Government currently has six census tracts that are designated as Opportunity Zones.

Platte City approves small cell regulation ordinance — The city of Platte City, Missouri, adopted an ordinance for small cell wireless regulations. The ordinance aligns the city code with recent changes in state and federal regulations on the deployment of small cell wireless technology.

Lee’s Summit launches Quality Housing Program — The city of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, launched a new Quality Housing Program to improve maintenance and safety issues for houses in the community. The program uses a preventative approach to property code compliance, offering free onsite inspections.

Overland Park and Kansas City, Kansas, have high rates of millennial homeownership — A new study from SmartAsset ranks Overland Park and Kansas City, Kansas, 27th and 31st in the nation for millennial homeownership. The study examined where millennials are buying homes, looking at where millennial homeownership rates are currently high and where they are growing.

Parkville breaks ground on wetland restoration project — The city of Parkville, Missouri, broke ground on a wetland restoration project. The city is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete a Section 1135 project in the Parkville Bottoms. The project aims to increase aesthetic value in the community while adding floodplain storage space and protection for the area’s water supply wells.

Overland Park receives high Municipal Equality Index score — The city of Overland Park, Kansas, earned a high Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score of 86 out of a possible 100 points. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) provides an MEI score after analyzing the inclusivity of municipal laws, policies and services for LGBTQ people in the community. HRC recognized for its nondiscrimination ordinance, inclusive practices as an employer, involvement in hate crime law enforcement and leadership on LGBTQ equality.

Grandview wins Popular Annual Financial Reporting award — The city of Grandview, Missouri, won a Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR) award from the Government Finance Officers Association. The award recognizes governments that produce high quality popular annual financial reports that are understandable to the general public or those with no financial background.

Shawnee wins 2019 Design-Build Project of the Year Award — The city of Shawnee, Kansas — in partnership with the firms McClure Engineering and Emery Sapp and Sons — won the Design-Build Institute of America’s 2019 Project of the Year Award for the mid-America region. Shawnee won the award for its Flint Street improvements from Johnson Drive to 62nd Terrace.


MARC NEWS

Board of Directors — The next MARC Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2019. The agenda will be online one week before the meeting.

MARC is hiring — The Local Government Services team at MARC is hiring for the position of Local Government Services Program Manager and is looking for applicants with a local government background. Visit the MARC website for more information.

Deadline Extension! 2019 Nationwide Cybersecurity Review — The 2019 Nationwide Cybersecurity Review (NCSR) assessment deadline was extended to Feb. 14. The assessment is a free and anonymous tool to help governments better understand and measure gaps in their cybersecurity programs. It should be noted that all subrecipients of the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) must complete the NCSR to be eligible for funding. For more information and resources, visit the MARC website. Register for the NCSR here.

First Suburbs Coalition meeting on Friday, Feb. 7 — The First Suburbs Coalition is meeting on Friday, Feb. 7, from 8–10 a.m. in the Grove Room at the Grandview Parks and Recreation Center, 13500 Byars Road, Grandview, Missouri. During the meeting, the First Suburbs Coalition will recognize four communities that earned Community for All Ages awards. The agenda for the meeting includes a special presentation from Dennis Strait entitled “Unlocking the Unseen Potential of Kansas City.” Strait will discuss the impact of high infrastructure costs on municipal services. The event is free, but please register online.

Managers Roundtable addresses trends in retail — The next Managers Roundtable is on Friday, Feb. 14, from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. in the MARC Boardroom. The topic for this meeting is trends in retail — how communities can prepare for changing commercial environments and municipal revenue streams. Patrick Trouba, a transportation planner at MARC, will discuss the status of retail across the region. The meeting will also feature a presentation by Dr. Chris Kuehl, managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence. Lunch will be served. The fee to attend is $25. Please register online.

Broadband adoption study — Dr. John Horrigan conducted a study titled Examining Kansas City’s Progress in Addressing the Digital Divide: A Comparative Analysis on behalf of the Kansas City Public Library and the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition. The study addressed the progress Kansas City has made by connecting residents to high-speed internet services. The analysis may be helpful for communities seeking grants or other assistance with broadband expansion initiatives.

Kansas City Regional Purchasing Cooperative (KCRPC) news — KCRPC renewed its contract with Blue Valley Public Safety to provide storm warning sirens. KCRPC is also in the process of renewing an ammunition contract with Gulf States, which will go into effect on April 1. Upcoming rebids include petroleum products and installation for surveillance cameras. Participants are needed to develop specifications for both rebids. Contact KCRPC if you have questions or want to participate in upcoming bids.

2020 Compensation Salary Survey — The Mid-America Regional Council is administering the Compensation Salary Survey system (CSS) for local governments to easily obtain peer compensation data for the region in 2020. MARC is hosting a kickoff session (online or in person) on March 6 from 10 a.m. to noon that will include training opportunities for the online system. Register here.

Climate Action Playbook Released — Climate Action KC and the Mid- America Regional Council released the first edition of the Climate Action Playbook developed for local communities. The Climate Action Playbook will help communities in the region evaluate and implement various short-term climate strategies and policies at the municipal level based on six key areas identified by Project Drawdown. Local leaders can use the playbook to guide policy decisions. Additional resources are available on the Climate Action KC website.

Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack seminar — The Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack (CCTA) Task Force is hosting a Senior Officials Seminar on May 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. The CCTA Task Force is focused on preventing and responding to CCTAs — terrorist attacks that occur at multiple areas in quick succession — across the region. The seminar will highlight issues of importance to local elected and appointed officials. For more information on the event, contact Erin Lynch.


STATE & NATIONAL NEWS

Arkansas launches Cybersecurity Task Force — The state of Arkansas convenes a cybersecurity taskforce with the goal of advancing education pertaining to cybersecurity issues and careers. Learn more at Governing.

St. Paul creates Office of Financial Empowerment — The city of St. Paul, Minnesota, developed a new Office of Financial Empowerment to tear down barriers and improve the financial health of the city’s most vulnerable population. Learn more at Route Fifty.

Shelby County uses outcomes financing to retain pre-K seats — Miami–Dade County, Florida, used a Homeless Trust to fight homelessness in the area, decreasing homelessness by 90 percent in the past 25 years. Learn more at NACO.

Local governments turn brownfields into brightfields — Local governments redevelop brownfield properties, previously used for industrial or commercial purposes, into brightfield properties (solar farms). Learn more at ICMABlog.

Newark sues New York City over homeless relocation program — The city of Newark, New Jersey, sued New York City to stop a one-time assistance program that offers a full year’s rent to homeless residents who relocate. Learn more at American City and County.


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