Cityscape September 2013 : Page 4

Guest’s Viewpoint l Small City Finance Workgroup he Iowa League of Cities represents a diverse membership, not the least of which is the difference in population between the smallest and the largest cities. Of the 946 cities in Iowa, nearly half of the League’s members have a population of less than 500 individuals. During my tenure serving on the Iowa League of Cities Executive Board as a representative of small cities, it became evi-dent that identifying the needs of our smaller communities would be a challenge. Many small communities have a one-person clerk’s office, and the mayor and council work fulltime jobs in addition to their commitment to the city, making it difficult to communi -cate their financial needs. From this concern, in the spring of 2009, the League Executive Board created a Small City Finance Workgroup. The workgroup represents communities with a population of about 3,000 or less, and consists of nine city officials including; Aaron Anderson, Administrator/Clerk, City of Ely; Calvin Bandstra, Clerk, City of Leighton; Carrie Kirchhoff, Clerk, City of Lewis; Donny Hobbs, Mayor, City of Lohrville; James Gourley, Mayor, City of Corwith; Norbert Ranard, Mayor, City of Tripoli; Patrick Rigg, Administrator/Clerk, City of Eldora; Ruth Randleman, Mayor, City of Carlisle and myself, Denise Hoy, Administrator/Clerk, City of Conrad. The purpose of the group is to discuss the unique financial challenges faced by small cities in Iowa with hopes of mak -ing policy recommendations to both the Board and the Legislative Policy Committee of the Iowa League of Cities. For example, too often we read about a community that was a victim of fraud, which can be devastating to a community. Hope -fully, you are now aware of the new oversight law that mandates small cities have an annual examination. Although no one likes unfunded mandates, our small communities had a voice in what was passed; the Small City Finance Workgroup was instrumental in setting the “ground rules” for this administrative change. Born and raised a “small town Iowa girl,” I have a passion and love for Iowa’s small cities! It is my pleasure to Chair the Small City Finance Workgroup, and I am so proud to be a representative of them! Chances are if you are reading this, you may be one of the 500 small city members the Iowa League of Cities represents. The League wants to hear about the chal-lenges that you face. Please let the Small City Finance Workgroup know about them by calling one of the members listed above, or contact the Iowa League of Cities. Our small towns can work together to have a resounding voice! T Denise Hoy | Administrator/Clerk, City of Conrad Administrator/Clerk, City of Conrad Denise Hoy EXECUTIVE BOARD President: Reynold Peterson, Mayor, Spencer, (712) 580-7200 l President-elect: Buck Clark, Mayor, Waterloo, (319) 291-4301 l Immediate Past President: Kris Gulick, Council Member, Cedar Rapids, (319) 286-5051 | Past President: Ruth Randleman, Mayor, Carlisle, (515) 989-3224 l Past President: Terry Donahue, Council Member, North Liberty, (319) 626-3774 DIRECTORS Patty Anderson, City Clerk/Administrator, Hartley, (712) 928-2240 l Lori Brown, City Clerk, Wilton, (563) 732-2115 | Ann Campbell, Mayor, Ames, (515) 239-5105 l Kim Downs, City Administrator, Hiawatha, (319) 393-1515 | Jim Ferneau, City Administrator, Burlington, (319) 753-8124 l Clint Fichter, City Manager, Avoca, (712) 343-2424 l Linda Gaul, City Clerk, Earlville, (563) 923-3365 l James Gourley, Mayor, Corwith, (515) 583-2340 l Jim Heavens, Mayor, Dyersville, (563) 875-7996 | Gregg Mandsager, City Administrator/Clerk, Muscatine, (563) 264-1550 | Scott Peterson, City Administrator/ Clerk, Lake View, (712) 657-2634 | Adam Schweers, Mayor, Carroll, (712) 792-1000 l Matt Walsh, Council Member, Council Bluffs, (712) 328-4616 | Warren Woods, Mayor, Creston, (641) 782-2000 LEAGUE STAFF Elisabeth Bender, Administrative Assistant l Bruce E. Bergman, General Counsel l Shannon Busby, Office Manager l Bethany Crile, Com-munications Coordinator l Alison R. Deiter, Accountant l Kim Gannon, Claims Examiner l Monica Grubbs, Administrative Assistant l Jeff Hovey, Director of Risk Services l Matt Jackson, Claims Manager | Cindy Kendall, Extension Program Specialist l Tim Kirgan, Marketing Manager l Alan Kemp, Executive Director | Phil Marcuson, IT Project Manager l Jenny McKenzie, Medical-Only Claims Examiner l Dustin Miller, Governmental Affairs Manager Dana Monosmith, Controller l Erin Mullenix, Research and Fiscal Analyst | Ed Morrison, Loss Control Representative l Ryan Pealer, IT Tech Support Cale Rizer, Medical Only Claims Examiner l Heather Roberts, Director of Information Services l Dean Schade, Senior Loss Control Representative Mickey Shields, Assistant Director of Membership Services l Ron Sinnwell, Loss Control Coordinator l Terry Timmins, General Counsel Mark Tomb, Direc-tor of Membership Services l Amanda Werner, Administrative Assistant l Katie Wheeler, Graphic Designer | Chuck Williams, R.N., Senior Claims Examiner Tiffani Williamson, Accounting Assistant 4 Cityscape September 2013

Guest’s Viewpoint

Denise Hoy

The Iowa League of Cities represents a diverse membership, not the least of which is the difference in population between the smallest and the largest cities. Of the 946 cities in Iowa, nearly half of the League’s members have a population of less than 500 individuals. During my tenure serving on the Iowa League of Cities Executive Board as a representative of small cities, it became evident that identifying the needs of our smaller communities would be a challenge. Many small communities have a one-person clerk’s office, and the mayor and council work fulltime jobs in addition to their commitment to the city, making it difficult to communicate their financial needs.<br /> <br /> From this concern, in the spring of 2009, the League Executive Board created a Small City Finance Workgroup. The workgroup represents communities with a population of about 3,000 or less, and consists of nine city officials including; Aaron Anderson, Administrator/Clerk, City of Ely; Calvin Bandstra, Clerk, City of Leighton; Carrie Kirchhoff, Clerk, City of Lewis; Donny Hobbs, Mayor, City of Lohrville; James Gourley, Mayor, City of Corwith; Norbert Ranard, Mayor, City of Tripoli; Patrick Rigg, Administrator/Clerk, City of Eldora; Ruth Randleman, Mayor, City of Carlisle and myself, Denise Hoy, Administrator/Clerk, City of Conrad.<br /> <br /> The purpose of the group is to discuss the unique financial challenges faced by small cities in Iowa with hopes of making policy recommendations to both the Board and the Legislative Policy Committee of the Iowa League of Cities. For example, too often we read about a community that was a victim of fraud, which can be devastating to a community. Hopefully, you are now aware of the new oversight law that mandates small cities have an annual examination. Although no one likes unfunded mandates, our small communities had a voice in what was passed; the Small City Finance Workgroup was instrumental in setting the “ground rules” for this administrative change.<br /> <br /> Born and raised a “small town Iowa girl,” I have a passion and love for Iowa’s small cities! It is my pleasure to Chair the Small City Finance Workgroup, and I am so proud to be a representative of them! Chances are if you are reading this, you may be one of the 500 small city members the Iowa League of Cities represents. The League wants to hear about the challenges that you face. Please let the Small City Finance Workgroup know about them by calling one of the members listed above, or contact the Iowa League of Cities. Our small towns can work together to have a resounding voice!<br /> <br /> Administrator/Clerk, City of Conrad Denise Hoy

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