Cityscape October 2013 : Page 3

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE October Volume 69 I No. 4 18 8 6 Traffic signing responsibilities Proper signs are important for the safety and conve-nience of citizens. Review the various signs and the requirements for signage. All-Star Community Award winners Learn more about two of the five winners of this year’s All-Star Community Awards, designed to acknowledge and encourage excellence and innovation in local government. Q&A: Insurance 101 Explore how insurance or risk-sharing can help protect your city as you navigate through the unique risks as-sociated with local government. Government employees’ speech less protected The First Amendment right to free speech is nuanced and complex, as evidenced by the recent court deci-sion in this article. Post-election checklist Tuesday, Nov. 5 is around the corner. What comes next? Check out this quick list, including oath of office and public official bonding requirements. It all adds up In preparation for passing the city budget, review this list of the basic and popular methods cities use for developing the city budget. 8 16 22 11 27 19 20 7 19 20 20 18 15 9 18 18 11 27 25 17 21 17 17 23 15 19 2 Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies Bolton & Menk, Inc. Calhoun-Burns & Associates CPMI, Inc. FOX Engineering Associates French-Reneker Associates Garden & Associates, Ltd. IIW, P.C. Iowa Codification, Inc. Iowa Finance Authority Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C. McClure Engineering Company Missman, Inc. MSA Professional Services, Inc. Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Ruan Securities, a division of D.A. Davidson & Co. Stockwell Engineers, Inc. Terracon Consultants, Inc TrueNorth® Utility Service Company, Inc. Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Ziegler Caterpillar in this issue advertisers 18 20 22 CITYSCAPE STAFF Publisher: Alan Kemp l Editor: Heather Roberts Staff contributors: Alan Kemp; Bethany Crile; Mark Tomb; Mickey Shields; Ron Sinnwell; Heather Roberts; Cindy Kendall; Erin Mullenix; Terry Timmins; Bruce Bergman; Tom McDonald, Iowa State University’s Institute for Transportation; Daniel Olson, League of Wisconsin Municipalities Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo ABOUT THE COVER Belle Plaine’s earned a 2013 All-Star Community Award with special recognition for sustainability. Learn more about their project, the award and other projects on page 10. Cityscape (ISSN 1088-5951) is published monthly by the Iowa League of Cities, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309, (515) 244-7282, FAX (978) 367-9733. A subscription to Cityscape is $18/year ($20 outside Iowa) for members and $50/year for non-members. Periodicals postage paid at Des Moines, IA. U.S.P .S. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Iowa League of Cities, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309. October 2013 Cityscape 3

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