Cityscape January 2014 : Page 3

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE January Volume 69 I No. 7 14 6 6 Conflict of interest basics Deciding between public duty and private advantage can create a conflict of interest. Review the basics behind conflict of interest laws before you decide. Ounce of prevention, pound of cure When it comes to municipal finance and fraud, an ounce of prevention is worth [more than] a pound of cure. Learn more about what your city can do and the laws in place to improve the council’s financial oversight. Council meetings 101 Most councils strive for effective and efficient meet-ings. Review the basic meeting procedures, as outlined in the Code of Iowa , and check out some recommen-dations from seasoned cities. First days in office The first few months in office can be overwhelming. Start your new term with this checklist of things to learn and know in your first 60 and 90 days. Understanding municipal law Developing a working understanding of the laws which establish, define, authorize and limit the exercise of city governance can be daunting. Let us help you get started with this basic overview. 20 15 15 7 6 6 21 19 6 26 23 23 15 17 7 23 9 27 9 9 2 Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies Bolton & Menk, Inc. Foth Infrastructure & Environment French-Reneker Associates Garden & Associates, Ltd. GATSO USA I & S Group, Inc. IIW, P.C. Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C. McClure Engineering Company MSA Professional Services, Inc. Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Pittsburg Tank & Tower Maintenance Co. Snyder & Associates, Inc. Speer Financial, Inc. Terracon Consultants, Inc Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Ziegler Caterpillar in this issue advertisers 8 10 7 I owa Public Agency Investment Trust 18 20 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; Jeff Schott, University of Iowa’s Institute of Public Affairs Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo ABOUT THE COVER The North Liberty city council meetings to discuss business. As new city officials prepare for their role, both before their first council meeting and in the coming months, the League is here with valuable informa-tion for new and seasoned officials. 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. January 2014 Cityscape 3

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