Cityscape February 2014 : Page 3

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE February Volume 69 I No. 8 8 6 8 Goats restore shoreline In Lake Park goats came to the rescue, helping the city clear weeds and unwanted shrubs from a treacherous part of a city park. Council meetings 201 The first of this two-part article covered the basics of council meetings. Now dive a little deeper, and learn more about the special issues and problems sometimes encountered. Getting started Jeff Schott of the Institute of Public Affairs shares tips for becoming an effective elected official. Even veteran officials could brush-up by reviewing this quick list. Property tax system overview This is the first in a series of articles to cover the sweeping changes made to Iowa’s property tax system during the 2013 legislative session. Human resources for cities of all sizes Cities large and small will get a basic overview of common human resource pitfalls, requirements and focuses. Q&A: Drug testing Learn more about the Drug and Alcohol Testing Alli-ance (DATA), a program created to help cities navigate through federal testing requirements. 10 12 18 17 10 13 15 25 24 13 21 22 19 24 25 17 17 9 25 24 11 25 27 23 13 2 Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies Bolton & Menk, Inc. Calhoun-Burns & Associates FOX Engineering Associates Garden & Associates, Ltd. IIW, P.C. Iowa Codification, Inc. Iowa Communities Assurance Pool Iowa Finance Authority Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Kirkham Michael Consulting Engineers McClure Engineering Company Missman, Inc. MSA Professional Services, Inc. Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Pittsburg Tank & Tower Maintenance Co. Purple Wave Auction Terracon Consultants, Inc TrueNorth® Utility Service Company, Inc. Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. Ziegler Caterpillar in this issue advertisers 14 18 24 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; Lisa Hanus, UnityPoint Clinic-Occupational Medicine Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo; Goats on the Go ABOUT THE COVER Goats like this one helped the city of Lake Park restore its lake view. Learn more on page 8. 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. February 2014 Cityscape 3

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