Cityscape September 2014 : Page 5

League Calendar To have your meeting listed in next month’s issue of Cityscape , send it by the 10th of the month to Cityscape Calendar, c/o Iowa League of Cities, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309; fax it to (978) 367-9733; email it to mailbox@iowaleague.org; or call (515) 244-7282. September 2014 1 Labor Day -League Office Closed 4 IMWCA Board Meeting, Des Moines 10 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG), Pleasant Hill 11 ISAC Board of Directors Retreat, Humboldt County 11 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, Templeton 15 Introduction to Federal-Aid Right of Way Requirements for Local Public Agencies, Charles City 17 Introduction to Federal-Aid Right of Way Requirements for Local Public Agencies, Manchester 17 Golden Circle Municipal Officers Association (GCMOA, Clive 19 Introduction to Federal-Aid Right of Way Requirements for Local Public Agencies, DeWitt 24 League's Annual Conference & Exhibit, Council Bluffs 30 Northeast Iowa League of Cities, Manchester October 2014 6 City Week 8 ICAP Board Meeting 8 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG), Johnston 9 Managing Municipal Finances, Webinar 14 One-Day Safety University, Ankeny 16 ISAC Board of Directors Meeting, West Des Moines 22 Golden Circle Municipal Officers Association (GCMOA) 23 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, Onawa 29 Green Fleet Conference & Expo, Schaumburg 29 IPAIT Board Meeting November 2014 6 IMWCA Board Meeting, Des Moines 6 Iowa’s Gift Law and Holiday Preparations, Webinar 7 Mid-Sized Cities, Marshalltown 11 2014 North American NGV Conference and Expo, Kansas City 12 ISAC Fall School of Instruction -Election of Officers, Des Moines 12 Budget Workshop, Clear Lake 12 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG) 13 Budget Workshop King’s Pointe, Storm Lake 13 League Executive Board Meeting, Des Moines 13 East Central Iowa Coalition of Municipalities (ECIC) 18 Budget Workshop Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, Cedar Rapids 19 Golden Circle Municipal Officers Association (GCMOA) 20 Budget Workshop Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield 20 New City Attorney Institute, Johnston 20 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, LeMars 21 Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association (IMAA) Annual Conference, Johnston 27-28 Thanksgiving Day -League Office Closed league news Priorities for 2015 legislative session Each year the League’s legislative policy priorities are developed through a deliberate process guided by the Legislative Policy Committee. The committee holds two meetings during the interim to discuss and determine what the legislative priorities should include. The issues are refined through the process until a consensus is reached on which issues will be the League’s priorities for the upcoming session. This process is outlined under the League constitution where a Legislative Policy Committee must be established to develop the legislative priorities. These priorities provide focus for the legislators and League mem-bers through the session. The draft of the upcoming year’s legislative priorities is available on the League Web site, www.iowaleague.org. The Legislative Policy Committee put together the draft version that was approved by the Executive Board. The final step for adoption is by the general membership at this year’s Annual Business Meeting, during the League Annual Conference on September 26 in Council Bluffs. We hope you will take a look at the draft and attend the Annual Business Meeting to adopt these priorities. This process plays an important role in the advocacy efforts on be -half of your city. To provide any feedback on the process or input to the Legislative Policy Committee, contact Director of Government Affairs, Dustin Miller at dustinmiller@ iowaleague.org. Annual Financial Report information available The State Auditor’s Office has posted the fiscal Annual Financial Report (AFR) for all cit -ies to access the letter from Auditor Mary Mosiman and the Excel workbook which contains the instructions for completing the report at: http://auditor.iowa.gov/afr/index.html. After the first page is published (or posted if the city’s population is 200 or less) it is recommended that the council review the AFR, but it not required by statute. However, the mayor or another city official and the city clerk must sign and date the report. The city must submit one paper copy of the first page of the report and the proof of publication/ posting on or before December 1, 2014. Additionally all AFR's must be filed electronically using a data portal before the process is considered compliant with state requirements. Penalties are applied for not filing a completed report by the deadline. The Iowa League of Cities, Iowa State Extension and Outreach and the State Auditor’s Office have produced an updated online training for the 2014 AFR. Registration is avail -able at www.iowaleague.org. Questions concerning completion of the AFR can be sent to the State Auditor’s Office or to the League. Celebrate cities in Iowa Cities are vibrant, innovative centers for work, play and life. City Week 2014, held Oc -tober 6-10, is an effort to raise public awareness about the services that cities perform and to educate the public on how city government works. If your city has not yet made plans to celebrate, it’s not too late. The League has compiled ideas and tools, including sample resolutions and letters to the editor, online at www.cityweekiowa.com. In the center spread of this month’s magazine, you’ll find a poster your city can display in a prominent area. Use the poster to catch people’s eye and highlight your city’s celebra -tion schedule in the same area; then hang the poster at your City Week events. Additional City Week logos and this poster may be downloaded from www.cityweekiowa.com. Also, remember to take photos of your City Week events to share with the League, spon -sor of City Week. contines on page 25 September 2014 Cityscape 5

League Calendar

To have your meeting listed in next month’s issue of Cityscape, send it by the 10th of the month to Cityscape Calendar, c/o Iowa League of Cities, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309; fax it to (978) 367-9733; email it to mailbox@iowaleague.org; or call (515) 244-7282.

September 2014

1 Labor Day - League Office Closed
4 IMWCA Board Meeting, Des Moines
10 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG), Pleasant Hill
11 ISAC Board of Directors Retreat, Humboldt County
11 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, Templeton
15 Introduction to Federal-Aid Right of Way Requirements for Local Public Agencies, Charles City
17 Introduction to Federal-Aid Right of Way Requirements for Local Public Agencies, Manchester
17 Golden Circle Municipal Officers Association (GCMOA, Clive
19 Introduction to Federal-Aid Right of Way Requirements for Local Public Agencies, DeWitt
24 League's Annual Conference & Exhibit, Council Bluffs
30 Northeast Iowa League of Cities, Manchester

October 2014

6 City Week
8 ICAP Board Meeting
8 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG), Johnston
9 Managing Municipal Finances, Webinar
14 One-Day Safety University, Ankeny
16 ISAC Board of Directors Meeting, West Des Moines
22 Golden Circle Municipal Officers Association (GCMOA)
23 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, Onawa
29 Green Fleet Conference & Expo, Schaumburg
29 IPAIT Board Meeting

November 2014

6 IMWCA Board Meeting, Des Moines
6 Iowa’s Gift Law and Holiday Preparations, Webinar
7 Mid-Sized Cities, Marshalltown
11 2014 North American NGV Conference and Expo, Kansas City
12 ISAC Fall School of Instruction - Election of Officers, Des Moines
12 Budget Workshop, Clear Lake
12 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG)
13 Budget Workshop King’s Pointe, Storm Lake
13 League Executive Board Meeting, Des Moines
13 East Central Iowa Coalition of Municipalities (ECIC)
18 Budget Workshop Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, Cedar Rapids
19 Golden Circle Municipal Officers Association (GCMOA)
20 Budget Workshop Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield
20 New City Attorney Institute, Johnston
20 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, LeMars
21 Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association (IMAA) Annual Conference, Johnston
27-28 Thanksgiving Day - League Office Closed

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/League+Calendar/1799990/223108/article.html.

League News

Priorities for 2015 legislative session

Each year the League’s legislative policy priorities are developed through a deliberate process guided by the Legislative Policy Committee. The committee holds two meetings during the interim to discuss and determine what the legislative priorities should include. The issues are refined through the process until a consensus is reached on which issues will be the League’s priorities for the upcoming session. This process is outlined under the League constitution where a Legislative Policy Committee must be established to develop the legislative priorities. These priorities provide focus for the legislators and League members through the session.

The draft of the upcoming year’s legislative priorities is available on the League Web site, www.iowaleague.org. The Legislative Policy Committee put together the draft version that was approved by the Executive Board. The final step for adoption is by the general membership at this year’s Annual Business Meeting, during the League Annual Conference on September 26 in Council Bluffs.

We hope you will take a look at the draft and attend the Annual Business Meeting to adopt these priorities. This process plays an important role in the advocacy efforts on behalf of your city. To provide any feedback on the process or input to the Legislative Policy Committee, contact Director of Government Affairs, Dustin Miller at dustinmiller@iowaleague.org.

Annual Financial Report information available

The State Auditor’s Office has posted the fiscal Annual Financial Report (AFR) for all cities to access the letter from Auditor Mary Mosiman and the Excel workbook which contains the instructions for completing the report at: http://auditor.iowa.gov/afr/index.html.

After the first page is published (or posted if the city’s population is 200 or less) it is recommended that the council review the AFR, but it not required by statute. However, the mayor or another city official and the city clerk must sign and date the report. The city must submit one paper copy of the first page of the report and the proof of publication/ posting on or before December 1, 2014. Additionally all AFR's must be filed electronically using a data portal before the process is considered compliant with state requirements. Penalties are applied for not filing a completed report by the deadline.

The Iowa League of Cities, Iowa State Extension and Outreach and the State Auditor’s Office have produced an updated online training for the 2014 AFR. Registration is available at www.iowaleague.org. Questions concerning completion of the AFR can be sent to the State Auditor’s Office or to the League.

Celebrate cities in Iowa

Cities are vibrant, innovative centers for work, play and life. City Week 2014, held October 6-10, is an effort to raise public awareness about the services that cities perform and to educate the public on how city government works. If your city has not yet made plans to celebrate, it’s not too late. The League has compiled ideas and tools, including sample resolutions and letters to the editor, online at www.cityweekiowa.com.

In the center spread of this month’s magazine, you’ll find a poster your city can display in a prominent area. Use the poster to catch people’s eye and highlight your city’s celebration schedule in the same area; then hang the poster at your City Week events. Additional City Week logos and this poster may be downloaded from www.cityweekiowa.com. Also, remember to take photos of your City Week events to share with the League, sponsor of City Week.

Street report due September 30

All cities in Iowa receive Road Use Tax Funds (RUTF). The Code of Iowa Chapter 312.14 requires cities that receive an allotment to prepare an annual report showing receipts and expenditures for street-related activities. This annual report is not limited to RUTF; it includes all receipts and expenditures spent on street-related expenses.

The report is completed online using Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) forms. The report provides an overview of the entire street program for your city, including all street-related bonds, notes and loans.

The report must be approved by resolution of the council and electronically submitted to the IDOT on or before September 30. If the annual report is not completed by September 30, IDOT will report the delinquency to the Treasurer of the State of Iowa and the RUTF allocation will be withheld. If the city has not complied by December 31, its RUTF will revert to the street construction fund for distribution to compliant cities.

Office closed

The League’s Annual Conference & Exhibit takes the whole staff out of the office to Council Bluffs, so we’ll be slow in responding to phone calls and emails during the event, September 24-26. Most staff will have limited or no access to email and voicemail and may not get back to you until Monday, September 29.

Bring your questions to Council Bluffs! We’re excited to see you there!

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