Cityscape February 2015 : 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. February 2015 4 ISAC Executive Board Meeting, West Des Moines 11 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG), Des Moines 13 ISAC Board of Directors Meeting, West Des Moines 14 ICAP Board Meeting 17 Southwest Iowa Clerks and Administrators Association (SWICAA) Meeting, Brayton 19 Northwest Iowa League of Cities 24 League Executive Board Meeting, Des Moines March 2015 5 East Central Iowa Coalition of Municipalities (ECIC) 11 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG) 12 ISAC Spring School of Instruction, Des Moines 13 Mid-Sized Cities, Marshalltown 18 Iowa Municipal Management Institute, Iowa City 26 American Public Works Association/Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations (APWA/ISOSWO) Spring Conference, West Des Moines 26 Northwest Iowa League of Cities April 2015 2 ICAP Board Meeting 2 IMWCA Board Meeting, Des Moines 4 Continuity of Government Operations Planning for Rural Communities, Nevada 8 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG) 22 Iowa Employment Conference, Altoona 23 League Executive Board Meeting, Des Moines 23 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, Lake View 29 IPAIT Board Meeting league news Transportation series resources T he Iowa League of Cities covered the topic of transportation in Iowa in a five-part series of Cityscape magazine articles from September 2014 through January 2015. Top-ics included funding sources and distribution of funding, transportation funding shortfall, infrastructure conditions, city transportation planning and capital improvement planning, fuel taxes and other funding ideas, tax increment finance related to transportation, and city debt for transportation purposes. A compilation of all of these articles is now available in the Publications area of the League Web site, www.iowaleague.org. Please contact Erin Mullenix, research and fiscal analyst for the League, at erinmullenix@iowaleague.org for more information. Reminder: City budgets due March 15 Cities are reminded to complete and file the city budget form by March 15 of each year. Two signed copies of the Adoption of Budget & Certification of Taxes page and one original proof of publication or affidavit must be filed with the county auditor along with one paper copy of the detailed budget. The city budget Excel file must be uploaded to the Iowa Department of Management (IDOM) using their online portal. Under state law a city failing to certify their budget by March 15 shall be limited to the prior year’s budget amount. However, this penalty may be waived by the director of IDOM if the city demonstrates that the March 15 deadline was missed by circumstances beyond the control of the city. In addition, a city that does not submit a budget according to state law will have all of their state funds withheld until a budget is properly submitted to the IDOM. The city budget file and other helpful resources can be found at www.dom.state.ia.us/local/city/index.html. Severe weather awareness The National Weather Service and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Man-agement Division has declared March 23 -27 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. This follows the National Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 2 – 6. The week and its associated events are an opportunity to increase awareness of and response to severe weather hazards. During this week the National Weather Service, in cooperation with local Emergency Management Agencies, encourage participation in the Statewide Tornado Drill that will take place on Wednesday, March 25 at approximately 10 a.m. Should actual severe weather occur on this date, the statewide tornado drill will be postponed. This is an excellent opportunity for cities to check the proper operation of their outdoor warning sirens and for all (individuals, families, schools, businesses, etc.) to ensure their weather alert radios are programmed correctly and have fresh batteries. Mark your calendar and plan to participate in the drill for your local area. Check us out! continues on page 9 February 2015 Cityscape 5

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Transportation series resources

The Iowa League of Cities covered the topic of transportation in Iowa in a five-part series of Cityscape magazine articles from September 2014 through January 2015. Topics included funding sources and distribution of funding, transportation funding shortfall, infrastructure conditions, city transportation planning and capital improvement planning, fuel taxes and other funding ideas, tax increment finance related to transportation, and city debt for transportation purposes.

A compilation of all of these articles is now available in the Publications area of the League Web site, www.iowaleague.org.

Please contact Erin Mullenix, research and fiscal analyst for the League, at erinmullenix@iowaleague.org for more information.

Reminder: City budgets due March 15

Cities are reminded to complete and file the city budget form by March 15 of each year. Two signed copies of the Adoption of Budget & Certification of Taxes page and one original proof of publication or affidavit must be filed with the county auditor along with one paper copy of the detailed budget. The city budget Excel file must be uploaded to the Iowa Department of Management (IDOM) using their online portal.

Under state law a city failing to certify their budget by March 15 shall be limited to the prior year’s budget amount. However, this penalty may be waived by the director of IDOM if the city demonstrates that the March 15 deadline was missed by circumstances beyond the control of the city. In addition, a city that does not submit a budget according to state law will have all of their state funds withheld until a budget is properly submitted to the IDOM.

The city budget file and other helpful resources can be found at www.dom.state.ia.us/local/city/index.html.

Severe weather awareness

The National Weather Service and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division has declared March 23 - 27 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa. This follows the National Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 2 – 6. The week and its associated events are an opportunity to increase awareness of and response to severe weather hazards.

During this week the National Weather Service, in cooperation with local Emergency Management Agencies, encourage participation in the Statewide Tornado Drill that will take place on Wednesday, March 25 at approximately 10 a.m. Should actual severe weather occur on this date, the statewide tornado drill will be postponed.

This is an excellent opportunity for cities to check the proper operation of their outdoor warning sirens and for all (individuals, families, schools, businesses, etc.) to ensure their weather alert radios are programmed correctly and have fresh batteries. Mark your calendar and plan to participate in the drill for your local area.

OSHA 300A Report update

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that from February 1 through April 30 employers post OSHA Form 300A, a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred during the last calendar year. Federal regulations require employers to keep injury and illness records, with few exceptions. The most common exception is if the employer had 10 or fewer employees during all of the last calendar year. Iowa is a plan state, meaning the regulations are enforced by Iowa OSHA. As a general rule, Iowa follows the federal regulations and has jurisdiction over municipal employees, which is not always the case in other states.

OSHA also recently announced new employer notification requirements that begin this month. Employers will now need to report to OSHA all work-related fatalities, impatient hospitalizations of one or more employees, amputations and losses of an eye. Employers have 24 hours after learning of the event to report hospitalizations, amputations or the loss of an eye. Work related fatalities must be reported by the employer within eight hours of learning of the incident. Employers only have to report fatalities that occur within 30 days of a work-related incident.

In addition to the requirement to provide a safe workplace, OSHA stipulates many other requirements, including (but not limited to) training employees on chemical right to know, fall protection, confined spaces and personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE is required when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing exposures to acceptable levels. When required, the employer must pay for most required PPE.

To learn more about OSHA record keeping and posting requirements visit www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/RKform300pkg-fillable-enabled.pdf. There you will find information on what gets recorded, how to fill out the forms and frequently asked questions and answers along with the most current forms.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/League+News/1922500/244844/article.html.

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.

February 2015

4 ISAC Executive Board Meeting, West Des Moines

11 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG), Des Moines

13 ISAC Board of Directors Meeting, West Des Moines

14 ICAP Board Meeting

17 Southwest Iowa Clerks and Administrators Association (SWICAA) Meeting, Brayton

19 Northwest Iowa League of Cities

24 League Executive Board Meeting, Des Moines

March 2015

5 East Central Iowa Coalition of Municipalities (ECIC)

11 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG)

12 ISAC Spring School of Instruction, Des Moines

13 Mid-Sized Cities, Marshalltown

18 Iowa Municipal Management Institute, Iowa City

26 American Public Works Association/Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations (APWA/ISOSWO) Spring Conference, West Des Moines

26 Northwest Iowa League of Cities

April 2015

2 ICAP Board Meeting

2 IMWCA Board Meeting, Des Moines

4 Continuity of Government Operations Planning for Rural Communities, Nevada

8 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG)

22 Iowa Employment Conference, Altoona

23 League Executive Board Meeting, Des Moines

23 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, Lake View

29 IPAIT Board Meeting

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/League+Calendar/1923556/244844/article.html.

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