Cityscape March 2015 : Page 3

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE March Volume 70 I No. 9 12 6 6 Spring cleaning As residents begin cleaning out the house and garage, safe and efficient ways to handle the discarded items, especially hazardous household materials, are important. Who’s on deck? The concept of a succession plan is not new, but many cities have not adopted one. With more than half of local government employees between the ages of 45 and 64, has your city considered who will take their place? Q&A: Public input Public involvement can make or break a project. So how can public input be properly managed to get proj-ects implemented? Using background checks Background checks are often considered in hiring, but how a city uses information obtained during a background check is heavily influenced by state and federal laws. Public improvement contracts With contracts, the old saying from Benjamin Franklin is true: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. What do you need to consider before approving a public improvement contract? 23 7 13 7 26 7 9 2 21 19 2 17 22 23 23 11 21 21 21 20 9 23 Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies Bolton & Menk, Inc. Calhoun-Burns & Associates FOX Engineering Associates, Inc. French-Reneker Associates Garden & Associates, Ltd. Hydro-Klean LLC IIW, P.C. Iowa Communities Assurance Pool Iowa Department of Natural Resources Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C. McClure Engineering Company Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Rehab Systems, Inc. Snyder & Associates, Inc. Speer Financial, Inc. Stockwell Engineers, Inc. Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. in this issue advertisers 8 12 20 23 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; Robert Palmer; Dustin Miller; Jeff Schug, McClure Engineering Company; Angie Bersaw, Bolton & Menk, Inc.; Danielle Jess Haindfield, Ahlers & Cooney, P .C. Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo; City of Iowa City, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, McClure Engineering Company ABOUT THE COVER Construction often causes access problems for residents. Check out suggestions for balancing construction projects with citizen’s accessibil-ity concerns 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. March 2015 Cityscape 3

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