Cityscape May 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. May 2015 1 ISAC Board of Directors Meeting, West Des Moines 8 Mid-Sized Cities, Marshalltown 14 East Central Iowa Coalition of Municipalities (ECIC), Pella 21 Southwest Iowa Clerks and Administrators Association (SWICAA), Griswold 21 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, Alta June 2015 2 Small City Workshop, Osceola 4 Small City Workshop, Solon 9 Small City Workshop, Manning 10 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG), Perry 11 ICAP Board Meeting 11 Small City Workshop, Fayette 16 Small City Workshop, Emmetsburg 18 IMWCA Board Meeting, Des Moines 18 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, Odebolt 18 Small City Workshop, Ellsworth 25 ISAC Board of Directors Meeting, West Des Moines 25 League Executive Board Meeting, Des Moines July 2015 3 Independence Day observed -League Office Closed 8 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG), Johnston 20 Municipal Professionals Institute, Ames 29 Municipal Professionals Academy, Ames league news Transportation fuel tax increase On February 24, the Iowa Legislature approved a 10 cent gas tax increase, and the bill was signed the following day by Governor Branstad. The League-supported bill is esti-mated to provide an additional $214 million to the Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF), from which cities receive per capita distributions to pay for the construction, repair and main-tenance of road infrastructure. The League will be putting together “best examples” to be able to show to members and legislators the many possible positive uses of these funds toward critical infrastructure needs. If you have a project that you feel is a great example for the League to include, please send it to legislativestaff@iowaleague.org. Keep in mind, the intent of the legislature was that 100 percent of the new revenues generated by the gas tax increase should be used for critical road and bridge infrastructure projects, especially significant fixes to existing roads that will prolong the life of the infrastructure The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has provided an estimate of the increases in RUTF distributions by city. These estimates, along with other details about this new law are available on the League Web site. 2015 IaCMA Summer Conference Burlington is set to host the 2015 Summer Conference of the Iowa City/County Man-agement Association (IaCMA). The conference will take place at the Pzazz Resort Hotel, in Burlington, July 15-17. The conference provides a unique educational opportunity for members of the city management profession. The program will include the latest informa-tion on a wide-range of environmental, financial and organizational challenges facing cities. The association will also hold an election for its board and officers at the conference. Three awards will also be presented at the IaCMA Summer Conference-Program of The Year, Manager of the Year and the Emerging Leader Award. Nominations can be made by fellow IaCMA members as well as other city officials; nomination forms are avail-able on the IaCMA Web site. Registration and additional information including a tentative agenda can be found at www.iacma.net. Thank you, city clerk In observance of City Clerk Week, May 4-9, the Iowa League of Cities would like to acknowledge and thank city clerks for their work to ensure their local government runs smoothly. Knowing that city clerks handle a wide range of city business, particularly in smaller communities, the League has a wide range of resources readily available to assist staff in this very important position. Code of Iowa section 380.7 requires the city council to appoint a city clerk (a different title may be used) to do essential duties for the community. In addition to other responsibilities, which vary based upon city size and services, a city clerk is often the liaison between the citizens and the council, provides access to city records, and is the compliance officer for federal, state and local statutes. Thank you to city clerks for all you do to serve the cities of Iowa and to promote good local government. Check us out! Salary Survey discontinued At its February meeting, the League Executive Board approved the discontinuation of the League’s Salary Survey to better focus resources on strategic objectives. As part of the League’s strategic planning process, the League regularly evaluates its program offerings for effectiveness and continued viability. Participation in the League’s Salary Survey has been drastically declining, and many members are doing their own “salary survey” on various email forums or finding the resources and information needed through their local council of government. May 2015 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.

May 2015

1 ISAC Board of Directors Meeting, West Des Moines

8 Mid-Sized Cities, Marshalltown

14 East Central Iowa Coalition of Municipalities (ECIC), Pella

21 Southwest Iowa Clerks and Administrators Association (SWICAA), Griswold

21 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, Alta

June 2015

2 Small City Workshop, Osceola

4 Small City Workshop, Solon

9 Small City Workshop, Manning

10 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG), Perry

11 ICAP Board Meeting 11 Small City Workshop, Fayette 16 Small City Workshop, Emmetsburg

18 IMWCA Board Meeting, Des Moines

18 Northwest Iowa League of Cities, Odebolt

18 Small City Workshop, Ellsworth

25 ISAC Board of Directors Meeting, West Des Moines

25 League Executive Board Meeting, Des Moines

July 2015

3 Independence Day observed - League Office Closed

8 Mid Iowa Association of Local Governments (MIALG), Johnston

20 Municipal Professionals Institute, Ames

29 Municipal Professionals Academy, Ames

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/League+Calendar/1998126/257053/article.html.

League News

Transportation fuel tax increase

On February 24, the Iowa Legislature approved a 10 cent gas tax increase, and the bill was signed the following day by Governor Branstad. The League-supported bill is estimated to provide an additional $214 million to the Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF), from which cities receive per capita distributions to pay for the construction, repair and maintenance of road infrastructure. The League will be putting together “best examples” to be able to show to members and legislators the many possible positive uses of these funds toward critical infrastructure needs. If you have a project that you feel is a great example for the League to include, please send it to legislativestaff@iowaleague.org. Keep in mind, the intent of the legislature was that 100 percent of the new revenues generated by the gas tax increase should be used for critical road and bridge infrastructure projects, especially significant fixes to existing roads that will prolong the life of the infrastructure

The Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) has provided an estimate of the increases in RUTF distributions by city. These estimates, along with other details about this new law are available on the League Web site.

2015 IaCMA Summer Conference

Burlington is set to host the 2015 Summer Conference of the Iowa City/County Management Association (IaCMA). The conference will take place at the Pzazz Resort Hotel, in Burlington, July 15-17. The conference provides a unique educational opportunity for members of the city management profession. The program will include the latest information on a wide-range of environmental, financial and organizational challenges facing cities. The association will also hold an election for its board and officers at the conference.

Three awards will also be presented at the IaCMA Summer Conference- Program of The Year, Manager of the Year and the Emerging Leader Award. Nominations can be made by fellow IaCMA members as well as other city officials; nomination forms are available on the IaCMA Web site. Registration and additional information including a tentative agenda can be found at www.iacma.net.

Thank you, city clerk

In observance of City Clerk Week, May 4-9, the Iowa League of Cities would like to acknowledge and thank city clerks for their work to ensure their local government runs smoothly. Knowing that city clerks handle a wide range of city business, particularly in smaller communities, the League has a wide range of resources readily available to assist staff in this very important position.

Code of Iowa section 380.7 requires the city council to appoint a city clerk (a different title may be used) to do essential duties for the community. In addition to other responsibilities, which vary based upon city size and services, a city clerk is often the liaison between the citizens and the council, provides access to city records, and is the compliance officer for federal, state and local statutes. Thank you to city clerks for all you do to serve the cities of Iowa and to promote good local government.

Salary Survey discontinued

At its February meeting, the League Executive Board approved the discontinuation of the League’s Salary Survey to better focus resources on strategic objectives. As part of the League’s strategic planning process, the League regularly evaluates its program offerings for effectiveness and continued viability. Participation in the League’s Salary Survey has been drastically declining, and many members are doing their own “salary survey” on various email forums or finding the resources and information needed through their local council of government.

Read the full article at http://www.bluetoad.com/article/League+News/1998134/257053/article.html.

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