Cityscape May 2015 : Page 3

IOWA LEAGUE OF CITIES l CITYSCAPE May Volume 70 I No. 11 12 8 8 Are your playgrounds ready? More than 200,000 children are injured each year on school and park playgrounds. Do what you can to make sure your playgrounds are safe and maintained. Playing it safe, liquid, reasonable By statute, the city treasurer or finance officer is responsible for investing public funds. Review the state policies that guide those investments. Adopt a reimbursement resolution Learn more about why a reimbursement resolution should be on your “to-do” list as you begin a new project. Q&A: Campaign events at city facilities Election season begins soon, and with it numerous town hall meetings and candidate forums. Do you know if or how city facilities may be used for these events? Sunshine law on boards, committees, commissions Open meetings law applies to more than just the council. Ensure your advisory boards, commissions, committees and task forces are following the sunshine law. Citizen engagement Nearly all city services have an element of citizen engagement, which speaks to the need for cities to review their engagement efforts and find ways to improve. 12 14 18 16 23 18 2 7 16 16 2 21 19 9 20 6 22 22 20 15 22 17 22 26 13 25 13 19 Alliant Energy -Interstate Power and Light Co Bolton & Menk, Inc. Calhoun-Burns & Associates D.A. Davidson & Co. FOX Engineering Associates, Inc. French-Reneker Associates Garden & Associates, Ltd. HR Green, Inc. Hydro-Klean LLC IIW, P.C. Iowa Communities Assurance Pool Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association Iowa Public Agency Investment Trust JEO Consulting Group, Inc. Martin Gardner Architecture, P.C. McClure Engineering Company Northland Securities, Inc. Pete Howe Industrial, Inc. Red Wing Software Rehab Systems, Inc. SEH Snyder & Associates, Inc. Speer Financial, Inc. Stockwell Engineers, Inc. Veenstra & Kimm, Inc. in this issue advertisers 20 22 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; Robert Palmer; Dustin Miller; Dan Kruse, Iowa Communities Assurance Pool; Beth Grob, Ahlers & Cooney; Cristina Kuhn and Brian Damman, Public Finance Department; Jim Holz, MSA Photography & Graphics: Heather Roberts; Katie Wheeler; Bethany Crile; BigStock Photo; MSA ABOUT THE COVER An overlook of the city of Lacona, which received SEARCH grants from USDA Rural Development to fund a water study. Learn more on page 18. 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. May 2015 Cityscape 3

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