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 League Letter, April 11, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 15 

Municipal Equation

Registration Deadlines Approaching for the League’s Spring Tour

Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Draft Action Plan (CDBG-DR)

2017 Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies

Outdoor Lighting Webinar

Infrastructure Symposium

Public Executive Leadership Academy

State Transportation Improvement Program Public Information Sessions

Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Informational Workshops

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for spring 2017

Application Period for Hazard Mitigation Program Open

Working with Citizen Advisory Committees and Boards

Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

2018 NC 911 Board Grant Cycle Opened

Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities for Elected Officials

In the News: MacRae Park splash pad opens in Wilmington

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 22: Urban Soundscapes and Active Listening

As America develops, how often do you pause to listen? To the places undergoing active change? Or those preserved in time? To the sounds that truly identify a location, whether natural or developed? On this episode -- headphones required this time! -- we talk about the connections and influences we can develop with specific places when we pause to take them for what they are in the moment, via active listening. Many have taken to field recording, to capture what's around them for analysis -- in some cases highly scientific, and influential of public policy. Click here to listen.

Registration Deadlines Approaching for the League’s Spring Tour

The N.C. League of Municipalities is here to serve you, the member municipalities and risk pool members that, combined, are the League. With that in mind, this Spring Tour 2017 offers an examination of hot-button issues designed to help you find solutions to pressing problems in your city or town. The meetings will also cover NCLM services and offerings, whether they involve insurance and those services designed to decrease risk and insurance liability, training for elected and appointed officials, financial savings programs, legal advice or advocacy. And, of course, the presentations will answer questions as risk pool members make insurance renewal decisions. Join us for a session filled with practical advice and information you can use. The event’s agenda and session information is available here.

Registration deadlines are looming, so register online today and join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner:

Register before midnight tomorrow (April 12th) for the following meetings:

April 17, 5:00 p.m. | Lenoir

April 18, 7:30 a.m. | Cornelius

April 18, 5:00 p.m. | Winston-Salem

April 19, 7:30 a.m. | Carthage

April 19, 5:00 p.m. | Durham

April 20, 7:30 a.m. | Rocky Mount

April 20, 5:00 p.m. | Williamston

Register before midnight on Monday (April 17th) for the following meetings:

April 24, 5:00 p.m. | Kinston

April 25, 7:30 a.m. | Fayetteville

April 25, 5:00 p.m. | Leland

May 2, 7:30 a.m. | Asheboro

May 2, 5:00 p.m. | Franklin

May 3, 11:30 a.m. | Black Mountain.

Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Draft Action Plan (CDBG-DR)

The State of North Carolina Department of Commerce is seeking public comment on the draft “State of North Carolina CDBG-DR Action Plan.” The 14-day comment period began on March 31, 2017 and will conclude on April 14, 2017. If your County received a federal disaster declaration as a result of Hurricane Matthew, this CDBG-DR Action Plan is of interest to you. Please review and make any comments at your earliest convenience. The document will also be shared with your local Emergency Managers, Planners and others. Please feel to share with others in your county. We are looking for as much feedback as possible. The Action Plan and comment forms can be located at the following link. If you have questions, please contact Iris Payne at ipayne@nccommerce.com.

2017 Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies

The UNC School of Government, in cooperation with the North Carolina League of Municipalities (NCLM) and the North Carolina Association of Municipal Clerks (NCAMC), is pleased to announce the schedule for this year's Regional Master Municipal Clerks Academies. The academies will take place on April 21 at Cramerton and April 28 at High Point. Each academy will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. and will include the following sessions: Street Smarts; Spreading the Joy: Limits on Multiple Office-Holding; Financing Capital Projects 101; and Clerk Trivia. Click here to register for on of the academies.

Outdoor Lighting Webinar

Save the Date for the next joint meeting between League members and Duke Energy to discuss issues surrounding the modernization of municipal street lighting. The meeting will take place by webinar on April from 21st 10:00 – 11:30. This webinar will serve as a continuation of discussions that began after the League, in 2013, intervened in the Duke Energy Carolinas rate case before the North Carolina Utilities Commission. It’s an opportunity for Duke to check in with municipal customers to discuss outdoor lighting strategies, updates and sustainability efforts. Please, register here; Click here for the agenda.

Infrastructure Symposium

Infrastructure affects our daily lives, whether roads, water and sewer or the energy grid. Join the NC League of Municipalities and Smith Moore Leatherwood on May 18 in Raleigh for an Infrastructure Symposium that will provide attendees with practical information that can be applied to cities and towns across North Carolina. This event is perfect for elected officials, city and town managers, attorneys, public works/utilities directors, engineers and planning officials, economic development directors, transit agencies and utility authorities, and others. Click here for more information.

Public Executive Leadership Academy

Take your leadership education to the next level with the Public Executive Leadership Academy. Participants develop a "real world" community change project, learn tools to diagnose and solve community problems, and think strategically about board and staff relations. The program is designed for public leaders with at least five to seven years of management experience, including city and county managers, assistant managers, and department heads who play significant external roles in their community. Scholarships for this event will be available. It will be held at the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill. Click here to apply.

State Transportation Improvement Program Public Information Sessions

The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is a document developed cooperatively by local, regional and state transportation entities. It includes a list of multi-modal transportation projects, such as highway, transit and bicycle based on the state’s long-range transportation goals. The projects are drawn from and are consistent with a Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan, Countywide Transportation Plans and Metropolitan Transportation Plans. There will be nine (9) public information sessions held from March 29-May 9 across the state designed to inform the public about the projects in the Draft STIP and gather input on the process to create it. People who cannot attend a meeting in person can also provide feedback via phone, fax and e-mail. Contact the NCDOT for dates and locations.

Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) Informational Workshops

The US Census Bureau will be in North Carolina from April 11-21 offering 11 free training workshops across the state. The LUCA Operation is the one and only opportunity for tribal, state, and local governments to review and comment on the Census address list, which will serve as the foundation for the 2020 Decennial Census. At the workshops, you will learn the purpose of LUCA and ways it can benefit your community, what is new for LUCA this decade, the LUCA schedule, and developing a plan for your LUCA review. Click here to learn more about locations and workshop times.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Regional Conservation Partnership Program

Through this fourth Regional Conservation Partnership Program Announcement for Program Funding, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds. The NRCS national office will host multiple webinars about the pre-application and full project application processes. Pre-applications are due April 21, 2017. Click here for details.

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for spring 2017

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has announced the spring 2017 funding round and related application training. Funding offered this round will include a portion of the Connect NC bond program and all applications must be received by the division no later than close of business on April 28, 2017. Click here for more information on the application.

Application Period for Hazard Mitigation Program Open

The N.C. Emergency Management application period for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is now open. With the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Matthew on North Carolina, the state expects to see the largest HMGP offered since Hurricane Floyd. N.C. Emergency Management is accepting Letters of Interest for possible inclusion in the state’s HMGP submission to FEMA. Eligible applicants are local governments with a FEMA and NCEM approved and adopted Hazard Mitigation Plan. The deadline for receiving the letters is May 1, 2017. Questions regarding the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, technical assistance with applicant intake or eligibility can be directed to Nick Burk, Hazard Mitigation Grants Section Manager, at 919-825-2301, or Sharon Winstead, Hazard Mitigation Supervisor, at 919-825-2356.

Working with Citizen Advisory Committees and Boards

One of the most common and substantive ways citizen participation in local government occurs is through service on appointed advisory committees (CACs) and boards (also sometimes called commissions or task forces). This one-day workshop offered by the UNC School of Government explores promising practices of non-mandated, local government citizen advisory committees and boards. Participants will learn about essentials around advisory committee service, including clarifying roles and expectations; recruiting, appointing, and training volunteers; staffing and managing committee work; and evaluating CAC effectiveness. This course will be held May 5, in Chapel Hill. Click here for more information.

Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

The UNC school of Government is offering a course on local government purchasing in Chapel Hill, May 9-12. This course is designed for new local government purchasing officials and covers basic principles and legal requirements for local government purchasing. Topics include the following: Competitive bidding requirements for purchasing and construction contracting, purchasing ethics and conflicts of interest, practical skills such as vendor relations, developing specifications, and bid solicitations and more. Click here to learn more.

2018 NC 911 Board Grant Cycle Opened

The 2018 NC 911 Board grant cycle is now open and the board is accepting grant applications. You can access the application by visiting the 911 Board website. The link can be found on the rotating “Carousel” on the 911 Board website landing page, in the “911 Forms Panel” under “Resources” or by using this link. Once completed, the application along with any accompanying documents must be emailed to 911comments@its.nc.gov. Applications will only be accepted via email. Any application received via mail, fax or other media will not be accepted. The deadline for filing is midnight, June 7. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Taylor at 919-754-6624 or via richard.taylor@nc.gov.

Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities for Elected Officials

The Local Elected Leaders Academy (LELA) will be offering the “Financial Fiduciary Responsibilities for Elected Officials” workshop on Wednesday, June 14th from 9:00 am – Noon at the Moore County Agricultural Center located at 707 Pinehurst Avenue, Carthage, NC. This workshop will focus on the financial fiduciary responsibilities that elected officials have regarding the annual audit, the oversight of fund balance, and reporting requirements of the Local Government Commission. Specifically, there will be a focus on two of the most frequently challenging arenas: what an audit is (and, more importantly, what it is not) and the limitations and flexibility that a governing board has regarding the use of fund balance. Instruction will include real-life examples of internal control challenges and how board involvement can help overcome those challenges. Attendees will also learn about the types of questions that elected officials should ask of their staff and their independent auditors, and what various correspondences from the Local Government Commission actually mean. This workshop is primarily for municipal and county elected officials and there is no cost to attend the workshop. Click here to Register.

In the News: MacRae Park splash pad opens in Wilmington

The Hugh MacRae Park splash pad opened recently. Tucked away in the heart of the park off South College Road, the colorful, 2,700-square-foot attraction was unveiled with a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony. Making the opening a true event, food trucks and festivities provided by Cape Fear Museum and the New Hanover County Public Library were also on hand. Click here to read this and other news.