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 League Letter, October 24, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 43

Municipal Equation: EP 36: Urban Cowboy 2, or Squashing 'Urban Vs. Rural'

NC League Safety Grants

NC League Mayors Association

Friday is the 1st Registration Deadline for the Fall Lunch & Learns

NLC City Summit

CDBG-DR Substantial Amendment Public Meetings

Rescheduled: Outdoor Lighting Meeting with Duke

Next Century Cities Survey

Suggested Rules of Procedure for a City Council, Fourth Edition

NC Finance Workshops

Making Sense of the Census: Workshop

Capital Budgeting & Infrastructure for Elected Officials

LUCA Training North Carolina

Coastal Government Workshops: Planning for Open Space

In the News: Leaves, colors bring bucks to western North Carolina

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Municipal Equation: EP 36: Urban Cowboy 2, or Squashing 'Urban Vs. Rural'

For as often as we hear the phrase "urban versus rural" -- like it's an irreconcilable competition between two oppositely distinct regions -- there are loads of examples of urban and rural communities working together to learn from one another, obliterate stereotypes on each end and team up on common goals. It's also fallacious to think "urban" and "rural" describe the whole of a truly complex spectrum of local economies. On this episode we head to Kentucky to check out a successful barrier-breaker called the Rural Urban Exchange before a meetup with the National League of Cities to map out how varied our cities and towns really are -- and how they depend on one another. Click here to tune in!

NC League Safety Grants

The North Carolina League of Municipalities is excited to offer a new program to members in our workers’ compensation and property and casualty insurance pools.   The Safety Grant Program was created to assist insurance pool members in the reduction of accidents, injuries, and liability claims.  The program has allotted $100,000 in each pool to help members purchase equipment and services that will significantly reduce the potential for future workers’ compensation, property/casualty, or liability insurance claims. Members are eligible for up to $5,000 in matching grants, depending on their annual premium, for each pool in which they participate. All applications will be reviewed by a panel to verify that the requested items meet the requirements of the grant program.  Members are encouraged to contact their risk management field consultant to review their claims activity and identify any potential liability concerns before applying for a grant. Additional information can be found here. You can also contact Bryan Leaird, Director of Risk Control, at 919-715-2905 or bleaird@nclm.org

NC League Mayors Association

Mayors from around the state have come together to create an association open to all of the state mayors to further the interests of North Carolina cities and towns, and to serve as a platform for all mayors learn from one another. The North Carolina Mayors Association has recently approved bylaws and a constituency agreement with the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Discounted dues will be available until October 31, and you can find the application here. If you have any questions contact William Brooks at wbrooks@nclm.org.

Friday is the 1st Registration Deadline for the Fall Lunch & Learns

Please join the League of Municipalities and our Risk Management Services team for lunch and a conversation about insurance – health insurance options, wellness programs for your employees, risk control programs to help prevent claims and reduce costs, and Q&A to help our members. Registration for the first three meetings ends this Friday (that’s for Manteo, Rocky Mount and New Bern), so reserve your seat today. The full agenda and schedule of all nine locations is available here. Regardless of whether you’re a large city or a small town, the League has coverage options, trainings and on-call risk-management staff that is there for your municipality. We’re here to help our member communities understand the insurance products and services out there and provide solutions that add value to your League membership. Register today!

NLC City Summit

Represent your city at #CitySummit17. City Summit is the only national conference that brings together leaders from cities and towns of all sizes. This year's conference is hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina, and expected to draw over 3,500 local elected officials, municipal staff, and local government experts for a four-day event to learn, network, and discover solutions that will strengthen America's cities and towns. The conference will be held from November 15-18 and North Carolina Officials can register for as low as $99!

CDBG-DR Substantial Amendment Public Meetings

The State of North Carolina has been awarded an additional $37,976,000 in CDBG-DR funding (which combined with the initial $198,553,000 results in a total of $236,529,000) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist disaster recovery efforts. HUD has determined that $30,380,000 or 80% of the total allocation will go for uses in the counties of Robeson, Edgecombe, Wayne and Cumberland. The forty-six remaining counties will receive the balance of $7,596,000. To provide citizens, local officials and community organizations an opportunity to comment on the use of funds and input into the needs assessment, a series of public meetings will be held on the October 17, October 18, October 24 and October 30. To view the meeting locations please click here. For more information please contact Michele Grant at 919-825-2578 or Michele.Grant@ncdps.gov.

Rescheduled Outdoor Lighting Meeting with Duke

Please register today for the next joint meeting between League members and Duke Energy to discuss issues surrounding the modernization of municipal street lighting! The meeting has been rescheduled to October 30 and will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Duke Energy Offices in Raleigh, 410 S. Wilmington Street (11th floor). This meeting 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, its upcoming rate cases, and other initiatives. In addition, League Legislative Counsel Erin Wynia will give a presentation on local regulation of small cell wireless systems. Those who would like to participate by phone can call 866.385.2663, participant code: 9988776, but should still register. Contact: Sarah Collins.

Next Century Cities Survey

Next Century Cities has partnered with RVA Market Research, LLC in order to conduct a survey about 5G and Smart City development. There is little data about these activities and how they are perceived at the local level, and Next Century Cities hopes to use survey results in order to inform policy positions and to protect local authority. This survey is completely anonymous and anyone from your city or utility can take the survey. Click here to take the survey.

Suggested Rules of Procedure for a City Council, Fourth Edition

The UNC School of Government’s Suggested Rules of Procedure for a City Council, Fourth Edition, 2017, is now available for purchase. This book provides city councils with model procedural rules for their meetings. Within the fourth edition, topics included are: the organizational meeting, pertinent requirements of the open meetings law, the role of the presiding officer, agenda preparation and approval, public hearings, and public comment periods. Click here to purchase your copy today!

NC Finance Workshops

The N.C. Department of Revenue is presenting the following workshops for county and city finance staff and property tax staff. These workshops will be offered at eleven different locations throughout the state. The morning session (8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) focuses on forms sent to our Information Unit from property tax staff (TR-1, TR-2, AV-50). The afternoon session (1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) focuses on Refunds and Distributions (descriptions below). Classes will run from October 18-December 13. To register, please visit this website and enter your information here. To find the list of locations these workshops will be held, please click here.

Making Sense of the Census: Workshop

South By North Strategies, Ltd is holding an informative census data course on October 26. The course provides an introduction to essential census concepts and sources, along with hands-on opportunities to practice local applications. Anyone who wants to understand, interpret, use, and talk about data can benefit from this class. The course will take place at The Frontier at Research Triangle Park from 9:00 a.m-4:30 p.m. For more information please click here.

Capital Budgeting & Infrastructure for Elected Officials

The UNC School of Government is hosting a workshop that will help you understand your leadership role in the capital budgeting process, translate complex financial terms into plain language, and provide you with the right questions to ask your manager and finance staff. Planning for and financing things like schools, parks, green ways, public safety needs and water/sewer is an important part of being an elected leader. This course will take place on November 16 and will be held in Chapel Hill. For registration information, please click here.

LUCA Training North Carolina

In preparation for the 2020 Census, local governments are invited to review the US Census Bureau list of addresses for their area through the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program. The training sessions will be held from October 23-November 2 starting at 9 a.m. Workshops are presented by the US Census Bureau Atlanta Regional Census Office staff and hosted by North Carolina Councils of Government. For more information about the workshops please click here.

Coastal Government Workshops: Planning for Open Space

This workshop hosted by the North Carolina Coastal Management will teach you about the benefits of open space protection, how open space can service multiple needs including recreation opportunities; floodplain management, riparian buffers, military buffers, wildlife habitat, and forestry and farmland protection; identify contacts that build framework for open space protection; and learn how other communities approach open space protection. The courses will be held on November 30 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. and on December 5 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. To register for the November course click here, and to register for the December course click here.

In the News: Leaves, colors bring bucks to western North Carolina

Like many small towns and villages across Western North Carolina, Burnsville — population 1,800, town seat of Yancey County, population 18,000 — is capitalizing on October as the biggest month of the year for business, banking on a colorful fall leaf season. According to Brandi Burleson, Yancey County finance officer, while July has traditionally had more tourists, October is starting to boom. The occupancy tax increased from $6,131 in October 2015 to $8,101 in October 2016, and gross sales increased from $204,000 to $270,000, a 32 percent jump, she said. Click here to read more!