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 League Letter, October 3, 2017 

League Letter | Volume 38 | Issue 40

Outdoor Lighting Meeting with Duke

Suggested Rules of Procedure for a City Council, Fourth Edition

NC Public Transportation Division Workshops

CDBG-DR Applications

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: A new gateway to downtown? See how architects re-imagine a Durham landmark

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Outdoor Lighting Meeting with Duke

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 on October 19th from 10:30 – 2:00 at the Duke Energy Offices in Raleigh (410 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601). Registration information and an agenda and will be available soon. 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, its upcoming rate cases, and other initiatives. Contact: Sarah Collins.

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 Public Transportation Division Workshops

This October, stakeholders and the public are invited to provide input at community workshops across the state as part of the North Carolina Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan. The workshops are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary to attend. For more information on the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan and date and locations, please click here.

CDBG-DR Applications

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) is making available approximately $32.5 million of CDBG-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for disaster recovery program activities. This grant announcement is directed to 46 counties for recovery efforts that will be decided after a competitive review of funding requests and the submittal of project applications.  The maximum grant award for a county is $1 million dollars per county. The application and guidelines for CDBG-DR dollars includes eligible activities such as: homeowner and rental rehabilitation, housing reconstruction, construction of new rental units, temporary rental assistance, supportive housing and services, rehabilitation of community facilities, and public infrastructure. The deadline to submit applications is October 20 by 5 pm. Counties may submit their applications as early as October 6. All applications may be submitted via email to Michele.grant@ncdps.gov.

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: A new gateway to downtown? See how architects re-imagine a Durham landmark

The City of Durham has been flooded with more than 1,000 responses about what it should do with the Durham Police Department Headquarters on West Chapel Hill Street after it is vacated next year. Now it can add a host of young architects to the mix. National architecture firm Perkins+Will has made the old police headquarters the subject of its annual design competition. “This is the last large and available development site within easy walking distance of the Durham train station, (American Tobacco) and the downtown business district,” Perkins+Will North Carolina-based Design Director Phil Freelon said. Click here to read more!