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 League Letter, September 20, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 38

Pre-Registration Deadline ends this Friday, September 23 for Advocacy Goals Conference & CityVision 2016 Annual Conference

Best Practices When Seeking Water/Sewer Rate Increases

Debt Setoff Regional Meetings Schedule

Outdoor Lighting Meeting

Coastal Government Grant Opportunities Workshop

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Fall 2016

State Treasurers' Conference

U.S. Communities Sourcing Summit

Capital Budgeting for Elected Officials

The Future of Urban Open Space: A Workshop for NC Parks Professionals

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

In the News: Trucks bypassing weigh-in station cause havoc for downtown Seagrove

Job opportunities

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Pre-Registration Deadline ends this Friday, September 23 for Advocacy Goals Conference & CityVision 2016 Annual Conference

If you haven’t already registered to attend the first-ever joint Advocacy Goals Conference and CityVision 2016 Annual Conference, now’s the time — Pre-registration ends on Friday, September 23rd. The Advocacy Goals Conference gives all member cities and towns the opportunity to influence regulatory and legislative goals for the upcoming 2017-2018 legislative biennium. Whether your municipality is large or small, located in the east, west or in between, it’s important to share your hometown’s priorities and perspective and register its vote at the Advocacy Goals Conference. Likewise, all cities and towns will benefit from attending this year’s CityVision 2016 Annual Conference. We have nationally-renowned experts on the most relevant issues facing cities, towns, and municipal officials. For example, Tony Buettner, New York Times best-selling author, will share how to use societal happiness measurements to communicate the positive effects municipal investments have on residents and economic development. That’s not all – Hilary Greenberg, Dan Burden, Jack Ryan and others will share their expert insights about how to connect with the public and communicate the value municipalities provide; adapt to the changing demographic and cultural landscapes; and grow economic opportunities in hometowns of all sizes. Click here to register for both events today! If you have registration questions, email us.

Best Practices When Seeking Water/Sewer Rate Increases

The UNC Environmental Finance Center just published research and tools that can help municipalities when seeking water/sewer rate increases from elected officials. This comprehensive statistical analysis includes the ten “best practices” for utilities to consider when asking for rate increases along with an infographics that can be used when making the case to elected officials. Click here to read the blog post.

Debt Setoff Regional Meetings Schedule

The League and The NC Association of County Commissioners are sponsoring six free regional meetings, beginning September 13 and going thru September 22, to discuss debt setoff strategies for municipalities. Workshops are free and seating may be limited based on number of registrants and capacity. The 10:30 a.m. session is optional, meant for those local governments who are new and have not completed the required participation forms or those who have been recently assigned the duties of debt setoff. Everyone registering must attend the 1:00-3:30 p.m. session. Please register your vendor/third-party administrators that will be attending. Click here to register for a meeting near you.

Outdoor Lighting Meeting

Register by September 19 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 September 26 from 9:30am – 2pm at Duke Energy in the OJ Miller Auditorium (526 S Church St., Charlotte, NC 28202). 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, updates and sustainability efforts. An agenda can be seen here.

Coastal Government Grant Opportunities Workshop

Make your plans to attend the Coastal Government Grant Opportunities Workshop: Funding for Access, Parks, and Boating Infrastructure. This free workshop will be held September 27, from 10:00am – 2:45pm at the Vernon G. James Research & Extension Center in Plymouth, NC. In the workshop, you’ll learn about grant opportunities for communities to acquire land and make improvements to beach and waterfront access, parks and boating facilities, what makes a successful grant proposal, how to leverage funding from multiple grant sources and more. Click here to register for the workshop.

Contracting for Construction and Design Services

This seminar offered by the UNC School of Government addresses topics of interest to those involved in construction contracts or in the procurement of the services of engineers and architects. A variety of topics will be covered including bidding procedures; construction methods; minority participation and reporting requirements. This three-day course will be held in Chapel Hill over September 27-29, 2016 with early bird registration pricing and scholarships available. Click here to learn more.

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Fall 2016

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced the fall 2016 funding round and related application training. Funding offered this round will include a portion of the Connect NC bond program. All applications must be received by the division no later than close of business on Sept. 30, 2016. Application training for the following funding programs will be offered statewide in August in Sylva, Boone, Salisbury, Raleigh, Ahoskie, Kinston, Lumberton, and Raleigh/second session. Click here for more information or contact Jennifer Haynie at jennifer.haynie@ncdenr.gov (919.707.9173).

State Treasurers' Conference

This year’s Annual State Treasurers’ Conference will be at the Hilton in Greenville on Friday, September 30. This one-day conference provides a forum to update local government finance officials and independent auditors on current governmental accounting, auditing, and financial management issues. A detailed agenda will be posted later this summer on the UNC School of Government website. Click here for more information on the conference.

U.S. Communities Sourcing Summit

Join Durham County, the City of Durham, the North Carolina Association for County Commissioners, the North Carolina League of Municipalities, the National Association of Counties, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors for a half-day regional event to learn how to save time and money through the U.S. Communities program. The free event will be held Thursday, October 6 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Durham County Department of Public Health located at 414 E. Main St., Durham, NC 27701. For more information, contact Sarah Lindsay at slindsay@naco.org or click here to register.

Capital Budgeting for Elected Officials

One of your jobs as an elected leader is to look ahead and plan for the needs of your city and county. Planning for and financing things like schools, parks, green ways, public safety needs and water/sewer is a major responsibility. This workshop held in Pittsboro on October 7, 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. The course will also help you see the value in strategic planning, consensus-building, and goal setting. Click here for more information.

The Future of Urban Open Space: A Workshop for NC Parks Professionals

Join featured speaker Dr. Gil Penalosa, a renowned expert on open public spaces, as well as park leaders from metropolitan North Carolina cities, to discuss and generate ideas on using public spaces to make cities better for citizens of all ages. This workshop will be held Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT) at The McKimmon Conference and Training Center at NC State University. CEU credits available; American Planning Association Credits courtesy of APA-NC. Click here to register.

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

What are the rules for land subdivision in North Carolina? Which divisions are regulated and which are exempt? What’s the legal review process? And can the government really require the developer to dedicate land? Join the UNC School of Government for a half-day Subdivision Workshop this fall to get answers to these and other questions about land subdivision. The workshop will be offered in four locations across the state from October 18 thru November 16. Click here to learn more.

In the News: Trucks bypassing weigh-in station cause havoc for downtown Seagrove

You can sit on the corner of downtown Seagrove on any given day and watch tractor trailer trucks from all over the nation rumbling and barreling through town. They arrive via N.C. 705 and alternate U.S. 220. You can hear them from 4:30 a.m. throughout the day and night until around midnight. Mayor David Fernandez isn’t sure why they are using N.C. 705, “The Potter’s Highway,” but he has a good idea why they’re using alternate U.S. 220. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.