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 League Letter, September 27, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 39

Ep. 8 of Municipal Equation: ‘Human’ Cities

New Blog on Public Finance

Best Practices When Seeking Water/Sewer Rate Increases

Division of Water Infrastructure Announces Available Funding for Fall 2016

State Treasurers' Conference

U.S. Communities Sourcing Summit

Scenic Workshop: Protecting Scenic Beauty and Community Character

APWA-NC Technology Division presents Technology of the Future: Today

2016 Memorial and Retirement Resolutions

Capital Budgeting for Elected Officials

The Plat: Land Subdivision in NC for Planners

NLC Leadership Positions and Application Available

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

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

Performance Management 201

Positive Problem Solving

Budgeting in Local Government

In the News: Town of Granite Falls Gets a Splash of Color to Inspire Active Play

Job opportunities

Calendar

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Ep. 8 of Municipal Equation: ‘Human’ Cities

Joel Kotkin, a prolific writer of articles and books on urbanism, demographics, city planning and density, takes a different angle. Often at odds with convention or popular beliefs on planning, the suburbs, the patterns of millennials and so on, Kotkin in his latest book -- "The Human City: Urbanism for the Rest of Us" -- argues that ongoing focuses on areas like high-density city layouts don't serve most people well and that the suburbs deserve much more love than they get. Click here to give it a listen.

New Blog on Public Finance

The School of Government has just launched a new blog: Death & Taxes: The Public Finance Blog You Can’t Avoid. Faculty members, and the occasional guest blogger, will be adding content to the blog every week on a broad range of topics including tax policy, budget certification FAQ, property tax assessment, and GASB standards. The blog will be a tool for communicating important issues facing local government budgets and revenue sources, and we expect that managers will often be interested in these current events and topics. Click here to read the blog.

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.

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.

Scenic Workshop: Protecting Scenic Beauty and Community Character

Join Scenic North Carolina and Scenic America who are holding a symposium in Salisbury, NC on Friday, October 7, 2016. The symposium will take place in the Messinger Room of the historic Rowan Courthouse Museum. The theme of this year's symposium is "Protecting Scenic Beauty and Community Character," inspired by key issues in Scenic America's new white paper Taking the Long View: A Proposal for Realizing America the Beautiful. Registration is $75 and includes a light breakfast and buffet luncheon.  An additional $20 provides admission to an evening reception at the N.C. Transportation Museum. The symposium has been approved for 3.5 AICP Certification Maintenance credits, including 1.5 legal credits. Click here to learn more and to register.

APWA-NC Technology Division presents Technology of the Future: Today

Please join APWA-NC for a one day workshop highlighting the newest trends in technology for the public works profession. Topics will include: Smart Truck technology for fleet management solutions; RFID codes to support work order management; asset management in the public sector; use of Drone technology in public works; performance and data management; and using Mobile LiDAR data for capturing infrastructure and asset mapping. The workshop includes lunch and one free drink at the cocktail hour meet and greet. Hurry, registration ends October 7th.

2016 Memorial and Retirement Resolutions

NCLM is now accepting nominations for memorial and retirement resolutions. There are two kinds of resolutions to honor individuals – one for municipal officials or employees who have retired and one for those who passed away. Please plan to submit your resolution request, by completing this form no later than Friday, October 7, so that they can be submitted to the League membership for adoption at the Annual Business Meeting on Monday, October 24, 2016. In cases where the person served in more than one municipality or more than one position, please include all of them starting with the most recent. Resolutions will be mailed by year end 2016. If you have a special event and need the resolution(s) sooner, please email kemanuel@nclm.org.

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 Plat: Land Subdivision in NC for Planners

The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association Section 6 will host The Plat: Land Subdivision in NC for Planners workshop on October 12 from 2-4 PM at the Cape Fear Council of Governments in Wilmington. The workshop will provide a background of the history of land records, their place in the land development process, and a broad range of administrative, statutory, and legal considerations related to land subdivision and the role of the plat. Please RSVP with Allen Serkin if you’d like to attend.

NLC Leadership Positions and Application Available

Serving in an NLC leadership position or getting engaged through one of NLC’s member councils or federal advocacy committees is one of the most rewarding ways for you as a municipal leader to bring your expertise to the service of cities and towns at the national level. Now is the time to submit applications if you'd like to serve on the NLC Board of Directors, the seven Federal Advocacy Committees, the six NLC Member Councils, and on the Board for four Constituency Groups. The application deadline for leadership positions is October 14, 2016, and the application deadlines for Federal Advocacy Committee membership is November 23. If interested in applying, please email Paul Meyer, Executive Director of NCLM.

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.

Performance Management 201

Once your local government has its performance measures, then what? How can measures be used to help improve the quality and efficiency of services? What tactics have proven successful? This UNC School of Government workshop held October 28, in Chapel Hill is designed for city and county managers, department heads, and other local government officials who have previously completed Performance Measurement 101 or another introductory performance measurement class. Click here for more information.

Positive Problem Solving

Too often, we approach challenging situations as deficits—not enough of this, no resources for that. We can make situations worse by viewing them only as problems and overlooking opportunities present. This one-day course held November 4, in Winston-Salem uses common public sector scenarios to introduce you to the ideas behind Appreciative Inquiry. You will learn to notice and elicit positive emotions that, in turn, allow you to build on the assets you have rather than those that are missing. Click here to register.

Budgeting in Local Government

Make plans today to attend this Budgeting in Local Government course November 8-11, in Chapel Hill. This course fulfills one of the core requirements for the Local Government Finance Officers Certification Program. Perfect for city and county managers, finance officers and staff, budget administrators and analysts, and others who have responsibilities for annual budget preparation will benefit from this course. Click here to learn more.

In the News: Town of Granite Falls Gets a Splash of Color to Inspire Active Play

This week the Granite Falls Parks and Recreation Department unveiled PlayPrints, an interactive addition for children and families to use at the outdoor play area at the Shuford Recreation Center. PlayPrints uses stencils, created by Fit & Fun Playscapes, to create ground markings of colorful shapes, images and games painted on open pavement. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.