Register now to attend Town Hall Day 2016. Scheduled for June 8, Town Hall Day is the premier opportunity for League members to visit legislators and make known their views on issues important to municipalities. It represents the best chance to show strength in numbers and draw attention to the many serious legislative issues facing cities and towns.
For those already planning to attend, now is the time to contact your legislators and make appointments to see them that day. Late morning is likely the best time to schedule those appointments.
Town Hall Day will include:
Nothing can replace the positive impact of in-person conversation on legislators’ votes. More than 400 municipal officials had their say at last year’s Town Hall Day, which generated plenty of media coverage as well. Make sure you don’t miss this year’s opportunity. Click here to register.
Lawmakers continued filing bills this week, introducing 57 more in advance of a May 19 final deadline for local and pension bill filings. Another important deadline, for budget- and finance-related bills, comes Tuesday. The following are bills filed this week of municipal interest:
Click here to view last week's list of bill filings.
Fifty-six water systems, many of which are League members, have won state honors for surpassing federal and state drinking water standards, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announced this week. The N.C. Area Wide Optimization Awards are part of an initiative to enhance how existing surface water treatment facilities perform, according to a press release on Wednesday that lists all 56 recipients. According to the release, a “Gold Star” honor went to operators that have received the award for at least 10 consecutive years -- Newton, Two Rivers Utilities in Gastonia, Lincolnton and Marion. Click here to see the full list of award winners.
The Apex Town Council has named Drew Havens as town manager following his months of interim service in the role. Havens in a news release on Wednesday said he’s “honored and humbled” to help lead the town that Money magazine last year named as the best place to live in the U.S. “Under the direction of committed elected leaders, we will face the challenges ahead and continue to honor the history of Apex as we prepare for our future,” Havens said.
The town’s elected leaders said they’d planned to cast “a wide net” for top-rate candidates, but Havens’ interim performance won them over. “During the time that Drew was standing in the gap, he demonstrated the ideal combination of skills, experience, leadership and temperament that we’ve all been looking for,” said Mayor Lance Olive. According to the town, Havens has 15 years of municipal management experience, including a post in River Bend. He possesses a master’s degree in public administration and a credentialed-manager designation from the International City and County Managers Association. Read media coverage here.
Infrastructure Week – a nationwide initiative showing how infrastructure and supportive investments matter to our daily lives – is entering its fourth year, and organizers are hoping for unprecedented participation. Running from May 16-23, Infrastructure Week is stakeholder-driven and encourages governmental bodies to pass resolutions, plan events, host infrastructural field trips, prepare talking points, pen op-eds for news media, schedule radio interviews, spread word on social media (#infrastructurematters) and more to emphasize how infrastructure relates to economies, quality of life, health, safety, transportation and other essentials.
The National League of Cities has scheduled webinars for the event, according to an Infrastructure Week calendar viewable here. On May 16 from 11 a.m. to noon, NLC will host a press call online about the launch of a report on infrastructure funding. On the same day, from 1 to 3 p.m., NLC will co-host a webinar called “Opportunities in Expanding Access to Broadband for Local Leaders.” On May 19 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., NLC will co-host “Securing Our Water Future: 21st Century Solutions for 21st Century Cities.” Cities and towns can become Infrastructure Week affiliates, at no cost, by completing an online form here. In 2015, Infrastructure Week resulted in meetings with more than 300 members of Congress and staffers, countless connections with state legislators, more than 41 million impressions on social media and coverage from major outlets including 60 Minutes and The New York Times, according to a factsheet. Click here for a full rundown of Infrastructure Week and links to participation toolkits.