A Senate bill introduced earlier this week proposed elimination of numerous state boards, including the appointed boards that oversee grants made from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) and the Parks & Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF). Importantly for cities and towns that apply for these grants, the bill did not eliminate the funds themselves. Further, in the case of CWMTF, the bill contained an allowance for the grant program to continue to be administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The proposal stemmed from a long-running dispute, over control of certain state boards, between the executive branch and legislative branch. That dispute dated back to litigation begun under former Gov. Pat McCrory, and continued this fall with a constitutional amendment initiative that failed to gain voters’ approval. The bill did not advance or receive a hearing this week, and no further action on the bill has yet been scheduled by the Senate.
North Carolina League of Municipalities Executive Director Paul Meyer is one of four state municipal league leaders to join the National League of Cities' Board of Directors. The announcement came at NLC's recent CitySummit in California that also highlighted Jacksonville City Council Member Angelia Washington's selection for a two-year term on the national board. The two North Carolinians join a diverse cross-section of the U.S. and now have Gary, Ind., Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson in the role of president. “At a time marked by division, it is more important than ever for city leaders to come together for the good of our residents, and for the future of our country,” said Freeman-Wilson. “It is an honor to lead the National League of Cities as we raise our collective voice on the issues that matter to the residents in our communities. Together, we can make real change happen in our nation’s cities.”
The League is proud to debut its Community-Led Broadband online resource center today. This webpage is the go-to for anyone wishing to learn more about community-led broadband efforts, and it comes a day after municipal officials prioritized a goal of changing state law to clearly allow local governments to build broadband infrastructure and lease it to private partners. Visitors to the resource center can orient themselves to the issue by watching a “Broadband Basics” webinar. They can also read the League’s white paper, “Leaping the Digital Divide,” and listen to a podcast that explores the limitations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data collected on broadband service in the Municipal Equation podcast episode, “The Map is Wrong.” Visit the Community-Led Broadband online resource center today and get up to speed on broadband in your community.