Issue 51
October 9, 2017
Does Your Municipality Have A Youth Council?

Educating and mentoring young people is paramount to ensuring there are prepared leaders for the future of municipal government. The Municipal League is interested in obtaining information on Youth Councils across the state. If your municipality has a Youth Council, please let us know by contacting Daniel McClure at .
2017 OML District Dinner Meetings - Join Us October 12th In Woodward
Join us for one of the District Dinner Meetings!  The next District Dinner is on October 12th in Woodward at the Woodward Conference Center, just after the New Officials Institute.   This is a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with other municipalities in your district and hear  about the upcoming legislative session. Talk about this at your next council meeting and make your  RSVPs as soon as possible.    OML will facilitate the meeting where we will discuss the 2018 legislative session and share the latest  League news. There also will be an opportunity to share what is going on in your municipality. Register online  or more information here.
OML Announces New Field Representative Program
OML Executive Director Mike Fina announced at the Annual Business Meeting during the 2017 Annual Conference the League's new Field Representative Program. OML wants to serve our members the best we can so each member has been assigned a field rep according to their district.  Your new field rep will be your point of contact when you have questions or need assistance.
Here is the new field rep team and the district they will cover. Jamie Smith, Membership Services Representative and Legislative Specialist, has districts 6 and 9; Marilyn Courtney Communications Specialist, has districts 1 and 2; Daniel McClure, Director of Research, has districts 3 and 5; Cheryl Adams, Program Manager, has districts 7, 8, and 11; Nancee Morris, Operations and Business Development Manager, has districts 10 and 4. 
Lee Litterell, City Manager of Elk City said "I think this field rep program is a great idea. I like the new direction OML is taking." The purpose of the program is to reach out and communicate who OML is, what we do, and why we do it. Contact your representative today!
The field reps have been making their way through our member list so over the next few weeks expect to hear from your field rep.  If questions come up before you hear from them give them a call or shoot them an email.
OML Employment Seminar At Rose State College: November 9th
Are you ready to learn about subjects such as Hiring for Attitude and Drug Testing? Then the Oklahoma Municipal League Employment Seminar is for you! Sign up here today. This seminar is eligible for 6.5 credit hours towards the CMO and MC&T Programs.   More Information and Registration
New Officials Institutes Resume In Woodward
On October 12th in Woodward, OML will host a New Officials Institute at the Woodward Conference Center. (Be sure to stay after for the District Dinner Meeting!) Throughout the year OML provides an intensive educational program specifically tailored for newly elected and appointed officials as well as experienced officials who want to keep up-to-date on municipal issues. 

The NOI teaches the statutorily required topics such as Municipal Budget Requirements, the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, the Oklahoma Open Records Act, Ethics, Procedures for Conducting Meetings, Conflict of Interest, and Purchasing Procedures
State law requires each person elected for the first time to a position of a municipality on or after January 1, 2005, OR appointed for the first time on or after July 1, 2006, to attend an institute for municipal officials. The statute is codified at Title 11 O.S., Section 8-114.  For future dates or more information, see the NOI page on our website .
You don't have to be newly elected to attend. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Lingenfelter at OML.
Municipal Clerks & Treasurers Training In Sand Springs
On November 3rd in Sand Springs OML will host its Municipal Clerks and Treasurers (MC&T) training. This workshop fulfills state requirements for the MC&T certification program, as well as 4 hours of Certified Municipal Officials (CMO) credit. If you are a current member of the MC&T program, there is no charge to attend these events. Contact Kelly Danner if you have any questions at . MC&T training is just an example of the many workshops OML provides its members throughout the year.  For more details check out the  MC&T Web Page  or the MC&T Save The Date.
Oklahoma Municipal Judges Fall Conference Is Here! 
On October 26 and 27 at the Marriott Conference Center in Norman, the Oklahoma Municipal Judges Association will host their 2017 Fall Conference. At the conference you can hear about legislative updates, ethics, and juvenile intervention programs all while networking with other judges from around the state. Registration is to be completed by Friday, October 20, so hurry and register! More information
OML Meets With Oklahoma Today Magazine
Recently, OML Executive Director Mike Fina and Communications Specialist Marilyn Courtney met with Oklahoma Today Magazine Director of Operations Colleen McIntyre about a strategic partnership. Colleen said, "We're thrilled to be working with the Oklahoma Municipal League. Oklahoma Today Magazine is the Official Magazine of Oklahoma since 1956. Oklahoma Today prides itself on covering the entire state, and we want to be able to shine a light on everyone from border to border. By partnering with OML, we can reach into communities and ensure that we are representing the best our state has to offer!" The Oklahoma Municipal League is excited for the opportunity to work with one of the state's most prestigious magazines. Visit  to see what they have to offer!
OML Hosts SGR's 4th Dimension Leadership Workshop, November 29th
A Radical Strategy For Creating An Authentic Servant Leadership Culture  SGR is proud to partner with OML to present this one-day workshop based upon the principles of servant  leadership. The term "Servant-Leader" may sound like an oxymoron but this philosophy, which more and more organizations are adopting, provides a way for people to nurture healthy relationships and achieve inspiring results. This workshop will introduce you to these dynamic principles, how others are living them out, and how they can begin to transform the culture.   Download Brochure
Call for Nominations for OML Board Seat for District 8
The OML District 8 Board seat is now open due to Randy Ross, Mayor of Choctaw, becoming the new OML Board Vice President. Nominations will be received until Friday, October 27, 2017 and will be presented to the OML board of directors at their November 2nd  meeting.  More Information and Sample Resolution
State Attorney General Mike Hunter Announces Law Enforcement Grants
Twenty-two statewide law enforcement agencies have received grants under the Safe Oklahoma Grant Program. These grant funds will aid agencies target crime in municipalities as well as upgrade equipment and resources.  Having the extra funds in these municipalities will help deter crime, help pay for more officers, and this can help deter crime in the communities. For more information on this story, please visit the NewsOK website.
Census Bureau LUCA: Deadline December 12, 2017
In FY 2015, the federal government distributed $589.7 billion to each of the states and the District of Columbia using information from the 2010 Census.  These programs include Medicaid, National School Lunch Program, Highway Planning & Construction, SNAP, and other programs.  In the same year, Oklahoma received $6.6 billion of the federal funds from programs that use Census information.  On a per capita basis, this represents $1,675 per person . How can communities ensure that they are getting their share of federal funds?  More Information
Employee Spotlight: Kelly Danner
Kelly Danner has been with OML for the last 15 years. Having moved here from Michigan when she was a child, she has still resided in Oklahoma for over 30 years. Kelly is our Inquiry and Special Programs Director and leads the Municipal Clerks and Treasurers Program through OML as well as the Association for Attorneys and Judges. She currently serves on the Board for Oklahoma Municipal Clerks, Treasurers, and Finance Officers (OMCTFOA), Oklahoma Municipal Court Clerks Association (OMCCA), and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, which she is also the secretary for. She is a mother of 4 children as well as a Grandmother to 3 awesome grandsons! She has been married to her husband Dusty for 23 years now, and has a dog named Shadow.
Nominate Your Town For A $500,000 Revitalization With Shark Tank Star. Deadline October 19th!
Small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities and the economy, and nowhere are they more under siege than in small towns. Deluxe created the Small Business Revolution - Main Street to give a boost to small businesses and in turn, to reignite the spark that drives small towns. Each season of the award winning "Main Street" series invites the public to choose one small town to receive a $500,000 makeover from Deluxe to help revitalize the town and six of its businesses, capturing the transformation in an eight-part web series. Wabash, Indiana and Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania, won the first two seasons, and now it is time to nominate your favorite community.
Nominations are now open for Season 3 of Small Business Revolution. If your small town of population less than 50,000 could use a boost, nominate it today!   Visit their website
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