January 29, 2018 - Issue 65
OML Launches New Website
The new OML website is now live! We want to thank all those municipalities that have contributed to the site by sending in your high resolution pictures for us to share.  We encourage all of you to continue to send them to us so we can share them on our website and on social media to show off all that our Oklahoma cities and towns have to offer. Please send them to  Christy Christoffersen.
Oklahoma Mayors Gathered at the State Capitol to Convene 8th Annual Congress of Mayors
Over 70 mayors and municipal officials from across Oklahoma met at the State Capitol on January 26 to debate issues facing municipalities and craft a legislative agenda for the 2018 legislative session. Oklahoma municipal officials will debate the legislative priorities presented in each committee. After discussing economic development, infrastructure needs and revenue diversification, each group formed a resolution that was presented at the general session for their legislative agenda. Read Article
Congratulations to Drumright City Clerk On Her Retirement!
Kelly Danner, OML Inquiry and Special Programs Director attended the retirement celebration for Drumright City Clerk, Holly Maschino on January 26th. Kelly said "They had a really good turn out and Holly is very excited to begin this new chapter in her life."
Sign Up For the New Officials Institutes This Saturday in Stillwater
On February 3rd in Stillwater, OML will host a New Officials Institute at the OSU Alumni Center. 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.
Don't miss your chance...sign up today
 Have you applied for the 2018 - 2019 
Community Leadership Development Class?
Deadline Approaching!

This is a yearlong  program designed to equip participants with the skills and information they need to make a positive impact on local community and economic development. Class members in the Community Leadership Development program learn valuable skills in the areas of teamwork, community assessment and planning, economic development and tourism, and community renewal.

There are six class sessions and each one is held in a different city or town, hosted by one of our member cities/towns. This is a great opportunity to learn leadership skills, network with other municipal professionals and see what is going on in other communities.  
Oklahoma Today Article: The Science of Fun
The Science Floor in the center of Science Museum Oklahoma has plenty to explore, like the Segway Park and the Resonant Pendulum.
OML has partnered with Oklahoma Today Magazine to promote your community and the wonderful events you have planned for the year. Please go to this online form to submit your activities to possibly be spotlighted in this prominent publication. Due to publishing restrictions, please submit events 6 months in advance.
Quality Communities Grant Program - Applications Are Now Being Taken

OML continues to partner with OU's Institute for Quality Communities to offer the Quality Communities Grant Program which will assist its members with up to 50% of the funding to those communities whose projects have been selected by OU's IQC for a project in their community. Applications are to be submitted to OU IQC and deadline to submit a request for assistance is February 15, 2018.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Nancee Morris via email .
OML Board Towns East Call For Nominations
Deadline: February 23, 2018
The OML District Towns East Board seat will become vacant February 1, 2018 due to Dennis Heath's resignation from the OML Board. Nominations will be received until Friday, February 23rd, 2018 and will be presented to the OML Board of Directors on March 7, 2018. Call for Nominations Letter and Sample Resolution Here.
GrantFinder - The Ultimate Grant Search Tool
Access to over 7,500 grants
GrantFinder is an online tool giving license holders the ability to search thousands of grants to possibly utilize in your community.  OMSC has signed an agreement with GrantFinder allowing our members the ability to purchase a license for $50 per year rather than the normal price of $1,195 per year.  There are typically over 7,500 grants to choose from with the ability to use 10 search filters to narrow your search parameters.  If you have any questions, contact Nancee Morris via email or visit our website.
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