ARPA & Financing/Finances
The League's July 2021 E-Muni
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The American Rescue Plan Act: Pitfalls and Best Practices
Brad Elmer, Managing Director, Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors
July, The Municipality, pg. 4

This article examines best practices and potential pitfalls associated with receiving, spending, and tracking the American Rescue Plan funding. Read the magazine online.

Funding Sewer and Water Projects with ARPA $
Ryan T. Amtmann, P.E., Vice President, Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.
July, The Municipality, pg. 7

We only had room for 15 project ideas in the magazine. Read the full list of 25 project ideas here.

Bonus article: "Making the Most of ARPA" by Sharon Eveland, City Administrator, Clintonville. 
Updated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Resources on the League's website here include:

Frequently Asked Questions: 
(Includes all previous FAQs) 

Of NOTE: Treasury issued Frequently Asked Question clarifying that recipients may use funds to pay for vaccine incentive programs (e.g., cash or in-kind transfers, lottery programs, or other incentives for individuals who get vaccinated). 


The General ARPA page on our website includes:

Resources on Use of ARPA Funds

ARPA Plans Google Spreadsheet - see what other municipalities have planned and share your own plans.
Chief Executive's Workshop Details and Registration.
Registration is limited. 
Thanks to our Sponsors! League Mutual & MPIC
TID Closure: Options and What to Consider
Todd Taves, Senior Municipal Advisor and Principal, Ehlers
July, The Municipality, pg. 12

Information on the three ways in which a TID may close and what to consider when making this decision. Also sidebars on the Affordable Housing Extensions and an explanation of how Eau Claire recently prevailed in court.

This is an article you will want to refer to often. Read the article (PDF).
Saving $$$
July, The Municipality, pg. 9

Sun Prairie’s Cooperative Purchasing
Kristin Vander Kooi, Finance Director, Sun Prairie

Waukesha’s Community Buy-In
Denise Vandenbush-Kohlmann,
Financial Projects Manager, Waukesha

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Whatever Happened to Dark Store Legislation?
Curt Witynski, Deputy Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
July, The Municipality, pg. 16

Officials: Court decision bolsters dark store fight
Read the latest news article on Dark Store in the courts on
From Concrete Channel to Community Asset
July, The Municipality, pg. 19

It's a real transformation! Read the article in the magazine online (see page 19.)
Wisconsin Policy Forum Salute to Local Government Awards    
7 Different Categories - Nominate a project/someone Great Today  
Deadline is September 3, 2021.   
A Time for De-escalation
Eric Giordano, PhD, Executive Director, Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, University of Wisconsin System
July, The Municipality, pg. 26

It is important to distinguish between the short-term goals of de-escalation in relation to longer-term goals of conflict resolution. De-escalation is primarily focused on removing us from the precipice of an acute conflict; if done effectively, it can lay the groundwork for a deeper conflict resolution process designed to rebuild trust, restore relationships, and prevent future conflict. Read the article. (PDF)

Fun note: This article will be reprinted in the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and the South Dakota Municipal League magazines.
Join us October 12th for a Dispute Resolution Workshop offered as one of our 123rd Annual Pre-Conference Bonus sessions via Zoom. Eric Giordano will provide strategies for you to consider when facing conflicts.
Details and Registration #LeagueWI2021
Equal Rights Milestone
Christine Lidbury, Executive Director, Wisconsin Women’s Council
July, The Municipality, pg. 22

Did you know that July 2021 marks the Centennial of women in Wisconsin gaining the right to hold any elected office?

For the full video featuring women elected officials from across the state, and additional resources, visit the Wisconsin Women's Council.
WI ADA Coordinators logo is a blue outline of the state with the words in black block letters. Graphic representations of a wheelchair, sign language and other icons are in a circle on the NW corner of the state.
New Wisconsin ADA Coordinators Association
Rebecca Rabatin, ADA Coordinator, City of Milwaukee
July, The Municipality, pg. 25

Interested in learning more? Contact Rebecca Rabatin at email.

The 31st Anniversary of the ADA was July 26. Click here to share a video from the League's Facebook page to your own.
The NEW Basic Financial Administration for Wisconsin Local Governments provides you with practical day-to-day instructions on managing local government finance. This new handbook was a joint effort by the League, the Wisconsin Towns Association, the Local Government Education Program of the University of Wisconsin Extension and the Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue. Order your copy.
Want to learn more? Three of the professionals who literally helped write the book on "Basic Financial Administration" will be presenting at the League's 123rd Annual Conference in Green Bay. Details and Registration. #LeagueWI2021
Legal Articles
Ethics and Conflicts of Interest
Part 2: Private Interest in Public Contracts*
Claire Silverman, Legal Counsel, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
July, The Municipality, pg. 283

Pecuniary Interest 395 Legal comment explains Wis. Stat. § 946.13, a strict liability, felony criminal statute prohibiting, with limited exceptions, public officials and employees from having a private pecuniary interest in public contracts where they are authorized or required to participate in the making of the contract. Read the article. (PDF)
Join Us!
League's next Member Roundtable via Zoom
August 10, 2021, 12:00-1:00
Zoom Information for all Roundtable calls.

Chief Executives Summer Workshop
August 19 & 20, 2021 – Hotel Retlaw, Fond du Lac
Registration is limited. Register today!
Please thank our sponsor! MPIC

2021 Municipal Attorneys Institute 
Monday -Wednesday!
August 30 – September 1, 2021
Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake
Please thank our sponsors!

Local Government 101
For New & Experienced Local Officials and Staff
Sept. 10 in Waupaca in person (capped at 65)
Please thank our sponsors!

2021 Plumbing Inspectors Institute
September 15-17, 2021 Eau Claire
Hotel Lismore

Municipal Assessors Institute 2021 
Sept 28-30, 2021 in Oshkosh
Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center

Building Inspectors Institute
October 6-8, 2021
Lismore Hotel, Eau Claire

Police & Fire Commission Workshop
November 3, 2021 in Wisconsin Dells
Wilderness Resort, Glacier Canyon Conference Center
The League's 123rd Annual Conference
Pre-conference Bonus Webinars October 12-14 Via Zoom
Annual Conference October 20-22
K-I Center, Green Bay