photos of 33 amazing employees
THANK YOU! Wisconsin is the vibrant state that it is because of the local government employees who keep everything running in your community. From the Harbormaster in Lake Geneva, to the Transit Bus Operator in La Crosse (with 41 years on the job) and the Librarian in Strum, we feature just some of Wisconsin's amazing local government employees.

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What is Your Why?
November, The Municipality, pg. 4
Jerry Deschane, Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

The League's online jobs page is a great resource. Job postings are free for League members. (We also post RFP's and for sale/wanted. Details on both here.)

Correction: Our apologies to Renee Tyler, MPS for misspelling her last name. Please connect with her and the other employees featured in the magazine here on LinkedIn.
Anyone can Boost municipal connections > League's LinkedIn page!
Comment on this post on the League's LinkedIn page to connect with people working in municipalities or interested in municipal issues. Once you've commented, take a look at the other people that have commented and reach out to connect with them.

The League's strength is the community we've created and since LinkedIn is a great way to connect, we can use LinkedIn as a tool to enhance those connections.
I Love Wisconsin. Red and Pink Hearts Pattern Map of Wisconsin Isolated on White Background.
Janesville's Covid-19 Positive Employee Process Map & Quarantine Timelines
November, The Municipality, pg. 8

No Matter Our Political Stripes, Local Government Serves All of Us
November, The Municipality, pg. 10
Rob Henken, Executive Director, The Wisconsin Policy Forum

As our increasingly polarized nation gears up for one of the most consequential presidential elections in its 244-year history, it is critical to distinguish between politics and elections on the one hand, and local public services on the other.

Yes, there will always be sharp ideological disagreement on the role of government and how much government we need. But all of us – regardless of our place on the political spectrum – rely on local government services like police, fire, and public works, and we all have an interest in ensuring those services are delivered professionally and efficiently. Read the full column.

Wisconsin Policy Forum
28th Annual Salute to Local Government Awards
The League was proud to sponsor the awards!
November, The Municipality, pg. 25
by Elizabeth (Kazda) Yanke, MBA, Project Manager, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Half the battle of hiring an employee is knowing what you are hiring for and putting that into words. There are many financial and legal considerations. What will it cost? Who’s budget does it come out of? Is this exempt or nonexempt? Interview Project Plan Checklist (Word-will download to your computer.) Read the column. (PDF)

All HR Matters columns are posted to their own page on the League's website for reference.
Funding to Get the Lead Out
November, The Municipality, pg. 13
by Jared Walker Smith, Attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP

Got lead service lines in your community? We've got resources to help. At least 63 million dollars in principal forgiveness funding is available for Wisconsin municipalities to replace lead service lines (LSLs) on private property. Recent federal legislation allows states to make a one-time transfer of funds from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to address lead related threats.
Evolution of Asset Management for Neenah Water Utility
November, The Municipality, pg. 16

The City of Neenah Water Utility recently took a giant leap in asset management by implementing InfiniteGISTM, a web-based interactive Geographic Information System (GIS).

Additional examples of GIS projects including Hales Corners, Ellsworth, Medford, Chetek and more.
Licensed Nurseries Reduce Urban Forest Pest Risks
November, The Municipality, pg. 20
Shahla Werner, Plant Protection Section Manager, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Wisconsin Connectedness in Context
Inaugural Civic Health of Wisconsin Report
November, The Municipality, pg. 23
Mary Beth Collins, JD, MA, Executive Director, UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies
The League was glad to be a coalition partner. 

This inaugural report on Wisconsin’s civic health summarizes data from the 2019 Civic Health Index™ on Wisconsin residents’ civic engagement and community connectedness.
These data are presented alongside Wisconsin demographic information, civics education standards, trends in local politics and news, and current civic health efforts.

Legal Articles
After State Interference, Financial Incentives Encourage Employee Residency
November, The Municipality, pg. 25
Curt Witynski, JD, Deputy Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Employees 367 - Since 2013, Wisconsin Statute § 66.0502 has prohibited municipalities from imposing residency requirements on municipal employees. In response, some cities, such as Milwaukee, Kaukauna, and West Allis, are offering financial incentives to encourage their employees to choose to live in the city.

Apartment Inspection and Landlord Registration Programs
November, The Municipality, pg. 26
Curt Witynski, JD, Deputy Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities

Powers of Municipalities 940 - Under current state law, as affected by 2017 Act 317, a
municipality may establish a rental property inspection program in designated districts where there is evidence of blight, high rates of building code complaints or violations, deteriorating property values, or increases in single-family home conversions to rental units. This article looks at three communities that have implemented rental inspection and landlord registration requirements as allowed under current law. 

For the Good of the Order
Incidental Motions
November, The Municipality, pg. 30
Daniel Foth, JD, Local Government Specialist, Local Government Center, UW-Madison, Division of Extension

Now we review incidental motions – meeting procedures that help the body decide which or how rules shall be strictly followed, relaxed, or handled in a specific way, relating to the meeting’s pending business. Read the column. (PDF)

Access all of the "For the Good of the Order" columns on Parliamentary Procedure on the League's website here.

The popular League's Directory of Cities and Villages is available as a PDF.


The not-to-miss League's 2021 Product and Services Guide is available now!
Both are searchable PDFs.
Just download and save the document to your computer and then use Adobe search.
 Note - if you work for a League member municipality and previously shared a magazine with colleagues but would now like your own, please send an email with your mailing address to   There is no additional cost.

Thanks to the Oak Creek Health Dept. and Leslie Flynn for passing along this excellent overall resource.

Leslie used the “Thanksgiving Tips for Celebrating Safely” graphics on the City of Oak Creek Instagram feed. So good!
Wondering what other municipalities are doing for the holidays? Check out the Holiday Parade & Other Plans Google Spreadsheet
Join Us!
For League Member Officials and Staff
Hosted by the League
Tuesday, December 1,12:00 pm
No Cost and No Need to RSVP

This webinar will focus on preparing for Local Redistricting in Wisconsin in April 2021. The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (LRB) and Legislative Technology Services Bureau (LTSB) will provide information on the legal process of redistricting and the software utilized for local redistricting in the State of Wisconsin.
The first portion will focus on local redistricting timelines and information on current redistricting statutes. This will include an overview of the ‘how and why’ of redistricting for municipalities, as well as discussions of procedures, guidelines, and the laws that shape redistricting in Wisconsin.
The second portion will be a demonstration of the WISE-LR software, which will be used for local redistricting. WISE-LR is a web application developed by the LTSB specifically for the state statutes of Wisconsin and local redistricting laws. WISE-LR will allow local officials, or their delegates, to create, analyze, and share county supervisory plans, ward plans, and alder plans with accurate demographic data.

Legislative Reference Bureau
Joe Kreye: Senior Coordinating Attorney
Michael Gallagher: Senior Coordinating Attorney
Staci Duros: Research & Policy Analyst
Legislative Technology Services Bureau
Ryan Squires: GIS Team Manager & Applications Developer

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Passcode: 174311

Dial In: 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 872 1101 4863
Passcode: 174311

Small Community Forum 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 10 am - 12 noon on Zoom
Presented by Wisconsin Main Street, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Arts Wisconsin, Wisconsin Downtown Action Council, UW-Madison/Extension, Wisconsin Rural Partner, and USDA Rural Development Wisconsin.

A virtual discussion featuring statewide and regional resources, case studies, breakout conversations, and a presentation on inclusivity in Wisconsin's small communities by Dr. Eric Giordano of the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service. Wisconsinites involved in business, development, arts, education, government, politics, and civic issues are welcome to participate.  We'll send agenda and Zoom info before the date. Get in touch with questions at  
Show Me The Money - Getting Started with Grants
December 17, 2020
Noon to 1:30 pm on Zoom
League of Wisconsin Municipalities & the Local Government Education program
Price $25.00
You can register now.

Are you just starting a grants process, or are you a veteran seeking additional information about improving your grant preparation and writing skills? This interactive seminar, a joint presentation from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities and the Local Government Education program, will provide a straightforward step-by-step approach to seeking and writing Government and Private Foundation grant proposals. Our team of experts will take you through the entire grants process, from locating potential grants, preparing your grant application, and following-through once you've received your grant.

Topics include:
How to write a grant proposal, tricks of the trade, Grants for local governments, Government Grants, Private Foundation Grants, The Grant writing process, Setting up your Grants Team, Applying for Grants, Grants Reporting and Follow-up

The cost includes future access to the presentation and materials.
Reminder - League Virtual Roundtables
For Local Officials and Staff ONLY

We've scheduled a regular Call for the 2nd Week of the month on Tuesday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

Tuesday, December 8, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:00 to 1:00 pm