The League of Wisconsin Municipalities E-Newsletter | March 2022
Join us for the League's Winter Chief Executives Workshop
March 22, 23 and 24 via Zoom - $50.

Tuesday > Magnetic Communities: Attracting Workers & Families
Wednesday > Magnetic Communities: Tactics for Solving the Daycare Dilemma
Thursday > Magnetic Communities: Using Grants to Transform Your Community

Wisconsin’s 3 Local Government Associations Announce
Statewide TV Blitz To Help Build Faith in Elections:
“Build Trust in Elections” Coalition Formed
“This statewide campaign will help demonstrate to Wisconsinites that our election process can be trusted,” said Jerry Deschane, Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities. “The clerks, poll workers, and election officials are your trusted local community members. Wisconsinites can trust the election process, because our local clerks, poll workers, and election officials are our friends, family members, and neighbors.”

Read the Joint Statement here. (PDF) March 7, 2022
Help us to spread the word about the “We Trust Them” PSA:
Like, comment or share the PSA on the League's Facebook page here, retweet here and share on LinkedIn here.  
Enter our Cover Contest for the League's May The Municipality

We have partnered with the Wisconsin Municipal Clerk's Association for the second year in a row to celebrate Municipal Clerks in our May magazine. You can be our cover artist!

See all of the 2021 entries in the May 2021 magazine. (PDF)
Entries are due March 28. Contest Details here(PDF)

AARP is providing "small grant funds quick-action projects" to improve public spaces, housing, transportation and civic engagement. Deadline: 3/22/2022 at 5:00 p.m. ET

Details and application here.
2022 Board of Review Training now available

Thanks to the Local Government Program, UW-Extension at the University of Wisconsin Madison, the 2022 Board of Review First Meeting video is now available for purchase. Order your video here.
ICYMI - WI-Specific Zoning Guide for Affordable Housing

After a year in the making, the League is happy to announce that, "Enabling Better Places: A User’s Guide to Neighborhood Affordability" is now available. The Wisconsin-specific Guide is designed to help communities adjust their zoning codes and remove obstacles to the creation of affordable housing.

The Guide was created through a partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). The League spearheaded the project and teamed up with the following organizations to help fund creation of the Guide: Wisconsin Realtors Association, Wisconsin Builders Association, AARP-Wisconsin, Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), and NAIOP Wisconsin.  

The Guide shows that bite-sized zoning code changes are possible and can have an immediate impact on removing obstacles to the development of workforce and missing middle housing. 
Help us spread the word!
Like, comment or share the Guide on the League's Facebook page, retweet it, or share and comment on LinkedIn.
Check out Events below and register now for the League's:

  • Chief Executives Winter Workshop
  • Cyber Awareness for Municipal Officials
  • Local Government 101
  • Building Inspectors Institute
  • Plumbing Inspectors Institute
New Resource! Water Utility Hiring Toolkit
The Value of Water Campaign’s Toolkit for Recruiting a Diverse Water Utility Workforce! Access it here.
Recent League Legislative Bulletins

March 14 - League Initiatives Become Law
March 7 - Local Government "We Trust Them" PSA - End of Session
Informing the Tax Debate
A closer look at trends and changes in the state’s income tax
Wisconsin Policy Forum

Since 2011, Wisconsin officials have cut income taxes by billions of dollars, reducing both revenues and in turn spending on public services as a share of personal income. Though average tax rates have been lowered for most Wisconsinites over the past decade and past generation, they have declined more for those with higher incomes while becoming less favorable for those with the lowest incomes. Tax cuts enacted last summer are likely to accentuate that first trend. Amid a debate about how to use an unprecedented state budget surplus, it’s worth considering the impacts of recent tax changes and the strengths and weaknesses of the state’s overall tax system. Learn more.
ICYMI - League Resource
Model Law Enforcement Candidate Waiver

2021 Wisconsin Act 82 requires law enforcements agencies to create, collect and share employment information as part of their recruitment and hiring processes. League legal staff worked with a group of municipal attorneys to draft a model waiver form for law enforcement agencies to use. Find it here.
Election Security: and .gov domains

The Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommend that municipal and county government emails, especially those used for election related information, should be easily identifiable as government entities. WEC is assisting municipalities in obtaining and .gov email domains to increase election security and trust in their official election communications.

There is a SUBGRANT available of $600 to assist you in covering some of the costs. The subgrant is also retroactive to August 24, 2021.

Questions may be directed to the .gov domain email Or call our Help Desk at 608-261-2028. General information is on the Wisconsin Elections Commission website here.
Important Reminder!
The League & LWMMI interim address!

Please use this interim address until further notice:

League of Wisconsin Municipalities
PO Box 6358
Monona, WI 53716

The building that housed the League's offices was closed due to concerns with the underground parking structure. We are in the process of seeking new office space.
Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Resources

The League's Federal Legislation Resources (ARPA & BIL) are here.

Need help with grant opportunities? The League has created a Grants Resource page on our website.

It includes the Grants Assistance Spreadsheet - a list of companies available to assist you with grants, including grants management. It will download as an Excel spreadsheet to your computer.

We'll be adding to this page in the future. If you have a grants resource you'd like to see posted, please contact Gail Sumi at email.
Subscribe now to the League's "Newish' Cybersecurity Newsletter.

One monthly in-depth issue and alerts as needed. 

Questions or suggestions? Contact the League's Robin Powers at email.
League Handbook Orders!

You can order the following Handbooks in print or as a PDF:
Handbook for Wisconsin Municipal Officials - Completely updated in January 2017. PDF Available!
Handbook for Wisconsin Police and Fire Commissioners - Completely updated in January 2019. PDF Available!
Municipal Licensing and Regulation of Alcohol Beverages - Updated in July 2021. PDF Available!

League Handbooks include: Annual Directory of Wisconsin City and Village Officials (Free PDF) * Annual Products and Services Guide for Wisconsin Municipalities * Annexation of Territory to Wisconsin Cities and Villages * Basic Financial Administration for Wisconsin Local Governments * The Conduct of Common Council Meetings * The Conduct of Village Board Meetings * A Citizen's Guide to Wisconsin Cities and Villages FREE (PDF) * Handbook for Wisconsin Municipal Officials - Completely updated in Jan. 2017. * Handbook for Wisconsin Police and Fire Commissioners - Completely updated in Jan. 2019. * Municipal Licensing and Regulation of Alcohol Beverages - Updated in July 2021. * The Powers and Duties of Wisconsin Mayors * The Powers and Duties of Wisconsin Village Presidents * Proceedings of the Annual Municipal Attorneys Institute * So You've Been Elected (Booklet) * So You Want to Be An Elected Official (Booklet) * Special Assessments in Wisconsin

Orders for print Handbooks will be fulfilled once a week. Place your order here.

Join us for the League's Winter Chief Executives Workshop
March 22, 23 and 24 via Zoom - $50

Tuesday > Magnetic Communities: Attracting Workers & Families
Wednesday > Magnetic Communities: Tactics for Solving the Daycare Dilemma
Thursday > Magnetic Communities: Using Grants to Transform Your Community

Equitable Infrastructure Implementation: Learning from New Jersey
US Water Alliance
March 23, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

Celebrating Women in Sustainable Transportation Webinar
March 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Wisconsin Clean Cities

Talent Development Conference (TDCON 2022)
April 7 & 8, Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Workforce Development Association

Certified Public Manager (CPM) East Information Meeting
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Virtual. 12:00-12:45 p.m.
Join us as we launch our CPM cohort located in Milwaukee. This information session will give prospective students or employers a chance to learn more about the cohort and ask any questions they may have. If you cannot make it, a recording will distributed to all registrants after the session.

Creating a Culture of Civility and Respect
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Herzing University, 8:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m.
Disrespectful and uncivil behavior is on the rise in the workplace, costing businesses millions in lost productivity, lower quality and employee turnover. To address this growing problem, in this workshop we’ll examine the concept of civil and respectful behavior and some of the possible reasons behind the trend. We’ll share strategies organizational leaders and teams can employ to build and maintain a culture of civil and respectful behavior, and to address disrespectful or inappropriate behavior when they see it. Cost $225.

Building Effective Teams in the Public Sector
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Herzing University, 8:30 a.m.- 3:15 p.m.
Organizations thrive, or fail to thrive, based on how well the teams within those organizations work. High performance arises when teams are encouraged to take risks, fail, and learn from those small failures, a process some call "teaming." Leaders can create the right environment for teaming and encourage individual team members to speak up, collaborate, experiment, and reflect. Extraordinary teams cultivate an exciting, collaborative environment that is built upon mutual trust, respect, and engagement. Cost $225.

Cyber Awareness for Municipal Officials
Thursday, April 14, 2022
12:00p.m – 1:30pm 

Where are you at risk in the workplace and at home?
Join us for an entry level discussion of cybersecurity risks to municipal officials at work and home. Learn about what best practices you should be implementing and the vulnerabilities criminals are searching for. This course will provide time for Q&A and discussion of incidents in Wisconsin.  

Regional Transmission Organization Fundamentals: Background, Purpose, Future
April 18, 19 & 20, 2022
Hybrid Program
In-Person venue: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., UW-Madison Campus
Wisconsin Public Utility Institute

The League's Building Inspectors Institute
April 20-22, 2022
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan

Attendees will receive: 12 Commercial Building, 12 UDC Building and 6 UDC HVAC credits

The League's Plumbing Inspectors Institute
April 20-22, 2022
Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan

Fundamentals of Public Works Operations
Tuesdays, April 21, 28, 2022
Dane County Extension, 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
In this two-day course, you will focus on managing the range of services and operational issues in a public works department. Students will give a presentation on a topic of their choice. Cost $335.

Annual Rural Summit
Wisconsin Rural Partners
April 26-27 - Marshfield

This year's theme is “Collaboration for Rural Success.”
Breakouts include:
  • Financing Small Business Growth in Rural Wisconsin
  • Healthcare Collaborations to Meet Pressing Community Needs
  • Collaboration for Shared Public Services in Rural Communities
  • Rural Broadband
  • Public Safety Services in Rural Communities  
  • Leveraging Natural Resources and Tourism for Economic Development in Rural Communities
  • Developing and Strengthening Community Leaders

Transportation & Innovation Expo
April 28, 2022, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Madison
Wisconsin Clean Cities
Register now for the Transportation & Innovation Expo April 28 in Madison with our co-hosts Alliant Energy, the City of Madison & Madison Gas & Electric! Our sustainable transportation, infrastructure, technology and fleet vehicle conference & expo is the must-attend event of the year. Our last Transportation & Innovation Expo was the largest one-day sustainable transportation event in Wisconsin with more than 50 exhibitors in the 70,000-square-foot expo hall, 60 vehicles & equipment on display and 30 industry experts presenting in breakout sessions. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available.

Join us for the League’s popular Local Govt 101 Workshop  
This is your chance to learn the basics and more!
  • Organization & Powers of Cities and Villages
  • Recognizing and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
  • Budgeting and Financial Oversight
  • Procedures for Local Government Meetings
  • Managing Public Works Activities
2022 attendance options include in-person and virtual workshops.* 
  • May 6 - Webinar 
  • May 13 – Eau Claire, The Lismore Hotel
  • June 3 – Madison Marriott West
  • September 9 - Webinar
  • September 16 – In-Person Location TBD

*If you register for either of the webinars, you can participate in any of the Local Government 101 webinars within one year from your registration date. Mix and match the segments - take them all in one-day or attend when you can.
In-person registration is for a specific date and location only. Registration deadlines are 5 days before the workshop date. In-person or online, the registration fee is $110. The League also offers prerecorded versions of the webinar program for purchase. 


Save the Date: The Wisconsin Downtown Action Summit Annual Downtown Summit will be hosted in Appleton, WI on May 9-10, 2022. 
Registration will open in late March.  

O&M and Management: Training for Water and wastewater Utility Operators and Leaders Serving Tribes and Small Communities
EPA is sponsoring three online webinars to provide insight into effective strategies for asset management, utility rate setting, staff retention and to provide information on maintaining wastewater lagoons and onsite septic systems.
·   Don’t wait until something breaks. Learn about asset management tools to support long-range planning and techniques for setting rates to fund your utility.

·   Effective leadership and staff retention are key issues for small utilities. Learn about successful practices from other organizations.

·   Many communities rely on small lagoons for wastewater management or onsite septic systems serving individual properties. Learn about the operation and maintenance and how they can be optimized to protect water quality.

Click the titles of the training sessions to register. For questions, contact Matt Richardson, 202-564-2947


Wisconsin Certified Public Manager® (CPM) program
Offered through Local Government Education, Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Leadership, Management and Workplace Skills Classes

Local Government Education Webinar Classes Available for Purchase
If you’ve missed any previous LGE programs, there are several available for purchase here:
Some recent webinars for purchase are:
·       Practices for Protecting Local Farmland:
·       Grants: From the Funders’ Perspective:
·       Increasing Housing Options through Simple Zoning Changes
·       Civically Engaging Youth in Local Government and your Community

Check out the League's General Grants Resource page here.

U.S Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers this flexible American Rescue Plan Act grants to support job creation/retention through construction, non-construction planning, workforce development, and entrepreneurship and recreation economy support. Application Deadline: Rolling | Contact your local Economic Development Representative

U.S Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration (EDA) is available to qualified applicants to accelerate the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors. Specific requirements apply. Application Deadline: Rolling, until funding is exhausted

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Funds support research that expands the evidence needed to build a culture of health, with an explicit emphasis on advancing racial equity. Application Deadline: Open

U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development invests in rural transportation, through the Rural Business Development Grant, to build opportunity for prosperity for organizations seeking to improve passenger services and facilities. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 4/14/2022 

U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development support for qualified intermediaries to improve housing and community facilities, and to implement community and economic development projects in rural areas. Federal Register. Application Deadline: on 4/19/2022

U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development encourages a regional, innovation-driven approach to economic development by funding job accelerator partnerships in low-income rural communities. Federal Register. Application Deadline: 4/19/2022

U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development offers this new program to support underserved communities deploy community-scale renewable energy technologies and innovations to reduce climate pollution and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. Federal Register. Letter of Intent Required: 4/19/2022

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration initiative aimed at reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD) in high-risk rural communities and improve to and quality of SUD and other behavioral health care services in rural communities. Application Deadline: 4/19/2022

Environmental Protection Agency
This program offers funds to conduct ambient air monitoring of pollutants of greatest concern in communities with environmental and health outcome disparities stemming from pollution and the COVID-19 pandemic. Application Deadline: 3/25/2022 

U.S. Department of Agriculture 
USDA Rural Development program that provides loan guarantees to assist in the development, construction and retrofitting of new and emerging technologies for advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals and biobased products. Application Deadline: 4/1/2022

U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development is expanding access to four loan guarantee programs that provide funding to help rural communities create jobs and improve local infrastructure.


2023 Urban Nonpoint Source Construction Grant Applications Now Available

Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water (UNPS & SW) Construction Grant applications for projects beginning in 2023 are now available on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s grant program webpage.

The grant program offers local governments competitive grants to control pollution that is carried by storm water runoff from diffuse urban sources. The grants reimburse costs of construction projects that control this type of pollution. Eligible construction projects include:
  • Construction of structural urban best management practices including wet detention
  • Infiltration, or wetland basins, or infiltration trenches
  • Engineering design and construction services for best management practices installation
  • Land acquisition and easement purchase, including appraisal cost
  • Storm sewer rerouting and removal of structures
  • Streambank and shoreline stabilization
Please note that Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water planning grant applications will not be solicited in 2022 but will be solicited again in 2023.

Community and nonprofit funding and grants, educational offerings, and key resources

Innovation Matters Funding Opportunities, Publications, Events and Learning is the latest USDA Rural Development Newsletter. This issue includes the new Rural Community Toolkit which is a Tool to Increase Vaccine Confidence in Rural Areas.
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