Leaders Matter
Although former Village of Potosi President Frank Fiorenza and former Lancaster Mayor Jerry Wehrle are retired, they continue to serve.

In honor of Potosi, Frank wrote a poem entitled "The Birth of Potosi" that he read at his retirement.

Read more about Frank and his legacy on page 8 of the League's Nov. magazine.

Welcome League Board President Tammy Bockhorst!

“We have real momentum at the League, in our advocacy efforts, in education, and in communication with the cities and villages of this state. My role as President is to keep that momentum; to keep us moving forward.”

Learn more about Tammy on pg 16 of the Nov. magazine.
Thanks to Wisconsin Public Television's documentary, discover how Vel Phillips achieved an impressive list of "firsts" as part of her legacy, including the first African American judge in Wisconsin and the first woman, and African American, in the nation elected to executive office in state government.

Read Mary Spicuzza's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's article on Vel Phillips many accomplishments in the Nov. magazine on page 4.
Recruiting the Next Generation of Local Elected Officials: 7 Strategies
November, The Municipality , pg. 12
Building on the research that they conducted in 2016 (see video of the presentation at the League's 2016 Chief Execs Workshop), UW-Extension Community Development Educators Jennifer Erickson, Dan Hill, Melissa Kono and Victoria Solomon lay out 7 strategies in their magazine article to keep in mind when recruiting the next generation of local leaders.

Are you a WOMAN IN GOVT? Add your profile to our gallery! Learn more here.
Getting the Lead Out
Nov., The Municipality, pg. 18

The City of Kenosha was the first water utility to seek PSC approval for its lead service replacement financial assistance program. Learn more in the article by Edward St. Peter, Kenosha City Administrator and Water Utility General Manager, Lawrie J. Kobza, Partner, and Jared Walker Smith, Attorney, Boardman & Clark LLP. They detail the 10 considerations that the city's program takes into account.

For Municipalities:
  • PSC Resources on Lead Service Line (LSL) Replacement here.
  • DNR Resources including specifc contacts and a toolkit here.
  • Guidebook for Wisconsin Municipalities and Citizens on Replacement of Lead Service Lines Using Wisconsin Act 137 (PDF) here.

For Constituents:
  • City of Kenosha "Information About Lead" on their website here.
  • Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available at www.epa.gov/safewater/lead
  • DrinkTap.org by the American Waterworks Association
Municipal Publication Requirements
November, The Municipality , pg. 22

The article by Claire Silverman, the League's Legal Counsel, provides a basic overview of municipal publication requirements and addresses common questions that arise with regard to those requirements. You can access the article as a PDF here.
History Helps to Build Communities
November, The Municipality , pg. 9

Christian Øverland, the Ruth and Hartley Barker Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society, was Jerry’s recent guest on the League’s Local Perspective. Christian is leading the Society in planning a new state history museum which will serve as a hub for statewide history education and outreach. 

The Society holds the premier collection of Wisconsin history and is one of the largest North American history archives. Learn how you can access the many resources at the Wisconsin Historical Society here.

Learn more about "Share Your Voice," your opportunity to shape the new Historical Society Museum here.

You can comment on this video on the League's Facebook page here .

Join Us!
Welcoming Women in Government Reception

Join us for the 2nd Biannual Local and State Reception Welcoming Women to Government Reception co-hosted by the League, Wisconsin Women in Govt (WWIG) and Husch Blackwell.

Our goal is to highlight the importance of relationships across the aisle and across state and local government as well as highlight WWIG’s and the League’s role in helping to establish and nurture those important relationships.

All are welcome! Wed., January 9, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Husch Blackwell Offices, 33 East Main Street, Suite 300, Madison (on the Square overlooking the Capitol.) Parking available in nearby city ramps.

There is no cost for local officials and staff to attend. RSVP here .
A Cautionary Tale... All the Queen's Horses (The Rita Crundwell Story) A Classic Case of Fraud. Presented In Partnership by the Wisconsin City/County Management Association, the Wisconsin Government Finance Officers Association, and the League Of Wisconsin Municipalities.

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The latest #LocalGovMatters Podcasts include interviews from the League’s 120th Annual Conference, a preview of the 2019-20 Legislative Session with the League’s Executive Director Jerry Deschane and the Wisconsin Counties Association Executive Director Mark O’Connell as well as episodes on the Wheel Tax and Autonomous Vehicles. 

The #LocalGovMatters Podcast is a partnership between the League, the Wheeler Report, Inc. and the Wisconsin Counties Association. Find the latest episodes here