April 4, 2022 | Number 63
2nd Tuesday of every month.
April 12, 2022, 12:00-1:00 via Zoom
Zoom Information for all Roundtable calls.
Help us to spread the word about the “We Trust Them” PSA:
Click here to share, like & comment on the PSA from the League’s Facebook page, here to retweet, and here to like, comment and share the PSA on the League’s LinkedIn page.
League's Campaign Supports Clerks

Tomorrow is election day in Wisconsin. The League's Executive Director, Jerry Deschane, was a guest on UpFront this weekend to discuss the Build Trust in Elections Coalition and the three local government group's motive to support and retain our municipal and county clerks. Tomorrow when you show up to the polls to cast your spring ballot please offer a thank you to your local clerk, election officials, and poll workers.
 Police and Fire Commission Legislation

Last week we reported on SB 117, modifying provisions governing a Police and Fire Commission in a first class-city and creating new statutory provisions that apply to a second class city with a population of 200,000 or more. Milwaukee is currently the only first-class city in the state. Although 15 second class cities currently exist in the state, Madison is the only second-class city with a population of 200,000 or more. The League joined our two largest cities in opposing this bill. On Thursday, March 31st, the Governor vetoed SB 117 because the bill would minimize and restrict local control. Read the Governor's veto message here.
WisDOT Bipartisan Infrastructure Webpage

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has created a BIL webpage housing specific information relating to state transportation funding opportunities and local and regional program contacts. The site also includes a new FAQ document.

The program solicitation for the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 applications closed on Friday, April 1st. The 2023-2026 BIL Solicitation application is ongoing and proposals are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, June 3, 2022.

As WisDOT actively prepares the release of new information, please send your questions to dotlocalprograms@dot.wi.gov.
ARPA UPDATE FOR Non-Entitlement Communities

On Friday, April 1, 2022, U.S. Treasury released the Project and Expenditure Report templates for the SLFRF program. The Project and Expenditure Report is due from all SLFRF recipients by April 30, 2022. An Updated program User Guide was also released to assist in the submission of information.
If you have questions or need additional information, please send an email via SLFRP@treasury.gov.
Safer Communities State Investment

On March 15th Governor Evers announced $19 million for local and tribal law enforcement agencies in every corner of the state. The funding can be used for training, recruitment bonuses, community policing needs, or technology to address community’s specific public safety needs.

We have received several questions regarding how and when those funds will be distributed. According to the Governor's office, the program is designed similarly to the Routes to Recovery program that was funded by the CARES program and provided reimbursements to local governments for eligible COVID-19 recovery needs. Local law enforcement agencies will be able to apply for reimbursement for eligible expenses on a quarterly basis, which is anticipated to begin later this year. A forthcoming guidance document will be announced by the Department of Administration outlining criteria for eligible expenses. We anticipate that the guidance document will be available this spring. For additional details and updates on the program sign up to receive updates here:

DOA is also working to develop a dedicated website and email address for the program and the League will provide that information as soon as it becomes available.
ICYMI: New Federal Transportation Alternatives Guidance

Last week the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced new guidance and increased funding that can help state and local governments carry out projects that create safer, more walkable streets, including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, Safe Routes to School programs, and other local community projects.

The Infrastructure Law increases the average annual amount of the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside to $1.44 billion from 2022 through 2026. The TA Set-Aside program can be used for a variety of projects including pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, Safe Routes to School projects, road safety assessments, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and connectivity. 

Given the high demand for these types of projects at the local level, the law also requires states to hold a competitive grant process for local governments and other eligible entities before transferring TA set-aside funds to other Federal-aid programs.
 
More information about FHWA’s Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Guidance can be found on FHWA’s web site and fact sheet.
IN THE NEWS
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'UPFRONT' recap: Groups warn of continued clerk scrutiny ahead of election (Jerry Deschane, League Executive Director, interview.) Read the article.
Click here to comment, like share on the League's Facebook page, here to comment on the interview on LinkedIn and here to Tweet.

Here & Now: Local Clerks and Trust in the Voting Process (Jerry Deschane, League Executive Director, interview.) Watch Jerry's interview.
Click here to watch Jerry's interview on Twitter.

Wisconsin Elections Commission implements more recommendations following election audit Read the article.

Gov. Tony Evers vetoes bill that would overhaul Milwaukee and Madison's fire and police commissions Read the article. The League requested this veto.

Kenosha News editorial: Revise state law on ballot collection Read the op-ed.

Wisconsin Coalition Releases Housing Affordability Toolkit Read the article.

Small-town police force urging more funding, with calls up 93% Read the article.

Burlington wants state to reconsider 'ridiculous' limits on liquor licenses Read the article.

Rentals in Milwaukee's impoverished neighborhoods could be getting new electrical inspections to make them safer Read the article.

Neenah poll workers must hand count write-in votes in District 3 because no one is on the ballot Read the article
League Events
2nd Tuesday of every month.
April 12, 2022, 12:00-1:00 via Zoom
Zoom Information for all Roundtable calls.
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.  

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

Sign up now for the League's Popular Local Government 101
Workbook included for ALL participants - print or USB.
Via Zoom:
May 6 - Webinar 
September 9 - Webinar
If you register for the Local Govt 101 webinar, you can participate in any of the Local Govt webinars within a year from your registration. Mix and match the four segments - take them all in one-day or attend when you can.
Webinar Agenda (PDF) (Content is the same but the schedule is different.)

In-person:
May 13, 2022 – Eau Claire, The Lismore Hotel
June 3, 2022 – Madison Marriott West
September 16, 2022 – Green Bay, Tundra Lodge
In Person Agenda (PDF) (Content is the same but the schedule is different.) 
Communities for All Mini Charette
Wednesday, May 11
Portage County Annex Building
1462 Strongs Ave, Stevens Point, Conference Rooms 1 & 2
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free - Provided by AARP Wisconsin in partnership with the League

Join us for this unprecedented opportunity to tackle creating communities for all people under the guidance of Gil Penalosa, internationally known Communities for All advocate and founder and Chair of 8 80 Cities. This workshop will be interactive and is for communities large and small. Bring your challenges and opportunities to talk through with Gil and your peers from across the state. 

Space is limited! Details and Registration

Click here to share this opportunity from the League's LinkedIn page and here to share from Facebook.
Email questions or comments to:
Toni Herkert, Government Affairs Director, therkert@lwm-info.org
Curt Witynski, Deputy Executive Director, witynski@lwm-info.org