April 11, 2022 | Number 64
2nd Tuesday of every month.
April 12, 2022, 12:00-1:00 via Zoom
Zoom Information for all Roundtable calls.

We'll start with a presentation on the $45 Million Investment in Safer Communities/ Violence Prevention Efforts announced recently. Presentation by the program's implementation leader: Reggie Moore, Director of Violence Prevention Policy and Engagement for the Medical College of Wisconsin Comprehensive Injury Center.
Governor Signs Municipal Bills into Law

On Friday, the Governor took action on 78 bills. In total the Governor signed 35 bills into law including the following that the League supported:
  • AB-607, Housing Rehab Loans. A workforce housing rehabilitation loan program. Now Act 221 by Representative Penterman (R-Columbus) and Senator Roth (R-Appleton).
  • AB-874, Medicaid Supplement for EMS Services. Creating a process enabling municipalities to recover a greater amount of the cost they incur when providing ambulance services to Medicaid patients. Act 228 By Representative Loudenbeck (R-Chilton) and Senator Felzkowski (R-Irma). See the League and Town's Association Joint Press Release on Act 228.

In addition, the Governor vetoed 43 bills including the following bill the League opposed:
  • AB 152, Examination of Building Plans. This bill created an exemption from the examination requirement for certain building plans and plumbing plans and modified other aspects of the building plan review process. Veto by Governor. By Representative J. Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek) and Senator Roth (R-Appleton).
Including ARPA Revenue on Municipal Financial Reports

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) sent a notice to municipal clerks last week on how to record the American Rescue Plan Act – State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (ARPA-SLFRF) revenue on a community's 2021 Municipal Financial Report (MFR).
 
MFR ARPA-SLFRF reporting details
  • Line 103-43300: Federal Grants – Other Federal Payments – most municipalities will report their ARPA-SLFRF revenue allocation on this line of the MFR. Note: This is not a deductible revenue line for General Transportation Aid (GTA).
  • Reporting ARPA revenue on another line due to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) – based on GAAP, if you would like to report the ARPA-SLFRF revenue on another line, include a comment on the last page of the MFR explaining where you recorded the ARPA-SLFRF revenue
  • Report all expenditures as you normally would, including transportation and road-related expenditures
  • Be mindful of MFR lines that impact the General Transportation Aid calculation – review the Department of Transportation's website for additional information

Questions about this advice from DOR should be emailed to: lgs@wisconsin.gov

BREAKING ARPA Single Audit Update

Last week, the federal Office of Management and Budget released an Addendum 3 to the 2021 Single Audit Compliance Supplement. Addendum 3 includes a simplified Single Audit process designed for entities that would otherwise not be required to undergo an audit pursuant to 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F, if it was not for the expenditures of SLFRF funds directly awarded by Treasury.

As described in Addendum 3, Part IV. Other Information, SLFRF recipients that expend $750,000 or more during their fiscal year in Federal awards and meet both criteria listed below have the option for their auditor or practitioner to follow the Alternative Compliance Examination Engagement guidance. The criteria are:

  1. The recipient's total SLFRF award received directly from Treasury or received (through states) as a non-entitlement unit of local government is at or below $10 million; and
  2. Other Federal award funds the recipient expended (not including their SLFRF award funds) are less than $750,000 during the recipient's fiscal year.

This is a addendum to the 2021 Single Audit Compliance Supplement and, specifically, the revision is Addendum 3. Addendum 3 includes a simplified Single Audit process (an "Attestation") for those direct recipients that are considered exempt from the Single Audit if not for the expenditures of SLFRF funds. This alternative is intended to reduce the burden of a full Single Audit on eligible recipients. This alternative applies to fiscal year audits beginning after June 30, 2020.
 
Attestation would result in an auditor's opinion on compliance which includes an assessment of two activities, specifically "activities allowed" and "unallowed/allowable cost."
 
Finally, Uniform Guidance (UG) still applies to ALL expended funds, whether the recipient performs an Attestation or a Single Audit.
 
This is a major win for NEUs with awards of less than $10 million. If you have questions or need additional information, please send an email via SLFRP@treasury.gov.
Universal Entity Identifier

Last week, the Department of Revenue sent out the following communication on the change from DUNS numbers to UEI numbers for federal account management. In summary, entities no longer need a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number issued by Dun & Bradstreet when doing business with the federal government. Instead, you will use a Universal Entity Identifier (UEI) number.

What is the UEI?
A UEI number is assigned to you in the System for Award Management (SAM.gov) and managed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). The UEI number is unique to your entity. You can manage organizational information, such as legal business name and physical address associated with a UEI number, directly from SAM.gov.

Important Information
No action is required if you have an existing and active registration in SAM.gov
  • If you are registered in SAM.gov, your UEI number was already assigned and is viewable in your account
  • Your UEI number replaces your DUNS number in the Treasury.gov application and compliance portal

DUNS number is no longer visible on SAM.gov or Treasury’s compliance portal (where Project and Expenditure (P&E) Report is located)
  • Already have a SAM.gov account – you no longer have a DUNS number listed in your account, instead you are assigned a UEI number
  • New SAM.gov registrants – are assigned a UEI number as part of their registration; this assigned UEI number is used in your ARPA-SLFRF P&E Report in Treasury’s compliance portal
  • Treasury.gov and compliance portal – your existing account records should be auto-filled with the UEI number in these applications. You will see your UEI number when you begin to fill out your P&E Report. 

Additional Resources

Questions?
For more information on the conversion from a DUNS number to UEI number, visit GSA's website
Workforce Innovation Grants Round 2 Application Closing Soon!

The Workforce Innovation Grants will help provide long-term solutions to Wisconsin's workforce challenges for communities across the state. Round 2 funding will make available up to $40.5 million to promote local and regional solutions to ongoing workforce challenges, with grants ranging from $250,000 up to $10 million. Applications will close on April 18. More information about the program and the next round of funding is available on the Workforce Innovation Grant Program website.
Webinar:
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Overview: Application to Delivery

WisDOT and the League invite you to attend an informational webinar focused on WisDOT's recent solicitation to use Federal Fiscal Year 2023 - 2026 (FFY23-FFY26) funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
 
Interested potential applicants will learn more about FFY23-26 program eligibility, application procedures, and key details related to successful project delivery.
 
Join us Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM via YouTube: https://youtu.be/855zZfDKydg (Please test the link ahead of time to ensure you have access to YouTube through the computer you will be viewing from.)
 
BIL is expected to provide significant increases in federal transportation funding for the next five years, beginning with FFY22. The current solicitation is for project proposals that could be scheduled in FFY 2023 through FFY 2026.
 
Applications are being accepted for FFY23-26 design and construction projects funded through the Surface Transportation Program (STP)-Urban, STP-Rural, STP-Local, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ), and Local Bridge Improvement Assistance programs.
 
The presentation will be approximately 1.5 hours followed by time for Q&A. All questions must be submitted through email; the mailbox will be monitored during the live presentation.
 
If you have questions you would like answered during the webinar, please send them to: DOTLocalPrograms@dot.wi.gov.
 
Thank you - WisDOT Local Programs
IN THE NEWS
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League of Wisconsin Municipalities: Statement on local referendums Read the article.

League of Wisconsin Municipalities and WTA: Applaud Governor for signing Assembly Bill 874 into law Read the article.
Click here to like, comment and share this article from the League's Facebook page. Click here to see the article on the League's LinkedIn page.

$115 million in federal transit funding headed to Wisconsin this year Read the article.

Lake Delton looking to address new ward map issues Read the article.

Jefferson mayor discusses energy policy in Washington Read the article.

Scooters Were Popular, But Will They Return? Read the article.

'It's about time': Milwaukee reacts to Cavalier Johnson's milestone as city's first elected Black mayor Read the article.

MacKenzie wins Ashland mayoral race in landslide Read the article.

Mayor Steve Genisot says Marinette has shown progress Read the article.

Hanus defeats Sauer in Rhinelander mayoral race
Write-in candidates take aldermanic seats; school board incumbents re-elected Read the article.

Candidates of color mark election firsts in local races around Wisconsin Read the article.

Ashland residents overwhelmingly vote to legalize marijuana Read the article.

Wisconsin regulators approve contentious Cambridge solar farm 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.

We'll start with a presentation on the $45 Million Investment in Safer Communities/ Violence Prevention Efforts announced recently. Presentation by the program's implementation leader: Reggie Moore, Director of Violence Prevention Policy and Engagement for the Medical College of Wisconsin Comprehensive Injury Center. 
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

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Capital Improvement Program and Strategic Planning – Combined Database

City of Janesville IT Director Gordy LaChance and Assistant to the City Manager Erin Davis will present on a database created to combine municipalities’ Strategic Planning and Capital Improvement Programs. Created by City of Janesville IT staff, the database can be used to store historical, current, and planning data, as well as provide system-wide access to reports for both programs. It can also be used as a reporting tool to highlight municipal successes in completing strategic goals.

The City of Janesville will offer the database as a free solution for municipalities wishing to streamline and organize their Strategic Planning and Capital Improvement Programs’ processes. 

Informational Session via Zoom
Thursday, May 12, 11:30-1:30 
Enter your name and email HERE to join the webinar. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the link to immediately join the meeting.
Email questions or comments to:
Toni Herkert, Government Affairs Director, therkert@lwm-info.org
Curt Witynski, Deputy Executive Director, witynski@lwm-info.org