Issue 14
January 16, 2017
Municipal Election Calendar and Information Available Online
Don't forget that municipal elections are on April 4th! 
If you are under the County Election Board (CEB) for your elections you must file your election resolution by January 20th with the CEB. Election calendars and election information are available on the OML website. Please contact the OML office should you need additional information at (405) 528-7515 or (800) 324-6651 or email Kelly Danner. Visit our website Election Calendar page.
Guthrie to Host Oklahoma Congress of Mayors On January 20, 2017:  Registration Open To Mayors, Vice Mayors, Councilmembers and Managers!
We hope you are making plans to attend the 7th Annual MCO Congress of Mayors, to be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Temple in Guthrie.
An invitation to all Oklahoma State legislators, inviting them to witness this historic event. 
Also, we have signed on many sponsors for the Congress and are able to present it to you at NO COST including breakfast and lunch.  Additionally, each delegate will receive a Congress of Mayors lapel pin.
If you haven't yet registered, please do so now.
As always, just give us a call or send us an email if you need additional information and we hope to see you there!   More Information
We Need Your Input on the OML Annual Conference
The 2017 OML Annual Conference will be here before you know it. We would like to get your perspective on what your overall experience at conference was and what topics or session tracks would be of interest to you this year.
Please tell us what you'd like to see offered during this session, whether it be a focus on  meetings, decorum, finance,  social media, code enforcement, leadership, municipal partnerships or anything else that you believe would be of value to Oklahoma governing officials and city and town employees.
Feel free to share this survey with all members of your governing board and any other municipal officials in your town, as well as staff - we would like input from as many of our members as possible! Please   take this survey by January 31st.
Marcy Twyman to Teach the Budget Process Workshop February 3rd in Midwest City
Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear Marcy Twyman teach one of OML's popular courses, the Budget Process Workshop.    This class is designed to teach the legal and policy-related responsibilities in the annual budget process and provide practical examples you can use in your city or towns budget. 
Lunch will be provided by  Utility Service Partners Inc.   Ashley Shiwarski, Senior Manager of Inside Sales, USP Inc. will be the guest speaker during lunch.
Sign up today to reserve your seat!
Register Today! ONLY Two Workshops Remaining to Satisfy Your New Official Educational Requirement for 2016-2017
Throughout the year in six locations around the state, OML provides an intensive educational program specifically tailored for newly elected  and appointed  officials as well as experienced officials who want to keep up-to-date on municipal issues. An officer is defined in 11 O.S. Section 1-102.  Please join us for this professional development opportunity.

The New Officials Institute workshop concentrates on topics such as the Open Meeting Act, Fair Labor Standards Act, Municipal Finance, Ethics and much more.  Don't let time slip away before you register.  The next workshops will be in Stillwater on Saturday, February 11, 2017 and Lawton on Thursday, March 23,2017. For more information, see the NOI page on our website.
Remember, you don't have to be new to attend. Everyone is welcome!
Municipal Court Fees Collection
The League has been contacted by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) regarding the decreasing number of A.F.I.S. (fingerprinting fee) and Forensic fees collected and remitted by municipal court.  These fees are required by 20 O.S. Sections 1313.3 and 1313.4 respectively.  Each fee is collected from any person "convicted of any offense, including traffic offenses but excluding parking and standing violations, punishable by a fine of Ten Dollars ($10.00) or more or by incarceration or any person forfeiting bond when charged with such offense."  Each fee is $5.00. More Information
Oklahoma One-Call Membership of Municipalities/Public Agencies
Membership Required by November 1, 2016
In April of this year, Governor Fallin signed HB-1951 into legislation which changes the Oklahoma Underground Facilities Damage Prevention Act §63-142 and requires all Municipalities (aka Public Agencies) with underground facilities/lines to become a member of the Statewide One-Call Notification Center (known as Oklahoma One-Call or OKIE811) and to locate their lines within 48 hours after receipt of notification. This law became effective November 1, 2016.  More Information
Register Today For The 2017 OML/OMUP Water - Environmental Summit, February 24th in Midwest City
City managers, mayors, council members, attorneys, public works directors, planners, water/wastewater superintendents and water/wastewater operators. Please plan to attend the OML/OMUP Water/Environmental Summit for essential updates on water and environmental issues for cities and towns. The Summit will be held on Friday, February 24th at Rose State in Midwest City . More Information
New Year, New Goals, New Leadership Class
Sign Up For Community Leadership Training Today or Become a Host City
The Oklahoma Municipal League is now taking applications for the Community Leadership Development (CLD) Class VI. The new class will begin April 6th and 7th. This exclusive community leadership class teaches strategies in areas of teamwork, community assessment and planning, economic development and tourism, and community renewal. CLD is an excellent opportunity for municipal officials, employees and community leaders to develop and improve on current leadership skills and styles. CLD's goal is for individuals to take what they learn back to their prospective communities to build and sustain strong cities and towns.

Community Leadership Development is a yearlong program that meets about every two months. Members will travel to six different cities across Oklahoma for class sessions. This is a great opportunity to see what other cities and towns in Oklahoma have going on, as far as tourism and economic development, all while developing leadership skills. The cost to participate in the program is merely $500. For complete details download the  CLD application form.

Apply to be a Host City! Communities who host a session are not only providing participants with a location to meet, they're also providing them the opportunity to see what is successful in your town and how they can apply it to their community. Download the  application to be a host city.
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