Issue 42
July 31, 2017
This Week at OML 

This week at OML things were calming down from the excitement of the Mayors Conference in Idabel last week. Executive Director Mike Fina traveled to Tulsa on Thursday to speak with the United Cities about OML and what OML provides to cities and towns. As a whole, the staff is shifting towards focusing on the Annual Conference in September in Tulsa. On Tuesday, our Deputy Director of Internal Operations and General Counsel Sue Ann Nicely attended the Water Quality Management Advisory Council meeting  at DEQ and on Thursday, Deputy Director of External Operations and Government Relations Missy Dean attended the Department of Labor meeting where they discussed the new PEOSH rules that go into effect on September 15.  To open the week, OML was fortunate to be able to welcome back Cheryl Dorrance to assist in preserving OML's past as well as discuss research projects to further our knowledge to help municipalities.
Oklahoma Mayors And OML Board Gather In Idabel For Summer Conference
Last week in Idabel, the Mayor's Council of Oklahoma (MCO), the City of Idabel, and OML hosted the Mayor's Summer Conference. With over 63 attendees, the conference was a huge success. On Thursday the MCO Board and the OML Board met then the Golf Scramble took place. The non-golfers took a tour of the Wheelock Academy and Museum. 

On Friday, there were tours of the Idabel Fire Department, the McCurtain County Regional Airport, and the Museum of the Red River.  The Mayor of Oklahoma City, Mick Cornett, spoke to everyone about economic development. Newly appointed Executive Director Mike Fina spoke about the future of OML and what exciting changes Oklahoma's cities and towns can expect from the new administration. 

MCO and OML thank the City of Idabel and Mayor Tina Foshee-Thomas for their incredible welcome and for hosting the Mayor's Summer Conference . More information and photos
Sand Springs Fireworks Ordinance Featured At The MCO Summer Conference
Mayor of Sand Springs, Mike Burdge, discussed an ordinance at the MCO Mayor's Summer Conference in Idabel this past week. This ordinance was recently passed allowing citizens to set off fireworks within city limits. The ordinance requires individuals to obtain a permit from the City to do so. This allows the City to collect sales tax and the permit fees. More Information and Ordinance Documents
Revised Form I-9 Now Available
USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Instructions for how to download Form I-9 are available on the Form I-9 page. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17. On Sept. 18, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers must continue following existing storage and retention rules  for any previously completed Form I-9.  For complete information including a Q&A click on I-9 Central . Read The Article
Meet The People Of OML: Aspen Roberts
Aspen Roberts is the Legislative and Program Specialist and has been a team member with OML for two and a half years. Aspen assists Kelly Danner with her various secretariats and assists Sue Ann Nicely and Missy Dean with legislative issues. Aspen was born and raised in Choctaw, Oklahoma and has lived there for 24 years. She has a Labrador named Maverick and her hobby is visiting the lake with her family. OML thanks you for all of your hard work and appreciates everything you do!
2018 Legislative Request Form Print Or Online: Deadline August 4th
The 2017 Legislative Session is over and it is time to start the process of planning for the 2018 legislative session. OML values the perspective of all members on legislative concerns and we encourage city officials to participate in the process so we will be prepared to present a united legislative effort. Please print and complete the Legislative Request Form or complete the Online Legislative Request Form by August 4th. The OML Legislative Committee will be voting on the issues on Wednesday, August 9th at 9:00 a.m. at OML. If you submit an issue, we would love to have you attend the meeting on the 9th to present it to the committee.
Congratulations To Medicine Park For Best Oklahoma Tiny Town!
OML would like to congratulate the Town of Medicine Park on being listed as one of the "Best Tiny Towns in Every State". Between their new aquarium and the Medicine Creek, OML absolutely believes that Medicine Park is one of the best towns around to visit!   Read the article at
Delegate Registration For The 2017 OML Annual Conference Is Now Open! Register Before August 28th For the Early Bird Discount!
Delegate registration is now available for the 2017 OML Annual Conference coming up September 12-14, 2017 in Tulsa. 

Special hotel rates are now available for delegates staying at the Doubletree Hotel. Visit the Hotel Information Page of the OML Annual Conference Website for reservation information. Special rate deadline is August 21st. If you are unable to get a room at the Doubletree, t he overflow hotel is the Aloft in Tulsa. Here is the link to reserve a room at the special rate.

See the Delegate Registration Page of the Conference Website for all of the latest information on the events to be held at this year's conference. We are adding more information daily, so please check back often. For any questions on registration please contact   Cathy Pulver.
Registration For The Pre-Conference Workshop Is Now Open! Legacy Leadership With SGR's CEO Ron Holifield
Special guest speaker Ron Holifield, CEO, Strategic Government Resources will teach practical leadership strategies that will help you make a difference and achieve goals that live on after you move on. Ron spent nearly 20 years in municipal government. He now provides strategic consultation to top companies in the U.S., and recently published his second book; 4th Dimension Leadership: a Radical Strategy for Creating an Authentic Servant Leadership Culture. Sign up today! Don't miss this opportunity  to make a difference for tomorrow and beyond! The Legacy Leadership Pre-Conference Workshop will be on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tulsa. For more information visit the conference website or contact Cheryl Adams .
Let's Hit A Grand Slam Against Hunger At The OML Conference!
For the 2017 Annual Conference Fund Raising World Series, don't strike out! This year's food bank fund raiser will benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. All attendees are eligible to participate, so start collecting now! The conference fund raiser will close at 12:00 p.m., noon, on Thursday, September 14th. Winners will be announced Thursday during lunch. For more information see the attached flyer or if you have any questions   Email Missy Dean
Be A Sponsor Or An Exhibitor At The 2017 OML Annual Conference!
Register today to become a Corporate, Government, Association, City or Town Exhibitor at the 2017 OML Annual Conference in Tulsa. The 2017 Exposition, September 12-14, will bring your organization's representatives into contact with those municipal officials who not only influence the decision makers, but also are responsible for entering into contracts, making purchasing decisions and soliciting bids. 

There is also still time to sign up and sponsor an event for the 2017 OML Annual Conference in Tulsa in September.

For more information on how to be a sponsor or an exhibitor, contact April Bradbury via email or call 405-528-7515. Visit our conference website.
Employers: Department of Labor Workplace Posters
Ensure your business has the updated, required and free posters. Do not be misled by solicitations requiring payment for these posters. They are provided free of charge through the Oklahoma Department of Labor.  Visit their website for more information and to obtain posters.
2018 Transforming Local Government Call for Case Studies
The Alliance for Innovation has released the Call for Case Studies for 2018 Transforming Local Government (TLG) presentations. Submissions must be from a local government - you are welcome to submit case studies (you don't have to be members of the Alliance to submit a case study).  And furthermore, the innovative process may not have succeeded - but if there's a good story to tell with "lessons learned" - that's as valuable as the most successful implementations. Deadline is September 1st.   More Information
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