Issue 50
October 2, 2017
The Oklahoma League In Action
September 25
- Missy and Jodi attended the State Chamber legislative meeting for special session. 
-OML hosted Jari Askins for lunch to discuss leadership issues.
September 27 
- Mike, Missy and Sue Ann hosted the British Counsel General Karen Bell and former Mayor Roger Randle.
-Sarah and Missy attended United Technology Services (OML conference sponsor) birthday party.
-Kelly and Sue Ann hosted the OMUP meeting at OML with guests from DEQ and Garver Engineering.
September 28 
- Mike and Missy met with Rick Koch, Luke Martin and Pat Hall to discuss the cigarette tax issue.
September 29 
- Missy met with candidate for House District 82 Cobi Ceron to discuss municipal funding issues.
-Missy and Bill attended the Interim Study on PERB.
October 2 
- Mike and Nancee met w/ Aberdeen (OMSC partner) at OML.
Former Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins Visits OML
On Monday afternoon, former Governor Jari Askins visited the OML office in Oklahoma City for lunch. Talking to the staff of OML, Jari shared her experiences from her adventures from judge to Lieutenant Governor. Born and raised in Duncan, Jari was the 15th  Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma, being the second woman and the first female Democratic Party member to hold that position. OML thanks you for your visit and company .

2017 OML District Dinner Meetings - Join Us October 5th In Ardmore
Join us for one of the District Dinner Meetings!  The first District Dinner is on October 5th in Ardmore at Cafe Alley.   This is a wonderful opportunity for you to connect with other municipalities in your district and hear  about the upcoming legislative session. Talk about this at your next council meeting and make your  RSVPs as soon as possible.    OML will facilitate the meeting where we will discuss the 2018 legislative session and share the latest  League news. There also will be an opportunity to share what is going on in your municipality. Register online  or more information here.
British Consul General Karen Bell Visits OML
British Consul General Karen Bell visited with OML Executive Director Mike Fina, Deputy Director of Internal Operations and General Counsel Sue Ann Nicely, Deputy Director of External Operations and Government Relations Missy Dean, and former OML Board President Mayor Roger Randle last Wednesday at the OML office. Mayor Roger Randle brought Ms. Bell here to learn about municipal government.  They also discussed comparisons of what is happening in Oklahoma municipalities, taxation, public and private partnerships, and services provided to our constituents. It was an honor to have them reach out to OML. We look forward to future endeavors with Ms. Bell.
Reception Held for Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials Recipient Mayor Elaine Carr of West Siloam Springs
Mayor Elaine Carr (on right) and State Representative Will Fourkiller
Kathy Osbourn, West Siloam Springs town manager, and Mary Winkler, Mayor Carr's 83-year-old mother, hosted a reception on September 24 for Elaine's recent induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials held at the OML Annual Conference in Tulsa Read Article

Others inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials this year were:
Anadarko Helps Victims Of Hurricane Harvey
The City of Anadarko opened their hearts to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. Last month, the City of Anadarko started collecting water, non-perishable foods, blankets, and clothing at one of Anadarko's fire stations. Kenneth Corn, City Manager of Anadarko said "I initially thought we would just need  a U-Haul truck to get these items down South, but we ended up needing a 53 foot semi-trailer. We received over 1,000 cases of water, over 500 blankets, boxes of canned goods, and even diapers and toothpaste. I am very pleased with the response from our community. The turnout was overwhelming." Over $3,000 in cash was donated to the hurricane victims as well. The City of Anadarko donated the goods to a small community outside of Houston in an effort to help those in need. OML and the victims of the hurricanes thank Anadarko and all others that have donated for their generosity in this time of need .  News 9 Story
OML's McClure Presents Municipal Concepts At OU
This past week OML Research Director Daniel McClure gave a municipal concepts presentation to public administration students at the University of Oklahoma. The presentation was the first step in a new collaborative partnership between the League and the University designed to make the research process more streamlined, while also providing an opportunity to introduce municipal government to university students. The students will be working with the League's Research Department on the 2017/2018 Salary and Benefits Report. Students will assist with data collection, entry and will also reach out to member municipalities to collect any missing information for the report. We are pleased to be working with the University, and believe the partnership will be a mutually beneficial process with hopes of encouraging students to seek careers in municipal government .
Call for Nominations for OML Board Seat for District 8
The OML District 8 Board seat is now open due to Randy Ross, Mayor of Choctaw, becoming the new OML Board Vice President. Nominations will be received until Friday, October 27, 2017 and will be presented to the OML board of directors at their November 2nd  meeting.  More Information and Sample Resolution
OMSC Signs Agreement With GrantFinder To Benefit OML Members
We are happy to announce that the Oklahoma Municipal Services Corporation (OMSC), the business arm of OML, has signed an agreement with GrantFinder to bring at a greatly reduced rate of $50 per year for an online tool to enable our members the access to over 7,500 grants.  The program allows municipalities to search for grants specific to their needs by utilizing 10 unique search filters.  More Details
OML Employee Spotlight: Jamie Smith
Jamie Smith serves as the Membership Services Representative and Legislative Specialist for the Oklahoma Municipal League. This past January marked her 25th anniversary with the League. As Membership Services Representative Jamie is first in line to speak with all incoming calls, taking inquiries, answering questions, and making everyone's day a little brighter. Jamie's role as Legislative Specialist is to keep a daily running tally of all bills moving through the Oklahoma Legislature.

In her 25 years with the Oklahoma Municipal League she has found her true passions to be helping better her community by taking care of our members and being the voice and face of Oklahoma Municipal League.

In her free time Jamie likes to spend time with her animals. She is an avid animal lover and loves to foster pets that are in transition from shelter to forever home.
Did you know you can nominate municipal employees for a 25-year of service award?
Other News

Supreme Court to Decide Significant Public Sector Union Dues Case (Again)

OMCTFOA Oklahoma Municipal Clerks, Treasurers, Finance Officials Association Annual Conference
 - October 18-20, Stillwater, OK