February 19, 2018 - Issue 68
Advocate 02-18

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Events Calendar

Directory Changes
OML Holds Municipal Training Event in Pawnee
Daniel McClure, Kelly Danner, and Aspen Robert had an opportunity to conduct a municipal training event with the Pawnee City Council this past week. Topics included municipal statutory powers, budgeting strategies, community building, and other best practices. Pawnee Mayor Brad Sewell said "Pawnee's elected officials range in experience from many years to a few months, and I believe everyone benefited tremendously from the session.  OML offers well-informed training and resources from an outside perspective, which I believe invites all of us locals to focus on working cooperatively in the months ahead." If you have any thoughts or questions feel free to reach out to Daniel or Kelly via email, the Inquiry Service or call  (405) 528-7515 or (800) 324-6651 they are municipal nerds and would love to chat with you!
Guymon Mayor Appointed As OML Board Member for District 11
OML is proud to announce that the Honorable Kim Peterson, Mayor of the City of Guymon, has been appointed to the OML Board of Directors. Mayor Peterson has replaced Richard Chapman for District 11 and states "It is an honor to follow Richard Chapman in this position."
Catch Up on All the Latest Legislative News in the OML Advocate Legislative Bulletin
N ow that legislative session is in full swing, keep an eye out for the Advocate, the weekly legislative bulletin that keeps you informed of what's happening at the capitol.  There will be a link in the upper left column of this newsletter every week to the latest issue. This week's issue is  Advocate 02-18.
Final Week To Nominate! OML Board Towns East Call For Nominations  Deadline: February 23, 2018
The OML District Towns East Board seat will become vacant February 1, 2018 due to Dennis Heath's resignation from the OML Board. Nominations will be received until Friday, February 23rd, 2018 and will be presented to the OML Board of Directors on March 7, 2018.  Call for Nominations Letter and Sample Resolution Here.
Community Leadership Development Class 6 Graduates In Muskogee 
The Community Leadership Development Class 6 held the 2018 graduation ceremony on Friday, February 9th at the Best Western Conference Center in Muskogee.  The class enjoyed a reception at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame hosted by the City of Muskogee and the Muskogee Chamber of Commerce. Their final assignment was a group project to create a successful response to a RFP to make a strong business case to show a competitive advantage in the food processing industry.
Next New Officials Institute March 15th in Lawton
On March 15th in Lawton, OML will host a New Officials Institute at the Great Plains Technology Center. Throughout the year 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. 

The NOI teaches the statutorily required topics such as Municipal Budget Requirements, the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act, the Oklahoma Open Records Act, Ethics, Procedures for Conducting Meetings, Conflict of Interest, and Purchasing Procedures
State law requires each person elected for the first time to a position of a municipality on or after January 1, 2005, OR appointed for the first time on or after July 1, 2006, to attend an institute for municipal officials. The statute is codified at Title 11 O.S., Section 8-114.   For future dates or more information, see the  NOI page on our website .
You don't have to be newly elected to attend. Everyone is welcome! If you have any questions, please contact  Sarah Lingenfelter at OML.
Topping Out Ceremony Held at Norman Public Library Central
Photo from the Norman Transcript

Norman residents, along with City officials and those from the Pioneer Library System, attended a Topping Out Ceremony for the new Norman Public Library Central on Wednesday, February 7 at 10 a.m.

The Topping Out Ceremony is a time-honored construction site tradition that celebrates the placement of a building's highest structural element. Watch a drone-filmed  video of the ceremony on YouTube, read the article on newsok.com and a  video and article from the Norman Transcript.
Register Today for the OML & OMUP Water/Environmental Summit on March 16th
OML and the Oklahoma Municipal Utility Providers (OMUP) are holding the Water/Environmental Summit on March 16th at the Rose State College Professional Training Center in Midwest City. This summit provides essential updates on water and environmental issues for cities and towns. For more information, see the agenda and if you have any questions, please contact Kelly Danner via email or call (405) 528-7515; (800) 324-6651. 
GrantFinder - The Ultimate Grant Search Tool
Access to over 7,500 grants
GrantFinder is an online tool giving license holders the ability to search thousands of grants to possibly utilize in your community.  OMSC has signed an agreement with GrantFinder allowing our members the ability to purchase a license for $50 per year rather than the normal price of $1,195 per year.  There are typically over 7,500 grants to choose from with the ability to use 10 search filters to narrow your search parameters.  If you have any questions, contact Nancee Morris via email or visit our website.
OML has partnered with Oklahoma Today Magazine to promote your community and the wonderful events you have planned for the year. Please go to this online form to submit your activities to possibly be spotlighted in this prominent publication. Due to publishing restrictions, please submit events 6 months in advance.
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