The ‘Complete Streets’ Approach
Many Minnesota cities have abandoned the car-centric street policies of the past and opted instead for “Complete Streets,” a philosophy that looks at the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, and neighborhoods when designing or overhauling roads. Some have expanded the Complete Streets philosophy to include environmental considerations in street designs.
Data Practices and Records Management for City Clerks
May 29—Breezy Point
June 25—Two Harbors
These half-day workshops will provide an in-depth look at what cities need to do to meet state data requirements. The League is partnering with MCFOA to bring these workshops to MCFOA regional trainings.
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2015 Annual Conference
It all adds up at the 2015 LMC Annual Conference in Duluth! Three keynote speakers will engage and inspire, you'll have the opportunity to meet and connect with hundreds of city colleagues from around the state. Plus, explore Duluth during the pre-conference mobile session and a planned evening in Canal Park.
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Clerks' Orientation Conference
Find out about Open Meeting Law, data practices, legal compliance issues, and more at this three-day conference held concurrently with the annual conference in Duluth. In addition to finding about fundamentals you'll need as a city clerk, you'll have the opportunity to attend annual conference concurrent and keynote sessions.
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City HR Actions Lookup Tool
Looking for bright ideas on HR-related matters? Use the City HR Actions Lookup tool to find examples and get ideas from cities across the state. The League’s newest lookup tool includes over 1,100 examples of what cities have done in the area of HR. Categories include combining positions, eliminating positions, changing policies that affect staff, early retirement, making changes to employee benefits, and more.
New Liquor Laws to Note
The 2015 omnibus liquor bill was signed into law on May 1. The law includes Sunday growler sales, microdistillery off-sale licensing, and an earlier start time for serving alcohol on Sundays. It also calls for a study of powdered alcohol and allows instructional driving permits to be used as proof of age for purchasing alcohol. Some provisions took effect the day after Gov. Dayton signed the bill into law.
The Benefits of Hiring Veterans
Although cities must comply with strict state laws governing employment of veterans, the extra work to do that could pay off. The current issue of Minnesota Cities magazine discusses the benefits of such hires, including the discipline, leadership, and maturity that come with experience in the military.
2015 LMC Annual Conference
Connect with hundreds of your city colleagues at the 2015 Annual Conference, June 24-26 in Duluth!
Small Cities Funding Provided in Lights-On Transportation Bill
Although the $12.5 million that was passed by the Legislature would be a start toward helping small cities with ever-growing transportation infrastructure needs, the bill contains no dedicated or ongoing funding mechanism.
Another Training Opportunity for New City Leaders
Are you a new city clerk—or have you never attended the Clerks' Orientation Conference? This three-day conference can give you tools for your city!
Bits & Briefs
Learn about online safety training, the #13percent discussion, roadkill compost, and more inside the latest issue of Minnesota Cities magazine.
New Term Series Open Now!
Need a place to park your tax receipts? The 4M Fund is offering three new term series!
New: Guide to Campaign Signs
For cities with primaries, election season is already underway. Learn the rules for where and when campaign signs can be posted in this brief memo.
Does your city have a Complete Streets policy?
- Yes, we’ve made a policy that works for our community.
- Not yet, but we’ve discussed it and are moving in that direction.
- No, we’ve decided not to adopt a Complete Streets policy.
- I’m not sure what that is—tell me more!
Learn more about Complete Streets policies and see how other Minnesota cities are benefiting from this philosophy in the latest issue of Minnesota Cities magazine.Back
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