League Policy Development Process in Full Swing

The LMC policy committees, made up of city officials from all over the state, are half-way through their annual summer meetings to develop the 2016 City Policies.
(Published Aug 31, 2015)

The League’s policy committees wrapped up their second round of three meetings in mid-August. LMC City Policies, the legislative platform created by members and used by League staff at the Capitol, represent the only comprehensive statewide advocacy agenda for all Minnesota cities.

Guest speakers
During the August meetings, members of the four LMC policy committees (Improving Service Delivery, Improving Local Economies, Improving Fiscal Futures, and Human Resources & Data Practices) heard from a variety of guests, including:

  • Buck McAlpin, North Memorial Health Care, about community EMTs.
  • Dave Weirens, Board of Water and Soil Resources, about the study on state assumption of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitting.
  • City of Minneapolis Staff about regulation and public safety issues with party buses.
  • Joe Jablonksi, area land manager with Lennar Homes, about residential development opportunities and barriers.
  • Phil Qualy, United Transportation Union, about railroad safety.
  • Paul Schnell, police chief with the City of Maplewood, about body-worn cameras.
  • Cyndee Gmach, pay equity coordinator, Minnesota Management and Budget.
  • Bob DeBord, Citizens League, about improving citizen participation in local government budget processes.

Potential new policies
The committees are also discussing potential new policies related to a state fence law exemption, maintenance of retaining walls adjacent to public rights of way, and a general election requirement for ballot questions.

Member review of draft policies
Committee members will meet again the week of Sept. 14 to further consider and approve draft policies. The draft policies will then be shared with all LMC member cities during the member comment period. The Draft City Policies will be available online for comment Oct. 1-30. All city officials and staff are encouraged to review and comment on the policies at that time.

The League’s Board of Directors will review and discuss the policies at its Oct. 15 meeting. The Board will then review the member comments and vote to adopt the 2016 City Policies at the Nov. 19 meeting.

The League thanks the more than 150 members of the four policy committees for their participation in the policy committee process this year.

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