MML Policy Statement

Download Current Policy Statement:  2022-2023 Policy Statement

The member cities and villages of the Missouri Municipal League in adopting this statement of policy, wish to call attention to the needs of Missouri municipalities and the obligations of the state and federal governments to support municipalities.
This policy statement addresses itself to those specific areas in which state and federal assistance is needed and in terms of the resources, powers and revenues required by the cities and villages to solve their problems. It contains the issues and League policies that confront municipal officials in the areas of environmental quality, human resources, government and administration, revenue and finance and urban development. It urges that where legislation is called for, the General Assembly or Congress meet its responsibility and enact legislation, and where administrative action is needed, the Governor initiate and ensure the action is taken. It also encourages the General Assembly to recognize those areas where legislation is not needed and to refrain from enacting special legislation that adversely affects a single municipality or group of municipalities.

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2022 Policy Committee Meeting Dates

Policy Committees (excluding Resolutions Committee): June 22, 2023 - Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia (usually 3rd Thursday in June)

Resolution Committee: August 3, 2023 - Courtyard by Marriott, Jefferson City (usually 1st Thursday in August)

MML Business Meeting: Sept. 12, 2023 - Sheraton Crown Center, Kansas City

RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

The Resolutions Committee of the Missouri Municipal League plays a key role in the development of the Missouri Municipal Policy.

Policy-making is a very important function of the Missouri Municipal League. The primary process is that four appointed policy committees meet each July to discuss and debate policy issues facing Missouri municipalities.

The result is new or amended policy recommendations that are reviewed and finalized by the Resolutions Committee. These final policy recommendations are presented to the general membership for adoption at the Business Meeting during the Annual Conference. Alternatively, members may modify or offer new policies during the Business Meeting for adoption by the general membership. 

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Mark BeckerMayorCity of Des Peres10505166
Patrick BonnotLoss Control DirectorMIRMA11506575
Brent BuerckCity AdministratorCity of Perryville10508403
Barbara BuffaloeMayorCity of Columbia68231293
Benjamin DeClueCity AdministratorCity of Glendale13636645
Bryant Warren DeLongMayorCity of North Kansas City46592332
Michele DeShayMayorCity of Moline Acres10509350
David DimmittMayorCity of Brentwood10503253
Reed DupyCouncil MemberCity of Chillicothe66939657
Joe GarritanoCouncil MemberCity of Wildwood10510365
DJ GehrtCity AdministratorCity of Platte City12764155
Rodney GradyCouncil MemberCity of Black Jack10502654
Jerry GrimmerCouncil MemberCity of Bridgeton18834185
Roger HaynesDep City ManagerCity of Mexico10507559
Kathy HolschlagChief Finance OfcCity of Fulton10505731
Christine IngrassiaAldermanCity of St. Louis10509414
Pat KellyExecutive DirectorMunicipal League of Metro St. Louis36781536
Donald KrankCouncil MemberCity of Black Jack10502645
John T. MaloneyAldermanCity of Grandview10505941
Ken McClureMayorCity of Springfield10509181
Norman McCourtMayorCity of Black Jack10502626
Mike McDonoughMayorCity of Raytown10508678
Ryan MoehlmanCity AttorneyCity of Jefferson City33743396
Danielle OettleFinance DirCity of Maryland Heights54268375
Leesa RossCity ClerkCity of Frontenac10509383
Edward RuckerCity AttorneyCity of Osage Beach10508212
Bwayne SmothersonCouncil MemberCity of University City10510003

FINANCE AND TAXATION

In many of Missouri's municipalities, annual revenues are never adequate to meet the service needs and demands of citizens. The continuing reduction of federal funds and the reduction of service delivery responsibility to the local level may cause this situation to become acute for many municipalities. Cities are particularly frustrated by state constitutional and statutory provisions that restrict the sources of municipal revenue, while the state and federal governments continue to enact rules, regulations and guidelines affecting or dictating municipal services, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, prevailing wage, workers' compensation and unemployment compensation. This combination – elimination of federal support, state restrictions on revenue sources and mandated state and federal regulations – may well lead to a reduction in essential municipal services in many municipalities.

The General Assembly is urged to give municipalities greater freedom to increase revenues without the restrictions of limiting legislation, such as earmarking revenue for special purposes, except when the revenue is generated by users of the service. This would allow the needed flexibility to meet changing conditions.

MML Staff Representative: Richard Sheets, Executive Director

_Full NameTitleOrganization
James ClemmonsAldermanCity of Battlefield48953479
Brian CraneCity ManagerCity of Moberly39603883
Benjamin DeClueCity AdministratorCity of Glendale13636645
David DimmittMayorCity of Brentwood10503253
Martin GhafooriManaging DirStifel12012116
Bill HanksCity ClerkCity of Weldon Spring48953490
Roger HaynesDep City ManagerCity of Mexico10507559
Randal HeinCouncil MemberCity of Bridgeton10503297
Theresa HesterAldermanCity of Bellefontaine Neighbors68231480
Arnold HinkleCouncil MemberCity of Black Jack10502642
David HoltmannFinance DirCity of Springfield10509208
Earline Jones CollinsAldermanCity of Cool Valley68232296
Norman McCourtMayorCity of Black Jack10502626
Marcella McCoyDir of FinanceCity of Warrensburg10506092
Glen NelsonMayorCity of Lincoln58355020
Lori ObermoellerFinance DirCity of Creve Coeur54268700
Eric PetersonAsst City Mgr/Fin DirCity of Webster Groves67184757
Damon RandolphAldermanCity of Grandview43212251
Mike RoemermanMayorCity of Ellisville54268739
Brandon RuedigerCity AdministratorCity of Holts Summit67569776
Richard SheetsExecutive DirectorMissouri Municipal League23157
Mary SprungFinance DirCity of Washington16367202
Terry WilsonCity AdministratorCity of Dellwood68233298

MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS

Missouri municipal officials are seriously handicapped in responding to citizen needs and demands for services by obsolete and restrictive statutory provisions relating to municipal government administration. There is a need to clarify the legal powers of general-purpose local governments. While Missouri's home rule provisions are progressive and flexible, considerable unshackling remains to be done to authorize cities to determine their own internal structure, lift the legal barriers to adequate local taxation and moderate state controls over local government.

Though new problems can be solved and responsibilities met by cities having their own charters, the vast majority of Missouri municipalities cannot respond until such time as the General Assembly provides specific authority for them to act.

While the state and federal governments have an obligation to encourage and assist sound municipal management, they should adhere to the principle of home rule and maximize opportunities for local self­-determination to the fullest extent possible. The importance of retaining flexible and strong municipal government must be actively communicated and pursued. It is this governmental structure that allows residents the greatest opportunity to serve, either voluntarily or in an elective position, and to initiate and consent to its own legislation.

MML Staff Representative: Stuart Haynes, Director of Administration and Policy

_Full NameTitleOrganization
Barbara BuffaloeMayorCity of Columbia68231293
Errol BushAldermanCity of Northwoods10508047
Andrew DawsonMayorCity of Sedalia58355102
Reed DupyCouncil MemberCity of Chillicothe66939657
Kate HatfieldMayorCity of Frontenac58894852
Stuart HaynesAdministration and Policy DirectorMissouri Municipal League23153
Debra HickeyMayorCity of Battlefield26716490
James KnowlesCity AdministratorCity of Dardenne Prairie, 2032 Hanley Rd68148541
Donald KrankCouncil MemberCity of Black Jack10502645
Kimberly MortonCouncil MemberCity of Jennings68231774
Dr. Marie PeoplesCity ManagerCity of Webster Groves66546532
John ReitmeyerAldermanCity of St. Peters10509662
Ron ScheetsCity AdministratorCity of Cabool10503659
Bill ShermanMayorCity of Duquesne66939347
Charles Valent Slider, JrAldermanCity of St. Robert66936078
Michael SnowdenCity AdministratorCity of O'Fallon57694621
Matt TurnerAldermanCity of Harrisonville39526801
Vivian Renee TylerDir of AdministrationCity of Fulton68231074
A.J. WhiteCouncil MemberCity of Black Jack10502648

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN RESOURCES

The most important resources in our municipalities are people. The human resource development efforts of all levels of government must be directed toward the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of people by increasing their social, economic and physical health, security and personal mobility, and by ensuring an equal opportunity in the selection of basic goods and services. Municipal human resource development efforts have been hampered in the past because cooperative efforts of federal and state governments in human resource development traditionally have bypassed or ignored local governments, despite the fact that more than two-thirds of the human services clientele reside within municipal boundaries. As a result, municipalities have had limited experience with human resource planning and management.

Because the ultimate responsibility for implementation of human resource and economic development policies and programs generally falls to local governments, their input to state and federal policy and program development must be considered crucial. The Missouri Municipal League (MML) believes it is essential that federal and state governments must cooperate with local efforts to assume this responsibility and to build a local capacity for economic development, human resource planning, policy, oversight and program development and management. MML strongly encourages an active dialogue between the Missouri Department of Economic Development and MML regarding human resource and economic development legislative priorities.

In developing a coordinated state/local human resource and economic development strategy, both levels of government should recognize the differences in planning for and delivery of services in rural and urban areas. Rural areas have fewer service providers who are more geographically dispersed as are their clientele. Proper attention should be paid to tailoring service programs to a particular area’s needs and available resources.

MML Staff Representative:  [email protected], Director of Communications and External Relations

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David ArmstrongCouncil MemberCity of Carthage46592566
Judy BatemanAldermanCity of St. Peters10509659
Bob BennettAldermanCity of Parkville68231503
Kevin BookoutCity AdministratorCity of Bridgeton10503317
Steve BorgmannCouncil MemberCity of Maryland Heights56539100
Bryan BradfordAldermanCity of Ashland10501919
Brent BuerckCity AdministratorCity of Perryville10508403
John D. ButzCity AdministratorCity of Rolla10508872
Greg DagnanCity AdministratorCity of Carthage10504209
Lauren EdensCouncil MemberCity of Wildwood58894773
Tim EdingtonDir of HRCity of Poplar Bluff55484591
Terry EppsMayorCity of Pine Lawn10508457
Russ FortuneMayorCity of Twin Oaks18702297
Nathaniel GriffinMayorCity of Wellston54268883
Heather HallCouncil MemberCity of Kansas City10506622
Katie HarrisAldermanCity of Memphis10507519
Gary JohnsonCouncil MemberCity of Jennings58894761
Justin James KlockeCity AdministratorCity of Manchester58355109
Robert Chris McPhailPolice ChiefCity of Battlefield10502140
Mitchell MoonEconomic Dev SpcCity of Osage Beach68232769
Ryan MyersAldermanCity of Raytown48953474
Amanda OhlensehlenDir of Econ VitalityCity of Springfield68232257
Amanda OhlensehlenDir of Econ VitalityCity of Springfield68232257
Thomas OldhamCouncil MemberCity of Sedalia58355103
Marcieta ReedAldermanCity of Vinita Park48953631
Samuel ShannonMayor Pro TemCity of Wellston54269200
Alicia SmithAldermanCity of Bellefontaine Neighbors68231470
Robert L. SmithCouncil MemberCity of Poplar Bluff46592698
Bwayne SmothersonCouncil MemberCity of University City10510003
Gerri SpencerAldermanCity of Kearney10506673

ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

To develop a community is to protect and improve the physical, economic and social conditions and opportunities an urban area affords its inhabitants. The goal is the creation of an urban environment responsive to and supportive of individual expression and endeavor.

Local governments have broad responsibilities to develop more livable communities. The physical improvement and preservation of the environment is essential. This includes not only the provision of physical facilities and protection of natural resources for a city’s population, it also includes primary consideration for the human requirements for living within the physical confines of the city, the effect of physical development on the total community life of the city, and the effects of urbanization upon the environment.

Uncontrolled development at the unincorporated fringes of cities is detrimental to health, safety and orderly urban development. Municipalities should be permitted to exercise the extraterritorial powers of planning, zoning, enforcement of building codes and regulation of subdivisions within adjacent unincorporated areas. Federal and state laws that create or favor single-purpose and other special districts should be revised so as to assign the performance of new public services or the extension of old ones to existing units of general purpose local government.

MML Staff Representative: Ramona Huckstep, Policy & Membership Associate

_Full NameTitleOrganization
Darren BerryCity AdministratorCity of Vandalia53621981
Damien BoleyMayorCity of Smithville10509140
Chuck CaverlyCouncil MemberCity of Maryland Heights10507464
Chad DavisRMU Operations MgrCity of Rolla25737361
Maggie DuweCouncil MemberCity of Kirkwood41226437
Kent EdmondsonCouncil MemberCity of Blue Springs10502806
Rhiannon FosterCouncil MemberCity of Sedalia64397093
Terri GilletteMayorCity of Cross Timbers68231336
Rodney GradyCouncil MemberCity of Black Jack10502654
Jerry GrimmerCouncil MemberCity of Bridgeton18834185
Ramona HuckstepPolicy and Membership AssociateMissouri Municipal League23158
Ella JonesMayorCity of Ferguson67098246
Matt MoraschPublic Works DirCity of Jefferson City12499466
John NiesenCouncil MemberCity of West Plains67065514
Debbie RoachMayorCity of Grant City10505953
John RoachCity AdministratorCity of LaGrange15374003
Christopher UpdikeCouncil MemberCity of Republic10833376
Brandon WeggeAldermanCity of Brentwood44969824
Matt WintersCity ManagerCity of Poplar Bluff10508588