Local Government Programs, October-November, 2016

The UW-Extension Local Government Center (LGC) publishes this announcement of statewide programs monthly. It includes UW-Extension programming and other programs of interest relating to local government that are offered in Wisconsin. Asterisked (*) programs are Cooperative Extension programs. Information about the UWEX Local Government Center and its programming may be found at lgc.uwex.edu.

Please call the specified program contact with questions about the programs.

October 2016

*October 4, 2016 – “Voter Registration and I.D.” – UW-Extension Local Government Center Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies teleconference series. 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Cost: $20.00. As we look to the fall elections, there may be uncertainty about what laws, policies and procedures are in place that will affect voter registration and photo I.D. requirements. This is your opportunity to receive guidance directly from staff at the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) and get answers to your questions. WEC staff will also be providing an overview of municipal clerk tasks as they relate to the November election and beyond. Presenter:  Allison Coakley, Elections Training Coordinator, Wisconsin Elections Commission. Questions:  Local Government Center (608) 262-9960. To register call (608) 262-0810 or visit http://lgc.uwex.edu.

October 4–24, 2016 – “Election Training: Baseline Chief Inspector” – locations, dates, and times below. Questions call Allison Coakley (608) 261-2033. To register or for more information online visit http://gab.wi.gov/training

Locations and Dates for Baseline Chief Inspector Training October 2016

Woodruff                    Tuesday, October 4                 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Glenbeulah                  Tuesday, October 4                 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Eau Claire                   Tuesday, October 4                 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Sturtevant                   Wednesday, October 5           8:30 am – 11:30 noon
Union Grove               Friday, October 7                    9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Fond du Lac               Friday, October 14                  9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Statewide Webinar     Monday, October 20               9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Fond du Lac               Monday, October 24               5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

October 5, 2016 – “Nuts and Bolts of Personnel Management” – Part of the Public Works Supervisory Academy (PWSA) Certificate program by UW-Madison Department of Engineering Professional Development/ Transportation Information Center. Fitchburg Community Center, Fitchburg. 8:30 am–3:30 pm. Cost:  $150. Gain skills that will help you interview, select, train, evaluate and energize employees. Components of public personnel systems are covered as are standard HR processes and regulations. This course will use case studies and group activities to develop key points. Instructors: Stephen Pudloski, Will Strycker. Questions:  Stephen Pudloski 800-462-0876. To register visit https://epd.wisc.edu/course/nuts-and-bolts-of-personnel-management/

October 9-11, 2016 – “WTA 69th Annual Convention” – Wisconsin Towns Association. 1:00 pm Sunday–12:00 noon Tuesday. Holiday Inn Convention Center, Stevens Point, WI. Cost: $135; $75 one day. Register by Tuesday, Sept. 20. Late fee $15. Workshop topics include: Little Plover Groundwater Flow Modeling Project; Using Mobile Applications to Streamline Highway Maintenance; Understanding and Collecting Personal Property Tax; Developer Agreements; Recycling Requirements for Town Responsible Units: Review and Update; Manure Irrigation Study; The New Department of Labor FLSA Overtime Rule; The Invasives are Coming!; Managing Difficult Town Board Meetings, Cyber Security Tips and Insurance Products That Can Help the Town Protect Its Finances; Election Training; Recreational Trails; Creative Economic Development Opportunities for Towns; Legal Cracker Barrel; Town Official Speed Dating; Fall Election Preview and Legislative Council Study Committee Update; Crude Oil by Rail Preparedness. Workshops offered:  Public Records Law; Uniformity and Equity: Part II; Annual Assessment Report; Expert Witness. Speakers and presenters include: Ken Bradbury, Andy Zimmer, Todd Halvorson, Philip Freeburg, WI DNR Recycling Program Staff, Ken Genskow, Becky Larson, Mark Borchart, Christopher Nickels, WI DNR Forest Health Team Staff, Bill Rizzo, Rural Insurance Staff, Wisconsin Elections and Ethics Commissions (formerly Government Accountability Board) Election Division, Tom Beekman, Gary Brunner, Cameron Bump, Drew Nussbaum, Ken Jarworski, Carol Nawrocki,  Jolene Plautz, Rick Manthe, Brian Satula, Paul Ferguson, Grota Appraisals, Mark Paulat, Rob Sherman. Questions may be directed to 715-526-3157. Registration form available at http://wisctowns.com/home

October 12 and 26, 2016 – “Public Records and Open Meetings Law Seminars” – Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of Open Government.  Dates and locations below. Cost:  No charge, but pre-registration required due to limited space. Presented by assistant attorneys general. Questions:  Pam Majewski at 608-267-2220 or majewskipj@doj.state.wi.us.2. To pre-register online go to https://www.doj.state.wi.us/office-open-government/office-open-government-events.

Public Records and Open Meetings Seminars Dates and Locations

Wed., Oct. 12, 2016   9:00 am – 12:00 noon        Wisconsin Historical Society (816 State Street, on Library Mall at corner of North Park and Langdon Streets; Madison)

Wed., Oct. 26, 2016   12:00 noon – 3:00 pm        Brown County Public Library (515 Pine Street, Green Bay)

October 12, 2016 – “Leading and Managing from the Middle” – Certified Public Manager® Program. 8:30 am–3:15 pm, Pyle Center, Madison. Cost:  $150. As a middle manager, your job is increasingly important. You translate the expectations of supervisors into standards for your employees, and you represent your unit to others. Learn how you can contribute even more effectively to your organization’s high performance. Discover how to use your position to achieve organizational goals through others, use your seven bases of power more effectively, and find strategies for expanding your influence. Instructor: Guy VanRensselaer. Questions: Sunshine Jansen, 608-262-4354. To register, call 608-262-0810 or 800-725-9692 or register online at http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/leading-managing-from-middle.

October 13, 2016 – “Election Training:  Municipal Clerk Core” – Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC), formerly Government Accountability Board. Questions call Allison Coakley (608) 261-2033. To register or for more information online visit http://gab.wi.gov/training

October 13, 2016 – “The Public Management Profession and Environment” – Certified Public Manager® Program. 8:30 am–3:15 pm, Pyle Center, Madison. Cost:  $150. Being effective as a public manager requires understanding the public management profession and the impact of a changing managerial environment. Step outside your daily duties to explore the history and characteristics of American public administration. Explore how the profession is changing, how your position is affected by trends outside the organization, and what issues you need to monitor in the coming year. Instructor:  Ed Henschel. Questions:  Sunshine Jansen,
608-262-4354. To register, call 608-262-0810 or 800-725-9692 or register online at http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/public-management-profession-environment

October 19–21, 2016 – “League 118th Annual Conference” – League of Wisconsin Municipalities. 10:00 am Wednesday–12:00 noon Friday.  Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point. Cost:  $200, half-price for members who are first-time attendees. Pre-conference topics include:  Stevens Point Tour, The Bridge:  Closing the Gap Between Wisconsin’s Generations; Personality Types of the Governing Body – Real Colors:  Discover Your Personality and Communication Style; Building Engagement Through Your Community’s Front Door. Presenters include: Mike Wiza and Stevens Point Staff, NEWaukee, Dan Hill, Chard Doran, Jim Healy, Josh Schoemann, Lauren Stott. Conference topics include: How to Improve Your Chances for Obtaining State WisDOT and WDNR Grants; Villages and Small Cities on the Cutting Edge: Innovative Small Communities; The Role of the Municipal Attorney–How to Best Work With Your Attorney; More Affordable Approaches to Phosphorus Compliance:  the City of Oconomowoc’s Watershed Improvement Program and the Village of Marathon’s Use of Trading; Public Projects that Drive Economic Development; Everything You Need to Know About Levy Limits; Coyotes, Geese, and other Creatures:  Best Practices for Dealing with Urban Wildlife; Improving Police Community Relations; H20 Ideas Flow:  Lead Lateral Pipe Replacement and other Water Issues; The Future of Wisconsin Government; Is the Wheel Tax an Answer for Funding Streets in Your Community?; Yes! Wellness Programs Really Do Work to Improve Health and Well Being and Hold Down Health Care Costs!; Library Boards and the Governing Body:  Who Controls What?; Mapping Your Future;  The Very Popular Municipal Roundtable; Advocating for Your Municipality: League’s 2017-18 Proactive Legislative Advocacy; Ask the League Attorneys; The Cost of Clean:  20 Years of Sewer User Charge Trends in Wisconsin; Celebrating Tree City USA in Wisconsin; Keys to Highly Effective Governing Bodies; Avoiding Conflicts in Transmission Line Siting; Applying Big Data to Improve Facility Operations & Reduce Expenses; Factors to Consider when Evaluating Whether to use Tax Incremental Financing; Performance-Based Compensation Systems; The Next Generation of Storm Water Planning. Keynote speakers: Rebecca Ryan and John McGivern. Questions Carrie Jensen cjensen@lwm-info.org. Registration form available at


October 25, 2016 – “Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Organizational Transformation” – Certified Public Manager® Program. 8:30 am–3:15 pm, Pyle Center, Madison. Cost:  $150. Strategic planning provides both a process and a set of outcomes that help you find the answers to core questions about organizational identity and direction. Discover how to construct your organization’s strategic plan, involve other stakeholders in its development, and ensure successful implementation. Instructor: Jeff Russell. Questions: Sunshine Jansen, 608-262-4354. To register, call 608-262-0810 or 800-725-9692 or register online at http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/strategic-thinking-planning-organizational-transformation

October 26, 2016 – “Records Management” – Certified Public Manager® Program. 8:30 am–3:15 pm. Pyle Center, Madison. Cost:  $150. Public managers understand that records are critical to an organization’s success. Through class discussions, practical simulation, demonstrations, and handouts you discover what records are and are not, how to conduct a records inventory, and how to set up a records management program for your agency. Other topics include electronic records, retention scheduling, and records law. Instructor: Harold Coltharp. Questions: Sunshine Jansen, 608-262-4354. To register, call 608-262-0810 or 800-725-9692 or register online at http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/records-management

*View at your convenience – “2016 Board of Review” – All 2016 Board of Review training by the UW-Extension Local Government Center will be by DVD. Video presentation includes Board of Review fundamentals and portrayal of a Board of Review hearing from start to finish. After each segment a panel of local government experts explains each step and provides comments and useful tips. Written materials include exam, affidavit, and filing instructions for certification. The DVD and materials were produced in 2015 but are appropriate for certification in 2016. Cost:  $32 for the DVD. Visit http://lgc.uwex.edu and follow the link to order the DVD from the UW-Extension Learning Store or for more information about the DVD.

November 2016

November 2, 2016 – “Brownfields 101-Redevelopment Resources for Local Governments” – Wisconsin DNR Remediation and Redevelopment Program, 8:00 am – 4:15 pm, Stevens Point Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Stevens Point. Cost: $35.00. Hear from the experts on strategies and tools to help your community clean up and redevelop abandoned or underused industrial and commercial properties. Topics covered:  Transformation:  Downtown Stevens Point; Winner!  Winner!  Economic Impact of Brownfields Redevelopment in Wisconsin; Fundamentals of Wisconsin’s Contamination Cleanup Law; Brownfields Toolbox:  DNR’s Programs and Products to Help You Successfully Redevelop Brownfields; Federal Resources for Brownfields Redevelopment; Ordinances and Acquisition:  Control Your Site, Control Your Future; Going Blue at Brownfields:  Use of Green Infrastructure for Storm Water Management; Inside the Mind of a Brownfield Developer; Local Brownfield Redevelopment Leaders:  Success Stories and Lessons Learned. Presenters: Mike Wiza, Nancy Frank, Judy Fassbender, Christine Haag, Michael Prager, Margaret Renas, Mark Geall, Randy Stadtmueller, Marvin Wanders, Garth Fable, Debra Lewis, John Stibal.  Questions?  Mick Skwarok 608-266-9263. Download brochure or register online at http://www.uwsp.edu/conted/ConfWrkShp/Pages/Brownfields-101.aspx

November 9, 2016 – “Workshop for Local Land Use Officials” – UWSP/UW Extension, 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Ashland City Hall, Ashland. Cost: $15.00. This workshop provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of local government officials involved in planning, zoning, and land use decision-making. Topics covered are Using and Amending the Comprehensive Plan; Rezones; Conditional Uses and Special Exceptions; Site Plans and Development Review; Open Meetings and Public Hearings; Making and Recording Decisions; Impartial Decision-Makers and Recusal; and Avoiding Legal Challenges. Presenter: Rose Speiler-Sandberg, Robert Schierman, Rebecca Roberts.  Questions?  715-346-3783 or rebecca.roberts@uwsp.edu. Download brochure or register online at

*November 15, 2016 – “Broadband in Rural Wisconsin:  Taking Steps Forward”
UW-Extension Local Government Center Local Government Issues, Challenges, and Strategies teleconference series. 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Cost: $20.00. This session will provide an overview of broadband access, as well as efforts underway to increase not only access but adoption and utilization in rural Wisconsin. Also included will be a proposed framework to take action, examples of what communities are doing and efforts that have been funded by the Public Service Commission’s (PSC) State Broadband Office. Presenters:  Angie Dickinson, Mary Kluz, and Maria Alvarez-Stroud. Questions: Local Government Center (608) 262-9960. To register call (608) 262-0810 or visit http://lgc.uwex.edu.