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July 11, 2013, Volume 16, Issue 27 In This Week's Edition:

-Announcements East-West Gateway's Map of the Month: National Register of Historic Places City of Crestwood - Request for Proposals for Web Site Upgrade Call for Applications for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program -Conferences and Events What Do Watersheds, History and Art Have in Common? From Paint to Preform: Getting the Most from Pavement Markings - Webinar Illinois Bike Transportation Plan - Meeting for Transportation Professionals Innovation and Success in Solar Planning and Zoning - Webinar Trees and Soils in Urban Stormwater Management - Webinar Conferences and Events Further Out -News State of Missouri Transportation Program Approved by Commission Why 'Leave it to Beaver' Neighborhoods are Ripe for Renewal News Briefs -Online Resources Emerging Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and In-Plant Wet Weather Management -Jobs -Grants Wetland Program Development Grants for EPA Region 5 State Giving Program Funding for Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans -Quotes Past issues of the Local Government Briefings can be found at:

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East-West Gateway's Map of the Month: National Register of Historic Places

East-West Gateway's Map of the Month for July depicts sites and districts on the National Register of Historic Places within the East-West Gateway region as of December 2012. Within the East-West Gateway region, there are nine cultural/archaeological sites such as Cahokia Mounds in Collinsville and the Charbonier Bluff in Hazelwood; 17 historic structures, such as the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River and the Brooks Catsup Bottle Water Tower in Collinsville; 530 historic buildings, such as the Kohmueller Farmstead in Washington and the Haskell Playhouse in Alton; and 131 historic districts, such at the Mount Pleasant Winery District in Augusta and the Church Street Commercial District in Ferguson. You can view this map by clicking on the Map of the Month icon at *******************************

City of Crestwood - Request for Proposals for Web Site Upgrade

The City of Crestwood is soliciting proposals from qualified and capable consultants to critique, suggest, and implement accepted changes and/or upgrades to the city's existing Web site. Submittals are welcome and encouraged from companies qualified and capable of meeting the requirements of this Request for Proposal. Link to the RFP document from Submittal deadline is July 31 *******************************

Call for Applications for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced a Call for Applications for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). The goal of ITEP is to allocate resources to well-planned projects that provide and support alternate modes of transportation, enhance the transportation system through preservation of visual and cultural resources and improve the quality of life for members of the communities. Federal funds will provide reimbursement up to 50 percent for right-of-way and easement acquisition costs, and up to 80 percent for preliminary engineering, utility relocations, construction engineering and construction costs. This program is only available to sponsors in the State of Illinois. Applications are currently being accepted by IDOT and are due Tuesday, August 20. Sponsor eligibility and other information on the ITEP program may be found at *******************************

Conferences and Events...

July 13: What Do Watersheds, History and Art Have in Common?

On July 13, from 9:30 AM to noon, join the National Park Service and artist Libby Reuter at Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site for a free program exploring these topics and the connection between them. Families will have hands-on opportunities to understand how watersheds work, what archaeology can tell us about the past and how art can connect the history of the past to the conservation of resources for the future. Reuter will have one of her glass cairns on display as well as watershed photographs taken by Joshua Rowan. Children will have the opportunity to make marbles which may be included in Reuter and Rowan's future artwork. For more information about the event contact Karen Maxville at (314) 842-1867 ext 223. This free presentation is one of an ongoing series of special activities at this unit of the National Park Service, also known as White Haven. Ulysses S. Grant NHS is located at 7400 Grant Road in south St. Louis County. The park is open from 9 AM to 5 PM daily. *******************************

July 17: From Paint to Preform: Getting the Most from Pavement Markings Webinar

Description: Most low-cost retrofits for bicycle and pedestrian improvements involve pavement markings, whether striping a crosswalk or a bike lane or colorizing a conflict zone. This presentation will examine the effectiveness of different pavement marking materials including factors like durability, winter maintenance issues, retro-reflectivity, slip resistance and accessibility with a particular focus on application for innovative markings such as colorized paint and specialized symbols. The session includes an overview of MUTCD guidance on pavement marking materials. This webinar will be held from 2 - 3 PM, July 17, at the MoDOT Traffic Management Center--Room 207, 14301 South Outer 40 Road, Chesterfield. Learn more about this event and RSVP at . 2

RSVP by 5 PM, July 16, to receive the handouts via e-mail before the webinar. This web seminar is sponsored locally by Great Rivers Greenway, the Missouri Department of Transportation and TEAMStL. *******************************

July 22: Illinois Bike Transportation Plan - Meeting for Transportation Professionals

The Illinois Department of Transportation is developing the first ever Statewide bicycle transportation plan, and is soliciting feedback on technical issues from engineers, planners, city administrators, and others working to build and maintain the transportation network in communities throughout Illinois. Participants will explore IDOT's complete streets policy and procedures for selecting bicycle accommodations in State projects. Discussions will examine what elements are working well and what challenges communities experience when installing bike-friendly facilities. The meeting for transportation professionals will take place on July 22, from 1 - 3 PM, at the Metro East Parks and Recreation District office,104 United Drive, Collinsville. The final plan will serve as a policy and action plan for improvements to Illinois' bicycling options. View the meeting flyer at *******************************

July 24: Innovation and Success in Solar Planning and Zoning - Webinar

This Department of Energy webcast will highlight successful initiatives to implement zoning codes conducive to developing solar and update building codes to accommodate solar planning and development. The discussion will include: a brief explanation of where solar fits into planning and zoning processes; best practices in planning and zoning for solar; highlights from a number of recent initiatives to facilitate solar energy deployment through changes in local planning and zoning requirements. The webcast will be held on July 24, from 1 - 2 PM CDT. Learn more about this webinar and register to attend at . *******************************

July 24: Trees and Soils in Urban Stormwater Management - Webinar

The treatment and storage of urban stormwater is a hot topic in the design professions and increasingly drives large scale design issues. Trees are often seen as a critical part of the design and concept, but the details of bringing together trees, urban soils, and highly controlled water flows requires training and experience that is not typically included in landscape architecture courses. Even civil engineering, a profession that specializes in taking water away from sites as fast as possible, does not always offer adequate training in how to use soil and plants to slow water and filter contaminants. This session will look at the most frequent mistakes we are making in bringing together storm water with trees in dense urban areas. We will explore a set of "first principles" that must be incorporated before the aesthetic part of the design can be developed. These principles will fundamentally alter the aesthetic of the site and will provide a new framework for designers who are seeking to have form truly follow function. Sponsored by DeepRoot. The webinar will be held on July 24, from 9 AM to 11 AM CDT. For more information and to register, go to . *******************************

Conferences and Events Further Out

September 16 -18: 2013 Missouri Recycling Association Conference - The Missouri Recycling Association (MORA), in partnership with the Composting & Organics Association of Missouri (COAM), will hold its annual conference September 16-18, in Jefferson City. Register before August 16 for early registration discounts. Conference information is available at *******************************

What's in the News...

In regional news... State of Missouri Transportation Program Approved by Commission

Every year, the Missouri Department of Transportation releases its Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, which lists all transportation projects planned by state, metropolitan and regional planning agencies for a five-year period.


This year, the 2014-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, also known as the "STIP," was approved by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission on July 9. Roadway resurfacing, preventative maintenance, and rehabilitation projects make up the majority of the $700 million program. The 2014-2018 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program lists transportation projects planned by state, metropolitan and regional planning agencies for fiscal years 2014 through 2018 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2018). The program is available on MoDOT's web site at, and at MoDOT district and regional offices. *******************************

In national news... Why 'Leave it to Beaver' Neighborhoods are Ripe for Renewal

The nation has a huge quantity of postwar housing that can be made more walkable and appealing to new generations of residents. Robert Steuteville examines what makes them good candidates and notes some examples of successful retrofits. "World War II has long been considered the watershed for automobile-oriented development. Suburbs were built prior to the war, but largely were mixed-use, walkable towns and neighborhoods of the 'streetcar suburb' variety." "After 1945, development shifted radically -- to automobile-oriented housing with various types of single-use commercial development along arterial highways." "Yet this binary view -- traditional neighborhoods before the war; suburban sprawl afterward -- obscures differences in postwar suburban patterns that can exert a critical impact on revitalization. Planners and theorists have in recent years been debating how to fix the suburbs, as discussed in books such as Retrofitting Suburbia by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson, and Sprawl Repair Manual by Galina Tachieva. This year, Arthur C. Nelson in Reshaping Metropolitan America made the demographic case that redevelopment of low-density commercial buildings ­ largely in the suburbs -- could meet all of the US new housing needs in the coming decades." "As successful case studies pile up, demonstrating the high returns generated by redevelopment associated with Leave it to Beaver neighborhoods," concludes Steuteville, "more public funds could be allocated into remaking the 'corridors of crap' into main streets. This, in turn, could generate momentum for bringing new life to the suburbs built after World War II and make US metropolitan regions more sustainable, appealing, and economically viable." Read the full story at Source: Planetizen Newswire, July 4, 2013 *******************************

News Briefs

How Some Cities Are Creating Permanent Pipelines of Innovation Some cities are finding ways to create the urgency and political will to produce permanent pipelines of innovation. A new series of papers from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation proposes that innovative jurisdictions focus on improving the civic, institutional, and political building blocks critical to innovation in solving public problems. Read the story and link to the series Ash Center papers at Source: Innovators Insights, July 11, 2013 BRT: Cities Get on Board with Better, Reliable Transportation With Millennials leading America's historic decline in driving, cities are exploring ways to attract young professionals through reliable mass transit. Benjamin de la Pena and Nicholas Turner argue that Bus Rapid Transit is the optimal solution. Read the story at Source: Planetizen Newswire, July 4, 2013 *******************************


Online Resources...

Emerging Technologies for Wastewater Treatment and In-Plant Wet Weather Management

This technology guide informs municipal wastewater utility owners and operators, local governments, engineers, and planners about new wastewater treatment and in-plant wet weather management technologies. The document includes technical and cost information to assist users in considering using more efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective wastewater treatment and in-plant wet weather management technologies. The document updates a 2008 publication of the same name and provides information on four categories of technology development: research stage, emerging, innovative, and adaptive use. The guide is online at (NPDES News) *******************************


Community Development Planner

Mo-Kan Regional Council Mo-Kan Regional Council is seeking applicants for a Community Development Planner position. A degree in planning, public administration, or a related field is required. Experience in economic and infrastructure development, grant writing, community development, and a familiarity with local, state, and federal government preferred. Candidates with internship or practical academic experience in the public sector will be considered. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, are essential. Salary range $30,000 $35,000 DOQ/DOE. Send resume with references and one-page original writing sample by July 31, to MKRC, 224 N. 7th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501, or email to [email protected] EOE *******************************

City Manager

City of Hazelwood The City Manager reports to the Mayor and an 8-member city council. Responsibilities include day-to-day operation and administration of city government, supervision of all city departments, personnel and contracts, financial and budgetary, economic development, marketing and communications duties. Requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree in public administration or a related field with a master's degree preferred and at least 5 years of relevant experience. There is a residency requirement. Deadline to apply is July 19. Go to to view the full job posting and application instructions. EOE *******************************

Public Safety Administrator

East West Gateway Council of Governments East West Gateway Council of Governments has an opening for a Public Safety Administrator for the St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS). This position will include planning, project management assistance, grants administration, communications, and such other support activities as necessary for STARRS to function effectively. Responsibilities will include: grant writing, reviewing budgets and equipment lists; report writing; attending meetings, interpreting and applying Federal, State, and local laws and regulations that impact homeland security funding and administration; implementing established policies and procedures; and developing and maintaining effective internal and external working relationships. The salary range for this position begins at $42,096 annually, with actual starting salary based on background and experience. Competitive benefit package. The full job description and application instructions are available at EOE/AA *******************************

Public Works Director/City Engineer

City of Clayton The Public Works Director/City Engineer plans, organizes, directs and coordinates all municipal engineering and Public Works activities, including building, fleet and street maintenance. Determines departmental policies, planning and implementing long term Capital Improvement Projects. Prepares 5

department budget. Supervises Public Works staff. Directly administers the refuse and recycling contract. Assists with the preparation of the City's annual Five Year Capital and Revolving Public Improvement Program budgets. Attends public meetings and works with citizen groups. Salary is $80,598 - $114,127, DOQ, plus excellent benefits. The full job posting and application instructions are available online at Position is open until filled, with initial review of resumes the first week of July. EOE *******************************

Division Director of Planning and Zoning

The County of St. Charles St Charles County Division Director of Planning and Zoning: The primary functions of this position is to plan, direct, supervise and maintain planning & zoning division functions including but not limited to short and long-term planning and research projects, code administration, budget development/administration, personnel supervision and oversight of daily division operations. The work is performed under the direction of the Director of Community Development. Salary Range is $65,736 - $82,170 depending on qualifications. The full job posting and application instructions are available online at EOE *******************************

Civil Engineer

City of Chesterfield This is a responsible position with engineering, plan review, and project management responsibilities involving private development and in-house or contracted City projects. Duties include planning, contracting, reviewing, designing, and bidding of public and private street, building and site development projects. Position requires strong written and verbal communication skills and an ability to be responsive to concerns and issues generated by City officials, governmental agencies and the general public. Initiative and independent judgment in performing assigned tasks is essential. This is a salary position paying a minimum annual rate of $64,136. The full job posting and application instructions are available at EOE *******************************

Director of Procurement

City of Wentzville This position is responsible for directing, planning, analyzing and coordinating the administration and management of the procurement department for the City of Wentzville. Requirements: Extensive experience in the principles of budget management as related to procurement; ability to exercise considerable initiative and judgment in all aspects of procurement; strong interpersonal communication and relational skills, good organizational and project management skills; sound judgment; initiative; flexibility; detail oriented. Salary Range: $70,129- $98,183. The application, submittal information and full job description is available EOE *******************************

Assistant Director of Finance

City of Wentzville Under general direction, this position assists in the planning, development, and maintenance of the City's accounting systems and budget process. Requirements: Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; good customer service skills (in person, phone, e-mail); knowledge of Microsoft Office and the ability to learn multiple software packages quickly. Salary Range: $60,125- $84,176. The application, submittal information and full job description is available at EOE *******************************

Senior City Planner

City of O'Fallon, Ill. Responsible for assisting the Director of Community Development with the planning and development operations of the City. Duties include (but are not limited to): Assist citizens/developers/builders and other City team members with all aspects of the planning and development process, site plan review and coordination, zoning and permit review, support for economic development projects, periodic site visits, conducting research and preparing analysis for various projects and land uses. Will require attendance at night meetings in support of various boards, including making presentations to City Council, Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Officer, Historic Preservation Commission, and various Council Committees.


Salary $47,000 to $79,000, hiring up to midpoint DOQ. View the full job posting and application instructions at EOE *******************************

Police Chief

City of Rock Hill The City of Rock Hill seeks qualified applicants for the position of Police Chief. This position requires a highly committed individual to lead a small department with modern management practices of law enforcement and community oriented policing. An undergraduate degree in law enforcement or a related field is highly desired but not required. Command related experience required is of Lieutenant's position or above. FBI National Academy and/or master's degree desired. Salary range DOQ, excellent benefit package. To apply, send resume and cover letter with current salary by July 10, to City of Rock Hill, Attn: City Administrator, 320 West Thornton, Rock Hill, MO 63119, or e-mail to [email protected] EOE *******************************

Public Works Project Manager

City of Brentwood This is a full-time, benefit-eligible position offering a comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation, paid sick leave, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and employee health, dental, life, vision, disability, and retirement insurance programs. Under the direction of or as authorized by the Public Works Superintendent, this position oversees and/or performs a variety of technical and paraprofessional work related to the planning, surveying, design/drafting, inspection, and construction of complex public improvement projects; coordinates work with internal City departments and external contractors; manages projects from conception to construction completion and project close-out. Salary Range: $56,145 $78,235. The City application, supplemental questionnaire, and full job description is available online at This position will remain open until filled. EOE *******************************

Building Inspector

Local City A local city looking for a full-time building inspector must be certified as a ICC Inspector or Ashi Inspector; certified in plumbing, electrical and mechanical; 3 years work experience working for municipalities dealing with exterior and interior inspection. Competitive benefit package and salary. Position is Monday-Friday. Must be able to pass an intense police background check, and have no felony arrest or convictions. Send cover letter and resume to: P.O. Box 210361, St. Louis, MO 63121. EOE *******************************

Additional Job Opportunities

Const. Inspector, MoDOT, $3,248 - $4,063/M: * Equip. Technician, MoDOT, $2,621 - $3,248/M: * Asst.Signing and Stripe Sup,MoDOT, $3,248/M: * Motorist Assistance Sup., MoDOT, $3,248/M: * Asst. Sup, Spec. Operations MoDOT, $3,248/M: * Traffic Specialist, MoDOT, $3,248 - $3,429/M: * *Application deadline for the above MoDOT postings is July 13. Highway Designer, MoDOT, $3,248 - $4,063/M: Materials Inspector, MoDOT: Construction Inspector, MoDOT: Traffic Studies Specialist, MoDOT: Code Enforcement Officer, City of St. Ann: E-mail [email protected] to request full posting. Police Officer, City of Richmond Heights, $49,364: Comm. Officer, Police Dept., City of Wentzville, $16.86 - $21.86/hr: Police Officer, The City of Ellisville, $19.72 - $26.65/hr: Director of Community Engagement& Policy, FOCUS St. Louis: Administrative Asst, CityArchRiver 2015: 7

Police Dispatcher, City of O'Fallon, Mo., starting at $16.83/ hr.: Recreation Aid II, City of Wentzville, $10.63- $14.88/hr.: Recreation Aid I, City of Wentzville, $9.84- $13.77/hr., City Clerk, City of Moline Acres: E-mail [email protected] to request full posting. City Clerk, City of Des Peres, $50,000 to $62,000: Neighborhood Development Manager, Beyond Housing: Application/Web Developer, City of Chesterfield, $49,932: Accounting Clerk, City of Ladue: E-mail request for job posting to: [email protected] Public Works Laborer, City of Ladue, start at $36,692 or higher: E-mail request for job posting to: [email protected] Deputy Court Clerk, City of Ellisville, $28,855-$39,034: Water Plant Operator, City of O'Fallon, Mo., $17.68 per hour: *******************************


Wetland Program Development Grants for EPA Region 5

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct and promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs. Implementation of wetland protection programs is not an eligible project under this announcement. Application deadline is July 24. Region 5 includes the state of Illinois. Go to for more information. *******************************

State Giving Program

Through the State Giving Program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations with programs that align with the foundation's mission to create opportunities for people to live better. The State Giving Program awards grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations that serve a particular state or region. The foundation has adopted four areas of focus: Education -- addressing the educational needs of underserved young people between the ages of 12 and 25; Workforce -- development/economic opportunity, providing job readiness and skills training as well as support services for workers with low to moderate skills; Environmental sustainability -- promoting production systems that sustain people and the environment by reducing waste and promoting energy efficiency and the use of renewable resources; and Health and Wellness -- improving access to health care, reducing healthcare disparities, and promoting nutrition. The application deadline for the second funding cycle is August 9. Learn more at *******************************

Funding for Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plans

Trailnet has announced its 2013 Request for Applications for communities interested in developing a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan. Trailnet has worked with over two dozen communities in the region to create pedestrian and bicycle plans. With several trained transportation planners on staff and 25 years of experience helping to create livable communities, Trailnet offers professional planning services in line with national best practices. Through the federally funded program, Trailnet is able to provide 80 percent of the cost of plan development and requires a commitment from community partners to provide a 20 percent match. Go to learn more about Trailnet's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Planning Program and the 2013 Request for Applications. Contact Marielle Brown, Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Manager at [email protected] with questions. *******************************



"Let us have it. Express your frustrations. Say 'I've squeezed this, I've squeezed that.'" U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, chair of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, encouraging new Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to fight for new Congressional funding Source: Governing, June 28, 2013 "It's kind of like Robin Hood for potholes." A Belhaven, Miss., man, who has made it his personal crusade to draw attention to the high number of potholes by stealing asphalt from the city and fixing them. Source: WAPT News and Governing, July 11, 2013 *******************************

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