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SMALL CITIES/RURAL COMMUNITIES Meeting Summary July 12, 2012 Present: Andy Haney, Chair George Haines Stan Brown Scott Brandmeier Ann Daniels, Staff Liaison Absent: Geoff Benway Don Bruey Larry Stevens, Board Liaison 1. Andy Haney, Chair, convened the call at 10:03 am. 2. The Meeting Summary from June 14, 2012 is approved with minor corrections. 3. Larry Stevens, Board Liaison was absent from call. Committee members reviewed the written information he had sent via email. 4. The Editorial Calendar for the upcoming months was reviewed with the following articles/authors committed: George Haines submitted his article for the July 15 deadline Grahme Watts, Thousand Oaks, CA submitted an article for the August deadline Don Bruey has volunteered September deadline. 5. Committee members again noted that nothing will be forthcoming from the EPA regarding the changes to the stormwater regulations until the beginning of 2013. Andy is going to forward to all committee members the announcement sent by Julia Anastasio, APWA Staff regarding the EPA Release of the Final Framework for Integrated Planning Approach for Wastewater and Stormwater Management. 5. The Education Sessions for Congress in Anaheim were reviewed as follows: Stan Brown – “Building Community Support” has been confirmed and Stan has held a conference call with the speakers to determine subject matter, logistics, etc. George Haines “A Letter to My Boss” is prepared and ready. Andy Haney – “Hot Topics for Small Cities” The session time has been changed to Wednesday, August 28, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. 6. Dates and times for the two remaining Town Hall calls have been chosen as the following: Mark Terrien will conduct the “Grant Streamlining” online Town Hall call for July 25th. The information has been posted on the APWA web site and a blast email to the infoNOW communities will be done the week prior to the call. Don Bruey, “Hiring the Right People” will set a date for the call for September or October. 7. By General Consent, the members adopted the Business Plan for 2012-13 and it will be made available on the APWA web site following the meeting in August. 8. By General consent, the Project of the Year for Small Cities Guidelines was adopted and will be forwarded to the Awards Committee for consideration. 9. The following items were discussed under General Discussion: Scott Brandmeier reported that the rulemaking for EPA on proposed stormwater regulations is being further negotiated and will not be released until 2013 and would not take effect until 2014. Andy Haney reported that the National Flood Insurance program has also been reinstated. A major success of the contributions of committee members is that properties will not be required to have flood insurance if they are protected by a levee. Stan Brown shared information on the referendum set for Georgia on a one cent sales tax for transportation. The vote is historic for the state and could lead to other states attempting the same action to support the shortage of funding from the current gasoline sales tax. Andy suggested this might be a topic for an information discussion on Saturday evening in Anaheim in the hotel. Ann Daniels will attach a listing of the committee’s sessions and scheduled meetings to this summary. Andy Haney expressed appreciation to committee members for their contributions during his tenure on the committee and as the Chair since he is term-limited from continuing on. Committee members shared their thanks with him for all his efforts and expect him to remain in touch as a member of the Government Affairs Committee that he might present the viewpoint of Small Cities and Rural Communities to that group. Ann Daniels will prepare the Annual Report to the Board of Directors detailing the actions taken by the Committee during the past fiscal year. Scott Brandmeier will make a 3 minute presentation to the Board of Directors at the Annual Business Meeting in Anaheim on the morning of Wednesday, August 29th. This portion of the report will deal with plans for the coming year and will be developed following the committee meeting in Anaheim. 10. Next meeting: The next meeting of the committee will be on Sunday, August 26, 2012 in Room 208B from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. THERE WILL BE NO CONFERENCE CALL IN AUGUST.
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