Thank you to Dean Lotter and the City of New Brighton for hosting the June Operating Committee meeting for the North Metro Mayors Association. The renovated training room in the public safety center is great meeting space. The Police Chiefs Association is located in the building and uses the space to train folks from the region.
Speaking of the region, kudos to Northeast Bank, one of our esteemed Community Partners, for earning a Top Workplace award from the Star Tribune. I looked at a map of winner locations and was thrilled to see so many of our member cities are hosts to these rock stars. https://topworkplaces.com/publication/startribune/
The meeting agenda included reviewing the amended joint powers agreement and bylaws. Those will come forward in the September board packet. All edits are housekeeping items. Preliminary dues and a 2020 budget were discussed. We’re holding the line on dues again for next year.
We heard from an Innovative Office Solutions’ representative, Scott Ravenscroft. If you aren’t using our North American Joint Purchasing Program to buy items for your office, facilities maintenance, breakroom, or marketing efforts, we should talk. Scott reports we’re on our way to growing the program 8-10% this year. We have the buying power of a company spending more than $1.5 million every year.
I like the IOS mission–response, relief, reduction.
Troy and Allie are getting started on the 2020 legislative work plan. The session begins Feb. 11. Troy and I would like to meet with each city this summer. We’ll reach out to set up something, or feel free to give me a call.
As usual, our city updates sparked discussions on emerging topics. Water and labor relations were two highlights of the conversations. More to come, I’m sure.
Enjoy our beautiful Minnesota summer. Meetings resume September 18 with the board in New Hope at their brand new city hall (move in is next week!).
As always, reach out any time with ideas. Thanks. Jill
Jill Brown, Executive Director