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WisLine Teleconferences

A WisLine is a live teleconference offered by the University of Wisconsin-Extension that you attend using your home or office telephone.

How a WisLine Works

To register online follow the link in the program information, or you can register by phone at 608-262-0810.

Several business days before the program, you will receive an email with the number to dial to attend the teleconference. The email will also include a pdf attachment of supportingmaterials. You may either print the supporting materials ahead of time or open the attachment during the teleconference to follow along on your computer. The day of the program, about twnty minutes before the program's start, dial the number your received. You will be connected to the teleconference.

Local Government Essentials

Wisconsin Alcohol Beverage Regulation and Licensing
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 9:30 am to 12:15 pm
Prepare for your municipality's review and issuing of alcohol beverage licenses by learning the statutory requirements for alcoholic beverage licenses, municipal licensing actions, recent court decisions and legislative changes. Presented by Attorney Carol Nawrocki, Wisconsin Towns Association; Attorney Claire Silverman, League of Wisconsin Municipalities; and Tom Ourada, Wisconsin Department of Revenue.

Live attendance is $20. A PDF of the materials will be emailed with the connection information.
Live attendance plus hard copy of reference materals is $35.

To register:
Register online
or call 608-262-0810.

Developing the Annual Budget
Friday, July 22, 2016, 10:30 am to 12:00 noon

Learn the statutory requirements and the "how and why" of local government budgets.

Live teleconference is $20. A PDF of the materials will be emailed with the connection information.
Live attendance plus hard copy of reference materals is $35.

To register:
Register online
or call 608-262-0810.

2016 Board of Review

The Department of Revenue has approved the reissuing the 2015 Board of Review Training DVD and materials from the UW Extension Local Government Center for certified training of Board of Review members in 2016. There were n0 changes in the law since the video and materials were produced in 2015. User evaluations showed enthusiastic approval of video for teaching board review information, law and demonstration of how to conduct a hearing.

If your community purchased the Board of Review Training DVD in 2015 and board of review members want to be certified in 2016, you may reuse your 2015 video and materials. Simply make photocopies of the exam and affidavit in the 2015 materials, strike through "2015", and insert 2016 for the signature and notary dates. To get certification you may go to the Local Government Center to access copies of the 2016 affidavit and exam. Be aware that signing the affidavit without participating in a training is a criminal offense.

If you did not obtain the Board of Review video and materials in 2015, the 2015-2016 video and materials will be available for purchase soon from the UW Extension Learning Store. Also, the Wisconsin Towns Association and the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association will be providing training sessions combining the video with live in-person teaching that can also meet the certified training requirement.

The Board of Review is a panel of local officials whose job it is to hear property owners’ objections to their tax assessments. Wisconsin law requires that at least one member of the Board of Review obtain a Department of Revenue-approved training within two years of the Board of Review’s first two hour meeting. It is recommended that all Board of Review members be trained, but the law requires only at least one member to do so. The Department of Revenue requires taking the current program, and will not certify attendance at training using materials or content dated prior to 2015. This is to ensure Board members have the best and most up-to-date information.

The 2016 Board of Review Training with the updated affidavit will be available from the UW-Extension Learning Store at the end of February.

Local Land Use Planning and Zoning Series

Understanding Local Sign Codes with Mike Slavney, FAICP, Principal Planner, Vandewalle & Associates; and Brian Ohm, J.D., Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning, UW-Madison/Extension
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Promoting Local Protection of Wetlands and Updates to the Shoreland Zoning Program with Kyle Magyera, Local Government Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Wetlands Association and Kay Lutze, Shoreland Policy Coordinator; Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Housing and the Community with Karl Green, Community Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator, UW-Extension, La Crosse County, and Brian Ohm, J.D., Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning, UW-Madison/Extension
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Community Vitality and Placemaking with Steve Grabow, Professor, Community Development Educator, UW-Extension, Jefferson County, and Todd Johnson, Land Use & Community Development Specialist, UW-Extension/River Falls
Wednesday, April 20, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Case Law and Legislative Update with Brian Ohm, J.D., Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning, UW-Madison/Extension
Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon

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Local Land Use Planning and Zoning brochure>
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Deliberative Governance Webinar Series

Every community has issues to address, problems to resolve, and opportunities to pursue, and local government is frequently a central participant in doing so. However, local officials often find themselves unprepared to engage the public in ways that lead to better, more informed decisions, or lead decision-making processes that help communities resolve ‘wicked’ problems – problems that are often highly complex and/or controversial. This webinar series will help local officials and other local leaders engage the public in ways that produce more representative, and sustainable decisions. The five webinars build on one another.

View Webinar 1 - Public Engagement as a Community Engagement Strategy
Dave Hinds, Professor Emeritus and Former Director, UW-Extension Local Government Center
Supplemental Resources

View Webinar 2 - The Deliberative Governance Framework
Bill Rizzo, Local Government Specialist, UW-Extension Local Government Center
Supplemental Resources

View Webinar 3 - Foundations of Public Engagement and Deliberation
Bill Rizzo, Local Government Specialist, UW-Extension Local Government Center
Mike Huggins, Founder, Clear Vision Eau Claire, Former City Manager, Eau Claire, WIICMA Certified Manager
Eric Giordano, Executive Director, Wisconsin Institute of Public Policy and Service
Supplemental Resources

View Webinar 4 - Developing a Deliberative Governance Program
Bill Rizzo, Local Government Specialist, UW-Extension Local Government Center
Supplemental Resources

View Webinar 5 - Sustaining Engagement
Bill Rizzo, Local Government Specialist, UW-Extension Local Government Center
Supplemental Resources

Fall 2015-Winter 2016 Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials

From October 2015 through February 2016, the following topics are available via WisLine.

  • Engaging the Public When Issues Get "Wicked" Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Determining Local Options for Implements of Husbandry Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Life After Prevailing Wage & Public Works Bid Basics Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Fundamentals and Applications of Strategic Planning in Wisconsin Local Governments Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Stakeholder-Centered Community Marketing Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

TO REGISTER: Register online or call 608-262-0810 to register by phone. Helpful Hints: When you register, use an email address that comes to you individually, so that you receive the supporting materials directly. And, use a telephone with a mute feature.

Each teleconference is $20. For more complete program information, download the Current Issues brochure.

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2015 Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials brochure>
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Advanced Parliamentary Procedure for Wisconsin's Local Governments

This program consisted of four sessions held from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Wednesdays during April 2015. Presenter: Larry Larmer, Professor Emeritus in the Division of Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Principle of Parliamentary Authority: The Relationship among statutes, court decisions, organizational rules, and Robert's Rules of Order-Newly Revised with Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Principle of a Meeting: Issues about notice, quorum, and attendance. Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Principle of Majority Rule: Ownership of motions, seconding a motion, and when more than a majority is required.Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Principle of Order: Rules of precedence among motions and details. Wednesday, April 29, 2015

For more complete program information, you can download the brochure.

This program has already taken place. There is no audiostream available for this series. For downloadable Local Government Center resources on this topic, visit the Parliamentary Procedure page.

2014-2015 Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials

Local Control of Telecommunication Towers and Facilities: Powers, Procedures and Limitations presented by Attorney Eric Larson, Arenz, Molter, Macy, Riffle & Larson
Monday, October 6, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
This teleconference has already taken place. You can order an audiostream (digital audio file plus pdf of written materials) of the Telecommunication Towers presentation for $28 from the UW-Extension Learning Store.

Phosphorus Discharge Regulation presented by Paul Kent, Attorney/Partner with Stafford Rosenbaum LLP and Jim VandenBrook, Executive Director, Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association, Inc.
Monday, November 3, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
This teleconference has already taken place. You can order an audiostream (digital audio file plus pdf of written materials) of the Phosphorus Discharge Regulation presentation for $28 from the UW-Extension Learning Store.

At Our Doorstep: Local Government's Demographics Challenge and Implications for Counties and Communities presented by Dan Veroff, UW-Extension Outreach Specialist with the Applied Population Lab and Mark O'Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association
Monday, December 1, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
This teleconference has already taken place. You can order an audiostream (digital audio file plus pdf of written materials) of the Demographics Challenge presentation for $28 from the UW-Extension Learning Store.

Tax Incremental Financing presented by Al Runde, Legislative Fiscal Bureau and Mary Lou Clayton, Wisconsin Dept. of Revenue
Monday, January 5, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
This teleconference has already taken place. You can order an audiostream (digital audio file plus pdf of written materials) of the Tax Incremental Financing presentation for $28 from the UW-Extension Learning Store.

Wisconsin Legislative Preview presented by Mark O'Connell, Wisconsin Counties Association, Jerry Deschane, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, and Mike Koles, Wisconsin Towns Association
Monday, February 2, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am
This teleconference has already taken place. You can order an audiostream (digital audio file plus pdf of written materials) of the Tax Incremental Financing presentation for $28 from the UW-Extension Learning Store.

For more complete program information, you can download the brochure.

Can't Attend?

Order an online audiostream. These options are outlined on our Board of Review page for more information, including links to materials and streaming "Mock Board of Review" videos.

Webinars

On September 19th the Local Government Center made a technology change to how we present the Current Issues series of Wisline training. Local Government Specialist Al Probst presented "Developing the Annual Budget" as aWebinar using Blackboard Collaborate. This technology enabled the presenter to be both visually and verbally interactive with the participants while a change in direction in the presentation from strictly discussion budget requirements to an approach more focused on the actual mechanics of producing a functional annual budget gave participants a much more "hands on" feel for the subject matter. An additional capability with this technology is that, as soon as registration issues are concluded, the program will be available for viewing from its archived location at the convenience of any viewer at a computer with Java capabilities. The Local Government Center is now looking into using the same technology for presentations on "The Annual Town Meeting," "Alcohol and Beverage Licensing," and "Board of Review." Look for more announcements on this exciting educational technology advancement on the LGC webpage.

A streaming video recording of this webinar is now available from The Learning Store for $35.

Special Note: Conducting Local Elections

Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board (GAB) will be assuming full responsibility for the future training and education of election officials and clerks. As a result, the "Conducting Local Elections" WisLine series will no longer be offered by the Local Government Center. Recordings of prior WisLine sessions may still be purchased from the Local Government Center as audiostreams via The Learning Store. Future training opportunities will be offered by the GAB. Refer to the GAB website (http://gab.wi.gov/) for more information or contact Allison Coakley, Training Officer, at (608) 261-2033 with any questions you might have.

Prior Years

You can still purchase the recorded versions, including written and audio materials, of LGC WisLines from prior years. If you know the year and series, you may click on the links below. Or to browse all programs, visit Available WisLines.

2013-2014

Adobe PDF icon Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials (PDF file, 563 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Government Essentials (PDF file, 371 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Land Use, Planning, and Zoning (PDF file, 394 kb)

2012-2013

Adobe PDF icon Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials (PDF file, 563 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Government Essentials (PDF file, 437 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Land Use, Planning, and Zoning (PDF file, 1086 kb)

2011-2012

Adobe PDF icon Conducting Local Elections (PDF file, 508 kb) 
Adobe PDF icon Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials (PDF file, 500 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Land Use, Planning, and Zoning (PDF file, 924 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Open Government and Parliamentary Procedure (PDF file, 852 kb) 

2010-2011

Adobe PDF icon Conducting Local Elections (PDF file, 444 kb)
Adobe PDF icon
Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials(PDF file, 492 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Land Use Planning and Zoning (PDF file, 824 kb)

2009-2010

Adobe PDF icon Conducting Local Elections (PDF file, 508 kb)
Adobe PDF icon
Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials(PDF file, 504 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Land Use Planning and Zoning (PDF file, 844 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Open Government and Parliamentary Procedure (PDF file, 1290 kb)

2008-2009

Adobe PDF icon Conducting Local Elections (PDF file, 143 kb)
Adobe PDF icon
Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials(PDF file, 510 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Land Use Planning and Zoning (PDF file, 275 kb)

2007-2008

Adobe PDF icon Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials (PDF file, 476 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Land Use Planning and Zoning (PDF file, 160 kb)

2006-2007

Adobe PDF icon Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials (PDF file, 190 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Land Use Planning and Zoning (PDF file, 109 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Fire Department Hot Topics (PDF file, 166 kb)

2005-2006

Adobe PDF icon Current Issues Affecting Local Government Officials (PDF file, 240 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Land Use Planning and Zoning (PDF file, 411 kb)
Adobe PDF icon Local Transportation Issues (PDF file, 489 kb)

This page last updated June 10, 2016

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