Previous Local Government Programs for Purchase – 2014 and Earlier

2014

Local Government’s Demographics Challenge and Implications for Counties and Communities (12-01-2014)

At Our Doorstep: Local Government’s Demographics Challenge and Implications for Counties and Communities (12-01-2014):
The demographics of the United States are undergoing the most dramatic change in our nation’s history. People are living longer and needing more services, baby boomers are retiring in large numbers, millennials are attempting to fill the void. With challenges such as health care, transportation, and the funding of government, the future of local government is uncertain, tumultuous, or both. This presentation will focus on “megatrends” and their implications for local governments. Presented by: Dan Veroff, UW-Extension Outreach Specialist with the Applied Population Lab and Mark O’Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association
Approximate length of program:62 minutes; PDF size: 23 pages, 1555 KB
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Local Control of Telecommunication Towers and Facilities (10-06-2014)

Local Control of Telecommunication Towers and Facilities: Powers, Procedures and Limitations (10-06-2014):
State laws imposing substantial limitations on local control of telecommunications towers and facilities took effect in 2013, following federal limitations that took effect in 2012. This presentation reviews these laws to discern what, how, and the extent to which local governments can still regulate these towers and facilities given the new state and federal limitations and preemptions. Attorney Eric Larson of Arenz, Molter, Macy, Riffle & Larson
Approximate length of program: One hour, 12 minutes; PDF size: 27 pages, 1347 KB
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How to Run the Annual Town Meeting (03-18-2014)

How to Run the Annual Town Meeting (03-18-2014):
Every year Wisconsin Towns are required by law to convene a meeting of its electors. Learn the statutory requirements and best practices required for running a successful annual town meeting. Presented by Attorney Carol Nawrocki, Wisconsin Towns Association.
Approximate length of program: One hour and 33 minutes; PDF materials: 53 pages
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Annexation Basics (02-19-2014)

Annexation Basics (02-19-2014):
Annexation not only changes the government jurisdiction for tracts of land, but impacts property use dynamics such as zoning, the development environment, and other regulations. This program addresses the basics of annexation process and policy, as well as alternatives to address annexation demands. Renee Powers and Erich Schmidtke of the Wisconsin Dept. of Administration Municipal Boundary Review, and Philip J. Freeburg, J.D., UW-Extension Local Government Center
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State Programs Update: Farmland Preservation, Wind Energy (01-15-2014)

State Programs Update: Farmland Preservation, Wind Energy (01-15-2014):
Find out the latest developments in state programs that impact local land use planning and decision-making, including wind energy unit siting and the Working Lands farmland preservation programs. The presenters are agency representatives who work in these programs every day. Keith Foye and Alison Volk, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
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2013

Affordable Care Act (11-12-2013)

Affordable Care Act (11-12-2013):
While some provisions of the Affordable Care Act have already taken effect, there are many key provisions that become effective on January 1, 2014. As with any new law, there is a certain level of confusion surrounding it. While this is a federal law designed to protect healthcare consumers across the country, this teleconference is designed to help local officials understand its impacts on local governments operating in Wisconsin.
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Legislative Update (10-15-2013)

Legislative Update (10-15-2013):
Representatives from the state’s three major local government associations give their perspectives on the impacts of the current state budget and recent legislation on Wisconsin towns, counties, and municipalities. Presented by Rick Stadelman, Executive Director, Wisconsin Towns Association; Mark O’Connell, Executive Director, Wisconsin Counties Association; Curt Witynski, Assistant Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities.
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Hearing Zoning Appeals and Variances (05-15-2013)

Hearing Zoning Appeals and Variances (05-15-2013):
Wisconsin Law requires all zoning codes to provide a Board of Appeals, or in counties and some towns, a Board of Adjustment to hear appeals and variances. This program provides essential information about the decisions made by these zoning boards and the procedures and legal standards they must use. Moderated by: Asli Gocmen. Presented by: Lynn Markham, Shoreland and Land Use Specialist, UW-Extension, Center for Land Use Education
Approximate runtime for audio: 1 hour 40 minutes
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How to Run The Annual Town Meeting (03-05-2013)

How to Run The Annual Town Meeting (03-05-2013):
Every year Wisconsin towns are required by law to convene a meeting of its electors. Learn the statutory requirements and parliamentary procedures required to run a successful annual town meeting. Presented by Attorney Carol Nawrocki, Wisconsin Towns Association.
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Sand and Non-Metallic Mining Update (02-20-2013)

Sand and Non-Metallic Mining Update (02-20-2013):
The growth of sand and non-metallic mining, especially sand used in hydraulic fracturing mining, often called “frac sand” continues in Wisconsin. Issues regarding regulation of these mines reached as far as the Supreme Court in 2012. Discover the latest developments in state and local land use regulation and policy affecting Wisconsin mines and communities. Moderated by Philip Freeburg, J.D., Local Government Center. Presented by Attorneys Lee Turonie, J.D., of the Wisconsin Towns Association and William White of Michael, Best & Freidrich, LLP.
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GIS for Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development (01-16-2013)

GIS for Planning, Zoning, and Economic Development (01-16-2013):
Learn how local and regional governments can use geographic information systems (GIS) to conserve resources and incorporate innovative tools for planning, zoning, and economic development. Moderated and presented by Asli Gocmen, Department of Urban and Regional Planning,UW- Madison/Extension with Matt Kures, Center for Community and Economic Development, UW – Extension.
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2012

Business Improvement District (BID) Basics (03-14-2012)

Business Improvement District (BID) Basics (03-14-2012):
Are there alternatives for funding economic and community development programming in an era of levy limits and stressed budgets? A Business Improvement District (BID) may be one such funding mechanism. Find out the basics about creating these special assessment districts and how they have been used by communities throughout the state since 1984. Moderated by Philip Freeburg, Local Government Center. Presented by Charles Law, Ph.D., Local Government Center Director
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Ethics and Conflicts of Interest (02-02-2012)

Ethics and Conflicts of Interest (02-02-2012):
Discover the ethics and conflict of interest laws that apply to local officials as they conduct government business. Presented by Philip Freeburg, Local Government Center Law Educator, and Jonathan Becker, State Ethics Board
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Public Records Law (01-26-2012)

Public Records Law (01-26-2012):
Learn the requirements of Wisconsin’s Public Records Law and the court and attorney general opinions applying it from a seasoned panel of attorneys.Presented by Claire Silverman, League of Wisconsin Municipalities; Carol Nawrocki and Lee Turonie, Wisconsin Towns Association; and Mary Burke, Office of the Attorney General.
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Open Meetings Law (01-19-2012)

Open Meetings Law (01-19-2012):
Discover the basics of Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law from a panel of attorneys recognized as the “go-to” sources on this topic. Includes discussion of cases and opinions interpreting and applying the law. Presented by Claire Silverman, League of Wisconsin Municipalities; Carol Nawrocki and Lee Turonie, Wisconsin Towns Association; and Bruce Olsen, Office of the Attorney General.
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2011

Plan Commission and Local BOA Members as Local Officials (12-21-2011)

Plan Commission and Local BOA Members as Local Officials (12-21-2011):
This program covers aspects of the open meetings law, ethics and conflicts of interest laws, and concepts of fairness in decision making. Intended for staff and members of local plan commissions, county planning and zoning committees, and zoning boards of appeal/adjustment. Presented by: Philip Freeburg, J.D., Local Government Center; comments by Brian Ohm, J.D., Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UW-Extension, Madison
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Plan Commission Conduct and Procedures (11-09-2011)

Plan Commission Conduct and Procedures (11-09-2011):
Learn the roles, responsibilities, procedural and decision-making standards of Plan Commissions. This WisLine should interest new and continuing plan commission members, local government officials, planning and zoning staff, and others. Moderated by Philip Freeburg, Local Government Center. Presented by Rebecca Roberts, Land Use Specialist, UW Extension, Center for Land Use Education and Attorney Richard Nordeng, J.D., Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
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Collaborative Leadership (11-08-2011)

Collaborative Leadership (11-08-2011):
With shrinking resources and increased demands for public service, local government officials are under pressure to develop innovative ways to meet these needs. The Wisconsin Local Government Institute, in conjunction with Leadership Wisconsin, has developed a program to help local officials collaborate across municipal and county boundaries. Presented by: Gary Becker, Executive Director of Wisconsin Local Government Institute; Joann Stormer, Director of Leadership Wisconsin
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Employee Relations After Wisconsin Act 10 (10-04-2011)

Employee Relations After Wisconsin Act 10 (10-04-2011):
Wisconsin Act 10 repealed collective bargaining rights except wages within the limits of an inflation index. In its place the law imposed new employment procedures on all local governments, even those that did not bargain collectively before. Find out about the new policies and procedures that local government bodies and management need to create and implement under the law. Presented by: Philip Freeburg, Local Government Center Law Educator, Daniel Borowski, Philip Borowski, S.C.
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2010

Working Lands Myth Busters (12-15-2010)

Working Lands Myth Busters (12-15-2010):
The new Working Lands Initiative for farmland preservation has generated lots of discussion since its inception.
This WisLine session addresses frequently expressed concerns and misconceptions about Working Lands.
Get acquainted with Working Lands through actual questions and comments heard during trainings, hearings, and speeches by DATCP personnel and planners. As with all WisLines, you can ask your own questions as well.
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Wind Turbine Siting Regulations (11-10-2010)

Wind Turbine Siting Regulations (11-10-2010):
Wisconsin has adopted a new law setting restrictions on local regulation of wind turbines and directing the Public Service Commission to enact uniform standards for local wind turbine siting ordinances. These rules went into effect in November 2010.
Find out the wind turbine standards your local government can and cannot establish and enforce.
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2008

Property Tax 101 (12-16-2008)

Property Tax 101 (12-16-2008):
Basics of the property tax system, the difference between equalized and assessed valuations, and local boards of review.
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