Three Municipal Leagues Present Awards for Outstanding Achievements

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State leagues in Mississippi, New York and Minnesota gave out honors last month for outstanding achievements that improved the lives of citizens.

Mississippi

Seven Mississippi municipalities were presented with 2009 Mississippi Municipal League Excellence Awards at the league's annual conference in July.

Congratulations to the following cities and towns for meeting the challenges of municipal government through innovative problem solving, excellence in management, citizen participation and striving to provide a higher level of service to their residents.

Best Overall Award:

* Town of Woodland, The Little Town that Can: Monthly Special Event Program

City Spirit:

* Town of Tishomingo, The 100 Trees for the Next 100 Years program

* City of Madison, The Swing into Summer special events series

Planning and Economic Development:

* Town of Plantersville, The Little Town that Could strategic plan

* City of Meridian, The Meridian Greening program

Public Safety:

* Town of Caledonia, The Skateboard Park Construction project

* City of Picayune, The 911 Cell Phone Program for Senior Citizens, Domestic Abuse Victims and Disabled Citizens

Details: For more information, contact Shari Veazey, deputy director, Mississippi Municipal League, at shari1@mmlonline.com.

New York

Six New York municipalities were honored with 2009 Local Government Achievement Awards at the New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials' annual conference last month.

Congratulations to the following cities and towns for initiating innovative economic development, public works, public management and administration and public safety programs.

Economic Development:

* The City of Hornell's BOCES Homebuilding Partnership replaces blighted homes with new homes, constructed by BOCES' building trade students. Profits from the projects are reinvested into similar projects in subsequent years.

Public Works:

* The City of Ithaca's Energy Savings Performance Contract helps overcome limited funds available for facility improvements, while enhancing energy efficiency in city-owned facilities and meeting greenhouse gas reduction goals.

* The Village of Owego's Sewer Rehabilitation Project uses new technology to reduce the inflow/infiltration into the collection system and assisted the village in meeting reduction requirements by the Chesapeake Bay Tributary Program for nitrogen and phosphorus.

Public Management and Administration:

* The City of Binghamton's Restore NY Project Team: Neighborhood Revitalization Through Innovative Measures applies Restore NY grants to the redevelopment of 70 vacant residential properties that were slated for demolition. …