Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Small Cities Work to Become More Visible

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Small Cities Work to Become More Visible

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Unfunded federal mandates and fiscal notes thereon, required recycling where no market exists for recyclables exists and concerns about large cities' desire to ship garbage to western states will top the Small Cities Council agenda in 1992.

Meeting during the Congress of Cities, the council also unanimously endorsed a resolution to enhance small city visibility within NLC, selected new leaders, made by-law changes and learned of available resources, particularly in the environmental area.

The resolution, submitted to the board by the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee in September and later approved at the annual business meeting, recognized that two-thirds of NLC's membership comes from municipalities of less than 50,000 population and greater more must be devoted to their interests.

The measure stressed that budget constraints make travel to NLC-sponsored meetings difficult for small city officials and called on state municipal leagues to coordinate efforts to address their needs and ensure their fuller participation in NLC.

It also called for establishing a small cities subcommittee on each of the five standing steering committees, participation on these committees by Small Cities Council ex-officio members, attaching statements to NLC information on new federal legislation and regulations on the impact on small communities and their budgets, sessions on "new approaches" to problems regularly encountered by small cities at major NLC conferences, workshops on federal mandates and available resources, and emphasized NLC represents a diverse constituency. …

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