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THE OHIO MUNICIPAL LEAGUE AND IT’S SERVICES:

The Ohio Municipal League was incorporated as an Ohio non-profit corporation in 1952 by city and village officials who saw the need for a statewide association to serve the interests of Ohio municipal government.

The Ohio Municipal League is governed by a Board of Trustees, elected by the membership. The Board consists of all past presidents of the League, as long as they are municipal officials, and 28 Trustees elected for two-year terms. Of the 28 Trustees, at least one must be: the mayor of a city or village; a city manager; a fiscal officer or finance director; a solicitor or director of law; a member of a municipal legislative body, other than the mayor. The Board is the policy-making body and appoints an Executive Director to manage the League under their general direction.

Any city or village, by proper action of its legislative body and payment of the annual membership fee, may become a member. When an Ohio municipality becomes an active League member, all of the elected and key appointed officials are eligible to use the available services.

LEGISLATIVE REPRESENTATION

The OML represents the collective interest of Ohio cities and villages before the Ohio General Assembly and the state elected and administrative offices. An official legislative policy is developed every other year by a process that begins with the legislative committee and ends with the approval of the League's legislative policy statement by the membership at the annual conference.

Numerous bills affecting cities and villages are introduced each session. While the Ohio General Assembly is in session, weekly legislative bulletins are sent to municipal officials by regular mail and e-mail. These are supplemented by "fax bulletins" usually outlining some specific or fast action required. Legislative directories with Senators and Representatives addresses, phone numbers and committee assignments are provided to our members. And the first of each year, the League conducts a legislative conference where Senate and House leadership speak and the Senators and Representatives attend as invited guests.

OML staff testifies before legislative committees, coordinates testimony of municipal officials, prepares amendments, and meets and confers with legislators and their staff regularly.

Through its membership in the National League of Cities, the OML is able to keep Ohio's municipalities alerted to activities in Washington. Cities that are members of the OML are eligible to become direct member cities of NLC; only direct member city officials may serve on NLC Committees.

FIELD REPRESENTATIVE

As part of the outreach to members initiative, the OML has instituted a field representative program. A part-time employee of the League schedules visits to assist local officials in understanding how to better utilize the services of the OML. Our field representative will answer inquiries, provide minor technical assistance and inform members of important League sponsored and endorsed programs, training opportunities or pending and passed legislation.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Legal Advocacy Program - In 1984 the OML established a Legal Advocacy Program funded by voluntary contributions of the members. This program allows the League to serve as the voice of cities and villages before the Ohio Supreme Court and the US Appeals and Supreme Court by filing briefs amicus curiae on cases of special concern to municipal governments.

Workers' Comp. Group Rating Pool - Established in 1991 as the result of a state law change, this program offers members of the League who qualify for and join the pool an opportunity to reduce their annual workers comp premiums. In addition the members receive assistance with claims administration from CompManagement, the plan administrator.

Ohio Municipal Joint Self Insurance Pool - Established in 1987 to provide municipal corporations coverage in the areas of general liability including public officials and police, auto liability and property. The pool is an unincorporated tax exempt non-profit organization, governed by its member municipalities. The pool is sponsored by the Ohio Municipal League and administered and operated by JWF Speciality Company.

OML Long Distance Phone Plan - A cost savings long distance phone plan administered by First Communications. In addition to lower long distance charges, member cities and villages receive calling cards, itemized billings and the availability of the program for their employees.

GAP Program - Jointly sponsored by the OML and other associations representing state and local governments, this program trains local government officials to serve as facilitators for resolving intra and inter governmental problems. The Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management provides the impartial referral of the facilitators to requesting local governments.

TRAINING PROGRAMS

The Ohio Municipal League has been accredited by the Ohio Supreme Court as a sponsor of both Continuing Legal Education Programs for attorneys and the required Mayors Court training for Mayors hearing all types of cases. In addition OML is an authorized sponsor of continuing education programs by the Ohio Accountancy board.

Regular Training Activities:
Regional Seminars for Veteran and Newly Elected Municipal Officials
Municipal Leadership Training Academy
Mayors Court Training (year round)
Income Tax Seminar (Annual)
OML Annual Conference
Annual Conferences of Cooperating Associations.

RESEARCH/INQUIRIES

The staff responds to numerous requests for information on municipal problems. Resource documents include:

Sample ordinances from other Ohio cities and villages
Sample municipal policies
Municipal charters
Elected and appointed officials salaries
Ohio Revised Code
Ohio Administrative Code
Ohio Attorney General Opinions
Ohio Court Decisions
U.S. Code Service
Federal Register
Department of Taxation Reports
Publications from other State Municipal Leagues
National League of Cities Reports
Publications of National Organizations representing municipal officials

Original letter granting the OML it's Non Profit status.

Bylaws

CONSTITUTION OF THE OHIO MUNICIPAL LEAGUE
(as amended 9/20/84)

ARTICLE I
NAME

This organization shall be known as THE OHIO MUNICIPAL LEAGUE.

ARTICLE II
PURPOSES

Section 1.
The purpose of this organization shall be the improvement of municipal government and administration and the promotion of the general welfare of the cities and villages of this State by appropriate means, including but not limited to the following:
(a) the maintenance of a central bureau of information and research for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of municipal information;

(b) the fostering of conferences of municipal officials, schools and short courses for the discussion and study of municipal problems and techniques involved in their solution; the rendering of such special and general services as may be deemed advisable; the publication and circulation of an official magazine and such bulletins and reports on municipal government as may be compiled from time to time; and

(c) the securing of the cooperation of universities and institutions of higher learning in furnishing the services of members of the faculty and students in assembling and analyzing information concerning municipal government and in the conduct of schools and short courses in the field of municipal administration.

(d) the securing of harmony of action among the municipalities of Ohio and other agencies of government in all matters which affect the citizens of Ohio in creating the awareness of all levels of government of the problems of municipal government in Ohio by presenting the facts and experiences upon which to formulate sound municipal policies.

ARTICLE III
MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.
Any city or village of Ohio by proper action of its legislative body, and the payment of the annual dues prescribed in Article IV, may become a member of The Ohio Municipal League.

Section 2.
Each city and village holding membership in The Ohio Municipal League shall be equally privileged with every other city and village holding membership therein in its voice and vote in the election of officers and upon any proposition presented for discussion or decision at any meeting of the members.

Section 3.
Such other classes of membership may be established as the Board of Trustees may from time to time determine, but such membership shall carry no voting privileges.

ARTICLE IV
DUES

Section 1.
The annual dues for each class of membership shall be prescribed by the Board of Trustees. No change in the dues schedule shall become effective until it has been announced at the annual meeting. Membership dues shall be payable annually in advance at the beginning of The Ohio Municipal League's fiscal year; provided that the membership dues of any city or village becoming a member of The Ohio Municipal League after the beginning of such fiscal year, shall for the first such year be prorated upon a quarterly basis. (Section 1 Amended 9-26-69)

Section 2.
A member whose dues have not been paid by June 15th in any year shall cease to be in good standing. No representative of any member not in good standing shall be eligible to hold office or serve as a member of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees shall from time to time adopt and amend such regulations as it shall deem advisable concerning the cancellation of membership, discontinuance of services and reinstatement of members not in good standing. (Section 2 added 10-1-54)

ARTICLE V
OFFICERS

Section 1.
The officers of The Ohio Municipal League shall be a president, a first vice-president, a second vice-president, chosen by the Board of Trustees from its membership; and a Director who shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees and who shall be the Secretary and Treasurer of The Ohio Municipal League.

Section 2. - DUTIES
It shall be the duty of the Board of Trustees to hold and control the property and manage the lawful business of The Ohio Municipal League, and to submit an annual report to its members. The duties of all other officers shall be those prescribed by this Constitution and By-Laws, or customarily incident to such office, or designated by the Board of Trustees.

Section 3. - BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees shall consist of all past presidents of the League as long as they are municipal officials, and twenty-eight (28) trustees elected for a term of two (2) years each; not less than one of whom shall be the mayor of a city or village; not less than one of whom shall be a city manager; not less than one of whom shall be a fiscal officer or finance director; not less than one of whom shall be a solicitor or director of law; and not less than one of whom shall be a member of a municipal legislative body, other than Mayor. Provision shall be made by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of the Director, for the establishment of geographical districts not less than nine (9) in number, each of which shall be entitled to the representation of at least one member of the Board of Trustees. Until such districts are so established each of the following districts shall be entitled to be represented on the Board of Trustees by a trustee elected from such district:

DISTRICT 1 - Lucas, Williams, Fulton, Defiance, Henry, Paulding, Wood, and Putnam Counties.

DISTRICT 2 - Ottawa, Sandusky, Erie, Seneca, Huron, Wyandot, Crawford, and Richland Counties.

DISTRICT 3 - Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Wayne, Ashland, Stark, and Holmes Counties.

DISTRICT 4 - Lake, Ashtabula, Geauga, Trumbull, Portage, Mahoning, Columbiana, and Carroll Counties.

DISTRICT 5 - Jefferson, Harrison, Belmont, Monroe, Tuscarawas, Coshocton, Muskingum, and Guernsey Counties.

DISTRICT 6 - Fairfield, Perry, Morgan, Noble, Athens, Washington, Meigs, and Gallia Counties.

DISTRICT 7 - Marion, Morrow, Union, Knox, Delaware, Licking, Franklin, and Madison Counties.

DISTRICT 8 - Van Wert, Allen, Hancock, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Auglaize, and Shelby Counties.

DISTRICT 9 - Darke, Miami, Champaign, Preble, Montgomery, Clark, Green, and Butler Counties.

DISTRICT 10 - Fayette, Warren, Clinton, Hamilton, Clermont, Highland, Brown and Adams Counties.

DISTRICT 11 - Pickaway, Ross, Hocking, Vinton, Pike, Jackson, Scioto, and Lawrence Counties.

Nominations of trustees shall be made by a nominating committee of seven (7) members to be appointed by the President; additional nominations may be made from the floor. The vote shall be by written ballot in each case where more than one person is nominated for any office to be filled. (Section 3 amended 9-22-61, 9-26-69, 9-20-84)

SECTION 4. - MEETINGS OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees shall meet not less than 15 days prior to January 1, for the purpose of organizing, selecting its officers for the ensuing year, approving the budget for the ensuing year, and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before it. Thereafter the Board of Trustees shall meet not less than four times in each calendar year, one of which meetings shall be held at the same time of the annual meeting of The Ohio Municipal League. Special meetings of the board may be called by the President, the Director or by any three trustees upon three days' written notice mailed to each member of the Board stating the purpose or purpose of such meeting. The presence of eleven members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Board and the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present, but in no event less than nine affirmative votes, shall be required for the adoption of any motion or resolution by the board. (Section 4. amended 10-1-54 and 9-22-61 and 9-26-69)

SECTION 5. - QUALIFICATION - TERM - VACANCY
Each member of the Board of Trustees and each officer of The Ohio Municipal League, with the exception of the Director, shall be at all times during his term of office a qualified official of a member city or village. The terms of office of the President and the Vice-President shall be one (1) year, commencing on the first day of January next following the meeting at which selected and until a successor has been chosen and qualified. There shall be no automatic progression in office and no such officer shall be eligible to succeed himself, except if he shall be filling the unexpired term of his predecessor in such office. A vacancy shall occur in any office of the League in the event that the person holding that office resigns, ceases to be an official or employee of a member city or village, or ceases to occupy the municipal position he held when elected or appointed as an officer, or if the officer misses three consecutive meetings of the Board in any fiscal year of the League, unless such absences shall be excused by the Board, and the reasons therefore entered in the proceedings of the Board. All vacancies on the Board of Trustees and in the office of the President or Vice-President shall be filled by the remaining members of said Board, and each person so elected or appointed shall serve for the unexpired term of the person in whose stead he is elected. In the absence of the President at any meeting, the Board of Trustees shall appoint one of its members to perform the duties of President during that meeting or until the President shall appear.
(Section 5. amended 10-1-54)

ARTICLE VI
MEETINGS

Section 1. - ANNUAL
The annual meeting of The Ohio Municipal League shall be held at a time and a place to be designated by the Board of Trustees.

Section 2. - SPECIAL
Special meetings of the League, other than as provided in Article X, may be called by the President, by the Board of Trustees, or by not less than any twenty-five (25) city or village members upon ten (10) days written notice mailed to each member of the League stating the purpose or purposes of such meeting, and no other subject shall be there considered.

Section 3. -QUORUM
The presence of representatives from twenty percent (20%) of the member cities and villages shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of The Ohio Municipal League.

ARTICLE VII
VOTING

Except when otherwise provided all voting in meetings of The Ohio Municipal League shall be viva voce unless a roll call is demanded by the representatives of three or more city or village members, in which case the representatives of each member city or village in good standing shall cast collectively one vote. A majority of the votes cast shall be necessary for a decision.

ARTICLE VIII
DIRECTOR

Section 1. The Director shall manage the affairs of the League under the general direction of the Board of Trustees, and he shall appoint the various employees of the League to the positions and at the compensation set forth in the approved budget, and shall be responsible for the proper and efficient conduct of the work of the League. He shall keep accurate records and accounts of all the transactions of the League, and his accounts shall be audited at the end of each fiscal year by a competent accountant or accountants to be selected by the Board of Trustees. The Director shall submit an annual report to the Board of Trustees and he shall prepare an annual budget covering the estimated receipts and disbursements of the League and this budget shall be submitted to the Board of Trustees for its approval. He shall cause accurate minutes to be kept of all meetings of the League and of the Board of Trustees. He shall conduct the correspondence of the League; shall mail notices of meetings to all members; shall collect and receive all moneys due to the League and shall keep an accurate account thereof; shall exercise the usual functions of treasurer, shall publish the official publication of the League; and shall be paid a salary to be fixed by the Board of Trustees. The Director shall furnish a satisfactory surety bond in an amount to be fixed by the Board of Trustees, and the premium on this bond shall be paid out of the fund of the League.

ARTICLE IX
COMMITTEES

Section 1. - APPOINTMENT
The President shall appoint such committees as may be deemed necessary for the proper conduct of the work of the League.

Section 2. - TENURE
All appointments to committees, unless continued, shall terminate at the next annual meeting of the League.

Section 3. - EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS
The President and the Director shall be ex-officio members of all committees of the League.

Section 4. - EXPENDITURESM
No committee shall create any financial liability for the League, unless authorized by the Director and unless a specific appropriation has been made for such an expenditure.

Section 5. - REPORTS
It shall be the duty of the chairman of each appointed committee of the League to prepare a written report, with the aid or approval of the other members of his committee, and of any employee of the League who is assigned to such committee by the Director covering the work done or conclusions reached by the committee.

ARTICLE X
AMENDMENTS

Section 1.
The Constitution and By-Laws of The Ohio Municipal League may be amended at any meeting called in accordance with this Constitution by a two-thirds vote of all the member cities and villages, provided that a majority vote of the member cities and villages represented at any such meeting, a quorum being present, shall be sufficient if notice of the proposed amendment and the language of such proposal shall have been mailed to each member city and village not less than thirty days prior to such meeting.

 

StaffExecutive Director - - Susan J. Cave
Editor, Cities and Villages - - Cynthia L. Grant
Director of Legislative Affiars. - - Edward L. Albright
Director of Comunications - - Kent M. Scarrett
Legislative Advocate - - Josh Brown
Accountant - - Joyce A. Richardson
Coordinator, Membership Services - - Zoe Wade
Administrative Assistant - - Christine Blake
Legal Counsel - - John E. Gotherman
Field Representative - - Stanley Umpleby

PAST PRESIDENTS
Jim Brown, Mayor, Lockland
David G. Eades, Mayor, London
Raymond E. Flickinger, Jr., Finance Director, Barberton
Marsha Hall, City Manager, Groveport
Garry E. Hunter, City Attorney, Nelsonville
Robert Tribby, Director of Finance, Mayfield Heights
Robert Vincenzo, Mayor, St. Clairsville

Board of TrusteesOFFICERS
President: William Healy, II, Mayor, Canton
First Vice President: Jim Bodenmiller, City Manager, Springfield
Second Vice President: Garnet “Sis” Love, Council President, Bucyrus

BOARD MEMBERS
David J. Berger, Mayor, Lima 
SharonCassler, Clerk of Council, Cambridge
David Crawford, President of Council, Circleville
Timothy DeGeeter, Mayor, Parma
Mark R. Fortunato, Director of Law, Canfield
G. David Gillock, Mayor, North Ridgeville
Mark R. Fortunato, Director of Law, Canfield
G. David Gillock, Mayor, North Ridgeville
Jeff Hall, Mayor, Newark
David Handwerk, Mayor, Orrville
Frank G. Jackson, Mayor, Cleveland
Douglas G. Johnson, Mayor, Bryan
Erick Keckler, Mayor, Fostoria
Robert Meilander, Mayor, Kipton
Michael Payton, Councilmember, New Boston
S. Gary Repella, Director of Law, Steubenville
Timothy Riordan, City Manager, Dayton
Scott Schertzer, Mayor, Marion
David Smith, Mayor, Lancaster
Patrick Titterington, Safety/Service Director, Troy
Brad Townsend, City Manager, West Carrollton
Priscilla R. Tyson, Councilwoman, Columbus
Stiney Vonderhaar, Vice Mayor, Evendale
Georgine Welo, Mayor, South Euclid
Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher, Councilmember, Dublin