October 8, 2020 Workshops

Dress for Success Day!  Whatever that means to you, wear your “dress for success” clothing and impress your peers on Zoom.  

Thursday, October 8 

10:00 AM - Best Practices for Recruiting & Interviewing Your Next Hire
*** Eligible for Municipal Clerk Certification  
Elizabeth (Kazda) Yanke, MBA, Project Manager, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Click here to start the conversation. You can connect with Elizabeth and each other on the League's LinkedIn page.
This workshop will start with a discussion on the importance of and tips to reach beyond the usual sources to pull in more and diverse candidates to your open positions. Attendees will spend time collaboratively creating situational and behavioral based interview questions that target the skills you need in your next hire. And finally tips for creating a successful interview experience will be shared. The workshop will conclude with a Q&A session, time permitting.
Elizabeth (Kazda) Yanke, Presentation (PDF)  Interview Project Plan Checklist (Word-will download to your computer.)

12:00 PM - Finding Lowest Responsible Bidders for your Construction Projects 
**Eligible for EPW PDH 
Cynthia L. Buchko, General Counsel, Construction Business Group and Kail Decker, City Attorney, City of West Allis
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All too often, a municipality awards work to a contractor only to find out later-after the project experiences delay, cost overruns or poor quality-that the contractor previously failed to satisfactorily perform for other local governments. How can municipalities better inform themselves on whether a low bidder is truly responsible? The speakers at this workshop will give a brief overview of the public construction bidding law, particularly focusing on how communities can determine if a low bid is from a “responsible bidder.” The process for qualifying bidders under the bidders proof of responsibility provision in state law will be discussed. Also, the speakers will highlight a new online public project evaluation tool, ResponsibleWisconsin.com, created by the Construction Business Group and sponsored by the League, which can help communities determine whether contractors are responsible bidders.
New Public Bidding Resource, by Cindy Buchko, General Counsel, Construction Business Group and Curt Witynski, Deputy Executive Director, League of Wisconsin Municipalities in the October 2020 The Municipality (PDF)
Cynthia L. Buchko, Construction Business Group and Kail Decker, City of West Allis Presentation (PDF)

2:00 PM - Roundtable: Large Communities A Roundtable discussion of current and relevant topics to Small Communities. Participants may self select into the Small or Large Community Roundtable. (The Small Community Roundtable was Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 12:00 PM.)  

*CANCELLED In-Person Regional Meeting - 6:00–7:30 PM Lancaster - Lancaster Municipal Golf Course Club House 5 E. Golf Road, Lancaster, WI 53813 

*We had hoped to see you in-person at the League’s regional meetings that were planned as part of our Annual Conference, but given the surge in Covid-19 cases across Wisconsin, we have decided to cancel the meetings.  We look forward to seeing you in person in 2021.