October 8, 2020 Workshops

Thursday, October 8 

10:00 AM - Best Practices for Recruiting & Interviewing Your Next Hire
*** Eligible for Municipal Clerk Certification  
Elizabeth Kazda, MBA, Project Manager, League of Wisconsin Municipalities
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.

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
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.

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 is Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 12:00 PM.)  

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

*We know there’s a unique value to local leaders being able to get together and share ideas, so we’re hosting a series of six in-person regional meetings. Join us at the meeting nearest to you. Space will be limited, so only registered conference attendees may attend. Your health is our first concern, so it is possible that we may have to cancel one or more regional meetings based on pandemic conditions.