The FirstNet Colorado Governing Body voted to study an alternative to FirstNet, accepting a combined bid from Rivada Networks and Macquarie Infrastructure Systems. Colorado joins New Hampshire as the second state to announce it will study opt-out alternatives.
As technology has improved over the last 20 years, the capabilities of wireless carriers to send emergency alerts to relevant people have improved dramatically. The FCC and carriers are pushing ahead on using the technology for public safety, but local governments must also decide to stay up to date on the technology to provide the most benefits to the public.
A proposed law in Anchorage, Alaska, would impose the same limits on police calls for nonprofit organizations that commercial properties face, allowing 100 free calls per year and charging fines for additional calls to police that don't involve medical emergencies, sexual assault or theft. The proposal is driven by concerns that organizations serving the homeless are straining the city's resources.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Clark County, Nev., officials have started a one-year pilot program for ShotSpotter in one area of the county to improve response times and more accurately locate gunshots. The service could expand to other areas, including the Las Vegas Strip and downtown area, if the pilot is successful.
Showing vulnerability as a leader can reveal an authentic and human side of your personality that resonates with team members, writes Mary Jo Asmus. By showing your softer side and admitting you don't know all the answers, you can build team connections and trust.
Harris County, Texas, has sued chemical company Arkema over fires at one of its plants after Hurricane Harvey. The lawsuit, which seeks up to $1 million in penalties and various improvements at the plant, alleges that Arkema violated environmental, safety and building regulations.
Invenergy continues to face local opposition in Freeborn County, Minn., over its proposed Freeborn Wind project, which is set to straddle Minnesota and Worth County, Iowa. Senior Manager Dan Litchfield said the 58-turbine phase of the project in Iowa is complete, has broad support in the state and will comply with Minnesota's turbine sound and siting regulations.
Every parks and recreation department is different, but each depends on a clear philosophy driven by the leader, writes Robbie Spencer, parks and recreation director in Antioch, Ill. "If other city departments around the area or state are doing things the same or a certain way, don't be afraid to be the trendsetter, not the follower," he argues.
A coastal conservation project finished this summer in Massachusetts is intended to preserve farmland, wetlands and other areas as part of the larger Allens Pond Conservation Completion Project. A trail and observation area are planned near Allens Pond.