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8/14/2018

An ordinance introduced in Winnebago County, Ill., would transfer supervisory duties of the local 9-1-1 center from the sheriff to the county administrator. Some community leaders would like to postpone the decision until after they see results from a study that could help determine the center's future.

8/14/2018

As part of FirstNet's new outreach program, officials will conduct workshops with public safety agencies throughout the US to teach them about the platform and to gather feedback. Some workshops will focus on use cases and technical understanding, while others will highlight potential future products.

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8/13/2018

Officials in Cumberland County, Tenn., are considering a one percent food and beverage tax for caterers, restaurants and other food vendors to raise money for a proposed $3.8 million expo center.

8/13/2018

More local law enforcement agencies are employing drones for a variety of purposes, including search and rescue operations and following wildfires, and some agencies are beginning to use the technology to investigate traffic accidents, Jenni Bergal writes. Drone technology can speed up traffic accident investigations and reduce overtime hours for officers, officials say.

8/13/2018

The Coventry City Council in England reports construction of the $46 million water park is on track for a spring 2019 debut. Its attractions will include a pool and nine water slides, including the "Navigator" tube slide, a whirlpool-style slide and a "Speed Slide."

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8/13/2018

Carpionato Group recently received permission from the city of Avon, Conn., to develop an approximately 300,000-square-foot, mixed-use space, and construction could start as soon as October. The $200 million-plus complex will contain 11 buildings, with around 170,000 square feet of office, residential and retail space.

8/10/2018

Leaders must set boundaries on their availability to allow themselves time to recharge, which helps enhance their productivity, happiness and health. To set limits, former FBI negotiator Chris Voss suggests steps such as clarifying your work assignments and rephrasing requests made by your colleagues to express your feelings.

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8/10/2018

The city of Midland, Texas, collected a record-breaking $5.16 million in sales tax in July, meaning the city will almost certainly reach $50 million in sales tax revenue this year, Stewart Doreen writes. The surplus funds will be used for building new fire stations and developing roads, according to city officials.

8/10/2018

John Brown, city manager of Petaluma, Calif., will retire in November after running the city for a decade and 35 years as a civil servant. "You have really allowed this city to perform at an incredibly high rate with almost a skeleton crew. I think that we owe a lot of that to you," council member Teresa Barrett said to Brown at a recent meeting.

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8/9/2018

The aquatic center in Vincennes, Ind., reopened last month with three pools, a splash pad, a bathhouse and other amenities. The renovation required a bond issue and faced construction challenges, such as removing concrete from the old pool and finding the right weather for pouring new concrete.