The board of the Central Vermont Public Safety Authority met to begin developing a plan for a regional communications service after voters in Montpelier and Barre, Vt., passed the authority's budget. The board will provide a plan for consolidated 9-1-1 services to the communities by November.
The number of videos recorded by police body cameras in Minneapolis began to decrease between October and December 2017, and the police department has drafted new guidelines to address the issue. The new rules will require officers to keep cameras on at the beginning of their shifts and ensure proper categories and case numbers to avoid videos being lost or deleted by mistake.
Panelists at IWCE 2018 agreed the FirstNet build-out would likely be impossible without the cost and operational savings provided by software-centric networking advances.
Technologies such as network function virtualization and software-defined networking allow carriers to decouple software and hardware functions, which is cost effective and provides flexibility.
US cities are trying to head off the problems associated with dockless bike-sharing systems in other countries by enacting more stringent regulations. Many major US cities have addressed the problem of bikes blocking sidewalks by capping the number of bike-sharing systems in operation and the number of bikes they can make available.
If team members are not willing to help each other, it may indicate discontent caused by management, writes William Vanderbloemen. Leaders need to exemplify a culture of collaboration and be willing to dismiss a toxic employee or executive, he writes.
Officials in Port Arthur, Texas, are considering an increase in sewer and water rates to make up a nearly $32 million budget shortfall following Hurricane Harvey. City leaders say they expect property values to decline, and additional revenue is needed to avoid cutting services.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is investigating child removals and the use of "custody and visitation agreements," as well as "monitoring Cherokee County DSS and working to determine appropriate corrective action." It also sent a letter warning county agencies that using private custody agreements without court oversight "falls outside of both law and policy."
Assistant City Manager David Kelley will take over as manager of Cloverdale, Calif., next month following the retirement of manager Paul Cayler at the end of March. "Kelley has demonstrated he has the skills, background and desire to perform the duties of a city manager," the city says.
Engaging staff in new ideas early on, rather than trying to sell developed strategies, will lead to greater buy-in from your team, writes Scott Eblin. He recommends asking open-ended questions, sharing knowledge and working to create a vision that connects with your staff's sense of purpose.
Burke County, N.C., has informed Morganton and Valdese that the county 911 center will only provide core 911 services to the municipalities after July 1, as Morganton and Valdese have said they will leave the consolidated center at the end of June. The two communities have argued that it's unfair their residents are charged more for 911 services than other towns, and County Manager Bryan Steen said he's open to considering cost-sharing proposals from the municipalities.