The Covington, La., City Council might receive forgiveness for some or all of a $2.3 million federal disaster loan received in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A $982 billion spending bill approved by Congress last month includes disaster-loan forgiveness for local governments, school districts and law enforcement agencies in the New Orleans area affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Portland, Ore., City Council is scheduled today to consider a proposal that would require apartment buildings with more than 40 units to have at least one parking spot for every four units. Commissioner Nick Fish says the proposal does not go far enough and wants a tiered system that would force larger buildings to provide more parking. "The proposal that's been taken up by the planning commission is a good starting point, but it isn't strong enough," Fish said.
A 10-year, 340 billion kroner development in which state and local governments in Copenhagen, Denmark, have invested could be affected by a lack of skilled laborers to complete construction. The project, which includes building infrastructure such as a tunnel to Germany and a city metro line, is expected to create about 40,000 jobs.
The Paso Robles, Calif., City Council has set priorities for the next two years. Councilors will focus on public safety, economic development and revamping maintenance services, after the recession brought on years of cuts, affecting police patrols, a teen center and a pool.
The Burnsville, Minn., City Council has appointed Heather Johnston as city manager, after Craig Ebeling retired last month. Johnston, the city's director of administrative services and chief financial officer, will begin her new position April 16. "Her leadership skills, energy, passion and personality fit the culture we have fostered here in Burnsville," Mayor Elizabeth Kautz said.