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.
Extreme conservation measures have succeeded in pushing back to 2019 the day that Cape Town will run out of water. But the South African city's plight is likely to be echoed elsewhere around the world in coming years, as recent severe droughts in California, Brazil and Spain also indicate water shortages.
Current measures to address stormwater flows in Maryland's Anne Arundel County, particularly from construction sites, are falling short, residents complain. And now they're calling for stricter enforcement of existing regulations, as well as more robust standards.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today could approve a plan to turn a defunct reservoir in Russian Hill into a 4.5-acre park that could open next summer. Francisco Park would include paths connecting three elevation levels, each featuring distinct attractions.
Signs can serve a useful purpose at parks, but they can also cause clutter or annoy, writes Peter Harnik of the four-year federally funded National Study of Neighborhood Parks. The study found that parks with signs encouraging physical activity boasted more users.
The parks agency in Alpharetta, Ga., has reorganized and rebranded itself as the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Services. The department has created cultural services and community services divisions as part of the changes.
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