City Council members in Edmonton, Canada, are looking for new revenue sources after learning the Alberta provincial government will only fund $1 million of the $8 million the city estimates it needs for costs such as enforcement now that cannabis is legal. "This certainly doesn't make keeping the tax rate lower easier," says council member Michael Walters.
City officials in Brownsville, Tex., have approved the hiring of Noel Bernal, former deputy city manager of Coppell, Texas, as city manager. The position had been vacant since former city manager Charlie Cabler retired almost a year ago.
South Carolina's Folly Beach City Council is expected to follow up next month with beach preservation plans after a development moratorium imposed in June. Proposals would keep construction off the beach, and ordinances would address a range of issues, including lots, septic tanks, dune protection, seawalls and marshes.
You can prevent meetings from disrupting your day by determining if you need to attend, whether the information could be exchanged electronically or if someone else could go in your place, writes Scott Matteson. If attendance is required, hold fast to the agenda and keep yourself on schedule by lining up your meetings consecutively, he writes.
A consolidated communications center in Jefferson County, Colo., built for about $5 million with the goal of saving taxpayer costs, remains below ideal staffing levels after six months. Director Jeff Streeter said the system is still understaffed, but mandatory overtime is in effect, and procedures have been put in place to notify dispatchers if 911 calls have been waiting longer than nine seconds so they can give them higher priority.
Programs like the National Recreation and Park Association's "Heart Your Park" corporate service initiative and Grapevine Parks and Recreation's "Happy to Help Saturdays" events in Texas give volunteers a sense of pride in their community green spaces while providing needed services, writes Suzanne Nathan of NRPA. "I enjoy working alongside folks that are passionate about preserving and improving these spaces," says Cindy Harris of the city of Grapevine.
Park and green-space maintenance not only includes picking the right equipment for the job but also following best practices for inspecting and maintaining the equipment itself, including offseason storing, writes Bill Frank of John Deere.
Riverfront parks and recreation sites are the latest trend in Oregon as a way to transform former industrial sites into recreation areas. Some projects are incorporating economic development, such as Eugene's plan for housing, a hotel and restaurant connecting to a three-acre park.
The Parks and Recreation Department in Meriden, Conn., is promoting wellness with a twice-a-week outdoor full-body workout program at Meriden Green. The workout can be adjusted to accommodate age and activity levels.
Tolay Lake Regional Park in Sonoma County, Calif., opens to the public Oct. 27, with local officials working with the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria on the project. "It's a precedent-setting model, whereby when we say co-manage, we will be sitting with the county determining together how the park is going to be used, for what purposes and what's going to be done," said Greg Sarris of the Graton Racheria.
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