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7/10/2020

Residents in Tenino, Wash., who can show they've lost income because of the coronavirus pandemic will be able to get relief funding up to $300 per month in the form of wooden $25 bills the town is printing. Tenino previously printed its own currency to drive recovery after the Great Depression while ensuring that relief funds were spent at local businesses.

7/10/2020

Authorities in Thiruvananthapuram, India, have implemented severe lockdown restrictions over fears that coronavirus cases in the city were rising to unmanageable levels. Neighborhoods have a single entry and exit point and only one shop per neighborhood is permitted to open, while residents are restricted from leaving their homes, except to purchase essential items between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

7/10/2020

City Manager Scott Adams of Las Vegas this week announced he will retire in November after 16 years of serving the city and 43 years of working in local government. "During my career, nationally and here in Las Vegas, I have met and worked with many wonderful elected officials, business and civic leaders and employees that have enriched my life and made my work incredibly rewarding," Adams said in a letter to city staff.

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7/10/2020

The Portland, Ore., City Council discontinued a highway widening project for Interstate 5 after the mayor, city commissioner and other stakeholders objected to the project. Opponents say organizers of the $800 million project, which was slated to go through a historically Black area of Portland, failed to address the community's concerns.

7/9/2020

Tennis is a great form of exercise that can be played safely during the coronavirus pandemic, as it allows for proper social distancing and does not involve physical contact, writes Victoria Chiesa of the U.S. Tennis Association. She provides guidance for departments on how to safely reopen and manage tennis courts.

7/9/2020

City Council members in New Haven, Ind., have approved a wheel tax that would levy a $25 fee on motorcycles and passenger vehicles and a $40 charge on larger vehicles. Council members estimate the tax will bring in $350,000 annually for road repairs and improvements.

7/9/2020

Officials in the Ontario township of Russell are seeking a new namesake after residents raised concerns about the town's original namesake, Peter Russell, and his affiliation with slavery. The town is seeking submissions of a suitable candidate -- whose first, middle or last name is Russell -- to whom they can rededicate the town.

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7/9/2020

Eric Schmidt, who has served the city of Gresham, Ore., for more than 20 years, can add the title of interim city manager to the list of positions he's held. City Council members voted this week to name Schmidt to the post following the departure of former City Manager Erik Kvarsten.

7/9/2020

Park and Recreation Month in July has taken on new significance during the coronavirus pandemic b showing how essential parks and trails are to people's well-being, writes Mike Griggs, director of the Columbia, Mo., Parks and Recreation department. "Our parks, trails and recreational facilities represent the desires of the Columbia residents, and we wouldn't have these desired amenities without your support," he writes.

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7/9/2020

The National Recreation and Park Association is advocating for the profession's "essential" community function and for increased federal funding, writes Elvis Cordova, NRPA's vice president of public policy and advocacy. NRPA supports legislation including the Great American Outdoors Act and the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act, he writes.