St. Francois County, Mo., is having a contest to replace its local seal after the current version, which was designed by Commissioner Harold Gallaher in 2018, went viral on social media for its design. The winner of the contest will receive a $100 Visa gift card in exchange for releasing the rights to their seal design, which must be provided in both black and white and color.
Public transit officials in Montpellier, France, have canceled an approximate $33 million order for 51 hydrogen fuel cell-powered buses after calculations revealed the vehicles would cost significantly more to run than electric buses. The city also has discontinued a plan to install infrastructure to generate, store and distribute hydrogen for the buses.
Former Beverly Hills, Mich., Village Manager Chris Wilson will become city manager in Huntington Woods, Mich., after commissioners voted unanimously to hire him. Wilson, who will begin his new role next week, says he hopes to exceed the high expectations Huntington Woods residents have for him.
Passengers once again will pay fees to use Dodge City, Kan., public transportation services as of Feb. 1. The city has waived fees since June 2020 when the Federal Transit Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation reimbursed Dodge City for transportation services with money from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act.
A new program involving Rochester, N.Y., Monroe County and American Medical Response has nurse navigators help people who have called 911 who have health concerns but may not need to go to an emergency room. Dispatchers connect callers to the nurses, who then recommend next steps.
Officials in St. Louis are considering enacting a "demolition by neglect" ordinance that will authorize the city to make emergency repairs to historic structures such as the deteriorating Lemp Brewery. "The ordinance acknowledges that the city has a responsibility to protect such buildings because they represent important cultural and economic assets that have the potential to benefit the community as a whole," said Andrew Weil of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis.
The Worcester, Mass., public library demonstrates how it serves the entire community during the pandemic by serving teens, people experiencing homelessness and others in need while also making digital options such as e-books available. City Manager Edward Augustus says "nothing makes me prouder" than the library's recent renovations.
Rob Drake, city manager of Cornelius, Ore., plans to retire in June after serving since 2012. Drake says he considers the addition of a public library and significant changes to law enforcement meant to improve trust as prized accomplishments.
The St. Clair Shores, Mich., Parks and Recreation Department is co-hosting the annual Aqua Freeze Festival this weekend, which includes food and beer, ice-carving demonstrations and a variety of games. The festival will also include a winter lights tunnel that's been extended through the weekend.
Recreation and park departments can maximize their competition pools by offering such activities as lap swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming, writes Greg Schmidt, aquatic center manager at Eastern Washington University. Competition pools aren't leisure pools and shouldn't be expected to provide the same services, Schmidt writes.
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