Voters in Franklin County, Ohio, will vote next month on a 10-year levy that would raise money for park construction, trail expansions and additional programming. The levy would replace an expiring tax at an annual rate 38% higher.
A ballot measure in Ingham County, Mich., proposes per-phone surcharges on cellphones, landlines and Voice over Internet Protocol lines up to $1.80 per month to offset some costs related to upgrading the county's radio and dispatch systems. Deputy Controller Teri Morton said the county's vendor does not anticipate being able to support the current radio system beyond 2021 without an upgrade.
Verizon reported "unprecedented" damage, and AT&T said its network was "nearly fully restored in most affected areas" following Hurricane Michael as the two carriers along with Sprint and T-Mobile US worked to recover services for first responders, public safety resources and consumers. "We are moving quickly to keep our customers, FirstNet subscribers and public safety agencies connected as they work to keep our communities safe," said AT&T.
The 4% pay raise that will apply to all Volusia County, Fla., government employees starting next year is fair and especially needed to attract dispatchers, said Sheriff Mike Chitwood. The county also approved two dedicated positions so dispatchers won't be diverted from their duties to help train new staff.
A professor at Colorado's Fort Lewis College is designing an app to accurately map terrain and other important details for firefighters. The app would give insight into fires by providing critical information before firefighters arrive on the scene.
Hurricane Michael ripped through several states after making landfall in Florida, leading to outages of power, water and telecommunications resources, while also causing flash flooding in Virginia. Emergency management authorities in Crisp County, Ga., focused on getting power restored and called on the services of the sheriff's office, the Forestry Commission, the Department of Natural Resources and inmates to repair storm damage.
A 10-year lease approved by the Washoe, Nev., County Commission is intended to be used for a shelter to serve about 150 homeless women and children in Sparks, opening up more spaces in a downtown Reno facility for homeless men. A vote on the lease by the Nevada Board of Examiners is slated for Nov. 13.
Municipalities in Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Maryland are among those that have banned children older than 12 from trick-or-treating, saying it will decrease vandalism. The age restriction in Chesapeake, Va., includes the ability to charge people with a misdemeanor that can land six months in jail and fines.
Officials in Eagle County, Colo., are asking residents to extend a property tax that funds the purchase and preservation of open spaces in the county. The tax is set to expire in 2025; the county hope to extend it at the same rate until 2040.
Recovery efforts have begun in Florida cities and counties affected by Hurricane Michael, with communication among the challenges as municipal crews inspect and assess damaged infrastructure and blocked roads. "We have almost no lines of communication," said Mario Gisbert, city manager in Panama City Beach, Fla.