A renovation of Hawk Ridge Park in Raymore, Mo., has begun with a spring completion target. The upgrade will add an inclusive Hawk's Nest playground, amphitheater, boardwalk, fishing dock and a trail around the lake.
A park is being built in Shreveport, La., thanks to a $1.2 million grant awarded by the Economic Development Agency. Construction on the Common Park is expected to take at least six months, and officials hope to raise funds to pay for additional features.
Denver has become the first city in Colorado capable of getting location information directly from devices through a partnership with RapidSOS. Athena Butler, Denver's 9-1-1 director, said smartphone owners should download the most recent software updates to ensure compatibility with the location-sharing option.
Ron and Jill Plush, whose son died six months ago after his calls to 9-1-1 did not trigger urgent notices to dispatchers because he was not enrolled in Smart9-1-1, have made public service announcements to encourage people to sign up. Cincinnati City Council member Amy Murray said she wants the service, which gives first responders additional information, to be promoted at school assemblies.
Sanders County, Mont., has been using the Hyper-Reach mass-notification system since Aug. 1, funded by $5,000 from grants, the county budget and 9-1-1 funds. County emergency manager Bill Naegeli said the system is especially helpful for disseminating information, because the police force is relatively small for such a large area.
The police chief and the fire chief in Bozeman, Mont., support a proposed $36 million public safety location that would replace the Law and Justice Center, while Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin does not. Gootkin is concerned because the sheriff's office and the police department will no longer be co-located if voters approve the proposal.
Law enforcement is still primarily charged with protecting public safety, but will need to "develop a more agile workforce and rely on an increasingly expanded ecosystem of partners" no matter the policing model, said the authors of an Accenture report. FirstNet senior adviser Bill Schrier said the heavy fieldwork involved in law enforcement will require a "mobile-first" outlook, but he noted the continued importance of communication skills for officers.
Officials in Baltimore County, Md., have voted to eliminate a tax of up to $20 per month levied on mobile-home owners in the county. Councilwoman Cathy Bevins says the tax was outdated and unfairly targeted long-term mobile-home owners, who also pay income and property taxes.
Shaping Our Appalachian Region, an economic development agency, plans to triple its staff and open eight regional offices as it works to diversify the eastern Kentucky economy. The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development will pay $460,000 toward the effort this fiscal year, and SOAR anticipates providing a dollar-for-dollar match.
The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District in Oregon hired a specialist to work on community engagement and partnerships when it comes to planning and design. That employee's work also includes collaboration with other departments, writes Katherine Stokke of the district.