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12/5/2018

City Council members in Maumee, Ohio, this week voted to release the findings of an investigation launched this past summer into how ethics complaints are being handled. Law Director Beth Tischler says the investigators' final report should be ready to distribute later this week.

12/5/2018

More than $18 million in federal funding has been allocated to build up a levee system along Kansas' Big Blue River to relieve the flooding threat in downtown Manhattan. City officials are considering several alternatives to fund the rest of the cost of the project, estimated to be about $7.5 million.

12/5/2018

City council members in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, have voted to hire retired Maj. Gen. John Collin to fill the post of city manager. "John was selected for his leadership track record, his commitment to creating an exceptional customer service culture, his broader public sector experience and for his drive, clear focus, high-level collaboration and strategic communication skills," says Mayor Don Darling.

12/5/2018

A playground at Cooper's Poynt Family School in Camden, N.J., is designed to reduce flooding while replacing empty paved space with an outdoor classroom and two basketball courts. "It's a fact when asphalt school yards become vibrant parks, students can learn, play and better connect with each other," says Mayor Frank Moran.

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12/5/2018

Denver Parks and Recreation is encouraging residents to create wildlife friendly areas, including pollinator gardens, in an effort to qualify for Community Wildlife Habitat Certification from the National Wildlife Federation. "It only makes sense for Denver Parks to lead this important community engagement endeavor that will result in Denver being the largest Western city to be designated as a Community Wildlife Habitat," said Happy Haynes, the department's executive director.

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12/5/2018

Signal Hill, Calif., has hired a consulting firm to create a master plan for parks development, a process that will include public meetings, surveys and focus groups. "We're going to look at walkability, distance, how [the parks] are laid out in the community and all of the amenities they have," said Tom Diehl of Greenplay, the consultancy.

12/5/2018

The popularity of cairns, or prehistoric stone stacks, is leading visitors to Zion National Park and other places to create their own rock stacks and share them on social media. "The movement of so many stones can cause erosion, damage animal ecosystems, disrupt river flow, and confuse hikers, who depend on sanctioned cairns for navigation in places without clear trails," writes Sophie Haigney.

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12/5/2018

Columbia Parks and Recreation in Missouri used Giving Tuesday to encourage people to donate to its fund, with donations of $20 or more getting a poster of the MKT Trail in return.

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12/4/2018

The proposed 2019 budget for Kalamazoo, Mich., designates $64 million toward improvements such as roads and sewer lines, and $10 million through the Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence to help alleviate poverty and to provide equity and opportunity. "We are partnering with some other nonprofits to try to bring in some outside money to match what the city is putting in to grow the pot of affordable housing even more," says Deputy City Manager Jeff Chamberlain.

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12/4/2018

Officials in the city of Pharr, Texas, have selected former Mission, Texas, Economic Development Corporation CEO Alejandro "Alex" Meade to fill the post of city manager. Projects in Mission during Meade's service led to the development of more than 1,000 jobs and capital investment surpassing $300 million.