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6/26/2017

The Hamilton County Trustee's Office will continue to collect hotel and motel taxes on behalf of Chattanooga, Tenn., for the next five years at an increased 1% service fee. The city has paid the county about 0.5% to collect lodging fees in the past.

6/26/2017

Officials in Fullerton, Calif., have appointed Huntington Beach Assistant City Manager Ken Domer to take charge of the city's operations, beginning July 24. "Ken is very familiar with north Orange County and the challenges faced by mature, full-service cities," said Fullerton Mayor Bruce Whitaker.

6/23/2017

Officials in Hall County, Ga., and its municipalities are working on a strategy to eliminate redundant taxation and service delivery. Residents of certain cities could see property tax bills decrease once a deal is in place.

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6/22/2017

Although Albemarle County, Va., is seeing a significant a number of retailers shut their doors, county officials say they aren't worried about the potential financial losses. They believe consumers will continue seeking out boutiques, as well as lifestyle and experience-type locations.

6/22/2017

A study on erosion, escarpment-climbing roads and infrastructure in Hamilton, Ontario, recommends doubling the amount spent to avert rockfalls along the roads, as well as spending $9 million on access wall replacement. City authorities are also concerned about the implications of changing weather patterns on erosion and city infrastructure and are looking for academic advice.

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6/22/2017

A pair of artists have installed fruit trees at parks across the country, with the latest in Los Angeles. David Burns and Austin Young began Fallen Fruit in 2004, and their first fruit park opened in El Segundo, Calif., in 2013.

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6/22/2017

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott has signed an executive order establishing a task force to figure out how to capitalize on recreational opportunities. Vermont's state parks brought in $6.3 million last year.

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6/22/2017

Several Minneapolis organizations have helped create dozens of Little Free Libraries with children's books at parks and other sites. The wooden boxes are repositories for borrowing or keeping books or to donate.

6/22/2017

Connecticut's General Assembly is considering consolidating the Community Investment Act into the general fund, which could affect the preservation of open and historic land, argues Connecticut Preservation Action President Leah Glaser. "Our cities and towns have only investment act funding to protect, preserve, reuse, recycle and revitalize what is left of their best resources," she writes.

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6/22/2017

A plan to share community and school facilities for youth activities in Rome, Ga., has been proposed by the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation advisory board as a way to curb youth violence.