An audit of the Davis County sheriff's office in Utah found time card fraud, improper spending and unauthorized use of vehicles and equipment. Sheriff Todd Richardson attributed the findings to paperwork errors.
Deputy City Manager Wiley Stem III received unanimous support from the Waco, Texas, City Council to succeed longtime City Manager Dale Fisseler, who plans to retire in March. "I love the city, I love working here, I love the people that I work with and we have a lot of exciting things going on in Waco," Stem said.
The property of Cliveden, in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, dates to 1767 and was the site of a Revolutionary War battle. The property highlights its history through tours, student activities, Eagle Scout projects and use as a public park.
Officials in Charleston County, S.C., are asking residents for feedback on proposed projects the county could undertake using greenbelt funds derived from a half-cent sales tax approved in 2004. One option is for the county to buy out properties that are prone to flooding and use them as conservation easements.
Many community parks aren't living up to their potential as places to promote public health, and a study by RAND Corp., City Parks Alliance and The Trust for Public Land has suggestions for improving visitor engagement. The study says parks need a better variety of features and activities, better marketing and offerings for different age groups.
More needs to be done to expand forested areas in Baltimore, write Katie Lautar and Miriam Avins of nonprofit Baltimore Green Space. "Despite all the value they provide, protections for forested land in Baltimore are minimal; municipal and individual action is needed," they write.
Two groups plan to build a park to commemorate Ford Hunger March of 1932, during which five people were killed when police and Ford Motor security guards fought with unemployed autoworkers. The Fort Street Bridge Park is still about $300,000 away from its funding goal.
Three playgrounds will be built in Pendleton, Ore., thanks to a grant pledge by playground builder GameTime to match the city's spending on equipment. The playgrounds will help replace five shut down two years ago because the equipment wasn't safe.
Background checks are key for making decisions on hiring or placing volunteers, but one problem with the process is that data reporting isn't standardized. Try to get data from multiple sources, and have a plan for screening data for quality.
The Burleigh County Commission in North Dakota agreed to draft a ballot measure that would raise the 9-1-1 user fee from $1 up to $1.50 per communication device. The money would be used for a new facility for CenCom and the Bismarck/Burleigh emergency operations center.
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