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9/19/2017

Tax rolls in Luzerne County, Pa., have an additional $2.6 million in properties thanks to new software that reviews listings and detects buildings or additions that were overlooked.

9/19/2017

The Las Vegas fire communications center has hired eight registered nurses for a new call line where some less urgent medical calls are routed. The pilot program, which began in July, aims to avoid the use of ambulances when they are not necessary.

9/19/2017

City planners in St. John's, Newfoundland, have noted a 20% increase in rainfall over the past decade and say the city's storm infrastructure needs to be expanded to accommodate the increase. The city has issued new design criteria for developers who build bridges, culverts, storm sewers and storm-water retention facilities.

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9/19/2017

City council members in Wayland, Mich., have hired recently retired Paw Paw city manager Larry Nielsen to take over as interim city manager until a permanent candidate can be found. Nielsen stepped down from his post in Paw Paw in late August and is vacationing until early October, when he will take the reins in Wayland.

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9/19/2017

Atlanta officials said the first phase of the Atlanta BeltLine project will be completed by 2019. The first phase of the 22-mile project is a former quarry that will be converted into a reservoir and park.

9/19/2017

A sprayground debuted at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Ky., as part of the city's ongoing investment in its water attractions. Since 2015, $2.5 million has been spent on new attractions, safety features and shade structures.

9/19/2017

Freedom Springs Aquatic Center in Greenwood, Ind., saw attendance rise for the second consecutive summer since its 2015 opening. City parks officials are looking to spend about $145,000 on new attractions and other improvements for next year.

9/19/2017

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County, Ill., is in a legal battle with a couple claiming fraud in the purchase and later foreclosure of their 400-acre horse farm. The district purchased the farm for $14.5 million and opened it as a biking, hiking and horseback-riding facility.

9/19/2017

Officials with Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, Ohio, used the National Recreation and Park Association's Safe Routes to Parks framework to study residents living within a half-mile of parks and can walk to them. The study identified potential entrance and access improvements.

9/19/2017

A proposed $1.4 billion project by the US Army Corps of Engineers to revitalize 11 miles of the Los Angeles River could make nearby areas unaffordable for current residents, writes Robert García and Tim Mok of The City Project. The plan must address ways to engage people of color and low-income residents during the process, they argue.

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