Commissioners in Porter County, Ind., are seeking feedback from first responders as they review proposed changes to emergency-dispatch communications, including switching radio channels for each police and fire department to a single channel. "We are not going to rush into such a critical decision that has so many moving parts," says Commissioner Jim Biggs.
At least 60% of the land in Pennsylvania's Bethlehem Township will be affected by requirements that the city curb its sediment runoff by 188 tons a year over the next five years. The report presented to township commissioners was in response to an Environmental Protection Agency mandate that states find ways to reduce sediment.
Officials in the Chinese city of Yanan plan to use a lottery system to determine which wind-power projects are approved for development this year. The plan aims to limit strain on the grid, which has not kept pace with new power sources.
The city of Boulder, Colo., Boulder County and San Miguel County are suing Suncor Energy and ExxonMobil, claiming the two companies "contributed to, accelerated, and exacerbated human-caused climate change by promoting and selling huge amounts of fossil fuels." The plaintiffs are seeking compensation for "past and future damages" related to climate change mitigation costs.
Community leaders in Butler County, Ohio, say that investments into putting local financial reports online are worthwhile despite the fact that they're not attracting a lot of public attention.
The Tennessee State University's Department of Public Administration will recognize the achievements of Columbia, Tenn., City Manager Tony Massey this week, presenting him with the Middle Tennessee Public Administrator of the Year award. "I'm a little humbled to get the recognition, and I certainly love that people are acknowledging the good things we're doing here in Columbia," said Massey.
Parks and recreation departments can make community events environmentally friendly by planning to handle waste, encouraging public transit and buying certified sustainable materials, writes Brendan Daley of the Chicago Park District.
The Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Advisory Board held a meeting and public comment session to discuss Strawberry Fields and North Cheyenne Canon Park management. The public voiced concerns about proposed changes in a land swap and master plan.
The parks and recreation department in Mecklenburg County, N.C., is offering an app in June that helps first responders pinpoint the location of someone in need, among other features.
Cleveland Metroparks will use photo books, commercials and other online and offline advertising for its "Time to Explore" marketing campaign. The plan also includes a wellness campaign with the hashtag #GetActiveCLE.
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