City Council members in Lewiston, Maine, previewed the city's 2017-18 budget, in which administrator Ed Barrett proposed an overall increase of 6%. The increase would be the first since 2010, and would cover rising staff and benefit costs, debt service and other expenses, Barrett said.
A bylaw in Calgary, Alberta, banning free-roaming pets and the city's program to cover emergency medical treatment for strays and spaying and neutering fees for pets of low-income owners has earned it the Safe Cats Safe Birds Award from Nature Canada. "Cities across the world, really, are following the Calgary model and figuring out ways to keep pets safe, but also reduce their impact on wildlife generally," said Mayor Naheed Nenshi.
County board members in Eau Claire County, Wis., have voted unanimously to extend paid time-off benefits to part-time employees in an effort to attract qualified applicants for county jobs. "As our economy has improved, that means people who are quality talent can go elsewhere," said Supervisor Brandon Buchanan.
President Donald Trump's frequent visits to Palm Beach County, Fla., are increasing both tourism and overtime costs at the county sheriff's office. County Commissioner Steven Abrams is urging legislators to amend a law that bars the county from using tourism tax revenue for public safety services.
Newly elected Greenville County, S.C., Sheriff Will Lewis plans to form a citizen advisory board to act as a liaison between his office and the community.
Frank Abbate will serve as interim manager of Brevard County, Fla., effective May 1, as commissioners begin the search to replace current manager Stockton Whitten. Abbate is currently the assistant county manager.
The Wichita Parks and Recreation Department in Kansas installed a climbable globe on a patch of green foam turf in ICT Pop-Up Urban Park to showcase modern playground equipment. The globe, which also spins, will eventually be moved to Dr. Glen Day Park.
Frederick, Md., recently activated its snow-removal mobile app for the first time to give residents information on road conditions and progress on plowing. "Being the first time in use we are expecting to learn a great deal about what works and what needs changed to make the application more efficient," said city technology manager Matt Bowman.
The Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater marketing organization in Pinellas County, Fla., recently visited Chicago during a winter storm to advocate for tourism. The organization is also using social media and working with AT&T on an in-store promotion in Chicago.
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