The city of Grayson, Ga., has set a public hearing for Aug. 8 to discuss the 2016-17 budget. The budget has seen multiple changes thanks to an increase in tax revenue from construction projects.
For the past few years, the Sedgwick County Zoo in Kansas has been dealing with health risks coming from the droppings of a large flock of egrets that arrive every summer to nest. The zoo has tried to use nonlethal methods such as lures before resorting to euthanization and removing nests to drive away the birds, which are protected by federal wildlife laws and regulations.
Vocal opposition from residents of East Manatee, Fla., to a proposed water park has prompted Manatee County officials to suspend talks with its developer and may even end negotiations permanently. The proposed Lost Lagoon water park would rise on 20 acres of land at Tom Bennett Park, which some residents say is an inappropriate use of the open space.
The city commission of Brentwood, Tenn., approved an ordinance clarifying restrictions on advertising materials used on cars, as well as small sandwich boards. The rules changes also take into account signage on mixed-use buildings.
The Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in Michigan employs a neighborhood liaison to help residents become more engaged parks. "We think everyone has the right to parks and green spaces and that it shouldn't matter what language you speak or color of your skin -- everyone should have a safe park or green space in their community," said Margaret Studer, grant coordinator for the group.
Chicago's Jackson Park will be the home of President Barack Obama's presidential library, according to sources. A local parks group expressed disappointment over the placement but said it would not contest the decision.
The 9-1-1 emergency call center in Lawrence County, Pa., is upgrading to a digital radio system to reduce the number of "dead spots." It's expected to increase coverage from 70% of the county to 95%.
The Los Angeles County Transportation Authority, called the Metro, created the Transit to Open Spaces and Parks plan to connect residents who are poor or isolated from parks with green space. The move comes after two years of parks-related study covering all 86 cities within the county.
San Diego dispatcher Kristina Miller volunteers her time and money to travel to cities across the US to help out at 9-1-1 call centers in the aftermath of tragic events such as the police officer shootings in Dallas earlier this month. Miller says filling in for dispatchers who are coping with tragedy is an opportunity for her to give back and make a difference.
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