Officials in Charlottesville, Va., have agreed to initiate the removal of a local statue of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson and have an outside party review the city's planning and reaction to the white supremacist rally that left one woman dead this month. The decisions came at a city council meeting Monday after angry residents gave more than four hours of testimony about how the city mishandled the rally.
Officials in the city of Bowling Green and in Wood County, Ohio, are working on a plan to bring glass recycling back to residents after financial concerns halted the program in July. A series of proposals are under consideration, including one where the city would store glass for recycling and the county would pay for shipping to a recycling facility.
The City Council of Edmonton, Canada, is considering extending parental leave to 6 months for sitting council members. Under the proposal, council members would receive their full salary for the first 10 weeks, after which compensation would be negotiated based on how much work they will perform from home.
Sumner, Wash., is updating its Parks and Trails Plan for the first time in decades and asking residents to complete an online survey. A new plan, due early next year, could help the city get grants, said Carmen Palmer, Sumner's head of communications.
The Atlanta Department of City Planning is using bold, visual typography and colors in revamping its public notices and other communications. The department also was renamed as part of the branding process, led by an outside firm.
The National Park Service is using celebrity ambassadors to promote the 101-year-old parks system, as well as highlight offerings that don't involve strenuous outdoor activity. The Parks 101 campaign is also highlighting lesser-known and easy-to-access attractions.
Suffolk County, N.Y., is starting a social media campaign and tip line to help stop vandalism and other illegal goings-on in the county's 70,000 acres of parkland.
Dismissing wacky ideas during brainstorming meetings can discourage wide-ranging thinking from everyone else, writes George Barbee. Avoid this by writing the idea down, showing respect for it and experimenting with the idea.
Lincoln, Neb., officials are working with leaders in Lancaster County and local school board officials to determine how a tax windfall from increasing property values will affect budget plans for the coming year. City and county officials say they plan to reduce property tax rates, while Lincoln Public Schools officials want tax levies to stay the same.
Officials in Tulsa County, Okla., have renewed a contract to keep county sheriff's dispatchers in the city of Tulsa's 911 call center for another year. The county has put on hold a proposal that advanced last year to sell the sheriff's downtown headquarters and use the funds to finish the north Tulsa training center.
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