If Vermont lawmakers fail to reach a state budget agreement, the resulting government shutdown could wreak havoc on city and town governments, warns the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. The state's role in setting property tax rates means a shutdown could delay collection or force cities to spend extra on sending out multiple assessments.
A cycle of perpetual learning, adaptation and influencing can be hard to achieve but is critical for leaders, Art Petty writes. "Adding complexity to this challenge is the reality that our organizations are mostly designed to optimize the status quo," he notes.
A quarter-mile stretch of Rail Park in Philadelphia has opened as part of a planned three-mile elevated park. City officials said the park will bring economic development, though there isn't a timetable for future construction phases.
A $750,000 accessible playground is being built in the Lake Highlands neighborhood of Dallas through public bond funding and private donations. The playground is scheduled to open in September.
A Florida judge has ruled against state lawmakers, saying they went against the voter-approved 2014 Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative during the budget process by spending money on uses besides creating parks, restoring land and making land purchases. An appeal is possible.
The Wood County Park District Board in Ohio has decided to convert Carter Historic Farm into wetlands through a $300,000 grant from the Black Swamp Conservancy. The project will start with creating 10 acres of wetlands to prevent runoff into the Touissant River.
Recreation therapists can use parks and recreation facilities and programs to help people gain access to physical and occupational therapy, writes Anthony Martino. He argues for licensing the profession.
The dispatch center at the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department in Michigan has begun using Smart9-1-1 to provide more details to first responders in emergencies. The county received grant funding to implement the program.
The Middleburg Heights Police Department in Ohio hired an experienced dispatcher through the city's new lateral transfer hiring process. Officials say the process saves time and money.
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