New Jersey police departments have stepped up efforts to build rapport and credibility with communities in the wake of attacks on officers across the nation. Initiatives in cities such as Newark and Camden include information sessions for clergy and public invitations to police command meetings.
Hays Woods in Pittsburgh, once planned for major development, will become a park. The forest, recently purchased by a city agency, comprises more than 600 acres.
Louisville, Ky., officials have opened Produce Park, an urban orchard. The project features peach, plum, cherry and apple trees as part of an effort to revitalize the neighborhood by turning vacant lots into community assets.
The town councilors of Hermon, Maine, have hired Auburn City Manager Howard Kroll to be the town manager after the current manager retires this summer. Kroll, whose family lives in the area, previously was the city clerk and assistant city manager for Brewer.
The staff for the Canadian city of Guelph, Ontario, is making minor changes to the existing boundaries that separate its ward 5 from ward 6. In the time since the boundaries were set about 10 years ago, new development has occurred and a subdivision has been established spanning both wards.
Officials in Thornton, Colo., are using an online survey to gather residents' views on recreation locations and projects, a process that occurs every three years. The goal is to maintain and expand on the city's 80-plus parks and recreation sites, as well as its closed loop trail system.
Jeff Rea, president of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce in South Bend, Ind., says improving the area's infrastructure is vital the region's economy. He praises the completion of projects such as the Indiana Toll Road and the fact that officials have made a priority of extending a bypass around South Bend.
The City Council of Hailey, Idaho, gave tentative approval for a 2017 fiscal budget of about $12 million. The budget includes a 3% raise for city employees across the board, and it sets starting pay for new, permanent employees at a minimum of $15 per hour.
Government officials for the state of Haryana, India, asked that public safety officials ensure the safety of visiting Hindu pilgrims known as Kanwariyas. The state will offer mobile medical services to ensure that the travelers are able to continue on their journeys while avoiding the dangerous effects of fatigue and bad weather.
The Pensacola, Fla., police department is taking over the city's Instagram account for a few days to provide a behind-the-scenes perspective for residents. The police department has been increasing its use of social media to improve connections with the community.
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