City Council members in Hutchinson, Kan., have begun discussing the city's 2018 budget, hearing proposals for 25 capital improvement projects. Proposed projects include upgrades to stormwater and drainage systems, reconstruction of the city's Main Street and fire station modernization.
Keolis will test its autonomous electric Navya minibus shuttle in a yearlong pilot project in Terrebonne, Canada, over a 1-kilometer route with real-life conditions. The Navya shuttle will connect residents to the major bus station and allow the manufacturer and bus system operators to evaluate autonomous electric shuttles under wide-ranging climate conditions.
Vast quantities of wood deposited decades ago when Duluth, Minn., was a global lumber capital have taken a major toll on fish at Grassy Point in the city's harbor and in the St. Louis River estuary. But the St. Louis River Restoration Initiative is looking to change that with a $14.7 million project scheduled for next year to remove much of the wood waste, as well as sediment from nearby Kingsbury Creek.
The County Commission's budget committee in Cumberland County, Tenn., is considering compliance audits to determine why collections of sales and occupancy taxes aren't hitting budget projections despite rate increases.
Officials in Broward County, Fla., have approved a plan to replace a 25-year-old radio system to be used by public safety responders, police and fire departments. The $59.5 million upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
City officials in Joondalup, Australia, will soon be able to monitor temperature, pollution and noise levels in real time, know when municipal garbage bins need emptying and track available spaces in a city parking lot using internet-of-things applications deployed under a partnership between Telstra and the city. Officials say the project will help improve efficiency and provide data on city infrastructure use.
City Council members in Park City, Utah, have unanimously agreed to enact a ban on plastic bags used by large grocery stories in the city. Supporters say the ban will reduce local waste and recycling equipment jams.
Lewis County, N.Y., officials have tapped Caro, Mich., city manager Ryan Piche to take over as county manager starting next month. County legislators are expected to formally act on his appointment during their monthly meeting in early June.
No city employee will be allowed to aid airline personnel in the removal of a passenger from an airplane unless a crime was committed or in the case of a medical emergency, according to a new rule approved by Chicago City Council. The ruling was in response to the incident in April when a passenger was dragged off a United Airlines flight.
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