Jersey City, N.J., has opened three cooling sites for residents to escape the heat. They will run as long as the temperature tops 90 degrees. "We are anticipating several days of high heat and humidity and will be opening our cooling centers for residents who need a place to find relief," Mayor Steven Fulop said. "Residents are reminded to check on seniors and neighbors who many need assistance, and to take advantage of our park sprinklers and pools, which are great places for children and families to cool off."
North Miami, Fla., City Manager Aleem Ghany has chosen Budget Director Arthur Sorey as deputy city manager, filling a position vacated in May by Lumane Claude. Sorey has worked for the city since 2003. "It was always my goal to be at the top of leadership in North Miami and to give back through public service like my dad did," said Sorey, whose father was the first African-American member of the City Council.
Bloomington, Ill., department heads and staff members have generated more than 40 ideas to shrink the budget, as the city faces an estimated $7 million deficit. Closure of a swimming pool, reduction of streetlights and elimination of an assistant police chief and a dispatcher are among options presented to a community task force, which will deliver suggestions to the City Council in September.
The Nashville and Davidson County, Tenn., Metropolitan Council has granted the Nashville Zoo $10 million to support expansion. Phase II of the Grow Wild campaign will add an African savannah, while Phase III will introduce a gorilla habitat and African forest animals.
Family workouts don't have to be complicated or time-consuming, writes fitness expert Dana Santas. The workout contains four categories: pushing, pulling, hinging and squatting. "Using a plug-and-play format to address the four movement categories, we simply add a quick warm-up and cool-down to create endless workout sequences appropriate for everyone in our family," she writes.
A historic mural in Bay City, Mich., is being covered because officials have deemed the wall a safety hazard. The city is requiring building owner Terry Spencer to repair masonry or cover the wall. Spencer, who has had masons inspect the wall and report it is safe, disagrees with the city and says being able to afford the repair will take a year.
A townhouse community in Memphis, Tenn., has requested that Shelby County deal with eight dilapidated units, which have attracted insects and other problems. The properties, which are in the process of being condemned, have been in decline since December 2012, when the first of two intentional fires was set.
The Ukiah, Calif., City Council has scheduled a special meeting today to tackle four strategic-planning areas. They include prioritizing infrastructure needs and upholding part of downtown as an economic hub.
Nebraska's regulation of groundwater use and supply is the strongest in the U.S. It has paid off so consistently that other states are asking for specifics. Local control is key, with 23 natural-resource districts run by elected board members. Additionally, Nebraska allows local taxing to fund conservation.
A budget proposal would have Orlando, Fla., spending millions of dollars on projects such as park improvement and street repair. Another priority is online access to permits, which could reduce people's trips to the permitting office. "We had substantial growth in 2006 and 2007 and had a major public-safety initiative that had a substantial investment back then, but over the course of the last five years, this is certainly what I would call an investment budget," Mayor Buddy Dyer said.