Personality conflicts are inevitable but not insurmountable, writes Scott Savage, a pastor and writer. You can establish rapport by listening more, understanding other points of view and focusing on what you enjoy and appreciate rather than the negatives.
Officials in Hall County, Ga., and its municipalities are working on a strategy to eliminate redundant taxation and service delivery. Residents of certain cities could see property tax bills decrease once a deal is in place.
The city of Belleville, Ill., is now answering 911 calls for neighboring Swansea as part of a state-mandated consolidation of public safety answering points. The merger comes after a state law requiring counties with more than 250,000 people to reduce 911 call centers by half.
Los Algodones, Mexico, is dubbed "Molar City" by practices and even the mayor, who both hope to increase the already steady stream of US residents crossing the Arizona border for dental care. The town is home to some 600 dentists along with 150 optometrists, 20 physicians and numerous pharmacies.
Pewaukee, Wis., will allow convenience stores to sell wine and beer after a city council decision Monday. The ban seems to have been more of an unwritten rule, Alderwoman Colleen Brown said, adding that she would've opted to allow liquor sales as well if she could have voted.
The Florida Department of Transportation opposes adding tolls to US 1 in the Florida Keys, but Monroe County commissioners will explore the idea nevertheless. The tolls, applied only to nonresidents, would be used to improve "water quality, to support infrastructure investment as mitigation against global climate change and sea level rise, and for other pressing needs within the Florida Keys."
Talks have resumed in Alpharetta, Ga., over a curbside glass recycling program, and city officials are hopeful that they will reach a deal with their waste handling company over the issue later this month. The city decided earlier to keep glass recycling despite the increased costs associated with the move, and citizens have been asked to hold back their glass recycling until a deal is reached.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the world's foremost professional development opportunity for local government managers! Registration and housing open noon (EDT) June 28 for the 2017 ICMA Annual Conference, Oct. 22-25 in San Antonio/Bexar County, Texas. Keynote speakers include Rabia Siddique, Richard Florida, Anna Maria Chavez, and Simon T. Bailey. Choose from 50+ educational sessions, a variety of skill-building workshops, special sessions, forums and so much more. Download program.
Join other local government professionals at the Williamsburg Leadership Institute this November and learn what it takes to become the type of leader who provides citizens with the best tools and information to create a well-informed and involved community. By uncovering the relevance of Williamsburg in the 1770s with what is happening in our communities today, attendees will gain a deeper appreciation and fresh perspective on change, civility, continuity, values and leadership. For more details and to apply, visit ICMA.org/Williamsburg.