How to work with someone you clash with | Ga. county works to eliminate double-taxing of residents | Swansea, Ill., completes emergency call center consolidation
June 23, 2017
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How to work with someone you clash with
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.
Thin Difference (6/15) 
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Budgeting and Finance
Ga. county works to eliminate double-taxing of residents
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 Times (Gainesville, Ga.) (6/20) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Swansea, Ill., completes emergency call center consolidation
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.
Belleville News-Democrat (Ill.) (6/21) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
"Molar City," Mexico, entices dental tourists with promise of affordability
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.
BuzzFeed (6/15) 
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Mass. city hosting open houses for open-space plan
Westfield, Mass., recently held public sessions about its in-progress master plan for open space and recreation that will allow the city to apply for state grants. An online survey is also available.
WWLP-TV (Springfield, Mass.)/The Westfield News (Mass.) (6/17) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Wis. city will allow c-store sales of beer, wine
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.
Greater Milwaukee Today (6/21) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Fla. commissioners want to study tolls in the Keys
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."
WPLG-TV (Miami) (6/21) 
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Curbside glass collection could resume soon in Atlanta suburb
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.
Alpharetta-Roswell Revue and News (Alpharetta, Ga.) (6/14) 
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ICMA 2017 Conference preliminary program available online
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.
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Add tools to your leadership toolbox at the 2017 Williamsburg Leadership Institute
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
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