Disagreement is natural, and it's up to executives to manage their emotions, ask questions and even disagree while maintaining mutual respect, John Mattone writes. "It's the difference between saying, 'You don't know what you're doing,' and 'I like what you did here, but it's important that we consider these points too.' "
Officials in Fairfax County, Va., are expected to adopt a 2018 budget that keeps property taxes level and relies on cuts to maintain funding for schools and emergency services. "We're sort of treading water for a year, and I think we need to do that so we can recalibrate where we are in terms of addressing what I think is a pretty clear, though disheartening, financial picture," said Supervisor John Cook.
A two-year pilot program for state funding of county social services has been passed by the North Dakota legislature and sent to the governor. The measure calls for a study of costs as a prelude to permanent takeover.
The police department in West Valley, Utah, has launched a new public safety alert system that uses texts, emails and voicemails to inform residents of emergency situations. The CodeRed system will cost $40,000 for three years and is funded by a grant from the federal Justice Department.
Work is underway to transform the former El Toro Marine Corps base in Irvine, Calif., into a 1,300-acre leisure destination with a water park, a 175-acre sports park and an ice rink facility. The Irvine City Council is seeking bids for the water park while construction progresses on the ice rink to be operated by the Anaheim Ducks.
The city of Miami was one of six winners of the $1.2 million John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant. The city will use its $200,000 to expand data sharing with community partners and will focus on designing a plan to find internet of things solutions that will benefit residents.
Plans for a 7-mile-long toll road near San Antonio, Texas, from Interstate 10 to Wagon Hill Way still need to be finalized. The road would be privately financed and would be meant to relieve congestion north of San Antonio, where officials says growth is inevitable.
The Dutch city of Utrecht has launched a system designed to reduce the number of times cyclists are forced to stop at traffic lights. The system uses sensors to determine cyclists' speed and then directs them to slow down, speed up, or maintain their pace to hit a green light at the next intersection.
Every manager should have a basic understanding of city and county planning. Join us in a May 24 webinar to discuss the nuts and bolts of city planning with Dana Hazen, AICP, an educator, public speaker, and practicing city/county planner of 31 years. Learn more.
The Williamsburg Leadership Institute, an ICMA University program for credentialed managers and candidates for credentialing, is now open for registration. Join other local government professionals Nov. 5 through Nov. 8 as you become a citizen of Colonial Williamsburg, Va. In this program, you'll uncover the relevance of Williamsburg in the 1770s with what is happening in our communities today, enabling you to become the type of leader that provides citizens with the best tools and information to create a well-informed and involved community. Learn more.