How successful executives manage their time | How to boost the productivity of your staff | Mo. mayor lays down rules for meeting decorum
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March 13, 2013
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How successful executives manage their time
The best executives know how to organize their time into large chunks so they can make progress on big projects, Eric Barker writes, citing a book by management expert Pete Drucker. "If you're just doing what comes in, you're on the treadmill, not making a difference," Barker writes. Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog (3/7)
How to boost the productivity of your staff
You can help to make your employees happier and more productive by eliminating obstacles to their success and providing them with the tools they need to do their jobs, writes Janine Popick, CEO and founder of VerticalResponse. "Make sure everyone at your company is on the lookout for affordable and practical ways you can get things done more efficiently," she advises. Inc. online (free registration)/Basement to Boardroom blog (3/8)
Mo. mayor lays down rules for meeting decorum
The Springfield, Mo., City Council's Monday meeting, which included three public hearings, was subdued compared with a meeting last month that prompted Mayor Bob Stephens to announce that cursing, cheering and coming close to councilors' dais are against rules of decorum and would result in police escort out of the meeting. "From this point forward, none of those behaviors will be tolerated," Stephens said. "We want to hear from everyone ... but it must be done in a civil manner." Springfield News-Leader (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (3/12)
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Budgeting and Finance
Australian city's property assessment sends tax soaring
Retail-property owners in the central business district of Melbourne, Australia, are seeing a tax increase as high as 1,400% after the City Council conducted a biennial assessment. Many owners think the assessment is an overestimate; one building's value supposedly tripled, causing its tax bill to go from $4,600 to $68,900. "The system is out of order," said Barry Novy, director of real estate agency Kliger Wood. "It will become too expensive for people to hold properties, and it will force people to sell or redevelop." The Age (Melbourne, Australia) (3/13)
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Fire department explains service fee to Texas city council
After seeing misleading reports from the media, the Missouri City, Texas, City Council has heard from the Fire Department clarifying a cost-recovery fee for emergency services that went into effect March 1. The fee, which is divided into four tiers and is claimed from insurers, is meant to help the department recuperate some of the cost for certain services. Houston Community Newspapers (3/12)
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Calif. county posts record tourism for 2012
Tourism in Los Angeles County set a record last year, with 41.4 million visitors, 2.5% more than in 2011, according to a study commissioned by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. The study found that tourists spent $1 billion more in 2012 compared with 2011, with most of the $16.4 billion used on lodging, food and drinks. Last year was the third in a row that tourism increased in the county, and the industry brought in more than $2 billion in state and local tax. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/12)
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Tenn. city council rejects plan to boost energy efficiency
The Clarksville, Tenn., City Council has voted down a $1 million plan to make city properties more energy efficient. The plan, which included lighting and air-conditioning upgrades, was stripped down to only an energy-efficient air conditioner for City Hall before councilors rejected it, citing a lengthy payoff. The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville, Tenn.) (tiered subscription model) (3/11)
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Pa. city council considers mandating sick pay
The Philadelphia City Council might require that all workers receive paid sick days. The law would require about one hour of sick pay for every 40 hours worked. The measure has met support from the restaurant industry and opposition from business owners and Mayor Michael Nutter, who vetoed similar legislation in 2011. WCAU-TV (Philadelphia) (3/12)
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Mich. city council postpones water-pipeline vote
The Flint, Mich., City Council has delayed a vote on joining a multicounty pipeline project, saying it wants more time to evaluate the plan, which could save the city $4 million. By joining the Karegnondi Water Authority, Flint would participate in constructing a pipeline that would get water from Lake Huron, so the city would no longer have to rely on Detroit. The Flint Journal (Mich.) (3/11)
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N.Y. city council seeks intercity-bus rules from DOT
The New York City Council is urging the city Department of Transportation to establish a permit system that would allow regulation of intercity buses, as well as a fee for picking up and dropping off riders. A state law lets cities regulate buses, but transportation departments must create rules. "We therefore call on DOT to immediately promulgate the necessary rules so that the City can more effectively monitor the safety of the intercity bus industry," the City Council wrote in a letter to DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. (3/11)
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GIS technology to the rescue in an emergency
Crisis can occur anytime in a community. Learn how geographic information system technology can aid your community in deploying emergency resources safely, effectively and efficiently. ICMA's Center for Public Safety Management invites you to explore this concept by joining us for "Community Risk Reduction: Emergency Preparedness Goes High-Tech," a Web conference scheduled at 1 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. Hear from communities in the U.S. and the U.K. on this concept, which utilizes risk and hazard data to better analyze and develop a plan for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Learn more and register.
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