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December 27, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Ariz. mayor tilts city council vote toward joining larger MPO
    The Maricopa, Ariz., City Council was tied over which metropolitan planning organization to join until Mayor Christian Price broke the tie. The council had to choose between joining the Maricopa Association of Governments, an older and larger organization, and the Pinal County-based Sun Corridor MPO. Price weighed an extensive list of pros and cons for each one before choosing the Maricopa Association of Governments, saying he felt more confident that it could support the city's transportation needs based on its track record. Casa Grande Valley Newspapers (Ariz.) (12/26)
  Budgeting and Finance 
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Mich. city council debates reopening closed fire stations
    The Taylor, Mich., City Council debated whether it should reopen several closed fire stations and its ambulance service at its Dec. 18 meeting. The debate began after a mobile home fire killed an elderly woman in the north part of the city Dec. 6. The city closed its ambulance service in February, and has also closed a fire station in the north end along with several others. "Opening the north- and south-end stations would provide the kind of protection we can afford at minimum costs," Councilman John Delo said. "With all my heart, I request the mayor takes all necessary actions to get the stations open and afford our residents that kind of safety." The News-Herald (Southgate, Mich.) (12/25)
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Ga. city council discusses possible strip club ordinance
    The Brookhaven, Ga., City Council is considering drafting an ordinance to regulate strip club businesses in the area. There is currently just one club, the Pink Pony, but some council members think more could pour in since Brookhaven recently became a city. The council sought advice from three lawyers Saturday, including attorney Scott Bergthold, who said the city could not directly regulate the clubs since they are protected by the First Amendment. " 'We don't want porn in our town,' all that stuff doesn't work on a constitutional level," Bergthold said. "It has to be the secondary effects." Reporter Newspapers (Atlanta area) (12/26)
  Human Resources and Development 
  • Chinese officials study municipal government in Texas sister city
    A group of dignitaries from China's Shandong Province recently made a four-month trip to Missouri City, Texas, where they studied government, economics and other city issues at the University of Houston and visited Council Chambers to watch municipal practices in action. "This visit helps reignite the enthusiasm and passion we have and gives us the opportunity to learn from each other," said Danny Nguyen, chairman of the council's International Relations Committee, who organized the trip. Fort Bend/Southwest Sun (Sugar Land, Texas) (12/19)
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • U.K. city council leader accepts post in New Zealand
    Kevin Lavery, chief executive of the Cornwall Council in Cornwall, England, has accepted an offer to become the chief executive of the Wellington City Council in New Zealand in March 2013. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said she believes Lavery will be a source of "strong leadership and fresh thinking when the city and region [face] big challenges." Lavery has led the Cornwall Council since 2008, where he supported the policy of outsourcing some essential council services. BBC (12/24)
  • Okla. city manager hopes to fuse heritage and development
    Broken Arrow, Okla., welcomed Thomas Moton as its city manager Nov. 6. Moton, previously an assistant city manager in Greenville, N.C., said he felt drawn to the city because of its engaged citizens and officials, ongoing downtown growth and good reputation. He said he would like to help the city continue developing -- particularly through encouraging more Main Street festivals, cultural arts sites and museums -- while helping it celebrate its heritage. GTR Newspapers (Okla.) (12/26)
  ICMA News 
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  • ICMA publishes sixth edition of financial management classic
    ICMA has released a new (sixth) edition of "Management Policies in Local Government Finance," the latest in the classic ICMA "Green Book" series. A comprehensive update of the 2004 edition, this new version offers managers, CAOs and up-and-coming chief financial officers a thorough grounding in the principles of financial management as well as a review of the financial policies and practices used by local governments throughout the U.S. Order now at
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