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December 13, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Fla. city commission names successor as manager retires
    The Delray Beach, Fla., City Commission chose Louie Chapman Jr. to succeed City Manager David Harden, who will retire in January after 22 years of service. Commissioners say they chose Chapman, town manager of Bloomfield, Conn., partly because of his 19 years of experience managing a local government. Chapman was up against Delray Beach's assistant city manager. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (12/11) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • La. city council authorizes "bare-bones" budget
    The Westwego, La., City Council passed a 2013 operating budget of $15 million that includes subsidies for water and sewage plants and funds for a 2% merit raise. However, the plan will leave the city with an unrestricted fund of $247,000, less than the state-recommended 15%, which would be about $2.25 million for Westwego. "It's really bare-bones, but it's one that's workable," Mayor John Shaddinger said. "As are all budgets, it's a moving target." The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) (12/10) Email this Story
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  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Ore. city council fears state policy threatens public safety
    The Beaverton, Ore., City Council expressed concern about state policy that prohibits the Police Department from opening containers when inventorying prisoners' possessions. Putting potentially dangerous or explosive items in police storage could endanger public safety, council members say, but there is little they can do about the policy, which is based on a decision by the Oregon Court of Appeals. "This is, in my estimation, going to be a statewide problem," Beaverton's assistant city attorney said. The Oregonian (Portland) (12/12) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • S.C. city council endorses Main Street Competition
    The Spartanburg, S.C., City Council says it will support a competition that aims to add businesses downtown through financial incentives. In the Main Street Challenge, entrepreneurs will submit business plans to a selection committee, which will choose three businesses to receive $1,000 per month for rent for a year, as well as Internet, marketing, payroll and telephone services. Spartanburg Herald-Journal (S.C.) (12/11) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Texas city council weighs change to boost bike friendliness
    The Dallas City Council is considering changing an ordinance to make roads safer for cyclists. The revision would prohibit drivers from throwing things at cyclists and from turning right in front of a cyclist. It would also require drivers to move out of lanes in which cyclists are riding. Drivers could be fined as much as $500 for violation. KTVT-TV (Dallas-Fort Worth) (12/12) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Maldives city council is in dispute with electricity provider
    The Malé, Maldives, City Council is denying State Electric permits to provide electricity to some residents, saying the company did not obey regulations and provided electricity to several properties without permission. However, a State Electric official says the company will continue to provide electricity to residents, regardless of the council's actions. Minivan News (Maldives) (12/11) Email this Story
  • Canadian city council and contractor disagree on train criteria
    The Ottawa, Ontario, City Council is in disagreement with a contractor about the specifics of trains that will be used in a $2.1 billion light-rail project. The contractor, Rideau Transit Group, says there is only one type of train that has 100% low-floor capability and reaches 100 kph. However, the council says it wants a train that has minimum low-floor capability of 70% and that its criteria were written purposely to include several types of trains. Ottawa Citizen (Ontario) (12/11) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • Call for ideas for ICMA's 2013 Boston/New England conference
    ICMA members and strategic partners are invited to submit educational-program ideas for ICMA's 99th Annual Conference, scheduled Sept. 22 to 25 in Boston. The deadline for submission is Jan. 4. Contribute to the conference program by suggesting session ideas that correspond to one or more of 12 focus areas developed by the 2013 Conference Planning Committee. To read more about the focus areas and how to submit ideas, visit the Call for Ideas website.
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