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December 18, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Stop trying to motivate your team
    The best bosses don't try to directly motivate employees, but instead focus on leading by example and encouraging people to harness personal beliefs and ideas, writes Garret Kramer. "In fact, those people in leadership positions who try to light fires for others tend to not keep their jobs for long," Kramer warns. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/11)
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • N.H. city nets seventh consecutive national budget award
    Portsmouth, N.H., has won the Government Finance Officers Association's 2012 Distinguished Budget Document Presentation Award for its fiscal 2012 budget document, the city's seventh consecutive win since 2006. "This award ... is a significant factor in enabling users of our budget document to have a clear and understandable resource during the budget process," City Manager John Bohenko said. Association reviewers based their decision on 27 nationally recognized features., NH (12/14)
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  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Mich. city faces questions about public-safety budget
    Although the Saginaw, Mich., Police Department is about half of the size it used to be, the city's public-safety expenditures have not changed much. The budget set aside almost $18.8 million for public safety in fiscal 1993-1994, when Saginaw employed 140 to 150 police officers. In fiscal 2012-2013, with about 75 officers, the City Council allotted nearly $20.9 million. City officials and police representatives were to answer residents' questions about public-safety policy during an online discussion Monday. The Saginaw News (Mich.) (12/17)
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • New Zealand city council's office will get solar panels
    The Wellington, New Zealand, City Council has approved the installation of 20 solar panels on the roof of the Civic Administration Building to generate power and create a stepping stone toward further sustainable energy. "The electricity produced would not make a significant dent in council's overall electricity bill, but rather it is a small pilot project to assess suitability for possible implementation elsewhere, including for domestic use," council spokesman Richard MacLean said. The budget tentatively allots $20,000 for the panels, though an $8,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority grant could lower that cost. The Dominion Post (New Zealand) (12/18)
  • Ill. city forges partnership with economic-development group
    Galesburg, Ill., has reached an agreement with the Galesburg Regional Economic Development Association to strengthen their collaboration on economic development. "It has both groups working in an integrated fashion, which helps build a long, quality working relationship," Mayor Sal Garza said. The parties aim to conduct 200 business surveys and 80 to 100 business visits, and the city will pay the association $25,000. The Register-Mail (Galesburg, Ill.) (12/16)
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Calif. city council will review year-old food-truck policy
    The Oakland, Calif., City Council will assess a pilot policy for food trucks slated to expire next month during a meeting today. The program, which the city revised about a year ago in response to food-truck owners' requests, lets food trucks operate at seven sites during business hours. A report to the council says restaurant owners are dissatisfied with the policy and that a permanent decision requires more time. Oakland Local (Calif.) (12/17)
  • Ark. city weighs revised zoning-change request from Wal-Mart
    The Russellville, Ark., City Council will consider a request from Wal-Mart Stores to change zoning on a lot from residential to planned unit development, which would permit construction of a 42,000-square-foot store. In November, the Planning Commission turned down Wal-Mart's request to change the lot's zoning to commercial after residents complained. Under planned unit development zoning, Wal-Mart would leave 2 acres of landscaped greenery behind the store, with 500 feet between the greenery and the closest residence. The Courier (Russellville, Ark.) (12/17)
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Ariz. city expects to finish marina project by year-end
    A culvert system under construction at Sunshine Marina in Bullhead City, Ariz., will be complete before Dec. 31, despite concerns about that deadline, the city's public-works director says. Construction is forbidden between Jan. 1 and June 30 to protect endangered species during their breeding season. The system's pipes will carry fresh water into the marina, which has contained stagnant and odorous water. Mohave Valley Daily News (Bullhead City, Ariz.) (12/17)
  • Wis. city offers to fund $3.4M of $60.6M complex
    Madison, Wis., has reached a tentative deal with a developer to fund $3.4 million worth of a $60.6 million mixed-use project downtown. "We're just happy to finally arrive at this point," Hovde Properties President Michael Slavish said. The city's offer is less than Hovde's request for $4.1 million in tax incremental financing. The complex would bring 11,000 square feet of retail space, a Fire Department office and 255 apartments. Wisconsin State Journal (Madison) (12/17)
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Mass. deputy city manager is offered 3-year manager contract
    The Cambridge, Mass., City Council voted 8-1 to make Richard Rossi the next city manager, after the existing manager retires in July. "You won't hear a bad word about Richard Rossi," Mayor Henrietta Davis said. "He's uniquely qualified." Rossi grew up in Cambridge and has served as deputy manager for 30 years. His contract will last three years, and the council intends to start searching for a longer-term manager after surveying public opinion. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (12/16)
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