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December 28, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • How to be a better leader next year
    You can become a better leader in the new year by holding people accountable, offering praise for a job well done and taking on tough challenges, writes Brian Evje of Slalom Consulting. "[W]hen a leader embraces an inconvenient challenge, the message is clearly one of devotion to the shared purpose," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (12/20)
  • Ala. city council will fund 50th anniversary celebration of civil rights
    The Birmingham, Ala., City Council will spend $125,000 on events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement, including a reception and a downtown festival. The council will also fund a documentary featuring the city's switch to a mayor/council government that will be presented at the reception. "I'm really excited about the documentary because more people need to understand how the change in city government helped promote change among the citizens," Councilwoman Kim Rafferty said. AL.com (Alabama) (12/26) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Ga. cities work to pass false-alarm ordinances
    An ordinance in Sandy Springs, Ga., is meant to help reduce the number of false alarms that emergency responders receive, imposing fines of $50 to $500 for false alarms sent to police and $250 for false alarms sent to the fire department. Nearby Dunwoody and Johns Creek plan to enact similar ordinances by early next year. City officials said the ordinances could save lives and hundreds of thousands of tax dollars. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12/25) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • U.K. county council rejects residents' request for more bus routes
    The Derbyshire County Council in the U.K. decided not to add bus routes through Codnor Park, which contains hundreds of homes and has more planned, despite a 500-signature petition from the Codnor Park Action Group. "Naturally we are very disappointed. The planners allowed a large development and expansion to take place in Codnor Park, without putting in the necessary infrastructure. Our community lacks many essential local services, especially a bus service," a member of the group said. Currently, residents must travel a half mile to pick up public bus routes. Derby Telegraph (U.K.) (12/26) Email this Story
  • Okla. city council approves sanitary sewer lift station work
    The Sapulpa, Okla., City Council approved an amendment to the construction fund budget to include refurbishing the Nickel Creek Sanitary Sewer Lift Station. "The appropriation of these funds is necessary to assure adequate pump capacity at the Nickel Creek Lift Station and protect the pumps against potential damage from debris by replacement of a new bar screen in the flow channel," the city's manager said. Sapulpa Daily Herald (Okla.) (12/26) Email this Story
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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 icma.org/press/finance.
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