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October 9, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • Ohio city manager will share experiences of balancing family, work
    Steubenville, Ohio, City Manager Cathy Davison will serve on the Task Force on Women in the Profession during the ICMA conference this week. She will share her experience of using modern technology to help balance her personal and professional lives, as well as talk about recruitment and retention of women in local government and a report prepared by the last task force on women as city and county managers in 1975. Herald-Star (Steubenville, Ohio) (10/7) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Pa. city to impose commuter tax, keep resident taxes stable
    The Scranton, Pa., City Council will vote this week on a 1% commuter tax that would allow residents’ property and income tax rates to stay the same. The commuter tax, which would raise non-resident earned-income tax from 1% to 2%, would bring $2.5 million in revenue to the city in 2013 and $4 million in 2014 and 2015. If the tax is passed by the City Council, it would then go to the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas for approval. The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.) (tiered subscription model) (10/9) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Ambulance ordinance in Ga. county tabled amid disagreement
    An ambulance services ordinance for Franklin County, Ga., was tabled by the county commission amid disagreement over whether the ordinance discourages competition from independent ambulance services. The law would require all ambulances providing emergency transport have advanced life support, and all independent services would have to have a permanent location in Franklin County, be available at all hours, have a backup ambulance and have the ability to use Franklin County e911 for emergency calls. Some commissioners said the ordinance favors the county's EMS. Independent Mail (Anderson, S.C.) (10/5) Email this Story
  Ethics 
  • Former county manager says commissioners pressured him on hires
    Former Santa Fe, N.M., County Manager Roman Abeyta said in a sworn deposition that county commissioners pressured him to hire certain people for different county positions during his four-year tenure. He said commissioners never asked him to hire the people outright and that they still had to go through the normal employment process with the county, but he also said the pressure to hire those certain people was understood. Abeyta was questioned about the topic as a witness for the prosecution in a case against a construction company that allegedly tampered with paperwork and bribed county employees. The Santa Fe New Mexican (10/5) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • L.A. County hopes to achieve no-kill status in shelters
    The Los Angeles, Calif., City Council will consider a proposal to ban pet stores from selling commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits for three years in an effort to send residents looking to adopt pets to overcrowded county shelters instead. The goal of the proposal would be to have all shelters in the county be no-kill shelters. Daily News (Los Angeles) (10/7) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • S.D. city considers water treatment upgrades
    The Yankton, S.D., City Commission will consider several options for upgrading the city’s water treatment system, including replacing surface water intake with collector wells, converting the system to a membrane system and expanding the city’s newer plant and shutting down the older one. While the commission will not have to vote on the solutions right away, a plan will have to be in place to upgrade the system within the next year, the city manager said. Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan (S.D.) (10/6) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • N.C. city manager reflects on his career, prepares for retirement
    Charlotte, N.C., City Manager Curt Walton is retiring at the end of the year, and he has been through two mayors and several different city councils. He has seen the city’s focus shift from banking to energy. Walton has been working in local government for 27 years, and during his tenure in Charlotte the city has become a more fair place for minorities, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Mosaic Village were built, and construction was started on a baseball stadium uptown. WBTV-TV (Charlotte, N.C.) (10/5) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • ICMA’s 98th Annual Conference Happening Now!
    The ICMA Annual Conference brings together nearly 3,000 local government management professionals and their guests to refresh their skills, move their careers to the next level, invigorate their passion, and connect with colleagues from around the world. This premier event kicked off officially in Phoenix/Maricopa County, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 7, and runs through Wednesday, Oct. 10. Stay connected with the ICMA Annual Conference through the conference website, the conference app, and social media. You can also through the virtual conference option of the ICMA Annual Conference.
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