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October 10, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  • How to avoid analysis paralysis
    Bosses shouldn't hem and haw over big decisions, Mike Figliuolo writes. There's almost always a tangible cost to deferring action, and hesitating and second-guessing won't absolve you of responsibility when things go wrong, Figliuolo warns. "The worst action you can take on the battlefield is to take no action at all," he writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (10/8)
  • N.Y. county considers new form of government
    The Steuben County, N.Y., Legislature’s Administration Committee will begin a study of whether their current non-chartered government could be made more efficient. The Legislature must decide whether to have a county administrator or county manager at the helm and whether a chartered government would allow them more flexibility on issues such as redistricting. The Leader (Corning, N.Y.) (10/7) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • Ohio school districts asks taxpayers for more funds
    The Dublin, Ohio, school district wants to raise taxes in the county to make up for millions of dollars that will no longer come from the state and investments. However, residents say the district did not keep its spending in line with inflation and that it should cut costs before asking taxpayers for more. The school district spent 20% more per student compared with 10 years prior when adjusted for inflation, which is the fourth highest rate in the county, but there has been an influx of ESL students and students with disabilities who require special help in the classroom. The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) (10/7) Email this Story
  • N.Y. county government faces $13 million deficit
    Lawmakers in Essex County, N.Y., will consider raising taxes and cutting jobs and services as they try to fill a $13 million hole in the county’s 2013 budget. The budget gap is partially due to rising health care costs and an increase in the county’s contribution to retirement plans, and the county manager said balancing the budget will take three years. North Country Public Radio (Canton, N.Y.) (10/9) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Fort Lauderdale police offer electronic fingerprinting
    The police department of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has unveiled a Live Scan fingerprint system whose tissue box-sized machinery scans fingerprints electronically, allowing the FBI or the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to process them in just a few days. While that's a dramatic improvement from the manual fingerprinting system -- which uses standard mail and can take up to 18 weeks -- many employers currently lack the technology to process electronic fingerprints. "We ... hope that Live Scan [will] replace the antiquated system of having the print cards," said Detective Anna Garcia. "The wave of the future is to be paperless." Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (10/8)
  • Grants give Evanston, Wyo., police funds for enforcement activities
    Three grants approved by the Evanston, Wyo., City Council will give the city's police department more than $40,000 for enforcement activities. The Highway Safety Grant Agreement with the Wyoming Department of Transportation will funnel $29,850 into DUI and traffic enforcement, while two contracts with the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police -- both for $5,950 -- will pay for alcohol compliance checks in area businesses and a tobacco compliance inspection program. Uinta County Herald (Evanston, Wyo.) (10/9)
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Cities pass new bans targeting homeless amid economic strains
    Struggling to address problems of homeless populations amid tightening municipal budgets, a number of U.S. cities have passed legislation prohibiting activities associated with the homeless. Denver, for example, has banned urban camping, while Costa Mesa, Calif., passed bans on everything from leaning bikes against trees to sleeping in parks after dark. While officials say these measures are a response to complaints from the public, some of them have provoked criticism and even lawsuits from the homeless and advocacy groups. The Huffington Post/The Associated Press (10/8)
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • City Council-backed fee means higher water bills for Deer Park residents
    The 2012-13 budget adopted by the City Council of Deer Park, Texas, contains a new municipal storm water drainage fee that will bring the city $142,550 in revenue. The fee -- which charges a flat $1.32 on each residential household and charges businesses based on their impervious size -- met opposition from some residents and Councilwoman Rae Sinor, who felt it "was rushed to vote" without giving residents time to share their opinions. But Mayor Wayne Riddle said the council posted notices about the fee three times in the local paper and a week in advance on the city's website, and the city needs to cover its deficits. Houston Chronicle (10/9)
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Engineer leaves his mark on miles of Coon Rapids, Minn.
    Coon Rapids, Minn., engineer Doug Vierzba retired on Friday after a 38-year career with the engineering department. The Brainerd native, who earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, joined the city to do sidewalk engineering in 1974, eventually becoming assistant city engineer in 1979 and city engineer in 2002. Vierzba said he has designed "miles of new sewer, water and streets" for the city, and has "worked with a great team of people in the city." ABCNewspapers.com (Coon Rapids, Minn.) (10/8)
  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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If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends -- you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue."
--Alice Duer Miller,
American writer and poet



 
 
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