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February 8, 2013
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  Leadership and Management 
  • U.K. district council will shrink by a third
    The U.K.'s Shepway District Council will go from 46 members to 30 by 2015, based on consultation by the Local Government Boundary Commission. "To reduce numbers by over a third at a time when the electorate is growing rapidly and councilors are increasingly expected to become local community champions means councilors will in the future effectively have to become full time, to the disadvantage of those who are working," Councilman Russell Tilson said. A recommendation on which seats will be cut is expected in June. (U.K.) (2/7) Email this Story
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • N.H. city official finds tax cap a "serious challenge"
    Manchester, N.H., Finance Director Bill Sanders says the city's tax cap is a significant challenge, especially when it comes to funding the school district. He told the Charter Commission that because the cap restricts how much the city can spend and how much it can collect in tax revenue, it will be difficult to ensure school funding keeps up with inflation. "This dual cap and revenue equation, which is so hard and arcane, will be a challenge in the future, a very serious challenge," Sanders said. The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (2/6) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Minn. city council allots $1M toward crime lab
    The St. Paul, Minn., City Council has approved $1 million to revamp the Police Department's crime lab. The money will go toward hiring, including a lab director certified in chemistry or crime-scene processing and a forensic scientist, and getting the lab accredited. Councilors say they decided on the extra funding after public defenders discovered problems with the lab last year and because they fear outsourcing lab work would slow investigations. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (2/6) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Texas city council passes law to help catch jewel thieves
    The Houston City Council is requiring gold-buying businesses to photograph and fingerprint customers who bring in gold, silver or other precious metals to sell. The measure aims to make catching criminals who resell stolen valuables easier. Scrap-metal businesses already face a similar requirement. KTRK-TV (Houston) (2/6) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Calif. assistant city manager is recognized for dedication
    San Rafael, Calif., Assistant City Manager Jim Schutz has received the John H. Nail Memorial Award from the League of California Cities. The award recognizes those who have a strong commitment and dedication to their city. "I think we have a very special place here at City Hall, and I think that combined with a community that really cares about our issues ... is a recipe for success," said Schutz, who was nominated for the award by City Manager Nancy Mackle. Marin Independent Journal (San Rafael, Calif.) (2/6) Email this Story
  ICMA News 
  • Sign up for the 2013 Brownfields Conference in Atlanta
    The National Brownfields Conference is the largest training and networking event in the nation focused on economic redevelopment and sustainability. This event is designed to bring people together from a wide range of fields to learn, discuss and take action on brownfield sites to ultimately revitalize communities and restore the environment. In its 15th year, this event attracts thousands of attendees and more than 200 exhibitors for 2½ days of interactive educational sessions, mobile workshops, keynote speakers and the exclusive economic-redevelopment forum. The National Brownfields Conference, co-sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and ICMA, invites you to be part of the solution from May 15 to 17. See details and register.
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