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October 12, 2012
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  Leadership and Management 
  Budgeting and Finance 
  • N.C. county sees increased revenues in the first quarter
    Alamance County, N.C., saw increased revenues from sales tax, the county jail and the county's Emergency Medical Services in the first quarter of the 2012-13 fiscal year compared with the same period in the previous year, according to the county manager's report. Property tax revenues were down in the first quarter, but the county manager said that is due to fewer residents paying them early, and he said the county is on track to not have to use any fund balance during the fiscal year. The Times-News (Burlington, N.C.) (10/10) Email this Story
  Emergency Management and Public Safety 
  • Mich. city manager denies firefighter layoff rumors
    Holland City, Mich.'s city manager said the city's fire department will always have at least five firefighters on duty and that rumors about layoffs in the fire department were "far from the truth." He said if staffing at the department ever falls below five firefighters, overtime would be offered, and that the recent loss of three jobs was due to a resignation, a possible retirement and someone being let go. Holland's fire department is scheduled to have six firefighters on duty at all times through the rest of this fiscal year. The Holland Sentinel (Mich.) (10/10) Email this Story
  Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability  
  • Maine city council OKs funding for new arena
    The Bangor, Maine, City Council unanimously voted to approve $65 million in funding for a new arena and events center, which could open around Labor Day next year and will be named the Cross Insurance Center. The Cross Insurance Agency will pay the city about $3 million a year over 15 years for the arena's naming rights. The council also approved funding for an overflow parking lot at the Bangor International Airport that will cost about $240,000. Bangor Daily News (Maine) (free registration) (10/10) Email this Story
  • Mass. city council member accuses mayor of violating ethics law
    A Medford, Mass., city councilor accused the mayor of violating ethics law when he met with a Democratic Senate candidate at city hall and then formally endorsed her at the city's senior center. The councilor said that according to the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance, the mayor cannot use public resources for political purposes, and that according to the state Ethics Commission, he cannot secure "unwarranted privileges or exemptions which are of substantial value and which are not properly available to similarly situated individuals.” However, the mayor said he did not use public resources during his time with the candidate and that he would have treated the Republican candidate the same. Wicked Local (10/10) Email this Story
  • Calif. sheriff gets job back after misdemeanor
    The San Francisco, Calif., Board of Supervisors voted to reinstate the city's sheriff, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of false imprisonment after an altercation with his wife in which he grabbed and bruised her arm. The mayor suspended the sheriff after the incident, but supervisors voted to reinstate the sheriff because lawyers failed to prove that his actions counted as official misconduct. San Francisco Chronicle (10/10) Email this Story
  Legislation, Policy and Grants 
  • Va. city, county disagree over potential state amendment
    The city of Lynchburg and Bedford County in Virginia have opposing opinions of a state constitutional amendment that would limit the government's ability to take private property from residents for use in public projects. Lynchburg officials have gone on record saying they are against the amendment because it would make completing public projects more expensive, while Bedford County Supervisors voted unanimously to support the amendment, which they say would protect residents' private property rights. Voters will decide whether to pass the amendment in the Nov. 6 election. The News & Advance (Lynchburg, Va.) (10/11) Email this Story
  Public Works and Infrastructure 
  • Md. county official suggests improvements to well-traveled road
    Maryland's Route 22, which is often a gridlock of travelers among Aberdeen, Bel Air, Churchville and Harford Community College, could use some small-scale improvements and some large-scale ones, according to Harford County's planning and zoning director. He suggested better educating people about public transit options, making the roads safer and adding a high-occupancy vehicle lane by 2020 to make small-scale improvements, and he said that creating a Churchville bypass or turning the road into a four- or six-lane highway would be necessary by 2030. The Baltimore Sun (10/10) Email this Story
  Recognitions and Transitions 
  • Mich. city manager recognized for three decades of work
    Frankenmuth, Mich., City Manager Charlie Graham was awarded the 2012 Patriarche Colloquium Award by the Michigan Local Government Managers Association for the work he has done over 30 years with the city. The award is given to former members of the association who have improved the effectiveness of local officials in some way. (Michigan) (free registration) (10/10) Email this Story
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