Leaders should use December to review their successes and see what they can learn from what went wrong, writes John Maxwell. "My calendar is only the starting point for me -- I look beyond just where and how I spent my time, and I call to mind the people and purpose for which that time was spent," he writes.
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Officials in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, have implemented a number of updates to policies and procedures related to the city's financial dealings with outside contractors to reduce the risk of losses from fraud, says city manager Jeff Jorgenson. The city has recovered the money it lost to someone posing as a contractor working on a municipal project, which came to around $758K, but still has to deal with legal fees it has incurred related to the theft.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a measure to add 500 beds to facilities for mental health patients. The motion is among the county's efforts to provide more services for residents who need treatment for mental illness.
A municipal team known as the "Crow Patrol" in Rochester, Minn., employs lasers, pistols loaded with blanks and crow distress calls in their annual $40,000 fight to keep a group of crows that arrive every winter from settling in the city's downtown area. City staffer Sally Vehrenkamp says waste left by the thousands of crows in the murder is especially repulsive to visitors to the Mayo Clinic in the city.
The City Council of Broomfield, Colo., unanimously approved a six-month extension of an oil and natural gas moratorium imposed in May. The move will give local authorities more time to consider revisions to oil and gas regulations following the passage of Senate Bill 181.
Full-time city employees in Newburgh Heights, Ohio, will have more free time now that officials have approved legislation to reduce the work week for municipal staff from 40 hours to 32. Mayor Trevor Elkins says salaries for the 28 staff members affected by the legislation will remain the same.
City employees should be able to afford to live in the city they serve, says Fayetteville, N.C., Mayor Mitch Colvin, who is proposing increasing the minimum wage for municipal staff to $16 per hour. "At the end of the day, investing in people is a priority," Colvin says.