Look back now to create a better new year | Canadian city makes policy changes following $758K fraud case | L.A. County board votes to add 500 mental health treatment beds
December 6, 2019
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Leadership and Management
Look back now to create a better new year
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.
John Maxwell blog (12/3) 
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Budgeting and Finance
Canadian city makes policy changes following $758K fraud case
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.
CBC News (Canada) (12/4) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
L.A. County board votes to add 500 mental health treatment beds
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.
LAist (Los Angeles) (12/4) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Minn. city staff work to ward off murder of crows
Minn. city staff work to ward off murder of crows
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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.
National Public Radio (12/5) 
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3 parks in Texas city to get all-inclusive playgrounds
The El Paso County, Texas, Parks and Recreation Division is building all-inclusive playgrounds for children with varying abilities at three parks. The group Moms on Board is helping with the projects.
KFOX-TV (El Paso, Texas) (12/3) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Colo. city extends oil, gas moratorium for another 6 months
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.
The Denver Post (tiered subscription model) (12/4) 
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Human Resources and Development
Cleveland suburb reduces work week for village staff
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.
Cleveland Scene (12/4) 
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Fayetteville, N.C., mayor pitches "living wage" for city staff
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.
The Fayetteville Observer (N.C.) (12/4) 
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ICMA News
Happy Cyber Week: ICMA e-learning deals are back
ICMA is excited to bring you e-learning deals focused on your professional development, not just on Monday, but all week long! The ICMA Online Classroom is offering new subscribers $75 off their subscription when they sign up for the Webinar Subscription Program. Both members and nonmembers get access to the 2019 Virtual Annual Conference Archives for only $99. For the first time, members and nonmembers receive $150 off the popular Local Government 101 Online Certificate Program. These cyberdeals end Friday, Dec. 6. Take advantage of this opportunity to get best-in-class ideas, resources, education and training in local government management for you, your colleagues and your organization. Access your savings today.
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Don't miss these upcoming ICMA webinars in December
Join our live webinar on Dec. 11, where public safety expert, Tom Wieczorek, will provide insight on data and tools to help you improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your police department. Asking Police Chiefs the Right Questions to Make the Right, Data-Driven Decisions is designed to help you make informed policy decisions by knowing what to ask of your police departments. Then, join our free webinar on Dec. 12, where industry experts from Republic Services will provide updates on the impact that China's policy shift continues to have on recycling programs across America. Register today for this free session to learn strategies for keeping your recycling programs sustainable.
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