Do the opposite of this advice if you want happy employees | Dispatching delays among challenges faced in York County, Pa. | Cities hiring experts to examine climate risk to infrastructure
October 2, 2019
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Do the opposite of this advice if you want happy employees
Bad advice for leaders includes not offering a vision, refusing to give credit or show appreciation and skipping out on one-on-one meetings, writes John Stoker. "If this is the way you lead your team, I can guarantee that turnover will be high, productivity will be lower, morale will be in the tank, and you will not get the results that you desire," he writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (9/30) 
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Emergency Management and Public Safety
Dispatching delays among challenges faced in York County, Pa.
Firefighters in York County, Pa., have responded to calls overheard on scanners before being formally dispatched by 911 professionals. National Emergency Number Association CEO Brian Fontes warns against the practice, saying that firefighters "may not have the full picture of what is going on in the community and what other types of services are being dispatched."
York Daily Record (Pa.) (9/27) 
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Economic Development, Restoration and Sustainability
Cities hiring experts to examine climate risk to infrastructure
Canadian cities are anticipating the effects of climate change and hiring engineers and experts to assess the added wear and tear on infrastructure. The risk is that infrastructure rated adequate now may be overtaxed by climate-related events that include more frequent storms, said Hans Arisz, an engineer currently evaluating infrastructure for Saint John, New Brunswick.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (9/30) 
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Va. parks and rec asks residents to check park for illegal activity
The Parks and Recreation Department in Albemarle County, Va., is recruiting volunteers to monitor yet-to-open Biscuit Run Park for illegal activity under its Park Ambassador Program.
WVIR-TV (Charlottesville, Va.) (9/29) 
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Ethics
Evanston, Ill., committee completes update to ethics rules
The city of Evanston, Ill., would have to engage an external attorney for ethics probes and hearings under new guidelines set out by the city's Ethics Subcommittee. The group has spent the last eight months on a proposal for updated rules, which would also see ethics board members appointed annually instead of every three years.
Evanston Now (Ill.) (10/1) 
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Legislation, Policy and Grants
Iowa city says its rainbow crosswalks will stay
Iowa city says its rainbow crosswalks will stay
(Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images)
Officials in Ames, Iowa, are refusing to acquiesce to the Federal Highway Administration's request that it repaint inclusion-themed crosswalks in the city, saying the agency lacks the authority because the crosswalks are not on federal roads. Rochester, N.Y., and St. Louis, Mo., are among other cities that have crosswalk art that has been subject to the FHWA's disapproval.
Forbes (9/29) 
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Public Works and Infrastructure
Houston's I-45 HOT lanes to remain open on weekends
Drivers on Interstate 45 to downtown Houston will be allowed to use the high occupancy toll lanes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 29. The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County said the extension of the pilot project is aimed at weighing final options for opening the lanes on weekends.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (9/30) 
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Human Resources and Development
N.J. residents taking walks with docs for exercise, learning
Valley Health System in Ridgewood, N.J., is offering weekly walks led by doctors where participants can ask health-related questions. The Clifton, N.J., Recreation Department is planning its own version of Walk with a Doc.
The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.) (9/29) 
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ICMA News
Register for ICMA 2019 before the October 10 rate deadline
Join the thousands of local government management professionals who have registered for the 2019 ICMA Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 20-23. Receive the best available rates when you register now through October 10. Don't miss this opportunity to discover essential tools, strategies, and innovative ideas to make our communities better places to live, work, and play. Register today!
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Webinar: Branding Your Community for Economic Success
Join the ICMA University for our webinar on October 17 designed to help your organization develop and expand your community's brand. Participants will learn strategies for implementing successful marketing and branding campaigns and learn the importance of a citizen centric approach. Learn more and register.
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