A Baltimore City Council member has proposed legislation to provide public funds for municipal government candidates who limit contributions from individual donors. "The thinking behind it is to really help candidates run campaigns that are focused on engaging with voters and hearing their ideas," said council member Kristerfer Burnett.
The Kentucky State Parks Foundation has launched the Kentucky Parks & Crafts project featuring posters of state parks to raise funds for park maintenance and preservation. Each poster is designed by a different artist with ties to Kentucky and costs $20.
Houston philanthropists Nancy and Rich Kinder have offered to donate $70 million to the Memorial Park Conservancy to fast-track its master plan in order to make renovations to the 1,500-acre park a reality within 10 years. The grant is awaiting approval by Houston's City Council.
The Green Trajectories analysis has found that the cities boasting the best urban greening initiatives often rank poorly in inclusivity and affordability.
Nadaka Nature Park in Gresham, Ore., became a public inner-city forest thanks Lee Dayfield, who fought for years to purchase the land, free it from barbed-wire fencing and develop it. The site today has a community garden, walking paths and picnic areas.
The Core Road 9-1-1 center in Parkersburg, W.Va., takes proactive steps during weather-related emergencies such as telling the power company about downed lines and informing the highway department of downed trees blocking roads. "We have daily state-of-the-state briefs as to what is happening and we get school closings and briefs about the weather throughout the state. There is a lot of networking behind the scenes which helps us stay up to date as to what is happening or going to happen," says Wood County 9-1-1 Director Rick Woodyard.
The Cincinnati City Council voted to increase spending on its 9-1-1 call center by $454,000 after 16-year-old Kyle Plush died trapped in the back of a minivan despite calling 9-1-1 twice. Meanwhile, a state auditor is reviewing how Cincinnati spends taxpayer money on the 9-1-1 system.
The Emergency Management Agency in St. Clair County, Ill., has filed a complaint alleging Madison County broke the law when consolidating its 9-1-1 call centers. At issue is the fact that Madison County's plan retains control of some dispatch services with individual police departments, which St. Clair County also sought to do but was denied. "We had to conform to the law and we expect any other county in the state to follow the same rules," St. Clair County EMA Director Herb Simmons.
Pennsylvania's Franklin County is moving toward joining with Adams and Dauphin counties in a regional 9-1-1 system expected to save millions. This week, Franklin County commissioners voted to advertise a proposed ordinance on developing and operating a regional system with the other counties.
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