Officials in Boulder, Colo., want all revenue from the local sweetened beverage tax to go to city programs and will ask voters this fall to approve the plan. Under current rules, the city must refund revenue beyond $3.8 million, and the city council estimates the tax will bring in $5.2 million in its first year.
City council members in Newport Beach, Calif., have voted unanimously to hire Irvine assistant city manager Grace Leung for the post of city manager. Leung will take over from current city manager Dave Kiff on Sept. 4.
Sonoma County, Calif., is restructuring its emergency services division as an independent department and will increase training after criticism of the county's response to wildfires last October. Meanwhile, recent wildfires have also called attention to shortcomings with emergency alerts in some California regions.
Municipalities in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville in Ontario are seeking feedback from local businesses on a plan to end tax rebates for owners of vacant commercial or industrial property. Other nearby municipalities have already opted to phase out their rebate programs.
Corvallis, Ore.'s police chief is working to establish an emergency dispatch district whose combined taxing authority could fund increased staffing and equipment upgrades. The new 911 taxing district requires approval from residents in 14 county, city and rural jurisdictions.
A 58-acre plot of land owned by Ohio State University is being purchased by the Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks for $5.2 million if the deal closes this year. A park would be built at what has long been a sheep farm.
San Francisco's elevated Salesforce Transit Center Park is on the roof of a transit center and includes lawns, a public plaza, an amphitheater and botanical gardens. A skybridge enables access to the fifth floor of the Salesforce Tower.
Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit is receiving new aquatic species in its tanks along with new exhibits. The aquarium raises money and seeks grants to pay for its $500,000 annual budget.
A Youth Conservation Corps formed in Brutus, N.Y., has been helping with park and trail maintenance, including painting, mulch distribution and weeding.
Park and recreation agencies can create therapeutic and inclusive programs that allow community members of all ages and abilities to participate, according to CivicRec's Landon Schenck. "By providing inclusive park and recreation activities, you will enable all generations of your citizens to come together to share in the same goal: Being active and engaged in their home away from home," Schenck writes.
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