04.13.2014 Your Sunday Morning Buzz


Forum on the Portland Bike Share Program with Steve Hoyt-McBeth – April 16

Webinar: Detroit is the Place to Be with Mark Binelli – April 23

Clackamas County Manager’s Panel – April 24

Next Generation Managers: IAMMA Breakout Session – April 25

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Knope of the Week: Ben Petrick, Author of 40,000 to 1 and Former MLB Player

Growing Up in City Hall: Life as a City Manager’s Child with Jackie Schwerm

Help an ELGL Member Complete Their MPA Capstone

Communication Breakdown: Quotas and Clicks – The Impact on Local Government

The Takeaway with Cal Horton, Former Chapel Hill Town Manager

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Transaction Wire

Zephyrhills city manager says he is prepared to resign

Search plods along as local candidates eyed for Worcester city manager post

Axed Donna city manager appeals termination

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High 5

1. Buffalo Was Once a Model for Integration. Now the Vast Majority of its Public Schools Are Segregated – In 1972, a group of parents in Buffalo, New York, filed a federal lawsuit to desegregate the city’s public schools. A judge ruled in their favor; the city went on to become a national model for school integration.

2. Sriracha Hot Sauce Officially Declared a Public Nuisance in California – In the latest installment of the hot sauce apocalypse saga, officials in California have declared the production of Sriracha hot chili sauce a public nuisance and are threatening to shut it down forever. 

3. 48 Texas cities facing water shortages – Lockney is one of 48 Texas cities and public water systems with 180 days or fewer left of water, according to a list published weekly by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

4. Local Government Confidential: Sitting at the Little Kids Table – Sometimes you have to sit at the little kids table and sometimes you get to eat the white meat from the turkey.

5. Why Munich Went Ahead and Set Up 6 Official ‘Urban Naked Zones’ – Is it OK to walk around naked in the middle of a major city? The idea of seriously debating this question might seem bizarre, but that’s just what the city of Munich has been doing for much of this year.

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50 Nifty

Landfill monitoring, cleanup top of Bozeman, MT city manager’s to-do list – Mopping up the mess at the old landfill should be Bozeman’s top priority. That’s the recommendation from City Manager Chris Kukulski, who will present his list of goals to the Bozeman City Commission on Monday night.

Budget guru Rick Cole looks to innovate Los Angeles City Hall – Veteran city manager Rick Cole was working as an administrator at Ventura’s San Buenaventura Mission this past July when his phone rang.

Bloomfield, NM will consider four-day workweeks for city staff – Shorter weeks would save money and increase employee morale, city manager says.

City of Ukiah hopes to take control of Palace Hotel – Deeming the progress made on the rehabilitation of the Palace Hotel to be “too slow,” city of Ukiah staff is requesting that the Ukiah City Council approve letting someone take the reins from owner Eladia Laines.

Lebanon City Council Will Meet Wednesday on Storm Damage Plan – City officials are expected this week to discuss a plan to pay for $10.3 million in damage from summer storms that wreaked havoc on the city’s roads and water lines and spurred the evacuation of dozens of residents.

Upland leaders may further roil City Hall – Upland City Manager Stephen Dunn is on the firing line. His performance evaluation is the subject of a special 5 p.m. closed session City Council meeting Monday, to be followed by the regular 6 p.m. closed session, at which one of the topics is the “discipline/dismissal/release” of an unspecified employee.

Raised to serve, ready to do more – Kevin Murphy brings lessons in community to Lowell, MA city manager’s office.

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City Memo Says Water District Threatens Tens of Millions in Financial Agreements – The water and sewer bills Portlanders pay do more than cover the cost of city utilities. Every year, the City of Portland’s Water and Environmental Services bureaus divert millions of dollars into the city’s budget to cover the cost of services and to help pay for the operations of other departments.

Don’t Blame the Bike Lane – Two researchers analyzed (limited) data from streets in Minneapolis and NYC—both before one lane of traffic was replaced with bike lanes, and after.

Friends of Trees, Portland Fruit Tree Project team up to give away trees – Friends of Trees and the Portland Fruit Tree Project will give away apple, pear, plum and apricot trees next week. The nonprofits also plan to sell shade trees at a wholesale discount.

Composting in Portland: New Seasons Market, other businesses brace for change as Metro policy sets in – Businesses big and small are adjusting to Metro’s decision to forbid nonfood items from its commercial composting center in Northwest Portland next year.

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Yakima wants to bank Naches River water in aquifer – Yakima’s four municipal wells normally pull water from a deep aquifer, but with a few adjustments, two of the wells can be reversed to send water back into the ground.

Union Gap still in talks with Yakima for fire services – The Yakima Fire Department remains the leading option as Union Gap officials move toward contracting out the city’s fire protection services.

UW study finds fruit flies duck, dodge like fighter jets – Study was really cool and found interesting stuff.

Pot laws have parents worried about effect on kids – The parents are concerned that it might have a negative effect on their children.

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Pure Midwest

Wichita would not have survived drought without aquifer project – Wichita wouldn’t have survived last summer’s drought without a controversial $244 million groundwater recharge project, city staff says.

Negotiations with Hillsdale, MI city manager intensify – Tensions continued to rise as negotiations between the City of Hillsdale and City manager Linda Brown went forward last week. Brown’s contract with the city expires on May 15 – and with little more than a month until that expiration, negotiations have not run smoothly.

City to receive $65K national grant for energy plan – The city of Holland, MI was one of nine cities in the U.S. to receive a Funders’ Network Local Sustainability Matching Fund award meant to help develop livable communities.

State’s new fleet of squad cars not on road – Row upon row of brand-new squad cars sit in a parking lot not far from the state fairgrounds in Springfield, waiting to be driven out.



South by Southwest

Rio Grande City commission calls meeting to consider suspending city manager – City commissioners will consider whether to suspend the recently hired city manager at a special meeting set for Sunday morning.

City of Lubbock’s highest paid match up with other cities – Putting Lubbock’s top-paid employees side by side with the same positions in comparably sized municipalities, it seems the Hub City is about on par, depending on the job.

City emails detail nixing Nugent for Longview’s July 4 celebration – Email messages among city staffers as Longview was considering hiring Ted Nugent to perform at a July 4 celebration appear to contradict a version of events earlier outlined by officials.

Department chief could be fired by Longview City Council – The man who oversees Longview’s building and health inspections has been placed on paid administrative leave and could be fired at the next City Council meeting.

Ovilla earns first platinum award for financial transparency – While the City of Ovilla could have decided to aim for the minimum Bronze designation through the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle program, the current council said that they would rather just go ahead and achieve the top honor.

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The Southeast

Durham City Hall repairs delayed – Plans for a $6.4 million facelift of City Hall’s exterior suffered a setback in recent months, pushing the start of work to at least the late summer.

Brentwood, Franklin, TN ready to spend on capital projects – The demands of growth that have made Williamson County the fastest-growing county in Tennessee are pushing leaders to spend on road and infrastructure projects in the coming years.

Water, sewage rates could go up in Umatilla, FL – Umatilla needs to raise water and wastewater rates by more than 70 percent over the next three years, according to its city manager.

Pinellas commissioners slam administrator LaSala – Bob La­Sala’s future as county administrator is in jeopardy following a series of scathing evaluations from some county commissioners.

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