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1. ‘Post-college towns’ brim with youth – A booming tech start-up economy and a thriving arts and restaurant scene have helped this old Civil War tourist magnet do something that places across the USA have been trying to do for decades: attract young, college-educated workers and keep them there as they start families.
2. A few California cities start water-waste patrols – On a recent sunny day, the water waste inspector rolled through a quiet Sacramento neighborhood in his white pickup truck after a tipster tattled on people watering their lawns on prohibited days.
3. Is seeking a political office a city worker’s right in Warwick? – Do public jobs and politics mix? It’s a question that’s been debated, litigated and legislated nationally and locally for decades. And the discussion is likely to continue even after a federal district court soon rules on a lawsuit involving a Warwick city employee.
4. Detroit’s Many Creditors Inch Toward Vote on Plan – A federal judge is slated to review this week how ready the city is to hold a vote for more than 100,000 creditors considering a debt-cutting plan in the nation’s largest municipal bankruptcy.
5. Exeter, CA could be the ideal small town for you – Exeter is one of the “Top 15 Small Cities in California,” according to CitiesJournal.com.
Critics question salary, residency of Weld County finance director – Weld County’s finance director is one of the highest paid public officials in Colorado, with a salary of nearly $300,000 per year. But county commissioners say he is worth every dime.
Workshop will explore City’s housing needs – A Housing Element Update Workshop will take place during a joint meeting of the Cloverdale, CA City Council and Planning Commission.
City park advocates fight to end green space inequity – With more than 1,700 city parks, playground and other recreational spots in New York, it’s not surprising that some greenspaces get inadequate attention and care. But residents and leaders say little is being done to close that inequity gap.
Public input sought on plan for new I-95 interchange in Waterville – The public will have a chance on May 8 to comment on a proposed $6 million interchange for entering and exiting Interstate 95 at Trafton Road, near the Sidney town line.
Residents ask city for help with bridge issue – For more than 40 years, residents of the Fernley Highlands area have used the Tedford Bridge to cross the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District canal and get to and from their homes.
Pay to Play? – Cambro Manufacturing is the most recent company to enter into an incentive agreement with Alamance County and Mebane.
Sioux City waste water plant tab now $70M – An 11th-hour hitch in plans to rehabilitate Sioux City’s Waste Water Treatment Plant has set back the project’s final completion date.
Growing cost of PERS raises worries – More than 52,000 people — former teachers, firefighters, mechanics, football coaches, engineers, police officers and janitors among them — rely on Nevada’s Public Employees’ Retirement System for some or all of their retirement income.
City, Orlando Ballet craft deal to give troupe a home – Eight months after mold forced the Orlando Ballet from its longtime home, the dance company could be moving to new headquarters in a prime location, Orlando’s Loch Haven Park.
Councilors renew push for hotel downtown – Two city councilors are calling for leaders to put a renewed focus on bringing a new hotel to Lowell, with a preference for one in the downtown.
Budgets, construction and pedestrian safety improvements – It’s budget season for public schools, so money dominates this week’s roundup. Here’s what’s happening in east Portland and east Multnomah County schools.
Letting loose the waterworks in Portland: News from the independent water district campaign – Portland businesses with big water and sewer bills are leading an effort to take away management of the public utilities from the city, which advocates say has squandered ratepayer dollars.
An Act of God… or Racism? – The Lost City of Vanport: How a Flood and Racism Changed Portland.
Slain Portland Police dog, Mick, to be honored at public memorial at Hillsboro Stadium in May – Mick, the Portland Police Bureau dog who died helping capture a suspect in a Southwest Portland robbery and police shooting, will be honored at a public memorial at Hillsboro Stadium on May 12, officials announced Sunday.
Growing enrollments put squeeze on school districts – More than a dozen Washington school districts have added at least a school’s worth of students over the past two years. Finding enough classrooms for those children is becoming a challenge.
Skagit County gun shop may have been worst in U.S. – In 2005, federal authorities uncovered a raft of violations at Kesselring Gun Shop that put the public at risk, including not knowing the whereabouts of 2,396 guns. Yet it was eight years before the ATF took away the shop’s firearms license.
Spokane man says goodbye to fire truck – In 1993, a Spokane man drove across the country to pick up a fire truck he won for 20 dollars in his hometown of Rheems, Pennsylvania, so fire explorers could use it here locally.
‘World’s largest Warhol’ to get test run on Tacoma Dome roof – Tacoma plans to try out an Andy Warhol flower design on the roof of the Tacoma Dome for six months before committing to a permanent painting.
Mount Clemens officials hope to set aside differences on new manager – Mount Clemens city commissioners will hold a special meeting Monday night to try to come to an agreement on a new city manager and also continue their study of the proposed 2014/2015 budget.
Evanston celebrates being ‘Most Livable City’ in sustainability – Evanston concluded Earth Month on Sunday afternoon with an “Evanston — The Most Livable City” celebration that looked at both its past triumphs and future prospects in sustainability.
Hutchinson city staff lay out 2015 budget challenges – Over the next three-plus months, Hutchinson’s City Council will be working on their 2015 budget, trying to find more money for street improvements, give employees a raise and cover the increasing costs of retirement and other benefits.
Alarm bells go off over KC fire company reductions – A plan to cut two fire companies in south Kansas City and near the Country Club Plaza has some firefighters and others ringing alarm bells about leaving key parts of the city vulnerable.
Algonac City Council says ‘no’ to tax increase – Last night at the Algonac budget workshop, the city council came close to approving the first tax increase since at least 2005.
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Attorney says Bloomfield, NM mayor, city manager misled residents over $200,000 settlement – City officials deny accusations, say decision to settle was made by insurer.
Cash flow changes lead to Duncan, OK financial juggling – The city’s two top administrators acknowledged on Thursday that $922,000 was “borrowed” from its capital improvements budget to pay its operating expenses — an unorthodox move that was not shared publicly until now.
The Budget Warms Up … and Ott’s Under Fire – With substantive postponements, this week’s Council meeting may bring fireworks.
Creative Intersections – After wrapping up his PowerPoint presentation on alternatives to building State Highway 45, Mike Brown, a Utah-based transportation and planning engineer, half-jokingly observed that nearly everyone in the crowd was either running for Austin mayor orCity Council.
Upgrade plans for Dallas Executive Airport leave Red Bird-area neighbors wary – Dallas officials plan to announce Tuesday the landing of an aviation-related tenant at Dallas Executive Airport. “It’s going to be good,” said City Council member Tennell Atkins. “It’s going to attract people.”
Proposed Myrtle Beach budget includes $125 fee for library subscription – Myrtle Beach residents could have to pay a membership fee to use the Chapin Memorial Library if the City Council approves recommendations made Sunday night by city staff at their annual budget retreat.
City Staff Proposes Cultural Arts Panel – From a sculpture competition partnership with Lakeland to monthly music events downtown, Winter Haven’s arts scene is growing and government is trying to keep up.
Concert series to celebrate FWB entertainment district – The city will launch its downtown entertainment district Friday with the first of its new Concerts at the Landing series.
Aiken’s keep out ‘preference’ delays storm cleanup in City – The word, “prefer” to be exact, appears to have left City of Aiken streets clogged by ice storm debris for as much as a month longer than necessary, according to an Aiken Standard analysis of documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.