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1) Why streets tax won’t fix these bad Grand Rapids roads first – Two-thirds of Grand Rapids voters on Tuesday, May 6, supported a city streets tax that will generate upwards of $10 million annually for 15 years. But that money won’t start coming in until July 2015.
2) Hampton moves forward with eminent domain on 39 properties, if necessary – The city is giving 39 properties owners an ultimatum: Willingly sell a portion of your land or we’ll take it at a price you have little control over.
3) St. Pete council votes to stop sending homeless families to problem motels – The City Council voted unanimously on Thursday to adopt new policies to ensure homeless families are no longer sent to subpar motels.
4) Nonprofit sues Livingston, CA over drinking water – An environmental nonprofit organization has filed a lawsuit against the city of Livingston after its drinking water consistently exceeded the maximum contaminant level for arsenic.
5) Janesville Manager pledges transparency, saying it is the “right thing” to do – Some Janesville City Council members were surprised when a discussion about buying a downtown property was scheduled for open session, but new City Manager Mark Freitag said it was part of an ongoing effort to assure transparency at City Hall.
Bozeman City Manager suggests Story Mansion sale – Bozeman City Manager Chris Kukulski will recommend selling the Story Mansion to the Portal School of Creativity at Monday night’s City Commission meeting.
Clarksburg City Council Approves Assistant City Manager Position – The City Council voted 3-1 on their first reading to add an Assistant City Manager. The position will likely be filled internally.
Santa Clarita Looking For City Clerk, HR Manager, New Commissioners – In addition to a pair of new hires, the city of Santa Clarita also is welcoming residents to apply for several city commissioner positions, city officials announced Thursday.
Clarksburg City Council Moves Forward In Rose Garden Theater Preservation – Clarksburg City Council met Tuesday evening to continue the discussion on the Rose Garden Theater, formerly know as the Robinson Grand Theater.
Henderson officials say no tax increase vote until 2015 – Henderson hasn’t decided when to put a property tax increase on the ballot, but has determined any new money would go to capital improvements, not employee pay, City Manager Jacob Snow said Thursday.
Bullhead City urged to keep buying Kingman water – Continue making good faith payments or potentially lose it. That was the message from Bullhead City Council Member Mark Clark at Monday’s budget work session. Clark was referring to what’s called “Kingman water,” which the city contracted to purchase from the city of Kingman.
City of Parsons Taking Steps In Improving Its Parks – The city of Parsons is taking steps to improve its parks. It recently put in a pirate ship playground at Mill Race Park. A kindergarten class will even have a competition to name it.
Trouble at the top in Delray and some scary bridge notes elsewhere – There were not enough votes Tuesday night to fire the Delray Beach city manager, but there were enough votes to send a message.
Delray Beach drinking water: Coliform bacteria found in city’s potable water – Officials with the city of Delray Beach said in a news release Thursday night that routine tests recently indicated the presence of coliform bacteria in the city’s drinking water.
Tallahassee Mall Developers Meet With City Staffers – An amphitheater, new residential space and new restaurants are all part of evolving plans to renovate the Tallahassee Mall.
City facing potential of more budget cuts – Faced with an imbalanced budget, the City of Douglasville is looking for ways to trim the fat from an already lean budget.
Banks’ new temporary city manager, looking for ‘longevity,’ begins fourth job in six years – Gian Paolo Mammone, who was fired from two jobs since 2009 and resigned after three months at another, is running the city, but his term is expected to last only six weeks. Mammone has been hired as interim city manager pro-tempore while Jolynn Becker is on medical leave.
Ballpark rechristened ‘Ron Tonkin Field’ – The game remains the same, but there will be a new name for the Hillsboro Ballpark, the facility where the Hillsboro Hops Class A baseball team plays.
Portland Street Fee Would Create Big Bills for Other Local Governments – Local government agencies are discovering the City of Portland plans to charge them what could be hundreds of thousands of dollars a year under Mayor Charlie Hales’ proposed”street fee” plan.
Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith wants to spend $1 million of surplus on culturally specific services – Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith is pushing hard to put $1 million in next year’s county budget to improve services for minority youth.
Oregon Zoo employees protest veterinarian’s firing, say he was ‘a father figure’ – Zoo employees praised the former Oregon Zoo senior veterinarian at a Metro Council meeting Thursday afternoon and requested the council investigate the circumstances of his dismissal.
City manager’s progress after 2 years on job in Yakima – Yakima’s city manager is embarking on his third year in office. On Wednesday, KIMA sat down with Tony O’Rourke and talked about improvements to the airport and downtown revitalization. KIMA continues the discussion about downtown, and improving the city’s image, which starts with public safety.
Ellensburg, WA Council offers city manager job to John Akers – The Ellensburg City Council voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to offer the vacant city manager job to Interim City Manager John Akers.
Port Huron Council will vote Monday on contract for manager – The Port Huron City Council will have a special meeting Monday to consider a contract to replace City Manager Bruce Brown.
Richards resigns as Gig Harbor city administrator – Denny Richards’ last day as Gig Harbor city administrator is Friday. Richards will resign effective May 16. Police Chief Mike Davis will become acting city administrator until University Place lawyer Ron Williams takes over the job on June 2.
Kansas City, City manager steps in to find best plan for Kemper Arena – Two plans attempt to address the arena’s future. One would raze the historic structure to make way for a smaller, 5,000-seat arena, and the other would restore the building for multi-use.
Cerner uses town to cultivate healthy culture – Cerner Corp. employees started visiting the western Missouri city of Nevada in 2011, looking to adopt a community as a testing ground for theories to control skyrocketing medical costs.
Allen Park Emergency manager announces two city appointments – Emergency manager Joyce Parker announced Tuesday that she has made two city appointments. Cathy Gorski was added to the Festivities Committee and Sid Alley was added to the Police and Fire Civil Service Commission.
Columbia City Council wants to give downtown sewer project priority – Members of the Columbia City Council said Wednesay at the second session of a two-day council mini-retreat that the city’s list of capital improvement needs for the next two fiscal years should include a new main trunk-line sewer to serve the downtown area.
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Proposed interim city manager appointment may violate El Paso City Charter – In a proposed action that appears to violate the City Charter, the mayor and City Council are looking to appoint an interim city manager effective Wednesday and until a new city manager takes office in late June.
Fort Worth City Council meets with city manager candidates – After meeting with the top two finalists, the Fort Worth City Council is expected to announce its choice for city manager Friday.
City of Austin approves $1.8M to pay legal fees tied to issue with Waller Creek Tunnel project – The City of Austin recently learned the design of the inlet facility for the Waller Creek Tunnel project sits partially in the Waterloo Park Capitol View Corridor, according to the city manager’s office.
Resolution approved by city may open doors for ride sharing services – The Austin City Council approves a resolution which could open the door to ride sharing services coming to Austin. Companies like Uber and Lyft operate in other cities across the country and state but not Austin. There is a push from Austinites to bring these companies to the state capital.
City talking with conservation group on Duke Beltline – A Virginia-based conservation group may try to help city officials acquire the Duke Beltline from the Norfolk Southern Corp., City Manager Tom Bonfield says.
Panama City, FL City manager given distinguished award – City Manager Ken Hammons of Panama City has received a lifetime achievement award.
Assistant City Manager heading to Tallahassee – The City of Albany is losing one of their Assistant City Managers as Lonnie Ballard is heading to Tallahassee.
City of Alexandria, VA in Violation of Its Charter – While Alexandria’s ordinances are enacted in public by the City Council and are readily accessible to the citizenry, usually in the form of “The Code of the City of Alexandria, 1981,” departments and offices across city government also promulgate official rules and regulations, but they are neither publicized nor readily accessible by the citizenry.