Supervisors in Coconino County, Ariz., voted unanimously to hire interim county manager James "Jimmy" Jayne to remain in his post permanently. "In the last six months we've had a lot of complicated issues ... and he did an excellent job managing us through all of them," said Matt Ryan, president of the county's board of supervisors.
How much a leader can delegate depends on the degree of capability and confidence employees have, writes Naphtali Hoff. Some may need more coaching, and a crisis might not allow for anything but a command-and-control approach, he writes.
Meet Me at the Park grants from the National Recreation and Park Association and Disney have been put toward such projects as improved safety at a Maryland hiking trail, a new trail at a Tennessee environmental-art piece and a dinosaur exhibit at a Georgia state park. In Washington state, Kitsap County Parks has created a mascot, Boomer, to guide children and families along an adventure trail.
A floating playground with an obstacle course will open soon at the Louisville State Recreation Area in Nebraska. The obstacle course sits on a lake, and lifeguards are on duty.
The "Monkey Ship" attraction at Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, Ind., has reopened after a refurbishment. The zoo no longer houses monkeys in the exhibit and has revamped the children's play area with help from volunteers.
A conservation easement has been established for Birch Hill in Patterson, N.Y., according to the nonprofit Westchester Land Trust. The 273 acres of land feature a restored habitat for the threatened New England cottontail rabbit, and the area is closed to the public.
Foundation Park in Milwaukee is a neighborhood park being refurbished with a concrete walkway, new play equipment, shade trees, benches and a picnic table. The restoration effort came after research by college students, including outreach to local Hmong residents.
North Philly Peace Park in Philadephia's historically black Sharswood neighborhood is moving to a new location and will be designed with community input and a focus on Afrofuturism. "As you can see in the current design, all of these concepts were brought together and integrated to create an experience not only for the community but also people who come by and visit the community, to learn about the spirit of a place, which is represented by the inner cleansing light," lead designer Nyasha Felder says.
The Santa Fe, N.M., Regional Emergency Communications Center will funnel millions of dollars into upgrades to its equipment and facility over the next few years. A new dispatch system, which officials hope to finish installing by February 2019, is among the new equipment and will improve call location accuracy.
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