As landline fees used to fund 911 dispatch in Simpson County, Ky., have fallen, county officials and the Franklin City Commission are considering options for bridging the funding gap. Ideas include splitting costs among the county, city and ambulance service, and replacing the landline fee with a water-meter fee.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has asked her staff to study the feasibility of making the city's public transit free, noting that many cities are investigating using public transit to curb rising air pollution rates. Twenty-four French towns have already implemented free transit policies.
Organizations are talking with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation about possible locations for a proposed food forest on public land that would provide food for low-income communities. A $5,000 grant is helping organizer Michael Muehlbauer expand his efforts to hear from the community about the idea.
Urban areas are attracting attention from land conservancies. One example is Western Reserve Land Conservancy's creation of land banks in the Cleveland area to help residents buy abandoned properties.
The $38.5 million Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience featuring a 60-foot-tall Fantasy Tree House of Sports climbing structure and other amenities has opened at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis in Indiana. The exhibit aims to combat inactivity and the health problems that stem from it by getting families involved in sports-related activities.
A Clarksdale, Miss., board has approved the creation of an urban renewal agency to lead the development of a $50 million recreation center. The Corey L. Moore Sports and Recreation Complex would have a water park, a 120-room hotel, a solar farm, sports fields and other amenities.
New York has awarded a $19,082 grant to the Winona Forest Recreation Association to revitalize about 17 miles of trails in Winona State Forest, among other improvements.
Oakland County Parks in Michigan is seeking a $92,000 state grant to help pay for upgrades to the deck, dock and boardwalk at Independence Oaks County Park. The project is expected to cost $185,800.
Laredo, Texas, is interested in having a water park at no cost and is seeking public-private partnership proposals. The idea is to have the city exchange tax incentives or land deeds in exchange for a company's investment, said Councilman Alberto Torres Jr.
FirstNet has issued a task order to start constructing radio access networks across the US and territories, and FirstNet CTO Jeff Bratcher said there have been no surprises since FirstNet deployment efforts began last year. FirstNet expects to launch the buildout of its core network at the end of the month.
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