At the urging of first responders, the Winona County board in Minnesota unanimously agreed to hire a full-time emergency manager. The board rejected a recommendation to split such a position between courthouse security and emergency management.
A Florida bill to cover workers' compensation for first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder has been passed by two state Senate committees with unanimous votes. The bill would include first responders who witness various fatal incidents.
The Brunswick Police Department in Maine presented to the town council its policy on using drones to patrol railroad tracks under a pilot program funded by the Federal Railroad Administration. Drone operators will need to be certified by the Federal Aviation Administration.
FirstNet plans to host a hackathon in March to develop ideas for applications and solutions for first responders in its apps ecosystem. "This event will bring together developers, first responders, designers and creators to hack new and innovative solutions for our nation's first responders," AT&T said.
A device under development could scan a person's phone to tell police if it had been in use just before or during an accident. Chicago aldermen discussed the possibility of adopting the technology once it is available.
The city of Oshkosh, Wis., along with help from infrastructure firm AECOM, worked to transform an abandoned marina into a public space. To do so, they had to overcome environmental concerns on the property and numerous design challenges.
The Farmington Parks & Recreation Department in Missouri is using an online survey to assess residents' interest in an amphitheater. The city is considering seeking a matching Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for such a project.
The Westerville Parks and Recreation Department in Ohio established a Teen Advisory Board to allow young residents the ability to communicate their needs and remain informed and involved in local government.
The Friends of Peebles Island State Park in New York was scheduled last weekend to welcome professional and amateur photographers to the park for a "Picture My Park Day" event. The goal of the event was to encourage all-season visits and nature photography.
The waterfalls that make up the Lower Cascades Trail at Hanging Rock State Park in North Carolina are being marketing on social media by an area tourism bureau with the #Melting Stokes hashtag. Those waterfalls recently froze because of cold weather.