Two Dutch cities have pledged to improve recycling rates and develop circular economies where as much waste as possible is reused to extract its maximum value. Amsterdam aims to boost recycling from 27 percent to 65 percent by 2020, while Rotterdam hopes to have a circular economy in place by 2030.
Fayetteville, N.C., city staff evaluated homes and businesses for damage from Hurricane Florence, rating around 1,200 of them for damage severity. The city is also consolidating evacuees from six facilities to three so schools that have been serving as shelters can make progress toward reopening.
The Cupertino, Calif., City Council approved a resident-developed plan for the defunct Vallco Shopping Mall that was presented as an alternative to one previously submitted by Sand Hill Property. Sand Hill has 18 months to present a design that aligns with one of the two proposals.
Travel to Portland, Ore., has roughly doubled since a hotel tax to promote tourism was enacted in 2012, and a new ordinance extends the mechanism to smaller hotels and short-term rentals. In addition to the 2% assessment, the City Council in its action in June imposed a $4-per-night booking fee for housing and homelessness programs.
The City Council of Mattoon, Ill., has denied an ambulance service's appeal of the rejection of its bid to be a third provider. New ordinances restrict the number of ambulance services to two, and residents have expressed concerns about response times since the city discontinued the fire department's ambulance services.
Neosho, Mo., Mayor Ben Baker announced that the city has hired Leland Butcher to take the role of city manager, a post that's been vacant for nearly two years. "Mr. Butcher has extensive experience in leadership and budgeting, and I think he's going to be a great asset to our city," Baker said.
City Council members in Wellington, New Zealand, are set to vote on a deal that would see the city lease its newly opened social housing facilities to Housing New Zealand for the next five years. Officials say Wellington residents on a waiting list for social housing are also on Housing New Zealand's waiting list.
Norwalk, Conn., is working toward data-sharing agreements with three companies to implement connected-vehicle technology. The agreements are intended to allow the city to share real-time traffic signal information and get data from connected-vehicle apps to relieve congestion and enhance safety.
The cost of providing housing for the homeless at New York City shelters is increasing, according to a report released by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The amount the city spent on average to provide housing for one single adult in a shelter rose from $99 a day during the 2017 fiscal year to $117 a day for the 2018 fiscal year.
The Brevard Zoo in Florida has received $10 million in funds from the county commission to help push forward a planned aquarium. The zoo plans to open the facility on the Banana River in Port Canaveral and intends to use it to advocate environmental conservation in the Indian River Lagoon. The aquarium could open by 2022.
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