Parks and recreation agencies should be acquainted with government guidelines on the disposal of fluorescent lights, especially as regulations are different for nonresidential users, writes Bobby Farris of TerraCycle Regulated Waste. "Box and store, shipping or crushing bulbs are three options for disposing of used CFLs, linear bulbs and high-density lamps," he writes.
The defunct Snell Road Landfill in Oshkosh, Wis., has been transformed into a conservation park. Ken Robl Conservation Park features a pair of ponds, hiking and bicycling trails and a pier built from recycled plastics.
A play area for children of all abilities has opened in Soda Springs, Idaho. Caribou CommUNITY Playground was hand-painted and hand-built, with sensory panels, therapeutic swings, a merry-go-round and other features.
Playground manufacturer GameTime has awarded a $25,000 grant to Leesburg, Va., to install inclusive and accessible equipment at a playground in Foxridge Park. "The overall look, as well as components like the balance log and mushrooms, help tie the active and passive areas of the park together," said city official Lisa Hamaker.
Pasco County, Fla., officials say a problem with telecommunications firm Spectrum caused a woman to get a busy signal multiple times while trying to reach 9-1-1 dispatchers. This problem has been reported three times by Spectrum customers this year, and the company said it is following up on the issue.
The Massachusetts State 9-1-1 Department would cover the costs and handle operations for the Essex County Regional 9-1-1 Center under a new proposal aimed at encouraging other communities to join. The center cost $12 million and can accommodate up to 13 communities, but only five have joined so far.
Hattiesburg, Miss., Police Department dispatchers will receive a raise of 50 cents per hour after the city council approved the increase. Officials say they hope the new salary will help with dispatcher retention.
The city council in Spokane, Wash., has voted to delay a move to consolidate regional dispatch centers. The council cited concerns from emergency responders and said not enough information had been provided to back up the consolidation.
A situational-awareness application from Intrepid Networks that gives users real-time location data of team members and information on the environment has received FirstNet certification. The Response app is used by the IRS, the Defense Department, the New York City and Orlando police departments and Harris County, Texas.