Mosques in Cologne, Germany, can now apply for permits to be allowed to broadcast a five-minute call to prayer every Friday around noon. "[I]f in addition to the sounds of the church bells we also hear the call of the muezzin, it shows that in Cologne diversity is valued and lived," says Mayor Henriette Reker.
Small cities in a part of Minnesota not usually defined as rural need broadband funding so they can serve tourists, the head of the Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities told Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. "[W]hen we have people visiting, we need them to be safe, but in Whalan, they have no way to get [a] signal," said Brenda Johnson, head of the league.
The New York City Council has committed to making the full transition from diesel to electric school buses in the city by 2035. The bill passed by the council says the transition is "subject to the commercial availability and reliability of all electric school buses, and the technical and physical availability of related planned infrastructure."
City Council members in Christchurch, New Zealand, have decided to end the city's contract with Ian Brackenbury Channell, whom the city has paid over $256,000 over the past 23 years for providing "acts of wizardry." Council assistant chief executive Lynn McClelland says the decision was a difficult one.
Surging revenue from property, sales and tourist taxes in San Diego has left the city with a $27 million budget surplus in place of the $52 million shortfall the municipal finance department had predicted for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Reports show that rising vaccination and leisure travel rates in April, May and June helped drive the increase.
City Council members in Diboll, Texas, this week voted unanimously to hire Lufkin, Texas, Assistant City Manager Jason Arnold to fill the post of city manager. "Diboll is a great community with exciting things happening and my family is thrilled to be a part of it," says Arnold, who will officially take over from interim City Manager Keith Wright on Nov. 1.
A 1.5-mile-long section of the Washington & Old Dominion Trail in Falls Church, Va., has opened one path for bicyclists and another for walkers and runners, separated by a median. "The idea is over the next decade, hopefully, we will start transforming all of the urban areas with something like this," said Paul Gilbert, executive director of NOVA Parks.
The National Recreation and Park Association has created a data-based Youth Mentoring Framework to guide departments in their efforts to mentor young people, writes Lauren Kiefert of NRPA. The framework includes 16 weeks of lessons and is suitable for one-on-one and group settings, Kiefert writes.
Moline, Ill., is planning a $7.1 million renovation of the Riverside Aquatic Center that includes tennis courts and parking areas. The project will also upgrade concessions and shade structures and add various water features, family restrooms and parks and recreation offices.
The Open Space Institute has purchased a 59.62-acre parcel in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., that will likely be used for trails connecting parks and a lake. A state agency will likely buy the property from the institute.
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