A Dallas developer is contributing $1 million to the development of Harwood Park in the city's downtown. The park is the fourth one under a partnership between the city Park and Recreation Department and Parks for Downtown Dallas.
A $1.06 million grant approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be used for shoreline upgrades and aquatic habitat improvements at a waterfront park in Buffalo, N.Y. The park is also undergoing work to improve public access and add amenities such as a dog park and playground.
The Shawnee County Sheriff's Office in Kansas is conducting some of its job training for 9-1-1 dispatchers remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, applicants "need to be in there to observe to really fully understand what they're getting themselves into," emergency communications director Melanie Bergers says.
Portland, Ore., 9-1-1 dispatcher Bridget Rhodes handles many calls from people with flu-like or coronavirus symptoms, some of whom die before an ambulance arrives. "You just try to be there for somebody if you realize that they might not make it by the time your responders get there, and you just try to stay there with them and calm them," she says.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed into law a bill providing workers' compensation to 9-1-1 professionals and others who hear or see traumatic things while performing their job duties. "Emergency operators are our first line of support when a horrific event occurs," state Sen. Rhonda Fields says.
9-1-1 dispatchers in Canada are frequently trained to send police to respond to calls for mental health concerns, which critics say would be better handled by social workers and others. In the US, cities in California and Wisconsin are working to have such calls handled by people other than police.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she wants state lawmakers to designate making a false 9-1-1 call based on race as a hate crime. The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors in Wisconsin is weighing a similar proposal.
Officials in Winnipeg, Manitoba, have decided to halt a pilot project that involved noise deterrents being placed under city bridges to deter homeless people from camping there -- a strategy that drew criticism from homeless advocates and members of the community. A city official in an email to the City Council noted plans to investigate alternative strategies to protect the bridges while ensuring the safety of people who shelter under them.
Assistant City Manager Nathan Hamburger of Agoura Hills, Calif., is in line to succeed former City Manager Greg Ramirez, who resigned his post at the end of May. "I am constantly reminded how amazingly unique Agoura Hills truly is and I am proud to serve as the next city manager," Hamburger says.
Cities and counties in Texas are closing parks and beaches ahead of Independence Day as the state experiences an increase in coronavirus cases. The closures take various forms, with places such as South Padre Island closed to vehicles but open to pedestrians.