Local government – Devolved http://devolved.net/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 21:47:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://devolved.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Local government – Devolved http://devolved.net/ 32 32 Dysfunctional local government https://devolved.net/dysfunctional-local-government/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 21:47:19 +0000 https://devolved.net/dysfunctional-local-government/ We invariably repeat the same string that the local organs of government in Pakistan are modeled on the British model. In their composition and function, they differ enormously from each other at the local level. British local government has reached the pinnacle of prosperity. He succeeded in embellishing and improving conservative policies. For example, the […]]]>

We invariably repeat the same string that the local organs of government in Pakistan are modeled on the British model. In their composition and function, they differ enormously from each other at the local level.

British local government has reached the pinnacle of prosperity. He succeeded in embellishing and improving conservative policies. For example, the health services organized by local authorities in England are far superior to those which exist in our country. Our local agencies are far behind their British counterparts in providing maternity and child protection services.

The Pakistani government does not pay attention to education in the slums. According to Article 25A of the 1973 constitution of Pakistan, education is the basic right of people. Needless to say, around 22 million children are out of school due to soaring poverty and soaring inflation. Ironically, this number of students can reach an alarming level. Moreover, the local government of the country is also dysfunctional in paying attention to unsanitary slums.

Currently, Pakistan is going through a horrible and hostile situation. The floods wreaked havoc across the country. At this critical moment, the health of the population is at stake and the government is in a deep sleep. It is time for the local government to administer the best possible treatment to the unhealthy people who are carriers of precarious and deadly diseases like colds, coughs and dengue fever.

Local authorities in Pakistan must work properly in order to prevent health crises and academic crises. The provincial government, with the help of the central government, should pay attention to issues of public health, sanitation, medical assistance, education and housing.

NASRULLAH KHADIM,

Sind.

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Laguna Niguel’s Melissa Caldwell wants to involve the community in local government https://devolved.net/laguna-niguels-melissa-caldwell-wants-to-involve-the-community-in-local-government/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 18:19:29 +0000 https://devolved.net/laguna-niguels-melissa-caldwell-wants-to-involve-the-community-in-local-government/ Around the time Melissa Caldwell started serving as PTA president of her daughter’s elementary school, she was told the school was closing because there weren’t enough students. . Caldwell, who is running for a seat on the Laguna Niguel City Council in the upcoming Nov. 8 election, said after speaking to Capistrano Unified School District […]]]>

Around the time Melissa Caldwell started serving as PTA president of her daughter’s elementary school, she was told the school was closing because there weren’t enough students. .

Caldwell, who is running for a seat on the Laguna Niguel City Council in the upcoming Nov. 8 election, said after speaking to Capistrano Unified School District officials, she realized students with special needs were not counted by the district for registration. Of 400 students at her daughter’s school, only half are counted, she says.

“When I understood [these] the kids had no voice, it really opened my eyes,” she said. “It just tore me up inside and broke my heart.”

(Courtesy of Melissa Caldwell)

She said she fought with the district to get students counted, but ultimately the school closed.

The students, she said, were transferred to other schools and for some of them it was the sixth or even the seventh relocation.

She said the experience prompted her to seek more community involvement – ​​one of the reasons, she said, she decided to run for local office.

“I realized that the more you engage with the community, the more issues that arise will give you more potential opportunities to make a difference for future generations,” she said.

Being the mother of a teenage girl, she said, also inspired her to pay attention to the welfare and safety of children, especially after giving her daughter an electric bike for her 13th birthday and then learned how often they are cited in accidents.

“I didn’t realize I was giving him the keys to a car,” she said. “There are so many responsibilities that go into all of this. There are so many things that people don’t understand or know [about e-bikes].”

So she partnered with Laguna Niguel police, local hospitals and an injury prevention center to push forward what she called an e-bike action plan to educate the public. , especially students and parents, about e-bike traffic rules, violations and consequences of getting a citation before the age of 16.

“I really think what sets me apart from a lot of other candidates is my relationship with law enforcement,” she said.

Her background and connections to the PTA also gave her better access to the community, she said.

Besides the e-bike action plan, the potential sale of the Ziggurat building, which was built by the federal government in the 1960s for military purposes, would be another focus, she said, if it were elected.

The city plans to work with the federal government to repurpose the building, although no decision has yet been made.

According to Caldwell, the building was the epicenter of Laguna Niguel’s growth.

“They started to build houses for the families of the soldiers who worked in the establishment. This is how Laguna Niguel was born,” she said.

She said community awareness was important during the repurposing of the Ziggurat. Some residents, she said, she spoke with suggested a skating rink or roller rink.

“If we engage the community,” she said. “We’ll have residents potentially happy rather than upset that, one, they didn’t know, or two, something was done that they absolutely didn’t want,” she said.

She also said she was focusing on the impending demolition of a library in the city’s downtown area, which the city plans to rebuild with the development of apartments and retail stores.

“It’s going to end up being our own downtown,” she says.

This new development, she said, will encourage young families to move to the city.

We will have future generations to carry on,” she said.

Caldwell has over 20 years of legal experience and served as COO of a local law firm.

She said her experience will help ensure Laguna Niguel’s financial stability.

She praised city officials for establishing a solid financial foundation for the city.

“We are debt free, which I find incredible,” she said.

Caldwell also said working with current elected officials also prepared her to serve on the board.

She said fieldwork for Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) helped her understand the legislative process and she welcomed more than 30 new businesses to the city on the senator’s behalf.

She said at a recent groundbreaking ceremony that the owner of a new nail salon told her she was looking forward to giving back to the community.

“It’s so great to see businesses thrive,” she said. “I think if we have more companies with the same mindset, we can continue to be successful in the future.”

In her spare time, Caldwell said she enjoys gardening and spending time with her daughter on thrift store trips.

She said running for city council is not a stepping stone for her and she is just a resident who wants to serve.

“I have been so involved in the community that I don’t want there to ever be a disconnect between our local government and our community members,” she said. “I love my community, I love my city and I want to call it home forever.”

Campaign finance disclosure documents show that she raised more than $8,000 from January 1, 2021 to the end of June 2022 and provided a personal loan of $1,000 to her campaign.

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Madison City Councilman Gary Halverson Resigns After Threats and Vandalism | local government https://devolved.net/madison-city-councilman-gary-halverson-resigns-after-threats-and-vandalism-local-government/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 04:35:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/madison-city-councilman-gary-halverson-resigns-after-threats-and-vandalism-local-government/ Dean Mosiman | Wisconsin State Journal Madison Ald. Gary Halverson said on Wednesday night he planned to resign from the City Council after receiving threats and having his house vandalized, a week after news broke that he was briefly with the Oath Keepers. Halverson said his wife suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to past […]]]>

Madison Ald. Gary Halverson said on Wednesday night he planned to resign from the City Council after receiving threats and having his house vandalized, a week after news broke that he was briefly with the Oath Keepers.

Halverson said his wife suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to past trauma and the harassment triggered her.

“For anyone who has PTSD or lives with someone who has, knows that when something kicks in it’s absolutely terrifying and the terror can last for days, weeks or longer. I don’t want to put him through , her or my family longer,” he said in an email.

Halverson said he failed to properly vet the far-right group and quit shortly after joining. After news broke of his membership in the group, he was criticized by Chairman of the Board Keith Furman and Vice Chairman Jael Currie. Oath Keepers have been accused of playing a key role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol.

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“I am deeply saddened that our current political state is filled with fear and bullying tactics. The end justifies NO means,” Halverson said in the email. “I started this journey to help my community because that’s who I am. I’m proud of my accomplishments and have been honored to work with so many great people who live and work in this city.”

Madison Ald. Gary Halverson, in an email to city council members on Wednesday, said he received threats and his home was vandalized after news broke that he had briefly joined a far-right group in mid-2020.






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Halverson also asked council chairman Keith Furman, who along with council vice-chairman Jael Currie had publicly condemned Halverson’s association with the Oath Keepers, to speak out against the attacks on his family and property.







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“Since your statement was inciting, I have asked you to please speak out against the physical attacks and vandalism directed at my home and my family,” he said. “Your words, like those of Donald Trump before January 6, 2021, have incited others to violence.”

Founded in 2009, the Oath Keepers is a loosely organized group fueled by conspiracy theory that asks its members to pledge to defend the Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic”, promotes the belief that the federal government is there to strip citizens of their civil liberties and portrays its supporters as defenders against tyranny. The group has been accused of playing a key role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol. Halverson said he joined without fully understanding what the band was.

In response to Halverson’s email, Furman emailed him and the rest of the council saying that “threats and vandalism are unacceptable” but that “our statement was not the cause of your problems – they are your past actions Your desire to deflect is disappointing.

Madison Police Department spokesman Hunter Lisko said police responded to a complaint of vandalism on Halverson’s property Wednesday morning, but no further information was available and an investigation was ongoing. Lisko had no information available about the threats made against Halverson, who did not respond to a State Journal request for comment Wednesday.

On Sept. 7, the Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism identified Halverson as one of six elected officials from Wisconsin whose names appeared on leaked Oath Keepers membership lists.

Halverson, elected to serve the East Side’s 17th District in April 2021, responded by saying he joined the organization without verification and is no longer a member.

“I thought I joined an organization that welcomed veterans who cared about our democracy,” he said in a Sept. 7 email. “I was misled and terminated the membership two months later in August 2020.”

A day later, Furman and Currie condemned Halverson’s association with the band and said it was up to him to decide if he could continue on the board “that secret now being public”. They also said the information calls into question the motivation behind Halverson’s public votes and that voters will have the opportunity to decide who will represent them in April 2023.

Halverson released an additional statement later in the day saying he left the Oathkeepers four months before the 2020 presidential election and was “still disgusted by the heinous attack on our democracy on January 6” .

On Sept. 12, Halverson posted a note on his city’s webpage saying it had been a tough week for him and his family, and thanking voters for their overwhelming support.

“I made a mistake joining a group that cheated on me and other veterans. I quickly corrected it. I apologize for the embarrassment, distraction and pain this has caused,” a “Statements and comments by other elected officials calling me a white supremacist or associating me with one are heinous, extremely offensive and possibly defamatory,” he said.

In his Wednesday email to the council, obtained by the State Journal, Halverson called Furman and Currie’s statement “misleading and cruel” and said it led to “threats against me, including vandalism at home”.

“I don’t expect you to acknowledge or appreciate that I disavowed and left the organization prior to the 2020 presidential election and the events of January 6,” he said.

Furman shared two emails in response, one sent to Halverson and all board members and a second to Halverson.

In the first email, Furman said he would not engage in a back-and-forth via emails to all council members, called threats and vandalism unacceptable, and accused Halverson of hijacking.

In the email to Halverson, Furman reiterated, “I’m sorry you’ve been vandalized and receiving threats. No one deserves this and it is completely unacceptable.

He also asked if Halverson could point to parts of the joint statement that were inaccurate and that he would be happy to correct it.

“You had every right to join this group and I certainly have every right to be disgusted by it,” he said.

Furman also sent Halverson the Wikipedia page on Oath Keepers from May 2020.

Currie had not responded to requests for comment.

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Report: Local government investment is important to meet waste diversion goals https://devolved.net/report-local-government-investment-is-important-to-meet-waste-diversion-goals/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 00:06:44 +0000 https://devolved.net/report-local-government-investment-is-important-to-meet-waste-diversion-goals/ Three Steamboat Springs restaurants have pledged to participate in a composting pilot project that has so far diverted 1,308 gallons of food waste.Getty Images Increasing the ability to divert organics from Routt County landfills will be critical to meeting local climate goals, and significant change may require government involvement, according to a study commissioned by […]]]>
Three Steamboat Springs restaurants have pledged to participate in a composting pilot project that has so far diverted 1,308 gallons of food waste.
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Increasing the ability to divert organics from Routt County landfills will be critical to meeting local climate goals, and significant change may require government involvement, according to a study commissioned by Routt County and Steamboat Springs.

Study findings show that Routt County lags other mountain communities in terms of waste diversion, and that local governments are doing little to encourage residents to compost their organic waste.

“Our experience is that organics recovery won’t increase significantly – you won’t get composting or any of those things – without the government taking a more active role,” said Peter Engel, project manager at Kessler Consulting Inc., one of the companies behind the study.



Only 9% of Routt County’s waste is currently diverted from a landfill, which is low compared to the diversion rate of 38% in Pitkin County and 30% in Eagle County. The 9% mark is well below the goal of 85% waste diversion by 2050 set out in Routt County’s Climate Action Plan. Another objective of the plan is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector by 69%.

Engel’s company, which has partnered with Denver-based environmental consulting firm LBA Associates Inc., focuses on organics, recycling and solid waste management for Colorado governments. The two companies also worked on the Steamboat Recycling Study which was presented to City Council earlier this year.



Engel said recycling organics comes in three main forms: food, yard and wood waste. The study found that Routt County does very well on wood waste by diverting more than 75%, but a large majority of food and yard waste is landfilled.

“Food and yard waste…those are your main opportunities to increase recovery,” Engel said.

The best way to prevent food waste is to feed more people, Engel said. This is done primarily in LiftUp Routt County, but is limited as a lot of the food scraps are inedible.

However, food waste can also be used to feed animals, and there are local partnerships where farmers use the grain from the brewing or distillation process to feed animals. Engel said there are opportunities to expand both of these practices.

But the biggest “bang for your buck” would come from a more robust composting program, Engel said. There are two local operations: Cowgirl Compost of Colorado and Twin Environmental.

“Each serves somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 residents and a small segment of the business community as well,” Engel said.

However, in total, less than two acres are devoted to turning this waste into compost.

Diversion of yard waste is even more limited, according to Engel. Besides a Christmas tree recycling program and some fall clean-up initiatives, most locally generated yard waste is landfilled, according to the study.

Overall, public awareness of organic waste diversion options is low, Engel said. The county also lacks the incentives to coax an increase in waste diversion and the mandates that would compel it. Capacity is also limited at the two local facilities.

Still, Engel and Routt County Environmental Health Director Scott Cowman said the county has a solid foundation to improve waste diversion through the Climate Action Plan Collaborative Council. The easiest way would be to focus on the biggest waste producers first.

“When we look at organics, we focus much more on the big food waste generators – restaurants, hotels, motels, grocery stores and, to a lesser extent, school cafeterias,” said Laura Bacheldor Adams of LBA Associates.

Sarah Jones, Director of Sustainability and Community Engagement for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. and a member of the climate collaboration, said the station is working to increase its waste diversion capabilities. It won’t be completed until next summer and will only divert food waste from the station, but Jones said it’s still a significant amount of waste and will only increase to as base area improvements are completed.

The report makes other recommendations, ranging from increasing public awareness of organic waste diversion options to local governments investing in a drop-off center to expand those options.

The county could also explore some sort of mandate, though there is currently no requirement to recycle in the unincorporated county, let alone divert organic waste.

“It seems clear to me that it’s not going to be Routt County coming out and doing anything,” Commissioner Beth Melton said. “It wouldn’t make much sense without working in partnership.”

Steamboat City Council is expected to receive a similar presentation on the report next week.

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Local Government Elections: Stratford District Rural Ward Candidates Questions and Answers https://devolved.net/local-government-elections-stratford-district-rural-ward-candidates-questions-and-answers/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 06:09:05 +0000 https://devolved.net/local-government-elections-stratford-district-rural-ward-candidates-questions-and-answers/ Stratford District Council rural ward candidates answer questions on a range of topics. Photo/NZME In this year’s local elections, five candidates are vying for the four seats available in rural Stratford District Council. There is no election this year for the seat of mayor of Stratford, the Stratford Māori ward, or Stratford Urban Ward, as […]]]>

Stratford District Council rural ward candidates answer questions on a range of topics. Photo/NZME

In this year’s local elections, five candidates are vying for the four seats available in rural Stratford District Council.

There is no election this year for the seat of mayor of Stratford, the

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City Council chairman ‘disgusted’ by council member joining Oath Keepers | local government https://devolved.net/city-council-chairman-disgusted-by-council-member-joining-oath-keepers-local-government/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 20:15:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/city-council-chairman-disgusted-by-council-member-joining-oath-keepers-local-government/ Chris Hubbuch | Wisconsin State Journal Madison City Council leaders condemn another member’s association with a far-right group accused of playing a key role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Council Chairman Keith Furman and Vice Chairman Jael Currie said they were “disgusted” to learn that Ald. Gary Halverson had belonged to […]]]>

Madison City Council leaders condemn another member’s association with a far-right group accused of playing a key role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Council Chairman Keith Furman and Vice Chairman Jael Currie said they were “disgusted” to learn that Ald. Gary Halverson had belonged to the Oath Keepersan anti-government group that recruits current and former military, police, and first responders.






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The Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism on Wednesday identified Halverson as one of six elected officials from Wisconsin whose names appeared on leaked Oath Keepers membership lists.

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Halverson, who represents District 17 on the east side of town, responded by saying he joined the organization without verifying the organization and is no longer a member.

“I thought I joined an organization that welcomed veterans who cared about our democracy,” Halverson wrote in an email Wednesday. “I was misled and terminated membership two months later in August 2020.”







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Furman and Currie dismissed that notion in a statement saying “the group’s extremist positions have been well known since its founding over a decade ago.”

“Mere seconds of online research reveal that the Oath Keepers are a far-right anti-government group, not a veterans or democracy preservation group,” they said. “As the nation responded to the murder of George Floyd, this group promoted its membership using anti Black Lives Matter statements.”







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Halverson, who was elected to the council in 2021 after running unopposed, released an additional statement on Thursday saying he had resigned four months before the 2020 presidential election and was “still disgusted by the heinous attack on our democracy on January 6”.

“I have many friends from all political walks of life because I believe relationships are what build a strong community,” Halverson wrote. “I have endorsed many different candidates, including our current Democratic candidates for Senate, Congress, and Governor.”

Furman and Currie paused before calling on Halverson to stand down, saying voters will decide in April whether he should serve a second term.

“It’s up to him whether he can continue as Alder as that secret is now public,” they said. “Having this information certainly calls into question the motivation behind his votes.”


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“Ultimately, my heart is in serving my community, which I do every day to the best of my ability,” Halverson said. “My constituents in District 17 know it, my friends know it, and my fellow councilors know it.”

Using a database compiled by transparency collective Distributed Denial of Secrets, the Anti-Defamation League scoured more than 38,000 names to identify hundreds of law enforcement officers, including police chiefs and sheriffs, as well as members of the military. The group found more than 80 people, including six in Wisconsin, running for or holding public office.

Founded in 2009 by Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers is a loosely organized group fueled by conspiracy theory that asks its members to pledge to defend the Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic”, promotes the belief that the federal government is willing to strip citizens of their civil liberties and portrays its supporters as defenders against tyranny.

More than two dozen people associated with the Oath Keepers – including Rhodes – have been charged in connection with the January 6 attack. Rhodes and four other Oath Keeper members or associates will stand trial this month on charges of seditious conspiracy in what prosecutors have described as a week-long plot to keep then-President Donald Trump in power. Rhodes and the other Oath Keepers say they are innocent and there was no plan to attack the Capitol.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-gunner fires shots before retiring from Waikato local government https://devolved.net/ex-gunner-fires-shots-before-retiring-from-waikato-local-government/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 23:37:00 +0000 https://devolved.net/ex-gunner-fires-shots-before-retiring-from-waikato-local-government/ Kelly Hodel / Stuff Hugh Vercoe, a retired local politician, farmer and businessman in Morrinsville, where he owns a finance company and co-owns a newspaper. Like the former gunner he is, the former mayor of Matamata-Piako and outgoing regional councilor Hugh Vercoe does not hesitate to throw a few political punches. Bang! He worries about […]]]>
Hugh Vercoe, a retired local politician, farmer and businessman in Morrinsville, where he owns a finance company and co-owns a newspaper.

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Hugh Vercoe, a retired local politician, farmer and businessman in Morrinsville, where he owns a finance company and co-owns a newspaper.

Like the former gunner he is, the former mayor of Matamata-Piako and outgoing regional councilor Hugh Vercoe does not hesitate to throw a few political punches.

Bang! He worries about the creeping centralization of government, including for local councils.

Blame! He believes that the mayors of Waikato may have resigned at the end of this term due to frustrations with dealing with new demands from central government.

And boom! The bureaucratic approach of the regional council deeply frustrates him: “It’s time for me to go.

In his Morrinsville Financial Society office with full military paraphernalia, the still energetic 79-year-old Vercoe exhibited in his usual direct manner before his exit from local government after nearly a quarter of a century.

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“I am concerned about the government’s philosophical push towards centralisation,” he said, pointing to worries about Three Waters, health board mergers and polytech mega Te Pūkenga, as well as the potential for further streamlining of the local government.

For example, the four operating areas proposed by Three Waters are “far too large” to “adequately manage local requirements”.

Although some streamlining of local government in Waikato may be warranted, he fears reform may go too far, creating excessive control from Wellington or councils that are also too large.

“Centralization takes away the local capacity for control and by taking over the functions [of local councils] far what you have left is all fuck.

If things are being streamlined, it needs to be done smartly and in a way that maintains local oversight, Vercoe said.

Noting that four local mayors are resigning that term – Allan Sanson of Waikato District, Sandra Goudie of Thames-Coromandel, Ash Tanner of Matamata-Piako and Jenny Shattock of South Waikato – Vercoe said some may be frustrated with the changing face of government. local.

“In the past, local communities decide what they want, get government support and do what the locals want.”

Now more time was spent meeting central government demands, he said.

Hugh Vercoe, a retired senior local government politician, said:

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Hugh Vercoe, a retired senior local government politician, said: ‘I couldn’t serve another term on regional council.

While he had enjoyed 15 years as mayor of Matamata-Piako between 1998 and 2013, “I’m not sure I would enjoy 15 years from now.”

Local councils responded to communities and helped them, he said, but he found the regional council was more concerned with producing plans and documents than helping people move forward .

“I couldn’t serve another term on the regional council,” he said.

But, amid his concerns, he says he has overall enjoyed his time in local government very much, especially with Matamata-Piako.

Vercoe said he was most proud of his work helping establish the Waikato Highway and making regional civil defense work more effectively.

“Civil defense at the beginning was a shambles” in the 2000s when it came to regional cooperation, he said.

“Nobody wanted to know,” said Vercoe, who served as chairman of the Waikato Civil Defense Emergency Management Group from 2010 to this year.

But a series of measures had made it possible to considerably improve the financing and professionalism of regional civil protection.

And now ? Vercoe won’t be ‘retiring’, saying he’s in his embassy finance office ‘most of the time’, is majority owner of a local newspaper and is in the process of establish an artillery museum on his property.

He also tells an anecdote about how he recently helped a local senior citizens’ association to continue operating after it dissolved.

“If you have the drive and the ability and everything else, you can do it.”

It seems unlikely that the former shooter will soon run out of powder.

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Saline County Staff Discuss Ideas for Innovation in Local Government https://devolved.net/saline-county-staff-discuss-ideas-for-innovation-in-local-government/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 22:43:15 +0000 https://devolved.net/saline-county-staff-discuss-ideas-for-innovation-in-local-government/ Saline County Commissioners and other staff gathered in the basement of the Salina Masonic Temple for a special workshop focused on innovation in government. On Tuesday, 11 county staff members attended Andi Mirviss’ plenary study session-style presentation with the Center for Public Impact. The aim of the session was not to come away with immediate […]]]>

Saline County Commissioners and other staff gathered in the basement of the Salina Masonic Temple for a special workshop focused on innovation in government.

On Tuesday, 11 county staff members attended Andi Mirviss’ plenary study session-style presentation with the Center for Public Impact. The aim of the session was not to come away with immediate solutions but to draw inspiration from potential ideas for overcoming local government challenges.

CPI is a global nonprofit organization and think tank that has held similar workshops for counties and municipalities across the United States, focusing on streamlining government processes and describing what it means to have a “culture of innovation”.

A Look at Saline County’s Challenges

Mirviss began the presentation by explaining CPI’s perspective on approaching challenges: most problems are complex, the quality of human relationships is important, and progress is made through experimentation.

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Calendar of local government meetings: August 29 to September 2 https://devolved.net/calendar-of-local-government-meetings-august-29-to-september-2/ Mon, 29 Aug 2022 09:05:14 +0000 https://devolved.net/calendar-of-local-government-meetings-august-29-to-september-2/ This series of posts will be posted weekly on Chapelboro to help inform our community of local government meetings. Meeting days, locations and times may be subject to change. Check city, county, and school district websites for more information. As fall approaches, local government councils end their summer recess and resume their meeting schedules. Agendas […]]]>

This series of posts will be posted weekly on Chapelboro to help inform our community of local government meetings. Meeting days, locations and times may be subject to change. Check city, county, and school district websites for more information.

As fall approaches, local government councils end their summer recess and resume their meeting schedules. Agendas are still light this week, but the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange County school boards are both meeting as both school districts return to school for the 2022-23 school year.

Here’s a look at local government meetings this week in counties Durham, Orange and Chatham.

Orange County

Hillsborough’s Council of Commissioners is the only meeting of City Council this week: Commissioners are holding a special meeting on Monday, August 29 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Annex to discuss a recommendation from the mayor on reinventing public safety to establish a permanent advisory council. Click here for more information.

The Orange County School Board is meeting Tuesday, Aug. 30, in the E. King Street Council Chambers, beginning in camera at 6 p.m. and moving into open session at 7 p.m. Their agenda includes a working session on the final budget requests for the next year, as well as a proposal to increase salaries for school bus drivers. Click here for the full agenda.

And the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board is meeting Thursday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Southern Human Services Center, with a succinct agenda that includes an as-yet-unspecified business session. Find the full agenda on this link.

Chatham and Durham counties

No meeting in Durham this week, but Chatham County Commissioners are holding a special meeting Monday, August 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the historic Pittsboro Courthouse. Among their items on the agenda, the commissioners will examine the latest development and infrastructure projects in Moncure around the future site of the VinFast vehicle factory. Click here for a link to the full agenda.


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Local Government Minister Launches “Mera Shehar-Mera Maan” Campaign for 12 Punjab Class 1 Municipalities and ULBs https://devolved.net/local-government-minister-launches-mera-shehar-mera-maan-campaign-for-12-punjab-class-1-municipalities-and-ulbs/ Fri, 26 Aug 2022 12:12:05 +0000 https://devolved.net/local-government-minister-launches-mera-shehar-mera-maan-campaign-for-12-punjab-class-1-municipalities-and-ulbs/ CHANDIGARH/SAS NAGAR: The Minister of Local Government of Punjab, Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar today launched the “Mera Shehar-Mera Maan” campaign which will cover 12 Municipalities and Class 1 Urban Local Bodies in Punjab to make them clean and ecological. Dr. Nijjar launched the campaign during a program in the SAS Nagar district, after which he […]]]>

CHANDIGARH/SAS NAGAR: The Minister of Local Government of Punjab, Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar today launched the “Mera Shehar-Mera Maan” campaign which will cover 12 Municipalities and Class 1 Urban Local Bodies in Punjab to make them clean and ecological.

Dr. Nijjar launched the campaign during a program in the SAS Nagar district, after which he inspected the cleanliness of sewers, roads and parks.

Addressing the gathering during this program, Dr. Inderbir Singh Nijjar said that the ‘Mera Shehar-Mera Maan’ campaign aims to make our cities clean and green where cleanliness is a way of life. The main objective of this campaign is to raise awareness on various aspects of sanitation as well as to provide a better standard of living for residents.

Dr Nijjar said community participation is essential to the success of any campaign. He indicated that within the framework of this campaign, various activities involving all the actors of each ULB will be carried out every Friday in one or two districts. He said that the officials will visit the neighborhoods in advance according to the schedule to implement these activities so that the required manpower as well as the equipment will be available on the scheduled day to carry out the activities to be carried out in as part of this campaign.

Dr. Nijjar said neighborhood residents, community leaders, religious leaders, NGOs/socio-religious organizations and local political leaders will also be involved to make Mera Shehar-Mera Maan a community-based campaign. He further stated that ULBs should also encourage the formation of neighborhood committees/Mohalla committees to ensure effective cleanliness of their neighborhoods/Mohallas on a regular basis.

Speaking on the occasion, MP Mr. Kulwant Singh appealed to the people that the Punjab government headed by Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Maan launch this “Mera Shehar-Mera Maan” campaign to uplift the standard of living of the population and make cleanliness a part of daily life. He called on the public to cooperate and support the administration and the government so that the dream of making Punjab colorful again can come true.

On this occasion, a play was also presented by the school children on the theme of embracing cleanliness and stopping the use of plastic, in the presence of the constituency MP, Mr. Kulwant Singh. Mayor of Municipal Corporation Mr. Amarjit Singh Sidhu was also present.

Others present at the program included Ms. Isha Kalia MD, PMIDC, Mr. Amit Talwar Deputy Commissioner SAS Nagar, Mr. Vivek Sheel Soni SSP, Ms. Navjot Kaur Commissioner Municipal Corporation, Ms. Sarabjit Kaur SDM SAS Nagar, Mr. Deputy Mayor by Kuljit Singh Bedi. Municipal Corporation, Mr. Vaneet Verma, Chairman of the State, Aam Aadmi Party Union.

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