Monthly Archives: September 2017

29 09, 2017

City Employee Injured in Accident at Cemetery

By |2017-10-27T20:29:16+00:00September 29th, 2017|Articles, Real Life Claims|

A Brazil cemetery employee injured in a heavy equipment accident while on the job Tuesday remains in an Indianapolis hospital.

Shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday, emergency response personnel were dispatched to an area on State Road 340 near the city-owned Cottage Hill Cemetery.

According to Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham, a crew was using a post hole digger with an auger powered by a tractor when it came in contact with an unseen cable laying in the nearby weeds.

Times Staff Reporter (2017, September 28). City employee injured in accident at cemetery. Retrieved from URL –


29 09, 2017

Under Mayor de Blasio, City Vehicles Rack Up Miles

By |2017-10-26T22:10:10+00:00September 29th, 2017|Articles|

If it seems like traffic in New York City might be a bit worse than before, there may be an unexpected factor: city workers.

New York City’s sprawling municipal work force is driving more than it used to, city statistics reveal. City vehicles logged 102 million miles on the road in the last fiscal year, which ended in June, 25 percent more miles than in 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first year in office.

Accidents are also up: Workers driving city-owned cars for the Department of Buildings were involved

27 09, 2017

City Employee Dies After Incident

By |2017-10-27T20:28:52+00:00September 27th, 2017|Articles, Real Life Claims|

A Green River Parks and Recreation Department employee died after a work-related incident at the Green River Recreation Center last week.

Dave Hyer, a maintenance worker at the recreation center, was hospitalized after a lift Hyer was using tipped over at the recreation center’s gym Sept. 14.

According to city administrator Reed Clevenger, Hyer was working on a motor used to raise the basketball hoops in the gym using a lift. While working on the motor, the hoop near the lift started to raise, tipping the lift over. Hyer was transported to University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City.

22 09, 2017

City of Ballinger Road Crew Employee Dies at Work

By |2017-10-27T20:28:27+00:00September 22nd, 2017|Articles, Real Life Claims|

The city of Ballinger is mourning the loss of longtime employee Rickey Nombrano.

Nombrano, part of the city’s street work crew, died about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday while operating heavy equipment, City Manager Bryan Grimes said Thursday.

The death was not from natural causes and has hit Nombrano’s co-workers hard, Grimes confirmed. He declined to discuss specifics.

San Angelo Standard-Times report (2017, September 21). City of Ballinger road crew employee dies at work. Retrieved from URL –


17 09, 2017

Why Bicyclists Feel Validated in San Francisco

By |2017-10-27T20:28:05+00:00September 17th, 2017|Articles|

Bike commuting is the fastest-growing mode of transportation. And San Francisco can attest to that.

Every time a cyclist rolls past one of the city’s digital bike counters — or “bicycle barometers,” as they are officially called — the daily and yearly totals tick up. In 2016, there were an estimated 82,000 bicycle trips taken per day in San Francisco. That number has been steadily rising since 2006, when manual counting of bikes began.

Today, there are 75 counters — some with digital displays, some without — throughout San Francisco. City planners use the data to better understand how bicyclists use

15 09, 2017

Divided Yet Productive: How Colorado Had a Gridlock-Free Year

By |2017-10-27T20:27:24+00:00September 15th, 2017|Articles|

“Compromise” has become such a loaded word in American politics that Colorado state Rep. KC Becker refuses to use it. She prefers the term “common ground” instead. But regardless of the word used, Becker has helped craft dozens of successful compromises this year.

Becker is the Democratic leader in the Colorado House, which her party controls. Republicans hold a narrow majority in the state Senate. Given the partisan split, legislators in both parties decided to do things the old-fashioned way, working out deals that left both sides a little unsatisfied but nonetheless afforded them victories. “A lot of people got the

14 09, 2017

Be Specific

By |2017-10-02T19:12:08+00:00September 14th, 2017|Tip of the Week|

Telling someone to be safe is meaningless. Instead, say something like, “be sure to leave a 4 to 5 second following distance today.” Or, “always communicate your intentions so the other guy knows what you’re going to do next.” If you’re not specific, you won’t change behavior.

13 09, 2017

The Next Big Technology to Transform Government

By |2017-09-21T16:18:21+00:00September 13th, 2017|Articles|

Imagine this: Homeowners no longer need to buy title insurance. The chronology of ownership and claims for every piece of property in a jurisdiction are on an unhackable, constantly updated, always current ledger.

Or this: Governments, companies and individuals can transfer funds from their banks to another bank or party instantly — without any administrative holding period or fee.

If these sound like future projects, they’re not. They’re both here-and-now developments using an underlying technology called blockchain. Cook County, Ill., is using it to build a land records ledger. Seven of Europe’s largest banks are buying into a blockchain that IBM is

12 09, 2017

Takoma Park Employee Seriously Injured After City Trash Truck Collides with Car in Md.

By |2017-09-24T18:05:42+00:00September 12th, 2017|Articles, Real Life Claims|

Police say a Takoma Park employee was seriously injured after a city trash truck collided with a car Tuesday morning in Takoma Park, Maryland.

The temporary city employee has life-threatening injuries, and was taken to an area hospital.

Investigators say the crash occurred in the 6400 block of 5th Avenue.

This story will be updated

ABC7 (2017, September 12). Takoma Park employee seriously injured after city trash truck collides with car in Md.. Retrieved from URL –


9 09, 2017

Population Growth Means a City Is Thriving, or Does It?

By |2017-09-21T16:13:34+00:00September 9th, 2017|Articles|

Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases its latest data on cities and population growth. The reaction is always the same: News outlets look at the numbers showing which places gained and which ones shed residents, and use them as instant proxies for a decline, a boom or a turnaround in cities all over the country.

Population loss can become a symbol for other things people feel is going wrong in a city, such as rising poverty and unemployment rates, vacant and blighted housing, increased violent crime, the exit of pro sports franchises, racial segregation and police

Wogan, J.P. (2017, September). Population
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