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Auckland Showgrounds: High Court victory means Hollywood could miss a lease

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An Auckland businessman has won the first round of a fight to stop Auckland Showgrounds from being taken over by a major US film company.

In a last-ditch attempt to stop historic venues from effectively shutting down the multimillion-dollar events and exhibitions industry, Brent Spillane, managing director of XPO Exhibitions, has launched a High Court challenge against the Cornwall Park Trust Board.

He argued that the trust’s intention to lease the exhibition land to Auckland’s Xytech Studio Management, which in turn planned to lease it to an overseas film and television production studio, would prevent the use of the land. exhibition space for major events such as the New Zealand Boat Show, Auckland Food Show, Auckland Home Show, Baby Show, Pet Expo and Royal Easter Show.

Spillane’s solicitor pointed out that the eastern part of the exhibition grounds – around 5ha of the 8.2ha site – was protected by the Cornwall Parks Endowment and Recreation Act 1982 for the use of lounges professionals, exhibitions and entertainment.

Events and exhibitions at Auckland Showgrounds attract one million visitors a year.  Photo / Provided
Events and exhibitions at Auckland Showgrounds attract one million visitors a year. Photo / Provided

Justice Peters agreed, holding that the board of trustees should stick to the intended purpose of this part when entering into a lease.

“Any filming or other activity on the east end must be incidental to that use,” she said in her judgment.

The eastern part of the exhibition grounds includes hall 6, the grandstand, the main car park, the main building hall, the commercial kitchens and cafe, the seminar rooms and diagonal slices through the main exhibition halls 1 -4.

Peters was unconvinced that the proposed lease of the eastern part of the fairgrounds to Xytech would maintain exhibitions, trade shows and events as the primary use. Filming and other activities could still take place, subject to Auckland’s unitary plan, but had to be secondary, she ruled.

Brent Spillane, managing director of XPO Exhibitions, has mounted a High Court challenge to stop the Auckland exhibition grounds from being leased to a film company.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Brent Spillane, managing director of XPO Exhibitions, has mounted a High Court challenge to stop the Auckland exhibition grounds from being leased to a film company. Photo / Dean Purcell

The board intended to lease the site to Xytech for four years with a renewal right for another two years.

In his judgment, Peters acknowledged the financial burden the trust board had suffered as a result of Covid-19. Dozens of events and exhibitions were canceled and the Auckland Agricultural, Pastoral and Industrial Exhibition Council went into liquidation after it was unable to pay a significant rent increase proposed by the Board of Trustees.

The board has to pay for maintenance of Cornwall Park which is not publicly funded. The only sources of this revenue are from leasehold properties near the park and from the fairground lease.

Peters’ final decision is on hold for a short time to give the trust board, Xytech and the events industry a chance to see if they can circumvent the east end provision.

The future of major exhibitions like the Auckland Food Show is uncertain if the Auckland Showgrounds are leased to a film company.  Photo / Provided
The future of major exhibitions like the Auckland Food Show is uncertain if the Auckland Showgrounds are leased to a film company. Photo / Provided

Spillane hopes the board will agree to negotiate with the other rental offer offered by exhibition supply company Coast Group which is backed by the events industry. He says his company and other industry players are set to pay more than $1.35 million in rent for a series of events over the next six weeks alone if the trust board reopens the park’s gates. exhibitions.

The amount would cover urgent maintenance needed on parts of the fairgrounds, he said. In the meantime, the use of the exhibition grounds for any purpose has been suspended since June 30.

Murray Reade, CEO of the Cornwall Park Trust Board, said the board would now consider the legal, business and other options available to it, driven by the aim of ensuring that the assets of the show grounds are used for the benefit from Cornwall Park.

The board of trustees wanted to obtain a lease for the exhibition grounds which
provided a trading return at an appropriate level of risk, he said.

‘The Cornwall Park Trust Board simply cannot afford to receive low commercial returns from the showground on an ongoing basis, nor does our trust deed allow us to do so.’

Ground rent for the exhibition grounds was last agreed in 2013, he said. An appropriate rent increase had not been agreed with either party since then, in part due to the “unsustainable event-based business model of the former entertainment board (now in voluntary liquidation) and the effects of the pandemic”.

Endowment land around Cornwall Park, including the show grounds, has been provided with the aim of supporting the operation of Cornwall Park and ensuring that all New Zealanders enjoy it freely, Reade said.

“At the time it was closed, Xytech’s proposal for a mixed use of film and exhibition venues was the strongest offer.”

The winding up of the Exhibition Board meant that the Board of Trustees had to assume responsibility for the buildings on the site and would now have to bear the burden of major repair and maintenance expenditure.

Reade said the Spillane High Court action further delayed a final decision on the use of the site. The trust board was still considering its options and, before the High Court’s final decision, would not comment further.

The Herald asked Xytech for comment.

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A second public point could be designated in Cedar Falls for electric vehicle charging | New Policies

CEDAR FALLS — Officials have seen increased use of the public electric vehicle charger on West Second Street since it was installed in late 2019.

According to a memo from City Clerk Jacque Danielsen, that observation will be factored into a policy decision before City Council when it meets Monday at 7 p.m. inside the Community Center, 528 Main Street.






An electric vehicle charging station with a dedicated parking spot was installed in late 2019 on Second Street in downtown Cedar Falls.


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Under a pilot program passed in 2019, a single space had been designated for charging in the city center just north of City Hall, although the unit had two charging cables, Danielsen said. .

Danielsen described how signs were posted indicating its use only for charging, and “other vehicle warnings” were given in “space surveillance”.

She also noted that the second “cable was pulled to other parking areas and even pulled onto the sidewalk, creating potential hazards.”

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“As usage continues to increase, CFU and City staff believe that the designation of a second charging space is necessary to safely accommodate additional vehicles wishing to use both charging spaces at this time. place,” she wrote.


Evansdale Police Chief voices concerns over hiring and staffing issues for his department

If “we lose one more officer, which is very likely,” Police Chief Mike Dean said Evansdale would not be able to handle 24/7 duty.

In the first of three readings, a proposed ordinance outlining “enforcement of proper use of spaces” in light of city staff now recommends that a second parking space, adjacent to the first, be designated for billing.

The new proposal would prohibit anyone from stopping or parking a vehicle at these locations except for the purpose of using one of the electrical cords.

Anyone found in violation of the order would be subject to a $10 fine.


The ball is in Waterloo’s court right now, according to officials involved in the effort.

If not paid within 30 days of the date of the notice of violation, the fine will increase to $15.

In other matters, the board will consider approving:

  • A $2.69 million construction contract with Reinbeck-based Peterson Contractors, the sole bidder for the project to remove a bridge on Olive Street and expand the adjacent Pettersen Plaza on College Street. This would be done by extending the culvert to Olive Street. The engineer’s estimate was $2.2 million.
  • Plans for a sidewalk assessment project, aimed at replacing deficient sidewalks and then charging the cost of replacement to the owners of the adjacent property. The estimated construction cost is $40,591.
  • A contract with Ritland+Kuiper Landscape Architects of Waterloo for up to $35,100 in design consultancy work for the Seerley Park improvement project.
  • A site plan for a new 3,666 square foot Veridian Credit Union branch at 1000 Brandilynn Blvd.
  • Revisions to its public meeting procedures.
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Dorchester market income improves after pandemic

Market income in Dorchester is said to have improved significantly since the end of the Covid restrictions.

Market traders have been praised for continuing to open throughout the pandemic.

But the fall in trading led to lower revenue for the 2021-22 financial year, down more than £35,000 with a shortfall on the Sunday vault revenue budget.

There was also a loss of rental income from the Cornhill Street Market and a reduction in the share of parking fees.

A report to the Joint Market Panel on Wednesday August 3rd says market operators Ensors are now reporting a ‘significant improvement’ on the prior year, with the number of visitors and traders increasing again in the market .

Councilors will be advised that the final net surplus for distribution in 2021/22 was £85,402 against a budget of £121,197, a shortfall of £35,795.

Of the net amount, £13,154 went to the Sunday Car Boot Reserve (against a budget of £18,900); £46,961 to Dorset Council (against a budget of £66,493) and £25,287 to Dorchester Town Council (against a budget of £35,804).

A verbal report will be presented to the advisors at the August 3 meeting on the latest financial situation, which is said to be positive, and on the progress made on the actions which may be necessary to maintain the success of the market and attract a younger clientele.

Many existing customers tend to be older, with the market popular for seasonal fruit and vegetables, plants and flowers, although it also offers a selection of food, pet products and clothing .

The main Wednesday market and the Sunday car boot, as well as other occasional markets in the town, are run jointly by Dorset Council and Dorchester Town Council, each taking a share of the profits, with Dorset Council taking the most large amount.

The Wednesday market is run by Wimborne-based Ensors, although advisers have considered extending their contract – with the company previously suggesting it may only consider continuing if there is to be a substantial investment from advisers to improve facilities and make the market more attractive to a wider audience.

Some councilors in Dorchester have been pushing for several years for the city council to take over the day-to-day running of the markets.

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DC Srinagar visits Sonawar Cricket Stadium


DC Srinagar visits Sonawar Cricket Stadium

Conduct on-site review of arrangements for Day I celebrations

posted on Jul 31, 2022 | Author RK News



Srinagar, July 30: As part of the celebration of the upcoming Independence Day-2022, Deputy Commissioner (DC), Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad visited Sonwar Cricket Stadium on Saturday to review onsite preparatory arrangements/activities for put in place by the respective departments.

At the start, the DC and officers toured the stadium pavilion and VIP gallery to get a first-hand assessment of preparatory activities. He carried out an on-site examination of the arrangements to be put in place for the smooth running of the Independence Day celebrations.

While presiding over a meeting on this occasion, the DC directed officers from all relevant departments to ensure all preparations regarding the various facilities, including seating arrangements, cultural programs, parade, transport and facilities of parking, power supply, deployment of medical and first aid services and fire and rescue teams, installation of PAS.

Besides media management, issues related to security and entry of VVIPs, VIPs and other participants were also discussed.

The DC also insisted on having ironclad security arrangements in and around the stadium to ensure hassle-free celebrations of the function. He also enjoined the officers to maintain close coordination with each other for the smooth running of the function.

With regard to vehicle parking, the DC has asked traffic officers to assess the capacity of the parking spaces identified for the event and to formulate an action plan so that the maximum number of vehicles of the dignitaries and other participants coming to attend the function be accommodated.

While SMC authorities have been told to ensure that all toilets are functioning properly, in addition to installing mobile toilets at the site on August 15, they have also been told to take action against the threat of dogs around of the site.

The DC also insisted on having elaborate arrangements of bilge pumps to combat waterlogging, if any caused by rainfall during the dress rehearsal procedure and the mega August 15 event.

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Governor: Search for Kentucky flood victims could take weeks

JACKSON, Ky. (AP) – The governor of Kentucky said it could take weeks to find all the victims of flash flooding that killed at least 16 people when heavy rains turned streams into torrents that flooded Appalachian towns.

More rainstorms were expected in the coming days, keeping the region on edge as rescue teams struggled to get into hard-hit areas that include some of the poorest places in America.

The rain ended early Friday after parts of eastern Kentucky received between 8 and 10 1/2 inches (20-27 centimeters) in 48 hours. But some waterways were not expected to peak until Saturday and Governor Andy Beshear warned the death toll could rise sharply.

“From everything we’ve seen, we can update the number of people we’ve lost over the next few weeks,” Governor Andy Beshear said. “In some of these areas it’s hard to know exactly how many people were there.”

Patricia Colombo, 63, of Hazard, Kentucky, became stranded after her car stalled in floodwaters on a state highway. Colombo started to panic when the water started rushing. Her phone was dead, but she saw a helicopter overhead and waved it off. The helicopter crew radioed a ground crew who pulled them safely from their car.

Colombo spent the night at her fiancé’s house in Jackson and they took turns sleeping, repeatedly checking the water with flashlights to see if it was rising. Colombo lost his car but said others had it worse in an area where poverty is endemic.

“A lot of these people can’t recover here. They have houses half under water, they lost everything,” she said.

It’s the latest in a series of catastrophic deluges that hit parts of the United States this summer, including St. Louis earlier this week. and again friday. Scientists warn that climate change is making weather disasters more frequent.

As rains hit Appalachia this week, water poured down hills and into valleys and hollows where it swelled creeks and streams flowing through small towns. The torrent engulfed homes and businesses and ransacked vehicles. Landslides have trapped some people on steep slopes.

National Guard-backed rescue teams used helicopters and boats to search for the missing. Beshear said Friday that at least six children were among the victims and that the total number of lives lost could more than double as rescue teams reached more areas. Among those who died were four children from the same Knott County family, Coroner Corey Watson said Friday.

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President Joe Biden said in a social media post that he spoke with Beshear on Friday to offer the federal government’s support. Biden also declared a federal disaster to direct relief money to more than a dozen counties in Kentucky.

The flooding extended west to Virginia and south to West Virginia.

Gov. Jim Justice has declared a state of emergency for six counties in West Virginia where flooding has downed trees, power outages and blocked roads. Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin also issued an emergency declaration, allowing officials to mobilize resources in the flooded southwest of the state.

More than 20,000 utility customers in Kentucky and nearly 6,100 in Virginia were left without power Friday night, poweroutage.us reported.

Extreme rain events have become more frequent as climate change bakes the planet and alters weather patterns, say scientists. This is an increasing challenge for disaster managers, as models used to predict storm impacts are partly based on past events and cannot track with flash floods and increasingly devastating heat waves like those that recently hit the Pacific Northwest and southern plains.

“It’s a battle of extremes unfolding right now in the United States,” said Jason Furtado, a meteorologist at the University of Oklahoma. “These are things we expect because of climate change. … A warmer atmosphere holds more water vapor and that means you can produce more heavy rain.

The deluge came two days after record rains around St. Louis dropped more than 31 centimeters and killed at least two people. Last month, heavy snowfall rains on the mountains of Yellowstone National Park triggered historic flooding and the evacuation of more than 10,000 people. In both cases, the rain floods far exceeded forecasters’ forecasts.

Floodwaters raging through Appalachia were so swift that some people trapped in their homes could not be immediately reached, Floyd County Executive Judge Robbie Williams said.

Just west, in hard-hit Perry County, authorities said some people were still missing and nearly everyone in the area sustained damage.

“We still have a lot of research to do,” said Perry County Emergency Management Director Jerry Stacy.

More than 330 people sought refuge, Beshear said. And with property damage so extensive, the governor has opened an online portal for victim donations.

Beshear predicted it would take over a year to fully rebuild.

The governor got a glimpse of the flooding Friday from a helicopter.

“Hundreds of homes, ball diamonds, parks, businesses under more water than I think any of us have ever seen in this area,” the governor said. “Absolutely impassable in many places. Just devastating.

Portions of at least 28 Kentucky state highways were blocked due to flooding or landslides, Beshear said. Rescue teams in Virginia and West Virginia worked to reach people where roads were not passable.

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Brown reported from Billings, Montana. Contributors include Rebecca Reynolds in Louisville, Kentucky; Timothy D. Easley in Jackson, Kentucky, and Sarah Brumfield in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Grants can help homeowners install electric vehicle charging stations at their properties

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Electric vehicle charging stations are becoming more and more essential for electric vehicle owners, but how can they be made more accessible to owners?

The UK government’s ban on the sale of new combustion cars from 2030 is fueling a rise in electric vehicle (EV) adoption, but the growing popularity of EVs could be hampered if the country’s charging infrastructure fails. fails to provide efficient charging stations.

Over 190,000 electric vehicles were registered in the UK last year and the forecast is for over 280,000 in 2022, but in 2021 there were only around 25,000 charging stations in the UK . To give you an idea of ​​the scale of what is needed, it is estimated that up to 480,000 charging stations will be needed by 2030. Reaching this target is a daunting prospect.

Last year, the Competition and Markets Authority concluded a study on the electric vehicle charging market, calling for action “to combat the postcode lottery in electric vehicle charging as it approaches banning the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030”.

EV charging sign on a road
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Sharp increase in private charging stations

By highlighting the issues of implementing efficient public charging network infrastructure to meet projected demand by 2030, the CMA study unwittingly underscored the attractions and value of private charging stations.

Historically, public investments have been strongly oriented towards private charging stations.

Analysis of Department for Transport figures by campaign group FairCharge found that £104.5million had been spent on the Electric Vehicle Charging Scheme (EVHS) to provide owners with a subsidy of one worth £350 to install their own electric vehicle chargers.

In the same period, just £6.8m was spent on the Residential On-Street Charging (ORCS) scheme.

To put it more clearly, 237,000 domestic charging stations were installed thanks to subsidies, but only 2,038 public charging stations were installed during the same period.

The focus on private charging points continues, with EVHS being replaced by a grant scheme for landlords who rent, lease or manage residential or commercial properties and social housing providers.

Homeowners can get finance to cover 75% of the total cost of buying and installing an Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) approved charging station, up to a maximum of £350 per plug installed.

To access the grant, owners must register with OZEV and they must be registered with Companies House or VAT registered with HMRC. Owners can receive up to 200 grants per fiscal year. Charging stations can only be installed in a private parking space and the owner must own the parking space or have the exclusive legal right to it.

Attractive to tenants

More renters will likely need access to electric vehicle charging stations as more people buy electric cars. Given what we know about the challenges facing the public charging network and the growing adoption of electric vehicles, providing private, affordable and easily accessible charging points for tenants could be a strong selling point.

Without dedicated charging points where they live, many tenants would be entirely dependent on the UK’s still limited public charging infrastructure. They would have to leave their homes to charge their electric vehicle, would not have the freedom to charge it whenever they wanted and would be forced to pay a higher price for electricity.

house with EV charging stations
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The cost to homeowners of installing a charging station, including the subsidy, will vary depending on the type of charger. One option is a smart charger that can be controlled via an app so renters can set it up to charge their car during off-peak hours when electricity is cheaper.

In the future, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology will enable electric vehicles to redirect energy stored in batteries to buildings or the grid to further reduce electricity costs and energy consumption.

Charging stations increase property values

If landlords need more incentives to get on board, in addition to making properties more attractive to potential tenants and future-proofing properties as EV adoption accelerates, Charging stations also bring material benefits to homeowners by increasing the value of their properties. The National Association of Property Buyers (NAPB) recently estimated that a charging station could increase the value of a property by up to £5,000.

“The convenience of a plug-and-play charging point is proving popular with buyers who own an electric vehicle or intend to purchase one in the near future. Currently, we believe this could add at least £3,000 to £5,000 to the value of a property and this trend will continue,” said NAPB founder Jonathan Rolande.

And, in a sign that homeowners are starting to heed the electric vehicle revolution, rental property provider Annington is working with Smart Home Charge to install charging stations at a number of its properties.

“We’ve seen a huge uptick in interest in EVs from our renters, who are now actively looking for properties with chargers to make their homes ‘EV-ready,'” said Gary Smith. , property manager in Annington.

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UH to add pharmacy to new Women’s and Children’s Hospital

The University Health Board of Trustees has approved budget adjustments to allow for the construction of a pharmacy inside the county’s new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The Bexar County Hospital District has so far allocated $837.9 million to pay for the major expansion, which includes a 12-story tower, 900-space parking lot, advanced diagnostic center and podium extension which will be used for a new kitchen, service, dining room and conference rooms.

Don Ryden, vice president of planning, design and construction, told the board on Tuesday evening that the $14.4 million pharmacy would be built in the hull space and would be in large part funded by project cost savings, including unused emergency funds from the podium and parking lot construction.

The new pharmacy will include space for preparing, reviewing and processing prescriptions, dispensing counters for patients and staff, administrative staff to oversee the construction and installation of equipment, according to the documents provided. to the council.

Ryden said while the Women and Children’s Tower is expected to be completed next summer, the new portion of the pharmacy won’t be complete until late 2023.

The board approved a staff recommendation to amend contracts with its construction manager at risk with Joeris + JE Dunn and to adjust the project schedule with two other contractors.

The new 628,000 square foot Women’s and Children’s Hospital Tower adjoins the University Hospital’s 10-story Sky Tower, which opened in 2014 and was part of the largest construction project in the history of the University. county at a cost of $899.4 million.

The architectural design of Marmon Mok provides for 30 intensive care unit rooms, 68 neonatal intensive care unit rooms, 30 acute care rooms, 60 rooms for OB-GYN services and 30 antepartum rooms.

The Bexar County Hospital District did not increase its property tax rate to fund this expansion. Money for the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital comes from cash reserves and bond certificates, which are debt issued by local governments to fund projects without voter approval.

University Health is moving forward with another major expansion approved last month that would add two community hospitals to the system – a 140-bed Southwest Side hospital near Texas A&M University-San Antonio and a 140-bed hospital in the northeast side at Retama.

The total cost of the two proposed hospital projects is estimated at $950 million, to be financed with $450 million in cash reserves and $500 million in tax-exempt municipal bonds.

Hospital officials said there would be no property tax increases, but they are required by law to notify residents through a newspaper notice and wait 45 days before the Bexar County Commissioners Court can proceed with the bond transaction.

An April Express-News survey of health inequalities found that medical facilities in San Antonio are heavily concentrated in northern parts of the city, placed in areas where patients are generally healthier and more affluent. and where providers can collect higher reimbursements from insurance companies.

The report found that for eight free-standing hospitals and emergency room facilities in the northern parts of the city, there is only one in the south side.

Retama Hospital could open as early as 2026 and Texas A&M Hospital as early as 2027.

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Citizen Tribeca | In the news: Pushing back Battery Park City’s resilience plans

In the news: Pushing back Battery Park City’s resilience plans

PUSHING OFF THE BPCA PLANS
More on this soon, but in the meantime, The Post’s Steve Cuozzo makes a tirade about the Battery Park City Authority’s plans to rebuild Wagner Park, and eventually Rockefeller Park, to make them storm-proof and build a berm around residential buildings. He writes: “The idea is supposed to protect the park from a future storm surge. But to really jeopardize Wagner Park, it would take a flood not seen since biblical times – or a flood created in a Dreamworks special effects studio. It’s too late to stop the plan despite years of community unease and outrage. Without divine intervention, this could be the most heinous act of civic vandalism since the demolition of the original Penn Station in the 1960s.”

FEARLESS GIRL NFTS TO FUND THE TRIAL
The artist behind Fearless Girl, Kristen Visbal, is in a legal battle with the company that has funded the installation since 2019, and now she’s doing NFTs to fund her $3.3 million legal bill. From Artnet“Advertising agency McCann commissioned the sculpture as part of a marketing campaign for asset management firm State Street Global Advisors, which covered production costs. After the sculpture was installed, on International Women’s Day in 2017, it immediately went viral. Visbal made 25 additional editions of the work, each priced at $250,000. State Street sued, arguing that the artist was making unauthorized copies in violation of its trademark.

A REVIEW OF ‘WHY DID YOU NOT TELL ME?’
The temperature examines Tribeca Carmen Rita Wong’s new memoir, ‘Why Didn’t You Tell Me?’: “The subjects of ‘Why Didn’t You Tell Me?’ are heavy, ranging from Wong’s (justifiable) rage at her mother’s narcissism to her crushing grief over the loss of a sibling. But she tells her story in lively conversational prose that will give readers the like listening to a master storyteller on a long road trip. It’s also a People Magazine Book of the Week.

UTERINE CANCERS NOW ADDED TO 9/11 LIST
daily news reported that after being ignored for two decades, uterine cancers should be added to a list of 9/11 health issues, “bringing a measure of equality to women who breathed in the toxic soup that hovered on Ground Zero.” “It really is a man’s world,” Cheryl Hall, a ConEd retiree who has uterine cancer, told The Daily News. “If men had uterus, that would top the list of 9/11 illnesses.”

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San Francisco man is ticketed for parking in the red zone after the sidewalk was repainted while his car was parked

SAN FRANCISCO– A San Francisco man is fighting a parking ticket in a red zone after the sidewalk was painted red while his car was parked there.

Desiree and Jeff Jolly have lived in the city for decades and know the challenges of finding a parking space in their neighborhood of Russian Hill.

But there is a space at the corner of Larkin and Union streets that has always been their favorite spot.

“Well yeah, every time it’s open I’ve parked here for 25 years,” Jeff said.

But what happened to the pair a week ago was a first.

“We got out and were walking from the store, and I noticed the ticket on my car,” Desiree said. On closer inspection, on the windshield of her Honda sedan was a $180 fine for parking in a red zone – one that Desiree and Jeff said was not there when she pulled over. is parked days ago…or years ago.

“If it was justified, I don’t have a problem with it, but it seems unfair to me,” she said.

“The red stripe is there, where it wasn’t before, and they had the nerve to go around my tire,” she described, pointing out a small spot the city paint shop missed. when they avoided painting the Honda’s tire.

It’s a funny detail for Jeff who is a painter by trade.

“I saw that and I even have painter friends who say it was a bad job. They missed a spot,” he laughed.

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ABC7 News, our sister station in San Francisco, spoke with Erica Kato, spokesperson for SFMTA, who confirms the ticket is for a red zone violation. But in an interesting twist, it’s not for the newly painted red stripe. Violation is for parking in an old washout.

SFMTA provided a photo of the faded red zone parking spot to illustrate that the red zone previously existed. Although the sidewalk in the image has red dots, they are very faint.

This image provided by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) shows a faded red zone parking spot at the corner of Union and Larkin streets, where an SF man claimed he got a parking ticket in July 2022.

This image provided by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) shows a faded red parking area at the corner of Union and Larkin streets.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA)

SFMTA also provided ABC7 News with the service request to repaint the tape and an image showing how worn the red paint was.

ABC7 News examined this same location using street view imagery from Google Maps, and in several clear photos from 2016 and 2021, the red paint on the sidewalk appears to have faded completely, so the sidewalk looks completely gray.

These images provided by Google Maps show a faded red zone parking spot at the corner of Union and Larkin streets, where an SF man claimed he got a parking ticket in July 2022.

These images provided by Google Maps show a faded red zone parking spot at the corner of Union and Larkin streets, where an SF man claimed he got a parking ticket in July 2022.

These images provided by Google Maps show a faded red zone parking space at the corner of Union and Larkin streets in 2016 and 2021.

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Because the couple disputed the ticket, SFMTA tells ABC7 News it’s up to the citation clerk to determine what happens next. It could be applied or rejected. This is a process that can take up to 60 days.

“I’m going through chemotherapy right now so it’s like I was worried about other things and now I have to worry about this,” Desiree said.

Jeff and Desiree said that after all the challenges of city life lately, including another vehicle-related drama where Jeff had a catalytic converter stolen, this might be their last straw.

“We want to leave because of everything that’s going on in the city,” Jeff said.

They plan to say “hello” to moving to France in the future.

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$162,675 aquatic center change order reduced from $10,268, then approved by city council – The Globe

WORTHINGTON — After receiving a proposed change order from Tri-State General Contracting earlier this month that increased the total cost of the aquatic center by $162,675, Worthington City Council learned Monday evening that the contractor had agreed to reduce the cost of the change order by $10,268. Earlier, engineering firm SEH and pool designer USA Aquatics agreed to cut its contract by $12,500.

The change order was requested after it was discovered that drain pipes needed to be installed around the new aquatic center – as well as the existing pool – due to water accumulation.

“We found many gaps in the existing (aquatic center),” said Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson.

In addition to the drains, sump pumps will also be installed.

The board approved the new change order in the amount of $152,407.

In other cases counsel:

  • Awarding of a $241,035 contract to Duininck, Inc. of Prinsburg to carry out several asphalt paving projects in the city. Projects include Clary Street from North Fredrick Avenue to McMillan Street; Fifth Avenue, from 10th to 11th Street; and 14th Street, from Second Avenue to First Avenue. The bid was 17% below the engineer’s estimate of $290,273.

Council member Amy Ernst requested that the Clary Street project be reviewed, considering extending the paving further west to Fredrick Avenue, as the road has deteriorated.

  • Approved a request by Jonathon and Keturah Scribner to change the zone on their property to 370 Nobles County 5 from the transition zone to R-4 (Medium Density Residential). The parcel, which has a house and approximately 7 acres of farmland, is located north of Nobles 35 County and east of Nobles 5 County. farmland farm.
  • Approved the engagement of the engineering firm Bolton & Menk for professional services in planning the reconstruction of the municipal liquor store parking lot. The existing lot is paved and has drainage problems. Public works director Todd Wietzema said it will be replaced with a concrete pitch and drainage will be improved.
  • Accepted several donations of park benches, with benches to be placed in city parks and along bike paths. The following requests were approved: King Turkey Day, Inc. to place two benches at 10th Street Plaza in memory of Danny Huls; the Oberloh family to place two benches at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of Ervin and Delia Oberloh; Chris Thier will place a bench at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of James Cook; Friends of Albert to place two benches at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of Albert Matthiesen; Worthington Concert Association to place a bench at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell celebrating its history; and the Haas and Lang families to place a bench along the Crailsheim Road trail, in remembrance of the Lang and Haas family bakery.

“These park benches are a great convenience in parks and along trails,” said Mayor Mike Kuhle. “It’s a great program.”

  • Approved the first reading of a city code amendment that would require a conditional use permit in the B-2 central business district for parking lots, parking lots, terminals, and cleaning uses. The amendment was previously approved by the city’s planning commission and is underway to restrict certain uses in the downtown area now that the retail store overlay district has been removed from the city’s code.
  • Approval of a Nobles Home Initiative application by Marco Ramos for a five-year tax abatement on the construction of a new single-family home on Lots 6 and 7 in Block 3 of the Cecilee Street Addition.
  • Personnel authorized to conduct employment criminal background checks for city employees who have jobs in which they interact with children, such as at JBS Field House and other city-owned or operated recreational facilities. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is the only agency authorized to perform background checks, at a cost of $10 per person. The fee will be paid by the city.
  • Reclassification of an accounting position from valuation accountant to valuation clerk. Reclassification lowers education and experience standards in hopes of attracting applicants. The pay grade was also lowered to non-exempt 6th grade, with a median wage of $27.86 per hour.
  • Staff authorized to analyze parking regulations and gather public feedback on potential changes to parking restrictions in the city.
  • Thanked Rick Von Holdt for his service as an Honorary Board Member.
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Homestead Road Development is hosting an information session for Chapel Hill residents


Homestead Road is an area of ​​Chapel Hill that has seen the construction of many new communities, and Tri Pointe Townhomes aims to be among the next developments along the road. The City of Chapel Hill and Gurlitz Architectural Group held a public information hearing on July 20 to discuss the future of the property.

One hundred single-family homes are on offer for land at 2217 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill, with 15% of new developments being designed to be affordable housing. The property sits between the Carolina Protected Forest and the Courtyards at Homestead Road community for older homeowners.

Richard Gurlitz of Gurlitz Architectural Group said that the main concepts of the project are to create townhouses for single-family use, to achieve the objectives of the future land use plan, to provide missing intermediate housing, to achieve the city’s affordable housing goals and preserve accessible mature forests.

“The slightly more detailed development program is to install 103 townhouses. 86 of them are 26 feet wide with two garages – 17 of them are 22 feet wide with a one-car garage,” Gurlitz said. “They all have driveways that hold extra cars, so if people fill their garages with things other than cars, there’s room on the street for them to park their car.”

Recreational opportunities are also provided at the housing facilities, including trails through the sites, exercise stations, trail connections, and community gathering spaces.

An overview of the current site plan for 2217 Homestead Road and the Tri Pointe Townhomes project. (Photo via Gurlitz Architectural Group.)

If built, Tri Pointe Townhomes will not be far from another potential development on Homestead Road. In 2021, Chapel Hill approved the Farm Project 2200 with the aim of increasing accessibility to housing for residents. The project includes rental apartments, duplexes and townhouses available at mixed prices.

Gurlitz said that in Tri Pointe Townhomes, affordable housing will be evenly distributed across the community.

Developers at the meeting said they wanted to put more emphasis on Vision Zero to prioritize pedestrian and cyclist safety. According to the City of Chapel Hill, Vision Zero is a global strategy designed to eliminate all road deaths and serious injuries while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility for all.

Community members had the opportunity on Wednesday evening to share their thoughts on the proposal element of the project – something Chapel Hill resident Diane Morgan said at the meeting that she appreciated.

“I have noted, and you can see this in the design,” said Morgan, “there is a narrow road connection to Kipling Lane which will allow safe access for walkers and cyclists between the two neighborhoods and will allow both neighborhoods to access the Carolina North Forest Trails, and it will also allow unimpeded access to emergency vehicles, which is very important for the elderly population of our neighborhood as well as the population of our neighboring neighborhoods.

The developers also discussed the stormwater management system, since the new townhouses will border the yards at Homestead Road. The proposal indicates that the channels will drain through stormwater drainage piping in the roads to a stormwater management pond at the north end of the site. Inlets will be created along the Kipling Parkway junction and two wet retention ponds will collect runoff water from the site.

Tim Summerville, the manager of construction services firm Stewart, noted that the developer proposes to capture all of the water flowing from the new community’s berm, which he says serves two purposes.

“We put that berm in the back one, for privacy, but the real purpose behind putting this berm in place was to capture runoff so it doesn’t flow onto neighboring properties,” Summerville said. “We swell that water, but we have inlets in that swell that pick up that water to direct it to the south side. We have placed entrances along the Kipling Drive connection as far as we physically can.

To watch the public information meeting and find application materials for Tri Pointe Townhomes, visit the Town of Chapel Hill’s website.

Photo credits via Gurlitz Architectural Group


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New bike parking corrals could help thwart rampant bike theft

Wellington City Council has proposed 11 new locations for bicycle parking in the city centre, like these on the corner of Lambton Quay and Waring Taylor St, but instead located in a parking space rather than on the pavement.

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Wellington City Council has proposed 11 new locations for bicycle parking in the city centre, like these on the corner of Lambton Quay and Waring Taylor St, but instead located in a parking space rather than on the pavement.

More bike corrals and electric vehicle chargers are on maps across the city as Wellington City Council proposes 46 traffic changes.

Five EV-only parks, fitted with chargers, are set to be installed at ASB Arena Kilbirnie, Khandallah (Nairnville), Karori and Kilbirnie and Otari-Wilton’s Bush Leisure Centers – with time limits of 120 minutes each.

Thirteen bus stops are moved slightly, one added at Churton Park and one removed at Karori.

Eleven parking lots around the city are set to be converted into bicycle parking corrals – on Abel Smith, Stout, Tory, College, at the corner of Ghuznee and Victoria streets, Boulcott, Victoria, Johnson, Waring Taylor and Pipitea, and The Terrace – and a new proposed escooter parking lot for the station.

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The changes are open for public submissions until 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 7, and the board will vote on the changes on September 7.

Wellington City Council street transformation manager Paul Barker said he was considering a few options, including a set of six “sheffield brackets” – large metal staples with a lower crossbar – similar to those already in place in the city.

Cycle parking, called 'Sheffield stalls' on the corner of Lambton Quay and Brandon St, Wellington.

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Cycle parking, called ‘Sheffield stalls’ on the corner of Lambton Quay and Brandon St, Wellington.

“What we’ve heard from the community is to stop providing parking on the trail,” Barker said. “[With bike stands] we can get 12 people to use this space, rather than just one car.

They could also remove a few stalls and mark off a space for parking scooters, he said.

Larger bike sheds, such as on Gray St, which could hold 30 bikes each, were being considered for other locations before the end of the year.

Companies affected by the removal of parking lots have been consulted, he said.

Bicycle theft is reaching worrying levels in the city centre. An official inquiry showed there were 1,435 complaints of theft between January 1, 2018 and May 31, 2022, along with 58 police proceedings, 45 bikes recovered and 10 returned to their owners.

There were 74 reported robberies in May alone for central Wellington, but no successful prosecutions that month.

Cycle Action Network project manager Patrick Morgan said a lack of secure parking meant people were locking their bikes for unsecured things.

“Good to see public space reallocated to bike and scooter parking, rather than getting in the way of people on sidewalks,” he said.

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Q&A with Jenny Carter: A User’s Guide to Buying Electric Vehicles

An electric vehicle charging station has been installed in a parking lot at the Brattleboro Mall. File photo by Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger

As Vermont races to transition drivers from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles, the landscape for buyers — and the path to finding the right state and federal incentives — can be complex.

Transportation is responsible for more emissions than any other sector in the state, and Vermont has set a goal to dramatically increase the number of electric vehicles on the road to meet the requirements of the 2020 Electric Vehicles Act. global warming solutions.

The state is also moving forward with a regulation that, if passed, would require manufacturers to phase out all new internal combustion vehicles in Vermont by 2035, though Vermonters can still buy cars. gasoline and diesel engines in Vermont via the used car market.

With a slew of new federal funding for electric vehicle infrastructure, announced incentives for buyers, and ongoing regulations, Jenny Carter, assistant professor at the Institute of Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law and Graduate School, said she answered questions from many Vermonters who want to know more about electric vehicles.

Carter and Molly Smith, program coordinator at Vermont Law and Graduate School and chair of the Hartford Energy Commission, recently co-authored a user-friendly guide that covers the basics of buying electric vehicles, with a focus on the Upper Valley.

Although most items in the guide are relevant to all Vermonters, including state and federal incentives, Vermonters should check with their electric utility for utility-specific incentives.

In a recent chat with VTDigger, Carter gave answers to general questions about electric vehicles in the state. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


VTDigger: Although lawmakers increased funding for public transportation in the last legislative session, it often feels like the conversation about Vermont’s emissions is centered on electric vehicles, as opposed to other transportation measures. climate-focused. Why are electric vehicles an important piece of the puzzle?

Jenny Carter: I will always encourage anyone who has the ability to walk, cycle, car share or take public transport. This will almost always be the best option for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Right now, it’s just not realistic to think that everyone will be able to take advantage of any of these options.

Realistically, for so many Vermonters — especially those who live outside of Burlington or Rutland or another downtown area — there’s no way they’ll ever need a vehicle. . Cars are a fact of life – if you live in a rural area you probably need a vehicle – so let’s look at how people who have to drive can reduce their emissions.

VTD: A federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is available to people who purchase electric vehicles. Who is eligible?

Jenny Carter: The federal incentives are what are called non-refundable tax credits. It only applies to people who have enough tax to pay to take advantage of it, with one exception. Some car dealerships, if you lease from them, will in effect pass this credit on to you through a discounted lease.

VTD: It looks like the federal tax credit will be more available to wealthy Vermont than to those with low or middle incomes. Could this incentive still help create a more robust used electric vehicle market in the state?

Jenny Carter: Absolutely. I am in no way saying that they should get rid of the federal tax incentive. My point about the federal tax incentive is that it should be available to everyone, no matter how much money you earn. That said, the existence of this tax incentive has not only created a market for used cars, but has also given manufacturers the boost they need to develop new lines, do additional research and give consumers more choice. I think the federal incentive played a very important role.

VTD: Who is entitled to state incentives?

Jenny Carter: One of the things people really need to look at, if you’re talking about incentives, is if there are income eligibility factors and if there’s a cap on the cost of the vehicle. The federal program does not have a cap, but the Vermont program does. (More information on incentives is available in the user guide.)

What I think is really great about Vermont is that they realized that we have a limited amount of money that we can spend, so instead of giving it to the people who need it least, as the federal government does, we will give it to the people who need it most. ]

VTD: The Ford F-150 pickup truck, one of the most popular cars in the state, is now available in a new electric model, called the F-150 Lightning. We haven’t seen many on the road here yet – why?

Jenny Carter: The thing that we’re running into right now is that because of the pandemic, there’s been all these supply chain issues that have arisen. People are going to have to be patient and persistent, and maybe a little flexible, with the vehicle they want. If you want to get an electric vehicle right now, you can certainly find one, but if there’s one in particular that’s close to your heart, you might have to wait a few weeks or even months for one. order is fulfilled.

VTD: Starting in 2022, consumers will be able to choose from 40 different models of electric vehicles in the state. How do electric vehicles compare to traditional internal combustion cars?

Jenny Carter: Now, just looking at the price of gasoline – even if climate change isn’t your motivation, electric vehicles are now a clear financial winner for consumers, at least in the long run. For Green Mountain Power customers, if you agree to their terms, you can get your electricity for the equivalent of $1 per gallon. And if you’re not in their program, using today’s average electric rates in the state, charging an EV costs about the equivalent of $1.50 per gallon.

An electric vehicle charges on a fast charger in Rutland in February. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

VTD: Is electric vehicle technology likely to change enough in the coming years that Vermonters wanting to buy an electric vehicle will wait?

Jenny Carter: Most electric vehicles are now in the 250 mile range. There are quite a few that are in the 300 mile range. I mean, you can get to Boston on a single charge with most EVs. It won’t be enough for everyone, but with the level three charger, if there is a level three charging station, which is on the way to Boston, you can charge your vehicle in about half an hour .

VTD: Is the Vermont grid ready for all these electric vehicles?

Jenny Carter: The issues surrounding the network are complex. In the immediate future, where an entire neighborhood is equipped with electric vehicles, it may need a new transformer. But when talking about the network as a whole, there is a lot of unused capacity. System overload at times of peak demand causes the most problems. Introducing time-of-use tariffs, which encourage charging at the best times, can allow a large influx of electric vehicles without overloading the network.

VTD: Is our electricity clean enough to make this big change worth it?

Jenny Carter: Studies have shown that even if you’re using dirty fuel sources, because electric vehicles are still more efficient at using fuel than gasoline-powered vehicles, for the most part – not a hard and fast rule – electric vehicles are always more effective. But clearly, the best of both worlds is to have electric vehicle batteries powered by renewable sources.

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Grand Rapids wants 8,888 new homes by 2025. How far are we?

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In July 2020, a study commissioned by the City of Grand Rapids showed that nearly 8,888 housing units – apartments, condos, single-family homes – were needed by 2025 to meet demand and avoid move residents.

Two years later, is the city on track to achieve this goal?

In short, no.

Data provided by the city shows that 1,045 new housing units have been added to Grand Rapids since 2020, with at least 1,000 more housing units reserved for low-to-moderate income residents in the pipeline.

“Based on our current construction numbers, we are not on track to meet these goals,” said Ryan Kilpatrick, executive director of Housing Next, an organization that works with the City of Grand Rapids on housing issues. lodging. “More production is needed not only in the city of Grand Rapids, but also throughout Kent County and throughout western Michigan. The whole region is understaffed.

More than half of the 1,045 housing units created since 2020 are “affordable”, meaning they have been subsidized with public funds and are reserved for residents with low to middle incomes, according to the city.

One factor that puts the city off track to meet the goal of 8,888 new units by 2025 is rising construction costs.

Kilpatrick said construction costs have jumped 30% to 40% over the past two years, and wage growth has remained well below that level. This has left developers worried that the cost of new flats at market prices will far exceed what could be charged for rent.

“If we could still build housing at the cost of building in 2019, I think you would see a lot more cranes in the sky right now,” he said. “When we look at the mismatch between construction price growth and wage growth, that’s really the biggest hurdle.”

The July 2020 study that determined there is demand for 8,888 homes by 2025 was conducted by Bowen National Research, an Ohio-based real estate market analysis firm. The study was primarily funded by the City of Grand Rapids and the Frey Foundation.

In Grand Rapids, the target of 8,888 units has been split into two parts: 5,340 apartments and 3,548 condominiums, townhouses or single-family owner-occupied homes.

The study also estimated that Kent County, excluding the city of Grand Rapids, would need 3,581 rental units and 9,760 owner-occupied units.

Officials say it is important to achieve this goal as Kent County and the City of Grand Rapids continue to grow, attracting new residents and employers to the area.

Population growth has put pressure on housing prices, and community leaders say they want to ensure there is quality housing available for residents of all income levels.

“Things move fast and things are expensive,” Elianna Bootzin, executive director of Neighbors of Belknap Lookout, said on a recent afternoon as she described housing demand in her neighborhood on the northeast side of the town.

She was among several community leaders who attended a grand opening hosted by Orion Construction for a $12.2 million, 52-unit low-income apartment development, known as Union Suites, currently under construction. on the 600 block of Coit Avenue NE.

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Bootzin said the development will help meet a strong demand for affordable housing in his neighborhood, located just north of I-196 from the city’s booming Medical Mile. She said the neighborhood had seen a slew of upscale market rate moves, but few new homes were earmarked for low-to-moderate income residents.

“It’s going to bring more affordable housing and we know we desperately need it,” she said. “We’ve seen a lot of big projects happen; a lot of great projects are coming. But so far they’ve been at market price, and we know people need something below that to be able to stay here, to be able to move here.

Union Suites apartments will be reserved for residents whose annual income is up to 80% of the Kent County area median income. For example, this translates, for a one-person household, to $50,160 and $64,480 for a three-person household.

Of the 1,045 new homes added to Grand Rapids since 2020, 690 of them are apartments.

The remaining 355 are townhouses, condominiums, duplexes or single-family homes, depending on the city. Fifty-seven percent of them are likely owner-occupied while the rest are rentals.

Looking ahead, one challenge Kilpatrick sees is the availability of more market-priced apartments, rather than limited-income units, in Grand Rapids. According to the city, there are 1,000 units of restricted income units at various stages of the development process.

“The value of housing at market rates is really to support households at all incomes,” he said. “We need to recognize that we have higher income households who want to live in the city of Grand Rapids, and when we don’t provide new housing for those households, they compete for our older and generally more affordable housing stock. . ”

Challenges to bringing more market-priced housing to the city include rising construction costs and the availability of construction workers, Kilpatrick said.

“We have some really exceptional construction companies in the West Michigan community, and many of them have commitments to major healthcare facilities or educational institutions,” he said. “And so, we’re not just competing for labor among property developers. We also compete for labor with our job creators. So we also need to think about how we develop our skilled trades.

There is no centralized data source on the number of homes added in Kent County since 2020, so it’s hard to say how close the county is to reaching the estimated 13,341 units needed by 2025.

But officials from two municipalities, the Township of Grand Rapids and the Township of Caledonia, say there is significant demand for new housing in their communities.

Grand Rapids Township Supervisor Michael DeVries said about 800 new homes have been added to his community since 2020.

A significant portion of those were in multi-family rental units along East Beltline Avenue, he said, including the 320-unit The Grove by Watermark across from Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery. .

Looking ahead, however, he doesn’t see room in his community for many more multi-family housing developments.

“There aren’t many properties left in Grand Rapids Township that don’t already have homes,” said DeVries, who estimates that 90% of homes in his community are owner-occupied.

In Caledonia Township, 273 building permits have been issued since 2020, and “there continues to be roofs added where there used to be cornfields,” Township Supervisor Bryan Harrison said.

Of the 273 building permits, 194 were for single-family homes and the rest for multi-family residential developments. The largest of the multi-family developments has nine residential units, he said.

As the township has grown rapidly over the past 30 years, community leaders want to strike a balance between welcoming new residents and businesses while maintaining the area’s rural character, Harrison said.

“Everyone is moving to Caledonia and wants to slam the door behind them to maintain that quiet, rural feel,” he said, adding that the township is more about being “responsive to demand rather than being responsive.” definition of demand”.

Back in Grand Rapids, Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said she hopes the city will get closer to the goal of 8,888 homes by 2025.

“I want it to move faster, knowing the need is so great,” she said, noting that she would like to see 5,000 to 6,000 units completed or in the works by 2025.

“But I also want it to be high quality housing…we need to have high standards across the board, whether it’s low-income, affordable or market-priced housing.”

Looking ahead, Bliss said there is potential to add thousands of rental units in areas targeted for development in downtown Grand Rapids. This includes surface parking lots in the west side of town and a 31-acre stretch of property along the Grand River between Fulton and Wealthy streets which is being considered for a 12,000 seat amphitheater and other developments.

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Medieval Times performers seek to unionize – Orange County Register

Jake Bowman, like most of his fellow performers, loves his job.

But playing the part of a swashbuckling knight at Buena Park’s Medieval Times dinner theater comes with risks. And in his case… $18.50 an hour.

“I fractured my thumb last month,” the 33-year-old Anaheim resident said. “I had a sword in both hands and my opponent’s sword slammed into my thumb joint. I couldn’t clench my fist for a month.

It was not the first incident. During his previous tenure at the Medieval Times in Dallas, he was kicked in the back by a horse and suffered a spinal hairline fracture in his lower back. Such are the risks of the live performance.

In order to address security concerns and obtain higher salaries, the artists at Buena Park Castle seek to unionize.

On Friday, the 50 Knights, Queens, Squires, Cavaliers and Squires of the place submitted a petition for a union election to the National Labor Relations Board which calls for a vote on whether to join the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA).

The move follows a labor victory at the Lyndhurst, NJ location of the Medieival Times, where workers voted 26 to 11 securing AGVA membership. The Dallas-based company operates a total of 10 Medieval Times restaurant theaters, with additional locations in Dallas, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Scottsdale and Toronto.

Management representatives for Medieval Times could not be reached for comment on Friday.

The theater has been operating with limited staff since reopening in June 2021 after a COVID-19 shutdown, an artist said, and it has left the door open to potential injuries. (File photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Erin Zapcic, who plays a queen at Buena Park Castle, said employees collected signatures with a supermajority expressing support for a union. The performers informed management of their intention to unionize but received no response, so they filed the petition.

His main concerns revolve around security.

The theater has been operating with limited staff since reopening in June 2021 after a COVID-19 shutdown, Zapcic said, and it has left the door open to potential injuries.

“We do 16 shows a week, so the Knights don’t have time to rest properly,” the 39-year-old Los Angeles resident said. “And when we’re short on steady hands, they don’t have time to do all the necessary safety checks, like making sure the saddles are tight.”

Zapcic fell off her horse last year just as she entered the tunnel that brought her to the stage.

“I was very lucky because I just bruised my thigh, but I had to be off the horse for a few weeks and wasn’t allowed to ride,” he said. she declared.

Money is another issue.

Medieval Times employees just got a $1 an hour raise, but many are still getting by, according to Susanne Doris, secretary-treasurer at AGVA’s national office.

“We just want them to be paid for the skills they have,” she said. “Some employees told us they couldn’t afford to live on their own with the money they earned, and others said they couldn’t afford a car to get around. It’s essential.

Zapcic makes $21.50 an hour, but said that’s far less than the $30-35 an hour similar performers earn at Universal Studios and other southern theme parks. California.

Julia McCurdie, who also plays a queen in Medieval Times, agreed.

“I also work at Disneyland and I see stunt people there who have no horse riding skills making $33 to $35 an hour doing five-minute stunts. Meanwhile, our Knights put on two-hour shows two to three times a day and throw themselves off moving horses.

McCurdie said the new recruits, called squires, earned near minimum wage.

“I saw a lot of knights being taken away in an ambulance,” she said. “It’s a great place to work and we all really like our jobs, but I feel like they get by paying low wages. These people could go to work at In-N-Out and earn $25 without hurting their bodies.

Bowman said management has been vague about the organizing drive.

“They sent someone from head office to talk to us about what a union does and encouraged us to make the best decision for ourselves,” he said. “But it was a bit awkward because we had already made our decision.”

Medieval Times performers and management have several meetings scheduled for next week, Bowmand said, and sessions are expected to continue until a union vote is passed.

“There’s no doubt that we’re underpaid,” he said. “I don’t expect to get what the people at Disney get because it’s a big company. But we have a realistic expectation of salaries that would allow some of our guys to pay their rent.

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Flashback Saturday: Auckland Transport’s parking nonsense

This article by Heidi was originally published in July 2019.

AT created a storm that never needed to exist.

Ten years ago, the people of Auckland understood the law. You couldn’t park a car on a curb or trail, and the vehicle crossings were for crossing the trail, not places to park. If you’ve been parked there for longer than a minute or three, you’d be ready to apologize.

Now, cars litter the public domain. Pedestrian malls, public plazas, sidewalks, shoulders, driveways, park edges, blocked service lanes… you name it, if drivers can physically maneuver a car into position, they will.

How did we get into this antisocial and dangerous mess?

AT was created in 2010. Now, except in the city center, any control is only carried out for parking on the tarmacked parts of the sidewalk or the passage of vehicles, and only in response to a complaint. As it has become more evident, anti-social parking has increasingly become a problem.

I don’t know if they ever issued tickets for cars parked on the edges, but Auckland council did. So people asked the question: “Why don’t you enforce the rules against parking on the edge?”

AT referred to a legal issue, while declining to provide specifics, and pointed to the supposed need for further law change or additional signage everywhere.

Other councils did not need this change to act. So when the NZTA consulted about a change, many people rightly considered it unnecessary.

You see, the problem here is not the law. For typical urban streets, the law is pretty clear:

  • The road is the whole of the space accessible to the public.
  • The carriageway is the part of the road intended for the circulation of cars.
  • The sidewalk is a place mainly designed and used by pedestrians. Where there is a curb, the sidewalk includes the curb. The sidewalk is there to prevent traffic from driving over parts of the road that are not designed to support the weight of vehicles. Trail vehicle crossings are part of the trail.

My research is summarized here: Definition of the path and the road margin

Under current law, on a typical Auckland street, a grass berm or shoulder held back by a curb is simply an unpaved part of the footpath.

The rules regarding parking can be found in the road user rule. Rule 6.14 covers curb parking – you cannot park on the curb. Rule 6.2 covers parking on the road and states that you should park off the roadway if possible. In urban areas with curbs, this applies to parking spaces and signposted parking lots. Otherwise, you park on the road. Rule 6.2 does not override rule 6.14 and allows a driver to take over an unpaved portion of the trail.

AT could apply Rule 6.14 to ticket cars parked off the roadway on any part of the trail, paved or unpaved. This includes shoulders and vehicle crossings.

We don’t know what legal advice AT received because they won’t publish it. This advice is either wrong, or based on instruction so limited that he missed the most crucial points, or AT misinterprets it.

Whether or not RUR 6.14 can be enforced directly, the road authority (in Auckland, AT) has broad power to make its own regulations to manage the roads under its control (subject to signage requirements). Christchurch set the example: they clarified that RUR 6.2(1) does not apply to Chistchurch – this clarification has no signage requirement.

AT should have fixed this problem years ago. Instead, they let a once clear situation become murky and now politicized.

Auckland Council had wanted this fixed for years but were misled by the fact that it was a problem with legislation. Instead, it’s a cultural bias toward motorists versus pedestrians and an aversion to law enforcement.

Auckland Transport admits it can issue tickets for cars parked on the paved part of the pathways and in vehicle crossings. They simply choose not to do so most of the time, and only in response to a complaint. Another change in the law would have simply provided them with another law to ignore.

I have been in correspondence with Auckland Transport for almost a year about this. Until last week, I was still hoping they would see reason and take action without me having to blog about it. However, they did not respond on Friday as promised. After yet another disinformation media article on Saturday, I feel compelled to respond.

The required change is not in the legislation. It is within Auckland Transport.

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SMB Procurement Trends Hold Despite Inflation

To be creative

Sourcing trends, not surprisingly, vary by organization. A pharmaceutical company has launched a global airline tender for North America and Japan, where previously each region had its own contract.

“We decided to take a different approach and strategy and leverage our global footprint on airline spend,” said Danielle Amoroso, Otsuka’s senior corporate travel and spend manager. “We brought all the data together and approached the airlines with that bargaining power behind us versus the bargaining power we had just on behalf of North America. We are in the first round, so I cannot speak about the results yet.

Amoroso also gets “more creative” with negotiation. For example, Otsuka is studying the possibility of paying an airline a pre-determined amount in advance and getting a flat rate on two or three particular routes, with a set period of time to use this prepaid funding basket, said. Amorous.

“We had never looked at this pricing model in the past, not least because as an SME you don’t know if you have the buying power, and you don’t necessarily get the funds back if you don’t use them. not,” she said. said. “No decisions are made there, but we are looking at different models and pricing structures.”

Additionally, Amoroso negotiated a package deal with its TMC just prior to the pandemic, so Otsuka’s dedicated travel agents remained intact, resulting in very few service disruptions in its post-pandemic TMC support. , unlike what some other companies have reported experiencing.

For hotel sourcing, Amoroso is a “big proponent” of dynamic pricing and only considers static pricing in a few key markets, where it might only contract one or two properties. And with dynamic pricing, it wants contracts of two to three years. “There are limited bandwidth and resources to run a tender every year,” she said, adding that those resource costs add up. “You have to calculate the savings made by not doing an annual tender.”

Where she has a roadblock is with a major hotel supplier and its refusal to offer chain-wide deals. “It’s difficult because of employee preferences,” Amoroso said. “To tell them that they can no longer stay [at a particular hotel] or that they have to stay in a property that is not their preference, this does not bode well for recruitment.

In an attempt to overcome this, his strategy is to focus on specific brands within this hospitality company. “I don’t know where we’re going with this conversation, but the more customers ask for this, [the hotel company] going to have to listen,” she said.

For ground transportation, Amoroso renegotiated its corporate contract with its preferred supplier when it saw the price spike in rental cars happening much sooner than hotels and airlines. “We took the time to renegotiate the agreement to maintain our corporate rates, our static rates,” she says. “It was super helpful.” Additionally, because Otsuka’s representatives have fleet vehicles, it has negotiated rates with airport parking vendors.

Yet, like other buyers BTN has spoken to, Amoroso has also requested contract extensions, “to give me another year to recognize our new travel patterns and new footprints,” she said. , “so that I can negotiate accordingly”.

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A One-Day Itinerary for Exploring Charleston with a Toddler | News and advice for the family

Charleston is a family destination. Most elementary school kids and up will enjoy the attractions that make the area unique, such as horse-drawn carriage rides, USS Yorktown tours, Fort Sumter tour – but add a toddler to the mix and these activities become less attractive.

That doesn’t mean families with toddlers can’t have a great time in the holy city. Whether you’re playing tourist in your own town or visiting from afar, as a local, this is what I suggest for a great day trip for the adults and younger members of your family.

Breakfast (about 1 hour)

Charleston is known around the world for its delicious cuisine, especially southern staples. Start your day early with one of the following two restaurants that many local publications, including Lowcountry Parent, have voted the best in recent years, both located in Mount Pleasant.






Kids can play on the giant beach chair at Page’s Okra Grill, located off Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Page’s serves some of the best breakfasts and brunches in the area.


Grilled Okra from Page at 302 Coleman Boulevard offers a giant beach chair to relax or take pictures while waiting for your table (no reservations accepted). It is often voted best brunch/breakfast. The menu at this sit-down restaurant is extensive and sure to offer something for every taste in your party, whether they have a sweet tooth or prefer a hearty, savory breakfast. Page’s serves locally roasted King Bean coffee to start your busy day off right.

Voted Best Biscuit, Vicious cookie, located at 409 West Coleman Blvd., is to die for. While the masterfully created cookie dishes are the main attraction, they also offer some “not-so-vicious” dishes for those looking to start the day with power foods. Gluten-free cookies are also included on the a la carte menu, making it a great choice for families with dietary concerns. Order your meals at the counter to dine on site or take them out to enjoy on a picnic at the next destination, about a mile away.

Morning game (about 2 hours)







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Memorial Waterfront Park Playground in Mount Pleasant, SC has different sections and is fun for kids of all ages.


After your appetizing breakfast, give your little ones the chance to enjoy the nautical-themed playground under the iconic Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. If it’s not too hot, load the kids into the stroller to walk to the top of the bridge. The entire bridge spans 2.7 miles from Mount Pleasant to East Bay Street in downtown Charleston, however most people, especially those pushing a stroller, prefer to travel about a mile up at the top to take in views of the harbor and peninsula before turning around and returning to the parking lot ($0.50 per hour) at the foot of the bridge. This could be a great opportunity for a morning nap, where more alert toddlers will enjoy the boat and the people watching. If you haven’t brought your own drinks and snacks to refuel after this activity, the park’s River Watch Café provides everything you need, and the park also has free public restrooms.

Lowcountry Children’s Museum (approx. 2 hours)

Park in the Visitor Center parking lot at 63 Mary Street ($2 an hour) and go to the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry at 25 Ann Street. Typical hours are Thursday-Saturday 9:30am-5pm (last admission 3:30pm) and Sunday 12:30pm-5pm. It’s a good idea to start in the art room (turn right and continue to the end of the building after purchasing your tickets) so the kids’ creations can dry while you explore the rest of the building. museum. Activities toddlers love include a special play area for kids 3 and under, an aquatic exploration room, a pirate ship and a pretend grocery store.







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The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is a great place to visit with young children. Photo provided


The museum hopes that all children will be able to take advantage of their offerings so that they are offering limited entry on the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for children with special needs who do better in a less crowded environment and less stimulating. They also offer accessibility kits and an app specifically for children with autism. Families who can show proof of SNAP, EBT, or WIC membership receive $2 per person, and locals can check out a membership card for up to 6 people at the Charleston County Library.

Regular museum admission is free for children under 12 months, $13 for South Carolina residents, and $15 for out-of-state residents. Admission lets you in and out of the museum all day (so you can come back later if you wish!) explorecml.org/visit/plan-your-visit/

Lunch (1 hour or less)

Just around the corner from the Children’s Museum on King Street is Nacho Royale by Juanita Greenberg, one of the most child-friendly and reasonably priced restaurants on the peninsula, with quick service and large portions to share. Be sure to use the restroom before you go as public restrooms are very hard to find in downtown Charleston (best while walking is to find restrooms at the bottom of the parking lots).

Nap (1-2 hours)

Get in the car again and enter Fleet Landing into your GPS. Park on the flat lot next to the restaurant which costs $10 per day or $5 for restaurant patrons. From there, put the kids in a stroller and leisurely cruise through the city center until they fall asleep. While they sleep, shop at the Charleston City Market or head the other way and stroll along East Bay Street to visit Rainbow Row, the Battery, and neighborhoods with beautiful historic homes.

Waterfront Park (30-45 minutes)

As the little ones start to wake up, head back to the car to put on some bathing suits, grab some towels, and let your little ones run around and splash around in the fountains at Waterfront Park on Vendee Street . (Unfortunately children will need to change in the car as there are no facilities in the area.)

If you’re lucky, you might be able to sit on a swing in front of the harbor for a relaxing afternoon. This park is another great place for snacks if you brought them. On busy days, you might find Italian gelato vendors near the fountains, and there’s a Belgian gelato shop on Rue Vendee that’s sure to please if you need a sweet treat for hold you until your dinner reservation.

Dinner (1 hour)







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Fleet Landing Restaurant is a kid-friendly restaurant with great food and a great view of the water in downtown Charleston. File photo


Just steps from Waterfront Park is Fleet landing, one of Charleston’s favorite seafood restaurants, located in the old Navy Wharf. Make a reservation several weeks in advance and be sure to request a table outside to see the beautiful Charleston sunset and possibly spot dolphins! This restaurant is allergy-friendly and the kids’ menu appeals to picky eaters and kids who love seafood.

Boat ride

If it’s not too late or you’re not exhausted yet, make the last round trip gondola out of Waterfront Park is a great way to end a long day of exploring with the little ones. The last round-trip taxi departs at 6:15 p.m. for $14 per person (ages 3 and under are free) and offers close-up views of the bridge, marinas, USS Yorktown, and often dolphins. charlestonwatertaxi.com

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Federal Street Stage 2 completed

Auckland’s new shared space was officially opened this week and it looks great. The shared space is the 100m+ south section of Federal St between Mayoral Dr and Wellesley St. The upgrade was first viewed in late 2017, highlighting how long even small sections like this take . It also follows the upgrade of the Wellesley St to Victoria St section which was completed in 2014.

The Mayoral Drive end of Federal Street is now a tree-lined, pedestrian-scale, community-focused shared space.

St-Matthew-in-the-City’s pōhutukawa now stand alongside 13 native trees – pūriri, tānekaha, rewarewa and white mayor – some of which are over six meters tall.

The new trees were planted along the west side of this 100 meter lane at the south end of Federal Street.

This Auckland Council-led project features a design narrative, developed in partnership with mana whenua, referencing the ideas of compassion, community, home and well-being. These ideas are reflected through warmer paving materials, seating and shelters along the new street.

The space was officially inaugurated on July 19. Aucklanders can expect an inviting place to sit and relax, improved lighting to support the region’s inclusive feeling, and nine rain gardens that filter stormwater before it reaches the Waterways.

I haven’t had a chance to check out the upgrade yet, but the board did provide some pictures of the transformation

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Here’s a quick tour through space plus a before and after from Mayor Phil Goff

The fact that there is no passing lane should hopefully help this section avoid some of the problems of other shared streets with cars that sometimes use them as rat races. But the real test here will be to what extent, if any, Auckland Transport enforces parking. From how they handle law enforcement in the rest of the city, it won’t be long before the place is overrun with illegal parking lots and some of the features are damaged, like the rain gardens . Even Phil Goff, it seems, expects a lack of enforcement based on this in a newsroom article.

Goff said it was a place people “would like to linger” – hopefully not illegally in their vehicles, as he said he hoped illegal parking wouldn’t be a problem and wanted to see more of powers granted by central government to Auckland Council to manage parking. offences.

The upgrade may only be for a short area, but is a great addition to the town.

The next improvement we will see completed in the city center will be the Queen St upgrade later this year and then the Myers Park underpass upgrade by the end of summer 2022/23.

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Work continues at Amazon’s facilities in Rensselaer County – The Daily Gazette

Work continues at a brisk pace on the new “middle mile” facility under construction for Amazon in Rensselaer County, despite a company-acknowledged mismatch between consumer demand and warehouse capacity.

The facility, off Routes 9 and 20 in Schodack, not far from the 1 million square foot Amazon fulfillment center which opened in 2020, will be part of the e-commerce giant’s logistics network.

Serviced primarily by 18-wheelers, the “mid-mile” centers gather ordered goods from inventory locations far from the “first mile”, group them into geographically organized loads, and then send them to the “last mile” delivery stations. kilometer” which transport them to the hands of customers.

The Schodack facility will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and cover nearly 280,000 square feet on 56 acres. Scannell Properties, an Indiana real estate developer, secured the site and is overseeing the project, as it did for the nearby Amazon fulfillment center.

Diagrams of the facility show parking for more than 400 employees, 78 loading dock locations and nearly 300 truck trailer parking spaces. Workers would work part-time on four- to six-hour shifts operating around the clock, an Amazon representative told the city.

On a first-quarter conference call in April, however, company executives admitted that Amazon’s pandemic scramble to meet demand for goods by rapidly expanding its distribution network now has it working while as hard to “adjust” its capacity.

“[W]We made conscious decisions in 2020 and early 2021 not to let space be a constraint on our business” and built “upscale from a very volatile demand outlook,” analysts told the Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky.

Now that demand is stabilizing, “we see an opportunity to better match our capacity to demand,” he said.

Part of this strategy appears to be canceling or delaying installations.

Media in Rochester, for example, reported last week that a nearly 3 million square foot distribution center in suburban Gates, due to open in September, has been pushed back to next year. A medium mile facility near Ogden, the size of the planned Schodack Center, may be more uncertain.

Industry newsletter Modern Shipper earlier this month listed 16 warehouses nationwide that Amazon has canceled or delayed.

Marc Wulfraat, founder and president of Montreal-based supply chain consultant MWPVL International, which maintains an online database of Amazon facilities around the world, said he hadn’t heard any rumors about the new center. Schodack.

He said Amazon only has two locations left in New York, near Buffalo and on Staten Island. The former can serve the upstate from west of Syracuse, and Staten Island can serve the downstate.

But Schodack, he said, “is critical to effectively serving the Albany market.”

“Greater Albany has 900,000 people, so I would say that’s too big to delay,” Wulfraat said. “This type of facility is critical to enabling Amazon to support its own last-mile delivery and enable next-day and two-day delivery service levels.”

An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment on the Schodack site.

Marlene Kennedy is a freelance columnist. The opinions expressed in his column are his own and not necessarily those of the newspaper. Join her at [email protected].

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Certis CISCO improved procedures for returning firearms after an officer’s suicide in 2020

SINGAPORE: After a Certis CISCO officer took his own life in 2020, the security firm improved its procedures for tracking issued firearms and ensuring their timely return, a coroner’s inquest has found.

In coroner’s findings released Wednesday, July 20, State Coroner Adam Nakhoda ruled the death of Mr. Elanko V Ganesan a suicide and concluded that no foul play was involved.

Mr. Elanko, 42, died of a gunshot wound to the head with his Taurus M85 revolver issued by Certis CISCO. His body was found by police in a parking lot in East Coast Park in the early hours of September 19, 2020.

The day before, the Malaysian had taken out his revolver and 10 cartridges from the Certis CISCO armory before leaving for deployment with two colleagues.

Their deployment ended an hour earlier, around 10 p.m. on September 18, 2020. The trio returned to the Certis CISCO center around 10:10 p.m. and Mr. Elanko’s two colleagues surrendered their firearms, but he didn’t.

Instead, Mr. Elanko went alone to the men’s locker room, where he deliberately wore his jacket so as to conceal his revolver in its holster, Judge Nakhoda said.

He then left the Certis CISCO center at 10:30 p.m., scanning his personnel pass as he left the building.

Mr. Elanko then boarded a taxi for East Coast Park. There he was last seen on camera walking to a parking lot, where he loitered near a dumpster center and killed himself shortly after 10:54 p.m. that night.

AFTER HIS DISAPPEARANCE

Judge Nakhoda found that Certis CISCO acted “in a timely and appropriate manner” by first trying to locate Mr. Elanko and then informing the police of the accident.

He noted that the security company had also reviewed and improved its procedures since the incident.

Certis CISCO officers have one hour to return their firearms at the end of their shift, to account for unforeseen delays, ad hoc missions and traffic jams, Gunsmith Master Sergeant Chiue Seng Yu told the inquest. of the coroner.

This one-hour period began at the scheduled end time of the deployment and not at the agent’s return time to the CISCO Certis Center.

Mr. Elanko’s one-hour period therefore expired at midnight on September 19, 2020, even though he returned from duty before the scheduled end time of 11 p.m.

The Weapons and Equipment Management System (AEMS) would automatically send alerts to the duty officer and key officers if a CISCO Certis agent did not surrender their firearms within one hour.

On September 19, 2020 at midnight, the Certis CISCO operations control manager received an AEMS email alert that Mr. Elanko had not returned his revolver by 11 p.m. the day before.

The agent checked the time tracking system and realized that Mr. Elanko had already scanned, meaning he had returned to the Certis CISCO center. He called Mr. Elanko’s cell phone, but got no answer.

At approximately 12:15 p.m., the officer and another sergeant who also received the AEMS email alert escalated the matter by informing other officers, including Staff Sergeant Chiue and Certis management. CISCO.

They checked with the armory and security transport unit (banking and retail) that Mr. Elanko was in, confirming that his gun had not been returned and that all the unit had returned. Mr. Elanko remained unreachable by telephone.

At approximately 12:45 p.m., Deputy Commissioner Julian Chee, Commander of the Certis CISCO Auxiliary Police, was informed of Mr. Elanko’s disappearance. He ordered the officers to inform the police and check Mr. Elanko’s record.

At approximately 1 a.m., Certis CISCO officers searched Mr. Elanko’s locker and viewed CCTV footage from the locker room showing that he had the gun. He was also seen flagging down a taxi.

Certis CISCO notified the police of the incident around 1:30 a.m. Officers went to East Coast Park to search for him around 5.30am and discovered his body around 6.15am.

FIREARMS PROCEDURE IMPROVEMENTS

At the time of the September 2020 incident, the AEMS and the weather tracking system were not linked, AC Chee said. After the incident, the systems were linked in October 2020.

This meant that if an Auxiliary Policeman scanned through the time-tracking system before the official end of his deployment and his firearm had not yet returned to the armory, an alert would be issued. Alerts would continue until the firearm was returned.

There was also an escalation protocol if the officer could not be reached or if there was a suspicion that the officer ‘no longer had a lawful basis’ for possessing the firearm, according to the findings. of the coroner.

The duty officer would notify the police and other Certis CISCO officers would be mobilized to check CCTV footage and search the officer’s lockers and deployment site.

The escalation protocol has been reviewed frequently and incorporated police feedback, with the last review being conducted this year, according to AC Chee.

“This improvement will allow for a faster response to similar incidents if they occur in the future,” Judge Nakhoda said.

In December last year, Certis CISCO also reviewed when the majority of Auxiliary Police Officers must surrender their firearms, taking into account the official end-of-duty time and the average travel time to the CISCO Certis center.

Auxiliary police officers are also “monitored individually” until their issued firearms are returned at the end of their shift to minimize the risk of late return or non-return of firearms, according to the coroner’s findings .

“CAN NEVER BE UNDERSTOOD”

Forensic analysis of Mr. Elanko’s mobile phone revealed that he had researched the suicide and gunshot wounds on the internet in the early morning hours of September 18, 2020, before going to work.

The judge found that Mr. Elanko had formed an intention to end his life that morning and put that intention into action after completing his deployment later that night.

Memories of Mr. Elanko’s cousin and roommates painted a picture of a reserved man who kept to himself. He did not show suicidal intentions or overt behavioral changes prior to his death.

He had suffered a tragedy in 2015 or 2016 when his girlfriend died of cancer, but there was no indication that was what prompted him to take his own life, the judge said.

From the recollections of his colleagues, Mr. Elanko was also a good worker. He had no medical or financial concerns, Judge Nakhoda added.

“What may never be understood is why Mr. Elanko decided he had no other choice in his life but to kill himself,” Judge Nakhoda said.

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I refuse to give the main parking spot to my pregnant colleague – if she is too lazy to get up early and grab it, I will

A MAN has taken to Reddit to complain after being criticized for refusing to give up the main parking spot to his pregnant colleague.

He posted on the site Am I The Asshole? forum to explain the situation, revealing that they work at a company that has a parking lot with a few “prime locations near the door”.

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The woman had spoken to people in the office and left a note for the man asking him to consider giving her the main parking spaceCredit: Getty
He insisted that it was "first come, first served" as to who got the main parking spot

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He insisted it was ‘first come, first served’ as to who got the main parking spotCredit: Getty

“Most of them are reserved for managers etc, but one is unreserved and operates on a first-come, first-served basis,” he wrote.

He added that he parks there most of the time because of an “old knee injury” – so “the closer the better and it’s convenient”.

“It’s obviously the place everyone wants, so I always make sure to try and get in a bit early so I can catch it,” he continued.

The situation hadn’t been a problem until his pregnant co-worker started complaining “about the congestion in the parking lot that forces her to park some distance from the door.”

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“She basically asked people if they could give her that space,” he added.

“She never asked me directly but left a note on my desk a few days ago asking the same thing.”

The next day, the man is still parked there, which prompts him to come and ask him if he has seen his ticket.

“I told him yes but unfortunately if the place is free, I will take it,” he explained.

“Like I get it and I’m not going to fight about it, but if she wanted to, she should just wake up early. She tried to argue a bit but ended up leaving.”

Following their conversation, she “filed an off-the-record complaint with the boss”, who told her about it but clarified that he didn’t want to get involved.

“I got some obvious glares and mutterings from a few colleagues about this,” he concluded, before asking “Am I the asshole?”

The majority of comments on the post were on the man’s side, with one person writing, “You’re not the asshole.

“It’s a free seat. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. She wants it? So come early enough to get it.

“His bump doesn’t prioritize him.”

“If HR wants to create a parking spot for pregnant women, they can – and they exist!” another added.

But someone else replied: “I totally agree, but empathy can also be taken into account.

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“It’s not always fun being pregnant, and I’d be mad at my husband if he acted like that, so would an old person, etc.

“It’s just a good thing to do and it can make someone’s day easier.”

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Canterbury parking rates will not be lowered for residents over fears the cut will run counter to the climate emergency

Council bosses say residents won’t get a break from Kent’s most expensive parking fee – as it would lead to more congestion and deteriorate air quality.

The rates set by Canterbury City Council are the most expensive in the county, with motorists having to pay up to £3.50 an hour to park.

Hourly rates in Watling Street are £3.50

Fees are the authority’s biggest source of revenue – but calls to offer discounts to district residents have long been made.

Opposition councilors and critics of the high charges argue that a reduced rate would help boost footfall and trade.

They have previously called on council leaders to “screw money at tourists” rather than those who live in the area.

But speaking at a cabinet meeting, Cllr Joe Howes of the ruling Conservative Party said offering a cut would be the wrong move.

“If we lower the prices, you’re definitely going to encourage more people to drive into town, because that’s a bonus and a benefit,” he said.

Councilor Joe Howes
Councilor Joe Howes

“It will be cheap, so people will come. Therefore, the air quality will deteriorate, the congestion will get worse and we will create a bit of a mess.

“It’s not just the math we need to think about. We’ve declared a climate emergency, so we have a policy where we try to encourage greater use of alternative modes of transport.

“We want to encourage people to have hybrid or, more importantly, electric vehicles.

“I wouldn’t support this because of the detrimental impact it would have on our environment.

“The only way I would support something like this would be as a carrot to encourage people to use electric vehicles.”

“I wouldn’t support this because of the detrimental impact it would have on our environment…”

Other councilors echoed the ‘mixed-messaging’ reasoning, stressing how encouraging more travel would run counter to the climate emergency – which aims to see the council go carbon-free by 2030.

However, Cllr Mike Sole (Lib Dem) – who put forward the motion for cheaper parking – said a reduction for residents would increase footfall in the city and coastal towns and help improve rental returns.

Its proposed reduced rate would grant residents a reduction of up to four hours in any of the authority’s car parks which have been installed with license plate recognition cameras.

“Quite simply, it gives something back to residents who every year get very upset when parking fees go up,” he said.

“Reducing costs for them would support local retail and hospitality, encourage residents to stay longer and help those who are experiencing financial difficulties.

“The administrative side is very simple, we already know what cars are in the area, the discounts would only apply to ANPR car parks and no additional new registration or complex administrator would be needed.

Parking will not be cheaper for city dwellers
Parking will not be cheaper for city dwellers

“The simple rule is ‘you live in the area, register your car with ANPR and you get your discount’. That’s good news.”

A report by the council’s transport manager, Richard Moore, predicts that a 20% reduction for residents would result in an annual loss of around £450,000 in revenue.

Council bosses haven’t completely downplayed the prospect of reduced fares, saying they will ‘continue to explore’ ways in which ANPR could be used to further introduce differential parking.

The potential for cheaper resident fares will therefore remain on the radar for the future.

Chief Ben Fitter-Harding said: “When we first introduced ANPR, a resident discount was a long-standing ambition.

“However, what we have learned since then is that there are much more purposeful and targeted ways to use technology to deliver tangible benefits to residents.”

Cllr Fitter-Harding pointed to the authority’s free parking arrangement in Whitstable between 8.30am and 10am, and a £10 price cap at some car parks in the town.

He also pointed out that with the council’s different price bands, residents can park a little further away from the main car parks to get lower rates.

“There’s a much bigger discount if you park at Castle Street than if you drive down Watling Street,” he said.

“That differential is 50%, so that’s a big discount that you can get by making a choice.”

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Struggling NJCU ponders tough choices. He can look to William Paterson for answers

The long brick building with pale green windows catches the eye of prospective students visiting William Paterson University in Wayne.

Set on rolling terrain near one of the highest points in Passaic County, Skyline Hall looks more like a luxury apartment building than a college dorm. Colorful seating areas feature video monitors, plush sofas and armchairs, and a high table dotted with laptop outlets. The hall’s 276 students live in what the university calls “semi-suites,” with one private bathroom for four residents.

In the three years since Skyline Hall opened, it has become the most in-demand living space on campus. University leaders say it’s worth the $40 million it cost to build. Now, however, WPU is paying the price.

Like New Jersey City University in Hudson County, another regional college that has grown into a huge state institution with thousands of staff and students, WPU is struggling financially. Years of generous spending on extensive facilities and academic programs left the university vulnerable when COVID-19 hit, enrollment declined, and tuition revenue – which accounts for 70% of the university’s budget – suddenly dropped.

Today, WPU is like an island recovering from a hurricane – a perfect storm that has forced dozens of layoffs and several cuts to college majors, with more likely to come. That’s what many think is in store for NJCU, which revealed last month that it was suffering from a similar storm.

NJCU administrators declared a financial emergency after acknowledging that the university was deep in the red, with less than a month of money available.

A faculty member analysis claimed that during the tenure of Sue Henderson, the NJCU president who left office on July 1, the school went from a $101.8 million surplus to a deficit. $67.4 million; the NJCU board of directors said it ended its fiscal year with a deficit of $20 million last month.

At WPU, the storm wasn’t as severe; most observers say the WPU’s budget gap will be between $10 million and $30 million once the full impact of the pandemic wears off. Yet it forced the school to rethink and entrench itself.

Two university programs, art history and geography, have been closed, and other programs – including a major in Asian studies and a master of fine arts – have been reduced, according to Inside Higher Ed, an online trade publication. .

Class sizes have been increased. During the recent spring semester, some classes saw their number of places increase up to 10 students. Some students resented the change because it made classes less “intimate”, according to an article in WPU’s student newspaper, the Pioneer Times.

In a first round of layoffs at the end of 2020, about 13 faculty members and 16 professional staff members were laid off, said Susanna Tardi, president of the American Federation of Teachers Local 1796, which represents WPU academic staff. Many others have accepted a transition to retirement or a voluntary separation.

But the cuts didn’t stop there. A few months later, in the summer of 2021, conversations began between the union and WPU management for somewhere between 100 and 150 additional layoffs, Tardi said.

To minimize the number of positions cut, Tardi said the union was willing to make further concessions.

“We gave up everything that made us academics,” she said. “We don’t have time off to do research, we don’t have sabbaticals, we’ve deferred promotion pay raises for a year. We have a special type of counseling that we do when teachers are paid; we said we would do it for free.

“We’ve given up a lot, and we still anticipate that we could have two more rounds of layoffs.”

Some critics blame the millions spent on Skyline Hall and a $26 million parking lot. But Stuart Goldstein, vice president of marketing and public relations, said these were investments the school needed to make to meet student demand.

“These were strategic investments in our main campus, which were made while the university was in a good financial position,” Goldstein said. “The pandemic has had a disproportionate impact on the student populations that William Paterson and New Jersey City University serve.”

More than half of the students who enroll at WPU and NJCU are black or Hispanic. In an email to NJCU staff and students last month, Joseph F. Scott, chairman of the school’s board of trustees, attributed NJCU’s challenges in part to “historic underinvestment in the university and in black and brown communities”.

Yet despite the continued possibility of further cuts, WPU management remains optimistic about the direction the school is headed. In an email to faculty and staff earlier this month, President Richard Helldobler cited the school’s recent reaffirmation of its Middle States accreditation, the closing of a fundraising campaign for scholarships from $6.5 Million Studies Above Target and a New Cannabis Research Institute.

Helldobler said, “We must not minimize our challenges, but we must never lose sight of the many great things that are being achieved here every day.

Jersey Journal intern Haresh Oudhnarine is a senior at NJCU and editor of the Gothic Times, NJCU’s student newspaper.

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East Cork cycle path ‘will kill our businesses’, says nursery and food shop

The owner of an East Cork village’s only grocery store is asking the County Council to make changes to the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill cycle route, saying the development has halved parking spaces for customers , which caused the store to lose customers.

Next door, the owner of the village crèche, where 68 children attend each day, is also worried about the impact of the cycle path on her business, as she does not know how parents will be able to drop off and pick up their children in completely safe.

Kerri O’Neill, fourth-generation owner of Fitzpatrick Grocery Store in Glounthaune, has amassed more than 1,000 signatures calling on Cork County Council to change the width of the cycle lane outside the store. She says the store lost €60,000 in turnover last month due to parking difficulties in the car park, which is on a section of road that has been owned by the municipality for 80 years.

“We are asking the council to pinch off the section of the cycle lane at the front of the store by one metre, to allow customers to breathe, which makes it safer.

“There have been four incidents in the car park over the past month as people struggle to get in and out. It becomes a real deterrent for customers, and we have seen a huge drop in our business since construction began,” she added.

Kerri and her siblings grew up in an apartment above the old Fitzpatrick grocery store, when the Junction bar was next door. In 2018, the O’Neills applied for planning permission to hit the bar and expand the store with 18 parking spaces out front. At that time, the cycle path was planned, but no definitive plan had been drawn up.

Kerri O’Neill, fourth-generation owner of Fitzpatrick Grocery Store in Glounthaune, has amassed more than 1,000 signatures calling on Cork County Council to change the width of the cycle lane outside the store.

Kerri said that after two years of construction which saw her borrow 2.5 million euros to finance the expansion, leaving her 18,500 euros in monthly repayments, plans for the cycle path were released, which allocated 12 parking spaces at the store, with four additional spaces across the road.

“In January of this year they came back and said that after measuring the area correctly we were only going to have nine spaces up front. Since then I’ve been locked in an exhausting battle to bring in some small changes to increase our parking and ensure the future of this business.

“I don’t understand why the council is doing this to a local business which employs 77 people and is the only supermarket in a rapidly growing village,” she said.

When council workers arrived to begin construction this year, Kerri used vans to barricade the area with the help of local contractors, and only agreed to move after the council agreed to 12 spaces.

“To great evils, great means.
This has put me under tremendous financial stress and every day I deal with customers who are worried that they won’t be able to find parking. Even now the parking lot is too tight and changes need to be made.

“There are a lot of families moving here and it’s unrealistic to think they’re all going to cycle to the store,” Kerri said.

Irene Heredia is the owner of Generation Education, the nursery next door to Fitzpatrick. force motorcyclists to slow down.

“It’s something that is even looked at by the inspectors when we show them around the site, it’s so important that the children can be dropped off at school safely and if the parking outside disappears, that will have a very negative impact for us. There isn’t really an alternative in the neighborhood and in the colder months it is very convenient to have easy parking outside the school. This affects also negatively parents who find our location very convenient to get to work.

“At the end of the day, I think we’ll also see a drop in enrollment if parking goes away,” she added.

Irene says she hopes “something can be done” to welcome community businesses.

Glounthaune has just over 1,400 inhabitants

Glounthaune is a small village with a population of just over 1,400, but thanks to the village’s excellent rail connectivity, it is set to become a town within the next five years with several strategic housing developments in the pipeline.

A section of the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill cycle route.
A section of the Dunkettle to Carrigtwohill cycle route.

Local Councilor Anthony Barry said the cycle path will be a fantastic amenity for the local community which has been the subject of an extensive public consultation process, but the Fitzpatrick car park argument highlights the need for increase the facilities to cater to the growing community.

“The cycleway will have a hugely positive impact on the communities it will connect and it is planned to extend to Youghal, we have seen how successful the Dungarvan greenway has been and that It’s great to see these kinds of changes taking place in Cork, but when you make big changes you’re always going to upset some people.

“I’ve been to Fitzpatrick’s a couple of times in the last week, and I’ve found it manageable. Now it’s still an outdoor building site, so I think people will find it easier once the work is done. This cycle path did not come out of nowhere, and I think the parking lot will be safer than the layout that existed before, because it had no structure, “said Mr Barry.

The councilor said he was, however, concerned about the rate at which community facilities are expanding in the area, as this does not match the increase in population.

“There is a larger problem here. The village has a pub, shop, community center operates from the national school. The development plan of the commune indeed provided an area for the development of new facilities, but An Bord Pleanala (ABP) has just given the green light for this area to become another strategic housing development (SHD).

“There are plans for a new nursery in the Harper’s Creek development, but even then I don’t see how we will have enough child care and medical facilities to meet the needs of everyone in the immediate locality. Yes Carrigtwohill is a few miles further but it is already difficult to see a GP here,” he added.

Glounthaune Sustainability Committee Chair Carol Harpur said that over the past seven years the number of homes in the village has increased from 506 to 824, and that the ABP’s recent decision to allow the Ballynaroon Lands SHD to be built 112 residential units will by no means be the last major development in the area this year.

Darragh Taaffe, a partner at Keane Mahony Smith auctioneers and estate agents, was the sales agent who oversaw the purchase of 38 homes in the Lackenroe development. He said the homes sold without being officially advertised on the open market.

“We have been hit by an avalanche of requests. The houses sold very quickly and everyone had moved in last September,” he said.

“From our point of view, the cycle path will make Glounthaune even more attractive for young families. It’s the kind of amenities you’d put on a brochure next to the train station and local restaurant; it improves people’s quality of life,” added Mr. Taaffe.

Plans for a further 289 units on land adjacent to the original Lackenroe housing estate, submitted by another developer, were pulled down by the ABP in April this year after the council said the locality lacked the necessary road network to support development.

Cohalan Downing manager Susan Tyrell, who oversaw the sale of 170 homes in the Harper’s Creek SHD, said buyers can’t speak highly enough of the bike path as an amenity.

“50 families have moved in as construction is only halfway through, and many people have told me they get to work via the cycle path and then the train that takes them to Penrose Docks , or wherever they work in the city,” she said.

Increased passing trade

The section of the cycle path that has been completed connects Ftizpatrick’s grocery store and The Elm Tree bar and restaurant. Managing Director Eoin O’ Connor says it has increased the passing trade and increased the number of families coming in for a bite to eat.

“We have to commend the council for the job they have done with this section of the cycle path, it is beautifully done and decorated with flowers.

“We have noticed 100% that it attracts a different type of clientele, as young families are walking along the cycle path and then calling us, it has really made a difference,” he added.

Cork County Council issued a statement apologizing for ‘any inconvenience’ caused by the ongoing construction work, adding that they are ‘confident that when completed this much-loved cycleway will have significant value in the future. from an economic, social and environmental point of view”.

The council said it had obtained planning permission for the pedestrian and cycle route and engaged with stakeholders along it, from Bury’s Bridge to Carrigtwohill, ‘including Fitzpatrick’s Shop’ .

“Engagement continued throughout the detailed design and construction stages and continues,” they added.

The intercity cycle route will link Dunkettle to Midleton when completed and then to Youghal via the Midleton Youghal Greenway. Planning permission for the remaining 2.6km of the road to Midleton has yet to be obtained.

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Coastal Commission Intercedes Over Santa Cruz RV Overnight Parking Ban

SANTA CRUZ — The city of Santa Cruz’s plan to ban overnight on-street parking for large vehicles requires state review, a coastal public oversight committee said Thursday.

Shortly before a permit appeal hearing on the city’s oversized vehicle ordinance this week, California Coastal Commission officials reversed an earlier recommendation not to intervene. Initially, commission staff flagged environmental justice concerns about the law, but eventually wrote that they believed the “impact on public access in question is negligible” in their pre-hearing report. of Thursday.

The ordinance’s language includes a citywide ban on street parking and large vehicle parking lots from midnight to 5 a.m., except with a limited visitor’s permit or during certain emergencies. Members of the local group Santa Cruz Cares filed the appeal, asking the Coastal Commission to step in and assert jurisdictional authority as the ordinance applies to coastal access.

In May, the citizens’ group appealed the new municipal law, which has languished, unenforced, since its approval on November 9, in numerous similar appeal hearings at the city level. In a description of its concerns listed on the Santa Cruz Cares website, the group accuses the city of working to “directly create more homelessness.”

The city, according to a July 8 letter to the commission from Director of Planning and Community Development Lee Butler and Assistant City Attorney Cassie Bronson, aims to reduce the long-term entrenchment of oversized vehicles.

“One of the Council’s objectives in passing the OV (oversize vehicle) amendments is to break the rooting cycle and encourage OV residents to, at a minimum, spend the night in secure parking, where they can access to restrooms and garbage facilities, reducing the amount of OV residents who urinate/defecate/litter on streets, sidewalks, and nearby areas of the city, such as ESHAs (Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas)” , indicates the letter of the city.

Significant loss of public access

In a belated agenda addendum, committee staff wrote that they had “received important new information” the previous week, the cause of its cancellation. To wit, staff wrote in a follow-up report, the impacts on shore access were greatly increased by a less-discussed provision of the law that would prohibit the parking of any oversized vehicle – 24 hours a day, 365 days. per year – within 100 feet of any crosswalk, intersection, stop sign, official electric flashing device or approach to any traffic light.

“The city estimates that this restriction would entirely eliminate approximately 54% of oversized vehicle parking areas in the 24/7 coastal area, and that number may actually be higher,” the Central District Manager said. Coast, Dan Carl, late in the commission meeting Thursday.

Chair Donne Brownsey said she supported Coastal Commission monitoring as “the absolutely correct recommendation here”.

“I thought the NSI (no substantial issue) – we were just being asked to make a decision based on absolutely flawed information,” Brownsey said.

The Commissioners unanimously approved the recommendation for a “substantial problem” finding. No member of the committee requested the opportunity to hear a debate on the decision on Thursday.

Support parking programs continue

On social media on Thursday, Santa Cruz Cares members called the commission’s vote a victory.

“We hope that the city council will provide other services without criminalization in the defeat of this ordinance,” the group posted on several social media platforms. “We can still have safe parking sites and sanitation support like mobile gray and black water services, garbage collection and outreach from social workers without a ticket and without towing people into oblivion. »

Then the matter will be placed on an unspecified future agenda as a “de novo hearing” before the Coast Commission. This week’s vote mirrors a similar finding made by the Coast Commission in 2016, when an earlier version of the city’s overnight recreational vehicle parking ban was appealed to the body. Commissioners at the time told the city that if it were to ban RV parking on city streets, officials should create another place for drivers, beyond a half-baked plan to send drivers to a private SafeSpaces program running out of religious organization parking lots.

Santa Cruz officials said the latest ordinance is designed to address public safety, health, nuisance and coastal resource issues associated with people who may use oversized vehicles as a place to sleep, according to the report from the city. commission. In addition to setting restrictions on vehicle parking, the ordinance sets standards for the creation of 55 secure overnight parking spaces in three “tiers” of availability. On levels one and two, three emergency spaces have been reserved and six short-term reserved spaces, respectively, so far. 30 other spaces of level 2 or more are allowed. In the city’s letter to the commission, officials said parking programs have thus far been underutilized and often become vacant overnight.

An additional 22 spaces, available day and night at the National Guard Armory in DeLaveaga Park, will be part of the Level Three Secure Parking Program under contract with the Association of Faith Communities and overseen by non-profit group The Free Guide, which is aiming for an early August launch, according to Free Guide executive director Evan Morrison.

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Australian consumer advocates slam private parking operators’ misleading fines

They look like a good and every year thousands of Australians receive them in private car parks – but is it really a ‘fine’?

Turn over the Violation Tickets, or “Violation Notices” as they are called, and in the fine print you will find this disclaimer: “This is not a fine. The operator is claiming the amount owed as that wound up damaged as a result of you violating the parking conditions.”

In simple terms, the car park the company threatens to sue you and demands silver for his loss.

A “notice of breach” issued in a car park. (A current affair)

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“Any implication that a law enforcement official is issuing these fines is misleading,” said Consumer Action Law Center CEO Gerard Brody. A topical matter.

“These are private companies – they don’t have the power to enforce the law like a police force or council does.”

One of the major players, Parking Enforcement Services, owned by Wilson Parking, is demanding $65 from motorists or $80 if not paid within a month.

Consumer Action Law Center CEO Gerard Brody. (A current affair)

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But consumer advocates said that was misleading.

“People need to be aware that companies can’t get your personal data, so they can’t take any other action to try to enforce their rights against you,” Brody said.

The governments of New South Wales and Victoria have barred private operators from accessing registration records.

The entrance to the car parks indicates the terms and conditions at the entrance. (A current affair)

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Before the practice was banned in Victoria in 2015, 50,000 applications were made to the courts each year for people’s private details.

Stuart Norman, CEO of Parking Australia, which represents parking operators, denied that issuing notices of infringement was ‘misleading’ or amounted to ‘intimidation’.

“Yes (the violation notices) may look the same (like a fine) but in some ways it’s the same process, it’s just a different way of applying it,” he said.

Stuart Norman is the CEO of Parking Australia. (A current affair)

Asked about the inability of private companies to obtain drivers’ personal details to pursue their “debts”, Mr Norman declined to comment.

Mr Brody criticized the amount claimed in damages by the parking companies, saying it did not reflect the actual loss suffered by the operator.

“While some people may think the violation notification fee is exorbitant, compared to local government fines, it is nowhere near that level,” Norman said.

The terms and conditions are indicated on panels at the entrance to the car parks. (A current affair)

He said the terms and conditions posted on signs at the entrances to the car parks allowed them to sue.

“It’s hard to read all of these terms and conditions when people drive in, but in the majority of cases these terms and conditions are posted elsewhere in the parking lot,” he said.

During the filming of this story, A topical matter caught different parking enforcement officers writing notices of violation using the same badge number and signature.

consumer advocates have criticized the amount claimed in damages by the parking companies. (A current affair)

While declining to respond on camera, and after initially refusing to provide an official response, Wilson Parking said in a statement, “When Parking Enforcement Services (PES) officers are in training, they typically accompany an officer superior and use the same badge code as the officer training them”.

“We believe that one day in June this year, a fully trained new officer used the ID given to him during his training exercise, rather than his own ID.

“It’s not standard procedure and it was an isolated case.

“We have investigated the violation notifications and can confirm that they are valid due to vehicles in violation of the parking contract.

“However, to avoid duplication of codes in the future, we have adjusted our procedures so that trainees use unique identifiers from the first day of training.”

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One More Club gets second OK from Park Rapids Planning Commission – Park Rapids Enterprise

On July 11, the Park Rapids Planning Commission considered a new application by Gregory Parsons for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate a bar at 1012 Birch St.

Parsons, who currently operates One More Club at 1400 1st St. E., previously applied for a CUP to move the bar to the same address with seating for 42 patrons.

According to city planner Ben Oleson, Parsons’ initial CUP application was denied by city council on May 24, when Parsons failed to produce the planned stormwater management plan.

At that time the planning commission had recommended on condition that the bar had a parking space for two, which would have required additional parking at the rear of the building.

Parsons and Oleson told the planning commission that because of the increased impermeable cover for the additional parking, Parsons should have provided a system to prevent stormwater from running off his property. However, they explained, Minnesota Power did not respond when asked if it would allow the system below its overhead power lines and within a few feet.

The CUP’s initial request also agreed to limit the bar’s opening hours to between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Parsons’ new request offered to accommodate up to 22 customers and extend hours to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Commission members noted that fewer seats would mean Parsons would need to work overtime to earn money, but without additional parking spaces he would not need to provide a stormwater management plan.

They also noted that the seating capacity at the bar is not the same as its occupancy limit, which remains at 42 according to the state fire marshal. Oleson agreed that people could stand at the bar, as it will have the same space despite the reduced seating capacity.

Commission Chairman Robb Swanson expressed concern that customer parking is overflowing onto the street, where parking is illegal. He informed Parsons that he should watch this carefully.

Before opening a public hearing on the matter, Swanson reminded a dozen affected residents that neighborhood opinion is not a legal basis for a decision whether to grant a CUP, and any decision not based on City code criteria may be subject to legal challenge.

Among the comments of local residents:

  • Steven Peloquin said, “This company doesn’t belong here.” He argued that the bar should limit its operation when other businesses in the neighborhood are open. Peloquin urged the commission not to allow anything to be built behind the property.
  • William Fitch has ridiculed the idea that limiting seating will prevent more customers and their vehicles from coming to the bar. He urged the commission to continue the hearing until all conditions are met. “Last time was a fiasco,” he said. However, Swanson noted that Parsons cannot carry out any work on the site until a permit is approved, although it may be required to submit a plan to meet the conditions. Meanwhile, Parsons complained he “wasted $1,500” on a storm drain plan he couldn’t use without Minnesota Energy’s approval.
  • Lovette Smith expressed concern about late weekend hours and increased intoxication and traffic in the neighborhood. She also asked about noise controls. Council member Liz Stone said the city’s noise ordinance goes into effect at 10 p.m.
  • Jessica Mjelde described the neighborhood as “tangletown” with winding streets and no streetlights. She envisioned issues with drivers encountering children walking and biking on the street.

Commission member Scott Hocking pointed out that the concern about vehicles and foot traffic on the neighborhood’s narrow, poorly lit streets applies at all times, not just because of the proposed bar.

“If you park a vehicle on that street, everyone has to drive around,” he said. “It is not designed to have off-street parking.”

“If we allow 11 parking spaces, it’s not really up to us to worry about how Mr. Parsons screens customers and where they park,” Stone said. “That will become his problem.”

Parsons reminded the commission that there was a municipal parking lot nearby, near Hatch Avenue.

Based on the Detroit Lakes experience, Swanson said food and drink establishments in residential neighborhoods can work.

Commission members followed Oleson’s recommended conditions, including limiting hours between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. every weekday.

Swanson and Stone sympathized with Parsons’ request to extend Friday and Saturday hours to 1 a.m. Johnson was ambivalent, but said he couldn’t justify opposing the extended hours. Hocking and commissioner Nancy Newman agreed.

“We can’t sit here and make a decision just because we don’t like something,” Stone explained.

“You have to put some facts behind it,” agreed Hocking. “Right now there is no fact not to support it on Friday and Saturday until 1am”

Swanson suggested other ordinances, such as the noise ordinance, would keep neighborhood issues in check. Board members agreed to revise the condition at Parsons’ request.

Regarding a condition that Parsons submit a parking plan before council action, Oleson asked if Parsons’ 11-space plan, based on a sketch by city engineer Jon Olson, would be sufficient. This plan calls for staff to park in the building’s garage, potentially blocked by customers.

Stone said she personally checked that the site had 11 parking spaces, including a handicapped space, and said it was up to Parsons to decide whether he wanted customers to block access to his garage.

The condition also required “traffic aisles” for loading and unloading and the flow of traffic. Oleson said he believed the loading and unloading would take place outside office hours.

“The food truck and the drink vehicles are going to appear when they show up,” Swanson said, “and it’s going to happen between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. This truck is probably going to park in the road while it’s unloading, and that’s is something for us to consider. Without that rear parking lot and driveway, there is no room for that truck.

Stone suggested placing the loading-unloading area at the west end of the building and adding a condition that nothing happens at the rear. She said there would be room for a truck to stop without encroaching on the property line setback.

Oleson suggested leaving the state as is and waiting for a scale drawing to show the parking area and the unloading area. He said he wouldn’t have to be prepped by an engineer.

Regarding the condition limiting the space open to customers to 2,000 square feet, Oleson said that would actually require a variance and suggested changing it to 1,600 square feet, which meets the ordinance’s requirements. The members of the Commission agreed.

They also discussed a condition requiring a six-foot fence, which Oleson said was a holdover when a rear parking area was planned. Swanson said if he was a neighbor he would want a fence as a buffer.

Noting that a five-foot fence is already there, Stone suggested lowering the height requirement, adding that if the fence is on neighbors’ property, Parsons must also install a fence.

In another condition related to parking, Stone suggested deleting a reference to “approved street parking” since no parking is permitted on Birch Street. Oleson said the intention was to allow parking in appropriate areas, including Birch Street if it is widened to allow on-street parking.

However, Oleson suggested adding “in striped and paved parking spaces” to the on-site parking clause, to prevent customers from parking on grass.

Stone also noted that customers could park in the nearby town lot. Oleson suggested adding “or other public parking spaces.”

Turning to findings of fact, panel members concurred with staff findings supporting CUP’s approval with the amended terms.

Stone moved a motion to recommend City Council’s approval of the CUP with those terms, and the motion passed with Hocking abstaining and no dissents.

City Administrator Angel Weasner said council would likely act on the CUP’s request at its July 26 meeting.

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Builder can’t bind homebuyers with one-sided contract terms: NCDRC

Calling the deal between the builder and the apartment buyer totally one-sided and unfair to the home buyer, the National Consumer Dispute Redress Commission (NCDRC) says the builder cannot seek to bind the buyer with such unilateral contractual conditions.

In an order passed last month, NCRDC bench RK Agrawal (Chairman) and Binoy Kumar (Member) said: “The terms of a contract will not be final and binding if it is shown that buyers of the apartment had no other choice than to sign in dotted line, on a contract supervised by the builder. The contractual clauses of the agreement of May 8, 2012 are ex facie unilateral, unfair and unreasonable. The incorporation of such unilateral clauses in an agreement constitutes an unfair commercial practice within the meaning of section 2(r) of the Consumer Protection Act 1986, as it adopts unfair methods or practices for the purpose of selling the flats by the builder .”

Deepika Chaudhary Chandra and her husband Arun Kumar (Chandras) filed a lawsuit against Emaar MGF Land Ltd seeking compensation for late delivery of possession of the assigned flat. The couple had booked an apartment in the Palm Terrace Select project located in the village of Badshahpur in Sector 66 of Gurugram in Haryana. Emaar MGF Land had promised delivery of the flat by October 31, 2015. The couple paid Rs 1.69 crore, almost 95% of the total consideration for the sale. However, the promoter did not deliver the possession within the stipulated time. Possession was not given until 2020, a delay of about five years. Although he received stamp duty and other fees, the promoter also did not execute the deed of transfer until July 13, 2021.

“…in our opinion, (this) is a clear case of lack of service on the part of the promoter,” the NCDRC noted, while calling on Emaar MGF Lad to pay, within four weeks, interest on the amount deposited at an interest rate of 8% from October 31, 2015, the scheduled date of delivery of possession, until the actual date of delivery of possession of the apartment to the buyer.

While the case was ongoing, on August 28, 2019, Emaar MGF Land offered the Chandras possession of the apartment subject to payment of arrears. The company sent a reminder on October 3, 2019, asking homebuyers to settle the arrears of Rs22.89 lakh.

After hearing the case, on November 13, 2019, the NCDRC ordered the builder to release possession of the allocated apartment to the Chandras, subject to the purchasers paying the full amount admitted, including value tax. added (VAT) and stamp duty. While the complaint is pending, the Chandras were asked to deposit the disputed amount of Rs11.81 lakh with the Commission.

The NCDRC says the buyer will have to pay the parking fee, the balance of the base sale price and the preferential location fee (PLC) and also delay the payment fee in accordance with the terms of the agreement. However, the advance on maintenance costs will only be applicable from the date of actual possession of the apartment by the buyers, he adds.

While asking Emaar MGF Land to pay 8% interest from the expected date of possession on the deposited amount, the NCDRC also asked the builder to pay a cost of Rs25,000 to the Chandras.

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Disabled woman fined for using disabled parking space in Wales | Wales

A disabled woman could face fines of over £1,000 for using a disabled driver parking space outside her flat.

Cerys Gemma, who lives in Cardiff, told reporters that the space allocated to her flat was inaccessible as it had a pillar on one side and another car park nearby on the other.

The 34-year-old, who has used a wheelchair since suffering serious spinal injuries in a car accident aged 17, uses one of the parking spaces reserved for disabled visitors as alternative.

Gemma has now been ordered to pay the fines by the county court, the BBC reported.

New Generation Parking Management, which manages the Prospect Place bays in Cardiff Bay and has taken Gemma to court, said the spaces should remain free for disabled visitors, not residents.

Gemma told the BBC she had been in contact with the property management and parking companies, trying to explain why she needed to use a wheelchair accessible space.

New Generation, which is under contract with Prospect Place Management, a client of property management firm Ringley Group, told the BBC: ‘We want to clarify that if we allow a resident to use a disabled visitor space as their own , we would need to authorize all resident requests that we have received over the years.

“It would undoubtedly reduce the availability of disabled spaces for visitors with disabilities.”

New Generation Parking (NGP) said it was simply applying the rules that Prospect Place agreed to when it was given the job of running the site.

He said: “We cannot make any changes to these rules without the agreement of the board; therefore, in light of the continued distress this is causing Ms Gemma, we will take steps to have this discussed at the next council meeting.

Ringley Group pointed out that it was NGP who sued her, not Ringley, adding that it understood the parking space provided with Gemma’s apartment was currently being used by a friend.

“This means that she has made ongoing attempts to park an additional car on site in a visitor space, despite having already been assigned a parking space for a resident,” a spokesperson said.

“Resident parking spaces are part of the lease agreement and are not assigned by Ringley.

“Ringley met with the local council to try to find a solution. One solution is for her to return her space to the free owner, then sit down with the site team and identify spaces that might be suitable for her and for us to arrange a space swap with another owner.

“There is a shortage of visitor spaces, which are for everyone’s use, which is why we cannot provide him with the permanent use of a disabled visitor parking space.”

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Friends of Dunorlan voice concerns over parking plans as move sparks petition

A group of friends at a park in Tunbridge Wells where parking fees are due to be introduced for the first time criticized the plans.

Residents unhappy with the proposals have also started a petition for Council to reconsider.

Last week the Time reported on how the new borough partnership in Council is increasing fees in its car parks and will introduce payment to park at Dunorlan Park.

The coalition wants to charge £1 an hour, capped at £5 for the whole day, for cars in the two car parks.

But Friends of Dunorlan Park (FoDP) say there has been no consultation with Council over the plans and the fee could lead to unsafe ‘overflow’ parking on local roads.

The charges had been presented as a chance to deter town center shoppers from using Dunorlan Park and included a pledge to ‘support the upkeep of the car park and the park itself’.

But FoDP chairman Peter Russell told the Time that the group had not been consulted and that the parking policy had many pitfalls.

“The Friends of Dunorlan Park are very concerned about this proposal, at least in part because we have not been consulted and, it appears, members of the Council’s parks department,” he said. .

He added that there were already problems when drivers could not park.

‘We are already getting complaints about the unsafe situation when people park on the narrow Halls Hole Road and it will only get worse if charges are introduced,’ he said.

“Similarly, overflow from the Pembury Road car park would tend to go to the edges of Pembury Road itself.

“It’s dangerous and unsightly and having happened once or twice before, we know from experience that neither Council nor the police are interested in stopping this illegal parking.”

Meanwhile, on the condition of the car parks themselves, Mr Russell noted that one of the car parks was ‘not properly paved and would surely need to be brought up to a reasonable level before pricing could be introduced’.

He continued: “Dunorlan Park has been a lifeline for many people and families during lockdown and many people enjoy spending a lot of time there.

“Not everyone can walk or cycle to Dunorlan and we feel that the current number of fairly limited parking spaces should be free and reserved for genuine users of the park.

“The Friends believe that these proposals have not been carefully considered and that no consultation has taken place. We are not convinced that the funds raised will directly benefit Dunorlan Park.

A Change.org petition has also been created, urging Cabinet and Council to “keep Dunorlan Park free”.

Petition author and local resident Richard Harrington wrote: ‘The introduction of parking fees is warranted because of the minute number of users who use the park to get into town’, but denied that this was a problem.

The petition has already garnered more than 400 signatures by the time The Times went to press yesterday (Tuesday). If it reaches 500 signatures, the petition will be reviewed by the Oversight and Review Committee which may hear public testimony from a senior Council official.

If it reaches 1,000 signatures, the TWBC Plenary Council will have to debate the proposals.

Charges for cars in the Dunorlan park are due to be introduced by October following public consultation.

The move follows Ashdown Forest’s plans to also charge for parking. The East Sussex beauty spot intends to introduce charges for its car parks from August.

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Throwback to July 13

100 years ago: 1922

Lewiston police officers Daniel Crowley and Daniel Driscoll narrowly escaped drowning in Sabatis Lake Thursday night while towing a rowboat full of wood. The waves capsized the launch and endangered the motorboat they were towing it with. The wood was valued at over $50 and was almost entirely lost.

The officers who were on vacation now stayed at Crowley’s cabin on Sabatis Lake. Crowley intended to make repairs. With Driscoll’s help, he loaded hardwood shortly after 9:00 p.m. Thursday night. The lake was quite dark and the water was quite choppy. How the boat overturned neither of them could say, but each of them said the waves swept it away, and the overturning was easily accomplished.

They cried out for help, after refusing help from John Ashton, another Lewiston police officer who was staying at the same cottage and offered help believing they would be fine. But the wood tipped over in the water and was quickly dispersed. The officers managed to gather some of the wood, but it was too dark to see it. They had gone out early Friday morning to pick up what was in sight. None of them were injured.

50 years ago: 1972

The old Jones Block near Central Maine General Hospital was razed today, to possibly make way for improved parking lots for the hospital, which owns the property.

A new professional building is to be constructed between the hospital and the Jones Block location, requiring even more parking space. The Jones Block once housed medical practices on the first floor and there were apartments upstairs.

25 years ago: 1997

City and county officials said Friday that the public shouldn’t be too concerned about potential power outages this summer, but residents also shouldn’t ignore the possibility that Central Maine Power could run out of power. in the event of a strong heat wave. “Obviously (a breakdown) would be a major inconvenience, but if everyone applied a bit of common sense and didn’t fly away, we’ll be fine,” said Peter Van Gagnon, director of emergency management. of Lewiston-Auburn and Androscoggin County.

City administrator Robert Mulready agrees: “It is important for all of us to follow conservation warnings when they come. We can be our own worst enemy and I think we have to work together. I think common sense should prevail.

The CMP has warned city officials that a power shortage is possible this summer as many power plants — including Maine Yankee in Wiscasset — have been shut down either permanently or temporarily. Maine isn’t alone either. New England utilities pool their electricity and distribute it throughout the Northeast. Thus, all states could experience shortages in the event of a prolonged heat wave.

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Poconos get new park and amphitheater

Here’s another reason you’ll want to visit the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania soon: the area is getting a massive new entertainment center with a 10,000-seat amphitheater.

From the Roots, a property development and venue management company, announced the acquisition and redesign of the site formerly known as Mt. Lauren Performing Arts Center, which sits on 52 acres of land and has no not been used for over a decade.

The new destination, about 90 minutes from Manhattan, will also have a 400-seat theater and will be called Poconos Park.

Given the scale of the project, visitors can expect Poconos Park to host a variety of events and productions, from weddings and corporate retreats to music festivals, theater productions and more.

Photograph: Courtesy of From the Roots

As for the lineup, the park is set to kick off with a “boutique festival” later this year, but it’s the amphitheater that grabs the attention.

Although the Poconos Park Amphitheater is an outdoor facility, it could be converted into a fully enclosed 2,600-seat venue for year-round performances by closing its “airplane hangar-style doors,” according to a official statement. “We can close the doors and turn on the air conditioning for a cool summer show or turn up the heat in the winter and have Nutcracker“said John M. Oakes, CEO and founder of From the Roots, in a press release.

The Lakehouse at Poconos Park, meanwhile, will house a 10,000 square foot banquet hall that can accommodate up to 400 people at a time while overlooking a beautiful 90-acre lake.

“We’re focusing on people in the greater area who have the ability, from a car or motorcycle standpoint, to get around and want to get away for a weekend,” Oakes said. at Billboard. “We are setting up partnerships and room blocks with various hotels and campgrounds and timeshare communities in the area so that we can be part of the Poconos tourist weekend destination for getting out of town.”

In case you want to be extra-cool, here are the coolest Airbnb treehouse rentals near New York City, some of which are near the new entertainment center.

Just imagining Harry Styles, Madonna, Elton John and Beyonce on that huge stage fills us with wonder and excitement. We can’t wait to see the types of programs that will be put together on site.

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District Unveils New Livermore High School Gymnasium | New

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District recently hosted an open house for the community to view and tour Livermore High School’s brand new gymnasium, which was built as part of the Measure Bond Facility Improvement Projects J approved by voters, district officials said in a statement. .

The campus open house on June 25 “was a great success and the community really enjoyed the opportunity to see this beautiful new space,” according to district spokesperson Sarah DeGroat.

The gymnasium is a two-story building totaling 49,000 square feet and includes a main gymnasium with mezzanine bleachers, a training gymnasium, a wrestling room, a dance studio, a weight room, a training classroom, education, team rooms, boys’ and girls’ locker rooms, a kitchen and a patio. and ticket office.

All that remains to be completed is the aquatic facilities, which will include a 12-lane swimming pool, diving boards and a water polo field. District officials said the completion of this phase is scheduled for summer 2023.

Contractors opened the gymnasium in the summer of 2020. Construction was handled by the District Bond Department in partnership with Roebbelen Contracting, Inc. and Kitchell Construction.

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Car Parking Lift Market 2022 and Analysis by Top Key Players – Bendpak-Ranger, Rotary, ARI-HETRA, Challenger Lifts – Designer Women


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Why is State Parks razing the historic willows of Soldier Hollow?

Soldier Hollow, Utah, is best known as an Olympic site for cross-country skiing, but its most beloved natural feature is a grove of majestic black willows whose branches soar overhead, enclosing a space of reverential peace, a place that Jenifer Tringham describes as a “fairy corner”.

The proximity of these trees was the reason Utah State Parks chose this location for a new campground, currently under construction as part of a Utah State Park upgrade program. Wasatch Mountain.

So Tringham, a store owner from Heber City, is the height of irony that the park plans to remove 10 of the trees, an unfortunate step necessary to keep the new campground safe.

“It’s a paradise for birds. There are so many different birds, owls, baby owls and so on, and nature thrives here. It’s beautiful,” Tringham said Wednesday. “It’s one of those unkept secrets. We feel like we are the first to come and explore it. But in fact, so many locals cherish this area. They use it for family gatherings. They had services here for loved ones who passed away. It is a very sacred area.

The tree-removal plan sounds like a line straight out of Joni Mitchell’s classic song “Big Yellow Taxi,” about paving heaven in a parking lot and not knowing what you’ve got until that he is gone. Likewise, Tringham and others worry that pressure from state parks to expand recreational facilities in the parks could jeopardize some of the natural features that draw people to the parks in the first place.

Last month Tringham sounded the alarm over the plight of the trees just as machinery was about to start removing them, sparking public outcry that prompted the Department of Natural Resources to suspend construction and reassess the plan.

“Let’s bring in additional arborists, safety engineers, construction groups,” State Parks spokesman Devan Chavez said. “Are there any other options here?” Aren’t there any? What is the security concern? How far away should things be from specific things? »

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jenifer Tringham, right, and Ed Hendershot walk through the grounds of a grove of black willows, right, a place Tringham describes as “fairy corner.”

The agency will write a report to guide how to proceed, but noted that many willows, while impressive, are old and susceptible to losing large branches as they weaken. Chavez stressed that State Parks takes community concerns seriously and intends to be transparent.

“When they go camping, they want to be surrounded by trees, they want to be surrounded by beauty. Campground or no campground, some of the trees started to crumble during the wind storms,” Chavez said. “Regardless of any design changes coming from this campground, the most important thing is to make sure we take care of these trees. We don’t want them falling on people, hikers, pavement.

Celeste Johnson, mayor of nearby Midway, believes State Parks is handling the situation appropriately, praising the agency for listening to concerned citizens while prioritizing safety.

“They’ve put the project on hold while they review this,” Johnson said. “Are there things we could do to make trees safer and save trees? I love that in the garden at Midway we have really old trees and it’s kind of cool in Utah. We don’t have many, especially a deciduous tree.

She was at the site Wednesday with an arborist hired by State Parks to examine the trees. Johnson suspects the days of some of the tallest trees are numbered, given their advanced age.

“They appreciate that these are old historic trees, trees that have lived much longer than their usual lifespan,” she said. “When that happens with an old tree, the tree doesn’t get stronger and better. It usually gets weaker.

Wasatch Mountain is Utah’s largest state park at over 21,000 acres and welcomed over half a million visitors last year.

A historic site where the United States Army camped in the 1850s and Native Americans before that, Soldier Hollow was added to the park after the 2002 Winter Olympics, along with its facilities which include The Chalet, located near the willows near from the shore of Deer Creek Reservoir. Popular campgrounds are located across the park on Pine Canyon Road, but there is nowhere to camp in the lower parts of the park.

“Attendance is skyrocketing everywhere. It’s a big park. Instead of just trying to put more sites right next to existing campgrounds, why not spread them out? Chavez said. “Why not give people access to other beautiful areas of the park?”

The plan is to install 10 campsites near the Chalet and the existing trailhead for the trail that runs along the north shore of the reservoir. Chavez said State Parks plans to plant 37 trees to replace the 10 that would be lost.

But it would take decades to fill the void left by the removal of the massive trees, depriving birds and other wildlife of essential habitat and humans of a peaceful place to connect with nature, according to photographer Stephanie Neal. .

“It makes no sense to me. It’s a sacred place,” Neal said. “People appreciate its beauty and wilderness and it seems they want to make it a theme park. I don’t understand why they would remove the trees and design the campground around them. We don’t need another RV park there.

Neal, a 16-year resident of Midway, is a portrait photographer who shoots in natural settings and is often drawn to Soldier Hollow’s willow grove as his backdrop.

Another photographer, Willie Holdman of Park City, said he understands the public safety concerns, but he’s worried State Parks is prioritizing construction over preservation, not just at Wasatch Mountain, but elsewhere. in the system of 45 state parks.

“The storms are coming; the winds are blowing. They don’t want trees falling on people,” Holdman said. “If it’s dangerous, locate it somewhere else. When I think of parks, I think of trees.

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jenifer Tringham stands next to the tallest tree in the Black Willow Grove.

Tringham’s favorite willow is the one that was struck by lightning years ago and now has a feature that looks like a womb. This one she calls The Woman Tree. It is now planned to be removed, marked with orange paint. The same goes for the largest inhabitant of the grove, on which the paint was applied in a smiling face.

Holdman and Tringham recently wrapped a 25-foot tape measure around the trunk of this tree in a bid to see how it compares to the tallest known black willows. The conservation group American Forests maintains the National Registry of Champion Trees, listing the greatest examples of 561 species.

On Soldier Hollow willow, Holdman’s strip was at least a foot too short to reach the trunk, putting its diameter on par with the largest known black willow in the country, which grows in Minnesota. According to the registry, the diameter of this tree is 26 feet 3 inches when measured 4.5 feet above the ground.

Fans of the grove are baffled that a tree of such stature could be sacrificed to bring more vehicles into the park. At a time of meteoric growth, they say, now is the time to save natural treasures like the willows of Soldier Hollow, which will become increasingly valuable as Utah’s landscapes are bulldozed into housing estates, highways and, of course, parking lots.

“There has to be respect, balance and also responsibility. And I don’t see developers in any part of Utah really doing that,” Tringham said. “And with everything going on in the world, people need it. We need to connect and we need to have peace. We need to calm down. That’s what nature does.

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Our greedy landlord charges £110 a MONTH just to park outside our flat – I leave my car 18 miles away to avoid it

RESIDENTS have been outraged after their landlord charged them £110 a month just to park outside their flat.

Those living in the luxury block of 158 flats have seen their parking reduced from £80 a month to £110 since the start of the pandemic.

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Residents of Sawmill Court, Manchester, have been outraged at the price of parkingCredit: James Speakman
Dom Gold, 28, is a disgruntled resident

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Dom Gold, 28, is a disgruntled residentCredit: James Speakman
Gabriella Farcas, 54, was also stunned by the rising price of parking

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Gabriella Farcas, 54, was also stunned by the rising price of parkingCredit: James Speakman

And a driver from the Manchester city center block leaves his car 18 miles away in Knutsford, Cheshire, to avoid sky-high parking charges.

The huge parking rambles were brought in by the Manchester Life owners of the apartments with 82 parking spaces at Sawmill Court, Ancoats, Manchester.

As the Sun team chatted with a retired couple dismayed by the exorbitant parking charges, a group of Manchester Life staff asked us to leave the grounds of Sawmill Court, who refused to discuss the cost of parking.

Yasmin Mahmood, 66, and her retired businessman husband Nayyer, 76, told how they requested a meeting with the bloc’s management after being told of the upcoming price hike next month.

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Yasmin said: “We live on a fixed income and have been here for three years with parking going from £80 to £110 during this time.

“The latest price hike from £95 to £110 is over 16% and nearly double the rate of inflation.

“Every year there’s a raise and that’s not true. We asked for a meeting to discuss it but were told there was no negotiation.

“The parking fees have gone up over 25% since we’ve been here, it’s appalling. People like us have a fixed income.

Another resident, Sam, 27, who declined to give his surname but works as a freelance songwriter and tax consultant, said: “I park my car at my parents’ house in Knutsford and when I have need for work, I’m going there to pick it up.

“It’s gotten to the point where any sane person just wouldn’t pay for it.

“The prices they charge are extortionate – I would say £50 a month on top of the rent would be very fair, but they want more than double that.”

Personal trainers Adam North, 26, and James Warrilow, 24, are also outraged by the increased parking fees.

Adam said: “It’s just not justifiable – it’s way beyond the rate of inflation and we understand it happens every year.

“There are people who were paying £80 for parking when they moved in and a few years later it’s up to £110. How can that be fair?”

James added: “It’s well above the rate of inflation, so it’s understandable that people are outraged by it.”

And tattoo artist Dom Gold, 28, said: “I pay £1,600 a month for my two bedroom flat but nothing in Sawmill Court is what it should be.

“They even charge five cents a month to park a bike, but when I moved in the washing machine and dishwasher weren’t working.

“Parking I just won’t pay and will park on Jersey Street in a public car park which costs £3 for 24 hours and is cheaper.

“The public car park even has working CCTV.

“It comes to something when public car parks are cheaper than parking in your own apartment and they are equidistant from my apartment.”

Accountant Gabriela Farcas, 54, is another appalled by seemingly random price hikes on the premises.

Gabriela said: “It’s steep – it’s not keeping up with inflation, which is 9.1%, it’s a lot more – very steep indeed.

“It’s £30 in two years so if it goes up again I’ll probably have to reconsider my lease.”

The price spike comes amid a cost of living crisis that has seen fuel prices rise by nearly £2 a liter and electricity and gas hikes hitting people hard.

Another tenant shocked by the parking fee hike is David Loughbrough, who said: “What is the justification?

“I am writing a letter asking Manchester Life how they are going to invest the money and whether they are going to invest in electric car charging stations. I will be writing to the local council member.

“This company may have a brilliant product on the outside, but on the inside they don’t care. The council tax refund we got went straight into their pockets.

Will Caspari, who moved into his flat in June last year, is also appalled and said: “My salary is not going up. Adding £500 to that cost of living is not something you you’re waiting.

“If they said they had done something to improve the parking lot, that would be different.

‘The problem with these new builds in popular areas like Ancoats is that they feel unstoppable as they will be able to fill flats in order to cash in every last penny with current residents.’

A spokesperson for block owners Manchester Life said: ‘Manchester Life reviews and adjusts all parking charges each year to ensure we are competitive in the market, provide good value for our residents and reflect any changes in parking administration and maintenance costs.”

The price increases have been implemented as follows: on July 1, 2021 the charges increased from £85 to £95 per month, then on August 1, 2022 the charges will increase from £95 to £110, which residents have been informed.

Owners say they benchmark themselves against the neighborhood and downtown market to make sure they’re competitive.

They also claim that they adjust the fees each year to reflect their administration and maintenance costs.

They claim that Sawmill Court is competitive on the basis of a monthly charge of £110 per month, citing the following charges for nearby parking:

Northern Group lists £135 per calendar month (additional discount if paying 12 months in advance).

Angel Gardens £150 per calendar month.

Slate Yard is £150 per calendar month. (Discounted rate for NCP nearby)

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Broadside lists £175 per calendar month.

They say the £110 works out to £3.66 a day, which is a bargain compared to NCP season ticket prices ranging from £900 to £2,055 a year in Manchester.

Yasmin, 66, and Nayyer Mahmood, 76, learned that there was "no negotiation" on the price

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Yasmin, 66, and Nayyer Mahmood, 76, were told there was ‘no negotiation’ on the priceCredit: James Speakman
Parking charges have been reduced from £80 to £110.

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Parking charges have been reduced from £80 to £110.Credit: James Speakman
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Permits filed for 215 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx

215 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx via Google Maps

Permits have been filed for a six-story apartment building at 215 West Kingsbridge Road in Kingsbridge Heights, Bronx. Located between Heath Avenue and Kingsbridge Terrace, the land is close to Kingsbridge Road tube station, served by train 4. Paul Durgaj of Durgaj Properties Corp is listed as the owner behind the applications.

The proposed 64-foot-tall development will produce 14,795 square feet designated for residential space. The building will have 23 residences, most likely rentals based on an average area of ​​643 square feet. The masonry structure will also include a cellar, a 30-foot-long backyard and 12 open parking spaces.

Node Architecture Engineering Consulting PC is listed as the official architect.

Demolition permits were filed in July 2020 for the three-story building on the site. An estimated completion date has not been announced.

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Do any of the “solutions” to the housing crisis work?

The housing crisis has become a never-ending story, but experts say some solutions put in place will have an impact.

Inflation and the rising cost of living have pushed it away from the top spot, but housing remains the second most important issue for New Zealanders, according to the latest IPSOS issues monitor.

The market may be in the midst of a downturn, but house prices remain high and affordability tight, while interest rates have risen and the lending environment has become more difficult for many.

At the same time, rents are at record highs and, although supply is increasing, there is still a shortage of housing, especially on the affordable side of the market.

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But a range of solutions have been offered to fix the problems. Do they work?

1) Kiwibuild

Kiwibuild, a program to build 100,000 new homes over 10 years to increase housing affordability, was one of the Labor Party’s flagship policies when it was in opposition.

In the 2017 election, Labor set it in motion. But the difficulties quickly appeared and Kiwibuild did not reach its first objective of 1000 housing units in the first year. In 2019, the policy was reset and the goals removed.

The first target of 1,000 homes was not reached until 2021. As of May this year, 1,366 Kiwibuild homes had been built, with another 1,237 under construction, according to the government’s housing scoreboard.

The government supports Kiwibuild and Housing Minister Megan Woods recently said the scheme is very much alive and will continue to help people find their first affordable home.

Kōtuitui is a new KiwiBuild development of Ken Crosson-designed townhouses at Manukau in Auckland.

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Kōtuitui is a new KiwiBuild development of Ken Crosson-designed townhouses at Manukau in Auckland.

But AUT construction professor John Tookey says Kiwibuild has never been realistic as a purchase option for low-income first-time home buyers because the original income caps were too high.

“If you could afford a Kiwibuild home, you could afford a home in the traditional market, so the right market sector wasn’t targeted, and it never flew.”

The government is delivering new housing, but it is focusing more on public housing space than Kiwibuild, he says.

Since 2017, 7,698 new units have been built for social housing, and there are currently 2,776 more under construction.

Infometrics chief forecaster Gareth Kiernan says this is a more efficient use of time and resources, especially given the increased number of people on the waiting list for a social housing.

2) Changes to town planning rules

The new planning and housing density rules will have more impact than Kiwibuild in addressing affordability issues, he says.

Increasing supply is seen as key to addressing housing problems, which has led to policies being put in place that allow for greater intensification of settlement.

First there was the National Policy Statement on Urban Development, which prevents councils from hindering development by prohibiting height limits below six storeys and parking requirements in urban areas.

AUT construction professor John Tookey says more infrastructure funding is needed to support development.

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AUT construction professor John Tookey says more infrastructure funding is needed to support development.

And last year the Labor and National Party unveiled legislation requiring councils to allow buildings of up to three storeys on most city sites without resource permits from August 2022.

PWC analysis estimates this could add between 48,200 and 105,500 new homes to the housing stock over the next five to eight years.

Experts say it could be a turning point for the market, but the new rules have met with resistance at local level, with councils trying to extend exclusions from stepping up.

Kiernan says that while it’s important to make sure the density is done right, the resistance to the new rules embodies “part of how we got to where we are now on the housing front.”

“There needs to be a hard test on people’s thoughts about rights to sight and sunlight, or we’re not going to get anywhere close to solving the problem.”

But another problem in the move towards scaling up is infrastructure funding.

While the government has set up a $3.8 billion infrastructure fund to support residential development, Kiernan and Tookey say more is needed to meet demand, and where it will come from is uncertain .

3) Co-ownership regimes

Another popular option overseas but slow to take hold in New Zealand is co-ownership, or hire-purchase.

Kere and Holly Walker-Tipene were among the first beneficiaries of a home through Habitat for Humanity's progressive homeownership program.

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Kere and Holly Walker-Tipene were among the first beneficiaries of a home through Habitat for Humanity’s progressive homeownership program.

These help low-income families gain access to homeownership through equity participation arrangements where the government, or an organization, owns part of the house, and it is gradually paid for by the owners. This allows deposits and interest rates below the market rate.

Tookey says they are a better option for people struggling to enter the market than Kiwibuild, and there are proven models, such as the UK Housing Association’s rent-to-own scheme, to work from.

The government has launched a $400 million progressive home ownership program in 2020, and it hopes the program will be able to accommodate between 1,500 and 4,000 people when fully rolled out.

But only 78 houses had been moved in by May this year.

There are also non-governmental programs run by charities, such as the Housing Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and the Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, but the sector is small.

Tookey says the problem is that people aren’t aware of these schemes.

A transportable prefabricated house, made from structurally insulated panels by Exceed Homes.

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A transportable prefabricated house, made from structurally insulated panels by Exceed Homes.

4) Construction of prefabricated houses

Increasing the use of pre-engineered housing and off-site fabrication methods is one way to increase housing supply, as it makes the construction process faster and cheaper.

To facilitate this, amendments were made to the Building Act last year. They allow prefab manufacturers to be certified to manufacture their products, and once certified, they have a simplified consent process and fewer inspection requirements.

Amy Moorhead, MBIE’s construction policy manager, says this will enable faster consent for innovative and efficient construction methods and increase the use of off-site manufacturing and products.

This represents a big step forward for offsite construction and comes at a time when its methods and products are gaining wider mainstream acceptance, said OffsiteNZ chief executive Scott Fisher.

“Offsite manufacturing can lower the cost of a build, allows for greater efficiency and productivity, and is more sustainable because the carbon footprint of factory build is 45% lower than traditional build. “

But progress toward widespread adoption could be faster, and government mandates and incentives would help increase its use, he says.

5) Construction options for rent

Building-to-rent, which involves developing multi-unit residential buildings for long-term rental rather than sale to individual owners, has been touted as another way to ease the housing shortage.

According to Property Council advocacy consultant Denise Lee, a third of Kiwis are currently renting, with that number rising to 50% in the Auckland region, and the market is ripe for revolution.

“Creating a class of build-to-let assets, similar to retirement villages or student housing, could unlock thousands of secure homes for Kiwis at no cost to the government.”

The Nix is ​​a to-be-built apartment building in Newton, Auckland.

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The Nix is ​​a to-be-built apartment building in Newton, Auckland.

But the outlook is entirely up to politicians because without legislative change the sector will remain inhibited, she says.

“If there was legislation to create an asset class, introduce depreciation, and make some changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, we would see a lot more homes to be built planned and delivered.”

Bold government thinking would allow the private sector to deliver more than 25,000 new homes over the next decade, Lee said.

Woods has expressed interest in building for rent, and there is a Ministry of Housing and Urban Development task force on this. But, to date, there has been no government announcement on this subject.

Despite this, a growing number of rental construction projects are underway.

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Condo Smarts: “Your Home Isn’t Your Castle” and Other Lessons Learned About Layers

With over 34,000 condo corporations across BC, it’s no surprise to reach 1,000 columns on the topic of condo living.

With over 34,000 condo corporations across BC, it’s no surprise to reach 1,000 columns on the topic of condo living. British Columbia was an early adopter of strata legislation in the mid-1960s, with townhouses in Point Gray and Port Moody being the first. Since then, assignments of strata properties have been granted to all types of use. From duplexes to multiple sites of 1,100 units, and residential to commercial, industrial, hotel, resort, recreational, golf courses, marinas, strips of land, equestrian center, storage units, parking lots and mixed variants of all configurations, titled properties in strata has become the broadest form of development.

Strata developments allow for higher density, collective use of energy systems, additional facilities such as elevators, gymnasiums, swimming pools, bedrooms, meeting rooms and shared common expenses.

When administered effectively, they provide secure and affordable benefits to investors and residents. The challenge faced by condominiums/condominiums around the world is that decision-making rests on the shoulders of volunteer owners and councils/councils.

Condominiums/condos in Canada are deemed to be non-taxable corporations. Their condominium fees, special levies, interest and general operating expenses are not taxable; however, to the surprise of many condominium corporations, when commercial ventures are implemented, such as leases for communication towers, traffic signs, billboards, and commercial activities such as the operation of a company or an installation for the benefit of the company, the rules change and tax regulations apply. It is important for a condominium corporation to identify that it is a business, often with employees, and to operate and trade as a business compliant with all enactments of laws. After all, it is a fundamental requirement of any bylaw adopted by a condominium company. They must comply with the BC Human Rights Code and any enactment of law.

I have seen many strata corporations sink into a deep financial and operational crisis, primarily due to volunteer board members or inexperienced managers controlling finances and decision-making, unqualified to administer the scope of the routine maintenance, major projects and long-term planning. Nobody expects a condo board to be a corporate director, and yet we place the operations of condo corporations often exceeding hundreds of millions in value, on the shoulders of volunteers, and often without the resources budgets needed to retain qualified professionals. Property owners must properly equip our boards and managers with the funding and tools they need to operate effectively, and condominium boards must be honest, fair, and act in the best interests of all owners.

After 1,000 columns, here are the common problems prevalent in the industry.

1. No board member has any special authority. Decisions on construction, operations, enforcement of regulations and legal matters are made by a majority of council at a council meeting.

2. Your house is not your castle! This is a classic expression to describe the life of strata. No matter what type of condo corporation you live in, what you do in your condo lot will affect other condo lots. This is why regulations regulate the use and enjoyment of all property.

3. “Keep condo fees low to make it easier to sell your condo lots.” This statement is deadly for condominium corporations. This results in lack of maintenance, planning and funding for annual and long-term repairs, neglected property, emergency repairs, legal actions, failed special levies and court intervention to administration and repairs.

Thank you to all readers and your emails.

Tony Gioventu is Executive Director of the Condominium Home Owners Association

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City of Columbus is phasing out parking meters for kiosks


Obsolete meters have been replaced by electronic stations that allow drivers to pay from anywhere and simplify parking control.

If you’ve recently tried to park on the street in Columbus, you might have wondered where the meters went. In May, city crews swept the city, removing more than 3,000 parking meters.

Many meters, says Robert Ferrin, assistant manager of Columbus parking services, were becoming obsolete. The computers inside the decade-old devices were hooked up to the cloud via 2G technology, which is being phased out by most carriers. Instead of replacing the meters, the city decided to install 145 multi-space terminals. (A few newer meters will remain in service.)

Due to the popularity of the Park Cbus app, Ferrin says, “People are now much more comfortable using their license plate as an ID to pay. So we wanted to reinforce that with a pay-per-plate parking kiosk. »

When drivers identify their car by plate number when parking or purchasing a residential parking permit, the city can use cameras mounted on enforcement vehicles to ensure compliance and issue tickets.

Stations are programmable remotely, so city staff can modify time limits or rate changes from anywhere, and drivers can pay for parking or add time to their parking spot at any time. from the app or any kiosk in town, as long as they remember their license plate. and the area where the car is parked.

The terminals allow drivers to pay for their parking in different ways: by tapping or inserting a credit card or by using a watch or a payment app. There are also SMS and call payment options and signage with QR codes that will take drivers to a website for guest payment. Kiosks also accept nickels, dimes and quarters.

Ferrin says on-street parking revenue, hitting $7 or $8 million a year before 2020, plummeted 85% during the pandemic, but is gradually returning to health. He does not expect the new parking system to affect this, although it will reduce maintenance costs.

And he will be happy to see the meters disappear from the scene. “We believe this leads to a cleaner, more attractive streetscape.”

Operate the counters

Robert Ferrin, Columbus’ parking representative, said the city will send most decommissioned meters to the junkyard, but keep a few for the community. Monthly Columbus contacted a few community members to see if they could use an old parking meter. (Interested? Email [email protected]; supply is limited.) Rebecca Rhinehart, the Bexley Town Schools Theater Director, responded quickly.

“I would totally use an old counter in plays,” she wrote. Such a realistic prop, she says, “just by itself can indicate where a scene is taking place: we instantly understand that we are on a street”. She used a fire hydrant in several rooms.

Rhinehart has also offered, just for fun, some other ideas for using old meters. Here are a few:

  • Spray gold paint and use it as a trophy for some sort of City of Columbus award
  • A beautiful and practical dead time corner decoration
  • Put it in your driveway and make money with your family and friends
  • Use it to remind you to get up from the computer once in a while – maximum one hour parking

This story is from the July issue of Monthly Columbus.

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Companies can pave the way to decarbonization, one step at a time

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With a multitude of technologies and competing demands across all locations, decarbonization can be a complex challenge for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Taking a data-centric approach to creating an energy roadmap – and letting the data dictate what happens next – is key to supporting businesses through the process.

The path to a net-zero global economy requires an “unprecedented transformation” in the way energy is produced, transported and used. This is the point of view of International Energy Agency (OUCH) – whose
roadmap, released last year, set out a cost-effective and economically productive path to a world powered by renewable energy such as solar and wind, rather than fossil fuels. The vision includes a major effort to increase new solar photovoltaic installations to 630 gigawatts by 2030, equivalent to installing the largest solar park in the world every day. It requires a wind farm capacity of up to 390 gigawatts. This means increasing energy efficiency by 4% per year until 2030, about three times the average of the past two decades.

The activity of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 is crucial for companies to meet their decarbonization goals – and most will come from technologies readily available today. For companies, reducing GHG emissions is at the heart of any strong corporate sustainability strategy. Consumers, investors and employees are looking for companies and brands to take action.

However, with a multitude of technology options and competing demands between locations, the journey to net zero can be a complex challenge for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

“There’s still a misconception that sustainability is about putting giant solar panels on your roof or having wind power on the land next to your manufacturing plant,” says Chris KaiserDirector of Solution Sales at Shell Energy, which supports companies in improving their energy efficiency. “It’s about optimizing the use of clean energy on site; but it’s about much more than that,” he adds.

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About 15 miles south of philadelphia cream is the Turnersville Mall — a 65-acre campus with nine car dealerships. Led by the Penske Automotive Group, the site includes 300,000 square feet of showrooms, service and office space. There’s even an on-site test track where customers can take their car out for a spin instead of hitting the road. From there, dealerships sell about 15,000 vehicles a year.

Like many businesses of a similar size, Turnersville has a large energy bill and associated carbon footprint that it strives to reduce. Along with its annual utility bill, the company also faced high costs to service, maintain and replace the 79 HVAC units installed on the roof between 2005 and 2008 to keep workers and customers comfortable while throughout the year.

“The other challenge we face as an industry is the fact that electric vehicle sales are increasing,” said the president of Turnersville. Peter Klein. “This wave is coming; and we felt the need to tighten our current energy footprint and prepare for the significant energy demand of electric vehicles.

Enter Shell Energy, which worked with Klein and the Turnersville AutoMall team to consider options for the campus — from HVAC and lighting upgrades to solar PV and backup generation, too. Determining which energy solutions would work best for the site, setting priorities and reducing energy expenses to near zero has been a collaborative process over the past 18 months.

“We had a lot of levers that could be flipped — from rooftop units to outdoor lighting,” Klein says. “So we sat down and frankly assessed the business case for each of the individual elements, looking at the things that could bring about the fastest improvement. This was identified as the HVAC program.

Energy data and understanding is crucial

First, an energy management system was installed to collect energy and performance data to help understand the status of existing HVAC units. This established a business case for phasing them out and moving to higher-efficiency rooftop units. Second, replacing outdoor lighting made business sense in terms of return on investment and ease of implementation.

“The Shell Energy team drew our attention to things that we hadn’t focused on,” admitted Klein. “We take care of customers and sell and service vehicles. Although we have a good installations team, HVAC and energy management are not our expertise. »

Taking a data-centric approach to creating an energy roadmap — and letting the data tell what happens next — is key to supporting companies like Penske Automotive. Installing an energy management system, for example, allows organizations to collect data on facility performance and use that data to make informed business decisions.

“In the case of Turnersville, we collected data for about 90 days and came back with critical information,” Kaiser says. All HVAC units at the site were classified as red, yellow and green: the red ones needed to be replaced immediately; yellow has had a bit more time and could potentially be fixed; and the greens were okay.

Proving the business case is important to gain internal buy-in from employees and senior management. But so does explaining how improvements will be made without disrupting the status quo. On-site retail operators, for example, ensure that customers are comfortable every day, especially in extreme temperatures. They had to be confident that the company’s plan to move from 79 aging HVAC units to 79 reliable, high-efficiency units would not decommission the assets preliminarily or prematurely. “There has been no setback when it comes to the HVAC process,” Klein said.

Big savings and a solid plan to go further

Having a solid plan in place to organize and sequence projects appropriately is also extremely important. It allows companies to budget correctly year after year and have a smoother OPEX cycle.

Upgrades already completed at the Turnersville AutoMall campus – including complete exterior lighting replacement and partial HVAC unit upgrade – have so far generated $45,000 in net savings and 19 .2% energy savings. This data will prove crucial as Klein and his team make further upgrades and will be particularly useful as the company prepares for the impact of electric vehicle charging – both for vehicle inventory electricity and customer comfort – on its energy costs in the near future. Shell Energy’s data and perspective on the best times of day and best days of the week to recharge will help Penske moderate any significant increases in energy consumption ahead.

Next, Turnersville’s energy retrofit roadmap navigates toward installing LED lighting in all of its indoor locations.

“We can take customers as far as they want – and we have many who aspire to net zero,” Kaiser says. “But our approach is to sit down, develop a roadmap, and start a journey in a very structured and sequential way. Yes, the sky is the limit. But often small but impactful projects can help organizations make a huge first step towards achieving the sustainability goals.

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How to Stay Safe During a Mass Shooting

Recent mass shootings in Highland Park, Illinois, Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo have proven that such violence – while rare – is increasingly common and can happen anywhere, at any time.

Even for those not caught in the crossfire, hearing about such shootings can be deeply chilling.

This grim reality of recent large-scale massacres and the ongoing gun violence epidemic in many US cities raises two questions: what to do in the still unlikely event that you find yourself somewhere where a gunman has opened fire? And how not to be paralyzed by the possibility of this happening?

Be aware of the surroundings and how to escape

In a 2017 article titled “How to Protect Yourself in a Mass Shooting”, security expert Ed Hinman wrote about the importance of “advancing” a place, whether it’s a place public or an organized event.

“Before you settle into your seat or seat, ask yourself: If there is an attack, what am I going to do? » he wrote.

It only takes a moment to answer that question before you sit back, relax, and enjoy your outing,” Hinman added. “Think of it as regular deposits in a survival bank and then, in an emergency, being able to make a potentially life-saving withdrawal.”

Get down and get away from the gunfire

John Correia, who teaches armed and unarmed self-defense through his Arizona-based company Active Self Protection, said civilians should take logical steps to get to safety when a firefight is in progress. While every scenario is unique, he said there are basic strategies like putting distance between you and a shooter.

“The first thing you want to think about is kind of common sense, which is to go down and if you can figure out which direction [gunfire is] just left,” Correia said. “That’s our general rule.”

In mass shootings, Correia said, “the culprit tends to shoot wildly and so your best bet is to be as small a target as possible and get away as quickly as possible.”

Correia suggested getting behind a solid structure if possible. Using a car as a shield may not be ideal if the vehicle is made of weaker materials like fiberglass or plastic. If there is an option, concrete or brick walls “can be very useful” and would offer better protection than stucco or gypsum partitions.

“If it’s a real heinous active shooter looking to target individuals, going to a place where you can’t be seen is very helpful,” Correia said.

Preparation and training can help

While much of a person’s ability to react successfully under the stress of a deadly threat like a mass shooting stems from instinct, such inclinations are “certainly trainable,” Correia said.

Just as children who play sports learn to react quickly to a quick throw or pass from a teammate, they can be taught how to react in an emergency. Adults too.

“Calmness is a superpower. And the ability to stay calm under stress is a matter of life and death in an emergency, no matter what the emergency,” Correia said.

However, being ready for a shoot can be difficult, as by their nature they are unexpected.

“One thing you have to realize is that nobody knows how they are going to react or react,” said Jin Kim, a retired FBI agent who was the active shooter coordinator in the management unit. crises. “When it happens to them, it’s in the most average, routine and mundane moment of their day.”

Gunmen in mass shootings become more sophisticated over time – issuing more advanced challenges to those trying to evade their lines of fire. The Highland Park suspect, for example, allegedly took up a rooftop sniper position on the parade route, giving him a tactical advantage.

“As a collective, we underestimate the offender and the cohort of offenders every day,” Kim added.

How to deal with fear caused by shooting

For John Duffy, a Chicago-area clinical psychologist who treats many teenagers and young adults, the distress calls started coming in Monday, when the office was closed on July 4.

None of Duffy’s patients were in Highland Park or directly affected by the shooting, but they were all in shock and pain. Duffy said he passed 1 p.m. meeting in his office talking about the latest American tragedy – this one in the backyard of Windy City.

“Everyone is talking about the same thing,” Duffy said in a phone interview after the sessions. He and other experts offered advice to the public on how to cope.

Highland Park suspect’s father sponsored gun license application, police say

Find purpose and control

Writing to members of Congress, protesting, fundraising and starting petitions are all ways ordinary people can help tap into their fear of everyday life in a society where violence and devastation regularly make the headlines, said Duffy.

“There’s no reason to think it won’t happen again and what gives people hope, oddly enough, is thinking about ‘What do you think we can do about this?’ “Duffy said. “I think people like the idea that they could contribute in some way to some kind of solution.

Caroline Giroux, a trauma psychiatrist and professor at the University of California, Davis, also said it was important for people in a panic, afraid of the next massacre at a school, mall or public event, to find a sense of control. Advocating for change, she said, is one of the best outlets, especially if by lending your voice you can join other like-minded people.

“It’s really important to grab any area of ​​control we have, even if it’s just our voice,” Giroux said. “We need to get stronger, we need to unite our voices and that in itself can keep us going. That in itself can knock us out of our paralysis and out the door every day.

Don’t dismiss the fear you or your loved ones feel

Duffy no longer tries to calm patients down by promising them that they are safe or that they and their loved ones are statistically unlikely to be caught up in an event like the Highland Park shootings.

“In good conscience, I can’t say, ‘No, it’s going to be fine,'” he said. “I still agree that it’s really scary.”

It is important, he said, to let people express their legitimate fears and provide them with a release from the strong emotions that follow the tragedies that saturate the news and social media sites 24/7. 7.

“I find the least helpful thing to do, no matter who I talk to, is tell them it’s okay, it’s going to be fine, because everyone has way too much access to all the information,” did he declare.

How to protect yourself in a mass shooting

Take care of yourself differently

Giroux recommends practicing a healthy lifestyle: getting enough and regular sleep, eating well, exercising, socializing, and engaging in mindfulness. It doesn’t have to be a traditional exercise like meditation, she said. It can be as simple as concentrating on what you’re doing during mundane tasks like folding laundry or gardening.

It’s important to have “some kind of mindfulness practice every day,” she said.

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In an effort to increase housing options, Spokane City Council relaxes rules for secondary suites

In the name of increasing citywide housing options, Spokane lawmakers recently instituted code changes to add more flexibility to the city’s rules on secondary suites.

A secondary suite is an attached or detached structure that serves as an additional living unit on a property with its own facilities, such as a kitchen, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Legislation passed by the City Council last week removed some ADU restrictions, including requiring a landlord to occupy at least one of the dwellings on a particular site. Owner occupancy is still required at sites with ADU if there is a short-term rental, which – by city code – is rental to overnight guests for less than 30 days.

The new ordinance also increases the maximum size of insulated ADUs from 600 to 975 square feet or 75% of the size of the house (whichever is larger), removes the minimum lot size requirement, eases parking requirements and allows ADUs on properties with any main structure, such as a duplex or triplex.

“Creating more housing units, even in the form of ADUs, will only help,” Councilman Michael Cathcart said last week.

Relaxing ADU regulations was one of the priorities set out in the city’s housing action plan passed by council last year as well as in the housing emergency declared by Mayor Nadine Woodward.

The changes passed by City Council last week were widely recommended by the Spokane Plan Commission.

The removal of the minimum lot size requirement was done to encourage owners of smaller properties to pursue ADUs, deputy planner Amanda Beck told city council last week. The minimum lot size was previously 5,000 square feet.

With the parking change, the rule was relaxed to no longer require an off-street parking spot for studio or one-bedroom ADUs.

In addition to the increase in square footage allowed, the roof height allowance for ADUs has also increased from 17 to 25 feet.

“The logic behind that would be an office hull plan for an ADU, just a typical one you can find online, you should be able to fit a two bedroom/two bath with a full kitchen that size,” Beck said. . size increases.

Dropping the owner occupancy requirement was a talking point for council, as councilor Lori Kinnear pushed to require owners of properties with ADU to live on-site for three years.

“I still believe that we should have owner occupancy because it is a mechanism by which we can perhaps guarantee to some degree that there will not be … people from outside the state that will come in and buy, convert and move people,” Kinnear said.

The owner-occupancy requirement has been a roadblock for the city’s ADUs, council chairman Breean Beggs said. Councilman Zack Zappone said he plans to draft a resolution requiring annual reports on the city’s ADUs to help determine if the code changes are working.

“Frankly, units in our city are already being used for Airbnbs,” Councilman Jonathan Bingle said. “So for us to do more units, even if that translates to more Airbnbs, that also translates to more rentals or ownership opportunities or things like that throughout the community.”

Councilor Betsy Wilkerson added: ‘I don’t know how we could legislate people’s lives for three years.

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Valley News – Forum, July 5: Dartmouth housing plan

Published: 07/05/2022 15:55:51

Modified: 05/07/2022 15:53:12

Dartmouth’s housing plan has some issues

Dartmouth College has just unveiled the metropolis they plan to build on Lyme Road West (“Housing Plan Crosses Road”, June 24). They say they want to discuss more with the community, but they anticipate discussions in July, when few local residents or students will be available. Additionally, Dartmouth campus planning refused to release its traffic studies and environmental studies to the community until it had completed its proposal. This clearly prevents the community from engaging Dartmouth until Dartmouth files official plans with the city.

The proposed apartment-style units would house 400 students and lack a dining room. This would more than double the size of the neighborhood, disrupting all aspects of community life. This project would radically change the character of the district, in violation of the ordinances of the Hannover Planning Board. The 400 isolated students in the suburban class would need parking spaces on Lyme Road just to get to campus or buy food, as relying on shuttle buses is not appealing to students. The Coop Corner Store across the street (although lovely) is not designed as a full supermarket and could not realistically meet the needs of such a large number of students.

If there were less than 400 cars in a 400-car parking lot, Dartmouth would need a fleet of shuttles throughout the day to get students to classes, meals, meetings and events. The pretty artist’s rendering in the Valley News does not represent this paved reality, or its drainage implications. It doesn’t show hundreds of cars and dozens of buses, but rather an open green field. I am confident that this proposed large-scale project will increase traffic for Hannover residents trying to get downtown for work, as well as Ray School, Richmond Middle School and Daycare from Dartmouth College.

There are several on-campus options that Dartmouth rejected as inconvenient or a bit more expensive for them. Instead of being responsible for their past mistakes in providing adequate undergraduate accommodation, Dartmouth plays NIMBY and sends problems of its own making on the road to plague its neighbors.

Aaron Osofsky

Hanover

Some words
about fatherhood

Men can fornicate and propagate, but are they ready to be fathers to the babies they create?

Elaine Smith

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Is it better to go to war now?

Free people in democracies don’t want wars and try to avoid them. Is it more expensive in the long run?

When did World War II start?

In 1931, Japan invaded China, the League of Nations opposed it, and the world imposed sanctions, but took no military action.

In 1935, Italy invaded Ethiopia. Again, no military action.

In 1936, Germany occupied the Rhineland, an action listed as a cause of war in a treaty. No one took military action.

In 1939, Germany invaded Poland and World War II began in Europe, but the United States only provided aid.

In 1941, the United States was attacked by Japan. We ended up fighting Japan, Italy and Germany at the same time.

Could a more serious war have been avoided by taking military measures as soon as one country invaded another?

In 2005, Russia invaded and took over part of Georgia. In 2014, Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. This year, Russia invaded Ukraine. NATO provides assistance. Russian troops help separatists in Moldova.

The Russian dictator recently said they were in a period of expansion and declared the former tsarist empire theirs. The Chechen leader said Poland was next.

When will it be time for NATO to act militarily with UN approval? It is difficult not to have a war when a country or countries insist on aggression.

What are our choices now?

1. With NATO, continue to help Ukraine and hope that Putin dies and a peaceful regime takes over. Perhaps an even more aggressive leader will emerge.

2. Keep going until Russia swallows up part or all of Ukraine and the fighting stops. Emboldened, after a while Russia will attack elsewhere. During the Cold War, a diplomat talked about Russian tactics. “They are experts at the ‘salami game.’ They just take a little slice, and it’s not worth fighting for. Then another slice, and it’s not worth fighting for. Sooner or later, you’re just left with the string.

3. With NATO now go to war against Russia. Expel them from all seized lands and their separatists from other countries

“It’s time to take the bull by the tail,” said WC Fields, “and face the situation.”

Howard Shaffer

Enfield

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Thanks for the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway (but let’s keep learning lessons that will make it perfect)

The Watertown-Cambridge Greenway on a sunny June day. (Photo: Joseph Poirier)

The new Watertown-Cambridge Greenway shared use trail is a treasure. The path is a beautiful and useful addition to the parks and trails of Cambridge and Watertown, and is the product of years of hard work by municipal, regional and state planners and implementers, to whom we owe appreciation and thanks.

The 2 km greenway is a shared-use path with one end near the Fresh Pond water treatment facility and the other at Arsenal Street in Watertown. The greenway sits within the right-of-way of the former Watertown Branch Railroad, which is now a paved road with beautiful landscaping, simple amenities, and well-designed stormwater management.

Although it has only been (officially) open for a few months, the greenway has no shortage of regulars. On sunny days I see dog walkers, bike commuters, recreational cyclists, kids on rollerblades, scooters, runners, toddlers in bike trailers, multi-generational families walking together – all types of people walking and rolling. Part of what makes the Greenway so special is that it facilitates all types of travel: commuting, shopping, recreation and more. I have already replaced some of my car trips to the Watertown mall with cycling on the greenway; the safety of the shared-use trail reduces the stress I usually feel when carrying large items on my bike in mixed traffic.

Path users have made informal “desire line” additions along an embankment and through a fence. (Photos: Joseph Poirier)

I consider this project a huge success, but not without some lessons learned. In my opinion, the most important of these lessons is to anticipate and meet the demand for trail access. Although the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway has several access points to major destinations accessible by American Disabilities Act standards, there are places where people have made their own way. The biggest problem with access seems to be at Star Market, where the clear “desire line” is an informal dirt road on a steep embankment; the formal access point forces many people out of their direction and spending more time crossing the parking lot. In another case, residents of a building that had no access to the road took matters into their own hands: they knocked down their fence and built a bridge to the road with the pieces. These desire lines show the types of path access demand that planners should anticipate in future shared-use path work, such as those occurring on the Danehy park connector and Grand Junction projects in Cambridge.

The path could also use lighting to help people feel and be safer when traveling in the dark. This will be especially important in winter, when the days are short and many travel and shop in the dark. There are several path lighting options that are visually unobtrusive and minimize impacts on wildlife.

That being said, this path is an incredible asset to Cambridge and Watertown that will serve residents and visitors well for decades to come. The municipal, Commonwealth, consultant, construction and other workers who contributed to this project deserve kudos for a job well done. Thanks!


Joseph Poirier is a Cambridge resident and regular Watertown-Cambridge Greenway user.

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ROTHENBURGER: Council proves absurdity of parking policy and code of conduct

Why? Because, said Mayor Ken Christian, Councilor. Dieter Dudy and others, it’s fine that it’s imperfect. If it is not good, it can be changed later. It’s the good intention that counts.

While Singh and Walsh challenged clause after clause in the proposed code, leader Natalie Garbay’s response to most of their questions was that the wording came from a provincial task force model or from other cities. Not exactly an explanation.

So the Code passed as presented, almost unscathed. Not so with Singh’s parking proposal. Reducing parking needs would help both affordable housing and the fight against climate change, according to Singh.

This time, however, Christian, Dudy and others supported sending it to committee because it is vague and needs further discussion. According to Dudy, there was too much “ambiguity” in Singh’s motion. Christian noted that the idea has not had much traction in the community and is not a priority.

Singh’s motion does indeed require further discussion, and I suspect that Singh and the rest of the board will walk away from it entirely as public opposition grows.

But the Code of Conduct also needed closer scrutiny because it is very poorly drafted and in some ways too restrictive. However, according to the majority, it should be adopted now.

Sometimes politics is just plain nonsense.

I’m Mel Rothenburger, the armchair mayor.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired editor. He is a regular contributor to the CFJC, publishes the opinion website ArmchairMayor.ca and is a director of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Council. He can be reached at [email protected]

Editor’s Note: This opinion piece reflects the views of its author and does not necessarily represent the views of CFJC Today or Pattison Media.

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Anker is looking to add outdoor restaurants along Front Street

Will the proposed outdoor seating at Anker in Greenport encroach on public sidewalk space?

Members of the Greenport Village Planning Board are seeking to answer that question before approving the Front Street restaurant’s application.

Christoph Mueller, owner of Anker, Alpina and Green Hill Kitchen, submitted a request to add outdoor seating outside the Anker building on a concrete patio under an existing canopy.

According to architect Ryan Sidor, calculations determined that there was enough room for five seats in front of the restaurant and current plans show that these seats are split between two tables.

“They had just redone the front of the restaurant and I think they had temporary seating there for [COVID-19] and it was something that attracted them and drew people into the restaurant,” Mr. Sidor explained.

In 2020 and 2021, Greenport Village officials and members of the Business Improvement District collaborated on “parklets,” a pandemic-era dining plan that allowed restaurants to expand outdoor seating. According to the BID, the structures occupied a total of 51 parking spaces in 2020 and 55 in 2021.

Earlier this year, the village council voted against their return, citing mainly safety and traffic concerns. Many business owners felt the parklets made the village more walkable and served as an economic lifeline to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Planning Board member Patricia Hammes noted that the plans only showed two chairs at each table. “It’s hard to see where there’s a place to put a third chair on one of those tables that wouldn’t encroach on the sidewalk,” Ms. Hammes said.

Board member Lily Dougherty-Johnson said the setup would likely mean employees would have to stand on the sidewalk to serve people. “It’s a bustling area,” she says.

Mr. Sidor explained that the size of the tables could be changed to address these concerns and also noted that there will be no outside speakers in this space and there are currently no plans to extend the awning. “These are just placeholder tables,” he said.

Planners also expressed concern about the proposed seating’s proximity to existing accessible sidewalk ramps and its impact on access to the front door. “There must be sufficient clearance at the top of each handicap ramp as a landing zone,” said village planning consultant Laura Feitner Calarco. “Without dimensions in this area, it is even difficult to analyze whether this could be a potential problem or not,” she added.

Planning Commission Chairman Walter Foote suggested that the claimants submit amended plans to address these concerns before a hearing can take place.

He said the most important thing for them to clarify is whether the fifth seat will “spread” onto the public sidewalk. “You might have to do a little more homework to confirm that’s the case,” he said.

Applicants have two weeks to submit amended site plans before the next Planning Board meeting and interim hearing on July 28.

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Scottish property tax system ‘penalises’ High Street

A leading academic specializing in retail studies has insisted on the need for radical reform of Scotland’s business pricing system, calling it a ‘historic anachronism’.

Leigh Sparks, professor of retail studies at the University of Stirling, told the Herald there was an urgent need to change tax policy to help spur the recovery of town centers across the Scottish country.

Professor Sparks, who recently authored and chaired the A New Future for Scotland’s Town Centers report for the Scottish Government, said: “You have a system that penalizes high streets; penalizes businesses that want to renovate properties and favors those that want to construct new buildings on greenfield sites and want to trade online.

“For me, if you think about the national performance framework, [and] goals of the Scottish Government, there will come a time when it will need to ensure that the non-domestic charging system works in alignment with national policies. Currently for me, they are not.

Professor Sparks’ comments come amid renewed interest in corporate tariffs in Scotland, with companies in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors ready to pay the full fee again. property tax from local authorities after a period of relief due to the pandemic.

READ MORE: Hospitality trade on ‘edge of cliff’ as rate bills set to rise

Some critics say the business pricing system, a form of local taxation that businesses pay based on the assessed value of their premises, has become obsolete given the huge shift towards online retail in recent years. .

The hospitality industry argues that it is being treated unfairly by the current system because appraisers use hypothetical revenue to arrive at their invoices, which the industry says does not accurately reflect the profitability of businesses and how much they can afford to pay.

A New Future for Scotland’s Town Centers recommends changing the rate system and changing Value Added Tax, the latter to encourage the redevelopment of existing buildings in town centres. He also suggests the introduction of a digital tax, an out-of-town parking tax and a moratorium on out-of-town development to help boost the high street.

Professor Sparks said: ‘We need to think about what element of a property tax we should have, we need to change both in-town and out-of-town property taxes, we need to think about VAT on renovations and in the city undertaken, and we must think about [a] sales tax or online.

“It is the balance and the combination of all these elements that reflects the nature of the economy.

READ MORE: Alarm bells rang over delay in major corporate rate changes

“If you now have 25% of retail sales online and the tax system isn’t catching up with that, then your tax base doesn’t reflect economic realities. And I think that’s a problem for any government in the longer term, because it will continue to favor this type of (online) business. »

He added: “There comes a time when you have to ask yourself big rate questions, and that will come in the next few years, I think.”

The idea of ​​an online sales tax has attracted support from business figures such as Sir Tom Hunter. Although he admits it is a ‘tricky question’, Sir Tom argues there should be a ‘level playing field’ between high street retailers and online retailers.

Stuart Mackinnon, head of communications and public affairs at the Federation of Small Businesses, expressed caution over the move, noting it could undermine small businesses that had moved into online retail to stay ahead. flood during the pandemic.

“We wouldn’t want to see businesses that have pivoted online during the disruption of the past three years punished,” Mr Mackinnon said.

READ MORE: Scott Wright: When will economic hardship start to affect the housing market?

The Scottish Government is in the process of making some changes to the company pricing system, which stemmed from the Barclay review in 2017. One of the biggest changes will be to increase the frequency of assessments from every five years to every the three years to help guarantee the value of the properties. better reflect market conditions.

Changes have also been made to streamline the appeals process. These reforms will come into force next year, during the next revaluation of non-domestic goods.

Mr Mackinnon said: “Barclay has initiated a number of changes which will materialize next year. It will be a test of his reforms to see if they will withstand the stresses of the upcoming reassessment.

Professor Sparks expects the Scottish government to focus in the short term on making such changes and addressing “data gaps”, according to him, a report by the Fraser of Allander Institute on the program of small business bonuses.

He suggested there might be a reluctance among politicians to interfere with corporate tariffs because there is “predictability” in the amount they raise, which in turn provides certainty about “what ‘they can afford and cannot afford to do’.

Professor Sparks added: ‘The second element is that there are not many votes in the non-national rates. People don’t care too much about it – it’s not something everyone is campaigning for. Business owners clearly do. He’s trying to make that connection to… the good things (they’re trying to do) in the inner cities.

“Companies often fight with one hand tied behind their backs because of the system. He’s trying to get this point across as something that people take really seriously. We lost a lot of things because it’s so much more expensive to work in the city centres.

Meanwhile Scottish Retail Consortium David Lonsdale has expressed concern at a recent signal from the Scottish Government that it plans to raise the pound – a figure of pence in the pound multiplied by property valuations to calculate rate bills – north of the border.

In a medium-term spending review and financial strategy published late last month, the government said an increase in weighting “would be necessary” to ensure that the next revaluation of non-domestic property was neutral in terms of receipts.

Ministers said this was because the non-domestic rate deficit had increased “due to the relief provided by pandemic support and other factors, including higher than expected levels of NDR income lost in due to cancellations, bad debt post Covid-19 and the emergence of 2017 revaluation calls for losses”.

Mr Lonsdale said: “The prospect of a further rise in the participation rate, which is already at its highest level in 23 years, looks worrying and will sound alarm bells in retail and other sectors having a significant real estate footprint in Scotland.

“A further rate hike next spring, immediately after repricing when it normally falls, is disconcerting. The only steady point in a world of retail flows appears to be rising supply chain costs. and government-imposed costs, which are increasingly difficult to absorb and ultimately add pressure on store prices.

“A mindset shift is needed around business rates, moving from an attempt to squeeze tax revenue from commercial properties to an approach that encourages investment in retail destinations. ”

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Supreme Court in Bruen urges more lawsuits on where they can be barred

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In his landmark gun rights case this quarter, New York State Rifles and Pistols Association vs. Bruenthe Supreme Court closed one front in the culture war on guns and simultaneously opened up several others.

Brown was the court’s most significant decision regarding the Second Amendment in more than a decade. In it, a 6-3 majority argued that governments can regulate, but cannot prohibit, the public carrying of firearms by law-abiding citizens for the purpose of self-defense. Brown answered a question: whether the Second Amendment right to bear arms is limited to the home. (It is not.) But he did not respond to another: When and why can a government designate a “sensitive” location – that is, no firearms is allowed – even under Brownis the more relaxed standard for public transport.

The court said lawmakers can continue to identify sensitive areas. But because the Brown the majority did not explain what is considered “sensitive”, we can expect places as varied as college campuses, sports stadiums, bars, airports, domestic violence support centers and the sidewalks in front of legislators’ homes become the next battlegrounds in dispute over the right to own and bear arms.

In Brown, Judge Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, delivered the expected judgment: the Second Amendment protects “the right of an individual to carry a handgun in self-defence outside the home.” But as Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. noted in a concurring opinion, “Properly interpreted, the Second Amendment allows for a ‘variety’ of gun regulations,” including including “laws prohibiting the carrying of firearms in sensitive places like schools and government buildings,” restrictions the court had approved in two previous rulings.

Conservatives sound like anti-racists – when the cause is gun rights

But how do lower courts determine if a location is “sensitive” enough to ban guns? According to Thomas, history and analogical reasoning will provide an answer. Because gun bans near “legislatures, polling places, and courthouses” were not controversial in the past, he wrote, “courts can use analogies to these historical regulations” to determine which areas in the 21st century are “sensitive” enough to ban firearms.

These are extremely thin guidelines from which to build a Second Amendment doctrine. The cabin of a commercial airliner seems quite “sensitive” to most Americans, although it is nothing like “legislature, polling place and courthouse”. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t historical resources from which to draw analogies. The well of English and American law that forms the source of this “pre-existing” Second Amendment law is deep. Harvard University banned firearms on campus as early as 1655, as did public institutions like the University of Virginia in 1825 and the University of North Carolina in 1829. In the 1800s, Missouri, the Texas and Oklahoma Territory kept guns and other weapons. where people gathered for educational, literary, scientific or social purposes. These American laws have their roots in the Anglo-Saxon prohibitions on weapons in “fairs” and “markets” which date back to the reign of King Edward III.

Before Brownlower courts had ruled that national parks and rural post office parking lots were sensitive and had indicated that libraries, museums, hospitals and day care centers could also ban guns.

As Timothy Zick and Diana Palmer recently wrote in the Atlantic: Red and blue states have created an archipelago of “hot spots,” such as “public transportation, polling places…sports facilities, swimming pools public, river casinos, school bus stops. , pharmacies, corporate parking lots, public roads, amusement parks, zoos, liquor stores, airports, parades, demonstrations, financial institutions, theaters, hotel lobbies, tribal lands and even gun shows. All of these designations of sensitive locations are today challenged as insufficiently analogous to the regulations that existed in the past.

Lower courts have found, unnecessarily, that what makes a place sensitive are “the people there” or the “activities that take place there”. The implication is that guns may be banned from areas for reasons separate from personal safety, a point I have discussed elsewhere. Long-standing historic bans on firearms on election day, or in polling places, or in schools, ballrooms, fairs, markets and public assemblies, for example, suggest that the concern of our ancestors was not only, if not primarily, physical security, but also with the promotion of a robust civic life that is difficult to achieve in the presence of private arms.

On the other hand, some gun rights advocates insist that physical security is the only legitimate reason for designating a sensitive location. And relatedly, these advocates say, a place can only ban private guns if it provides physical security through means such as guards or metal detection devices. Otherwise, firearms must be allowed.

Because Brown gave little guidance as to why the locations are sensitive, lower courts are left with plenty of historical water to make analogies, but no predictable way to decide if the analog is relevantly similar. Judge Stephen G. Breyer aptly asks in his dissent, “What about subways, nightclubs, movie theaters and sports stadiums? The comparison between a 130-year-old regulation of guns at a public display and a ban on guns at a 21st-century music concert is not at all apparent. Even less how much a criminal ban on firing guns from the decks of riverboats resembles one banning loaded guns in the overhead compartments of jet planes. Where there is a lack of clarity, there will be disputes.

I don’t believe the court intended to assign every federal judge to act as the firearms zoning authority for every city and town in every state. I do not believe that the court wants to assess block by block, street by street, the sensitivity of each district of the country. But until the judges provide more clarity on why guns may be banned in sensitive places, and what makes those places sensitive, maybe that’s what we’re getting.

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