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Local government boards, committees, and commissions. What’s the difference?

2024-07-09T13:54:12+00:00July 1st, 2024|boards and commissions, local government, public information|

In addition to the governing body - which may also be referred to as a board or council - local governments may establish boards, committees, and commissions. While these terms are often used interchangeably, there are distinct differences between them. Local Government Boards Local government boards are bodies established to oversee specific departments or areas [...]

Historic vs. Historical: Don’t Let the Past Confuse You!

2024-02-07T18:40:04+00:00February 6th, 2024|#clerkslife, communication, historical records, local government, municipal clerks, open government|

As local government staff, you're likely the keepers of your community's history. You preserve records, manage landmarks, and maybe even lead tours through charming old buildings. But for describing these treasures, do you ever stumble over the words "historic" and "historical"? Don't worry, you're not alone! A recent article on Apartment Therapy showed "historic" and [...]

November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month

2023-11-13T14:58:28+00:00November 1st, 2023|boards and commissions, infrastructure, local government|

Over the river and through the woods, you’ll find many historic bridges. These bridges play a vital role in our local government infrastructure, connecting communities and representing a bygone era. Who doesn't love a covered bridge, or old stone span? Demolition or replacement threatens many historic bridges due to age, deterioration, or safety concerns. Local [...]

Daylighting Waterways

2023-06-06T15:49:32+00:00June 6th, 2023|local government, planning|

According to Smithsonian, cities have seen benefits in "daylighting," or uncovering urban waterways that have been buried or covered over. can have many benefits, from improving water quality and wildlife habitat to creating new public spaces and promoting sustainable urban development. However, there are also potential challenges and negative impacts to consider. Benefits: Daylighting waterways [...]

Is your town on the spooky list?

2022-10-26T16:53:56+00:00October 26th, 2022|holidays, local government|

It's spooky season, and local governments across the country set up fun activities to celebrate autumn, harvest, and Halloween. When it comes to the best small towns for Halloween fun, Country Living has a list of their 29 favorites. The photo above is a classic destination: Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., location of the Legend of Sleepy [...]

Election connection

2023-03-31T16:32:58+00:00September 21st, 2022|#clerkslife, city managers, elections, local government, organizing, volunteer management, vote|

Poll workers are an essential part of the election process. They're also harder to find than in the past. Enter Power the Polls. According to a recent article on GovExec, this nonpartisan, nonprofit group has been helping recruit poll workers since 2020. Jane Slusser, the program manager, said, "We will have a lot of recruitment [...]

Riding the retirement wave

2022-07-19T14:25:05+00:00July 13th, 2022|#clerkslife, local government, municipal clerks, office management, productivity, recommended reading, work-life balance|

"Retired. Gone fishing." We received that exact auto-response to a recent email. Back in January, we talked about MarketWatch's article, the "Great Resignation," and how it was impacting local governments. We've certainly seen an uptick in retirements among our own local government friends and contacts. Recently, the International City Managers' Association (ICMA) followed up with [...]

July is National Parks & Recreation Month!

2022-07-11T19:21:20+00:00July 6th, 2022|accessibility, ClerkBase, local government, records management|

The National Parks and Recreation Association designates July as the month National Parks & Recreation Month. Its purpose is to recognize the professionals and volunteers who make our local parks function all year. The Association has a toolkit to help local governments Rise Up for their parks department workers. A few things we learned from [...]

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