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Apr 2016

New from Voterheads: Enhanced Reporting

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At Voterheads, we’ve committed to making government magically easy. We’re pleased to announce for our professional subscribers two new components of reporting that will help us fulfill that mission: Recap Reports and Report Scheduling.

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Apr 2016

Renewable Energy – National Trends for March 2016

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In March Voterheads monitored 1,153 organizations, holding 1,787 new meetings for the month of March. Of these meetings, 15 of them discussed Renewable Energy. Some of the more interesting items include:

Wright County Board, Minnesota

March 22, 2016

Public Hearing RE: Planning Commission Recommendation to Amend Section 762.2 Solar Energy Farms and 762.3 Solar Energy Systems

The discussion concerning this issue is continued from the County Board Meeting to Consider the Planning Commission Recommendation Section 762.2 Solar Energy Farms & 762.3 Solar Energy Systems on January 19, 2016. The Planning Commission will consider a solar energy farm and systems to be on restricted parcels of land zoned general agricultural.

The board action requested that they accept the findings and recommendation of the Planning Commission to accept amendments to the Wright County Zoning Ordinance:

Add this clause to Section 762.2 Solar Energy Farms Requirements and Standards – Solar Energy Farms and Systems will be considered by the Planning Commission on restricted parcels of land zoned General Agricultural (AG).

Add this clause to Section 762.3 Solar Energy Farms Requirements and Standards – Solar Energy Systems will be considered by the Planning Commission on restricted parcels of land zoned General Agricultural (AG).

City of Palo Alto City Council, California

March 28, 2016

Agenda Item Number 8 – Resolution 9580

The Resolution 9580 is called “Resolution of the Council of the City of Palo Alto Continuing the Palo Alto Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Program and Decreasing the Contract Rate: (1) for Solar Resources to 8.9c/kWh to 9.0c/kWh, and (2) for Non-Solar Renewable Energy Resources to 8.1c/kWh to 8.2c/kWh; and Amending Associated Program Eligibility Rules and Power Purchase Agreement Accordingly (Continued From March 21, 2016).”

The council was asked to adopt a resolution that:

Maintain the Palo Alto CLEAN program price for local solar energy resources at the current price of $0.165 per kilowatthour ($/kWh) for a 20-year or 25-year contract term, and continue with a program limit of 3 megawatts (MW); and

Reduce the Palo Alto CLEAN program price for local non-solar eligible renewable energy resources to the updated avoided cost of such energy ($0.081/kWh for a 20-year contract term, or $0.082/kWh for a 25-year contract term), from the prior avoided cost projection ($0.093/kWh for a 20-year contract term, or $0.094/kWh for a 25-year contract term), and continue with a separate program limit of 3 MW specifically for local non-solar eligible renewable resources; and

Approve the amended CLEAN program Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) to implement the recommended changes.

An amendment was proposed to reassess long term cost effectiveness taking into account the dramatic drop in prices of solar energy in California.

The amendment failed because no one was willing to second it.

Gloucester City Council, Massachusetts

March 22, 2016

Resolution to Express the City of Gloucester’s Opposition to Offshore Drilling in the Atlantic

A request for a motion was made to adopt a Resolution to express council support to the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for a ban to open the Atlantic Ocean to exploration and development of off shore oil and gas.

The motion was made and seconded.

There were requests for some changes including developing better language and vet the matter more closely as well as the appointment of Council members Memhard and Orlando to work with General Counsel to review the Resolution language and report their recommendation to the Q & A committee.

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Apr 2016

Public Safety – National Trends for March 2016

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The March, Voterheads shows that 1,153 organizations held 1,787 new meetings for the month of March. Of these, 762 agenda items had a Public Safety component including Racial Profiling, a Statewide Emergency Management Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement resolution, Extended Hours Bar Ordinance Evaluation, and other related issues.

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

March 3, 2016

Various Resolutions

There were several resolutions that were addressed in this meeting that contained a public safety element. These included:

Resolution 35-16        Authorizes and directs the Mayor to act on the behalf of the Urban County Government to execute a Statewide Emergency Management Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement with each local entity that is within Kentucky’s Commonwealth. The agreement would include mutual aid and assistance and it falls under the purview of the Division of Emergency Management and 911.

Resolution 37-16        Authorizes and directs the Mayor to act on the behalf of the Urban County Government to execute for Continuity of Government. This falls under the purview of the Division of Emergency Management and 911.

Resolution 88-16        Authorizes and directs the Mayor to act on the behalf of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government to execute Change Order No. Two (2) to the Airbus DS Communications Purchase Agreement. Agreement pertains to the Public Safety Operations Center radio tower ice bridge installation and purchase. The Agreement price sum increases by $3,485. The original cost was $1,559,771 and increased to $1,563,256. This falls under the purview of the Department of Public Safety.

Resolution 66-16        Authorizes the Division of Community Corrections to procure equipment or parts for York Air Handlers from Johnson Controls, Inc. This is a sole source provider and the cost will not exceed $35,100 and, if necessary, will authorize the Mayor to act on behalf of the Urban County Government to sign any procurement related documents. This falls under the purview of the Division of Community Corrections.

City of Cape Coral, Florida

March 2, 2016

Extended Bar Hours Ordinance Evaluation

The Extended Bar Hour Ordinance was adopted on April 3, 2015. A provision for evaluation of the program was included, examining the economic and social benefits that are associated with extended bar operation and any detrimental secondary effects. The evaluation was conducted by the Cape Coral Police Department with a focus on the secondary effects for disturbances, noise, and crime. A partial presentation was provided on February 9, 2016. A more comprehensive presentation was provided that covered law enforcement and crime as well as costs and strategies for combating the negative effects of the ordinance.

Westchester County, NY

March 8, 2105

Racial Profiling

Westchester County has had a controversial history around racial profiling.  This month the Public Safety Subcommittee discussed the 2015 Racial Profiling Report.

County of Mono, California

March 1, 2016

Various Resolutions

There were several resolutions that were addressed in this meeting that contained a public safety element.

FY 2016-2017 Homeland Security Grant   Authorizes the participation in the Office of Homeland Security FY 2016-2017 Homeland Security Grant Program. It also designates the Sheriff-Coroner, Emergency Services Coordinator and the Sheriff’s Finance Officer as authorized agents to administer and sign for the Homeland Security Grant.

FY 2016-2017 EMPG Grant  Authorizes the participation of the Mono County Sheriff’s Office in the FY 2016-2017 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) program. The Sheriff-Coroner, Emergency Services Coordinator, and the Sheriff’s Finance Officer are named authorized agents to administer and sign for the EMPG grant.

 

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Finally, April 10-26 if National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  Cities and Counties around the country are recognizing those women and men that stand ready to answer your call to 911 across the country ona 7×24 basis to coordinate the most effective response to your emergency.  To all our E911 Dispatchers, Managers, and Directors… thank you for all your hard work!

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