Tougher legislation on anti-social activity

first_img Previous articleDiscover Limerick Website Is LaunchedNext articleDingle is the foodie Mecca for opening weekend in October admin CURRENTLY nearing completion is a new antisocial behaviour strategy that Limerick City Council is preparing to adopt in the near future.Members of the city council’s Housing Committee have been notified by City Hall’s director of services, Kieran Lehane, that a draft strategy will shortly be available.  “It is my intention to consult with the groups who make submissions, in particular, the Limerick Regeneration Agency, as well as our legal advisors in the next two to three weeks,” he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “When this consultation process has been completed, I will hold a special meeting of the Social Policy and Housing Committee to discuss the strategy and to make a recommendation for its adoption to the council’.Referring to the recent establishment of a free phone Anti Social Behaviour Complaint Line – 1800 283 064, Mr Lehane said that since it was launched in May, a total of 115 complaints had been received to mid August.“These complaints have all been investigated and have been resolved or are being resolved, in so far as the legislation available to the council allows”.The city council is required to adopt an Anti Social Behaviour Strategy by November 30. Twitter Linkedin Advertisement Emailcenter_img Facebook NewsLocal NewsTougher legislation on anti-social activityBy admin – September 14, 2010 626 Print WhatsApplast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: The U.S. Forest Service reminds non-hunters to stay safe this hunting season

first_imgThe U.S. Forest Service reminds non-hunters to stay safe this hunting season Before you head out on a hike in a national forest this fall, it’s important to know that nearly all of the national forest lands in North Carolina are open to hunting. The last thing you want while out hiking or biking the trails is to be mistaken for game, so to avoid any confusion the National Forest Service encourages everyone to take these precautions to stay safe during hunting season: Indy Pass expands to 44 independent ski resorts Wear bright-colored clothing, like hunter orange or neon colors, in order to be more visible. If you’re hiking with your dog, make sure it wears a hunter orange vest, bandana or leash.Make noise to alert hunters of your presence. If you hear shooting, raise your voice to let hunters know that you are nearby.If hunting makes you uneasy, learn about where and when hunting is taking place and consider hiking in other areas. Visit to see hunting seasons and regulations.center_img Thirty-seven of the 44 participating resorts offer unrestricted, season-long access with the Indy Pass. Five have holiday blackouts and two allow midweek-only access. See for more information. Organizers of the Indy Pass, which provides two lift tickets at every participating ski resort, has announced their expansion to 44 independent resorts. For the cost of the pass ($199), skiers and snowboarders have access to 88 days of skiing or snowboarding at resorts across the country. There are 15 participating resorts in the Eastern region, including Cataloochee Ski Area in North Carolina, Blue Knob Resort and Shawnee Mountain in Pennsylvania, Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area in Tennessee, Bryce Resort and Massanutten Resort in Virginia and Canaan Valley Ski Resort in West Virginia. Additionally, there are 15 participating resorts in the Western region and 14 participating resorts in the Midwest region.last_img read more

Bosnian Dragons Entered the World Cup For the First Time

first_img[wzslider]By: Medina MalagićIn what has been deemed a historical success, the B&H football team, popularly referred to as the ‘Dragons’, has entered the 2014 World Cup for the first time since the country gained independence in 1992. After last night’s 1:0 win over Lithuania, B&H finished in first place in Group G, and joined the ranks of England, Spain and Germany in the World Cup qualifications that will take place in Brazil next year.Fireworks, flares, an abundance of B&H flags and the gathering of thousands of fans in front of BBI Center in Sarajevo and in central squares in cities throughout B&H marked the celebrations last night. The party continued into the night. The match was broadcast live in front of the BBI Center and was followed by a musical spectacle, where fans eagerly awaited the arrival of the B&H football team who returned to Sarajevo immediately after the match was over.Triumphant Moment of Unity The winning goal of the match came in the 68th minute from striker Vedad Ibišević, which was all that was needed to seal B&H’s entrance to the World Cup next year.The win last night, and B&H’s first-place ranking in Group G, carries with it profound symbolism. For the people of B&H, the B&H football team represents unity, a concept that remains an elusive one and is in stark contrast to the institutionalized divisions that are responsible for most of the current problems in this country. The unity that the ‘Dragons’ exemplify is what many Bosnian-Herzegovinians wish would one day resonate throughout the entire country.Since the conflict ended in the 1990’s, the war and subsequent division of the country and the numerous problems that prevent the country from functioning normally were almost always the focal point of global media coverage of B&H. Positive reports about B&H were rare. Now, the entrance of teams like England, Germany and Spain in the World Cup was overshadowed by global media reports on B&H’s first-ever qualifications to the 2014 World Cup.Since last night, global media outlets such as BBC, Daily Mail and other influential sports outlets focused on the historic success of the team’s placement in the World Cup. Even though several media reports did made reference to the divisions and the conflict, it occupied the space of merely several lines that served more as an introductory note in order to place it in discernible contrast to the exuberant celebrations that took place all over B&H last night.Now, the central focus is on the remarkable triumph of the team, which after 20 years of repeated failures and after nearly qualifying for global tournaments several times in the past few years has finally earned their deserved place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.The gathering of over 50.000 fans in Sarajevo last night, who stayed long after the match was over to wait for the players to arrive in the central square so they could celebrate together, is just one testament to the vast importance that Bosnian-Herzegovinians place on this win and World Cup entrance. For many, this is a much-needed symbol of normality and positivity, manifested on the streets of Sarajevo and throughout B&H last night.(Photo Sources: Facebook/Twitter)last_img read more

Council still contemplating using search committee for city manager hire; continues budget process

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (19) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down little d · 211 weeks ago Hire Shane Shields and be done with it. A good person doing a good job- look no more. Report Reply 2 replies · active 211 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 211 weeks ago This statement…”There seemed to be agreement that, whoever they hire, they need to do all they can to set that person up for success…”, I think would have been nice with the last one. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Nancy · 211 weeks ago Has Mr Shields applied for the job? Seems like he withdrew his application last time around. He may not want it. He would do a great job, but if he doesn’t want it: That’s his prerogative. Report Reply 1 reply · active 211 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 211 weeks ago I just want to thank Shane Shields for the great job he does for Wellington and Sumner County. Shane is a man of vast knowledge about our City, something any new hire would have to spend years and years learning. Sounds to me like some of the council members need to resign as they are not working for whats best for the city but whats best for them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down MeToo · 211 weeks ago Let’s see, in the last two months the city has fired Mr. Eckert, the City Manager. If they would have sent Mr. Eckert home to sit in his house for six months and paid his salary, we the citizens of Wellington could have saved $37,000 instead of paying his severance. Now the City council wants to spend another $25,000 for a job that doesn’t exist at the humane society and finally the City Fathers and Mothers want to spend $6,000 to hire a consulting firm to hire someone to be the City Manager when we already have a qualified individual in Mr. Shields. A total potential waste of $68,000. This has happened in just the past 2 months. You’d think we are rolling in the dough, but we don’t have money to pave some roads, fix some sewers, repair some water mains or actually hire another police officer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 211 weeks ago If we as a community can’t step up to provide the basic humane treatment of our animals, then we have failed as a society. Furthermore, anyone more concerned with a pot hole than the livelihood of a dog and cat is no friend of mine. Report Reply 1 reply · active 211 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 211 weeks ago We should just start replacing our roadways with solar roadways then everyone’s electric bills would be non-existent Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down ??? · 211 weeks ago We don’t need to spend the money, the council knows what it is doing……wait never mind. Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down whatever · 211 weeks ago Can we hire a new city council? Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 211 weeks ago Hopefully more people will do some research before the next election. Not sure how people that own rental companies/houses in town are allowed to decide whether to raise the mill or to raise utility rates. No brainer, pass it on to their tenants instead of coming out of their profits… Report Reply 0 replies · active 211 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow – Some Wellington City Council members were having second thoughts about paying the state league of municipalities nearly $6,000 to run a search for a new city manager. A representative from the league came to the work session Tuesday to answer concerns.The council seems likely to pass accepting the contract at its next meeting, but there was question as to whether they really needed to.Council member Jan Korte also questioned the wording of the contract, which stated the league could cancel the contract at any time. It also said the city would still have to pay the full amount if they reject all the candidates the league sends their way.Council member Vince Wetta also questioned the need for spending the money, but he said he believes it is for the good of the city to go through the process. He said he was having second thoughts about that. He favors hiring Shane Shields who is the current interim city manager and has been in the city’s administration for several years.Council members said they just want to go through the process and find out who is out there.Kip Etter said he just wants to make sure they make the right decision and he believes going through the process is a good idea.Bill Butts agreed saying it would not hurt to see who else is out there, and it would not hurt to have the information.After the meeting Jim Valentine said he is not for spending the money.There seemed to be agreement that, whoever they hire, they need to do all they can to set that person up for success, and most of the council members feel that going through the process of taking applications would be a move in that direction.Mayor Shelly Hansel said going through the process would be good for the city. She said the person who his hired should be able to have confidence that the council chose them for good reasons.Once the contract is signed, council members will fill out surveys to get detailed information about what they want in a city manager. The league can then advertise for the position. The league will rank candidates, picking a top 10 – or whatever number the council wants. They will also make all applications available to the council members.From there the normal process would be followed, with the league running the search and the council doing final approval.The council also discussed its budget, and is putting the finishing touches on. Interim City Manager Shane Shields – who is also the finance director – said there would be no need for a change in the tax mill levy.The council discussed cutting funding for some groups like the Chisholm Trail Museum, the Historical and Geneaological Society and some others. Council member Korte wants the city to eventually stop funding them because there are several other groups in the city that the city does not fund.It is not a lot of money. The decision the council wrestled with was whether to give the museum $6,000 or $5,200. The council had earlier agreed to cut all agencies like that by 25 percent.The council will have a public hearing on its budget, and will likely pass the budget at its second meeting in August.The city is also considering giving the Humane Society $25,000 to help hire a director. The facility is still years from being built, so it could be a few years before the money is used. The county has also been asked for $25,000 but no action has been taken.The money will be in the budget, but may not be spent for some time.The budget includes a contingency fund of $772,600.———The council also briefly talked about the building at Lincoln and Washington, which has been closed and roped off for about two weeks. Shields said the city is still waiting on an engineer’s report and the city is talking with the owner. The fate of the building is not yet known, but it is believed to have some serious structural problems.———Cowley College and other local officials will have a meeting on Monday, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., at the Wellington High School Auditorium to talk about the possibility of the college opening a campus in Wellington. Cowley needs a half cent sales tax to make that happen. The county commissioners have to decide on whether to put it on the ballot in November, hold a special election, or keep it off entirely. Cowley officials want it to be held later as a special election.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more