Author Archives: JMihalik

In communicating ideas about sustainability to your residents, keep the needs of the community at the forefront.

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To meet the needs of their citizens, cities and townships strive to find solutions and resources in a challenging environment.   Public servants must respond to all aspects of providing service, while maintaining a secure environment and upholding the right to quiet enjoyment of property. They meet public health needs, and aspire to prosperity through economic development. The reality for small to mid-size towns is that there are many needs in the community and limited resources with which to address them all. With scarce resources, particularly in sparsely populated areas, only basic community services are provided. Maintaining roadways and provisioning for emergency response is a critical focus. Zoning, building permits, public health and governance is typically managed at the county or parish level, so the community officials have little control over funding and direction of main programs. But there is budding recognition that the sustainability equation touches many aspects of affordability, social…

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