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MAY-JUNE 2013

Departments

As I See It: Who Will Replace Us?

One of our most important challenges must be cultivating the next generation of city officials.

Bits & Briefs

Online permitting, update on foreclosures, and more.

Two-Way Street: What Is Your City’s Approach to Social Media?

Staff members of the City of Richfield and the City of Minnetonka explain their cities' experience with social media.

Ideas in Action: Vandalism Prevention? For Plymouth, It’s All Fun and Games!

They City of Plymouth teaches elementary students about vandalism prevention with the game Parks & Wrec.

Legal Ease

From the Bench: Different Rules for Different Pools—Can the City Do That?

Summaries of recent court cases that may affect Minnesota cities.

Letter of the Law: You Can’t Talk to Me Like That! Or Can You?

While employers may still regulate and prohibit the misuse of social media, cities must also be careful with disciplining employees for online discussions of work conditions.

Up for Discussion

Let's Talk: City Dilemma—Granting Shoreland Variances

Cities must make sure to follow state law when issuing variances for shoreland properties. Dan Petrik, land use specialist with the Department of Natural Resources, sheds some light on this topic.

Ask LMC: Do We Have to Post That Job Opening?

LMC experts answer questions about posting job openings, complying with health care reform, the use of sky lanterns, and food truck regulation.