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Rod Carroll drops from race for Jefferson County sheriff due to residency technicality

“As a person of integrity and credibility, I would not be able to go forward under the perception of having violated the election code residency requirement,” Carroll said in a statement. “I would like to thank everyone for their support and I wish all the candidates the best in 2020.”Carroll, who is currently chief of police in Vidor, was set to announce his bid for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s race next week as a Republican candidate.The veteran law enforcement officer ran unsuccessfully on the Democratic ticket for the sheriff’s spot in 2016 when he was working as assistant deputy chief with the JCSO. Rod Carroll announced on Tuesday he is dropping out of the race for Jefferson County Sheriff due to a residency technicality. read more

Waste Management wants less frequent recycling pickup in Lenexa, but city officials express doubt

first_imgWaste Management, owner and operator of the Johnson County landfill in Shawnee, wants to offer every-other-week curbside recycling pickup services for Lenexa residents on top of the city’s required weekly option.Lenexa city leaders on Tuesday evening heard from John Blessing, public sector manager of Waste Management, who shared the company’s hopes to change the city code and offer both weekly and every-other-week curbside recycling pickup services for residents.Lenexa’s city code currently requires trash/recycling haulers to offer only weekly curbside pickup services for residents.No action was taken, but city leaders say they understand that if they move forward, Waste Management would continue offering both weekly and every-other-week options until the weekly service was eventually discontinued.Company looks to cut costsBlessing said weekly pickups are too costly and unsustainable. He also said weekly pickups may be too frequent, as many recycling bins from Lenexa homes are either not completely full or not put out for emptying. He said Waste Management may roll out the every-other-week option across its service area in the Kansas City metro.John Blessing with Waste Management said the company would prefer to switch all of its Lenexa customers’ schedules from weekly to exclusively every-other-week pickup. Waste Management has yet to make any final decisions, though.Offering every-other-week recycling pickup services for Lenexa residents will result in a cost savings for Waste Management by reallocating labor and transportation toward other needs, Blessing said. He said it would also result in a reduction in the company’s carbon footprint and truck traffic through residential neighborhoods.Blessing said Waste Management would prefer to switch all of its Lenexa customers’ schedules from weekly to exclusively every-other-week pickup, but the company has yet to make any final decisions.“If people still want weekly recycling, first of all, we’re not the only hauler out there that would provide services, but we’ll be responsive to what the market wants,” Blessing said. “But I think that once people see the weekly recycling costs that are out there, the every-other-week option certainly would have a financial advantage to that as well.”Concerns about every-other-week pickupsWhile city staff asked for additional information before making a recommendation to the city council, Community Standards Supervisor Angel Whitaker from the city’s community development department said staff is concerned that having fewer pickups could discourage residents from recycling. City staff may also have to deal with an influx of inquiries from frustrated and confused residents with any changes to the program.“We know that the county and the cities have worked really hard to encourage and go to the recycling over the last 10 years, and we feel like this may discourage it for some families because it is just too confusing for them to remember to put their recycle bin out every other week or store a much larger [bin],” Whitaker said.Some councilmembers also had concerns that a reduction in recycling pickup will become burdensome for avid recyclers whose bins already fill up each week.Waste Management said it would still allow unlimited recycling pickups, although residents would be required to put all recycling in containers — and residents may have to obtain additional containers to meet that requirement. Waste Management would provide more bins at no extra cost, Blessing told the council.Whitaker with the city shared an initial list of pros and cons if Lenexa were to switch over to every-other-week recycling pickup for residents.Pros:Less of a cost increase (presumed and undetermined) for Lenexa residents if every-other-week collection of recycling is allowedReduction in commercial vehicles on residential streetsConsistency with Olathe and Shawnee, which allow every-other-week curbside recyclingCons:Storage space for residents of larger 95-gallon polycarts and extra recycling containersA reduced amount able to be properly stored at a residence: 65 gallons weekly (120 gallons every other week) to 95 gallons every other weekConfusion for residents on schedule, especially on holiday weeks or when weather modifies the scheduleStrain on staff who will field calls from residents confused on schedule, code requirements, etc.The change may discourage recycling and its positive environmental benefitsPresumed cost increase remains with less service to residentsWaste Management has an informational webpage on proper recycling.The city council will consider this item at a future meeting.last_img read more

Freedom of information and datasets

first_imgIn January, the government announced plans to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoI) to ensure public authorities proactively release data in a way that allows businesses, non-profit organisations and others to reuse it for social and commercial purposes. OpenlyLocal, a local government data aggregation site, has said that, at present, most councils do not provide ‘fully’ open data that could be reused and distributed, while the cabinet minister Francis Maude accused councils last year of ‘deliberately making data unusable to anyone else’. On the other hand, some authorities have expressed concerns about FoI being ‘abused’ by the private sector. They have cited ­examples of FoI requests where they are effectively asked to do unpaid research or to supply information, which is then sold on to other public authorities. Clause 92 of the Protection of Freedoms Bill, currently going through parliament, contains proposals to require all public authorities to release datasets in a reusable electronic format. If passed, which seems likely, it will mean more FoI requests from commercial companies and data aggregators, and fewer reasons for public authorities to say no. Datasets to be released in reusable electronic form Clause 92 of the bill will amend section 11 of FoI (means by which communication is to be made). At present, section 11 allows a requester to choose the format of the information to be supplied to them. As long as this is reasonably practicable the public authority must give effect to his preference. A new section 11(1A) will mean that in future, where a request is made for information held by a public authority that is a dataset, or which forms part of a dataset, and the applicant requests that information be communicated in an electronic form, then the public authority must, so far as is reasonably practicable, provide the information in an electronic form that is capable of reuse. This is in a machine-readable form using open standards which enables its reuse and manipulation. Thus, in future, authorities will be prevented from turning an Excel spreadsheet into a PDF document before releasing it in order to stop recipients conducting their own analysis or reformatting the data. New section 11(1A) uses the words ‘so far as is reasonably practicable’. There is no absolute duty for datasets to be provided in a reusable format because it is recognised that, in some instances, there may be practical difficulties in relation to costs and IT to convert the format of the information. A dataset is a collection of information held in electronic form where all or most of the information meets the four criteria set out in the following paragraphs (of the new section 11(5) of FoI):Examples of the types of datasets which meet the definition will include postcodes and references used to identify properties, spend data, lists of assets and information about job roles in a public authority. Proactive publication What is a dataset? Reuse of copyright workscenter_img Ibrahim Hasan, solicitor and director of Act Now Training Once a dataset is disclosed following an FoI request, the Protection of Freedoms Bill amends FoI to place obligations on the public authority to make that dataset more widely available. Under new section 19(2A) of FoI, publication schemes must include a requirement for the public authority to publish any dataset it holds, which is requested by an applicant, and any updated version of the dataset. All datasets published in this way will have to, where reasonably practicable, be in an electronic form which is capable of reuse and any relevant copyright work within it will have to be made available for reuse in accordance with the terms of the specified licence (as above). New section 19(2A) requires ­authorities to publish any dataset as discussed above unless ‘the authority is satisfied that it is not appropriate for the dataset to be ­published’. The Campaign for Freedom of Information, in its submission to the Protection of Freedoms Bill Committee on clause 92 of the bill, has criticised this carveout as not within the spirit of the act and because it involves a subjective element which will be difficult for the information commissioner to oversee. It remains to be seen whether this provision is amended as per the campaign’s suggestion to a ‘reasonably practicable’ test.Clause 92(5)(a) of the bill amends section 45 of the FoI (issue of code of practice) to insert a new requirement for the code of practice to include provision relating to the disclosure by public authorities of datasets held by them. Paragraph (b) of the same clause sets out the different provisions relating to the reuse and disclosure of datasets that may, in particular, be included in the code. Paragraph (c) amends section 45(3) of the FoI so as to provide for the possibility of making more than one code of practice under section 45, each of which makes different provision for different public authorities. The new FoI obligations to be ­introduced by the Protection of Freedoms Bill will no doubt mean more work for public authorities at a time when money is scarce and staff levels are being reduced. There will be at least one new code of practice to implement as well as a new ­publication scheme to adopt. It will be interesting to see the terms of the ‘specified licence’ and to what extent, if at all, public authorities will be able to charge for allowing reuse of datasets. New section 11A(2) provides that, when communicating a dataset to an FoI applicant and all or part of the dataset contains a relevant copyright work, a public authority must make the copyright work available for reuse in accordance with the terms of the specified licence. The terms of such a licence will be specified in a new section 45 of the Code of Practice. It is not known at present whether such licences will allow ­public authorities to charge for ­allowing reuse. The definition of a ‘relevant copyright work’ includes a copyright work – as defined by the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1998 – as well as a database subject to a database right. This provision is designed to prevent public authorities from refusing to release datasets on the basis that they contain a copyright work and so are exempt under section 43 (commercial interests). New section 11A(1) provides for the four criteria which must be met for the new requirement to allow reuse of datasets (in section 11A(2)) to apply: (a) a person must have made a request for a dataset or part of it; (b) the dataset requested includes a ‘relevant copyright work’; (c) that the public authority is the only owner of the ‘relevant copyright work’ (in other words that it is not owned in whole or in part by a third party); and (d) that the public authority is communicating the relevant copyright work to the requester under the FoI – in other words, it is not being withheld under one of the exemptions. These provisions will require public authority information professionals and lawyers to brush up on their knowledge of copyright and database law. There are many cross-references to the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1998 as well as the Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997. It has to have been obtained or recorded for the purpose of providing a public authority with information in connection with the provision of a service by the authority or the carrying out of any other function of the authority; It is factual information which (a) is not the product of interpretation or analysis other than calculation, in other words that it is the ‘raw’ or ‘source’ data; and (b) is not an official statistic – the meaning given by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (SRSA) (official statistics have been excluded from the definition of datasets because the production and publication of official statistics is provided for separately in the SRSA 2007); and It remains presented in a way that – except for the purpose of forming part of the collection – has not been organised, adapted or otherwise materially altered since it was obtained or recorded (datasets which have had ‘value’ added to them or which have been materially altered, for example in the form of analysis, representation or application of other expertise, would not fall within the definition).last_img read more