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Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR)  The Importance of "If You See Something, Say Something" in Public Works. Public Works employees are in a unique position to be eyes and ears in our communities, especially when it comes to public safety .  We have thousands of employees that provide a broad spectrum of services that touch the lives of every individual.  Our work provides opportunities to observe and report suspicious activities.  This webinar will discuss the “National Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative” and the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.  It will highlight why it is important that public works professionals receive SAR training and report suspicious activities.  Also, what is a Fusion Center?  Why are they important.  What do they have to do with Suspicious Activity Reporting?  10-11 AM Central time
When: January 24, 2019

$tretching your Green Infrastructure Dollars: Case studies in maintenance costs and Level of Service. Case studies from two communities will be presented by different speakers.  Over the last 20 years, the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan has built 124 rain gardens and bio-swales in public spaces. Although rain gardens have been successful at reducing pollutant loads, our 30 acres of green stormwater infrastructure created a new challenge: maintenance. In 2015, the City of Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office collaborated to formalize the maintenance of the 124 rain gardens. Maintenance schedules and expenditures for each rain garden have been implemented and refined over the last three years. Three case studies will be highlighted showing varied plant designs, spillways and public support. For each case study, a multi-pronged approach has proven successful in implementing the maintenance plan. The variety of rain gardens installed in Ann Arbor have provided the opportunity to learn many lessons and rules of thumb for design. Recommendations for designs that can simplify maintenance, focusing on plant selection, spillway design, size considerations and public involvement will be detailed. The lessons learned from maintenance in Ann Arbor’s rain gardens can be used to improve designs, create realistic budgets and foster positive partnerships.10-11 AM Central time
When: February 28, 2019