One of the most important duties of city governments is to help their residents be safe. Most Kentucky cities have their own police departments.
You can ask for help from a police officer anytime. If you have an emergency, you can dial 911 from any phone to ask for help.
City Hall is the building where most of the city's local government is housed. It usually is where the city council or commission meets and is where the mayor's office is. It's where taxes and fees are paid and where the city's laws (known as "ordinances") are made and kept.
Did you know that your city government funds and operates all of your major local safety protective services such as firefighters, emegency medical services, police officers and the dispatch officers who handle all of the 911 calls made in your community?
Did you know that many fire stations have a Dalmatian mascot?
The tradition of Dalmatians in firehouses dates back more than a century. Nowadays they mainly serve as mascots, but back before the invention of motorized firetrucks, firefighters had to travel in a horse drawn carriage. Back then, the fire station Dalmatian would run along side of the horses and keep them moving fast and even protect them from other animals!
Have you ever heard the sirens of an ambulance racing by your house or school?
Ambulances have to drive fast to get to the scene of emergencies that happen without warning such as car accidents or house fires. They have to get there as fast as they can to help transport people who are injured to the hospital.
Did you know that your city government funds and operates major local safety protective services such as firefighters, emegency medical services, police officers and the dispatch officers who handle all of the 911 calls made in your community?
Did you know that roughly 70% of the adult body is made up of water?
Water is found almost everywhere on Earth, from high mountain snowcaps and glaciers to oceans to freshwater on land and underground. Energy from the sun and the force of gravity drive the continual cycling of water. Gravity causes precipitation to fall from clouds in the form of rain, sleet, snow or fog, and causes water on land to flow downward through watersheds. This is all a part of the water Cycle.
Would you believe that the average person uses nearly 100 gallons of water a day!!!
Did you know that many cities have their own water treatment plant?
This plant is responsible for collecting water from various sources such as a reservoir, lakes, and even underground aquifers and once collected, technicians at the plant put the water through various processes to purify it and make it suitable for drinking.
People in cities make a lot of trash! Most cities provide for solid waste collection, either by their own employees or through a private business. Many cities also collect recycables to reduce how much trash goes into landfills.
Kentucky cities own over 10,000 miles of city streets, and they often help the state and federal governments by clearing off major roads owned by the other two levels of government. City streets aren't just for driving; cities sometimes close streets for parades, festivals, and other community events.
Sidewalks are also important as they help connect foot and bike traffic through neighborhoods as well as the downtown area. They may incorporate street trees, flowers, benches, and lamposts to beautify the city and make it more welcoming to both residents and visitors.
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There are over 100 libraries in Kentucky! And they aren't just for reading books anymore!
Do you have a favorite ice cream parlor, bookstore, or coffee shop? They are probably located in a city! Whether in their downtown core or the suburban areas of town, cities are the center of business activity in the state.
Have you ever wondered why houses and apartments are located in one section of your city, while businesses and industries are usually in a different part of the city? That's because of planning and zoning. These plans guide the city's future development for years, and poorly designed plans can have a lasting negative impact on the city's quality of life.
Getting from one place to another is called transportation. Did you know that some cities provide transportation for their citizens.
Does the city or county where you live provide public transportation?
Does your community have an annual festival or parade?
People travel for many different reasons, such as business and visiting family and friends. When people travel for pleasure they are called tourists.
Tourism is the business of encouraging and supporting tourists. Many people go on vacation because they want a break from their everyday lives, or to experience a warmer climate. Others enjoy learning about different cultures. In Kentucky often people will travel to communities to take part in annual festivals, parades or fairs. These events help local governments raise money to make improvements in their communities.
There are elections held in your city for various different positions of leadership, some of the major positions include city council, city commission and mayor. During election season, you may see lots of signs around your community for different candidates.
Have you ever heard a commercial for a political candidate or seen a campaign sign in your city?
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Do you have a favorite park to visit? Why do you like to go there?
Chances are you like to play, and that's just what most city parks and recreation activities are for! Whether you want to play on the playground, swim in the public pool, or connect with nature, city parks can help! Cities not only provide these spaces for public use, but they keep them clean and maintained as well, to make sure they are safe and beautiful for everyone to enjoy.
After all, who doesn't like to go to the park?
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