EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: FILIBERTO FELIX - This May marks the 34th anniversary of Filiberto Felix's employment with the City. Felix, a heavy equipment operator at the Los Reales Landfill, was hired in 1979 in the Collections Division of what was then called the Solid Waste Department. While many City employees have had long careers, Felix has the extra special distinction of having served his entire career in a single department. The City of Tucson thanks Mr. Felix for his dedicated service to our City and our grateful citizens.
WELCOME, ED WILMES - Tucson Department of Transportation Director Daryl Cole has announced the hire of Edward Wilmes as Transportation Administrator for the Streets Division. Cole says Wilmes has "an extensive operational and management background, and a multitude of experience that fits the needs for positive growth, solidarity and progression of our department." He will start on April 22. Read Cole's memo here. More info on Prop. 409 and upcoming street improvements here.
M&C TO APPOINT TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS PENSION COST ISSUES - Tucson's public safety pension costs are expected to be about $42M for the next fiscal period, an increase of about 20%. The increase owes to a reduced ratio of active to retired employees, disability-related retirements and other factors. As a result, the City of Tucson pays into Arizona's Public Safety Retirement System at a higher than average rate. The Task Force will include various stakeholders, and its goal is to recommend solutions that help stabilize the pension fund. Story in today's Star. Download the slide presentation from yesterdays study session here.
ON SPLIT VOTE, PIMA COUNTY SUPERVISORS APPROVE SALE OF MARANA SEWER PLANT - The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved a settlement agreement with Marana over an ongoing wastewater dispute in a 4-1 vote yesterday. Supervisor Richard Elías voted against the agreement, saying it's a step away from cost-effective regional government. From the Star.
1915 RAILROAD FOREMAN'S HOUSE TO BE MOVED ON I-10 SUNDAY NIGHT - A rare event will take place the night of Sunday, April 14, as a 1915 Southern Pacific Railroad Foremans house will be moved on I-10 to a new school site in the Vail School District. The 10-mile move will start at 10 p.m. at the frontage road near I-10s south Kolb exit, and will terminate near Mary Ann Cleveland Way and Houghton Road. The Vail School District is partnering with the Vail Preservation Society to move the historic house.