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NewsNet 5-3-13

TUCSON TOPS COMPETITION IN WATER CONSERVATION CHALLENGE – Tucson was among five US cities honored today for residents' commitment to water-saving choices as part of the second annual National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation. Separated into five population categories, the winning cities are Denver; Tucson, Ariz.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Bremerton, Wash. and Laguna Beach, Calif. Residents in all 50 states made more than 44,000 online pledges to save water, use less energy and reduce pollution in four categories – home, yard, community and life – with potential cost savings of more than $30.6 million. At a May 10 event in Denver, Hancock will draw the grand prize winner of a new Prius c from the pool of winning cities' participants, who are also eligible to win hundreds of water-saving fixtures and gift certificates to Lowe's stores. A $1,000 Lowe's Shopping Spree will also be chosen from among the entire pool of U.S. participants.

AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: CREATING THE BOND PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE – A proposed resolution has been placed on the M&C Regular Session agenda for next Tuesday to create the City of Tucson’s first bond project advisory committee. This committee will have the purpose of proposing projects to the Mayor and Council and the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee, as well as to monitor the implementation of the specific projects. Read the M&C memo here.

STREET REPAIR SPOTLIGHT: SATURDAY NIGHT MICROSURFACING – Microsurfacing, a cold-mix pavement repair technology designed to remedy a broad range of pavement problems, will be performed Saturday night through Sunday morning on three different sections of City roadways: southbound Craycroft road approaching Golf Links, northbound Kolb approaching Grant, and both directions of Speedway between Campbell and Alvernon. The work is part of the Fiscal Year 2013 Mayor and Council approved Pavement Preservation Program, a one-year, $20 million street rehabilitation program to resurface arterial, collector and residential streets. The funding was made available by restructuring the Fiscal Year 2013 Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF) debt, the increase of HURF revenue and General Fund money. Read the news release from TDOT here. Read more about microsurfacing here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PARKS & REC SUPERINTENDENT – The Parks and Recreation Department is seeking a consummate professional who demonstrates leadership and teamwork in all aspects of parks and recreation programming and facility operation. Duties to include employee supervision and coordinating human resource actions, implementation of policies and programs, assistance with planning and budgeting, management of parks facilities, and more. Required qualifications include six months of vocational, administrative or technical training in parks & rec or a related field, and five years of supervisory experience in an appropriate field. Salary range $53,213 - $89,410. Position closes Monday, May 6. Read the COT job posting here.

AGENCIES TO CONDUCT DUI CHECKPOINTS THROUGHOUT CINCO DE MAYO WEEKEND – Starting tonight, the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force will be conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout the Tucson metro region. The task force consists of officers from the Tucson Police Department, Pima County Sheriff’s Department, and other local agencies. Officials are not releasing information about the location of checkpoints, but say they will be in busy areas. From KOLD/KMSB.