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NewsNet 7-11-13

DRAFT STUDY SAYS I-11 FREEWAY WOULD BE JUSTIFIED – A draft study commissioned by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) of a proposed new interstate highway linking Phoenix and Las Vegas says the route is justified and would boost the economies of both states. The study says the proposed Interstate 11 would support economic development and present new opportunities for travel, trade, and tourism. Its route could potentially extend north to Canada and south to Mexico. From KSAZ.

CHANGES TO WATER SERVICE AREA POLICY APPROVED – At their regular meeting Tuesday night, M&C approved several proposed changes to the City’s Water Service Area Policy, the policy that defines eligibility for water service from Tucson Water. The new changes are designed to protect interests of longtime customers while identifying new targets for annexation. Under the new changes, priority will be given to projects that meet criteria for the City’s Primary Jobs Incentive program and to those meeting certain open space requirements, as well as the establishment of a new appeals process for service requests denied by Tucson Water. From the Star.

CHANGES TO GRAY WATER REQUIREMENTS APPROVED – Also on Tuesday, M&C approved a revision to gray water requirements in the International Residential Code (IRC). In 2008, the City had adopted code language requiring that new one- and two-family dwelling units be pre-plumbed for future gray water use. Those requirements proved costly and onerous. The revision to the IRC takes a graduated approach to the pre-plumbing of gray water fixtures based on the amount of useable landscape area on a site. The new Code language and supporting materials was developed through several stakeholder meetings with City Planning & Development Services staff, homebuilders, water conservation advocates and the City’s Consolidated Building Code Committee. Read the news release from Planning & Development Services here.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: PUBLIC SAFETY DISPATCHER – The Communications Division of the Tucson Fire Department is seeking applicants with a proven track record of dependability and the ability to handle stressful situations to fill multiple vacancies for Public Safety Dispatcher. This position is responsible for dispatching emergency fire and medical units within Tucson and the surrounding metropolitan areas in response to incoming calls for assistance. Qualified applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D., basic computer skills, ability to type 35 words per minute while taking oral dictation, and ability to pass a background check and drug screen. Ability to speak Spanish is preferred. Applications will be accepted through July 23. Read the City of Tucson job listing here.

THIS WEEKEND’S SECOND SATURDAY TO FEATURE FIRST ANNUAL ICE CREAM FESTIVAL – Tucson's inaugural Scoop Fest ice cream festival makes its debut this Saturday. Hub Restaurant and Creamery owner Kade Mislinski has invited other Tucson ice cream makers, including Frost and Isabella's Ice Cream, to set up in the Hub's parking lot. Other shops are also expected to participate. The Hub is serving five of its most popular flavors - vanilla, chocolate, soft caramel, white chocolate and the adults-only bourbon almond brittle. The restaurant also will serve its full line of ice creams - 24 flavors on hand from its repertoire of 90 - inside for the regular price of $4 a scoop. The Hub is located at 266 E. Congress Street, between 5th Ave. and Arizona Ave. From the Star.