Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega is changing the way the City has been paying into Arizona's underfunded Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) for police and fire pensions. In an effort to save on interest payments, the City will pay about $40 million of its $54 million pension bill upfront, instead of making a smaller payment every two weeks. The money will come from the City's cash flow and reserves, which will be replenished over the year, Ortega said.
Several streets will undergo pavement preservation beginning tomorrow and Thursday, as part of the five-year, $100 million Road Recovery bond program that City voters approved in 2012.
Fog Sealing is the application of a thin layer of asphalt emulsion that helps cover small roadway imperfections, cracks, or other small voids and seals the existing asphalt to preserve the roadway.
A new intersection in Tucson improves traffic flow, while providing access for cyclists and pedestrians. The Kino Parkway - 22nd Street Improvement Project is an elevated parkway that includes bike lanes, six-foot-wide sidewalks, and a landscaped median separating two traffic lanes in each direction. Underneath it, 22nd Street was widened to three lanes in each direction, featuring exclusive right turn lanes and dual left turn lanes to access on-ramps.
Tucson is home to many long-standing film festivals, and the inaugural Tucson Festival of Films features movies chosen by the other festivals, with a few more features added to the mix. You can see shorts, classic movies made in Tucson, documentaries, and more during the three-day festival, Thursday-Sunday at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S Scott Ave. Ticket information and a listing of movies can be found at the link above.
The Pima County Superior Court and the Pima County Bar Association are hosting an event tomorrow that aims to educate the public about some of the top filings that appear before judges, such as divorce and child support, probate, debt, and landlord-tenant issues. The free Court Night event will be held in two sessions (4-5:30 p.m. and 5:45-7:15 p.m.) at the Pima County Courts Training Center, 2225 E. Ajo Way, next to Juvenile Court.
On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, Hunter Contracting, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will remove the existing traffic signals and energize the new temporary traffic signals at the Silverbell Road and Grant Road intersection. From approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the traffic signals at the intersection will be temporarily shut down and Tucson Police officers will direct traffic through the intersection.
Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing a fog seal program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program – Road Recovery.
To minimize the impact on the traveling public, crews will work from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday. The dates and locations where the next roadway improvements will take place are:
The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) is joining forces this week with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind residents to "Hear the beep where you sleep." The key message of the national Fire Prevention Week campaign is to install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of your home, including the basement.
Money from the voter-approved, $100 million, five-year Road Recovery street bond program in 2012 already has improved more than 116 miles of roadway, and the work continues to improve additional streets. The bond money pays for repaving, while the bigger widening projects are funded by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), a 20-year program approved by voters in 2006.
Watch Tucson 12 video on Road Recovery.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is hoping to fill 25 Community Service Officer positions. The job involves driving in marked police cars and responding to calls of burglary, traffic accidents, and found property. The application deadline is Oct. 11. To learn more about job opportunities at TPD, please visit the recruiting website.
When you take a trip to Reid Park Zoo, you might overlook some of the animals. In the latest edition of “Zoo News” on Tucson 12, learn about some very deserving animals that have interesting adaptations you might not know about.
The Sun Rideshare Rewards Program continues this month, offering the chance to win prizes for motorists who decide to use alternative modes of transportation (carpool, public transit, bikes, walking, etc.) once in a while. Prize drawings include gift cards and other items. Follow the link above for more information and to register.
Ward 3 Events
Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
Did You Know?
The Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl will take place Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium. Projected to bring $25 million to Tucson, the bowl game will feature teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA. The Sun Belt Conference will provide a team if the MWC or CUSA can't fill the game. The Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission (ASEC) made the announcement yesterday at the Westin La Paloma Resort.
Officials from the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) gathered this morning to celebrate the completion of the Kino Parkway – 22nd Street Intersection Improvement Project. The project rebuilt one of the busiest intersections in Southern Arizona with the first grade-separated intersection constructed by the City of Tucson.