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Steve K's Newsletter 5/22/17

Topics in this Issue...

Half-Staff  
Domestic Violence
Spice
Prop 101 Results
County Road Tax
Collaboration with Pima County
Construction and Communication
Southwest Gas Work
Investing in Tucson
Bird Expo
Neighborhood Recycling Centers
Honoring Bob Walkup
Local Tucson
Brain Clutter
Events

Mayor and Council Set to Adopt Tentative Budget

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow night will hold a public hearing before adopting the Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2017/2018. Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega on May 9 submitted his Recommended Budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The proposed $1.373 billion spending plan is structurally balanced for the second consecutive year and does not include any increases in fees or tax rates.

Public Meeting Tomorrow to Gather Input on ADA Transition Plan

The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) invites the public to attend a meeting about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Inventory and Transition Plan, which is designed to assess existing needs on Tucson streets and sidewalks relative to ADA compliance. The meeting will be held tomorrow, 4-6 p.m, at the Randolph Golf Course, Copper Room, 600 S. Alvernon Way. There will be a brief presentation at 4:30 p.m.

Conference to Highlight EMS Week

Tucson Medical Center this week is hosting the annual EMS Week Conference, which is dedicated to the science and treatment of patients who need pre-hospital and emergency care. Experts in the field will offer updates on the latest clinical practices for patients in Southern Arizona.

The daylong conference will be held this Wednesday at the Sheraton Hotel, 5151 E. Grant Road. Registration is required for the free event, but there are a limited number of seats remaining.

Baby Tamandua Newest Resident at Reid Park Zoo

Terra the tamandua is a month old today. Terra is a Latin name meaning "the planet Earth." Born at Reid Park Zoo on Earth Day, April 22, the lesser anteater currently weighs 1.6 pounds.

The Zoo is working with Southern Tamandua SSP to place several of its tamanduas and to continue a breeding program. Eight tamanduas have been born at Reid Park Zoo over the years.

Though not on exhibit, the four tamanduas still living at the Zoo make regular appearances during education programs and formal presentations. 

Tucson Police Training in Mental Health Response

Tucson Police Department (TPD) patrol officers are receiving training in behavioral health to learn the best ways to handle mental health crisis calls. About 500 officers are expected to complete the training by the end of the year, said Police Chief Chris Magnus at a news conference yesterday.

TPD already has a Mental Health Support Team, which Magnus said puts the department "ahead of the curve across the country," but he said officers need more training to treat those in crisis.

Grant Road Improvement Project Phase II Stone to Park - Water Line Installation / Traffic Signal Work

Beginning Monday, May 22, 2017 through Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Markham Contracting, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will install new water lines across Fourth Avenue at Grant Road. Work hours will be 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

During this work, Fourth Avenue will be temporarily closed just south of Grant Road. Residential access will be maintained from Sixth Avenue and Third Avenue. Eastbound Grant Road will be temporarily reduced to one through lane at Fourth Avenue.

Summer Reading Program Begins Tomorrow at Library

Grab a book, attend free events, and visit your local library starting tomorrow, through July 15. The theme of the annual Summer Reading Program from the Pima County Public Library is Build a Better World.

The program encourages children to read 20 minutes every day and use a reading tracker. Once certain milestones are met, the kids can collect stickers and stamps to mark their progress. They'll even receive a coupon for free admission to Reid Park Zoo.

Golf Links Road / Swan Road Intersection Traffic Signal and Travel Lane Configuration Changes

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m., Pace Electric, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, will change the traffic signal head on eastbound Golf Links Road at Swan Road. The new traffic signal head for eastbound left turns will include a flashing yellow arrow during the permissive left turn. New signage will indicate “Left turn yield on flashing yellow arrow” to accompany the left turn change.

City to Relocate Some Neighborhood Recycling Centers

Beginning in late June, the City of Tucson Environmental and General Services Department will begin relocation and closure of several Neighborhood Recycling Centers located throughout the city.

The decision to close the centers is the result of an evaluation process concluded in April. Increased illegal dumping has caused blight conditions at the sites, and a reduced amount of recyclable materials at some of the sites is outweighing the intended benefits of the recycling program.

Summer Safari Nights Program Begins at Reid Park Zoo

Tomorrow is the start of Summer Safari Nights 2017 at Reid Park Zoo. The program will run 6-8 p.m. every Friday until Aug. 4. Visit the Zoo during cooler evening temperatures, and enjoy the added benefits of live music, family-friendly animal features, special dining options, and gift shop discounts.

Each night will feature face painting, glitter tattoos, enrichment stations, artifact stations, the carousel, camel rides, and animal encounters.

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