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Job Openings: System Operators for Water Department

The City of Tucson is hiring water system operators to join the Tucson Water department. The positions are responsible for operating, monitoring, and controlling water treatment facilities and distribution systems to ensure appropriate water supply, quality, and pressure.

Operators use SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) to help oversee the potable and reclaimed water systems. They also respond to inquiries regarding water system problems and water quality concerns.

City Council Approves Pilot Program for Public Scooters

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday, March 5, gave preliminary approval to launch a six-month pilot program to bring electronic scooters to Tucson starting in July.

The council is trying to resolve some safety issues and other concerns before giving final approval to the program, which would put rental scooters around downtown and 4th Avenue. Council Members Shirley Scott and Steve Kozachik were the dissenters on the 5-2 vote.

Remote Video Inspections Available

The City of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) now offers inspection services via Skype or FaceTime. PDSD can perform many inspections remotely. Save time by scheduling an inspection through your smartphone.

This service can save you time on most activities or if your regular inspection did not pass and there are simple corrections needed. Speak with your inspector for details about how to get a second inspection after corrections have been made.

Brush and Bulky

The City of Tucson added items this year to its Brush & Bulky service to help make our city and neighborhoods cleaner, more attractive, and safer.

New offerings include maintenance of public rights-of-way, cleanup of vegetation and trash from alleys and easements, removal of illegally dumped materials, graffiti removal, street sweeping, and pothole maintenance at the same time crews are collecting materials left for pickup at curbs and in alleys.

Watch the Tucson 12 video below to learn more about the core of the Brush & Bulky program.

Get Up to a $2,000 Rebate for Installing a Rainwater Harvesting System

It appears there will be more chances over the next week to capture rain, reuse it, and be eligible for up to a $2,000 rebate on your investment. Tucson Water customers with active service may apply.

Rainwater harvesting systems may be active, passive, or a combination of both. Participants must also attend a free, three-hour workshop and submit a project plan for their property.

City Hiring Information Technology Specialist

The City of Tucson is recruiting an Information Technology (IT) specialist to work on the service and field teams of its IT department. Duties include installing and maintaining computer hardware and software including servers and networks, troubleshooting problems, and providing technical assistance and training to end users in the use of desktop hardware and software.

Job Opportunities at Parks and Rec

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department is looking program coordinators to assist with summer Therapeutic Recreation/Inclusion Programs for participants with disabilities (ages 3-22).

These positions are responsible for the overall coordination of the programs and supervision of subordinate staff. They also work in collaboration with staff to plan activities, prepare facilities for scheduled functions, and supervise program participants.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Fifth Street and Dodge Boulevard Traffic Signal Work

On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the traffic signals at the Fifth Street and Dodge Boulevard intersection will not be in operation as work crews replace underground conduit and wiring at the intersection.

The work will begin at 9 a.m. and is anticipated to be complete by 4 p.m. the same day. This schedule could change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Free Health Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center

The University of Arizona College of Pharmacy and Tucson Parks and Recreation will host their annual Health Fair at El Rio Neighborhood Center this month. This fair will focus on providing free health services and health information to members of the Tucson community by offering screenings for osteoporosis, diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, breathing, vision, and medication reviews. Activities will include face painting and a hand sanitizer activity. This event is free and open to the public. Spanish translators will be available.

Mayor Delivers His Last State of the City Address

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild last Friday gave his final State of the City address, "Moving Forward Tucson," to a full house at the Tucson Convention Center. The address covered the mayor's list of accomplishments in office before he retires from the job at the end of the year. Highlights included economic development, civic innovation, and community building.

Watch the speech in its entirety.

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