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Paul's Note - April 3rd, 2020

Supervisor Richard Elías passed away last Saturday. He wasn’t just another politician, but a true friend to all of us that love this community. We have had our differences, but I never for a second doubted his commitment to this city’s culture, environment and most of all its people.

Monthly Household Hazardous Waste Event Canceled

The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) typically hosts a household hazardous waste (HHW) collection event the first Saturday of every month, but the April event scheduled for tomorrow, April 4, has been canceled. EGSD is no longer collecting HHW at any of its drop-off sites until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Department of Transportation and Mobility Continues Maintenance

Dedicated staff from the Streets Maintenance and Traffic Maintenance divisions are continuing to work during this time, ensuring you stay safe on the road for essential travels. Crews are continuing to maintain traffic signals, repair sidewalks, and address potholes and asphalt issues in the city. Construction on major improvement projects is also continuing during this time.

If you see a transportation-related concern, the best way to report it is by emailing TDOTConcerns@tucsonaz.gov.

Schedule a Remote Video Inspection as an Alternative to On-Site Review

The City of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) is concerned about the health of its customers and is maintaining inspection services via Skype, FaceTime, or Google Duo. Remote Video Inspection is an alternative to on-site inspections that require prompt service and allows scheduling a specific inspection time.

Remote Video Inspection uses a video call on a smartphone or tablet in order to interact with a City inspector.

Stay Informed About COVID-19

The City of Tucson has created and maintains a COVID-19 website that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. Visit the website for the latest information about how the City is conducting business during this crisis and the latest status in the community. The site is updated as information continues to evolve.

Sweetwater Wetlands to Remain Open for Visitors

The City of Tucson is keeping Sweetwater Wetlands open to the public, but there are some changes to help stem the spread of COVID-19. Signage will be posted reminding visitors to keep a six-foot distance from others, not to gather in groups of 10 or more, and to avoid touching surfaces like guardrails and benches. Visitors should also prepare for limited or no access to the public restroom.

Environmental and General Services Department Continues to Provide Services

COVID-19 is impacting everyone in some way, and the City of Tucson’s Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) is working to prevent the spread of the virus as it continues providing essential services. Trash, recycling, and Brush and Bulky pickup will continue on the same schedule, and the landfill is still open.

Stimulus Check Information for Seniors and Low Income

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has confirmed that even people who typically do not file a tax return will need to file to receive an economic impact payment. Low-income taxpayers, senior citizens, Social Security recipients, some veterans and individuals with disabilities who are otherwise not required to file a tax return will not owe tax but must still file a return with the IRS. The IRS is developing a simplified form that should become available very soon.

Here is an excerpt from the IRS website:

City Of Tucson Closes Playgrounds and Additional Amenities at Parks

The mayor, city manager, and Parks and Recreation director announced last night, March 31, that pursuant to Tucson Code Section 21-2(b), Tucson Parks and Recreation has temporarily closed all ramadas, gazebos, playgrounds, outdoor fitness equipment, courts for basketball, bocce, and volleyball, as well as horseshoe pits, and splash pads.

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