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City Court Opens New Service Window as Operational Reductions Are Extended Through June 1

Tucson City Court now has a customer service walk-up window to accept in-person payments consistent with other operational changes designed to combat the spread of COVID-19. The customer service window faces south on Alameda Street at the City Court building, 103 E. Alameda St.

All other existing services and building access restrictions remain in force through at least June 1. For specific information about the operational reductions, follow the above link.

Fourth Avenue Launches Another Bonus Gift Card Program

The Fourth Avenue Merchants Association and an anonymous donor are teaming up to offer a gift card program to help merchants in the area during these trying times. The website store for this second round goes live at 6 a.m. Monday, May 4, to offer gift cards with an added $10 bonus when you spend $25.

The gift cards are for specific merchants on Fourth Avenue. The program will provide another $35,000 investment in the future of Fourth Avenue's small, locally owned businesses.

Monthly Household Hazardous Waste Event Canceled

The monthly Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event scheduled for tomorrow, May 2, has been canceled to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The City of Tucson has halted all HHW collection until further notice at the main site at 2440 W. Sweetwater Drive, the Los Reales Landfill site at 5300 E. Los Reales Road, and the monthly collection event at 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.


Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), will begin a crack seal/fog seal program on various roadways throughout the City. During the three-month-long roadway improvement project there will be day and night work. Crews will work Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work. The dates, work hours and locations where the improvements will take place in the next two weeks of the program are:

Visit the Sonoran Desert Rain Garden

A collection of Sonoran Desert plants creates a beautiful, functional, and low-maintenance landscape in the Sonoran Desert rain garden, located just outside the main office of Tucson's Parks and Recreation department. Its native trees and shrubs provide shade, offer food and habitat for local birds, butterflies, and bees, and aid in stormwater capture and infiltration.

Watch the video below to learn more about the garden.

Planning and Development Services Department Moves to Completely Virtual Services

Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) Director Scott Clark recently announced changes in the department in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of those changes include creating a digital customer service counter with same-day reviews, transitioning all inspections to remote video inspections, and upgrading the website to make it easier to submit plans electronically and pay fees online.

Environmental & General Services Still Working

The City's Environmental & General Services Department (EGSD) has hundreds of employees still working to keep Tucson running. EGSD essential workers include employees in fleet, facilities, trash, recycling, brush & bulky, code enforcement, those at the Los Reales Landfill, and more.

The department made a photo collage and a video featuring its employees who have not stopped working during this pandemic.


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