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Paul's Note - September 27, 2019

You and your neighbors passed a half-cent sales tax in 2017 that was earmarked for roads and public safety. It’s more than fair for you to ask, where has that money gone?

Earlier this month, my office received a copy of the report of the Public Safety Tax Oversight Commission, which is the citizens’ committee responsible for overseeing how that money is spent.

Irvington East Loop Transmission Line Update

Tucson Electric Power is developing plans for a new transmission line to help serve growing energy needs. The project would help Davis-Monthan Air Force Base satisfy its energy resiliency requirements and improve electric reliability for customers in Tucson.

TEP must determine a route for the Irvington-East Loop 138 Kilovolt Transmission Line, which will connect the Irvington Substation to the East Loop Substation. The line also must interconnect with the planned Port and Patriot substations. TEP has identified potential routes within a revised, expanded study area.

Recycling Collection Changes Begin Next Week

The City of Tucson’s Environmental & General Services Department (EGSD) will change residential recycling collection from every week to every other week beginning the week of Sept. 30.

The day of the week for a customer's recycling collection will not change. A bill insert with a map and schedule was included with September utility services statements. Each resident will also receive a direct mail piece listing their collection schedule and map.

Slow Down Because of Sun Glare

This is the time of year when the sun rises and sets in line with Tucson’s east/west streets, meaning more of us are commuting during times of significant sun glare. The blinding glare affects visibility and reaction time, putting people walking, biking, and driving at greater risk.

The Tucson Transportation Department reminds everyone to slow down, look closely for people, and ride bikes with proper lighting.

Grand Opening of Educational Patio at Saguaro National Park

In 2015, with the help of $180,000 in support from Friends of Saguaro National Park, Saguaro National Park replaced the 55-year old interpretive exhibits in the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center with new, bilingual exhibits to help visitors understand the story of Saguaro National Park and appreciate the connection between people and place. Unlike the (newer) Red Hills Visitor Center in the Tucson Mountain District, the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center has no outdoor interpretive space- where rangers can provide interpretive talks to visitors and school groups.

Pima Association of Governments Needs Volunteers for Bike and Pedestrian Count

The Pima Association of Governments (PAG) is seeking volunteers to help conduct its annual bicycle and pedestrian count in October. Volunteers may help with weekday morning (7-9 a.m.) and evening (4-6 p.m.) counts or weekend morning (7-10 a.m.) counts at approximately 80 locations.

Training sessions are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7, 5-6 p.m. at Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave., and Tuesday, Oct. 8, 5-6 p.m. at Joel D. Valdez Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. The count begins Saturday, Oct. 12.

Effective 10/01/19: Pre-Construction, Inspection, and Engineer Certification Process for All New Development Packages

The current process for a Development Package to transition from an issued permit to a final project is being updated. The purpose is to unify all project stakeholders and a higher level of project quality assurance by having a more consistent approach. This updated process will affect new Development Packages submitted for review after Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Development Package projects which involve any of the following are subject to the Pre-Construction/Engineer of Record Certification Process:

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