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Reid Park Zoo Receives Association of Zoos & Aquarium Accreditation

Reid Park Zoo is proud to announce that it was recently granted
accreditation by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Reid Park
Zoo underwent a thorough review and inspection in January, demonstrating
the Zoo meets or exceeds professional standards for excellence in animal
care, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. In late
March, Reid Park Zoo officials traveled to Memphis, Tennessee for a
hearing by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

City of Tucson Fleet Among Top 100 Best Fleets in the Nation

The City of Tucson’s Fleet Services Division ranked 15th on the 2014
list of Top 100 Best Fleets in North America by the 100 Best Fleets
Program. The award program recognizes and rewards peak performing public
sector fleet operations in North America. The Fleet Services Division
operates the City’s motor pool by providing maintenance and repair to
police cruisers, garbage trucks, and other vehicles.

Sun Link Streetcar High Speed Testing

Beginning Monday, April 14, 2014 through Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Sun Link Streetcar staff will conduct controlled high speed streetcar testing from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on University Boulevard between Fourth Avenue and Euclid Avenue.

For the safety of residents and the traveling public, the following restrictions will be in place during the testing process:

License and TPT Workshops Presented By City of Tucson

CITY OF TUCSON WORKSHOPS
LICENSE AND TRANSACTION PRIVILEGE TAX REPORTING

Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. 

Questions will be answered and written materials will be available.  Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained.  Example returns can be completed.  It is recommended that you bring a calculator and a pencil.

Downtown Links Utility Location Work

Beginning Monday, April 7, 2014 through Friday, April 11, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, work crews will perform utility location services for existing underground utilities. This work will provide information needed for the final design plans for phase 3 of the Downtown Links Project.  Please note, construction is not beginning on the final phase of the Downtown Links Project.

Motorists can expect travel lane restrictions and parking restrictions in the following areas:

City of Tucson and Tucson Electric Power Company Begin Tree Replacement Program

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and Tucson Electric Power Company (TEP) are collaborating to improve the city’s street tree canopy. Trees growing into overhead power lines have been regularly pruned with directional and ‘V’ cuts, which reshapes the tree’s canopy into an unnatural shape.

City of Tucson and Tucson Electric Power Company Begin Tree Replacement ProgramStreet Bonds Road Recovery - Crack Seal Program Update

Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its crack seal program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery.

The dates, work hours and locations for the next set of roadway improvements are listed below. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather.

Monday, March 31 - 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Church Avenue - Pennington Street to Jackson Street

St. Mary’s Road/Sixth Street I-10 to Church Avenue Roadway Improvements

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014 and Thursday, March 27, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, the contractor will place the final layer of asphalt pavement along St. Mary’s Road from the westbound I-10 frontage Road to Church Avenue. St. Mary’s Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction during the paving operation. Officers will be on site to direct traffic.

Downtown Road Closures for Fiber Optic Line Work

On Monday, March 31, 2014, contractors for CenturyLink will be installing new fiber optic lines through existing manholes in the Downtown area. The work will take place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following day. During this time, Scott Avenue will be closed from Broadway to Alameda Street and Pennington Street will be closed from Stone Avenue to Sixth Avenue.

Motorists driving in this area may experience traffic delays associated with this work so please plan accordingly.  The traveling public should use caution when driving, bicycling or walking in this area. 

Karin's Budget Note: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

 

 

Dear Tucsonans,

On February 7th I shared these thoughts with you regarding the City’s budget:

…The administration and management of Parks and Recreation offers an example of a place to start with that savings approach. Let me first emphasize that the Department employs close to 500 people; collectively they work hard and offer great service to Tucson. In fact, the average Parks employee deserves a revamp of the management and administration of Parks and Recreation just as I believe the public does.

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