It’s a good week to talk about rainwater and its importance as a potential resource for Tucson. As of this week, 2021’s monsoon total (1.64 inches) has already passed the total for the entire 2020 monsoon season (1.61 inches). Despite the flooded streets and occasional downed tree, we Tucsonans appreciate the relief that monsoon season can give us.
The Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on the proposed amendment to the Unified Development Code to allow Accessory Dwelling Units Wednesday, July 28 at 6pm. You can submit written comments or request to speak at the hearing by emailing PlanningCommission@tucsonaz.gov.
BrightView Landscaping, under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) Streets Maintenance Division, will begin a palm tree trimming maintenance program for the next six weeks on palm trees in City median islands. There will be intermittent, rolling median travel lane closures as the contractor moves through the project areas. Crews will work from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Work dates and trimming locations for the first two sections of roadways are:
Here is some information in case you needed it for down trees or powerlines that may have accured with our Monsoon season.
Department of Transportation and Mobility
If you see street and traffic emergencies, please dial 911.
For other high priorities such as:
*Dangerous obstructions in roadways
*Traffic or pedestrian signal malfunction
*Traffic control signs missing or damaged (stop and yield)
One of the calls my staff deals with increasing frequency is the presence of homeless people. Unfortunately, with the economic shock of the last 18 months, our homeless population has increased significantly.
On Thursday, July 8, 2021, beginning at about 7 p.m., Broadway from Martin Avenue to Warren Avenue will be closed to all travel. This one-night closure will allow crews to install a new water line on the southside of Broadway that will connect to the new water main on the northside of Broadway. Broadway is scheduled to reopen by 6 a.m. on Friday, July 9, 2021.
Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres and his staff want to wish everyone and their families a happy and safe Fourth of July. Also a reminder to keep your pets safe from potential Fourth of July activities.
It is important during these times, to be mindful of the heat, careful using fireworks and please don’t drink and drive. If you choose to drink, please designate a driver, call a cab, use Uber or Lyft.
Also, if you are out and its raining, don’t drive through washes or flooded roads. Arizona has its stupid motorist law and it is strictly enforced.
The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) is seeking public comment on Move Tucson, the city’s long-range transportation plan project list.
The project list was developed over the last 18 months based on community input and a comprehensive analysis of transportation needs in the city. To date, over 5,000 Tucsonans have participated in the Move Tucson planning effort.
Arizona voters passed Proposition 207 last November by an overwhelming margin. The most talked about provision of the new law is that recreational marijuana is now available, although regulated. There was another part of the proposition, however. That dealt with expunging the records of people with marijuana convictions. This makes so much sense. If people are making money off of marijuana as a legitimate business, why should people who got convicted years ago still suffer the consequences?
There is a third public safety service in our community, one that makes the work of the Fire and Police Departments possible. When you need service and call 911, you reach one of the employees of the Public Safety Communications Department (PSCD), which was formed in 2017. A couple of members of my staff made a visit to the center last week.