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Paul's Note - September 13, 2019

The Arizona Daily Star ran a feature this weekend on families that are in Section 8 housing that are facing losing their homes as landlords turn away from wanting tenants that use the program.

There are a number of reasons why this is happening, and they run the gamut from the way the program has been administered at the federal level to the lack of affordable housing stock despite the amount of new development we’ve had in recent years.

Meetings Continue to Discuss Recycling Collection Changes

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 is included with September utility services statements. Each resident will also receive a direct mail piece listing their collection schedule and map.

2nd Saturdays Downtown Tomorrow

The next 2nd Saturdays Downtown takes place tomorrow, Sept. 14. Events during the day include Locomotive Saturday at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, Read to a Dog at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, and Family Brain Boost at Children's Museum Tucson.

Evening events include live music at the Mercado San Agustin, 191 Toole, and other locations. The Scott Avenue Stage features Eldritch Dragons, Surfbroads, and Stripes. Some events are free, while some require tickets or admission fees.

Tugo Bike Share System is Expanding

The City of Tucson recently expanded the Tugo bike share system by adding four new stations and 51 docking points. This will make bike share more accessible to more people and neighborhoods.

The new stations and docking points are now available for use at El Presidio Park, Catalina Park, Lost Barrio, and Reid Park. More than 12,000 trips (24,500 miles) have been taken on Tugo bikes in 2019, accounting for approximately 2,300 pounds of CO2 emissions saved.

City Recruiting Engineering Project Manager

The City of Tucson is hiring an engineering project manager to work in its Transportation Department. The position supervises and performs senior-level professional engineering work in the planning, design, construction, and operation of the City's roadway network. This includes managing contract schedules and budget issues, as well as representing the City at public and neighborhood meetings.

Sun Tran unveils City of Tucson's first electric bus

Sun Tran, Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and the City of Tucson are hosting a demonstration of Sun Tran’s first Zero-Emission Battery Electric Bus at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18. The public and news media are invited to view the demonstration on 12th Street between South Scott and South 6th Avenues, located behind TEP’s downtown headquarters at 88 E. Broadway.
 
The following speakers will present at the demonstration:

Meetings Continue to Discuss Recycling Collection Changes

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 is included with September utility services statements. Each resident will also receive a direct mail piece listing their collection schedule and map.

Participate in the Water Scavenger Hunt

Tucson Water is holding a scavenger hunt and offering three $50 Visa Gift Cards or a set of limited-edition, water-themed vinyl stickers created by a local artist as prizes.

Use a smartphone to find the items in the hunt (Tucson Tap Water, Pete the Beak, Rainwater Harvesting, Kino Environmental Restoration Project, Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, Splash Pads, Sweetwater Wetlands, and surprise bonus rounds), take a picture, and post it with the hashtag #520H2O.

Sandbag Distribution Ends This Week

As the region’s monsoon nears its end, the City of Tucson Transportation Department’s Operation Splash sandbag program will conclude this week. The pre-filled sandbag distribution site at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds (4823 S. 6th Ave.) from 4-8 p.m. tonight, Sept. 11, will be the last of the season. The self-service sandbag operation in the Hi Corbett Field east parking lot (700 S. Randolph Way) will end this Friday, Sept. 13, at noon.

Both sites will reopen if the weather forecast calls for heavy rain and flooding in the fall.

Operation Splash Sandbag Distribution Concludes

As the region’s monsoon season comes to an end, the City of Tucson Transportation Department’s Operation Splash Sandbag Program will conclude this week. The Tucson Rodeo Grounds sandbag distribution will end on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 8 p.m. The site opens at 4 p.m. for people to pick up pre-filled sandbags. The self-serve sandbag operations in the Hi Corbett Field east parking lot will end Friday, September 13, 2019, at noon.

Traffic Alert - Tucson Delivers Better Streets, Runway Drive

On Monday, September 16, 2019, the reconstruction and repaving of Runway Drive from Gardner Lane to Prince Road is set to begin. This project is part of the voter-approved Proposition 101 Tucson Delivers Better Streets Program.

Granite Construction, under contract with the Transportation Department, will begin the improvement project by lowering manhole covers and water valve covers. Crews will then mill (remove) asphalt, lime treat the subgrade, install new asphalt and raise the manhole covers and water valve covers flush with the new asphalt.

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