With only about two weeks left in 2018, NewsNet this week will take a look back at some of the accomplishments and fun things that happened in the City of Tucson this year. Today, we have the first of a two-part special edition that focuses on some of the awards and recognition the City received in 2018 (with the original story date added), and that represents only a small portion of good news this year. We hope you enjoy these stories once again.
Base paving operations on west side of Kolb Road north and south of Valencia Road are ongoing and scheduled to be complete on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Following the paving work, crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin relocating the traffic signals at the Kolb Road and Valencia Road intersection in advance of shifting traffic from the east side of Kolb Road to the west side of Kolb Road.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a general overview of the planning and zoning process. It can get confusing, but one of the things I touched on was the Planning Commission.
The Commission is not always involved in re-zonings, only those where a neighborhood or area plan has to be amended. In some cases, however, a new zoning or a certain sort of development can’t happen unless the neighborhood plan is revised.
With final paving operations complete at the Grant Road and Oracle Road intersection, crews with Southern Arizona Paving and Construction will begin final striping work at the intersection and the intersection approaches.
The work will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, December 16, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The 24th Annual Parade of Lights & Festival, presented by Carondelet Health Network, will take place tomorrow, Dec. 15. The festival in Jácome Plaza begins at 3 p.m. and features a family fair, 35 tons of snow and a sledding hill, multi-cultural entertainment, and local food vendors.
The parade itself will start at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. Find the parade route and complete festival schedule at the above link.
Tucson Water customer service staff will be available on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Telephone hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and lobby hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wait times may be longer, so customers are asked to be patient. When possible, use online options to manage accounts, service, and payments. Inquiries emailed to TWWebAcct1@tucsonaz.gov will be responded to as quickly as possible.
The City of Tucson's Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD) and other City departments in the Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Ave., will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 25, for Christmas and Tuesday, Jan. 1, for New Year’s Day. The Public Works Building will have limited staff and customer services available on the first and third floors during the week of Christmas and the first week of 2019.
The City of Tucson once again is sponsoring the TreeCycle collection event. After you take down your cut Christmas tree and remove all the lights and ornaments, you can bring it to one of eight locations citywide for recycling.
TreeCycle runs from Dec. 26 through Jan. 14. Collection sites will be open during daylight hours unless noted otherwise.
Today is the last regular edition of NewsNet in 2018. We'll return next week with some special year-end editions to recap the great things that happened in our community this year. We'll be back in the usual format in early 2019. Have a great holiday season, and be sure to follow us at the social media links above!
Beginning in 2019, single-family residential customers inside the city limits will no longer receive door hanger notifications for Brush and Bulky service from the City of Tucson's Environmental & General Services Department.
Visit the Brush and Bulky website to find collection dates and a map of Tucson’s 26 residential service areas. City crews collect from each area twice a year.
Zoo Lights, presented by Tucson Electric Power, continues at Reid Park Zoo. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through thousands of twinkling lights and lighted animal displays that illuminate the grounds of Reid Park Zoo. There also will be falling snow in the winter wonderland, pictures with Santa, and live music on the weekends. S’mores, sweet treats, and food will be available for purchase.
Sun Tran is partnering with iHeartMedia Tucson for the annual “Stuff-the-Bus” event tomorrow, Dec. 14, to benefit the Salvation Army’s Holiday Gift Distribution Program. Tucsonans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys or clothing for children up to 12 years old, or you can donate cash to support the Salvation Army’s holiday outreach programs.
The Sun Link streetcar will transform into the Pueblo Express on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m., as it transports caroling families and merry elves to see Santa at Main Gate Square. The Pueblo Express will leave at 2 p.m. from the streetcar stop at the Mercado District (Avenida del Convento and Congress) and arrive at Geronimo Plaza for holiday performances and festivities.