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Steve K's Newsletter 12/11/17

Topics in this issue...

  • Tucson Be Kind
  • Half-Staff
  • Local Authority
  • Magnus II
  • Inauguration
  • RICO Funds
  • Land Use – Sign Code
  • Land Use – Area Plans
  • Safe Streets
  • Local First: Reid Park Zoo
  • Pima Animal Care and Alzheimers
  • Garden District Holiday Party
  • Peter Howell and Santa
  • Events & Entertainment 

New Editions of Sweetwater Wetlands Booklets Available Now

Tucson Water has produced new editions of its two booklets on the Sweetwater Wetlands recharge facility. “Water, Wildlife, and People” is designed for adults and includes background information and a field guide to common plants and animals of the Wetlands. The “Activity Book and Field Guide” is for middle school educators and students preparing for a field trip or studying about wetlands in the classroom.

ICYMI: Parking Tickets Can Now Be Paid Via App

Drivers with a parking ticket can now pay their fine through the GoTucson Parking app. If you already have the app on your smartphone, make sure it's the latest version, or download for free if you don't have it.

The payment option can be accessed from the left-side drop-down menu. Click on "Citation Payment," then enter the 7-digit citation number and the vehicle license plate, and then you can pay by credit card. There is a 50-cent convenience fee for the service.

Tucson Fire Chief to Retire

After 29 years with the Tucson Fire Department (TFD), Chief Jim Critchley announced his retirement yesterday. Critchley, who has been chief for six years, sent a memo to his staff that said he loves his job, but he wants to retire to spend more time with his family and focus on his health.

Grant Road Improvement Project Phase II Stone to Park - Water Line/Sewer Manhole Work

Traffic on First Avenue, north of Grant Road will be shifted to allow work crews to install a new underground water line across First Avenue. The work will begin on Monday, December 11, 2017 and is scheduled to be complete by Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Work will not take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 15 through December 17. During the work, northbound First Avenue will be reduced to one travel lane and southbound travel will continue to have two travel lanes.

Tucson Water Offers Tips to Protect Pipes During Expected Overnight Freeze

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning beginning at 10 o'clock tonight, Dec. 7, lasting until 9 a.m. tomorrow. That means it's time to wrap your pipes before wrapping your presents.

Tucson Water offers tips to help prevent pipes, plumbing, irrigation systems, and backflow prevention assemblies from freezing, as well as suggestions on what to do if something has frozen. The videos below can help you avoid burst water lines in your home or business.

City Council Passes Sign Code Revisions

The Mayor and Tucson City Council this week voted to accept proposals to revise, simplify, and modernize the City's sign code (Regular Agenda, Item 8). It's the first significant update to the code since 1985. 

The changes were initiated by Mayor and Council and will bring Tucson in compliance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and respond to local concerns about the code being out of date and difficult to use.

Downtown Tucson Has New Outdoor Office Space

Jacome Plaza, in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library downtown, is now an outdoor office space for the public. Wi-Fi is available during business hours, and there are tables and chairs for work, studying, and games.

The Downtown Tucson Partnership revamped part of the plaza to open up the space for public use while also connecting the area’s homeless population with access to services. The space is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tucson Department of Transportation Initiates Operation Freeze

Beginning at approximately 2:30 p.m. today, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will initiate Operation Freeze in preparation of freezing temperatures tonight. Operation Freeze is put into place to make sure City bridge decks are free of ice and safe for motorists to drive over.

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