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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bring Tucson in compliance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and respond to local concerns about the code being out of date and difficult to use.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.

Fourth Avenue Street Fair - Sun Link Streetcar Temporary Route Adjustments

Fourth Avenue will be the host of the annual Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair this weekend.  The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair begins on Friday, December 8, 2017 and is open daily through Sunday December 10, 2017 from 10 a.m., until 5:30 p.m.  Attendance for the Street Fair is estimated to be approximately 300,000 people, so please adjust travel plans accordingly.

Sign Code Revision Public Hearing Tonight

In an effort to comply with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, the Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will discuss a project to revise and simplify the City's sign code.

Over the past year, the proposed revisions have been reviewed extensively by the Citizen Sign Code Committee, the Planning Commission, and stakeholders from the business community, sign code industry, and neighborhoods. The public hearing takes place during the 5:30 p.m. meeting at 255 W. Alameda St.

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