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Paul's Note - December 21, 2018

This is the last newsletter before the Christmas Holiday. Thank you all for supporting me and my office for this past year. Blessings to all of you and your families. 

Keep in mind that we will be closing at noon on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Also, my office has tickets to the NOVA Home Loans Bowl. The game will be at at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, December 29 at 11:15 am. This year’s game will feature Arkansas State and the University of Nevada.

If you’d like to pick up tickets, come by any time next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Saguaro National Park Changes Entrance Fee to Address Infrastructure Needs & Improve Visitor Experience

On January 1, 2019, the entrance fees at Saguaro National Park will increase by $5. Visitors will notice that the 7-day private vehicle entrance fee at Saguaro National Park will go up from $15 to $20, 7-day motorcycle entrance fee will rise from $10 to $15, individual entrance passes for pedestrians and bicyclists will increase from $5 to $10, and the Saguaro Annual Pass will increase from $35 to $40.

NewsNet - 2018 in Review (Best Videos)

Watermelon Wednesdays Kept Zoo Animals Refreshed (7/23/18) - It was Watermelon Wednesdays last summer at Reid Park Zoo. Guests were able to watch animals enjoy watermelon-flavored ice, investigate puzzle feeders filled with slices of watermelon, and have fun while they smash whole watermelons. In the Tucson 12 video below, see how different animals react to receiving the special treats.

 

NewsNet - 2018 in Review (Part 2 - Awards and Recognition)

As 2018 is drawing to a close, NewsNet this week is taking a look back at some of the accomplishments and fun things that happened in the City of Tucson this year. Today, we have the second 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.

NewsNet - 2018 in Review (Part 1 - Awards and Recognition)

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.

Valencia Road - Wilmot Road To Kolb Road - Kolb Road Traffic Switch

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. 

Paul's Note - December 14, 2018

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.

Traffic Alert: Grant Road And Oracle Road Intersection Final Striping

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.

Parade of Lights Tomorrow

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 Open Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve

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.

Limited Service at Public Works Building During the Holidays

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.

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