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Work Program for Homeless Gets Large Donation

The Tucson Homeless Work Program just got a financial boost from a local real estate investor. Humberto Lopez of HSL properties today presented a check for $50,000 to benefit the one-year pilot program that began last week.

The program allows homeless people to join a day-labor crew to clean streets and medians for $10 an hour in cash. Recent participants cleared trash and brush from city traffic circles.

Road Recovery Bond Program - Valencia Road - Alvernon Way to Campbell Avenue

Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), are beginning roadway improvements on Valencia Road from Alvernon Way to just west of Campbell Avenue. This roadway reconstruction project is associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program – Road Recovery.

Tucson's Oldest Fire Station Needs to Be Replaced

Fire Station No. 3 near Campbell Avenue and Broadway Boulevard was built in the 1950s and has been retrofitted repeatedly, but City officials say any future changes would be a waste of taxpayer money.

Meanwhile, a federal grant is paying for a study to determine whether the small building is exposing firefighters to toxic levels of known carcinogens from the exhaust of fire trucks and rescue vehicles. The station was built for smaller, gas-powered vehicles, instead of large, diesel vehicles like those in use now.

Job Opportunities at Tucson Water

Begin 2017 with a career in an important field at an organization with a national reputation for water efficiency management. Tucson Water is recruiting for a lead well maintenance mechanic, a water system operator, and an electrical engineer.

The utility serves more than 717,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers and has invested more than $1 billion in infrastructure.

Registration Open for Parks and Recreation Classes

Registration for city residents is open now for session 1 classes at Tucson Parks and Recreation. Non-city residents can sign up starting tomorrow.

Choose from affordable classes such as dance of all styles, pottery or ceramics, arts and crafts, jewelry making, photography, and more. Get some exercise in fitness classes such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Aerobics, and Total Body Conditioning. Don’t wait, though, as the deadline to register is Jan. 3.

Zoo Lights Celebration Continues

Reid Park Zoo's annual display of Christmas lights will help put you in the holiday spirit, with jingle bells, twinkling lights, falling snow, and Santa. Light displays, animal-themed light sculptures, and thousands of sparkling bulbs are part of the Zoo Lights holiday tradition.

Camel and carousel rides are open during the event for an additional fee. Hot cocoa, s'mores, and cinnamon rolls are available for purchase.

Construction Start Times

Noise Ordinance

City Code 16-31(b)(5) prohibits construction noise between the hours of 8:00 p.m. through sunrise Mondays through Saturdays, and at any time on Sundays and legal holidays (Persons may engage in such activities at that person's own residence between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sundays or legal holidays).

If you have a construction project, please be courteous of your neighbors. The ordinance may be viewed online at the following link

Work on 54-Inch Water Pipeline Will Close Columbus Boulevard at Two Locations

Beginning Monday, Columbus Boulevard will be closed from Edison Street south to Hampton Circle (south of Grant Road) and from Speedway south to 2nd Street for work to repair a 54-inch Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipeline. Each affected road section is approximately two blocks.

Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to use additional caution and be prepared for delays and detours in the area. Work is expected to last about two weeks.

Message boards for traffic are active near both locations.

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