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New Building Permit Requirement

State law requires that all permitted work on commercial properties, residential rentals, and properties for sale must be done by a licensed contractor.

Effective December 1st, 2015, a letter from the licensed contractor stating their affiliation with the project must be provided to the Permit Counter prior to the issuance of the permit.  The letter must include: permit activity number, project address, contractor ROC, phone number and contact address. Letters may be emailed to COTDSDPermits@Tucsonaz.gov or faxed to 520-791-4475.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Tomorrow

Do you have unused chemicals, oils, or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting its 2nd Saturday Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection tomorrow. The collection location is at City of Tucson Community Services, 325 N. Commerce Park Loop, 8 a.m.-noon.

Accepted materials include automotive fluids, rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, and lawn and garden products.

Grant Road - Stone Avenue to Fontana Avenue

Underground utility work being conducted by Century Link associated with the Grant Road Widening Project will require eastbound travel lane closures on Grant Road from Stone Avenue to Fontana Avenue. 

The single, eastbound travel lane closure will take place nightly from 8 p.m. to noon the following day. The travel lane restrictions will be in place from Thursday, November 12, 2015 through Friday, November 13, 2015.

Kolb Road: Connection to Sabino Canyon Road

PRE-CONSTRUCTION PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

The public is invited to attend a public open house for Kolb Road: Connection to Sabino Canyon Road. This project is part of the $2.1 billion, 20-year Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan that was approved by voters in May 2006.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
5:30 to 7 p.m.
No formal presentation is scheduled.
Morris K. Udall Regional Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Tucson Water's Remote Payment Systems Unvailable Temporarily

Tucson Water is completing an upgrade to its telephone and online payment system, also known as Online Utility Account Services. Beginning tonight at 7 o'clock, the pay-by-phone system will be shut down. At 8 a.m. tomorrow, the online bill pay service will be unavailable. Access to both services will be restored at 8 a.m. Monday.

Customers still can make payments in person during normal weekday business hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tucson Water will not be charging late fees or pursuing service turn offs during the system upgrade.

Bear Down Friday a Day Early This Week

Catch the University of Arizona spirit tonight during a Throwback Thursday edition of Bear Down Friday at Main Gate Square from 5-7 p.m.

The rally is a day earlier than usual so fans can cheer the UA Men’s Basketball team before the season opens tomorrow. Wear your favorite retro UA gear for a chance to win prizes. The 1997 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Traveling Trophy will also be on display.

Know Where to Throw 2015 Event Saturday

Join the City of Tucson Environmental Services and Parks and Recreation departments this Saturday for Know Where to Throw 2015 to learn more about how to reduce, reuse and recycle in Tucson. The event will offer free document shredding, e-waste collection, an information fair, craft activities, a compost demonstration, and a thrift shop fashion show. Activities run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W.

Campbell Avenue and Glenn Street Intersection Traffic Signal Replacement

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, as part of the Campbell Avenue Streetscape Enhancement Project, crews from Mountain Power will replace the traffic signals and traffic signal poles at the Campbell Avenue and Glenn Street intersection. 

Tucson Police Department officers will direct traffic through the intersection from 10:30 a.m. to noon. One southbound travel lane on Campbell Avenue and one eastbound lane on Glenn Street at the intersection will be closed during the work.

Court of Appeals Issues Decision in Election Case

This morning the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the City of Tucson in a case challenging the constitutionality of the City's elections process. Tucson uses a hybrid election system established by voters in 1929, where residents vote only in their ward for primary elections and citywide in the general election when selecting the mayor and council members. In a 2-1 decision, the panel of judges reversed the district court's earlier ruling in favor of the City. Today's ruling will not affect last Tuesday's election results.

Have Coffee with a Cop this Week

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is holding two Coffee with a Cop events on Thursday. There is no planned agenda, other than a simple time to ask questions, voice concerns, and meet the police officers who serve the area. The midtown gathering will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Starbucks, 4811 E. Grant Road. The eastside event will take place from 5-7 p.m. at Kneaders Bakery & Cafe, 135 S. Wilmot Road.

Site Selectors Choose Tucson for Conference

The 2017 Site Selectors Guild Annual Conference will be held in Tucson. The guild members assist businesses in finding locations to relocate or expand. Ten locations in Arizona were considered as part of a statewide proposal. Conference attendance is limited to about 350 people, many of whom are economic development professionals looking to network with site selector consultants. Guild members have been involved in many large projects in the region, most recently with the location of the HomeGoods distribution center.

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