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City Can Help With Your Neighborhood Cleanup

If you and your neighbors would like to clean up your neighborhood, Tucson's Environmental Services department (ES) can help. ES will provide roll-off dumpsters and haul away debris at no charge.

To participate in this program, your association or group must be an ES customer, have 10 or more people helping, or be part of an incorporated homeowners association. Please provide two weeks notice in your request. For more information and a link to the request form, please follow the link above.

City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Input to Guide Sentinel Peak Park (“A” Mountain) Improvements

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will hold a series of community-wide open houses to gather public input on how it can best prioritize master planned improvements to Sentinel Peak Park (“A” Mountain). The department has kicked off a process of information gathering that will result in a list of improvements to the park.
 

PAG Launches Public Involvement Survey

Pima Association of Governments (PAG) is soliciting public opinion as part of an update to its Public Involvement Policy Survey. The online survey is available through June 2.

PAG wants to get feedback about how it best serves the community, meets stakeholders where they are, and reaches beyond to pull in groups and individuals who traditionally may not be part of the public involvement process.

Midvale Park Spring Festival Tomorrow

The Midvale Park Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with residents, local law enforcement, and business partners, will host the Spring Festival tomorrow, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Grijalva Park, 5775 South Oaktree Drive.

The event will focus on residents preparing their homes and yards for spring and summer, as well as being a great opportunity to meet neighbors and local businesses. There will be ideas for home improvements and gardening, jumping castles for the kids, food, and more. 

Grant Road Phases III/IV - Alvernon Way to Swan Road Survey Work - Edith Boulevard to Venice Place

Design work for the Grant Road Improvement Plan for Phases III and IV – Alvernon Way to Swan Road – continues to progress to 60 percent completion. On Monday, May 1, 2017 through Friday, May 5, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, survey work will take place on Grant Road between Edith Boulevard and Venice Place. Crews are surveying manhole covers throughout this stretch of Grant Road. During this work there will be intermittent travel lane closures and traffic will be temporarily shifted around the work areas.

Houghton Road Bridge Over Union Pacific Railroad Dirt Haul and Asphalt Removal

Motorists on Houghton Road south of Mary Ann Cleveland Way/Old Vail Road are urged to use caution when traveling this section of roadway as trucks continue to haul material to the job site to construct the new bridge approaches at Houghton Road and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). Pulice Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is building two new bridges over the UPRR.

Ban on Hand-Held Devices in Moving Vehicles to Begin Next Week (Video)

Starting Monday, it will be against the law to use a hand-held device while driving. The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted in March to approve the ban.

Violation of the new ordinance will be considered a secondary offense, meaning you must be pulled over for another reason before police can cite you.

Texting while driving already is banned in the city, but the new rules expand that ban to phone calls and the use of other hand-held mobile communication and electronic devices.

Recycling Surcharge Decreases

City of Tucson Environmental Services customers will receive a credit of 45 cents on their April Utility Services bill. The credit reflects a 15-cent reduction in the Recycling Surcharge for January, February, and March.

As of Jan. 1, 2017, the surcharge was reduced to 30 cents. A surcharge of 45 cents was implemented in July 2016. As recycling revenues hit increments of $250,000, the surcharge is reduced by 15 cents. As of Jan. 1, recycling revenues have exceeded projections.

Awards Ceremony to Spotlight Historic Preservation

Individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to historic preservation in Tucson and Pima County will be recognized at the annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony hosted by the Tucson‒Pima County Historical Commission (T-PCHC). The ceremony will be held Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave.

Public Comment Encouraged for Review of City Magistrate

The City of Tucson Magistrates Merit Selection Commission currently is reviewing an application for the reappointment of City Magistrate Geraldine S. Hale.

Public participation is encouraged from those who have had direct experience with Hale's courtroom.

All comments should be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2017. Send comments to City Magistrates Merit Selection Commission, City Clerk's Office, P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, AZ 85726-7210. Public comments should include the basis for expressed opinions.

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