NewsNet 03-17-15

DEPUTY CITY MANAGER ACCEPTS JOB IN DALLAS - Deputy City Manager Kelly Gottschalk has been hired as the new executive director for the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP). She will have overall responsibility for DPFP’s administration, operations and investments. Gottschalk is expected to begin her new position on or about April 15. "I have enjoyed my time with the City and wish the best of success to the City as it moves forward,” she said. Interim City Manager Martha Durkin praised Gottschalk for her service to Tucson. "Kelly's experience and leadership have guided our organization through some of our most difficult financial times, and her value is clearly demonstrated by this terrific opportunity," Durkin told NewsNet. Read the DPFP news release.

MAYOR AND COUNCIL TO DISCUSS URBAN CAMPING ORDINANCE - The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will consider an ordinance that prohibits camping on City sidewalks and other public property. The proposal, based on an ordinance from Denver and other cities, states that homelessness is not a crime, and only the conduct of camping would be prohibited. Read Mayor and Council Regular Agenda.

VOTER-APPROVED ROAD IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE - Beginning tomorrow, crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to improve the pavement conditions on Flowing Wells Road, between Roger Road and Miracle Mile. Crews will begin the project by lowering covers for manholes and water valves. Starting Thursday, crews will begin milling (removing asphalt) and repaving Flowing Wells Road. The paving work is scheduled to be finished by April 1. The road work will take place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The project is part of the five-year, $100 million Road Recovery street bond program. Read the TDOT news release and the Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report.

RECLAIMED WATER LINE REPAIRS CLOSE GLENN STREET EAST OF SWAN ROAD - The rupture of a 30-inch reclaimed water line forced the temporary closure of Glenn Street, east of Swan Road to Torino Avenue. Drinking water customers are not affected by the break. The reclaimed
water line provides recycled water service to several users. Tucson Water will be using boosters in the distribution system to help restore supply. Repairs may take up to three weeks. Tucson Water contractors will be in the area, and motorists are asked to exercise caution.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CRIME SCENE SPECIALIST - The Tucson Police Department is seeking applicants for the position of crime scene specialist. Duties include collecting, examining, preserving, photographing, and investigating all types of crime scenes. The deadline to apply is April 12.