NewsNet 04-03-15

WATER RATE TOWN HALLS SCHEDULED FOR THIS MONTH - Tucson Water customers are invited to attend a town hall on proposed Fiscal Year 2016 water rates and fees that would take effect July 6. The first of three meetings is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tucson Parks and Recreation Building (Mesquite Room), 900 S. Randolph Way. The Citizens' Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) is recommending rate increase options. The proposals will be presented at the meetings, along with Tucson Water’s cost of service and financial plan. Your can read the documents online.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA THIS WEEKEND - Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich’s office and the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department present the 16th annual EGGstravaganza. This free, community-wide event is about having family fun and is expected to attract more than 2,000 Tucson youth. Family activities include music, carnival games, inflatables, prizes, egg hunts, and the Easter Bunny. Parks and Recreation also will have an information booth showcasing the services and programs it offers. In addition, a variety of foods will be available for purchase through local vendors. Tomorrow's event runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mansfield Park, 2000 N. 4th Ave.

GRANT ROAD WIDENING PROJECT BEGINS WITH DEMOLITIONS - Work began this week on the next phase of Grant Road widening. The $17 million project will widen Grant between Stone and Park avenues to six lanes, while creating indirect left turn lanes at Stone Avenue and First Avenue. The first phase of the Grant Road widening added indirect left turns at Oracle Road. As part of Phase 2, some homes and businesses need to be demolished to make room for a wider roadway. Because some of the houses to be torn down are contributors to the Jefferson Park Neighborhood’s historic status designation, the City took pictures of the buildings, asking people in the neighborhood if they want to salvage anything. The intersection of Grant and Park typically floods during monsoon storms, but a new basin being built will help eliminate flooding and create a park-like area with a walking path and desert plants. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

DOWNTOWN HOSTS A ONE-BLOCK FESTIVAL TOMORROW - The "1 Block 1 Day" festival begins in Downtown Tucson tomorrow at 7 a.m. at Stone Avenue, between Congress and Pennington. The 24-hour party will feature various performers and arts. It begins with a sunrise yoga session, a welcome speech from Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and poetry from Tere Fowler-Chapman. There also will be food and various activities. Admission is $10, though presale wristbands are $7. Read more from Downtown Tucson Partnership.

KIDCO HIRING FOR SUMMER PROGRAMS - Tucson's Parks and Recreation Department is hiring for its KIDCO summer program. KIDCO is an after-school program for kids 5-11 years old. The summer version includes sports, games, performing arts, and special events. Teens and young adults interested in applying for jobs (must be at least 16 years old) can do so online (link below) beginning Sunday. Applications will be accepted for one week, with interviews taking place April 27. For information about enrolling your children in KIDCO, please call (520) 791-4877 or visit EZEEreg website. Registration opens online at 6 a.m. on April 25. Read more from Tucson News Now.