NewsNet 04-07-15

FIRST WATER RATE TOWN HALL TOMORROW - 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 tomorrow, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Tucson Parks and Recreation Building (Mesquite Room), 900 S. Randolph Way. The other meetings will take place at different locations next Tuesday and Thursday. The Citizens' Water Advisory Committee (CWAC) is recommending two rate increase options. The proposals will be presented at the meetings, along with Tucson Water’s cost of service and financial plan. The Tucson Council is set to vote on an option following a public hearing set for May 19. Read the rate options and other documents.
 
MAYOR AND COUNCIL SET TO APPROVE CONTRACT FOR NEW CITY MANAGER - The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight are scheduled to formally adopt a $210,000 base compensation contract for newly-appointed City Manager Michael Ortega, who is expected to start work July 1. Currently Cochise County Administrator, Ortega was chosen from a pool of national candidates to replace Richard Miranda. Since Miranda's retirement last summer, Martha Durkin has been serving in the interim. Read tonight's agenda item documents and watch a video promo from Tucson 12.
 
BIKE FEST UNDERWAY - Tucson's annual celebration of the bicycle began April 1 and continues all month. Activities include Walk and Roll to School Day (April 10), Cyclovia Tucson (April 19), Greater Arizona Bicycling Bike Swap (April 12), and Bike to Work Day (April 24). You can find a complete listing of events at the link below. Bike Fest is a program of the Living Streets Alliance, in partnership with the City of Tucson, the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality's Clean Air Program, and numerous local businesses and community organizations.
 
GRANT ROAD REPAVING CONTINUES WITH REVISED PLAN - Due to an unexpected felt-like substance used during previous Grant Road pavings, the City of Tucson will not be able to use a long train of equipment that digs up and recycles old materials into new pavement using a "Hot-in-Place" method. Instead, Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) crews will use conventional paving methods, which actually will speed up the process. The paving train still can be used from Country Club to Columbus, because that felt-like material isn't as deep. The Grant Road repaving project is three miles long, from Santa Rita to Columbus. The plan is to finish the work by the end of this month. Read more from Tucson News Now.
 
RESIDENTS SCORING BIG DEALS ON CITY SURPLUS PROPERTY (VIDEO) - From jewelry to vehicles, the City of Tucson’s online auction is open for bids. Tucson 12 recently went behind the scenes of the City's Public Surplus auction, discovering a wide variety of items you can grab for a bargain. View the items listed for bid.