NewsNet 04-13-15

SECOND 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 second of three meetings is scheduled for tomorrow, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Quincie Douglas Library (Large Meeting Room), 1585 E. 36th St. 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 City Council is set to vote on an option following a public hearing set for May 19. Read the rate options and other documents.

ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL FINISHES SPOTLIGHT ON TUCSON'S MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT - Earlier this year, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce organized a visit to Tucson by a group of business, health, judicial, political, and law enforcement leaders to study Tucson's innovative approach to dealing with mental illness and police response to it. The Albuquerque Journal highlights Tucson's Mental Health Investigative Support Team, a specially-trained unit that responds to police calls involving people with mental health issues. "The Tucson Police Department is known for successfully and nonviolently defusing crises brought on by mental illness. Tucson and Pima County have what appears to be one of the better mental health treatment systems in the nation," the newspaper reported. The Journal concluded that, unlike Tucson, Albuquerque does not have a coordinated system to deal with mental health patients. The newspaper published three stories about Tucson's mental programs.
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NEW SWIMMING HOURS IN EFFECT AT TWO CITY OF TUCSON POOLS - The spring swim schedules for Udall Park and Ft. Lowell Park began earlier this month. Extended summer hours at City pools begin on May 26. For specific times, contact the Parks and Recreation Department's Aquatics Division at (520) 791-4245.

LEARN HOW TO USE NEW SMART METERS - Motorists parking in Downtown Tucson, 4th Avenue and around the University of Arizona campus can pay for metered parking via the new GoTucson smartphone app from Park Tucson. Payment also can be made via a mobile website or local phone number. In the video linked below, Tucson 12 shows you different ways you can use the new smart meters.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES EQUIPMENT OPERATOR - This position primarily is responsible for the collection of trash and recycling using trucks operated by hydraulic systems. City of Tucson Environmental Services has multiple positions available for qualified individuals with solid waste collecting experience and the skills to operate front loaders, automated side loaders, roll-offs, rear loaders, skid steers, and other collection and hauling equipment. The application deadline is May 3.