NewsNet 04-14-15

CITY OF TUCSON ROAD PROJECT WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD - The Houghton Road, Irvington Road to Valencia Road, project has been selected as one of the American Public Works Association’s Public Works Projects of the Year for 2015. The award is meant to recognize outstanding work in the public works profession and the association. MJ Dillard is the City's project manager for the voter-approved RTA Houghton Road improvement, which began construction in October 2012 and was completed on schedule and under budget. An awards ceremony is planned for Aug. 31.

CITY RELEASES PRELIMINARY PUBLIC BICYCLE SHARE STATION LOCATIONS AND PHASING PLAN - The City of Tucson is one step closer to launching a public bike share program. The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) just released a preliminary document that contains maps of both a station phasing plan and proposed station locations for the initial phases. The information is derived from months of technical analysis and public engagement as part of a Public Bicycle Share Feasibility Study and Implementation Plan. The proposed station locations for the first two phases are primarily in the denser urban core of Tucson, and there are station locations proposed for up to two miles from the Sun Link streetcar line. Phase 3 is intended to build upon phases 1 and 2. Other suggested areas would connect the Rillito River path and expand to the south, east, and southeast sides of Tucson. Bike share gives subscribers access to a network of bicycles through automated, self-service kiosks located throughout the community. Read the news release.

LAST-MINUTE TAX HELP AVAILABLE FROM UNITED WAY - The tax filing deadline is tomorrow and the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona is offering free help those who waited until the last minute to prepare their Federal and State returns. The agency's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will help low-to-moderate-income residents fill out and submit their forms. IRS-certified tax preparers will be available tomorrow from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at the United Way office, 330 N. Commerce Park Loop. Healthcare ambassadors also will be available to help eligible taxpayers with health insurance enrollment through the Marketplace.

HAVE COFFEE WITH A COP THIS WEEK - The Tucson Police Department will hold another Coffee with a Cop event Thursday morning. There is no planned agenda, other than a simple time to ask questions, voice concerns, and meet the police officers who serve the area. The gathering will take place from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Chick-fil-A, 4585 N. Oracle Road. The national effort encourages police and community members to come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. If you have questions about the event, please call (520) 837-7202. Watch video of TPD officers explaining the program.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: MECHANICAL ENGINEER - Join the City of Tucson's Architecture and Engineering Division, as it designs and builds some of the most energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly buildings in the nation. This position serves as a Project Manager in overseeing the design, construction and renovation of City building projects with emphasis on heating, ventilating, air conditioning and plumbing. The position also manages and oversees the City's annual building permit application. The deadline to apply is April 22.