NewsNet 06-11-15

CITY APPROVES INCREASE IN ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES COMMERCIAL COLLECTION RATES - The Mayor and City Council this week unanimously approved the first increase in four years for Environmental Services' (ES) commercial waste collections. The 5 percent increase was reviewed and recommended by the Environmental Services Advisory Committee and will net approximately $250,000, which will be used to replace aging vehicles. The Council also authorized ES to move forward with a $10 fee for the Food Waste Collection Program. The program was initiated last July with the University of Arizona Compost Cats and has collected nearly 400 tons of food waste. There will be no changes to residential collection rates. ES has been able to maintain the same residential rates for five consecutive years by identifying operating efficiencies and reducing petroleum-based fuel use, personnel costs, and vehicle fleet size. Watch meeting replay on Tucson 12, and read agenda materials.

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT PART OF SKATEBOARD DONATION CAMPAIGN - The Tucson Fire Department is joining Phoenix-area fire departments in collecting old skateboards to fix up and donate to youth to help keep them out of trouble. The Share the Ride campaign by the Phoenix-based nonprofit Plus Foundation hopes to reach 10 million children by 2018 to help keep them active and healthy through participation in sports. Collection bins are set up at Tucson Fire Department headquarters, 300 S. Fire Central Place, and Industrial Rideshop at Tucson Mall. Read more from Tucson News Now.

CITY OF TUCSON IS REMOVING ABANDONED SHOPPING CARTS - If you see a shopping cart off store property, abandoned along the street, or sitting in a wash, call the City of Tucson's Environmental Services (ES) department to have it removed. You can call Customer Service at (520) 791-3171 or use the 'My-Waste'™ app and choose the Report a Problem option.
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SUMMER SAFARI NIGHTS PROGRAM CONTINUES TOMORROW AT REID PARK ZOO - Enjoy Reid Park Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a series of themed nights featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, artifact stations, enrichment-making activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts. The event runs every Friday, 5:30-8 p.m., through July 10. The bands and animal themes change each week. Tomorrow's theme is Uniquely Ungulates – featuring giraffes, zebras, camels & tapirs. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: ACCOUNTING SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR - The City of Tucson Finance Department is seeking a qualified applicant to assist the director in leading the City's Accounting Services Division. The division is responsible for citywide payroll, accounts receivables and collections, accounts payable, and bank reconciliations. The ideal candidate will possess a strong working knowledge of payroll operations, individual income tax laws, employment law, and best practices in cash management as it relates to accounts receivable, accounts payable and internal controls. Read the full job description. The application deadline is June 21.