NewsNet 11-04-14

AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: RAINWATER HARVESTING REBATES - The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow will discuss expanding Tucson Water's Residential Rainwater Harvesting Incentives Rebate Program. The current program is in the final year of a three-year pilot phase, at which point a complete evaluation of the program will be conducted. While program participants cite a wide range of benefits from rainwater harvesting, Tucson Water is particularly interested in whether the program creates a reduction in water demand. Tucson Water will include small businesses in a revision of the current program, and will include rebates for rainwater harvesting projects for large businesses in a new program for commercial customers. Funding for all conservation programs, including those related to drought response needs, is from the Conservation Fee assessed to all customers. The Study Session begins tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Mayor and Council Chambers, 255 W. Alameda. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star, and view the agenda materials.

MAGAZINE NAMES TUCSON A BIKE-FRIENDLY CITY - Bicycling magazine calls Tucson a favorite winter training destination for pro cyclists, while also highlighting the city's sunny, dry climate, and its proximity to mountains. The magazine, which ranks Tucson 18th overall in its 2014 Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities report, also mentions a robust network of bike boulevards for pros and casual riders, shared-use bike paths, and plenty of bike shops that cater to riders.
 
SPEEDWAY PAVEMENT IMPROVEMENTS CONTINUE - Beginning tomorrow, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to improve pavement conditions on Speedway Boulevard, from Greasewood Road to Silverbell Road. The pavement improvement is part of the voter-approved $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond project. Crews will start the project by lowering manhole and water valve covers. Work hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with scheduled completion by this Friday. Crews will return to the area on Monday, Nov. 10 to begin milling (removing asphalt) and paving operations, scheduled to be finished on Thursday, Nov. 13. Work hours for that portion of the project will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read the news release and the Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report.
 
PULL TO THE RIGHT FOR SIRENS AND LIGHTS - As you drive through the city on a daily basis, you've no doubt heard the emergency sirens and instinctively slowed down and tried to get out of the way. Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker offers some tips on what to do - and what not to do - when you see a fire truck or other emergency vehicle with sirens and flashing lights.
 
DOWNTOWN LECTURE SERIES ON FOOD CONTINUES - The University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences' Downtown Lecture Series returns to the historic Fox Theatre tomorrow. The 2014 lecture series is exploring food and its relationships with health, culture, and the environment. This week's lecture by Emma Blake focuses on lessons we can we learn about food from the Roman Empire. Tickets for the free, public lecture will be available at the Fox Theatre box office beginning tomorrow at 4 p.m. Attendees can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to the event and enjoy the dining and retail opportunities along the route at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, or the Mercado District.
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