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City Initiative to Restore Neon Signs

Recognizing the value of local neon signs, the City's Historic Preservation Office has allocated $125,000 to restore some of these iconic landmarks.

To be eligible for the program, owners of blighted signs apply for Historic Landmark Sign designation, agree to keep the sign up for at least 10 years and pay 25 percent of repair costs. The Hacienda Motel (two signs), Riviera Motor Lodge, and Casa Linda Motel signs currently are being restored under the program.

City Employees Could Get Bonuses for Saving Money

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega wants City employees to be actively involved in trimming the municipal budget. He'll ask the Tucson City Council tomorrow to consider two employee incentive programs. One would allow a worker to receive a bonus of 1 percent of an implemented idea that saves at least $2,500. The other program would give all City employees a bonus if a Mayor and Council-set citywide performance goal is met.

Final Open House for Tucson Parks and Recreation Five-Year Master Plan

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will hold one more community-wide open house tonight to gather public input on how it can best deliver recreation and leisure opportunities.

The draft five-year master plan anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high-quality recreation facilities, programs, and services to the Tucson area.

Download App to Track Streetcar

If you'd like to track the streetcar and you have a smartphone, you're in luck. The Tucson Streetcar Tracker, developed by Dallan Porter at the University of Arizona, is useful if you want to figure out how long it will take for the streetcar to show up at the stop where you're waiting. The app was developed using open data provided by Sun Link. The free tracker is available for iOS and Android.

Tucson City Manager Wants to Save Interest on Pension Costs

Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega is changing the way the City has been paying into Arizona's underfunded Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) for police and fire pensions. In an effort to save on interest payments, the City will pay about $40 million of its $54 million pension bill upfront, instead of making a smaller payment every two weeks. The money will come from the City's cash flow and reserves, which will be replenished over the year, Ortega said.

Road Recovery Fog Seal Program Resumes This Week

Several streets will undergo pavement preservation beginning tomorrow and Thursday, as part of the five-year, $100 million Road Recovery bond program that City voters approved in 2012.

Fog Sealing is the application of a thin layer of asphalt emulsion that helps cover small roadway imperfections, cracks, or other small voids and seals the existing asphalt to preserve the roadway.

Tucson Completes New Kino Boulevard Gateway Project

A new intersection in Tucson improves traffic flow, while providing access for cyclists and pedestrians. The Kino Parkway - 22nd Street Improvement Project is an elevated parkway that includes bike lanes, six-foot-wide sidewalks, and a landscaped median separating two traffic lanes in each direction. Underneath it, 22nd Street was widened to three lanes in each direction, featuring exclusive right turn lanes and dual left turn lanes to access on-ramps.

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