Vice Mayor Paul Cunningham
In 1881, 22 citizens of Tucson met at the Gem Tavern to organize Tucson's volunteer fire company. They selected Jack Boleyn, who owned a dry goods store, as chief. The company had 22 buckets, 6 axes, 9 picks and 2 shovels. Within two years, the city funded a regular (and better equipped) fire department and kept Boleyn on as chief.
27 people have served as chief since Boleyn's time. Number 28 was pinned on Monday, Chief Chuck Ryan.
The City of Tucson’s Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) collects household hazardous waste (HHW) at different locations around the city. The first Saturday of every month, city residents can drop materials off at the Eastside Service Center at 7575 E. Speedway Blvd. (turn north on Prudence to enter the drop-off line) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for free. The next collection date is Saturday, Nov. 2.
Watershed Management Group is presenting their 8th Annual Homescape Harvest Tour, Saturday October 19 from 10 am to 3 pm.
The Street Crime Interdiction Unit is hosting a neighborhood forum to discuss hate and bias crimes in the Tucson area. The class is open to the public and will cover several topics to include what constitutes a hate crime, different types of bias, emerging trends, and reporting requirements. Once the training is done there will be an open forum so community members can express their concerns reference hate and bias crimes in their neighborhoods.
With the changes to our curb-side recycling program, I thought it would be a good time to remind all of you that the neighborhood recycling center at the Ward 2 office is still open and ready for all of your recyclables.
A few years ago, the neighborhood recycling center was located at Udall Park, but the bins were moved to our lot when there was a lot of what is termed in the recycling business “contamination.” The rest of us would call it, “things that are pretty obviously not supposed to be thrown into the recycling bin.”
Tucson Parks and Recreation and Pima Community College East Campus present Boo Bash at Lincoln Park on October 19, a fun-filled night of tricks and treats. Come enjoy carnival games, trunk-or-treat, a costume parade, and more. The costume parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. This free event for the whole family will take place at the Lincoln Park soccer fields, 4325 S Pantano Road.
Food will be available from Cody Coyote Kettle Corn, Geronimo's Revenge, Bemo's Ol' Joe's and Pin-Up Pastries.
Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival provides a popular annual event that brings together individuals, organizations, and companies in our community who are working to help us not just envision but also create a resilient future for Tucson and Southern Arizona.
From Chief Magnus:
Tucson lost one of its finest citizens this week. Roger Tamietti, former Tucson Fire Department captain, union leader and friend to many of us passed away on Wednesday morning after cancer surgery.
I came into this job with a lot of swagger, but I was quickly overwhelmed. I met Roger on my third day. He was the friendliest guy of any of the people I had met in that first week, and the only one that made me feel like I was up to the job. He had a way of making everyone around him comfortable. It was his gift, and not one that you will find many people have.
You and your neighbors passed a half-cent sales tax in 2017 that was earmarked for roads and public safety. It’s more than fair for you to ask, where has that money gone?
Earlier this month, my office received a copy of the report of the Public Safety Tax Oversight Commission, which is the citizens’ committee responsible for overseeing how that money is spent.
Tucson Electric Power is developing plans for a new transmission line to help serve growing energy needs. The project would help Davis-Monthan Air Force Base satisfy its energy resiliency requirements and improve electric reliability for customers in Tucson.
TEP must determine a route for the Irvington-East Loop 138 Kilovolt Transmission Line, which will connect the Irvington Substation to the East Loop Substation. The line also must interconnect with the planned Port and Patriot substations. TEP has identified potential routes within a revised, expanded study area.
In 2015, with the help of $180,000 in support from Friends of Saguaro National Park, Saguaro National Park replaced the 55-year old interpretive exhibits in the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center with new, bilingual exhibits to help visitors understand the story of Saguaro National Park and appreciate the connection between people and place. Unlike the (newer) Red Hills Visitor Center in the Tucson Mountain District, the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center has no outdoor interpretive space- where rangers can provide interpretive talks to visitors and school groups.
Progress has continued on the solar panels in the parking lot at the Ward 2 office. The crew was doing some work inside the building this week. The work on the panels and connecting it to the building’s electrical system will be done this weekend. Those of you that come to the office will see that the fence will be down sometime next week.
To assist residents with property protection from potential heavy rain due to Tropical Storm Lorena, the City of Tucson Transportation Department will reopen its sandbag distribution site on Friday, September 20, 2019, at 2 p.m. in the east parking lot of Hi Corbett Field, 700 S. Randolph Way, at Reid Park. At this location, sand and sandbags will be provided. Residents should bring their own shovel and be prepared to fill their own sandbags.