Karin's Note: Friday, May 5, 2017

Karin's Note:  Friday, May 5th, 2017
 
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
 
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Dear Tucsonans,
 
Over the coming weeks the Manager and Mayor/Council will be finalizing the FY18 budget. Our commitment to a structurally balanced annual budget will be fulfilled. That’s a major challenge we know we must tackle, despite the ever-shrinking levels of state and federal funding being returned to city taxpayers.
 
Proposition 101
Beyond the annual budget we will also learn soon whether Tucson voters approve Proposition 101. If approved we can move forward with needed repair of our streets and needed vehicle/equipment/facility upgrades for our police and fire departments. The outcome has enormous implications for our community and the quality of life we will share.
 
There’s one related point regarding Proposition 101 I want to emphasize. As you may know I’ve devoted most of my work life to addressing poverty and homelessness. I want you to know that I was only supportive of referring a sales tax question to the ballot because lower-income people are helped locally in two key ways: rents and groceries are exempt from Tucson’s sales tax (which is not the case in most Arizona cities). We also know that a lot of our sales taxes are generated by shoppers coming from outside the city. We’re the region’s city, so it’s fair that everyone entering to enjoy Tucson’s offerings chip in more for better streets and public safety services within our boundaries. By the Mayor/Council meeting May 23rd we’ll know whether Proposition 101 has passed.
 
UA Honors College
You may have heard that the University has in mind a huge, multi-block commercial/residential/academic project north of the campus boundaries. Also included in the plan would be elements for the Honors College. I’ve asked the City attorney to issue his opinion for Mayor /Council by May 9 regarding the applicability of local zoning/land use regulation for the proposed development. Residents and the University need to know the City’s position on this matter sooner rather than later. Nobody wants a court battle over what could instead be a well-planned, well-integrated project of benefit to the University and wider community (e.g. the recent expansion of the Banner/UA Hospital on North Campbell Avenue in Ward 3). Delaying clear, direct, formal and public communications will only increase the likelihood of legal conflicts that I trust we all want to avoid.
 
You can view all materials related to our meeting next Tuesday at this link: https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/mcdocs
Thanks for letting me know your thoughts.
 
Happy Cinco de Mayo and have a great weekend,
 
Karin
 
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
Shred-It
Saturday May 13th, 8-10am
Sacred Heart Church, 601 E Fort Lowell Rd
 
Council Member Karin Uhlich and Constable Bennett Bernal invite you to Shred-It!  The first two boxes are free; a $5 dollar donation to Lend-A-Hand senior Assistance is requested for each additional box.  Documents will be securely shredded on site.  This is a drive through service.  For more information contact the Ward 3 City Council office.
Phone: (520) 791-4711 Email: ward3@tucsonaz.gov
 
Public Open House / Project Update Glenn Street Neighborhood Improvement Project
Thursday May 25th, 2017, 6-7pm (Brief presentation at 6:15pm)
Lighthouse YMCA, 2900 N Columbus Boulevard
 
Ward 3 Council Member Karin Uhlich and the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) invite you to a Public Open House and Project UPDATE on the Glenn Street Neighborhood Improvement Project. Members of TDOT staff and the Consultant, Kimley-Horn, will be present to answer questions.
This project includes improved pedestrian and bicycle amenities along the 1.5 mile stretch of Glenn Street from Columbus Boulevard to Country Club Road.
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Alvernon Grant Initiative Tuesday May 9th 6pm, Church of the Brethren 2200 N Dodge
Campus Community Relations Committee Tuesday May 9th 6pm, UA Student Union
Flowing Wells Thursday May 18th 6pm, Ellie Towne Center 1660 W Ruthrauff Rd
Mountain View Thursday May 18th 6pm, Habitat for Humanity 3501 N Mountain Ave
Keeling Monday May 22nd 7pm, Cornerstone Fellowship Church 2902 N Geronimo Ave
Jefferson Park Wednesday May 24th 6pm, Ward 3 City Council office 1510 E Grant Rd
Hedrick Acres Tuesday May 30th 6:30pm, Church of Christ 2842 N Mountain Ave
 
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City-Wide Events: 
 
Tucson Folk Festival
Saturday May 6th, 12:00noon-10:30pm & Sunday May 7th , 11am-9:30pm
Various Locations in Downtown Tucson
 
Free music festival featuring 120 musicians on five stages.  Music styles will include traditional folk, country, acoustic rock and roll, jazz and bluegrass.  Stages will be at El Presidio Park, Tucson Museum of Art courtyard and patio, Presidio San Augustin Del Tucson Museum and La Cocina at Old Town Artisans.
 
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Mail Back Special Election Ballots
 
The City of Tucson will conduct its May 16 Special Election by mail. Ballots for Proposition 101 have been mailed to each active registered voter. All vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the City Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. The last day to drop your ballot in the mail to ensure it is received on time by the City Clerk’s Office is Wednesday, May 10th. You can also drop off your ballot on Election Day at any of seven voting locations. The purpose of the election is to submit a question to voters as to whether they want to authorize a temporary half-cent sales tax increase to fund improvements for roads and public safety. If approved, the five-year tax is estimated to cost each household member in the City of Tucson approximately $3 per month.
Proposition 101 information and maps: http://bit.ly/2nx0vlh
 
Enhance Your Community with a Grant from C2E
 
Conserve to Enhance (C2E) is accepting grant applications from local organizations seeking to improve the community with water-harvesting and habitat restoration projects. Enhance your neighborhood wash or green spaces to reduce flooding, create habitat, and improve the health of our watershed. Awards are up to $10,000.  This year C2E is prioritizing projects that benefit important riparian areas and urban washes, while emphasizing partnerships, long-term stewardship, and community access to green space.
 
The application for 2017 has been simplified with a two-step process.  Submit your 2-page “Step 1” application by May 31, 2017, for consideration. If your project is selected to proceed, you will be invited to submit a more complete “Step 2” application for evaluation.
 
 
Beat the Heat This Summer
 
Summer is here and it's a good time to get a refresher on heat safety, especially staying hydrated when outdoors. In the Tucson 12 video linked below, the Tucson Fire Department offers other tips on staying safe in the heat. It's also a good thing to remember to keep your pets cool. Most pet stores sell dog booties to protect the animals from hot sidewalks and asphalt, but veterinarians recommend pets stay out of the heat during the hottest part of the day. If you can, it's best to leave your pets indoors and make sure they have plenty of water.
Watch the video: http://bit.ly/1TaThBO
Tucson Fire Department website: http://1.usa.gov/1bs6wZB
 
Toilet Replacement for Low-Income Homeowners
 
Tucson Water offers free toilets to qualifying low- and moderate-income households. The rebate program is in conjunction with Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (CHRPA) and offers free replacement of toilets manufactured in 1991 or earlier that consume 3.5 or more gallons per flush. You must be a Tucson Water customer and show proof of income to receive this service. Rental properties are not eligible. The program also provides hardware and installation. For more information, call CHRPA at (520) 745-2055 or follow the links below.
Tucson Water toilet replacement program: http://1.usa.gov/1wIWAyG
Tucson Water: http://1.usa.gov/1kA18Hj
 
Sign Up for a Free Residential Water Audit to Save Water and Money
 
Water efficiency is more than just conserving a resource. Tucson Water’s Zanjeros are specially-trained water efficiency experts who perform a comprehensive inventory of home water use to help customers lower their water bills. Learn more about your home’s water-using fixtures, outdoor irrigation, how to read your water meter, and more. Request an appointment by calling (520) 791-3242 or emailing TW_Web1@tucsonaz.gov.
Visit the Zanjero Program web page at http://bit.ly/2gnu36b
Tucson Water: http://1.usa.gov/1uo8uPh
 
City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Seeks Public Input to Guide Sentinel Peak Park (“A” Mountain) Improvements  
 
The Tucson Parks and Recreation department will hold a series of community-wide open houses to gather public input on how it can best prioritize master planned improvements to Sentinel Peak Park (“A” Mountain). The department has kicked off a process of information gathering that will result in a list of improvements to the park.
 
In May, community-wide public open houses will be held within the City of Tucson. Please be sure to attend the most convenient public open house and share your ideas. All meetings will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Dates and locations are as follows:
 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Archer Center, 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd.
 
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Administration, 900 S. Randolph Way
 
An online community questionnaire is available through June 1, 2017. To complete the questionnaire, please use the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2RBV6RF
 
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