Karin's Note: Thursday, May 25, 2017

Karin's Note:  Thursday, May 25th, 2017
  • Ward 3 Events
  • Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
  • City-Wide Events
  • Did You Know?
Dear Tucsonans,
 
A few highlights as we ease toward the Memorial Day weekend…
 
Budget
This week we adopted the tentative budget for FY18, which includes the promised transportation and public safety investments that voters endorsed through the passage of Proposition 101 this month. Those investments along with the structurally balanced budget put Tucson on a solid fiscal path into the future. Kudos to City Manager Mike Ortega and all city employees who have made these successes possible.
 
Honors College
Also this week Mayor and Council supported the step I had advocated; that is, to get the City Attorney’s position (that zoning rules apply) on the formal record with regard to the UofA’s planned Honors College complex. I am glad that we’ve taken the right step to, in good faith, be clear and direct with our partners at the University. Sound public process has consistently led us to the best results for Tucson, University of Arizona included.
 
Spice
Mayor and Council also unanimously approved the ordinance advocated widely by our community and TPD to curb the sale and spreading use of Spice. We heard from faith and community leaders at our meeting, and also a mom who painfully described seeing her own son gripped and contorted by the Spice he had taken. The new ordinance will help us enforce prohibitions on the sale of these devastating chemical compounds, even as makers and peddlers try to continue the flow by slightly changing an ingredient or mix.  Just as we aggressively went after meth labs in 2005 (by pulling a key ingredient behind pharmacy counters), we will stay on top of Spice by remaining vigilant. Tucsonans involved in that cause deserve our gratitude.
 
Have a great weekend, and please take time to honor those lost in service of our community and country this Memorial Day.
 
Sincerely,
 
Karin
 
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Ward 3 Events: 
 
Public Open House / Project Update Glenn Street Neighborhood Improvement Project
Thursday May 25th, 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.
 
Public Meeting to Discuss Noise Mitigation for the Dusk Music Festival
Thursday June 1st, 6pm
Donna R. Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 N. 6th Ave
 
The 2017 Dusk Music Festival is scheduled to take place at Rillito Park on October 6th and 7th. Because last year's Festival prompted complaints from neighbors about both the volume and the content of the music, this year the organizers have been granted a noise exemption with specific conditions. One condition is a public meeting to discuss mitigation measures the organizers will take to reduce the impact on surrounding residential properties.  If you cannot attend the meeting or have questions, please contact Greg Jackson in the City Manager's office at 837-8011.
 
 
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Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings:
 
Mountain View Thursday June 15th 6pm, Habitat for Humanity 3501 N Mountain Ave
Jefferson Park Wednesday June 28th 6pm, Ward 3 City Council office 1510 E Grant Rd
 
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City-Wide Events: 
 
The Pima County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program
May 20th-July 15th  
Pima County Public Library Branches
 
The program kicks off on Saturday, May 20 with the Family Fiesta at the Tanque Verde Swap Meet (4100 S. Palo Verde Road) from 7-9pm. Kids can sign up for Summer Reading and enjoy a fun evening of live-action stories and crafts. Plus, they’ll get to meet Curious George and take home a FREE, brand new book to keep.  Beginning May 20, kids can stop by any of the 26 library locations to pick up a reading tracker. Once they start reading, they’re encouraged to return to the Library to collect stickers and stamps to mark their progress. Plus, beginning May 30, they’ll be allowed to choose a FREE book to take home, while supplies last.  Visit the Library’s website at to see all that’s happening this summer.
 
47th Annual Juneteenth Festival
Saturday June 17th, 11am-9pm
Dunbar Cultural Center, 325 W 2nd St (enter off of Main St)
 
The Juneteenth Festival Committee is excited to announce a new location for the 47th Annual Festival.  On Saturday, June 17th we will celebrate the festival INDOORS at The Historic Dunbar African American Cultural Center!  Kickoff at the new location will begin at 11am and end at 9pm. Please spread the word. 
 
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Did You Know...?
 
Neighborhood Scale Stormwater Harvesting Program
 
Tucsonans understand that water is precious.  We know, too, the threat that same precious water can be when it comes all at once during a monsoon storm.  The Neighborhood Scale Stormwater program allows neighbors the chance to slow stormwater and spread it into green space along the city streets and public areas.
 
The Neighborhood Scale Stormwater Harvesting Program developed by the City of Tucson Water Department and administered by Tucson Clean and Beautiful provides neighbors and community groups in the City of Tucson the ability to install stormwater harvesting features in their neighborhoods.  Neighborhood scale stormwater harvesting program grants are available within each Tucson Council Ward.  Maximum grant award for each Ward is $45,000.  Multiple smaller grants may be awarded up to $45,000.  Join with your neighbors and submit a proposal.  Deadline for priority consideration is Friday, June 23, 2017, with one or more projects selected by mid-July 2017 based on funds available for each City of Tucson Ward.
 
Information sessions are being held:
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017, 6-7 pm: Ward 6 Council Office, 3202 E. 1st St.  
  • TBA: other Ward offices
 
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.
 
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 to Relocate Some Neighborhood Recycling Centers  
 
Beginning in late June, the City of Tucson Environmental and General Services Department will begin relocation and closure of several Neighborhood Recycling Centers located throughout the city. The decision to close the centers is the result of an evaluation process concluded in April. Increased illegal dumping has caused blight conditions at the sites, and a reduced amount of recyclable materials at some of the sites is outweighing the intended benefits of the recycling program. Signs will be posted at each of the closure sites. Four new locations will be established by July 1. For a complete list of the recycling center sites, please follow the link below.
Neighborhood Recycling Centers: http://bit.ly/2qw7nDN
From Tucson News Now: http://bit.ly/2rwpYyb
Environmental and General Services Department: http://1.usa.gov/1rcmU8f
 
Signalized Crossing Brochure Available
 
With funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program recently created a new brochure that explains in detail how to use signalized crossings for pedestrians and bicyclists. Tips are geared toward those on foot, on a bike, or in a car. You can download the brochure at the link below, or request a printed copy by emailing Ryan.Fagan@tucsonaz.gov.
Download brochure: http://bit.ly/2rmcOGE
Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program: http://1.usa.gov/1LjdVuP
 
Don’t Miss Out on Neighborhood Mailings
 
This is a Friendly Reminder for neighborhoods that have not used their one-time mailing for this fiscal year.  If you would like to use your one-time mailing, we will need your copy by June 2, 2017 to make it in time for our budget cycle. Remember that the mailing can be a postcard, meeting notice, or newsletter designed by the neighborhood for black/white printing. 
If you have any questions, please contact Becky Flores at neighborhood@tucsonaz.gov or 520-837-5013
 
Street Racers Can Have Their Vehicles Impounded Under New Law
 
In an effort to keep streets safe, the Mayor and Tucson City Council recently passed an ordinance giving
Tucson Police Department (TPD) officers the power to impound the vehicle of anyone cited or arrested for street racing. TPD recently produced videos in English and Spanish (link below) that show the dangers of street racing and the new penalties associated with the dangerous practice.
From TPD Facebook: http://bit.ly/2q8olcM
 
Home Repair Available for Low-Income Residents
 
As the weather heats up in Tucson, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is reminding low-income residents that help is available for emergency home repairs, including fixing a swamp cooler. The help comes from Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona (CHRPA), which uses mostly volunteers. To learn more, contact CHRPA at (520) 745-2055 or the link below.
CHRPA: http://bit.ly/2qcnp7k
 
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