PIMA COUNTY RESIDENTS TO VOTE ON NEW ANIMAL CARE CENTER - Pima County Supervisors voted yesterday to ask voters in November to approve $22 million in bonds to build a new animal shelter. The vote comes almost two weeks after 35 dogs were moved to a large tent built near the current Pima Animal Care Center (4000 N. Silverbell Rd.) to temporarily ease overcrowding. The Pima County Bond Advisory Committee requested the single measure, giving it priority over more than 130 bond projects submitted by various agencies under active consideration by the committee. A larger bond election could be held in 2015. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR CITY OF TUCSON GRANTS - The City is accepting proposals for Economic and Workforce Development Grants and Special Events Grants for Fiscal Year 2015. The development proposals should include items for small business and development, job training and education programs for adults, at-risk youth, and at-risk adults. Special events grants will be awarded to those who help develop the local economy via emerging and established special events that promote the community, economy and tourism. Proposals are due no later than Friday, March 21, 2014 at 4 p.m.
PIMA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT MAKES PROGRESS ON 9-1-1 OUTAGE INVESTIGATION - Pima County continues its investigation as to why its 9-1-1 emergency system went down for more than 20 minutes Monday, and that investigation has answered a couple of questions. A Sheriff's Department news release says two issues have been identified. The first was a telecommunications network issue that led to the interruption in service. That problem has been resolved. An additional software issue that affects some call center workstations has been identified and is being remedied, the release says. Officials say the service interruption affected unincorporated areas of Pima County. During the time the 9-1-1 system was down, it was determined 54 calls were not answered. Once the service was restored, dispatchers immediately attempted to contact all callers to see if they still needed help.
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: TUCSON WATER TECHNICIANS - Tucson Water has openings for two Senior Engineer Technicians, in Plant Design and in Distribution Design. Be part of the Tucson area's long-range water planning and engineering to benefit Tucson Water customers. Applications are being accepted through March 25. View the job description.
HOW TO FIND ANSWERS ABOUT CITY SERVICES - Are you looking for a job in the City? Do you need to know how to pay your water bill? How do you request a police report? The answers to these questions and more are available on the new Tucson Answers website. You can search topics or browse categories to get you the answers you need. The site is an example of open source code developed by city governments and non-profit organizations to be adopted and re-used by other cities at no cost. In this case, the site is modeled after a similar site created jointly by the City of Honolulu and Code For America. Tucson Answers also is available via a widget on the City of Tucson's main website.