CITY MANAGER SUBMITS FY2014 CITY BUDGET TO M&CCity Manager Richard Miranda submitted his recommended Fiscal Year 2014 City Budget and Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) to Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the City Council at yesterday’s Study Session. “This recommended budget demonstrates yet again that the City of Tucson and our dedicated employees are doing more with less to meet the highest needs of our citizens,” said Miranda. “We appreciate the trust City residents and businesses have placed in the City with the approval of Proposition 409. And we recognize the leadership of our Mayor and Council in establishing a budget framework consistent with the community’s highest values.” Read the news release from City Manager’s Office here. Download the recommended FY2014 budget (a 350-page PDF) here.

CONTRACT OPPORTUNITY: COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES – The City of Tucson is seeking proposals from qualified offerors for property management for various City-owned and ADOT-owned properties.  Responsibilities include tenant relations, maintenance, security, reporting, budgeting, etc. for commercial properties in the vicinity of the Broadway and Downtown Links roadway improvement projects. Pre-proposal conference today at 1:00 p.m., proposals due April 29 at 4:00 p.m. Read the City of Tucson RFP here.

PIMA SUPERVISORS VOTE TO FILE CLAIM AGAINST CITY OF TUCSON OVER COURTHOUSE WATERLINE COSTS – The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday file a claim against the city over what it considers excessive construction costs for a waterline to the new county courthouse. The county hasn't decided yet how much money to request in the claim, said Martin Willett, chief deputy county administrator. "It's a simple conflict we should be able to resolve via that claim," Supervisor Richard Elías said after Tuesday's board meeting. "The fact a claim has been made is a surprise to me," said City Manager Richard Miranda. "Huckelberry has not communicated to me that this was forthcoming." Story in today's Star.

CONTROLLED BUFFELGRASS BURN TO TAKE PLACE TOMORROW ALONG SOUTH KOLB ROAD – The Tucson Fire Department, in conjunction with the Buffelgrass Coordination Center and the District State Forester, will conduct a controlled burn in the area of Kolb and Irvington on April 18th beginning at 8:00 A.M. There will be a total of approximately two acres burned on five different plots of State Trust land, those plots being inside city limits. The burn should be wrapped up by no later than noon, but smoke is expected to remain in the area for several hours. If you have questions, contact the Tucson Fire Department at (520) 791-5780. Read the News release from TFD.

R.I.P., MARK KEANE – Former Tucson City Manager Mark Keane passed away last Friday at the age of 93 at his home in Sedona. Keane, a Chicago native, was a graduate of the public service engineering program at Purdue University. He served in World War II in both Northern Africa and Italy as a member of the 338th Regimental Combat Team, 85th Infantry Division of the Army, attaining the rank of captain. From 1950-1966, he served as city manager of Shorewood, Wisconsin, Oak Park, Illinois, and Tucson, before being appointed deputy assistant secretary of the newly-created federal department of Housing and Urban Development. He served as president of the International City Management Association and became executive director of ICMA in 1967, serving in that post until 1983. After leaving ICMA, Keane taught at George Washington University, where he was co-creator of a Master's degree program in association management. He is survived by his wife, nine children, 19 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Obituary in Monday's Star.