AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: PIMA MINE ROAD RECHARGE PIPELINE - Future access to a 36-inch pipeline that extends from the south end of the CAP canal in Avra Valley to the intersection of Pima Mine Road and Nogales Highway will be discussed at tomorrow's M&C Study Session. The pipeline, jointly owned by the City of Tucson and the CAP, was built to supply Colorado River water to the Pima Mine Road Recharge Project, an effort aimed at replenishing aquifers of the Upper Santa Cruz valley after decades of depletion due to farms, mines, golf courses and housing. At present, the only parties authorized to connect to the pipeline are Tucson Water and the Tohono Oodham Nation. Two additional water providers, (1) the Farmers Investment Company (FICO) and (2) the Community Water Company of Green Valley (CWC) are requesting access. The CWCs request presents a conflict for the City, as the connection it is requesting would supply a recharge project funded by the parent company of the proposed Rosemont Mine, which M&C has formally opposed. Read the M&C memo here, stories from the Star here and here.
BUDGET TOWN HALL TONIGHT AT WARD SIX - Ward Six Council Member Steve Kozachik is hosting a Town Hall meeting tonight on the Citys tentatively adopted budget for FY14. Assistant City Manager/Finance Director Kelly Gottschalk will be on hand to answer questions. The event will take place at the Ward Six Council Office, 3202 E. 1st St., from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This is the only currently scheduled town hall meeting on the budget. A final public hearing has been scheduled for the Mayor and Council meeting on May 21st.
TWO TOWN HALLS LEFT FOR PROPOSED WATER RATE INCREASES - Two remaining town halls are scheduled to discuss proposed options for water rates and fees for 2014. The options have been recommended by the Citizens Water Advisory Committee (CWAC). The proposed rate changes reflect an estimated increase from $2.91 to $3.68 in the monthly water bill for the average residential customer in a single family home. The first one is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14th at Randolph Regional Center Mesquite Room, 200 S. Alvernon Way. Then the final one will be the following day, Wednesday, May 15th, at the William M. Clements Recreation Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Dr. Both start at 5:30 p.m. From KVOA.
PUBLIC HEARINGS TOMORROW ON CHANGES TO LAND & BUILDING CODES, FEES - Tomorrow's M&C Regular Session agenda includes public hearings on two proposed ordinances: (1) one amending the City's Land Use Code (LUC), the Unified Development Code (UDC), and supporting documents; and (2) and one amending the Development Review Fee Schedules. The City Managers Office recommends approval of both ordinances, which were reviewed by the City's Planning Commission last month. Read the M&C memo on proposed code changes here, M&C memo on proposed fee changes here.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: TUCSON WATER CALL CENTER REP - The Tucson Water Department is seeking individuals with call center experience for the position of Call Center Representative. This position handles customer questions, complaints and billing inquiries from Tucson Water customers at a rate averaging 80 to 100 calls per day. Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or GED, and at least one year of call center experience involving heavy telephone contact, billing, and complaint resolution. Two years of experience or more are preferred, as is experience with utility billing.
View the City of Tucson job posting here.