STREET REPAIR SPOTLIGHT: PATCHING AND MICROSURFACING ON SOUTH 12TH - Intermountain Slurry Seal, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will be patching and micro-surfacing 12th Avenue between Santa Paula Street and Los Reales Road on May 21 and 22, 2013. All work will be performed between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Read the City of Tucson news release here. Learn more about Microsurfacing at the International Slurry Seal Association's info page.
FY14 BUDGET, PROPERTY TAXES, WATER RATES TO BE FINALIZED AFTER PUBLIC HEARINGS TONIGHT - Final adoption of the City's Fiscal 2014 budget, which totals about $1.3B, is scheduled for tonight's M&C regular session, following a public hearing. Public hearings will also be held on the City's primary property tax, to which an increase of about $2.66M has been recommended, and on proposed increases to water rates and fees. Story from KOLD/KMSB on final budget adoption here, City of Tucson news release, Truth in Taxation Hearing Notice here, story from KOLD/KMSB on water rates and fees here.
CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION RESTORES RANK OF TFD CAPTAIN - The City of Tucson's Civil Service Commission voted unanimously to restore the rank of Captain Roger Sloan Tamietti, who had been demoted over allegations of misconduct. After hearing two days of testimony, the commission decided there wasn't enough evidence to support the previous punishment. Commissioners cited lack of witness corroboration, dubious investigative methods and improper application of TFD's own code as some of the reasons they voted to reinstate Tamietti's rank. From the Star.
TFD HAZMAT CREWS RESPOND TO FREON LEAK AT PIMA COUNTY JAIL - Tucson Fire Department hazardous materials crews were dispatched yesterday to the Pima County Jail for a refrigerant leak. Maintenance crews were working on rooftop A/C units, under the impression that the refrigerant had been drained. After a valve was opened, it was discovered refrigerant remained in the system. Hazardous Materials crews arrived and took safety precautions to identify the substance that had leaked. The substance that leaked was identified as Dichlorodifluoromethane, a colorless gas usually sold under the brand name of Freon. No injuries were reported, but the Tucson Fire Department reminds everyone that acute exposure to Freon can be dangerous. Symptoms include dizziness, drowsiness, and sometimes an irregular heartbeat. If you ever suspect a Freon leak, remove yourself from the area and call for emergency services. News release from TFD.
WILDFIRE NEAR NOGALES IS ABOUT 8% CONTAINED, HAS BURNED OVER 3,800 ACRES - As of this morning, fire crews battling the Soldier Basin Fire northeast of Nogales were saying the fire had burned over 3,800 acres, and was about eight percent contained. The fire was first reported last Friday. Soldier Basin Wildfire Information Officer Michelle Fidler says the fire was human-caused. "We know that because there was no lightning reported in the area," she said, adding that an investigation is underway. From KOLD/KMSB.