STREET REPAIR SPOTLIGHT: NEIGHBORHOOD STREET WORK - Beginning today, Granite Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will apply slurry seal to all the residential streets in three neighborhood areas: (1) between Country Club and Alvernon, Pima and Speedway; (2) Swan, Craycroft, Fifth and Broadway; and (3) Pantano, Harrison, Golf Links and Sellarole. Crews will be working from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. The pavement improvement project is part of the Fiscal Year 2013 Mayor and Council approved Pavement Preservation Program, a one-year, $20 million street rehabilitation program to resurface arterial, collector and residential streets. Read the News release from TDOT.
FY14 BUDGET TENTATIVELY ADOPTED - M&C tentatively adopted the City Manager's recommended budget for Fiscal 2014 in their regular session last night. The budget includes a 55-cent hourly wage increase for permanent city workers, and measures to close a deficit of about $15M through debt restructuring, land sales, and other means. Although tentatively adopted, the budget must still return to M&C for final approval after another public hearing, scheduled for May 21. The vote was 5-2 (Council Members Cunningham and Kozachik dissenting). From KVOA.
PARKWISE FIVE-YEAR PLAN APPROVED: SMART METERS, NEW RATES ON THE WAY - On April 4, 2013, the ParkWise Commission recommended various adjustments to Downtown parking rates and fees, including increases to on-street meter rates and some discounts elsewhere, expected to increase revenue by $350K in 2014 and larger amounts in succeeding years. The new revenue will allow ParkWise to address a list of capital needs, including access and revenue control systems for downtown parking garages, and smart meter systems capable of accepting credit and debit cards. From the Star. Read the M&C memo here. Download the slide presentation on five-year plan here.
EL RIO GOLF COURSE COULD BECOME PRIVATE COLLEGE CAMPUS - Staff from the City and Grand Canyon University, a private Phoenix-based Christian college, have been discussing the terms of a possible sale or lease agreement for a school campus on the site of El Rio Golf Course. Potential benefits range from an increase in jobs and capital investment to additional educational opportunities for Tucson's West Side. Concerns include the reduction of current golf operations, an existing contract with the Tucson Conquistadors for the First Tee program at El Rio, and the need for improvements to the adjacent Joaquin Murrieta Park. Story from from KOLD/KMSB here. Story from the Star here.
AIRPORT AUTHORITY BREAKS GROUND ON SOLAR PARKING SHADE PROJECT - Work has begun on a solar project expected to replace about 40 percent of the Tucson International Airports electrical energy needs, via photovoltaic panels covering its parking lot. "It'll be a tremendous emission savings and power savings for us, and it will provide covered parking for our customers as a side benefit," said Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) President Bonnie Allin. Tucson International Airport is owned by the City of Tucson and operated by TAA under a lease agreement. From Arizona Public Media.