REMINDER: FINAL PUBLIC HEARING ON PLAN TUCSON TOMORROW NIGHT - A public hearing is scheduled during tomorrow night's M&C Regular Session to discuss Plan Tucson, the City's proposed new General Plan. By state law, cities and towns must refer their General Plans for voter approval once every ten years. Tucson's last General Plan was approved by voters in 2001, but a bill passed by the Arizona Legislature in 2010 extended the deadline until 2015. Read the M&C memo here.
COUNTY BOND COMMITTEE TO MEET THIS FRIDAY - A postponed meeting of the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee has been rescheduled for Friday, June 14th at 8 a.m. The Bond Advisory Committee will be generally discussing the $650 million of new and resubmitted projects, reviewing their adopted criteria for evaluating projects, and considering a process and timeline to develop a recommended bond package for November 2014. From the Explorer. Download the meeting agenda here.
AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: UNDER PROPOSED AGREEMENT, CITY WOULD BEGIN BUYING POTTED TREES FROM COUNTY - Under a proposed intergovernmental agreement (IGA) on tomorrow's M&C Consent Agenda, the City would begin purchasing trees in tall pots from a nursery operated by Pima County's Parks Department. The nursery grows trees in pots that are thirty inches tall, with the goal of allowing the roots to reach moisture deep beneath the soil's surface. These trees would be used to replace trees in City right-of-way as the need arises. Under the IGA, the City would pay $25 per pot for the first year, and would be required to order the pots in increments of 50. The term of the proposed agreement is one year, but can be extended by staff for five additional one-year terms. Read the M&C memo here. Read the proposed IGA here.
COUNTY SURVEY SAYS LAW ENFORCEMENT PAY ON PAR WITH OTHER AGENCIES - A three-page memo from Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry says County pay for law enforcement is relatively similar to the pay of officers working in Tucson and Phoenix, as well as in Maricopa, Pinal and Yuma counties. Next year's proposed budget has a 1 percent across-the-board pay increase for all county employees starting on July 1, with an additional 2 percent pay increase starting on Jan. 1. Deputies will also get, on average, a $1,000 one-time bonus, as well as an increase in their uniform allowance. From the Star.
PLAYABLE PARKS: SAN ANTONIO PARK - Tucson artist Maloree Renaud and her two-year-old son, Captain Awesome, are on a mission to visit all 127 of Tucson's city parks. They recently visited San Antonio Park, a smaller neighborhood park in Ward Five's Barrio San Antonio. Renaud writes: "Even in so small a space, the way the land has small hills and valleys and a winding rock irrigation path made it easy to become an explorer, discovering uncharted lands and finding new species of bird and lizard. San Antonio park is beautiful and unique. Instead of making me forget that we live in the desert, it reminded me how fortunate we are to call Tucson our home." From Playable Parks.