AGENDA SPOTLIGHT: THRIFTY BLOCK RESTATED DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT - At their regular meeting tomorrow, M&C will consider a request from the City Manager to approve a settlement agreement and amended and restated development agreement with Rio Nuevo and BP Post Developers (Bourn) for property along the south side of Congress St. between Scott and Stone Avenues, commonly known as the "Thrifty Block." The restated agreement will allow its parties to dismiss remaining portions of a 2011 lawsuit, and clear the way for development of the block. M&C discussed an earlier draft of the proposed restated agreement on July 9th, but continued the item to allow time for further review.
THIS THURSDAY: BROADWAY PLANNING UPDATE AND COMMUNITY WORKSHOP - The Citizens Task Force (CTF) for the Broadway: Euclid to Country Club Improvement Project invites the community to a Planning Update presentation and Community Workshop on Thursday, September 26, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sabbar Shrine Hall, 450 S. Tucson Blvd. Attendees will be able to "Learn, Discuss, and Provide Input and Ideas" on the regional corridor project through meeting the 13-member CTF and the project planning and design team, learning about the project progress and schedule, and discussing and providing input on street width alternatives and performance measures being considered by the CTF and the project team.
PIMA BOND COMMITTEE VOTES TO POSTPONE PLAN FOR 2014 ELECTION - Following County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s recommendation, the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee voted to postpone consideration of November 2014 bond election until November 2015. Their next meeting is scheduled for February 2014. Story from the Star here, story from the Green Valley News here.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: DIRECTOR OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - The City of Tucson is seeking a dynamic, creative, and progressive team leader to serve as chief executive in its Department of Housing and Community Development. The Department is responsible for administering the Public Housing Authority of the City of Tucson. This position is responsible for managing the Department with an adopted operating budget in Fiscal Year 2014 of $85 million of local and Federal (HUD) funding. The director's office provides overall direction in maintaining coordinated and comprehensive programs for community development, human services, public housing and rental assistance in accordance with federal regulations, policies and procedures established by the Mayor and Council and City Manager. Interested applicants are asked to contact Mark Pargas, the City's Executive Recruiter, at 520-837-4177. City of Tucson Job listing.
RIP, ROBERT CAUTHORN - Former Tucson City Councilman Robert Cauthorn passed away last week at the age of 91. Cauthorn, a UA economics professor who was elected to the Ward 3 seat in 1973, played an instrumental role in the 1976 introduction of a "cost of service" rate structure for Tucson Water, which applied "lift charges" to customers at higher elevations to offset the utility's pumping costs. This proved to be one of the most severe political controversies in the history of Tucson city government, prompting an unprecedented recall effort that unseated three of Cauthorn's colleagues. Cauthorn himself resigned prior to the recall election to take a municipal administration job in Broward County, Florida, where he worked for the remainder of his career before returning to Tucson to retire. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and is survived by his wife, a sister, and six children. From the Star.