OV hosts 1st virtual Council on Your Corner
The Town of Oro Valley is expanding its popular “Council on Your Corner” discussion series and will host its first-ever virtual event. “Council on Your Corner 2.0,” featuring a discussion with Councilmember Joe Hornat, will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Dr. Reservations are not required, and the event is open to the public.
Not only will “Council on Your Corner 2.0” include its traditional face-to-face opportunity to interact with local council members, but it also will allow those who are unable to attend in person the opportunity to log on and view the event live, or download the archived meeting at their convenience.
The idea was encouraged by Councilmember Hornat.
“The Town Council, in its continuing efforts to expand outreach to the community, will stream this event live and archive it for those folks who may not be able to attend,” Hornat said. “Hopefully, we will get a lot of folks with good questions, and because these electronic discussions are archived, we can share this with more members throughout our community.”
To view the meeting live, or to download later, follow these easy steps:
• Go to www.orovalleyaz.gov and click the Meetings, Agendas and Minutes button on the Home page
• Then click Live Meetings
Participants may submit questions in advance of the Town Hall by emailing Pat Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon on Jan. 8, or using the Town’s Facebook and Twitter accounts during the live broadcast. Questions may be submitted using the following addresses:
For more information regarding the new format, call Oro Valley’s Constituent Services Office at 229 4711.
Fourth annual Shred-A-Thon schedule announced
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has released its fourth annual Shred-A-Thon event schedule. The free service enables consumers to have their personal documents destroyed in a secure and reliable manner.
Acceptable items for shredding are any personal documents that are loose, folded, stapled or in envelopes. Items that will not be accepted are business documents, videos, cassettes, CDs, DVDs and credit cards.
Shred-A-Thons will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on these Saturdays:
• Feb. 5 at the Foothills Mall, 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd.
• March 19 at Bear Canyon Plaza, Tanque Verde/Catalina Highway
• May 28 at the Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Rd.
• Aug. 13 at Desert Winds Elementary School, 12675 W. Rudasill Rd.
• Sept. 10 at the Kino Sports Complex, 2805 E. Ajo Way
• Oct. 15 at the Professional Plaza, 1141 S. La Cañada Rd. in Green Valley
Events may end early due to extreme weather or if shredding bins fill to capacity. All events will be a drive-thru service. An attendant will come to each vehicle and transfer all documents to be shredding to a bin. Shredding will be completed on-site before each driver leaves.
Arizona Verified Information Destruction and Shred-It have donated their time and services for these events.
For more information, call 351-4615 during regular business hours.
TPD patrol officers receive new holsters
The Tucson Police Foundation announced this week that it will donate 250 new duty holsters to Tucson Police Department patrol officers who have qualified at the range on the new piece of equipment. The officers will receive the holsters at no cost due to the actions of those individuals, members and sponsors who support the Tucson Police Foundation.
Founded in 2003, the Tucson Police Foundation is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to fostering public safety through community partnerships to support the Tucson Police Department. The Foundation previously has provided for life-saving equipment, training and community based safety programs for the benefit of Tucson.
Marana lauded as bike-friendly
Like to bike? Why not try Marana? The town was named one of Arizona’s top 20 bicycle-friendly communities in the 2010 issue of Perimeter Bicycling Journal.
The publication was distributed last month to participants in the El Tour de Tucson bicycle race and mailed to members of Perimeter Bicycling Association.
The announcement was made after nearly a month of research, interviews and input by transportation planners and city employees. Communities were evaluated on the total number of bike lanes within their municipality, dedicated bike routes, access to dirt trails, number of dollars spent on bicycle-related services, special programs, number of motorist-bicyclist collisions, and community-supported bicycle events, among others.
Marana received an honorable mention for its bike-friendly services. The city of Tucson received top honors, with nearby Sahuarita and Green Valley placing in 10th place.
Police cite 156 for DUIs in Pinal
From Thanksgiving through New Year’s day, the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, working with other DUI Task Forces, stopped 156 people who were driving under the influence of alcohol.
They arrested 124 for a misdemeanor DUI, 15 for extreme DUI (more than .15 BAC), seven DUIs to people under the age of 21, and 10 for aggravated DUI (to people whose license was already suspended). They also arrested 25 for underage drinking, and handed out 164 other violations.
The officers did this by conducting both saturation patrols and one sobriety checkpoint.
“Statistics show on average, nationwide, someone is killed every 40 minutes by an impaired driver,” Pinal Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a release. “On average in Arizona, 2.21 persons are killed as a result of motor-vehicle collisions every day.
“High visibility, zero-tolerance enforcement is at the foundation of any successful effort to reduce impaired driving and one of the ways we will ensure those traveling the roads of Pinal County are safer.”
I-10 Toltec ramp to close Wednesday
On- and off-ramp closures previously scheduled on Interstate 10 for Monday, Jan. 3, at Sunshine Boulevard, and Tuesday, Jan. 4, at Toltec Road, have been delayed, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Current schedules are as follows:
Beginning 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 5, until 6 a.m. the following morning, the Toltec Road (Exit 203) on- and off-ramps for westbound I-10 will be closed for paving. Signage will be placed around the construction zone directing motorists.
Motorists on westbound I-10 wishing to access Toltec Road will be directed to Sunland Gin Road (Exit 200), where they may re-enter I-10 heading eastbound to return to Toltec Road.
Motorists on Toltec Road wishing to access westbound I-10 will be directed to take eastbound I-10 to Sunshine Boulevard (Exit 208), where they may re-enter I-10 heading westbound.
The paving work scheduled on this segment of I-10 is part of a larger project to widen I-10, between I-8 and SR 87, from two to three lanes in each direction to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety along this heavily traveled corridor.
As always, drivers are reminded to proceed through the work zone with caution, to slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.
The construction project schedule is subject to change due to a variety of reasons, including weather, material availability and mechanical difficulties.
For more information, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.
Pima County benevolent fund receives donation
On Monday, the Pinal County Justice Foundation/Benevolent Fund received a $5,000 donation from George Johnson. This is Johnson’s second donation; having contributed $7,500 on Nov. 19.
The Benevolent Fund is used to assist sheriff’s office employees, as well as family members in the event the officer is injured or killed in the line of duty or suffers from a tragic event. The fund also is used for employee morale-boosting activities.
“My family and residents of Pinal County are very grateful to the men and women of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office. They put their lives at risk each and everyday so we can live in peace,” Johnson said in a press release. “I am happy to provide this funding as my way of thanking them for the sacrifices they and their families make.”
Sheriff Babeu expressed his gratitude for the donation.
“I am very appreciative of the generous donation provided by Mr. Johnson” Babeu said. “Law enforcement can be all-consuming and because of this, families are left to put up with long hours, missed birthdays, holidays and school events. The men and women of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office are dedicated to protecting our families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”
Babeu noted that a portion of this funding will be used for an employee appreciation night at the ballpark, where 1,000 plus tickets will be purchased for PCSO staff and their families to enjoy the Arizona Diamondbacks as they play the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.
For more information, visit www.pinalcountyjusticefoundation.org.