Paul's Note - August 8, 2019

I am a strong believer in citizen participation. I wanted to let you know that there are some opportunities coming up to learn and participate.

Pima Association of Governments (PAG), in partnership with the City of Tucson, invites you to attend one of two open houses to review a draft Long-Range Regional Transit Plan. In the fall of 2018, the City and PAG held public meetings and conducted online and in-person surveys about transit. After technical review of all public comments, this draft plan was developed.

There will be two open houses, and the same information will be presented at both. OnWednesday, Aug. 28 from 5 to 7 pm, an open house will be held at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center at 101 W Irvington, Building 9. A second one will be at the First Assembly of God Church, 1749 E Broadway Blvd, from 10 am to noon.

Presenters will review past public input, striking the balance between frequency and coverage in our transit system and get more public input for the draft plan.

Along some of the same lines, the city is looking for volunteers to sit on the Complete Streets Coordinating Council. This body replaces several transportation-related committees that advised us on the council when it came to transportation issues. This new public committee that will help guide transportation investments over the next 25 years. The role of this committee will be to review transportation projects, ensure our streets are meeting the needs of everyone and help the City engage other members of the public about transportation matters.

The City of Tucson is looking for interested members of the public with a background in safety, accessibility for all abilities, equity, land use, environment, health and recreation, economic vitality and transportation and mobility as they relate to transportation. These members will be able to implement their background knowledge into the Complete Streets Program.

Applications are being accepted now through Friday, August 23 at 5 p.m. Those interested in being a member of the Coordinating Council can get further information and fill out an application at the link https://www.tucsonaz.gov/tdot/complete-streets-tucson.

Do you enjoy talking trash? Well, we’ve got a committee where you can do that. The Environmental Services Advisory Committee serves in an advisory role to the Environmental Services Department relating to planning, design and implementation of programs and services. We are looking for an appointment in Ward 2 that has experience with utility rates, solid waste management, business management, financial analysis, environmental issues, recycling or neighborhood issues. Please contact my office if you would be interested.

Lastly, the city is doing a customer service survey and your input is both welcome and needed. The survey is our way to better understand the community's needs around connecting with the City and accessing City services or resources.

Please take a few minutes to answer a quick survey about your preferences in communicating with the City so that we can better serve you. The survey can be found online at http://tucsonaz.gov/survey0819.

It’s looking like we will be blessed with some rain this weekend. Be careful, especially with your kids, around flooded washes and roadways.