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Scottsdale Update for July 24, 2014


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HEADLINE NEWS ( go to this topic )
  • Scottsdale General Plan gets new name to clarify timeframe, process
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE ( go to this topic )
  • Safety Luau focuses on water safety
  • Check out ongoing events
GET INVOLVED: OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT ( go to this topic )
  • Will you help us rebuild the city of Scottsdale’s website?
  • Registration deadline is Monday to vote in Aug. 26 primary election
AT YOUR SERVICE - UTILITY SCHEDULE AND MORE ( go to this topic )
  • Despite construction, Downtown’s 5th Avenue open for business
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk – here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood
PROGRAMS FOR YOU ( go to this topic )
  • Swim lessons begin Aug. 4
  • Scottsdale offers “Thrive After Three” after-school programs
FUTURE EVENT SCHEDULE ( go to this topic )
  • A listing of city events and programs scheduled in the coming weeks

HEADLINE NEWS

Scottsdale General Plan gets new name to clarify timeframe, process
The City Council recently extended the General Plan process until November 2016. With that action, the former name of the process became dated. To better reflect the community’s land use and economic forecast expiration date of 2035, we’re now calling the update process “Scottsdale General Plan 2035.” The process will update Scottsdale’s General Plan, a document that guides how the city will evolve over the next 20 years. This communitywide process will include extensive opportunities for citizen involvement. The General Plan Task Force recently released its second draft document. Review the draft and submit your feedback. Remember – It’s your city, it’s your plan, it’s your future.

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UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS SCHEDULE

Safety Luau celebrates water safety
Help celebrate water safety and keep our kids safe around water! You’re invited to the city’s first Safety Luau from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Eldorado Aquatic Center, 2301 N. Miller Road. This event features fun games and activities for the whole family, plus a mock rescue demonstration with the Scottsdale Fire Department. We’ll close the night with live hula and fire dancers. Regular pool admission fees apply. For more information, call 480-312-2484. Get drowning prevention tips.

Check out these ongoing activities and events:

  • Free Downtown Trolley – Runs daily, every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk.
  • ArtWalk – Visit many of the more than 100 art galleries in Downtown Scottsdale, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, year ‘round, Scottsdale Arts District. 
  • Food Truck Caravan – Eight gourmet food trucks, live music and comfortable seating under the stars, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard. 480-251-1769.
  • Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours – 10:30 a.m. second Saturday of the month, Old Adobe Mission, Downtown Scottsdale. 480-634-6850.
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve hikes and educational programs – ongoing.
  • WestWorld hosts various horse shows and other events. 
  • Downtown Update – Get details on all the goings-on in Downtown by subscribing to the Downtown Update eNewsletter. 

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GET INVOLVED: OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR GOVERNMENT

Will you help us rebuild the city of Scottsdale’s website?
With thousands of pages and millions of visits each year, the city’s website —ScottsdaleAZ.gov – serves as a critical information tool for you, our customers. To help you find what you’re looking for quicker and easier, and to take advantage of current technology, we will be overhauling the site. And we need your help! Here are some quick and easy ways you can assist:

We will be collecting feedback until mid-August.

Registration deadline is Monday to vote in Aug. 26 primary election
Scottsdale residents must be registered by Monday, July 28, to be qualified to vote in the Tuesday, Aug. 26, primary election. Voters will elect three council members. Candidates must receive a majority of the legal votes cast to be elected outright at the primary. If not, the top two vote-getters for every open seat will advance to the Nov. 4 general election. Register to vote by calling Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511 or going online. More election information:

  • Early ballots:  Registered voters must request an early ballot by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, through Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511 or online to have the early ballot mailed to them. Registered Independents or those with no party affiliation must designate which ballot desired.
  • In-person early voting:  In-person early voting in Scottsdale for the primary election will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, Thursday, July 31, through Friday, Aug. 22, at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
  • Election Day voting:  Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Aug. 26. Registered voter households will receive the candidate information pamphlet before early voting begins Thursday, July 31. Your polling location will be indicated on the mailing label of that pamphlet. Find polling locations. View a map of polling locations.
  • View the candidate information pamphlet.
  • Watch candidate forums on Scottsdale’s Channel 11.
  • Learn more about the election

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AT YOUR SERVICE - UTILITY SCHEDULE AND MORE

Despite construction, Downtown’s 5th Avenue open for business
Businesses are open this summer while construction crews repair waterlines to alleviate flooding along 5th Avenue between Craftsman Court and Scottsdale Road. Work began mid-July and most improvements are slated for completion the end of August. Sidewalks on both sides of the street are open to pedestrians during construction. Due to the magnitude of construction, however, there is no on-street parking or through-traffic. Access from the parking structure to 5th Avenue also will be closed. Temporary trolley stops will be available at both ends of 5th Avenue during construction. Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. weekdays. Learn more about the project.

Dispose of your brush and bulk – here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood
The city provides monthly brush and bulk item collection, offering residents a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers. Place brush and bulk items out for pickup by 5 a.m. Monday the week of scheduled service: 

  • Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of July 28.
  • Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Aug. 4.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Aug. 11.
  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Aug. 18.

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PROGRAMS FOR YOU

Swim lessons begin Aug. 4
Splash into the fall season and sign up for August swim lessons. The lessons are offered at all three year-round aquatic centers and will run Monday and Wednesday afternoons Aug. 4- 27.

Enroll your kids in the “Thrive After Three” after-school programs
Scottsdale’s Thrive After Three after-school programs resume Wednesday, Aug. 6, and run concurrently with the Scottsdale Unified School District calendar. Programs start at school release times and run until 6 p.m. including early release days. Registration is $30 a month or $300 for the school year; financial assistance is available.

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FUTURE EVENT SCHEDULE

Explore the life cycle of innovation at the Innovation Arizona Summit
The Innovation Arizona Summit will explore the lifecycle of Innovation – from inspiration to commercialization. The daylong event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. The summit will empower collaborators to expand their networks and engage in unique discussions around science, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. What makes this summit so unique is the diversity of collaborators represented with business, industry, education, government, community leaders and more! With an anticipated 20 sessions, 60 exhibitors, countless networking opportunities and 1,000 attendees, there is something for everyone. Cost is $20 per person. Register and get more information.

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