Friday is last day for in-person voting
Registered voters can cast ballots for three open City Council seats from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 22, at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Election Day is Tuesday, Aug. 26. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Find polling locations. Find polling locations. View a map of polling locations. Learn more about the election.
City hosts open house to gather input on Major General Plan Amendments
The public is invited to an open house to review and comment on four proposed 2014 Major General Plan Amendment cases. The open house will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Copper Ridge School cafeteria, 10101 E. Thompson Peak Parkway. The cases include:
- Pinnacle Peak Patio (2-GP-2014): Request to change the land use designation from Commercial to Suburban Neighborhoods on roughly 11 acres north of the Jomax Road and Pinnacle Peak Parkway intersection.
- El Regalo (3-GP-2014): Request to change the land use designation from Commercial to Suburban Neighborhoods on roughly 6 acres north of the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Westland Drive.
- Cavalliere Flat (4-GP-2014): Request to change the land use designation from Commercial and Rural Neighborhoods to Rural Neighborhoods and Suburban Neighborhoods on roughly 46 acres on the southeast corner of Alma School Parkway and Pinnacle Vista Drive.
- Greasewood Flat (5-GP-2014) Request to change the land use designation from Rural Neighborhoods and Natural Open Space to Cultural/Institutional and Public Use on about a 10-acre site on the northwest corner of the East Mariposa Grande Drive and 134th Street alignments.
These projects are defined as a Major General Plan Amendments per the 2001 Scottsdale General Plan Major Amendment criteria. Arizona requires one City Council hearing be designated each calendar year to consider all Major General Plan Amendment applications. In addition, there will be two separate Planning Commission hearings in September and October before the cases go before the City Council in December. Get more information on Major General Plan Amendments.
Tweet why you love Scottsdale and you could win an iPad mini
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns is running a Twitter contest through 11:59 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Aug. 21. The league wants people to follow @AZCitiesWork then tweet why they love their city or town. Get official contest rules. Remember to hashtag Scottsdale in your tweet. The League of Arizona Cities and Towns organization promotes and assists local governments.
Scottsdale pools host public swim on Labor Day
McDowell Mountain Ranch, Eldorado and Cactus aquatic centers will be open for the last day of public swim on Labor Day, from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1. Head out to the pools and enjoy this summer’s final ride down the slide.
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.
- See more on the city's event calendar.
Water Resources facilities recognized for safety performance
The Water Resources Division was recently awarded seven safety awards by the Arizona Water Association for outstanding achievement in continued safety performance. Four facilities – Gainey Ranch Wastewater Reclamation Facility, Desert Mountain Recharge Facility, Advanced Water Treatment Facility and Wastewater Collection System – received Awards of Merit for operating at least one year without a disabling injury accident. Three additional facilities – Chaparral Water Treatment Plant, Central Groundwater Treatment Facility and CAP Water treatment Plant – each received Letters of Commendation for operating 200,000 consecutive man hours without a disabling injury accident. The Arizona Water Association is an independent organization that also serves as the Arizona section of the American Water Works Association and the Arizona member association of the Water Environment Federation.
Fall hours at railroad park resume Sept. 1
McCormick Stillman Railroad Park will resume fall hours Monday, Sept. 1. Here’s the schedule:
The park will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Train and carousel rides and Hartley’s General Store operate during these hours.
- The park will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Train and carousel rides and Hartley’s General Store operate during these hours.
- The award-winning model railroad building will be open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Park reservations can be made from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
- The park’s historic railroad museum reopens in October through May.
The 30-acre park is at the southeast corner of Indian Bend and Scottsdale roads. Amenities include train and carousel rides, food concessions, two playgrounds, birthday party facilities, reservable and drop-in picnic areas, the historic railroad museum and model railroad building, a desert arboretum and retail shops.
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Mayor’s Constitution Day Contest showcases American pride
For the second year, Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane is running a Constitution Day Contest to commemorate the Sept. 17, 1797, signing of the U. S. Constitution. This year’s contest has been expanded to include an art/video category in addition to the essay category. Prizes will be awarded in both categories for three age groups: First through fifth grades: $100 gift cards; sixth through eighth grades: $150 gift cards; and high school: $200 gift cards. Those wanting to participate can submit entries at any Scottsdale Public Library or at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Entries also can be submitted electronically to Rachel Smetana. Entries must be submitted, emailed or postmarked by Wednesday, Sept. 3. Mayor Lane will host a reception for contest participants and their families on Constitution Day, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Loop 101 Pima Freeway weekend closure
Work continues to add lanes to the Loop 101 Pima Freeway between Shea Boulevard and the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway. Upcoming Loop 101 Pima Freeway restrictions include:
- The freeway will be narrowed to two lanes in both directions from Thomas to McKellips roads from 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, through 5 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22.
- The freeway will be closed southbound between Via de Ventura and Indian School Road from 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22, until 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25. In addition, both south- and northbound left and high occupancy vehicle lanes will be closed from Indian School Road to the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway.
As part of the $72.7 million project, one lane in each direction will be added to the 11-mile stretch of road. A second northbound lane will be added between the Loop 202 interchange and McDowell Road. For the time being, all lanes will be open during weekday commutes, but the posted speed limit on the freeway will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph. The project is slated for a late 2016 completion, according to Arizona Department of Transportation.
Fall swim lessons available at aquatic centers
September swim lessons at McDowell Mountain Ranch, Eldorado and Cactus aquatic centers begin Saturday, Sept. 6. These 30-minute lessons take place on Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks. There is also an eight-week course that takes place on Saturdays at the McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center. Get details.
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 Aug. 25.
- Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of Sept. 8.
- Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of Sept. 15.
- Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of Sept. 22.