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Scottsdale Update - April 3, 2020

This week's highlights: COVID-19 updates | Proposed FY 2020/21 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Plan | April is Safe Digging Month | 2020 Census is happening now
Basketball, volleyball, tennis, and pickleball courts are closed

Per Executive Order of the Governor, all playgrounds, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and pickleball courts at Scottsdale parks will be closed as of 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions April 3 - 12

An update on major road construction projects and traffic restrictions in Scottsdale to help you plan your best route
Scottsdale Update - March 31, 2020

This week's highlights: COVID-19 | Governor issues "stay at home" order | Donate to emergency food drive | SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans available
The General Plan Update Citizen Review Committee 2020 begins - online

A General Plan Update Citizen Review Committee 2020 (CRC) composed of representatives from each of the General Plan relevant city boards and commissions has been formed to review the draft 2035 General Plan as an initial step prior to the document moving through a community review and public hearing process as part of Scottsdale’s ongoing compliance with state statutes.
Scottsdale Video Network April program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this April.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions March 27 - April 5

An update on road construction projects and traffic restrictions in Scottsdale to help you plan your best route
Scottsdale Update - March 26, 2020

This week's highlights: COVID-19 | Most city buildings closed | Trolley service suspended | Public facilities, events & programs info
Scottsdale Police Department Building Closures

List of Scottsdale PD Building Closures
Scottsdale Fire closes buildings to public, suspends programs during COVID-19 crisis

Due to health concerns with COVID-19, Scottsdale Fire Department has taken measures to protect the health and safety of employees and the public.
Special City Council meeting called March 24

The Scottsdale City Council will meet – via telephone only – at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in a special session. The sole agenda item is to consider continuing or revoking the emergency proclamation declared by Mayor Lane March 18. The action is required by Scottsdale Revised Code Section 10-3.
Scottsdale suspends trolley service starting March 25

Scottsdale suspending trolley service beginning Wednesday, March 25, in response to COVID-19.
Scottsdale closes most buildings to the public beginning March 24

Beginning Tuesday, March 24, all city buildings except the City Court, Granite Reef Senior Center, and Vista del Camino Food Bank will be closed to the public as Scottsdale scales its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Crime Prevention Tips for Businesses During the Corona virus Situation

Scottsdale Police provide tips for businesses during the Corona Virus Situation
A message from Mayor Jim Lane

Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane speaks about COVID-19, the city's response and the impact on the community.
Scottsdale, community groups team up to hold an emergency food and supply drive

Access to safe and nourishing food is needed now more than ever. If you are healthy and able, please consider donating to our emergency food and supply drive taking place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions March 20 - 29

An update on road construction projects and traffic restrictions in Scottsdale to help you plan your best route
Scottsdale Update - March 19, 2020

This week's highlights: COVID-19 | Mayor issues Declaration of Emergency| Essential services available | Public facilities, events & programs
Scottsdale issues a declaration of emergency in response to COVID-19

Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane has issued a declaration of emergency in Scottsdale as part of the city’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Contract, Audit No. 2006

While generally effective, contract administration can be improved. Specifically, the City continued to make utility payments for the museum’s administrative building, totaling about $77,000 for 5½ years. Also, responsibility for certain maintenance items can be clarified, and reporting requirements can be met more completely and timely.
An important Do and Don’t from Scottsdale Water during COVID-19 pandemic

In this time of uncertainty and misinformation, Scottsdale Water is issuing two big Dos and Don’ts for customers during the coronavirus pandemic.
March 18 Update - COVID - 19

The Scottsdale Public Library has closed all branches until further notice. Limited library services will be available. The city is working on ways to serve customers in "social distancing" appropriate ways, including drive through window service, call center and the "Ask A Librarian" online service.
Scottsdale PD Continues To Serve During The Coronavirus Situation

Scottsdale first responders are dedicated to handling all of your law enforcement, fire and EMS needs as usual.
Scottsdale City Court offers online services; cancels jury service

To prioritize the health and wellness of court visitors, Scottsdale City Court has suspended jury service through March 27 and is offering online services to address cases.
View the March 17 City Council meeting remotely

The 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, Scottsdale City Council meeting will be held as scheduled, although the 4 p.m. Board and Commission interview meeting is postponed until May. The City Council will determine plans for future meetings after that.
Scottsdale Update - March 12, 2020

This week's highlights? COVID-19 information | Short-term rental update | Apply to serve on city board, commission | Domestic violence myths - get the facts
Be prepared as severe weather continues to impact Scottsdale

A slow-moving storm system will continue to bring showers and thunderstorms into Scottsdale Thursday afternoon into night with showers lingering into Friday, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service in Phoenix.
Apply to serve on a city board or commission

Scottsdale has several openings on various commissions – residents wanting to institute positive change are invited to apply to serve. Volunteers are needed for six boards and commissions, which will be filled in May.
Short-term rental owner information available in searchable database; reminder to register

Last fall, the Scottsdale City Council adopted an ordinance that requires owners of short-term or vacation rentals to provide the city with emergency and complaint contact information. The database for this information has been updated
SPD Vehicles get new graphics

As new SPD vehicles replace the old, they will get updated graphics
Scottsdale Update - March 5, 2020

This week's highlights: ArtWalk - Tonight! | Census 2020 participation vital | Visit Cactus League exhibit | Free legal services at Paiute
Scottsdale Fire crew transported a patient who was later diagnosed with coronavirus

Within the past week a Scottsdale Fire Department engine company was called to evaluate a man who later tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Library Programs are Essential for Early Literacy

Scottsdale Public Library offers many different programs with a focus on early literacy development for children up to age 5.
BYORB at McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve celebrates Sustainability Day with their Bring Your Own Reusable Bottle event!
Your participation in the 2020 Census is vital

Census notices will begin arriving in Scottsdale mailboxes March 12—a key point in the once-a-decade process to count everyone in the United States.
Scottsdale Update - Feb. 27, 2020

This week's highlights: Attend Parada Rodeo, March 5-8 | Movie Mania starts Friday | Gold Palette ArtWalk features Native Spirit | Art contest celebrates Earth Day
Seniors and students make the perfect study buddy pairs

The city of Scottsdale has partnered with Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) and Scottsdale Parent Council to launch an Intergenerational Literacy and Leadership pilot program to help at-risk children who could benefit from having a positive adult role model and tutor.
Scottsdale Video Network March program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this March.
Scottsdale Update - Feb. 20, 2020

This week's highlights: Spring training returns to Scottsdale Stadium | Celebrate Scottsdale's founder's birthday | Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk | Register now for Neighborhood College
Art contest celebrates 50th anniversary of Earth Day; offers prizes and praise

Scottsdale students are invited to participate in an Earth Day 2020 Art Contest to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Scottsdale Update - Feb. 13, 2020

This week's highlights: City offices closed Monday | Attend sign ordinance open house | Borrow block party supplies | Join a company wellness league
Police Cadets shred event is Saturday, Feb. 15

Bring your documents to the February 2020 shred event.
Sign ordinance update: freeway, permanent and temporary signs

The city is considering updating the building, freestanding & temporary sign regulations that would allow appropriate signs for developments adjacent to the Loop 101 Freeway between Scottsdale and Hayden roads.
Scottsdale Update - Feb. 6, 2020

This week's highlights: Airport $$$ asset to city | Ride into Western Week | Get reel at film fest | Free health screenings
Scottsdale Airport is an economic powerhouse

Scottsdale Airport, the busiest single runway general aviation airport in the country, continues to be a significant asset for the city of Scottsdale and the entire region. This was confirmed recently by an economic analysis.
Scottsdale Parks Playgrounds Undergoing Renovations

Five Scottsdale parks are being updated with brand new playgrounds.
Scottsdale Update - Jan. 30, 2020

This week's highlights: WestWorld named "Facility of the Year" | Phoenix Open runs through Sunday | Ride into Western Week | RR Park seeks exhibitors for expo
Facilities Management Contract Administration, Audit No. 2005

Facilities Management annually allocates about $3 million to contract certain services, such as custodial and specialized services. The audit determined that Facilities Management had not ensured payments matched the contracted prices, overpaying one tested contractor by about $164,000 from July 2017 through November 2019. Also, contractor performance was not effectively monitored and performance problems effectively addressed. Further, relevant documents were not consistently retained in contract files, and the files regularly reviewed for completeness and accuracy.
Police Special Revenues, Audit No. 1907

As of July 1, 2019, Police Department special program balances totaled more than $680,000, with an additional $4 million held by a county and a state agency. RICO community grants appear to be donations, and other RICO program aspects can be better managed. Also, the department’s Cadet program maintained a bank account outside of the City treasury, and controls over revenues, expenses and records retention were not adequate. Further, the department’s controls over donations, cash handling and expenditure approvals can be improved.
Scottsdale Video Network February program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this February.
Rideshare moved to WestWorld for 2020 Open

Buses will continuously shuttle people between WestWorld and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Video: Behind the Badge - 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open

The "Greatest Show on Grass" is back for 2020. Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell talks with public safety officials and a member of the Phoenix Thunderbirds about everything they do to ensure attendees are safe and have fun.
New Year... New Wellness Leagues from Parks and Recreation!

Gather your friends and coworkers for a wellness league - which are great for exercise, team building and fun!
Scottsdale Update - Jan. 23, 2020

This week's highlights: Car shows bring in bucks | Phoenix Open tees off Monday | Help for domestic violence victims | Scottsdale by the numbers
Scottsdale Update - Jan. 16, 2020

This week's highlights: MLK Jr holiday schedule| Car show runs through Sunday | Marathon affects traffic | Check out library's book (& more!) sale
10 tips to keep special event goers prepared, safe

As the city gears up for major events like Barrett-Jackson and the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Scottsdale Fire urges attendees to follow simple tips to be prepared and be safe.
Scottsdale Update - Jan. 9, 2020

This week's highlights: Tell us which city entry markers you like best | Last chance to nominate an "All Star" | Register for Government 101 | Take a jab at getting fit
SFD highlights outstanding service, promotions

Scottsdale Fire Department recognized outstanding employee and volunteer achievements and promotions at its annual ceremony in December at the Fountain Stage near the Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts.
SFD toy drive collects 12,000+ toys

Scottsdale Fire Department wrapped its 2019 Toy Drive with more than 12,000 toys collected throughout November and December.
Scottsdale Update - Jan. 2, 2020

This week's highlights: iCount - Census 2020 | Recycle Christmas trees | Last chance for RR park's Holiday Lights | Attend MLK Jr. celebration
Census 2020 - What's at stake for Scottsdale?

April 1 is Census Day across the nation. In every community, residents are asked to complete a short questionnaire.
Scottsdale Update - Dec. 26, 2019

This week's highlights: Trash/recycling schedule | City honors employees | If it rains, please refrain | A new year, a new you
Mumps is on rise in Maricopa County

Maricopa County is experiencing a community-wide outbreak of mumps, a contagious disease that can lead to serious consequences.
Scottsdale honors its employees

Improving a park and creating a butterfly exhibit. Developing a system to provide faster medical service to Phoenix Open attendees. Helping the homeless learn about and locate resources. Those are just some of the actions over the past year by Scottsdale employees honored for outstanding performance in 2019.
Scottsdale Update - Dec.19, 2019

This week's highlights: Trash/recycling schedule | Watch the annual Yule Log | Holiday Lights continues | Burn Cleaner, Burn Better
Scottsdale Update - Dec. 12, 2019

This week's highlights: Scottsdale earns Resilience award | Holiday events continue! | Beware of frost damage | Parents night out
Scottsdale Video Network January program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this January.
Scottsdale Police is Hiring Dispatchers

Scottsdale Police is hiring for dispatchers and is extending the invitation to veterans.
Holiday Lights returns to Scottsdale through January 5

Scottsdale's most unique holiday light display is not to be missed!
Scottsdale Update - Dec. 5, 2019

This week's highlights: Nominate an "All Star" | Holiday events galore! | Reduce your winter water use | Plug into Electronics Recycling Collection Day
Scottsdale named a Gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community

Scottsdale is one of only 39 communities nationwide to earn a gold-level or higher designation by the League of American Bicyclists.
Police crisis K9 Chase’s 3rd birthday fundraiser

Crisis Response K9 Chase is asking you to help celebrate his 3rd birthday by making a donation to the Arizona Humane Society.
Black Friday kicks off 2019 SFD Toy Drive

Black Friday is the official kick-off for the Scottsdale Fire Annual Toy Drive. Unwrapped toys and gift cards are accepted at all SFD fire stations and headquarters through Dec. 20.
Scottsdale’s Civic Center reopens to pedestrians

ArtFest of Scottsdale patrons will be the first to experience Scottsdale Civic Center’s new pedestrian walkways and lawn as the popular area fully reopens to pedestrians.
Scottsdale is seeking input to create a “Smart City” roadmap

Scottsdale is creating a “Smart City” roadmap to explore and identify ways that new technology could enhance the community’s quality of life.
Scottsdale Update - Nov. 21, 2019

This week's highlights: Holiday closures | Seeking "Smart City" innovators | Fetch fun at Day of the Dog Festival | Scottsdazzle events begin!
We're seeking senior volunteers to tutor Scottsdale youth

Volunteer recruitment is now underway for a new after school tutoring program that aims to connect senior volunteers with elementary school students.
Scottsdale Video Network December program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this December.
Warehouse Operations, Audit No. 2010

Warehouse can improve recordkeeping and inventory controls for its Stores operation. Also, surplus property policies and procedures are not consistently followed and can be improved. Further, surplus property transfers between City departments should be prioritized and efficiently promoted.
Scottsdale Update - Nov. 14, 2019

This week's highlights: Register for the Cure Corridor | Last chance to attend Canal Convergence | Try some trail etiquette | Product rebate$ available
Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Celebrates 25 years of Accreditation!

For the past 25 years, Scottsdale Parks and Recreation has been accredited by CAPRA!
Long-time fire service leader ready to ride off into retirement

Scottsdale Fire Department is celebrating the retirement of Deputy Chief Steve Randall after nearly 40 years of service at 9 am, Nov. 13, at Scottsdale Fire Station 608, 9598 E. Cactus Rd.
Scottsdale Update - Nov. 7, 2019

This week's highlights: Get election results | Attend Veterans Day commemoration | Converge to the canals | Nominations open for Spirit of Scottsdale Awards
Scottsdale Special Election results

Unofficial results indicate that Scottsdale voters have approved three bond questions in the city’s Nov. 5 Special Bond Election.
Scottsdale begins tracking international visitors as tourism continues to rise

Scottsdale remains a tourist destination of choice – a fact confirmed in a recently-released tourism study conducted by the city’s Tourism and Events Department.
Scottsdale Update - Oct. 31, 2019

This week's highlights: Make sure your vote counts | Explore the Story of Water | Watch how the McDowells became "People's Preserve" | Film Festival reels in great movies
Proposed Rates and Fees Changes

As part of a citywide review, Scottsdale Aviation staff has conducted a market analysis of its rates and fees, and discovered that some categories are below market average.
VIDEO: Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve turns 25

On Oct. 3, 1994, the Scottsdale City Council took a historic step when it passed Resolution No. 4103, formally establishing the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. This is a video tribute to the Preserve Pioneers who helped lead the community in this historic achievement.
Nov. 5 Special Election Update – make sure your vote counts

Maricopa County must receive your voted ballot by Tuesday, Nov. 5 (postmarks do NOT count).
Mountain View Park is getting a new playground

The community center, outdoor restrooms and fields will remain open during construction.
Cheers! Breweries serving craft beer from recycled water

Ten of the Valley’s most popular craft breweries are now serving specialty beers brewed with recycled water.
Short-term/vacation rental owners now required to provide contact information

Starting today those not submitting the information may be cited for noncompliance and fined.
Senator Martha McSally slated to be keynote speaker for Veterans Day commemoration

The event takes place at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. It is free and open to the public.
Scottsdale Update - Oct. 24, 2019

This week's highlights: New requirement for vacation rental owners | Safely dispose of unneeded prescription drugs | Election information | World Gay Rodeo comes to WestWorld
Scottsdale Video Network November program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this November.
SFD first in state to train in urban structure protection for wildland fires

SFD Firefighters will be training within the Rio Montaña community on Oct. 24. The training develops skills for protection of homes and buildings in an urban setting against wildfires.
Scottsdale Update - Oct. 17, 2019

This week's highlights: Loop 101 closures | Watch video on Special Election | Attend trailheads dedication | October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Are you up for the challenge? We're hiring lifeguards!

Do you have a passion for helping others and love spending time outdoors? Then test the waters and become a city lifeguard this fall.
Data help Scottsdale Transportation improve driving safety

Scottsdale is top 15 in the nation for safest drivers according to a recent Allstate report. Learn how the city uses data and infrastructure to encourage safer driving.
Scottsdale Update - Oct. 10, 2019

This week's highlights: County mails ballots | Attend trailheads dedication | Gold Palette ArtWalk tonight | Nominations open for Diversity Champs
Hiking season is here

The cool temps are back, and we are hitting the trails. But as you set off to enjoy one of Scottsdale’s many trails there are predators lurking. Not of the wild animal type, but opportunistic thieves looking to break into your car.
Maricopa County mailing Scottsdale's Nov. 5 Special Election ballots Wednesday

The Nov. 5 Special Election will be Scottsdale’s first election conducted completely via mail.
Attend trailheads dedication as part of McDowell Sonoran Preserve's 25th anniversary

Join the community at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, to officially open Fraesfield and Granite Mountain trailheads.
Scottsdale City Council hires Sherry R. Scott as city attorney

The Scottsdale City Council voted unanimously Thursday to hire Sherry R. Scott as the next city attorney, effective Oct. 4. Scott has more than 20 years of municipal legal experience and has served as Scottsdale’s deputy city attorney since 2006.
Scottsdale Update - Oct. 3, 2019

This week's highlights: Water captures Crescordia award | Get your caboose to Railfair | Veg out at Farmers Market | Fire Prevention Week
Scottsdale Police Support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Police employees donate to local non-profit organization for awareness and education on breast cancer
Scottsdale Update - Sept. 26, 2019

This week's highlights: Preserve turns 25 | Register to vote | See planning projects in your area | Get schooled at Neighborhood College
Scottsdale City Council adopts amendment, ordinance protecting neighborhoods

If you own a short-term or vacation rental in Scottsdale, be aware that some rules will be changing.
Scottsdale Water Recognized for Championing Sustainability


Sandbags available for residents as remnants of Hurricane Lorena approach

Rain, wind and hail are possible as what remains of Hurricane Lorena makes its way through Arizona. Storms are expected to develop rapidly and may cause severe localized winds and flooding. The city offers a variety of safety tips and resources to help you better prepare.
Scottsdale Update - Sept. 19, 2019

This week's highlights: 2019 annual report ready | Drinkwater Boulevard open | Name the Book Bike | Help with holiday donations
City Council to consider three finalists in search for new city attorney

The search for Scottsdale’s next city attorney is nearing a potential conclusion, with three finalists moving forward to interview with City Council members and present at a public meeting, after which one could be selected for the job.
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve turns 25

On Oct. 3, 1994, the Scottsdale City Council took a historic step when it passed Resolution No. 4103, formally establishing the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Learn about non-major General Plan amendment request to add state statute requirements

The public is invited to learn about and provide feedback on a request for a non-major amendment to the city's General Plan 2001.
October Green Building program kicks off 21st season with discussion on electric vehicles

The road ahead is electric.
Revenue Recovery, Audit No. 1911

Revenue Recovery can improve efforts to identify and collect delinquent accounts. For example, an accounts receivable aging analysis is not used, and documented collection efforts were inconsistent and often untimely. As well, program management and oversight could be improved, including effective collection and activity data tracking.
Scottsdale Video Network October program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this October.
Landfill Recycling Cost Review, Audit No. 1917

City management requested this audit to validate financial information related to the City’s current recycling contract as the recycling subcontractor wants to renegotiate the contract terms. The audit found the recycling facility financial analysis and accounting data included some unsupported and questionable costs. Further, the subcontractor contributed a higher percentage of rejected recyclables, which increases its processing costs.
Scottsdale Water issued Arizona’s first permit for direct use of recycled water

Upcoming event will showcase the purity of advanced treated recycled water.
National Suicide Prevention Week highlights need to "listen, refer, support"

Death by suicide in the fire service is higher than the average of non-public safety personnel. However, no matter the occupation, understanding the warning signs may get help to those who need it before it's too late.
Renovated Drinkwater Underpass reopens

The renovated underpass now consists of two tunnels with improved lighting.
Scottsdale Update - Sept. 12, 2019

This week's highlights: Last chance to enter Constitution Contest | Get your free museum tix | Holiday donation programs gear up | Learn basic emergency skills
Registration for Fall CERT class now open

Scottsdale CERT is for those who want to learn basic emergency response skills so they can better help their families, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Class begins Oct. 10.
Scottsdale Update - Sept. 5, 2019

This week's highlights: Show up for Show & Tell Saturday | Learn about General Plan amendment requests | We're a city of good sports | Get schooled at Neighborhood College
Scottsdale Update - Aug. 29, 2019

This week's highlights: Labor Day closures | Sole major GP amendment request | Show up for Show & Tell | Take survey on access for those with disabilities
Public invited to learn about sole major General Plan amendment request

An applicant is requesting to change the land use designation for a project called "Gentry on the Green."
Adaptive Services After School Care

Adaptive Services offers free after school care!
New follow-up survey seeks input on biking in Scottsdale

A survey conducted by the League of American Bicyclists is the next step in Scottsdale’s application for “Bicycle Friendly Community” status.
Scottsdale Video Network September program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this September.
Scottsdale examines accessibility to city programs and services

Scottsdale is seeking public input through a short online survey to evaluate access to city programs, services and buildings for those with disabilities.
Scottsdale Update - Aug. 22, 2019

This week's highlights: Students can enter Constitution Day Contest | City Council resumes meetings | Register for Water Citizen Academy | Nonprofits can apply for funding
Water rebate program updates mean more money for customers

Scottsdale Water is increasing warm-season turf removal rebate maximums for both residential and commercial customers
Video: Behind the Badge - Commitment to Professionalism

Accreditation is a mark of excellence for public safety agencies. Police Chief Alan Rodbell leads a discussion on the process and what it means.
Scottsdale Update - Aug. 15, 2019

This week's highlights: Pima Free construction update | Living with native wildlife | Police host Cadet open house | Cab Connection serves seniors
Scottsdale Update - Aug. 8, 2019

This week's highlights: Get election info at Scottsdale.Vote | Drinkwater bridge nearing completion | Top 30 mysteries in astronomy | Donate blood
2019 Scottsdale Police Cadet Open House

The Scottsdale Police Department Cadet Program announces the 2019 Cadet Open House: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Scottsdale After-School Programs are in Full Swing

Youth in grades K-8 have fun after-school in Scottsdale's engaging, safe and convenient programs.
Drinkwater bridge and underpass nearing completion

Repairs to Drinkwater bridge and underpass, including the reconstruction of the bridge area of Civic Center, are nearing the final phase of construction.
An updated website and web address make finding city election information easy

A new city election website makes information easier to find – and the site itself is easy to find too – just visit Scottsdale.Vote.
Scottsdale Update - Aug. 1, 2019

This week's headlines: Comment on "nuisance parties" ordinance | Dig it? | Slide the Rails | Focus on safety as kids head back to school
Scottsdale recognized for performance management leadership

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) – an organization aimed to advance professional local government management worldwide -- recognized Scottsdale for its data-driven management and reporting efforts with a Certificate of Excellence in Performance Management.
Scottsdale Video Network August program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this August.
Video: Behind the Badge – Human Trafficking

Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell leads a discussion about what Scottsdale PD is doing to combat Human Trafficking.
Scottsdale Police are asking for help identifying a burglary suspect

The Scottsdale Police Department is asking for assistance identifying burglary suspect
Love Scottsdale? You’re invited to become an Old Town Ambassador

Our volunteer ambassadors number more than 100. Their mission is to be a welcoming face to all who visit Old Town Scottsdale.
City Council approves more than $2.1 million for social service agencies and programs

The Scottsdale City Council recently approved $2.146 million for nonprofit agencies that provide programs and services to assist thousands of residents at risk and in need.
Infrastructure Condition Assessment, Audit No. 1905

This audit evaluated and recommends improvements in the management processes and controls relating to condition assessments of City infrastructure. The reviewed infrastructure assessments included bridges, parking garages, sidewalks, streetlights, parking lots, and stormwater drainage assets.
Active Shooter Training with SMIL Medical Imaging

Reality-based Active Shooter Training
Scottsdale Update - June 20, 2019

This week's highlights: High five - businesses finalists for innovation awards | Be red, white and cool July 4 | "Beat the Heat" serves seniors | Donations needed
Flood map changes save residents money

Hundreds of Scottsdale residents living within the Rawhide Wash floodplain in the Grayhawk master-planned community will benefit from revisions to the city’s flood insurance rate maps.
2019 Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Graduates

Lt's Coffee and Evans graduate from Northwestern University's School of Police and Command
Scottsdale Update - June 6, 2019

This week's highlights: Participate in city blood drive | Pinnacle Peak Park closed June 10-11 | Swim under the stars | Wash away your library fines
Scottsdale encourages residents to direct dollars to social service agencies

City staff are working to direct those in need to appropriate resources while accommodating citizens' concerns about excessive panhandling and related issues.
City of Scottsdale “Truth in Taxation” notice

This “Truth in Taxation” hearing notice regarding the City of Scottsdale primary property tax levy is being published as required by Arizona state law. A public hearing on Scottsdale’s proposed property tax levy will occur before final budget adoption, scheduled at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard.
ActiveNet Application Controls, Audit No. 1904

The audit of ActiveNet Application Controls was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of the system’s application controls, including management of its cloud-related risks.
Scottsdale Transit Program’s National Transit Database Financial Data Review, Report 1916

This agreed-upon procedures review is required as an independent review of the Transit program’s conformance with uniform reporting standards for data submitted to the National Transit Database (NTD) program.
Fleet Parts Operation, Audit No. 1912

This audit was conducted to assess management controls over and cost­effectiveness of Fleet's parts inventory operation.
Scottsdale Police Arrest Murder Suspect

On May 13th, 2019, Scottsdale Police arrest murder suspect of 79 year old woman.
Waste turned to energy

New RNG facility that turns wastewater solids into clean, renewable gas begins selling natural gas.
Jet Aviation acquires stake in Scottsdale Jet Center; New FBO to open in late 2020

Jet Aviation announced today that it has acquired a stake in Scottsdale Jet Center, with the intent to build and operate a new, state-of-the-art Jet Aviation branded FBO and tenant hangar by late 2020.
68th Street bridge reopens after 15-month closure

Following a 15 month emergency closure, the 68th Street bridge over the Arizona Canal reopened to traffic Wednesday. The closure began in late 2017, when an unexpected degree of deterioration was discovered during a routine inspection.
Taking steps to keep a wet spring from becoming a dangerous summer

By establishing defensible space around your home, you could help the Fire Department protect your property from brush fires.
Desert Mountain, Cactus Shadows students crash in mock distracted driving event

On April 26, Desert Mountain and Cactus Shadows high school students got a firsthand look at the results of a deadly crash during a mock presentation on the football field.
Bloomberg Philanthropies announces Scottsdale as an American city best at using data to improve residents’ lives in 2019

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that Scottsdale is one of seven cities to achieve 2019 What Works Cities Certification, a national standard of excellence in city governance.
Scottsdale Water recognized at annual AZ Water Conference

City utility wins multiple individual, innovation and safety awards.
Neighborhood Watch goes digital: Scottsdale debuts CamerEyes, asks residents to join

Scottsdale police want help catching criminals from residents who have smart technology doorbells and home video systems. Called CamerEyes – it’s a program aimed to reduce crime and improve safety in neighborhoods across the city.
Scottsdale Court pilot program offers safety, options to domestic violence victims

Understanding the complicated cycle of domestic violence and the challenges facing victims trying to flee abusive relationships, the Scottsdale City Court and Chrysalis have teamed together to make getting an order of protection more accessible.
Know before you throw

A section of Miller Road was closed between McDowell and Oak and a city solid waste truck driver was transported to the hospital April 8 after a chemical was found leaking from a Scottsdale garbage truck.
Report says Scottsdale’s development impact fees are appropriate

An outside agency concluded the city is appropriately planning future water and wastewater infrastructure and equitably using development impact fees to help pay for it.
Biennial Certified Audit of Land Use Assumptions, Infrastructure Improvements Plan and Development Impact Fees, Report No. 1903

A biennial certified audit of the City’s land use assumptions, infrastructure improvements plan and development impact fees. The City’s applicable activity relates to its Water and Wastewater utilities.
Cash Handling Controls and Accountability, Audit Report No. 1906

This audit was performed to review cash handling processes for effectiveness and compliance with Administrative Regulation 268 Cash Handling at selected locations.
Scottsdale earns high marks from residents in citizen survey

People who live in Scottsdale enjoy a high quality of life and consider the community an excellent place to live, according to responses in the National Citizen Survey conducted in November and December 2018.
Notice of Proposed New Fees or Fees Increases - Fiscal Year 2019/20

In accordance with A.R.S. § 9-499.15, public notice is hereby given that the Scottsdale City Council may consider approving new fees and/or fee increases
Trailer serves up cold water at city events

Water trailer and bottle filling stations encourage residents and visitors to bring their reusable bottles while on the go in Scottsdale.
Scottsdale shifts photo enforcement locations based on speed and crash data

Speeding and red-light cameras work in tandem to improve safety – a fact well-supported in Scottsdale and why the city will deactivate two locations and add four new intersection safety cameras March 1.
Third FBO at Scottsdale Airport in the works

There are plans for a third fixed-base operator (FBO) to join Signature Flight Support and Ross Aviation at Scottsdale Airport.
Scottsdale Water focus of EPA best practices publication

EPA releases case study highlighting Scottsdale Water's management achievements.
Video: Perspectives with Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp - Transportation Opportunities for Seniors

Learn about transportation opportunities for seniors in Scottsdale.
Benefits Administration, Audit No. 1913

Current procurement practices for benefit-related agreements did not follow the City’s Procurement Code and lacked transparency and documentation. Also, some agreements do not fully address protection of personally identifiable information and protected health information, and contract administration can be improved.
Utility Billing, Audit No. 1910

While most Utility Billing transactions were properly authorized and applied correctly, we found a small number of errors that indicate a more thorough management review is needed. As well, billing system access should be reduced or adequately monitored.
Every House Changes

Our updated "Every House Changes" guide describes improvements that can be made to single-family homes in Scottsdale - and how to build upon existing neighborhood character.
It takes a lot of heart to serve the community

Did you know that the city of Scottsdale’s Human Services department makes a huge impact in our community each year?
Scottsdale's Monsoon Water Savings Program a Success

The new irrigation program saved millions of gallons of water in 2018.
Energy management rebates to Scottsdale Water top $1 million

Incentive check brings Scottsdale Water’s total APS rebates to over $1 million in less than 10 years.
Video: 2018 Cure Corridor

Find out about the latest in Scottsdale's rich healthcare and bio-life science community.
SFD: Be responsible with fireworks; Know the law

Every year fire departments brace for the possibility of fires and injuries caused by fireworks. Officials are concerned both about the fire danger these fireworks pose, as well as the potential for devastating injuries.
Protect your pipes in colder temps

Ushering in the new year with freezing temps means it's time to protect your pipes!
Keeping Scottsdale clean and sustainable

Scottsdale uses fuel sources that produce less tailpipe emissions and pollution. Find out how.
Video: Behind the Badge – Internal Affairs

What really goes on during a police department internal affairs investigation? Hint – your favorite crime drama probably got it wrong.
Scottsdale honors its employees

Assisting a disabled resident in need. Developing an advanced, computerized system for customers to easily report and request services. Restoring neighborhood calm and peace-of-mind to residents living near Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Those are just some of the actions over the past year by Scottsdale employees honored for outstanding performance and commitment to the Scottsdale community.
Police Service Dog Scout Retires

Scottsdale Police Service Dog "Scout" retires after 6 1/2 years of service.
Volanti Restaurant and Lounge Now Open

Volanti Restaurant and Lounge, located on the second floor of the Aviation Business Center at Scottsdale Airport, is now open. Come and experience it!
New smartphone app helps drivers find parking faster in Old Town

New phone app aims to ease parking challenges while reducing traffic congestion and emissions in northeast Old Town Scottsdale.
Video: Behind the Badge – Records

Find out how the Scottsdale Police Department manages the thousands of records requests it receives every year.
Scottsdale adopts changes to bicycle ordinance

Notable changes include clarifying prohibited parking areas for bicycles and similar vehicles.
Fire & Life Safety Inspections, Audit No. 1908

Departmental goals for inspecting target properties on an annual basis and other properties on a triennial basis are not being met. According to Fire & Life Safety, the division completes approximately 48% of annual target inspections per year. Program performance can be improved through more effective information management and performance measures.
Aviation Business Center at Scottsdale Airport worth a visit

Scottsdale Airport has unveiled a new Aviation Business Center, veteran’s memorial, hangars and restaurant marking the completion of a $27 million redevelopment project.
Scottsdale General and Special Elections Results (Unofficial)

Unofficial results indicate that Scottsdale voters have re-elected incumbents Kathy Littlefield and Linda Milhaven and elected newcomer Solange Whitehead. Voters also approved Question 1 and Proposition 420.
The City of Scottsdale Earns Golden Prospector Award From AAED

Scottsdale’s “Downtown Business Spotlight Series and Gathering Events,” was named tops in the multimedia promotion category...
Work begins this winter to repair high-profile Scottsdale bridges

Emergency funding to repair the Drinkwater Boulevard Underpass and 68th Street bridge was approved by the City Council Oct. 16; money to pay for repairs will come primarily from deferring other planned projects and using savings from recently completed projects.
Scottsdale Water receives nation’s top utility management award

Scottsdale Water recognized for commitment to management that achieves a balance of innovative and successful efforts in areas of economic, social and environmental endeavors.
Scottsdale credit rating continues at the highest level

The city of Scottsdale’s General Obligation debt is rated AAA according to three separate agencies, making the city one of just 30 in the United States to earn the distinction.
Scottsdale Water Campus marks 20 years of water reuse innovation

Arizona's first potable water reuse facility celebrates landmark anniversary.
Video: 2018 Scottsdale Mayor & Council Economic Development Breakfast

The annual breakfast featured Curt Kremer, Managing Partner at George Oliver Companies, and keynote speaker John Zanni, President of Acronis.
At 50, Scottsdale City Hall remains true to community’s vision

Dignified. Distinctive. Reflective of the Southwest and the Spirit of Scottsdale. Those were the goals when a growing community sought to build a new local government center in the mid-1960s.
The City of Scottsdale Receives Two Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council

“It is an honor to receive recognition from the IEDC not once, but twice”, said Rob Millar, CEcD, Acting Director City of Scottsdale Economic Development.
Video: 2018 Scottsdale City Council Candidate Forum

Hear from each of the Scottsdale City Council candidates during this election forum hosted by the Scottsdale Independent.
Video: Perspectives with Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp

Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp explores the history of Senior Services in Scottsdale.
City seeks public input on proposed changes to licensing and regulating pari-mutuel wagering

This update will modernize and standardize definitions and descriptions.
It's still Hot: Hikers encouraged to be off trails before Noon

The weather is cooling and hikers are anxious to hit the mountain recreation areas. Unfortunately, it’s still too hot to be too confident on the trails.
Southwest Gas Franchise Agreement, Audit No. 1909

Some revenue types were excluded from the franchise fee calculation, including ancillary revenues and certain customer accounts. Auditors also found a small percentage of inaccuracies in the franchisee's jurisdiction coding in three tested zip codes. Capital Expenditures Fund fee reimbursements to Southwest Gas were adequately supported, and these fee reimbursements reduced the combined Arizona region's rate base expenses, though direct benefits to jurisdictions vary.
Celebrating 20 Years of water reuse innovation

Public invited to tour the state-of-the art Scottsdale Water Campus.
Trolley and bus routes changing October 22

Expanded free trolley service to Mustang Transit Center and Via Linda Senior Center will require changes to current transit routes.
Video: Behind the Badge – Back to School

Learn how the Scottsdale Police Department partners with area school districts to provide a safe environment for students.
Nationwide Realty Investors acquires 134 acres of state land near Hayden Road and Loop 101

Arizona State Trust land at the northwest corner of Hayden Road and Loop 101 in Scottsdale has been sold to Nationwide Realty Investors, who was the successful bidder during the public auction of the 134-acre parcel. The final bid price was $83 million.
2nd Degree Murder Suspect Arrested

Scottsdale Police arrested suspect Daniel James Hinton for 2nd Degree Murder
Scottsdale Water Rebates…hurry limited funds!

Scottsdale Water has rebates available to help customers save water and money inside and outside their homes.
Court utilizes Google Translate for more access

Over 100 language choices available.
Buy or Remodel Green for Comfort, Health & Water Efficiency

Tips to help you make informed decisions whether you're planning to buy a new home or remodel your existing one.
Scottsdale seeks applicants for Transportation Commission and Paths and Trails Subcommittee

The Transportation Commission and the Paths and Trails Subcommittee each have an opening. Submit applications by Friday, Aug. 24.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park voted 'Best City Park'

Based on votes, Phoenix Magazine announced the results on August 15, 2018.
Love Scottsdale? You’re invited to become an Old Town Ambassador

Our volunteer ambassadors number more than 100; their mission is to be a welcoming face to all who visit Old Town Scottsdale.
Drinkwater Boulevard, section of Civic Center Mall closed indefinitely for repairs

The Drinkwater Boulevard underpass is closed to permit work on the supporting bridge structure. Pedestrian areas above the bridge are also closed, restricting access to areas of the Civic Center Mall.
Scottsdale provided the Hoster brothers a great childhood – now they’re giving back

The Pima Elementary School neighborhood left a lasting impact on these public safety professionals.
Scottsdale launches community services magazine

The new publication includes information about parks and recreation, library and human services programs and events.
Scottsdale Airport’s one thousandth U.S. Customs visitor is a new record!

The Scottsdale Airport celebrated the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) one thousandth international aircraft to be processed this federal fiscal year on July 8, marking a new record. This is a first for Scottsdale.
Police On-Body Cameras, Audit No. 1808

The audit found that technology access controls can be improved, such as ensuring the least privilege access principle is followed. In addition, On-Body Camera (OBC)-related policy enforcement can be improved. Videos are not consistently tagged and categorized, some documentation was not consistently retained, and supervisors did not have access to system reports for efficient reviews. As well, SPD can improve its OBC program policies and procedures to enhance its policies for greater transparency and clarity.
Selected JOC Construction Contracts, Audit No. 1804

Job order contract (JOC) proposal evaluation phase cost controls can be improved through guidelines for evaluating and negotiating job order costs, monitoring subcontractor selection requirements, and ensuring required reviews and approvals occur and are documented. As well, effective project delivery phase cost controls can be improved through better monitoring of subcontractor use and costs and ensuring the required performance and payment bond coverage. Further, specific records retention guidance can improve the efficiency and consistency of contract administration.
SPD Leaders Graduate from Northwestern University

SPD Commander Minor and Lieutenant Nichols complete 10 week Staff and Command Program at Northwestern University
Video: Behind the Badge – Homelessness

Learn about the collaboration of departments across the city to address homelessness.
Scottsdale elections will wait until November

There will not be an Aug. 28 primary election in Scottsdale. Only six candidates filed to run for three City Council seats by the May 30 deadline, making a Scottsdale primary election unnecessary.
Flood hazard reduction efforts lower insurance costs for property owners

Scottsdale scored tops in the state during a recent federal audit of floodplain management practices, ranking in the top 1 percent of U.S. cities and counties.
Cut cooling costs by up to 40 percent

Learn about ductless mini-split cooling technology for room-by-room temperature control, comfort and energy savings.
Intelligent Transportation Systems, Audit No. 1803

Risks surrounding ITS have not been adequately identified, evaluated and managed. Additionally, few policies and procedures have been formalized, and vendor service agreements have not been properly maintained and managed. Overall, strategic planning and additional performance data may help ITS more effectively plan for future improvements.
City of Scottsdale “Truth in Taxation” notice

This “Truth in Taxation” hearing notice regarding the city of Scottsdale primary property tax levy is being published as required by Arizona state law.
Development Agreements, Audit No. 1809

The Planning and Development Services department did not have formal procedures to track development agreement requirements, and written guidance was not available. Records retention periods for some development agreement-related records were not identified, and user access to the CDS was granted on a case-by-case basis rather than by role or function.
Splish, splash bubbles fill new aircraft hangar

In less than three minutes, a 30,000 sq. ft. hangar was filled with foamy bubbles – like a massive bubble bath! – for a fire foam suppression test to ensure airport users and luxury jets are well protected in the event of a fire.
Born in fire: Scottsdale’s fire sprinkler ordinance continues to save lives

Scottsdale was the first U.S. city to require home sprinklers, a move that’s saved more than a dozen lives and multiple properties. But getting there wasn’t easy.
Operating electric scooters in Scottsdale

Electric scooter rentals available through providers like Bird offer new transportation options for people in Scottsdale – but some specific rules apply.
Funding for Scottsdale transportation projects headed to the ballot

Scottsdale voters will consider a sales tax increase this November to fund transportation improvements under a plan adopted by the City Council May 1.
The Scottsdale Angels Are Ready

Committed to helping those suffering from addiction by providing an evaluation and work to secure appropriate services
Fire sprinklers prove to be guardian angel

A recent electrical fire in a residential care home could have been deadly without fire sprinklers -- and the quick action of the Scottsdale Fire Department.
Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you

Whether it’s a broken streetlight, a fresh pothole or a missing trash can, a new online service is making it easier for residents to report problems with city facilities or services.
Installation begins for Old Town Scottsdale Parking Management Enhancement Program

The City of Scottsdale is installing a smart parking pilot program that uses sensors to track and better manage parking for visitors and businesses.
Video: State of the Fire Department

Learn about what you can expect from your Scottsdale Fire Department over the next three years.
Allison Feldman murder suspect arrested

Suspect arrested for 2015 murder of Allison Feldman
Video: Behind the Badge - Scottsdale PD is hiring!

Do you want to work in the Scottsdale Police Department? Learn about physical fitness requirements, background checks and polygraph tests.
Interactive Voice Response (IVR) for non-emergency callers

Interactive Voice Response Implemented
Scottsdale Stadium renovations move to final design

The master plan process is concluding, and city staff are issuing a request for proposals to enter the design/build phase.
When it comes to commuting, less red is better

Thanks to new technology and some intuitive sleuthing, many commuters are enjoying shorter waits and quicker trips through Scottsdale.
A new map shows “what, when, where” for city construction projects

Residents can use a new interactive map to find city construction projects near them and learn about Scottsdale’s plans for building and improving infrastructure like roads, parks, fire stations and water facilities.
SFD Hosts Five Alamos Firefighters in Sister Cities Exchange

For 10 days, Scottsdale Fire Department is playing host to five firefighters from Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, in a Sister Cities exchange.
My View: Valley Metro powers future of transit with technology, innovative partnerships

An influx of so many people and cars to our region will create a challenge as we struggle to meet transportation demands. As part of the solution, we are fortunate to have a robust public transit system that is well equipped to connect people to life every day.
Video: Heart of Scottsdale - Carstens Fine Art

Meet and observe Cyndy Carstens, artist and owner of Carstens Studio and Gallery, as she creates one of her beautiful Arizona skyscapes.
Scottsdale’s Marine Corps Mural has some new “guardian angels”

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have officially adopted the mural, which adorns several large wall sections northwest of the Civic Center Library.
Scottsdale Arts Contract, Audit No. 1807

The audit found that Scottsdale Arts underspent approximately $202,000 of purpose-restricted City funding, art maintenance funds have not increased in proportion to new art acquired, Scottsdale Arts is not progressing in efforts to become more independent of City funding, and contract oversight of program management and public transparency can be improved.
Discussions, research and a new campaign point the way to Old Town Scottsdale

Research among merchants and potential visitors is helping the city create an upcoming marketing campaign aimed at boosting the number of Valley residents who visit Downtown Scottsdale.
Independent Review of Scottsdale City Court's Compliance with Minimum Accounting Standards, Report No. 1811

This independent review is required by the Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts, triennially. This agreed-upon procedures report is intended solely for the information and use of the Administrative Office of the Courts in evaluating the City Court’s compliance with its minimum accounting standards.
Got project questions? Revised website makes getting answers easier

The revised Planning and Development Services website incorporates more videos, step-by-step explanation graphics and is organized so visitors can quickly find the information they need.
WestWorld Marketing & Concession Contracts - Audit No. 1806

The audit found that a more fully developed marketing plan may help improve marketing effectiveness. Concession revenues were generally reported in accordance with terms, but exceptions were not documented and some terms are unclear. Further, several aspects of contract administration should be improved.
Learn how to create an edible garden and prepare healthy dishes from it

Join urban gardener Joan Baron and cooking expert Melanie Albert as they share the benefits and how-to’s of growing your own healthy foods, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert environment.
Deteriorating bridge forces lane closures on 68th Street

A routine inspection of the 68th Street bridge over the Arizona Canal, just north of Indian School Road, discovered deterioration that will require substantial repair.
Circle K Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Scottsdale Police arrest Circle K armed robbery suspect
Update - Fatal Collision at Scottsdale & Doubletree

Scottsdale Police investigate a single car fatality
Watershed project will reduce flood risk south of Arizona Canal

A reduced threat of flooding and potential flood insurance savings are just two benefits of a project taking place within Scottsdale’s Granite Reef Watershed.
Police seeking help in locating fugitive

Police request help to locate fugitive of justice, Gloria Schulze
Scottsdale Water receives rebate for smart energy management

APS rebate check for nearly $108,000 brings Scottsdale Water energy management rebates to over $900,000 in less than 10 years.

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