City Council to hold Monday discussion on possible fall bond election. The Scottsdale City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, April 15, to consider calling a bond election in November. Monday's regular meeting was moved from its scheduled Tuesday slot so all City Council members could participate in the discussion, which was not possible Tuesday due to a scheduling conflict. In addition to the Monday meeting, a special City Council meeting will be held Tuesday, April 16, so the City Council can hear several items that could not be moved to Monday due to public notice requirements. Get meeting agendas.
Railroad Park chugs its way to national championship. When Valley residents were asked to show the nation why there's no place like McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, they went all aboard. They voted and posted the park's way to being named the best park in the U.S. Engaging Local Government Leaders sponsored the awards program.
Youth baseball championship tournament brought visitors and funding to Scottsdale. Triple Crown Sports spring tournament took place mid-March with 500 games being played at eight city parks. Nearly 270 teams participated from 13 states and Mexico. Staff completed 312 ball field maintenance and preparation activities. The city collected more than $61,000 in permit fees.
Scottsdale and Paradise Valley police departments compete, collaborate to raise donations. These two departments competed in the "Fill-a-Cruiser" charity fundraiser to raise money and collect canned goods to benefit Vista Del Camino and Scottsdale Community Partners. Paradise Valley raised $785.79 and collected 391 pounds of food. Scottsdale raised $1,122 and collected 128 pounds of food.
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Scottsdale employees step up to help those in need.
Tonight! Gold Palette ArtWalk features "Sip of Scottsdale," April 11. In partnership with the Scottsdale Wine Trail and Sonoita AVA, this event features tastings of local Arizona wines throughout various Old Town galleries. Great art and great wine – the perfect mix! Visitors can stroll the galleries from 6:30-9 p.m.
Please your palate at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, this weekend. Expert chefs, scrumptious food creations and enthralling entertainment are all part of the mix, culminating with the Great Arizona Picnic.
Put your pedal to the pavement for Cycle the Arts, Sunday. Hop on your bike and get an up-close look at some of the Valley's best public art. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the ride at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 14, at Scottsdale's Museum of the West. Helmets are required.
Entertainment Extravaganza showcases senior talent, Wednesday. Scottsdale Senior Services' signature variety show returns at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Free admission with a canned food donation for Vista del Camino's Food Bank.
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FOR YOUR INFORMATION
Know before you throw. A city Solid Waste Department truck driver was transported to the hospital Monday after a chemical was found leaking from his garbage truck. Firefighters determined the liquids were pool chemicals picked up from a nearby residence, causing respiratory irritation to the driver. Hazardous chemicals may cause a reaction when mixed with other solid waste material in a garbage truck. They can become toxic or combust, jeopardizing the health and safety of our drivers and the public. Learn more about acceptable and unacceptable container items and how to schedule at home collection.
Caution ... native wildlife active in spring. Bobcats, coyotes, javelina, raccoons and skunks can sometimes be seen in neighborhoods this time of year. Discourage wildlife from living in your area by removing habitat essentials such as water, food and shelter. Call the Arizona Game & Fish Department at 602-942-3000 for more information.
Library looking for summer teen volunteers. Those 14-17 years old can apply to volunteer at libraries. Participants will help with the Summer Reading Program.
Neighborhood College sets new attendance record. The spring semester saw 919 people attend 15 classes for this program. That's a 19 percent increase over the previous record of 772 attendees set last spring. Two new "Scottsdale History" classes have proved to be particularly popular, with 425 residents attending them. The fall semester starts in September. Registration will be available soon.
Osborn Park improvements completed. Improvements include replacing par course stations, equipment and signage, and installing a new shade structure over the existing playground. The park is at 7775 E. Osborn Road.
Scottsdale earned its 29th consecutive "Distinguished Budget Presentation Award." This highest form of recognition in government budgeting is awarded by an independent panel of peer reviewers from across the United States and Canada. Scottsdale's Fiscal Year 2018/19 budget document once again passed muster, meeting or exceeding standards as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.
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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Spirit of Scottsdale Award - Nominate a person or organization that embodies the Scottsdale spirit! The Spirit of Scottsdale Awards are separated into two categories this year – one recognizes an individual resident, and one recognizes an organization or business on how it strengthens and builds community through its commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. Fill out your nomination here by Dec. 31. Award winners to be recognized at a February 2020 City Council meeting.
City can pick up appliances. Once per month, the city can haul away major appliances such as washers, dryers, stoves/ovens, water heaters, dishwashers, refrigerators and freezers. Appliances containing Freon will not be collected unless the compressor has been removed and the Freon recovered by a certified technician. Schedule a pick up.
Commemorate Earth Day, April 22. Celebrate the earth with these tips to help keep our environment clean: Use reusable shopping bags and water bottles, participate in curbside recycling and recycle all acceptable items.
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