Scottsdale Update - Aug. 8, 2019


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. That web address points to the city's official election information page, which has been rebuilt with a cleaner, simpler format that is also responsive for cell phones and tablets. Visit Scottsdale.Vote to find questions and answers, project lists and official ballot language for Scottsdale’s Nov. 5 Special Election, which features three city bond questions.

Scottsdale's initiative to measure, analyze and report on the performance of its services has made the city a national example of excellence in city government. In turn, the International City/County Management Association – 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. This is the ninth consecutive year Scottsdale was recognized by the organization.

Drinkwater bridge is expected to reopen this fall. The final slab on the bridge deck was poured in mid-July. Work now focuses on installing drainage, and waterproofing and restoring the surface above the bridge. Only the south pedestrian access is available. View a rendering of what the completed repairs on the mall will look like.

Paiute Neighborhood Center hosts open house. Get to know this neighborhood nugget from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the center, 6535 E. Osborn Road. You'll meet center staff, learn about the Hirsch Academy charter school, get safety information and find out about the various services and programs available.


About 1,000 families were able to send their kids back to school in A+ attire and with school supplies thanks to the Back to School program. Resident and business donations, more than 100 volunteers and 82 employees contributed to the success of the program and the distribution event. Watch how it unfolded.


Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. Stroll at your own pace, wander into galleries through a festive area, and enjoy dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and live music. ArtWalk runs from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, year-round in Old Town.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Purchasing Department earned the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. The city is one of only 12 agencies in the state and 67 in North America to receive the award. Sponsored by the National Procurement Institute, the award recognizes agencies that exhibit innovation, professionalism, productivity and leadership in procurement. This marks the 21st consecutive year Scottsdale has earned the honor.

Scottsdale's teens celebrated for volunteer service. About 60 Scottsdale teen volunteers were recognized for their summer volunteering achievements at Horizon Park's "Beyond Planet Earth" Teen Recognition Gala. This summer was the launch of the Youth Ambassador Program at Horizon Park and the expansion of the Youth Corps Program to areas such as Human Resources, the Scottsdale Airport and Leisure Education. The Youth Corps Program, once only a summer program, will continue throughout the school year.

The Hartford partners with Human Services to provide donations and volunteers. The Scottsdale office of The Hartford visited the Via Linda Senior Center recently to donate $18,000 to the Beat the Heat and Moving Assistance programs. After a tour of the facility, staff and volunteers teamed up to make home deliveries to 20 seniors.

Know what's below before digging. Aug. 11 is National 811 Day – the perfect day to remind yourself to always check before you dig. Have you ever wondered about the different colored markings on roads or in yards? They're a sign that a contractor or homeowner put safety first and identified utility lines prior to excavation. Call 811 or go to E-Stake to request a utility line locate at least two working days prior to digging.  

"Bag & tie" your garbage and grass to beat the August heat. Reducing spillage during the summer heat minimizes odors and pest problems. It's more than a good idea, it's the law. Get more refuse tips.


Let your students thrive after three at an after-school program this fall. Register your kiddos for the city's After-School Program beginning Monday, July 29. Trained recreation leaders conduct fun daily activities including arts and crafts, sports, fitness, gardening, drama and nutrition.  

Learn about the top 30 mysteries in astronomy, Aug. 15. It seems the more astronomers learn, the more mysteries they uncover. NASA Solar System Ambassador Mark Johnston tackles the top mysteries in astronomy, a few recently solved and many that are still a puzzle. The free program is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Mustang Library.  

Donate blood at two locations in August. The tragic events in El Paso and Dayton are a sobering reminder of the importance of blood donations. Your donation can help replenish already-low supplies. Donate from 7 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the City Hall parking lot, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.; or from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 22, at the North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. Sign up here.  

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