Scottsdale Update - July 21, 2022


Storms are expected this week; make sure you and your property are monsoon ready. The Arizona monsoon is underway and will last through Sept. 30. As we’ve seen recently, storms develop rapidly and may cause severe localized winds and flooding.

Before the storms hit, it is important to have emergency items on hand, including ones that protect your property from floodwaters. Be Ready, Set, Go! This three-step program encourages Arizonans to get READY by preparing now for what threatens their community, to be SET by maintaining awareness of significant danger and to GO, evacuate immediately when the danger is current and life-threatening. Learn how to be safe.

Excessive heat warning is in place through 8 p.m. Friday. Prevent heat-related deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heat was a contributing factor in 1,577 U.S. deaths in 2021. That’s a 56% jump from 1,012 in 2018. Common-sense practices will help keep you safe and healthy during the summer, including:  

  • Drink water before you get thirsty to prevent dehydration.  

  • Don't rely on fans as your primary source of cooling. 

  • Come indoors frequently to an air-conditioned location to cool your core body temperature. 

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and light-weight clothing.  

  • Never leave children or pets inside a parked car.  

  • Check on friends and neighbors, especially the vulnerable. 

  • Seek medical care immediately if you have, or someone you know has, heat-associated illness symptoms like muscle cramps, headaches, vomiting, confusion, no longer sweating and rapid heart rate.

Early voting is underway for Arizona's Aug. 2, primary election. Everything you need to “Be Ballot Ready” can be found at Maricopa County's ballot dashboard.


Library offers “Oceans of Possibilities Family Film Fun: Muppet Treasure Island.” You're never too old to enjoy the Muppets' twist on the classic tale. In this wacky musical comedy, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang take to the high seas in search of buried treasure. The free event takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Civic Center Library. Learn more



Annual Back to School event provides needed supplies to 700 students. Each year, Scottsdale Human Services provides school supplies to students in preparation for the upcoming school year. In partnership with Honor Health, Police Officers of Scottsdale Association, Scottsdale Unified School District and Scottsdale Community Partners, the city provided clothes, shoes, school supplies, wellness checks, dental screenings and a meal. Additionally, Scottsdale Public Library, First Things First and SciTech Institute provided interactive exhibits for the students. Special thanks to all the residents, businesses and organization that donated. Learn more about the program.

Fall fun for everyone! Registration for September-December programs begins at 8 a.m. Monday, July 25, for Scottsdale residents, and at 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, for anyone. Check out the variety of opportunities we offer and register.

Scottsdale Chamber accepting nominations for 36th annual Sterling Awards. The awards celebrate business excellence, innovation and community stewardship. Here are the award categories:   

  • Micro Business: Recognizes an entrepreneurship or emerging business exhibiting success through innovation, creativity and collaboration. (1-10 employees) 

  • Small Business: Recognizes a company demonstrating success through innovation and professionalism, while contributing to the community. (11-75 employees) 

  • Big Business: Recognizes significant contributions to quality of life and the economic fabric of the community. (76 + employees)  

  • Nonprofits: Recognizes the social, cultural, educational and economic impact of an organization for its constituents and/or the broader community.  

Entry deadline is Friday, July 29. The Sterling Awards will be celebrated Nov. 18, at the Embassy Suites Scottsdale. Download and submit applications.  


Loop 101, Pima Road closures: July 24-29. Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) survey crews will be working on Loop 101 Pima Freeway from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. July 24-29, at the following locations:

  • Southbound Pima Road, turning lane closed at Loop 101

  • Southbound Bell Road, turning lane closed at Loop 101

  • Northbound Pima Road to westbound Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, left lane closed

  • Southbound Pima Road to eastbound Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, left lane closed

The city and our partners work hard to meet construction timelines. However, weather, staffing and road conditions can delay a project. Get ADOT freeway travel advisories and construction updates.

KJZZ interviews Scottsdale employees to discuss how the city’s drought plan has reduced our water footprint. Scottsdale was the first Valley community to officially declare a drought. Scottsdale Water Executive Director Brian Biesemeyer's department made the call in summer 2021, shortly after the federal government announced Colorado River states would start facing cuts due to dropping reserves in Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Read the full article.

 A few highlights:

  • City departments are looking at areas where turf isn’t used much by the public. They found an area in front of the Granite Reef Senior Center and turned it into a xeriscape garden. It is estimated that it will save the city 330,000 gallons of water per year.

  • Scottsdale’s 44 parks and recreation facilities have helped the city cut water use by 8% so far this year compared to last year.

  • Scottsdale hired a New Mexico company to bring in a new filtration technology to pull water out of a hydrant, filter it and put it back into another hydrant. This system has saved the city about 3 million gallons of water that would have otherwise been flushed down a storm drain.

  • Scottsdale Water has been working with individuals and local homeowners' associations to suggest ways to use water more efficiently. We’ve seen an 800% increase in requests for HOA water conservation assistance.

Featured Job of the Week: Railroad Crew Chief: All aboard … McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is hiring a railroad crew chief to support the wide range of railroad operations at the 30-acre railroad themed specialty park. The park operates and maintains a fully functional 15” gauge railroad, which includes diesel, steam and electric locomotives, and a variety of riding cars and specialty equipment.

Railroad operations staff are responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the park’s train engines and riding stock, which include the machining and fabrication of custom parts, engine systems diagnostics, and steam locomotive operation and maintenance. Our railroad operations staff are also responsible for the installation, maintenance and replacement of the park’s one-mile railroad track. Learn more and apply.

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