Scottsdale Update - June 13, 2019

HEADLINES

FAQ provides information on the Nov. 5 Special Election. The city will hold a Special Election by mail to seek approval for the issuance of bonds for parks, recreation, and senior services; community spaces and infrastructure; and public safety and technology in the principal amount up to $319 million. Read this to learn more.

It's Monsoon Awareness Week, June 9-14. Each year, a variety of weather-related dangers affect the Southwest. Official monsoon season starts Saturday, June 15, and runs through Sept. 30. A period of extreme heat is typically ongoing at its onset, followed by daily rounds of thunderstorms that often strike suddenly and with violent force. Lightning strikes, high winds, dust storms, wildfires, tornadoes, flash flooding and extreme heat cause numerous deaths and injuries along with tens of millions of dollars of damage each year. Learn how to protect yourself and your family.

Prevent heat-related deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people in the U.S. die from heat than all other natural disasters combined. Last year, 182 heat-associated deaths occurred in Maricopa County. Common-sense practices will 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, symptoms of heat-associated illness like muscle cramps, headaches, vomiting, confusion, no longer sweating and rapid heart rate.

Pima Freeway construction impacts city streets. The Arizona Department of Transportation continues widening and improving the Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Various freeway ramps at the Scottsdale and Hayden interchanges will be closed for 60 days to allow work on the Miller Road detour and to adjust the ramps for the freeway widening:

Scottsdale Road Interchange:

  • Westbound 101 off ramp will be closed starting at 9 p.m. Monday, June 17. Drivers should use Hayden Road or 64th Street.
  • Eastbound 101 on ramp will be closed starting at 9 p.m. Monday, June 24. Drivers should use 64th Street or Hayden Road.

Hayden Road Interchange: 

  • Westbound 101 on ramp will be closed starting at 9 p.m. Monday, June 17. Drivers should use the westbound frontage road to Scottsdale Road or Pima/Princess to access westbound 101.
  • Eastbound 101 off ramp will be closed starting at 9 p.m. Monday, June 24. Drivers should use Scottsdale Road or Pima/Princess.

In addition, all eastbound lanes on the 101 from 56th Street to Scottsdale Road will be closed from 10 p.m. Friday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 24.

Learn more about the two-year, 13-mile project and upcoming restrictions, and subscribe to updates at ADOT's project webpage.


VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Know the signs of heat stress in your pet and how you can avoid it.


EVENTS

Avoid the danger of UV rays by taking a "Sunset Swim." UV rays can damage skin in less than 15 minutes. Swim under the stars at Sunset Swims from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Eldorado Aquatic Center; and Friday, June 21, at McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center. Both events run from 5-9 p.m. Regular entrance fees apply. 

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's concert series continues through June 30. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at the park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks – or buy munchies on-site. Train and carousel tickets are $2 each with kids younger than 2 riding free with a paying adult.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


FOR YOUR INFORMATION

Landscape plants require more water with June's hot, dry heat. Get watering tip reminders once a month from the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association by texting "WhenToWater" to 33222.

Fire up the grill. Temperatures are rising, which makes it a good time to keep the kitchen cool and heat up the outside barbecue grill. To reduce the risk of fire or explosion, perform these safety checks provided by Scottsdale Fire. 

Scottsdale's citizen friendly reporting earned accolades. The Engaging Local Government Leaders organization recognized Scottsdale with the Clarity Award for our citizen-friendly Annual Report. The award recognizes local governments for using clear, concise and compelling story telling to share and engage with their communities.

We're sharing some tennis love.

  • Scottsdale Ranch Park was awarded grants from the U.S. Tennis Association to promote the juniors' program and increase youth participation in tennis. There was a 17 percent increase in participation in fall 2018 and an 11 percent in winter/spring 2019 from the previous year.
  • Scottsdale Ranch Park and Indian School Park tennis centers hosted 30 tennis events in Fiscal Year 2018/2019. Direct revenue from these events was more than $23,000, while the estimated economic impact to the city was $200,000. Scottsdale Ranch Park has become a sought-after venue for hosting tournaments by the U.S. Tennis Association's Southwest Section and other event hosts.

Learn more about Scottsdale's tennis centers.

Residents donate nearly three tons of nonperishable food for "Stamp Out Hunger." This effort was part of the annual National Association of Letter Carriers food drive May 11. Donations will be used in emergency food boxes to meet increased demand during the summer while kids are out of school.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Get the most out of your brush and bulk collection service. Put the right stuff - at the right time - in the right place. Please place your brush and bulk items in separate piles three feet apart.

Renewable natural gas facility now operational at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant. This facility takes solids from the wastewater and turns them into clean, renewable gas that can be sold to natural gas suppliers. The plant is the largest biogas-to-renewable-natural-gas facility in the nation. Scottsdale is a 10 percent owner, in partnership with the Sub-Regional Operating Group.

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