Scottsdale Update - May 26, 2022

HEADLINE NEWS

Most city offices will be closed Monday, May 30, for Memorial Day. We will not publish Scottsdale Update. Trash and recycling will be collected as scheduled.

Scottsdale Police Department reminds people to “Buckle Up.” Officers are increasing their focus on safety belt and child restraint laws through Sunday, June 5. In Arizona, more than half of all fatal vehicle crash victims were unrestrained. Always buckle up and properly buckle children in a seat for their age and size. Get a child safety seat inspection.

Investing in Our Scottsdale: Miller Road south of Osborn Road will be closed for a waterline installation May 31-June 23. Additional traffic restrictions will be in place on all approaches to the Miller and Osborn roads intersection. Turning movements will be restricted but one lane of travel will be open in each direction on Osborn and Miller roads, north of Osborn. Home and business access will be provided. Brief water outages in the area may occur – all affected homes and businesses will be notified directly with specific times and dates.

Trolley stops on the Miller/Hayden route on Miller Road between Earll Drive and Indian School Road will be relocated two blocks west to Civic Center Plaza/Drinkwater Boulevard. Look for blue temporary bus stop signs. Learn more.


THINGS TO DO

Join local veterans organizations Memorial Day to honor those who lost their lives in military service. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Chaplain Statue outside City Hall. Scheduled speakers include Mayor David D. Ortega, Rep. David Schweikert, U.S. House of Representatives, and Jim Geiser from the Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen. 

Across Arizona, there are many veteran monuments and memorials – places we can go to pay our respects – on Memorial Day, or any other day of the year. Watch this brief video to learn where.

June Days is back for a second year, welcoming all to Old Town. June Days will kick off with a month of events and activities aimed at locals looking for fun ways to beat the summer heat. It features four signature events – Breakfast at the Market, June Days Gold Palette ArtWalk, the Juneteenth Community Celebration and Scottsdale Stories & Sweets – in addition to live music, painting nights, crafting workshops and scavenger hunts. Get details.

Senior services Entertainment Extravaganza returns. Enjoy an afternoon of fun and entertainment from singers, musicians, dancers and more. This free event will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more.

Discover the bountiful benefits of building a “passive” house at the June Green Building webinar. Attendees will meet resident Gerald Leenerts and learn about and see a “passive” house. Essentially, a passive house is a standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces its ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for heating or cooling. The free webinar begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2. Register

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PROGRAMS AND SERVICES

Scottsdale Housing Agency opening Housing Voucher Program (Section 8) waitlist. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funds this program, which offers rental assistance based on household income. The city will accept online applications from 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 1, through 2 p.m. Friday, June 17.* Paper applications will not be accepted. Those who need special assistance or don't have internet access, can complete the application from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, by calling 480-312-0049. We will randomly select 2,200 interest applications from those received for the Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist Lottery. Selected applicants will then be invited to complete the formal application process as vouchers become available. *Arizona time. Learn more.

Scottsdale Water offers residents free outdoor water efficiency checks. About 70% of our household water use is for outdoors. Eliminating leaks can save money and upwards of 40,000 gallons each year. And, it’s an easy way to meet the voluntarily 5% water savings. These voluntary reductions are the first step in helping off-set supply shortages on the Colorado River. Call Scottsdale Water at 480-312-5650 to schedule.

The Emergency Repair Program is increasing its maximum grant amount to $10,000 per household starting June 1. The Community Assistance Office’s Emergency Repair Program provides federal assistance to address household repairs that affect the immediate livability of a home. These include lack of running water, electricity or heating/cooling. Urgent accessibility modifications needed for the elderly and disabled are also eligible under this program. Get details

The updated Short-Term Rental Quarterly Report is available. This report provides an update on the nine recommendations of the Short-Term Rental Working Group, which as approved by the City Council.

Research shows that children who read over the summer are more prepared to return to school in the fall. The Scottsdale Public Library enforces that message by offering the “Oceans of Possibilities,” Summer Reading Program, June 1-Aug. 1. Kids and adults can earn prizes and praise for the amount they read. Register.


FYI

Featured Job of the Week: Senior Budget Analyst. Always had a thing for numbers? The city has an opening for this position with duties that include researching, analyzing and developing efficient financial systems. Learn about the requirements and apply

While Maricopa County is still in a “low community level,” the risk of contracting COVID-19 is growing as more test positive. According to the most recent week of data, 13% of tests came back positive and the case rate topped 100 cases per 100,000 (119).

Check out Maricopa County Public Health's data page for community levels information, recommendations for individuals and more. Below are a few resources that can help if you are sick, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or want to better protect yourself from the virus.

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