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The McDowell Sonoran Preserve turns 25

On Oct. 3, 1994, the Scottsdale City Council took a historic step when it passed Resolution No. 4103, formally establishing the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Learn about non-major General Plan amendment request to add state statute requirements

The public is invited to learn about and provide feedback on a request for a non-major amendment to the city's General Plan 2001.
October Green Building program kicks off 21st season with discussion on electric vehicles

The road ahead is electric.
Landfill Recycling Cost Review, Audit No. 1917

City management requested this audit to validate financial information related to the City’s current recycling contract as the recycling subcontractor wants to renegotiate the contract terms. The audit found the recycling facility financial analysis and accounting data included some unsupported and questionable costs. Further, the subcontractor contributed a higher percentage of rejected recyclables, which increases its processing costs.
Revenue Recovery, Audit No. 1911

Revenue Recovery can improve efforts to identify and collect delinquent accounts. For example, an accounts receivable aging analysis is not used, and documented collection efforts were inconsistent and often untimely. As well, program management and oversight could be improved, including effective collection and activity data tracking.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions 16 - 22

A partial list of road construction projects and traffic restrictions in Scottsdale to help you plan your best route
Scottsdale Water issued Arizona’s first permit for direct use of recycled water

Upcoming event will showcase the purity of advanced treated recycled water.
Renovated Drinkwater Underpass reopens

The renovated underpass now consists of two tunnels with improved lighting.
National Suicide Prevention Week highlights need to "listen, refer, support"

Death by suicide in the fire service is higher than the average of non-public safety personnel. However, no matter the occupation, understanding the warning signs may get help to those who need it before it's too late.
Scottsdale Update - Sept. 12, 2019

This week's highlights: Last chance to enter Constitution Contest | Get your free museum tix | Holiday donation programs gear up | Learn basic emergency skills
Runway Lighting Rehabilitation Project Starts Sept. 16

The Scottsdale Airport runway lighting rehabilitation project will begin on Monday, Sept. 16.
Registration for Fall CERT class now open

Scottsdale CERT is for those who want to learn basic emergency response skills so they can better help their families, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Class begins Oct. 10.
Scottsdale's Annual Adopt a Senior Program is Back!

Help out a disabled or low income senior this holiday season and sign up to be donor for our Annual Adopt a Senior program!
Scottsdale Update - Sept. 5, 2019

This week's highlights: Show up for Show & Tell Saturday | Learn about General Plan amendment requests | We're a city of good sports | Get schooled at Neighborhood College
Scottsdale Update - Aug. 29, 2019

This week's highlights: Labor Day closures | Sole major GP amendment request | Show up for Show & Tell | Take survey on access for those with disabilities
Public invited to learn about sole major General Plan amendment request

An applicant is requesting to change the land use designation for a project called "Gentry on the Green."
New follow-up survey seeks input on biking in Scottsdale

A survey conducted by the League of American Bicyclists is the next step in Scottsdale’s application for “Bicycle Friendly Community” status.
Indian School Park and Tennis Center Classes Start September 9

Indian School Park and Tennis Center offers fun and affordable tennis lessons for the whole family!
Adaptive Services After School Care

Adaptive Services offers free after school care!
Scottsdale Video Network September program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this September.
Scottsdale examines accessibility to city programs and services

Scottsdale is seeking public input through a short online survey to evaluate access to city programs, services and buildings for those with disabilities.
Scottsdale Update - Aug. 22, 2019

This week's highlights: Students can enter Constitution Day Contest | City Council resumes meetings | Register for Water Citizen Academy | Nonprofits can apply for funding
Scottsdale’s Dedication to Safety Highlighted Luau

Annual Safety Luau hosted at Eldorado Aquatics Center
Water rebate program updates mean more money for customers

Scottsdale Water is increasing warm-season turf removal rebate maximums for both residential and commercial customers
Summer Reading Program was a Success!

Scottsdale Public Library's Summer Reading Program sees a record high number of participants
Video: Behind the Badge - Commitment to Professionalism

Accreditation is a mark of excellence for public safety agencies. Police Chief Alan Rodbell leads a discussion on the process and what it means.
Scottsdale Update - Aug. 15, 2019

This week's highlights: Pima Free construction update | Living with native wildlife | Police host Cadet open house | Cab Connection serves seniors
Scottsdale Update - Aug. 8, 2019

This week's highlights: Get election info at Scottsdale.Vote | Drinkwater bridge nearing completion | Top 30 mysteries in astronomy | Donate blood
2019 Scottsdale Police Cadet Open House

The Scottsdale Police Department Cadet Program announces the 2019 Cadet Open House: Tuesday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Scottsdale After-School Programs are in Full Swing

Youth in grades K-8 have fun after-school in Scottsdale's engaging, safe and convenient programs.
Donate blood at one of 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.
Drinkwater bridge and underpass nearing completion

Repairs to Drinkwater bridge and underpass, including the reconstruction of the bridge area of Civic Center, are nearing the final phase of construction.
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.
Scottsdale Update - Aug. 1, 2019

This week's headlines: Comment on "nuisance parties" ordinance | Dig it? | Slide the Rails | Focus on safety as kids head back to school
Scottsdale recognized for performance management leadership

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) – 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.
Scottsdale Update - July 25, 2019

This week's highlights: Sandbags, safety & street restrictions | World stage for WestWorld? | Scottsdale by the numbers | Class registration starts Monday
WestWorld vies against nine countries to host 2022 world championships

WestWorld was recently named the sole U.S. destination among ten international locations being considered to host elements of the Fédération Equestre Internationale World Championships in 2022. The FEI is the international governing body of equestrian sports.
Scottsdale Video Network August program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this August.
Sandbags available for residents as part of monsoon preparedness

If your property is at risk for flooding, the city offers free sandbags. Both sand and bags are available 24 hours a day for Scottsdale residents on a first-come, first-served basis at various locations.
Scottsdale Update - July 18, 2019

This week's highlights: Comment on PD accreditation | Hayden closures at the Loop 101 | Celebrate Apollo 11's 50th anniversary | Back-to-School Program needs your help
Water line replacement: Scottsdale Road (Princess to Mayo)

Water line replacement will impact traffic on Scottsdale Road between Princess and Mayo boulevards.
An excessive heat warning for Maricopa County is in effect

The National Weather Service warning runs through Wednesday, July 16, when temperatures could reach 114 degrees - Scottsdale's Civic Center Library and Vista del Camino Community Center are designated heat refuge and hydration stations.
Scottsdale Update - July 11, 2019

This week's highlights: Taliesin West named World Heritage site | Comment on ordinance for unruly parties, gatherings | Fight the bite | Learn the Five Cs of AZ
Scottsdale Police is seeking reaccreditation with CALEA

The Scottsdale Police Department is seeking reaccreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc (CALEA).
Video: Behind the Badge – Human Trafficking

Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell leads a discussion about what Scottsdale PD is doing to combat Human Trafficking.
Scottsdale Police are asking for help identifying a burglary suspect

The Scottsdale Police Department is asking for assistance identifying burglary suspect
City wants your feedback on proposed ordinance that addresses "Nuisance Parties and Unlawful Gatherings"

The proposed ordinance specifically addresses unruly parties or gatherings and makes it easier to hold property owners accountable for repeated unruly gatherings or parties on their properties.
Love Scottsdale? You’re invited to become an Old Town Ambassador

Our volunteer ambassadors number more than 100. Their mission is to be a welcoming face to all who visit Old Town Scottsdale.
City Council approves more than $2.1 million for social service agencies and programs

The Scottsdale City Council recently approved $2.146 million for nonprofit agencies that provide programs and services to assist thousands of residents at risk and in need.
SFD: Safe and sane fireworks still pose danger; Leave shows to the pros

Every year fire departments brace for the possibility of fires and injuries caused by fireworks. Officials are concerned both about the fire danger these fireworks pose, as well as the potential for devastating injuries.
Infrastructure Condition Assessment, Audit No. 1905

This audit evaluated and recommends improvements in the management processes and controls relating to condition assessments of City infrastructure. The reviewed infrastructure assessments included bridges, parking garages, sidewalks, streetlights, parking lots, and stormwater drainage assets.
Active Shooter Training with SMIL Medical Imaging

Reality-based Active Shooter Training
Scottsdale Update - June 27, 2019

This week's highlights: July 4 info | Flood map changes may save you $ | Attend season's final railroad park concert | City ranks among best for "worktirement"
Enjoy a cool, safe Fourth of July in Scottsdale

Learn about Fourth of July activities and fireworks safety.
Transportation Department continues to seek input on biking in Scottsdale

Fill out a short survey to help Scottsdale achieve a platinum rating for bicycle friendliness.
Scottsdale Fire Captain hangs up helmet after 45 years of service, leadership

Captain Tim Cooper is considered the godfather of special operations in Scottsdale. He is retiring at the end of June after a 45-year career.
Scottsdale Update - June 20, 2019

This week's highlights: High five - businesses finalists for innovation awards | Be red, white and cool July 4 | "Beat the Heat" serves seniors | Donations needed
Flood map changes save residents money

Hundreds of Scottsdale residents living within the Rawhide Wash floodplain in the Grayhawk master-planned community will benefit from revisions to the city’s flood insurance rate maps.
Scottsdale Video Network July program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this July.
Annual “Safety Stand Down” addresses cardiac risk amongst firefighters

Firefighters have a 300 percent increased risk for cardiac disease over the regular population, according to a landmark FEMA study. This significant danger to firefighter lives has brought special consideration during the annual Safety Stand Down week observed by fire departments across the country, June 16-22, 2019.
Scottsdale Update - June 13, 2019

This week's highlights: Learn the facts about November Special Election | Be ready for monsoons | Loop 101 construction alert | Swim under the stars
2019 Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (SPSC) Graduates

Lt's Coffee and Evans graduate from Northwestern University's School of Police and Command
Scottsdale's 'Back to School' Event returns July 24

This program helps all students start the school year confident and prepared.
It's almost time for Sunset Swims

We keep our pools open until 9 p.m. two nights a year - don't miss the fun!
SFD warns: Know signs of heat stress, avoid outside activity as excessive heat hits the Valley

Scottsdale Fire officials urge the public to know signs of heat-related stress and avoid strenuous outdoor activity as the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning this week.
Suspect Arrested for Sexual Conduct and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

57 year old Mitchell Mielke arrested for multiple counts of Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
Scottsdale Update - June 6, 2019

This week's highlights: Participate in city blood drive | Pinnacle Peak Park closed June 10-11 | Swim under the stars | Wash away your library fines
Sewer work to close Chaparral Road at Scottsdale Road

Construction expected to disrupt traffic for up to eight weeks.
Teens get public safety experience with combined police, fire academy

Almost 30 teens are gaining life skills while learning about future careers in law enforcement and fire services June 3-7 at the Scottsdale Public Safety Teen Academy.
Scottsdale encourages residents to direct dollars to social service agencies

City staff are working to direct those in need to appropriate resources while accommodating citizens' concerns about excessive panhandling and related issues.
Scottsdale Update - May 30, 2019

This week's highlights: Direct dollars to social services agencies | Attend season's final Green Building program | Fight the bite | Keep your kids happy and busy this summer
Scottsdale Video Network June program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this June.
Mighty Mud Mania 2019 returns June 8 at Chaparral Park

Don't miss all the muddy fun!
City of Scottsdale “Truth in Taxation” notice

This “Truth in Taxation” hearing notice regarding the City of Scottsdale primary property tax levy is being published as required by Arizona state law. A public hearing on Scottsdale’s proposed property tax levy will occur before final budget adoption, scheduled at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard.
Scottsdale Update - May 23, 2019

This week's highlights: City closes for Memorial Day | Wash away your library fines | Sizzling summer activities available | Attend season's final Green Building program
Help make Scottsdale even more bike friendly

Scottsdale is rated a Gold Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. Help us reach platinum!
Fleet Parts Operation, Audit No. 1912

This audit was conducted to assess management controls over and cost­effectiveness of Fleet's parts inventory operation.
ActiveNet Application Controls, Audit No. 1904

The audit of ActiveNet Application Controls was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of the system’s application controls, including management of its cloud-related risks.
Scottsdale Transit Program’s National Transit Database Financial Data Review, Report 1916

This agreed-upon procedures review is required as an independent review of the Transit program’s conformance with uniform reporting standards for data submitted to the National Transit Database (NTD) program.
City Council to hold Tuesday discussion to address jet noise from Sky Harbor flights

The Scottsdale City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, to consider approval to authorize the Mayor to submit comments on behalf of the city to the Federal Aviation Administration. The city’s comments will address issues arising from redirected Sky Harbor air traffic that has detrimentally affected Scottsdale residents and provide alternative solutions.
Scottsdale Update - May 16, 2019

This week's highlights: Be prepared if disaster strikes | RR park hosts free concerts Sunday nights | Check out the Seed Library | Lockboxes available for senior safety
Scottsdale Police Arrest Murder Suspect

On May 13th, 2019, Scottsdale Police arrest murder suspect of 79 year old woman.
Scottsdale Update - May 9, 2019

This week's highlights: Provide feedback on veterans commission | 68th Street bridge reopens | Students collect 5,800 pounds of plastic | Stamp Out Hunger
Waste turned to energy

New RNG facility that turns wastewater solids into clean, renewable gas begins selling natural gas.
City wants your feedback on proposed veterans commission

The Scottsdale City Council directed staff to establish a veterans commission that will advise the council on matters related to veterans.
Jet Aviation acquires stake in Scottsdale Jet Center; New FBO to open in late 2020

Jet Aviation announced today that it has acquired a stake in Scottsdale Jet Center, with the intent to build and operate a new, state-of-the-art Jet Aviation branded FBO and tenant hangar by late 2020.
Scottsdale Update - May 2, 2019

This week's highlights: City accepting Beat the Heat donations | GP Annual Report is online | Provide input on city projects | Cool down at a city pool
68th Street bridge reopens after 15-month closure

Following a 15 month emergency closure, the 68th Street bridge over the Arizona Canal reopened to traffic Wednesday. The closure began in late 2017, when an unexpected degree of deterioration was discovered during a routine inspection.
Scottsdale voters will consider community projects in Nov. 5 city bond election

The Scottsdale City Council unanimously agreed to seek voter approval to issue bonds for 58 community projects totaling up to $319 million.
Taking steps to keep a wet spring from becoming a dangerous summer

By establishing defensible space around your home, you could help the Fire Department protect your property from brush fires.
Desert Mountain, Cactus Shadows students crash in mock distracted driving event

On April 26, Desert Mountain and Cactus Shadows high school students got a firsthand look at the results of a deadly crash during a mock presentation on the football field.
Scottsdale Update - April 25, 2019

This week's highlights: City wins prestigious excellence award | Neighborhood Watch goes digital | Pay It Forward with Scottsdale Cares | Police host drug take-back event
Bloomberg Philanthropies announces Scottsdale as an American city best at using data to improve residents’ lives in 2019

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that Scottsdale is one of seven cities to achieve 2019 What Works Cities Certification, a national standard of excellence in city governance.
Scottsdale Video Network May program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this May.
Experiencing jet noise from Sky Harbor flights? Let the FAA know at an upcoming workshop

Scottsdale residents will have an opportunity to express their concerns about the impact of Sky Harbor flight paths over their neighborhoods at public workshops hosted next week in Phoenix by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Scottsdale Water recognized at annual AZ Water Conference

City utility wins multiple individual, innovation and safety awards.
Neighborhood Watch goes digital: Scottsdale debuts CamerEyes, asks residents to join

Scottsdale police want help catching criminals from residents who have smart technology doorbells and home video systems. Called CamerEyes – it’s a program aimed to reduce crime and improve safety in neighborhoods across the city.
Scottsdale Update - April 18, 2019

This week's highlights: Court program helps domestic violence victims | Help homebound seniors | City celebrates Arbor Day | 100+ ways to conserve
Scottsdale Court pilot program offers safety, options to domestic violence victims

Understanding the complicated cycle of domestic violence and the challenges facing victims trying to flee abusive relationships, the Scottsdale City Court and Chrysalis have teamed together to make getting an order of protection more accessible.
Scottsdale Update - April 11, 2019

This week's highlights: Council to hold bond election discussion Monday | We kicked caboose! | Attend senior variety show Wednesday | Spirit of Scottsdale Awards kick off
Be prepared before hitting hiking trails as heat rises

The Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and other hiking trails in the area are hot spots for some outdoor fun. However, as temperatures rise, the risk of injury while hiking also increases.
Know before you throw

A section of Miller Road was closed between McDowell and Oak and a city solid waste truck driver was transported to the hospital April 8 after a chemical was found leaking from a Scottsdale garbage truck.
We kicked caboose! Support leads Scottsdale’s railroad park to national title

When Valley residents were asked to show the nation why there’s no place like McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park they went all aboard – voting and posting the Scottsdale park’s way to being named the best park in the U.S.
City Council to hold Monday discussion of possible fall bond election

The Scottsdale City Council will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, April 15, to consider calling a bond election this November. Monday’s discussion comes after the city concluded a series of public meetings and online public feedback about which potential project investments are most important to the community.
Scottsdale Update - April 4, 2019

This week's highlights: Home stretch - Vote for RR Park | Catch K9 competition | April is Water Awareness Month | Big things are happening at Exclusively Little
Female-targeted academy to spark interest in fire careers

Scottsdale Fire Department is hosting an introduction to the fire service for females ages 16-21 this spring.
Valley residents can push Scottsdale’s railroad park to the national title

Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park has punched its ticket to the championship game in a national matchup to determine the best park in the United States. It’s West versus South in the final, as Scottsdale’s iconic railroad park takes on Amerson River Park in Macon, Georgia.
Scottsdale Update - March 28, 2019

This week's highlights: Railroad Park makes it to final four | Loop 101 closures affect Scottsdale | Run the Runway | Stay comfortable with radiant cooling
Reduce risk of child and pet deaths in hot car deaths

More than half of hot-car death cases are because caregivers simply forgot their child or pet was in the back seat. Help prevent leaving your loved one behind by looking before you lock.
Beat the summer heat with radiant cooling

Imagine never using conventional air conditioning and still staying comfortably cool during the summer!
Scottsdale Video Network April program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this April.
Railroad park chugs its way to Final Four in national competition

The action, the drama, the excitement … there’s nothing quite like March Madness. And Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is chugging forward in the Big Dance, having advanced to the Final Four of the ELGL Knope Award.
Time to celebrate cycling! April is Valley Bike Month

Join others in Scottsdale and around the Valley at rides and events celebrating pedal-powered transportation.
Scottsdale Update - March 21, 2019

This week's highlights: Scottsdale earns high marks in citizen survey | Stadium renovations move forward | Celebrate Valley Bike Month |Apply to Scottsdale Leadership
Report says Scottsdale’s development impact fees are appropriate

An outside agency concluded the city is appropriately planning future water and wastewater infrastructure and equitably using development impact fees to help pay for it.
Biennial Certified Audit of Land Use Assumptions, Infrastructure Improvements Plan and Development Impact Fees, Report No. 1903

A biennial certified audit of the City’s land use assumptions, infrastructure improvements plan and development impact fees. The City’s applicable activity relates to its Water and Wastewater utilities.
Cash Handling Controls and Accountability, Audit Report No. 1906

This audit was performed to review cash handling processes for effectiveness and compliance with Administrative Regulation 268 Cash Handling at selected locations.
Proposed plan shares costs and benefits for Scottsdale Stadium improvements

The city of Scottsdale, San Francisco Giants and the Scottsdale Charros, partners in the city’s spring training venue, are advancing a plan that will modernize the facility to improve the baseball experience and increase the stadium’s usability for non-baseball events and activities.
Scottsdale earns high marks from residents in citizen survey

People who live in Scottsdale enjoy a high quality of life and consider the community an excellent place to live, according to responses in the National Citizen Survey conducted in November and December 2018.
Scottsdale Update - March 14, 2019

This week's highlights: Students can apply for scholarships | Warm weather awakens snakes | The Wedge hosts skate competition | Choose Tap! debuts
Trailer serves up cold water at city events

Water trailer and bottle filling stations encourage residents and visitors to bring their reusable bottles while on the go in Scottsdale.
Spring clean for home fire safety

It's time to clean up and make repairs around the home before temps get too hot to handle.
Notice of Proposed New Fees or Fees Increases - Fiscal Year 2019/20

In accordance with A.R.S. § 9-499.15, public notice is hereby given that the Scottsdale City Council may consider approving new fees and/or fee increases
Heavy rains put Scottsdale at risk for wildland fires

Recent rains have greened up our desert, which will soon become dry fuel as our summer heats up.
Scottsdale Update - March 7, 2019

This week's highlights: Help railroad park take top honors | Buck up for Parada Rodeo | Scottsdale Arts Fest this weekend | Violins of Hope on display
Scottsdale Update - Feb. 28, 2019

This week's highlights: Photo enforcement location changes | Bridge construction update | Violins of Hope on display | Rid your homes of household haz wastes
68th Street bridge construction is nearly complete

Construction will continue through the end of April, including minor intersection improvements at 68th Street and related sewer line upgrades.
Scottsdale shifts photo enforcement locations based on speed and crash data

Speeding and red-light cameras work in tandem to improve safety – a fact well-supported in Scottsdale and why the city will deactivate two locations and add four new intersection safety cameras March 1.
Third FBO at Scottsdale Airport in the works

There are plans for a third fixed-base operator (FBO) to join Signature Flight Support and Ross Aviation at Scottsdale Airport.
Scottsdale Video Network March program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this March.
Spring Registration Begins Feb. 25

Don't miss your chance for Spring fun in Scottsdale!
Storm runoff – and snow – causes Scottsdale road and trail closures

The northern section of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve has received more than 7-inches of snow, and steady rainfall throughout the city is impacting several low-lying roads and areas.
Scottsdale Water focus of EPA best practices publication

EPA releases case study highlighting Scottsdale Water's management achievements.
Scottsdale Update - Feb. 21, 2019

This week's highlights: Review potential construction projects | Steal some fun at spring training | What's a "Swick-queduct?" | Celebrate founder's birthday
Video: Perspectives with Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp - Transportation Opportunities for Seniors

Learn about transportation opportunities for seniors in Scottsdale.
Review potential city construction projects online and at open house meetings

A list of 67 potential city construction projects that includes rebuilding several city parks, adding new bridges, improving roads and storm drainage, and modernizing the fire and police training facility is available for public review online and at six open house meetings scheduled through mid-March.
Scottsdale Update - Feb. 14, 2019

This week's edition: Presidents Day schedule | ADOT begins work on Loop 101 | Library wants your input | Teens can apply for Public Safety Academy
The Scottsdale Library needs your Input!

Help us plan the library's future.
Run the Runway April 6

This one-of-a-kind race takes flight on Saturday, April 6, on the Scottsdale Airport runway with 5K, 10K and Kids Dash options.
Scottsdale Update - Feb. 7, 2019

This week's highlights: Mark calendar for State of the City | Western Week continues through Sunday | Pools open, heated year-round | Matching marketing funds available
Benefits Administration, Audit No. 1913

Current procurement practices for benefit-related agreements did not follow the City’s Procurement Code and lacked transparency and documentation. Also, some agreements do not fully address protection of personally identifiable information and protected health information, and contract administration can be improved.
Utility Billing, Audit No. 1910

While most Utility Billing transactions were properly authorized and applied correctly, we found a small number of errors that indicate a more thorough management review is needed. As well, billing system access should be reduced or adequately monitored.
Scottsdale Teen Academy offers best summer experience

Teens gain life skills while learning about careers in law enforcement and fire services during premier Public Safety Teen Academy.
Every House Changes

Our updated "Every House Changes" guide describes improvements that can be made to single-family homes in Scottsdale - and how to build upon existing neighborhood character.
Scottsdale Update - Jan. 31, 2019

This week's highlights: Voter-approved sales tax increase starts Friday | Create an edible landscape | Census hiring temporary workers | Check out library's book sale
It takes a lot of heart to serve the community

Did you know that the city of Scottsdale’s Human Services department makes a huge impact in our community each year?
Scottsdale Video Network February program guide

Here is what's showing on Scottsdale Video Network this February.
WMPO - Where's the Five-O Social Media Scavenger Hunt

2019 WMPO - Where's the Five-O Social Media Scavenger Hunt is back
Scottsdale Update - Jan. 17, 2019

This week's highlights: City APS rebates top $1M | Rock 'N' Roll Marathon races through Scottsdale | Take steps for diversity at Unity Walk | Register for Government 101
Scottsdale's Monsoon Water Savings Program a Success

The new irrigation program saved millions of gallons of water in 2018.
Scottsdale Update - Jan. 10, 2019

This week's highlights: Scottsdale best city for job seekers | Bridge construction starts | Barrett-Jackson rolls into town | ADOT hosts Loop 101 widening meetings
Energy management rebates to Scottsdale Water top $1 million

Incentive check brings Scottsdale Water’s total APS rebates to over $1 million in less than 10 years.
Fatal Traffic Collision January 9th 2019

Scottsdale Police Department Officers responded to a car vs pedestrian fatal traffic collision.
Scottsdale Update - Jan. 3, 2019

This week's highlights: New council to be sworn in | Survey open to all residents | Last chance to see Holiday Lights | Learn about short-term, vacation rentals
Video: 2018 Cure Corridor

Find out about the latest in Scottsdale's rich healthcare and bio-life science community.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Jan. 4 - 13

A partial list of road construction projects and traffic restrictions in Scottsdale to help you plan your best route
Scottsdale’s special events season revs up this month

Tis the season! Not that one – we survived the December holidays, now it's on to another special season. Welcome to Scottsdale's events season, which runs through the spring.
SFD: Be responsible with fireworks; Know the law

Every year fire departments brace for the possibility of fires and injuries caused by fireworks. Officials are concerned both about the fire danger these fireworks pose, as well as the potential for devastating injuries.
Protect your pipes in colder temps

Ushering in the new year with freezing temps means it's time to protect your pipes!
Keeping Scottsdale clean and sustainable

Scottsdale uses fuel sources that produce less tailpipe emissions and pollution. Find out how.
Video: Behind the Badge – Internal Affairs

What really goes on during a police department internal affairs investigation? Hint – your favorite crime drama probably got it wrong.
Scottsdale honors its employees

Assisting a disabled resident in need. Developing an advanced, computerized system for customers to easily report and request services. Restoring neighborhood calm and peace-of-mind to residents living near Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Those are just some of the actions over the past year by Scottsdale employees honored for outstanding performance and commitment to the Scottsdale community.
Police Service Dog Scout Retires

Scottsdale Police Service Dog "Scout" retires after 6 1/2 years of service.
Volanti Restaurant and Lounge Now Open

Volanti Restaurant and Lounge, located on the second floor of the Aviation Business Center at Scottsdale Airport, is now open. Come and experience it!
New smartphone app helps drivers find parking faster in Old Town

New phone app aims to ease parking challenges while reducing traffic congestion and emissions in northeast Old Town Scottsdale.
Video: Behind the Badge – Records

Find out how the Scottsdale Police Department manages the thousands of records requests it receives every year.
Scottsdale adopts changes to bicycle ordinance

Notable changes include clarifying prohibited parking areas for bicycles and similar vehicles.
Fire & Life Safety Inspections, Audit No. 1908

Departmental goals for inspecting target properties on an annual basis and other properties on a triennial basis are not being met. According to Fire & Life Safety, the division completes approximately 48% of annual target inspections per year. Program performance can be improved through more effective information management and performance measures.
Aviation Business Center at Scottsdale Airport worth a visit

Scottsdale Airport has unveiled a new Aviation Business Center, veteran’s memorial, hangars and restaurant marking the completion of a $27 million redevelopment project.
Scottsdale General and Special Elections Results (Unofficial)

Unofficial results indicate that Scottsdale voters have re-elected incumbents Kathy Littlefield and Linda Milhaven and elected newcomer Solange Whitehead. Voters also approved Question 1 and Proposition 420.
The City of Scottsdale Earns Golden Prospector Award From AAED

Scottsdale’s “Downtown Business Spotlight Series and Gathering Events,” was named tops in the multimedia promotion category...
Work begins this winter to repair high-profile Scottsdale bridges

Emergency funding to repair the Drinkwater Boulevard Underpass and 68th Street bridge was approved by the City Council Oct. 16; money to pay for repairs will come primarily from deferring other planned projects and using savings from recently completed projects.
Scottsdale Water receives nation’s top utility management award

Scottsdale Water recognized for commitment to management that achieves a balance of innovative and successful efforts in areas of economic, social and environmental endeavors.
Scottsdale credit rating continues at the highest level

The city of Scottsdale’s General Obligation debt is rated AAA according to three separate agencies, making the city one of just 30 in the United States to earn the distinction.
Scottsdale Water Campus marks 20 years of water reuse innovation

Arizona's first potable water reuse facility celebrates landmark anniversary.
Video: 2018 Scottsdale Mayor & Council Economic Development Breakfast

The annual breakfast featured Curt Kremer, Managing Partner at George Oliver Companies, and keynote speaker John Zanni, President of Acronis.
At 50, Scottsdale City Hall remains true to community’s vision

Dignified. Distinctive. Reflective of the Southwest and the Spirit of Scottsdale. Those were the goals when a growing community sought to build a new local government center in the mid-1960s.
The City of Scottsdale Receives Two Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council

“It is an honor to receive recognition from the IEDC not once, but twice”, said Rob Millar, CEcD, Acting Director City of Scottsdale Economic Development.
Video: Perspectives with Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp

Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp explores the history of Senior Services in Scottsdale.
Video: 2018 Scottsdale City Council Candidate Forum

Hear from each of the Scottsdale City Council candidates during this election forum hosted by the Scottsdale Independent.
City seeks public input on proposed changes to licensing and regulating pari-mutuel wagering

This update will modernize and standardize definitions and descriptions.
It's still Hot: Hikers encouraged to be off trails before Noon

The weather is cooling and hikers are anxious to hit the mountain recreation areas. Unfortunately, it’s still too hot to be too confident on the trails.
Southwest Gas Franchise Agreement, Audit No. 1909

Some revenue types were excluded from the franchise fee calculation, including ancillary revenues and certain customer accounts. Auditors also found a small percentage of inaccuracies in the franchisee's jurisdiction coding in three tested zip codes. Capital Expenditures Fund fee reimbursements to Southwest Gas were adequately supported, and these fee reimbursements reduced the combined Arizona region's rate base expenses, though direct benefits to jurisdictions vary.
Celebrating 20 Years of water reuse innovation

Public invited to tour the state-of-the art Scottsdale Water Campus.
Trolley and bus routes changing October 22

Expanded free trolley service to Mustang Transit Center and Via Linda Senior Center will require changes to current transit routes.
Video: Behind the Badge – Back to School

Learn how the Scottsdale Police Department partners with area school districts to provide a safe environment for students.
Nationwide Realty Investors acquires 134 acres of state land near Hayden Road and Loop 101

Arizona State Trust land at the northwest corner of Hayden Road and Loop 101 in Scottsdale has been sold to Nationwide Realty Investors, who was the successful bidder during the public auction of the 134-acre parcel. The final bid price was $83 million.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Sept. 7 - 16

A partial list of road construction projects and traffic restrictions in Scottsdale to help you plan your best route
2nd Degree Murder Suspect Arrested

Scottsdale Police arrested suspect Daniel James Hinton for 2nd Degree Murder
Scottsdale traffic restrictions Aug. 31 - Sept. 9

A partial list of road construction projects and traffic restrictions in Scottsdale to help you plan your best route
Scottsdale Water Rebates…hurry limited funds!

Scottsdale Water has rebates available to help customers save water and money inside and outside their homes.
Buy or Remodel Green for Comfort, Health & Water Efficiency

Tips to help you make informed decisions whether you're planning to buy a new home or remodel your existing one.
Court utilizes Google Translate for more access

Over 100 language choices available.
Scottsdale seeks applicants for Transportation Commission and Paths and Trails Subcommittee

The Transportation Commission and the Paths and Trails Subcommittee each have an opening. Submit applications by Friday, Aug. 24.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park voted 'Best City Park'

Based on votes, Phoenix Magazine announced the results on August 15, 2018.
Love Scottsdale? You’re invited to become an Old Town Ambassador

Our volunteer ambassadors number more than 100; their mission is to be a welcoming face to all who visit Old Town Scottsdale.
Drinkwater Boulevard, section of Civic Center Mall closed indefinitely for repairs

The Drinkwater Boulevard underpass is closed to permit work on the supporting bridge structure. Pedestrian areas above the bridge are also closed, restricting access to areas of the Civic Center Mall.
Scottsdale traffic restrictions July 20 - 27

A partial list of road construction projects and traffic restrictions in Scottsdale to help you plan your best route.
Scottsdale provided the Hoster brothers a great childhood – now they’re giving back

The Pima Elementary School neighborhood left a lasting impact on these public safety professionals.
Scottsdale launches community services magazine

The new publication includes information about parks and recreation, library and human services programs and events.
Scottsdale Airport’s one thousandth U.S. Customs visitor is a new record!

The Scottsdale Airport celebrated the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) one thousandth international aircraft to be processed this federal fiscal year on July 8, marking a new record. This is a first for Scottsdale.
Selected JOC Construction Contracts, Audit No. 1804

Job order contract (JOC) proposal evaluation phase cost controls can be improved through guidelines for evaluating and negotiating job order costs, monitoring subcontractor selection requirements, and ensuring required reviews and approvals occur and are documented. As well, effective project delivery phase cost controls can be improved through better monitoring of subcontractor use and costs and ensuring the required performance and payment bond coverage. Further, specific records retention guidance can improve the efficiency and consistency of contract administration.
Police On-Body Cameras, Audit No. 1808

The audit found that technology access controls can be improved, such as ensuring the least privilege access principle is followed. In addition, On-Body Camera (OBC)-related policy enforcement can be improved. Videos are not consistently tagged and categorized, some documentation was not consistently retained, and supervisors did not have access to system reports for efficient reviews. As well, SPD can improve its OBC program policies and procedures to enhance its policies for greater transparency and clarity.
SPD Leaders Graduate from Northwestern University

SPD Commander Minor and Lieutenant Nichols complete 10 week Staff and Command Program at Northwestern University
Video: Behind the Badge – Homelessness

Learn about the collaboration of departments across the city to address homelessness.
Scottsdale elections will wait until November

There will not be an Aug. 28 primary election in Scottsdale. Only six candidates filed to run for three City Council seats by the May 30 deadline, making a Scottsdale primary election unnecessary.
Flood hazard reduction efforts lower insurance costs for property owners

Scottsdale scored tops in the state during a recent federal audit of floodplain management practices, ranking in the top 1 percent of U.S. cities and counties.
Cut cooling costs by up to 40 percent

Learn about ductless mini-split cooling technology for room-by-room temperature control, comfort and energy savings.
City of Scottsdale “Truth in Taxation” notice

This “Truth in Taxation” hearing notice regarding the city of Scottsdale primary property tax levy is being published as required by Arizona state law.
Intelligent Transportation Systems, Audit No. 1803

Risks surrounding ITS have not been adequately identified, evaluated and managed. Additionally, few policies and procedures have been formalized, and vendor service agreements have not been properly maintained and managed. Overall, strategic planning and additional performance data may help ITS more effectively plan for future improvements.
Development Agreements, Audit No. 1809

The Planning and Development Services department did not have formal procedures to track development agreement requirements, and written guidance was not available. Records retention periods for some development agreement-related records were not identified, and user access to the CDS was granted on a case-by-case basis rather than by role or function.
Splish, splash bubbles fill new aircraft hangar

In less than three minutes, a 30,000 sq. ft. hangar was filled with foamy bubbles – like a massive bubble bath! – for a fire foam suppression test to ensure airport users and luxury jets are well protected in the event of a fire.
Born in fire: Scottsdale’s fire sprinkler ordinance continues to save lives

Scottsdale was the first U.S. city to require home sprinklers, a move that’s saved more than a dozen lives and multiple properties. But getting there wasn’t easy.
Operating electric scooters in Scottsdale

Electric scooter rentals available through providers like Bird offer new transportation options for people in Scottsdale – but some specific rules apply.
Funding for Scottsdale transportation projects headed to the ballot

Scottsdale voters will consider a sales tax increase this November to fund transportation improvements under a plan adopted by the City Council May 1.
The Scottsdale Angels Are Ready

Committed to helping those suffering from addiction by providing an evaluation and work to secure appropriate services
Fire sprinklers prove to be guardian angel

A recent electrical fire in a residential care home could have been deadly without fire sprinklers -- and the quick action of the Scottsdale Fire Department.
Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you

Whether it’s a broken streetlight, a fresh pothole or a missing trash can, a new online service is making it easier for residents to report problems with city facilities or services.
Installation begins for Old Town Scottsdale Parking Management Enhancement Program

The City of Scottsdale is installing a smart parking pilot program that uses sensors to track and better manage parking for visitors and businesses.
Video: State of the Fire Department

Learn about what you can expect from your Scottsdale Fire Department over the next three years.
Allison Feldman murder suspect arrested

Suspect arrested for 2015 murder of Allison Feldman
Interactive Voice Response (IVR) for non-emergency callers

Interactive Voice Response Implemented
Video: Behind the Badge - Scottsdale PD is hiring!

Do you want to work in the Scottsdale Police Department? Learn about physical fitness requirements, background checks and polygraph tests.
Scottsdale Stadium renovations move to final design

The master plan process is concluding, and city staff are issuing a request for proposals to enter the design/build phase.
When it comes to commuting, less red is better

Thanks to new technology and some intuitive sleuthing, many commuters are enjoying shorter waits and quicker trips through Scottsdale.
A new map shows “what, when, where” for city construction projects

Residents can use a new interactive map to find city construction projects near them and learn about Scottsdale’s plans for building and improving infrastructure like roads, parks, fire stations and water facilities.
SFD Hosts Five Alamos Firefighters in Sister Cities Exchange

For 10 days, Scottsdale Fire Department is playing host to five firefighters from Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, in a Sister Cities exchange.
My View: Valley Metro powers future of transit with technology, innovative partnerships

An influx of so many people and cars to our region will create a challenge as we struggle to meet transportation demands. As part of the solution, we are fortunate to have a robust public transit system that is well equipped to connect people to life every day.
Video: Heart of Scottsdale - Carstens Fine Art

Meet and observe Cyndy Carstens, artist and owner of Carstens Studio and Gallery, as she creates one of her beautiful Arizona skyscapes.
Scottsdale Arts Contract, Audit No. 1807

The audit found that Scottsdale Arts underspent approximately $202,000 of purpose-restricted City funding, art maintenance funds have not increased in proportion to new art acquired, Scottsdale Arts is not progressing in efforts to become more independent of City funding, and contract oversight of program management and public transparency can be improved.
Scottsdale’s Marine Corps Mural has some new “guardian angels”

The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution have officially adopted the mural, which adorns several large wall sections northwest of the Civic Center Library.
Discussions, research and a new campaign point the way to Old Town Scottsdale

Research among merchants and potential visitors is helping the city create an upcoming marketing campaign aimed at boosting the number of Valley residents who visit Downtown Scottsdale.
Independent Review of Scottsdale City Court's Compliance with Minimum Accounting Standards, Report No. 1811

This independent review is required by the Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts, triennially. This agreed-upon procedures report is intended solely for the information and use of the Administrative Office of the Courts in evaluating the City Court’s compliance with its minimum accounting standards.
Got project questions? Revised website makes getting answers easier

The revised Planning and Development Services website incorporates more videos, step-by-step explanation graphics and is organized so visitors can quickly find the information they need.
Learn how to create an edible garden and prepare healthy dishes from it

Join urban gardener Joan Baron and cooking expert Melanie Albert as they share the benefits and how-to’s of growing your own healthy foods, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert environment.
WestWorld Marketing & Concession Contracts - Audit No. 1806

The audit found that a more fully developed marketing plan may help improve marketing effectiveness. Concession revenues were generally reported in accordance with terms, but exceptions were not documented and some terms are unclear. Further, several aspects of contract administration should be improved.
Deteriorating bridge forces lane closures on 68th Street

A routine inspection of the 68th Street bridge over the Arizona Canal, just north of Indian School Road, discovered deterioration that will require substantial repair.
Update - Fatal Collision at Scottsdale & Doubletree

Scottsdale Police investigate a single car fatality
Circle K Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

Scottsdale Police arrest Circle K armed robbery suspect
Watershed project will reduce flood risk south of Arizona Canal

A reduced threat of flooding and potential flood insurance savings are just two benefits of a project taking place within Scottsdale’s Granite Reef Watershed.
Police seeking help in locating fugitive

Police request help to locate fugitive of justice, Gloria Schulze
Scottsdale Water receives rebate for smart energy management

APS rebate check for nearly $108,000 brings Scottsdale Water energy management rebates to over $900,000 in less than 10 years.
Hike safely this summer
Safely enjoy hiking Scottsdale's many trails this summer.
bloomberg philanthropies announces scottsdale as What Works Cities 2019 silver certification

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