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01/04/19 Newsletter

Here comes 2019 in Scottsdale!

 

CITY NOTICES

COUNCIL OATH OF OFFICE CEREMONY is Tuesday, Jan. 8TH 4 PM in city hall.  Watch Channel 11 as new Councilwoman Solange Whitehead takes office with returning Councilwomen Littlefield and Milhaven.

Recycle your Christmas tree Jan. 5-13 at drop off locations.
Yellow collection bins will be available at three city parks: Eldorado, Scottsdale Ranch and Thompson Peak. The city does not accept artificial trees, stands or ornaments. Single-family home residents can place Christmas trees in their green waste pile, separated from bulk trash, for collection on your scheduled brush/bulk service week.
 

TOP CITY ISSUES AS WE START 2019

PAPAGO PLAZA was rezoned on Dec 12th amid comments such as  “ Get more public input” agreed the city council …”The project can be improved for this iconic corner”…”mediocre”…”increase the corner setback from McDowell/Scottsdale Road—a drive-thru coffee stand is not the best choice here”. 
Add you opinions and attend the Thursday, Jan 10th public open house from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in SkySong, building 3, Synergy room 1 (look for curb signs to lead you in).1365 N. Scottsdale Road.  Provide your written comments there if you want them part of the pubic record.  You can arrive at any time to walk around the room to view posters of the project.  No formal presentation is expected so you won't hear other public comments and recommendations to improve the project. Developer representatives will be present to answer your questions. See details and project renderings/images here (Case 6-ZN-2018)
 

SHC-the 2019 best project in the city:  Coming soon is a 2,000 sq. ft modern research space to house a collection of the oral, written and visual history of Scottsdale.
Since 1973 donors have added to the Scottsdale library’s Southwest Collection. A new home for the Scottsdale History Collection (SHC) is planned to provide greater public access to browse our diverse city history using acquired research resources using a private room and opportunities to listen to lectures and to hold community meetings in a designated area. The SHC will be located in a permanent glass-walled area next to the Knowasis Teen Center in the Civic Center Library. The archives will include over 10,000 photographs and images of city buildings, events and residents; more than 450 video and audio recordings; 700 books, phone book directories, local media and Scottsdale high school yearbooks not to mention newspaper clippings as early as the 1950s.   Donations are encouraged to achieve the $500,000 goal in a public-private partnership. See the details and how you or your organization can donate here.   

SAVING the Polynesian building on McDowell Road. Do you remember when it was a Dairy Queen? Driving west on McDowell Road as you approach 64th Street and the Papago Buttes you may have noticed the unusual, “Polynesian” style building on the south side of McDowell Road. A group of residents are ardently trying to save the structure and there just might be a solution. Stay tuned as a local property owner seeks city procedures to allow relocating to one of his properties.


YOUR OPINION COUNTS

Interested in the upgrading of Indian Bend Wash from Thomas Road south to McKellips Road?  Attend a city open house from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Wednesday, January 9th at the Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N Granite Reef Rd/north of McDowell Road. Learn about and provide your comments on a developing Master Plan for this area that includes Eldorado and Vista del Camino Parks. If you can’t make the meeting, Visit the project website and fill out the project questionnaire.
 

Survey allows residents to rate city programs and services. In December, some Scottsdale households were randomly selected to participate in the National Citizen Survey. A web version is now available for any resident who would like to provide feedback. Find more information and a link.

COGS survey. Click here to see the 2018 and 2019 covers of the Scottsdale Official Visitors Guides. Please send us your opinion as to which you prefer, who you think it targets for marketing, and whether it highlights our uniqueness?

ELECTRIC SCOOTERS ARE LEGAL ON SIDEWALKS BUT....

Reporting bike and scooter issues The fastest and most effective way to report devices that are parked improperly is through the city’s Scottsdale EZ website. Type “bike” or “scooter” into the search box and follow the prompts to make a report. The application will forward your report to staff or to the private bike-and scooter-sharing companies. 

January events
View our event calendar for a list of upcoming events.
 
Downtown cultural events & exhibitions:
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Do you use the 68th Street bridge ?

Construction work to replace the 68th Street bridge has begun and will run through Mar. 31, 2019, in conjunction with the SRP dry-up of the Arizona Canal. 68th Street will be closed from Indian School Road to Lafayette Boulevard for much of this time period. Due to advanced structural deterioration, it will be safer and more cost effective to replace the entire bridge rather than repair the existing bridge. Please visit the construction project page to review the schedule and find the latest information.
 

My Neighborhood  Find real-time information about construction activity, development requests, building permits, code enforcement notices and crime activity. Visit the city’s online map and simply enter an address or intersection, or you may zoom in to the location of interest. Select a colored pin to learn more about what's happening at that location.


Are you a local business owner?
Take advantage of the new matching marketing program

There is still time to apply for the city’s matching marketing program, an initiative that supports the city’s resident engagement and leisure tourism marketing efforts in Old Town. The Tourism and Events Department will award up to $30,000 in carryover funds to each approved applicant, until FY 2018/19 fiscal year funds are depleted. Contact Jackie Contaldo, downtown specialist, with any questions – jcontaldo@scottsdazleaz.gov or 480-312-2459.

 

New Land Cases

Near 75th Street and Main Street. Request by owner for approval of a Zoning District Map Amendment to allow travel modifications.CASE 27-ZN-2018
 
Near Indian Bend Road and Rocking Road. Request by owner for approval to renew a Conditional Use Permit for an existing Type 4 Wireless Communication Facility co-located inside two flagpole.CASE 32-UP-2003#3
 
Near Dynamite Boulevard and 78th Street. Request by owner for approval of modifications to an existing wash so that the water curves gradually from the north to the east. CASE 11-WM-2018
 

Thank you for taking your valuable time to read the COGS E-Newsletter and to be an informed resident. Feel free to forward to your HOA neighbors or friends. Our help and support are totally free--might charge you a smile and thank you though.   

 

Sonnie Kirtley, COGS Chair 

 

 

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