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02/27/19 Newsletter

ALERT:  As you know, our city has some critical infrastructure projects that need funding.  November 2019  you will be asked to approve those projects presented on the ballot.
At this time the dollars requested WILL NOT increase your property tax.

Please review 67 potential city construction projects online and/or  attend the Public Comment open houses.  These needed projects don't have funding to move from concept to construction. With the public feedback, a new list of priority projects will be created. The Scottsdale City Council may ask the voters to consider financing these projects in a November 2019 bond election. Click here to receive potential project details and to confirm the list of open houses. . Residents can  find an interactive map of all the projects, with links to provide feedback.
 

WHERE TO ATTEND AND COMMENT

Wednesday, Feb. 27  10:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Tuesday, March 5  11 a.m. 1 p.m.
Scottsdale Airport
15000 N. Airport Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260
 
Thursday, March 7  4:30 6:30 p.m.
Granite Reef Senior Center 1700 N. Granite Reef Road-north of McDowell Road a half block.

Today: 5 pm Planning Commission hearing in the Kiva (city hall).

23-ZN-2018 McDowell Mountain Community Storage....Request by owner for a Zoning District Map Amendment from Planned Convenience Center, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (PCoC ESL) to Neighborhood Commercial, Environmentally Sensitive Lands (C-1 ESL) zoning on a +/-4.7-acre site located at 10101 E McDowell Mountain Ranch Road (217-14-003M). 
The neighborhood concern has been the setbacks from the frontage road and western property line.


VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Scottsdale City Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp hosts a conversation about transportation opportunities for seniors

EVENTS to ENJOY
The Boys of Summer are back in Scottsdale. The San Francisco Giants begin their home spring training schedule Sunday, Feb. 24, at Scottsdale Stadium. Tickets are available at the stadium box office, by calling 1-877-473-4849 or at San Francisco Giants.

Sunday A'Fair minifestivals continue on Scottsdale Civic Center. Sunday A'Fair features free outdoor concerts by the Valley's top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market and fun activities for children and families. The concerts run from noon to 4 p.m. most Sundays through April 7.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7 to 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.

PARKS AND RECREATION SIGNUP IS NOW
Scottsdale's Leisure Education offers several new and exciting programs, such as outdoor portrait photography, art, tot and youth fitness, culinary and nutrition workshops and more! Mark your calendar registration began Monday, Feb. 25th. Classes begin the week of Monday, April 1st

What a difference a day makes! A city flag design was chosen Feb 19th by city council with a tightrope 4 to 3 vote that was called back 24 hrs later. The  flag vote will be reheard by council on Tuesday, March 5th to consider a resolution to rescind that vote and to consider another flag design. 
The sole public speaker at the February 19th hearing was COGS Chairwoman who asked council (1) What is this an image of? (2) What was the public survey vote count and their finalist flag designs? Staff response was that the image is a Saguaro blossom; the public survey votes were not available that evening to share, but neither of the finalist flags being displayed before council were finalists with the public internet survey.
Councilmembers Klapp, Littlefield, and Phillips voted No.

Background: In 2017 the Scottsdale Flag Challenge solicited design concepts from the public through December 2017. The city received 260 designs from adults and children during the initial collection phase. After being filtered through the Neighborhood Advisory Commission and city staff, a final 10 flag designs were opened to the public for feedback through an online process, which ran February 1 to 28th 2018. Records state that 2787 public responses narrowed the flag design to a top four. In May 2018 the Neighborhood Advisory Commission in a 5 to 0 vote selected the final two for city council consideration. Interestingly, the flag design that city council majority chose received only 10.5% of public survey vote and was not a design selected by the NAC but nominated by the COS Design and Communication staff.
It is unclear what the next steps will be in a city flag design selection process.


 

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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