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10/12/20 Newsletter

October:  Mask?  no mask?.....What is open? What will never open? Did the ballot arrive?  How do I mark the judge choices? .....questions...questions

HOT ISSUES being discussed

  • Mayoral candidate, Lisa Borowsky, had a dismal record of absences and late arrivals when on the city council for one term.
  • Planning Commissioner, Christian Serena, was not re-appointed for a second term. He has been ardent in studying each proposed project and challenging issues that concern area homeowners and small businesses.
  • Councilwoman Linda Milhaven has received criticism for her vote to place her son-in-law on the Planning Commission. It is not currently defined as a “conflict of interest” nor ethics violation.
  • The proposed Greenbelt 88 located at the SE corner of Hayden Rd and Osborn Rd application ZN-15-2020 shows 300 planned apartment units or approx. 43 units per acre in an area of existing condos/apartment complexes of reportedly 20 to 24 units per acre.
  • The equestrian trail on Dixileta has two issues at this time (1) who is responsible to maintain it in debris-free and safe riding/walking condition? (2) when it traverses through privately-owned property, what is the liability of that property owner?
  • Oh yes, one more item….WHO will be the next Mayor and 3 city council members? Check out the COGS website for their answers to our questionnaire.www.cogsaz.net COGS members endorsed city council candidates Betty Janik and Tom Durham….no endorsement for mayor.

EVERYONE COUNTS---Please be sure that you are counted!

Census 2020: Have you been counted? AZ should qualify for more members to the US House of Representatives BUT you need to complete the quick 5-minute verification that you exist. Deadline is Halloween, October 31st.  ALL people get counted who live inside the USA.  If you haven't yet, please respond to the 2020 Census online.  Thanks so much—Scottsdale will benefit from the future funding and grants based on our updated population count.

WHAT IS THE VOTING INFORMATION I NEED FOR SCOTTSDALE?

Did you get your Early Ballot in the mail? Where is it now if you marked and dropped it in the US Postal Service box or ballot drop box? If you want to check the status of your mail-in ballot, this link https://my.arizona.vote/AbsenteeTracker.aspx will confirm that the ballot was mailed to you, when it was mailed back, if it was returned, and the status toward being counted. Another resource is BeBallotReady.Vote.

  • You can use your driver’s license number as the identification number.
  • BE SURE TO SIGN THE BALLOT (green) envelope with the name on your registration—it is the same as on the envelope they used to mail to you.
  • Beginning today, Monday, Oct. 12, voted early ballots can be dropped off between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. You cannot vote in person at Scottsdale City Hall - it is a drop-off location only. 
  • You can vote in southern Scottsdale in the Scottsdale Plaza, 8929 E Roosevelt St., which is open weekdays and some weekend days - check days and hours of operation. During open hours, you can vote onsite or drop off your voted early ballot at this location. 
     
  • The next voting center in Scottsdale does not open until Thursday, Oct. 22. Find a complete list of locations in or near Scottsdale at Scottsdale.vote, or search the full Maricopa County list at Maricopa.vote.
  • There are no assigned voting locations. Choose any in the county that works with your schedule.  Vote centers are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day. 



 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS GREEN-CITY SCOTTSDALE

American City and County names Scottsdale as the sixth greenest city in the U.S. in 2020. A career research firm compared 99 cities based on their walkability, car ownership, commute length, tons of waste per person and parkland per 1,000 people. See the top 10 greenest cities.

EVENTS to enjoy

It's a fine time to visit a hidden city desert garden. Scottsdale's 5-acre Xeriscape Garden contains unique Arizona-friendly plants throughout its landscaping. Enjoy the cooler weather, see beautiful fall-bloomers and take the self-guided tour to learn about plant care. The garden is on the southeast corner of Hayden and McDonald roads. Enter from the dog park parking lot and walk the pedestrian path east toward the water processing building.

Each week through November 1st. "Let Scottsdale Surprise You"

Experience Scottsdale launched a campaign inviting Arizona residents to explore Scottsdale's hiking trails, art installations, resorts and beyond. The "Let Scottsdale Surprise You" campaign aims to inspire residents to support the local economy by safely enjoying staycations, as well as various tourism attractions and activities, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on Scottsdale's hospitality businesses and workers. Each week through Nov. 1, new prize packages featuring overnight stays, attraction admissions and more will be offered at SurprisinglyScottsdale.com. Experience Scottsdale serves as the city’s destination marketing organization, promoting the Scottsdale area as a luxury destination for meetings, events and leisure travel.

Thursdays 7 to 9 pm in Arts District   Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American Original  Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments. Here's a list of open galleries and safety measures. 

Wednesdays thru Sundays 10 am to 3 pm Western Spirit: Museum of the West 3830 N. Marshall Way (just south of Main Street/Arts District), reopens with limited hours and safety measures. Visitors older than 2, volunteers and staff are required to wear face coverings. Those unable to wear face coverings due to medical conditions will be required to wear a face shield. Learn more about the museum and exhibits

Saturday, October 17th 4 pm to evening   GAIN - Getting Arizona Involved with Neighborhoods!

 

Arizona's answer to National Night Out unites communities to create safer neighborhoods. This year's celebration begins in a fun, safe, new way. Pack a picnic and party with the parade along the various parade routes.  Register for a free activity pack available in limited quantities to families with children younger than 12. One per household, please. Call 480-312-3111 for more information

4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 22 Creepy Spider Craft online  on YouTube  (ages 8 and up) Join virtually to make your own Creepy Sock Spider. Pick up a craft kit (while supplies last) starting Thursday, Oct. 15 at any of the drive-thru windows, curbside, or inside Civic Center Library and Mustang Library during open hours, then tune in on the library's YouTube channel

8 am to 9:45 am, Saturday, Oct 24  Help Keep Scottsdale Beautiful with a no-contact, outdoor volunteer cleanup of 6.5 miles of northern Scottsdale Road. Two sign-in locations will have volunteers to provide you with a mask, trash grabber and garbage bags. (1) Terravita Marketplace and entry road to Walgreens on the western side of Scottsdale Rd just south of Carefree Highway (2) at the Scenic Drive monument on the eastern side of Scottsdale Rd and ¾ mile north of Happy Valley Rd—across from MacDonald’s Ranch. Register Now! 

10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 Join us at Virtual Classics Book Club: Dracula Just in time for Halloween, join online for a discussion of Bram Stoker's Dracula! Register online to receive a link to join the discussion.

10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 Halloween Crafty Storytime online on YouTube. (ages 2-5) Enjoy a story and make a simple craft. Pick up a craft kit (while supplies last) starting Thursday, Oct. 22 at any of the drive-thru windows, curbside, or inside Civic Center Library and Mustang Library during open hours, then visit our YouTube channel at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 to watch the storytime and learn how to put your craft together

November 6th to 15th Canal Convergence | Water + Art + Light  with noticeable changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will still bring the enchanting, light-based artworks from around the world that fans have come to expect. Scottsdale Public Art will expand this year beyond the Arizona Canal – in addition to some artworks at the waterfront, others will be located throughout Old Town Scottsdale to minimize crowding and allow for safer social distancing. Additionally, augmented reality technology will be used to enhance the Canal Convergence experience with an app for smartphones. Note: Workshops, artist talks, and public art tours will not have a physical presence at the canal this year but will have virtual counterparts accessible via augmented reality or online.

November 7, Saturday — One of the World’s most recognizable polo events announced it has received final approval from the City of Scottsdale to return to WestWorld --Scottsdale’s outdoor polo field. Under a new name for 2020, The Stella Artois Polo Classic: Presented by Ketel One, a production of the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, will return with some new teams, as well as new focus on social distancing and a key focus to help schools, nonprofits and charities hit hard by COVID-19.

OUR TERRIFIC LIBRARY SYSTEM HAS THESE OFFERS:

Interested in free journalism sources such as the New York Times?  Check out how to get free access at ScottsdaleLibrary.org/research/newspapers

For a limited time, get access to Ancestry.com from home. Through Dec. 31, the first class genealogy database of Ancestry.com allows library card holders to access their full archive of historical documents. These include Vital Records, military records, Census, immigration records and photos to help bring your family history to life.
Log on today and start exploring your family history at  Ancestry.com

 

 

 

 

OUR TERRIFIC LIBRARY SYSTEM HAS THESE OFFERS:

Interested in free journalism sources such as the New York Times?  Check out how to get free access at ScottsdaleLibrary.org/research/newspapers

For a limited time, get access to Ancestry.com from home. Through Dec. 31, the first class genealogy database of Ancestry.com allows library card holders to access their full archive of historical documents. These include Vital Records, military records, Census, immigration records and photos to help bring your family history to life.
Log on today and start exploring your family history at  Ancestry.com





 

 

CITY INFORMATION AND UPDATES FOR YOU

Scottsdale Police Chief, Alan Rodbell, will retire 1 December after 17 years of service to our city. COGS thanks him for his service and we wish him 24 hour days that he can devote to favorite activities without emergency calls and interruptions.

Have you ever used EZ Scottsdale?

Whether it's a broken streetlight, a fresh pothole, a missing trash can, or an out-of-place scooter, the city’s EZ online service makes it easier for residents to report problems with city facilities or services. Scottsdale EZ lets you quickly report issues on your desktop or mobile device and provides the city with a consolidated tracking and reporting system.
However, for an anonymous Code Enforcement complaint
, (barking dogs, excessive noise, long term camper or RV parking on residential street, etc.) go to this website https://eservices.scottsdaleaz.gov/ez/Request/Submit?group=CodeEnforcement.

US CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION service is back at our local Scottsdale Airport

Scottsdale Airport returned to its regular hours for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) service. The service is offered daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you need service outside these hours, appointments may be available subject to officer availability and on a case-by-case basis. Users requesting service outside of normal hours must pay an additional $225 user fee. To book an appointment with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, please call 480-312-8483.

For more information, visit the airport’s webpage or contact Aviation Staff at 480-312-2321.

Know before you throw. Household cleaners, swimming pool chemicals, paint, automotive fluids, batteries and electronics should not be placed in trash or recycling containers, or placed out for brush and bulk collection. These items may cause a reaction that can become toxic or combust.

Wondering about?
View a map with information on active and completed Old Town development projects and locations.
View additional maps for more information on amenities, services, zoning and traffic restrictions.



















   

What has COGS-The Coalition of Greater Scottsdale--been doing?

  • Attending multiple neighborhood ZOOM conferences on proposed project concerns
  • Responding to concerns about equestrian trail maintenance and HOA/homeowner liability
  • Assisting residents to navigate city procedures
  • Submitting COGS position papers to the Planning Commission and City Council on downtown and northern Scottsdale proposed projects
  • Preparing a list of much-needed policy and ordinance changes to submit to the new city council in January. A COGS members’ survey will prioritize the list in November through a special Members’ Only Newsletter.
  • Teams of two track all Land Cases by Northern, Central and Southern/Downtown. They monitor schedules for hearings at the Development Review Board, Planning Commission and City Council plus other Boards and Commission hearings for specific cases such as Historic Preservation requests. Alerts are sent to impacted neighbohoods, HOA  representatives and small business owners who might want to be involved in community input. 

STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE FROM YOUR COGS BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

 Marilynn Atkinson (Sherwood Heights), Jim Davis (Estancia), Susan Kauffman (Troon Villages), Sonnie Kirtley (Caballo Ranchos), Stan Morganstern (Rural 85266 zip), Howard Myers (Carriage Trails), Copper Phillips (Rural 85266 zip), Chris Schaffner (Los Sombros)
 
Read bios on our website under
Who We Are and info on other Board Members

 

 

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