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09/21/14

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As always great information to jump start your week. This one includes dates to meet some city council candidates face-to-face and if you have a cantankerous HOA Board there is hope (see below). 

Meet the Scottsdale City Council Candidates: (COGS has requested in its COGS E-Newsletters for any group to send us their candidate public meetings so YOU can talk personally with each one. So far these three have been received. Friday, Sept 26th between 5 pm and 7 pm in the downtown Arts District, the Bonner David Galleries will host city council candidate, David N. Smith. Grady Soine will entertain at the piano and Arcadia Farms appetizers served. Sunday, Sept. 28th between 2 and 5 pm attend in a private home at 7451 Via Dona (north of 101 and east of Scottsdale Road) to meet and discuss city issues with Mr. David N Smith and Kathy Littlefield. Then on October 9th beginning at 6 pm you can meet with Paula Pennypacker who is running for a District 23 Senate seat. She will be followed by city council candidates, David N. Smith and Kathy Littlefield. This will be in a Villa Monterey home at 4752 North 7th Place (just west of the pool area off Rancho Vista). RSVP Lmackross@cox.net or 480 425 0470.

REPORT FROM THE FLOOD DISTRICT MEETING : There were two meetings this week. The first on Tuesday covered the Rawhide Wash drainage area and the second on Thursday covered the NW Area Watersheds. Both are part of the Pinnacle Peak West ADMS Project Area as defined by the Flood Control District of Maricopa County. That project area covers 95 sq. miles and includes most of North Scottsdale north of the CAP Canal, far northeast Phoenix, a small area of Carefree and Cave Creek and some unincorporated areas of Maricopa County. As part of this study, the project team is using computer technology and hydrology models to identify the areas within the study boundary that have high flood hazards. Results of those studies were presented at the meetings. The project team is also collecting information about the public's tolerance to flooding problems through community outreach and an online survey. The results of these "tolerance surveys" will be used to identify and prioritize sites that will be the focus of developing potential solutions to minimize the flood risks. There was no discussion of what those solutions might be - only vague references to preferring smaller local structures over a large regional structure (such as the proposed $100 million desert destroying and misnamed Desert Greenbelt that was proposed in the late 1990s and voted down by the Scottsdale City Council in 2000 or 2001.) There were many comments from attendees and some acknowledgement by the officials in attendance that the development that has been allowed to be built in the study area is part of the problem as poorly planned development has changed the flow of storm water and is causing flooding to downstream properties. Many attendees commented that they had not experienced flooding on their properties until development occurred upstream of them. The next steps will be to actually discuss potential solutions, costs and possible funding sources. That is expected to take place in early 2015. [Report from Linda Whitehead, member, COGS Board of Directors.] Downtown Construction News 1. The work on 5th Avenue is nearing completion. The street is open without striping. Temporary striping will be done Monday, Sept. 8 at 2 a.m. Permanent striping will be done the second week of October once the asphalt has cured on both 5th and 6th avenues. 2. Construction continues to progress on the Drinkwater Sanitary Sewer Line project. All work on Drinkwater Boulevard is scheduled to be complete by Sept. 15. Work is currently progressing along Second Street. It is anticipated that this work will be complete and Second Street opened to traffic by Sept. 22. The next phase of the project, work along the Wells Fargo Alley, is scheduled to begin on Sept. 22. The alley will be closed to all vehicular traffic at this time. For additional information please contact Project Manager Eric Waldo at 480-312-7245 Trouble with your HOA Board? Attend this city sponsored seminar: "Home Association Boards VS. Residents" Tuesday, September 23rd, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm, Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th Street This lively seminar will pit lawyer versus lawyer to discuss both sides of the most popular HOA issues in Scottsdale. One lawyer, a longtime HOA lawyer will take the side of HOAs while another lawyer, one with more HOA experience, will take the side of the Owners who live in HOAs. This unique seminar is a wonderful opportunity that should not be missed.

Scottsdale ---a terrific place to call home! Take advantage of all the free activities available for adults and families. Upcoming Events In and Around Downtown: 

Brazilian Day, Saturday, Sept. 6, noon - 6 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. 

Walk to End Lupus, Saturday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., beginning and ending at the Civic Center Mall. For more information contact Zachary at 301-922-1643

Vendor opportunities are available for the Granite Reef Senior Center's 31st annual Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 15. The event draws over 5,000 attendees and features a diverse mix of artists, live music, children's activities and art demonstrations.

Thursdays: The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art has free admission 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. every Thursday, 7374 E. Second St., 480-874-4666

ArtWalk, 7 - 9 p.m., on Main St. & Marshall Way, with live entertainment and gallery receptions. Contact info@scottsdalegalleries.com for more information

Saturdays: Food Truck Caravan, 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., at 5th Avenue & Goldwater Boulevard. For more information call Lori at 480-251-1769

Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours, The second Saturday of every month, beginning and ending at the Old Adobe Mission. For more details and reservations please contact Ace at or 480-634-6850 ________________________________________ 

For the COGS Board of Directors, 

Sonnie Kirtley, Chair sonniek@cogsaz.net or cox.net 

We are all volunteers and Scottsdale residents who believe strongly in a consistent land policy that will preserve our Scottsdale quality of life....not to mention the RESIDENTS' vision for the city.

 

 

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