Friday, January 9, 2015

Bits and Pieces

"Come Speak with your Councilman"

Council members Brendan Burns, Bill Garner and Mike Zinkin are hosting a "Come Speak with your Councilman" session this Sunday, from 1 to 3 PM at the Oro Valley Library. All topics are up for discussion.

 It was probably a drone!

The Arizona Daily Star reports that "Tierra Antigua Realtor Doug Trudeau was issued the first real estate permit in the nation Tuesday by the Federal Aviation Administration allowing use of a drone to photograph and take video of properties for sale." I is possible that the drone some of our readers reported to us a few weeks ago was possibly a test that was being run in anticipation of this use. Thanks to Oro Valley's Misti Nowak for alerting us to this.

Oro Valley publishes reader-friendly financial report for FY 2013-14

"Oro Valley, Arizona (December 30, 2014) - The Town of Oro Valley is pleased to announce the publication of its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

Each year, the Town of Oro Valley produces a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which outlines the Town's financial position and operating activities and includes audited financial statements; however, due to its length and scope, the CAFR is not very reader-friendly. In order to make the Town's financial information more accessible to the public, it began producing the award-winning PAFR in 2012.

"The Popular Annual Financial Report incorporates information from our audited financial statements and adopted budget to provide the public with a concise, easy-to-understand summary of the Town's financial condition as of the June 30, 2014 fiscal year-end," said Oro Valley Finance Director Stacey Lemos.

The PAFR includes a summary of accomplishments, net assets, activities, revenues, expenditures, debt and financial ratings and employee salaries and benefits.

To view the PAFR in a digital reader format, click here or paste the following URL into your browser:

To download a PDF of the PAFR, click here or paste the following URL into your browser:"

(Source: Oro Valley Press Release)

Oro Valley to fund $200K street light reconstruction project along Rancho Vistoso Boulevard in Sun City

Oro Valley, Arizona (January 7, 2015) - The Town of Oro Valley has budgeted $200,000 for reconstruction work on a stretch of 29 street lights along both sides of Sun City's Rancho Vistoso Boulevard, from Silverton Ave. to Crossbow Drive, also known as "circuit two."

The lights, which were constructed in 1986-87, are in need of a long-term solution for their maintenance and upkeep. Plans are to replace failed infrastructure of these lights, including the installation of new electrical conduit, wiring and junction boxes.

Funds for the $200,000 project will come from the Town's capital improvement project budget in the current fiscal year. Maintenance on additional "circuits" or sections of street lights in Sun City have been included in the Town's five-year capital improvement project projection for future consideration.

Work will begin January 26, 2015 with a tentative completion in mid-April. It will have limited impact on traffic along this stretch of Rancho Vistoso Boulevard.

(Source: Oro Valley Press Release)
Coming Soon: Bagels, Bread and Pizza

This month's Oro Valley Economic development report includes 3 new tenants under construction.  Bread smith, The Bagel Joint, and A Pizza Artisan Pizza & Tap Room are coming to town.

You can view the report here.


Richard Furash, MBA said...

Is "Breasdith" supposed to be "Breadsmith?" I saw a sign for Breadsmith last week, I think it was in the Harvest plaza.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

The council forum at the library was a huge hit! Only one rude person who appeared to be a "plant." He didn't get anywhere with his rude line of questioning and he walked out. Kudos to Bill, Brendan and Mike for their civil responses to this one person's less than civil approach to open dialogue.

After the meeting, I heard one person say, "Mike Zinkin would have been a great mayor. He's very knowledgeable and knows how to talk to people."

Yes, unlike our current mayor who only knows how to lecture and be dismissive.

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Zinkin, Garner, and Burns disseminated a lot of information on the Troon Contract during the forum. They also informed the audience that they never saw the 37-page contract until December 23d despite being forced to vote on the deal on December 17th. Not having this important information ahead of time is one of the reasons they voted no.

They also didn't see the 127-page Appraisal Report until the day before the vote, giving them no time to analyze it and prepare questions before the following night's vote.

Now, which council members are looking out for YOU? The ones who vote YES based on very limited information or the ones who insist on having all the information BEFORE they vote YES on a deal that will cost the Oro Valley taxpayers millions of dollars?

Richard Furash, MBA said...

Breadsith? This is Darth Vaders' shop!! Beware!!