Friday, March 1, 2019

Bits and Pieces

Council appoints 5 member Finance Commission. 
Last week the town Council appointed a five-member budget committee. The members are:

Cathy Solverson for a term expiring December 31, 2020
John Latchford for a term expiring December 31, 2020
James Beasley for a term expiring December 31, 2020
David Newell for a term expiring December 31, 2021
Susan Rosenberg for a term expiring December 31, 2021

All have at least some background in accounting or finance. Four have lived in Oro Valley for five years or less. One has been a resident of the town for 20 years. None have attended the town's Citizens Academy. Their job will be to take a look at the 2019-20 budget that Town Manager Jacobs will submit later this spring. They will provide their input directly to council.

Is Amphi clamping down on outside facility use?
One of our readers wrote about two schools not allowing use of the outdoor track facilities. "CDO is no longer allowing people who aren't attending school there to use the running track. Cross Middle School is also limiting non students from using their running track."  We wonder if it is the same a Ironwood Ridge?  The town does not have a running track and we have seen none in any of the future plans we have reviewed.

Tennis events on the horizon
The town's El Conquistador Tennis Club, run by longtime tennis pro, Jennifer Fuchs, is hosting two USTA events this month. One is the "USTA Spring Team Championships L 1 BG12". The other is the USTA Level 3 "Go for the Gold."  These events will bring tourism to our community.

Fuchs' company, El Conquistador Tennis LLC, leases the tennis courts from the town. The town maintains the facilities and receives funds from tennis memberships.  You can read more about that arrangement here.

In her recent email to tennis members, Fuchs noted that "The Town of Oro Valley did approve our request and patched the courts this month. They have also budgeted funds to do a complete resurface this spring or early summer. The concept of rebuilding a few courts at a time is always being considered." (Source: Fuchs email of 2-22-19)

Beware: Crime is all around us
The recent suspicious death of a Laurie Draegth on Brearly Drive, the attempted armed robbery by a purse snatcher at Fry's on Oracle and and a recent theft of a credit card from an apartment in Oro Valley, tells us that we need to be very careful both in our homes and when we are "out and about." It is indeed a dangerous world, even in peaceful Oro Valley. One suggestion: Leave the purse and wallet at home. Bring only what you need for the trip you are making. Write us with other ideas.

Free concert tonight at Steam Pump Ranch
Come join SAACA and the Town for the FREE Steam Pump Ranch Concert Series! A concerts will take place tonite. There is an "Family event with fun music Blue Grass music beginning at 5 p.m. and lots of family fun activities for little ones and adults alike. Then from 6:30 – 9 p.m., a second band featuring fun 50s – 90s music for all ages will take the stage. The full event will also include food trucks and Sonoita Vineyards winery. Come for dinner and stay all night!" (Source: Town of Oro Valley)