OV Conceptual Design Review Board now seeks members

The Oro Valley Town Council has approved the creation of a new advisory board, the Conceptual Design Review Board. Its role is to review development, art and signage proposals for adherence to the town's adopted design principals and standards.

The CDRB will replace the town's existing Design Review Board and Art Review Commission and assimilate the primary functions of these two advisory bodies, which is to analyze conceptual design and art proposals for future developments.

The CDRB differs from the primary function of the Planning and Zoning Commission, which is focused on the review of land use related to development applications. The focus of the CDRB differs from the Board of Adjustment, which addresses requests for deviations from the Zoning Code.

There are seven positions available for this new Board; three are members at large and four must have direct design-related background, training and experience. Specifically, the design background requirements for this board requires four members to practice (current or previous) in the fields of art, architecture, planning, engineering, development, or construction, or otherwise be qualified by a similar design background, training and experience. Members will serve a three-year term.

The town is accepting applications for the new board and expects to conduct interviews in late April. After the interview and selection process, prospective appointees will be recommended for formal Town Council appointment in May.

Applications and additional information related to the appointment process can be obtained

from the town's website, www.orovalleyaz.gov, or at the Town of Oro Valley Administration Building - Office of the Town Clerk, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85737. Should you have additional questions regarding this new board or the appointment process, contact David Williams AICP, Planning Division Manager at 229-4807.

The Town of Oro Valley thanks residents in advance for their interest in serving their community.

Sale of certain fireworks allowed in Marana limits

Marana town government has amended its town code regarding fireworks to align with state statute, meaning businesses may legally sell "permissible consumer fireworks" within town limits.

The ordinance, adopted by the town council on March 15, allows the sale of sparklers, fountains, spinners, smoke devices and other "permissible" fireworks. Public fireworks displays are prohibited without a permit, and businesses may not sell "prohibited" fireworks as defined by the state, the ordinance indicates.

In October, before a state statute regarding fireworks took effect Dec. 1, the town council decided not to restrict the use of "permissible consumer fireworks" within the town limits. At that time, town government did not update its code to allow the sale of those items. In fact, statute "specifically prohibits municipalities form placing limitations on the sale of permissible consumer fireworks," according to a memo from assistant town attorney Laine Sklar.

According to Arizona statute, "permissible consumer fireworks" are ground and hand-held sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, cone fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers, toy smoke devices, wire sparklers or dipped sticks, and multiple tube fireworks devices and pyrotechnic articles.

The ordinance was approved as part of the council's consent agenda last week.

Marana to host state-of-the-town lunch April 1

Marana's annual state-of-the-town event is scheduled for Friday, April 1.

Mayor Ed Honea plans to update the community on the town's economic progress, budget and other issues important to Marana.

The event is planned for the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, 15000 N. Secret Springs Drive. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. for the luncheon.

Sponsorship, table and individual ticket information is available at the Marana Chamber of Commerce website.

For more information, visit maranachamber.com or call 682-4314.

Pedestrian hit by vehicle in stable condition

A woman hit by a vehicle Monday night at the intersection of Orange Grove and Oracle roads was transported to UMC's trauma center.

The patient suffered injuries to her face and skin and was transported in stable condition with non-life threatening injures.

The pedestrian was walking northbound on the west side of the intersection and was treated for her injuries on the northwest corner.

While on scene, the passenger in the vehicle that struck the woman aggravated a previous injury and was transported to Northwest Medical Center in stable condition.

"There is a lot of pedestrian traffic right now because of the weather," said Capt. Adam Goldberg, Northwest Fire Department spokesman. "People walk to the grocery stores, they walk to restaurants. People live close by; they are going green and they are walking to the stores."

Goldberg reminded pedestrians to follow the rules of the road when crossing the street. They should look left, right and left again, be visible and use marked crosswalks whenever possible.

Pima County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Love and Respect conference is this weekend

A conference aimed to help people understand the opposite sex better through love and respect will be in Tucson March 25-26.

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, author of the book "Love & Respect," says love is vital to a relationship, especially for the wife, but a husband has the need for respect. The conference is designed to help couples understand each other and break down miscommunication barriers that often lead to divorce and unhappiness.

"This conference brings to light an awful lot of understanding of how easy it is to go down the wrong path, or a different path, from what a person is saying to what you are hearing," said Bill Sampson, the outreach chairman for Northwest Heights Adventist Church, the site of the conference.

"It's just a fantastic eye opener, or ear opener if you will, to basic relationships and to understanding and communication. Often what we hear and what the person is saying are really two different things," Sampson added.

People do not have to be married or in a relationship to attend.

The conference will be held at the North West Heights Adventist Church, 480 Ina Road, on March 25 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. and on March 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The cost is $20 per person.

For more information and to register, visit www.loveandrespect.com.

Wilson archers compete in state event

Eleven students from the Wilson K-8 School Archery Club participated in the Archery in the Schools Program State Championship held by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, on Saturday, March 12 in Phoenix.

About 200 kids from elementary to high school grades took part in the event.

Although Wilson archers did not place in the top three in their divisions, they did gain valuable experience that will help them next year. All archers had a great time and received a state tournament T-shirt.

Top archers for Wilson were: Jake Eldridge, in the male elementary division, scoring 202 points, good for 19th place out of 41; Rachel Schrader in the female middle school division, scoring 220 points, tied for 9th place out of 27; and Richard Serrano in the male middle school division, scoring 210 points, for 18th place out of 37.

"Considering that we have been practicing for five weeks compared to the other teams that have been going since August or more, we did well," said Gabe Romero, the students' coach and Wilson's physical education teacher. "For next year, now that we have the equipment, we can start in the fall and participate in more ‘fun shoots' to prepare for the state finals."

The archery team is also coached by Floyd Miller.

Great Strides Walk to help Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Registration is under way for this Saturday's Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk. The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at the Oro Valley Marketplace, followed by the run at 9 a.m.

There is no fee to join in the annual fundraising event. On hand will be Ronald McDonald and a fire truck from the Golder Ranch Fire District for the kids.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a nonprofit organization helping to prolong the lives and improve the quality of life for Cystic Fibrosis patients. CF is a genetic, life-shortening disease.

For more information, visit www.cff.org/great_strides/find_a_walk_site/index.cfm.

One-of-a kind angel statue dedicated to Christina-Taylor

In memory of Christina-Taylor Green, the Oro Valley Town Council has approved the dedication of Green Field and the installation of the Angel of Steadfast Love statue at James D. Kriegh Park.

The Town of Oro Valley will receive the seventh Angel of Steadfast Love from the 9/11 Foundation. This 9-foot, 11-inch tall angel will be dedicated to Christina-Taylor Green, the 9-year-old aspiring baseball player, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001, and whose life was cut short on Jan. 8. The angel, to be dedicated to Christina-Taylor, is one-of-a-kind, fabricated of materials recovered from the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Port Authority of New York. For the benefit of family members who will not be able to attend the ceremony in Oro Valley, the angel will first be dedicated at the site of the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, before being delivered to Arizona.

The Town of Oro Valley, Canyon del Oro Little League, the 9/11 Foundation and the Green Family will dedicate the field and unveil the Angel of Steadfast Love prior to the Little League opening ceremonies on Friday, April 1 at 5 p.m. at James D. Kriegh Park Field No. 1. It is located at 23 West Calle Concordia in Oro Valley.

"We are honored to have the Angel of Steadfast Love installed in our park to remind us of Christina-Taylor, her absolute zest for life and her many accomplishments before her young life was cut short. It is a reminder to all to encourage our children to follow their dreams and help them reach their full potential," stated Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath.

Prior to the dedication on April 1, the 2011 Canyon del Oro Little League teams will be introduced followed by team play on the field.

"CDOLL volunteers are involved with our children in a positive and meaningful way. While we all take extraordinary pride in teaching our children the skills to excel on the baseball field, very few of our children will become professional, collegiate, or high school baseball players. The most important lessons we share with our children are those which help them become better brothers and sisters, husbands and wives, and fathers and mothers," said Clyde Turpin, president of the CDOLL Board.

Habitat for Humanity Tucson starts work on fifth home

Habitat for Humanity Tucson has been awarded a grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for a fifth Thrivent Builds home in Pima County.

Construction on the home for the Dowayee family began on March 19 after a wall-raising ceremony in Habitat's Corazon Del Pueblo neighborhood, 7169 S. Vuelta Silueta in Tucson.

"The Thrivent Builds alliance has helped Habitat Tucson increase the number of families served in our community," said Michael McDonald, Habitat's executive director. "We are so grateful for Thrivent's support of our efforts to provide affordable homes in partnership with families in need."

Over the last few years, Martin and Evon Dowayee, who are both Liberian refugees, have watched two of their friends receive Habitat homes. They've even volunteered to help build those houses. Now it's the Dowayee family's turn to see their own dreams of homeownership come true.

"We can't wait to go in our house," said Evon. "We are very happy."

While the grant from Thrivent Financial provides at least 70 percent of the funding for a Habitat Tucson home, local volunteers - many of them Thrivent members and members of area Lutheran congregations - will assist with construction and help raise additional funds.

The alliance between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, called Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity, has resulted in thousands of homes for hardworking families. Habitat for Humanity Tucson has built four homes so far as part of that effort.

County proclaims March 25 Women in Govt. Day

Elected officials in Pima County and city governments have proclaimed March 25 as "Women in Government Day." The inaugural event will be held downtown Tucson from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Pima County/Tucson Women's Commission, 240 Court Ave., to honor women who have excelled in government service as part of a celebration of the commission's 35th anniversary and Women's History Month.

The Pima County/Tucson Women's Commission has partnered with the City of Tucson and Pima governments to launch a new awards program to honor and celebrate the contributions of women in local government service, recognizing the importance of Women in Government Day.

"The women of Tucson helped build and populate the churches, schools, hospitals and mutual aid societies that forge a community, before there was a city council or board of supervisors," said Commissioner Sheila Tobias. "Later, especially during the war, women were recruited in local government, often secretarial. Today women are represented in all departments, including fire and police."

Court Avenue will be blocked off from Washington to Council streets to enable nonprofit agencies to exhibit information on their organizations and to make way for the activities.

Awards will go to three women for outstanding service in the following categories: leadership, community volunteer, a government employee who embodies the spirit of volunteerism in our community, and unsung hero.

For more information, call 624-8318.

Expect delays on WB I-10 this week

The Arizona Department of Transportation will close westbound Interstate 10 at Sunland Gin Road (exit 200) southeast of Casa Grande from 11 p.m. March 23 to 5 a.m. March 24. Motorists traveling westbound will be directed to exit and re-enter I-10 using the Sunland Gin Road exit.

During the closure, motorists should expect delays up to 30 minutes. Construction crews and signs will direct traffic through the construction zone.

Drivers need to proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down, and be alert for construction equipment and personnel.

The paving work scheduled on this segment is part of a larger project to widen I-10 between I-8 and State Route 87 from two to three lanes in each direction to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety along this heavily traveled corridor.

The construction project schedule is subject to change due to a variety of reasons, including weather, material availability and mechanical difficulties.

For more information, visit www.azdot.gov/statewide or contact Pinal County Senior Community Relations Officer Teresa Guillen at (602) 828.8075 or tguillen@azdot.gov.

To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 5-1-1.

Fitch affirms Tucson Airport Authority's A bond ratings

Fitch Ratings affirmed the Tucson Airport Authority's approximately $23 million senior lien airport revenue bonds at "A" and $65 million subordinate lien airport revenue bonds at "A." The rating outlook on all liens of debt is stable.

According to Fitch, "The underlying ‘A' rating on the Authority's senior and subordinate bonds reflects the airport's solid enplanement base, balanced airline market share with no one carrier accounting for more than one-third of enplanements, consistently healthy financial performance driven by diverse revenue streams, and historically sound debt-service coverage in excess of 2.0 times on an all-in basis."

Fitch also noted that, "operating and financial trends have been positive, with operating revenues expected to be slightly higher in fiscal 2010 over fiscal 2009. The airport's healthy liquidity and strong balance sheet is largely supported by its airline use and lease agreement and by the great diversity of non-airline revenues such as industrial and commercial space rentals, parking, concessions, jet fuel product sales, advertising and land rents that all together accounted for 74 percent of total operating revenues in fiscal year 2010."


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