OV solar project receives national recognition

The Town of Oro Valley has received an Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award from the Alliance for Innovation for the town’s energy efficiency and solar project.

The award was announced and presented last week at the 2011 Transforming Local Government Conference in Clearwater, Fla. 

The energy-conservation project total cost of $4.2 million includes $1.8 million for the energy efficiency phase covering lighting, heating and air conditioning and solar water heating, and $2.4 million for solar photovoltaic equipment and installation.  

The $4.2 million project is financed through multiple sources, including TEP rebates, a federal stimulus grant, clean renewable energy bonds, general funds and guaranteed energy savings. The project will cut costs for the Town of Oro Valley by up to $250,000 a year.

The town has innovatively financed the project by putting guaranteed energy savings to work. In fact, guaranteed energy savings will create a return that overshadows annual debt-service payments. This project is a fiscally responsible approach to move forward on sustainability initiatives.

Improvements include extensive solar-covered parking, the replacement of every light bulb on the town campus with more efficient lighting, retrofits on numerous pumps, and a solar-powered water heater for the town’s Olympic-size swimming pool.

Innovation Award winners were chosen from more than 40 applications received from across the United States and Canada. Applications were reviewed by a multi-member selection committee consisting of city and county managers, Arizona State University faculty and Alliance staff.

Oro Valley wins two distinguished finance awards

The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the Town of Oro Valley with two finance awards this year: the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Both require the highest level of standards to be met.

For the third time, the town has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fiscal year 2010-2011 budget. This honor goes to governments that have prepared the highest quality documents, while meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

“There is a long list of standards, and only a fraction of governmental bodies are able to submit for the award and even fewer receive it,” said Oro Valley Finance Director Stacey Lemos. “The budget must serve as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device to meet all of the nationally recognized guidelines.”

For the 17th consecutive year, the town has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, for fiscal year 2009-2010. The certificate is awarded to those government organizations that demonstrate outstanding practices in sound fiscal management and reporting.

It is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

“The standards that must be met in order to attain this award have become more and more stringent over the years,” said Lemos. “To continue to win this prestigious award is a reflection of the dedication of the staff in the finance department.”

Elks Lodge to host annual Flag Day event

The public is invited to participate in an inspirational Flag Day celebration on Tuesday, June 14, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the SaddleBrooke Clubhouse, 64500 E. SaddleBrooke Blvd.

The annual event – a tradition since 2000 – is hosted by the Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2815 and SaddleBrooke HOA No. 1.

Scheduled to take part in the ceremony are the Golder Ranch Honor Guard, the SaddleBrooke clogging team, and guest speakers from the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department and Oro Valley Police Department.

Earlier in the morning, Elks Lodge members will place about 36 American flags in front of Catalina Plaza. The tradition, which is dedicated to veterans, started in the late 1970s and was revived in 2003.

OVPD details business effort at chamber lunch

Adopt-A-Business, a new effort by the Oro Valley Police Department intended to solidify relationships in the business community, will be highlighted at the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon this Thursday, June 9.

Sgt. Amy Sloane and Officer Elijah Woodward of the Oro Valley Police Department are introducing the new program, which matches patrol officers with business owners and managers to provide regular contact, information, site and security assessments, training and more.

Adopt-A-Business was initiated to “provide more interaction with our business community to resolve issues, and exchange information and ideas,” an OVPD release said.

At Thursday’s luncheon, business people can learn “what we can do together to create an environment that makes the town of Oro Valley a preferred destination to conduct business,” OVPD Executive Officer Lt. John Teachout said.

Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 9, at the Fox and Hound on La Cholla at Foothills Mall. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members.

To register, call the chamber at 297-2191, or email events director Ruth Geier at events@the-chamber.com.

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