Steam Pump Village owners request development changes

Owners of the Steam Pump Village shopping center on Oracle Road have requested that the town approve multitude of changes to the development plan that governs the commercial site.

The requests coming before the Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission on Thursday, Jan. 13, include an appeal to eliminate language that limits the site to single-story buildings. The request also would allow for buildings to stand 35-feet tall as opposed to the 30-foot limit currently in place.

Town zoning officials recommended to the planning and zoning commission that it deny proposed change.

Steam Pump owners also want the town to allow for more freestanding buildings on the site. The current regulations limit the number of such building to four retail buildings. The request seeks approval of four freestanding medical or office buildings and four retail buildings. In total, the owners of the shopping center have requested 23 changes to the plan.

Town planning officials have recommended the commission approve the requested changes, with the exception of the height variance.

The planned area development for the Steam Pump Village site was first approved in 1988. Numerous revisions to the plan have been approved over the years.

The Planning and Zoning Commission meets on Thursday in Oro Valley Town Council Chambers at 6 p.m. Town hall is located at 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

Fire district volunteers sought

Golder Ranch Fire District is seeking dedicated individuals to join the Fire Corps Volunteer program. Fire Corps volunteers do not take the place of emergency personnel but instead assist the fire district primarily in the community outreach arena and administrative functions. There are a variety of positions available, including clerical, courier, reception, event assistance and safety education in the schools.

A new program being developed is the Community Assistance Team. It will provide services such as resource referrals to victims of an emergency, comfort to families suffering a loss, transportation services or a shoulder to lean on.

Applications are being accepted now through Jan. 31. Orientation and training for selected applicants will begin late in January.

Applicants can read about all of the opportunities and download an application at under the heading of “Volunteer Opportunities.”

For additional information, contact Sue or Karen with Golder Ranch Fire District Community Services at 818-1017.

Jan. 30 Griffin Gallop features fun run

The Griffin Gallop returns for its second year to Green Fields County Day School on Jan. 30. Last year nearly more than 250 people participated in the fund-raising event, which includes a 5-K race, 1-mile fun run, live music, a pancake breakfast, T-shirts and awards made by the school’s art department.

The second annual Griffin Gallop will be held at the school campus, 6000 N. Camino de la Tierra, near Shannon and Orange Grove roads. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers as well as the top three men and women in various age groups.

Green Fields Coach Angela Vande Mheen is organizing the event that takes place on the historic 22-acre campus in northwest Tucson. Green Fields was founded in 1933 as a boarding school for boys; it has grown into Southern Arizona’s oldest independent college prep school serving grades K through 12.

The 5-K course will start on the campus at 9 a.m., extend into the Rillito River Linea Park and return to campus. The fun run will be entirely on campus. It will start at 9:15 a.m.

Registration is $25 for the 5-K event and $20 for the 1-mile fun run.

Proceeds benefit the Green Fields Athletics program. This historic school has a long history of academic excellence. In a typical year, 100 percent of the graduating class goes on to college. The curriculum includes core classes in English, social studies, science and math, plus foreign languages, the visual and performing arts, technology, publications and athletics.

More information and a Griffin Gallop application form are available at or by calling 297-2288.

Jan. 22 sale to benefit SSA computer lab

The Sonoran Science Academy, 2325 W. Sunset Road in northwest Tucson, will hold a rummage sale and swap meet from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Proceeds from the fund-raiser will be used to upgrade the school’s computer lab for its elementary school students.

Citizens interested in securing a vendor space can contact Kimberly Maisto at 270-3939.

Use Sun Tran pass to attend mineral show

Sun Tran is offering a seven-day bus pass for the Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show for $18.

The pass, which will be accepted from Jan. 14 to Feb. 21, will allow passengers unlimited travel for seven consecutive days from the time of the first use on all Sun Tran and Sun Express routes throughout the greater Tucson area.

The passes can be bought online at; at the Sun Tran administrative office, 4220 S. Park Ave., Bldg. 10, 792-9222; or at the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau, 100 S. Church Ave., 624-1817.

For more information, customers may visit or call Sun Tran’s Customer Service Center at 792-9222.

Girls chorus to hold open house, auditions

Tucsonans can learn more about the Tucson Girls Chorus and perhaps join the musical group during events taking place this month.

The TGC will host an open house from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15, at the TGC Rehearsal Hall, 4020 E. River Road, near North Pontatoc Road. This event will enable girls to experience the choir firsthand prior to open enrollment and discover if Tucson Girls Chorus might be of interest to them. The Advanced Chorus will rehearse on that day. Refreshments will be served.

Open enrollment will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 22 and Jan. 29. Enrollment will continue through February.

A $30 non-refundable enrollment fee will be required. Girls who attend the open house and decide to join during open enrollment will have the fee waived.

A parent or guardian must be present to go over program information. The audition is 10 minutes long and is completed with Artistic Director Marcela Molina. Each girl chooses a song of her own and sings a cappella. Girls interested in learning choral music education are welcome to join.

To schedule an appointment for open enrollment or for more information, call 577-6064 or visit

Marana receives 4th consecutive GFOA award

The Town of Marana Finance Department has been named recipient of a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

This is the fourth consecutive year in which the town’s budget document was given the award.

The award is for Marana’s Fiscal Year 2011 budget and comprehensive financial plan. In order to receive the honor, a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device. Budget documents must be rated “proficient” in all four categories, and in the 14 mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

“The Town of Marana remains committed to providing our citizens with detailed financial information that follows the highest principles of governmental budgeting,” said Marana Finance Director Erik Montague. “We strongly believe in the importance of transparency in the budget process.”

The GFOA is a nonprofit association that serves 17,600 government finance professionals in North America.

Councilmember Mary Snider takes vice mayor role

At the Jan. 5 Oro Valley Town Council meeting, the council appointed Mary Snider as vice mayor. Vice Mayor Snider has served on council since the spring of 2010. The vice mayor role is a one-year term and has been filled by Councilmember Bill Garner for the past year.

“I am honored to take on this new role,” commented Vice Mayor Snider. “I appreciate the council’s trust in me and look forward to moving forward on council initiatives.”

Vice Mayor Snider currently serves as a board member of the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority Board, vice-president of the Amphitheater Public Schools Foundation, and Oro Valley Community Foundation.

She is also the inaugural recipient of the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award. She received the 2006 Citizen of the Year award from the Oro Valley Police Department.

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