Manager's Message: Good for business, good for residents

By Gilbert Davidson, Marana Town Manager

Marana has positioned itself as a business-friendly community, and that has made us the fastest growing municipality in southern Arizona and one of the fastest growing communities in the entire state. By making it easy to build businesses in the Town, we are providing more amenities for our residents and giving more people a reason to move to Marana.

One way Marana has paved the way for businesses is by providing the infrastructure to support continued growth. Marana leads the region in new single-family residential permits for a reason. Our goal of top-notch customer service makes developers want to do business with the town, and our maintained roads, parks, and trails only enhance their quality of life. Through June we have issued over 400 permits, placing us well ahead of the pace we need to hit our projections for the calendar year.

We like to say a lot of dirt is being turned in Marana, and this has never been truer than right now, especially in north Marana. The expansion of the Marana wastewater treatment facility and accompanying recharge facility will put in place sustainable options for manageable growth. Marana’s portion of the Tangerine Road Corridor Project will create a robust corridor that connects the Marana and Oro Valley communities. The addition of the new Tangerine Sky Park will soon provide another recreational option for residents to go outside and stay active.

The latest project to begin in north Marana is the Marana Road realignment. The project will construct a traffic circle on Sandario Road that will connect to Marana Road. This will redirect traffic heading west on Marana Road to use the traffic circle, as well as provide easier access to businesses on Sandario Road. The project is also the beginning of our Marana Main Street, which will give Marana a consolidated downtown area that will become a hub for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Development in north Marana is important because it brings modern amenities to the area and creates a gathering space for all residents. The Town is getting constant inquiries about north Marana, and the improvements made to Tangerine Road, Twin Peaks Road, and Marana Main Street are driving that interest.

The Ina Road Interchange Project is in full swing. When completed, local traffic will travel over I-10, avoiding the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and ensuring a safer transportation corridor for everyone. Those travelling west on Ina Road towards Silverbell Road will soon see a brand new bridge as the Town works with Arizona Department of Transportation to expand Ina Road west of I-10 to four lanes.

Businesses continue to flock to all parts of the community. You can now see Top Golf’s driving range poles from the freeway, their Marana-located facility slated to open in November when they will begin offering entertainment options to people from all over the region. Also opening soon is International Towers Inc., a communications provider that will bring 150 employees to Marana Technology Center located on Tangerine Road east of I-10.

Marana Center off Twin Peaks Road is starting to generate even more development. Hampton Inn is breaking ground as well as Northwest Medical Center’s new stand-alone emergency room. The Town continues to receive inquiries about the area, and we are excited to see more businesses and jobs come to the area as well as other parts of Marana.

Our existing retail areas remain popular. Arizona Pavilions has recently seen a number of stores open, including the Screamery, Home Goods, and soon Barro’s Pizza. Arizona Pavilions remains a popular destination for new residents, with HSL breaking ground on a new apartment complex, and a new 108-room assisted living facility also being built in the south Marana area.

Marana Marketplace on Orange Grove Road and Thornydale Road will welcome a Smoothie King and a Popeye’s Chicken, while just up the road Mod Pizza is working to fill the space next to Fry’s Food and Drug on Ina Road and Thornydale Road.

Other restaurants are moving into North Marana as well, including the Twin Peaks Pizzeria at Twin Peaks Road and Coachline Boulevard, a Shell Gas Station with an accompanying Dairy Queen at Tangerine Crossing, and Mama’s Hawaiian BBQ in the food court at the Tucson Premium Outlets at Marana Center.

As you can see, dirt is moving in Marana, and that is not only good for business, but good for our residents. For those interested in learning more about what’s happening in Marana, visit MaranaAZ.gov.

This Manager's Message originally ran in the Marana News

Parks and Rec: All Call for Fall

Fall is right around the corner and Marana Parks and Recreation has a robust list of offerings for your family to get active, and stay active this fall.  We are excited to launch over 20 new activities in addition to our most popular fall programs and events for your family's enjoyment. 

Six local schools will feature Parks and Rec after school programs. From weekly Art Literacy programs to Create with a Beat classes to art classes to sports intramurals, there are programs for a variety or interests.

There are sports for both adults and children. Adult sports include open gyms for basketball and volleyball at the Leman Academy. It is a great way to play a little pick-up hoops or volleyball, while keeping cool inside the school’s gym. If you get really good at pick-up hoops, then you might want to join the men’s basketball league. Like to do a little less running and jumping, then give our Pickleball meet-up a try. Pickleball is a paddle sport played with a wooden paddle and a small plastic ball that resembles a whiffle ball. Tennis your game? We offer tennis lessons for those ages 15 and up.

There are a number of youth sports options as well. There are golf and tennis lessons, including Itty Bitty Open Golf. Want your kids to try something new and different? Lacrosse is a fast growing sport that is just starting to take root in the west and we are offering a lacrosse clinic to brush up on those skills for this fast-paced, exciting sport. Youth flag football has always been one of our most popular offerings and our registration for our leagues is underway. Pee Wee Soccer begins play in September, and the leagues are filling up fast.

A fit lifestyle is one of the core values of Marana Parks and Recreation and we have a number of fun, healthy class and events for every interest. We have martial arts, indoor aerobics, water aerobics, and Zumba fitness. There is our Desert Education series for those who want to learn more about our wonderful Sonoran Desert environment. We offer guided hikes and guided mountain bike rides, and soon will begin offering guided horseback rides, so look out for those to start.

We love putting on events, and have some fun ones coming this fall. Like to run? The Turkey Trot returns in November, offering 5k and 10k races. Want something even more grueling? The Dirt Dash at The Wild Burro is our first timed trail run and the 14.8k (9.2 miles) race will take runners over a variety of elevations and challenges, while giving them great views of the Torolitias and surrounding areas.

The Marana Game Day Cornhole Tournament celebrates the traditional tailgate party with a little competition. This year the event moves to the Pines Golf Club, giving you even more entertainment options.

We also offer a variety of classes. Love music theatre and choir, then our Marana Community Music Theatre is waiting for you? For those who want to forge a better bond with their babies, we offer the 1 to 3 Mini Me Parent Classes. New dog, or misbehaving dog? Dog Obedience Classes are available. We have a variety of arts and crafts classes including Make & Take Crafts, Paper Art, and a Preschool Art Camp.

We also offer Self Defense of Busy People, as well as Street Smart Self Defense classes for both women, as well as teens and students.

For more information on all our All Call for Fall programs please see http://www.maranaaz.gov/fallfun.

First portion of Marana Road Realignment underway

The Town of Marana has begun work on the initial stages of the Marana Road Realignment/Marana Main Street projects. The project will not only help with the eventual realignment of Marana Road near I-10, but also begins the push to developing Marana Main Street into a downtown district.

This portion of the project began in July and is scheduled to conclude in December.

One key aspect of the project is the construction of a traffic circle on Sandario Road. This traffic circle will serve as the entry point to Main Street, as well as help with safety on Sandario Road. Work began on the traffic circle in July and that portion of the project is due to be completed in late October.

Because of the work being done on Sandario, a detour was established for motorists. Residential motorists can take the detour just south of the McDonald’s or at Denny Street. Commercial vehicles will need to take the frontage road down to McDuff Road and then over to Grier Road.

During the projects all area businesses on Sandario are remaining open and will be accessible from Sandario, even with the detour in place.

The other portion of the project is the construction of the Marana Road tie-in to the west of the traffic circle. The new roadway will provide access from Marana Road down to the traffic circle. This will allow travelers to access Sandario Road without having to stop at the Marana/Sandario intersection that can become quite busy with freeway traffic.

Work on this roadway is scheduled to conclude in December.

Dispose-A-Med allows safe disposal of medications

Abuse of prescription medications is a problem in communities all over America. Unused or expired prescription medications have become a real safety issue as they are leading to accidental poisonings, overdoses, and abuse. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in the country.

The Marana Police Department and their community partners are trying to do something about it. Since 2010 they have held Dispose-A-Med programs to try and get expired and unused prescription medications off the street and properly disposed of. To date the program has been a huge success.

Since the program’s inception they have collected over 4,100 pounds of medication. Since the start of 2017 they have already properly disposed of 642 pounds.

The events are held once a month at the Target at 3901 W. Ina Rod. The events are from 10 a.m. – noon. This month’s event is Saturday, August 12.

At these events residents are able to safely dispose of any unused or expired prescription medications. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets and capsules will be collected, as well as liquids, creams, veterinary medications, vitamins, and needles.

“We can collect almost anything,” said Marana Police Department Volunteer Thomas Cox, who assists with the program.

The only limitation is that they cannot accept drugs from commercial organizations.

Unused prescription drugs that are not disposed of safely can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold, while unused drugs that are flushed down the toilet can contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

The Marana Police Department partners with the Marana Health Center, Marana-Foothills Optimist Club, and the Marana Prevention Alliance to put on these monthly events. 

They do caution that for safety and confidentiality reasons, any items turned over for collection cannot be returned. They cannot accept drugs from commercial organizations. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

For more information contact Officer David Danielson at the Marana Community Resource Unit at 520-382-2051 or 520-382-2055.

Summer Schooling 2017, Pt. 7: Time Flies When You Are Having Fun

This week I am wrapping up my internship with the Town of Marana and next week I will begin my senior year at ASU. This is a sentimental time in my life and as I depart from the Town, I look forward to what the future has in store. I would like to give a special thank you to the wonderful staff at Town Hall who have taken the time to make me feel part of the team and show me firsthand how a municipality operates.  During this internship I was able to learn about the profession of public administration, explore the past, present, and future of Marana, and have a blast doing so!

I have learned how the water department manages to stay afloat with their constant stream of business and regularly changing regulations. I watched the Marana Airport’s projects take off as they plan huge improvements. I was able to observe the Town learn new tricks as they began offering Animal Services for their furry four-legged residents.  I witnessed the professionalism and dedication the Police Department displays on a daily basis as they patrol the Town. I was able to spend a day with the finance department who invest their time to ensure public tax dollars are being used responsibly. Overall I was able to learn from a dedicated Town staff that shows up every day with the goal of serving the public.

For my final project I will be coming back down to represent Marana at the Arizona League of Cities and Towns. This event hosts mayors and councilmembers from all across the State of Arizona and there is an unspoken competition between the other municipalities (as well as former intern-led Marana booths) to have the best booth at the conference. Since day one I have been searching for how to best represent the Town and after three months I feel confident that Marana will have the most memorable booth. Without giving too much away, we will be celebrating Marana’s 40th Anniversary while highlighting Marana’s unique businesses. Luckily the Town is filled with dedicated workers who are constantly lending a helping hand and want to help make it a success. As I sign off on my final blog I would like to thank you for accompanying me along my adventure here at the Town of Marana! –Thomas Prior

Thomas Prior is a Management Intern with the Town of Marana who is learning about all facets of local government.. He is currently a senior at Arizona State University’s Barrett the Honors College pursuing a Bachelors in Public Service & Public Policy with a Business Minor.

Youth Flag Football early registration underway

Whether your child wants to someday play tackle football, or just wants to get out and have some fun in the sun, Flag Football is a great way to do both.

Flag Football registration is currently underway. Marana Parks and Rec are already registering players for the upcoming youth flag football league. Although the leagues begin play in January, spaces are limited and this program fill fast. Plus, there is a price break for those who register early.

This is a 7-week recreational, but fast paced 5-on-5 recreational flag football league for boys and girls from as young as five to as old as 12. At the conclusion of the regular season is a single elimination tournament to crown champion teams.

The league provides players a fun and exciting opportunity to engage in limited contact, continuous action, and to promote teamwork and fair play. Players learn the fundamentals of football, as well as the rules of the game, and positive sportsmanship.

All players must participate in an open try-out in late October to evaluate their ability levels and help create balanced teams.

Leagues are created in two-year age blocks based upon the players’ ages as of August 31, 2017. The Rookie Division is for players ages 5-6, while 7-8 year olds will participate in the Semi Pro Division. The Pro Division is for 9-10 year olds and players ages 11-12 will compete in the All-Pro Division.

Register early to save for this program. Early registration fees are $70.00 for residents and $87.50 for non-residents. After October 6, the prices rise to $87.50/$95.00. Last minute registration begins on Oct. 13 and is $91.88 for residents and $109.33 for non-residents.

Want to prepare for try-outs or just improve as a player? We are offering a pre-season clinic during Fall Break to get players ready for the season.

Preseason Clinic info: https://apm.activecommunities.com/marana/Activity_Search/5595

The league is looking for volunteer coaches. This league is powered with the help of volunteer coaches and it can be a rewarding and fun experience. If interested being a coach this season, please contact Matt Christman at (520) 382-1963.

For more information or to register go to: https://MaranaAZ.gov/recreation

Countdown To Cotton Festival Blog No. 1

By the time the last of the fireworks exploded over the skies at the Fourth of July Star Spangled Spectacular we were already jumping head first into planning our next signature event, the Cotton Festival. In reality planning for the event began long before, but now that Independence Day is behind us, we go full bore into not only planning October’s Cotton Festival, but also the Holiday Festival & Christmas Tree Lighting, which occurs six weeks later.

All of our events take a lot of teamwork to happen. While we have an events coordinator who oversees the operation, we cannot put on an event that hosts thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people without the help of most of our departments, as well as Northwest Fire and other community partners. To make sure your experience at the Cotton Festival is an enjoyable one, all of our departments meet weekly to ensure their role in putting on the event is clearly defined and is working in harmony with all the other departments.

Like most of our signature events, this year’s Cotton Festival promises to be our biggest yet, and that means we have to plan to accommodate for more people, more traffic, and in turn, give them more fun things to do. Although we are in the early stages of planning, we have already expanded the number of carnival rides that will be available. This year we will have five FREE attractions for children of all ages, sizes, and thrill seeker levels. There will be things for adventuresome teens, to the most cautious toddlers.

That is just a start. We have already been hard at work coordinating our rodeo activities, looking for the perfect musical act to provide the soundtrack for the evening’s festivities, and are looking at how to get more volunteers involved. We truly want this to be a community event.

We have just begin putting together the plan for the “Chili Bowl”, the chili cook off hosted by the Community Food Bank in Marana. They are beginning to gather local businesses and organizations to compete for the best tasting chili. Cotton Festival attendees can pay to try bowls of chili and vote for their favorite. The funds raised from the tasting go to the Food Bank in their efforts to fight hunger in the community.

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Yummy chili and a good cause sounds good to us.

We have listened to your feedback and we know that the animals at the petting zoos are very popular and that the kids just love to play in the fluffy cotton pile. We are hard at work brainstorming on how to make both of those experiences even better.

Soon it will be time to turn our attention to the food vendors that make Cotton Festival so much fun (and delicious.) Once again we are working with Marana High School to use the Cotton Festival as a way to let their clubs entertain the kiddos, while also fundraising for their own activities.

While October 21 seems like a long way away, it will be here before any of us know it. Although we are getting an early start on things, there is still so much left to do to make sure you have a great time at Cotton Festival.

We will keep posting updates at the Marana Newsroom as well as on our social media platforms, so keep an eye out.

See you in October.

Bridgework a part of Ina Interchange Project

The Town of Marana and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) are working together to build a new bridge on Ina Road traversing the Santa Cruz river. The Ina Interchange project, and the challenges to traffic that it presented, seemed like a perfect time for the Town and ADOT to partner on the bridge project.

This month they will begin pouring a new bridge deck over the Santa Cruz. That new bridge will be two lanes and upon its completion, all traffic will be diverted to it so that crews can demolish the existing bridge and begin construction of a new, second two-lane bridge. When the entire bridge project is completed Ina Road from I-10 to Silverbell will be expanded to two lanes in each direction, equaling the number of lanes on the east side of I-10.

The decision to build two lanes at a time will mean there will be very few traffic restrictions. While the first bridge is being built, traffic will continue to travel over the current two-lane bridge as has been the norm.

In addition to the bridge there will be some work done on the trail that runs under the bridges as well as efforts taken to make sure the bats that live in the area have their habitat maintained.

Marana Police's Citizen Police Academy accepting applications

The Marana Police Department is happy to announce their next Citizen Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy is designed to provide our citizens and business community with a greater understanding of the department and its operations through classroom instruction and hands-on experiences. This Academy is a 45-hour block of instruction taught by department employees that showcases several units in the department. 
The program objective is to further the Department’s partnership with the community and make the Town of Marana an even better place to visit, work and raise a family.

TOPICS COVERED IN THE CLASS: 
• Introduction of Command Staff
• Hiring and training academy information
• Patrol duties
• Motor units
• Volunteers in Police Service
• Firearms
• Criminal investigations
• K-9 (dog) unit
plus many more.

ACADEMY REQUIREMENTS: 
• Must be 18 or older
• NO felony arrest or convictions
• NO misdemeanor arrests within one year of application

This academy is held every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm for 13 weeks. Classes start August 29, 2017 and go until November 21, 2017. For more information, visit our webpage at http://www.maranaaz.gov/citizens-police-academy, for a video and application. For inquires contact our Community Resource Unit at 520-382-2051. Seats are limited so sign up today. Sign-up closes for good on August 21, 2017.

Roadwork Update: Marana/Sandario

The Town of Marana will be realigning Marana Road, and as part of the project will be installing a traffic circle on Sandario Road. Sandario Road between Denny Street and the McDonald’s access will be closed for the installation of a new traffic circle. Traffic on that portion of Sandario will be detoured until October. The complete Marana Road realignment will be complete in December.

For your safety and that of the contractor’s personnel, please comply with traffic control devices, flagging personnel, and/or detour signs.

Detour Info:

Residential vehicles will be able to detour through McDonald's entrance at Sandario Road to Denny Street and access Sandario Road.

Commercial vehicles will detour on I-10 Frontage Road to McDuff Road to Grier Road to access Sandario Road.

Travel time through the project area may increase during construction so please adjust your schedule accordingly. Construction will increase congestion in the area. Taking alternate routes is suggested.

If inclement weather or other events cause delays, the work may be rescheduled without further notice.

Stay up-to-date on Town of Marana news, projects, and events. Visit MaranaAZ.gov, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

Tangerine Roadwork Update: August 1

The various projects on Tangerine have had some slight schedule changes. A few are running a little long, while some will end faster than expected. Here is the latest update.

 The project to work on waterlines on Camino de Oeste south of Tangerine Road will last until Friday, August 4. During this work, traffic will be shifted around the work area, allowing one lane in each direction. Resident access will be maintained during construction. Traffic control will be in place 24 hours a day.

Paving on Tangerine continues through Thursday, August 3 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The contractor is ahead of schedule paving the new westbound lanes of Tangerine Road from Tangerine Crossing Drive to La Cholla Boulevard. Beginning Wednesday August 2nd, paving will begin on side street entrances on the north side of Tangerine Road from Tangerine Crossing Drive to La Cholla Boulevard. Side streets will be intermittently closed as paving equipment progresses through the area. Please expect delays. 

Beginning Wednesday, August 2nd, from 5:30 am - 3:00 pm, the southbound La Cholla left turn lane onto eastbound Tangerine will be closed.  Left turns can be made from the southbound through lane.  Watch for signage.

Beginning Thursday, August 3rd, from 5:30 am - 3:00 pm, the northbound La Cholla left turn lane onto westbound Tangerine will be closed.  Left turns can be made from the northbound through lane.  Watch for signage.

KVOA: MPD dispatch upgrades could lead to Text-to-911

KVOA profiled the Marana Police Department's upgraded dispatch system may lead to more advances.

Marana is the latest Pima County jurisdiction to upgrade its dispatch system, which sets the stage for future hardware additions including a Text-to-911 system.

"Obviously there's a segment of our community that would benefit greatly from having a text to 911 capability, namely the deaf and hard of hearing,” said Sheila Blevins, communications supervisor with the Marana Police Department.

Text-to-911 is limited to consumers across the country. Lake Havasu City is the only community in Arizona currently using the system.

Tangerine Roadwork Update Aug. 1

On Tuesday, August 1, from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m., the contractor will install traffic signal arms at the La Cholla Boulevard and Tangerine Road intersection. During this time, Town of Oro Valley Police will be onsite to help direct traffic. Please expect intermittent delays of up to 5 minutes.

In a previous press release this project was mistakenly identified as a beginning August 8.

Three other projects began on Monday and will have lasting impact in the area. 

Beginning Monday, July 31 through Wednesday, August 2, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the contractor will work on waterlines on Camino de Oeste south of Tangerine Road. During this work, traffic will be shifted around the work area, allowing one lane in each direction. Resident access will be maintained during construction. Traffic control will be in place 24 hours a day.

Beginning Monday, July 31, the contractor will begin construction on the new northbound lanes of Thornydale Road. During this work, traffic will be shifted to the west on Thornydale Road south of Tangerine Road. Traffic will be maintained to one through lane in each direction and a left turn lane in each direction at the intersection of Thornydale Road and Tangerine Road. Traffic control will be in place 24 hours. Work is anticipated to be complete by mid-September.

Beginning Monday, July 31 through Thursday, August 3 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the contractor will pave the new westbound lanes of Tangerine Road from Tangerine Crossing Drive to La Cholla Boulevard. During this work, all side street entrances on the north side of Tangerine Road from Tangerine Crossing Drive to La Cholla Boulevard will be intermittently closed as paving equipment progresses through the area. Please expect delays. 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kristi or Nanette at (520) 623-3073 or by email at info@tangerineroad.info. We look forward to working with you throughout the project, and encourage any feedback to ensure the Project Team can deliver a beneficial project for the whole community. 

For more information on this project, please visit www.tangerineroad.info. For more detailed schedule information please click here.

Please be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians in the area and ensure that dogs, horses and other animals are not in the construction zone to ensure the safety of all.

Steff and the Articles thrilled to return to Marana

With their varied set list and lead vocalist’s Steff Koeppen’s Captain America-inspired dress, Steff and the Articles were one of the big hits from Marana’s Fourth of July Star Spangled Spectacular. The band will make their return to the Town on August 5 as part of the Free Music in Marana event at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park.

As the name implies the show is free, so come out and enjoy the music while lounging in a chair or on a blanket (borrow one from us if you don't have one!). Better yet, purchase a treat from a local food vendor to make your night even more complete.

The band has a nice varied set list that mixes some familiar tunes with new ones. 

“Fans can expect to hear  covers they can sing along to as well as much of our own original music, which will include a preview of the songs from our upcoming album,” Koeppen said of their September 15th release.

Their performance at the Star Spangled Spectacular had people talking well after the event. Their version of recent and classic top-40 pop songs showed off the band’s ability to add their own musicality to familiar songs. Koeppen herself has a strong, engaging voice, and she is backed by a tight band that includes some unique instruments. A pair of violinists round out their group, providing a distinct sound that separates them from other indie-pop bands.

The band’s performance at the Marana Star Spangled Spectacular not only had the fans clamoring for a return visit to the Town, but had the band wanting to come back.
“The July 4th show was so much fun,” Koeppen explained. “It was the first time we'd played in Marana since we were first getting started in 2010, and there were lots of new ears for us to reach. We were very excited to be a part of such a spectacular town event.”

The event was also a homecoming for the band as several members are from the area.
“Marana is actually where half of the band grew up, so it feels good to go back to where we started playing music and showcase how far we've come as a group,” Koeppen said.

The fact they are playing outside to an all ages crowd is very exciting for the band.

“Events like these are also much different than the bars and clubs we are used to playing in town or on tour, so we enjoy getting the chance to play for a different crowd of people as well as younger fans,” Koeppen said.

The group’s original songs touch on jazz, classical, and folk styles while maintaining an accessible, pop-oriented sound. Infectious and catchy are two words that describe their music and while they do not shy away from the “pop” label, with a band this talented it is hardly a negative description.

The band has built a strong following having opened up for national acts such as A Great Big World, Holychild, and Copeland. Koeppen played on Copeland’s most recent record “Ixora.” Since 2012 the band has released a full length record and an EP, and not only toured extensively around the West, Southwest and Mexico, but saw their single “Two Cities” garner rotation on the MTV Networks.

Their latest record will be released on September 15 and the Fee Music in Marana show will be their last before their album release show. With plans to play a lot after the record’s release, the Marana show is the last of its kind for a while.

“For anyone under 21, this might be the only chance to catch us playing live for the next few months,” Koeppen added.

Free Music in Marana with Steff and the Articles

FREE MUSIC IN MARANA

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017

7:00 pm -  9:00 pm

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Marana employee wins "Plans Examiner of the Year" honor

The Town of Marana’s Senior Plans Examiner Paul Froehlke was awarded the Arizona Building Officials (AZBO) Don Cunningham Award as the Arizona Plan Reviewer of the Year.

Froehlke received the award at the AZBO’s 24th Annual Business Meeting Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Pinetop.

The award is for “Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Building Plan Review” and rewards the winner for his or her helpfulness to the public and fellow inspectors and for personal professional development.

Froehlke was nominated for a number of reasons, including his ability to manage multiple large commercial project plan reviews along with residential plan reviews. Marana has led Southern Arizona in the number of single-family residential permits issued. Over the past year Froehlke has reviewed nearly 500 permit applications, often times working late and on weekends to make the demanding deadlines.

He was recognized by his co-workers for his dedication to the improvement of public safety and his willingness to lead staff while the department going through a leadership change. He has also served a stretch of time where he was the only qualified plans examiner to complete the reviews for the town. 

Froehlke has been employed by the town as a Plan Reviewer for over 17 years.

The Arizona Building Officials Organization is the Southwest's leading source for Building Code Education and information for the built environment. It is the mission of the Arizona Building Officials to represent the interests of the four Arizona ICC Chapters, promote professionalism and educate the public through the development, promotion and conduct of our educational institutes.

Ina Road Update

ADOT has provided a quick update on the Ina Road Interchange Project, including portions of the project that have been completed and what will be worked on next.

Recently completed:

·         Installed 42-inch storm drains along the eastbound frontage road

·         Continuing to pave the eastbound lanes of I-10

·         Moving closer to pouring the bridge deck on the new Santa Cruz River bridge. Deck pouring is scheduled for mid-August.

·         Continuing foundation work for the bridge that will carry Ina over the railroad tracks and the eastbound lanes of I-10.

Coming soon:

·         East of I-10 they are preparing to lay storm drains and catch basins along Ina Road

·         West of I-10, they are continuing work to prepare to lay a 66-inch storm drain along Ina Road

·        They continue work on the eastbound frontage road and on the overpass to take Ina over the railroad tracks and I-10.

Tangerine Roadwork Update: 7/31

Three new road projects begin on Tangerine on Monday, July 31.

Beginning Monday, July 31 through Wednesday, August 2, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the contractor will work on waterlines on Camino de Oeste south of Tangerine Road. During this work, traffic will be shifted around the work area, allowing one lane in each direction. Resident access will be maintained during construction. Traffic control will be in place 24 hours a day.

Beginning Monday, July 31, the contractor will begin construction on the new northbound lanes of Thornydale Road. During this work, traffic will be shifted to the west on Thornydale Road south of Tangerine Road. Traffic will be maintained to one through lane in each direction and a left turn lane in each direction at the intersection of Thornydale Road and Tangerine Road. Traffic control will be in place 24 hours. Work is anticipated to be complete by mid-September.

Beginning Monday, July 31 through Thursday, August 3 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the contractor will pave the new westbound lanes of Tangerine Road from Tangerine Crossing Drive to La Cholla Boulevard. During this work, all side street entrances on the north side of Tangerine Road from Tangerine Crossing Drive to La Cholla Boulevard will be intermittently closed as paving equipment progresses through the area. Please expect delays. 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kristi or Nanette at (520) 623-3073 or by email at info@tangerineroad.info. We look forward to working with you throughout the project, and encourage any feedback to ensure the Project Team can deliver a beneficial project for the whole community. 

For more information on this project, please visit www.tangerineroad.info. For more detailed schedule information please click here.

Please be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians in the area and ensure that dogs, horses and other animals are not in the construction zone to ensure the safety of all.

Tucson Local Media: Fire Districts Consolodate

From an article by Logan Burtch-Buus at Tucson Local Media

Last Monday was the beginning of a busy six months for the men and woman of the Golder Ranch Fire District, which successfully consolidated with the smaller Mountain Vista Fire District.

The move officially took effect when the Mountain Vista governing board unanimously approved the action only hours after its Golder Ranch counterpart did the same. 

The towns of Marana and Oro Valley and the Pima County Board of Supervisors gave support.

Tangerine Roadwork Update: July 26-27

Three new projects will be starting this week on Tangerine Road and could affect traffic in the area. Drivers who use Tangerine Road should be advised and use caution in these areas.

 Beginning Thursday, July 27 through Friday, July 28, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, Tangerine Corridor Constructors will pave the Circle K driveway off of Tangerine Road. During this time, the driveway will be temporarily closed. Access will be maintained from Thornydale Road.

On Friday, July 28 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tangerine Corridor Constructors will pave all of the Fry's shopping center driveways and the Tangerine Crossing driveway off of Thornydale Road. During this work, driveways will be intermittently closed, with at least one open at all times to maintain business and resident access. Expect slight delays.

Beginning Friday, July 28 at 10 p.m., Tangerine Corridor constructors will shift east and westbound traffic to the north (the new westbound lanes) from the McDonald's driveway to just west of Circle K. The traveling public can anticipate slight delays while traffic is being shifted into the new westbound lanes.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Kristi or Nanette at (520) 623-3073 or by email at info@tangerineroad.info. We look forward to working with you throughout the project, and encourage any feedback to ensure the Project Team can deliver a beneficial project for the whole community. 

For more information on this project, please visit www.tangerineroad.info. For more detailed schedule information please click here.

Please be aware of bicyclists and pedestrians in the area and ensure that dogs, horses and other animals are not in the construction zone to ensure the safety of all.

Summer Schooling 2017, Pt. 6: Conference Take-Aways

Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the Arizona City/County Management Association’s Summer Conference. This wonderful event consists of dedicated public servants from municipalities across the State of Arizona who gather to share ideas, talk through difficult issues, and stay up-to-date with matters affecting our state. Our terrific Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation always asks “what are your three take-aways”, so I would like to share with you my three takeaways I gathered from the conference.

During a session titled “Leveraging Your City or County’s Reach: Effective Volunteer Programs” we discussed how to create mutually beneficial volunteer programs for citizens and municipalities. The City of Surprise highlighted their popular citizens patrol program which has been operating for 20 years. The program is made up of about 60 residents who donate their time to assist the Surprise Police Department through critical tasks including traffic control, street patrol, and even securing crime scenes. While many of the Citizen Patrol volunteers are retirees, some dedicate 40+ hours a week to give back to their community without asking for anything in return. This is a great example of a successful program which according to the City of Surprise has an average annual cost savings of $700,000. The Town of Marana has a similar program which volunteers can engage in tasks ranging from patrol to administrative support. For more information about the Marana Police Volunteer Program or to apply to become a candidate for the program, be sure to check out the Town’s website.

Like anything, there are growing pains associated with expanding an organization. A problem many local governments face as they expand is that departments within the organization unintentionally become autonomous. A session titled, “Silo Busting Strategies that Work in Your Organization” addressed this exact issue and provided examples of successful co-departmental collaborations.  The Marana Welcome Center is a perfect example of how the Town is creating a culture of collaboration. Need to pay your water bill? Want to license your dog? Have a question about business licenses? The Welcome Center is your one-stop shop for making payments and getting answers! Although Marana is a comparatively a smaller organization, it is refreshing that the Town is pro-active in promoting collaboration.

According to the Arizona Department of Economic Security, about 36,497 individuals in Arizona experienced homelessness in 2015; 6,000 of those individuals reside in Pima County. Representatives from the City of Phoenix and Maricopa County shared how they transitioned from outreach to outcomes. They strive to encourage engagement rather than enforcement and are exploring innovative ways to reduce homelessness throughout Arizona. It was inspiring to see a room full of Arizona city and town manager’s exchanging best practices and finding helpful solutions to homelessness.  

Overall, the ACMA Summer Conference was a fantastic learning experience and reminded me why I became interested in local government in the first place. It is an industry full of good-hearted public servants who are all working hard to make their neighborhoods and communities a little bit better.

Thomas Prior is a Management Intern with the Town of Marana who is learning about all facets of local government.. He is currently a senior at Arizona State University’s Barrett the Honors College pursuing a Bachelors in Public Service & Public Policy with a Business Minor.