Scottsdale Arizona

Airport Commission Set to Hear Strategic Business Plan by quotes

Residents and businesses are invited to provide input for the Scottsdale
Airport Strategic Business Plan.

The Airport Advisory Commission will hold a hearing on the plan during its next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8. The meeting takes place at the Scottsdale Airport Terminal, 15000 N. Airport Drive.

The goal of the business plan is to ultimately determine the focus and
guidance for future planning and development at the airport. Four potential business scenarios for the airport have been developed to
determine the best approach to keep Scottsdale Airport efficient and
effective and providing long-term benefits to the city and surrounding

The four scenarios are:
** Scenario 1 – Market focus – small to mid-size corporate jets; reflects current operations
** Scenario 2 – Market focus – small to mid-size corporate jets with
adjusted administrative weight restriction; current operations plus an
increase to the aircraft weight limit from 75,000 to 100,000 lbs
** Scenario 3 – Market focus – small to large-sized corporate jets; current operations plus larger corporate jets
** Scenario 4 – Market focus – commuter air service; current operations plus scheduled passenger/commuter service

You can learn more about the four scenarios, download and review documents, and take a brief survey at:

If you are unable to attend the Commission meeting you also can provide input by calling (480) 312-2549 or e-mailing,

Regional Bus and Rail Fares Increasing July 1 by quotes

Valley Metro bus and rail fares are increasing July 1.

Riders are asked to plan ahead, especially for purchasing an all-day bus fare. Passengers who purchase an all-day pass at a light rail platform fare vending machine or at one of 80 select locations and stores prior to boarding a local bus can save $1.75 off of the on-board bus full-fare price.

The cost for a one-ride trip on the Valley Metro local bus, METRO light rail and the LINK bus (limited-stop service between Superstition Springs Center and Sycamore Station in Mesa) will now cost $1.75, and an All-day pass is $3.50. Purchasing an All-day pass at the farebox on the local/LINK bus will cost $5.25.

For more information on Valley Metro bus and rail fare changes, visit:

Scottsdale Installs Second “Hawk” Traffic Control Device by quotes

A new type of traffic control device called a HAWK, or High-intensity
Activated crossWalK, became operational this week to help make crossing Pima Road at Jomax Road easier for pedestrians, equestrians, cyclists and other trail users.

The HAWK will provide a protected crossing to address neighborhood concerns about pedestrian/equestrian/trail user activity, and is as simple to use as pushing a button.

When a pedestrian/equestrian/trail user wishes to cross the street, they push a button and the signal begins with a flashing yellow light that warns drivers approaching the crosswalk to slow down.  The flashing yellow light is followed by a solid yellow light, telling drivers to prepare to stop. The signal then changes to a solid red for the drivers to stop at the crosswalk, and the pedestrian/equestrian/trail user gets a walk signal.  The solid red signal converts to a flashing red after a few seconds, allowing drivers to proceed when safe to do so.

HAWKs are normally in an “off” position, until they are activated by a
pedestrian/equestrian/trail user.  You can download additional information on how to use a HAWK on-line at

Chaparral Road just east of 78th Street became Scottsdale’s first road
section to be served by a HAWK signal last October. The City will be constructing and installing another HAWK crossing signal at
the intersection of Pima Road and Dixileta Drive in the near future.

City Council Appoints New City Auditor by quotes

A University of Missouri finance executive who has held auditor positions in Arizona, Oregon and Missouri has been appointed as Scottsdale’s new city auditor by the City Council.

Sharron E. Walker is currently director of financial reporting and taxation at the University of Missouri in Columbia. She will begin her new job with Scottsdale on June 15. The Council approved her appointment on June 2.

“We’re pleased to be able to have someone of Sharron’s caliber and
experience in this very important role,” said Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane.
Previously, Walker was the first director of the Division of School Audits
at the Arizona Office of the Auditor General from 2001 to 2008. She was deputy director of the Oregon Audits Division from 1995 to 2001, and audit manager with the Missouri State Auditor’s Office prior to that. She has also served in a municipal government audit position for City Utilities of Springfield, Mo.

For more information on Walker’s appointment, visit:

For more information on the City Auditor’s Office, visit:

Watch and Protect Children Around Water by quotes

No matter the weather, children are drawn to water.

To protect them from drowning, homeowners are urged to install multiple layers of protection between home and pool such as a pool fence with self-closing, self-latching gates, and door alarms that sound when opened from the inside.

Secure all doors, gates and pet doors that lead to the pool area. Teach children to swim. Keep toys and objects away from the pool and spa areas. Secure spas with childproof covers.  And keep a phone by the pool to call 911 in case of an emergency.  And . . . watch children around water. . . every second.

For more water safety information, visit:

New Bubble Fountain a Playground for the Senses by quotes

The Scottsdale Mall area has a cool, new fountain – guaranteed to prompt a giggle and take the edge off of the late-spring heat.
The fountain is located in the vaulted walk-through space outside Orange Table and Blue Moose restaurants, 7373 Scottsdale Mall, next to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

When a passerby walks through the tower, scented bubbles float down creating a fun and refreshing atmosphere to greet the onset of summer. The bubble scents alternate between citrus, mint and salt water.

Artists Mellisa McGurgan and Marco Rosichelli recognize the appeal and fascination of water to the desert dweller. Water cools, cleanses, and entertains. This fountain without flowing water will invoke a universal playground for the senses.

For more information on the Scottsdale public art program, visit:

Scottsdale Public Library – May News by quotes

We are fast approaching the really heated days of summer here in Scottsdale.  We hope to see you soon when you sign up the family for Summer Reading, check out a free DVD or even wish to escape to one of our quiet (cool) corners to enjoy a book.  Have a great summer.- Rita Hamilton, Library Director

You can get a fast book this summer without leaving the comfort of your Escalade’s Italian leather cooled to a breezy 72 degrees…Remember our Mustang and Arabian libraries have drive-thru window service available. Just reserve your selected items online designate your location as the pick-up window, then grab them at the window when they are ready. Perhaps we should look into a soft serve ice cream machine though….hum.

Remember to get the youngsters signed up for the Summer Reading program. Kids can read their way to super cool prizes. We have programs for the littlest of folk all the way up to your age, Mom and Dad. So get those urchins to turn off the tube and to pick up a tome. How’s that for alliteration? Check out our Summer Reading Programs

Know who Jack Reacher is?
Well, Mr. Reacher is apparently quite indestructible because he is appearing again in the 13th book of author Lee Child’s series. Child will be at the Scottsdale Public Library to talk about his newest book Gone Tomorrow in which our friend Jack is involved in a terrorist plot in NYC.

Also appearing with Child is Andrew Grant – talking about his debut thriller Even in which an intelligence officer gets set up for murder. Please join these two authors for an evening benefiting the Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library. Tickets and books can be purchased through the Poisoned Pen Bookstore.

Wed., May 27 at 7 p.m. at Civic Center Library
Tickets in advance at:
Poisoned Pen Mystery Bookstore
4014 N. Goldwater Blvd. in Scottsdale
Tickets: $29 and include a copy of either author’s book. Additional companion tickets for the program may be purchased for $2. For more information see

Open House Set May 20 to View Two Proposed Skysong Additions by quotes

The community is invited to an open house May 20 to view two proposed additions to SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

The open house takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. at SkySong Building 1, 1475 N. Scottsdale Road, room 129. Planned additions to SkySong include a new paseo plaza and a third office/research building. For additional information go to:
or contact Project Manager Doug Makinen at (480) 312-7054 or

For more information on SkySong, visit:

Culture Pass Opens Doors to Scottsdale and Valley Landmarks by quotes

Your Scottsdale Public Library is participating in the Culture Pass Program, which allows participants free entry to the Valley’s top entertainment and educational destinations.

The list of locations includes museums, cultural centers and historical
sites.  This is a first-of-its-kind partnership that unites 13 local arts
and cultural organizations with six greater Phoenix area public libraries.
Passes are available for check-out at all four Scottsdale libraries.

Libraries have a limited number of passes, and they are available on a
first-come, first-served basis.  For more information on how to participate in the Culture Pass Program, call the library at (480) 312-READ or visit

Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Wildfire Season by quotes

The Scottsdale Fire Department encourages residents to prepare for upcoming warmer weather and wildfire season.

Residents can help keep their neighborhood and the community safe by providing proper defensible space around homes and following the city’s wildfire prevention guidelines to ensure protection of Natural Area Open Space.

For current fire restrictions go to or call (877)
864-6985. For additional safety tips visit or call (480) 312-FIRE (3473).

To learn more about wildland fire dangers and preparedness, visit