As work on previous Proposition 409-funded projects will soon draw to a close, and a new round of projects begins, here is additional information in the Proposition 101 Update. ATB continues to advocate for sustained funding for both new construction and maintenance of our community’s transportation and utility infrastructure that improves our quality of life and is moving our economy every day!
SB 1147/HB2162: With the closure of the Arizona Legislative session, this bill did not pass to allow Pima and Maricopa counties to take steps to renew their respective RTAs and for other rural counties to consider establishing an RTA, and related county excise (sales) tax. However, the State Legislature did pass, and Governor Ducey signed, legislation for the ADOT Director to establish a public safety fee largely to fund Highway Patrol related expenses, freeing up funds in the budget to stop HURF sweeps. Keep an eye out for similar legislation to return with the next legislative session for enabling RTAs to be established and continued.
This past week has been a memorable one, with a great turnout this past Friday to thank Ramon for his seven years of service to ATB and the community! Earlier last week we had an outstanding Associates meeting – and we also learned that our own Associates chair, Alex Collins, is departing our board as he will soon transfer to a differente CalPortland position serving the Pacific Northwest. Please join me in congratulating Alex on his promotion!
As we continue in the Executive Director transition period, Ramon and I also met with Ted from SALC, and saw some of our members at the Southern Arizona Procurement Fair! I also took part in the periodic SABC Legislative Update meeting with various community leaders held at the Tucson Metro Chamber. We have so many great partner groups throughout the region, advocating alongside us for better infrastructure that will keep moving our economy.
I also attended the Marana Chamber of Commerce, with NAI Horizon providing a detailed presentation representatives on the state of the region’s real estate market; in short, there is demand for large Class A commercial office space, with very little readily available as companies grow or are considering relocating to the area. High demand continues for homes, as well as quality apartments, with the lowest vacancy rates and highest rent increases in recent memory.
We also learned of the passing of Marana Town Councilmember Carol McGorray. Thank you Councilmember McGorray for your 17 years of service on the Town council, and your broader civic involvement through Marana Dove Mountain Rotary and many other community groups. You will be deeply missed.
Thank you to our member companies for your hard work every day in creating and maintaining safe, attractive, well-built infrastructure for all to enjoy. I’d like to stop by and see your efforts in progress or help you celebrate milestones! Call me at (520) 623-0444 or email me at email@example.com and we can schedule a time to meet up at your office or job site. Or, join me and be part of our ATB delegation to DC for the ARTBA fly-in coming up May 14-17!
Thank you to the 89 attendees at the March 14, 2018 membership dinner! We heard updates from Richard Juliano, Senior Vice President at ARTBA regarding Federal level funding and policy, Jeremy Moore from ADOT regarding many ongoing and planned highway improvements in our region, and Jay Van Echo regarding the I-11 Corridor project. This was also Ramon’s last membership dinner as Executive Director as he moves to the private sector and ATB welcomed B.J. Cordova as the new Executive Director!
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) was awarded nearly $100,000 in improving work zone safety from the Arizona Governor’s office last week. These monies can help with researching what it might take to continue to improve safety in construction areas as it relates to infrastructure. Outgoing Executive Director Ramon Gaanderse was interviewed by Channel 4 last week on the topic. Please click on the video below to see it. http://www.kvoa.com/story/37692226/tpd-awarded-grant-to-enhance-work-zone-safety
TEP is asking for help in identifying the culprits in a series of infrastructure vandalism incidents that have led to power outages in our region. These vandalism incidents are costly for area residents and businesses, as well as being dangerous. Read TEP’s press release: https://www.tep.com/news/tep-urges-residents-to-report-suspicious-activity-near-electrical-equipment/
A safe work environment for all our employees is crucial, and top priority at Cummins Sales and Service. They are committed to the implementation and compliance to safe work practices, creating education and awareness for their employees about work safety, and rewarding their employees and our locations for continued safe working conditions. They perform frequent safety audits of all their facilities and their Health, Safety and Environment Department takes all necessary corrective actions to ensure that they provide a safe place for all their employees to come to work. In addition to this, they value integrating safety and environmental considerations into their daily business operations. All their facilities are certified to meet the OSHAS 18001 (health & safety) and ISO14001 (environmental) standards. At the end of the day, it is their goal to keep their staff safe, to run our business operations in a proactive manner, and to drive continuous improvement.
The Pima County Small Business Commission presents the awards each year to small business who stands out in the community. The applicants were assessed on criteria such as company culture, positive impact on Pima County and community involvement. The Pima County Board of Supervisors honored the winners of the Small Business Commission Award – Small Business of the Year Awards at the February 20th meeting.
The 2017 Small Business of the Year Award winners are:
- Rural: Miura Contracting – a general and subcontractor that specializes in commercial concrete projects. The company has 15 employees and has been in business for 10 years.
- Urban: KoolAir Industries, LLC (– an HVAC ductwork fabricating company that uses lightweight, pre-insulated material. The company has 12 employees and has been in business for two years.
- Nonprofit: Pima Community College Small Business Development Center – the organization provides one-on-one counseling for small business owners to help them grow and thrive. The Small Business Development Center has four employees and has been active for 15 years.
- Each winner also received a $500 prize and a plaque.
This is an alert to our membership that Pima County Procurement has published the referenced bid package on Friday, February 16, 2018. This project is located in the City of South Tucson and Pima County Arizona, Supervisor Districts 2, 3, and 4 and consists of placing chip seal surface treatment, crack seal, fog seal and asphalt patching at various locations within Pima County including traffic striping, traffic control, and miscellaneous work as indicated in the Regional Local Road Repair Program (RLRRP) Package No. 4. Project List and Location Maps available on the Pima County Procurement website at: http://www.pima.gov/procure/ifbrfp-dc.htm. Bid Due Date/Time: March 8, 2018, at or before 2:00 PM Local Tucson Time, Pima County Procurement Department, 130 W. Congress Street, 3rd Floor, Tucson, AZ.
Direct questions in writing to:
Anthony V. Schiavone, Procurement Officer
Pima County Procurement Department
Fax: 520-724-4434 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org