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ADOT to hold Oct. 16 virtual public hearing for 2021-2025 Tentative Five-Year Program
Comment period runs through Oct. 27
The Arizona Department of Transportation will hold an additional public hearing for the revised 2021-2025 Tentative Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program on Friday, Oct. 16 during the monthly State Transportation Board meeting.
The hearing is open to anyone who wishes to address the board with his or her comments about what should be included in the 2021-2025 Five-Year Program. The public hearing and board meeting will be held online. Meeting details can be found at aztransportationboard.gov.
The State Transportation Board received the newly revised Tentative Program during its meeting on Sept. 18. The comment period for the Tentative Program also began on Sept. 18 and runs until Oct. 27. The board is expected to vote on the 2021-2025 Five-Year Program at its Oct. 27 meeting.
Earlier this year, ADOT conducted its traditional process for the annual update to the Five-Year Program and held a public comment period and two public hearings.
The 2021-2025 Five-Year Program was scheduled to be approved by the board during its June meeting. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and associated impacts on transportation, the board requested more time to obtain the most recent data from the COVID-19 stay-at-home period to evaluate the impact on the Arizona Highway User Revenue Fund and how that could affect the Five-Year Program.
Last month, ADOT management presented the latest financial numbers and outlook to the board, along with a revised Tentative Five-Year Program, adjusted to reflect current revenue forecasts.
The revised Tentative Program is available at azdot.gov/tentative5year for review and comment. ADOT welcomes feedback via an online form at azdot.gov/tentative5year, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 855.712.8530.
The Five-Year Transportation Facilities Construction Program allocates funding for statewide preservation, modernization and expansion projects. It provides an annual update to ADOT’s lineup of all statewide projects, including both highway and airport components, and must be fiscally constrained.
Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Bilingual Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or go to azdot.gov/contact and select Projects from the drop-down menu. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT's Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.
DICK ROBERTS NAMED ACTING PRESIDENT PENDING COUNCIL ELECTIONS: Yesterday at its regular meeting, I resigned as President of the Green Valley Council to be effective at 5:00 today. I will remain as Past President. The Executive Committee named Dick Roberts Acting President to hold the office until the results of the December Board of Representatives election are in and the new Council Executive Committee members are sworn in. Dick, who was Council President in 2003-07, brings extensive experience to the table as he has long Chaired the Traffic & Arroyos Committee. He will also serve as mentor for whomever is nominated for President. The Nominations Committee is still accepting nominees for both Executive Committee officers and member at large positions. Some of you responded to our first ask--hooray! We welcome new people joining the Council.
VOTE SAFE INITIATIVE: Pima County and the Pima County Recorder’s Office are launching a Vote Safe initiative to encourage everyone to vote by mail in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Go to pima.gov/VoteSafe for information on how to register to vote, request a ballot by mail, check your registration and more. (FYI Newsletter, Pima County 9/11/2020).
BALLOT DROP OFF LOCATION: Some of you would prefer to drop off your mail in ballot. The location for Green Valley will be Good Shepherd United Church of Christ, 17750 S. La Canada Drive, Sahuarita (on La Canada between Duval Mine Road and Sahuarita Road). To find out dates and times at which you can drop off your ballot, go to pima.gov and choose the Election Department. The information for the general election drop off dates is not yet available. The Council will post on its website, gvcouncil.org, the drop off location, dates and times as soon as they are available. We assume the Green Valley News will also provide this information. As soon as your early ballot arrives, find out more about dropping it off versus mailing it.
NOW YOU CAN TEXT 911! Calling is best so you can provide more information and answer potentially life saving questions, but if you can’t call, use the texting option. Texting is particularly helpful for those who are deaf, hard of hearing, have difficulty speaking, out of phone range, or in a position where it is unsafe to actually talk. A dispatcher will text back and start asking the kinds of questions a dispatcher would ask if you called. The first question is always your location. If you are on the road, try to remember mile markers or the exit, cross street or landmark you have just passed by or are just coming to. (FYI Newsletter, Pima County 9/11/2020 and Sheriff’s video on YouTube)
THE WHITE ELEPHANT REOPENS OCTOBER 1! The White Elephant announced on Tuesday that it will reopen on October 1 with social distancing required. This will limit the number of people in the store at any one time. Avid shoppers, you probably will have to wait in line to get in but, hey, better than no White Elephant at all! Just be patient and kind to others who are also trying/waiting to shop. We understand the White Elephant has instituted a number of safety protocols and installations to keep both its volunteers and shoppers safe. Please obey all instructions and signs. Be sure to mask up if you plan on shopping, or even waiting in line, at the White Elephant. Donations are also resuming on October 1. Please see the White Elephant website for the donation process and hours. Sadly, the White Elephant announced that both the Parade and the Midnight Madness sale, both of which happen in October, have been cancelled for this year. The Parade has only been cancelled once before, in the 1960’s when Green Valley was owned by the FHA. The only other time the Parade did not happen was a rare October rainout.