April 8, 2021
Dear Community Member:
MESSAGE FROM THE GVC PRESIDENT
Seasonal Owners – It is Checklist time!
This is the spring migration for many Green Valley homeowners. Here are some valuable tips to protect your home and property.
This has been a season of trials and adjustments. My wish is that you return to a vibrant community rich with opportunities! Travel safely and enjoy your summer. Until we meet again….
GVC Committee Reports
GVC Corporate Secretary, Interim Position The Green Valley Council is seeking a temporary volunteer for the position of Corporate Secretary until the end of the year. The Secretary is responsible for taking the minutes at the Board of Representatives monthly meetings and at the Executive Committee monthly meetings, usually no more than 6 hrs./month. The Secretary also participates in all the Executive Committee workshops, initiatives, events where Council representation is needed, etc. In all, the position entails a baseline commitment of at least 12 hrs./month. The volunteer filling this temporary position will have the opportunity to learn about the Council and its advocacy. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, attn. President Kenyon, or call the office at 520-648-1936.
Health & Human Services Committee, Karen Gidley, Chair
Arizona State Department of Health Services: Covid Updates “At 11 a.m. each Friday, registration opens for vaccination appointments at state sites, including the University of Arizona POD in Tucson, during the following week. To register, please visit podvaccine.azdhs.gov or call 1-844-542-8201. Both resources offer assistance in English and Spanish.
Information about all vaccination sites across Arizona can be found at azhealth.gov/findvaccine. To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination, please visit azdhs.gov/COVID19Vaccines.”
Green Valley Mobile Unit Vaccines
The highly anticipated Green Valley Mobile Unit date has not been set, but Pima County plans are in the making. Homebound Green Valley residents may register online at https://register.vaccine.pima.gov/. If you do not have the ability to register online, call Scott at 520-222-0119. You must be homebound to qualify for this at-home visitation.
Drug Prevention Medication Take Back DaySaturday, April 24, 2121, provides an opportunity for Green Valley residents to drive up and deposit unused, prescription and OTC medication at the Santa Cruz Valley Church in Sahuarita. The Council has long supported such programs and, indeed, launched a special initiative to help “Take Back Medications.”
The Green Valley Council’s Dis-pose-a-Med Program: 2007-2017The Dispose-A-Med initiative, sponsored by the Green Valley Council in partnership with the local Green Valley Fire District, and funding by Freeport-McMoRan, was the answer to a question posed by a Green Valley resident—Sheila Benanan—who in 2007 asked “Couldn’t we find a way to dispose of expired medication.”The Expired Medication Disposal System, known as “Dispose-A-Med, was launched in Green Valley in the Fall of 2008. One of the major objectives of Community Services Committee, which managed the project initiative, was to introduce the concept and its implementation to other communities. In 2009, working with the Green Valley Council, Pima County launched the countywide Dispose-A-Med program and the idea and name quickly went national.
Although the collection boxes manufactured by Green Valley for Dispose-A-Med were first placed in Fire District buildings, they were moved in 2009 to the Pima County Sheriff’s Substation in Green Valley because there was 24/7 onsite security. This location continues to accept expired or unused medicine to this day.
Continued onsite collections were held at the Green Valley Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events with the onsite presence of Sheriff’s deputies or the Sheriff’s Auxiliary Volunteers (SAV). These collections included all types of prescribed medication, including liquids, because flushing drugs causes pollution of the groundwater, which is especially harmful in such a fragile ecosystem as the Sonoran Desert in Southern Arizona.
The move to have law enforcement receive and dispose of controlled substances occurred at the same time the Federal Food & Drug Administration launched their own public inquiry for new rulemaking concerning the disposal of controlled substances by ultimate users, that is, patients. The new regulations, in accordance with the Controlled Substance Act and its existing rules, were released in 2010, and authorizes law enforcement to accept controlled medications from ultimate users.
Since 2010 the DEA has coordinated “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” twice a year in Spring and Fall. Research on the use of prescription drugs indicates that they are abused far more than illegal controlled substances. Therefore, to keep these medications out of the hands of children or other adults, for which the medication was not prescribed, designated disposal days and places protect both individuals and the community at large.
The Green Valley Household Hazardous Waste Collection program ended after the Fall of 2017, and, with it, the special Dispose-A-Med collections. Medications can now be dropped off at the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, 601 N. La Cañada Dr., Green Valley, AZ 85614.
Click here for a Case Study of the Household Hazardous Waste program.Case Study of Household Hazardous WasteParks Advisory Committee, Debbie Kenyon, Chair
Citizens Corps/Emergency Planning CommitteeWildfiresWildfire season is rapidly approaching. Please take all necessary precautions. Take a moment to review the Green Valley Fire District website at https://gvfire.org/. Closely monitor any open fires and extinguish completely. If you smoke be vigilant of those ashes – and please use your vehicle ashtray......
Walk-up COVID-19 vaccine registration available in Pima County
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Walk-up COVID-19 registration available in Pima County
PIMA COUNTY, April 6, 2021 – If you are having trouble making a COVID-19 vaccination appointment online, Pima County is offering alternatives.
There is on-site registration at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave., for all appointments at that walk-through location. The staff can also help register individuals for the other major vaccination sites in the County, including at Banner-South Kino, Tucson Medical Center, the University of Arizona and eventually the new location at Kino Event Center (registration begins April 9).
People who register on-site at the TCC and already have a MyChart profile through Tucson Medical Center may be able to receive a same-day appointment at either site, depending on vaccine availability. You also may be able to get a same-day appointment even if you don’t have a MyChart profile.
The TCC vaccination center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is free parking at the garage off Church Avenue (east side of the TCC).
The indoor site at El Pueblo Center opened April 5 and is designed for same-day, on-site registration and vaccination. The site, 101 W. Irvington Road, is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For all of the registration options in Pima County, visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page at www.pima.gov/covid19vaccine.