October 8, 2007
RENA - ROSEMONT EAST PUBLIC SAFETY & OUR COMMUNITY
UPCOMING MEETING City of Tucson Police Department representatives
will provide a presentation at the next RENA
The next meeting of RENA will be Monday meeting, Monday October 29. Police
October 29, 2007. The meeting will begin at representatives will review criminal activity and
6:30 am at the Rosemont Community Church, vandalism surrounding RENA and Rosemont
5005 E. Winsett St. West Neighborhood Association.
The agenda will be 60-80 minutes and include: It is important that each resident and community
A. Establish quorum report all vandalism and graffiti as soon as
possible to the City of Tucson Police Department.
B. Vote on 2008 RENA Board Members. This allows the Police Department to better
Two seats are open: One for Haciendas understand if the vandalism is gang-related, or a
and one for Las Villas communities single incident, or if there is a series of events.
C. Presentation about vandalism and criminal You can call TPD’s non-emergency phone
activities surrounding Rosemont East number at 791-4444 8:00 am to 10:00 pm or for
Neighborhood Association 24 hour reporting go to their web site at:
http://TPDINTERNET.tucsonaz.gov to report non-
D. Discussion about working with other emergency information. It is important to be an
surrounding neighborhood associations to involved citizen to prevent crime.
create a “super-neighborhood association”
E. Update on construction at 5151 East _____________________
WHAT IS HAPPENING AT 5151 EAST
INSIDE THIS ISSUE BROADWAY?
Update about 5151 East Broadway. Instead of
1 RENA Meeting Agenda constructing new one-story buildings the owner of
1 the “5151” business property has decided not to
Public Safety in Our Community
demolish the one-story structures. Instead they
1 5151 East Broadway Changes - Again now are submitting revised plans to the City of
Tucson to renovate the two, 1-story buildings in
2 RENA Board Members – Annual Election front of the Tower at 5151 East Broadway Blvd.
2 Tucson Meetings – Trico Grants Previous tenants of both 1-story buildings were
vacated in preparation of the construction.
3 Graffiti Questions & Answers
After renovation the property manager, Bourn
3 Buffelgrass Removal Management is searching for restaurants and
office tenants to occupy space in both of the 1-
3 Williams Center History story buildings.
4 TFD Safety Tip
RENA Newsletter 1
CURRENT RENA BOARD MEMBERS MEETINGS & INFORMATION
Pima County offers free class MapGuide classes
At the annual RENA meeting in October 2006, to the public. MapGuide classes focus on using
three RENA Board Members were elected: the MapGuide Viewer with Pima County DOT
MapGuide maps. No registration is required.
Duane Vild, representing Haciendas Community. While many data layers are shown and
You can call Duane at 520-514-8440 or e-mail at discussed, the classes are not a review of
email@example.com available data. The only prerequisite is
Jeff Farkas, representing Las Villas Community. experience using the web, but most of those
You can call Jeff at 520-748-1022 attending may have some experience with
MapGuide. If you are new to MapGuide, it would
Kathryn Baron, representing Presidio help to go to Pima County MapGuide Maps,
Community. You can e-mail Kathryn at follow the directions there, and see if you can get
KMBaron4@cox.net started before the class. That way you won't be a
complete beginner, will have some of the
Annual Election for concepts, and will have some questions.
RENA Board Members
Kathryn Baron has agreed to continue to serve Pima County conducts public classes on using
on the RENA Board. RENA needs two Board our MapGuide site about every three months.
representatives: one from Haciendas and a The next class will be conducted Tuesday
second member from Las Villas communities. October 23, 2007 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the
The duties are limited; you meet great people and Public Works Building, in the basement
the pay is “competitive.” Individuals who are Conference R room at 201 North Stone Avenue.
interested in our community are encouraged to For detailed information go to:
consider being a RENA Board member. http://www.dot.pima/gov/events/mgclass/cfm.
You should visit this web site prior to attending
Meeting Quorum – We Need You!
the class to confirm dates and times of this class.
RENA bylaws require a minimum of 5% of the
total resident population (250 residents) or 13
household residents to have a quorum for an Trico Electric Cooperative Grants
official RENA meeting. Won’t you please Trico Electric Coop is launching their new Power
attend the next RENA meeting Monday Grants program. Trico will award several grants
October 29 at 6:30 pm at Rosemont of up to $10,000 to non-profit organizations who
Community Church? are providing services to children and youth in the
Trico service area. Grants are due by 12/3/2007.
Contact Romi Carrell Wittman, Services Director
How to Research Property at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes in My Neighborhood
Do you notice work going on at a building in our Nina Trasoff – Council Member, Ward 6
community and wonder what’s happening? City Nina is our Tucson Council Member and
of Tucson Department of Neighborhood plans to attend the annual RENA meeting
Resources conducts workshops to explore who on Monday October 29. Nina is on the
owns the property, what the assessed value of a sub-committees such as Environment,
property is and how to contact the owner or Planning and Resource Management
corporation. If you are interested, call DNR at Neighborhoods, Public Safety and
882-5885 to put your name on their waiting list. Emergency Preparedness and Chair of Rio
Nuevo and others.
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QUESTIONS ABOUT GRAFFITI BUFFELGRASS REMOVAL
City of Tucson provides information and service Buffelgrass is a fire-prone grass introduced
regarding Graffiti and Graffiti abatement. Listed from Africa and it is invading both urban and
below are some Questions & Answers regarding natural areas within Southern Arizona. If this
Graffiti services grass is left undeterred it will irrevocably alter
Pima County and surrounding communities.
What methods of reporting graffiti can I use?
E-mail email@example.com or go on-line at What can you do to help? You can learn about
www.cityoftucson.gov or call 792-2489 24-hours what buffelgrass looks like and how to remove it
from our community. You can volunteer your
What types of objects will the City remove
time toward the removal of this fire hazard. You
graffiti from? The contractor will remove graffiti
can download a 5-minute video, “The
from residential, commercial and public properties
Buffelgrass Class: A Tutorial for Identifying &
such as homes, businesses, utility boxes, power
Removal of Buffelgrass”, by going to this
poles and trash cans.
Does the City of Tucson require permission to http://www.paztcn.wr.usgs.gov/buffelgrass/. Or
remove graffiti from private property? The City you can attend an every third Saturday of the
of Tucson attorney has determined that if the month session at the Sonoran Desert
graffiti is in the public eye, the City does not need Weedwackers. Upcoming meetings are:
permission for removal. November 17 and December 22. Volunteer
How does the City remove graffiti from time is limited to 3 hours. Call Marilyn Hanson
unpainted block walls? The contractor uses a at 579-6525 for more details.
degreaser type substance and high-pressured hot ________________
water to remove graffiti from unpainted block walls.
Williams Center History
How long does it take for the City of Tucson to
Over seventy years ago, the 160-acre Williams
respond and remove graffiti? Normally there is a
Addition was subdivided into 25 large blocks for
48-hour turn around, not including weekends.
single family residential development. The
What if my wall or building is painted? Will the property was then well outside the city limits.
City use a standard gray paint? No, the City Most of the blocks were built on while a few
contractor will make every attempt to match the remained vacant. In anticipation of the expiring
color, which may take more time than 48 hours to 50 year old covenants (circa 1981), conditions,
cover the graffiti on painted walls and buildings. and restrictions, some of the parcels were
How much will it cost me to have graffiti acquired for development. The Lew S.
removed? There is no fee assessed for the City to McGinnis Company subsequently obtained all
but two of the 25 blocks to plan and develop a
master-planned development, The Williams
Should I report graffiti to the Tucson Police Center. (1981). For more detailed information
Department? The City would recommend you can view this 27 page document that
residents report graffiti as soon as possible to includes: development objectives, traffic plan,
assist with tracking individuals who vandalize our energy conservation, site plans and special
community. development conditions at
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October is Fire Prevention Month RENA NEEDS HELP! WEBSITE
The Tucson Fire Department would like to take this
time to remind you of some fire safety precautions. RENA is still searching for an individual who is willing
It is of the utmost importance to have at least two to create a simple website so RENA residents can
exits from every room of your home and to have quickly read about community issues and activities.
working smoke detectors through out your house. This website would be linked through the City of
Establish and post an evacuation plan and meeting Tucson Department of Neighborhood Services. Do
place. In case of a fire, get out and stay out. Fire is you know of a person or company that is willing to
deadly and travels quickly. From the time a fire starts, create RENA a website?
you have approximately 2 minutes until the smoke
becomes deadly. Material possessions can be Contributions Are Welcomed
replaced but you can never replace a human life.
RENA has minimal operating expenses such as a post
Remember to test your smoke detectors every
month. office box, mailing materials and postage expenses. If
you want to contribute $3, $5 or $10, your contribution
With cooler weather on the way, this a perfect time to would be appreciated. Please send your check to
make sure your heater is in good working order and to Kathryn Brown at P.O. Box 13665, Tucson, AZ 85732-
change the filter. Never store things near your furnace 3665. Thank You.
or hot water heater and make sure these areas are
free of dust and dirt. Before using your fireplace for
the first time this season, make sure the flue is open
and the chimney is unobstructed. It is especially
important to make sure that tree branches or vines
have not grown too close to your chimney or roof
mounted heating unit. Visit TFD website at
The City of Tucson, its officers and employees, its Department of Neighborhood Resources and all other offices neither agrees nor
disagrees with the views expressed or implied in this communication and are not therefore responsible. The distribution requester is
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