Summer 2018 District Newsletter
Summer in Scottsdale brings some challenges to our community. In the desert heat, it is important to stay hydrated and keep cool as best you can. If you must be outside, be sure to use plenty of sun screen. Be sure to take frequent breaks and be aware of heat-related illnesses. According to the Maricopa County Health Department, there was a record 155 heat-related deaths in Maricopa County last year. Please be careful out there!
Our monsoon storms will be here before you know it. Be sure to see some of the tips listed below and be prepared for the storms. Stay up to date by visiting the city website or following the Scottsdale Police Department on Twitter (@ScottsdalePD). After the storm passes, if you find trees blocking the roadway or other hazards that need to be taken care of immediately, call the non-emergency police line at 480-312-5000. For less pressing matters, such as a pothole that has developed in front of your home, you can use the new Scottsdale EZ website mentioned below. As always, in a true emergency such as a downed power line, please call 9-1-1.
As we prepare to celebrate our independence, please be aware that due to fire danger, the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve will be closing at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. That means there will be no hiking in the preserve after that time. City staff will be on hand to enforce this restriction and violations are punishable by up to four months in jail and a $750 fine. The preserve will reopen as usual on Wednesday, July 5.
On the positive side, I hope to see you out at the Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld. The indoor activities will be begin at 4 p.m. with an outdoor fireworks show scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Get all the details at www.Scottsdale4th.com.
I hope everyone has a fun and safe summer,
Commander Chris Hall
Have you ever driven past a stop light that was out and thought "I wonder if anyone knows that light is out?" There is now a quick and easy way you can make sure someone knows. The new Scottsdale EZ system allows users to report problems such as potholes, trash collection issues, street light outages, code enforcement violations, graffiti and more. After the report is submitted, it is transferred to and handled by the appropriate city staff. Scottsdale EZ can be accessed through any desktop computer or mobile device. Try it out by visiting ScottsdaleAZ.gov/EZ or search for the application using the keywords "Scottsdale EZ."
Be prepared for the monsoon
The monsoon season has arrived. It is best to prepare ahead of time for these powerful storms. Scottsdale residents can get sandbags free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations:
- The parking lot of the District 1 Police Station, 7601 E. McKellips Road
- The north Corporation Yard, 9379 E. San Salvador
- Solid Waste Transfer Station, 8417 E. Union Hills Drive
Have a storm kit ready with things like flashlights, batteries and bottled water. When the storm hits, it is best to stay in place and let the storm pass. If you must go out in the storm, drive with caution and be prepared for trees that may have fallen in the roadway or traffic signals that are out. If a traffic signal is out, treat it like a four way stop.
Visit our website for more information about obtaining sandbags and additional tips.
The rules about curfew
As we head into summer break and talk to our children about the expectations that we have of them, keep in mind that the City of Scottsdale sets the following curfew restrictions:
- Minors under 16 years old should not be out between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- Minors 16-17 years old should not be out between midnight and 5 a.m.
Parental permission is not a valid excuse and in fact, "It is unlawful for a parent or guardian of a minor to knowingly permit, or by insufficient control, allow a minor to violate (curfew)."
Of course, some exceptions apply, including minors accompanied by a parent or guardian, going to/from work and in emergency situations. For more information, visit our website.
Summer Travel Tip
As you get out there and see the world away from the heat of Scottsdale this summer, here is a tip for sharing your memories. Did you know that when you take a picture on your smart phone, it could be tagging the photo with your location? Follow these steps to turn off the location services.
On an iPhone: Go to Settings - Privacy - Location Services - Camera - Location Tags - Never
On an Android: Go to Camera Settings - Location Tags - Off
If you are posting on social media sites, watch the post before you finalize it to make sure that you are not sharing your location. These sites use the location data from the settings of the photo.
Behind the Badge
In this edition of our Behind the Badge video, Chief Alan Rodbell and Community Liaison Chris Vassall introduces newly promoted Assistant Chief Rich Slavin and discuss homelessness with Chief Slavin and Interim Library Director Kira Peters.
To watch previous episodes of Behind the Badge, just visit the SPD YouTube page.
Electronics Recycling Collection Day
Recycle your old electronics equipment, including computers, TVs and phones. Our next electronics recycling event will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the North Corp Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive. Find out all the items that can be recycled.