Greetings, Tusayan and Grand Canyon area residents:
Congratulations to ADOT and Fann Construction for pretty much finishing ahead of schedule. There is still some curb and landscaping work to be done, but the overall highway project is pretty well done. They will be back in mid-July to put down the permanent striping, which will take a day or so. Thank you for a great job and for working with all of us to minimize the interruptions and mess.
Over the last week most of the businesses in Tusayan should have received the town's housing survey for all their employees. The survey was created by the town's consultants, International Housing Solutions to get an idea of the number and types of affordable housing our community needs and wants. It is not intended to be an all- inclusive housing study, but rather a quick snap shot of what our residents are thinking. We hope each resident will fill the survey out and mail it in with the self-addressed stamped envelope to the consultants. This is just one of many steps that bring us closer to having housing options for our residents.
This week the Planning and Zoning Commission will have their first meeting to review two applications and to discuss their plans for hearings on the revision of the Tusayan Zoning Ordinances. It would be a good opportunity for people interested in serving on the commission to attend and see what all is involved in serving your community. There is one opening on the commission and applications are being accepted at town hall for town residents. As a reminder, town hall is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Next week with July 4 being on Wednesday, our usual council meeting night, we will hold our meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. instead. On the agenda will be an update on Stilo development progress and a discussion of the timelines for the variety of pieces involved. We will also be presenting the 2012/13 Town Preliminary Budget for adoption. There will then be two weeks of publishing the budget and a final hearing on it in early August.
Hopefully we get some rain and no lightning this week and ease the fire danger to our community and the whole area. Please be safe and follow the fire restrictions in place to keep our forests and homes safe. Thank you to the men and women who help protect all of us from fire by serving on our Fire Department and Forest Service fire crews. This next week will be our first July 4 parade on our new highway. Come out, enjoy and help celebrate our state's history. Get some friends together and put a float in the parade and then join the fun at the barbecue afterwards. Let's have a safe and fun time. Thanks to the Chamber/Visitor's Bureau for all their work in making this event possible.
Have a great time and come join us at a council meeting.