About Town June E-Newsletter
Dust Awareness Week- June 1-7
Controlling dust and keeping the air clean takes everyone in the community. Residents are encouraged to join the Town in our commitment to clean air and blue skies. The Town urges residents to: drive less, don’t drive in the dirt, drive slowly on unpaved roads, avoid using leaf blowers, maintain your landscape areas and don’t burn leaves or trash. Sign up to receive High Pollution Advisory notifications from Maricopa County Air Quality. We can all make a difference in the air we breathe, learn more ways you can help.
Summer Reading at the QC Library- June 1- Aug. 1
Galactic-inspired summer reading kicks off at the Queen Creek Library starting June 1 through Aug. 1. Incentives include weekly prizes, free giveaways and so much more! All-ages are welcome. Learn more.
Riggs Road Extension Opens- June 3
On June 3, motorists will have access to a new, east-west connector in the southeast area of Queen Creek. The Riggs Road extension, from Ellsworth to Meridian, is a two-phase process with construction and costs being split between the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Town of Queen Creek. MCDOT completed the first phase from Ellsworth to Crismon. The second phase, being led by the Town, is anticipated to be complete in August. Motorists can also continue west on Riggs Road as it is fully improved west of Ellsworth Road, connecting to Gilbert and eventually the I-10 freeway.
While Riggs Road is complete from the new Rittenhouse intersection to the west, improvements to Combs Road, east of Rittenhouse still need to be completed. This section includes the widening of the road at the railroad crossing and the Union Pacific improvements, Combs Road will be closed June 3 until July 8. Learn more.
Queen Creek Town Council Approves 2019/20 Budget
At the May 15 meeting, the Queen Creek Town Council approved a budget of $452.7 million for the 2019/20 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2019. The approved budget prioritizes infrastructure, with 53% of the budget dedicated to new and improved roads ($122.2 million), water ($62 million), wastewater ($38.6 million), public safety ($11 million), and parks and trails ($6.1 million). Learn more.
Monsoon Awareness- June 9-14
Monsoon storms are almost here bringing dust storms, flash floods, lightning and extreme heat. Protect yourself and your family by staying informed. During a dust storm, will you know what to do? Pull aside – Stay alive!
• Avoid driving into or through a dust storm.
• If you encounter a dust storm, immediately check traffic around your vehicle (front, back and to the side) and begin slowing down.
• Do not wait until poor visibility makes it difficult to safely pull off the roadway -- do it as soon as possible. Completely exit the highway if you can.
• Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane. Look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
• Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.
• Set your emergency brake and take your foot off the brake.
• Stay in the vehicle with your seat belts buckled and wait for the storm to pass.
• Drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially aware of changing weather conditions and travel at reduced speeds.
Sandbags are available at Fire Station 2, 24787 S. Sossaman. Remember to bring a shovel and only fill half full.
Adaptive Special Interest Program- June 20
On Thursday, June 20 from 6-7:30 p.m., the QC Parks and Recreation Annex will host a FREE interactive event designed specifically for individuals with physical, mental, emotional or social challenges. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in rodeo-themed activities in a safe and supportive environment. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Register online.
MCSO Offers Vacation Watch Program
MCSO District 6 - Queen Creek encourages residents to sign up for the Vacation Watch program before heading off for the summer. Patrol deputies regularly check homes and notify residents if something is out of the ordinary, or if there has been an incident at the property. For more information and to sign up, visit QueenCreek.org/VacationWatch.
2018 Annual Water Quality Report- Coming Soon!
The Town of Queen Creek Water Division continually strives to provide a safe and reliable supply of high-quality drinking water, which meets or exceeds all standards for water quality monitoring requirements, set by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and State of Arizona drinking water health standards. The water quality is ensured through a series of chemical and bacteriological tests performed throughout the year. The Town of Queen Creek is proud to report that of the regulated substances tested, all were within allowable levels and no health-based violations were reported. Federal law requires that once a year suppliers of tap water make a report available to you about the quality of your tap water. The Town of Queen Creek is pleased to announce this report will be available online in English at QueenCreek.org/WaterQuality2018 and in Spanish at QueenCreek.org/WaterQuality2018Spanish by June 30. This report contains important information about the source and quality of your drinking water. To speak with someone about the Annual Water Quality Report or request a paper copy be mailed to your home, please call 480-358-3459 or email Nicole.Petker@QueenCreek.org.
What Fireworks Can I Use?
Consumer fireworks, including ground and hand-held sparkling devices, cylindrical fountains, illuminating torches, wheels, ground spinners, flitter sparklers, toy smoke devices, wire sparklers and dipped sticks, are legal to purchase and use within the Town of Queen Creek from June 24 - July 6. Consumer fireworks are only allowed on private property; individuals who use, discharge or ignite permissible consumer fireworks are responsible and liable for expenses as a result of any emergency response.
The United States Product Safety Commission provides the following fireworks safety tips.
• Adults should always supervise fireworks activities - sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals.
• Never have any portion of your body directly over a firework device when lighting, move back to a safe distance immediately after lighting and only light one at a time.
• Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully functioned.
• Never point or throw fireworks at people.
• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy.
• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
• Douse spent fireworks with plenty of water before discarding to prevent a trash fire.
Report the use of illegal fireworks such as bottle rockets, fire crackers, roman candles, or other aerial devices by contacting MCSO’s Non-Emergency number at 602-876-1011.
Prevent Hot Loads in Your Neighborhood
Some things shouldn't mix, specifically in your trash cart. Never place items such as hot ashes (wait for them to cool), motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene, paint, varnish, pesticides, pool chemicals, household chemicals, auto batteries, rechargeable NiCad or lithium batteries or liquid cooking oil into your trash or recycling cart. For paint and electronics, the Town offers recycling events throughout the year. You can also request a FREE voucher to take many of these items to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.
Saving water is easy when you follow these summer watering tips:
- Avoid watering when it's windy to prevent evaporation and water runoff.
- Set your irrigation controller to water after sunset or before sunrise.
- Turn your irrigation controller off during rainy weeks and take advantage of the rain water.
- Learn how much water your plants need.
- Text WHENTOWATER to 33222 to receive a text on the first of each month with a link to the month's watering guidelines.
Now Enrolling at QCUSD
Did you know the students of the Queen Creek Unified School District continue to score WELL ABOVE the state average in all areas of math and English language arts? Join our family today. Just visit any QCUSD school to enroll your child. School offices are open this summer and a registration packet can be found online for your convenience! School starts July 24.
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