Keeping Oro Valley Beautiful: Citizen Reporting
Published on March 23, 2022
By: Lindsay Kerr, Public Information Officer for the Town of Oro Valley
Those who live and recreate in Oro Valley know how refreshing springtime is. The cooler mornings and evenings with warmer afternoons create pleasant conditions to walk, run or bike along the multi-use paths, play with your pets at the park, tee up at a local golf course, or take a drive around town to visit your favorite restaurants and shops. Town staff takes great pride in maintaining our roads, sidewalks, trails and parks; it’s one of the many things that make Oro Valley a community of excellence. That’s why coming across the occasional dog waste, overgrown brush, litter or potholes can be distracting. Not only are each of these unpleasant to the eye, but they can also create safety hazards. Dog waste can contain harmful organisms that can be transmitted to other pets or people, and overgrown brush can obscure traffic, creating unsafe driving conditions.
Oro Valley staff works around the clock to address these types of issues in a timely and thorough manner. Sometimes those issues are quickly addressed because a citizen took the time to let us know they had a concern. We would greatly appreciate your ongoing assistance in being the eyes and ears of our community.
If you see something that needs to be addressed, let the Town of Oro Valley know! Citizens can report issues year-round. The reporting process is simple. Just go to orovalleyaz.gov and click on the blue button that says “Report an issue.” From there, scroll down to view the various reporting options, depending on the nature of your concern, such as reporting a spill, a code violation, a safety concern, debris in a wash, or anything else you would like to bring to the Town’s attention. Please make sure you have the specific location of the issue (address or cross streets), and pictures of the problem (if possible). The issue will be reviewed by Town staff and a determination will be made. Although the website is the most efficient way to report an issue, you can also notify us by phone, email or in-person.
Even though staff does a great job staying on top of things, we can all do our part to help keep Oro Valley beautiful. One way to do that is by picking up after your dog. While it’s uncommon to enforce, did you know that failing to remove animal waste can be a civil infraction according to Town Code? Picking up dog waste isn’t just a common courtesy to our neighbors, it’s the healthy and responsible thing to do. Another way to keep Oro Valley beautiful is to make sure you properly dispose of trash. There are trash cans at all of Oro Valley’s parks and along the multi-use paths for your convenience.
Reporting an issue directly to the Town, as well as picking up after yourself and your pooch all fall under things we can do as individuals, but there are more ways to volunteer with the Keep OV Beautiful program. The Town of Oro Valley offers single-day volunteer clean-up events designed to accommodate large or small groups. For individuals and families looking for a long-term clean-up commitment, consider Adopting-A-Road or Trail. The Adopt-A-Programs allow volunteers to pick a stretch of road or trail to clean for two years. Learn more about the Keep OV Beautiful program by visiting orovalleyaz.gov and type KEEP OV BEAUTIFUL in the search bar.
The Town’s motto is “It’s in our nature,” and that rings true when citizens take the time to report issues or pick up trash and pet waste, keeping Oro Valley the community of excellence that it is. No matter the season, it’s in our nature to keep Oro Valley beautiful.