June 27, 2014 • Newsletter

Events and Meetings

Valley Metro
Valley Metro held their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 19.

Meeting with CBRE
On Thursday, June 19, I met with Michelle Thompson of ADOT, Denise Garcia of Clarion Partners and Tori Nienaber of CB Richard Ellis regarding the concerns of Surprise Towne Center and Surprise Market Place regarding the impending Grand Avenue/Bell Road Corridor road construction project.  Some of their concerns included traffic pattern disruption, tenant impact and sales tax revenue.  There was assurance from the ADOT representative and myself that communication before and during construction will be a top priority.

56th Fighter Wing Change of Command Ceremony
On Friday, June 20, I was privileged to witness the Change of Command Ceremony at Luke Air Force Base.  Major General Michael A. Keltz explained the history and symbolism of the ceremony as it continues to announce to all the authority of the incoming commander in the finest of military traditions. Brigadier General Michael Rothstein is the outgoing Commander of the 56 Fighter Wing.  He was commissioned in 1988 as a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy.  An F-16 pilot with more than 2,500 hours, he has commanded at the squadron, group and wing levels.  Luke AFB is the second major wing he commanded.

Brigadier General Scott Pleus is the incoming Commander.  He received his commission in 1989 through the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  General Pleus is a command pilot with more than 2,300 flying hours including combat time.

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43rd Annual State Convention for Marine Corps.
The Marine Corps League – White Tank Mountain Detachment #1246 of Surprise hosted the 43rd Annual State Convention for Marine Corps on Saturday, June 21 at the Renaissance of Marriott Hotel in Glendale.  The City issued a Proclamation in honor of the event which I read as part of the welcome ceremony.  The City supports the commitment and dedication of the men and women who served and continues to serve our great nation and we are proud to recognize the 239 years of service provided by the US Marine Corps. Derek Stull was the recipient of the Marine Corps scholarship and he will be attending Dallas Baptist University this fall.

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Meet the Candidates
Bob Wingenroth hosted a Meet and Greet for 6 Community Development Director candidates in the Mayor’s Atrium of City Hall on Monday, June 23.  The top three candidates included Lloyd Abrams who is currently employed with the City of Surprise since 2000 as the GIS Division Manager, Derek Horn who is currently the President and Manager of Design and Development Solutions, LLC, and Rebecca Zook who is employed with the City of Peoria as the Deputy Director of Development.

Water Planning Subcommittee
The Water Planning Subcommittee met on Tuesday, June 24 to continue the development of the City’s policies related to water.  Prior to this meeting, the Subcommittee determined that six policies would be initially developed.  These policies are Water Conservation, Use of Reclaimed Water, Water Acquisition, Land Use Water Management, Funding and Infrastructure.

The second policy, Use of Reclaimed Water, was specifically discussed on Tuesday.  It establishes priorities for how the City will utilize the reclaimed water it generates through the wastewater treatment process.  Reclaimed water is a very important water resource that can be used to recharge the groundwater supply or offset groundwater usage.  The policy will provide the frame work for Council and staff to develop strategies that will maximize the benefits of reclaimed water.  The Use of Reclaimed Water Policy addresses five focus areas: Use Strategy, Program Planning, Development and Growth, Outreach and Education, and Regional Participation.  The policy is currently under review.  It is the Subcommittee’s intent to finalize a draft for City Council’s review and adoption during a Council Meeting in September.

 US-60/Grand Avenue COMPASS Meeting
Maricopa Association of Governments held a public hearing on Tuesday, June 24 at the Northwest Regional Library to discuss the US-60/Grand Avenue COMPASS Study.  The goals of COMPASS are to create an overall vision for the corridor while embracing the important regional function and unique character of the US-60/Grand Avenue; define the operational character of the corridor that will enhance economic development and improve traffic operations; establish an access management system providing efficient access to and from adjacent properties and develop guidelines for signage and landscaping.  The study area begins at the Route 303 traffic interchange in Surprise and ends at the Wiletta Street intersection in Phoenix.  One of the concepts includes a commuter rail that would feature 7 stations from Surprise to Phoenix and 10 improved traffic interchanges within the project area.

Veramonte Park Improvements Meeting
The Community Recreation Services Commission hosted a joint public input meeting with Veramonte HOA to discuss the Veramonte Park site developments, design plans and provide a Master Plan Update presentation.  The City Council approved approximately $948,000 in the FY 14/15 capital budget for facility improvements.  The proposed Phase II improvements conceptually include a restroom, parking lot for approximately 50 spaces, two ramadas, and softball and soccer field lighting.

Mark Your Calendars

Meet & Greet – New City Manager
There will have the opportunity to meet our new City Manager, Bob Wingenroth, on Wednesday, July 2 at the Links Neighborhood Grill (17300 N. Sun Village Parkway) in Sun Village from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  Please join me in congratulating Mr. Wingenroth in his new role and wish him the best of luck!  We hope to see you there.

Did You Know?

City Hall Hours of Operation

New City Hours

Newsletter Update
Since the City Council is on break in July, you will not be receiving a newsletter until August 8th.  Please note that my webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov will be updated with any news from now until then.

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Vice Mayor Skip Hall
Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

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June 20, 2014 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting

City Council Meeting
The City Council met for a regularly scheduled City Council Work Session and City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 17. I have included some of the highlights below:

Judge Robert Miles (Supreme Court) and Kelly Schwab (Maricopa County Bar Association) were reappointed to the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission with a term expiration of July 1, 2018. Christopher Herring was also appointed to fill a vacancy on the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission with a term expiration of July 1, 2018. Tyson Gage was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Personnel Appeals Board with a term expiration of July 1, 2015; John C. Hart was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Building and Construction Review Board with a term expiration of July 1, 2016, and Gabriel Rivas was appointed to fill a vacancy for the Tourism Advisory Commission to represent the restaurant position with a term expiration of July 1, 2015.

A utility rate study was performed and presented to the City Council earlier this year during a Council Meeting. Part of the utility rate study included a ten year forecast that evaluates the efficiencies of current rates on a self-supporting basis. A public hearing was held to adopt the proposed rates. The new rates will go into effect on August 1.

Events and Meetings

Surprise Entrepreneurial Boot Camp
The Surprise Youth Entrepreneurial Boot Camp wrapped-up on Friday, June 13th at the AZ TechCelerator.  Four teams presented their business plans to a team of judges including Councilman Todd Tande, Michael Gillete, an attorney with Gammage and Burnham, Shannon Engle with Wells Fargo and myself.  I was able to announce the winners later that evening at an awards ceremony.  The winning team was Bull Dog Lock-up.  Bull Dog Lock-up will provide storage for the students of Arizona Charter Academy via locker rental; in doing so, they will provide a secure place for students to store their athletic and school items.  Students at Arizona Charter Academy do not have lockers.  The winning team members of Jevonne Richard, Willie Douglas, Chris McGrier and Yazmin Padilla received $2,000 to help start their business.  This money was donated from a variety of businesses in Surprise.

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Bull Dog Lock-up Winners with Mayor
Bull Dog Lock-up Winners with Mayor
All the teams did a fantastic job of researching and creating viable business plans.  We are very proud of each and every one of them for their enthusiasm and hard work!

Rules Subcommittee Meeting
The Rules Subcommittee met on Monday, June 16 to review and discuss the City Council Policy and Procedures Manual draft.  Items of discussion included the use of staff, parliamentary procedures and rules of public comment.  Direction was given to staff to finalize the Manual and distribute to Council for discussion at an upcoming City Council meeting in August.

Surprise Police Promotion Ceremony
The Surprise Police Department hosted a Promotion Ceremony on Tuesday, June 17 in the Police Department Briefing Room.  Officer Evan Becher, who was hired in September of 2007, was promoted to Sergeant; Sergeant Bert Anzini, who was hired in March of 2005, was promoted to Lieutenant; and Commander Terry Young, who was hired in November of 2010, was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police.  It was a privilege to witness the promotions of some of our finest!  Congratulations to each of them!

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From left to right: Sgt. Becher, Chief Frazier, Vice Mayor Hall, Mayor Wolcott, Asst. Chief Young
City Manager Wingenroth, Councilwoman Villanueva, Councilman Williams and Lt. Anzini
Community Recreation Services Commission Public Hearing
The Community Recreation Services Commission hosted a public hearing on Wednesday, June 18 at Willow Canyon High School to discuss the Surprise Farms upgrades. The City Council approved approximately $1.68 million in the FY14/15 capital budget for facility improvements specifically at Surprise Farms.  The proposed improvements conceptually include restrooms, basketball courts, drinking fountains, paved and lighted parking lots, a dog park, a skate park and much more.  The meeting was very well attended with well over 100 residents.  The Parks and Recreation Board along with Mark Coronado, Director of Community Recreation Services were there to answer questions and hear input from the residents.

Mark Your Calendars

Meet Our Community Development Director Candidates
You can have an opportunity to meet our six Community Development Director Candidates on Monday, June 23  in the Mayor’s Atrium of City Hall from 6 – 7 pm.  Please join us and welcome our candidates to Surprise.

Cell Phones for Soldiers Mission
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce is working to collect as many cell phones prior to the Fourth of July in efforts to send them overseas to our soldiers. Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active-duty military members and veterans.  Since 2004, the organization has provided more than 204 million minutes of free talk time and mails approximately 7,500 calling cards each week. If you have any extra cell phones that you would like to donate, please drop off the phones at the Chamber at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Northwest Regional Library
The Northwest Regional Library, located at 16089 N. Bullard Avenue, will be closed on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 for equipment Installation.  Customers can still pick up their holds in the City Room off the lobby using the south entrance from 9 am until 5 pm both days.

Did You Know?

City Hall Hours of Operation
Beginning Monday, June 30, City Hall will be open five days a week from 8 am until 5 pm to better accommodate our residents and businesses!

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Vice Mayor Skip Hall
Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

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