City Council Work Session
Surprise Fiesta Grande
Mark Coronado, Director of Community & Recreation Services, provided City Council with an overview of Surprise Fiesta Grande. Surprise Fiesta Grande will be a street-style festival at Grand Avenue and Hollyhock Street on Saturday, October 4th from 12 noon until 9 p.m. Admission will be free. There will be live music including Barrio Latino, Mariachi Cervantes, Ballet Municipal De Danza (from Nogales) and much more. The event will feature a classic car show along Sante Fe, a kid zone with piñatas and interactive games, authentic Mexican food, festive beverages, chalk art, a 3 on 3 youth basketball tournament, an adult softball tournament and dancing.
City Council Meeting
Capitol Scholar Program
Students from Imagine Prep and Arizona Charter Academy who participated in the Capitol Scholar Program were recognized in addition to the two teachers who implemented the program, Alexa Pupo from Imagine Prep and Minnette Klenner from Arizona Charter Academy. The Capitol Scholar Program was developed based on an idea from Rep. Rick Gray. He shared his idea with school representatives and the Capitol Scholar Program was born. The purpose of the program was to teach the state legislation process. City Hall hosted the Program workshops which began in April. The workshops included discussions on writing, research, transforming bills into ideas, debating and public speaking to name a few. The student will travel to the State Capitol on September 26th to present the bills they created and to participate in a mock legislative session. Congratulations to Imagine Prep and Arizona Charter Academy as well as the student participants for their involvement with this extraordinary opportunity!
Richard Jessen was appointed to serve on the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission with a term expiration of July 1, 2018. Kenneth Broadfoot was appointed to serve on the Public Safety Retirement Board with a term expiration of December 1, 2016. Mary Melby was appointed to the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission with a term expiration of July 1, 2015. Both Mr. Jessen and Mr. Broadfoot received the Oath of Office at the meeting. City Council is very grateful for our volunteers. We can’t do it without you. Thank you!
Surprise Village Marketplace East
The final plat for Surprise Village Marketplace East was unanimously approved (Resolution No. 2014-90). The plat, located at the southwest corner of Bell Road and Sarival Avenue, consists of 6 parcels which will include a 300-unit senior housing complex known as Fellowship Square Sopressa. There will be two entrances to the facilities. One entrance will be located next to Sam’s Club in the Surprise Village Marketplace and the second entrance will be located on Sarival.
Celebrity Flag Football Event
Surprise will once again host the NFL Celebrity Flag Football Game on January 31st, 2015 from approximately 12 noon until 5 pm at Surprise Stadium! This event will take place the weekend before the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
City Council unanimously approved $50,000 in tourism funds to utilize towards transforming the baseball field into a flag football field and installing temporary bleachers in right field. Participating players will be announced closer to the event date. There will be several promotional opportunities for the City since the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports. Additional promotional opportunities include, but are not limited to, ads in Sports Illustrated and national media coverage. The first Celebrity Flag Football event took place in 2008 when the Super Bowl was last held in Arizona.
City Council considered and approved the Employment Contracts for Bob Wingenroth, City Manager, Misty Leslie, City Attorney and Sherry Aguillar, City Clerk. All contracts were unanimously approved.
Over the last few months, Bob Wingenroth, City Manager, has been implementing a plan to build a City team that focuses on the City Council’s vision; foremost in economic development and job creation. Three new positions were requested that include a Community Development Director and two Economic Development Coordinators. Since these organizational changes were not included in the adopted FY2015 budget, a budget amendment was requested and unanimously approved. There was not an increase to the budget but funds will be transferred to accommodate these needs.
Events & Meetings
Surprise Police Department hosted retirement ceremonies honoring Officer Doug Lynch and Officer Tim Murel. Officer Lynch joined the Surprise Police Department in January 2005 as a Dispatcher and he became an Officer in the Field Operations Division in February 2006. Prior to his retirement, Officer Lynch was a part of the Crime Prevention Unit and was also well-known for serving as “McGruff” at many community events. Officer Murel joined the Department in July 1996 and served many years as a motor officer and traffic accident reconstructionist. Both Officers retired effective August 28th, 2014.
Surprise Citizen Corps Council
Following the tragic events that occurred on September 11th, 2001, state and local government officials have increased opportunities for citizens to become an integral part of protecting the homeland and supporting first responders. Everyone agrees that the formula for ensuring a more secure and safer homeland consists of preparedness, training and citizen involvement. In 2002, President Bush launched the Citizen Corps, to capture the spirit of service that emerged throughout our nation following 9/11.
On August 28th, I met with Fire Chief Abbott, Police Chief Frazier, Assistant Police Chief Young, Commander Leggett and Fire Captain Hamblin to further discuss the Surprise Citizen’s Corp Council, the Council’s infrastructure, and the purpose and responsibilities of the Council. We will continue to meet once a month. Our next meeting will be held on September 22nd.
Water Planning Subcommittee
The Water Planning Subcommittee met on Thursday, August 28th. Terry Lowe, Assistant Public Works Director, addressed items from a previous meeting which included recirculation pumps and the possible use of reclaimed water at the Coyote Lakes Golf Course. Christine Nunez discussed Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). Christine will work with Paul Bernardo, the City’s new Youth Services Administrator, to discuss further.
The Subcommittee discussed the development and schedule of the water policies. The Water Conversation Policy is currently under legal review; the Use of Reclaimed Water Policy is currently under review by the Water Planning Subcommittee. The Water Acquisition Policy is currently underway and plans will be reviewed by the Subcommittee next month. The Land Use Water Management Policy will be divided into multiple components. The Subcommittee will be prepared to present the Reclaimed Water and Water Conservation Policies to the entire City Council at the end of the year.
I was asked to introduce a government-based learning activity to a fifth grade class at Calibre Academy on Wednesday, September 3rd. Students will examine and evaluate the purposes of government in relationship to the rights, responsibilities, privileges and duties of American citizens. From there, the students will develop a multimedia presentation to share their findings and compare their findings with the same facts from three other countries. Quite an impressive project for this age group and I am honored to be part of it!