April 24, 2015 • Newsletter

Council Work Session


Department of Human Service and Community Vitality
Department of Human Service and Community Vitality Director Michael Celaya briefed the Council on the growth of the new department, the programs and services currently provided and possible expansion of the department’s services.

Surprise Transportation Plan
Martin Lucero, Transportation Planning Manager, provided a presentation on the Surprise Transportation Plan.  This plan includes a speed limit map, street network map, truck route map and pedestrian map.  As of now, no official citywide speed limit designation has been made.  Mr. Lucero would like to create a five-tiered speed limit map for the City that would be based on roadway classification and engineering design standards.  As future roadways are built, the speed limits would be automatically set through the normal development process.  Changes could still be made through policy changes or Engineering and Corridor Studies.

Mr. Lucero requested City Council consider the creation of a new corridor, along Bullard Avenue, that electric vehicles can legally travel.   State law currently states they can travel on any road less than 35 mph.  This change would create a new electric vehicle and bicycle lane.  Staff would mitigate hazards with signs, access and parking restrictions.

City Council Meeting


Boys & Girls Club of Surprise Mike Boyle, Chair of the Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee provided an overview on the Boys & Girls Club of America and introduced the new Boys & Girls Club of Surprise logo that was recently approved by the Club’s national headquarters.  In 1989, the Surprise City Council began initial discussions for establishing a Club in the City.  Although there has been discussion for nearly 25 years, it was not until the current Council voted, in 2014, to set aside $2 million in the FY2015 General Capital Fund to build a Club facility that something transpired.  Shortly after that action, the Boys and Girls Club of Surprise Steering Committee was formed.  The Committee representatives include local community and business leaders working together, utilizing their expertise and valuable time, to establish the Club.

The City Council approved authorization of the expenditure of the funds designated in the FY2015 budget for the Boys & Girls Club to the Arizona Community Foundation revenue fund, opened on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Surprise Steering Committee, for future operating costs associated with the Boys & Girls Club of Surprise.

The City Council did move to delay any action identifying the Roy Villanueva Community and Recreation Complex as the proposed location for the Club until the entire City Council reviews additional data provided in the past.

City Manager’s FY2016 Recommended Budget
City Council received the $294.7 million FY2016 City Manager Recommended Budget on Tuesday night which was crafted to address immediate operational needs, continue service increases and to further prepare for the future. The recommended budget includes funding for pavement preservation, maintaining mid-year Dial-A-Ride service expansion, a mid-decade census, 18 new full-time positions (including Public Safety, Utility Operations and general government operations), Surprise Regional Library operations as required by a previous agreement with the County, continuation of Express Route 571, and vehicle and asset replacement.  Furthermore, it also includes policy recommendations to increase fund balance reserves.  As a result, the General Fund balance reserve will increase by over 15% from the prior fiscal year to $17 million.

Regulation of Donation Bins
A zoning text amendment (FS15-013) for the regulation of donation bins within the City was unanimously approved.  This amendment will require facilities to register the donation bins with a Temporary Use Permit that would require an annual application and notarized signature of the property owner.  The bins are limited to Commercial, Business Park, Industrial and Public Facility Zoning Districts.

The text amendment also regulates the location, size, maintenance and identification of the bins.  The quantity and grouping of these bins will also be restricted.  These parameters are determined by the size of the property or commercial center.  In no case will groupings of greater than 2 donations bins be allowed or located within 1,000 feet of other bins or groupings.

Major General Plan Amendment-General Plan Elements Update
In lieu of the development of Village Plans, a holistic approach to developing a “One Surprise,” while respecting the City’s unique character areas, is being developed. Staff recommended an update to elements of General Plan 2035, including Land Use, Growth, Roadway Systems, Economic Development, Housing and Implementation.  After initial public input was received, comments and baseline data were presented at a joint meeting with the City Council and Planning & Zoning Commission in February 2015.  Based on that input and the input from stakeholders, alternative concepts for updating the Land Use Element of the General Plan were prepared.

Two approaches were discussed; the Character Approach and the Conventional Approach.  The “Character Area” approach is an integration of land use concepts and built form when determining a common vision of development and land use pattern.  With fewer land use categories, this approach utilizes planning concepts that depend on form and function.  This approach could have more flexibility in determining the intent of an area or development proposal.

The “Conventional Area” approach utilizes a more familiar and traditional land use map with corresponding policy, which would allow better coordination and compatibility with adjacent municipality land uses.  This approach is more intuitive and requires less education to implement.

Events & Meetings


Surprise Police Appreciation Bonanza
I attended the Police Appreciation Bonanza on Friday, April 17 at the Surprise Stadium.  This event honored and recognized our Police Department staff.  Awards were given to Officer Robert Mulligan (Rookie of the Year), Officer Matthew Barker (Officer of the Year), Detective Juan Diaz (Detective of the Year), Sergeant Mark Filler (Supervisor of the Year), Training Coordinator Kim Davies (Civilian of the Year), Victim Advocate Barbara Jones (Volunteer of the Year), Jim Gearns (Citizens Patrol Recognition) and Sergeant Mike Ferrara (35 Years of Service).  Please join me in congratulating and thanking the aforementioned employees for their exemplary hard work and dedication to our City.

WHAM Art Recycle Arts & Youth Festival
On Saturday, April 18, I attended the WHAM Recycle Arts & Youth Festival.  The morning was very busy with families and local kids enjoying art activities.  WHAM estimates that approximately 2,400 people attended the event.
Models from the WHAM Recycle Arts Fashion Show

WHAM Recycled Art
Models from the WHAM Recycle Arts Fashion Show

 

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce held their monthly breakfast on Tuesday, April 21.  Nate Nathan, founder of Nathan & Associates, was the key-note speaker.  Nathan & Associates focuses on brokering land acquisitions for master-planned communities, commercial, retail and multi-family deals throughout the Valley.  Mr. Nathan believes the future of the West Valley is bright!  The population for Maricopa County is expected to increase by 1 million within the next 10 years with much of the growth expected to head towards the West Valley.

Chamber Breakfast Speaker Nathanson

Mountain Vista Ranch Well Celebration
Councilman Roland Winters, Councilman Todd Tande and I, along with staff from the Department of Water Resource Management, celebrated the completion of the Mountain Vista Ranch Well on Tuesday, April 21.  A big thank you to Director Terry Lowe, Water Manager Lee Lambert and Senior Project Manager Michael Boule for their incredible work seeing this residential well through to successful completion.

Councilmember Winters and I with the construction crew
Councilmember Winters and I with the construction crew
Mountain Vista Ranch Well
Mountain Vista Ranch Well
Getting Ready to hit the button to start the well with Kevin Larson
Getting Ready to hit the button to start the well with Kevin Larson

Did You Know?


Surprise City Hall to host Job Fair
Six companies will be recruiting for open positions on Friday, May 8 at Surprise City Hall (16000 N. Civic Center Plaza).  The companies participating in the job fair include Cobalt Medical Development (Surprise location will open in late 2015), Empereon Marketing, Gestamp Solar, Intrepid Tools, Rio Glass Solar and Winco.  The job fair will take place from 8 am until 12 noon in the Mayor’s Atrium.

For more information, please contact Economic Development Coordinator Julie Neal at 623.222.3322.

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Google-acquired AZ TechCelerator client recognized

During the April 21 City Council Meeting, City Manager Bob Wingenroth and the Surprise City Council recognized Athena Wireless, the city’s first AZ Techcelerator client, for its success! The company, which develops high capacity wireless connectivity systems, was acquired by Google Inc. this year.

Athena Wireless with Mayor and Council
Athena Wireless with Mayor and Council

Council receives FY16 City Manager Recommended Budget

City Council received the $294.7 million Fiscal Year 2016 City Manager Recommended Budget, Tuesday night, which was crafted to shore up immediate operational needs, continue service increases and prepare for the future.

 

The recommended budget includes funding for the following:

 

  • Pavement Preservation
  • Maintaining mid-year Dial-A-Ride service expansion
  • Mid-decade census
  • 18 new full time positions (Public Safety, Utility Operations, general government operations)
  • Surprise Regional Library operations (as required by previous agreement with the county)
  • Continues Express Route 571
  • Vehicle replacement
  • Asset replacement

 

It also includes policy recommendations to increase fund balance reserves. As a result, the General Fund balance reserve will increase by over 14% from the prior fiscal year to $17 million.

 

“The budget focuses on shoring up operational areas in need; pursuing higher levels of maintenance and replacement of vehicles, equipment and buildings; and continuing the service level increases and capital improvement plans outlined by City Council over the last fiscal year,” says City Manager Bob Wingenroth.

 

Council is scheduled to take action on a tentative budget May 5, with a final budget vote on June 2.  FY16 begins on July 1, 2015.

The complete FY16 City Manager Recommended Budget is available on the homepage of www.surpriseaz.gov.

Mountain Vista Ranch Well Completion

Councilman Hall attended a celebration on April 21 that marked the completion of Mountain Vista Ranch Well #2 in District 5. During the event, he thanked everyone who worked on the project and had the honor of pushing a button to turn the well on remotely.

April 17, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings


Ice Cream Social
City staff was treated to an ice cream social which included an awards presentation by City Manager Bob Wingenroth. Mr. Wingenroth honored stand-out employees in several categories including Peer-to-Peer, the City Manager’s Service Award, and the City Manager’s Excellence Award.

Ms. Andrea Villagomez, Finance Department, received the Peer-to-Peer Award for being recognized by her peers for going above and beyond in her duties as an Accounting Technician and David Kohlbeck, Public Works, received the City Manager’s Service Award for his diligent work to help get an alternate bus route implemented by Valley Metro after residents expressed their needs for it.  Lastly, the City Manager’s Excellence Award was received by Police Officers Raymond Johnson, Antonio Martinez and Jason Lewis, Fire Captains Matt Clarke and Wade Rodgers, Fire Engineers Nathan Perkins and Tracy Wright, and Firefighters Ronnie Newman, Michael Naehrbass, Arthur Casillas and David Heiselman.  These Public Safety heroes responded to a call on January 2 where a tractor had overturned in a water-filled ditch and a man was trapped inside the completely submerged vehicle. They were persistent in their efforts to free him, despite difficult circumstances while placing the needs of the victim high above their own.

Andrea Villagomez
City Manager with Andrea Villagomez
David Kohlbeck
City Manager with David Kohlbeck

 

City Managers Excellence Award winning Public Safety crew
City Managers Excellence Award winning Public Safety crew

 

Spring Fling @ Kingswood Parke
Kingswood Parke HOA hosted a spring fling on Saturday, April 11. The festivities included free bouncy rides, train rides, face painting, barbeque food and a concert by ABBA FAB. The event was well attended and a good time was had by all!

Spring Fling Kingswood 2015ABBA FAB cover band

Kingswood Parke HOA event

Veteran Initiatives Meeting
Mayor Wolcott and I met with City Manager Bob Wingenroth and Department of Human Service and Community Vitality Director Michael Celaya to discuss the City’s overall approach and strategy to introduce Veteran’s initiatives.

2015 Arizona Youth of the Year Legislative Breakfast
I attended the 2015 Arizona Youth of the Year legislative breakfast with Councilman Todd Tande on Tuesday, April 14. Nine finalists for the 2105 Arizona Youth of the Year award were introduced. Finalists and guests were recognized by Governor Doug Ducey and Attorney General Mark Brnovich.  Several other State Legislators and local elected officials also attended.

Ms. Goel Ellis, 18, is an 11 year member from the Boys & Girls Club of Tucson.  She began her Club journey at the age of 7 and later became President of the Junior Leader program.  Even while dealing with two parents at home, both fighting serious illnesses, Goel remained committed to active leadership in the club’s programs.  Goel has excelled academically, completing her coursework at Southern Arizona Community Academy seven months prior to her expected graduation date.  She plans on attending the University of Arizona as she looks toward a degree in public administration.

WESTMARC Economic Development Summit
WESTMARC held their West Valley 2015 Economic Development Summit – Beyond Shovel Ready, at the Wigwam Resort on Thursday, April 16. The focus of the Summit was mainly the site selection process. The City of Surprise Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover was the moderator on the site selection process panel with Kevin Sullivan, Senior Vice President of the Arizona Commerce Authority and Chris Camacho, President & CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Mr. Hoover was also moderator for the site selection factors & project example panel with Mr. Valentin Hernandez, VP of Business Attraction at Arizona Commerce Authority and Chris Petroff, Senior VP of Business Development with Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Kristen Stephenson, Economic Development Administrator with the City of Glendale and Mike Hoover also spoke about site selector tool called, West Valley PRO. This searchable tool would integrate census data and U.S. Department of Labor stats, broken down by occupation, which is quantitative data needed by companies looking to locate in Surprise or the West Valley in general.

WESTMARC ED Summit Panelists, including City of Surprise Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover
WESTMARC ED Summit Panelists, including City of Surprise Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover

 

Did You Know?


Surprise Police Launch “Hot Cars Can Kill” Campaign
The Surprise Police Department has launched a “Hot Cars Can Kill” campaign to help remind residents of the deadly dangers of leaving kids and pets in the car. According to the National Highway Safety Association, heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. Sadly, 606 children died due to heatstroke between the years of 1998-2013.  Of the 606 deaths, 52% were forgotten in vehicles.

Your Input is Requested
Residents can now provide online input regarding potential capital improvement projects that are currently under review by the City’s Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee. This Committee is charged, in part, with determining which projects should be included if the City considers a future bond initiative as a funding source. They have asked for you to get involved by sharing your thoughts on what matters most to you.

This Committee is looking at potential project lists during this process. You can review the same lists online at www.surpriseaz.gov/cife and provide comments. All comments will be shared by the Committee. Additionally, please feel free to attend the meetings or watch them live on Surprise 11 or at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprise11. Future meeting dates will be posted on the City’s online calendar.

Surprise MVD Office – Temporarily Closed
As a friendly reminder, the Surprise MVD office has been temporarily closed for interior renovation. The office is anticipated to reopen this summer with nearly three times the interior capacity, therefore tripling the customer waiting area capacity and offering customers more efficient and comfortable service at the office. A self-serve kiosk has been placed in the Surprise City Court building, which will be able to a selection of MVD services. To learn more, visit http://bit.ly/1MAYM9k.

Grand Avenue Restrictions Saturday due to Construction
Grand Avenue (US 60) will be narrowed to one lane in both directions between Loop 303 and 163rd Avenue in Surprise from 3 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 18. Please allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes.

Volunteers for Clean-Up Event
The City is recruiting volunteers to help with a park clean-up event on Saturday, May 2 from 7:30 am until 12 noon. Volunteers will help with trash pick-up and general landscaping at Lizard Run Park which is located directly adjacent to Bicentennial Park, 16705 N. Nash Street.

Registration is not required for this event. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Nash Street entrance of Bicentennial Park, under the ramadas. Gardening tools and gloves will be provided, although in limited quantities, so please feel free to bring your own and help if you can. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to the volunteers.

For more information, please contact Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239.

Mark Your Calendars


Surprise Swap Meet
The Surprise Swap Meet is this Saturday, April 18 from 8 am until 1 pm at the Surprise Aquatic Center Parking Lot!

2015 Recycle Arts & Youth Festival
WHAM Art Association is hosting the second annual Recycle Arts and Youth Festival on Saturday, April 18 from 10 am until 7 pm.  The day’s events include a teen skateboard painting project and the Eco Chic Fashion Show, a creative display that underscores the importance and possibilities of working with reusable material.  Additionally, there will be a recycled art exhibit, food vendors and much more.  The event will be held at WHAM, 16560 N. Dysart Road.

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April 10, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session


Community Development Block Grant Update
The City of Surprise receives a yearly allotment of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City has the ability to designate up to 85% of the grant award to fund-eligible administrative, housing and public improvement services with the intent of serving low to moderate income residents.

The Consolidated Plan is mandated, per the grant guidelines, by HUD.  This identifies funding for CDBG and other programs. It includes a five year strategic plan consisting of priorities and needs. We will be entering year one of the plan (Annual Action Plan 2015-16) beginning July 1st with our new fiscal year. The Annual Action Plan will contain specific projects. To qualify, 51% of the residents in the area must be in the low to moderate income brackets. The only area in Surprise that qualifies based on this requirement is the Original Town Site (OTS).

Last fall, surveys were conducted and those survey findings were shared with the Planning & Zoning Commission in December 2014. Priorities included youth/senior/veteran services, recreation programs, improved lighting, neighborhood clean-up and job training. Non-profit organization applications to receive funding were due in January 2015 and Planning & Zoning Commission hearings were held in February and March 2015. With City Council’s approval, the recommendations will be submitted to HUD by May 15, 2015.

Public Service Awardee recommendations included summer youth employment ($16,897), ABIL- Arizona Bridge to Independent Living ($15,580), Arizona Charter Academy ($12,539), St. Mary’s Food Bank ($11,480), Benevilla ($10,000), Tumble Weed ($8,200), Central AZ Shelter Services ($5,000) and Aid to Adoption of Special Kids ($3,000).

Water Funding Policy
Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe presented the fourth strategic water policy, the Water Funding Policy, for review and comment. This policy brings together the first three policies, focusing the City’s position on how Surprise will invest in its water future. This specific policy identifies the different investments the City will make in water, including the expansion of its CAP allocations, the acquisition of physical water and water systems, and the purchasing of water credits. The policy then identifies who the benefiting parties of these investments are, such as Surprise residents as a whole or the Surprise water service area customers. Furthermore, the policy identifies possible funding options that would be the best match for the City to utilize in order to acquire these investments given the benefited areas. All four strategic water policies (Conservation, Use of Reclaimed, Acquisition, and Funding) will be brought before the Surprise City Council for approval at the City Council meeting scheduled for May 6.

Zoning Text Amendment – Donation Bins
Due to citizen concerns about the increasing number of donation bins located within the City and the lack of any regulations concerning said bins, City staff proposed a zoning text amendment to regulate bins for the entire City. The proposed amendment will allow for regulations. This amendment will require these facilities to register the bins with Temporary Use Permits (TUP) that would require a notarized signature of the property owner or designated representative and it would have to be applied for annually.  The bins are limited to commercial, business park, industrial, and public facility zoning districts. The amendment would also regulate the location, size, maintenance, and identification of the bins. These parameters are determined by the size of the property or commercial center. A Citizen Review Meeting has been held.  Council will vote on the amendment at the next Council meeting.

FY2016 Budget Discussion
The fiscal year 2016 budget process continued with an update of ongoing revenues and expenses, and discussion on budget recommendations regarding staffing, asset and vehicle replacement, pavement preservation, and fund balance reserve policy.  While the ongoing surplus estimate for FY2015 of $3.5 million remains unchanged from previous discussions, the projected ongoing surplus for FY2016 increased by $0.5 million to $1.3 million.

A plan was discussed to utilize this surplus to maintain transit and library services as well as shore up public safety and other general government services. There was also discussion about increasing funding levels to maintain the City’s infrastructure.  Vehicle replacement funding will nearly double to $1.9 million; critical maintenance and replacement needs across City facilities will be funded at $1.7 million, and pavement preservation funding will increase 50% to $3.0 million. A plan to increase the fund balance reserve by $1.2 million was also discussed. Much of this serves as a sneak preview of the Recommended Budget that will be presented by the City manager at the City Council Meeting on April 21.

City Council Meeting


Surprise Literacy Challenge Awards
On behalf of Vice Mayor John Williams and I, I was able to acknowledge the 4th and 5th grade winning classes of the Surprise Literacy Challenge at the Council Meeting. The top overall 4th grade classroom from Rancho Gabriela Elementary School, taught by Mrs. Wendy Housari, received their trophy as well as the top overall 5th grade class from Parkview Elementary School, taught by Ms. Marcia Guest. Congratulations!

4th grade winners
4th grade winners
5th grade winners
5th grade winners

 

Communiversity Update
Greg Pereira, Director at the Communiversity at Surprise and the Lifelong Learning Center at Rio Salado College, provided an update on the Communiversity. The Communiversity consists of six academic partners including the Glendale Community College, Northern Arizona University, Phoenix College, Ottawa University, The College of St. Scholastica and Rio Salado College. Over 130 courses are provided each year. Over 5,000 students have been served since 2009. The Communiversity offers certificate programs as well as Associate to Master’s Degrees.

AZ TechCelerator
The City Council approved a $500,000 renovation for the AZ TechCelerator which will help enhance the space, allow for the creation of two business programs and attract a new pipeline of start-up innovation companies. Renovation funding will come from the operating contingency within the general fund.

Since its launch in 2010, the TechCelerator has occupied the former City Hall space on Bell Road. The four campus building, owned and operated by the City, has been successful in providing innovative start-up companies with affordable space, tools and resources needed to grow their businesses. Following the upgrades, the Economic Development team will launch two new start-up business programs at this campus. The first program, Beehive, will provide home-based businesses the opportunity to operate in a professional setting for a low monthly cost. The second initiative is a soft-landing program for international businesses that would also offer affordable office space, as well as assistance navigating issues like international patents, work visas and other issues that are unique to foreign companies.

Mid-Decade Census
The City of Surprise receives approximately $36 million annually in state shared revenues. This revenue is distributed to all cities in Arizona based on population which is set based on the federal census that is completed every decade. Cities have the option to update the population with a mid-decade census that is completed by the Census Bureau and paid for by each individual city. Five cities, Buckeye, Gilbert, Goodyear, Peoria, and Queen Creek, have entered into agreements with the Census Bureau to undertake a mid-decade census on their behalf. A sixth city, Chandler, has also expressed interest in completing a mid-decade census. The City would stand to lose approximately $0.7 million per year of its portion of state shared revenues if these six cities were to complete a mid-decade census without Surprise.  If Surprise were to join these cities, its portion of state shared revenues would increase by $1.1 million per year, a net difference of $1.8 million. The results of the mid-decade census would be in effect for 5 years for a total net impact of $9.0 million. The City has received an estimate from the Census Bureau that it will cost $2.7 million to complete a mid-decade census.  That investment would be re-paid in 1.5 years and result in a total net gain of $6.3 million over a five year period. For these reasons, the City of Surprise will be going forward with a mid-decade census that is set to begin on October 1st of the calendar year.

Zoning Text Amendment pertaining to Assisted Living Facilities
Planner II Robert Kuhfuss requested Council approval on the proposed Zoning Text Amendment pertaining to Assisted living Facility (ORD 2015-07). After much review of the industry standards and the HOA Concerns expressed through the stakeholder process, he reiterated the Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendations to delete the 120-day rule and other questions posed by City Council during a past work session. The Council unanimously voted to approve the amendment.

Events & Meetings


Surprise Citizen Corp
On April 2, I attended the newly revised Surprise Citizens Corps Council (SCCC).  CJ Anderson, who has 37 years of risk management experience, attended the meeting and spoke to the SCCC to provide guidance on how to establish goals for the coming year so the SCCC can actively offer disaster preparedness programs to benefit the community. She is currently the President of the Arizona Regional Citizens Corp and President/CEO of Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry Disaster Service, and she has offered to help guide the SCCC as we move forward toward initiating our own City organization.

The SCCC is looking for active community volunteers who want to help work with government organizations like FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) and ready.gov which offers emergency preparedness guidance from the US Department of Homeland Security. For more information, please contact Fire Captain Renee Hamblin at 623.222.5000.

CRS Spring Eggstravaganza
The Annual Spring Eggstravaganza this year was another fantastic success thanks to the efforts of the families that attended, the volunteers that helped and our wonderful team of employees at CRS. Community and Recreation Services Director Mark Coronado estimates there were over 14,000 people in attendance. The Easter egg hunters were treated to 250 pounds of eggs and candy. The event was held on Saturday, April 4. It is always a pleasure to attend.

Eggstravaganza 2015

Service Anniversary
Linda Rodriguez, Surprise City Court Administrator, celebrated her 25 years of service with the City on Tuesday, April 7. Congratulations, Linda, for all you’ve done and all you continue to do for our City!

Linda Rodriguez with Judge Louis Dominguez
Linda Rodriguez with Judge Louis Dominguez
City Manager Bob Wingenroth with Council Members Villanueva, Winters and me
City Manager Bob Wingenroth with Council Members Villanueva, Winters and me

 

Celebrate Arizona Northwest Valley
Councilman Jim Biundo, Councilman Roland Winters and I attended the “Celebrate Arizona Northwest Valley” event on Wednesday, April 8.  Several business, civic and community leaders were there, as well as other elected officials from Glendale, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City West, Youngtown, El Mirage and Wickenburg. This event began three years ago as a way to continue dialogue to find new ways to work together to make Arizona a better place to live and work.

Did You Know?


Your Input is Requested
Residents can now provide online input regarding potential capital improvement projects that are currently under review by the City’s Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee. This Committee is charged, in part, with determining which projects should be included if the City considers a future bond initiative as a funding source. They have asked for you to get involved by sharing your thoughts on what matters most to you.

This Committee is looking at potential project lists during this process. You can review the same lists online at www.surpriseaz.gov/cife and provide comments. All comments will be shared by the Committee. Additionally, please feel free to attend the meetings or watch them live on Surprise 11 or at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprise11. Future meeting dates will be posted on the City’s online calendar.

Surprise Police join Nextdoor.com
Last week, the Surprise Police Department joined Nextdoor.com. Nextdoor.com is a free, private social network specifically designed for neighborhoods to build stronger and safer communities. It also allows for police to communicate online with the neighborhoods they serve. Currently, there are 58 local neighborhoods involved with over 3,000 registered members in Surprise. If you haven’t joined yet, you may want to consider it!

Mark your Calendars


Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The next household hazardous waste collection event will take place on Saturday, April 11. This event is free and for Surprise residents only. Proof of residency is required. The drop-off location is the Public Works Maintenance Yard at 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to the entrance off Foxfire). The hours of drop-off are 8 a.m. until 12 noon.

For more information or a list of acceptable items, please visit our calendar section of www.surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.6000.

Movie Night
The City of Surprise presents Movie Night at the Surprise Stadium on Saturday, April 11, featuring “The Boxtrolls” (rated PG). This event is sponsored by Coulter Nissan and the admission is free. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6:30 pm. Ice chests and lawn chairs are not permitted so bring your blankets!

Movie Night April 2015

Second Sunday in the Park
Come out and join the music at the next Second Sunday in the Park this Sunday, April 12. The free event will occur at the Surprise Community Park, 15953 N. Bullard Avenue, from 2 until 4 pm.

Surprise Swap Meet
The Surprise Swap meet is next Saturday, April 18 from 8 am until 1 pm at the Surprise Aquatic Center Parking Lot!

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April 3, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings


HOA Summit
The City hosted the first HOA Summit of the year at the Surprise Stadium on Thursday, March 26. Seventy-one people were registered for the Summit representing 25 different HOAs. City Directors from several departments were on hand to provide updates. The departments represented were Code Enforcement, Community Development, Water Resource Management, Public Works, Economic Development, Communications and the Department of Human Service and Community Vitality. Important information was shared and several general questions were asked and answered.

CM Hall at Summit
Councilman Hall welcoming attendees at HOA Summit
Lowe at Summit
Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe addressing the crowd

 

Surprise Literacy Challenge Recognition
The sixth grade class that won the Surprise Literacy Challenge was recognized at the Surprise Stadium on Thursday, March 26 immediately before the Spring Training game. Mrs. Schneider’s class, from Paradise Education Center, were the recipients of the trophy and recognition.  Congratulations!

Surprise Literacy Winner with CM Hall
Councilman Hall with 6th grade class, the winning class medal

 

Surprise Literacy Challenge Medal

Business Appreciation Day @ the Ballpark
I attended Business Appreciation Day at the Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 27 with staff from the City’s Economic Development Department. Several local businesses attended and were thanked for their contributions to our City.

Bike Rodeo
The Surprise Police Department, in partnership with the Surprise Fire-Medical Department and Surprise Build-A-Bike, hosted a bicycle safety rodeo at the Surprise Campus of Christ’s Church of the Valley. This important event allowed children of all ages to have their bicycle safety helmets checked for proper fit, learn about bike safety and practice new bicycle skills with police bicycle operators. Children who did not have a helmet or had an ill-fitting helmet were provided with a new, proper fitting helmet free of charge. In total 82 children participated in the event and 76 helmets were distributed. We could not have these events without the efforts of the aforementioned departments. Thank you for all you do to keep all residents in Surprise safe!

Surprise PD Bike Rodeo

Surprise PD Bike Rodeo

Surprise Community Center Open House
The City’s newly established Human Service & Community Vitality Department hosted its first Open House at the Surprise Community Center this past Saturday to showcase current programs and celebrate small facility improvements. Several Council Members and I were present along with more than 110 people.  Approximately 50% were first time visitors! Visitors toured the facility’s exercise room, outdoor seating areas, cafeteria, computer room, reading room, puzzle room and other multi-purpose areas.

The Community Development Department provided information on the Heritage District Overlay and the City Clerk’s Office was available to discuss voter engagement and voter registration.

Survey poster boards were on display to capture community input on programs, services and project ideas for the new Department. In addition, a barbeque with music, games and multi-generational interactions were enjoyed by all!

Boy Scout Pinewood Derby 2015
The City Manager’s office and the Community Recreation Services Department jointly hosted 200 people for the Boy Scouts Pinewood Derby Tournament in the Villanueva Gym on Saturday, March 28.

Pinewood Derby Winners
Pinewood Derby Winners

 

ASU Sustainability Meeting
On March 30, Mayor Wolcott, Councilman Tande and I met with City staff and officials from ASU Global Institute of Sustainability to discuss possible future partnerships.

AZ TechCelerator
City staff and I met on Monday, March 30 to discuss the TechCelerator. The TechCelerator opened in January 2010 and consists of 4 buildings totaling 58,800 square feet. Ten clients, 12 active mentors and 3 on-site service providers are currently supporting the space. In the last few years, there have been several business success stories including MD24 and Athena Wireless.

Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee
Members of the Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee met on Wednesday, April 1.  Teri Halliday, Regional Director of the Boys & Girls Club of America, was present to provide a presentation on the history of the Club. Updates were also provided by the Subcommittees.

Arizona Town Hall
Councilman Jim Biundo, Councilman Todd Tande and I attended the Arizona Town Hall – Arizona’s Economy, A Community Outreach Program on Wednesday, April 1. Several municipalities and economic development leaders were present. An overview on Arizona’s current economic status was discussed as well as the link between the economy and education. Perspectives from the legislative front, recommendations and priorities were summarized as well.

Did You Know?


Shop Surprise
The City has launched a new “Shop Surprise, Shape Surprise” campaign to show how shopping locally helps shape the community.

Local sales tax makes up nearly 40% of the City’s General Fund revenues. This means by keeping sales tax dollars at home, residents are helping to pay for city services that they count on such as police, fire, park operations and street repairs.  For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/shopsurprise.

Shop Surprise
What you spend, stays here!

 

Mark Your Calendars


Spring Eggstravaganza Eager egg hunters, from toddlers to 8 year olds, are invited to join the search for more than 50,000 candy and toy-filled plastic eggs as part of the Surprise Spring Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 4. The celebration will be held on the Kansas City Royals practice fields at the Surprise Recreation Campus, located at 15850 N. Bullard.

Gates will open at 9:30 am. The first hunt will begin at 10 am with the 2 year olds and under group. New hunts will follow approximately every 20 minutes. Children should bring their baskets or bags to hold their treats.

The event will also include a visit from the Easter bunny, clowns, face painters, magicians and an interactive kid zone with slides and obstacle courses. There will be a minimal charge from some activities.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection
The next household hazardous waste collection event will take place on Saturday, April 11. This event is free and for Surprise residents only. Proof of residency is required. The drop-off location is the Public Works Maintenance Yard at 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to the entrance off Foxfire). The hours of drop-off are 8 a.m. until 12 noon.

For more information or a list of acceptable items, please visit our calendar section of www.surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.6000.

Contact Me


Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

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