May 29, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

IRIS USA Groundbreaking

IRIS USA hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 21 in celebration of their future Surprise location! The 300,000 square foot facility will be located in the City’s Skyway Business Park off Cactus Road between Dysart and Litchfield Road. It will include manufacturing, distribution and their Western U.S. Regional headquarters.

IRIS USA Groundbreaking
IRIS USA Group

Valley Metro RPTA Meeting

On Thursday, May 21, I attended the monthly Valley Metro RPTA meeting in Phoenix. The City will be maintaining the increased January 2015 Dial-a-Ride service level through June 2016. Dial-a-Ride currently offers 140 one-way weekday trips and 30 one-way Saturday trips. Service hours are Monday through Saturday from 5 am to 8 pm.

The City is partnering with Valley Metro to develop a short range transit plan which will allow Surprise residents to connect to the Valley’s regional bus and light rail grid. An update will be provided to City Council in the fall of 2015.

Surprise Citizen Corp Council

The Surprise Citizen Corp Council (SCCC) met on May 21. I invited Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and Environmental Manager Christine Nunez to speak to the Committee about the City’s water supply and their emergency response plan. Through their presentation, they discussed what problems could arise and how the City is able to cope with emergencies that may affect our water system.

The SCCC will discuss next steps, goals and the formation of a marketing plan at their next meeting.

Memorial Day Events

I participated in several Memorial Day events over the past weekend, including the Surprise Library Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday, May 23, the Coyote Lakes Memorial Day Community Event and the Memorial Day Commemoration at Radiant Church.

We will never forget those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We owe not only our debt of gratitude to them but to the families they left behind. It is my honor to share in these solemn events to pay tribute to these heroes.


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Bell Road Traffic Restrictions

The Bell Road eastbound curb lane will be restricted from Village Drive West to El Mirage Road from May 28 through June 1 so that Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) contractors can perform warranty work in this area. Additional restrictions are scheduled on El Mirage Road at Bell from June 1 – June 15. If you have any questions, please contact the MCDOT 24-hour construction hotline at 602.506.3342.

Bullard Road Speed Limit Change

In an effort to create a multi-modal corridor on Bullard Avenue, the City will reduce the speed limit on Bullard Avenue, between Peoria Avenue and Greenway Road, to 35 miles per hour, pursuant to a previous City Council meeting. The change will occur this summer and signs will be posted in the area closer to the transition date. This change will match the current speed limit on Bullard from Bell Road to Greenway Road.

By transforming Bullard Avenue into a collector street, it allows for the future creation of a multi-modal corridor that would include bicycle and electric vehicle usage.

Public Art at Bell & Grand

Following several rounds of public meetings and online input, a preferred public art concept was unveiled for the City’s busiest gateway – Bell Road and Grand Avenue.

Artist Meg Saligman presented the concept to the public and the City Council at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 19. The concept centers on the agave plant and utilizes paint, light, sculptured concrete and metal fencing as design elements. You can view the concept online and offer your comments at www.surpriseaz.gov/bellandgrand. You can also contact Lloyd Abrams at 623.222.3021.

We Need Your Help!

Do you prefer the look of Tuscan or Contemporary homes? Do you think all city parks should have ramadas? We would love to hear your opinion. You can provide us with your preferences via our new online survey which features colorful images of various surveys and concepts. The survey can be taken at http://bit.ly/visualsurvey, and your input from the survey will help city planners as they work to update plans pertaining to both land-use, parks and recreation.

For more information on any of the planning updates, please feel free to contact either Joshua Mike at Joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3134 or Lloyd Abrams at Lloyd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3021.


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Surprise HOA Academy

Registration is now open for the very popular Surprise HOA Academy. The goal of the academy is to provide expert information for the West Valley HOA board members, management company staff and homeowners. The topics range from CC&R enforcement and code compliance to contracts and budgeting.

The first class will begin on Monday, October 19 from 6 pm until 9 pm in the Public Safety Auditorium (14250 W. Statler Plaza). To find out more or to register online, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HOAacademy or contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242.


City Staff Recognized

2015 Treatment Plant Operator of the Year

A City of Surprise employee was recognized as the 2015 Treatment Plant Operator of the Year by the AZ Water Association at their annual conference this month. Reynaldo Aldava, with our City’s Water Resource Management Department, received the award in the Large System category.

Mr. Aldava is a 13 year employee with the city and has been a Lead Wastewater Operator for the past two years. His nomination for the award detailed his outstanding contribution to the Surprise team, including his improvement of system performance and reliability, promotion of safety practices and contribution to helping reduce the operational budget. It also highlighted his innovativeness, including an example of how he recently implemented an operational practice that will save the City of Surprise 3.68 million gallons of potable water a year. Congratulations, Reynaldo, and thank you for all you do!

Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Reynaldo

AZ Water is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit educational organization with a membership of 2,200 water/wastewater professionals dedicated to preserving and enhancing Arizona’s water environment. Although AZ Water is an independent organization, it also serves as the Arizona section of the American Water Works Association and the Arizona member association of the Water Environment Federation.


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May 22, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Special Meeting

City Pavement Condition Assessment

The Public Works Department presented the results of analyses pertaining to the Pavement Preservation Program. A consultant had been hired to determine the overall condition of our roads and to provide us with OCI (Overall Condition Index) which is a numerical index (between 0-100) utilized to indicate the general condition of pavement. A new road is 100. The City would like to maintain an 80 to maximize our investment on the roads and ultimately save money. OCI has declined in the past 10 years so it is recommended we continue to invest in pavement preservation to maintain 80 OCI.

City of Surprise Water Resource Management Policies

Through the guidance of the Council’s Committee on Water Resource Planning, Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe brought before Council four water-related strategic policies over the last several months. Those policies are Water Conservation, Use of Reclaimed Water, Water Acquisition, and Water Funding. These policies were unanimously approved by City Council on Tuesday evening.

Staff will now begin to complete Integrated Water Master Plan Phase II (Water Resources II) and Phase III (Infrastructure). City Council is expected to receive an update on Phase II in June. In addition, the Committee and staff plan to establish acquisition targets and update General Plan language related to water and development.

Series 2015 Obligation

Finance Director Lindsey Duncan discussed refinancing the MPC 2003 bond at a lower rate; therefore saving the City an estimated $1.2 million dollars. The refinance would also extend the term of the bond from 2020 to 2024. The City is looking to pair the refinancing with the clubhouse renovation bond issuance which will also save administrative and issuance costs.

Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee Discussion

On February 18, the City Council approved the creation of the Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee. The Committee met on three occasions to review and educate themselves on the use of general obligation bonds to fund specific capital improvement projects (transportation, public safety and parks & recreation); identify appropriate communication methods for educating residents and voters and to determine if any capital improvement project items are more appropriate to add to a potential bond initiative.

While the City Council decided it is not the time for a bond initiative, it was helpful to have the community’s assistance with determining priorities concerning our projects. I’d like to personally thank the Committee for their hard work and resolve. For more information, please feel free to visit www.surpriseaz.gov/CIFE.


Events & Meetings

IRIS USA Ground Breaking

IRIS USA hosted their groundbreaking for their manufacturing, distribution and Western U.S. Regional Headquarters in Skyway Business Park in Surprise on Thursday, May 21. IRIS USA represents a nearly $40 million investment, 100 new jobs and $800,000 of new city revenues in the first year of operations.

IRIS Ground Breaking

Surprise Fire-Medical 10th Annual Awards Ceremony

I attended the 10th Annual Awards Ceremony for the Surprise Fire-Medical Department on Friday, May 15. Several awards were given to our outstanding civil servants. Please join me in congratulating them!

The Fire Chief’s Award and Company of the Year award went to E302 A shift consisting of Captain Wes Odom, Steve Spirlong, Chris Gouso, Abram Fogelson, BC Dan Gromer and Captain Donny Martinez; EMT of the Year award recipient is Robert Jenkins; Paramedic of the Year award recipient is Louis D’Angelo; Civilian of the Year award recipient is James Whitehead; Crisis Response Rookie of the Year recipient is Calvin Rowen; Firefighter of the Year is Ryan Flinn; and individual citation recognitions went to Clint Fogelson, Captain Nick Colombo, Captain Renee Hamblin and Captain Scott Smith. One award, the Perry Award, was given to James Ruff. This award is given to a Fire personnel recipient that best represents the Department’s core values of Team, Trust, Professionalism and Efficiency.

Chief Award E302 A Shift
E302 A Shift receiving their Fire Chief Award

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

Councilman Jim Biundo and I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber breakfast on the morning of Tuesday, May 19. Patrick McDermott, Relationship Manager with APS, spoke about Arizona’s energy future.

Patrick McDermott, APS, addressing the Chamber crowd
Patrick McDermott, APS, addressing the Chamber crowd

National Public Works Week

They keep our streets in good condition; they pick-up our trash and recycling; they keep our water clean; and they do so much more. They are the team members that make-up the City of Surprise Public Works, Water Resource Management and Community Development Departments. In their honor, the City recognizes May 17 through May 23 as National Public Works Week.

Mayor Wolcott officially claimed this week in honor of Public Works during the City Council Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 19. In addition, a small reception to thank these employees was provided beforehand. These employees impact our daily lives in the areas of planning, building, and maintaining city facilities to produce a wonderful quality of life for residents. Thank you to each and every one of them!

Public Works Reception


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Economic Development Recognitions

I am very excited to share some great news with you! Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic has been appointed as the Vice-chair of the GPEC Economic Development Directors Team (EDDT)! She will be the first West Valley representation on this particular GPEC Board in quite some time, and next year, she will ascend to the role of Chair. Congratulations, Jeanine! We are lucky to have you in Surprise!

City of Surprise Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover has been named the “2015 Economic Developer of the Year” by the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED). Mr. Hoover was nominated in the Large Community category by AAED peers. The nomination was evaluated based on overall economic impact to the community, the development of strong relationships and community support, the innovation and creativity utilized in the process and contributions made to the economic development profession. Congratulations Mike!

Jeanine Jerkovic
Jeanine Jerkovic
Mike Hoover
Mike Hoover

Kingswood Parke Sidewalk Connection Project

The City of Surprise will soon begin a project to connect the sidewalk on the east side of Parkview Place, north of Bell Road. Three trees will be removed on Friday, May 29 and the concrete sidewalk will be poured on Saturday, May 30. Barricades will be removed by late Saturday afternoon. There will be some final cleanup on Monday or Tuesday of the following week.

We Need Your Help!

Do you prefer the look of Tuscan or Contemporary homes? Do you think all city parks should have ramadas? We would love to hear your opinion. You can provide us with your preferences via our new online survey which features colorful images of various concepts. The survey can be taken at http://bit.ly/visualsurvey and your input from the survey will help city planners as they work to update plans pertaining to both land-use and parks and recreation.

For more information on any of the planning updates, please feel free to contact either Joshua Mike at Joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3134 or Lloyd Abrams at Lloyd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3021.


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Surprise Pools Open – May 23

As the days continue to get warmer, our pools are getting ready to open for summer swim on Saturday, May 23. Daily admission for residents is $1 per child, ages 12 and under, and $2 per adult with proof of residency. Non-residents are $5. Pool passes are also available for purchase. Children, 10 years of age and younger, must be accompanied by a responsible person (16 or older) at all times.

The Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. The weekend hours for the pool are 12 noon until 5 pm, including Memorial Day. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from Noon until 6 pm and Friday from Noon until 4 pm.

The Hollyhock Pool is located at 15808 N. Hollyhock Street. The weekend hours are Noon until 5 pm, including Memorial Day. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from Noon until 3 pm.

Memorial Day Event at Radiant Church

The Surprise Veterans will be hosting a Memorial Day event at Radiant Church on Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 25, at 3 pm. Radiant Church is located 15522 W. Paradise Lane in Surprise.


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IRIS USA Breaks Ground in Surprise

Mayor Wolcott and members of City Council joined IRIS USA, Inc. and its parent company IRIS Ohyama Inc. in breaking ground for the Company’s new Western United States Regional Headquarters facility in Surprise on May, 21, 2015.

The new facility will house some 420,000-square-feet of manufacturing, distribution and office space and initially employ approximately 100 people, the bulk of whom will be recruited from the local area. The facility will be located within the city’s Southwest Railplex Industrial District and is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2016.

IRIS Ground Breaking
IRIS Ground Breaking

View additional pictures from the groundbreaking.

May 15, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings


Surprise Citizen Corp Council
The Surprise Citizen Corp Council met on Thursday, May 7 for a discussion focused on water, where our wells are located, and benefits of the new well that just became operational in Mountain Vista Ranch. Further discussion transpired regarding what would happen and how our water supply could be affected in an emergency situation as well as in a case of flooding due to monsoon storms. At the next meeting on May 21, Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe will provide an overview of City water plans to the Council.

Mental Health Community Engagement Event
The Surprise Police, in collaboration with several local community organizations, hosted a mental health event on Thursday, May 7. Some of the organizations included National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Arizona, NAMI Valley of the Sun, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Health Care, Crisis Response Network, Community Bridges, Veterans Resources, Terros and STAR.

The event was designed to provide and share mental health and crisis information, along with alternatives to a police response during a mental health crisis.  Furthermore, the intent was also aimed at building and strengthening the current partnership between the Surprise Police and the mental health community. I attended the event and was pleased with the attendance. Surprise Police hope to conduct these meetings quarterly.

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health illness. In 2013, May was recognized as National Mental Health Awareness Month to bring awareness to all mental illnesses, educate the public, and provide support.

Mental Health Event 2015

Mental Health Awareness

Radiant Church Outreach
I was honored to participate in the Second Saturday for May with the volunteers through Radiant Church at U.S. Vets on Saturday, May 9. We had the privilege to serve people who have bravely served us. We cleaned, painted, repaired and landscaped to show these heroes the love and hope we have for them.

US Vets sign

US Vets

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Kingswood Parke Sidewalk Connection Project
The City of Surprise will soon begin a project to connect the sidewalk on the east side of Parkview Place, north of Bell Road. Three trees will be removed on Friday, May 29, and the concrete sidewalk will be poured on Saturday, May 30.  Barricades will be removed by late Saturday afternoon. There will be some final cleanup on Monday or Tuesday of the following week.

Surprise Police Launch New Crime Tip Hotline
The Surprise Police Department has recently established an anonymous crime tip hotline and email address. The hotline, an electronic voicemail and email system, is designed for citizens wishing to provide information on criminal activity in Surprise.

When calling, you are not required to leave your name or phone number, but the police encourage you to do so if you’d like follow-up from one of the assigned investigators.  Also, if you are aware of the incident number or report number with reference to any criminal investigation, please provide that information when calling.

To utilize, you can call 623.222.TIPS or 623.222.8477. The email address is crimetips@surpriseaz.gov. If you witness a crime or if there is an emergency, always call 911.

Bring a Bag, Use a Bag Campaign
Are you looking for ways to recycle your plastic shopping bags? Our Community & Recreation Services (CRS) Department would like to welcome pet owners and dog park patrons to participate in the “Bring a Bag, Use a Bag” campaign. The program is a great way for pet owners to become a partner in maintaining and keeping our local parks clean by donating their extra plastic shopping bags for easy and cost-effective pet clean-up. Pet bag receptacles are conveniently labeled and located throughout all 12 maintained parks and the community dog park for pet owners to donate bags and use when needed.

U.S. Census Bureau Follow-Up
Portions of Maricopa County were selected to participate in an online 2015 Census test. The City of Surprise was included in the testing. Those households that received a postcard were required by federal law to respond to the survey by April 1, 2015. Reminder notices were also sent.

For those households that have not completed the online survey, census workers will be visiting your homes for in-person response through June 23, 2015.

The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting the online test to aid in efforts to develop more convenient and lower cost survey methods.

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NCAA 2015 Tennis Championships
The Surprise Tennis & Racquetball Complex has been hosting the 2015 Men’s and Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Tennis Championships this week. You too can attend on Saturday, May 16, which is the last day of the competition.

The team championships have brought in the top 32 men’s and women’s Division II teams to Surprise, all vying for the opportunity to bring home a national championship. Team competition includes both singles and doubles play in a single elimination tournament.

Tickets are $5 per day, and you can purchase them at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, 14469 W. Paradise. For more information and session times, please call 623.222.2400 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/tennis.

Surprise Tennis Complex

Public Art Meeting on Bell & Grand Avenue
Following months of public input on the design of Bell & Grand Avenue, artist Meg Saligman will unveil her public art concept for the City’s busiest gateway on Monday, May 18 in the community room of City Hall from 6 pm until 8 pm.  A brief presentation will begin at 6:15 pm.

To learn more about the interchange improvement project or see earlier art concepts associated with the project, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bellandgrand.

Surprise Pools Open – May 23
As the days continue to get warmer, our pools are getting ready to open for summer swim on Saturday, May 23. Daily admission for residents is $1 per child, ages 12 and under, and $2 per adult with proof of residency. Non-residents are $5. Pool passes are also available for purchase. Children, 10 years of age and younger, must be accompanied by a responsible person (16 or older) at all times.

The Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. The weekend hours for the pool are 12 noon until 5 pm, including Memorial Day. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 noon until 6 pm and Friday from 12 noon until 4 pm.

The Hollyhock Pool is located at 15808 N. Hollyhock Street. The weekend hours are 12 noon until 5 pm, including Memorial Day. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 noon until 3 pm.

Memorial Day Event at Radiant Church
The Surprise Veterans will be hosting a Memorial Day event at Radiant Church on Memorial Day which is Monday, May 25 at 3 pm.  Radiant Church is located 15522 W. Paradise Lane in Surprise.

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Councilman Hall attends teacher appreciation event

Councilman Hall attended an appreciation breakfast at Canyon Ridge Elementary School on May 7 and had the opportunity to thank the school’s teachers and volunteers. Canyon Ridge Principal, Dr. Shelley Isai, also recognized him for his support of our local schools.

May 1, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session


Public Transit Short Range Plan
Public Works Business Manager David Kohlbeck provided City Council with a presentation on the public transit short range plan. We require many transit modes working in concert to create a successful transportation network that will continue to provide the City and our residents with economic prosperity, mobility choices and an overall better quality of life. As of now, we offer Valley Metro Express Route 571 with 4 peak trips to and from Downtown Phoenix and the State Capitol and Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride.

The City will be developing potential short-term transit options that will be based on Northwest Valley Transit System Study recommendations. The Study will begin this spring and summer. In the meantime, staff will identify capital and operating costs for the proposed improvements.  Additional funding sources are also under consideration.

Some of the implementation plan options include Route 138 (Waddell/Thunderbird Rd. to Boswell Hospital, Route 170 (Bell Road to Arrowhead Mall) and two new routes (Litchfield Road to Luke Air Force Base and a local circulator for the general public).

Dial-a-Ride Use by Trip Purpose
Dial-a-Ride Use by Trip Purpose

 

Dial-a-Ride Ridership Trends
Dial-a-Ride Ridership Trends

 

City of Surprise Transient Lodging Tax
Mark Coronado, Director of Community & Recreation Services, discussed the background of the transient lodging privilege tax (Bed Tax). A portion of this tax has been used to promote tourism efforts in Surprise. On April 13, 2015, the Tourism Advisory Commission discussed several options related to the Tourism Fund and they are recommending an increase to the bed tax, not to exceed 2% and changing the allocation ration of the fund to 75% Sports Tourism Facility Development/Improvement or Renovation and 25% Special Events/Marketing/Studies. They recommend that 75% of the fund balance go toward the current stadium facility renovation project. A 2% increase to the transient lodging tax will increase tourism fund revenues by $219,000 which will total $386,000 annually.

City Council Meeting


New Boards & Commissions Appointments
City Clerk Sherry Aguilar swore in several new Boards & Commissions appointments.  Paul Curtis was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Disability Advisory Commission with a term expiration of July 1, 2016; Linda Van Natter was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Disability Advisory Commission with a term expiration of July 1, 2017’ and, Charlie Woodland was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Community & Recreation Services Commission with a term expiration of July 1, 2015.

New Boards and Commissions Appointments

Adoption of Tentative Expenditure Limitation Budget
The adoption of the tentative budget is the first in a series of three actions by the City Council that will establish the FY2016 budget and property tax levy amount.  The tentative budget sets the maximum expenditure limit ($278,821,400) and after it is adopted, the total expenditures cannot be modified to a higher amount, it may only be reduced. The Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2015-45. A public hearing and adoption of the final budget is scheduled to occur on June 2. The final step of adopting the property tax levy will follow on June 16.

Boys & Girls Club of Surprise Location
At the Council Meeting on April 21, 2015, City Council discussed an agenda item (agenda item #6) regarding the proposed location of the Boys & Girls Club of Surprise at the Roy Villanueva Center on Hollyhock Street in the Original Town site. Following the discussion, the item was tabled with a 4-3 vote to discuss at the next earliest meeting as additional data was requested. On May 5, Council voted to identify the Roy Villanueva Community and Recreation Complex and abutting City property as the preferred location for the Boys & Girls Club of Surprise.

Events & Meetings


Economic Development Dinner
Mayor Wolcott and I, along with the Director of Economic Development Jeanine Jerkovich attended a dinner with a prospective manufacturer on Thursday, April 30.

Dysart 3Es Summit: Excellence in Education & the Economy
I attended the Dysart 3E Summit on Friday, May 1 at the Dysart Unified School District Education Center. Chris Camacho, President and CEO of Greater Phoenix Economic Council, and Dan Anderson, Director of Institutional Research with Arizona Board of Regents, were keynote speakers. Mr. Anderson provided us with several interesting facts regarding Arizona high school graduate outcomes in higher education. Out of 488 high schools in the state, 50% of students attending college came from 11% of the high schools.  Sadly, our statewide average college going rate is 50.5%.

The purpose of the Summit was to discuss key drivers to economic development and to establish our priorities for our educational system.

Surprise City Court-ADOT MVD Kiosk Ribbon Cutting
Surprise City Court celebrated the opening of the kiosk that now offers various Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) services on Tuesday, May 5.  This self-service kiosk offers an alternative to visiting the Surprise MVD office on Bell Road which is temporarily closed for renovations. The kiosk provides access to select MVD services including registration renewal, duplicate vehicle registration, duplicate driver’s licenses, change of address, temporary vehicle permits, vehicle tags (as of Tuesday, May 12), and much more. Customers can also access more than 20 services online through ServiceArizona.com.

Surprise City Court is located at 16081 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105.  For those residents who need a full-service location, a list of MVD office locations and authorized providers can be found at www.azdot.gov/mvdlocations.

MVD Kiosk

MVD Kiosk Ribbon Cutting

Boys & Girls Club of Surprise Steering Committee Meeting
The Boys & Girls Club of Surprise Steering Committee met on Wednesday, May 6.  Members broke into groups with their respective Subcommittee members to prepare for the next phase of getting the Boys & Girls Club in the City.

Canyon Ridge Elementary School Appreciation Breakfast
Dr. Shelly Isai, Principal of Canyon Ridge Elementary School, invited the City Council to attend the school’s teacher and volunteer recognition breakfast. Former Phoenix Suns player Steve Hunter was present for the recognitions as well. A special thank you to Canyon Ridge for the invitation to also thank the teachers and volunteers in our City!

School Appreciation Breakfast

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Surprise Retail Survey Launches
We want to know how we can make our City a one-stop shopping and dining destination and we will be giving away gift cards to some lucky survey-takers for just offering their thoughts.

The survey will help the City identify retail strengths within the community, as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. This is so important because the money you spend in Surprise stays in Surprise! In fact, local sales tax generates almost 40% of our City’s General Fund revenues which support public safety, clean parks and street maintenance.

The survey is available through June 17 online at www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey or in print at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street.

City wins Age-Friendly Community Competition
The City of Surprise was presented with the 2015 Age-Friendly Community Competition Award at the Going Places Conference in Scottsdale on May 6, 2015. In winning the award, the City will receive $5,000 in grant funds to support age-friendly programs. The City will use the money to purchase several mobile tablets. City staff and students, working through City programs, will bring the technology to community events and aid residents in getting connected.

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NCAA 2015 Tennis Championships
The City of Surprise will be hosting the 2015 NCAA Tennis Championships May 13 through May 16 at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, 14469 W. Paradise.  For more information, please call 623.222.2400 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/tennis.

Public Art Meeting on Bell & Grand Avenue
Following months of public input on the design of Bell & Grand Avenue, artist Meg Saligman will unveil her public art concept for the City’s busiest gateway on Monday, May 18 in the community room of City Hall from 6 pm until 8 pm.  A brief presentation will begin at 6:15 pm.

To learn more about the interchange improvement project or see earlier art concepts associated with the project, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bellandgrand.

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Councilman Hall attends MVD kiosk ribbon cutting at City Court

Councilman Hall attend the May 5th ribbon cutting for the new self-service MVD kiosk located at the Surprise City Court.

The kiosk offers an alternative to visiting the Surprise MVD office on Bell Road, which is temporarily closed for renovations. The kiosk provides access to select MVD services, including registration renewal, duplicate vehicle registration, duplicate driver license, change of address, and temporary vehicle permits.

Surprise City Court is located at 16081 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105.

Customers can also access more than 20 services online through ServiceArizona.com.

For those in need of a full-service location, a list of MVD office locations and Authorized Third Party providers can be found online at azdot.gov/mvdlocations.

The Surprise MVD is expected to reopen this summer with increased capacity and an enhanced look in the customer waiting area, an expanded number of customer service windows and upgraded air conditioning and restrooms.

MVD Kiosk Ribbon Cutting
Robert Smith from ADOT, Mayor Wolcott, Councilman Hall and Judge Dominguez at the ribbon cutting for the Express MVD Services Kiosk located at Surprise City Court

Help bring shopping, dining to Surprise through Retail Survey

Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would like to see open in Surprise? What about a unique shopping experience that you want added to your hometown? Tell us in our new retail survey!

We want to know how we can make our city a one-stop shopping and dining destination, and we’ll be giving away gift cards to some lucky survey-takers just for offering their thoughts!

The survey will help the city to identify retail strengths within the community, as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. This is important because the money you spend here, stays here. In fact, local sales tax makes up nearly 40 percent of our city’s General Fund revenues which support public safety, clean parks and street maintenance.

The survey runs through June 17 and is available both online at www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey and in print at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St.

May 1, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings


Ribbon Cutting
I attended the Farmer’s Insurance-Boyle Agency ribbon cutting at the Gateway to Surprise Business Suites (11503 W. Bell Road) on Monday, April 27. Several residents and members of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce were present.

Farmers Insurance Boyle Agency
Farmers Insurance Boyle Agency Ribbon Cutting

 

Committee on Water Resource Planning Meeting
The Committee on Water Resource Planning met on Wednesday, April 29. Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe provided an overview of the Water Resource Strategic Vision Policy presentation that he will present to the City Council on May 19, 2015 for consideration and approval of the water policies that were provided to Council over the course of several months. The Committee unanimously agreed to recommend these policies to the entire City Council.

Maricopa Community College East Valley Veterans Center Tour
Mayor Wolcott, Human Service and Community Vitality Director Michael Celaya, City Manager Bob Wingenroth and I toured the Maricopa Community College East Valley Veterans Center on Thursday, April 30. As part of the tour, we discussed partnership development that will help deliver resources to our Veterans.

Did You Know?


Surprise Community Garden is Growing!
Benevilla, a West Valley nonprofit human services agency located in Surprise, announced that Rebuilding Together and DMB are providing new features and accessibility upgrades in the Surprise Community Garden, a Community of All Ages project at Benevilla. Currently, the organic garden has 100 gardeners working on 34 raised-soil beds.

Rebuilding Together, a national nonprofit, and local Valley builder DMB join together once a year to select one Valley community project they would like to support. This year, representatives discovered and selected the Community Garden.

Benevilla was started in the community in 1981. The organization is dedicated to enhancing the lives of West Valley residents by providing care services for older adults, intellectually disabled adults, children and families.

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Surprise Safety Day
Surprise Safety Day will be held from 8 am – 11 am on Saturday, May 2 at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. The event will feature free swim lesson assessments, water safety skits, CPR demonstrations, safety vehicle tours by Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments, McGruff the Crime Dog, car seat and bike helmet inspections. The Surprise Aquatic staff, Police and Fire will be on-site to answer questions regarding water safety and prevention, as well as vehicle and fire safety.

For more information about Surprise Safety Day, please call 623.222.2000.

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.

NCAA 2015 Tennis Championships
The City of Surprise will be hosting the 2015 NCAA Tennis Championships May 13 through May 16 at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, 14469 W. Paradise. For more information, please call 623.222.2400 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/tennis.

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Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

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