June 26, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

City Council Executive Session

The City Council met in executive session on Thursday, June 18 for discussion regarding mid-year reviews for our appointed officials (City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney). This is standard protocol in order for the full City Council to manage the appointee review process.

Commerce Park Business Meeting

Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva hosted a meeting for the businesses located in her district on Monday, June 22. Representatives from ADOT, the Surprise Police Department and the City’s Community Development Department were present, as well as various City staff, business owners from Commerce Park and myself. Discussion included updates on the Bell Road/Grand Avenue corridor project, crime prevention and Street Light Improvement Districts (SLIDS).

WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee

I attended the WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee meeting in Peoria on Wednesday, June 24. Following the call to order and introductions, Tom Buschatzke, Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, gave an overview of Arizona’s Water Banking Authority, established in 1996 to store the State’s unused Colorado River water entitlement. In addition to the Water Banking overview, Mr. Buschatzke discussed the potential shortage on the Colorado River. He emphasized that there is 0% probability in 2016 and 47% probability of a water shortage in 2017 in Arizona. He stated that Arizona is in a good position because of long-range planning and proper water management, specifically, the 1980 Groundwater Management Act. Currently, Arizona’s efforts to address challenges on the Colorado River are part of the state’s Drought Contingency Plan, which includes discussions with other basin states, the Department of Interior, and Colorado River contract holders.

Following Mr. Buschatzke, Mr. Eric Massey, Air Quality Director from the Arizona Department of Water Quality, discussed current air quality problems facing Arizona, asserting that air quality has improved over the years. However, Arizona is still not in compliance with the EPA air quality standards. Many of the causes of air pollution in Arizona are beyond the control of ADEQ, such as dust storms, geography, climate, and pollution crossing its borders, but the State’s largest pollution generator is vehicle emissions. ADEQ continues to operate an extensive monitoring network, vehicle emissions program, air quality forecasting, high pollution advisories, community outreach, and continues to work with the EPA on clean power.

Home Builder Association Water Meeting

Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and I met with representatives from the Home Builder Association on Thursday, June 25 to further discuss Surprise’s water policies.


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Traffic Restrictions

Due to construction, Grand Avenue will be closed in both directions on Saturday, June 27 at 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 29 from the Loop 303 to Sunrise Boulevard/RH Johnson Boulevard.

Southeast bound traffic on Grand Ave. approaching the Loop 303 will have access to the 303 and be able to go north to El Mirage Rd. or south to Bell Rd. as a detour route.

Northwest bound Grand Ave traffic will be directed to Reems Rd. to westbound Bell Rd. to the Loop 303 as a detour. Access to Sunrise Blvd. and RH Johnson will still be maintained.

The Arizona Department of Transportation works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. For those outside of Arizona, dial 1.888.411.ROAD (7623).

32nd Annual 4th of July Celebration

We welcome you to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, on Saturday, July 4. The celebration will feature an evening filled with musical entertainment by “Nothin’ But a Party Band”, food and fun, vendor village, a Rookie League baseball game with in-game contests and family giveaways that will lead to a spectacular fireworks display!

Admission is free with a canned food donation. Parking is also free. Gates will open at 4:30 pm and the game will begin at 5:30 pm. The game will feature the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners Rookie League summer teams. Concessions will be available for purchase. The stadium food and beverage policy will be in effect.

This year’s event will also include a live musical celebration by “That Kool Band” at the Surprise 8-Acres Park beginning at approximately 6:30 pm. The park is located next to the stadium and provides the perfect lawn setting for families to enjoy music, purchase food and beverages and enjoy a great view of the fireworks. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30 pm.

Crime Prevention Fair

The Surprise Police Department is hosting a Crime Prevention Fair on Saturday, June 27 from 1-5 pm. The event will occur at the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza. Representatives from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will provide crime prevention tips. Representatives from DrugFreeAZkids.org are also scheduled to appear and provide information about substance abuse.

There will be a ribbon cutting for the new MedReturn Drug Collection Unit as well. The collection unit will be installed in the lobby area of the Surprise Police Department. This unit will provide the community with a safe, simple, secure and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications. I hope to see you there!


Did You Know?

Hot Cars Can Kill

Did you know that the interior of a car can heat up to 20 degrees in just 10 minutes? In this heat, dangerous temperatures aren’t hard to reach! The Surprise Police remind you to:

  • Never leave a child alone in a car
  • Look for kids and pets before you lock your vehicle
  • Call 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash related fatalities for children 14 and younger. A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult’s temperature and once a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, they die.

Heatstroke-infographic

Calling All Veterans!

Arizona Department of Employment Security (DES) has partnered with Hilton Hotels to support veterans! Thanks to this partnership, DES offers free hotels stays to veterans, spouses and transitioning service members for employment-related travel. While hundreds of veterans have successfully utilized the program, there are no limits on the number of eligible people who can enroll. Hotel stays are for employment-related travel more than 50 miles away from an individual’s current residence.

Interested individuals must meet certain criteria of the Hilton HHonors Military Rewards Program, including: meeting the definition of a veteran, being a resident of Arizona, registering on the DES free job-search website at www.AZJobConnection.gov, enrolling online for a free HHonors account. For additional information about this program or the eligibility requirements, please contact Ray Tilkens at 520.209.1038 or rtilkens@azdes.gov.

Sidewalk Closure

The sidewalk on the west side of Bullard Avenue is closed from Greenway Road to Tierra Buena Lane due to construction activity associated with the Surprise Stadium improvements. The sidewalk on the east side of Bullard Avenue is accessible via the pedestrian signal at Tierra Buena Lane or the crosswalk at Greenway Road.

Please note that this closure is expected to last through the month of July.

Surprise Police Volunteer Program Wins Award!

The Surprise Police Department’s Volunteer Program won the 2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs.

The Citizen’s Patrol has grown from 7 volunteers in 1997 to 50 active program participants today. The program was established to assist the Surprise Police Department in responding to the City’s 1000% growth rate over the past 16 years. Having grown into its role as an integral part of the Department, the Citizen’s Patrol volunteers carry out many operational and administrative functions. In 2014 alone, the volunteers from the Citizen’s Patrol provided 26,483 volunteer hours. That is the equivalent of nearly 13 full-time employees and an estimated cost avoidance of $662,000.

The members of this program have truly become a fundamental part of our organization. Thank you to each and every volunteer and to our police and city administration who make this successful program possible!

Friendly Reminder – City Council Recess

The Surprise City Council is on recess from City Council meetings in July. For this reason, there will not be a newsletter next month; however, I will resume the newsletters in August. Thank you!

I wish you all a wonderful Independence Day! As always, I appreciate you and your support!


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June 19, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Colorado River Shortage Presentation

The Colorado River system has experienced drought conditions for nearly 15 years, resulting in the water level of Lake Mead dropping to historically low levels. Water levels in Lake Mead determine how much Colorado River water our State receives on an annual basis. The river supplies nearly 40% of Arizona’s total water use. A large portion of Surprise’s renewable water supply is from the Colorado River and delivered by the Central Arizona Project (CAP). The Colorado River supply is of upmost importance and it has a direct impact on the City’s water portfolio and future.

Frank Fairbanks, CAP Board Member, provided a presentation on the challenges a future Colorado River shortage will have on central and southern Arizona and how CAP is collaborating with the state and others to develop solutions. There is a significant chance that a water shortage could be declared in 2016 with greater likelihood it could occur in 2017. The US Secretary of the Interior determines the status of Colorado River water supplies in one of three categories; normal, surplus or shortage. The primary factor of determination is the water level in Lake Mead.

explanation of CAP
An explanation of CAP
Impact on Municipal and Industrial (M&I) Water
Impact on Municipal and Industrial (M&I) Water

Government and Community Partnerships

Government and community partnerships are critical to the health and progress of our City. These partnerships include working with local, county, state and federal officials to creatively address issues and ensure optimal return on taxpayer-funded initiatives. In Surprise, Nicole Lance, Deputy City Manager for Government and Community Partnerships oversees this function. Ms. Lance provided a presentation regarding some of our partners including Luke Air Force Base, Valley Partnership, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Dysart School District and many more.

Ms. Lance also discussed a few legislative agenda items which include a City Council education initiative that is led by Vice Mayor John Williams known as Impact ED, as well as EDRA which is similar to TIF (tax increment financing) utilized in many states.

Council Policy and Procedure Manual Discussion

On September 2, 2014, City Council unanimously adopted the Surprise City Council Policy & Procedures Manual which contains Conduct and Demeanor, Parliamentary Procedure, Use of City Resources, and Subcommittees and Working Groups. Over the last month, the Rules Committee met to discuss possible agenda-related additions to the City Council Policy and Procedure Manual. Discussion was had concerning supporting information and attachments for agenda items, use of the consent agenda, as well as having an additional Council Member, the Vice Mayor or his/her designee, in the agenda review. This item will be further discussed with possible action at a City Council meeting in August.


City Council Meeting

Marley Park Elementary School Recognition

Marley Park Elementary School was recognized for being named a 2015 A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. Ms. Dana Kaye, Principal of Marley Park Elementary School, was present for the City Council recognition as well as Superintendent Dr. Gail Pletnick and others from Dysart Unified School District.

Board and Commission Members Reappointment

Several members of the City’s Boards and Commissions were reappointed including Dennis Hansen, Margaret Lieu and Jean Dibner (Arts Commission); Wayne Turner, Charlie Woodland and Mike Planeta (Community & Recreation Services Commission); Nicole Jeffords and Joseph Poschner (Disability Advisory Commission); Kevin Brucher (MPC Board); Stanley Mucha, Tyson Gage and Harry Grove (Personnel Appeals Board); Matthew Keating, Ken Chapman and Peter Pervi (Planning and Zoning Commission); Stephen Wright, Robert Paisley and Gabriel Rivas (Tourism Commission); and Judge Joseph Kreamer to fill the Superior Court vacancy on the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission.

New board and commission members

I would like to congratulate all of them and thank them for their time and dedication to our City!

Code Change Discussion Regarding City Attorney

At the end of the last City Council meeting, I had requested this item be agendized to discuss if it’s in our best interest to keep the current structure, which has the City Attorney reporting to the City Council, or to amend it so that the City Attorney reports to the City Manager, which is how cities such as Phoenix and El Mirage are set-up. This discussion bears no reflection of the person in this position, but rather the most effective way for legal to operate within our municipality. A motion was made to table this discussion until the appointees are evaluated later this week, so further discussion will occur at an August City Council meeting.

General Obligation Bond Election Discussion

The City Council received a final report from the Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee at our regularly scheduled meeting on May 19. The report included recommendations for three packages of projects and methods for Council to consider. Based on the input from the aforementioned meeting, two options were assembled for review and discussion. The majority of Council agreed that this was not the right time to proceed with a bond election.


Events & Meetings

Dump the Pump

Councilman Roland Winters and I participated in Dump the Pump events on Tuesday, June 16. We met and greeted bus riders and talked about the importance of public transportation. A special thank you to Kathy Chandler and Bonnie Boyce-Wilson for coordinating the event!

Surprise Regional Chamber Breakfast Meeting

I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber breakfast meeting on Tuesday, June 16. Diane McCarthy, Chair of the Chamber, announced Raul Sada as the new President and CEO of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sada is a West Valley resident with an extensive background in the nonprofit industry. Dr. Jerry Burns from Burns Dentistry was a featured speaker regarding his practice and dental health.

Dr. Burns addressing the attendees

For Our City Initiative

The Mayor, Councilman Todd Tande and I met with staff to discuss the For Our City initiative in Surprise. For Our City is a catalyst for constructive change at community grassroot levels. It serves to create a level field where the municipal, business and faith leaders initiate community projects through establishing a host committee that networks to develop and collaborate into an alliance.

Reba’s Vision Networking Breakfast

On Wednesday, June 17, I attended “Reba’s Vision Networking Breakfast”. Reba Mason is the Marketing Manager for Texas Roadhouse and has played a role with bringing a Texas Roadhouse to Surprise. Ms. Mason also has breast cancer and held a networking breakfast at Parkwood Senior Living to raise money for 3-D digital mammography units in the West Valley.

Quarterly Transportation Meeting

Councilman Todd Tande and I met with staff to discuss updates regarding Valley Metro, Arizona Department of Transportation and Maricopa County Department of Transportation. The City is set to begin working on a short-range transit plan. Staff will be meeting with Valley Metro representatives to begin the planning process.

Staff provided an update on the Bell Road/Grand Avenue project. The City engineers are working with our regional partners to coordinate efforts including schedules, alternative routes and traffic control plans.


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Traffic Restrictions

Due to construction, Grand Avenue will be closed in both directions on Saturday, June 27 from 4 a.m. until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 29 from the Loop 303 to Sunrise Boulevard/RH Johnson Boulevard.

Southeast bound traffic on Grand Ave. approaching the Loop 303 will have access to the 303 and be able to go north to El Mirage Rd. or south to Bell Rd. as a detour route.

Northwest bound Grand Ave traffic will be directed to Reems Rd. to westbound Bell Rd. to the Loop 303 as a detour. Access to Sunrise Blvd. and RH Johnson will still be maintained.

The Arizona Department of Transportation works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. For those outside of Arizona, dial 1.888.411.ROAD (7623).


Did You Know?

Fireworks

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, please be sure you are aware of the laws regarding the use and sale of fireworks within the City of Surprise.

Here’s a quick overview:

  • The minimum age for purchasing consumer fireworks is 16.
  • Consumer fireworks use is allowed on private property within city limits, with the property owner’s consent, during these dates only:
    • June 24 – July 6 and December 24 – January 3.
  • Consumer fireworks use is prohibited January 4 – June 23 and July 7 – December 23.

While the use of consumer fireworks is permitted on private property within the city limits, it is still illegal to use consumer fireworks anywhere on public property, including areas like streets, sidewalks and parks.

Residents living in HOA communities should also look into what types of restrictions are in place in their neighborhoods as they relate to fireworks use in driveways and yards.


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“Dump the Pump” event promotes use of public transportation

Councilmembers Skip Hall and Roland F. Winters spoke at Northwest Valley Connect’s “Dump the Pump” events on June 16.

In an effort to promote the use of public transportation, which saves 4.2 billion gallons of gas annually in the U.S., Northwest Valley Connect set up morning events at the Surprise Park N Ride and the Bus Shelter at 105th Ave and Santa Fe.

The councilmembers met with morning riders and spoke about the benefits of a strong public transportation system.

June 5, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

New Council Conversation on Surprise 11

Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and I taped a Council Conversation on Thursday, June 4, regarding his new department and other water resource related items. Please tune in on Surprise 11 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprise11 to watch!

Council Conversations

Surprise Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

The City is proud to announce the winners of the second annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, Bulldog Drives. After completing the five-day boot camp on June 5, Bulldog Drives team members Jeremy Lomas, Juan Ramos, Pablo Zazueta, Shekira Jackson and Shyanne Black, pitched their business idea, along with two other teams, to Vice Mayor John Williams, Councilman Todd Tande and me in a Shark Tank-style program conclusion. Among other prizes, Bulldog Drives received Samsung Galaxy IV tablets for each member and $2,000 to launch their business on the Arizona Charter Academy campus next year.

Bulldog Drives will offer a certified four week drivers permit preparation course for $60, which is approximately half the cost of the average permit preparation course. Once established, this permit course will be the only program in Surprise taught on a school’s campus.

The Surprise Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is a partnership between Surprise charter high schools and the AZ TechCelerator, led by Economic Development Coordinator Julie Neal. The goal of the program is to foster entrepreneurial thinking and provide an opportunity for participants to think strategically about the needs of the students at their school. Camp participants were divided into three teams and, with direction from mentors and guest speakers, taught how to identify service needs, create a plan and present a business concept. Additionally, the students learned business fundamentals including marketing, economics and most importantly, teamwork.

Congratulations to all the teams that participated. I’m very proud of you! Also, I would like to personally thank Julie Neal and all of the sponsors including Rioglass Solar, Intrepid Tools, MD24 House Call, Sheitelman Chiropractic Center, Cobalt Medical, and the Surprise Lions Club.

Economic Development Meeting

Councilman Todd Tande, Councilman Roland Winters and I met with staff from Economic Development and potential businesses interested in locating to Surprise.

Earlier last month, Texas Roadhouse picked up their permits and began grading their location on Grand Avenue near Trader Joe’s. The Surprise Economic Development team is working diligently to add businesses and restaurants to our great City!

Entrepreneurial Boot Camp Students
Entrepreneurial Boot Camp Medal

WHAM Exhibit Opening at Birt’s Bistro

I attended the WHAM Exhibit Opening at Birt’s Bistro on Thursday, June 11. This reception was a great opportunity to support our local west valley WHAM artists.


Mark Your Calendar

Traffic Restrictions

Crews have continued to pave near the interchange of Loop 303 and El Mirage Road. Work will continue nightly Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19. For more information about this work, please call 855.712.8530 or you can email projects@azdot.gov.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has also issued an update regarding construction at Grand Avenue and the Loop 303. The US 60 (Grand Avenue) will be restricted in both directions from 1 am until 12 noon on Saturday, June 13 near Loop 303 while traffic is switched to the new on- and off-ramps to and from southbound Loop 303. Following Saturday’s work, drivers will utilize the new signalized intersection to make US 60 ramp connections to and from southbound Loop 303.

Southwest Invitational

The Southwestern Invitational which exhibits the work of 48 contemporary Arizona artists will travel to five galleries around the state this year and through 2016. The exhibits first stop is the West Valley Art Council (16126 N. Civic Center Plaza). This exhibit will be on display June 16 through July 23, and the gallery is open from 10 am until 3 pm Tuesday through Thursday. Admission is free! We hope to see you there!

Crime Prevention Fair

The Surprise Police are hosting a Crime Prevention Fair on Saturday, June 27, from 1 pm until 5 pm in the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium located at 14250 West Statler Plaza. The event will feature information on a new property theft reduction program, facts about substance abuse, an opportunity to drop-off unwanted or expired medications, and much more.

A representative from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Division Chief Scott Blum, is the keynote speaker and he will be available to answer your questions! Representatives from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will also be in attendance to discuss crime prevention tips and provide helpful advice.

This event will mark the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of a new MedReturn Drug Collection Unit. This unit will be located in the lobby area of the Surprise Police Department, and it will provide the community with a safe, simple, secure and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine.


Did You Know?

Certificate of Necessity

The City received notification from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) that the Surprise Fire-Medical Department was awarded with a Certificate of Necessity (CON) to provide ground transportation of emergency patients. We are the first fire department outside of Phoenix to receive a CON in 30 years. This is a huge achievement for the City and our Fire-Medical Department! We could not have done it without the help of Chief Tom Abbott and our City Management team! Thank you!

City is Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commissions

The City is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions:

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission – 2 vacancies
  • Community & Recreation Services Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Disability Advisory Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Health Trust Fund Board – 3 vacancies
  • Personnel Appeals Board – 1 vacancy
  • Planning & Zoning Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Tourism Commission – 2 vacancies (1 hotel industry and 1 restaurant industry)

All Board/Commission positions are voluntary. Applications are available for pick-up immediately. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday, from 8 am until 5 pm or online at www.surpriseaz.gov. Please submit your applications to the City Clerk’s office in person or via email at clerk@surpriseaz.gov.


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June 5, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting

Surprise Fire-Medical receives EMS Award

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission Lifeline EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Agencies that receive the Mission: Lifeline Silver award have demonstrated at least 75 percent compliance for each required achievement measure for the entire year and treat at least eight STEMI or ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction patients for the year.

Surprise Fire-Medical receives EMS Award

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, a type of heart attack caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment for survival. I am very grateful to Chief Tom Abbott and his team who ensure we have state of the art equipment to save our residents’ lives on a daily basis.

Maricopa Association of Governments Grants Award

In September 2014, the City submitted an application for funding to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) to replace four of its oldest certified street sweepers. They were notified of a partial award on January 29, 2015 and a full award on February 26, 2015. The City Council authorized the City Manager to accept the MAG grant award, not to exceed $859,000 ($214,750 dollars per sweeper) for the purchase of four certified street sweeper replacements. I’d like to thank City Manager Bob Wingenroth and his team for their work on this grant that will equate to a huge savings to the City! Thank you!

HOME Funding

Home funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to municipalities in order to provide decent and affordable housing for income qualified residents of Surprise. This funding would be applied towards the continuation of the Housing Rehabilitation Program that addresses homes that are in need of health and safety repairs or replacement. The City of Surprise receives funding as a member of the Maricopa County Housing Consortium through an intergovernmental agreement. This is necessary as Surprise does not meet the necessary population threshold to receive funding directly from HUD.

The City Council unanimously voted to accept HOME grant funds for FY2016 which will increase the amount of funding in the Neighborhood and Family Services HOME program by $130,000. This grant funding will be included as part of the FY2016 budget.

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Adopted

The City Council adopted a $304.7 million FY2016 budget. This budget addresses immediate operational needs, continues service increases and maintains the current property tax rate. The budget also raises the City’s reserves by 14% to $17 million.

The Council is scheduled to formally adopt the property tax levy at the next regular scheduled City Council meeting on June 16. The Council will not increase the rate; it will maintain the FY2015 property tax rate at $.07591 per $100 of assessed valuation.


Events & Meetings

Boys & Girls Club of Surprise Steering Committee Meeting

Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Surprise Steering Committee met on Wednesday, June 3 with Teri Halliday, Director of Organizational Development. The Committee continues to work diligently as we progress to Phase 2 of establishing the Boys & Girls Club of Surprise.


Mark Your Calendar

Traffic Restrictions

Due to paving work, Grand Avenue will be reduced to a single lane in each direction from approximately 163rd Avenue to just west of RH Johnson Boulevard from Friday, June 5 at 9 pm until Monday, June 8 at 5 am.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

Surprise is offering free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for residents interested in learning how to help in an emergency or disaster situation. The training, which offers certification upon completion, is designed to help build a team of community volunteers who can help respond to incidents effectively and efficiently without putting themselves in danger.

Trainees will learn how to manage utilities and extinguish small fires, apply techniques for opening airways, provide basic medical aid and much more. The classes are scheduled for three consecutive Saturdays – June 13, 20 and 27 from 8 am until 5 pm at the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza. For more information or to register, please contact the Surprise Fire-Medical Department at crfire@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.5400.

CERT Training Program


Did You Know?

Regular City Council Work Session and City Council Meeting Canceled Aug. 18

The regular City Council Work Session and City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 has been canceled due to the 2015 Arizona League of Cities and Towns Annual Conference that will occur August 18 through August 21.

City is Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commissions

The City is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions:

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission – 2 vacancies
  • Community & Recreation Services Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Disability Advisory Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Health Trust Fund Board – 3 vacancies
  • Personnel Appeals Board – 1 vacancy
  • Planning & Zoning Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Tourism Commission – 2 vacancies (1 hotel industry and 1 restaurant industry)

All Board/Commission positions are voluntary. Applications are available for pick-up immediately. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday, from 8 am until 5 pm or online at www.surpriseaz.gov. Please submit your applications to the City Clerk’s office in person or via email at clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

Dysart Unified School District High Schools Earn “Best High School” Title

Shadow Ridge and Valley Vista High Schools were each named as a 2015 Best High School by U.S. News and World Report and earned bronze medals for the second consecutive year. Principal Michael Hawkins has been leading Shadow Ridge since the school opened in 2009 and Principal Roberta Lockhart has served in her capacity at Valley Vista since 2013. Congratulations to DUSD, the principals and their respective teams for this fantastic recognition!

Newsletter Update

Since the City Council is in recess for the month of July, I will halt my newsletter for the month. You’ll receive a weekly publication on June 26, but then you will not receive another until August 7. Thank you!


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Council adopts FY16 final budget

The Surprise City Council adopted a $304.7 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget, Tuesday night, that addresses immediate operational needs, continues service increases and maintains the property tax rate.

The budget also raises the city’s reserves by 14% to $17 million.

Other highlights include:

  • Pavement Preservation
  • Maintains Dial-A-Ride service expansion; continues Express Route 571
  • 18 new full time positions (Police, Fire-Medical, utilities, general government operations)
  • Surprise Regional Library operations (required by previous county agreement)
  • Vehicle and Asset Replacement

Council also agreed to maintain the FY15 property tax rate at $.07591 per $100 of assessed valuation.

While Council’s action maintains the property tax levy for FY16, home valuations have increased. Home valuations are set by the Maricopa County Assessor. While the tax rate has not changed, higher home valuations will result in a 2.6%, or $171,600, increase year-over-year. The annual increase on a $100,000 home would be $1.93.

Council will formally adopt the property tax levy on June 16.

The complete FY16 Budget will be posted online at www.surpriseaz.gov.