October 30, 2015 • Newsletter

Special City Council Meeting

City Attorney Update

City Council met on Tuesday, October 27 at a Special Council Meeting to consider and take action on appointing an Interim City Attorney given Misty Leslie’s resignation last week. Deputy City Attorney Robert Wingo has been named the City’s Interim City Attorney. Mr. Wingo joined the City in December 2013 as the Deputy City Attorney and was named Chief Deputy in April 2014. He has 11 years of legal experience including prior service as the City Attorney for Page, Arizona. He holds a B.S. summa cum laude in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Please join me in thanking Misty for her service to the City. I wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor.


Events & Meetings

Surprise Police Officer Jim Reznik Retires

I was honored to attend the Surprise Police Department Retirement Open House for Officer Jim Reznik. Officer Reznik retired on October 22, 2015 with 28 years of service to our fine City.

Officer Reznik began employment with the Surprise Marshal’s Office on September 23, 1987. Throughout his career, Jim was assigned to the Field Operations Division and the Criminal Investigations Division. He was also assigned to the DEA Task Force from 2002 until 2011. Jim’s achievements included Field Training Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Gang Training and Master Police Officer.

Officer Reznik

Thank you, Jim, for all your years of service protecting Surprise and making a difference in the lives of so many of our beloved residents.

Surprise Invitational Art Exhibit Opens at Arts HQ

The West Valley Arts HQ Gallery hosted an opening reception for the Surprise Invitational Art Exhibit on Thursday, October 22. Councilman Roland Winters and I attended the event with several residents and fellow art enthusiasts. There are over 80 pieces on display. The exhibit can be seen through December 11, 2016. West Valley Arts HQ is located at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Harvest Festival

On Friday, October 23, I attended Benevilla’s Harvest Festival at the Surprise Community Garden. This annual event was full of residents enjoying music, food, crafts and much more. I’d like to extend a special thank you to the Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments for their work at this event!

mother holding child at the Harvest Festival

Kids and parents trick-or-treating at Harvest Festival

The Surprise Community Garden is a Community For All Ages program led by Benevilla in partnership with the City of Surprise and Rio Salado College.

Sierra Verde Community Event

Mayor Wolcott, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I attended the Sierra Verde Movie Night on Saturday, October 24 at their local community park. Many residents were in attendance for the event which was sponsored by Stillwater Landscape Management.

Rio Salado RISE International Presentations

Councilmen Jim Biundo and Roland Winters and I were honored to watch presentations from international students as part of the RISE program at Rio Salado College on Monday, October 26. Immigrants from Laos, Belarus, Mexico and Tonga were eager to share their stories about why they chose Surprise, their thoughts on America and much more. More than 80 people were in attendance.

RISE is a grassroots community based educational organization created for and by seniors to afford them the opportunity for stimulation, enlightenment and interaction amongst peers in an environment which encourages lifelong learning.

Sierra Verde Community Meeting

Sierra Verde held their HOA meeting on Wednesday, October 28. The budget for 2016 was approved, and an update was provided on the fall tree pruning and removals.


Mark Your Calendar

Transportation Update Meeting

Staff has scheduled a community meeting on Thursday, November 5 in the Mayor’s Atrium of City Hall from 5-7 pm so that City can communicate information regarding current and future transportation Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects with residents. The City has compiled a list of 10 significant projects that are either in design review, have been recently approved or are currently under construction, and will have information tables for each project at this meeting.

One project nearing completion is the Bell Road Sidewalk Project, which is 80 percent complete and on track to conclude in mid-November.

Pavement Preservation Work – Traffic Restrictions

The City is in the process of performing pavement preservation work on Reems Road between Greenway and Waddell Roads resulting in traffic restrictions.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction from 6 am until 6 pm on November 2 and November 3. Turn lanes will be maintained as long as possible until they are within work limits.


Did You Know?

General Election Day

As a friendly reminder, there will be NO voting at Surprise City Hall on Election Day, November 3. All voters waiting to vote until Election Day must go to their designated polling locations to vote in person and to drop off ballots.

Polls will be open from 6 am until 7 pm on Election Day only. Please call the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.1511 for more information or please feel free to visit www.recorder.maricopa.gov to search for your polling location.

Surprise Dial-A-Ride Update

Surprise Dial-A-Ride is now offering service on holidays! Holiday service will be capped at 30 one-way trips per day.

Dial-A-Ride’s regular hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regular weekday cap limits are 140 one-way trips, and Saturdays have a cap of 30 one-way trips.

As a reminder, Dial-A-Ride offers advanced reservations. Certified ADA, seniors and others with disabilities can schedule advance reservations up to 14 days prior to the trip. To make an appointment for Dial-A-Ride service, please call 602.266.8723.

All Dial-A-Ride service requirements remain the same and can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/dialaride.


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October 23, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

General Plan 2035 Amendment Update

Surprise Planner II Joshua Mike and Kevin Kugler of Baker International presented an update on the land use portion of the General Plan element. The focus of the discussion was on the character approach versus traditional prescriptive general plan land use. The character area is a more modern approach that is currently utilized by some communities. There are fewer land use categories to define the character but included in these character areas are development types which organize the relationship of land uses. It is typically more flexible and quantitative and combines concepts of land use with building form to help guide the development in each character area.

The end of 60 day review period for the General Plan Update is November 17. Followed by a November 19 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The Planning and Zoning Commission will make a recommendation on December 3 with City Council action on December 15. For more information, please see the City of Surprise website at http://www.surpriseaz.gov/generalplan.

City Transportation Projects Update

Staff provided an update on several city CIP projects scheduled to occur this fall.

Waddell Road Median (Litchfield Road to 1200 feet west): Construction is expected to begin in January 2016. Request for bids will open in November.

Landscaping Median (various locations):The project currently focuses on completing medians in the following locations:

  • Reems Road – Peoria to Cactus (1 mile)
  • Bullard Avenue – Peoria to Cholla (1/2 mile)
  • Waddell Road – 175th to Citrus (1/2 mile)
  • Sarival Road – Bell to Northwest Ranch Parkway (900 feet)

The construction at Cactus Road (south side) from Litchfield Road to rail road tracks and Litchfield Road (east side) from Cactus Road to Desert Cove Road is expected to begin in the March/April 2016 timeframe.

The Bell Road sidewalk project is currently 80% complete and is expected to be complete by mid-November.

The Greenway Road widening project (Bullard Avenue to Litchfield Road) is anticipated to be bid and awarded in December 2015 and completed in Spring 2016. The project also includes intersection dip improvements at Dysart and Litchfield Roads.


City Council Meeting

Surprise Municipal Code Amendment – City Attorney

In June 2015, City Council discussed a possible code change to move the City Attorney’s line of reporting from City Council to the City Manager. The City Council was previously provided with the amended ordinance and a lengthy discussion occurred to clarify the opinion. Further discussion led to the request for a second opinion.

Bell/Grand Corridor Project Discussion

Several representatives from Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) presented the background of the proposed Bell/Grand corridor project as City Council pondered whether or not to move forward with it. Included in the discussion was the approximate cost of the project, the timeline of the project, safety and traffic flow concerns, economic impact and the health of the community overall if the project continues. After a lengthy discussion, followed by numerous questions, City Council decided to proceed with the project, by a 5-2 vote, which entails up to a 7-month full closure of Bell Road, from Dysart Road to West Point Parkway.

It is my intent to stay actively involved with the businesses and residents affected and to help eliminate as much disruption as possible. Economic Development staff has been asked to prepare a business assistance plan to help the businesses impacted by the future construction. Work on Bell Road is not anticipated until after spring training. For additional information, I encourage you to watch the City Council meeting online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprise11 or on cable channel 11.

Surprise Community Outreach Program Recommendations

The Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships and Grants received approval on the funding recommendations for the Surprise Community Outreach Program for fiscal year 2016. This year, the Committee received 14 applications totaling $117,175. The following agencies were unanimously approved for funding:

St. Vincent de Paul ($10,000), Northwest Valley Connect ($8,000), Dysart Education Foundation ($8,800), Homeless Youth Connection ($3,200), West Valley Arts Council ($5,000) and West Valley Symphony ($5,000)


Events & Meetings

Roy Villanueva Community & Recreation Complex Plaque Unveiling

Mayor Wolcott, Councilman Jim Biundo, Councilman Roland Winters and I joined Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and her family for the Roy Villanueva Community & Recreation Complex plaque unveiling on Saturday, October 17 prior to the Surprise Fiesta Grande. More than 100 people were in attendance for this event honoring Mr. Villanueva who spent so many years diligently working for our fine city.

Councilwoman Villanueva standing by the new Roy Villanueva rec complex plaque

Roy Villanueva rec complex plaque

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The Surprise Fiesta Grande was held on Saturday, October 17. Despite the brief rainfall, the event was a success! Approximately 10,000 people attended the event as well as 30 business vendors and 10 food vendors. It is our hope the Fiesta becomes a welcome tradition for our City as it honors our heritage and celebrates our diversity. Thank you to Mark Coronado, Director of Community & Recreation Services, and his team for their hard work preparing for the event.

Surprise Police Department Promotional Ceremony

Several Council Members and I attended a Surprise Police Department Promotional Ceremony in the City Council Chamber. Those promoted were Assistant Chief Geoffrey Leggett, Commander John Heffelfinger, Lieutenant Jeremy Robertson, Lieutenant Theresa Clark, Sergeant Ian Murton, Sergeant Severin Hall and Sergeant Robert Gabrych. Congratulations to all of you and best of luck to you in your positions!

Surprise PD members being promoted: Assistant Chief Geoffrey Leggett, Commander John Heffelfinger, Lieutenant Jeremy Robertson, Lieutenant Theresa Clark, Sergeant Ian Murton, Sergeant Severin Hall and Sergeant Robert Gabrych

Surprise HOA Academy

I attended the Surprise HOA Academy on Monday, October 19. There were 47 residents in attendance. The goal of the HOA Academy is to provide expert information for West Valley HOA Board Members, management company staff and homeowners.

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Monthly Breakfast

Councilman Jim Biundo and I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, October 20. There was a round table discussion on recommended improvements to bring more value to Chamber members. Future event ideas were also discussed.

Homeless Youth Connection Breakfast Meeting

Homeless Youth Connection (HYC) held their “Empowering Youth” breakfast on Thursday, October 22 at Tuscany Falls Golf Resort. Homeless Youth Connection offers the Empowering Youth for the Future (EYFTF) program to provide homeless youth the resources they need to stay in school and graduate. Funding for the program provides basic needs, case management, housing and life skills.

HYC serves homeless youth from 13 to 19 years of age. Youth must be free of substance abuse and are without a stable home and homeless through no fault or choice of their own. Each youth is identified by their school as homeless under the McKinney-Vento Act. The youth that are served are part of several school districts, including Dysart, in the West Valley.

Homeless Youth Connection (HYC) Empowering Youth breakfast

Valley Metro RPTA Meeting

On Thursday, October 22, I attended the Valley Metro RPTA Board meeting. There will be a slight change with the Surprise Dial-A-Ride service. Surprise Dial-A-Ride is now offering service on holidays. The holiday service will be capped to 30 one-way trips per day.

Dial-A-Ride’s regular hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 5 am to 8 pm. Regular weekday cap limits are 140 one-way trips, and Saturdays have a cap of 30 one-way trips.


Mark Your Calendar

Preventing Medical & Tax Identity Theft

Financial consequences of medical or tax identity theft can be devastating. You can help protect yourself by getting informed at a free class. The Preventing Medical and Tax Identity Theft class will be taught by Linda Vitale, tax professional, newspaper columnist, author and educator and it will cover the reasoning for how identity theft happens and how to protect yourself.

The class will be held on Wednesday, November 4 from 10 am until 11:30 am at the Surprise City Hall, Room 150, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. For more information, please call Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242.


Did You Know?

Stormwater Utility Public Meetings

Surprise will be hosting four public meetings to inform residents about the proposed Stormwater Utility and to gather input on stormwater management in the city. If adopted, a utility designated for stormwater management would enable the city to cover the costs of public health and safety concerns often caused by stormwater such as flooding, which causes polluted standing water that attracts pests, and transportation issues such as sinkholes and premature pavement loss.

Residents are encouraged to attend the public meetings to learn more. For the residential customer, the proposed rate is approximately a $2 line item added to your current monthly water/wastewater bill. The first public meeting will be held November 18 at Sierra Montana Recreation Center, 14861 N. Spring Lane from 6 until 7:30 pm. For information on additional meetings, please call 623.222.6000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/stormwater.


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Surprise resident recognized for earning spot in 2016 Para Olympics

Mayor and Council with Eric Bennett
Surprise City Council recognized Eric Bennett, a long-time Surprise resident who won a gold medal in the Men’s Open Recurve Division at the World Archery Para Championships.

On Tuesday, October 20, the Surprise City Council recognized Eric Bennett, a long-time Surprise resident and teacher at Shadow Ridge High School, who won a gold medal in the Men’s Open Recurve Division at the World Archery Para Championships in Donaueschingen, Germany this past August. The victory guarantees Eric’s participation in the 2016 Para Olympics in Rio next summer. He also captured the silver medal at the Para Pan Games in Toronto.

 

October 16, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Disability Advisory Commission Interview

Councilman Roland Winters, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I interviewed a candidate for the Disability Advisory Commission on Tuesday, October 13. For those of you who might be interested in volunteering on any one of our several boards or commissions, please visit http://surpriseaz.gov/boards or contact the Surprise City Clerk’s office at 623.222.1220.

The Great Arizona Shake Out

Did you know that Arizona has earthquakes? Although major earthquakes are infrequent in Arizona, especially in comparison to California, Nevada and Utah, each year hundreds of earthquakes do occur in and around our State. Taking steps now to prepare your family and home will help not only mitigate the effects of earth shaking but also provide you with an opportunity to practice how to be safer when it does happen.

The Great Arizona Shake Out was organized on Thursday, October 15 to encourage you and our community to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies and to secure space in order to prevent damage and injuries. For further information, please visit http://shakeout.org/Arizona.

Valley Metro Budget & Finance Committee Meeting

The Valley Metro Budget & Finance Committee met on Thursday, October 15. The major subjects discussed for future recommendation to the full Board of Directors were the Reserve Policy and the Investment Policy. Additionally, we reviewed the Public Transportation Fund revenues from the Prop 400 Maricopa County Transportation Excise Tax. Some of that data is as follows:

FY 2013/2014 – Actuals
$121,774,260
FY 2014/2015 – Budget
$127,672,000
FY2014/2015 – Actuals
$127,317,682

There is a loss of $354,318 compared to budget from last year but a $5,543,422 increase compared to last year’s actuals.


Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The Surprise Fiesta Grande is finally here this Saturday, October 17 from 2 pm until 10 pm on Hollyhock Street on the Roy Villanueva Recreation Campus, 15837 N. Nash Street. Admission is free. Please consider joining us for authentic Mexican food, beer and food garden, classic car show, a kids’ zone and plenty of live entertainment!

I hope to see you there! For more information, please visit http://surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Surprise Fiesta Grande logo

Bullard Avenue Task Force Meeting

The Bullard Avenue Task Force will meet on October 19 at 6 pm at the Northwest Regional Library meeting room, 16089 N. Bullard Avenue. This meeting is open to the public. For more information about the task force, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

Mark your calendar for the next Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival! Thunderbird Artists leads the charts when it comes to producing award winning fine art & wine festivals. The 4th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival will occur January 22, 23, & 24 at the Surprise Recreation Campus located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.


Did You Know?

Bell/Grand Avenue Corridor Project

Please note that the City Council will be discussing, with possible action, a recommendation to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) on whether or not to move forward with the Bell Road/Grand Avenue intersection project.

Late last month, businesses located in District 5 and along the corridor, met at the Communiversity after a presentation by City staff and ADOT to discuss the project and their concerns.

Important Election Dates for November 2015

The City of Surprise has been designated as an Early Voting Site. All registered voters within Maricopa County will be able to vote at City Hall, including Surprise, El Mirage, Waddell, Wittman, etc. Please note the following dates:

  • October 23 – Last day to request an Early Ballot be mailed to you
  • October 30 – Early Voting ends at City Hall at 5 pm.

Please note no voting will take place at City Hall on Election Day. All voters must go to their designated polling locations to vote in person. Polls will be open from 6 am until 7 pm on Election Day only. For information on your polling location for Election Day, you can contact the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.3535 or visit our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/electionnews.


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October 9, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Boys & Girls Club of Surprise

Earlier this year, City Council identified the need for a Boys & Girls Club within the City of Surprise. After a 5-2 vote, City Council allocated $2 million for an endowment fund where interest earned will help fund operational costs for the future development of a Club; however, a new facility is at least two years away. Mark Coronado, Director of Community & Recreation Services, presented an option to open Boys & Girls Club satellite locations at current City operated recreation centers in advance of the new facility. This option eliminates initial costs to open a facility since we would utilize space at Countryside Recreation Center and Sierra Montana Recreation Center.

Mr. Coronado reinforced that all existing facility programing will continue and enhance opportunities for all youth in our community.

Surprise City Code Chapter 10 – Animals Chapter

After reviewing Surprise City Code. Chapter 10, Surprise Lieutenant Harold Brady recommends that City Council consider a few changes to the animals chapter, including, but not limited to, definitions of at large, owner and vicious; new licensing violations; additional regulations for animals declared vicious; cost recovery for impounded animals; animal cruelty penalties; improved due process for owner(s) of suspected barking dogs; and eliminating an exception allowing dogs to be off leash throughout gated communities.

New violations were recommended for failure to obtain a license within 15 days after written notification to do so, counterfeiting a dog license, removing a valid license from a dog and placing an invalid license on a dog. New vicious animal restrictions were also discussed including the purchase of a $100,000 public liability insurance policy and spaying or neutering within 30 days of final judgment of viciousness.

Barking dog procedure recommendations included civil violations for first offenses (Must disturb peace and quiet for two or more residences); second violation may be criminal or civil at the discretion of the enforcement agent; third and subsequent violations are criminal. There must be at least one witness willing to testify in court under these proposed circumstances.

Surprise Conference and Training Center

Water Resource Manager Director Terry Lowe discussed the need for future water and wastewater jobs within the next 10 years. One of the greatest challenges in finding replacements for those currently working in these positions and expected to retire within the next five years is there is a lack of applicants with needed certifications and lack of skills to operate today’s treatment systems.

The City of Surprise can help as we have the facilities to show the complete Life Cycle of Water in Arizona at one location; the groundwater treatment/distribution (Rancho Gabriella WSF) and water reclamation/recharge (SPA1 WRF). This can be achieved in partnership with Gateway Community College.

The proposed new training center, the Surprise-Gateway Training Center, would contain a wastewater operations lab, a water operations lab, large assembly space, three classrooms (2 standard classrooms and 1 learning lab), a water education lab, an OSHA education lab and a small fitness center.

Surprise-Gateway Training Center render

Surprise-Gateway Training Center floor plan render

In order to proceed, the Council will need to consider and staff will need to complete an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Gateway Community College. The design should be complete by December 2015, and a groundbreaking would likely take place during the first quarter of 2016. Classes are anticipated to begin in September 2016, timeline and approval permitting.


City Council Meeting

Domestic Violence Awareness Proclamation Presentation

Domestic violence is an awful epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, gender, race, religion or economic status. Sadly, 1 in 4 U.S. women experience violence by a partner at some time during their life and 2 out of 3 children are exposed to trauma and violence in their life. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

Vice Mayor John Williams presented a Proclamation in honor of the City’s support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the month of October. We stand behind all victims, and we will continue to bring awareness to providing protections against domestic violence.


Events & Meetings

Rotary Club of Surprise Monthly Meeting

I attended the Rotary Club of Surprise monthly meeting on Thursday, October 1. The Rotary Club discussed the plans for their two major annual fundraisers. The 2015 Rotary Club of Surprise Golf Classic will be held on November 7, 2015 at Great Eagle Golf Club. More information can be found at www.surpriserotarygolfclassic.org. The Taste of Surprise will be held on March 9, 2016.

Arts & Cultural Commission Meeting

The Arts & Cultural Commission met on Monday, October 1. The Commission will have a booth at the upcoming Surprise Fiesta Grande. They are also busy planning the Art Encounter at City Hall scheduled for November 12 from 5 until 7 pm.

Meet & Greet for New Director Candidates

City Manager Bob Wingenroth hosted a Meet & Greet in the Mayor’s Atrium on Friday, October 2 for seven finalists vying for the Director of Human Service and Community Vitality Position. I will include the announcement of the new director in a future newsletter.

Governor Ducey’s International State of the State Address

Assistant City Manager Rick Buss, Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic and I attended Governor Ducey’s International State of the State address on Monday, October 5 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. A bi-national mega-region, shared border and foreign trade policy were the focus of the Governor’s conversation.

This year, U.S. exports are down by 5% while Arizona’s export volume continues to increase with a current volume of up to 7%. Arizona exported approximately $21.25 billion in goods and services to foreign markets in 2014. Arizona’s largest market in 2014 was Mexico with $8.62 billion in exports. The second largest market was Canada with $2.25 billion, followed by United Kingdom ($1.10 billion), China ($1.02 billion) and Germany ($753 million).

The state’s largest merchandise export category is computer & electronic products which accounted for $4.975 billion of Arizona’s total merchandise exports in 2014. The largest metropolitan areas are Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale at $12.8 billion (65.4% share); Tucson at $2.3 billion (11.7% share); Sierra Vista-Douglas at $425 million (2.2% share); Lake Havasu City – Kingman at $255 million (1.3% share); and Prescott at $50 million (0.3% share).

Boards & Commission Interviews

Councilman Roland Winters, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I interviewed interested candidates for openings on the Arts & Cultural Commission on Wednesday, October 7. Thank you to everyone who applied!


Mark Your Calendar

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The City’s next Household Hazardous Waste Collection event will take place on Saturday, October 10 from 8 am until 12 noon. Drop-off is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to entrance off Foxfire Drive). This event is free and for Surprise residents only.

Acceptable items include antifreeze, car batteries, motor oil, gasoline, diesel, fuel additives, pool chemicals, stain, paint, pesticides and much more. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or you can call 623.222.6000.

Second Sunday in the Park

The Silverkats live will perform 70s and 80s cover tunes at the next Second Sundays in the Park event on Sunday, October 11 at the Surprise Community Park, located at 15953 N. Bullard Avenue. The band will play from 2 until 4 p.m.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

Please mark your calendar and join us at this fun-filled street festival paying homage to the significance of the Original Town Site (OTS) and the importance of the Grand Avenue Corridor. The event will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 2 pm until 10 pm on Hollyhock Street on the Roy Villanueva Recreation Campus in the OTS.

I hope to see you there! For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

fiesta Grande logo

Bullard Avenue Task Force Meeting

The Bullard Avenue Task Force will meet on October 19 at 6 pm at the Northwest Regional Library meeting room, 16089 N. Bullard Avenue. This meeting is open to the public. For more information about the task force, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.


Did You Know?

City Hall – Upcoming Holiday Schedule

With several fall holidays quickly approaching, there are a few holiday scheduling changes you may want to know about.

City offices will remain open on Columbus Day – Monday, October 12.

City offices will be closed on Veterans Day – Wednesday, November 11. The holiday trash and recycling schedule will be in effect that week. Monday and Tuesday pick-up will not be affected. Pick up originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 11 will move to Thursday, November 12 and pick up originally scheduled for Thursday, November 12 will move to Friday, November 13.

City offices will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. The holiday trash and recycling schedule will be in effect. The holiday will only affect residents with Thursday pick-up, which will move to Friday, November 27.

Important Election Dates for November 2015

The City of Surprise has been designated as an Early Voting Site for the Nov. 3 election. All registered voters within Maricopa County are able to vote at City Hall through October 30 at 5p.m. Please note that voter registration for the Nov. 3 election has closed, but those who are registered have until Oct. 23 to request an Early Ballot.

No voting will take place at City Hall on Election Day. All voters must go to their designated polling locations to vote in person. Polls will be open from 6 am until 7 pm on Election Day only. For information on your polling location for Election Day, you can contact the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.3535 or visit our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/electionnews.


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October 2, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

West Valley Council to Council Mixer

The City of Surprise hosted the first ever West Valley Council to Council Mixer on Thursday, September 24 at Surprise Stadium. Eleven cities from throughout the West Valley were invited with ten of those cities represented. The successful event was the brainchild of Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and transpired as a way for Council Members to informally get together, get to know each other better and discuss things happening in our respective cities. Other cities agreed to share the hosting, and the event is now being planned once a quarter.

West Valley Council to Council Mixer
Councilwoman Villanueva addressing some of the Council Members

Bullard Avenue Task Force Meeting

The Bullard Avenue Task Force met last Thursday, September 24 to determine the long term traffic management and safety improvements for the section between Greenway and Peoria Avenue. The 13 member task force consists of residents, developers, business professionals and Dysart Unified School District staff who represent various opinions on the design of Bullard.

City Manager Bob Wingenroth facilitated the discussion and advised the group that their goal was to achieve a consensus recommendation on the final design while considering the balance of safety, efficiency and quality of life.

During the initial presentation, two city-developed design alternatives were discussed as starting points for discussion with the understanding that their task force could create a new alternative or construct a hybrid alternative that combines elements from the City’s design. The design alternatives, including keeping the 35 MPH speed zone were:

  • Restore TWO LANES of travel in each direction using 11′ lanes, relocate crosswalks 300 feet from intersection and install “push button” activated pedestrian signals with overhead flashing red lights.
  • Maintain ONE LANE of travel in each direction and 15 MPH school zones. Replace Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) lane with painted diagonal striped buffer between travel lane and bike lane. Add or clarify right turn lanes.

After deliberation, the group agreed that Bullard Avenue should maintain the 35 MPH speed limit; however, they requested that City staff compile additional data and create modeled layouts of both alternatives before they decide whether Bullard should remain one lane of travel in each direction or return to two lanes.

The Bullard Avenue Task Force will meet for a second time on Monday, October 19 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at City Hall for further discussion. The meetings are open to the public. For more information about the task force, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

Rio Salado Update

Councilman Jim Biundo and I met with Greg Pereira, Director at the Communiversity at Surprise and the Lifelong Learning Center at Rio Salado College on Friday, September 25. We received an update on enrollment and contracts with other community colleges. Further we discussed future interactive learning concepts that the college is currently considering.

Arts & Cultural Commission Meeting

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Commission held a breakfast meeting at City Hall on Saturday, September 26. Councilman Jim Biundo and I attended the meeting with local business representatives, art organizations and members of the Arts & Cultural Commission.

Catherine “Rusty” Foley, Executive Director of Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts was the guest speaker who presented on “What Makes a City an Art Destination: The Future of Art in Surprise”. This presentation set the stage for a mapping exercise to help identify possible locations for art, types of arts, and art and cultural facilities. We discussed value of arts in the community and its effect on economic development, quality of life and how it promotes overall positive wellbeing. The event was a huge success.

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Update

On Monday, September 29, I met with Raoul Sada, President and CEO of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sada began his career with the Chamber this past July and is currently working on several projects including a Chamber-generated Visitor’s Guide and a new and improved website. In addition, he is looking into the possibility of starting a business luncheon with renowned speakers for the membership.

The City and the Chamber are working to together on a mutually beneficial contract which would focus on concrete deliverables for the City.

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Interchange Stakeholders Meeting

City staff and ADOT representatives met with stakeholders from the business community on Wednesday, September 30. Well over 100 business representatives were in attendance. City Manager Bob Wingenroth facilitated the meeting followed by ADOT’s Assistant Communications Director Brock Barnhart who discussed closure options. Attendees were given time for a very active question and answer session.

You can view new renderings and video at www.surpriseaz.gov/bellandgrand.

City Manager Wingenroth addressing the crowd.
City Manager Wingenroth addressing the crowd.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The City’s next Household Hazardous Waste Collection event will take place on Saturday, October 10 from 8 am until 12 noon. Drop-off is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to entrance off Foxfire Drive). This event is free and for Surprise residents only.

Acceptable items include antifreeze, car batteries, motor oil, gasoline, diesel, fuel additives, pool chemicals, stain, paint, pesticides and much more. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or you can call 623.222.6000.

Surprise Swap Meet

Mark your calendars for the Fall 2015 Surprise Super Swap Meet, the very popular community-wide garage sale, scheduled for Saturday, November 14 in the Surprise Aquatic Center parking lot located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue from 8 am until 1 pm. Parking and admission are free.

If you have new or used items you are looking to sell, there is also vendor space available. For more information on space, please call 623.222.1500 or you can visit the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 Hollyhock Street.

Surprise Swap Meet


Did You Know?

Texas Roadhouse Opens in Surprise

Texas Roadhouse, located at 14175 W. Grand Avenue, opened its doors in Surprise earlier this week. The new restaurant brings 180 new jobs to the City! Congratulations to Todd Cunningham, Managing Partner, and his team on the opening and best of luck to them in Surprise!

Important Election Dates for November 2015

The City of Surprise has been designated as an Early Voting Site for the Northwest Valley. All registered voters within Maricopa County will be able to vote at City Hall, including Surprise, El Mirage, Waddell, Wittman, etc. Please note the following dates:

  • October 5 – Voter Registration Closes
  • October 7 – Early Voting begins at Surprise City Hall, City Clerk’s Office
  • October 23 – Last day to request an Early Ballot be mailed to you
  • October 30 – Early Voting ends at City Hall at 5 pm.

Please note no voting will take place at City Hall on Election Day. All voters must go to their designated polling locations to vote in person. Polls will be open from 6 am until 7 pm on Election Day only. For information on your polling location for Election Day, you can contact the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.3535 or visit our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/electionnews.


Contact Me

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Saturday, 10/3 6-9 p.m.
at 8 Acre Field
15960 N. Bullard Ave.

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

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