March 31, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

BELL ROAD will be closed beginning 10 pm on April 1!

With the 6-8 month closure of Bell Road, from 134th Drive to West Point Parkway, beginning on Friday, April 1, at 10 p.m., I wanted to dedicate the majority of this issue to the overall project and the traffic restrictions. The Bell Road/Grand Avenue Interchange Project is using the design-build contracting method, which provides flexibility while the contractor’s designers work side-by-side with the construction team to deliver an improved connection between the two roadways.

The Arizona Department of Transportation contractors will build a Bell Road bridge over Grand Avenue and the railroad tracks. Median ramps in the center of Grand Avenue will connect the roadways. Utility relocation work in the area, mostly during overnight hours, is already underway.

The project is scheduled to be completed over the next 14 months (in spring 2017); however, Bell Road is scheduled to reopen in November in time for the holiday shopping season.

ADOT has issued the following project update, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a timeline of the Bell Road full closure activities:

Thursday, March 31

  • Eastbound and westbound Grand Avenue median removal preparation will begin at 10:30 pm on Thursday, March 31 until 5 am on Friday, April 1. No left turns onto Bell Road from Grand Avenue.

Friday, April 1

  • There will be eastbound and westbound left lane closures on Grand Avenue to remove traffic signals and medians from 10 pm to 5 am. No left turns from Grand Avenue to Bell Road, or right turns from eastbound Grand Avenue to Bell Road.
  • Bell Road Closed by 10 pm between West Point Parkway and 134th Drive (detour in place).

Saturday, April 2

  • Grand Avenue will be restricted to one lane in each direction for median paving and pavement lane line marking.

Sunday, April 3 at 10 pm to Monday, April 4 at 5 am

  • Westbound Grand Avenue left lane closure.
  • Eastbound Grand Avenue CLOSED from Litchfield Road to Dysart Road to remove pavement lane line markings and replace with new lane line markings.

Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5

  • Bell Road demolition from Grand Avenue to West Point Parkway.
  • Grand Avenue will be open to two lanes in each direction.
  • Eastbound Grand Avenue right lane closure to install construction barrier and remove existing traffic signals from 10 pm to 5 am.

**City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area during the Bell Road closure transition. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits.**

** While the closure is in place, Bell Road traffic will be directed to a primary detour route along Dysart, Greenway and Litchfield roads.

*schedule subject to change based on design schedule, weather, or unforeseen conditions

For more information or if you have questions regarding the project, please stay informed! ADOT has a project hotline specific for this project, (855) 712-8530, press option #1. You may also contact ADOT via email at bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov or on their website at www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand.

This will begin Phase 3A of the project. Please see Illustration below as well as the detour map.

Local businesses will be open and accessible during the Bell-Grand Project!

Businesses on all sides of the Bell Road and Grand Avenue interchange improvement project will be open during construction. In coordination with our partner ADOT, a business access map has been released to help residents find entry points to the shopping, dining and service destinations around the construction project area.

The following driveways along Bell Rd will remain open during the full closure; but ADOT will close them from time-to-time during construction. For this reason we did not specifically highlight them on the business access map.

*The traffic signal at Bell Rd and West Point Pkwy/Towne Center Dr will allow motorists in a single lane to continue thru the signal to access the Surprise Marketplace driveways near Compass Bank and Chick-fil-A; allowing for right turn-in only entry to the shopping center.

*Exit points out of Surprise Towne Center will also be open as construction permits with right-turn outs only onto Bell next to I-Hop and behind the Five Guys Burgers and the Vitamin Shoppe building.

The following driveways along Grand Ave will remain open as construction activities permit through mid-May:

Surprise Towne Center
Taco Bell/ Office Max
Starbucks/Bank of America

Surprise Marketplace
Olive Garden
Del Taco

Access to businesses at signalized intersections will be maintained and are the recommended entry points into the business areas.

The Construction Business Access map shows the business entry options, permitted traffic movements, and lane configurations that shoppers can expect April 1 (after 10 p.m.) through mid-November. The reverse side of this map also includes the full closure detour route and ADOT’s project hotline number, website and email address for additional information.

Bell & Grand Business Access Map

In addition to traffic information, the “Bridge Buddy Outreach” campaign will provide support for businesses in the construction area, thanks to a partnership with the city and the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce. This collaboration with local businesses on a Bell & Grand ShopSurprise campaign that will launch in May and provide opportunities for residents to opt-in to receive daily deals, giveaways, and events from businesses near the project area. Stay tuned for additional details!

The Bell & Grand ShopSurprise campaign and a larger version of the business access map are featured in the city’s spring 2016 Progress magazine, which should be mailed to you any day now. Magazines are also available in the Surprise City Hall lobby, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza; View the online version of Spring 2016 Progress Magazine.

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Business Stakeholder Meeting Update

Approximately 17 business representatives attended the Bell and Grand Stakeholder Meeting at City Hall, March 29.

Economic Development (ED) opened the meeting by providing information regarding resources available to support businesses during the Bell Rd closure. ED promoted the upcoming business seminars, specifically, the March 31 seminar titled A New Way of Marketing Your Business. ED encouraged the businesses to get involved with the Surprise Regional Chamber Bell Grand Shop Surprise campaign to help promote their businesses during the bridge project closure. Those in attendance were given the spring 2016 issue of Progress Magazine that includes six pages of Bell-Grand construction project details, business access map and the Shop Surprise initiative.

ADOT presented the four-phase construction plan for 134th Dr/134th Ave construction and traffic management:

Mid-April – early May

  • Access to businesses in the area will be maintained on 134th Dr & Bell Rd and at Dysart & Bell roads
  • Traffic will be on the north side of Bell Road and will be restricted to one lane in each direction between 134th Dr and Dysart Rd; the south side of Bell Rd is under construction at this time

Early May – mid-June

  • Access to businesses in the area will be maintained on 134th Dr & Bell Rd and at Dysart & Bell Rd
  • Traffic is moved to the south side lanes of Bell Rd and is still restricted to one lane in each direction between 134th Dr and Dysart Rd; 134th Ave is being constructed on the north side of Bell Rd at this time

Mid-June – late June

  • Access to businesses in the area will be maintained on 134th Dr & Bell Rd; 134th Avenue & Bell (now open) and at Dysart & Bell Rd Late

June – November

  • Access to businesses in the area will be maintained on 134th Ave & Bell Rd and at Dysart & Bell Rd
  • 134th Dr cul de sac is under construction

ADOT informed the group that APS and Cox Communications will be conducting utility relocation work in April that may result in temporary lane restrictions and brief closures on Bell Rd west of Dysart.

Stakeholders, specifically those located on the south side of Bell Rd near 134th Dr, had questions regarding traffic configurations and business access during construction. A primary concern was left turn movements from Bell Rd into business driveways. ADOT has confirmed that left turn access to these businesses will be maintained throughout construction, with the exception of possible nighttime work.


Events & Meetings

Surprise Literacy Challenge

Councilman John Williams and I were honored to acknowledge Ms. Daniel’s 6th grade class at Paradise Education Center at Surprise Stadium on Friday evening. Thirteen schools and 124 classrooms, grades 4th-6th, from across Surprise accepted the four-month challenge, created by Councilman Williams and me, in November. The winning 6th grade class accepted their accolades on the field while the 4th and 5th grade winning classes will be treated to a pizza party.

Literacy Challenge Winners
Paradise Education Center – Ms. Daniel’s 6th grade class

Congrats to the all the winners!

Surprise Youth Council Video Review

As part of the recruitment process for additional new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC), Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo, Councilman Todd Tande and I reviewed video submissions of potential new SYC members on Monday, March 28. I am so impressed with our fearless, creative and hardworking youth, and I was honored to take part in the process.

Veteran Success Project (VSP) Advisory Committee Meeting

As a member of the Veteran Success Project Advisory Committee, I attended our Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 29. We were provided an update on the West Valley Veteran Center, and presentations on potential locations were given. Potential locations include Avondale, Surprise and Luke Air Force Base. Site Coordinator for the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe, Troy Friedman, gave an update on the demographics and utilization of the East Valley facility.

With over 483,000 veterans in Arizona, the need for a Veteran Center is certainly justified and most definitely welcome in the West Valley. I am extremely honored to be part of this Committee and the future facility which would be funded by federal grants and local fundraising.


Mark Your Calendars

HOA Summit

The City of Surprise is proud to host the next HOA Summit on Wednesday, April 6. You will have a chance to share your opportunities, issues, concerns and solutions with your Surprise neighbors and hear the latest news from the City Manager and various City Directors, including those from Public Works, Human Service & Community Vitality and the Chief of Police.

HOA board members and management company representatives are encouraged to attend, as are HOA community members.

The HOA Summit will be held in the Community Room of the Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The summit will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude around 8 p.m. A light meal will be served. For information or to register, contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov. Please register early since space is limited.


Did You Know?

Surprise Park-and-Ride Temporary Relocation

The Surprise Park-and-Ride will be temporarily relocated beginning April 4 due to construction activity related to the Bell Road and Grand Avenue Interchange Improvement.

The facility will remain open at its current location at 13327 W Bell Road through Friday, April 1. Beginning on Monday, April 4, the Park-and-Ride will be temporarily relocated to DreamCatcher Park, located at 14534 W Tierra Buena Lane. It is expected to return to its original location following the completion of the project, estimated to be no later than Feb. 2017.

If you have any questions, please call Valley Metro Customer Service at 602.253.5000 or TTY 602.251.2039, or the City of Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.6000.

BISCUITS Café is Open For Business

Biscuits Café has opened in Surprise! They are located at 13752 W. Bell Road. Welcome! We are excited to have you here!

Biscuits Cafe logo

COX Transitioning to Digital Television Service

Between May and September of this year, Cox will convert to an entirely digital platform. When this occurs, only customers with televisions that are directly connected to the cable wall outlet will stop receiving Cox’s cable signal. Customers with televisions that currently use a Cox cable box will not be affected by this change. For more information, please contact Cox at 866.961.0416 or you can visit www.cox.com/GoAllDigital.


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March 24, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

BELL ROAD CLOSURE IS 8 DAYS AWAY! To accommodate APS utility work, Bell Road will have a single-lane closure in each direction around Grand Avenue on Thursday, March 31 and Friday, April 1, from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. This is after the conclusion of Spring Training and during non-peak commute hours. Grand Avenue at Bell Road will be restricted to one lane in each direction on March 31 from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. for median removal work, weather permitting.

Beginning at 10 pm on April 1, Bell Road will be closed. This will begin Phase 3A of the project. Please see Illustration below as well as the detour map.

I encourage you to shop the businesses along the Bell Road/Grand Avenue corridor, read my newsletter for updates and monitor the updates on the project website at www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand. In addition, ADOT established a hotline for the project which you can utilize, 1.855.712.8530, press option #1. Please note that ADOT releases their weekly updates on Friday afternoons.


Events & Meetings

Valley Metro RPTA Meeting

I attended the Valley Metro RPTA Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, March 17. Valley Metro opened the Northwest Light Rail Extension on March 19. The project came in ahead of schedule and on budget thanks to the effective partnership of Valley Metro, the city of Phoenix and the construction contractor. The $327 million project broke ground on January 12, 2013. The Northwest Extension includes 3 stations – Dunlap, Northern, Glendale, with a Park and Ride at the southwest corner 19th Avenue and Dunlap. Approximately 7 miles of track were installed.

Board members discussed the proposed refunding of the 2009A tax exempt bond that would provide Valley Metro with an estimated savings of $1.3 million. Recent changes in market conditions have created an opportunity to reduce debt service.

Conversation also took place regarding the Chief Executive Officer recruitment. An electronic survey was created and sent to Valley Metro board members and staff last month. The data and summary of the survey were shared at the March 17 meeting.

The 2015 Origins and Destinations Study was conducted last spring and results of the study were shared. The survey gathered updated passenger travel data from transit users in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The study encompassed all rail and bus fixed route services. The goal was to obtain 15,600 surveys from passengers; however, 21,800 surveys were received (12,450 bus and 9,350 rail passengers). Travel demographics can be found in the profile below:

Valley Metro Rider Profile

I also serve on the Valley Metro Budget & Finance Committee. Valley Metro will be adding a member from Valley Metro Rail Board to sit on the Committee to adequately represent both bus and rail boards.

Cal Ripken Day

Surprise City Council was honored to greet the players in the city’s Cal Ripken League during Cal Ripken Day at Surprise Stadium last Saturday. This year, there were more than 2,100 registrations! Many thanks to our team in Community & Recreation Services (CRS) for their continued hard work and dedication to this program and all the programs that our city offers to residents! We couldn’t do it without you!

Cal Ripken Day 2016

Tour of Grandview Terrace

Bhakti Gosalia, Executive Director of Sun Health Senior Living, gave me a tour of Grandview Terrace on Monday, March 21. Grandview Terrace is a LifeCare community which is part of Sun Health. Sun Health, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Surprise, owns and operates three out of the 14 Life Care communities in Arizona. Sun Health was recognized for their accomplishments during the Legacy Award for Business Excellence late last month. For additional information on Sun Health, please visit www.sunhealth.org.

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Lunch at the Ballpark

Councilman Jim Biundo and I attended the Chamber lunch at the Ballpark on Tuesday, March 22. Representatives from the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers spoke. Raoul Sada, President and CEO of the Chamber, distributed the 2016 Surprise Official Visitors Guide Book. Impressive collateral for our tourists! I encourage you to stop by the Chamber and get a copy for out of town guests!

Economic Development Hosts Brokers at the Ballpark

Economic Development staff, Mayor Wolcott, Councilman Todd Tande and I took part in an opportunity to host brokers and developers at a spring training game on Wednesday, March 23.

Economic Development VIP Event

The city’s Economic Development team hosted an event for City partners, stakeholders and businesses at the Surprise Stadium on Thursday, March 24. Over 180 people attended. This event provided City Council and staff an opportunity to network and thank these groups of dedicated people who work diligently to continue to make Surprise successful!


Mark Your Calendars

Surprise Super Swap Meet

The city’s popular community-wide garage sale, Surprise Super Swap Meet, is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 from 8 am until 1 pm at the Surprise Aquatic Center Parking lot located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. Parking and admission are free. Vendor spaces are available to rent. For more information or to receive an application for space, please call 623.222.1500 or email terri.serein@surpriseaz.gov.


Did You Know?

COX Transitioning to Digital Television Service

Between May and September of this year, Cox will convert to an entirely digital platform. When this occurs, only customers with televisions that are directly connected to the cable wall out let will stop receiving Cox’s cable signal. Customers with televisions that currently use a Cox cable box will not be affected by this change. For more information, please contact Cox at 866.961.0416 or you can visit www.cox.com/GoAllDigital.


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Winners of 3rd Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge announced

Thirteen schools and 124 classrooms from across Surprise accepted a five-month reading challenge back in October, and now, the results of the 3nd Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge are in!

The Challenge, created by Councilmembers John Williams and Skip Hall, asked students in 4th-6th grade to track the number of hours they read outside the classroom. Teachers then reported those numbers back to the city.

Here are the winners in each grade:

4th Grade
Ms. Gore’s class – Arizona Charter Academy

5th Grade
Ms. Frazier’s class – West Point Elementary

6th Grade
Ms. Daniel’s class – Paradise Education Center

The top 4th and 5th grade classroom will be treated to a pizza party. They will also receive a trophy for their room and individual medals for each student.

The winning 6th grade class accepted their accolades on the field at the March 25 Spring Training game at Surprise Stadium.

The city congratulates these winning readers!

March 17, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

Loop 303 Bridge Work to Close Stretch of Grand Avenue

While this closure is not part of the Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project, I wanted to be sure you were notified of the closure this weekend. Grand Avenue will be closed from 9 p.m. on Friday, March 18, to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, between R.H. Johnson Boulevard/Sunrise Boulevard and Loop 303 to accommodate freeway bridge work, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Motorists should plan ahead and consider alternate routes while this closure is in effect.

Crews will be painting the bridge and installing sound panels and signage at the Loop 303/Grand Avenue interchange as part of a $46 million ADOT project scheduled for completion this summer.

The primary detour for Grand Avenue traffic will be along Loop 303 and Bell Road. Southbound Loop 303 drivers in the Peoria area can connect with Grand Avenue via southbound El Mirage Road and westbound Bell Road.

North- and southbound traffic on Loop 303 won’t be affected by the Grand Avenue closure. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information System at www.az511.gov or call 511. For more information, please contact Gaby Kemp at 928.699.8983.

Interchange Construction Update

For continued updates on the Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project, please visit the project website at www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand. You can also call ADOT’s project hotline at 855.712.8530 (press option 1).


City Council Work Session

FY2017 Review of Capital Projects

Finance Department staff continued FY17 budget presentations during the City Council Work Session and City Council Meeting. They delivered a presentation regarding the operating budget related to non-public safety programs and potential funding options, as well as a presentation on funding sources for transportation and general government capital improvement projects. Videos of the presentations can be found at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

During the presentation, Budget Manager Jared Askelson identified a $12.0 million need for maintaining assets and infrastructure in FY17, which is the highest priority for the upcoming fiscal year. Also discussed were the top priority projects within the Transportation and General Government categories. Below are some of the city’s top projects in those areas.

The potential funding options for the public safety program increases that were previously discussed were also presented to Council.

After a healthy discussion about the options, conversations will continue at future Council meetings.

City Transportation Projects

The Public Works Department provided a year-to-date update on the Capital Improvement Program. Discussion focused on the status of our current FY16 transportation improvement projects, the project delivery process, and the current capital budget status.Along with the detailed transportation project update, the Public Works Department also highlighted a few lower profile projects and their status.

Non-transportation projects discussed included the rehab of the Greenway sewer lift station ($325,000), Park N Ride enhancements that were funded by Proposition 400 ($108,000), Surprise Stadium Campus, and Civic Center Reclaimed Water Conversion (Project budgeted at $208,000).

With regards to the 2016 transportation projects, the Waddell Road median project was completed late last month but the landscaping portion began this month and is expected to last through June. Cactus Road (Marley Park) project began in January and concluded this week. Litchfield Road (additional northbound lane) began in February and should wrap up in late May. Greenway Road improvements also began in January and the project is expected to last through June 2016. Cactus Road (175th – Cotton Lane) work is expected to begin next month. Peoria Avenue (two eastbound lanes) will begin in April and is expected to conclude in late August.


City Council Meeting

Neighborhood Grant Program – Recommendation For Funding

The City Council designated $10,000 from the FY2016 Surprise Community Outreach Program budget for the Neighborhood Grant Program. The Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships and Grants reviewed the applications that were due on February 26.

The Committee held a public meeting on March 2 to review the five applications received. Applicants were invited to the March 2 committee meeting to present their project to the committee. Four of the five applicants made presentations.

The recommendations were as follows: Marley Park (Veteran’s Commemorative Plaza) – $2,000; WHAM (Recycled Arts Festival) – $2,000; Sanalina HOA (Water Conservation Project) – $4,000; OTS (Numbers on homes without addresses) – $2,000. The Committee’s recommendations were unanimously accepted by the City Council.

Personnel Appeals Board Appointment

City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Ira McCullough to the Personnel Appeals Board with a term expiration of September 11, 2016. Congratulations, Ira and thank you for contributing your time to our City!

Ira McCullough being sworn into the Personnel Appeals Board

Bell and Grand Temporary Sign Policy

Once the proposed timeline for the Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project was announced, the city began to work diligently to determine ways we could assist businesses through the construction. Allowing businesses that will be impacted by this project to increase signage was a common sense solution. Signage in the revised policy includes: A-frames, banners, sign walkers and off site directional signs. Additionally, the policy removes the requirements for Temporary Use Permits in the area for special events that could be held to draw shoppers and diners during the Bell Road closure.

Resolution 2016-42 (Temporary Sign and Temporary Use Permit Policy) was unanimously approved.

City of Surprise Stormwater Utility

Stormwater management in Surprise may soon have a dedicated funding source following City Council’s action Tuesday night to move forward with the code amendment and ordinance approval for a Stormwater Utility.

Beginning as early as November, single residential homes could see $2 added to the monthly water/wastewater bill. The proposed rate was determined by calculating the costs to maintain the city’s infrastructure, meet regulatory requirements, and implement capital improvement projects, and then dividing that cost by the number of equivalent dwelling units (EDU) in the city. One EDU is equivalent to the average amount of impervious surface areas (roofs, patios, driveways, sidewalks) on Surprise’s single family residences.

The effective date of the Utility would occur after the 60 day Notice of Intention and public hearing period. The implementation timeline of the proposed Utility is as follows:

  • April 5 – Provide notice to adopt Stormwater rates and set date of Public Hearing; city will adopt the Notice of Intention and file the Rate Study with the clerk’s office
  • April 11 – 15 – Notice of Intention published on the city’s website and in newspapers
  • May 17 – City will host a Public Hearing and adopt the rates
  • November 1 – Stormwater Utility goes into effect in conjunction with the city taking over the utility billing

Funds collected from the Stormwater Utility will enable the city to cover the costs to maintain storm water related infrastructure such as curbs and gutters, pipes and catch basins, comply with regulatory requirements, and develop projects to protect and prevent problems often caused by stormwater such as flooding, which causes polluted standing water that attracts disease-bearing pests and transportation issues, such as sinkholes and premature pavement loss.

Currently, all stormwater activities, including regulatory compliance, asset management, and capital improvement, are funded by the wastewater fund, general fund and the Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF). The Stormwater Utility will relieve burden from those funds and will be responsible for revenue generation, operational costs and Capital Improvement Project development and management.

Other Arizona cities with dedicated stormwater management fees include Mesa, Peoria, Oro Valley, Tucson, Flagstaff and Scottsdale. A detailed Rate Study outlining the research and projected expenditures can be found at www.surpriseaz.gov/stormwater. For questions about the Stormwater Utility, view the Frequently Asked Questions or call 623.222.6000.

FY2016 Budget Amendment

Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic requested consideration for an FY16 budget amendment in the amount of $50,000 from the Economic Development contingency fund to Economic Development operations fund to cover costs related to new and increased programming in facilitation of strategic business retention and marketing activities for the Bell Road/Grand Avenue intersection.

Staff has partnered with the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce in developing a new digital marketing campaign for the businesses that will be affected by the construction. Several events and promotional activities are planned. The amendment was passed unanimously.


Meetings & Events

Taste of Surprise

I participated in the Taste of Surprise as a Surprise Rotarian, on Wednesday, March 9. The event was held at Riverboat Bingo and more than 400 people attended. Thank you to all of you who came out to help support our community organizations, and thank you to Amanda Sanchez, the committee chair!

Arizona Town Hall

I was honored to provide a welcome and attend the Arizona Town Hall – Keeping Arizona’s Water Glass Full event at the Communiversity on Tuesday, March 15. Guest speakers included Sarah Porter – Director of Kyle Institute for Water Policy, William Garfield – President of Arizona Water Company, David Iwanski – Executive Director of Arizona Water Association and Avondale Councilman, and Eric Orsborn – Vice Mayor of Buckeye.

This town hall was a follow up to the 107th Arizona Town Hall, which gathered in November for two days to develop recommendations for our State’s future water needs. The consensus items were:

• Move forward with Arizona’s strategic vision for water supply sustainability

• Create and fund mechanisms to finance water supply and new infrastructure

• Appropriately fund and staff the AZ Department of Water Resources (ADWR)

• Education and Public Awareness

• Conservation and Augmentation

• Legal Reform

• The Role of Individuals (educate ourselves and others, advocate, etc.)

Former Governor Jan Brewer and Governor Doug Ducey have helped begin the process through the development of Arizona’s Strategic Vision for Water Supply Sustainability which provides comprehensive water supply and demand analysis for Arizona and helps identify solutions for urban and rural areas.

For additional information, view the report from the Arizona Town Hall.

Surprise Councilman Skip Hall speaks at the 2016 Arizona Town Hall

Site Selector Visit

Mayor Wolcott, Councilman Winters, Economic Development staff and I attended a game at Surprise Stadium and networked with Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) and various site selectors on Wednesday, March 16.

Orchards Annual HOA Meeting

Representatives from Surprise public works, Surprise Police, Arizona Department of Transportation and I attended the Orchards Annual HOA meeting on Wednesday, March 16. Topics of discussion included updates on the upcoming Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project, City transportation projects, review of area crime statistics and crime prevention strategies.

Mountain Vista Ranch Annual HOA Meeting

Mountain Vista Ranch HOA held their annual meeting on Wednesday, March 16. Topics of discussion included the upcoming Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project and pavement preservation. Approximately 30 residents were in attendance.


Mark Your Calendars

Arizona Supreme Court coming to Surprise!

On Tuesday, March 29, the public is invited to attend oral arguments at Valley Vista High School’s Performing Arts Center, located at 15550 North Parkview Place. Arguments will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. This is a rare opportunity to witness the judicial branch of government at work and watch attorneys present real cases to the state’s highest court.

Arizona’s five Supreme Court Justices believe strongly that this outreach enriches the students’ educational experience and gives the community an opportunity to experience the workings of the State’s highest appeals court.

The justices have identified two cases to be presented that day, and attorneys representing each side will be given 20 minutes to present their cases. The justices will take questions from the audience, as long as those questions do not pertain to the case or cases they just heard. The event will end at noon.

Select student groups from public and charter high schools in Surprise have been invited to attend. All guests attending the arguments will need to arrive by no later than 9:00 a.m. in order to go through security screening. Seating is limited.

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Students and members of the public may take photos during the Q&A session only. Photos should not be taken during oral arguments. News media are welcome, but should make arrangements in advance with the Arizona Supreme Court’s Director of Communications, Heather Murphy, at 602.452.3656 or hmurphy@courts.az.gov. For more information about the justices or court system in Arizona, please go to www.azcourts.gov.

HOA Summit

The City of Surprise is proud to host the next HOA Summit on Wednesday, April 6. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear the latest news from the City Manager and various City Directors, including those from Public Works, Human Service & Community Vitality and the Chief of Police. You will also have a chance to share your opportunities, issues, concerns and solutions with your Surprise neighbors.

HOA board members and management company representatives are encouraged to attend, as are HOA community members. The HOA Summit will be held in the Community Room of the Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The summit will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude around 8 p.m. A light meal will be served.

For information or to register, contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov. Please register early since space is limited.


Did You Know?

Newsletter Distribution

The distribution of my newsletters has changed. I am now sending them at 5 pm on Thursdays!

Surprise Literacy Challenge Winners!

Thirteen schools and 124 classrooms from across Surprise accepted a five-month reading challenge back in October, and now, the results of the 3rd Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge are in!

The Challenge, created by Councilmembers John Williams and Skip Hall, asked students in 4th-6th grade to track the number of hours they read outside the classroom. Teachers then reported those numbers back to the city.

Here are the winners in each grade:

4th Grade
Ms. Gore’s class – Arizona Charter Academy

5th Grade
Ms. Frazier’s class – West Point Elementary

6th Grade
Ms. Daniel’s class – Paradise Education Center

The top 4th and 5th grade classroom will be treated to a pizza party. They will also receive a trophy for their room and individual medals for each student. The winning 6th grade class will accept their accolades on the field at the March 25 Spring Training game at Surprise Stadium.

The city congratulates these winning readers!

Social Media

You can now follow me on Facebook and on Twitter @skiphall2! I look forward to hearing from you!


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March 10, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

Work to build a Bell Road bridge over Grand Avenue continues this week. For weekly traffic updates on this project visit www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand. They are updated every Friday afternoon.

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Business Outreach Stakeholder Meeting

Councilman Todd Tande and I joined ADOT representatives and city staff for the second monthly Bell Road/Grand Avenue Business Outreach Stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, March 8. Approximately 10 business representatives were in attendance.

Economic Development provided an update on the Bridge Buddy program and noted that the Business Education Series begins on March 17. Businesses are encouraged to attend the seminars that will be held at the AZ TechCelerator. There will be a job fair at the Communiversity on Tuesday, April 19 and businesses are encouraged to contact the city to reserve a space.

Community Development presented information on the temporary Bell-Grand sign policy and the changes that will be taken to City Council on March 15. If approved, the revised policy will allow businesses in the designated Bell-Grand shopping areas to utilize a-frames, banners, sign walkers and directional signs. Businesses not located in the Bell-Grand area can use banners and sign walkers. Following Council action, the city will share the revised policy on the website and create printed materials to share with the local businesses.

Business Education Series Launching for Local Businesses

To help support the businesses in the area of Bell Road/Grand Avenue, as well as other local businesses and entrepreneurs, the city is launching a Business Education series.

Launching on March 17, the first Business Series course will provide local entrepreneurs with the inside scoop on how to start and grow a new business venture. Future topics range from effective hiring practices to innovative marketing strategies.

Seminars in the series include:

March 17: The ABC’s of Starting Your Business, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

March 31: The Inbound Disruption: A New Way of Marketing Your Business, 10 a.m. – noon

April 7: Five Things Companies with Less than 10 Employees Need to Know, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

April 28: No More Bad Hires, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Future sessions are under development for topics on social media management and small business accounting. All Business Series sessions will be held at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road. Businesses interested in attending should RSVP to Julie Neal at 623.222.8324


Events & Meetings

International Businesses Hosted at Ballpark

I joined staff from our Economic Development team at the Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 4. We networked with several international businesses located in Surprise including Rioglass and Gestamp which are situated in our industrial park.

KC Royals World Series Celebration – Surprise Style

Mayor Wolcott and Surprise City Council took the field with the 2015 World Series Champions, the Kansas City Royals, and Kansas City Mayor Sly James on Saturday, March 5 as part of the World Series celebration held at Surprise Stadium. What an incredible event our city hosted, and even better, what incredible teams! We are lucky to have them on our home field!

Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission Meeting

I attended the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission meeting on Monday, March 7. Due to the overwhelming success of the inaugural Surprise Public Art Bus Tour, the Commission has organized a second tour! You can join the Arts Commission on Tuesday, March 22, and experience the art of Surprise. Participants will visit locations and exhibits such as the WHAM Art Gallery, Arts HQ, the Joe Tyler Learning Tree, and many more. The bus departs Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, at 8:30 a.m. and will return at noon. For questions about the tour or to reserve a seat, contact Susan de Jong, 623.214.7537. The deadline to reserve a spot is Tuesday, March 15.

The Commission members requested approval for a reception to celebrate the opening of the new gallery space in the Café Express and the recent display of John Clark’s art at City Hall. The Café Express grab and go coffee shop opened in the City Hall lobby in November 2015.

Read Across America @ Thompson Ranch Elementary School

I was honored to read to first and third graders at Thompson Ranch Elementary School on Monday, March 7 as part of the annual Read Across America event for Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Councilman Hall reads to first and third graders at Thompson Ranch Elementary School on Monday, March 7

Summerfield HOA Meeting

ADOT’s Assistant Communication Director Brock Barnhart and city staff joined me at the Summerfield HOA meeting on Tuesday, March 8. An update on Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project was provided, and detour maps were distributed. In addition, we listened to the residents’ concerns regarding increased traffic and continued speeding through their community. City staff will discuss their concerns and work together to help mitigate their issues.

ADOT’s Assistant Communication Director Brock Barnhart and city staff attending Summerfield HOA meeting
Brock Barnhart and I at Summerfield HOA Meeting.

Valley Metro Community Meeting

Valley Metro hosted a community meeting at the Surprise Senior Center on March 9 to share information about bus and light rail services available to residents in the Northwest Valley. Information was provided on Dial-a-Ride, the door-to-door transportation service for qualified seniors, people with disabilities and other residents.


Mark Your Calendars

Pavement Preservation Work

The city continues our pavement preservation work this week with work at the following locations through March 14:

  • Mountain Vista Blvd (Bell Rd to Vista Ranch Rd)
  • Paradise Ln (157th Ave to Reems Rd)
  • Young St (Reems Rd to Parkview Pl)
  • Mondell Rd (Reems Rd to Parkview Pl)
  • Honeysuckle Ln (Reems Rd to Parkview Pl)

The treatment will leave some debris in the form of slurry chips. Sweepers will continue to sweep the loose chips as the product cures and compacts. Motorists are asked to drive with caution and proceed slowly during the application.

The pavement preservation work schedule and maps will be available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/ppp, as they become available throughout the various phases of the work. For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 623.222.6000.

Surprise Pops Band Concert – April 3

The Surprise Pops Band will be performing at Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place on Sunday, April 3 at 3 pm. Doors open at 2:30 pm. The line-up includes music from The Twilight Zone, MASH, Happy Days, Mr. Ed, The Lone Ranger and much more.

The performance is open to the public and is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. All donations help support the Valley View Community Food Bank.

HOA Summit

The City of Surprise is proud to host the next HOA Summit on Wednesday, April 6. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear the latest news from the City Manager and various City Directors, including those from Public Works, Human Service & Community Vitality and the Chief of Police. You will also have a chance to share your opportunities, issues, concerns and solutions with your Surprise neighbors.

HOA board members and management company representatives are encouraged to attend, as are HOA community members. The HOA Summit will be held in the Community Room of the Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The summit will begin at 5:30 p.m. and conclude around 8 p.m. A light meal will be served.

For information or to register, contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov. Please register early since space is limited.


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Newsletter Distribution

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Park-and-Ride Temporarily Relocating in April

As a reminder, the Surprise Park-and-Ride will temporarily relocate beginning April 4 due to construction activity related to the Bell Road/Grand Avenue Interchange Project. The facility will remain open at its current location at 13327 W Bell Road through Friday, April 1. Beginning on Monday, April 4, the Park-and-Ride will be temporarily relocated to DreamCatcher Park, located at 14534 W Tierra Buena Lane. It is expected to return to its original location following the completion of the project, estimated to be no later than Feb. 2017.

If you have any questions, please call Valley Metro Customer Service at 602.253.5000 or TTY 602.251.2039, or the City of Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.6000.

Surprise Youth Council Accepting Applications

The city is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) – a group of groundbreaking teens who are making a difference in their community! SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including the Mayor and City Council, to give youth a voice in city issues and to help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns and community-building events.

Students who are currently in grades 6-11 may apply, as long as they are attending a middle school or high school within the Surprise city limits or a Dysart Unified School District high school.

Applications are being accepted Feb. 22 – Mar. 20. The application consists of a video submission, no longer than 1 minute and 15 seconds, and should include the following information:

  • Your name, grade and school you attend
  • Why you want to be on the SYC
  • If you could bring one thing to this city or change one thing, what would it be? What can you and a group like SYC do about it?
  • Of these three words: fearless, creative, hardworking – which one best describes you and why? Briefly tell us about a time you were fearless, creative or hardworking.

The videos should be sent to Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo using one of the following methods:

Applicants must also have a parent or guardian complete and return a Parent Acknowledgement Form.

For questions or more information, please contact Paul Bernardo at 623.222.1029 or paul.bernardo@surpriseaz.gov or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/syc.

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March 4, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

Weekly Update – Week of March 7, 2016

The Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project is using the design-build contracting method, which provides flexibility while the contractor’s designers work side-by-side with the construction team to deliver an improved connection between the two roadways. The project is scheduled to be completed over the next 14 months (in spring 2017).

Utility relocation work in the area, mostly during overnight hours, is already under way. In order to reduce the project’s length and lessen the overall impacts of construction, ADOT has worked with the city of Surprise and local businesses to schedule a full closure of Bell Road near Grand Avenue. The full closure will allow Bell Road to be reconstructed as an overpass traveling over Grand Avenue and the parallel railroad tracks, providing a significant improvement for traffic flow.

The preliminary activities below are preparing the team for the April 1 Bell Road closure.

Schedule of On-site Activities*

  • Underground utility surveying on eastbound Grand Avenue overnight between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • Excavation and installation of drainage pipes on the east side of Grand Avenue within the right-of-way. No impact to traffic.
  • Excavation for utilities trench. No impact to traffic.
  • Surveying limits for new 134th Avenue.

What to Expect > Traffic Restrictions*

  • Business access remains available from both Bell Road and Grand Avenue.
  • Eastbound and westbound Grand Avenue left turn lane restrictions overnight for underground utility surveying and traffic signal head changes between Towne Center and Bell Grande drives:
    • Eastbound and westbound Grand Avenue reduced to one lane for traffic signal change
    • No right turn from eastbound Grand Avenue to westbound Bell Road
    • Single left turn lane from westbound Grand Avenue to westbound Bell Road and from eastbound Grand Avenue to eastbound Bell Road
    • Right curb lane closure on eastbound Bell Road approaching Grand Avenue

*schedule subject to change based on design schedule, weather, or unforeseen conditions

Stay Informed – Keep In Touch

For more information or if you have questions:

ADOT’s project hotline: (855) 712-8530, press option #1
Project email: bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov
Project website: www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand
Media inquiries: (800) 949-8057; email: news@azdot.gov


City Council Work Session

Temporary Sign Policy – Bell/Grand Interchange Project

The City of Surprise, in order to assist businesses through the construction of the Bell and Grand project, is looking to allow increased signage for businesses which may be impacted by the project. Signage included in the policy consists of: A-frames, banners, sign walkers and off site directional signs. The policy would also remove the requirements for Temporary Use Permits in the area for special events.

Stormwater Utility

Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe presented an update to Mayor and Council on the development of the proposed Stormwater Utility. This presentation was intended to be the last workshop session to solicit Council input and feedback prior to staff seeking approval on March 15 to begin the adoption of the Utility and its rate.

In response to the storm events of 2014, Council asked staff to investigate options to deal with problems Surprise faces after severe storm events. The formation of a Stormwater Utility was chosen as the most fair and equitable way to develop and devote resources dedicated to Stormwater related activities. Staff commissioned a study to evaluate the different methods by which Stormwater Utilities are administered. The impervious surface area method proved to be the most consistent and fair approach, where customers were charged a fee based on the amount of impervious surface area that is on their property.

An equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) is established based on the average impervious surface area for all single family residents in Surprise. This EDU value (3,420 sq. ft.) is then used to calculate the commercial customer fee based on the size of the impervious surface area on the parcel. For example, a commercial property with 100,000 sq. ft. of impervious surface area is equal to 100,000/3,420 or 29.24 EDUs. Based on the forecasted costs necessary to fund necessary stormwater activities, such as infrastructure maintenance, regulatory compliance, and capital improvement, the value of an EDU is determined to be equal to $2/month. Therefore, every home in Surprise will be charged $2/month and every business will be charged their calculated EDU equivalent. In the previous example, the business with 100,000 sq. ft. of impervious surface area will be charged $2 x 29.23 EDUs or $58/month.

Review of Capital Projects

Budget Manager Jared Askelson continued discussion regarding the FY2017 capital budget. The conversation focused on asset maintenance and replacement including vehicles and pavement preservation. Links to videos of this and past budget presentations are available at www.surprise az.gov/budget.


City Council Meeting

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Project Phasing & Project Update

ADOT Assistant Communications Director Brock Barnhart provided Council with detailed phasing of the Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project. Phase I of the project, which included the reduction of two lanes on Grand Avenue in each direction as well as the removal of the median between Litchfield and Dysart Roads, has been complete. This past week, Phase II began and is expected to last through April 1, 2016.

Phase 2 includes road construction at 134th Avenue. Grand Avenue westbound construction will begin between Litchfield and Dysart Roads and Grand Avenue eastbound and westbound traffic will shift to share eastbound lanes. Business access along Grand Avenue to/from Surprise Towne Center and Surprise Marketplace will be maintained through this phase.

Phase 3A will begin with the full closure of Bell Road between West Point Parkway and 134th Drive on April 1, 2016. This phase is expected to last to early June. This phase will also include the relocation of 134th Drive and Bell Road to 134th Avenue and Bell Road. Grand Avenue will continue to be reduced to two lanes in each direction with Grand Avenue westbound construction occurring between Litchfield and Dysart Roads.

Phase 3B will begin in early June 2016 and it is expected to conclude in early November 2016. Grand Avenue eastbound construction will begin between Litchfield and Dysart Roads and Grand Avenue eastbound and westbound traffic will shift to share the westbound lanes. Bell Road will still be closed at this point; however, business access along Grand Avenue to/from Surprise Towne Center and Surprise Marketplace will be maintained with signalized intersections for entering and exiting. Business access from Bell Road to/from Surprise Towne Center and Surprise Marketplace will be maintained via Litchfield Road, West Point Parkway, 134th Drive and Dysart Road.

Phase 3C is scheduled to begin in early November 2016 and last through February 2017. Bell Road will be open to traffic. Grand Avenue eastbound construction will continue and eastbound and westbound traffic will shift to share the westbound lanes. Business access along Grand Avenue to/from Surprise Towne Center and Surprise Marketplace will be maintained with signalized intersections and right-turn entering and exiting.

Review of Operating Programs

The upcoming fiscal year 2017 was a topic of Council discussion this week as we move closer to the July 1 start date. Topics included maintaining our current infrastructure and expanding public safety services in the upcoming year. City Council reviewed a plan to dedicate $12 million of capital funding to pavement preservation, vehicle, equipment, and other infrastructure maintenance and replacement. Maintaining our current infrastructure was identified as the highest capital priority for the upcoming year which will allow the city to continue providing services at levels that residents have come to expect. The funding for the plan will come from various funding sources to include sales taxes dedicated for capital purposes and savings in various operating funds.

The discussion regarding public safety needs included a plan to add 23 public safety employees across Police, Fire-Medical, City Prosecution, and City Court. The plan has an estimated total cost of $2.8 million; however, it was discussed that the plan’s cost could be reduced to a $2.4 million annual cost through staging the timing of recruitments to better coincide with training and recruitment. From there, the conversation moved to identifying funding for this plan. Options on the table included multiple property tax and sales tax variations. Council will continue to discuss options over the next few meetings culminating with the adoption of the FY2017 budget on June 7.

Administration of Public Utilities Billing

Following a year’s worth of continued issues by the city’s contracted billing services provider American Water, the City Council unanimously voted Tuesday evening, to not appropriate the full contract with the company in the next fiscal year. The city and American Water will work together over the next seven to eight months to transition to the new billing arrangement. Over that time, the city will hire up to 15 new positions to include customer service and billing representatives and utilize new internal billing software. The ongoing costs for the city to provide this billing service is approximately $1.73 million annually, similar to the $1.8 million currently paid to contract the service annually.

Approximately 45,000 customers will receive new bills from the City of Surprise beginning in December that display November usage and costs. Additional transition details will be provided to customers prior to the change-over, including the creation of a dedicated customer service number. For now customers are reminded to call American Water with current billing questions at 888-300-3569.


Events & Meetings

Monheit Frich Group PLC Grand Opening

I attended the grand opening for a new business in the city, Monheit Frich Group PLC. They are located near the AZ TechCelerator. Welcome to Surprise!

Surprise Chamber of Commerce Annual Legacy Awards

Vice Mayor Jim Biundo, Councilmembers Roland Winters Jr. and Todd Tande and I attended the Surprise Chamber of Commerce Annual Legacy Awards on Friday, February 26. Mutual Bank of Omaha won the award for small business and First Bank won the award for large business. Sun Health received the award for large non-profit and Surprise Rotary received the award for small non-profit. Congratulations to all the winners!

Amanda Garcia and August Heiss with the Rotary Club of Surprise
Amanda Garcia and August Heiss with the Rotary Club of Surprise.

West Valley Veterans Center

Vice President of Veterans Initiatives for Maricopa Community Colleges Steve Yamamori met with Vice Mayor Biundo, Councilman Winters and I to discuss a project that will assist veterans in finding direction after serving our military. Mayors in the West Valley had been consulted this fall as part of this fantastic regional effort. The proposed center is part of the Veterans Success Project.

Read Across America

I was honored to read to two classes at Countryside Elementary School on Wednesday, March 2 as part of Read Across America Week which celebrates Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

Councilman Hall read to Countryside Elementary School for Read Across America

Surprise Stadium Clubhouse Ribbon Cutting

City Council attended the ribbon cutting to celebrate the recent renovations of the Surprise Stadium clubhouses. A special thank you to Mark Coronado and his team for all of their hard work and dedication to this completed project which also extended the term to the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers contracts through 2030.

City Council and guests cut ribbon at the opening of the new Surprise Stadium Clubhouse


Mark Your Calendar

Valley Metro Meeting

Valley Metro is hosting a community meeting at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, on March 9 from 9-11 a.m. to share information about bus and light rail services available to residents in the Northwest Valley. Information will be provided on Dial-a-Ride, the door-to-door transportation service for qualified seniors, people with disabilities and other residents.

Valley Metro staff will be present to assist residents with Dial-a-Ride applications, discuss other available transportation programs and to answer any questions or concerns about using public transportation in the Northwest Valley.

Spring Household Hazardous Waste Event

The date to dispose your household hazardous waste has been changed by two weeks. The spring 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection event is now scheduled for Saturday, March 26 at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive from 8 am until 12 noon, to avoid potential traffic conflicts that may arise due to the full closure of Bell Road (between West Point Parkway west and 134th Avenue east) on April 1.

The City offers the Household Hazardous Waste event twice a year so Surprise residents may properly dispose of items that contain chemicals which may be harmful to the environment. The event is free and for Surprise residents only. Please bring a driver’s license and a utility bill to show proof of a Surprise residential address. For more information including a list of acceptable items, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or call 623.222.6000.

Encore Public Art Bus Tour

Due to the overwhelming success of the inaugural Surprise Public Art Bus Tour, the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission has organized a second tour! Join the Arts Commission on Tuesday, March 22, and experience the art of Surprise.

Participants will visit locations and exhibits such as the WHAM Art Gallery, Arts HQ, the Joe Tyler Learning Tree, and many more. The bus departs Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, at 8:30 a.m. and will return at noon.

For questions about the tour or to reserve a seat, contact Susan de Jong, 623.214.7537. The deadline to reserve a spot is Tuesday, March 15.


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