Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to issue project updates for the Bell Road/Grand Avenue bridge project. Please note that the project has entered the third and final stage through late February 2017.
Work continues on the following:
- Reconstructing eastbound Grand Avenue
- Installing curb and sidewalk along eastbound Grand Avenue
- Spreading landscape rock along westbound Grand Avenue
- Paving Grand Avenue ramps
City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits.**
For more information or if you have questions:
ADOT’s project hotline: (855) 712-8530, press option #1 or the Project email: firstname.lastname@example.org
City Council Meeting
New Associate Judge Takes Oath of Office
City Clerk Sherry Aguilar administered the Oath of Office to Catherine A. Gaudreau who was recently appointed as Associate Judge for the Surprise City Court. Ms. Gaudreau has served as an Assistant Prosecutor II with the City of Scottsdale since 2006 and was an Assistant District Attorney with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office from 1991 to 2002. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from Florida International University.
Safe Driving Campaign
The Surprise Police Department in partnership with other city departments will kick-off a comprehensive safe driving campaign, Drive Wise, Surprise, later next month. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage and promote a culture of safe driving in Surprise; hence, the intention is an on-going and sustainable campaign.
Thompson Thrift at Surprise Center Final Plat
Community Development staff recommended the approval of a Final Plat of approximately 151.51 acres of land to allow for an 8.13 acre commercial center located at the southwestern corner of West Bell Road and North Civic Center Drive within the Surprise Center Planned Area Development (PAD). The plat consists of seven lots.
The popular food service chain, Raising Cane’s, recently submitted a site plan review for a spot at the commercial center. After a lengthy discussion, the City Council unanimously approved the final plat.
Public Hearing Regarding Desert Oasis at Surprise PAD
City staff presented a Major Amendment to the Desert Oasis at Surprise Planned Area Development (PAD) to change the land use designation of approximately 8.08 acres of Parcel L8 from Commercial to Medium Density Residential. This proposed PAD Amendment will provide the mechanism needed to allow the applicant to combine two parcels to develop a 106 lot medium density residential subdivision.
After no public comments, City Council voted unanimously to approve the Major Amendment to the PAD.
Council Approves New Water Facility Agreement
City Council has adopted a new Special Planning Area (SPA) within the Surprise Foothills Water Supply Facility Agreement, under the condition that the developments install the infrastructure needed to support their community. The city will operate the facility immediately. The developers will reimburse the city for operational expenses incurred during the initial of development which equals the first 200 homes built. The developers recognize the importance of proper effluent management which will be addressed with the future expansion of the SPA3 Water Reclamation facility which was constructed by the developers in 2009.
Events and Meetings
Surprise Senior Services Holiday Party
The city’s Human Service and Community Vitality Department hosted a fantastic Senior Services holiday party at the ballroom of Arizona Traditions on Wednesday, December 14. Councilmembers Todd Tande, Jim Hayden and I attended the event with staff and our Senior Services patrons.
Valley Metro Meeting
The Valley Metro Board met on Thursday, December 15. During the meeting, Paul Hodgins, the interim Chief Financial Officer was named the permanent CFO. He is responsible for budget and operations, financial controls, financial reporting, ridership reporting, general accounting and revenue generation.
Mark Your Calendar
Christmas Tree Drop-off Sites
The city offers four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience. The lots will be open from December 26 – January 14 at the following locations:
15837 N. Nash St. (north end of the parking lot)
Surprise Recreation Campus
15795 N. Parkview Pl. (across from Valley Vista High School)
Surprise Farms Softball Park
17894 Westpark Blvd. (parking lot on corner of N. Willow Canyon Rd. & W. Surprise Loop Dr. South)
Asante Community Park
16763 W. Vereda Solana Dr. (parking lot at the north end of the park)
You are asked to please remove all decorations and place the trees in the designated areas only. There is a limit of two trees per household. The city also reminds residents that not all holiday wrappings and decorations are accepted in the city’s curbside recycling program.
Holiday items acceptable for curb-side recycling:
- Non-metallic wrapping paper / paper cardboard rolls
- Greeting cards without shiny embellishments
- Shopping catalogs
- Gift boxes / shipping boxes
Holiday items which are NOT acceptable for curb-side recycling:
- Tape and tape dispensers
- Christmas trees
- Christmas tree ornaments; lights; tinsel; fake snow
- Popcorn peanuts from boxes
Sierra Verde Self Storage Citizen Outreach Meeting
City staff will host a Citizen Outreach Meeting regarding the proposed Sierra Verde Self Storage at Residence Inn (16418 N. Bullard Avenue) on Wednesday, December 28 at 6 p.m. If you’d like to see the proposed facility or have questions for our planners, this would be your chance to provide your input. Sierra Verde Self Storage is looking to build on 5.24 acres north of the Fry’s development along Litchfield Road.
Veteran Job Club
The next meeting of the Veteran Job Club is scheduled for January 12, 2017 at the Surprise Resource Center located at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124. The Veteran Job Club provides veterans, active military and their family members with industry and career pathway knowledge to help them gain the skills they need for job employment or to pursue a new career.
Did You Know?
Free Wellness Class
Health and wellness are important for a thriving community, and the City of Surprise is hosting a series of free wellness classes to help keep residents educated and informed on a variety of topics. Coming up in the series:
Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention of Concussion – January 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
This class, taught by Dr. Nicole Oberdorf, physical therapist with Banner Health and the Banner Concussion Center, will cover common concussion symptoms, how school and life affect a patient following concussion, appropriate management of people with concussion and concussion prevention.
The class will be held in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza. For information or to register, contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or email@example.com. Please register early since space is limited.