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January 18, 2018 • Newsletter

Decide GO Bond Update

The city has released the anticipated procurement schedule for some of the bond projects approved by voters last November. As you recall, the voters of Surprise approved General Obligation bond funding for 10 projects in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation last November.

The advertisement for Design-Build Professional Services for the Public Works Operations Facility will open February 15, 2018.

The advertisement for Design Professional Services for the three Traffic Congestion Mitigation projects opens February 22, 2018. This includes improvements to sections of Waddell, Greenway and Litchfield roads.

The advertisement for Design Professional Services for Fire Station 304 and Fire Station 308 begins February 15, 2018.

The complete schedule, project timeline details and additional information is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise. To view the formal bid posting, visit Anticipated Procurement Schedule for Bond Projects.


City Council Work Session

Proposed Amendment Regarding Signs

City Council heard a presentation regarding the city’s draft sign code on Tuesday evening. City staff has been working to bring forward a new sign code that will balance business needs and community aesthetics, in a manner that is consistent with the 1st Amendment and recent changes to the law. While this was only a discussion item, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission will hear the issue at a public hearing to be held here at City Hall on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM. The City Council is also scheduled to hear the matter at a public hearing on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM, at City Hall. If you have any questions regarding the proposed sign code, please don’t hesitate to call Planner Robert Kuhfuss at 623-222-3137.


City Council Meeting

Amendment of Municipal Code – Wireless Facilities

Due to recent legislative action from State and Federal lawmakers, revisions to Section 122-112, Wireless Facilities, of the Surprise Municipal Code are necessary to ensure compatibility when constructing Wireless Facilities in the city. House Bill 2365 was adopted in 2017 which now allows wireless providers to install and operate wireless facilities in city rights-of-way. HB 2365 also provided an application process for said facilities (most applicants are exempt from zoning review) and requires the establishment of terms and conditions for the wireless providers. The bill allows cities to require reasonable appearance and concealment requirements. Timing, submittal requirements, design standards and the review process have been modified and unanimously approved by City Council.

Vice Mayor Selection – 2018

City Council selected District 4 Councilmember Ken Remley to serve as Vice Mayor. Per city code, City Council must select a new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30 each year. The Vice Mayor acts on behalf of the Mayor in the event of absence. Congratulations, Ken!

FY2018 Financial Status Report

Finance Director Lindsey Duncan provided an update of the financial activity through the month of October 2017. General fund resources, year to date, are higher than budgeted at $5.3 million. The largest portion of the increase is from local sales tax as well as the charges for services due to the increase in activities by developers. Expenses were approximately $900,000 less than budgeted.

City Council Supports Legislation Regarding Street Light Districts

Arizona Revised Statutes (48-616, and others) authorize cities to form special taxing districts known as Streetlight Improvement Districts (SLIDs) for the presently limited purpose of purchasing electricity for street lights in a specified area. The City of Surprise currently requires these districts for streetlights on all roadways except parkways, major arterials, and minor arterials, and administers over 100 SLIDs at present. With a growing city, the number of SLIDs continues to expand causing a greater need for administration of the districts and coordination with the energy provider. In addition, each district has a different taxing rate resulting in a wide variety of taxes for property owners.

The creation of these districts throughout the development of the city has led to over 100 taxable districts citywide. The variability in the number of properties and lights in each district can lead to very different tax bills for each property owner. In addition, the administration of these districts and coordination with the energy provider is both time and work intensive.

The city is seeking a solution to optimize the use and to streamline the efficiency of administration of the districts in terms of assessment of costs and maintenance of the facilities. The goal is to create greater consistency for tax payers and to reduce the burden of administration. As a result, city staff has engaged outside Counsel along with two other cities and the League of Arizona Cities and Towns to draft a bill allowing cities to expand and consolidate street lighting districts and add powers to acquire, construct, and maintain street lighting facilities.

Amendments to the City Council Policies and Procedures Manual

The current City Council Policies and Procedures Manual expressly requires that “this manual will be reviewed by the City Council to consider recommendations and update it as necessary in August of odd-numbered years.” This item was brought forth for discussion and action in November but tabled for further review prior to action. Consequently, the City Attorney’s Office reviewed the policy and identified changes based on issues that have arisen implementing the current policy.

Specifically, the suggestions that have been drafted clarify that Council Members do not “check their constitutional rights at the door” by being an elected official and this policy does not supersede any constitutional rights that members enjoy. The purposed amendments also include an obligation, corollary to the obligation to report a violation, to refrain from making false, frivolous, or otherwise harassing allegations of violation. The suggested amendments passed with a 4-2 vote.

Amendments to Surprise Municipal Code

At a Council meeting on November 7, 2017, City Council voted to postpone the consideration of specific proposed amendments to Surprise Municipal Code, Chapter 2, Article II, Section 2-22. The suggested amendments included:

(1) Clarify what a public comment is in the context of the Clerk accepting public comments for posting on the City’s website during a council vacancy;

(2) Apply a “resign to run” obligation to boards and commissions members in order to ensure parity in Arizona State Law as it applies to City Council and Boards and Commissions (i.e., Board Members or Commissioners would need to resign their seats to run for City Council);

(3) Distinguish between excused and unexcused absences in the context of boards and commissions attendance and allow the Boards and Commissions Nomination Committee to resolve attendance issues;

(4) Streamline the Nomination Committee’s process for submitting names of applicants when a new vacancy opens within ninety days of a qualified applicant completing the application process through interview.

(5) Provide the Nomination Committee with the authority to resolve allegations of nonfeasance and malfeasance of boards and commission members, short of removal.

After much discussion, City Council voted 3-3. The motion to approve the amendments failed with the tie vote.


Events & Meetings

Tourism Advisory Commission Meeting

The Tourism Advisory Commission met on Thursday, January 11. Discussion included identifying tourism priorities for existing facilities and the approval of international cooperative marketing opportunities available through the Arizona Office of Tourism Coop and Brand USA. This collaboration is the nation’s first public-private partnership to promote travel to the US. The collaboration has marketing initiatives in 40 markets reaching more than 90% of inbound travel to the US. In addition to these items, staff stated the city’s website has been updated to include the new Sports & Tourism department.

Arizona Charter Academy Spelling Bee

On Friday, January 12, I was asked to judge the spelling bee competition at Arizona Charter Academy. Congratulations to the following winners:

Overall winners:

1st Place: Alexis Kohatsu
2nd Place: Confidence Nkol
3rd Place: Sister Nkol

Grade Level Winners:

1st grade: Alan Castillo
2nd grade: Amani Glover
3rd grade: Emmanuel Etukudoh
4th grade: Divine Etukudoh
5th grade: Christopher Buenaventura
6th grade: Johanna Delgado
7th grade: Alexis Kohatsu
8th grade: Confidence Nkol


Mark Your Calendar

Sunday in the Park

The City of Surprise and State 48 Brewery are partnering to add food trucks and craft beer once again for the Sundays in the Park concert series. Event admission is free. Food and drinks are available for purchase. There will be 15 delicious food trucks as well as an assortment of craft beers provided by State 48 Brewery and live music. This is a great event for the entire family. There will be free face painting and bounce house along with several other fun activities for children.

The event is this Sunday, January 21 at 8 Acre Park, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue from 12 noon until 4 pm.

City Schedules Meetings to Discuss Future Development in OTS

As a follow-up to the implementation of the Heritage Overlay District in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS), the city is hosting public engagement meetings in January and February to discuss new development opportunities in the area. Most meetings will be held in the Roy Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N. Hollyhock Street, at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

Monday, January 22 (CRS Advisory Board Meeting, City Hall- Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza); Wednesday, February 7; Wednesday, February 28

City staff and development partners will present information about future housing, recreation and retail amenities that are being considered for the OTS, in the general area bounded by Santa Fe Drive, Rimrock, Hollyhock and Nash streets. For more information, please call 623.222.3134.

Surprise POPS Band Concert

Expect big sounds from the Surprise Pops Band as they present a “Salute to the Big Bands” concert on Sunday, January 28, 3 p.m., Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place. Doors open at 2:15 p.m. The performance will feature the music of Count Basie, George Gershwin and other Big Band favorites.

The performance is open to the public and is free with the donation of a non-perishable food item. All Pops Band’s donations help support the Valley View Community Food Bank. For more information, visit www.surprisepopsband.com.


Did You Know?

2018 City Academy

Want to learn about the structure of city government, get updated on local issues and get to know your city leaders? Register for the 2018 Surprise City Academy! The eight-session academy offers the opportunity to learn about the city directly from the mayor, councilmembers, city manager and upper-level city staff. Plus, you will hear from city partners like Ottawa University and West-MEC.

The Surprise City Academy begins on March 5 and meets weekly through April 16. Most classes will meet from 6-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

It’s free to participate, but space is limited. Registration is required by February 26! For an application or information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/cityacademy or you can contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

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January 11, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Friends of the Library Meeting

Vice Mayor Todd Tande and I met with the President of Friends of the Library, Alyson Cline, on Tuesday, January 9. The focus of our meeting was literacy rates for kindergarten through eighth grade as well as Dysart Unified School District’s Continuous Improvement Plans (CIP). Leadership teams from each school provide information regarding achievements, gap analysis, goals and action plans to ensure continuous improvement at the school. These items form their CIP. For more information on the CIPs, please visit https://www.dysart.org/sites/default.aspx?pgid=555.

WESTMARC’s West Valley State of the State Address

City Council and staff attended WESTMARC’s State of the State address at the Renaissance Hotel in Glendale on Wednesday, January 10. Governor Doug Ducey discussed his 2018 agenda which includes continuing to battle the opioid crisis, increasing funding for education and adopting new policies for the child welfare system and former prisoners. He plans to call a special session to focus on the opioid crisis in early 2018. While he did not identify the funding sources for his agenda, he is scheduled to unveil his budget on Friday. He stated he is fully committed to accelerating and restoring education funding prior to the recession. Furthermore, his tax plan this year would allow veterans to keep more of their retirement pay which has not happened since the state created a tax exemption for military pensioners nearly three decades ago.

Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force Meeting

The Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force met on Tuesday, January 9 to review previously discussed options, with identified approximate costs, for ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado. The Task Force members narrowed the list to three recommendations for future City Council consideration.

  • Rename 8-Acres Park “Mark Coronado Park” and include a memorial plaque at the park’s entry gate (approximate cost $1,100)
  • Place honorary street signs along Bullard Avenue (Bell to Greenway Roads) to read “Mark Coronado Way.” *The official street name would remain Bullard Avenue, and have no impact on physical addresses (8 signs at an approximate cost of $300 total)
  • Brand the Mark Coronado Legacy Seat at Surprise Stadium *Change the color of the seat that Coronado purchased every Spring Training Season and add a logo identifying it as such (approximate cost is $1,000)

The Task Force will present its recommendations to the City Council at the City February 6th Council Workshop, 4 p.m., at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. City Council will either recommend that the action item be brought forward at the February 20th City Council Meeting, or ask that the Special Task Force perform additional work.


Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Fine Arts & Wine Festival This Weekend

The City of Surprise, in partnership with Thunderbird Artists, will be hosting the 6th annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival this weekend. The event will take place January 12-14, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at the Surprise Recreation Campus – 8 Acres Park, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Admission is $3.

The festival will feature spectacular artists, such as ceramic extraordinaire, Colleen Everett, whose work can be found in many corporate and private collections including the White House! Patrons can purchase an engraved souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets for $10, giving them an opportunity to sample an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines, as well as flavored rums. The festival will also include live music and a variety of tasty food options.

For more information regarding the festival, contact Thunderbird Artists at 480.837.5637 or visit www.thunderbirdartists.com.

Surprise Police Host Shred-A-Thon and Prescription Drug Take-Back Event on Saturday

If you have documents to shred or unused prescription and over-the-counter medication to dispose of, please come out to the Shred-A-Thon and Prescription Drug Take-Back Event hosted by Surprise Police. The event is Saturday, January 13, 2018, 7 -10 a.m. at the Surprise Public Safety Building, located at 14250 West Statler Plaza.

You may bring up to three banker’s boxes or 13-gallon trash bags of documents per vehicle to be shredded. Please note that shredding will end at 10 a.m. OR when the shred trucks are filled up. Additionally, unused prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off for destruction. We are unable to accept sharps (to include insulin syringes/needles) or inhalers of any kind.

Thanks to our event sponsors, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Iron Mountain Incorporated, there is no cost for the shredding of documents or destruction of medications. For more information, please call 623.222.4422.

2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Day of Service

The city will host our 2nd Annual MLK Celebration and Day of Service this Saturday, January 13, 2018 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the City Hall courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The day will begin with a free breakfast for the first 500 attendees, and it will consist of a celebratory program that will include choir and drum performances. Once the program concludes, volunteers will be dispatched to sites throughout Surprise and neighboring areas to complete service projects as a way to continue to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

For more information or to sign-up to volunteer, please contact Ervin Curtwright at 623.222.3241 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/MLK.

City Council Resumes Meetings

City Council will meet on Tuesday, January 16 for our regularly scheduled City Council Work Session at 5 p.m. and City Council meeting at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.


Did You Know?

City offices Closed in honor of MLK Day – Trash/Recycling Schedule Change

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Due to the holiday, City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day the week of January 15-19. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers, and as such, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider.

Please call 623.222.1900 if you have any questions.


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December 21, 2017 • Newsletter

Passing of Councilman Jim Hayden

It is with deep sadness, the city announced the passing of Councilman Jim Hayden on Wednesday, December 20. Councilman Hayden was a dedicated public servant most of his life. He was a Vietnam War veteran and served 20 years in the US Air Force where he trained pilots with critical skills needed to survive wartime conditions. He also served on the Glendale Fire Department for 22 years as a firefighter and EMT in addition to serving as Adjunct Faculty at Glendale Community College teaching Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technicians.

Please keep his wife Nancy and his family, friends and colleagues in your prayers. Thank you!

GO Bond Update

With the voter approval of the General Obligation bond this past November, I want to provide you with regular updates on the status of your investment. It is my plan to provide you with these updates on a regular basis, but our website www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise will also be updated throughout the projects for public transparency. In addition, throughout the five-year timeline for completion of all projects, staff will provide public status updates before City Council as needed and/or upon Council request.

Staff has finalized a design, bid and construction schedule that has changed some of the project start/completion dates that were originally listed during our public outreach ahead of the election. The project timelines and bond sale have been revised to better align with potential development as well as to advance the construction of critical roadways. Staggered timelines have work beginning in Winter 2018 and the final project completed in Summer 2022. The timelines are as follows:

  • PW Operations Facility: Winter 2018 – Winter 2020
  • Waddell Rd: Winter 2018 – Summer 2020
  • Litchfield Rd: Winter 2018 – Summer 2020
  • Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center: Winter 2018 – Spring 2021
  • Greenway Rd: Winter 2018 – Winter 2021
  • Land for Future Fire Station/PD Substation/Park Summer 2018 – Winter 2019
  • Pavement Preservation: Summer 2018 – Summer 2020
  • FS 304: Winter 2018 – Fall 2020
  • Police Training Facility: Summer 2020 – Summer 2022
  • FS 308: Winter 2020 – Spring 2022

The revised dates will appear in the Winter 2018 Progress Magazine. The magazine is scheduled for mailing before December 30, 2017.

City Council Work Session

FY2018 Transit Services Update

Staff provided Council with an update on all transit services including the results of the survey that was conducted in October and November for the paratransit and RideChoice services. Valley Metro and the Northwest cities had originally proposed changes back in September of this year to the 571 to begin in April of 2018. Valley Metro conducted a survey and public hearing related to the proposed changes in October and November. As a result of the overwhelming negative response by the riders to the proposed changes, Valley Metro has scrapped the proposed changes.

In order to bolster support for the RideChoice operations in the Valley, MJM has completed the hiring of a staff position to be located in Phoenix at the Valley Metro mobility center. This position will enhance coordination efforts between Valley Metro, MJM and the cab companies on the RideChoice contract in an effort to improve on-time service and overall service to the City of Surprise.

The results of the survey, related to paratransit and RideChoice, were no surprise as on-time performance and ease of booking lead the way for the two areas that needed most improvement on the contractor’s side. Rob Antoniak, Valley Metro’s chief operating officer, was in attendance at the meeting and provided input and feedback to Council on the issues, and promised marked improvement over the next several months. Some of those improvements have begun to take shape over the last month. There was a change in routing and dispatch software to a system that is more compatible with the way Valley Metro and Transdev does business. They have segregated the Senior Center trips from the general paratransit calls, resulting in fewer issues with residents booking regional trips.

Lastly, it is important for our residents to please call, email or visit the Valley Metro customer site website and register any complaints for any service with Valley Metro. The contact information is listed below. This will allow Valley Metro to hone in on areas where service is lagging or an overall issue. To view the December work session, visit https://surpriseaz.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=31&clip_id=4844.

Valley Metro Customer Service contact information:
By Phone 602-253-5000
By Phone TTY 602-251-2039
Register On-line www.valleymetro.org
Email csr@valleymetro.org


City Council Meeting

Parcel Donation

City Council unanimously approved a donation of real property from J and J Holdings, LLC on Tuesday evening. The city was offered this parcel of land for the use of open space and a trail system. The land is located along the Agua Fria River, and the donation of the land will facilitate future trail open space and potentially recreational opportunities within this corridor.

Rio Ranch PAD

The Rio Rancho Rezone with Planned Unit Development (PUD) Overlay in District 1 focuses on the 190-acre residential portion of the 230-acre overall Rio Rancho Development. The amendment proposes to lower the overall density from 4.92 du/A to 3.55 du/A, lower the lot count from 906 units to 669 units, and provide for more traditional product types. In addition to improvements typical for residential development, Rio Rancho will provide public access to a potential regional trail proposed by the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

The Rio Rancho Rezone with Planned Unit Development (PUD) Overlay in District 1

Approval of Preliminary Plat

City Council unanimously approved a preliminary plat for a 44-lot single family residential subdivision on approximately 10 acres located at the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Sweetwater.


Events & Meetings

Lunchtime Theatre

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and the West Valley Arts Council, in partnership with Theater Works, the West Valley Symphony and the Phoenix Opera, hosted “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday, December 14 at the West Valley Arts HQ. I had the privilege of playing Ebenezer Scrooge in this Charles Dickins well-known holiday classic as the other actors were being utilized for other events.

Councilmember Hall playing Ebenezer Scrooge in this Charles Dickins well-known holiday classic play

The next event, Unforgettable, will be held on January 18. For more information, please contact the West Valley Arts Council at 623.935.6384.

Honoring An Exceptional Leader Task Force Update

At the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force meeting, held on Thursday, December 14, the group reviewed all public recommendations they received identifying ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado. The Task Force was created by the Surprise City Council, on an ad-hoc basis, to identify ways to recognize great women and men who invested a precious part of themselves to the benefit of the city.

They narrowed the list to four options for future City Council consideration and requested a cost analysis for the following:

  • Rename 8-Acres Park “Mark Coronado Park” and include a memorial plaque at the park’s entry gate
  • Name a Surprise Stadium suite in his honor
  • Place an honorary street sign along Bullard Avenue (Bell to Greenway Roads) to read “Mark Coronado Way.” *The official street name would remain Bullard Avenue, and have no impact on physical addresses
  • Or a combination of any of the above options

Their third meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 6 p.m., in the City Hall- Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend.

Within 30 days of the second meeting (Dec 14), Special Task Force will hold a third public meeting (Jan 9) to weigh all the information presented by city staff, and select the best two/three options. The Special Task Force will use all avenues available, market the meeting in a way that encourages Surprise residents to attend and submit ideas and discuss pros and cons of each idea.

11th Annual Adaptive Holiday Tree Decorating Event

The 11th Annual Adaptive Holiday Tree Decorating event was held at DreamCatcher Park on Friday, December 15. Approximately 675 guests from the Dysart School District, One Step Beyond, Blue Mountain Development, Higher Hopes and Second Chance Group Homes attended this year and enjoyed performances by the choirs from Paradise Education Center and Shadow Ridge High School, refreshments, interactive games, “snow,” dancing and visits from special guests Big Red from the Arizona Cardinals and Santa Claus!

Kids playing in snow at the 11th Annual Adaptive Holiday Tree Decorating event

Senior Services Annual Member Holiday Party

I attended the Senior Services Annual Member Holiday Party on Friday December 15 at the Promenade at Sun Health. Festivities included a formal dinner, dancing and live entertainment for 110 Senior Center members.

People dancing at the Senior Services Annual Member Holiday Party

Pickleball Court Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting event for eight new pickleball courts was attended by a large passionate group of pickleball players on Saturday, December 16 at 10 a.m. at the Surprise Community Park. Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, and Surprise is thrilled to now have a total of 16 courts. The ribbon was cut by Vice Mayor Todd Tande, Councilmembers Roland Winters, Patrick Duffy, and Ken Remley, Community and Recreation Advisory Commission Chair Wayne Turner and the Surprise Pickleball Association President Jeff Stone and myself. The Surprise Pickleball Association is a great partner of the city. Their recent $34,000 donation to the city will allow the city to purchase and install two shade structures and four sets of bleachers. These items will be installed in January.

Pickleball ribbon cutting by Vice Mayor Todd Tande, Councilmembers Skip Hall, Roland Winters, Patrick Duffy, and Ken Remley, Community and Recreation Advisory Commission Chair Wayne Turner and the Surprise Pickleball Association President Jeff Stone

Deck the Hock Event

Councilman Ken Remley and I joined members of the Senior Center, Residents of the OTS, Little Explorers Preschool and especially Thompson Ranch art students created themed ornaments to decorate eight trees at the Senior Center. Community members also created about 100 luminaria bags for display out front of the facility.

Legacy Traditional School and WestPoint Elementary provided choir performances.


Mark Your Calendar

City Offices Holiday Closures

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed on Monday, December 25 for Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.

City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day both the week of Christmas and New Year’s. There will be no collection on December 25 or January 1. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Please note that not all Surprise residents have City of Surprise trash and recycling; therefore, you may not experience a change in pickup service. If this is your situation, please contact your service provider. If you have any questions, please contact 623.222.1900.


Did You Know?

Christmas Tree Drop-Off Sites

The city offers four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience. The lots are open beginning December 26, 2017 through January 13, 2018 at the following locations:

  • Gaines Park – 15837 N. Nash Street (north end of parking lot)
  • Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce – 15795 N. Parkview Place (across from Valley Vista HS)
  • Dick McComb Softball Park – 17894 Westpark Boulevard (parking lot at corner of 180th Avenue & Westpark)
  • Asante Community Park – 16763 W. Vereda Solana Drive (parking lot at the north end of the park)

Please remember to remove all decorations and place the trees in the designated areas only. There is a limit of two trees per household. Additionally and as a reminder, not all holiday wrappings and decorations are accepted in the city’s curbside recycling program.

Acceptable Holiday Items for Curb-side Recycling

  • Non-metallic wrapping paper/paper cardboard rolls
  • Greeting cards without shiny embellishments
  • Shopping catalogs
  • Gift boxes/shipping boxes

Non-Acceptable Items for Curbside Recycling

  • Tape and tape dispensers
  • Christmas Trees
  • Christmas tree ornaments, lights, tinsel, fake snow
  • Popcorn peanuts from boxes

For more information, please call 623.222.1900.

Happy Holidays

I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year. My sincerest gratitude for another year of your support.

Please note that I will not have a newsletter until the week of January 7. Thank you!


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December 14, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Raising Cane’s Grand Opening

The much anticipated ribbon cutting and grand opening of Raising Cane’s, 14385 W. Bell Road, was held on Friday, December 8. Several Councilmembers joined me to welcome the highly requested restaurant to Surprise. In attendance for the grand opening was the Willow Canyon band and hundreds of anxious residents. Welcome to Surprise, Raising Cane’s!

Surprise Fire-Medical Annual Awards

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department held its 12th Annual Awards Ceremony on December 8, 2017 in the City Council Chambers. The Awards Ceremony recognized members and their achievements within the Department for the past year. The award recipients are chosen through a nomination and voting process by the Department members, except for the Fire Chief’s Award. The Fire Chief reserves the right to select a member for the annual Fire Chief’s award. Typically, the award is given to one recipient. This year, Fire Chief Tom Abbott chose two recipients, Emergency Medical Services Battalion Chief Jesus Rivera and Personnel and Community Affairs Battalion Chief Julie Moore.

Engineer Ryan Ellis received the Firefighter of the Year award. Members of the Department choose Ellis for multiple reasons, including his exemplary performance and professionalism on medical and fire calls; his management of the SFMD Communications Program; and his commitment to overseeing the SFMD Wildland Team. Ellis is known for his exceptional patient care, including the care of pediatric patients, and excellent customer service. He has served the Department for over 17 years.

The Perry award was created after a young Surprise Firefighter passed away from cancer in 2002. The award is presented to a fire suppression member that best epitomizes the SFMD values, which include respectfulness, positive behavior, responsibility, honesty, and pride. Firefighter Mike Meadors was recognized as the recipient of this year’s Perry Award.

Engine Company 301 and Ladder Company 305 were awarded the Company of the Year award for working a First Alarm fire in a large two- story apartment building. This award is normally given to one company, but the crew members from Engine 301 and Ladder 305 were recognized due to their coordinated incident plan of an interior fire attack and roof ventilation. The crews were able to stay ahead of the attic fire, stop the fire from extending into the unit’s living areas, and extinguish the fire.

Firefighter Louis D’Angelo was awarded Paramedic of the Year for his participation as the Co-Chair for the Emergency Medical Services Committee.

The ceremony also acknowledged promotions, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) hired within the past eighteen (18) months. SFMD has hired eighteen (18) Firefighters, an Administrative Technician, five (5) Paramedics, four (4) EMTs, and promoted one (1) Captain and seven (7) Engineers. A special badge pinning event took place for the Paramedics and EMTs hired for the SFMD ambulance service. Congratulations to all!

Assistant Chief Brenden Espie, Fire Chief Tom Abbott, Engineer Ryan Ellis & Assistant Chief Darryl Johnston
Pictured left to right: Assistant Chief Brenden Espie, Fire Chief Tom Abbott, Engineer Ryan Ellis & Assistant Chief Darryl Johnston

Quarterly STEM Council Meeting

Canyon Ridge STEM Council meeting was held on Monday, December 11. Principal Jill Hoppe led our meeting which included all the fantastic STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related events happening at Canyon Ridge Elementary School. Mark your calendars as Canyon Ridge STEM night will be held at the school on March 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. to showcase the program which includes teaching code to their 1st graders. It is quite an impressive curriculum preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow!

Meet the Elected Officials Night

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Meet the Elected Officials Night on Wednesday, December 13 at Marley Park Heritage Club. This event provides an opportunity for the Chamber to develop or strengthen relationships with local officials, and state and federal legislators.


Mark Your Calendar

Council Meeting Next Week

City Council will be meeting for our regular meetings on Tuesday, December 19. Work Session will begin at 4 p.m. followed by the regular City Council meeting at 6 p.m.

Help Decorate for our “Deck the Hock” Holiday Event

We are decorating on Hollyhock Street for our first “Deck the Hock” holiday event and we need your help! Themed holiday trees and luminarias will be on display for everyone to enjoy on December 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock Street. The festivities also will include local choir performances, hot cocoa, and treats.

Donations of new or handmade ornaments for one of six themed trees are being accepted now through December 18. Drop off your donations at the Senior Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Our tree themes are: patriotic, music, sports, Disney, animals and trains.

Blank luminaria bags can also be picked up at the Senior Center for you and your family to decorate.

For more information, please contact the Surprise Senior Center at 623.222.1500 or email Joe Gladieux at joe.gladieux@surpriseaz.gov.

Toy Drive in Full Swing

The Surprise Police began their annual toy drive late last month and are asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. We are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate children in our community.

Surprise Police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout the City of Surprise. Donated toys can be dropped-off through December 18 at the following locations throughout the city:

  • Surprise Police Department,14250 W. Statler Plaza; Suite #103
  • Sun City Grand Palms Center, 19726 N. Remington Drive
  • Cimarron Club, 17100 W. Clearview Drive
  • The “Irish Wolfhound” Restaurant & Pub, 16811 N. Litchfield Road
  • Sun Village Community, 14300 W. Bell Road
  • Sunflower Colonnade, 19116 N. Colonnade Way
  • Vista de la Montana Adult Community, 18510 N. Parkview Place (Between 8 am and 5 pm)
  • Sante of Surprise, 14775 W. Yorkshire Drive
  • Sunflower RV Resort, 16501 N. El Mirage Road
  • Grandview Terrace, 14515 W. Granite Valley Drive, Sun City West, AZ

We greatly appreciate your support and ask that you please help by donating either an unwrapped new toy or some new wrapping paper for those children in our community who may go without this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity!

Spring Bookmark Contest

The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission is partnering with non-profit Friends of the Surprise Libraries for their annual Spring Bookmark Contest which encourages local 6th – 8th graders to express their artistic talent by creating a reading and literacy-themed bookmark. Winners in each grade level will receive a plaque with their bookmark and a monetary award. In addition, their bookmarks will be professionally printed and distributed at the Maricopa County Northwest Regional Library in Surprise. This year, an art show of all the entries will be held at the WHAM (What’s Happening Art Movement) headquarters during the month of March 2018.

Bookmark Contest Timeline:

  • Contest begins December 11, 2017
  • Entries are due no later than January 31, 2018
  • Judging will occur February 7, 2018

Bookmark Contest Awards:

  • 1st place awards and $100 cash prize for each grade level
  • Honorable mention prize of $25 for each grade level

Bookmark Contest Entry Details:

  • See entry form for all entry requirements – Bookmark Contest Entry Form
  • Artwork size 2.5″ by 11″ only (out-of-size will be disqualified)
  • Students may submit more than one entry, but each entry must have its own completed entry form
  • Deliver or Mail entries to:
    Friends of the Surprise Libraries Inc.
    ATTN: Bookmark Contest
    16089 N. Bullard Ave Surprise AZ 85374

For more information, please contact Friends of the Surprise Libraries at admin@friendsofthesurpriselibraries.org or (623) 826-4939.


Did You Know?

Call of Election

Notice of election that the city of Surprise will hold elections as follows:

  • Primary Election: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (If Applicable)

Offices to be filled – Four (4) Council Seats. Three (3) Council Seats with 4-year terms for Districts 1 (Acacia), 5 (Palm) & 6 (Palo Verde) with terms to expire 2022; and one Council Seat with a 2-year term, to fill the remainder of a term for District 3 (Mesquite District) that resulted in a vacancy from resignation in 2017, with term to expire December 2020.

Candidate Packets with Petitions are Available: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Candidate Packet Filing Deadline: Nomination paper, financial disclosure statements, affidavit of qualifications and petitions are due no later than Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. Candidate packets need to be filed at the City Clerk’s Office – 16000 N. Civic Center Parkway, Surprise, Arizona 85374.

Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018

For further information or to set up an appointment for a Candidate’s Packet, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 623-222-1220.


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December 7, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting

Mirano at Desert Oasis

A public hearing was held as part of the City Council meeting for approval of the preliminary plat in District 1. Desert Oasis, located on Jomax Road west of 163rd Avenue, continues to grow with the platting of Mirano. This parcel will add 106 residential lots and a central amenity area that will provide passive and active recreation with pedestrian connections to other parts of Desert Oasis, including an internal pedestrian connection to Desert Oasis Elementary School. The plat was unanimously approved.

Rendering of Mirano at Desert Oasis

Neighborhood Grant Funding Recommendation

Staff presented City Council with the funding recommendations for the Neighborhood Grant Program, which allows for the distribution of $10,000 in grant funding to Surprise neighborhoods for community events, neighborhood functions and even some improvements.

The funding recommendations were made by the Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships and Grants who reviewed eight applications with a total requested funding amount of $53,158. The Committee recommended partial funding for seven of the applicants. Council approved the funding recommendations, as follows: Friends of the Library ($1,000), Kingswood Parke ($1,000), Surprise Community Garden ($2,000), Northwest Ranch ($2,000), Sarah Ann Ranch ($2,000), WHAM ($1,000), and Marley Park ($1,000).

The Neighborhood Grant Program provides the opportunity for neighborhoods to request assistance with the goal of building community engagement and stronger relationships with the city. It began in FY16 when City Council approved the pilot program. The Committee members are Council Members Patrick Duffy (Chair), Ken Remley and Roland Winters.

Events & Meetings

Tourism Advisory Commission Special Meeting

The Surprise Tourism Advisory Commission met on Thursday, November 30. The meeting included a series of activities and exercises designed to expand on previously-discussed areas such as funding, annual events, entertainment and external attractions. The Commission members and staff identified a common focus while evaluating the current mission statement established in the Tourism Advisory Strategic Plan. In collaboration, Commission members and staff revised the existing mission/result statement: “With the consistent growth of the City of Surprise, the Tourism Advisory Commission will enhance the quality of life for residents through increased Economic Development and partnership opportunities creating an identity of which the community is proud.” Eric Bailey, President of Bailey Innovations Group, will provide a draft of the strategic plan to all members for review and consideration.

The next meeting is Thursday, January 11, at 6 p.m. in the Council Overflow Room at City Hall.

Valley Metro RPTA Monthly Meeting

Valley Metro RPTA, the Joint Boards and Valley Metro Rail Board met on Thursday, November 30. Amongst items discussed, we recommended the attorney negotiate a two-year contract extension for Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith.

16th Annual Surprise Party

The 16th Annual Surprise Party was held this past weekend. Festivities included the hot air balloon, glow, Arizona Skyhawks Skydivers, music, a classic car show, petting zoo, the infamous Robosaurus, fireworks and much more. City Council gathered to kick off this year’s holiday season with our traditional tree lighting ceremony. A special thank you goes out to our Community and Recreation Services and Sports & Tourism teams led by Directors Donna Miller and Kendra Pettis, respectively, for their hard work and dedication preparing this fantastic event for our residents!

Port of Subs Grand Opening

Councilmembers Roland Winters, Patrick Duffy and I attended the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Port of Subs, located at 14557 W. Grand Avenue, Suite B101 in Surprise. The owners, a military veteran and his wife, are also residents of Surprise.

Councilmembers Roland Winters, Patrick Duffy and Hall attending the ribbon cutting at grand opening of Port of Subs

Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission Meeting

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission met on Monday, December 4. Items of discussion included an update on the Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival hosted by the Thunderbird Artists. The Festival will occur January 12-14, at 8-Acre Park. The Commission will host a booth with informational flyers and pamphlets. They also plan to talk to the public about events and programs as well as provide an activity to engage the public. The mini baseball bat contest was also discussed. While the Commission no longer has bats to offer, schools can still participate by purchasing their own bats for students to decorate. Entries are due January 26. For more information, please contact Danielle Osborne at 623.222.1034.


Mark Your Calendar

Second Sundays in the Park Food Truck Festival

The City of Surprise and State 48 Brewery are partnering to add food trucks and craft beer to the city’s Second Sundays in the Park concert series! The first “Second Sundays in the Park Food Truck Festival” will take place on Sunday, December 10 from 1-5 p.m. at 8-Acres Park (15960 N. Bullard Avenue) and will feature live music from The 8-Tracks.

Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. Choose from a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of craft beers provided by State 48 Brewery. This is a great opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and unique food trucks that the whole family will love!

For more information, please contact the City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Second Sundays in the Park Food Truck Festival

Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force Meeting

The next taskforce meeting is Thursday, December 14, at 6 p.m., at Surprise City Hall in the Community Room. The taskforce continues to meet to discuss options to honor the late Community and Recreation Services Director Mark Coronado.

At the group’s November meeting, public and Task Force input recommended the following options for honoring Coronado:

  • Rename Bullard Avenue in Coronado’s honor
  • Rename 8-Acres Park in Coronado’s honor and/or add a tribute in his honor within the park
  • Rename Surprise Stadium in Coronado’s honor and/or add a tribute in his honor within the stadium
  • Rename the Surprise Recreation Campus in Coronado’s honor
  • Dedicate a day of community service in Coronado’s honor

Lunchtime Theater

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and the West Valley Arts Council in partnership with Theater Works, the West Valley Symphony and the Phoenix Opera are hosting another Lunchtime Theater – A Christmas Carol, on Thursday, December 14 at the Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza. The performance will begin at noon and will end by 1 p.m. Tickets are $10. To order tickets, call West Valley Arts Council at 623.935.6384.

Free Public Art Bus Tour

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission is offering a free bus tour to the home studio of local artist Joe Tyler on Saturday, January 20, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mr. Tyler has worked on over 100 projects, most of them large public art sculptures with strong botanical influences. In fact, you can find his “The Learning Tree” sculpture – a large welded tree shading a book and flower-adorned benches – at Northwest Regional Library.

Participants will meet at the northeast entrance of Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, at 10 a.m. and travel via bus to Mr. Tyler’s 40-acre property which serves as his studio. For more information, please contact Susan deJong at 623.214.7537.


Did You Know?

2018 Spring Training Schedule

The 16th Annual Surprise Spring Training season will begin Saturday, February 24 at the Surprise Recreation Campus – Surprise Stadium featuring the Kansas City Royals against the 2017 National League Champions Los Angeles Dodgers. The Surprise Stadium will host 31 games this season which include matchups against all teams in the Cactus League and two double headers March 12 and March 17.

There will be a special online pre-sale at www.surprisespringtraining.com starting Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. (MST). Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with Tickets.com at 888.755.2583. Service charges and fees may apply to online and phone orders.

The Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office will open for ticket sales on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 beginning at 8 a.m. The box office is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

2018 Spring Training Schedule
Schedule and times subject to change | Premium Games
*Dynamic pricing may apply to select premium games

24-Feb Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
25-Feb Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
26-Feb Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
27-Feb Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
28-Feb Cincinnati Reds vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
1-Mar San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
3-Mar Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
4-Mar Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
5-Mar San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
6-Mar San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
7-Mar Milwaukee Brewers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
8-Mar Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
9-Mar Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
10-Mar Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
11-Mar Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
12-Mar San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals 12:05 p.m.
12-Mar Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
13-Mar Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
14-Mar Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
15-Mar Milwaukee Brewers vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
16-Mar Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
17-Mar Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals 12:05 p.m.
17-Mar Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
18-Mar Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
19-Mar Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
20-Mar San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
21-Mar Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
22-Mar Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
23-Mar Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
24-Mar Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers 12:05 p.m.
25-Mar Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals 12:05 p.m.

For questions or additional information, contact the Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office at 623.222.2222.

WHAM Bowls of Hope

WHAM’s Bowls of Hope program kicked off its fourth year providing West Valley charities funds to feed the needy in our communities. The bowls are available for purchase at WHAM, 16560 N. Dysart Road, through the end of December. For more information, please contact WHAM Art Association at 623.584.8311.


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November 30, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Council Conversation Taping

Earlier this week, I taped my quarterly Council Conversation that focused on Recreation, Sports & Tourism. Community and Recreation Services Director Donna Miller and Assistant Director Paul Frie provided us with an update of the upcoming events we will be sure to want to attend. In addition, this interview provides an introduction of our newest department, Sports & Tourism, as well as an introduction of the department’s two leaders, Director Kendra Pettis and Assistant Director Joe Bertoletti. You can watch the show here: https://youtu.be/h5paPc0bml8

Council Conversations with Councilmember Hall, Kendra Pettis (Sports & Tourism Director) and Joe Bertoletti (Sports & Tourism Assistant Director)

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Meeting

A Tribute to the Veterans was the theme of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce meeting this month. The meeting was held on Tuesday, November 28 at The Colonnade. Vice President of Veteran Initiatives of the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Steve Yamamori spoke about the Veteran Success Project. An Advisory Committee, of which I am honored to serve on, consists of municipal and community leaders.

Mr. Yamamori shared some veteran statistics. Our country consists of more than 20 million veterans. There are 532,206 veterans residing in our state which makes up 11% of the population. From that number, 477,985 of them are male, 54,221 are female, and 49% are 65 and older.

Due to the difficulty transitioning from the military to civilian life, the Veteran Success Project opened the Military and Veterans Success Center in the West Valley. Luke AFB provided an in-kind donation of space to house this program and in turn, the Veteran Success Project will help every airman with the transition into civilian employment. The building is located by the Lightening Gate of Luke AFB located on Litchfield Road. Included in the facility are three case manager offices and a conference room. There is also a kid’s area and state of the art technology located throughout the building.

Veteran Success Project rendering

The Project’s goal is to serve 100,000 veterans and their families over the next 10 years. The program will offer case-managed, success planning services focusing on transition, education, housing, human services, professional development, career and personal services. To support this endeavor, funding will be a two-pronged strategy to cover immediate costs, as well as legacy funding through an endowment fund. The endowment will be able to fund operating costs in perpetuity.

Governor Doug Ducey’s Policy Advisor on Military and Veterans Affairs, Dr. Joseph Cuffari, provided a legislative update concerning veteran bills during Governor Ducey’s administration. The State of Arizona has 54,746 active duty personnel between their installations: Fort Huachuca, Davis-Monthan AFB, Yuma Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma Proving Grounds, Luke AFB and the Naval Observatory. Currently, there are 7,600 personnel at Arizona National Guard’s 36 facilities and 7,400 in reserves in addition to the almost 600,000 current veterans in Arizona.

Arizona receives an economic impact of $11.5 billion from military and veterans, in addition to supplying 77,000 jobs. The state receives $255.9 million in state and local sales tax, based on 2017 figures, as well.

Surprise Youth Council Meeting

The Surprise Youth Council met on Wednesday, November 29 at the AZ TechCelerator. I attended, as well as members from the Surprise Youth Foundation, to share conversation about an upcoming Surprise Youth Festival this spring.


Mark Your Calendar

16th Annual Surprise Party

Celebrate with the City of Surprise at our 16th Annual Surprise Party on Dec.1 and 2 at the Surprise Recreation Campus! This event offers a variety of holiday-themed activities and entertainment experiences. Admission is free with a canned food or toy donation benefiting Sanderson Ford Operation Santa Claus. An overview of the each day’s highlights are below:

Friday, December 1 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.) – Hot air balloon glow; Arizona Skyhawks Skydivers; a traditional tree lighting ceremony; fireworks; great food and live musical performances from “3 Nations” and “Smashed.” Santa’s Workshop, presented by Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry, offers a free opportunity for youth of all ages to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus while enjoying arts and crafts, cookies, and fun!

Event Lineup

5 – 7 p.m. Musical performances by “3 Nations”
7 – 7:15 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony
7:15 – 8:45 p.m. Musical performances by “Smashed” / Festive Balloon Glow
8:45 – 8:55 p.m. Skydivers
8:55 – 9 p.m. “Party in the Sky” Fireworks

*Schedule of events subject to change

Friday’s event will be held at the Surprise Recreation Campus – Stadium Plaza, located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. Fireworks will begin approximately at 8:55 p.m

Saturday, December 2 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) – Arts, crafts and gifts festival; classic car show; interactive games; camel rides; a petting zoo; clowns; face painters; inflatables; carnival; gingerbread house contest and much more! Throughout the day, enjoy a variety of entertainment, including performances by the City of Surprise dance programs and “Robosaurus” – the world’s largest car-crushing robot. Event activities and attractions may include a nominal fee. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Saturday’s events will be held at the Surprise Recreation Campus – 8 Acres Park, north of Surprise Stadium.

Event Lineup

11 – 11:15 a.m. The 16th Annual Surprise Party kickoff
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. City of Surprise – Special Interest Class Performance Groups
1 – 3 p.m. “Rock Lobster” musical performance
3 – 5 p.m. “3 Nations” musical performance

*Schedule of events subject to change.

Carnival Operating Hours

Friday 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For additional event information, please contact the Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty.

City Council Meeting

The next City Council Work Session and City Council meeting is scheduled next Tuesday, December 5 at Surprise City Hall in the Council Chamber. The Work Session will begin at 5 pm followed by the Regular City Council Meeting that will begin at 6 pm.


Did You Know?

Call for Youth Artists

The City of Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission is partnering with non-profit Friends of the Surprise Libraries for their annual Spring Bookmark Contest which encourages local 6th – 8th graders to express their artistic talent by creating a reading and literacy-themed bookmark. Winners in each grade level will receive a plaque with their bookmark and a monetary award. Plus, their bookmarks will be professionally printed and distributed at the Maricopa County Northwest Regional Library in Surprise. This year, an art show of all the entries will be held at the WHAM (What’s Happening Art Movement) headquarters during the month of March 2018.

Bookmark Contest Timeline:

  • Contest begins December 11, 2017
  • Entries are due no later than January 31, 2018
  • Judging will occur February 7, 2018

Bookmark Contest Awards:

  • 1st place awards and $100 cash prize for each grade level
  • Honorable mention prize of $25 for each grade level

Bookmark Contest Entry Details:

  • See entry form for all entry requirements – Bookmark Contest Entry Form
  • Artwork size 2.5″ by 11″ only (out-of-size will be disqualified)
  • Students may submit more than one entry, but each entry must have its own completed entry form.

Deliver or Mail entries to:

  • Friends of the Surprise Libraries Inc.
    ATTN: Bookmark Contest
    16089 N. Bullard Ave
    Surprise AZ 85374

For more information, please contact Friends of the Surprise Libraries at admin@friendsofthesurpriselibraries.org or (623) 826-4939.


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November 22, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Arts & Economic Prosperity Report

West Valley Arts HQ Executive Director Bernadette Carroll provided a presentation on the Arts & Economic Prosperity Report. The Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 report was conducted by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization aimed at advancing the arts in America. This report provides evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a significant industry in the West Valley Region – one that generates $23 million in total economic activity. This spending, $13.2 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, and an additional $9.8 million in event-related spending by their audiences, supports 758 full-time equivalent jobs; generates $18 million in household income to local residents; and delivers $2.6 million in local and state government revenue.

This economic impact study sends a strong signal that when we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in the West Valley Region’s economic well-being. For more information on the report, please visit https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/research-studies-publications/arts-economic-prosperity-5.


City Council Meeting

Pickleball Donation

Earlier this year, City Council approved a Capital Improvement Project to construct eight additional pickleball courts adjacent to the existing courts at Community Park. The Surprise Pickleball Association has been highly supportive of this project and has donated $34,000 to add four sets of bleachers and two shade structures around the new courts.


Events & Meetings

Grand Openings and Ribbon Cuttings in Surprise

This past week, we celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cuttings of a few new businesses in Surprise. Sonoran Sun Pediatric Therapy opened their doors for young patients. They are located at 15653 N. Reems Road, Suite 110, and the owners are residents of Surprise.

Sonic Drive-In hosted a ribbon cutting on Thursday, November 18, at their new store located at 17181 W. Greenway Avenue. In addition, we celebrated the ribbon cutting of FAST SIGNS and 2Knuckle Sports both located in the Brookside Shopping Center located at 15332 W. Bell Road.

Sonoran Sun Pediatric Therapy grand opening and ribbon cutting

Best of luck to all our new businesses. We welcome you to Surprise.

Community Conversation on Homelessness

Our Human Service and Community Vitality Department hosted a community conversation on homelessness. Vice Mayor Todd Tande, Councilman Ken Remley and I joined city staff and the representatives from local businesses, non-profit agencies, community groups and individuals who have interaction with our homeless for this open conversation.  Our goal was to share what homelessness looks like in the area from all of our perspectives and further discuss the conditions, trends, data and possible solutions.

Dysart High Schools Band Jamboree

Marching bands from Dysart, Shadow Ridge, Valley Vista and Willow Canyon high schools came together for the 1st Annual Band Jamboree at Willow Canyon High School on Monday, November 20. The program featured all four marching bands and included a drumline battle. Dysart Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Stephen Poling and I joined Glendale Community College Director of Bands Bill Humbert and volunteer Rudy Johnson to evaluate the friendly competition with a tremendously large crowd in the cheering section. Shadow Ridge High School won first place, followed by Willow Canyon (2nd place), Valley Vista (3rd place) and Dysart High School (4th place).


Mark Your Calendar

City Offices Closed This Thursday and Friday

Our city administrative offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that trash and recycling collection normally scheduled for Thursday, November 23 will occur on Friday, November 24.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers and, therefore, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider. Please contact City of Surprise Customer Service at 623.222.6000 if you have any questions.

Honoring An Exceptional Leader Task Force

The Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force met last week to solicit public input on ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services(CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado. The Task Force was created by the Surprise City Council, on an ad-hoc basis, to identify ways to recognize great women and men who invested a precious part of themselves to the benefit of the city. The task force will host their second meeting is scheduled on Thursday, December 14 at 6 p.m., in the City Hall- Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend.

Mr. Coronado passed away this past June, having led CRS since 2000. Under Mark’s leadership the department grew to manage all recreational programming, city parks, aquatics, library services, community/sports tourism special events, recreational facility development, Spring Training operations and national/international tennis events. During his tenure with the city, Mark also held the roles of Interim City Manager, Acting Economic Development Director, Acting Public Works Director and Acting Communications Director.

At the group’s November meeting, public and Task Force input recommended the following options for honoring Coronado:

  • Rename Bullard Avenue in Coronado’s honor
  • Rename 8-Acres Park in Coronado’s honor and/or add a tribute in his honor within the park
  • Rename Surprise Stadium in Coronado’s honor and/or add a tribute in his honor within the stadium
  • Rename the Surprise Recreation Campus in Coronado’s honor
  • Dedicate a day of community service in Coronado’s honor

This taskforce will bring their recommendation to City Council for consideration in early 2018.


Did You Know?

Surprise Board & Commissions Openings

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.

  • Municipal Property Corporation – 1 vacancy
  • Audit Committee – Resident Position (This member must have knowledge of financial reporting, accounting, auditing, or relevant fields and familiarity with local governance and operations) – 1 vacancy
  • Disability Advisory Commission – 1 vacancy

Applications for the above mentioned commission are available immediately and can be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. The City Clerk’s Office is located in Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Applications are also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person or by e-mail to clerk@surpriseaz.gov. Applications are always available for all boards and commissions and will be kept on file for future vacancies.

Small Business Saturday in Surprise

Small Business Saturday was proclaimed at Tuesday Night’s Council Meeting in an effort to support our city’s local businesses, which help to create jobs and boost our local economy. Small Business Saturday is as an American Express initiative that has been widely adopted by public and private organizations across the nation to encourage people to shop small the Saturday after Thanksgiving ever year.

To help localize the campaign, Surprise businesses and residents can download “Shop Small Surprise” marketing collateral to promote Small Business Saturday at www.surpriseaz.gov/shopsurprise. Show your support on social media using the hashtag #ShopSmallSurprise

The city encourages residents to shop local beyond the holiday season; that’s why we have partnered with the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce on a renewed “ShopSurprise” campaign that offers local retail deals via text all year long. To start receiving daily deals, text ‘ShopSurprise’ (one word) to 85100. Additionally, please don’t forget to ‘Like’ the Shop Surprise, Arizona Facebook page and follow @ShopSurpriseAZ on Twitter.

For more information about the ShopSurprise campaign, contact the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce at 623.748.1828 or info@surpriseregionalchamber.com.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. It is my honor to serve you! I wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.


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November 16, 2017 • Newsletter

Joint Council/Planning & Zoning Meeting

City Council Members and Planning & Zoning Commissioners met at Ottawa University on Thursday, November 9 to discuss the vision for downtown Surprise. As a strategic activator for the Civic Center, Ottawa University plays a critical role in the future of the City Center. Ottawa’s Vice President and Provost, Dr. Dennis Tyner, provided a thorough update on the university. Ottawa had a goal of enrolling 250 students in their first semester in Surprise. Dr. Tyner happily reported that 434 students were enrolled which far exceeded their original goal. He stated 55 percent of the students came from Arizona with 38 students from Surprise; 35 percent of the students are from California. The university recruited locally and invested in athletes to start the inaugural year. They hope to enroll an additional 375 new students this upcoming spring and fall. Staff utilized the Infinity program to attract students who are participants and incentivized those students with scholarships. Ottawa University’s short-term goal is to build three additional buildings which include an indoor/outdoor athletic facility, KDR (kitchen, dining, recreation area) that will seat 1,000 people and their first residential hall.

The land developer and their partners, and the public were also invited to join the discussion. The desires of our residents are important to consider as we are building a downtown from scratch, and we want it to thrive and survive for the long-term. Comments and questions were also noted from Facebook Live. Resident desires include: more eclectic restaurants, entertainment options, upscale bars, small shops and boutiques, housing similar to Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, a performing arts center, and parks and city bus routes that can transport residents to the area. It is evident that residents do not desire more senior living complexes and apartments. Bottom line is that Council’s plan for the area always included the creation of a downtown that would allow walkability, recreation and interaction amongst those that would reside and congregate there.


Events & Meetings

Arizona Charter Academy Veterans Day Concert

Arizona Charter Academy (ACA) hosted their second annual Veterans Day concert on Thursday, November 9. Veterans from Surprise were invited to attend the breakfast and the patriotic concert led by their 7th grade choir. I’m very appreciative of ACA’s acknowledgment of our veterans and the beautiful voices of their choir. It was a touching event. Many thanks to ACA’s CEO Melissa Holdaway and Music Director Rachael Crossman for your continued partnership!

Surprise Veterans Day Parade

The city hosted its 3rd Annual Veterans Day parade on Saturday, November 11. Our Grand Marshal was David G. Herrerea who served in U.S. Army and is a World War II veteran. Each year, the attendance continues to grow for the parade. This year, there were 80 parade entries. Approximately 350 people enjoyed the pancake breakfast that was catered by Puffy Taco Shack, and approximately 5,000 people attended the parade. Those who entered the parade were also judged in a variety of different categories. The winners are:

  • Best Veteran Service Organization: VFW Post 286, Nicky D. Bacon
  • Best Military: Vietnam Veterans of America- Billee Culin, Chapter 1043
  • Best Motorized: M-151 A1 Military Jeep & M-416 Trailer
  • Best Non-Motorized: Painted Promise Ranch
  • Best Musical/Performance: Shadow Ridge High School Marching Band
  • Best Youth: Cub Scout Pack 194

Congratulations! And a special thank you to our Community and Recreation Services and Sports and Tourism departments for their hard work and dedication preparing for this event!

Veterans Day Ceremony at Sun Village

I participated in the Veterans Day ceremony at Sun Village on Saturday, November 11. I was honored to be part of the Honor Guard. Each year, Sun Village hosts this ceremony. Many thanks to the hard work and dedication of resident Tomas Garcia. Thank you!

Future of Cross-Border Healthcare Panel Discussion

As seasonal Canadian visitors return to Arizona in ever-increasing numbers, the city is studying how to provide better, more innovative healthcare options for them in the future. On Tuesday November 14, the Surprise Economic Development Department hosted a panel discussion at City Hall with Canadian leaders who are seeking to advance an important cross-border healthcare initiative in partnership with the city. The Surprise Economic Development Department is leading an initiative to bring Canadian medical services and Canadian medical practitioners to the market. Surprise is aiming to be a medical destination for services where rehabilitation and recovery is most desirable in a warm climate. Cross-Border Healthcare Taskforces were formed earlier this year in both Canada and the City of Surprise, and the taskforces intend to deliver a feasibility report on the issue early 2018.

New Lease on Life Initiative

Christopher Todd Communities recently asked that I participate on a committee to evaluate essays. The company launched a non-profit initiative called “A New Lease on Life” that will give those in need a helping hand, one person or one family at a time. The company has also partnered with Veterans Directory to help identify an honorably discharged veteran transitioning to civilian life. That selected veteran will receive free rent for one year, 50 percent reduced rent the second year and 25 percent reduced rent the third year at their new community in Surprise at Litchfield and Greenway roads. As part of the committee, we reviewed 20 applications and provided the company with our top three choices to receive this gift. For more information regarding this initiative, please visit The Veterans Directory website at www.TheVeteransDirectory.org. You can find the application and program requirements there as well.


Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Super Swap Meet

The Surprise Super Swap Meet will be held on Saturday, November 18 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. Parking and admission are free. There will be more than 60 vendors with new and gently used treasures on display. This event is sponsored by the City of Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department and the Surprise Senior Center Site Council. If you would like more information, please call 623.222.1500.

Public Comment Period for North-South Corridor Environmental Study Opens

As the North-South Corridor environmental study progresses with some changes to the proposed corridor alternatives, the Arizona Department of Transportation, in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration, is now seeking comments on the options from the public. There have been several changes to the study since 2014 when the last formal public comment period was held.

The North-South Corridor, spanning more than 40 miles between US 60 and I-10 in Pinal County, includes multiple proposed alternative corridors with segment options throughout. This comment period is open for 30 days, and all comments received by December 14 will be entered into the Corridor Selection Report for this phase of work.

Comments can be sent to the following:

  • Email: northsouth@azdot.gov
  • ADOT Project Information Line: 1-855-712-8530
  • Mail:
    North-South Corridor Study Team
    c/o ADOT Communications
    1655 W. Jackson St., Mail Drop 126F
    Phoenix, AZ 85007

For more information on the North-South Corridor Study, please visit the website at www.azdot.gov/NorthSouthCorridorStudy.


Did You Know?

Smallcakes of Surprise

Please join me in welcoming Smallcakes of Surprise to Surprise. Smallcakes recently celebrated their grand opening earlier this month. They are located at 13706 West Bell Road (Suite 14), and they are open seven days a week.

Opioid Addiction Resource Website Has Launched!

It’s no secret that opioid abuse in the United States has become a national crisis, and while many people think it’s only about the use of illegal drugs (heroin), there is an increase in people becoming addicted to opioid-based pain killers (fentanyl and codeine). Everyday people using legally-prescribed pain medications are becoming addicted, and the results are deadly.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that in 2015, 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids and more than 33,000 people died from overdosing on opioids. Since 2012 opioid deaths in Arizona have increased 74 percent, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).

In support of our nation’s and state’s initiatives to combat this problem, the city has created a website www.surpriseaz.gov/opioidhelp to connect abusers to various local and national resources and support agencies working to end opioid abuse. In addition, following state recommendations, our first responders, both Fire-Medical and Police are trained on the use of naloxone (Narcan) which is utilized to help reverse an opioid overdose. Surprise Fire-Medical has also established partnerships with substance abuse facilities that allow for direct transfer and immediate evaluation of patients as part of the new Treat and Refer program.

The city has a RX Drop-off location in our Police Department lobby (14250 W. Statler Plaza), where you can safely dispose of your unwanted or expired prescription drugs. The website also features videos addressing the crisis and a link to the state’s report on the issue, including legislative recommendations for combating the epidemic.


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November 9, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Library Feasibility Study Update

Earlier this year, the city hired Orcutt / Winslow to complete a library feasibility study. The purpose of the study was to guide future library operations, library renovation projects and new library construction. The process took several months to complete. The consultant conducted interviews with city staff and staff from Maricopa County. Benchmark comparisons were completed with Avondale, Peoria and Tempe. Staff and consultants visited several libraries in order to complete a design comparison. Four community meetings were held, as well as an online survey, in order to gain public input. The consultant also provided detailed information regarding an intergovernmental agreement. A large portion of the study related to future libraries in Surprise, facility options and locations, as well as recommendations to renovate and refresh current libraries and cost models.

The study recommendations included:

  • Continue with Maricopa County Library District
  • Continue to elicit community input
  • Remodel Northwest Regional Library
  • Refresh Hollyhock Library
  • Utilize impact fees for new branch library; Possible location at Asante Park
  • Construct new regional branch when funds are available
  • Adopt policy for locating and determining size of future libraries
  • Explore collecting new fees for future libraries
  • Adopt a memorandum of understanding with Friends of Surprise Libraries

Surprise Public Safety Master Plan

The city granted funding in the FY17 budget for the Police and Fire-Medical Departments to conduct a competitive bid for consultants to develop a comprehensive public safety master plan. This master plan was to include not only an organizational strategy that defines a 15-year goal for Police, Fire-Medical and Emergency Management Departments but also to help each respective department define programmatic goals while maintaining the goals of the city’s 2030 General Plan as well as City Council’s Strategic Plan. The last Master Plan for the Fire-Medical Department was adopted in 2007. The Police Department did not have one.

The city retained Citygate Associates, LLC to perform a Fire Protection and Paramedic Services Master Plan for the Fire-Medical Department. This assessment included reviewing the adequacy of the existing deployment system from the current fire station locations. This master plan includes a Technical Report that includes a Standards of Coverage (deployment) assessment and a fire administration staffing review, as well as a map atlas of deployment coverage measures. Citygate made key findings, and, where appropriate, specific action item recommendations. Overall, there were 34 key findings and 16 specific action item recommendations.

Citygate also prepared a Police Services Master Plan, which included reviewing the adequacy of the existing deployment system, scheduling, and staffing. The methodology utilized in the master plan is part of the Technical Report. Citygate’s master plan includes a detailed analysis of the response time, crime, and call data that drives the recommendations for staffing in Patrol, as well as an assessment of the staffing of the support functions in the department. The emphasis of the master plan is focused on projected growth, particularly as it pertains to facilities, staffing, equipment, and information technology. The department provided the crime and response data for the master plan. Overall, there are 55 key findings and 59 specific action item recommendations.

The findings and recommendations of both plans were presented during the November 7 Work Session.

For more information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3671/Public-Safety-Master-Plan.


City Council Meeting

Approval of The Colonnade Plat

The Colonnade continues its mission to provide assisted living and memory care with an approval of a rezone and final plat. The rezone provides for a new mixed-use zoning designation for the facility which will allow low intensity uses, such as doctors, small restaurants, and travel agencies, interspersed throughout the development. The rezone will also add 1.5 acres to the facility and an 18 foot sign along Grand Avenue adjacent to the current 4 story structures. City Council voted unanimously on the rezone (mixed use) and the plat.

Water Company Acquisition

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of a water service company in a Special Mail-Ballot Only Election on May 15, 2018. City Council approved sending the question to the ballot. Circle City Water Company (CCW) is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent.

Colorado River water is currently the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. Having a right to more surface water will help the city meet future demands and shortfalls. The purchase of CCW would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets; the cost to acquire CCW will not be borne by City of Surprise water customers or taxpayers.

Educational public meetings will be scheduled ahead of the May 15 Special Election. Meeting dates and locations will be posted on www.surpriseaz.gov. Additionally, an Information Pamphlet will be mailed out in April to all registered households in Surprise.


Events & Meetings

Eve’s Place Annual Fall Luncheon

Eve’s Place hosted their Annual Fall Luncheon on Thursday, November 2, at Briarwood Country Club in Sun City. The event provided an opportunity to donate to this incredible non-profit organization that started in Surprise.

For over 10 years, Eve’s Place has provided innovative programs to victims of domestic, sexual and teen dating abuse. Eve’s Place recently introduced the concept of a Mobile Advocacy Program for victims in 10 separate communities in the West Valley. This new program brings services to victims in their own community regardless of their place in the healing process. It is their goal to reach the 75 percent of domestic abuse victims who will never go or call a shelter program for assistance.

Dysart Unified School District CTE Career & College Expo

Dysart Unified School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) hosted their annual Career and College Expo on November 2, at the Dysart District Office. The event was well attended. I was impressed with vendors that included Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Ottawa University and much more. Students of the district’s CTE programs were there including students from the culinary program at Valley Vista High School.

The event was an excellent opportunity for students in grades 6 through 12, and their parents or guardians, to get information on the career pathway classes and programs offered through the district.

West-MEC Northwest Campus Grand Opening

City Council gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the West-MEC Northwest Campus located at 13201 W. Grand Avenue in District 5. This particular campus focuses on vocations for Cosmetology, IT, Security, Law, Public Safety, and Security, Medical Assisting, and Physical Therapy Technician. If you know anyone interested in these programs, West-MEC will be hosting an Open House on November 29, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Surprise Police Department Promotion Ceremony

The Surprise Police Department held a promotion ceremony on Monday, November 6, honoring the promotions of Commander Philip Johnson, Sergeant Joseph Kopronica and Sergeant Jesus Galaz (pictured in order below). Congratulations!

West Valley Regional Opioid Action Committee Meeting

Goodyear City Council Member Wally Campbell hosted a West Valley Regional Opioid Action Committee meeting, led by Tempe City Councilman and National League of Cities Opioid Taskforce Member Joel Navarro, on Wednesday, November 8. Several staff members from the West Valley, including Public Safety, also attended. A productive conversation about the current opioid epidemic was had by all. The Committee will consist of elected officials and staff from 24 municipalities. We look forward to additional collaboration. You can also learn more about how the city of Surprise is addressing this national crisis at www.surpriseaz.gov/opioidhelp.


Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Veterans Day Events

Please join us in honoring our service men and women at the City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade and pancake breakfast on November 11. The breakfast will be held 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Surprise Recreation Campus and will feature pancakes, choice of sausage or bacon, and breakfast refreshments. This year’s event will be catered by the popular local food truck, “The Puffy Taco Shack.” Tickets are $4 per plate.

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be routed along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. It will feature community entries honoring the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country. Parking will be available for parade attendees at the Surprise Community Park, located at 15953 N Bullard Ave. Please note in preparation for parade, Paradise Lane between Bullard Avenue and Buck O’Neil way will be closed at 9 a.m. and Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane will be closed at 9 a.m.

Following the parade, join us for the Surprise Police & Fire-Medical Charity Softball Game! This epic showdown between Surprise Police and Fire-Medical will be held at Surprise Stadium, 15930 N. Bullard Avenue. The gates will open after the completion of the Veterans Day Parade at approximately 10:30 a.m., and the game will start at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. All proceeds from donations and raffles at this event will be donated to the Special Olympics of Arizona, the 100 Club, and the Marine Corps League!

Don’t forget to wear red or blue to support your favorite team. For more information, please contact Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000.

Second Sunday in The Park

The City of Surprise invites you to “Second Sundays in the Park” on Sunday, November 12, featuring live country music by “The Jeff Gordon Show.” This free event will take place in the center of the Surprise Community Park from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas for shade as they enjoy the live entertainment. The Surprise Community Park is located at 15953 N. Bullard Avenue.

For more information, please contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Union Hills & 111th Avenue Intersection Closed – November 13-29

The 111th Avenue and Union Hills Drive intersection will be closed beginning Monday, November 13 at 5 a.m., to install storm drain pipe. The intersection is scheduled to reopen by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

The closure is required to construct a portion of the 115th Avenue and Union Hills Drive project that will intercept flood water from the northeast and carry it south to the Agua Fria River when complete. The project is a partnership between Surprise, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, the city of Peoria and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation.

Bell Road, Del Webb Boulevard, 107th Avenue and 99th Avenue may be used as alternate routes. Access will be maintained at all times for emergency vehicles. For questions or concerns, call the construction hotline at 602.264.6416.

8-Acre Park Closed For Maintenance

The 8-Acre Park at the Surprise Recreation Campus will be closed now through November 29, for maintenance. The park, located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue., will be open and available for use starting at 6 a.m. on November 30.

Please contact the Community and Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 if you have any questions.


Did You Know?

Surprise Voters Approve Bond Questions

Voters have approved general obligation funding for projects related to Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation, according to final results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

Question #1: Voters in Surprise approved a $34 million public safety bond proposal to: build a Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center; renovate an existing city facility into a Police Training Facility; acquire Land for Future Fire Station/Police Substation & Park; build a new Fire Station at Cactus and Litchfield roads; build a new Fire Station along 163rd Avenue, south of Happy Valley Road, to replace the current temporary station; and build a Public Works Operations Facility to centralize operations. The annual cost for a homeowner is approximately $26 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).
Vote total: Yes- 12,414 (53%) No- 10,967 (47%)

Question #2: Voters in Surprise approved a $15.5 million street bond proposal to provide funds to plan, design, construct and improve Waddell, Greenway and Litchfield roads. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $12 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).
Vote total: Yes- 13,375 (53%) No- 11,001 (47%)

Question #3: Voters in Surprise approved a $10 million street pavement preservation bond proposal that will pay to plan, design, construct, replace and improve deteriorated street pavement citywide. The annual cost for a homeowner would have been approximately $8 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).
Vote total: Yes- 12,286 (53%) No- 11,072 (47%)

The City Council will meet to canvass the votes at their November 21 Regular Meeting.

Project timelines and costs are available at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise. This website will be updated to include project status and when bond issuances are carried out.

City Offices Closed for Veteran’s Day – Change to Trash and Recycling Schedule

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day. There will be no change to the trash and recycling pickup schedule for City of Surprise customers.

THANK YOU

I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to those who currently serve or who have served our great country. You are our heroes. You represent the best qualities in this country! Thank you for your courage and your service!


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