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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.


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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.


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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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November 2, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Harvest Festival

Surprise Community Garden hosted their annual Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 26. Volunteers gathered to provide free pumpkins, face painting and much more to those who attended this free event. Many thanks to Linda Cabrera for her hard work putting it together!

GAIN Night

The Surprise Police Department, in partnership with other city departments and organizations, hosted the 2017 GAIN Night at 8 Acre Park on Saturday, October 28. The event provided plenty of activities for kids, trick-or-treating, great entertainment and much more. Approximately 3,000 attended. Canned food donations were requested at entry which provided 39 boxes of canned food weighing roughly 1,171 pounds for the Salvation Army thanks to the generosity of our attendees. Several of our local merchants provided raffle items for those who donated food. This year was our most attended GAIN Night event to date!

In addition to GAIN Night, our Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department, in partnership with our Surprise Youth Council, hosted the Surprise Spooktakular, at the City Hall Parking Garage. The event was a success with more than 1,000 attendees. Food trucks, music, trunk-or-treating, carnival games, bounce houses and the haunted parking garage were all part of the evening’s events.

STEM Conversation with Thompson Ranch Elementary School

Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe, Department Manager Warren Dancer and I met with Thompson Ranch Elementary School Assistant Principal Casey Kuhn on Monday, October 30, to discuss opportunities for the city to partner with Thompson Ranch with regards to their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum.

Champs Family Automotive Citizen Outreach Meeting

Our Community Development Department hosted a Citizen Outreach meeting on Monday, October 30 at Champs Family Automotive, located at 13200 W. Foxfire in Surprise. The business is requesting approval of a Conditional Use Permit to allow for a major automotive repair facility on approximately 1.5 acres located north of Bell Road and east of Dysart Road.

Mountain View Cottages

I met with Community Development staff on Tuesday, October 31, to discuss the Mountain View Cottages proposed development and review the resident feedback pertaining to the project that was obtained at a Citizen Outreach meeting earlier this month.

The applicant is requesting a Major Amendment to the Park Place Planned Area Development (PAD). It will add specific development standards to allow for 112 single-story attached and detached rental units (one, two and three bedrooms) on approximately nine acres located on the southwest corner of Mountain View Boulevard and Carlin Drive. The proposed development would be gated with two entrances/exits; one on Mountain View Boulevard and the other on Carlin Drive, which the developer will cut through to Mountain View Boulevard as part of the development. A pool, pool house, play area and large landscaped retention area are part of the site plan. Rent is expected to range from $1,150 to $1,600 per month.


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Council Joins Planning & Zoning for Joint Meeting

The Surprise City Council and Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a joint meeting, Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., at Ottawa University’s Community Room. Councilmembers and Commissioners will discuss the city’s vision for a downtown, planned in the area surrounding the Civic Center, from Bell to Greenway roads and Litchfield Road to Bullard Avenue.

Will it be a walkable downtown? What kind of housing do you envision on site? Where do you like to shop, dine and be entertained?

The public is encouraged to attend and share their thoughts. The meeting will also be broadcast live on Surprise TV, www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv and on Facebook Live @cityofsurprise.

This meeting is a next step discussion, following the September 28th Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Idea Accelerator Workshop. City officials, developers, and local business stakeholders participated in this seven-hour workshop to review best methods to address the issues associated with building the future downtown. Details from the workshop will be discussed at the joint meeting.

Ottawa University, 15959 N. Civic Center Plaza, is located just south of Surprise City Hall. Individuals needing reasonable accommodations, such as large print materials or interpreters, should contact the City Clerk’s office at 623.222.1200 (Voice); or 623.222.1002 (TTY) at least 24 hours prior to the event so arrangements can be made.

A Concert for our Veterans

Arizona Charter Academy is set to host “A Concert for our Veterans” on Thursday, November 9. Approximately 50 students will take the stage in the school’s gym to honor our nation’s heroes. The event will begin at 10 am. All veterans are invited to attend. A light breakfast will be served. If you plan on attending, please contact Rachael Crossman at rcrossman@azcharter.com to RSVP.

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 7-9 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 for the breakfast are $4 per plate and available for purchase at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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 Avenue. 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!


Did You Know?

Surprise Wins Statewide Economic Development Awards

The City of Surprise Economic Development Department won two Golden Prospector awards at Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) fall conference. The AAED Golden Prospector awards encourage and recognize excellence in economic development statewide. Surprise received awards in the following categories:

  • Multimedia Promotion: Surprise Retail Survey. This category recognizes a promotional piece, series of promotional pieces or promotional campaign that contains non-printed elements. The Surprise Retail Survey was recognized as a promotion that truly engaged the community and established a targeted retail strategy for the City of Surprise to effectively reach nationally-branded retailers. The survey shows top local favorites as well as most desired retailers. Now in its third year, the retail survey initiative, which most recently had 3,171 respondents, has become a national case study and has helped Surprise successfully develop discussions with national retailers and attract some most-requested eateries, including Texas Roadhouse and Oregano’s.
  • Special Event: Tech the Halls. This category recognizes a meeting, seminar, marketing tour, event, or trip designed to develop prospects and promote economic development. The first-ever Tech the Halls event at the AZ TechCelerator was launched last year to connect local entrepreneurs with the Surprise community. The event offered a venue to help AZ TechCelerator tenants showcase their innovative companies and celebrate the program’s successes. Interactive activities included product demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, a selfie booth and live musical entertainment. The event will be held again this year on December 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the AZ TechCelerator, located at 12425 West Bell Road, and residents are encouraged to join the fun!

Julie Neal and Kendra Hoffman at the 2017 AAED Awards

Congratulations to the city of Surprise Economic Development team; and thank you to our residents whose participation in these programs helped make them so successful!

ADOT Pavement Improvement Project – Restrictions

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has begun a two-week project to improve pavement conditions on eastbound Grand Avenue northwest of Loop 303 in Surprise. Drivers should plan for lane restrictions, turn restrictions and lower speed limits between 163rd Avenue and Happy Valley Road during day and overnight hours through the evening of Wednesday, November 8.

Crews will remove and replace the top layer of asphalt in the two eastbound travel lanes and in the center turning areas onto Grand Avenue from Happy Valley Road to 163rd Avenue. Drivers should allow extra travel time and be prepared to use detours while the following restrictions are scheduled to be in place:

  • 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6:
    • At 163rd Avenue, drivers will be restricted to right turns only onto Grand Avenue. Drivers must travel westbound and turn around at the first cross over north of 163rd Avenue or at Deer Valley Road to access eastbound Grand Avenue. Allow extra travel time, especially during peak travel hours.
  • 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov. 8:
    • Grand Avenue will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between Happy Valley and Deer Valley roads and the speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph.

The Northwest Valley Regional Landfill will remain accessible while work is underway, but drivers should allow extra travel time and follow signs for designated detour routes.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov.


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October 26, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Valley Metro RPTA Meeting

The Valley Metro RPTA Board met on Thursday, October 19, where they approved the “Respect the Ride” Code of Conduct. This action focuses on creating a safe and positive rider experience by discouraging disruptive, intrusive, unsafe or inappropriate behaviors. No individual may engage in prohibited behavior on transit vehicles nor on or around public and non-public Valley Metro facilities and property including rail station platforms, park-and-ride locations, Traction Power Substations, administrative, operational and maintenance offices and facilities as well as any other property that is managed or maintained by Valley Metro. For more information, please visit http://www.valleymetro.org/getting_on_board/code_of_conduct.

Surprise Youth Foundation Meeting

The Surprise Youth Foundation hosted their monthly meeting on Thursday, October 19. The Foundation approved the funding of a donation for the 2nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service that will be held on Saturday, January 13. They also agreed to fund a scholarship to send one Police Explorer to a competition to test police skills at Purdue University and another scholarship for a child to attend Lions Camp Tatiyee, a camp for children with disabilities, based in Pinetop Lakeside, Arizona in July.

Surprise Youth Council Meeting

This month, the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) began meeting with City Council to provide us with an opportunity to get to know them on a more personal level. I met with four members of SYC on Thursday, October 19. Earlier this month, I was able to join them during the “Love Our Schools” event at Thompson Ranch Elementary School. Our members are active in the community, and I look forward to additional opportunities to continue to work and interact with them.

West Valley Arts HQ Annual Block Party

The West Valley Arts Council held their Annual Block Party and Surprise Invitational on Thursday, October 19 at the West Valley Arts HQ located outside City Hall. The event provided an opportunity for attendees to meet local artists, enjoy live music and experience the professional art gallery that featured over 90 works created by local artists, including photography by the city’s very own graphic designer and photographer Muriel Sawicki.

Surprise Senior Center Membership Appreciation BBQ

Our Human Service and Community Vitality staff hosted a membership appreciation barbeque at the Surprise Senior Center on Friday, October 20. I joined a few of my fellow Councilmembers and 140 members for this great event. The HSCV Department hosts an appreciation event twice a year. Thank you to our HSCV Department for all they do for our Senior Center and to our members! I appreciate you!

Poetry Slam

It was a pleasure attending the Poetry Slam at WHAM, sponsored by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission, on Friday, October 20. Local poet and writer Dusty Guardy graciously emceed the standing-room-only event with over 60 people in attendance. Attendees ranged in age from 5 to 80 years old! Over 20 amateur and professional poets shared both original and well-known writings. Additional information about the commission and their events can be found at www.surpriseaz.gov/arts.

Technology & Art: A Tinker Time for All Ages

The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission hosted an interactive Art Encounter in conjunction with the Northwest Regional Library on Saturday, October 21. This event featured Kevin Caron with his 3-D art work created on a 3-D printer as well as students from Huntington University Arizona Center for Digital Media Arts. This event helped demonstrate the amount of art included in technology and how technology can be utilized to create art. Considered to be a Tinker-Time for All Ages, this event was a success. The commission will plan another similar event next fall.

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting

Vice Mayor Todd Tande, Councilman Patrick Duffy and I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, October 24. The focus of the meeting was education, and it included a panel of local educational leaders including Ottawa University Vice President and Provost Dr. Dennis Tyner, Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Gail Pletnick, Arizona Charter Academy CEO Melissa Holdaway, WestMEC Northwest Campus Administrator Holly Medina and Dysart Unified School District Administrator of Career and Technical Education James Grieshaber.

Ottawa University Vice President and Provost Dr. Dennis Tyner, Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Gail Pletnick, Arizona Charter Academy CEO Melissa Holdaway, WestMEC Northwest Campus Administrator Holly Medina and Dysart Unified School District Administrator of Career and Technical Education James Grieshaber.

First Things First Fair & Open House

The city recently partnered with First Things First (FTF), a voter-created statewide organization that funds early education and health programs to help Arizona’s children ages birth to 5 years of age be successful once they enter kindergarten. Through this collaboration, the creation of the “Launchpad” playroom was born. This playroom provides a safe and fun educational space for these children to explore and ignite their imagination.

Our Human Service and Community Vitality Department hosted an open house and fair at the Surprise Resource Center on Wednesday, October 25 to celebrate this early childhood developmentally-friendly room that parents visiting the Resource Center can utilize to capture their child’s attention while they search for jobs and connect to community resources.


Mark Your Calendar

GAIN Night

The Annual Surprise GAIN Night event will be held this Saturday, October 28 from 6 pm until 9 pm at 8 Acre Park. Please join Surprise Police and Surprise Fire Medical Departments for this free public safety event that brings our community together. A food drive to benefit the Salvation Army is also part of the event. For every two cans of food donated, you will be entered into a raffle to win some exciting prizes! I hope to see you there!

Veteran Job Club

A multi-employer panel that will include the Department of Corrections and Lowes will be at the next Veteran Job Club on Thursday, November 2. Meetings are held at the Surprise Resource Center located in the AZ TechCelerator at 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124, from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of each month. We suggest you bring extra copies of your resume and dress in business casual attire if you plan to attend. For more information, please email april.irish@surpriseaz.gov.


Did You Know?

Surprise Pitches to Land Amazon HQ2

Earlier this month, the city’s Economic Development Department submitted a proposal for Amazon’s second headquarters. Amazon announced its quest for a second headquarters earlier this year. The internet store is planning to invest more than $5 billion into the project and employ approximately 50,000 people. The company plans to make a decision in 2018. You can see our video pitch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfrfCZ8-LZI

ADOT Pavement Improvement Project – Restrictions

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is scheduled to begin a two-week project to improve pavement conditions on eastbound Grand Avenue northwest of Loop 303 in Surprise beginning on Monday. Drivers should plan for lane restrictions, turn restrictions and lower speed limits between 163rd Avenue and Happy Valley Road during day and overnight hours beginning early Monday, October 30 and continuing through the evening of Wednesday, November 8.

Crews will remove and replace the top layer of asphalt in the two eastbound travel lanes and in the center turning areas onto Grand Avenue from Happy Valley Road to 163rd Avenue. Drivers should allow extra travel time and be prepared to use detours while the following restrictions are scheduled to be in place:
4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 31:

  • Grand Avenue will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between Loop 303 and Happy Valley Road and the speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph.
  • Only right turns onto Grand Avenue will be permitted at Deer Valley Road; also, the unsigned turn area located 1.5 miles north of 163rd Avenue will be closed. Drivers will use the frontage road as a detour for turns onto or from Grand Avenue.

4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, and Thursday, Nov. 2:

  • Grand Avenue will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between Loop 303 and Happy Valley Road and the speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph.
  • The cross-over turn areas at Happy Valley Road and Norwich Drive will be closed. Drivers will use Deer Valley Road to access Grand Avenue.

10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4:

  • 163rd Avenue will be closed in both directions at Grand Avenue. Local traffic will use Jomax Road to Happy Valley Road to Loop 303 while the closure is in place. ADOT will provide access to 163rd Avenue for emergency vehicles if necessary.

9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6:

  • At 163rd Avenue, drivers will be restricted to right turns only onto Grand Avenue. Drivers must travel westbound and turn around at the first cross over north of 163rd Avenue or at Deer Valley Road to access eastbound Grand Avenue. Allow extra travel time, especially during peak travel hours.

4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Nov. 8:

  • Grand Avenue will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between Happy Valley and Deer Valley roads and the speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph.

The Northwest Valley Regional Landfill will remain accessible while work is underway, but drivers should allow extra travel time and follow signs for designated detour routes.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov.


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October 19, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting

Veteran Supportive City and Employer Designation Recognition

The Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) presented the City of Surprise with two plaques representing the Veteran Supportive City and the Veteran Supportive Employer designations. ACMF is a nationally-recognized public/private partnership focused on building Arizona’s statewide capacity to care for and support all service members, veterans and their families.

ACMF presented the City of Surprise with two plaques

The city’s Public Safety Veteran Recruitment Policy and Veteran Job Club are two initiatives we offer to assist veterans seeking work. Forty-five senior staff members were trained in best practices on Veteran hiring and retention and 78 city staff and community partners were trained as Veteran Resource Navigators, helping connect Veterans and their families to the right resource at the right time.

Under Surprise Fire-Medical and Surprise Police Veteran Recruitment Policies, veterans that served honorably in the United States Armed Forces, are eligible to receive five preference points on passing non-promotional recruitment written exams. The points are intended to bolster participation of service-minded veterans looking for employment opportunities beyond their military careers.

The Veteran Job Club is where veterans provide other veterans, active military and their family members with industry and career pathway knowledge to help them gain the skills they need to land a new job or pursue a new career! This group includes employment assistance, guest speakers and networking! If you would like to learn more, please call 623.222.1600.

2017 Election

City Clerk Sherry Aguilar provided information on the 2017 election. By now, all registered voters should have received their ballots. If you have not received a ballot, you can contact the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.1511 for another one. Additionally, in-person replacement ballot voting will begin on Saturday, October 28 through Election Day (November 7) at Surprise City Hall. Hours of operation are 8 am until 5 pm, Monday through Sunday with extended hours on Election Day. The City Clerk’s office will be open from 6 am until 7 pm on Election Day for in-person voting and dropping off ballots.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Surprise City Clerk’s office at 623.222.1200 or clerk@surpriseaz.gov.


Events & Meetings

Colorado River Conference

I attended a conference on the Colorado River focusing on law and policy on Tuesday, October 10, at the Hilton Scottsdale. Arizona Department of Water Resources Deputy Director Clint Chandler presented the Drought Contingency Plan. The goal of the state agency is to reduce the probability of Lake Mead reaching critical elevations that would cause reductions in water deliveries. There are several strategies in place to ensure this catastrophe does not occur. Some of those strategies include incentivizing storage, recovering additional reduction volumes that wouldn’t ordinarily be allowed, commitment from our state legislators and federal government to conserve the Colorado River system water. This year, our state budget began allocating $2 million per year for three years for Lake Mead conservation efforts.

This past spring, the Governor’s office held a series of meetings with business and water leaders across the state to discuss water solutions. The group agreed that the Colorado River and groundwater were the issues that require the most attention. Through these discussions, the state is examining the current status of Arizona’s laws, policies and practices to determine where improvements should be made and institute reforms that benefit the state as a whole.

Additional presentations focused on the Central Arizona Project (CAP) Water Use Agreement, desalination, a rotational Fallowing Program for Arizona, and a panel discussion from regional experts on the Colorado River.

Valley Metro Audit & Finance Subcommittee Meeting

Valley Metro Audit & Finance Subcommittee met on Thursday, October 12. Agenda items discussed included, but were not limited to, an internal audit update, insurance renewal coverage and recommendation for Valley Metro RPTA approval of the redesign on the proposed downtown Phoenix light rail design modification in conjunction with the South Central Light Rail extension.

Jazz Festival

Assistant City Manager Nicole Lance, Sports & Tourism Director Kendra Pettis, members of her staff and I met with representatives who would like to host a potential jazz festival in Surprise.

Tourism Advisory Commission Meeting

The Tourism Advisory Commission led by Chair DeAngelo Hall met on Thursday, October 12. The city will partner with State 48 Brewery to offer a new series of Second Sundays in the Park that will now include food trucks along with live entertainment. The series will begin on December 10 and take place on the 8-Acre Field. State 48 Brewery will also sponsor a Beer Festival at 8-Acre Park on February 17, 2018. The festival will feature a musical performance by “Authority Zero” and local breweries will participate as they celebrate Arizona Beer Week.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The 4th annual Fiesta Grande event was held on Saturday, October 14th from 3 9 p.m. Approximately 7,500 people attended the street-style celebration which included nine food venders, a Vendor Village organized by local contributing organizations and sponsors, a classic car show with 43 vehicles and free kids’ play zone. At the center of the event was live Latin musical performances offered in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina and included Mariachi Luz Del Sur, Ballet Folklorico- Fiesta Mexicana Dance, La Propuesta de Mexico, Banda Alterada, Grupo Caribe and Grupo Esencia.

 


Mark Your Calendar

Union Hills Drive Lane Restrictions Begin Next Week

Beginning Monday, October 23 through Friday, December 15, Union Hills Drive will be restricted to one lane with flaggers between 111th and 107th avenues. This restriction will be in place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The contractor may work weekends, if needed, to remain on schedule. Please allow extra time to travel through the work area as there may be traffic delays.

The 115th Ave and Union Hills Drive project is a partnership between Surprise, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, the city of Peoria and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation, to construct two miles of drainage improvement designed to intercept flood water from the northeast and carry it south to the Agua Fria River, decreasing flood hazards to communities in the project area. The project is scheduled to be complete in summer 2018.

For questions or concerns, please call the construction hotline at 602.264.6416.

Valley Metro Input Requested

Valley Metro is considering service changes for 2018, and they want input from current Express Route 571 riders. Valley Metro staff will be at the Surprise Park-and-Ride on Monday, October 30, during morning bus departure times to gather feedback about the proposed Express Route 571 changes which include offering morning trips on both Grand Ave and to the Glendale Park-and-Ride via Loop 101/I-10 West. In addition, evening trips would all travel on I-10 West/Loop 101.

Riders unable to provide input on Oct. 30 have several ways to give feedback on proposed changes including:

  • Webinar:Nov. 7 at noon; registration at valleymetro.org
  • Complete an online comment card
  • Public hearing: Nov. 14 from 5-6:15 p.m.; 101 N. 1st Avenue, 10th floor
  • Email comments to input@valleymetro.org through Nov. 17

Valley Metro changes bus service twice per year as a way to add service or maximize efficiency of routes. The next service change occurs April 23, 2018. For more information about proposed April 2018 service changes, please visit valleymetro.org/servicechanges.


Did You Know?

Clothing Drive for Eve’s Place

Please consider joining the city donation drive to support domestic violence survivors and Eve’s Place, a community based provider of safety and empowerment services for victims of domestic violence and teen dating violence. New and moderately used men, women and children’s clothing items will be accepted through October 27. You can look for the purple marked collection boxes placed around our City Hall campus. Thank you!

Call To Artists for Surprise City Hall Project

The Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission is seeking artists or firms to create a mural for the Surprise City Hall cashier’s area that represents the artist’s interpretation of the White Tank Mountains. Qualified artists and firms are invited to submit a Statement of Qualifications as part of the Request for Qualifications process, which is detailed on www.surpriseaz.gov/arts.

The deadline to submit is November 3, 2017, and the contract will be awarded December 6, 2017. For more information, please contact Danielle Osborne at danielle.osborne@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1034.

October 12, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Bond Election Ballots Mailed; Bond Meeting Recap

Ballots were mailed this week to all registered voters for the November 7 General Obligation Bond Election, which is mail ballot only. Surprise residents will consider three separate General Obligation Bond questions to fund 10 capital improvement projects in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. I hosted a bond meeting in Sun Village on October 5. Staff was there to review the projects, needs and costs. Information about the bond election is also available at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Economic Development Update

At the October 5 Bond Meeting, Economic Development Coordinator, Suzanne Boyles also provided an Economic Development update. New retail under construction in the Loop 303 area includes a car wash, Hayashi and Popeye’s. Recently open in the area are Greulich’s Automotive Services, Denny’s and Verizon. City Center is also seeing growth. Raising Canes, Pieology, Menchies, Tokyo Joes and Starbucks are under construction, and In-N-Out Burger will be developing in the same area. There is also new medical coming into the city. A new building off of Litchfield Road and Statler Boulevard is 90 percent leased, and a new behavioral health hospital is under construction at Bell and Dysart Roads. Plus, our AZ TechCelerator business incubator just welcomed two new medical technology companies, one focused on regenerative medicine and another on mobile EEG technology. In our industrial district, Milam Glass is under construction, as well as 100K square feet of speculative industrial space. It’s exciting to see business growing in Surprise!

Mainstreet Grand Opening

On October 5, I attended the ribbon cutting of Mainstreet, the nation’s largest developer of transitional care properties, in celebration of their new rapid recovery center in Surprise. Mainstreet’s Founder and CEO, Zeke Turner, was there to cut the ribbon. The center will provide post-acute care and recovery services to patients following hospital interventions or surgeries. The facility, located just south of Grand Avenue at the northwest corner of Parkview Place and Parkwood Drive, is approximately 70,000 square feet and offers 100 state-of-the-art patient rooms with a focus on patient care.

Ribbon cutting of Mainstreet, the nation’s largest developer of transitional care properties

Ribbon Cutting for new area of Dick McComb City Park

On October 7, I attended the ribbon cutting for the newest addition to the Dick McComb City Park – approximately 8.5 acres of open recreation space. This new grass area is a wonderful example of how the city and HOA communities can work together to make great things happen. Surprise Farms III HOA President, Mark Beaudry, was at the ribbon cutting and spoke about the way we were able to partner and how the HOA has agreed to maintain the grass for the first three years. I look forward to seeing residents take advantage of the new space!


Mark Your Calendar

Seeking Volunteers for Day of Service at St. Mary’s Food Bank Oct. 18

Serve alongside your friends and neighbors as we sort food at St. Mary’s Food Bank during our Surprise Day of Service event. Food sorting will take place on Wednesday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Mary’s Food Bank, located at 13050 W. Elm Street in Surprise. To volunteer, please sign-up with Jason Hughes at jason.hughes@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3239.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection this Weekend

If you’ve been holding on to unwanted paint, electronics and other hazardous waste, take advantage of the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event this Saturday, October 14. This event is free and for Surprise residents only. Please bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address. Drop-off is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to the entrance off Foxfire), from 8 a.m. – Noon. For a list of accepted items, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or call 623.222.6000.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The heart of Surprise will be alive with food, music and fun when Surprise Fiesta Grande returns to the city’s Original Town Site on Saturday! This street-style celebration runs from 3 – 9 p.m. on Hollyhock Street, north of Grand Avenue. Event admission and parking are free. Attractions and activities include a classic car show, authentic Mexican food, flavorful food trucks, festive beverages, free kids’ play zone, pinata plaza, and a vendor village organized by local contributing organizations and sponsors. To see the entertainment lineup, parking information and more, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Arizona History & Culture Speaker Series returns with new speakers, topics

There’s a fun opportunity to experience stories of Arizona history and culture through a speaker series presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities. Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on a variety of topics from Arizona’s historic military sites to early western songs and singers. Get the event schedule here: http://bit.ly/2xhcxsh.

AZ Fall League Play is Underway

The Arizona Fall League season opened this week, bringing a glimpse of baseball’s future, and City of Surprise is part of the action! The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams represented in the Arizona Fall League, consist of Major League baseball’s top prospects showcasing their talents as they prepare for the Major League stage. General tickets start at $8 and are available for purchase the day of the event at the Surprise Stadium Box Office. For additional information, including the home game schedule, please visit www.surprisespringtraining.com or contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222.

City to Host USTA Tennis Tournaments

The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tennis tournaments this fall.

October 12-15 – USTA 18 and over National Championships 4.0
October 19-22 – USTA 18 and over National Championships 3.0
November 2-5 – USTA Southwest Hardcourt Championships
December 8-10 – USTA Southwest 65 and over Section Championships

The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, was recently recognized as a USTA National and USTA Southwest Section Facility of the Year. The complex welcomes over 2,000 active USTA members throughout the fall competitive season.

Visit www.surpriseaz.gov/tennis for information on tournaments, classes and more at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex. For information on registration or open court availability please call 623.222.2400.


Did You Know?

Ottawa University Sports Field is Nearly Complete

Ottawa University’s competitive athletic field for soccer and football is nearly complete! The 97,000 square-foot field is built to NAIA/NCAA standards and to host national competitions. OUAZ offers 21 academic programs and more than 30 student activities and associations at the Surprise campus located in City Center. You can learn more at www.ouazspirit.com

Before and after images of the Ottawa University competitive athletic field

Surprise Literacy Challenge Kicks Off

The 5th Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge has begun and 100 fourth – sixth grade classrooms from 13 schools are participating in this two-month challenge to experience literacy in fun and interesting ways! I am proud to host the challenge in partnership with the Northwest Regional Library and Friends of the Surprise Libraries.

Participating students will receive a Surprise Literacy Challenge bingo card with various activities to complete – like creating a comic strip based on a fiction book or reading a book of poetry. Students who “black out” all of the squares on their card will be entered into a drawing for cool prizes – like books, a Kindle Fire and even Spring Training tickets!

Teachers can win too! If a teacher has 100 percent classroom participation, they will receive books and Kindle Novel Studies. Plus, their class will be entered into a drawing for some great classrooms prizes. One fourth grade class will receive an ice cream party and individual medals; one fifth-grade class will win a pizza party and individual medals; and one sixth-grade class will have the opportunity to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a City Council meeting, get individual medals and a take a photo with the Mayor and Council Members.

Thank you to all of the teachers and students participating in this year’s challenge and to all of the parents who are supporting their children as they take on this literacy challenge!

City Accepting Parade Entries for 3rd Annual Veterans Day Parade

The city is looking for patriotic-themed parade entries for the 3rd Annual Veterans Day Parade, which will be held on Saturday, November 11. The parade, which will honor the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run along Bullard Avenue near the Surprise Recreation Campus. The city is seeking clubs, organizations, groups or residents who would like to participate in the parade. There is no fee to participate. Interested parties may obtain an entry form online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or at the Community & Recreation Services Offices located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. For more information, contact Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000. Entries are due by October 27.

Task Force to research way to honor long-time CRS Director Mark A. Coronado

Recognizing that the City of Surprise rests on the shoulders of great women and men who invested a precious part of themselves to the benefit of our city; the Surprise City Council has adopted a policy to create an Ad-Hoc “Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force” within the City of Surprise.

Earlier this year, the City Council instructed the City Manager’s Office to draft a policy that would recognize people that made a significant contribution to advance the city through possible naming dedications of city amenities, awards, facilities, parks, roadways, etc…

The group is being assembled, at the request of City Council, to research options to honor the late Community and Recreation Services Director Mark A. Coronado. Coronado led the department from 2000 until his death this past June. 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. The task force’s first meeting will be Tuesday, November 14, 6 p.m. in the Community Room of City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend.

Surprise Fire-Medical Receives AHA’s Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

Congratulations to the Surprise Fire-Medical Department on receiving the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott accepted the award at the October 3 city council meeting.


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