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February 27, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings


Capitol Scholar Program
Councilman Jim Biundo and I met with representatives from Arizona Charter Academy on Thursday, February 19, to discuss their proposed Capitol Scholar Program for 2015.  The 2015 season begins on April 1.  The Capitol Scholar Program began as the brainchild of Representative Rick Gray who wanted a program that would engage students at the legislative level.  Imagine Prep and Arizona Charter Academy agreed and the program began in 2013.  The goal of the program is to teach the students the legislative process and what it takes to create a bill, from inception to passage.

This year, the program will focus on local government in Surprise.  The students will be interviewing with city directors to find out their needs and how important those needs are to the entire city.  From there, the students will choose one need and create a city initiative for City Council to consider at a regularly scheduled City Council meeting in September 2015.

AZ Charter Academy Tour
On Friday, February 20, approximately 72 third grade students toured the Council Chambers, the Police Department and Fire Station 305.  The students were very interested in our local government and how the City Council works.  I was impressed by their questions.  I’d like to thank Officer Chris Tovar, Officer Grayling Jordan, Fire Captain Renee Hamblin and Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo for their time and efforts in coordinating this event for these Surprise students!

AZ Charter Tour

Water Resource Planning Subcommittee
The Water Resource Planning Subcommittee held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 24.  Staff provided an update on the status of the second phase of the Integrated Water Master Plan project.  The scope of Phase II will focus on integrating the data developed as part of the project’s first phase and adding the plans of action that are being solidified through the development of the strategic water policies.  Staff also presented the fourth strategic water policy, the Water Funding Policy, for review and comment.  This policy brings together the first three policies, focusing the City’s position on how Surprise will invest in its water future.  Additionally, this policy identifies the different investments the City will make in water, including expanding its CAP allocations, the acquisition of physical water and water systems, and the purchasing of water credits.  The policy then identifies who are the benefiting parties for these investments, such as Surprise residents as a whole or the Surprise water service area customers.  Finally, the policy identifies possible funding options that would be the best match for the city to use in order to acquire these investments given the benefited areas.  This fourth policy will be brought before City Council during the April 7 Council Work Session for review and comment.  All four strategic water policies will be brought before Surprise City Council for approval in late May or early June.

Cactus League Lunch
The 2015 Cactus League Luncheon was held at the Peoria Sports Complex on Wednesday, February 25.  Many elected officials from throughout the Valley were present to welcome the Cactus League’s return to Arizona.

2015 Cactus League Lunch

WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee Meeting
I attended the WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee Meeting on Wednesday, February 25.  Richard Hubbard was introduced as the new President and CEO of WESTMARC.  Following the standard call to order and introductions, Charlie Ester from the Salt River Project gave a presentation on drought conditions that included historical meteorological trends and how that relates to planning for droughts.  In his presentation, Mr. Ester also discussed the relationship between temperatures in the ocean and rainfall in Arizona, which may mean more wet weather over the next few years.

Bridget Schwartz-Manock from the Central Arizona Project (CAP) provided a presentation focused on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District 4-cent tax extension campaign.  The current legislation has this tax expiring in 2017.  If the tax does not resume, it will mean significant increases in water rates throughout the Valley, as well as potential reduced water storage in the state.

Chamber Legacy Awards for Business Excellence
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce held their annual Legacy Awards for Business Excellence at the Colonnade in Surprise on Thursday, February 26.  Mike Boyle was awarded the Surprise Citizen of the Year.  Mike moved his family to Surprise over 3 years ago from Washington.  Since that time, he has been very active in the community.  He owns Farmers Insurance in the City; he served as a Diplomat Chair for the Surprise Chamber; and he is leading the Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee.  In addition, Mike volunteers numerous hours in local classrooms.

Impressions by Arky Muscato won a small business award.  Benevilla won the non-profit award.  Sharon Ward won the Chamber Member of the Year award and Frank Dias won the prestigious APS Wayne Farnsworth award.  Congratulations to all of you!

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Bell & Grand Avenue Traffic Interchange Art Project
The City is holding meetings on March 9 and March 10 to discuss the aesthetic improvements to the upcoming Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project.  The artist who is partnering with the City for this project, Meg Saligman, will be in attendance to discuss the artistic concepts.  Your input is important to design a project that reflects the entire community.  The meetings will be held as follows:

The general public meetings will begin at 6 pm each evening; however, there is a meeting from 3 pm until 5 pm at the Communiversity on March 10 that is aimed at artists and the business community, but it is open to the public.

AZ Charter Academy News
Thanks to the diligent work and dedication of a high school math and science teacher from Arizona Charter Academy (ACA) and a group of enthusiastic high school students, they are raising money for a diesel bus powered by biodiesel fuel that the students created.  The students are currently hard at work producing an 80-gallon batch of biodiesel fuel made from recycled cooking oil that they are collecting from local businesses.

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Surprise Farms Park Groundbreaking
The public is invited to attend the Surprise Farms Park groundbreaking ceremony this Saturday, February 28 at 10 am.  The ceremony will be held at the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Surprise Farms Loop South.  The new park will feature a playground, splash pad, basketball court, skate park, restrooms and other park amenities.

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February 20, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session


Signature Gateway Program
During the City Council Work Session Tuesday night, city planner Jackie Keller talked about a Signature Gateway Program. The purpose of the program is to visually communicate through monument signage the City’s unique ‘sense of place’ and identity on a regional, community, and special district level to residents, visitors, and travelers as they come into our city limits and travel throughout the community.

As part of the FY2015 Capital Improvement Program budget, $250,000 was approved for developing a City Gateway Monument. The intent is to utilize a portion of this budget to secure professional services to develop a Signature Gateway Program and prototypical monument designs that can be implemented as future locations and additional funding or opportunities become available. The council discussed their desires for the types and locations of new signage, as well as the budget.

Regular City Council Meeting
Global company to build Western US Headquarters in Surprise
City Council approved a development agreement at Tuesday night’s meeting for IRIS USA, Inc, a subsidiary of IRIS Ohyama, Inc., headquartered in Sendai, Japan. The company will build its new Western United States Regional Headquarters in Surprise’s Southwest Railplex Industrial District. The new facility represents a $33-$40 million investment, 100 new jobs, and $800,000 of new city revenues in the first year of operations. Congratulations to Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover, who was instrumental in bringing this project to Surprise!

IRIS USA with Surprise City Council
From left to right: Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover, Councilman Jim Biundo, Councilman Todd Tande, Councilman Skip Hall, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva, IRIS USA President Chet Keizer, Mayor Sharon Wolcott, Councilman John Williams, Councilman Roland Winters

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report
Surprise Assistant Finance Director Andrea Davis presented City Council with the result of the city’s fiscal year 2014 annual audit and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. The city received an unmodified opinion, which is the “good” or “clean” opinion.  While the outcome was positive, the city will be working to improve internal control policies based on the auditor’s identification of areas in which the city can improve.

New committee will vet use of bond money for capital improvements
City Council voted on Tuesday night to form a Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee. The 17-member committee will provide recommendations regarding the use of general obligation bonds in funding capital improvement projects. They will meet over the next several months and review the benefits of funding 11 capital improvement projects. They will also welcome public input, identify appropriate communication methods for educating residents and voters and provide City Council with a written report of their findings no later than May 31. Council will decide whether to proceed with a potential bond ballot initiative in June.  All meetings will be noticed at surpriseaz.gov, and the public is encouraged to attend. Read more about the committee and potential bond projects at http://bit.ly/1zoFZST.

Events & Meetings


Citizen Review Meeting
City staff held a public Citizen Review meeting on Wednesday for a proposed Zoning Text Amendment that would regulate donation bins. The proposed ordinance will require that each bin owner apply for a yearly permit update while ensuring proper location, spacing, and aesthetics. The attendees were in general support of the ordinance and provided suggestions to enhance the ordinance. On March 15, Planning and Zoning will participate in a workshop to discuss the issue followed by a recommendation on March 19. The Mayor and City Council will hold their workshop on April 7 with the final determination on April 21.

WHAM Art Association Meeting
City Manager Bob Wingenroth, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I met with members of the WHAM Art Association on Wednesday regarding the building the organization utilizes on Dysart in Surprise. Future discussion will occur at a Council Meeting in March.

Valley Metro Meeting
I attended the Valley Metro RPTA Board Meeting on Thursday. The main item of discussion concerned updates on transportation during the Super Bowl earlier this month. On January 31 alone, Valley Metro nearly doubled their former ridership record (which was 65,800 on 12/7/2013) with 126,000 boardings!  An average Saturday generates 35,300 boardings. The rail ridership for Super Bowl week (Wednesday, January 28 through Sunday, February 1, 2015) was 389,500. Phoenix experienced the biggest event in its city history with the Verizon Super Bowl Central and the NFL experience. There were 177,000 people at the NFL experience, which was held at the Phoenix Convention Center.  Approximately $500 million in positive economic impact was estimated to be received by Phoenix and surrounding Valley areas due to the Super Bowl events. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee achieved a fundraising goal of $30 million to support the downtown Phoenix events. They also provided $2 million in charitable donations to 22 local, non-profits.

Arizona Fair Share Meeting
On Wednesday, I met with Kimberley Pope, State Organizer with Arizona Fair Share.  Arizona Fair Share Education Fund (FSEF) is a non-partisan, non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that promotes economic fairness and sustainability through independent research, practical ideas, effective education campaigns and grassroots outreach. Ms. Pope requested a proclamation recognizing childhood hunger in Arizona.

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Surprise is seeking Senior Center volunteers
The City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department is seeking volunteers to assist with food service at the Surprise Senior Center. Volunteer shifts are typically once or twice per week during the weekdays and last between two and four hours. Volunteer hours are flexible and coordinated to meet individual availability. For more information, please contact Joe Gladieux at joe.gladieux@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1500.

City is developing a Community Emergency Response Team
Surprise is offering free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for residents interested in learning how to help in an emergency or disaster situation. The training, which offers certification upon completion, is designed to help build a team of community volunteers who can help respond to incidents effectively and efficiently without putting themselves in danger. The classes are scheduled for Feb. 28, Mar.7 and Mar. 14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza. All three training classes must be completed in order to receive full certification. For more information or to register for the CERT training, please contact the Surprise Fire-Medical Department at crfire@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.5400.

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Big 12/Pac-12 Baseball Challenge – Feb. 19-22
This weekend, the Big 12/Pac-12 Baseball Challenge continues at Surprise Stadium. There are two Saturday games. The first starts at 1 p.m. (Oregon State v. Oklahoma) and the other at 4:30 p.m. (Kansas v. Washington State), The Sunday game starts at 11 a.m. (Kansas v. Oregon State). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, call the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 or visit www.surprisespringtraining.com.

13th Annual Mayor’s Welcome Back Lunch – Feb. 23
Come Join Mayor Sharon Wolcott, the Kansas City Royals 2014 American League Champions and the Texas Rangers as they celebrate Spring Training 2015. Baseball Fans will have the opportunity to hear about the upcoming Season from Team Staff. The lunch starts at 11 a.m. at Surprise Recreation Campus – Surprise Stadium. Individual tickets are $30 and a Corporate Table of 8 is  $210. More info is available at www.surprisespringtraining.com.

Free Estate Planning Class – Feb. 24
From taxes to power of attorney, this free class will cover the essentials of estate planning. The class will be held in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building (Police Department), 14250 W. Statler Plaza, from 10-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 24. For information or registration, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

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February 13, 2015 • Newsletter

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Events & Meetings


Boys & Girls Club Update
While the Surprise Boys & Girls Club is not projected to open until January 2017, the planning stages are in full swing. On Monday, I met with representatives from the National and Phoenix-Metro Boys and Girls Club divisions to discuss whether our planned Surprise Boys & Girls Club should be a stand-alone club or part of the Phoenix-Metro organization.

On Wednesday, the Surprise Boys and Girls Club steering committee met and members were assigned to subcommittees, which included legal, 501(c)(3), Community Readiness Assessment, board development, budget and resource development. The VP of Development for The Phoenix-Metro Boys and Girls Club, Brad Kularis, attended our meeting and provided some insight into the efforts we will be undertaking. Our next meeting is March 11.

Human Services Department takes shape
I met with the Director of our new Human Service and Community Vitality Department, Michael Celaya, on Wednesday to discuss the structure of the new department. The core functions of this department are to improve accessibility, accountability and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery to residents to assist in their pursuit to improve their quality of life.  The divisions of the department are Grants, Senior Services and Neighborhood Services. Assessing and researching best practices in the Block Party and HOA-related programs and events are underway. Future goals will be to explore new programs and services, including Intergenerational, Veterans and For Our City initiatives.

Surprise Citizen Corp Council Meeting
At Wednesday’s Surprise Citizen Corp Council will talked about a great opportunity for residents to learn important skills to help them in emergency situations. The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is hosting a free three-class Community Emergency Response Team Training. Classes meet Feb. 28, March 7 and March 14, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Public Safety Building Auditorium.  You will learn how to manage small utility fires, provide basic medical aid, search for rescue victims safely, control bleeding and treat for shock. Register at crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400. The Citizen’s Corp Council is in place to guide the formation of a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) team. CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

Thunderbird Artists 3rd Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival
On Feb 6, 7 & 8, Thunderbird Artists presented the 3rd Annual Surprise Art & Wine Festival at Surprise Stadium. There were 89 vendors at the event, 8 wineries, and the weather was perfect! The attendance was incredible, with an estimated 4,000 people filling the stadium over the course of the three-day event. I not only enjoyed the amazing art, but also had some great food!

3rd annnual fine art and wine festival

3rd annnual fine art and wine festival - Maine Lobster

Art Encounter at City Hall
City Hall was honored to host the first Art Encounter event of the year on Wednesday evening. The Art Encounter featured the West Valley Conservatory of Ballet and all of the artists who had displayed their art in City Hall over the last nine months. A big ‘thank you’ to our Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission for putting on such a great event!

Art Encounter at City Hall

Art Encounter event at City Hall

Did You Know?


Surprise named national finalist for intergenerational communities award
Surprise has earned national recognition for its efforts to build connections between residents of all generations! The City was named “National Finalist” in the America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards presented by MetLife Foundation and Generations United. The awards are designed to heighten awareness of the importance intergenerational solidarity plays in building strong, supportive communities. A blue-ribbon panel of judges selected the winning entries from among a host of applicants from across the country.

Bell Road median project to be complete by end of February
The median project being constructed on Bell Road east of El Mirage Road is a traffic safety project that will allow vehicles exiting the Sun Ridge business community to turn westbound safely onto Bell Road. This turning movement was eliminated during the Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) El Mirage Road project in 2013/2014. The impact of that traffic change on the Sun Ridge businesses was severe.
This current project not only provides that westbound turn movement again, but also provides a safe entrance into the westbound lanes. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of February, with lane closures scheduled to be removed on February 24.

American Water billing solutions are available
The City of Surprise has heard from many customers regarding billing-payment changes through our water, wastewater and sanitations services billing provider American Water Enterprises. Challenges have occurred with the company’s billing software conversion for those enrolled in auto-pay.

We want to ensure our customers that there will be no shutoffs of any water, wastewater, or sanitation services as a result of the complications associated with the software transfer.

There will not be any fees charged as a result of this, including late fees or otherwise. We are definitely appreciative of the input we have received from our residents as they encounter a variety of different problems and we request patience as we work through this with our vendor.

American Water will be mailing a letter to all customers identifying a variety of solutions.

Should you experience long phone wait times with American Water or do not have a resolution to your issues, please contact the Surprise Finance Department at 623.222.1800, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Surprise Spring Training offers Senior Days
Surprise is offering Senior discounts during the 2015 Spring Training season. On Senior Days, fans 55 and over can purchase half-price tickets in the infield and plaza sections. Senior Days are March 9, 16, 23 and 30. Tickets are available for purchase at the Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office only and are subject to availability. No refunds, exchanges or upgrades are available. You must provide an ID to receive the half-price discount.

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Surprise Spring Training Baseball Classic – February 13-15
A college baseball tournament featuring Oregon State, Northwestern, Michigan State and New Mexico is hitting Surprise Stadium February 13, 14, & 15. More information is available at www.surprisespringtraining.com.

BIG 12 / PAC 12 Spring Training Baseball Challenge – February 19-22
Oregon State returns for this second college baseball tournament, and the team is joined by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Utah, Kansas, Kansas State and Washington State. The tournament runs February 19, 20, 21 & 22. More information is available at www.surprisespringtraining.com.

Surplus Property / Online Auctions – February 28
The City of Surprise is selling surplus equipment at Sierra Auction in Phoenix on February 28.

The property may consist of any or all of the following:

  • 2004 Ford Ranger
  • Flatbed Trailer
  • 2005 Ford F-250
  • 2009 Chevy Tahoe
  • 2006 Crown Vic.

Photos and descriptions may be obtained at the auction website www.sierraauction.com.

HOA Summit – March 26
If you live in an HOA or are an HOA manager, you won’t want to miss the HOA Summit on Thursday, March 26. The summit is great opportunity to hear the latest news from the City Manager and department representatives from Public Works, Community Development, Economic Development, Police and more. There will also be a chance to ask questions.

The summit will be held in the Community & Recreation Services Community Room from 3:30-5:30 p.m. For information or to register, please call Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

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February 6, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting


City Council Work Session
City Council held a joint meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission in the Community Room on Tuesday, February 3.  Community Development Director Eric Fitzer discussed the recent community meetings with regards to the development of the city-initiated General Plan Amendment.  The City is updating key elements of General Plan 2035 including land use, economic development, roadway systems, housing, and recreation/open space.  Kevin Kugler, a consultant with Michael Baker International, shared some stats concerning our population and economic development.  At some of the recent meetings that were held in Marley Park and Willow Canyon and led by Mr. Kugler, residents indicated that they treasured the safety, diverse architecture, parks and open spaces in the City but there was a lack of community, pedestrian connectivity and arts and culture that presented a challenge to them as well.  Residents also appreciated the access to healthcare, small business incubator space and the public sector jobs that Surprise offers, but they were challenged by the lack of higher quality, higher income jobs and transportation infrastructure in the City.

In addition to the General Plan Update meetings, two other public meetings took place last month.  The Heritage District Overlay meeting was held at the Surprise Senior Center on January 21. The purpose of this particular meeting was to establish alternative development requirements while managing appropriate, compatible development for the area.  It is the goal of the City to develop incentives for converting incompatible uses to more appropriate activities in the Original Town Site and to ensure quality housing combines with appropriate consumer-oriented retail and service functions, such as mixed use.  Preservation, education, recreation and economic revitalization are the OTS Heritage District goals.

The last public meeting concerned the Public Arts Master Plan, and the purpose of this meeting was to guide the development of public art and culture opportunities in the City that will enhance our quality of life, create a sense of place, provide venues for community art, help to become an economic driver and assist in revitalization efforts throughout our City.

City Council Meeting Budget Update
Lindsey Duncan, Finance Director, provided a budget status report with data as of November 2014.  Sales tax, excluding construction, is 10.9% higher than FY2014 actuals and FY2015 actuals are 5.3% higher than FY2015 budget.  Construction sales tax is 28.8% lower for FY2015 than FY2014 actuals and 45.8% lower than FY2015 budget.  FY2015 actual expenditures are significantly lower than the FY2015 adopted budget from savings with personnel, supplies and services.

Procurement
Mrs. Duncan and Dana Garr, Procurement Manager, also provided a procurement update to Council.  A formalized policy and procedure for surplus personal property disposal was reviewed.  The Finance Department developed the policy and procedure which has achieved negotiated contract savings and ensured responsive, detailed and complete bids.  A Notify Me link has been established so residents can receive notifications of upcoming solicitations.  The surplus personal property disposal for FY2015 year-to-date is $131,000.

Water Acquisition Policy
Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe discussed the proposed Water Acquisition Policy, which is the third policy in a series of water-related policies that staff has recommended and approved by the Committee on Water Resource Planning.  The main purpose of this particular policy will allow for strategic investment in Surprise’s water future.  Several different strategies for water acquisition were discussed including CAP (Central Arizona Project) allotment and CARGD membership, extinguishment credits, long-term storage credits, physical water such as groundwater importation, water leases, water transfers and exchanges, as well as future land development.

Development Agreements
City Attorney Misty Leslie requested consideration of a Development Agreement between the City of Surprise and 371 on 163rd LLC, regarding the development of property located on the northwest corner of Pinnacle Peak Road and 155th Avenue and a Development Agreement between the City of Surprise and Verdugo Land, LLC regarding the development of property located on the northwest corner of Pinnacle Peak Road and 163rd Avenue.  Both Development Agreements were approved unanimously by City Council.

Zoning Text Amendment
Bart Wingard asked the City Council to consider a zoning text amendment regarding the height of structures within the Industrial General Zoning District.  The current Surprise Municipal Code provides a maximum height of structure in this particular district.  This district is described as areas for concentrated manufacturing, fabrication and other industrial uses. Due to various requests from prospective industrial businesses, staff is proposing this zoning text amendment to increase the building height from 60 to 85 feet.

Events & Meetings


Surprise Youth Council
The Surprise Youth Council (SYC) held their team building retreat on January 30th & 31st at the Public Safety Training Center.  The SYC is comprised of 25 students ranging in age from 6th grade – 11th grade representing five local high schools & nine local middle schools.  The retreat was facilitated by Deanie Wlodek from Opening Minds, LLC with assistance from three local school staff:  Arthur Greenway (Asst. Principal – Willow Canyon High), Jan Fellow (Guidance Counselor – Shadow Ridge High), Diosa Holmes (Student Council Advisor – Paradise Honors High).  This brand new council quickly bonded as a team after learning about their personal lives, fears and leadership styles.  Other topics explored included issues at school, human rights and Surprise as a community.  Council members also took time out to attend the Surprise Celebrity Flag Football Challenge, create various crafts representing the retreat and enjoy some dancing!

SYC Retreat January 2015

SYC Retreat 2015 group

Celebrity Flag Football Game
The Celebrity Flag Football game was held on Saturday, January 31 at Surprise Stadium.  According to Mark Coronado, Community and Recreation Services Director, approximately 4,000 people were in attendance.  The event had over 10 million national and local media impressions.

Mayor and Council at 2015 Celebrity Flag Football

2015 Celebrity Flag Football game

Councilmember Hall with Quinton Aaron

Imagine Prep Science Fair
Councilman Jim Biundo and I were judges for a regional science fair at Imagine Prep in Surprise.  The group science fair is scheduled on February 19.

Mark Your Calendars


3rd Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival
The Thunderbird Artists will be hosting the 3rd Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival for artists to exhibit and sell their work and for art buyers to make a direct connection to the artists and the vast selection of art.  The Festival will take place February 6-8 from 10 am until 5 pm each day at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15940 N. Bullard Avenue.  Admission is $3; or $10 for a Wine Tasting Ticket with souvenir glass.  For more information, please visit www.thunderbirdartists.com/surprise.

Second Sundays in the Park Concert
The Second Sunday in the Park series will continue on Sunday, February 8 from 2 pm until 4 pm at the Surprise Community Park (15953 N. Bullard Ave). Please come and enjoy a free concert from Retirement Rocks! You can bring a picnic or purchase food from one of the onsite vendors and enjoy the show!

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Celebrity Flag Football Challenge

Surprise was buzzing Super Bowl weekend with the Celebrity Flag Football Challenge hitting the field at Surprise Stadium on January 31! The game drew celebrities like Evander Holyfield, Alice Cooper and Darnell Dockett, and it benefited the Wounded Warrior Project. Councilman Hall enjoyed the opportunity to show visiting fans and celebs alike what a great city Surprise is!

January 30, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings


City beefs up human services support with new department; new Deputy City Manager
City Manager Bob Wingenroth today announced key changes in the City’s organizational structure that support City Council policies to better engage with residents and improve overall quality of life.

The City’s newly-created Human Service and Community Vitality Department will be led by Michael Celaya, who has served as the City’s Intergovernmental Relations Director since 2008. The new department will house the Neighborhood Services Division, Senior Services Division and Grants Administration.

Wingenroth also welcomed Nicole Lance to the City. She will serve as Deputy City Manager, with responsibility for Government and Community Partnerships (formerly Intergovernmental Relations). In her new role, Lance will serve as the City’s liaison with other cities, state, county and federal government agencies and present legislative goals and updates to the City Council.  Lance will also work to build on the City’s partnerships with our schools, Luke Air Force Base, the Chamber of Commerce, non-profits, faith-based and community organizations. Lance’s first day with the City will be February 9.

Deputy City Manager Nicole Lance
Deputy City Manager Nicole Lance

Legacy Traditional School Breaks Ground
I attended the groundbreaking for Legacy Traditional School’s Surprise campus on Tuesday morning. The K-8 charter school campus will be located on 12 acres within the City’s Marley Park community. Legacy Traditional School District is “A”-rated and currently educates more than 8000 students on eight campuses. The Surprise campus will have capacity for 1200 students.

Job fairs for teaching positions are planned for next week, and the first parent meeting is scheduled for February 5. The school will open in Fall 2015. Learn more at http://surprise.legacytraditional.org/.

Legacy Traditional School groundbreaking
From left to right: DMB Associates Exec. Director of Community Life Todd Hornback, Surprise Council Member Todd Tande, Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, Legacy Traditional Exec. Director Wiliam Gregory, Legacy Traditional Exec. Director Aaron Hale, Legacy Traditional Superintendent William Bressler

Grand & Bell / Grand & 303 Meeting Update
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) hosted a public meeting on Jan. 27 in Sun City Grand to discuss the transportation projects at Grand Ave. & Bell Rd. and Grand Ave. & Loop 303.

Residents had an opportunity to talk with engineers, planners and sound abatement specialists for the projects. ADOT also delivered a presentation that covered the anticipated construction timelines for the two projects and artist renderings of the Grand Ave & Bell Rd. Traffic Interchange.

The presentation and a simulation video that shows what it will be like to drive on the interchange is available here: http://azdot.gov/projects/phoenix-metro-area/us-60-(grand-avenue)-and-bell-road-interchange

ADOT also recorded the presentation and will have the video available on their website in the coming weeks.

Councilmembers Winters and Hall review ADOT plans

ADOT presentation

Surprise Small Business Forum Recap
I stopped by the Surprise Small Business Forum at the City’s AZ TechCelerator business incubator on Jan. 27 and was excited to see local business owners and entrepreneurs taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from various small business experts.

Attendees heard from representatives from the IRS, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the accounting field. Topics included recordkeeping, tax scams, separating business expenses, accounting do’s and don’ts, and the functions of the SBA – including access to capital, training, advocacy and disaster assistance. AZ TechCelerator Manager Julie Neal also gave an overview of the City’s business incubator program.

Stay tuned for information on a Small Business Academy that will launch in March.

For more information on the AZ TechCelerator, you can visit http://aztechcelerator.com/.

Committee for Water Resource Planning Meeting
The Committee for Water Resource Planning, previously known as the Council Water Sub-committee, met with City staff on Thursday, Jan. 22 to discuss the City’s Water Acquisition Policy, Land Use Water Management Policy and a statewide mutual assistance program between water and wastewater utilities.

Staff presented an amendment to the draft Water Acquisition Policy that addressed minimum asset balances. These minimums will ensure that the City has enough water “banked” for times such as for major droughts, when renewable sources are not available. The amendment will be presented to the full City Council sometime in February.

Staff also asked the Committee for its guidance on the Land Use Water Management Policy, which supports the water position during development and growth. The Committee agreed that the General Plan was the best place for water-related development language and recommended that the policy be incorporated into the plan.

Lastly, staff provided the Committee with an overview of AZWARN – a mutual assistance network, specifically for the water/wastewater industries, where fellow members can seek out help in times of need.

Partnership could bring Water/wastewater classes to Surprise
On Jan. 8, a meeting was held to discuss the possibility of the City partnering with Gateway Community College to bring classes in their Water Resources Technology curriculum to Surprise. I attended the meeting, along with Vice Mayor Williams, Councilmember Winters, members of City management and representatives from Gateway Community College.

The City offered to allow Gateway the use of the City’s water and wastewater facilities to create a “teaching hospital” concept for the water/wastewater industry. Specifics of the agreement are yet to be determined, however, the goal of this partnership is to offer graduating high school seniors the ability to choose a career path that would have them entering the work force in an established field earlier than if they were to go to a traditional four-year college.

Public Arts Master Plan Meeting
I attended the Public Arts Master Plan Input Meeting on Wednesday night at Arts HQ. The interactive meeting asked residents to give their input on what art should be in Surprise, where it should be located, what potential partners should the City consider, and more. The input will be used to create the City’s first ever Public Arts Master Plan and there’s still a chance to share your thoughts! You’re invited to take a survey at www.surpriseaz.gov/publicarts. Please take some time to tell us what you think. The survey deadline is February 16.

Surprise Citizen Corp Council meeting
The Surprise Citizen’s Corp Council met on Jan. 28 to discuss the development of bylaws and how best to grow the council membership. The Citizen’s Corp Council is in place to guide the formation of a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) team. CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Once the team is in place, they will work with the community year-round, helping with community emergency plans, neighborhood exercises, preparedness outreach, fire safety education and workplace safety.

I serve on the Citizen’s Corp Council, along with Nancy Collins, resident; George Busch, Citizen’s Patrol Volunteer; Police Sergeant Tim Klarkowski; Fire Battalion Chief Dan Gromer; and, Fire Captain Renee Hamblin.

We are excited to announce that the first training classes for residents interested in becoming part of the CERT team are coming soon. I will have more details for you in the next couple of weeks.

Did You Know?


Celebrity Flag Football Challenge hits Surprise Super Bowl Weekend!
Did you know that Surprise is hosting a Celebrity Flag Football Challenge this weekend? The all-star lineup includes NFL alumni favorites like Daunte Culpepper and Doug Flutie, as well as boxing legend Evander Holyfield and more than 20 other pro-athletes and celebrities. You can get more information online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or by calling 623.222.2222.

Bell Rd. Median Construction Begins Next Week
Next week, construction crews will begin altering the median on Bell Road, just east of the El Mirage Road intersection to provide new access.

By removing a section of the median, motorists exiting businesses on the south side of Bell Road will be able to cross over the eastbound lanes of Bell and turn onto the westbound lanes of Bell.

You can expect lane restrictions on Bell Rd. in both directions throughout the duration of the work, which is expected to take 3 weeks.

Mark Your Calendars


January Artwalk on Dysart, Jan. 31
This free event at the newly renovated WHAM West Gallery offers displays in acrylics, oils, clay photography, wearable art and much more!

January 31
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHAM West Gallery & Shop
16560 N. Dysart Rd
Surprise, AZ 85378
www.wham-art.org/artwalk

3rd Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, Feb. 6-8
Thunderbird Artists host a festival for artists to exhibit and sell their work, and for art buyers to make a direct connection to the artists and the vast selection of art.

February 6-8
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Surprise Recreation Campus
15940 N. Bullard Ave.
Admission is $3; or $10 for a Wine Tasting Ticket with souvenir glass.
www.thunderbirdartists.com/surprise

Second Sundays in the Park Concert, Feb. 8
The Second Sunday in the Park series is currently underway. Enjoy a free concert from Retirement Rocks at the Surprise Community Park! Bring a picnic or purchase food from one of the onsite vendors, and enjoy the show!

February 8
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Community Park
15953 N. Bullard Ave

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January 23, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting


City Council Work Session
Staff discussed the progress and future plans of a Boys & Girls Club to serve the children of our community.  Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo provided a history of the Boys & Girls Club organization and discussed the measurable value it has created over its 150 year national history.  This organization prides itself on the comprehensive programs it offers and the success it has had on millions of children’s lives.

City Manager Bob Wingenroth and CRS Director Mark Coronado discussed the proposed location of the Club, which is the Villanueva Recreation Center.  Mike Boyle, Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee Chair, further elaborated on the Steering Committee, the members of the Committee and the purpose of the Committee.

City Council Meeting
It was exciting to recognize the first graduate from the city’s business incubator at the January 20 City Council Meeting.  MD24 House Call moved into our AZ TechCelerator in 2010 with just three employees and the idea of providing people with comprehensive at-home health care options. Today, the business has more than 100 employees and has moved into a 10,000 sq. ft. corporate office space within the city. This is a great example of why the AZ TechCelerator was started and how it can help to foster success!

MD24 House Call

Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe presented on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWD) 4 cent property tax extension.  CAP (Central Arizona Project) is a regional and renewable solution for water to central Arizona and most municipalities have taken advantage of CAP in some form.  Right now, every property owner pays a 4 cent tax per $100 of assessed value.  This is used for operating and managing the CAP facility, federal debt repayment and storage of unused Colorado River waters.  If the tax is extended, there will be no effect on the consumer or property owner.

Events & Meetings


Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce held their monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, January 20 at the Colonnade.  Sintra Hoffman with the Arizona Department of Transportation provided the attendees with a presentation, “Advancing Arizona’s Economy – Transportation is the Road to Prosperity.” ADOT has initiated a 20 year plan for the key corridors, which include I-10, I-17 and I-11.  With regards to the Bell Road/Grand Avenue corridor project, RFQ’s (request for qualifications) are due in February and construction is expected to begin in December 2015.  The project should be completed in 2017.

Planning Meeting for Development Subcommittee
Mayor Wolcott, Councilman Todd Tande and I met with staff to discuss the role and goals of the Development Subcommittee this year.

Heritage District Overlay Meeting
The City hosted a public meeting to discuss the Heritage District Overlay on Wednesday, January 21 at the Surprise Senior Center. We asked for public input to help identify opportunities to make the Original Town Site a vibrant place to live, work and visit. The City would like to preserve the OTS history and culture while encouraging new economic growth.

This meeting was very well attended and City staff and the City Council received robust feedback.  If you missed the meeting, there is still an opportunity to share your thoughts. By completing an online survey, you can help determine the types of facilities, services and elements you would like to have in the OTS. The survey is open through February 2, 2015 and is available here: www.surpriseaz.gov/heritageoverlay.

Mountain Vista HOA Meeting
I attended the Mountain Vista HOA quarterly meeting on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  There were 15 residents in attendance.  Some of the subjects discussed included a drainage improvement project, pre-emergent application, a program to rejuvenate and cut-back bushes, and a tree trimming schedule.  A few city concerns were expressed to me, so I will follow-up with those residents to determine what corrective action can be taken.  The spring party is scheduled for February 28.

Valley Metro RPTA Meeting
I attended the Valley Metro RPTA meeting on Thursday, January 22. The Valley Metro board approved a $572,349 budget amendment to help fund Northwest Valley Dial-A-Ride, which services the residents of Surprise, Youngtown, El Mirage, Sun City and Sun City West. A portion of those funds will help subsidize our recent increase in Dial-A-Ride daily trip caps. You can get more information about the city’s Dial-A-Ride program at www.surpriseaz.gov/dialaride.

Did You Know?


ADOT Open House
ADOT will host an Open House at Sun City Grand regarding the 303/Grand Avenue traffic interchange on Tuesday, January 27 in the Sonoran Plaza-Sage Brush Room at 19753 N. Remington Drive from 9 am until 11 am.

Citizen Patrol
The Surprise Police Department will be hosting a Citizens Patrol volunteer recruitment meeting on January 28 for anyone interested in learning more about the program or for any adult resident who may be interested in joining.  The meeting will occur from 6 until 9 pm in the Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza.  Following the presentation, there will be a tour of the police facility and a demonstration by the Surprise Police Department SWAT team.  For more information, please contact the Surprise Citizens Patrol at 623.222.4277.

Amuse Bouche
Great Food Good Neighbors (GFGN) has launched its first official season as a 30 minute TV show featuring local restaurants throughout Arizona.  Surprise restaurant Amuse Bouche will be shown on an upcoming episode as filming occurred on January 14.  The show airs on AZTV Channel 7 (Cox Cable 13) on Saturdays at 11:30 am.

Amuse Bouch

Trends show use of public transportation is up
At the Valley Metro meeting on January 22, I received an interesting trend report that shows transit boarding in Maricopa County increased 35 percent between 2003 and 2012, compared to a 14 percent increase in our peer regions (which includes Denver, Portland, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Minneapolis, San Diego and Houston) during that same time. Check out the chart below for additional insights:

ValleyMetro National Peer Region Trends 2003-2012

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Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

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January 16, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings


West Valley Arts Council
West Valley Arts Council held their opening reception for “Visions: The West Valley Through Your Eyes” on January 8, 2015 at the West Valley Arts HQ.  Councilmen Todd Tande, Roland Winters and I were present for the opening of this photography exhibit of life and surroundings in the West Valley.  This exhibit will be on display through February 9, 2015.

Community Outreach
Radiant Church in Surprise hosted a community outreach event on Saturday, January 10. Approximately 350 volunteers took part in the event that benefited 425 students from Nadaburg Elementary School.  Six classrooms were completely remodeled, 25 acres were landscaped, other classrooms received fresh paint on the walls, ceilings and whiteboards.  The fencing and parking lot curbs were also painted, and the ball fields were re-done.  Volunteers also cleaned the library, nurse’s station and teacher’s lounge.

Intergovernmental Relations Director Michael Celaya and I met with Pastor Steve Pleasants earlier this week to discuss partnering with the City of Surprise regarding future community outreach endeavors.

Second Sunday in the Park
I attended the Second Sundays in the Park with almost 200 people on Sunday, January 11.  The Dina Preston Band performed and they were fantastic!  The Dina Preston Band has performed in over 20 International Armed Forces Entertainment, US State Department and corporate cultural exchange programs in 40 countries representing Arizona and the Unites States as Ambassadors of Goodwill.  Nationally, the group has 25 years of experience performing for corporate giants such as Sony, McDonalds, Microsoft, etc.  Next up in the series is the band Retirement Rocks, who will perform classic rock tunes on Sunday, February 8.  All Second Sundays in the Park events take place at Surprise Community Park, 15953 Bullard Avenue.

General Plan Update Meeting
Mayor Wolcott, Vice Mayor John Williams, and Councilmen Todd Tande, Roland Winters and I attended the General Plan Update Meeting held at the Heritage Club in Marley Park on Tuesday, January 13.  The City is updating key elements of the existing General Plan 2035 with regards to land use, economic development, circulation such as roadway systems, housing, growth areas, recreation and open spaces and implementation.  In 2010, the population in Surprise was 127,623, but it is expected to grow to over 159,100 by 2020.  We have seen a 281% increase in population growth from 2000 to 2010 according to the U.S. Census and MAG.  The median age of our residents has changed during that time span from 46 years old in 2000 to 36 years old now.  Employment and socioeconomic indicators were also discussed.

Boys & Girls Steering Committee Meeting
Councilman Jim Biundo and I, along with local executives and various City staff attended a Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, January 14.  Discussion included initiating a 501(c)3, the subcommittees needed to initiate the Boys and Girls Club and future meetings.  The Steering Committee will continue to meet once a month to initiate the items required to begin a Boys & Girls Club.  The Steering Committee is led by Mike Boyle.

West Valley State of the State Luncheon
The West Valley State of the State luncheon, featuring Governor Doug Ducey, was held on Thursday, January 15 at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.  Most West Valley municipalities and their respective elected officials were present for this event.  Governor Ducey defined his priorities which include education, human services, economic development and balancing the budget to name a few.  The West Valley will play a critical role in economic development, as 52% of future economic development is expected here.  Governor Ducey also discussed important initiatives he is promoting this legislative session, which include the American Civics Bill.  The American Civics Bill would require high school students to pass an American history and civics test similar to the one taken by naturalized immigrants.

Governor Doug Ducey
Governor Doug Ducey

 

Surprise Youth Council
The induction ceremony for the Surprise Youth Council was held on Thursday, January 15 in the City Council Chambers.  Over 137 students, family members, friends, school administrators, teachers and advisors filled the Council Chamber.  It was quite a sight to see.  There were 25 students selected to partake in this incredible opportunity by a panel of three Councilmembers, three high school seniors and Surprise Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo.  Those students received the Oath of Office and their commitment to the Surprise Youth Council begins immediately.  We look forward to the contributions they will make.  Congratulations to each of them as they were selected from more than 120 applicants.  A special thank you to Paul Bernardo as well for making this all possible!

Mark Your Calendars


Surprise 11
A 30 minute documentary that aims to raise awareness about heroin in Arizona and also features Surprise Police Chief Michael Frazier, will be airing on Surprise 11 this week.  Surprise 11 has obtained permission to re-broadcast the report and it will be televised on Thursday at 1:30 pm; Friday at 6 pm; Saturday at 11:30 am and Sunday at 8 pm.

General Plan Update Meetings
The General Plan Update Meetings will continue with a Heritage Overlay District (OTS) meeting on Wednesday, January 21 from 6 pm until 8 pm at the Surprise Senior Center at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street.  This meeting and the input received will help us enhance the OTS through preservation efforts; employment opportunities; safe transportation connections and more.

In addition, the Public Arts Master Plan meeting will be held at the West Valley Arts HQ (16126 N. Civic Center Plaza) on Wednesday, January 28 from 6 pm until 8 pm.  We are looking for public input on how we can create a public arts plan that will attract new and current residents, visitors and employers.

ADOT Open House
ADOT will host an Open House at Sun City Grand regarding the 303/Grand Avenue traffic interchange on Tuesday, January 27 in the Sonoran Plaza-Sage Brush Room at 19753 N. Remington Drive from 9 am until 11 am.

Small Business Forum
The Economic Development and Community Development Departments at the City of Surprise will be hosting a free Small Business Forum on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 10 am until 12 noon at the AZTechCelerator Building D Conference Room (12425 W. Bell Road).  If you are interested in starting a new small business or want to increase your business knowhow, you will want to attend.  For more information or to register, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242.

Did You Know?


Mountain View Boulevard
We kicked off 2015 with new connectivity in Surprise.  The work to connect two sections of Mountain View Boulevard was completed, and the road has been open to traffic since the New Year.

The extension added 700 feet of pavement to Mountain View Boulevard, just behind Trader Joe’s on Grand Avenue.  The road now offers direct access off of Grand Avenue and continues through the Sun City Grand neighborhood.  A special thank you to our Public Works Director Mike Gent and his team who played an instrumental role with this completion even before our promised deadline.

Mountain View Boulevard
Mountain View Boulevard

 

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January 9, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting


We held our first regular City Council meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, January 6.  City Council appointed District 3 Councilmember John Williams as Vice Mayor.  Vice Mayor Williams has served District 3 since 2008, and he previously served as Vice Mayor in 2012.  Vice Mayor Williams is a teacher, parent, husband and public servant who brings community perspective and passion to his commitment to serve as a voice for all residents.  It will be a pleasure to work with him in this capacity.  Per City code, City Council must select a new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30 each year. It was my honor and pleasure to serve all the residents in Surprise during my Vice Mayor appointment last year.

In support of the City’s focus on water resources and the complexities of appropriate water management, along with the support of the Water Planning Subcommittee, Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe recommended a new position.  The new position will be devoted to management of the City’s water portfolio as a Water Resource Portfolio Manager.  It will be funded from the Water and Waste Water Enterprise funds.  Sustainable management of the City’s water resources is vital to the growth and vitality of Surprise.  City Council unanimously approved the position.

Events & Meetings


Police Retirement
Councilman Todd Tande and I attended the retirement gathering for Surprise Police Officer Jacob Wagemann on December 30.  Officer Wagemann served our City for over 7 years.  Please join me in wishing Officer Wagemann a healthy and successful retirement.  We are grateful for his service to Surprise!

Chief Frazier with Officer Wagemann
Chief Frazier with Officer Wagemann

City Clerk Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary
A small gathering was held in the Mayor’s Atrium at City Hall on January 5, 2015 to celebrate Sherry Aguilar’s 25 year work anniversary.  City Council was present to congratulate Sherry and present her with an engraved sculpture to commemorate her years of service.  Sherry began her career with the City in 1990 as a receptionist.  She served as the Personnel Director from 1992 until 1996 then as the City Clerk from 1996 until now.  Thank you, Sherry, for your hard work and dedication to the City!

City Council with City Clerk Aguilar
City Council with City Clerk Aguilar

Boys & Girls Club Meetings
Councilman Jim Biundo and I continue to meet with possible donors for the Surprise Boys & Girls Club. City staff will provide City Council with a briefing of the Boys & Girls Club status at the next City Council Work Session on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Campaign to End Childhood Hunger
I was honored to be asked by Arizona Fair Share Education Fund to acknowledge a volunteer, Les Glascoe, as he received a “Community Hero Award.”  Mr. Glascoe is a resident of our city and he has been volunteering at the Kid’s Café of St. Mary’s Food Bank since 2011.  He has worked tirelessly for this organization in several different areas, and he is very passionate about his role to help alleviate childhood hunger.

Councilman Hall with Les Glascoe and others
Councilman Hall with Les Glascoe and others

 

AZ Charter Academy Spelling Bee
Arizona Charter Academy held a spelling bee on Thursday, January 8.  I was asked to judge the spelling bee, and the talent was quite impressive!

AZ Charter Academy spelling bee judges
AZ Charter Academy spelling bee judges

 

Mark Your Calendars


National Anthem Performers
The City is looking for experienced vocalists and musicians to perform the National Anthem at Surprise Stadium for the 2015 Cactus League Spring Training games beginning March 4 through April 1.  To be considered, performers must submit audio recordings via DVD or audio CD to the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, or by mp3 or YouTube link to Cecilia.covarrubio@surpriseaz.gov by January 12, 2015.  All submissions must include the performer’s name, address, phone number and email address, along with their rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Spring Training
The City of Surprise welcomes you to a series of celebrations at the Surprise Recreation Campus during the 2015 Spring Sports Festival.   To kick off one of sport entertainment’s biggest weekends, the Surprise Stadium will play host to the 14th Annual Celebrity Flag Football Challenge® Saturday, January 31. This event will feature an all-star lineup guaranteed to bring out the ultimate football fan in everyone.

February brings collegiate baseball’s finest to Surprise Stadium for the Spring Training Baseball Classic Feb. 13-16 hosting Oregon State, Northwestern University, Michigan State and University of New Mexico; the BIG 12 – PAC 12 Spring Training Baseball Challenge follows Feb. 19-22 hosting Oregon State, Oklahoma State, Utah, Kansas, Kansas State and Washington State. It’s a showcase preview to the NCAA Collegiate baseball pre-season right here in Surprise, Arizona.

Join Mayor Wolcott and the Surprise City Council on Monday, February 23 at the 13th Annual Mayor’s Welcome Back Luncheon, where guests will have an exclusive opportunity to hear about the upcoming Spring Training season directly from team staff and members of both organizations.  Tickets for this event are now available for purchase at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services Office located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, Monday-Friday 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals will be taking take the field for the 2015 Spring Training season here in Surprise. The season will begin Wednesday, March 4 with the 13th Annual Surprise Sundancer Charity Game featuring the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. The Surprise Stadium will continue to celebrate the American League Champions as they prepare and work their way back into the 2015 MLB Post-Season through a series of promotional events: Saturday, March 7th- Kansas City Royals American League Championship Day Celebration, Sundays- Military Appreciation Day and Mondays- Senior Day at the Ball Park.

Be a part of the 2015 Spring Sports Festival and purchase your tickets at the Surprise Stadium Box Office – now open Monday-Friday 10:00a.m-5:00p.m., Saturdays 10:00a.m.-2p.m. and Sundays, beginning Jan. 25, 10a.m.-2p.m. For more information regarding events and ticket promotions, please visit www.surprisespringtraining.com or contact the box office at 623-222-2222.

Did You Know?


Dial-A-Ride The City has temporarily increased the number of daily Dial-A-Ride trips and expanded service hours.  The daily cap for weekday trips will increase from 135 to 140 one-way trips.  Saturday service will increase from 20 to 30 one-way trips per day.  This expanded service will run through June 30, 2015.  Additionally, service hours will be extended for all service days.  The new service hours will be Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Spring Training – Senior Days This season, we will have Senior Days on Mondays (March 9, 16, 23, 30).  Stop by the box office for 2-for-1 tickets sponsored by AARP!  We hope to see you there!  Senior Days tickets will be available beginning February 1, 2015.

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