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June 29, 2017 • Newsletter

Reminder

Regularly scheduled City Council Work Sessions and Meetings have been canceled for July. We will resume our meeting schedule with our first meeting on August 1. We look forward to resuming business at that time.

Additionally, due to Council recess, there will not be a newsletter issued until the week of August 1. Thank you!

City Offices Closed

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that there will be a change to the collection schedule July 4-7. On Monday, July 3, collection will occur as usual. There will be no trash / recycling collection on Tuesday, July 4. Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers and, therefore, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider. Please call 623.222.1900 if you have any questions.

Code Enforcement

Many of my constituents have been inquiring about code enforcement violations. If you see a code violation, you can call the city’s complaint line at 623.222.3013 or email the department at codeenforcement@surpriseaz.gov. If you take a picture of the violation, you can also send it as an attachment to the email previously mentioned. We do have inspectors that work on Saturdays as well.


Events & Meetings

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, June 27. Chamber staff asked attendees to complete a survey relating to their views on commercial signage. Staff from the city also gave a presentation on the city’s efforts to update our sign codes. Several attendees provided their input.

Staff has prepared the following tentative timeline for the new sign code. Please note these meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Additionally, the proposed draft sign code is available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/signcode, and anyone who is interested in providing comment may do so via the methods included on the website.

July 6, 2017 – Planning and Zoning Commission Study Session
Topics: Wall Signs and Freestanding Monument Signs. Staff envisions the Commission will give staff direction on how to proceed on certain issues. Staff will make revisions to the draft code based on those directions and present those changes at a later date.

July 20, 2017 – Planning and Zoning Commission Study Session
Topics: Billboards, Freeway Monument Signs and Electronic Messaging Centers. Staff envisions the Commission will give staff direction on how to proceed on certain issues. Staff will make revisions to the draft code based on those directions and present those changes at a later date.

August 3, 2017 – Planning and Zoning Commission Study Session- 6 p.m.
Topic: Temporary Signs. Staff envisions the Commission will give staff direction on how to proceed on certain issues. Staff will make revisions to the draft code based on those directions and present those changes at a later date.

September 7, 2017 – Planning and Zoning Commission Study Session- 6 p.m.
Topics: Open Discussion and Summary of Revisions. Staff will present the revised draft sign code for further discussion and additional direction.

October 5, 2017 – Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing- 6 p.m.
This will be a formal hearing that will lead to an official recommendation by the Commission to the City Council.

November 7, 2017 – City Council Work Session- 4 p.m.
Topic: General Summary of the proposed Sign Code. Staff envisions the Council will give staff direction relating to any additional changes. Staff will make revisions to the draft code based on those directions.

December 5, 2017 – City Council Public Hearing- 6 p.m.
This will be a formal hearing that will lead to formal adoption of the new Sign Code.

The effective date of the new Sign Code should be January 4, 2018.

Sierra Montana HOA Memorial Dedication Ceremony

Sierra Montana HOA Board Members invited City Council to attend their HOA Memorial dedication ceremony on Tuesday, June 27. Vice Mayor Todd Tande, Councilman John Williams and I were in attendance along with several members of the community and fellow veterans. The memorial is located at the northwest corner of Verde Vista Drive and West Spring Lane.

Surprise Interfaith Breakfast Gathering

The city’s Human Service & Community Vitality Department hosted the first Surprise Interfaith Breakfast for all faith-based community leaders to pray, network and share information about their respective organizations and how we are all coming together for a greater purpose…to help the community!

Speaker addresses the seated guests at tables during interfaith breakfast


Mark Your Calendar

Project To Construct Waterline Along Bullard Avenue

Work to install a waterline that will connect two water supply facilities along Bullard Avenue, from Waddell Road to Acoma Drive, is scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 5. This Capital Improvement Project will combine the Ashton Ranch and Rancho Gabriela water distribution systems resulting in better water service and delivery opportunities for residents of Ashton Ranch and the city of Surprise. A majority of the line is already in place with the exception of approximately ¾ mile of pipe from the future well site location in Ashton Ranch down Bullard Road to the intersection of Waddell Road.

To alleviate impact to the traveling public during construction, the city will complete the majority of the work in project area intersections before the 2017-2018 school year begins for Dysart Unified, Legacy Traditional and Imagine Rosefield; work at the intersections of Bullard Avenue and Waddell Road and Bullard Avenue and Acoma Drive will be prioritized.

Motorists can expect left turn restrictions from Waddell Road to Bullard Avenue and from Bullard Avenue to Acoma Drive, for approximately two weeks beginning Wednesday, July 5, while crews are in the intersection.

Following work in the intersections, the remaining construction activity to install the waterline will mainly occur along Bullard Avenue in the northbound electric vehicle lane. Traffic flow will be maintained however drivers should expect a reduced speed limit in the project area.

Due to anticipated high daytime temperatures, construction activities will begin at 5 a.m., Monday through Saturday. The overall project is expected to be complete in October 2017.


Did You Know?

Know Before You Go! July 4th Celebration Details

The City of Surprise will host its 34th annual Fourth of July Celebration on Tuesday, July 4th at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. The event will feature America’s favorite pastime, music and a spectacular fireworks display!

The Kansas City Royals will take on the Texas Rangers in a Rookie League baseball game at Surprise Stadium. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with first pitch at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free with a canned food donation! The concession stands will be offering a variety of food for purchase. After the game, at approximately 8:30 p.m., catch a spectacular 20-minute fireworks show set to patriotic music!

We will also be featuring live music at 8-Acres Park, just north of the stadium. Music, performed by “Nothin but a Party Band,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude with the stadium fireworks show.

For the safety and convenience of event attendees, road closures / detours will be in place between the hours of 5:30-9:30 p.m. as follows:

  • Bullard Avenue will be closed between Tierra Buena Lane and Paradise Lane from 5:30 p.m. – approx. 9:30 p.m.
  • Paradise Lane will be closed between Bullard Avenue and Statler Boulevard from 8 p.m. – approx. 9 p.m.

Event parking will be available at the following locations:

  • Main stadium parking lot, north of Surprise Stadium
  • Surprise Community Park
  • Overflow parking south of Tierra Buena Lane, between Bullard Avenue and Civic Center Drive
  • Overflow parking north of Paradise Lane, between Bullard Avenue and Civic Center Plaza
  • Accessible parking will be available in the southwest and northwest corners of the stadium parking lot and the west end of the Surprise Community Park parking lot

See a map detailing the road closures and parking locations: Event Map. For event information, please contact the Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000, or check the website at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.


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June 15, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Surprise Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Sixteen local students participated in the AZ TechCelerator’s 4th Annual Surprise Entrepreneurship Boot Camp this last week. They were challenged to assess community needs and brainstorm products or services that could address those needs. The students learned from local business leaders who spoke about marketing, accounting and public speaking and then began their project research.

The students broke into four teams:

  • Surprise Transit Systems, who addressed the need for local public transportation
  • Drive Safe, who addressed the problem of distracted driving
  • A Little Surprise, who addressed the lack of healthy food available for low to moderate income families
  • Commune, who addressed the need to have one application that could keep residents informed on City Government, events and local business

Each team prepared an executive business summary to aid in creating their final pitch. The teams also created, designed and printed either their prototype or an object that was symbolic to their project on 3D printers that they had helped to build at the beginning of the week. The boot camp ended with a pitch competition at City Hall, and the presentations were quite impressive!

The big winner was the Drive Safe team. Congratulations to Nickolas Robertson and Jack Platacz from Paradise Honors High School, and to Alaina Smith and Justice Smith from Valley Vista High School on their win! They each received an HD Fire tablet and each winning school took home one of the student-built 3D printers.

Thank you to Economic Development Coordinator Julie Neal for putting together the boot camp each year and to Youth Services Administrator Mike Cassidy for assisting!

Community and Recreation Services National Accreditation

The Community and Recreation Services Department (CRS) is in the last step of the accreditation process through the Commission of Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The department has been working towards the accreditation for the past year. Council Members were invited to meet the CAPRA evaluators on Tuesday, June 13 at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex.

CAPRA accreditation is a five-year cycle that includes three phases: development of the agency self-assessment report, the on-site visitation, and the Commission’s review and decision. The on-site visitation follows the agency’s development of its self-assessment report. If accreditation is granted by the Commission at its meeting following the on-site visit, the agency will develop a new self-assessment report and be revisited every five years. Within each of the four years between on-site visits, the agency will submit an annual report that addresses its continued compliance with the accreditation standards.

Friends of Surprise Libraries Board Meeting

Friends of Surprise Libraries held their monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, June 14. Since the non-profit organization’s inception, they have made community contributions totaling $516,424 .Agenda items included a financial report and grant update and much more. Friends of Surprise Libraries is currently looking for new Board Members. For more information on the organization, please visit www.friendsofthesurpriselibraries.org.

Valley Metro Dial-A-Ride Transition Public Meeting

Valley Metro hosted a public meeting at Surprise City Hall on Wednesday, June 14 to review the upcoming changes to their paratransit models prior to the July 1 transition of Dial-a-Ride to RideChoice and Valley Metro Paratransit.


Mark Your Calendar

34th Annual Fourth of July Celebration

Please join us for our 34th annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Surprise Recreation Campus! Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. The Rookie League baseball summer matchup featuring the Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers will begin at 5:30 pm. Concessions will be available for purchase. Fireworks will begin immediately following the game at 8:30 p.m.

Fourth of July Pool Party

Bring the family out to the Surprise Aquatic Center for a fun filled evening. The poolside celebration will feature music, games, nighttime swimming, crafts and raffle prizes! The event begins at 6 p.m. and will conclude after the city’s fireworks show, which begins at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Surprise residents may purchase tickets beginning June 20 at 8 a.m. at the Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N. Bullard Ave., or at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Tickets are $6, and the event will be limited to the first 400 Surprise residents.

Regular pool hours on Tuesday, July 4 will be noon – 5 p.m.


Did You Know?

Bulk Trash Pickup Program Changes Effective July 1

Changes are coming to the Bulk Trash Pickup program offered to residents who are serviced by the city of Surprise Solid Waste Department. Bulk trash will continue to be picked up by-appointment and at no additional cost to the customer; but, the rules for placement of the trash are changing.

Effective July 1, 2017, customers need to place their trash in the street, up against the curb (gutter) in front of their property. Where there is no curb, material must be placed at the edge of the street, not the sidewalk. Do not place your pile within ten feet (10’) of any fixed object or in any manner which would interfere with pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, or fire hydrants.

Bulk trash can no longer be placed on private property, unless the home is located on a major roadway – streets like Bell Road and Litchfield Road or streets that feed into neighborhoods, also known as collector streets. If trash must be placed on private property, due to location, the city will provide a liability release form that needs to signed.

To find out how to schedule a pickup appointment, which items are acceptable, what the pickup limit is, and when to place your trash at the curb, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bulktrash or call 623.222.1900.

Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission

Applications for the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission are available for pick-up immediately and can be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday – 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Applications are also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/boards. If you are interested, 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.


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May 18, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Surprise Community Outreach Program and Neighborhood Grant Program Update

The City Council designated $75,000 from the FY2017 budget for community outreach programs. From that total, $65,000 has been allocated for the Surprise Community Outreach Program and $10,000 for the Neighborhood Grant Program. With this investment, 21 local non-profits and neighborhood groups were supported which led to 15,500 residents being served between both programs.

Potential General Obligation Bond Discussion

City staff briefed City Council on three proposed General Obligation Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation, at Tuesday’s Work Session.

The three proposed questions and projects, as presented to Council, were determined based on community needs, comments received from residents during the 2016 bond election outreach process, and input received during and after the Surprise Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee’s April 19 meeting.

Proposed Question #1: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider 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 would be approximately $26 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #2: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider 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).

Proposed Question #3: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $10 million street pavement preservation bond proposal to plan, design, construct, replace and improve deteriorated street pavement citywide. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $8 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Per City Council consensus at the Work Session, staff will bring back a Call to Election action item at the June 6 Regular Council Meeting. If approved, the three separate bond questions would appear on the ballot in a Special Election on November 7. All registered voters in Surprise will receive a ballot by mail.


City Council Meeting

Reappointment of Presiding Judge Louis F. Dominguez

Surprise Municipal Code provides a reappointment process for incumbent presiding judges whereby the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission makes a recommendation to the City Council after investigation and evaluation. This process has occurred, and the Committee is recommending reappointment of Presiding Judge Louis F. Dominquez to Surprise Municipal Court.

City Council unanimously approved Resolution 2017-46 reappointing Presiding Judge Dominguez for a term of four years.

Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission’s Art in Public Places Plan

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission was first tasked by City Council to develop a display plan for the city in 2014. The purpose of the request was to update and enhance the look of City Hall and the surrounding campus with the inclusion of art and artistic elements and to create a space that residents and visitors alike will enjoy. The first draft of the plan revealed that a more comprehensive and detailed look was needed with the help of multiple resources and stakeholders. In March 2016, the Commission worked with a consultant to proceed.

After a very thorough process and after input by the City Council following a City Council Work Session in February 2017, the Commission provided City Council information regarding the plans, priorities and associated costs. Recommended projects include, but are not limited to, a new lobby seating area, art exhibit signage, LED lighting, new paint in highlighted areas, relocation of a few existing art pieces and a mural near the city cashier area.

City Council unanimously approved the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission’s plan for Art in Public Places at City Hall.


Events & Meetings

WESTMARC Economic Development Summit

WESTMARC infographicWESTMARC Economic Development Summit was held on Thursday, May 11. Guest speakers included Land Advisors CEO and Founder Greg Vogel, EMSI Economic Development Consultant Matthew Miller, ASU Senior Sustainability Scientist Dr. Shade Shutters, Chancellor of Maricopa Community College District Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick. Conversation and panel discussion surrounded today’s workforce strategy and labor trends. Discussion also included the need for more accurate educational and labor data to provide to interested businesses. Currently, standard labor market information does not appropriately capture this information because the data is reported based on where people are employed versus where they reside.

West Valley Arts HQ – New Exhibit

West Valley Arts HQ hosted the opening of their high school student art exhibit on Thursday, May 11. The exhibit features impressive art work of high school students from throughout the West Valley. Their work will be on display through May 25.

crowed listening to music performance at Arts HQ gallery

Subaru Superstore of Surprise Grand Opening

Subaru Superstore of Surprise hosted their grand opening and community event on Saturday, May 13. The newest auto dealer in the Prasada Auto Mall is located at 13090 N. Autoshow Avenue. Welcome to Surprise!

Image of the Subaru Superstore of Surprise


Mark Your Calendar

Parenting with Purpose

The City of Surprise will be hosting a Parenting with Purpose workshop at the Surprise Resource Center on May 30 and June 6 at the Surprise Resource Center from 6 – 7:30 pm. During this workshop, you will discover how you can raise successful children and much more. The Surprise Resource Center is located at 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124.

For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Charlotte Confer at 623.222.1600.


Did You Know?

Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in volunteering or completing your internship with the City of Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department? We need you! Please contact a volunteer coordinator in one of our three divisions to determine what opportunities are available at this time. The divisions include Neighborhood Services (Jason Hughes – 623.222.3239), Senior Services Division (Trisha Weston – 623.222.1544) and our Surprise Resource Center (Muriel Gutierrez – 623.222.1600).

For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/3574/Volunteer-Internship-Opportunities.

Current Curfew Ordinance Reminder

As students are released for summer break, the Surprise Police Department reminds residents about our curfew ordinance for those under the age of 18. According to the city ordinance, it is unlawful for any minor to remain upon, go or be upon any public street, alley or other public place of the city between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and between 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday unless accompanied by a legal guardian.

Often times, crimes occurring between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. are either committed by juveniles or against juvenile victims. To ensure the safety of minors, starting Friday, May 26, the Surprise Police will be heavily enforcing the curfew ordinance. Violation of this ordinance is a class 1 misdemeanor. Parents may also be cited for their children being out after curfew if they allowed the juvenile to violate the ordinance.

Review this city ordinance in detail

Promotional Vendors Needed for Annual 4th of July Celebratione

The City of Surprise invites promotional vendors to participate in the 34th Annual 4th of July Celebration at Surprise Recreation Campus! Businesses and organizations can reserve promotional booth space for a fee of $500, which includes a 10 x 10 vendor space, (1) table, (2) chairs and an in-game public announcement during a Rookie League baseball game featuring the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

Event attendees will enjoy in-game contests, music and giveaways – all leading up to a fireworks spectacular!

Surprise Recreation Campus is located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. Parking and admission are free with a canned food donation benefiting the St. Mary’s Food Bank. This annual event is expected to draw 12,000 – 15,000 participants. Interested vendors should contact Regina Miller at 623.222.2249 or regina.miller@surpriseaz.gov.


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June 23, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

ADOT’s investigation of the accident that occurred on June 9 remains ongoing. Worksite safety is the agency’s priority as the contractor, consulting engineers and ADOT continue to review the incident. While a date for resuming the installation of the girders as part of the Bell Road overpass construction hasn’t been set, crews are continuing other work to keep the project on track.

Most recent activities include:

  • Paving the new westbound roadway on the east side of Grand Avenue from south of Bell Grande to Towne Center.
  • Installing a 12-inch waterline on Bell Road west of Grand Avenue.
  • Paving the new 134th Avenue roadway. Traffic to use the new 134th Avenue within the next couple weeks.
  • Installing a new waterline on Bell Road east of 134th Drive.
  • Traffic signal at Bell Road and 134th Drive will be removed. Stop signs will be in place.

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

The summer issue of Progress magazine, scheduled to be mailed out on June 29, will include updated information about the next phase of the project and will also have an updated business access map.

As always, please allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. Thank you again for your patience during this project. For more information, please visit the project website at www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand or you can contact ADOT’s project hotline at 855.712.8530, press option #1.

Bell & Grand construction images


City Council Work Session

Public Art Program

On June 27, 2002, City Council established the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission to advise on appropriate selections of public art for City buildings, parks and other public spaces. The Commission was also provided with a budget comprised of a one percent set aside from capital improvement program funds for public buildings, improvements to public buildings, open spaces and street construction (excluding utility projects).

During budget preparation for FY2010, a need was recognized to increase available operating revenues in the general fund. On February 26, 2009, the Mayor and City Council were presented with a recommendation to suspend the arts set aside and reallocate the remaining funds. The Mayor and City Council formalized this action with resolution number 09-29.

Recently, City Council expressed a desire to revisit the potential of restoring funding for the city’s public art program. In response to City Council’s request, City Manager Bob Wingenroth facilitated a discussion regarding the history of public art funding in the city, the potential of adopting the Public Art Program ordinance and exploring additional funding options such as the Art in Private Development which requires large, private retail and office developments to commission artwork on their property or support local cultural programs.

The purpose of the public art funding program is to allow one and one-third percent of applicable City capital project funds to go to a dedicated Municipal Art Fund for commissioning and maintaining the City’s public art program effective July 1, 2017, if approved. Eligible funds would include capital funds such as bonds, operating funds, general funds and enterprise funds. Eligible city projects would include new capital projects in excess of $500,000 such as buildings, roads, infrastructure and parks. It would exclude emergency work, minor alterations, etc.

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission, through the City Manager, would administer the Public Art Program and all the projects in conjunction with the City Council.

Status of Colorado River and Central Arizona Project (CAP)

The Colorado River system has experienced drought conditions for nearly 16 years, resulting in the water level of Lake Mead to continue to be at historical lows. Water levels in Lake Mead determine how much Colorado River water Arizona receives on an annual basis. A large portion of Surprise’s renewable water supply is from the Colorado River and delivered by the Central Arizona Project (CAP) system. The Colorado River supply is of the upmost importance, and it has a direct impact on the City’s water portfolio and future.

Last night, Terry Lowe, Water Resources Management Director for the City provided Council an update on the state of the Colorado River System, including Lake Mead and CAP. He addressed the potential for future Colorado River shortages, programs the State and others are working on to keep the water levels in Lake Mead above shortage triggers, and the impacts shortages will have on Surprise. There is a small chance a water shortage could be declared in 2017, with greater likelihood one could occur in 2018. Shortages on the River will not affect Surprise’s water supply, but they will have direct effect on the cost to deliver river water to Surprise. When shortages are declared, CAP water delivery rates will increase. Mr. Lowe also informed Council of the recent adoption by the CAP board’s election to increase the Capital rates. The Capital charges the City pays go directly to repaying the loan Arizona took out from the Federal Government to construct the CAP. This expense is made whether or not the City is delivered water. For 2017, the Capital rate will increase by 35%, with an additional 58% increase anticipated for 2018.


Special City Council Meeting

The Surprise City Council approved a $271.9 million Fiscal Year 2017 budget during a Special City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

Council approved a formula to fund 22 new public safety positions by maintaining the city’s property tax rate of $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property valuation. The positions are as follows:

Police: 13 | Fire-Medical: 7 | Court: 1 | City Attorney: 1

This budget also dedicates $53 million for capital improvements to preserve and/or replace aging infrastructure, such as increasing funding for the Pavement Preservation Program to $4.5 million.

Investments in communications, facility, information technology, recreation and utility infrastructure amount to $6.8 million. And $10.5 million will support replacing aging vehicles to enhance service and lower maintenance costs.

Beginning in November, the city will assume responsibility for billing the water, waste water and sanitation utilities. By removing these operations from a third-party vendor, the city will be able to provide more efficient operations and provide an improved customer experience. This service will result in an additional 11 positions. The ongoing utility billing budget of $1.7 million that had been paid to the third-party vendor will remain the same once the city transitions to the billing responsibilities.

The FY17 Budget also provides funding to add Sunday Dial-A-Ride service and continue Saturday and holiday pick-ups. To better match regional costs, all one-way trips within city limits will cost $2 as of July 1. One-way trips outside city limits will cost $4.

Council will vote to set the property tax levy at their August 2 Council Meeting.


City Council Meeting

Liquor License Approvals

Liquor licenses were unanimously approved for Grand Central Eatery, located at 17300 N. Sun Village Parkway; Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, located at 16914 W. Bell Road; and Nick’s Diner II, now located at 13765 N. Litchfield Road.

Surprise Heritage District

The City of Surprise has taken the next step in helping revitalize the Original Town Site (OTS) with Council’s approval on a Surprise Heritage District. One of the primary goals of the Surprise Heritage District (SHD) and overlays zones is flexibility and choice that will put the power back into the hands of the owners in the OTS to revitalize their properties. It also implements the desired character and architecture on new development, ensuring it follows the path laid out by the longstanding community.

The key elements that make up the SHD zoning district are founded in the Revitalization Plan that was adopted in 2002, as well as through 18 months of public outreach with residents. It includes new measures used to protect the residential community and historical character of the neighborhood. Two overlay zones are the components within the SHD used to regulate allowed land uses and developments standards such as setbacks, density, and building heights. The Residential Overlay (SHD-RO) will focus on residential areas within the SHD while the Commercial Overlay (SHD-CO) will be used to facilitate residents and visitors with appropriate consumer-oriented retail and service functions. The boundaries between these overlays follow the general development pattern of the existing residential and commercial properties.

The selected overlay zones are not mandatory. Property owners who find it necessary to retain the zoning that is currently on the property are allowed to opt-out of the overlay zones. The comprehensive design standards and requirements for new development within the SHD component of this rezoning will apply to all properties within the OTS.

By opting-out of the overlay zone, the new Land Use Matrix and development standards (reduced building setbacks, increased maximum lot coverage, etc.) will not be associated with the property. The other sections of the Surprise Unified Development Code will regulate the allowed uses and development standards.

General Obligation Bond

City Council approved sending a $63 million General Obligation Bond initiative to the voters in November 2016, at their Regular Meeting Tuesday night.

Following public input and weighing community needs, Council approved the following nine projects, that if voter-approved, would be included in the bond:

  • Two fire stations
  • Police evidence storage facility
  • Land purchase for a future southwest Surprise Fire Station/Police Substation/Park
  • Public Works maintenance facility (frees up existing city locations to meet Police and Fire-Medical storage needs)
  • Road improvements to portions of Greenway and Litchfield Roads
  • Aquatic Center Expansion
  • Land purchase for regional rec complex (sport fields, playgrounds, future rec center)

General Obligation Bonds are sold to investors who are repaid with interest. The repayment comes from a secondary property tax, which Surprise does not currently have. If approved, the secondary property tax could be up to $0.50 per $100 of limited property value, which on a home with an assessed value of $200,000 would be a yearly maximum increase of $100, or $8.33 per month.

Additional educational public meetings will be scheduled ahead of the November 8 General Election. Meeting dates and locations will be posted at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseforward. You may also visit the website for a complete list of projects, renderings, financial impact information and public survey results.


Events & Meetings

Aqua-Tots Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

The grand opening and ribbon cutting for Aqua-Tots Surprise was held on Wednesday, June 15. Aqua-Tots is a new swimming school and business in the Shops at Surprise retail development at 13833 W. Bell Road, Suite 104, just off of Litchfield and Bell roads. Aqua-Tots has committed to providing the highest quality swimming instruction and water safety training in the absolute best swim environment to the children and families in Surprise and surrounding areas.

child cutting ribbon at grand opening

We are excited to have them in Surprise!

Valley Metro RPTA Monthly Meeting

I attended the Valley Metro RPTA monthly meeting on Thursday, June 16.


Mark Your Calendar

Dignity Health Emergency Room Set To Open

Dignity Health is hosting an open house on Saturday, June 25 from 9 am until 11 am at their new facility located at 14267 W. Bell Road. Please feel free to bring your family by to enjoy the activities Dignity has planned!

City of Surprise 33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration

The City of Surprise welcomes you to celebrate the 4th of July at the Surprise Recreation Campus-Surprise Stadium at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue on Monday, July 4th. The event will kick off with a Rookie League baseball game featuring the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. Throughout the game, families can enjoy in-game contests, music, and family giveaways leading up to a firework spectacular! Parking and admission are free with a canned food donation benefiting the St. Mary’s Food Bank. Gates will open at 4:30pm and the game will begin at 5:30pm. Concessions will be available for purchase. The stadium food and beverage policy will be in effect. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30pm.

For additional event information, please contact the Community and Recreation Services office at 623-222-2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.


Did You Know?

Early Voting

Voters will have until 5 pm on Monday, August 1 to register to vote in the primary. Early voting begins Wednesday, August 3.

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 5 pm on Monday, October 10. Early voting begins Wednesday, October 12. The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 8.

City Council Recess – July

City Council will be on recess for the month of July. Please note that you will not receive a newsletter until Thursday, August 4. Thank you!


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June 16, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

Bell-Grand Business Stakeholder Outreach Meeting

The city and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) hosted the monthly Bell-Grand Business Stakeholder Outreach Meeting on Tuesday. Vice Mayor Jim Biundo, Councilman Todd Tande and I attended, along with three business representatives including the property manager that represents both shopping centers at the intersection of Bell Road and Grand Avenue.

Economic Development provided an outreach update on the Bell/Grand ShopSurprise text campaign initiative. To date, approximately 1,500 people have opted-in and 64,000 actual messages have been sent. The next steps for the campaign include creating a business directory listing and expanding advertising to businesses on the east side of the project near Sun City West. Economic Development and ADOT will continue to canvas businesses in the project area.

The amendment to the temporary signage policy that allows power centers to install signage at strategic corners along the detour route was shared with the group.

ADOT provided an update on the status of the project. The cause of last week’s accident is still under investigation. A new girder is being prepared and at this time; there is no anticipated impact to the overall project schedule. Crews can continue other project work, while the new girder is being built and delivered. Work to create curbs and gutters and utility relocation continues on Bell Rd west of Grand Ave; and paving on the new 134th Ave is scheduled for this week, or early next week. ADOT also continues discussions with BNSF on right-of-way access to complete the girder work.

In early July, Grand Ave traffic will shift to the westbound lanes and non-signalized business access driveways along Grand Ave (Taco Bell/Office Max, Bank of America, Olive Garden, Del Taco) will be temporarily closed until early 2017. Mechanically stabilized earthen walls will be erected on Bell Rd and Grand Ave (walls that will support the ramps) in the coming months.

The summer issue of Progress magazine, scheduled to be mailed out on June 29, will include information about the Grand Ave switchover and will also have an updated business access map.

As always, please allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. Thank you again for your patience during this project. For more information, please visit the project website at www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand or you can contact ADOT’s project hotline at 855.712.8530, press option #1.


Events & Meetings

Surprise Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

The Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp took place the week of June 6. This year we hosted 16 students from three schools: Arizona Charter Academy, Paradise Honors, and Imagine Prep.

After a week of great speakers who covered the colors personality assessment, marketing and small business accounting, the students prepared their business plans for their future school-run business. With the help of local active business professionals offering their expertise as mentors, they then started on their “Shark Tank” pitches.

Friday, June 10 was the big day! Four teams competed for $2,000 seed money to start their business at their school. The teams pitched their respective business concepts in the Council Chambers at City Hall to three judges, including Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic, Shelly Bade from My Office Suites and me! They were all fantastic, but of course, there can only be one big winner. The prize went to Zender, a team from Arizona Charter Academy. Zender will be implementing a smoothie station in their student lounge area “The Bulldog Zen.” It was a great week for all of the teams as they learned about entrepreneurship and walked away with some amazing prizes.

Local entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to panel

Veteran’s Parade Discussion

Community and Recreation Services staff and I met with a few residents to discuss the Veteran’s Day Parade slated to occur on Friday, November 11 at 9:30 am in Surprise. Registration to participate will open soon.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee met on Wednesday, June 15 and approved the Audit Committee Charter, Internal Audit Charter, Audit Committee Ordinance and Internal Audit Ordinance. The next meeting will take place on August 17 at 2:30 pm in the Council Overflow Room at City Hall.


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Surprise Heritage District Public Meetings

The city continues to host public meetings regarding the proposed Surprise Heritage District which aims to advance the revitalization plan for the city’s Original Town Site (OTS). The city has drafted ordinance changes that, if approved by the City Council, would implement a new zoning district in the OTS with two associated zoning overlays – one that focuses on residential and one that focuses on commercial.

The proposed zoning changes are intended to further implement the existing OTS Revitalization Plan that was adopted by City Council in 2002. The city collaborated with residents through presentations, interactive workshops and visual surveys to gather and draft the proposed ordinance. That draft ordinance was presented at public meetings over the past several months. Now, the ordinance will go before Council for consideration and action at the following public hearing:

June 21 – City Council Public Hearing for Consideration and Action 6 pm at Surprise City Hall Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

The draft ordinance is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/heritagedistrict and you may offer your comments online. For more information, please contact Joshua Mike at 623.222.3134.

Community Pride Day – Volunteers Needed

The City of Surprise is still looking for volunteers for a Community Pride Day event on June 18 from 7a.m. – noon! Volunteers can sign up to help at one of two locations, St. Mary’s Food Bank or Imagine Preparatory High School, and will spend the morning painting, gardening and sorting food boxes. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up by contacting Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239 or jason.hughes@surpriseaz.gov.

Truth in Taxation Hearing

In compliance with Section 42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, the city has notified property taxpayers of the intention to raise property taxes over last year’s rate. The city is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $588,173 or 8.7%.

For example, the proposed tax increase will cause the primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to increase from $74.13 (total taxes that would be owed without the proposed tax increase) to $80.59 (total proposed taxes including the tax increase).

All interested residents have been invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled to be held on June 21, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise.

City of Surprise 33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration

The City of Surprise welcomes you to celebrate the 4th of July at the Surprise Recreation Campus-Surprise Stadium at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue on Monday, July 4th. The event will kick off with a Rookie League baseball game featuring the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. Throughout the game, families can enjoy in-game contests, music, and family giveaways leading up to a firework spectacular! Parking and admission are free with a canned food donation benefiting the St. Mary’s Food Bank. Gates will open at 4:30pm and game will begin at 5:30pm. Concessions will be available for purchase. The stadium food and beverage policy will be in effect. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30pm.

For additional event information, please contact the Community and Recreation Services office at 623-222-2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.


Did You Know?

Traffic Restrictions at Greenway & Litchfield Roads

The left hand turning movements from Greenway Road to north and southbound Litchfield Road will be prohibited Friday, June 24 at 9 p.m. through Monday, June 27 at 5 a.m.

Following this restriction, the two west bound lanes along Greenway Road will be complete. The remaining construction activities along Greenway Road between Litchfield Road and Bullard Avenue will restore the existing pavement on the southern section of Greenway Road. This will be completed in mid-July.

The work is part of a project to widen Greenway Road between Litchfield Road and Bullard Avenue, providing two lanes of travel in each direction. It also includes sidewalks, bike lanes, a raised median and drainage improvements.

If you have any questions, please call the City of Surprise Customer Service at 623.222.6000.

Surprise Warns Against Leaving Children and Pets in Hot Vehicles

With temperatures expected to rise, possibly as high as 120 degrees this weekend, Surprise Police are reminding residents of the deadly dangers of leaving kids and pets in cars through their “Hot Cars Can Kill” campaign.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult’s, and when a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, they die.

The NHTSA says to keep in mind that even at an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees, and in just 10 minutes, a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees.

As a reminder to check the backseat for kids and pets, place something you’ll need in the back, like a purse or briefcase, to remind yourself to look back before leaving your vehicle. Anyone who sees a child alone in a vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately.

The “Hot Cars Can Kill” campaign was introduced by the Surprise Police Department last spring. Visit www.surpriseaz.gov/hotcarscankill for more information, resources and to watch a 30-second public service announcement.

Heatstroke infographic


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June 2, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

Construction at the Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange continues to progress. This past week, work included the following:

  • Installation of curb, gutter and grading for new 134th Avenue.
  • Installation of storm drain on Bell Road east of 134th Drive.
  • Preparation to pave and form the curb and gutters to build the east side of Grand Avenue.
  • Continue to build the bridge columns and support beams on the east and west side of Grand Avenue.
  • Relocation and installation of utilities at Bell Road and Grand Avenue.

Please allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. Thank you again for your patience during this project. For more information, please visit the project website at www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand or you can contact ADOT’s project hotline at 855.712.8530, press option #1. Pictures below courtesy of ADOT.

Bell & Grand Project progess image June 2016


Events & Meetings

Celebrating Former City Manager Dick McComb

A recognition ceremony was held at City Hall for Richard W. (Dick) McComb, who served as City Manager for the City of Surprise from 1990-2000, on Wednesday, May 25. He was our longest tenure City Manager. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, he came to us with over 30+ years of municipal experience beginning in Colorado then moving to Arizona to serve as the City Manager for Gila Bend, Coolidge, and El Mirage before coming to Surprise.

Vice Mayor Jim Biundo, Councilmembers Todd Tande, Rachel Villanueva, Roland Winters and I joined City Manager Bob Wingenroth, City Clerk Sherry Aguilar, and several former Council Members along with many city employees to recognize the insurmountable contributions of this fine man. Thank you, Dick, for everything you’ve done for us!

Surprise Citizens Corps Council Meeting

The Surprise Citizens Corps Council met on Thursday, May 26. Conversation included a review of the bylaws, which will be forwarded to Surprise Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott and the city’s legal department for review, and the upcoming Ham radio classes that will begin this week and continue each Wednesday through July 20 from 7:30 pm until 9 pm at the Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

Surprise Police Department Promotion Ceremony

The Surprise Police Department held a promotion ceremony on Thursday, May 26. Councilman Roland Winters and I attended the event. Newly promoted are Enemecio Felix (Sergeant), Steve Turchin (Public Safety Communications Supervisor), and David Wood (Public Safety Communications Supervisor). Congratulations to all three of these hardworking men!

Police Promotional Ceremony invite materials

Dysart 101

I attended the Dysart 101 workshop at Dysart Unified School District on Thursday, May 26. The workshop provided an overview of District operations and included topics of financial, educational and district resources.

Memorial Day Wreath Ceremony

On May 28, the Surprise West Valley Veterans, in partnership with the City of Surprise, hosted a wreath laying ceremony to honor those that paid the ultimate sacrifice to our country. Thank you to all our veterans and their family members for what you do to keep this country great.

5th Annual Commemorative Memorial Day Program

Radiant Church hosted the 5th annual Commemorative Memorial Day program on Monday, May 30. This program was sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hall Memorial Day 2016 Committee which is a nonprofit organization comprised of several local veteran organizations and posts. Army Sergeant James Witkowski became the first recipient of the Arizona Gold Star Military Medal. I was honored to be present to see his parents, Jim and Barbara Witkowski, accept the honor. Army Sgt. Witkowski laid on a grenade, which killed him instantly to save the lives of his fellow soldiers in the Humvee and the rest of the convey he had been travelling with in Iraq.

A special thank you to Larry Brown and the Committee for always putting together a moving and deserving ceremony for our fallen soldiers and veterans.


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33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration

The City of Surprise is hosting its 33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration on Monday, July 4th. Gates open at 5 pm at Surprise Stadium. Rookie teams from the Seattle Mariners will be playing the Kansas City Royals at 6 pm. Fireworks begin after the game at approximately 8:30 pm. Admission is free with a canned food donation. The event is limited to the first 10,000 fans. Call 623-222-2000 for more details.

2016 HOA Academy

Registration is now open for the popular Surprise HOA Academy! The goal of the Academy is to provide expert information for HOA residents, board members and managers. Topics include contracts, fiduciary duty, CC&R enforcement and code compliance.

Academy Class Dates:
Monday, October 17
Monday, October 24
Monday, November 7
Monday, November 14
Monday, November 21

Time:
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location:
Public Safety Building Auditorium
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374

Registration closes on October 10, 2016. Please register early since seating is limited. You can download the HOA Academy registration form online at www.surpriseaz.gov/HOAacademy. For more information, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.


Did You Know?

2016 Surprise Retail Survey Results

The city recently launched a retail survey asking the community to vote for their favorite local businesses at which they dine, shop or have services provided. In just two weeks, the survey garnered more than 1,500 responses! Congratulations to the following businesses for earning the title of “Local Favorite”:

Top 10 Local Restaurants
Jim’s Burgers and Eggs
Big Buddha
Rio Mirage
New York Flavor
Nick’s Diner II
Babbo Italian Eatery
Irish Wolfhound
Vogue Bistro
Saigon Kitchen
Birt’s Bistro

Top 5 Local Retailers
Musical Surprise
Kimbur’s Pet Wash
Gifts to Go
Son Glow Boutique
Bling Tour

The city would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey!

And last month, the Residence Inn by Marriott in Surprise won the Hotel of the Year award from Marriot International, Inc. This hotel was selected out of more than 700 hotels worldwide, receiving a total of five awards.


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May 26, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

Construction at the Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange continues to progress. This past week, work included the following:

  • Traffic switch on Bell Road between 134th Drive and Dysart Road. Traffic will travel on the south side of Bell Road.
  • Completion of sewer main on Bell Road east of 134th Drive.
  • Preparation to pave and form the curb and gutters to build the east side of Grand Avenue.
  • Continuation of the building of bridge columns and support beams on the east and west side of Grand Avenue.
  • Relocation and installation of utilities at Bell Road and Grand Avenue.

Thank you again for your patience during this project.


Events & Meetings

Networking Breakfast Meeting

On Thursday, May 19, I met with a Christian networking group and spoke about leadership, challenges and values.

Valley Metro RPTA Monthly Meeting

The Valley Metro RPTA Board met on Thursday, May 19 and approved FY2017 annual budget.

Audit Committee Meeting

The Audit Committee met on Thursday, May 19 at City Hall. A decision was made that City Council Members should not be officers on the Committee. Councilman Roland Winters and I are part of the Committee. Director of IT Tammie Hollowell was elected Chair of the committee and Melissa Holdaway with Arizona Charter Academy was elected Vice Chair. The next audit committee meeting is June 15 at 2:30 pm in the Council Chamber Overflow Room and we are scheduled to discuss the Internal Audit Charter and the Audit Committee Charter. This meeting is open to the public and I encourage you to attend.

Meeting with Animal Shelter Fundraising

Animal Shelter Fundraising, a Surprise-based fundraising company, recently received the 2016 International Business Excellence Award for Best Animal Welfare Fundraising Organization from Acquisition International. The company is a two-time winner of this award which is given to a business that demonstrates excellence in fundraising within this particular industry.

Councilman Hall with Tim Crum

Company founder and CEO Tim Crum formed the company in 2008. His company is another successful graduate of the AZ TechCelerator. Animal Shelter Fundraising has raised in excess of $200 million for more than 200 national and local animal shelters and humane societies.

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting

Vice Mayor Jim Biundo and I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, May 24. Patrick McDermott, APS Community Affairs Manager, provided an update. APS is Arizona’s largest and longest serving utility. APS services 11 out of 15 counties and has 1.2 million customer accounts (89% residential). Mr. McDermott also briefly discussed the rate case submittal planned for June 1, 2016. This rate case will determine how rates will be structured as the utility looks at demand charges that bill customers based on the amount of power they are using at a given time.


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Teen Nights – Club Rec Nights

Club Rec Nights, for students in 6th through 8th grades, are back for the summer featuring live DJ’s, video games, dodgeball, dancing & more! The next Club Rec Night will be held on June 17 from 7 until 10 pm at the Sierra Montana Rec Center, 14861 N. Spring Lane. Entry is $5 per person.

33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration

The City of Surprise is hosting its 33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration on Monday, July 4th. Gates open at 5 pm. The Seattle Mariners will be playing the Kansas City Royals at the Surprise Stadium at 6 pm. Please note that the rookie teams are playing. Fireworks will begin after the game at approximately 8:30 pm. Admission is free with a canned food donation. The event is limited to the first 10,000 fans.


Did You Know?

Surprise and Maricopa County Partner to Launch Program

Income eligible parents in Surprise and El Mirage will soon have access to a pilot program called Strengthening Working Families, which combines opportunities for workforce development training, childcare support and rental and utility assistance.

The program, being piloted by the City of Surprise and Maricopa County, leverages Federal and State funds to support families in need by providing access to and coordination of the following services:

Workforce Development – Arizona@Work Maricopa County:

Parents can participate in a free short-term job training program to enter a new career path or advance in their current career. Parents must meet income eligibility requirements and have children under the age of 5.

Child Care – Head Start/Early Head Start Partnerships:

Head Start services will fill the child care need for eligible parents who are engaged in the program’s employment education and training activities. The child care will be provided at no cost.

Service Coordination – Community Action Program (CAP) of Surprise:

CAP of Surprise will provide long-term case management and service coordination to program participants. Parents will have a single point of contact to help them navigate through services that aim to support their efforts to increase their self-sufficiency as they improve work skills and increase income.

Interested residents of Surprise and El Mirage should register for and attend the Strengthening Working Families information and enrollment meeting on May 20 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Surprise Resource Center, located at 12425 W. Bell Road. To register for the meeting, please call 623.222.1600.

Learn more about each of the partners and the full range of services they offer:

Arizona@Work Maricopa County

http://www.arizonaatwork.com/maricopa
602.372.4200

Head Start/Early Head Start

http://www.hsd.maricopa.gov/Divisions/Education/What-is-Head-Start.aspx
480.464.9669

Community Action Program of Surprise

www.surpriseaz.gov/resourcecenter
623.222.1600


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June 26, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

City Council Executive Session

The City Council met in executive session on Thursday, June 18 for discussion regarding mid-year reviews for our appointed officials (City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney). This is standard protocol in order for the full City Council to manage the appointee review process.

Commerce Park Business Meeting

Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva hosted a meeting for the businesses located in her district on Monday, June 22. Representatives from ADOT, the Surprise Police Department and the City’s Community Development Department were present, as well as various City staff, business owners from Commerce Park and myself. Discussion included updates on the Bell Road/Grand Avenue corridor project, crime prevention and Street Light Improvement Districts (SLIDS).

WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee

I attended the WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee meeting in Peoria on Wednesday, June 24. Following the call to order and introductions, Tom Buschatzke, Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, gave an overview of Arizona’s Water Banking Authority, established in 1996 to store the State’s unused Colorado River water entitlement. In addition to the Water Banking overview, Mr. Buschatzke discussed the potential shortage on the Colorado River. He emphasized that there is 0% probability in 2016 and 47% probability of a water shortage in 2017 in Arizona. He stated that Arizona is in a good position because of long-range planning and proper water management, specifically, the 1980 Groundwater Management Act. Currently, Arizona’s efforts to address challenges on the Colorado River are part of the state’s Drought Contingency Plan, which includes discussions with other basin states, the Department of Interior, and Colorado River contract holders.

Following Mr. Buschatzke, Mr. Eric Massey, Air Quality Director from the Arizona Department of Water Quality, discussed current air quality problems facing Arizona, asserting that air quality has improved over the years. However, Arizona is still not in compliance with the EPA air quality standards. Many of the causes of air pollution in Arizona are beyond the control of ADEQ, such as dust storms, geography, climate, and pollution crossing its borders, but the State’s largest pollution generator is vehicle emissions. ADEQ continues to operate an extensive monitoring network, vehicle emissions program, air quality forecasting, high pollution advisories, community outreach, and continues to work with the EPA on clean power.

Home Builder Association Water Meeting

Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and I met with representatives from the Home Builder Association on Thursday, June 25 to further discuss Surprise’s water policies.


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Traffic Restrictions

Due to construction, Grand Avenue will be closed in both directions on Saturday, June 27 at 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 29 from the Loop 303 to Sunrise Boulevard/RH Johnson Boulevard.

Southeast bound traffic on Grand Ave. approaching the Loop 303 will have access to the 303 and be able to go north to El Mirage Rd. or south to Bell Rd. as a detour route.

Northwest bound Grand Ave traffic will be directed to Reems Rd. to westbound Bell Rd. to the Loop 303 as a detour. Access to Sunrise Blvd. and RH Johnson will still be maintained.

The Arizona Department of Transportation works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. For those outside of Arizona, dial 1.888.411.ROAD (7623).

32nd Annual 4th of July Celebration

We welcome you to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, on Saturday, July 4. The celebration will feature an evening filled with musical entertainment by “Nothin’ But a Party Band”, food and fun, vendor village, a Rookie League baseball game with in-game contests and family giveaways that will lead to a spectacular fireworks display!

Admission is free with a canned food donation. Parking is also free. Gates will open at 4:30 pm and the game will begin at 5:30 pm. The game will feature the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners Rookie League summer teams. Concessions will be available for purchase. The stadium food and beverage policy will be in effect.

This year’s event will also include a live musical celebration by “That Kool Band” at the Surprise 8-Acres Park beginning at approximately 6:30 pm. The park is located next to the stadium and provides the perfect lawn setting for families to enjoy music, purchase food and beverages and enjoy a great view of the fireworks. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30 pm.

Crime Prevention Fair

The Surprise Police Department is hosting a Crime Prevention Fair on Saturday, June 27 from 1-5 pm. The event will occur at the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza. Representatives from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will provide crime prevention tips. Representatives from DrugFreeAZkids.org are also scheduled to appear and provide information about substance abuse.

There will be a ribbon cutting for the new MedReturn Drug Collection Unit as well. The collection unit will be installed in the lobby area of the Surprise Police Department. This unit will provide the community with a safe, simple, secure and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications. I hope to see you there!


Did You Know?

Hot Cars Can Kill

Did you know that the interior of a car can heat up to 20 degrees in just 10 minutes? In this heat, dangerous temperatures aren’t hard to reach! The Surprise Police remind you to:

  • Never leave a child alone in a car
  • Look for kids and pets before you lock your vehicle
  • Call 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash related fatalities for children 14 and younger. A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult’s temperature and once a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, they die.

Heatstroke-infographic

Calling All Veterans!

Arizona Department of Employment Security (DES) has partnered with Hilton Hotels to support veterans! Thanks to this partnership, DES offers free hotels stays to veterans, spouses and transitioning service members for employment-related travel. While hundreds of veterans have successfully utilized the program, there are no limits on the number of eligible people who can enroll. Hotel stays are for employment-related travel more than 50 miles away from an individual’s current residence.

Interested individuals must meet certain criteria of the Hilton HHonors Military Rewards Program, including: meeting the definition of a veteran, being a resident of Arizona, registering on the DES free job-search website at www.AZJobConnection.gov, enrolling online for a free HHonors account. For additional information about this program or the eligibility requirements, please contact Ray Tilkens at 520.209.1038 or rtilkens@azdes.gov.

Sidewalk Closure

The sidewalk on the west side of Bullard Avenue is closed from Greenway Road to Tierra Buena Lane due to construction activity associated with the Surprise Stadium improvements. The sidewalk on the east side of Bullard Avenue is accessible via the pedestrian signal at Tierra Buena Lane or the crosswalk at Greenway Road.

Please note that this closure is expected to last through the month of July.

Surprise Police Volunteer Program Wins Award!

The Surprise Police Department’s Volunteer Program won the 2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs.

The Citizen’s Patrol has grown from 7 volunteers in 1997 to 50 active program participants today. The program was established to assist the Surprise Police Department in responding to the City’s 1000% growth rate over the past 16 years. Having grown into its role as an integral part of the Department, the Citizen’s Patrol volunteers carry out many operational and administrative functions. In 2014 alone, the volunteers from the Citizen’s Patrol provided 26,483 volunteer hours. That is the equivalent of nearly 13 full-time employees and an estimated cost avoidance of $662,000.

The members of this program have truly become a fundamental part of our organization. Thank you to each and every volunteer and to our police and city administration who make this successful program possible!

Friendly Reminder – City Council Recess

The Surprise City Council is on recess from City Council meetings in July. For this reason, there will not be a newsletter next month; however, I will resume the newsletters in August. Thank you!

I wish you all a wonderful Independence Day! As always, I appreciate you and your support!


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