Meetings & Events
Bullard Avenue Community Meeting
City staff hosted another community meeting concerning the Bullard Avenue traffic changes on Tuesday, September 8 at Marley Park Elementary School. More than 60 residents were in attendance.
Public Works Director Mike Gent highlighted results from a recent online survey. While some residents were pleased with the traffic changes, the overwhelming majority were in favor of retaining the 35 mph speed limit and returning Bullard Avenue to 4 lanes. Discussions regarding both short-term and long-term solutions continue. Future updates will be posted at www.surpriseaz.gov. Additionally, City Manager Bob Wingenroth is working with staff to create a special task force comprised of residents who would like to assist with data interpretation and contribute to the future of the project and possible solutions. If you are interested in joining the task force, please contact Mike Gent at 623.222.6223.
Meeting for Constitution Day Veteran’s Panel
Councilman Jim Biundo and I have been asked to participate in a Veteran’s panel in honor of Dysart Unified School District’s Constitution Day festivities on September 17 at Willow Canyon High School. As part of the panel, we will discuss our military service and the impact it has had on our lives as well as communicate and impress upon the students the importance of service to our country and service to our community including voter participation.
I was honored to meet Eric Bennett, a long-time Surprise resident and teacher at Shadow Ridge High School, on Wednesday, September 9. Late last month, Eric won a gold medal in the Men’s Open Recurve Division at the World Para Archery Champion Championships in Donaueschingen, Germany. This victory guarantees Eric’s participation in the 2016 Para Olympics in Rio next summer. A few weeks earlier, he won the silver medal at the Para Pan Games in Toronto.
Congratulations to Eric and best of luck to him with his future competitions.
West-MEC Think Tank
West-MEC, in partnership with Global Pathways Institute, hosted an event featuring Russell Krumnow, Managing Director of Opportunity Nation. He guides the strategy for Opportunity Nation’s diverse mix of initiatives including coalition, engagement, events, policy advocacy and grassroots initiatives. He also leads the campaign’s work on the Opportunity Index. The Opportunity Index is an annual composite measure at the state and county levels of economic, educational and civic factors that foster opportunity and is designed to help identify concrete solutions to lagging conditions for opportunity and economic mobility. Arizona is ranked 44th on the Opportunity Index. For more information, please feel free to visit www.opportunityindex.org.
The focus of the event surrounded public policy on education and economic development.
West Valley Art Council Opening Reception
The West Valley Arts Council held their opening reception for “Tradiciones: Honoring Hispanic Heritage” at the West Valley Arts HQ on the City Hall campus on Thursday, September 10. The exhibit will be on display until October 9.
Mark Your Calendar
G.A.I.N. Night 2015
The Surprise Police Department invites you to attend the upcoming G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) Night on Saturday, October 3 from 6 until 9 p.m. at 8 Acre Park (15960 N. Bullard Avenue).
During the event, members of the Surprise Police Department and the Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be in attendance providing K-9 displays, children’s fingerprinting kits, bicycle safety information and trick demos, fire prevention equipment and much more. Other activities include inflatable children’s rides, DJ music, free raffles and other great prizes. Food vendors will also be available.
In support of the Arizona Special Olympics organization, public safety personnel will also be accepting donations to help benefit the Arizona Special Olympics. We hope to see you there!
Surprise Fiesta Grande
The City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Department is accepting car show entries, as well as applications for promotional booth space and food vendors for the Surprise Fiesta Grande celebration that will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 2 until 10 pm. The festival style event will take place throughout the Roy Villanueva Community and Recreation Complex located in the City’s Original Town Site.
The Original Town Site will be illuminated with excitement that will feature live bands, dancing, mariachis, classic car show, beer and tequila garden, authentic Mexican food, a kid zone and much more.
All vendors requesting participation in the event must complete an online application at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or in person at the Community & Recreation Services office located at 15960 N. Bullard. If you have any questions, please contact Cecilia Covarrubio at 623.222.2253.
Did You Know?
115th Avenue Traffic Restrictions
In preparation for the 115th Avenue and Union Hills drainage improvement project, APS is relocating some of their infrastructure located within the intersection of 115th Avenue and Union Hills Drive. The following traffic restrictions are in place as follows:
Beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 11 through 6 a.m. on Monday, September 14
- 115th Avenue north and southbound lanes will be closed from Beardsley Road to Union Hills Drive.
- 115th Avenue northbound lanes will be closed north of the Avenue of the Arts.
The same restrictions are expected for the following weekend as well, beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 18 through 6 a.m. on Monday, September 21. For the most current information on traffic restrictions, visit the traffic restrictions webpage at http://ow.ly/RKXZJ.
Grand Avenue Traffic Restrictions
Grand Avenue will be closed in both directions between Sunrise Boulevard/R.H. Johnson Boulevard and Loop 303 beginning 9 p.m. on Friday, September 11 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 13 while crews pour concrete for a section of the new Loop 303 bridge being constructed over U.S. 60. Traffic will primarily detour along Loop 303 and Bell Road while the Grand Avenue closure is in place.
The new bridge is part of a $46 million project to improve the interchange and ramps connecting Grand Avenue and Loop 303. The entire project is scheduled for completion by summer 2016.
To stay up-to-date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at www.az511.gov or call 511.
If you are looking for an opportunity to better our community, we invite you to participate in the Pride Community Clean-up event on October 10. In true demonstration of civic pride, this community-wide event will have volunteers cleaning neighborhoods across the city, from repairing and painting neighborhood fences to landscaping.
All volunteers are asked to meet in the parking lot of the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, at 7:30 am to receive assignments. The entire group will return to the Senior Center parking lot for lunch at 11:30 a.m. If you are interested, please contact Muriel Gutierrez at 623.222.3241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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