Learn about Surprise’s water future. Councilman Hall sits down with Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe and Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute at ASU, Sarah Porter. April is Water Awareness Month for the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to issue weekly project updates for the Bell Road/Grand Avenue bridge project. Pictures below are courtesy of ADOT.
Work Monday through Saturday includes:
- Grand Avenue FULL CLOSURE from 10 p.m. on Friday (Aug. 12) to 5 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 13) to pour the concrete for the bridge deck. Traffic will be detoured at Dysart and Litchfield roads.
- Eastbound Grand Avenue roadway is being reconstructed.
- The retaining wall panels of the bridge over Grand Avenue will continue to be built for the next few months.
- Continue to build the bridge deck over Grand Avenue.
** City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits.**
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 Business Stakeholder Meeting
I joined City staff and business representatives at the Bell-Grand Stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, August 9. Economic Development provided an outreach update on the ShopSurprise text campaign initiative. The ShopSurprise number has officially been changed to 85100. To date, more than 125,000 actual messages have been sent making the ShopSurprise campaign Dex Media’s most successful text outreach campaign in the United States! The initiative to expand the campaign to the Sun City and Sun City West communities will begin in a couple of weeks.
A career workshop is scheduled for Friday, August 12 from 9 am until 12 noon at the Communiversity, followed by a job fair on Tuesday, August 16 from 9 am until 12 noon at the Communiversity. Further details can be found below. Businesses are encouraged to contact our Economic Development Department to reserve table space.
ADOT provided an update on the status of the bridge project. Mechanically stabilized earthen wall panels with agave patterns are being placed and the fill material that will become the ramps to the bridge is being hauled to the site. The team is also constructing the 134th Ave cul-de-sac and will begin to pour bridge decks later this month.
The businesses were reminded that Grand Ave will be closed between Dysart and Litchfield roads from 10 p.m. on Friday, August 12 to 5 a.m. on Saturday, August 13. Electronic message boards have been placed along Grand Ave informing drivers of the closure and the designated detour route. Off duty officers will assist with patrolling the detour during the overnight closure.
The driveways adjacent to Chick-fil-A and Vitamin Shoppe will be closed beginning 10 p.m., Saturday, August 13 to 5 a.m. on Friday, August 19 for the following activities on the roadway: demolishment, drainage construction, utility relocation, grading and repaving. Business access will be maintained at the Bell Rd and West Point Pkwy intersection and Compass Bank.
Businesses in the area are being informed of the closures by the project outreach team.
ADOT will conduct a field visit to review lane configurations and current access points for businesses located on the south side of Bell Rd at 134th Ave that are concerned about the left turn movements into their businesses.
Events & Meetings
With Veteran’s Day only three months away, I taped a new Council Conversation last week that focuses on Veteran’s initiatives from a local and regional level as well as our 2nd Annual Veterans Day Parade. My guests include Community and Recreation Services Director Mark Coronado, Human Service and Community Vitality Director Seth Dyson, Veterans Tim Suan and Alfredo Reyes as well as Steve Yamamori, Vice President of Veterans Initiatives with Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation.
The taping is now live on Surprise TV and available online. View the episode
Taste of Surprise
The Rotary Club of Surprise met on Tuesday, August 4 and focused on the planning of the Taste of Surprise. This event will take place on April 8 at Surprise Stadium. Keep an eye out for more information!
SunWest Federal Credit Union
SunWest Federal Credit Union hosted a ribbon cutting for their 8th branch, first branch in Surprise, on Friday, August 5. Council Members Roland Winters and Todd Tande were also present to welcome them to Surprise. SunWest is open for business at 14865 W. Bell Road.
Surprise Honda is coming to town! I met with General Manager Leon Lee to discuss the dealership. Surprise Honda will be located in Prasada, the dealership will have a soft opening for the public on August 22. Welcome to Surprise!
Surprise Tourism Advisory Commission
The Surprise Tourism Advisory Commission met on Tuesday, August 9. Items discussed included an update on sports tourism including state, regional and national tournaments; a presentation regarding the 2016 Surprise Fine Art and Wine Festival and the status of the Designated Marketing Organization (DMO) application for the City with the Arizona Office of Tourism.
Mark Your Calendar
The Primary Election is this month! With less than three candidates running for each of our open Council seats, the Primary will decide your representation so please make sure you vote! Independent voters – you will not automatically be mailed a ballot as the ballot is consolidated to include state and county issues as well. For more information, please take time to review our fact sheet.
The City Clerk’s Office is open for early voting through Friday, August 26 (8 am until 5 pm, Monday through Friday). Anyone registered in Maricopa County can visit the Clerk’s office to vote early. We are one of only 21 satellite sites in Maricopa County for early voting!
Polling Locations on Election Day Only in Surprise – The County has set up 18 sites throughout the City of Surprise (mandated by State Law for Jurisdictional elections). Voters should have received a notice of which polling location to utilize. You can contact the Maricopa County Elections Department (602-506-1511) to find out which polling location to visit or you may call the City Clerk’s Office (623-222-1200). Please do not rely on the location for your last voting issue, as the locations may have changed.
Election Day Only – Tuesday, August 30th – City Hall will be a polling location for the voters who would have previously gone to the Library on Bullard. However, City Hall polling location will have a ballot drop off box for those voters needing to drop off their ballots.
All polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on this date only. Proper voting signs will be up for the entire period of early voting and Election Day.
Did You Know?
Surprise Youth Foundation
Earlier this year and after almost two years of planning, the City discovered that a Boys and Girls Club in Surprise was not feasible in the immediate future. Hence, the Surprise Youth Foundation (SYF) was formed by a group of concerned and passionate business leaders and residents. Since forming this summer, the Foundation kicked off its first event in partnership with Walmart located at Grand Avenue. SYF choose to help WestPoint Elementary School in the “Fill the Bus” campaign on Saturday, July 23.
During the event, Walmart and SYF received 18 carts full of generously donated school supplies and pallets of products from Coke and Pepsi. It’s truly a wonderful thing when the community comes together for the betterment of our youth and other community members! I was proud to be part of the event, and as a Councilmember and resident of Surprise, I am so grateful and inspired by the volunteers who helped and the residents who donated. Thank you! In the words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Veterans Day Parade Participants Wanted!
The city of Surprise is looking for patriotic-themed parade entries for the 2nd Annual Veterans Day Parade, which will be held on Friday, November 11. The parade, which will honor the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and run along Bullard Avenue near the Surprise Recreation Campus.
The city is seeking clubs, organizations, groups or residents who would like to participate in the parade. There is no fee to participate. Interested parties may obtain an entry form online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or at the Community & Recreation Services Offices located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave.
Come show your patriotic spirit by becoming a parade entry! For more information, contact Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000. Entries are due by October 28.
Surprise Job Fair
The City of Surprise and Arizona @ Work Maricopa County are partnering this August to present both an employment workshop and career fair!
The workshop will be held on Friday, August 12 from 9 a.m. – Noon in the Community Room at City Hall, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Please stop in and get tips on resume building, interviewing, social media networking and more.
On Tuesday, August 16, join us for a career fair! Meet with more than a dozen employers from Surprise and our neighboring cities from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at the Communiversity@Surprise, located at 15950 N. Civic Center Plaza.
The employers scheduled to attend the career fair represent a variety of industries, including healthcare, education, retail and more. Representatives from City of Surprise Human Resources and Fire-Medical will be onsite too! To see the full list of employers, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/communityjobs and click on the “Job Seekers” button.
Learn about the various ways the city is recognizing and supporting our veterans and their families – from a Veterans Day Parade to veteran assistance services. Plus, get the scoop on a regional veteran center planned for the West Valley.
Councilmember Hall discusses city recreation and events with Community & Recreation Services Director Mark Coronado
In his latest Council Conversations show Vice Mayor Skip Hall introduces residents to our new Assistant City Manager Rick Buss. Their discussion is centered on the future of economic development in Surprise.
Watch the video to learn about the exciting opportunities.