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March 29, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

New Taping of Council Conversations

Late last week, I taped a new Council Conversation for Surprise TV with Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe. The focus of our conversation was centered on the future of Surprise’s water system and the upcoming special election to purchase and acquire Circle City Water Company. You can watch the conversation on Surprise TV, my website or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riUPuNmYLDI&feature=youtu.be.

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of this company in a Special Election on May 15. Circle City Water Company (CCW) is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide the city with Circle City’s existing water infrastructure and grow our allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent.

Council Conversations - Skip Hall - Surprise's Water Future

Shops at Elm Street Grand Opening

Thompson Thrift hosted a grand opening celebration for the Shops at Elm Street on Friday, March 23. This development is home to Raising Cane’s, Starbucks, Tokyo Joes, Pieology and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Welcome to District 5, we are excited to have you here and look forward to welcoming your new neighbor to the east- In-N-Out Burger soon!

Shops at Elm Street Grand Opening with Mayor Wolcott, Vice Mayor Tande, Councilmember Remley, Councilmember Duffy, Councilmember Winters and Councilmember Hall.

Cal Ripken Parade of Teams

The 16th Annual Cal Ripken Baseball/Babe Ruth Girls Softball/Bambino Buddy Ball Day was held at the Spring Training game on Saturday, March 24. The day featured a parade of teams and coaches consisting of almost 2,000 athletes and volunteer coaches. Book Downs, a 10 year old softball participant, read the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Pledge and Jacob Divis from our Buddy Ball program threw out the first pitch! Many thanks to our Community and Recreation Services team for their work with these successful programs each year!

The 16th Annual Cal Ripken Baseball/Babe Ruth Girls Softball/Bambino Buddy Ball Day

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Mock Crash

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) was awarded a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to enhance DUI Alcohol Education and Awareness throughout the city. SFMD partnered with Surprise Police Department, Native Air (medical helicopter service), the Dysart Unified School District and Willow Canyon High School to coordinate a drunk/distracted driving mock crash for more than 2,000 students at Willow Canyon High School. Last year, through the same funding mechanism and partners, the event took place at Valley Vista High School.


Mark Your Calendar

Lunchtime Theater

The City of Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission and the West Valley Arts Council in partnership with Theater Works, the West Valley Symphony and the Phoenix Opera are hosting the last musical of the 2017-2018 performing arts luncheon series. Forever Plaid is one of the most popular musicals in recent memory. It is chock full of classic barbershop and pitch-perfect harmony about four men who share their love of music.

The event is scheduled for April 5 at Noon at the West Valley Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, in Surprise. Tickets are $10. For tickets, please contact 623.935.6384.

Surprise Arts & Culture Master Plan – Feedback Requested

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments on our Surprise Arts and Culture Master Plan draft! Staff utilized that feedback to create a revised version. We would also like your feedback on this version. Once this last round of feedback is incorporated, the plan will be presented to the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and in June, to the City Council for discussion, consideration and possible adoption.

The master plan is intended to set the standard and strategic direction for how the city will continue to implement and enjoy arts and culture in our community. You can visit it at www.surpriseaz.gov/artsmasterplan to read the revised draft and offer your comments by April 8. For more information, please contact Joshua Mike at 623.222.3134 or joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov.

2018 Surprise Retail Survey

It’s time to take the 2018 Surprise Retail Survey and recognize your favorite local restaurants and retailers! Since 2015, the city has conducted an annual retail survey. In odd years, we ask for your wish list of restaurants and retailers; and every year we ask you to tell us what establishments top your list of local favorites.

Your TOP 10 restaurants and TOP 5 retail stores and/or service providers will get certificates and window clings that recognize them as a 2018 Local Favorite! Please take a couple of minutes to answer our brief, two-question survey before April 13 to show some love for your local businesses.

Take the survey

Fun Fact: Did you know that the community’s number one “Most-desired Restaurant” in both the 2015 and 2017 retail surveys is opening soon? In-N-Out Burger is under construction on Bell Road between Litchfield Road and Bullard Avenue. Plus, other top picks, including Texas Roadhouse and Oregano’s, have already opened up shop in Surprise!

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

If you’ve been holding on to unwanted paint, electronics and other hazardous waste, mark your calendar for the City’s next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, April 14. This event is free and for Surprise residents only. Please bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.

Drop-off is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to the entrance off Foxfire), from 8 a.m. – Noon.

Acceptable items list:

  • Antifreeze, car batteries, motor oil, gasoline, diesel and fuel additives
  • Brake-transmission-power steering fluid, degreasers
  • Pool chemicals, fire extinguishers and gas cylinders
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Stain, varnish, turpentine, cleaners, adhesives
  • Paint, paint thinners, solvents, cleaners, adhesives
  • Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and other lawn chemicals
  • Freezers, refrigerators (no RV refrigerators with ammonia)
  • TVs, electronics, cell phones, computers, stereos
  • Up to 5 auto tires (no rims and no truck tires)
  • Washers, dryers, water heaters, stoves, dishwashers and evaporative coolers

The following items will NOT be accepted:

  • Regular refuse and bulk trash
  • Bio-medical waste
  • Commercial waste
  • Ammunition or explosives
  • RV refrigerators that contain ammonia
  • Radioactive material

For more information, check out www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or call 623.222.1900.


Did You Know?

AZ TechCelerator Welcomes New Global Concierge Program Clients

The AZ TechCelerator recently welcomed two new Global Concierge Program clients, MagQu, LLC and Meditar! MagQu, LLC is a Taiwanese company that has developed dozens of products, such as in-vitro diagnostic assay kits and analyzers for colorectal cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Down’s Syndrome, and more. They plan to identify an early diagnosis blood marker for Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment.

Meditar joins the AZTechCelerator as an Affiliate Member through our Global Concierge Program. Meditar is an advanced managed healthcare company in Latin America, headquartered in Argentina. Meditar will focus on becoming a leading provider of advanced medical care on an international level by offering high-complexity medical care to national and international patients without the wait and at a price they can afford.

Welcome to Surprise!

The Impact of Surprise Sundancers

Did you know it takes about 200 volunteers each Surprise Spring Training game to create the ultimate fan experience? The Surprise Sundancers are the official volunteer organization for the city’s Spring Training activities and other special events… and they are always looking for new team members!

Watch this short video to meet some of our amazing Sundancers and see how you can get involved!

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PitwfSJ9kA&feature=youtu.be

The Sundancers are an incredible organization. Thank you for all you do for Surprise!

Early Voting Open at Surprise City Hall

Beginning March 28, Surprise City Hall is open for early voting for Congressional District 8 seat and the May 15 Special City Election. Ballots have been mailed to all voters on the Permanent Early Voter (PEV) list so if you haven’t already received your ballot, you soon will.

Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, will be open for voting Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on the following Saturdays: March 31, April 7 and April 14, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Polls are closed on Sundays. Friday, April 20 is the last day for early voting. On Election Day, Tuesday, April 24, polls will be open 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/2018election.


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Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

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August 11, 2016 • Newsletter

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.

Bell & Grand Project week 28 progress images

** 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

Council Conversation

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.

Skip Hall Council Conversations Show

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

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

Primary Election

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.

“Fill the Bus” campaign

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.


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Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

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