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August 28, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Community Meeting on Bullard Avenue

City staff hosted a public community meeting on the traffic changes along Bullard Avenue. At the start of the school year a few weeks ago, the City added three new crosswalks on Bullard Avenue to provide safe access for the students attending the five schools within that area. With the new crosswalks in place, the speed limit was reduced from 45 mph to 35 mph and a second lane for traffic in each direction was eliminated. A bike lane was also added, as was a golf cart lane to help provide a safety buffer between the traffic lane and bike lane.

Residents are encouraged to share their thoughts about the recent changes in an online survey which is linked off of the homepage at www.surpriseaz.gov. The survey closes on Sunday, August 30 at midnight. Survey results and possible solutions addressing the concerns will be presented to the City Council at the next regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 1 at 6 p.m. Staff will also share the feedback in a second public meeting on Tuesday, September 8 at Marley Park Elementary School, 15042 W. Sweetwater, at 6 p.m.

League of Arizona Cities and Towns Conference

Last week, City Council attended the 2015 League of Arizona Cities and Towns Conference in Tucson. This conference is always well attended by State legislators, elected officials and staff and provides us with networking opportunities that we may not ordinarily be given.

The League provides cities and towns with important services and tools while it focuses on representing the interests of the 91 incorporated cities and towns in Arizona before the legislature. They also provide members with legal and technical assistance.

Besides attending the Resolutions Committee meeting, I partook in sessions on: Forest Health and its impact in our State; how we can better help our veteran population; emergency preparedness; community based entrepreneurship; and water issues, including the crisis in California and how we can lessen the impact of drought in Arizona.

Surprise City and Youth Council
Surprise City and Youth Council
Surprise Youth Council Mayor Nithya Satiyaselan
Surprise Youth Council Mayor Nithya Satiyaselan

Veterans Mentoring and Entrepreneurship Seminar

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a free Veterans Mentoring/Entrepreneurship seminar at the Parkwood Assisted Living facility on Tuesday, August 25. The seminar began with a SCORE presentation on the ABC’s of starting a business, followed by a panel discussion by Veteran business owners who spoke about their personal experiences.

After the event, there were several mentors available to speak with Veterans covering numerous topics including legal, business coaching, insurance, accounting, advertising, operational logistics and social media.

WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee

I attended the WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee meeting on Wednesday, August 26. Mitch Haws, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Study Manager, gave a briefing on the WESTCAPS West Salt River Valley Basin Study. Mr. Haws discussed the laws and funding mechanisms supporting the study, the current status of the study – including four mandatory study elements, the purpose of the study and the study task team leaders. He talked about the Climate Change modeling and scenarios, the Recharge Screening Analysis, the Economic Analysis and the next steps. Two task team leaders gave briefs on their team tasks, Christine Nuñez, City of Surprise Environmental Manager, presented on the supply portion of the study, and Jake Lenderking, EPCOR Water Resource Manager, on the demand portion of the study. Mr. Haws also gave an overview of the WESTCAPS organization, its members, study partners, study advisors and some of the organizations past key accomplishments.

Following Mr. Haws, Mr. Guy Carpenter of Carollo Engineers and also the National WateReuse Association’s Board of Director’s First Vice President, discussed Direct Potable Water Reuse also known as DPR. He talked about the current technologies, the pros and cons, the cost implications, the current water laws on the use of DPR, as well as the public’s negative perception and misconceptions about DPR. Mr. Carpenter gave a synopsis on the WateReuse Research Foundation report on Examining the Criteria for Direct Potable Water Reuse that included removal of viruses, bacteria and protozoa in water being a priority over the public concern of endocrine disruptors. Also, Mr. Carpenter gave the group an overview of the Big Spring DPR facility in Texas which is currently the only DPR in operation in the nation.

Sierra Verde Community Meeting

Police Chief Terry Young and I attended the Sierra Verde Community meeting on Wednesday, August 26. The meeting was very productive. Officer Tim Klarkowski discussed crime statistics stating there has been a 4 ½ percent decrease in crime within the HOA. Based on discussions, police will be enforcing the area monitoring for speed.

Police Chief Young and I addressing the Board and Residents of Sierra Verde
Police Chief Young and I addressing the Board and Residents of Sierra Verde

AZ TechCelerator

Councilman Jim Biundo and I took a tour of the AZ Techcelerator with Julie Neal, Economic Development Coordinator. Earlier this year, the City Council approved funds to be utilized towards improvements for the space. The work should be completed by early October.

Councilman Biundo, Julie Neal and me
Councilman Biundo, Julie Neal and me
New outdoor painting
New outdoor painting
Old City Council Chamber
Old City Council Chamber

Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Senior Idol

The 10th Annual Surprise Senior Idol Show and Contest will be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 1 pm at Valley Vista High School’s Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place. The contest is open to non-professional entertainers, 50 years of age or older. Past winners are not eligible for competition but are allowed to participate in the show. Performances are limited to three minutes. Prizes will be awarded.

Contestant registration forms can be acquired at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, or by sending an email to terri.serein@surpriseaz.gov. All forms are due no later than Friday, September 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 1.


Did You Know?

Arizona Charter Academy Recognition

Please join me in congratulating Arizona Charter Academy (ACA) as they’ve just been named one of Arizona’s top companies to work for. This is the second year that ACA has won the award.

Thank You!

The City would like to thank the residents and staff members who participated in its Back to School Supply Drive! Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we were able to donate an estimated $1,500 worth of school supplies to several local elementary schools.

Surprise City and Youth Council


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August 7, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Youth Strategic Plan for 2015-2016

Several members of the Surprise Youth Council presented their Youth Strategic Plan for the new fiscal year to the City Council. Their strategic priorities include representing the City’s youth voice, understanding issues, helping to solve problems and bringing the entire community together. Some of their goals include helping teens improve self-esteem and working with the arts community on a mural to promote positivity.

SYC Members Samantha Salazar and Jada Henderson at council meeting
SYC Members Samantha Salazar and Jada Henderson

Surprise Retail Market

Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovich discussed the 2015 retail survey results. The survey launched in May and garnered nearly 3,000 responses. In addition to the results, staff considered retail gap analysis as well. Locally-owned businesses are clearly preferred by our residents. Some of the top ten local favorite restaurants include Nick’s Diner I & II, Jim’s Burgers and Eggs, Vogue Bistro, Saigon Kitchen, Amuse Bouche, and Archie’s Deli. By tenfold, Costco was the most desired retailer, and the top desired restaurants were In-N-Out Burger, Sweet Tomatoes, Portillos, Cheesecake Factory and Texas Roadhouse.

The next steps include an outreach campaign to the top ten most wanted retailers and restaurants, a specialized campaign for Costco and a local recognition for top ten local favorites.

Thank you to all of our engaged residents who completed this survey. The data collected truly helped ideyntify our City’s retail strengths as well as opportunities to bring your favorite amenities to Surprise. If you would like more information on the survey results, you can view them at www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.


City Council Meeting

Surprise Summer Youth Employment Program Participants Recognized

The Surprise Summer Youth Employment Program participants were honored at our City Council meeting on Tuesday evening. For ten weeks this summer, 21 teens from our City worked alongside staff and select partner organizations through a paid internship program. They helped with a variety of tasks in mostly all of our departments, and they also participated in a weekly life skills training class. I am so proud of our youth, and I want to thank them for their hard work all summer!

City Council Intern Rose Aranas
City Council Intern Rose Aranas
Summer Youth Employment Program Interns with Mayor Wolcott & Bob Wingenroth
Summer Youth Employment Program Interns with Mayor Wolcott & Bob Wingenroth

Appointment of New Members for City’s Boards & Commissions

After three days of interviews with the Selections Committee consisting of Councilman Roland Winters, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and me, a recommendation to approve new Board/Commissions members was brought before the City Council. The City Council unanimously approved the recommendations as follows: Althea Whitehead for the Arts & Cultural Commission; Monique Hernandez for the Community & Recreation Services Commission; George de Langeryt for the Disability Advisory Commission; Robert Ferrago and Gwen Skorpuan for the Board of Trustees, both with a term expiration of June 30, 2018; James Connor for the Personnel Appeals Board; Jim Ferguson and Shari Martin for the Planning & Zoning Commission; and James Penberthy for the Tourism Commission. The new members’ terms will expire on June 30, 2019 unless otherwise noted. The City is honored to have so many residents willing to donate their time, knowledge and talent. Thank you to everyone who interviewed!

New Members for City's Boards & Commissions

City Code Amendment regarding City Attorney

The City Council voted to authorize the City Attorney’s office to draft an ordinance that would change the city code to have the City Attorney report to the City Manager. That position is currently appointed by the City Council. Once the ordinance is written by outside legal counsel, to avoid any conflict of interest, that ordinance will be brought before the City Council for a vote. The discussion and vote will most likely occur in September. If approved, the reporting structure change would go into effect 30 days following adoption.

Greenway Road Preservation Projects

The City Council unanimously voted to approve a budget amendment in the amount of $4.5 million to establish Greenway Road improvement projects (from Litchfield Road to Bullard Avenue) by reallocating appropriations of $2.7 million from the General Fund Mid-Decade Census Project and contingencies from the Sewer Fund and Water Resource Development. The improvements include the following:

Segment 1 Improvements
Greenway Rd. will be widened between Litchfield Rd. and Bullard Ave. These widening improvements will include: two additional travel lanes, turning movement lanes, raised median with landscaping, sidewalks on the north and south side, drainage improvements, sewer line, reclaimed water line, signing and striping, lighting and improvements to the existing asphalt. The intersections at Bullard Ave. and Litchfield Rd. will be re-profiled to improve the drainage and remove the dips. The design is currently underway and will be completed in October of this year. Following the construction contractor bidding process, construction will begin in November and will be completed by March 2016.

Segment 2 Improvements
The intersection of Greenway Rd. and Dysart Rd. will be re-profiled to improve the eastbound and westbound dips. These intersection improvements will improve traffic flow but more importantly improve the safety of this intersection. Construction is scheduled to begin in November and last through January 2016.

Surprise Transient Lodging Tax Public Hearing

Community & Recreation Services Director Mark Coronado discussed the increase of the Surprise Transient Lodging Tax (Bed Tax) by 2%. This increase required an ordinance amendment which was unanimously approved by City Council. The current bed tax rate is 2.52%. The Surprise General Fund receives 1% of the tax and the other 1.52% is put into the Tourism Fund. The increase brings the current tax rate to 11.99% which is still significantly lower than other Valley cities such as Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa and Tempe.


Events & Meetings

Surprise Announces New Police Chief in July

City Manager Bob Wingenroth announced key organizational leadership changes earlier last month. After a 40-year career in law enforcement, Surprise Police Chief Michael Frazier accepted the position of Assistant City Manager. Mr. Frazier replaced the retiring April Reynolds. Mr. Frazier now oversees the following departments: Police, Fire-Medical, Public Works and Communications.

Terry Young, the former Surprise Assistant Police Chief, was named the new Chief of Police. Chief Young joined the Surprise Police Department in 2010, after retiring from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office as Deputy Chief. During his career, he oversaw a variety of divisions including Patrol Operations, Investigations and Personnel Management.

New ACM and Police Chief seen with City Council

City council during New ACM introduction

Dedication for New Home

On July 10, I was honored to attend the dedication of a new home in the Original Town site (OTS) along with Councilwoman Villanueva and City Manager Bob Wingenroth. The Human Service and Community Vitality Department handed over the keys of a newly constructed, 1,300 square foot home to a local family. The three bedroom, two bathroom Habitat for Humanity constructed home was built as part of the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, an income-based grant that assists families with rehabilitation activities.

The new Habitat for Humanity Home
The new Habitat for Humanity Home
Homeowner with Councilwoman Villanueva, City Manager Wingenroth and me
Homeowner with Councilwoman Villanueva, City Manager Wingenroth and me

Additional grant programs available through Neighborhood Services include the Homebuyer’s Assistant Program, Emergency Housing Rehabilitation Program and the Major Rehabilitation Program. If you’d like to learn more about these grants and housing programs in our City, please contact Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239.

Legacy Traditional School Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Wolcott, Councilmembers Tande, Winters and Biundo and I attended the Legacy Traditional School-Surprise Campus ribbon cutting on Friday, July 31. The charter school welcomed 1,200 students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade this week. The 68,000 square foot school has 40 classrooms and a curriculum that focuses on academics, athletics, performing arts and citizenship.


Mark Your Calendar

Bell Road Sidewalk Project

Pedestrians will soon see paved sidewalks on the south side of Bell Road as part of the City’s Bell Road sidewalk project. The project, which began this week and will conclude in October 2015, will construct a sidewalk that extends from the Park and Ride located near Grand Avenue, east to the Avenue of the Arts.

One-half to one mile curb lane eastbound restriction will be required with this project and will move as the project progresses. Motorists should expect delays and be mindful of construction crews working in the area. Local business access and access to the Surprise Park and Ride will be maintained throughout the project.

For more information on the traffic restrictions, please visit http://surpriseaz.gov/index.aspx?NID=100.

Surprise Veteran’s Day Parade

The City is looking for patriotic themed parade entries for our inaugural Veteran’s Day Parade, which will be held on Wednesday, November 11 at the Surprise Recreation Campus. This parade, which will honor the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country, will run along Bullard Avenue and begin at 11 a.m.

If you are interested in participating in the parade, please visit our Community & Recreation Services offices at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, or you can call 623.222.2000. Entries are due by October 28.


Did You Know?

Surprise MVD to Re-open

The Surprise Motor Vehicle Division office will reopen on August 10 after the completion of interior renovations. The remodeling project has increased the capacity in the customer waiting area, offering more efficient and comfortable service.

Residents wanting access to select MVD services, including registration renewal, duplicate vehicle registration, duplicate driver license, change of address and temporary vehicle permits will still be able to utilize the MVD kiosk located inside the Surprise City Court, 16081 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105.

Northwest Regional Library Hours Change

The City of Surprise and the Maricopa County Library District will be modifying the hours for the Northwest Regional Library effective August 31, 2015. The library will now be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. and will have extended hours on Sundays, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. There are no changes to the Friday and Saturday hours which are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Programming will remain the same with the ever popular baby story time for crawlers, various teen book discussions, and much more. For more information, please call the Northwest Valley Regional Library at 602.656.3400.


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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.


Mark Your Calendar

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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June 19, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Colorado River Shortage Presentation

The Colorado River system has experienced drought conditions for nearly 15 years, resulting in the water level of Lake Mead dropping to historically low levels. Water levels in Lake Mead determine how much Colorado River water our State receives on an annual basis. The river supplies nearly 40% of Arizona’s total water use. A large portion of Surprise’s renewable water supply is from the Colorado River and delivered by the Central Arizona Project (CAP). The Colorado River supply is of upmost importance and it has a direct impact on the City’s water portfolio and future.

Frank Fairbanks, CAP Board Member, provided a presentation on the challenges a future Colorado River shortage will have on central and southern Arizona and how CAP is collaborating with the state and others to develop solutions. There is a significant chance that a water shortage could be declared in 2016 with greater likelihood it could occur in 2017. The US Secretary of the Interior determines the status of Colorado River water supplies in one of three categories; normal, surplus or shortage. The primary factor of determination is the water level in Lake Mead.

explanation of CAP
An explanation of CAP
Impact on Municipal and Industrial (M&I) Water
Impact on Municipal and Industrial (M&I) Water

Government and Community Partnerships

Government and community partnerships are critical to the health and progress of our City. These partnerships include working with local, county, state and federal officials to creatively address issues and ensure optimal return on taxpayer-funded initiatives. In Surprise, Nicole Lance, Deputy City Manager for Government and Community Partnerships oversees this function. Ms. Lance provided a presentation regarding some of our partners including Luke Air Force Base, Valley Partnership, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Dysart School District and many more.

Ms. Lance also discussed a few legislative agenda items which include a City Council education initiative that is led by Vice Mayor John Williams known as Impact ED, as well as EDRA which is similar to TIF (tax increment financing) utilized in many states.

Council Policy and Procedure Manual Discussion

On September 2, 2014, City Council unanimously adopted the Surprise City Council Policy & Procedures Manual which contains Conduct and Demeanor, Parliamentary Procedure, Use of City Resources, and Subcommittees and Working Groups. Over the last month, the Rules Committee met to discuss possible agenda-related additions to the City Council Policy and Procedure Manual. Discussion was had concerning supporting information and attachments for agenda items, use of the consent agenda, as well as having an additional Council Member, the Vice Mayor or his/her designee, in the agenda review. This item will be further discussed with possible action at a City Council meeting in August.


City Council Meeting

Marley Park Elementary School Recognition

Marley Park Elementary School was recognized for being named a 2015 A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. Ms. Dana Kaye, Principal of Marley Park Elementary School, was present for the City Council recognition as well as Superintendent Dr. Gail Pletnick and others from Dysart Unified School District.

Board and Commission Members Reappointment

Several members of the City’s Boards and Commissions were reappointed including Dennis Hansen, Margaret Lieu and Jean Dibner (Arts Commission); Wayne Turner, Charlie Woodland and Mike Planeta (Community & Recreation Services Commission); Nicole Jeffords and Joseph Poschner (Disability Advisory Commission); Kevin Brucher (MPC Board); Stanley Mucha, Tyson Gage and Harry Grove (Personnel Appeals Board); Matthew Keating, Ken Chapman and Peter Pervi (Planning and Zoning Commission); Stephen Wright, Robert Paisley and Gabriel Rivas (Tourism Commission); and Judge Joseph Kreamer to fill the Superior Court vacancy on the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission.

New board and commission members

I would like to congratulate all of them and thank them for their time and dedication to our City!

Code Change Discussion Regarding City Attorney

At the end of the last City Council meeting, I had requested this item be agendized to discuss if it’s in our best interest to keep the current structure, which has the City Attorney reporting to the City Council, or to amend it so that the City Attorney reports to the City Manager, which is how cities such as Phoenix and El Mirage are set-up. This discussion bears no reflection of the person in this position, but rather the most effective way for legal to operate within our municipality. A motion was made to table this discussion until the appointees are evaluated later this week, so further discussion will occur at an August City Council meeting.

General Obligation Bond Election Discussion

The City Council received a final report from the Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee at our regularly scheduled meeting on May 19. The report included recommendations for three packages of projects and methods for Council to consider. Based on the input from the aforementioned meeting, two options were assembled for review and discussion. The majority of Council agreed that this was not the right time to proceed with a bond election.


Events & Meetings

Dump the Pump

Councilman Roland Winters and I participated in Dump the Pump events on Tuesday, June 16. We met and greeted bus riders and talked about the importance of public transportation. A special thank you to Kathy Chandler and Bonnie Boyce-Wilson for coordinating the event!

Surprise Regional Chamber Breakfast Meeting

I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber breakfast meeting on Tuesday, June 16. Diane McCarthy, Chair of the Chamber, announced Raul Sada as the new President and CEO of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sada is a West Valley resident with an extensive background in the nonprofit industry. Dr. Jerry Burns from Burns Dentistry was a featured speaker regarding his practice and dental health.

Dr. Burns addressing the attendees

For Our City Initiative

The Mayor, Councilman Todd Tande and I met with staff to discuss the For Our City initiative in Surprise. For Our City is a catalyst for constructive change at community grassroot levels. It serves to create a level field where the municipal, business and faith leaders initiate community projects through establishing a host committee that networks to develop and collaborate into an alliance.

Reba’s Vision Networking Breakfast

On Wednesday, June 17, I attended “Reba’s Vision Networking Breakfast”. Reba Mason is the Marketing Manager for Texas Roadhouse and has played a role with bringing a Texas Roadhouse to Surprise. Ms. Mason also has breast cancer and held a networking breakfast at Parkwood Senior Living to raise money for 3-D digital mammography units in the West Valley.

Quarterly Transportation Meeting

Councilman Todd Tande and I met with staff to discuss updates regarding Valley Metro, Arizona Department of Transportation and Maricopa County Department of Transportation. The City is set to begin working on a short-range transit plan. Staff will be meeting with Valley Metro representatives to begin the planning process.

Staff provided an update on the Bell Road/Grand Avenue project. The City engineers are working with our regional partners to coordinate efforts including schedules, alternative routes and traffic control plans.


Mark Your Calendar

Traffic Restrictions

Due to construction, Grand Avenue will be closed in both directions on Saturday, June 27 from 4 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).


Did You Know?

Fireworks

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, please be sure you are aware of the laws regarding the use and sale of fireworks within the City of Surprise.

Here’s a quick overview:

  • The minimum age for purchasing consumer fireworks is 16.
  • Consumer fireworks use is allowed on private property within city limits, with the property owner’s consent, during these dates only:
    • June 24 – July 6 and December 24 – January 3.
  • Consumer fireworks use is prohibited January 4 – June 23 and July 7 – December 23.

While the use of consumer fireworks is permitted on private property within the city limits, it is still illegal to use consumer fireworks anywhere on public property, including areas like streets, sidewalks and parks.

Residents living in HOA communities should also look into what types of restrictions are in place in their neighborhoods as they relate to fireworks use in driveways and yards.


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June 5, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

New Council Conversation on Surprise 11

Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and I taped a Council Conversation on Thursday, June 4, regarding his new department and other water resource related items. Please tune in on Surprise 11 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprise11 to watch!

Council Conversations

Surprise Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

The City is proud to announce the winners of the second annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, Bulldog Drives. After completing the five-day boot camp on June 5, Bulldog Drives team members Jeremy Lomas, Juan Ramos, Pablo Zazueta, Shekira Jackson and Shyanne Black, pitched their business idea, along with two other teams, to Vice Mayor John Williams, Councilman Todd Tande and me in a Shark Tank-style program conclusion. Among other prizes, Bulldog Drives received Samsung Galaxy IV tablets for each member and $2,000 to launch their business on the Arizona Charter Academy campus next year.

Bulldog Drives will offer a certified four week drivers permit preparation course for $60, which is approximately half the cost of the average permit preparation course. Once established, this permit course will be the only program in Surprise taught on a school’s campus.

The Surprise Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is a partnership between Surprise charter high schools and the AZ TechCelerator, led by Economic Development Coordinator Julie Neal. The goal of the program is to foster entrepreneurial thinking and provide an opportunity for participants to think strategically about the needs of the students at their school. Camp participants were divided into three teams and, with direction from mentors and guest speakers, taught how to identify service needs, create a plan and present a business concept. Additionally, the students learned business fundamentals including marketing, economics and most importantly, teamwork.

Congratulations to all the teams that participated. I’m very proud of you! Also, I would like to personally thank Julie Neal and all of the sponsors including Rioglass Solar, Intrepid Tools, MD24 House Call, Sheitelman Chiropractic Center, Cobalt Medical, and the Surprise Lions Club.

Economic Development Meeting

Councilman Todd Tande, Councilman Roland Winters and I met with staff from Economic Development and potential businesses interested in locating to Surprise.

Earlier last month, Texas Roadhouse picked up their permits and began grading their location on Grand Avenue near Trader Joe’s. The Surprise Economic Development team is working diligently to add businesses and restaurants to our great City!

Entrepreneurial Boot Camp Students
Entrepreneurial Boot Camp Medal

WHAM Exhibit Opening at Birt’s Bistro

I attended the WHAM Exhibit Opening at Birt’s Bistro on Thursday, June 11. This reception was a great opportunity to support our local west valley WHAM artists.


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Traffic Restrictions

Crews have continued to pave near the interchange of Loop 303 and El Mirage Road. Work will continue nightly Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19. For more information about this work, please call 855.712.8530 or you can email projects@azdot.gov.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has also issued an update regarding construction at Grand Avenue and the Loop 303. The US 60 (Grand Avenue) will be restricted in both directions from 1 am until 12 noon on Saturday, June 13 near Loop 303 while traffic is switched to the new on- and off-ramps to and from southbound Loop 303. Following Saturday’s work, drivers will utilize the new signalized intersection to make US 60 ramp connections to and from southbound Loop 303.

Southwest Invitational

The Southwestern Invitational which exhibits the work of 48 contemporary Arizona artists will travel to five galleries around the state this year and through 2016. The exhibits first stop is the West Valley Art Council (16126 N. Civic Center Plaza). This exhibit will be on display June 16 through July 23, and the gallery is open from 10 am until 3 pm Tuesday through Thursday. Admission is free! We hope to see you there!

Crime Prevention Fair

The Surprise Police are hosting a Crime Prevention Fair on Saturday, June 27, from 1 pm until 5 pm in the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium located at 14250 West Statler Plaza. The event will feature information on a new property theft reduction program, facts about substance abuse, an opportunity to drop-off unwanted or expired medications, and much more.

A representative from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Division Chief Scott Blum, is the keynote speaker and he will be available to answer your questions! Representatives from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will also be in attendance to discuss crime prevention tips and provide helpful advice.

This event will mark the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of a new MedReturn Drug Collection Unit. This unit will be located in the lobby area of the Surprise Police Department, and it will provide the community with a safe, simple, secure and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine.


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Certificate of Necessity

The City received notification from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) that the Surprise Fire-Medical Department was awarded with a Certificate of Necessity (CON) to provide ground transportation of emergency patients. We are the first fire department outside of Phoenix to receive a CON in 30 years. This is a huge achievement for the City and our Fire-Medical Department! We could not have done it without the help of Chief Tom Abbott and our City Management team! Thank you!

City is Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commissions

The City is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions:

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission – 2 vacancies
  • Community & Recreation Services Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Disability Advisory Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Health Trust Fund Board – 3 vacancies
  • Personnel Appeals Board – 1 vacancy
  • Planning & Zoning Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Tourism Commission – 2 vacancies (1 hotel industry and 1 restaurant industry)

All Board/Commission positions are voluntary. Applications are available for pick-up immediately. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday, from 8 am until 5 pm or online at www.surpriseaz.gov. Please submit your applications to the City Clerk’s office in person or via email at clerk@surpriseaz.gov.


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May 29, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

IRIS USA Groundbreaking

IRIS USA hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 21 in celebration of their future Surprise location! The 300,000 square foot facility will be located in the City’s Skyway Business Park off Cactus Road between Dysart and Litchfield Road. It will include manufacturing, distribution and their Western U.S. Regional headquarters.

IRIS USA Groundbreaking
IRIS USA Group

Valley Metro RPTA Meeting

On Thursday, May 21, I attended the monthly Valley Metro RPTA meeting in Phoenix. The City will be maintaining the increased January 2015 Dial-a-Ride service level through June 2016. Dial-a-Ride currently offers 140 one-way weekday trips and 30 one-way Saturday trips. Service hours are Monday through Saturday from 5 am to 8 pm.

The City is partnering with Valley Metro to develop a short range transit plan which will allow Surprise residents to connect to the Valley’s regional bus and light rail grid. An update will be provided to City Council in the fall of 2015.

Surprise Citizen Corp Council

The Surprise Citizen Corp Council (SCCC) met on May 21. I invited Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and Environmental Manager Christine Nunez to speak to the Committee about the City’s water supply and their emergency response plan. Through their presentation, they discussed what problems could arise and how the City is able to cope with emergencies that may affect our water system.

The SCCC will discuss next steps, goals and the formation of a marketing plan at their next meeting.

Memorial Day Events

I participated in several Memorial Day events over the past weekend, including the Surprise Library Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday, May 23, the Coyote Lakes Memorial Day Community Event and the Memorial Day Commemoration at Radiant Church.

We will never forget those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We owe not only our debt of gratitude to them but to the families they left behind. It is my honor to share in these solemn events to pay tribute to these heroes.


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Bell Road Traffic Restrictions

The Bell Road eastbound curb lane will be restricted from Village Drive West to El Mirage Road from May 28 through June 1 so that Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) contractors can perform warranty work in this area. Additional restrictions are scheduled on El Mirage Road at Bell from June 1 – June 15. If you have any questions, please contact the MCDOT 24-hour construction hotline at 602.506.3342.

Bullard Road Speed Limit Change

In an effort to create a multi-modal corridor on Bullard Avenue, the City will reduce the speed limit on Bullard Avenue, between Peoria Avenue and Greenway Road, to 35 miles per hour, pursuant to a previous City Council meeting. The change will occur this summer and signs will be posted in the area closer to the transition date. This change will match the current speed limit on Bullard from Bell Road to Greenway Road.

By transforming Bullard Avenue into a collector street, it allows for the future creation of a multi-modal corridor that would include bicycle and electric vehicle usage.

Public Art at Bell & Grand

Following several rounds of public meetings and online input, a preferred public art concept was unveiled for the City’s busiest gateway – Bell Road and Grand Avenue.

Artist Meg Saligman presented the concept to the public and the City Council at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 19. The concept centers on the agave plant and utilizes paint, light, sculptured concrete and metal fencing as design elements. You can view the concept online and offer your comments at www.surpriseaz.gov/bellandgrand. You can also contact Lloyd Abrams at 623.222.3021.

We Need Your Help!

Do you prefer the look of Tuscan or Contemporary homes? Do you think all city parks should have ramadas? We would love to hear your opinion. You can provide us with your preferences via our new online survey which features colorful images of various surveys and concepts. The survey can be taken at http://bit.ly/visualsurvey, and your input from the survey will help city planners as they work to update plans pertaining to both land-use, parks and recreation.

For more information on any of the planning updates, please feel free to contact either Joshua Mike at Joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3134 or Lloyd Abrams at Lloyd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3021.


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Surprise HOA Academy

Registration is now open for the very popular Surprise HOA Academy. The goal of the academy is to provide expert information for the West Valley HOA board members, management company staff and homeowners. The topics range from CC&R enforcement and code compliance to contracts and budgeting.

The first class will begin on Monday, October 19 from 6 pm until 9 pm in the Public Safety Auditorium (14250 W. Statler Plaza). To find out more or to register online, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HOAacademy or contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242.


City Staff Recognized

2015 Treatment Plant Operator of the Year

A City of Surprise employee was recognized as the 2015 Treatment Plant Operator of the Year by the AZ Water Association at their annual conference this month. Reynaldo Aldava, with our City’s Water Resource Management Department, received the award in the Large System category.

Mr. Aldava is a 13 year employee with the city and has been a Lead Wastewater Operator for the past two years. His nomination for the award detailed his outstanding contribution to the Surprise team, including his improvement of system performance and reliability, promotion of safety practices and contribution to helping reduce the operational budget. It also highlighted his innovativeness, including an example of how he recently implemented an operational practice that will save the City of Surprise 3.68 million gallons of potable water a year. Congratulations, Reynaldo, and thank you for all you do!

Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Reynaldo

AZ Water is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit educational organization with a membership of 2,200 water/wastewater professionals dedicated to preserving and enhancing Arizona’s water environment. Although AZ Water is an independent organization, it also serves as the Arizona section of the American Water Works Association and the Arizona member association of the Water Environment Federation.


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May 22, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Special Meeting

City Pavement Condition Assessment

The Public Works Department presented the results of analyses pertaining to the Pavement Preservation Program. A consultant had been hired to determine the overall condition of our roads and to provide us with OCI (Overall Condition Index) which is a numerical index (between 0-100) utilized to indicate the general condition of pavement. A new road is 100. The City would like to maintain an 80 to maximize our investment on the roads and ultimately save money. OCI has declined in the past 10 years so it is recommended we continue to invest in pavement preservation to maintain 80 OCI.

City of Surprise Water Resource Management Policies

Through the guidance of the Council’s Committee on Water Resource Planning, Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe brought before Council four water-related strategic policies over the last several months. Those policies are Water Conservation, Use of Reclaimed Water, Water Acquisition, and Water Funding. These policies were unanimously approved by City Council on Tuesday evening.

Staff will now begin to complete Integrated Water Master Plan Phase II (Water Resources II) and Phase III (Infrastructure). City Council is expected to receive an update on Phase II in June. In addition, the Committee and staff plan to establish acquisition targets and update General Plan language related to water and development.

Series 2015 Obligation

Finance Director Lindsey Duncan discussed refinancing the MPC 2003 bond at a lower rate; therefore saving the City an estimated $1.2 million dollars. The refinance would also extend the term of the bond from 2020 to 2024. The City is looking to pair the refinancing with the clubhouse renovation bond issuance which will also save administrative and issuance costs.

Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee Discussion

On February 18, the City Council approved the creation of the Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee. The Committee met on three occasions to review and educate themselves on the use of general obligation bonds to fund specific capital improvement projects (transportation, public safety and parks & recreation); identify appropriate communication methods for educating residents and voters and to determine if any capital improvement project items are more appropriate to add to a potential bond initiative.

While the City Council decided it is not the time for a bond initiative, it was helpful to have the community’s assistance with determining priorities concerning our projects. I’d like to personally thank the Committee for their hard work and resolve. For more information, please feel free to visit www.surpriseaz.gov/CIFE.


Events & Meetings

IRIS USA Ground Breaking

IRIS USA hosted their groundbreaking for their manufacturing, distribution and Western U.S. Regional Headquarters in Skyway Business Park in Surprise on Thursday, May 21. IRIS USA represents a nearly $40 million investment, 100 new jobs and $800,000 of new city revenues in the first year of operations.

IRIS Ground Breaking

Surprise Fire-Medical 10th Annual Awards Ceremony

I attended the 10th Annual Awards Ceremony for the Surprise Fire-Medical Department on Friday, May 15. Several awards were given to our outstanding civil servants. Please join me in congratulating them!

The Fire Chief’s Award and Company of the Year award went to E302 A shift consisting of Captain Wes Odom, Steve Spirlong, Chris Gouso, Abram Fogelson, BC Dan Gromer and Captain Donny Martinez; EMT of the Year award recipient is Robert Jenkins; Paramedic of the Year award recipient is Louis D’Angelo; Civilian of the Year award recipient is James Whitehead; Crisis Response Rookie of the Year recipient is Calvin Rowen; Firefighter of the Year is Ryan Flinn; and individual citation recognitions went to Clint Fogelson, Captain Nick Colombo, Captain Renee Hamblin and Captain Scott Smith. One award, the Perry Award, was given to James Ruff. This award is given to a Fire personnel recipient that best represents the Department’s core values of Team, Trust, Professionalism and Efficiency.

Chief Award E302 A Shift
E302 A Shift receiving their Fire Chief Award

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

Councilman Jim Biundo and I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber breakfast on the morning of Tuesday, May 19. Patrick McDermott, Relationship Manager with APS, spoke about Arizona’s energy future.

Patrick McDermott, APS, addressing the Chamber crowd
Patrick McDermott, APS, addressing the Chamber crowd

National Public Works Week

They keep our streets in good condition; they pick-up our trash and recycling; they keep our water clean; and they do so much more. They are the team members that make-up the City of Surprise Public Works, Water Resource Management and Community Development Departments. In their honor, the City recognizes May 17 through May 23 as National Public Works Week.

Mayor Wolcott officially claimed this week in honor of Public Works during the City Council Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 19. In addition, a small reception to thank these employees was provided beforehand. These employees impact our daily lives in the areas of planning, building, and maintaining city facilities to produce a wonderful quality of life for residents. Thank you to each and every one of them!

Public Works Reception


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Economic Development Recognitions

I am very excited to share some great news with you! Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic has been appointed as the Vice-chair of the GPEC Economic Development Directors Team (EDDT)! She will be the first West Valley representation on this particular GPEC Board in quite some time, and next year, she will ascend to the role of Chair. Congratulations, Jeanine! We are lucky to have you in Surprise!

City of Surprise Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover has been named the “2015 Economic Developer of the Year” by the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED). Mr. Hoover was nominated in the Large Community category by AAED peers. The nomination was evaluated based on overall economic impact to the community, the development of strong relationships and community support, the innovation and creativity utilized in the process and contributions made to the economic development profession. Congratulations Mike!

Jeanine Jerkovic
Jeanine Jerkovic
Mike Hoover
Mike Hoover

Kingswood Parke Sidewalk Connection Project

The City of Surprise will soon begin a project to connect the sidewalk on the east side of Parkview Place, north of Bell Road. Three trees will be removed on Friday, May 29 and the concrete sidewalk will be poured on Saturday, May 30. Barricades will be removed by late Saturday afternoon. There will be some final cleanup on Monday or Tuesday of the following week.

We Need Your Help!

Do you prefer the look of Tuscan or Contemporary homes? Do you think all city parks should have ramadas? We would love to hear your opinion. You can provide us with your preferences via our new online survey which features colorful images of various concepts. The survey can be taken at http://bit.ly/visualsurvey and your input from the survey will help city planners as they work to update plans pertaining to both land-use and parks and recreation.

For more information on any of the planning updates, please feel free to contact either Joshua Mike at Joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3134 or Lloyd Abrams at Lloyd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3021.


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Surprise Pools Open – May 23

As the days continue to get warmer, our pools are getting ready to open for summer swim on Saturday, May 23. Daily admission for residents is $1 per child, ages 12 and under, and $2 per adult with proof of residency. Non-residents are $5. Pool passes are also available for purchase. Children, 10 years of age and younger, must be accompanied by a responsible person (16 or older) at all times.

The Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. The weekend hours for the pool are 12 noon until 5 pm, including Memorial Day. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from Noon until 6 pm and Friday from Noon until 4 pm.

The Hollyhock Pool is located at 15808 N. Hollyhock Street. The weekend hours are Noon until 5 pm, including Memorial Day. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from Noon until 3 pm.

Memorial Day Event at Radiant Church

The Surprise Veterans will be hosting a Memorial Day event at Radiant Church on Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 25, at 3 pm. Radiant Church is located 15522 W. Paradise Lane in Surprise.


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May 15, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings


Surprise Citizen Corp Council
The Surprise Citizen Corp Council met on Thursday, May 7 for a discussion focused on water, where our wells are located, and benefits of the new well that just became operational in Mountain Vista Ranch. Further discussion transpired regarding what would happen and how our water supply could be affected in an emergency situation as well as in a case of flooding due to monsoon storms. At the next meeting on May 21, Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe will provide an overview of City water plans to the Council.

Mental Health Community Engagement Event
The Surprise Police, in collaboration with several local community organizations, hosted a mental health event on Thursday, May 7. Some of the organizations included National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Arizona, NAMI Valley of the Sun, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Health Care, Crisis Response Network, Community Bridges, Veterans Resources, Terros and STAR.

The event was designed to provide and share mental health and crisis information, along with alternatives to a police response during a mental health crisis.  Furthermore, the intent was also aimed at building and strengthening the current partnership between the Surprise Police and the mental health community. I attended the event and was pleased with the attendance. Surprise Police hope to conduct these meetings quarterly.

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health illness. In 2013, May was recognized as National Mental Health Awareness Month to bring awareness to all mental illnesses, educate the public, and provide support.

Mental Health Event 2015

Mental Health Awareness

Radiant Church Outreach
I was honored to participate in the Second Saturday for May with the volunteers through Radiant Church at U.S. Vets on Saturday, May 9. We had the privilege to serve people who have bravely served us. We cleaned, painted, repaired and landscaped to show these heroes the love and hope we have for them.

US Vets sign

US Vets

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Kingswood Parke Sidewalk Connection Project
The City of Surprise will soon begin a project to connect the sidewalk on the east side of Parkview Place, north of Bell Road. Three trees will be removed on Friday, May 29, and the concrete sidewalk will be poured on Saturday, May 30.  Barricades will be removed by late Saturday afternoon. There will be some final cleanup on Monday or Tuesday of the following week.

Surprise Police Launch New Crime Tip Hotline
The Surprise Police Department has recently established an anonymous crime tip hotline and email address. The hotline, an electronic voicemail and email system, is designed for citizens wishing to provide information on criminal activity in Surprise.

When calling, you are not required to leave your name or phone number, but the police encourage you to do so if you’d like follow-up from one of the assigned investigators.  Also, if you are aware of the incident number or report number with reference to any criminal investigation, please provide that information when calling.

To utilize, you can call 623.222.TIPS or 623.222.8477. The email address is crimetips@surpriseaz.gov. If you witness a crime or if there is an emergency, always call 911.

Bring a Bag, Use a Bag Campaign
Are you looking for ways to recycle your plastic shopping bags? Our Community & Recreation Services (CRS) Department would like to welcome pet owners and dog park patrons to participate in the “Bring a Bag, Use a Bag” campaign. The program is a great way for pet owners to become a partner in maintaining and keeping our local parks clean by donating their extra plastic shopping bags for easy and cost-effective pet clean-up. Pet bag receptacles are conveniently labeled and located throughout all 12 maintained parks and the community dog park for pet owners to donate bags and use when needed.

U.S. Census Bureau Follow-Up
Portions of Maricopa County were selected to participate in an online 2015 Census test. The City of Surprise was included in the testing. Those households that received a postcard were required by federal law to respond to the survey by April 1, 2015. Reminder notices were also sent.

For those households that have not completed the online survey, census workers will be visiting your homes for in-person response through June 23, 2015.

The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting the online test to aid in efforts to develop more convenient and lower cost survey methods.

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NCAA 2015 Tennis Championships
The Surprise Tennis & Racquetball Complex has been hosting the 2015 Men’s and Women’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Tennis Championships this week. You too can attend on Saturday, May 16, which is the last day of the competition.

The team championships have brought in the top 32 men’s and women’s Division II teams to Surprise, all vying for the opportunity to bring home a national championship. Team competition includes both singles and doubles play in a single elimination tournament.

Tickets are $5 per day, and you can purchase them at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, 14469 W. Paradise. For more information and session times, please call 623.222.2400 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/tennis.

Surprise Tennis Complex

Public Art Meeting on Bell & Grand Avenue
Following months of public input on the design of Bell & Grand Avenue, artist Meg Saligman will unveil her public art concept for the City’s busiest gateway on Monday, May 18 in the community room of City Hall from 6 pm until 8 pm.  A brief presentation will begin at 6:15 pm.

To learn more about the interchange improvement project or see earlier art concepts associated with the project, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bellandgrand.

Surprise Pools Open – May 23
As the days continue to get warmer, our pools are getting ready to open for summer swim on Saturday, May 23. Daily admission for residents is $1 per child, ages 12 and under, and $2 per adult with proof of residency. Non-residents are $5. Pool passes are also available for purchase. Children, 10 years of age and younger, must be accompanied by a responsible person (16 or older) at all times.

The Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. The weekend hours for the pool are 12 noon until 5 pm, including Memorial Day. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 noon until 6 pm and Friday from 12 noon until 4 pm.

The Hollyhock Pool is located at 15808 N. Hollyhock Street. The weekend hours are 12 noon until 5 pm, including Memorial Day. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 noon until 3 pm.

Memorial Day Event at Radiant Church
The Surprise Veterans will be hosting a Memorial Day event at Radiant Church on Memorial Day which is Monday, May 25 at 3 pm.  Radiant Church is located 15522 W. Paradise Lane in Surprise.

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Councilman Hall attends teacher appreciation event

Councilman Hall attended an appreciation breakfast at Canyon Ridge Elementary School on May 7 and had the opportunity to thank the school’s teachers and volunteers. Canyon Ridge Principal, Dr. Shelley Isai, also recognized him for his support of our local schools.