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August 10, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Rock Star Academy @ Red Line Grill

Musical Surprise hosted a RockStar Academy at Red Line Grill on Saturday, August 5. Students from Surprise displayed their musical talent for most of the evening and to say the talent is impressive is an understatement! The performances included music tributes to bands such as Journey and much more!

Arts & Cultural Commission Meeting

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission met on Monday, August 7. Project Manager for Smith Kraft, Brandon McMillen, was present to receive feedback from the Commission on signage at City Hall. He will provide the Commission with some mock-ups to review next month. IT Security Manager Gina Busby was present to discuss security camera options for the art around City Hall. The Commission received a progress report on Art in Public Places at Surprise City Hall. City Planner Joshua Mike was also present to provide an update on the Arts & Cultural Master Plan surveys.

Friends of the Library Board Meeting

I attended the Friends of the Library Board meeting on Wednesday, August 9. Friends of the Library awarded a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) grant to Desert Oasis Elementary School in the amount of $465 for STEM challenges for 62 sixth graders. The Board discussed the possibility of an upcoming book sale in November. Friends is looking for a Recording Secretary and a Community Outreach Member for their Board.


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Raising a Reader Series

Surprise has partnered with Southwest Human Development to host a free eight week Raising a Reader program that utilizes proven skills to educate parents about the importance of early literacy and provides tools to help children learn to read. Using an evidence-based model that focuses on developmental milestones and brain development, literacy specialists will model how to engage children with the use of books. Families will also learn the significance of singing, dancing and playing as a way to build their child’s vocabulary and prepare them for school.

All members of the family are invited to participate! Plus, participating families will take home a bag filled with award-winning children’s books at the end of each week. Courses will be taught from 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on consecutive Fridays beginning August 11 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd, Suite 124. To enroll in the eight week Raising a Reader series, contact Lizette Garced at LGarced@swhd.org.

Free Educational Presentation on Older Adults and Suicide

Suicide rates of older adults are higher than any other age group in Maricopa County. The City of Surprise has partnered with Area Agency on Aging and Maricopa Elder Behavioral Health Advocacy Coalition to provide a free educational presentation.

A Matter of Life is a presentation created to educate and help people recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide, depression, anxiety and substance abuse. It encourages help-seeking behaviors by connecting people with resources and tools to access help for themselves or someone they know.

This program will be held on Wednesday, August 23 at 9 a.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. It will run approximately one hour. Please register with Trisha Weston at 623.222.1544 or trisha.weston@surpriseaz.gov.

Senior Services is a division of the Human Service & Community Vitality Department and is designed to provide programs to strengthen the community and better serve Surprise residents. Located in the heart of Surprise, in the Heritage District, at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. The Surprise Senior Center is the hub of activities for citizens age 50 and better and adults with disabilities. The membership fee for a resident of Surprise is $12 per year, and for non-residents it’s $15 per year. The Senior Center also offers a gym membership for an additional fee (some rules and restrictions apply). Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Disclaimer: Information in seminars and classes sponsored by the City are a public service and should not be construed as advice or representation of any specific business, company, individual business owners, brokers or affiliations. The City does not endorse any particular business, product or speaker. Any information presented does not reflect the opinion or position of the City.


Did You Know?

Surprise Satellite Voting Site Designation

Surprise City Hall will serve as a Satellite Voting site for this November 7 Special Election cycle. This designation allows any registered voter residing in Maricopa County to vote or drop-off a ballot at Surprise City Hall- Clerk’s Office, during the replacement ballot period and on Election Day.

Due to the designation, the hours for In-Person Replacement Ballot Voting and Ballot drop-off have changed from what was published in the July issue of Surprise Progress Magazine. Below are the following dates/times:

Saturday October 28 – Tuesday, November 7: In-Person Replacement Ballot Voting period and Ballot Drop-Off. This includes Saturday and Sunday voting; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (*extended hours on Election Day)

*Election Day, Tuesday, November 7: In-Person Voting and Ballot Drop-Off, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

This is a Ballot by Mail Election only. Ballots will be mailed on October 11. In Surprise, registered voters will consider three separate general obligation bond questions requesting bond funding for 10 projects in the areas of public safety, traffic congestion mitigation and pavement preservation. The projects include a Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center, a permanent fire station in north Surprise and a new fire station in the southeast part of the city, road improvements on Waddell, Greenway and Litchfield and a citywide pavement preservation program to fund major road repairs. To learn more about all of the projects, costs and timelines please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Surprise City Hall is located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, 85374.


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September 1, 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 continues as follows:

  • 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.

**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.


Events & Meetings

Youth Services Administrator Interviews

Vice Mayor Jim Biundo, Councilman Roland Winters and I joined staff to interview the final three candidates for the Youth Services Administrator on Monday, August 22. Former Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo has accepted a promotional opportunity within the city which led to this opening. Congratulations to Paul!

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Meeting

I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Tuesday, August 23. City Manager Bob Wingenroth provided a city update. With many thanks to him and the staff, there are many great things happening in Surprise.

City Manager Bob Wingenroth

Arizona League of Cities & Towns Conference

The Arizona League of Cities & Towns Conference began on Tuesday, August 23. This conference is a great opportunity to reconnect with other Council Members throughout the state, network with agencies who work with Surprise and help build the momentum the City Council has been able to achieve.

Part of this year’s conference included meetings with Cox Communications regarding digital contour and EPCOR regarding their plans to combine their water districts. In addition, I was able to attend several sessions including the impact of military bases in Arizona, how communities can make progress toward a future workforce, and innovative programs that have shown success for cities. City Council attended a focus group discussion on why our youth leave the State; Surprise was represented by our very own Surprise Youth Council (SYC) Member Samantha Salazar. Following the youth session, members of SYC competed in the Democraseed Challenge and placed third in the challenge. The Center for the Future of Arizona and Arizona State University’s Office of Entrepreneurship partnered to with the Challenge to foster creative civic engagement projects. Congratulations to our SYC team!

Councilman John Williams and I received service awards during the Legislative and Service Award Luncheon on Thursday, August 25. Congratulations to John on his years of service. I have enjoyed serving with you!

Boards & Commissions Interviews

Councilmembers Rachel Villanueva, Roland Winters and I interviewed candidates for the City’s current Boards & Commissions vacancies. Recommendations will be made to the full City Council at the regular City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 6. There are two vacancies on the Disability Advisory Commission, one vacancy on the Board of Trustees, two vacancies on the Personnel Appeals Board, two vacancies on the Planning & Zoning Commission and three vacancies on the Tourism Advisory Board.

Desert Premier Home Realty Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

District 5 has another new business! Desert Premier Home Realty celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, August 30. Desert Home Premier is a real estate agency that focuses on homes for sale in Surprise, Sun City, Sun City West, Peoria, Goodyear, Avondale, Glendale, Scottsdale and other areas near Phoenix. Best wishes to the owners, Jay and Lynn Otlewski, on their new location!


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Surprise Civic Center Hosting Two Art Events

It’s an evening of art at Surprise Civic Center on September 8. Experience a showcase of fine art photography at Surprise City Hall, followed by an art exhibition at Arts HQ.

The City of Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission is hosting an event featuring the photography work of artist Archie Tucker in the Mayor’s Atrium of Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, from 4-5 p.m. Then from 5-7 p.m., Arts HQ presents the opening reception for its exhibit, Exhibicion de Arte, at its gallery located at 16126 N Civic Center Plaza.

Both events are free. For more information on the showcase, please call 623.214.7537. For more information on the Arts HQ exhibit, please call 623.584.2626.

Free Marketing Workshop

If you are looking for tips and tactics to promote your business free of charge, the city is hosting a Guerilla Marketing workshop on September 8. The workshop will be taught by marketing and business author Al Lautenslager, and each attendee will receive a copy of his book, “Market Like You Mean It”.

The workshop will be held from 10-11:30 am at the AZ TechCelerator-Building D, located at 12425 W. Bell Road. To reserve a spot, please call 623.222.3322.


Did You Know?

Primary Election Results

Surprise voters elected two new city councilmembers in Districts 2 and 4, returned an incumbent to District 3 and re-elected the mayor in Tuesday’s primary election.

The news is based on preliminary, unofficial results reported by the Maricopa County Elections Department.

Running unopposed, Sharon Wolcott was re-elected as mayor, having received 14,243 votes or 97% of the vote.

In District 2, Jim Hayden defeated incumbent Vice Mayor Jim Biundo, with a vote tally of 3,289 votes (57%), versus Biundo’s 2,483 votes (43%).

In District 3, incumbent Councilmember John Williams defeated Gisele Norberg. Williams received 1,057 votes (57%) to Norberg’s 781 votes (43%).

In District 4, with 998 votes (57%), Ken Remley defeated incumbent Rachel Villanueva who received 754 votes or (43%).

All positions carry a four-year term, expiring December 31, 2020. New terms begin on January 1, 2017.

All results are preliminary until all of the ballots dropped off at City Hall on Election Day and all Provisional Ballots are counted. A final ballot tally is expected by September 5th, if not sooner, from the Maricopa County Elections Department.


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August 18, 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.

Weekly Update:

  • Driveways located near Chick-Fil-A and the Vitamin Shoppe are inaccessible until 6 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 20) to allow crews to rebuild this portion of Bell Road. Entrances at West Point Parkway and Towne Center Drive are maintained.
  • 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.

**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.


City Council Work Session

2016 College Baseball and Spring Training Update

Community Recreation and Service Director Mark Coronado provided an update on spring baseball season. The spring 2016 Celebration of Baseball began with the return of college baseball to the Surprise Recreation Campus – Campus of Champions with two NCAA collegiate baseball tournaments: the Surprise Spring Training Baseball Classic that was held February 19-22 and the BIG 12-PAC 12 Spring Training Baseball Challenge that was held February 25-29. The NCAA college tournaments generated over 1,200 room nights between the teams and guests.

This past March, we celebrated the 14th Spring Training season in Surprise. This season was a record breaking year for both attendance and gross revenue, with just over 206,000 attendees and an overall gross revenue of approximately $7.9 million.

Formal Creation of Audit Committee

Earlier this year, City Manager Bob Wingenroth developed an Audit Committee consisting of two Council Members, City staff, local business representatives and residents to strengthen the internal audit function. The purpose is to provide independent and objective assurance and ensures compliance with auditing standards and best practices.

Update on Bell and Grand Intersection Improvement Project

Arizona Department of Transportation Assistant Communications Director Brock Barnhart provided an update on the Bell Road/Grand Avenue bridge project. Since early June, we’ve been in Phase 3B of the project, and we are still on target to conclude this phase in early November.

Bell and Grand Project Phase 3B information slide

Finance Director Lindsey Duncan provided a financial update that focused on the local sales tax figures from December 2015 through May 2016. It was anticipated through the applied economics study, completed last year, that there would be a reduction of general fund sales tax collections. This has proven to be accurate; however, the loss will be offset by construction sales tax collections that are utilized for one time capital purposes.

Business outreach efforts have continued throughout the project. Economic Development is hosting a marketing class on September 8 as part of their business education efforts. For more information on the class, please contact Julie Neal at 623.222.3322.


City Council Meeting

Sierra Verde PAD Zoning Amendment Public Hearing

Rezoning of Parcel 8 of the Sierra Verde Planned Area Development (PAD) was requested to allow residential rental units. The project parcel is presently an undeveloped, 14.83 acre site located at the southwest corner of Greenway and Litchfield Roads within the Sierra Verde PAD. The current proposal is for a rental project that will provide a mix of one, two and three bedroom single-story attached and detached single family homes.

The gated housing facility plans to provide 29,727 square feet of amenity common open space and each unit will provide 473 square feet of private open space. Typical desert landscaping will occupy much of the site. There will be 5.62 acres of undeveloped space that is currently unplanned, but is likely to facilitate a small commercial enterprise.

Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Amendment

The adoption of the FY2017 budget occurred prior to the completion of FY2016. To ensure that the new fiscal year had enough budget authority for all potential expenditures, conservative FY2016 expenditure estimates were used and remaining balances for items such as grants and CIP projects were carried forward into FY2017 and included in the adopted budget. With FY2016 final accounting nearing completion, the remaining balances are reexamined and adjustments to the FY2017 budget are made as necessary.

The action identifies three main categories of amendments for FY2017. The first category involves the change of budget authority that was carried forward from FY2016. The amendments are made due to actual expenditures varying from estimates for FY2016. The second category is budget adjustments for various operating items and to assign separate project numbers to various capital items for tracking purposes. The third category involves transfer of actual funds to support the reallocation of appropriations from the first two categories.

The action taken, by approval of the Council, updates budget amounts to allow for improved management of the City’s funds. As the audit of FY2016 financials is currently underway, further changes to FY2016 may impact FY2017 carry forward amounts and require future action by the Mayor and Council.

League of Arizona Cities and Towns 2017 Legislative Resolutions

Deputy City Manager Nicole Lance briefed the City Council on the 2017 League Resolutions. Annually, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns drafts legislative policy resolutions for adoption by all 91 cities and towns at the annual League Conference. These resolutions are a result of ideas submitted by municipalities or from issues that have arisen during the preceding year. Some of the resolutions include, but are not limited to, the creation of the Economic Development Reimbursement Authority (EDRA).


Events & Meetings

Bell Road Construction Tour

Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I took a tour of the Bell Road/Grand Avenue construction area on Thursday, August 11. We were able to make a few stops, look at the progress and thank the workers for their hard work. A special thank you to Armando Lopez for acting as our guide.

Councilman Hall and Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva

Career Workshop and Surprise Job Fair

The City hosted a career workshop on Friday, August 12. I was impressed by the information available to the attendees. A total of 26 people attended the workshop.

On Tuesday, August 16, the City hosted a job fair at the Communiversity. Thirteen companies were represented. Another job fair is scheduled for November.

Audit Committee Meeting

The Audit Committee met on Wednesday, August 18 at City Hall. We reviewed the first audit of Stadium concessions. Recommendations were made. Two ordinances for the Audit Committee will be presented to the full City Council for adoption at the September 6, 2016 Regular City Council meeting.


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?

Temporary Lane Restrictions

Palm trees within the city’s Bell Road medians will be receiving landscape maintenance (trimming and pruning) beginning Monday, August 22. Temporary inside lane restrictions are expected during the overnight hours.

Landscapers will begin working in the area between the canal, west of Cotton Lane, and Reems Road; they will continue west through August 31, stopping at Grand Ave. Drivers may experience temporary inside lane restrictions between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

For more information, please contact the City of Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.6000.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The City of Surprise is accepting applications for vendor space and promotional booths at the Surprise Fiesta Grande celebration on Saturday, October 15 from 3-9 p.m. in the city’s Original Town Site. The festival-style event will take place throughout the Roy Villanueva Community and Recreation Complex, located at 15660 N Hollyhock St, and will feature live bands, dancing, mariachis, a classic car show, authentic Mexican food, a kid zone and much more!

Promotional vendors will have the opportunity to advertise products and services throughout the day’s event. The cost of a 10’x10’ booth space is $500 and will include a 10’x10’ tent, (1) table and (2) chairs. Food vendors can reserve a 10’ x 10’ space with (1) table and (2) chairs for $150.

All vendors requesting participation in Surprise Fiesta Grande must complete an application online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or in person at the Community Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Spaces are limited. For more information regarding additional special event promotional and sponsorship opportunities at the Surprise Recreation Campus, please contact Regina Miller at 623.222.2249 or regina.miller@surpriseaz.gov.

For more information on food vendor space, please contact Steve Castillo at 623.222.2267 or steve.castillo@surpriseaz.gov.

AZ League of Cities Conference

The City Council will be attending the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Conference next week so I will not issue a newsletter until the following week, September 1. Thank you!


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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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August 4, 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.

Most recent activities include:

  • Eastbound Grand Avenue was closed earlier this week for the bridge work on the west side of Grand Avenue.
  • Existing eastbound Grand Avenue roadway pavement was removed for reconstruction.
  • Construct the retaining wall panels of the bridge over Grand Avenue.
  • Continue to build the bridge deck over Grand Avenue.

Bell & Grand Project week 27 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.

Shop Local Campaign

Important changes have been made to enhance the ShopSurprise digital marketing campaign. With more than 2,000 subscribers and nearly 123,000 messages and deals announced, you are doing your part to support our Bell-Grand area businesses during the Bell Road bridge construction!

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce text message service provider, Dex media, has scheduled a service upgrade to keep this successful campaign running. A new feature, coupons sent directly to your email, is now part of the upgrade so you no longer have to click a link. This change will require a new text opt-in number, which will be 85100.

For those already enrolled, you will receive a text from Dex media, over the next couple of weeks, inviting you to re-enroll in the program by texting ShopSurprise to 85100.

Here are all the ways you can check out the daily deals:

• Text ‘ShopSurprise’ (one word) to 85100 to have daily deals sent to your phone;

• Visit shopsurpriseaz.com to view the daily deals online;

• Like the Shop Surprise, Arizona Facebook page and have the deals appear in your timeline; or

• Follow @ShopSurpriseAZ on Twitter to have deals tweeted to you daily.

A Construction Business Access Map is also available online to help you find the best ways to enter the shopping, dining and service centers to claim your deals. This updated map reflects the traffic switch on Grand Avenue, which occurred on Friday, July 29.

The Bell & Grand ShopSurprise daily deals are only available during the Bell Road full closure. The Chamber will consider a more comprehensive, citywide campaign in the future. For more information about the campaign, please contact the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce at 623.583.0692.

Shop Bell and Grand local


City Council Meeting

Surprise Youth Employment Program

The City just concluded another successful Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). This year, there were 20 summer interns were selected from more than 60 candidates. Interns were paid $8.05 hourly and assigned to various City departments and local organizations. To qualify for the summer job program, interns were required to be full-time students, reside in Surprise, meet income qualifications and provide a letter of recommendation from their respective schools.

SYEP group

A special thank you to Ervin Curtwright and the Department of Human Service and Community Vitality for all of their work with this year’s program!

Municipal Code Amendment for Public Art Program

Earlier this year, City Council expressed a desire to revisit the potential of restoring funding for the city’s public art program. In response to City Council’s request, City Manager Bob Wingenroth facilitated a discussion regarding the history of public art funding in the city, the potential of adopting the Public Art Program ordinance and exploring additional funding options such as the art in private development.

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

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


Events & Meetings

Business Update

Nick’s Diner II hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate their new location on July 7. They are now located at 13765 N. Litchfield Road.

Nicks Diner II Ribbon Cutting

Fellowship Square hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, July 13. Councilman Roland Winters and I attended the event. They will be located near the southwest corner of Bell Road and Sarival. Fellowship Square will have 313 apartment homes on 14+ acres in a fully gated community. They will also offer independent and assisted living options. The independent living will consist of 255 apartment homes with 1 and 2 bedroom floorplans. The assisted living section will consist of 42 apartment homes plus 16 suites for memory care.

groundbreaking ceremony

Fellowship Square will employ 80 full-time and 20 part-time employees. They are expected to open in October 2017.

Surprise Builds Home for Family Through Grant Program

It was a joyful moment in the Surprise Original Town Site on July 14 when the City of Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department handed over the keys of a newly constructed 1,300 square foot home to a local family.

Mary Ann Ramirez and her family received keys to a Habitat for Humanity-constructed home that was built as part of the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, an income-based grant that assists families with rehabilitation activities.

The home is one of seven Surprise homes constructed thanks to the HOME grant. Although the new construction provision is no longer available in the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, one more new home will be built with previously secured funding. Qualified residents can still receive assistance for major home repairs.

Additional grant programs available through Neighborhood Services include the Homebuyer’s Assistance Program, Emergency Housing Rehabilitation Program and the Major Rehabilitation Program. To learn more about neighborhood grants and housing programs in Surprise, contact Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239 or jason.hughes@surpriseaz.gov.

Veteran Job Club

The City of Surprise is proud to serve the men and women of the Armed Forces. For this reason, the City has launched the Veteran Job Club where veterans provide other veterans, active military and their family members with industry and career pathway knowledge to help them gain the skills they need to obtain a job or pursue a different career path.

The first event was held on July 14 at the Surprise Resource Center located at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road. Employers from IRIS USA, REI, UPS, Cox, Edward Jones and the City of Surprise were present to help the veterans find jobs.


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 Primary Election 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, the 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.

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA)

The Surprise Police Department is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and providing the community with exceptional police services. As part of that commitment, the Department has voluntarily participated in the law enforcement accreditation process since 2007. In order to achieve and maintain accreditation, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) requires agencies to comply with more than 400 state of the art standards in four basic areas – policies and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

As part of the CALEA reaccreditation process, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, August 8 at 5 pm in the Surprise City Hall Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Parkway. For those unable to attend, you can offer comments by calling 623.222.7945 on August 9 between the hours of 1 pm and 3 pm. For more information, please feel free to contact Debra L. Stewart at 623.222.4248.


Did You Know?

Neighborhood Grant Program – Applications Being Accepted!

The Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions or even some community improvements.

Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and further build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY17.

An information session will be held September 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza in the Council Overflow room. Interested communities should deliver the complete Neighborhood Grant Program application to City Hall, attention Jodi Tas, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5.

For more information about the grant, visit Neighborhood Grant Program or contact Jodi Tas, 623.222.1330.


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January 8, 2016 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting

Rancho Mercado Unit 1 Preliminary Plat

Following a presentation from staff and a public hearing, City Council unanimously approved the preliminary plat entitled “Rancho Mercado Unit 1”. The plat is a 1,897-lot, 19-parcel, 5-phase preliminary plat within the Rancho Mercado Planned Area Development which is located north and south of Happy Valley Road between Bullard Road and Litchfield Road alignments.

The amenities included will provide recreational opportunities for residents of the community and once developed, the population base generated will contribute to enrollment in the local schools while providing incentive to bring much-needed retail to the area. Additionally, significant regional traffic constraints will be addressed by the developer through the construction of Happy Valley Road, both on- and off-site.

FS15-069 Rancho Mercado Unit Map

Appointment of Vice Mayor

Each year, the City Council is required to appoint a Vice Mayor prior to January 30 of that year. This year, Councilman Jim Biundo was unanimously voted as the Vice Mayor for 2016. I look forward to working with Vice Mayor Biundo in this capacity, and I am grateful to Councilman John Williams for his leadership in this role over the past year.

Jim Biundo being sworn in as Vice Mayor

West Valley Pops Band Sponsorship/Name Change

The West Valley POPS band performs free concerts in Surprise and the surrounding community. They collect canned food items which are distributed by the Valley View Community food bank to those in need.

Staff had a preliminary discussion with the West Valley Pops Band regarding a potential sponsorship opportunity, and City Manager Bob Wingenroth presented the opportunity to City Council in December. City Council unanimously approved the sponsorship agreement with the West Valley Pops Band and their name change to the Surprise Pops Band. The annual sponsorship is estimated at $1,500 and would be managed through the City Manager’s budget via general funds.

2016 State Legislative Agenda

Deputy City Manager Nicole Lance discussed the City’s legislative agenda priorities for State Legislators which includes, but is not limited to, fiscal sustainability, economic development, transportation and military preservation.

Surprise Neighborhood Grant Program

City Council unanimously approved the Surprise Neighborhood Grant pilot program for fiscal year 2016. The program’s purpose is to engage residents and increase community engagement, interests and involvement within the city of Surprise for neighborhoods that wouldn’t qualify for the Surprise Community Outreach Program because they are not 501(c)3 organizations.

To receive support, projects must provide a public benefit, have the approval of the City and/or community HOA (if applicable), emphasize neighborhood self-help and help build the community amongst several other criteria. Applications will be available on the city’s website (www.surpriseaz.gov) next week, and once completed, they will be reviewed by the Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships & Grants. Recommendations for funding will be made to the full City Council. The City Council has set aside $10,000 for this purpose.

FY2016 Financial Status Report Through November 2015

Finance Director Lindsey Duncan provided Council with a financial status report through November 2015. Beginning with General Fund resources, we have a favorable variance of $2.3 million ($28.9 was budgeted with actuals at $31.2). Our local sales tax actuals exceed the budget by $1 million. Construction sales tax is up 77% over budget and all other sources are up 5.2% over budget. With regards to expenses, we have a favorable variance of $6.3 million ($39.9 was budgeted with actuals at $33.6).


Events & Meetings

General Plan Amendments Approved

City Council approved several amendments to some land use elements of the Surprise General Plan 2035 at a Special Council Meeting on December 19. Key changes include replacing the Village Plan requirements from the development process with a “character area” approach, to provide more flexibility in establishing land-use concepts and building forms to create a more unified city. Wildlife corridors remain within the conservation element and the overall General Plan. Open space is designated within the land-use plan.

Thank you to all of the residents who shared their thoughts on this important city growth plan! I also need to thank the Planning & Zoning Commission for their hard work with the amendments, to our City Attorney’s office and to Community Development Director Eric Fitzer and his team for their incredible talent, perseverance and dedication to getting this accomplished. We could not do it without you! Thank you!

Desert Diamond Casino

Councilman Roland Winters, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva, Mayor Wolcott and I attended the Desert Diamond Casino West Valley grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, December 19. The casino creates more than 500 new jobs and, once fully completed, it will create more than 3,000 permanent jobs in the community and have an annual economic impact of more than $300 million.

Surprise Police Department Retirement Ceremony

I attended the retirement ceremony in the Public Safety Auditorium on January 4, honoring Officer Hector Heredia for his service with the Surprise Police Department. Hector was employed with the Department from November 5, 1995 – January 4, 2016, and served in both the Field Operations Division and the Criminal Investigations Division.

Over break on December 21, Officer John Jones also retired. John was employed as a Transportation Officer with the Surprise Police Department from July 11, 2005 – December 30, 2015. John’s prior employment included 1 year as a Detention Officer and 19 years as a Transport Officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission Meeting

I attended the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission meeting on Monday, January 4. The Commission is working with Drake & Associates to draft policies and procedures for public art. Betty Drake, consultant from Drake & Associates, gave a presentation focused on information relative to typical best practices and establishing an infrastructure of policies and procedures to support the Commission’s work. Examples of public art from all over the country and internationally were shared and discussion was had pertaining to next steps for establishing policies and procedures for public art in Surprise. The Commission will work with Drake & Associates in the coming months to produce a recommended set of policies and procedures for Council consideration and possible adoption.

Per the City Council’s direction, staff has been working on creating a program that includes the development of a design for Gateway Entry Monument signs throughout the City. Preliminary ideas have been gathered from internal staff to assist the contracted consulting firm in developing working drafts of the design concepts. On Monday, January 4, staff presented an update on the design process to the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and will return later in the month to obtain the Commission’s feedback on the design concepts. Once the design concepts are ready, the public will have an opportunity to provide input before they are brought to the City Council for their review and possible adoption.

The Commission is collaborating with Benevilla for an upcoming public art bus tour on February 18. The City will publish additional information regarding the tour as it becomes available.


Mark Your Calendar

Utility Work at Bell Road/Grand Avenue

Early construction activities related to Bell Road / Grand Avenue interchange improvements have resulted in temporary nighttime traffic restrictions at the intersection. As crews work to relocate APS utilities, motorists can expect the following traffic restrictions from 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.:

  • Bell Road will be restricted to a single lane east & west bound on both sides of Grand Avenue, as needed.
  • The dual left turn lanes at southbound Grand Avenue to east bound Bell Road will be restricted to one left turn. All other left turns will not be affected.

The interchange project, led by the Arizona Department of Transportation, is designed to improve congestion at the busy Bell Road / Grand Avenue intersection. ADOT will construct a bridge to carry traffic over Grand Avenue and the adjacent railroad tracks. With this new interchange, through traffic on Grand will no longer stop at Bell. Instead, the two roadways will be connected via new on- and off-ramps constructed within the Grand Avenue median.

Major construction activity will begin in April. The work will involve up to an eight month full closure of Bell Road. Closing Bell Road during construction allows the contractor to complete the work more quickly, improves safety for construction workers and motorists, and minimizes traffic impacts during peak travel periods such as Spring Training and the holiday shopping season. Grand Avenue will remain open. Specific closures, detours and business access information will be announced prior to the start of construction.

The city encourages continued support of local businesses located around the intersection during construction. Remember, shopping locally keeps sales tax dollars within your community to help fund public safety, street improvements and park maintenance.

For additional project information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bellandgrand or www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand. Stay up to date on the project’s progress and any planned closures and restrictions by signing up to receive email updates at www.azdot.gov/projects.

Waddell Road Median Project Begins

Safety improvements are happening at Waddell Road. Work to add a landscape median west of Litchfield Road began on January 6. Motorist will notice reduced speed limits and lane restrictions between Litchfield Road and 140th Drive during construction which is expected to last through February.

Farmer’s Market at Surprise Senior Center

A mobile produce market offering a variety of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables will be coming to the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, on Thursday, January 14. The market, provided by Gregory’s Fresh Market, will be stationed at the Center from 9-10:30 a.m. Payments can be made with cash, EBT card, debit and credit cards. For information, you can visit www.gregoryfreshmarketplace.com or call Diana at 602.468.0404.

Bullard Avenue Task Force Meeting

A new traffic design plan for the section of Bullard Avenue between Greenway Road and Peoria Avenue will be presented to the Bullard Avenue Task Force later this month.

The city worked with a grant-funded Safe Routes to School design team to create a plan that incorporates the recommendations decided on by the task force this past fall. The recommendations included retaining the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit and restoring two travel lanes in each direction. Also, due to heavier pedestrian crossings at the intersections at Acoma and Sweetwater, the group requested some traffic signals be added, along with crosswalks.

The community is invited to attend the meeting, which will be held Monday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m., at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Avenue. In addition to discussing the new design plan, staff will share funding options and a projected timeline.

For questions, please contact Mike Gent at mike.gent@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.6223. For background information on this project, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

Surprise Citizens Patrol Recruiting Meeting

The Surprise Citizens Patrol will be hosting a recruitment and informational meeting on January 27 from 6-9 p.m. at the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza. The meeting is designed to inform the public about the Citizens Patrol and opportunities the program offers to those who are willing to volunteer. Consider joining the internationally acclaimed volunteer service organization, a winner of the 2015 IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs.

Besides patrolling the streets and assisting at crime scenes, the Surprise Citizens Patrol partners with the police on programs such as Vacation Watch, the “We Care” Program, vehicle impounds, and neighborhood notifications on sex offenders. So, come join our Citizens Patrol at the Open House and learn more about the program.

Learn more about the Surprise Citizens Patrol: http://ow.ly/PiPoX

Lunchtime Theater in Surprise Continues

The City of Surprise in collaboration with the West Valley Arts Council, Theater Works and the West Valley Symphony’s Lunchtime Theater season will continue in 2016. The remaining three lunchtime performances will be held in the beautiful 2,500 square foot Arts HQ gallery. Performances includes:

January 13, 2016: “Jam Session with Maestro Kellogg and Friends” – West Valley Symphony. View event

January 28, 2016: “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” – Theater Works presents a musical about the contemporary conundrum of “the relationship”. View event

All performances begin at Noon, at the Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ. Tickets are $9 for each performance. To order tickets, please call the West Valley Arts Council at 623.935.6384 or Susan de Jong at 623.214.7537. Each performance will be 45-50 minutes long.

Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch or pre-order from the City Café @ Surprise. To place a lunch order, please contact the City Café @ Surprise at 623.222.8900. Lunch orders from the City Café @ Surprise will be delivered to the Arts HQ before the performance.

World Series Day

Surprise Stadium will be recognizing the Kansas City Royals for the 2015 World Series win at the 1:05 pm game scheduled for Saturday, March 5!


Did You Know?

Passport Services Available at City Hall

Are you looking to apply for a passport book or card? Maybe you need a new passport photo? Passport services are now available at Surprise City Hall. Applications will be accepted for first-time passport books and passport cards or for passport renewals. This includes adult, adolescent and child passports.

Passport photos are an option as well for $10 at the City Clerk’s Office. Normal business hours for passports will be: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please note, any fees paid to the Department of State must be paid by check or money order. Fees paid to the City of Surprise for Executive Fees or in-house photos can be made by check, cash or debit/credit card.

For additional information, please visit the Department of State website at travel.state.gov. The website has detailed guidelines, a fee chart, passport forms and other requirements to prepare for your passport submission.

To make an appointment or for questions, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 623.222.1200.

Election Information – Candidate Packets Now Available

The City of Surprise ballot issues (Mayor & Districts 2, 3 & 4) will be on the same ballot as County, State and Presidential in 2016. The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 30 and the General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8.

Candidate Packets with Petitions are now available.

Offices to be filled – four (4) year terms to expire 2020: Mayor and 3 Council Seats: Districts 2 (Cottonwood), 3 (Mesquite) & 4 (Mulberry).

Candidate Packet Filing Deadline: Nomination paper, financial disclosure statements, affidavit of qualifications and petitions are due no earlier than Monday, May 2, 2016 and no later than Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – 5:00 p.m. Candidate packets need to be filed at the City Clerk’s Office – 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, Arizona 85374.

Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, August 1, 2016 – 5:00 p.m.

Early Voting/Satellite Location – The Surprise City Clerk’s Office will be a Satellite Early Voting and Ballot Drop Off location – 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, Arizona 85374.

For further information, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 623-222-1220.

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December 4, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting

Fall 2016 Elections

Kristi Passarrelli, Assistant Elections Director with Maricopa County Elections Department, updated the City Council on the fall 2016 election cycle. In 2012, Legislature amended A.R.S. 16-204 which states that city/town candidate elections must be held on the same day as the Primary or General election in even-numbered years, effectively banning all municipalities from holding candidate elections on any other statutory election date. Since Surprise is a non-charter city, we must hold our candidate elections during even numbered years in August and November.

With the fall 2016 primary election, there will be a separate ballot for each party entitled to participate in the primary. For a voter who is registered as an Independent, or no party preference, the voter will designate the ballot of only one political party that is represented on the ballot. A 90 day notification will be sent to Independent voters on the Permanent Early Voting List requesting the selection of a political party (Republican or Democrat).

The first day to request an early ballot is 93 days prior to each election; hence, May 29, 2016 for the August 30, 2016 Primary Election. Voters can request for both Primary and General elections on this date. Voters can request an early ballot by August 7, 2016 for the November 8, 2016 General Election. This is the earliest date a General Election Only request can be made. The last day to request a ballot to be mailed is 11 days prior to each election; therefore, August 19, 2016 for the August 30, 2016 Primary Election and October 28, 2016 for the November 8, 2016 General Election.

If you would like to request an early mail ballot, you can do so via phone at 602.506.1511, online at www.recorder.maricopa.gov/EVRequest or in writing (Maricopa County Elections, Attn: Early Voting, 510 S. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003).

Southgate at Canyon Ridge West

Approval for a rezone/Major PAD Amendment was requested to change land use of a 15.77 acre portion of Parcel 1, Lot 2 of Canyon Ridge West for Southgate (115th Avenue & Bell Road) from PAD (High Density Residential 9-22 DU/Ac) to PAD (Low Density Residential 2-6 DU/Ac.). The proposal for Southgate at Canyon Ridge includes development standards that meet or exceed standards for Canyon Ridge West and includes a reduced street cross-section which omits the park strip between the curb and sidewalk.

The Preliminary Plat for this proposal was also reviewed. After no public comments, the both items were approved unanimously.

Recent Changes in City Ordinances

The City of Surprise adopted several changes to ordinances related to animal ownership. In an effort to ensure all citizens are made aware of the new changes, the Surprise Police provided the following review of the effected ordinances or city codes.

To begin with, the definition of “at large” was changed in Surprise City Code 10-19. The code also requires a dog owner to contain their pet within a structure (home), an enclosure (fenced rear yard), or restrain and control the animal (leash) at all times. While away from their premises, the dog owner has the same requirements; however there continues to be an exemption for a dog park.

Within the same city code, there was also a change for homeowners in gated communities. A previous exception stating dogs were not at large anywhere within a gated community has been deleted. At this time, gated communities are treated the same as any other location within the City of Surprise.

Surprise City Code 10-24 also was modified. The code penalizes all owners who: do not get their dog licensed, counterfeit a dog license, remove a valid license from a dog, or place a license for another animal on their dog which is not valid.

Also, the Surprise Police would like to remind citizens of Surprise City Code 10-26. This code states an owner who wants to continue keeping an animal previously declared vicious by a court must obtain liability insurance, have the animal spayed or neutered, and muzzle the animal when taking it off the owner’s premises.

Other changes were also made to Surprise City Code 10-56. The change states an animal found running around a neighborhood may cause the owner to have to pay food and housing charges, if the owner was negligent in allowing the animal to get out. Proof of negligence is more than just a dog getting out – it would come from the dog getting out multiple times or proof the owner is not taking reasonable steps to keep the animal contained.

Additionally, in regard to Surprise City Code 10-79, the code now requires only one person to file a formal complaint with the police about a barking dog prior to enforcement action being taken.

If you have additional questions in regard to these city ordinances, please contact the Surprise Police Department at 623.222.4000. Click here for more information or to review current Surprise City Ordinances: http://ow.ly/VlWvV


Events & Meetings

Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital Ribbon Cutting & Open House

I attended the Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital ribbon cutting and open house on Thursday, November 19. The $17.5 million rehabilitation hospital with 40 beds is specifically designed for treating devastating head injuries that general hospitals may not be equipped to handle. The hospital brings 140 jobs to Surprise ranging from neurologists to registered nurses and other key staff positions. The hospital recently hired Dr. Raj Singh as its medical director. He is also the medical director for the Barrow Neurosurgical Associates NeuroSpine and Rehab Center and the Rehabilitation Institute of Scottsdale. Patients are expected later this month.

ADOT Meeting

Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I met with representatives from ADOT on Friday, November 20 to discuss the best possible communication roll-out for businesses and residents with regards to the upcoming Bell/Grand Intersection project scheduled to begin this spring. We are working with ADOT to find ways to help businesses with the closure as well. The entire city will be impacted by this construction and it is my intent to provide whatever communication and assistance I can provide to ease the project pains of all involved. Bob Wingenroth, City Manager, has taken a proactive role with city management to address the concerns of our businesses and residents as well.

2016 Legislative Breakfast Meeting

State Senator Judy Burges, Representative Phil Lovas and Representative David Livingston attended the City’s 2016 Legislative Breakfast meeting at the AZ TechCelerator on Tuesday, December 1. The focus of the conversation was economic development, bringing higher wage jobs to the City of Surprise and our City’s contribution to the State’s economy. Our State Legislators discussed their initiatives, which included better veterans benefits, HOA issues, State Land concerns and Governor Ducey’s education plan that will be a May ballot initiative.

Stormwater Utility Outreach Meeting

On Wednesday, December 2, I attended the Stormwater Utility meeting at City Hall. The City began hosting a series of public meetings beginning last month to inform you, the residents, about the proposed Stormwater Utility and to gather input on stormwater management. If adopted, a utility designated for stormwater management would enable the city to cover the costs of public health and safety concerns often caused by stormwater such as flooding, which causes polluted standing water that attracts disease-bearing pests and transportation issues, such as sinkholes and premature pavement loss.

City Council will consider the Stormwater Utility at a regular City Council meeting early next year. For more information, please refer to our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/stormwater.

Valley Metro Special Meeting

Due to the recent news about Valley Metro expenses and documentation and the resignation of CEO Steve Banta, Phoenix City Councilwoman Thelda Williams, who is also Chair of the Valley Metro Rail and the Valley Metro RPTA that I serve on has requested a formal audit of the Valley Metro travel and employee expenses from January 2010 to present. The audit will focus on making sure that proper organizational controls, oversight and accountability measures are in place for the future. Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher indicated the audit would begin as soon as possible.

Valley Metro held a special meeting on Thursday, December 3 at their offices in Phoenix. We accepted the resignation of Mr. Banta and requested an outside audit in addition to the audit that the City of Phoenix will be conducting. Eric Anderson, Transportation Director for Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), has been named temporary interim Director.


Mark Your Calendar

14th Annual Surprise Party

Please come celebrate the upcoming holidays at our 14th Annual Surprise Party on Friday, December 4 ( 5 pm – 9 pm) and Saturday, December 5 (11 am – 5 pm) at the Surprise Recreation Campus. This fun-filled event offers a variety of activities and entertainment experiences. Admission is free with a canned food or toy donation benefiting Sanderson Ford Operation Santa Claus.

The schedule for Friday includes a hot air balloon glow, Arizona Skyhawks Skydivers, a traditional tree lighting ceremony, great food, live musical performances from “Steppin’ into Tomorrow” and “Gonzology” plus fireworks. Santa’s Workshop, presented by Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry, will offer a free opportunity for youth of all ages to visit Santa & Mrs. Claus while enjoying arts & crafts, cookies and much more!

Saturday’s festivities include an arts & crafts festival, classic car show, interactive games, camel rides, a petting zoo, clowns, face painters, inflatables, carnival, gingerbread house contest and much more. There will be a variety of entertainment throughout the day including performances by the City of Surprise dance programs. Saturday’s events will be held at Surprise Recreational Campus, 8 Acre Park, just north of the Stadium.


Did You Know?

Increased Air Activity @ Luke Air Force Base

Luke Air Force Base has advised us of upcoming increased air activity. The increase began on December 1 and is expected through December 13. The purpose of the exercise is to provide the Singapore armed forces an opportunity to exercise and train their full spectrum of command, control and execution.

Spring Training 2016

The Spring Training schedule is now available! Get your tickets when our online pre-sale begins on December 12 or you can purchase them in person when the box office opens its windows on January 9. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/1XEyd32.

Economic Development Update

The October statistics are in! There were 3 large business inquiries, 1 small business inquiry, 2 AZ TechCelerator inquiries, 2 large business site visits, 12 small business assists and 14 AZ TechCelerator tenant requests.

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October 30, 2015 • Newsletter

Special City Council Meeting

City Attorney Update

City Council met on Tuesday, October 27 at a Special Council Meeting to consider and take action on appointing an Interim City Attorney given Misty Leslie’s resignation last week. Deputy City Attorney Robert Wingo has been named the City’s Interim City Attorney. Mr. Wingo joined the City in December 2013 as the Deputy City Attorney and was named Chief Deputy in April 2014. He has 11 years of legal experience including prior service as the City Attorney for Page, Arizona. He holds a B.S. summa cum laude in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Please join me in thanking Misty for her service to the City. I wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor.


Events & Meetings

Surprise Police Officer Jim Reznik Retires

I was honored to attend the Surprise Police Department Retirement Open House for Officer Jim Reznik. Officer Reznik retired on October 22, 2015 with 28 years of service to our fine City.

Officer Reznik began employment with the Surprise Marshal’s Office on September 23, 1987. Throughout his career, Jim was assigned to the Field Operations Division and the Criminal Investigations Division. He was also assigned to the DEA Task Force from 2002 until 2011. Jim’s achievements included Field Training Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Gang Training and Master Police Officer.

Officer Reznik

Thank you, Jim, for all your years of service protecting Surprise and making a difference in the lives of so many of our beloved residents.

Surprise Invitational Art Exhibit Opens at Arts HQ

The West Valley Arts HQ Gallery hosted an opening reception for the Surprise Invitational Art Exhibit on Thursday, October 22. Councilman Roland Winters and I attended the event with several residents and fellow art enthusiasts. There are over 80 pieces on display. The exhibit can be seen through December 11, 2016. West Valley Arts HQ is located at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Harvest Festival

On Friday, October 23, I attended Benevilla’s Harvest Festival at the Surprise Community Garden. This annual event was full of residents enjoying music, food, crafts and much more. I’d like to extend a special thank you to the Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments for their work at this event!

mother holding child at the Harvest Festival

Kids and parents trick-or-treating at Harvest Festival

The Surprise Community Garden is a Community For All Ages program led by Benevilla in partnership with the City of Surprise and Rio Salado College.

Sierra Verde Community Event

Mayor Wolcott, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I attended the Sierra Verde Movie Night on Saturday, October 24 at their local community park. Many residents were in attendance for the event which was sponsored by Stillwater Landscape Management.

Rio Salado RISE International Presentations

Councilmen Jim Biundo and Roland Winters and I were honored to watch presentations from international students as part of the RISE program at Rio Salado College on Monday, October 26. Immigrants from Laos, Belarus, Mexico and Tonga were eager to share their stories about why they chose Surprise, their thoughts on America and much more. More than 80 people were in attendance.

RISE is a grassroots community based educational organization created for and by seniors to afford them the opportunity for stimulation, enlightenment and interaction amongst peers in an environment which encourages lifelong learning.

Sierra Verde Community Meeting

Sierra Verde held their HOA meeting on Wednesday, October 28. The budget for 2016 was approved, and an update was provided on the fall tree pruning and removals.


Mark Your Calendar

Transportation Update Meeting

Staff has scheduled a community meeting on Thursday, November 5 in the Mayor’s Atrium of City Hall from 5-7 pm so that City can communicate information regarding current and future transportation Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects with residents. The City has compiled a list of 10 significant projects that are either in design review, have been recently approved or are currently under construction, and will have information tables for each project at this meeting.

One project nearing completion is the Bell Road Sidewalk Project, which is 80 percent complete and on track to conclude in mid-November.

Pavement Preservation Work – Traffic Restrictions

The City is in the process of performing pavement preservation work on Reems Road between Greenway and Waddell Roads resulting in traffic restrictions.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction from 6 am until 6 pm on November 2 and November 3. Turn lanes will be maintained as long as possible until they are within work limits.


Did You Know?

General Election Day

As a friendly reminder, there will be NO voting at Surprise City Hall on Election Day, November 3. All voters waiting to vote until Election Day must go to their designated polling locations to vote in person and to drop off ballots.

Polls will be open from 6 am until 7 pm on Election Day only. Please call the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.1511 for more information or please feel free to visit www.recorder.maricopa.gov to search for your polling location.

Surprise Dial-A-Ride Update

Surprise Dial-A-Ride is now offering service on holidays! Holiday service will be capped at 30 one-way trips per day.

Dial-A-Ride’s regular hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regular weekday cap limits are 140 one-way trips, and Saturdays have a cap of 30 one-way trips.

As a reminder, Dial-A-Ride offers advanced reservations. Certified ADA, seniors and others with disabilities can schedule advance reservations up to 14 days prior to the trip. To make an appointment for Dial-A-Ride service, please call 602.266.8723.

All Dial-A-Ride service requirements remain the same and can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/dialaride.


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October 16, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Disability Advisory Commission Interview

Councilman Roland Winters, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I interviewed a candidate for the Disability Advisory Commission on Tuesday, October 13. For those of you who might be interested in volunteering on any one of our several boards or commissions, please visit http://surpriseaz.gov/boards or contact the Surprise City Clerk’s office at 623.222.1220.

The Great Arizona Shake Out

Did you know that Arizona has earthquakes? Although major earthquakes are infrequent in Arizona, especially in comparison to California, Nevada and Utah, each year hundreds of earthquakes do occur in and around our State. Taking steps now to prepare your family and home will help not only mitigate the effects of earth shaking but also provide you with an opportunity to practice how to be safer when it does happen.

The Great Arizona Shake Out was organized on Thursday, October 15 to encourage you and our community to review and update emergency preparedness plans and supplies and to secure space in order to prevent damage and injuries. For further information, please visit http://shakeout.org/Arizona.

Valley Metro Budget & Finance Committee Meeting

The Valley Metro Budget & Finance Committee met on Thursday, October 15. The major subjects discussed for future recommendation to the full Board of Directors were the Reserve Policy and the Investment Policy. Additionally, we reviewed the Public Transportation Fund revenues from the Prop 400 Maricopa County Transportation Excise Tax. Some of that data is as follows:

FY 2013/2014 – Actuals
$121,774,260
FY 2014/2015 – Budget
$127,672,000
FY2014/2015 – Actuals
$127,317,682

There is a loss of $354,318 compared to budget from last year but a $5,543,422 increase compared to last year’s actuals.


Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The Surprise Fiesta Grande is finally here this Saturday, October 17 from 2 pm until 10 pm on Hollyhock Street on the Roy Villanueva Recreation Campus, 15837 N. Nash Street. Admission is free. Please consider joining us for authentic Mexican food, beer and food garden, classic car show, a kids’ zone and plenty of live entertainment!

I hope to see you there! For more information, please visit http://surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Surprise Fiesta Grande logo

Bullard Avenue Task Force Meeting

The Bullard Avenue Task Force will meet on October 19 at 6 pm at the Northwest Regional Library meeting room, 16089 N. Bullard Avenue. This meeting is open to the public. For more information about the task force, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

Mark your calendar for the next Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival! Thunderbird Artists leads the charts when it comes to producing award winning fine art & wine festivals. The 4th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival will occur January 22, 23, & 24 at the Surprise Recreation Campus located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.


Did You Know?

Bell/Grand Avenue Corridor Project

Please note that the City Council will be discussing, with possible action, a recommendation to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) on whether or not to move forward with the Bell Road/Grand Avenue intersection project.

Late last month, businesses located in District 5 and along the corridor, met at the Communiversity after a presentation by City staff and ADOT to discuss the project and their concerns.

Important Election Dates for November 2015

The City of Surprise has been designated as an Early Voting Site. All registered voters within Maricopa County will be able to vote at City Hall, including Surprise, El Mirage, Waddell, Wittman, etc. Please note the following dates:

  • October 23 – Last day to request an Early Ballot be mailed to you
  • October 30 – Early Voting ends at City Hall at 5 pm.

Please note no voting will take place at City Hall on Election Day. All voters must go to their designated polling locations to vote in person. Polls will be open from 6 am until 7 pm on Election Day only. For information on your polling location for Election Day, you can contact the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.3535 or visit our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/electionnews.


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October 9, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Boys & Girls Club of Surprise

Earlier this year, City Council identified the need for a Boys & Girls Club within the City of Surprise. After a 5-2 vote, City Council allocated $2 million for an endowment fund where interest earned will help fund operational costs for the future development of a Club; however, a new facility is at least two years away. Mark Coronado, Director of Community & Recreation Services, presented an option to open Boys & Girls Club satellite locations at current City operated recreation centers in advance of the new facility. This option eliminates initial costs to open a facility since we would utilize space at Countryside Recreation Center and Sierra Montana Recreation Center.

Mr. Coronado reinforced that all existing facility programing will continue and enhance opportunities for all youth in our community.

Surprise City Code Chapter 10 – Animals Chapter

After reviewing Surprise City Code. Chapter 10, Surprise Lieutenant Harold Brady recommends that City Council consider a few changes to the animals chapter, including, but not limited to, definitions of at large, owner and vicious; new licensing violations; additional regulations for animals declared vicious; cost recovery for impounded animals; animal cruelty penalties; improved due process for owner(s) of suspected barking dogs; and eliminating an exception allowing dogs to be off leash throughout gated communities.

New violations were recommended for failure to obtain a license within 15 days after written notification to do so, counterfeiting a dog license, removing a valid license from a dog and placing an invalid license on a dog. New vicious animal restrictions were also discussed including the purchase of a $100,000 public liability insurance policy and spaying or neutering within 30 days of final judgment of viciousness.

Barking dog procedure recommendations included civil violations for first offenses (Must disturb peace and quiet for two or more residences); second violation may be criminal or civil at the discretion of the enforcement agent; third and subsequent violations are criminal. There must be at least one witness willing to testify in court under these proposed circumstances.

Surprise Conference and Training Center

Water Resource Manager Director Terry Lowe discussed the need for future water and wastewater jobs within the next 10 years. One of the greatest challenges in finding replacements for those currently working in these positions and expected to retire within the next five years is there is a lack of applicants with needed certifications and lack of skills to operate today’s treatment systems.

The City of Surprise can help as we have the facilities to show the complete Life Cycle of Water in Arizona at one location; the groundwater treatment/distribution (Rancho Gabriella WSF) and water reclamation/recharge (SPA1 WRF). This can be achieved in partnership with Gateway Community College.

The proposed new training center, the Surprise-Gateway Training Center, would contain a wastewater operations lab, a water operations lab, large assembly space, three classrooms (2 standard classrooms and 1 learning lab), a water education lab, an OSHA education lab and a small fitness center.

Surprise-Gateway Training Center render

Surprise-Gateway Training Center floor plan render

In order to proceed, the Council will need to consider and staff will need to complete an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Gateway Community College. The design should be complete by December 2015, and a groundbreaking would likely take place during the first quarter of 2016. Classes are anticipated to begin in September 2016, timeline and approval permitting.


City Council Meeting

Domestic Violence Awareness Proclamation Presentation

Domestic violence is an awful epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, gender, race, religion or economic status. Sadly, 1 in 4 U.S. women experience violence by a partner at some time during their life and 2 out of 3 children are exposed to trauma and violence in their life. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.

Vice Mayor John Williams presented a Proclamation in honor of the City’s support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the month of October. We stand behind all victims, and we will continue to bring awareness to providing protections against domestic violence.


Events & Meetings

Rotary Club of Surprise Monthly Meeting

I attended the Rotary Club of Surprise monthly meeting on Thursday, October 1. The Rotary Club discussed the plans for their two major annual fundraisers. The 2015 Rotary Club of Surprise Golf Classic will be held on November 7, 2015 at Great Eagle Golf Club. More information can be found at www.surpriserotarygolfclassic.org. The Taste of Surprise will be held on March 9, 2016.

Arts & Cultural Commission Meeting

The Arts & Cultural Commission met on Monday, October 1. The Commission will have a booth at the upcoming Surprise Fiesta Grande. They are also busy planning the Art Encounter at City Hall scheduled for November 12 from 5 until 7 pm.

Meet & Greet for New Director Candidates

City Manager Bob Wingenroth hosted a Meet & Greet in the Mayor’s Atrium on Friday, October 2 for seven finalists vying for the Director of Human Service and Community Vitality Position. I will include the announcement of the new director in a future newsletter.

Governor Ducey’s International State of the State Address

Assistant City Manager Rick Buss, Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic and I attended Governor Ducey’s International State of the State address on Monday, October 5 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. A bi-national mega-region, shared border and foreign trade policy were the focus of the Governor’s conversation.

This year, U.S. exports are down by 5% while Arizona’s export volume continues to increase with a current volume of up to 7%. Arizona exported approximately $21.25 billion in goods and services to foreign markets in 2014. Arizona’s largest market in 2014 was Mexico with $8.62 billion in exports. The second largest market was Canada with $2.25 billion, followed by United Kingdom ($1.10 billion), China ($1.02 billion) and Germany ($753 million).

The state’s largest merchandise export category is computer & electronic products which accounted for $4.975 billion of Arizona’s total merchandise exports in 2014. The largest metropolitan areas are Phoenix – Mesa – Scottsdale at $12.8 billion (65.4% share); Tucson at $2.3 billion (11.7% share); Sierra Vista-Douglas at $425 million (2.2% share); Lake Havasu City – Kingman at $255 million (1.3% share); and Prescott at $50 million (0.3% share).

Boards & Commission Interviews

Councilman Roland Winters, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I interviewed interested candidates for openings on the Arts & Cultural Commission on Wednesday, October 7. Thank you to everyone who applied!


Mark Your Calendar

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The City’s next Household Hazardous Waste Collection event will take place on Saturday, October 10 from 8 am until 12 noon. Drop-off is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to entrance off Foxfire Drive). This event is free and for Surprise residents only.

Acceptable items include antifreeze, car batteries, motor oil, gasoline, diesel, fuel additives, pool chemicals, stain, paint, pesticides and much more. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or you can call 623.222.6000.

Second Sunday in the Park

The Silverkats live will perform 70s and 80s cover tunes at the next Second Sundays in the Park event on Sunday, October 11 at the Surprise Community Park, located at 15953 N. Bullard Avenue. The band will play from 2 until 4 p.m.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

Please mark your calendar and join us at this fun-filled street festival paying homage to the significance of the Original Town Site (OTS) and the importance of the Grand Avenue Corridor. The event will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 2 pm until 10 pm on Hollyhock Street on the Roy Villanueva Recreation Campus in the OTS.

I hope to see you there! For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

fiesta Grande logo

Bullard Avenue Task Force Meeting

The Bullard Avenue Task Force will meet on October 19 at 6 pm at the Northwest Regional Library meeting room, 16089 N. Bullard Avenue. This meeting is open to the public. For more information about the task force, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.


Did You Know?

City Hall – Upcoming Holiday Schedule

With several fall holidays quickly approaching, there are a few holiday scheduling changes you may want to know about.

City offices will remain open on Columbus Day – Monday, October 12.

City offices will be closed on Veterans Day – Wednesday, November 11. The holiday trash and recycling schedule will be in effect that week. Monday and Tuesday pick-up will not be affected. Pick up originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 11 will move to Thursday, November 12 and pick up originally scheduled for Thursday, November 12 will move to Friday, November 13.

City offices will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. The holiday trash and recycling schedule will be in effect. The holiday will only affect residents with Thursday pick-up, which will move to Friday, November 27.

Important Election Dates for November 2015

The City of Surprise has been designated as an Early Voting Site for the Nov. 3 election. All registered voters within Maricopa County are able to vote at City Hall through October 30 at 5p.m. Please note that voter registration for the Nov. 3 election has closed, but those who are registered have until Oct. 23 to request an Early Ballot.

No voting will take place at City Hall on Election Day. All voters must go to their designated polling locations to vote in person. Polls will be open from 6 am until 7 pm on Election Day only. For information on your polling location for Election Day, you can contact the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.3535 or visit our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/electionnews.


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