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June 15, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Surprise Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Sixteen local students participated in the AZ TechCelerator’s 4th Annual Surprise Entrepreneurship Boot Camp this last week. They were challenged to assess community needs and brainstorm products or services that could address those needs. The students learned from local business leaders who spoke about marketing, accounting and public speaking and then began their project research.

The students broke into four teams:

  • Surprise Transit Systems, who addressed the need for local public transportation
  • Drive Safe, who addressed the problem of distracted driving
  • A Little Surprise, who addressed the lack of healthy food available for low to moderate income families
  • Commune, who addressed the need to have one application that could keep residents informed on City Government, events and local business

Each team prepared an executive business summary to aid in creating their final pitch. The teams also created, designed and printed either their prototype or an object that was symbolic to their project on 3D printers that they had helped to build at the beginning of the week. The boot camp ended with a pitch competition at City Hall, and the presentations were quite impressive!

The big winner was the Drive Safe team. Congratulations to Nickolas Robertson and Jack Platacz from Paradise Honors High School, and to Alaina Smith and Justice Smith from Valley Vista High School on their win! They each received an HD Fire tablet and each winning school took home one of the student-built 3D printers.

Thank you to Economic Development Coordinator Julie Neal for putting together the boot camp each year and to Youth Services Administrator Mike Cassidy for assisting!

Community and Recreation Services National Accreditation

The Community and Recreation Services Department (CRS) is in the last step of the accreditation process through the Commission of Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The department has been working towards the accreditation for the past year. Council Members were invited to meet the CAPRA evaluators on Tuesday, June 13 at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex.

CAPRA accreditation is a five-year cycle that includes three phases: development of the agency self-assessment report, the on-site visitation, and the Commission’s review and decision. The on-site visitation follows the agency’s development of its self-assessment report. If accreditation is granted by the Commission at its meeting following the on-site visit, the agency will develop a new self-assessment report and be revisited every five years. Within each of the four years between on-site visits, the agency will submit an annual report that addresses its continued compliance with the accreditation standards.

Friends of Surprise Libraries Board Meeting

Friends of Surprise Libraries held their monthly Board meeting on Wednesday, June 14. Since the non-profit organization’s inception, they have made community contributions totaling $516,424 .Agenda items included a financial report and grant update and much more. Friends of Surprise Libraries is currently looking for new Board Members. For more information on the organization, please visit www.friendsofthesurpriselibraries.org.

Valley Metro Dial-A-Ride Transition Public Meeting

Valley Metro hosted a public meeting at Surprise City Hall on Wednesday, June 14 to review the upcoming changes to their paratransit models prior to the July 1 transition of Dial-a-Ride to RideChoice and Valley Metro Paratransit.


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34th Annual Fourth of July Celebration

Please join us for our 34th annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Surprise Recreation Campus! Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. The Rookie League baseball summer matchup featuring the Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers will begin at 5:30 pm. Concessions will be available for purchase. Fireworks will begin immediately following the game at 8:30 p.m.

Fourth of July Pool Party

Bring the family out to the Surprise Aquatic Center for a fun filled evening. The poolside celebration will feature music, games, nighttime swimming, crafts and raffle prizes! The event begins at 6 p.m. and will conclude after the city’s fireworks show, which begins at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Surprise residents may purchase tickets beginning June 20 at 8 a.m. at the Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N. Bullard Ave., or at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Tickets are $6, and the event will be limited to the first 400 Surprise residents.

Regular pool hours on Tuesday, July 4 will be noon – 5 p.m.


Did You Know?

Bulk Trash Pickup Program Changes Effective July 1

Changes are coming to the Bulk Trash Pickup program offered to residents who are serviced by the city of Surprise Solid Waste Department. Bulk trash will continue to be picked up by-appointment and at no additional cost to the customer; but, the rules for placement of the trash are changing.

Effective July 1, 2017, customers need to place their trash in the street, up against the curb (gutter) in front of their property. Where there is no curb, material must be placed at the edge of the street, not the sidewalk. Do not place your pile within ten feet (10’) of any fixed object or in any manner which would interfere with pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, or fire hydrants.

Bulk trash can no longer be placed on private property, unless the home is located on a major roadway – streets like Bell Road and Litchfield Road or streets that feed into neighborhoods, also known as collector streets. If trash must be placed on private property, due to location, the city will provide a liability release form that needs to signed.

To find out how to schedule a pickup appointment, which items are acceptable, what the pickup limit is, and when to place your trash at the curb, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bulktrash or call 623.222.1900.

Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission

Applications for the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission are available for pick-up immediately and can be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday – 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Applications are also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/boards. If you are interested, please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person or by e-mail to: clerk@surpriseaz.gov. Applications are always available for all boards and commissions and will be kept on file for future vacancies.


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June 16, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

Bell-Grand Business Stakeholder Outreach Meeting

The city and Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) hosted the monthly Bell-Grand Business Stakeholder Outreach Meeting on Tuesday. Vice Mayor Jim Biundo, Councilman Todd Tande and I attended, along with three business representatives including the property manager that represents both shopping centers at the intersection of Bell Road and Grand Avenue.

Economic Development provided an outreach update on the Bell/Grand ShopSurprise text campaign initiative. To date, approximately 1,500 people have opted-in and 64,000 actual messages have been sent. The next steps for the campaign include creating a business directory listing and expanding advertising to businesses on the east side of the project near Sun City West. Economic Development and ADOT will continue to canvas businesses in the project area.

The amendment to the temporary signage policy that allows power centers to install signage at strategic corners along the detour route was shared with the group.

ADOT provided an update on the status of the project. The cause of last week’s accident is still under investigation. A new girder is being prepared and at this time; there is no anticipated impact to the overall project schedule. Crews can continue other project work, while the new girder is being built and delivered. Work to create curbs and gutters and utility relocation continues on Bell Rd west of Grand Ave; and paving on the new 134th Ave is scheduled for this week, or early next week. ADOT also continues discussions with BNSF on right-of-way access to complete the girder work.

In early July, Grand Ave traffic will shift to the westbound lanes and non-signalized business access driveways along Grand Ave (Taco Bell/Office Max, Bank of America, Olive Garden, Del Taco) will be temporarily closed until early 2017. Mechanically stabilized earthen walls will be erected on Bell Rd and Grand Ave (walls that will support the ramps) in the coming months.

The summer issue of Progress magazine, scheduled to be mailed out on June 29, will include information about the Grand Ave switchover and will also have an updated business access map.

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

Surprise Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

The Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp took place the week of June 6. This year we hosted 16 students from three schools: Arizona Charter Academy, Paradise Honors, and Imagine Prep.

After a week of great speakers who covered the colors personality assessment, marketing and small business accounting, the students prepared their business plans for their future school-run business. With the help of local active business professionals offering their expertise as mentors, they then started on their “Shark Tank” pitches.

Friday, June 10 was the big day! Four teams competed for $2,000 seed money to start their business at their school. The teams pitched their respective business concepts in the Council Chambers at City Hall to three judges, including Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic, Shelly Bade from My Office Suites and me! They were all fantastic, but of course, there can only be one big winner. The prize went to Zender, a team from Arizona Charter Academy. Zender will be implementing a smoothie station in their student lounge area “The Bulldog Zen.” It was a great week for all of the teams as they learned about entrepreneurship and walked away with some amazing prizes.

Local entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to panel

Veteran’s Parade Discussion

Community and Recreation Services staff and I met with a few residents to discuss the Veteran’s Day Parade slated to occur on Friday, November 11 at 9:30 am in Surprise. Registration to participate will open soon.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee met on Wednesday, June 15 and approved the Audit Committee Charter, Internal Audit Charter, Audit Committee Ordinance and Internal Audit Ordinance. The next meeting will take place on August 17 at 2:30 pm in the Council Overflow Room at City Hall.


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Surprise Heritage District Public Meetings

The city continues to host public meetings regarding the proposed Surprise Heritage District which aims to advance the revitalization plan for the city’s Original Town Site (OTS). The city has drafted ordinance changes that, if approved by the City Council, would implement a new zoning district in the OTS with two associated zoning overlays – one that focuses on residential and one that focuses on commercial.

The proposed zoning changes are intended to further implement the existing OTS Revitalization Plan that was adopted by City Council in 2002. The city collaborated with residents through presentations, interactive workshops and visual surveys to gather and draft the proposed ordinance. That draft ordinance was presented at public meetings over the past several months. Now, the ordinance will go before Council for consideration and action at the following public hearing:

June 21 – City Council Public Hearing for Consideration and Action 6 pm at Surprise City Hall Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

The draft ordinance is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/heritagedistrict and you may offer your comments online. For more information, please contact Joshua Mike at 623.222.3134.

Community Pride Day – Volunteers Needed

The City of Surprise is still looking for volunteers for a Community Pride Day event on June 18 from 7a.m. – noon! Volunteers can sign up to help at one of two locations, St. Mary’s Food Bank or Imagine Preparatory High School, and will spend the morning painting, gardening and sorting food boxes. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up by contacting Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239 or jason.hughes@surpriseaz.gov.

Truth in Taxation Hearing

In compliance with Section 42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, the city has notified property taxpayers of the intention to raise property taxes over last year’s rate. The city is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $588,173 or 8.7%.

For example, the proposed tax increase will cause the primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to increase from $74.13 (total taxes that would be owed without the proposed tax increase) to $80.59 (total proposed taxes including the tax increase).

All interested residents have been invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled to be held on June 21, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise.

City of Surprise 33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration

The City of Surprise welcomes you to celebrate the 4th of July at the Surprise Recreation Campus-Surprise Stadium at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue on Monday, July 4th. The event will kick off with a Rookie League baseball game featuring the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. Throughout the game, families can enjoy in-game contests, music, and family giveaways leading up to a firework spectacular! Parking and admission are free with a canned food donation benefiting the St. Mary’s Food Bank. Gates will open at 4:30pm and game will begin at 5:30pm. Concessions will be available for purchase. The stadium food and beverage policy will be in effect. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30pm.

For additional event information, please contact the Community and Recreation Services office at 623-222-2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.


Did You Know?

Traffic Restrictions at Greenway & Litchfield Roads

The left hand turning movements from Greenway Road to north and southbound Litchfield Road will be prohibited Friday, June 24 at 9 p.m. through Monday, June 27 at 5 a.m.

Following this restriction, the two west bound lanes along Greenway Road will be complete. The remaining construction activities along Greenway Road between Litchfield Road and Bullard Avenue will restore the existing pavement on the southern section of Greenway Road. This will be completed in mid-July.

The work is part of a project to widen Greenway Road between Litchfield Road and Bullard Avenue, providing two lanes of travel in each direction. It also includes sidewalks, bike lanes, a raised median and drainage improvements.

If you have any questions, please call the City of Surprise Customer Service at 623.222.6000.

Surprise Warns Against Leaving Children and Pets in Hot Vehicles

With temperatures expected to rise, possibly as high as 120 degrees this weekend, Surprise Police are reminding residents of the deadly dangers of leaving kids and pets in cars through their “Hot Cars Can Kill” campaign.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), heatstroke is one of the leading causes of death among children. A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult’s, and when a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, they die.

The NHTSA says to keep in mind that even at an outside temperature of 60 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 110 degrees, and in just 10 minutes, a car’s temperature can rise over 20 degrees.

As a reminder to check the backseat for kids and pets, place something you’ll need in the back, like a purse or briefcase, to remind yourself to look back before leaving your vehicle. Anyone who sees a child alone in a vehicle is asked to call 911 immediately.

The “Hot Cars Can Kill” campaign was introduced by the Surprise Police Department last spring. Visit www.surpriseaz.gov/hotcarscankill for more information, resources and to watch a 30-second public service announcement.

Heatstroke infographic


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