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June 1, 2017 • Newsletter

City Updates

Truth in Taxation Notice

Many of you have been inquiring about the recent press release pertaining the Truth in Taxation Hearing Notice that was distributed on Friday, May 26 (See Press Release). The city is required by state law to post annually a Truth in Taxation Notice. The verbiage is very specific and may lead to confusion. To clarify, the city is not raising property taxes. The City Council can only set the property tax rate, which we have agreed will remain at $0.7591 per $100 of assessed limited property value for the upcoming year.

The Truth in Taxation statement is showing the results of applying the same rate to the latest assessed limited property values for the city. The average assessed limited property value, as determined by the Maricopa County Assessor, increased by 3.7%. Applying this same rate to the new assessed limited property values results in the 3.7% increase in the amount referred to the aforementioned statement. While the rate is not increasing, the assessed property values are.

You are invited to attend and speak at the June 6 Regular City Council Meeting, 6 p.m. at Surprise City Hall, should you have any comments on this topic. At that meeting, Council will vote on our intention to levy primary property taxes in the amount of $0.7591 per $100 of assessed valuation and set the property tax levy adoption for the June 20 Council Meeting.

City Development

I have also been receiving inquiries about the construction occurring at Bell Road and Civic Center Drive. The property is known as Thompson Thrift which consists of a 9-acre small retail center that will include Raising Canes and In & Out Burger.

Civic Center Drive Expansion

Road construction to extend Civic Center Drive to one lane in each direction between Paradise Lane and Bell Road is scheduled to begin next month. When complete in September 2017, the much anticipated roadway will provide direct connection to Surprise City Hall from Bell Road. As development occurs adjacent to the roadway, there are plans to fully build Civic Center Drive to two lanes in each direction with a center median and sidewalks.


Events & Meetings

Memorial Day Activities

Last weekend, I was honored to participate in multiple Memorial Day events including the following:

  • Wreath laying ceremony at the WWII Memorial outside the Northwest Regional Library coordinated by the City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department in partnership with American Legion Post 96 and the Marine Corps League White Tank Mountain Detachment #1246
  • Wreath laying ceremony at the Nick Bacon Memorial located at City Hall that was hosted by VFW Post 285 led by Commander Glen Stark
  • The Sun Village Memorial Day Remembrance led by resident Tomas Garcia and a host of volunteers
  • 6th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Radiant Church organized and coordinated by the Veterans Memorial Hall Committee led by Larry Brown and George Van de Langeryt. This particular ceremony included a tribute to Bill Lipscomb who was instrumental in the planning of ceremonies in years past.

Review of Appointed Officials’ Goals

Councilman John Williams and I met to review and discuss the FY18 goals of the City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney. The final edition of said goals will be forwarded to the rest of City Council for review and discussion in Executive Session at the City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 6.

Surprise Police Department Celebration of Gail Kuhn

image of Officer Gail Kuhn
Community Services Officer (CSO) Gail Kuhn

The Surprise Police Department hosted a retirement celebration honoring Community Services Officer (CSO) Gail Kuhn on Wednesday, May 31. CSO Kuhn began employment with the Surprise Fire Department in January 2005 and joined the Surprise Police Department in June 2009. CSO Kuhn received many commendations throughout her employment and also received the Police Department “Civilian of the Year” award in 2012.


Mark Your Calendar

Valley Metro to Host Dial-a-Ride Transition Public Meeting

The city of Surprise, in partnership with Valley Metro, will host a public outreach meeting on Wednesday, June 14 to provide current Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride passengers an opportunity to learn about the new transportation service models prior to the July 1 transition of Dial-a-Ride to RideChoice and Valley Metro Paratransit.

Information about the shared route Senior Bus will also be presented at the meeting. Following the presentation, city and Valley Metro representatives will be available to answer questions about the transportation services.

Individuals needing reasonable accommodations should contact the ADA coordinator at 623.222.3531 (Voice); or 623.222.3503 (TTY) at least three (3) business days prior to the meeting so arrangements can be made.

The outreach meeting will be held in the Surprise City Hall Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, on June 14 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. A brief presentation will begin at 4 p.m. Customers unable to attend the meeting can stay informed about the Dial-a-Ride service changes by visiting www.surpriseaz.gov/transportation.

Share Your Thoughts on Arts & Culture Master Plan

The city in the process of developing an Arts and Culture Master Plan that will set the standard and strategic direction for how we continue to implement and enjoy arts and culture. We are asking for your help in shaping that plan, and there are several opportunities to do that!

Please take our online survey, available at www.surpriseartsplan.com/survey, and join us for one of the following roundtable discussions:

Tuesday, June 6
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Marley Park Heritage Club, 15210 W Sweetwater Avenue

Tuesday, June 6
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Surprise City Hall – Community Room, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza

Wednesday, June 7
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Sonoran Plaza at Sun City Grand – Palms Room, 19753 N Remington Drive

Thursday, June 8
2:30-4:30 p.m.
Surprise City Hall – Community Room, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza

The survey results and public input meetings will help us create a draft Arts and Culture Master Plan that will be presented to the community, the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission and the Surprise City Council for review and feedback.

For more information on the plan, process and timeline, please visit our Arts and Culture Master Plan webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/artsplan. For questions, please contact Joshua Mike at joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3134.


Did You Know?

Surprise Joins Heat Relief Network

The city of Surprise is a Heat Relief Network partner, providing hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during the hot summer months. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) coordinates mapping of the Heat Relief Network – a network of service providers, faith-based groups, municipalities, businesses, and caring citizens mobilizing to provide hydration and heat refuge for people in need. The ultimate goal of the Heat Relief Network is to help prevent heat-related deaths. The Heat Relief Network will run from May through September.

Designated hydration stations in Surprise include the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W Bell Road Building A Suite 124, and Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301 (FS 301), 16750 N Village Drive East. FS 301 is also a place of refuge to cool off during the day. You can help those in need of relief by donating water bottles, sun screen, sun glasses and hats at either of the heat relief locations.

City Seeking Donations for Homeless

Surprise has partnered with the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Salvation Army and Rio Salado Community College to bring Project Connect to Surprise on Wednesday, July 26 and we need your help to make this humanitarian event a success! Project Connect works with organizations to provide a broad range of vital health and human services such as applying for birth certificates, getting social security cards, haircuts, bicycle repair, and meals, in a single accessible location.

You can help by donating items listed below in one of the designated boxes at City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza; Surprise Police Department or Surprise Fire-Medical Department, 14250 W Statler Plaza; or at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock Street, by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25.

Here are the requested donations:

  • New underwear & new socks
  • Shirts
  • Pants/shorts
  • Granola bars
  • Water bottles
  • Dog food
  • General hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrush, combs, brushes, soap, deodorant)

Are you interested in volunteering at this deserving event? Volunteers will serve as Guest Guides and will be partnered with homeless individuals and families to lead them to and from each service professional. View the United Way Project Connect Volunteer Overview video to learn more about being a volunteer.

Guest Guides must be at least 18 years old. Morning, afternoon or full-day shifts are available; volunteers will be asked to report to the Salvation Army, 17420 Ave of the Arts, Surprise. Select a shift and sign up on the United Way Project Connect Surprise event page. Please contact Jason Hughes, jason.hughes@surpriseaz.gov if you have questions about the event.


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May 25, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Kyl Center for Water Policy Leaders Roundtable

The Kyl Center for Water Policy at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University hosted a roundtable discussion focusing on the link between water and economic growth on Thursday, May 18.

Senator Jon Kyl kicked off the meeting, speaking on how water has been the driving force that shaped the prosperity of the Phoenix metro area, from the construction of the Salt River Project system through the Central Arizona Project’s impact on the life in the Valley.

Ana Lopez, an ASU graduate intern for the Kyl Center, then provided insight into a new Center study. The study’s focus evaluated how corporate leaders, site locators and residential developers value water. Lopez provided an overview of the interview and survey results, that were based on information received by individuals who were responsible for determining if a company should relocate, if a development should be constructed, or if a piece of land should be purchased for development. Nearly all felt the risk of water is something that could not be gambled on. If the water supply of an area is doubtful, those interviewed would stop considering an area in question, believing the risk to future success is too great.

Grady Gammage, a land use attorney, water advocate, and Advisory Board Member of the Kyl Center, spoke about the misconceptions about water and the Phoenix Metro region. He cited several recent news articles and publications that inaccurately referenced the region as a particular area that should not have been developed or that was running out of water. Sound water management is what Arizonans do, dating back to when people began to inhabit the region. He cited the 1980 Groundwater Management Act as having a significant impact on new development. He concluded that looking to the future, Arizona is not going to run out of water, as long as Arizonans maintain a proactive and responsible approach to water policy.

As a member of the Kyl Center for Water Policy Leaders Roundtable, the City of Surprise is committed to researching and analyzing opportunities to ensure sound water stewardship.

Tourism Advisory Commission Meeting

The Tourism Advisory Commission Special Meeting, May 18, was facilitated by Eric Bailey, President of Bailey Innovations Group. The session included a series of activities and exercises designed to help pave the tourism framework of the Commission’s Strategic Plan. Tourism Commission members and staff identified a common focus while evaluating the current mission statement established in the Tourism Advisory Strategic Plan. Members were asked to assemble into groups to identify key terms and areas of importance regarding the impact of tourism and its effect on our community.

Commission members and staff developed the following statement: “With the consistent growth of the City of Surprise, it is imperative to create a strategic plan for tourism that will enhance the quality of life for residents through increased economic development and partnership opportunities creating an identity that the community is proud of.” The Commission also identified several key areas of focus including: funding, annual events, entertainment, identity development, medical tourism and destination attractions.

Commission members and staff were asked to evaluate and use the statement as an enhancement to the Strategic Plan. Commission members will complete the strategic plan at the next meeting to be held on August 8 at 9 a.m.

Valley Metro RPTA Meeting

I attended the Valley Metro RPTA meeting, May 18, where the Board approved the FY18 budget which will begin on July 1. Discussion included the community outreach plan concerning the paratransit changes that take effect on July 1. Please note there will be two meetings in Surprise. The first meeting will be held at the Surprise Senior Center for those that exclusively utilize the current Dial-a-Ride system for Senior Center trips only, and the second meeting will be June 14. Details are under the Mark Your Calendar section of this newsletter.

Surprise Veteran Job Club Open House

The Surprise Veteran Job Club celebrated their one-year anniversary with an Open House Celebration, May 18. Council Members Ken Remley and myself were honored to attend. Several Job Club Alumni also joined new members in the celebration.

The City of Surprise launched the Surprise Veteran Job Club on May 16, 2016 to serve Veterans and their families with career services. Too many Veterans find it difficult to transition to civilian employment after their military service.

In their first year, the Surprise Veteran Job Club collaborated with 31 businesses and membership grew to 70 members – over 70% of those members successfully transitioned into a diverse range of occupations and industries. The club is completely run by volunteers who are Veterans and spouses. The club aims to help veterans, active military, their spouses and family members with industry and career pathway knowledge to help them gain the skills they need to land a new job or pursue a new career. This group provides help with such things as creating effective resumes, employment assistance, guest speakers and networking opportunities.

Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. The next meeting is Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd. Bldg. A, Ste. #124. Please call 623-222-1600 or email April.Irish@surpriseaz.gov for more information.

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, May 23. Remember Media expert Sean O’Neill was the featured speaker. He provides corporate seminars that are known to have boosted the careers of thousands of employees and executives. The information was very useful and appreciated.


Mark Your Calendar

6th Annual Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony

The Veterans Memorial Hall Memorial Day 2017 Committee is hosting their 6th Annual Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony on Monday, May 29. The ceremony will be held at Radiant Church, at 15522 W. Paradise Lane. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.

Valley Metro to Host Dial-a-Ride Transition Public Meeting

The city, in partnership with Valley Metro, will host a public outreach meeting on Tuesday, June 14, to provide current Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride passengers an opportunity to learn about the new transportation service models prior to the July 1 transition of Dial-a-Ride to RideChoice and Valley Metro Paratransit.

The outreach meeting will be held in the Surprise City Hall Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, on June 14 from 4-5:30 p.m. A brief presentation will begin at 4 p.m. Information about the shared route Senior Bus will also be presented at the meeting.

Following the presentation, city and Valley Metro representatives will be available to answer questions about the transportation services.

Individuals needing reasonable accommodations should contact the ADA coordinator at 623.222.3531 (Voice); or 623.222.3503 (TTY) at least three (3) business days prior to the meeting so arrangements can be made.

Customers unable to attend the meeting can stay informed about the Dial-a-Ride service changes by visiting www.surpriseaz.gov/transportation.


Did You Know?

City Relocates City Hall Recycling Containers

The large recycling containers at City Hall, 14534 W. Tierra Buena Lane, have been relocated, due to upcoming planned development in the area. One of the containers will be moved to the gravel area next to the parking lot at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road, and another container will be relocated to the Public Works Yard, 13430 W. Westgate Drive.

A reminder that it is illegal to dump trash or recycling materials at non-designated drop-off locations. It is also illegal to dump unapproved items into the bins. If you witness someone performing these illegal acts, please call the police non-emergency number (623-222-4000). A list of approved items is available on the bins.

For more information about recycling in Surprise visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recycle.

City pools open this weekend!

The City of Surprise pools will open on Saturday, May 27 for summer open swim. The Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N Bullard Avenue. Weekend hours are noon – 5 p.m., including Memorial Day Monday, May 29. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from noon – 6 p.m. and Friday from noon – 4 p.m.

The Hollyhock Pool is located at 15808 N Hollyhock Street. Weekend hours are noon – 4 p.m., including Memorial Day. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from noon – 3 p.m.

Daily admission for Surprise residents is $1 per child (age 17 and under) and $2 per adult (must show residency); non-resident admission is $5 per person. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible person (age16 or older) at all times.

Pool passes are available for Surprise residents: individual passes are $20 for youth (age 17 and under) and $40 for adults (age 18 and older); family passes (2 adults and 3 children) are $80.

For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics or call the Hollyhock Pool at 623.222.2530 or the Surprise Aquatic Center at 623.222.2500.

115th Avenue & Union Hills Drive Summer Work Hours

Construction activities on the 115th Ave and Union Hills Drainage Improvement Project began last week and will continue throughout summer 2017.

The 115th Ave and Union Hills Drive project is a partnership between Surprise, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, the city of Peoria and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation, to construct two miles of drainage improvement designed to intercept flood water from the northeast and carry it south to the Agua Fria River, decreasing flood hazards to communities in the project area. The project is scheduled to be complete in summer 2018.

Current activities on the project include placing concrete in the channel on the south side of Bell Road.

The project team is mindful of the communities in the area and is committed to minimizing inconvenience to residents and business during construction activity.

For questions or concerns, call the construction hotline at 602.264.6416.

City Offices Closed for Memorial Day

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

City of Surprise trash and recycling customers are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day all week. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers and, therefore, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider.

If you have any questions, please contact City of Surprise Public Works at 623.222.1900.


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June 2, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

Construction at the Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange continues to progress. This past week, work included the following:

  • Installation of curb, gutter and grading for new 134th Avenue.
  • Installation of storm drain on Bell Road east of 134th Drive.
  • Preparation to pave and form the curb and gutters to build the east side of Grand Avenue.
  • Continue to build the bridge columns and support beams on the east and west side of Grand Avenue.
  • Relocation and installation of utilities at Bell Road and Grand Avenue.

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. Pictures below courtesy of ADOT.

Bell & Grand Project progess image June 2016


Events & Meetings

Celebrating Former City Manager Dick McComb

A recognition ceremony was held at City Hall for Richard W. (Dick) McComb, who served as City Manager for the City of Surprise from 1990-2000, on Wednesday, May 25. He was our longest tenure City Manager. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, he came to us with over 30+ years of municipal experience beginning in Colorado then moving to Arizona to serve as the City Manager for Gila Bend, Coolidge, and El Mirage before coming to Surprise.

Vice Mayor Jim Biundo, Councilmembers Todd Tande, Rachel Villanueva, Roland Winters and I joined City Manager Bob Wingenroth, City Clerk Sherry Aguilar, and several former Council Members along with many city employees to recognize the insurmountable contributions of this fine man. Thank you, Dick, for everything you’ve done for us!

Surprise Citizens Corps Council Meeting

The Surprise Citizens Corps Council met on Thursday, May 26. Conversation included a review of the bylaws, which will be forwarded to Surprise Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott and the city’s legal department for review, and the upcoming Ham radio classes that will begin this week and continue each Wednesday through July 20 from 7:30 pm until 9 pm at the Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

Surprise Police Department Promotion Ceremony

The Surprise Police Department held a promotion ceremony on Thursday, May 26. Councilman Roland Winters and I attended the event. Newly promoted are Enemecio Felix (Sergeant), Steve Turchin (Public Safety Communications Supervisor), and David Wood (Public Safety Communications Supervisor). Congratulations to all three of these hardworking men!

Police Promotional Ceremony invite materials

Dysart 101

I attended the Dysart 101 workshop at Dysart Unified School District on Thursday, May 26. The workshop provided an overview of District operations and included topics of financial, educational and district resources.

Memorial Day Wreath Ceremony

On May 28, the Surprise West Valley Veterans, in partnership with the City of Surprise, hosted a wreath laying ceremony to honor those that paid the ultimate sacrifice to our country. Thank you to all our veterans and their family members for what you do to keep this country great.

5th Annual Commemorative Memorial Day Program

Radiant Church hosted the 5th annual Commemorative Memorial Day program on Monday, May 30. This program was sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hall Memorial Day 2016 Committee which is a nonprofit organization comprised of several local veteran organizations and posts. Army Sergeant James Witkowski became the first recipient of the Arizona Gold Star Military Medal. I was honored to be present to see his parents, Jim and Barbara Witkowski, accept the honor. Army Sgt. Witkowski laid on a grenade, which killed him instantly to save the lives of his fellow soldiers in the Humvee and the rest of the convey he had been travelling with in Iraq.

A special thank you to Larry Brown and the Committee for always putting together a moving and deserving ceremony for our fallen soldiers and veterans.


Mark Your Calendar

33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration

The City of Surprise is hosting its 33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration on Monday, July 4th. Gates open at 5 pm at Surprise Stadium. Rookie teams from the Seattle Mariners will be playing the Kansas City Royals at 6 pm. Fireworks begin after the game at approximately 8:30 pm. Admission is free with a canned food donation. The event is limited to the first 10,000 fans. Call 623-222-2000 for more details.

2016 HOA Academy

Registration is now open for the popular Surprise HOA Academy! The goal of the Academy is to provide expert information for HOA residents, board members and managers. Topics include contracts, fiduciary duty, CC&R enforcement and code compliance.

Academy Class Dates:
Monday, October 17
Monday, October 24
Monday, November 7
Monday, November 14
Monday, November 21

Time:
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location:
Public Safety Building Auditorium
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374

Registration closes on October 10, 2016. Please register early since seating is limited. You can download the HOA Academy registration form online at www.surpriseaz.gov/HOAacademy. For more information, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.


Did You Know?

2016 Surprise Retail Survey Results

The city recently launched a retail survey asking the community to vote for their favorite local businesses at which they dine, shop or have services provided. In just two weeks, the survey garnered more than 1,500 responses! Congratulations to the following businesses for earning the title of “Local Favorite”:

Top 10 Local Restaurants
Jim’s Burgers and Eggs
Big Buddha
Rio Mirage
New York Flavor
Nick’s Diner II
Babbo Italian Eatery
Irish Wolfhound
Vogue Bistro
Saigon Kitchen
Birt’s Bistro

Top 5 Local Retailers
Musical Surprise
Kimbur’s Pet Wash
Gifts to Go
Son Glow Boutique
Bling Tour

The city would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey!

And last month, the Residence Inn by Marriott in Surprise won the Hotel of the Year award from Marriot International, Inc. This hotel was selected out of more than 700 hotels worldwide, receiving a total of five awards.


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May 22, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Special Meeting

City Pavement Condition Assessment

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

City of Surprise Water Resource Management Policies

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

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

Series 2015 Obligation

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

Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee Discussion

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

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


Events & Meetings

IRIS USA Ground Breaking

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

IRIS Ground Breaking

Surprise Fire-Medical 10th Annual Awards Ceremony

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

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

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

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

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

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

National Public Works Week

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

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

Public Works Reception


Did You Know?

Economic Development Recognitions

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

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

Jeanine Jerkovic
Jeanine Jerkovic
Mike Hoover
Mike Hoover

Kingswood Parke Sidewalk Connection Project

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

We Need Your Help!

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

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


Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Pools Open – May 23

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

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

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

Memorial Day Event at Radiant Church

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


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May 15, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings


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

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

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

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

Mental Health Event 2015

Mental Health Awareness

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

US Vets sign

US Vets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surprise Tennis Complex

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

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