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May 18, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Surprise Community Outreach Program and Neighborhood Grant Program Update

The City Council designated $75,000 from the FY2017 budget for community outreach programs. From that total, $65,000 has been allocated for the Surprise Community Outreach Program and $10,000 for the Neighborhood Grant Program. With this investment, 21 local non-profits and neighborhood groups were supported which led to 15,500 residents being served between both programs.

Potential General Obligation Bond Discussion

City staff briefed City Council on three proposed General Obligation Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation, at Tuesday’s Work Session.

The three proposed questions and projects, as presented to Council, were determined based on community needs, comments received from residents during the 2016 bond election outreach process, and input received during and after the Surprise Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee’s April 19 meeting.

Proposed Question #1: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $34 million public safety bond proposal to: build a Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center; renovate an existing city facility into a Police Training Facility; acquire Land for Future Fire Station/Police Substation & Park; build a new Fire Station at Cactus and Litchfield roads; build a new Fire Station along 163rd Avenue, south of Happy Valley Road, to replace the current temporary station; and build a Public Works Operations Facility to centralize operations. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $26 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #2: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $15.5 million street bond proposal to provide funds to plan, design, construct and improve Waddell, Greenway and Litchfield roads. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $12 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #3: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $10 million street pavement preservation bond proposal to plan, design, construct, replace and improve deteriorated street pavement citywide. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $8 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Per City Council consensus at the Work Session, staff will bring back a Call to Election action item at the June 6 Regular Council Meeting. If approved, the three separate bond questions would appear on the ballot in a Special Election on November 7. All registered voters in Surprise will receive a ballot by mail.


City Council Meeting

Reappointment of Presiding Judge Louis F. Dominguez

Surprise Municipal Code provides a reappointment process for incumbent presiding judges whereby the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission makes a recommendation to the City Council after investigation and evaluation. This process has occurred, and the Committee is recommending reappointment of Presiding Judge Louis F. Dominquez to Surprise Municipal Court.

City Council unanimously approved Resolution 2017-46 reappointing Presiding Judge Dominguez for a term of four years.

Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission’s Art in Public Places Plan

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission was first tasked by City Council to develop a display plan for the city in 2014. The purpose of the request was to update and enhance the look of City Hall and the surrounding campus with the inclusion of art and artistic elements and to create a space that residents and visitors alike will enjoy. The first draft of the plan revealed that a more comprehensive and detailed look was needed with the help of multiple resources and stakeholders. In March 2016, the Commission worked with a consultant to proceed.

After a very thorough process and after input by the City Council following a City Council Work Session in February 2017, the Commission provided City Council information regarding the plans, priorities and associated costs. Recommended projects include, but are not limited to, a new lobby seating area, art exhibit signage, LED lighting, new paint in highlighted areas, relocation of a few existing art pieces and a mural near the city cashier area.

City Council unanimously approved the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission’s plan for Art in Public Places at City Hall.


Events & Meetings

WESTMARC Economic Development Summit

WESTMARC infographicWESTMARC Economic Development Summit was held on Thursday, May 11. Guest speakers included Land Advisors CEO and Founder Greg Vogel, EMSI Economic Development Consultant Matthew Miller, ASU Senior Sustainability Scientist Dr. Shade Shutters, Chancellor of Maricopa Community College District Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick. Conversation and panel discussion surrounded today’s workforce strategy and labor trends. Discussion also included the need for more accurate educational and labor data to provide to interested businesses. Currently, standard labor market information does not appropriately capture this information because the data is reported based on where people are employed versus where they reside.

West Valley Arts HQ – New Exhibit

West Valley Arts HQ hosted the opening of their high school student art exhibit on Thursday, May 11. The exhibit features impressive art work of high school students from throughout the West Valley. Their work will be on display through May 25.

crowed listening to music performance at Arts HQ gallery

Subaru Superstore of Surprise Grand Opening

Subaru Superstore of Surprise hosted their grand opening and community event on Saturday, May 13. The newest auto dealer in the Prasada Auto Mall is located at 13090 N. Autoshow Avenue. Welcome to Surprise!

Image of the Subaru Superstore of Surprise


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Parenting with Purpose

The City of Surprise will be hosting a Parenting with Purpose workshop at the Surprise Resource Center on May 30 and June 6 at the Surprise Resource Center from 6 – 7:30 pm. During this workshop, you will discover how you can raise successful children and much more. The Surprise Resource Center is located at 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124.

For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Charlotte Confer at 623.222.1600.


Did You Know?

Volunteers Needed

Are you interested in volunteering or completing your internship with the City of Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department? We need you! Please contact a volunteer coordinator in one of our three divisions to determine what opportunities are available at this time. The divisions include Neighborhood Services (Jason Hughes – 623.222.3239), Senior Services Division (Trisha Weston – 623.222.1544) and our Surprise Resource Center (Muriel Gutierrez – 623.222.1600).

For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/3574/Volunteer-Internship-Opportunities.

Current Curfew Ordinance Reminder

As students are released for summer break, the Surprise Police Department reminds residents about our curfew ordinance for those under the age of 18. According to the city ordinance, it is unlawful for any minor to remain upon, go or be upon any public street, alley or other public place of the city between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and between 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday unless accompanied by a legal guardian.

Often times, crimes occurring between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. are either committed by juveniles or against juvenile victims. To ensure the safety of minors, starting Friday, May 26, the Surprise Police will be heavily enforcing the curfew ordinance. Violation of this ordinance is a class 1 misdemeanor. Parents may also be cited for their children being out after curfew if they allowed the juvenile to violate the ordinance.

Review this city ordinance in detail

Promotional Vendors Needed for Annual 4th of July Celebratione

The City of Surprise invites promotional vendors to participate in the 34th Annual 4th of July Celebration at Surprise Recreation Campus! Businesses and organizations can reserve promotional booth space for a fee of $500, which includes a 10 x 10 vendor space, (1) table, (2) chairs and an in-game public announcement during a Rookie League baseball game featuring the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

Event attendees will enjoy in-game contests, music and giveaways – all leading up to a fireworks spectacular!

Surprise Recreation Campus is located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. Parking and admission are free with a canned food donation benefiting the St. Mary’s Food Bank. This annual event is expected to draw 12,000 – 15,000 participants. Interested vendors should contact Regina Miller at 623.222.2249 or regina.miller@surpriseaz.gov.


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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 10, 2014 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting


City Council Work Session
The City Council met for our regularly scheduled Work Session on Tuesday, October 7th.  As part of the Work Session, Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Johnston discussed the amendments to the fireworks regulation the State legislature recently made.  They created three categories of fireworks which consist of display fireworks (fireworks necessitating a permit from the City), consumer fireworks (fireworks citizens can purchase and use, subject to regulation), and unregulated fireworks that can be utilized anywhere, such as sparklers.  Display fireworks continue to be closely regulated by the City.  The Fire Department would like Council to consider similar changes to our current Fireworks Ordinance that would mimic the updated State changes.  The Ordinance would state consumer fireworks cannot be set off on public property (property belonging to any government entity); the use and sales of consumer fireworks are limited to time periods specified in the legislation just passed; consumers must be 16 years of age to purchase and set-off fireworks; and, consumer fireworks cannot be set off without the permission of the property owner.  This Ordinance would require the sellers of fireworks to obtain a permit from the Fire-Medical Department, which would provide recovery of expenses for an emergency response relating to firework injuries.

In addition to the discussion on fireworks, Misty Leslie, City Attorney, reviewed the Council’s requested changes to the Council’s Boards & Commissions policies.  Some of the discussion included the adoption of an annual schedule for each Commission’s regular meetings; prohibiting political activity (members must resign to run for a local election) by tendering a letter of resignation prior to campaigning; and, the elimination of the Teen Advisory Board and the Surprise Youth Leadership Commission to integrate the Youth Civic Leaders Program.

City Council Regular Meeting
Mike Gent, Public Works Director, and Dave Kohlbeck, Business Manager, provided the City Council with an overview of the fiscal year 2014 transit service as well as the planned fiscal year 2015 services.  Surprise Express Route 571 bus service was reviewed.  The City plans to work with Phoenix, El Mirage and Valley Metro to keep the fourth trip we acquired in July 2013.  Surprise will continue to seek a convenient temporary relocation of the Park-and-Ride once the construction of the Bell/Grand Avenue overpass begins.  Future transit services, such as a Surprise circulator and Surprise connection to regional service routes, were also discussed.

The Valley Metro Dial-A-Ride services were reviewed.  Priority has been given to ADA, seniors and others with disabilities.  Currently, services are provided Monday through Saturday from 7 am to 5 pm.  Fares within the City limits for service are $1 and outside the City limits are $1.25.  Based on consumer surveys, Dial-A-Ride is mostly utilized for medical purposes (31%), followed by other uses (27%) and work (20%).  Possible expanded weekday service, extended weeknight service hours and added Saturday service was discussed.

Janeen Gaskins, Grants Administrator, reviewed our current Surprise Community Outreach Program, and she suggested changes to the evaluation criteria based on the recommendations from the Grants & Community Outreach Committee.  The Council has set aside $50,000 to help support local 501(c)3.  The Committee had requested one funding round for FY14-15 and the elimination of in-kind contributions.  Mrs. Gaskins will conduct a pre-application meeting that will help determine eligibility.  Later this month, the Committee will review and rank the recommendations with plans to present their award recommendations to the entire City Council in November 2014.  These changes were passes unanimously.

Events & Meetings


HOA Summit
The City hosted an HOA Summit on Thursday, October 2nd for residents and leadership of HOA communities in Surprise.  The Summit provided an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns and ideas with City Council and City staff representing Police, Public Works, Code Enforcement, Economic Development, Intergovernmental Relations and Neighborhood Services.  There were 44 people in attendance representing 19 HOAs (Happy Trails, Sarah Ann Ranch, Summerfield, Sun City Grand, West Pointe, Sierra Montana, Surprise Farms 1,2 & 3, Sun Village, Rancho Gabriella, Mountain Vista Ranch, Greenway Parc I & II, Northwest Ranch, Sierra Verde, Saguara View, Greer Ranch South and Asante).

Vice Mayor Hall at HOA Summit
Vice Mayor Hall at HOA Summit
Police at HOA Summit

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surprise Fiesta Grande
The inaugural Surprise Fiesta Grande was held on Saturday, October 4th.  To kick-off the festival, a special ceremony was held to name the recreation area (Gaines Park, Surprise Senior Center, Hollyhock Pool, Villanueva Recreation Center and Hollyhock Library) in the Old Town Site after former Mayor, Vice Mayor and long- serving Councilman Roy Villanueva.  I had the honor of serving on the Council with Roy for several years prior to his passing in July 2014.  Roy was instrumental to our City as he initiated many important improvements in the areas of housing rehabilitation, economic development, utilities, police and fire services and federal grants.

Recreation Center Roy Villanueva Ceremony
Recreation Center Roy Villanueva Ceremony
Recreation Center Roy Villanueva Plaque
Recreation Center Roy Villanueva Plaque

Roy Villanueva Photo Dedication Roy Villanueva Recreation Complex Plaque The Fiesta was quite a success!  Mark Coronado, Director of Community and Recreation Services, and his team were able to obtain 33 local business partners, 9 food vendors and 122 entries for the car show.  Mr. Coronado estimates 14,000 to 16,000 people attended the event!

Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission Meeting
The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission hosted their monthly meeting at City Hall on Monday, October 6th.  Susan deJong, Commission Chair, informed the Commission that she will proceed to schedule the Luncheon Theater Program through Herberger Theater and that the West Valley Arts HQ is a possible site for the program.  Eric Faulhaber, the Visual Arts Coordinator for the City of Chandler and Coordinator of the platFORM initiative gave the group a presentation outlining the platFORM program.  Councilman Jim Biundo and I were in attendance and found this program very interesting!  The initiative is available to create opportunities for student artists to place existing pieces or propose new sculptures for placement in public places.  The Commission will place this item on the November agenda for discussion and possible action to make the recommendation to the City Council.  The next cycle starts in April 2015.  Lastly, the Commission unanimously voted to endorse WHAM’s “Give your Community a Hand” mural project.  The unveiling will take place at the Surprise Party in December.

60th Aerial Delivery
I invited Mick Anderson and several other veterans to meet with the Mayor and me to receive a Certificate of Appreciation for their service in the US Air Force.  This special group of veterans meets every other year at a different location and this year, it was Surprise!  We were able to thank the group for their service and sacrifice to our country and provide them with a tour of the Council Chamber.

USAF 60th Aerial Port Squadron
USAF 60th Aerial Port Squadron
Vice Mayor Hall with Mick Anderson
Vice Mayor Hall with Mick Anderson

Community Drug Awareness Symposium
On October 8th, I attended the Community Drug Awareness Symposium at the CCV Surprise campus that was hosted by the Surprise Police Department and CCV. The Symposium provided information on the dangers of drugs and how to recognize signs and symptoms associated with drug abuse. Resources were available to those impacted by drugs.

Mark Your Calendars


Surprise Police Department – Tip A Cop Event
Representatives from the Surprise Police Department will be waiting tables alongside the staff of Red Robin to raise money for Special Olympics during the annual “Tip-A-Cop” event on Saturday, October 11th. Tips earned will be donated to the Special Olympics Arizona. The event will be held at the Red Robin located at 14015 W. Bell Road from 11 am until 3 pm and again from 4 pm until 8 pm.

Hazardous Waste
Residents with old paint cans, car batteries, etc. are encouraged to drop off these items at the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, October 11th from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.  The event will be held at the Public Works Maintenance Yard at 13433 W. Foxfire Drive.

Second Sunday in the Park
Second Sunday in the Park will be held this Sunday, October 12th from 2 pm until 4 pm at the Surprise Community Park, 15953 N. Bullard Avenue. The band, the Big Zephyr, will be playing a variety of music to entertain us all!

Columbus Day
Monday, October 13th is Columbus Day. Please note that City Hall will be closed.

Litchfield Road Closure
Beginning at 8 pm on Tuesday, October 14th, MCDOT (Maricopa County Department of Transportation) will temporarily close Litchfield Road at Northern Parkway to facilitate bridge construction.  During the closure, Northern Parkway will remain open. Reems Road or Dysart Road may be utilized as an alternate route.  Litchfield Road will reopen by 5 am on Wednesday, October 15th.

Boards & Commissions
The City is accepting applications for a few of our Boards and Commissions. Those with openings include:

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission (1 vacancy)
  • Disability Advisory Commission (2 vacancies)
  • Health & Benefits Trust Fund Board (2 vacancies)
  • Planning & Zoning (1 vacancy)

All positions are voluntary.  Applications are accepted at the City Clerk’s office, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza (Monday through Friday from 8 am – 5 pm) or online at www.surpriseaz.gov.  For more information, please call the City Clerk at 623.222.1200.

FREE Class
You can learn how to optimize your retirement income with a free class that will help you best position your portfolio to take advantage of tax saving strategies and minimize exposure to market volatility on Wednesday, October 22nd from 10 am until 11:30 am at the Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler.  This free class will be taught by Mark Melkowski and Robert Feinholz with American Financial Education Alliance.  For more information or to register, please call Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242.

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