September 26, 2014 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Councilman Jim Biundo and I met with Brock Barnhart, ADOT Assistant Communications Director, and Rick Buss, Assistant City Manager, on Thursday, September 18th.  We discussed collaborative communications strategies, including future outreach meetings with citizens and businesses that will be affected by the Grand Avenue/Bell Road interchange project. Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2015.

ADOT Grand Avenue-Bell Road interchange map

Valley Metro
On Thursday, September 18th, I attended Valley Metro’s monthly meeting.  We continue to meet to analyze and evaluate the transportation needs of the residents in the Valley.

American Legion
I was asked to speak at an American Legion meeting on Thursday, September 18th.  During the meeting, three students were recognized.  Those students were Andrew Lataille, Jerry Abah and William Costello.  The students were awarded the gift of attending Boys State. Congratulations to the boys and thank you to Larry Brown, George Van De Langeryt and Bill Lipscomb for the invitation!

Vice Mayor Hall speaks at an American Legion meeting

Kingswood Parke HOA Meeting
The Kingswood Parke HOA Board invited me to attend their HOA meeting on September 18th.  I provided the attendees with an update on economic development and upcoming events. Mike Gent, Acting Public Works Director, also attended and was able to provide an update on roads and construction on Mountain View Boulevard.

Mountain View Boulevard Construction
Mountain View Boulevard, west of Grand Avenue, is officially under construction!  The City’s contractor, SDB Contracting Services, is currently working on the mass grading efforts and sewer line installation.  Following all of the utility installations, the contractor will begin the construction of the curb, gutter, sidewalks and roadway improvements. Per the City’s contract with our construction contractor, the project is required to be fully completed by January 15th, 2015. The completion of this project will provide continuity and connectivity for Surprise residents, businesses and visitors.

Arizona Department of Water Resources Meeting
Michael Lacey, Director of Arizona Department of Water Resources, visited City Hall on Monday, September 22nd to provide us with the Department’s strategic vision for water supply sustainability. This is the 15th year of drought in Arizona and current demands outweigh supply. Director Lacey is working to address growth in our State, identify viable strategies for future water needs and provide a stable economy for our future for all water users.  To assist with his priorities, Director Lacey provided us with a map containing 22 different planning areas.  He is researching new water supplies (such as ocean, desalination, etc.) outside of Arizona to help with our water supply imbalance.  His department is also working on an aggressive re-use program, including revised watershed management practices, weather modifications and rain water harvesting.

Surprise Citizen’s Corp Council
The Surprise Citizen’s Corp Council met on Monday, September 22nd to continue discussion on the implementation of the Corp Council. If approved by City Council, the Corp Council will consist of six people, including representatives from the City Council, Police Department and Fire Department. Those individuals are Nancy Collins, resident; George Busch, CP volunteer; Police Lieutenant Mike Donovan, Fire Battalion Chief Dan Gromer, Fire Captain Renee Hamblin and me.  We will meet again on October 20th and our meetings will continue monthly.
The Surprise Citizen’s Corp Council is part of the national Citizen Corps initiative that seeks to make communities safer, stronger and better prepared to respond to and recover from emergencies.

Arts & Cultural Commission
Meeting The Arts & Cultural Commission held their monthly meeting on Monday, September 22nd.  Lloyd Abrams, Surprise Planning Manager, was introduced as he will be working closely with the Commission on the Village Plan moving forward.  Details for the Arts Leaders breakfast were provided. The Art Leaders breakfast will be held on Saturday, September 27th at City Hall.  The holiday ornament call to artists for display on the holiday tree at City Hall was also discussed.  The call has been distributed to local art organizations that have until October 24th to enter their submissions.  Selections will be made at the Arts & Cultural Commission meeting scheduled for November 3rd.  Additionally, the Mini Bat Painting Contest was discussed.  The Commission will be giving mini bats to all Surprise middle school art programs as part of a contest to have their bats displayed at the Surprise Stadium during Opening Day of Spring Training 2015.

Arizona Town Hall
I welcomed attendees at the Arizona Town Hall West Valley Outreach meeting held at the Communiversity on Wednesday, September 24th.  Councilman Jim Biundo and Councilman Todd Tande were also in attendance.  For well over 50 years, nonprofit organization Arizona Town Hall has engaged and educated our State to create solutions on critical policy issues. This particular town hall focused on Arizona’s most vulnerable populations, including the elderly, mentally ill, children, veterans, victims of domestic violence and the disabled. The vulnerable populations are those at systemic risk of falling into crisis at any time, most often in response to unexpected life events, and we need to take cooperative action and form strong partnerships in order to help those most at risk.

Arizona Town Hall West Valley Outreach meeting

Meet & Greet – Public Works Director
A Meet & Greet was held in the Mayor’s Atrium on Wednesday, September 24th for three Public Works Director finalists.

Mark Your Calendars

HOA Summit
The next HOA Summit will be held at City Hall in the Community Room on Thursday, October 2nd. This Summit will feature roundtable discussions with directors and staff from Public Works, Public Safety, Economic/Community Development, Code Enforcement, Neighborhood Services and Intergovernmental Relations. Additionally, City Manager Bob Wingenroth will provide a City update. If you are on an HOA board member or resident of an HOA, please plan to attend. You can register with Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242.

Annual Health & Wellness Fair
The City will be hosting our 1st Annual Health & Wellness Fair at Banner Health Center (13995 W. Statler Boulevard) on Saturday, November 15th from 9 am – 12 noon. This Fair is free to the public and there will be free and low cost health screenings, including tests and evaluations for diabetes, hearing and vision, blood pressure, balance, body mass index and much more.  The Surprise Police and Fire Departments will have demonstrations and the medevac helicopter will be on display.

Surprise Fiesta Grande
The City’s Community and Recreation Services Department has announced an exciting giveaway during the upcoming Surprise Fiesta Grande which will be held on Saturday, October 4th from 12 noon until 9 p.m.  The City will raffle Family Four Packs to Disneyland, SeaWorld and tickets for opening weekend of the 2015 Surprise Spring Training season.  Entry Forms for the giveaway are available at the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue or online at  Winners will be announced at Fiesta Grande between 6 and 8 p.m.  Participants must be present to win.  Rules and regulations do apply.

The inaugural Surprise Fiesta Grande, a street-style festival on Hollyhock Street, north of Grand Avenue will feature fun for the whole family. Admission is FREE!  For more information, please visit We hope to see you there!

Surprise Fiesta Grande logo

Second Sunday in the Park
Mark your calendar for the next Second Sunday in the Park!  The event will take place on October 12th from 2 – 4 p.m. and the band “The Big Zephyr” will be playing! Contact Me

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September 19, 2014 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

The City Council hosted a joint meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, September 16th. Below is a summary of the discussion. Misty Leslie, City Attorney, presented on the Open Meeting Law.  She reiterated that all legal action must be held in public meetings. She also discussed how modern day technology can play a role with quorums and violations.

The goals and policies of General Plan 2035 were also discussed. Based on this discussion, a work plan will be developed. The Council agreed that future growth is contingent upon economic development that will bring employment to so many of our residents. MAG (Maricopa Association of Governments) estimates that 91% of employed residents leave Surprise daily to commute to other cities for work.

The City Council also discussed our priorities and objectives based on last fall’s retreat. In addition to jobs, some of our priorities include building a downtown, preservation, and connectivity. Furthermore, we want to improve our quality of life with the addition of neighborhood planning, housing rehabilitation and redevelopment, recreation and open space as well as arts and culture.

The Planning and Zoning Commission asked the Council to consider a few minor amendments to our current Plan. Those amendments include moving the date of the annual Summit to the fall to allow the incorporation of decisions into the spring budget process, simplifying status reports and consolidating requirements to streamline the process and improve clarity.

City Council Meeting

City Council unanimously approved the renaming of the current Original Town Site recreational facilities on Hollyhock to the Roy Villanueva Community and Recreation Complex. The area currently houses Gaines Park, the Surprise Senior Center, Hollyhock Pool, Villanueva Recreation Center and Hollyhock Library. Roy Villanueva served as our City’s Mayor, Vice Mayor and Council Member for almost 40 years prior to his passing in July 2013. During his many years of service, Roy initiated many important improvements in the areas of housing rehabilitation, economic development, utilities, police and fire services and federal grants. The official naming presentation will be part of the Surprise Fiesta Grande celebration on Hollyhock Street, just north of Grand Avenue, from 12 noon until 9 p.m.
Roy Villanueva

Roy Villanueva
Roy Villanueva

Events & Meetings

One Step Beyond, Inc.
On Thursday, September 11th, I attended the grand opening of One Step Beyond, Inc.  One Step Beyond is a non-profit providing comprehensive programs to individuals with developmental disabilities in the West Valley.  They began providing services in 2003 in Peoria, Arizona.  Their mission is to provide responsive, progressive and dynamic programs that will empower individuals with development disabilities to realize their dreams of optimal independence, meaningful employment, significant relationships and full participation within their communities. Mayor Wolcott and I with a representative from One Step Beyond, Inc.

Mayor Wolcott and I with a representative from One Step Beyond, Inc.
Mayor Wolcott and I with a representative from One Step Beyond, Inc.

Spotlight Entertainment Performing Arts
I attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting for Spotlight Entertainment Performing Arts Studio, located at the corner of Bell and Reems Roads, on Saturday, September 13th. Spotlight Entertainment offers a unique approach to Musical Theatre by combining singing, dancing and acting. All students participate in a full musical theatre-style production twice a year. Tiffany Nebeker, the owner of Spotlight Entertainment, has been operating her business since 2010.

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Movie Night at Surprise Recreation Campus The Surprise Recreation Campus will be hosting movie night on Saturday, September 27th. “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” will be featured on the big screen at 7 pm; however, gates will open at 6 pm. Concession will be available and the Stadium food and beverage policy will be in effect.

Surprise Talent Show
The City is looking for its most talented residents! If you have any special talents such as singing, acting, playing an instrument, etc., this talent show is for you!  Applications will be accepted through October 2nd and auditions will be held in mid-October. Applications can be downloaded as or you can get an application at the Community and Recreation Services offices located at 15960 N. Bullard.  Auditions and participation in the talent show are free. The show will be held at Valley Vista High School’s Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 7th at 6 pm.  Prizes will be awarded for youth, teen and adult categories.

Reminder – Newsletter Distribution Change Since City Hall work hours have changed to five days a week, there will be a change to the distribution of my newsletters. You will receive them on Friday evenings at 5 pm each week beginning in October. The first Friday evening edition will be sent on October 3rd.

Reminder – HOA Summit The next HOA Summit will be held at City Hall in the Community Room on Thursday, October 2nd. This Summit will feature roundtable discussions with Directors and staff from Public Works, Public Safety, Economic/Community Development, Code Enforcement, Neighborhood Services and Intergovernmental Relations. Additionally, Bob Wingenroth, City Manager will provide a City update. If you are on an HOA Board or a resident of an HOA, please plan to attend. You can register with Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242.

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D5 Neighborhoods

There are so many great neighborhoods in D5! This page provides a look at the Homeowners Associations in the district and links to the association’s website, if there is one available.

Kingswood Parke

Mountain Vista Ranch

The Orchards

Park Rowe

Rancho Gabriela

Royal Ranch

Sierra Verde

The Cottages at Sierra Verde

Town Square at Sierra Verde

Sun Village

Sun Village Condos

West Point Towne Center

Not sure you live in District 5?  Click to find out…

September 5, 2014 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Surprise Fiesta Grande
Mark Coronado, Director of Community & Recreation Services, provided City Council with an overview of Surprise Fiesta Grande. Surprise Fiesta Grande will be a street-style festival at Grand Avenue and Hollyhock Street on Saturday, October 4th from 12 noon until 9 p.m. Admission will be free. There will be live music including Barrio Latino, Mariachi Cervantes, Ballet Municipal De Danza (from Nogales) and much more. The event will feature a classic car show along Sante Fe, a kid zone with piñatas and interactive games, authentic Mexican food, festive beverages, chalk art, a 3 on 3 youth basketball tournament, an adult softball tournament and dancing.

Proposed Site Location

City Council Meeting

Capitol Scholar Program
Students from Imagine Prep and Arizona Charter Academy who participated in the Capitol Scholar Program were recognized in addition to the two teachers who implemented the program, Alexa Pupo from Imagine Prep and Minnette Klenner from Arizona Charter Academy. The Capitol Scholar Program was developed based on an idea from Rep. Rick Gray. He shared his idea with school representatives and the Capitol Scholar Program was born. The purpose of the program was to teach the state legislation process. City Hall hosted the Program workshops which began in April. The workshops included discussions on writing, research, transforming bills into ideas, debating and public speaking to name a few. The student will travel to the State Capitol on September 26th to present the bills they created and to participate in a mock legislative session. Congratulations to Imagine Prep and Arizona Charter Academy as well as the student participants for their involvement with this extraordinary opportunity!

Participants of the Capitol Scholar Program with Mayor Wolcott
Participants of the Capitol Scholar Program with Mayor Wolcott

New Appointments
Richard Jessen was appointed to serve on the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission with a term expiration of July 1, 2018. Kenneth Broadfoot was appointed to serve on the Public Safety Retirement Board with a term expiration of December 1, 2016. Mary Melby was appointed to the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission with a term expiration of July 1, 2015. Both Mr. Jessen and Mr. Broadfoot received the Oath of Office at the meeting. City Council is very grateful for our volunteers. We can’t do it without you. Thank you!

Surprise Village Marketplace East
The final plat for Surprise Village Marketplace East was unanimously approved (Resolution No. 2014-90). The plat, located at the southwest corner of Bell Road and Sarival Avenue, consists of 6 parcels which will include a 300-unit senior housing complex known as Fellowship Square Sopressa. There will be two entrances to the facilities. One entrance will be located next to Sam’s Club in the Surprise Village Marketplace and the second entrance will be located on Sarival.

Celebrity Flag Football Event
Surprise will once again host the NFL Celebrity Flag Football Game on January 31st, 2015 from approximately 12 noon until 5 pm at Surprise Stadium! This event will take place the weekend before the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

City Council unanimously approved $50,000 in tourism funds to utilize towards transforming the baseball field into a flag football field and installing temporary bleachers in right field. Participating players will be announced closer to the event date. There will be several promotional opportunities for the City since the game will be broadcast on Fox Sports. Additional promotional opportunities include, but are not limited to, ads in Sports Illustrated and national media coverage. The first Celebrity Flag Football event took place in 2008 when the Super Bowl was last held in Arizona.

Flag Football field rendition
Flag Football field rendition

Employment Contracts
City Council considered and approved the Employment Contracts for Bob Wingenroth, City Manager, Misty Leslie, City Attorney and Sherry Aguillar, City Clerk. All contracts were unanimously approved.

Over the last few months, Bob Wingenroth, City Manager, has been implementing a plan to build a City team that focuses on the City Council’s vision; foremost in economic development and job creation. Three new positions were requested that include a Community Development Director and two Economic Development Coordinators. Since these organizational changes were not included in the adopted FY2015 budget, a budget amendment was requested and unanimously approved. There was not an increase to the budget but funds will be transferred to accommodate these needs.

 Events & Meetings

Retirement Celebrations
Surprise Police Department hosted retirement ceremonies honoring Officer Doug Lynch and Officer Tim Murel. Officer Lynch joined the Surprise Police Department in January 2005 as a Dispatcher and he became an Officer in the Field Operations Division in February 2006. Prior to his retirement, Officer Lynch was a part of the Crime Prevention Unit and was also well-known for serving as “McGruff” at many community events. Officer Murel joined the Department in July 1996 and served many years as a motor officer and traffic accident reconstructionist. Both Officers retired effective August 28th, 2014.

Chief Frazier with Officer Lynch
Chief Frazier with Officer Lynch


Chief Frazier with Officer Murel
Chief Frazier with Officer Murel


Surprise Citizen Corps Council
Following the tragic events that occurred on September 11th, 2001, state and local government officials have increased opportunities for citizens to become an integral part of protecting the homeland and supporting first responders. Everyone agrees that the formula for ensuring a more secure and safer homeland consists of preparedness, training and citizen involvement. In 2002, President Bush launched the Citizen Corps, to capture the spirit of service that emerged throughout our nation following 9/11.
On August 28th, I met with Fire Chief Abbott, Police Chief Frazier, Assistant Police Chief Young, Commander Leggett and Fire Captain Hamblin to further discuss the Surprise Citizen’s Corp Council, the Council’s infrastructure, and the purpose and responsibilities of the Council. We will continue to meet once a month. Our next meeting will be held on September 22nd.

Water Planning Subcommittee
The Water Planning Subcommittee met on Thursday, August 28th. Terry Lowe, Assistant Public Works Director, addressed items from a previous meeting which included recirculation pumps and the possible use of reclaimed water at the Coyote Lakes Golf Course. Christine Nunez discussed Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). Christine will work with Paul Bernardo, the City’s new Youth Services Administrator, to discuss further.

The Subcommittee discussed the development and schedule of the water policies. The Water Conversation Policy is currently under legal review; the Use of Reclaimed Water Policy is currently under review by the Water Planning Subcommittee. The Water Acquisition Policy is currently underway and plans will be reviewed by the Subcommittee next month. The Land Use Water Management Policy will be divided into multiple components. The Subcommittee will be prepared to present the Reclaimed Water and Water Conservation Policies to the entire City Council at the end of the year.

Calibre Academy
I was asked to introduce a government-based learning activity to a fifth grade class at Calibre Academy on Wednesday, September 3rd. Students will examine and evaluate the purposes of government in relationship to the rights, responsibilities, privileges and duties of American citizens. From there, the students will develop a multimedia presentation to share their findings and compare their findings with the same facts from three other countries. Quite an impressive project for this age group and I am honored to be part of it!

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