Events & Meetings
IRIS USA Groundbreaking
IRIS USA hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 21 in celebration of their future Surprise location! The 300,000 square foot facility will be located in the City’s Skyway Business Park off Cactus Road between Dysart and Litchfield Road. It will include manufacturing, distribution and their Western U.S. Regional headquarters.
Valley Metro RPTA Meeting
On Thursday, May 21, I attended the monthly Valley Metro RPTA meeting in Phoenix. The City will be maintaining the increased January 2015 Dial-a-Ride service level through June 2016. Dial-a-Ride currently offers 140 one-way weekday trips and 30 one-way Saturday trips. Service hours are Monday through Saturday from 5 am to 8 pm.
The City is partnering with Valley Metro to develop a short range transit plan which will allow Surprise residents to connect to the Valley’s regional bus and light rail grid. An update will be provided to City Council in the fall of 2015.
Surprise Citizen Corp Council
The Surprise Citizen Corp Council (SCCC) met on May 21. I invited Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and Environmental Manager Christine Nunez to speak to the Committee about the City’s water supply and their emergency response plan. Through their presentation, they discussed what problems could arise and how the City is able to cope with emergencies that may affect our water system.
The SCCC will discuss next steps, goals and the formation of a marketing plan at their next meeting.
Memorial Day Events
I participated in several Memorial Day events over the past weekend, including the Surprise Library Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday, May 23, the Coyote Lakes Memorial Day Community Event and the Memorial Day Commemoration at Radiant Church.
We will never forget those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We owe not only our debt of gratitude to them but to the families they left behind. It is my honor to share in these solemn events to pay tribute to these heroes.
Did You Know?
Bell Road Traffic Restrictions
The Bell Road eastbound curb lane will be restricted from Village Drive West to El Mirage Road from May 28 through June 1 so that Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) contractors can perform warranty work in this area. Additional restrictions are scheduled on El Mirage Road at Bell from June 1 – June 15. If you have any questions, please contact the MCDOT 24-hour construction hotline at 602.506.3342.
Bullard Road Speed Limit Change
In an effort to create a multi-modal corridor on Bullard Avenue, the City will reduce the speed limit on Bullard Avenue, between Peoria Avenue and Greenway Road, to 35 miles per hour, pursuant to a previous City Council meeting. The change will occur this summer and signs will be posted in the area closer to the transition date. This change will match the current speed limit on Bullard from Bell Road to Greenway Road.
By transforming Bullard Avenue into a collector street, it allows for the future creation of a multi-modal corridor that would include bicycle and electric vehicle usage.
Public Art at Bell & Grand
Following several rounds of public meetings and online input, a preferred public art concept was unveiled for the City’s busiest gateway – Bell Road and Grand Avenue.
Artist Meg Saligman presented the concept to the public and the City Council at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 19. The concept centers on the agave plant and utilizes paint, light, sculptured concrete and metal fencing as design elements. You can view the concept online and offer your comments at www.surpriseaz.gov/bellandgrand. You can also contact Lloyd Abrams at 623.222.3021.
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 surveys and 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, parks and recreation.
For more information on any of the planning updates, please feel free to contact either Joshua Mike at Joshua.firstname.lastname@example.org or 623.222.3134 or Lloyd Abrams at Lloyd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3021.
Mark Your Calendar
Surprise HOA Academy
Registration is now open for the very popular Surprise HOA Academy. The goal of the academy is to provide expert information for the West Valley HOA board members, management company staff and homeowners. The topics range from CC&R enforcement and code compliance to contracts and budgeting.
The first class will begin on Monday, October 19 from 6 pm until 9 pm in the Public Safety Auditorium (14250 W. Statler Plaza). To find out more or to register online, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HOAacademy or contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242.
City Staff Recognized
2015 Treatment Plant Operator of the Year
A City of Surprise employee was recognized as the 2015 Treatment Plant Operator of the Year by the AZ Water Association at their annual conference this month. Reynaldo Aldava, with our City’s Water Resource Management Department, received the award in the Large System category.
Mr. Aldava is a 13 year employee with the city and has been a Lead Wastewater Operator for the past two years. His nomination for the award detailed his outstanding contribution to the Surprise team, including his improvement of system performance and reliability, promotion of safety practices and contribution to helping reduce the operational budget. It also highlighted his innovativeness, including an example of how he recently implemented an operational practice that will save the City of Surprise 3.68 million gallons of potable water a year. Congratulations, Reynaldo, and thank you for all you do!
AZ Water is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit educational organization with a membership of 2,200 water/wastewater professionals dedicated to preserving and enhancing Arizona’s water environment. Although AZ Water is an independent organization, it also serves as the Arizona section of the American Water Works Association and the Arizona member association of the Water Environment Federation.