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.
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.
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!
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.