Police Chief Young and Commander Philip Johnson

November 9, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Library Feasibility Study Update

Earlier this year, the city hired Orcutt / Winslow to complete a library feasibility study. The purpose of the study was to guide future library operations, library renovation projects and new library construction. The process took several months to complete. The consultant conducted interviews with city staff and staff from Maricopa County. Benchmark comparisons were completed with Avondale, Peoria and Tempe. Staff and consultants visited several libraries in order to complete a design comparison. Four community meetings were held, as well as an online survey, in order to gain public input. The consultant also provided detailed information regarding an intergovernmental agreement. A large portion of the study related to future libraries in Surprise, facility options and locations, as well as recommendations to renovate and refresh current libraries and cost models.

The study recommendations included:

  • Continue with Maricopa County Library District
  • Continue to elicit community input
  • Remodel Northwest Regional Library
  • Refresh Hollyhock Library
  • Utilize impact fees for new branch library; Possible location at Asante Park
  • Construct new regional branch when funds are available
  • Adopt policy for locating and determining size of future libraries
  • Explore collecting new fees for future libraries
  • Adopt a memorandum of understanding with Friends of Surprise Libraries

Surprise Public Safety Master Plan

The city granted funding in the FY17 budget for the Police and Fire-Medical Departments to conduct a competitive bid for consultants to develop a comprehensive public safety master plan. This master plan was to include not only an organizational strategy that defines a 15-year goal for Police, Fire-Medical and Emergency Management Departments but also to help each respective department define programmatic goals while maintaining the goals of the city’s 2030 General Plan as well as City Council’s Strategic Plan. The last Master Plan for the Fire-Medical Department was adopted in 2007. The Police Department did not have one.

The city retained Citygate Associates, LLC to perform a Fire Protection and Paramedic Services Master Plan for the Fire-Medical Department. This assessment included reviewing the adequacy of the existing deployment system from the current fire station locations. This master plan includes a Technical Report that includes a Standards of Coverage (deployment) assessment and a fire administration staffing review, as well as a map atlas of deployment coverage measures. Citygate made key findings, and, where appropriate, specific action item recommendations. Overall, there were 34 key findings and 16 specific action item recommendations.

Citygate also prepared a Police Services Master Plan, which included reviewing the adequacy of the existing deployment system, scheduling, and staffing. The methodology utilized in the master plan is part of the Technical Report. Citygate’s master plan includes a detailed analysis of the response time, crime, and call data that drives the recommendations for staffing in Patrol, as well as an assessment of the staffing of the support functions in the department. The emphasis of the master plan is focused on projected growth, particularly as it pertains to facilities, staffing, equipment, and information technology. The department provided the crime and response data for the master plan. Overall, there are 55 key findings and 59 specific action item recommendations.

The findings and recommendations of both plans were presented during the November 7 Work Session.

For more information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3671/Public-Safety-Master-Plan.

City Council Meeting

Approval of The Colonnade Plat

The Colonnade continues its mission to provide assisted living and memory care with an approval of a rezone and final plat. The rezone provides for a new mixed-use zoning designation for the facility which will allow low intensity uses, such as doctors, small restaurants, and travel agencies, interspersed throughout the development. The rezone will also add 1.5 acres to the facility and an 18 foot sign along Grand Avenue adjacent to the current 4 story structures. City Council voted unanimously on the rezone (mixed use) and the plat.

Water Company Acquisition

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of a water service company in a Special Mail-Ballot Only Election on May 15, 2018. City Council approved sending the question to the ballot. Circle City Water Company (CCW) is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent.

Colorado River water is currently the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. Having a right to more surface water will help the city meet future demands and shortfalls. The purchase of CCW would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets; the cost to acquire CCW will not be borne by City of Surprise water customers or taxpayers.

Educational public meetings will be scheduled ahead of the May 15 Special Election. Meeting dates and locations will be posted on www.surpriseaz.gov. Additionally, an Information Pamphlet will be mailed out in April to all registered households in Surprise.

Events & Meetings

Eve’s Place Annual Fall Luncheon

Eve’s Place hosted their Annual Fall Luncheon on Thursday, November 2, at Briarwood Country Club in Sun City. The event provided an opportunity to donate to this incredible non-profit organization that started in Surprise.

For over 10 years, Eve’s Place has provided innovative programs to victims of domestic, sexual and teen dating abuse. Eve’s Place recently introduced the concept of a Mobile Advocacy Program for victims in 10 separate communities in the West Valley. This new program brings services to victims in their own community regardless of their place in the healing process. It is their goal to reach the 75 percent of domestic abuse victims who will never go or call a shelter program for assistance.

Dysart Unified School District CTE Career & College Expo

Dysart Unified School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) hosted their annual Career and College Expo on November 2, at the Dysart District Office. The event was well attended. I was impressed with vendors that included Arizona State University, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, Ottawa University and much more. Students of the district’s CTE programs were there including students from the culinary program at Valley Vista High School.

The event was an excellent opportunity for students in grades 6 through 12, and their parents or guardians, to get information on the career pathway classes and programs offered through the district.

West-MEC Northwest Campus Grand Opening

City Council gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the West-MEC Northwest Campus located at 13201 W. Grand Avenue in District 5. This particular campus focuses on vocations for Cosmetology, IT, Security, Law, Public Safety, and Security, Medical Assisting, and Physical Therapy Technician. If you know anyone interested in these programs, West-MEC will be hosting an Open House on November 29, from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Surprise Police Department Promotion Ceremony

The Surprise Police Department held a promotion ceremony on Monday, November 6, honoring the promotions of Commander Philip Johnson, Sergeant Joseph Kopronica and Sergeant Jesus Galaz (pictured in order below). Congratulations!

West Valley Regional Opioid Action Committee Meeting

Goodyear City Council Member Wally Campbell hosted a West Valley Regional Opioid Action Committee meeting, led by Tempe City Councilman and National League of Cities Opioid Taskforce Member Joel Navarro, on Wednesday, November 8. Several staff members from the West Valley, including Public Safety, also attended. A productive conversation about the current opioid epidemic was had by all. The Committee will consist of elected officials and staff from 24 municipalities. We look forward to additional collaboration. You can also learn more about how the city of Surprise is addressing this national crisis at www.surpriseaz.gov/opioidhelp.

Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Veterans Day Events

Please join us in honoring our service men and women at the City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade and pancake breakfast on November 11. The breakfast will be held 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. at Surprise Recreation Campus and will feature pancakes, choice of sausage or bacon, and breakfast refreshments. This year’s event will be catered by the popular local food truck, “The Puffy Taco Shack.” Tickets are $4 per plate.

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be routed along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. It will feature community entries honoring the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country. Parking will be available for parade attendees at the Surprise Community Park, located at 15953 N Bullard Ave. Please note in preparation for parade, Paradise Lane between Bullard Avenue and Buck O’Neil way will be closed at 9 a.m. and Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane will be closed at 9 a.m.

Following the parade, join us for the Surprise Police & Fire-Medical Charity Softball Game! This epic showdown between Surprise Police and Fire-Medical will be held at Surprise Stadium, 15930 N. Bullard Avenue. The gates will open after the completion of the Veterans Day Parade at approximately 10:30 a.m., and the game will start at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free. All proceeds from donations and raffles at this event will be donated to the Special Olympics of Arizona, the 100 Club, and the Marine Corps League!

Don’t forget to wear red or blue to support your favorite team. For more information, please contact Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000.

Second Sunday in The Park

The City of Surprise invites you to “Second Sundays in the Park” on Sunday, November 12, featuring live country music by “The Jeff Gordon Show.” This free event will take place in the center of the Surprise Community Park from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas for shade as they enjoy the live entertainment. The Surprise Community Park is located at 15953 N. Bullard Avenue.

For more information, please contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Union Hills & 111th Avenue Intersection Closed – November 13-29

The 111th Avenue and Union Hills Drive intersection will be closed beginning Monday, November 13 at 5 a.m., to install storm drain pipe. The intersection is scheduled to reopen by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

The closure is required to construct a portion of the 115th Avenue and Union Hills Drive project that will intercept flood water from the northeast and carry it south to the Agua Fria River when complete. The project is a partnership between Surprise, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, the city of Peoria and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation.

Bell Road, Del Webb Boulevard, 107th Avenue and 99th Avenue may be used as alternate routes. Access will be maintained at all times for emergency vehicles. For questions or concerns, call the construction hotline at 602.264.6416.

8-Acre Park Closed For Maintenance

The 8-Acre Park at the Surprise Recreation Campus will be closed now through November 29, for maintenance. The park, located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue., will be open and available for use starting at 6 a.m. on November 30.

Please contact the Community and Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 if you have any questions.

Did You Know?

Surprise Voters Approve Bond Questions

Voters have approved general obligation funding for projects related to Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation, according to final results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

Question #1: Voters in Surprise approved 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 is approximately $26 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).
Vote total: Yes- 12,414 (53%) No- 10,967 (47%)

Question #2: Voters in Surprise approved 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).
Vote total: Yes- 13,375 (53%) No- 11,001 (47%)

Question #3: Voters in Surprise approved a $10 million street pavement preservation bond proposal that will pay to plan, design, construct, replace and improve deteriorated street pavement citywide. The annual cost for a homeowner would have been approximately $8 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).
Vote total: Yes- 12,286 (53%) No- 11,072 (47%)

The City Council will meet to canvass the votes at their November 21 Regular Meeting.

Project timelines and costs are available at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise. This website will be updated to include project status and when bond issuances are carried out.

City Offices Closed for Veteran’s Day – Change to Trash and Recycling Schedule

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day. There will be no change to the trash and recycling pickup schedule for City of Surprise customers.


I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to those who currently serve or who have served our great country. You are our heroes. You represent the best qualities in this country! Thank you for your courage and your service!

Contact Me

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

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