Councilmember Skip Hall District 5 Update

January 11, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Friends of the Library Meeting

Vice Mayor Todd Tande and I met with the President of Friends of the Library, Alyson Cline, on Tuesday, January 9. The focus of our meeting was literacy rates for kindergarten through eighth grade as well as Dysart Unified School District’s Continuous Improvement Plans (CIP). Leadership teams from each school provide information regarding achievements, gap analysis, goals and action plans to ensure continuous improvement at the school. These items form their CIP. For more information on the CIPs, please visit

WESTMARC’s West Valley State of the State Address

City Council and staff attended WESTMARC’s State of the State address at the Renaissance Hotel in Glendale on Wednesday, January 10. Governor Doug Ducey discussed his 2018 agenda which includes continuing to battle the opioid crisis, increasing funding for education and adopting new policies for the child welfare system and former prisoners. He plans to call a special session to focus on the opioid crisis in early 2018. While he did not identify the funding sources for his agenda, he is scheduled to unveil his budget on Friday. He stated he is fully committed to accelerating and restoring education funding prior to the recession. Furthermore, his tax plan this year would allow veterans to keep more of their retirement pay which has not happened since the state created a tax exemption for military pensioners nearly three decades ago.

Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force Meeting

The Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force met on Tuesday, January 9 to review previously discussed options, with identified approximate costs, for ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado. The Task Force members narrowed the list to three recommendations for future City Council consideration.

  • Rename 8-Acres Park “Mark Coronado Park” and include a memorial plaque at the park’s entry gate (approximate cost $1,100)
  • Place honorary street signs along Bullard Avenue (Bell to Greenway Roads) to read “Mark Coronado Way.” *The official street name would remain Bullard Avenue, and have no impact on physical addresses (8 signs at an approximate cost of $300 total)
  • Brand the Mark Coronado Legacy Seat at Surprise Stadium *Change the color of the seat that Coronado purchased every Spring Training Season and add a logo identifying it as such (approximate cost is $1,000)

The Task Force will present its recommendations to the City Council at the City February 6th Council Workshop, 4 p.m., at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. City Council will either recommend that the action item be brought forward at the February 20th City Council Meeting, or ask that the Special Task Force perform additional work.

Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Fine Arts & Wine Festival This Weekend

The City of Surprise, in partnership with Thunderbird Artists, will be hosting the 6th annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival this weekend. The event will take place January 12-14, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at the Surprise Recreation Campus – 8 Acres Park, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Admission is $3.

The festival will feature spectacular artists, such as ceramic extraordinaire, Colleen Everett, whose work can be found in many corporate and private collections including the White House! Patrons can purchase an engraved souvenir wine glass and six tasting tickets for $10, giving them an opportunity to sample an extensive collection of domestic and imported wines, as well as flavored rums. The festival will also include live music and a variety of tasty food options.

For more information regarding the festival, contact Thunderbird Artists at 480.837.5637 or visit

Surprise Police Host Shred-A-Thon and Prescription Drug Take-Back Event on Saturday

If you have documents to shred or unused prescription and over-the-counter medication to dispose of, please come out to the Shred-A-Thon and Prescription Drug Take-Back Event hosted by Surprise Police. The event is Saturday, January 13, 2018, 7 -10 a.m. at the Surprise Public Safety Building, located at 14250 West Statler Plaza.

You may bring up to three banker’s boxes or 13-gallon trash bags of documents per vehicle to be shredded. Please note that shredding will end at 10 a.m. OR when the shred trucks are filled up. Additionally, unused prescription and over-the-counter medications can be dropped off for destruction. We are unable to accept sharps (to include insulin syringes/needles) or inhalers of any kind.

Thanks to our event sponsors, Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Iron Mountain Incorporated, there is no cost for the shredding of documents or destruction of medications. For more information, please call 623.222.4422.

2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and Day of Service

The city will host our 2nd Annual MLK Celebration and Day of Service this Saturday, January 13, 2018 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the City Hall courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The day will begin with a free breakfast for the first 500 attendees, and it will consist of a celebratory program that will include choir and drum performances. Once the program concludes, volunteers will be dispatched to sites throughout Surprise and neighboring areas to complete service projects as a way to continue to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

For more information or to sign-up to volunteer, please contact Ervin Curtwright at 623.222.3241 or visit

City Council Resumes Meetings

City Council will meet on Tuesday, January 16 for our regularly scheduled City Council Work Session at 5 p.m. and City Council meeting at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Did You Know?

City offices Closed in honor of MLK Day – Trash/Recycling Schedule Change

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, January 15 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Due to the holiday, City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day the week of January 15-19. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers, and as such, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider.

Please call 623.222.1900 if you have any questions.

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