February 22, 2018 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

HURF and Utility Fund Overview Summary

This presentation marked the second in a series of presentations regarding the development of the FY2019 Budget. This presentation focused on the operations of the Water, Wastewater, Stormwater, and Solid Waste Enterprise Utilities as well as the Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF). It reviewed the purpose of each fund, FY2018 Budget vs Actuals through December 2017 and discussed key issues for each fund as well as an upcoming rate study planned during FY2019.

City of Surprise Transit Feasibility Study & Implementation Plan

Late last year, City staff requested the approval of City Council to proceed with a request for proposal for a Transit Feasibility Study and Implementation Plan to help ensure that the City sustains its high quality of life as we continue to grow. The City has since hired HDR to develop the study and plan which will supplement and, in other cases, supersede studies which have been conducted as part of the broader Northwest Valley and Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) regional studies.

As part of the Transit Feasibility Study, the City is seeking public input to determine what forms of public transportation will be most successful in Surprise. The Transit Feasibility Study will look at demographics, socioeconomic characteristics of the city, and how people travel in the Surprise area. The goal is to understand how transit can best serve Surprise residents and visitors, including what type of service will be needed and where transit will be most successful.

Public participation is needed to determine current traveling habits and top travel destinations such as schools, medical facilities, shopping and other activity areas that could be served with public transportation. Residents are encouraged to visit surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy to complete the online survey when it is published in March and to learn more about the Transit Feasibility Study, upcoming public meeting dates and more.

The study is anticipated to conclude later this year and provide recommendations and options that can be used to develop transit strategies that support short and long-term transportation needs.

Arts & Culture Master Plan Draft

In February 2017, the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission and the Community Development Department hired a consultant to begin developing an Arts and Culture Master Plan. This team has conducted stakeholder meetings, participated in public outreach events, and conducted multiple surveys that evaluated the current conditions and identified the needs of the City. This development team has drafted strategies intended to bolster the community’s sense of place by expanding public art and promoting more cultural experiences.

The draft reflects ideas and opinions captured through public meetings, surveys and written comments. While the draft is plain text, the final copy will include graphics, samples, and visual aids. Both the master plan draft and an online comment form are available at www.surpriseaz.gov/artsmasterplan.

We are also hosting several public meetings where the draft will be presented and there will be an opportunity for discussion and Q&A:

  • Monday, Feb. 26 – 1 p.m. at Sierra Montana Rec Center, 14861 N Spring Ln
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 – 6 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N Bullard Ave
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28 – 1 p.m. at Marley Park Heritage Club, 15210 W Sweetwater Ave

Following these meetings, comments and suggestions will be compiled and presented to the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission at a special meeting, which is also open to the public. That meeting will be held:

  • Thursday, Mar. 1 – 4:30 p.m. at Surprise City Hall – Community Room 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

To learn more about the Surprise Arts & Culture Master Plan, please visit www.surpriseartsplan.com. For questions or more information, please contact Joshua Mike at 623.222.3134 or joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov.


City Council Meeting

General Obligation Bond Project Update and Budget Amendment

The presentation discussed the timeline and bond process of the projects approved by voters in the November 7, 2017 Special Election, which includes six public safety projects, three traffic congestion mitigation projects, and pavement preservation. The Council took action to approve amending the budget by reallocating $5,058,800 from contingency in the grant fund to seven of the Special Bond Election projects in order to begin design in FY2018.

Honoring the Late CRS Director Mark Coronado

City Council unanimously agreed to recognize the late Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado’s service to Surprise in the following ways:

  • 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 road will remain Bullard Avenue for all other purposes. (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 recommendations were presented by the Honoring An Exceptional Leader Task Force. The group was created by the Surprise City Council, on an ad-hoc basis, to identify ways to recognize great women and men who invested a precious part of themselves to the benefit of the city. The Task Force was comprised of Planning and Zoning Commission Chair Ken Chapman; Community and Recreation Advisory Commission Chair Wayne Turner; Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission Chair Susan DeJong; Assistant City Manager Michael Frazier; City Attorney Robert Wingo and Public Works Director Mike Gent. The group is dismissed with this City Council action.

Mr. Coronado, who passed away in June 2017, led CRS beginning in 2000. Under Mark’s leadership the department grew to manage all recreational programming, city parks, aquatics, library services, community/sports tourism special events, recreational facility development, Spring Training operations and national/international tennis events. During his tenure with the city, Mark also held the roles of Interim City Manager, Acting Economic Development Director, Acting Public Works Director and Acting Communications Director.

Mark will be inducted into the Surprise Stadium Hall of Fame at a March 17 Spring Training game, and the other naming recognitions will be announced at that time.

FY2018 Financial Status Report Through November 2017

Staff reported that revenue is higher than expected through November 2017 in the General Fund. Local sales tax is trending upwards due to increased activity in many categories. Growth is trending upwards thus increasing the amount of revenue collected for development related growth (permitting, planning, inspections). There has also been a change in timing for intergovernmental revenue that has increased what we have received from the Arizona Department of Revenue when compared to budget. Uses through November for the General Fund are less than expected by $900,000.

Bullard Avenue Construction Update

City Council approved construction funding to restore Bullard Avenue to two vehicle lanes in each direction (Greenway-Peoria), with additional features for bicycle and pedestrian safety. The project funding was presented to City Council by staff on Tuesday evening.

In additional to the travel lanes, traffic signals will be installed at the Acoma and Sweetwater intersections, to complement existing crosswalks. Bike lanes and cycle tracks (separated bike lanes), along with a raised median (Greenway-Waddell), and landscaping are included in the project. Bullard Avenue will maintain the 35 mile-per-hour speed limit.

Based on the final design, the construction cost estimate is approximately $3.3 million; the city’s contribution is approximately $343,000 with the remaining funds being provided by federal awards. The project will be sent to bid with an anticipated start date of summer 2018. You can learn more about the Bullard Avenue Improvement project at surpriseaz.gov/bullard.


Events & Meetings

Ottawa University – O’Dell Center for Athletes Groundbreaking

Ottawa University Arizona broke ground on the O’Dell Center for Athletics on Friday, February 16 at the University’s newest residential campus, made possible by a $6 million donation from alumni Jim and Jeanne O’Dell. The 35,000-square-foot, three-story O’Dell Center for Athletics will be designed to house locker rooms, training facilities, coaches’ offices and student support services. The center will be immediately adjacent to the new Spirit multi-sport athletic field, near the Surprise Civic Center and Recreation Campus, and will include a new press box and entertainment area. Officials expect construction on the O’Dell Center for Athletics to be finished in the fall 2018.

The Ottawa University Arizona ground breaking on the O’Dell Center for Athletics

OUAZ is fielding 21 varsity men’s and women’s athletic teams. Since opening the campus in fall 2017, women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf and also track and field have all qualified for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Nationals. OUAZ has had 11 NCCAA Player of the Week honors and three All-Americans. OUAZ has also been accepted into the Sooner Athletic Conference for Football, which will begin in the fall of 2018.

Poetry Slam @ WHAM Art Association

WHAM Art Association and the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission partnered for another Poetry Slam on Friday, February 16. This event features open mic night for poetry, free verse, and storytelling. All are welcome to participate as performers and/or listeners. Any established or original pieces may be read. This event is free and open to the public.

Councilmember Skip Hall speaking to attendents at the Poetry Slam @ WHAM Art Association

There are two more Poetry Slams planned for this spring – March 16 and May 18 – from 6 pm until 8 pm at WHAM, 16560 N. Dysart.

Surprise Literacy Challenge

The 2017 – 2018 Surprise Literacy Challenge ran from October 1, 2017 – December 15 and included 14 participating schools from Dysart Unified School District as well as local charter schools. Over 3,200 students in 4th, 5th and 6th grades participated. The students earned a total of 1,119 Book Buck vouchers from Friends of the Surprise Libraries (FOTSL) for completing 5-in-a-row Bingos. They then redeemed these vouchers for previously loved books at the FOTSL area inside the local library.

There were 142 students across the challenge that completed the entire card which gave them entry into a drawing to receive new books, Kindles or sets of Spring Training tickets. Through the challenge, many students got their first-ever library card and also met with and talked to librarians. Among the favorite challenges, students reported that they enjoyed sharing recommendations with friends and also creating their own superheroes based on the protagonists from books they read during the challenge.

Councilmember Skip Hall congratulating Mrs. Mohaupt’s 5th grade class from Cimarron Springs Elementary School.

Congratulations to Mrs. Mohaupt’s 5th grade class from Cimarron Springs Elementary School.


Mark Your Calendar

Free Cleanup Event

Now is the perfect time to prune your landscape, clean out your garage and take advantage of the Spring Cleanup Event on Saturday, March 10. The event allows Surprise residents to drop off up to 2,000 pounds of residential waste free-of-charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Items that will be accepted include lawn waste and other typical household refuse. Participants will be required to show proof of Surprise residency, via a driver’s license and electric bill showing the same home address.

NOTE: Hazardous waste items will not be accepted during this event. Items such as paint, batteries, tires and pool chemicals will be collected at the city’s Household Hazardous Waste event, April 14 from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Firefox Drive.

For more information about either event, please call the City of Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.1900, or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/sanitation.

Did You Know?

Spring Training Games Begin Saturday

Surprise Stadium opens for the official start of spring training with the season opener this Saturday, February 24, when the Kansas City Royals take on the 2017 NLC Champions – the Los Angeles Dodgers! Games are scheduled through March 25.

Grab a lawn seat for as low as $8 or purchase a ticket package! Packages include Full Season, Home Team Half Season, Home Team 7-packs and Flex 7-packs. All packages include priority seating and VIP Parking. Full Season and Half Season packages also include a VIP Season Ticket Holder Reception.

Ready To Order? Here’s how:

Online: surprisespringtraining.com or
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By Phone: 888.755.2583. Serviced by
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Box Office: Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue

For the latest information on Spring Training tickets and scheduling, please visit surprisespringtraining.com or call 623.222.2222.


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February 15, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Friends of the Library Bookmark Contest

Friends of Surprise Libraries held an event to judge their bookmark contest entries. Members of the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and Government & Community Partnerships Director Paul Bernardo joined me as we reviewed 300 entries from 6th, 7th and 8th grade public, charter and homeschool students from all over Surprise. The entry forms were separated into age groups, the judges selected their top four and then the judges chose a first place and an honorable mention.

Members of the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission, Government & Community Partnerships Director Paul Bernardo and Councilmember Hall participated as the 2018 Bookmark Contest Judges

WHAM Art Association will have all entries as part of an art show in March. The winners will be announced and receive their awards at a City Council meeting in April.

Meeting with Surprise Youth Council

As part of quarterly meetings with City Council, I met with several Surprise Youth Council Members on Thursday, February 8. We were able to share information on projects we are working on, the committees they are part of, and their dreams and ideas for Surprise. We discussed partnering opportunities and overall events in the city. I am excited to see their dreams become reality!

Calibre Academy Student Tour

Councilman Patrick Duffy and I joined students at Calibre Academy on a tour of City Hall that concluded in the City Council Chamber where the students participated in a Q&A session with us. This impressive group of students just completed a lesson in government and intently listened to the information we provided them on local government.


Mark Your Calendar

City Offices Closed for Presidents’ Day

City of Surprise administration offices will be closed this Monday, February 19 for Presidents’ Day. Due to the holiday, City of Surprise trash and recycling customers only are reminded that collection will be postponed to one day for the week of February 19 through February 23. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday, Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday, etc.

Please note that not all residents have the City services and as such, you may not experience a change in pick-up services. Please check with your respective service providers. If you have any questions, please call 623.222.1900.

City Council Meets Next Week

Surprise City Council will meet next Tuesday, February 20. Work Session is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. followed by the Regular City Council meeting at 6 p.m.

Surprise Cleanup Event

It is the perfect time to prune your landscape, clean out your garage and take advantage of the Spring Cleanup Event on Saturday, March 10. The event allows Surprise residents to drop off up to 2,000 pounds of residential waste free-of-charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Items that will be accepted include lawn waste and other typical household refuse. Participants will be required to show proof of Surprise residency, via a driver’s license and electric bill showing the same home address.

NOTE: Hazardous waste items will not be accepted during this event. Items such as paint, batteries, tires and pool chemicals will be collected at the city’s Household Hazardous Waste event, April 14 from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Firefox Drive.

For more information about either event, please call the City of Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.1900, or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/sanitation.

Surprise Youth Council Hosts Level 4

The Surprise Youth Council is hosting their second Level 4 teen event on February 24, 7-10 p.m. on level 4 of the City Hall parking garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. High school age students will enjoy awesome music, art, dancing and fun in an adult-supervised and safe environment!

Admission is free; attendees must show photo ID to be admitted. Food will be available for purchase. For more information, visit surpriseaz.gov/level4 or email mike.cassidy@surpriseaz.gov.

2018 SYC Level 4 Event

2018 Surprise City Academy

Want to learn about the structure of city government, get updated on local issues and get to know your city leaders? Register for the 2018 Surprise City Academy! The eight-session academy offers the opportunity to learn about the city directly from the mayor, councilmembers, city manager and upper-level city staff. Plus, you will hear from city partners like Ottawa University and West-MEC.

The Surprise City Academy begins on March 5 and meets weekly through April 16. Most classes will meet from 6-8:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

It’s free to participate, but space is limited. Registration is required by Feb. 26! For an application and/or information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/cityacademy or contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.


Did You Know?

Passport Acceptance Fees to Increase

The US Department of State informed the City earlier this month that the Office of Management and Budget has approved an increase in Passport Acceptance Fees effective April 2, 2017. The fees will increase from $25 per person to $35 per person. The City Clerk’s Office at Surprise City Hall offers passport services Monday –  Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/passport.


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February 8, 2018 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Recommendations to Honor the City’s Late CRS Director Mark Coronado

Last fall, City Council requested that a special task force convene to discuss opportunities to honor the late Mark A. Coronado. Mark passed away this past June, having led our Community and Recreation Services Department since 2000. Under Mark’s leadership the department grew to manage all recreational programming, city parks, aquatics, library services, community/sports tourism special events, recreational facility development, Spring Training operations and national/international tennis events.

The task force hosted three public meetings and heard several suggestions made by the public and fellow task force members. At their last meeting held on January 9, the task force members narrowed the list to three recommendations for City Council’s consideration. Their recommendation included the following:

  • 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 by changing the color of the seat that Mr. Coronado purchased every Spring Training Season and add a logo identifying it as such (approximate cost is $1,000).

City Council may vote on one or a combination of all the suggestions at a future meeting.

Surprise-Canada Cross-Border Healthcare Update

As part of Tuesday’s Surprise City Council Work Session discussion on the Surprise-Canada Cross Border Healthcare Initiative, highlights of a new feasibility study were presented, and The Right Honorable John N. Turner, 17th Prime Minister of Canada, spoke to Council. The Report on the Feasibility of Cross-Border Healthcare for Canadians in Surprise, Arizona is a result of research, discussions and an online survey of Canadian citizens, which received 657 responses.

Findings included:

  • Arizona remains a popular travel destination for Canadians across Canada, and estimates indicate the healthcare market potential will increase
  • The existing Arizona healthcare market for Canadians seeking care in the State represents 17,500 patients and $42 million (USD) annually without any proactive medical travel marketing
  • Surprise provides an optimally hospitable environment to support this pilot project as a willing host, offering: a significant concentration of Canadian part-time residents and visitors; outstanding proximity to regional healthcare centers of excellence; a dedicated Canada-focused economic development strategy; solid growth projections; stability of climate and market accessibility; and a community emphasis on wellness, health, education and caring
  • The current cohort of mostly Western Canadian, extended-stay visitors to Arizona who responded to the City of Surprise survey are already receiving healthcare outside of Canada, and making it easier to access Canadian healthcare in Arizona and receive reimbursement from their respective Provinces would be of interest to them by a factor of 97% approval.

You can find the full feasibility study and background on the healthcare initiative at www.surpriseaz.gov/crossborderhealthcare.

Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Presentation

The City of Surprise FY19 budget-building process has officially begun. Finance staff provided a first in a series of presentations. This first presentation was a general overview of the City’s budget, which included revenue sources, city funds and expenditures, as well as a review of the calendar for the upcoming fiscal year 2019 budget development. Emphasis was placed on the areas of policy making that the City Council has available to impact the FY2019 budget and known pressures, which include PSPRS (Public Safety retirement) and cost increases that will influence the outcome of the budget process.

Current Property Tax Distribution 2018

Future City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include additional presentations related to budget development including topics on Capital Improvement Projects and continued operating budget discussions. The Recommended Budget is schedule for release in April, followed by months of Council and public review that will result in the adoption of a balanced FY19 budget in June. FY19 will begin July 1, 2018.


City Council Meeting

District 2 Council Vacancy

City Council voted 4-2 to appoint Nancy Hayden to serve as the councilmember for District 2 (D2) on Tuesday evening. The seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden this past December. Ms. Hayden immediately took the Oath of Office and joined the council for the remainder of the meeting. In all, six applicants were interviewed by the council in a January 23rd Special Meeting. You can watch the applicant interviews here.

Nancy Hayden has lived in Sun City Grand for 15 years and is the wife of the late Councilmember Jim Hayden. She cited wanting to develop a strong relationship between the city and residents and be part of the community’s development among her reasons for wanting to serve. You can read the complete candidate applications here, listed in order in which they were received by the City Clerk.

Councilmember Hayden’s appointment term will end December 31, 2018. The candidate that wins the August 28 Primary Election will then serve out the remaining two years of the four-year term, beginning January 1, 2019. D2 includes the following neighborhoods: Sun City Grand, Bell West Ranch, Park Rowe and a significant portion of Arizona Traditions. For more information about the August election visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2018election.

Appointment of New Members to Boards & Commissions

Residents Krista Watson and Connie Bowers were unanimously appointed to fill vacancies on the Disability Advisory Commission and Audit Committee, respectively. Thank you to the both of them for utilizing their talent and knowledge to serve our city!

Austin Ranch East Preliminary PLAT

Austin Ranch continues to grow with the approval of a 707-lot Preliminary Plat located on the southwest corner of Pinnacle Peak Road and 175th Avenue in the northern part of the city, west of Grand Avenue. The Preliminary Plat, referred to as “Austin Ranch East” will consist of seven parcels containing 707 residential lots ranging in width from 48 feet to 58 feet with a central 3.98 acre active recreation park served by numerous trails throughout the community.

Map of Austin Ranch East Preliminary PLAT

Sign Code Ordinance

At a public hearing held on January 18th, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of a draft sign code to the City Council. The City Council heard the matter at a separate public hearing held during our last City Council meeting. After much discussion, Council asked staff to bring the matter back to the Council for further consideration and discussion at our City Council meeting on March 6. I expressed my concern for a proposal to completely ban A-frame signs, as there are businesses that truly need A-frame signage to attract customers, due to the lack of visibility at their locations. If you have any questions regarding the proposed sign code, don’t hesitate to call Planner Robert Kuhfuss at 623-222-3137.


Events & Meetings

West Valley Arts Council Opening Reception

The West Valley Arts Council hosted an opening reception, Vision & Sound: An African American Experience on Thursday, February 1. The exhibit will be on display until March 16. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 am until 5 pm and Friday from 10 am until 2 pm.

This particular exhibit celebrates Black History Month with eclectic artists from New York, Maryland and Arizona. The West Valley Arts HQ is located at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza

Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission Meeting

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission meeting was held on Monday, February 5. Items of discussion included the first review of the Arts Master Plan.


Mark Your Calendar

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

The City of Surprise, in coordination with State 48 Brewery and Food Truck Friday West, presents Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival on February 11 with live music performed by The Steven P Project. I hope you can join us from Noon – 4 p.m. at 8-Acres Park, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. You can choose from a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of craft beers and wines provided by State 48 Brewery.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and unique food trucks that the whole family will love! Don’t forget a blanket or a lawn chair. Dogs must be on leashes. For more information, please contact the City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.


Did You Know?

Surprise Resource Center Expands Services

The Surprise Resource Center has partnered with local agencies to provide Arizona residents with more social service options in the Northwest Valley! The Resource Center, in partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank – The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), now distributes emergency food boxes to help eligible low-income individuals and households supplement their nutritional needs. Food boxes are available weekly, Mondays and Thursdays, between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd, Bldg. A, Suite #124.

Appointments are not required; however, recipients must show valid identification and meet self-declared income status eligibility requirements. Eligible recipients are permitted one food box per individual, or household, per month.

Medicare and Medicaid support counseling provided by a certified SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselor is also now available with many thanks to a partnership with the Area Agency on Aging. A certified SHIP counselor will be at the Center each week, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., to answer Medicare and Medicaid questions. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 623.866.4214.

Do you need to connect with additional social services? Programs currently available at the Resource Center include Veteran Employment Assistance, the Community Action Program (CAP), WIC services, Arizona@Work employment assistance, and much more. The Surprise Resource Center hours of operation are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon; the Center is closed on city-observed holidays.

You can receive the latest information about the Surprise Resource Center, and other support programs, directly in your inbox by subscribing to the Human Service and Community Vitality Notify Me email list.

City Council Agendas

Council agendas are posted online at http://agenda.surpriseaz.gov at least two business days prior to the scheduled meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Session are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. Additionally, all meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.


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City begins FY19 budget discussions

The City of Surprise Fiscal Year 2019 budget-building process kicked off at the City Council’s Work Session, 4 p.m., Tuesday, February 6.

This was the first in a series of presentations regarding the overall development of the budget. The first presentation provided a general overview of the city’s budget, including revenue sources, city funds and expenditures.

The presentation also highlighted outside issues that influence the outcomes of the budget process. View presentation.

Future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include additional presentations related to budget development, including topics on Capital Improvement Projects and continued operating budget discussions. The Recommended Budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by months of Council and public review that will result in the adoption of a balanced FY2019 budget in June. FY2019 begins July 1, 2018.

Council agendas are posted online at http://agenda.surpriseaz.gov at least two business days before the meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Sessions are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

February 1, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

The Promenade at Grand Ribbon Cutting

The Promenade at Grand Apartments in Surprise celebrated their grand re-opening yesterday. They are located at 17927 N. Parkview Place. Surprise Fire-Medical, Surprise Police, Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa University cheerleaders and residents gathered together to celebrate and enjoy the brand new exterior and interior renovations. Congratulations to the Promenade on their successful re-opening!

Surprise Fire-Medical, Police Department, Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ottowa University Chearleaders and Councilmember Hall at the Promenade at Grand ribbon cutting

Read On Greater Surprise Committee Meeting

Read on Greater Surprise is an organization focused on improving awareness of literacy issues for children in Kindergarten through third grade. As a member of the strategic committee, I attended a meeting on January 26 where we discussed several important topics. The group evaluated a sampling of mid-year DIBELS test results, which assesses early childhood literacy. We also talked about the success of the new expanded Saturday hours at Hollyhock Library (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The Raising a Reader program on Tuesday mornings is going exceptionally well; and, with the help of a grant from the City, Friends of the Surprise Libraries will be able to fund another Raising a Reader program. Last month, the group discussed the topic of organizing a vendor fair to bring awareness to what types of pre-school programs are available. Those discussions continue, and we are working on the details of how to move that idea forward. I look forward to the next meeting!

The Colonnade Groundbreaking

The Colonnade hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for their new assisted living/memory support facility on Friday, January 26. The Colonnade is located at 19116 Colonnade Way. The assisted living facility will have 26 apartments (24 one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom), while the memory support facility will have 24 studio apartments. The buildings will be connected by a common entry and a shared kitchen. The building should be complete in December 2018.

The Colonnade hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for their new assisted living/memory support facility

Tour of Christopher Todd Communities New Surprise Location

Christopher Todd Communities on Greenway, located at the southwest corner of Greenway and Litchfield roads, officially opened earlier last month. On Sunday, January 28, I toured this gated, professionally-managed, pet-friendly, single-family home rental community, which provides an alternative to traditional apartment living in the Northwest Valley. There are one- and two-bedroom rental homes featuring private backyards and smart living technology. Rent starts at $1,050 per month.

Regional Opioid Action Committee Meeting

The Regional Opioid Action Committee met at the city of Goodyear on Wednesday, January 31. This particular meeting focused on opioid prevention and education. Dr. Kenneth Baca, Superintendent of Tempe Union High School District, discussed the steps taken to implement a student-athlete opioid protocol pilot program on behalf of AIA for their district. He also discussed the importance of prevention and education at all ages.

In response to Governor Ducey’s call to action regarding this epidemic after his press conference last week requesting a special session, legislators met and successfully, and unanimously, passed expansive, bipartisan crisis reform.


Mark Your Calendar

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

The City of Surprise, in coordination with State 48 Brewery and Food Truck Friday West, presents Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival on February 11 with live music performed by The Steven P Project. I hope you can join us from Noon – 4 p.m. at 8-Acres Park, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. You can choose from a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of craft beers and wines provided by State 48 Brewery.

This is a great opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and unique food trucks that the whole family will love! Don’t forget a blanket or a lawn chair. Dogs must be on leashes. For more information, please contact the City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Inaugural Surprise Spring Training 5k

The City of Surprise will host its inaugural Surprise Spring Training 5K on Friday, March 2 to help celebrate the 2018 Spring Training season. The course will begin at 7 p.m. at Surprise Stadium, spring training development home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals; the course will then advance through the City of Surprise and end in walk-off fashion as participants head for “home” (back to the stadium).

Registered participants will receive an exclusive Surprise Spring Training racing shirt, pre- and post-race runner’s brunch, a unique finisher medal and a “buy one, get one” ticket for select sections of the March 3 game in which the Royals face the White Sox. Participants are encouraged to dress in support of their favorite Cactus League team, with the best-dressed team of participants winning a complimentary suite to the Royals vs. White Sox on game on March 3.

Register early to take advantage of the $30 early registration rate. Early registration ends on March 1, after which registration will be $40. For more information and to register, please visit SurpriseSpringTraining.com/events or call 623.222.2000.

The City of Surprise will host its inaugural Surprise Spring Training 5K on Friday, March 2


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Summer Employment Opportunity

Looking for a great summer job or know someone who is? The city is looking for responsible individuals, age 16 years or older, with positive attitudes to be lifeguards and swim instructors; and training classes are coming up!

The city is offering three courses for Lifeguard Training. The first course will be February 3, 10, 17, & 24 (Saturdays only) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second course will be offered March 3, 10, 17, & 24 (Saturdays only) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The third course will be offered on March 19 – 22 (Monday thru Thursday) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class fee is $100 for Surprise Residents and $120 for Non-Residents.

The Swim Lesson Instructor Course will be offered March 26 – April 5 (Monday thru Thursday for two weeks) from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The course fee is $120 for Surprise Residents and $140 for Non-Residents. Registration is currently underway online at www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation and in-person at the Community and Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue.

After successful completion of the Lifeguard Training and Swim Lesson Instructor courses, you will be certified through the Starfish Aquatics Institute. All classes will be held at the Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N. Bullard Ave.

Please note course completion does not guarantee employment with the City of Surprise. For more information, please contact Daniel Luvisi at 623.222.2251 or daniel.luvisi@surpriseaz.gov.


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