Events & Meetings
Surprise Citizen Patrol Awards Dinner
Earlier this month, I attended the Surprise Citizen Patrol Awards dinner. Police Chief Terry Young and Citizen Patrol Commander Jim Gearns recognized several of our Citizen Patrol volunteers with well-deserved awards. Citizen Patrol of the Year award was given to Pat Kellison, Citizen Patrol Rookie of the Year was given to Jim O’Donoghue. In addition, Lyle Rice was recognized as a 20-year member. Congratulations to all of you and thank you for your time and commitment to Surprise!
City Manager Bob Wingenroth and Department Directors met with groups of Councilmembers to provide an overview of each department’s budget for fiscal year 2019. Finance Director Lindsey Duncan presented the budget to the City Council at our Work Session last week. Public Safety is the largest recipient of increases to ensure the safety of our residents. The recommended budget also included funding for the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) of $71 million that includes utilizing $13 million in FY19 for land, design and construction of some of the General Obligation bond projects.
The FY2019 Recommended Budget is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget. Council is scheduled to adopt a final budget in June.
Surprise SciTech Festival
The Surprise SciTech Festival was held in the City Hall courtyard on Saturday, April 21! The free event included interactive SciTech booths, an incredible line-up of speakers, music and much more. Several city departments hosted demonstrations and displays for participants to enjoy. Additional highlights included the Launch Team, Shadow Ridge High School, Canyon Ridge Elementary School, Mountain View Elementary School and the Surprise Police Department robotics demonstrations as well as Dino Crew.
The festival included 30 vendors and there were approximately 1,000 attendees. Thank you to our Human Service and Community Vitality team led by Director Seth Dyson for their hard work putting this successful event together!
Kingswood Park HOA Event
Kingswood Parke HOA hosted a spring fling for their community on Saturday, April 21. A few hundred residents attended the event that included face painting, barbeque food, a concert and much more!
Thank you to Kingswood Parke for inviting me to this great event!
Mark Your Calendar
Surprise Safety Day
Join us for a day of fun at Surprise Safety Day on Saturday, May 5! Bring your family and friends to Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N Bullard Avenue, from 8-11 a.m. and enjoy emergency vehicle and equipment displays, including an appearance by Native Air helicopter; interactive exhibits and live demonstrations of Surprise’s public safety services; and water safety and CPR demonstrations. Plus, the Surprise Aquatic Center is offering free swim lesson assessments and will be conducting swim team tryouts. Participants should bring a bathing suit and a towel; the pool is heated.
Surprise Safety Day is free and presented in partnership with Surprise Community & Recreation Services, Surprise Police, Surprise Fire-Medical, Native Air and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. For more information about Safety Day, swim lesson assessments, or swim team tryouts, please contact the Community & Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.
Surprise Day of Service
Are you looking for opportunities to help your community? The city is seeking volunteers for the Surprise Day of Service which will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 8 am until 12 noon.
On the day of the event, volunteers will check in at the Surprise Senior Center located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Transportation will be required to get to most service projects which include painting, cleaning, trash removal and more.
Light refreshments will be provided for breakfast and lunch. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239 or Jason.email@example.com.
Did You Know?
May 15 Special Election
Surprise voters will soon decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of a water service company in a Special Election on May 15. 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.
Ballots began mailing to all registered voters in Surprise, April 25 and the City Clerk’s Office has a ballot drop-off ballot box now available Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Replacement ballot voting begins May 5. Election Day is May 15. For more information about voting, call the City Clerk at 623.222.1200.