August 30, 2018 • Newsletter

2018 Local Primary Election Results

The early unofficial city election results released Tuesday, August 29 by the Maricopa County Elections Department are listed below. The County is still processing Election Day ballots. For the latest results, visit https://recorder.maricopa.gov/electionresults/. (*denotes incumbent):

District 1:

  • James Cunningham 973 votes (38%)
  • Raymond Grim 646 votes (25%)
  • *Roland F. Winters Jr. 926 votes (36%)

District 2:

  • Alyson Cline 1,362 votes (23%)
  • Wendell V. Fountain 1,565 votes (27%)
  • *Nancy Hayden 2,961 votes (50%)

District 3:

  • *Patrick Duffy 1,239 votes (51%)
  • Gisele Norberg 1196 votes (49%)

District 5:

  • *Skip Hall 1,655 votes (74%)
  • Leo Mankiewicz 593 votes (26%)

District 6:

  • Eric Cultum 273 votes (13%)
  • Chris Judd 1136 votes (54%)
  • *Todd Tande 697 votes (33%)

In order to determine a winner in the Primary, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast to be elected to a seat (50% plus one vote). If a winner isn’t determined in the Primary, candidates will square off in the November 6 General Election.

Districts 1, 5 and 6 carry a four-year term, expiring December 31, 2022. District 3 carries a 2-year term to expire December 31, 2020. This election fills the remainder of the term left vacant due to a 2017 resignation. District 2 carries a 2-year term to expire December 31, 2020. This election fills the remainder of the term left vacant due to the passing of Jim Hayden in 2017.

Not less than six days nor more than 20 days after a primary or general election, the governing body of the city or town will meet to canvass the votes. If the returns from any polling place are missing at the time of the meeting of the governing body, the canvass will be postponed on a day-to-day basis until all returns are received by the city or town council. Six days or six postponements is the maximum allowable under Arizona law. For the results to all County and State ballot issues, please visit https://recorder.maricopa.gov/electionresults/.

Events & Meetings

BBQ with the Blue

The Surprise Police Department hosted “BBQ with the Blue” on Saturday, August 18. Police Chief Terry Young, several officers from our Surprise Police Department and community members came together in an informal setting to discuss issues, build relationships and enjoy local food together.

Smallcakes of Surprise “Student of the Month” Program

I was honored to attend the plaque presentation for yearly winners of the Student of the Month program sponsored by Smallcakes of Surprise, located in District 5, on Sunday, August 19. The program allows teachers to nominate students based on any criteria they feel would make that student a great student. Smallcakes of Surprise then selects the student. Once the student is chosen, they meet with the baker and create and name a cupcake of their choice. The cupcake is then replicated by Smallcakes, and it is offered for four weeks. After four weeks, two additional students are chosen. The store keeps track of who sells the most cupcakes so that at the end of the school year, the store will host a party for whoever sells the most and a plaque is hung in their honor.

Congratulations to Elise and Kylie, both from Imagine Prep, on their wins. Thank you to Smallcakes of Surprise for your engagement in our community and your support of our youngest residents!

Ottawa University Inaugural Football Game

Ottawa University hosted their inaugural football game on Saturday, August 25 at the new Spirit Field in Surprise! Playing in front of a standing room only crowd, OUAZ beat Cetys Universidad, 51-19. Congratulations on your win!

The season just began, and there are several more games to attend! For information on tickets, please visit http://ouazspirit.com/tickets.

First Things First Early Childhood Summit 2018

I attended the 2018 First Things First Early Childhood Summit on Monday, August 27 in Phoenix. The Summit brings together professionals, stakeholders and supporters of early childhood education and health to share innovative strategies, research and best practices that help our youngest prepare for school. Speakers included Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a New York Times bestselling author and expert in early literacy; as well as Dr. Susan Hopkins, Executive Director for the MEHRIT Centre (TMC); and several other experts and advocates for early literacy.


Mark Your Calendar

City Offices Closed

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, September 3 in honor of Labor 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 September 3-7. 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. For questions about the trash and recycling schedule, please call 623.222.1900.

City Council Meeting

City Council will meet on Tuesday, September 4 at 4 pm for Work Session and at 6 pm for our City Council meeting. Agendas are posted at least 24 hours in advance at https://agenda.surpriseaz.gov/.

Surprise Fall Cleanup Event

The City receives many calls for this popular event each year! Fall is the perfect time to prune your landscape, clean out your garage and take advantage of the Fall Cleanup Event on Saturday, September 8. 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.

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?

Neighborhood Grant Program

The Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions, or community improvements. Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and further build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY19.

To be considered, projects must meet the following program criteria:

  • Provide a public benefit
  • Result in a product, which benefits a neighborhood or the larger Surprise Community
  • Be feasible for completion by June 2019
  • Involve the benefiting neighborhood in project identification, planning and execution
  • Emphasize neighborhood self-help; or be educational, community-building, or a public physical improvement
  • Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations are ineligible

Additionally, a minimum of 5 neighbors within the residential area must sign the application and support the idea; neighborhoods governed by a homeowner association (HOA) must have HOA approval.

Interested communities should deliver the complete Neighborhood Grant Program application to City Hall, attention Jodi Tas, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9. An information session will be held September 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, in the Council Overflow Room.

For more information about the grant, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/ngp or contact Jodi Tas, 623.222.1330.

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; new traffic pattern in place Sept. 4

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, project crews will not be onsite during daytime hours on Monday, September 3.

Overnight work to move vehicle traffic to lanes on the east side of the medians begins at 7 p.m., Monday, September 3.

The following traffic control change will be in place Tuesday, September 4 through early October.

  • Beginning at the Bullard Avenue and Greenway Road intersection, motorists traveling southbound will proceed through the intersection and follow barricades which will transition traffic to the southbound travel lane on the east side of the median. Signage will also be in place to assist with the traffic control change.
    • The same traffic formation will be in place at the Waddell and Cactus roads intersections.
  • Motorists traveling northbound on Bullard, Peoria Avenue to Greenway Road, will continue to use the former bicycle and golf cart lanes.
  • Left and right turn movements will be maintained at all intersections on Bullard Avenue.
  • The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph, except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!
  • Sidewalks will remain open on both sides of the roadway.

Scheduled project hours continue to be Mondays – Saturdays, 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting, through the first few weeks of September. Weekend and evening work will be added as needed to keep the project on schedule.

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

About the Bullard Avenue Improvement Project

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in partnership with the city of Surprise, is currently constructing the Bullard Avenue Improvement Project, a multi-modal roadway (Greenway-Peoria) featuring two vehicle lanes in each direction, protected bike lanes, new traffic signals (Acoma and Sweetwater intersections) and raised, landscaped medians.

The project is scheduled to be complete in early 2019, weather permitting.

Per the ADOT contract, the contractor must have a majority of the project complete in early November 2018 (approximately 120 days from construction start, weather permitting). They will have an additional 45 days (early 2019) to finalize any landscape maintenance issues and/or other punch-list items that may occur. There should be minimal traffic disruptions in the area after early November 2018.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.


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

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August 16, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Mountain Vista Ranch HOA

Mountain Vista Ranch HOA Manager Wendi Shepard and I have been communicating regarding the damage in the community from the previous week’s storm damage.

City Council Meeting

Due to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Conference next week, there will be no City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 21. The next City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 4 at 6 pm.


Mark Your Calendar

Primary Election – August 28

The primary election is less than two weeks away. There are five Council seats; three seats with 4-year terms for Districts 1, District 5 and District 6 with terms to expire in 2022; one Council seat with a 2-year term to expire December 2020 for District 3 to fill the remainder of a term left vacant due to a resignation in 2017; and one Council seat with a 2-year term to expire December 2020 for District 2 to fill the remainder of a term left vacant due to the passing of Jim Hayden in 2017.

Early In-Person Voting: Early voting will be held at the Surprise City Hall (Community Room) starting on Saturday, August 18 through Friday, August 24, 2018. No voting will take place on Sunday, August 19 or Monday, August 27.

Election Day voting: To vote on Election Day, August 28, you will need to go to your designated polling location provided to you on your ballot. All polls will be open on this day from 6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. If you are unsure of your designated polling location, please visit http://maricopa.vote or call the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.1511.

Will a winner be determined in the Primary? In order to determine a winner in the Primary, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast to be elected to a seat (50% plus one vote). If a winner isn’t determined in the Primary, the top two candidates will square off in the November 6 General Election.

Surprise Fall Cleanup Event

The City receives many calls for this popular event each year! Fall is the perfect time to prune your landscape, clean out your garage and take advantage of the Fall Cleanup Event on Saturday, September 8. 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.

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 HOA Academy Registration Academy Now Open

Registration is open for the popular Surprise HOA Academy! The goal of the Academy is to provide expert information for HOA residents, board members and managers. Topics include contracts, fiduciary duty, CC&R enforcement and code compliance.

Academy Class Dates:

  • Monday, October 29
  • Monday, November 5
  • Monday, November 12
  • Monday, November 19
  • Monday, November 26

Time:

  • 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Location:

  • Public Safety Building Auditorium
    14250 W. Statler Plaza

Download the HOA Academy registration form online at www.surpriseaz.gov/HOAacademy. Registration closes on October 22, 2018. Please register early since seating is limited. For more information, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.


Did You Know?

Neighborhood Grant Program

The Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions, or community improvements. Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and further build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY19.

To be considered, projects must meet the following program criteria:

  • Provide a public benefit
  • Result in a product, which benefits a neighborhood or the larger Surprise Community
  • Be feasible for completion by June 2019
  • Involve the benefiting neighborhood in project identification, planning and execution
  • Emphasize neighborhood self-help; or be educational, community-building, or a public physical improvement
  • Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations are ineligible

Additionally, a minimum of 5 neighbors within the residential area must sign the application and support the idea; neighborhoods governed by a homeowner association (HOA) must have HOA approval.

Interested communities should deliver the complete Neighborhood Grant Program application to City Hall, attention Jodi Tas, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9. An information session will be held September 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, in the Council Overflow Room.

For more information about the grant, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/ngp or contact Jodi Tas, 623.222.1330.

League of Arizona Cities and Towns Conference

Each year, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns hosts a conference for elected officials across the State. The conference will be held next week so there will not be a newsletter for the week of August 21.

August 9, 2018 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Surprise Fire-Medical Fee Updates

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) has five categories of fee updates that were presented to the City Council for review. After this review, the updates will be presented for publication pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) 9-499.15. Once the required publication period is met, SFMD will present the same fees to City Council for adoption at the City Council meeting scheduled for October 16, 2018. Some of the fees include CPR Training Class fees, Fire Suppression fees, Treat No Transport/Treat and Refer fee, updated Ground Ambulance Transport fees and updated medical supply and pharmaceutical fees.

City Council Grant Program Updates

The City Council designates $75,000 each fiscal year for community outreach programs; the Surprise Community Outreach Grant Program ($65,000) and the Neighborhood Grant Program ($10,000). In FY18, a total of 28 local non-profits and neighborhood groups were supported through these programs. Human Service and Community Vitality Director Seth Dyson provided an overview of what each awardee has been able to achieve through this outlet of funding. At a future meeting, City Council will consider increasing the Community Outreach Grant Program by an additional $35,000 to meet growing community needs.

City of Surprise Lobbying Ordinance

Earlier this spring, City Attorney Robert Wingo was asked to bring forth a proposed Lobbying Ordinance for City Council consideration. This requested ordinance is primarily designed to further transparency. Upon review of other Arizona municipal ordinances and state law pertaining to lobbying, Mr. Wingo presented a similar ordinance based on the same. This ordinance would require lobbyists to register with the City Clerk’s Office prior to, or within five days of engaging in lobbying city officials. The lobbyist(s) would then be required to annually disclose expenditures related to lobbying activity or quarterly when it pertains to donations to the campaigns of city officials. Furthermore, this ordinance would prohibit certain activities pertaining to gifts and also defines the penalties for violation – the first two violations being civil offenses with monetary penalties and suspensions of lobbying rights and the third violation being a misdemeanor criminal offense.


City Council Meeting

Distracted Driving Ordinance Approved

Earlier this spring, I asked our Surprise Police Department to investigate a primary distracted driving ordinance that our city could consider. I am happy to report, driving and using your mobile devices, which are not operating in a hands-free mode, is now illegal within Surprise city limits. City Council unanimously approved the Distracted Driving Ordinance at their Regular Meeting, Tuesday night.

The ordinance penalizes driving and using a mobile communications devise unless usage is in hands-free mode or if the driver is communicating an emergency situation to emergency personnel. Ordinance violators will be subject to a civil penalty of up to $250 plus any other assessments. Public safety personnel operating in their professional capacity are exempt from the ordinance. Drivers can continue to use two-way radio communication as long as they continue to safely operate the vehicle.

The Distracted Driving Ordinance goes into effect 30 calendar days following Council’s approval, which will be in the first week of September.

Councilmember Skip Hall interviewed by ABC 15 in regards of the distracted driving ordinance approval


Events & Meetings

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Meeting

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their Community Convener’s breakfast meeting on Wednesday, August 8, at the WestMEC Northwest Campus in Surprise. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko was the keynote speaker providing an opportunity for guests to get to know her and to provide an update on legislation.

Dysart Unified School District Meet the Teacher Nights

Dysart Unified School District hosted an evening of “Meet the Teacher” events on Tuesday, July 31. I was able to attend the elementary schools located in District 5 and speak to the principals on their plans for this school year and how I can help them in my capacity.

Dysart Unified School District Meet the Teacher Nights

Surprise Pickleball Association Scholarship Presentation

Each year, the Surprise Pickleball Association (SPA) awards a $2,000 scholarship to three high school seniors in Surprise. This year, there was a tie for second place so the SPA executive board members voted to award three $2,000 scholarships. All of the scholarship recipients attended Shadow Ridge High School; the highest application score went to Kai Nicole Sanford. Torrie Strand and Margaret Nicoli tied for the second scholarship award. Thank you to SPA for recognizing the talent of our students. Congratulations ladies, we wish you much success in your studies and chosen college majors.

Highland Prep Ribbon Cutting

Highland Prep celebrated the opening of their 36,000 square foot, state-of-the-art educational building with 20 classrooms, a gymnasium and athletic field on Thursday, July 19. Highland Prep is a tuition-free STEM, college preparatory high school with a rigorous academic program.

Highland Prep Ribbon Cutting

Council Recess Update

Although City Council was in recess in July, it remained a very busy month. I met with several of my constituents, attended meetings with local agencies working to benefit Surprise as well as our Public Outreach meeting on July 24. I also took part in a few interviews pertaining to the Distracted Driving Ordinance. In addition, we celebrated new businesses including Codobe, located at 12211 W. Bell Road, Suite 107 and MagQU, located in the AZ TechCelerator. Welcome to Surprise!

I was also honored to participate in the Fill the Bus/Back to School backpack event with Surprise Youth Foundation and Walmart which benefited Parkview Elementary School this year. Thank you to our generous residents who donated school items to our students and to WalMart for their partnership.

Councilmember Skip Hall participated in the Fill the Bus/Back to School backpack event with Surprise Youth Foundation and Walmart


Mark Your Calendar

West Valley Arts HQ Upcoming Performances

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission is excited to announce some upcoming arts performances at West Valley Arts HQ!

NEW! Sunset Series

August 11, 6:30 p.m.
Stuck Moving Up (condensed version)
Performed by Holly Theater
West Valley Arts HQ – 16126 N Civic Center Dr. Surprise
Cost: $11.95

This is the first-ever Sunset Series performance at Arts HQ! Stuck Moving Up is about an unemployed, divorcing, 30-something named Heather. She has high hopes of life looking up as she steps into a Manhattan elevator. Too bad the universe has other plans!

Lunchtime Theater

September 20, noon
Chamber Music Concert
Performed by Mill Ave. Players
West Valley Arts HQ – 16126 N Civic Center Dr. Surprise
Cost: $11.95

This performance opens the fourth season of Lunchtime Theater and features the critically-acclaimed Mill Ave. Players!

Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch, or they can pre-order one from Sunsational Coffee. To place a lunch order, please contact Sunsational Coffee at 623.544.8979. Lunch orders are delivered to West Valley Arts HQ before the performance.

Seating is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot for these performances. To make a reservation, please call 623.584.2626. To learn more about West Valley Arts and West Valley Arts HQ, please visit www.westvalleyarts.org.


Did You Know?

WHAM Neighbors Photography Exhibit

Larger-than-life photographs of Surprise residents and others from across the country are on display in an outdoor art exhibit in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS), through October 31. The exhibit, titled “Neighbors”, is the work of artist John Raymond Mireles. Over the past several years, Mireles has traveled to heritage areas in every state to photograph the people who live there. He is working to create an inclusive, expansive visual document of America through its people – one that captures a diverse range of individuals. The artist’s hope is that the exhibit will encourage viewers to relate to and empathize with their fellow “neighbors” across the country – helping each other feel welcome, safe and recognized.

Mireles was invited to do this exhibit by the local WHAM Art Association, with support from the Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission. The artist came to Surprise earlier this year to capture the faces of residents in the OTS. The 4′ X 5′ photos are hung on fencing near the Surprise Senior Center.

If you go:

Neighbors Exhibit
August 1 – October 31
Near the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock St.

Don’t miss these bonus opportunities!

Indoor Exhibit: The artist will showcase smaller versions of select photos at WHAM West Gallery August 1 – 31; open Tues. thru Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spring Training

Spring Training brings generates revenue and brings people to Arizona and as a proud Cactus League city, Surprise is feeling the benefits! According to research released last month by the Cactus League, the 2018 Cactus League season generated $373 million in the state’s Gross Domestic Product, resulting in a total economic impact of more than $644 million, once you add in jobs, sales taxes and indirect support. That’s an 11% increase from the last study conducted in 2015.

The study conducted by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business also found that the Cactus League created 6,439 annual jobs!

Nearly 1.8 million people attended a Cactus League game this past season- more than 190,000 fans visited Surprise Stadium!

Looking a little closer into Surprise Stadium specific data, 61% of visitors to Surprise Stadium this season were from outside of Arizona. That’s a 5% increase from 2015. We also saw a 23% increase in the number of first-time visitors to Surprise Stadium since the last survey!

Surprise fans spent an average of $3,400 per trip and 66% of visitors paid for accommodations during their visit with a median stay of three nights and attended three games. Nearly 93% of fans shared that Spring Training was a factor for visiting the area.

The USA Today ranked Surprise Stadium as the No. 1 Spring Training stadium in the Cactus League this year and the park also topped all 23 Arizona and Florida spring training facilities in the categories of facility and fan-experience!