District 5 Update

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


  • 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


  • 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.