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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.

Contact Me

Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

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