October 24, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

 

Valley Metro RPTA Board Meeting

The Valley Metro RPTA Board met on Thursday, October 18. The agenda included a review of the transit life cycle program, current status of Proposition 400 and jurisdictional equity amongst Maricopa County cities. We also met to discuss the reviews of CEO Scott Smith and Attorney Michael Minnaugh.

Meeting with Business Constituent

Community Development Director Eric Fitzer, Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic and I met with one of my constituents in District 5 to review signs for our businesses on Tuesday, October 23.


Mark Your Calendar

Surprise GAIN Night

Surprise Public Safety departments will host our Annual GAIN Night on Saturday, October 27, from 6 pm until 9 pm, at Mark Coronado Park. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Bring your family to this great community event that includes trick or treating in a friendly and safe environment, a haunted hay maze, gaming trailer, Star Wars characters and much more. We are also utilizing the event to donate to the Salvation Army. For every two cans of food donated, you can earn a raffle ticket to win prizes. For more information, please visit the calendar section of www.surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise Youth Council – Zombie Compound

Zombie Compound ad

The Surprise Youth Council is bringing back their Zombie Compound just in time for Halloween. This year’s theme includes more than just zombies. You can expect to meet a maniacal ringmaster, creepy clowns and other sorts of carnival elements in this multi-level house of scares hosted in the City Hall parking garage. The Compound will be a component of the October 27th GAIN night and run from 6:45 pm until 9 pm. Admission is free. Shuttles will be available from City Hall parking garage and Mark Coronado Park during this event.

Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force Meeting

The Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force will be meeting on October 30 at 6 pm in the City Council Chamber to weigh all information presented by city staff, refine recommendations and select the best options to present to the City Council to honor Brian Mancini.

Mancini was a medically retired Sergeant First Class, Combat Wounded Veteran who served as a Combat Medic with two tours in Baghdad, Iraq. He served over 12 years in the United States Army. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, the Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge and Flight Medic Badge. In 2007, Mancini suffered life-threatening injuries from a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. Following years of surgeries and rehabilitation, the Surprise resident founded Honor House, a place where wounded veterans could go for therapy and counseling. Suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mancini ended his life at the age of 38 in 2017.

Arizona Fall League to Host Free Clinic

The Arizona Fall League, in partnership with the City of Surprise will host a free Fall-Stars PLAY BALL clinic Saturday, Nov. 3 for youth ages 5-13.The Fall-Stars PLAY BALL clinic will take place at the Texas Rangers practice facility, located at 15565 N. Parkview Place from 2-4 p.m. Participants will be able to take part in special skill-developing activities and will receive a PLAY BALL t-shirt, Franklin Bat Set, PLAY BALL wristband and free entry to the evening’s Arizona Fall League Fall-Stars game.

Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL Initiative was launched by MLB and USA Baseball in 2015 as an effort to encourage youth participation in both formal and casual baseball and softball activities. Participation is free and available to all skill levels. Registration is available online at www.playball.org/events; pre-registration is highly encouraged as space is limited. Walk up registration will be available the day of the event from 1:30 – 2 p.m.

For information contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 or visit surprisestadium.com.

City Council Work Session and Meeting

The next City Council Work Session will occur on Tuesday, November 6, at 4 pm followed by the Regular City Council meeting at 6 pm in the City Council Chamber.


Did You Know?

Surprise Pavement Preservation Program Kicks-Off

The City of Surprise Public Works Department kicked off its annual Pavement Preservation Program this week, and the focus of the first phase is low-to-moderate-capacity collector roads. This annual program identifies city streets to receive appropriate applications to lengthen the lifetime of the street surface. The approved budgeted amount for the FY19 Pavement Preservation Program is $4.5 million.

In this first phase, the following roads will receive Mill & Rubberized Asphalt Overlay:

  • Brookside Ln, Reems Rd to Bell Rd – Work scheduled for 11/12-11/15, 11/19-11/21
  • Mountain View Blvd, Reems Rd to Parkview Pl – Work scheduled for 10/25-10/26, 10/29, 11/12-11/16, 11/19-11/21
  • Clearview Blvd, Sunrise Blvd to Goldwater Canyon Dr – Work scheduled for 10/26, 10/29-11/2, 11/5, 11/14-11/16, 11/19-11/21
  • Goldwater Ridge Dr, Clearview Blvd to Mountain View Blvd – Work scheduled for 10/31-11/2, 11/5-11/9, 11/12-11/15, 11/19-11/21

All work will be performed in daytime hours. Residents can expect road restrictions during the work and are asked to be aware of temporary “Fresh Oil” signs and mobile work crews installing the treatment. Schedules are tentative and subject to change.

Maps showing the roads scheduled to receive treatment in the first phase are available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/ppp. The website also lists the roads slated for future phases of treatment. Timelines for those projects will be posted at a later date.

These pavement preservation projects are being performed in addition to those funded as part of the Decide Surprise General Obligation (GO) Bond approved by Surprise voters in November 2017. The first phase of those projects are already underway. More information on GO Bond pavement preservation projects can be found at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise. For questions, please contact the City of Surprise Public Works Department at 623.222.1900.

Bullard Ave Improvement Project weekly update

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete in mid-November, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Weekend work is scheduled for the following Saturdays: October 27, November 3 and November 10, weather permitting.

Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.

  • Machine pours for modified curbs continue in the lanes east of the medians.
  • Traffic signal work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection for the next three weeks. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
  • Landscaping work continues in the medians.
  • 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!

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130. To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

October 18, 2018 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Transportation Projects Update

Earlier this year, City Council requested an update regarding the Right of Way status associated with Dale Lane and adjacent transportation projects. The residents in the northern portion of Surprise have a limited number of roads for entry and exits and during rain accumulation, they experience issues with flooding. The city has acquired multiple Right of Way deeds but there are 20 left to obtain. The city continues to look at other options to allow for improved access into the area.

As part of future planning, improvements will be made to Dynamite Road, Dale Lane, Peak View and Tierro Rico Lanes.

Veteran Focused Commission Discussion

A month ago, at the suggestion of a Surprise resident, I suggested staff research potential frameworks for establishing a veterans-focused commission for Surprise. City staff presented the results of that research and proposed a framework for a new commission serving the residents of Surprise, including veterans and residents experiencing a disability.

A number of Arizona cities have veterans commissions; as well as commissions focused on broader human services and quality of life issues. The goals of these commissions are to bring veterans and residents together with experts and service providers in the areas of housing advocacy, accessible transportation, education, and health to discuss and solve the challenges faced by residents.

The vision for the vity of Surprise is to magnify the voices of individual groups for a larger impact with a proposed Veteran, Accessibility and Human Services Commission. This commission will be responsible for advising the Surprise City Council, assisting with and expanding city and external services offered, and advocating for residents including veterans and those experiencing a disability. The commission will champion education and outreach to residents and coordinate communication and events to connect target groups with service providers. In order to achieve its goals of connecting residents in need to the best services, the commission will include members who are residents active in military service, veterans or family members, and individuals with disabilities, along with representatives from human service, veterans, and disability service organizations in the West Valley. This blend of personal experience and professional expertise, supported by Surprise’s Human Services and Community Vitality Department, will allow the commission to strengthen and expand services for City of Surprise residents in new and exciting ways. The Surprise City Council and staff are enthusiastic about taking the next steps towards the establishment of a Veteran, Accessibility and Human Services Commission.


City Council Meeting

Planning & Zoning Commission Vacancy

City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Scott Krous to fill the vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Commission with a term expiration of June 30, 2020. Thank you, Scott, we appreciate you!

Scott Krous fills the vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Commission

Purchase of Underground Long Term Water Storage Credits

The 2015 Integrated Water Master Plan Water Resources Update identified the need to aggressively seek further acquisition of any available CAP water for future allocation to the city’s portfolio, wherever available. The city has identified an amount of up to 2,000 acre-feet annually of CAP Long Term Storage Credits through a 30-year sale and purchase agreement with the City of Eloy. City Council unanimously approved the approval of the Intergovernmental Agreement with Eloy.

Approval of New Positions

City Manager Bob Wingenroth requested the approval of an amendment to the FY19 budget by reallocating appropriations within the General Fund to add five regular full-time positions. These positions include Internal Auditor and Management Assistant (City Manager’s Office), Senior Administrative Specialist (Economic Development), Construction Inspector (Public Works) and GIS Analyst (Information Technology). The request was approved.

Facility Use Agreement with Ottawa University

As Ottawa University (OUAZ) continues to build its residential college campus in Surprise, City Council, Tuesday night, approved a new shared-use facility agreement with the school that supports the city’s Strategic Plan and the Parks & Recreation Master Plan to expand facilities to meet community needs. This 10.5 year facilities-use agreement will provide the city with 8,000 hours per year of use of Ottawa’s future recreation/fitness center, gymnasium complex and other facilities including the existing outdoor competition field.

Ottawa is constructing $48 million of new facilities for student housing, student union, classrooms, and athletics. The O’Dell Center for Athletics, which will include an 11,000 square foot fitness/rec center and a 32,000 square foot gymnasium complex are the primary facilities in the agreement. Upon completion of the O’Dell Center, the city will make an initial $5 million payment for residents to have access to this and other university facilities up to 8,000 hours annually for five years. In years six through 10 of the agreement, the city will pay $1 million a year for 8,000 annual use-hours. In exchange for the city waiving $300,000 in preconstruction fees, Ottawa will provide 4,000 hours of facilities use to the city for six months in year 11.

Through the agreement residents and city staff will have specified hourly access to:

  • 3 basketball courts
  • 3 studios/classrooms
  • 3,000 square feet of space for cardio/weightlifting
  • Men’s and women’s showers/restrooms
  • Indoor walking track
  • Outdoor Competition Field w/ spectator seating & lights
  • Conference space to host various municipal events

Under the agreement, Ottawa’s athletic coaches will provide instruction in at least 12 different sports at city-organized sports leagues and camps. In addition to the city saving money by not having to construct new facilities and fund the ongoing operations; the construction of the O’Dell Center for Athletics and student housing and student union (breaks ground in November) projects are estimated to generate $1 million in construction tax and fees for the city.

City Council approved a new shared-use facility agreement with Ottawa University


Events & Meetings

Tourism Advisory Commission Meeting

The Tourism Advisory Commission met on Thursday, October 11. Commission members reviewed an update to the Tourism Fund application. Future agenda items include a discussion on the city store currently located in the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce office.

AZ Fry Guy Ribbon Cutting

Vice Mayor Ken Remley, Councilmembers Roland Winters, Todd Tande and Nancy Hayden joined me at the ribbon cutting and grand opening for the AZ Fry Guy. AZ Fry Guy is located at 15226 W. Bell Road. Welcome to Surprise!

AZ Fry Guy ribbon cutting and grand opening


Mark Your Calendar

Poetry Slam at WHAM

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and WHAM are partnering for another Poetry Slam at WHAM this Friday, October 19 from 6 pm until 9 pm. WHAM is located at 16560 N. Dysart Road. All are welcome to participate as performers or listeners. Any established or original pieces may be read. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Surprise Super Swap Meet

The city’s popular community-wide garage sale featuring vendors selling new and used goods is scheduled for Saturday, November 10 at the Surprise Aquatic Center. The address is 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. The event will be held from 8 am until 1 pm. Admission and parking is free. For more information, please call 623.222.1500.

Surprise Veterans Day Parade 2018

The City of Surprise 4th Annual Veterans Day Parade honoring the service and sacrifices of our veterans is Monday, November 12. The parade will start at 9:30 am. There will be a pre-parade pancake breakfast from 7 am until 9 am at the Surprise Recreation Center, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. More details will follow in my newsletter. For more details, you can call our Recreation office at 623.222.2000 or you can also visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Following the parade, there will be a Surprise Police and Fire Medical Charity Softball game beginning at 11:30 am at Surprise Stadium. Admission is free. Gates will open at 10:30 am.


Did You Know?

Drive Wise Surprise Reminder

Are you new to the city or returning to your Surprise home to enjoy the fall temperatures and upcoming winter weather? Surprise has a new hands-free device ordinance that you should be aware of. Effective September 6, 2018, motorists who are cited for using a hand-held mobile communications device are subject to a civil penalty of up to $250 plus any other assessments authorized by law. By prohibiting the use of hand-held mobile devices, Surprise is helping to reduce the number of distracted drivers on our roadways.

Drivers are permitted to utilize hand-held devices when in hands-free mode or when communicating to safely operate the vehicle. Public safety personnel operating in their professional capacity are exempt from the ordinance. New Drive Wise, Surprise signs have been posted throughout our Surprise entry points to remind drivers of the new ordinance. You can read the ordinance at http://bit.ly/2MHsDTI

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; weekend work continues through the month of October

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete in mid-November, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Weekend work is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 and Saturday, October 27, weather permitting.

Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.

  • Asphalt removal for modified curbs east of the medians continues; crews are scheduled to begin pouring new curbs on October 22.
  • Traffic signal work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection for the next three weeks. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
  • Work in the medians, including landscape irrigation, paving and median signage, continues.
  • 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!

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

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

City Manager Bob Wingenroth Resigns; Council to take action to name Michael Frazier next CM

Earlier this month, City Manager Bob Wingenroth tendered his resignation effective next month. It is with great sadness and much support that he is leaving us. With many thanks to him, he has accomplished many wonderful things for Surprise. Please join me in wishing Bob the best of luck and thanking him for his overwhelming support of City Council, city staff and the city as whole.

The Surprise City Council will consider an employment contract to name Michael Frazier as the Surprise City Manager at the November 6th Regular Meeting.

Frazier has served as the city’s Assistant City Manager since July 2015, with the following departments reporting to him: Police; Fire-Medical; Public Works; Finance; Water Resource Management; and Marketing and Communications.

He first joined the city in 2011 as Police Chief.

Frazier has a long and distinguished career in Arizona law enforcement, which began in September 1975. From October 2007 until accepting the role as the Surprise Police Chief in 2011, Frazier served as the Police Chief for the City of El Mirage. He began his law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department, where he served for 32 years, retiring as the Executive Assistant Police Chief after working his way through the ranks and having served in nearly every division of the police department.

The November 6th City Council Regular Meeting is open to the public. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., City Hall – Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. All meetings are carried live at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv and streamed live on the Surprise City Gov Facebook page.

October 11, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

American Legion Post 96 Meeting

American Legion recognized three young men from Willow Canyon High School at their meeting last month. These three men were sponsored by the Post to attend the American Legion Boys State in Flagstaff this year. Every year, Post 96 selects candidates for Boys State from Willow Canyon High School with the assistance from their guidance counselors.

Finance Officer & Boys State Chairman George Van de Langeryt, Councilman Todd Tande, Commander Andy LaCour, and students Tanner Jensen, Braydon Mathis, Alicia Vitacco and student Roberto Carrillo

Pictured with me above are Finance Officer & Boys State Chairman George Van de Langeryt, Councilman Todd Tande, Commander Andy LaCour, and students Tanner Jensen, Braydon Mathis, Alicia Vitacco and student Roberto Carrillo.

Young Life Meeting

I met with a representative from Young Life on Wednesday, October 3. Young Life helps adolescents grow in their faith. It is composed of a group of caring adults who go where kids are, win the right to be heard and much more.

Sante “La Dolce Vita” 7 Year Anniversary Event

City Council joined staff from Sante for their 7year anniversary event “La Dolce Vita”. Sante of Surprise offers short term and accute rehabilitation for a variety of conditions. They offer a center that focuses on treating the mind, body and spirit so their guests have the best opportunity possible to achieve wellness after hospitalization.


Mark Your Calendar

City Software Update to Limit Cashier/Call Center Services – This Friday

The City Cashier Office at City Hall will be closed this Friday, October 12 from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm due to a scheduled software upgrade. In-person payments can be made that day between the hours of 8 am to 11:30 am and from 1:30 pm until 5 pm.

The Call Center (623.222.1900) will be available the entire business day; however, staff will not be able to perform the following requests during the hours of 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.

  • Move-in and Move-out requests
  • Billing inquiries or customer information updates/Payment arrangements
  • Bulk-trash/Courtesy trash pickup requests
  • Requests for new sanitation bins
  • Phone payments cannot be processed without an account number

Normal business hours will resume at the Cashier Office and Call Center on Monday, October 15, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the City Cashier Office at 623-222-1836. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

City Council Work Session and Meeting

Surprise City Council meets this Tuesday, October 16. The Work Session begins at 4 pm followed by the Regular City Council Meeting at 6 pm. For information on our agenda, please refer to https://agenda.surpriseaz.gov/.

Surprise Seeking Sponsors and Volunteers for Day of Celebration & Service

Surprise is seeking event sponsors and community service volunteers for its 3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service on Saturday, January 19, 2019. A program celebrating Dr. King’s life will begin at 9 a.m. in the outside courtyard at Surprise City Hall, located at 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. A light breakfast will be served to the first 500 attendees beginning at 8:30 a.m. Following the program, at 9:45 a.m., volunteers will be sent out into the community to complete service projects. Projects will last approximately 1-4 hours.

How to get involved:

  • Sponsorships – If your business or organization would like to help sponsor the event, there are several opportunities. See Sponsorship Options. For more information, please contact Seth Dyson at seth.dyson@surpriseaz.gov.
  • Individuals/Families – Join us for the breakfast, program and day of service! If you can only attend the service project portion of the day, please arrive by 9:45 a.m. to receive an assignment.
  • Groups – If you plan on bringing your group/club/congregation and would like to participate in the service projects, please RSVP your group name and estimated number of people to Ervin Cutwright at ervin.cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.
  • Service Project Ideas – If you would like to suggest service projects to complete, please contact Ervin Cutwright at ervin.cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.

Thank you to our current sponsors: APS, Vision & Sound: An African American Experience, and Surprise Rotary Club. Event details are available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/MLK. For more information, please call 623.222.3241.


Did You Know?

Students take on 6th Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge

The 6th Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge has begun and approximately 2,500 fourth – sixth grade students from 11 schools are participating in this two-month challenge to experience literacy in fun and interesting ways!

Councilman Skip Hall is hosting the challenge with the support of Surprise Youth Services and in partnership with the Northwest Regional Library and Friends of the Surprise Libraries.

Participating students have been given 29 literacy challenges – like visiting their local public library and engaging with the librarians!

At the end of the challenge, students, teachers, and classrooms will have the opportunity to win new books, Kindles and Spring Training tickets. Teachers are also eligible to win classroom book study sets. The top performing 4th and 5th grade classes will receive medals and ice cream or pizza parties. The top 6th grade class will receive medals and will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a City Council meeting in February.

Thank you to all of the teachers and students participating in this year’s challenge and to all of the parents who are supporting their children as they take on this literacy challenge!

Surprise Receives International Economic Development Award for Retail Survey

The City of Surprise has won an international award for its annual Surprise Retail Survey from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The project won a “Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award” in the category of Business Retention and Expansion Program of 3 Years or More. The honor was presented to the city’s Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic at an awards ceremony on October 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Surprise implemented the annual retail survey in 2015. Residents and visitors were invited to share their thoughts and opinions on the retail needs of the community through an online survey. With more than 2,800 respondents the first year and more than 3,000 respondents in subsequent years, the retail survey continues to be one of the city’s top-performing surveys.

Each year, the community is asked to identify their favorite local retailers and restaurants; and every other year they are also asked which retailers and restaurants they most desire to open in Surprise. The city’s Economic Development team has been able to utilize the survey results to assist with both business attraction and retention efforts. Each year, businesses identified as a “Local Favorite” receive a congratulatory letter from the mayor, a certificate, and a window decal to proudly display their designation. The businesses are also invited to a hosted MLB Spring Training game at Surprise Stadium, allowing city staff to maintain or develop relationships with the business owners.

You can find the 2018 Retail Survey results at www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; overnight work to stripe crosswalks scheduled for Oct 17

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete in mid-November, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Work to temporarily stripe crosswalks at Acoma Drive and Sweetwater Avenue will occur overnight on Wednesday, October 17. Crews will begin working in the intersections at 12 a.m.; police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic control. The crosswalks will be permanently striped after the traffic signals are posted.

Weekend work is scheduled for Saturday October 13 and Saturday October 20, weather permitting.

Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.

  • Traffic signal work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection for the next three weeks. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
  • Work in the medians, including landscape irrigation, paving and median signage, continues.
  • Asphalt removal for modified curbs east of the medians begins.
  • 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!

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

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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October 4, 2018 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Valley Metro Transit Services Contract

City Council received a detailed outline of the new RideChoice program being offered by Valley Metro. The new program began in Surprise on October 1 and will be implemented in other cities that participate in the program on December 1, 2018. The new program has additional service options, such as Lyft, and additional wheelchair carriers. From now until December 1, those currently utilizing the system who wish to remain on the old program can do so, but after November 30, everyone will use the new program.

Some benefits to the new program are:

  1. Lyft (Faster response time)
  2. Additional trips 20 regular users/50 for medical and work
  3. Cashless and cardless system
  4. One call center for booking, cancellations and checking on arrival times

If you have not already received your letter and flyer regarding the new program, you can access the City’s website for additional information at www.surpriseaz.gov/transportation

City Partnership with Chance Shelter

Surprise owns and operates about a half dozen outdoor kennels that are used by our Animal Care and Control team. To address the needs of our growing community, it would be helpful to obtain a properly-sized, indoor air conditioned facility. City Manager Bob Wingenroth provided an overview of a partnership proposal with local non-profit Chance Shelter of Surprise, which operates a robust and successful volunteer “foster shelter” program.

The City could enter into a low-cost, long-term lease of two or three acres of City-owned land suitable for the construction of a shelter facility and pay the basic ongoing utility costs. Under the proposed partnership, Chance Shelter would construct a 12,000-15,000 square foot shelter that would include kennels and office space for Surprise Animal Care and Control operations. Chance Shelter would operate the shelter and provide all the care and services associated with a modern, no-kill animal shelter. Currently, there is land available north of Bell Road, west of Litchfield Road, south of Grand Avenue that would be suitable for this purpose near the current Police evidence facility.


City Council Meeting

Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Status Report

A presentation pertaining to the FY2018 Financial Status Report through June 2018 was given. FY2018 revenue is projected to come in $3.1 M over estimates with the majority being attributed to an increase of residential and commercial development. Expenditures are coming in slightly higher than expected by $0.2 M. Grant expenditures for FY2018 are anticipated to be around $2.7 M for our five grant departments. These figures are unaudited and will be fine-tuned as Finance continues to close Fiscal Year 2018.


Events & Meetings

Surprise Fire-Medical Department Retirement

Former Captain Renee Hamblin
Former Captain Renee Hamblin

The Surprise Fire Medical Department hosted a retirement celebration for Captain Renee Hamblin on Thursday, September 27. Captain Hamblin has worked in a variety of roles for the department and has been involved in many of our successes. She will be greatly missed.

Surprise Regional Chamber Business Convener’s Lunch

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their regular Business Convener’s lunch on Wednesday, October 3. The keynote speaker was Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich who discussed what businesses need to know about the work environment in our state.


Mark Your Calendar

Voter Registration Closes on October 9

Residents are reminded that Voter Registration closes on Tuesday, October 9 for the November 6 General Election. Not sure if you are registered? You can verify your registration and access online voter registration at http://maricopa.vote.

If you are on the Permanent Early Voter List, ballots will be mailed out beginning Wednesday, October 10. Your early ballot must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Postmarks do not count. The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office recommends mailing your ballot by October 31.

Early Voting hours at Surprise City Hall are as follows:

Saturday, 10/27 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 10/28 – Closed
Monday, 10/29 thru Friday, 11/2 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A ballot drop-off box will also be available at those dates and times. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. You can find your Polling Location here: Locations.Maricopa.Vote.

October Art Events in Surprise

October is jam-packed with amazing arts and cultural events – from theater performances to poetry

October 13, 6:30 p.m. Sunset Theater – Shawnte Orion:

Contemporary Poetry Widely-published poets Shawnte Orion, who has performed from Portland to Paris, and Rosemarie Dombrowski, who is the current Poet Laureate of Phoenix, present an evening of contemporary poetry.

Arts HQ, 16126 N Civic Center Dr.
Cost: $11.95 | Student ID $5.00
Buy Tickets: https://westvalleyarts.org/product/shawnte-orion-contemporary-poetry-101318/

October 17, 9 a.m. – Noon Public Art Bus Tour

Hop aboard the bus, and enjoy fun-filled stops that showcase our local arts scene. You’ll be able to take in some great public art and visit local art galleries! Bus leaves from Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. Registration required and the event is free. To register, call 623.214.7537.

October 19, 6 – 8 p.m. Poetry Slam at WHAM

Participants are invited to read their own Halloween-themed poetry or read works by Edgar Allan Poe at this open mic event. The event is free.

WHAM, 16560 N Dysart Rd

October 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Technology & Art: A Tinker Time for All Ages (interactive event)

Come out and experiment with a 3-D printer and coding kits, or explore a new world with Virtual Reality goggles and so much more! All ages welcome! Brought to you in partnership with the Northwest Regional Library. The event is free.

Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N Bullard Ave

October 24, Noon – 1 p.m. Lunchtime Theater – Arizona Broadway Theatre: Titanic

Arizona Broadway Theatre will be performing selections from “Titanic: The Musical.” Welcome aboard the ship of dreams!

Arts HQ, 16126 N Civic Center Dr.
Cost: $11.95
For reservations, call 623.584.2626
Tickets: https://westvalleyarts.org/product/arizona-broadway-theatre-titanic-102418/

Want to see what else is coming up this fall? Arts events are listed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/arts


Did You Know?

Officer Nate Miller Awarded for Work

Surprise Police Officer Nate receives the “Explorer Advisor of the Year” award

Surprise Police Officer Nate Miller recently won a statewide award for his work with teens in the Police Department’s Explorers Program. He received the “Explorer Advisor of the Year” award from the Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations to Officer Miller, and thank you for all you do!

City Manager Announces New Assistant City Manager

Assistant City Manager Mark Schott
Assistant City Manager Mark Schott

After an extremely competitive internal recruitment process, City Manager Bob Wingenroth announced that Human Resource Director Mark Schott has been promoted to Assistant City Manager. Mr. Schott is a West Valley native and began his career in local government with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in 1990. He joined Surprise Police in 1993. In 2012, he joined our Human Resources Department and became our HR Director in 2014. Congratulations, Mark!

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; traffic pattern change rescheduled to Oct 10

Due to the weather delay earlier this week, the Bullard Avenue traffic reconfiguration has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 10.

Overnight work to move vehicle traffic to lanes on the west side of the medians begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 9.

Weekend work will occur on Saturday October 6 and Saturday October 13, weather permitting, to keep the project on schedule. Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.

The following traffic control change will be in place Wednesday, October 10 through mid-November.

  • Beginning at the Bullard Avenue and Cholla Street intersection, motorists traveling northbound will proceed through the intersection and follow barricades which will transition traffic to the temporary northbound travel lane on the west 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 southbound on Bullard, Greenway Road to Peoria Avenue, will use the designated southbound lane adjacent to the protected bike lane curb.
  • 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.

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

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

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