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

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

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
  • 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
  • Service Project Ideas – If you would like to suggest service projects to complete, please contact Ervin Cutwright at

Thank you to our current sponsors: APS, Vision & Sound: An African American Experience, and Surprise Rotary Club. Event details are available online at 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

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

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