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
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.