Events & Meetings
Surprise Detective Ryan Manley Retirement Celebration
Surprise Police Department hosted a retirement celebration honoring Detective Ryan Manley on Thursday, October 25. Ryan joined Surprise Police Department in October 2007 and has served in the Administrative Services, Field Operations and Criminal Investigations Divisions. Best of luck to you in your retirement, Ryan!
Dysart Unified School District Career & College Expo
Dysart Unified School District Career and Technical Education (CTE) hosted their annual Career and College Expo on Thursday, October 25 at the District office. The expo featured student opportunities through Dysart’s Career and Technical Education programs, local colleges, businesses, military and West-MEC. I was impressed with the turnout of students who ranged from grades 6 through 12.
Seattle-Tacoma Box Company Groundbreaking
Seattle Tacoma Box Company hosted a groundbreaking on Friday, October 26 at their future location. The company specializes in polypropylene carton manufacturing. Their Surprise plant is scheduled for completion by April 2019, marking the eighth location between Seattle Tacoma Box Company and SeaCa Packaging. With plans to hire for 65 phase one jobs, this facility anticipates at $17 million capital investment into Greater Phoenix and will serve it growing customer base nationwide.
Seattle Tacoma Box Company is a 6th generation family-owned company that is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.
Toll Brothers Ground Breaking
Luxury home builder Toll Brothers held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, October 30. The home builder is grading 800 acres for their 2,200 home development which will be a gated, golf course community just south of Cactus Road and west of Cotton Lane. The plan is to begin selling in January 2020. Homes will range from 1,600 square feet to 5,000 square feet with prices from the low $300,000’s up to $750,000.
District 2 Block Party
Councilwoman Nancy Hayden and I attended a block party in Bell West Ranch on Tuesday, October 30. Many thanks to the community for welcoming us to their event!
West Valley Council to Council Mixer
The town of Tolleson hosted a West Valley Council to Council Mixer at the Tolleson Fire Station on Tuesday, October 30. Vice Mayor Ken Remley, Councilman Roland Winters and I joined other Councilmembers throughout the West Valley for this opportunity to update each other on our respective cities.
Mark Your Calendar
Surprise Bike Rodeo
The Surprise Police Department is hosting a Bike Rodeo community event on Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon in the Sam’s Club parking lot. Sam’s Club is located at 16573 W. Bell Road. This is an opportunity for our youngest residents, ages 4 and up, to practice bike handling and traffic safety skills on a fun, interactive and non-competitive course. Please bring a bike, or you can borrow one from us. Bike helmets are encouraged. One lucky participant will win a new bike!
Mark Coronado Park Closed for Overseeding
Mark Coronado Park, located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue, will be closed for yearly maintenance and overseeding from November 5 – 30. Programs that currently utilize this park will be scheduled an alternate location(s) during this time. For any questions, please call the Community and Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.
City Council Work Session and Meeting
The next City Council Work Session will occur on Tuesday, November 6 at 4 p.m. followed by the Regular City Council meeting at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.
Oracle ITA National Fall Tennis Tournament and Community Events
The nation’s top singles and doubles players will gather in Surprise, Arizona, to compete in the finale tournament of the fall collegiate season at the 2018 Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Fall Championships! The community can get involved too, with fun events and learning opportunities planned for tennis coaches, kids, and teens looking to play in college. Plus, there’s a doubles shootout competition, with a cash prize, that’s free and open to anyone!
The tournament will feature a 64-player Men and Women’s singles draw, and 32 Men and Women’s doubles draw. Matches will take place at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, located at 14469 W. Paradise Lane, from Wednesday, November 7 thru Sunday, November 11. Admission to the event is free!
The Oracle ITA National Fall Championships is the only collegiate tennis tournament to feature student-athletes from all five divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO. Members of the University of Florida, Texas, Miami, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Georgia, Stanford, USC, Illinois, Ohio State, Wake Forest, and many more nationally ranked teams from across the country, will be represented at the tournament. Draws, schedule of play, and daily recaps can be found on the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships event page at www.itatennis.com.
There will be opportunities for coaches, players and families to take part in various events over the course of the tournament, including:
- Oracle Unifying Tennis for Everyone Phoenix $1K Doubles Shootout – Free to enter!, Sat. Nov.10 – Sun. Nov. 11
The Oracle UTR Phoenix $1K Shootout is an open, winner take all, doubles tournament at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex. No entry fee required, and the winning team from each division will each take home $500. The tournament (Men and Women) is open to players of any level, and each draw is limited to 16 doubles teams. It’s a great opportunity to compete for $500! Register Now!
- Community Kids Day, Sat. Nov. 10, 9-10:30 a.m.
Spend the morning playing with college coaches and stay afterwards for the semifinals of the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. Register Now!
- College Tennis Recruiting Info Session, Sat., Nov. 11, 10-11:30 a.m.
Learn the road to college tennis with ITA CEO Tim Russell. Stay after for the finals of the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships! Register Now!
- Coaches Workshop, Sun., Nov. 11, 10-11:30 a.m.
High School Coaches Workshop – Learn from the top college coaches at an on-court workshop and Q & A panel. Register Now!
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is the governing body of college tennis, overseeing men’s and women’s varsity at all levels – NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. Over the past four decades, ITA has worked hard to ensure the long-term prosperity of college tennis as one of the most vibrant college sports.
The City of Surprise Sports & Tourism department is responsible for managing Major League Baseball Spring Training at Surprise Stadium, shared-use facility partnerships with Ottawa University, major tennis tournaments, and tourism driven events, festivals, and sports tournaments. For information contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623-222-2400 or visit www.itatennis.com.
IRIS USA Warehouse Sale in Surprise
IRIS USA, a high-quality storage manufacturer headquartered in Surprise, is having a Warehouse Sale this Saturday, November 3!
IRIS will offer up to 90% discounts off retail prices on housewares such as cookware, plastic storage, pet products, furniture, small appliances and wire products. Teachers, working professionals, bargain hunters, parents, and organizing and cooking enthusiasts can stock up on these products at dramatically reduced prices.
The family-friendly event will feature bounce-houses for the kids and food trucks onsite. A portion of the proceeds from product sales will benefit the City of Surprise public safety departments that serve the surrounding community.
Location: 13423 W Cactus Rd., Surprise AZ, 85379
Dates & Hours: November 3, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Admission & Parking: Free
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Task Force Honors Veteran Brian Mancini
The City’s Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force will present two recommendations for ways in which to honor the late Brian Mancini, to the City Council at our Work Session scheduled for December 4. At the task force’s last meeting held on October 30, members were presented with a design concept proposal for the Veterans Reflection Circle by landscape architecture firms LoganSimpson and WERK. These two companies volunteered their design services at no cost to the city as a tribute to Brian’s service to our country and his ongoing efforts to support fellow veterans.
The task force had previously selected the circular area, just west of Surprise Lake, as their recommended location for the Veterans Reflection Circle, as it was located next to Surprise Lake and surrounded by trees connecting to Brian’s love of fishing and nature. The professional design proposal included the task force’s request to add a tranquil water feature to the space and plaques telling Brian’s story and featuring his self-authored “Pity” poem. The recommended design expands into a visual display of Brian’s journey as a wounded-combat veteran coming home and searching for ways to help fellow veterans transition into civilian life.
The center of the design represents a veteran and their personal struggle after combat. A spiral transition connects visitors to how Brian pushed through the struggles to connect with the community to help support more veterans find peace through non-medicinal therapies. And finally, a water feature named Brian’s Bench draws a visitor’s eye to the lake and a special garden representing Brian’s last walk.
The estimated cost of the project is between $80,000 and $100,000. The task force, with input from the in-kind design firms, will recommend to Council a funding option that will include a public request-for-proposals from area businesses to provide in-kind services and materials to make the design a reality. The Veterans Reflection Circle recommendation would be at no cost to the city to design or construct.
The task force also approved recommending that the Surprise Resource Center’s conference room be named in honor of Brian. It would include displaying posters telling his story and his “Pity” poem in the room. The center houses various veteran employment programs including the Surprise Veteran Job Club and weekly veteran employment assistance from the Veterans Administration and the state’s Disabled Veteran Outreach Program. The cost of this recommendation would be under $1,000.
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.
Surprise Pavement Preservation Program Kicks-Off
The City of Surprise Public Works Department kicked off its annual Pavement Preservation Program last 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 11/12-11/16, 11/19-11/21
- Clearview Blvd, Sunrise Blvd to Goldwater Canyon Dr
Work scheduled for 11/2-11/5, 11/14-11/16, 11/19-11/21
- Goldwater Ridge Dr, Clearview Blvd to Mountain View Blvd
Work scheduled for 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; signal poles scheduled to be installed at Acoma Nov 8 & 9
The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete later this month, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.
Surprise police officers will be onsite Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9, to assist with traffic control while crews set the signal poles at the Bullard Avenue and Acoma Drive intersection.
Crews will continue to work weekends through mid-November to keep the project on schedule.
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 and sidewalk ramp work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
- 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.