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District 5 Newsletter • March 2019

Utility Rate Study Approved by City Council

City Council approved the Utility Rate Study during the February 19th Regular Council Meeting, effectively adjusting the five-year rate schedule for city serviced solid waste customers at the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019.

Single-family solid waste customers will pay a monthly base rate of $20.70 starting July 1. 2019 and with another scheduled increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The rate schedule will then increase the rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. Residential water and wastewater utility rates will remain unchanged in FY 2020-2024. This is the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. For information regarding the Utility Rate Study, it can be found online at www.surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo.

Destiny Springs Behavioral Health Hospital

I had the opportunity to attend the ribbon cutting for the Destiny Springs Behavioral Health Hospital at the beginning of the month and to see what this state of the art facility has in store for our community

Destiny Springs Grand Opening

Surprise Fire-Medical Station 305 Open House

It was great to attend the open house for Fire Station 305 and meet our first responders. Here is some information regarding an upcoming open house for Fire Station 303:

March 2nd – Station 303,15440 N.
Cotton Lane Open house is from 9 a.m. – noon.

Come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Individuals that attend will even get to look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear, and tools used on emergency calls!

Valley Partnership February Breakfast

I attended the Valley Partnership Breakfast where I had the chance to listen to a panel of real estate, financing, and development executives. This panel discussed the Arizona economy and what they expect it to look like in 2019 and beyond.

Valley partnership

Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon

To kickoff Spring Training here in Surprise, I attended the Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon where I had the opportunity to listen to representatives from the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers talk about their eagerness to start their season off right here in Surprise. Be sure to check out them out this season at the Surprise Stadium. Tickets are available at www.surprisestadium.com.

spring training luncheon

Building Home for Heroes

The City Council and I attended a great event here in the community where non-profit organization Building Homes for Heroes and Chase Bank partnered to donate a mortgage-free home to a veteran in our community. It was a special event to attend and see how these organizations teamed up to serve our community.

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Upcoming Events

City Center Community Meeting

On March 7th from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. there will be a Community Meeting at Sun Village in the multi-purpose room to discuss the development of City Center. Residents are encouraged to attend. Sun Village is located at 17300 North Sun Village Parkway

State of the City & City Hall Celebration

On March 28th from 6-8 p.m., our city will be hosting its annual State of the City. This year, we will also be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of our City Hall. The festivities will start in the council chambers of City Hall, where Mayor Hall will kick the event off with a State of the City video presentation. Then, the community is invited to the celebration in in the courtyard and first floor of City Hall with food, entertainment and more! This will be a great event for residents to interact with their city government. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Surprise Youth Council is Recruiting

The city is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council. Youth Council members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including the Mayor and City Council, to give youth a voice in city issues and to help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns, service projects, and community-building events.

Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as they are attending a middle or high school within the Surprise City limits, attending a Dysart Unified School District, or reside within Surprise city limits.

Applications are being accepted now through March 24. The application consists of a video submission, no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds and should include the following information:

  • Your Name, grade, school you attend
  • Why you want to be on SYC
  • If you could bring one thing to this city or change one thing, what would it be? What can you and a group like SYC do about it?
  • Briefly tell us about a time you were fearless, creative, or hardworking

Videos can be submitted to Lord Garcillano by uploading your application video from your Google Drive and sharing it with cityofsurpriseyouth@gmail.com.

Applicants must also have a parent or guardian complete and return a Parent Acknowledgment Form.

Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/syc or contact Lord Garcillano at 623.222.1035 or lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov for more questions.

Spring Training

Spring Training is in full swing here in Surprise. Make sure you take the time to check out the awesome fan experiences and ticket promotions we have going on at Surprise Stadium. Visit www.surprisestadium.com for tickets and promotions. I hope to see you out at the ballpark!

Household Hazardous Waste Event

You no longer have to wait in line to drop off your household hazardous waste. Instead, we will be coming to you. Starting April 1-12, Surprise residents will now be able to schedule appointments to have their household hazardous waste picked up directly from their homes. Scheduled pick up will occur April 8-19. For more information, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/hhwevent.