This past month, I met with the Orchards HOA and listened to the latest happenings in the neighborhood. I was able to get our water resource portfolio management team to schedule a meeting with the board to see how the Orchards can save money on their water bill with regards to landscape. If you or your HOA would like to know more, please reach out to me. and I will be happy to set up a meeting.
Every month, I look forward to meeting with residents. If I have not yet attended your meeting, please contact me at 623.222.1325. I always enjoy spending time with residents and listening to their concerns.
District Meet & Greets
Thank you to everyone who attended our District 5 & 6 Meet and Greet on May 20 at Panera Bread in the City Center. This was an informative meeting where residents had the opportunity to ask questions, and give their comments and concerns. We provided the residents an update on what is happening around the city, such as new businesses that are coming to the community and city work being done. Please keep an eye out for future meet & greets with other councilmembers.
Surprise Police Department Appreciation Dinner
My fellow City Council colleagues and myself attended the Surprise Police Department Appreciation Dinner on May 17. We had the honor to see the heroes in our community awarded for the great efforts. Please join me in congratulating:
Officer of the Year: Corbin Claxton
Detective of the Year: Lucas Jensen
Rookie of the Year: Dillon Bleicher
Civilian Employee of the Year: Erin Rivera
Supervisor of the Year: Michael Robbins
Volunteer of the Year: Barbara Jones
Citizen Patrol Volunteer of the Year: Marylene Cayro
Lifesaving Awards: Officer Gerald Graziosi, Officer Fredrick Cuthbertson, Officer Joshua Bucur, Officer William Bisson, Officer Shawna Ebey, Officer Tyler Johnson, Sergeant Garrick Boxberger | Unit Citation- Traffic Unit: Sergeant Michael Robbins, Leonard Collins, Drew Persha, Richard Malone, Steven Shernicoff
Congratulations to these outstanding individuals, and thank you to the first responders of our city!
Surprise Chamber of Commerce
On Tuesday, May 28, I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Convener and Stakeholder Event. The main topic of this event was Arizona’s New Water Policy Landscape: Sustainable Water Solutions and How they Impact Businesses and Communities.
The State of Arizona just ratified a new Drought Contingency Plan with the other users of the Colorado River which will impact water policy for the state’s foreseeable future. This new plan will play a role in how well Arizona is positioned for future growth and a healthy business environment.
This event featured two speakers active in shaping Arizona’s water future; Lisa Atkins, President of the Board for the Central Arizona Project (CAP), and Rory Van Pouke, a water policy expert and General Manager at Apache Sun Golf Club in San Tan Valley.
In a panel discussion format, Ms. Atkins and Mr. Van Pouke provided an overview of their backgrounds in water and the current state of water from their perspectives. Rory explained that the perception that golf courses were a waste of water could not be further from the truth. Golf courses generate a significant amount of tourism revenue for Arizona and account for nearly 42,000 golf related jobs, 18,000 of those jobs are directly related to golf courses. From a water perspective, nearly all golf courses are watered with reclaimed water reducing the burden on water resources.
Lisa has over 43 years of public policy experience, the majority of which has been fighting for Arizona’s rights to its share of the region’s water supplies. From her perspective, Arizona has been a leader in innovative water uses, water conservation, and water storage. She believes there is plenty of water for Arizona; where it will ultimately come from and how it will be used and managed in the future is the challenge.
LA Fitness Grand Opening
My fellow City Council members and I attended the Grand Opening of LA Fitness (16635 W Bell Road) on May 18. The General Manager, Steve Mallory, provided us with a great tour of the facility. The Surprise community is fortunate to have a company like LA Fitness here. We are looking forward to the strength they will provide to our community. Welcome to Surprise, LA Fitness!
Memorial Day Weekend Events
Annual Memorial Ceremony at the World War II Monument
On Saturday May 25, at the World War II Memorial at the Regional Library, the annual wreath laying ceremony took place. The monument honors all those airmen who trained at Luke Auxiliary Field #3, known as Fighter Field. The American Legion Post 96 and the White Tank Mountain Detachment #1246 of the Marine Corps League laid a wreath at the monument. George Van de Langeryt did a wonderful job of hosting the ceremony. Post 96 Commander Mike Elliott was a fantastic guest speaker. Numerous groups were also represented, including the Rosie the Riveters, and members of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame.
Sun Village Memorial Day 2019
I had the great privilege of speaking at Sun Village Memorial Day Ceremony “Honoring our Fallen Heroes”. Thank you to the incredible sponsors who made this event possible and thank you to Tomas Garcia for organizing this remarkable event. A bigger thank you to the Veterans in attendance for your service. Our country is truly great for having men and women like you surrounding us in our everyday life.