Councilmembers Hayden, Duffy, Sanders, and Mayor Hall show baked goods while maintaining social distancing.

District 5 Newsletter • May 2020

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

#SurpriseUnites- Show of Gratitude

As a ‘thank you’ to first responders and our healthcare workers, Mayor and Council (observing social distancing guidelines) delivered baked goods to Surprise Fire and Police, as well as Banner hospitals located in Surprise. We referred to this as #SurpriseUnites, and it was all about showing our gratitude to those on the front lines of this pandemic. Thank you for your service!

Shop Surprise Banners & Open for Business List

The Surprise Economic Development team has two new resources to help non-restaurant businesses get the word out that they are open for business. Businesses can now request a free purple “Open for Business” #ShopSurprise banner to increase their visibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, please visit the Surprise Business Promotion Campaign webpage,, to complete a registration form to have your business promoted on the Surprise Economic Development website and social media sites.

A purple “Open for Business” #ShopSurprise banner.

The city is also continuing it’s “See Red, Get Fed” free banner program for restaurants. To request a restaurant or retail banner be delivered, or to coordinate a pickup, please call 623.222.3329 or email

Budget update

Council is in the midst of budget season, and was given a presentation on the proposed FY21 budget during the Council Work Session on April 21. Some key goals of the budget process this year are to be mindful of the current economy and to have flexibility to provide a balanced budget at the end of the year. Some steps that have already been taken towards these goals are:

  1. A hiring freeze on non-essential positions
  2. Furloughs of part time seasonal workers
  3. A reduction in non-essential spending

The City’s Finance Department will be updating Council regularly and looking into potential funding for disaster relief. The tentative budget adoption is scheduled for the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting on May 5 at 6 p.m., and the final budget adoption is scheduled for the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting on June 2 at 6 p.m. As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions that you might have. I can be reached by phone at 623.222.1325, or by email at

Development in District 5

A permit is currently under review for the new Kansas City Royals Housing Facility, generally located north of Greenway Road and east of Bullard Avenue. The site for this facility is approximately 2.5 acres and will include a four-story, 82,000 SF housing facility and a 4,000 SF separate storage building. The housing facility will contain 47 units, a pool, BBQ area, fire pit and ramada.

Construction just began on the Mera City Center apartments, located at 15510 North La Cometa. Mera City Center is an active adult community for adults aged 55 and over. The complex will have 193 units and include a pool, dog park, fitness center, media lounge, library, and clubhouse.

State of the City

Surprise celebrated its 60th Anniversary this year! If you haven’t had a chance to watch the State of the City video presentation, which premiered on April 15, please check it out at I hope you can watch and see the many achievements we’ve accomplished as a city.

Virtual Meet and Greets

Thank you to those of you who reached out and requested that I continue my Meet and Greet sessions during this time. Until CDC guidelines change, I will be using Facebook LIVE to host my monthly meetings. My next monthly meeting is scheduled for May 23 at 9 a.m. Please check the City of Surprise website, at for updates to this meeting schedule.