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District 5 Newsletter • April 2019

Community Meetings

March was another busy and productive month for Surprise. I was able to attend two of my district’s HOA meetings. Thank you to Mountain Vista Ranch and the Orchards for inviting me.

The City Center Community Meeting that was held on March 7 provided positive input from residents on ideas and desires for designing the new downtown. Since then, there have been two additional meetings in different districts. Keep an eye out for additional meeting notifications if you’d like to contribute or please feel free to message me your ideas so I can relay them as part of the City Center Master Plan.

State of the City

The State of the City and City Hall 10-year Anniversary Celebration took place on Thursday, March 28. The city courtyard was lit with string lights and music filled the air. Residents mingled and spoke to the different departments about city updates. The Council Chambers were filled with excited residents and elected officials from across the Valley. City staff did a terrific job preparing for the event and producing the video production that gave detailed insight into the future of Surprise. If you missed it and would like to view it, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.

Mayor Hall at the Surprise State of the City address

Read Across America

In honor of Dr. Seuss week, I had the opportunity to read to a 2nd grade class at Countryside Elementary School. It was a privilege to be included in this event. Thank you to Ms. Axeness’ class for hosting me.

Councilmember Sanders reading to students as part of Read Across America

Meeting with Surprise Youth Council

I met with five members of the Surprise Youth Council on Monday, March 13. They discussed what projects they are working on in our city. It was my pleasure to get to know these young individuals. I was truly impressed, and I know they have bright futures ahead of them.

Councilmember Sanders meeting with Surprise Youth Council

Primerica Financial Ribbon Cutting

The city of Surprise celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Primerica Financial Services on Wednesday, March 27. They now have 38 offices in Arizona with the newest one located at 12213 West Bell Road.

Primerica ribbon cutting

Upcoming Events

Household Hazardous Waste Event

The annual Household Hazardous Waste event is now underway. Residents can make an appointment before April 12 by visiting https://www.surpriseaz.gov/hhwevent, or by calling 623.222.1900. Pickups will be scheduled between April 8-19. Residents are asked to place their items on the driveway or in front of the garage. Items must be properly packaged, sealed and labeled.

Surprise Day of Service

Show your community pride by volunteering for the Surprise Day of Service. Volunteers will participate in a number of community service projects including painting, gravel spreading, yard cleaning and more. It is your chance to help the city. This event will focus on the Surprise Original Town Site. Volunteers will meet at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday April 6. This event will end at noon. Breakfast and lunch will be served!

Sunday in the Park- Food Truck Festival

The next Sunday in the Park festival will be held on April 14 at the Mark Coronado Park,15850 N Bullard Ave, from 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. This is a free, fun family event with live music provided by the Steven P Project and amazing food!

Spring EGG-stravanganza

On Saturday, April 20, head out to the Kansas City Royals practice field, located at 15850 N Bullard Ave, for the Spring EGG-stravanganza. This free, family event will welcome face painters and balloon artists. Toddlers to children 10 years old are invited to participate in the search for more than 50,000 candy and toy filled eggs. Mr. & Mrs. Bunny will also make an appearance. The gates will open at 7:30 a.m.

Thank you to Surprise Sundancers

To all 750 Surprise Sundancers, I cannot begin to thank you enough for the fantastic job you all do year in and year out for the city of Surprise. With Spring Training such an integral part of the makeup of Surprise, it is very important to have a reliable group to help support it. The hard work, dedication, and pride you take in your work to help pull off Spring Training for the Rangers and Royals is truly admirable.

I had the pleasure of attending the Surprise Sundancers Reception with Mayor Hall on March 24 following the final game against the Royals and Rangers and was able to meet several of you. The one common trait that you all share is that you enjoy what you do. You enjoy volunteering, each other, the city of Surprise, and the Rangers and Royals!

You all have been an integral part of the stadium since its opening 16 years ago. With an average of 200 Sundancers volunteering each Spring Training game, you provide Surprise with significant economic savings of approximately $890,000 a year. That is very impressive! Equally as impressive is knowing that to-date, you have donated nearly $1,150,000 — with $800,000 in scholarships awarded and $250,000 donated to Dreamcatcher Park.

So, thank you again Sundancers for all you do for Surprise. I look forward to seeing you again next season. I am sure you look forward to next season as well. Your hard work and energy are infectious! You all make this city a better place.

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.

Welcome Home Heroes

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.

District 5 Newsletter

District 5 Appointment

I am humbled and honored to have been appointed District 5 Councilman for the City of Surprise. Having lived in Surprise for the past nine years, I am proud to call Surprise home.

Councilmember David Sanders swearing in

My professional background is in International Business and Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University- San Marcos. I have served on the city’s Community and Recreation Advisory Commission since 2013 and was a member of the Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee in 2015.

The term expiration for this appointment will be December 31, 2020, and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled council election in August 2020 per Arizona statute.

Events & Meetings Attended

Surprise Martin Luther King Celebration

Surprise Martin Luther King Celebration

In honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the city of Surprise hosted a day of celebration and service on Saturday, January 19th. It was truly a great opportunity to be a part of this celebration.

Seventh Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

I also had the opportunity to attend The Seventh Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, presented by Thunderbird Artists and the City of Surprise, which was held January 11-13. It was a great atmosphere to be around with live music and a variety of food trucks.

Meeting with Sun Village

Mayor Skip Hall and I met with the Sun Village community manager to discuss the community and its needs.

Meeting with Surprise Center Development Company

I had a great meeting with the officials from the Surprise Center Development Company (SCDC). We discussed potential development plans for the city center. It is important that we start building a good working relationship with the land owners to help kick start the development in the heart of the city. Bringing in new businesses and venues generates the engine of economic growth for our city.

Upcoming Events

Surprise Fire-Medical Station 304 Open House

It was great to attend the open house for Fire Station 304 and meet our first responders. Here is some information regarding upcoming open houses for Fire Stations 305 & 306

February 2nd- Station 305 – 15517 N. Parkview Place Surprise, AZ
February 16th- Station 306 – 16645 W. Clearview Blvd Surprise, AZ

Both open houses are 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!

Surprise Spring Training

Spring Training is right around the corner here in Surprise, especially right here in our own District 5! The road to the World Series starts February 23rd! Come check out the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals! For tickets and game promotions, visit https://www.surprisestadium.com.

Council selects Sanders to fill D5 vacancy

The Surprise City Council appointed David Sanders to serve as the new District 5 (D5) Councilmember.

He was immediately sworn into office and joined the council at Tuesday night’s Regular Meeting.

Sanders has lived in Surprise for nine years. His professional background is in banking/finance and he has an MBA in International Business and Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University- San Marcos.

He has served on the city’s Community and Recreation Advisory Commission since 2013 and was a member of the Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee in 2015.

The D5 seat was vacated in November 2018 when Skip Hall was appointed as the new Mayor.

The term expiration for this appointment will be December 31, 2020, and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled council election in August 2020 per state statute.

D5 Neighborhoods

There are so many great neighborhoods in D5! This page provides a look at the Homeowners Associations in the district and links to the association’s website, if there is one available.

Kingswood Parke
Mountain Vista Ranch
The Orchards
Park Rowe
Rancho Gabriela
Royal Ranch
Sierra Verde
The Cottages at Sierra Verde
Town Square at Sierra Verde
Sun Village
Sun Village Condos
West Point Towne Center

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