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D5 applicant names released; Council sets public interviews for December 20

Nine residents of District 5 (D5) have applied to fill the vacancy on City Council, following former D5 Councilmember Skip Hall’s appointment to Mayor.

The application filing period closed at 5 p.m., Monday, December 10.

The following applicants (read complete applications) are listed by the order in which applications were received by the City Clerk:

  • Aaron Bacon
  • Adam Chilton
  • Leo Mankiewicz
  • Charles Manuel
  • Eddie Cunningham
  • David Sanders
  • John Hastings
  • Christina Ramirez
  • Alexander Brown

The City Council will interview the applicants in a Special City Council Meeting, Thursday, December 20, beginning 4p.m., in Council Chambers. Each applicant will have 10 minutes to give an overall summary incorporating qualifications, resume, and background. After the interviews, City Council will pose questions, followed by a public comment period from those in attendance.

Following the meeting, public comments may be received by email, mail or dropped off at the clerk’s office up until 5 p.m., Thursday, December 27. They will then be shared with City Council and posted online at www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk by the end of the day Friday, December 28.

The Council may vote on an appointment selection at their Regular City Council Meeting on Thursday, January 3, 2019 or Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 6 p.m.

To view the candidates applications visit www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk.

Skip Hall selected as City of Surprise Mayor

The Surprise City Council unanimously selected Skip Hall to serve as the city’s next mayor.

Mayor Hall will serve in this capacity until December 31, 2020, fulfilling the remaining mayoral term vacated by Sharon Wolcott on November 16, 2018.

Hall has served on the city council since 2008 and was most recently re-elected to the District 5 seat in the 2018 Primary Election. He served as vice mayor in 2011 and 2014. He also served three years as a city Planning and Zoning Commission member before being elected to the city council.

As a councilmember Hall has been engaged in growing the city’s water portfolio, supporting transportation improvements throughout the city, attracting new employers to Surprise and engaging the city’s youth in developing the city’s future leaders.

Prior to his service to Surprise, Hall held executive leadership roles in the hospitality and real estate industries.

He is a Vietnam War Veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star in 1969-1970. Hall grew up in Idaho and received a business degree from Seattle University.

Hall’s appointment to the mayor’s seat triggers a vacancy in District 5, setting the stage for an appointment process for that district with a term expiration of December 31, 2020. The City Clerk will open the application period on Monday, November 26, 2018.

The next election for the mayor’s seat will be the August 20th Primary Election in 2020, and the winning candidate would then begin a new four-year term on January 1, 2021.

City accepting applications for vacated D5 council seat

The city of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the position of Councilmember District 5 (Palm) due to the selection of the incumbent, Skip Hall, as Mayor at the November 20th City Council Meeting.

Mayor Hall will serve in the mayoral capacity until December 31, 2020, fulfilling the remaining mayoral term vacated by Sharon Wolcott on November 16, 2018.

All District 5 applicants must reside within District 5 boundaries.

The term expiration for the 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 20, 2020 per ARS 9-235 (The council shall fill a vacancy that may occur by appointment until the next regularly scheduled council election if the vacancy occurs more than thirty days before the nomination petition deadline. This subsection does not apply to a charter city). The Interview/Selection process is as follows:

Section 2-22 of the Surprise City Code – Council/District Vacancy:

(1) Vacancies in district office will be advertised beginning no later than 14 days from the date the vacancy is created when caused by death, and seven days from the date the vacancy is created in all other cases. The city clerk will advertise all vacancies in at least one newspaper with local circulation, on the city website, and in all designated posting locations during the application acceptance period. (Date of Advertisement – Monday, November 26, 2018).

(2) All eligible persons interested in filling the district vacancy must submit an application to the city clerk’s office prior to the close of the acceptance period. The application acceptance period will end at 5:00 p.m. on the 14th day following the placement of the advertisement as required by subsection (1) of this section. (Monday, December 10th, 2018).

(3) No later than the end of the business day following the close of the application acceptance period, the city clerk will forward to the mayor and council and post on the city website a copy of all applications submitted during the application acceptance period (Tuesday, December 11, 2018).

(4) The council will interview each applicant at a public hearing held no later than ten days following the close of the application acceptance period, followed by a seven-day period during which public comment may be submitted to the city clerk’s office (Interview/Public Hearing – Thursday, December 20, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. & Close of Comments (Thursday, December 27, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.).

(5) No later than the end of the business day following the close of the public comment period, the city clerk will forward to the mayor and council and post on the city website a copy of all comments submitted during the comment period (Friday, December 28, 2018).

(6) A district candidate must be selected no later than the second regularly scheduled council meeting following the public hearing (Thursday, January 3, 2019 or Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.).

Applications are available for pick up the City Clerk’s Office, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, starting on Monday, November 26, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and the closing date will be Monday, December 10, 2018  – 5:00 p.m.

Interviews will be scheduled for Thursday, December 20, 2018 at a Special Council Meeting (4:00 p.m.).

Selection of the applicant will take place on Thursday, January 3, 2019 or Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Regular Council Meeting. Applications are also available online @ www.surpriseaz.gov, under City Clerk section.

Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office.

November 15, 2018 • Newsletter

Bullard Avenue Update

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete this month, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Slurry seal work will move to the north and southbound left lanes; traffic is scheduled to be switched to the lanes adjacent to the protected bike lanes on Monday, November 19. Scheduled work hours for this week are Monday – Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; crews will not be working on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Work will continue on the ADA ramps at the Bullard and Acoma intersection.
  • Roadway signage will be installed along the project corridor.
  • 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.


Events & Meetings

 

Veterans Day Celebrations

It was my honor to take part in several Veterans Day events throughout the city last week. Solona at the Park hosted a celebration honoring our veterans on Thursday, November 8. Canyon Ridge Elementary School also hosted their annual Veterans Day Commemoration Program on Friday, November 9, as did the community of Sun Village.

The city of Surprise hosted their annual Veterans Day Parade on Monday, November 12. We would like to thank all of you who attended and our parade entries for a great event honoring our nation’s heroes and an even bigger thank you to our veterans! The following were recognized as parade winners:

  • Best Veteran Service Organization Entry – Sons of the American Revolution
  • Best Military Entry – White Tank Mountain Marine Corps League Detachment 1246
  • Best Motorized Entry – Chance Shelter
  • Best Non-Motorized Entry – Painted Promise Ranch
  • Best Musical/Performance Entry – Shadow Ridge High School Marching Band
  • Best Youth Entry – Bling Tour
  • Best Classic Car Entry – Auburn Classic Kit Car

25th Year Work Anniversary

The City Clerk’s office hosted a 25 year anniversary celebration on Thursday, November 8 to acknowledge the time and commitment of Deputy City Clerk Linda Stevens. Congratulations, Linda and thank you for serving the residents of Surprise!

Friends of the Library Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Surprise Friends of the Library hosted a volunteer appreciation dinner on Thursday, November 8 at Valley Vista High School. The nonprofit organization has been helping Surprise residents, and they have contributed more than $570,000 to the community since their inception. Currently, they have more than 90 volunteers. The volunteers collectively donate more than 800 hours a month to make the organization function successfully.

Pictured above are FOL Board Member Bev Autrey with 2018 Volunteer of the Year Janet Axelrod and volunteers who were recognized for five years of service.

Special thanks to the culinary students at Valley Vista High School who did a fantastic job catering the event and to Surprise Friends of the Library for your community support!

Sun City Grand Fall Festival

I appreciated the opportunity to attend the Sun City Grand Fall Festival on Saturday, November 10. The festival included quality arts and crafts, music, food and fun.

Farewell to City Manager Bob Wingenroth

City staff hosted a farewell open house at City Hall for outgoing City Manager Bob Wingenroth on Tuesday, November 13. Bob served as City Manager since June 2014 and prior as our Chief Financial Officer and Assistant City Manager for a year. Please join me in wishing Bob the best of luck and thanking him for his overwhelming support of City Council, city staff and the city as whole.

Ottawa University Student Housing Groundbreaking

Ottawa University hosted a groundbreaking for their new student housing buildilng on Wednesday, November 14. The construction of the dorms are already underway and scheduled for completion in November 2019. The $19.9 million facility will be four stories and include 312 beds. The building will consist of more than 73,000 square feet.

OUAZ Resident Dorms

Chance Shelter Meeting with Sun Village Residents

The city hosted a meeting at Sun Village with Chance Shelter representatives on Wednesday, November 14. Chance Shelter provided an overview of their conceptual proposed shelter. Residents asked several questions pertaining to the project and the location. After listening to the feedback from the residents, city staff will discuss the conversations that took place as well as alternative locations.Thank you to those who attended.


Mark Your Calendar

 

City Council Meeting

The Surprise City Council will meet on Tuesday, November 20 for our regularly scheduled Work Session and Council meeting, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. City Council will vote to select a current City Councilmember to complete the remainder of Mayor Sharon Wolcott’s term at this meeting. The next election for the mayor’s seat would be the primary election in 2020 and the winning candidate would then begin a new four-year term on January 1, 2021. Mayor Wolcott’s last day in office is Friday, November 16.

City Hall Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Please note that City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. City of Surprise trash and recycling customers are reminded that trash and recycling collection normally scheduled for Thursday, November 22 will occur on Friday, November 23.

Surprise RideChoice public meeting Nov. 28

Valley Metro will be hosting a public meeting in Surprise on Nov. 28 to discuss its new, enhanced RideChoice transportation service.

Last month, Surprise RideChoice customers were given the option of remaining in the current RideChoice program through Nov. 30 or transitioning to the new program, which fully launches Dec. 1.

Anyone currently enrolled in Surprise RideChoice, or who wants to learn more about the transportation service, is invited to attend the public meeting, which will be held:

Wednesday, November 28
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Surprise Senior Center
15832 N Hollyhock Street
Surprise, AZ 85378

The redesigned RideChoice program offers more service and more transportation options, including:

  • Single phone number – Whether you are calling to request a trip, change or cancel a trip or check on a requested trip, you will call 602.716.2111. Representatives are available 24 hours per day, every day of the year, including holidays.
  • Expanded provider network – The network will include many of the current taxicab providers, as well as more wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The popular rideshare service Lyft will also be joining RideChoice. This means more vehicles and quicker service.
  • More trips – The monthly RideChoice limit increases from 16 to 20 RideChoice trips per month! AND for those of you who use RideChoice to get to work, school or medical appointments, the monthly limit increases from 40 to 50 trips per month.
  • Simplified fare structure – The RideChoice fare is not changing, but the rules are getting easier. It’s $3 for each trip up to eight-miles long. And if your trip is longer, it’s just $2 for each additional mile.
  • Cashless, cardless system – The RideChoice Fare Card is going away. Instead, you will simply provide a credit card, debit card or checking account routing number when you book your trip, and you are all set. There is no need to carry cash or a credit card when you travel.

View the program information online.

For questions about the RideChoice program, please contact Valley Metro at 602.716.2100.

17th Annual Surprise Party

Celebrate with the City of Surprise at the 17th annual Surprise Party on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Surprise Recreation Campus! This fun-filled event offers a variety of activities and entertainment experiences, and admission is free with a canned food or toy donation benefiting Sanderson Ford Operation Santa Claus. Here’s what you can expect:

Friday, November 30 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Will include a traditional tree lighting ceremony, a hot air balloon glow, Arizona Skyhawks Skydivers, great food, live musical performances from “The Chadwicks” and “SMASHED,” fireworks and ice skating. Plus, Santa’s Workshop offers a free opportunity for youth of all ages to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus while enjoying arts and crafts, cookies, and fun! Friday’s event will be held at the Surprise Recreation Campus – Stadium Plaza, located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. Fireworks will begin approximately at 8:55 p.m.

Saturday, December 1 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Will include an arts and crafts festival, classic car show, interactive games, camel rides, a petting zoo, clowns, face painters, inflatables, gingerbread house contest, ice skating and much more! Throughout the day, enjoy a variety of entertainment, including performances by the City of Surprise dance programs. Concessions will be available for purchase. Saturday’s events will be held at the Surprise Recreation Campus – Mark Coronado Park, north of Surprise Stadium.

For additional event information, please contact the Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.


Did You Know?

 

My Surprise Community Engagement App Now Available

The city has launched a new way for residents to connect with city services and reminders, the My Surprise app! When you download My Surprise, you’ll join our community of vigilant residents who want to help Surprise be one of the cleanest, most well-maintained cities in Arizona.

My Surprise transforms your smart devices into tools that assist with reporting city-maintained service requests such as broken street lights, potholes on city streets, graffiti, flooded roadways and more! The app also provides users a way to connect with City Council members and receive refuse reminders, such as changes to the schedule due to holidays. Plus, My Surprise is easy to use! Reporting a concern is as simple as logging in, typing a brief description of the issue and pressing send; you can even upload video, audio and image files! My Surprise even allows you to pinpoint the exact location of your service request.

My Surprise was designed for a community who cares about the appearance and functionality of city-maintained spaces. Join us, and let’s build a beautiful, safe city we can all enjoy; download the app now and show your love for My Surprise! The My Surprise app is now available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play Store. Learn more about My Surprise at surpriseaz.gov/mysurprise.

My Surprise Mobile App

In Closing

I would like to wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and with the sincerest gratitude, I have been proudly serving you for nine years, and I am grateful to each of you for the opportunity you’ve given me. Thank you! Please also note that due to the holiday, I will not be sending out a newsletter next week.

November 8, 2018 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

 

West Valley Military & Veteran Success Center

Steve Yamamori, Director of Military & Veteran Programs at Rio Salado College, provided an update on the West Valley Military & Veteran Success Center including recent accomplishments, success stories and future opportunities. The Maricopa Community Colleges host two Military and Veteran Success Centers that offer free services and resources for transitioning military members, veterans and their dependents.

The centers are conveniently located in the East Valley and at Luke Air Force Base in the West Valley. Each center has full-time staff available to assist veterans with their VA benefits, education and employment opportunities, and to help with the transition back to civilian life. The West Valley Center focuses on transitioning military, employment and VA claims. Between the two centers, they support more than 200 transitioning military, veterans and spouses each month.

General Obligation Bond Project and Capital Improvement Project Update

City staff presented updates on various projects underway or being planned around the city. This included the General Obligation Bond projects approved by voters in November 2017, as well as several other projects.

The bond pavement preservation projects scheduled for 2018 have been 99 percent completed, with only permanent striping remaining. Those roads include: Reems Road between Bell Road and Grand Avenue and again between Waddell Road and Cactus Road; Greenway Road between Reems Road and Bullard Avenue; Waddell Road between Reems Road and Bullard Avenue and again between Litchfield Road and Dysart Road; Dysart Road between Bell Road and Greenway Road; and Cactus Road between Reems Road and Bullard Avenue. A similar amount of work is scheduled for next summer and fall, with the most notable section being on Bell Road between Grand Avenue and our eastern city limits. The blue lines on the map indicates the projects nearly complete, and the red indicates projects scheduled for 2019.

Bond Pavement Preservation map

The road widening projects approved in the Bond are also moving forward with construction on Waddell Road between SR303 and Reems Road, as well as Litchfield Road between Waddell Road and Peoria Avenue, scheduled to be complete by Summer of 2020. The Greenway Road widening between Cotton Lane and Sarival Avenue will follow those projects, with completion expected by Spring of 2021.

Construction is underway on the Public Works Operation Facility with completion expected by January 2020. Land acquisition for the permanent Fire Station 304 will be complete in November 2018 with construction complete by fall of 2020. Up-to-date, detailed information on the bond projects is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Construction of the Asante Library is being scheduled with completion expected by December 2019.

Asante Library

The Bullard Avenue safety project will be substantially complete in November 2018 with the new traffic signals scheduled for activation on December 3. And finally, a new traffic project was announced for the full buildout of the 163rd Avenue and Jomax Road intersection, including installation of traffic signals with construction projected for 2021.

Utility Rate Study for Fiscal Years 2020-2024

Surprise City Council was presented with the proposed Utility Rate Study that, if approved, would adjust city-provided solid waste utility base rates in fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019. Water and wastewater utility rates would remain unchanged in FY 2020. The city reviews utility base rates and creates a five-year structure schedule based on the revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs. Economic influences such as increases in operational resources and future growth are also considered when adjusting the rates. The last Rate Study was implemented in FY 2014.

If the Utility Rate Study is approved in February, city-serviced single-family residential solid waste customers would see one of two new base rate options presented to Council. The first is a base rate of $22.40 per month, a $5.44 per month increase. The rate schedule would also raise the solid waste rate by $0.30 each fiscal year beginning in 2020, bringing the rate to $23.60 in FY 2024. The second option is a base rate of $20.70 that would also begin on July 1, 2019, a $3.74 per month increase; the rate would increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The schedule would then increase the solid waste rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 in FY 2024.

During the discussion Council reached a consensus favoring Option 2.

View the Option 1 and Option 2 rate schedule table

If the base rate increase is approved in February, this would be the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. There were no increases for more than 8 years between 1/1/2010 and 7/1/2018.

Residents who are serviced by private solid waste providers (Park and Sons, etc.) would not be impacted by the Surprise solid waste adjustment; learn who provides your solid waste utility services at surpriseaz.gov/mysurpriseaddress.

The proposed timeline for the Rate Study is:

  • December 4, 2018: Public ‘Notice of Intent to Increase Rates’
  • February 5, 2019: Public hearing; Council vote on Rate Study
  • July 1, 2019: If approved, new base rates effective

Follow the Rate Study and learn more information about the proposed adjustments at surpriseaz.gov/utilityrateinfo.


City Council Meeting

 

Approval of New City Manager Contract

The Surprise City Council unanimously voted to appoint Michael Frazier as the Surprise City Manager Mr. Frazier has served as the city’s Assistant City Manager since July 2015, with the following departments reporting to him: Police; Fire-Medical; Public Works; Finance; Water Resource Management; and Marketing and Communications. He first joined the city in 2011 as Police Chief.

He will replace Bob Wingenroth as City Manager. City Manager Wingenroth, who has served as the Surprise City Manager since 2014, announced earlier this month that he was resigning for personal reasons. His last day with the city is November 16, with Mr. Frazier assuming the City Manager position the following day.

Mike Frazier City Manager

Michael Frazier has a long and distinguished career in Arizona law enforcement, which began in September 1975. From October 2007 until accepting the role as the Surprise Police Chief in 2011, Mr. Frazier served as the Police Chief for the City of El Mirage. He began his law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department, where he served for 32 years, retiring as the Executive Assistant Police Chief after working his way through the ranks and having served in nearly every division of the police department.

Mr. Frazier earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University in Justice Studies and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is married and has three children.

Mayor Wolcott Announced Resignation

City of Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott announced her intention to resign. Mayor Wolcott was first elected as mayor in November 2011 and re-elected in August of 2016. Prior to her service as Mayor, she was a member of the Surprise City Council. Her final day as mayor will be Friday, November 16.

Per city code, all remaining members of the council are eligible candidates to fill a mayoral vacancy. The mayoral candidate must be selected no later than the second regularly scheduled council meeting following the creation of the vacancy.

Selection process: Any council member may nominate any eligible candidate, with no second required. All nominations must occur prior to voting. Voting will be by written ballot. The candidate receiving a majority of the votes will fill the vacancy. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of votes, the two candidates receiving the highest votes will be considered in a run-off vote. The first candidate receiving an affirmative majority of the votes cast will fill the vacancy. The meeting may not adjourn until the vacancy has been filled. No later than the next regularly scheduled council meeting following the mayoral selection, the city clerk must administer the oath of office.

The selection of mayor under this section will trigger a vacancy in the district from which the mayor-select previously served, setting the stage for an appointment process for that district until the next election in which that seat would be on the ballot.

With two years left on Mayor Wolcott’s term, the council’s selection, will serve as mayor until December 31, 2020. The next election for the mayor’s seat would be the Primary Election in 2020, and the winning candidate would then begin a new four-year term on January 1, 2021.


Events & Meetings

 

Chance Shelter Meeting

Chance Shelter staff and I met with residents at Sun Village to review a map of the future dog shelter. Please refer to summary in the “Did You Know” section for more information.

Salvation Army Annual Kettle Kick-Off

Vice Mayor Ken Remley, Councilmember Nancy Hayden and I attended the Salvation Army Annual Kettle Kick-Off luncheon in Surprise on Wednesday, November 7. Each year, Salvation Army hosts this luncheon immediately prior to the holiday season to kick-off the Christmas kettle campaign for their volunteers.

West Valley Arts HQ Exhibit

West Valley Arts HQ hosted a VIP reception on Wednesday, November 7 for their new exhibit, A Brush with Victory 2.0. The exhibit features artist Bill Patterson and his famous NASCAR paintings. His art will be on display through November 16.


Mark Your Calendar

 

Surprise Super Swap Meet

The semi-annual Surprise Super Swap Meet will be held on Saturday, November 10. More than 60 vendors will have new and gently used treasures on display from 8 am until 1 pm in the parking lot of the Surprise Aquatic Center. Parking and admission are free.

Surprise Veterans Day Events

Our 4th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade and pancake breakfast will be held on Monday, November 12. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and will travel along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. It will feature community entries honoring the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country.

The breakfast will be catered by Puffy Taco Food Truck, the breakfast kicks off at 7 a.m. in the center field plaza at Surprise Stadium, 15930 N. Bullard Ave., and will feature pancakes, a choice of sausage or bacon and breakfast refreshments. Pre-purchased tickets are $4 per plate and available at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services office, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue or at www.surpriseaz.gov. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Tickets will be sold the day of for $5.

Parking will be available at the Surprise Recreation Campus. Please note Paradise Lane between Bullard Avenue and Buck O’Neil Way and Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane will be closed at 9 a.m.

City Hall will be closed in honor of Veterans Day and the holiday trash and recycling schedule will be in effect for City of Surprise customers.

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.


Did You Know?

 

Chance Shelter

Chance Shelter is a non-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill shelter that has been successfully providing our community with services for animals in crisis situations since 2016. They do this through the help of wonderful fosters and volunteers.

They have been actively providing pet safety and awareness programs, continually participating in community events and hosting fundraisers throughout the city.

Chance Shelter is not a public intake. Instead, they serve as a resource for first responders for animals in crisis situations. They do everything possible to help pets remain with their family members. In cases where there is no other resource or next of kin, then Chance Shelter finds the pet a new forever home.

With a new facility, they will be a stronger resource for pets in crisis situations and be able to assist with longer hold times for stray pets in order to be reunited with their families.

The approximate 12,000- 15,000 square foot building is projected to have kennels located on the back side of the buildings on the East and South side of the land parcel. This is to provide a cushion of space for noise control.

Chance Shelter location

The facility’s daily operations will be provided by Chance Shelter volunteers 7 days a week. Hours of operation are to be determined, but are not to exceed a 50 hour week.

Bullard Ave Improvement Project weekly update; traffic signal work at Acoma rescheduled to Nov 11 & 12

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 Monday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 13, to assist with traffic control while crews stand 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 Monday – Saturday, 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.

  • Crosswalk paint removal is scheduled for early in the week; the crosswalks will be repainted following roadway slurry seal.
  • Expect temporary right lane closures on Thursday, November 15 while crews work to slurry seal the roadways.
  • 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.

November 1, 2018 • Newsletter

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
Website: www.irisusainc.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/shopirisusa


Did You Know?

 

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.

October 24, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

 

Valley Metro RPTA Board Meeting

The Valley Metro RPTA Board met on Thursday, October 18. The agenda included a review of the transit life cycle program, current status of Proposition 400 and jurisdictional equity amongst Maricopa County cities. We also met to discuss the reviews of CEO Scott Smith and Attorney Michael Minnaugh.

Meeting with Business Constituent

Community Development Director Eric Fitzer, Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic and I met with one of my constituents in District 5 to review signs for our businesses on Tuesday, October 23.


Mark Your Calendar

Surprise GAIN Night

Surprise Public Safety departments will host our Annual GAIN Night on Saturday, October 27, from 6 pm until 9 pm, at Mark Coronado Park. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Bring your family to this great community event that includes trick or treating in a friendly and safe environment, a haunted hay maze, gaming trailer, Star Wars characters and much more. We are also utilizing the event to donate to the Salvation Army. For every two cans of food donated, you can earn a raffle ticket to win prizes. For more information, please visit the calendar section of www.surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise Youth Council – Zombie Compound

Zombie Compound ad

The Surprise Youth Council is bringing back their Zombie Compound just in time for Halloween. This year’s theme includes more than just zombies. You can expect to meet a maniacal ringmaster, creepy clowns and other sorts of carnival elements in this multi-level house of scares hosted in the City Hall parking garage. The Compound will be a component of the October 27th GAIN night and run from 6:45 pm until 9 pm. Admission is free. Shuttles will be available from City Hall parking garage and Mark Coronado Park during this event.

Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force Meeting

The Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force will be meeting on October 30 at 6 pm in the City Council Chamber to weigh all information presented by city staff, refine recommendations and select the best options to present to the City Council to honor Brian Mancini.

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.

Arizona Fall League to Host Free Clinic

The Arizona Fall League, in partnership with the City of Surprise will host a free Fall-Stars PLAY BALL clinic Saturday, Nov. 3 for youth ages 5-13.The Fall-Stars PLAY BALL clinic will take place at the Texas Rangers practice facility, located at 15565 N. Parkview Place from 2-4 p.m. Participants will be able to take part in special skill-developing activities and will receive a PLAY BALL t-shirt, Franklin Bat Set, PLAY BALL wristband and free entry to the evening’s Arizona Fall League Fall-Stars game.

Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL Initiative was launched by MLB and USA Baseball in 2015 as an effort to encourage youth participation in both formal and casual baseball and softball activities. Participation is free and available to all skill levels. Registration is available online at www.playball.org/events; pre-registration is highly encouraged as space is limited. Walk up registration will be available the day of the event from 1:30 – 2 p.m.

For information contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 or visit surprisestadium.com.

City Council Work Session and Meeting

The next City Council Work Session will occur on Tuesday, November 6, at 4 pm followed by the Regular City Council meeting at 6 pm in the City Council Chamber.


Did You Know?

Surprise Pavement Preservation Program Kicks-Off

The City of Surprise Public Works Department kicked off its annual Pavement Preservation Program this 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 10/25-10/26, 10/29, 11/12-11/16, 11/19-11/21
  • Clearview Blvd, Sunrise Blvd to Goldwater Canyon Dr – Work scheduled for 10/26, 10/29-11/2, 11/5, 11/14-11/16, 11/19-11/21
  • Goldwater Ridge Dr, Clearview Blvd to Mountain View Blvd – Work scheduled for 10/31-11/2, 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

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete in mid-November, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Weekend work is scheduled for the following Saturdays: October 27, November 3 and November 10, weather permitting.

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 work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection for the next three weeks. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
  • Landscaping work continues in the medians.
  • 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.

October 18, 2018 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Transportation Projects Update

Earlier this year, City Council requested an update regarding the Right of Way status associated with Dale Lane and adjacent transportation projects. The residents in the northern portion of Surprise have a limited number of roads for entry and exits and during rain accumulation, they experience issues with flooding. The city has acquired multiple Right of Way deeds but there are 20 left to obtain. The city continues to look at other options to allow for improved access into the area.

As part of future planning, improvements will be made to Dynamite Road, Dale Lane, Peak View and Tierro Rico Lanes.

Veteran Focused Commission Discussion

A month ago, at the suggestion of a Surprise resident, I suggested staff research potential frameworks for establishing a veterans-focused commission for Surprise. City staff presented the results of that research and proposed a framework for a new commission serving the residents of Surprise, including veterans and residents experiencing a disability.

A number of Arizona cities have veterans commissions; as well as commissions focused on broader human services and quality of life issues. The goals of these commissions are to bring veterans and residents together with experts and service providers in the areas of housing advocacy, accessible transportation, education, and health to discuss and solve the challenges faced by residents.

The vision for the vity of Surprise is to magnify the voices of individual groups for a larger impact with a proposed Veteran, Accessibility and Human Services Commission. This commission will be responsible for advising the Surprise City Council, assisting with and expanding city and external services offered, and advocating for residents including veterans and those experiencing a disability. The commission will champion education and outreach to residents and coordinate communication and events to connect target groups with service providers. In order to achieve its goals of connecting residents in need to the best services, the commission will include members who are residents active in military service, veterans or family members, and individuals with disabilities, along with representatives from human service, veterans, and disability service organizations in the West Valley. This blend of personal experience and professional expertise, supported by Surprise’s Human Services and Community Vitality Department, will allow the commission to strengthen and expand services for City of Surprise residents in new and exciting ways. The Surprise City Council and staff are enthusiastic about taking the next steps towards the establishment of a Veteran, Accessibility and Human Services Commission.


City Council Meeting

Planning & Zoning Commission Vacancy

City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Scott Krous to fill the vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Commission with a term expiration of June 30, 2020. Thank you, Scott, we appreciate you!

Scott Krous fills the vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Commission

Purchase of Underground Long Term Water Storage Credits

The 2015 Integrated Water Master Plan Water Resources Update identified the need to aggressively seek further acquisition of any available CAP water for future allocation to the city’s portfolio, wherever available. The city has identified an amount of up to 2,000 acre-feet annually of CAP Long Term Storage Credits through a 30-year sale and purchase agreement with the City of Eloy. City Council unanimously approved the approval of the Intergovernmental Agreement with Eloy.

Approval of New Positions

City Manager Bob Wingenroth requested the approval of an amendment to the FY19 budget by reallocating appropriations within the General Fund to add five regular full-time positions. These positions include Internal Auditor and Management Assistant (City Manager’s Office), Senior Administrative Specialist (Economic Development), Construction Inspector (Public Works) and GIS Analyst (Information Technology). The request was approved.

Facility Use Agreement with Ottawa University

As Ottawa University (OUAZ) continues to build its residential college campus in Surprise, City Council, Tuesday night, approved a new shared-use facility agreement with the school that supports the city’s Strategic Plan and the Parks & Recreation Master Plan to expand facilities to meet community needs. This 10.5 year facilities-use agreement will provide the city with 8,000 hours per year of use of Ottawa’s future recreation/fitness center, gymnasium complex and other facilities including the existing outdoor competition field.

Ottawa is constructing $48 million of new facilities for student housing, student union, classrooms, and athletics. The O’Dell Center for Athletics, which will include an 11,000 square foot fitness/rec center and a 32,000 square foot gymnasium complex are the primary facilities in the agreement. Upon completion of the O’Dell Center, the city will make an initial $5 million payment for residents to have access to this and other university facilities up to 8,000 hours annually for five years. In years six through 10 of the agreement, the city will pay $1 million a year for 8,000 annual use-hours. In exchange for the city waiving $300,000 in preconstruction fees, Ottawa will provide 4,000 hours of facilities use to the city for six months in year 11.

Through the agreement residents and city staff will have specified hourly access to:

  • 3 basketball courts
  • 3 studios/classrooms
  • 3,000 square feet of space for cardio/weightlifting
  • Men’s and women’s showers/restrooms
  • Indoor walking track
  • Outdoor Competition Field w/ spectator seating & lights
  • Conference space to host various municipal events

Under the agreement, Ottawa’s athletic coaches will provide instruction in at least 12 different sports at city-organized sports leagues and camps. In addition to the city saving money by not having to construct new facilities and fund the ongoing operations; the construction of the O’Dell Center for Athletics and student housing and student union (breaks ground in November) projects are estimated to generate $1 million in construction tax and fees for the city.

City Council approved a new shared-use facility agreement with Ottawa University


Events & Meetings

Tourism Advisory Commission Meeting

The Tourism Advisory Commission met on Thursday, October 11. Commission members reviewed an update to the Tourism Fund application. Future agenda items include a discussion on the city store currently located in the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce office.

AZ Fry Guy Ribbon Cutting

Vice Mayor Ken Remley, Councilmembers Roland Winters, Todd Tande and Nancy Hayden joined me at the ribbon cutting and grand opening for the AZ Fry Guy. AZ Fry Guy is located at 15226 W. Bell Road. Welcome to Surprise!

AZ Fry Guy ribbon cutting and grand opening


Mark Your Calendar

Poetry Slam at WHAM

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and WHAM are partnering for another Poetry Slam at WHAM this Friday, October 19 from 6 pm until 9 pm. WHAM is located at 16560 N. Dysart Road. All are welcome to participate as performers or listeners. Any established or original pieces may be read. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Surprise Super Swap Meet

The city’s popular community-wide garage sale featuring vendors selling new and used goods is scheduled for Saturday, November 10 at the Surprise Aquatic Center. The address is 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. The event will be held from 8 am until 1 pm. Admission and parking is free. For more information, please call 623.222.1500.

Surprise Veterans Day Parade 2018

The City of Surprise 4th Annual Veterans Day Parade honoring the service and sacrifices of our veterans is Monday, November 12. The parade will start at 9:30 am. There will be a pre-parade pancake breakfast from 7 am until 9 am at the Surprise Recreation Center, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. More details will follow in my newsletter. For more details, you can call our Recreation office at 623.222.2000 or you can also visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Following the parade, there will be a Surprise Police and Fire Medical Charity Softball game beginning at 11:30 am at Surprise Stadium. Admission is free. Gates will open at 10:30 am.


Did You Know?

Drive Wise Surprise Reminder

Are you new to the city or returning to your Surprise home to enjoy the fall temperatures and upcoming winter weather? Surprise has a new hands-free device ordinance that you should be aware of. Effective September 6, 2018, motorists who are cited for using a hand-held mobile communications device are subject to a civil penalty of up to $250 plus any other assessments authorized by law. By prohibiting the use of hand-held mobile devices, Surprise is helping to reduce the number of distracted drivers on our roadways.

Drivers are permitted to utilize hand-held devices when in hands-free mode or when communicating to safely operate the vehicle. Public safety personnel operating in their professional capacity are exempt from the ordinance. New Drive Wise, Surprise signs have been posted throughout our Surprise entry points to remind drivers of the new ordinance. You can read the ordinance at http://bit.ly/2MHsDTI

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; weekend work continues through the month of October

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete in mid-November, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Weekend work is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 and Saturday, October 27, weather permitting.

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.

  • Asphalt removal for modified curbs east of the medians continues; crews are scheduled to begin pouring new curbs on October 22.
  • Traffic signal work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection for the next three weeks. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
  • Work in the medians, including landscape irrigation, paving and median signage, continues.
  • 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.

City Manager Bob Wingenroth Resigns; Council to take action to name Michael Frazier next CM

Earlier this month, City Manager Bob Wingenroth tendered his resignation effective next month. It is with great sadness and much support that he is leaving us. With many thanks to him, he has accomplished many wonderful things for Surprise. Please join me in wishing Bob the best of luck and thanking him for his overwhelming support of City Council, city staff and the city as whole.

The Surprise City Council will consider an employment contract to name Michael Frazier as the Surprise City Manager at the November 6th Regular Meeting.

Frazier has served as the city’s Assistant City Manager since July 2015, with the following departments reporting to him: Police; Fire-Medical; Public Works; Finance; Water Resource Management; and Marketing and Communications.

He first joined the city in 2011 as Police Chief.

Frazier has a long and distinguished career in Arizona law enforcement, which began in September 1975. From October 2007 until accepting the role as the Surprise Police Chief in 2011, Frazier served as the Police Chief for the City of El Mirage. He began his law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department, where he served for 32 years, retiring as the Executive Assistant Police Chief after working his way through the ranks and having served in nearly every division of the police department.

The November 6th City Council Regular Meeting is open to the public. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., City Hall – Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. All meetings are carried live at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv and streamed live on the Surprise City Gov Facebook page.

October 11, 2018 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

American Legion Post 96 Meeting

American Legion recognized three young men from Willow Canyon High School at their meeting last month. These three men were sponsored by the Post to attend the American Legion Boys State in Flagstaff this year. Every year, Post 96 selects candidates for Boys State from Willow Canyon High School with the assistance from their guidance counselors.

Finance Officer & Boys State Chairman George Van de Langeryt, Councilman Todd Tande, Commander Andy LaCour, and students Tanner Jensen, Braydon Mathis, Alicia Vitacco and student Roberto Carrillo

Pictured with me above are Finance Officer & Boys State Chairman George Van de Langeryt, Councilman Todd Tande, Commander Andy LaCour, and students Tanner Jensen, Braydon Mathis, Alicia Vitacco and student Roberto Carrillo.

Young Life Meeting

I met with a representative from Young Life on Wednesday, October 3. Young Life helps adolescents grow in their faith. It is composed of a group of caring adults who go where kids are, win the right to be heard and much more.

Sante “La Dolce Vita” 7 Year Anniversary Event

City Council joined staff from Sante for their 7year anniversary event “La Dolce Vita”. Sante of Surprise offers short term and accute rehabilitation for a variety of conditions. They offer a center that focuses on treating the mind, body and spirit so their guests have the best opportunity possible to achieve wellness after hospitalization.


Mark Your Calendar

City Software Update to Limit Cashier/Call Center Services – This Friday

The City Cashier Office at City Hall will be closed this Friday, October 12 from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm due to a scheduled software upgrade. In-person payments can be made that day between the hours of 8 am to 11:30 am and from 1:30 pm until 5 pm.

The Call Center (623.222.1900) will be available the entire business day; however, staff will not be able to perform the following requests during the hours of 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.

  • Move-in and Move-out requests
  • Billing inquiries or customer information updates/Payment arrangements
  • Bulk-trash/Courtesy trash pickup requests
  • Requests for new sanitation bins
  • Phone payments cannot be processed without an account number

Normal business hours will resume at the Cashier Office and Call Center on Monday, October 15, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the City Cashier Office at 623-222-1836. Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

City Council Work Session and Meeting

Surprise City Council meets this Tuesday, October 16. The Work Session begins at 4 pm followed by the Regular City Council Meeting at 6 pm. For information on our agenda, please refer to https://agenda.surpriseaz.gov/.

Surprise Seeking Sponsors and Volunteers for Day of Celebration & Service

Surprise is seeking event sponsors and community service volunteers for its 3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service on Saturday, January 19, 2019. A program celebrating Dr. King’s life will begin at 9 a.m. in the outside courtyard at Surprise City Hall, located at 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. A light breakfast will be served to the first 500 attendees beginning at 8:30 a.m. Following the program, at 9:45 a.m., volunteers will be sent out into the community to complete service projects. Projects will last approximately 1-4 hours.

How to get involved:

  • Sponsorships – If your business or organization would like to help sponsor the event, there are several opportunities. See Sponsorship Options. For more information, please contact Seth Dyson at seth.dyson@surpriseaz.gov.
  • Individuals/Families – Join us for the breakfast, program and day of service! If you can only attend the service project portion of the day, please arrive by 9:45 a.m. to receive an assignment.
  • Groups – If you plan on bringing your group/club/congregation and would like to participate in the service projects, please RSVP your group name and estimated number of people to Ervin Cutwright at ervin.cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.
  • Service Project Ideas – If you would like to suggest service projects to complete, please contact Ervin Cutwright at ervin.cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.

Thank you to our current sponsors: APS, Vision & Sound: An African American Experience, and Surprise Rotary Club. Event details are available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/MLK. For more information, please call 623.222.3241.


Did You Know?

Students take on 6th Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge

The 6th Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge has begun and approximately 2,500 fourth – sixth grade students from 11 schools are participating in this two-month challenge to experience literacy in fun and interesting ways!

Councilman Skip Hall is hosting the challenge with the support of Surprise Youth Services and in partnership with the Northwest Regional Library and Friends of the Surprise Libraries.

Participating students have been given 29 literacy challenges – like visiting their local public library and engaging with the librarians!

At the end of the challenge, students, teachers, and classrooms will have the opportunity to win new books, Kindles and Spring Training tickets. Teachers are also eligible to win classroom book study sets. The top performing 4th and 5th grade classes will receive medals and ice cream or pizza parties. The top 6th grade class will receive medals and will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a City Council meeting in February.

Thank you to all of the teachers and students participating in this year’s challenge and to all of the parents who are supporting their children as they take on this literacy challenge!

Surprise Receives International Economic Development Award for Retail Survey

The City of Surprise has won an international award for its annual Surprise Retail Survey from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The project won a “Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award” in the category of Business Retention and Expansion Program of 3 Years or More. The honor was presented to the city’s Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic at an awards ceremony on October 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Surprise implemented the annual retail survey in 2015. Residents and visitors were invited to share their thoughts and opinions on the retail needs of the community through an online survey. With more than 2,800 respondents the first year and more than 3,000 respondents in subsequent years, the retail survey continues to be one of the city’s top-performing surveys.

Each year, the community is asked to identify their favorite local retailers and restaurants; and every other year they are also asked which retailers and restaurants they most desire to open in Surprise. The city’s Economic Development team has been able to utilize the survey results to assist with both business attraction and retention efforts. Each year, businesses identified as a “Local Favorite” receive a congratulatory letter from the mayor, a certificate, and a window decal to proudly display their designation. The businesses are also invited to a hosted MLB Spring Training game at Surprise Stadium, allowing city staff to maintain or develop relationships with the business owners.

You can find the 2018 Retail Survey results at www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; overnight work to stripe crosswalks scheduled for Oct 17

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete in mid-November, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Work to temporarily stripe crosswalks at Acoma Drive and Sweetwater Avenue will occur overnight on Wednesday, October 17. Crews will begin working in the intersections at 12 a.m.; police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic control. The crosswalks will be permanently striped after the traffic signals are posted.

Weekend work is scheduled for Saturday October 13 and Saturday October 20, weather permitting.

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.

  • Traffic signal work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection for the next three weeks. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
  • Work in the medians, including landscape irrigation, paving and median signage, continues.
  • Asphalt removal for modified curbs east of the medians begins.
  • 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.


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October 4, 2018 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Valley Metro Transit Services Contract

City Council received a detailed outline of the new RideChoice program being offered by Valley Metro. The new program began in Surprise on October 1 and will be implemented in other cities that participate in the program on December 1, 2018. The new program has additional service options, such as Lyft, and additional wheelchair carriers. From now until December 1, those currently utilizing the system who wish to remain on the old program can do so, but after November 30, everyone will use the new program.

Some benefits to the new program are:

  1. Lyft (Faster response time)
  2. Additional trips 20 regular users/50 for medical and work
  3. Cashless and cardless system
  4. One call center for booking, cancellations and checking on arrival times

If you have not already received your letter and flyer regarding the new program, you can access the City’s website for additional information at www.surpriseaz.gov/transportation

City Partnership with Chance Shelter

Surprise owns and operates about a half dozen outdoor kennels that are used by our Animal Care and Control team. To address the needs of our growing community, it would be helpful to obtain a properly-sized, indoor air conditioned facility. City Manager Bob Wingenroth provided an overview of a partnership proposal with local non-profit Chance Shelter of Surprise, which operates a robust and successful volunteer “foster shelter” program.

The City could enter into a low-cost, long-term lease of two or three acres of City-owned land suitable for the construction of a shelter facility and pay the basic ongoing utility costs. Under the proposed partnership, Chance Shelter would construct a 12,000-15,000 square foot shelter that would include kennels and office space for Surprise Animal Care and Control operations. Chance Shelter would operate the shelter and provide all the care and services associated with a modern, no-kill animal shelter. Currently, there is land available north of Bell Road, west of Litchfield Road, south of Grand Avenue that would be suitable for this purpose near the current Police evidence facility.


City Council Meeting

Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Status Report

A presentation pertaining to the FY2018 Financial Status Report through June 2018 was given. FY2018 revenue is projected to come in $3.1 M over estimates with the majority being attributed to an increase of residential and commercial development. Expenditures are coming in slightly higher than expected by $0.2 M. Grant expenditures for FY2018 are anticipated to be around $2.7 M for our five grant departments. These figures are unaudited and will be fine-tuned as Finance continues to close Fiscal Year 2018.


Events & Meetings

Surprise Fire-Medical Department Retirement

Former Captain Renee Hamblin
Former Captain Renee Hamblin

The Surprise Fire Medical Department hosted a retirement celebration for Captain Renee Hamblin on Thursday, September 27. Captain Hamblin has worked in a variety of roles for the department and has been involved in many of our successes. She will be greatly missed.

Surprise Regional Chamber Business Convener’s Lunch

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their regular Business Convener’s lunch on Wednesday, October 3. The keynote speaker was Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich who discussed what businesses need to know about the work environment in our state.


Mark Your Calendar

Voter Registration Closes on October 9

Residents are reminded that Voter Registration closes on Tuesday, October 9 for the November 6 General Election. Not sure if you are registered? You can verify your registration and access online voter registration at http://maricopa.vote.

If you are on the Permanent Early Voter List, ballots will be mailed out beginning Wednesday, October 10. Your early ballot must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Postmarks do not count. The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office recommends mailing your ballot by October 31.

Early Voting hours at Surprise City Hall are as follows:

Saturday, 10/27 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 10/28 – Closed
Monday, 10/29 thru Friday, 11/2 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A ballot drop-off box will also be available at those dates and times. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. You can find your Polling Location here: Locations.Maricopa.Vote.

October Art Events in Surprise

October is jam-packed with amazing arts and cultural events – from theater performances to poetry

October 13, 6:30 p.m. Sunset Theater – Shawnte Orion:

Contemporary Poetry Widely-published poets Shawnte Orion, who has performed from Portland to Paris, and Rosemarie Dombrowski, who is the current Poet Laureate of Phoenix, present an evening of contemporary poetry.

Arts HQ, 16126 N Civic Center Dr.
Cost: $11.95 | Student ID $5.00
Buy Tickets: https://westvalleyarts.org/product/shawnte-orion-contemporary-poetry-101318/

October 17, 9 a.m. – Noon Public Art Bus Tour

Hop aboard the bus, and enjoy fun-filled stops that showcase our local arts scene. You’ll be able to take in some great public art and visit local art galleries! Bus leaves from Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. Registration required and the event is free. To register, call 623.214.7537.

October 19, 6 – 8 p.m. Poetry Slam at WHAM

Participants are invited to read their own Halloween-themed poetry or read works by Edgar Allan Poe at this open mic event. The event is free.

WHAM, 16560 N Dysart Rd

October 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Technology & Art: A Tinker Time for All Ages (interactive event)

Come out and experiment with a 3-D printer and coding kits, or explore a new world with Virtual Reality goggles and so much more! All ages welcome! Brought to you in partnership with the Northwest Regional Library. The event is free.

Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N Bullard Ave

October 24, Noon – 1 p.m. Lunchtime Theater – Arizona Broadway Theatre: Titanic

Arizona Broadway Theatre will be performing selections from “Titanic: The Musical.” Welcome aboard the ship of dreams!

Arts HQ, 16126 N Civic Center Dr.
Cost: $11.95
For reservations, call 623.584.2626
Tickets: https://westvalleyarts.org/product/arizona-broadway-theatre-titanic-102418/

Want to see what else is coming up this fall? Arts events are listed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/arts


Did You Know?

Officer Nate Miller Awarded for Work

Surprise Police Officer Nate receives the “Explorer Advisor of the Year” award

Surprise Police Officer Nate Miller recently won a statewide award for his work with teens in the Police Department’s Explorers Program. He received the “Explorer Advisor of the Year” award from the Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations to Officer Miller, and thank you for all you do!

City Manager Announces New Assistant City Manager

Assistant City Manager Mark Schott
Assistant City Manager Mark Schott

After an extremely competitive internal recruitment process, City Manager Bob Wingenroth announced that Human Resource Director Mark Schott has been promoted to Assistant City Manager. Mr. Schott is a West Valley native and began his career in local government with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in 1990. He joined Surprise Police in 1993. In 2012, he joined our Human Resources Department and became our HR Director in 2014. Congratulations, Mark!

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; traffic pattern change rescheduled to Oct 10

Due to the weather delay earlier this week, the Bullard Avenue traffic reconfiguration has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 10.

Overnight work to move vehicle traffic to lanes on the west side of the medians begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 9.

Weekend work will occur on Saturday October 6 and Saturday October 13, weather permitting, to keep the project on schedule. Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.

The following traffic control change will be in place Wednesday, October 10 through mid-November.

  • Beginning at the Bullard Avenue and Cholla Street intersection, motorists traveling northbound will proceed through the intersection and follow barricades which will transition traffic to the temporary northbound travel lane on the west side of the median. Signage will also be in place to assist with the traffic control change.
  • The same traffic formation will be in place at the Waddell and Cactus roads intersections.
  • Motorists traveling southbound on Bullard, Greenway Road to Peoria Avenue, will use the designated southbound lane adjacent to the protected bike lane curb.
  • Left and right turn movements will be maintained at all intersections on Bullard Avenue.
  • 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!
  • Sidewalks will remain open on both sides of the roadway.

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

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Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@www.surpriseaz.gov

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