Vice Mayor Hall attended the city’s 8th Annual Special Olympics Winter Party and Tree Decorating Ceremony on December 12, 2014 at DreamCatcher Park. Partygoers had the chance to decorate holiday trees with ornaments and garlands that were made by Dysart School District’s Special Olympic athletes and teachers. The event also included choir performances, games, face painting, train rides and more!
Councilmember Hall attended the annual tree lighting ceremony at Surprise Party on Dec. 5, along with Mayor Wolcott and other members of City Council. Surprise Party attracted thousands of attendees and featured great food, rides, live music, a hot-air balloon glow, fireworks and so much more!
Vice Mayor Hall attended the Surprise Fire Medical Department’s Promotion Ceremony on Monday, November 17. The Ceremony was held in the Public Safety Auditorium. The Department honored seven men for their recent promotions including Captain Richard Brown, Captain Brandley Williams, Engineer Kenneth Herrguth, Engineer Nathan Perkins, Firefighter Donovan Maturan, Firefighter Robert Wieser and Firefighter Edward Swartz. Congratulations to these fine men and their families!
Mayor and City Council met with Planning and Zoning Commission members and city staff, Nov. 8, 2014, to talk about how to grow Surprise through the General Plan, so that the city prioritizes projects to attract new employers, maintain a safe community, and ensure a great quality of life for residents through efficient transportation options, the arts and recreation.
In his latest Council Conversations show Vice Mayor Skip Hall introduces residents to our new Assistant City Manager Rick Buss. Their discussion is centered on the future of economic development in Surprise.
Watch the video to learn about the exciting opportunities.
Councilmember John Williams and I have issued a challenge to help promote reading among elementary-age students in Surprise. We are asking students to read at home (non-homework related) and keep a log of their reading, with a parent signature to confirm their progress. Students then turn the logs into their teachers, who keep track of the total number of minutes read among the students in their respective classrooms.
Several local elementary schools and hundreds of students, grades 3 – 6, participated in the first-year initiative and the winning teachers were awarded trophies in May. We are hoping that even more students accept the challenge this year!
As a Vietnam veteran myself, I have tremendous respect for our military men and women who are currently serving or who have served in the past. That’s why I am proud to say that the Surprise City Council voted to commission a monument in memorial of Medal of Honor Recipient Staff Sergeant Nick Bacon. Bacon served as the Surprise Town Manager from 1986 – 1990.
According to his Medal of Honor citation, “S/Sgt. Bacon was serving his second tour in Vietnam on Aug. 26, 1968, when he and his unit were ambushed during an operation west of Tam Ky. Under intense enemy fire, he destroyed an enemy bunker with hand grenades while his platoon leader was shot and fell wounded in an exposed position. S/Sgt. Bacon immediately assumed command of the platoon and assaulted the hostile gun position, finally killing the enemy gun crew in a single-handed effort. As a result of S/Sgt. Bacon’s extraordinary efforts, his company was able to move forward, eliminate the enemy positions, and rescue the men trapped to the front. S/Sgt. Bacon’s bravery at the risk of his life was in the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.”
I honor and respect what Nick Bacon did for his fellow soldiers, and I am so happy that the city in which he served as a city manager will recognize his heroic efforts. Take a look at the renderings of options for the monument (shown below), which will be located on the grounds of Surprise City Hall.