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District 5 Newsletter • May 2020

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

#SurpriseUnites- Show of Gratitude

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

Shop Surprise Banners & Open for Business List

The Surprise Economic Development team has two new resources to help non-restaurant businesses get the word out that they are open for business. Businesses can now request a free purple “Open for Business” #ShopSurprise banner to increase their visibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, please visit the Surprise Business Promotion Campaign webpage, https://www.surpriseaz.gov/FormCenter/Economic-Development-17/Surprise-Business-Promotion-Campaign-88, to complete a registration form to have your business promoted on the Surprise Economic Development website and social media sites.

A purple “Open for Business” #ShopSurprise banner.

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

Budget update

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

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

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

Development in District 5

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

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

State of the City

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

Virtual Meet and Greets

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

District 5 Newsletter • February 2020

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

Meetings with Local Youth

Last month, I had the opportunity to hold two different meetings with some of our finest youth residents. I had a meaningful conversation with members of the Student Youth Council regarding a few of their projects, and I was able to provide an updated on current happenings in the city. I truly appreciate having open discussions with these future leaders to learn more about them and how they envision their future.

Councilmember Sanders and members of Surprise Youth Council have a discussion in a conference room.

Mayor Skip Hall, Councilman Duffy and I had the pleasure of meeting with a local high school student from Shadow Ridge to discuss her concerns about recycling in Surprise. We appreciate the opportunity to hear her thoughts and discuss sustainable, long-term solutions.

Public Works Director Mike Gent, Councilmember Duffy, a Shadow Ridge High School student, Mayor Hall and Councilmember Sanders.

New Council Conversations Show – Surprise Youth Council

Councilmember Duffy and I hosted a Council Conversations show with our Surprise Youth Council. Hear from our youth about what the Surprise Youth Council is and what projects they are working on. Plus, get their perspective on what’s important to them, some of city’s greatest strengths and weaknesses, and their favorite places to visit in Surprise.

Check out the episode here:

FY21 Budget

City Council recently started the budget building process for FY21. There will be an ongoing series of presentations to City Council by the Finance Department regarding the process and overall development of the budget. Additional presentations related to department operating and capital budget development are planned for future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings. Each of the staff budget presentations can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget on the following day.

The Recommended Budget will be released in April. There will be a Council and public review before the adoption of the balanced FY21 budget in June. The fiscal year begins July 1.

City Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. Work Sessions begin at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas for Council agendas which will be posted no later than two business days before the meeting. Also, meetings are broadcast live on Surprise TV for cable customers and also streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Celebration & Service

The 3rd Annual MLK Day of Celebration and Service was held on Saturday, January 18. Each year, I look forward to this special event. It is both humbling and inspiring to see so many members of the community come together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s distinguished legacy and volunteer for community projects. Thank you to Congresswoman Debbie Lesko’s State Director Lisa Gray, Arizona State Senator Rick Gray and State Representative Kevin Payne for joining us.

2020 Cactus League Spring Training

There are many upcoming events to celebrate the 2020 Cactus League Spring Training season.

The Annual Welcome Back Luncheon will kick off the Spring Training season on Friday, February 14, at 11 a.m. at Surprise Stadium. Event admission includes hors d’oeuvres, a special commemorative gift and a complimentary entry into the College Baseball Classic at 1 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 623-222-2222.

The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic takes place February 14-17 at Surprise Stadium and features the Gonzaga Bulldogs, New Mexico Lobos, Oregon Beavers and Brigham Young Cougars. Individual tickets and tournament passes are available for purchase at https://www.surprisestadium.com/events/college-baseball.

Spring Training games begin Friday, February 21, and continue through Saturday, March 21. There are many promotions and special events such as Military Appreciation Days and Coca-Cola Family Four Pack Fridays. Also, kids can run the bases after every Sunday game. For schedule and ticket information, please visit https://www.surprisestadium.com/tickets.

On March 6, Jimmy John’s is sponsoring the Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K at 7 p.m. All participants receive a race shirt, medal and a discount coupon for the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game on March 7. Please visit https://www.surprisestadium.com/events/5k for more information.

Surprise Police

YOUR Surprise Police Department recently promoted three of its finest. Congratulations to Sergeant John Wiehn, Sergeant Joshua Waldeck and Lieutenant Tim Klarkowski! Our community appreciates all that you do for the residents of Surprise.

Recent Openings in Surprise

City Council joined many other community members to celebrate the official opening of the Toll Brothers Sterling Grove community. Sterling Grove will include over 2,000 new homes spanning over 780 acres. The next phase of development will bring such amenities as a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, pools and an 18-hole Nicklaus-designed golf course. Welcome to Surprise!

The brand new Asante Library, 16755 W. Vereda Solana Drive, opened on Saturday, February 1. This is the third library in the City of Surprise and is the first to offer study and meeting rooms. The 10,000 square foot space offers such amenities as self-check kiosks and specific areas for adults, children and teens. I appreciate the partnership we have with the Maricopa County Library District which made the addition of this new facility possible.

Homeowner Associations

I have enjoyed meeting so many of you at the community HOA meetings. If you would like me to attend your HOA meeting, please contact the Council Office at 623-222-1300. Representing you is very important to me and attending your meetings provides me with the opportunity to hear your voice and listen to your concerns.

Meet and Greet

My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W. Bell Road, from 9 – 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of each month. I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

If you are looking for a great family event, the Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival is Sunday, February 9, from noon – 4 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. The park is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. There will be live music from Steven P & Diversity Jukebox, a variety of food trucks and lots of fun entertainment for the family. Event admission is free. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

The Artisan Treasures Cool Daze Food Truck & Handmade Market opens at 9 a.m. at Mark Coronado Park on Saturday, February 15. The first 100 shoppers will receive a free Treasure Bag. For more information, please visit www.woodnme.com.

There will be a co-ed Sand Volleyball Teen Tournament for ages 12-17 on Saturday, February 29. The tournament will be held at the Surprise Community Park volleyball courts at 15930 N. Bullard Avenue from 4 – 7 p.m. Please call 623-222-2000 for more information or you can register here.

Please make sure to mark your calendars for the State of the City address on March 26, 2020 at 6p.m. at Surprise City Hall. This special event marks the city’s 60th Anniversary and will include a video presentation, art wall unveiling, live music and entertainment in the Courtyard. For more details, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.

Please remember that city offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, in honor of Presidents’ Day.

District 5 Newsletter • May 2019

Veterans Bridge

The city hosted a celebration for the renaming of the Grand Ave/Bell Road overpass to Veterans Bridge on Friday, April 26. The Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names approved the naming at their January meeting. The name change was lead by Senator Rick Gray after a discussion with Mayor Skip Hall and Councilman Ken Remley. It was an honor to welcome dignitaries from all over the state, especially Governor Doug Ducey and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko. The renaming of Veterans Bridge is truly special for our city with so many veterans residing in Surprise, the West and Northwest Valley.

If you are a Veteran seeking assistance, please contact the city’s Human Services and Community Vitatlity Department (623.222.1500), as they offer programs targeted at assisting veterans with finding employment and connections to housing and health and mental health care.

Council Conversation

I taped my first Council Conversation this month. I sat down with Ottawa University’s Vice President and Provost Dr. Dennis Tyner and Head Football Coach Mike Nesbitt. We discussed the new buildings on the campus, and what kind of work the football team and the Surprise Fire-Medical Department are doing together. I also interviewed Scott Phillips of Carefree Partners and the city’s Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover. We discussed the results of public input from the local community outreach meetings and what to expect in the future City Center. You can watch the show here: https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=R62BZzWBofU

City Manager Recommended Budget

At our City Council meeting on April 16, City Manager Michael Frazier released his FY2020 recommended budget. The recommended expenditure budget for FY2020 is $414 million and includes $106.3 million voter approved General Obligation Bond projects in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion, Mitigation, and Pavement Preservation.

As your Councilman, I am diligently working with staff on having a balanced budget for our city. I want to make sure residents are aware of how their tax dollars are being spent. A public hearing and Council’s Tentative Budget adoption is scheduled for the Regular Council Meeting on May 7; with final budget adoption scheduled for the June 4 meeting. Both of these meetings will be held at 6 pm in the City Council Chambers. This is an opportunity for residents to let the City Council know their thoughts on the budget in a public hearing. As always, you can contact me anytime and send your thoughts on the budget.

Surprise Fire-Medical Department Awards & Promotion Ceremony

I joined some of my City Council colleagues at the Surprise Fire-Medical Awards & Promotion Ceremony on April 4.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals that Chief Tom Abbott recognized that evening:

Chief’s Award: Firefighter Roy Michael
Perry Award: Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Johnston
Fire Medal: Firefighter Dave Anderson
Engine Company of the Year: Engine Company 302, A-shift: Engineer (Acting Captain) Steve Gilbert Engineer Steve Spirlong Firefighter Tim Penner Firefighter Donovan Maturan
Paramedic of the Year: Firefighter Sean Cullen
EMT of the Year: Firefighter Mike Naehrbass
Unit of the Year: SFMD Honor Guard
Individual Citations: Engineer Jenesa Dobrinski Firefighter Mike Meadors Engineer David Anderson, Volunteers from the Lockbox Program – Gordon & Barbara Birschbach, Barbara Pelligrino, Ray & Ramona Simpson, James Cooper, Ron Ottwell
Crisis Response Rookie Volunteer of the Year: Tim Tait
Crisis Response Volunteers of the Year: Don & Patti Nelson
Administrative Civilian Volunteer of the Year: Esther Gillett
Civilian of the Year: Administrative Technician Dana Smith

Thank you for your service Surprise Fire-Medical!

WHAM 6th Annual Recycle Fashion Show & Art Festival

WHAM hosted the 6th Annual Recycle Fashion Show and Arts Festival on April 6. The theme of the event was “Where Creativity Goes Green”. I enjoyed attending this event which showcased the innovation and design of these artists. This year, they showcased three exhibits which included the Recycled Arts Exhibit, the Youth Recycle Arts Exhibit, and the Find It, Fix It, & Flip It Exhibit.

The festival enlightens and educates families on the importance of recycling and reusing what normally is cast-off as trash while learning fun and innovated ways of keeping Earth clean. Be sure to keep an eye out for next year’s annual festival.

Kingswood Parke Spring Fling

I attended the Kingswood Parke Spring Fling on April 6. I enjoyed spending time with residents and getting to know more about them. The community did a great job of putting together a family fun BBQ and carnival that appealed to all ages. They also had local country western band for the live music. Thank you, Kingswood Parke for hosting a fantastic Spring Fling!

Taste of Surprise

The Rotary Club of Surprise showcased another great Taste of Surprise at the Surprise Stadium on April 6. The Taste of Surprise benefits local charities, while providing great live entertainment, a beer garden, and a car show. My fellow City Council colleagues and I even got into the dunk tank, where residents got the chance to show off their pitcher’s arm. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Surprise for your hard work and dedication to this truly great event.

Councilmember Sanders sitting in dunk tank

14th Annual Golden Rule Awards Banquet

The Arizona Interfaith Movement hosted the 14th Annual Golden Rule Awards Banquet on April 11 at the Mesa Convention Center. I attended the event with Councilwoman Nancy Hayden and city staff. The Arizona Interfaith Movement’s mission is to build bridges of understanding, respect, and support among diverse people of faith through education, dialogue, service, and the implementation of the Golden Rule.

Citizens Patrol Recognition Dinner

On April 12, City Council attended the Surprise Citizens Patrol Dinner. Members of the patrol were recognized for their dedicated efforts to our city. The Citizens Patrol have saved our city just under $10 million since their installation. It is remarkable what they do for our city, and it was an honor to be able to recognize them.

WHAM Fundraiser

WHAM held a local fundraiser on April 14 at Top Golf in Glendale. City of Surprise officials, along with Mayor Hall, Councilmember Duffy and myself had the chance to compete against each other. Councilmember Patrick Duffy, Deputy City Manager Terry Lowe, and myself, along with my family, competed against Mayor Skip Hall, Police Chief Terry Young, City Manager Michael Frazier, and Mike Hoover from Surprise Economic Development. While we did not win, we finished ahead of Mayor Hall and his team.

Marley Park Community Outreach Meeting

Carefree Partners hosted a community meeting in Marley Park on April 15. Approximately 25 residents attended the meeting and provided input on the development of the future downtown Surprise. I encourage all residents to keep an eye out for future meetings.

HOA Board Meetings

I met with Sun Village & Sun Village Condos HOA Board Members as well as the Orchards HOA last month to provide mutual updates in their communities and the city.

Surprise’s Spring EGG-Stravaganza

Eager egg hunters, from toddlers to 10 year-olds participated in a fun, family event on April 20. The fields were covered in over 50,000 eggs for children to collect. The event included inflatables and a surprise appearance by the Easter Bunny himself. It was a great, family fun filled event.

Surprise Youth Council “We Are” Art Installation

The Surprise Youth Council unveiled their “We Are” art installation on April 23. The art encourages unity within Surprise through a visual art piece. It is designed to bring people together as a celebration of our community’s unique identities and the power we have when we stand together as one. It was an honor to attend and support the Surprise Youth Council.