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April 6, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Surprise Youth Council Update

Members of the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) provided an update on their recent activities. Some of their recent activities include:

  • Delivering a 7-part peer-to-peer workshop on healthy relationships and dating violence at local high schools
  • Hosting a free SAT prep class
  • Building community partnerships to provide greater mental and emotional health resources at local high schools
  • Conducting a hydration drive for people experiencing homelessness in and around the Surprise area
  • Developed a youth blog, and hosted a signature teen party on the 4th floor of the City Hall parking garage, with more than 225 high school student attendees.

SYC Kids walking parade route

The SYC is now wrapping up their most recent recruitment period and expects to add nearly a dozen new members with new ideas and a passion for community engagement. The Council will continue to prioritize projects and initiatives that have the potential for impact reaching far beyond its own membership. Council members hope that these efforts will raise the quality of life for local youth and solidify Surprise’s reputation as a truly innovative City.

City of Surprise Utility Billing Update

Assistance Finance Director Andrea Davis provided a utility billing update. Last spring, City Council unanimously voted to take over utility billing. In doing so, a new Customer Service/Utility Billing division was created within the Finance Department that generated 16 new full-time positions and utilized 6 current positions. Since November 1, when utility billing in the city began, call volumes have significantly decreased, as have average call wait times. Resolved utility billings issues have created and increase of $141,000 in monthly revenue for an annual increase of $1.7 million.

Non-residential Stormwater customers will be receiving their annual bill for the stormwater utility program that commenced in November 2016. Approximately 1,100 bills for the period November 2016 through June 2016 will be sent out in April generating $1 million in stormwater utility revenue.

City Council Meeting

Recognition of Valley Vista High School Girls Basketball Champions

City Council recognized the Valley Vista High School Girls 6A State Champion Basketball team at our Tuesday meeting. The team is led by coach Rachel Matakas who was named 6A Coach of the Year! Teammates told us that they won because they worked hard on building a true team, one that was committed to each other and understanding of each other- on and off the court. Congratulations to the team on a 26-6 winning year and a state title!

Approval of New Commission Members

City Council unanimously approved the appointments of Patrick Duffy to fill a vacancy on the Municipal Property Corporation with a term expiration of June 30, 2021 and Sally Wilson-Johnson to fill a vacancy on the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission to complete the remainder of a term ending on June 30, 2019 due to resignation.

Central Arizona Project (CAP) and Water in Arizona

The Colorado River system has experienced drought conditions for nearly 16 years, resulting in the water level of Lake Mead to continue to be at historic lows. Water levels in Lake Mead determine how much Colorado River water Arizona receives on an annual basis. A large portion of Surprise’s renewable water supply is from the Colorado River, delivered by the Central Arizona Project (CAP) system. The Colorado River supply is of the upmost importance and it has a direct impact on the City’s water portfolio and future.

CAP Board President Lisa Atkins provided Council an update on the state of the Colorado River System, including Lake Mead and CAP. She provided a synopsis of the CAP system and the importance the CAP has on the state’s economy. A 2014 Arizona State University study found that the CAP system is responsible for 1.6 million jobs and over $1 trillion of Arizona’s gross state product. Ms. Atkins addressed the probability of water shortages on the Colorado River now and into the near future. She also identified programs that CAP, the state, and others have partnered on to ensure water levels in Lake Mead remain above shortage triggers. There is a 34% probability that a water shortage could be declared in 2018, with a similar likelihood one could occur in 2019. Shortages on the Colorado River will not affect Surprise’s water supply, but they will have direct effect on the cost to deliver water to Surprise.

Events & Meetings

Investiture of Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau

I was honored to attend the investiture of Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau on Wednesday, March 29 in the City Council Chambers. Judge Gaudreau was publicly sworn in by Judge Louis F. Dominguez and honored by her former colleagues prior to a reception in her honor.

Associate Judge Catherine Gaudreau with Judge Louis F. Dominguez
Associate Judge Catherine Gaudreau with Judge Louis F. Dominguez

The Park @ Surprise Groundbreaking

Vice Mayor Todd Tande, Councilman Ken Remley and I joined an excited crowd on Thursday, March 30 at the groundbreaking of The Park @ Surprise which will be located on Parkwood Drive. The Park will produce 40 new jobs and consist of 135 apartments and 20 casitas spread out over 8.5 acres with a bistro, movie theater and much more on the property.

Special City Council Meeting

City Council held a special meeting on Monday, April 3 at the Heritage Club at Marley Park. Discussion included a five-year financial forecast, possible future general obligation bond election, and consideration of our gateway and key asset areas. This was a no-vote meeting, discussion only about possible future items and issues facing our city.

Rancho Mercado Groundbreaking

William Lyon Homes hosted a groundbreaking on Tuesday, April 4. The development is located in a six square-mile area along Happy Valley Road (in the area of 147th Avenue & Jomax). The development plans to provide a variety of affordable housing options including single-family and multi-family residential, as well as retail and commercial services and much more. Rancho Mercado’s projected population is more than 12,000 residents at build out.

Mark Your Calendar

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

The city’s next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event is Saturday, April 8. This event is free and for Surprise residents only. Please bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.

Drop-off is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to the entrance off Foxfire), from 8 a.m. – Noon. For more information, check out www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or call 623.222.6000.

Taste of Surprise

The Rotary Club of Surprise will host the Taste of Surprise event at Surprise Stadium on Saturday, April 8 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event will showcase some the West Valley’s best foods and include a beer and wine garden and live entertainment. This event is designed to be fun for the entire family!

Event proceeds will benefit five local non-profits including One Step Beyond, Surprise Youth Foundation, Benevilla, A New Leaf, and Rotary Club of Surprise Community Foundation. Tickets can be purchased at the event or online. To purchase tickets online, please visit http://www.tasteofsurprise.com/purchase-tickets.html.

Second Sundays in the Park – This Sunday!

The City of Surprise continues the “Second Sundays in the Park” concert series on Sunday, April 9 with blues and R&B music performed by “Notes from Neptune” from 2-4 p.m. in the center of the Surprise Community Park.

The entertainment is free. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic or purchase food from the onsite vendors and enjoy the live entertainment. Surprise Community Park is located at 15953 N. Bullard Avenue. For more information, please contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 or online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Did You Know?

2017 Surprise Retail Survey

There is still time to complete our 2017 Surprise Retail Survey! Please complete the survey to tell us what establishments you want in Surprise and to vote for your local favorites! The survey is open through April 9 and is available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

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June 23, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

ADOT’s investigation of the accident that occurred on June 9 remains ongoing. Worksite safety is the agency’s priority as the contractor, consulting engineers and ADOT continue to review the incident. While a date for resuming the installation of the girders as part of the Bell Road overpass construction hasn’t been set, crews are continuing other work to keep the project on track.

Most recent activities include:

  • Paving the new westbound roadway on the east side of Grand Avenue from south of Bell Grande to Towne Center.
  • Installing a 12-inch waterline on Bell Road west of Grand Avenue.
  • Paving the new 134th Avenue roadway. Traffic to use the new 134th Avenue within the next couple weeks.
  • Installing a new waterline on Bell Road east of 134th Drive.
  • Traffic signal at Bell Road and 134th Drive will be removed. Stop signs will be in place.

**City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits.**

The summer issue of Progress magazine, scheduled to be mailed out on June 29, will include updated information about the next phase of the project and will also have an updated business access map.

As always, please allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. Thank you again for your patience during this project. For more information, please visit the project website at www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand or you can contact ADOT’s project hotline at 855.712.8530, press option #1.

Bell & Grand construction images

City Council Work Session

Public Art Program

On June 27, 2002, City Council established the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission to advise on appropriate selections of public art for City buildings, parks and other public spaces. The Commission was also provided with a budget comprised of a one percent set aside from capital improvement program funds for public buildings, improvements to public buildings, open spaces and street construction (excluding utility projects).

During budget preparation for FY2010, a need was recognized to increase available operating revenues in the general fund. On February 26, 2009, the Mayor and City Council were presented with a recommendation to suspend the arts set aside and reallocate the remaining funds. The Mayor and City Council formalized this action with resolution number 09-29.

Recently, City Council expressed a desire to revisit the potential of restoring funding for the city’s public art program. In response to City Council’s request, City Manager Bob Wingenroth facilitated a discussion regarding the history of public art funding in the city, the potential of adopting the Public Art Program ordinance and exploring additional funding options such as the Art in Private Development which requires large, private retail and office developments to commission artwork on their property or support local cultural programs.

The purpose of the public art funding program is to allow one and one-third percent of applicable City capital project funds to go to a dedicated Municipal Art Fund for commissioning and maintaining the City’s public art program effective July 1, 2017, if approved. Eligible funds would include capital funds such as bonds, operating funds, general funds and enterprise funds. Eligible city projects would include new capital projects in excess of $500,000 such as buildings, roads, infrastructure and parks. It would exclude emergency work, minor alterations, etc.

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission, through the City Manager, would administer the Public Art Program and all the projects in conjunction with the City Council.

Status of Colorado River and Central Arizona Project (CAP)

The Colorado River system has experienced drought conditions for nearly 16 years, resulting in the water level of Lake Mead to continue to be at historical lows. Water levels in Lake Mead determine how much Colorado River water Arizona receives on an annual basis. A large portion of Surprise’s renewable water supply is from the Colorado River and delivered by the Central Arizona Project (CAP) system. The Colorado River supply is of the upmost importance, and it has a direct impact on the City’s water portfolio and future.

Last night, Terry Lowe, Water Resources Management Director for the City provided Council an update on the state of the Colorado River System, including Lake Mead and CAP. He addressed the potential for future Colorado River shortages, programs the State and others are working on to keep the water levels in Lake Mead above shortage triggers, and the impacts shortages will have on Surprise. There is a small chance a water shortage could be declared in 2017, with greater likelihood one could occur in 2018. Shortages on the River will not affect Surprise’s water supply, but they will have direct effect on the cost to deliver river water to Surprise. When shortages are declared, CAP water delivery rates will increase. Mr. Lowe also informed Council of the recent adoption by the CAP board’s election to increase the Capital rates. The Capital charges the City pays go directly to repaying the loan Arizona took out from the Federal Government to construct the CAP. This expense is made whether or not the City is delivered water. For 2017, the Capital rate will increase by 35%, with an additional 58% increase anticipated for 2018.

Special City Council Meeting

The Surprise City Council approved a $271.9 million Fiscal Year 2017 budget during a Special City Council meeting on Tuesday night.

Council approved a formula to fund 22 new public safety positions by maintaining the city’s property tax rate of $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property valuation. The positions are as follows:

Police: 13 | Fire-Medical: 7 | Court: 1 | City Attorney: 1

This budget also dedicates $53 million for capital improvements to preserve and/or replace aging infrastructure, such as increasing funding for the Pavement Preservation Program to $4.5 million.

Investments in communications, facility, information technology, recreation and utility infrastructure amount to $6.8 million. And $10.5 million will support replacing aging vehicles to enhance service and lower maintenance costs.

Beginning in November, the city will assume responsibility for billing the water, waste water and sanitation utilities. By removing these operations from a third-party vendor, the city will be able to provide more efficient operations and provide an improved customer experience. This service will result in an additional 11 positions. The ongoing utility billing budget of $1.7 million that had been paid to the third-party vendor will remain the same once the city transitions to the billing responsibilities.

The FY17 Budget also provides funding to add Sunday Dial-A-Ride service and continue Saturday and holiday pick-ups. To better match regional costs, all one-way trips within city limits will cost $2 as of July 1. One-way trips outside city limits will cost $4.

Council will vote to set the property tax levy at their August 2 Council Meeting.

City Council Meeting

Liquor License Approvals

Liquor licenses were unanimously approved for Grand Central Eatery, located at 17300 N. Sun Village Parkway; Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, located at 16914 W. Bell Road; and Nick’s Diner II, now located at 13765 N. Litchfield Road.

Surprise Heritage District

The City of Surprise has taken the next step in helping revitalize the Original Town Site (OTS) with Council’s approval on a Surprise Heritage District. One of the primary goals of the Surprise Heritage District (SHD) and overlays zones is flexibility and choice that will put the power back into the hands of the owners in the OTS to revitalize their properties. It also implements the desired character and architecture on new development, ensuring it follows the path laid out by the longstanding community.

The key elements that make up the SHD zoning district are founded in the Revitalization Plan that was adopted in 2002, as well as through 18 months of public outreach with residents. It includes new measures used to protect the residential community and historical character of the neighborhood. Two overlay zones are the components within the SHD used to regulate allowed land uses and developments standards such as setbacks, density, and building heights. The Residential Overlay (SHD-RO) will focus on residential areas within the SHD while the Commercial Overlay (SHD-CO) will be used to facilitate residents and visitors with appropriate consumer-oriented retail and service functions. The boundaries between these overlays follow the general development pattern of the existing residential and commercial properties.

The selected overlay zones are not mandatory. Property owners who find it necessary to retain the zoning that is currently on the property are allowed to opt-out of the overlay zones. The comprehensive design standards and requirements for new development within the SHD component of this rezoning will apply to all properties within the OTS.

By opting-out of the overlay zone, the new Land Use Matrix and development standards (reduced building setbacks, increased maximum lot coverage, etc.) will not be associated with the property. The other sections of the Surprise Unified Development Code will regulate the allowed uses and development standards.

General Obligation Bond

City Council approved sending a $63 million General Obligation Bond initiative to the voters in November 2016, at their Regular Meeting Tuesday night.

Following public input and weighing community needs, Council approved the following nine projects, that if voter-approved, would be included in the bond:

  • Two fire stations
  • Police evidence storage facility
  • Land purchase for a future southwest Surprise Fire Station/Police Substation/Park
  • Public Works maintenance facility (frees up existing city locations to meet Police and Fire-Medical storage needs)
  • Road improvements to portions of Greenway and Litchfield Roads
  • Aquatic Center Expansion
  • Land purchase for regional rec complex (sport fields, playgrounds, future rec center)

General Obligation Bonds are sold to investors who are repaid with interest. The repayment comes from a secondary property tax, which Surprise does not currently have. If approved, the secondary property tax could be up to $0.50 per $100 of limited property value, which on a home with an assessed value of $200,000 would be a yearly maximum increase of $100, or $8.33 per month.

Additional educational public meetings will be scheduled ahead of the November 8 General Election. Meeting dates and locations will be posted at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseforward. You may also visit the website for a complete list of projects, renderings, financial impact information and public survey results.

Events & Meetings

Aqua-Tots Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

The grand opening and ribbon cutting for Aqua-Tots Surprise was held on Wednesday, June 15. Aqua-Tots is a new swimming school and business in the Shops at Surprise retail development at 13833 W. Bell Road, Suite 104, just off of Litchfield and Bell roads. Aqua-Tots has committed to providing the highest quality swimming instruction and water safety training in the absolute best swim environment to the children and families in Surprise and surrounding areas.

child cutting ribbon at grand opening

We are excited to have them in Surprise!

Valley Metro RPTA Monthly Meeting

I attended the Valley Metro RPTA monthly meeting on Thursday, June 16.

Mark Your Calendar

Dignity Health Emergency Room Set To Open

Dignity Health is hosting an open house on Saturday, June 25 from 9 am until 11 am at their new facility located at 14267 W. Bell Road. Please feel free to bring your family by to enjoy the activities Dignity has planned!

City of Surprise 33rd Annual 4th of July Celebration

The City of Surprise welcomes you to celebrate the 4th of July at the Surprise Recreation Campus-Surprise Stadium at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue on Monday, July 4th. The event will kick off with a Rookie League baseball game featuring the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals. Throughout the game, families can enjoy in-game contests, music, and family giveaways leading up to a firework spectacular! Parking and admission are free with a canned food donation benefiting the St. Mary’s Food Bank. Gates will open at 4:30pm and the game will begin at 5:30pm. Concessions will be available for purchase. The stadium food and beverage policy will be in effect. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30pm.

For additional event information, please contact the Community and Recreation Services office at 623-222-2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Did You Know?

Early Voting

Voters will have until 5 pm on Monday, August 1 to register to vote in the primary. Early voting begins Wednesday, August 3.

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 5 pm on Monday, October 10. Early voting begins Wednesday, October 12. The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 8.

City Council Recess – July

City Council will be on recess for the month of July. Please note that you will not receive a newsletter until Thursday, August 4. Thank you!

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June 19, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Colorado River Shortage Presentation

The Colorado River system has experienced drought conditions for nearly 15 years, resulting in the water level of Lake Mead dropping to historically low levels. Water levels in Lake Mead determine how much Colorado River water our State receives on an annual basis. The river supplies nearly 40% of Arizona’s total water use. A large portion of Surprise’s renewable water supply is from the Colorado River and delivered by the Central Arizona Project (CAP). The Colorado River supply is of upmost importance and it has a direct impact on the City’s water portfolio and future.

Frank Fairbanks, CAP Board Member, provided a presentation on the challenges a future Colorado River shortage will have on central and southern Arizona and how CAP is collaborating with the state and others to develop solutions. There is a significant chance that a water shortage could be declared in 2016 with greater likelihood it could occur in 2017. The US Secretary of the Interior determines the status of Colorado River water supplies in one of three categories; normal, surplus or shortage. The primary factor of determination is the water level in Lake Mead.

explanation of CAP
An explanation of CAP
Impact on Municipal and Industrial (M&I) Water
Impact on Municipal and Industrial (M&I) Water

Government and Community Partnerships

Government and community partnerships are critical to the health and progress of our City. These partnerships include working with local, county, state and federal officials to creatively address issues and ensure optimal return on taxpayer-funded initiatives. In Surprise, Nicole Lance, Deputy City Manager for Government and Community Partnerships oversees this function. Ms. Lance provided a presentation regarding some of our partners including Luke Air Force Base, Valley Partnership, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Dysart School District and many more.

Ms. Lance also discussed a few legislative agenda items which include a City Council education initiative that is led by Vice Mayor John Williams known as Impact ED, as well as EDRA which is similar to TIF (tax increment financing) utilized in many states.

Council Policy and Procedure Manual Discussion

On September 2, 2014, City Council unanimously adopted the Surprise City Council Policy & Procedures Manual which contains Conduct and Demeanor, Parliamentary Procedure, Use of City Resources, and Subcommittees and Working Groups. Over the last month, the Rules Committee met to discuss possible agenda-related additions to the City Council Policy and Procedure Manual. Discussion was had concerning supporting information and attachments for agenda items, use of the consent agenda, as well as having an additional Council Member, the Vice Mayor or his/her designee, in the agenda review. This item will be further discussed with possible action at a City Council meeting in August.

City Council Meeting

Marley Park Elementary School Recognition

Marley Park Elementary School was recognized for being named a 2015 A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. Ms. Dana Kaye, Principal of Marley Park Elementary School, was present for the City Council recognition as well as Superintendent Dr. Gail Pletnick and others from Dysart Unified School District.

Board and Commission Members Reappointment

Several members of the City’s Boards and Commissions were reappointed including Dennis Hansen, Margaret Lieu and Jean Dibner (Arts Commission); Wayne Turner, Charlie Woodland and Mike Planeta (Community & Recreation Services Commission); Nicole Jeffords and Joseph Poschner (Disability Advisory Commission); Kevin Brucher (MPC Board); Stanley Mucha, Tyson Gage and Harry Grove (Personnel Appeals Board); Matthew Keating, Ken Chapman and Peter Pervi (Planning and Zoning Commission); Stephen Wright, Robert Paisley and Gabriel Rivas (Tourism Commission); and Judge Joseph Kreamer to fill the Superior Court vacancy on the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission.

New board and commission members

I would like to congratulate all of them and thank them for their time and dedication to our City!

Code Change Discussion Regarding City Attorney

At the end of the last City Council meeting, I had requested this item be agendized to discuss if it’s in our best interest to keep the current structure, which has the City Attorney reporting to the City Council, or to amend it so that the City Attorney reports to the City Manager, which is how cities such as Phoenix and El Mirage are set-up. This discussion bears no reflection of the person in this position, but rather the most effective way for legal to operate within our municipality. A motion was made to table this discussion until the appointees are evaluated later this week, so further discussion will occur at an August City Council meeting.

General Obligation Bond Election Discussion

The City Council received a final report from the Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee at our regularly scheduled meeting on May 19. The report included recommendations for three packages of projects and methods for Council to consider. Based on the input from the aforementioned meeting, two options were assembled for review and discussion. The majority of Council agreed that this was not the right time to proceed with a bond election.

Events & Meetings

Dump the Pump

Councilman Roland Winters and I participated in Dump the Pump events on Tuesday, June 16. We met and greeted bus riders and talked about the importance of public transportation. A special thank you to Kathy Chandler and Bonnie Boyce-Wilson for coordinating the event!

Surprise Regional Chamber Breakfast Meeting

I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber breakfast meeting on Tuesday, June 16. Diane McCarthy, Chair of the Chamber, announced Raul Sada as the new President and CEO of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Sada is a West Valley resident with an extensive background in the nonprofit industry. Dr. Jerry Burns from Burns Dentistry was a featured speaker regarding his practice and dental health.

Dr. Burns addressing the attendees

For Our City Initiative

The Mayor, Councilman Todd Tande and I met with staff to discuss the For Our City initiative in Surprise. For Our City is a catalyst for constructive change at community grassroot levels. It serves to create a level field where the municipal, business and faith leaders initiate community projects through establishing a host committee that networks to develop and collaborate into an alliance.

Reba’s Vision Networking Breakfast

On Wednesday, June 17, I attended “Reba’s Vision Networking Breakfast”. Reba Mason is the Marketing Manager for Texas Roadhouse and has played a role with bringing a Texas Roadhouse to Surprise. Ms. Mason also has breast cancer and held a networking breakfast at Parkwood Senior Living to raise money for 3-D digital mammography units in the West Valley.

Quarterly Transportation Meeting

Councilman Todd Tande and I met with staff to discuss updates regarding Valley Metro, Arizona Department of Transportation and Maricopa County Department of Transportation. The City is set to begin working on a short-range transit plan. Staff will be meeting with Valley Metro representatives to begin the planning process.

Staff provided an update on the Bell Road/Grand Avenue project. The City engineers are working with our regional partners to coordinate efforts including schedules, alternative routes and traffic control plans.

Mark Your Calendar

Traffic Restrictions

Due to construction, Grand Avenue will be closed in both directions on Saturday, June 27 from 4 a.m. until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 29 from the Loop 303 to Sunrise Boulevard/RH Johnson Boulevard.

Southeast bound traffic on Grand Ave. approaching the Loop 303 will have access to the 303 and be able to go north to El Mirage Rd. or south to Bell Rd. as a detour route.

Northwest bound Grand Ave traffic will be directed to Reems Rd. to westbound Bell Rd. to the Loop 303 as a detour. Access to Sunrise Blvd. and RH Johnson will still be maintained.

The Arizona Department of Transportation works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. For those outside of Arizona, dial 1.888.411.ROAD (7623).

Did You Know?


With the Fourth of July fast approaching, please be sure you are aware of the laws regarding the use and sale of fireworks within the City of Surprise.

Here’s a quick overview:

  • The minimum age for purchasing consumer fireworks is 16.
  • Consumer fireworks use is allowed on private property within city limits, with the property owner’s consent, during these dates only:
    • June 24 – July 6 and December 24 – January 3.
  • Consumer fireworks use is prohibited January 4 – June 23 and July 7 – December 23.

While the use of consumer fireworks is permitted on private property within the city limits, it is still illegal to use consumer fireworks anywhere on public property, including areas like streets, sidewalks and parks.

Residents living in HOA communities should also look into what types of restrictions are in place in their neighborhoods as they relate to fireworks use in driveways and yards.

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