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Councilmember Jack Hastings January Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my monthly newsletters. I am thankful and honored to serve you as your District 5 Representative. I look forward to the opportunity to provide you with city updates, and I am always available to speak with you at jack.hastings@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623-222-1325. Please also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/councilmemberhastings.

2020 Wrap Up

There is no denying that 2020 has been a challenging year, but we still have many things to celebrate. The City of Surprise has seen many positive accomplishments this year. Below is a list of just a few of the great things that happened in our community this year:

Opened/Completed:

  • Abrazo Hospital
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Fire Station 304
  • Waddell Road
  • Litchfield Road
  • Drop-off Recycling Program

Broke Ground:

  • Amazon Delivery Station
  • Fire Station 308
  • Public Safety and Evidence Facility
  • Greenway Road

City Center Development

Surprise City Center is continuing to develop and bring exciting opportunities to Surprise. The “Quarter at Surprise” retail marketing plan, located in the area of Bell Road and Bullard Avenue is now available. This 78-acre site plan lays the groundwork for a vibrant entertainment, retail, restaurant, grocery, and fitness destination! Additionally, a Marriott Springhill Suites has been approved for the northwest corner of Civic Center Drive and Elm Street. Keep an eye on our City Center webpage for current updates.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan for the Town at Surprise Center project at their December 17 meeting. Town at Surprise Center is a gated rental townhome community on 5.4 acres located along Bell Road near Civic Center Drive. Site improvements will include 114 units, ranging from 1,200-1,367 square feet, paving, sidewalks, a pool, and landscaping. The final plat for this project is anticipated to go to Council on February 2, 2021.

New Park Coming Soon!

Surprise has continued to see growth in housing permits and retail sales collections. As a result, the City Council voted at the December 15 meeting to fund several parks-related projects. Included in this funding is the design for a new eight-acre park at Greenway Road and Parkview Place that will begin construction by the end of June 2021! This project will provide more programmable and rental field space. Additionally, Gaines Youth Baseball Field will be completed ahead of the original timeline thanks to additional funding, and Council also voted to establish a $3 million budget for enhancements to the Surprise Community Park. Enhancements could include adding a restroom, improving dog park drainage, and exploring new lighting. A final project list will be determined following design and submittal of actual costs. Keep an eye on the City’s website for updated information. All of these projects will advance the goals of the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

Recycling Update

Recycle Wise in Surprise logo.Please tune in for a recycling update at the January 19 Council Regular Session. Regular sessions typically begin at 6 p.m. Please check the agenda for specific times. To watch live on Surprise TV visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 also carry the meetings live.

Surprise Small Business Relief Grant

The Surprise Small Business Relief Grant program provided grants to qualifying local businesses to help with rent, utilities, payroll expenses, and other operating costs. Through the program, 79 local businesses were supported, and 483 jobs were retained! This program was funded in two phases, using CARES Act money, to help local businesses that have been impacted by the current health crisis. While the funds for this program have been fully utilized, the City’s Economic Development Team is always here to help support local businesses. For more information on resources available, please visit the COVID-19 Business Resources page on our website.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

The City of Surprise Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration and Service is being held virtually on January 16. Please tune in at 9 a.m. to Surprise TV or the City of Surprise social media channels for a virtual program featuring a variety of local musicians, performers, and speakers. Community service projects are also being scheduled throughout the day, but advanced registration is required due to COVID-19 gathering limitations. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1522.

COVID-19 Update

Vaccinations for health care workers and residents of long term care facilities, has begun. Distribution to these groups could take several months to accomplish and will likely be followed by distribution to essential workers such as police, critical infrastructure workers, and teachers. The general population could receive the vaccine sometime in the spring of 2021. The vaccine distribution is prioritized by the US Centers for Disease Control. For more information on how the vaccine distribution was prioritized, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations-process.html.

A new drive-thru COVID-19 testing location has opened in Surprise at St. Clare of Assisi, located at 17111 W. Bell Road. To schedule an appointment, you can visit https://embrywomenshealth.com/testing-blitz/

Covid-19 Testing Locations (AZ Department of Health Services) – https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-testing

Maricopa County has free temporary isolation housing available for individuals who are unable to isolate with a bedroom or bathroom that nobody else can use or are high-risk individuals who live with infected family or roommates. To find out additional information, or to see if you are eligible, call 2-1-1 and dial 6 for COVID-19 assistance, or visit https://www.maricopa.gov/5565/COVID-19-Positive.

Community Resources

St. Mary’s Food Bank now has a home delivery option. Maricopa County residents that are unable to travel to a local food bank may be eligible for this program. For more information, call 602-242-3663, or visit St. Mary’s Food Bank – Covid Relief Home Delivery Sign-Up.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on January 9 at 9 a.m. at Chef Peter’s Bistro, 17300 N Sun Village Pkwy. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are January 5 and 19 at 6 p.m. Please note that Council meetings have been closed to in-person participation. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 to watch the meetings live. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Councilmember Jack Hastings December Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my monthly newsletters. I am thankful and honored to serve you as your District 5 Representative. I look forward to the opportunity to provide you with city updates, and I am always available to speak with you at jack.hastings@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623-222-1325. Please also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/councilmemberhastings.

Surprise Police Department Awarded Reaccreditation

The Surprise Police Department has received their fifth accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA®)! Agencies receive their accreditation awards after participating in a four-year process where all aspects of an agency’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services undergo a comprehensive examination. The CALEA accreditation process has proven to be of great benefit to both the agency and the community, by requiring agencies to conform to procedures that are consistent with internationally recognized and progressive law enforcement standards. The Surprise Police Department voluntarily participates in the law enforcement accreditation process and will continue to do so into the future.

Congratulations to our Surprise Police Department!

Surprise Police Department Toy Drive

The Surprise Police Department Toy Drive is underway! New, unwrapped toys in the manufacturer’s original packaging can be dropped-off at the following locations until Dec. 14:

  • The Surprise Police Department, 14250 W. Statler Plaza Suite #103
  • Irish Wolfhound Restaurant & Pub, 16811 N. Litchfield Road
  • Sun Village Community, 14300 W. Bell Road
  • Sunflower RV Resort, 16501 N. El Mirage Road
  • Arizona Traditions, 17221 N. Citrus Road
  • Coldwell Banker Real Estate, 19509 N Sunrise Blvd. Suite #8
  • Coldwell Banker Real Estate, 19232 N. R H Johnson Boulevard (Sun City West)
  • Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101
  • Walmart, 13770 W. Bell Road
  • Vista de la Montana Independent Senior Living, 18510 N. Parkview Plaza

Surprise Party 2020, At-home Style

Surprise Party at HomeI hope you have had an opportunity to check out the video of the virtual tree lighting ceremony that kicked-off our virtual Surprise Party this year! If you haven’t had a chance to view it, please take a moment to do so at surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty.

Tune in on Surprise TV online and the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Facebook Page for more fun Surprise Party At-home virtual events scheduled this week! Below is a list of events:

DATETIMEEVENT
Mon, Dec. 7 6:30 p.m. Virtual Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus**
Tues, Dec. 8 6:30 p.m. Virtual Bingo – Holiday Edition (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Wed, Dec. 9 5:30-8:30 p.m. Zoom Calls with Santa (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Thurs, Dec. 10 6:30 p.m. Virtual Holiday Themed Art & Craft featuring WHAM**
Craft kits will be available for pick up beginning Monday, November 30 to Thursday, December 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, while supplies last.
Fri, Dec. 11 6:00-8:00 p.m. Santa Drive-Thru at Surprise Stadium
Download a colorable letter for Santa at surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty. Participants must remain in the car during this event. Santa’s helpers will hand out goodie bags to the first 200 participants.
Sat, Dec. 12 –
Sun, Dec. 13
Evening Light up the Night House Decorating Contest w/ map

** Denotes a video event.

If you are planning to decorate your home or business’s exterior with holiday decorations, you can enter the Light up the Night House Decorating Contest. Complete an online entry form at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/FormCenter/Applications-3/House-Decorating-Contest-Entry-Form-94 , or call 623.222.2000 by December 9 to enter.

Judging takes place on December 12-13. Structures will be judged in the following categories: best theme, best show, best traditional holiday décor, and best business.

The City will create a map and post it to surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty on Thursday, December 10 so residents can drive around and view the contest participants.

Merry Christmas from your Surprise City Council!

2021 Spring Training Games Announced

2021 Spring TrainingThe Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals have released their 2021 Spring Training schedule. Their season opener, featuring the Texas Rangers vs. the Kansas City Royals, is scheduled for Saturday, February 27! While ticket sales information is not available yet, you can sign up for the waitlist to receive more information when it is available. To see a complete schedule of games, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4995.

Please note, additional health and safety protocols are being developed with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, local and international health authorities, Major League Baseball and destination partners. Surprise Stadium has taken additional steps to protect your safety, including reduced touch points, contactless ticketing, new intensified cleaning protocols and reduced seating capacity for social distancing.

Economic Development in District 5

Now open!

Bath & Body Works, 13727 W. Bell Road
HoneyBaked Ham Pop-Up Retail Store, 13980 W. Bell Road
Midwest Burger Company, 17221 N. Litchfield Road

Opening Soon!

Player One Arcade, 17239 N. Litchfield Road

Under Construction:

KC Royals Player Housing, N. Bullard Avenue
Mera City Center, 15510 N. La Cometa

City Center Development

I recently had the opportunity to film a Council Conversation on City Center Development with the City of Surprise Economic Development Director, Jeanine Jerkovic and Surprise City Center Development Company’s Scott Phillips. The conversation focused on recent development and what we can expect in the future. You can view the episode at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=d8drHOg3msY.

The Surprise City Center “Quarter at Surprise” marketing brochure is now available. This 78-acre site is located at the southeast corner of Bullard Avenue and Bell Road and is planned for retail and restaurant uses. View the site plan and marketing materials on the Economic Development City Center webpage.

City Bond Projects Breaking Ground

Work to complete the 10 voter-approved Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond projects continues!

  • Construction has begun on the Public Safety Evidence and Readiness Center at 134th
  • Greenway Road widening near the Loop 303 has just begun! The project will finish the south half of Greenway Road from 800 feet west of Loop 303 to 1600 feet east of Loop 303 (approximately Cotton Lane to Sarival Avenue), adding two travel lanes and eliminating areas of the roadway that have multiple lanes merging into one lane.

    In addition to more travel lanes, the project includes turn lanes, drainage infrastructure, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, street lighting and landscaping. This project is anticipated to be complete in November 2021, weather permitting.
  • Fire Station 308 at Litchfield and Cactus roads broke ground today and is anticipated to be complete in late 2021. Fire Station 308 will be a nearly 16,000 square foot multi-bay facility that will house an Engine Company, Hazardous Materials Response Team and future ambulance. In addition to constructing the building, the bond approval also authorized purchase of a fire engine for the station. This new station will meet the growing needs of the community and help to ensure timely and appropriate response times into the future.

Citizen Review Meeting (Virtual)

A Citizen Review Meeting is scheduled to be held on December 22, at 6 p.m. via Zoom, to discuss a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow for the expansion of an existing mini-storage facility located north of Waddell Road and east of 140th Drive in the Sierra Verde Planned Area Development. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please plan to attend this meeting. To access the meeting, please use the information below:

Online Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88630827666?pwd=RVpQZ3JtRmpaL1UvbDV6VkFQS3N4dz09
Phone Access: +1 253 215 8782
Meeting ID (access code): 886 3082 7666
Passcode: 450173

Project Location

COVID-19 UPDATE

As of December 3, for the state of Arizona, there were 346,421 confirmed cases and 6,821 deaths. According to the AZDHS data dashboard, the positivity rate is now at 10.3%.

For your information, statistics are updated daily at https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/covid-19/dashboards/index.php. Maricopa County still has a mask mandate in effect.

For information on COVID-19 testing locations, please see the link below:

Covid-19 Testing Locations (AZ Department of Health Services) – https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-testing

Community Resources

Home Delivered Meal Program- the City of Surprise has partnered with the Area Agency on Aging, and Banner Olive Branch to provide residents aged 60 and better, or adults with disabilities, home delivered meals. For more information, or to register for this service, please call 602.264.4357 or 623-974-9430.

Community Christmas Drive-thru at Radiant Church- Saturday, December 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. FREE groceries, shoes, socks, underwear and toys for children ages 3-12, while supplies last. Children must be present to receive gifts. Radiant Church is located at 15522 W. Paradise Lane.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on December 12 at 9 a.m. Chef Peter’s Bistro, 17300 N Sun Village Pkwy. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is December 15 at 6 p.m. Please note that Council meetings have been closed to in-person participation. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 to watch the meetings live. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.