Tag Archives: Dial-a-Ride

City, Valley Metro host public meeting to discuss Dial-a-Ride transition, June 14

The city of Surprise, in partnership with Valley Metro, will host a public outreach meeting on Tuesday, June 14 to provide current Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride passengers an opportunity to learn about the new transportation service models prior to the July 1 transition of Dial-a-Ride to RideChoice and Valley Metro Paratransit.

The outreach meeting will be held in the Surprise City Hall Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, on June 14 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. A brief presentation will begin at 4 p.m.

Information about the shared route Senior Bus will also be presented at the meeting.

Following the presentation, city and Valley Metro representatives will be available to answer questions about the transportation services.

Individuals needing reasonable accommodations should contact the ADA coordinator at 623.222.3531 (Voice); or 623.222.3503 (TTY) at least three (3) business days prior to the meeting so arrangements can be made.

Customers unable to attend the meeting can stay informed about the Dial-a-Ride service changes by visiting surpriseaz.gov/transportation.

May 4, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Potential Renaming of Surprise Farms Park to Dick McComb City Park

Last year, the city lost a true icon…Mr. Dick McComb. Mr. McComb was hired as the Surprise Town Manager in November of 1990 and served through June 2000. He was instrumental in so many of our city’s successes. Mr. McComb is the longest tenure Town or City Manager for Surprise to date. After a few years of retirement, Mr. McComb went on to serve as Executive Director of Sun Village from February 1, 2007 through 2013. The communities of Arizona Traditions and Surprise Farms were developed in Surprise because of the relationships he built.

In recognition of his insurmountable achievements and in his loving memory, we had a discussion at the May 2 Work Session about the potential of renaming of Surprise Farms Park to Dick McComb City Park. All Council Members expressed that they were in favor of the renaming and gave consensus for the City Manager to direct staff to research how other cities address the naming of buildings, parks, etc. Once the research is completed, the policy and potential renaming of the park will be brought back to Council for consideration and possible action.

Library Feasibility Study Discussion

The City of Surprise is currently conducting a Library Feasibility Study. Surprise currently has two libraries, Northwest Regional Library (located on Bullard, near the Surprise Stadium) and Hollyhock Library (located in the Original Town Site). The city has an intergovernmental agreement with Maricopa County Library District to operate those facilities.

Orcutt Winslow, an architecture and planning firm, has been hired as the consultant to complete the study. The results of the study will guide future library operations, library renovation projects, and potential new library/libraries in the future. The results of the study will be completed in August and will be presented at a City Council meeting late August or early September.

Orcutt Winslow will be hosting several focus group meetings with stakeholders, city staff, teens, and Maricopa County library staff, as well as a community meeting, to obtain information for the study. There will be a survey on the city’s website that we would like all residents to take beginning May 8. I also invite you to attend the community meeting on May 11 in the Surprise Room of the Northwest Regional Library at 7 p.m. to provide your input on Surprise libraries today and your vision for the future.

City Council Meeting

New Surprise Youth Council Members Sworn In

Fifteen new members of the Surprise Youth Council will be joining fourteen returning members, creating our largest youth council yet. The new members are a diverse group and a direct result of deliberate recruitment efforts aimed at broadening our scope, diversity and reach.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming our newest member members:

Tyrah Davis, TommiAnn DiCapo, Thalia Flores, Isabelle Hunsaker, Illona Illya, Gideon Kariuki, Joshua Laguit, Kaylena Madrid, Daryian Matthews, Cristian Moga, Elona Ogbaudu, Zoey Plytas, Andrea Soliz, Jade Stanton, Emilie Weston

New SYC members

Paradise Acres Rezoning

For many years, the residents of the 75-acre rural residential neighborhood located on Reems Road just south of Bell Road, commonly known as Paradise Acres, have struggled with developers, speculators, and even the City to maintain their rural lifestyle. Staff, as directed by City Council, set out to provide a solution that will benefit and appease all parties involved. The City Council approved a Rezone for approximately 16 acres of the 75-acre Paradise Acres area from Rural Residential and Medium Density Residential to Neighborhood Commercial with a PUD Overlay defining allowable land uses and dimensional standards. The Rezone with PUD Overlay demonstrates an opportunity for limited commercial development along Reems Road in accordance with the Surprise Unified Development Code and the General Plan. This solution should address concerns shared by all parties.

Preliminary Plat Approval for Altamira

Altamira is a new Master Planned Community consisting of 178 acres that will be located west of the Reems Road alignment and north of Pinnacle Peak Road. This new residential community will include 178 single-family residential lots consisting of three lot sizes on five development parcels, together with abundant neighborhood amenities including 59 acres of open space. City Council unanimously approved the Preliminary Plat for Altamira following the Planning Commission’s recommendation. It is envisioned that the developer will submit their Final Plat and engineering drawings in the near future.

Tentative FY18 Budget Adoption

City Council adopted the tentative budget for the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2018 in the amount of $336.9 million. This includes $276.2 million of expenses and $60.7 million of transfers between different funds within the City. This represents an increase of $0.4 million from the City Manager’s recommended budget presented on April 18.

Operating expenses account for $162 million or 48% of the total budget. This includes a Peak Time Response Unit to strengthen Fire response times and two community policing officers, both programs partially funded by grants. A third ambulance will be brought into service funded through transport revenues. Capital Improvement expenses total $49.7 million, a large portion of which is dedicated to maintaining or replacing infrastructure and equipment.

The FY2018 tentative budget also includes $56.6 million in contingency that is set aside for future planned or potentially unforeseen purposes. In addition to the budgeted amounts, the City will have $37.2 million held in reserve. The budget is balanced, meaning that the sources of funds is greater than or equal to the uses of funds for FY2018. This is the first step in adopting the fiscal year budget and sets the maximum expenditure limit for the upcoming fiscal year that starts on July 1. The Council will look to finalize the process by adopting the final budget on June 6 and the property tax levy on June 20.

Events & Meetings

Kingswood Parke Block Party

District 5 HOA Kingswood Parke hosted their annual Spring Fling Block Party on Saturday, April 29. Almost 200 residents attended the fun event. Thank you to Kingswood Parke for the invite and opportunity to engage with you!

Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Safety Day

Join us for Surprise Safety Day on Saturday, May 6! It’s a fun, interactive and educational event focused on the city’s public safety services, water safety and more! The event will be held from 8-11 a.m. at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N Bullard Avenue, and will showcase emergency vehicles and equipment and feature interactive exhibits and live demonstrations on water safety, CPR and the city’s public safety services.

The Surprise Aquatic Center will be conducting free swim lesson assessments and swim team tryouts during the event. Participants are encouraged to bring a bathing suit and towel; the pool is heated.

Surprise Safety Day is hosted by the Surprise Aquatic Center in partnership with the Surprise Police and Fire-Medical departments and is presented by Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. For more information about Safety Day, swim lesson assessments or swim team tryouts, please contact the Community and Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.

Surprise Talent Show

Come see our local stars shine at the Surprise Talent Show on Friday, May 12! The performance begins at 6 p.m. at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, located at 15550 N. Parkview Place.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $3 at the Community and Recreation Services office, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, or at the door for $5.

Performances will include a variety of acts within three talent categories: youth, teens and adults. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or call 623.222.2000.

Did You Know?

Valley Metro Shares Dial-A-Ride Transition

Surprise Dial-a-Ride customers have more information about the July 1, 2017 Northwest Valley service model changes now that Valley Metro has released new ADA Paratransit Frequently Asked Questions and a customer outreach timeline.

Valley Metro, in partnership with Surprise, is contacting current Dial-a-Ride customers directly to inform them of the upcoming changes:

Riders in Surprise will receive an initial letter from Valley Metro introducing them to the new services the second week of May.

The city and Valley Metro staff will host a public meeting late May to discuss the changes and answer questions.

Surprise Dial-a-Ride customers will receive a second letter with additional information, including an updated Ride Guide, in mid-June.

Beginning July 1 Valley Metro’s contracted service provider Transdev will operate shared “Paratransit” and senior bus transportation services for Surprise and Northwest Valley customers; Valley Metro is also transitioning the Surprise taxi service model from Dial-a-Ride to RideChoice.

In addition to a new fleet that features mini-vans and cutaway vans, the vehicles will have paint schemes that incorporate the Valley Metro logo to make them more recognizable.

Information about the service model changes will continue to be shared at www.surpriseaz.gov/transportation as it becomes available.

Residence Inn Wins Hotel of The Year

The Residence Inn by Marriott in Surprise recently received the prestigious Hotel of the Year award for the second year in a row at the 2017 General Managers Conference in New Orleans. Receiving a total of three awards, the Residence Inn Surprise is thrilled to share this remarkable achievement with the Marriott International and Residence Inn community, as well as all of Surprise.

In addition to the Hotel of the Year, the Residence Inn Surprise also won the prestigious Diamond Hotel Award and the enthusiastic breakfast staff received a Best Service Award.

Congratulations to General Manager Samantha Callahan, Director of Sales Dawn Crider and their great team!

Contact Me

Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

Ask a Question

April 20, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Dial-A-Ride Changes

City staff presented Valley Metro’s Northwest Valley public transportation service model changes at Tuesday’s meeting. Beginning July 1, Valley Metro will discontinue the current Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride service model to provide more service options and standardized regional transportation for seniors, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) eligible, and income-qualified riders. Three transportation options will be available to customers when the new model begins July 1: the Senior Bus, Paratransit Shared Ride and RideChoice Taxi Service.

Seniors who frequently visit the Surprise Senior Center, on average 3-5 days per week, can catch a ride on the city’s shared route Senior Bus. The Senior Bus will follow a dedicated route to the Senior Center and provide door-to-door pick-up and drop-off service; fare for the bus will remain $2 per one-way trip. The bus will be available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding city holidays.

Paratransit Shared Ride is recommended for ADA certified customers, seniors and income-qualified general public who schedule rides for local medical and works trips greater than 7 miles and, generally, outside the city of Surprise. ADA certified riders may also use the service for medical and work trips anywhere within Maricopa County up to ¾ miles of bus service. Multiple vehicle options will be available for customers when booking their trips; the service contractor will schedule vehicles accordingly based on customer needs.

Customers booking Paratransit Shared Ride are required to schedule trips 1-14 days in advance; same day booking is not available. The service will operate daily 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; trip fares are $4 each way.

Similar to the current Dial-a-Ride program, RideChoice Taxi Service provides 24 hours per day, 365 days per year service for riders with the ability to self-book and choose from multiple service providers. Riders will be allotted 16 trips per month however customers needing more trips are able to work with city staff to review monthly trip allowances on an individual basis.

RideChoice trips are managed on a RideChoice card that must be renewed each month; unused trips do not carry over. Customers can choose to load money to the RideChoice card to pay for trips however cash and credit cards are still accepted. RideChoice accounts can be self-managed online and by smart phone. Fares are $3 per one-way trip for riders. Riders will be responsible for any fare amounts that exceed $21 (city’s match is up to $18 per trip).

Valley Metro will contact current Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride customers directly to educate them on the changes to the program and the new options. In addition, Surprise staff and representatives from Valley Metro will schedule a public meeting at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock Street, in May to discuss the service models and answer questions.

Surprise will continue to share information about changes to Valley Metro’s Northwest Valley service model at www.surpriseaz.gov/transportation as it becomes available.

City Manager’s FY18 Recommended Budget Discussion

City Manager Bob Wingenroth presented a $336.5 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Recommended Budget to City Council. The Recommended Budget maintains existing city services and identifies creative options to maximize some resources. That includes securing outside revenue sources and reallocating the operating budget to provide new positions that address public safety, water and inspection demands. Two public safety grants (SAFER Grant and COPS Hiring Program) will partially fund a five-member Fire-Medical Peak Time Response Unit and two police officers, focused on community policing, through 2019. The Recommended Budget also includes $49.8 million to support the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which is used to maintain, preserve, and/or replace city infrastructure. This includes funding for pavement preservation of city streets, vehicle replacement and aging communications, information technology, recreation and utility infrastructure.

There are also two recommended financial policy revisions regarding the Minimum Fund Balance Policy for the General fund and the Stormwater and Workers’ Compensation funds that will provide clearer definition for the reserves to strengthen the city’s financial position.

The FY18 Recommended Budget is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget. Council is scheduled to vote on the final budget in June.

City Council Meeting

Reappointment of Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board Members

City Council unanimously approved the re-appointment of Kenneth Broadfoot as the citizen member and Jim Hayden as Chairman of the Public Safety Retirement System Local Board, both serving a four year term expiring April 18, 2021.

Events & Meetings

Good Friday Breakfast

I joined hundreds of other leaders in the West Valley for the Good Friday Breakfast on Friday, April 14 at the WigWam. Speakers included Adam Agee, lead singer from Audio Adrenaline and Pastor Greg Laurie from Harvest Christian Fellowship, one of the largest churches in the United States. Pastor Laurie will also be leading Harvest America in Phoenix on June 11 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

Milam Glass Groundbreaking

Vice Mayor Todd Tande, Councilman Ken Remley and I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Milam Glass on Monday, April 17. Milam Glass is developing a 22,000 square foot facility in the city’s industrial district, which will become their new company headquarters and employ approximately 50 people. The company has been in business since 1969. It started as a three-man residential glass company, and by 1977, it had become a storefront business and a leader in the commercial glass industry.

Council Conversation Taping

On Tuesday, April 18, I taped a new Council Conversation on water which will be aired on Surprise TV beginning next week. As part of the conversation, I interviewed Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe and Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute at ASU, Sarah Porter. April is Water Awareness Month for the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Watch the episode…

Council Conversation

Mark Your Calendar

WHAM Recycle Arts Festival

WHAM Art Association is hosting their Recycle Arts Fest: Exhibit & Fashion Show on Saturday, April 22 at WHAM Community Art Center, 16560 N. Dysart Road. The free neighborhood event is scheduled from 4 – 9 p.m. and will include a Recycle Arts Exhibit and Eco Styles Fashion Show, a creative art display that underscores the possibilities of working with reusable post-consumer materials.

Artists of all ages and talents are invited to participate. Enjoy food, music, free activities for kids and the spirit of community and collaboration at the Recycle Arts Fest– where creative expression goes green! If you are interested in becoming involved with the 2017 Recycle Arts Fest send an email to whamartassociation@wham-art.org.

Surprise Police Explorers Fundraising Event

The Surprise Police Explorer Post #2236 is partnering with a local business, Chipotle, for an upcoming fund raising event. The event will be held at Chipotle, 13869 West Bell Road in Surprise, on Friday, April 28 from 5 – 9 p.m.

Please remember to bring in a copy of the flyer (view flyer) or show a copy of the flyer on your smart phone or other electronic device in order to help the Explorers raise money (50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Surprise Police Explorers).

Chipotle is located on the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Bell Road in Surprise.

Movie Night at Surprise Stadium

The City of Surprise presents Movie Night at Surprise Stadium featuring The Secret Life of Pets – rated PG on Saturday, April 29. This event is sponsored by Coulter Nissan, and admission is free. Bring your blankets and pillows, stretch out on the stadium grass and enjoy! Gates will open at 6 p.m. The movie will begin at 7 p.m.

The stadium food and beverage policy is in effect. Ice chests and lawn chairs are not permitted. For more information, please contact City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Did You Know?

Surprise Sundancers Award Scholarships to West Valley Students

Surprise Sundancers, the official Surprise Recreation Campus Spring Training volunteer organization, with the support of the Arizona Community Foundation, awarded $135,000 in scholarships to west valley students.

The scholarship recipients were awarded the following:

10 applicants each receiving $5,000
19 applicants each receiving $2,500
25 applicants each receiving $1,500

The Surprise Sundancers provide scholarships to graduating students from high schools in Surprise, El Mirage, Youngtown or Wickenburg. Applicants must demonstrate high engagement in the community, be a participating student athlete, and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

The Surprise Sundancers will present the scholarship funds to the technical school or college on behalf of the student.

The Sundancers are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with over 800 members. They provide volunteer services during Spring Training and other city special events. Each spring training season, the Surprise Sundancers host an annual Charity Game in which all proceeds collected from tickets sales, merchandise, 50/50 raffle, concessions and programs are contributed to the Surprise Sundancers Scholarship Program as well as Surprise/Northwest Valley youth related programs and projects.

To learn more about the Surprise Sundancers, visit www.surprisesundancers.org or call 623.222.2000 for more information.

Contact Me

Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

Ask a Question

September 22, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to issue weekly project updates for the Bell Road/Grand Avenue bridge project.

Work continues as follows:

  • Grand Avenue closed in both directions between Dysart and Litchfield roads from 9 p.m. on Friday, September 23 to 5 a.m. on Saturday, September 24 to remove scaffolding from the Bell Road bridge. Traffic will be detoured at Dysart and Litchfield roads.
  • Grand Avenue will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between Dysart and Litchfield roads from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 24 to install a new storm drain pipe.
  • Installing sidewalk and hand railing on the new bridge.
  • Eastbound Grand Avenue is being reconstructed.
  • Construction of the retaining wall panels on the bridge over Grand Avenue will continue for the next few months.

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

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.

City Council Work Session

Fighter Country Partnership Update

President and Executive Director of Fighter Country Partnership (FCP), Ron Sites, provided an update to City Council on his organization. The mission of FCP is to support the men, women and families of Luke Air Force Base and enhance the life for our military. FCP has a non-profit 501(c)4 organization that allows the organization to advocate on behalf of Luke AFB while supporting it. It also has a non-profit 501(c)3 Foundation that affords the organization the opportunity for donations to be tax deductible from donors. This past year, funds collected supported various health and human services events, helping to support the culture and tradition of Luke AFB and the sustainability of their mission.

School Parking Discussion

Community Development Director Eric Fitzer discussed current issues involving school parking at some of our local elementary and middle schools, which include: blocking of driveways, litter, parking in private drives, vehicle conflicts, etc. Current city code was reviewed, as was action taken to remedy these issues in the cities of Tempe and Phoenix. Solutions, drawbacks and next steps were discussed.

City Council Meeting

Service Award

City Council recognized two outgoing Planning and Zoning Commissioners, Steve Somers and Jerry Hoyler, with service awards during Tuesday evening’s meeting. Mr. Somers, previously the Chair for the Commission, spent ten years on Planning and Zoning. Mr. Hoyler spent four years on the Commission. Thank you both for your service to the City!

Service Award winner Steve Somers
Community Development Director Eric Fitzer with Service Award winner Steve Somers

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

An update regarding the Bell Road/Grand Avenue construction project was provided to Council. Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic provided an update on the ShopSurprise campaign. There were 100,000 flyers distributed in July and August and more than 171,000 text messages have been sent. To date, more than 125 businesses have participated.

Arizona Department of Transportation Assistant Director of Communications Brock Barnhart provided an update with a focus on the last phase of the project, Phase 3C, which is slated to begin in November. According to Mr. Barnhart, the contractor has provided ADOT with a target reopen date for Bell Road of November 22.

ADOT Bell & Grand Phase 3C slide

Events & Meetings

Special City Council Meeting

A Special City Council meeting was held on Thursday, September 15 to declare and adopt the results of the Primary Election that was held on August 30, 2016. Resolution No. 2016-109 was approved and recorded.

West Valley Council Mixer

Councilmembers Rachel Villanueva, Roland Winters, Todd Tande and I attended the West Valley Council Mixer at Goodyear Ballpark on Thursday, September 15. Councilmembers from throughout the West Valley were present to network and provide updates on their respective cities.

Achieve60AZ Movement

More than 60 community, business, philanthropic and education organizations formed the Achieve60AZ alliance to support a goal of 60 percent of adults ages 25-64 having a professional certificate or college degree by 2030. Governor Doug Ducey made the announcement on Friday, September 16 at Franklin Police and Fire High School. Councilmembers John Williams, Todd Tande and I attended the announcement, along with other municipal leaders, organizations and agencies throughout the state.

Achieve60AZ logo

Mark Your Calendar

Mental Health Advocacy Event

Author and mental health advocate Erin Callinan will take part in an event, “Beautifully Bipolar – From Trauma to Triumph,” at the Communiversity on September 26, 2016 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event will include a panel discussion with Erin’s family, mental health resource tables and a book signing. Erin will share her personal journey of finding hope after her mental illness diagnosis at the age of 17.

HOA Academy

The popular Surprise HOA Academy will begin this October, and registration is now open until October 10, 2016! The goal of the Academy is to provide expert information for HOA residents, board members and managers. Topics include contracts, fiduciary duty, CC&R enforcement and code compliance.

Academy classes will begin on Monday, October 17 and occur every Monday through Monday, November 21, with the exception of October 31. Classes will be held at the Public Safety Building Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Ruby Sitea at or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3242.

Surprise Swap Meeting

The city’s popular community-wide garage sale, Surprise Super Swap Meet, is scheduled for Saturday, November 19 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The swap meet, sponsored by the Surprise Senior Center Site Council, will be held at the Surprise Aquatic Center parking lot, located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. Parking and admission are free.

In addition, vendor spaces are now available to rent. For more information, or to receive an application for space, please call 623.222.1500 or visit the Surprise Senior Center at 15832 Hollyhock Street.

Did You Know?

Surprise Dial-A-Ride Rate Reduction

Beginning October 1, rates for Surprise Dial-A-Ride trips to select destinations outside of the city will be reduced from $4 one-way per person to $2.50.Trips affected include those from Surprise to Sun City, Sun City West, Youngtown, El Mirage and the medical offices near Boswell Hospital.

To offset the anticipated loss in collected fares, the cap in daily trips will be decreased from 160 to 155. Surprise City Council approved the changes at their September 20 Council Meeting. Dial-A-Ride trips within city limits remain at $2 per ride, and regional ADA trips, for medical and work trips well beyond the city’s limits, remain at $4 per ride.

For more information on the Dial-A-Ride program, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/dialaride.

Contact Me

Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

Ask a Question

September 8, 2016 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues to issue weekly project updates for the Bell Road/Grand Avenue bridge project.

Work continues as follows:

  • Grand Avenue will be closed between Litchfield and Dysart roads from 8 pm on Thursday, September 8 until 5 am on Friday, September 9.
  • Eastbound Grand Avenue roadway is being constructed.
  • The retaining wall panels of the bridge over Grand Avenue will continue to be built for the next few months.

Grand Avenue Full Closure information

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

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.

City Council Work Session

Dial-a-Ride Fare Discussion

Public Works staff provided Council with an outline of the fare revision timeline which began last November with a Council action item to increase the ridership cap to 160 one-way weekday trips and culminated with the adoption of the current fares of $2.00 in the City and $4.00 outside of the City including the Regional ADA service which started on July 1, 2016.

Staff also reviewed fares across the Valley and presented facts regarding ridership and cost of service for FY2016. Council then discussed the options of revising the fares. Discussion included the option of lowering the cost of one-way trips outside of the city to $2.50; fares inside the City and Regional ADA service would remain the same at $2.00 and $4.00 respectively.

Staff will return to Council on the September 20 with a revised Dial-a-Ride fare schedule for their consideration and possible action. Below is a condensed summary of the Dial-a-Ride services and costs performed in FY2016. For the full presentation, please view the Council Work Session for September 6 2016 online at www.surpriseaz.gov/1592/Watch-Council-Meetings-Online.

FY 2016 Summary

774 Residents took 34,846 trips totaling 180,138 miles
Trips inside of City 21,115 – Outside of City 13,731
Fewest Trips 1 – Most Trips 485

Trips Purpose Percentages:

  • Medical & Dialysis 44% – (27% & 17%)
  • Senior Center 12%
  • Shopping 6%
  • Work 10%
  • Leisure 27%

Gross Cost for service $799,250:

  • Passenger Fares $38,403.50 – 5%
  • Federal New Freedom Grant monies $74,016.26 – 9.7%
  • Prop 400 monies applied to service $23,847.04 – 3.1%
  • Net City Billings $662,983.50 – 87% ($350,000 Arizona Lottery Funds – $312,983.50 City’s General Fund)

Cost Inside City $352,273 – Outside City $310,711

Potential Changes to fare schedule pending Council action

Service Type Current Fee Revised Fee
Dial-A-Ride (In city) $2.00 $2.00 Per Ride
Dial-A-Ride (Outside city) $4.00 $2.50 Per Ride
Dial-A-Ride ADA Regional Service $4.00 $4.00 Per Ride

City Council Meeting

Boards & Commissions Appointments

City Council unanimously approved the reappointments of Susan deJong and Kathie Morgan for the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission; Ira McCullough for the Personnel Appeals Board and Dennis Smith for the Planning & Zoning Commission. The aforementioned members were approved for a 4 year term to expire on September 6, 2020.

City Council also unanimously approved two vacancies on Planning & Zoning Commission – Eric Cultum and Mitchell Rosenbaum; two vacancies for the Tourism Commission representing restaurants – Chris Hall and Mario Rana; one vacancy for the Tourism Commission representing Hotels – Della Brendenburger; one vacancy for the Board of Trustees – Aaron Bacon; two vacancies for the Disabilities Advisory Commission – Brenda Renou and Dan Moore; two vacancies for the Personnel Appeals Board – Rayana Mariland and Valerie Serrano. The aforementioned members were approved for a four year term to expire on September 6, 2020.

Thank you to all of the Boards and Commission Members for your time and service!

Surprise Community Outreach Program Grant Recommendation

Human Service and Community Vitality Director Seth Dyson and Council Assistant Jodi Tas presented the Surprise Community Outreach Program (SCOP) funding recommendations from the Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships & Grants to the full City Council for consideration. This year, there were 22 applicants with requests totaling over $188,000. The Committee’s recommendations were unanimously approved.

The FY17 approved budget for the Human Service and Community Vitality Department included a total of $75,000 for community outreach activities which included up to $65,000 for SCOP. This year, the Committee’s total award recommendation is $62,000. The one-time awards are paid to non-profit organizations on a reimbursement basis upon completion of their project. The deadline for project completion and spending is June 15, 2017.

Formal Creation of Audit Committee

The City is strengthening its internal audit function and as such the finalization of the formal creation of an Audit Committee and Internal Audit Program was considered and unanimously approved. The services provided are designed to add value, improve the organizational operations, identify opportunities to minimize organizational risks, maximize efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen public confidence and accountability. Councilman Roland Winters and I are both honored to serve on this committee.

Events & Meetings

Southwest Gas Update Meeting

Southwest Gas representatives, Councilman Roland Winters and I met on Wednesday, September 7 to discuss their proposed rate increase. The proposed increase is approximately $1.14 per month for the average residential customer or 2.8% over existing rates. The proposal maintains the current rate design that has been in place since January 2012, with no changes to the basic service charge. At this time, SWG is not requesting any changes to the existing Incremental Contribution Method which calculates the economic feasibility of service and main extensions.

Questions have been asked regarding the Energy Efficiency Enabling Provision (EEP) Monthly Weather Adjustment. The EEP is part of the delivery charge portion of customer’s bills. The rate per unit of gas sold consists of both gas costs and delivery charges. The EEP balances the delivery charge portion of the customer’s bill to ensure that customers only pay for the charges associated with the service they receive. The EEP was approved in December 2011 because it was found to financially protect both the customer and the company. According to SWE, since the EEP was approved, customers have received annual refunds of $25.4M, with another $8.3M pending. With the company’s improved credit ratings, customers are realizing the benefit of lower debt costs in the pending rate case; debt costs in this case are $20M lower than they would have been absent the improved credit profile for the company.

The company’s application will be thoroughly examined by the Arizona Corporation Commission, Commissioners, the Residential Utility Consumer Office and others prior to approval which is expected in May 2017. More information on the request can be found by visiting www.swgas.com/investedinaz.

Mark Your Calendar

Open House – Fire Station 305

Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be hosting an open house this Saturday, September 10 from 9 am until 1 pm. The station is located at 15571 N. Parkview Place. Firefighters will be available to provide a tour, show medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls and much more.

Surprise Fire 305

2016 Drug Symposium

On Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 6-9 pm, the Surprise Police are partnering with the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, Drug Free AZ Kids, and the Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV) to host a community drug awareness symposium. This highly informative program will be hosted at the CCV Church located at 14787 West Cholla Street in Surprise.

We have learned through past experiences how very important it can be to increase the public’s awareness of drugs and how drugs can negatively impact our community. This particular program is aimed at providing a clearer understanding of the dangers of drugs and providing those in attendance with tools on how to recognize the signs and symptoms associated with drug abuse. This is a community problem we all need to work together to solve. Please come join your police department and their community partners at this free program.

CPR Classes Offered

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes on Wednesday, September 21.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

Two sessions will be held. The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza. To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

Did You Know?

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The Surprise Fiesta Grande celebration is scheduled for Saturday, October 15 from 3-9 p.m. at the Roy Villanueva Community and Recreation Complex located at 15660 N. Hollyhock Street. This festival-style event will feature live bands, dancing, mariachis, a classic car show, authentic Mexican food, a kid zone and much more.

The City is now accepting applications for vendor space and promotional booths. For more information, please contact Regina Miller at 623.222.2249.

Contact Me

Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

Ask a Question

November 20, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Parks & Recreation Master Plan Update

The City of Surprise has a unique and largely undeveloped planning area full of potential for recreation amenities such as open space, trails and new facilities. With the assistance of Community & Recreation Services (CRS) and Community Development staff, a consultant prepared current facility and program inventory, while benchmarking locally and nationally, and summarized potential deficiencies according to planning area and projected populations.

In 2014, a public survey was completed, and over the past few months our CRS Department held several workshops with the CRS Advisory Commission led by chairman Wayne Turner. Workshops included setting master plan goals, and establishing standards as well as general design guidelines and principals. Some of the goals of the Master Plan include improving the residential quality of life by reinvesting in our existing parks, promoting active recreation, sports and sports tourism and pursuing opportunities to create and acquire new parks and open space. The goal, by 2030, is to have a total of 1,200 acres of new public parks which would include one new 200-acre city park, six new 25-acre community parks and 847 acres of open space.

A draft plan has been reviewed by the Planning & Zoning Commission (October 2015) as well as stakeholders such as the Arizona Game & Fish Department. The goal is to update the plan and align with the General Plan update for approval in December 2015.

We are committed to providing quality parks and recreation programs and facilities while contributing to the economic well-being of the city.

City Council Meeting

Legacy Traditional School Recognition

The newest school in our community led the Pledge of Allegiance on Tuesday evening, Legacy Traditional School. Four students – Samantha Morris, Arianna Diaz, Jason Miller and Sasha Soto – who are part of their National Junior Honor Society were able to discuss the school for a few minutes.

Legacy Traditional School began in 2007 with the first campus in Maricopa, AZ. It was formed from a simple concept of education excellence and patriotism. Today, all Legacy campuses are “A” rated by the Arizona Department of Education and in 2015, Legacy was voted the #1 charter school by Ranking Arizona. Congratulations to Legacy for their successes, and best wishes for many more!

FY2016 Budget Status

Finance Director Lindsey Duncan provided an update on our financial status through September for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The actual collections for our General Fund revenue budget through September totaled $12.1 million which is a positive variance of 7% above the budgeted amount of $11.3 million. Local sales tax collections are currently continuing the trend that FY2015 ended on, with actuals exceeding the budget by $0.2 million (FY16 budget is $3.1 million compared to $3.3 million actual). Construction sales tax is up 57% over budget and all other local sales taxes are up 3.5% over budget. State shared revenue actuals exceed budget by $0.1 million which is slightly better than expected, as is the vehicle license tax revenue. Actuals for charges for services have exceeded the budget as well, as FY16 budget is $1.9 million compared to FY16 actuals of $2.4 million. General Fund uses are tracking $4.1 million below budget, but most of that variance is due to timing of payments rather than actual savings. Though too early to modify year end estimates, the General Fund is performing better than budgeted through the end of the first quarter.

FY2016 Budget Amendment for Dial-A-Ride Cap Increases

The City currently contracts with Valley Metro for our Dial-a-Ride service. The current cap for weekday one-way trips is 140. By increasing the cap, the City will have the ability to provide more demand service for transit to ADA, seniors, and others with disabilities.

The annual impact of increasing the weekday cap for one-way trips is $116,000 which will support an additional 5,040 one-way trips for ADA, seniors, and others with disabilities, as well as the general public. The $68,900 increase approved by this item will support an additional 3,000 one-way trips through the end of FY2016.

The City Council unanimously approved the budget amendment of $68,900 from the General Fund Contingency (one-time) to the General Fund Transit contract services. The annual increase will be submitted as part of the FY2017 budget process.

Intergovernmental Agreement with Maricopa Water District (MWD)

Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe requested consideration and action authorizing the City Manager to execute an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the Maricopa Water District (MWD) for use of MWD’s Groundwater Savings Facility (GSF) to store Surprise’s Central Arizona Project (CAP) water.

By entering into this agreement with MWD, the City would avoid annual CAP underground storage charges of approximately $10 per acre foot for 2016 for water delivered to MWD’s GSF. In addition to the expected savings from annual CAP storage charges, MWD also pays for waters delivered to their service area to offset their groundwater usage. The actual amount of savings and revenue generated is dependent on the amount of power MWD saves by not having to pump groundwater. The agreement was unanimously approved.

Events & Meetings

New Park Dedications

The Surprise City Council attended the ribbon cutting celebrations for Surprise Farms and Veramonte Community Parks on Saturday, November 14. Veramonte Community Park is located at 12741 N. 140th Avenue and this park now features restrooms, a splash pad, a parking lot and several other park amenities. The Surprise Farms Community Park is located on the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Surprise Farms Loop South and features a playground, splash pad, basketball court, skate park, restrooms and other park amenities.

I’d like extend my appreciation to Mark Coronado, Donna Miller and the remainder of the CRS team and CRS Advisory Commission for all of their efforts planning and building these parks for our residents.

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting

Councilman Jim Biundo and I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Tuesday, November 17. Veterans were the focus of this meeting and the key-note speaker was Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Frana who is the Commander of the 62nd Fighter Squadron with Luke Air Force Base.

Mountain Vista Ranch HOA Meeting

On Wednesday, November 18, I attended the Mountain Vista Ranch HOA meeting with Seth Dyson, the Director of Human Service and Community Vitality, and Christina Ramirez, Neighborhood Services Manager. The City team focused on the Neighborhood Services programs such as the Surprise Academies, HOA Continuing Education, the Mediation Program, the Block Party Trailer Program, and the Summer Youth Employment Program. City sponsored events such as Community Pride Day were also discussed.

Additional conversation pertained to income-qualified programs offered by the City for painting of the exterior of houses.

Mark Your Calendar

Stormwater Public Hearings

We have begun hosting a series of public meetings to inform you, the residents, about the proposed Stormwater Utility and to gather input on stormwater management. If adopted, a utility designated for stormwater management would enable the city to cover the costs of public health and safety concerns often caused by stormwater such as flooding, which causes polluted standing water that attracts disease-bearing pests and transportation issues, such as sinkholes and premature pavement loss.

Additionally, the implementation of a Stormwater Utility will allow the city to better comply with the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the National Pollutant Discharge Systems Permit which is administered by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Currently, all stormwater activities, including regulatory compliance, asset management, and capital improvement, are funded by the wastewater fund, general fund and the Highway User Revenue Fund (HURF). A designated Stormwater Utility will relieve burden from those funds and will be responsible for revenue generation, operational costs and Capital Improvement Project development and management.

Residents are encouraged to attend the following public meetings to learn more about the proposed Stormwater Utility and rate structure. For the residential customer, the proposed rate would be an approximate $2 line item added to your monthly utility bill.

The next meetings will take place on December 2 from 6-7:30 pm at the Community Room at City Hall and on December 3 from 6-7:30 pm at the Villanueva Recreation Center (15660 N. Hollyhock Street). The Water Resource Management Department intends to bring this before Council in the 1st quarter of next year for action.

General Plan Amendment Meeting

The City of Surprise is considering a major amendment to the Surprise General Plan 2035 and invites the public to share their thoughts at an upcoming public hearing. The Major Amendment focuses on providing a new approach to the city’s land use goals and policies by adding a Character Area planning approach and removing the Village Plan requirements that are included in the current General Plan. The draft Element documents can be found online at www.surpriseaz.gov/GPupdate.

The public is invited to attend and provide comment relative to the proposed update at the following Planning and Zoning Commission meeting:

December 3 at 6 p.m.
Surprise City Hall
16000 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374

Written comments may also be submitted any time prior to the public hearing. All written comments regarding this petition will be made part of the public records of the City.

The meeting agenda will be available at least 24 hours prior to the Public Hearing at Surprise City Hall or on the City’s website at www.surpriseaz.gov. For questions or to submit a written comment, please contact Joshua Mike at joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3134.

General Plan Summit

The Surprise City Council and Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission will host the 2015 Annual General Plan Summit, Friday, December 4, at City Hall.

Staff will present the city’s progress toward achieving the Surprise General Plan 2035 goals and policies, discuss the Economic Development Strategic Plan, provide an update to the OTS Heritage District and have a conversation about City Monument Gateways.

The group will also discuss recommendations regarding future initiatives to support the General Plan and Council Strategic Plan objectives.

John Lenio, of commercial real estate firm CBRE, will serve as a guest speaker providing a private sector point of view to Economic Development.

The summit, which is open to the public, is scheduled for 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., in the Community Room at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

14th Annual Surprise Party

The City will host our 14th Annual Surprise Party on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. Please join us welcome the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony, live music, balloon glow, skydivers and fireworks on Friday, December 4 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 8 Acre Park – 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. The party will continue on Saturday, December 5 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free with a canned food donation.

Did You Know?

Department of Human Service & Community Vitality – New Director

Seth Dyson was recently hired as the new Director for the Department of Human Service and Community Vitality. This Department hosts the Neighborhood Services, Senior Services and Grant Administration divisions with the overall goal of building partnerships to improve the overall quality of life for all of our Surprise residents.

Mr. Dyson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah. Before joining the City, Seth served as the Community Partnerships & Workforce Development Director for the Maricopa County Community College District. He is an Arizona native and now lives in Surprise with his family.

Seth Dyson, Director of Human Service & Community Vitality
Seth Dyson, Director of Human Service & Community Vitality

Please join me in wishing Seth the best of luck with his new career endeavor!

Newsletter Update/Office Closing

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27. I will not distribute a newsletter next week.

I am truly grateful for each and every one of you and your continued support. I wish you a wonderful holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live them.” JFK

Contact Me

Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

Ask a Question

October 30, 2015 • Newsletter

Special City Council Meeting

City Attorney Update

City Council met on Tuesday, October 27 at a Special Council Meeting to consider and take action on appointing an Interim City Attorney given Misty Leslie’s resignation last week. Deputy City Attorney Robert Wingo has been named the City’s Interim City Attorney. Mr. Wingo joined the City in December 2013 as the Deputy City Attorney and was named Chief Deputy in April 2014. He has 11 years of legal experience including prior service as the City Attorney for Page, Arizona. He holds a B.S. summa cum laude in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University and received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

Please join me in thanking Misty for her service to the City. I wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor.

Events & Meetings

Surprise Police Officer Jim Reznik Retires

I was honored to attend the Surprise Police Department Retirement Open House for Officer Jim Reznik. Officer Reznik retired on October 22, 2015 with 28 years of service to our fine City.

Officer Reznik began employment with the Surprise Marshal’s Office on September 23, 1987. Throughout his career, Jim was assigned to the Field Operations Division and the Criminal Investigations Division. He was also assigned to the DEA Task Force from 2002 until 2011. Jim’s achievements included Field Training Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Gang Training and Master Police Officer.

Officer Reznik

Thank you, Jim, for all your years of service protecting Surprise and making a difference in the lives of so many of our beloved residents.

Surprise Invitational Art Exhibit Opens at Arts HQ

The West Valley Arts HQ Gallery hosted an opening reception for the Surprise Invitational Art Exhibit on Thursday, October 22. Councilman Roland Winters and I attended the event with several residents and fellow art enthusiasts. There are over 80 pieces on display. The exhibit can be seen through December 11, 2016. West Valley Arts HQ is located at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Harvest Festival

On Friday, October 23, I attended Benevilla’s Harvest Festival at the Surprise Community Garden. This annual event was full of residents enjoying music, food, crafts and much more. I’d like to extend a special thank you to the Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments for their work at this event!

mother holding child at the Harvest Festival

Kids and parents trick-or-treating at Harvest Festival

The Surprise Community Garden is a Community For All Ages program led by Benevilla in partnership with the City of Surprise and Rio Salado College.

Sierra Verde Community Event

Mayor Wolcott, Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I attended the Sierra Verde Movie Night on Saturday, October 24 at their local community park. Many residents were in attendance for the event which was sponsored by Stillwater Landscape Management.

Rio Salado RISE International Presentations

Councilmen Jim Biundo and Roland Winters and I were honored to watch presentations from international students as part of the RISE program at Rio Salado College on Monday, October 26. Immigrants from Laos, Belarus, Mexico and Tonga were eager to share their stories about why they chose Surprise, their thoughts on America and much more. More than 80 people were in attendance.

RISE is a grassroots community based educational organization created for and by seniors to afford them the opportunity for stimulation, enlightenment and interaction amongst peers in an environment which encourages lifelong learning.

Sierra Verde Community Meeting

Sierra Verde held their HOA meeting on Wednesday, October 28. The budget for 2016 was approved, and an update was provided on the fall tree pruning and removals.

Mark Your Calendar

Transportation Update Meeting

Staff has scheduled a community meeting on Thursday, November 5 in the Mayor’s Atrium of City Hall from 5-7 pm so that City can communicate information regarding current and future transportation Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects with residents. The City has compiled a list of 10 significant projects that are either in design review, have been recently approved or are currently under construction, and will have information tables for each project at this meeting.

One project nearing completion is the Bell Road Sidewalk Project, which is 80 percent complete and on track to conclude in mid-November.

Pavement Preservation Work – Traffic Restrictions

The City is in the process of performing pavement preservation work on Reems Road between Greenway and Waddell Roads resulting in traffic restrictions.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction from 6 am until 6 pm on November 2 and November 3. Turn lanes will be maintained as long as possible until they are within work limits.

Did You Know?

General Election Day

As a friendly reminder, there will be NO voting at Surprise City Hall on Election Day, November 3. All voters waiting to vote until Election Day must go to their designated polling locations to vote in person and to drop off ballots.

Polls will be open from 6 am until 7 pm on Election Day only. Please call the Maricopa County Elections Department at 602.506.1511 for more information or please feel free to visit www.recorder.maricopa.gov to search for your polling location.

Surprise Dial-A-Ride Update

Surprise Dial-A-Ride is now offering service on holidays! Holiday service will be capped at 30 one-way trips per day.

Dial-A-Ride’s regular hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regular weekday cap limits are 140 one-way trips, and Saturdays have a cap of 30 one-way trips.

As a reminder, Dial-A-Ride offers advanced reservations. Certified ADA, seniors and others with disabilities can schedule advance reservations up to 14 days prior to the trip. To make an appointment for Dial-A-Ride service, please call 602.266.8723.

All Dial-A-Ride service requirements remain the same and can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/dialaride.

Contact Me

Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

Ask a Question

May 29, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

IRIS USA Groundbreaking

IRIS USA hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 21 in celebration of their future Surprise location! The 300,000 square foot facility will be located in the City’s Skyway Business Park off Cactus Road between Dysart and Litchfield Road. It will include manufacturing, distribution and their Western U.S. Regional headquarters.

IRIS USA Groundbreaking

Valley Metro RPTA Meeting

On Thursday, May 21, I attended the monthly Valley Metro RPTA meeting in Phoenix. The City will be maintaining the increased January 2015 Dial-a-Ride service level through June 2016. Dial-a-Ride currently offers 140 one-way weekday trips and 30 one-way Saturday trips. Service hours are Monday through Saturday from 5 am to 8 pm.

The City is partnering with Valley Metro to develop a short range transit plan which will allow Surprise residents to connect to the Valley’s regional bus and light rail grid. An update will be provided to City Council in the fall of 2015.

Surprise Citizen Corp Council

The Surprise Citizen Corp Council (SCCC) met on May 21. I invited Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and Environmental Manager Christine Nunez to speak to the Committee about the City’s water supply and their emergency response plan. Through their presentation, they discussed what problems could arise and how the City is able to cope with emergencies that may affect our water system.

The SCCC will discuss next steps, goals and the formation of a marketing plan at their next meeting.

Memorial Day Events

I participated in several Memorial Day events over the past weekend, including the Surprise Library Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday, May 23, the Coyote Lakes Memorial Day Community Event and the Memorial Day Commemoration at Radiant Church.

We will never forget those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We owe not only our debt of gratitude to them but to the families they left behind. It is my honor to share in these solemn events to pay tribute to these heroes.

Did You Know?

Bell Road Traffic Restrictions

The Bell Road eastbound curb lane will be restricted from Village Drive West to El Mirage Road from May 28 through June 1 so that Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) contractors can perform warranty work in this area. Additional restrictions are scheduled on El Mirage Road at Bell from June 1 – June 15. If you have any questions, please contact the MCDOT 24-hour construction hotline at 602.506.3342.

Bullard Road Speed Limit Change

In an effort to create a multi-modal corridor on Bullard Avenue, the City will reduce the speed limit on Bullard Avenue, between Peoria Avenue and Greenway Road, to 35 miles per hour, pursuant to a previous City Council meeting. The change will occur this summer and signs will be posted in the area closer to the transition date. This change will match the current speed limit on Bullard from Bell Road to Greenway Road.

By transforming Bullard Avenue into a collector street, it allows for the future creation of a multi-modal corridor that would include bicycle and electric vehicle usage.

Public Art at Bell & Grand

Following several rounds of public meetings and online input, a preferred public art concept was unveiled for the City’s busiest gateway – Bell Road and Grand Avenue.

Artist Meg Saligman presented the concept to the public and the City Council at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 19. The concept centers on the agave plant and utilizes paint, light, sculptured concrete and metal fencing as design elements. You can view the concept online and offer your comments at www.surpriseaz.gov/bellandgrand. You can also contact Lloyd Abrams at 623.222.3021.

We Need Your Help!

Do you prefer the look of Tuscan or Contemporary homes? Do you think all city parks should have ramadas? We would love to hear your opinion. You can provide us with your preferences via our new online survey which features colorful images of various surveys and concepts. The survey can be taken at http://bit.ly/visualsurvey, and your input from the survey will help city planners as they work to update plans pertaining to both land-use, parks and recreation.

For more information on any of the planning updates, please feel free to contact either Joshua Mike at Joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3134 or Lloyd Abrams at Lloyd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3021.

Mark Your Calendar

Surprise HOA Academy

Registration is now open for the very popular Surprise HOA Academy. The goal of the academy is to provide expert information for the West Valley HOA board members, management company staff and homeowners. The topics range from CC&R enforcement and code compliance to contracts and budgeting.

The first class will begin on Monday, October 19 from 6 pm until 9 pm in the Public Safety Auditorium (14250 W. Statler Plaza). To find out more or to register online, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HOAacademy or contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242.

City Staff Recognized

2015 Treatment Plant Operator of the Year

A City of Surprise employee was recognized as the 2015 Treatment Plant Operator of the Year by the AZ Water Association at their annual conference this month. Reynaldo Aldava, with our City’s Water Resource Management Department, received the award in the Large System category.

Mr. Aldava is a 13 year employee with the city and has been a Lead Wastewater Operator for the past two years. His nomination for the award detailed his outstanding contribution to the Surprise team, including his improvement of system performance and reliability, promotion of safety practices and contribution to helping reduce the operational budget. It also highlighted his innovativeness, including an example of how he recently implemented an operational practice that will save the City of Surprise 3.68 million gallons of potable water a year. Congratulations, Reynaldo, and thank you for all you do!

Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Reynaldo

AZ Water is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit educational organization with a membership of 2,200 water/wastewater professionals dedicated to preserving and enhancing Arizona’s water environment. Although AZ Water is an independent organization, it also serves as the Arizona section of the American Water Works Association and the Arizona member association of the Water Environment Federation.

Contact Me

Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

Ask a Question