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Councilmember Jack Hastings March Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my monthly newsletters! I am honored to serve you as your Surprise District 5 Councilman. One of my goals is to provide you with important City updates and information. 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 facebook.com/councilmemberhastings. To receive my newsletters by email each month, please sign up on my website, d5.surpriseaz.gov, and click the “Notify Me” link.

MLB Announces Spring Training Delay

The City of Surprise is disappointed to share that Major League Baseball has officially announced a delay to Spring Training. Tickets bought through an authorized outlet to canceled games will be refunded or exchanged. MLB is working to get the game back on the field as quickly as possible.

  • If you purchased tickets to a canceled game for the Kansas City Royals or Texas Rangers through an authorized Surprise Stadium outlet, tickets may be refunded or exchanged.
  • Please go to surprisestadium.com to review the updated schedule for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers or contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 for more information.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a game at Surprise Stadium later this spring.

Dysart Schools/City of Surprise Essay Contest

On Wednesday, February 15, three talented students were recognized at the Council Meeting as the winners of the Dysart Schools / City of Surprise essay contest where they were asked, “Why is ‘My Surprise’ an extraordinary community to be a part of?”

Congratulations to Caleb Leavitt from Freedom Traditional Academy, Kacy Dunn from Canyon Ridge (not pictured), and Valerie Ortega from Valley Vista High School. Thank you to Dysart’s English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Danielle Edgerton for her help coordinating the contest!

Caleb Leavitt and Valerie Ortega join Mayor Hall and Surprise City Council in front of the council dais.

Vendor Opportunities for Spring Eggstravaganza

A young girls gets her face painted.The City invites interested outreach organizations, promotional vendors and local businesses to participate in the Spring Eggstravaganza! Residents will enjoy inflatables, face painting, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and a series of egg hunts filled with fun toys and treats. The Spring Eggstravaganza is a free event and takes place on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. Please note space is limited!

To reserve your spot, go to surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov where you can create an account for your organization if you haven’t already, then click the Special Events tab where you can register. You can also call 623.222.2000.

Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

Free COVID-19 TestingIn response to increasing demand for COVID-19 testing, Maricopa County has opened multiple community testing sites across the Valley including a new location at Ak-Chin Pavilion staffed with resources through FEMA. The new daily PCR testing site at Ak-Chin Pavilion is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. This site takes people with or without appointments and allows for drive through or walk up testing. Details of all Maricopa County-supported testing events are listed at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Testing in English and at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Pruebas in Spanish. People who need assistance finding a testing location or scheduling an appointment can also call the MCDPH CARES Team at 602.506.6767.

Project Connect Event

Human Services CampusThe Human Services Campus is partnering with the Salvation Army and the City of Surprise to bring back Project Connect on Tuesday, March 22 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Salvation Army Northwest Valley, 17420 Avenue of the Arts. This event is a one-day, one-stop event to assist individuals experiencing homelessness connect to a variety of services. Volunteers needed! To become a volunteer please go to hscforms.com/projectconnect. For more information or to answer any questions on volunteering, please call 602.282.0849 or email volunteer@hsc-az.org.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

Tax season is here and the City is here to help! The City of Surprise has again partnered with A New Leaf who facilitates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax preparation assistance to both individuals and families with qualifying incomes. The program will be available until April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo. To make an appointment call the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd.
Wednesdays, Feb. 2 – Apr. 13: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd. Blgd. A, Suite #124
Mondays, Jan. 31 – Apr. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesdays, Feb. 1 – Apr. 12: 4-6 p.m.
Thursdays, Feb. 3 – Apr. 14: 9-11 a.m.

Surprise Seeking Volunteers for Commission Vacancies

Boards and Commissions VacancyThe City is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration: June 30, 2023
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration: June 30, 2023

Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment, or by email to clerk@surpriseaz.gov. The Clerk’s office is available by phone at 623.222.1200.

Youth Council Recruitment

Surprise Youth Council logoThe City is recruiting new members for Surprise Youth Council (SYC) – a group of trailblazing teens who are making a difference in their community! Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply. Applications are being accepted through April 8 and consist of a video submission no longer than 90 seconds, and a Parent Acknowledgement Form.

Your video should include the following information:

  • Your name, current grade and school you attend
  • Why you want to be on the SYC
  • If you could bring one thing to this city or change one thing, what would it be? What can you and a group like SYC do about it?
  • Of these three words: fearless, creative, hardworking – which one best describes you and why? Briefly tell us about a time you were fearless, creative or hardworking.

For questions or more information, please contact Parks & Recreation at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/SYC.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park in April! Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes, and join us on April 3 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr.

Meet and Greet

Councilmember Hastings meeting thumbnailPlease join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at State 48 Brewery, 13823 W. Bell Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have. You can also subscribe to my Notify Me mailing list on my city webpage at d5.surpriseaz.gov so you never miss any important District 5 news.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is March 15 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Dr. City Council meetings are open to in-person attendance, or you may tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meetings live. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Councilmember Jack Hastings November Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my monthly newsletters. I am thankful and honored to have been elected as your District 5 representative. I will work just as hard for those of you who did not vote for me as those who did. 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/councilmanhastings.

Veterans Day Tribute Video

We would prefer to have had a Veterans Day Parade again this year, but due to the pandemic, we had to get creative! To show our support for veterans on Veterans Day this year, we made a video and decorated Bullard Avenue. The compilation of community video messages is featured online at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=uYS2BXMDw6w.

Small Business Relief Grant

The Surprise Small Business Relief Grant 2.0 program has started accepting applications! City Council approved an additional $100,000 in funding and an additional $25,000 for water utility payment relief. The scope of assistance has also been expanded to include small business retailers and non-profits with commercial space who were not restricted by the Governor’s Executive Orders.

Businesses with fewer than 25 employees and less than $2 million in revenues that have been affected by COVID-19 can apply. Grant dollars are intended to assist with rent, utilities, payroll expenses and other necessary operating costs. For eligibility requirements, the application and more, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/smallbusinessgrant. Applications will be accepted until December 11, 2020, or until funds last.

For water utility assistance, please call the Surprise Resource Center HOPE line at 623-222-4673.

Possible APS Power Lines down Cactus or Peoria roads

APS is trying to run power lines through south Surprise. They need to connect the power lines that run along the west side of the 303 to the Microsoft facility on Dysart Road and Olive Avenue. Options include Cactus Road, Peoria Avenue, or Olive Avenue.

APS is in the early stages of a public siting process to determine routes for new 230kV power lines. The project structures/poles will be between 115-195 feet tall.

Here is a 90 second summary from the end of the council meeting on October 20thhttps://youtu.be/59x3wmk-yAs?t=5459

Public input for the West Valley Central 230kV Connection Project is now being accepted. Members of the public are invited to learn more about the project and to submit comments at www.apswestvalleycentral.com. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2020.

City of Surprise Utility Payments Now Accepted at Walmart

City-serviced water, sewer, sanitation and stormwater payments can now be processed in the customer service center of any Walmart, nationwide. A $2.00 convenience fee will be charged by the retailer for this service. The City of Surprise does not provide utility service to every property in the city. To find out if the City is your utility provider, please visit surpriseaz.gov/mysurpriseaddress.

Dysart Student Broadcasting Live (DSB Live) to Air on Surprise TV

Replays of select Dysart Unified School District high school sporting events will begin airing on Surprise TV on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Games are replays that have been student-produced by DSB Live, a student-driven broadcasting program for students in grades 9-12 at Dysart’s four high schools (Dysart HS, Shadow Ridge HS, Valley Vista HS, and Willow Canyon HS). Students develop and run every aspect of the show including operating state-of-the-art cameras and TriCasters, creating commercials, being sound technicians, producers, graphic operators, on-field reporters, and color commentators during sports broadcasts.

To watch live, please visit the DSC Live website at Dysart.org/DSBlive. Replays can be watched online at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv or on Cox Cable Channel 11 (Thursdays at 8 p.m. & Saturdays at 7 p.m.).

Roadwork in District 5

Pavement preservation has been postponed due to weather for the following roadways:

• Litchfield Road, Waddell Road to Greenway Road
• Litchfield Road, Greenway Road to Bell Road

For additional information on road closures and traffic restrictions please visit surpriseaz.gov/roadwork.

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 cases have continued to increase throughout Surprise and Arizona over the last few weeks. New cases had declined in August and continued to do so in September, but began to rise in October and have continued to increase since then. Over the past month, people in the 20-44 year-old age group account for nearly 50% of the new cases.

As of November 12, there were 266,562 confirmed cases and 6,240 deaths in Arizona. According to the AZDHS data dashboard, the positivity rate is now at 10%. To put things in perspective for Surprise residents, the following zip codes have experienced the stated increases from last week: 85379 – 10%, 85374 – 7%, 85388 – 11% and 85387 – 13%.

For your information, statistics are updated daily at https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/covid-19/dashboards/index.php. Additionally, I plan to continue the updates through this outlet. Maricopa County and Surprise still have mask mandates in effect.

Meet and Greet Meetings

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on November 14 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.

Upcoming Council Conversation

On November 18, I will be taping a Council Conversation to discuss downtown development, as I know this is an issue that is so important to District 5. My guests are Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic and Carefree Partners Vice President Scott Phillips. If you have a question you would like me to specifically ask on your behalf during this important discussion, please email me at jack.hastings@surpriseaz.gov. Tune in to Surprise TV at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/, or follow me on Facebook at, www.facebook.com/councilmanhastings to view the recording when it becomes available!