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Councilmember Jack Hastings August 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.

Neighborhood Grant Program

Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program, providing eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions, or community improvements. Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY22. For more information about the grant, visit surpriseaz.gov/NGP

SK Lounge Now Open

On the evening of Friday, July 9, Mayor Hall and Council Members Roland Winters, Aly Cline, and myself joined SK Lounge for a ribbon-cutting. Owner Dennis Tran of Saigon Kitchen hosted the ceremony in honor of the opening of SK Lounge, located at 14071 W. Bell Rd., Surprise, AZ 85374.

Surprise City Council and Saigon Kitchen cut a ribbon for the grand opening of SK Lounge.

Valley Metro RideChoice Update

An elderly man and woman step into a Valley Metro van.Discounted transportation options are now available to more Surprise residents! Our Valley Metro RideChoice program has been expanded to veterans, and the FY2021 Income Limit Category has been changed. People 65 and over and people with disabilities still automatically qualify for this program.
Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3xVZjMR

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready Set Go! Emergency evacuation plan infographic.Are you prepared to evacuate if necessary? It’s always a good time to be reminded of “Ready, Set, Go!” a program designed to help keep you safe from seasonal threats. Take some time to read about emergency preparedness and the 5 P’s of Evacuation. Learn more at https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

Drop-off Recycling

A City of Surprise employee gives a tumbs-up over a container of recycled plastic bottles.Surprise residents can drop-off clean/dry acceptable recyclable materials in District 5 at the Public Works Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Rd. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Accepted materials are:

  • Plastic bottles #1 and #2 (including milk gallons, soda bottles, condiment bottles, water bottles, shampoo bottles, and detergent containers)
    Please be sure to screw all lids on the bottles or remove them completely
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

A city staff member will be available to help sort recyclable materials and ensure that the recyclables are not contaminated.

Know What’s Below

A front yard is marked with red, yellow and orange utility markings.Have you ever wondered what the different colored markings on roads or in yards are? They’re a sign that a homeowner or contractor has put safety first and had utility lines identified before excavation. Utility lines that serve the community, such as natural gas, electricity, sewer, and water, can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk but can also cause an interruption of service to customers. The City of Surprise and Southwest Gas encourage homeowners and contractors to call 811 or go online at call811.com at least two full working days before digging to request a utility line locate. Be safe…always know what’s below before digging!

Meet and Greet

Councilmember Hastings meeting thumbnailPlease join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on Saturday, August 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. 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 August 17 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!