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District 5 Newsletter • June 2019

HOA Meetings

This past month, I met with the Orchards HOA and listened to the latest happenings in the neighborhood. I was able to get our water resource portfolio management team to schedule a meeting with the board to see how the Orchards can save money on their water bill with regards to landscape. If you or your HOA would like to know more, please reach out to me. and I will be happy to set up a meeting.

Every month, I look forward to meeting with residents. If I have not yet attended your meeting, please contact me at 623.222.1325. I always enjoy spending time with residents and listening to their concerns.

District Meet & Greets

Thank you to everyone who attended our District 5 & 6 Meet and Greet on May 20 at Panera Bread in the City Center. This was an informative meeting where residents had the opportunity to ask questions, and give their comments and concerns. We provided the residents an update on what is happening around the city, such as new businesses that are coming to the community and city work being done. Please keep an eye out for future meet & greets with other councilmembers.

Councilmember Sanders meets with residents

Surprise Police Department Appreciation Dinner

My fellow City Council colleagues and myself attended the Surprise Police Department Appreciation Dinner on May 17. We had the honor to see the heroes in our community awarded for the great efforts. Please join me in congratulating:

Officer of the Year: Corbin Claxton
Detective of the Year: 
Lucas Jensen
Rookie of the Year: 
Dillon Bleicher
Civilian Employee of the Year: 
Erin Rivera
Supervisor of the Year: 
Michael Robbins
Volunteer of the Year: 
Barbara Jones
Citizen Patrol Volunteer of the Year: 
Marylene Cayro

Lifesaving Awards: Officer Gerald Graziosi, Officer Fredrick Cuthbertson, Officer Joshua Bucur, Officer William Bisson, Officer Shawna Ebey, Officer Tyler Johnson, Sergeant Garrick Boxberger | Unit Citation- Traffic Unit: Sergeant Michael Robbins, Leonard Collins, Drew Persha, Richard Malone, Steven Shernicoff

Congratulations to these outstanding individuals, and thank you to the first responders of our city!

Surprise Chamber of Commerce

On Tuesday, May 28, I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Convener and Stakeholder Event. The main topic of this event was Arizona’s New Water Policy Landscape: Sustainable Water Solutions and How they Impact Businesses and Communities.

The State of Arizona just ratified a new Drought Contingency Plan with the other users of the Colorado River which will impact water policy for the state’s foreseeable future. This new plan will play a role in how well Arizona is positioned for future growth and a healthy business environment.

This event featured two speakers active in shaping Arizona’s water future; Lisa Atkins, President of the Board for the Central Arizona Project (CAP), and Rory Van Pouke, a water policy expert and General Manager at Apache Sun Golf Club in San Tan Valley.

Councilmember Sanders and Deputy City Manager Terry Lowe

In a panel discussion format, Ms. Atkins and Mr. Van Pouke provided an overview of their backgrounds in water and the current state of water from their perspectives. Rory explained that the perception that golf courses were a waste of water could not be further from the truth. Golf courses generate a significant amount of tourism revenue for Arizona and account for nearly 42,000 golf related jobs, 18,000 of those jobs are directly related to golf courses. From a water perspective, nearly all golf courses are watered with reclaimed water reducing the burden on water resources.

Lisa has over 43 years of public policy experience, the majority of which has been fighting for Arizona’s rights to its share of the region’s water supplies. From her perspective, Arizona has been a leader in innovative water uses, water conservation, and water storage. She believes there is plenty of water for Arizona; where it will ultimately come from and how it will be used and managed in the future is the challenge.

LA Fitness Grand Opening

My fellow City Council members and I attended the Grand Opening of LA Fitness (16635 W Bell Road) on May 18. The General Manager, Steve Mallory, provided us with a great tour of the facility. The Surprise community is fortunate to have a company like LA Fitness here. We are looking forward to the strength they will provide to our community. Welcome to Surprise, LA Fitness!

Surprise City Council attends the LA Fitness grand opening

Memorial Day Weekend Events

Annual Memorial Ceremony at the World War II Monument

On Saturday May 25, at the World War II Memorial at the Regional Library, the annual wreath laying ceremony took place. The monument honors all those airmen who trained at Luke Auxiliary Field #3, known as Fighter Field. The American Legion Post 96 and the White Tank Mountain Detachment #1246 of the Marine Corps League laid a wreath at the monument. George Van de Langeryt did a wonderful job of hosting the ceremony. Post 96 Commander Mike Elliott was a fantastic guest speaker. Numerous groups were also represented, including the Rosie the Riveters, and members of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame.

Surprise City Council at WWII Monument

Sun Village Memorial Day 2019

I had the great privilege of speaking at Sun Village Memorial Day Ceremony “Honoring our Fallen Heroes”. Thank you to the incredible sponsors who made this event possible and thank you to Tomas Garcia for organizing this remarkable event. A bigger thank you to the Veterans in attendance for your service. Our country is truly great for having men and women like you surrounding us in our everyday life.

District 5 Newsletter

District 5 Appointment

I am humbled and honored to have been appointed District 5 Councilman for the City of Surprise. Having lived in Surprise for the past nine years, I am proud to call Surprise home.

Councilmember David Sanders swearing in

My professional background is in International Business and Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California State University- San Marcos. I have served on the city’s Community and Recreation Advisory Commission since 2013 and was a member of the Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee in 2015.

The term expiration for this appointment will be December 31, 2020, and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled council election in August 2020 per Arizona statute.

Events & Meetings Attended

Surprise Martin Luther King Celebration

Surprise Martin Luther King Celebration

In honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the city of Surprise hosted a day of celebration and service on Saturday, January 19th. It was truly a great opportunity to be a part of this celebration.

Seventh Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

I also had the opportunity to attend The Seventh Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, presented by Thunderbird Artists and the City of Surprise, which was held January 11-13. It was a great atmosphere to be around with live music and a variety of food trucks.

Meeting with Sun Village

Mayor Skip Hall and I met with the Sun Village community manager to discuss the community and its needs.

Meeting with Surprise Center Development Company

I had a great meeting with the officials from the Surprise Center Development Company (SCDC). We discussed potential development plans for the city center. It is important that we start building a good working relationship with the land owners to help kick start the development in the heart of the city. Bringing in new businesses and venues generates the engine of economic growth for our city.

Upcoming Events

Surprise Fire-Medical Station 304 Open House

It was great to attend the open house for Fire Station 304 and meet our first responders. Here is some information regarding upcoming open houses for Fire Stations 305 & 306

February 2nd- Station 305 – 15517 N. Parkview Place Surprise, AZ
February 16th- Station 306 – 16645 W. Clearview Blvd Surprise, AZ

Both open houses are 9 a.m. – noon. Come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Individuals that attend will even get to look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear, and tools used on emergency calls!

Surprise Spring Training

Spring Training is right around the corner here in Surprise, especially right here in our own District 5! The road to the World Series starts February 23rd! Come check out the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals! For tickets and game promotions, visit https://www.surprisestadium.com.