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June 22, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Canadian Cross-Border Healthcare Taskforce Initiative

Surprise, Arizona could be the next top destination for Canadian medical travel. Guest speaker Marc Kealey, CEO of Kealey & Associates in Toronto, Canada co-presented with Surprise Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic on the feasibility of a new Canadian medical service center in Surprise aimed at patients who desire the excellence of Canadian standards without the increasingly challenging wait times for services.

Arizona is home to more than 350 Canadian companies and more than 1.1 million Canadians visit our state annually, spending approximately $1.1 billion and staying here for an average of 20 days. Canadians tend to be highly satisfied with their healthcare quality, but they tend to have longer wait periods to receive healthcare services compared to their peers in other countries. This is most likely due to their physician shortage, and the fact their medical schools are at capacity with 1,500 studying abroad. Their healthcare system is publically funded but privately delivered. We are well positioned here. There are approximately 15,000 Canadian residents in Surprise.

Next steps for expanding healthcare services to our Canadian neighbors include the establishment of a taskforce and several roundtables that would make up the regulatory analysis and market feasibility. The finding recommendation should be presented to the City Council by the end of the year.

Ottawa University Arizona Update

Ottawa University Provost Dr. Dennis Tyner provided an update on the University. To date, 45 people have been hired to work at the University with more hires expected after July. Ottawa University was founded 152 years ago in Ottawa, Kansas. They have had a 40-year presence in the Phoenix market and have been serving Surprise community for 8 years at the Communiversity. Currently, the university is transitioning existing programs into a residential campus with a full blown athletic model. Dr. Tyner stated over 350 students have submitted letters of intent for Fall 2017; their registration target was 150 students. It is the goal of the University to have 3,000 residential students within 10 years.

Ottawa University Surprise expansion plan rendering

Degree programs will be available from the Schools of Business, Arts & Sciences and Education. Degrees from the School of Health and Applied Sciences should be available next year, and accreditation to have Engineering and Accounting degrees will go before the State this year. Ottawa University promotes a life of significance with engagement in quality work in the community and much more.

City Council Meeting

Major Zoning Amendment to Cotton Gin PAD

The applicant, NexMetro, requested an amendment to the Cotton Gin Planned Area Development (PAD) to allow multi-family residential as a permitted land use on the 10.8 acres (approx.) parcel located on the northeast corner of Waddell Road and Reems Road. Additionally, the applicant proposed to create new development standards for multi-family residential uses. This proposed PAD Amendment will allow for 127 single-story attached and detached rentals units. The PAD and site plan were approved with a 4-2 vote by the Planning & Zoning Commission. The project was unanimously approved by City Council.

Board and Commission Appointments

City Council unanimously approved appointments of William Coniam (Board of Trustees) to serve remainder of a term that expires June 30,2018; Renee Pastor to the Board of Trustees to serve a four year term with an expiration of June 30, 2021; Kathryn Chandler to serve on the Disability Advisory Commission with a four year term to expire on June 30, 2021; Edward Hanzel to the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission with a four year term expiring on June 30, 2021; and Marco Daleo to serve on the Tourism Commission to represent Hotels. He will complete the remainder of a term to expire on June 30, 2019.

Additionally, unanimously approved were the reappointments of the following members for four-year terms which will expire on June 30, 2021: David Sanders, Mark Brown and Ron Jenson for the Community & Recreation Services Commission; Robert Monahan for the Disability Advisory Commission; Kristin Peck and DeAngelo Hall for the Tourism Commission and Brooke Gaunt as the State Bar Representative for the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission.

City Clerk Sherry Aguilar administered the Oath of Office for all appointments and reappointments. Thank you to these gracious appointments for volunteering the time to serve our city.

Events & Meetings

Valley Metro Audit & Finance Committee Meeting

Valley Metro Audit & Finance Committee held their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 15. As a subcommittee, we approved the fare policy change regarding ticket partnerships and the FY17/18 audit plan for Valley Metro RPTA Board consideration. The request to authorize an amendment to the regional fare policy will allow for additional ticket partnerships with events and event venues. For example, the cost of the ticket for an event will include the transportation through Valley Metro, so only one ticket would be required for admission and transportation.

Valley Metro COO Rob Antoniak provided an update of vendor contracts to ensure uninterrupted customer services for those customers that call or text Valley Metro seeking assistance through their automated customer service system. The current vendor unexpectedly terminated its contract effective June 30.

Highland Prep High School

Highland Prep Principal Ken Schlinger and I met on Thursday, June 15. Highland Prep is a tuition free public charter preparatory STEM high school that will be located at 15600 W. Hearn Road. They broke ground on Wednesday, June 21 and will open in a temporary facility this fall to a freshman class of 125 students. The school will open its new building in fall 2018 that will host freshman and sophomore classes. Each year, they will add another freshman class and hope to host 500 students.

Meet & Greet with Kealey and Associates

On June 20, I met with Kealey and Associates CEO Mark Kealey. Mr. Kealey is working with our Economic Development department to determine the feasibility of a new Canadian medical service center in Surprise.

Memorial Service for Mark Coronado

Community and Recreation Services Department Director Mark Coronado
Community and Recreation Services Department Director Mark Coronado

It is with the heaviest heart that we learned about the passing of our

Community and Recreation Services Department Director Mark Coronado. Mark was only 59 years old.

Mark was hired by the City of Surprise in 2000 to lead the CRS Department, which was a three-person team at the time. Under Mark’s leadership the department grew to manage all recreational programming, city parks, aquatics, library services, community/sports tourism special events, recreational facility development, Spring Training operations and national/international tennis events.

During his tenure with the city, Mark also held the roles of Interim City Manager, Acting Economic Development Director, Acting Public Works Director and Acting Communications Director. In addition, he served as the Cactus League President for two consecutive terms from 2012-2016.

Surprise has lost one of our biggest assets who has left a lasting legacy for our city. He will be sorely missed.

Mark Your Calendar

Project Connect

Surprise has partnered with the Valley of the Sun United Way, the Salvation Army and Rio Salado Community College to bring Project Connect to Surprise on Wednesday, July 26 and we need your help to make this humanitarian event a success!

Project Connect works with organizations to provide a broad range of vital health and human services such as applying for birth certificates, getting social security cards, haircuts, bicycle repair, and meals, in a single accessible location.

Help us make Project Connect in Surprise a success by donating items listed below in one of the designated boxes at City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza; Surprise Police Department or Surprise Fire-Medical Department, 14250 W Statler Plaza; or at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock Street, by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25.

Here are the requested donations:

  • New underwear & new socks
  • Shirts
  • Pants/shorts
  • Granola bars
  • Water bottles
  • Dog food
  • General hygiene products (toothpaste, toothbrush, combs, brushes, soap, deodorant)

Are you interested in volunteering at this deserving event? Volunteers will serve as Guest Guides and will be partnered with homeless individuals and families to lead them to and from each service professional. View the United Way Project Connect Volunteer Overview video to learn more about being a volunteer.

Guest Guides must be at least 18 years old. Morning, afternoon or full-day shifts are available; volunteers will be asked to report to the Salvation Army, 17420 Ave of the Arts, Surprise. Select a shift and sign up on the United Way Project Connect Surprise event page. Please contact Jason Hughes, jason.hughes@surpriseaz.gov for questions about the event.

Back to School Drive at Surprise City Hall

Please consider joining Surprise employees and show your support for our Surprise youth by donating back-to-school supplies that will benefit local kindergarten through 8th graders. All types of school supplies are needed and can be dropped off in the donation bins located in the lobby of City Hall (16000 N. Civic Center Plaza) until July 31. For more information, please contact Stephen Chang at 623.222.3136.

Did You Know?

Surprise PD Officer Receives School Resource Officer of the Year Award

Surprise PD Chief Terry Young with Officer Chris Thomas
Surprise PD Chief Terry Young with Officer Chris Thomas

Congratulations to Officer Chris Thomas for being named the “The 2017 Arizona School Resource Officer (SRO) of the Year” award; an award recognized by the Arizona Association of School Resource Officers. Officer Thomas currently serves at Valley Vista High School and is a key part of the Monsoon family.

The Arizona SRO of the Year Award is given to officers who exhibit the qualities and goals of the School Resource Officer position. Through the triad approach to school policing (teaching, counseling, policing), the SRO attempts to bridge the gap that exists between police and the youth of today, teach law-related education to deepen their understanding of civic responsibility, and to develop their respect for the justice system.

Officer Thomas was nominated by Officer Wendy Klarkowski, several students, school staff members, and administrators at the Valley Vista High School; including Karen Winterstein, the Director of Student Services, at the Dysart Unified School District.

Presentation on Urban Design and Well-being

Earlier last month, Mr. Charles Montgomery, author of the book “Happy City” provided an overview of the relationship between urban design and well-being to the Maricopa Association of Government (MAG) Regional Council. The MAG Regional Council Report indicated that he explored how these principles can be incorporated into regional mobility planning as well as deliver economic and public health benefits.

According to the report, Mr. Montgomery said the top four components for urban health and happiness are social connections, freedom to move, belonging to a neighborhood and the inclusion of systems and spaces for everyone. These concepts will be integral in the development of regional planning efforts moving forward, according to MAG.

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October 20, 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. Bell Road will remain closed between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway until November 22, pending weather conditions and other unforeseen factors that may affect the target date.

Full closure scheduled on Grand Avenue next week:

  • US 60 (Grand Avenue) closed in both directions between Dysart and Litchfield roads from 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, to 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, to paint and install pedestrian fence on the Bell Road bridge. Traffic will be detoured at Dysart and Litchfield roads.

Work continues this week on the following:

  • Installation of barrier on new bridge.
  • Reconstruction of Eastbound Grand Avenue.
  • Construction of the retaining wall panels on the bridge over Grand Avenue.

**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 Meeting

Disability Employment Awareness Month

Mayor Sharon Wolcott presented a proclamation recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness month in Surprise to representatives from One Step Beyond, Benevilla and the City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department. All three are champions for people with disabilities.

Mayor Wolcott and members of Benevilla

As a country, we have made great strides since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. With that being said, the unemployment rate is more than twice as high for individuals with disabilities. I couldn’t be more proud of organizations such as Benevilla and One Step Beyond for expanding training, resources and advancing employment for people with disabilities.

District 2 Appointment

City Council unanimously approved the appointment of Jim Hayden to the vacant District 2 Council seat. Councilman Hayden took the Oath of Office immediately following the vote. He won the District 2 seat in the August Primary and will serve a four year term that will begin on January 1, 2017.

Councilmember Jim Hayden

Councilmember Hayden is a retired firefighter and served 20 years in the United States Air Force. He currently serves as Chairman of the Surprise Public Safety Retirement Board. He has been a resident of Surprise for 12 years.

Planning & Zoning Appointments

Two new appointments for the Planning & Zoning Commission were considered and approved. Dennis Bash and Gisele Norbert were unanimously appointed to fill two vacancies on the Commission with a term expiration of June 30, 2019. Congratulations and thank you for your commitment to Surprise!

FY2017 Surprise Fine Art and Wine Festival

CRS requested approval of funding, not to exceed $30,000, to the Thunderbird Artists for the Surprise Fine Art and Wine Festival. The 2016 event had 72 artists booths, 14 food/commercial booths, 6 wineries, 1 micro-brew, 1 distillery and 2 musicians. Thunderbird Artists requested Tourism Funds exclusively for marketing the Festival utilizing national publications for a 5th year event. On August 9, 2016, the Tourism Advisory Commission approved to recommend this event to Council in an amount not to exceed $30,000. The council voted to approve the funding request. The event would be held February 17-19, 2017.

Events & Meetings

Economic Development News

Caliber Collision hosted a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 12. The event began with a tour of their new state-of-the-art facility followed by the ribbon cutting to celebrate their opening. Welcome to Surprise, Caliber!

Retirement Ceremony for Sgt. Enemecio Felix

Sergeant Enemecio Felix was honored at a retirement ceremony in the Public Safety Auditorium on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Sergeant Felix joined the Surprise Police Department in 2004 and retired on September 29, 2016. During his time with the Department, Enemecio served in the Field Operations Division, Criminal Investigations Division, the SWAT Team, and on special assignment with the DEA Task Force.

Sgt. Enemecio Felix and Surprise Police Chief Terry Young
Sgt. Enemecio Felix and Surprise Police Chief Terry Young

Lunchtime Theater – Noises Off

The city, in partnership with the West Valley Arts Council, Theater Works, West Valley Symphony and Phoenix Opera, kicked off the 2016-17 Lunchtime Theater season on Thursday, October 13 with two sold-out performances of “Noises Off.” The show is one of the most popular stage comedies of the last two decades.

The next Lunchtime Theater, Love is Here to Stay, is scheduled for November 10. Check the calendar at www.surpriseaz.gov for details.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The heart of Surprise was alive on Saturday, October 15 in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS) for the annual Surprise Fiesta Grande. Residents were able to enjoy authentic Mexican food, music and a classic car show. The musical line-up included performances from Mariachi Mexico Nuevo, Mariachi Rubor, Banda La Llegadora, Group Caribe and Barrio Latino. A special thank you to our Community and Recreation Services Department for their hard work and dedication preparing for this fantastic event!

Surprise Honda Dealership Grand Opening

Council Members Todd Tande, Roland Winters and I attended the Surprise Honda dealership grand opening on Monday, October 17. The dealership opened its doors to the community in late August. The new dealership is modern and offers nice amenities including a putting green and virtual golf near their service area for those waiting for services. Welcome to Surprise! We are happy to have you here!

Honda Dealer owners cutting opening ribbon

Mom’s Fixins Grand Opening

Mom’s Fixins hosted their grand opening and ribbon cutting on Wednesday, October 19. Mom’s Fixins is located at 15226 W. Bell Road, Suite 100. The restaurant’s menu offers a wide variety of southern style meals. Welcome to Surprise!

Mom’s Fixins Grand Opening

Mark Your Calendar

City to Host Free Workshops & Career Fair

As the ramp-up for holiday sales start, the holiday hiring begins. The City of Surprise, in partnership with Arizona@Work Maricopa County and Skillful, will host three free events at the Communiversity @ Surprise, 15950 N Civic Center Plaza, to help job seekers and employers get ready for the upcoming holiday season.

  • Employment Workshop – October 31 (9am- Noon)
    • Looking for a job? Job seekers will learn tips in updating resumes, interviewing skills, social media and live networking, tools and resources to grow your skills and working a job fair.
  • Employer Workshop on Skills-based hiring – November 1 (9am-Noon)
    • Hiring? Employers will learn about innovative tools and materials available that can help with skills-based hiring, job posting techniques and workforce support.
  • Career Fair – November 2 (9am-Noon)
    • Employers and job-seekers are invited to participate in a free City of Surprise career fair! On Wednesday, November 2, local employers will be onsite to recruit new talent and promote any upcoming positions.

The employers scheduled to attend the career fair represent a variety of industries, including healthcare, education, retail and more. Representatives from Dysart Unified School District and City of Surprise Fire-Medical will be onsite too! To see the full list of employers, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/communityjobs and click on the “Job Seekers” button.

Neighborhood Grant Program Extended

The application deadline for the FY17 Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions or even some community improvements, has been extended to November 30, 2016.

City Council designated $10,000 to support the grant program to encourage community engagement and further build strong relationships with communities in Surprise.

To be considered, projects must meet the following program criteria:

  • Provide a public benefit
  • Result in a product, which benefits a neighborhood or the larger Surprise Community
  • Be feasible for completion by June 2, 2017
  • Involve the benefiting neighborhood in project identification, planning and execution
  • Emphasize neighborhood self-help; or be educational, community-building, or a public physical improvement
    • Final report to due and presentation to the Sub-Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships and Grants on June 15, 2017

Additionally, a minimum of 5 neighbors within the residential area must sign the application and support the idea; neighborhoods governed by a homeowner association (HOA) must have HOA approval.

Interested communities should deliver the complete Neighborhood Grant Program application to City Hall, attention Jodi Tas, by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

For more information about the grant, visit Neighborhood Grant Program or contact Jodi Tas, 623.222.1330.

Did You Know?

Award-Winning Comic Artist Coming to Surprise This Weekend

Local, award-winning comic magazine artist and illustrator, Steve Rude, will be at Northwest Regional Library in Surprise on October 22. This free event, presented by the library in partnership with Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission, will feature a drawing contest with prizes! Rude has drawn hundreds of comic’s greatest iconic heroes over the past two decades, and his work can be seen in much of the comic world — including Marvel Comics and DC Comics. Steve is also the co-creator of Nexus. The event will be held October 22 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Library, located at 16089 N. Bullard Ave. For more information, please call the Northwest Regional Library at 602.652.3000.

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August 18, 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. Pictures below are courtesy of ADOT.

Weekly Update:

  • Driveways located near Chick-Fil-A and the Vitamin Shoppe are inaccessible until 6 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 20) to allow crews to rebuild this portion of Bell Road. Entrances at West Point Parkway and Towne Center Drive are maintained.
  • Eastbound Grand Avenue roadway is being reconstructed.
  • The retaining wall panels of the bridge over Grand Avenue will continue to be built 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

2016 College Baseball and Spring Training Update

Community Recreation and Service Director Mark Coronado provided an update on spring baseball season. The spring 2016 Celebration of Baseball began with the return of college baseball to the Surprise Recreation Campus – Campus of Champions with two NCAA collegiate baseball tournaments: the Surprise Spring Training Baseball Classic that was held February 19-22 and the BIG 12-PAC 12 Spring Training Baseball Challenge that was held February 25-29. The NCAA college tournaments generated over 1,200 room nights between the teams and guests.

This past March, we celebrated the 14th Spring Training season in Surprise. This season was a record breaking year for both attendance and gross revenue, with just over 206,000 attendees and an overall gross revenue of approximately $7.9 million.

Formal Creation of Audit Committee

Earlier this year, City Manager Bob Wingenroth developed an Audit Committee consisting of two Council Members, City staff, local business representatives and residents to strengthen the internal audit function. The purpose is to provide independent and objective assurance and ensures compliance with auditing standards and best practices.

Update on Bell and Grand Intersection Improvement Project

Arizona Department of Transportation Assistant Communications Director Brock Barnhart provided an update on the Bell Road/Grand Avenue bridge project. Since early June, we’ve been in Phase 3B of the project, and we are still on target to conclude this phase in early November.

Bell and Grand Project Phase 3B information slide

Finance Director Lindsey Duncan provided a financial update that focused on the local sales tax figures from December 2015 through May 2016. It was anticipated through the applied economics study, completed last year, that there would be a reduction of general fund sales tax collections. This has proven to be accurate; however, the loss will be offset by construction sales tax collections that are utilized for one time capital purposes.

Business outreach efforts have continued throughout the project. Economic Development is hosting a marketing class on September 8 as part of their business education efforts. For more information on the class, please contact Julie Neal at 623.222.3322.

City Council Meeting

Sierra Verde PAD Zoning Amendment Public Hearing

Rezoning of Parcel 8 of the Sierra Verde Planned Area Development (PAD) was requested to allow residential rental units. The project parcel is presently an undeveloped, 14.83 acre site located at the southwest corner of Greenway and Litchfield Roads within the Sierra Verde PAD. The current proposal is for a rental project that will provide a mix of one, two and three bedroom single-story attached and detached single family homes.

The gated housing facility plans to provide 29,727 square feet of amenity common open space and each unit will provide 473 square feet of private open space. Typical desert landscaping will occupy much of the site. There will be 5.62 acres of undeveloped space that is currently unplanned, but is likely to facilitate a small commercial enterprise.

Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Amendment

The adoption of the FY2017 budget occurred prior to the completion of FY2016. To ensure that the new fiscal year had enough budget authority for all potential expenditures, conservative FY2016 expenditure estimates were used and remaining balances for items such as grants and CIP projects were carried forward into FY2017 and included in the adopted budget. With FY2016 final accounting nearing completion, the remaining balances are reexamined and adjustments to the FY2017 budget are made as necessary.

The action identifies three main categories of amendments for FY2017. The first category involves the change of budget authority that was carried forward from FY2016. The amendments are made due to actual expenditures varying from estimates for FY2016. The second category is budget adjustments for various operating items and to assign separate project numbers to various capital items for tracking purposes. The third category involves transfer of actual funds to support the reallocation of appropriations from the first two categories.

The action taken, by approval of the Council, updates budget amounts to allow for improved management of the City’s funds. As the audit of FY2016 financials is currently underway, further changes to FY2016 may impact FY2017 carry forward amounts and require future action by the Mayor and Council.

League of Arizona Cities and Towns 2017 Legislative Resolutions

Deputy City Manager Nicole Lance briefed the City Council on the 2017 League Resolutions. Annually, the League of Arizona Cities and Towns drafts legislative policy resolutions for adoption by all 91 cities and towns at the annual League Conference. These resolutions are a result of ideas submitted by municipalities or from issues that have arisen during the preceding year. Some of the resolutions include, but are not limited to, the creation of the Economic Development Reimbursement Authority (EDRA).

Events & Meetings

Bell Road Construction Tour

Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva and I took a tour of the Bell Road/Grand Avenue construction area on Thursday, August 11. We were able to make a few stops, look at the progress and thank the workers for their hard work. A special thank you to Armando Lopez for acting as our guide.

Councilman Hall and Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva

Career Workshop and Surprise Job Fair

The City hosted a career workshop on Friday, August 12. I was impressed by the information available to the attendees. A total of 26 people attended the workshop.

On Tuesday, August 16, the City hosted a job fair at the Communiversity. Thirteen companies were represented. Another job fair is scheduled for November.

Audit Committee Meeting

The Audit Committee met on Wednesday, August 18 at City Hall. We reviewed the first audit of Stadium concessions. Recommendations were made. Two ordinances for the Audit Committee will be presented to the full City Council for adoption at the September 6, 2016 Regular City Council meeting.

Mark Your Calendar

Primary Election

The Primary Election is this month! With less than three candidates running for each of our open Council seats, the Primary will decide your representation so please make sure you vote! Independent voters – you will not automatically be mailed a ballot as the ballot is consolidated to include state and county issues as well. For more information, please take time to review our fact sheet.

The City Clerk’s Office is open for early voting through Friday, August 26 (8 am until 5 pm, Monday through Friday). Anyone registered in Maricopa County can visit the Clerk’s office to vote early. We are one of only 21 satellite sites in Maricopa County for early voting!

Polling Locations on Election Day Only in Surprise – The County has set up 18 sites throughout the City of Surprise (mandated by State Law for Jurisdictional elections). Voters should have received a notice of which polling location to utilize. You can contact the Maricopa County Elections Department (602-506-1511) to find out which polling location to visit or you may call the City Clerk’s Office (623-222-1200). Please do not rely on the location for your last voting issue, as the locations may have changed.

Election Day Only – Tuesday, August 30th – City Hall will be a polling location for the voters who would have previously gone to the Library on Bullard. However, City Hall polling location will have a ballot drop off box for those voters needing to drop off their ballots.

All polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on this date only. Proper voting signs will be up for the entire period of early voting and Election Day.

Did You Know?

Temporary Lane Restrictions

Palm trees within the city’s Bell Road medians will be receiving landscape maintenance (trimming and pruning) beginning Monday, August 22. Temporary inside lane restrictions are expected during the overnight hours.

Landscapers will begin working in the area between the canal, west of Cotton Lane, and Reems Road; they will continue west through August 31, stopping at Grand Ave. Drivers may experience temporary inside lane restrictions between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

For more information, please contact the City of Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.6000.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The City of Surprise is accepting applications for vendor space and promotional booths at the Surprise Fiesta Grande celebration on Saturday, October 15 from 3-9 p.m. in the city’s Original Town Site. The festival-style event will take place throughout the Roy Villanueva Community and Recreation Complex, located at 15660 N Hollyhock St, and will feature live bands, dancing, mariachis, a classic car show, authentic Mexican food, a kid zone and much more!

Promotional vendors will have the opportunity to advertise products and services throughout the day’s event. The cost of a 10’x10’ booth space is $500 and will include a 10’x10’ tent, (1) table and (2) chairs. Food vendors can reserve a 10’ x 10’ space with (1) table and (2) chairs for $150.

All vendors requesting participation in Surprise Fiesta Grande must complete an application online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or in person at the Community Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Spaces are limited. For more information regarding additional special event promotional and sponsorship opportunities at the Surprise Recreation Campus, please contact Regina Miller at 623.222.2249 or regina.miller@surpriseaz.gov.

For more information on food vendor space, please contact Steve Castillo at 623.222.2267 or steve.castillo@surpriseaz.gov.

AZ League of Cities Conference

The City Council will be attending the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Conference next week so I will not issue a newsletter until the following week, September 1. Thank you!

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February 6, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting

City Council Work Session
City Council held a joint meeting with the Planning and Zoning Commission in the Community Room on Tuesday, February 3.  Community Development Director Eric Fitzer discussed the recent community meetings with regards to the development of the city-initiated General Plan Amendment.  The City is updating key elements of General Plan 2035 including land use, economic development, roadway systems, housing, and recreation/open space.  Kevin Kugler, a consultant with Michael Baker International, shared some stats concerning our population and economic development.  At some of the recent meetings that were held in Marley Park and Willow Canyon and led by Mr. Kugler, residents indicated that they treasured the safety, diverse architecture, parks and open spaces in the City but there was a lack of community, pedestrian connectivity and arts and culture that presented a challenge to them as well.  Residents also appreciated the access to healthcare, small business incubator space and the public sector jobs that Surprise offers, but they were challenged by the lack of higher quality, higher income jobs and transportation infrastructure in the City.

In addition to the General Plan Update meetings, two other public meetings took place last month.  The Heritage District Overlay meeting was held at the Surprise Senior Center on January 21. The purpose of this particular meeting was to establish alternative development requirements while managing appropriate, compatible development for the area.  It is the goal of the City to develop incentives for converting incompatible uses to more appropriate activities in the Original Town Site and to ensure quality housing combines with appropriate consumer-oriented retail and service functions, such as mixed use.  Preservation, education, recreation and economic revitalization are the OTS Heritage District goals.

The last public meeting concerned the Public Arts Master Plan, and the purpose of this meeting was to guide the development of public art and culture opportunities in the City that will enhance our quality of life, create a sense of place, provide venues for community art, help to become an economic driver and assist in revitalization efforts throughout our City.

City Council Meeting Budget Update
Lindsey Duncan, Finance Director, provided a budget status report with data as of November 2014.  Sales tax, excluding construction, is 10.9% higher than FY2014 actuals and FY2015 actuals are 5.3% higher than FY2015 budget.  Construction sales tax is 28.8% lower for FY2015 than FY2014 actuals and 45.8% lower than FY2015 budget.  FY2015 actual expenditures are significantly lower than the FY2015 adopted budget from savings with personnel, supplies and services.

Mrs. Duncan and Dana Garr, Procurement Manager, also provided a procurement update to Council.  A formalized policy and procedure for surplus personal property disposal was reviewed.  The Finance Department developed the policy and procedure which has achieved negotiated contract savings and ensured responsive, detailed and complete bids.  A Notify Me link has been established so residents can receive notifications of upcoming solicitations.  The surplus personal property disposal for FY2015 year-to-date is $131,000.

Water Acquisition Policy
Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe discussed the proposed Water Acquisition Policy, which is the third policy in a series of water-related policies that staff has recommended and approved by the Committee on Water Resource Planning.  The main purpose of this particular policy will allow for strategic investment in Surprise’s water future.  Several different strategies for water acquisition were discussed including CAP (Central Arizona Project) allotment and CARGD membership, extinguishment credits, long-term storage credits, physical water such as groundwater importation, water leases, water transfers and exchanges, as well as future land development.

Development Agreements
City Attorney Misty Leslie requested consideration of a Development Agreement between the City of Surprise and 371 on 163rd LLC, regarding the development of property located on the northwest corner of Pinnacle Peak Road and 155th Avenue and a Development Agreement between the City of Surprise and Verdugo Land, LLC regarding the development of property located on the northwest corner of Pinnacle Peak Road and 163rd Avenue.  Both Development Agreements were approved unanimously by City Council.

Zoning Text Amendment
Bart Wingard asked the City Council to consider a zoning text amendment regarding the height of structures within the Industrial General Zoning District.  The current Surprise Municipal Code provides a maximum height of structure in this particular district.  This district is described as areas for concentrated manufacturing, fabrication and other industrial uses. Due to various requests from prospective industrial businesses, staff is proposing this zoning text amendment to increase the building height from 60 to 85 feet.

Events & Meetings

Surprise Youth Council
The Surprise Youth Council (SYC) held their team building retreat on January 30th & 31st at the Public Safety Training Center.  The SYC is comprised of 25 students ranging in age from 6th grade – 11th grade representing five local high schools & nine local middle schools.  The retreat was facilitated by Deanie Wlodek from Opening Minds, LLC with assistance from three local school staff:  Arthur Greenway (Asst. Principal – Willow Canyon High), Jan Fellow (Guidance Counselor – Shadow Ridge High), Diosa Holmes (Student Council Advisor – Paradise Honors High).  This brand new council quickly bonded as a team after learning about their personal lives, fears and leadership styles.  Other topics explored included issues at school, human rights and Surprise as a community.  Council members also took time out to attend the Surprise Celebrity Flag Football Challenge, create various crafts representing the retreat and enjoy some dancing!

SYC Retreat January 2015

SYC Retreat 2015 group

Celebrity Flag Football Game
The Celebrity Flag Football game was held on Saturday, January 31 at Surprise Stadium.  According to Mark Coronado, Community and Recreation Services Director, approximately 4,000 people were in attendance.  The event had over 10 million national and local media impressions.

Mayor and Council at 2015 Celebrity Flag Football

2015 Celebrity Flag Football game

Councilmember Hall with Quinton Aaron

Imagine Prep Science Fair
Councilman Jim Biundo and I were judges for a regional science fair at Imagine Prep in Surprise.  The group science fair is scheduled on February 19.

Mark Your Calendars

3rd Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival
The Thunderbird Artists will be hosting the 3rd Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival for artists to exhibit and sell their work and for art buyers to make a direct connection to the artists and the vast selection of art.  The Festival will take place February 6-8 from 10 am until 5 pm each day at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15940 N. Bullard Avenue.  Admission is $3; or $10 for a Wine Tasting Ticket with souvenir glass.  For more information, please visit www.thunderbirdartists.com/surprise.

Second Sundays in the Park Concert
The Second Sunday in the Park series will continue on Sunday, February 8 from 2 pm until 4 pm at the Surprise Community Park (15953 N. Bullard Ave). Please come and enjoy a free concert from Retirement Rocks! You can bring a picnic or purchase food from one of the onsite vendors and enjoy the show!

Contact Me

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

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