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District 5 Newsletter • July 2020

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook.com/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Due to COVID-19, I have not been able to hold my Facebook LIVE events with local businesses for the last few months. However, with the reopening of Surprise and its businesses I will begin to do those soon. Be on the lookout! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at https://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

Ribbon Cutting Contest

As you know, I am pro-business, and very proud of our businesses in the City of Surprise. The City’s Virtual Ribbon Cutting program, initiated to help support the re-opening of businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, was a great success. Now, the Economic Development Department wants your help to pick the best Virtual Ribbon Cutting video! Participants can also be entered into a drawing to win a $30 gift card! Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/ribboncutting to view and vote on your favorite restaurant or retail business video, and get entered into the gift card drawing by answering fun questions related to the videos. New videos will be posted each Monday for five weeks, so be sure to check back for new videos. The winning business will receive a trophy! This is another great way to support our local businesses. Thanks Surprise!

Grand Openings/Ribbon Cuttings

Two people hold oversized scissors up to a purple ribbon for Best Western's business opening.

Best Western Plus held a ribbon cutting on June 11 to celebrate the grand opening of their location at 13337 W. Grand Ave. The Best Western Plus hotel has 86 guest rooms, including six Parlor Suites, and a pool.

Two people hold oversized scissors up to a purple ribbon for ATL Wings' business opening.

ATL Wings, located at 13732 W. Bell Road, Suite 2 held their ribbon cutting on June 12.

Please join me in welcoming both of these businesses to Surprise!

City Council Meeting Schedule

There are no Council meetings scheduled for July. Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, August 18 at 6 p.m. While our meetings are still not open to the public, you can always watch them live on Surprise TV at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV and find instructions to participate in the online agendas.

As always, I am available via david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Please feel free to reach out. I always want to hear from my constituents.

Recycling Update

Drop-off recycling will be available on July 7 at the city’s Public Works North Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road. The city has been working hard to find a cost effective and sustainable solution to recycling and this is the first step towards that goals.

Residents will be able to drop-off recyclable materials Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m.- 11a.m. and 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. A city staff member will be available to help sort materials and ensure that recyclables are not contaminated. Residents are encouraged to pre-sort recyclable materials before arriving at the center to expedite the process. At this time, the acceptable materials are plastic bottles #1 and #2 (these may include: milk, soda, condiment, water, shampoo, detergent, etc.). Lids must either be screwed on the bottle, or completely removed. If the lids are removed, please do not recycle the lids. Cardboard, aluminum and tin cans will also be accepted.

Solid Waste and Stormwater Utility Rate Increase

Single family residential solid waste (trash) customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.40 beginning on July 1. This rate is scheduled to increase by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. This rate change was part of a Utility Rate Study that was approved in February 2019. This study created a five-year structured schedule to obtain revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs.

In addition, single family residential homes in Surprise will see a $0.75 increase on your utility bill for stormwater, bringing your stormwater utility fee to $2.75 each month. A stormwater hotline has been set up for individuals that have questions about this increased fee. The hotline number is 623.222.6200.

For more information on the utility rate study, please visit surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo. To learn more about the Stormwater Utility, please visit surpriseaz.gov/stormwater.


Litchfield Road and Bell Road

  • APS is still working along Bell Road, but anticipates finishing work over the next couple of weeks.
  • The remainder of the City’s project, consisting of all the signal improvements at the intersection, will begin early August. The work is anticipated to be completed by the beginning of September.

Litchfield Road Improvements

  • The majority of the Litchfield Road widening project is completed.
  • In July, the contractor will be completing punchlist items and finishing the signal at Litchfield Road and Sweetwater Avenue.

Please check www.surpriseaz.gov/100/ for more information on this project timeline.

Virtual Meet and Greets

Thank you to those of you who reached out and requested that I continue my Meet and Greet sessions during this time. Until CDC guidelines change, I will be using Facebook LIVE to host my monthly meetings. My next monthly meeting is scheduled for July 25 at 9 a.m. Please check the City of Surprise website, at www.surpriseaz.gov for updates to this meeting schedule.

District 5 Newsletter • September 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me on Facebook for updates. Each month, I will be doing a Facebook Live interview that focuses on different businesses in District 5. You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) Replacement Project

The City of Surprise has begun the process of replacing approximately 16,000 residential, commercial, and irrigation mechanical water meters with new automated meters. These new water meters will allow customers to monitor their water usage in real time, allowing them to set usage alerts and detect possible leaks. The new meters are completely funded by the City of Surprise water fund and will not impact customer rates. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/watermeter.

Arizona League of Cities & Towns Conference

I had the opportunity to attend, and represent Surprise at the annual Arizona League of Cities & Towns Conference, held in Tucson. While there, I was able to meet numerous representatives from across the state of Arizona while sharing ideas and best-practices on issues facing several cities across the state. We were also able to discuss similarities and differences between our individual cities and gain a broader perspective on a range of topics.

Governor Doug Ducey at the Arizona League of Cities & Towns Conference.

Recycling in Surprise

The City of Surprise has temporarily suspended its recycling program, due to soaring operational costs. Effective August 19, 2019, the city began diverting all materials to the landfill while staff continues to search for cost-effective solutions. In the meantime, the city encourages residents to continue their usual recycling habits, and would like to remind everyone that only bagged trash may go in the black container. If you choose to place recyclable materials in the black container, please continue to follow state regulation, and bag all the contents. For more information and a list of frequently asked questions, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov.

HOA Academy

The City of Surprise hosts an HOA Academy annually to give residents the opportunity to learn more about living in an HOA community or serving on a board. It also provides information on the laws that govern HOAs. Classes will be held Wednesday, October 16, 23, and 30, and November 6 and 13 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Public Safety Building Auditorium. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today by calling 623-222-3242.

Hazardous Household Waste Collection

Following the success of the spring Household Hazardous Waste event, the city will continue with the scheduled appointment format. Residents will be able to book an appointment beginning September 9. Please keep in mind this is not a bulk trash appointment. For more information, as well as a list of acceptable items, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/hhwevent.

Surprise Day of Service

The City of Surprise is looking for over 200 volunteers to participate in the Fall Day of Service on October 19. There are several indoor and outdoor community projects throughout the city. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Ervin Cutwright at 623-222-3241. This is a great opportunity and all who participate are encouraged to attend an Island Party afterwards which will include food, music, games and more.

Facebook Live

Be sure to check out my Facebook Live videos on my Facebook page @district5councilmansanders. I am touring the city and interviewing the owners of local shops, restaurants and other places of interest. So far, I have interviewed the owners of Nothing Bundt Cakes, Firehouse Subs and My Goodies. I have also toured the new Ottawa Athletic Facility and interviewed a star football player. This month, I look forward to meeting new people in the community. If you know of a local place you would like to see, please feel free to contact me.


Sundays in the Park Food Truck Festivals are back! I hope you all take the opportunity to come to Mark Coronado Park on September 15 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. to enjoy the festivities. Sundays in the Park bring residents together to enjoy live music and delicious food from local food trucks that line the park.

Teens, gather your friends and form a team for a fun, competitive night of Bubble Soccer. This tournament will be held at Mark Coronado Park on Saturday, September 21 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Games begin at 6 p.m. Residents are $10 each. More info: 623.222.2000.

The first movie night of the season will be held on Saturday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. Enjoy “Wonder Park” on the big screen with free admission. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

The West Valley Arts HQ will be hosting their newest exhibit from August 30 until October 4. Come out to the Arts HQ Gallery for Painting with Light; A Photography Exhibit.