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Surprise Retail Survey
Do you have a favorite restaurant you’d like to see open in Surprise? What about a unique shopping experience you want added to your hometown? Now is your chance to tell us in our 2022 Surprise Retail Survey! The survey will help the City identify retail strengths within the community, as well as pinpoint opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Every response helps the Surprise Economic Development Department better reach the retailers you want the most. We also have a youth-only survey to better understand what our younger generation wants to see. The Shop, Eat & Play Youth Survey is for youth, under the age of 18, who live in Surprise. The Surprise Retail Survey runs through Sunday, April 24, and is available online at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.
Reading at Countryside Elementary
On Friday, March 4, I read to two Kindergarten classes at Countryside Elementary in celebration of Read Across America Week. Read Across America is an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association and is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child, in every community to celebrate reading. It was a fun and great experience!
Week of the Young Child
The City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department invites you to join in on the fun at KIDZ Jamboree on Friday, April 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W. Bell Rd. An event for kids aged 0-5 in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. This family event will showcase early childhood programs and services available in the community, like resources, child care/preschools, libraries and more! For more information about KIDZ Jamboree, please call 623.222.1600.
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!
BBQ Event Rescheduled
The RibFest Throwdown scheduled for April 23 & 24, 2022 at Mark Coronado Park is being rescheduled for fall 2022 due to a potential scheduling conflict. The new event dates and ticket information will be released in the coming months. This live music and BBQ festival is presented by the City of Surprise in partnership with national event company, Forty8 Live!
City’s Summer Job Program
The City is offering a summer job program for Surprise teens between the ages of 15 – 19 who are income-eligible. Through the Summer Youth Employment Program, applicants must be available to work up to 25 hours a week for six weeks between June 6 and July 15. Chosen interns will receive professional development training, from shadowing engineers to working with youth and seniors, and earn $12.80 per hour. Qualified applicants will be contacted and then screened through an interview process in April/May 2022. Final participants will be notified if they are selected for a position in May and must pass any pre-employment screening the City deems necessary. For eligibility requirements and how to apply go to surpriseaz.gov/syep. For questions, please contact Lord Garcillano at email@example.com or 623.222.1647.
Yellow Cooking Oil Disposal Station
A second permanent disposal station for yellow cooking oil has been opened in the parking lot of Fire Station 303, located at 15440 N. Cotton Ln. This is in addition to the disposal station located in the parking lot of Fire Station 305 at 15517 N. Parkview Pl. Motor oils are not accepted at this facility. Cooking oils disposed at the station will be processed and reused to make other products such as biofuel, soaps and candles. The City hopes that installing this second location will encourage residents to Be Guardians Regarding Our Sewer System (Be G.R.O.S.S.) and properly dispose of yellow oils to help lower the cost of maintenance on city sewer lines and wastewater treatment infrastructure. Learn about proper fat, oil, grease and wastewater disposal in Surprise at surpriseaz.gov/BeGROSS.
2022 Annual Action Plan Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given that a public hearing regarding the City’s Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will be held on April 13 at 6 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. The public hearing will be held in anticipation of receiving Community Development Block Grant funding from the Department of Housing in Urban Development. The Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will identify specific projects to be funded that meet the goals and objectives identified in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. Public comments received during the Public Hearing will be considered and included in the Plan. Comments may also be emailed to Mr. Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 8. The City Council will take formal action on April 19, 2022. For questions regarding the draft plan or public hearing, please call Adam Lane at 623.222.3238 or email at email@example.com.
Meet and Greet
Please 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 meetings are April 5 and 19 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.