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Councilmember Jack Hastings December 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.

Surprise Trash Collection

Don't get left at the curb-Trash collection schedule changes coming January 2022Surprise trash collection zones will change beginning Monday, January 3, to balance the number of homes serviced on each collection day as the city continues to grow. This means some residents will see a change to their trash collection day. These changes apply to City of Surprise sanitation customers only. Get the details: bit.ly/3kk155F

Veterans Day Parade

On November 11, we honored our service members at our 7th Annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade. If you didn’t attend, you can watch it here: surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/index.php/watch. Thank you to our incredible community for coming out to participate and support. A big thank you to Surprise Parks and Recreation for a successful pancake breakfast and parade.

Councilmember Jack Hastings and his wife ride in a Veterans Day Parade car.

Surprise Day of Service

A woman puts shrub and debris into a garbage bag.Surprise is looking for volunteers for its Day of Service on Saturday, December 11. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, and trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more.

How to get involved: Individuals and groups can register with Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1522. Get more info here: bit.ly/3qpmVZk

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

Wednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

Voters Approve EPCOR Franchise Extension

The results of the November 2 election are in, and Surprise voters have approved an EPCOR franchise extension. This approval extends a previous 25-year agreement with EPCOR Water for an additional 25 years, allowing the company to construct, maintain and operate a potable water delivery system and a wastewater collection, treatment and disposal system throughout the city public rights-of-way. Under this agreement, EPCOR will pay a 2% franchise fee to the City. That money will go into the City’s General Fund, which pays for public safety, parks, street maintenance and more. EPCOR is one of six water providers in the City of Surprise. This election did not change the service area or grant authority to change utility rates.

Surprise SciTech Festival

What a fun event! This year’s SciTech Festival did not disappoint. Thank you to everyone who came out to learn and play! The City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department, along with local organizations and businesses always do such an awesome job!

EricsHouse Support Groups

EricsHouse helps people integrate loss of a loved one using a variety of healing resources that reduce grief symptoms, promote growth and personal well-being, and provide a community of like-minded people who understand this unique grief journey. ericshouse.org

  • Grieving Mothers Support Group

Open to mothers who have lost a child to suicide, substance abuse, homicide, illness or any sudden loss. This group runs weekly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 & 1/5/22.

Contact marianne@ericshouse.org to determine if this group is right for you. Pre-registration is required

  • Support Group for Grieving Men

This closed group begins November 16 and will run weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Participation is limited to nine members. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4/22 & 1/11. Please contact greg@ericshouse.org or 480.734.3423 to determine if this group is right for you.

Fire Station 308 Artwork

“COURAGE is not living without fear, but being able to walk through it while doing the right thing anyway.” This statement is part of a new art installation at the recently completed Surprise Fire Station 308 and pays tribute to the character of our Surprise Fire-Medical Department team and all they do to keep our community safe. Stop by and check out “Courage Walk 308” at 13771 W. Cactus Rd.

The new art installation Courage Walk 308.

Care + Share Expo

This event was wonderful! This year’s Care + Share Expo was a success. Thank you to everyone who came out to create connections to health, financial growth and self-empowerment resources! The City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department, along with local organizations and businesses always do such an awesome job!

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park in January! Join us on January 23 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are February 13 and April 3.

Meet and Greet

Councilmember Hastings meeting thumbnailPlease join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on Saturday, December 11, at 9 a.m. at Sweet Tea, 15278 W. Bell Rd. Suite 102. 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 December 7 & 21 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 January Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my monthly newsletters. I am thankful and honored to serve you as your District 5 Representative. 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/councilmemberhastings.

2020 Wrap Up

There is no denying that 2020 has been a challenging year, but we still have many things to celebrate. The City of Surprise has seen many positive accomplishments this year. Below is a list of just a few of the great things that happened in our community this year:

Opened/Completed:

  • Abrazo Hospital
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Fire Station 304
  • Waddell Road
  • Litchfield Road
  • Drop-off Recycling Program

Broke Ground:

  • Amazon Delivery Station
  • Fire Station 308
  • Public Safety and Evidence Facility
  • Greenway Road

City Center Development

Surprise City Center is continuing to develop and bring exciting opportunities to Surprise. The “Quarter at Surprise” retail marketing plan, located in the area of Bell Road and Bullard Avenue is now available. This 78-acre site plan lays the groundwork for a vibrant entertainment, retail, restaurant, grocery, and fitness destination! Additionally, a Marriott Springhill Suites has been approved for the northwest corner of Civic Center Drive and Elm Street. Keep an eye on our City Center webpage for current updates.

The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the site plan for the Town at Surprise Center project at their December 17 meeting. Town at Surprise Center is a gated rental townhome community on 5.4 acres located along Bell Road near Civic Center Drive. Site improvements will include 114 units, ranging from 1,200-1,367 square feet, paving, sidewalks, a pool, and landscaping. The final plat for this project is anticipated to go to Council on February 2, 2021.

New Park Coming Soon!

Surprise has continued to see growth in housing permits and retail sales collections. As a result, the City Council voted at the December 15 meeting to fund several parks-related projects. Included in this funding is the design for a new eight-acre park at Greenway Road and Parkview Place that will begin construction by the end of June 2021! This project will provide more programmable and rental field space. Additionally, Gaines Youth Baseball Field will be completed ahead of the original timeline thanks to additional funding, and Council also voted to establish a $3 million budget for enhancements to the Surprise Community Park. Enhancements could include adding a restroom, improving dog park drainage, and exploring new lighting. A final project list will be determined following design and submittal of actual costs. Keep an eye on the City’s website for updated information. All of these projects will advance the goals of the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

Recycling Update

Recycle Wise in Surprise logo.Please tune in for a recycling update at the January 19 Council Regular Session. Regular sessions typically begin at 6 p.m. Please check the agenda for specific times. To watch live on Surprise TV visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 also carry the meetings live.

Surprise Small Business Relief Grant

The Surprise Small Business Relief Grant program provided grants to qualifying local businesses to help with rent, utilities, payroll expenses, and other operating costs. Through the program, 79 local businesses were supported, and 483 jobs were retained! This program was funded in two phases, using CARES Act money, to help local businesses that have been impacted by the current health crisis. While the funds for this program have been fully utilized, the City’s Economic Development Team is always here to help support local businesses. For more information on resources available, please visit the COVID-19 Business Resources page on our website.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

The City of Surprise Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration and Service is being held virtually on January 16. Please tune in at 9 a.m. to Surprise TV or the City of Surprise social media channels for a virtual program featuring a variety of local musicians, performers, and speakers. Community service projects are also being scheduled throughout the day, but advanced registration is required due to COVID-19 gathering limitations. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1522.

COVID-19 Update

Vaccinations for health care workers and residents of long term care facilities, has begun. Distribution to these groups could take several months to accomplish and will likely be followed by distribution to essential workers such as police, critical infrastructure workers, and teachers. The general population could receive the vaccine sometime in the spring of 2021. The vaccine distribution is prioritized by the US Centers for Disease Control. For more information on how the vaccine distribution was prioritized, please visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations-process.html.

A new drive-thru COVID-19 testing location has opened in Surprise at St. Clare of Assisi, located at 17111 W. Bell Road. To schedule an appointment, you can visit https://embrywomenshealth.com/testing-blitz/

Covid-19 Testing Locations (AZ Department of Health Services) – https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-testing

Maricopa County has free temporary isolation housing available for individuals who are unable to isolate with a bedroom or bathroom that nobody else can use or are high-risk individuals who live with infected family or roommates. To find out additional information, or to see if you are eligible, call 2-1-1 and dial 6 for COVID-19 assistance, or visit https://www.maricopa.gov/5565/COVID-19-Positive.

Community Resources

St. Mary’s Food Bank now has a home delivery option. Maricopa County residents that are unable to travel to a local food bank may be eligible for this program. For more information, call 602-242-3663, or visit St. Mary’s Food Bank – Covid Relief Home Delivery Sign-Up.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on January 9 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.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are January 5 and 19 at 6 p.m. Please note that Council meetings have been closed to in-person participation. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 to watch the meetings live. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.