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District 5 Newsletter • February 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/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! 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.

Meetings with Local Youth

Last month, I had the opportunity to hold two different meetings with some of our finest youth residents. I had a meaningful conversation with members of the Student Youth Council regarding a few of their projects, and I was able to provide an updated on current happenings in the city. I truly appreciate having open discussions with these future leaders to learn more about them and how they envision their future.

Councilmember Sanders and members of Surprise Youth Council have a discussion in a conference room.

Mayor Skip Hall, Councilman Duffy and I had the pleasure of meeting with a local high school student from Shadow Ridge to discuss her concerns about recycling in Surprise. We appreciate the opportunity to hear her thoughts and discuss sustainable, long-term solutions.

Public Works Director Mike Gent, Councilmember Duffy, a Shadow Ridge High School student, Mayor Hall and Councilmember Sanders.

New Council Conversations Show – Surprise Youth Council

Councilmember Duffy and I hosted a Council Conversations show with our Surprise Youth Council. Hear from our youth about what the Surprise Youth Council is and what projects they are working on. Plus, get their perspective on what’s important to them, some of city’s greatest strengths and weaknesses, and their favorite places to visit in Surprise.

Check out the episode here:
https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=tWUDZWhXIP8

FY21 Budget

City Council recently started the budget building process for FY21. There will be an ongoing series of presentations to City Council by the Finance Department regarding the process and overall development of the budget. Additional presentations related to department operating and capital budget development are planned for future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings. Each of the staff budget presentations can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget on the following day.

The Recommended Budget will be released in April. There will be a Council and public review before the adoption of the balanced FY21 budget in June. The fiscal year begins July 1.

City Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month. Work Sessions begin at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas for Council agendas which will be posted no later than two business days before the meeting. Also, meetings are broadcast live on Surprise TV for cable customers and also streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

Martin Luther King Jr Day of Celebration & Service

The 3rd Annual MLK Day of Celebration and Service was held on Saturday, January 18. Each year, I look forward to this special event. It is both humbling and inspiring to see so many members of the community come together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s distinguished legacy and volunteer for community projects. Thank you to Congresswoman Debbie Lesko’s State Director Lisa Gray, Arizona State Senator Rick Gray and State Representative Kevin Payne for joining us.

2020 Cactus League Spring Training

There are many upcoming events to celebrate the 2020 Cactus League Spring Training season.

The Annual Welcome Back Luncheon will kick off the Spring Training season on Friday, February 14, at 11 a.m. at Surprise Stadium. Event admission includes hors d’oeuvres, a special commemorative gift and a complimentary entry into the College Baseball Classic at 1 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 623-222-2222.

The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic takes place February 14-17 at Surprise Stadium and features the Gonzaga Bulldogs, New Mexico Lobos, Oregon Beavers and Brigham Young Cougars. Individual tickets and tournament passes are available for purchase at https://www.surprisestadium.com/events/college-baseball.

Spring Training games begin Friday, February 21, and continue through Saturday, March 21. There are many promotions and special events such as Military Appreciation Days and Coca-Cola Family Four Pack Fridays. Also, kids can run the bases after every Sunday game. For schedule and ticket information, please visit https://www.surprisestadium.com/tickets.

On March 6, Jimmy John’s is sponsoring the Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K at 7 p.m. All participants receive a race shirt, medal and a discount coupon for the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game on March 7. Please visit https://www.surprisestadium.com/events/5k for more information.

Surprise Police

YOUR Surprise Police Department recently promoted three of its finest. Congratulations to Sergeant John Wiehn, Sergeant Joshua Waldeck and Lieutenant Tim Klarkowski! Our community appreciates all that you do for the residents of Surprise.

Recent Openings in Surprise

City Council joined many other community members to celebrate the official opening of the Toll Brothers Sterling Grove community. Sterling Grove will include over 2,000 new homes spanning over 780 acres. The next phase of development will bring such amenities as a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, pools and an 18-hole Nicklaus-designed golf course. Welcome to Surprise!

The brand new Asante Library, 16755 W. Vereda Solana Drive, opened on Saturday, February 1. This is the third library in the City of Surprise and is the first to offer study and meeting rooms. The 10,000 square foot space offers such amenities as self-check kiosks and specific areas for adults, children and teens. I appreciate the partnership we have with the Maricopa County Library District which made the addition of this new facility possible.

Homeowner Associations

I have enjoyed meeting so many of you at the community HOA meetings. If you would like me to attend your HOA meeting, please contact the Council Office at 623-222-1300. Representing you is very important to me and attending your meetings provides me with the opportunity to hear your voice and listen to your concerns.

Meet and Greet

My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W. Bell Road, from 9 – 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of each month. I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

If you are looking for a great family event, the Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival is Sunday, February 9, from noon – 4 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. The park is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. There will be live music from Steven P & Diversity Jukebox, a variety of food trucks and lots of fun entertainment for the family. Event admission is free. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

The Artisan Treasures Cool Daze Food Truck & Handmade Market opens at 9 a.m. at Mark Coronado Park on Saturday, February 15. The first 100 shoppers will receive a free Treasure Bag. For more information, please visit www.woodnme.com.

There will be a co-ed Sand Volleyball Teen Tournament for ages 12-17 on Saturday, February 29. The tournament will be held at the Surprise Community Park volleyball courts at 15930 N. Bullard Avenue from 4 – 7 p.m. Please call 623-222-2000 for more information or you can register here.

Please make sure to mark your calendars for the State of the City address on March 26, 2020 at 6p.m. at Surprise City Hall. This special event marks the city’s 60th Anniversary and will include a video presentation, art wall unveiling, live music and entertainment in the Courtyard. For more details, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.

Please remember that city offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, in honor of Presidents’ Day.

District 5 Newsletter • January 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/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! 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.

#TechtheHalls

The City of Surprise is home to the AZ TechCelerator, an innovative business incubator that focuses on new business start-ups, technology and innovation. Every year, our Economic Development team hosts #TechtheHalls which is a great way to view exciting sci-tech exhibits, tour the facility and play games to win tech prizes. There were many great prizes such as an Amazon Fire HD tablet, Shark ION Robot Vacuum and Samsung Chromebook, among others, this year. If you would like more information about the AZ TechCelerator, please visit https://www.aztechcelerator.com/.

Facebook Live

My Facebook Live interviews continue. I interviewed Luv 2 Play on December 28th. Luv 2 Play is located at 15495 W. Bell Road. We learned more about what makes this facility unique and I enjoyed seeing the children learn and explore in such a fun, interactive environment in our very own city.

I hope you will keep watching my Facebook Live series as I highlight some of the amazing businesses that we have in Surprise. I have some fantastic upcoming interviews planned so be sure to follow me on Facebook.

Meeting with Locals

I had the pleasure of having coffee with Jana McDonald, Area Director of the Surprise chapter of Young Life. I was inspired to learn more about Young Life and their efforts to work with kids from middle school through college. I truly appreciate all that they do to make a difference in the lives of others.

Jana McDonald and Councilmember Sanders having coffee.

Kingswood Elementary

I had the pleasure of meeting with the Principal of Kingswood Elementary School, Jeremy St. Germain. During our visit, it was evident that he provides a great amount of care and attention to his students. One such example is the Knight’s Code Recognition Shield wall which is filled with the names of students that were recognized for meeting expectations and making good choices. Principal St. Germain truly does excellent work. I would like to thank him and his amazing staff for all they do.

Deck the Hock

The Surprise Senior Center is truly an amazing place for seniors in our city. The staff works diligently to make sure there are a variety of things to do throughout the year, including the annual Deck the Hock event. This event brings the community together to decorate trees, participate in arts & crafts and listen to carols sung by local children. There was even some “snow” for the youngest attendees.

Fire Station Open Houses

As part of the ongoing series of open houses for fire stations around the City of Surprise, my sons and I toured Fire Station 306 located at Clearview and Loop 303. I would like to thank Captain Clarke and his team for leading the tour of the fire station and teaching us about their fire trucks and fire-fighting equipment. We recognize how important their jobs are to our community and we appreciate all that they do to keep us safe.

There are a few more opportunities if you would like to meet the firefighters, tour a fire station and get an up-close look at the equipment and fire trucks. The next open house will be at Fire Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Road, on January 11 and Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Drive, on January 25. For more information on times and locations, please call 623-222-5000.

Growth and Development

We are happy to announce another new business has arrived in Surprise. Angry Crab Shack, 11340 W. Bell Road, recently held a ribbon cutting and I was honored to attend. Angry Crab Shack is a casual restaurant that serves seafood, burgers and sandwiches for both lunch and dinner. We welcome them to Surprise and wish them much success!

Homeowner Associations

I continue to meet with HOAs to provide updates. If any HOA would like me to attend, please contact the Council Office at 623-222-1331, and I would be happy to facilitate the request.

Meet and Greet

My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W. Bell Road, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of the month. I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

There are two events this month in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Wednesday, January 15, there is a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service Special Event: Lecture & Songs at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Vista High School’s Performing Arts Center. On Saturday, January 18, our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service event starts at 8:30 a.m. in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard. Please visit http://www.surpriseaz.gov/mlk for more information.

The Kachina Kennel Club presents the Copper Classic Dog Show January 24 – 26, at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. For more information, please email info@kachinakennelclub.com.

The City of Surprise Sports & Tourism Department has a number of upcoming events. If you would like more information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3676/Sports-Tourism.

Opening day for 2020 Cactus League Spring Training is Friday, February 21 and continues through Saturday, March 21. For schedule and ticket information, please visit https://www.surprisestadium.com/.

If you would like to participate in an evening fun run, the 3rd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K is March 6 at 7:00 p.m. The course takes participants on a scenic city route with the finish line at the ballpark. All runners will receive a Jimmy John’s race shirt, medal and a buy one get one free coupon for selected sections for the March 7 Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game. Take advantage of the early registration discount before March 5. Please visit www.SurpriseStadium.com/events for more information.

District 5 Newsletter • November 2019

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/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! 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.

Care and Share Expo

This collaborative effort between the Human Services & Community Vitality Department and the Surprise Veterans, Disability & Human Services Commission was an amazing success. This free community event provided information regarding numerous community programs at one, central location. I was humbled to see and meet so many of our community members.

Surprise Day of Service

Surprise Day of Service was held on Saturday, October 19. The Day of Service is a community clean-up and reinvestment event that is free to the neighborhoods served, and is organized with the intent to foster community pride. It includes painting, landscaping and removal of refuse.

It was impressive to see more than 300 volunteers assembled for this event! Thank you to all of our residents who participated! If you are interested in participating in future events, please register at 623-222-3241. Everyone is welcome!

Fiesta Grande

The 6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande event was nothing short of amazing. We were honored to welcome special guests Barry Wong, Executive Director from Governor Ducey’s Office of Equal Opportunity, as well as Deputy Consul General of Mexico Armando Esparza. This street-style celebration, held at the Original Town Site, celebrates our city’s cultural heritage. The event is always free, and it is a great way to spend time with your family. If you didn’t attend, I hope to see you next year!

Ottawa University

Ottawa University (OUAZ) has added two new buildings to their growing campus! The Student Union offers a cafeteria, indoor and outdoor dining spaces with a fireplace, Spirit Fan Shop, conference center, student lounge and designated quiet study spaces. The new Residence Hall has over 300 beds, four student lounges and a campus security office. Soon, the highly anticipated O’Dell Center will be open and will include five classrooms, recreation center, athletic center and much more.

Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Fest

GPEC Fest is an annual event that provides the opportunity to meet and network with hundreds of leaders across the valley. I was fortunate to attend this event along with our Economic Development team as we celebrated our successful and collaborative relationship with GPEC.

Dysart College and Career Expo

Over 1,000 students, parents, and various community members attended this event. A variety of programs were presented including Dysart’s Career and Technical Education programs, business, military, local colleges and West-MEC.

G.A.I.N. Night

This free, family-friendly public safety event not only brings the community together but also contributes to a good cause. Many families were in attendance and enjoyed such things as laser tag, face painting and public safety demonstrations. I would like to thank everyone for donating cans of food for the Salvation Army. This is a great way to give back to our community.

West Valley Council Mixer

I would like to thank the City of Peoria for hosting the West Valley Council to Council Mixer at Scorpion Bay and providing a scenic, sunset cruise. These events provide a valuable networking opportunity for West Valley councilmembers.

WHAM Art Association

I recently met with Connie Whitlock, WHAM Art Association Executive Director, to discuss her ongoing dedication to the arts. WHAM is a 501(c)3 non-profit art organization that was founded in 2006 by Mrs. Whitlock. The organization has grown to more than 150 artists that work in a variety of different mediums. In addition to helping to promote local artists through exhibits throughout the West Valley, WHAM is also involved in numerous projects such as public art murals, art festivals, art walks, veteran initiatives and community art classes.

Councilmember Sanders and WHAM Art Association Executive Director, Connie Whitlock.

I really appreciate how that continues to help the community and Surprise residents. Connie, we thank you for all you do!

Homeowner Associations

I continue to meet with HOAs to provide updates. If any HOA would like me to attend, please contact the Council office at 623-222-1331, and I would be happy to facilitate the request.

Meet and Greet

I enjoyed meeting a number of you at my October Meet and Greet. My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W Bell Road, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of every month. Please feel free to stop by to introduce yourself and let me know if I can be of service to you!

Upcoming Events

  • November 11, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day
  • November 28-29, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving
  • December 6-7, 2019 – Annual Surprise Party celebration, Surprise Recreation Campus

District 5 Newsletter • October 2019

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/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! 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.

Ottawa University Football

City Council attended the first Ottawa University home football game on Saturday, September 7, against Western New Mexico. The stands were full and school pride was dominant. The Spirit have only two home games left, October 19 and November 2. I hope to see you there soon! Also, be sure to check out my Facebook Live interview with Ottawa Head Football Coach, Mike Nesbitt. What a great coach!

Fire Station 304

As the City of Surprise continues to experience growth in the northern area, a permanent fire station is necessary. The current developer plans indicate construction of over 17,000 new homes and the current temporary facility is not equipped to support this growth.

Fire Station 304 will be the largest station in Surprise with a total of 18,000 square feet. It will be complete with multiple bays which will accommodate a number of different service vehicles. The new addition to the Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be completed in the fall of 2020.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Council hold shovels to break ground at the Fire Station 304 groundbreaking ceremony.

Eve’s Place Drive for Survivors

I was honored to participate in the fundraising event for Eve’s Place on Sunday, September 15. The City of Surprise regularly partners with Eve’s Place. They even have a satellite location at our Surprise Resource Center. This non-profit organization provides assistance to victims of domestic, sexual and teen dating abuse.

Constitution Day

I had a great time attending Constitution Day at Canyon Ridge Elementary School. The celebration included Freedom: A History of the United States Traveling Exhibit. Seventh grade social studies classes performed in costumes as Founding Fathers and Mothers, while offering details on colonial life and the importance of America’s seminal documents. Thank you Canyon Ridge for another year of outstanding work displaying your patriotism.

Ribbon Cutting

SeaCa Plastic Packaging held their ribbon cutting on Wednesday, September 25. SeaCa Packaging is owned by Seattle Tacoma Box Company, which has been a family owned and operated business for over 125 years. They produce quality wooden, plastic and corrugated shipping containers. We welcome this new addition to Surprise.

Peace Pole

The Rotary Club of Surprise, in partnership with the Arts Commission, placed a Peace Pole at City Hall. The Peace Pole is a monument that displays the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the four most commonly spoken languages in Arizona: English, Spanish, German and Navajo. Thank you for this remarkable art piece.

Hollywood Night

Surprise Elementary School, in conjunction with Dysart Community Coalition and Saigon Kitchen, hosted a Hollywood Night Fundraiser. This event brought elected officials and residents together for a night of entertainment and fun.

Care and Share Expo

The Surprise Care and Share Expo is a free community event creating connections to human service organizations, health resources and medical checks. This is your chance for accessing programs and services that promote health resources, financial growth and self-empowerment. There will be fun events for the entire family! Please stop by the City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, on Saturday, October 5 from 10:00-12:00 p.m.

Surprise Day of Service

The City of Surprise is searching for over 200 volunteers to participate in the Fall Day of Service on October 19. There are several indoor and outdoor community projects planned throughout the city. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, at 8 a.m. to receive their assignment; and should plan to serve until noon. Groups of 10 or more are required to register with their group name and estimated number of volunteers. Group leaders should contact Ervin Cutwright at 623-222-3241 to sign up. This is a great volunteer opportunity and all who participate are encouraged to attend an Island Party afterwards which will include food, music, games and more.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

The next Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival is Sunday, October 20 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. This month, the family event will feature live music by Steven P. & Diversity Jukebox. Admission is free. As a friendly reminder, all dogs must be on leashes!

Public Safety G.A.I.N Night

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 26 as Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, transforms into a family-friendly event. The Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (G.A.I.N.) event, hosted by the city’s public safety teams, will consist of a gaming trailer, dinosaurs, trick-or-treating and much more that will keep your kids entertained from 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Admission is free! Food and drinks will be available for purchase. If you bring two cans of food for the Salvation Army, you will earn a raffle ticket for a chance to win some prizes.

Memory Café

Beginning on October 8, the Salvation Army, 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts, will open the Memory Café. As part of Dementia Friendly Surprise, this café will provide a social and resource place for people living with memory loss and their care partners. The program is free of charge and no reservation is required. They will meet the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, please call 623-832-6637.