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December 14, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Raising Cane’s Grand Opening

The much anticipated ribbon cutting and grand opening of Raising Cane’s, 14385 W. Bell Road, was held on Friday, December 8. Several Councilmembers joined me to welcome the highly requested restaurant to Surprise. In attendance for the grand opening was the Willow Canyon band and hundreds of anxious residents. Welcome to Surprise, Raising Cane’s!

Surprise Fire-Medical Annual Awards

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department held its 12th Annual Awards Ceremony on December 8, 2017 in the City Council Chambers. The Awards Ceremony recognized members and their achievements within the Department for the past year. The award recipients are chosen through a nomination and voting process by the Department members, except for the Fire Chief’s Award. The Fire Chief reserves the right to select a member for the annual Fire Chief’s award. Typically, the award is given to one recipient. This year, Fire Chief Tom Abbott chose two recipients, Emergency Medical Services Battalion Chief Jesus Rivera and Personnel and Community Affairs Battalion Chief Julie Moore.

Engineer Ryan Ellis received the Firefighter of the Year award. Members of the Department choose Ellis for multiple reasons, including his exemplary performance and professionalism on medical and fire calls; his management of the SFMD Communications Program; and his commitment to overseeing the SFMD Wildland Team. Ellis is known for his exceptional patient care, including the care of pediatric patients, and excellent customer service. He has served the Department for over 17 years.

The Perry award was created after a young Surprise Firefighter passed away from cancer in 2002. The award is presented to a fire suppression member that best epitomizes the SFMD values, which include respectfulness, positive behavior, responsibility, honesty, and pride. Firefighter Mike Meadors was recognized as the recipient of this year’s Perry Award.

Engine Company 301 and Ladder Company 305 were awarded the Company of the Year award for working a First Alarm fire in a large two- story apartment building. This award is normally given to one company, but the crew members from Engine 301 and Ladder 305 were recognized due to their coordinated incident plan of an interior fire attack and roof ventilation. The crews were able to stay ahead of the attic fire, stop the fire from extending into the unit’s living areas, and extinguish the fire.

Firefighter Louis D’Angelo was awarded Paramedic of the Year for his participation as the Co-Chair for the Emergency Medical Services Committee.

The ceremony also acknowledged promotions, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) hired within the past eighteen (18) months. SFMD has hired eighteen (18) Firefighters, an Administrative Technician, five (5) Paramedics, four (4) EMTs, and promoted one (1) Captain and seven (7) Engineers. A special badge pinning event took place for the Paramedics and EMTs hired for the SFMD ambulance service. Congratulations to all!

Assistant Chief Brenden Espie, Fire Chief Tom Abbott, Engineer Ryan Ellis & Assistant Chief Darryl Johnston
Pictured left to right: Assistant Chief Brenden Espie, Fire Chief Tom Abbott, Engineer Ryan Ellis & Assistant Chief Darryl Johnston

Quarterly STEM Council Meeting

Canyon Ridge STEM Council meeting was held on Monday, December 11. Principal Jill Hoppe led our meeting which included all the fantastic STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related events happening at Canyon Ridge Elementary School. Mark your calendars as Canyon Ridge STEM night will be held at the school on March 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. to showcase the program which includes teaching code to their 1st graders. It is quite an impressive curriculum preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow!

Meet the Elected Officials Night

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Meet the Elected Officials Night on Wednesday, December 13 at Marley Park Heritage Club. This event provides an opportunity for the Chamber to develop or strengthen relationships with local officials, and state and federal legislators.

Mark Your Calendar

Council Meeting Next Week

City Council will be meeting for our regular meetings on Tuesday, December 19. Work Session will begin at 4 p.m. followed by the regular City Council meeting at 6 p.m.

Help Decorate for our “Deck the Hock” Holiday Event

We are decorating on Hollyhock Street for our first “Deck the Hock” holiday event and we need your help! Themed holiday trees and luminarias will be on display for everyone to enjoy on December 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock Street. The festivities also will include local choir performances, hot cocoa, and treats.

Donations of new or handmade ornaments for one of six themed trees are being accepted now through December 18. Drop off your donations at the Senior Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Our tree themes are: patriotic, music, sports, Disney, animals and trains.

Blank luminaria bags can also be picked up at the Senior Center for you and your family to decorate.

For more information, please contact the Surprise Senior Center at 623.222.1500 or email Joe Gladieux at joe.gladieux@surpriseaz.gov.

Toy Drive in Full Swing

The Surprise Police began their annual toy drive late last month and are asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. We are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate children in our community.

Surprise Police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout the City of Surprise. Donated toys can be dropped-off through December 18 at the following locations throughout the city:

  • Surprise Police Department,14250 W. Statler Plaza; Suite #103
  • Sun City Grand Palms Center, 19726 N. Remington Drive
  • Cimarron Club, 17100 W. Clearview Drive
  • The “Irish Wolfhound” Restaurant & Pub, 16811 N. Litchfield Road
  • Sun Village Community, 14300 W. Bell Road
  • Sunflower Colonnade, 19116 N. Colonnade Way
  • Vista de la Montana Adult Community, 18510 N. Parkview Place (Between 8 am and 5 pm)
  • Sante of Surprise, 14775 W. Yorkshire Drive
  • Sunflower RV Resort, 16501 N. El Mirage Road
  • Grandview Terrace, 14515 W. Granite Valley Drive, Sun City West, AZ

We greatly appreciate your support and ask that you please help by donating either an unwrapped new toy or some new wrapping paper for those children in our community who may go without this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity!

Spring Bookmark Contest

The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission is partnering with non-profit Friends of the Surprise Libraries for their annual Spring Bookmark Contest which encourages local 6th – 8th graders to express their artistic talent by creating a reading and literacy-themed bookmark. Winners in each grade level will receive a plaque with their bookmark and a monetary award. In addition, their bookmarks will be professionally printed and distributed at the Maricopa County Northwest Regional Library in Surprise. This year, an art show of all the entries will be held at the WHAM (What’s Happening Art Movement) headquarters during the month of March 2018.

Bookmark Contest Timeline:

  • Contest begins December 11, 2017
  • Entries are due no later than January 31, 2018
  • Judging will occur February 7, 2018

Bookmark Contest Awards:

  • 1st place awards and $100 cash prize for each grade level
  • Honorable mention prize of $25 for each grade level

Bookmark Contest Entry Details:

  • See entry form for all entry requirements – Bookmark Contest Entry Form
  • Artwork size 2.5″ by 11″ only (out-of-size will be disqualified)
  • Students may submit more than one entry, but each entry must have its own completed entry form
  • Deliver or Mail entries to:
    Friends of the Surprise Libraries Inc.
    ATTN: Bookmark Contest
    16089 N. Bullard Ave Surprise AZ 85374

For more information, please contact Friends of the Surprise Libraries at admin@friendsofthesurpriselibraries.org or (623) 826-4939.

Did You Know?

Call of Election

Notice of election that the city of Surprise will hold elections as follows:

  • Primary Election: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (If Applicable)

Offices to be filled – Four (4) Council Seats. Three (3) Council Seats with 4-year terms for Districts 1 (Acacia), 5 (Palm) & 6 (Palo Verde) with terms to expire 2022; and one Council Seat with a 2-year term, to fill the remainder of a term for District 3 (Mesquite District) that resulted in a vacancy from resignation in 2017, with term to expire December 2020.

Candidate Packets with Petitions are Available: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Candidate Packet Filing Deadline: Nomination paper, financial disclosure statements, affidavit of qualifications and petitions are due no later than Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. Candidate packets need to be filed at the City Clerk’s Office – 16000 N. Civic Center Parkway, Surprise, Arizona 85374.

Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018

For further information or to set up an appointment for a Candidate’s Packet, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 623-222-1220.

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September 28, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Military Appreciation Night at Willow Canyon High School

Willow Canyon High School hosted crosstown rival Valley Vista for a football showdown on September 22. Immediately prior to the game, Willow Canyon seized the opportunity to recognize our veterans and active military as part of the Military Appreciation Night. I joined several of our West Valley veterans and active military on the field during the ceremony as we stood together on the field during the National Anthem. A special thank you to Willow Canyon for this opportunity to recognize us!

Valley Metro RPTA Board Meeting

I attended the Valley Metro RPTA Board meeting on Thursday, September 21. The fifth express bus from Surprise to downtown Phoenix was approved.

Surprise Regional Chamber of Breakfast Meeting

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly breakfast on Tuesday, September 26. The meeting focused on effective marketing. Chamber President Raoul Sada briefed the membership on the city’s sign policy and Firehouse Subs owner Ed Cunningham provided the group with his inspirational story on how his networking skills have led to his successes.

Decide Surprise GO Bond Meeting

Surprise residents will consider three separate General Obligation Bond questions to fund 10 capital improvement projects in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. The city is hosting several public meetings, and the first meeting kicked off on Tuesday, September 26 in the City Council Chamber. City staff utilizes the meetings to provide facts related to the bond election. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 5 at 10 am at Sun Village, 17300 N. Sun Village Parkway. Learn more about the projects and additional meeting dates at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Mark Your Calendar

Dick McComb Park Renaming

Following City Council’s direction to honor the city’s longest-tenured City Manager Dick McComb (1990 – 2000), the city will officially rename Surprise Farms Community Park, to Dick McComb City Park, at a public ceremony this Saturday, September 30, at 9 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Surprise Farms Loop South. The park features a playground, splash pad, basketball court, skate park, restrooms and other park amenities.

Surprise Fire-Medical Hosting Open House

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is hosting an open house at Fire Station 304 (24900 N. 163rd Avenue) on Saturday, September 30, from 9 am until 12 noon. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, tour their living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls.

For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.

Surprise Super Swap Meet

The city’s popular community-wide garage sale, Surprise Super Swap Meet, is set for Saturday, November 18 from 8 am until 1 pm at the Surprise Aquatic Center parking lot, 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. Parking and admission are free.

Vendor spaces for the event are now available to rent. Proceeds from the rental fees support senior programs. Space is limited and reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information or to receive an application for space, please call 623.222.1500 or visit the Surprise Senior Center at 15832 Hollyhock Street.

Did You Know?

Veterans Day Art Show – Call for Artists

The City of Surprise and the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission would like to invite all veterans who are painters, photographers, sculptors, illustrators, wood workers or work in any other medium to submit their artwork to be included in a display for the November 11, 2017 Veterans Day Parade. You need not be a professional artist. This show made its debut last year and was enjoyed by all who saw it. For further information about the show, please contact Susan deJong at 623-214-7537.

City’s Lock It or Lose It Campaign Wins National Award

An important community safety message is now award-winning! The City of Surprise Lock It or Lose It took top honors at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming Awards, held two weeks ago in Seattle, Washington. Lock It or Lose It placed first in the Public Service Announcement (PSA) category (Operating Budget Under $200,000).

The campaign was created by our Marketing and Communications team to support the Surprise Police Department’s efforts to reduce theft from vehicles. The PSA features a would-be thief trying to open several vehicles in a parking lot and in two cases the doors are unlocked and the thief is then seen casually walking away with his stolen goods. The campaign, first launched in 2007, was recently updated to introduce this important message to a new audience and remind the public that they are the “key” to preventing this type of crime.

Approximately 60 percent of all thefts from vehicles are the result of people leaving their car doors unlocked or leaving items of value in the car where would-be thieves can easily spot them. The message- if thieves can see it, they will steal it. By simply locking the doors of your vehicle and by taking valuable items with you or hiding them in a locked trunk, you can dramatically reduce the risk of being a crime victim.

You can view the PSA and learn more about Lock It or Lose It at www.surpriseaz.gov/lockit. See the list of NATOA Award winners at www.natoa.org. To report a crime or suspicious activity, call Surprise Police at 623.222.4000. If an emergency or dangerous situation, dial 911.

Surprise Community & Recreation Services Receives National Accreditation

The City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services (CRS) Department has received accreditation by the National Recreation and Parks Association. The Association recognized Surprise’s efforts to provide high quality parks and recreation services and experience to its residents and visitors.

The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) has issued a five-year accreditation to the city’s Community & Recreation Services Department after meeting more than 140 standards ranging from hiring practices to marketing techniques, from park planning to program implementation. The application and accreditation process was intensive, lasting more than 14 months. The final step was a hearing through the commission earlier this month.

The public will benefit from the accreditation by knowing that the city is adhering to best practices in the field of parks, facilities and programs. It also shows partners, potential funders and the public that Surprise operates under such standards. Congratulations, CRS!

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September 21, 2017 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Update

Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) issued a project improvement announcement for the Bell Road Bridge and Grand Avenue earlier this month. The on- and off-ramps at the Bell Road Bridge over Grand Avenue (US 60) have been closed this past week for roadway improvements both on and near the overpass.

The Bell/Grand ramps are scheduled to re-open at 5 p.m. on Sunday (Sept. 24), according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Drivers can use detour routes along Dysart and Litchfield roads to make connections between Bell Road and Grand Avenue. Bell Road will remain open for traffic traveling over the bridge.

Please expect restrictions along westbound Grand Avenue near Bell Grande Drive and near the Bell Road overpass.

City Council Work Session

Valley Metro Update Regarding Paratransit and RideChoice Programs

Valley Metro completely changed its transit service models on July 1, 2017. The previous model under the NW Dial-a-Ride contract ended and three new services were introduced to the city. The first service is the senior bus which falls under the Valley Metro Transdev operations. The second program is Regional ADA Paratransit also operated by Valley Metro and Transdev. The third service is similar to the old NW Dial-a-Ride program called RideChoice, operated by various cab companies and contracted directly by the resident once they are enrolled in the RideChoice program.

Residents who have utilized the service models since July have encountered various problems; most notably, no-show or late pick-ups on all services and trouble booking longer Regional ADA medical and work trips. Valley Metro is working with their contractors to resolve the issues. Recent changes by Transdev, staging buses on the west side at 99th Ave. and Peoria, will help on-time performance for Regional ADA service. The contractor for RideChoice will be hiring a staff position and locating them at Valley Metro’s mobility center for quicker response on RideChoice issues with the various cab companies. Residents that have been using Regional service for Surprise and shorter trips are being moved to RideChoice. Valley Metro is working with the city’s Human Service and Community Vitality Department staff to ensure next day service manifests are correct, and that there are two dedicated buses each day for senior service. Items that still need to be addressed are: driver retention; dispatch communication with all calls for service; enhanced cab company dedication to the Northwest Valley; on-time service; and improvement of subscription trip bookings for medical and work.

To assist Valley Metro, there are several things that you as a resident can do:

  1. Contact Valley Metro Customer Service anytime you have an issue with any of the services provided. This allows Valley Metro to document all complaints. That number is 602-253-5000 or email at csr@valleymetro.org.
  2. Familiarize yourself with your service needs:
    • if you are taking short trips within or nearby Surprise, use RideChoice. It’s cheaper for you and allows you the flexibility to self-book your trips with a cab company of your choice in the RideChoice system. Sign up by calling 602-716-2100. It will take 7 – 10 business days to receive a card and packet in the mail.
    • If you are in need of longer Regional trips for medical or work that are within Valley Metro’s ADA service area, use the Transdev Regional ADA. That number is 602-716-2200.
    • If you are going to the Senior Center on a regular basis, 3-5 times per week, contact the Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department to get signed up for the Senior Bus. That number is 623.222.1500.
  3. The City and Valley Metro will be developing a survey that will be mailed to Surprise residents who are signed up for either Regional ADA or RideChoice. Please complete the survey and return it so we can improve the service to you.

City Council Meeting

Asante Planned Area Development

Three Public Hearings were held as part of the City Council meeting on Tuesday pertaining to the Asante Planned Area Development (PAD). Asante North Major PAD Amendment is a project that requires rezoning of approximately 149.1 acres to allow for the development of a 369.2-acre private active adult community. Asante Major PAD Amendment also required the rezoning of approximately 220.1 acres to allow for the same aforementioned private active adult community. Lastly, the Asante Paradiso PAD is an overlay district that will establish specific development standards, design guidelines and permitted uses for the proposed 369.2 acres.

The three items passed unanimously.

District 3 Vacancy Appointment

City Council approved the appointment of Patrick Duffy to represent the residents of District 3 at their Tuesday night Regular Council Meeting. Mr. Duffy replaces John Williams, who resigned from Council on August 15, 2017.

Mr. Duffy is a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch and for the past 9 years has worked part-time as a City of Surprise Recreation Leader 3. He has lived in Surprise for eight years, two of them in the district he will now represent – District 3. In addition, he was a member of the Surprise Municipal Property Corporation Board since April 2017 and through his employment with the city, he has been part of numerous Community and Recreation Services events including Spring Training support, Relay for Life events and Cal Ripken All-Star games. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University.

Mr. Duffy will be ceremonially sworn into office at the next Council meeting on October 3. The term expiration for the appointment will be December 31, 2018; and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled Council election in August 2018.

Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission Vacancy Appointments

City Council approved the appointments of two applicants to fill vacancies for the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission. Doug Tolf was approved for a term which expires on June 30, 2020, and John “Jack” Hasting with a term expiration of June 30, 2019.

New Citywide Shop Local Program

During the Bell Road bridge construction, the city partnered with the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce to implement a digital marketing campaign to assist and retain the 277 local businesses located within the vicinity of the closure. Due to the success of the campaign, City Council asked staff to partner again and explore a citywide Shop Local campaign, leveraging the best practices learned.

The first year start-up costs are estimated at $55,000, and the campaign will be launched in November in conjunction with National Small Business Month and in support of the holiday shopping season. City Council unanimously voted to approve a budget amendment which will transfer the funding from the Economic Development Contingency Fun to the General Service Fund.

Adoption of New City Council Policy to Honor Exceptional Leaders

The City of Surprise has a storied history and limitless future. All of us sit on the shoulders of great people who invested a precious part of themselves to the benefit us. From time to time, residents have asked City Council to honor an exceptional leader by holding a special event or naming a city asset after this special individual. City Manager Bob Wingenroth has proposed a Council Office policy for honoring such individuals.

The aforementioned policy outlines a balanced, inclusive approach to provide the Surprise City Council with the information needed to take action in order to properly honor exceptional contributions to Surprise. This policy also includes the establishment of a task force that would include the Chair of three Council Commissions (Planning & Zoning, Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and Community Recreation Advisory Commission), an Assistant City Manager, the City Attorney or designee and the Public Works Director.

Events & Meetings

Constitution Day at Willow Canyon High School

I was invited to participate on a Constitution Day panel at Willow Canyon High School on Friday, September 15. Sharing their experiences also included Human Service and Community Vitality Director Seth Dyson, Associate Judge Catherine Gaudreau, and Attorney Laura Robertson. Thank you to Willow Canyon for the invite and to the students and administration for their hospitality!

Council Hall and Panel members setted at tables

Mark Your Calendar

City and Education Partners Hosting Voter Registration Drive

Dysart Unified School District and Ottawa University (OUAZ) in Surprise and the city are joining thousands of groups across the country in hosting voter registration drives on National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, September 26! The City of Surprise will have a Special Election on November 7 in which voters will be asked to decide three separate General Obligation Bond Questions to fund 10 projects in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. (Learn more about the projects, costs and tax impacts at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise).

2017 GO Bond voter registration reminder

ALL REGISTERED VOTERS WILL RECEIVE A BALLOT BY MAIL BEGINNING OCTOBER 11. The registration deadline to participate in this election is October 10. Below are the voter registration events planned on September 26:

Surprise City Hall- Community Room (16000 N. Civic Center Plaza): Voter registration tables and computers will be set up for eligible residents of Maricopa County to register to vote or ask questions about the process from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. A General Bond Obligation Public Meeting is also planned in the Council Chambers this date beginning at 6 p.m. for those interested in learning more about the bond questions and the projects. This meeting will be carried on Surprise TV, streamed at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv and Facebook Live at Surprise City Gov.

Dysart High Schools: The cafeterias will include voter registration tables with laptop access during each of the four high school’s lunch hours for students ages 18 and older, or school staff to register to vote or to receive information about how to register.

Ottawa University- Surprise: Voter registration tables with laptop access will be set up on campus for students ages 18 and older, or school staff to register to vote or to receive information about how to register, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

City staff and volunteers will be on hand at all locations to accept completed voter registration print forms or answer questions. Anyone who registers that day will receive an “I Registered to Vote Today” sticker!

The voter registration drives are made possible thanks to the Surprise City Clerk’s Office and generous volunteers from the League of Women Voters; Surprise Youth Council, the Surprise Chapter of Women Leading Government and students at Ottawa University.

You can learn more at: https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/ or contact the Surprise City Clerk’s Office at 623.222.1200 or clerk@surpriseaz.gov. Have you moved or need to change party affiliation since the last election cycle? You will need to update your voter registration information either in person or by visiting www.maricopa.vote. A reminder that the City Clerk’s Office remains open for voter registration through 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 10. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Surprise Fire-Medical Hosting Open Houses

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding a series of open houses at city fire stations. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, tour their living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls.

Dates for the open houses are as follows:

Saturday, September 30 – Station 304, 24900 N. 163rd Ave.
Saturday, October 14 – Station 305, 15517 N. Parkview Pl.
Saturday, November 4 – Station 306, 16645 W. Clearview Blvd.
Saturday, November 18 – Station 301, 16750 N. Village Dr East
Saturday, December 2 – Station 303, 15440 N. Cotton Ln.
Saturday, December 16 – Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Rd.

All open houses will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.

Did You Know?

Civic Center Drive is Open!

I am excited to announce Civic Center Drive, from Bell Road to Paradise Lane, is now open! The expansion of this road provides a new route to city events, public meetings, recreation amenities and the Surprise Stadium. The roadway consists of one lane in each direction and has a speed limit of 25 MPH. As development occurs adjacent to the roadway, there are plans to fully build Civic Center Drive to two lanes in each direction with a center median and sidewalks.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are looking for meaningful ways to utilize your gifts to make a difference, Experience Matters is hosting a free information session on September 27. Experience Matters is an organization that connects talented, experienced people with non-profits. The session will be held on Wednesday, September 27 from 10 -11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall (Conference Room 150), 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. For more information or to register, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby@sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

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March 2, 2017 • Newsletter

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Project

Last week, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) released a final weekly update. The opening of the new Grand Avenue ramps connecting to the Bell Road overpass on February 16 was the last major milestone for the project. While there is still some work to complete, ADOT and its partners are pleased to have opened all the new connections at the interchange, allowing much-improved traffic flow for the region.

The project team will complete permanent lane striping on sections of new pavement along Grand Avenue on March 5 and March 6. Crews also will finish minor work on signage, landscaping and signals as the project comes to an end.

While the construction took place in Districts 4 and 5, it affected people throughout the city. I wanted to personally thank each of you for your patience during the project. The major project went off with relative ease thanks to ADOT and members of our internal project team who effectively communicated weekly status reports to our residents and provided City Council, staff and residents with monthly updates at City Council meetings as well as attended dozens of HOA meetings to ensure our residents’ questions were answered. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Events & Meetings

Arizona Federal Credit Union Ribbon Cutting

Arizona Federal Credit Union celebrated the opening of their Surprise branch on Thursday, February 22 with a ribbon cutting and grand opening event. This is their first branch in the Northwest Valley. They are a member-owned financial service organization with 14 branches throughout the valley.

Arizona Federal Credit Union Ribbon Cutting

Mountain Vista Ranch Annual Party

I attended the Mountain Vista Ranch HOA Annual Party on Saturday, February 25. The event was well-attended and provided me an opportunity to talk to many constituents.

Opening Day @ Surprise Stadium

Councilmembers and our Spring Training volunteer organization, Surprise Sundancers, celebrated opening day at Surprise Stadium on Saturday, February 25 along with a full stadium of attendees. Welcome back, Rangers & Royals!

Surprise Youth Council Event

On the night of Saturday February 25, you may have seen an array of multi-colored lights in the sky and heard the sound of laughter and dance music cascading down from the 4th floor of the Civic Center parking garage. This was Level 4; the first annual social event planned and executed by the Surprise Youth Council, featuring music, dancing, a host of games like air hockey and old school arcade favorites, live art, food, and much more. From 6 to 9 p.m., more than 220 teenagers from high schools all around Surprise came to dance, eat, and socialize with friends in a positive and unique environment unlike any other in the City. Part dance club, part rooftop party, Level 4 provided teens with the experience of an exciting big city event here in their hometown. The City of Surprise’s Youth Services Division is committed to developing Level 4 into one the City’s signature youth events, growing our youth’s sense of connection to their community and the City’s reputation as an innovative and forward thinking organization that is truly invested in the quality of life of our youth. Stay tuned for more exciting events, programs, and initiatives coming out of Surprise’s Youth Services Division.

Economic Development Event @ Surprise Stadium

I attended an event hosting the retail industry during a spring training game on Wednesday, March 1. The event provided elected officials and city staff the opportunity to network with several retailers in advance of the International Council of Shopping Centers Conference later this spring.

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Surprise Police Explorers Host “Tip-A-Cop” Event

The Surprise Police Department Police Explorer Post 2236 will join forces with the staff at the local Outback Steakhouse Restaurant, located at 14225 W. Grand Avenue, in order to raise donations in support of the their growing program. The event will be held on Saturday, March 4 from 4 – 8 p.m.

The Explorers are inviting the public to join them at the event and help support their fund raising efforts during this “Tip-a-Cop” event. So, come meet some of the Explorers and enjoy some of your favorite food. Remember to bring your change to tip your “server” and make a donation/contribution to help the Explorers raise funds to support their growing program.

Click here to learn more information about Surprise Police Explorer Post 2236: http://ow.ly/VqYMc

Citywide Text Amendment to Chapter 113

The City is currently in the process of updating its Sign Code and seeks your input.  A series of outreach meetings are being scheduled during the month of March.  The first of those meetings will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8 at the Surprise Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Avenue.  View meeting details…

Did You Know?

Valley Vista High School Girls Basketball Wins State Title

Valley Vista High School Girls basketball won the 6A Conference state championship at Grand Canyon University Arena on February 28. They beat Goodyear Millennium High School 44-36 in the championship game! Congratulations to all of you on this exciting win!

West Valley Agencies Join Together To Enhance Police Services

In April 2016, the Surprise Police Department and many other police departments located throughout the West Valley came together to form a coalition to enhance their efforts in serving citizens experiencing a mental health crisis.

The importance of enhancing these police services and providing additional training was recently highlighted in the 2015 release of the Final Report of the “President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing”. The report outlined six pillars; including Pillar Five: Training & Education. This pillar discusses training of police officers in many different areas of discipline, but particularly outlined the importance of providing proper training to police officers in regard to their response to crisis intervention and other mental health issues.

As a result, the West Valley Crisis Intervention Team Coalition (WVCIT) was formed. The coalition is currently comprised of the following police agencies: the Surprise Police Department, the Glendale Police Department, the Goodyear Police Department, the Peoria Police Department, the Avondale Police Department, the Tolleson Police Department, the El Mirage Police Department, and the Buckeye Police Department.

City Ambulance Service Grows

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department now has a second city-run ambulance in operation, advancing its goal of becoming the primary provider of emergency transport in the city. Surprise Fire-Medical launched its ambulance service in November 2015 with one ambulance running out of Fire Station 305 at Greenway Road and Parkview Place. In just one year of operation, that ambulance responded to nearly 2,500 calls for service.

Funding for two new ambulances was approved by City Council through the 2017 budget. One of those ambulances now operates out of Fire Station 302 near Reems Road and Mountain View Boulevard. The other new ambulance has replaced the one at Fire Station 305. The used ambulance from station 305 now serves as a backup when one of the new ambulances needs to be serviced. Private ambulance companies continue to supplement the coverage needed throughout the city.

“Our community is growing and our needs are changing,” said Surprise Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott. “We are constantly analyzing those needs and taking action to ensure we can continue to deliver the best possible response times and premier patient care.”

Learn more about Surprise-Fire Medical at www.surpriseaz.gov/fire.

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May 22, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Special Meeting

City Pavement Condition Assessment

The Public Works Department presented the results of analyses pertaining to the Pavement Preservation Program. A consultant had been hired to determine the overall condition of our roads and to provide us with OCI (Overall Condition Index) which is a numerical index (between 0-100) utilized to indicate the general condition of pavement. A new road is 100. The City would like to maintain an 80 to maximize our investment on the roads and ultimately save money. OCI has declined in the past 10 years so it is recommended we continue to invest in pavement preservation to maintain 80 OCI.

City of Surprise Water Resource Management Policies

Through the guidance of the Council’s Committee on Water Resource Planning, Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe brought before Council four water-related strategic policies over the last several months. Those policies are Water Conservation, Use of Reclaimed Water, Water Acquisition, and Water Funding. These policies were unanimously approved by City Council on Tuesday evening.

Staff will now begin to complete Integrated Water Master Plan Phase II (Water Resources II) and Phase III (Infrastructure). City Council is expected to receive an update on Phase II in June. In addition, the Committee and staff plan to establish acquisition targets and update General Plan language related to water and development.

Series 2015 Obligation

Finance Director Lindsey Duncan discussed refinancing the MPC 2003 bond at a lower rate; therefore saving the City an estimated $1.2 million dollars. The refinance would also extend the term of the bond from 2020 to 2024. The City is looking to pair the refinancing with the clubhouse renovation bond issuance which will also save administrative and issuance costs.

Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee Discussion

On February 18, the City Council approved the creation of the Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee. The Committee met on three occasions to review and educate themselves on the use of general obligation bonds to fund specific capital improvement projects (transportation, public safety and parks & recreation); identify appropriate communication methods for educating residents and voters and to determine if any capital improvement project items are more appropriate to add to a potential bond initiative.

While the City Council decided it is not the time for a bond initiative, it was helpful to have the community’s assistance with determining priorities concerning our projects. I’d like to personally thank the Committee for their hard work and resolve. For more information, please feel free to visit www.surpriseaz.gov/CIFE.

Events & Meetings

IRIS USA Ground Breaking

IRIS USA hosted their groundbreaking for their manufacturing, distribution and Western U.S. Regional Headquarters in Skyway Business Park in Surprise on Thursday, May 21. IRIS USA represents a nearly $40 million investment, 100 new jobs and $800,000 of new city revenues in the first year of operations.

IRIS Ground Breaking

Surprise Fire-Medical 10th Annual Awards Ceremony

I attended the 10th Annual Awards Ceremony for the Surprise Fire-Medical Department on Friday, May 15. Several awards were given to our outstanding civil servants. Please join me in congratulating them!

The Fire Chief’s Award and Company of the Year award went to E302 A shift consisting of Captain Wes Odom, Steve Spirlong, Chris Gouso, Abram Fogelson, BC Dan Gromer and Captain Donny Martinez; EMT of the Year award recipient is Robert Jenkins; Paramedic of the Year award recipient is Louis D’Angelo; Civilian of the Year award recipient is James Whitehead; Crisis Response Rookie of the Year recipient is Calvin Rowen; Firefighter of the Year is Ryan Flinn; and individual citation recognitions went to Clint Fogelson, Captain Nick Colombo, Captain Renee Hamblin and Captain Scott Smith. One award, the Perry Award, was given to James Ruff. This award is given to a Fire personnel recipient that best represents the Department’s core values of Team, Trust, Professionalism and Efficiency.

Chief Award E302 A Shift
E302 A Shift receiving their Fire Chief Award

Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Breakfast

Councilman Jim Biundo and I attended the Surprise Regional Chamber breakfast on the morning of Tuesday, May 19. Patrick McDermott, Relationship Manager with APS, spoke about Arizona’s energy future.

Patrick McDermott, APS, addressing the Chamber crowd
Patrick McDermott, APS, addressing the Chamber crowd

National Public Works Week

They keep our streets in good condition; they pick-up our trash and recycling; they keep our water clean; and they do so much more. They are the team members that make-up the City of Surprise Public Works, Water Resource Management and Community Development Departments. In their honor, the City recognizes May 17 through May 23 as National Public Works Week.

Mayor Wolcott officially claimed this week in honor of Public Works during the City Council Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 19. In addition, a small reception to thank these employees was provided beforehand. These employees impact our daily lives in the areas of planning, building, and maintaining city facilities to produce a wonderful quality of life for residents. Thank you to each and every one of them!

Public Works Reception

Did You Know?

Economic Development Recognitions

I am very excited to share some great news with you! Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic has been appointed as the Vice-chair of the GPEC Economic Development Directors Team (EDDT)! She will be the first West Valley representation on this particular GPEC Board in quite some time, and next year, she will ascend to the role of Chair. Congratulations, Jeanine! We are lucky to have you in Surprise!

City of Surprise Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover has been named the “2015 Economic Developer of the Year” by the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED). Mr. Hoover was nominated in the Large Community category by AAED peers. The nomination was evaluated based on overall economic impact to the community, the development of strong relationships and community support, the innovation and creativity utilized in the process and contributions made to the economic development profession. Congratulations Mike!

Jeanine Jerkovic
Jeanine Jerkovic
Mike Hoover
Mike Hoover

Kingswood Parke Sidewalk Connection Project

The City of Surprise will soon begin a project to connect the sidewalk on the east side of Parkview Place, north of Bell Road. Three trees will be removed on Friday, May 29 and the concrete sidewalk will be poured on Saturday, May 30. Barricades will be removed by late Saturday afternoon. There will be some final cleanup on Monday or Tuesday of the following week.

We Need Your Help!

Do you prefer the look of Tuscan or Contemporary homes? Do you think all city parks should have ramadas? We would love to hear your opinion. You can provide us with your preferences via our new online survey which features colorful images of various concepts. The survey can be taken at http://bit.ly/visualsurvey and your input from the survey will help city planners as they work to update plans pertaining to both land-use and parks and recreation.

For more information on any of the planning updates, please feel free to contact either Joshua Mike at Joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3134 or Lloyd Abrams at Lloyd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3021.

Mark Your Calendar

Surprise Pools Open – May 23

As the days continue to get warmer, our pools are getting ready to open for summer swim on Saturday, May 23. Daily admission for residents is $1 per child, ages 12 and under, and $2 per adult with proof of residency. Non-residents are $5. Pool passes are also available for purchase. Children, 10 years of age and younger, must be accompanied by a responsible person (16 or older) at all times.

The Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. The weekend hours for the pool are 12 noon until 5 pm, including Memorial Day. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from Noon until 6 pm and Friday from Noon until 4 pm.

The Hollyhock Pool is located at 15808 N. Hollyhock Street. The weekend hours are Noon until 5 pm, including Memorial Day. Weekday open swim hours are Monday through Thursday from Noon until 3 pm.

Memorial Day Event at Radiant Church

The Surprise Veterans will be hosting a Memorial Day event at Radiant Church on Memorial Day, which is Monday, May 25, at 3 pm. Radiant Church is located 15522 W. Paradise Lane in Surprise.

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