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September 18, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Work Session

Capital Scholars Program Presentation

Capital Scholars is a collaborative program with students from Arizona Charter Academy and Imagine Prep in Surprise. The goal of the program is to introduce students to the municipal and legislative process in Arizona. For 2015, the students met with City of Surprise representatives from the Police, Community and Recreation Services and Fire Departments with hopes that they can create “bills” that will impact their own neighborhoods.

During the City Council Work Session on Tuesday evening, the Scholars presented their ideas which included: Doughnuts with Police, the City of Surprise Traveling Library, Local Building for Recreational Art Use, Recreation in Surprise, CCC (Continuous Chest Compression) Across Dysart Schools, and Fire Service Education Betterment.

The Capital Scholars Program began as the brainchild of Representative Rick Gray in 2014. I congratulate the students on their success, and I thank them for their diligent work putting together their respective proposals.

General Plan Elements Update

City staff is currently updating key elements of General Plan 2035 which takes into consideration land use, economic development, roadway systems, housing, growth areas, recreation and open spaces. On September 9, staff hosted a Stakeholder Meeting and Community Open House to review the land use element of the General Plan. Currently, the City’s incorporated land area is approximately 108 square miles. In contrast, the City’s planning area is 302 square miles which includes the current incorporated and unincorporated areas. With such a large planning area in relation to the City’s current municipal limits, Surprise is a community that is poised for future growth. Defining where and how this growth will appear is imperative to maintaining a sustainable community and character which is distinct to Surprise.

The Land Use Element provides the critical foundation we need to guide us. It utilizes a sustainable approach that balances development and conservation within the Surprise planning area to ensure that infrastructure is maximized and adequate distribution of services, employment, open space and recreation are provided in proximity to where people live. Staff provided a general overview of the existing community form and land ownership composition and provided details regarding the proposed character area approach and associated strategies that form the vision for future land use within Surprise.

The Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the Land Use Element at their meeting on September 17. The start of the 60–day review period as required by Arizona law, begins on September 18. The draft Land Use Element documents can be found at www.surpriseaz.gov/GPupdate. The City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission will host a General Plan Summit meeting on December 4 to discuss the General Plan Amendment and a focus will be placed on Economic Development.

Community Development Director Eric Fitzer presenting to Council
Community Development Director Eric Fitzer presenting to Council

City Council Meeting

Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Status Report

Early results are in for the fiscal year 2015, which ended on June 30, and the General Fund is outperforming estimates set during the recently completed budget process. General Fund resources are up 1.8% or $1.7 million over the estimates, fueled in large part by better than expected local sales tax collections. Meanwhile, expenses in the General Fund are below estimates by 2.9% or $2.7 million. The combination of the two results in a positive increase of $4.4 million in the General Fund.

During the budget process, the need for facility, vehicle, and equipment maintenance and replacement was discussed and set as a high priority. On October 6, the City Council will discuss action to increase funding in these areas using a portion of fiscal year 2015 gains. City Manager Bob Wingenroth and our Finance team have done a fantastic job. Thank you!

Events & Meetings

Rotary Club of Surprise Induction

On Thursday, September 10, I was inducted into the Rotary Club of Surprise. I was honored to be invited to become a member of this selfless service organization, and I look forward to sharing my passion of helping with others with my Rotarian peers.

Councilman Hall receiving his rotary induction

Councilman Hall with rotary members

Desert Streams Lutheran Church of Surprise Groundbreaking

Vice Mayor John Williams and I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Desert Streams Lutheran Church in Surprise on Saturday, September 12. The church started services at Rosefield Charter School, but will soon expand to a new church at the northwest corner of Reems and Hearn. Congratulations on your expansion!

Surprise Farms II Block Party

Surprise Farms II hosted a block party on Saturday, September 12. It was a great opportunity to meet some of the residents of District 1!

Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission Meeting

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission met on Monday, September 14 at City Hall. Amongst several items on the agenda, the Commission discussed the establishment of a display plan for art on the City Hall campus. Nicole Lance, Deputy City Manager and staff liaison to the Commission, will be working with the building’s architect for input on the plan.

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission is responsible for ensuring public art policies and procedures are drafted and reviewed for ultimate recommendation to the City Council. Staff is currently exploring options for completing this task and will most likely utilize an outside firm to help establish the policies to determine the best next steps forward.

Dysart Unified School District’s Constitution Day Veterans Panel

Several Surprise Veterans, including me, were invited to take part on a Veteran’s panel at Willow Canyon High School as part of Dysart Unified School District’s Constitution Day events. The entire morning was spent talking to combined social study classes regarding our respective military experiences and how they directly relate to the Constitution.

Panelist included Bob Marotta, Julia Holland, Councilman Biundo, Staff Sgt. Jesse Schneider and Wayne Zaricor
Panelist included Bob Marotta, Julia Holland, Councilman Biundo, Staff Sgt. Jesse Schneider and Wayne Zaricor

A special thank you to Willow Canyon Principal Dr. Jayne Wieferich, and Assistant Principals Cheryl Pete and John Williams for hosting this memorable event!

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Special Work Session Meeting

City Council will hold a Special Work Session on Tuesday, September 22 at City Hall to discuss the city’s sign code policy. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. in the Council Chambers.

City staff is in the process of amending the City of Surprise Sign Code and at this work session is looking for general policy guidance from the Council. The main question to be answered will be what is the vision for signage in the City of Surprise, is it to the extreme of regulating signage vigorously or is it more of a laissez faire approach, or a combination where the city should be thinking about regulating some signage more than other signage.

Second Sundays Fall Series Returns

Second Sundays in the Park concert series, presented by Surprise Toyota, is returning! This free family event will take place in the center of the Surprise Community Park located at 15953 N. Bullard Avenue. The first fall performance is Sunday, October 11, and the Silverkats Live will perform 70’s and 80’s cover tunes. We hope to see you there!

Did You Know?

Traffic Restrictions

In preparation for the 115th Avenue and Union Hills drainage improvement project, APS is relocating some of their infrastructure located within the intersection of 115th Avenue and Union Hills Drive. The following traffic restrictions are in place as follows:

Beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 18 through 6 a.m. on Monday, September 21

  • 115th Avenue north and southbound lanes will be closed from Beardsley Road to Union Hills Drive.
  • 115th Avenue northbound lanes will be closed north of the Avenue of the Arts.

For the most current information on traffic restrictions, visit the traffic restrictions webpage at http://ow.ly/RKXZJ.

Bullard Avenue Task Force Meeting

The Bullard Avenue Task Force comprised of volunteer residents, school officials and a business representative have been tasked with studying workable solutions, while maintaining safety along Bullard Avenue, from Greenway to Peoria. They will be presented with current traffic data and asked to consider the options heard from the public. This group may identify additional options during the course of conversation.

The public is invited to attend this meeting on Thursday, September 24 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room of City Hall.

If you have questions, please contact Public Works Director Mike Gent at 623.222.6223.

Fall Events for Teens

The City is excited to offer teens a full lineup of things to do this fall. Some of the events include a dodgeball tournament, a teen night, a haunted maze and much more. For more information, please be sure to follow Surprise Teen Programs on Facebook at www.facebook.com/surpriseteenprograms or you can always contact our Community and Recreation Services Department at 623.222.2000.

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June 26, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

City Council Executive Session

The City Council met in executive session on Thursday, June 18 for discussion regarding mid-year reviews for our appointed officials (City Manager, City Clerk and City Attorney). This is standard protocol in order for the full City Council to manage the appointee review process.

Commerce Park Business Meeting

Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva hosted a meeting for the businesses located in her district on Monday, June 22. Representatives from ADOT, the Surprise Police Department and the City’s Community Development Department were present, as well as various City staff, business owners from Commerce Park and myself. Discussion included updates on the Bell Road/Grand Avenue corridor project, crime prevention and Street Light Improvement Districts (SLIDS).

WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee

I attended the WESTMARC Water & Energy Committee meeting in Peoria on Wednesday, June 24. Following the call to order and introductions, Tom Buschatzke, Director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, gave an overview of Arizona’s Water Banking Authority, established in 1996 to store the State’s unused Colorado River water entitlement. In addition to the Water Banking overview, Mr. Buschatzke discussed the potential shortage on the Colorado River. He emphasized that there is 0% probability in 2016 and 47% probability of a water shortage in 2017 in Arizona. He stated that Arizona is in a good position because of long-range planning and proper water management, specifically, the 1980 Groundwater Management Act. Currently, Arizona’s efforts to address challenges on the Colorado River are part of the state’s Drought Contingency Plan, which includes discussions with other basin states, the Department of Interior, and Colorado River contract holders.

Following Mr. Buschatzke, Mr. Eric Massey, Air Quality Director from the Arizona Department of Water Quality, discussed current air quality problems facing Arizona, asserting that air quality has improved over the years. However, Arizona is still not in compliance with the EPA air quality standards. Many of the causes of air pollution in Arizona are beyond the control of ADEQ, such as dust storms, geography, climate, and pollution crossing its borders, but the State’s largest pollution generator is vehicle emissions. ADEQ continues to operate an extensive monitoring network, vehicle emissions program, air quality forecasting, high pollution advisories, community outreach, and continues to work with the EPA on clean power.

Home Builder Association Water Meeting

Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and I met with representatives from the Home Builder Association on Thursday, June 25 to further discuss Surprise’s water policies.

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Traffic Restrictions

Due to construction, Grand Avenue will be closed in both directions on Saturday, June 27 at 1 a.m. until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 29 from the Loop 303 to Sunrise Boulevard/RH Johnson Boulevard.

Southeast bound traffic on Grand Ave. approaching the Loop 303 will have access to the 303 and be able to go north to El Mirage Rd. or south to Bell Rd. as a detour route.

Northwest bound Grand Ave traffic will be directed to Reems Rd. to westbound Bell Rd. to the Loop 303 as a detour. Access to Sunrise Blvd. and RH Johnson will still be maintained.

The Arizona Department of Transportation works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions, but there is a possibility that unscheduled closures or restrictions may occur. Weather can also affect a project schedule. To stay up to date with the latest highway conditions around the state, visit the ADOT Traveler Information Center at az511.gov or call 5-1-1. For those outside of Arizona, dial 1.888.411.ROAD (7623).

32nd Annual 4th of July Celebration

We welcome you to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, on Saturday, July 4. The celebration will feature an evening filled with musical entertainment by “Nothin’ But a Party Band”, food and fun, vendor village, a Rookie League baseball game with in-game contests and family giveaways that will lead to a spectacular fireworks display!

Admission is free with a canned food donation. Parking is also free. Gates will open at 4:30 pm and the game will begin at 5:30 pm. The game will feature the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners Rookie League summer teams. Concessions will be available for purchase. The stadium food and beverage policy will be in effect.

This year’s event will also include a live musical celebration by “That Kool Band” at the Surprise 8-Acres Park beginning at approximately 6:30 pm. The park is located next to the stadium and provides the perfect lawn setting for families to enjoy music, purchase food and beverages and enjoy a great view of the fireworks. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 8:30 pm.

Crime Prevention Fair

The Surprise Police Department is hosting a Crime Prevention Fair on Saturday, June 27 from 1-5 pm. The event will occur at the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza. Representatives from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will provide crime prevention tips. Representatives from DrugFreeAZkids.org are also scheduled to appear and provide information about substance abuse.

There will be a ribbon cutting for the new MedReturn Drug Collection Unit as well. The collection unit will be installed in the lobby area of the Surprise Police Department. This unit will provide the community with a safe, simple, secure and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications. I hope to see you there!

Did You Know?

Hot Cars Can Kill

Did you know that the interior of a car can heat up to 20 degrees in just 10 minutes? In this heat, dangerous temperatures aren’t hard to reach! The Surprise Police remind you to:

  • Never leave a child alone in a car
  • Look for kids and pets before you lock your vehicle
  • Call 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash related fatalities for children 14 and younger. A child’s temperature heats up 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult’s temperature and once a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, they die.


Calling All Veterans!

Arizona Department of Employment Security (DES) has partnered with Hilton Hotels to support veterans! Thanks to this partnership, DES offers free hotels stays to veterans, spouses and transitioning service members for employment-related travel. While hundreds of veterans have successfully utilized the program, there are no limits on the number of eligible people who can enroll. Hotel stays are for employment-related travel more than 50 miles away from an individual’s current residence.

Interested individuals must meet certain criteria of the Hilton HHonors Military Rewards Program, including: meeting the definition of a veteran, being a resident of Arizona, registering on the DES free job-search website at www.AZJobConnection.gov, enrolling online for a free HHonors account. For additional information about this program or the eligibility requirements, please contact Ray Tilkens at 520.209.1038 or rtilkens@azdes.gov.

Sidewalk Closure

The sidewalk on the west side of Bullard Avenue is closed from Greenway Road to Tierra Buena Lane due to construction activity associated with the Surprise Stadium improvements. The sidewalk on the east side of Bullard Avenue is accessible via the pedestrian signal at Tierra Buena Lane or the crosswalk at Greenway Road.

Please note that this closure is expected to last through the month of July.

Surprise Police Volunteer Program Wins Award!

The Surprise Police Department’s Volunteer Program won the 2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs.

The Citizen’s Patrol has grown from 7 volunteers in 1997 to 50 active program participants today. The program was established to assist the Surprise Police Department in responding to the City’s 1000% growth rate over the past 16 years. Having grown into its role as an integral part of the Department, the Citizen’s Patrol volunteers carry out many operational and administrative functions. In 2014 alone, the volunteers from the Citizen’s Patrol provided 26,483 volunteer hours. That is the equivalent of nearly 13 full-time employees and an estimated cost avoidance of $662,000.

The members of this program have truly become a fundamental part of our organization. Thank you to each and every volunteer and to our police and city administration who make this successful program possible!

Friendly Reminder – City Council Recess

The Surprise City Council is on recess from City Council meetings in July. For this reason, there will not be a newsletter next month; however, I will resume the newsletters in August. Thank you!

I wish you all a wonderful Independence Day! As always, I appreciate you and your support!

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June 5, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

New Council Conversation on Surprise 11

Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and I taped a Council Conversation on Thursday, June 4, regarding his new department and other water resource related items. Please tune in on Surprise 11 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprise11 to watch!

Council Conversations

Surprise Entrepreneurial Boot Camp

The City is proud to announce the winners of the second annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, Bulldog Drives. After completing the five-day boot camp on June 5, Bulldog Drives team members Jeremy Lomas, Juan Ramos, Pablo Zazueta, Shekira Jackson and Shyanne Black, pitched their business idea, along with two other teams, to Vice Mayor John Williams, Councilman Todd Tande and me in a Shark Tank-style program conclusion. Among other prizes, Bulldog Drives received Samsung Galaxy IV tablets for each member and $2,000 to launch their business on the Arizona Charter Academy campus next year.

Bulldog Drives will offer a certified four week drivers permit preparation course for $60, which is approximately half the cost of the average permit preparation course. Once established, this permit course will be the only program in Surprise taught on a school’s campus.

The Surprise Entrepreneurial Boot Camp is a partnership between Surprise charter high schools and the AZ TechCelerator, led by Economic Development Coordinator Julie Neal. The goal of the program is to foster entrepreneurial thinking and provide an opportunity for participants to think strategically about the needs of the students at their school. Camp participants were divided into three teams and, with direction from mentors and guest speakers, taught how to identify service needs, create a plan and present a business concept. Additionally, the students learned business fundamentals including marketing, economics and most importantly, teamwork.

Congratulations to all the teams that participated. I’m very proud of you! Also, I would like to personally thank Julie Neal and all of the sponsors including Rioglass Solar, Intrepid Tools, MD24 House Call, Sheitelman Chiropractic Center, Cobalt Medical, and the Surprise Lions Club.

Economic Development Meeting

Councilman Todd Tande, Councilman Roland Winters and I met with staff from Economic Development and potential businesses interested in locating to Surprise.

Earlier last month, Texas Roadhouse picked up their permits and began grading their location on Grand Avenue near Trader Joe’s. The Surprise Economic Development team is working diligently to add businesses and restaurants to our great City!

Entrepreneurial Boot Camp Students
Entrepreneurial Boot Camp Medal

WHAM Exhibit Opening at Birt’s Bistro

I attended the WHAM Exhibit Opening at Birt’s Bistro on Thursday, June 11. This reception was a great opportunity to support our local west valley WHAM artists.

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Traffic Restrictions

Crews have continued to pave near the interchange of Loop 303 and El Mirage Road. Work will continue nightly Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19. For more information about this work, please call 855.712.8530 or you can email projects@azdot.gov.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has also issued an update regarding construction at Grand Avenue and the Loop 303. The US 60 (Grand Avenue) will be restricted in both directions from 1 am until 12 noon on Saturday, June 13 near Loop 303 while traffic is switched to the new on- and off-ramps to and from southbound Loop 303. Following Saturday’s work, drivers will utilize the new signalized intersection to make US 60 ramp connections to and from southbound Loop 303.

Southwest Invitational

The Southwestern Invitational which exhibits the work of 48 contemporary Arizona artists will travel to five galleries around the state this year and through 2016. The exhibits first stop is the West Valley Art Council (16126 N. Civic Center Plaza). This exhibit will be on display June 16 through July 23, and the gallery is open from 10 am until 3 pm Tuesday through Thursday. Admission is free! We hope to see you there!

Crime Prevention Fair

The Surprise Police are hosting a Crime Prevention Fair on Saturday, June 27, from 1 pm until 5 pm in the Surprise Public Safety Auditorium located at 14250 West Statler Plaza. The event will feature information on a new property theft reduction program, facts about substance abuse, an opportunity to drop-off unwanted or expired medications, and much more.

A representative from the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, Division Chief Scott Blum, is the keynote speaker and he will be available to answer your questions! Representatives from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will also be in attendance to discuss crime prevention tips and provide helpful advice.

This event will mark the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of a new MedReturn Drug Collection Unit. This unit will be located in the lobby area of the Surprise Police Department, and it will provide the community with a safe, simple, secure and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications, including prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine.

Did You Know?

Certificate of Necessity

The City received notification from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) that the Surprise Fire-Medical Department was awarded with a Certificate of Necessity (CON) to provide ground transportation of emergency patients. We are the first fire department outside of Phoenix to receive a CON in 30 years. This is a huge achievement for the City and our Fire-Medical Department! We could not have done it without the help of Chief Tom Abbott and our City Management team! Thank you!

City is Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commissions

The City is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions:

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission – 2 vacancies
  • Community & Recreation Services Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Disability Advisory Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Health Trust Fund Board – 3 vacancies
  • Personnel Appeals Board – 1 vacancy
  • Planning & Zoning Commission – 1 vacancy
  • Tourism Commission – 2 vacancies (1 hotel industry and 1 restaurant industry)

All Board/Commission positions are voluntary. Applications are available for pick-up immediately. Applications are available at the City Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday, from 8 am until 5 pm or online at www.surpriseaz.gov. Please submit your applications to the City Clerk’s office in person or via email at clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

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May 29, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

IRIS USA Groundbreaking

IRIS USA hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 21 in celebration of their future Surprise location! The 300,000 square foot facility will be located in the City’s Skyway Business Park off Cactus Road between Dysart and Litchfield Road. It will include manufacturing, distribution and their Western U.S. Regional headquarters.

IRIS USA Groundbreaking

Valley Metro RPTA Meeting

On Thursday, May 21, I attended the monthly Valley Metro RPTA meeting in Phoenix. The City will be maintaining the increased January 2015 Dial-a-Ride service level through June 2016. Dial-a-Ride currently offers 140 one-way weekday trips and 30 one-way Saturday trips. Service hours are Monday through Saturday from 5 am to 8 pm.

The City is partnering with Valley Metro to develop a short range transit plan which will allow Surprise residents to connect to the Valley’s regional bus and light rail grid. An update will be provided to City Council in the fall of 2015.

Surprise Citizen Corp Council

The Surprise Citizen Corp Council (SCCC) met on May 21. I invited Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and Environmental Manager Christine Nunez to speak to the Committee about the City’s water supply and their emergency response plan. Through their presentation, they discussed what problems could arise and how the City is able to cope with emergencies that may affect our water system.

The SCCC will discuss next steps, goals and the formation of a marketing plan at their next meeting.

Memorial Day Events

I participated in several Memorial Day events over the past weekend, including the Surprise Library Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday, May 23, the Coyote Lakes Memorial Day Community Event and the Memorial Day Commemoration at Radiant Church.

We will never forget those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We owe not only our debt of gratitude to them but to the families they left behind. It is my honor to share in these solemn events to pay tribute to these heroes.

Did You Know?

Bell Road Traffic Restrictions

The Bell Road eastbound curb lane will be restricted from Village Drive West to El Mirage Road from May 28 through June 1 so that Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) contractors can perform warranty work in this area. Additional restrictions are scheduled on El Mirage Road at Bell from June 1 – June 15. If you have any questions, please contact the MCDOT 24-hour construction hotline at 602.506.3342.

Bullard Road Speed Limit Change

In an effort to create a multi-modal corridor on Bullard Avenue, the City will reduce the speed limit on Bullard Avenue, between Peoria Avenue and Greenway Road, to 35 miles per hour, pursuant to a previous City Council meeting. The change will occur this summer and signs will be posted in the area closer to the transition date. This change will match the current speed limit on Bullard from Bell Road to Greenway Road.

By transforming Bullard Avenue into a collector street, it allows for the future creation of a multi-modal corridor that would include bicycle and electric vehicle usage.

Public Art at Bell & Grand

Following several rounds of public meetings and online input, a preferred public art concept was unveiled for the City’s busiest gateway – Bell Road and Grand Avenue.

Artist Meg Saligman presented the concept to the public and the City Council at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, May 19. The concept centers on the agave plant and utilizes paint, light, sculptured concrete and metal fencing as design elements. You can view the concept online and offer your comments at www.surpriseaz.gov/bellandgrand. You can also contact Lloyd Abrams at 623.222.3021.

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 surveys and 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, 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.

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Surprise HOA Academy

Registration is now open for the very popular Surprise HOA Academy. The goal of the academy is to provide expert information for the West Valley HOA board members, management company staff and homeowners. The topics range from CC&R enforcement and code compliance to contracts and budgeting.

The first class will begin on Monday, October 19 from 6 pm until 9 pm in the Public Safety Auditorium (14250 W. Statler Plaza). To find out more or to register online, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HOAacademy or contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242.

City Staff Recognized

2015 Treatment Plant Operator of the Year

A City of Surprise employee was recognized as the 2015 Treatment Plant Operator of the Year by the AZ Water Association at their annual conference this month. Reynaldo Aldava, with our City’s Water Resource Management Department, received the award in the Large System category.

Mr. Aldava is a 13 year employee with the city and has been a Lead Wastewater Operator for the past two years. His nomination for the award detailed his outstanding contribution to the Surprise team, including his improvement of system performance and reliability, promotion of safety practices and contribution to helping reduce the operational budget. It also highlighted his innovativeness, including an example of how he recently implemented an operational practice that will save the City of Surprise 3.68 million gallons of potable water a year. Congratulations, Reynaldo, and thank you for all you do!

Treatment Plant Operator of the Year Reynaldo

AZ Water is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit educational organization with a membership of 2,200 water/wastewater professionals dedicated to preserving and enhancing Arizona’s water environment. Although AZ Water is an independent organization, it also serves as the Arizona section of the American Water Works Association and the Arizona member association of the Water Environment Federation.

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