City Council Work Session
Valley Metro Transit Services Contract
City Council received a detailed outline of the new RideChoice program being offered by Valley Metro. The new program began in Surprise on October 1 and will be implemented in other cities that participate in the program on December 1, 2018. The new program has additional service options, such as Lyft, and additional wheelchair carriers. From now until December 1, those currently utilizing the system who wish to remain on the old program can do so, but after November 30, everyone will use the new program.
Some benefits to the new program are:
- Lyft (Faster response time)
- Additional trips 20 regular users/50 for medical and work
- Cashless and cardless system
- One call center for booking, cancellations and checking on arrival times
If you have not already received your letter and flyer regarding the new program, you can access the City’s website for additional information at www.surpriseaz.gov/transportation
City Partnership with Chance Shelter
Surprise owns and operates about a half dozen outdoor kennels that are used by our Animal Care and Control team. To address the needs of our growing community, it would be helpful to obtain a properly-sized, indoor air conditioned facility. City Manager Bob Wingenroth provided an overview of a partnership proposal with local non-profit Chance Shelter of Surprise, which operates a robust and successful volunteer “foster shelter” program.
The City could enter into a low-cost, long-term lease of two or three acres of City-owned land suitable for the construction of a shelter facility and pay the basic ongoing utility costs. Under the proposed partnership, Chance Shelter would construct a 12,000-15,000 square foot shelter that would include kennels and office space for Surprise Animal Care and Control operations. Chance Shelter would operate the shelter and provide all the care and services associated with a modern, no-kill animal shelter. Currently, there is land available north of Bell Road, west of Litchfield Road, south of Grand Avenue that would be suitable for this purpose near the current Police evidence facility.
City Council Meeting
Fiscal Year 2018 Financial Status Report
A presentation pertaining to the FY2018 Financial Status Report through June 2018 was given. FY2018 revenue is projected to come in $3.1 M over estimates with the majority being attributed to an increase of residential and commercial development. Expenditures are coming in slightly higher than expected by $0.2 M. Grant expenditures for FY2018 are anticipated to be around $2.7 M for our five grant departments. These figures are unaudited and will be fine-tuned as Finance continues to close Fiscal Year 2018.
Events & Meetings
Surprise Fire-Medical Department Retirement
The Surprise Fire Medical Department hosted a retirement celebration for Captain Renee Hamblin on Thursday, September 27. Captain Hamblin has worked in a variety of roles for the department and has been involved in many of our successes. She will be greatly missed.
Surprise Regional Chamber Business Convener’s Lunch
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their regular Business Convener’s lunch on Wednesday, October 3. The keynote speaker was Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich who discussed what businesses need to know about the work environment in our state.
Mark Your Calendar
Voter Registration Closes on October 9
Residents are reminded that Voter Registration closes on Tuesday, October 9 for the November 6 General Election. Not sure if you are registered? You can verify your registration and access online voter registration at http://maricopa.vote.
If you are on the Permanent Early Voter List, ballots will be mailed out beginning Wednesday, October 10. Your early ballot must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Postmarks do not count. The Maricopa County Recorder’s Office recommends mailing your ballot by October 31.
Early Voting hours at Surprise City Hall are as follows:
Saturday, 10/27 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 10/28 – Closed
Monday, 10/29 thru Friday, 11/2 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A ballot drop-off box will also be available at those dates and times. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. You can find your Polling Location here: Locations.Maricopa.Vote.
October Art Events in Surprise
October is jam-packed with amazing arts and cultural events – from theater performances to poetry
October 13, 6:30 p.m. Sunset Theater – Shawnte Orion:
Contemporary Poetry Widely-published poets Shawnte Orion, who has performed from Portland to Paris, and Rosemarie Dombrowski, who is the current Poet Laureate of Phoenix, present an evening of contemporary poetry.
Arts HQ, 16126 N Civic Center Dr.
Cost: $11.95 | Student ID $5.00
Buy Tickets: https://westvalleyarts.org/product/shawnte-orion-contemporary-poetry-101318/
October 17, 9 a.m. – Noon Public Art Bus Tour
Hop aboard the bus, and enjoy fun-filled stops that showcase our local arts scene. You’ll be able to take in some great public art and visit local art galleries! Bus leaves from Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. Registration required and the event is free. To register, call 623.214.7537.
October 19, 6 – 8 p.m. Poetry Slam at WHAM
Participants are invited to read their own Halloween-themed poetry or read works by Edgar Allan Poe at this open mic event. The event is free.
WHAM, 16560 N Dysart Rd
October 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Technology & Art: A Tinker Time for All Ages (interactive event)
Come out and experiment with a 3-D printer and coding kits, or explore a new world with Virtual Reality goggles and so much more! All ages welcome! Brought to you in partnership with the Northwest Regional Library. The event is free.
Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N Bullard Ave
October 24, Noon – 1 p.m. Lunchtime Theater – Arizona Broadway Theatre: Titanic
Arizona Broadway Theatre will be performing selections from “Titanic: The Musical.” Welcome aboard the ship of dreams!
Arts HQ, 16126 N Civic Center Dr.
For reservations, call 623.584.2626
Want to see what else is coming up this fall? Arts events are listed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/arts
Did You Know?
Officer Nate Miller Awarded for Work
Surprise Police Officer Nate Miller recently won a statewide award for his work with teens in the Police Department’s Explorers Program. He received the “Explorer Advisor of the Year” award from the Boy Scouts of America. Congratulations to Officer Miller, and thank you for all you do!
City Manager Announces New Assistant City Manager
After an extremely competitive internal recruitment process, City Manager Bob Wingenroth announced that Human Resource Director Mark Schott has been promoted to Assistant City Manager. Mr. Schott is a West Valley native and began his career in local government with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in 1990. He joined Surprise Police in 1993. In 2012, he joined our Human Resources Department and became our HR Director in 2014. Congratulations, Mark!
Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; traffic pattern change rescheduled to Oct 10
Due to the weather delay earlier this week, the Bullard Avenue traffic reconfiguration has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 10.
Overnight work to move vehicle traffic to lanes on the west side of the medians begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 9.
Weekend work will occur on Saturday October 6 and Saturday October 13, weather permitting, to keep the project on schedule. Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.
The following traffic control change will be in place Wednesday, October 10 through mid-November.
- Beginning at the Bullard Avenue and Cholla Street intersection, motorists traveling northbound will proceed through the intersection and follow barricades which will transition traffic to the temporary northbound travel lane on the west side of the median. Signage will also be in place to assist with the traffic control change.
- The same traffic formation will be in place at the Waddell and Cactus roads intersections.
- Motorists traveling southbound on Bullard, Greenway Road to Peoria Avenue, will use the designated southbound lane adjacent to the protected bike lane curb.
- Left and right turn movements will be maintained at all intersections on Bullard Avenue.
- The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph, except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!
- Sidewalks will remain open on both sides of the roadway.
For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.
To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.