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Councilmember Jack Hastings December Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my monthly newsletters! I am honored to serve you as your Surprise District 5 Councilman. One of my goals is to provide you with important City updates and information. I am always available to speak with you at jack.hastings@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623.222.1325. Please also follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/councilmemberhastings. To receive my newsletters by email each month, please sign up on my website, d5.surpriseaz.gov, and click the “Notify Me” link.

Surprise Trash Collection

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

Veterans Day Parade

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

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

Surprise Day of Service

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

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

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Events

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

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

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

Voters Approve EPCOR Franchise Extension

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

Surprise SciTech Festival

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

EricsHouse Support Groups

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

  • Grieving Mothers Support Group

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

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

  • Support Group for Grieving Men

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

Fire Station 308 Artwork

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

The new art installation Courage Walk 308.

Care + Share Expo

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

Sunday in the Park

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

Meet and Greet

Councilmember Hastings meeting thumbnailPlease join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on Saturday, December 11, at 9 a.m. at Sweet Tea, 15278 W. Bell Rd. Suite 102. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have. You can also subscribe to my Notify Me mailing list on my city webpage at d5.surpriseaz.gov so you never miss any important District 5 news.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are December 7 & 21 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Dr. City Council meetings are open to in-person attendance, or you may tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meetings live. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Councilmember Jack Hastings November Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my monthly newsletters! I am honored to serve you as your Surprise District 5 Councilman. One of my goals is to provide you with important City updates and information. I am always available to speak with you at jack.hastings@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623.222.1325. Please also follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/councilmemberhastings. To receive my newsletters by email each month, please sign up on my website, d5.surpriseaz.gov, and click the “Notify Me” link.

Fiesta Grande

On Saturday, October 9, myself along with Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy, and Council Members Judd and Winters attended the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande held at the Original Town Site. The Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity presented Mayor and Council with a proclamation in honor of Hispanic Heritage month during the event. Thank you to everyone who attended this wonderful event!

The Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity presents Mayor and Council with a proclamation in honor of Hispanic Heritage month during the event.

Care & Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources and medical checks. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to https://bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Ave. between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

Friends of the Surprise Libraries

It was wonderful to join Mayor Hall and Council Members Cline and Judd for the Friends of the Surprise Libraries ribbon cutting! Joanne Heim, Board Member of Friends of the Surprise Libraries, hosted the event in honor of their newly renovated area at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave. Congratulations on your next chapter!

Councilmembers Judd, Hasting, Cline and Mayor Hall celebrate the renovation at Northwest Regional Library with a ribbon cutting.

Sunday in the Park

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

Surprise SciTech Festival

Surprise SciTech FestivalHave fun with science and technology at the Surprise SciTech Festival on November 6th, presented by the City of Surprise! This FREE, fun-filled educational event features interactive science, technology, engineering, art and math exhibits and demonstrations. Plus, there will be delicious food available for purchase from a variety of food trucks, music, and a gaming trailer! It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. For more information on the event, please visit surpriseaz.gov/scitech.

Surprise Block Party Trailer

City of Surprise Block Party Trailer logoThe City of Surprise is committed to building quality neighborhoods, and what better way to get to know your neighbors than by throwing a party! The Neighborhood Services Division offers free rentals of its Block Party Trailer. The trailer comes equipped with everything you will need to get your Block Party started, including:

  • Tables and Chairs
  • PA system and music
  • Generator
  • Canopy tents
  • Coolers
  • Sports equipment
  • Games
  • City information

City staff will deliver the trailer and be present during the event. You can also receive a Block Party Information Packet, which includes flyers and posters to help spread the word about your party. We’ll even help cover costs for refreshments and a bouncy house (the inflatable domes that children love to jump around in) or similar family-friendly entertainment! Submit receipts for up to $150 to help pay for local merchants’ select party amenities, including family entertainment. To book the block party trailer, go to surpriseaz.gov/blockparty.

The Surprise block party trailer and a bounce house.

Meet and Greet

Councilmember Hastings meeting thumbnailPlease join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on Saturday, November 13, at 9 a.m. at Chef Peter’s Bistro, 17300 N. Sun Village Pkwy. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have. You can also subscribe to my Notify Me mailing list on my city webpage at d5.surpriseaz.gov so you never miss any important District 5 news.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are November 2 & 16 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Dr. City Council meetings are open to in-person attendance, or you may tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meetings live. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Councilmember Jack Hastings October Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my monthly newsletters! I am honored to serve you as your Surprise District 5 Councilman. One of my goals is to provide you with important City updates and information. I am always available to speak with you at jack.hastings@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623.222.1325. Please also follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/councilmemberhastings. To receive my newsletters by email each month, please sign up on my website, d5.surpriseaz.gov, and click the “Notify Me” link.

Fall Events & Recreation Programs

Watch my new Council Conversations show to meet the City’s new Parks & Recreation Director, Holly Osborn, and hear about the community events, sports leagues and special interest classes available this fall. Check out the episode here: https://bit.ly/3lMd7Vx

Council Conversations Show - September 20, 2021

October Day of Service

Show your community pride by participating in a day of community service on October 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St., before venturing out to various cleanup and beautification projects across the city. Projects will run until approximately noon. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

Care & Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources and medical checks. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to https://bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Family Fun at G.A.I.N Night

Surprise GAIN Night flyerSurprise Public Safety officials invite you to attend the upcoming G.A.I.N. Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods). This free, interactive community event is Saturday, October 23, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park – 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be trick-or-treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, a Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, public safety displays by Surprise Police and Fire-Medical, and so much more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

2050 MAG Regional Transportation Plan

Do you want a choice of safe and reliable options to get around the Valley of the Sun? From September 13 – October 13, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is asking for your input and review of the MOMENTUM 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program, and 2021 MAG Conformity Analysis. More details here: azmag.gov/Newsroom/Public-Notices

Recognized at Ottawa’s 1st Home Football Game

Ottawa University hosted its first home football game on Saturday, September 4. Ottawa wanted to spotlight its partnership with the City of Surprise by recognizing the Mayor and Council, who support the partnership, during halftime.

Surprise City Council receives recognition from Ottawa University.

Fiesta Grande

Our annual street festival is back! Join us for the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande to celebrate our city’s cultural heritage on Saturday, October 9 from 5 – 10 p.m. Admission and parking are free! Plus, we’ll have free shuttle drop-off to the area. Authentic Mexican food, classic car show, arts and crafts, music & live entertainment, and more! Please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande for more details.

Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

AZ Fall Baseball League

Arizona Fall League logoThe month of October truly is for baseball, and with the start of the Arizona Fall League, the City of Surprise sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars. The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season Tuesday, October 14, at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankee and Washington Nationals. Click here for schedule and pricing surpriseaz.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=5259

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us October 17 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are November 7, January 23, February 13 and April 3.

Meet and Greet

Councilmember Hastings meeting thumbnailPlease join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on Saturday, October 9, at 9 a.m. at Chef Peter’s Bistro, 17300 N. Sun Village Pkwy. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have. You can also subscribe to my Notify Me mailing list on my city webpage at d5.surpriseaz.gov so you never miss any important District 5 news.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are October 5 & 19 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Dr. City Council meetings are open to in-person attendance, or you may tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meetings live. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Councilmember Jack Hastings June Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my monthly newsletters! I am honored to serve you as your Surprise District 5 Councilman. One of my goals is to provide you with important city updates and information. I am always available to speak with you at jack.hastings@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623-222-1325. Please also follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/councilmemberhastings. To receive my newsletters by email each month, please sign up on my website, d5.surpriseaz.gov, and click the “Notify Me” link.

New Surprise Police Chief

The City of Surprise welcomes our new Police Chief, Benny Pina, who has served as the Peoria Deputy Police Chief since 2014. Pina previously served 25 years with the Phoenix Police Department. Congratulations, Benny Pina, and welcome to the City of Surprise!

Gaines Park Dedication

A baseball with a Floyd Gaines Park symbol.A dedication ceremony was held on Saturday, May 15, to celebrate the completion of Floyd Gaines Park. The park, located at 16001 N. Nash St., in the City’s Original Town Site, includes a lighted youth ball field, netting, fencing, restrooms, and a lighted and paved parking lot. Floyd Gaines was a pioneer in our community and an avid champion of its youth and parks and recreation services.

City Pools Open!

Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Community Pool are now open for limited-capacity swim lessons and open swim. Open swim fees for residents are $2 for youth (6 months-17 years) and $3 for adults; the non-resident fee is $5 per swimmer. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by a guardian 16 years or older. For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation office at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

Surprise Aquatic Center pool

Surprise Rotary Club

The Surprise Rotary Club donated a new tree at Dick McComb Park near the splash pad. Our contractors planted the tree on April 29 in honor of Arbor Day. As a thank you, the city presented a plaque to the Rotary Club.

Surprise City Council presents a plaque to the Surprise Rotary Club.

Phased Re-opening at the Senior Center

The City of Surprise is re-opening programs at the Senior Center in a phased approach, with limited front desk access and exercise classes available now. The Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St., is a hub for connection and activities for those age 50+ and adults with disabilities.

The Senior Center meal program has also returned to in-person sit-down meals. Call 623.222.1500 two days in advance to reserve your spot. A home-delivered meal option is available through Banner Olive Branch if you cannot participate in the in-person program. To see if you qualify, please call 602.264.4357.

Veterans’ Services

The Vetlink Foundation is offering a monthly Coffee for Vets event on the last Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the City of Surprise AZ TechCelerator located at 12425 W. Bell Rd. Come enjoy free coffee and bagels and build connections with other veterans. Each event will have a guest speaker who will discuss a veteran-related topic. RSVP by calling 623.303.4355.

New! “Council Conversations” Show

Please take a moment to watch my latest “Council Conversations” episode for an update on summer programming and special events. I interviewed Sports & Tourism Director Kendra Pettis and Interim Parks & Recreation Director Paul Frie about the fun summer programs and special events happening here in Surprise. You can find the video on my website at d5.surpriseaz.gov.

Council Conversations Show June 2021

Retail Survey Results

The 2021 Surprise Retail Survey Results are in! Did your retailer/restaurant make the list? The city uses the survey data to identify our retail strengths and opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Select survey insights are listed below, and the full results are available at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

2021 Surprise Retail Survey results summary

National Day of Prayer

I was humbled to have the opportunity to pray for our city at the National Day of Prayer on May 6. Dozens of worshipers joined as we gathered outside the Surprise Public Safety complex.

Councilmember Hastings gives prayer on a stage set up in front of the Surprise public safety building.

Surprise Water Update

Surprise Water Resource Management logoYou may have heard talk in the news media recently about the Colorado River and a potential shortage declaration. The Western United States, including Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area, has been experiencing a drought for more than 20 years, with an official drought declaration in June 1999. Drought is a normal occurrence in the southwest desert. However, as the drought in the Colorado River Basin continues to extend, the Lower Basin states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Nevada along with Mexico may face reductions in their Colorado River water deliveries through a “Tier 1” declaration by the Bureau of Reclamation.

What does this mean for Surprise water customers? A Tier 1 shortage declaration will not affect Surprise’s water allocation or its deliveries to customers. Although there will be no immediate impact on municipal water supplies, Surprise remains committed to water resource management and water conservation measures. Shortage on the Colorado River does not mean shortage for Surprise’s customers at the tap. Being efficient with water has been part of our long-term water management strategy, and our water conservation program provides resources to assist customers.

Furthermore, Surprise is not directly delivering its Colorado River allocation. Instead, we use our Central Arizona Project (CAP) water allocation to recharge the aquifer, storing water for future groundwater pumping. As always, water users must follow water-efficient practices to protect our precious resources. Find out more information about drought and how it affects Surprise water customers on our Drought Resiliency and Preparedness website: surpriseaz.gov/droughtmgmt.

You may be wondering how you can save water. Here are some water-saving tips:

  • Visit Surprise’s water conservation page surpriseaz.gov/waterconservation for water-saving guides, tips, and advice.
  • Surprise customers can track their water use through a WaterSmart portal and use real-time tracking to establish a water use baseline and set leak alerts. Customers can access the WaterSmart portal through the “pay my bill” option on Surprise’s Utility Billing website surpriseaz.gov/waterbill.
    WaterSmart logo

Meet and Greet

Councilmember Hastings meeting thumbnailPlease join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on June 12, at 9 a.m. at Chef Peter’s Bistro, 17300 N. Sun Village Pkwy. I look forward to discussing the latest city issues and answering any questions you might have. You can also subscribe to my Notify Me mailing list on my city webpage at d5.surpriseaz.gov so that you never miss any important District 5 news.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is June 15 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Dr. City Council meetings are open to in-person attendance or you may tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meetings live. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Councilmember Jack Hastings May Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my monthly newsletters! I am honored to serve you as your Surprise District 5 Councilman. One of my goals is to provide you with important city updates and information. I am always available to speak with you at jack.hastings@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623-222-1325. Please also follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/councilmemberhastings. To receive my newsletters by email each month, please sign up on my website, d5.surpriseaz.gov, and click the “Notify Me” link.

Surprise Day of Service

In April, we celebrated National Volunteer Week with the City’s annual “Bean Bag Day” event. Volunteers helped to bag 6,000 lbs of bulk beans for distribution to those in need through the Valley View Community Food Bank. Thank you to Seeds of Hope International Ministries for donating the pinto beans!

Councilmember Hastings bags pinto beans for National Volunteer Week with the City’s annual “Bean Bag Day” event.

If you would like to help out in your community, please consider joining the next Surprise Day of Service on May 26. For details or to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1522.

New West Valley Hub for Military & Veteran Services

flag thumbnailThe West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center has a new home within the Surprise Resource Center, located at 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124! The center provides military and veteran support services and resources to service members (active duty, Guard, and Reserve) and their families. This new West Valley location is in partnership with the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Northern Arizona University, Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, and Rio Salado Community College and was made possible by the generous support of many partner organizations and all West Valley cities. To learn more about the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center and the resources available, please call 623.222.1658 or visit the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov/veterans.

Passport Services Return

Passport booksPassport services have returned to Surprise City Hall by appointment only. Regular business hours for passports are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office. City staff can accept applications for first-time passport books and passport cards and review paperwork for renewals. They do not offer passport photos, so be sure to have your photos with you at your appointment. To make an appointment or for questions, please visit surpriseaz.gov/passport or call the City Clerk’s Office at 623.222.1200.

Free Arizona Small Business Association Membership!

In recognition of the continued small business recovery process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Surprise Economic Development Department is teaming up with the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) to offer Surprise small businesses a free year of ASBA membership now through May 10! To sign up, please visit asba.com/surprise. Please also see the City of Surprise Economic Development webpage to learn about many other resources available for Surprise businesses!

Surprise Retail Survey

Surprise Retail Survey thumbnailThe 2021 Surprise Retail Survey is now open! Tell us what shopping and dining establishments you want to see in Surprise – plus, vote for current favorites so we can recognize the local businesses you love! Click on the link below to take our 2021 Retail Survey by May 9: surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey

FY 2022 Recommended Budget

The City Manager’s Fiscal Year 2022 Recommended Budget was presented at the Special City Council Meeting on April 16. The budget continues to focus on Council’s commitment to maintaining quality public services and infrastructure. As such, the City of Surprise’s recommended budget includes funding for Countryside Park, Fire Station 308, $1 Million to attract new jobs and businesses, and a $4.5 Million increase in police funding.

To learn more about the budget process, please visit the City of Surprise Annual Budget page. All of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget presentations that the Council has received to date are located on this webpage, along with the City Council Budget Retreat video presentation.

A public hearing and tentative Budget adoption is scheduled for the May 4 Regular City Council Meeting, with final budget adoption planned for the June 1 meeting.

Property Tax Rate

There will be no change to your property tax rate! The primary tax rate in the City of Surprise is $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property value, plus the secondary property tax rate (from the voter-approved 2017 GO Bond) of $0.3880 per $100 of assessed property value. These rates multiplied by the assessed value of your home determine what you pay in property taxes. If the value of your home increases, you will see an increased tax bill; however, that is not due to an increase in the property tax rate but rather an increase in the assessed value of your home.

An infographic display for primary property taxes.

Surprise Ranked #6 Safest City

Surprise is the #6 safest city in Arizona, according to a new SafeWise report. Congrats to our community on this accomplishment, and thank you, Surprise PD and Surprise Fire-Medical, for making this possible! Here is a list of Arizona’s 10 Safest Cities: www.safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-arizona/.

COVID-19 Update

The Maricopa County Department of Health reports that as of 4/27/2021, over 2.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered to Maricopa County residents. It further states that Maricopa County residents have received an average of 30,000 doses of vaccine per day. This information is available and updated frequently on the Maricopa County website at https://www.maricopa.gov/5671/Public-Vaccine-Data.

A Chart displaying the number of covid-19 vaccine doses administered to Maricopa County residents.

Surprise Vaccination Numbers

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the overall number of Surprise COVID-19 cases at 13,585 on April 15. Below are the number of vaccination totals for ZIP codes in Surprise as of April 15.

  • 85374 – 20,841
  • 85379 – 13,001
  • 85388 – 8,398
  • 85378 – 3,090

State of the City Video

State of the City video thumbnail.State of the City video thumbnail.The 2021 State of the City video premiered on April 13. Please take a few moments to view it, if you have not had the opportunity. It is available for on-demand replay a surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted so many people last year, and in this video, we highlighted the resilience of our community. This message captures how our strength, effort, and strategic planning place the City’s trajectory toward future success. The State of the City video will also replay on Cox 11 cable channel at select times. To see a schedule, please visit surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/schedule.

Full Browsing Access Now Available at Surprise Libraries

The Maricopa County Library District is moving into the next phase of reopening at all county-run libraries. Customers can stop by the library during Pop-In Pick-up hours to browse every shelf and all selections, rather than a limited collection. The Northwest Regional Library, located at 16089 N. Bullard Ave., has Pop-In pick-up hours Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday. For more information, please visit mcldaz.org/locations/northwest/.

Community Baby-Shower

Monday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Benevilla & Friends will be hosting a drive-thru baby shower for expecting moms and moms with infants up to 6 months old. Drive-thru and pick-up at Arizona Charter Academy parking lot located at 16025 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise, AZ 85537.

Meet and Greet

District 5 community meeting banner.Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on May 8, at 9 a.m. at Chef Peter’s Bistro, 17300 N. Sun Village Pkwy. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have. You can also subscribe to my Notify Me mailing list on my city webpage at d5.surpriseaz.gov so that you never miss any important District 5 news.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are May 4 and 18 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Dr. City Council meetings are now open to in-person attendance or you may tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meeting live.

Councilmember Jack Hastings November Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my monthly newsletters. I am thankful and honored to have been elected as your District 5 representative. I will work just as hard for those of you who did not vote for me as those who did. I look forward to the opportunity to provide you with city updates, and I am always available to speak with you at jack.hastings@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623-222-1325. Please also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/councilmanhastings.

Veterans Day Tribute Video

We would prefer to have had a Veterans Day Parade again this year, but due to the pandemic, we had to get creative! To show our support for veterans on Veterans Day this year, we made a video and decorated Bullard Avenue. The compilation of community video messages is featured online at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=uYS2BXMDw6w.

Small Business Relief Grant

The Surprise Small Business Relief Grant 2.0 program has started accepting applications! City Council approved an additional $100,000 in funding and an additional $25,000 for water utility payment relief. The scope of assistance has also been expanded to include small business retailers and non-profits with commercial space who were not restricted by the Governor’s Executive Orders.

Businesses with fewer than 25 employees and less than $2 million in revenues that have been affected by COVID-19 can apply. Grant dollars are intended to assist with rent, utilities, payroll expenses and other necessary operating costs. For eligibility requirements, the application and more, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/smallbusinessgrant. Applications will be accepted until December 11, 2020, or until funds last.

For water utility assistance, please call the Surprise Resource Center HOPE line at 623-222-4673.

Possible APS Power Lines down Cactus or Peoria roads

APS is trying to run power lines through south Surprise. They need to connect the power lines that run along the west side of the 303 to the Microsoft facility on Dysart Road and Olive Avenue. Options include Cactus Road, Peoria Avenue, or Olive Avenue.

APS is in the early stages of a public siting process to determine routes for new 230kV power lines. The project structures/poles will be between 115-195 feet tall.

Here is a 90 second summary from the end of the council meeting on October 20thhttps://youtu.be/59x3wmk-yAs?t=5459

Public input for the West Valley Central 230kV Connection Project is now being accepted. Members of the public are invited to learn more about the project and to submit comments at www.apswestvalleycentral.com. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2020.

City of Surprise Utility Payments Now Accepted at Walmart

City-serviced water, sewer, sanitation and stormwater payments can now be processed in the customer service center of any Walmart, nationwide. A $2.00 convenience fee will be charged by the retailer for this service. The City of Surprise does not provide utility service to every property in the city. To find out if the City is your utility provider, please visit surpriseaz.gov/mysurpriseaddress.

Dysart Student Broadcasting Live (DSB Live) to Air on Surprise TV

Replays of select Dysart Unified School District high school sporting events will begin airing on Surprise TV on Thursday and Saturday evenings. Games are replays that have been student-produced by DSB Live, a student-driven broadcasting program for students in grades 9-12 at Dysart’s four high schools (Dysart HS, Shadow Ridge HS, Valley Vista HS, and Willow Canyon HS). Students develop and run every aspect of the show including operating state-of-the-art cameras and TriCasters, creating commercials, being sound technicians, producers, graphic operators, on-field reporters, and color commentators during sports broadcasts.

To watch live, please visit the DSC Live website at Dysart.org/DSBlive. Replays can be watched online at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv or on Cox Cable Channel 11 (Thursdays at 8 p.m. & Saturdays at 7 p.m.).

Roadwork in District 5

Pavement preservation has been postponed due to weather for the following roadways:

• Litchfield Road, Waddell Road to Greenway Road
• Litchfield Road, Greenway Road to Bell Road

For additional information on road closures and traffic restrictions please visit surpriseaz.gov/roadwork.

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 cases have continued to increase throughout Surprise and Arizona over the last few weeks. New cases had declined in August and continued to do so in September, but began to rise in October and have continued to increase since then. Over the past month, people in the 20-44 year-old age group account for nearly 50% of the new cases.

As of November 12, there were 266,562 confirmed cases and 6,240 deaths in Arizona. According to the AZDHS data dashboard, the positivity rate is now at 10%. To put things in perspective for Surprise residents, the following zip codes have experienced the stated increases from last week: 85379 – 10%, 85374 – 7%, 85388 – 11% and 85387 – 13%.

For your information, statistics are updated daily at https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/covid-19/dashboards/index.php. Additionally, I plan to continue the updates through this outlet. Maricopa County and Surprise still have mask mandates in effect.

Meet and Greet Meetings

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on November 14 at 9 a.m. at Chef Peter’s Bistro, 17300 N Sun Village Pkwy. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Upcoming Council Conversation

On November 18, I will be taping a Council Conversation to discuss downtown development, as I know this is an issue that is so important to District 5. My guests are Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic and Carefree Partners Vice President Scott Phillips. If you have a question you would like me to specifically ask on your behalf during this important discussion, please email me at jack.hastings@surpriseaz.gov. Tune in to Surprise TV at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/, or follow me on Facebook at, www.facebook.com/councilmanhastings to view the recording when it becomes available!