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District 5 Newsletter • December 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, it is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.


Councilmember Chris Judd and I were fortunate to tour the IRIS USA plant located in Surprise. We were honored to meet with IRIS USA President, Hiroyuki (Doc) Takahashi, and Plant Manager, Tetsushi (Ray) Konoike. This is their third facility in the US. This facility is used to manufacture and distribute various plastic products for storage, organization, home, office, pet and now small appliances. The Surprise location also houses their US headquarters.

Councilmember Judd and Councilmember Sanders shake hands with the President and the Plant Manager of IRIS USA, Hiroyuki (Doc) Takahashi and Tetsushi (Ray) Konoike.

Facebook Live

As part of my continued Facebook Live Series I was able to chat with Chef Tran from Saigon Kitchen and also meet with Dennis Kleidon as he hosted his art show at the WHAM.

Chef Dennis Tran, owner of Saigon Kitchen, gave us a behind the scenes look at what it takes to run a successful restaurant.  Saigon Kitchen is conveniently located at 14071 W. Bell Road and serves up a range of classic contemporary Vietnamese food.  Thank you Chef Tran for allowing me this opportunity to interview you and tour your facility.

WHAM is located at 16560 N. Dysart Road and offers several ways for the community to get involved with the arts. Recently, WHAM hosted the Textures of Taliesin exhibit, and I was privileged to interview the artist behind it all, Dennis Kleidon. Thank you Mr. Kleidon for sharing some insights into the inspiration behind your exhibit.

Sun Village Scam Class

Sun Village hosted a Scam Class to discuss various scams that have been affecting residents. I was asked to present on city topics that relate to different scams that the Surprise Police Departments are currently dealing with. It is important for all residents to remain vigilant and protect themselves from becoming a victim. If you suspect that you have been a target of a scam, please call the Surprise Police Department non-emergency number at 623-222-4000.

Veterans Day

This year, Veterans Day was truly memorable as it began with the dedication of the Veterans Reflection Circle. The city would like to thank the countless individuals and contractors for donating their time and materials to complete the Veterans Reflection Circle. I would also like to thank the many special guests that attended the ceremony. The memorial is located next to the Northwest Regional Library and honors the late Surprise resident and combat wounded war veteran Sergeant First Class Brian Scott Mancini. Following the ceremony, was the annual parade. Residents came from across the city and lined Bullard Avenue to show their respect and gratitude for our local veterans. I was honored to have WWII Veteran Ed Foerster ride with me and my son in the parade. Thank you to the staff who worked so hard to make this event a success and thank you to all the Veterans for your service.

Councilmember David Sanders, his son, and WWII Veteran Ed Foerster in their parade vehicle during the Veterans Day Parade.

Fire Station Open Houses

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is hosting a series of open houses for the various fire stations around Surprise. You can tour the fire station, meet the firefighters and get a close look at the equipment and fire trucks. Our first responders protect us every day and I cannot thank them enough.

The next open house will be at Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Road, on Saturday, January 4. Fire Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Road, will be open on January 11 and Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Drive, on January 25. All open houses are from 9:00 a.m. to noon. For more information, please call 623-222-5000.

Growth and Development

Brookside Village welcomes Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House! This family friendly restaurant is located at 15332 W. Bell Road. They offer a variety of traditional American favorites and the kids will love the s’mores pit.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Councilmembers prepare to cut the ribbon at the Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House grand opening.

Vein Envy, located at 13991 W. Grand Avenue, is a highly-rated vein specialist that has opened its doors in Surprise. This is their second location. They offer a wide variety of treatments of many different vein disorders.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Councilmembers prepare to cut the ribbon at Vein Envy's grand opening event.

Ugly Tuna Sushi is conveniently located in the SE corner of Bell and Reems roads at 15459 W. Bell Road. This new family owned business puts a new look on traditional sushi.

Richi’s Diner II is located at 17221 N Litchfield Road. The restaurant offers a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a full bar and live music on select nights. They have traditional favorites as well as Greek and Italian cuisine. This is the second Surprise location, and I welcome the continued growth.


While they may have lost their final regular-season home football game to the Lyon’s (14-18), no one can deny that the OUAZ Spirit football team has been amazing to watch. I am truly proud of the OUAZ Spirit, and congratulations on making it to the 2019 NAIA Football Championship Series in only the 2nd year of the program! I wish you all the best and am excited to see what next year holds.

The newly completed Faith Arena will be able to support Ottawa’s winter sports programs with new limits. For more information, tickets and game schedules please visit www.ouazspirit.com.

Homeowner Associations

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

Meet and Greet

Please note that my Meet and Greet for December has been cancelled. I will resume this event in January. My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W. Bell Road, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of the month.

Upcoming Events

The 18th Annual Surprise Party kicks off on Friday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Surprise Recreation Center, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. The night will consist of skydivers, live music, hot air balloons, food and a visit from Santa. The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the night will conclude with a fireworks display at 8:55 p.m. Admission is free with a canned food donation. On Saturday, December 7, the party continues! Join residents for a day of fun-filled activities, a petting zoo, crafts, bouncy castles and more. The gates will open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Santa’s workshop will open its doors at the Surprise Stadium Team Shop, 15930 N. Bullard Ave from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on December 11-13. This is an opportunity for children to enjoy cookies and milk with Santa and Mrs. Clause.

The 4th Annual Tech the Halls event will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on December 12 at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road. This is a free family fun event that will offer tech exhibits, entertainment, games, prizes and more.

Countryside Recreation Center, 15038 N. Parkview Place, is hosting Cookies and Crafts with Santa on December 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. as well as 1:00-3:00 p.m. This event requires registration, and the cost is only $10 for residents. If you would like to register, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival, will be held on Sunday, December 15 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. Live rock music will be performed by Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey. There will be yard games, bouncy houses, activities and more for the entire family. Food and drink will be available for purchase, and admission is always free!

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

Just a friendly reminder that City Hall offices will be closed on December 25 and January 1 in observance of the holidays.

District 5 Newsletter • May 2019

Veterans Bridge

The city hosted a celebration for the renaming of the Grand Ave/Bell Road overpass to Veterans Bridge on Friday, April 26. The Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names approved the naming at their January meeting. The name change was lead by Senator Rick Gray after a discussion with Mayor Skip Hall and Councilman Ken Remley. It was an honor to welcome dignitaries from all over the state, especially Governor Doug Ducey and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko. The renaming of Veterans Bridge is truly special for our city with so many veterans residing in Surprise, the West and Northwest Valley.

If you are a Veteran seeking assistance, please contact the city’s Human Services and Community Vitatlity Department (623.222.1500), as they offer programs targeted at assisting veterans with finding employment and connections to housing and health and mental health care.

Council Conversation

I taped my first Council Conversation this month. I sat down with Ottawa University’s Vice President and Provost Dr. Dennis Tyner and Head Football Coach Mike Nesbitt. We discussed the new buildings on the campus, and what kind of work the football team and the Surprise Fire-Medical Department are doing together. I also interviewed Scott Phillips of Carefree Partners and the city’s Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover. We discussed the results of public input from the local community outreach meetings and what to expect in the future City Center. You can watch the show here: https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=R62BZzWBofU

City Manager Recommended Budget

At our City Council meeting on April 16, City Manager Michael Frazier released his FY2020 recommended budget. The recommended expenditure budget for FY2020 is $414 million and includes $106.3 million voter approved General Obligation Bond projects in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion, Mitigation, and Pavement Preservation.

As your Councilman, I am diligently working with staff on having a balanced budget for our city. I want to make sure residents are aware of how their tax dollars are being spent. A public hearing and Council’s Tentative Budget adoption is scheduled for the Regular Council Meeting on May 7; with final budget adoption scheduled for the June 4 meeting. Both of these meetings will be held at 6 pm in the City Council Chambers. This is an opportunity for residents to let the City Council know their thoughts on the budget in a public hearing. As always, you can contact me anytime and send your thoughts on the budget.

Surprise Fire-Medical Department Awards & Promotion Ceremony

I joined some of my City Council colleagues at the Surprise Fire-Medical Awards & Promotion Ceremony on April 4.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals that Chief Tom Abbott recognized that evening:

Chief’s Award: Firefighter Roy Michael
Perry Award: Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Johnston
Fire Medal: Firefighter Dave Anderson
Engine Company of the Year: Engine Company 302, A-shift: Engineer (Acting Captain) Steve Gilbert Engineer Steve Spirlong Firefighter Tim Penner Firefighter Donovan Maturan
Paramedic of the Year: Firefighter Sean Cullen
EMT of the Year: Firefighter Mike Naehrbass
Unit of the Year: SFMD Honor Guard
Individual Citations: Engineer Jenesa Dobrinski Firefighter Mike Meadors Engineer David Anderson, Volunteers from the Lockbox Program – Gordon & Barbara Birschbach, Barbara Pelligrino, Ray & Ramona Simpson, James Cooper, Ron Ottwell
Crisis Response Rookie Volunteer of the Year: Tim Tait
Crisis Response Volunteers of the Year: Don & Patti Nelson
Administrative Civilian Volunteer of the Year: Esther Gillett
Civilian of the Year: Administrative Technician Dana Smith

Thank you for your service Surprise Fire-Medical!

WHAM 6th Annual Recycle Fashion Show & Art Festival

WHAM hosted the 6th Annual Recycle Fashion Show and Arts Festival on April 6. The theme of the event was “Where Creativity Goes Green”. I enjoyed attending this event which showcased the innovation and design of these artists. This year, they showcased three exhibits which included the Recycled Arts Exhibit, the Youth Recycle Arts Exhibit, and the Find It, Fix It, & Flip It Exhibit.

The festival enlightens and educates families on the importance of recycling and reusing what normally is cast-off as trash while learning fun and innovated ways of keeping Earth clean. Be sure to keep an eye out for next year’s annual festival.

Kingswood Parke Spring Fling

I attended the Kingswood Parke Spring Fling on April 6. I enjoyed spending time with residents and getting to know more about them. The community did a great job of putting together a family fun BBQ and carnival that appealed to all ages. They also had local country western band for the live music. Thank you, Kingswood Parke for hosting a fantastic Spring Fling!

Taste of Surprise

The Rotary Club of Surprise showcased another great Taste of Surprise at the Surprise Stadium on April 6. The Taste of Surprise benefits local charities, while providing great live entertainment, a beer garden, and a car show. My fellow City Council colleagues and I even got into the dunk tank, where residents got the chance to show off their pitcher’s arm. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Surprise for your hard work and dedication to this truly great event.

Councilmember Sanders sitting in dunk tank

14th Annual Golden Rule Awards Banquet

The Arizona Interfaith Movement hosted the 14th Annual Golden Rule Awards Banquet on April 11 at the Mesa Convention Center. I attended the event with Councilwoman Nancy Hayden and city staff. The Arizona Interfaith Movement’s mission is to build bridges of understanding, respect, and support among diverse people of faith through education, dialogue, service, and the implementation of the Golden Rule.

Citizens Patrol Recognition Dinner

On April 12, City Council attended the Surprise Citizens Patrol Dinner. Members of the patrol were recognized for their dedicated efforts to our city. The Citizens Patrol have saved our city just under $10 million since their installation. It is remarkable what they do for our city, and it was an honor to be able to recognize them.

WHAM Fundraiser

WHAM held a local fundraiser on April 14 at Top Golf in Glendale. City of Surprise officials, along with Mayor Hall, Councilmember Duffy and myself had the chance to compete against each other. Councilmember Patrick Duffy, Deputy City Manager Terry Lowe, and myself, along with my family, competed against Mayor Skip Hall, Police Chief Terry Young, City Manager Michael Frazier, and Mike Hoover from Surprise Economic Development. While we did not win, we finished ahead of Mayor Hall and his team.

Marley Park Community Outreach Meeting

Carefree Partners hosted a community meeting in Marley Park on April 15. Approximately 25 residents attended the meeting and provided input on the development of the future downtown Surprise. I encourage all residents to keep an eye out for future meetings.

HOA Board Meetings

I met with Sun Village & Sun Village Condos HOA Board Members as well as the Orchards HOA last month to provide mutual updates in their communities and the city.

Surprise’s Spring EGG-Stravaganza

Eager egg hunters, from toddlers to 10 year-olds participated in a fun, family event on April 20. The fields were covered in over 50,000 eggs for children to collect. The event included inflatables and a surprise appearance by the Easter Bunny himself. It was a great, family fun filled event.

Surprise Youth Council “We Are” Art Installation

The Surprise Youth Council unveiled their “We Are” art installation on April 23. The art encourages unity within Surprise through a visual art piece. It is designed to bring people together as a celebration of our community’s unique identities and the power we have when we stand together as one. It was an honor to attend and support the Surprise Youth Council.