Happy New Year to each of you! Great things are on the horizon for us in Surprise this year. With the passing of the Decide Surprise GO Bond, several major projects- that have been on the drawing board- will begin to take shape. City Council has been working hard to lay a strong foundation for new jobs and thoughtful development. You will continue to witness the work of the Council this year. With the New Year comes a sense of renewed energy and optimism. I hope you share that optimism with me!
This month, I will start hosting bi-monthly meetings so we can get to know each other. These meetings will be held at Jim’s Burgers and Eggs, 17019 W. Greenway Road, beginning at 10 am. My first meeting will be held on this Saturday, January 27.
In addition, I will continue to host my District 3 Community Meetings. My next meeting will be held on February 21st at 6 pm. Staff will accompany me and provide city updates. If there are any particular topics you’d like to see addressed, please let me know. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond Information
Last November, registered voters in Surprise graciously approved the three General Obligation (GO) Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. The three questions represented 10 capital improvement projects.
The city has established a webpage to update our voters on the projects so you will see when and how the investments are made. This website will be updated regularly through 2022, when all projects are expected to be complete.
The city recently released the anticipated procurement schedule for some of the projects. The complete schedule, project timeline details and additional information is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.To view the formal bid posting please visit Anticipated Procurement Schedule for Bond Projects.
Water Company Acquisition on May Ballot
Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of a water service company in a Special Election slated for May 15. City Council approved sending the question to ballot at their November 7th Regular Meeting.
Circle City Water Company (CCW) is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent.
Colorado River water is currently the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. Having a right to more surface water will help the city meet future demands and shortfalls. The purchase of CCW would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.
Educational public meetings will be scheduled ahead of the May 15 Special Election. Meeting dates and locations will be posted on www.surpriseaz.gov. Additionally, an Information Pamphlet will be mailed out in April to all registered households in Surprise.
Economic Development Update
We have some new businesses and developments in District 3 and Surprise! A new retail development located at Waddell Road and Loop 303 is under construction. This 9,000 square foot retail center will include a Sprint Store and American Best Contacts. Destiny Springs Behavioral Hospital is also under construction, at Bell and Dysart roads, behind Cobalt. The 70,000 square foot hospital will support 125 jobs. Thompson Thrift, located at Bell Road and Civic Center Plaza, continues to grow. They are currently completing tenant improvements, but in the very near future, we will see the openings of Tokyo Joe’s, Starbucks, Menchie’s Yogurt, and Pieology. In-N-Out Burger will also be opening soon, immediately next door to these restaurants, in their new 6,000 square foot restaurant. Hilton Garden Inn is building a 78,000 square foot hotel, south of Bell Road and west of Bullard Avenue. Recent new businesses that have opened include Greulich’s Automotive, Raising Cane’s and Milam Glass, to name a few.
Community Development Update
As you have most likely noticed, District 3 continues to grow. With regards to Community Development, there are several projects in various stages. Zanjero Trails final plats, located at the southwest corner of Cactus and Perryville roads and the northwest corner of Peoria Avenue and Perryville Road, are under review. This project would consist of 361 lots. City Council will be considering this project in the next few months. Avilla, which is located at the northeast corner of Reems and Waddell roads, has 127 units in building plan review at the moment. This multi-family project rezoning request and site plan were approved by both the Planning & Zoning Commission as well as the City Council.
Other projects in various development stages include Toll at Prasada which will be located west of Cotton Lane between Peoria and Cactus roads. This plat includes 2,207 lots over 792 acres in several phases. Heritage Farm rezone and preliminary plat, located at the southeast corner of Waddell Road and 175th Avenue, will consist of 137 lots on 33 acres and the Rancho Trugold rezone and preliminary plat, located north of Sweetwater between Cotton Road and 175th Avenue, will consist of 240 lots on 63 acres.
Surprise Stadium Box Office Is Now Open
The Surprise Stadium box office, Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, is open for ticket sales. The 16th Annual Surprise Spring Training season will begin Saturday, February 24, featuring the Kansas City Royals against the 2017 National League Champions Los Angeles Dodgers. Surprise Stadium will host 31 games this season which include matchups against all teams in the Cactus League and two double headers March 12 and March 17.
Box Office Hours Through February 16:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – Noon
Box Office Hours February 17 – March 25:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – Noon
Sunday: 8 a.m. – half-hour after end of game
Season ticket packages and single-game tickets will remain on sale online and by phone at 623.222.2222.
Add to your baseball experience, and purchase your Surprise NCAA College Baseball tickets for 2018! Surprise Stadium will host two NCAA College Baseball tournaments, featuring teams from the BIG 10, Mountain West, and PAC 12 conferences, including perennial power Oregon State. Individual game tickets and tournament passes will go on sale January 6.
College Baseball Classic Feb. 16-19 – featuring Oregon State, New Mexico, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and Gonzaga
BIG 10 – PAC 12 Baseball Challenge Feb. 22-25 – featuring Oregon State, Nebraska, Utah and Ohio State
College individual game tickets and tournament passes may also be purchased over the phone by calling the box office at 623.222.2222. For questions or more information, please check our website at SurpriseSpringTraining.com.
Sundays in the Park
The City of Surprise, in coordination with State 48 Brewery and Food Truck Friday West, continues to present Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival with live music! All events are held at the 8-Acres Park, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Event admission is free; food and drink are available for purchase. There is always a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of craft beers and wines provided by State 48 Brewery. This is a great opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and unique food trucks that the whole family will love. Don’t forget a blanket or a lawn chair. Dogs must be on leashes.
The next events will be held on:
Feb 11th, Noon – 4 pm
March 11th, 4 – 8 pm
April 8th,4 – 8 pm
Be sure to check out these other awesome events!
- For Teens: Outdoor Laser Tag Tournament – Saturday, February 24th 5-9 pm Surprise Community Park
- Spring Eggstravaganza – Saturday March 31st on the Kansas City Royals Practice fields. Gates open @ 7:30 am. First egg hunt starts at 8:20 am. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, face painters, food and inflatables and more!
- The Royals are holding an adaptive baseball clinic on Saturday, February 24th at 4:30 pm at Dreamcatcher Park.
- CRS is currently offering registration for a Spring Break Soccer Camp that will be held March 20-22 for ages 7-12. Registration is also ongoing for baseball, softball and volleyball leagues, along with baseball and softball skills classes.
- Spring Break Camp will be held March 19-23 from 6:30 am-6 pm at Sierra Montana Recreation Center. The City of Surprise Spring Break Camp will keep your child busy during the school break in a fun, supervised environment. Children will enjoy games, crafts and field trips. Please have your child bring a sack lunch, and afternoon snack will be provided. Space is limited, so please sign up early to secure your child’s registration.
- Cal Ripken Day Parade of Teams will be Saturday, March 24. Coaches and players from the City of Surprise Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Softball leagues will be recognized in a parade of teams into the stadium onto the field before a major league spring training game.
National Citizens Survey Coming Soon
What do you love about living in Surprise? What services do you value most? What can the city do better to improve the quality of life in our hometown? You can share your thoughts in the 2018 National Citizens Survey (NCS)! What you tell us in this survey helps to identify priority projects for Surprise and indicates where limited city funding should go in order to provide the services you most desire.
This mailed survey, conducted by the National Research Center of Boulder, Colorado, examines residents’ responses on topics ranging from traffic flow to public safety to senior and youth services. The scientific survey sample equals 1,500 surveys that will be mailed to homes throughout the city.
All survey results are anonymous. The city does not know which addresses have been selected by the third-party surveyor and only receives the aggregate results.
Beginning January 29, postcards will arrive at the selected addresses advising that the survey is on the way. The survey itself, along with a postage-paid return envelope, will arrive February 5. To be sure that selected residents receive their survey, a second survey will be mailed as a follow-up on February 12. Residents who complete and mail the first survey can simply recycle the second one. Selected households will also receive instructions for how to complete the survey online.
The last NCS the city conducted was in 2015, and 90% of residents indicated they would recommend Surprise as a place to live, a rating that is “much above” surveyed cities of our size. Residents told us Safety, Mobility and the Economy were most important to them.
Respondents said we need to work on improving transportation/transit options, local job choices, education and resident volunteer opportunities.
Since the 2015 survey, the city, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), completed the Bell-Grand Intersection Improvements; Greenway Road was widened; residents passed a General Obligation Bond to fund projects in Public Safety, Transportation and Pavement Preservation; and our Human Service and Community Vitality Department continues to grow volunteer opportunities, most recently hosting nearly 400 volunteers during the city’s 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration of Service.
On the education front, Ottawa University opened a campus at City Center; West-MEC’s new northwest valley campus opened last summer and Highland Prep began classes last fall. Additionally, more than 3,000 new jobs were created in Surprise since our last survey was conducted.
If your household receives a survey, please take the time to complete it and mail it back. By participating, you are helping to make Surprise an even better community! Results are expected by early summer and will be shared online at www.surpriseaz.gov.
Surprise Youth Council
Our Surprise Youth Council (SYC) has been busy! They will host their 2nd annual rooftop party for local high schools students at City Hall. This year, Youth Services has secured additional funding from the Surprise Youth Foundation in order to increase the atmosphere and number of activities from last year’s successful event. Attendees will enjoy music, arcade and lawn games, street tacos, and more! The event will be held on February 24 from 7 until 10 pm.
SYC recruitment is right around the corner. Recruitment will be ongoing during February and March through numerous outlets. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/syc.
In closing, thank you for your continued support. I am always available for my constituents. You can email me at email@example.com or call me at 623.222.1323. Additionally, you can follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PatrickDuffyD3.