July 7, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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Heat Relief

The city of Surprise is a Heat Relief Network partner. The City provides hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during Arizona’s hot summer months. Listed below are the Surprise Heat Relief stations:

  • Surprise Resource Center, Refuge & hydration – 12425 W. Bell Rd, Building A, Suite 124
  • Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301, Hydration – 16750 N. Village Drive East
  • The Salvation Army, Refuge & hydration – 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd

You can help those in need of relief by donating water bottles, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats at either the Surprise Resource Center or Surprise Fire Medical Station #301.

The Surprise Police Department wants you to remember; Hot Cars Can Kill!

  1. Never leave a child alone in the car
  2. Check for kids, pets, and vulnerable persons before you lock your vehicle
  3. Call 911 if you see a child alone in a car

Traffic Signal Project

Transportation Improvement Projects thumbnailScheduled work to install a new traffic signal at Waddell Road and 145th Avenue began on Monday, June 21. Drivers can expect intermittent lane restrictions in the outside lanes near each corner of the intersection while signal preparation work occurs. The traffic poles are scheduled to be installed in early August. The traffic signals are tentatively scheduled to be fully operational by the end of August 2021.
View a complete list of Surprise Capital Improvement Projects.

Shadow Ridge Floorball Team

Congratulations to the Shadow Ridge Floorball Team, who will be competing in the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Russia in 2022. At the World Winter Games, athletes and unified partners from 108 nations and 3,000 volunteers worldwide will gather to create acceptance and inclusion through sport, volunteerism, education, and health. Mayor Hall, Councilmember Cline, and I were able to donate some of our discretionary funds to help this team on their way. If you would like to donate to help this Surprise team attend the World Winter Games, you can do so at the following link: http://rmd.me/DAdNVb9t8dV

The Shadowridge Floorball team pose with Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy, and Councilmember Cline.

Citizen Patrol

Surprise Citizen Patrol is a volunteer-based program consisting of 62 highly trained individuals who donate their time and skills to further the mission of the Surprise Police Department. I enjoyed attending the Surprise Citizen Patrol Annual Recognition Dinner at Briarwood Country Club on Saturday, June 19. This event recognizes the individual efforts of all the highly dedicated city of Surprise citizen patrol members and congratulates those recipients with special awards. Thank you for all your continued effort!

Surprise Judges Reappointed

Presiding Judge Louis Frank Dominguez and Associate Judge Catherine A GaudreauCongratulations to Surprise City court Presiding Judge Louis Frank Dominguez and Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau. Council has reappointed them to new 4-year terms beginning July 1. Thanks to both judges for their continued service to the City of Surprise! Click here for more information https://bit.ly/3gxg6Q0.

2022 City Budget

City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2022 Surprise City Budget. The budget is focused on maintaining our current level of service as the city continues to see steady growth. This budget includes 25.5 full-time positions in the General Fund and eight new employees in water, sewer, sanitation, and sports and tourism to address the city’s growth. Also included in the budget are operational costs for new capital projects such as Countryside Park and Fire Station 308; and services such as the Maricopa County Library contract. Additionally, the adopted budget includes $121.5 million for planned Capital Improvement Projects. Details and information on the city’s budget are always available on our website at surpriseaz.gov/budget.

Surprise Sanitation Customers

Surprise sanitation customers will see a change on their city utility statement beginning July 1, 2021, as a rate increase determined by a structured schedule is implemented.

Beginning July 1, single-family solid waste (trash) customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.50. This is an increase of $0.10 per month. Please note that residential wastewater and water utility rates will remain unchanged.

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting banner.My next meeting will be August 7 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is scheduled for August 17 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

Closing

Please continue to check the City of Surprise website, at surpriseaz.gov for updates to meeting schedules and other important announcements.