All posts by admin

April 7, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive city updates and my council newsletters. I am honored to serve the residents of District 3 and I am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise’s Face Covering Mandate Lifted

Mayor Skip Hall has signed a proclamation terminating the face covering mandate in Surprise. You can read the full proclamation here.

Please note that based on the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-06, there are some exceptions.

  • The city retains the right to set and enforce mitigation policies in our city government buildings and on public transportation. Wearing of face coverings/masks is recommended within city facilities, with the exception of Surprise City Court, where they are required.
  • Per the Governor’s order, private businesses may institute and enforce face covering policies and retain the right to refuse service to those who do not comply with their policies.
  • Per federal mandate, face coverings are still required while riding public transportation.

City Council Meetings Re-open to In-person Attendance

City Council meetings will be re-opened to public attendance beginning with the April 20 Regular City Council Meeting! City Hall and other city administrative offices will re-open to the public on April 12.

Governor’s Executive Order 2021-06

With the state of Arizona hitting several important public health benchmarks, Governor Doug Ducey announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances.

Several key data points contributed to these changes:

  • Mass distribution of the vaccine: 3,041,773 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to 1,927,278 individuals in Arizona, including 1,185,986 who have been fully vaccinated.
  • 10 weeks of declining cases.
  • Hospitalizations at the lowest level since the end of September/beginning of October.
  • Opening of vaccine appointments to all Arizonans 16 years of age and older.
  • A recent evaluation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that ranks Arizona among the best states in the nation for getting the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable communities.
  • President Biden’s recent promise that every American will be able to be vaccinated by May 1.

Under the changes announced by Governor Ducey:

  • Events of more than 50 people will no longer need the approval of local governments. These events should continue to follow safe practices and CDC recommendations, including physical distancing. This includes youth sports.
  • The business guidance will transition from requirements to recommendations. Governor Ducey is providing businesses with the ability to continue requiring masks and social distancing.
  • Bars have already been allowed to operate as “dine-in” at full capacity. They will now be allowed to resume regular operations, with the ability to require social distancing and masks.
  • Unlike some other states, Arizona never issued a statewide mask mandate, and instead encouraged personal responsibility with an aggressive educational campaign — resulting in more widespread mask usage than states with mandates. Some local governments have implemented “mandates,” however, they have rarely, if ever, been enforced. Under this latest action, those local mandates will be phased out. Mask usage is still encouraged, especially in groups that are not vaccinated.

View the Governor’s Executive Order HERE

2021 State of the City Video Premiere

Tune in to SurpriseTV on April 13 at 6 p.m. for the 2021 State of the City Video Premier! Mayor Skip Hall and Surprise City Council will reflect on our community’s resilience and look forward to what’s on the horizon.

State of the City

COVID Relief Funding

For over a year now, the city of Surprise has been working hard to support residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Our city has been fortunate to receive federal, state and county financial assistance to provide meals, rental/mortgage payments, and utility assistance through our Senior Center and Surprise Resource Center.

Here is a snapshot at how $10.88 million in federal funds has helped our community during the COVID crisis:

Federal funds distribution.

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program provided billions of dollars in payroll assistance funding for businesses through two rounds of funding.

While these programs have helped, the city identified some funding gaps in meeting certain needs and in some cases, noticed some needs were not being met at all.

On September 1, 2020 and November 2, 2020, the Surprise City Council approved resolutions to support $555,000 for Surprise COVID Community Relief Packages for addressing community and business needs because of the prolonged nature of the pandemic. Utilizing some of our AZ CARES ACT dollars, we were able to allocate $180,000 to address the following human service needs:

AZ CARES ACT allocation.

The remaining $375,000 supported the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant, disbursed over two rounds:

Surprise small business relief fund allocation.

The city will continue to explore additional needs as we anticipate another round of funding through the American Rescue Plan Act in the future. We have a good plan in place to monitor where the needs are and address as appropriate.

Small businesses are encouraged to review updated COVID business resources available on www.surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp or to reach out to the Surprise Economic Development Department at econdev@surpriseaz.gov.

Community Resources are available at www.surpriseaz.gov/communitycare, or call the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

Surprise Day of Service

Are you looking for a way to help your community? Please consider volunteering for a Day of Service. The next Day of Service is scheduled for April 24 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. and will benefit the Valley View Food Bank. Volunteers will help bag bulk pinto beans into individual packaging for distribution through the Valley View Food Bank, as part of the 4th Annual Bean Bag Day event! For more information or to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623-222-1522.

Recreation Campus Hall of Fame

Charley Pride and Buck O’Neil are the newest inductees to the Recreation Campus Hall of Fame, which honors those who have contributed significantly to the Surprise Recreation Campus. Other 2021 Hall of Fame inductees include Gold Glove winners Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers; and Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals. Plaques honoring Hall of Fame recipients are displayed in the stadium concourse at the Surprise Stadium.

Sterling Grove

The Sterling Grove community continues to grow and add more amenities. Tennis and pickleball courts are scheduled to open spring of 2021! The Sterling Grove golf course, located at 11440 N. Greenwich Boulevard, opened to public play last month. Below is a picture of the course with the White Tanks in the background. For more information on the Sterling Grove Golf & Country Club, visit sterlinggroveclub.com.

Sterling grove golf course.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Wins Award

The City’s Parks and Recreation master plan.The City’s Parks and Recreation master Plan won a 2020 Honor Award from the AZ American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)! The mission of the ASLA “is to lead, educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.”

Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO)

Public comment is being requested for the City’s new Property Maintenance ordinance (PMO). The PMO is a guiding document that establishes the minimum standards for all property throughout the city. Its goal is to keep the city safe, healthy, and blight free. Submit comments via an online comment box at surpriseaz.gov/PMO. Comments are being accepted through May 2, 2021. If you would like to learn more about the ordinance, please join the public meeting scheduled for April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Community Room or online. To join the public meeting online, please visit surpriseaz.gov/PMO.

Budget Retreat

FY2022 Budget thumbnail.As part of the development of the Fiscal Year 2022 City Manager’s Recommended Budget, City Council will be participating in a budget retreat, beginning at 9 a.m. on April 16. The retreat will be open to public attendance and televised for public viewing on surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, and Cox channel 11.

For additional information on the budget process, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

New Southwest Gas Customer Information System

Beginning on Monday, May 3, 2021, Southwest Gas is transforming their customer information system to provide an improved customer experience, along with enhanced security. For more information on how this could impact you and the way your account will be serviced, please visit www.swgas.com/new4u.

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on May 1 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please 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 April 20 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

Closing

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

March 3, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Vice Mayor Patrick Duffy’s Monthly Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive city updates and my council newsletters. I am honored to serve the residents of District 3 and I am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Spring Break Camp

The City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department is offering Spring Break Camp March 15-19 from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation Center, located at 14861 N. Spring Lane. Children aged kindergarten-6th grades can have fun participating in on-site activities such as arts and crafts, games, sports, and other activities, all in a safe and supervised environment. To register, download a registration packet from surpriseaz.gov/recreation. Once the packet is complete, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 623.222.2000 to schedule a time to come in and register your child.

Pavement Preservation

Pavement preservation work will be taking place in the Sierra Montana development on March 22-24. Residents living in the area of treatment will receive a “48 hour” notice before work begins via a door hanger. To see a map of the specific area of work, click here

Greenway Road Project Update

Greenway Road from Northwest Ranch Parkway to Legacy Park Boulevard will be closed until March 14.

  • Motorists heading eastbound along Greenway Road from Loop 303 can expect a single lane until they reach the closure at Northwest Ranch Parkway, allowing access to be maintained to the business complex east of the Loop 303.
    • Left turn movements will be maintained for drivers traveling east on Greenway Road to Northwest Ranch Parkway.
  • Motorists driving south on Northwest Ranch Parkway will be able to make a right turn to go west on Greenway Road.
  • Westbound traffic along Greenway Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning at Reems Road. Local traffic will be able to continue to the hard closure at Legacy Park Boulevard.
    • Drivers traveling west on Greenway Road will be able to make the left turn to go south on Legacy Park Boulevard.
  • Motorists traveling north on Legacy Park Boulevard will be able to turn right to go east on Greenway Road.

The Greenway Road project will finish the south half of Greenway Road from approximately Cotton Lane to Sarival Avenue by adding two travel lanes and eliminating areas of the roadway that have multiple lanes merging into one. The project is scheduled to be completed in November 2021, weather permitting.

2021 National Community Survey

Share your thoughts on what you love about living in Surprise, what services you value the most, and what the City can do better in the 2021 National Community Survey (NCS)! In February, a paper survey was mailed to 2,700 randomly selected Surprise households for the first phase of data collection. If you did not receive a paper survey, an online version will be available in mid-March for all residents. Keep an eye on our website at www.surpriseaz.gov for details on when the survey will be available.

Lifeguard Training Classes/Summer Camp Positions

A lifeguard stands watch over individuals at the Surprise pool.Looking for a great summer job? The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is now enrolling for Lifeguard Training Classes and Summer Camp positions.

Lifeguard training classes are open to those 16 years old and up. To register, you can go online to Surprise Rec. Classes are scheduled for March 5, 12, 15, and 17. All classes are held at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Avenue, and consist of 8-hours of pre-class online coursework that must be completed prior to the first day of an in-person class and an active pretest that includes swimming, diving, retrieving, and treating of water.

For more information, or to apply for a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor position, please contact Aquatics Coordinator Annie Stephens at 623.222.2268, or visit surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

Summer Camp position applications are now being accepted. If you enjoy working with children, you are invited to apply for Recreation I and Recreation III openings. Summer Break Camp is a 10-week program for children in 1st through 8th grades. Activities include weekly field trips, arts and crafts, games, and sports. For application information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/jobs or call 623.222.2000.

Budget Kick-off

The Fiscal Year 2022 budget process has begun! The City of Surprise Finance Department is giving a series of presentations to City Council during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings. These presentations cover operating revenues and expenses and department operating budget development. If you missed any of the previous presentations, you can view them on our website at surpriseaz.gov/budget.

The Recommended Budget is expected to be released in April, followed by Council and public review, with the Final Budget adoption scheduled for June 2021.

Coming Soon!

Chipotle logoChipotle’s new drive-thru concept is now under construction at 16810 W. Waddell Road.

CBD logoCBD Coffee Brewed Differently is coming to 15240 N. Cotton Lane.

Kentucky Fried Chicken logoKentucky Fried Chicken, proposed for 15166 N. Cotton lane, is in development review.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Surprise residents can make an appointment to have hazardous waste picked up directly from their homes beginning March 16-26. Appointments can be made by requesting an appointment through the My Surprise app or by calling Customer Service at 623.222.1920. Pick-ups will occur March 29- April 9.

Acceptable items:

  • Antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, diesel, and fuel additives (5 gallon limit per household)
  • Brake-transmission-power steering fluid, degreasers (5 gallon limit per household)
  • Pool chemicals, fire extinguishers, and gas cylinders
  • Car and household batteries
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Stain, varnish, turpentine, cleaners, adhesives
  • Oil-based paint*, paint thinners, solvents, cleaners, adhesives (10 gallon limit per household)
  • Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and other lawn chemicals
  • TVs, electronics, cell phones, computers, stereos

For additional details, please visit surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent.

Surprise Day of Service

Calling all volunteers! We’re hosting Day of Service events on March 20 and March 31. On Saturday, March 20, volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal, and more. On Wednesday, March 31, volunteers will meet at St. Mary’s Food Bank to help in the process of providing food to families in need. Registration is required for both events, and COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/dayofservice. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise Youth Council

The City of Surprise is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC)! Students who are currently enrolled in grades 7-11 may apply if they are attending a middle school or high school within the Surprise city limits, attending a Dysart Unified School District high school, or reside within the Surprise city limits. To apply, submit a video, no longer than 90 seconds, that includes:

Surprise Youth Council logo

  • Your name, grade and school you attend.
  • Why you want to be on the SYC?
  • If you could bring one thing to this city or change one thing, what would it be? What can you and a group like SYC do about it?
  • Of these three words: fearless, creative, hardworking – which one best describes you and why? Briefly tell us about a time you were fearless, creative or hardworking.

Send videos to Youth Services Coordinator Donte Scroggins by uploading your application video from your Google Drive and sharing it with cityofsurpriseyouth@gmail.com. A Membership Application must also be completed by the applicant and a parent or guardian and emailed to donte.scroggins@surpriseaz.gov. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/syc.

Drop-off Recycling

A public works employee gives a thumbs up over a container of plastic bottles.A drop-off recycling location is available at the Surprise Public Works Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. & 1-3 p.m. A city staff member will be available to help residents sort the recyclable material and ensure that the recyclables are not contaminated.

Accepted Materials:

  • Plastic bottles #1 & #2 (lids must be screwed on the bottle. If lids are removed, do not recycle lids)
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

Spring Training

Surprise Stadium logoSpring Training has officially begun! An updated schedule of games is available at SurpriseStadium.com. Tickets can be purchased online through SurpriseStadium.com, by phone at 623.222.2222, and in-person at the Surprise Stadium box office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Please note that box office transactions will be cashless. Accepted forms of payment at the box office include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Connect with District 3

Instagram thumbnailI invite you to follow me on my new Instagram account, @councilmemberduffy, for D3 updates and information! Thank you to the Surprise Youth Council that suggested that this would be another great way to connect with residents.

Please also check out my new Facebook page at Vice Mayor Patrick Duffy | Facebook. Be sure to click the “follow” button to receive District 3 updates and information!

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on March 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101. District 6 Councilmember Chris Judd will also be joining our Community Meeting this month! Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please 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 March 16 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, Cox channel 11 or Century Link channel 8513.

Closing

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

February 3, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive city updates and my council newsletters. I am honored to serve the residents of District 3 and I am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Toll Brothers & Village at Prasada

Toll Brothers at Sterling Grove & The Villages at Prasada were recently featured on a WESTMARC “Open for Business” Economic Development Webinar. If you’d like to learn more about these developments, please take a moment to watch this informative discussion. You can access the video from my website at d3.surpriseaz.gov.

A computer screen showing a virtual meeting presentation for Sterling Grove.

Sterling Grove Golf Course Opening!

The new Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club will be opening their Nicklaus Design, 18-hole course for a limited public preview starting February 11. The course will be going private at a later time. For more information, please contact the Golf Shop at 623.213.7000.

Road Closure!

A road construction cone.Sarival Avenue will be closed from Custer Lane to Greenway Road from February 1 until March 1, 2021. Sarival Avenue will remain accessible from Waddell Road for local traffic only. This work is being performed as a part of the Greenway Road improvement project that will finish the south half of Greenway Road from 800 feet west of Loop 303 to 1600 feet east of Loop 303 (approximately Cotton Lane to Sarival Avenue). For more information on this road project, please visit surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Spring Training

Spring Training 2021Spring Training 2021 is scheduled to begin on February 27, however, the Cactus League would prefer to delay Spring Training for a month. The hope is that a delay would allow more time for people to get vaccinated and to hopefully see a decline in new COVID cases. No decision has been made about changing the February 27th start of the season. Right now, the Texas Rangers are set to take on the Kansas City Royals on February 27 at 1:05 p.m.! For a complete schedule of games and updated information on ticket sales and safety protocols, please visit SurpriseStadium.com or call 623.222.2222. Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the Spring Training Schedule and information is subject to change.

Holiday Sanitation Schedule

City offices are closed February 15 in observance of Presidents Day’. Please note that the holiday sanitation schedule will be in effect.

Development in District 3

The “Promenade PAD” is currently under development review for 44 acres located at the southwest corner of Cotton Lane and Waddell Road. A master-planned, horizontal mixed-use development is proposed that integrates residential and commercial uses, such as retail, restaurant, office, services and other similar uses.

New development is happening next to COSTCO! Whataburger has submitted for development review for a location at the southwest corner of Sarvial Road and Waddell Road. Other proposed development include Black Rock Coffee, BackFit Health & Spine, Sleep Number mattress store, Arby’s, Jersey Mike’s, Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade, a dentist office, and a nail salon.

Coming Soon to Surprise!

BadAZ Axes & Axescape Room at the southeast corner of Greenway Road and Loop 303 in the former Westside Total Fitness location.

BadAz Axes and Axescape Room logos

Connect with District 3

Please check out my new Facebook page at Vice Mayor Patrick Duffy – Home | Facebook. Be sure to click the “follow” button to receive District 3 updates and information!

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on February 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please 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 February 16 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, Cox channel 11 or Century Link channel 8513.

Closing

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

City Council names Duffy as Vice Mayor

The Surprise City Council selected District 3 Councilmember Patrick Duffy to serve as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Per city code, City Council must select a new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30. The Vice Mayor acts on behalf of the Mayor in the event of absence.

Patrick Duffy was first appointed by City Council in September 2017 to represent the residents of District 3 (D3) and was subsequently elected to the D3 seat in 2018 and 2020. His current term will expire on December 31, 2024.

Duffy is a Financial Advisor for First Financial Equity Corporation, and for nine years prior to his appointment to City Council, he worked part-time as a City of Surprise Recreation Leader. He has lived in Surprise for 10 years, four of them in D3.

Duffy is currently a Board Member on WESTMARC, as well as an ex-officio Board Member on the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the City Council Subcommittees for Performance Evaluation Leaders and the Tourism Fund. Duffy was a member of the Surprise Municipal Property Corporation Board, and through his city service, has been part of numerous Community and Recreation Services events, including Spring Training support, Relay for Life events and Cal Ripken All-Star games. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University.

January 6, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Happy New Year! We have made it to 2021, and there are still many great things happening in the City of Surprise. As we ring in the New Year, I’d like to share some updates with you on new parks, new roads, and new businesses here in Surprise! As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. You can email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

Please join us on January 16 at 9 a.m. as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a virtual program, leading into a day of service. Tune in to Surprise TV, Facebook or Instagram to see a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers. The City of Surprise is also organizing community service projects that will be in person. Advanced registration is required due to COVID-19 gathering limitations. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov, or call 623.222.1522.

Esports Tournaments

Surprise Parks & Recreation and Bravous Esports have teamed up to offer online video game tournaments. Participants play multiplayer video games in a competitive, elimination-style tournament from the comfort of their own homes.

  • Rocket League “Back to School” Tournament
    (7-17yr) – January 9, 4-9 p.m.
  • Among Us Unmasking
    (7-17yr) – February 20, 4-9 p.m.

Registration is $10 per tournament for Surprise residents and $12 per tournament for non-residents. Sign up at https://bit.ly/3gClzDN.

New Park and Park Enhancements

A man and a woman talking a walk in a park.Council voted December 15 to fund more than $8 million in park-related projects that will advance the goals of the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Council was able to fund these projects thanks to strong growth in housing permits and retail sales collections that resulted in better-than-expected one-time revenue from fiscal year 2020. The projects include, finishing Gaines Youth Baseball Field ahead of the original timeline, a new eight-acre park at Greenway Road and Parkview Place, and a $3 million budget for enhancements to Surprise Community Park. Enhancements could include paving the north parking lot, adding a restroom, improving dog park drainage, and exploring new lighting in the area and will be finalized following design and submittal of actual costs. The new eight-acre park will provide additional programmable and rental field space.

Greenway Road Improvement Project

Artist rendering of a tree lined, double lane road.The voter-approved Greenway Road improvement project began last month, and is anticipated to be completed in November 2021, weather permitting. When completed, the project will add two additional travel lanes, turn lanes, drainage infrastructure, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, street lighting and landscaping. The Greenway Road project is a part of the 2017 voter-approved Decide Surprise Obligation Bonds.

Surprise Small Business Relief Grant

The Surprise Small Business Relief Grant provided funding to help local businesses that were impacted by the current public health crisis. Grant dollars were intended to be used to assist with rent, utilities, payroll expenses and other necessary operating costs. Through this program, 79 local businesses have been served and 483 jobs retained! The funds for this program have been fully utilized, but the City of Surprise Economic Development team has other resources available to help local businesses. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Business Resource page on the City’s website.

Development in District 3

The following projects are under development review in District 3:

  • Kentucky Fried Chicken, 15166 N. Cotton Lane
  • Prasada multi-tenant shops, southeast corner of Waddell Road & Prasada Parkway
  • Black Rock Coffee, southeast corner of Waddell Road & Prasada Parkway

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on February 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please 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 January 19 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513.

Closing

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

Mayor and Councilmembers in Districts 2, 3 & 4 sworn in

The first Regular City Council Meeting of the New Year included the swearing-in ceremonies for mayor and three councilmembers. 

Skip Hall was sworn in as Mayor after winning the seat in the August Primary Election. He previously served as Mayor by appointment, following a mayoral resignation in November 2018. 

Newly elected Councilmember Aly Cline was sworn in as District 2 Councilmember.

Re-elected Councilmember Patrick Duffy was sworn into office to serve District 3.  

Re-elected Councilmember Ken Remley took the oath of office to serve District 4.

Each elected official was sworn in to a four-year term. 

District 5 Councilmember Jack Hastings was sworn into office in November, per state law, after defeating an appointed councilmember for that district in the August Primary Election. He will serve a two-year term.

For more information about each of the councilmembers, please visit their websites: 

https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov
https://d2.surpriseaz.gov
https://d3.surpriseaz.gov
https://d4.surpriseaz.gov
https://d5.surpriseaz.gov

Council will select a Vice Mayor at the next regular Council meeting, scheduled for January 19 at 6 p.m. City Council meetings are televised on Surprise TV and streamed live on the internet at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv.

December 2, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive city updates and my council newsletters. I am honored to serve the residents of District 3 and I am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

City of Surprise public meetings

Due to rising COVID-19 case numbers, City of Surprise City Council and all City boards and commissions meetings have been reclosed to in-person attendance until further notice. These meetings are streamed and broadcast on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise and on Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513. Public comment will be accepted by phone and email. Instructions for public comment will be included on each meeting agenda. Agendas are posted at least 24 hours in advance of a meeting, and can be found at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Surprise Party At-Home Style

Surprise Party at HomeWhile we are not able to host our 19th Annual Surprise Party in person this year, we do have a great lineup of holiday themed programming for you to enjoy from the comfort of your home or car! Please see the schedule of events below:

Surprise Party – At Home Activities
Schedule is subject to change.

DATETIMEEVENT
Fri, Dec. 4 7:00 p.m. Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony**
Mon, Dec. 7 6:30 p.m. Virtual Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus**
Surprise has partnered with Boyer Bakery to provide 150 cookie decorating kits to the first 150 decorators. Kits will be available for pick up on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or Monday, December 7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave.
Tues, Dec. 8 6:30 p.m. Virtual Bingo – Holiday Edition (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Wed, Dec. 9 5:30-8:30 p.m. Zoom Calls with Santa (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Thurs, Dec. 10 6:30 p.m. Virtual Holiday Themed Art & Craft featuring WHAM**
Craft kits will be available for pick up beginning Monday, November 30 to Thursday, December 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, while supplies last.
Fri, Dec. 11 6:00-8:00 p.m. Santa Drive-Thru at Surprise Stadium
Download a colorable letter for Santa at surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty. Participants must remain in the car during this event. Santa’s helpers will hand out goodie bags to the first 200 participants.
Sat, Dec. 12 –
Sun, Dec. 13
Evening Light up the Night House Decorating Contest w/ map

** Denotes a video event.

Please note that video events will be aired at the times noted above on Surprise TV online and the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Facebook Page. On-demand video playback will be available for recorded events, so please visit surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty to view a video recording at your convenience.

For additional information on the Surprise Party At-Home events, please visit surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty.

Spring Training Game Schedule

Spring Training 2021The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals have released their 2021 Spring Training schedule! Ticket information isn’t available quite yet, but you can sign up for the waitlist to receive additional information when it becomes available. Current season ticket holders will be contacted directly by the Surprise Stadium Box Office when more information is available about plan options. Health and safety measures specific to the Spring Training experience are being developed with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local and international health authorities, Major League Baseball and destination partners. For more information, please visit SurpriseStadium.com or call 623.222.2222.

The Surprise Stadium 2021 game schedule is as follows:
Schedule and times subject to change.

27-Feb 1:05 p.m. Texas Rangers vs.  Kansas City Royals
28-Feb 1:05 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers vs.  Texas Rangers
1-Mar 1:05 p.m. Cleveland Indians vs.  Texas Rangers
2-Mar 1:05 p.m. Cincinnati Reds vs.  Kansas City Royals
3-Mar 1:05 p.m. San Francisco Giants vs.  Kansas City Royals
4-Mar 1:05 p.m. Kansas City Royals vs.  Texas Rangers
5-Mar 1:05 p.m. Arizona Diamondbacks vs.  Texas Rangers
6-Mar 1:05 p.m. San Diego Padres vs.  Kansas City Royals
7-Mar 1:05 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers vs.  Texas Rangers
8-Mar 1:05 p.m. Seattle Mariners vs.  Texas Rangers
9-Mar 6:05 p.m. Cleveland Indians vs.  Kansas City Royals
10-Mar 1:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs.  Texas Rangers
11-Mar 1:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs.  Kansas City Royals
12-Mar 1:05 p.m. Colorado Rockies vs.  Texas Rangers
13-Mar 1:05 p.m. Oakland Athletics vs.  Texas Rangers
14-Mar 1:05 p.m. Colorado Rockies vs.  Kansas City Royals
15-Mar 1:05 p.m. San Francisco Giants vs.  Texas Rangers
16-Mar 6:05 p.m. Los Angeles Dodgers vs.  Kansas City Royals
17-Mar 1:05 p.m. Los Angeles Angels vs.  Kansas City Royals
18-Mar 1:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs.  Texas Rangers
19-Mar 1:05 p.m. Texas Rangers vs.  Kansas City Royals
20-Mar 1:05 p.m. Milwaukee Brewers vs.  Kansas City Royals
21-Mar 1:05 p.m. Cincinnati Reds vs.  Texas Rangers
22-Mar 6:05 p.m. Los Angeles Angels vs.  Texas Rangers
23-Mar 6:05 p.m. Arizona Diamondbacks vs.  Kansas City Royals
24-Mar 6:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs.  Texas Rangers
25-Mar 1:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs.  Kansas City Royals
26-Mar 1:05 p.m. Oakland Athletics vs.  Kansas City Royals
27-Mar 12:05 p.m. San Diego Padres vs.  Texas Rangers
28-Mar 12:05 p.m. Seattle Mariners vs.  Kansas City Royals

* All games times are at Mountain Standard Time through March 13, 2021; beginning March 14, 2021, games will be at Pacific Standard Time.

Surprise Police Department Reaccreditation

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) has granted the Surprise Police Department national accreditation status for the fifth time! Accreditation is a four year process where all aspects of the agency’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services undergo a comprehensive examination. Each agency conducts a detailed self-assessment and participates in an on-site review by a team of outside CALEA assessors composed of experienced law enforcement professionals. In addition, agencies offer community members an opportunity to provide their comments and observations. The CALEA accreditation process is a benefit to both the agency and the community, as it requires the agency to conform to procedures that are consistent with internationally recognized, progressive law enforcement standards. This is the foundation for competent, responsible, and ethical service to the public. The Surprise Police Department voluntarily participates in the law enforcement accreditation process and will continue to do so in the future.

Congratulations to the Surprise Police Department!

Home-delivered Meal Program

Daily, home-delivered hot meals are available through a city partnership with Area Agency on Aging and Banner Olive Branch. This is a donation-based program that is available to eligible participants age 60 years or older, or younger adults with disabilities. In addition, the service includes a daily visit to check on the individual’s condition and safety. For more information on meal delivery options in Surprise, please contact Area Agency on Aging, at 602.264.4357, or Meals on Wheels for Sun City, 623.974.9430.

Surprise to Air Select DUSD Sports Games

On Thursday and Saturday evenings, tune in to the Surprise TV Cable channel, at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv to watch a replay of select Dysart Unified School District high school sporting events. The district’s new Dysart Student Broadcasting Live (DSB Live) produces these events and streams them live at Dysart.org/DSBlive. DSB Live is student-driven and student-produced.

Here’s how to watch:

  • Online Live: DSB Live website at Dysart.org/DSBlive. A full schedule of DSB Live events is available on the website.
  • Online Replay: surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv (Thursdays at 8 p.m. & Saturdays at 7 p.m.)
  • Cable Replay: Cox Cable Channel 11 (Thursdays at 8 p.m. & Saturdays at 7 p.m.)

Development in District 3

  • Chipotle Mexican Grill is under construction at 16810 W. Waddell Road
  • A new coffee shop is under development review for the multi-tenant shops located at 15240 N. Cotton Lane

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on December 5 at 10 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please 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 December 15 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513.

Closing

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

November 4, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive city updates and my council newsletters. I am honored to serve the residents of District 3 and I am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Veterans Day Tribute

We were not able to have a Veterans Parade this year, but please take a moment on November 10-12 to drive along Bullard Avenue and see the decorated signs thanking and celebrating Veterans! You can also sign in to the Surprise TV cable channel, our Parks & Recreation social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), and the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov on Veterans Day to see a compilation of community video messages for our Veterans. Thank you to all the residents that submitted videos and signs for this special project!

APS Project

APS is in the early stages of a public siting process to identify routes for new 230kV power lines. The project structures/poles will be between 115-195 feet tall and will be placed in new or existing rights-of-way or easements. The power lines will connect the new Contrail Substation, located at the southeast corner of Olive Avenue and Dysart Road, to existing 230kV facilities.

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.

Additionally, two Live Virtual Town Hall meetings will be hosted on Wednesday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Both are from 6-7:30 p.m. You can register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APSlivechat

Winter Youth Sports/Teen Bubble Soccer

Youth sports registrationRegistration for Surprise Parks & Recreation Winter Youth Sports begins November 2. The winter season for youth basketball, kickball, and flag football leagues starts in early January and runs until March. For league details please visit surpriseaz.gov/youthsports.

Surprise Parks & Recreation is also offering sports skills classes & camps, tennis programs, and e-sports tournaments. For more information on these programs, please contact the Sports Division at 623-222-200 or visit surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Children inside inflated bubbles playing soccer.Teens ages 10-17 can register to play in a Bubble Soccer Tournament on November 7 at Mark Coronado Park, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Tournament times are 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. for the 10-12 year old division, and 6:45 p.m.- 8:15 p.m. for the 13-17 year old division. The cost is $10 per person. Reserve your spot today by registering online at https://bit.ly/2ThB7BV or by calling 623-222-2000.

Surprise Parks & Recreation has developed and implemented COVID-19 procedures in compliance with the CDC guidelines for the health and safety of our staff and participants.

With daily reassessments in relation to the COVID-19 situation; rules, procedures and general guidance are subject to change.

National Tennis Championships

The City of Surprise won the bid to host the 2026 NCAA Division II Men’s & Women’s Tennis Championships. This championship will return to Surprise after a successful event in 2018 and the upcoming Championships in 2021. NCAA Championship event awards are based upon specifications that include, but are not limited to, providing optimal facilities; ease of travel to the location and ample lodging; and adherence to NCAA principles, which include providing an atmosphere that is safe and respects the dignity of all attendees. The sites are selected by the respective NCAA sports committees and approved by the divisional competition oversight and championships committees.

Temporary Expansion of Premises (TEP) permits

City Council approved the use of Temporary Expansion of Premise (TEP) permits for local restaurants to help expand their ability to serve more customers while maintaining social distancing requirements. This permit allows for the temporary expansion of dining space where viable and safe, and could include patio and outdoor areas, tents, or similar enclosures. There is no application or permit fee associated with the TEP permit, and the process includes a streamlined application process and expedited staff review. Approved permits are valid for 180 days, with an option to review, and approval is required from the property owner. Restaurants looking to expand service areas for alcohol remain subject to review and approval of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. To learn more about the TEP permit, or to download the application, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialeventpermits.

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on November 7 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

Holiday Schedule

Please note the following holidays this month will result in a change to the trash pick-up schedule for city of Surprise sanitation customers: November 11 in observance of Veterans Day, and November 26 and 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. City Hall remains closed to the public due to COVID-19.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is scheduled for November 17 at 6 p.m. Council meetings have been reopened for in-person participation. In order to adhere to CDC guidelines, in-person participants will be required to wear a facial covering when entering and exiting the chambers, but may remove it while seated, if they so choose. Capacity will be capped at 50 people, and physical distancing measures will be in place.

Closing

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

October 7, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive city updates and my council newsletters. I am honored to serve the residents of District 3 and I am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

City Council Meetings reopened to in-person public participation

City Council meetings have been reopened to in-person public participation. In order to continue to adhere to CDC guidelines, capacity will be limited to 50 people, face coverings are required when entering and leaving the chambers, but may be removed while seated, and physical distancing measures will be in place to ensure that people sit or stand at least six feet from anyone not in your household. Virtual participation options will remain available and instructions for that are posted on each meeting’s agenda at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

The next City Council meetings will be held October 6 and October 20, at 6 p.m.. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

Small Business Relief Grant Program

Applications are being accepted through October 16 for the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant Program. This grant program provides emergency financial relief to local small businesses experiencing economic distress and loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closures compliant with Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Orders.

To apply, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/smallbusinessgrant. As part of the application process, you will need to create an account with the Arizona Community Foundation, a Surprise Business “Registration” License and a W-9 form.

For questions call 623-222-3300, or email SurpriseRelief@azfoundation.org.

Surprise Day of Service

Residents and volunteers collect weeds and trash.The Surprise Day of Service is October 10! Surprise Day of Service is a neighborhood revitalization and cleanup event that assists neighborhoods and homeowners who may not be physically or financially able to maintain their homes as required by local codes. Volunteers are needed to participate in various projects throughout the city, including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more. Individuals and groups (of no more than 10 people) can register with Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623-222-1522. Please note, participants are required to wear face coverings and will be split into small groups and check in times will be staggered due to COVID-19.

7th Annual Fiesta Grande Celebration Goes Virtual

Celebrate our city’s cultural heritage at the seventh annual Surprise Fiesta Grande – To Go style! This virtual celebration, presented by the City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina, is happening all week! Enjoy authentic Mexican food, cooking and dance classes, crafts, games and more!

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • October 5 at 6:30 p.m.: Holy Guacamole & Salsa Dippin’ Virtual Cooking Class. While this virtual class has already premiered, you can still watch it at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande
  • October 6 at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Folklorico Class/Performance. While this virtual class has already premiered, you can still watch it at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande
  • All day on October 6, Let’s Taco ‘bout a Good Meal! Where local restaurants offered discounts!
  • October 7 at 6:30 p.m.: Nacho Average Virtual Bingo! (Registration for this event is no longer available, but you can view all the previous virtual classes at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande).
  • October 8 at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Arts and Crafts, featuring WHAM (to participate, pick up your craft kit at the Parks & Recreation office, Monday 10/5 through Thursday 10/8 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 15960 N Bullard Ave Surprise, AZ 85374).
  • October 9 at 5 p.m.: Fiesta Foodtruck Friday & Swag Bag (Foodtruck and swag bag pick up are at Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N Hollyhock St, Surprise, AZ 85378. Register for a swag bag at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov by clicking on “Special Events”).

For updates and more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande or contact the Parks & Recreation Special Events Division at 623.222.2000.

If you happen to miss any of the virtual activities, videos will be available at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande after the event.

Veterans Day Tribute

Make a video tribute and/or sign for our Veterans for the Veterans Day tribute, a virtual alternative to the Veterans Day parade this year. Due to COVID-19, the City of Surprise will not be able to have a Veterans Day parade; however, we are asking residents to submit a video tribute or to decorate a sign that will be displayed on Bullard Ave. by the Surprise Stadium from November 10-12. To participate, record a video tribute, no longer than 15 seconds, thanking our veterans, then upload it to surpriseaz.gov/veteranvideo. This compilation of community messages will be featured on Veterans Day on the Surprise TV cable channel, our Parks & Recreation social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), and the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov. Entries must be received by October 29 at 5 p.m. Blank signs can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday October 12 through Friday, October 30. Decorated signs should be returned to the Parks and Recreation Office by 5 p.m. on Friday November 6 for inclusion in the display. For more information, please contact Steve Castillo at 623-222-2267, or by email at steve.castillo@surpriseaz.gov.

New in District 3

The Costco Wholesale Warehouse is now open! Located at 16385 W. Waddell Road, the Warehouse opened on September 24. Mayor Hall and I were on site to welcome them to Surprise with an early morning ribbon cutting!

Southwest Gas

Southwest Gas offers flexible payment plans, payment assistance programs, and income qualified rate assistance for their customers in Arizona. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Southwest Gas has ceased all service disconnection, and late fees for nonpayment, since March. While this moratorium is still in place, they would like to urge customers to also explore the various assistance programs that they offer, to avoid large payments after the COVID-19 crisis improves.

Low Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA)
Customers who have recently lost their job, or are receiving unemployment benefits, may qualify for a reduced energy rate through our LIRA Program. This program helps customers save money by providing a yearly 30% reduction in the monthly basic service charge and a “per therm” rate discount. The “per therm” discount is applied each month from November 1 through April 30.

Energy Share Program
Southwest Gas has $1 million available to customers experiencing unexpected financial difficulties, such as the loss of a job or medical emergency related to COVID-19. The Energy Share program allows customers facing financial hardship, who qualify, to receive assistance towards paying their Southwest Gas bill. Customers do not need to meet Federal Poverty Income Guidelines to qualify.

Deferred Payment Program
For customers who can demonstrate a hardship and have outstanding bills, their deferred payment plan allows them to pay their bill over an extended period of time. They also make referrals to government or local social service agencies.

To learn more about these programs, please visit the Southwest Gas website at www.swgas.com, or call 1-877-860-6020.

Southwest Gas also wants to remind you that they will never contact customers, or show up in person to demand payment with the threat of disruption of service. Any calls that demand immediate payment should be considered a scam. Do not provide any person information, and hang up. To verify the legitimacy of any calls or visits you receive, please call 877-860-6020.

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on November 7, at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road, #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

Closing

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