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District 3 Meeting November 27: Surprise Utility Rate Study Discussion

Plan to attend a District 3 meeting to learn about the proposed Utility Rate Study. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 27, at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, 13165 N. Autoshow Avenue, Surprise.

About the Rate Study

Surprise City Council was presented with the proposed Utility Rate Study during the Tuesday, November 6 Regular City Council Work Session that, if approved, would adjust city-provided solid waste utility base rates in fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019. Water and wastewater utility rates would remain unchanged in FY 2020.

The city reviews utility base rates and creates a five-year structure schedule based on the revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs. Economic influences such as increases in operational resources and future growth are also considered when adjusting the rates.

The last Rate Study was implemented in FY 2014.

If the Utility Rate Study is approved in February, city-serviced single-family residential solid waste customers would see one of two new base rate options presented to Council. The first is a base rate of $22.40 per month, a $5.44 per month increase. The rate schedule would also raise the solid waste rate by $0.30 each fiscal year beginning in 2020, bringing the rate to $23.60 in FY 2024.

The second option is a base rate of $20.70 that would also begin on July 1, 2019, a $3.74 per month increase; the rate would increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The schedule would then increase the solid waste rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 in FY 2024.

During the discussion Council reached a consensus favoring Option 2.

View the Option 1 and Option 2 rate schedule table

If the base rate increase is approved in February, this would be the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. There were no increases for more than 8 years between 1/1/2010 and 7/1/2018.

Residents who are serviced by private solid waste providers (Park and Sons, etc.) would not be impacted by the Surprise solid waste adjustment; learn who provides your solid waste utility services at surpriseaz.gov/mysurpriseaddress.

The proposed timeline for the Rate Study is:

  • December 4, 2018: Public ‘Notice of Intent to Increase Rates’
  • February 5, 2019: Public hearing; Council vote on Rate Study
  • July 1, 2019: If approved, new base rates effective

Follow the Rate Study and learn more information about the proposed adjustments at surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo.

August 1, 2018 • D3 Quarterly Newsletter

It has been my honor to serve you over the last 10 months. With the start of the City Council recess in July, we also began our new fiscal year 2019. As a city, we have so much to celebrate with initiatives begun, progress made and obligations met. This includes new restaurants to patronize, the expansion of a few of our current businesses, the funding of our capital improvement projects and the new opportunities for home ownership and even rentals in Surprise.

Economic Development

Our Economic Development department has certainly been busy. We’ve recently celebrated new business openings and expansions in District 3 that include the expansion of Dickey’s Barbeque; a new Planet Fitness (15569 W. Bell Road); and Highland Prep’s new buildings (15600 W. Hearn Road). Highland Prep recently opened their 36,000 square foot, state of the art educational building with 20 classrooms, a gymnasium and athletic field. Highland Prep is a tuition-free STEM, college preparatory high school with a rigorous academic program.

Over the last few months, we have also celebrated the openings of In-N-Out Burger, Codobe (coworking space), Menchie’s Yogurt, and Pieology. MagQu, LLC opened in July in the AZ TechCelerator. This Taiwan-based company is bringing their early-Alzheimer’s diagnostic technology to the US market.

Councilmemebr Duffy celebrating the Surprise In N out Grand Opening


Community Development Update

Toll Brothers at Prasada, located at the southwest corner of Cotton and Greenway roads, submitted Phase 1 of their project which includes a total of 234 lots for approval of their Final Plats. Approval of these plats and other dedication plats will allow Toll Brothers to start earth work on the project. Toll at Prasada includes a total of 2,201 residential units in 18 parcels that will be developed over 10 phases.

This gated community will feature a golf course, a variety of sport courts, 30,000 square foot club house and many other additional amenities. Homes will range from 1,400 to 4,000 square feet. Models are slated to open in early 2020.

Toll at Prasada map

A new 6,000 square foot multi-tenant commercial building located near Sierra Montana is also in the planning phase.

Walmart, 14111 N. Prasada Gateway, is working on tenant improvements for a pick-up area for their online grocery pick-up requests. Outside of District 3, West-MEC continues to expand at their location on Dysart and Grand Avenue and a Café Rio is slated to build at Litchfield and Bell road.


Pavement Preservation

The Public Works Department’s Pavement Preservation Program is an annual program in which identified city streets receive appropriate applications to lengthen the life of the street surface. The identified city streets are selected by conducting a pavement surface inspection and receiving an overall condition index rating.

The city’s Pavement Preservation Program runs annually from September through June.

The street treatments include Crack Sealing, Master Seal, Chip Seal, Mill & Rubberized Asphalt Overlay, Micro Surfacing, and Type II Slurry Seal.

District 3 projects completed in FY2018 included:

Treatment: Slurry/Micro Seal

  • Spring Lane, Acoma Drive, Verde Vista Drive (collector roadways located in Sierra Montana)
  • Custer Lane (a collector roadway adjacent to Greenway Parc)
  • Hearn Road (a collector roadway adjacent to Greenway Parc/Legacy Parc)
  • Greer Ranch Parkway and Cholla Street (collector roadways located in Greer Ranch)

Treatment: Master Seal in Subdivisions

  • Legacy Parc
  • Gotton Gin

Treatment: Mill & Rubberized Overlay

  • Greenway Road (Sarival Drive to Reems Road)

District 3 roadway treatments planned for FY2019 include:

Type II Arterial Slurry Rehab = 17,100 linear feet of collectors and 1,950 linear feet of arterial roadways

Master Seal (residential roadways):

  • 19,350 linear feet of residential roadways in portions of Sierra Montana
  • 46,850 linear feet of residential roadways in portions of Sarah Ann Ranch
  • 13,150 linear feet of residential roadways in portions of Sycamore Farms

Community and Recreation Services

It has been a busy summer with a variety of offerings for families to stay busy in Surprise. Families have taken the opportunity to cool off at the pools during open swim as well as water events such as Itty Bitty Beach Party, Dive in Movies and the sold out 4th of July pool party. This summer, the youth were very active with over 700 youth participating in 10 different sports camps held by the Community and Recreation Services Department. Several hundred participants attended all day Summer Camp at Sierra Montana Recreation center and Countryside Recreation Center. Approximately 18,000 participants enjoyed the 4th of July event at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The 35th annual event featured a rookie league game with the Texas Rangers and the Cincinnati Reds, music, food and the main event – fireworks!

The community came together to experience a half-size replica of the Vietnam Moving Wall when it came to Surprise in July at Mark Coronado Park. Bringing the wall to Surprise allowed individuals who may not be able to make it to Washington D.C. the ability to experience it. The City was honored to be able to host the wall in this special way to honor and remember the sacrifice of our Vietnam service members. The wall is engraved with more than 58,000 names of killed or missing Vietnam service men and women. An estimated 3,000 – 4,000 visited the wall during its stay.

Upcoming Community and Recreation Services programs and events include:

New Special Interest Classes for fall – Beginning folklorico dance, parent’s night out, Kindergarten readiness, soccer skills, skateboarding, Commit Dance Fitness and much more!

  • August 4 – Dive In Movie “Coco” – Relax in the water poolside while you watch “Coco”. Doors open at 7pm, movie begins approx. 7:30 p.m. $5 Residents/$10 Non-Residents
  • August 24, September 14, October 12, November 9 – Rec Night @ Sierra Montana Rec Center 6-8 graders can come hang at SMRC from 7-10 p.m.; $5 entry
  • September 4 – registration will begin for Fall Tee-ball, Baseball, Softball and Volleyball on September 4th. Check out our new sports classes at www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.
  • September 23, October 21, November 18, December 9 – Sunday in the Park @ Mark Coronado Park from 4-8 pm with food trucks, and live entertainment, yard games and more.
  • September 29 – Movie Night at Surprise Stadium. Free admission into the stadium to watch “Cars 3”. Gates open at 6 pm and movie starts at 7 pm. Concessions will be available.
  • October 13th – The 5th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande will be held on Saturday, October 13th from 5-10 pm on Hollyhock Street in the Original Town Site. Join us as we celebrate our city’s heritage. The event features authentic Mexican food, mariachis, folklorico dancers, live entertainment, a classic car show and kids zone.
  • October 15-19 – Fall Break Camp – Countryside and Sierra Montana Recreation Centers will be transformed into an exciting day camp during the week of October 15-19. Daily activities will include indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, field trips, along with many other fun-filled educational exploration programs and activities.
  • October 20 – Itty Bitty Monster Bash – Attention goblins, monsters, superheroes and princesses. Come party away dressed in your favorite costume from 1p.m.-3:30p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation Center.
  • November 12 – Veterans Day Parade honoring the service and sacrifices of our veterans. Parade of over 80 entries starts at 9:30 am. Pancake breakfast 7-9 am
  • November 3 – Adaptive Family Fishing Derby at Surprise Community Park
  • November 30 – December 1 – Our 17th Annual Surprise Party will be held on November 30 and December 1 in celebration of our community and anniversary of the Surprise Recreation Campus. Families are invited to gather as the Mayor and Council illuminate the night with the traditional holiday tree lighting ceremony Friday evening. The evening’s festivities will be followed by a series of live entertainment featuring bands, strolling street performances, a traditional hot air balloon glow, Santa’s Workshop, sky divers and an amazing display of fireworks. The fun and excitement will continue Saturday, December 1 with entertainment featuring live dance performances by our City of Surprise Special Interest Class dance troupes, specialty shows, camel rides, a carnival, petting zoo, classic car show and great food!
  • December 8 – Cookies & Crafts with Santa – Come visit with Santa while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate on Saturday, December 8 at Countryside Recreation Center.

Sports & Tourism

Spring Training brings people and revenue to Arizona and, as a proud Cactus League city, Surprise is feeling the benefits! Nearly 1.8 million people attended a Cactus League game this past season- more than 190,000 fans visited Surprise Stadium!

According to research released last month by the Cactus League, the 2018 Cactus League season generated $373 million in the state’s Gross Domestic Product, resulting in a total economic impact of more than $644 million once you add in jobs, sales taxes and indirect support. That’s an 11% increase from the last study conducted in 2015.

The study conducted by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business also found that the Cactus League created 6,439 annual jobs!

Looking a little closer into Surprise Stadium specific data, 61% of visitors to Surprise Stadium this season were from outside of Arizona. That’s a 5% increase from 2015. We also saw a 23% increase in the number of first-time visitors to Surprise Stadium since the last survey!

Surprise fans spent an average of $3,400 per trip and 66% of visitors paid for accommodations during their visit with a median stay of three nights and attended three games. Nearly 93% of fans shared that Spring Training was a factor for visiting the area.


Transit Feasibility and Implementation

The City of Surprise is approximately 75% complete with its Transit Feasibility Study. The study’s purpose is to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the City’s current transit needs and the public’s desires for transit in the near and long-term. As part of this effort, the City sought input from its residents through surveys, public mapping exercises, open houses, and transit charrettes. To date, the City has received over 3,000 responses and comments from the public. Approximately 80% of respondents have been Surprise residents, of which, roughly 70% indicated a fair, or better, support and a desire for transit services.

Utilizing the information gathered, a draft Transit Network was identified and an additional round of public input on draft transit routes was initiated in June 2018. Council will be presented a Preliminary Transit Network in September with near-term recommendations and preliminary ridership, anticipated costs and route prioritization. With Council’s directions, the transit team will fine tune the preliminary network and conduct a final public outreach scheduled for September. Near and long-term recommendations will be presented to City Council in October 2018, with an anticipated recommendation for acceptance of the Transit Feasibility Study.

Detailed information about the Transit Feasibility Study can be found on the City’s website by going to www.surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy.


Dates to Note

I will be hosting my next quarterly meeting at Larry Miller Dodge on Thursday, August 2 at 6 pm. Several of our Department directors will join me to provide updates. I hope to see you there!

Surprise Startup Weekend is coming August 24-26! Do you have an idea you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with? Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. Fun and highly immersive, this will help any new, potential or existing entrepreneur learn how to get further faster. Buy your tickets here before they sell out!

The positive changes in District 3 have been tangible. This is a great time to live here! I am looking forward to a new fiscal year with additional successes for our residents.

Voters ok city water election

Voters have approved the May 15th Water Election, authorizing City Council to complete negotiations with the Circle City Water Company (CCW) for the possible acquisition of the utility.

According to preliminary results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office tonight 80% (14,676) of registered voters voted yes; 20% (3,615) voted no.

CCW is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition, which would require City Council approval, 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.

Official final results are expected from the county by Friday, May 18.

The City Council will meet to canvass the votes at a Special Council Meeting, on Tuesday, May 22.  This meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m., and will be held in the Community Room of City Hall, as Council Chambers will be closed for pre-scheduled equipment upgrade work.

April 25, 2018 • D3 Quarterly Newsletter

Happy spring! I hope you are enjoying the last of this great spring weather prior to very warm days in Surprise!

Community Development

City Council approved a Preliminary Plat for Toll at Prasada, which is generally located west of Cotton Lane, between Cactus Road and Peoria Avenue. The Preliminary Plat covers approximately 772 gross acres and anticipates a maximum of 2,207 lots in eighteen (18) development parcels or “pads” to be developed over ten (10) phases. Phase 1 will include 463 of those lots in addition to roadway improvements to Cactus Road from Cotton Lane to 175th Avenue and Peoria Avenue from Cotton Lane to 175th Avenue. Phase I also includes five different lot products intended to reach a variety of customers. Amenities will include a club house, recreation center and golf course with abundant, beautifully-landscaped open space.

 


Economic Development

We have recently celebrated the recent openings and groundbreakings of businesses in Surprise that I am happy to share with you. The Thompson Thrift development known as the Shops at Elm Street, located at the southwest corner of Civic Center Plaza and Bell Road, recently celebrated their grand opening. The stores in the development include Starbucks, Raising Cane’s, Tokyo Joe’s, and the soon to open In-N-Out Burger, Menchi’s Yogurt and Pieology.

Groundbreakings of businesses at the Shops at Elm Street

In March, we celebrated the grand opening of Ono Hawaiian BBQ. Ono Hawaiian BBQ is located at 13864 W. Bell Road. They are a fast casual dining restaurant with 70 store locations throughout Arizona and California.

The groundbreaking for Trimaco also took place last month. Trimaco will be located in the Southwest Railplex area of Surprise. With the growing success of their business nationwide, they have outgrown their current west valley location and will be building a NEW 275,000 SF facility and employing over 110 people in Surprise! Trimaco manufactures paint accessories and professional floor protection products for paint retail, auto body and construction industries worldwide. This project represents more than just the current ground-up development, as the President of Trimaco is a long-term investor in Surprise.

The City of Surprise launched a retail survey in March asking the community to vote for their favorite locally-owned businesses; both their top restaurant and top retailer. In just three weeks, the survey garnered more than 3,000 responses! Congratulations to following businesses for earning the title “Local Favorite”:

Top 10 Local Restaurants

  • Oregano’s Pizza Bistro
  • State 48 Brewery
  • Babbo Italian Eatery
  • Rio Mirage Café
  • Nick’s Diner II
  • Vogue Bistro
  • Saigon Kitchen
  • Jim’s Burgers and Eggs
  • Big Buddha
  • Irish Wolfhound

Top 5 Local Retailers

  • Musical Surprise
  • Son Glow Boutique
  • Kimbur Pet Wash
  • PinkaBella Cupcakes
  • Gifts to Go

Budget

Finance Director Lindsey Duncan presented the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 City Manager Recommended Budget to City Council earlier this month, that is built on the foundation of safety- for residents; city infrastructure/technology; and the city’s financial position. The most notable change in the $387.8 million budget is the inclusion of new capital projects with the passing of the General Obligation (GO) Bond election in November 2017. The bonds will fund $59.5 million of needed public safety, traffic congestion mitigation and pavement preservation projects beginning in FY2019. You can learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

The budget also includes $16 million in contingency capacity to purchase the Circle City Water Company should the special election be approved in May 2018. All uses of contingency require the approval of the City Council before it may be expended and this will be repaid through future water credit sales. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection.

Increased operating expenditures are focused on public safety, security, inflation factors, and mandated/contractual obligations. Public Safety was the largest recipient of increases to ensure the safety of residents. The Recommended Budget includes the expansion of the city’s ground ambulance service to include a fourth ambulance. The SAFER grant which was awarded to the Fire-Medical Department in 2017 ends in FY2019. The costs for these positions will be fully absorbed by the General Fund mid-year to maintain the enhanced service for residents. In addition, the budget addresses new safety/security needs with the funding of two additional police officers, an emergency manager, an information technology security analyst, and a court compliance coordinator.

With the new requirements of Proposition 206, additional funding is programmed for the minimum wage increase of part-time employees and for paid sick time. The budget also includes additional funding for costs which increase over time such as costs of living, medical premiums, pension contribution rate increases and service-related increases; including water user rates, software licenses, library intergovernmental agreements, and transit intergovernmental agreements.

The Recommended Budget includes funding for the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) of $71 million. This includes utilizing $13 million in FY2019 for land, design, and/or construction of some of the GO Bond projects. The budget commits $21 million to maintain, secure, preserve, and/or replace infrastructure including roads, buildings, equipment and aged vehicles. The remaining capital is divided between utility-related projects ($15 million) and the functional areas of transportation, public safety, general government, and parks and recreation. Funding carried forward (approximately $22 million) from the prior year will continue the work on Desert Oasis water supply facility phase 2, special planning area 1 recharge expansion, and City Center public infrastructure.

Funding for additional operations and capital improvements is generated from growth in general fund revenue. General fund revenues are expected to increase by 10% or approximately $10.9 million above the current adopted budget. Recent escalations in housing activity as well as growing local sales tax account for most of the increase. A five-year forecast of city resources compared to uses helps ensure long-term financial sustainability and secures safety of the city’s financial position.

The FY2019 Recommended Budget is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget. Council is scheduled to adopt a final budget in June. I welcome your involvement and input in setting the city’s funding priorities and encourage you to attend upcoming City Council meetings before the final budget is approved. We continue to strive to build a vibrant, dynamic city. City Council in partnership with city staff continue our positive momentum and works diligently towards achieving our residents’ collective goals. As the economic forecast continues to improve, I can assure you that we will continue to seek out ways to support smart and responsible growth to ensure a bright future for the city we all know and love!


Sports & Tourism

The staff in our newest department, Sports & Tourism, continue to work hard to host events and advertise our city’s best assets. To say the least, it has been a successful and productive spring for us.

Earlier this year, we hosted several national tennis tournaments. For two weekends in January, we hosted the USTA 65+ National Tennis Tournaments that generating an outstanding 1,800 room nights and 1.000 participants! A month later, in February, we hosted the USTA Women’s $25,000 Pro Circuit which generated 235 room nights and 88 participants. The USTA Tennis on Campus tournament was held in March and generated 600 room nights and more than 400 participants followed by the NTRP Tennis Tournament earlier this month that hosted 378 players.

Surprise Stadium was not only the home for spring training this spring, but also several college tournaments. We hosted two college tournaments featuring baseball teams from the Big 10 and Pac12. Between the two tournaments, there were more than 22,000 in attendance and more than 600 rooms reserved at our local hotels! These tournaments also the highest attendance in the history of the tournaments in Surprise!

Speaking of Spring Training, did you know that Surprise Stadium was ranked the #1 Cactus League Stadium by USA Today? Attendance at the stadium for the 2018 season was 190,043.

In addition to the college tournaments and spring training games, the stadium and neighboring Mark Coronado Park (formerly 8 Acre Park), hosted the Surprise Fine Art and Wine Festival, the West Valley Beer Festival, the Mayor’s Welcome Back Lunch, the Taste of Surprise and the inaugural Spring Training 5k. The 5k had 284 participants with 50% of them located outside of Surprise and 33% outside of Arizona!

Upcoming events at the stadium include:

  • May 4 -12 – AIA Baseball
  • May 7-12 – NCAA Division II Tennis Men’s and Women’s National Championships
  • May 19-21 – USTA National Level 2
  • June 8-11 – Wilson Premier Baseball Showcase
  • June 14-17- Babe Ruth Regional Softball
  • June 22-27 – Connie Mack World Series Qualifier
  • June 28-July 7 – USA Baseball 16’s
  • July 12-18 – Don Mattingly World Series
  • July 20-25 – Ken Griffey Jr. World Series
  • July 23-28 – Babe Ruth Regional

Community & Recreation Services

The City of Surprise honored the legacy of Mark Coronado on Saturday, March 17 with a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony prior to the spring training game at Surprise Stadium. You will now see a Mark Coronado legacy seat in the Stadium, in addition to renaming 8-Acre Park to “Mark Coronado Park” with a memorial plaque at the park’s entry gate. Honorary street signs along Bullard Avenue now read “Mark Coronado Way”. Mark successfully led our Community and Recreation Services Department from 2000 until his death last summer.

Mark is greatly missed by all of those who worked with him in the city. His impact on baseball, youth, recreation programs, parks, our city and our staff will never be forgotten. He worked tirelessly to build a better Surprise. Mark’s legacy will now continue to be a permanent part of the city.

Upcoming Community and Recreation Services events include:

  • May 5 – Surprise Safety Day @ Surprise Aquatic Center
    event runs from 8 a.m. -11 a.m. Swim lesson assessments, swim team tryouts, CPR, safety demonstrations, Native Air helicopter and much more!
  • May 12
    Painting in the Park w/ SugarPlum Froyo – @ Surprise Community Park. Outdoor painting party for the entire family. 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $30 Residents/$50 Non-Residents
  • May 18 – Rec Night @ Sierra Montana Rec Center
    6-8 graders can come hang at SMRC from 7-10 p.m.; $5 entry
  • May 21 – Adult Sports Summer registration begins!
  • May 24 – Itty Bitty Beach Party @ Surprise Aquatic Center
    Ages 6 years and younger are invited to enjoy games, prizes, crafts and more! 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 for Residents/$8 Non-residents. Parents and children under 6 months are free.
  • May 26 – Pools open for Summer!
    Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool open for public swim at 12 p.m. See website for additional hours and days per location.
  • June 9 – Neon Dodgeball Teen Tournament @ Countryside Recreation Center from 7-9:30 pm, ages 12-17 years old, $25 per team of 10 or $3 free agents
  • June 9 – Painting in the Park w/ SugarPlum Froyo – @ Surprise Community Park
    Outdoor painting party for the entire family. 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.; $30 Residents/$50 Non-Residents
  • June 15 – Rec Night @ Sierra Montana Rec Center
    6-8 graders can come hang at SMRC from 7-10 pm; $5 entry
  • June 23 – Dive-In Movie @Surprise Aquatic Center
    Relax in the water poolside while you watch “Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle”. Doors open at 7pm, movie begins approx. 7:30 p.m. $5 Residents/$10 Non-Residents
  • July 2 – Fall Sports Registration Begins
    Soccer and Flag Football
  • July 4 – 4th of July Celebration & Pool Party
    Baseball game in the stadium, gates open at 4:30 pm. Pool Party at Surprise Aquatic Center, doors open at 6pm. Fireworks begin approximately 8:30 pm.

Circle City Water Company – Special Election

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of a water service company in a May 15 Special Election. 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 are scheduled for April 18 at 4 pm at Sun City Grand, Sonoran Plaza – Palms Room, 19789 N. Remington Drive and on April 19 at 6 pm at Sierra Montana Rec Center, 14861 N. Spring Lane.


Get Involved in Your Community

If you have time and would like to become more active with the city, there are opportunities to volunteer. The city is seeking volunteers for Surprise Day of Service! The event will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 8 am until 12 noon. On the day of the event, volunteers will check in at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Transportation will be required to get to most service projects which include painting, cleaning, trash removal, landscaping and much more. Light refreshments for breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you are interested, please contact Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239.

Additionally, we are accepting applications for a variety of Commissions. All resident positions are voluntary. For more information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3100/Welcome. Applications are available for pick-up immediately and can be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday – 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Applications are also available on this link. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person or by e-mail to: clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

It has been a busy first quarter of 2018 as you can see from some of the pictures I have included. I am honored and humbled to continue to serve you. I cannot think of a higher honor than having your trust and support. Thank you!

What’s happening in your city? Get answers at the D3 Meet & Greet!

Hello Neighbors,

There are a lot of great things going on in Surprise, and I have two meetings coming up where you can get updates and ask questions!

My D3 Meet and Greet is this Saturday, February 10 at Jim’s Burger and Eggs, 17019 W. Greenway Road. I will be there from 10 a.m. – Noon and would love if you could stop in and chat for a bit. This is an informal way for me to learn about the issues that are important to you and help answer any questions you may have. Can’t make this one? I host my D3 Meet and Greets every second and fourth Saturday of the month at the same time and same location.

Then, on Thursday, February 22 at 6 p.m., I am hosting my D3 Quarterly Meeting at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, located at 13165 N. Autoshow Avenue. This meeting includes presentations from various city staff. The agenda is as follows:

  • Water Company Acquisition Election
  • Economic Development Update
  • Community Development Update
  • General Obligation Bond Status Update

I look forward to seeing you! Plus, you can always reach out to me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1323. Additionally, you can connect with me on Twitter at @Surprise_D3 and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PatrickDuffyD3.

Patrick Duffy
Councilmember District 3

City begins FY19 budget discussions

The City of Surprise Fiscal Year 2019 budget-building process kicked off at the City Council’s Work Session, 4 p.m., Tuesday, February 6.

This was the first in a series of presentations regarding the overall development of the budget. The first presentation provided a general overview of the city’s budget, including revenue sources, city funds and expenditures.

The presentation also highlighted outside issues that influence the outcomes of the budget process. View presentation.

Future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include additional presentations related to budget development, including topics on Capital Improvement Projects and continued operating budget discussions. The Recommended Budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by months of Council and public review that will result in the adoption of a balanced FY2019 budget in June. FY2019 begins July 1, 2018.

Council agendas are posted online at http://agenda.surpriseaz.gov at least two business days before the meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Sessions are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

January 25, 2018 • D3 Quarterly Newsletter

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.

Tournament Schedules:

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 patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov or call me at 623.222.1323. Additionally, you can follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PatrickDuffyD3.

October 27, 2017 • D3 Quarterly Newsletter

Last month, I had the honor of being appointed to represent the residents of District 3. I have lived in Surprise for eight years with the last two years in District 3. I was appointed to the Surprise Municipal Property Corporation Board earlier this year and through my city service, I have been part of numerous Community and Recreation Services events. I have lived in Arizona most of my life and I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University. Go Sun Devils! I look forward to meeting you and serving you in this capacity. Together, we have a mutual passion for this city and a desire to see it succeed!

I hosted my first D3 quarterly meeting on Tuesday, October 24, at the Sierra Montana Recreation Center. For those of you who were able to attend, thank you! For those of you who were unable to attend, I wanted to be sure you received the same update.


Economic Development Update

It’s a fact that Surprise is one of the safest cities, but did you know it is one of the fastest-growing as well? Residential growth aside – the City of Surprise has also been growing jobs and services! More than a million square feet each year of non-residential – including retail, commercial, industrial, medical, education – buildings have been constructed in Surprise each year for three years in a row.

For a relatively young, new community, Surprise has come a long way – from a population of only 7,122 in 1990 to 132,677 today (Source: US Census). Much has been accomplished in recent years, and many more opportunities are ahead for us.

Ottawa University

This year, Surprise officially transitioned from a bedroom community to a university town with the February 2017 announcement of the new residential campus of Ottawa University, located at Surprise City Center next to City Hall! Their first class welcomed 434 enrolled new students, many of which are involved in the 21 intercollegiate athletic teams on the new campus. The new athletic field has been constructed, and their first phase of construction on an initial 13 acres of land is in progress. The school plans to grow to more than 3,000 students over the next 10 years.

Shop Local Campaign Kicked Off!

In September 2017, Surprise City Council approved a pilot program with the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce to deploy a citywide “Shop Local” program based upon the best practices of the 2016 award-winning “Shop Bell and Grand” digital marketing campaign. Starting next month, those who opt into the citywide program by texting the word “ShopSurprise” to 85100 will receive digital discounts for restaurants, services and products throughout the City of Surprise. The program will launch in time for the holiday shopping season.

AZ TechCelerator – Tech the Halls

Mark your calendars from 5 -7 PM on December 7th, when the City of Surprise business incubator, the AZ TechCelerator, located at 12425 West Bell Road, celebrates its second annual “Tech the Halls” event! Meet the innovators growing their businesses, play games, enter to win ‘tech’ raffle prizes – and check out the space that offers entrepreneurs in Surprise a place to grow their dreams.

The AZ TechCelerator has assisted the direct creation of more than 250 tech jobs, 32 new businesses, and two of the most successful incubator graduates in Arizona. Flagship telemedicine startup MD24 House Call graduated into 15,000 square feet of office space in Surprise and employs more than 150 people. Additionally, the first AZ TechCelerator tenant, Athena Wireless, was acquired by Google; Athena’s founder is now mentoring a second venture at the AZ TechCelerator called Me On A Bike.

New awards for global excellence in Economic Development

The Surprise Economic Development team won three international awards on September 19 at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conference in Toronto – and the following week was recognized by the Global Chamber of Phoenix as the “Global Business City of the Year!”

The IEDC awards recognized Surprise, in the population category of 25,000-200,000, for the following:

  • Silver Award for Partnerships with Educational Institutions – Ottawa University
  • Bronze Award for Entrepreneurship – AZ TechCelerator
  • Bronze Award for Business Retention & Expansion (Single Event) – City of Surprise Bridge-to-Business Program / Bell & Grand Campaign

The Global Chamber of Phoenix awarded Surprise the Global Business City of the Year distinction this year because of the city’s international economic development strategy in place to attract companies, in addition to wins to the city like Ottawa University, IRIS USA, and Rioglass Solar.

New Opportunities:

  • Medical project growth is on the rise in Surprise! Just as Mainstreet Rapid Recovery Center cut the ribbon and opened their doors to their new 100-bed facility this month, Destiny Springs Behavioral Health Hospital began construction on its new $25 million facility near Dysart Road, north of Bell Road, not far from the new Cobalt Medical Rehabilitation Hospital. Additionally, the new Banner medical building located at Statler and Litchfield Road is almost fully leased.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Growth: At the Southwest Rail Plex, where four companies call Surprise their headquarters, Milam Glass is nearing completion of their 22,000 square foot office/warehouse building, which broke ground in May of this year. While the Surprise Economic Development Department actively markets the rail-shovel-ready land sites remaining in the advanced manufacturing park for new ground-up operations, four buildings of new speculative industrial space totaling almost 200,000 square feet are currently under construction for those businesses looking for existing space.
  • Retail is booming:
    • Now Open: Popeyes Louisiana Chicken, Wendy’s, Pure Physique PilateZ, Dysart Mini Storage, Subaru Superstore of Surprise Dealership (our 9th auto dealer!), Salad & Go, 3 Minute Car Wash, Indulge Froyo, PT Noodles, Boba Craze
    • Coming Soon: At City Center on Bell Road, watch for In-N-Out Burger (the City’s #1 most-requested Surprise restaurant!), in addition to Tokyo Joe’s, Starbucks, Menchie’s, Piology, Raising Canes; at the Stadium a new Hilton Garden Inn has submitted plans for construction. At the Bell Road/303 area, a Cornerstone Car Wash, and restaurants Hayashi and Sonic. Also check out Surprise Comics at Cactus Road and Reems as well as Scooter’s Coffee, which is under construction on Bell Road east of Grand Avenue.
    • The Surprise Most Wanted: The Surprise Economic Development Department continues to pursue all most-wanted retailers voted as most desired by the residents of Surprise – including Costco and Hobby Lobby! Additionally, the team in Surprise announced on October 23rd that it had submitted a proposal along with a video to attract the most-wanted-employment-project-in-North America, the new $5 billion Amazon second headquarters project.

References:
Surprise as one of the Safest Cities: https://www.alarms.org/the-safest-cities-in-arizona-2017/
Fastest growing city: https://wallethub.com/edu/fastest-growing-cities/7010/

Community Development Update

Community Development Director Eric Fitzer provided attendees of my meeting with an update. You will begin to see even more development in our district. It’s an exciting time to live in D3!

The Prasada Toll Brothers development preliminary plat just completed second review and the Minor PAD Amendment is in review. This project consists of 792 acres in 10 phases with a total of 2,350 lots. Phase 1 will consist of 459 lots. This development, planned in the Prasada area along the 303, is set up to accommodate a Master Plat and subsequent lotting plats as the market dictates.

Carsense Automotive, a pre-owned auto dealership is in concept review. Once approved, it will be located on the vacant lot adjacent to Toyota.

Another preliminary plat located at 175th & Sweetwater is in rezone review with the city. The preliminary plat includes 44 single-family lots on 10 acres.

Heritage Farm, a development at the southeast corner of 175th & Waddell, is under review. This development will require a zone change. It includes 137 lots on 33 acres.

We have a development in review that is located at the northwest corner of Cotton & Sweetwater – North side of Sweetwater from Cotton to 175th. This development will include 240 lots on 63 acres.

Highland Prep Academy, which is located at the northwest corner of Reems & Hearn has completed its first phase of construction. Their second phase is under review.

The Zanjero Trails development, located in the southwest corner of Peoria Avenue, east of Perryville Road continues to move forward. Several parcels have been platted in the vicinity of the Shadow Ridge High School on Peoria Avenue. Builders such as Beazer, Woodside, and Meritage Homes have model home complexes in operation and several under review. In addition, south of Cactus, several parcels are under review for final plat. Richmond American Homes is in for review for home product and model home complex.

Sierra Montana Crossings located at the southwest corner of Greenway Rd and Cotton Lane is coming along. This commercial center has three (3) projects:

  • Sonic Drive Thru (currently seeking certificate of occupancy)
  • Shell building with drive thru (currently under design review)
  • Shell building (had concept review, awaiting submittal)

Acoma Court development is located at the northeast corner of Acoma Drive and 159th Avenue. The home product and model home complex are being reviewed on this infill residential development.

Greer Ranch, located east of Sarival Avenue and south of Cactus Road, continues to expand. Taylor Morrison and Richmond American Homes are in for review for home product and model home complex.

Retreat at Sycamore Farms, located west of 165th Drive and South of Cholla Street, has a model home complex open by Richmond American Homes.

Transportation:

Currently the city is developing the Walking and Biking Map for each individual Dysart Unified School District (DUSD) school which includes Sonoran Heights and Sunset Elementary. This project will also combine all the maps into a citywide walking and biking map that can be utilized online or printed.

Below you will find the Safe Routes To Schools (SRTS) grants for Sonoran Heights and Sunset Elementary schools. We will begin encouragement efforts and the SRTS study for Sonoran Heights early next year. The Sunset Elementary efforts will begin in January 2020. Each plan will work with the individual school and include participation of parents, students and DUSD staff.

Year TIP ID Location Work Federal Local Total
2018 SUR18-701 Kingswood, West Point, and Sonoran Heights Elementary SRTS Support Activity Project $15,677 $948 $16,625
2018 SUR18-703 Kingswood, West Point, and Sonoran Heights Elementary Safe Routes to School Studies $73,000 $4,413 $77,413
2019 SUR19-702 Kingswood, West Point, and Sonoran Heights Elementary SRTS Support Activity Project $21,740 $1,314 $23,054
2020 SUR20-703 Kingswood, West Point, and Sonoran Heights Elementary SRTS Support Activity Project $27,811 $1,681 $29,492
2019 SUR19-705 Canyon Ridge, Cimarron Springs, Sunset Hills, and Western Peaks Elementary Safe Routes to School Studies $94,300 $5,700 $100,000

Surprise Arts and Culture Master Plan Update

The city is at a crossroads when looking at the growth and presence of visual art and cultural events and how they will influence our city’s future. The community is invited to help shape the city’s first Surprise Arts & Culture Master Plan. The plan will provide strategic direction for arts and culture in Surprise including topics from public art to performing arts, festivals, and music.

All residents are invited to take our online survey, which helps focus and clarify the public input for the Plan. The survey can be found at http://www.surpriseartsplan.com/ and it closes October 31.

The next formal community outreach will begin in January when the first public draft will be distributed and discussed.

Public Works Update

Pavement preservation in District 3 and around the city continues, with Spring Lane, Verde Vista Drive, and Acoma Drive within the Sierra Montaña neighborhood scheduled for resurfacing in the next few months. Almost every road in the Sarah Ann Ranch neighborhood is scheduled for treatment next fall (2018).

All of the traffic signals on Bell Road are undergoing a hardware upgrade as part of a multi-agency Adaptive Signal Technology project that will allow greater synchronization and optimization of traffic flow on Bell Road between the western city limits of Surprise all the way east to Scottsdale.

The Bullard Avenue Traffic and Pedestrian Safety project is scheduled to begin construction in May 2018. This project will resurface the entire roadway between Greenway Road and Peoria Avenue; add a second vehicle lane in each direction; install a landscaped median between Greenway and Waddell roads; modify the existing median between Sweetwater Avenue and Cholla Street; install a buffered bike lane in both directions between Greenway Road and Peoria Avenue; and install full traffic signals at the Acoma Drive and Sweetwater Avenue intersections. Less than 6% of the total costs of this project will be paid with local tax dollars.

Staff and I are often asked, “Why wasn’t the section of Waddell Road, between 175th Avenue and Cotton Lane, included in the proposed Waddell Road traffic congestion mitigation project being considered by voters in the November 7th bond election?” Here is the answer:

Candidly, the proposed traffic congestion mitigation projects in the bond election issue do not resolve all of the necessary transportation improvements in the City of Surprise. In preparing the bond proposal, City Council and city staff gave careful consideration to the priority needs, the project costs and the impacts this secondary property tax would have on residents, if passed.

The section of Waddell Road (175th Avenue to Cotton Lane) is clearly a gap in the city’s transportation network. It is incomplete with multiple lanes being forced to merge into a single lane, it’s missing sidewalks, street lights, stormwater mitigation, and other design features included in a complete street. However, the bigger need currently is the section of Waddell Road between Cotton Lane and State Route 303. It has been fully-built out and traffic counts are approximately 35% greater in this section than in the section between 175th Avenue and Cotton Lane.

Human Service & Community Vitality Update

Neighborhood Grant Program Application Now Available

The Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions or even some community improvements. Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and further build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY18.

To be considered, projects must meet the following program criteria:

  • Provide a public benefit
  • Result in a product, which benefits a neighborhood or the larger Surprise Community
  • Be feasible for completion by June 2018
  • Involve the benefiting neighborhood in project identification, planning and execution
  • Emphasize neighborhood self-help; or be educational, community-building, or a public physical improvement
  • Final report due and presentation to the Sub-Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships and Grants on June 13, 2018

Additionally, a minimum of five neighbors within the residential area must sign the application and support the idea. Neighborhoods governed by a homeowners association (HOA) must have HOA approval.

Interested communities should deliver the complete Neighborhood Grant Program application to City Hall, attention Jodi Tas, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 10. For more information about the grant, visit Neighborhood Grant Program or contact Jodi Tas, 623.222.1330.

Decide Surprise GO Bond

On Tuesday, November 7, Surprise residents will consider three separate General Obligation Bond questions to fund 10 capital improvement projects in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. You can see what the projects would look like, and what needs they would address, in three new videos that cover each of the bond questions. The videos are available on the Decide Surprise website at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise. Also on the Decide Surprise website, find information on the projects and the associated costs.

If any of the bond questions are approved by voters in November, the cost to residents would be administered via a secondary property tax. Currently, Surprise does not have a secondary property tax.

If you prefer to drop your ballot off, rather than mail it, ballot drop-off is available at Surprise City Hall – City Clerk’s Office now through Election Day! If you lost your ballot, replacement voting begins Saturday, October 28 through Election Day, Tuesday, November 7.

The Clerk’s Office will be open for ballot-drop off or replacement voting 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., all week, including weekends, and offer extended hours on Election Day, Nov. 7, of 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Again, I look forward to serving you. Please feel free to reach out to me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1323. Additionally, you can connect with me on Twitter at @Surprise_D3 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100022175423875.

Meet your new District 3 Councilmember Oct. 24

Hello, fellow District 3 residents!

I am honored to be your new District 3 council representative and would love to get to know you at my first community meeting on Oct. 24, 6 pm, at the Sierra Montana Recreation Center,14861 N Spring Ln, Surprise.

I’ll be sharing a little about my passion for the city and why I chose to apply for the D3 Council position. I have also invited city staff to come and share updates on different things happening in the city.

You can expect presentations on the upcoming bond election and the Arts & Culture Master Plan that the city’s creating; you’ll also hear about what’s going on in Economic Development, Community Development and Public Works, including an update on traffic near Paradise Honors.

I hope you can make it, but if you can’t, you can always reach out to me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1323. You can also connect with me on Twitter @Surprise_D3 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100022175423875

I am looking forward to representing you!

Thanks,

Patrick Duffy