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July 1, 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.

Recycling in Surprise

The City of Surprise has been diligently working to find a recycling solution that will be both cost-effective and sustainable. As a first step towards this goal, drop-off recycling will resume on July 7. Residents can bring materials to the city’s Public Works North Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Please note that proof of residency will be required.

A city staff member will be available to assist residents with sorting recyclable materials and helping to ensure that recyclables are not contaminated. To expedite the process, residents are encouraged to pre-sort their recyclable materials before arriving.

Acceptable materials are:

  • Plastic bottles #1 & #2 (these may include: milk, soda, condiment, water, shampoo, detergent, etc.) Please either make sure lids are screwed to the bottles, or removed completely. Do not recycle removed lids.
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

Please ensure that all materials are clean and dry.

Ribbon Cutting Contest

The City of Surprise Economic Development Department is having a contest to see which business has the best virtual ribbon cutting video. To vote, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/ribboncutting. The business with the most votes will win a trophy. Participants who answer the fun questions related to the videos will be entered for a chance to win a $30 gift card. New videos will post each week on Monday for a total of five weeks, so be sure to check back for new fun videos! (We are on Week 2 now).

District 3 businesses that held virtual ribbon cuttings include: Jim’s Burgers and Eggs, and Pin Curlz Salon. Good luck!

Roadwork

Traffic control changes on Waddell Road, from Loop 303 to Reems Road began on June 24 and will continue into late summer. When work is completed, the improvements for this segment of Waddell Road will include four additional travel lanes for a total of six travel lanes. This does not include Reems Road to Sarival Road which requires 3 additional travel lanes. Other improvements will include provisions for drainage, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, street lighting, landscaping, and turn lanes. Please see the list of traffic changes below:

  • Eastbound traffic on Waddell Road between Loop 303 and Reems Road will be shifted to the south side of the road.
  • Left turns from eastbound Waddell Road will be re-opened at the intersections of Legacy Parc Boulevard and 157th Avenue.
  • The traffic signal at the intersection of Waddell Road and Sarival Avenue will be activated. The signal will be in the flashing red light phase for 48 hours until being put into normal function mode.
  • All three lanes on the north side of Waddell Road, Sarival Avenue to Loop 303, will be open for westbound traffic.

This work is part of the voter-approved G.O. Bond project. To learn more please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Utility rate increase

The first rate increase from the utility rate study, approved in February 2019, will take effect on July 1. Single family solid waste (trash) customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.40. This rate is scheduled to increase by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. This rate was increased to consider asset replacement and emergency funding needs.

Stormwater Utility rates will also increase by $0.75 for single family residential homes, bringing the utility fee to $2.75 each month. The Stormwater Utility fee was adopted in 2016 and is to enable the city to cover the costs to maintain stormwater related infrastructure and develop projects to protect and prevent problems caused by stormwater such as flooding.

Maricopa County Small Business Help

The Maricopa County Supervisors adopted a plan for the Small Business Relief Program. The program will provide up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses for expense reimbursement for actual losses due to COVID-19. The program is open to both non-profit and for-profit businesses that are within Maricopa County, but are outside of Phoenix or Mesa, which have already set up similar programs for businesses within their boundaries.

The application period will be open July 6 – July 31 and grants will be provided on a first come, first served basis until either the funds are exhausted, or the grant period closes. Surprise businesses who have been impacted are encouraged to apply.

Council Meeting Schedule

Council does not have any regularly scheduled meetings for the month of July. Further, there will not be a meeting on August 2 due to the Primary Election. The next City Council meeting will be held August 18 at 6:00 p.m. Please note that the Council Chambers are still closed to the public but all meetings are carried live on Surprise TV, and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV. For instructions on how to comment on an item at the meeting, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4802.

Meet and Greet

Please note that the date for my next Meet and Greet has changed. My next meeting will be held on July 11 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #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 https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to meeting schedules and other important announcements.

June 3, 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.

Senior Center Meals

Individually wrapped lunches in a stack.

The Council had the opportunity to serve residents who participate in the Hot Lunch Program through the Senior Center. The Hot Lunch program runs Monday-Friday and feeds between 120-160 residents each day. To learn more about this program, or to sign up for meals, please call 623.222.1500. You can also learn more on our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/seniorservices.

Park Amenities Reopening

On June 1, the city reopened club swim team practices at the Surprise Aquatic Center, sand volleyball courts, the skatepark at Dick McComb City Park, park playgrounds, and park restrooms. On June 8, water aerobics and lap swim (by appointment) will resume at Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool. To register for water aerobics or lap swim, please visit surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.

The City of Surprise has developed a phased reopening plan that will give consideration to the budget impacts of COVID-19, as it looks to reopen and reinstitute programs and services. Phase One of the plan became effective on May 15 and reopened pickelball courts, dog parks, the Surprise Tennis Center (by appointment only), and the Surprise Resource Center. The park and aquatic amenity reopenings discussed above were included in Phase 2 of the plan, along with the reopening of City Hall for public access, which took place on June 1. At this time, City Council meetings remain closed to the public, until the Governor’s executive orders allow for increased group assembly numbers. To read the complete City of Surprise COVID-19 Reopening Plan, please visit: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/44666/Covid-Reopening-Phases–FINAL?bidId=.

4th of July

While we share in our community’s excitement to celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s important to do so responsibly. As a result of COVID-19 concerns, this year’s Fourth of July Celebration will be greatly modified in an effort to avoid mass gatherings and maintain physical distancing, in accordance with CDC recommendations.

On Saturday, July 4th, the city will feature a 20-minute fireworks display beginning at 8:40 p.m. The display will be staged in the area around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane.

The city encourages people to observe the fireworks show remotely from their homes or vehicles, as the display will be visible from vantage points across the community. Limited surface parking is available at Surprise Stadium, Surprise Aquatic Center and Dreamcatcher Park. While not recommended, should observers chose to drive to the Civic Center and Recreation Campus area, parking will be first come and must be done in accordance with state and local traffic laws.

Unlike past celebrations, there will be no baseball game, food trucks, beverage sales, or any additional entertainment. The Aquatic Center will not be open. Ramada rentals and grill use at Surprise Community Park will be unavailable. Personal grill use is prohibited within the Civic Center and Surprise Recreation Campus. In compliance with Arizona State law, the consumption of alcohol in vehicles or in public spaces is not permitted.

Please remember to follow all CDC guidelines for protecting yourself against COVID-19, including limiting gatherings to less than 10 people and keeping a minimum of 6 feet physical distancing between your gathering and others.

Virtual Ribbon Cuttings

A virtual ribbon cutting program has been implemented by the Surprise Economic Development Department to celebrate businesses as they reopen! In District 3, please help me congratulate Jim’s Burgers and Eggs and Pin Curlz Parlor on their reopenings!

If you would like to view the photos and videos from all of the virtual ribbon cuttings in the City of Surprise, please use the links provided below.

Retail Services Openings: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNdDbsS and https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNkHCfx

Restaurant Openings: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNeBNFB and https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNkSCnu

Grand Openings/Ribbon Cuttings

Now Open! Handels Ice Cream at 15250 N. Cotton Lane, Ste. 108., and Mr. Mesquite’s Taqueria, 16860 W. Waddell Road.

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Duffy and the owners of Mr. Mesquite Taqueria cut an orange ribbon for the business' grand opening.

Roadwork

Pavement preservation work is taking place in Sycamore Farms and Zanjero Trails this month.

Sycamore Farms:

June 16th and 17th (6AM-6PM): Jenan Drive and 165th Drive to end of roadway

Zanjero Trails:

June 18th and 19th (6AM-6PM): Desert Cove west of Perryville Road
June 20th (6AM-6PM): 189th Avenue
June 20th (6AM-6PM): Desert Cove, east of Perryville Road

Shadow Ridge High School

Congratulations to Shadow Ridge High School on being named a 2020 Best High School by U.S. News and World Report, and on being the first A-rated high school since the state’s accountability labels launched. I would also like to congratulate Shadow Ridge for their first place win at the National Association of Home Builders student competition. They were awarded first place in the Secondary Degree programs architecture category. Great job!

Meet and Greet

My next Meet and Greet is scheduled for June 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #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

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

May 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.

Budget Summary

The Council and city staff are working hard on the FY21 budget. The recommended budget is $429 million, and includes the voter-approved 2017 GO Bond projects, which include, Greenway Road; Fire Station 308; and the Public Safety Evidence and Readiness Center. Capital improvement projects in the amount of $111.2 million are also planned for this coming fiscal year.

Due to the unprecedented challenges that cities and towns are facing, we will continue to remain mindful of the current economy, and monitor expenses so that we can continue to review cost cutting measures.

Please note that the tentative budget was adopted at the May 5 Regular City Council Meeting, and the final budget adoption is scheduled for the June 2 Regular City Council Meeting. City Council meetings begin at 6 p.m. and can be viewed live on Surprise TV, and at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/.

State of the City Update

The State of the City video premiere was held on April 15 on Surprise TV. If you haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, please check it out at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/. The State of the City video celebrates the many accomplishments the City of Surprise has made this year.

Roadwork

Pavement preservation was recently completed on Cotton Road north of Waddell Road and will be moving forward in the coming weeks on Citrus Road between Waddell and Cactus and in the Zanjero Trails, Sierra Montana, and Sycamore Farms neighborhoods.

Upcoming Events

In anticipation of Governor Doug Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” Executive Order expiring May 15, the city of Surprise is preparing to reopen select recreational amenities that allow for appropriate physical distancing, including tennis courts, pickleball courts and dog parks.

  • Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex will reopen May 15. This is for open play only and by reservation only. Residents may call 48 hours in advance to reserve a court and non-residents 24 hours in advance. Classes and programs continue to be canceled until further notice. To make a reservation, please call 623.222.2400. Hours are 7-11 a.m. and 5-9 p.m. Monday – Friday and 7-11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Retail and concession areas will remain closed. Please follow posted signage at the facility, continue to follow all CDC guidelines and practice physical distancing. Check our website at surpriseaz.gov/tennis for more information and USTA recommendations on play.
  • Pickleball courts at Surprise Community Park will reopen May 15. Park hours are 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Please follow posted signage, continue to follow all CDC guidelines and practice physical distancing. Check our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/229/Parks-Facilities for more information and USAPA recommendations on play.
  • Dog parks will reopen May 15. Park hours are 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Please follow posted signage, continue to follow all CDC guidelines and practice physical distancing.

The city is maintaining all other facility and amenity closures and program cancelations until further notice for health and safety reasons, as well as to mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19 to the city’s budget.

See the full press release, here: https://bit.ly/35Qn5Nn

Meet and Greet

My next Meet and Greet is scheduled for June 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #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

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

April 1, 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.

COVID-19 Update

In response to COVID-19, Mayor Skip Hall, in consultation with City Council, announced a State of Emergency for the city in an effort to preserve public health. Many City facilities are closed to the public until further notice. City business will continue to be conducted. Please be assured that core services will not be affected, including fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services. Additionally, the city is suspending all City of Surprise water customer shutoffs through May 10.

The city continues to communicate with public health partners at the federal, state and county level to ensure we are working together to provide the most accurate and timely information to our residents and to preserve the public health of our entire community. We are updating our website as information is updated at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19. This page also includes ways to interact with the city online, by phone, or by email.

For additional information on COVID-19 from the County, State and National perspective, please visit websites of the Maricopa County Department of Health https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Coronavirus-Disease-2019, Centers for Disease Control cdc.gov/COVID19, and Arizona Department of Health Services https://www.azdhs.gov/.

Public Participation Changes at Council Meetings

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers are closed to the public during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings until further notice. Public comment can be taken by email or phone. To submit email comments, including Call to the Public, for non-agenda items, please email publicomments@surpriseaz.gov prior to the start of the meeting. To comment by phone, please call 623.222.1250 prior to or during the meeting and your name will be placed on a call back list. For additional details on how to interact during the meeting please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4802.

As always, the city also streams and broadcasts its City Council meetings. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 also carry the meetings live.

2020 Census

It is time to count! Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census should have arrived in your mail. Please take the time to respond online, by phone or via mail. This once-a-decade survey will count everyone living in the United States! Responses help shape the future of the community and inform how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed across the country every year for the next 10 years – including in Surprise!

Each uncounted person is a loss of nearly $3,000 per person each year affecting 130+ federal programs including: Medicaid, Head Start, housing and food for low income families, public transportation, college student loans, highway planning and construction, children’s health insurance and public school funding.

Plus, when we know how many people live in our community, it better equips the city, organizations, and businesses to evaluate the services and programs that residents need, and aids in applying for grant money. Responses also affect the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and our city council boundaries for equal representation. Due to our state’s growing population, Arizona is likely to gain a house seat after this Census.

For additional information visit www.surpriseaz.gov/Census2020

State of the City Update

In consideration of the current health pandemic, the State of the City address will now be delivered virtually, via the City’s website and social media. Residents can tune in on April 15 at 6 pm. on Surprise TV, or https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/ and via Facebook LIVE on the City of Surprise Facebook page to watch Mayor Skip Hall’s State of the City Address.

Road Closures

Please continue to be aware of various road closures and traffic restrictions. The city is working closely with contractors and project managers to keep these project timelines on track.

  • The city-managed Litchfield Road widening project remains on schedule with completion expected this spring.
  • The Waddell Road widening project reached a major milestone at the end of February with the re-opening of the closure between Sarival Road and SR303. This project also remains on track with expected completion by late spring.
  • Please note there will continue to be lane closures and detours, as needed, prior to the completion of these projects.
  • The work at the intersection of Reems & Waddell is part of the larger Waddell Road project. While the early phases of this work have been completed, this intersection will continue to have some restrictions through May.
  • The roadwork occurring on the south side of Peoria Avenue is being conducted by several utility companies as they upgrade infrastructure to support new development in Glendale and unincorporated portions of the County, south of Peoria Avenue. Much of this work is nearing completion.
  • Maricopa County has closed Olive Road between Litchfield and Reems roads through May due to construction of a new wastewater line needed to support development in the area.

Having a safe, efficient, and effective transportation system is critical to our quality of life and the smart growth of our city. Our city team is sensitive to the inconvenience and disruption caused by road construction and works closely with contractors to minimize these impacts where possible. As always, please feel free to reach out to me directly if you should have any questions or concerns regarding traffic. For the most up-to-date information on road closures, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/100/Road-Closures-Traffic-Restrictions.

Upcoming Events

The safety and well-being of our residents is of the highest importance to us. As COVID-19 has reached pandemic levels and out of caution and concerns for our community and under the guidelines of the CDC, the city has canceled all city-sponsored events, programs and sports through May 10. Please check the City of Surprise website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ for more information on cancelled and postponed events.

Closing

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

March 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.

Monthly Meeting Location Change

My monthly Meet and Greet has now been moved to Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road, Suite 101. Please join me on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. to discuss the issues that are important to you and learn more about what’s happening across the city.

Congratulations to George Lyons

George Lyons retired (for real this time) from the Parks and Recreation Department after 15 years of hard work. George arrived to his interview back in 2004 in his baseball uniform after just competing in the Men’s Senior Baseball League World Series. He was obviously a good fit and has been a blessing to the department. George had retired from an extensive recreation career with Mission Viejo Company, the City of Mission Viejo and finally Thousand Trails Campgrounds. We wish him luck and congratulate him on the next phase of his life spending time with his grandchildren.

George Lyons

2020 Census

Everyone Counts in Surprise! Check your mailboxes between March 12-20. Residents will receive a letter in the mail with a website address and Census ID number explaining how to respond online. The letter will also offer a toll free number for phone response and describe the process for receiving a paper survey. For more information on the Census please visit the City of Surprise website at www.surpriseaz.gov/census2020.

Spring Training

The Spring Training Welcome Back Lunch was hosted by the City on Friday, February 14. The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers provided updates on their respective teams. I hope that you are able to come out and enjoy a game during the Spring Training season! Games run through March 21. To view a schedule of games, visit www.surprisestadium.com.

Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5k/1K

It’s not too late! Register for the Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K that will take place on Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. For additional information or to get registered, visit SurpriseStadium.com/events.

State of the City – 60th Anniversary

Please join us as Mayor Hall gives the State of the City address on Thursday, March 26, with updates on City of Surprise accomplishments and future visions. I encourage you to stay afterwards to witness the unveiling of the city’s 60th Anniversary Art Wall and enjoy live music, entertainment and more in our courtyard. The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall City Council Chambers.

Development in Surprise

Rangers Village Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, February 21, the City Council joined Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis and Texas Rangers staff to cut the ribbon on the new Rangers Village building. Rangers Village is a three-story, 36 suite, 70,000 square foot team housing complex located along Bullard Avenue, just north of Greenway Road. Rangers Village also includes a 13,000 square foot sports-training lab next door for the players.

Ottawa University Campus Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

Ottawa University-Arizona hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication for three new campus buildings – the O’Dell Center for athletics, the OUAZ Student Union, and Residence Hall. The O’Dell Center for Athletics is a 97,000 square foot athletic complex adjacent to Spirit Field to the west, just north of Tierra Buena Lane. The complex includes a recreation center, four court gymnasium, lockers rooms, an athletic training room, the Spirit Performance Center, five classrooms, and the faculty and athletic department offices. The OUAZ Student Union is a two story, 27,000 square foot building that houses the cafeteria, an outdoor and indoor dining space, the Spirit Fan Shop, campus mailroom, student lounge with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, conference center and designated quiet study spaces. The 76,000 square foot, four story residence hall is located to the east of Spirit Field and is home to an 83 room, 332 bed dormitory with fully furnished, four person suites, four student lounges and the campus security office.

Ottawa University cheerleaders and mascot.

Road Closures

Please continue to be aware of various road closures and traffic restrictions:

  • The City managed Litchfield Road widening project remains on schedule with completion expected this spring.
  • The Waddell Road widening project reached a major milestone at the end of February with the full closure between Sarival and SR303 being reopened. This project also remains on track with expected completion by late spring.
  • On both of these projects, there will continue to be lane closures and detours as needed prior to these projects being completed.
  • The work at the intersection of Reems & Waddell is part of the larger Waddell project and while the early phases of this work have been completed, this intersection will continue to have some restrictions through May.
  • The roadwork occurring on the south side of Peoria Avenue is being conducted by several utility companies as they upgrade infrastructure to support new development in Glendale and unincorporated county, south of Peoria Avenue. Much of this work is nearing completion.
  • The county also has Olive Road closed between Litchfield and Reems through May due to construction of a new wastewater line needed to support development in the area.

Having a safe, efficient, and effective transportation system is critical to our quality of life and the smart growth of our city. Our city team is sensitive to the inconvenience and disruption caused by road construction and works closely with contractors to minimize these impacts where possible. As always, please feel free to reach out to me directly if you should have any questions or concerns regarding traffic. For the most up-to-date information on road closures, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/100/Road-Closures-Traffic-Restrictions.

Upcoming Events

  • March 7- Please note that we are moving my Monthly Meet and Greet to Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road, Suite 101. (Spencer’s Place is located on the east end of the Basha’s shopping center.) This monthly event continues to be held on the first Saturday of every month from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
  • March 14- Spring Cleanup Event. Residents can drop off up to 2,000 pounds of non-hazardous residential waste free of charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road, 7 am – 1 pm. For more information, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/sanitation.
  • Hazardous waste can be scheduled for pick up March 9-27. For more information, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/hhwevent.
  • March 16 to 20- If you have a teen interested in attending a College Tour to Arizona State University, University of Arizona and/or Grand Canyon University, please call 623-222-2000 to sign up for one of our college field trips.
  • March 26- We invite you to joins us at the State of the City Address and 60th Anniversary Celebration www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.
  • March 27- Rec Nights “Spring Fling” for teens in 6-8 grade www.surpriseaz.gov/teenprograms.
  • April 1- Census Day; for more info www.surpriseaz.gov/Census2020

Closing

As a reminder, City Council agendas are posted online at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas 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.

February 5, 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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

The City of Surprise 4th Annual MLK Day of Celebration and Service is an event so many of us look forward to and is a great way to get involved in your community. This year, there were many great community service projects such as creating birthday cards and goody bags for foster families, stuffing packages for Packages from Home, assembling hygiene kits for the homeless, filling backpacks with school supplies and writing thank you letters to Veterans. I am proud to be a part of the wonderful community we have in the City of Surprise.

Spring Training

This year marks the 18th Annual Cactus League Spring Training season. It all starts with the Surprise Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon on Friday, February 14, which also includes complimentary entry into the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic game at 1 p.m. The College Baseball Classic continues from February 14-17 at Surprise Stadium. Regular admission tickets are as low as $15 each. Spring Training starts on Friday, February 21, and continues through Saturday, March 21. Also, there is a Surprise Spring Training 5K on March 6. There are also some fun special events and promotions such as Kids Run the Bases after every Sunday game. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.surprisestadium.com/.

Meeting with Shadow Ridge High School Student

We recently had the opportunity to meet with a concerned high school student regarding recycling. She shared her concerns, insights and ideas about our community which led to a great discussion about her future goals and plans for community involvement.

Development in Surprise

The much anticipated Sterling Grove by Toll Brothers, located in District 3, is now open! This planned community spans 780 acres and includes such amenities as a clubhouse, pools, tennis and pickleball courts as well as an 18-hole Nicklaus-designed golf course. Thank you for choosing the City of Surprise for such an amazing development!

City Council also attended the grand opening of Asante Library, 16755 W. Vereda Solana Drive. The 10,000 square foot space offers such amenities as self-check kiosks, public computers, free wi-fi and separate areas for children, teens and adults. This location is the first to offer study and meeting rooms.

Road Closures

Please continue to be aware of various road closures and traffic restrictions:

  • Due to road improvement, Sarival Avenue remains closed from Cactus Road to Hearn Road through March 2020. Sarival Avenue is open to local traffic only from Greenway Road to Hearn Road.
  • Waddell Road continues to be fully closed from SR303 to Legacy Park Boulevard through March 2020. Intermittent closures, reduced speed limits and lane restrictions will continue through mid-June 2020.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me directly if you should have any questions or concerns regarding traffic. For the most up-to-date information on road closures, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/100/Road-Closures-Traffic-Restrictions.

New Council Conversations Show – Surprise Youth Council

Councilmember David Sanders and I hosted a Council Conversations show with our Surprise Youth Council. Hear from our youth about what the Surprise Youth Council is and what projects they are working on. Plus, get their perspective on what’s important to them, some of city’s greatest strengths and weaknesses, and their favorite places to visit in Surprise. Then, we answered some of their questions for us!

Check out the episode here: https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=tWUDZWhXIP8

City Academy

The City of Surprise conducts a City Academy each year. This provides residents the opportunity to learn about local issues, meet local leaders and understand how city government is structured. This eight-week academy will provide you with a better understanding of each department and how they work together.

The 2020 Surprise City Academy meets weekly from February 24 to April 6 in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler. Seating is limited and registration is required prior to February 17. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/cityacademy for more information.

Upcoming Events

Closing

As a reminder, City Council agendas are posted online at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas 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.

Council Conversations – Surprise Youth Council

Councilmember David Sanders and I hosted a Council Conversations show with our Surprise Youth Council. Hear from our youth about what the Surprise Youth Council is and what projects they are working on. Plus, get their perspective on what’s important to them, some of city’s greatest strengths and weaknesses, and their favorite places to visit in Surprise. Then, we answered some of their questions for us!

January 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.

Meeting with Surprise Youth Council

Members from the Surprise Youth Council met with me on December 3rd. We typically meet on a quarterly basis, and these interactions provide an opportunity to learn more about what is important to the youth of Surprise and also understand how we can better serve them. I appreciate the Surprise Youth Council and thank them for all of their hard work.

18th Annual Surprise Party

My family and I look forward to the Annual Surprise Party events each year. There are so many fun things for Surprise families to do and see, including the hot air balloon glow, holiday tree lighting, gingerbread house contest and a variety of entertainment options. This year, the Surprise Party included snow and a sledding hill. It was a great event, and I would like to thank the Parks & Recreation Department for always making sure this is a huge success.

#TechtheHalls

The AZ TechCelerator is an innovative way to grow your business and is a terrific resource located right here in Surprise. Every year, our Economic Development team hosts the #TechtheHalls event where you can tour the facility and learn more about their programs. This year, there were various tech exhibits, games, refreshments and a variety of entertainment. They also gave away some great tech raffle prizes such as a Samsung Chromebook, a smart watch and much more.

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Winters, Councilmembers Duffy and Sanders and Ottawa University students at Surprise's Tech the Halls event.

Economic Development

The Angry Crab Shack is now open in Surprise! This locally owned and operated restaurant is known for their seafood which features both Asian and Cajun flavors. The Angry Crab Shack is also known for giving back to their community which makes them a great fit for our city. We thank you for coming to Surprise and wish you much success.

Road Closures

Please be aware of various traffic restrictions and road closures, including the following:

  • Sarival Avenue is closed from Cactus Road to Hearn Road through March 2020 for road improvement.
    Sarival Avenue will be open to local traffic only from Greenway Road to Hearn Road.
  • Waddell Road remains fully closed from SR303 to Legacy Park Boulevard through March 2020. However, please be aware of intermittent closures, lane restrictions and reduced speed limits that will continue through mid-June 2020.
  • Cactus Road will be closed from 175th Avenue and Cotton Lane through January 24.
  • Cactus Road will be closed from Cotton Lane to Auto Show Avenue from January 6-24.
  • Cotton Lane will be closed from just south of Waddell Road to just north of Peoria Avenue from January 13-24. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you should have any questions or concerns regarding traffic. Otherwise, for the most up-to-date information on road closures, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/100/Road-Closures-Traffic-Restrictions.

SATV Pilot Program

The city would like community feedback on the use of vendor-owned, commercially-operated Shared Active Transportation Vehicles (SATV), which are generally referred to as electric bicycles, e-bicycles, electric scooters or e-scooters. The purpose of the SATV Pilot Program is to collect and evaluate information relating to the use of SATV’s as a transportation option in our city. Your opinion is important and will help form future city code related to SATV’s.

If you would like to share your feedback, please take a moment and complete the survey online from now through April 28, 2020.

To take the survey or view the SATV temporary ordinance, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/SATV.

Upcoming Events

Closing

As a reminder, City Council agendas are posted online at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas 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.

December 4, 2019 • 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.

Love Our Schools Day

Dysart Unified School District hosted a Love Our Schools Day in partnership with the City of Surprise’s Day of Service. This day of volunteer work was aimed for projects on school campuses, as well as general clean up. I was honored to be invited to participate in this event by Sonoran Heights Elementary School. It was truly a great way to show pride in our schools.

Ottawa

In honor of the many great community partners the city has, OUAZ held a Special Needs Recognition event at the final home football game. While the game did not end in favor of the Spirit (14-18), they ended the season with a 9-1 record. I thank the staff, students and fans for a great football season. I am looking forward to attending the upcoming basketball and volleyball games which will be held in the new Faith Arena. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.ouazspirit.com.

Economic Development

  • Surprise Health & Rehabilitation, located at 14660 W. Parkwood Drive, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome this new skilled nursing facility to Surprise. They offer many services to include in-house therapy and a rehab-to-home program.
  • Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House, 15332 W. Bell Road, is a family-friendly restaurant with a focus on fresh ingredients and a traditional take on all-American food. Welcome to Surprise!
  • Ugly Tuna Sushi is located at 15459 W. Bell Road. This new restaurant is a family-owned sushi bar with many options to choose from.
  • Richi’s Diner II, 17221 N Litchfield Road, is a diner-style restaurant that offers a wide variety of traditional menu choices as well as select Italian and Greek dishes. Thank you for continuing to grow in Surprise!

Veterans Day

The City of Surprise was honored to start the Veterans Day celebrations with a ribbon cutting at the Veterans Reflection Circle. Several individuals and contractors donated their time and materials to create this memorial in remembrance of combat wounded war veteran Sergeant First Class Brian Scott Mancini. The memorial is located on the east side of the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave. Following the ribbon cutting, the annual Veterans Day Parade allowed residents an opportunity to say thank you and show their gratitude. I would like to personally thank everyone who made these events a success.

Surprise City Councilmembers at the newly opened Veterans Reflection Circle.

Road Closures

Several road projects are underway and will impact the flow of traffic for the next few months. Cactus Road, from Cotton Lane to 175th Avenue, will be closed until mid-December. Sarival Avenue, from Cactus Road to Hearn Road, will be closed until the end of February 2020; however, Sarival Avenue will be open to local traffic only between Greenway and Hearn Roads. Waddell Road, from Sarival Avenue to the Loop 303 is closed until the end of January 2020 with an extension added up to Legacy Park Boulevard beginning December 2. Please use alternate routes and allow for extended travel time.

Dysart Athlete of the Month

Dysart Unified School District hosts quarterly Athlete of the Month Ceremonies in which student athletes are recognized for their hard work in the classroom, around the community and in their individual sport. I would like to congratulate all of the student athletes that were recognized. Keep up the good work!

Fire Station Open Houses

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will continue their series of Fire Station Open Houses after the holidays. These open houses give you and your family the chance to view the array of firefighting equipment, check out the fire trucks, tour the fire station and meet the firefighters.

The next open house will be at Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Road, on Saturday, January 4, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Fire Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Road, will be open on January 11 and Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Drive, on January 25. For more information on times and locations, please call 623-222-5000.

Upcoming Events

I will be hosting my Quarterly District 3 Meeting on Thursday, December 5, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the upstairs room at Larry Miller Dodge, 13165 N Autoshow Avenue. Representatives from different departments will present city updates and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Please join us in welcoming the holiday spirit with the 18th Annual Surprise Party on December 6-7. The party will begin on Friday, December 6, at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, with live music, hot air balloon glow, skydivers, a variety of food and a visit from Santa! The gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and the tree lighting will take place at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free with a canned food donation. On Saturday, December 7, the party continues with family activities, a petting zoo, food, crafts and more. The celebrations will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. I hope to see you there!

The Surprise Stadium Team Shop, 15930 N. Bullard Ave, will transform into Santa’s Workshop from December 11-13. Children will have the opportunity to have cookies and milk with Santa and Mrs. Clause from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Teens in 6th – 8th grade are invited to the Sierra Montana Rec Night Holiday Relay on Friday, December 13, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation, 14861 N. Spring Lane. Enjoy a fun place to hang out, listen to music, and enjoy laser light shows, themed events and games. Cost is $5 per person and concessions will be available for purchase.

The 18th Annual Spring Training season will kick off on Friday, February 21, with the Texas Rangers taking on the Kansas City Royals. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.SurpriseStadium.com or by phone with our Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623-222-2222.

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K. All runners will receive a Jimmy John’s Spring Training Race T-shirt, finisher medal and a buy one get one free coupon for select sections of the Royals vs. Reds game on March 7. Please visit www.SurpriseStadium.com/events to take advantage of the early registration discounted rates.

Closing

As a reminder, City Council agendas are posted online at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas 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.

Please note that my December meet and greet has been cancelled. Effective January, my monthly meet and greet at Jim’s Burgers and Eggs will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. If you have questions, comments or concerns please stop by and chat with me.

Lastly, please know that city offices will be closed on December 25, 2019, and January 1, 2020, in observance of Christmas Day and New Years Day.

November 6, 2019 • 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.

Shadow Ridge DECA

Shadow Ridge High School staff and DECA club members held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the student run school store, The Stable. The DECA program offers youth a wide range of opportunities to gain experience in marketing, finance, hospitality and more. I was honored to attend and wish these students the best of luck.

Local Veteran Receives a Congressional Award

Congratulations to Larry Brown, a Surprise resident and honored Veteran, who received the 4th Annual Congressional Veterans of Distinction Award by Senator Martha McSally via Keith Forte at a recent Council meeting.

Surprise resident and veteran Larry Brown displays his award with Surprise City Councilmembers.

Toll Brothers Tour

Toll Brothers provided a detailed tour of the progress of their Sterling Grove community, which will offer an 18-hole golf course, three pools, lakes, a clubhouse, a spa, restaurants and much more. In January 2020, they are scheduled to open 13 model homes. On a side note, I would like to thank Toll Brothers for working closely with the city to coordinate the Cactus road closure to coincide with the Shadow Ridge High School fall break and minimize the inconvenience to the surrounding neighborhoods.

Traffic and Road Construction

In addition to the Cactus closure noted above, the city has been completing a number of local roadway projects including pavement preservation, underground utility work and street widening. Keep up-to date on road closures and traffic restrictions at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/roadwork.

Day of Service

300+ volunteers assembled for another great Day of Service event. Many amazing projects were completed including painting, landscaping and beautifying a picnic area. I hope you will consider giving back to our amazing community by participating in future events. Please call Ervin Cutwright at 623-222-3241 for info.

One Step Beyond

A huge ‘thank you’ to One Step Beyond for a tour of their facility. I applaud your dedication to creating essential community partnerships and helping those residents with intellectual disabilities achieve their goals.

Councilmembers Duffy and Hayden tour the One Step Beyond facility.

Care and Share Expo

The Human Services & Community Vitality Department and the Surprise Veterans, Disability & Human Services Commission organized a free community event that focused on highlighting the many services and programs available in our community. It was inspiring to see so many people contribute to make this a success.

Ottawa University

Two of the three much-anticipated new buildings at Ottawa University are complete! The 300+ bed Residence Hall features fully-furnished four person suites, four student lounges and the campus security office. The Student Union houses a number of amenities including a cafeteria, indoor/outdoor dining spaces, campus mailroom, Spirit Fan Shop, conference center, student lounge with indoor/outdoor fireplace and designated quiet study spaces. The O’Dell Center for Athletics will be fully open soon and will include a four-court gymnasium, recreation center, an athletic training room, five classrooms, locker rooms and more.

Events

Spring Training tickets are now on sale! The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals have released their 2020 Spring Training schedule with an opening day game on Friday, February 21. If you would like to purchase season tickets, mini plans or specialty ticket packages, please visit www.SurpriseStadium.com or call 623-222-2222. Individual game tickets will be on pre-sale beginning Saturday, November 16 at 8 a.m.

There are some special events planned for Veterans Day on November 11th. Please join us at the north entrance of Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave., at 8 a.m. for the Veterans Reflection Circle Dedication. This new space is the cumulative effort of countless companies and individuals that donated time and materials to honor the legacy of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini. There will also be a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. followed by the annual Veterans Day Parade on Bullard Ave from Paradise Lane to Tierra Buena Lane beginning at 10 a.m.

The City of Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission and the West Valley Arts Council, in partnership with the West Valley Symphony and the Phoenix Opera, provide a series of Lunchtime and Sunset Theater performances. The next performance will be Promusica Holiday Concert on December 12, 2019 at noon at Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza. Feel free to bring your lunch or order lunch in advance by calling Sunsational Coffee at 623.544.8979. Orders are delivered to Arts HQ before the performance.

Closing

As a reminder, City Council agendas are posted online at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas 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.

I hold a monthly meet and greet at Jim’s Burgers and Eggs from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. If you have questions, comments or concerns, please stop by and chat with me.

Upcoming Events

  • November 11, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day
  • November 28-29, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving
  • December 6-7, 2019 – Annual Surprise Party celebration at Surprise Recreation Campus