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City Council names Duffy as Vice Mayor

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

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

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

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

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

January 6, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

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

Esports Tournaments

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

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

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

New Park and Park Enhancements

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

Greenway Road Improvement Project

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

Surprise Small Business Relief Grant

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

Development in District 3

The following projects are under development review in District 3:

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

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on February 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is scheduled for January 19 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513.

Closing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 2, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

City of Surprise public meetings

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

Surprise Party At-Home Style

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

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

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

** Denotes a video event.

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

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

Spring Training Game Schedule

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

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

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

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

Surprise Police Department Reaccreditation

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

Congratulations to the Surprise Police Department!

Home-delivered Meal Program

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

Surprise to Air Select DUSD Sports Games

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

Here’s how to watch:

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

Development in District 3

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

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on December 5 at 10 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is scheduled for December 15 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513.

Closing

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

November 4, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Veterans Day Tribute

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

APS Project

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

Public Input for the West Valley Central 230kV Connection Project is now being accepted. Members of the public are invited to learn more about the project and to submit comments at www.apswestvalleycentral.com. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2020.

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

Winter Youth Sports/Teen Bubble Soccer

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

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

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

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

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

National Tennis Championships

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

Temporary Expansion of Premises (TEP) permits

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

Meet and Greet

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

Holiday Schedule

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

City Council Meetings

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

Closing

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

October 7, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

City Council Meetings reopened to in-person public participation

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

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

Small Business Relief Grant Program

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

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

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

Surprise Day of Service

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

7th Annual Fiesta Grande Celebration Goes Virtual

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

The schedule of events is as follows:

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

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

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

Veterans Day Tribute

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

New in District 3

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

Southwest Gas

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet and Greet

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

Closing

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

September 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.

Small Business Relief Grant Program & More Social Service Funding

City Council voted to disperse $430,000 in funding to address coronavirus-related community and business needs. More than half of the funding will be allocated to a new Small Business Relief Grant program, with the rest supporting meal programs, water utility assistance, and homeless outreach.

The Small Business Relief Grant program seeks to distribute $250,000 to businesses in Surprise with fewer than 25 employees and less than $2 million in revenues. The businesses must have experienced economic distress and loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closures compliant with Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Orders. The city anticipates accepting applications on September 14. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/smallbusinessgrant.

The remaining $155,000 in funding will be used in support of the following social service programs:

  • Surprise Senior Center Meal Program – $25,000 to continue free senior meal services at the Surprise Senior Center.
  • Home Delivered Meal Program & Group Supported Workers – $60,000 to a local non-profit delivering meal to homes and employing adults with disabilities.
  • Homeless Outreach – $55,000 to pay for non-profit homeless services provider to conduct outreach, provide services, and purchase a van to transport guests.
  • Water Utility Assistance – $15,000 to help qualifying residents pay their water bills. For assistance, please call the Surprise Resource Center HOPE line at 623.222.4673.

AZ CARES money distributed to the city of Surprise provides the ability to offer these programs.

Surprise Aquatic Center Mural

Thank you to everyone that voted on the new Surprise Aquatic Center mural. The winning mural, “Swimming with Porpoise” was recently completed. The Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. I hope that you get the chance to drive by and take a look!

A painted mural of swimming dolphins.

Fall Sports Registration

Surprise Parks and Recreation is partnering with Bravous E-Sports to offer four different video game tournaments during the fall 2020 sports season. The tournaments are for participants ages 7-16 and will include Rocket League, Fortnight, Madden 20 and Super Smash Bros. For more information and to register, please visit https://secure.rec1.com/AZ/surprise-community-rec/catalog.

New in District 3

The Costco Wholesale gas station, 16385 W. Waddell Road, is now open! Costco Warehouse will open on September 24. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up on-site.

Councilmember Duffy and Mayor Skip Hall cut red ribbons for the grand opening of the Costco gas station.

The community of Sterling Grove is hosting a Farmer’s Market! Sterling Grove Farmer’s Market begins on September 6 and will run every Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm through May. The Market will be located at 17193 W. Montpelier Street.

Business Resources

The AZ TechCelerator will be hosting a virtual educational series for businesses.

Upcoming topics will include:

  • Social Media for Small Business-Facebook
  • Social Media for Small Business-Instagram
  • Social Media for Small Business-Twitter
  • Patents
  • Copyrights
  • Trademarks

Keep an eye on the AZ TechCelerator website, www.aztechcelerator.com/ for more details as they become available.

Transportation Update

In August, I sat down with Mayor Hall and members of our Community Development department to discuss roadway concerns that have been shared with me by residents in District 3. One of the projects discussed was Greenway Road, which is anticipated to begin construction in late September or early October. The voter-approved General Obligation Bond made the Greenway Road project possible. This project will design and construct the full build- out of Greenway Road from Cotton Lane east to Sarival Avenue. The project includes constructing two additional travel lanes, adding bike lanes, sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping. In addition, there will be a traffic light at Greenway Road and Northwest Valley Parkway.

At the September 1 Council Work Session, Council was given a presentation on the status of the citywide transportation roadway network and current Capital Improvement Projects. A recording of that presentation is available on surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/. I encourage you to take a moment to watch it. Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have. I will continue to work with staff to find solutions for your concerns. You can reach me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Residential Waste Cleanup Event

City of Surprise will be hosting a Residential Waste Cleanup Event on Saturday, September 12. Residents can dispose of a single load of residential waste, up to 2,000 lbs, at no cost. Waste will be accepted at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road, and proof of residency will be required. Please note that no hazardous waste will be accepted.

Council Meeting Schedule

The next City Council meeting will be held September 15, at 6 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.

City Hall Closed

City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day and trash pick-up will be delayed by one day all week.

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on September 5 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road, #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

Closing

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

August 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.

Fall Sports Registration

It is not too late to sign up for the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Fall Sports Leagues. Late registration began August 3. Youth soccer, tee-ball, baseball, softball and volleyball leagues, for boys and girls ages 4-17, will start in early September and run until early November. Skills classes and camps are also offered for ages 6-15 in basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball from August – October.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the city is implementing health and safety guidelines regarding proper distancing, sanitizing and scheduling. Dates are tentative and subject to change. For more information, please contact the Sports Division at 623.222.2000, or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Development in District 3

Costco Wholesale, located at 16385 W. Waddell Road, will be opening in September! The 152,000 square foot warehouse will have a much needed gas station, auto center, pharmacy, bakery, photo center, and optical center.

Recently opened, is the new Tractor Supply, located at 17050 W. Custer Lane, and coming soon is Legacy Traditional School West, located at 17300 W. Cactus Road.

Roadwork

Work will begin on Greenway Road from Sarival Avenue to Cotton Lane in September. Work will include widening the roadway to four travel lanes, as well as the addition of a traffic signal at Greenway Road and Northwest Ranch Parkway. Provisions for drainage, sidewalks, a bicycle lane, street lighting, landscaping and turn lanes, are also a part of the project. Utility work will take place on the roadway prior to the start of construction. Work is anticipated to be completed early 2021.

For updated roadway information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/100/Road-Closures-Traffic-Restrictions.

Council Meeting Schedule

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

My next meeting will be held on September 5, 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 www.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to meeting schedules and other important announcements.

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.