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May 2022 • 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 am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

State of the City Event

On Thursday, March 31, we closed out the month of March by celebrating the 2022 State of the City event at City Hall. What an incredible evening we had! Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us, and a huge thank you to our performers who put on a stellar show! Did you miss the video? Watch it here: https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/index.php/watch…

Spring Eggstravaganza

plastic multi-colored Easter eggs in the grassOn Saturday, April 16, I attended the Spring Eggstravaganza event held at the Surprise Recreation Campus. This free event featured fun for the whole family where residents enjoyed inflatables, face painting and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! At their designated times, the kids took the field in search of more than 50,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and toys. Thank you to the Parks and Recreation Department for hosting this fun-filled event!

Councilmember Duffy walking with his son.

Spring Training Hall of Fame Presentation

During the Spring Training game on Sunday, April 3, Mayor Hall, Councilmember Winters, Councilmember Judd and I joined the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission as they inducted the following individuals into the Surprise Recreation Campus Hall of Fame.

  • Charlie Woodland (former Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission member)
  • Kevin Uhlich (Previous Senior VP of Business Operations for the Kansas City Royals)
  • Mike Swanson (Previous VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the Kansas City Royals)
  • Andrew Benintendi, Michael A. Taylor and Salvador Perez (Current Kansas City Royals Players)
Members of the Parks and Recreation Commission and Surprise City Council.

Multigenerational Community Resource Center

The City, in partnership with Maricopa County, is making a major investment into the vitality and well-being of the West Valley with plans to build a multigenerational community resource center. This partnership will create an estimated 38-thousand square-foot center on City-owned land in Surprise’s historic Original Town Site. The new campus will improve resources for families, seniors, youth and vulnerable populations by centralizing and expanding programs and services from several aging city buildings, including the Surprise Resource Center, Hollyhock Library and Surprise Senior Center. The campus will be at the corner of Hollyhock Street and Santa Fe Drive, will be built on shovel-ready land and should be completed by 2025.

Property Tax

A PowerPoint slide showing information on property taxes.We’ve been receiving some questions about the City of Surprise tax rate. It has not increased. The primary tax rate in the City of Surprise is $0.7591 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV), plus the secondary property tax rate of $0.3880 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV). These rates multiplied by the assessed value of your home determine what you pay in property taxes. If the value of your home increases, you will see an increased tax bill; however, that is not due to an increase in the property tax rate but rather an increase in the assessed value of your home.

Schedule of Existing Primary and Secondary Property Tax

Property Tax Current Rate Current Levy Proposed Rate Proposed Levy  
Primary Property Tax Rate $0.7591 $9,974,100 $0.7591 $10,873,200 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)
Secondary Property Tax Rate $0.3880 $5,097,800 $0.3880 $5,557,500 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)

April is Water Awareness Month

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 5, Mayor Hall proclaimed April as Water Awareness Month in Surprise joining the annual statewide campaign to help raise awareness about the value of conserving water in the Southwest.

Mayor Hall presents a proclamation to a representative of the City's Water Resource Management Department.

Virtual Speaker Series

Experience stories of Arizona history and culture at upcoming speaker events presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities. Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on the following topics:

  • Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontiers (Speaker: Jan Cleere)
    June 8 • 11 a.m. – Noon
    Register here
  • Bisbee: The Alchemical City of Copper Borderlands (Speaker: Virgil Hancock)
    October 11 • 11 a.m. – Noon
    Register here

The events are free, but registration is required by visiting the links above. For more information, please contact the Human Service & Community Vitality Department at 623.222.3243.

Fair Housing Month in Surprise

On Tuesday, April 19, Mayor Hall Proclaimed the month of April as Fair Housing Month in Surprise in celebration of National Fair Housing Month. In this month we feel grateful for the Fair Housing Act that was passed on April 11, 1968. This law is designed to protect Americans from facing discrimination in selling or buying houses.

Meet and Greet

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

City Council Meetings

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

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

April 2022 • 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 am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday, March 3, Mayor Hall, City Manager Bob Wingenroth and I joined Sterling Grove for a private ribbon cutting. Sterling Grove held the event in honor of the opening of the Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club Clubhouse, located at 11530 N. Greenwich Blvd. Thank you for adding to the beauty of Surprise!

Village at Prasada

The Prasada Village development represents a new era for the West Valley – a suburban gathering place destined to become the heart of a vibrant and growing community. Offering an unparalleled opportunity for cutting-edge retail, power boxes, dining and a diverse range of entertainment concepts, this mixed-use development will come to define the center of the Surprise community. For more information, visit villageatprasada.com.

A map of the Prasada Village development area.

City Opens New Permanent Yellow Cooking Oil Disposal Station

A second permanent disposal station for yellow cooking oil has been opened in the parking lot of Fire Station 303, located at 15440 N. Cotton Ln. This is in addition to the disposal station located in the parking lot of Fire Station 305 at 15517 N. Parkview Pl. Both disposal stations are open year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for used kitchen oil disposal ONLY. Motor oils are not accepted at this facility. The City hopes that installing this second location will encourage residents to Be Guardians Regarding Our Sewer System (Be G.R.O.S.S.) and properly dispose of yellow oils to help lower the cost of maintenance on city sewer lines and wastewater treatment infrastructure. Learn about proper fat, oil, grease and wastewater disposal in Surprise at surpriseaz.gov/BeGROSS.

National Read Across America Week

Read Across AmericaIn celebration of Read Across American Week, I read to a Kindergarten and third-grade class on Monday, February 28, at Canyon Ridge Elementary and to two second-grade classes on Tuesday, March 1, at Countryside Elementary. Read Across America is an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association and is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child, in every community to celebrate reading. We all had a fun and great experience!

Spring Family Event

Spring Eggstravaganza is a free event that features fun for the whole family. Residents will enjoy inflatables, face painting and a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. Children 10 and under are invited to take the field in search of more than 50,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and toys! Food and drink are available for purchase and there will be a minimal fee for some activities. Spring Eggstravaganza takes place Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus.

Summer Youth Employment Program

The City is offering a summer job program for Surprise teens between the ages of 15-19 who are income-eligible. Through the City Council approved Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), applicants must be available to work up to 25 hours a week for six weeks between June 6 and July 15. Chosen interns will receive professional development training, from shadowing engineers to working with youth and seniors, and earn $12.80 per hour. For eligibility requirements and how to apply go to surpriseaz.gov/syep. For questions, please contact Lord Garcillano at lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1647.

Free Kids Event

A young boy holding a red soccer ball sits next to a young girl.The Human Service & Community Vitality Department invites you to KIDZ Jamboree! An event for kids aged 0-5, celebrating the Week of the Young Child. KIDZ Jamboree is on Friday, April 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W. Bell Rd. This fun, family event will showcase early childhood programs and services available in the community, like resources, child care/preschools, libraries and more! For more information, please call 623.222.1600.

Annual Action Plan Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that the Human Service and Community Vitality Department will hold a public hearing regarding the City’s Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan on April 13 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. This public hearing will be held in anticipation of receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Department of Housing in Urban Development. The Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will identify specific projects to be funded that meet the goals and objectives identified in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. Public comments received during the Public Hearing will be considered and included in the Plan. The City Council will take formal action on April 19, 2022. For questions regarding the draft plan or public hearing, please call Adam Lane at 623.222.3238 or email at adam.lane@surpriseaz.gov.

Retail Survey

We want to know how we can make our city a one-stop shopping and dining destination. The survey will help the City identify retail strengths within the community, as well as pinpoint opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Every response helps the Surprise Economic Development Department better reach retailers you want the most. We also have a youth-only survey to better understand what our younger generation wants to see. The Shop, Eat & Play Youth Survey is for youth, under the age of 18, who live in Surprise.

Participating in the survey really does make a difference. Some of our residents’ top 10 most-wanted retail and restaurant picks that opened in Surprise were Costco, Bath & Body Works, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, Texas Roadhouse and In-N-Out Burger! The Surprise Retail Survey runs through Sunday, April 24, and is available online at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

BBQ Event Rescheduled

Rib Fest ThrowdownThe RibFest Throwdown scheduled for April 23 & 24 at Mark Coronado Park is being rescheduled for fall 2022 due to a potential scheduling conflict. The new event dates and ticket information will be released in the coming months. This live music and BBQ festival is presented by the City of Surprise in partnership with national event company, Forty8 Live!

Meet and Greet

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

City Council Meetings

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

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

March 2022 • 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 am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Cotton Lane Closure

Cotton Lane will be closed from just north of Cactus Road to just south of the Legacy Traditional School driveway now through July 1 for flood mitigation work. A soft closure will be in place from the school driveway north to Waddell Road, allowing for local traffic and school traffic only. View the latest road closures and traffic restrictions at surpriseaz.gov/roadwork.

A map showing the location of the flood mitigation project.

Vendor Opportunities Available

The City invites interested outreach organizations, promotional vendors and local businesses to participate in the Spring Eggstravaganza! The event is free and features fun for the whole family. Residents will enjoy inflatables, face painting, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, and a series of egg hunts filled with fun toys and treats. The event takes place on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. To reserve your spot, go to surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov where you can create an account for your organization if you haven’t already, then click the Special Events tab where you can register. You can also call 623.222.2000.

MLB Announces Spring Training Delay

The City of Surprise is disappointed to share that the Major League Baseball has officially announced a delay to Spring Training. Tickets bought through an authorized outlet to canceled games will be refunded or exchanged. MLB is working to get the game back on the field as quickly as possible.

  • If you purchased tickets to a canceled game for the Kansas City Royals or Texas Rangers through an authorized Surprise Stadium outlet, tickets may be refunded or exchanged.
  • Please go to surprisestadium.com to review the updated schedule for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers or contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 for more information.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a game at Surprise Stadium later this spring.

Surprise, OUAZ Celebrate Five Year Partnership

On Thursday, February 17, we celebrated City of Surprise and Ottawa University Partnership Day! Mayor Hall and Ottawa University President and CEO Bill Tsutsui declared it with a joint proclamation. Partnership Day will be celebrated annually on the third Thursday of February and affirms that the City and university strive to maintain and grow a partnership that is distinctive, enduring and impactful. OUAZ is a residential university that includes degree programs, athletic teams (Ottawa Spirit), housing, dining and more.

Surprise Boards and Commissions Vacancies

Boards and Commissions VacancyThe City is accepting applications for the following Commissions:

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration: June 30, 2023
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration: June 30, 2023

All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the Surprise. Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment or by email to clerk@surpriseaz.gov. The Clerk’s office is available by phone at 623.222.1200.

Tax Season

The City of Surprise has again partnered with A New Leaf to offer free tax preparation services to both individuals and families with qualifying incomes. Tax preparation assistance will be available through April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124 and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, call 623.222.1600.

Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd.
Wednesdays, Feb. 2 – Apr. 13: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd. Blgd. A, Suite #124
Mondays, Jan. 31 – Apr. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesdays, Feb. 1 – Apr. 12: 4-6 p.m.
Thursdays, Feb. 3 – Apr. 14: 9-11 a.m.

Project Connect Event Recruiting for Volunteers

Human Services CampusThe Human Services Campus is partnering with the Salvation Army and the City of Surprise to bring back the Project Connect event on Tuesday, March 22 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Salvation Army Northwest Valley, 17420 Avenue of the Arts. Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop event to assist individuals experiencing homelessness connect to a variety of services. Volunteers needed! To become a volunteer please go to hscforms.com/projectconnect. For more information or to answer any questions on volunteering, please call 602.282.0849 or email volunteer@hsc-az.org.

Surprise Youth Council Now Recruiting 2022-2023 Class

The City is recruiting new members for Surprise Youth Council (SYC) – a group of trailblazing teens who are making a difference in their community! SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including Mayor and City Council, to give a voice on City issues and help solve youth issues. Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as they reside in or are attending a middle school or high school within Surprise city limits; or are attending a Dysart Unified School District high school. Applications are being accepted now through April 8 and consist of a video submission no longer than 90 seconds and a Parent Acknowledgement Form.

Your video should include the following information:

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

For questions or more information, please contact Parks & Recreation at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/SYC.

Essay Contest Winners

At the Council Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, three talented students were recognized as the winners of the Dysart Schools / City of Surprise essay contest where they were asked, “Why is ‘My Surprise’ an extraordinary community to be a part of?” Thank you to Dysart’s English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Danielle Edgerton for her help coordinating the contest!

Congratulations to Caleb Leavitt from Freedom Traditional Academy, Kacy Dunn from Canyon Ridge (not pictured), and Valerie Ortega from Valley Vista High School.

Caleb Leavitt and Valerie Ortega join Mayor Hall and Surprise City Council in front of the council dais.

Spring Training Run

Spring Training 5k and 1k 2022 Surprise, AZGet your Major League juices running at Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 4 with the 4th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K and 1K Fun Run presented by Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and take you on a scenic run through the City before heading back to the ballpark to cross the finish line! All runners will receive a Palm Valley Pediatrics Dentistry & Orthodontics Spring Training Race t-shirt, finisher medal, and a “buy one, get one” lawn seat voucher to any 2022 Spring Training game. You could also win a complimentary suite to a Spring Training game by signing up for the run as a team and coming in your best baseball-themed attire! Register now at SurpriseStadium.com/events to take advantage of the discounted rates! Early registration ends on March 3.

Free COVID-19 Testing

In response to increasing demand for COVID-19 testing, Maricopa County has opened multiple community testing sites across the Valley including a new location at Ak-Chin Pavilion staffed with resources through FEMA. The new daily PCR testing site at Ak-Chin Pavilion is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. This site takes people with and without appointments and allows people to either drive through or walk up for testing. This site is operated in part with assistance from FEMA, who contracted a team to provide testing support. Details of all Maricopa County-supported testing events are listed at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Testing in English and at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Pruebas in Spanish. People who need assistance finding a testing location or scheduling an appointment can also call the MCDPH CARES Team at 602.506.6767.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on April 3 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr.

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting bannerMy next meeting will be on March 5 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

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

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

February 2022 • 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 am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Tentative Budget

The FY2023 budget building process has begun! The Finance Department will give a series of presentations to the City Council over the next few months. The City Manager will then release his Recommended Budget in April, to be followed by public review and then final adoption of a balanced budget in June. Please stay tuned to future Council Meetings for the overall development of the budget and upcoming annual process.

USTA Tennis Series Coming to Surprise

A tennis ball on a court.The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments.

  • February 4-6: Adult 65 and Over 6.0 and 9.0 Men and Women
  • February 11-13: Adult 65 and Over 8.0 Men & Women

These events will take place at 14469 W. Paradise Ln. Fans can take advantage of free admission and enjoy all of the tennis action! For a complete list of match schedules, please visit the USTA League tournament page. For information on open court availability and tennis programs, please contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

Tax Season

The City of Surprise has again partnered with A New Leaf to offer free tax preparation services to both individuals and families with qualifying incomes. Tax preparation assistance will be available through April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124 and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Please note the Resource Center will be closed on Monday, February 21, for President’s Day. For more information, call 623.222.1600.

A New Leaf tax assistance schedule

Spring Training 2022

2022 AZ Cactus LeagueThe 20th Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 26 with the annual Surprise Sundancer Charity Game at Surprise Stadium, featuring home teams – the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. Season tickets, mini-plan packages and single game tickets are on sale at SurpriseStadium.com. By choosing one of our multi-game ticket packages, you will receive unique perks, such as savings over the individual game ticket price and choice of the best available seating locations.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on February 6 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Can’t make it this month? The next Sunday in the Park is April 3.

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting bannerMy next meeting will be on February 5 at 9 a.m. at Paradise Honors Middle School, 12805 N. 175th Ave. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

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

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

January 2022 • 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 am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Village at Prasada

On December 3, I along with Mayor Hall and Councilmembers Winters, Cline, Hastings and Judd joined SimonCRE for a Ground Breaking ceremony! Josh Simon, President of SimonCRE, held the ceremony in honor of the beginning of the Village at Prasada near Loop 303 & Waddell Rd. The Village at Prasada is the first major power center on the West Coast in over a decade! Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Councilmember Duffy joins SimonCRE for a ground breaking ceremony for Village at Prasada.

Fire Stations 304 & 308 Ribbon Cutting

City of Surprise held a shared Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in celebration of two Surprise fire stations built in 2021 – Fire Station 304 in our northern area and 308 in southeast Surprise. The ceremony held on December 14, included remarks from Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Roland Winters, Councilmember Chris Judd and Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott.

Fine Art & Wine Festival

The 10th annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival returns January 7-9, 2022, and will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Admission is $3 and is cash only.

Live music and a variety of food trucks will add to the atmosphere of the art arena. In addition to tasty meals, there will be plenty of goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth, including kettle corn, caramels and ice cream.

For more information about the Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, please contact Thunderbird Artists at 480.837.5637 or visit thunderbirdartists.com.

MLK Celebration Events

Martin Luther King Jr.The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

  • Wednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
  • Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park in January! Join us on January 23 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are February 13 and April 3.

2022 Spring Training packages

AZ Cactus League 2022Season ticket and mini-plan packages for the 2022 Spring Training Season will go on sale at SurpriseStadium.com. Each ticket option will offer unique perks, savings over the individual game ticket price, choice of the best available seating locations and exclusive access to special season ticket plan holder events and pre-sale opportunities.

Surprise Party

Friday, December 3, Mayor and Council attended the tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Annual Surprise Party in front of the Surprise Stadium. A big thank you to the community for coming out to enjoy another successful holiday celebration, and to our Surprise Parks and Recreation team for all they do to make this a Winter Wonderland in the desert.

The Christmas Tree at Surprise Party.

Christmas Tree Drop-Off Sites

Christmas Tree DisposalThe City of Surprise is offering four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience. The lots are open now through January 18, 2022 at the following locations:

  • Bi-Centennial Park
    16705 N. Nash St. (south end of the parking lot)
  • Surprise Recreation Campus / Youth Baseball Complex
    15795 N. Parkview Pl. (across from Valley Vista High School)
  • Dick McComb Softball Park
    17894 Westpark Blvd. (parking lot on corner of 180th Ave & Westpark Blvd.)
  • Asante Community Park
    16763 W. Vereda Solana Dr. (parking lot at the north end of the park)

Please remove all decorations and place the trees in designated areas only. There is a limit of two trees per household. For more information, please call 623.222.1900.

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting bannerMy next meeting will be on January 8 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings are January 4 and 18 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

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

December 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

20th Annual Surprise Party

Party in Surprise - December 3 5-9pm and December 4, 11am-5pmCelebrate with the City of Surprise at the 20th Annual Surprise Party at the Surprise Recreation Campus!

  • Friday, December 3, will include a Balloon Glow (weather permitting), skydivers, tree lighting ceremony, live music, Santa’s workshop, roaming entertainment and fireworks!
  • Saturday, December 4, will include a Special Interest Class Showcase, car show, live music, arts and crafts festival, pony rides, roaming entertainment, petting zoo, great food and more!

Find full event details at surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty

Veterans Day Parade

We honored our service members at our 7th Annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade on November 11. If you didn’t attend, you can watch it here: surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/index.php/watch. Thank you to our incredible community for coming out to participate and support. A big thank you to Surprise Parks and Recreation for a successful pancake breakfast and parade.

Vice Mayor Duffy waves from a Veterans Day Parade car.

Day of Service

A woman puts shrub and debris into a garbage bag.Surprise is looking for volunteers for its Day of Service on Saturday, December 11. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, and trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more.

How to get involved: Individuals and groups can register with Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or 623 222-1522. Get more info here: https://bit.ly/3qpmVZk

Trash Collection Schedule Change

Don't get left at the curb-Trash collection schedule changes coming January 2022Surprise trash collection zones will change beginning Monday, January 3 to balance the number of homes serviced on each collection day as the city continues to grow.

Not all residents will see changes to their trash collection schedule. These changes apply to City of Surprise sanitation customers only, and some neighborhoods will retain their current collection day.

Solid waste rates will not increase due to changes to the collection days. By adjusting the collection schedule, the City will avoid accruing costs associated with purchasing additional sanitation trucks and hiring more operators to service new customers. View the 2022 Trash Collection Zone Map

Mayor Business Roundtable

On Thursday, November 4, Mayor Hall, Council Member Cline and I joined forces with Surprise Economic Development to host our first in-person Mayor’s Roundtable! Economic Development was thrilled to invite local, small businesses as well as our partners from Arizona Small Business Association and Arizona Commerce Authority to lend an ear regarding their troubles, wins and everything in between over the last year. Thank you all for making time for us in your busy schedules!

EPCOR Franchise Extension

Surprise voters have approved an EPCOR franchise extension. EPCOR is one of six water providers in the City of Surprise. This approval allows the company to construct, maintain and operate a potable water delivery system and a wastewater collection, treatment and disposal system throughout the city public rights-of-way. Under this agreement, EPCOR will pay a 2% franchise fee to the City. https://bit.ly/3nXXbkd

MLK Celebration Events

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

  • Wednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
  • Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park in January! Join us on January 23 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are February 13 and April 3.

EricsHouse Support Groups

EricsHouse helps people integrate loss of a loved one using a variety of healing resources that reduce grief symptoms, promote growth and personal well-being, and provide a community of like-minded people who understand this unique grief journey. ericshouse.org

  • Grieving Mothers Support Group

Open to mothers who have lost a child to suicide, substance abuse, homicide, illness or any sudden loss. This group runs weekly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 & 1/5/22.

Contact marianne@ericshouse.org to determine if this group is right for you. Pre-registration is required

  • Support Group for Grieving Men

This closed group begins November 16 and will run weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Participation is limited to nine members. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4/22 & 1/11. Please contact greg@ericshouse.org or 480.734.3423 to determine if this group is right for you.

Surprise Fire Station 308

“COURAGE is not living without fear, but being able to walk through it while doing the right thing anyway.” This statement is part of a new art installation at the recently completed Surprise Fire Station 308 and pays tribute to the character of our Surprise Fire-Medical Department team and all they do to keep our community safe. Stop by and check out “Courage Walk 308” at 13771 W. Cactus Rd.

The new art installation Courage Walk 308.
Artist: Kai Ekbundit

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting bannerMy next meeting will be on December 4 at 8 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings are December 7 and 21 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

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

November 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Surprise Fiesta Grande

On Saturday, October 9, Mayor Hall and myself, along with Council Members Hastings, Judd, and Winters attended the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande held at the Original Town Site. The Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity presented Mayor and Council with a proclamation in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. Thank you to everyone who attended this wonderful event!

The Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity presents Mayor and Council with a proclamation in honor of Hispanic Heritage month.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on November 7 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are, January 23, February 13 and April 3.

Surprise Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Ave. between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

SciTech Festival

Surprise SciTech FestivalHave fun with science and technology at the Surprise SciTech Festival on November 6th, presented by the City of Surprise! This FREE, fun-filled educational event features interactive science, technology, engineering, art and math exhibits and demonstrations. It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. For more information on the event, please visit surpriseaz.gov/scitech.

Care & Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources, and medical checks. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Dependent Scholarship Winners

The City would like to recognize Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko as the recipients of the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards! The first place award of $3,000 will go to Alexis, the daughter of Randy Rody (Police Department). The second place award of $1,500 will go to Alina, the daughter of Leonid Bozhko (Information Technology). Congratulations to both winners!

Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko, joined by City Council, hold up their Dependent Scholarship award plaques

Dysart School Parks Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, October 29, Dysart School District hosted a ribbon cutting event, in coordination with the City, to announce the opening of elementary school fields and playgrounds in Surprise to the public, after school hours and on weekends. It was great to be there to celebrate with Mayor Hall and other members of council.

City of Surprise Block Party Trailer

City of Surprise Block Party logoThe City of Surprise is committed to building quality neighborhoods, and what better way to get to know your neighbors than by throwing a party!
The Neighborhood Services Division offers free rentals of its Block Party Trailer. The trailer comes equipped with everything you will need to get your Block Party started, including:

  • Tables and Chairs
  • PA system and music
  • Generator
  • Canopy tents
  • Coolers
  • Sports equipment
  • Games
  • City information

City staff will deliver the trailer and be present during the event. You can also receive a Block Party Information Packet, which includes flyers and posters to help spread the word about your party. We’ll even help cover costs for refreshments and a bouncy house (the inflatable domes that children love to jump around in) or similar family-friendly entertainment! Submit receipts for up to $150 to help pay for local merchants’ select party amenities, including family entertainment. To book the block party trailer, go to surpriseaz.gov/blockparty for more information.

The Surprise block party trailer and a bounce house.

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting bannerMy next meeting will be November 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is November 16 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

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

October 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Ottawa’s 1st Home Football Game

Ottawa University hosted its first home football game on Saturday, September 4. Ottawa wanted to spotlight its partnership with the City of Surprise during halftime by recognizing Mayor and Council, who support the partnership.

Surprise City Council receives recognition from Ottawa University.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

Our annual street festival is back! Join us for the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande to celebrate our city’s cultural heritage on Saturday, October 9 from 5–10 p.m. Admission and parking are free! Plus, we’ll have free shuttle drop-off to the area. Authentic Mexican food, classic car show, arts and crafts, music & live entertainment, and more! Please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande for more details.

October Day of Service

Show your community pride by participating in a day of community service on October 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St., before venturing out to various cleanup and beautification projects across the city. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

Care & Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources, and medical checks. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Washington, D.C. Trip

Last month, I traveled to Washington D.C. with elected officials from Glendale, Goodyear and Phoenix to meet with members of Congress, the Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin regarding FY22 legislative initiatives, Luke Air Force Base updates and initiatives, and infrastructure needs in Surprise. Luke Air Force Base provides a $2.5 billion annual economic impact to the West Valley and remains a priority for surrounding cities to keep it for generations to come. Luke AFB is the home to nearly 6,900 active duty and reserve airmen as well as civilian employees. As part of the F-35 training program, the base population has grown and is expected to grow to nearly 24,000 by 2026. I had the opportunity to visit Lockheed Martin and try the F35 simulator. It was so much fun and I was able to avoid motion sickness!

G.A.I.N Night

Surprise PD badgeSurprise Public Safety officials invite you to attend the upcoming G.A.I.N. Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods). This free, interactive community event is Saturday, October 23, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park – 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be trick-or-treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, a Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, public safety displays by Surprise Police and Fire-Medical, and so much more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

Surprise Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on October 17 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are November 7, January 23, February 13 and April 3.

2050 MAG Regional Transportation Plan

Do you want a choice of safe and reliable options to get around the Valley of the Sun? From September 13 – October 13, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is asking for your input and review of the MOMENTUM 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program, and 2021 MAG Conformity Analysis. More details here: azmag.gov/Newsroom/Public-Notices

Surprise AZ Fall League

Arizona Fall League logoThe month of October truly is for baseball, and with the start of the Arizona Fall League, the City of Surprise sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars. The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season Tuesday, October 14 at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, and Washington Nationals. Click here for schedule and pricing: bit.ly/2XOn0dj

Meet and Greet

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

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings are October 5 and 19 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

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

September 1, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

21-Bat Salute for Charlie Woodland

Charlie Woodland became a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on June 6, 2015. He was a tremendous representative for our residents and a true ambassador for our community through his final meeting in June 2021. Charlie served as a volunteer coach in our youth sports programs for 15 years and was a model participant. One of Charlie’s final wishes was that his friends, colleagues, and family perform a “21-bat salute” in his honor, held on Saturday, August 7.

2022 Spring Training

Major League Baseball has released the 2022 Cactus League Spring Training schedule in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. Opening Day in Surprise is set for Saturday, February 26, with the Texas Rangers taking on the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium.

Additional information regarding the upcoming season, including game times, ticket details, specialty packages, and fan health and safety guidelines, will be announced at a later date. If you are interested in ticket information, please visit SurpriseStadium.com and sign up for email alerts.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on September 19 from 3-7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train, and more! View event details: https://bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are October 17 and November 7 from 3-7 p.m.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Surprise will hold a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and to honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of that day at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 11. Mayor Skip Hall, Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott, and Police Chief Benny Piña will speak as part of the ceremony.

Oath of Office

Chief Benny Pina holds up his right hand and takes the oath of office from Judge Dominguez.The Official Oath Office was issued to the city’s new police chief, Benny Piña, by Judge Dominguez at the City Council Meeting on August 17. Chief Piña began serving as Surprise Police Department police chief on July 6. He previously served as the deputy police chief in Peoria since 2014. Before that, he served 25 years with the Phoenix Police Department.

ED FY21 Year in Review!

What a year for economic development in Surprise! Check out Economic Development’s FY 2021 Year in Review, here.

Economic Development's FY21 Year in Review flyer.

Surprise Water Supply is Secure

Surprise's Water Supply is Secure.The US Bureau of Reclamation has announced a Tier 1 shortage for Colorado River operations for 2022. This shortage declaration does not mean a shortage at your tap. But, it’s still very important to be wise consumers of this precious resource. Learn more about how Surprise is prepared and how you can help conserve: https://bit.ly/3k1DBBy

Motorcycle Safety Class

Motorcycle Safety ClassJoin the Surprise Police Department for a Motorcycle Safety Class on Sunday, September 19 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Surprise Stadium parking lot, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. There will be time for participants to apply their learned skills on an interactive course, promoting optimal response to dangerous riding situations. This course is for current motorcycle riders. A valid driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement, motorcycle, and helmet are required to attend this class. This class is not for new riders to obtain an endorsement. For more information, please email DriveWise@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.4500.

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting banner.My next meeting will be September 4 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings are September 7 and 21 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

Closing

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

August 4, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Watch for Children

School bus stop sign.With the start of the new school year, I would like to remind Surprise residents to stop for school busses and watch for children crossing the road. Please familiarize yourself with laws requiring you to come to a complete stop when you approach a school bus with its stop arm extended. Let’s keep our children safe!

AZ Emergency Evacuation

Ready Set Go! Emergency evacuations infographic.Ready, Set, Go! Are you prepared to evacuate if necessary? It’s always a good time to be reminded of “Ready, Set, Go!” a program designed to help keep you safe from seasonal threats. Take some time to read about emergency preparedness and the 5 P’s of Evacuation. Learn more at https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

Water Conservation Rebates

Water conservation rebates are now available for eligible Surprise residents! City-serviced residential, commercial, and HOA customers can apply to receive rebates for irrigation controllers, xeriscape landscape, and turf removal. Funds are limited and are first-come, first-assisted! Don’t delay; save today! https://bit.ly/2U2kn5c

Valley Metro RiceChoice

An elderly man and woman step up to a valley metro van.Discounted transportation options are now available to more Surprise residents! Our Valley Metro RideChoice program has expanded to include veterans, and the FY2021 Income Limit Category has changed. People 65 and over and people with disabilities still automatically qualify for this program. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3xVZjMR

Neighboorhood Grant Program

Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program, providing eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions, or community improvements. Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY22. For more information about the grant, visit surpriseaz.gov/NGP

National Safe Digging Day

Grass is marked with red, yellow and orange utility markings.August 11 is National Safe Digging Day! Have you ever wondered what the different colored markings on roads or in yards are? They’re a sign that a homeowner or contractor has put safety first and had utility lines identified before excavation. Utility lines that serve the community, such as natural gas, electricity, sewer, and water, can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk but can also cause an interruption of service to customers. The city of Surprise and Southwest Gas encourage homeowners and contractors to call 811 or visit call811.com/ at least two full working days before digging to request a utility line locate. Be safe… always know what’s below before digging!

Meet and Greet

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

City Council Meetings

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

Closing

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