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Vice Mayor Williams’ District 3 newsletter

May 7, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Budget Summary

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

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

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

State of the City Update

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

Roadwork

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

Meet and Greet

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

Closing

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

April 1, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

COVID-19 Update

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

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

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

Public Participation Changes at Council Meetings

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

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

2020 Census

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

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

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

For additional information visit www.surpriseaz.gov/Census2020

State of the City Update

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

Road Closures

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

Closing

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

March 4, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Monthly Meeting Location Change

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

Congratulations to George Lyons

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

George Lyons

2020 Census

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

Spring Training

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

Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5k/1K

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

State of the City – 60th Anniversary

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

Development in Surprise

Rangers Village Ribbon Cutting

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

Ottawa University Campus Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

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

Ottawa University cheerleaders and mascot.

Road Closures

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

Closing

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

February 5, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

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

Spring Training

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

Meeting with Shadow Ridge High School Student

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

Development in Surprise

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

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

Road Closures

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

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

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

New Council Conversations Show – Surprise Youth Council

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

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

City Academy

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

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

Upcoming Events

Closing

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

January 2, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Meeting with Surprise Youth Council

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

18th Annual Surprise Party

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

#TechtheHalls

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

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

Economic Development

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

Road Closures

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

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

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

SATV Pilot Program

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

Closing

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

December 4, 2019 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Love Our Schools Day

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

Ottawa

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

Economic Development

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

Veterans Day

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

Surprise City Councilmembers at the newly opened Veterans Reflection Circle.

Road Closures

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

Dysart Athlete of the Month

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

Fire Station Open Houses

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing

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

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

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

November 6, 2019 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Shadow Ridge DECA

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

Local Veteran Receives a Congressional Award

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

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

Toll Brothers Tour

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

Traffic and Road Construction

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

Day of Service

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

One Step Beyond

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

Councilmembers Duffy and Hayden tour the One Step Beyond facility.

Care and Share Expo

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

Ottawa University

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

Events

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

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

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

Closing

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

October 2, 2019 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Ottawa University

Ottawa University held their first home game of the season last month, against Western New Mexico. The game brought many parents, relatives, students and fans from across the city to cheer on the Spirit. The game was close and with Western New Mexico taking the lead in the 3rd, the Spirit were not going to give up. They pulled off a touchdown in the 4th quarter to win the game. I am appreciative of the relationship the city has with the university and look forward to a great season.

Fire Station 304

As the northern region of Surprise continues to grow and develop, the need for a permanent fire station became inevitable. Council participated in the groundbreaking for the new 18,000 square foot permanent fire station in September. This fire station will be the largest in the city and will help to maintain adequate response times. Fire Station 304 will be located on 163rd Ave and San Ysidro Road.

Peace Pole

A peace pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the commitment of the entire human family to engage and endorse peace in their community and worldwide. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Surprise, in partnership with the City of Surprise and the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission, for their donation of a peace pole to the Civic Center Campus. The pole is located on the lawn outside of the Surprise Public Safety Building.

Ribbon Cutting

SeaCa Plastic Packaging hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for their newest manufacturing building. They have been owned and operated by family for over 125 years. SeaCa specializes in the production of wooden, corrugated, plastic and distribution products. This welcome addition will bring jobs and positive growth to Surprise.

Traffic and Road Construction

As the Toll Brothers’ Sterling Grove development continues to move forward, so does work to improve roads surrounding the future housing community.

The developer is responsible for building the north half of Peoria Avenue between Cotton Lane and just west of Citrus Road. Phases 1&2 of the Peoria Avenue work are underway and happening concurrently, with planned completion by November 2019. These phases include building out the north half of the roadway between Cotton Lane and Citrus Road, which will result in one travel lane in each direction, plus a center turn lane until the south half of the road is built. Please note, the south half of the road is not in City of Surprise limits.

Peoria Avenue Phase 3 will begin in August 2022 and will consist of one additional west bound travel lane, sidewalk, and streetlights from 175th Avenue to just west of Citrus Road. Upon completion of Peoria Avenue Improvement Phases 1-3, traffic will be able to flow via single lane in each direction along Peoria Avenue from Cotton Lane to Perryville Road.

Cactus Road improvements between Cotton Lane and 175th Avenue are planned to be complete in early 2020 and include all south half of the road improvements, including: three lanes, a median, sidewalks and streetlights.

Improvements on Cotton Lane between Peoria Avenue and Cactus Road are tentatively planned to begin in 2021. These are west half roadway improvements, including: three travel lanes, a median, sidewalks and streetlights.

All construction schedules are weather dependent and could be impacted by other variables, but are currently on track.

As Surprise continues to grow, the city is working on several significant transportation improvement projects. These projects will range from additional lanes to pavement improvement. The Transportation Projects Map can be found online and will give you a detailed look at the individual projects as well as expected timelines. You can find it here: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/43102/2019-Transportation-Projects-Map

Day of Service

The City of Surprise is hosting the Fall Day of Service on Saturday, October 19. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in promoting community pride and volunteer service. The Neighborhood Services team is seeking over 200 residents to help with several indoor and outdoor activities. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, at 8 a.m. to receive their assignment; and should plan to serve until noon. There will be an island party afterwards complete with BBQ, live music, games and more. If you have a group of 10 or more, please sign up in advance by contacting Ervin Cutwright at 623-222-3241 or via email Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov. Individuals, families and groups are all encouraged to attend.

Events

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival is scheduled for October 20 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Bring your chairs or blanket to Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, for an evening of live entertainment, yard games, inflatables and much more. Admission is free; food and drink are available for purchase.

Public Safety G.A.I.N. night will be held at Mark Coronado Park on Saturday October 26 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. This fun family event will host dinosaurs, a gaming trailer, public safety displays and much more. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Bring two cans of food and get a raffle ticket for an opportunity to win some prizes. Admission is free.

The City of Surprise is accepting applications for the upcoming Veterans Day Parade scheduled for November 11 at 10 a.m. along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. This is an excellent opportunity for clubs, organizations and residents to display their patriotic pride while honoring those who have served our country. Entry forms are available at the Parks & Recreation Office or online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Closing

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

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

September 4, 2019 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Arizona League of Cities & Towns Conference

The City Council attended the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Conference last month in Tucson. This conference brings elected officials from across the state together to network and gives us the opportunity to gain valuable information that we may bring back to our individual cities.

Recycling Program

The past few years have seen many negative changes in the recycling industry. Many restrictions have been placed on recycled materials in regards to what would be accepted by other countries. Unfortunately, in return this resulted in a significant drop in prices for recyclables and increased costs to drop-off the materials at recycling processing centers worldwide.

In 2017, the City of Surprise was able to generate revenue to help cover the costs of the recycling program; however, once demand dropped for the recycled materials the city starting incurring expenses as dumping fees increased. From May 2018 to May 2019, our recycling costs jumped nearly 300%. With these new statistics in the recycling industry, the city has temporarily suspended its recycling program and staff is exploring options for what we need to do in Surprise.

Many Arizona communities outside of the greater metropolitan area of Phoenix and across the country have either ended or modified their recycling programs due to the changing market.

You can also do an online search to read countless news stories that highlight the concerns and give details on how some communities are changing their approach to recycling.

Construction Updates

The Greenway Road improvement project from Cotton Lane to Sarival Avenue has completed 30% of the design phase. This project is scheduled for construction bidding in Spring of 2020 with a completion date of Spring 2021.

Waddell Road from SR303 to Reems Road is well under construction with an anticipated completion day of March 2020.

The new traffic signal at Sarival Avenue and Cactus Road is completed and already has greatly improved the flow of traffic.

The City of Surprise is doing resurfacing projects on Cactus Road, from SR303 to Reems Road and on Sarival Road, from Cactus Road to the North Well Site. These projects will be completed by mid-September.

Toll Brothers has been working on Peoria Road from Cotton Lane to 175th Ave. This project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

Thank you for your continued patience while these road projects are being conducted.

Day of Service

The City of Surprise is hosting the Fall Day of Service on Saturday, October 19. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in promoting community pride and volunteer service. The Neighborhood Services team is seeking over 200 residents to help with several indoor and outdoor service projects. There will be an island party afterwards complete with BBQ, live music, games and more. If you would like to sign up, please contact Ervin Cutwright at 623-222-3241 or via email Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov. Individuals, families and groups are all encouraged to attend.

Events

The City of Surprise works with the Northwest Regional Landfill, located at 19401 W. Deer Valley Road, to offer residents the opportunity to dispose of a single load of residential waste up to 2,000 lbs. at no charge. The next event is scheduled for September 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Remember, this is only open to Surprise residents and proof of residency is required.

Following the success of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event in the spring, the city will continue with the scheduled appointment format. Residents are able to schedule appointments beginning September 9. Households on the north side of Bell Road will be picked up from September 30 through October 4. Residents on the south side of Bell Road can expect a scheduled pickup from October 7-11. Please book your appointment via the MySurprise app or by calling 623-222-1920.

Movie night at Mark Coronado Park is back with the first show on Saturday, September 28. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. start time of “Wonder Park.” Admission is free, and there will be food and drink available for purchase.

The City of Surprise has opened registration for the 2019 HOA Academy. This five week academy provides expert information for HOA residents, board members and managers. Residents who want to learn more about living in an HOA community, serving on an HOA board or who just want more information about the laws that govern HOAs are encouraged to attend. Classes are held weekly on Wednesdays, beginning October 16. Space is limited, so please call 623-222-3242 to reserve your seat today.

Closing

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

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

July 18, 2019 • D3 Quarterly Newsletter

Temperatures are remaining high and so is the desire to lounge poolside or head to the lake. While you are relaxing or cooling off, don’t forget how easy it is for little ones to slip into the water without being noticed. In June, Mayor Skip Hall proclaimed June, July and August, Drowning Prevention Awareness Season. According to the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona website, June through August are peak times for child drownings. Between 2010 and 2015, the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 was drowning. This statistic is alarmingly high, and I certainly hope to see a decline, since drownings are nearly 100% preventable. Watch all around water!

Mayor Hall presents the proclamation for Drowning Prevention Awareness Season.
Pictured: Mayor Skip Hall, Asst. Fire Chief Brendan Espie

The Surprise Parks and Recreation Department offers several different swimming classes, starting as young as six months. There are two sessions in August. The first session takes place August 5 – 15, and the second session runs from August 19 – 29. Fees for Surprise residents start at $25 per swimmer. For more information, please call the Surprise Aquatic Center at 623-222-2500 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

Celebrating Our Military

I was able to attend several ceremonies that were held all over Surprise for Memorial Day. These events honor military members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I would like to thank everyone who worked so diligently to ensure the events were successful.

It was humbling to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Veterans Reflection Circle that will honor the late Surprise resident Brian Mancini. This memorial represents all of his work with veterans, as well as it symbolizes all military members and their individual sacrifices. The grand opening is scheduled for this Veterans Day.

The 36th Annual 4th of July celebration was a wonderful tribute to our country’s independence. Mark Coronado Park was full of residents enjoying the array of food trucks and games. Live music played to keep everyone mingling and moving. The fireworks display had everyone’s attention, as it lit up the night sky.

Surprise Youth

The Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp allowed 13 students to present their ideas and talents to a panel of judges. The teens utilized the AZ TechCelerator business incubator to identify and develop a new product or service to address community needs. The winning team consisted of four students: Dylan Tluczek and Bryan Main, both home-schooled, Prince Alino of Paradise Honors High School and Gabby Roberts of Valley Vista High School (all pictured below). They presented an idea for a peer-to-peer tutoring service called TutorFLY. This online and app focused business would connect students to others who are able to help them with academic goals.

Participants of the AZ TechCelerator Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp display their certificates.

Economic Development Update

The City of Surprise is constantly growing and changing. We have had the privilege of welcoming several new businesses in the past couple of months.

Dysart Unified School District (DUSD) has opened Growing Minds Preschool. This latest addition to the DUSD focuses on core academic areas as well as arts and athletics. They offer a creative curriculum with hands on learning and fun. Growing Minds is located at 17999 W. Surprise Farms Loop S. They are now open and enrolling children, aged 2-5, in half-day or full-day programs. Please visit www.GrowingMindsPreschool.org for more information and registration links.

Mucho burrito is now open. Located at 14345 W. Bell Road, this new fresh Mexican grill has a variety of selections to choose from. They pride themselves on delivering authentic food that is free of artificial preservatives and fake flavors.

Marley Park is expanding and beginning development on their newest homes. Meritage Homes is offering 4 models that range from 1900 square feet up to 2500 square feet. The community will boast BBQ grills, ramadas, a community pool, playground, fitness stations, a clubhouse and dog park. Many homes will be move-in ready by October. The sales center is open seven days a week and is located at 14340 W. Andora Street.

The Hilton Garden Inn, located at 16601 N. Stadium Way, is open for business. This 124-room full service hotel is the first one in Surprise. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi and a business center. There is an onsite restaurant and bar as well as room service and a 24-hour pavilion pantry. The hotel also offers a fitness center and pool. There is over 1,200 square feet of meeting and event space that is available for public rental.

Mayor Hall and City Councilmembers prepare to cut the ribbon at the Hilton Garden Inn grand opening event.

Ottawa University is nearing its completion of the O’Dell Center for Athletics. This 100,000 square foot indoor activity center will host a 30,000 square foot multi-court gym, fitness center, student lab classrooms and athletic department offices. The athletic center will offer many opportunities for the City of Surprise and Ottawa University to continue their partnership.

A view of the Ottawa University field and dormitory from the O'Dell Center for Athletics.

Community Development

The City of Surprise currently has several District 3 permits under review to include EOS Fitness Sales Center (16995 W. Greenway Road), Prasada Golf Shop (SWC of Cactus Road and Cotton Lane), Prasada Clubhouse (11530 N. Greenwich Blvd), Costco Warehouse (16385 W. Waddell Road), Costco Fuel Center (16345 W. Waddell Road) and Wyngate Apartments (11142 N. 165th Drive).

Avilla Meadows is now available for leasing. This 127 single-family rental home property is located at the northwestern corner of Waddell Road and Reems Road. The complex features one, two and three bedroom homes with high-end amenities to include a pool, hot tub, sun deck and fire pit.

Public Works Update

Traffic signals will be installed at the Cactus and Sarival intersection by the end of August. This will require a reconfiguration of the traffic lanes on the north section of Sarival/Cactus intersection to ensure traffic crossing is lined up with the signals.

The Toll Brothers Development has begun road widening construction on Peoria Road from Cotton Lane to 175th Ave. This will result in half-street restrictions until mid-September.

Various developers are planning improvements on the west side of Cotton between Waddell and Cactus, which will require improvements to Cotton as well as the construction of Sweetwater Ave between 175th and Cotton. There is no timeline set as of yet.

APS, EPCOR, Southwest Gas and other utility companies have planned right-of-way projects throughout Surprise in the coming months. The city works closely with these contractors to establish safe traffic control that minimizes impacts to traffic as much as possible.

I understand the frustrations that come along with road construction, and I appreciate the overall understanding and patience.

Parks and Recreation Update

The Dick McComb Dog Park lighting project has been completed. This allows residents use of the facility until 10:00 p.m. The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is in the process of lighting the remaining courts. This project will be completed in early fall.

The Surprise Aquatic Center will host its final Dive-In Movie of the summer on August 17. Relax poolside or in the water and enjoy Dumbo on the big screen. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and residents will only pay $5! Concessions will be available for purchase.

A night of competitive Bubble Soccer will be the highlight of your teen’s September. On September 21, from 5:00-9:00 p.m., come to Mark Coronado Park for the Bubble Soccer Tournament. Get your teams together now with prices starting at $10 for residents.

Movie night is coming back to Mark Coronado Park. The first movie of the season will be Wonder Park. It will show on the big screen at 7:00 p.m. on September 28. Admission is always free, and concessions will be available for purchase.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival is coming back in September! Live music will fill the air while food trucks fill the park. Come to Mark Coronado Park on September 15 from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Surprise Fiesta Grande is a street festival with authentic Mexican Food, classic car shows, kids zone, music and live entertainment. It will be held in the Original Town Site on Saturday, October 12 from 5:00-10:00 p.m.

Back to School

School is back in session! Paradise Honors Elementary School will host a Meet the Teacher night on Tuesday, July 30. All Paradise Honors schools will start on Wednesday, July 31. Dysart Unified School District will hold Meet the Teacher night for K-8 schools on Friday, August 2. Dysart High School Open House will be on Monday, August 5. All Dysart schools will begin on Tuesday, August 6.

Closing

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

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