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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.

July 7, 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.

Heat Relief

The city of Surprise is a Heat Relief Network partner. The City provides hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during Arizona’s hot summer months. Listed below are the Surprise Heat Relief stations:

  • Surprise Resource Center, Refuge & hydration – 12425 W. Bell Rd, Building A, Suite 124
  • Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301, Hydration – 16750 N. Village Drive East
  • The Salvation Army, Refuge & hydration – 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd

You can help those in need of relief by donating water bottles, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats at either the Surprise Resource Center or Surprise Fire Medical Station #301.

The Surprise Police Department wants you to remember; Hot Cars Can Kill!

  1. Never leave a child alone in the car
  2. Check for kids, pets, and vulnerable persons before you lock your vehicle
  3. Call 911 if you see a child alone in a car

Traffic Signal Project

Transportation Improvement Projects thumbnailScheduled work to install a new traffic signal at Waddell Road and 145th Avenue began on Monday, June 21. Drivers can expect intermittent lane restrictions in the outside lanes near each corner of the intersection while signal preparation work occurs. The traffic poles are scheduled to be installed in early August. The traffic signals are tentatively scheduled to be fully operational by the end of August 2021.
View a complete list of Surprise Capital Improvement Projects.

Shadow Ridge Floorball Team

Congratulations to the Shadow Ridge Floorball Team, who will be competing in the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Russia in 2022. At the World Winter Games, athletes and unified partners from 108 nations and 3,000 volunteers worldwide will gather to create acceptance and inclusion through sport, volunteerism, education, and health. Mayor Hall, Councilmember Cline, and I were able to donate some of our discretionary funds to help this team on their way. If you would like to donate to help this Surprise team attend the World Winter Games, you can do so at the following link: http://rmd.me/DAdNVb9t8dV

The Shadowridge Floorball team pose with Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy, and Councilmember Cline.

Citizen Patrol

Surprise Citizen Patrol is a volunteer-based program consisting of 62 highly trained individuals who donate their time and skills to further the mission of the Surprise Police Department. I enjoyed attending the Surprise Citizen Patrol Annual Recognition Dinner at Briarwood Country Club on Saturday, June 19. This event recognizes the individual efforts of all the highly dedicated city of Surprise citizen patrol members and congratulates those recipients with special awards. Thank you for all your continued effort!

Surprise Judges Reappointed

Presiding Judge Louis Frank Dominguez and Associate Judge Catherine A GaudreauCongratulations to Surprise City court Presiding Judge Louis Frank Dominguez and Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau. Council has reappointed them to new 4-year terms beginning July 1. Thanks to both judges for their continued service to the City of Surprise! Click here for more information https://bit.ly/3gxg6Q0.

2022 City Budget

City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2022 Surprise City Budget. The budget is focused on maintaining our current level of service as the city continues to see steady growth. This budget includes 25.5 full-time positions in the General Fund and eight new employees in water, sewer, sanitation, and sports and tourism to address the city’s growth. Also included in the budget are operational costs for new capital projects such as Countryside Park and Fire Station 308; and services such as the Maricopa County Library contract. Additionally, the adopted budget includes $121.5 million for planned Capital Improvement Projects. Details and information on the city’s budget are always available on our website at surpriseaz.gov/budget.

Surprise Sanitation Customers

Surprise sanitation customers will see a change on their city utility statement beginning July 1, 2021, as a rate increase determined by a structured schedule is implemented.

Beginning July 1, single-family solid waste (trash) customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.50. This is an increase of $0.10 per month. Please note that residential wastewater and water utility rates will remain unchanged.

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 and cancellations 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.

June 2, 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.

Retail Survey Results

The City of Surprise launched its annual Surprise Retail Survey on April 5, and more than 5,100 responses later, we have the results! The City uses the survey data to identify the City’s retail strengths and opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Select survey insights are listed below, with full results available at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

2021 Retail Survey Results summary

City Pools Now Open!

Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Community Pool are now open for limited-capacity swim lessons and open swim. Open swim fees are $2 for youth residents (6 months – 17 years) and $3 for adult residents; the non-resident fee is $5 per swimmer. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by a guardian 16 years or older. For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

Surprise Aquatic Center pool

Surprise Water Wise

Surprise Water Resource Management logoYou may have heard talk in the news media recently about the Colorado River and a potential shortage declaration. The Western United States, including Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area, has been experiencing a drought for more than 20 years, with an official drought declaration in June 1999. Drought is a normal occurrence in the southwest desert. However, as the drought in the Colorado River Basin continues to extend, the Lower Basin states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Nevada along with Mexico may face reductions in their Colorado River water deliveries through a “Tier 1” declaration by the Bureau of Reclamation.

What does this mean for Surprise water customers? A Tier 1 shortage declaration will not affect Surprise’s water allocation or its deliveries to customers. Although there will be no immediate impact on municipal water supplies, Surprise remains committed to water resource management and water conservation measures. Shortage on the Colorado River does not mean shortage for Surprise’s customers at the tap. Being efficient with water has been part of our long-term water management strategy, and our water conservation program provides resources to assist customers.

Furthermore, Surprise is not directly delivering its Colorado River allocation. Instead, we use our Central Arizona Project (CAP) water allocation to recharge the aquifer, storing water for future groundwater pumping. As always, water users must follow water-efficient practices to protect our precious resources. For more information about drought and how it affects Surprise water customers on our Drought Resiliency and Preparedness website: surpriseaz.gov/droughtmgmt.

You may be wondering how you can save water. Here are some water-saving tips:

  • Visit Surprise’s water conservation page surpriseaz.gov/waterconservation for water-saving guides, tips, and advice.
  • Surprise customers can track their water use through a WaterSmart portal and use real-time tracking to establish a water use baseline and set leak alerts. Customers can access the WaterSmart portal through the “pay my bill” option on Surprise’s Utility Billing website surpriseaz.gov/WaterBill.
    WaterSmart logo

Floyd Gaines Park Dedication

Floyd Gaines Park signA dedication ceremony was held on May 15 to celebrate the completion of Floyd Gaines Park. The park, located at 16001 N. Nash St., in the City’s Original Town Site, includes a lighted youth ball field, netting, fencing, restrooms, and a lighted and paved parking lot. Floyd Gaines was a pioneer in our community and an avid champion of its youth and parks and recreation services.

Firestation 304 Tour

I recently had the opportunity to tour the new Surprise Firestation 304, located in Asante at 24550 N. 163rd Ave. in north Surprise. While the station is relatively new, it is already known for the artwork in front of it and for housing the Surprise Police Mobile Command Center.

The Surprise Police mobile command unit and artwork at Firestation 304.

Senior Center Phased Re-opening!

The City of Surprise is re-opening programs at the Senior Center in a phased approach, with limited front desk access and exercise classes available now. The Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St., is a hub for connection and activities for those age 50+ and adults with disabilities. Visit surpriseaz.gov/seniorcenter to learn more about Center programs and activities.

Rotary Club Tree Donation

The Surprise Rotary Club donated a new tree at Dick McComb Park near the splash pad. Our contractors planted the tree on Arbor Day, April 29. As a thank-you, the City of Surprise presented a plaque to the Rotary Club.

Surprise City Council present a plaque to Surprise Rotary Club members.

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting banner.My next meeting will be June 5 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations 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 June 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.

Closing

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

May 5, 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.

Surprise Ranked #6

The City of Surprise is ranked the #6 safest city in Arizona, according to a new SafeWise report. Congratulations to our community on this accomplishment, and a big thanks to Surprise PD for helping keep us safe! Here is a list of Arizona’s 10 Safest Cities: safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-arizona/.

Surprise Day of Service

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to the Annual Bean Bag Day event on April 24! During this yearly event, 6000lbs. of bulk, pinto beans were individually bagged for distribution to those in need through the Valley View Community Food Bank. The beans were generously donated from Seeds of Hope International Ministries. If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer in the community, please consider joining the next Day of Service event, scheduled for May 26. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov, or call 623.222.1522.

2021 State of the City Video

The 2021 State of the City Video premiered on April 13. If you didn’t have a chance to see it, you can watch it now on Surprise TV on-demand. Click here to view! COVID-19 impacted so many in 2020, and in this video, we highlighted the resilience of our community. It captures how our strength, effort, and strategic planning place the city’s trajectory toward future success.

2021 Retail Survey

Surprise retail survey thumbnail.Tell us what shopping and dining establishments you want to see in Surprise – plus, vote for current favorites so we can recognize the local businesses you love! Your participation in the survey really does make a difference. Costco, a most-wanted retailer identified on previous surveys, opened in 2020! Top 10 restaurant picks, including Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, Texas Roadhouse, and In-N-Out Burger, have also opened in Surprise since the first survey launched. Click on the link below to take our 2021 Retail Survey by May 9: surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Surprise Economic Growth

As Amazon completes construction on its 143,000 square foot last-mile delivery station in Surprise, the project is a capstone to a more than five-year run of development in the city’s two square miles suburban industrial park. The railplex is bounded to the north at Waddell Road and south at Peoria Avenue and east by Dysart Road, and west by Litchfield Road. The amenity-rich development, the Surprise Railplex, has Arizona’s 1st and only BNSF Railway-certified sites totaling over 250 acres. The Surprise Railplex recently welcomed JBugs, SeaCa Packaging, Trimaco, National Indoor RV Centers, Skyway Commons, and Milam Glass – as well as the Level Crossing speculative flex industrial development – in just the past few years.

IRIS USA is celebrating its upcoming 5th anniversary in Surprise. The US-headquartered operation of the Japanese-owned company located off Cactus Road along the rail, built over 400,000 square feet on 45 acres, allowing additional land to expand into the future. IRIS USA also donated more than 30,000 masks to the community in 2020.

The Surprise Economic Development Department is actively marketing our BNSF certified sites for large employment-generating projects and just completed a virtual tour video being promoted across their international industry network. The video can be viewed by visiting: youtube.com/watch?v=jiK2i1gIrZg.

Surprise Railplex map.

Small Business Resources

Economic Development thumbnailThe City of Surprise Economic Development Department has teamed up with the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) to offer even more support to the Surprise small business community. In recognition of the continued small business recovery process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Surprise small businesses can sign up for a free year of membership with the association. ASBA benefits include connections to thought leaders and entrepreneurs throughout the state, business education opportunities, professional connections, mentors, marketing tools, access to data, discounted business benefits, and advocacy for a pro-business environment. Please visit asba.com/surprise before May 10 to claim your membership.

Passport Services Resume

Passport services return to Surprise City Hall by appointment only. Regular business hours for passports will be Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4 pm in the City Clerk’s Office. Applications for first-time passport books and passport cards are accepted and they can also help review paperwork for renewals. Passport photos are not offered, so be sure to have your photos with you at your appointment. To make an appointment, or for questions, please visit surpriseaz.gov/passport or call the City Clerk’s Office at 623.222.1200.

Donna Miller Retirement

Thank you, Donna Miller, for your 19 years of service to the City of Surprise. Donna joined the City of Surprise team as a Recreation Coordinator in 2002 and rose to the rank of Director in 2017. I wish you well on your retirement, and thank you for your service to our citizens!

Surprise City Council presents an award to Donna Miller.

The FY 2022 Budget

The new Fiscal Year (FY) is quickly approaching! Follow along with the budget process at surpriseaz.gov/budget. You can view the budget presentations from previous Council meetings and watch the Council Budget Retreat, where Council was presented with the FY 2022 City Manager’s Recommended Budget. City of Surprise proposes a budget focused on maintaining our current level of service as the city continues to grow. The budget focuses on Council’s commitment to maintaining quality public services and infrastructure. A public hearing and tentative Budget adoption are scheduled for the May 4 Regular City Council Meeting, with final budget adoption planned for the June 1 meeting.

Surprise Property Tax Rate

An infographic explaining primary 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 property value, plus the secondary property tax rate (from the voter-approved 2017 GO Bond) of $0.3880 per $100 of assessed property value. 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

   Current Rate  Current Levy  Proposed Rate  Proposed Levy  
 Property Tax          
 Primary Property Tax Rate $0.7591 $9,135,500 $0.7591 $9,974,200 Per $100 assessed value
 Secondary Property Tax Rate $0.3880 $4,669,500 $0.3880 $5,098,200 Per $100 assessed value

Veteran Resources & Support Services

Veterans, service members (active duty, Guard, and Reserve), and their families now have a new place to access resources, support, and assistance in the West Valley. The City of Surprise is proud to offer the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center a new home within the Surprise Resource Center at the AZ TechCelerator Campus, located at 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124. The center includes various military and veteran support services and resources, made possible by the generous support of partner organizations and all West Valley cities. For more information on the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center, call 623.222.1658 or visit the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov/veterans.

Itty Bitty Beach Party

We are excited to welcome back the Itty Bitty Beach Party on May 28! Held at the Surprise Aquatics Center, this party offers guests games, prizes, crafts, and more, for children ages 10 years and younger! Enjoy the slides, cool off in the water, and hang out with our resident mermaid! The cost to come party is $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents. Event registrations are accepted in-person at the Surprise Parks & Recreation Department office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., online, and over the phone. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 623.222.2000 or visit https://bit.ly/387wd2c.

Benevilla Community Baby-Shower

Monday, May 10, from 9 am to 11 am, Benevilla will be hosting a drive-thru baby shower for expecting moms and moms with infants up to 6 months old. Mothers can drive-thru and pick-up at Arizona Charter Academy parking lot located at 16025 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise, AZ 85537. Donations will also be accepted during this event!

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting banner.My next meeting will be June 5 at 9 am at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check the calendar at surpriseaz.gov/calendar for any updates and cancellations 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. You can also follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/CouncilmemberDuffy.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is scheduled for May 18 at 6 pm. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page 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.

April 7, 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.

Surprise’s Face Covering Mandate Lifted

Mayor Skip Hall has signed a proclamation terminating the face covering mandate in Surprise. You can read the full proclamation here.

Please note that based on the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-06, there are some exceptions.

  • The city retains the right to set and enforce mitigation policies in our city government buildings and on public transportation. Wearing of face coverings/masks is recommended within city facilities, with the exception of Surprise City Court, where they are required.
  • Per the Governor’s order, private businesses may institute and enforce face covering policies and retain the right to refuse service to those who do not comply with their policies.
  • Per federal mandate, face coverings are still required while riding public transportation.

City Council Meetings Re-open to In-person Attendance

City Council meetings will be re-opened to public attendance beginning with the April 20 Regular City Council Meeting! City Hall and other city administrative offices will re-open to the public on April 12.

Governor’s Executive Order 2021-06

With the state of Arizona hitting several important public health benchmarks, Governor Doug Ducey announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances.

Several key data points contributed to these changes:

  • Mass distribution of the vaccine: 3,041,773 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to 1,927,278 individuals in Arizona, including 1,185,986 who have been fully vaccinated.
  • 10 weeks of declining cases.
  • Hospitalizations at the lowest level since the end of September/beginning of October.
  • Opening of vaccine appointments to all Arizonans 16 years of age and older.
  • A recent evaluation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that ranks Arizona among the best states in the nation for getting the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable communities.
  • President Biden’s recent promise that every American will be able to be vaccinated by May 1.

Under the changes announced by Governor Ducey:

  • Events of more than 50 people will no longer need the approval of local governments. These events should continue to follow safe practices and CDC recommendations, including physical distancing. This includes youth sports.
  • The business guidance will transition from requirements to recommendations. Governor Ducey is providing businesses with the ability to continue requiring masks and social distancing.
  • Bars have already been allowed to operate as “dine-in” at full capacity. They will now be allowed to resume regular operations, with the ability to require social distancing and masks.
  • Unlike some other states, Arizona never issued a statewide mask mandate, and instead encouraged personal responsibility with an aggressive educational campaign — resulting in more widespread mask usage than states with mandates. Some local governments have implemented “mandates,” however, they have rarely, if ever, been enforced. Under this latest action, those local mandates will be phased out. Mask usage is still encouraged, especially in groups that are not vaccinated.

View the Governor’s Executive Order HERE

2021 State of the City Video Premiere

Tune in to SurpriseTV on April 13 at 6 p.m. for the 2021 State of the City Video Premier! Mayor Skip Hall and Surprise City Council will reflect on our community’s resilience and look forward to what’s on the horizon.

State of the City

COVID Relief Funding

For over a year now, the city of Surprise has been working hard to support residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Our city has been fortunate to receive federal, state and county financial assistance to provide meals, rental/mortgage payments, and utility assistance through our Senior Center and Surprise Resource Center.

Here is a snapshot at how $10.88 million in federal funds has helped our community during the COVID crisis:

Federal funds distribution.

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program provided billions of dollars in payroll assistance funding for businesses through two rounds of funding.

While these programs have helped, the city identified some funding gaps in meeting certain needs and in some cases, noticed some needs were not being met at all.

On September 1, 2020 and November 2, 2020, the Surprise City Council approved resolutions to support $555,000 for Surprise COVID Community Relief Packages for addressing community and business needs because of the prolonged nature of the pandemic. Utilizing some of our AZ CARES ACT dollars, we were able to allocate $180,000 to address the following human service needs:

AZ CARES ACT allocation.

The remaining $375,000 supported the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant, disbursed over two rounds:

Surprise small business relief fund allocation.

The city will continue to explore additional needs as we anticipate another round of funding through the American Rescue Plan Act in the future. We have a good plan in place to monitor where the needs are and address as appropriate.

Small businesses are encouraged to review updated COVID business resources available on www.surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp or to reach out to the Surprise Economic Development Department at econdev@surpriseaz.gov.

Community Resources are available at www.surpriseaz.gov/communitycare, or call the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

Surprise Day of Service

Are you looking for a way to help your community? Please consider volunteering for a Day of Service. The next Day of Service is scheduled for April 24 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. and will benefit the Valley View Food Bank. Volunteers will help bag bulk pinto beans into individual packaging for distribution through the Valley View Food Bank, as part of the 4th Annual Bean Bag Day event! For more information or to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623-222-1522.

Recreation Campus Hall of Fame

Charley Pride and Buck O’Neil are the newest inductees to the Recreation Campus Hall of Fame, which honors those who have contributed significantly to the Surprise Recreation Campus. Other 2021 Hall of Fame inductees include Gold Glove winners Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers; and Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals. Plaques honoring Hall of Fame recipients are displayed in the stadium concourse at the Surprise Stadium.

Sterling Grove

The Sterling Grove community continues to grow and add more amenities. Tennis and pickleball courts are scheduled to open spring of 2021! The Sterling Grove golf course, located at 11440 N. Greenwich Boulevard, opened to public play last month. Below is a picture of the course with the White Tanks in the background. For more information on the Sterling Grove Golf & Country Club, visit sterlinggroveclub.com.

Sterling grove golf course.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Wins Award

The City’s Parks and Recreation master plan.The City’s Parks and Recreation master Plan won a 2020 Honor Award from the AZ American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)! The mission of the ASLA “is to lead, educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.”

Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO)

Public comment is being requested for the City’s new Property Maintenance ordinance (PMO). The PMO is a guiding document that establishes the minimum standards for all property throughout the city. Its goal is to keep the city safe, healthy, and blight free. Submit comments via an online comment box at surpriseaz.gov/PMO. Comments are being accepted through May 2, 2021. If you would like to learn more about the ordinance, please join the public meeting scheduled for April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Community Room or online. To join the public meeting online, please visit surpriseaz.gov/PMO.

Budget Retreat

FY2022 Budget thumbnail.As part of the development of the Fiscal Year 2022 City Manager’s Recommended Budget, City Council will be participating in a budget retreat, beginning at 9 a.m. on April 16. The retreat will be open to public attendance and televised for public viewing on surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, and Cox channel 11.

For additional information on the budget process, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

New Southwest Gas Customer Information System

Beginning on Monday, May 3, 2021, Southwest Gas is transforming their customer information system to provide an improved customer experience, along with enhanced security. For more information on how this could impact you and the way your account will be serviced, please visit www.swgas.com/new4u.

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on May 1 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is scheduled for April 20 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

Closing

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

March 3, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Vice Mayor Patrick Duffy’s 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.

Spring Break Camp

The City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department is offering Spring Break Camp March 15-19 from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation Center, located at 14861 N. Spring Lane. Children aged kindergarten-6th grades can have fun participating in on-site activities such as arts and crafts, games, sports, and other activities, all in a safe and supervised environment. To register, download a registration packet from surpriseaz.gov/recreation. Once the packet is complete, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 623.222.2000 to schedule a time to come in and register your child.

Pavement Preservation

Pavement preservation work will be taking place in the Sierra Montana development on March 22-24. Residents living in the area of treatment will receive a “48 hour” notice before work begins via a door hanger. To see a map of the specific area of work, click here

Greenway Road Project Update

Greenway Road from Northwest Ranch Parkway to Legacy Park Boulevard will be closed until March 14.

  • Motorists heading eastbound along Greenway Road from Loop 303 can expect a single lane until they reach the closure at Northwest Ranch Parkway, allowing access to be maintained to the business complex east of the Loop 303.
    • Left turn movements will be maintained for drivers traveling east on Greenway Road to Northwest Ranch Parkway.
  • Motorists driving south on Northwest Ranch Parkway will be able to make a right turn to go west on Greenway Road.
  • Westbound traffic along Greenway Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning at Reems Road. Local traffic will be able to continue to the hard closure at Legacy Park Boulevard.
    • Drivers traveling west on Greenway Road will be able to make the left turn to go south on Legacy Park Boulevard.
  • Motorists traveling north on Legacy Park Boulevard will be able to turn right to go east on Greenway Road.

The Greenway Road project will finish the south half of Greenway Road from approximately Cotton Lane to Sarival Avenue by adding two travel lanes and eliminating areas of the roadway that have multiple lanes merging into one. The project is scheduled to be completed in November 2021, weather permitting.

2021 National Community Survey

Share your thoughts on what you love about living in Surprise, what services you value the most, and what the City can do better in the 2021 National Community Survey (NCS)! In February, a paper survey was mailed to 2,700 randomly selected Surprise households for the first phase of data collection. If you did not receive a paper survey, an online version will be available in mid-March for all residents. Keep an eye on our website at www.surpriseaz.gov for details on when the survey will be available.

Lifeguard Training Classes/Summer Camp Positions

A lifeguard stands watch over individuals at the Surprise pool.Looking for a great summer job? The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is now enrolling for Lifeguard Training Classes and Summer Camp positions.

Lifeguard training classes are open to those 16 years old and up. To register, you can go online to Surprise Rec. Classes are scheduled for March 5, 12, 15, and 17. All classes are held at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Avenue, and consist of 8-hours of pre-class online coursework that must be completed prior to the first day of an in-person class and an active pretest that includes swimming, diving, retrieving, and treating of water.

For more information, or to apply for a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor position, please contact Aquatics Coordinator Annie Stephens at 623.222.2268, or visit surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

Summer Camp position applications are now being accepted. If you enjoy working with children, you are invited to apply for Recreation I and Recreation III openings. Summer Break Camp is a 10-week program for children in 1st through 8th grades. Activities include weekly field trips, arts and crafts, games, and sports. For application information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/jobs or call 623.222.2000.

Budget Kick-off

The Fiscal Year 2022 budget process has begun! The City of Surprise Finance Department is giving a series of presentations to City Council during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings. These presentations cover operating revenues and expenses and department operating budget development. If you missed any of the previous presentations, you can view them on our website at surpriseaz.gov/budget.

The Recommended Budget is expected to be released in April, followed by Council and public review, with the Final Budget adoption scheduled for June 2021.

Coming Soon!

Chipotle logoChipotle’s new drive-thru concept is now under construction at 16810 W. Waddell Road.

CBD logoCBD Coffee Brewed Differently is coming to 15240 N. Cotton Lane.

Kentucky Fried Chicken logoKentucky Fried Chicken, proposed for 15166 N. Cotton lane, is in development review.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Surprise residents can make an appointment to have hazardous waste picked up directly from their homes beginning March 16-26. Appointments can be made by requesting an appointment through the My Surprise app or by calling Customer Service at 623.222.1920. Pick-ups will occur March 29- April 9.

Acceptable items:

  • Antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, diesel, and fuel additives (5 gallon limit per household)
  • Brake-transmission-power steering fluid, degreasers (5 gallon limit per household)
  • Pool chemicals, fire extinguishers, and gas cylinders
  • Car and household batteries
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Stain, varnish, turpentine, cleaners, adhesives
  • Oil-based paint*, paint thinners, solvents, cleaners, adhesives (10 gallon limit per household)
  • Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and other lawn chemicals
  • TVs, electronics, cell phones, computers, stereos

For additional details, please visit surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent.

Surprise Day of Service

Calling all volunteers! We’re hosting Day of Service events on March 20 and March 31. On Saturday, March 20, volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal, and more. On Wednesday, March 31, volunteers will meet at St. Mary’s Food Bank to help in the process of providing food to families in need. Registration is required for both events, and COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/dayofservice. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise Youth Council

The City of Surprise is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC)! Students who are currently enrolled in grades 7-11 may apply if they are attending a middle school or high school within the Surprise city limits, attending a Dysart Unified School District high school, or reside within the Surprise city limits. To apply, submit a video, no longer than 90 seconds, that includes:

Surprise Youth Council logo

  • Your name, 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.

Send videos to Youth Services Coordinator Donte Scroggins by uploading your application video from your Google Drive and sharing it with cityofsurpriseyouth@gmail.com. A Membership Application must also be completed by the applicant and a parent or guardian and emailed to donte.scroggins@surpriseaz.gov. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/syc.

Drop-off Recycling

A public works employee gives a thumbs up over a container of plastic bottles.A drop-off recycling location is available at the Surprise Public Works Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. & 1-3 p.m. A city staff member will be available to help residents sort the recyclable material and ensure that the recyclables are not contaminated.

Accepted Materials:

  • Plastic bottles #1 & #2 (lids must be screwed on the bottle. If lids are removed, do not recycle lids)
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

Spring Training

Surprise Stadium logoSpring Training has officially begun! An updated schedule of games is available at SurpriseStadium.com. Tickets can be purchased online through SurpriseStadium.com, by phone at 623.222.2222, and in-person at the Surprise Stadium box office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Please note that box office transactions will be cashless. Accepted forms of payment at the box office include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Connect with District 3

Instagram thumbnailI invite you to follow me on my new Instagram account, @councilmemberduffy, for D3 updates and information! Thank you to the Surprise Youth Council that suggested that this would be another great way to connect with residents.

Please also check out my new Facebook page at Vice Mayor Patrick Duffy | Facebook. Be sure to click the “follow” button to receive District 3 updates and information!

Meet and Greet

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

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is March 16 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, Cox channel 11 or Century Link channel 8513.

Closing

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