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Vice Mayor Williams’ District 3 newsletter

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.

June 4, 2019 • D3 Quarterly Newsletter

Summer is quickly approaching. As we wrap up the spring season, I hope everyone had an opportunity to attend a Spring Training game, the State of the City, Taste of Surprise, the Egg-stravaganza and other city-hosted events.

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce Convening Breakfast, hosted on March 1, allowed me and fellow councilmembers to meet with other local Mayors and connect with community leaders, stakeholders and business owners. We were able to learn and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the business community as well as build networks.

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, I was able to read in two different classrooms at Countryside Elementary School. I would like to thank the staff, teachers and students for the invitation and allowing me the opportunity to participate.

The National League of Cities Conference (NLC) was held in Washington D.C., and I was honored to be able to attend on behalf of our city. During the trip, I had several productive meetings focusing on the city’s priorities. I was able to meet with important members of our congressional delegation, including Senators Sinema and McSally’s office: Congressman Stanton, who sits on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Congressman Gosar; and Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick’s staff. Additionally, I met with U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Anthony Bedell. Also, I was able to meet with seven of the West Valley cities and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to discuss regional routes of significance and to gain DOT’s support and insight. This experience allowed me to bring educational information back that we can use to focus on our city’s success and future.

The State of the City and City Hall 10 Year Anniversary Celebration was held on March 28. This event brought residents and elected officials together to watch a State of the City video in the Council Chambers before enjoying festivities in the courtyard. The festivities included music and food, as well as a showcase of city departments. Residents were able to get department updates while enjoying the night air.

The Grand Avenue and Bell Road bridge was renamed to Veterans Bridge on April 26. The celebration brought Governor Doug Ducey, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, and Senator Rick Gray, as well as other elected officials, to our beautiful city. This event was a gathering for many veterans to mingle and be recognized for their service and dedication to our country. This bridge acknowledges the men and women of our Armed Forces past, present and future. The City of Surprise welcomes Veterans and offers many resources for them.

Economic Development Update

Over the past few months, our city has welcomed two new health care businesses. The Avenir Behavioral Health Center, located at 16561 N Parkview Place, celebrated their ribbon cutting in March. This behavioral health center offers private and semi-private rooms for patients aged 65 or older. They specialize in psychiatric and medical evaluations with individualized treatment plans. They support calming and soothing environments with a personalized care approach.

The Colonnade New Assisted Living/Memory Support Center celebrated their ribbon cutting in May. This new facility offers independent, assisted and memory support living. The 40-acre area that spans the heart of Sun City Grand and Surprise boasts a Mediterranean style landscape with exciting settings and countless amenities and social activities.

The City of Surprise also welcomes Primerica Financial Services. The Surprise location marks the 38th office opened for this growing company. Primerica is an insurance and financial services company that specializes in several areas of assistance.

Christian Brothers Automotive is proposing a new 5,495 square foot light automotive repair facility to be placed between Walgreens and Autozone at the northwest corner of Reems and Waddell Roads, while a tractor supply company is proposing a 21,700 square foot retail building just south of the Fry’s shopping center on Greenway and Cotton.

Councilmember Duffy at the Primerica ribbon cutting

Community Development

Ryder Ranch is currently still in the preliminary stages of planning and developing, however, this new community plans to bring Surprise families together. This family-friendly community will be located between 175th Ave and Cotton Lane, north of Cactus. It will offer many community gathering areas to include tot land, basketball and several green belts.

Hayden Farms Townhomes has formally submitted a final plat and a site plan for a 174-unit townhome development just south of Ryder Ranch on Cotton Lane and Cactus Road.

The Toll Brothers project has changed its name to Sterling Grove and has submitted the clubhouse site plan.

The City of Surprise is rapidly growing and expanding from new businesses and restaurants to many new homes. As we welcome the newcomers, city staff are working diligently to ensure we provide safe and reasonable accommodations. Our city is moving forward with the ever-changing growth, and I look forward to the future of Surprise.

Public Works Update

The new Public Works Operations Facility, which will be located on the Southwest corner of Cactus Road and Litchfield Road, is well underway with its construction. This facility will bring together Fleet, Streets and Solid Waste Operations within the Public Works Department. Construction is slated for completion in February of 2020.

The widening of Waddell Road from SR303 to Reems Road has completed its design stage and is currently preparing for the construction phase. The construction is scheduled to start soon with a completion of summer 2020.

As with Waddell Road, Litchfield Road widening has also completed its design stage. The scheduled construction will include Litchfield Road from Waddell Road to Peoria Avenue. This project will begin this fall and finish in summer 2020.

CRS Update

The Dick McComb dog park light installation project is nearing completion. The addition of lights will allow residents to utilize the park later in the evening during the summer. The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex will also be lighting the remaining courts which will allow our staff to maximize the facility for programming, leagues and tournaments.

The Asante Library construction is underway and will be complete by the end of the year with a grand opening planned for January 2020. This new library will serve our growing city for years to come.

The 36th Annual 4th of July Celebration events will be held at Mark Coronado Park this year, due to renovations at the Surprise Stadium. This annual celebration features music, food and fun. Don’t forget your chairs and blankets for the showcase of fireworks that are sure to light up the evening sky as we salute our nation’s Independence Day. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with fireworks starting at 8:40 p.m.

Finance Update

The Recommended Budget continues to focus on the Council’s commitment to maintain quality public services and infrastructure our residents value most, while also addressing the needs of our growing community. It remains important that public safety services keep pace with the city’s growth to ensure our community remains safe and secure. The FY2020 Recommended Expenditure Budget is $414 million and includes $106.3 million for voter approved General Obligation (GO) Bond projects in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation, and Pavement Preservation. These projects will be spread over four more years, but significant progress will show this fiscal year with the completion of the Public Works Yard, Fire Station 304 and Pavement Preservation scheduled for the end of 2020. These projects are investments in our city and reflect our city’s commitment to address growth while maintaining a responsible fiscal approach when allocating resources. The recommended budget goes to Council for action tonight (6/4) during a 6 p.m. Special Meeting. Come out and be part of the process, or check www.surpriseaz.gov tomorrow for news on the final, adopted budget.

Water Resource Management

In September 2015, EPCOR was required to file a rate case for all Arizona water districts, according to Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Decision #75268. EPCOR filed it August 2017. Seventeen months later, the ACC failed to reach a decision and the ACC Chairman ordered EPCOR to file for Interim Rates. Interim Rates were approved March 28, 2019, effective April 1, 2019, and the ACC also ordered EPCOR to file a new water rate case. City of Surprise residents in the Agua Fria water district will see a credit on their bills. The credit is calculated based on the amount of water customers personally use, and the district where they live and receive service. The interim rate surcharge is in effect until a decision on new, permanent rates is made. EPCOR is required to file a new rate case by May 1, 2020 and a decision is expected to be made in mid-2021.

Customers can also take advantage of EPCOR’s ongoing and new customer assistance programs. Effective April 1, any eligible water customer who has a monthly household income at 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or lower may receive a $10 monthly credit. If you’re an EPCOR customer and you’re away from home protecting our country’s freedoms, there’s a program designed to help give you some extra peace of mind at home. Active-duty service members who are away from their homes serving the United States, and who meet the program’s eligibility requirements, may have their monthly water bill waived while on deployment. Once you return home from deployment, your bill for service will resume.

EPCOR also offers a program to assist disabled American veterans with a $10 credit on their monthly water bill. If you are a disabled veteran, you can sign up as long as you can show proof through proper documentation and have an EPCOR account. Even if you’re already receiving EPCOR’s low income assistance credit, you can still qualify to receive this new monthly credit.

For more details on these programs, please visit EPCOR’s at https://epcor.com/assistance.

Things to do this summer

The City of Surprise offers various activities at the Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Community Pools, which are now officially open! Be sure to enjoy as many of the special water events as possible, such as the 4th of July Pool Party and the Dive-in Movies, plus many more.

Summer sports camp registration has begun, however, it’s not too late to sign up. The City of Surprise offers Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Volleyball, Football and Cheerleading camps. For more availability and registrations, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov.

Closing

The City of Surprise is breaking ground on an outdoor memorial in honor of the late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find healing. The indoor ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. on June 24 at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave, followed by the outdoor ground breaking.

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 22, 2019 • D3 Quarterly Newsletter

It’s hard to believe the spring season is rapidly approaching. The first two months of 2019 have been very busy for City Council. We began this year by appointing Councilman David Sanders for the District 5 seat that had been vacated by Mayor Skip Hall in late November. Several of us took the Oath of Office and began our new elected terms.

Councilmember Duffy with City Clerk Sherry Aguilar

The City formed a new commission to assist in the development and expansion of citing programming related to veterans, people with special needs and those in need of general human services and workforce development. City Council also joined staff from our Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Department and our CRS Advisory Commission to tour all of our city parks. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko visited Surprise in February. Mayor Skip Hall provided an update on our City Council initiatives and the continued growth of Surprise.

The City’s FY20 budget building process also kicked off in mid-February. The recommended budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by Council and public review that will result in the adoption of a balanced FY20 budget in June. Our new fiscal year begins July 1, 2019.


Economic Development Update

City Council recently welcomed several new businesses to Surprise. Café Rio, located at the northwest corner of Litchfield and Waddell roads, opened in December. Hammer & Stain, a local DIY workshop studio located at 17126 N. 134th Drive, Suite 2, held their grand opening on January 26; My Goodies Bakery located at 15170 W. Bell Road, Suite 106, held their ribbon cutting on February 1; Destiny Spring Behavioral Health Hospital opened last month. They are located at 17300 N. Dysart Road. Lastly, Champs Family Automotive expanded their business and hosted a ribbon cutting at their new location, 17141 N. Dysart Road.


Finance Update

The City will utilize Work Sessions through April 2 to discuss the budget and review budget items. The Work Sessions begin at 4 p.m.

  • March 5: Budget presentation for Police, Fire-Medical, Court, Water Resource Management and Public Works
  • March 11: Budget presentation for Community Development and Economic Development. *Special meeting to follow at 5 pm for action on Development Impact Fees.
  • March 19: Budget presentation for Finance, IT, Human Resources, City Attorney, City Clerk, City Manager Office and City Council
  • April 2: Budget presentation for Community & Recreation Services, Human Service & Community Vitality & Sports and Tourism

Water Resource Management

In November 2018, City Council approved the creation of a Water Conservation Specialist position. While water conservation is already a part of the City’s Water Resource Management (WRM) Department’s responsibilities; it has been one of many program focuses of WRM. Now, with the creation of this position, Council has given staff the go ahead to take the water conservation program to a new level. It is the vision of WRM to expand the education and outreach opportunities and offer additional more personalized services to our customers to assist them in managing their water use. Proper water management will help conserve water and save money. The recruitment for the position occurred in December 2018 and was completed in January 2019. Amy Peterson, currently a wastewater operator with the City, was selected. Amy is a graduate of the GateWay Community College Water/Wastewater Technology Program which is taught at the Surprise SPA1 Water Campus.

The southwest region of the United States has been in a drought for over 15 years. While Arizona has managed the use of its water exceptionally well since the passing of the 1980 Groundwater Management Act, this recent drought has caused one of the State’s water sources, the Colorado River, to produce less and less water. Whether or not these reduced levels are a snap shot in time or the new normal, the water from the Colorado has to be managed and preserved. In late January, the State of Arizona approved the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan (DCP). The DCP is a plan that is aimed at better managing the water from the Colorado, at least in the short term. Previous rules for managing times when the River produces less water stated that Arizona would take the largest reductions in water during these times, while California would see no reductions to its river allocation. The DCP revises these rules and spreads the reductions on the river amongst its users. In addition, it allows for those most affected by Arizona’s water reductions, the farming community, funding to construct new infrastructure to keep water flowing to their farms.


Utility Rate Study

City Council approved the Utility Rate Study, effectively adjusting the five-year rate schedule for city-serviced solid waste customers at the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019. Single-family solid waste customers will pay a monthly base rate of $20.70 starting July 1, 2019 and with another scheduled increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The rate schedule will then increase the rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. Residential water and wastewater utility rates will remain unchanged in FY 2020-2024. This is the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. There were no increases for more than 8 years between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2018.The Utility Rate Study was initiated in November 2018 to review utility base rates and create a five-year structured schedule based on the revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs. Information regarding the Utility Rate Study can be found online at surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo.


Upcoming Events

It’s Baseball Season

Spring training games are the number one fan favorite to soak in the afternoon sun. The Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers will be back in town and ready to start the season. Please visit www.surprisestadium.com for a full schedule and ticket pricing.

Sundays in the Park

The City of Surprise, in coordination with Food Truck Friday West, continues to present Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival with live music! Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 10 from 5 pm until 8 pm featuring music by Lane Change. The event is held at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N Bullard Ave. Event admission is free; food and drink are available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and unique food trucks that the whole family will love. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair and remember all dogs must be on leashes. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov for dates.

Summer Camp Registration

Summer Camp is a fun-filled program which includes crafts, games, field trips and guest speakers. This program is state licensed; therefore, a copy of birth certificate and immunizations as well as additional paperwork is required. Parents will be required to sign their child in and out each day. Field trips may include but are not limited to: bowling, laser tag, water park, roller skating, movies, Surprise Pools, Amazing Jakes, and more! Weekly fee guarantees spot and are listed below. Register at the Community and Recreation Services office at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Resident registration beings on Monday, March 11th and Non-resident registration begins Monday, April 2nd.

Registration Fee: $30 per child Residents* $50 per child Non-residents*
Payment Option: $25 Per Day for Residents $29 Per Day for Non-residents

*Registration fee of $30 per child and first week’s fee due at time of registration.

Sports

  • There will be a youth baseball & softball camp March 19-21.
  • Summer Youth Basketball League registration will begin on April 8. The season will run Late May-July.
  • Registration for our spring adult sports programs will begin March 11. We are anticipating approximately 100 teams participating.
  • Annual Pitch, Hit & Run & Home Run Derby Competition will take place on Saturday, April 27.
  • Babe Ruth Baseball League for 13-15 yr. olds will start the week of April 22.

Be sure to check out these other awesome events!

  • Fire Station 303 (located at 15440 N Cotton Lane) will be hosting an open house on Saturday, March 2 from 9am-12pm. Families can meet the firefighters, tour the facilities and see the fire trucks. Free event to everyone.
  • Spring cleaning is soon to be in full effect and the City of Surprise is offering a residential waste cleanup event on March 9 from 7:00am-1:00pm. Surprise Residents may bring one load (up to 2000 lbs) to the NW Regional Landfill, 19401 W Deer Valley Road, for no charge. Please ensure you bring a proof of residency to take advantage of this event.
  • Spring Eggstravaganza is back on April 20 from 7:30 am -12:00 pm. Children from toddler to ten years old are invited to join in the hunt for over 50,000 candy and toy filled eggs. This is a free, family-friendly event with face painters, balloon artists, inflatables and of course, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny.
  • Surprise Talent Show will be held at Valley Vista High School on April 26th from 6:00-8:00 pm. If you have talent. be sure you register for this fun event. All registrations must be in by March 1st at 5:00 pm. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents for registration link. All tickets to the event will be $3 advance or $5 at the door. There is no cost for auditions.
  • Just before the heat arrives, the city will be hosting Movie Night. Come down to Mark Coronado Park on May 11 and watch Small Foot on the big screen. Gates will open at 6:00 pm with movie starting at 7:00. This event is free, and don’t forget your blanket and popcorn.

Just for Teens!

The City of Surprise will host the Level 4 Youth Event on March 9 from 7:00 pm-10:00 pm. There will be dancing, food, art and a view from the 4th level of the parking garage. This is a free event with a high school ID. Please call 623-222-1033 for more information.

Join other teens from Surprise and tour the ASU and/or U of A campus to learn all about what the Universities have to offer. The University of Arizona tour will be March 20 and the Arizona State University tour will be March 21. Trips are only $5!

The City is offering a summer job program for income-eligible Surprise teens between the ages of 15 – 19. Through the City Council-approved Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), applicants must be available to work up to 25 hours a week for six weeks between June 17 and July 26. Chosen interns will earn $11.00 per hour. Twenty-five interns will be selected to receive professional development training; from shadowing a building inspector to working with seniors. Electronic application submissions will be accepted through Sunday, March 31; in-person submissions will be accepted during normal City Hall business hours through Friday, March 29 at 5 p.m. For questions, please contact Lord Garcillano at lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1035.

The city is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) – a group of groundbreaking teens who are making a difference in their community! SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including the Mayor and City Council, to give youth a voice in city issues and to help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns, service projects, and community-building events. Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as 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 Surprise city limits.

Applications are being accepted now through March 24. The application consists of a video submission, no longer than 1 minute and 30 seconds, and should include the following information:

  • 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?
  • Briefly tell us about a time you were fearless, creative or hardworking.

The videos should be sent to Youth Services Coordinator Lord Garcillano by uploading your application video from your Google Drive and sharing it with cityofsurpriseyouth@gmail.com. Applicants must also have a parent or guardian complete and return a Parent Acknowledgement Form. For questions or more information, please contact Lord Garcillano at 623.222.1035 or lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/syc.


Closing

In closing, I wanted to be sure you are aware of the State of the City event and City Hall 10 Year Anniversary Celebration. The event will be held at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza on Thursday, March 28 from 6 pm until 8 pm. This is your opportunity to hear an update on the city’s accomplishments and the vision for the future and to meet staff and City Council. Please stay afterwards for a celebration of the anniversary of our current City Hall building with food, entertainment, games, a showcase of the city’s programs and services and more!

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.

November 20, 2018 • D3 Quarterly Newsletter

It’s hard to believe we are rapidly approaching the end of 2018. The weather is changing, and the holidays are right around the corner. The last quarter has been very busy with both the primary and general elections. City Manager Bob Wingenroth also announced his resignation last month, and he will be replaced by former Police Chief and Assistant City Manager Michael Frazier. While we are excited about the future, I’d be remiss not to acknowledge everything Bob has contributed to the city. He was an asset to Surprise and is a friend to all who know him. His legacy will live on for years to come!


Economic Development Update

Award-Winning Economic Development

In early October, the City of Surprise attended the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia. Each year, Excellence in Economic Development Awards are given to exemplary economic development projects and programs. At this year’s conference, the City of Surprise was awarded the Bronze Award for Business Retention & Expansion – 3 Years or More, for the City of Surprise Retail Survey Program. The Arizona Association of Economic Development (AAED) Fall Forum was held in Flagstaff, Arizona. The conference hosts industry and government professionals which provides for networking and educational opportunities. During this event, the City of Surprise was given the Golden Prospector Award for Economic Development Program for the City of Surprise Retail Survey Business Retention & Expansion Strategy.

New Surprise Businesses

A number of new businesses have recently opened operations in the Surprise community. Planet Fitness is the latest gym to open their doors and is located at the southwestern corner of Bell Road and Reems Road. Also located on Bell Road, AZ Fry Guy held their grand opening on October 12th. The soul food restaurant started as a food truck and won Best of Phoenix – Best Fried Chicken in 2017. Surprise also has many projects that are currently under construction including Trimaco (paint supply manufacturer), Southwest Kidney Institute, Central Garden & Pet (pet supply manufacturer), Destiny Springs Behavioral Health Hospital, and Ottawa University’s new athletic facility and student housing complex.

Seattle-Tacoma Box Company recently hosted a groundbreaking late last month at their future location in our Industrial complex. The company specializes in polypropylene carton manufacturing. Their Surprise plant is scheduled for completion by April 2019, marking the eighth location between Seattle Tacoma and SeaCa Packaging. With plans to hire for 65 phase one jobs, this facility anticipates at $17 million capital investment into Greater Phoenix and will serve it growing customer base nationwide.

Seattle Tacoma Box Company is a 6th generation family-owned company that is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.


Surprise Industrial Job Fair

In September, the City of Surprise held its first-ever industrial job fair at West-MEC’s Northwest Campus. The event was highly successful. Thirteen local employers participated, and 20 percent of job seekers in attendance were hired or offered positions.


Public Works Update

The City has various pavement preservation projects being performed, including Reems Road between Cactus and Greenway roads, which included signal and sidewalk ramp upgrades as well. The two General Obligation Bond projects in this district are underway and the conceptual design reports for each roadway have been completed. The designs are now progressing toward the 90 percent completion phase. Construction will begin on Waddell Road in the summer of 2019 (including signal installation at Waddell & Sarival intersection), while Greenway Road construction will begin in the summer of 2020.

On the developer side of transportation improvements, Toll Brothers has started grading their site, and roadway improvements to the south side of Cactus from Cotton to Citrus are planned to take place in the next year to year and a half. The intersection at Cotton and Cactus will see some improvements. The north half of Peoria Avenue from the Cotton Road intersection to Perryville is planned to be built over the next year. New developments between 175th, Cotton, Waddell and Cactus will improve sections of Cactus, 175th, Waddell, Sweetwater and Cotton. These may not be complete improvements, but Sweetwater will provide a significant connection between 175th and Cotton. No timeline has been set yet for these improvements; however, updates will be shared as more information is known.


Community Development Update

Luxury Home Builder Toll Brothers held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, October 30. The home builder is grading 800 acres for their 2,200 home development which will be a gated, golf course community just south of Cactus Road and west of Cotton Lane in District 3. They plan to begin selling in January 2020. Homes will range from 1,600 square feet to 5,000 square feet with prices between the low $300,000’s up to $750,000. Staff is currently reviewing the landscape plans for the Toll at Prasada Golf Course located at the southwest corner of Cotton Ln and Cactus Rd.

The Carioca Greenway Crossing Center, located at the northeast corner of Loop 303 and Greenway, has submitted a proposal for a gas station. If the project continues to move forward, it would go through the Site Plan review process.

The following projects have been received and our under review by City staff:

  • Christopher Todd at Rancho Trugold Rezone: The project is currently under review (a Preplat, Final Plat and Site plan as well). The project is a rental project and is proposed at the northwest corner of Cotton Ln and Sweetwater Ave. This project was part of the former Magnolia project.
  • Crasense Automotive, proposed in the Prasada Auto Show, would include a facility to sell preowned cars – with a new 10,806 SF building and 2,925 canopy. This project is being processed as a site plan.
  • Gehan Homes has proposed a new residential subdivision located the northeast corner of Cactus Rd and 175th Avenue. The project requires a rezoning and a subdivision to move forward. This project was part of the former Magnolia project.
  • Walmart at Prasada has submitted an online Grocery Addition to modify their site which was approved by the City on September 6th, 2018.

Building permit and plan reviews underway or issued

Under Review:

  • A dental office located at 15180 N Cotton has submitted plans for tenant improvement which is being reviewed by staff.

Issued:

  • The CVS Pharmacy at 15300 N Cotton has been issued permits to modify its interior.

Permits completed:

  • Highland Prep Charter School has been issued a final certificate of occupancy.
  • LK Nails and Spa, located at 16995 W Greenway, has been issued their final certificate of occupancy.

Sports and Tourism Department Update

The Surprise Stadium has been very active the past few months hosting numerous baseball tournaments. The first tournament was the USA Baseball U16 division, which took place July 1-7. This tournament featured 46 teams comprised of some of the best youth baseball players in the nation. There were a total of 124 games played during this week-long tournament. The Don Mattingly World Series, which took place at the Surprise Stadium July 13-18, featured 16 teams; and the Ken Griffey World Series was held July 20-25 and featured 12 teams. The Surprise Stadium also hosted the 13-15 year old and 13-year-old Babe Ruth Regional Tournaments July 23-28. Both of these tournaments featured the Babe Ruth League State Championship teams from Northern California, Central California, Southern California, Utah, Hawaii, Guam and Arizona competing for the chance to advance to the Babe Ruth World Series. September 21-24, the Perfect Game Fall National Championship took place. This first year event for Surprise was comprised of 50 of the most elite U17 baseball teams from nine different states. The National Adult Baseball Association World Series also played games September 28 and 30. And, finishing it up, the Stadium facilitated the 2018 Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals Arizona Summer League season.

The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex also had some action over the summer. The Complex hosted the annual Surprise Summer Lights Tennis Tournament July 26-28. A total of 157 players participated in this event.


Community & Recreation Services Department Update

Fall youth sports leagues have been busy, as usual. The fall soccer and flag football season is coming to a close. There were 188 teams and over 2,000 participants in Family Fun Day this past Saturday. Tee-Ball, baseball, softball and volleyball had 175 teams and over 1,500 participants. The 2018 West Valley Fall League #2 was held on October 6 at Surprise Aquatic Center. There were176 athletes from eight teams – Surprise Storm, Arizona Swimming Gauchos, Vitras, Anthem Dolphins, Arizona Aquatic Club, Lumber Jax Aquatics, Sun West Swimming and Flagstaff Snow Sharks.

The Surprise Recreation Campus will kick off the winter season with the 17th Annual Surprise Party on November 30 & December 1 in celebration of our community and anniversary of the Surprise Recreation Campus. Surprise City Council would like to invite families to gather as they illuminate the night with the traditional holiday tree lighting ceremony on Friday evening, November 30. The evening’s festivities will be followed by a series of live entertainment featuring bands, strolling street performances, a traditional hot air balloon glow, Santa’s workshop, sky divers and an amazing display of fireworks. The fun and excitement will continue Saturday, December 1 with entertainment featuring live dance performances by our City of Surprise dance troupes, specialty shows, camel rides, a carnival, petting zoo, a classic car show, and great food. New this year will be an ice skating rink, and Santa’s workshop will be open the week after the event, so bring your kiddos to the Recreation Campus for a picture with Santa!

Sierra Montana Recreation Center is open 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. during the week and offers a wide array of daily activities where youth (ages 11 & older) can visit with friends and get involved within their local community. Youth enjoy Rec Nights which are themed dances held at Sierra Montana Recreation Center. Upcoming dates include November 9 and December 14 from 7-10 p.m.


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Sierra Montana Receation Center

Thank you all for your continued support! I look forward to completing the term I was elected by you to serve. I hope to see you at my next District meeting on Tuesday, November 27 at Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, 13165 N. Autoshow Avenue at 6 p.m. Also, Ottawa University has accepted an invitation from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) to serve as host and participant in the 2018 NCCAA Victory Bowl Invitational. The Spirit will welcome Olivet Nazarene to Spirit Field in Surprise on Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Happy Holidays!

August 1, 2018 • D3 Quarterly Newsletter

It has been my honor to serve you over the last 10 months. With the start of the City Council recess in July, we also began our new fiscal year 2019. As a city, we have so much to celebrate with initiatives begun, progress made and obligations met. This includes new restaurants to patronize, the expansion of a few of our current businesses, the funding of our capital improvement projects and the new opportunities for home ownership and even rentals in Surprise.

Economic Development

Our Economic Development department has certainly been busy. We’ve recently celebrated new business openings and expansions in District 3 that include the expansion of Dickey’s Barbeque; a new Planet Fitness (15569 W. Bell Road); and Highland Prep’s new buildings (15600 W. Hearn Road). Highland Prep recently opened their 36,000 square foot, state of the art educational building with 20 classrooms, a gymnasium and athletic field. Highland Prep is a tuition-free STEM, college preparatory high school with a rigorous academic program.

Over the last few months, we have also celebrated the openings of In-N-Out Burger, Codobe (coworking space), Menchie’s Yogurt, and Pieology. MagQu, LLC opened in July in the AZ TechCelerator. This Taiwan-based company is bringing their early-Alzheimer’s diagnostic technology to the US market.

Councilmemebr Duffy celebrating the Surprise In N out Grand Opening


Community Development Update

Toll Brothers at Prasada, located at the southwest corner of Cotton and Greenway roads, submitted Phase 1 of their project which includes a total of 234 lots for approval of their Final Plats. Approval of these plats and other dedication plats will allow Toll Brothers to start earth work on the project. Toll at Prasada includes a total of 2,201 residential units in 18 parcels that will be developed over 10 phases.

This gated community will feature a golf course, a variety of sport courts, 30,000 square foot club house and many other additional amenities. Homes will range from 1,400 to 4,000 square feet. Models are slated to open in early 2020.

Toll at Prasada map

A new 6,000 square foot multi-tenant commercial building located near Sierra Montana is also in the planning phase.

Walmart, 14111 N. Prasada Gateway, is working on tenant improvements for a pick-up area for their online grocery pick-up requests. Outside of District 3, West-MEC continues to expand at their location on Dysart and Grand Avenue and a Café Rio is slated to build at Litchfield and Bell road.


Pavement Preservation

The Public Works Department’s Pavement Preservation Program is an annual program in which identified city streets receive appropriate applications to lengthen the life of the street surface. The identified city streets are selected by conducting a pavement surface inspection and receiving an overall condition index rating.

The city’s Pavement Preservation Program runs annually from September through June.

The street treatments include Crack Sealing, Master Seal, Chip Seal, Mill & Rubberized Asphalt Overlay, Micro Surfacing, and Type II Slurry Seal.

District 3 projects completed in FY2018 included:

Treatment: Slurry/Micro Seal

  • Spring Lane, Acoma Drive, Verde Vista Drive (collector roadways located in Sierra Montana)
  • Custer Lane (a collector roadway adjacent to Greenway Parc)
  • Hearn Road (a collector roadway adjacent to Greenway Parc/Legacy Parc)
  • Greer Ranch Parkway and Cholla Street (collector roadways located in Greer Ranch)

Treatment: Master Seal in Subdivisions

  • Legacy Parc
  • Gotton Gin

Treatment: Mill & Rubberized Overlay

  • Greenway Road (Sarival Drive to Reems Road)

District 3 roadway treatments planned for FY2019 include:

Type II Arterial Slurry Rehab = 17,100 linear feet of collectors and 1,950 linear feet of arterial roadways

Master Seal (residential roadways):

  • 19,350 linear feet of residential roadways in portions of Sierra Montana
  • 46,850 linear feet of residential roadways in portions of Sarah Ann Ranch
  • 13,150 linear feet of residential roadways in portions of Sycamore Farms

Community and Recreation Services

It has been a busy summer with a variety of offerings for families to stay busy in Surprise. Families have taken the opportunity to cool off at the pools during open swim as well as water events such as Itty Bitty Beach Party, Dive in Movies and the sold out 4th of July pool party. This summer, the youth were very active with over 700 youth participating in 10 different sports camps held by the Community and Recreation Services Department. Several hundred participants attended all day Summer Camp at Sierra Montana Recreation center and Countryside Recreation Center. Approximately 18,000 participants enjoyed the 4th of July event at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The 35th annual event featured a rookie league game with the Texas Rangers and the Cincinnati Reds, music, food and the main event – fireworks!

The community came together to experience a half-size replica of the Vietnam Moving Wall when it came to Surprise in July at Mark Coronado Park. Bringing the wall to Surprise allowed individuals who may not be able to make it to Washington D.C. the ability to experience it. The City was honored to be able to host the wall in this special way to honor and remember the sacrifice of our Vietnam service members. The wall is engraved with more than 58,000 names of killed or missing Vietnam service men and women. An estimated 3,000 – 4,000 visited the wall during its stay.

Upcoming Community and Recreation Services programs and events include:

New Special Interest Classes for fall – Beginning folklorico dance, parent’s night out, Kindergarten readiness, soccer skills, skateboarding, Commit Dance Fitness and much more!

  • August 4 – Dive In Movie “Coco” – Relax in the water poolside while you watch “Coco”. Doors open at 7pm, movie begins approx. 7:30 p.m. $5 Residents/$10 Non-Residents
  • August 24, September 14, October 12, November 9 – Rec Night @ Sierra Montana Rec Center 6-8 graders can come hang at SMRC from 7-10 p.m.; $5 entry
  • September 4 – registration will begin for Fall Tee-ball, Baseball, Softball and Volleyball on September 4th. Check out our new sports classes at www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.
  • September 23, October 21, November 18, December 9 – Sunday in the Park @ Mark Coronado Park from 4-8 pm with food trucks, and live entertainment, yard games and more.
  • September 29 – Movie Night at Surprise Stadium. Free admission into the stadium to watch “Cars 3”. Gates open at 6 pm and movie starts at 7 pm. Concessions will be available.
  • October 13th – The 5th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande will be held on Saturday, October 13th from 5-10 pm on Hollyhock Street in the Original Town Site. Join us as we celebrate our city’s heritage. The event features authentic Mexican food, mariachis, folklorico dancers, live entertainment, a classic car show and kids zone.
  • October 15-19 – Fall Break Camp – Countryside and Sierra Montana Recreation Centers will be transformed into an exciting day camp during the week of October 15-19. Daily activities will include indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, field trips, along with many other fun-filled educational exploration programs and activities.
  • October 20 – Itty Bitty Monster Bash – Attention goblins, monsters, superheroes and princesses. Come party away dressed in your favorite costume from 1p.m.-3:30p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation Center.
  • November 12 – Veterans Day Parade honoring the service and sacrifices of our veterans. Parade of over 80 entries starts at 9:30 am. Pancake breakfast 7-9 am
  • November 3 – Adaptive Family Fishing Derby at Surprise Community Park
  • November 30 – December 1 – Our 17th Annual Surprise Party will be held on November 30 and December 1 in celebration of our community and anniversary of the Surprise Recreation Campus. Families are invited to gather as the Mayor and Council illuminate the night with the traditional holiday tree lighting ceremony Friday evening. The evening’s festivities will be followed by a series of live entertainment featuring bands, strolling street performances, a traditional hot air balloon glow, Santa’s Workshop, sky divers and an amazing display of fireworks. The fun and excitement will continue Saturday, December 1 with entertainment featuring live dance performances by our City of Surprise Special Interest Class dance troupes, specialty shows, camel rides, a carnival, petting zoo, classic car show and great food!
  • December 8 – Cookies & Crafts with Santa – Come visit with Santa while enjoying cookies and hot chocolate on Saturday, December 8 at Countryside Recreation Center.

Sports & Tourism

Spring Training brings people and revenue to Arizona and, as a proud Cactus League city, Surprise is feeling the benefits! Nearly 1.8 million people attended a Cactus League game this past season- more than 190,000 fans visited Surprise Stadium!

According to research released last month by the Cactus League, the 2018 Cactus League season generated $373 million in the state’s Gross Domestic Product, resulting in a total economic impact of more than $644 million once you add in jobs, sales taxes and indirect support. That’s an 11% increase from the last study conducted in 2015.

The study conducted by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business also found that the Cactus League created 6,439 annual jobs!

Looking a little closer into Surprise Stadium specific data, 61% of visitors to Surprise Stadium this season were from outside of Arizona. That’s a 5% increase from 2015. We also saw a 23% increase in the number of first-time visitors to Surprise Stadium since the last survey!

Surprise fans spent an average of $3,400 per trip and 66% of visitors paid for accommodations during their visit with a median stay of three nights and attended three games. Nearly 93% of fans shared that Spring Training was a factor for visiting the area.


Transit Feasibility and Implementation

The City of Surprise is approximately 75% complete with its Transit Feasibility Study. The study’s purpose is to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the City’s current transit needs and the public’s desires for transit in the near and long-term. As part of this effort, the City sought input from its residents through surveys, public mapping exercises, open houses, and transit charrettes. To date, the City has received over 3,000 responses and comments from the public. Approximately 80% of respondents have been Surprise residents, of which, roughly 70% indicated a fair, or better, support and a desire for transit services.

Utilizing the information gathered, a draft Transit Network was identified and an additional round of public input on draft transit routes was initiated in June 2018. Council will be presented a Preliminary Transit Network in September with near-term recommendations and preliminary ridership, anticipated costs and route prioritization. With Council’s directions, the transit team will fine tune the preliminary network and conduct a final public outreach scheduled for September. Near and long-term recommendations will be presented to City Council in October 2018, with an anticipated recommendation for acceptance of the Transit Feasibility Study.

Detailed information about the Transit Feasibility Study can be found on the City’s website by going to www.surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy.


Dates to Note

I will be hosting my next quarterly meeting at Larry Miller Dodge on Thursday, August 2 at 6 pm. Several of our Department directors will join me to provide updates. I hope to see you there!

Surprise Startup Weekend is coming August 24-26! Do you have an idea you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with? Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. Fun and highly immersive, this will help any new, potential or existing entrepreneur learn how to get further faster. Buy your tickets here before they sell out!

The positive changes in District 3 have been tangible. This is a great time to live here! I am looking forward to a new fiscal year with additional successes for our residents.

April 25, 2018 • D3 Quarterly Newsletter

Happy spring! I hope you are enjoying the last of this great spring weather prior to very warm days in Surprise!

Community Development

City Council approved a Preliminary Plat for Toll at Prasada, which is generally located west of Cotton Lane, between Cactus Road and Peoria Avenue. The Preliminary Plat covers approximately 772 gross acres and anticipates a maximum of 2,207 lots in eighteen (18) development parcels or “pads” to be developed over ten (10) phases. Phase 1 will include 463 of those lots in addition to roadway improvements to Cactus Road from Cotton Lane to 175th Avenue and Peoria Avenue from Cotton Lane to 175th Avenue. Phase I also includes five different lot products intended to reach a variety of customers. Amenities will include a club house, recreation center and golf course with abundant, beautifully-landscaped open space.

 


Economic Development

We have recently celebrated the recent openings and groundbreakings of businesses in Surprise that I am happy to share with you. The Thompson Thrift development known as the Shops at Elm Street, located at the southwest corner of Civic Center Plaza and Bell Road, recently celebrated their grand opening. The stores in the development include Starbucks, Raising Cane’s, Tokyo Joe’s, and the soon to open In-N-Out Burger, Menchi’s Yogurt and Pieology.

Groundbreakings of businesses at the Shops at Elm Street

In March, we celebrated the grand opening of Ono Hawaiian BBQ. Ono Hawaiian BBQ is located at 13864 W. Bell Road. They are a fast casual dining restaurant with 70 store locations throughout Arizona and California.

The groundbreaking for Trimaco also took place last month. Trimaco will be located in the Southwest Railplex area of Surprise. With the growing success of their business nationwide, they have outgrown their current west valley location and will be building a NEW 275,000 SF facility and employing over 110 people in Surprise! Trimaco manufactures paint accessories and professional floor protection products for paint retail, auto body and construction industries worldwide. This project represents more than just the current ground-up development, as the President of Trimaco is a long-term investor in Surprise.

The City of Surprise launched a retail survey in March asking the community to vote for their favorite locally-owned businesses; both their top restaurant and top retailer. In just three weeks, the survey garnered more than 3,000 responses! Congratulations to following businesses for earning the title “Local Favorite”:

Top 10 Local Restaurants

  • Oregano’s Pizza Bistro
  • State 48 Brewery
  • Babbo Italian Eatery
  • Rio Mirage Café
  • Nick’s Diner II
  • Vogue Bistro
  • Saigon Kitchen
  • Jim’s Burgers and Eggs
  • Big Buddha
  • Irish Wolfhound

Top 5 Local Retailers

  • Musical Surprise
  • Son Glow Boutique
  • Kimbur Pet Wash
  • PinkaBella Cupcakes
  • Gifts to Go

Budget

Finance Director Lindsey Duncan presented the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 City Manager Recommended Budget to City Council earlier this month, that is built on the foundation of safety- for residents; city infrastructure/technology; and the city’s financial position. The most notable change in the $387.8 million budget is the inclusion of new capital projects with the passing of the General Obligation (GO) Bond election in November 2017. The bonds will fund $59.5 million of needed public safety, traffic congestion mitigation and pavement preservation projects beginning in FY2019. You can learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

The budget also includes $16 million in contingency capacity to purchase the Circle City Water Company should the special election be approved in May 2018. All uses of contingency require the approval of the City Council before it may be expended and this will be repaid through future water credit sales. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection.

Increased operating expenditures are focused on public safety, security, inflation factors, and mandated/contractual obligations. Public Safety was the largest recipient of increases to ensure the safety of residents. The Recommended Budget includes the expansion of the city’s ground ambulance service to include a fourth ambulance. The SAFER grant which was awarded to the Fire-Medical Department in 2017 ends in FY2019. The costs for these positions will be fully absorbed by the General Fund mid-year to maintain the enhanced service for residents. In addition, the budget addresses new safety/security needs with the funding of two additional police officers, an emergency manager, an information technology security analyst, and a court compliance coordinator.

With the new requirements of Proposition 206, additional funding is programmed for the minimum wage increase of part-time employees and for paid sick time. The budget also includes additional funding for costs which increase over time such as costs of living, medical premiums, pension contribution rate increases and service-related increases; including water user rates, software licenses, library intergovernmental agreements, and transit intergovernmental agreements.

The Recommended Budget includes funding for the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) of $71 million. This includes utilizing $13 million in FY2019 for land, design, and/or construction of some of the GO Bond projects. The budget commits $21 million to maintain, secure, preserve, and/or replace infrastructure including roads, buildings, equipment and aged vehicles. The remaining capital is divided between utility-related projects ($15 million) and the functional areas of transportation, public safety, general government, and parks and recreation. Funding carried forward (approximately $22 million) from the prior year will continue the work on Desert Oasis water supply facility phase 2, special planning area 1 recharge expansion, and City Center public infrastructure.

Funding for additional operations and capital improvements is generated from growth in general fund revenue. General fund revenues are expected to increase by 10% or approximately $10.9 million above the current adopted budget. Recent escalations in housing activity as well as growing local sales tax account for most of the increase. A five-year forecast of city resources compared to uses helps ensure long-term financial sustainability and secures safety of the city’s financial position.

The FY2019 Recommended Budget is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget. Council is scheduled to adopt a final budget in June. I welcome your involvement and input in setting the city’s funding priorities and encourage you to attend upcoming City Council meetings before the final budget is approved. We continue to strive to build a vibrant, dynamic city. City Council in partnership with city staff continue our positive momentum and works diligently towards achieving our residents’ collective goals. As the economic forecast continues to improve, I can assure you that we will continue to seek out ways to support smart and responsible growth to ensure a bright future for the city we all know and love!


Sports & Tourism

The staff in our newest department, Sports & Tourism, continue to work hard to host events and advertise our city’s best assets. To say the least, it has been a successful and productive spring for us.

Earlier this year, we hosted several national tennis tournaments. For two weekends in January, we hosted the USTA 65+ National Tennis Tournaments that generating an outstanding 1,800 room nights and 1.000 participants! A month later, in February, we hosted the USTA Women’s $25,000 Pro Circuit which generated 235 room nights and 88 participants. The USTA Tennis on Campus tournament was held in March and generated 600 room nights and more than 400 participants followed by the NTRP Tennis Tournament earlier this month that hosted 378 players.

Surprise Stadium was not only the home for spring training this spring, but also several college tournaments. We hosted two college tournaments featuring baseball teams from the Big 10 and Pac12. Between the two tournaments, there were more than 22,000 in attendance and more than 600 rooms reserved at our local hotels! These tournaments also the highest attendance in the history of the tournaments in Surprise!

Speaking of Spring Training, did you know that Surprise Stadium was ranked the #1 Cactus League Stadium by USA Today? Attendance at the stadium for the 2018 season was 190,043.

In addition to the college tournaments and spring training games, the stadium and neighboring Mark Coronado Park (formerly 8 Acre Park), hosted the Surprise Fine Art and Wine Festival, the West Valley Beer Festival, the Mayor’s Welcome Back Lunch, the Taste of Surprise and the inaugural Spring Training 5k. The 5k had 284 participants with 50% of them located outside of Surprise and 33% outside of Arizona!

Upcoming events at the stadium include:

  • May 4 -12 – AIA Baseball
  • May 7-12 – NCAA Division II Tennis Men’s and Women’s National Championships
  • May 19-21 – USTA National Level 2
  • June 8-11 – Wilson Premier Baseball Showcase
  • June 14-17- Babe Ruth Regional Softball
  • June 22-27 – Connie Mack World Series Qualifier
  • June 28-July 7 – USA Baseball 16’s
  • July 12-18 – Don Mattingly World Series
  • July 20-25 – Ken Griffey Jr. World Series
  • July 23-28 – Babe Ruth Regional

Community & Recreation Services

The City of Surprise honored the legacy of Mark Coronado on Saturday, March 17 with a Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony prior to the spring training game at Surprise Stadium. You will now see a Mark Coronado legacy seat in the Stadium, in addition to renaming 8-Acre Park to “Mark Coronado Park” with a memorial plaque at the park’s entry gate. Honorary street signs along Bullard Avenue now read “Mark Coronado Way”. Mark successfully led our Community and Recreation Services Department from 2000 until his death last summer.

Mark is greatly missed by all of those who worked with him in the city. His impact on baseball, youth, recreation programs, parks, our city and our staff will never be forgotten. He worked tirelessly to build a better Surprise. Mark’s legacy will now continue to be a permanent part of the city.

Upcoming Community and Recreation Services events include:

  • May 5 – Surprise Safety Day @ Surprise Aquatic Center
    event runs from 8 a.m. -11 a.m. Swim lesson assessments, swim team tryouts, CPR, safety demonstrations, Native Air helicopter and much more!
  • May 12
    Painting in the Park w/ SugarPlum Froyo – @ Surprise Community Park. Outdoor painting party for the entire family. 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.; $30 Residents/$50 Non-Residents
  • May 18 – Rec Night @ Sierra Montana Rec Center
    6-8 graders can come hang at SMRC from 7-10 p.m.; $5 entry
  • May 21 – Adult Sports Summer registration begins!
  • May 24 – Itty Bitty Beach Party @ Surprise Aquatic Center
    Ages 6 years and younger are invited to enjoy games, prizes, crafts and more! 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. $5 for Residents/$8 Non-residents. Parents and children under 6 months are free.
  • May 26 – Pools open for Summer!
    Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool open for public swim at 12 p.m. See website for additional hours and days per location.
  • June 9 – Neon Dodgeball Teen Tournament @ Countryside Recreation Center from 7-9:30 pm, ages 12-17 years old, $25 per team of 10 or $3 free agents
  • June 9 – Painting in the Park w/ SugarPlum Froyo – @ Surprise Community Park
    Outdoor painting party for the entire family. 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m.; $30 Residents/$50 Non-Residents
  • June 15 – Rec Night @ Sierra Montana Rec Center
    6-8 graders can come hang at SMRC from 7-10 pm; $5 entry
  • June 23 – Dive-In Movie @Surprise Aquatic Center
    Relax in the water poolside while you watch “Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle”. Doors open at 7pm, movie begins approx. 7:30 p.m. $5 Residents/$10 Non-Residents
  • July 2 – Fall Sports Registration Begins
    Soccer and Flag Football
  • July 4 – 4th of July Celebration & Pool Party
    Baseball game in the stadium, gates open at 4:30 pm. Pool Party at Surprise Aquatic Center, doors open at 6pm. Fireworks begin approximately 8:30 pm.

Circle City Water Company – Special Election

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of a water service company in a May 15 Special Election. City Council approved sending the question to ballot at their November 7th Regular Meeting.

Circle City Water Company (CCW) is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent.

Colorado River water is currently the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. Having a right to more surface water will help the city meet future demands and shortfalls.

The purchase of CCW would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

Educational public meetings are scheduled for April 18 at 4 pm at Sun City Grand, Sonoran Plaza – Palms Room, 19789 N. Remington Drive and on April 19 at 6 pm at Sierra Montana Rec Center, 14861 N. Spring Lane.


Get Involved in Your Community

If you have time and would like to become more active with the city, there are opportunities to volunteer. The city is seeking volunteers for Surprise Day of Service! The event will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 8 am until 12 noon. On the day of the event, volunteers will check in at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Transportation will be required to get to most service projects which include painting, cleaning, trash removal, landscaping and much more. Light refreshments for breakfast and lunch will be provided. If you are interested, please contact Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239.

Additionally, we are accepting applications for a variety of Commissions. All resident positions are voluntary. For more information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3100/Welcome. Applications are available for pick-up immediately and can be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday – 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Applications are also available on this link. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person or by e-mail to: clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

It has been a busy first quarter of 2018 as you can see from some of the pictures I have included. I am honored and humbled to continue to serve you. I cannot think of a higher honor than having your trust and support. Thank you!

January 25, 2018 • D3 Quarterly Newsletter

Happy New Year to each of you! Great things are on the horizon for us in Surprise this year. With the passing of the Decide Surprise GO Bond, several major projects- that have been on the drawing board- will begin to take shape. City Council has been working hard to lay a strong foundation for new jobs and thoughtful development. You will continue to witness the work of the Council this year. With the New Year comes a sense of renewed energy and optimism. I hope you share that optimism with me!

This month, I will start hosting bi-monthly meetings so we can get to know each other. These meetings will be held at Jim’s Burgers and Eggs, 17019 W. Greenway Road, beginning at 10 am. My first meeting will be held on this Saturday, January 27.

In addition, I will continue to host my District 3 Community Meetings. My next meeting will be held on February 21st at 6 pm. Staff will accompany me and provide city updates. If there are any particular topics you’d like to see addressed, please let me know. I look forward to seeing you soon.

Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond Information

Last November, registered voters in Surprise graciously approved the three General Obligation (GO) Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. The three questions represented 10 capital improvement projects.

The city has established a webpage to update our voters on the projects so you will see when and how the investments are made. This website will be updated regularly through 2022, when all projects are expected to be complete.

The city recently released the anticipated procurement schedule for some of the projects. The complete schedule, project timeline details and additional information is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.To view the formal bid posting please visit Anticipated Procurement Schedule for Bond Projects.

Water Company Acquisition on May Ballot

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of a water service company in a Special Election slated for May 15. City Council approved sending the question to ballot at their November 7th Regular Meeting.

Circle City Water Company (CCW) is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent.

Colorado River water is currently the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. Having a right to more surface water will help the city meet future demands and shortfalls. The purchase of CCW would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

Educational public meetings will be scheduled ahead of the May 15 Special Election. Meeting dates and locations will be posted on www.surpriseaz.gov. Additionally, an Information Pamphlet will be mailed out in April to all registered households in Surprise.


Economic Development Update

We have some new businesses and developments in District 3 and Surprise! A new retail development located at Waddell Road and Loop 303 is under construction. This 9,000 square foot retail center will include a Sprint Store and American Best Contacts. Destiny Springs Behavioral Hospital is also under construction, at Bell and Dysart roads, behind Cobalt. The 70,000 square foot hospital will support 125 jobs. Thompson Thrift, located at Bell Road and Civic Center Plaza, continues to grow. They are currently completing tenant improvements, but in the very near future, we will see the openings of Tokyo Joe’s, Starbucks, Menchie’s Yogurt, and Pieology. In-N-Out Burger will also be opening soon, immediately next door to these restaurants, in their new 6,000 square foot restaurant. Hilton Garden Inn is building a 78,000 square foot hotel, south of Bell Road and west of Bullard Avenue. Recent new businesses that have opened include Greulich’s Automotive, Raising Cane’s and Milam Glass, to name a few.


Community Development Update

As you have most likely noticed, District 3 continues to grow. With regards to Community Development, there are several projects in various stages. Zanjero Trails final plats, located at the southwest corner of Cactus and Perryville roads and the northwest corner of Peoria Avenue and Perryville Road, are under review. This project would consist of 361 lots. City Council will be considering this project in the next few months. Avilla, which is located at the northeast corner of Reems and Waddell roads, has 127 units in building plan review at the moment. This multi-family project rezoning request and site plan were approved by both the Planning & Zoning Commission as well as the City Council.

Other projects in various development stages include Toll at Prasada which will be located west of Cotton Lane between Peoria and Cactus roads. This plat includes 2,207 lots over 792 acres in several phases. Heritage Farm rezone and preliminary plat, located at the southeast corner of Waddell Road and 175th Avenue, will consist of 137 lots on 33 acres and the Rancho Trugold rezone and preliminary plat, located north of Sweetwater between Cotton Road and 175th Avenue, will consist of 240 lots on 63 acres.


Surprise Stadium Box Office Is Now Open

The Surprise Stadium box office, Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, is open for ticket sales. The 16th Annual Surprise Spring Training season will begin Saturday, February 24, featuring the Kansas City Royals against the 2017 National League Champions Los Angeles Dodgers. Surprise Stadium will host 31 games this season which include matchups against all teams in the Cactus League and two double headers March 12 and March 17.

Box Office Hours Through February 16:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – Noon

Box Office Hours February 17 – March 25:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – Noon
Sunday: 8 a.m. – half-hour after end of game

Season ticket packages and single-game tickets will remain on sale online and by phone at 623.222.2222.

Add to your baseball experience, and purchase your Surprise NCAA College Baseball tickets for 2018! Surprise Stadium will host two NCAA College Baseball tournaments, featuring teams from the BIG 10, Mountain West, and PAC 12 conferences, including perennial power Oregon State. Individual game tickets and tournament passes will go on sale January 6.

Tournament Schedules:

College Baseball Classic Feb. 16-19 – featuring Oregon State, New Mexico, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and Gonzaga

BIG 10 – PAC 12 Baseball Challenge Feb. 22-25 – featuring Oregon State, Nebraska, Utah and Ohio State

College individual game tickets and tournament passes may also be purchased over the phone by calling the box office at 623.222.2222. For questions or more information, please check our website at SurpriseSpringTraining.com.

Sundays in the Park

The City of Surprise, in coordination with State 48 Brewery and Food Truck Friday West, continues to present Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival with live music! All events are held at the 8-Acres Park, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Event admission is free; food and drink are available for purchase. There is always a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of craft beers and wines provided by State 48 Brewery. This is a great opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and unique food trucks that the whole family will love. Don’t forget a blanket or a lawn chair. Dogs must be on leashes.

The next events will be held on:
Feb 11th, Noon – 4 pm
March 11th, 4 – 8 pm
April 8th,4 – 8 pm

Be sure to check out these other awesome events!

  • For Teens: Outdoor Laser Tag Tournament – Saturday, February 24th 5-9 pm Surprise Community Park
  • Spring Eggstravaganza – Saturday March 31st on the Kansas City Royals Practice fields. Gates open @ 7:30 am. First egg hunt starts at 8:20 am. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, face painters, food and inflatables and more!
  • The Royals are holding an adaptive baseball clinic on Saturday, February 24th at 4:30 pm at Dreamcatcher Park.
  • CRS is currently offering registration for a Spring Break Soccer Camp that will be held March 20-22 for ages 7-12. Registration is also ongoing for baseball, softball and volleyball leagues, along with baseball and softball skills classes.
  • Spring Break Camp will be held March 19-23 from 6:30 am-6 pm at Sierra Montana Recreation Center. The City of Surprise Spring Break Camp will keep your child busy during the school break in a fun, supervised environment. Children will enjoy games, crafts and field trips. Please have your child bring a sack lunch, and afternoon snack will be provided. Space is limited, so please sign up early to secure your child’s registration.
  • Cal Ripken Day Parade of Teams will be Saturday, March 24. Coaches and players from the City of Surprise Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth Softball leagues will be recognized in a parade of teams into the stadium onto the field before a major league spring training game.

National Citizens Survey Coming Soon

What do you love about living in Surprise? What services do you value most? What can the city do better to improve the quality of life in our hometown? You can share your thoughts in the 2018 National Citizens Survey (NCS)! What you tell us in this survey helps to identify priority projects for Surprise and indicates where limited city funding should go in order to provide the services you most desire.

This mailed survey, conducted by the National Research Center of Boulder, Colorado, examines residents’ responses on topics ranging from traffic flow to public safety to senior and youth services. The scientific survey sample equals 1,500 surveys that will be mailed to homes throughout the city.

All survey results are anonymous. The city does not know which addresses have been selected by the third-party surveyor and only receives the aggregate results.

Beginning January 29, postcards will arrive at the selected addresses advising that the survey is on the way. The survey itself, along with a postage-paid return envelope, will arrive February 5. To be sure that selected residents receive their survey, a second survey will be mailed as a follow-up on February 12. Residents who complete and mail the first survey can simply recycle the second one. Selected households will also receive instructions for how to complete the survey online.

The last NCS the city conducted was in 2015, and 90% of residents indicated they would recommend Surprise as a place to live, a rating that is “much above” surveyed cities of our size. Residents told us Safety, Mobility and the Economy were most important to them.

Respondents said we need to work on improving transportation/transit options, local job choices, education and resident volunteer opportunities.

Since the 2015 survey, the city, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), completed the Bell-Grand Intersection Improvements; Greenway Road was widened; residents passed a General Obligation Bond to fund projects in Public Safety, Transportation and Pavement Preservation; and our Human Service and Community Vitality Department continues to grow volunteer opportunities, most recently hosting nearly 400 volunteers during the city’s 2nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration of Service.

On the education front, Ottawa University opened a campus at City Center; West-MEC’s new northwest valley campus opened last summer and Highland Prep began classes last fall. Additionally, more than 3,000 new jobs were created in Surprise since our last survey was conducted.

If your household receives a survey, please take the time to complete it and mail it back. By participating, you are helping to make Surprise an even better community! Results are expected by early summer and will be shared online at www.surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise Youth Council

Our Surprise Youth Council (SYC) has been busy! They will host their 2nd annual rooftop party for local high schools students at City Hall. This year, Youth Services has secured additional funding from the Surprise Youth Foundation in order to increase the atmosphere and number of activities from last year’s successful event. Attendees will enjoy music, arcade and lawn games, street tacos, and more! The event will be held on February 24 from 7 until 10 pm.

SYC recruitment is right around the corner. Recruitment will be ongoing during February and March through numerous outlets. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/syc.

In closing, thank you for your continued support. I am always available for my constituents. You can email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov or call me at 623.222.1323. Additionally, you can follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PatrickDuffyD3.