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Vice Mayor Williams’ District 3 newsletter

December 2, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

City of Surprise public meetings

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

Surprise Party At-Home Style

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

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

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

** Denotes a video event.

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

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

Spring Training Game Schedule

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

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

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

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

Surprise Police Department Reaccreditation

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

Congratulations to the Surprise Police Department!

Home-delivered Meal Program

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

Surprise to Air Select DUSD Sports Games

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

Here’s how to watch:

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

Development in District 3

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

Meet and Greet

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

City Council Meetings

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

Closing

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

November 4, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Veterans Day Tribute

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

APS Project

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

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

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

Winter Youth Sports/Teen Bubble Soccer

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

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

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

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

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

National Tennis Championships

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

Temporary Expansion of Premises (TEP) permits

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

Meet and Greet

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

Holiday Schedule

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

City Council Meetings

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

Closing

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

October 7, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

City Council Meetings reopened to in-person public participation

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

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

Small Business Relief Grant Program

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

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

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

Surprise Day of Service

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

7th Annual Fiesta Grande Celebration Goes Virtual

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

The schedule of events is as follows:

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

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

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

Veterans Day Tribute

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

New in District 3

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

Southwest Gas

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet and Greet

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

Closing

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

September 2, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Small Business Relief Grant Program & More Social Service Funding

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

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

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

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

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

Surprise Aquatic Center Mural

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

A painted mural of swimming dolphins.

Fall Sports Registration

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

New in District 3

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

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

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

Business Resources

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

Upcoming topics will include:

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

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

Transportation Update

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

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

Residential Waste Cleanup Event

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

Council Meeting Schedule

The next City Council meeting will be held September 15, at 6 p.m. Please note that the Council Chambers are still closed to the public but all meetings are carried live on Surprise TV and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV. For instructions on how to comment on an item at the meeting, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4802.

City Hall Closed

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

Meet and Greet

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

Closing

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

August 5, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Fall Sports Registration

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

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

Development in District 3

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

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

Roadwork

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

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

Council Meeting Schedule

The next City Council meeting will be held August 18 at 6:00 p.m. Please note that the Council Chambers are still closed to the public, but all meetings are carried live on Surprise TV, and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV. For instructions on how to comment on an item at the meeting, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4802.

Meet and Greet

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

Closing

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

July 1, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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Recycling in Surprise

The City of Surprise has been diligently working to find a recycling solution that will be both cost-effective and sustainable. As a first step towards this goal, drop-off recycling will resume on July 7. Residents can bring materials to the city’s Public Works North Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Please note that proof of residency will be required.

A city staff member will be available to assist residents with sorting recyclable materials and helping to ensure that recyclables are not contaminated. To expedite the process, residents are encouraged to pre-sort their recyclable materials before arriving.

Acceptable materials are:

  • Plastic bottles #1 & #2 (these may include: milk, soda, condiment, water, shampoo, detergent, etc.) Please either make sure lids are screwed to the bottles, or removed completely. Do not recycle removed lids.
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

Please ensure that all materials are clean and dry.

Ribbon Cutting Contest

The City of Surprise Economic Development Department is having a contest to see which business has the best virtual ribbon cutting video. To vote, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/ribboncutting. The business with the most votes will win a trophy. Participants who answer the fun questions related to the videos will be entered for a chance to win a $30 gift card. New videos will post each week on Monday for a total of five weeks, so be sure to check back for new fun videos! (We are on Week 2 now).

District 3 businesses that held virtual ribbon cuttings include: Jim’s Burgers and Eggs, and Pin Curlz Salon. Good luck!

Roadwork

Traffic control changes on Waddell Road, from Loop 303 to Reems Road began on June 24 and will continue into late summer. When work is completed, the improvements for this segment of Waddell Road will include four additional travel lanes for a total of six travel lanes. This does not include Reems Road to Sarival Road which requires 3 additional travel lanes. Other improvements will include provisions for drainage, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, street lighting, landscaping, and turn lanes. Please see the list of traffic changes below:

  • Eastbound traffic on Waddell Road between Loop 303 and Reems Road will be shifted to the south side of the road.
  • Left turns from eastbound Waddell Road will be re-opened at the intersections of Legacy Parc Boulevard and 157th Avenue.
  • The traffic signal at the intersection of Waddell Road and Sarival Avenue will be activated. The signal will be in the flashing red light phase for 48 hours until being put into normal function mode.
  • All three lanes on the north side of Waddell Road, Sarival Avenue to Loop 303, will be open for westbound traffic.

This work is part of the voter-approved G.O. Bond project. To learn more please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Utility rate increase

The first rate increase from the utility rate study, approved in February 2019, will take effect on July 1. Single family solid waste (trash) customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.40. This rate is scheduled to increase by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. This rate was increased to consider asset replacement and emergency funding needs.

Stormwater Utility rates will also increase by $0.75 for single family residential homes, bringing the utility fee to $2.75 each month. The Stormwater Utility fee was adopted in 2016 and is to enable the city to cover the costs to maintain stormwater related infrastructure and develop projects to protect and prevent problems caused by stormwater such as flooding.

Maricopa County Small Business Help

The Maricopa County Supervisors adopted a plan for the Small Business Relief Program. The program will provide up to $10,000 to qualifying small businesses for expense reimbursement for actual losses due to COVID-19. The program is open to both non-profit and for-profit businesses that are within Maricopa County, but are outside of Phoenix or Mesa, which have already set up similar programs for businesses within their boundaries.

The application period will be open July 6 – July 31 and grants will be provided on a first come, first served basis until either the funds are exhausted, or the grant period closes. Surprise businesses who have been impacted are encouraged to apply.

Council Meeting Schedule

Council does not have any regularly scheduled meetings for the month of July. Further, there will not be a meeting on August 2 due to the Primary Election. The next City Council meeting will be held August 18 at 6:00 p.m. Please note that the Council Chambers are still closed to the public but all meetings are carried live on Surprise TV, and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV. For instructions on how to comment on an item at the meeting, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4802.

Meet and Greet

Please note that the date for my next Meet and Greet has changed. My next meeting will be held on July 11 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please feel free to email me at Patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

Closing

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

June 3, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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Senior Center Meals

Individually wrapped lunches in a stack.

The Council had the opportunity to serve residents who participate in the Hot Lunch Program through the Senior Center. The Hot Lunch program runs Monday-Friday and feeds between 120-160 residents each day. To learn more about this program, or to sign up for meals, please call 623.222.1500. You can also learn more on our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/seniorservices.

Park Amenities Reopening

On June 1, the city reopened club swim team practices at the Surprise Aquatic Center, sand volleyball courts, the skatepark at Dick McComb City Park, park playgrounds, and park restrooms. On June 8, water aerobics and lap swim (by appointment) will resume at Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool. To register for water aerobics or lap swim, please visit surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.

The City of Surprise has developed a phased reopening plan that will give consideration to the budget impacts of COVID-19, as it looks to reopen and reinstitute programs and services. Phase One of the plan became effective on May 15 and reopened pickelball courts, dog parks, the Surprise Tennis Center (by appointment only), and the Surprise Resource Center. The park and aquatic amenity reopenings discussed above were included in Phase 2 of the plan, along with the reopening of City Hall for public access, which took place on June 1. At this time, City Council meetings remain closed to the public, until the Governor’s executive orders allow for increased group assembly numbers. To read the complete City of Surprise COVID-19 Reopening Plan, please visit: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/44666/Covid-Reopening-Phases–FINAL?bidId=.

4th of July

While we share in our community’s excitement to celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s important to do so responsibly. As a result of COVID-19 concerns, this year’s Fourth of July Celebration will be greatly modified in an effort to avoid mass gatherings and maintain physical distancing, in accordance with CDC recommendations.

On Saturday, July 4th, the city will feature a 20-minute fireworks display beginning at 8:40 p.m. The display will be staged in the area around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane.

The city encourages people to observe the fireworks show remotely from their homes or vehicles, as the display will be visible from vantage points across the community. Limited surface parking is available at Surprise Stadium, Surprise Aquatic Center and Dreamcatcher Park. While not recommended, should observers chose to drive to the Civic Center and Recreation Campus area, parking will be first come and must be done in accordance with state and local traffic laws.

Unlike past celebrations, there will be no baseball game, food trucks, beverage sales, or any additional entertainment. The Aquatic Center will not be open. Ramada rentals and grill use at Surprise Community Park will be unavailable. Personal grill use is prohibited within the Civic Center and Surprise Recreation Campus. In compliance with Arizona State law, the consumption of alcohol in vehicles or in public spaces is not permitted.

Please remember to follow all CDC guidelines for protecting yourself against COVID-19, including limiting gatherings to less than 10 people and keeping a minimum of 6 feet physical distancing between your gathering and others.

Virtual Ribbon Cuttings

A virtual ribbon cutting program has been implemented by the Surprise Economic Development Department to celebrate businesses as they reopen! In District 3, please help me congratulate Jim’s Burgers and Eggs and Pin Curlz Parlor on their reopenings!

If you would like to view the photos and videos from all of the virtual ribbon cuttings in the City of Surprise, please use the links provided below.

Retail Services Openings: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNdDbsS and https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNkHCfx

Restaurant Openings: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNeBNFB and https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNkSCnu

Grand Openings/Ribbon Cuttings

Now Open! Handels Ice Cream at 15250 N. Cotton Lane, Ste. 108., and Mr. Mesquite’s Taqueria, 16860 W. Waddell Road.

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Duffy and the owners of Mr. Mesquite Taqueria cut an orange ribbon for the business' grand opening.

Roadwork

Pavement preservation work is taking place in Sycamore Farms and Zanjero Trails this month.

Sycamore Farms:

June 16th and 17th (6AM-6PM): Jenan Drive and 165th Drive to end of roadway

Zanjero Trails:

June 18th and 19th (6AM-6PM): Desert Cove west of Perryville Road
June 20th (6AM-6PM): 189th Avenue
June 20th (6AM-6PM): Desert Cove, east of Perryville Road

Shadow Ridge High School

Congratulations to Shadow Ridge High School on being named a 2020 Best High School by U.S. News and World Report, and on being the first A-rated high school since the state’s accountability labels launched. I would also like to congratulate Shadow Ridge for their first place win at the National Association of Home Builders student competition. They were awarded first place in the Secondary Degree programs architecture category. Great job!

Meet and Greet

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

Closing

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

May 7, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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Budget Summary

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

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

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

State of the City Update

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

Roadwork

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

Meet and Greet

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

Closing

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

April 1, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

COVID-19 Update

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

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

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

Public Participation Changes at Council Meetings

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

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

2020 Census

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

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

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

For additional information visit www.surpriseaz.gov/Census2020

State of the City Update

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

Road Closures

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

Closing

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

March 4, 2020 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Monthly Meeting Location Change

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

Congratulations to George Lyons

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

George Lyons

2020 Census

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

Spring Training

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

Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5k/1K

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

State of the City – 60th Anniversary

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

Development in Surprise

Rangers Village Ribbon Cutting

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

Ottawa University Campus Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

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

Ottawa University cheerleaders and mascot.

Road Closures

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

Closing

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