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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.

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.