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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

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.

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.

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.