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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.

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.

January 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.

Meeting with Surprise Youth Council

Members from the Surprise Youth Council met with me on December 3rd. We typically meet on a quarterly basis, and these interactions provide an opportunity to learn more about what is important to the youth of Surprise and also understand how we can better serve them. I appreciate the Surprise Youth Council and thank them for all of their hard work.

18th Annual Surprise Party

My family and I look forward to the Annual Surprise Party events each year. There are so many fun things for Surprise families to do and see, including the hot air balloon glow, holiday tree lighting, gingerbread house contest and a variety of entertainment options. This year, the Surprise Party included snow and a sledding hill. It was a great event, and I would like to thank the Parks & Recreation Department for always making sure this is a huge success.

#TechtheHalls

The AZ TechCelerator is an innovative way to grow your business and is a terrific resource located right here in Surprise. Every year, our Economic Development team hosts the #TechtheHalls event where you can tour the facility and learn more about their programs. This year, there were various tech exhibits, games, refreshments and a variety of entertainment. They also gave away some great tech raffle prizes such as a Samsung Chromebook, a smart watch and much more.

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Winters, Councilmembers Duffy and Sanders and Ottawa University students at Surprise's Tech the Halls event.

Economic Development

The Angry Crab Shack is now open in Surprise! This locally owned and operated restaurant is known for their seafood which features both Asian and Cajun flavors. The Angry Crab Shack is also known for giving back to their community which makes them a great fit for our city. We thank you for coming to Surprise and wish you much success.

Road Closures

Please be aware of various traffic restrictions and road closures, including the following:

  • Sarival Avenue is closed from Cactus Road to Hearn Road through March 2020 for road improvement.
    Sarival Avenue will be open to local traffic only from Greenway Road to Hearn Road.
  • Waddell Road remains fully closed from SR303 to Legacy Park Boulevard through March 2020. However, please be aware of intermittent closures, lane restrictions and reduced speed limits that will continue through mid-June 2020.
  • Cactus Road will be closed from 175th Avenue and Cotton Lane through January 24.
  • Cactus Road will be closed from Cotton Lane to Auto Show Avenue from January 6-24.
  • Cotton Lane will be closed from just south of Waddell Road to just north of Peoria Avenue from January 13-24. Access to homes and businesses will be maintained.

Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you should have any questions or concerns regarding traffic. Otherwise, for the most up-to-date information on road closures, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/100/Road-Closures-Traffic-Restrictions.

SATV Pilot Program

The city would like community feedback on the use of vendor-owned, commercially-operated Shared Active Transportation Vehicles (SATV), which are generally referred to as electric bicycles, e-bicycles, electric scooters or e-scooters. The purpose of the SATV Pilot Program is to collect and evaluate information relating to the use of SATV’s as a transportation option in our city. Your opinion is important and will help form future city code related to SATV’s.

If you would like to share your feedback, please take a moment and complete the survey online from now through April 28, 2020.

To take the survey or view the SATV temporary ordinance, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/SATV.

Upcoming 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 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.