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March 3, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Vice Mayor Patrick Duffy’s 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.

Spring Break Camp

The City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department is offering Spring Break Camp March 15-19 from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation Center, located at 14861 N. Spring Lane. Children aged kindergarten-6th grades can have fun participating in on-site activities such as arts and crafts, games, sports, and other activities, all in a safe and supervised environment. To register, download a registration packet from surpriseaz.gov/recreation. Once the packet is complete, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 623.222.2000 to schedule a time to come in and register your child.

Pavement Preservation

Pavement preservation work will be taking place in the Sierra Montana development on March 22-24. Residents living in the area of treatment will receive a “48 hour” notice before work begins via a door hanger. To see a map of the specific area of work, click here

Greenway Road Project Update

Greenway Road from Northwest Ranch Parkway to Legacy Park Boulevard will be closed until March 14.

  • Motorists heading eastbound along Greenway Road from Loop 303 can expect a single lane until they reach the closure at Northwest Ranch Parkway, allowing access to be maintained to the business complex east of the Loop 303.
    • Left turn movements will be maintained for drivers traveling east on Greenway Road to Northwest Ranch Parkway.
  • Motorists driving south on Northwest Ranch Parkway will be able to make a right turn to go west on Greenway Road.
  • Westbound traffic along Greenway Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning at Reems Road. Local traffic will be able to continue to the hard closure at Legacy Park Boulevard.
    • Drivers traveling west on Greenway Road will be able to make the left turn to go south on Legacy Park Boulevard.
  • Motorists traveling north on Legacy Park Boulevard will be able to turn right to go east on Greenway Road.

The Greenway Road project will finish the south half of Greenway Road from approximately Cotton Lane to Sarival Avenue by adding two travel lanes and eliminating areas of the roadway that have multiple lanes merging into one. The project is scheduled to be completed in November 2021, weather permitting.

2021 National Community Survey

Share your thoughts on what you love about living in Surprise, what services you value the most, and what the City can do better in the 2021 National Community Survey (NCS)! In February, a paper survey was mailed to 2,700 randomly selected Surprise households for the first phase of data collection. If you did not receive a paper survey, an online version will be available in mid-March for all residents. Keep an eye on our website at www.surpriseaz.gov for details on when the survey will be available.

Lifeguard Training Classes/Summer Camp Positions

A lifeguard stands watch over individuals at the Surprise pool.Looking for a great summer job? The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is now enrolling for Lifeguard Training Classes and Summer Camp positions.

Lifeguard training classes are open to those 16 years old and up. To register, you can go online to Surprise Rec. Classes are scheduled for March 5, 12, 15, and 17. All classes are held at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Avenue, and consist of 8-hours of pre-class online coursework that must be completed prior to the first day of an in-person class and an active pretest that includes swimming, diving, retrieving, and treating of water.

For more information, or to apply for a Lifeguard or Swim Instructor position, please contact Aquatics Coordinator Annie Stephens at 623.222.2268, or visit surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

Summer Camp position applications are now being accepted. If you enjoy working with children, you are invited to apply for Recreation I and Recreation III openings. Summer Break Camp is a 10-week program for children in 1st through 8th grades. Activities include weekly field trips, arts and crafts, games, and sports. For application information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/jobs or call 623.222.2000.

Budget Kick-off

The Fiscal Year 2022 budget process has begun! The City of Surprise Finance Department is giving a series of presentations to City Council during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings. These presentations cover operating revenues and expenses and department operating budget development. If you missed any of the previous presentations, you can view them on our website at surpriseaz.gov/budget.

The Recommended Budget is expected to be released in April, followed by Council and public review, with the Final Budget adoption scheduled for June 2021.

Coming Soon!

Chipotle logoChipotle’s new drive-thru concept is now under construction at 16810 W. Waddell Road.

CBD logoCBD Coffee Brewed Differently is coming to 15240 N. Cotton Lane.

Kentucky Fried Chicken logoKentucky Fried Chicken, proposed for 15166 N. Cotton lane, is in development review.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Surprise residents can make an appointment to have hazardous waste picked up directly from their homes beginning March 16-26. Appointments can be made by requesting an appointment through the My Surprise app or by calling Customer Service at 623.222.1920. Pick-ups will occur March 29- April 9.

Acceptable items:

  • Antifreeze, motor oil, gasoline, diesel, and fuel additives (5 gallon limit per household)
  • Brake-transmission-power steering fluid, degreasers (5 gallon limit per household)
  • Pool chemicals, fire extinguishers, and gas cylinders
  • Car and household batteries
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Stain, varnish, turpentine, cleaners, adhesives
  • Oil-based paint*, paint thinners, solvents, cleaners, adhesives (10 gallon limit per household)
  • Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and other lawn chemicals
  • TVs, electronics, cell phones, computers, stereos

For additional details, please visit surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent.

Surprise Day of Service

Calling all volunteers! We’re hosting Day of Service events on March 20 and March 31. On Saturday, March 20, volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal, and more. On Wednesday, March 31, volunteers will meet at St. Mary’s Food Bank to help in the process of providing food to families in need. Registration is required for both events, and COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/dayofservice. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise Youth Council

The City of Surprise is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC)! Students who are currently enrolled in grades 7-11 may apply if they are attending a middle school or high school within the Surprise city limits, attending a Dysart Unified School District high school, or reside within the Surprise city limits. To apply, submit a video, no longer than 90 seconds, that includes:

Surprise Youth Council logo

  • Your name, grade and school you attend.
  • Why you want to be on the SYC?
  • If you could bring one thing to this city or change one thing, what would it be? What can you and a group like SYC do about it?
  • Of these three words: fearless, creative, hardworking – which one best describes you and why? Briefly tell us about a time you were fearless, creative or hardworking.

Send videos to Youth Services Coordinator Donte Scroggins by uploading your application video from your Google Drive and sharing it with cityofsurpriseyouth@gmail.com. A Membership Application must also be completed by the applicant and a parent or guardian and emailed to donte.scroggins@surpriseaz.gov. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/syc.

Drop-off Recycling

A public works employee gives a thumbs up over a container of plastic bottles.A drop-off recycling location is available at the Surprise Public Works Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. & 1-3 p.m. A city staff member will be available to help residents sort the recyclable material and ensure that the recyclables are not contaminated.

Accepted Materials:

  • Plastic bottles #1 & #2 (lids must be screwed on the bottle. If lids are removed, do not recycle lids)
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

Spring Training

Surprise Stadium logoSpring Training has officially begun! An updated schedule of games is available at SurpriseStadium.com. Tickets can be purchased online through SurpriseStadium.com, by phone at 623.222.2222, and in-person at the Surprise Stadium box office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Please note that box office transactions will be cashless. Accepted forms of payment at the box office include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Connect with District 3

Instagram thumbnailI invite you to follow me on my new Instagram account, @councilmemberduffy, for D3 updates and information! Thank you to the Surprise Youth Council that suggested that this would be another great way to connect with residents.

Please also check out my new Facebook page at Vice Mayor Patrick Duffy | Facebook. Be sure to click the “follow” button to receive District 3 updates and information!

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on March 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101. District 6 Councilmember Chris Judd will also be joining our Community Meeting this month! Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check 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 March 16 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, Cox channel 11 or Century Link channel 8513.


Please continue to check the City of Surprise website at 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!


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.


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

February 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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

The City of Surprise 4th Annual MLK Day of Celebration and Service is an event so many of us look forward to and is a great way to get involved in your community. This year, there were many great community service projects such as creating birthday cards and goody bags for foster families, stuffing packages for Packages from Home, assembling hygiene kits for the homeless, filling backpacks with school supplies and writing thank you letters to Veterans. I am proud to be a part of the wonderful community we have in the City of Surprise.

Spring Training

This year marks the 18th Annual Cactus League Spring Training season. It all starts with the Surprise Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon on Friday, February 14, which also includes complimentary entry into the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic game at 1 p.m. The College Baseball Classic continues from February 14-17 at Surprise Stadium. Regular admission tickets are as low as $15 each. Spring Training starts on Friday, February 21, and continues through Saturday, March 21. Also, there is a Surprise Spring Training 5K on March 6. There are also some fun special events and promotions such as Kids Run the Bases after every Sunday game. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.surprisestadium.com/.

Meeting with Shadow Ridge High School Student

We recently had the opportunity to meet with a concerned high school student regarding recycling. She shared her concerns, insights and ideas about our community which led to a great discussion about her future goals and plans for community involvement.

Development in Surprise

The much anticipated Sterling Grove by Toll Brothers, located in District 3, is now open! This planned community spans 780 acres and includes such amenities as a clubhouse, pools, tennis and pickleball courts as well as an 18-hole Nicklaus-designed golf course. Thank you for choosing the City of Surprise for such an amazing development!

City Council also attended the grand opening of Asante Library, 16755 W. Vereda Solana Drive. The 10,000 square foot space offers such amenities as self-check kiosks, public computers, free wi-fi and separate areas for children, teens and adults. This location is the first to offer study and meeting rooms.

Road Closures

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

  • Due to road improvement, Sarival Avenue remains closed from Cactus Road to Hearn Road through March 2020. Sarival Avenue is open to local traffic only from Greenway Road to Hearn Road.
  • Waddell Road continues to be fully closed from SR303 to Legacy Park Boulevard through March 2020. Intermittent closures, reduced speed limits and lane restrictions will continue through mid-June 2020.

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.

New Council Conversations Show – Surprise Youth Council

Councilmember David Sanders and I hosted a Council Conversations show with our Surprise Youth Council. Hear from our youth about what the Surprise Youth Council is and what projects they are working on. Plus, get their perspective on what’s important to them, some of city’s greatest strengths and weaknesses, and their favorite places to visit in Surprise. Then, we answered some of their questions for us!

Check out the episode here: https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=tWUDZWhXIP8

City Academy

The City of Surprise conducts a City Academy each year. This provides residents the opportunity to learn about local issues, meet local leaders and understand how city government is structured. This eight-week academy will provide you with a better understanding of each department and how they work together.

The 2020 Surprise City Academy meets weekly from February 24 to April 6 in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler. Seating is limited and registration is required prior to February 17. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/cityacademy for more information.

Upcoming Events


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.

September 4, 2019 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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

Arizona League of Cities & Towns Conference

The City Council attended the Arizona League of Cities and Towns Conference last month in Tucson. This conference brings elected officials from across the state together to network and gives us the opportunity to gain valuable information that we may bring back to our individual cities.

Recycling Program

The past few years have seen many negative changes in the recycling industry. Many restrictions have been placed on recycled materials in regards to what would be accepted by other countries. Unfortunately, in return this resulted in a significant drop in prices for recyclables and increased costs to drop-off the materials at recycling processing centers worldwide.

In 2017, the City of Surprise was able to generate revenue to help cover the costs of the recycling program; however, once demand dropped for the recycled materials the city starting incurring expenses as dumping fees increased. From May 2018 to May 2019, our recycling costs jumped nearly 300%. With these new statistics in the recycling industry, the city has temporarily suspended its recycling program and staff is exploring options for what we need to do in Surprise.

Many Arizona communities outside of the greater metropolitan area of Phoenix and across the country have either ended or modified their recycling programs due to the changing market.

You can also do an online search to read countless news stories that highlight the concerns and give details on how some communities are changing their approach to recycling.

Construction Updates

The Greenway Road improvement project from Cotton Lane to Sarival Avenue has completed 30% of the design phase. This project is scheduled for construction bidding in Spring of 2020 with a completion date of Spring 2021.

Waddell Road from SR303 to Reems Road is well under construction with an anticipated completion day of March 2020.

The new traffic signal at Sarival Avenue and Cactus Road is completed and already has greatly improved the flow of traffic.

The City of Surprise is doing resurfacing projects on Cactus Road, from SR303 to Reems Road and on Sarival Road, from Cactus Road to the North Well Site. These projects will be completed by mid-September.

Toll Brothers has been working on Peoria Road from Cotton Lane to 175th Ave. This project is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.

Thank you for your continued patience while these road projects are being conducted.

Day of Service

The City of Surprise is hosting the Fall Day of Service on Saturday, October 19. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in promoting community pride and volunteer service. The Neighborhood Services team is seeking over 200 residents to help with several indoor and outdoor service projects. There will be an island party afterwards complete with BBQ, live music, games and more. If you would like to sign up, please contact Ervin Cutwright at 623-222-3241 or via email Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov. Individuals, families and groups are all encouraged to attend.


The City of Surprise works with the Northwest Regional Landfill, located at 19401 W. Deer Valley Road, to offer residents the opportunity to dispose of a single load of residential waste up to 2,000 lbs. at no charge. The next event is scheduled for September 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Remember, this is only open to Surprise residents and proof of residency is required.

Following the success of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection event in the spring, the city will continue with the scheduled appointment format. Residents are able to schedule appointments beginning September 9. Households on the north side of Bell Road will be picked up from September 30 through October 4. Residents on the south side of Bell Road can expect a scheduled pickup from October 7-11. Please book your appointment via the MySurprise app or by calling 623-222-1920.

Movie night at Mark Coronado Park is back with the first show on Saturday, September 28. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. start time of “Wonder Park.” Admission is free, and there will be food and drink available for purchase.

The City of Surprise has opened registration for the 2019 HOA Academy. This five week academy provides expert information for HOA residents, board members and managers. Residents who want to learn more about living in an HOA community, serving on an HOA board or who just want more information about the laws that govern HOAs are encouraged to attend. Classes are held weekly on Wednesdays, beginning October 16. Space is limited, so please call 623-222-3242 to reserve your seat today.


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.