Vice Mayor Patrick Duffy’s Monthly Newsletter
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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 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
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.
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.
Chipotle’s new drive-thru concept is now under construction at 16810 W. Waddell Road.
CBD Coffee Brewed Differently is coming to 15240 N. Cotton Lane.
Kentucky 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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 email@example.com. A Membership Application must also be completed by the applicant and a parent or guardian and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/syc.
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.
- Plastic bottles #1 & #2 (lids must be screwed on the bottle. If lids are removed, do not recycle lids)
- Aluminum and tin cans
Spring 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
I 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 email@example.com 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.