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October 2021 • 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 am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Ottawa’s 1st Home Football Game

Ottawa University hosted its first home football game on Saturday, September 4. Ottawa wanted to spotlight its partnership with the City of Surprise during halftime by recognizing Mayor and Council, who support the partnership.

Surprise City Council receives recognition from Ottawa University.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

Our annual street festival is back! Join us for the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande to celebrate our city’s cultural heritage on Saturday, October 9 from 5–10 p.m. Admission and parking are free! Plus, we’ll have free shuttle drop-off to the area. Authentic Mexican food, classic car show, arts and crafts, music & live entertainment, and more! Please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande for more details.

October Day of Service

Show your community pride by participating in a day of community service on October 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St., before venturing out to various cleanup and beautification projects across the city. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

Care & Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources, and medical checks. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Washington, D.C. Trip

Last month, I traveled to Washington D.C. with elected officials from Glendale, Goodyear and Phoenix to meet with members of Congress, the Department of Defense and Lockheed Martin regarding FY22 legislative initiatives, Luke Air Force Base updates and initiatives, and infrastructure needs in Surprise. Luke Air Force Base provides a $2.5 billion annual economic impact to the West Valley and remains a priority for surrounding cities to keep it for generations to come. Luke AFB is the home to nearly 6,900 active duty and reserve airmen as well as civilian employees. As part of the F-35 training program, the base population has grown and is expected to grow to nearly 24,000 by 2026. I had the opportunity to visit Lockheed Martin and try the F35 simulator. It was so much fun and I was able to avoid motion sickness!

G.A.I.N Night

Surprise PD badgeSurprise Public Safety officials invite you to attend the upcoming G.A.I.N. Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods). This free, interactive community event is Saturday, October 23, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park – 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be trick-or-treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, a Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, public safety displays by Surprise Police and Fire-Medical, and so much more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

Surprise Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on October 17 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are November 7, January 23, February 13 and April 3.

2050 MAG Regional Transportation Plan

Do you want a choice of safe and reliable options to get around the Valley of the Sun? From September 13 – October 13, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is asking for your input and review of the MOMENTUM 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program, and 2021 MAG Conformity Analysis. More details here: azmag.gov/Newsroom/Public-Notices

Surprise AZ Fall League

Arizona Fall League logoThe month of October truly is for baseball, and with the start of the Arizona Fall League, the City of Surprise sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars. The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season Tuesday, October 14 at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, and Washington Nationals. Click here for schedule and pricing: bit.ly/2XOn0dj

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting bannerMy next meeting will be October 9 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, 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 Meetings are October 5 and 19 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

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

May 5, 2021 • 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.

Surprise Ranked #6

The City of Surprise is ranked the #6 safest city in Arizona, according to a new SafeWise report. Congratulations to our community on this accomplishment, and a big thanks to Surprise PD for helping keep us safe! Here is a list of Arizona’s 10 Safest Cities: safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-arizona/.

Surprise Day of Service

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to the Annual Bean Bag Day event on April 24! During this yearly event, 6000lbs. of bulk, pinto beans were individually bagged for distribution to those in need through the Valley View Community Food Bank. The beans were generously donated from Seeds of Hope International Ministries. If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer in the community, please consider joining the next Day of Service event, scheduled for May 26. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov, or call 623.222.1522.

2021 State of the City Video

The 2021 State of the City Video premiered on April 13. If you didn’t have a chance to see it, you can watch it now on Surprise TV on-demand. Click here to view! COVID-19 impacted so many in 2020, and in this video, we highlighted the resilience of our community. It captures how our strength, effort, and strategic planning place the city’s trajectory toward future success.

2021 Retail Survey

Surprise retail survey thumbnail.Tell us what shopping and dining establishments you want to see in Surprise – plus, vote for current favorites so we can recognize the local businesses you love! Your participation in the survey really does make a difference. Costco, a most-wanted retailer identified on previous surveys, opened in 2020! Top 10 restaurant picks, including Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, Texas Roadhouse, and In-N-Out Burger, have also opened in Surprise since the first survey launched. Click on the link below to take our 2021 Retail Survey by May 9: surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Surprise Economic Growth

As Amazon completes construction on its 143,000 square foot last-mile delivery station in Surprise, the project is a capstone to a more than five-year run of development in the city’s two square miles suburban industrial park. The railplex is bounded to the north at Waddell Road and south at Peoria Avenue and east by Dysart Road, and west by Litchfield Road. The amenity-rich development, the Surprise Railplex, has Arizona’s 1st and only BNSF Railway-certified sites totaling over 250 acres. The Surprise Railplex recently welcomed JBugs, SeaCa Packaging, Trimaco, National Indoor RV Centers, Skyway Commons, and Milam Glass – as well as the Level Crossing speculative flex industrial development – in just the past few years.

IRIS USA is celebrating its upcoming 5th anniversary in Surprise. The US-headquartered operation of the Japanese-owned company located off Cactus Road along the rail, built over 400,000 square feet on 45 acres, allowing additional land to expand into the future. IRIS USA also donated more than 30,000 masks to the community in 2020.

The Surprise Economic Development Department is actively marketing our BNSF certified sites for large employment-generating projects and just completed a virtual tour video being promoted across their international industry network. The video can be viewed by visiting: youtube.com/watch?v=jiK2i1gIrZg.

Surprise Railplex map.

Small Business Resources

Economic Development thumbnailThe City of Surprise Economic Development Department has teamed up with the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) to offer even more support to the Surprise small business community. In recognition of the continued small business recovery process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Surprise small businesses can sign up for a free year of membership with the association. ASBA benefits include connections to thought leaders and entrepreneurs throughout the state, business education opportunities, professional connections, mentors, marketing tools, access to data, discounted business benefits, and advocacy for a pro-business environment. Please visit asba.com/surprise before May 10 to claim your membership.

Passport Services Resume

Passport services return to Surprise City Hall by appointment only. Regular business hours for passports will be Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4 pm in the City Clerk’s Office. Applications for first-time passport books and passport cards are accepted and they can also help review paperwork for renewals. Passport photos are not offered, so be sure to have your photos with you at your appointment. To make an appointment, or for questions, please visit surpriseaz.gov/passport or call the City Clerk’s Office at 623.222.1200.

Donna Miller Retirement

Thank you, Donna Miller, for your 19 years of service to the City of Surprise. Donna joined the City of Surprise team as a Recreation Coordinator in 2002 and rose to the rank of Director in 2017. I wish you well on your retirement, and thank you for your service to our citizens!

Surprise City Council presents an award to Donna Miller.

The FY 2022 Budget

The new Fiscal Year (FY) is quickly approaching! Follow along with the budget process at surpriseaz.gov/budget. You can view the budget presentations from previous Council meetings and watch the Council Budget Retreat, where Council was presented with the FY 2022 City Manager’s Recommended Budget. City of Surprise proposes a budget focused on maintaining our current level of service as the city continues to grow. The budget focuses on Council’s commitment to maintaining quality public services and infrastructure. A public hearing and tentative Budget adoption are scheduled for the May 4 Regular City Council Meeting, with final budget adoption planned for the June 1 meeting.

Surprise Property Tax Rate

An infographic explaining primary property taxes.We’ve been receiving some questions about the City of Surprise tax rate. It has not increased. The primary tax rate in the City of Surprise is $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property value, plus the secondary property tax rate (from the voter-approved 2017 GO Bond) of $0.3880 per $100 of assessed property value. These rates multiplied by the assessed value of your home determine what you pay in property taxes. If the value of your home increases, you will see an increased tax bill; however, that is not due to an increase in the property tax rate but rather an increase in the assessed value of your home.

Schedule of Existing Primary and Secondary Property Tax

   Current Rate  Current Levy  Proposed Rate  Proposed Levy  
 Property Tax          
 Primary Property Tax Rate $0.7591 $9,135,500 $0.7591 $9,974,200 Per $100 assessed value
 Secondary Property Tax Rate $0.3880 $4,669,500 $0.3880 $5,098,200 Per $100 assessed value

Veteran Resources & Support Services

Veterans, service members (active duty, Guard, and Reserve), and their families now have a new place to access resources, support, and assistance in the West Valley. The City of Surprise is proud to offer the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center a new home within the Surprise Resource Center at the AZ TechCelerator Campus, located at 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124. The center includes various military and veteran support services and resources, made possible by the generous support of partner organizations and all West Valley cities. For more information on the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center, call 623.222.1658 or visit the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov/veterans.

Itty Bitty Beach Party

We are excited to welcome back the Itty Bitty Beach Party on May 28! Held at the Surprise Aquatics Center, this party offers guests games, prizes, crafts, and more, for children ages 10 years and younger! Enjoy the slides, cool off in the water, and hang out with our resident mermaid! The cost to come party is $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents. Event registrations are accepted in-person at the Surprise Parks & Recreation Department office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., online, and over the phone. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 623.222.2000 or visit https://bit.ly/387wd2c.

Benevilla Community Baby-Shower

Monday, May 10, from 9 am to 11 am, Benevilla will be hosting a drive-thru baby shower for expecting moms and moms with infants up to 6 months old. Mothers can drive-thru and pick-up at Arizona Charter Academy parking lot located at 16025 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise, AZ 85537. Donations will also be accepted during this event!

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting banner.My next meeting will be June 5 at 9 am at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check the calendar at surpriseaz.gov/calendar for any updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have. You can also follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/CouncilmemberDuffy.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is scheduled for May 18 at 6 pm. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

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

April 7, 2021 • 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.

Surprise’s Face Covering Mandate Lifted

Mayor Skip Hall has signed a proclamation terminating the face covering mandate in Surprise. You can read the full proclamation here.

Please note that based on the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-06, there are some exceptions.

  • The city retains the right to set and enforce mitigation policies in our city government buildings and on public transportation. Wearing of face coverings/masks is recommended within city facilities, with the exception of Surprise City Court, where they are required.
  • Per the Governor’s order, private businesses may institute and enforce face covering policies and retain the right to refuse service to those who do not comply with their policies.
  • Per federal mandate, face coverings are still required while riding public transportation.

City Council Meetings Re-open to In-person Attendance

City Council meetings will be re-opened to public attendance beginning with the April 20 Regular City Council Meeting! City Hall and other city administrative offices will re-open to the public on April 12.

Governor’s Executive Order 2021-06

With the state of Arizona hitting several important public health benchmarks, Governor Doug Ducey announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances.

Several key data points contributed to these changes:

  • Mass distribution of the vaccine: 3,041,773 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to 1,927,278 individuals in Arizona, including 1,185,986 who have been fully vaccinated.
  • 10 weeks of declining cases.
  • Hospitalizations at the lowest level since the end of September/beginning of October.
  • Opening of vaccine appointments to all Arizonans 16 years of age and older.
  • A recent evaluation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that ranks Arizona among the best states in the nation for getting the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable communities.
  • President Biden’s recent promise that every American will be able to be vaccinated by May 1.

Under the changes announced by Governor Ducey:

  • Events of more than 50 people will no longer need the approval of local governments. These events should continue to follow safe practices and CDC recommendations, including physical distancing. This includes youth sports.
  • The business guidance will transition from requirements to recommendations. Governor Ducey is providing businesses with the ability to continue requiring masks and social distancing.
  • Bars have already been allowed to operate as “dine-in” at full capacity. They will now be allowed to resume regular operations, with the ability to require social distancing and masks.
  • Unlike some other states, Arizona never issued a statewide mask mandate, and instead encouraged personal responsibility with an aggressive educational campaign — resulting in more widespread mask usage than states with mandates. Some local governments have implemented “mandates,” however, they have rarely, if ever, been enforced. Under this latest action, those local mandates will be phased out. Mask usage is still encouraged, especially in groups that are not vaccinated.

View the Governor’s Executive Order HERE

2021 State of the City Video Premiere

Tune in to SurpriseTV on April 13 at 6 p.m. for the 2021 State of the City Video Premier! Mayor Skip Hall and Surprise City Council will reflect on our community’s resilience and look forward to what’s on the horizon.

State of the City

COVID Relief Funding

For over a year now, the city of Surprise has been working hard to support residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Our city has been fortunate to receive federal, state and county financial assistance to provide meals, rental/mortgage payments, and utility assistance through our Senior Center and Surprise Resource Center.

Here is a snapshot at how $10.88 million in federal funds has helped our community during the COVID crisis:

Federal funds distribution.

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program provided billions of dollars in payroll assistance funding for businesses through two rounds of funding.

While these programs have helped, the city identified some funding gaps in meeting certain needs and in some cases, noticed some needs were not being met at all.

On September 1, 2020 and November 2, 2020, the Surprise City Council approved resolutions to support $555,000 for Surprise COVID Community Relief Packages for addressing community and business needs because of the prolonged nature of the pandemic. Utilizing some of our AZ CARES ACT dollars, we were able to allocate $180,000 to address the following human service needs:

AZ CARES ACT allocation.

The remaining $375,000 supported the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant, disbursed over two rounds:

Surprise small business relief fund allocation.

The city will continue to explore additional needs as we anticipate another round of funding through the American Rescue Plan Act in the future. We have a good plan in place to monitor where the needs are and address as appropriate.

Small businesses are encouraged to review updated COVID business resources available on www.surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp or to reach out to the Surprise Economic Development Department at econdev@surpriseaz.gov.

Community Resources are available at www.surpriseaz.gov/communitycare, or call the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

Surprise Day of Service

Are you looking for a way to help your community? Please consider volunteering for a Day of Service. The next Day of Service is scheduled for April 24 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. and will benefit the Valley View Food Bank. Volunteers will help bag bulk pinto beans into individual packaging for distribution through the Valley View Food Bank, as part of the 4th Annual Bean Bag Day event! For more information or to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623-222-1522.

Recreation Campus Hall of Fame

Charley Pride and Buck O’Neil are the newest inductees to the Recreation Campus Hall of Fame, which honors those who have contributed significantly to the Surprise Recreation Campus. Other 2021 Hall of Fame inductees include Gold Glove winners Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers; and Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals. Plaques honoring Hall of Fame recipients are displayed in the stadium concourse at the Surprise Stadium.

Sterling Grove

The Sterling Grove community continues to grow and add more amenities. Tennis and pickleball courts are scheduled to open spring of 2021! The Sterling Grove golf course, located at 11440 N. Greenwich Boulevard, opened to public play last month. Below is a picture of the course with the White Tanks in the background. For more information on the Sterling Grove Golf & Country Club, visit sterlinggroveclub.com.

Sterling grove golf course.

Parks and Recreation Master Plan Wins Award

The City’s Parks and Recreation master plan.The City’s Parks and Recreation master Plan won a 2020 Honor Award from the AZ American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)! The mission of the ASLA “is to lead, educate, and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning, and artful design of our cultural and natural environments.”

Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO)

Public comment is being requested for the City’s new Property Maintenance ordinance (PMO). The PMO is a guiding document that establishes the minimum standards for all property throughout the city. Its goal is to keep the city safe, healthy, and blight free. Submit comments via an online comment box at surpriseaz.gov/PMO. Comments are being accepted through May 2, 2021. If you would like to learn more about the ordinance, please join the public meeting scheduled for April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Community Room or online. To join the public meeting online, please visit surpriseaz.gov/PMO.

Budget Retreat

FY2022 Budget thumbnail.As part of the development of the Fiscal Year 2022 City Manager’s Recommended Budget, City Council will be participating in a budget retreat, beginning at 9 a.m. on April 16. The retreat will be open to public attendance and televised for public viewing on surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, and Cox channel 11.

For additional information on the budget process, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

New Southwest Gas Customer Information System

Beginning on Monday, May 3, 2021, Southwest Gas is transforming their customer information system to provide an improved customer experience, along with enhanced security. For more information on how this could impact you and the way your account will be serviced, please visit www.swgas.com/new4u.

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on May 1 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.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is scheduled for April 20 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

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

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.

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

October 7, 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.

City Council Meetings reopened to in-person public participation

City Council meetings have been reopened to in-person public participation. In order to continue to adhere to CDC guidelines, capacity will be limited to 50 people, face coverings are required when entering and leaving the chambers, but may be removed while seated, and physical distancing measures will be in place to ensure that people sit or stand at least six feet from anyone not in your household. Virtual participation options will remain available and instructions for that are posted on each meeting’s agenda at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

The next City Council meetings will be held October 6 and October 20, at 6 p.m.. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

Small Business Relief Grant Program

Applications are being accepted through October 16 for the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant Program. This grant program provides emergency financial relief to local small businesses experiencing economic distress and loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closures compliant with Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Orders.

To apply, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/smallbusinessgrant. As part of the application process, you will need to create an account with the Arizona Community Foundation, a Surprise Business “Registration” License and a W-9 form.

For questions call 623-222-3300, or email SurpriseRelief@azfoundation.org.

Surprise Day of Service

Residents and volunteers collect weeds and trash.The Surprise Day of Service is October 10! Surprise Day of Service is a neighborhood revitalization and cleanup event that assists neighborhoods and homeowners who may not be physically or financially able to maintain their homes as required by local codes. Volunteers are needed to participate in various projects throughout the city, including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more. Individuals and groups (of no more than 10 people) can register with Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623-222-1522. Please note, participants are required to wear face coverings and will be split into small groups and check in times will be staggered due to COVID-19.

7th Annual Fiesta Grande Celebration Goes Virtual

Celebrate our city’s cultural heritage at the seventh annual Surprise Fiesta Grande – To Go style! This virtual celebration, presented by the City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina, is happening all week! Enjoy authentic Mexican food, cooking and dance classes, crafts, games and more!

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • October 5 at 6:30 p.m.: Holy Guacamole & Salsa Dippin’ Virtual Cooking Class. While this virtual class has already premiered, you can still watch it at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande
  • October 6 at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Folklorico Class/Performance. While this virtual class has already premiered, you can still watch it at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande
  • All day on October 6, Let’s Taco ‘bout a Good Meal! Where local restaurants offered discounts!
  • October 7 at 6:30 p.m.: Nacho Average Virtual Bingo! (Registration for this event is no longer available, but you can view all the previous virtual classes at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande).
  • October 8 at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Arts and Crafts, featuring WHAM (to participate, pick up your craft kit at the Parks & Recreation office, Monday 10/5 through Thursday 10/8 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 15960 N Bullard Ave Surprise, AZ 85374).
  • October 9 at 5 p.m.: Fiesta Foodtruck Friday & Swag Bag (Foodtruck and swag bag pick up are at Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N Hollyhock St, Surprise, AZ 85378. Register for a swag bag at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov by clicking on “Special Events”).

For updates and more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande or contact the Parks & Recreation Special Events Division at 623.222.2000.

If you happen to miss any of the virtual activities, videos will be available at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande after the event.

Veterans Day Tribute

Make a video tribute and/or sign for our Veterans for the Veterans Day tribute, a virtual alternative to the Veterans Day parade this year. Due to COVID-19, the City of Surprise will not be able to have a Veterans Day parade; however, we are asking residents to submit a video tribute or to decorate a sign that will be displayed on Bullard Ave. by the Surprise Stadium from November 10-12. To participate, record a video tribute, no longer than 15 seconds, thanking our veterans, then upload it to surpriseaz.gov/veteranvideo. This compilation of community messages will be featured on Veterans Day on the Surprise TV cable channel, our Parks & Recreation social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), and the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov. Entries must be received by October 29 at 5 p.m. Blank signs can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday October 12 through Friday, October 30. Decorated signs should be returned to the Parks and Recreation Office by 5 p.m. on Friday November 6 for inclusion in the display. For more information, please contact Steve Castillo at 623-222-2267, or by email at steve.castillo@surpriseaz.gov.

New in District 3

The Costco Wholesale Warehouse is now open! Located at 16385 W. Waddell Road, the Warehouse opened on September 24. Mayor Hall and I were on site to welcome them to Surprise with an early morning ribbon cutting!

Southwest Gas

Southwest Gas offers flexible payment plans, payment assistance programs, and income qualified rate assistance for their customers in Arizona. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Southwest Gas has ceased all service disconnection, and late fees for nonpayment, since March. While this moratorium is still in place, they would like to urge customers to also explore the various assistance programs that they offer, to avoid large payments after the COVID-19 crisis improves.

Low Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA)
Customers who have recently lost their job, or are receiving unemployment benefits, may qualify for a reduced energy rate through our LIRA Program. This program helps customers save money by providing a yearly 30% reduction in the monthly basic service charge and a “per therm” rate discount. The “per therm” discount is applied each month from November 1 through April 30.

Energy Share Program
Southwest Gas has $1 million available to customers experiencing unexpected financial difficulties, such as the loss of a job or medical emergency related to COVID-19. The Energy Share program allows customers facing financial hardship, who qualify, to receive assistance towards paying their Southwest Gas bill. Customers do not need to meet Federal Poverty Income Guidelines to qualify.

Deferred Payment Program
For customers who can demonstrate a hardship and have outstanding bills, their deferred payment plan allows them to pay their bill over an extended period of time. They also make referrals to government or local social service agencies.

To learn more about these programs, please visit the Southwest Gas website at www.swgas.com, or call 1-877-860-6020.

Southwest Gas also wants to remind you that they will never contact customers, or show up in person to demand payment with the threat of disruption of service. Any calls that demand immediate payment should be considered a scam. Do not provide any person information, and hang up. To verify the legitimacy of any calls or visits you receive, please call 877-860-6020.

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on November 7, 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.