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District 6 Newsletter – May, 26 2017

Hello fellow neighbors of District 6,

The month of May brought exciting things to Surprise…. As your D6 Councilmember and Vice Mayor, I wanted to update you on the latest news and information.

City Council Work Session Highlights

Potential General Obligation Bond Discussion

City staff briefed City Council on three proposed General Obligation Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation, at their May 16 Work Session.

The three proposed questions and projects, as presented to Council, were determined based on community needs, comments received from residents during the 2016 bond election outreach process, and input received during and after the Surprise Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee’s April 19 meeting.

Proposed Question #1: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $34 million public safety bond proposal to: build a Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center; renovate an existing city facility into a Police Training Facility; acquire Land for Future Fire Station/Police Substation & Park; build a new Fire Station at Cactus and Litchfield roads; build a new Fire Station along 163rd Avenue, south of Happy Valley Road, to replace the current temporary station; and build a Public Works Operations Facility to centralize operations. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $26 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #2: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $15.5 million street bond proposal to provide funds to plan, design, construct and improve Waddell, Greenway and Litchfield roads. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $12 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #3: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $10 million street pavement preservation bond proposal to plan, design, construct, replace and improve deteriorated street pavement citywide. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $8 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Per City Council consensus at the Work Session, staff will bring back a Call to Election action item at the June 6 Regular Council Meeting. If approved, the three separate bond questions would appear on the ballot in a Special Election on November 7. All registered voters in Surprise will receive a ballot by mail.

City Council Meeting

Reappointment of Presiding Judge Louis F. Dominguez

Surprise Municipal Code provides a reappointment process for incumbent presiding judges whereby the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission makes a recommendation to the City Council after investigation and evaluation. The Committee recommended reappointment of Presiding Judge Louis F. Dominquez to Surprise Municipal Court.

City Council unanimously approved Resolution 2017-46 reappointing Presiding Judge Dominguez for a term of four years.

Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission’s Art in Public Places Plan

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission was first tasked by City Council to develop a display plan for the city in 2014. The purpose of the request was to update and enhance the look of City Hall and the surrounding campus with the inclusion of art and artistic elements and create a space that residents and visitors alike will enjoy. The first draft of the plan revealed that a more comprehensive and detailed look was needed with the help of multiple resources and stakeholders. In March 2016, the Commission worked with a consultant to proceed.

After a very thorough process, and after input by the City Council following a City Council Work Session in February 2017, the Commission provided City Council an update regarding the plans priorities and associated costs. Recommended projects include, but are not limited to, a new lobby seating area, art exhibit signage, LED lighting, new paint in highlighted areas, relocation of a few existing art pieces and a mural near in the city cashier area.

WESTMARC Economic Development Summit

WESTMARC Stats infographicWESTMARC Economic Development Summit was held on Thursday, May 11. Guest speakers included Land Advisors CEO and Founder Greg Vogel, EMSI Economic Development Consultant Matthew Miller, ASU Senior Sustainability Scientist Dr. Shade Shutters, and Chancellor of Maricopa Community College District Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick. Conversation and panel discussion surrounded today’s workforce strategy and labor trends. Discussion also included the need for more accurate educational and labor data to provide to interested businesses. Currently, standard labor market information does not appropriately capture this information because the data is reported to where people are employed versus where they reside.

Current Curfew Ordinance Reminder

With students out of school for summer break, the Surprise Police Department reminds residents about our curfew ordinance for those under the age of 18. According to the city ordinance, it is unlawful for any minor to remain upon, go or be upon any public street, alley or other public place of the city between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and between 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday unless accompanied by a legal guardian.

Often times crimes occurring between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. are either committed by juveniles or against juvenile victims. To ensure the safety of minors, starting Friday, May 26, the Surprise Police will be heavily enforcing the curfew ordinance. Violation of this ordinance is a class 1 misdemeanor. Parents may also be cited for their children being out after curfew if they allowed the juvenile to violate the ordinance.

View this city ordinance in detail

We Want Your Input on Our Libraries

How can we improve or transform the libraries in Surprise? We are asking you to share your thoughts through our online survey. Resident input is key to the process.

The city currently has two libraries, Northwest Regional Library and Hollyhock Library. The city hired Orcutt Winslow, an architecture and planning firm, to conduct a library feasibility study that will help guide future library operations, library renovation projects and potential new libraries.

Residents are encouraged to take an online survey available at www.surpriseaz.gov/librarysurvey. The results of the study will be completed in August and will be presented at a City Council meeting late August or early September. For questions or more information, call the Community and Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.

Surprise Public Library inside of woman browsing book shelves

City Seeking Applicants for Boards & Commissions

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.

Disability Advisory Commission – 1 vacancy
Judicial Selection Advisory Commission (JSAC) – 1 vacancy
Board of Trustees – 1 vacancy

Applications for the above mentioned commission are available for pick-up immediately and can be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. The City Clerk’s Office is located at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Applications are also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/boards.

Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person or by e-mail to clerk@surpriseaz.gov. For more information, please contact our City Clerk’s office at 623.222.1200.

Free Continuous Chest Compression Only Cpr Classes

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer. CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • June 7
  • July 19
  • August 1

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza. To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

NEW Dealership Opens in Prasada Auto Mall

Subaru Superstores of Surprise hosted a grand opening community event on Saturday, May 13. The newest auto dealer in the Prasada Auto Mall is located at 13090 N. Autoshow Avenue. Welcome to Surprise!

City offices closed May 29 for Memorial Day; holiday trash / recycling schedule in effect

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

City of Surprise trash and recycling customers are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day all week. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers and, therefore, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider.

Questions? Please contact City of Surprise Public Works at 623.222.1900.


Do you have any questions for me? Please reach out to me. Together we will make Surprise an even better place to live and work and play!

Here are the best ways to reach me: email at todd.tande@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1326.

Thanks for being a part of what makes our city great!

Todd

District 6 Newsletter – May 5, 2017

Hello fellow neighbors of District 6,

There are some amazing things happening in our wonderful hometown of Surprise… As your D6 Councilmember and Vice Mayor, I wanted to update you on the latest news and information. Here we go…

City Manager FY18 Recommended Budget

Fiscal Year 2018 City of Surprise Budget and Finances

Your City Council, for the last few months, has held public meetings to discuss the city budget and its priorities. During our most recent City Council meeting, the City Manager provided his “Recommended Budget.”

The City Council discussed not only what priority expenditures to include, but also, the funding sources including tax rates to fund the budget items. The Final Budget and Tax Rates will be adopted in June, and your City Council requests and encourages your input.

During my first year on Council, we voted unanimously to LOWER the Primary (Operational Funds) Property Tax Rate, and it remains among the lowest in the Valley. Since then, the City Council has voted unanimously to hold that lower rate at the same level, and also hold the Sales Tax Rate the same. In case you were not aware, the City of Surprise currently has NO Secondary Property Tax Rate, which typically is voter-approved to fund (General Obligation Debt / Capital Project Financing). That means we have been financing limited Capital Projects through the main city banking account, the General Fund, which is also used to pay for everyday operational costs. City Tax Rates compared to other cities can be found on this link: http://d6.surpriseaz.gov/your-city-by-the-numbers/.

Using our current rate multiplied by the assessed value of your home has most Homeowners likely paying less than $152 per year, or less than $12.70 per month, for city operations (Police, Fire-Medical, Parks, Public Works, City Administration, etc) through the Primary Property Tax Rate. In many cases, that is lower than what most homeowners are paying for their own Neighborhood HOA assessments, with rates which are set by your neighborhood HOA Board Members.

Those with higher assessed values would pay a bit more, and those with lower assessed values would pay a bit less. You can see your Detailed “CITY OF SURPRISE” portion of your property taxes online by starting at the Maricopa County Assessors website and clicking through to your parcel and then “detailed taxes” at this link: https://mcassessor.maricopa.gov/

My first Agenda Item, when I joined Council, was to implement a new Financial Policy that requires City Staff to take the actions necessary for the City to strengthen our City Finances and strive towards the Top Credit Rating. Our City Council unanimously approved my New Financial Policy, and the City Management has been successfully working towards that goal. Since the approval, our City has received many Credit Ratings Upgrades and is now at AA+ or just one level below the top rating of AAA. I previously served as Finance Director for the State of Indiana, at the time Indiana achieved its first ever AAA credit rating.

Read more about the City of Surprise AA+ Rating information

View the Credit Rating Agency’s Detailed News Release about City of Surprise Finances that shows all but one assessment factor is now at AAA level in this RARE “two ratings step” increase announcement.

View the City of Surprise Budget information

2017 General Obligation Bond Discussion Coming May 16

The Surprise Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee was briefed late last month by city staff on proposed capital improvement projects that may be included in three separate bond questions this fall.

Staff will present the proposed projects to City Council at the May 16th Work Session. Pending Council consensus, a Call to Election vote would be scheduled at a Regular Meeting in June. If approved, Surprise voters would decide on three possible General Obligation Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation in a mail-ballot only Special Election on November 7, 2017.

Proposed Question #1: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $35 million public safety bond proposal to: build a Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center; renovate an existing city facility into a Police Training Facility; acquire Land for Future Fire Station/Police Substation/ & Park; build a new Fire Station at Cactus and Litchfield roads; build a new Fire Station along 163rd Avenue, south of Happy Valley Road, to replace the current temporary station; and build a Public Works Operations Facility to centralize operations. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $29 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #2: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $22.9 million street bond proposal to provide funds to plan, design, construct and improve Waddell, Greenway, Litchfield and Cactus roads. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $19 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #3: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $24 million street pavement preservation bond proposal to plan, design, construct, replace and improve deteriorated street pavement citywide. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $20 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

City Council Work Sessions begin at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. They are open to the public and carried live on Surprise TV and online www.surpriseaz.gov/surprise11. All meeting agendas are posted online at least 24 hours ahead of the meeting at www.surpriseaz.gov.

Economic Development Update

District 6 has recently celebrated the ground breakings of a few new businesses. Milam Glass is a new company that will be located at 10801 N. 132nd Ave Surprise AZ 85379 (Located in the industrial park at approximately 132nd and Peoria). Milam Glass will be developing a 22,000 SF facility which will become their new headquarter location and employ around 45-50 people. Locating in Surprise will allow a significant portion of their workforce to work closer to home as many of them reside in the West Valley. As a glass company, their new facility will have a front façade made almost completely of glass. Read more about their new facility in their press release

Phoenix Distribution Center also celebrated with a groundbreaking last month. The distribution center is located just north of the Milam Glass site. The 12,000 square foot center will be located at the southeast corner of Desert Cove Road and 132nd Avenue. They will employ approximately 30 people.

Additionally, Legacy Traditional School is currently under construction with a 36,000 square feet expansion for a middle school.

Across the city, there are several new businesses that have recently opened or will soon. The Subaru Superstore of Surprise opened in the Prasada 303 Auto Park. The two-story, 60,000 square foot, seven-acre complex represents a state-of-the-art facility. They will be hosting a community event on Saturday, May 13 from 6 am until 9 am. The facility is located at 13090 N. Autoshow Avenue.

Subaru Superstore of Surprise

Salad and Go will soon open just north of Bell Road on Litchfield Road.

It was recently announced that BASIS Schools is considering a campus in Surprise. BASIS was recently recognized as having the top 3 schools in the US along with the 5th and 7th top ranked schools in the US and all of those are in Arizona!

2017 Retail Results Are In!

The City of Surprise launched a retail survey in March that garnered more than 3,000 responses! With many thanks to our engaged community, we were able to collect data that helped to identify the city’s retail strengths, as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. I’m happy to report that Nick’s Diner II and Vogue Bistro, both District 6 restaurants, made the list of favorite local restaurants!

Top 10 Desired Restaurants

In-N-Out Burger
Portillo’s
Sweet Tomatoes
Pita Jungle
El Pollo Loco
Cracker Barrel
Cheesecake Factory
Café Zupas
Whataburger
Rubio’s

Top 10 Desired Retailers

Costco
Hobby Lobby
Whole Foods
Home Goods
JoAnn’s Fabric
TJ Maxx
Old Navy
Total Wine
IKEA
Bath and Body Works

Top 10 Local Favorites – Restaurants

Babbo Italian Eatery
Rio Mirage
Vogue Bistro
Saigon Kitchen
Nick’s Diner II
Oregano’s
Big Buddha
State 48 Brewery
Jim’s Burgers and Eggs
Irish Wolfhound

Top 10 Local Favorites – Retailers

Kimbur’s Pet Wash
Kohl’s
Musical Surprise
Target
Son Glow Boutique
Walmart
Stein Mart
Bling Tour
Home Depot
Ross

The city would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey! The Surprise Economic Development team will now use the results to guide their retail recruitment efforts.

Community Development Update

Mini Business Warehouses and Storage is working on their due diligence, which is the first step in determining if your project is feasible, and assuring the stages of your project occur in the proper sequence. The project would consist of three phases of construction on the existing 8.1 acres with each phase utilizing approximately 2.6 acres.

Filberto’s at Surprise Pointe received an approval for their Conditional Use Permit for a drive-through dining facility.

Empire Residential Communities Fund II, LLC is requesting Final Plat approval for a 24 lot detached single family residential subdivision on a 10.47 acre parcel located at the northeast corner of 114th Avenue and Waddell Road.

Health for Life at Surprise Point is requesting a Conditional Use Permit to accommodate a Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 13431 N. Litchfield Road. A Citizen Review Hearing will be held on May 17 at 6 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center, 15038 N. Parkview Place.

Dial-A-Ride Changes Effective July 1, 2017

Beginning July 1, Valley Metro will discontinue the current Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride service model to provide more service options and standardized regional transportation for seniors, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) eligible and income-qualified riders. Three transportation options will be available to customers when the new model begins: the Senior Bus, Paratransit Shared Ride and RideChoice Taxi Service.

Seniors who frequently visit the Surprise Senior Center, on average 3-5 days per week, can catch a ride on the city’s shared route Senior Bus. The Senior Bus will follow a dedicated route to the Senior Center and provide door-to-door pick-up and drop-off service; fare for the bus will remain $2 per one-way trip. The bus will be available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding city holidays.

Paratransit Shared Ride is recommended for ADA certified customers, seniors and income-qualified general public who schedule rides for local medical and works trips greater than 7 miles and, generally, outside the city of Surprise. ADA certified riders may also use the service for medical and work trips anywhere within Maricopa County up to ¾ miles of bus service. Multiple vehicle options will be available for customers when booking their trips; the service contractor will schedule vehicles accordingly based on customer needs.

Customers booking Paratransit Shared Ride are required to schedule trips 1-14 days in advance; same day booking is not available. The service will operate daily 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; trip fares are $4 each way.

Valley Metro Paratransit Van

Similar to the current Dial-a-Ride program, RideChoice Taxi Service provides 24 hours per day, 365 days per year service for riders with the ability to self-book and choose from multiple service providers. Riders will be allotted 16 trips per month however customers needing more trips are able to work with city staff to review monthly trip allowances on an individual basis.

RideChoice trips are managed on a RideChoice card that must be renewed each month; unused trips do not carry over. Customers can choose to load money to the RideChoice card to pay for trips however cash and credit cards are still accepted. RideChoice accounts can be self-managed online and by smart phone. Fares are $3 per one-way trip for riders. Riders will be responsible for any fare amounts that exceed $21 (city’s match is up to $18 per trip).

SERVICE MODELS AT A GLANCE
Service Model
Riders
Fare
Offers
Senior Bus Seniors Rider cost: $2 per one way trip; Avg. city cost per trip: $12.50 Shared route public transportation for frequent Senior Center visitors
Paratransit Shared Ride ADA certified, seniors, income- qualified general public Rider cost: $4 per one way trip; Avg. city cost per trip: $36 Shared ride for work and medical trips greater than 7 miles
RideChoice Taxi Service ADA certified, seniors, income-qualified general public Rider cost: $3 per one way trip up to $21; rider responsible for fares that exceed $21; Avg. city cost per trip: $17.50 Similar to Dial-a-Ride; trips generally within city limits, less than 8 miles

Valley Metro will contact current Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride customers directly to educate them on the changes to the program and the new options. The first mailing goes out in May, with more detailed information going out in June.

Surprise staff and representatives from Valley Metro will schedule a public meeting in May to discuss the service models and answer questions.

Surprise will continue to share information about changes to Valley Metro’s Northwest Valley service model at www.surpriseaz.gov/transportation as it becomes available.

Registration Underway For CRS Activities

The City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Department has opened registration for the following youth sports activities:

Summer Youth Basketball League:
Recreational leagues for boys and girls ages 5-15, and competitive leagues for 14U & 17U boys and girls. The summer basketball season will start in early June and run until the end of July. Games are played on Saturdays and/or weeknights. Practice times are up to the volunteer coach, but are usually once a week at 5:30pm, 6:30pm or 7:30pm for one hour. Age is determined on or before July 31, 2017.

Summer Break Sports Camps:
Surprise is also offering a number of Summer Youth Sports Camps in June and July, including basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer. Flag football and soccer registration starts in July. For a list of camp dates and details, please visit http://www.surpriseaz.gov/2017/Sports-Camps-and-Clinics or call 623.222.2000.

With summer around the corner, I wanted to share a summary of recreations events as well.

Aquatics
May 1Swim & Dive Team Registration Begins
May 6 – Safety Day @ Surprise Aquatic Center 8 am – 11 am
May 15 – Summer Swim Lesson Registration Begins
May 25 – Itty Bitty Beach Party 10 am-12 pm @ Surprise Aquatic Center
May 27 – Open Swim begins at Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool
June 10 – Dive In Movie “Disney’s Moana” 7:30 – 9:30 pm
July 4 – Pool Party @ Aquatic Center
July 22 – Dive in Movie “The LEGO Batman” Movie 7:30 – 9:30 pm
May 30 – Recreation Swim & Dive Team practices begin at Surprise Aquatic Center and Summer Swim Lessons begin at Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool.

Youth / Teens/Adults
May 12 – Surprise Talent Show 6-9 pm @ Valley Vista Performing Arts Center
May 19 – Rec Night for Teens from 7-10 pm @ Sierra Montana Recreation Ctr
June 16 – Rec Night for Teens from 7-10 pm @ Sierra Montana Recreation Ctr
July 14 – Rec Night for Teens from 7-10 pm @ Sierra Montana Recreation Ctr
May 30 – Summer Camp at Countryside Recreation Center and Sierra Montana Recreation Center begin

Drop in Recreation is available at Sierra Montana.

Open Gym is available at Countryside and Villanueva Gym from 5pm until 9pm Monday – Friday, and 12 pm – 5 pm on Saturday.

Adaptive Programs
Tuesdays in May Adaptive Buddy Bowling, Uptown Alley
May 12 – Adaptive Family Fun Night, Senior Center

Events
May 27 – Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony 9 am @ Community Park
July 4 – Baseball and Fireworks Surprise Recreation Campus

Adult Sports
Coed Indoor Volleyball
Basketball
4 on 4 Flag Football
Softball

Of course there are a variety of special interest classes and tennis classes to choose from this summer. For more information on these events, programs or classes, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Arts & Culture Master Plan

Surprise is developing its first Arts & Culture Master Plan, and we need your help shaping it! The master plan will help us to better express the uniqueness and artistic vitality of Surprise by setting the standard and strategic direction for how we continue to implement and enjoy arts and culture in our community.

The city’s Community Development Department and Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission will be working with consultant, Designing Local, throughout the 18-month development process.

The initial phase is about capturing the essence of Surprise. If you live, work, or invest in the city, we want you to tell us what makes Surprise interesting, unique, a great place to visit or a great place to call home. Share your thoughts by taking a survey and sharing images, stories, sketches and more on the Arts and Culture Master Plan webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/artsplan.

The information we gather will be used to create a draft Arts and Culture Master Plan. That plan will be available online and presented at public and stakeholder meetings for input. In fall 2018, the plan will go before the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission for review and comment, and subsequently to the City Council for potential adoption.

For more information, please contact Joshua Mike at joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3134.

Do you have any questions for me? Please reach out to me, together we will make Surprise an even better place to live and work and play! Here are the best ways to reach me: email at todd.tande@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1326.

Thanks for being a part of what makes our city great!

Todd

District 6 Newsletter – December 2015

Surprise Dial-A-Ride

With demand for the City’s Dial-A-Ride service increasing, the City Council recently voted to fund an increase in the number of weekday trips offered by the service.

These additional funds will increase the weekday trip cap from 140 to 160 one-way trips per day through the close of the fiscal year in June. A request to sustain the increase will be submitted to the City Council during the FY2017 budget process. This increase comes after the recent announcement that Surprise Dial-A-Ride now offers holiday service, which is capped at 30 one-way trips per day.

Dial-A-Ride’s regular hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays have a cap of 30 one-way trips.

As a reminder, Dial-A-Ride offers advanced reservations. Certified ADA, seniors and others with disabilities can schedule advance reservations up to 14 days prior to the trip. To make an appointment for Dial-A-Ride service, please call 602.266.8723.

All Dial-A-Ride service requirements remain the same and can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/dialaride.


Economic Development Update

The City’s Economic Development Department continues to be busy with inquiries. This past October, they had inquiries from 3 large businesses, 1 small business and 2 for the AZ TechCelerator. There were 2 large business site visits, 12 small business assists and 14 AZ TechCelerator tenant requests.

Cobalt Ribbon Cutting 2015
I joined Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital as they held their ribbon cutting and open house on November 19. The hospital will officially open its doors this month. The $17.5 million rehabilitation hospital with 40 beds is specifically designed for treating devastating head injuries that general hospitals may not be equipped to handle. The hospital brings 140 jobs to Surprise! The hospital recently hired Dr. Raj Singh as its medical director. He is also the medical director for the Barrow Neurosurgical Associates NeuroSpine and Rehab Center and the Rehabilitation Institute of Scottsdale.

Surprise Council Happy Holidays Card


Increased Air Activity at Luke Air Force Base

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
Photo of the F-35 at Unveiling Ceremony at Luke AFB

Luke Air Force Base has issued the following press release advising of upcoming increased air activity:

Luke Air Force Base will host Forging Sabre, a large force exercise involving members of the Republic of Singapore Armed Forces, Tuesday, Dec. 1 to Sunday, Dec. 13.

The Forging Sabre exercise will include both night and weekend flying operations for the duration of the exercise at Luke AFB and the Barry M. Goldwater Range complex.

The areas around Luke and the BMGR may experience more noise than usual as a result of the increased air activity and types of aircraft involved. Aircraft involved will include F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-15E Strike Eagle and Heron 1 UAS. There will be an increased military presence with military movements along Highway 85 south of Gila Bend as military position themselves within the Barry M. Goldwater range.

The purpose of the exercise is to provide the Singapore armed forces an opportunity to exercise and train their full spectrum of command, control and execution.


Upcoming Traffic Construction

There are many Capital Improvement projects scheduled to occur in the next few months that you should be aware of.

CIP Projects Map

Waddell Road Median (Litchfield Road to 1200 feet west): Construction expected to start in January 2016. Bidding began in November.

Landscaping Median (various locations): The project currently focuses on completing medians in the following locations:

  • Reems Road – Peoria to Cactus (1 mile)
  • Bullard Avenue – Peoria to Cholla (1/2 mile)
  • Waddell Road – 175th to Citrus (1/2 mile)
  • Sarival Road – Bell to Northwest Ranch Parkway (900 ft)

It is expected that the request for bid public bid will close in January. Construction is expected to begin in the March/April timeframe with the individual sections prioritized as listed above.

Cactus Road (south side) from Litchfield Road to Rail Road Tracks and Litchfield Road (east side) from Cactus Road to Desert Cove Road: It is expected that the construction of the project will go out for a public bid that will close in January. Construction is expected to begin in the March/April timeframe.

Peoria Avenue (Reems Road to Sarival Avenue): Lennar has begun construction. Project should be complete by December.

Peoria Avenue (south side) from Greer Ranch Parkway to Reems Road: Construction will commence after Lennar completes the construction on the north side.

Bullard Avenue Task Force: Recommendation for safe routes to school study includes 2 lanes in each direction, 35 mph speed limit, and signals at Acoma and Sweetwater. It is currently undecided if a Hawk or Traditional Traffic Signal will be installed at 2 ½ miles. Also, a refuge island and school crossing is recommended at Cholla (no signal).

Cactus Road (north half) from 143rd Avenue to Bullard Avenue: This project includes half street improvements with a median. DMB is the project owner, with the City contributing to median costs. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2016.

Greenway Road (Bullard Avenue to Litchfield Road): This project is anticipated to be bid and awarded in November 2015 and completed before Spring Training 2016. The project includes intersection dip improvements.

Greenway and Dysart Intersection: This project will improve the existing dip section and is anticipated to be completed prior to Spring Training 2016.

Bell Road/Grand Avenue Intersection Project
I met with representatives from ADOT last week regarding the communication roll-out of the Bell Road/Grand Avenue Intersection project. ADOT, in partnership with the City, has developed a comprehensive outreach and communications program to for the residents and businesses in Surprise. A Public Information Advisory Team comprised of representatives from ADOT, the City, Maricopa County, businesses and residents will assist with developing messaging, disseminating information and facilitating business outreach. More information will be available soon.


Recent Changes in City Ordinances

On December 4, 2015, the City of Surprise adopted several changes to ordinances related to animal ownership. In an effort to ensure all citizens are made aware of the new changes, the Surprise Police provided the following review of the effected ordinances or city codes.

To begin with, the definition of “at large” was changed in Surprise City Code 10-19. The code also requires a dog owner to contain their pet within a structure (home), an enclosure (fenced rear yard), or restrain and control the animal (leash) at all times. While away from their premises, the dog owner has the same requirements; however there continues to be an exemption for a dog park.

Within the same city code, there was also a change for homeowners in gated communities. A previous exception stating dogs were not at large anywhere within a gated community has been deleted. At this time, gated communities are treated the same as any other location within the City of Surprise.

Surprise City Code 10-24 also was modified. The code penalizes all owners: who do not get their dog licensed, who counterfeit a dog license, and those who remove a valid license from a dog, or place a license for another animal on their dog which is not valid.

Also, the Surprise Police would like to remind citizens of Surprise City Code 10-26. This code states an owner who wants to continue keeping an animal previously declared vicious by a court must obtain liability insurance, have the animal spayed or neutered, and muzzle the animal when taking it off the owner’s premises.

Other changes were also made to Surprise City Code 10-56. The change states an animal found running around a neighborhood may cause the owner to have to pay food and housing charges, if the owner was negligent in allowing the animal to get out. Proof of negligence is more than just a dog getting out – it would come from the dog getting out multiple times or proof the owner is not taking reasonable steps to keep the animal contained.

Additionally, in regard to Surprise City Code 10-79, the code now requires only one person to file a formal complaint with the police about a barking dog prior to enforcement action being taken.

If you have additional questions in regard to these city ordinances, please contact the Surprise Police Department at 623.222.4000.

Click here for more information or to review current Surprise City Ordinances: http://ow.ly/VlWvV

Lost Dogs:

If your dog is picked up by the Surprise Police Department’s Animal Care and Control Unit, they will typically be transferred to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control within 24 hours. For lost pets, contact the Surprise Police Department at 623 222-4000 or visit a Maricopa County Animal Care Center – see locations.

Surprise Animal Care and Control and Maricopa County Licensing Applications and Requirements

Maricopa County Licensing and Vaccinations
Be a responsible pet owner

All dogs over the age of 3 months must be vaccinated and licensed with Maricopa County. The dog must display the license on a collar or harness. (State Law A.R.S. Vaccination 11-1010); (State Law A.R.S. License must be worn 11-1102); (City Ordinance Sec. 10-24 A.).

For licensing and vaccination info, contact:

Maricopa County Rabies Animal Care and Control
2500 South 27th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85009
602 506-7387
Vaccinations | Licensing


Surprise Farms Dog Park opens Dec. 9

The City of Surprise is pleased to announce the Surprise Farms Community Park – Dog Park will be open to patrons and their dogs on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Surprise Farms Dog Park

The dog park is located at 15991 N Willow Canyon Drive. Amenities include drinking fountains, picnic tables, park benches, dog play features and a grass play area. The park has a dedicated parking lot with restrooms located close by. The park consists of (3) divided sections: (1) for dogs over 20 lbs., (1) for dogs under 20 lbs. and (1) will be used as an alternative when either of the sections are closed for maintenance and healthy turf practices. The dog park will be closed on Thursdays from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. for mowing and cleaning.

This will be the second dog park for the residents of Surprise. The original Surprise Community Park Dog Park is located at Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane and will be open on Thursdays when Surprise Farms Dog Park is closed.

For more information on Surprise Farms Community Park – Dog Park, please call 623.222.2000.


New Park Improvements in Surprise

The City held a ribbon cutting celebration for our two parks that have new improvements, Veramonte Community Park and Surprise Farms Park, on November 14. Veramonte Community Park located at 12741 N. 140th Avenue, features restrooms, a splash pad, a parking lot and other new park amenities. Surprise Farms Park, located at the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Surprise Farms Loop South, features a playground, splash pad, basketball court, skate park, restrooms and other park amenities.


Spring Training

The 14th annual Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Wednesday, March 2, at the Surprise Recreation Campus – The Campus of Champions – featuring Surprise’s home teams:

2015 World Series Champions, Kansas City Royals and 2015 American League Western Division Champions, Texas Rangers.

Surprise Stadium

There will be a special online pre-sale at http://www.surprisespringtraining.com starting Saturday, Dec. 12 at 8 a.m. (MST). Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with Tickets.com at 888.755.2583. Service charges may apply to online and phone orders.

Individual tickets and season packages will be available. Individual game ticket prices range from $8 in the lawn to $30 in the premium lower dugout and include free parking. Four premium games (see schedule below) have been designated with individual ticket pricing ranging from $13-$35.

The Surprise Recreation Campus invites fans to save by taking advantage of the pre-sale opportunity to purchase from a variety of ticket packages. Ticket packages available include Full Season, Home Team Half Season, and Home Team 7-Packs. All packages include priority seating and VIP Parking. Full Season and Half Season packages include a VIP season ticket reception.

Season tickets, group sales and mail orders will also be accepted at the box office. Call 623.222.2222 to add your name to the priority list now, or download the mail/fax order form online at www.surprisespringtraining.com.

The Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office will open for ticket sales on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 beginning at 7 a.m. The box office is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. For questions or more information, please check our website at www.surprisespringtraining.com or call 623.222.2222.

2016 Spring Training Schedule

*Schedule subject to change | Premium Games

Mar 2 Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 3 Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 4 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 5 Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 6 Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 7 San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 8 Colorado Rockies vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 9 Milwaukee Brewers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 10 Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 11 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 12 Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 13 Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 14 Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 15 Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 16 Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 17 Milwaukee Brewers vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
Mar 18 Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 19 Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 20 Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers 1:05pm
Mar 21 Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 22 Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
Mar 23 Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 24 Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 25 San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
Mar 26 Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 27 Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
Mar 28 San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
Mar 29 San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
Mar 30 Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers 12:05 p.m.


Governor Doug Ducey shaking hands with Surprise City Councilman Todd Tande
Councilman Tande shakes hands with Governor Doug Ducey and welcomes him to Surprise.

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