Surprise Students Participate in Mock Legislative Session

Students from Imagine Prep Surprise and Arizona Charter Academy participated in a mock legislative session at City Hall on September 26. I had the pleasure of sitting on the panel and listening to the incredible ideas these young people had for new bills.

The session was the capstone of the Capitol Scholar Program, which was developed based on an idea from Rep. Rick Gray to teach the state legislation process to high school students. City Hall hosted program workshops that students started attending in April. Topics of discussion included writing, research, transforming bills into ideas, debating and public speaking.

You can watch the students present their final bills here:

Fire Hydrant Testing and Painting

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is the overseer of fire hydrants in the City. Fire hydrants throughout the City are served by several water companies. Each water company is responsible for the operation and maintenance of its own fire hydrant system on a regular rotating basis.  The largest water companies are Epcor Utilities, Inc., the City of El Mirage and the City of Surprise.

The water system served by the City of Surprise includes 2,800 fire hydrants and 7,800 street valves. This infrastructure is maintained by the City’s Water Division, in Public Works. Fire hydrants in District 6 are all maintained by the City. The Water Division’s work plan is based upon a 5-year cycle for repainting.  Recently, 140 hydrants around the City Hall campus were repainted.  Hydrants are required by the Fire Department to be tested every year. At this time, Water management is evaluating the best management practices for hydrant (and valve) preventive maintenance strategies given the available resources.

Linked below are maps of fire hydrant ownership (for maintenance responsibility) and water service providers, by Council District.  Water Operations has prepared a fire hydrant maintenance plan which has been provided to Public Works management for their consideration in preparing the department’s budget for Fiscal Year 15/16.