Councilmember Judd and Surprise Youth Council members seated at a conference room table.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • January 2020

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Recycling Update

The City of Surprise is still working on solutions to get us back to recycling. The challenge we face is almost half of the collected recyclables were being sent to the landfill by the recycling plant operator This resulted in constantly increasing fees being charged to the City by the recycling plant. Forcing our residents to pay these fees would not have addressed the problem – the problem being that most of the items we are used to recycling are no longer being used by the recycling industry.

Our city is working together with recycling partners and other cities to identify and implement recycling solutions. Our staff will give a presentation and discussion on the status of these efforts at a City Council Meeting in February. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I appreciate your continued concerns as we are moving towards a solution to bring recycling back.

Road Work

Waddell Road is still under construction and crews are working diligently to reopen the roadway from Loop 303 to Legacy Park by the end of February, as rain has caused some delays. Work will continue to early summer 2020 to complete the road improvements, but no additional full closures are expected. The Waddell Road widening project was approved by voters as part of the 2017 General Obligation (G.O.) Bond Election. Once completed, there will be a total of six travel lanes, a traffic signal at Waddell Road and Sarival Avenue, eliminate areas that have multiple lanes merging as well as the addition of streetlights, bicycle lanes and turn lanes.

Litchfield Road is also still under construction. This project is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2020. The improvements will include two additional lanes of travel, provisions for drainage, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, street lighting and more. For more information on the Waddell Road widening project, Litchfield Road project or other G.O. Bond projects, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Underground utility work along the south side of Peoria Avenue is having an impact on traffic flow. This is county land with a private utility project completing the work. A completion date has not yet been confirmed.

Surprise Youth Council

The Surprise Youth Council offers opportunities for our youth to engage in our community in service projects and events. These young adults work hand in hand with schools, non-profits and local elected officials. I was honored to be able to sit down with these students and discuss their ideas, goals and futures. Thank you for your continued work in our city.

Councilmember Judd and Surprise Youth Council members seated at a conference room table.

Upcoming Events

In honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the city will be hosting a day of celebration and service. Please join City Council, city staff and residents as we gather in the City Hall Courtyard on Saturday, January 18, for the celebration. The event will kick off with a light breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program which will include local performances, an MLK art contest, a fantastic keynote speaker and much more. Immediately following the conclusion of the program, there will be an opportunity to participate in community service projects beginning at 9:45 a.m. I hope to see you there!

The Surprise Spring Training 5K is now accepting early registrations! This annual fun run takes participants on a scenic tour of the city before ending at the ballpark. Runners receive a shirt, medal and a ‘buy one, get one free’ coupon for select sections of the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game on March 7. To register online or for more information, please visit www.surprisestadium.com/events.

Council Meetings and Agendas

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 7 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation.

City Offices Closed

All City Offices will be closed on January 20 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.