An orange ribbon is cut for the grand opening of the O'Dell Center at OUAZ.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • March 2020

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day… And Upcoming Events!

March 17th will be St. Patrick’s Day, and I hope you will be able to use it as another chance to spend time with your friends and family to have fun and spread cheer! I highly recommend seeing the Spirited Lads perform at the Irish Wolfhound on St. Patrick’s Day.

Spring Training is in full swing, and great weather is upon us! I hope you get time to see some teams play, and don’t forget to support our home teams – the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers.

There are many things to enjoy around Surprise this month. We have St. Patrick’s Day at The Irish Wolfhound, Pink Floyd at The Vista, Luke Days, fishing at Surprise Lake, hiking at the White Tanks, Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival, our Spring Training 5K/1K run, Baseball Art and Collectibles Exhibit at Surprise City Hall and too many other things to list. Get details in the “Upcoming Events” section of my newsletter below.

Recycling Update

Surprise suspended bringing its recyclables to a material recovery facility in August 2019, as the international recycling industry continues dealing with a lack of demand for recycled commodities, low commodity value, and significantly increased processing costs. Our city team has engaged with regional partners including private industry, other cities, and Arizona State University to monitor available options and develop long-term sustainable options for recyclable material. While there is no definite time frame for re-establishing a recycling partnership at this point, the city is committed to identifying and implementing a financially viable and environmentally sustainable recycling program. One interim step, supported by City Council, under evaluation by city staff is the possible opening of a staffed recycling drop-off site that can be used for education and communication, while providing residents a nearby location to continue their recycling.

Economic Development

Amigo’s Authentic Mexican Grill & Bar has opened its doors to welcome residents to enjoy this family owned and operated restaurant. They offer daily specials and are open for breakfast! Amigo’s is located in the complex on the SE corner of Litchfield and Waddell Roads.

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Judd, Councilmember Winters, Councilmember Hayden and Amigos employees inside the newly opened restaurant.

Rangers Village Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, February 21, the City Council joined Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis and Texas Rangers staff to cut the ribbon on the new Rangers Village building. Rangers Village is a three-story, 36 suite, 70,000 square foot team housing complex located along Bullard Avenue, just north of Greenway Road. Rangers Village also includes a 13,000 square foot sports-training lab for the players.

Surprise City Council, Rick Davis and Texas Rangers staff hold scissors in preparation of the ribbon cutting.

Ottawa University Campus Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

Ottawa University-Arizona hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication for three new campus buildings – The O’Dell Center for athletics, the OUAZ Student Union, and Residence Hall. The O’Dell Center for Athletics is a 97,000 square foot athletic complex adjacent to Spirit Field to the west, just north of Tierra Buena Lane. The complex includes a recreation center, four court gymnasium, lockers rooms, an athletic training room, the Spirit Performance Center, five classrooms, and the faculty and athletic department offices. The OUAZ Student Union is a two story, 27,000 square foot building that houses the cafeteria, an outdoor and indoor dining space, the Spirit Fan Shop, campus mailroom, student lounge with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, conference center and designated quiet study spaces. The 76,000 square foot, four story residence hall is located to the east of Spirit Field and is home to an 83 room, 332 bed dormitory with fully furnished, four person suites, four student lounges and the campus security office.

DeBoa Jiu Jitsu Academy Ribbon Cutting

On February 26, we welcomed DeBoa Jiu Jitsu Academy to Surprise with a ribbon cutting. De Boa Jiu Jitsu Acacemy is located at 14763 W. Cactus Road, Surprise, AZ 85379.

Mayor Hall cuts a red ribbon for the grand opening of De Boa Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

What’s happening on that lot?

If you notice new construction or planning signs pop up somewhere and you would like more information, please email me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov. I enjoy talking about what is happening in Surprise and gaining valuable feedback from you!

Road Work Update

The City-managed Litchfield Road widening project remains on schedule with completion expected this spring.

The Waddell Road widening project reached a major milestone at the end of February with the full closure between Sarival and SR303 being reopened. This project also remains on track with expected completion by late spring.

On both of these projects, there will continue to be lane closures and detours as needed prior to these projects being completed.

The work at the intersection of Reems & Waddell is part of the larger Waddell project and while the early phases of this work have been completed, this intersection will continue to have some restrictions through May.

The roadwork occurring on the south side of Peoria Avenue is being conducted by several utility companies as they upgrade infrastructure to support new development in Glendale and unincorporated county, south of Peoria Avenue. Much of this work is nearing completion.

The county also has Olive Road closed between Litchfield and Reems through May due to construction of a new wastewater line needed to support development in the area.

Having a safe, efficient, and effective transportation system is critical to our quality of life and the smart growth of our city. Our city team is sensitive to the inconvenience and disruption caused by road construction and works closely with contractors to minimize these impacts where possible.

State of the City

Please join us on Thursday, March 26, for the State of the City address to hear updates on all of Surprise’s accomplishments and future visions. I encourage you to stay afterwards to witness the unveiling of the city’s 60th Anniversary Art Wall and enjoy live music, entertainment and more in our courtyard. The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall City Council Chambers.

Upcoming Events

St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Wolfhound

March 17th – Come see the Irish Lads! The Irish Wolfhound is once again hosting its all-day event in their parking lot. They will have plenty of Irish Fare, drinks and live music. This is always the best event in the West Valley that day. https://www.facebook.com/events/581386772443016/

The Vista Center for the Arts

Dysart recently rebranded it’s performing arts theater to be enjoyed by the entire community! They are hosting professional events and charging a very reasonable admission. On March 20th, they with have a Pink Floyd show. Details can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheVistaAZ/events/

Luke Days

Luke Days at Luke Air Force Base are March 21-22. Come out and see the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, along with a variety of other aerial demonstrations, ground displays and exhibits. Luke Air Force Base is located at 14185 Falcon Street.

Fishing at Surprise Lake

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been regularly stocking the lake with trout all winter and will soon switch to stocking catfish. There is still time to catch some very nice sized trout. You need a Valid Arizona Fishing License to fish here. Kids 9 and under do not need a license. Contact me or our Parks and Recreation for more information.

Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K

It’s not too late to register for the Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K that will take place on Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.! For additional information or to get registered, visit SurpriseStadium.com/events.

Baseball Art and Collectibles Exhibit at Surprise City Hall

Swing by city hall for the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” art reception on Thursday, March 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Stop by to enjoy sports-themed artwork; historic, autographed Sport’s Illustrated covers; replica jackets; and historic artifacts. For more information, contact Susan DeJong at 623-214-7537.

Spring Cleanup Event

Take advantage of our spring cleanup event! On Saturday, March 14, residents can drop off up to 2,000 pounds of non-hazardous residential waste for free at the Northwest Regional Landfill. Be sure to bring proof of Surprise residency, via a driver’s license and utility bill showing the same house address. For more information, you can call the Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.1900, or visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/sanitation.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday, March 29th from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave Come enjoy this fun family event with live music by Southbound (Country/Southern Rock) and a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of beer and wine. This family-friendly event will also have various yard games, inflatables and face painting. Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair! Dogs must be on leashes.

Teen College Trips

Join other teens from Surprise and tour a variety of Arizona college campuses! A medium drink from a local coffee shop is included in the registration fee, and please bring additional money for lunch. The trip will depart from and return to Sierra Montana Recreation Center. Spots are limited and registration ends on March 13. Ages 13-18. $15 Resident / $35 Non Resident (per trip).

March 16th – U of A
March 17th – ASU
March 20th GCU

Council Meetings and Agenda

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 3 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, March 17 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. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

Your opportunity to quiz your councilman at my monthly Meet and Greet will happen on Wednesday, March 26 from 6-8 p.m. This is an informal gathering, which makes it a great opportunity for you to talk with me one-on-one and ask questions, share ideas, or chat about our community. The event will take place at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road. I hope to see you there.