Vice Mayor Chris Judd D6 Update

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • April 2020

Thank you for signing up to receive my newsletter and updates. It is my goal to ensure you receive a monthly newsletter containing important city updates as well as upcoming events. You can also find me on Facebook for frequent notifications. I am always available to hear your comments, questions, concerns or complaints! You may reach me anytime at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov or 623-222-1326.

COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our residents is our number one concern. Governor Doug Ducey issued a new Executive Order, “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected”, on March 30 to promote physical distancing while encouraging social connectedness to continue to help mitigate COVID-19 transmission. This order is in effect until April 30.

Under this Executive Order, Arizonans are asked to limit their time away from their place of residence or property except to conduct or participate in essential activities; for employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; to utilize any services or products provided by essential services; and for employment if as a sole proprietor or family-owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to the public.

For additional information on this Executive Order (2020-18), please visit the city’s COVID-19 webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19. Additionally, the City of Surprise website has information and resources to help residents while we all adhere to social distancing guidelines. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov for links to community resources and other pertinent information.

While most city facilities are closed to the public, city business will continue to be conducted. Core services will not be effected including fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services. As an additional step to help our residents during this health crisis, we are suspending all City of Surprise water customer shutoffs through May 10. By visiting our website, you can find information on ways to interact with the city online, by phone or via email.

In an effort to minimize the potential spread of illness, all city park amenities were closed as of March 24. This includes: playgrounds, water fountains, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, dog parks, skate parks, splash pads, restrooms, and volleyball courts. Ramada and field reservations are not being accepted at this time either.

Updated information on COVIC-19 can also be found on the Maricopa County Department of Health website https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Coronavirus-Disease-2019, the Center for Disease Control cdc.gov/COVID19, and the Arizona Department of Health Services https://www.azdhs.gov/.

Public Participation Changes at Council Meetings

Taking into account the current CDC recommendations, the City Council Chambers are closed to the public until further notice. You are always able to watch City Council Meetings live via, www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513. If you would like to submit a public comment during a meeting, your comment can be taken by email or phone. For specific instructions on how to interact during the Council meeting, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4802.

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

I always look forward to hearing from my constituents. 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.

Census 2020

Be counted! If you have not already responded to the Census, you can take your Census now, by visiting www.my2020census.gov.

Having an accurate Census count allows cities, organizations, and businesses to better evaluate what services or programs residents need, and aids in redistricting to ensure equal representation to our residents. It also affects the number of representatives each state has in Congress. Census data is also used to determine federal funding for programs like the National School Lunch Program and federal student loans. It’s important to be counted!

For additional information visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/Census2020.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

Are you looking for a way to help others during this current health crisis? The City of Surprise is starting a Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign to collect items such as baby formula, diapers, toilet paper, baby wipes, soap, feminine hygiene products, gloves and canned meat. If you have any of these items, and would like to donate them, they can be dropped off in bins at the locations listed below. For additional information about the campaign, or if you are in need of any of these items, please check our website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4785 for additional information.

  • Salvation Army: 17420 Ave of the Arts, 623-977-1084
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Radiant Church: 15522 W. Paradise Ln., 623-975-2662
    Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Surprise Senior Center: 15832 N. Hollyhock St., 623-222-1500
    Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Road Work Update

Litchfield and Cactus Roads
In March, the City added flashing yellow left-turn signals at Litchfield and Cactus Roads. This is an update the city will be making to all signalized intersections over time, as projects move forward and/or signal replacements are needed.

Flashing yellow arrow traffic signals feature a flashing yellow arrow in addition to the standard red, yellow and green arrows. When illuminated, the flashing yellow arrow allows waiting motorists to make a left-hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic. Otherwise, the new traffic signals work the same as traditional signals.

These upgrades are being made to enhance safety while allowing more traffic to move through the intersection in a shorter period of time. Flashing yellow arrow signals have been shown to help drivers make fewer mistakes. They reduce delays when traffic is light, because there are more opportunities to make a left turn with the flashing yellow left-turn arrow.

What the arrows mean:

Red arrow

Solid red arrow: Drivers intending to turn left must stop and wait. Do not enter an intersection to turn when a solid red arrow is being displayed.

Yellow arrow

Solid yellow arrow: The left-turn signal is about to change to red and drivers should prepare to stop or prepare to complete a left turn if they are legally within the intersection and there is no conflicting traffic present.

Dashed yellow arrow

Flashing yellow arrow: Drivers are allowed to turn left after yielding to all oncoming traffic and to any pedestrians in the crosswalk. Oncoming traffic has a green light. Drivers must wait for a safe gap in oncoming traffic before turning.

Green arrow

Solid green arrow: Left turns have the right of way. Oncoming traffic has a red light.

The city is working closely with contractors and project managers to keep roadway project timelines on track. For the latest information, please check the City of Surprise website, at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/.

State of the City

Mayor Skip Hall’s State of the City Address will be released virtually on April 15 at 6 p.m. I hope you get the chance to watch and hear about Surprise’s accomplishments and vision for the future. Residents can watch the State of the City address video on Surprise TV Channel 11 or online at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/. Don’t worry if you miss it, the video will be rebroadcast on Surprise TV and available to view on https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/ after April 15.

Upcoming Events

Updates on cancelled and postponed events can be found on the city website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/.

What’s happening on that lot?

If you notice new construction or planning signs posted 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!

Meet and Greet

To be compliant with Governor Ducey’s Executive Order, my monthly Meet and Greet scheduled for April 22, will be cancelled. Please check the calendar at www.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.