Councilmember Cline, Dr. William Tsutsui, Mayor Hall and Councilmember Judd hold a Surprise Recreation Campus baseball bat.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • August 2021

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.

Water Conservation Rebates

Water conservation rebates are now available for eligible Surprise residents! City-serviced residential, commercial and HOA customers can apply to receive rebates for irrigation controllers, xeriscape landscape and turf removal. Funds are limited and are first come, first assisted! Don’t delay; save today! https://bit.ly/2U2kn5c

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Watch for Children

School bus stop sign.With the start of the new school year, I would like to remind Surprise residents to stop for school busses and watch for children crossing the road. Please familiarize yourself with laws requiring you to come to a complete stop when you approach a school bus with its stop arm extended. Let’s keep our children safe!

National Safe Digging Day

Grass is marked with red, yellow, and orange utility markings.August 11, National Safe Digging Day! Have you ever wondered what the different colored markings on roads or in yards are? They’re a sign that a homeowner or contractor has put safety first and had utility lines identified before excavation. Utility lines that serve the community, such as natural gas, electricity, sewer and water can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk, but can also cause an interruption of service to customers. The City of Surprise and Southwest Gas encourage homeowners and contractors to call 811 or visit call811.com at least two full working days before digging to request a utility line locate. Be safe… always know what’s below before digging!

Neighborhood Grant Program

Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program, providing eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions or community improvements. Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the City designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY22. For more information about the grant, visit surpriseaz.gov/NGP

RideChoice Transportation Program

An elderly man and woman approach a Valley Metro van.Valley Metro’s RideChoice program, which offers discounted transportation options for eligible riders, has been expanded to allow more access for Surprise residents. All veterans with proof of eligibility will now qualify, and the FY2021 Income Limit Category has been changed to Low (80%) Income Limits – this is up from Very Low (50%). Persons age 65 and over and people with disabilities still automatically qualify for this program. For more information, head to surpriseaz.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=5201

New CEO at Ottawa University

On July 28, the City hosted a meet and greet with the new President and CEO of Ottawa University system-wide for residential campuses and adult learning sites nationwide. Dr. William Tsutsui received an incredibly warm welcome from Mayor Skip Hall and the City of Surprise.

Councilmember Cline, Dr. William Tsutsui, Mayor Hall and Councilmember Judd hold a Surprise Recreation Campus baseball bat.

Are You Prepared?

Ready, Set, Go! Emergency evacuations infographic.Are you prepared to evacuate if necessary? It’s always a good time to be reminded of “Ready, Set, Go!” a program designed to help keep you safe from seasonal threats. Take some time to read about emergency preparedness and the 5 P’s of Evacuation. Learn more at ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page, Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “follow” button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov, where you can subscribe to my Notify Me email list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will occur on Tuesday, August 17 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page, facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 carries the meetings live as well. 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

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greets on August 7 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd., and August 24 at 6 p.m. at Venue Taproom, 13699 N. Litchfield Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest city issues and answering any questions you might have.

Please check my webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.