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District 6 Newsletter • December 7, 2018

Councils oks new Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission

City of Surprise logo

The Surprise City Council moved to approve the formation of a volunteer Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.

The 11-member advisory commission will assist in the development of city programming related to these three focus areas.

The city will recruit for a full-time staff member within the Human Service and Community Vitality (HSCV) Department to serve as a staff liaison to the commission and support other duties within HSCV.

The commission will receive $50,000 for the initial-year establishment to support a proposed community needs assessment and strategic planning process. $10,000 in annual funding was proposed for yet to be determined veteran and human service programs and to expand the city’s adaptive service offerings to support people with special needs.

The former seven-member Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) will initially transition to the new larger commission, with four seats to be filled by veterans, their family members or someone representing a veteran service organization. As the terms for the current DAC members expire, new commissioners will be sought.

The City Clerk will advertise the application process for those seeking to serve on the new commission through the city’s website. The goal is to have the new commission assembled to begin meeting in February 2019. Meeting dates and times will also be posted at www.surpriseaz.gov.

Council to take action on Utility Rate Study public notice at Dec 18 meeting

Utility Rate Study

Council will take action on whether to proceed with a 60-day public ‘Notice of Intent to Increase Rates’ on the proposed Utility Rate Study during the 6 p.m. Regular City Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 18 at city hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Customers will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their opinions on the proposed rate adjustments during the 60-day time period.

If the Utility Rate Study is approved in February, city-serviced single-family residential solid waste customers would see a new base rate of $20.70 beginning July 1, 2019, a $3.74 per month increase of the current rate; the rate would increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The schedule would then adjust the solid waste rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 in July 1, 2023.

See the proposed rate adjustment schedule.

Residential water and wastewater rates would remain unchanged in fiscal years 2020-2024.

Residents who are serviced by private solid waste providers (Park and Sons, etc.) would not be impacted by the Surprise solid waste adjustment; learn who provides your solid waste utility services at surpriseaz.gov/mysurpriseaddress.

The tentative timeline for the Rate Study is:

  • December 18, 2018: Public ‘Notice of Intent to Increase Rates’
  • February 19, 2019: Public hearing; Council vote on Rate Study
  • July 1, 2019: If approved, new base rates effective

A draft of the Utility Rate Study report containing detailed information regarding the five-year rate study, including the recommended adjustment schedule to solid waste (trash/recycling) rates for city-serviced customers will be made available on the city’s website following the meeting.

Follow the Rate Study and learn more information about the proposed adjustments at surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo.

Bullard Avenue Improvement Project major roadwork concludes

Bullard Ave Improvements

Work to bring the Bullard Avenue Improvement Project to substantial completion is scheduled to conclude the week of December 10, with minor adjustments and landscape establishment continuing through early 2019.

Median work, including grading, spreading decomposed granite and planting additional trees, will continue the week of December 10.

Thermo striping along the roadway is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 20.

Work hours for the week are Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The posted speed limit on Bullard Avenue is 35 mph. Drive Wise, Surprise!

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130. To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

DevelopNEXT: Drafts of Land Development Ordinances Chapters 104 & 105 Now Online

DevelopNEXT!

The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of chapters 104 and 105 of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) online for public and stakeholder review and comment.

The purpose of the LDO is to regulate things like: housing density, commercial uses, industrial uses, building types, setback & heights, connectivity, landscaping, lighting, open space and parking requirements.

Chapter 104 covers Fundamental Development Requirements. Chapter 105 covers Buildings and Building Regulations and has no substantial changes during this update. The city is preparing for the upcoming changes to the various international codes that regulate building permits for commercial and residential construction as well as fire safety standards. That process will complete the Chapter 105 revision separately from the current LDO update.

The Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS) Manual and Chapters 101-103 of the LDO are also still available online for review and comment.

Additional draft chapters will be made available over the next several months.

Through the DevelopNEXT update, we will be able to:

  • Align our ordinances and design standards with the values described in our city’s General Plan 2035
  • Implement new state statutes and federal guidelines
  • Improve the city’s standards for site, open space, architectural design
  • Consolidate the city’s design standards guides into one document
  • Simplify and clarify the structure/organization of the documents and the rules within them, making them easier to read, administer and enforce

To review and comment on the available drafts and to learn more about DevelopNEXT, please visit surpriseaz.gov/developnext.

National Anthem performer auditions set for 2019 Spring Training in Surprise

Spring Traning National Anthem Tryouts

The City of Surprise is looking for experienced vocalists and musicians to perform the National Anthem at Surprise Stadium for the 2019 Cactus League Spring Training games, February 23 – March 24.

There are three ways to be considered:

  1. Open auditions will be held on Saturday, January 12 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. Please enter through the Third Base gate nearest the parking lot. Tryouts will be done on a first-come first-served basis; no pre-registration required. Limited spots available.
  2. Submit a video, audio recording, or YouTube link to Alison.Matthees@surpriseaz.gov by January 12.
  3. Share your video with us via social media @SurpriseStadium on Instagram or Facebook by Jan.12.

For more information, please contact Alison Matthees of the Surprise Sports and Tourism Department at Alison.Matthees@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1032.

Ready, set, register for the 2nd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K!

Jimmy Johns Spring Training 5K 2019

The Surprise Spring Training 5K, presented by Jimmy John’s, returns to Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 1!

The 2nd annual Surprise Spring Training 5K will begin at 7 p.m. at Surprise Stadium and take you on a scenic run through the City of Surprise before heading back to Arizona’s #1 Spring Training facility to cross the finish line!

All runners will receive a Jimmy John’s Spring Training 5K tee shirt, finisher medal and “buy one, get one” ticket for select sections of the March 2 game in which the Kansas City Royals face the Seattle Mariners.

This 5K has it all, including amazing night views of Surprise Stadium, a post-race party and awards ceremony. If you’re running with a group, be sure to register your best-dressed, baseball-themed team for a chance to win a complimentary suite to the Royals vs. Mariners game on March 2.

The registration fee is $30 through March 1 online, and $40 in-person the day of the event. Both individual and team registration is now open at <a SurpriseStadium.com/events/5K.

Special promotional and vendor opportunities are also available. For commercial vendor information, please contact Cecilia Covarrubio at 623-222-2253 or cecilia.covarrubio@surpriseaz.gov.

For more information, please visit SurpriseStadium.com/events/5K or call 623.222.2222.

Applications open for Community Development Block Grant funding for public service activities

HSCV logo

The City of Surprise Neighborhood Services Division is soliciting applications from qualified nonprofit organizations that are interested in providing services that address one or more of the public service needs targeted in the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

A pre-application meeting will be held on December 11, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, in the Lobby Conference Room (CH1F N1-150).

Under this program, CDBG funds may be used to provide public services (including labor, supplies, materials and other costs), provided the public service is:

  • A new service; or
  • A quantifiable increase in the current level of a service

Targeted public service activities include, but are not limited to: child care, youth services, health care, education programs, job training/job creation, qualified veteran services and more.

The completed application must address one or more of the targeted public service activities, as specified in the application, and must serve primarily low to moderate income persons in the City of Surprise.

All applications must be postmarked by Friday, January 11, 2019 or received at Surprise City Hall no later than 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

Applicants can find the downloadable application and other important information at www.surpriseaz.gov/cdbgpublicservice

For application assistance, please call:

Alicia Rubio
Neighborhood Services Coordinator
City of Surprise
623.222.3240 Ph
623.222.1002 TDD
623.222.3301 Fax

Toy drive benefiting less fortunate children in full swing in Surprise

Surprise PD badge

On November 20, the Surprise Police began their annual toy drive and are asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. We are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate children in our community.

Surprise Police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout the City of Surprise. Donated toys can be dropped-off at the following locations throughout the city:

  • The Surprise Police Department located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza; Suite #103
  • The Sun City Grand Palms Center at 19726 N. Remington Drive
  • The Sun City Grand Sonoran Plaza at 19789 N. Remington Drive
  • The “Irish Wolfhound” Restaurant & Pub at 16811 N. Litchfield Road
  • Sun Village Community at 14300 W. Bell Road
  • Surprise Dental & Denture at 13933 W. Grand Avenue #302
  • Kimber Pet Wash & Suites at 17031 W. Bell Road #103
  • Sunflower RV Resort at 16501 N. El Mirage Road
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar at 13765 W. Bell Road

Donations will be picked up on Tuesday, December 18.

We greatly appreciate your support and ask that you please help by donating either an unwrapped new toy or some new wrapping paper for those children in our community who may go without this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity!

City of Surprise “Deck the Hock” holiday event Dec. 11

Deck the Hock

Join us for the city’s 2nd annual “Deck the Hock” event on December 11, and help set the holiday spirit by bringing an ornament to decorate one of eight themed trees!

“Deck the Hock” is a free, family-friendly event that will be held on Tuesday, December 11 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. It includes performances by local school choirs, hot cocoa, tree decorating and more.

Join in on the tree decorating by bringing a new or handmade ornament that fits one of the following tree themes: Candy Canes; Legos; Sports; Patriotic; Animals; Snowflakes; Red; North Pole.

You can also decorate a luminaria bag for the event. Simply pick up a blank luminaria from the Surprise Senior Center, take it home to decorate it, and then return it by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 7 so it can be displayed.

For more information, please contact Joe Gladieux at joe.gladieux@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1500.

Surprise Fire-Medical hosts series of fire station open houses

Surprise Fire Station Open House

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding a series of open houses at city fire stations. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls.

Dates for the open houses are as follows:

  • Saturday, December 8 – Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Rd.
  • Saturday, January 5 – Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Rd.
  • Saturday, January 19 – Station 304, 24900 N. 163rd Ave.
  • Saturday, February 2 – Station 305, 15517 N. Parkview Pl.
  • Saturday, February 16 – Station 306, 16645 W. Clearview Blvd.
  • Saturday, March 2 – Station 303, 15440 N. Cotton Ln.

All open houses will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.

There’s still time to register for youth winter sports camps & skills classes

Youth Sports banner

The City of Surprise is registering for 2019 youth winter sports camps and skills classes!

We are offering a number of sports camps and skills classes, including: basketball, baseball, softball and tennis. Softball, baseball and basketball camps will be held January 2-4 and will focus on the fundamentals of each sport through games, competitions and drills. Tennis camps are being offered December 26-28 and January 2-4 and are open to all levels to improve technical and tactical skills.

Skills classes will be held for pitching/catching and hitting/base running for both softball and baseball. These classes will focus on refining mechanics through various skill specific drills. Classes start early January and run through mid-February.

For more details, please visit surpriseaz.gov/2017/Sports-Camps-and-Clinics

Registration is available until full. Register in-person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue, or online at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov

For more information, please contact the city’s Sports Division at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Pickleball competition draws local and national talent to the City of Surprise.

Surprise Pickleball Courts

The City of Surprise will welcome thousands of pickleball players this winter. Pickleball, the paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong, is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the nation.

The city added eight additional courts in 2017 at the Surprise Community Park, offering 16 pickleball courts and making it one of the premier public pickleball complexes in the state of Arizona.

The following pickleball tournament events will take place at the Surprise Pickleball Courts located at 15931 N. Bullard Avenue:

Tommy Wong Memorial Pickleball Tournament, Jan. 4-7

www.surprisepickleball.org

SPA and USAPA sanctioned double elimination pickleball tournament featuring women’s doubles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and senior mixed doubles.

Southwest Regional Pickleball Championships, Jan. 8-13

www.usapa.org/events

USAPA sanctioned pickleball tournament featuring over 800 players competing amongst women’s doubles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and senior mixed doubles; skill groups 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0.

World Team Pickleball, Feb. 1-3

www.worldteampickleball.com/tournaments

World Team Pickleball brings a whole new aspect to the game with its unique concept of scheduled team play. This event will feature a mixed team event – Men & Women skill levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0; age brackets: 18+, 50+, 60+, 70+.

Grand Canyon State Games – Pickleball, Feb. 21-26

Grand Canyon State Games

The Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission will host the USAPA sanctioned Grand Canyon State Games Arizona State Pickleball Championships here in Surprise, Arizona.

The Surprise Pickleball Association, in partnership with the City of Surprise Sports and Tourism Department, Super Senior International Pickleball Association and World Team Pickleball are dedicated to promoting the sport of pickleball in the community.

For event information or to host a pickleball event, contact the Sports and Tourism office at 623.222.2222.

Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex to host series of national tennis tournaments

tennis on ground ball by net

The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tennis tournaments this winter and spring.

December 7-9 – USTA Southwest 65 and over Section Championships

This is the final Southwest league championship event on the calendar, and with a victory here, winning teams earn the automatic bid to the 65 & Over USTA League National Invitational event held in early 2019.

January 19-21 – USTA National Level 3 Surprise Jr. Classic

Featuring Boys’ 18 Doubles; Boys’ 18 Singles; Girls’ 18 Doubles; Girls’ 18 Singles

USTA League 65 & over Invitational

Bringing the best in the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 from around the country to battle it out for the championship.

  • January 25-27 USTA 65 and over National Invitational 6.0 and 8.0
  • February 1-3 USTA 65 and over National Invitational 7.0 and 9.0

February 11-17 – USTA Pro Circuit

The USTA Pro Circuit was formed in 1979 to provide players with an opportunity to gain the professional ranking points they need to compete on the major pro tours. It has since grown into the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, consisting of approximately 90 tournaments and offering nearly $3 million in prize money.

The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex was recently recognized as a USTA National and USTA Southwest Section Facility of the Year. The complex welcomes over 2,000 active USTA members throughout the winter/spring competitive season.

Visit surpriseaz.gov/tennis for information on tournaments, classes and more at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex. For information on registration or open court availability, please call 623.222.2400.

District 6 Newsletter • November 30, 2018

Skip Hall selected as City of Surprise Mayor

Mayor Skip Hall

The Surprise City Council unanimously selected Skip Hall to serve as the city’s next mayor.

Mayor Hall will serve in this capacity until December 31, 2020, fulfilling the remaining mayoral term vacated by Sharon Wolcott on November 16, 2018.

Hall has served on the city council since 2008 and was most recently re-elected to the District 5 seat in the 2018 Primary Election. He served as vice mayor in 2011 and 2014. He also served three years as a city Planning and Zoning Commission member before being elected to the city council.

As a councilmember Hall has been engaged in growing the city’s water portfolio, supporting transportation improvements throughout the city, attracting new employers to Surprise and engaging the city’s youth in developing the city’s future leaders.

Prior to his service to Surprise, Hall held executive leadership roles in the hospitality and real estate industries.

He is a Vietnam War Veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star in 1969-1970. Hall grew up in Idaho and received a business degree from Seattle University.

Hall’s appointment to the mayor’s seat triggers a vacancy in District 5, setting the stage for an appointment process for that district with a term expiration of December 31, 2020. The City Clerk will open the application period on Monday, November 26, 2018.

The next election for the mayor’s seat will be the August 20th Primary Election in 2020, and the winning candidate would then begin a new four-year term on January 1, 2021.

Bullard Ave traffic update

Bullard Ave Improvements

The traffic signals at the Acoma Drive and Sweetwater Avenue intersections will be activated on Monday, December 3.

Barring changes to the schedule, signals will flash red for 48 hours through Tuesday, December 4. Motorists are reminded to treat the intersections as four-way stops while the signals are flashing red.

The new traffic signals, featuring flashing yellow arrows on north and south signal pole masts, will be fully operational on Wednesday, December 5. Surprise police officers will assist with traffic control during the signal activation.

Work hours for this week are Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; traffic barricades along the roadway are scheduled to be removed on Sunday, December 2.

Crews are scheduled to stripe lanes along Bullard Avenue on Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4; thermoplastic striping will be placed late December.

The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

Toy drive benefiting less fortunate children in full swing in Surprise

Surprise PD badge

On November 20, the Surprise Police began their annual toy drive and are asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. We are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate children in our community.

Surprise Police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout the City of Surprise. Donated toys can be dropped-off at the following locations throughout the city:

  • The Surprise Police Department located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza; Suite #103
  • The Sun City Grand Palms Center at 19726 N. Remington Drive
  • The Sun City Grand Sonoran Plaza at 19789 N. Remington Drive
  • The “Irish Wolfhound” Restaurant & Pub at 16811 N. Litchfield Road
  • Sun Village Community at 14300 W. Bell Road
  • Surprise Dental & Denture at 13933 W. Grand Avenue #302
  • Kimber Pet Wash & Suites at 17031 W. Bell Road #103
  • Sunflower RV Resort at 16501 N. El Mirage Road
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar at 13765 W. Bell Road

Donations will be picked up on Tuesday, December 18.

We greatly appreciate your support and ask that you please help by donating either an unwrapped new toy or some new wrapping paper for those children in our community who may go without this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity!

City of Surprise “Deck the Hock” holiday event Dec. 11

Deck the Hock

Join us for the city’s 2nd annual “Deck the Hock” event on December 11, and help set the holiday spirit by bringing an ornament to decorate one of eight themed trees!

“Deck the Hock” is a free, family-friendly event that will be held on Tuesday, December 11 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. It includes performances by local school choirs, hot cocoa, tree decorating and more.

Join in on the tree decorating by bringing a new or handmade ornament that fits one of the following tree themes: Candy Canes; Legos; Sports; Patriotic; Animals; Snowflakes; Red; North Pole.

You can also decorate a luminaria bag for the event. Simply pick up a blank luminaria from the Surprise Senior Center, take it home to decorate it, and then return it by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 7 so it can be displayed.

For more information, please contact Joe Gladieux at joe.gladieux@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1500.

Surprise Fire-Medical hosts series of fire station open houses

Fire Station Open House

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding a series of open houses at city fire stations. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls.

Dates for the open houses are as follows:

  • Saturday, December 8 – Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Rd.
  • Saturday, January 5 – Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Rd.
  • Saturday, January 19 – Station 304, 24900 N. 163rd Ave.
  • Saturday, February 2 – Station 305, 15517 N. Parkview Pl.
  • Saturday, February 16 – Station 306, 16645 W. Clearview Blvd.
  • Saturday, March 2 – Station 303, 15440 N. Cotton Ln.

All open houses will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.

Register for Winter 2019 City of Surprise Adult Sports Leagues

Adult Sport League

City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services will be accepting registrations for winter adult sports leagues Dec. 3 – 19.

Winter leagues include: Coed and Men’s Softball; Coed Kickball; 4 on 4 Flag Football; Coed Indoor Volleyball; and Coed and Men’s Soccer leagues.

Registration is for teams only. Returning Fall 2018 teams can register beginning December 3. New teams / non-returning teams can register beginning December 6.

Registration forms are available online at surpriseaz.gov/adultsports or in person at the Community & Recreation Services office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Surprise, AZ 85374.

For more information, please see the league descriptions below or contact Ian Wallace at 623.222.2271 or Ian.Wallace@surpriseaz.gov.

See press release…

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

Surprise Progress Television

In this episode, learn who was chosen as our city’s new Mayor, get info on our My Surprise service app, find out how to get Spring Training tickets, and more!

Watch Episode…

District 6 Newsletter • November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving from Councilmember Todd Tande

Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time to ponder upon what lessons we learned and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. No Thanksgiving would be complete without thanking the people who make my job so special. So, thank you, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!


**Please be reminded that City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday. City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that trash and recycling collection normally scheduled for Thursday, November 22 will occur on Friday, November 23.

District 6 Newsletter • November 16, 2018

AZ TechCelerator’s Global Concierge program wins at Best of the West

AZ Tech Best of the West Awards

It was an award-winning Thursday night for the City of Surprise at Westmarc’s annual Best of the West Awards ceremony.

The Global Concierge program, operated through the city’s business innovation center- the AZ TechCelerator, won the West Valley Excellence in Innovation Award.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from Westmarc and for the outstanding regional partnerships that encourage and support our global focus at the AZ TechCelerator,” said Jeanine Jerkovic, City of Surprise Economic Development Director.

This program offers international businesses a unique “Soft Landing” program, intended to help these companies expand into the U.S. market with less upfront costs and risks by providing more support resources, such as:

  • Assistance with establishing their U.S. corporation in safe, secure, government-owned office space
  • Recruitment of local talent and hiring in the U.S. market
  • Access to knowledgeable mentors and contacts with experience in issues such as U.S. taxation, incorporation, marketing, language translation, banking, patent protection and other legal issues

Among the program’s many success stories is Taiwan-based MagQu, whose technology aids in early detection of debilitating diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

In March 2018, the Global Concierge program was formally accepted into the Global Soft Landings Network by the International Business Incubation Association (InBIA). It is now one of 31 members in more than eight countries with the highly competitive InBIA Soft Landings designation.

The Southwest Railplex, located in Surprise, was a finalist in the West Valley Economic Engine Award category.

This shovel-ready and rail-served industrial park has celebrated grand openings, groundbreakings and expansions that translate to more than 300 new jobs, tens of millions in direct capital investment and over half a million square feet of new construction.

Plus, construction is underway for three additional businesses that will bring $57M of direct capital investment, 300 more jobs and 620,000 square feet of new construction – that represents a 50 percent increase in square footage at the Railplex in just 18 months! Its designated foreign-trade zone status has helped to attract companies from Japan and Canada, growing the city’s share of foreign direct investment dollars.

For more information about these two programs visit www.aztechcelerator.com and www.surpriseaz.gov/econdev.

My Surprise community engagement app now available in Apple Store, Google Play

My Surprise App

The city of Surprise has launched a new way for residents to connect with city services and reminders, the My Surprise app!

When you download My Surprise, you’ll join our community of vigilant residents who want to help Surprise be one of the cleanest, most well-maintained cities in Arizona.

My Surprise transforms your smart devices into tools that assist with reporting city-maintained service requests such as broken street lights, potholes on city streets, graffiti, flooded roadways and more!

The app also provides users a way to connect with City Council members and receive refuse reminders, such as changes to the schedule due to holidays.

Plus, My Surprise is easy to use! Reporting a concern is as simple as logging in, typing a brief description of the issue and pressing send; you can even upload video, audio and image files! My Surprise even allows you to pinpoint the exact location of your service request.

The My Surprise app is now available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

My Surprise was designed for a community who cares about the appearance and functionality of city-maintained spaces. Join us, and let’s build a beautiful, safe city we can all enjoy; download the app now and show your love for My Surprise!

Learn more about My Surprise at www.surpriseaz.gov/mysurprise.

Surprise Fire-Medical sends assistance to battle California Wildfires

Wildfire

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has sent three Wild Land Firefighters and a Type 6 Brush Truck to assist in battling the deadly wildfires burning in California.

The Surprise crew was deployed on Saturday, November 10 and is currently working in Los Angeles County at the Woolsey Fire. The Woolsey fire is one of three major wildfires burning in California. These wildfires have been called the most destructive and deadly in California’s history.

Other Arizona fire departments have also sent personnel and apparatus, including Scottsdale, Summit, Yuma, Superstition, Daisy Mountain, and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management.

Bullard Ave Improvement Project weekly update

Bullard Ave Improvements

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete this month, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Slurry seal work will move to the north and southbound left lanes on Monday; traffic is scheduled to be switched to the lanes adjacent to the protected bike lanes on Monday, November 19.

Scheduled work hours for this week are Monday – Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; crews will not be working on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Work will continue on the ADA ramps at the Bullard and Acoma intersection. Roadway signage will be installed along the project corridor. The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph, except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

Surprise RideChoice public meeting Nov. 28 in advance of full program transition

RideChoice Transportation

Valley Metro will be hosting a public meeting in Surprise on Nov. 28 to discuss its new, enhanced RideChoice transportation service.

Last month, Surprise RideChoice customers were given the option of remaining in the current RideChoice program through Nov. 30 or transitioning to the new program, which fully launches Dec. 1.

Anyone currently enrolled in Surprise RideChoice, or who wants to learn more about the transportation service, is invited to attend the public meeting, which will be held:

Wednesday, November 28
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Surprise Senior Center
15832 N Hollyhock Street Surprise, AZ 85378

The redesigned RideChoice program offers more service and more transportation options, including:

  • Single phone number – Whether you are calling to request a trip, change or cancel a trip or check on a requested trip, you will call 602.716.2111. Representatives are available 24 hours per day, every day of the year, including holidays.
  • Expanded provider network – The network will include many of the current taxicab providers, as well as more wheelchair-accessible vehicles. The popular rideshare service Lyft will also be joining RideChoice. This means more vehicles and quicker service.
  • More trips – The monthly RideChoice limit increases from 16 to 20 RideChoice trips per month! AND for those of you who use RideChoice to get to work, school or medical appointments, the monthly limit increases from 40 to 50 trips per month.
  • Simplified fare structure – The RideChoice fare is not changing, but the rules are getting easier. It’s $3 for each trip up to eight-miles long. And if your trip is longer, it’s just $2 for each additional mile.
  • Cashless, cardless system – The RideChoice Fare Card is going away. Instead, you will simply provide a credit card, debit card or checking account routing number when you book your trip, and you are all set. There is no need to carry cash or a credit card when you travel.

View the program information online.

For questions about the RideChoice program, please contact Valley Metro at 602.716.2100.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival at Surprise Stadium Nov. 18

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

The City of Surprise, in coordination with State 48 Brewery and Food Truck Friday West, is hosting another Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival!

Come enjoy delicious food and live music by Flashback on November 18 from 4 – 8 p.m. in the Surprise Stadium, located at 15930 N Bullard Avenue. This family-friendly event will also have various yard games available, inflatables and face painting.

Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. Choose from a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of craft beers and wines provided by State 48 Brewery. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair!

Due to this month’s event being held on the concourse inside Surprise Stadium, please be aware of the following rules & regulations:

Animals are not permitted, with the exception of certified service animals for guests with disabilities. No coolers, ice chests, thermoses, glass or metal containers. No canopies.

For more information, or to view the list of upcoming events in the Sunday in the Park series, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Free Financial Fitness Classes: Medicare, Wills & Trusts, Estate Planning, Annuities

Financial Planning

The city is hosting free Financial Fitness Classes on the topics of Medicare, Wills vs. Trusts, Estate Planning and Annuities. Times and locations for the classes are as follows:

  • December 3 – Medicare 101: 10 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Road, Bldg. A, Suite 124
  • December 4 – Wills vs. Trusts: 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, in the Council Overflow Room
  • December 6 – Estate Planning: 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, in the Council Overflow Room
  • December 11 – Annuities: 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, in the Council Overflow Room

Register and reserve your spot! For more information or to register for any of these classes, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623-222-3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

See press release for class descriptions…

Veterans Day Parade Entry Winners Announced

The City of Surprise would to thank all of our Veterans Day parade entries for a wonderful event! We had over 95 entries and would like to recognize the parade winners in the following categories:

Best Veteran Service Organization Entry – Sons of the American Revolution
Best Military Entry – White Tank Mountain Marine Corps League Detachment 1246 Best Motorized Entry – Chance Shelter
Best Non-Motorized Entry – Painted Promise Ranch
Best Musical/Performance Entry – Shadow Ridge High School Marching Band
Best Youth Entry – Bling Tour
Best Classic Car Entry – Auburn Classic Kit Car

Congratulations to our winners! Thank you to everyone who came out to honor our service men and women, and an even bigger thank you to all of our veterans.

See pictures from the parade on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise.

For more information on City of Surprise special events, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or call 623.222.2000.

District 6 Newsletter • November 8, 2018

Mayor Wolcott announces plans to resign; succession process set per code

Mayor Sharon Wolcott
City of Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott announced her intention to resign at Tuesday’s Regular Council Meeting. Read her message.

Wolcott was first elected as mayor in November 2011 and re-elected in August of 2016. Prior to her service as mayor, she was a member of the Surprise City Council.

Wolcott’s final day as mayor will be Friday, November 16.

Per city code, all remaining members of the council are eligible candidates to fill a mayoral vacancy. The mayoral candidate must be selected no later than the second regularly scheduled council meeting following the creation of the vacancy.

Selection process: Any council member may nominate any eligible candidate, with no second required. All nominations must occur prior to voting. Voting will be by written ballot. The candidate receiving a majority of the votes will fill the vacancy. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of votes, the two candidates receiving the highest votes will be considered in a run-off vote. The first candidate receiving an affirmative majority of the votes cast will fill the vacancy. The meeting may not adjourn until the vacancy has been filled.

No later than the next regularly scheduled council meeting following the mayoral selection, the city clerk must administer the oath of office.

The selection of mayor under this section will trigger a vacancy in the district from which the mayor-select previously served, setting the stage for an appointment process for that district until the next election in which that seat would be on the ballot.

With two years left on Mayor Wolcott’s term, the council’s selection, will serve as mayor until December 31, 2020. The next election for the mayor’s seat would be the Primary Election in 2020, and the winning candidate would then begin a new four-year term on January 1, 2021.

Council appoints Michael Frazier as new City Manager

City Manager Mike Fraizer

The Surprise City Council unanimously voted to appoint Michael Frazier as the Surprise City Manager at their Regular Meeting on November 6.

Frazier has served as the city’s Assistant City Manager since July 2015, with the following departments reporting to him: Police; Fire-Medical; Public Works; Finance; Water Resource Management; and Marketing and Communications. He first joined the city in 2011 as Police Chief.

He will replace Bob Wingenroth as City Manager. Wingenroth, who has served as the Surprise City Manager since 2014, announced earlier this month that he was resigning for personal reasons. His last day with the city is November 16, with Frazier assuming the City Manager position the following day.

Frazier has a long and distinguished career in Arizona law enforcement, which began in September 1975. From October 2007 until accepting the role as the Surprise Police Chief in 2011, Frazier served as the Police Chief for the City of El Mirage. He began his law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department, where he served for 32 years, retiring as the Executive Assistant Police Chief after working his way through the ranks and having served in nearly every division of the police department.

Frazier earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University in Justice Studies and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is married and has three children.

City of Surprise hosts 4th Annual Veterans Day Parade & Pancake Breakfast Nov.12

Veterans Day Parade

Join us in honoring our service men and women at the 4th annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade and pancake breakfast on November 12.

The breakfast, catered by Puffy Taco Food Truck, kicks off at 7:00 a.m. at Surprise Stadium in the centerfield plaza and will feature pancakes, choice of sausage or bacon, and breakfast refreshments. Pre-purchased tickets are $4 per plate and available for purchase online at http://bit.ly/2ELHjO8. Tickets will be sold the day of for $5.

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be routed along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. It will feature community entries honoring the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country.

Parking will be available for parade attendees at the Surprise Recreation Campus, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Please note in preparation for the parade, Paradise Lane between Bullard Avenue and Buck O’Neil Way will be closed at 9 a.m., and Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane will be closed at 9 a.m.

See press release…

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update

Bullard Ave Improvements

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete later this month, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Surprise police officers will be onsite Monday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 13, to assist with traffic control while crews stand the signal poles at the Bullard Avenue and Acoma Drive intersection.

Crews will continue to work weekends through mid-November to keep the project on schedule.

Scheduled work hours for this week are Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.

  • Crosswalk paint removal is scheduled for early in the week; the crosswalks will be repainted following roadway slurry seal.
  • Expect temporary right lane closures on Thursday, November 15 while crews work to slurry seal the roadways.
  • The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph, except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

Royals, Rangers announce 2019 Spring Training Game Times; Tickets On Sale Nov. 17

2019 Surprise Stadium Spring Training Schedule

The 17th annual Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 23rd at Surprise Stadium – featuring Surprise’s home teams – the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.

The 2019 schedule features a majority of Surprise Stadium games beginning at 1:05 p.m. The schedule also highlights five night games including Fireworks Night – presented by Jimmy John’s on March 22. The season finishes up with the last two games of the season beginning at 12:05 p.m.

Tickets for the 2019 season will go on sale at SurpriseStadium.com starting Saturday, November 17 at 8 a.m. (MST). Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 or by completing a spring training order form, available for download at SurpriseStadium.com.

The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open for in-person ticket sales on Saturday, January 5, 2019 beginning at 8 a.m. (MST). The box office is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

For questions or more information, please check our website at SurpriseStadium.com or 623.222.2222.

See press release for full schedule…

City proposes utility rate adjustment for solid waste services; no increase for water, wastewater

Utility Rate Study

Surprise City Council was presented with the proposed Utility Rate Study during last night’s Regular City Council Work Session that, if approved, would adjust city-provided solid waste utility base rates in fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019. Water and wastewater utility rates would remain unchanged in FY 2020.

The city reviews utility base rates and creates a five-year structure schedule based on the revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs. Economic influences such as increases in operational resources and future growth are also considered when adjusting the rates.

The last Rate Study was implemented in FY 2014.

If the Utility Rate Study is approved in February, city-serviced single-family residential solid waste customers would see one of two new base rate options presented to Council. The first is a base rate of $22.40 per month, a $5.44 per month increase. The rate schedule would also raise the solid waste rate by $0.30 each fiscal year beginning in 2020, bringing the rate to $23.60 in FY 2024.

The second option is a base rate of $20.70 that would also begin on July 1, 2019, a $3.74 per month increase; the rate would increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The schedule would then increase the solid waste rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 in FY 2024.

During the discussion Council reached a consensus favoring Option 2.

View the Option 1 and Option 2 rate schedule table

If the base rate increase is approved in February, this would be the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. There were no increases for more than 8 years between 1/1/2010 and 7/1/2018.

Residents who are serviced by private solid waste providers (Park and Sons, etc.) would not be impacted by the Surprise solid waste adjustment; learn who provides your solid waste utility services at surpriseaz.gov/mysurpriseaddress.

The proposed timeline for the Rate Study is:

  • December 4, 2018: Public ‘Notice of Intent to Increase Rates’
  • February 5, 2019: Public hearing; Council vote on Rate Study
  • July 1, 2019: If approved, new base rates effective

Follow the Rate Study and learn more information about the proposed adjustments at surpriseaz.gov/utilityrateisnfo.

Oracle ITA National Fall Tennis Tournament Championships & community events set for Surprise

ITA National Fall Championship

The nation’s top singles and doubles players will gather in Surprise, Arizona, to compete in the finale tournament of the fall collegiate season at the 2018 Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Fall Championships! The community can get involved too, with fun events and learning opportunities planned for tennis coaches, kids, and teens looking to play in college. Plus, there’s a doubles shootout competition, with a cash prize, that’s free and open to anyone!

The tournament will feature a 64-player Men and Women’s singles draw, and 32 Men and Women’s doubles draw. Matches will take place at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, located at 14469 W. Paradise Lane, from Wednesday, November 7 thru Sunday, November 11. Admission to the event is free!

The Oracle ITA National Fall Championships is the only collegiate tennis tournament to feature student-athletes from all five divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO. Members of the University of Florida, Texas, Miami, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Georgia, Stanford, USC, Illinois, Ohio State, Wake Forest, and many more nationally ranked teams from across the country, will be represented at the tournament.

Draws, schedule of play, and daily recaps can be found on the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships event page at www.itatennis.com.

To view a full list of opportunities and events for coaches, players, and families, please see press release…

DevelopNEXT: Drafts of Land Development Ordinances Chapters 101-103 Now Online

DevelopNEXT!

The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of the first three chapters of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) online for public and stakeholder review and comment.

The purpose of the LDO is to regulate things like: housing density, commercial uses, industrial uses, building types, setback & heights, connectivity, landscaping, lighting, open space and parking requirements.

Chapters 101-103 cover Administrative Provisions, Review Process and Applications, and Enforcement.

Additional draft chapters will be available for review and comment over the next several months.

The Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS) Manual, posted online in early October, is also still available for review and comment. The purpose of the PEDS is to communicate to developers, architects, engineers, and other design professionals, the City’s design standards and development expectations for the many and varied land uses in the city.

Through the DevelopNEXT update, we will be able to:

  • Align our ordinances and design standards with the values described in our city’s General Plan 2035
  • Implement new state statutes and federal guidelines
  • Improve the city’s standards for site, open space, architectural design
  • Consolidate the city’s design standards guides into one document
  • Simplify and clarify the structure/organization of the documents and the rules within them, making them easier to read, administer and enforce

To review and comment on the available drafts and to learn more about DevelopNEXT, please visit surpriseaz.gov/developnext.

District 6 Newsletter • November 2, 2018

Toll Brothers breaks ground in Surprise

Toll Brothers Ground Breaking

Luxury home builder Toll Brothers held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, October 30. The homebuilder is grading 800 acres for their 2,200 home development which will be a gated, golf course community just south of Cactus Road and west of Cotton Lane. The plan is to begin selling in January 2020. Homes will range from 1,600 square feet to 5,000 square feet with prices from the low $300,000’s up to $750,000.

Surprise Economic Development Department wins Golden Prospector Award

Economic Development Golden Prospector Award

The city of Surprise has won a Golden Prospector Award from the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), recognizing excellence, innovation and creativity in economic development.

Surprise’s “Business Retention & Expansion/Surprise Retail Survey Program” was honored in the economic development program/process category recognizing initiatives, programs or processes that can document successful development outcomes.

Overall, 12 Golden Prospector Awards were presented at AAED’s fall forum in Flagstaff.

“The Golden Prospector Awards were established by AAED to encourage and recognize excellence in economic development,” said Joyce Grossman, AAED’s executive director. “This year’s winners truly demonstrate how effective they are in their respective communities.”

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration.

For more information on AAED, visit www.aaed.com.

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update

Bullard Ave Improvements

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete later this month, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Surprise police officers will be onsite Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9, to assist with traffic control while crews set the signal poles at the Bullard Avenue and Acoma Drive intersection.

Crews will continue to work weekends through mid-November to keep the project on schedule.

Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.

  • Machine pours for modified curbs continue in the lanes east of the medians.
  • Traffic signal and sidewalk ramp work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
  • The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph, except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

IRIS USA to hold first community warehouse sale

IRIS Sale Flyer

Make plans to attend IRIS USA’s Warehouse Sale this Saturday, November 3! For one day only, shop for up to 90% off the retail price, let your kids enjoy jumping in the bounce house, and everyone can also enjoy tasty treats from a variety of food trucks and music! The event will be held at 13423 W. Cactus Road. Hope to see you there!

Task Force Votes on ways to honor combat-wounded veteran Brian Mancini

Honoring an Exceptional Leader

The City’s Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force will present two recommendations for ways in which to honor the late Brian Mancini, to the City Council at their December 4th Work Session.

At the task force’s October 30 meeting, members were presented with a design concept proposal for the Veterans Reflection Circle by landscape architecture firms Logan Simpson and WERK. These two companies volunteered their design services at no cost to the city as a tribute to Brian’s service to our country and his ongoing efforts to support fellow veterans.

The task force had previously selected the circular area, just west of Surprise Lake, as their recommended location for the Veterans Reflection Circle, as it was located next to Surprise Lake and surrounded by trees connecting to Brian’s love of fishing and nature.

The professional design proposal included the task force’s request to add a tranquil water feature to the space and plaques telling Brian’s story and featuring his self-authored “Pity” poem. The recommended design expands into a visual display of Brian’s journey as a wounded-combat veteran coming home and searching for ways to help fellow veterans transition into civilian life.

The center of the design represents a veteran and their personal struggle after combat. A spiral transition connects visitors to how Brian pushed through the struggles to connect with the community to help support more veterans find peace through non-medicinal therapies. And finally, a water feature named Brian’s Bench draws a visitor’s eye to the lake and a special garden representing Brian’s last walk.

The estimated cost of the project is between $80,000 and $100,000. The task force, with input from the in-kind design firms, will recommend to Council a funding option that will include a public request-for-proposals from area businesses to provide in-kind services and materials to make the design a reality. The Veterans Reflection Circle recommendation would be at no cost to the city to design or construct.

The task force also approved recommending that the Surprise Resource Center’s conference room be named in honor of Brian. It would include displaying posters telling his story and his “Pity” poem in the room. The center houses various veteran employment programs including the Surprise Veteran Job Club and weekly veteran employment assistance from the Veterans Administration and the state’s Disabled Veteran Outreach Program. The cost of this recommendation would be under $1,000.

The task force will present their recommendations to the City Council at the Work Session Tuesday, December 4, 4 p.m., in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend.

At that meeting, per policy, City Council will either recommend that the item be brought forward at the next City Council Meeting for action, or ask that the task force perform additional work. The task force will be dismissed after final City Council action.

See press release…

City of Surprise recognized for exemplary event production and promotion

APS AzTEC Award 2018

The City of Surprise, in partnership with local community sponsors, was recognized October 25 at the 24th Annual APS Arizona Talent in Events Concepts Awards Competition.

Each year, the APS AzTEC Award competition, endorsed by the International Festivals and Events Association, recognizes outstanding examples of festival and event promotion in the state of Arizona.

To view a full list of the awards earned by the City of Surprise, please follow the link for the press release.

See press release…

Oracle ITA National Fall Tennis Tournament Championships & community events set for Surprise

ITA National Fall Championship

The nation’s top singles and doubles players will gather in Surprise, Arizona, to compete in the finale tournament of the fall collegiate season at the 2018 Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Fall Championships! The community can get involved too, with fun events and learning opportunities planned for tennis coaches, kids, and teens looking to play in college. Plus, there’s a doubles shootout competition, with a cash prize, that’s free and open to anyone!

The tournament will feature a 64-player Men and Women’s singles draw, and 32 Men and Women’s doubles draw. Matches will take place at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, located at 14469 W. Paradise Lane, from Wednesday, November 7 thru Sunday, November 11. Admission to the event is free!

The Oracle ITA National Fall Championships is the only collegiate tennis tournament to feature student-athletes from all five divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO. Members of the University of Florida, Texas, Miami, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Georgia, Stanford, USC, Illinois, Ohio State, Wake Forest, and many more nationally ranked teams from across the country, will be represented at the tournament.

Draws, schedule of play, and daily recaps can be found on the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships event page at www.itatennis.com.

See press release…

Mark Coronado Park closed for overseeding Nov. 5-30

Park Maintenance

Mark Coronado Park, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave., will be closed for yearly maintenance and overseeding from November 5 – 30. Programs that currently use Mark Coronado Park will be scheduled at alternate locations during this time.

For questions or more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.

Winter youth sports registration is now open!

Youth Sports banner

Registration is now open for City of Surprise 2019 winter sports programs, including a youth basketball and kickball league and a variety of winter break sports camps.

Winter Youth Basketball League: Recreational leagues for boys and girls ages 5-15. The winter basketball season starts in early January and runs until March 2. Games are played on Saturdays and/or weeknights. Practice times are up to the volunteer coach, usually one hour, once a week (5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.). Age determined on or before March 31, 2019. For league details, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/1165/Youth-Basketball.

Winter Youth Kickball League: Recreational co-ed leagues for youth ages 4-12. The winter kickball season starts in early January and runs until March 2. Games are played on Saturdays and/or weeknights. Practice times are up to the volunteer coach, usually one hour, once a week (5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.). Age determined on or before March 31, 2019. For league details, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2448/Youth-Kickball.

Winter Break Sports Camps: Surprise is also offering a number of Youth Sports Camps in January, including basketball, baseball and softball. For a list of camp dates and details, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2017/Sports-Camps-and-Clinics.

Registration for all winters sports leagues and camps is open October 29 – November 17 in-person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue, or online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.

A special Saturday registration will be held on November 17 at the Community & Recreation Services office from 8-11 a.m.

For more information, please contact the Community and Recreation Services Department – Sports Division at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

District 6 Newsletter • October 26, 2018

SeaCa Packaging Groundbreaking

SeaCA Ground Breaking

SeaCa Packaging, owned by Seattle Tacoma Box Company, an over 125-year-old six generation family owned and operated company specializing in packaging, today announced its expansion to Greater Phoenix with the groundbreaking of a manufacturing plant in Surprise.

A wholly owned subsidiary company, SeaCa Packaging was founded in 1991. The company specializes in polypropylene carton manufacturing and the plant in Greater Phoenix is scheduled to be completed by April 2019, marking the eighth location between the two companies. With plans to hire for 65 phase one jobs, this facility anticipates a $17M capital investment into Greater Phoenix and will serve its growing customer base nationwide.

This new location in Surprise will expand SeaCa Packaging’s manufacturing operation outside of California. SeaCa Packaging was initially created in 1991 to service central California’s produce industry with high-graphic corrugated boxes. As they grew, SeaCa Packaging incorporated a product line of extruded polypropylene 100% recyclable cartons with a goal of replacing wax corrugated boxes. This made in America product is for food-contact packaging and distribution.

SeaCa Packaging evaluated other cities, but ultimately selected Greater Phoenix for its expansion due to the location’s ability to meet its logistical needs and customer demand, lower cost of doing business, and availability of talent.

Surprise Council to take action on naming Michael Frazier as City Manager

City of Surprise logo

The Surprise City Council will consider an employment contract to name Michael Frazier as the Surprise City Manager at their Regular Meeting on November 6.

Frazier has served as the city’s Assistant City Manager since July 2015, with the following departments reporting to him: Police; Fire-Medical; Public Works; Finance; Water Resource Management; and Marketing and Communications. He first joined the city in 2011 as Police Chief.

Frazier has a long and distinguished career in Arizona law enforcement, which began in September 1975. From October 2007 until accepting the role as the Surprise Police Chief in 2011, Frazier served as the Police Chief for the City of El Mirage. He began his law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department, where he served for 32 years, retiring as the Executive Assistant Police Chief after working his way through the ranks and having served in nearly every division of the police department.

“Michael Frazier’s entire career has been dedicated to public service; first as a police officer and most recently as a solid leader in our City Manager’s Office,” says Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “His commitment to always maintain a safe community amid our growth and open communications’ style is why our council wanted to continue to work with him as our next City Manager.”

Pending City Council’s action on Frazier’s employment contract, Frazier will replace Bob Wingenroth as City Manager. Wingenroth, who has served as the Surprise City Manager since 2014, announced earlier this month that he was resigning for personal reasons.

The November 6th City Council Regular Meeting is open to the public. The meeting begins at 6 p.m., City Hall – Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. All meetings are carried live at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv and streamed live on the Surprise City Gov Facebook page.

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update

School students crossing Bullard Ave

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete in mid-November, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Weekend work is scheduled for the following Saturdays: October 27, November 3 and November 10, weather permitting.

Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.

  • Machine pours for modified curbs continue in the lanes east of the medians.
  • Traffic signal work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection for the next three weeks. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
  • Landscaping work continues in the medians.
  • The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph, except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

City’s annual Pavement Preservation Program kicks off

Pavement Preservation Projects

The City of Surprise Public Works Department kicked off its annual Pavement Preservation Program this week, and the focus of the first phase is low-to-moderate-capacity collector roads.

This annual program identifies city streets to receive appropriate applications to lengthen the lifetime of the street surface. The approved budgeted amount for the FY19 Pavement Preservation Program is $4.5 million.

In this first phase, the following roads will receive Mill & Rubberized Asphalt Overlay:

  • Brookside Ln, Reems Rd to Bell Rd – Work scheduled for 10/22-10/24, 11/12-11/15, 11/19-11/21
  • Mountain View Blvd, Reems Rd to Parkview Pl – Work scheduled for 10/25-10/26, 10/29, 11/12-11/16, 11/19-11/21
  • Clearview Blvd, Sunrise Blvd to Goldwater Canyon Dr – Work scheduled for 10/26, 10/29-11/2, 11/5, 11/14-11/16, 11/19-11/21
  • Goldwater Ridge Dr, Clearview Blvd to Mountain View Blvd – Work scheduled for 10/31-11/2, 11/5-11/9, 11/12-11/15, 11/19-11/21

All work will be performed in daytime hours. Residents can expect road restrictions during the work and are asked to be aware of temporary “Fresh Oil” signs and mobile work crews installing the treatment. Schedules are tentative and subject to change.

Maps showing the roads scheduled to receive treatment in the first phase are available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/ppp. The website also lists the roads slated for future phases of treatment. Timelines for those projects will be posted at a later date.

These pavement preservation projects are being performed in addition to those funded as part of the Decide Surprise General Obligation (GO) Bond approved by Surprise voters in November 2017. The first phase of those projects are already underway. More information on GO Bond pavement preservation projects can be found at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

For questions, please contact the City of Surprise Public Works Department at 623.222.1900.

G.A.I.N. Night 2018

medical helicopter

Surprise Public Safety officials invite you to attend the upcoming G.A.I.N. Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods). The engaging community event is scheduled to occur Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 6-9 pm at 15960 North Bullard Avenue (on the Mark Coronado park). This FREE family event will have plenty of great entertainment, activities for kids, trick or treating, and much more. Please bring canned food donations for the Salvation Army. For every two cans of food donated will get you a raffle ticket for some great prizes. So come out, join in the fun, further a great cause, and hang out with members of your Surprise Public Safety Departments.

In the event of inclement weather, please contact the Surprise Police Department Community Action Line for cancellation notification: (602) 222-4422.

City of Surprise hosts 4th Annual Veterans Day Parade & Pancake Breakfast Nov.12

Veterans Day Parade

Join us in honoring our service men and women at the 4th annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade and pancake breakfast on November 12.

The breakfast, catered by Puffy Taco Food Truck, kicks off at 7:00 a.m. at Surprise Stadium in the centerfield plaza and will feature pancakes, choice of sausage or bacon, and breakfast refreshments. Pre-purchased tickets are $4 per plate and available for purchase at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, or online at http://bit.ly/2ELHjO8. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets will be sold the day of for $5.

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and will be routed along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. It will feature community entries honoring the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country.

Parking will be available for parade attendees at the Surprise Recreation Campus, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Please note in preparation for the parade, Paradise Lane between Bullard Avenue and Buck O’Neil Way will be closed at 9 a.m., and Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane will be closed at 9 a.m.

The city is still seeking clubs, organizations, groups or residents who would like to participate in the parade. To download a copy of the entry form, or for more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or call the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

Stay after the parade to watch the Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments face off in a Softball Game to benefit charity. The game will be held at Surprise Stadium, 15850 N Bullard Ave. Gates will open at approximately 10:30 a.m. and the game will start at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free, and food will be provided. Join in on a 50/50 raffle to support the 100 Club, Special Olympics of Arizona and the Marine Corps League.

Surprise seeking sponsors, volunteers for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

Martin Luther King Day

Surprise is seeking event sponsors and community service volunteers for its 3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

A program celebrating Dr. King’s life will begin at 9 a.m. in the outside courtyard at Surprise City Hall, located at 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. A light breakfast will be served to the first 500 attendees beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Following the program, at 9:45 a.m., volunteers will be sent out into the community to complete service projects. Projects will last approximately 1-4 hours.

How to get involved:

Sponsorships – If your business or organization would like to help sponsor the event, there are several opportunities. See Sponsorship Options. For more information, please contact Seth Dyson at seth.dyson@surpriseaz.gov.

Individuals/Families – Join us for the breakfast, program and day of service! If you can only attend the service project portion of the day, please arrive by 9:45 a.m. to receive an assignment.

Groups – If you plan on bringing your group/club/congregation and would like to participate in the service projects, please RSVP your group name and estimated number of people to Ervin Cutwright at ervin.cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.

Service Project Ideas – If you would like to suggest service projects to complete, please contact Ervin Cutwright at ervin.cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.

Thank you to our current sponsors: APS, Vision & Sound: An African American Experience, and Surprise Rotary Club.

Event details are available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/MLK. For more information, please call 623.222.3241.

Arizona Fall League to host free youth “PLAY BALL” clinic Nov. 3

MLB Play Ball logo

The Arizona Fall League, in partnership with the City of Surprise will host a free Fall-Stars PLAY BALL clinic Saturday, Nov. 3 for youth ages 5-13.

The Fall-Stars PLAY BALL clinic will take place at the Texas Rangers practice facility, located at 15565 N. Parkview Place from 2-4 p.m. Participants will be able to take part in special skill-developing activities and will receive a PLAY BALL t-shirt, Franklin Bat Set, PLAY BALL wristband and free entry to the evening’s Arizona Fall League Fall-Stars game.

Major League Baseball’s PLAY BALL Initiative was launched by MLB and USA Baseball in 2015 as an effort to encourage youth participation in both formal and casual baseball and softball activities.

Participation is free and available to all skill levels. Registration is available online at www.playball.org/events; pre-registration is highly encouraged as space is limited. Walk up registration will be available the day of the event from 1:30 – 2 p.m.

For information contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 or visit www.surprisestadium.com.

Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force Meeting Oct. 30

Honoring an Exceptional Leader sign

The next meeting of the City’s Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force is Tuesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

At the meeting, the task force will finalize costs and concepts for ways to honor the late Brian Mancini. The following options were based on input received at the June 28th meeting, in which family and friends described Mancini as a selfless person who enjoyed helping fellow veterans and loved fishing and spending time in nature:

  • Establish a Veterans Reflection Circle, in honor of Brian Mancini, next to the Northwest Regional Library. The circular area is just west of Surprise Lake, an area that Mancini visited often to fish and relax. A plaque telling his story and the “Pity” poem that he wrote would be located on site, along with a tranquil water feature.
  • Name the Surprise Resource Center’s conference room after Mancini and showcase posters telling his story and self-authored “Pity” poem in the room. The center houses various veteran employment programs including the Surprise Veteran Job Club and weekly veteran employment assistance from the Veterans Administration and the state’s Disabled Veteran Outreach Program.

City staff will also review additional input received at the September 11 meeting, including other potential memorial locations within the city; new water feature and plaque designs.

Mancini was a medically retired Sergeant First Class, Combat Wounded Veteran who served as a Combat Medic with two tours in Baghdad, Iraq. He served over 12 years in the United States Army. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, the Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge and Flight Medic Badge.

In 2007, Mancini suffered life-threatening injuries from a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. Following years of surgeries and rehabilitation, the Surprise resident founded Honor House, a place where wounded veterans could go for therapy and counseling.

Suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mancini ended his life at the age of 38 in 2017.

The public is encouraged to attend the October 30th Task Force meeting.

Here is the remainder of the business process that will follow the October 30th meeting:

  • Special Task Force will present its recommendations to the City Council at the next regularly scheduled City Council Work Session. City Council will either recommend that the item be brought forward at the next City Council Meeting for action, or ask that the Task Force perform additional work.
  • The Task Force will be dismissed after final City Council Action.

District 6 Newsletter • October 19, 2018

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; weekend work continues through the month of October

Bullard Ave Improvements

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete in mid-November, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Weekend work is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 and Saturday, October 27, weather permitting.

Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.

  • Asphalt removal for modified curbs east of the medians continues; crews are scheduled to begin pouring new curbs on October22.
  • Traffic signal work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection for the next three weeks. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
  • Work in the medians, including landscape irrigation, paving and median signage, continues.
  • The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph, except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution Through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

Driving Wise in Surprise now includes hands-free mobile communications

Hands Free Ordinance

Are you new to the city or returning to your Surprise home to enjoy the temperate fall and upcoming winter weather? Surprise has a new hands-free device ordinance that you should be aware of.

Effective September 6, 2018, motorists who are cited for using a hand-held mobile communications device are subject to a civil penalty of up to $250 plus any other assessments authorized by law. By prohibiting the use of hand-held mobile devices, Surprise is helping to reduce the number of distracted drivers on our roadways.

Drivers are permitted to use mobile devices when in hands-free mode or when communicating an emergency situation to emergency personnel. Two-way radio communication is permitted as long as motorists continue to safely operate the vehicle. Public safety personnel operating in their professional capacity are exempt from the ordinance.

New Drive Wise, Surprise signs have been posted at Surprise entry points to remind drivers of the new ordinance.

Remember, Drive Wise Surprise! Read the ordinance here. http://bit.ly/2MHsDTI

Facility Use Agreement with Ottawa University

Ottawa University new shared-use facility with the City of Surprise

As Ottawa University (OUAZ) continues to build its residential college campus in Surprise, City Council, Tuesday night, approved a new shared-use facility agreement with the school that supports the city’s Strategic Plan and the Parks & Recreation Master Plan to expand facilities to meet community needs. This 10.5 year facilities-use agreement will provide the city with 8,000 hours per year of use of Ottawa’s future recreation/fitness center, gymnasium complex and other facilities including the existing outdoor competition field.

Ottawa is constructing $48 million of new facilities for student housing, student union, classrooms, and athletics. The O’Dell Center for Athletics, which will include an 11,000 square foot fitness/rec center and a 32,000 square foot gymnasium complex are the primary facilities in the agreement. Upon completion of the O’Dell Center, the city will make an initial $5 million payment for residents to have access to this and other university facilities up to 8,000 hours annually for five years. In years six through 10 of the agreement, the city will pay $1 million a year for 8,000 annual use-hours. In exchange for the city waiving $300,000 in preconstruction fees, Ottawa will provide 4,000 hours of facilities use to the city for six months in year 11.

Through the agreement residents and city staff will have specified hourly access to:

  • 3 basketball courts
  • 3 studios/classrooms
  • 3,000 square feet of space for cardio/weightlifting
  • Men’s and women’s showers/restrooms
  • Indoor walking track
  • Outdoor Competition Field w/ spectator seating & lights
  • Conference space to host various municipal events

Under the agreement, Ottawa’s athletic coaches will provide instruction in at least 12 different sports at city-organized sports leagues and camps. In addition to the city saving money by not having to construct new facilities and fund the ongoing operations; the construction of the O’Dell Center for Athletics and student housing and student union (breaks ground in November) projects are estimated to generate $1 million in construction tax and fees for the city.

Theatre, Poetry, Art & more! Details on October Arts Events in Surprise

Surprise Arts & Culture Advisory Commission Art Events

October is jam-packed with amazing arts and cultural events – from theater performances to poetry readings. Check out what’s coming up, and mark your calendar to attend!

October Events:

October 19, 6 – 8 p.m. | Poetry Slam at WHAM

Participants are invited to read their own Halloween-themed poetry or read works by Edgar Allan Poe at this open mic event.

WHAM, 16560 N Dysart Rd
Free.

October 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Technology & Art: A Tinker Time for All Ages (interactive event)

Come out and experiment with a 3-D printer and coding kits, or explore a new world with Virtual Reality goggles and so much more! All ages welcome! Brought to you in partnership with the Northwest Regional Library.

Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N Bullard Ave
Free.

October 24, Noon – 1 p.m. | Lunchtime Theater – Arizona Broadway Theatre: Titanic

Arizona Broadway Theatre will be performing selections from “Titanic: The Musical.” Welcome aboard the ship of dreams!

Arts HQ, 16126 N Civic Center Dr.
Cost: $11.95
For reservations, call 623.584.2626
Tickets: https://westvalleyarts.org/product/arizona-broadway-theatre-titanic-102418/

Want to see what else is coming up this fall? Arts events are listed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/arts

Surprise seeking sponsors, volunteers for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

Martin Luther King Day

Surprise is seeking event sponsors and community service volunteers for its 3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

A program celebrating Dr. King’s life will begin at 9 a.m. in the outside courtyard at Surprise City Hall, located at 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. A light breakfast will be served to the first 500 attendees beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Following the program, at 9:45 a.m., volunteers will be sent out into the community to complete service projects. Projects will last approximately 1-4 hours.

How to get involved:

  • Sponsorships – If your business or organization would like to help sponsor the event, there are several opportunities. See Sponsorship Options. For more information, please contact Seth Dyson at seth.dyson@surpriseaz.gov.
  • Individuals/Families – Join us for the breakfast, program and day of service! If you can only attend the service project portion of the day, please arrive by 9:45 a.m. to receive an assignment.
  • Groups – If you plan on bringing your group/club/congregation and would like to participate in the service projects, please RSVP your group name and estimated number of people to Ervin Cutwright at ervin.cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.
  • Service Project Ideas – If you would like to suggest service projects to complete, please contact Ervin Cutwright at ervin.cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.

Thank you to our current sponsors: APS, Vision & Sound: An African American Experience, and Surprise Rotary Club.

Event details are available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/MLK. For more information, please call 623.222.3241.

Students take on 6th Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge

Surprise Literacy Challenge

The 6th Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge has begun and approximately 2,500 fourth – sixth grade students from 11 schools are participating in this two-month challenge to experience literacy in fun and interesting ways!

Councilman Skip Hall is hosting the challenge with the support of Surprise Youth Services and in partnership with the Northwest Regional Library and Friends of the Surprise Libraries.

Participating students have been given 29 literacy challenges – like visiting their local public library and engaging with the librarians!

At the end of the challenge, students, teachers, and classrooms will have the opportunity to win new books, Kindles and Spring Training tickets. Teachers are also eligible to win classroom book study sets. The top performing 4th and 5th grade classes will receive medals and ice cream or pizza parties. The top 6th grade class will receive medals and will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a City Council meeting in February.

Thank you to all of the teachers and students participating in this year’s challenge and to all of the parents who are supporting their children as they take on this literacy challenge!

Tickets on sale for Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic with 2018 National Champs Oregon State

College Baseball Classic

Come see the 2018 College World Series National Champions, the Oregon State Beavers, as they make their 2019 season debut right here in Surprise, Arizona.

The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic will take place February 15-24 at the Surprise Stadium, featuring the Oregon State Beavers, New Mexico Lobos, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Minnesota Gophers and Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Individual tickets and tournament passes are now available for purchase online at www.surprisestadium.com.

Arizona Fall League brings Major League Baseball’s top prospects to Surprise Stadium

October is for baseball in Surprise! With the start of the Arizona Fall League, Surprise Stadium sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars.

The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams competing in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season Tuesday, October 9 at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates – including Major League Baseball’s No. 1 prospect, infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The Surprise Saguaros will compete against the Glendale Desert Dogs, Scottsdale Scorpions, Mesa Solar Sox, Peoria Javelinas and Salt River Rafters; each team assembling top talent from the 30 Major League Baseball affiliates.

MLB ‘Mystery’ Bobblehead Giveaway – Fridays

During every Friday game all season long, fans can register Lucky Numbers for a chance to win an MLB bobblehead from participating organizations. Each Friday game will feature hard-to-find bobbleheads from the MLB teams represented on the field at that game. Join us for this unique promotion and your chance to win an MLB ‘Mystery’ Bobblehead!

Daily Ticket Prices – $9 Adult | $7 Senior Citizen & Youth (17 & under). Tickets may be purchased at the Surprise Stadium Box Office one hour prior to first pitch.

Sprouts Family Nights – Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, the Arizona Fall League will offer a Sprouts Family Package for $18 per family (up to 2 adults and 4 youth tickets) with the presentation of your receipt from any Sprouts store at the ticket window.

Fall Stars Game – Saturday, November 3 (5:08 p.m.)

The best prospects in baseball will be on display at the 13th annual Fall Stars Game, nationally televised by MLB Network.

For general information regarding Surprise Stadium, tickets or the Arizona Fall League schedule, please contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 or visit www.surprisestadium.com.

Enter the Surprise Party Gingerbread House Contest

Surprise Party Gingerbread House Contest

Enter the Gingerbread House Contest at our 17th Annual Surprise Party for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

The contest will offer four categories: adult, teen (ages 13-17), youth (ages 12 and under) and groups (families, culinary groups, after school programs, organizations, churches, boy and girl scout troops).

It is free to enter, and prizes will be awarded to the top two in each category. Prizes include ribbons and a gift card valued at $100 for first place and $50 for second place.

Entry forms are available at the Community and Recreation Services (CRS) office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, or online at surpriseaz.gov/specialevents under the Surprise Party listing. Forms are due back to the CRS office by Thursday, November 29.

Entrants must deliver their creations to the Surprise Party Gingerbread Tent at Mark Coronado Park, 15953 N Bullard Ave, on December 1 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

For additional contest information, please contact Community and Recreation Services at 623.222.2000.

District 6 Newsletter • October 12, 2018

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; overnight work to stripe crosswalks scheduled for Oct 17

Bullard Ave Improvements

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete in mid-November, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Work to temporarily stripe crosswalks at Acoma Drive and Sweetwater Avenue will occur overnight on Wednesday, October 17. Crews will begin working in the intersections at 12 a.m.; police officers will be onsite to assist with traffic control. The crosswalks will be permanently striped after the traffic signals are posted.

Weekend work is scheduled for Saturday October 13 and Saturday October 20, weather permitting.

Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.

  • Traffic signal work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection for the next three weeks. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
  • Work in the medians, including landscape irrigation, paving and median signage, continues.
  • Asphalt removal for modified curbs east of the medians begins.
  • The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph, except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

Draft of Planning & Engineering Design Standards online as part of DevelopNext; revised timeline

DevelopNEXT!

The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards has reached the first phase of public and stakeholder feedback.

The draft Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS) Manual is now available online for review and comment.

The purpose of the PEDS Manual is to communicate to developers, architects, engineers, and other design professionals, the City’s design standards and development expectations for the many and varied land uses in the City of Surprise.

Later this month, the first three chapters of the city’s Land Development Ordinances will also be available for review and comment. This timeline is modified from what was originally published.

To see the revised timeline, review and comment on the PEDS, and learn more about DevelopNEXT, please visit surpriseaz.gov/developnext.

Surprise Fiesta Grande Celebration October 13!

Surprise Fiesta Grande

Celebrate our city’s cultural heritage with good food, music and fun at the fifth annual Surprise Fiesta Grande!

This street-style celebration, presented by the City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina, will be held Saturday, October 13 from 5 – 10 p.m. in the Original Town Site, located on Hollyhock Street, north of Grand Avenue. Event admission and parking are free!

Attractions and activities include a classic car show, authentic Mexican food, flavorful food trucks, festive beverages, free play zone for kids, piñata plaza and a vendor village, organized by local contributing organizations and sponsors.

The Surprise Fiesta Grande entertainment lineup will include live Latin musical performances at the listed times:

Main Stage:

  • 5:15-6 p.m. Tradiciones Dance Company*
    *Featuring a performance by Surprise Youth Folklorico Class
  • 6:15-7 p.m. Banda La Llegadora – “Cumbia Show”
  • 7:15-8 p.m. Grupo Caribe
  • 8:15-9 p.m. Soul Persuasion
  • 9:15-10 p.m. Str8up

Community Stage:

5:15-7 p.m. Mariachi Fuego de Phoenix

Schedule is subject to change.

For parking, event location and additional information, please contact the Community and Recreation Services Special Events Division at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection set for Oct. 13

House Hold Waste Collection

If you’ve been holding on to unwanted paint, electronics and other hazardous waste, mark your calendar for the City’s next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, October 13.

This event is free and for Surprise residents only. Please bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.

Drop-off is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to the entrance off Foxfire), from 8 a.m. – Noon.

Theatre, Poetry, Art & more! Details on October Arts Events in Surprise

Surprise Arts & Culture Advisory Commission Art Events

October is jam-packed with amazing arts and cultural events – from theater performances to poetry readings. Check out what’s coming up, and mark your calendar to attend!

October Events:

October 17, 9 a.m. – Noon | Public Art Bus Tour

Hop aboard the bus, and enjoy fun-filled stops that showcase our local arts scene. You’ll be able to take in some great public art and visit local art galleries!

Bus leaves from Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza
Free. Registration required. To register, call 623.214.7537.

October 19, 6 – 8 p.m. | Poetry Slam at WHAM

Participants are invited to read their own Halloween-themed poetry or read works by Edgar Allan Poe at this open mic event.

WHAM, 16560 N Dysart Rd
Free.

October 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Technology & Art: A Tinker Time for All Ages (interactive event)

Come out and experiment with a 3-D printer and coding kits, or explore a new world with Virtual Reality goggles and so much more! All ages welcome! Brought to you in partnership with the Northwest Regional Library.

Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N Bullard Ave
Free.

October 24, Noon – 1 p.m. | Lunchtime Theater – Arizona Broadway Theatre: Titanic

Arizona Broadway Theatre will be performing selections from “Titanic: The Musical.” Welcome aboard the ship of dreams!

Arts HQ, 16126 N Civic Center Dr.
Cost: $11.95
For reservations, call 623.584.2626
Tickets: https://westvalleyarts.org/product/arizona-broadway-theatre-titanic-102418/

Want to see what else is coming up this fall? Arts events are listed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/arts

Surprise seeking sponsors, volunteers for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

Martin Luther King Day

Surprise is seeking event sponsors and community service volunteers for its 3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service on Saturday, January 19, 2019.

A program celebrating Dr. King’s life will begin at 9 a.m. in the outside courtyard at Surprise City Hall, located at 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. A light breakfast will be served to the first 500 attendees beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Following the program, at 9:45 a.m., volunteers will be sent out into the community to complete service projects. Projects will last approximately 1-4 hours.

How to get involved:

  • Sponsorships – If your business or organization would like to help sponsor the event, there are several opportunities. See Sponsorship Options. For more information, please contact Seth Dyson at seth.dyson@surpriseaz.gov.
  • Individuals/Families – Join us for the breakfast, program and day of service! If you can only attend the service project portion of the day, please arrive by 9:45 a.m. to receive an assignment.
  • Groups – If you plan on bringing your group/club/congregation and would like to participate in the service projects, please RSVP your group name and estimated number of people to Ervin Cutwright at ervin.cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.
  • Service Project Ideas – If you would like to suggest service projects to complete, please contact Ervin Cutwright at ervin.cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.

Thank you to our current sponsors: APS, Vision & Sound: An African American Experience, and Surprise Rotary Club.

Event details are available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/MLK. For more information, please call 623.222.3241.

Students take on 6th Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge

Surprise Literacy Challenge

The 6th Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge has begun and approximately 2,500 fourth – sixth grade students from 11 schools are participating in this two-month challenge to experience literacy in fun and interesting ways!

Councilman Skip Hall is hosting the challenge with the support of Surprise Youth Services and in partnership with the Northwest Regional Library and Friends of the Surprise Libraries.

Participating students have been given 29 literacy challenges – like visiting their local public library and engaging with the librarians!

At the end of the challenge, students, teachers, and classrooms will have the opportunity to win new books, Kindles and Spring Training tickets. Teachers are also eligible to win classroom book study sets. The top performing 4th and 5th grade classes will receive medals and ice cream or pizza parties. The top 6th grade class will receive medals and will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a City Council meeting in February.

Thank you to all of the teachers and students participating in this year’s challenge and to all of the parents who are supporting their children as they take on this literacy challenge!

Tickets on sale for Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic with 2018 National Champs Oregon State

College Baseball Classic

Come see the 2018 College World Series National Champions, the Oregon State Beavers, as they make their 2019 season debut right here in Surprise, Arizona.

The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic will take place February 15-24 at the Surprise Stadium, featuring the Oregon State Beavers, New Mexico Lobos, Gonzaga Bulldogs, Minnesota Gophers and Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Individual tickets and tournament passes are now available for purchase online at www.surprisestadium.com.

Arizona Fall League brings Major League Baseball’s top prospects to Surprise Stadium

Arizona Fall League

October is for baseball in Surprise! With the start of the Arizona Fall League, Surprise Stadium sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars.

The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams competing in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season Tuesday, October 9 at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates – including Major League Baseball’s No. 1 prospect, infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The Surprise Saguaros will compete against the Glendale Desert Dogs, Scottsdale Scorpions, Mesa Solar Sox, Peoria Javelinas and Salt River Rafters; each team assembling top talent from the 30 Major League Baseball affiliates.

MLB ‘Mystery’ Bobblehead Giveaway – Fridays

During every Friday game all season long, fans can register Lucky Numbers for a chance to win an MLB bobblehead from participating organizations. Each Friday game will feature hard-to-find bobbleheads from the MLB teams represented on the field at that game. Join us for this unique promotion and your chance to win an MLB ‘Mystery’ Bobblehead!

Daily Ticket Prices – $9 Adult | $7 Senior Citizen & Youth (17 & under). Tickets may be purchased at the Surprise Stadium Box Office one hour prior to first pitch.

Sprouts Family Nights – Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, the Arizona Fall League will offer a Sprouts Family Package for $18 per family (up to 2 adults and 4 youth tickets) with the presentation of your receipt from any Sprouts store at the ticket window.

Fall Stars Game – Saturday, November 3 (5:08 p.m.)

The best prospects in baseball will be on display at the 13th annual Fall Stars Game, nationally televised by MLB Network.

For general information regarding Surprise Stadium, tickets or the Arizona Fall League schedule, please contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 or visit www.surprisestadium.com.

Enter the Surprise Party Gingerbread House Contest

Surprise Party Gingerbread House Contest

Enter the Gingerbread House Contest at our 17th Annual Surprise Party for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

The contest will offer four categories: adult, teen (ages 13-17), youth (ages 12 and under) and groups (families, culinary groups, after school programs, organizations, churches, boy and girl scout troops).

It is free to enter, and prizes will be awarded to the top two in each category. Prizes include ribbons and a gift card valued at $100 for first place and $50 for second place.

Entry forms are available at the Community and Recreation Services (CRS) office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, or online at surpriseaz.gov/specialevents under the Surprise Party listing. Forms are due back to the CRS office by Thursday, November 29.

Entrants must deliver their creations to the Surprise Party Gingerbread Tent at Mark Coronado Park, 15953 N Bullard Ave, on December 1 between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.

For additional contest information, please contact Community and Recreation Services at 623.222.2000.

District 6 Newsletter • October 5, 2018

Surprise City Hall goes purple for domestic violence awareness

City Hall at night with purple lights

At the October 2nd City Council meeting, Mayor Wolcott officially proclaimed October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.” During the month of October, purple lights will shine from Surprise City Hall and the city’s public safety building to help raise awareness about domestic violence.

Also in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family hosted the fourth annual Lighting Arizona Purple event at the State Capitol on Tuesday evening.

Purple is the nationally-recognized color signifying domestic violence awareness. Help raise awareness by wearing purple clothing or a purple ribbon throughout the month of October. This year, national “wear purple day” is Thursday, October 18. Show your support via social media using the hashtags #PaintSurprisePurple and #PurpleThursday.

You can also purchase a purple lightbulb from any Home Depot location across Arizona and take a picture of your home, business, or place of worship lit purple and post the image to social media using #LightingAZPurple. A percentage of all purchases will go to support domestic violence prevention programs and awareness messaging.

The city will also be accepting donations of gently-used clothing and toys in support of The Clothing Shop, a west valley non-profit organization that helps those in need on a referral basis. Donation boxes will be available October 8-25 on the first floor of Surprise City Hall (16000 N Civic Center Plaza) and in the lobby areas of the Surprise Police Department and Surprise Fire Administration in the Public Safety Building (14250 W Statler Plaza).

Visit ItCanStop.AZ.gov for more ideas on how to participate.

Millions of men and women are victimized by domestic violence each year. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, you are encouraged to call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit TheHotline.org.

Additionally, Eve’s Place provides mobile advocacy services for victims of domestic and sexual abuse weekly at the city’s Surprise Resource Center. Individual appointments and support groups are available for adults and teens. The Surprise Resource Center also partners with New Life Center, Sojourner Center, Hope Women’s Center and New Leaf’s Faith House to support victims of domestic violence. The Surprise Resource Center is located on the city’s AZ TechCelerator campus at 12425 W Bell Rd. Suite 124. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/resourcecenter or call 623.222.1600.

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; traffic pattern change rescheduled to Oct 10

School students crossing Bullard Ave

Due to the weather delay earlier this week, the Bullard Avenue traffic reconfiguration has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 10.

Overnight work to move vehicle traffic to lanes on the west side of the medians begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 9.

Weekend work will occur on Saturday October 6 and Saturday October 13, weather permitting, to keep the project on schedule. Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 4 a.m. to 2 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.

The following traffic control change will be in place Wednesday, October 10 through mid-November.

Beginning at the Bullard Avenue and Cholla Street intersection, motorists traveling northbound will proceed through the intersection and follow barricades which will transition traffic to the temporary northbound travel lane on the west side of the median. Signage will also be in place to assist with the traffic control change.

Motorists traveling southbound on Bullard, Greenway Road to Peoria Avenue, will use the designated southbound lane adjacent to the protected bike lane curb.

Left and right turn movements will be maintained at all intersections on Bullard Avenue.

The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph, except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!

Sidewalks will remain open on both sides of the roadway.

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

City of Surprise Receives International Economic Development Award for Retail Survey

Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic receives Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award

The City of Surprise has won an international award for its annual Surprise Retail Survey from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The project won a “Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award” in the category of Business Retention and Expansion Program of 3 Years or More. The honor was presented to the city’s Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic at an awards ceremony on October 2, during the IEDC Annual Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Surprise implemented the annual retail survey in 2015. Residents and visitors were invited to share their thoughts and opinions on the retail needs of the community through an online survey. With more than 2,800 respondents the first year and more than 3,000 respondents in subsequent years, the retail survey continues to be one of the city’s top-performing surveys.

Each year, the community is asked to identify their favorite local retailers and restaurants; and every other year they are also asked which retailers and restaurants they most desire to open in Surprise. The city’s Economic Development team has been able to utilize the survey results to assist with both business attraction and retention efforts. Each year, businesses identified as a “Local Favorite” receive a congratulatory letter from the mayor, a certificate, and a window decal to proudly display their designation. The businesses are also invited to a hosted MLB Spring Training game at Surprise Stadium, allowing city staff to maintain or develop relationships with the business owners.

See the 2018 Retail Survey results at www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Council approves first Master License Agreement to support future wireless services

In an effort to support the future of wireless services within Surprise, the City Council approved a Master License Agreement with AT&T Wireless at their Regular Meeting Tuesday night.

In January 2018, the City Council approved a Zoning Text Amendment allowing for state-mandated Small Wireless Facilities (“SWFs”) within city rights-of-way (ROW). However, before submitting for the individual facilities, the amendment requires a wireless provider to submit for a Master License for all SWFs proposed by said provider to better manage numbers and locations of the facilities while still enhancing the wireless services throughout the city.

The SWF’s can be attached to existing locations of utility poles and similar infrastructure within city ROW, to provide enhanced voice and data services by increasing network capacity in more specific places. They typically cover a radius up to 1,500 feet.

The small-cell sites must also be in compliance with federal radio frequency exposure rules.

Surprise Fiesta Grande Celebration October 13!

Surprise Fiesta Grande

Celebrate our city’s cultural heritage with good food, music and fun at the fifth annual Surprise Fiesta Grande!

This street-style celebration, presented by the City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina, will be held Saturday, October 13 from 5 – 10 p.m. in the Original Town Site, located on Hollyhock Street, north of Grand Avenue. Event admission and parking are free!

Attractions and activities include a classic car show, authentic Mexican food, flavorful food trucks, festive beverages, free play zone for kids, piñata plaza and a vendor village, organized by local contributing organizations and sponsors.

The Surprise Fiesta Grande entertainment lineup will include live Latin musical performances at the listed times:

Main Stage:

5:15-6 p.m. Tradiciones Dance Company*
*Featuring a performance by Surprise Youth Folklorico Class
6:15-7 p.m. Banda La Llegadora – “Cumbia Show”
7:15-8 p.m. Grupo Caribe
8:15-9 p.m. Soul Persuasion
9:15-10 p.m. Str8up

Community Stage:

5:15-7 p.m. Mariachi Fuego de Phoenix

Schedule is subject to change.

For parking, event location and additional information, please contact the Community and Recreation Services Special Events Division at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

City partners to offer entrepreneurship training program for veterans & their spouses

Boots to Business logo

Surprise is partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide a business boot camp program for veterans and their spouses interested in owning a small business.

Boots to Business | Reboot is a two-step entrepreneurial program offered by the SBA through the Arizona Veterans Business Outreach Center with the goal of helping veterans navigate the process of becoming business owners.

Step one of the program is an introduction to entrepreneurship led by SBA advisors and partners. Step two is a series of online courses, instructed by professors in the SBA Network.

Reboot participants will receive an overview of what it means to be a small business owner, training on developing and writing a business plan, opportunity recognition and information regarding available resources.

If you’re ready to make the transition from boots to business, plan to attend the Reboot:

October 10-11, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
AZ TechCelerator
12425 W Bell Rd, Building D
Surprise, AZ 85378

Space is limited to the first 40 registrants; register online to reserve your seat.

For more information, email mevangelesta@turnanewleaf.org or call 480.322.4634. All SBA or co-sponsored programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested in advance. Contact SBA at 602.745.7200.

Theatre, Poetry, Art & more! Details on October Arts Events in Surprise

Arts Events

October is jam-packed with amazing arts and cultural events – from theater performances to poetry readings. Check out what’s coming up, and mark your calendar to attend!

October Events: October 17, 9 a.m. – Noon Public Art Bus Tour

Hop aboard the bus, and enjoy fun-filled stops that showcase our local arts scene. You’ll be able to take in some great public art and visit local art galleries!

Bus leaves from Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza Free. Registration required. To register, call 623.214.7537.

October 19, 6 – 8 p.m. Poetry Slam at WHAM

Participants are invited to read their own Halloween-themed poetry or read works by Edgar Allan Poe at this open mic event.

WHAM, 16560 N Dysart Rd
Cost: Free

October 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Technology & Art: A Tinker Time for All Ages (interactive event)

Come out and experiment with a 3-D printer and coding kits, or explore a new world with Virtual Reality goggles and so much more! All ages welcome! Brought to you in partnership with the Northwest Regional Library.

Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N Bullard Ave
Cost: Free

October 24, Noon – 1 p.m. Lunchtime Theater – Arizona Broadway Theatre: Titanic

Arizona Broadway Theatre will be performing selections from “Titanic: The Musical.” Welcome aboard the ship of dreams!

Arts HQ, 16126 N Civic Center Dr.
Cost: $11.95

For reservations, call 623.584.2626 Tickets: https://westvalleyarts.org/product/arizona-broadway-theatre-titanic-102418/

Want to see what else is coming up this fall? Arts events are listed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/arts

Grand Canyon Field Trip for Teens Oct. 13

Grand Canyon

The City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department has opened additional spots for the Grand Canyon Trip for teens on Saturday, October 13, and both lunch and dinner are now included!

This fun-filled day will include shuttling to different canyon overlooks, visiting the Grand Canyon Village and trading post, hiking and group activities. Cost includes charter bus transportation, park entry, lunch, dinner and all activities. Teens will need to bring a snack and water bottle and may bring additional money for food and souvenirs. Please wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes and bring a jacket.

Space is limited. Register online at https://bit.ly/2MphjH1. Permission slip must be filled out and returned to michelle.yingling@surpriseaz.gov. For more information, please contact Community and Recreation Services at 623.222.2000.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection set for Oct. 13

paint cans

If you’ve been holding on to unwanted paint, electronics and other hazardous waste, mark your calendar for the City’s next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, October 13.

This event is free and for Surprise residents only. Please bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.

Drop-off is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to the entrance off Foxfire), from 8 a.m. – Noon.

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

Surprise Progress Television

Watch the latest episode of Surprise Progress TV for info on new RideChoice enhancements, where you can drop off household hazardous waste, why City Hall is glowing purple this month and more! Watch Episode…