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Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • February 2021

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

APS West Valley Central 230KV Connection Project Update

APS is currently in the process of conducting technical analysis to determine the potential routing options for the new 230kV power lines. Another round of public comment will be solicited following the determination of a preferred route. More information should be available at the end of February. Please continue to check my website, newsletters, and Facebook for updates!

2021 Surprise City Academy

The Surprise City Academy is going virtual this year. Classes will begin on February 22 and will happen weekly on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. through April 26. The Surprise City Academy is a great way to learn about city government structure, get updated on local issues, and get to know your city leaders! The class is FREE, but you must be registered. To register, please visit surpriseaz.gov/cityacademy or contact Lord Garcillano at lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1647.

Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!

Keep it beautiful, Surprise! logo.Help Surprise stay a safe, clean and attractive city! Litter can be found on city streets and public spaces, and we’d like to focus on cleaning it up before it becomes a growing issue. How can you help?

  • Throw your trash away
  • Pick up Litter
  • Secure your load
  • Clean up after your pets
  • Volunteer for a community cleanup
  • Help spread the word by encouraging others to #keepitbeautifulsurprise

Day of Service

If you are looking for a way to help others, please consider helping out during the Surprise Day of Service on February 20, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers will help with various projects, including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal, and more. Projects will help neighborhoods and homeowners who may not be physically or financially able to maintain their homes. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1522.

Holiday Sanitation Schedule

City offices are closed on February 15 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Please note that the holiday sanitation schedule will be in effect.

Spring Training

Spring Training 2021 is scheduled to begin on February 27. The Texas Rangers are set to take on the Kansas City Royals on February 27 at 1:05 p.m.! For a complete schedule of games and updated information on ticket sales and safety protocols, please visit SurpriseStadium.com or call 623.222.2222. Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the Spring Training Schedule and information is subject to change.

What’s Happening on that Lot?

  • Amazon construction is moving along and expected to be completed by April 2021!
  • EOS Fitness Marley Park, located at 13644 N. Litchfield Park
  • Horizon Aviation & Machining, located 11267 N. 132nd Avenue
  • Ancona at Surprise Pointe 33, located at the NWC of Dysart Road and Sweetwater Avenue. This 27 acre site will house two industrial buildings, one 84,300 sq.ft. and the other 72,000 sq.ft., each containing 12 spec suites.

Fire Station 308 Update

Construction is continuing on Fire Station 308, located at the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Cactus Road.

Business Resource

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has reopened for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Summary information on the PPP is available on www.surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp, under Business Resources.

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd – Home | Facebook! Be sure to click the “follow” button to get District 6 news and updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 16 at 6 p.m. Council meetings are currently closed to in-person attendance. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 will also carry the meetings live. Public comment will be accepted by phone and email. Instructions for public comment will be included on each meeting agenda. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on February 13 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road, or on February 24 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • January 2021

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

New Park!

A new eight acre park at Greenway Road and Parkview Place will begin design in June of 2021! This new park will provide more programmable and rental field space.

In addition to the new park, Council voted to provide additional funding to the Gaines Youth Baseball Field, to allow for completion ahead of the current timeline, and established a $3 million budget for enhancements to the Surprise Community Park. Enhancements will be determined following the design and submittal of actual costs, but could include adding a restroom, improving dog park drainage and exploring new lighting. The City of Surprise has continued to see growth in housing permits and retail sales collections, and as a result, Council voted to fund these parks projects.

We are still in the beginning phases of planning for a larger city park (75-100 acres). If you have any ideas on what you would like to see included, please reach out to me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Rocket League/Among Us Tournaments

Surprise Parks & Recreation and Bravous Esports are teaming up to offer online video game tournaments. Gamers participate from the comfort of their own homes in a competitive, elimination-style tournament. The registration fee for Surprise residents is $10. Register online at https://bit.ly/3gClzDN.

  • Rocket League “Back to School” Tournament
    (7-17yr) – January 9, 4-9 p.m.
  • Among Us Unmasking
    (7-17yr) – February 20, 4-9 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

In honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the city will host a virtual program celebrating his life, leading into a day of community service. Please join us on January 16, beginning at 9 a.m. on the City of Surprise social media channels & Surprise TV to see a variety of local musicians, performers, and speakers. Community service projects are also being coordinated. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov. In order to adhere to COVID-19 gathering limitations, advanced registration is required.

What’s Happening on that Lot

Fire Station 308, located at the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Cactus Road, broke ground on December 7. This nearly 16,000 square foot facility will house an Engine Company, Hazardous Materials Response Team and future ambulance. The fire station was funded by the voter-approved 2017 Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond.

Other projects currently in development review:

  • EOS Fitness Marley Park, located at 13644 N. Litchfield Park
  • Kiff Enterprises-JBUGS, southwest corner of Sweetwater and Dysart Road
  • Level Crossing Phase 2 PAD Amendment, an extension of the property for industrial and commercial mixed use, located at 13700 N. Dysart Road.

New Commercial Permits were recently completed for:

  • Skyway Business Park Bldg. H1, located at 11304 N. Dysart Road
  • Skyway Business Park Bldg. H2, located at 11180 N. Dysart Road

Economic Development

The Surprise Small Business Relief Grant program provided grants to local businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Council, using CARES Act funds, funded two phases of this program. Through this funding, the city was able to help 79 local businesses and retain 483 jobs! Our Economic Development Department continues to work hard to help our local businesses find resources to be successful. Please visit the COVID-19 Business Resource page for a list of other resources available for local businesses.

A chart displaying use of funds.

To view the full Small Business Relief Grant report, please visit surpriseaz.gov.

Possible APS 230kv Power Lines Down Cactus or Peoria roads

APS accepted public comments on the siting process for new 230kv power lines from October 20-November 20. In a summary of public comments provided by APS, public comment included opposition to the new transmission lines routes along Cactus Road and Peoria Avenue near residential areas. Currently, there is no information on where the lines will ultimately be sited. More information regarding this project should be available in early 2021. To learn more about the project, visit www.apswestvalleycentral.com.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 19 at 6 p.m. Council meetings are currently closed to in-person attendance. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 will also carry the meetings live. Public comment will be accepted by phone and email. Instructions for public comment will be included on each meeting agenda. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on January 27 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues, and answering any questions you might have. Please note that my Meet and Greet, scheduled for January 9 at Spencer’s Place, has been cancelled.

Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • December 2020

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

City of Surprise Public Meetings will Reclose to In-person Attendance

To protect public health amidst rising COVID-19 cases, beginning December 1, and until further notice, City of Surprise Public Meetings will close to in-person attendance. This includes meetings of City Council and all city boards and commissions. These meetings will be streamed and broadcast, and public comment will be accepted by phone and email. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Interested in Parks?

Tune into our December 15 Council Meeting where we will be discussing options to improve or expand our parks.

Also, we are in the beginning phases of planning a new city park. A city park is typically 75-100 acres. If you have ideas on what should be included in a new city park, please let me know! Email me at Chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov

Surprise Party 2020-At Home Style

Surprise Party at HomeWhile we can’t host our Surprise Party in person this year, we have many exciting virtual events planned. Join us for a virtual tree lighting ceremony, virtual cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, virtual bingo-holiday edition, Zoom calls with Santa, virtual holiday arts & crafts, a Santa drive-thru, and the Light up the Night House Decorating contest. Please see the schedule of events below, and for more details check out surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty.

Surprise Party – At Home Activities

Schedule is subject to change.

DATETIMEEVENT
Fri, Dec. 4 7:00 p.m. Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony**
Mon, Dec. 7 6:30 p.m. Virtual Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus**
Surprise has partnered with Boyer Bakery to provide 150 cookie decorating kits to the first 150 decorators. Kits will be available for pick up on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or Monday, December 7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave.
Tues, Dec. 8 6:30 p.m. Virtual Bingo – Holiday Edition (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Wed, Dec. 9 5:30-8:30 p.m. Zoom Calls with Santa (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Thurs, Dec. 10 6:30 p.m. Virtual Holiday Themed Art & Craft featuring WHAM**
Craft kits will be available for pick up beginning Monday, November 30 to Thursday, December 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, while supplies last.
Fri, Dec. 11 6:00-8:00 p.m. Santa Drive-Thru at Surprise Stadium
Download a colorable letter for Santa at surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty. Participants must remain in the car during this event. Santa’s helpers will hand out goodie bags to the first 200 participants.
Sat, Dec. 12 –
Sun, Dec. 13
Evening Light up the Night House Decorating Contest w/ map

**Denotes a video event

Please note that video events will be aired at the times noted above on Surprise TV online and the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Facebook Page. On-demand video playback will be available for recorded events, so please visit surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty to view a video recording at your convenience.

What’s Happening on that Lot

The Amazon last-mile delivery station at Litchfield Road and Soledad Street is making progress on construction.

Boyer Bakery, at 13681 N. Litchfield Road, is currently in development review, and will be opening at the former “Pinkabella” location.

There will be 63,000 square feet of flex space at Skyway Commons opening soon, located on the southwest corner of Dysart Road and Rioglass Solar Road!

DevelopNEXT

The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is nearing the finish line! The final draft will be presented for consideration and action at the December 15, 2020 City Council Meeting. The final draft was developed after several rounds of draft documents were posted online and presented at stakeholder meetings to address questions and gather feedback. The document has also been available online for public comment. The Land Development Ordinances (LDO) will replace the current Surprise Unified Development Code (SUDC). In addition, the City is also updating and consolidating the separate design and engineering books into a single Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS). For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/developnext.

Possible APS 230kv Power Lines down Cactus or Peoria roads

More information regarding this project should be available in early 2021. To learn more about the project, visit www.apswestvalleycentral.com.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on Tuesday, December 1 and December 15 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on December 12 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues, and answering any questions you might have. Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • November 2020

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

Veterans Day Tribute Video

We would prefer to have a Veterans Day Parade again this year, but due to the pandemic, we had to get creative! To show our support for veterans on Veterans Day this year, we will be making a video and decorating Bullard Avenue. The compilation of community video messages will be featured on Veterans Day on the Surprise TV cable channel, our Parks & Recreation social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), and the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov.

Remember to take a drive down Bullard on November 10-12. Decorated signs, provided by City of Surprise residents, will be on display with messages of thanks for our Veterans!

Possible APS 230kv Power Lines down Cactus or Peoria roads

How would you like some nice, tall 230kv power lines in your backyard? APS needs to connect the power lines that run along the west side of the 303 to the Microsoft facility on Dysart Road and Olive Avenue. Options include Cactus Road, Peoria Avenue, or Olive Avenue.

APS is in the early stages of a public siting process to determine routes for new 230kV power lines. The project structures/poles will be between 115-195 feet tall.

Here is a 90 second summary from the end of our last council meeting:
https://youtu.be/59x3wmk-yAs?t=5459

Public Input for the West Valley Central 230kV Connection Project is now being accepted. Members of the public are invited to learn more about the project and to submit comments at www.apswestvalleycentral.com. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2020.

Additionally, two Live Virtual Town Hall meetings will be hosted on Wednesday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Both are from 6-7:30 p.m. You can register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APSlivechat

APS map of the 230KV Connection Project study area.

Restaurants – Permits to expand outdoor dining are now free!

Local restaurants can now apply for a Temporary Expansion of Premise (TEP) permit to allow for expansion of their dining areas in order to serve more customers while maintaining social distancing. Since the intent of the TEP is to curb the financial impacts of the pandemic on restaurants, there is no application or permit fee. In addition, the TEP process includes a streamlined application process and expedited staff review. Approved permits will be valid for 180 days with an option to renew. If your restaurant is looking to expand the service area for alcohol, review and approval of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control is required. To learn more about the TEP permit and download the application, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialeventpermits.

Marley Park Overseed Schedule

You may notice some brown turf for a short time as the City and the Marley Park HOA work together to create a sustainable and turf healthy management program that also considers water conservation. This Fall, no overseeding will take place at the city park in order to rest the turf. Please see the schedule below, for future overseeding plans. Please note that this schedule will be reviewed annually and adjusted based on turf conditions.

Fall 2020—No overseeding (entire park)
Fall 2021—Overseeding (south side only)
Fall 2022—Overseeding (north side only)
Fall 2023—START OVER—No overseeding (entire park)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 623-222-2000.

What’s happening on that lot?

  • At the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Waddell Road, Boyer Bakery will be opening at the former “Pinkabella” location, and Venue Taproom has opened its doors, taking over the former “Under Review” location.
  • Walls are up and construction is underway at the new Amazon last-mile distribution center at Sweetwater Avenue and Litchfield Road!
  • Expanding in the Rail Plex: Horizon Aviation is growing and Milam Glass is adding a new parking structure.
  • Skyway Commons along the west side of Dysart Road, south of Cactus Road, has nearly completed an additional 63,000 square feet of speculative industrial space for new business attraction.
  • A new Goodwill store opened at Cactus Road and Reems Road on October 23rd

Congratulations to our Economic Development Team!

With all of these great projects going on, it should be no surprise, that the Surprise Economic Development Team recently received five awards from the International Economic Development Council:

  • Gold Award for the Community Partnership with Ottawa University
  • Silver Award for Costco Retail Attraction Campaign
  • Silver Award for its Economic Development Week Campaign
  • Bronze Award for the Virtual Ribbon Cutting Campaign
  • Bronze Award for the COVID-19 Business Help Website

In addition, the City of Surprise partnership with Ottawa University was recognized with an Innovation Award at the WESTMARC Best of the West Awards on October 22!

Thank you, Councilman David Sanders

November 2nd, 2020 will be Councilman Sanders’ last meeting. Dave came on the council a few minutes after I did and was a great resource for our city. I had the great pleasure of working with Councilman Sanders on many different agenda items and budget items over the past two years.

Thank you very much for putting your life on hold these past two years and for the service you have given to your community. You led by example, you are extremely thoughtful in your approach and you are always a pleasure to be around. Just because you are leaving the council, you are not off the hook — I still expect to see you involved in our great community.

Holiday Schedule

Please note the following holidays this month will result in a change to the trash pick-up schedule for city of Surprise sanitation customers: November 11 in observance of Veterans Day, and November 26 and 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. City Hall remains closed to the public due to COVID-19.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on Monday, November 2 (moved to Monday due to Election Day) and Tuesday, November 17 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Council meetings have been reopened for in-person participation. In order to adhere to CDC guidelines, in-person participants will be required to wear a facial covering when entering and exiting the chambers, but may remove it while seated, if they so choose. Capacity will be capped at 50 people, and physical distancing measures will be in place.

If you are not yet ready to attend in person, instructions for how to comment virtually are listed on the agenda. Agendas can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on November 14 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues, and answering any questions you might have. Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • October 2020

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

Business in District 6

Firestone Complete Auto Care opened a new store, located at 13475 N. Litchfield Road, on August 21. Mayor Hall and I had the privilege to cut the ribbon. Welcome to Surprise!

Mayor Hall and Vice Mayor Judd cut a purple ribbon outside of Firestone Complete Auto Care.

Congratulations to T.E.A.M. for kids therapy on winning the virtual Ribbon Cutting Contest! The City of Surprise Economic Development Department hosted a five-week long contest, featuring 101 local Surprise businesses celebrating reopenings after closing temporarily because of COVID-19. Residents were asked to vote on their favorite ribbon cutting video, and T.E.A.M for kids won the grand prize! Check out all the amazing videos at flickr.com/photos/cityofsurprise/.

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Judd and Economic Dev Director Jeanine Jerkovic give thumbs up to T.E.A.M. 4 Kids.

Mayor Hall and I were honored to join Jeanine Jerkovic, the City of Surprise Economic Development Director, to deliver the winning trophy.

What’s happening on that lot?

  • Amazon’s 145,000 sf Delivery Station is now under construction at the northeast corner of Sweetwater Avenue & Litchfield Road.
  • The Skyway Commons Buildings H1 &H2, located at the southwest corner of Dysart Road and Rioglass Solar Road, are nearly complete and will bring 63,000 sf of new speculative flex industrial space to the Railplex.

Small Business Relief Grant

The Small Business Relief Grant program seeks to distribute $250,000 to businesses in Surprise with fewer than 25 employees and less than $2 million in revenues, who have experienced economic distress and loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and have had closures compliant with Governor Ducey’s Executive Orders. To apply for the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant program, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/smallbusinessgrant. Applicants will need to create an account with the Arizona Community Foundation and will need a Surprise Business “Registration” License and a W-9 form. The deadline to apply is October 16.

AZ CARES money distributed to the City of Surprise provides the ability to offer these programs.

Donation from Ottawa University

Thank you to Ottawa University and their students for donating facemasks and personal letters that will be distributed to community members by our Human Services & Community Vitality Department. The students included return addresses in their letters in the hopes of creating “pen pal” acquaintances with those receiving these gifts. Ottawa’s mascot “Fang” was also on site to celebrate this incredible donation!

7th Annual Fiesta Grande celebration goes virtual

Celebrate our city’s cultural heritage at the seventh annual Surprise Fiesta Grande – To Go style! This virtual celebration, presented by the City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina, is happening all this week! Enjoy authentic Mexican food, cooking and dance classes, crafts, games and more! The schedule of events is as follows:

  • October 5 at 6:30 p.m.: Holy Guacamole & Salsa Dippin’ Virtual Cooking Class. While this virtual class has already premiered, you can still watch it at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande
  • October 6 at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Folklorico Class/Performance (view at facebook.com/SurpriseRec and Surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV)
  • All day on October 6, Let’s Taco ‘bout a Good Meal! Where local restaurants will be offering discounts!
  • October 7 at 6:30 p.m.: Nacho Average Virtual Bingo. Register at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov by clicking on ‘Special Events’ by 12 p.m. on Wednesday 10/7 for a chance to win fun prizes!
  • October 8 at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Arts and Crafts, featuring WHAM (to participate, pick up your craft kit at the Parks & Recreation office, Monday 10/5 through Thursday 10/8 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 15960 N Bullard Ave Surprise, AZ 85374).
  • October 9 at 5 p.m.: Fiesta Foodtruck Friday & Swag Bag (Foodtruck, and swag bag pick up are at Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N Hollyhock St, Surprise, AZ 85378. Register for a swag bag athttp://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov by clicking on “Special Events”).

For updates and more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande or contact the Parks & Recreation Special Events Division at 623.222.2000.

If you happen to miss any of the virtual activities, videos will be available at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande after the event.

Veterans Day Tribute Video

Unfortunately, the City of Surprise will not be able to put on a Veterans Day parade this year due to COVID-19. In order to create a virtual alternative to families lined along a parade route, or parade participants displaying signs of gratitude, the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department will be compiling community messages to veterans sent in by you, the residents! To participate, record a video tribute, no longer than 15 seconds, thanking our veterans, then upload it to surpriseaz.gov/veteranvideo. This compilation of community messages will be featured on Veterans Day on the Surprise TV cable channel, our Parks & Recreation social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), and the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov. Entries must be received by October 29 at 5 p.m. You can also participate by creating a sign that will be displayed on Bullard Ave. near the Surprise Stadium, November 10-12. Blank signs can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday October 12 through Friday, October 30. Decorated signs, should be returned to the Parks and Recreation Office by 5 p.m. on Friday November 6 for inclusion in the display. For more information, please contact Steve Castillo at 623-222-2267, or by email at steve.castillo@surpriseaz.gov.

Southwest Gas

Southwest Gas offers flexible payment plans, payment assistance programs, and income qualified rate assistance for their customers in Arizona. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Southwest Gas has ceased all service disconnection, and late fees for nonpayment, since March. While this moratorium is still in place, they would like to urge customers to also explore the various assistance programs that they offer, to avoid large payments after the COVID-19 crisis improves.

Low Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA)
Customers who have recently lost their job, or are receiving unemployment benefits, may qualify for a reduced energy rate through the LIRA Program. This program helps customers save money by providing a yearly 30% reduction in the monthly basic service charge and a “per therm” rate discount. The “per therm” discount is applied each month from November 1 through April 30.

Energy Share Program
Southwest Gas has $1 million available to customers experiencing unexpected financial difficulties, such as the loss of a job or medical emergency related to COVID-19. The Energy Share program allows customers facing financial hardship who qualify, to receive assistance towards paying their Southwest Gas bill. Customers do not need to meet Federal Poverty Income Guidelines to qualify.

Deferred Payment Program
For customers who can demonstrate a hardship and have outstanding bills, the deferred payment plan allows them to pay their bill over an extended period of time. The company also make referrals to government or local social service agencies.

To learn more about these programs, please visit the Southwest Gas website at www.swgas.com, or call 1-877-860-6020.

Southwest Gas also wants to remind you that they will never contact customers, or show up in person to demand payment with the threat of disruption of service. Any calls that demand immediate payment should be considered a scam. Do not provide any person information and hang up. To verify the legitimacy of any calls or visits you receive, please call 877-860-6020.

Possible APS project in District 6

In the near future, there may be a new APS power line in District 6. Please watch my Facebook account and newsletter for additional information. I will share it with you as soon as it is available.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on Tuesday, October 6 and Tuesday October 20, at 6 p.m.  Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.  If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern.  I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Council meetings have been reopened for in-person participation. In order to adhere to CDC guidelines, in-person participants will be required to wear a facial covering when entering and exiting the chambers, but may remove it while seated, if they so choose. Capacity will be capped at 50 people, and physical distancing measures will be in place.

If you are not yet ready to attend in person, instructions for how to comment virtually are listed on the agenda. Agendas can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Meet and Greet

For the month of October, I will be hosting two Meet and Greets. Please join me on Saturday, October 17, at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road, and on October 28, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road, Surprise, AZ 85379. Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • September 2020

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

Revised Development & Design Standards

Members of the public and community stakeholders now have the opportunity to provide comments related to the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) and the Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS). You can review and make comments on the documents at surpriseaz.gov/developnext. Several meetings will also be held before the end of the year to present changes and gather comments.

The following is the timeline for those meetings (dates are subject to change):

  • Development Community Stakeholder Meetings – held virtually in August and September
  • Public Outreach Meetings – held virtually in September with advanced public notice of date and time
  • Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council Presentations – Several presentations in September, October and November
  • Public Hearings – at Planning and Zoning in November, and City Council in December (for final action).

The DevelopNEXT update is important to the City because it will allow us to align ordinances and design standards with the values described in the City’s General plan 2035, it will help us to implement new state statues and federal guidelines, and improve the city’s standards for site, open space and architectural design. In addition, the City’s design standards and guides will be able to be consolidated into one document, and it will simplify and clarify the structure and organization of the documents and the rules within them.

To learn more about DevelopNEXT, please visit surpriseaz.gov/developnext.

Road Work Update

The Litchfield Road Improvement project was completed on August 19th! This project was approved through the 2017 General Obligation Bond. The Litchfield Road improvement project, widened the stretch of road from Waddell Road to Peoria Avenue, added two additional travel lanes (for a total of four), sidewalks, a bicycle lane, street lighting and landscaping.

This project delivered the full design and construction of Litchfield Road, as this was the only remaining undeveloped section of the roadway.

An aerial view of the intersection of Litchfield Road and Sweetwater in Surprise.

Construction will begin soon on Greenway Road from Sarival to Cotton Lane. This project will eliminate areas that have multiple lanes merging into one lane in each direction. These improvements will provide matched lane configurations on Greenway Road in and around the SR Loop 303/ Greenway Road interchange to accommodate the anticipated traffic volume, improve traffic flow and reduce congestion along Greenway Road. The completion of this roadway segment will also provide relief to the eastern and western city ingress and egress points; with a goal of improving commute times, mitigating congestion and improving air quality. Completion of this roadway should also relieve traffic from other east/west arterial roadways.

The specific improvements within this segment of Greenway Road will include two additional travel lanes (for a total of four), provisions for drainage, sidewalks, bicycle lane, street lighting, landscaping, and turn lanes. This project will also include the relocation of existing Maricopa Water District infrastructure.

Roadwork is scheduled to begin in late September or early October, and is expected to continue until early 2021. You may notice some utility work taking place on the roadway in advance of the project.

Community Resources

The City of Surprise has housing assistance resources available to help individuals, families and social workers in finding housing help.

The Surprise CARES Housing Stability Program is one program that is available. This program provides financial assistance for up to three consecutive months of rental or mortgage assistance, and up to three consecutive months utility assistance if in conjunction with rental/mortgage assistance. The purpose of this program is to assist low-income households who have had loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rent or mortgage payments will be made directly to the landlord or financial institution. To see if you are eligible, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3823/CARES-Housing-Stability-Program to complete an eligibility assessment.

For additional programs and information, please contact the Neighborhood Services Division at 623.222.1550 or the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

Esports Video Game Tournaments

Surprise Parks and Recreation and Bravous E-Sports are offering four different video game tournaments during the Fall 2020 sports season for participants ages 7-16. Tournaments will include Rocket League, Fortnight, Madden 20 and Super Smash Bros. Register online at https://secure.rec1.com/AZ/surprise-community-rec/catalog.

Surprise Aquatic Center Mural

The mural on the Surprise Aquatic Center has been completed! Voters had a chance to vote between two concepts, and chose “Swimming with Porpoise.” The mural was painted by street artist “Bacpac.” The Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. Thank you to everyone that voted!

A mural of swimming dolphins.

New Business in District 6

Firestone Complete Auto Care opened a new store, located at 13475 N. Litchfield Road, on August 21.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on Tuesday, September 1st and Tuesday September 15th at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Please note that City Hall is closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.

Meet and Greet

My next monthly Meet and Greet is tentatively scheduled for September 23, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road, Surprise, AZ 85379. Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • August 2020

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

Census

U.S. Census Bureau workers are visiting homes to interview households that have not responded to the Census. Census interviews should take approximately 10 minutes, and all Census workers have been provided with personal protective equipment and have been trained to practice physical distancing. All Census workers will also have official I.D. badges that will include their name, a photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date. They will never ask for social security numbers, bank information, or donations or credit card information. If you suspect fraud, please call 1-800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Responding to the Census is critical to ensuring that Surprise receives an appropriate share of the $675 billion given to states annually, and in turn, our community. The Census also helps with planning for critical infrastructure in our community and determines our congressional representation and local political boundaries. Please note, that by law, the U.S. Census Bureau is required to protect your information and is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you.

Everyone Counts in Surprise, Census 2020 Banner

Water Conservation Incentives

City-serviced residential or business water customers can now choose from several water conservation programs to help save water and money.

WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller rebate: Customers who purchase and install a WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller may be eligible for the cost of the controller, up to $125, excluding installation/labor, shipping, tax, etc. Residential, homeowner association, schools, multifamily and commercial properties are eligible to apply.

Single-family new home Xeriscape landscape installation: Receive a $200 rebate for installing low-water use landscape on your property! Eligible properties must be new, single-family residential homes purchased and built within the past two years of the date of application.

Total front and backyard landscaped area must exceed 1,000 square feet; and all plants used in the landscape design must be listed on the Arizona Department of Water Resources plant list.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2021, pre-eligibility approval required, and Xeriscape landscape installation must occur by April 30, 2021.

HOA, commercial, multifamily turf removal rebate: Eligible HOA, multifamily and commercial water customers can apply for a rebate to receive $0.50 per square foot of turf removed, up to $3,000. To apply, participants must contact the city’s Water Conservation Office and receive pre-eligibility approval prior to completing the application.

The application deadline is March 31, 2021; projects must be completed and the city notified by April 30, 2021, to receive the rebate.

All water rebate programs are administered on a first-received, first-served basis until application deadline or fund depletion, whichever occurs first. To learn more and access the applications please visit surpriseaz.gov/waterconservation.

Parks and Recreation Fall Sports Leagues

Fall sports 2020 registrationIt is not too late to register for fall sports! Late registration began on August 3rd. To sign up for youth soccer, tee-ball, baseball, softball, or volleyball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-17, call the Sports Division at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation. Sports skills classes and camps are also being offered for ages 6-15 in basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball skills. For more details on class and camp dates please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2017/Sports-Camps-Classes.

Development in District 6

Amazon is coming to Surprise! The 150,00 square foot building will be located in the Surprise Rail Plex, just south of the entertainment center near Uptown Alley on Litchfield Road. This new operation will serve the northwest Greater Phoenix market, and is anticipated to bring 300 new jobs! Amazon plans to open the building in 2021.

Road Work Update

Roadwork is scheduled to begin on Greenway Road from Sarival Avenue to Cotton Lane in September. The work is expected to continue until early 2021, and will widen the road to four lanes of travel, and add a traffic signal at the Greenway Road and Northwest Road Parkway intersection. You may notice some utility work taking place on the roadway in advance of the project.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 18 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

My next monthly Meet and Greet is tentatively scheduled for August 26, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road, Surprise, AZ 85379. Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • July 2020

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

Drop-off Recycling Available July 7

Recyclable materials such as plastic #1 and #2 (these include: milk, soda, condiment, water, shampoo, detergent, etc.), cardboard, and aluminum and tin cans, can be dropped off at the city’s Public Works North Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road, beginning July 7.

Materials will be accepted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Please bring proof of residency and ensure that recyclables are clean and dry.

The City of Surprise is working hard to find a solution to recycling that is cost effective and sustainable, and this is the first step in that process.

For more information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3818/Drop-off-Recycling

New Business in District 6

Reel Pizza Pies, located at 13953 W. Waddell Road, held a ribbon cutting on June 17. Reel Pizza Pies is a 1,200-square-foot restaurant that seats 15 and serves, slices, whole pies, sandwiches and subs via counter-service style. Welcome to Surprise!

Utility Rate Increase

Single family solid-waste (trash) customers will see an increase on their statements beginning July 1. Customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.40, that will then increase by $0.10 each fiscal year, beginning 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. This rate increase was adopted to obtain the revenues required to operate utilities, and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs.

Stormwater rates for a single-family residential home will see an increase of $0.75, beginning July 1, bringing the utility fee to $2.75 each month. The stormwater utility fee is to enable the city to cover the costs of maintaining stormwater related infrastructure, and develop projects to protect and prevent problems caused by stormwater, such as, flooding.

For more information on either of these rates, please visit, surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo or surpriseaz.gov/stormwater. A stormwater information hot line has also been set up for customers to call with any questions. That number is 623.222.6200.

Road Work Update

The voter approved G.O. Bond roadway project at Waddell Road, Loop 303 to Reems Road, began on June 24. The traffic changes will include:

  • Eastbound traffic on Waddell Road between Loop 303 and Reems Road will be shifted to the south side of the road.
  • Left turns from eastbound Waddell Road will be re-opened at the intersections of Legacy Parc Boulevard and 157th Avenue.
  • The traffic signal at the intersection of Waddell Road and Sarival Avenue will be activated. The signal will be in the flashing red light phase for 48 hours until being put into normal function mode.
  • All three lanes on the north side of Waddell Road, Sarival Avenue to Loop 303, will be open for westbound traffic.

Work is anticipated to be completed late this summer. When complete, this segment of Waddell Road will construct four additional travel lanes, except Reems Road to Sarival Lane which requires three additional travel lanes. Additional improvements will include provisions for drainage, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, street lighting, landscaping, and turn lanes.

Please drive slowly in construction zones and watch for crews in the area during the road project! For more information please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Council Meetings and Agendas

As a reminder, there are no City Council Regular Meetings this month. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 18 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet scheduled for July 22 from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road, Surprise, AZ 85379, has been cancelled. I look forward to meeting again, when it is safe to do so. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • June 2020

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

Senior Center Meals

The Council volunteered as a part of the Surprise Senior Center Hot Lunch program on May 6. Through this program, seniors aged 60 and better and adults with disabilities are provided low cost lunches. This program feeds between 120-160 people each day! For more information on this program, visit the City of Surprise website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/135/Senior-Services.

Vice Mayor Judd and Councilmember Sanders pack hot lunches into an insulated bag.Vice Mayor Judd hands hot lunches to a person in their vehicle.

Economic Development

We are excited for our businesses that are re-opening! The Surprise Economic Development team has implemented a Virtual Ribbon Cutting program to celebrate the reopening of our businesses. Below is a list of businesses in District 6 that have reopened and had a virtual ribbon cutting.

  • Salon Boutique
  • Team 4 Kids
  • Sanity Salon & Spa
  • Spencer’s Place
  • Gabby’s Mail Shoppe
  • Surprise Comics
  • Amigos Authentic Mexican Grill and Bar
  • Song Lynn Vietnamese Cuisine
  • Under Review Sports Bar
A purple ribbon is cut outside Surprise Comics for the business' re-opening.A purple ribbon is cut outside Spencer's Place for the business' re-opening.A purple ribbon is cut outside Song Lynn Vietnamese Cuisine for the business' re-opening.
From Left to Right: Surprise Comics, Spencer’s Place, Song Lynn Vietnamese Cuisine

This list is growing daily! To see a complete list of Virtual Ribbon Cutting photos and videos, please visit the links provided below.

Retail Services Openings: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNdDbsS and https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNkHCfx

Restaurant Openings: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNeBNFB and https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNkSCnu

4th of July

While the city shares in our community’s excitement to celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s important to do so responsibly. As a result of COVID-19 concerns, this year’s Fourth of July Celebration will be greatly modified in an effort to avoid mass gatherings and maintain physical distancing, in accordance with CDC recommendations.

On Saturday, July 4th, the city will feature a 20-minute fireworks display beginning at 8:40 p.m. The display will be staged in the area around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane.

The city encourages people to observe the fireworks show remotely from their homes or vehicles, as the display will be visible from vantage points across the community. Limited surface parking is available at Surprise Stadium, Surprise Aquatic Center and Dreamcatcher Park. While not recommended, should observers chose to drive to the Civic Center and Recreation Campus area, parking will be first come, first served and must be done in accordance with state and local traffic laws.

Unlike past celebrations, there will be no baseball game, food trucks, beverage sales, or any additional entertainment. The Aquatic Center will not be open. Ramada rentals and grill use at Surprise Community Park will be unavailable. Personal grill use is prohibited within the Civic Center and Surprise Recreation Campus. In compliance with Arizona State law, the consumption of alcohol in vehicles or in public spaces is not permitted.

Please remember to follow all CDC guidelines for protecting yourself against COVID-19, including limiting gatherings to less than 10 people and keeping a minimum of 6 feet physical distancing between your gathering and others.

Road Work Update

The Litchfield Road project is anticipated to be completed by early June. However, work to install traffic signals at the Sweetwater intersection has been delayed until the end of summer due to long lead times to acquire the signal poles and associated hardware.

What’s happening on that lot?

Recently opened! National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC), located at 11280 N. Solar Canyon Way and Reel Pizza Pies, located at 13953 W. Waddell Rd., #103

Council Meetings and Agenda

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 2 at 6 pm; and the second meeting on Tuesday, June 16 at 6 pm. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

My June Meet and Greet is scheduled for June 24 from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road, Surprise, AZ 85379. This is an informal gathering, which makes it a great opportunity for you to talk with me 1 on 1 and ask questions, share ideas, or chat about our community.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • May 2020

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

FY 2021 Budget

A preliminary budget presentation was given at the Regular Council Work Session on April 21. Tentative budget adoption is scheduled for the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting on May 5 at 6 p.m., with the final budget adoption scheduled for the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting on June 2 at 6 p.m.. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proposed budget, please feel free to contact me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Economic Development

During COVID-19, the business of helping our businesses has stayed strong in the City of Surprise! The Economic Development Department has shifted its focus in many areas to serve our local business community:

  • Businesses, Job Seeker and Surprise Customers now have an online resource at the www.surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp page. This is updated daily and provides concise information to support our community’s economic well-being during COVID-19.
  • The restaurant-focused #SeeRedGetFed banner program was launched and more than 175 restaurants have displayed these banners.
  • The #ShopSurprise “Open for Business” banner and promotional program for our non-restaurant/retail businesses was initiated shortly after the restaurant banner campaign.
  • The Surprise Community Development Department worked to temporarily amend the community’s A-frame sign policy to help our local businesses with their promotional endeavors.
  • New social media campaigns have been showcasing daily restaurant deals (#SuperstarOfSurprise), job opportunities (#WorkforceWednesday), and other positive community stories (#CopingWithCOVID). Follow the Surprise Economic Development team on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SurpriseEconDev and on Twitter @SurpriseEconDev.
  • In partnership with Marketing & Communications, the Economic Development Department developed a COVID-19 resource video series featuring 2-3 minute videos on a variety of important topics, including small business CARES Act eligibility, local job seeker resources, business tips to survive a business interruption, and more.
  • Julie Neal, the AZ TechCelerator Program Coordinator, has elevated the city’s small business services to social media. Virtual interviews with business owners, brokers, tax professionals, and business mentors are helping to showcase different free small business services available to the local community.
  • The Surprise Economic Development Department has also been promoting AZ TechCelerator marketing mentor Chris Amos, who has free webinars available to all local Surprise businesses.

I would like to recognize two businesses located in District 6. IRIS USA, Inc. for their donation of 20,000 masks to Arizona healthcare workers, and Pinkabella Cupcakes, who generously donated N95 masks to the City of Surprise for our frontline emergency staff. Thank you for your generosity!

Road Work Update

Pavement preservation will be moving forward in the coming weeks in Royal Ranch, Ashton Ranch, Kenly Farms, and part of the Marley Park neighborhood, and should be completed before the end of June. Residents will receive door hangers prior to any work being done on the street they live. The HOA property managers have been notified of the coming work and the schedule has been coordinated with the solid waste collection days, to ensure trash containers are still serviced as expected. The work is planned to occur throughout all of the residential streets in Royal Ranch, Ashton Ranch, and Kenly Farms, as well as Marley Park phase 17 & 18 which will be the first significant treatment of the residential streets in the Ashton Woods section of the neighborhood.

Please note, Larkspur Drive will be closed at Litchfield Road from May 1 to May 15, 2020, for milling and paving work. Residents can use Sweetwater Avenue as an alternative during this time.

A Flashing yellow left-turn signal has been installed at Litchfield and Waddell. This is an update the city will be making to all signalized intersections over time, as projects move forward and/or signal replacements are needed.

For more information on City of Surprise road closures and traffic restrictions, please visit surpriseaz.gov/roadwork

State of the City

The State of the City video, which looks at the significant achievements that Surprise has made this year, premiered on April 15. If you didn’t have a chance to watch, it is still available to view on Surprise TV at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/.

Upcoming Events

The impacts from COVID-19 to our city’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget and beyond are still uncertain. In an effort to make sure that we have a balanced budget at the end of the current fiscal year, all recreation programming and events will continue to be suspended until further notice. This will include summer camps, youth and adult sports leagues and camps, swim lessons, swim teams, open swim, and large gatherings, including the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration.

The City’s parks, walking paths and open spaces will remain open to the public and fishing will still be allowed at the Surprise Community Park Lake. Please remember to practice physical distancing guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control when using these areas.

What’s happening on that lot?

Please see the list below of new development happening in District 6!

  • A new construction permit was completed for the Skycom Business Park Shell Building, located at 13274 W. Desert Cove Road.
  • Tractor Supply at Prasada is under construction.
  • Handel’s Ice Cream at Greenway and Cotton Lane will be opening this summer.
  • Costco at Waddell and Sarival is still under construction and looking better every day.
  • Abrazo Microhospital at Bell Road and the 303 is hiring and almost ready to open.
  • A new Starbucks will be coming to the Winco corner on Bell Road and the 303.
  • New Legacy Traditional School expected at the NWC of Cotton and Cactus, not far from Sterling Grove by Toll Brothers – which is open for virtual tours!

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

Council Meetings and Agenda

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 5 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, May 19 at 6 pm. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

My May Meet and Greet is scheduled for May 27, however; due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, please check https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates and cancellations to my meeting schedule.