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District 6 Newsletter – June 15, 2018

S&P upgrades city’s utility revenue bonds

S&P Global ratings has assigned an AA+ rating for the city’s Series 2018 senior-lien utility system revenue obligations, which is an upgrade from the previous MPC 2007 wastewater bonds which were rated A+ by Fitch.

The credit rating firm cited the following criteria for the upgrade (view full report):

  • Extremely strong enterprise and financial risk profiles
  • Affordable service rates in the context of the service area’s strong income metrics although somewhat hindered by the higher-than-average county poverty rate;
  • Good overall operational management that includes ample water supply through a diverse source of supply in addition to sufficient wastewater treatment capacity to meet demand.
  • Extremely strong historical debt service coverage Extremely strong liquidity position, with over a year’s worth of unrestricted reserves;
  • Manageable debt profile
  • Good overall financial management reflected by policies and procedures

The higher the rating, the lower the investment risk to the bond purchasers and the interest rate to the city on the borrowed funds.

See press release…

Task Force reconvenes to honor late Veteran resident Brian Mancini

City of Surprise logo

At the request of the Surprise City Council the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force will reconvene, Thursday, June 28, to begin the process to identifying possible ways in which to honor the late Brian Mancini.

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.

His story and combat injuries were the focus of an April 2018 60 Minutes story detailing new medical studies surrounding PTSD and the brain impacts suffered during explosions.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., in the Community Room of City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend.

See press release…

Surprise youth showcase innovative solutions at Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

2018 AZ TechCelerator's 5th Annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Youthful innovation was on display June 8 at Surprise City Hall in culmination of the AZ TechCelerator’s 5th Annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.

Fourteen students from Paradise Honors, Willow Canyon, Valley Vista, Shadow Ridge and Dysart high schools worked in teams at the city’s business incubator to identify a community need and develop a product or service to address that need.

The finale of the weeklong camp was a marketing pitch before a panel of judges in the Surprise City Council Chambers. The teens’ ideas included a new option for mobile resources to help the homeless, a foundation to help fund the research for synthetic organs and an eco-friendly and low cost water filtration system using thermal distillation. But, the big winner was Linked, an app that fully disables a driver’s ability to access messaging apps and social media while driving. Congratulations to Nickolas Robertson, Jack Platacz, Sean Cox and Sebastian Bednarek from Paradise Honors High School on their win!

Since 2009, the AZ TechCelerator has fostered local start-ups, resulting in 20 businesses and nearly 300 jobs.

Learn more at www.aztechcelerator.com or call 623.222.TECH.

See press release…

Heat warning this week; hydration stations available

Hydration Stations in Surprise

With a heat warning in effect this week, the city of Surprise reminds residents that the city is a Heat Relief Network partner, providing hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during the hot summer months.

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) coordinates mapping of the Heat Relief Network – a network of service providers, faith-based groups, municipalities, businesses, and caring citizens mobilizing to provide hydration and heat refuge for people in need.

Designated hydration stations in Surprise include the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W Bell Road Building A Suite 124, and Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301 (FS 301), 16750 N Village Drive East. FS 301 is also a place of refuge to cool off during the day.

For a heat safety message from Surprise Fire-Medical Department, watch this video.

To learn about the symptoms of heat related illness and what to do if you or a loved one shows symptoms, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

Surprise Transit Study needs your help planning most popular routes

Transit Feasability Survey

Where do you travel within the city of Surprise? We’re asking you to share your most frequented shopping, dining, education, medical and recreation destinations in Surprise to help us determine potential public transportation routes.

The city will capture your travel start and end points within city boundaries in an online interactive Wikimap. Using the collected data, the Transit Feasibility Study team will determine where routes are most needed, potential ridership levels, and transit frequency.

A link to the Wikimap, and instructions for adding your information, is now available on the project website surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy. The Wikimap will be available until 5 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2018.

Read more…

Dive-in Movie at Surprise Aquatic Center to feature Jumanji

Dive In Movies at Surprise Aquatic Center

The City of Surprise welcomes you and your family to stay cool at the pool Saturday, June 23 as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” hits the screen poolside at Surprise Aquatic Center.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie begins at approximately 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Surprise residents and $8 for non-residents. Concessions will be available for purchase. Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N Bullard Ave.

For tickets or event information, please contact Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000, the Surprise Aquatic Center at 623.222.2500 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

Try the Surprise Senior Center for free in June

If you have been wanting to try the Surprise Senior Center, now is the time! We’re offering free memberships to all new participants for the month of June. Several classes, programs and social events are also free for the month.

The Senior Center is a hub of activities for anyone age 50 and better and adults with disabilities. If you decide you want to stay a member, we can sign you up for a one-year membership beginning in July. The fee is $12 for Surprise residents and $15 for non-Surprise residents. The Senior Center also offers a Fitness membership for an additional cost (some rules and restrictions apply).

For more information, please contact the Surprise Senior Center at 623.222.1500 or stop by Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Surprise, 85378.

See press release…

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes offered in Surprise

CCC-CPR Training

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

District 6 Newsletter – June 8, 2018

In-N-Out is Open!

In-N-Out was #1 on the Citizen Survey in both 2015 and 2017 Surveys.

Also see the Top Ten Existing Local Favorite List Here:

2018 Survey https://www.surpriseaz.gov/documentcenter/view/37450

2015 Survey https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/2015/08/05/surprise-retail-survey-results-are-in

City Council adopts safety-focused FY2019 Budget

2019 Budget logo
The Surprise City Council approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 City Budget in a Special Meeting Tuesday night that addresses safety needs for Information Technology, Police and Fire-Medical.

New to the $384.6 million budget is funding for Decide Surprise capital improvement projects that were approved by voters in the November 2017 General Obligation (GO) Bond election. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

The budget also includes $16 million in contingency capacity to purchase the Circle City Water Company and grow renewable water allocations by 38 percent. The release of any expenditure would require Council approval and this will be repaid through future water credit sales. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection.

Funding for additional operations and capital improvements is generated from growth in general fund revenue. General fund revenues are expected to increase by 10% or approximately $10.9 million above the current adopted budget. Recent escalations in housing activity as well as growing local sales tax account for most of the increase. A five-year forecast of city resources compared to uses helps ensure long-term financial sustainability and secures safety of the city’s financial position.

Council is scheduled to take action on the property tax rate at the June 19th Regular Council Meeting that begins at 6 p.m., at City Hall- Council Chambers. The agenda will be posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

To view budget-related materials please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

See press release…

City Investment Policy Discussion

Finance staff presented changes to the City’s Investment Policy, which provides guidance to ensure the sound and prudent investment of public monies. The policies cover the areas of Investment Authority; Delegation of Authority; Policy Adoption; Internal Control; Prudence; Investment Objectives; Authorized and Eligible Investments; Safekeeping and Custody; Ethics and Conflicts of Interest; Authorized Financial Institutions; and Reporting. Finance staff updated the policy to streamline language and simplify procedures to facilitate application of the policy, remove investment options that carry a high degree of risk, such as commercial paper, document the City’s objective to approach volatile investments with caution, include additional categories of funds, unless otherwise specified, in order to accommodate for the City’s growth, remove references to ineligible investments and irrelevant definitions.

Refinancing of Wastewater Utility Revenue Bonds

Finance staff is working to refinance the 2007 MPC Wastewater Debt which is expected to lower the annual debt service payment by $1M. The wastewater debt will be refinanced with a combined utility system revenue bond which provides greater economies of scales in order to achieve lower financing cost from stronger revenue coverage and higher credit ratings. If the purchase of Circle City Water Company Acquisition deal moves forward, this combined utility system revenue bond positions the city to execute financing for the acquisition. The city expects to finance $14M of the total acquisition cost. The debt service on the water acquisition will be repaid with the sale of water portfolio assets.

Comprehensive Financial Management Policies Discussion

Staff proposed changes to the City’s Comprehensive Financial Management Policies which are reviewed and updated annually to support the development of a solid financial structure and long-term planning. The policies cover the areas of Operating Management, Capital Management, Debt Management, Minimum Fund Balance, and Financial Reporting. The most significant revisions are as follows: reflect the existing budget amendment authority for the City Council, City Manager, and Department Directors; expand the budget amendment authority for the Finance Director related to carryforward, developer agreements, and adjustments between the Community and Recreation Services Department and Sports and Tourism Department; revise the General Fund’s minimum fund balance calculation to include the Ground Ambulance Fund; and revise the Workers’ Compensation minimum fund balance from twice the amount of budgeted claims to $1,500,000 as required by the Industrial Commission.

Surprise Transit Study needs your help planning most popular routes

Transit Feasability Survey
Where do you travel within the city of Surprise? We’re asking you to share your most frequented shopping, dining, education, medical and recreation destinations in Surprise to help us determine potential public transportation routes.

The city will capture your travel start and end points within city boundaries in an online interactive Wikimap. Using the collected data, the Transit Feasibility Study team will determine where routes are most needed, potential ridership levels, and transit frequency.

A link to the Wikimap, and instructions for adding your information, is now available on the project website surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy. The Wikimap will be available until 5 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2018.

Read more…

Wilson Premier Championships West Baseball Tournament kicks off Friday in Surprise

2018 Wilson Premier Baseball Championship West Tournament
Catch some exciting baseball featuring top prospects from across the United States when the 2018 Wilson Premier Baseball Championship West Tournament arrives here in Surprise beginning today, June 8 and plays through Monday, June 11.

This four-day tournament, featuring over 70 teams spanning from Virginia to California, will showcase the talents of some of the biggest high school stars from the 2019, 2020, and 2021 graduation years.

For more information about Wilson Premier Baseball Championships West and tickets to the tournament, please visit www.wilsonpremierbaseball.com.

Don’t sit out the Summer! Get in the game with City of Surprise youth sports camps!

CRS Sports Programs
Registration is now open for a variety of City of Surprise Summer Break Youth Sports Camps, including volleyball, cheerleading, baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer and tennis.

Youth Sports Summer Camps are $50 for Surprise residents and $70 for non-residents, with the exception of Tennis Camp.

Register online at www.surpriseaz.gov/youthsports or in person at the Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information on summer sports camps, please contact the Community and Recreation Services Department at 623.222.2000.

Try the Surprise Senior Center for free in June


If you have been wanting to try the Surprise Senior Center, now is the time! We’re offering free memberships to all new participants for the month of June. Several classes, programs and social events are also free for the month.

The Senior Center is a hub of activities for anyone age 50 and better and adults with disabilities. If you decide you want to stay a member, we can sign you up for a one-year membership beginning in July. The fee is $12 for Surprise residents and $15 for non-Surprise residents. The Senior Center also offers a Fitness membership for an additional cost (some rules and restrictions apply).

For more information, please contact the Surprise Senior Center at 623.222.1500 or stop by Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Surprise, 85378.

See press release…

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes offered in Surprise

CCC-CPR Training
The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

Outdoor painting party with SugarPlum Froyo at Surprise Community Park

SugarPlumb Froyo Outdoor Painting Party
The City of Surprise is teaming up with SugarPlum Froyo to offer an Outdoor Painting Party on Saturday, June 9 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This event is perfect for a fun family day. We’ll provide an art teacher to walk you step-by-step through creating a piece of art. Afterwards, participants can cool off with a cup of froyo (frozen yogurt) while enjoying each other’s masterpieces!

Classes run about an hour and a half and are great for all ages! Parent participation is required.

Tickets are $30 for Surprise Residents; $50 for Non-Residents. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register in person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave, or online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under the “Special Events” category.

For more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

Surprise Progress Television
Watch the latest episode of Surprise Progress TV for info on swim lessons, summer camp, how to help shape the future of transit, and more!

Watch episode…

District 6 Newsletter – May 25, 2018

Voters ok City Water Election

Circle City Water Company banner

Voters have approved the May 15th Water Election, authorizing City Council to complete negotiations with the Circle City Water Company (CCW) for the possible acquisition of the utility.

According to final results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office 80% (15,045) of registered voters voted yes; 20% (3,709) voted no.

CCW is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition, which would require City Council approval, would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent.

Colorado River water is currently the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. Having a right to more surface water will help the city meet future demands and shortfalls.

The purchase of CCW would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool Open Tomorrow!

Hollyhock Pool

Splash into summer at the Surprise city pools! Both Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool will open for summer swimming on May 26, including Memorial Day, May 28.

The Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N Bullard Avenue, will be open on weekends, noon – 5 pm; Monday through Thursday, noon – 6 pm; and Friday, noon – 4 pm. The Hollyhock Pool, located at 15808 N Hollyhock Street, will be open on weekends, noon – 4 pm; and Monday through Thursday, noon – 3 pm.

Daily admission for Surprise residents is $1.00 per child (17 and under) and $2.00 per adult (must show proof of residency); non-resident admission is $5. Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible person (16 years or older) at all times. Pool passes are available for Surprise residents: $20 youth passes for ages 17 and under; $40 adult passes for ages 18 and older; and $80 family passes, which include admission for two adults and three children.

For more information, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics or call the Hollyhock Pool at 623.222.2530 or the Surprise Aquatic Center at 623.222.2500.

City offices closed May 28 for Memorial Day; trash / recycling schedule change

City of Surprise logo

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.

Due to the holiday, City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day the week of May 28 – June 1. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers, and as such, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider.

Questions? Please call 623.222.1900.

Don’t sit out the Summer! Get in the game with City of Surprise youth sports camps!

CRS Sports Programs

Registration is now open for a variety of City of Surprise Summer Break Youth Sports Camps, including volleyball, cheerleading, baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer and tennis.

Youth Sports Summer Camps are $50 for Surprise residents and $70 for non-residents, with the exception of Tennis Camp.

Register online at www.surpriseaz.gov/youthsports or in person at the Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information on summer sports camps, please contact the Community and Recreation Services Department at 623.222.2000.

City to host urban camping discussion in June

City of Surprise logo

The city will host a public meeting to discuss an amendment to the city code related to urban camping on Wednesday, June 6.

The meeting will be held in the Community Room at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Dr.; beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The intent of this amendment to Chapter 42 of the Surprise Municipal Code is to add Article III, Urban Camping.

City staff from the Human Service and Community Vitality and Police Departments will be part of the public presentation.

This article is designed to maintain streets, parks and other public/ private areas within the city in a clean, sanitary and accessible condition that protects the health, safety and public welfare of the community.

The intent of the amendment also recognizes that, subject to reasonable conditions, camping facilities associated with special events can be beneficial to the cultural and educational climate within the city.

For questions, please call 623-222-1620.

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes offered in Surprise

CCC-CPR Training

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

Outdoor painting party with SugarPlum Froyo at Surprise Community Park

SugarPlumb Froyo Outdoor Painting Party

The City of Surprise is teaming up with SugarPlum Froyo to offer an Outdoor Painting Party on Saturday, May 12 and Saturday, June 9 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This event is perfect for a fun family day. We’ll provide an art teacher to walk you step-by-step through creating a piece of art. Afterwards, participants can cool off with a cup of froyo (frozen yogurt) while enjoying each other’s masterpieces!

Classes run about an hour and a half and are great for all ages! Parent participation is required.

Tickets are $30 for Surprise Residents; $50 for Non-Residents. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register in person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave, or online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under the “Special Events” category.

For more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

Surprise Progress Television

Watch the latest episode of Surprise Progress TV for info on Water Election results, National Citizen Survey results, free CPR classes, when City pools open & more! Watch episode…

Voters ok city water election

Voters have approved the May 15th Water Election, authorizing City Council to complete negotiations with the Circle City Water Company (CCW) for the possible acquisition of the utility.

According to preliminary results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office tonight 80% (14,676) of registered voters voted yes; 20% (3,615) voted no.

CCW is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition, which would require City Council approval, would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent.

Colorado River water is currently the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. Having a right to more surface water will help the city meet future demands and shortfalls.

The purchase of CCW would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

Official final results are expected from the county by Friday, May 18.

The City Council will meet to canvass the votes at a Special Council Meeting, on Tuesday, May 22.  This meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m., and will be held in the Community Room of City Hall, as Council Chambers will be closed for pre-scheduled equipment upgrade work.

District 6 Newsletter – May 11, 2018

Residents love their city; focused on safety & economy in National Citizen Survey

Most important characteristics to our residents:

Safety

Economy

Where we shine: *above national benchmark

% Excellent/Good Service/Activity Variance from 2015
96% Recycled at home +3%
95% Safe in neighborhood +2%
90% Conserved water -1%
89% City as place to retire* +3%
84% Overall appearance -4%
80% Sidewalk maintenance* -2%
66% Affordable housing* -10%
62% Street repair* -4%

The 2018 National Citizen Survey (NCS) results reveal more than 8 in 10 residents rate the quality of life in Surprise as excellent or good; and they recommend living here.

The NCS serves as the city’s service report card, and the collected data assists in setting future city priorities. According to the survey, the areas that are most important to Surprise residents are safety and the economy.

The survey captures residents’ opinions within three community pillars: Community Characteristics, Governance & Participation. These are broken down into eight categories: Safety, Mobility/Transportation, Natural Environment, Built Environment, Economy, Recreation & Wellness, Education & Enrichment and Community Engagement.

Overall, ratings in Surprise for 2018 remained stable from the 2015 NCS. Of the 132 items, for which comparisons were available, 106 were rated similarly/ 23 decreased/3 increased. And across the eight overall categories a majority of the city’s results were similar to 200 or more peer cities across the United States.

The City of Surprise would like to thank those residents who participated in the survey.

To see the complete results for the paper and online survey; or to view previous surveys visit www.surpriseaz.gov/ncs.

City Council / Planning & Zoning to meet to talk Community Facilities Districts

City of Surprise logo

The Surprise City Council and city Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a joint meeting on Monday, May 14, to discuss Community Facilities Districts (CFDs).

CFDs are special taxing districts that finance the installation, operation and maintenance of public improvements such as roads, water and wastewater facilities, flood control and drainage projects that benefit the specified area.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., in Council Chambers at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

City staff will brief members of Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission on recent state law changes on how CFDs operate.

After the briefing, the collective body will discuss whether the city should update its policies regarding CFDs in order to encourage and support continued livable and quality neighborhood development in Surprise.

The complete agenda will be posted at least 24 hours before the meeting at https://agenda.surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool Open May 26

Hollyhock Pool

Splash into summer at the Surprise city pools! Both Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool will open for summer swimming on May 26, including Memorial Day, May 28.

The Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N Bullard Avenue, will be open on weekends, noon – 5 pm; Monday through Thursday, noon – 6 pm; and Friday, noon – 4 pm.The Hollyhock Pool, located at 15808 N Hollyhock Street, will be open on weekends, noon – 4 pm; and Monday through Thursday, noon – 3 pm. Daily admission for Surprise residents is $1.00 per child (17 and under) and $2.00 per adult (must show proof of residency); non-resident admission is $5. Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible person (16 years or older) at all times. Pool passes are available for Surprise residents: $20 youth passes for ages 17 and under; $40 adult passes for ages 18 and older; and $80 family passes, which include admission for two adults and three children.

For more information, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics or call the Hollyhock Pool at 623.222.2530 or the Surprise Aquatic Center at 623.222.2500.

There’s still time – Vote on Surprise’s water future!

Circle City Water Company banner

The city is seeking authorization to purchase Circle City Water Company (CCW), a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent, helping to plan for future growth. The purchase of CCW would be offset through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

The water election website, www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection, includes a short informational video, downloadable fact sheet, frequently asked questions, important election dates, and voter information.

For more information, please contact the Surprise Water Resource Management Department at wrm@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.7100.

Phoenix Business Journal ranks City of Surprise as one of Valley’s Healthiest Employers

City of Surprise Fitness Room

The City of Surprise has been named one of the Valley’s Healthiest Employers in a 2018 Phoenix Business Journal ranking, placing sixth among midsized companies.

The city’s employee wellness program includes diverse initiatives that address physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and preventative disease management.

City Hall has two on-site Wellness Rooms that host fitness classes like Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Cardio/Strength and Bootcamp; as well as chair massages, reflexology and meditation. The city also offers nutritional counseling programs and an annual health risk assessment.

The city’s wellness programs complement overall healthcare benefits in a way that helps contain costs.

To see Phoenix Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers list, please visit https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/subscriber-only/2018/05/04/top-of-the-phoenix-lists-healthiest-1.html

“Despicable Me 3” Stadium Movie Night set for May 12

Surprise Stadium

The City of Surprise welcomes you and your family to come watch the mischievous Minions and Gru reunite with his long lost brother.

This free family event will take place tomorrow, May 12 at Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7 p.m.

The stadium food and beverage policy is in effect; concessions will be available for purchase.

For event information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

Last chance to submit! Opportunity to feature art piece at Surprise City Hall

The City of Surprise is requesting proposals from artists to create an original art piece that will be permanently situated on a pedestal at the southwest entrance of City Hall.

The size of the pedestal is 55″ L x 55″ W x 34″ H.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 14, 2018. The contract is anticipated to be awarded in June 2018.

To see the complete Request for Proposal, please visit: www.surpriseaz.gov/1761/Arts-Cultural-Advisory-Commission

Surprise Aquatic Center hosts Itty Bitty Beach Party on May 24

Itty Bitty Beach Party

Make a splash at our Itty Bitty Beach Party at Surprise Aquatic Center on Thursday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The party, for ages six and under, will include music, games, prizes, arts & crafts, pool fun and a special appearance by a magical mermaid!

Children’s tickets are $5 for Surprise residents / $8 for non-residents and include free parent admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue; Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N Bullard Avenue; or online at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under the “Special Events” category. Concessions will be available for purchase during the event.

Itty Bitty Beach Party is sponsored by Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry.

For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics or contact Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000.

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes offered in Surprise

CCC-CPR Training

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

Outdoor painting party with SugarPlum Froyo at Surprise Community Park

SugarPlumb Froyo Outdoor Painting Party

The City of Surprise is teaming up with SugarPlum Froyo to offer an Outdoor Painting Party on Saturday, May 12 and Saturday, June 9 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This event is perfect for a fun family day. We’ll provide an art teacher to walk you step-by-step through creating a piece of art. Afterwards, participants can cool off with a cup of froyo (frozen yogurt) while enjoying each other’s masterpieces!

Classes run about an hour and a half and are great for all ages! Parent participation is required.

Tickets are $30 for Surprise Residents; $50 for Non-Residents. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register in person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave, or online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under the “Special Events” category.

For more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

District 6 Newsletter – May 4, 2018

Vote on Surprise’s water future!

Surprise Water Election

The city is seeking authorization to purchase Circle City Water Company (CCW), a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent, helping to plan for future growth. The purchase of CCW would be offset through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

The water election website, www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection, includes a short informational video, downloadable fact sheet, frequently asked questions, important election dates, and voter information.

For more information, please contact the Surprise Water Resource Management Department at wrm@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.7100.

Union Hills & 107th Ave intersection to be closed through May 21

Street Closures

The 107th Avenue and Union Hills Drive intersection will be closed beginning 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, to realign two waterlines, a storm drain pipe and drainage structure.

The intersection is scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m., Monday, May 21.

Bell Road, Del Webb Boulevard, 115th Avenue and 99th Avenue may be used as alternate routes. Access will be maintained at all times for emergency vehicles.

The closure is required to construct a portion of the 115th Avenue and Union Hills Drive project that will intercept flood water from the northeast and carry it south to the Agua Fria River when complete. The project is a partnership between Surprise, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, the city of Peoria and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation.

The project is scheduled to be complete in June 2018, weather permitting.

For questions or concerns, call the construction hotline at 602.264.6416.

Surprise Safety Day is May 5

Surprise Safety Day

Join us for a day of fun at Surprise Safety Day this Saturday, May 5!

Bring your family and friends to Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N Bullard Avenue, from 8-11 a.m. and enjoy emergency vehicle and equipment displays, including an appearance by Native Air helicopter; interactive exhibits and live demonstrations of Surprise’s public safety services; and water safety and CPR demonstrations.

Plus, the Surprise Aquatic Center is offering free swim lesson assessments and will be conducting swim team tryouts. Participants should bring a bathing suit and a towel; the pool is heated.

Surprise Safety Day is free and presented in partnership with Surprise Community & Recreation Services, Surprise Police, Surprise Fire-Medical, Native Air and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.

For more information about Safety Day, swim lesson assessments, or swim team tryouts, please contact the Community & Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.

MCDOT Sun Valley Pkwy pavement rehab in Surprise begins May 7

The Maricopa Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will be re-repaving a portion of Sun Valley Parkway, 219th Avenue to just east of Crozier Extension Road, beginning Monday, May 7; the pavement rehabilitation project is scheduled to conclude in July 2018, weather permitting.

Lane restrictions will be in effect. Construction will include roadway shoulders; bicyclists should use caution and, if possible, use alternate routes during construction.

Please obey traffic control signs and posted speed limits. In addition, please allow extra time to get to your destination as there may be traffic delays. Weekend work may occur to keep the project on schedule.

For additional project information or questions, contact MCDOT at 602.506.3342 or mcdotprojects@maricopa.gov.

Watch the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships in Surprise May 8-12

The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships are returning to the City of Surprise May 8-12 as teams from across the nation compete for the title of National Champions. Get your tickets, and come watch some exciting play!

The City of Surprise Sports and Tourism Department, in partnership with the Pacific West Conference, will host the tournaments at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, located at 14469 W. Paradise Lane.

Ticket are on sale now at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet complex, with single day tickets starting at $5 and all tournament tickets available for $20.

All singles matches shall be the best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a 7-point tiebreaker at six-games-all will be used for all matches. In doubles, all matches will consist of an eight-game pro-set with a tiebreak played at 8 games all.

For more information visit www.NCAA.com/Tickets or www.surpriseaz.gov/tennis. You can also contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

Volunteer for Surprise Day of Service on May 12

Surprise Day of Service

Looking for an opportunity to help your community? The City of Surprise is seeking volunteers for a Surprise Day of Service event on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. – Noon!

On the day of the event, volunteers will check in at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Transportation will be required to get to most service projects, which will include painting, cleaning/trash removal, landscaping and more.

Light refreshments for breakfast and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up by Thursday, May 10 by contacting Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239 or jason.hughes@surpriseaz.gov.

“Despicable Me 3” Stadium Movie Night rescheduled to May 12

The City of Surprise has rescheduled the showing of “Despicable Me 3” and welcomes you and your family to come watch the mischievous Minions and Gru reunite with his long lost brother.

This free family event will take place on Saturday, May 12 at Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7 p.m.

The stadium food and beverage policy is in effect; concessions will be available for purchase.

For event information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

Free Workshops: Medicare 101 & Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

The city is hosting free workshops for anyone wanting to learn more about Medicare or Medicare prescription drug plans.

The following classes are now open for registration:

Medicare 101 – Tuesday, May 8 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, Conference Room 150

Already enrolled in Medicare or looking to learn more about it? Come to a Medicare workshop, and get information on the elements of Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare Advantage plans (Part C); Prescription Drug plans (Part D); and Medicare Supplements (Medigap).

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans – Thursday, May 10 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Surprise City Hall, Conference Room 150

Medicare prescription drug coverage is a critical component for anyone on Medicare, and understanding how to select the right prescription drug plan can save you money. If you are on Medicare or plan to be in the next year, we are offering a free seminar that will educate you on your options.

For information, or to register for either class, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

Call to artists! Opportunity to feature art piece at Surprise City Hall

The City of Surprise is requesting proposals from artists to create an original art piece that will be permanently situated on a pedestal at the southwest entrance of City Hall.

The size of the pedestal is 55” L x 55” W x 34” H.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 14, 2018. The contract is anticipated to be awarded in June 2018.

To see the complete Request for Proposal, please visit: www.surpriseaz.gov/1761/Arts-Cultural-Advisory-Commission

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes offered in Surprise

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

Outdoor painting party with SugarPlum Froyo at Surprise Community Park

The City of Surprise is teaming up with SugarPlum Froyo to offer an Outdoor Painting Party on Saturday, May 12 and Saturday, June 9 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This event is perfect for a fun family day. We’ll provide an art teacher to walk you step-by-step through creating a piece of art. Afterwards, participants can cool off with a cup of froyo (frozen yogurt) while enjoying each other’s masterpieces!

Classes run about an hour and a half and are great for all ages! Parent participation is required.

Tickets are $30 for Surprise Residents; $50 for Non-Residents. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register in person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave, or online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under the “Special Events” category.

For more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

District 6 Newsletter – April 27, 2018

City offering Recreation Day Camp at Sierra Montana Recreation Center

Recreation Day Camp at Sierra Montana Recreation Center

With school closures taking place this week, the City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department is offering a Recreation Day Camp.

The camp will continue as needed through the duration of the walkout. The camp is designed for youth in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade and offers the perfect place for kids to spend time with friends and have some fun.

The Recreation Day Camp will be at the Sierra Montana Recreation Center, 14861 N. Spring Lane, 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cost of the camp is $35 per child, per day and space is limited.

Registration is available online or at the Community and Recreation Services office, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

For more information about the Recreation Day Camp please call 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Union Hills & 107th Ave intersection to be closed May 4-21

Street Closures

The 107th Avenue and Union Hills Drive intersection will be closed beginning 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, to realign two waterlines, a storm drain pipe and drainage structure.

The intersection is scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m., Monday, May 21.

Bell Road, Del Webb Boulevard, 115th Avenue and 99th Avenue may be used as alternate routes. Access will be maintained at all times for emergency vehicles.

The closure is required to construct a portion of the 115th Avenue and Union Hills Drive project that will intercept flood water from the northeast and carry it south to the Agua Fria River when complete. The project is a partnership between Surprise, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, the city of Peoria and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation.

The project is scheduled to be complete in June 2018, weather permitting.

For questions or concerns, call the construction hotline at 602.264.6416.

Call to artists! Opportunity to feature art piece at Surprise City Hall

The City of Surprise is requesting proposals from artists to create an original art piece that will be permanently situated on a pedestal at the southwest entrance of City Hall.

The size of the pedestal is 55″ L x 55″ W x 34″ H.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 14, 2018. The contract is anticipated to be awarded in June 2018.

To see the complete Request for Proposal, please visit: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/1761/Arts-Cultural-Advisory-Commission.

Join us for Surprise Safety Day on May 5

Join us for a day of fun at Surprise Safety Day on Saturday, May 5!

Bring your family and friends to Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N Bullard Avenue, from 8-11 a.m. and enjoy emergency vehicle and equipment displays, including an appearance by Native Air helicopter; interactive exhibits and live demonstrations of Surprise’s public safety services; and water safety and CPR demonstrations.

Plus, the Surprise Aquatic Center is offering free swim lesson assessments and will be conducting swim team tryouts. Participants should bring a bathing suit and a towel; the pool is heated.

Surprise Safety Day is free and presented in partnership with Surprise Community & Recreation Services, Surprise Police, Surprise Fire-Medical, Native Air and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.

For more information about Safety Day, swim lesson assessments, or swim team tryouts, please contact the Community & Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.

Volunteer for Surprise Day of Service on May 12

Looking for an opportunity to help your community? The City of Surprise is seeking volunteers for a Surprise Day of Service event on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. – Noon!

On the day of the event, volunteers will check in at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Transportation will be required to get to most service projects, which will include painting, cleaning/trash removal, landscaping and more.

Light refreshments for breakfast and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up by Thursday, May 10 by contacting Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239 or jason.hughes@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise Senior Services hosts Seniors Prom May 1

Get your dancing shoes ready because the City of Surprise Seniors Prom is happening on Tuesday, May 1!

“Starry Night” is the theme for this year’s annual Seniors Prom, which will be held Tuesday, May 1 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St.

In addition to music and dancing, prom attendees will enjoy a delicious catered lunch. A prom king and queen will also be crowned. Come in formal or casual attire. Both singles and couples are welcome.

Please make reservations at the Surprise Senior Center front desk by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27. The cost is $7 for Senior Center members and $15 for non-members.

Seniors Prom is hosted by the City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department’s Senior Services Division. For more information, please call 623.222.1500 or visit the Senior Center Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Free Workshops: Medicare 101 & Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

The city is hosting free workshops for anyone wanting to learn more about Medicare or Medicare prescription drug plans.

The following classes are now open for registration:

Medicare 101 – Tuesday, May 8 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, Conference Room 150

Already enrolled in Medicare or looking to learn more about it? Come to a Medicare workshop, and get information on the elements of Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare Advantage plans (Part C); Prescription Drug plans (Part D); and Medicare Supplements (Medigap).

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans – Thursday, May 10 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Surprise City Hall, Conference Room 150

Medicare prescription drug coverage is a critical component for anyone on Medicare, and understanding how to select the right prescription drug plan can save you money. If you are on Medicare or plan to be in the next year, we are offering a free seminar that will educate you on your options.

For information, or to register for either class, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise public transit study continues; public meetings planned for later this year

Transit Feasability Survey

Although the Transit Feasibility Survey is closed, there are other opportunities for you to be involved in deciding the future of public transportation in Surprise.

In addition to the online public comment form, two community engagement and education opportunities are planned for later this year.

A community workshop is tentatively planned for the afternoon of June 13, 2018 and will introduce the service alternatives available to Surprise and which ones should be priorities for the next five to ten years. Various public engagement tools are planned for this phase of community engagement, including WikiMapping – an online tool that provides users the opportunity to view, at their leisure, draft transit route concepts and comment on them.

During the fall 2018 public meeting, the project team will share the recommended short-term and long-term service alternatives based on information received from the Transit Feasibility Survey and initial public meeting.

Public comments shared at both meetings will be included in the final implementation plan.

Learn more about the Transit Feasibility Study and stay informed about future updates and meeting details at surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy.

District 6 Newsletter – April, 20 2018

2018 State of the City Address

Mayor Wolcott State of the City Address 2018

Growing a downtown, building community wealth, enhancing public transit via autonomous vehicle options and highlighting ways to maintain a Connected Surprise, were all addressed in Mayor Sharon Wolcott’s 2018 State of the City speech, Monday night from West-MEC’s Lightbox.

Speaking to over 100 audience members and more through Facebook Live, Mayor Wolcott talked about how the city has performed well in previous years to build the foundation that will allow the city to grow responsibly in the future for all generations.

The event was sponsored by the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and hosted by West-MEC.

Read the full speech…

FY2019 Recommended Budget focuses on safety

2019 Budget logo

Finance Director Lindsey Duncan presented the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 City Manager Recommended Budget to City Council at Tuesday’s Work Session, that is built on the foundation of safety- for residents; city infrastructure/technology; and the city’s financial position.

The most notable change in the $387.8 million budget is the inclusion of new capital projects with the passing of the General Obligation (GO) Bond election in November 2017. The bonds will fund $59.5 million of needed public safety, traffic congestion mitigation and pavement preservation projects beginning in FY2019. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

The budget also includes $16 million in contingency capacity to purchase the Circle City Water Company should the special election be approved in May 2018. All uses of contingency require the approval of the City Council before it may be expended and this will be repaid through future water credit sales. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection.

Increased operating expenditures are focused on public safety, security, inflation factors, and mandated/contractual obligations.

The FY2019 Recommended Budget is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

Council is scheduled to adopt a final budget in June. See press release…

2018 Surprise Retail Survey Results are in!

2018 Surprise Retail Survey Results

The City of Surprise launched a retail survey in March asking the community to vote for their favorite locally-owned businesses; both their top restaurant and top retailer. In just three weeks, the survey garnered more than 3,000 responses!

Congratulations to following businesses for earning the title “Local Favorite”:

Top 10 Local Restaurants

Oregano’s Pizza Bistro
State 48 Brewery
Babbo Italian Eatery
Rio Mirage Café
Nick’s Diner II
Vogue Bistro
Saigon Kitchen
Jim’s Burgers and Eggs
Big Buddha
Irish Wolfhound

Top 5 Local Retailers

Musical Surprise
Son Glow Boutique
Kimbur Pet Wash
PinkaBella Cupcakes
Gifts to Go

The city would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey!

Local youth invited to compete in MLB Pitch, Hit and Run & Jr. Home Run Derby competitions

The City of Surprise will host both a Major League Baseball Jr. Home Run Derby and a Pitch, Hit & Run Competition on April 21!

MLB Pitch Hit & Run Competition

Pitch, Hit & Run is the official skills competition of Major League Baseball. This grassroots program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball/softball skills.

The Surprise Pitch, Hit & Run Competition will take place Saturday, April 21 at the Kansas City Royals Major League Practice Fields, 15850 N Bullard Ave. Check-in will begin at 12 p.m., and the competition will begin at 1 p.m.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. Your child’s age as of July 17, 2018 will determine his or her age in this year’s competition.

MLB Jr. Home Run Derby

This fun and exciting (and free) youth competition is a way for talented youngsters, ages 10-14, to showcase their hitting abilities for a chance to compete at the National Finals during MLB All-Star Week.

The Surprise derby will take place Saturday, April 21 at the Kansas City Royals Major League Practice Fields, 15850 N Bullard Ave. Check-in will begin at 12 p.m., and the derby will begin at 1 p.m.

All participants must bring a copy of their birth certificate and have their parent or guardian fill out a registration/waiver form prior to the start of the competition. This competition is designed for ages 10-14. Your child’s age as of July 17, 2018 will determine his or her age in this year’s competition.

For questions concerning either competition, please contact Ian Wallace at 623.222.2271 or ian.wallace@surpriseaz.gov.

Science & technology come out to play at Surprise SciTech Festival April 21st

SCITECH banner

Have fun with science and technology, while celebrating Earth Day, at the Surprise SciTech Festival on April 21!

The event is free and has something for all ages! Come check out interactive SciTech booths, an incredible line-up of speakers, music and more! Plus, we’ll have delicious food options from local vendors available for purchase.

It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Outside Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Read more…

Movie Night at Surprise Stadium features Despicable Me 3

The City of Surprise welcomes you to take in a free showing of Despicable Me 3 on the big screen of Surprise Stadium.

Join us Saturday, April 21 on the lawn of Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N Bullard Ave. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the movie begins at 7p.m.

The stadium food and beverage policy is in effect; concessions will be available for purchase.

For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

Surprise Senior Services hosts Seniors Prom May 1

Get your dancing shoes ready because the City of Surprise Seniors Prom is happening on Tuesday, May 1!

“Starry Night” is the theme for this year’s annual Seniors Prom, which will be held Tuesday, May 1 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St.

In addition to music and dancing, prom attendees will enjoy a delicious catered lunch. A prom king and queen will also be crowned. Come in formal or casual attire. Both singles and couples are welcome.

Please make reservations at the Surprise Senior Center front desk by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27. The cost is $7 for Senior Center members and $15 for non-members.

Seniors Prom is hosted by the City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department’s Senior Services Division. For more information, please call 623.222.1500 or visit the Senior Center Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Free Workshops: Medicare 101 & Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

The city is hosting free workshops for anyone wanting to learn more about Medicare or Medicare prescription drug plans.

The following classes are now open for registration:

Medicare 101 – Tuesday, May 8 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, Conference Room 150

Already enrolled in Medicare or looking to learn more about it? Come to a Medicare workshop, and get information on the elements of Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare Advantage plans (Part C); Prescription Drug plans (Part D); and Medicare Supplements (Medigap).

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans – Thursday, May 10 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Surprise City Hall, Conference Room 150

Medicare prescription drug coverage is a critical component for anyone on Medicare, and understanding how to select the right prescription drug plan can save you money. If you are on Medicare or plan to be in the next year, we are offering a free seminar that will educate you on your options.

For information, or to register for either class, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise public transit study continues; public meetings planned for later this year

Transit Feasability Survey

Although the Transit Feasibility Survey is closed, there are other opportunities for you to be involved in deciding the future of public transportation in Surprise.

In addition to the online public comment form, two community engagement and education opportunities are planned for later this year.

A community workshop is tentatively planned for the afternoon of June 13, 2018 and will introduce the service alternatives available to Surprise and which ones should be priorities for the next five to ten years. Various public engagement tools are planned for this phase of community engagement, including WikiMapping – an online tool that provides users the opportunity to view, at their leisure, draft transit route concepts and comment on them.

During the fall 2018 public meeting, the project team will share the recommended short-term and long-term service alternatives based on information received from the Transit Feasibility Survey and initial public meeting.

Public comments shared at both meetings will be included in the final implementation plan.

Learn more about the Transit Feasibility Study and stay informed about future updates and meeting details at surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy.

District 6 Newsletter – April, 13 2018

State of the City is this Monday; Still Time to Register!

Surprise 2018 State of the City

Join me for the 2018 State of the City Address, Monday, April 16, at the new West-MEC Northwest Campus!

Having a strong foundation from which to build on, Mayor Wolcott will deliver a forward-looking message of where Surprise can grow into the future.

Join your neighbors and business leaders and learn more about the opportunities for transportation, job growth and water management.

A reception in the Lightbox building begins at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. West-MEC is located at 13201 W. Grand Avenue.

Register through the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce at http://www.surpriseregionalchamber.com/state-of-the-city.html.

Vote on Surprise’s water future! New info added to website, public meeting dates set

Surprise Water Election

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase of a water service company in a May 15 Special Election. To help voters learn more about the ballot measure, we have added new tools and information to the water election website and invite residents to one of our upcoming public meetings.

The city is seeking authorization to purchase Circle City Water Company (CCW), a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent, helping to plan for future growth. The purchase of CCW would be offset through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

The water election website, www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection, now includes a short informational video, downloadable fact sheet, frequently asked questions, important election dates, voter information and public meeting dates and locations.

The remaining public meetings are scheduled on the following dates:

April 18, 4 p.m.
Sun City Grand, Sonoran Plaza – Palms Room, 19789 N Remington Drive

April 19, 6 p.m.
Sierra Montana Recreation Center, 14861 N Spring Lane

The voter registration deadline for this election is April 16. To register, please visit http://maricopa.vote. The Surprise City Clerk’s Office also offers in-person registration.

All registered households in Surprise will receive a mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed April 25. Election Day is May 15.

For more information, please contact the Surprise Water Resource Management Department at wrm@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.7100.

City to award three $20k Micro-enterprise Grants to eligible Surprise businesses

Applications are currently being accepted for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Micro-enterprise Grant.

Under the 2017-2018 CDBG program funding, Micro-enterprise Grant funds were set aside to support innovative small businesses licensed within the city of Surprise that provide services that benefit low income clients.

Eligible city of Surprise-based businesses can apply to receive one of three $20,000 awards to grow their small business.

To be considered for the award, applicants must meet eligibility requirements which include:

  • Must have a valid city of Surprise business license
  • Applicants must meet AZ TechCelerator business incubator tenant requirements
  • Business owner is low or moderate income and has five or fewer employees, or business benefits low income clients in the city of Surprise
  • Business objective must focus on scalable technological advancement and innovation as evidenced in an executive plan

Application and supporting documents are due by 2 p.m. Monday, April 30, 2018.

For more information about the Micro-enterprise Grant, contact Julie Neal, julie.neal@surpriseaz.gov

Shop at Surprise Super Swap Meet on Saturday

Come shop at the semiannual Surprise Super Swap Meet on Saturday, April 14.

More than 50 vendors will have new and used treasures on display from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue.

Parking and admission are free.

The Surprise Swap Meet is sponsored by the Human Service & Community Vitality Department and the Surprise Senior Center Site Council.

For more information, please call 623.222.1500.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection set for April 14th

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, April 14.

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. For more information, check out www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or call 623.222.1900.

Don’t miss the Time of Your Life at next Surprise Pops Band concert

The Surprise Pops Band’s “The Time of Our Lives” concert is set for Sunday, April 15, at the Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center.

Doors open at 2 p.m. The show begins at 3 p.m. The venue is located at 15550 N. Parkview Place.

Remember these talented performers play for non-perishable food donations to support the Valley View Community Food Banks.

Learn more at www.surprisepopsband.com.

Science & technology come out to play at Surprise SciTech Festival April 21st

SCITECH banner

Have fun with science and technology, while celebrating Earth Day, at the Surprise SciTech Festival on April 21!

The event is free and has something for all ages! Come check out interactive SciTech booths, an incredible line-up of speakers, music and more! Plus, we’ll have delicious food options from local vendors available for purchase.

It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Outside Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Read more…

Registration open for youth summer basketball league and sports camps

The City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department is currently offering registration for the following summer sports programs:

Summer Youth Basketball League: Recreational leagues for boys and girls ages 5-15. The summer basketball season starts in early June and runs until the end of July. Games are played on Saturdays and/or weeknights. Practice times are up to the volunteer coach, usually one hour, once a week (5:30pm, 6:30pm or 7:30pm). Age determined on or before July 31, 2018. For league details, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/1165/Youth-Basketball

Summer Break Sports Camps: Surprise is also offering a number of Summer Youth Sports Camps in June and July, including basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer and cheerleading. For a list of camp dates and details, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2017/Sports-Camps-and-Clinics

For more information, please contact the Sports Division at 623-222-2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Surprise Senior Services hosts Seniors Prom May 1

Get your dancing shoes ready because the City of Surprise Seniors Prom is happening on Tuesday, May 1!

“Starry Night” is the theme for this year’s annual Seniors Prom, which will be held Tuesday, May 1 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St.

In addition to music and dancing, prom attendees will enjoy a delicious catered lunch. A prom king and queen will also be crowned. Come in formal or casual attire. Both singles and couples are welcome.

Please make reservations at the Surprise Senior Center front desk by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27. The cost is $7 for Senior Center members and $15 for non-members.

Seniors Prom is hosted by the City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department’s Senior Services Division. For more information, please call 623.222.1500 or visit the Senior Center Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Surprise TV Website Boasts New Layout

Surprise TV, the official channel of the City of Surprise, has a new website with responsive design making it easier for you to watch shows on all your devices! The new layout features a user-friendly schedule guide and recent videos are easily located on the homepage. Plus, descriptions of Surprise shows and city meetings make finding the program you’re looking for more simple.

Watch the channel LIVE from most internet browsers; viewers using Internet Explorer 11 can view archived videos but will need to use a different browser to watch the livestream.

From bi-weekly City Council Meetings to special programs – Surprise TV has what you need to stay informed with city activities. That informative city public service announcement you saw on Facebook @CityofSurprise a couple of weeks ago and can’t remember where it was? It’s on Surprise TV! Watch it again and share it with your friends. Tune in 24-7 to watch your favorite series and stay up to date on the latest city news at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv.


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District 6 Newsletter – April, 6 2018

S&P upgrades city’s GO Bond rating as Council authorizes first Decide Surprise Bond sale

2017 General Obligation Bond

During my time on the City Council, I have been committed to fiscal responsibility and protecting the taxpayers. I called for an improvement to the City Financial Policies. Since the policy change, Surprise has achieved a significant increase in the City’s bond rating because we have been able to demonstrate significantly improved finances and overall management at our City.

The great news continues as it was announced that Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has upgraded the city’s General Obligation (GO) Bond rating from AA- to AA. The agency also noted a flexible budget strategy and stable performance as a positive in supporting the bond rating upgrade, “Surprise’s budgetary flexibility is very strong, in our view, with an available fund balance in fiscal 2017 of 36% of operating expenditures, or $38.8 million. We expect the available fund balance to remain above 30% of expenditures for the current and next fiscal years, which we view as a positive credit factor.”

The credit rating firm cited strong financial policy management and practices, low debt, and an adequate economy as reasons for the upgrade (view full report).

The announcement coincided with the City Council’s authorization for staff to proceed with the first bond sale related to the GO Bond Election on Tuesday night.

The higher the rating, the lower the investment risk to the bond purchasers and the interest rate to the city on the borrowed funds. The upgrade from S&P follows an upgrade last year from Fitch Ratings from AA- to AA+. It’s more great news for the taxpayers of Surprise. See press release…

State of the City is set April 16; at the Lightbox

Surprise 2018 State of the City

Join me for the 2018 State of the City Address, Monday, April 16, at the new West-MEC Northwest Campus!

Having a strong foundation from which to build on, Mayor Wolcott will deliver a forward-looking message of where Surprise can grow into the future.

Join your neighbors and business leaders and learn more about the opportunities for transportation, job growth and water management.

A reception in the Lightbox building begins at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. West-MEC is located at 13201 W. Grand Avenue.

Register through the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce at http://www.surpriseregionalchamber.com/state-of-the-city.html.

Vote on Surprise’s water future! New info added to website, public meeting dates set

Surprise Water Election

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase of a water service company in a May 15 Special Election. To help voters learn more about the ballot measure, we have added new tools and information to the water election website and invite residents to one of our upcoming public meetings.

The city is seeking authorization to purchase Circle City Water Company (CCW), a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent, helping to plan for future growth. The purchase of CCW would be offset through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

The water election website, www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection, now includes a short informational video, downloadable fact sheet, frequently asked questions, important election dates, voter information and public meeting dates and locations.

The remaining public meetings are scheduled on the following dates:

April 12, 5 p.m.
Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

April 18, 4 p.m.
Sun City Grand, Sonoran Plaza – Palms Room, 19789 N Remington Drive

April 19, 6 p.m.
Sierra Montana Recreation Center, 14861 N Spring Lane

The voter registration deadline for this election is April 16. To register, please visit http://maricopa.vote/. The Surprise City Clerk’s Office also offers in-person registration.

All registered households in Surprise will receive a mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed April 25. Election Day is May 15.

For more information, please contact the Surprise Water Resource Management Department at wrm@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.7100.

Imagine Rosefield’s Character Council

Imagine Rosefield Character Council

Imagine Rosefield’s Character Council opened our most recent Surprise City Council meeting with Pledge of Allegiance. Well done future leaders!

Check Out our new Community Resource Guide

Community Resource Guide thumbThe guide was a collaborative effort by the City of Surprise and the City of Peoria to complete a comprehensive regional resource guide to bring greater awareness and connectivity to critical human, social and workforce development services. Download the Community Resource Guide

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival April 8

The City of Surprise, in coordination with State 48 Brewery and Food Truck Friday West, presents Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival on April 8 with live music performed by Notes from Neptune!

Join us from 4 – 8 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N Bullard Avenue.

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! Dogs must be on leashes.

For more information, please contact the City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Surprise AZ TechCelerator awarded international soft landings designation

AZ TechCelerator logo

After completing a rigorous application and peer-review validation process, the AZ TechCelerator is excited to announce its acceptance in the Global Soft Landings Network under the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).

“The AZ TechCelerator clearly demonstrated they have the resources and programming to meet the needs of foreign/non-domestic firms that want to enter the center’s domestic market,” states Kirstie Chadwick, InBIA’s President and CEO.

Benefits of the designation to the AZ TechCelerator include global visibility, credibility, and opportunities to collaborate with InBIA on international projects and grant proposals. See press release…

We heard you! Revised draft of Surprise Arts & Culture Master Plan ready for feedback

arts and culture master plan banner

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments on our Surprise Arts and Culture Master Plan draft! We used that feedback to create a revised version, and we would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Visit www.surpriseaz.gov/artsmasterplan to read the revised draft and offer your comments by April 8.

Once this round of feedback is incorporated, the plan will be presented to the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission. Then, in June, the plan is expected to head to City Council for consideration and potential adoption.

The master plan is intended to set the standard and strategic direction for how the city will continue to implement and enjoy arts and culture in our community.

For more information, please contact Joshua Mike at 623.222.3134 or joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov.

Vote for your favorite local businesses in the 2018 Surprise Retail Survey

2018 Retail Survey ad

It’s time to take the 2018 Surprise Retail Survey and recognize your favorite local restaurants and retailers!

Since 2015, the city has conducted an annual retail survey. In odd years, we ask for your wish list of restaurants and retailers; and every year we ask you to tell us what establishments top your list of local favorites.

Your TOP 10 restaurants and TOP 5 retail stores and/or service providers will get certificates and window clings that recognize them as a 2018 Local Favorite! Please take a couple of minutes to answer our brief, two-question survey before April 13 to show some love for your local businesses.

Take the survey

Fun Fact: Did you know that the community’s number one “Most-desired Restaurant” in both the 2015 and 2017 retail surveys is opening soon? In-N-Out Burger is under construction on Bell Road between Litchfield Road and Bullard Avenue. Plus, other top picks, including Texas Roadhouse and Oregano’s, have already opened up shop in Surprise!

Mark your calendars for Taste of Surprise on April 7th

Taste of Surprise

Mark your calendars for a fantastic event! Showcasing some of the West Valley’s best restaurants and eateries, the Taste of Surprise is a fundraising event organized by the Rotary Club of Surprise Community Foundation to support projects and charitable services in the local community. The Taste of Surprise features dozens of food, beer, wine and spirit vendors, including local culinary talents from award-winning restaurants and local emerging chefs.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Surprise Stadium, 15930 N. Bullard Avenue. Tickets are available at www.tasteofsurprise.com or at the door.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection set for April 14th

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, April 14.

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. For more information, check out www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or call 623.222.1900.

Don’t miss the Time of Your Life at next Surprise Pops Band concert

The Surprise Pops Band’s “The Time of Our Lives” concert is set for Sunday, April 15, at the Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center.

Doors open at 2 p.m. The show begins at 3 p.m. The venue is located at 15550 N. Parkview Place.

Remember these talented performers play for non-perishable food donations to support the Valley View Community Food Banks.

Learn more at www.surprisepopsband.com.

Science & technology come out to play at Surprise SciTech Festival April 21st

SCITECH banner

Have fun with science and technology, while celebrating Earth Day, at the Surprise SciTech Festival on April 21!

The event is free and has something for all ages! Come check out interactive SciTech booths, an incredible line-up of speakers, music and more! Plus, we’ll have delicious food options from local vendors available for purchase.

It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Outside Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Read more…

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

If you prefer to catch up on the latest city news through video, please watch the latest episode of Surprise Progress TV! This show takes a look at the 2019 budget building process, the first bond sale related to the GO Bond Election, the upcoming State of the City Address, info on grants for small business owners and more! Watch episode…


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