Councils oks new Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission
The Surprise City Council moved to approve the formation of a volunteer Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission at Tuesday’s regular council meeting.
The 11-member advisory commission will assist in the development of city programming related to these three focus areas.
The city will recruit for a full-time staff member within the Human Service and Community Vitality (HSCV) Department to serve as a staff liaison to the commission and support other duties within HSCV.
The commission will receive $50,000 for the initial-year establishment to support a proposed community needs assessment and strategic planning process. $10,000 in annual funding was proposed for yet to be determined veteran and human service programs and to expand the city’s adaptive service offerings to support people with special needs.
The former seven-member Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) will initially transition to the new larger commission, with four seats to be filled by veterans, their family members or someone representing a veteran service organization. As the terms for the current DAC members expire, new commissioners will be sought.
The City Clerk will advertise the application process for those seeking to serve on the new commission through the city’s website. The goal is to have the new commission assembled to begin meeting in February 2019. Meeting dates and times will also be posted at www.surpriseaz.gov.
Council to take action on Utility Rate Study public notice at Dec 18 meeting
Council will take action on whether to proceed with a 60-day public ‘Notice of Intent to Increase Rates’ on the proposed Utility Rate Study during the 6 p.m. Regular City Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 18 at city hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.
Customers will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their opinions on the proposed rate adjustments during the 60-day time period.
If the Utility Rate Study is approved in February, city-serviced single-family residential solid waste customers would see a new base rate of $20.70 beginning July 1, 2019, a $3.74 per month increase of the current rate; the rate would increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The schedule would then adjust the solid waste rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 in July 1, 2023.
Residential water and wastewater rates would remain unchanged in fiscal years 2020-2024.
Residents who are serviced by private solid waste providers (Park and Sons, etc.) would not be impacted by the Surprise solid waste adjustment; learn who provides your solid waste utility services at surpriseaz.gov/mysurpriseaddress.
The tentative timeline for the Rate Study is:
- December 18, 2018: Public ‘Notice of Intent to Increase Rates’
- February 19, 2019: Public hearing; Council vote on Rate Study
- July 1, 2019: If approved, new base rates effective
A draft of the Utility Rate Study report containing detailed information regarding the five-year rate study, including the recommended adjustment schedule to solid waste (trash/recycling) rates for city-serviced customers will be made available on the city’s website following the meeting.
Follow the Rate Study and learn more information about the proposed adjustments at surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo.
Bullard Avenue Improvement Project major roadwork concludes
Work to bring the Bullard Avenue Improvement Project to substantial completion is scheduled to conclude the week of December 10, with minor adjustments and landscape establishment continuing through early 2019.
Median work, including grading, spreading decomposed granite and planting additional trees, will continue the week of December 10.
Thermo striping along the roadway is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 20.
Work hours for the week are Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The posted speed limit on Bullard Avenue is 35 mph. Drive Wise, Surprise!
For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130. To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.
DevelopNEXT: Drafts of Land Development Ordinances Chapters 104 & 105 Now Online
The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of chapters 104 and 105 of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) online for public and stakeholder review and comment.
The purpose of the LDO is to regulate things like: housing density, commercial uses, industrial uses, building types, setback & heights, connectivity, landscaping, lighting, open space and parking requirements.
Chapter 104 covers Fundamental Development Requirements. Chapter 105 covers Buildings and Building Regulations and has no substantial changes during this update. The city is preparing for the upcoming changes to the various international codes that regulate building permits for commercial and residential construction as well as fire safety standards. That process will complete the Chapter 105 revision separately from the current LDO update.
The Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS) Manual and Chapters 101-103 of the LDO are also still available online for review and comment.
Additional draft chapters will be made available over the next several months.
Through the DevelopNEXT update, we will be able to:
- Align our ordinances and design standards with the values described in our city’s General Plan 2035
- Implement new state statutes and federal guidelines
- Improve the city’s standards for site, open space, architectural design
- Consolidate the city’s design standards guides into one document
- Simplify and clarify the structure/organization of the documents and the rules within them, making them easier to read, administer and enforce
To review and comment on the available drafts and to learn more about DevelopNEXT, please visit surpriseaz.gov/developnext.
National Anthem performer auditions set for 2019 Spring Training in Surprise
The City of Surprise is looking for experienced vocalists and musicians to perform the National Anthem at Surprise Stadium for the 2019 Cactus League Spring Training games, February 23 – March 24.
There are three ways to be considered:
- Open auditions will be held on Saturday, January 12 from 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. Please enter through the Third Base gate nearest the parking lot. Tryouts will be done on a first-come first-served basis; no pre-registration required. Limited spots available.
- Submit a video, audio recording, or YouTube link to Alison.Matthees@surpriseaz.gov by January 12.
- Share your video with us via social media @SurpriseStadium on Instagram or Facebook by Jan.12.
For more information, please contact Alison Matthees of the Surprise Sports and Tourism Department at Alison.Matthees@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1032.
Ready, set, register for the 2nd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K!
The Surprise Spring Training 5K, presented by Jimmy John’s, returns to Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 1!
The 2nd annual Surprise Spring Training 5K will begin at 7 p.m. at Surprise Stadium and take you on a scenic run through the City of Surprise before heading back to Arizona’s #1 Spring Training facility to cross the finish line!
All runners will receive a Jimmy John’s Spring Training 5K tee shirt, finisher medal and “buy one, get one” ticket for select sections of the March 2 game in which the Kansas City Royals face the Seattle Mariners.
This 5K has it all, including amazing night views of Surprise Stadium, a post-race party and awards ceremony. If you’re running with a group, be sure to register your best-dressed, baseball-themed team for a chance to win a complimentary suite to the Royals vs. Mariners game on March 2.
The registration fee is $30 through March 1 online, and $40 in-person the day of the event. Both individual and team registration is now open at <a SurpriseStadium.com/events/5K.
Special promotional and vendor opportunities are also available. For commercial vendor information, please contact Cecilia Covarrubio at 623-222-2253 or email@example.com.
For more information, please visit SurpriseStadium.com/events/5K or call 623.222.2222.
Applications open for Community Development Block Grant funding for public service activities
The City of Surprise Neighborhood Services Division is soliciting applications from qualified nonprofit organizations that are interested in providing services that address one or more of the public service needs targeted in the city’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.
A pre-application meeting will be held on December 11, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, in the Lobby Conference Room (CH1F N1-150).
Under this program, CDBG funds may be used to provide public services (including labor, supplies, materials and other costs), provided the public service is:
- A new service; or
- A quantifiable increase in the current level of a service
Targeted public service activities include, but are not limited to: child care, youth services, health care, education programs, job training/job creation, qualified veteran services and more.
The completed application must address one or more of the targeted public service activities, as specified in the application, and must serve primarily low to moderate income persons in the City of Surprise.
All applications must be postmarked by Friday, January 11, 2019 or received at Surprise City Hall no later than 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019.
Applicants can find the downloadable application and other important information at www.surpriseaz.gov/cdbgpublicservice
For application assistance, please call:
Neighborhood Services Coordinator
City of Surprise
Toy drive benefiting less fortunate children in full swing in Surprise
On November 20, the Surprise Police began their annual toy drive and are asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. We are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate children in our community.
Surprise Police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout the City of Surprise. Donated toys can be dropped-off at the following locations throughout the city:
- The Surprise Police Department located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza; Suite #103
- The Sun City Grand Palms Center at 19726 N. Remington Drive
- The Sun City Grand Sonoran Plaza at 19789 N. Remington Drive
- The “Irish Wolfhound” Restaurant & Pub at 16811 N. Litchfield Road
- Sun Village Community at 14300 W. Bell Road
- Surprise Dental & Denture at 13933 W. Grand Avenue #302
- Kimber Pet Wash & Suites at 17031 W. Bell Road #103
- Sunflower RV Resort at 16501 N. El Mirage Road
- Chili’s Grill & Bar at 13765 W. Bell Road
Donations will be picked up on Tuesday, December 18.
We greatly appreciate your support and ask that you please help by donating either an unwrapped new toy or some new wrapping paper for those children in our community who may go without this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity!
City of Surprise “Deck the Hock” holiday event Dec. 11
Join us for the city’s 2nd annual “Deck the Hock” event on December 11, and help set the holiday spirit by bringing an ornament to decorate one of eight themed trees!
“Deck the Hock” is a free, family-friendly event that will be held on Tuesday, December 11 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. It includes performances by local school choirs, hot cocoa, tree decorating and more.
Join in on the tree decorating by bringing a new or handmade ornament that fits one of the following tree themes: Candy Canes; Legos; Sports; Patriotic; Animals; Snowflakes; Red; North Pole.
You can also decorate a luminaria bag for the event. Simply pick up a blank luminaria from the Surprise Senior Center, take it home to decorate it, and then return it by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 7 so it can be displayed.
For more information, please contact Joe Gladieux at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623.222.1500.
Surprise Fire-Medical hosts series of fire station open houses
The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding a series of open houses at city fire stations. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls.
Dates for the open houses are as follows:
- Saturday, December 8 – Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Rd.
- Saturday, January 5 – Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Rd.
- Saturday, January 19 – Station 304, 24900 N. 163rd Ave.
- Saturday, February 2 – Station 305, 15517 N. Parkview Pl.
- Saturday, February 16 – Station 306, 16645 W. Clearview Blvd.
- Saturday, March 2 – Station 303, 15440 N. Cotton Ln.
All open houses will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon.
For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.
There’s still time to register for youth winter sports camps & skills classes
The City of Surprise is registering for 2019 youth winter sports camps and skills classes!
We are offering a number of sports camps and skills classes, including: basketball, baseball, softball and tennis. Softball, baseball and basketball camps will be held January 2-4 and will focus on the fundamentals of each sport through games, competitions and drills. Tennis camps are being offered December 26-28 and January 2-4 and are open to all levels to improve technical and tactical skills.
Skills classes will be held for pitching/catching and hitting/base running for both softball and baseball. These classes will focus on refining mechanics through various skill specific drills. Classes start early January and run through mid-February.
For more details, please visit surpriseaz.gov/2017/Sports-Camps-and-Clinics
Registration is available until full. Register in-person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue, or online at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov
For more information, please contact the city’s Sports Division at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.
Pickleball competition draws local and national talent to the City of Surprise.
The City of Surprise will welcome thousands of pickleball players this winter. Pickleball, the paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong, is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the nation.
The city added eight additional courts in 2017 at the Surprise Community Park, offering 16 pickleball courts and making it one of the premier public pickleball complexes in the state of Arizona.
The following pickleball tournament events will take place at the Surprise Pickleball Courts located at 15931 N. Bullard Avenue:
Tommy Wong Memorial Pickleball Tournament, Jan. 4-7
SPA and USAPA sanctioned double elimination pickleball tournament featuring women’s doubles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and senior mixed doubles.
Southwest Regional Pickleball Championships, Jan. 8-13
USAPA sanctioned pickleball tournament featuring over 800 players competing amongst women’s doubles, men’s doubles, mixed doubles, and senior mixed doubles; skill groups 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0.
World Team Pickleball, Feb. 1-3
World Team Pickleball brings a whole new aspect to the game with its unique concept of scheduled team play. This event will feature a mixed team event – Men & Women skill levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0; age brackets: 18+, 50+, 60+, 70+.
Grand Canyon State Games – Pickleball, Feb. 21-26
The Arizona Sports & Entertainment Commission will host the USAPA sanctioned Grand Canyon State Games Arizona State Pickleball Championships here in Surprise, Arizona.
The Surprise Pickleball Association, in partnership with the City of Surprise Sports and Tourism Department, Super Senior International Pickleball Association and World Team Pickleball are dedicated to promoting the sport of pickleball in the community.
For event information or to host a pickleball event, contact the Sports and Tourism office at 623.222.2222.
Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex to host series of national tennis tournaments
The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tennis tournaments this winter and spring.
December 7-9 – USTA Southwest 65 and over Section Championships
This is the final Southwest league championship event on the calendar, and with a victory here, winning teams earn the automatic bid to the 65 & Over USTA League National Invitational event held in early 2019.
January 19-21 – USTA National Level 3 Surprise Jr. Classic
Featuring Boys’ 18 Doubles; Boys’ 18 Singles; Girls’ 18 Doubles; Girls’ 18 Singles
USTA League 65 & over Invitational
Bringing the best in the 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0 from around the country to battle it out for the championship.
- January 25-27 USTA 65 and over National Invitational 6.0 and 8.0
- February 1-3 USTA 65 and over National Invitational 7.0 and 9.0
February 11-17 – USTA Pro Circuit
The USTA Pro Circuit was formed in 1979 to provide players with an opportunity to gain the professional ranking points they need to compete on the major pro tours. It has since grown into the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, consisting of approximately 90 tournaments and offering nearly $3 million in prize money.
The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex was recently recognized as a USTA National and USTA Southwest Section Facility of the Year. The complex welcomes over 2,000 active USTA members throughout the winter/spring competitive season.
Visit surpriseaz.gov/tennis for information on tournaments, classes and more at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex. For information on registration or open court availability, please call 623.222.2400.