Watch Councilmember Chris Judd’s new Council Conversations show on our city’s water resources. He interviews Water Resource Management Director Lee Lambert about how Surprise supplies your tap with water and what you can do to help conserve this precious resource.
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It is an honor and a privilege to be selected by my colleagues to serve as the Vice Mayor of Surprise. City Council selects a Vice Mayor every January to serve a 1-year term. I very much appreciate the opportunity to further serve our great community and I am looking forward to a great year in Surprise!
The Public Works Department is the group in charge of recycling in our city. They are going to give a public presentation to City Council at our next Regular City Council Work Session, which is on February 4 at 4 pm. You can attend the meeting in person, or view it online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv. If you miss the presentation, a video will copy be available at the same link above under the “meetings” tab. This will be a great way to get details on the challenges and potential solutions to our recycling problem. If you have any ideas or comments, before or after the presentation, please send them to me!
The City of Surprise is growing and expanding daily. The Surprise Railplex is soon to be home to Pima Door & Supply, United Construction Group, Skyway Commons, Level Crossing and National Indoor RV Centers. Surprise Pointe welcomes Firestone Complete Auto Care, which is currently under construction, as well as Quick Quack Car Wash, who just held their groundbreaking.
De Boa Jiu Jitsu Academy recently expanded their location at 14763 W. Cactus Road. Congratulations on your success in Surprise and I look forward to your continued growth.
The Angry Crab Shack opened in the Bel Mar complex, 11340 W. Bell Road. This new seafood restaurant offers a wide variety of seafood favorites and a family friendly environment.
Spencer’s Place is now open! This family owned and operated coffee shop is located at 15341 W. Waddell Road Suite B101. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to watching you grow in Surprise.
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Road Work Update
The Waddell Road project is nearing completion and the city is still aiming for an opening date this spring! Waddell Road will have a total of six travel lanes, a traffic signal at Sarival Avenue, streetlights, bike lanes, turn lanes and more. Litchfield Road is scheduled for a July 2020 completion date. Paving will begin from Cactus to Sweetwater while grading work south of Cactus is ongoing. The improvements will include two additional lanes of travel, sidewalks, bike lanes, street lighting and more.
Cactus Road is closed from Citrus to Perryville Roads; and Perryville is closed from Cactus to Shangri La Roads, for utility work, with a scheduled reopening of February 15. Drivers should consider Peoria Avenue or Cotton Lane as alternative routes.
Please remember that utility companies are constantly doing work that may impact traffic flow. We appreciate your patience during this time.
State of the State
A special thank you to Senator Majority Leader Rick Gray for the hosting Mayor Skip Hall and I at the State Capitol for the Senate Opening Ceremony, on Monday, January 13. Following Opening Session, we were invited to the House Chamber where Governor Doug Ducey gave his State of the State address.
Toll Brothers has welcomed Sterling Grove to Surprise. This new community spreads across nearly 800 acres south of Cactus Road and Cotton Lane. They offer 13 model homes, 3 pools, club houses, a golf course and much more. Thank you for choosing Surprise!
Spring Training kicks off on February 21 as the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers compete at home. This season will bring 29 games to the Surprise Stadium for your enjoyment! Tickets are available for purchase online or in person at the Box Office. For more information, the full game schedule, ticket purchase and more, please visit www.SurpriseStadium.com.
The Surprise Community Park, 15930 N. Bullard Ave, will host the Teen Sand Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, February 29 from 4-7 pm. Teens, ages 12-17, will need to have a completed participation waiver turned in prior to play. Residents are only $5 and registration forms are found online at https://secure.rec1.com/AZ/surprise-community-rec.
Council Meetings and Agenda
As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 4 at 6 pm; and the second meeting on Tuesday, February 18 at 6 pm. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet and Greet
Your opportunity to quiz your councilman at my monthly meet and greet will happen on Wednesday, February 26 from 6-8 p.m. This is an informal gathering, which makes it a great opportunity for you to talk with me one on one and ask questions, share ideas, or chat about our community. The event will take place at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road. I hope to see you there.
City Offices Closed
All City Offices will be closed on February 17 in honor of Presidents’ Day.
There has been some concern recently that the Surprise Fire-Medical Department is reducing service at Fire Station 305. This is simply not true.
Surprise City Council has made Public Safety one of our top priorities – this means making sure that Fire-Medical and Police have the support they need to keep our community safe. The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has been given the authority to manage our fire and medical needs as they see fit.
Fire Chief Abbott is in charge of the Surprise Fire-Medical Department. He is responsible for implementing policies and procedures related to fire and medical that keep our community safe. This includes determining what equipment and personnel are staffed at each station.
Fire Chief Abbott determined that the city would be better served with a Low Acuity unit that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The engine or pumper at Fire Station 305 had only been in service 40 hours a week.
Here is what Fire Chief Abbott sent me describing the change at station 305:
“On September 9, 2019, Low Acuity 305 (LA305) was placed into service. LA305 is staffed with a captain and firefighter and one of the two will also be a paramedic. LA305 has a complete complement of Advanced Life Support (ALS) or paramedic level equipment, but is only dispatched on basic life support (BLS) incidents that an Emergency Medical Technician can manage. By responding to BLS incidents, the deployment of LA305 will keep the ladder and the other engine companies available to respond to ALS calls.”
I am a member of Surprise City Council and the role of Council is to set policies and direction. We generally do not interfere with day to day operations. We leave day to day operations to the professionals like our City Manager Mike Frazier and Fire Chief Tom Abbott.
I believe Fire Chief Abbott and his team are doing a great job leading the Surprise Fire-Medical Department and I am 100% behind his decision making ability. His experience and planning skills are a tremendous asset to the city and this has been demonstrated by his many accomplishments over the past 5 years. In 2018, his hard work resulted in our Surprise Fire-Medical Department receiving a Class 1 Rating from the Insurance Services Office. This is the best rating available and it is based on how well a department responds to emergencies. Chief Abbott and his team also created the Ambulance Program we have now. This filled a critical need in the community by increasing the reliability and speed of getting ambulances on scene and people in crisis moved to a lifesaving facility.
Chief Abbott is leading the Surprise Fire-Medical Department towards accreditation through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. This accreditation is very difficult and it takes strong leadership and a strong team to pursue and accomplish accreditation. They are currently in the assessment phase and are projecting a 2020 accreditation.
Here are some of the other great things Chief Abbott and his team have done for our community over the past 5 years:
- Placed a utility truck in service that provides resources such as air, light and minor rehab on significant incidents. This services Surprise, neighboring communities, and the Surprise Police Department.
- Implemented a “Treat and Refer” program and a “Behavior Health” program to help triage patient needs in the field and to provide the proper level of care.
- Received an Innovation Award associated with the Treat and Refer program.
- Pursued and received nearly $2m in grant funding.
- Received state recognition as an Advanced Life Support Training Center.
- Received three consecutive Gold Awards from the American Heart Association for treatment and care of myocardial infraction.
- The SFMD Crisis Response volunteer program continues to provide invaluable assistance volunteering 13,000 hours last year.
District 6 Councilmember Chris Judd speaks with Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic about economic development in Surprise, including new businesses and what’s on the horizon.