Category Archives: Newsletter

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • September 2021

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

New Council Conversations Show

Please take a moment to watch my new Council Conversations show discussing how businesses choose locations in Surprise. I interview Economic Development Director, Jeanine Jerkovic, and Community Development Director, Chris Boyd about the City’s role in bringing new businesses to our community. You can find the video on my website at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/

Council Conversation Show August 2021

Surprise Water Supply is Secure

The US Bureau of Reclamation has announced a Tier 1 shortage for Colorado River operations for 2022. This shortage declaration does not mean a shortage at your tap. But, it’s still very important to be wise consumers of this precious resource. Learn more about how Surprise is prepared and how you can help conserve: bit.ly/3k1DBBy

Crumbl Cookies Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Judd and Councilmember Winters join the owners of Crumbl Cookie to cut a grand opening ribbon.On August 25, Mayor Hall, Council Member Winters and I joined Crumbl Cookies for a ribbon cutting! Located at 13983 W. Waddell Rd., Suite 100, Crumbl Cookies hosted the ceremony in honor of the opening of their Surprise location, with a drive-thru! Thank you for choosing Surprise; it’s such a treat to have you!

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Surprise will hold a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and to honor the victims, survivors and heroes of that day. The event is at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 11. Mayor Skip Hall, Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott and Police Chief Benny Piña will speak as part of the ceremony.

21 Bat Salute

A “21 Bat Salute” was held on Saturday, August 7 to honor Charlie Woodland, who became a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board member on June 6, 2015. He was a tremendous representative for our residents and a true ambassador for our community through his final meeting in June 2021. Charlie served as a volunteer coach in our youth sports programs for 15 years and was a model participant. One of Charlie’s final wishes was that his friends, colleagues and family perform a “21 Bat Salute” in his honor.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on September 19 from 3-7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are October 17 and November 7 from 3-7 p.m.

Spring Training 2022

Major League Baseball has released the 2022 Cactus League Spring Training schedule in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. Opening Day in Surprise is set for Saturday, February 26, with the Texas Rangers taking on the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium.

Additional information regarding the upcoming season, including game times, ticket details, specialty packages, and fan health and safety guidelines, will be announced at a later date. If you are interested in ticket information, please visit SurpriseStadium.com and sign up for email alerts.

Oath of Office

The Official Oath of Office is issues to Chief Piña by Judge Dominguez. The Official Oath Office was issued to the City’s new police chief, Benny Piña, by Judge Dominguez at the City Council Meeting on August 17. Chief Piña began serving as Surprise Police Department Police Chief on July 6. He previously served as the deputy police chief in Peoria since 2014. Before that, he served 25 years with the Phoenix Police Department.

Economic Development FY21 Year in Review!

The Surprise Economic Development Department created and debuted the FY 2021 year in review snapshot for Mayor, Council and Surprise stakeholders. The snapshot shared highlights from business successes, partnerships and community initiatives. In FY21, Economic Development had 25 small business successes and 8 large business successes. Our partnerships with Ottawa University, KC Royals, West-MEC and WESTMARC continued to flourish. Our team held 27 socially distant ribbon cuttings, facilitated nearly $350k in City Council-approved small business grant funding and had our largest annual retail survey with over 5,100 participants! For a snapshot of our 2021 Year in Review, go here: surpriseaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/45196

Economic Development FY21 Year in Review flyer

Fiesta Grande

Our Annual Street Festival is back! Join us for the 8th annual Surprise Fiesta Grande to celebrate our city’s cultural heritage on Saturday, October 9 from 5-10 p.m. Admission and parking are free! Plus, we’ll have free shuttle drop-off to the area. Authentic Mexican food, classic car show, arts and crafts, music & live entertainment, and more! Please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande for more details.

Baby on the way?

Certified car seat technicians are ready to help!
Car seat installations and clinics are available through the Surprise Fire-Medical Department at Firehouse 303. Check the schedule or make an appointment by heading to surpriseaz.gov/CarSeat.

Motorcycle Safety Class

Motorcycle Safety ClassJoin the Surprise Police Department for a Motorcycle Safety Class on Sunday, September 19 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Surprise Stadium parking lot, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. There will be time for participants to apply their learned skills on an interactive course, promoting optimal response to dangerous riding situations. This course is for current motorcycle riders. A valid driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement, motorcycle and helmet are required to attend this class. This class is not for new riders to obtain an endorsement. To apply, please fill out an application online at surpriseaz.gov/MotorcycleClass. Spots are limited, and selected participants will be notified before the class. For more information, please email DriveWise@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.4500.

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “follow” button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov where you can subscribe to my Notify Me email list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on September 7 & 21 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 also carries the meetings live. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

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

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on September 22 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s, 14029 W. Waddell Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • August 2021

Thank you for signing up to receive my newsletter and updates. It is my goal to ensure you receive a monthly newsletter containing important city updates as well as upcoming events. You can also find me on Facebook for frequent notifications. I am always available to hear your comments, questions, concerns or complaints! You may reach me anytime at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1326.

Water Conservation Rebates

Water conservation rebates are now available for eligible Surprise residents! City-serviced residential, commercial and HOA customers can apply to receive rebates for irrigation controllers, xeriscape landscape and turf removal. Funds are limited and are first come, first assisted! Don’t delay; save today! https://bit.ly/2U2kn5c

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Watch for Children

School bus stop sign.With the start of the new school year, I would like to remind Surprise residents to stop for school busses and watch for children crossing the road. Please familiarize yourself with laws requiring you to come to a complete stop when you approach a school bus with its stop arm extended. Let’s keep our children safe!

National Safe Digging Day

Grass is marked with red, yellow, and orange utility markings.August 11, National Safe Digging Day! Have you ever wondered what the different colored markings on roads or in yards are? They’re a sign that a homeowner or contractor has put safety first and had utility lines identified before excavation. Utility lines that serve the community, such as natural gas, electricity, sewer and water can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk, but can also cause an interruption of service to customers. The City of Surprise and Southwest Gas encourage homeowners and contractors to call 811 or visit call811.com at least two full working days before digging to request a utility line locate. Be safe… always know what’s below before digging!

Neighborhood Grant Program

Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program, providing eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions or community improvements. Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the City designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY22. For more information about the grant, visit surpriseaz.gov/NGP

RideChoice Transportation Program

An elderly man and woman approach a Valley Metro van.Valley Metro’s RideChoice program, which offers discounted transportation options for eligible riders, has been expanded to allow more access for Surprise residents. All veterans with proof of eligibility will now qualify, and the FY2021 Income Limit Category has been changed to Low (80%) Income Limits – this is up from Very Low (50%). Persons age 65 and over and people with disabilities still automatically qualify for this program. For more information, head to surpriseaz.gov/civicalerts.aspx?AID=5201

New CEO at Ottawa University

On July 28, the City hosted a meet and greet with the new President and CEO of Ottawa University system-wide for residential campuses and adult learning sites nationwide. Dr. William Tsutsui received an incredibly warm welcome from Mayor Skip Hall and the City of Surprise.

Councilmember Cline, Dr. William Tsutsui, Mayor Hall and Councilmember Judd hold a Surprise Recreation Campus baseball bat.

Are You Prepared?

Ready, Set, Go! Emergency evacuations infographic.Are you prepared to evacuate if necessary? It’s always a good time to be reminded of “Ready, Set, Go!” a program designed to help keep you safe from seasonal threats. Take some time to read about emergency preparedness and the 5 P’s of Evacuation. Learn more at ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page, Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “follow” button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov, where you can subscribe to my Notify Me email list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will occur on Tuesday, August 17 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page, facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 carries the meetings live as well. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

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

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greets on August 7 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd., and August 24 at 6 p.m. at Venue Taproom, 13699 N. Litchfield Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest city issues and answering any questions you might have.

Please check my webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • July 2021

Thank you for signing up to receive my newsletter and updates. It is my goal to ensure you receive a monthly newsletter containing important city updates as well as upcoming events. You can also find me on Facebook for frequent notifications. I am always available to hear your comments, questions, concerns or complaints! You may reach me anytime at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1326.

Traffic Signal Project!

City of Surprise Transportation Improvement Projects thumbnailA new traffic signal is being installed at the intersection of Waddell Rd. and 145th Ave. As a result, drivers can expect intermittent lane restrictions while signal preparation work occurs. The signals are tentatively scheduled to be fully operational by the end of August 2021. https://bit.ly/3zErtxa

Council Conversation Show

Please take a moment to view my new Council Conversation Show, where I interview City of Surprise Water Resource Management Director, Lee Lambert. Learn about how Surprise supplies your tap water and what you can do to help conserve this precious resource! View the episode at: surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=rUMC2bYAdgM

Council Conversation Show June 2021

Surprise Sanitation

Surprise sanitation customers will see a change on their city utility statement beginning July 1, 2021, as a rate increase determined by a structured schedule is implemented. Beginning July 1, single-family solid waste (trash) customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.50. This is an increase of $0.10 per month. Please note, residential wastewater and water utility rates will remain unchanged.

Surprise Budget Approved

FY2022 Budget thumbnailSurprise City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2022 City Budget. The budget is focused on maintaining our current level of service as the city continues to see steady growth and focuses on the Council’s commitment to maintaining quality public services and infrastructure. This budget includes 25.5 full-time positions in the General Fund and eight new employees in water, sewer, sanitation and sports and tourism to address the city’s growth. Also included in the budget are operational costs for new capital projects such as Countryside Park and Fire Station 308; and services such as the Maricopa County Library contract. Additionally, the adopted budget includes $121.5 million for planned Capital Improvement Projects. Additional details and information on the City’s budget are always available on our website at surpriseaz.gov/budget.

Judges Reappointed

Congratulations to Surprise City court Presiding Judge Louis Frank Dominguez and Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau. Council has reappointed them to new 4-year terms beginning July 1. Thanks to both judges for their continued service to the City of Surprise!

Surprise Citizen Patrol

A City of Surprise Citizens Patrol member standing next to a patrol vehicle.On Saturday, June 19, 2021, I had the pleasure of attending the Surprise Citizen Patrol Annual Recognition Dinner at Briarwood Country Club. This event recognizes the individual efforts of all the highly dedicated City of Surprise citizen patrol members and congratulates those recipients with special awards. Surprise Citizen Patrol is a volunteer-based program comprised of 62 highly trained individuals who donate their time and skills to further the Police Department Mission. Thank you for all your efforts and support.

Surprise Heat Relief

The City of Surprise is a Heat Relief Network partner, providing hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during Arizona’s hot summer months. Listed below are the Surprise Heat relief stations:

  • Surprise Resource Center: Refuge & hydration – 12425 W. Bell Rd., Building A, Suite 124
  • Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301: Hydration – 16750 N. Village Dr. East
  • The Salvation Army: Refuge & hydration – 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd.

You can help those in need of relief by donating water bottles, sunscreen, sunglasses and hats at either the Surprise Resource Center or Surprise Fire Medical Station #301.

Please also remember, Hot Cars Can Kill! Surprise Police want to remind you to:

  1. Never leave a child alone in a car
  2. Check for kids, pets and vulnerable persons before you lock your vehicle
  3. Call 911 if you see a child alone in a vehicle

APS West Valley Central 230kV

Project website QR codeAPS is hosting a Public Information Virtual Open House, 24/7, from now until July 10, 2021, on the proposed West Valley Central 230kV Connection Project. To attend online, please visit apswestvalleycentral.com. Information regarding the proposed siting for new power lines is also online. If you would like a chance to comment or have questions, contact the APS public involvement team by clicking the comment form at apswestvalleycentral.com/contact-us/, by phone at 623.241.5935 or by email at contactus@apswestvalleycentral.com. Comments are requested by July 10, 2021, to ensure review and consideration in this process.

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page, Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “follow” button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov, where you can subscribe to my Notify Me email list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 17 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page, facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 carries the meetings live as well. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

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

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on July 28 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard, 14029 W. Waddell Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Please check my webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • June 2021

Thank you for signing up to receive my newsletter and updates. It is my goal to ensure you receive a monthly newsletter containing important city updates as well as upcoming events. You can also find me on Facebook for frequent notifications. I am always available to hear your comments, questions, concerns or complaints! You may reach me anytime at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1326.

Arbor Day Tree Donation

Thank you to the Surprise Rotary Club for donating funding for a new tree at Dick McComb Park near the splash pad. Our contractors planted the tree on Arbor Day, April 29. As a thank-you, the City of Surprise presented a plaque to the Rotary Club.

Surprise City Council presents an arbor day plaque to the Surprise Rotary Club.

City Pools Now Open

Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Community Pool are now open for limited-capacity swim lessons and open swim. Open swim fees are $2 for youth residents (6 months – 17 years) and $3 for adult residents; the non-resident fee is $5 per swimmer. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by a guardian 16 years or older. For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

Gaines Park Dedication

A baseball with a Floyd Gaines Park logoA dedication ceremony was held on May 15 to celebrate the completion of Floyd Gaines Park. The park, located at 16001 N. Nash St., in the City’s Original Town Site, includes a lighted youth ball field, netting, fencing, restrooms, and a lighted and paved parking lot. Floyd Gaines was a pioneer in our community and an avid champion of its youth and parks and recreation services.

Retail Survey Results

The City of Surprise launched its annual Surprise Retail Survey on April 5, and more than 5,100 responses later, we have the results! The City uses the survey data to identify the City’s retail strengths and opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Select survey insights are listed below, with full results available at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

2021 Surprise Retail Survey results summary

Senior Center Re-opening!

The City of Surprise is re-opening programs at the Senior Center in a phased approach, with limited front desk access and exercise classes available now. The Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St., is a hub for connection and activities for those age 50+ and adults with disabilities. A new enrollment packet will be required when returning to in-person participation. Pick one up at the Senior Center or online at surpriseaz.gov/seniorcenter. Membership is $12 per year for Surprise residents and $15 for non-residents. Fees are due with membership forms.

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page, Councilmember Chris Judd – Home | Facebook! Be sure to click the “follow” button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov where you can subscribe to my Notify Me email list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 also carries the meetings live. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

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

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on June 23 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard, 14029 W. Waddell Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • May 2021

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

White Tank Proclamation

I joined Mayor Skip Hall, Buckeye Mayor Eric Orsborne, Youngtown Mayor Mike Levault, and several other elected officials to celebrate White Tank Wild Day at the beautiful Skyline Regional Park. Proclamations were given by Surprise, Buckeye, Goodyear, and Peoria, declaring “White Tank Wild Day” on April 22. It was undoubtedly fitting on Earth Day!

Water Wise

Surprise Water Resource Management logoYou may have heard talk in the news media recently about the Colorado River and a potential shortage declaration. The Western United States, including Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area, has been experiencing a drought for more than a 20 years, with an official drought declaration in June 1999. Drought is a normal occurrence in the desert southwest. However, as the drought in the Colorado River Basin continues to extend, the Lower Basin States of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Nevada along with Mexico may face reductions in their Colorado River water deliveries through a “Tier 1” declaration by the Bureau of Reclamation.

What does this mean for Surprise’s water customers? A Tier 1 shortage declaration will have no effect on Surprise’s water allocation or its deliveries to customers. Although there will be no immediate impact to municipal water supplies, Surprise remains committed to water resource management and its water conservation measures. Shortage on the Colorado River does not mean shortage for Surprise’s customers at the tap. Being efficient with water has been part of our long-term water management strategy, and our water conservation program provides resources to assist customers.

Furthermore, Surprise is not directly delivering its Colorado River allocation, instead, we use our Central Arizona Project (CAP) water allocation to recharge the aquifer, storing water for future groundwater pumping. As always, it is important for water users to follow water efficient practices to protect our precious resource. For more information about drought and how it affects Surprise’s water customers on our Drought Resiliency and Preparedness website: surpriseaz.gov/3867/Drought-Resiliency-Preparedness.

If you would like to learn more about this or have any other questions about Surprise Water, please Join me for my Meet and Greet on May 25 at 6 p.m. at Venue Taproom, 13699 N. Litchfield Rd. Staff from the City’s Water Department will be joining me to have your questions answered about Surprise water.

You may be wondering how you can save water. Here are some water-saving tips:

  • Visit Surprise’s water conservation page surpriseaz.gov/waterconservation for water saving guides, tips, and advice.
  • Surprise customers can track their water use through a WaterSmart portal and use real-time tracking to establish a water use baseline and set leak alerts. Customers can access the WaterSmart portal through the “pay my bill” option on Surprise’s Utility Billing website surpriseaz.gov/1503/Utility-Billing-Rates.
    WaterSmart Software logo

The Boyer Bakery Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Skip Hall and I joined Jim and Liz Boyer, owners of The Boyer Bakery, for the ribbon cutting of their new bakery in Surprise. It is located at 13681 N. Litchfield Rd., Suite #136. Please join me in congratulating them on their Grand opening, and best wishes for much success!

Ranked #6

The City of Surprise is ranked the #6 safest city in Arizona according to a new SafeWise report. Congratulations to our community on this accomplishment, and a big thanks to Surprise PD for helping keep us safe! Here is a list of Arizona’s 10 Safest Cities: safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-arizona/.

Local Economic Activity

As Amazon completes construction on its 143,000 square foot last-mile delivery station in Surprise, the project is a capstone to a more than five-year run of development in the city’s two square miles suburban industrial park. The railplex is bounded to the north at Waddell Road, south at Peoria Avenue, east by Dysart Road, and west by Litchfield Road. The amenity-rich Surprise Railplex development has Arizona’s first and only BNSF Railway-certified sites totaling over 250 acres. The Surprise Railplex recently welcomed JBugs, SeaCa Packaging, Trimaco, National Indoor RV Centers, Skyway Commons, and Milam Glass, as well as the Level Crossing speculative flex industrial development – in just the past few years. In addition, IRIS USA is celebrating its upcoming 5th anniversary in Surprise! The US-headquartered operation of the Japanese-owned company located off Cactus Road along the rail, built over 400,000 square feet on 45 acres, allowing additional land to expand into the future. IRIS USA also donated more than 30,000 masks to the community in 2020. The Surprise Economic Development Department is actively marketing the BNSF certified sites for large employment-generating projects and just completed a virtual tour video being promoted across their international industry network. The video can be viewed by visiting: youtube.com/watch?v=jiK2i1gIrZg

A map of the Surprise Railplex area.

Small Business Resources

The City of Surprise Economic Development Department has teamed up with the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) to offer even more support to the Surprise small business community. In recognition of the continued small business recovery process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Surprise small businesses can sign up for a free year of membership with ASBA. Benefits include connections to thought leaders and entrepreneurs throughout the state, business education opportunities, professional connections, mentors, marketing tools, access to data, discounted business benefits, and advocacy for a pro-business environment. Please visit asba.com/surprise before May 10 to claim your membership.

City of Surprise Property Tax Rate

We’ve been receiving some question about the City tax rate. It has not increased. The primary tax rate in the City of Surprise is $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property value, plus the secondary property tax rate (from the voter-approved 2017 GO Bond) of $0.3880 per $100 of assessed property value. These rates multiplied by the assessed value of your home determine what you pay in property taxes. If the value of your home increases, you will see an increased tax bill; however, that is not due to an increase in the property tax rate but rather an increase in the assessed value of your home.

Schedule of Existing Primary and Secondary Property Tax

   Current Rate  Current Levy  Proposed Rate  Proposed Levy  
 Property Tax          
 Primary Property Tax Rate $0.7591 $9,135,500 $0.7591 $9,974,200 Per $100 assessed value
 Secondary Property Tax Rate $0.3880 $4,669,500 $0.3880 $5,098,200 Per $100 assessed value

Veteran Resources & Support Services

Veterans, service members (active duty, Guard, and Reserve), and their families now have a new place to access resources, support, and assistance in the West Valley. The City of Surprise is proud to offer the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center a new home within the Surprise Resource Center at the AZ TechCelerator Campus, located at 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124. The center includes various military and veteran support services and resources, made possible by the generous support of partner organizations and all West Valley cities. For more information on the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center, call 623.222.1658 or visit the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov/veterans.

Surprise Day of Service

Vice Mayor Duffy and Councilmember Judd get bags to fill with pinto beans.The City of Surprise Annual Bean Bag Day event was held during National Volunteer Week on Saturday, April 24. Volunteers helped to bag 6,000lbs of loose pinto beans for distribution to those in need through the Valley Community Food Bank. A big thank you to Seeds of Hope International Ministries for purchasing the pinto beans! If you are looking for a way to volunteer in our community, please consider helping out at the next Day of Service event scheduled for May 26. To volunteer, or for more information, contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov, or call 623.222.1522.

Surprise Retail Survey

Surprise retail survey thumbnailThe 2021 Surprise Retail Survey is now open! Tell us what shopping and dining establishments you want to see in Surprise – plus, vote for current favorites so we can recognize the local businesses you love! Click on the link to take our 2021 Retail Survey by May 9: surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Passport services return to City Hall

Passport services return to Surprise City Hall by appointment only. Regular business hours for passports will be Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office. To make an appointment, or for questions, please visit surpriseaz.gov/passport or call the City Clerk’s Office at 623.222.1200.

District 6 Roadwork

  • Public works will begin sidewalk repair and maintenance in the Veramonte subdivision the first week in May. The project is expected to take approximately two weeks.
  • Waddell Rd. (the north half from 140th Ave. west to Bullard Ave.) was milled and re-paved in early April. Permanent pavement markings will be installed by the second week of May to complete this roadway project.

Itty Bitty Beach Party

Surprise Beach Party thumbnailThe Itty Bitty Beach Party is back! It will be on May 28 at the Surprise Aquatics Center. This party offers guests games, prizes, crafts, and more, for children ages 10 years and younger! Enjoy the slides, cool off in the water, and hang out with our resident mermaid! The cost to come party is $5 for residents and $10 for non-residents. Event registrations are accepted in-person at the Surprise Parks & Recreation Department office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., online, and over the phone. For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 623.222.2000.

Surprise FY 2022 Budget

The City of Surprise proposes a budget focused on maintaining our current level of service as the city continues to grow. The budget continues to focus on Council’s commitment to maintaining quality public services and infrastructure. A public hearing and tentative Budget adoption are scheduled for the May 4 Regular City Council Meeting, with final budget adoption planned for the June 1 meeting. To learn more about the budget process, please visit surpriseaz.gov/budget.

Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO)

Thank you to those who have submitted comments for the draft Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO). The goal of the PMO is to keep the City of Surprise safe, healthy, and blight-free. Public comment was requested & accepted from March 3 through May 2, 2021. If you would like to learn more about the document, please view the March 2 City Council Work Session.

A presentation and vote on the item is scheduled for June 15, 2021, at Surprise City Council Meeting. If adopted, the PMO will be effective that day.

State of the City Video

State of the City thumbnailCOVID-19 impacted so many last year, and in this video, we highlighted the resilience of our community. It captures how our strength, effort, and strategic planning place the city’s trajectory toward future success. Watch the video here: surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/watch?v=-KGUE2MFrlc

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “follow” button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov where you can subscribe to my Notify Me email list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will occur on Tuesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 also carries the meetings live. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

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

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on May 25 at 6 p.m. at Venue Taproom, 13699 N. Litchfield Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • April 2021

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

Surprise’s Face Covering Mandate Lifted

Mayor Skip Hall has signed a proclamation terminating the face-covering mandate in Surprise. You can read the full proclamation here.

Please note that based on the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-06, there are some exceptions.

The City retains the right to set and enforce mitigation policies in our city government buildings and public transportation. Wearing of face coverings/masks is recommended within city facilities, except for Surprise City Court, where they are required.

Per the Governor’s order, private businesses may institute and enforce face covering policies and retain the right to refuse service to those who do not comply with their policies.

Per federal mandate, face coverings are still required while riding public transportation.

Governor’s Order 2021-06

With the state of Arizona hitting several crucial public health benchmarks, Governor Doug Ducey announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures on March 25, including on events, businesses, and local ordinances.

Several key data points contributed to these changes:

  • Mass distribution of the vaccine: 3,041,773 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to 1,927,278 individuals in Arizona, including 1,185,986 who have been fully vaccinated.
  • 10 weeks of declining cases.
  • Hospitalizations at the lowest level since the end of September/beginning of October.
  • Opening of vaccine appointments to all Arizonans 16 years of age and older.
  • A recent evaluation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that ranks Arizona among the best states in the nation for getting the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable communities.
  • President Biden’s recent promise that every American will be able to be vaccinated by May 1.

Under the changes announced by Governor Ducey:

  • Events of more than 50 people will no longer need the approval of local governments. These events should continue to follow safe practices and CDC recommendations, including physical distancing. This includes youth sports.
  • The business guidance will transition from requirements to recommendations. Governor Ducey is providing businesses with the ability to continue requiring masks and social distancing.
  • Bars have already been allowed to operate as “dine-in” at full capacity. They will now be allowed to resume regular operations, with the ability to require social distancing and masks.
  • Unlike some other states, Arizona never issued a statewide mask mandate, and instead encouraged personal responsibility with an aggressive educational campaign — resulting in more widespread mask usage than states with mandates. Some local governments have implemented “mandates,” however, they have rarely, if ever, been enforced. Under this latest action, those local mandates will be phased out. Mask usage is still encouraged, especially in groups that are not vaccinated.

View the Governor’s Executive Order HERE.

City Hall Re-opens!

City Hall and other city administrative buildings will re-open to the public on April 12! In addition, City Council and board and commissions meetings will re-open to in-person attendance effective that date.

My Nail Spa & My Barbershop Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Hall and I had the privilege of attending the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for My Nail Spa and My Barbershop, located at 13983 W. Waddell Rd, suite 102 & 103. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your celebration!

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Judd cut a grand opening ribbon at My Nail Spa My Barbershop.

State of the City Video

State of the City thumbnailTune in on April 13 at 6 p.m. for the 2021 State of the City Video Premiere, live online at surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/. The City of Surprise 2021 State of the City will reflect on our community’s resilience and look at what’s in the future!

COVID Relief Funding

For over a year now, the City of Surprise has been working hard to support residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Our City has been fortunate to receive federal, state, and county financial assistance to provide meals, rental/mortgage payments, and utility assistance through our Senior Center and Surprise Resource Center.

Here is a snapshot of how $10.88 million in federal funds has helped our community during the COVID crisis:

A snapshot of the allocation of 10.88M in federal funds.

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program provided billions of dollars in payroll assistance funding for businesses through two rounds of funding.

While these programs have helped, the City identified some funding gaps in meeting specific needs and, in some cases, noticed some needs were not being met at all.

On September 1, 2020, and November 2, 2020, the Surprise City Council approved resolutions to support $555,000 for Surprise COVID Community Relief Packages for addressing community and business needs because of the prolonged nature of the pandemic. Utilizing some of our AZ CARES ACT dollars, we were able to allocate $180,000 to address the following human service needs:

AZ CARES ACT funds allocation.

The remaining $375,000 supported the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant, disbursed over two rounds:

Surprise small business relief grant funds allocation.

The City will continue to explore additional needs as we anticipate another round of funding through the American Rescue Plan Act in the future. We have a good plan in place to monitor where the needs are and address as appropriate.

Small businesses are encouraged to review updated COVID business resources available on www.surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp or to reach out to the Surprise Economic Development Department at econdev@surpriseaz.gov.

Community Resources are available at www.surpriseaz.gov/communitycare, or call the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

Coming soon to Surprise

  1. Crumbl Cookies will soon be at the southwest corner of Litchfield and Waddell, at the “Marley Park” corner!
  2. Amazon now has their sign on the building. We expect the facility to start operations in the 3rd quarter of 2021 and bring over 300 jobs to Surprise!

Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO)

Would you like to learn more about the City of Surprise Property Maintenance Ordinance and have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments? If so, please join the public meeting that is scheduled for April 13 at 6 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Community Room or online. To join the public meeting online, please visit surpriseaz.gov/PMO. To access the public meeting or to leave a comment on the document, please visit surpriseaz.gov/PMO.

The Property Maintenance Ordinance is a guiding document that establishes the minimum standards for all property throughout the City. The goal of the PMO is to keep the City safe, healthy, and blight free. Public comments are also being accepted through Sunday, May 2, 2021 via an online comment box at surpriseaz.gov/PMO.

Surprise Day of Service

The next Surprise Day of Service is on April 24, 2021 to help benefit the Valley View Food Bank. The day begins at 8 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m. with volunteers working in two-hour shifts. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Larry Garcia at 623-222-1522.

Budget Retreat

FY2022 Budget thumbnailCity Council will be participating in a budget retreat on April 16, beginning at 9 a.m. The retreat is a part of the development of the Fiscal Year 2022 City Manager’s Recommended Budget. The retreat will be open to public attendance and will be televised for public viewing on surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise and Cox channel 11.

Arts & Culture Grant Program

The City is now accepting applications for a new Arts & Culture Commission-led grant program that intends to assist community organizations that are pursuing arts and cultural events or activities that benefit City of Surprise residents. To apply, you must be a 501 (c) 3 organization or partner with a 501 (c) 3 verified agency. The application, program details, and eligibility requirements are available online at surpriseaz.gov/artsgrant. Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 23, 2021.

Connect with District 6

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

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 also carries the meetings live. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

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

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on April 28 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • March 2021

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

Local Favorite

One of my new favorite places in Surprise is Venue Taproom. They are a fantastic new restaurant located in the Uptown Alley Parking lot at Litchfield and Waddell roads. The menu is excellent, the staff is very friendly and the owner, Sam, is almost always on hand to make sure that you have a good experience. If you drop by, please say hello to Sam for me!

Now Open!

Player 1 Arcade had its grand opening Friday, February 19th. Go visit them for games and pinball and for a throwback to the 80s! They are located at Bell and Litchfield roads behind Buffalo Wild Wings. Check them out at www.p1arcade.com. Welcome to the City of Surprise!

FY 2022 Budget Kick-off

The fiscal year 2022 budget process began on February 2, with a presentation to Council at the Regular Council Meeting. The City of Surprise Finance Department will be giving a series of presentations at Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings leading up to the proposed budget release in April. If you have not had a chance to watch the meetings, you can view the previous finance presentations at surpriseaz.gov/budget. The Final Budget adoption is scheduled for June 1, 2021. Fiscal year 2022 begins July 1, 2021.

Recycling Struggles

Our staff is continuing to search for ways to reboot our recycling program here in Surprise. As you probably know by now, Recycling has hit roadblocks nationwide. One hurdle is finding manufacturers that will actually use recycled material. Without enough manufacturers using recycled plastics, much of the plastics that make it to a recycling facility are being routed to landfills.

You can help reduce the quantity of plastic heading to the landfill by reducing your consumption of single use plastics. Examples of single use plastics include water bottles and plastic grocery bags.

What’s Happening On That Lot?

Now Open:

  • My Barbershop and My Nail Salon, 13983 West Waddell Road

Approved:

  • EOS Fitness Marley Park, 13632 N. Litchfield Road
  • Goodyear Chiropractic, 15411 W. Waddell Road
  • AZ Angels, Skyway Commons, 11470 N. Dysart Road
  • Desert Builders, Skyway Commons, 11470 N. Dysart Road
  • Central Garden & Pet (23,000 SF expansion), 12000 N. 132nd Avenue
  • United Construction Group, 3 buildings/22,000SF, 13784 W. Desert Cove
  • Boyer Bakery, 13681 N. Litchfield Road (tenant improvements)

Planning:

  • Self Storage Facility at Litchfield Road and Sweetwater Avenue
  • 3 Minute Express Car Wash, Marley Park, 17043 West Waddell Road
  • Etico Construction Group, NE corner of Solar Canyon Way and Desert Cove Road – Main Offices, Warehouse and Yard Space for Etico Construction – 3.24 acres

Surprise Day of Service

If you are looking for a way to help others, please consider helping out during the Surprise Day of Service on March 20, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Projects will be located all throughout Surprise. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1522.

Spring Break Camp Registration

Spring Break CampThe City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department will be offering Spring Break Camp March 15-19, 2021 from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation Center. Campers from kindergarten to 6th grades will enjoy arts and crafts, games, sports and more! To register, download a registration packet from surpriseaz.gov/recreation. Once the packet is complete, contact the Parks and Recreation office at 623.222.2000 to schedule a time to come in and register your child. For pricing and additional information, please visit surpriseaz.gov

Spring Training

Surprise Stadium logoKansas City Royals and Texas Rangers Spring Training has begun! An updated schedule of games is available on SurpriseStadium.com. Fan safety is a top priority. The following health and safety protocols will be in place:

  • Limited seating capacity of under 2,000 fans per game
  • Physically-distanced seating pods
  • Required face coverings, unless eating/drinking
  • Reduced touch points (contactless ticketing, cashless transactions)
  • New intensified cleaning protocols

For ticket information, please visit www.surprisestadium.com.

Greenway Road Closure

The Greenway Road improvement project will close down Greenway Road between Legacy Park and Northwest Ranch Parkway for two weeks starting 5 a.m. Saturday, Feb 27, to 5 a.m. Sunday, March 14.

  • Motorists heading eastbound along Greenway Road from Loop 303 can expect a single lane until they reach the closure at Northwest Ranch Parkway, allowing access to be maintained to the business complex east of the Loop 303.
  • Left turn movements will be maintained for drivers traveling east on Greenway Road to Northwest Ranch Parkway.
  • Motorists driving south on Northwest Ranch Parkway will be able to make a right turn to go west on Greenway Road.
  • Westbound traffic along Greenway Road will be reduced to a single lane beginning at Reems Road. Local traffic will be able to continue to the hard closure at Legacy Park Boulevard.
  • Drivers traveling west on Greenway Road will be able to make the left turn to go south on Legacy Park Boulevard.
  • Motorists traveling north on Legacy Park Boulevard will be able to turn right to go east on Greenway Road.

The Greenway Road improvement project will add two travel lanes and eliminate areas where multiple lanes merged into one lane, from approximately Cotton Lane to Sarival Avenue.

Community Resource Guide

Front cover the the Surprise Community Resource Guide.The Community Resource Guide is a quick reference for anyone that may need assistance with food, shelter, homelessness, domestic violence, and many other local resources. An electronic version of this document is available at supriseaz.gov/HSCV.

Connect with District 6

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

Council Meetings and Agenda

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

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

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on March 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road. Vice Mayor Patrick Duffy will also be joining me for this Community Meeting! In addition, I will be hosting a Meet and Greet on March 24 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

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

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • February 2021

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

APS West Valley Central 230KV Connection Project Update

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

2021 Surprise City Academy

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

Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!

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

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

Day of Service

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

Holiday Sanitation Schedule

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

Spring Training

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

What’s Happening on that Lot?

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

Fire Station 308 Update

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

Business Resource

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

Connect with District 6

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

Council Meetings and Agenda

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

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

Meet and Greet

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

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

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • January 2021

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

New Park!

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

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

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

Rocket League/Among Us Tournaments

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

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

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

What’s Happening on that Lot

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

Other projects currently in development review:

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

New Commercial Permits were recently completed for:

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

Economic Development

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

A chart displaying use of funds.

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

Possible APS 230kv Power Lines Down Cactus or Peoria roads

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

Council Meetings and Agenda

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

Meet and Greet

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

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