Category Archives: Newsletter

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • May 2020

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

FY 2021 Budget

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

Economic Development

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

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

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

Road Work Update

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

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

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

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

State of the City

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

What’s happening on that lot?

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

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

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

Council Meetings and Agenda

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

Meet and Greet

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

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • April 2020

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

COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our residents is our number one concern. Governor Doug Ducey issued a new Executive Order, “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected”, on March 30 to promote physical distancing while encouraging social connectedness to continue to help mitigate COVID-19 transmission. This order is in effect until April 30.

Under this Executive Order, Arizonans are asked to limit their time away from their place of residence or property except to conduct or participate in essential activities; for employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; to utilize any services or products provided by essential services; and for employment if as a sole proprietor or family-owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to the public.

For additional information on this Executive Order (2020-18), please visit the city’s COVID-19 webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19. Additionally, the City of Surprise website has information and resources to help residents while we all adhere to social distancing guidelines. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov for links to community resources and other pertinent information.

While most city facilities are closed to the public, city business will continue to be conducted. Core services will not be effected including fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services. As an additional step to help our residents during this health crisis, we are suspending all City of Surprise water customer shutoffs through May 10. By visiting our website, you can find information on ways to interact with the city online, by phone or via email.

In an effort to minimize the potential spread of illness, all city park amenities were closed as of March 24. This includes: playgrounds, water fountains, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, dog parks, skate parks, splash pads, restrooms, and volleyball courts. Ramada and field reservations are not being accepted at this time either.

Updated information on COVIC-19 can also be found on the Maricopa County Department of Health website https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Coronavirus-Disease-2019, the Center for Disease Control cdc.gov/COVID19, and the Arizona Department of Health Services https://www.azdhs.gov/.

Public Participation Changes at Council Meetings

Taking into account the current CDC recommendations, the City Council Chambers are closed to the public until further notice. You are always able to watch City Council Meetings live via, www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513. If you would like to submit a public comment during a meeting, your comment can be taken by email or phone. For specific instructions on how to interact during the Council meeting, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4802.

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

I always look forward to hearing from my constituents. 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.

Census 2020

Be counted! If you have not already responded to the Census, you can take your Census now, by visiting www.my2020census.gov.

Having an accurate Census count allows cities, organizations, and businesses to better evaluate what services or programs residents need, and aids in redistricting to ensure equal representation to our residents. It also affects the number of representatives each state has in Congress. Census data is also used to determine federal funding for programs like the National School Lunch Program and federal student loans. It’s important to be counted!

For additional information visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/Census2020.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

Are you looking for a way to help others during this current health crisis? The City of Surprise is starting a Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign to collect items such as baby formula, diapers, toilet paper, baby wipes, soap, feminine hygiene products, gloves and canned meat. If you have any of these items, and would like to donate them, they can be dropped off in bins at the locations listed below. For additional information about the campaign, or if you are in need of any of these items, please check our website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4785 for additional information.

  • Salvation Army: 17420 Ave of the Arts, 623-977-1084
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Radiant Church: 15522 W. Paradise Ln., 623-975-2662
    Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Surprise Senior Center: 15832 N. Hollyhock St., 623-222-1500
    Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Road Work Update

Litchfield and Cactus Roads
In March, the City added flashing yellow left-turn signals at Litchfield and Cactus Roads. This is an update the city will be making to all signalized intersections over time, as projects move forward and/or signal replacements are needed.

Flashing yellow arrow traffic signals feature a flashing yellow arrow in addition to the standard red, yellow and green arrows. When illuminated, the flashing yellow arrow allows waiting motorists to make a left-hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic. Otherwise, the new traffic signals work the same as traditional signals.

These upgrades are being made to enhance safety while allowing more traffic to move through the intersection in a shorter period of time. Flashing yellow arrow signals have been shown to help drivers make fewer mistakes. They reduce delays when traffic is light, because there are more opportunities to make a left turn with the flashing yellow left-turn arrow.

What the arrows mean:

Red arrow

Solid red arrow: Drivers intending to turn left must stop and wait. Do not enter an intersection to turn when a solid red arrow is being displayed.

Yellow arrow

Solid yellow arrow: The left-turn signal is about to change to red and drivers should prepare to stop or prepare to complete a left turn if they are legally within the intersection and there is no conflicting traffic present.

Dashed yellow arrow

Flashing yellow arrow: Drivers are allowed to turn left after yielding to all oncoming traffic and to any pedestrians in the crosswalk. Oncoming traffic has a green light. Drivers must wait for a safe gap in oncoming traffic before turning.

Green arrow

Solid green arrow: Left turns have the right of way. Oncoming traffic has a red light.

The city is working closely with contractors and project managers to keep roadway project timelines on track. For the latest information, please check the City of Surprise website, at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/.

State of the City

Mayor Skip Hall’s State of the City Address will be released virtually on April 15 at 6 p.m. I hope you get the chance to watch and hear about Surprise’s accomplishments and vision for the future. Residents can watch the State of the City address video on Surprise TV Channel 11 or online at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/. Don’t worry if you miss it, the video will be rebroadcast on Surprise TV and available to view on https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/ after April 15.

Upcoming Events

Updates on cancelled and postponed events can be found on the city website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/.

What’s happening on that lot?

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

Meet and Greet

To be compliant with Governor Ducey’s Executive Order, my monthly Meet and Greet scheduled for April 22, will be cancelled. Please check the calendar at www.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • March 2020

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

Happy St. Patrick’s Day… And Upcoming Events!

March 17th will be St. Patrick’s Day, and I hope you will be able to use it as another chance to spend time with your friends and family to have fun and spread cheer! I highly recommend seeing the Spirited Lads perform at the Irish Wolfhound on St. Patrick’s Day.

Spring Training is in full swing, and great weather is upon us! I hope you get time to see some teams play, and don’t forget to support our home teams – the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers.

There are many things to enjoy around Surprise this month. We have St. Patrick’s Day at The Irish Wolfhound, Pink Floyd at The Vista, Luke Days, fishing at Surprise Lake, hiking at the White Tanks, Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival, our Spring Training 5K/1K run, Baseball Art and Collectibles Exhibit at Surprise City Hall and too many other things to list. Get details in the “Upcoming Events” section of my newsletter below.

Recycling Update

Surprise suspended bringing its recyclables to a material recovery facility in August 2019, as the international recycling industry continues dealing with a lack of demand for recycled commodities, low commodity value, and significantly increased processing costs. Our city team has engaged with regional partners including private industry, other cities, and Arizona State University to monitor available options and develop long-term sustainable options for recyclable material. While there is no definite time frame for re-establishing a recycling partnership at this point, the city is committed to identifying and implementing a financially viable and environmentally sustainable recycling program. One interim step, supported by City Council, under evaluation by city staff is the possible opening of a staffed recycling drop-off site that can be used for education and communication, while providing residents a nearby location to continue their recycling.

Economic Development

Amigo’s Authentic Mexican Grill & Bar has opened its doors to welcome residents to enjoy this family owned and operated restaurant. They offer daily specials and are open for breakfast! Amigo’s is located in the complex on the SE corner of Litchfield and Waddell Roads.

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Judd, Councilmember Winters, Councilmember Hayden and Amigos employees inside the newly opened restaurant.

Rangers Village Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, February 21, the City Council joined Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis and Texas Rangers staff to cut the ribbon on the new Rangers Village building. Rangers Village is a three-story, 36 suite, 70,000 square foot team housing complex located along Bullard Avenue, just north of Greenway Road. Rangers Village also includes a 13,000 square foot sports-training lab for the players.

Surprise City Council, Rick Davis and Texas Rangers staff hold scissors in preparation of the ribbon cutting.

Ottawa University Campus Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

Ottawa University-Arizona hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication for three new campus buildings – The O’Dell Center for athletics, the OUAZ Student Union, and Residence Hall. The O’Dell Center for Athletics is a 97,000 square foot athletic complex adjacent to Spirit Field to the west, just north of Tierra Buena Lane. The complex includes a recreation center, four court gymnasium, lockers rooms, an athletic training room, the Spirit Performance Center, five classrooms, and the faculty and athletic department offices. The OUAZ Student Union is a two story, 27,000 square foot building that houses the cafeteria, an outdoor and indoor dining space, the Spirit Fan Shop, campus mailroom, student lounge with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, conference center and designated quiet study spaces. The 76,000 square foot, four story residence hall is located to the east of Spirit Field and is home to an 83 room, 332 bed dormitory with fully furnished, four person suites, four student lounges and the campus security office.

DeBoa Jiu Jitsu Academy Ribbon Cutting

On February 26, we welcomed DeBoa Jiu Jitsu Academy to Surprise with a ribbon cutting. De Boa Jiu Jitsu Acacemy is located at 14763 W. Cactus Road, Surprise, AZ 85379.

Mayor Hall cuts a red ribbon for the grand opening of De Boa Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

What’s happening on that lot?

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

Road Work Update

The City-managed Litchfield Road widening project remains on schedule with completion expected this spring.

The Waddell Road widening project reached a major milestone at the end of February with the full closure between Sarival and SR303 being reopened. This project also remains on track with expected completion by late spring.

On both of these projects, there will continue to be lane closures and detours as needed prior to these projects being completed.

The work at the intersection of Reems & Waddell is part of the larger Waddell project and while the early phases of this work have been completed, this intersection will continue to have some restrictions through May.

The roadwork occurring on the south side of Peoria Avenue is being conducted by several utility companies as they upgrade infrastructure to support new development in Glendale and unincorporated county, south of Peoria Avenue. Much of this work is nearing completion.

The county also has Olive Road closed between Litchfield and Reems through May due to construction of a new wastewater line needed to support development in the area.

Having a safe, efficient, and effective transportation system is critical to our quality of life and the smart growth of our city. Our city team is sensitive to the inconvenience and disruption caused by road construction and works closely with contractors to minimize these impacts where possible.

State of the City

Please join us on Thursday, March 26, for the State of the City address to hear updates on all of Surprise’s accomplishments and future visions. I encourage you to stay afterwards to witness the unveiling of the city’s 60th Anniversary Art Wall and enjoy live music, entertainment and more in our courtyard. The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall City Council Chambers.

Upcoming Events

St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Wolfhound

March 17th – Come see the Irish Lads! The Irish Wolfhound is once again hosting its all-day event in their parking lot. They will have plenty of Irish Fare, drinks and live music. This is always the best event in the West Valley that day. https://www.facebook.com/events/581386772443016/

The Vista Center for the Arts

Dysart recently rebranded it’s performing arts theater to be enjoyed by the entire community! They are hosting professional events and charging a very reasonable admission. On March 20th, they with have a Pink Floyd show. Details can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheVistaAZ/events/

Luke Days

Luke Days at Luke Air Force Base are March 21-22. Come out and see the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, along with a variety of other aerial demonstrations, ground displays and exhibits. Luke Air Force Base is located at 14185 Falcon Street.

Fishing at Surprise Lake

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been regularly stocking the lake with trout all winter and will soon switch to stocking catfish. There is still time to catch some very nice sized trout. You need a Valid Arizona Fishing License to fish here. Kids 9 and under do not need a license. Contact me or our Parks and Recreation for more information.

Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K

It’s not too late to register for the Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K that will take place on Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.! For additional information or to get registered, visit SurpriseStadium.com/events.

Baseball Art and Collectibles Exhibit at Surprise City Hall

Swing by city hall for the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” art reception on Thursday, March 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Stop by to enjoy sports-themed artwork; historic, autographed Sport’s Illustrated covers; replica jackets; and historic artifacts. For more information, contact Susan DeJong at 623-214-7537.

Spring Cleanup Event

Take advantage of our spring cleanup event! On Saturday, March 14, residents can drop off up to 2,000 pounds of non-hazardous residential waste for free at the Northwest Regional Landfill. Be sure to bring proof of Surprise residency, via a driver’s license and utility bill showing the same house address. For more information, you can call the Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.1900, or visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/sanitation.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday, March 29th from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave Come enjoy this fun family event with live music by Southbound (Country/Southern Rock) and a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of beer and wine. This family-friendly event will also have various yard games, inflatables and face painting. Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair! Dogs must be on leashes.

Teen College Trips

Join other teens from Surprise and tour a variety of Arizona college campuses! A medium drink from a local coffee shop is included in the registration fee, and please bring additional money for lunch. The trip will depart from and return to Sierra Montana Recreation Center. Spots are limited and registration ends on March 13. Ages 13-18. $15 Resident / $35 Non Resident (per trip).

March 16th – U of A
March 17th – ASU
March 20th GCU

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, March 3 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

Your opportunity to quiz your councilman at my monthly Meet and Greet will happen on Wednesday, March 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.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • January 2020

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council 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.

Recycling Update

The City of Surprise is still working on solutions to get us back to recycling. The challenge we face is almost half of the collected recyclables were being sent to the landfill by the recycling plant operator This resulted in constantly increasing fees being charged to the City by the recycling plant. Forcing our residents to pay these fees would not have addressed the problem – the problem being that most of the items we are used to recycling are no longer being used by the recycling industry.

Our city is working together with recycling partners and other cities to identify and implement recycling solutions. Our staff will give a presentation and discussion on the status of these efforts at a City Council Meeting in February. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I appreciate your continued concerns as we are moving towards a solution to bring recycling back.

Road Work

Waddell Road is still under construction and crews are working diligently to reopen the roadway from Loop 303 to Legacy Park by the end of February, as rain has caused some delays. Work will continue to early summer 2020 to complete the road improvements, but no additional full closures are expected. The Waddell Road widening project was approved by voters as part of the 2017 General Obligation (G.O.) Bond Election. Once completed, there will be a total of six travel lanes, a traffic signal at Waddell Road and Sarival Avenue, eliminate areas that have multiple lanes merging as well as the addition of streetlights, bicycle lanes and turn lanes.

Litchfield Road is also still under construction. This project is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2020. The improvements will include two additional lanes of travel, provisions for drainage, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, street lighting and more. For more information on the Waddell Road widening project, Litchfield Road project or other G.O. Bond projects, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Underground utility work along the south side of Peoria Avenue is having an impact on traffic flow. This is county land with a private utility project completing the work. A completion date has not yet been confirmed.

Surprise Youth Council

The Surprise Youth Council offers opportunities for our youth to engage in our community in service projects and events. These young adults work hand in hand with schools, non-profits and local elected officials. I was honored to be able to sit down with these students and discuss their ideas, goals and futures. Thank you for your continued work in our city.

Councilmember Judd and Surprise Youth Council members seated at a conference room table.

Upcoming Events

In honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the city will be hosting a day of celebration and service. Please join City Council, city staff and residents as we gather in the City Hall Courtyard on Saturday, January 18, for the celebration. The event will kick off with a light breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program which will include local performances, an MLK art contest, a fantastic keynote speaker and much more. Immediately following the conclusion of the program, there will be an opportunity to participate in community service projects beginning at 9:45 a.m. I hope to see you there!

The Surprise Spring Training 5K is now accepting early registrations! This annual fun run takes participants on a scenic tour of the city before ending at the ballpark. Runners receive a shirt, medal and a ‘buy one, get one free’ coupon for select sections of the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game on March 7. To register online or for more information, please visit www.surprisestadium.com/events.

Council Meetings and Agendas

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 7 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, January 21 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation.

City Offices Closed

All City Offices will be closed on January 20 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • December 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council 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.

SATV Survey

The city is looking for your feedback on the Shared Active Transportation Vehicle (SATV) pilot program. The purpose of this survey is to gather and evaluate information regarding the use and deployment of SATVs as an optional mode of transportation in Surprise. The results from this survey have the potential to shape future city codes. The survey will be available for the duration of the pilot program, November 1 until April 28. Please take a moment to visit http://surpriseaz.gov/satv and share your thoughts!

Road Work

Work has begun on a median modification which will add a left turn lane into Dale’s Town and Country Store. This construction may cause some minor delays on Waddell Road between Litchfield and Bullard, but will be completed in the early portion of December.

Waddell Road will be completely closed from Sarival Ave to the Loop 303 until the end of January. This closure is part of the Waddell Road widening project from the G.O. Bond. Cactus and Greenway are the alternate routes while Waddell is closed. Once we complete Waddell, work will begin on Greenway. As always, please drive wise, Surprise.

Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade

Veterans Day is a time to honor all of the men and women who serve and have served our country. This year, the city was humbled to host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Veterans Reflection Circle. This memorial is in honor of the late Surprise resident and wounded combat veteran Brian Mancini. The ceremony brought elected officials and residents together. The annual parade was a huge success and offered fun for the entire family while showing respect for the Veterans.

Holiday Events

The holiday season is here, and the city offers several fun things to do with the family beginning with the Surprise Party on Friday, December 6 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 from 11-5 p.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The party begins Friday with live music, skydivers, tree lighting ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and a special visit from Santa. On Saturday, the festivities continue with crafts, pony rides, petting zoo, music, food and more. This event is free with your donation of a canned food item or a toy.

Deck the Hock is on December 10 from 5-7p.m. and will offer Christmas tree decorating, choir performances, crafts and more at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street.

Tech the Halls will be December 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road. This family fun event will have tech exhibits, games, prizes and more.

Santa’s Workshop will be open for visitors from December 11-13 from 5-8 p.m. The workshop is located at the Surprise Stadium Team Shop, 15930 N. Bullard Ave, and offers kids a chance to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Countryside Recreation Center will be Santa’s next stop on December 14 at the Cookies and Crafts with Santa event! Children can enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, games and crafts while visiting with the man in red. Register at surpriseaz.gov/recreation for 10 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per resident.

Day of Service

It’s time to gather your family, team, organization and friends because volunteers are needed to help complete community service projects for the 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service. This community event will be held on Saturday, January 18, with light breakfast and musical performances beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a program at 9:00 a.m. Service projects will follow the program. For more information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/MLK.

Council Meetings and Agenda

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month, first being today, Tuesday, December 3 at 6 p.m.; and the second on Tuesday, December 17. 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.

City Offices Closed

All City Hall offices will be closed observance of Christmas on December 25 but will resume normal hours of operation on December 26.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • November 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council 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.

More Firefighters Hired

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is adding 13 new firefighters! The FY20 budget we approved included funding for 5 new firefighters. A federal grant recently awarded us the funding for 8 additional firefighters. These new firefighters are expected to complete the academy and training by June 2020. Twelve of those positions will eventually be assigned to the new Fire Station 308 when it opens in late 2021 or early 2022 at Litchfield and Cactus roads.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park Wins Award

The beautiful White Tank Mountain Regional Park to our west has received some international acclaim! The park was recently awarded the 2019 Tripsavvy Editor’s Choice Award as best for outdoor enthusiasts! Congratulations to the staff and volunteers at the park! This is a great time of year to hike the trails, and visit the Nature Center and library at the White Tanks.

Road Construction

As our city grows, our roads need to expand so they can handle the increased traffic. The General Obligation Bond that residents voted for and passed in 2017, includes funding for Waddell Road and for Litchfield Road. The Waddell Road widening project and the Litchfield Road widening project are currently underway. These projects are scheduled to be completed spring of 2020. Reems Road from Cactus to Peoria roads is under construction for utility work. EPCOR is installing water lines and when they are finished, Southwest Gas will install gas lines.

Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House Opening

Bonfire Craft Kitchen and Tap House is now open in the Brookside Village complex, east of Reems Road off of Bell Road. The restaurant specializes in re-inspired American classics. The goal is to focus on a family friendly atmosphere with fresh, made from scratch meals while also providing the best service.

Veterans Day Dedication and Parade

In honor of Veterans Day, the City of Surprise will be hosting a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Veterans Reflection Circle on Monday, November 11 at 8:00 a.m. This event will be held outside of the Northwest Regional Library and will pay tribute to late Surprise resident and combat-wounded veteran, Brian Mancini. Following the dedication ceremony, the annual Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. I invite you to join the celebration and help honor our military members.

Veterans Reflection Circle event map.

Surprise Party

The 2019 Surprise Party is scheduled for Friday, December 6 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The party will begin Friday night with live music, skydivers, tree lighting ceremony and a special visit from Santa. On Saturday, the festivities continue with crafts, pony rides, petting zoo, music, food and more. This event is free with your donation of a canned food item or a toy. I hope to see you all there as we begin to kick off the holiday season.

Fiesta Grande

The 6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande event brought residents throughout Surprise to the Original Town Site to honor culture, tradition and community. Special guest Barry Wong, Executive Director at Governor Ducey’s Office of Equal Opportunity, presented a proclamation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month. Also, Consul Deputy General of Mexico Armando Esparza joined in the celebration!

Surprise Day of Service

The Surprise Day of Service is a wonderful volunteer opportunity that brings residents together to help complete projects, clean up and take pride in our city. This event takes place 2-3 times a year, and this time there were over 300 participants! I thank everyone who came out to support Surprise and look forward to the next one.

Monthly Meet and Greet Postponed

Your feedback is important for me to understand how to effectively represent you. The monthly Meet and Greet is a great opportunity to speak face to face. You can ask me questions, share ideas, or chat about our community. The event takes place at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road. Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up and will fall on our scheduled meeting days, so the next Meet and Greet is postponed until January 22. More information will follow as the date gets closer.

Council Meetings and Agenda

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month, first being today, Tuesday, November 5 at 6 p.m.; and the second on Tuesday, November 19. 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.

City Offices Closed

All City Hall offices will be closed in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11. They will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • October 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council 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. You may reach me anytime at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov or 623-222-1326.

Recycling Updates

Our City of Surprise staff continues to evaluate the state of the recycling industry, and they are also exploring ideas with neighboring cities in search of solutions. We will be recycling again, in some form, once we have identified a reasonable path forward.

Fire Update

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 (SFMD) has the authority to manage our ability to respond to fire and medical emergencies as they see fit.

Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott oversees the SFMD. 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.

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 at Fire Station 305, as opposed to the engine (or pumper) that had only been in service 40 hours a week. That engine is still available to replace other engines when they are out of service for repair or maintenance and can be utilized for other needs as determined by the Fire Chief and as staffing permits.

I believe Chief Abbott and his team are doing a great job leading the SFMD, 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 five years.

Volunteer for a Day of Service

The Neighborhood Services Department is looking for over 200 volunteers to participate in the upcoming Fall Day of Service. This event will be held on Saturday, October 19. This is a great way to give back to your community. You can participate as an individual, a family or group. Volunteers help to beautify the neighborhoods and build community pride. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, at 8 a.m. to receive their assignment; and should plan to serve until noon. Following the completion of the projects, there will be a party for all participants. There will be BBQ, live music, fun and games. If you would like to register, please contact Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.

Sunday in the Park

A Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival will be held at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave, on October 20 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Parking and entry are free! This family event offers live music, games, inflatables and much more. Bring your chairs or blanket and enjoy the variety of food and drinks available for purchase. Remember, dogs must be on leashes.

G.A.I.N. Night

G.A.I.N. night is an evening for promoting awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. Public Safety displays, games, trick-or-treating and much more will be hosted at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave, on October 26 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. This is a fun family event that residents enjoy each year. Admission is free. Food and beverage is available for purchase.

Traffic and Road Construction

As Surprise continues to grow, the city is working on several significant transportation improvement projects. These projects will range from additional lanes to pavement improvement. The Transportation Projects Map can be found online and will give you a detailed look at the individual projects as well as expected timelines: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/43102/2019-Transportation-Projects-Map. Please send me an email if you have questions about specific roadways or projects.

Monthly Meet and Greet

I will be hosting my monthly meet and greet on Wednesday, October 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This is an informal gathering, which makes it a great opportunity for you to ask me 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.

Council Meetings and Agenda

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month, first being on Tuesday, October 1 and the second on Tuesday, October 15. 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.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • September 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council 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. You may reach me anytime at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov or 623-222-1326.

Recycling Updates

The City of Surprise has temporarily suspended our recycling program. About half of what we were putting into our blue recycle bins was being redirected to the landfill by the processing facility. Between much of our recycling being diverted to the landfill and a terrible market for the purchase of recycled materials, our recycling program costs were climbing too fast. We are working with staff and community partners to find a cost-effective way to get our recycling program back online and up to date.

You can help! Recycling does not start when you are sorting your trash, it starts when you are deciding what to purchase. Please consider where your packaging or products will go when you are done with them. Did you know that some shipping plastics are not recyclable? For example, Amazon’s new mailers are non-recyclable. Finding biodegradable alternatives to plastics will help. Please spend some time doing a little research on recycling and become educated on the subject. If you find something interesting or worth sharing, please let me know!

Please continue to practice positive recycling habits so the transition back to recycling is seamless. Also, please keep in mind that state and county regulations require that all materials placed in the black container must be bagged.

Residential Waste Cleanup Event

On Saturday, September 14, residents have the opportunity to dispose of a single load of residential waste per household, weighing no more than 2,000 pounds, at no cost. It’s happening 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W Deer Valley Rd. Please ensure you bring your proof of residency when you go.

Sunday in the Park

Mark Coronado Park will again be hosting Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festivals beginning September 15. Come to enjoy the wide variety of food trucks, the live music and mingling with other residents.

Day of Service

The Neighborhood Services Department is looking for over 200 volunteers to participate in the upcoming Fall Day of Service. This event will be held on Saturday, October 19. This is a great outreach opportunity for individuals, families and groups. Volunteers help to beautify the neighborhoods and build community pride. Following the completion of the projects, there will be a party for all participants. There will be BBQ, live music, fun and games. If you would like to register, please contact Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.

Traffic and Road Construction

As the City of Surprise continues to grow, road construction is inevitable. The widening of Waddell Road is underway, and I urge you to ensure you are allowing extra travel time or taking alternate routes.

We welcome the new traffic signal at Cactus and Sarival. This light will increase the flow of traffic and help to ensure an easier travel route during busy hours.

Waddell Road from 140th Drive to Bullard Avenue will be undergoing daytime work until mid-October.

Community Development

Christopher Todd at Marley Park has completed permits for 58 units, a new fitness center and a new leasing office. We welcome this new addition to the community and look forward to continued growth.

Your Opinion Matters

The annual Surprise General Plan 2035 Major Amendment is under a 60-day review. This is your opportunity to review the updates and submit your comments. The amendments will touch on three elements of the General Plan to include roadway systems, transit, growth elements and extending Surprise municipal planning area. The proposed amendments and maps illustrating the proposed boundary changes have been posted online. Please take a few moments to visit www.surpriseaz.gov/GeneralPlan and let your voice be heard.

Friendly Reminders

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month, first being on Thursday, September 5 and the second on Tuesday, September 17. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of 24 hours prior.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • August 2019

As we jump into August, we are not just jumping into a new month but a new school year. We are doing all the last minute school supply shopping and easily forgetting about all of the old school supplies we have at home. August is not only known for preparing for back to school, but known for being National Crayon Collection Month. Annually, over 150 million crayons are given to young diners which eventually end up in a local landfill and are unable to decompose. This is enough crayons to circle the earth three times annually! This month long campaign encourages the collection of gently used crayons from our homes and local restaurants before they are thrown out and taking them to our local schools. By bringing these simple but brightly colored art tools to classrooms it will help free up teacher resources as well as place them in students’ hands who might have gone without. With this month long campaign, we are able to help reduce what’s going to our landfills and helping those in our community.

Recycling Program Challenges

The City of Surprise is proud to offer curbside recycling for residents. We believe in providing a service to reduce impacts to the waste stream in our landfills. After all, that space is finite.

When we launched our curbside recycling program in 2004, we made money to subsidize the service costs as recyclables were a hot commodity. That allowed us to stabilize our solid waste (sanitation/recycling) rates for residents.

However, the past few years has seen much volatility in the recycling industry. China placed many restrictions on the recycled material it would accept from the United States and elsewhere. That has resulted in a significant drop in prices for recyclables and increased costs to drop-off the materials at recycling processing centers across the planet.

In 2017, the city generated revenue to help cover the costs of the recycling program; however, once demand dropped for many of the recycled materials the city starting incurring expenses as dumping fees increased. From May 2018 to May 2019, our recycling costs jumped nearly 300%. With these new dynamics at play in the recycling industry our city staff is exploring options for what we need to do in Surprise.

Surprise is not alone in evaluating recycling efforts. Many Arizona communities outside of the greater metropolitan area of Phoenix and across the country have either ended or modified their recycling programs due to the changing market.

If you haven’t had a chance to read up on the changes within the recycling market, I’d invite you to do an online search. You will find countless news stories that spotlight the concerns and detail how some communities are changing their approach to recycling.

Events

  • August 6 & 8: Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes (CCC-CPR) will be held at the Public Safety Building. CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compression to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart without mouth-to-mouth. Registration is required by calling the Fire Administrative Office at 623-222-5000.
  • August 16: Poetry Slam at WHAM, located at 16560 N. Dysart Rd. This free event is open to the public and features open mic for poetry, free verse and storytelling. No registration is required.
  • August 17: Dive-In Movie at the Surprise Aquatic Center. Relax in the pool or sit poolside and watch “Dumbo” on the big screen. Concession are available for purchase. Gates will open at 7:30 pm with the show starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for residents and may be purchased in advance by visiting https://www.surpriseaz.gov/17/Parks-Recreation.

What’s under construction?

  • The O’Dell Center for Athletics Building is a new 100,000 square foot indoor activity center with a 30,000 square foot multi-court gymnasium, recreation/fitness center. It will also hold student lab classrooms and athletic department offices. This addition will continue to enhance the growth of the city as well as benefit residents.
  • SeaCa Packaging and Trimaco have received their Certificate of Occupancies and will soon be hiring! This is a great opportunity to join a growing company and work close to home.
  • The new Abrazo Micro-Hospital is under construction at Bell Road and the Loop 303. This hospital will offer a variety of services with a convenient location.
  • Marley Park has begun construction on their newest developments. The site will offer a number of models, community center, pool and basketball court.

Newly Opened

  • Stage Left Theater has opened at the Bell Mar development located on Bell Road and 115th Avenue. This production company aims at providing quality entertainment while providing a creative community atmosphere.
  • Mucho Burrito has opened at Bell Road and Civic Center Drive, located adjacent to In-N-Out Burger. They offer a wide variety of fresh Mexican food. Stop in for lunch or dinner.
  • Breez Dental Office is now open and accepting patients. They are located at 15331 W. Bell Road Ste. 204.
  • Dysart Unified School District has opened Growing Minds Preschool which is located at 17999 W. Surprise Farms Loop S. The latest addition to DUSD offers hands on learning through play while using a creative curriculum. They are now enrolling children aged 2-5. Please visit www.GrowingMindsPreschool.org for more information.

Traffic and Road Construction

  • Road widening is well underway for Waddell Road starting at Bullard and ending at Litchfield Road. This project is scheduled for completion mid-September.
  • Widening on Waddell Road from the Loop 303 to Reems Road will soon begin construction. This project will last approximately 2 months.
  • The traffic signal installation at Cactus and Sarival will be complete by the end of August.

Additionally, please note that local utility companies have ongoing projects that require some disruption to the traffic flow. The city works very closely with them to avoid traffic impacts as much as possible.

COUNCILMEMBER CHRIS JUDD NEWSLETTER • JULY 2019

Make water your best friend, even on a short hike.
A hike on one of the many trails in the White Tank Mountains is great way to get some exercise, clear your head, and to connect with nature. Did you know that in 2018, 172 people died in the Phoenix area due to heat related illness? This was an increase from 155 in 2017. Dehydration is very predictable and can easily be avoided. Always take more water than you need. If nothing else, the extra weight you are carrying adds to your workout.

In our desert temperatures, a healthy person can produce as much as 1.5 quarts of sweat an hour. You need water to replace sweat, so drink, drink and drink some more! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted the following warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

Heat Related Illnesses Flyer

The City of Surprise is a Heat Relief Network partner. The city provides hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during Arizona’s hot summer months. Designated stations offer indoor refuge from heat as well as drinking fountains or bottles of water. These stations can be found at 5 locations:

  • Surprise Resource Center: 12425 W. Bell Road, Building A, Suite 124
  • Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301: 16750 N. Village Drive East (FS301)
  • Hollyhock Library: 15844 N. Hollyhock Street
  • Northwest Regional Library: 16089 N. Bullard Ave.
  • The Salvation Army Sun Cities Valley Corps: 17420 N. Ave of the Arts Blvd.

You can also help those in need by donating water bottles, sun screen, sun glasses and hats to the Surprise Resource Center or Fire-Medical Station #301.

Events

  • Surprise will host the 36th Annual 4th of July Celebration at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. This free family event features live music, food trucks, yard games and more. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with a gorgeous fireworks display at 8:40
  • The Surprise Aquatic Center will be open for a 4th of July Pool Party from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Admission is $6 per person and is limited to the first 400 residents. Visit http://bit.ly/Surprise4thofJulyPoolParty for more information.

What’s under construction around you?

  • Marley Park Construction: Private Developer funded and managed projects in District 6 this summer include, Old Oak east of Bullard Avenue which is almost open, Sweetwater Avenue west of Litchfield scheduled to be complete in July, and Waddell road between Bullard and 140th Drive (just west of Freddy’s) that is scheduled to be complete by the end of summer.
  • One traffic signalization project just west of District 6 that will benefit many residents is at the Cactus Road / Sarival Avenue intersection which is currently controlled by a four way stop condition. The signals are hoped to be installed and operational possibly as soon as the end of August.

Industrial Park Update

  • SeaCa Packing is on track to receive their Certificate of Occupancy which will finalize the $20 million, 160,000 square foot facility located on the 13 acres south of Waddell Road along BNSF rail spur.
  • Hardy World has begun the grading of their property at the southwest corner of Waddell and Dysart Road in preparation of 36,000 square feet of leasable commercial/light industrial facilities.

Finance

The FY2020 Budget, which totals $412.7 million, was approved. The budget includes $105.8 million for Capital Improvement Projects. Public Safety demands are growing and the new budget includes 18 new positions. The utility enterprise funds include 11 new employees to address city growth in water, sewer and sanitations services.

Community Development

The City of Surprise Community Development Department is proposing the adoption of the 2018 International Building Codes with local amendments. This would replace the previously adopted 2012 International Building Codes with local amendments.

The proposed local amendments under review include changes that are intended to:

  • Further streamline the amendments to align more with the published 2018 Building and Fire codes
  • Ensure both the Building and Fire codes are in concert with each other
  • Identify and clarify Fire Protection requirements for new construction and tenant improvements projects

The public can view and comment on the proposed amendments online at www.surpriseaz.gov/buildingsafety.