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Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • May 2022

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.

Economic Development Update

Opening Soon

  • Economic Development, Surprise, AZH20 N Go – 14763 W. Cactus Rd.
  • KIFF Enterprises/JBugs, 83,068 SF specialty auto operation, Dysart & Sweetwater – They are hiring now and should be open in mid-March.

In Review/Development

  • NEW – Salad & Go – 15433 W. Cactus Rd.
  • NEW – National Indoor RV Center Storage Facility – SEC Rioglass Solar Rd. & Solar Canyon Way
  • NEW – Oxygo – NWC Desert Cove Rd. & 132nd Ave.
  • NEW – I3 Summit – N. Dysart Rd. & W. Cactus Rd.
  • NEW – Filibertos – 15433 W Cactus Rd
  • NEW – Cactus and Litchfield – NWC Cactus Rd. & Litchfield Rd.
  • Cactus and Summit Industrial Building – W. Cactus & N. Summit
  • Cactus Commerce Center (Carvana Reconditioning and Inspection Center) – NEC Litchfield Rd. & Cactus
  • Dominion Business Park – 11294 N. Litchfield Rd.
  • Dutch Bros Coffee – SEC Waddell Rd. & Litchfield Rd.
  • EOS Fitness Marley Park, 13632 N. Litchfield Rd.
  • Etico Construction Group –Solar Canyon Way & Desert Cove Rd. (Skycom Business Park)
  • Level Crossing Phase 2 – 13700 N. Dysart Rd.
  • Skyway Commons Phase II – Building B –SWC of Dysart and Cactus Rd.
  • Skyway Commons Phase II – Building C – NWC Dysart & Rioglass Solar Rd.
  • Skyway Commons Phase II Bldg D – SWC Dysart Rd. and Cactus Rd.
  • Surprise Crossing Ace Hardware – NWC 137th Ave. & Waddell Rd.
  • Sweetwater Commons – SWC N. Litchfield Rd. & W. Sweetwater Ave.
  • The Boyer Bakery – 13681 N. Litchfield Rd.
  • The Wall Company 12,900 SF office and maintenance building, 11470 N. Dysart Rd.
  • U-Haul Moving and Storage of Surprise – SWC Cactus Rd. and Litchfield Rd.

State of the City Address

We closed out the month of March by celebrating the 2022 State of the City event at City Hall on Thursday, March 31. What an incredible evening we had! Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us, and a huge thank you to our performers who put on a stellar show! Did you miss the video? Watch it here: https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/index.php/watch…

Councilmember Judd takes a picture at the State of the City photobooth.

Roadway Restrictions for Utility Work

Road construction cones in a work area.Now through September 2022, Litchfield Road from Peoria Avenue to Waddell Road will have lane restrictions as Southwest Gas works to install a gas pipeline. Work will begin on Litchfield Road at Peoria Avenue and work toward Waddell Road throughout the duration of the project.

Traffic will be shifted away from the work area, maintaining at least one lane of traffic in both directions. Left turns may be restricted. Work will take place during daytime hours, Monday through Saturday; however, traffic control will stay in place even during non-work hours to protect the work zone. Business and resident access will be maintained. For additional information, contact the Southwest Gas project hotline at 602.532.6100.

Hall of Fame Presentation

During the Spring Training game on Sunday, April 3, we joined the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission as they inducted the following individuals into the Surprise Recreation Campus Hall of Fame.

  • Charlie Woodland (former Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission member)
  • Kevin Uhlich (Previous Senior VP of Business Operations for the Kansas City Royals)
  • Mike Swanson (Previous VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the Kansas City Royals)
  • Andrew Benintendi, Michael A. Taylor and Salvador Perez (Current Kansas City Royals Players)
Members of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Surprise City Council.

Arbor Day Tree Dedication

On Friday, April 29, the Rotary Club of Surprise donated a tree to the City at Dick McComb Community Park, in celebration of Arbor Day. Arbor Day, which literally translates to “tree” day from the Latin origin of the word arbor, is a holiday that celebrates the planting, upkeep and preservation of trees. This beautiful gift will be enjoyed for many years to come by our entire community.

No Change in Property Tax Rate in Surprise

A PowerPoint slide showing the city's property tax rate.We’ve been receiving some questions about the City of Surprise tax rate. It has not increased. The primary tax rate in the City of Surprise is $0.7591 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV), plus the secondary property tax rate of $0.3880 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV). 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

Property Tax Current Rate Current Levy Proposed Rate Proposed Levy  
Primary Property Tax Rate $0.7591 $9,974,100 $0.7591 $10,873,200 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)
Secondary Property Tax Rate $0.3880 $5,097,800 $0.3880 $5,557,500 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)

No Change in Secondary Property Tax Rate for Marley Park CFD

The Marley Park Community Facilities District property tax rate is not changing. The property tax will be adopted by the Marley Park Community Facilities District Board of Directors on June 21 at or after 5:30 pm in the City Hall Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. After adoption, these tax rates will be effective for the 2022 tax year. This Notice, including the schedule of increased taxes and the written report or data supporting the new tax, is available on the City’s website at surpriseaz.gov.

Property Tax *Current Rate Current Levy *Proposed Rate Proposed Levy  
Marley Park Community Facility District $3.4771 $1,819,700 $3.4771 $2,073,600 *Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value

New Community Resource Center Coming to Surprise

An artist rendering of a community resource center.A major investment into the vitality and well-being of the West Valley is being made by the City, in partnership with Maricopa County, with plans to build a multigenerational community resource center. On Tuesday, April 5, City Council voted to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Maricopa County for the $26 million building project. The next day, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors also voted to approve the IGA, dedicating $18 million of their federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding toward the project while the City is committing $8 million from a combination of City ARPA funds and General Fund dollars.

This partnership will create an estimated 38-thousand square-foot center on City-owned land in Surprise’s historic Original Town Site. The new campus will improve resources for families, seniors, youth and vulnerable populations by centralizing and expanding programs and services from several aging city buildings, including the Surprise Resource Center, Hollyhock Library and Surprise Senior Center. The campus will be at the corner of Hollyhock Street and Santa Fe Drive, will be built on shovel-ready land and should be completed by 2025.

Fishing at Surprise Lake

Did you know the Game and Fish department keeps our community lake filled with catfish and trout most of the year? This is an excellent time to get outside and go fishing at our local lake. A fishing license is required for anyone age 10 and up. A youth license is only $5 for the entire year and is available up to age 18. Licenses are available at azgfd.gov.

Here is a schedule of when fish will be stocked into Surprise Lake (Bullard Ave. / Paradise Ln.):

  • May 9-13, Catfish
  • May 23-27, Catfish

Stockings will occur randomly Monday through Saturday during the week indicated. Due to the high temperatures, this will be the last stocking until Fall.

“Home Run” Day at the Ballpark

On Monday, April 4, along with the City Manager Bob Wingenroth, we had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with a few of the Luke Air Force Base Airmen at a Spring Training game for a “home run” day at the Ballpark. Thank you to the Surprise Economic Development Department for inviting us to such a wonderful event.

City Council members, City Manager Bob Wingenroth and Luke Air Force Base Airmen and Surprise Stadium.

April Proclaimed Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month thumbnailOn Tuesday, April 19 Mayor Hall proclaimed the month of April as Fair Housing Month in Surprise. This month we feel grateful for the Fair Housing Act that was passed on April 11, 1968. This law is designed to protect Americans from facing discrimination in selling or buying houses.

New Hours at Northwest Regional Library

The City and the Maricopa County Library District are opening the Northwest Regional Library on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., beginning Sunday, May 15. The Northwest Regional Library is located in the Surprise Recreation Campus located at 16089 N. Bullard Ave. Hours are currently Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit surpriseaz.gov/library and click on Northwest or call 602.652.3000 for more information.

Virtual Speaker Series Event

Arizona History & Culture speaker seriesExperience stories of Arizona history and culture at upcoming speaker events presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities. Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on the following topics:

  • Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontiers (Speaker: Jan Cleere)
    June 8 • 11 a.m. – Noon
    Register here
  • Bisbee: The Alchemical City of Copper Borderlands (Speaker: Virgil Hancock)
    October 11 • 11 a.m. – Noon
    Register here

The events are free, but registration is required. For more information, please contact the Human Service & Community Vitality Department at 623.222.3243.

Connect with District 6

Please check out my District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “like” 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 May 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 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 7 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. Join me for my D6 community meeting on May 18 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 • April 2022

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.

Modern Dentistry Ribbon Cutting

Monday, February 28, we joined Surprise Modern Dentistry for a ribbon cutting! Surprise Modern Dentistry owner/dentist, Dr. Joshua Shaw, hosted the ceremony in honor of the opening of their office located at 13733 N. Prasada Pkwy., Suite 108. Welcome to Surprise, we’re happy to have you!

Surprise Modern Dentistry owner/dentist, Dr. Joshua Shaw, and Mayor Skip Hall cut a red grand opening ribbon.

Read Across America

Read Across AmericaIn celebration of Read Across America Week, on Monday, February 28, I read to two Kindergarten classes at Canyon Ridge Elementary, and Tuesday, March 1, I read to a Kindergarten and first-grade class at Countryside Elementary. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child, in every community to celebrate reading. We all had a great time!

Surprise Retail Survey Now Open

We want to know how we can make our city a one-stop shopping and dining destination. The retail survey will help the City identify retail strengths within the community, as well as pinpoint opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. We also have a youth-only survey to better understand what our younger generation wants to see. The Shop, Eat & Play Youth Survey is for youth, under the age of 18. The Surprise Retail Survey runs through Sunday, April 24, and is available online at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Spring Eggstravaganza

EggStravaganza! Egg HuntParticipate in Spring Eggstravaganza on April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus! The event is free and features fun for the whole family. Residents will enjoy inflatables, face painting, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and a series of egg hunts filled with fun toys and treats. Food and drink are available for purchase, there will be a minimal fee on some activities.

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and hunt times are as follows:

  • 8:20 a.m. – 2 and under*
  • 8:50 a.m. – 3 – 4 year olds*
  • 9:20 a.m. – 5 – 6 year olds**
  • 9:40 a.m. – 7 – 8 year olds**
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9 – 10 year olds**
  • 10:20 a.m. – all ages**

*1 parent allowed on the field
**Age group may be combined or split based on participation numbers. Times are subject to change.

Surprise Community Outreach Program

Community Outreach Grant ProgramSurprise is accepting applications for the Community Outreach Program now through April 29. This City Council-led initiative provides funding assistance to organizations within the City of Surprise for programs, events and activities that enhance the overall lifestyle of the community. https://bit.ly/36uKIzB

KIDZ Jamboree Event

A young boy holding a red soccer ball sits next to a young girl.Join us on Friday, April 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W. Bell Rd. for KIDZ Jamboree! An event for kids aged 0-5 in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. This fun, family event will showcase early childhood programs and services available in the community, like resources, child care/preschools, libraries and more! For more information about KIDZ Jamboree, please call 623.222.1600.

BBQ Event Rescheduled for Fall

RibFest Throw DownThe RibFest Throwdown at Mark Coronado Park is being rescheduled for fall 2022. The new event name, dates and ticket information will be released in the coming months. This is a live music and BBQ festival presented by the City of Surprise in partnership with national event company Forty8 Live!

Fishing at Surprise Lake

Did you know the Game and Fish department keeps our community lake filled with catfish and trout most of the year? This is an excellent time to get outside and go fishing at our local lake. A fishing license is required for anyone age 10 and up. A youth license is only $5 for the entire year and is available up to age 18. Licenses are available at azgfd.gov.

Here is a schedule of when fish will be stocked into Surprise Lake (Bullard Ave. / Paradise Ln.):

  • April 11-15 Catfish
  • April 25-29 Catfish

Stockings will occur randomly Monday through Saturday during the week indicated. Grab a friend or your kids and catch a few!

Annual Action Plan Public Hearing Notice

In anticipation of receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Department of Housing in Urban Development, a public hearing regarding the City’s Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will be held at the regular Veterans, Disability & Human Service Commission meeting on April 13 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. The Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will identify specific projects to be funded that meet the goals and objectives identified in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. Public comments received during the Public Hearing will be considered and included in the Plan. Comments can be emailed to adam.lane@surpriseaz.gov no later than April 8. Questions can also be directed to Adam via email or at 623.222.3238. City Council will take formal action on April 19, 2022.

Summer Youth Employment Program

The City is offering a summer job program for Surprise teens between the ages of 15 -19 who are income-eligible. Through the Summer Youth Employment Program, applicants must be available to work up to 25 hours a week for six weeks between June 6 and July 15. Chosen interns will receive professional development training, from shadowing engineers to working with youth and seniors, and earn $12.80 per hour.

Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/syep or can be picked up at City Hall by visiting the welcome desk and asking for Lord Garcillano. Electronic application submissions will be accepted through Sunday, April 17. In-person submissions will be accepted during normal City Hall business hours through Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m. For questions, please contact Lord Garcillano at lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1647.

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “like” 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 April 19 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 community meeting on April 20 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 • March 2022

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.

Economic Development Update

Surprise Economic DevelopmentBelow are some District 6 Economic Development updates!

Opening Soon:

  • Floor Source – 13621 North Litchfield Rd
  • Spec Suite – 10867 North Solar Canyon Way

In Review/Development:

  • Cactus and Summit Industrial Building – W Cactus & N Summit
  • The Boyer Bakery Expansion – 13681 N Litchfield Rd
  • Sweetwater Commons – SWC N Litchfield Rd & W Sweetwater Ave – 2 showrooms and warehouse buildings
  • 3 Minute Express Carwash Marley Park Square – 17043 W. Waddell Rd (west of Freddy’s)
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center – 13200 N Litchfield Rd
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center – EV Charging Station – 13200 N Litchfield Rd
  • Ancona Surprise Pointe 33 / – Spec industrial buildings, NWC of Sweetwater and Dysart Rd
  • Cactus Commerce Center – NEC Litchfield Road & Cactus – Carvana Reconditioning and Inspection Center
  • Dominion Business Park – 11294 N Litchfield Rd – Office/Warehouse business park
  • Dutch Bros Coffee – SEC Waddell Rd & Litchfield Rd
  • EOS Fitness Marley Park, 13632 N. Litchfield Rd. – Under construction!
  • Etico Construction Group – Solar Canyon Way & Desert Cove Road (Skycom Business Park)
  • Farmer Boys Restaurant – SEC Litchfield and Waddell
  • H20 N Go – 14763 W Cactus Rd
  • KIFF Enterprises/JBugs, 83,068 SF specialty auto operation, Dysart & Sweetwater – now under construction!
  • Level Crossing Phase 2 – 13700 N Dysart Rd
  • Quick Quack Car Wash – 13541 N. Litchfield Rd
  • Skyway Commons Phase II – Building B, C & D – SWC of Dysart & Cactus Rd & NWC Dysart & Rioglass Solar Rd
  • Surprise Crossing Ace Hardware – NWC 137th Ave & Waddell Rd
  • The Wall Company 12,900 SF office and maintenance building, Skyway Commons, 11470 N. Dysart Road
  • U-Haul Moving and Storage of Surprise – SWC Cactus Road and Litchfield Road

Major League Baseball Announces Spring Training Delay

The City of Surprise is disappointed to share that Major League Baseball has officially announced a delay to Spring Training. Tickets bought through an authorized outlet to canceled games will be refunded or exchanged. MLB is working to get the game back on the field as quickly as possible. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a game at Surprise Stadium later this spring.

  • If you purchased tickets to a canceled game for the Kansas City Royals or Texas Rangers through an authorized Surprise Stadium outlet, tickets may be refunded or exchanged.
  • Please go to surprisestadium.com to review the updated schedule for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers or contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 for more information.

Surprise Youth Council

Surprise Youth Council logoThe City is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC)! SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including Mayor and City Council, to give a voice on City issues and help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns, service projects and community-building events. For questions or more information, please contact Parks & Recreation at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/SYC.

APS 230kV Connection Project

The West Valley is benefiting from economic development activity that will bring jobs and revenue to the area. With strong growth in the area and increased electrical load demand, comes a need for new 230 kilovolt (kV) power lines and a substation in the area to serve new customers. If approved, studies will begin late spring/early summer and the project will conclude in 2023. To learn more, please visit the West Valley Central 230kV Connection Project website at apswestvalleycentral.com.

A map of the City of Surprise showing APS project routs.

Project Connect Event

Project Connect a traveling resource fair.The Human Services Campus is partnering with the Salvation Army and the City of Surprise to bring back the Project Connect event on Tuesday, March 22 from 8-3 p.m. at the Salvation Army Northwest Valley, 17420 Avenue of the Arts. Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop event to assist individuals experiencing homelessness connect to a variety of services. Volunteers are needed! To become a volunteer please go to hscforms.com/projectconnect. For more information or to answer any questions on volunteering, please call 602.282.0849 or email volunteer@hsc-az.org.

4th Annual Surprise 5K/1K

Spring Training 5K and 1KGet your Major League juices running and join us at the Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 4 with the 4th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K and 1K Fun Run presented by Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. This 5K & 1K will begin at 7 p.m. and take you on a scenic run through the City before heading back to the ballpark to cross the finish line! All runners will receive a Spring Training Race t-shirt, medal, and a “buy one, get one” lawn seat voucher to lawn seat voucher to a Spring Training game. Register now to take advantage of the discounted rates; 5K: $30 and 1K: $15. Early registration ends on March 3 and then prices increase to 5K: $40 and 1K: $20. Registration is now open at SurpriseStadium.com/events.

Tax Preparation Assistance Program

The City of Surprise has partnered again with A New Leaf to offer free tax preparation services to both individuals and families with qualifying incomes. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households making less than $58,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns for free. Tax preparation assistance will be available until April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124 and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd. For more information, call 623.222.1600.

Free Testing Sites

Free COVID-19 testingIn response to increasing demand for COVID-19 testing, Maricopa County has opened multiple community testing sites across the Valley including a new location at Ak-Chin Pavilion staffed with resources through FEMA. The new daily PCR testing site at Ak-Chin Pavilion is located near the Loop 101 and I-10 freeways and is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. This site takes people with and without appointments and allows people to either drive through or walk up for testing. This site is operated in part with assistance from FEMA, who contracted a team to provide testing support.

Details of all Maricopa County-supported testing events are listed at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Testing in English and at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Pruebas in Spanish. People who need assistance finding a testing location or scheduling an appointment can also call the MCDPH CARES Team at 602.506.6767 for assistance in multiple languages.

Essay Contest Winners

Three talented students were recognized at the Council Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, as the winners of the Dysart Schools / City of Surprise essay contest where they were asked, “Why is ‘My Surprise’ an extraordinary community to be a part of?”

Congratulations to Caleb Leavitt from Freedom Traditional Academy, Kacy Dunn from Canyon Ridge (not pictured), and Valerie Ortega from Valley Vista High School. Thank you to Dysart’s English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Danielle Edgerton for her help coordinating the contest!

Caleb Leavitt and Valerie Ortega join Mayor Hall and council in front of the council dais.

Boards and Commissions Vacancy

The City is accepting applications for the following Commissions:

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration June 30, 2023
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration June 30, 2023

All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise. Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment or by e-mail to: clerk@surpriseaz.gov. The Clerk’s office is available by phone at 623.222.1200.

Spring Eggstravaganza Vendors Wanted

A young girl gets her face painted.The City invites interested outreach organizations, promotional vendors and local businesses to participate in the Spring Eggstravaganza! The event is free and features fun for the whole family. Residents will enjoy inflatables, face painting, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and a series of egg hunts filled with fun toys and treats. The event takes place Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. To reserve your spot, go to surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov where you can create an account for your organization if you haven’t already, then click the Special Events tab where you can register. You can also call 623.222.2000.

Sunday in the Park

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes for Sunday in the Park at Mark Coronado Park! Join us on April 3 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.

Fishing at Surprise Lake

Did you know the Game and Fish department keeps our community lake filled with catfish and trout most of the year? This is an excellent time to get outside and go fishing at our local lake. A fishing license is required for anyone age 10 and up. A youth license is only $5 for the entire year and is available up to age 18. Licenses are available at azgfd.gov.

Here is a schedule of when fish will be stocked into Surprise Lake (Bullard Ave. / Paradise Ln.):

  • March 7-11 Trout
  • April 11-15 Catfish
  • April 25-29 Catfish

Stockings will occur randomly Monday through Saturday during the week indicated. Grab a friend or your kids and catch a few!

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “like” 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 March 15 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 March 5 at 8 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. Join me for my D6 community meeting on March 16 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 • February 2022

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.

A New Leaf

A New Leaf logoThough primarily known as a nonprofit that provides shelter and other services for domestic violence victims, A New Leaf provides a range of programs for Valley homeless, families, foster children and those in need of financial advice. Now, more of these services will be available in person in Surprise. The Arizona Department of Housing awarded $1.14 million to A New Leaf to support the West Valley Housing Support Center in Surprise. Construction is set to begin on the $1.5 million project in April 2022 with opening expected by September. The center will offer temporary housing to women and families as well as housing support services to far-West Valley residents in need of permanent housing, employment and other related services. For information on A New Leaf’s other services, visit turnanewleaf.org/services.

West Valley State of the State Address

Governor Doug Ducey speaks at the West Valley State of the State Address.Governor Ducey gave his eighth and final State of the State Address to local dignitaries, business leaders and community members on Wednesday, January 12. The event took place at the Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, hosted by WESTMARC. He referred to the West Valley as the “heartbeat of Arizona” and deemed the area the “economic driver for the state of Arizona” in the decades to come. It may be his last year, but he promised a busy 2022, focusing on education and the southern border changes.

USTA Tennis Series

A tennis ball on a tennis court.The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments.

  • February 4-6: Adult 65 and Over 6.0 and 9.0 Men and Women
  • February 11-13: Adult 65 and Over 8.0 Men & Women

These events will take place at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex located at 14469 W. Paradise Ln. Fans can take advantage of free admission and enjoy all of the tennis action! For a complete list of events and match schedules, please visit the USTA League tournament page. For information on open court availability and tennis programs, please contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

Tax Preparation Assistance Program

The City of Surprise has partnered again with A New Leaf to offer free tax preparation services to both individuals and families with qualifying incomes. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households making less than $58,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns for free. Tax preparation assistance will be available until April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124 and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd. Please note the Resource Center will be closed on Monday, February 21, for President’s Day. For more information, call 623.222.1600.

Surprise Tentative Budget Kick-Off

The FY2023 budget building process has begun! The Finance Department will give a series of presentations to City Council over the next few months, and the City Manager will release his Recommended Budget in April, which will be followed by public review and then final adoption of a balanced budget in June. Please stay tuned to future Council Meetings for the overall development of the budget and upcoming annual process.

Surprise Spring Training

AZ Cactus League 2022The 20th annual Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 26 with the annual Surprise Sundancer Charity Game at Surprise Stadium, featuring home teams – the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

Season ticket, mini-plan packages and single-game tickets for the 2022 Spring Training Season are on sale now at SurpriseStadium.com. Each ticket option will offer unique perks, savings over the individual game ticket price, choice of the best available seating locations and exclusive access to special season ticket plan holder events and pre-sale opportunities.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on February 6 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. The next Sunday in the Park is April 3.

Fishing at Surprise Lake

Did you know the Game and Fish department keeps our community lake filled with catfish and trout most of the year? This is an excellent time to get outside and go fishing at our local lake. A fishing license is required for anyone age 10 and up. A youth license is only $5 for the entire year and is available up to age 18. Licenses are available at azgfd.gov.

Here is a schedule of when fish will be stocked into Surprise Lake (Bullard Ave. / Paradise Ln.):

  • February 7-11, Trout
  • February 21-25, Trout
  • March 7-11, Trout
  • April 11-15, Catfish
  • April 25-29, Catfish

Stockings will occur randomly Monday through Saturday during the week indicated. Grab a friend or your kids and catch a few!

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “like” 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 February 1 and 15 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 D6 community meeting on February 22 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 • January 2022

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.

Fire Station 308 Opening Celebration

Councilmember Judd speaks at the Fire Station 308 ribbon cutting.City of Surprise held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in celebration of two Surprise fire stations built in 2021 – Fire Station 304 in our northern area and 308 in southeast Surprise. The ceremony held on December 14, included remarks from myself, Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Roland Winters, Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott and representatives from contractors Willmeng Construction and Perlman Architects. Following the remarks, was an official ribbon cutting and tour of Fire Station 308. Both fire stations were constructed thanks to voter approval of the 2017 General Obligation Bond, which funded 10 projects in the areas of public safety, traffic congestion mitigation and pavement preservation.

Fine Art & Wine Festival

The 10th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival returns January 7 – 9, 2022. The event will take place 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Admission is $3 and is cash only.

This world-class, fine art event in Surprise, features the works of artist Kenneth Ferguson, along with other juried fine artists. Live music and a variety of food trucks will add to the atmosphere of the art arena.

For more information about the Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, please contact Thunderbird Artists at 480.837.5637 or visit thunderbirdartists.com.

Village at Prasada Groundbreaking Event

On Friday, December 3, we joined SimonCRE for a Ground Breaking ceremony! Josh Simon, President of SimonCRE, held the ceremony in honor of the beginning of the Village at Prasada near Loop 303 & Waddell Rd. The Village at Prasada is the first major power center on the West Coast in over a decade! Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Surprise City Council joins SimonCRE for the Village at Prasada groundbreaking.
Surprise City Council, SimonCRE and Jeanine Jerkovic on the Village at Prasada lot.

Party in Surprise

A Christmas Tree in front of Surprise Stadium.Mayor and Council attended the tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Annual Surprise Party in front of the Surprise Stadium on Friday, December 3. I want to send a big thank you to the community for coming out to enjoy another successful holiday celebration, and to our Surprise Parks and Recreation team for all they do to make this a Winter Wonderland in the desert.

Christmas Tree Disposal

Do you need to dispose of your Christmas tree? Surprise is offering four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience. The lots are open now through January 18, 2022 at the following locations:

  • Bi-Centennial Park
    16705 N. Nash St. (south end of the parking lot)
  • Surprise Recreation Campus / Youth Baseball Complex
    15795 N. Parkview Pl. (across from Valley Vista High School)
  • Dick McComb Softball Park
    17894 Westpark Blvd. (parking lot on corner of 180th Ave & Westpark Blvd.)
  • Asante Community Park
    16763 W. Vereda Solana Dr. (parking lot at the north end of the park)

Be sure to remove all decorations before dropping off trees, and place them in the specified designated areas only. There is a limit of two trees per household. For more information, please call 623.222.1900.

Surprise Spring Training Packages

AZ Cactus League 2022Season ticket and mini-plan packages for the 2022 Spring Training Season are on sale at SurpriseStadium.com. Each ticket option will offer unique perks, savings over the individual game ticket price, choice of the best available seating locations and exclusive access to special season ticket plan holder events and pre-sale opportunities.

MLK Celebration Events

Martin Luther King Jr.The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

  • Wednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
  • Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on January 23 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 February 13 and April 3.

Fishing at Surprise Lake

Did you know the Game and Fish department keeps our community lake filled with catfish and trout most of the year? This is an excellent time to get outside and go fishing at our local lake. A fishing license is required for anyone age 10 and up. A youth license is only $5 for the entire year and is available up to age 18. Licenses are available at azgfd.gov.

Here is a schedule of when fish will be stocked into Surprise Lake (Bullard Ave. / Paradise Ln.):

  • January 10-14, Trout
  • January 24-28, Trout

Stockings will occur randomly Monday through Saturday during the week indicated. Grab a friend or your kids and catch a few!

Senior Center Holiday Luncheon

The Surprise Senior Center hosted their Annual Holiday Party to celebrate the holidays at The Colonnade on Friday, December 17. I, along with Mayor Skip Hall and Councilmembers Winters, Cline and Remley, were also in attendance. This annual event included a delicious lunch and raffles for all to enjoy. Thank you to the Surprise Senior Center for hosting such an incredible event for all of its members!

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “like” 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 January 4 and 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 D6 community meeting on January 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 d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • December 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.

SciTech Festival

What a fun event! This year’s SciTech Festival did not disappoint. Thank you to everyone who came out to learn and play! The City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department, along with local organizations and businesses always do such an awesome job!

Councilmember Judd at the White Tank Mountain Conservancy Sci Tech table.

EPCOR Franchise Extension

The results of the November 2 election are in, and Surprise voters have approved an EPCOR franchise extension. This approval extends a previous 25-year agreement with EPCOR Water for an additional 25 years, allowing the company to construct, maintain and operate a potable water delivery system and a wastewater collection, treatment and disposal system throughout the city public rights-of-way. Under this agreement, EPCOR will pay a 2% franchise fee to the City. That money will go into the city’s General Fund, which pays for public safety, parks, street maintenance and more.

Veterans Day Parade

We honored our service members at our 7th Annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade on Thursday, November 11. If you didn’t attend, you can watch it here: surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/index.php/watch

Thank you to our incredible community for coming out to participate and support. A big thank you to Surprise Parks and Recreation for a successful pancake breakfast and parade.

Councilmember Judd rides in a jeep in the Veterans Day Parade.

Trash Collection

Don't get left at the curb, trash collection schedule changes coming January 2022Surprise trash collection zones will change beginning Monday, January 3 to balance the number of homes serviced on each collection day as the city continues to grow. This means some residents will see a change to their trash collection day. Not all residents will see changes to their trash collection schedule. These changes apply to City of Surprise sanitation customers only, and some neighborhoods will retain their current collection day.

These changes apply to City of Surprise sanitation customers only. Get the details: https://bit.ly/3kk155F

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on January 23 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 February 13 and April 3.

Day of Service

Surprise is looking for volunteers for its Day of Service on Saturday, December 11. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, and trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more.

How to get involved: Individuals and groups can register with Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1522. Get more info here: bit.ly/3qpmVZk

MLK Celebration Events

The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

Martin Luther King Jr. event thumbnailWednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

Fishing at Surprise Lake

Did you know the Game and Fish department keeps our community lake filled with catfish and trout most of the year? This is an excellent time to get outside and go fishing at our local lake. A fishing license is required for anyone age 10 and up. A youth license is only $5 for the entire year and is available up to age 18. Licenses are available at azgfd.gov.

Here is a schedule of when fish will be stocked into Surprise Lake (Bullard Ave. / Paradise Ln.):

  • December 1-3 Catfish & Trout
  • December 13-17 Trout
  • December 27-31 Trout
  • January 10-14 Trout
  • January 24-28 Trout

Stockings will occur randomly Monday through Saturday during the week indicated. Grab a friend or your kids and catch a few!

Surprise Senior Center Lunch

On Tuesday, November 16, Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Aly Cline and I attended a BBQ lunch event at the Surprise Senior Center. This was the Center’s first large gathering since the pandemic began. It was amazing welcoming back so many members to this annual event! To learn more about programs and services offered at the Senior Center, please call 623.222.1500.

EricsHouse Support Groups

EricsHouse logoEricsHouse helps people integrate loss of a loved one using a variety of healing resources that reduce grief symptoms, promote growth and personal well-being, and provide a community of like-minded people who understand this unique grief journey. ericshouse.org

  • Grieving Mothers Support Group
    Open to mothers who have lost a child to suicide, substance abuse, homicide, illness or any sudden loss. This group runs weekly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 & 1/5/22. Contact marianne@ericshouse.org to determine if this group is right for you. Pre-registration is required
  • Support Group for Grieving Men
    This closed group begins November 16 and will run weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Participation is limited to nine members. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4/22 & 1/11. Please contact greg@ericshouse.org or 480.734.3423 to determine if this group is right for you.

Courage Walk 308

“COURAGE is not living without fear, but being able to walk through it while doing the right thing anyway.” This statement is part of a new art installation at the recently completed Surprise Fire Station 308 and pays tribute to the character of our Surprise Fire-Medical Department team and all they do to keep our community safe. Stop by and check out “Courage Walk 308” at 13771 W. Cactus Rd.

The new artwork, titled Courage Walk 308, at Fire Station 308.
Artist: Kai Ekbundit

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “like” 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 December 7 and 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

Join me for my D6 community meeting on December 28 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 d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • November 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.

The Learning Experience Ribbon Cutting

On September 29, myself along with Mayor Hall and Councilmembers Ken Remley and Aly Cline, joined The Learning Experience for a Ribbon Cutting! Located at 15351 W. Cactus Rd., the Learning Experience held the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening. Welcome to Surprise!

Councilmembers Remley, Cline and Judd test out The Learning Experience tricycles while Mayor Hall holds up a kid sized stop sign.

Block Party Trailer

City of Surprise Block Party logoThe City of Surprise is committed to building quality neighborhoods, and what better way to get to know your neighbors than by throwing a party! The Neighborhood Services Division offers free rentals of its Block Party Trailer. The trailer comes equipped with everything you will need to get your Block Party started, including:

  • Tables and Chairs
  • PA system and music
  • Generator
  • Canopy tents
  • Coolers
  • Sports equipment
  • Games
  • City information

City staff will deliver the trailer and be present during the event. You can also receive a Block Party Information Packet, which includes flyers and posters to help spread the word about your party. We’ll even help cover costs for refreshments and a bouncy house (the inflatable domes that children love to jump around in) or similar family-friendly entertainment! Submit receipts for up to $150 to help pay for local merchants’ select party amenities, including family entertainment. To book the block party trailer, go to surpriseaz.gov/blockparty.

The Surprise block party trailer and a bounce house.

Surprise Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Ave. between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on November 7 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, January 23, February 13 and April 3.

Care & Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources and medical checks. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Friends of the Surprise Libraries

Friday, October 8, Mayor Hall and Council Members Cline, Judd, and Hastings joined the Friends of the Surprise Libraries for a ribbon cutting! Joanne Heim, Board Member of Friends of the Surprise Libraries, hosted the ribbon cutting in honor of their newly renovated area at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave., Congratulations on your next chapter!

Councilmember Judd, Hastings, Cline, and Mayor Hall join Friends of Surprise Libraries for a ribbon cutting.

2021 Fiesta Grande

On Saturday, October 9, Mayor Hall and myself, along with Council Members Hastings, Judd, and Winters attended the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande held at the Original Town Site. The Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity presented Mayor and Council with a proclamation in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. Thank you to everyone who attended this wonderful event!

The Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity presents Mayor and Council with a proclamation in honor of Hispanic Heritage month.

Best of the West

On Thursday, October 21, myself along with Mayor and Council attended the Best of the West Awards dinner which was held at State Farm Stadium. This event, hosted by WESTMARC, recognizes exceptional contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy here in the West Valley. This Awards Dinner is the signature event of the West Valley with a rich history of celebrating outstanding accomplishments and impacts to quality of life, economic development, innovation and leadership.

2021 SciTech Festival

Surprise SciTech Festival 2021Have fun with science and technology at the Surprise SciTech Festival on November 6, presented by the City of Surprise! This FREE, fun-filled educational event features interactive science, technology, engineering, art and math exhibits and demonstrations. It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. For more information on the event, please visit surpriseaz.gov/scitech.

Dependent Scholarship Winners

The City would like to recognize Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko as the recipients of the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards! The first place award of $3,000 will go to Alexis, the daughter of Randy Rody (Police Department). The second place award of $1,500 will go to Alina, the daughter of Leonid Bozhko (Information Technology). Congratulations to both winners!

The City recognizes Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko as the recipients of the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards.

G.A.I.N Night

On Saturday, October 23, I attended this family-friendly event, which brought the community together! It was a great turnout with trick or treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, and public safety displays. Thank you Surprise Police Department and Parks and Recreation for hosting such a wonderful event!

Just Be Youtiful Women’s Boutique

Monday, October 25, Mayor Hall, Council Member Aly Cline and I joined Just Be Youtiful Boutique for a ribbon cutting! Owner Kym Stutzman hosted the ceremony in honor of Just Be Youtiful Boutique’s grand opening, located at 15332 W. Bell Rd. Suite #135! Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Dysart School Parks Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, October 29, the Dysart School District hosted a ribbon cutting event, in coordination with the City, to announce the opening of their elementary school fields and playgrounds in Surprise to the public, after school hours and on weekends. It was great to be there to celebrate with Mayor Hall and other members of council.

New Development in Surprise

Our Economic Development Department wrapped up the fiscal year in July with nearly a million square feet of new development, $165 Million in new capital investment, 875 new jobs, and 33 businesses in the midst of the pandemic, including Amazon, Fry’s at Asante, Bath & Body Works, Bad AZ Axes, Black Rock Coffee, and Handel’s Ice Cream.

This fall, several new businesses opened: Muay Thai Jui Jitsu, The Learning Experience Academy of Early Education, Valvoline Instant Oil Change, The Partners Barbershop, Spirit Halloween Store, Sleep Number Mattress Store, a New Friends of the Library location, and Mobile Home Depot – and most recently, “Just Be Youtiful” boutique offering unique local clothing, jewelry & handbags!

Fishing at Surprise Lake

Did you know the Game and Fish department keeps our community lake filled with catfish and trout most of the year? This is an excellent time of year to get outside and go fishing at our local lake. A fishing license is required for anyone age 10 and up. A youth license is only $5 for the entire year and is available up to 18. Licenses are available at azgfd.gov.

Here is a schedule of when fish will be stocked into Surprise Lake (Bullard / W. Paradise Lane):

  • November 1-5           Catfish
  • November 15-19     Catfish & Trout
  • November 29-30     Catfish & Trout
  • December 1-3           Catfish & Trout
  • December 13-17     Trout
  • December 27-31     Trout
  • January 10-14           Trout
  • January 24-28           Trout

Stockings will occur randomly Monday through Saturday during the week indicated. Grab a friend or your kids and catch a few!

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “like” 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 November 2 and 16 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 November 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. Join me for my D6 community meeting on November 23 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 d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • October 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.

Fire Station 308 Complete

Construction is complete on Fire Station 308, located on the south side of Cactus Road, east of Litchfield Road, and the station is operational today. Fire Station 308 is approximately 16,000 square feet with four bays for fire apparatus. It houses an Engine Company and Hazardous Materials Response Team – an essential component due to the station’s proximity to the city’s industrial district. The station is designed to provide training specific to responses to hazardous materials emergencies and has room for a future ambulance.

The Partners BarberShop

Mayor Hall and I joined The Partners BarberShop for a ribbon cutting! It’s located at 14557 W. Grand Ave., Suite #105. Co-owners Hawel Ramirez and Fernando Florentino hosted the ceremony in honor of The Partners Barbershop joining the community. Welcome to Surprise; we are happy to have you!

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Judd at The Partners Barbershop ribbon cutting.

Ottawa’s 1st Home Football Game

Ottawa University hosted its first home football game on Saturday, September 4. Ottawa wanted to spotlight its partnership with the City of Surprise during halftime by recognizing Mayor and Council, who support the partnership.

Surprise City Council receives recognition from Ottawa University.

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.

G.A.I.N Night

Surprise Police Department badgeSurprise Public Safety officials invite you to attend the upcoming G.A.I.N. Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods). This free, interactive community event is Saturday, October 23, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park – 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be trick-or-treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, a Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, public safety displays by Surprise Police and Fire-Medical, and so much more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Surprise Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Ave. between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on October 17 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 November 7, January 23, February 13 and April 3.

Surprise Day of Service Event

Show your community pride by participating in a day of community service on October 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St., before venturing out to various cleanup and beautification projects across the city. Projects will run until approximately noon. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

Care & Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources and medical checks. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs

2050 MAG Regional Transportation Plan

Do you want a choice of safe and reliable options to get around the Valley of the Sun? From September 13 – October 13, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is asking for your input and review of the MOMENTUM 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program, and 2021 MAG Conformity Analysis. More details here: azmag.gov/Newsroom/Public-Notices

Surprise AZ Fall League

Arizona Fall League logoThe month of October truly is for baseball, and with the start of the Arizona Fall League, the City of Surprise sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars. The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season Tuesday, October 14 at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, and Washington Nationals. Click here for schedule and pricing bit.ly/2XOn0dj

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “like” 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 October 5 and 19 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 October 9 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. Join me for my D6 community meeting on October 26 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 d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.

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.