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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.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • June 2019

As we enter the summer months, swimming tends to be the most popular leisurely activity as it offers exercise, social time and a great way to cool off. Pools, rivers and lakes are excellent escapes from the summer sun. During these months, water safety is something every resident needs to be focused on. Unfortunately, each year, too many Americans have to deal with the tragedy that comes when water safety is not properly followed. By ensuring children are wearing life jackets and being monitored are easy steps to avoid a devastating situation. Never leave your pool gate unlocked and always ensure adult supervision while children are present.

The City of Surprise offers a variety of swimming lessons for all age groups. You may register online at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/499/Swim-Lessons. Lessons run from May until August.

What’s happening

Utility Assistance Application Event on Thursday, June 6 and 13: If you or anyone you know is in need of utility assistance please be sure to check out the link below for the utility assistance application event. This is a great service that has helped many! View Event Details.

Wilson Premier Championship West, June 6-10: Top baseball prospects from across the United States will showcase their talents in this four-day tournament! These are some of the biggest high school stars featuring over 85 teams. For more information please visit www.wilsonpremierbaseball.com.

Dive-in Movie on Saturday, June 15: Come to the Surprise Aquatic Center where you can swim and watch Aquaman! Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at 8:00 p.m. This movie is rated PG-13 and children under 12 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian. Concessions are available for purchase. Tickets are $5 for Residents and $8 for Non-Residents. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/17/Community-Recreation-Services.

Poetry Slam on Friday, June 21: Come out to the WHAM, 16560 N Dysart Road, for an open mic night of poetry, free verse and storytelling. This is a free public event and no registration is required to participate. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/arts.

Veterans Reflection Circle Groundbreaking on Monday, June 24: The City of Surprise is hosting the groundbreaking of an outdoor memorial in honor of the late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini. This memorial will be next to the NW Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave, and it will offer a place for all to gather to remember those who fought for our country. An indoor ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. with an outdoor groundbreaking immediately following.

Updates

The Waddell Road widening project is beginning to take shape. Utility relocations have begun and we can expect intermittent restrictions and closures over the next few months. This project was approved in the 2017 GO Bond and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2020.

Be sure to check out my Facebook page for updates and events and, as always, I’m excited to hear from you if you have any questions, concerns or ideas.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • May 2019

Summer is coming!

As the Valley heats up, my family enjoys getting away to the mountains of Arizona for some cool weather camping. Camping is a great way to spend time with your family and friends exploring outside. One of my favorite camps is around Big Lake in the Arizona White Mountains. I have some favorites around the Flagstaff area and around the Heber-Overgaard area too. Primitive dispersed camping is allowed in most parts of our National Forests and if you want to stay in a campground, many forest service campgrounds will allow you to make reservations at www.recreation.gov. Follow the links below for information about our nearby national forests.

Arizona’s National Forests:

White Mountains area (east AZ): Apache-Sitgreaves https://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

Prescott area: Prescott National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

Flagstaff area: Coconino https://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino

Desert area NE of Phoenix: Tonto https://www.fs.usda.gov/tonto

Grand Canyon area: Kaibab https://www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab

Southern AZ area: Coronado https://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado

If you are looking for ideas on camping places or gear, please feel free to hit me up, I always love talking about Arizona’s outdoors.

Please always leave your campsite nicer than when you arrived. Fire restrictions will begin soon and most are usually lifted by early July, depending on the timing of the monsoons. Fire restrictions vary by forest and can be found at the links above. Please never leave your fire unattended and make sure the fire is dead out when you pack up!

Community Recreation Updates and Events

The AIA Baseball State Tournament Championship at the Surprise Stadium is being hosted on Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 11. The city will host 32 teams from across the valley as they compete for the Division III State Title. For brackets and listings please visit www.aiaonline.org.

Movie Night at Mark Coronado Park will be held on Saturday, May 11. The gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the showing of Small Foot will start at 7:00 p.m. No outside food or coolers, except a bottle of water, are permitted as it will be available for purchase on site. Don’t forget your blanket or lawn chair!

Memorial Day Ceremony at the Northwest Regional Library will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. Our City will be hosting the ceremony to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. I encourage everyone to be a part of this humbling event.

The City of Surprise pools will officially open for summer on Saturday, May 25. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to cool down as well as watch for special “water” events, such as: Family Pool-ooza on May 18, Itty Bitty Beach Party on May 23 and Dive in Movie on July 15. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/498/Special-Pool-Events for more information.

Summer Camp is coming to Countryside and Sierra Montana Recreation Centers. Daily activities will include indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, swimming, field trips and many other activities. Space is limited, so be sure to visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2671/Break-Camps to register online!

2017 General Obligation (G.O.) Bond project updates

Waddell Road construction from 303 to Sarival is projected to begin this summer and the section to Reems is scheduled to be completed by summer 2020.

Litchfield Road construction from Waddell to Peoria will start in the fall with a scheduled finish of spring 2020. The majority of the work will be between Sweetwater and Desert Cove Road.

Fire Station 308, located at Litchfield and Cactus roads, currently has a design team on board and the project is scheduled to be complete in spring 2022. This project is intentionally being planned to be the last G.O. Bond project completed because of the significant additional operation costs.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • April 2019

The City of Surprise wrapped up March by hosting the State of the City and City Hall 10-year Anniversary Celebration. The courtyard was a gathering place for residents to enjoy entertainment, play games and listen to music. City departments were on display with tables that hosted information as well as city updates. The Council Chamber was full to capacity with residents and elected officials eager to watch the video production on the growth and future of Surprise. If you happened to miss the event, please watch it in its entirety at www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.

Important Dates to Remember

April 15 at 7 p.m. – Marley Park residents are encouraged to attend a community outreach meeting regarding the creation of a master plan for City Center. If you live outside of Marley Park and would like to attend or hold a similar event, please email me at chris.judd@surprisaz.gov.

April 26 at 1 p.m. – The city will host a renaming ceremony for the bridge at Bell Road and Grand Avenue to Veterans’ Bridge. Please watch for updates and more information on my social media page.

April 30 at 5 p.m. – Surprise Community Outreach Program grant applications are due. The Community Outreach Program is designed to provide funding assistance to organizations within the City of Surprise for programs, events, and activities that enhance the overall lifestyle of the community. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/communityoutreachprogram for the application, complete program details and eligibility requirements.

Community Events

Taste of Surprise, April 6 – Mark your calendars, and bring your appetite! The Taste of Surprise is a charity fundraising event, which is funded in part by a grant from our Community Outreach Program. The event will host some of the West Valley’s best restaurants. For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit www.tasteofsurprise.com.

Public Art Bus Tour, April 13 – This is a free bus trip to Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg. The bus will depart from City Hall at 11:00 a.m. with a return time of 3:00 p.m. Museum entry is $9.00. Please call 623-214-7537 for more information and to reserve your spot. www.surpriseaz.gov/arts

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival, April 14 – From 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, come let your taste buds explore an array of food trucks. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy live music. Admission is always free! www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

Open Mic Night, April 19 – WHAM, located at 16560 N Dysart Road, is hosting an open mic night for poetry, free verse and storytelling from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate as performers and/or listeners. This is a free event. If you would like more information, please call 623-334-5271. www.surpriseaz.gov/arts

Spring Egg-stravaganza, April 20 – This free, family event is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Kansas City Royals Practice Field, 15850 N Bullard Avenue. Toddlers to 10 year olds are invited to join the search for more than 50,000 candy and toy filled eggs. This event will feature face painters, balloon artists, inflatables and, of course, Mr. & Mrs. Bunny! www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

Movie Night, May 11 – Go ahead and mark your calendars for movie night with a show time of 7:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. Bring your blanket and popcorn, and enjoy watching Small Foot on the big screen. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

News and Updates

General Obligation Bond Projects

  • Waddell Road – This traffic congestion mitigation project will build 1-1/2 miles of roadway between Loop 303 and Reems Road – replacing a two lane (one in each direction) farm road that averages over 16,000 vehicles per day, with a full depth engineered six lanes (three in each direction) arterial roadway including storm water, pedestrian, and bicycle infrastructure and a signalized intersection replacing a four-way stop sign controlled intersection. Expected completion is spring 2020.
  • Greenway Road – This traffic congestion mitigation project will build ½ mile on both sides of the Loop 303 interchange for a total of one mile between Cotton Road and Sarival Avenue, eliminating forced merges due to scalloped road condition and adding a fully signalized intersection. This project includes necessary storm water, pedestrian, and bicycle infrastructure. Expected completion is early 2021.
  • Fire Station 308 – This project will add a new Fire Station for our Fire-Medical Department at Litchfield and Cactus, becoming the first fire station in City Council District 6. It is expected to be operational in spring 2022.

Get the latest updates and information on all of our bind projects at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Adult Sports

Registration is now OPEN for Adult Sports! This includes, but is not limited to, Baseball, Softball, Kickball, Flag Football and Soccer. Visit www.surpriseaz.gov/250/Adult-Sports for registration details and more information.


Groundbreaking and Newly Opened

  • Abrazo Micro-Hospital, located at Surprise Farms Gateway, will be breaking ground on April 2.
  • SeaCa Plastic Packaging is currently under construction in our city’s industrial district.
  • Trimaco is now open in our industrial district.
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes opened on March 7.
  • SpotRX, located in Ottawa University, had their ribbon cutting on March 27.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas please feel free to contact me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • March 2019

As we enter March and the warm weather begins to arrive, there is no better time to get outside and enjoy the benefits of Surprise.

Spring Training

Spring Training is officially underway so get your tickets and spend an afternoon at the ballfield. Tickets may be purchased online or at the box office with prices ranging from $8 to $45. The full schedule may be found online at www.surprisestadium.com.

Fire Station Open House

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding an open house at City Fire Station 303, located at 15440 N Cotton Lane, on March 2 from 9 – 12pm. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! For more information, call 623.222.5000

Residential Waste Cleanup Event

Spring cleaning will begin with our residential waste cleanup event. Drop off up to 2000 pounds of residential waste March 9 from 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W Deer Valley Road. Please note there is one load per household. You will need to show your driver’s license and a utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.

Level 4 Youth Event

Calling all teens! On March 9 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., the City will host the Level 4 Youth Event. There will be dancing, food, art and a view from the 4th level of the parking garage. Free event with high school ID. Please call 623.222.1033 for more information.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

Sunday in the Park is hosting live music by Lane Change. Come enjoy some great food and music on March 10 from 5 – 8 pm at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N Bullard Avenue. For more information please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov for more detailed information on any of the events, as well as other community activities. As always, please feel free to email chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns.

What you need to know:

City Council approved the Utility Rate Study effectively adjusting the five-year rate schedule for city-serviced solid waste customers at the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019. Single-family solid waste customers will pay a monthly base rate of $20.70 starting July 1, 2019 and with another scheduled increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The rate schedule will then increase the rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. Residential water and wastewater utility rates will remain unchanged in FY 2020-2024. This is the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. There were no increases for more than 8 years between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2018. The Utility Rate Study was initiated in November 2018 to review utility base rates and create a five-year structured schedule based on the revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs. Information regarding the Utility Rate Study can be found online at surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter – February 2019

My name is Chris Judd and I am honored to have been elected as your City Councilman for District 6. I am a native to Arizona and a graduate of Arizona State University. I have been a part of the Surprise business community since the mid 90’s. My family and I have lived here for over a decade and we have experienced the growth and changes that Surprise has undergone in that time. I look forward to working with the City of Surprise and my neighbors to ensure our beautiful community is impacted in positive ways. If you see something that doesn’t seem right, or if you have an idea or concern, please let me know. I am available to discuss any questions or concerns you have so please feel free to email me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

City News

City Offices will CLOSE in honor of Presidents’ Day on Monday, February, 18th. City trash and recycling customers are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day the week of February 18 – 22.

New Openings

Destiny Springs, a new behavioral healthcare facility in Surprise, will have an open house on February 16th from 12 – 4 p.m. They are located at 17300 N Dysart Road.

City Events

Spring Break Camp Registration

Games, crafts and field trips will keep your child busy during the school break in a fun, supervised environment. Registration opens February 13 for a camp that runs March 18 – 21. Register at the Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave. Please call 623-222-2000 for more information or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation

DATE NIGHT: Parent’s Night Out

This event is being held February 15 at Sierra Montana Recreation Center. Kids must be potty-trained. You must pre-register for this class. www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation

NEW Photography Classes

We are excited to have two new photography classes! Stop Motion Photography is for youth ages 10 – 12. Intro to Photography is for adults 18 & up who are interested in learning how to use a camera and basic editing tools. Both classes start mid-February! www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

This month, we are featuring live music by Lane Change. Come enjoy some great food and music. March 10th from 5 – 8 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N Bullard Ave. www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

USTA Pro-Circuit Tournament

February 11 – 17 at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex. Thirty-two athletes will compete for a total of $25,000 in prize money. www.surpriseaz.gov/tennis

Babe Ruth Baseball

Babe Ruth Baseball registration for 13 – 15 year olds is February 11 – March 22. Teams play games at the Surprise Recreation Campus on the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers auxiliary fields.

Spring Training Begins

First Royals Home game is Feb 23rd at 1:05 p.m. First Rangers Home game is Feb 24th at 2:05 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.surprisestadium.com or call 623-222-2222

Fire Station Open House

Open House is Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 303, located at 15440 N Cotton Lane. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks.

Residential Waste Cleanup Event

Drop off up to 2000 pounds of residential waste March 9th from 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Landfill. One load per household. Please bring a driver’s license and a utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.

Level 4 Youth Event

On March 9th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., there will be dancing, food, art and a view from the 4th level of the parking garage. Free event with school ID. Please call 623-222-1033 for more information.

Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov for more detailed information on any of the events, as well as other community activities.