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District 6 Newsletter – July 20, 2018

Updated: Bullard Ave Improvement Project work continues in the medians, Greenway to Cholla

Bullard Ave Improvements

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in partnership with the city of Surprise, is currently constructing the Bullard Avenue Improvement Project, a multi-modal roadway (Greenway-Peoria) featuring two vehicle lanes in each direction, protected bike lanes, new traffic signals (Acoma and Sweetwater intersections) and raised landscaped medians.

Here is the project update for the week of July 23, 2018:

Construction will continue in the medians between Greenway Road and Cholla Street, and extend outward to the bicycle lanes and sidewalks.

  • Due to construction in the medians, travel lanes adjacent to the medians will be closed. North and southbound motor vehicle traffic will be moved to the former electric vehicle and bicycle lanes. Please be mindful of cyclists on the roadways; don’t compete, share the street! Drive Wise, Surprise!
  • North and southbound left turn lanes at the Waddell and Cactus roads intersections will be closed intermittently.
  • Irrigation will be established in the medians for future landscaping.

Construction crews will be onsite Mondays – Fridays, 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday hours may be added to keep the project on schedule.

Motorists should anticipate reduced speed limits and shifting travel lanes for the duration of the project.

The project is scheduled to be complete in early 2019, weather permitting.

Per the ADOT contract, the contractor must have a majority of the project complete in early November 2018 (approximately 120 days from construction start, weather permitting). They will have an additional 45 days (early 2019) to finalize any landscape maintenance issues and/or other punch-list items that may occur. There should be minimal traffic disruptions in the area after early November 2018.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

New Adaptive Signal Control Technology activated along Bell Rd, Cotton Ln to 114th Ave

Adaptive Signal Control Technology

The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), in partnership with the City of Surprise, and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), has activated new Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT) along Bell Road between Cotton Lane and Avenue of the Arts/114th Avenue. The area is one of four implementation areas in the Bell Road Adaptive Signal Project and includes 17 intersections near the Bell Road and Loop 303 interchange.

In addition to the MCDOT project, the City of Surprise also installed adaptive signal control technology at additional city-operated intersections in the project area at 134th Avenue, Grand Avenue and 165th Avenue to improve efficiency along the entire corridor.

Adaptive Signal Control Technology map

While the ASCT system is now operational, it is still considered to be in a test mode as the system is fine-tuned and adjusted in the coming weeks. Therefore, drivers in the area may not notice any immediate or significant changes to signal timing.

Adaptive Signal Control Technology automatically adjusts the timing of the green lights at intersections to accommodate for changing traffic patterns. The technology does this by receiving and processing real-time traffic data from strategically placed sensors which allow the system to determine the length of time lights should be green in order to improve traffic flow and reduce the amount of delay drivers experience on the roadway. The system is also optimizing the signal sequences as it is utilizing the most efficient signal sequence for the current traffic conditions.

More information about the project and how adaptive signals work is available at www.mcdot.maricopa.gov.

See press release…

City offering up to $125 rebate for installing smart irrigation controllers

Water Resource Management

Surprise water customers who install a WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller may be eligible to receive a rebate of up to $125 from the city!

The water conservation office is now accepting applications from single-family residential, homeowner association, and commercial water customers who install a WaterSense-labeled irrigation controller or convert an existing irrigation controller to a WaterSense-labeled controller.

Smart controllers act like a thermostat for your irrigation system, telling it when to turn on and off based on input from weather sensors and/or site conditions. Because they respond to daily weather changes, they are more accurate than are traditional pre-programmed controllers.

Find an eligible smart controller on the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense site.

Single-family customers are eligible for one rebate; homeowner associations and businesses serviced by Surprise water may apply for a maximum of 10 rebates. The city will process rebates until April 30, 2019 or fund depletion, whichever comes first.

To learn more about the program, including eligibility information, visit surpriseaz.gov/H2Orebate.

Surprise to update development & design standards; public meeting July 24

DevelopNEXT!

The city of Surprise’s development and design standards are getting a comprehensive update for the first time since 2009, and we want you to join as we DevelopNEXT!

DevelopNEXT is an effort to simplify and modernize the city’s Land Development Ordinances and Planning and Engineering Design Standards. Through this update, we will be able to:

  • Align our ordinances and design standards with the values described in our city’s General Plan 2035
  • Implement new state statutes and federal guidelines
  • Improve the city’s standards for site, open space, architectural design
  • Consolidate the city’s design standards guides into one document
  • Simplify and clarify the structure/organization of the documents and the rules within them, making them easier to read, administer and enforce

Community feedback will be an important part of the update process. Join us for the first DevelopNEXT community meeting:

  • Tuesday, July 24, 6 p.m.
  • Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers
  • 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise

In addition to gathering community comments to help shape these standards, we will be seeking feedback from developers, the Surprise Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council. Adoption of the final, updated documents is anticipated for Spring 2019.

For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/DevelopNEXT or contact Joshua Mike at joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov.

Become a Volunteer on Surprise Fire-Medical’s Community Emergency Response Team

Volunteer on Surprise Fire-Medical’s Community Emergency Response Team

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is offering free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for residents interested in volunteering in an emergency or disaster situation.

CERT is a FEMA program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Thanks to grant funding from the Arizona Department of Homeland Security, the Surprise Fire-Medical Department is hosting two free CERT certification sessions this summer.

  • Session One:
    August 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25
  • Session Two:
    September 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22

Tuesday and Thursday classes are 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday classes are 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A full 20-hour session must be completed for certification; makeup classes will not be offered.

All classes will be held in the Surprise Fire-Medical Administration Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Suite 101, Surprise, AZ 85374.

For more information, or to register for the CERT training, please contact the Surprise Fire-Medical Department at 623.222.5000. Please note that seating is limited.

See press release…

Touring outdoor photography exhibit “Neighbors” comes to Surprise, showcases residents

 

Outdoor Art Exhibit

Larger-than-life photographs of Surprise residents and others from across the country will be featured in an outdoor art exhibit in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS), August 1 – October 31.

The exhibit, titled “Neighbors”, is the work of artist John Raymond Mireles. Over the past several years, Mireles has traveled to heritage areas in every state to photograph the people who live there. He is working to create an inclusive, expansive visual document of America through its people – one that captures a diverse range of individuals. The artist’s hope is that the exhibit will encourage viewers to relate to and empathize with their fellow “neighbors” across the country – helping each other feel welcome, safe and recognized.

If you go:
Neighbors Exhibit
August 1 – October 31
Near the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock St.

Don’t miss these bonus opportunities!

Indoor Exhibit: The artist will showcase smaller versions of select photos at WHAM West Gallery August 1 – 31; open Tues. thru Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist Lecture: Hear about the artist’s travels and his inspiration for the project. August 3, 5 – 7 p.m. at WHAM West Gallery.

WHAM West Gallery is located at 16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise.

For the latest information, visit WHAM’s website at http://www.wham-art.org/surpriseneighborsexhibit.html or call 623.584.8311.

District 6 Newsletter – July 13, 2018

New Issue of Surprise Progress Magazine

Surprise Progress Magazine cover July 2018

Surprise Progress Magazine is hot off the presses and full of ways to enjoy some summer fun – from exciting rec programs to inspired art experiences! Check your mailbox for your copy and take the online version with you wherever you go.

Read the magazine…

Surprise to update development & design standards; public meeting July 24

DevelopNEXT!

The city of Surprise’s development and design standards are getting a comprehensive update for the first time since 2009, and we want you to join as we DevelopNEXT!

DevelopNEXT is an effort to simplify and modernize the city’s Land Development Ordinances and Planning and Engineering Design Standards. Through this update, we will be able to:

  • Align our ordinances and design standards with the values described in our city’s General Plan 2035
  • Implement new state statutes and federal guidelines
  • Improve the city’s standards for site, open space, architectural design
  • Consolidate the city’s design standards guides into one document
  • Simplify and clarify the structure/organization of the documents and the rules within them, making them easier to read, administer and enforce

Community feedback will be an important part of the update process. Join us for the first DevelopNEXT community meeting:

  • Tuesday, July 24, 6 p.m.
  • Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers
  • 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise

In addition to gathering community comments to help shape these standards, we will be seeking feedback from developers, the Surprise Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council. Adoption of the final, updated documents is anticipated for Spring 2019.

For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/DevelopNEXT or contact Joshua Mike at joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov.

ADOT pavement improvement work scheduled on Grand Avenue (US 60), 163rd Ave – CAP canal

ADOT logo

The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers in the Surprise area of a scheduled two-week pavement-improvement project along Grand Avenue (US 60) west of 163rd Avenue.

The work is scheduled from July 11-27.

Lane restrictions will be in place weekdays from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting Wednesday, July 11, while crews resurface the highway and turning areas between 163rd Avenue and the Central Arizona Project canal crossing west of Patton Road.

Drivers planning to use Grand Avenue within the work zone should allow extra travel time and be prepared to slow down and merge safely while the following restrictions are in place:

  • Grand Avenue narrowed to one lane in both directions between Jomax and Patton roads for resurfacing of the turning areas at Jomax, 191st and 193rd avenues, and Patton Road. DETOUR: Signs will direct drivers to nearby detour routes when any of the turning areas are closed for resurfacing.
  • Eastbound Grand Avenue narrowed to one lane in areas between Patton and Jomax roads for resurfacing of right-turn lanes along the highway. DETOUR: Signs will direct drivers to detour routes, including Deer Valley Road and 203rd Avenue, when other access points are closed for resurfacing.
  • Grand Avenue narrowed to one lane in both directions near the Central Arizona Project canal crossing (northwest of Patton Road) for resurfacing. DETOUR: Please allow extra travel time and use caution when approaching and traveling through the work zone.
  • Grand Avenue is scheduled to be narrowed to one lane in both directions in areas between 163rd Avenue and Patton Road beginning Monday, July 23.

No weekend work is scheduled, and all work is scheduled to be complete by July 27.

Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen factors. For more information, please call the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530 or email Projects@azdot.gov. For real-time highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except when driving.

Become a Volunteer on Surprise Fire-Medical’s Community Emergency Response Team

Volunteer on Surprise Fire-Medical’s Community Emergency Response Team

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is offering free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for residents interested in volunteering in an emergency or disaster situation.

CERT is a FEMA program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Thanks to grant funding from the Arizona Department of Homeland Security, the Surprise Fire-Medical Department is hosting two free CERT certification sessions this summer.

  • Session One:
    August 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25
  • Session Two:
    September 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22

Tuesday and Thursday classes are 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Saturday classes are 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A full 20-hour session must be completed for certification; makeup classes will not be offered.

All classes will be held in the Surprise Fire-Medical Administration Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Suite 101, Surprise, AZ 85374.

For more information, or to register for the CERT training, please contact the Surprise Fire-Medical Department at 623.222.5000. Please note that seating is limited.

See press release…

Don Mattingly 17U Baseball World Series kicks off Today in Surprise

17U Baseball World Series

The 17U Don Mattingly World Series is at the Surprise Recreation Campus today, July 13, through Wednesday, July 18. Come and watch 16 teams from California, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona compete for the World Series Championship and a berth in next year’s Connie Mac World Series.

This is your chance to see top talent play right here in Surprise! Qualifier games are being held at the Texas Rangers training facility located within the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, and begin at 8 a.m. each day.

Tickets are available for purchase at the gates:

  • Single Day Admission:
    Adults $10 / Youth ages 3-17 $5
  • Tournament Pass Admission:
    Adults $45 / Youth ages 3 -17 $22

For more information on the qualifier tournament, please call the city of Surprise Sports & Tourism Department at 623.222.2222.

Touring outdoor photography exhibit “Neighbors” comes to Surprise, showcases residents

Outdoor Art Exhibit

Larger-than-life photographs of Surprise residents and others from across the country will be featured in an outdoor art exhibit in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS), August 1 – October 31.

The exhibit, titled “Neighbors”, is the work of artist John Raymond Mireles. Over the past several years, Mireles has traveled to heritage areas in every state to photograph the people who live there. He is working to create an inclusive, expansive visual document of America through its people – one that captures a diverse range of individuals. The artist’s hope is that the exhibit will encourage viewers to relate to and empathize with their fellow “neighbors” across the country – helping each other feel welcome, safe and recognized.

If you go:
Neighbors Exhibit
August 1 – October 31
Near the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock St.

Don’t miss these bonus opportunities!

Indoor Exhibit: The artist will showcase smaller versions of select photos at WHAM West Gallery August 1 – 31; open Tues. thru Sat. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist Lecture: Hear about the artist’s travels and his inspiration for the project. August 3, 5 – 7 p.m. at WHAM West Gallery.

WHAM West Gallery is located at 16560 N. Dysart Rd., Surprise.

For the latest information, visit WHAM’s website at http://www.wham-art.org/surpriseneighborsexhibit.html or call 623.584.8311.

New Explore Surprise Episode – Youth Programs!

Explore Surprise

Youth are an important part of our community! That’s why the City of Surprise makes it a priority to keep them involved – through recreation, social events, career readiness programs and more. Check out this new episode of Explore Surprise to learn about our youth programs!

Watch episode…

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

Surprise Progress Television

Watch the latest Surprise Progress TV for info on fall youth sports registration, two road improvement projects, and ideas for honoring an exceptional leader.

Watch episode…

District 6 Newsletter – July 3, 2018

Bullard Ave construction project scheduled to begin July 9

School students crossing Bullard Ave

Construction to restore Bullard Avenue to two vehicle lanes in each direction (Greenway-Peoria), with additional safety features, is scheduled to begin July 9.

The initial $30,000 Bullard Safety Project, which included speed reduction efforts, temporary paint, and new school crosswalks, was instituted by the City as a result of the elimination of school buses for children crossing Bullard, plus the building of the new Legacy Charter school. The $30,000 did not require or have approval via a Council vote.

Recommendations by the Volunteer Bullard Avenue Task Force were later implemented in the Safe Routes to School design of the roadway. Now that funding has been assembled for the new design, traffic signals, and other safety items the improvements can begin. The funding approval of the Task Force recommendations did require a Council vote and the vote was unanimous approval.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the lead agency on the project, construction will begin in the medians between Greenway and Waddell roads, and extend outward to the bicycle lanes and sidewalks.

Construction crews will be onsite Mondays – Fridays, 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday hours may be added to keep the project on schedule.

Motorists should anticipate reduced speed limits and shifting travel lanes for the duration of the project.

In addition to the travel lanes, new traffic signals, featuring flashing yellow arrows, will be installed at the Acoma and Sweetwater intersections to enhance pedestrian safety at the crosswalks. Protected bike lanes (separated bike lanes), along with a raised median, and landscaping are included in the project. Bullard Avenue will maintain the 35 mph speed limit.

I also want to provide some clarification on when this project will be complete. Per the ADOT contract, the contractor must have a majority of the project complete in early November 2018 (approximately 120 days from construction start, weather permitting). They will have an additional 45 days (early 2019) to finalize any landscape maintenance issues and/or other punch-list items that may occur. There should be minimal traffic disruptions in the area after early November 2018.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit surpriseaz.gov/bullard.

Celebrate Fourth of July with the City of Surprise

4th of July Celebration ad

The City of Surprise will host its 35th Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4th at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue.

This free event includes a rookie league baseball game at Surprise Stadium featuring the Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers, in-game contests and giveaways, live entertainment by the 8 Tracks at Mark Coronado Park, and fireworks to end the night!

Stadium gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the first pitch at 5:30 p.m. Concession stands will be offering a variety of food. After the game, at approximately 8:30 p.m., catch a spectacular 20-minute firework show set to patriotic music!

If you want your Independence Day celebration to include live music and lawn seating, head to Mark Coronado Park just north of the Stadium. The 8 Tracks will play from 6 p.m. until the 8:30 fireworks show.

In addition to the celebration at the stadium, the City will be hosting a pool party at the Surprise Aquatic Center!

The party will begin at 6 p.m. on July 4 and will feature games and activities, patriotic music and, best of all, a poolside view of the fireworks show.

Tickets go on sale now and can be purchased at the Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N. Bullard Ave.; or at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Tickets are $6, and the event will be limited to the first 400 Surprise residents. Proof of residency is required, and pool passes are not valid for this event.

For event information, please contact the Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2500 or check the website at www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Celebrate safely; know the law on fireworks use in Surprise

Safety and Law on fireworks in Surprise

With the Independence Day holiday fast approaching, be sure you know the laws regarding the use and sale of fireworks within the City of Surprise.

Here’s a quick overview:

  • The minimum age for purchasing consumer fireworks is 16.
  • Consumer fireworks use is allowed on private property within city limits, with the property owner’s consent, during these dates only: June 24 – July 6 and December 24 – January 3.
  • Consumer fireworks use is prohibited January 4 – June 23 and July 7 – December 23.

While the use of consumer fireworks is permitted on private property within the city limits, it is still illegal to use consumer fireworks anywhere on public property, including areas like streets, sidewalks and parks.

Residents living in HOA communities should also look into what types of restrictions are in place in their neighborhoods as they relate to fireworks use in driveways and yards.

Click here for a list of acceptable and non-acceptable consumer fireworks to use in Arizona.

Please note that permits for the public display of fireworks may be granted by the Surprise Fire-Medical Department upon application of a Temporary Use Permit and proper inspection. Permits may be revoked during times of High Fire Danger warnings.

Click here to view the entire Fireworks Ordinance.

To report a violation, please contact Code Enforcement at 623.222.3013.

City offices closed July 4 for Independence Day; trash/recycling schedule change

City of Surprise logo

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Due to the holiday, City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that there will be a modified collection schedule that week. Monday and Tuesday pickup will not be affected. Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday, July 5; Thursday collection will occur on Friday, July 6.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers, and as such, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider.

For questions about the trash and recycling schedule, please call 623.222.1900.

Experience the Vietnam Veterans Memorial ‘The Moving Wall’

Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall

Experience a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial when The Moving Wall comes to Surprise this week.

The replica wall was created so that people who cannot travel to DC, can still share in this special way of honoring and remembering the sacrifice of our Vietnam service members. The wall is engraved with more than 58,000 names of killed or missing Vietnam service men and women.

The city of Surprise is honored to host The Moving Wall from July 5 – 9 at Mark Coronado Park, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue (just north of the stadium).

July 5, 9:00 a.m.
The Moving Wall Opens to Public

July 6, 6:00 a.m.
Welcome Ceremony

July 9, 6:00 a.m.
Closing Ceremony

July 9, 12:00 p.m.
The Moving Wall Closes

The Moving Wall will be open 24 hours for viewing from July 5 at 9 a.m. – July 9 at noon. Directory books will be available 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. This event is free to the public.

Destiny Springs Behavioral Hospital Tour

Last Thursday, I took part in a hard hat tour of the new Destiny Springs Behavioral Hospital. Destiny Springs is a free-standing behavioral health hospital that will provide voluntary behavioral health treatment to adult, adolescent and geriatric patients. The 70,000 square foot hospital will include 90-beds and employ upwards of 185 people. We anticipate the official opening later this summer.

District 6 Newsletter – June 29, 2018

Celebrate Fourth of July with the City of Surprise

 

4th of July Celebration ad

The City of Surprise will host its 35th Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4th at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue.

This free event includes a rookie league baseball game at Surprise Stadium featuring the Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers, in-game contests and giveaways, live entertainment by the 8 Tracks at Mark Coronado Park, and fireworks to end the night!

Stadium gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the first pitch at 5:30 p.m. Concession stands will be offering a variety of food. After the game, at approximately 8:30 p.m., catch a spectacular 20-minute firework show set to patriotic music!

If you want your Independence Day celebration to include live music and lawn seating, head to Mark Coronado Park just north of the Stadium. The 8 Tracks will play from 6 p.m. until the 8:30 fireworks show.

In addition to the celebration at the stadium, the City will be hosting a pool party at the Surprise Aquatic Center!

The party will begin at 6 p.m. on July 4 and will feature games and activities, patriotic music and, best of all, a poolside view of the fireworks show.

Tickets go on sale June 20 and can be purchased at the Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N. Bullard Ave.; or at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Tickets are $6, and the event will be limited to the first 400 Surprise residents. Proof of residency is required, and pool passes are not valid for this event.

For event information, please contact the Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2500 or check the website at www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Celebrate safely; know the law on fireworks use in Surprise

Safety and Law on fireworks in Surprise

With the Independence Day holiday fast approaching, be sure you know the laws regarding the use and sale of fireworks within the City of Surprise.

Here’s a quick overview:

  • The minimum age for purchasing consumer fireworks is 16.
  • Consumer fireworks use is allowed on private property within city limits, with the property owner’s consent, during these dates only: June 24 – July 6 and December 24 – January 3.
  • Consumer fireworks use is prohibited January 4 – June 23 and July 7 – December 23.

While the use of consumer fireworks is permitted on private property within the city limits, it is still illegal to use consumer fireworks anywhere on public property, including areas like streets, sidewalks and parks.

Residents living in HOA communities should also look into what types of restrictions are in place in their neighborhoods as they relate to fireworks use in driveways and yards.

Click here for a list of acceptable and non-acceptable consumer fireworks to use in Arizona.

Please note that permits for the public display of fireworks may be granted by the Surprise Fire-Medical Department upon application of a Temporary Use Permit and proper inspection. Permits may be revoked during times of High Fire Danger warnings.

Click here to view the entire Fireworks Ordinance.

To report a violation, please contact Code Enforcement at 623.222.3013.

City offices closed July 4 for Independence Day; trash/recycling schedule change

City of Surprise logo

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Due to the holiday, City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that there will be a modified collection schedule that week. Monday and Tuesday pickup will not be affected. Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday, July 5; Thursday collection will occur on Friday, July 6.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers, and as such, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider.

For questions about the trash and recycling schedule, please call 623.222.1900.

Baseball National Team Championships – 16U West Division

USA Baseball logo

Watch more than 45 baseball teams compete for a championship title when the USA Baseball National Team Championships – 16U West Division comes to the Surprise Recreation Campus this Sunday, July 1 through Friday, July 6.

Fans will get to see some of the best amateur baseball in the country, and players will have the opportunity to be evaluated by top college coaches, professional scouts and the USA Baseball Task Force, which looks for the best talent to fill future national team rosters.

The games will be held at the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers training facilities located within the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, and will begin at 7 a.m. each day. There will be no games played on July 4.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the gates:

Single Day Admission: $10 Tournament Pass Admission: $50

For more information on the USA Baseball National Team Championships, visit www.USABaseball.com/events/west-championships.

To keep up with the tournament, follow @SurpriseStadium and @USAChamps_West on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Register for youth fall sports leagues & classes

Surprise Sports Programs

Fall youth sports registration opens July 2! The city is offering soccer and flag football leagues, as well as skills classes in basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball.

Fall Youth Soccer and Flag Football League:

These are recreational leagues for boys and girls ages 5-15. Practices will begin in late August; games will begin in early September. Games are played on Saturdays and/or weeknights. Practice times are up to the volunteer coach, but are typically one-hour, once a week (5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.). Age is determined on or before October 31, 2018. For league details, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/sports.

Fall Sports Classes:

Surprise is also offering a number of Fall Youth Sports skills classes beginning in August. These include basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball. For class dates and details, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2017/Sports-Camps-and-Clinics.

Registration is available through July 21 in-person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue, or online at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.

A special Saturday registration will be held on July 21 at the Community & Recreation Services office from 8-11 a.m.

For more information, please contact the city’s Sports Division at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

District 6 Newsletter – June 22, 2018

City Council Approves Urban Camping Ordinance

At the Surprise City Council meeting on June 19th, a new urban camping ordinance was approved. The purpose behind the ordinance is to maintain streets, parks and other public and private areas within the city in a clean, sanitary and accessible condition and to adequately protect the health, safety and public welfare of the community, while recognizing that, subject to reasonable conditions, camping and camp facilities associated with special events can be beneficial to the cultural and educational climate in the city. This ordinance has a services first approach to anyone in violation of the ordinance. Individuals experiencing homelessness and who are seeking services can get connected by calling 211, or accessing the city’s Community Resource Guide found here: www.surpriseaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/40011/Community-Resource-Guide. Anyone seeking eviction prevention, utility and employment assistance can visit the Surprise Resource Center, located at 12425 W. Bell Rd, Bldg. A, Ste. #124 at the AZ TechCelerator Campus, or call 623-222-1600. The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect 30 days after council action.

Council adopts Surprise Arts & Culture Master Plan, Tourism Strategic Plan

Arts Culture Tourism banner

The Surprise City Council adopted two new plans at their meeting Tuesday night that will guide the growth of arts and culture and tourism in the city.

The Arts & Culture Master Plan will help ensure that as our community and our arts and cultural opportunities grow, the growth will be focused, strategic and reflective of the values and vision of Surprise.

The plan offers direction on art locations and types; programs and policies; and includes ideas for expanding cultural facilities. It also contains a priority action plan that defines short-term, medium-term and long-term goals. The plan is available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/artsmasterplan.

The Tourism Plan lays out a five-year strategy to increase awareness of Surprise tourism and enhance the quality of life for residents through increased tourism-based development and partnership opportunities, showcasing Surprise as an intentional tourist destination. The plan consists of four focus areas: Events & Entertainment; Marketing; Partnership & Facility Development; and Funding.

Action items within those focus area include establishing an annual magnet event; attracting event partners and public-private partnership opportunities; creating new tourism marketing materials and a tourism website; and developing guidelines and criteria for use of tourism funds. Read the complete Tourism Five-Year Strategic Plan at www.surpriseaz.gov/sportsandtourism.

City Council receives Decide Surprise bond projects and finance update

2017 General Obligation Bond

City of Surprise staff provided City Council with a Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond projects and financial update at Tuesday night’s Regular Meeting.

On April, 18, 2018 the city issued the first General Obligation Bond sale resulting in $37 million of principal outstanding. Piper Jaffray submitted the winning bid which resulted in a bond yield of 2.97%- lower than the original 4% estimate.

Design work is underway for:

  • Fire Stations 304 & 308
  • Public Works Operations Facility
  • Traffic Congestion Mitigation Projects along Waddell, Litchfield & Greenway Roads

Land acquisition for the fire stations and Public Works Operations Facility is underway and the groundbreaking for the Public Works structure will commence by the end of this calendar year.

Improvement work on Litchfield and Waddell roads begins in the summer of 2019. Greenway improvements will begin about nine months following the completion of Waddell.

The selection of a design-build team for the Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center is scheduled for December 2018. The Police Training Facility design selection is expected in June 2020.

The secondary property tax assessment to fund the bond projects begins July 1, 2018. The secondary property tax rate is $0.42 per $100 of assessed property valuation.

To review the scope of the projects, construction timeline, costs and more visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Celebrate Fourth of July with the City of Surprise

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The City of Surprise will host its 35th Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4th at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue.

This free event includes a rookie league baseball game at Surprise Stadium featuring the Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers, in-game contests and giveaways, live entertainment by the 8 Tracks at Mark Coronado Park, and fireworks to end the night!

Stadium gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the first pitch at 5:30 p.m. Concession stands will be offering a variety of food. After the game, at approximately 8:30 p.m., catch a spectacular 20-minute firework show set to patriotic music!

If you want your Independence Day celebration to include live music and lawn seating, head to Mark Coronado Park just north of the Stadium. The 8 Tracks will play from 6 p.m. until the 8:30 fireworks show.

In addition to the celebration at the stadium, the City will be hosting a pool party at the Surprise Aquatic Center!

The party will begin at 6 p.m. on July 4 and will feature games and activities, patriotic music and, best of all, a poolside view of the fireworks show.

Tickets go on sale June 20 and can be purchased at the Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N. Bullard Ave.; or at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Tickets are $6, and the event will be limited to the first 400 Surprise residents. Proof of residency is required, and pool passes are not valid for this event.

For event information, please contact the Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2500 or check the website at www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Heat warning this week; hydration stations available

Hydration Stations in Surprise

With a heat warning in effect this week, the city of Surprise reminds residents that the city is a Heat Relief Network partner, providing hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during the hot summer months.

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) coordinates mapping of the Heat Relief Network – a network of service providers, faith-based groups, municipalities, businesses, and caring citizens mobilizing to provide hydration and heat refuge for people in need.

Designated hydration stations in Surprise include the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W Bell Road Building A Suite 124, and Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301 (FS 301), 16750 N Village Drive East. FS 301 is also a place of refuge to cool off during the day.

For a heat safety message from Surprise Fire-Medical Department, watch this video.

To learn about the symptoms of heat related illness and what to do if you or a loved one shows symptoms, please visit: www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

Surprise Transit Study needs your help planning most popular routes

Transit Feasability Survey

Where do you travel within the city of Surprise? We’re asking you to share your most frequented shopping, dining, education, medical and recreation destinations in Surprise to help us determine potential public transportation routes.

The city will capture your travel start and end points within city boundaries in an online interactive Wikimap. Using the collected data, the Transit Feasibility Study team will determine where routes are most needed, potential ridership levels, and transit frequency.

A link to the Wikimap, and instructions for adding your information, is now available on the project website www.surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy. The Wikimap will be available until 5 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2018. Read more…

Dive-in Movie at Surprise Aquatic Center to feature Jumanji

Dive In Movies at Surprise Aquatic Center

The City of Surprise welcomes you and your family to stay cool at the pool Saturday, June 23 as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” hits the screen poolside at Surprise Aquatic Center.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie begins at approximately 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Surprise residents and $8 for non-residents. Concessions will be available for purchase. Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N Bullard Ave.

For tickets or event information, please contact Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000, the Surprise Aquatic Center at 623.222.2500 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

Surprise Progress Television

Watch the latest Surprise Progress TV for info on the city’s 4th of July events, a grant program to fund community programs, bond project updates, plans to honor an exceptional leader and more. Watch Episode…


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District 6 Newsletter – June 15, 2018

S&P upgrades city’s utility revenue bonds

S&P Global ratings has assigned an AA+ rating for the city’s Series 2018 senior-lien utility system revenue obligations, which is an upgrade from the previous MPC 2007 wastewater bonds which were rated A+ by Fitch.

The credit rating firm cited the following criteria for the upgrade (view full report):

  • Extremely strong enterprise and financial risk profiles
  • Affordable service rates in the context of the service area’s strong income metrics although somewhat hindered by the higher-than-average county poverty rate;
  • Good overall operational management that includes ample water supply through a diverse source of supply in addition to sufficient wastewater treatment capacity to meet demand.
  • Extremely strong historical debt service coverage Extremely strong liquidity position, with over a year’s worth of unrestricted reserves;
  • Manageable debt profile
  • Good overall financial management reflected by policies and procedures

The higher the rating, the lower the investment risk to the bond purchasers and the interest rate to the city on the borrowed funds.

See press release…

Task Force reconvenes to honor late Veteran resident Brian Mancini

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At the request of the Surprise City Council the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force will reconvene, Thursday, June 28, to begin the process to identifying possible ways in which to honor the late Brian Mancini.

Mancini was a medically retired Sergeant First Class, Combat Wounded Veteran who served as a Combat Medic with two tours in Baghdad, Iraq. He served over 12 years in the United States Army. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, the Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge and Flight Medic Badge.

In 2007, Mancini suffered life-threatening injuries from a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. Following years of surgeries and rehabilitation, the Surprise resident founded Honor House, a place where wounded veterans could go for therapy and counseling.

Suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mancini ended his life at the age of 38 in 2017.

His story and combat injuries were the focus of an April 2018 60 Minutes story detailing new medical studies surrounding PTSD and the brain impacts suffered during explosions.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., in the Community Room of City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend.

See press release…

Surprise youth showcase innovative solutions at Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

2018 AZ TechCelerator's 5th Annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Youthful innovation was on display June 8 at Surprise City Hall in culmination of the AZ TechCelerator’s 5th Annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.

Fourteen students from Paradise Honors, Willow Canyon, Valley Vista, Shadow Ridge and Dysart high schools worked in teams at the city’s business incubator to identify a community need and develop a product or service to address that need.

The finale of the weeklong camp was a marketing pitch before a panel of judges in the Surprise City Council Chambers. The teens’ ideas included a new option for mobile resources to help the homeless, a foundation to help fund the research for synthetic organs and an eco-friendly and low cost water filtration system using thermal distillation. But, the big winner was Linked, an app that fully disables a driver’s ability to access messaging apps and social media while driving. Congratulations to Nickolas Robertson, Jack Platacz, Sean Cox and Sebastian Bednarek from Paradise Honors High School on their win!

Since 2009, the AZ TechCelerator has fostered local start-ups, resulting in 20 businesses and nearly 300 jobs.

Learn more at www.aztechcelerator.com or call 623.222.TECH.

See press release…

Heat warning this week; hydration stations available

Hydration Stations in Surprise

With a heat warning in effect this week, the city of Surprise reminds residents that the city is a Heat Relief Network partner, providing hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during the hot summer months.

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) coordinates mapping of the Heat Relief Network – a network of service providers, faith-based groups, municipalities, businesses, and caring citizens mobilizing to provide hydration and heat refuge for people in need.

Designated hydration stations in Surprise include the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W Bell Road Building A Suite 124, and Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301 (FS 301), 16750 N Village Drive East. FS 301 is also a place of refuge to cool off during the day.

For a heat safety message from Surprise Fire-Medical Department, watch this video.

To learn about the symptoms of heat related illness and what to do if you or a loved one shows symptoms, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/warning.html

Surprise Transit Study needs your help planning most popular routes

Transit Feasability Survey

Where do you travel within the city of Surprise? We’re asking you to share your most frequented shopping, dining, education, medical and recreation destinations in Surprise to help us determine potential public transportation routes.

The city will capture your travel start and end points within city boundaries in an online interactive Wikimap. Using the collected data, the Transit Feasibility Study team will determine where routes are most needed, potential ridership levels, and transit frequency.

A link to the Wikimap, and instructions for adding your information, is now available on the project website surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy. The Wikimap will be available until 5 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2018.

Read more…

Dive-in Movie at Surprise Aquatic Center to feature Jumanji

Dive In Movies at Surprise Aquatic Center

The City of Surprise welcomes you and your family to stay cool at the pool Saturday, June 23 as “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” hits the screen poolside at Surprise Aquatic Center.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the movie begins at approximately 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Surprise residents and $8 for non-residents. Concessions will be available for purchase. Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N Bullard Ave.

For tickets or event information, please contact Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000, the Surprise Aquatic Center at 623.222.2500 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

Try the Surprise Senior Center for free in June

If you have been wanting to try the Surprise Senior Center, now is the time! We’re offering free memberships to all new participants for the month of June. Several classes, programs and social events are also free for the month.

The Senior Center is a hub of activities for anyone age 50 and better and adults with disabilities. If you decide you want to stay a member, we can sign you up for a one-year membership beginning in July. The fee is $12 for Surprise residents and $15 for non-Surprise residents. The Senior Center also offers a Fitness membership for an additional cost (some rules and restrictions apply).

For more information, please contact the Surprise Senior Center at 623.222.1500 or stop by Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Surprise, 85378.

See press release…

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes offered in Surprise

CCC-CPR Training

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

District 6 Newsletter – June 8, 2018

In-N-Out is Open!

In-N-Out was #1 on the Citizen Survey in both 2015 and 2017 Surveys.

Also see the Top Ten Existing Local Favorite List Here:

2018 Survey https://www.surpriseaz.gov/documentcenter/view/37450

2015 Survey https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/2015/08/05/surprise-retail-survey-results-are-in

City Council adopts safety-focused FY2019 Budget

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The Surprise City Council approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 City Budget in a Special Meeting Tuesday night that addresses safety needs for Information Technology, Police and Fire-Medical.

New to the $384.6 million budget is funding for Decide Surprise capital improvement projects that were approved by voters in the November 2017 General Obligation (GO) Bond election. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

The budget also includes $16 million in contingency capacity to purchase the Circle City Water Company and grow renewable water allocations by 38 percent. The release of any expenditure would require Council approval and this will be repaid through future water credit sales. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection.

Funding for additional operations and capital improvements is generated from growth in general fund revenue. General fund revenues are expected to increase by 10% or approximately $10.9 million above the current adopted budget. Recent escalations in housing activity as well as growing local sales tax account for most of the increase. A five-year forecast of city resources compared to uses helps ensure long-term financial sustainability and secures safety of the city’s financial position.

Council is scheduled to take action on the property tax rate at the June 19th Regular Council Meeting that begins at 6 p.m., at City Hall- Council Chambers. The agenda will be posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

To view budget-related materials please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

See press release…

City Investment Policy Discussion

Finance staff presented changes to the City’s Investment Policy, which provides guidance to ensure the sound and prudent investment of public monies. The policies cover the areas of Investment Authority; Delegation of Authority; Policy Adoption; Internal Control; Prudence; Investment Objectives; Authorized and Eligible Investments; Safekeeping and Custody; Ethics and Conflicts of Interest; Authorized Financial Institutions; and Reporting. Finance staff updated the policy to streamline language and simplify procedures to facilitate application of the policy, remove investment options that carry a high degree of risk, such as commercial paper, document the City’s objective to approach volatile investments with caution, include additional categories of funds, unless otherwise specified, in order to accommodate for the City’s growth, remove references to ineligible investments and irrelevant definitions.

Refinancing of Wastewater Utility Revenue Bonds

Finance staff is working to refinance the 2007 MPC Wastewater Debt which is expected to lower the annual debt service payment by $1M. The wastewater debt will be refinanced with a combined utility system revenue bond which provides greater economies of scales in order to achieve lower financing cost from stronger revenue coverage and higher credit ratings. If the purchase of Circle City Water Company Acquisition deal moves forward, this combined utility system revenue bond positions the city to execute financing for the acquisition. The city expects to finance $14M of the total acquisition cost. The debt service on the water acquisition will be repaid with the sale of water portfolio assets.

Comprehensive Financial Management Policies Discussion

Staff proposed changes to the City’s Comprehensive Financial Management Policies which are reviewed and updated annually to support the development of a solid financial structure and long-term planning. The policies cover the areas of Operating Management, Capital Management, Debt Management, Minimum Fund Balance, and Financial Reporting. The most significant revisions are as follows: reflect the existing budget amendment authority for the City Council, City Manager, and Department Directors; expand the budget amendment authority for the Finance Director related to carryforward, developer agreements, and adjustments between the Community and Recreation Services Department and Sports and Tourism Department; revise the General Fund’s minimum fund balance calculation to include the Ground Ambulance Fund; and revise the Workers’ Compensation minimum fund balance from twice the amount of budgeted claims to $1,500,000 as required by the Industrial Commission.

Surprise Transit Study needs your help planning most popular routes

Transit Feasability Survey
Where do you travel within the city of Surprise? We’re asking you to share your most frequented shopping, dining, education, medical and recreation destinations in Surprise to help us determine potential public transportation routes.

The city will capture your travel start and end points within city boundaries in an online interactive Wikimap. Using the collected data, the Transit Feasibility Study team will determine where routes are most needed, potential ridership levels, and transit frequency.

A link to the Wikimap, and instructions for adding your information, is now available on the project website surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy. The Wikimap will be available until 5 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2018.

Read more…

Wilson Premier Championships West Baseball Tournament kicks off Friday in Surprise

2018 Wilson Premier Baseball Championship West Tournament
Catch some exciting baseball featuring top prospects from across the United States when the 2018 Wilson Premier Baseball Championship West Tournament arrives here in Surprise beginning today, June 8 and plays through Monday, June 11.

This four-day tournament, featuring over 70 teams spanning from Virginia to California, will showcase the talents of some of the biggest high school stars from the 2019, 2020, and 2021 graduation years.

For more information about Wilson Premier Baseball Championships West and tickets to the tournament, please visit www.wilsonpremierbaseball.com.

Don’t sit out the Summer! Get in the game with City of Surprise youth sports camps!

CRS Sports Programs
Registration is now open for a variety of City of Surprise Summer Break Youth Sports Camps, including volleyball, cheerleading, baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer and tennis.

Youth Sports Summer Camps are $50 for Surprise residents and $70 for non-residents, with the exception of Tennis Camp.

Register online at www.surpriseaz.gov/youthsports or in person at the Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information on summer sports camps, please contact the Community and Recreation Services Department at 623.222.2000.

Try the Surprise Senior Center for free in June


If you have been wanting to try the Surprise Senior Center, now is the time! We’re offering free memberships to all new participants for the month of June. Several classes, programs and social events are also free for the month.

The Senior Center is a hub of activities for anyone age 50 and better and adults with disabilities. If you decide you want to stay a member, we can sign you up for a one-year membership beginning in July. The fee is $12 for Surprise residents and $15 for non-Surprise residents. The Senior Center also offers a Fitness membership for an additional cost (some rules and restrictions apply).

For more information, please contact the Surprise Senior Center at 623.222.1500 or stop by Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Surprise, 85378.

See press release…

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes offered in Surprise

CCC-CPR Training
The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

Outdoor painting party with SugarPlum Froyo at Surprise Community Park

SugarPlumb Froyo Outdoor Painting Party
The City of Surprise is teaming up with SugarPlum Froyo to offer an Outdoor Painting Party on Saturday, June 9 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This event is perfect for a fun family day. We’ll provide an art teacher to walk you step-by-step through creating a piece of art. Afterwards, participants can cool off with a cup of froyo (frozen yogurt) while enjoying each other’s masterpieces!

Classes run about an hour and a half and are great for all ages! Parent participation is required.

Tickets are $30 for Surprise Residents; $50 for Non-Residents. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register in person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave, or online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under the “Special Events” category.

For more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

Surprise Progress Television
Watch the latest episode of Surprise Progress TV for info on swim lessons, summer camp, how to help shape the future of transit, and more!

Watch episode…

District 6 Newsletter – May 25, 2018

Voters ok City Water Election

Circle City Water Company banner

Voters have approved the May 15th Water Election, authorizing City Council to complete negotiations with the Circle City Water Company (CCW) for the possible acquisition of the utility.

According to final results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office 80% (15,045) of registered voters voted yes; 20% (3,709) voted no.

CCW is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition, which would require City Council approval, would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent.

Colorado River water is currently the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. Having a right to more surface water will help the city meet future demands and shortfalls.

The purchase of CCW would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool Open Tomorrow!

Hollyhock Pool

Splash into summer at the Surprise city pools! Both Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool will open for summer swimming on May 26, including Memorial Day, May 28.

The Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N Bullard Avenue, will be open on weekends, noon – 5 pm; Monday through Thursday, noon – 6 pm; and Friday, noon – 4 pm. The Hollyhock Pool, located at 15808 N Hollyhock Street, will be open on weekends, noon – 4 pm; and Monday through Thursday, noon – 3 pm.

Daily admission for Surprise residents is $1.00 per child (17 and under) and $2.00 per adult (must show proof of residency); non-resident admission is $5. Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible person (16 years or older) at all times. Pool passes are available for Surprise residents: $20 youth passes for ages 17 and under; $40 adult passes for ages 18 and older; and $80 family passes, which include admission for two adults and three children.

For more information, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics or call the Hollyhock Pool at 623.222.2530 or the Surprise Aquatic Center at 623.222.2500.

City offices closed May 28 for Memorial Day; trash / recycling schedule change

City of Surprise logo

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.

Due to the holiday, City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day the week of May 28 – June 1. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers, and as such, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider.

Questions? Please call 623.222.1900.

Don’t sit out the Summer! Get in the game with City of Surprise youth sports camps!

CRS Sports Programs

Registration is now open for a variety of City of Surprise Summer Break Youth Sports Camps, including volleyball, cheerleading, baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer and tennis.

Youth Sports Summer Camps are $50 for Surprise residents and $70 for non-residents, with the exception of Tennis Camp.

Register online at www.surpriseaz.gov/youthsports or in person at the Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information on summer sports camps, please contact the Community and Recreation Services Department at 623.222.2000.

City to host urban camping discussion in June

City of Surprise logo

The city will host a public meeting to discuss an amendment to the city code related to urban camping on Wednesday, June 6.

The meeting will be held in the Community Room at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Dr.; beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The intent of this amendment to Chapter 42 of the Surprise Municipal Code is to add Article III, Urban Camping.

City staff from the Human Service and Community Vitality and Police Departments will be part of the public presentation.

This article is designed to maintain streets, parks and other public/ private areas within the city in a clean, sanitary and accessible condition that protects the health, safety and public welfare of the community.

The intent of the amendment also recognizes that, subject to reasonable conditions, camping facilities associated with special events can be beneficial to the cultural and educational climate within the city.

For questions, please call 623-222-1620.

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes offered in Surprise

CCC-CPR Training

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

Outdoor painting party with SugarPlum Froyo at Surprise Community Park

SugarPlumb Froyo Outdoor Painting Party

The City of Surprise is teaming up with SugarPlum Froyo to offer an Outdoor Painting Party on Saturday, May 12 and Saturday, June 9 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This event is perfect for a fun family day. We’ll provide an art teacher to walk you step-by-step through creating a piece of art. Afterwards, participants can cool off with a cup of froyo (frozen yogurt) while enjoying each other’s masterpieces!

Classes run about an hour and a half and are great for all ages! Parent participation is required.

Tickets are $30 for Surprise Residents; $50 for Non-Residents. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register in person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave, or online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under the “Special Events” category.

For more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

Surprise Progress Television

Watch the latest episode of Surprise Progress TV for info on Water Election results, National Citizen Survey results, free CPR classes, when City pools open & more! Watch episode…

District 6 Newsletter – May 11, 2018

Residents love their city; focused on safety & economy in National Citizen Survey

Most important characteristics to our residents:

Safety

Economy

Where we shine: *above national benchmark

% Excellent/Good Service/Activity Variance from 2015
96% Recycled at home +3%
95% Safe in neighborhood +2%
90% Conserved water -1%
89% City as place to retire* +3%
84% Overall appearance -4%
80% Sidewalk maintenance* -2%
66% Affordable housing* -10%
62% Street repair* -4%

The 2018 National Citizen Survey (NCS) results reveal more than 8 in 10 residents rate the quality of life in Surprise as excellent or good; and they recommend living here.

The NCS serves as the city’s service report card, and the collected data assists in setting future city priorities. According to the survey, the areas that are most important to Surprise residents are safety and the economy.

The survey captures residents’ opinions within three community pillars: Community Characteristics, Governance & Participation. These are broken down into eight categories: Safety, Mobility/Transportation, Natural Environment, Built Environment, Economy, Recreation & Wellness, Education & Enrichment and Community Engagement.

Overall, ratings in Surprise for 2018 remained stable from the 2015 NCS. Of the 132 items, for which comparisons were available, 106 were rated similarly/ 23 decreased/3 increased. And across the eight overall categories a majority of the city’s results were similar to 200 or more peer cities across the United States.

The City of Surprise would like to thank those residents who participated in the survey.

To see the complete results for the paper and online survey; or to view previous surveys visit www.surpriseaz.gov/ncs.

City Council / Planning & Zoning to meet to talk Community Facilities Districts

City of Surprise logo

The Surprise City Council and city Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a joint meeting on Monday, May 14, to discuss Community Facilities Districts (CFDs).

CFDs are special taxing districts that finance the installation, operation and maintenance of public improvements such as roads, water and wastewater facilities, flood control and drainage projects that benefit the specified area.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m., in Council Chambers at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

City staff will brief members of Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission on recent state law changes on how CFDs operate.

After the briefing, the collective body will discuss whether the city should update its policies regarding CFDs in order to encourage and support continued livable and quality neighborhood development in Surprise.

The complete agenda will be posted at least 24 hours before the meeting at https://agenda.surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool Open May 26

Hollyhock Pool

Splash into summer at the Surprise city pools! Both Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool will open for summer swimming on May 26, including Memorial Day, May 28.

The Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N Bullard Avenue, will be open on weekends, noon – 5 pm; Monday through Thursday, noon – 6 pm; and Friday, noon – 4 pm.The Hollyhock Pool, located at 15808 N Hollyhock Street, will be open on weekends, noon – 4 pm; and Monday through Thursday, noon – 3 pm. Daily admission for Surprise residents is $1.00 per child (17 and under) and $2.00 per adult (must show proof of residency); non-resident admission is $5. Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible person (16 years or older) at all times. Pool passes are available for Surprise residents: $20 youth passes for ages 17 and under; $40 adult passes for ages 18 and older; and $80 family passes, which include admission for two adults and three children.

For more information, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics or call the Hollyhock Pool at 623.222.2530 or the Surprise Aquatic Center at 623.222.2500.

There’s still time – Vote on Surprise’s water future!

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The city is seeking authorization to purchase Circle City Water Company (CCW), a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent, helping to plan for future growth. The purchase of CCW would be offset through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

The water election website, www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection, includes a short informational video, downloadable fact sheet, frequently asked questions, important election dates, and voter information.

For more information, please contact the Surprise Water Resource Management Department at wrm@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.7100.

Phoenix Business Journal ranks City of Surprise as one of Valley’s Healthiest Employers

City of Surprise Fitness Room

The City of Surprise has been named one of the Valley’s Healthiest Employers in a 2018 Phoenix Business Journal ranking, placing sixth among midsized companies.

The city’s employee wellness program includes diverse initiatives that address physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and preventative disease management.

City Hall has two on-site Wellness Rooms that host fitness classes like Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Cardio/Strength and Bootcamp; as well as chair massages, reflexology and meditation. The city also offers nutritional counseling programs and an annual health risk assessment.

The city’s wellness programs complement overall healthcare benefits in a way that helps contain costs.

To see Phoenix Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers list, please visit https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/subscriber-only/2018/05/04/top-of-the-phoenix-lists-healthiest-1.html

“Despicable Me 3” Stadium Movie Night set for May 12

Surprise Stadium

The City of Surprise welcomes you and your family to come watch the mischievous Minions and Gru reunite with his long lost brother.

This free family event will take place tomorrow, May 12 at Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7 p.m.

The stadium food and beverage policy is in effect; concessions will be available for purchase.

For event information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

Last chance to submit! Opportunity to feature art piece at Surprise City Hall

The City of Surprise is requesting proposals from artists to create an original art piece that will be permanently situated on a pedestal at the southwest entrance of City Hall.

The size of the pedestal is 55″ L x 55″ W x 34″ H.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 14, 2018. The contract is anticipated to be awarded in June 2018.

To see the complete Request for Proposal, please visit: www.surpriseaz.gov/1761/Arts-Cultural-Advisory-Commission

Surprise Aquatic Center hosts Itty Bitty Beach Party on May 24

Itty Bitty Beach Party

Make a splash at our Itty Bitty Beach Party at Surprise Aquatic Center on Thursday, May 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The party, for ages six and under, will include music, games, prizes, arts & crafts, pool fun and a special appearance by a magical mermaid!

Children’s tickets are $5 for Surprise residents / $8 for non-residents and include free parent admission. Tickets can be purchased at the Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue; Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N Bullard Avenue; or online at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under the “Special Events” category. Concessions will be available for purchase during the event.

Itty Bitty Beach Party is sponsored by Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry.

For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics or contact Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000.

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes offered in Surprise

CCC-CPR Training

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

Outdoor painting party with SugarPlum Froyo at Surprise Community Park

SugarPlumb Froyo Outdoor Painting Party

The City of Surprise is teaming up with SugarPlum Froyo to offer an Outdoor Painting Party on Saturday, May 12 and Saturday, June 9 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This event is perfect for a fun family day. We’ll provide an art teacher to walk you step-by-step through creating a piece of art. Afterwards, participants can cool off with a cup of froyo (frozen yogurt) while enjoying each other’s masterpieces!

Classes run about an hour and a half and are great for all ages! Parent participation is required.

Tickets are $30 for Surprise Residents; $50 for Non-Residents. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register in person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave, or online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under the “Special Events” category.

For more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

District 6 Newsletter – May 4, 2018

Vote on Surprise’s water future!

Surprise Water Election

The city is seeking authorization to purchase Circle City Water Company (CCW), a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent, helping to plan for future growth. The purchase of CCW would be offset through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

The water election website, www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection, includes a short informational video, downloadable fact sheet, frequently asked questions, important election dates, and voter information.

For more information, please contact the Surprise Water Resource Management Department at wrm@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.7100.

Union Hills & 107th Ave intersection to be closed through May 21

Street Closures

The 107th Avenue and Union Hills Drive intersection will be closed beginning 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, to realign two waterlines, a storm drain pipe and drainage structure.

The intersection is scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m., Monday, May 21.

Bell Road, Del Webb Boulevard, 115th Avenue and 99th Avenue may be used as alternate routes. Access will be maintained at all times for emergency vehicles.

The closure is required to construct a portion of the 115th Avenue and Union Hills Drive project that will intercept flood water from the northeast and carry it south to the Agua Fria River when complete. The project is a partnership between Surprise, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, the city of Peoria and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation.

The project is scheduled to be complete in June 2018, weather permitting.

For questions or concerns, call the construction hotline at 602.264.6416.

Surprise Safety Day is May 5

Surprise Safety Day

Join us for a day of fun at Surprise Safety Day this Saturday, May 5!

Bring your family and friends to Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N Bullard Avenue, from 8-11 a.m. and enjoy emergency vehicle and equipment displays, including an appearance by Native Air helicopter; interactive exhibits and live demonstrations of Surprise’s public safety services; and water safety and CPR demonstrations.

Plus, the Surprise Aquatic Center is offering free swim lesson assessments and will be conducting swim team tryouts. Participants should bring a bathing suit and a towel; the pool is heated.

Surprise Safety Day is free and presented in partnership with Surprise Community & Recreation Services, Surprise Police, Surprise Fire-Medical, Native Air and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.

For more information about Safety Day, swim lesson assessments, or swim team tryouts, please contact the Community & Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.

MCDOT Sun Valley Pkwy pavement rehab in Surprise begins May 7

The Maricopa Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will be re-repaving a portion of Sun Valley Parkway, 219th Avenue to just east of Crozier Extension Road, beginning Monday, May 7; the pavement rehabilitation project is scheduled to conclude in July 2018, weather permitting.

Lane restrictions will be in effect. Construction will include roadway shoulders; bicyclists should use caution and, if possible, use alternate routes during construction.

Please obey traffic control signs and posted speed limits. In addition, please allow extra time to get to your destination as there may be traffic delays. Weekend work may occur to keep the project on schedule.

For additional project information or questions, contact MCDOT at 602.506.3342 or mcdotprojects@maricopa.gov.

Watch the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships in Surprise May 8-12

The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships are returning to the City of Surprise May 8-12 as teams from across the nation compete for the title of National Champions. Get your tickets, and come watch some exciting play!

The City of Surprise Sports and Tourism Department, in partnership with the Pacific West Conference, will host the tournaments at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, located at 14469 W. Paradise Lane.

Ticket are on sale now at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet complex, with single day tickets starting at $5 and all tournament tickets available for $20.

All singles matches shall be the best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a 7-point tiebreaker at six-games-all will be used for all matches. In doubles, all matches will consist of an eight-game pro-set with a tiebreak played at 8 games all.

For more information visit www.NCAA.com/Tickets or www.surpriseaz.gov/tennis. You can also contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

Volunteer for Surprise Day of Service on May 12

Surprise Day of Service

Looking for an opportunity to help your community? The City of Surprise is seeking volunteers for a Surprise Day of Service event on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. – Noon!

On the day of the event, volunteers will check in at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Transportation will be required to get to most service projects, which will include painting, cleaning/trash removal, landscaping and more.

Light refreshments for breakfast and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up by Thursday, May 10 by contacting Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239 or jason.hughes@surpriseaz.gov.

“Despicable Me 3” Stadium Movie Night rescheduled to May 12

The City of Surprise has rescheduled the showing of “Despicable Me 3” and welcomes you and your family to come watch the mischievous Minions and Gru reunite with his long lost brother.

This free family event will take place on Saturday, May 12 at Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7 p.m.

The stadium food and beverage policy is in effect; concessions will be available for purchase.

For event information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

Free Workshops: Medicare 101 & Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

The city is hosting free workshops for anyone wanting to learn more about Medicare or Medicare prescription drug plans.

The following classes are now open for registration:

Medicare 101 – Tuesday, May 8 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, Conference Room 150

Already enrolled in Medicare or looking to learn more about it? Come to a Medicare workshop, and get information on the elements of Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare Advantage plans (Part C); Prescription Drug plans (Part D); and Medicare Supplements (Medigap).

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans – Thursday, May 10 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Surprise City Hall, Conference Room 150

Medicare prescription drug coverage is a critical component for anyone on Medicare, and understanding how to select the right prescription drug plan can save you money. If you are on Medicare or plan to be in the next year, we are offering a free seminar that will educate you on your options.

For information, or to register for either class, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

Call to artists! Opportunity to feature art piece at Surprise City Hall

The City of Surprise is requesting proposals from artists to create an original art piece that will be permanently situated on a pedestal at the southwest entrance of City Hall.

The size of the pedestal is 55” L x 55” W x 34” H.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 14, 2018. The contract is anticipated to be awarded in June 2018.

To see the complete Request for Proposal, please visit: www.surpriseaz.gov/1761/Arts-Cultural-Advisory-Commission

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes offered in Surprise

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

Outdoor painting party with SugarPlum Froyo at Surprise Community Park

The City of Surprise is teaming up with SugarPlum Froyo to offer an Outdoor Painting Party on Saturday, May 12 and Saturday, June 9 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This event is perfect for a fun family day. We’ll provide an art teacher to walk you step-by-step through creating a piece of art. Afterwards, participants can cool off with a cup of froyo (frozen yogurt) while enjoying each other’s masterpieces!

Classes run about an hour and a half and are great for all ages! Parent participation is required.

Tickets are $30 for Surprise Residents; $50 for Non-Residents. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register in person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave, or online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under the “Special Events” category.

For more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.