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Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • June 2020

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

Senior Center Meals

The Council volunteered as a part of the Surprise Senior Center Hot Lunch program on May 6. Through this program, seniors aged 60 and better and adults with disabilities are provided low cost lunches. This program feeds between 120-160 people each day! For more information on this program, visit the City of Surprise website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/135/Senior-Services.

Vice Mayor Judd and Councilmember Sanders pack hot lunches into an insulated bag.Vice Mayor Judd hands hot lunches to a person in their vehicle.

Economic Development

We are excited for our businesses that are re-opening! The Surprise Economic Development team has implemented a Virtual Ribbon Cutting program to celebrate the reopening of our businesses. Below is a list of businesses in District 6 that have reopened and had a virtual ribbon cutting.

  • Salon Boutique
  • Team 4 Kids
  • Sanity Salon & Spa
  • Spencer’s Place
  • Gabby’s Mail Shoppe
  • Surprise Comics
  • Amigos Authentic Mexican Grill and Bar
  • Song Lynn Vietnamese Cuisine
  • Under Review Sports Bar
A purple ribbon is cut outside Surprise Comics for the business' re-opening.A purple ribbon is cut outside Spencer's Place for the business' re-opening.A purple ribbon is cut outside Song Lynn Vietnamese Cuisine for the business' re-opening.
From Left to Right: Surprise Comics, Spencer’s Place, Song Lynn Vietnamese Cuisine

This list is growing daily! To see a complete list of Virtual Ribbon Cutting photos and videos, please visit the links provided below.

Retail Services Openings: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNdDbsS and https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNkHCfx

Restaurant Openings: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNeBNFB and https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNkSCnu

4th of July

While the city shares in our community’s excitement to celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s important to do so responsibly. As a result of COVID-19 concerns, this year’s Fourth of July Celebration will be greatly modified in an effort to avoid mass gatherings and maintain physical distancing, in accordance with CDC recommendations.

On Saturday, July 4th, the city will feature a 20-minute fireworks display beginning at 8:40 p.m. The display will be staged in the area around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane.

The city encourages people to observe the fireworks show remotely from their homes or vehicles, as the display will be visible from vantage points across the community. Limited surface parking is available at Surprise Stadium, Surprise Aquatic Center and Dreamcatcher Park. While not recommended, should observers chose to drive to the Civic Center and Recreation Campus area, parking will be first come, first served and must be done in accordance with state and local traffic laws.

Unlike past celebrations, there will be no baseball game, food trucks, beverage sales, or any additional entertainment. The Aquatic Center will not be open. Ramada rentals and grill use at Surprise Community Park will be unavailable. Personal grill use is prohibited within the Civic Center and Surprise Recreation Campus. In compliance with Arizona State law, the consumption of alcohol in vehicles or in public spaces is not permitted.

Please remember to follow all CDC guidelines for protecting yourself against COVID-19, including limiting gatherings to less than 10 people and keeping a minimum of 6 feet physical distancing between your gathering and others.

Road Work Update

The Litchfield Road project is anticipated to be completed by early June. However, work to install traffic signals at the Sweetwater intersection has been delayed until the end of summer due to long lead times to acquire the signal poles and associated hardware.

What’s happening on that lot?

Recently opened! National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC), located at 11280 N. Solar Canyon Way and Reel Pizza Pies, located at 13953 W. Waddell Rd., #103

Council Meetings and Agenda

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 2 at 6 pm; and the second meeting on Tuesday, June 16 at 6 pm. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

My June Meet and Greet is scheduled for June 24 from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road, Surprise, AZ 85379. This is an informal gathering, which makes it a great opportunity for you to talk with me 1 on 1 and ask questions, share ideas, or chat about our community.


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.


  • 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.


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.