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Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • February 2021

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

APS West Valley Central 230KV Connection Project Update

APS is currently in the process of conducting technical analysis to determine the potential routing options for the new 230kV power lines. Another round of public comment will be solicited following the determination of a preferred route. More information should be available at the end of February. Please continue to check my website, newsletters, and Facebook for updates!

2021 Surprise City Academy

The Surprise City Academy is going virtual this year. Classes will begin on February 22 and will happen weekly on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. through April 26. The Surprise City Academy is a great way to learn about city government structure, get updated on local issues, and get to know your city leaders! The class is FREE, but you must be registered. To register, please visit surpriseaz.gov/cityacademy or contact Lord Garcillano at lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1647.

Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!

Keep it beautiful, Surprise! logo.Help Surprise stay a safe, clean and attractive city! Litter can be found on city streets and public spaces, and we’d like to focus on cleaning it up before it becomes a growing issue. How can you help?

  • Throw your trash away
  • Pick up Litter
  • Secure your load
  • Clean up after your pets
  • Volunteer for a community cleanup
  • Help spread the word by encouraging others to #keepitbeautifulsurprise

Day of Service

If you are looking for a way to help others, please consider helping out during the Surprise Day of Service on February 20, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers will help with various projects, including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal, and more. Projects will help neighborhoods and homeowners who may not be physically or financially able to maintain their homes. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1522.

Holiday Sanitation Schedule

City offices are closed on February 15 in observance of Presidents’ Day. Please note that the holiday sanitation schedule will be in effect.

Spring Training

Spring Training 2021 is scheduled to begin on February 27. The Texas Rangers are set to take on the Kansas City Royals on February 27 at 1:05 p.m.! For a complete schedule of games and updated information on ticket sales and safety protocols, please visit SurpriseStadium.com or call 623.222.2222. Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the Spring Training Schedule and information is subject to change.

What’s Happening on that Lot?

  • Amazon construction is moving along and expected to be completed by April 2021!
  • EOS Fitness Marley Park, located at 13644 N. Litchfield Park
  • Horizon Aviation & Machining, located 11267 N. 132nd Avenue
  • Ancona at Surprise Pointe 33, located at the NWC of Dysart Road and Sweetwater Avenue. This 27 acre site will house two industrial buildings, one 84,300 sq.ft. and the other 72,000 sq.ft., each containing 12 spec suites.

Fire Station 308 Update

Construction is continuing on Fire Station 308, located at the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Cactus Road.

Business Resource

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has reopened for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. Summary information on the PPP is available on www.surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp, under Business Resources.

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd – Home | Facebook! Be sure to click the “follow” button to get District 6 news and updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 16 at 6 p.m. Council meetings are currently closed to in-person attendance. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 will also carry the meetings live. Public comment will be accepted by phone and email. Instructions for public comment will be included on each meeting agenda. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on February 13 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road, or on February 24 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • January 2021

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

New Park!

A new eight acre park at Greenway Road and Parkview Place will begin design in June of 2021! This new park will provide more programmable and rental field space.

In addition to the new park, Council voted to provide additional funding to the Gaines Youth Baseball Field, to allow for completion ahead of the current timeline, and established a $3 million budget for enhancements to the Surprise Community Park. Enhancements will be determined following the design and submittal of actual costs, but could include adding a restroom, improving dog park drainage and exploring new lighting. The City of Surprise has continued to see growth in housing permits and retail sales collections, and as a result, Council voted to fund these parks projects.

We are still in the beginning phases of planning for a larger city park (75-100 acres). If you have any ideas on what you would like to see included, please reach out to me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Rocket League/Among Us Tournaments

Surprise Parks & Recreation and Bravous Esports are teaming up to offer online video game tournaments. Gamers participate from the comfort of their own homes in a competitive, elimination-style tournament. The registration fee for Surprise residents is $10. Register online at https://bit.ly/3gClzDN.

  • Rocket League “Back to School” Tournament
    (7-17yr) – January 9, 4-9 p.m.
  • Among Us Unmasking
    (7-17yr) – February 20, 4-9 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

In honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the city will host a virtual program celebrating his life, leading into a day of community service. Please join us on January 16, beginning at 9 a.m. on the City of Surprise social media channels & Surprise TV to see a variety of local musicians, performers, and speakers. Community service projects are also being coordinated. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov. In order to adhere to COVID-19 gathering limitations, advanced registration is required.

What’s Happening on that Lot

Fire Station 308, located at the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Cactus Road, broke ground on December 7. This nearly 16,000 square foot facility will house an Engine Company, Hazardous Materials Response Team and future ambulance. The fire station was funded by the voter-approved 2017 Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond.

Other projects currently in development review:

  • EOS Fitness Marley Park, located at 13644 N. Litchfield Park
  • Kiff Enterprises-JBUGS, southwest corner of Sweetwater and Dysart Road
  • Level Crossing Phase 2 PAD Amendment, an extension of the property for industrial and commercial mixed use, located at 13700 N. Dysart Road.

New Commercial Permits were recently completed for:

  • Skyway Business Park Bldg. H1, located at 11304 N. Dysart Road
  • Skyway Business Park Bldg. H2, located at 11180 N. Dysart Road

Economic Development

The Surprise Small Business Relief Grant program provided grants to local businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Council, using CARES Act funds, funded two phases of this program. Through this funding, the city was able to help 79 local businesses and retain 483 jobs! Our Economic Development Department continues to work hard to help our local businesses find resources to be successful. Please visit the COVID-19 Business Resource page for a list of other resources available for local businesses.

A chart displaying use of funds.

To view the full Small Business Relief Grant report, please visit surpriseaz.gov.

Possible APS 230kv Power Lines Down Cactus or Peoria roads

APS accepted public comments on the siting process for new 230kv power lines from October 20-November 20. In a summary of public comments provided by APS, public comment included opposition to the new transmission lines routes along Cactus Road and Peoria Avenue near residential areas. Currently, there is no information on where the lines will ultimately be sited. More information regarding this project should be available in early 2021. To learn more about the project, visit www.apswestvalleycentral.com.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 19 at 6 p.m. Council meetings are currently closed to in-person attendance. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 will also carry the meetings live. Public comment will be accepted by phone and email. Instructions for public comment will be included on each meeting agenda. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on January 27 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues, and answering any questions you might have. Please note that my Meet and Greet, scheduled for January 9 at Spencer’s Place, has been cancelled.

Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • December 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.

City of Surprise Public Meetings will Reclose to In-person Attendance

To protect public health amidst rising COVID-19 cases, beginning December 1, and until further notice, City of Surprise Public Meetings will close to in-person attendance. This includes meetings of City Council and all city boards and commissions. These meetings will be streamed and broadcast, and public comment will be accepted by phone and email. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Interested in Parks?

Tune into our December 15 Council Meeting where we will be discussing options to improve or expand our parks.

Also, we are in the beginning phases of planning a new city park. A city park is typically 75-100 acres. If you have ideas on what should be included in a new city park, please let me know! Email me at Chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov

Surprise Party 2020-At Home Style

Surprise Party at HomeWhile we can’t host our Surprise Party in person this year, we have many exciting virtual events planned. Join us for a virtual tree lighting ceremony, virtual cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, virtual bingo-holiday edition, Zoom calls with Santa, virtual holiday arts & crafts, a Santa drive-thru, and the Light up the Night House Decorating contest. Please see the schedule of events below, and for more details check out surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty.

Surprise Party – At Home Activities

Schedule is subject to change.

DATETIMEEVENT
Fri, Dec. 4 7:00 p.m. Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony**
Mon, Dec. 7 6:30 p.m. Virtual Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus**
Surprise has partnered with Boyer Bakery to provide 150 cookie decorating kits to the first 150 decorators. Kits will be available for pick up on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or Monday, December 7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave.
Tues, Dec. 8 6:30 p.m. Virtual Bingo – Holiday Edition (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Wed, Dec. 9 5:30-8:30 p.m. Zoom Calls with Santa (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Thurs, Dec. 10 6:30 p.m. Virtual Holiday Themed Art & Craft featuring WHAM**
Craft kits will be available for pick up beginning Monday, November 30 to Thursday, December 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, while supplies last.
Fri, Dec. 11 6:00-8:00 p.m. Santa Drive-Thru at Surprise Stadium
Download a colorable letter for Santa at surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty. Participants must remain in the car during this event. Santa’s helpers will hand out goodie bags to the first 200 participants.
Sat, Dec. 12 –
Sun, Dec. 13
Evening Light up the Night House Decorating Contest w/ map

**Denotes a video event

Please note that video events will be aired at the times noted above on Surprise TV online and the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Facebook Page. On-demand video playback will be available for recorded events, so please visit surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty to view a video recording at your convenience.

What’s Happening on that Lot

The Amazon last-mile delivery station at Litchfield Road and Soledad Street is making progress on construction.

Boyer Bakery, at 13681 N. Litchfield Road, is currently in development review, and will be opening at the former “Pinkabella” location.

There will be 63,000 square feet of flex space at Skyway Commons opening soon, located on the southwest corner of Dysart Road and Rioglass Solar Road!

DevelopNEXT

The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is nearing the finish line! The final draft will be presented for consideration and action at the December 15, 2020 City Council Meeting. The final draft was developed after several rounds of draft documents were posted online and presented at stakeholder meetings to address questions and gather feedback. The document has also been available online for public comment. The Land Development Ordinances (LDO) will replace the current Surprise Unified Development Code (SUDC). In addition, the City is also updating and consolidating the separate design and engineering books into a single Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS). For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/developnext.

Possible APS 230kv Power Lines down Cactus or Peoria roads

More information regarding this project should be available in early 2021. To learn more about the project, visit www.apswestvalleycentral.com.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on Tuesday, December 1 and December 15 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on December 12 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues, and answering any questions you might have. Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • November 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.

Veterans Day Tribute Video

We would prefer to have a Veterans Day Parade again this year, but due to the pandemic, we had to get creative! To show our support for veterans on Veterans Day this year, we will be making a video and decorating Bullard Avenue. The compilation of community video messages will be featured on Veterans Day on the Surprise TV cable channel, our Parks & Recreation social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), and the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov.

Remember to take a drive down Bullard on November 10-12. Decorated signs, provided by City of Surprise residents, will be on display with messages of thanks for our Veterans!

Possible APS 230kv Power Lines down Cactus or Peoria roads

How would you like some nice, tall 230kv power lines in your backyard? APS needs to connect the power lines that run along the west side of the 303 to the Microsoft facility on Dysart Road and Olive Avenue. Options include Cactus Road, Peoria Avenue, or Olive Avenue.

APS is in the early stages of a public siting process to determine routes for new 230kV power lines. The project structures/poles will be between 115-195 feet tall.

Here is a 90 second summary from the end of our last council meeting:
https://youtu.be/59x3wmk-yAs?t=5459

Public Input for the West Valley Central 230kV Connection Project is now being accepted. Members of the public are invited to learn more about the project and to submit comments at www.apswestvalleycentral.com. Comments will be accepted until November 20, 2020.

Additionally, two Live Virtual Town Hall meetings will be hosted on Wednesday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 10, 2020. Both are from 6-7:30 p.m. You can register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APSlivechat

APS map of the 230KV Connection Project study area.

Restaurants – Permits to expand outdoor dining are now free!

Local restaurants can now apply for a Temporary Expansion of Premise (TEP) permit to allow for expansion of their dining areas in order to serve more customers while maintaining social distancing. Since the intent of the TEP is to curb the financial impacts of the pandemic on restaurants, there is no application or permit fee. In addition, the TEP process includes a streamlined application process and expedited staff review. Approved permits will be valid for 180 days with an option to renew. If your restaurant is looking to expand the service area for alcohol, review and approval of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control is required. To learn more about the TEP permit and download the application, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialeventpermits.

Marley Park Overseed Schedule

You may notice some brown turf for a short time as the City and the Marley Park HOA work together to create a sustainable and turf healthy management program that also considers water conservation. This Fall, no overseeding will take place at the city park in order to rest the turf. Please see the schedule below, for future overseeding plans. Please note that this schedule will be reviewed annually and adjusted based on turf conditions.

Fall 2020—No overseeding (entire park)
Fall 2021—Overseeding (south side only)
Fall 2022—Overseeding (north side only)
Fall 2023—START OVER—No overseeding (entire park)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 623-222-2000.

What’s happening on that lot?

  • At the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Waddell Road, Boyer Bakery will be opening at the former “Pinkabella” location, and Venue Taproom has opened its doors, taking over the former “Under Review” location.
  • Walls are up and construction is underway at the new Amazon last-mile distribution center at Sweetwater Avenue and Litchfield Road!
  • Expanding in the Rail Plex: Horizon Aviation is growing and Milam Glass is adding a new parking structure.
  • Skyway Commons along the west side of Dysart Road, south of Cactus Road, has nearly completed an additional 63,000 square feet of speculative industrial space for new business attraction.
  • A new Goodwill store opened at Cactus Road and Reems Road on October 23rd

Congratulations to our Economic Development Team!

With all of these great projects going on, it should be no surprise, that the Surprise Economic Development Team recently received five awards from the International Economic Development Council:

  • Gold Award for the Community Partnership with Ottawa University
  • Silver Award for Costco Retail Attraction Campaign
  • Silver Award for its Economic Development Week Campaign
  • Bronze Award for the Virtual Ribbon Cutting Campaign
  • Bronze Award for the COVID-19 Business Help Website

In addition, the City of Surprise partnership with Ottawa University was recognized with an Innovation Award at the WESTMARC Best of the West Awards on October 22!

Thank you, Councilman David Sanders

November 2nd, 2020 will be Councilman Sanders’ last meeting. Dave came on the council a few minutes after I did and was a great resource for our city. I had the great pleasure of working with Councilman Sanders on many different agenda items and budget items over the past two years.

Thank you very much for putting your life on hold these past two years and for the service you have given to your community. You led by example, you are extremely thoughtful in your approach and you are always a pleasure to be around. Just because you are leaving the council, you are not off the hook — I still expect to see you involved in our great community.

Holiday Schedule

Please note the following holidays this month will result in a change to the trash pick-up schedule for city of Surprise sanitation customers: November 11 in observance of Veterans Day, and November 26 and 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. City Hall remains closed to the public due to COVID-19.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on Monday, November 2 (moved to Monday due to Election Day) and Tuesday, November 17 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Council meetings have been reopened for in-person participation. In order to adhere to CDC guidelines, in-person participants will be required to wear a facial covering when entering and exiting the chambers, but may remove it while seated, if they so choose. Capacity will be capped at 50 people, and physical distancing measures will be in place.

If you are not yet ready to attend in person, instructions for how to comment virtually are listed on the agenda. Agendas can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on November 14 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues, and answering any questions you might have. Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • October 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.

Business in District 6

Firestone Complete Auto Care opened a new store, located at 13475 N. Litchfield Road, on August 21. Mayor Hall and I had the privilege to cut the ribbon. Welcome to Surprise!

Mayor Hall and Vice Mayor Judd cut a purple ribbon outside of Firestone Complete Auto Care.

Congratulations to T.E.A.M. for kids therapy on winning the virtual Ribbon Cutting Contest! The City of Surprise Economic Development Department hosted a five-week long contest, featuring 101 local Surprise businesses celebrating reopenings after closing temporarily because of COVID-19. Residents were asked to vote on their favorite ribbon cutting video, and T.E.A.M for kids won the grand prize! Check out all the amazing videos at flickr.com/photos/cityofsurprise/.

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Judd and Economic Dev Director Jeanine Jerkovic give thumbs up to T.E.A.M. 4 Kids.

Mayor Hall and I were honored to join Jeanine Jerkovic, the City of Surprise Economic Development Director, to deliver the winning trophy.

What’s happening on that lot?

  • Amazon’s 145,000 sf Delivery Station is now under construction at the northeast corner of Sweetwater Avenue & Litchfield Road.
  • The Skyway Commons Buildings H1 &H2, located at the southwest corner of Dysart Road and Rioglass Solar Road, are nearly complete and will bring 63,000 sf of new speculative flex industrial space to the Railplex.

Small Business Relief Grant

The Small Business Relief Grant program seeks to distribute $250,000 to businesses in Surprise with fewer than 25 employees and less than $2 million in revenues, who have experienced economic distress and loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and have had closures compliant with Governor Ducey’s Executive Orders. To apply for the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant program, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/smallbusinessgrant. Applicants will need to create an account with the Arizona Community Foundation and will need a Surprise Business “Registration” License and a W-9 form. The deadline to apply is October 16.

AZ CARES money distributed to the City of Surprise provides the ability to offer these programs.

Donation from Ottawa University

Thank you to Ottawa University and their students for donating facemasks and personal letters that will be distributed to community members by our Human Services & Community Vitality Department. The students included return addresses in their letters in the hopes of creating “pen pal” acquaintances with those receiving these gifts. Ottawa’s mascot “Fang” was also on site to celebrate this incredible donation!

7th Annual Fiesta Grande celebration goes virtual

Celebrate our city’s cultural heritage at the seventh annual Surprise Fiesta Grande – To Go style! This virtual celebration, presented by the City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina, is happening all this week! Enjoy authentic Mexican food, cooking and dance classes, crafts, games and more! The schedule of events is as follows:

  • October 5 at 6:30 p.m.: Holy Guacamole & Salsa Dippin’ Virtual Cooking Class. While this virtual class has already premiered, you can still watch it at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande
  • October 6 at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Folklorico Class/Performance (view at facebook.com/SurpriseRec and Surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV)
  • All day on October 6, Let’s Taco ‘bout a Good Meal! Where local restaurants will be offering discounts!
  • October 7 at 6:30 p.m.: Nacho Average Virtual Bingo. Register at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov by clicking on ‘Special Events’ by 12 p.m. on Wednesday 10/7 for a chance to win fun prizes!
  • October 8 at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Arts and Crafts, featuring WHAM (to participate, pick up your craft kit at the Parks & Recreation office, Monday 10/5 through Thursday 10/8 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 15960 N Bullard Ave Surprise, AZ 85374).
  • October 9 at 5 p.m.: Fiesta Foodtruck Friday & Swag Bag (Foodtruck, and swag bag pick up are at Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N Hollyhock St, Surprise, AZ 85378. Register for a swag bag athttp://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov by clicking on “Special Events”).

For updates and more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande or contact the Parks & Recreation Special Events Division at 623.222.2000.

If you happen to miss any of the virtual activities, videos will be available at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande after the event.

Veterans Day Tribute Video

Unfortunately, the City of Surprise will not be able to put on a Veterans Day parade this year due to COVID-19. In order to create a virtual alternative to families lined along a parade route, or parade participants displaying signs of gratitude, the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department will be compiling community messages to veterans sent in by you, the residents! To participate, record a video tribute, no longer than 15 seconds, thanking our veterans, then upload it to surpriseaz.gov/veteranvideo. This compilation of community messages will be featured on Veterans Day on the Surprise TV cable channel, our Parks & Recreation social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), and the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov. Entries must be received by October 29 at 5 p.m. You can also participate by creating a sign that will be displayed on Bullard Ave. near the Surprise Stadium, November 10-12. Blank signs can be picked up at the Parks and Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday October 12 through Friday, October 30. Decorated signs, should be returned to the Parks and Recreation Office by 5 p.m. on Friday November 6 for inclusion in the display. For more information, please contact Steve Castillo at 623-222-2267, or by email at steve.castillo@surpriseaz.gov.

Southwest Gas

Southwest Gas offers flexible payment plans, payment assistance programs, and income qualified rate assistance for their customers in Arizona. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Southwest Gas has ceased all service disconnection, and late fees for nonpayment, since March. While this moratorium is still in place, they would like to urge customers to also explore the various assistance programs that they offer, to avoid large payments after the COVID-19 crisis improves.

Low Income Ratepayer Assistance (LIRA)
Customers who have recently lost their job, or are receiving unemployment benefits, may qualify for a reduced energy rate through the LIRA Program. This program helps customers save money by providing a yearly 30% reduction in the monthly basic service charge and a “per therm” rate discount. The “per therm” discount is applied each month from November 1 through April 30.

Energy Share Program
Southwest Gas has $1 million available to customers experiencing unexpected financial difficulties, such as the loss of a job or medical emergency related to COVID-19. The Energy Share program allows customers facing financial hardship who qualify, to receive assistance towards paying their Southwest Gas bill. Customers do not need to meet Federal Poverty Income Guidelines to qualify.

Deferred Payment Program
For customers who can demonstrate a hardship and have outstanding bills, the deferred payment plan allows them to pay their bill over an extended period of time. The company also make referrals to government or local social service agencies.

To learn more about these programs, please visit the Southwest Gas website at www.swgas.com, or call 1-877-860-6020.

Southwest Gas also wants to remind you that they will never contact customers, or show up in person to demand payment with the threat of disruption of service. Any calls that demand immediate payment should be considered a scam. Do not provide any person information and hang up. To verify the legitimacy of any calls or visits you receive, please call 877-860-6020.

Possible APS project in District 6

In the near future, there may be a new APS power line in District 6. Please watch my Facebook account and newsletter for additional information. I will share it with you as soon as it is available.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on Tuesday, October 6 and Tuesday October 20, at 6 p.m.  Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.  If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern.  I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Council meetings have been reopened for in-person participation. In order to adhere to CDC guidelines, in-person participants will be required to wear a facial covering when entering and exiting the chambers, but may remove it while seated, if they so choose. Capacity will be capped at 50 people, and physical distancing measures will be in place.

If you are not yet ready to attend in person, instructions for how to comment virtually are listed on the agenda. Agendas can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Meet and Greet

For the month of October, I will be hosting two Meet and Greets. Please join me on Saturday, October 17, at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road, and on October 28, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road, Surprise, AZ 85379. Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • September 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.

Revised Development & Design Standards

Members of the public and community stakeholders now have the opportunity to provide comments related to the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) and the Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS). You can review and make comments on the documents at surpriseaz.gov/developnext. Several meetings will also be held before the end of the year to present changes and gather comments.

The following is the timeline for those meetings (dates are subject to change):

  • Development Community Stakeholder Meetings – held virtually in August and September
  • Public Outreach Meetings – held virtually in September with advanced public notice of date and time
  • Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council Presentations – Several presentations in September, October and November
  • Public Hearings – at Planning and Zoning in November, and City Council in December (for final action).

The DevelopNEXT update is important to the City because it will allow us to align ordinances and design standards with the values described in the City’s General plan 2035, it will help us to implement new state statues and federal guidelines, and improve the city’s standards for site, open space and architectural design. In addition, the City’s design standards and guides will be able to be consolidated into one document, and it will simplify and clarify the structure and organization of the documents and the rules within them.

To learn more about DevelopNEXT, please visit surpriseaz.gov/developnext.

Road Work Update

The Litchfield Road Improvement project was completed on August 19th! This project was approved through the 2017 General Obligation Bond. The Litchfield Road improvement project, widened the stretch of road from Waddell Road to Peoria Avenue, added two additional travel lanes (for a total of four), sidewalks, a bicycle lane, street lighting and landscaping.

This project delivered the full design and construction of Litchfield Road, as this was the only remaining undeveloped section of the roadway.

An aerial view of the intersection of Litchfield Road and Sweetwater in Surprise.

Construction will begin soon on Greenway Road from Sarival to Cotton Lane. This project will eliminate areas that have multiple lanes merging into one lane in each direction. These improvements will provide matched lane configurations on Greenway Road in and around the SR Loop 303/ Greenway Road interchange to accommodate the anticipated traffic volume, improve traffic flow and reduce congestion along Greenway Road. The completion of this roadway segment will also provide relief to the eastern and western city ingress and egress points; with a goal of improving commute times, mitigating congestion and improving air quality. Completion of this roadway should also relieve traffic from other east/west arterial roadways.

The specific improvements within this segment of Greenway Road will include two additional travel lanes (for a total of four), provisions for drainage, sidewalks, bicycle lane, street lighting, landscaping, and turn lanes. This project will also include the relocation of existing Maricopa Water District infrastructure.

Roadwork is scheduled to begin in late September or early October, and is expected to continue until early 2021. You may notice some utility work taking place on the roadway in advance of the project.

Community Resources

The City of Surprise has housing assistance resources available to help individuals, families and social workers in finding housing help.

The Surprise CARES Housing Stability Program is one program that is available. This program provides financial assistance for up to three consecutive months of rental or mortgage assistance, and up to three consecutive months utility assistance if in conjunction with rental/mortgage assistance. The purpose of this program is to assist low-income households who have had loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rent or mortgage payments will be made directly to the landlord or financial institution. To see if you are eligible, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3823/CARES-Housing-Stability-Program to complete an eligibility assessment.

For additional programs and information, please contact the Neighborhood Services Division at 623.222.1550 or the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

Esports Video Game Tournaments

Surprise Parks and Recreation and Bravous E-Sports are offering four different video game tournaments during the Fall 2020 sports season for participants ages 7-16. Tournaments will include Rocket League, Fortnight, Madden 20 and Super Smash Bros. Register online at https://secure.rec1.com/AZ/surprise-community-rec/catalog.

Surprise Aquatic Center Mural

The mural on the Surprise Aquatic Center has been completed! Voters had a chance to vote between two concepts, and chose “Swimming with Porpoise.” The mural was painted by street artist “Bacpac.” The Surprise Aquatic Center is located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue. Thank you to everyone that voted!

A mural of swimming dolphins.

New Business in District 6

Firestone Complete Auto Care opened a new store, located at 13475 N. Litchfield Road, on August 21.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on Tuesday, September 1st and Tuesday September 15th at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Please note that City Hall is closed Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.

Meet and Greet

My next monthly Meet and Greet is tentatively scheduled for September 23, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road, Surprise, AZ 85379. Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.