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District 6 Newsletter – April, 6 2018

S&P upgrades city’s GO Bond rating as Council authorizes first Decide Surprise Bond sale

2017 General Obligation Bond

During my time on the City Council, I have been committed to fiscal responsibility and protecting the taxpayers. I called for an improvement to the City Financial Policies. Since the policy change, Surprise has achieved a significant increase in the City’s bond rating because we have been able to demonstrate significantly improved finances and overall management at our City.

The great news continues as it was announced that Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has upgraded the city’s General Obligation (GO) Bond rating from AA- to AA. The agency also noted a flexible budget strategy and stable performance as a positive in supporting the bond rating upgrade, “Surprise’s budgetary flexibility is very strong, in our view, with an available fund balance in fiscal 2017 of 36% of operating expenditures, or $38.8 million. We expect the available fund balance to remain above 30% of expenditures for the current and next fiscal years, which we view as a positive credit factor.”

The credit rating firm cited strong financial policy management and practices, low debt, and an adequate economy as reasons for the upgrade (view full report).

The announcement coincided with the City Council’s authorization for staff to proceed with the first bond sale related to the GO Bond Election on Tuesday night.

The higher the rating, the lower the investment risk to the bond purchasers and the interest rate to the city on the borrowed funds. The upgrade from S&P follows an upgrade last year from Fitch Ratings from AA- to AA+. It’s more great news for the taxpayers of Surprise. See press release…

State of the City is set April 16; at the Lightbox

Surprise 2018 State of the City

Join me for the 2018 State of the City Address, Monday, April 16, at the new West-MEC Northwest Campus!

Having a strong foundation from which to build on, Mayor Wolcott will deliver a forward-looking message of where Surprise can grow into the future.

Join your neighbors and business leaders and learn more about the opportunities for transportation, job growth and water management.

A reception in the Lightbox building begins at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. West-MEC is located at 13201 W. Grand Avenue.

Register through the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce at http://www.surpriseregionalchamber.com/state-of-the-city.html.

Vote on Surprise’s water future! New info added to website, public meeting dates set

Surprise Water Election

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase of a water service company in a May 15 Special Election. To help voters learn more about the ballot measure, we have added new tools and information to the water election website and invite residents to one of our upcoming public meetings.

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, now includes a short informational video, downloadable fact sheet, frequently asked questions, important election dates, voter information and public meeting dates and locations.

The remaining public meetings are scheduled on the following dates:

April 12, 5 p.m.
Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

April 18, 4 p.m.
Sun City Grand, Sonoran Plaza – Palms Room, 19789 N Remington Drive

April 19, 6 p.m.
Sierra Montana Recreation Center, 14861 N Spring Lane

The voter registration deadline for this election is April 16. To register, please visit http://maricopa.vote/. The Surprise City Clerk’s Office also offers in-person registration.

All registered households in Surprise will receive a mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed April 25. Election Day is May 15.

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

Imagine Rosefield’s Character Council

Imagine Rosefield Character Council

Imagine Rosefield’s Character Council opened our most recent Surprise City Council meeting with Pledge of Allegiance. Well done future leaders!

Check Out our new Community Resource Guide

Community Resource Guide thumbThe guide was a collaborative effort by the City of Surprise and the City of Peoria to complete a comprehensive regional resource guide to bring greater awareness and connectivity to critical human, social and workforce development services. Download the Community Resource Guide

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival April 8

The City of Surprise, in coordination with State 48 Brewery and Food Truck Friday West, presents Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival on April 8 with live music performed by Notes from Neptune!

Join us from 4 – 8 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N Bullard Avenue.

Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. Choose from a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of craft beers and wines provided by State 48 Brewery. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair! Dogs must be on leashes.

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

Surprise AZ TechCelerator awarded international soft landings designation

AZ TechCelerator logo

After completing a rigorous application and peer-review validation process, the AZ TechCelerator is excited to announce its acceptance in the Global Soft Landings Network under the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).

“The AZ TechCelerator clearly demonstrated they have the resources and programming to meet the needs of foreign/non-domestic firms that want to enter the center’s domestic market,” states Kirstie Chadwick, InBIA’s President and CEO.

Benefits of the designation to the AZ TechCelerator include global visibility, credibility, and opportunities to collaborate with InBIA on international projects and grant proposals. See press release…

We heard you! Revised draft of Surprise Arts & Culture Master Plan ready for feedback

arts and culture master plan banner

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments on our Surprise Arts and Culture Master Plan draft! We used that feedback to create a revised version, and we would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Visit www.surpriseaz.gov/artsmasterplan to read the revised draft and offer your comments by April 8.

Once this round of feedback is incorporated, the plan will be presented to the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission. Then, in June, the plan is expected to head to City Council for consideration and potential adoption.

The master plan is intended to set the standard and strategic direction for how the city will continue to implement and enjoy arts and culture in our community.

For more information, please contact Joshua Mike at 623.222.3134 or joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov.

Vote for your favorite local businesses in the 2018 Surprise Retail Survey

2018 Retail Survey ad

It’s time to take the 2018 Surprise Retail Survey and recognize your favorite local restaurants and retailers!

Since 2015, the city has conducted an annual retail survey. In odd years, we ask for your wish list of restaurants and retailers; and every year we ask you to tell us what establishments top your list of local favorites.

Your TOP 10 restaurants and TOP 5 retail stores and/or service providers will get certificates and window clings that recognize them as a 2018 Local Favorite! Please take a couple of minutes to answer our brief, two-question survey before April 13 to show some love for your local businesses.

Take the survey

Fun Fact: Did you know that the community’s number one “Most-desired Restaurant” in both the 2015 and 2017 retail surveys is opening soon? In-N-Out Burger is under construction on Bell Road between Litchfield Road and Bullard Avenue. Plus, other top picks, including Texas Roadhouse and Oregano’s, have already opened up shop in Surprise!

Mark your calendars for Taste of Surprise on April 7th

Taste of Surprise

Mark your calendars for a fantastic event! Showcasing some of the West Valley’s best restaurants and eateries, the Taste of Surprise is a fundraising event organized by the Rotary Club of Surprise Community Foundation to support projects and charitable services in the local community. The Taste of Surprise features dozens of food, beer, wine and spirit vendors, including local culinary talents from award-winning restaurants and local emerging chefs.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Surprise Stadium, 15930 N. Bullard Avenue. Tickets are available at www.tasteofsurprise.com or at the door.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection set for April 14th

If you’ve been holding on to unwanted paint, electronics and other hazardous waste, mark your calendar for the City’s next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, April 14.

This event is free and for Surprise residents only. Please bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.

Drop-off is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to the entrance off Foxfire), from 8 a.m. – Noon. For more information, check out www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or call 623.222.1900.

Don’t miss the Time of Your Life at next Surprise Pops Band concert

The Surprise Pops Band’s “The Time of Our Lives” concert is set for Sunday, April 15, at the Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center.

Doors open at 2 p.m. The show begins at 3 p.m. The venue is located at 15550 N. Parkview Place.

Remember these talented performers play for non-perishable food donations to support the Valley View Community Food Banks.

Learn more at www.surprisepopsband.com.

Science & technology come out to play at Surprise SciTech Festival April 21st

SCITECH banner

Have fun with science and technology, while celebrating Earth Day, at the Surprise SciTech Festival on April 21!

The event is free and has something for all ages! Come check out interactive SciTech booths, an incredible line-up of speakers, music and more! Plus, we’ll have delicious food options from local vendors available for purchase.

It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Outside Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Read more…

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

If you prefer to catch up on the latest city news through video, please watch the latest episode of Surprise Progress TV! This show takes a look at the 2019 budget building process, the first bond sale related to the GO Bond Election, the upcoming State of the City Address, info on grants for small business owners and more! Watch episode…


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Email: todd.tande@surpriseaz.gov

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District 6 Newsletter – March, 30 2018

State of the City is set April 16; at the Lightbox

Join me for the 2018 State of the City Address, Monday, April 16, at the new West-MEC Northwest Campus!

Having a strong foundation from which to build on, Mayor Wolcott will deliver a forward-looking message of where Surprise can grow into the future.

Join your neighbors and business leaders and learn more about the opportunities for transportation, job growth and water management.

A reception in the Lightbox building begins at 6 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. West-MEC is located at 13201 W. Grand Avenue.

Register through the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce at http://www.surpriseregionalchamber.com/state-of-the-city.html.

Surprise AZ TechCelerator awarded international soft landings designation

After completing a rigorous application and peer-review validation process, the AZ TechCelerator is excited to announce its acceptance in the Global Soft Landings Network under the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).

“The AZ TechCelerator clearly demonstrated they have the resources and programming to meet the needs of foreign/non-domestic firms that want to enter the center’s domestic market,” states Kirstie Chadwick, InBIA’s President and CEO.

Benefits of the designation to the AZ TechCelerator include global visibility, credibility, and opportunities to collaborate with InBIA on international projects and grant proposals. See press release…

We heard you! Revised draft of Surprise Arts & Culture Master Plan ready for feedback

Thank you to everyone who submitted comments on our Surprise Arts and Culture Master Plan draft! We used that feedback to create a revised version, and we would love to hear your thoughts on it.

Visit www.surpriseaz.gov/artsmasterplan to read the revised draft and offer your comments by April 8.

Once this round of feedback is incorporated, the plan will be presented to the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission. Then, in June, the plan is expected to head to City Council for consideration and potential adoption.

The master plan is intended to set the standard and strategic direction for how the city will continue to implement and enjoy arts and culture in our community.

For more information, please contact Joshua Mike at 623.222.3134 or joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov.

Vote for your favorite local businesses in the 2018 Surprise Retail Survey

It’s time to take the 2018 Surprise Retail Survey and recognize your favorite local restaurants and retailers!

Since 2015, the city has conducted an annual retail survey. In odd years, we ask for your wish list of restaurants and retailers; and every year we ask you to tell us what establishments top your list of local favorites.

Your TOP 10 restaurants and TOP 5 retail stores and/or service providers will get certificates and window clings that recognize them as a 2018 Local Favorite! Please take a couple of minutes to answer our brief, two-question survey before April 13 to show some love for your local businesses.

Take the survey

Fun Fact: Did you know that the community’s number one “Most-desired Restaurant” in both the 2015 and 2017 retail surveys is opening soon? In-N-Out Burger is under construction on Bell Road between Litchfield Road and Bullard Avenue. Plus, other top picks, including Texas Roadhouse and Oregano’s, have already opened up shop in Surprise!

Join us for the Surprise Spring Egg-stravaganza this Saturday!

Eager egg hunters are invited to join the search for more than 50,000 candy and toy-filled plastic eggs at the City of Surprise Spring Egg-stravaganza Celebration on March 31.

The event, for toddlers to 10-year-olds, will take place at Surprise Recreation Campus in the Kansas City Practice Fields, located at 15850 N Bullard Ave. Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and the first hunt begins at 8:20 a.m.

Admission is free, and the event will feature face painters, balloon artists, inflatables and Mr. & Mrs. Bunny! Read more…

Mark your calendars for Taste of Surprise on April 7th

Mark your calendars for a fantastic event! Showcasing some of the West Valley’s best restaurants and eateries, the Taste of Surprise is a fundraising event organized by the Rotary Club of Surprise Community Foundation to support projects and charitable services in the local community. The Taste of Surprise features dozens of food, beer, wine and spirit vendors, including local culinary talents from award-winning restaurants and local emerging chefs.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 7 from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Surprise Stadium, 15930 N. Bullard Avenue. Tickets are available at www.tasteofsurprise.com or at the door.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection set for April 14th

If you’ve been holding on to unwanted paint, electronics and other hazardous waste, mark your calendar for the City’s next Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event on Saturday, April 14.

This event is free and for Surprise residents only. Please bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.

Drop-off is at the Public Works Maintenance Yard, 13433 W. Foxfire Drive (from Bell Road, turn north on Dysart and follow signs to the entrance off Foxfire), from 8 a.m. – Noon. For more information, check out www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent or call 623.222.1900.

Don’t miss the Time of Your Life at next Surprise Pops Band concert

The Surprise Pops Band’s “The Time of Our Lives” concert is set for Sunday, April 15, at the Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center.

Doors open at 2 p.m. The show begins at 3 p.m. The venue is located at 15550 N. Parkview Place.

Remember these talented performers play for non-perishable food donations to support the Valley View Community Food Banks.

Learn more at www.surprisepopsband.com.

Science & technology come out to play at Surprise SciTech Festival April 21st

Have fun with science and technology, while celebrating Earth Day, at the Surprise SciTech Festival on April 21!

The event is free and has something for all ages! Come check out interactive SciTech booths, an incredible line-up of speakers, music and more! Plus, we’ll have delicious food options from local vendors available for purchase.

It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Outside Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Read more…

Meet Surprise Spring Training’s volunteer team – The Surprise Sundancers!

Did you know it takes about 200 volunteers each Surprise Spring Training game to create the ultimate fan experience?

The Surprise Sundancers are the official volunteer organization for the city’s Spring Training activities and other special events… and they are always looking for new team members!

Watch this short video to meet some of our amazing Sundancers and see how you can get involved! Surprise Sundancers Video

Vote on Surprise’s water future! New info added to website, public meeting dates set

Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase of a water service company in a May 15 Special Election. To help voters learn more about the ballot measure, we have added new tools and information to the water election website and invite residents to one of our upcoming public meetings.

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, now includes a short informational video, downloadable fact sheet, frequently asked questions, important election dates, voter information and public meeting dates and locations.

We are holding public meetings on the following dates:

  • April 4, 6 p.m.
    Desert Oasis Elementary Cafeteria/Multipurpose Room, 17161 W Bajada Road
  • April 12, 5 p.m.
    Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
  • April 18, 4 p.m.
    Sun City Grand, Sonoran Plaza – Palms Room, 19789 N Remington Drive
  • April 19, 6 p.m.
    Sierra Montana Recreation Center, 14861 N Spring Lane

The voter registration deadline for this election is April 16. To register, please visit http://maricopa.vote. The Surprise City Clerk’s Office also offers in-person registration.

All registered households in Surprise will receive a mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed April 25. Election Day is May 15.

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

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

If you prefer to catch up on the latest city news through video, please watch the latest episode of Surprise Progress TV! This show takes a look at the upcoming 2018 State of the City address, SciTech Festival and the next Surprise Pops Band Concert. Watch episode…


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District 6 Newsletter – May 5, 2017

Hello fellow neighbors of District 6,

There are some amazing things happening in our wonderful hometown of Surprise… As your D6 Councilmember and Vice Mayor, I wanted to update you on the latest news and information. Here we go…

City Manager FY18 Recommended Budget

Fiscal Year 2018 City of Surprise Budget and Finances

Your City Council, for the last few months, has held public meetings to discuss the city budget and its priorities. During our most recent City Council meeting, the City Manager provided his “Recommended Budget.”

The City Council discussed not only what priority expenditures to include, but also, the funding sources including tax rates to fund the budget items. The Final Budget and Tax Rates will be adopted in June, and your City Council requests and encourages your input.

During my first year on Council, we voted unanimously to LOWER the Primary (Operational Funds) Property Tax Rate, and it remains among the lowest in the Valley. Since then, the City Council has voted unanimously to hold that lower rate at the same level, and also hold the Sales Tax Rate the same. In case you were not aware, the City of Surprise currently has NO Secondary Property Tax Rate, which typically is voter-approved to fund (General Obligation Debt / Capital Project Financing). That means we have been financing limited Capital Projects through the main city banking account, the General Fund, which is also used to pay for everyday operational costs. City Tax Rates compared to other cities can be found on this link: http://d6.surpriseaz.gov/your-city-by-the-numbers/.

Using our current rate multiplied by the assessed value of your home has most Homeowners likely paying less than $152 per year, or less than $12.70 per month, for city operations (Police, Fire-Medical, Parks, Public Works, City Administration, etc) through the Primary Property Tax Rate. In many cases, that is lower than what most homeowners are paying for their own Neighborhood HOA assessments, with rates which are set by your neighborhood HOA Board Members.

Those with higher assessed values would pay a bit more, and those with lower assessed values would pay a bit less. You can see your Detailed “CITY OF SURPRISE” portion of your property taxes online by starting at the Maricopa County Assessors website and clicking through to your parcel and then “detailed taxes” at this link: https://mcassessor.maricopa.gov/

My first Agenda Item, when I joined Council, was to implement a new Financial Policy that requires City Staff to take the actions necessary for the City to strengthen our City Finances and strive towards the Top Credit Rating. Our City Council unanimously approved my New Financial Policy, and the City Management has been successfully working towards that goal. Since the approval, our City has received many Credit Ratings Upgrades and is now at AA+ or just one level below the top rating of AAA. I previously served as Finance Director for the State of Indiana, at the time Indiana achieved its first ever AAA credit rating.

Read more about the City of Surprise AA+ Rating information

View the Credit Rating Agency’s Detailed News Release about City of Surprise Finances that shows all but one assessment factor is now at AAA level in this RARE “two ratings step” increase announcement.

View the City of Surprise Budget information

2017 General Obligation Bond Discussion Coming May 16

The Surprise Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee was briefed late last month by city staff on proposed capital improvement projects that may be included in three separate bond questions this fall.

Staff will present the proposed projects to City Council at the May 16th Work Session. Pending Council consensus, a Call to Election vote would be scheduled at a Regular Meeting in June. If approved, Surprise voters would decide on three possible General Obligation Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation in a mail-ballot only Special Election on November 7, 2017.

Proposed Question #1: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $35 million public safety bond proposal to: build a Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center; renovate an existing city facility into a Police Training Facility; acquire Land for Future Fire Station/Police Substation/ & Park; build a new Fire Station at Cactus and Litchfield roads; build a new Fire Station along 163rd Avenue, south of Happy Valley Road, to replace the current temporary station; and build a Public Works Operations Facility to centralize operations. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $29 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #2: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $22.9 million street bond proposal to provide funds to plan, design, construct and improve Waddell, Greenway, Litchfield and Cactus roads. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $19 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #3: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $24 million street pavement preservation bond proposal to plan, design, construct, replace and improve deteriorated street pavement citywide. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $20 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

City Council Work Sessions begin at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. They are open to the public and carried live on Surprise TV and online www.surpriseaz.gov/surprise11. All meeting agendas are posted online at least 24 hours ahead of the meeting at www.surpriseaz.gov.

Economic Development Update

District 6 has recently celebrated the ground breakings of a few new businesses. Milam Glass is a new company that will be located at 10801 N. 132nd Ave Surprise AZ 85379 (Located in the industrial park at approximately 132nd and Peoria). Milam Glass will be developing a 22,000 SF facility which will become their new headquarter location and employ around 45-50 people. Locating in Surprise will allow a significant portion of their workforce to work closer to home as many of them reside in the West Valley. As a glass company, their new facility will have a front façade made almost completely of glass. Read more about their new facility in their press release

Phoenix Distribution Center also celebrated with a groundbreaking last month. The distribution center is located just north of the Milam Glass site. The 12,000 square foot center will be located at the southeast corner of Desert Cove Road and 132nd Avenue. They will employ approximately 30 people.

Additionally, Legacy Traditional School is currently under construction with a 36,000 square feet expansion for a middle school.

Across the city, there are several new businesses that have recently opened or will soon. The Subaru Superstore of Surprise opened in the Prasada 303 Auto Park. The two-story, 60,000 square foot, seven-acre complex represents a state-of-the-art facility. They will be hosting a community event on Saturday, May 13 from 6 am until 9 am. The facility is located at 13090 N. Autoshow Avenue.

Subaru Superstore of Surprise

Salad and Go will soon open just north of Bell Road on Litchfield Road.

It was recently announced that BASIS Schools is considering a campus in Surprise. BASIS was recently recognized as having the top 3 schools in the US along with the 5th and 7th top ranked schools in the US and all of those are in Arizona!

2017 Retail Results Are In!

The City of Surprise launched a retail survey in March that garnered more than 3,000 responses! With many thanks to our engaged community, we were able to collect data that helped to identify the city’s retail strengths, as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. I’m happy to report that Nick’s Diner II and Vogue Bistro, both District 6 restaurants, made the list of favorite local restaurants!

Top 10 Desired Restaurants

In-N-Out Burger
Portillo’s
Sweet Tomatoes
Pita Jungle
El Pollo Loco
Cracker Barrel
Cheesecake Factory
Café Zupas
Whataburger
Rubio’s

Top 10 Desired Retailers

Costco
Hobby Lobby
Whole Foods
Home Goods
JoAnn’s Fabric
TJ Maxx
Old Navy
Total Wine
IKEA
Bath and Body Works

Top 10 Local Favorites – Restaurants

Babbo Italian Eatery
Rio Mirage
Vogue Bistro
Saigon Kitchen
Nick’s Diner II
Oregano’s
Big Buddha
State 48 Brewery
Jim’s Burgers and Eggs
Irish Wolfhound

Top 10 Local Favorites – Retailers

Kimbur’s Pet Wash
Kohl’s
Musical Surprise
Target
Son Glow Boutique
Walmart
Stein Mart
Bling Tour
Home Depot
Ross

The city would like to thank everyone who participated in the survey! The Surprise Economic Development team will now use the results to guide their retail recruitment efforts.

Community Development Update

Mini Business Warehouses and Storage is working on their due diligence, which is the first step in determining if your project is feasible, and assuring the stages of your project occur in the proper sequence. The project would consist of three phases of construction on the existing 8.1 acres with each phase utilizing approximately 2.6 acres.

Filberto’s at Surprise Pointe received an approval for their Conditional Use Permit for a drive-through dining facility.

Empire Residential Communities Fund II, LLC is requesting Final Plat approval for a 24 lot detached single family residential subdivision on a 10.47 acre parcel located at the northeast corner of 114th Avenue and Waddell Road.

Health for Life at Surprise Point is requesting a Conditional Use Permit to accommodate a Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 13431 N. Litchfield Road. A Citizen Review Hearing will be held on May 17 at 6 p.m. at Countryside Recreation Center, 15038 N. Parkview Place.

Dial-A-Ride Changes Effective July 1, 2017

Beginning July 1, Valley Metro will discontinue the current Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride service model to provide more service options and standardized regional transportation for seniors, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) eligible and income-qualified riders. Three transportation options will be available to customers when the new model begins: the Senior Bus, Paratransit Shared Ride and RideChoice Taxi Service.

Seniors who frequently visit the Surprise Senior Center, on average 3-5 days per week, can catch a ride on the city’s shared route Senior Bus. The Senior Bus will follow a dedicated route to the Senior Center and provide door-to-door pick-up and drop-off service; fare for the bus will remain $2 per one-way trip. The bus will be available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding city holidays.

Paratransit Shared Ride is recommended for ADA certified customers, seniors and income-qualified general public who schedule rides for local medical and works trips greater than 7 miles and, generally, outside the city of Surprise. ADA certified riders may also use the service for medical and work trips anywhere within Maricopa County up to ¾ miles of bus service. Multiple vehicle options will be available for customers when booking their trips; the service contractor will schedule vehicles accordingly based on customer needs.

Customers booking Paratransit Shared Ride are required to schedule trips 1-14 days in advance; same day booking is not available. The service will operate daily 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; trip fares are $4 each way.

Valley Metro Paratransit Van

Similar to the current Dial-a-Ride program, RideChoice Taxi Service provides 24 hours per day, 365 days per year service for riders with the ability to self-book and choose from multiple service providers. Riders will be allotted 16 trips per month however customers needing more trips are able to work with city staff to review monthly trip allowances on an individual basis.

RideChoice trips are managed on a RideChoice card that must be renewed each month; unused trips do not carry over. Customers can choose to load money to the RideChoice card to pay for trips however cash and credit cards are still accepted. RideChoice accounts can be self-managed online and by smart phone. Fares are $3 per one-way trip for riders. Riders will be responsible for any fare amounts that exceed $21 (city’s match is up to $18 per trip).

SERVICE MODELS AT A GLANCE
Service Model
Riders
Fare
Offers
Senior Bus Seniors Rider cost: $2 per one way trip; Avg. city cost per trip: $12.50 Shared route public transportation for frequent Senior Center visitors
Paratransit Shared Ride ADA certified, seniors, income- qualified general public Rider cost: $4 per one way trip; Avg. city cost per trip: $36 Shared ride for work and medical trips greater than 7 miles
RideChoice Taxi Service ADA certified, seniors, income-qualified general public Rider cost: $3 per one way trip up to $21; rider responsible for fares that exceed $21; Avg. city cost per trip: $17.50 Similar to Dial-a-Ride; trips generally within city limits, less than 8 miles

Valley Metro will contact current Northwest Valley Dial-a-Ride customers directly to educate them on the changes to the program and the new options. The first mailing goes out in May, with more detailed information going out in June.

Surprise staff and representatives from Valley Metro will schedule a public meeting in May to discuss the service models and answer questions.

Surprise will continue to share information about changes to Valley Metro’s Northwest Valley service model at www.surpriseaz.gov/transportation as it becomes available.

Registration Underway For CRS Activities

The City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Department has opened registration for the following youth sports activities:

Summer Youth Basketball League:
Recreational leagues for boys and girls ages 5-15, and competitive leagues for 14U & 17U boys and girls. The summer basketball season will start in early June and run until the end of July. Games are played on Saturdays and/or weeknights. Practice times are up to the volunteer coach, but are usually once a week at 5:30pm, 6:30pm or 7:30pm for one hour. Age is determined on or before July 31, 2017.

Summer Break Sports Camps:
Surprise is also offering a number of Summer Youth Sports Camps in June and July, including basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer. Flag football and soccer registration starts in July. For a list of camp dates and details, please visit http://www.surpriseaz.gov/2017/Sports-Camps-and-Clinics or call 623.222.2000.

With summer around the corner, I wanted to share a summary of recreations events as well.

Aquatics
May 1Swim & Dive Team Registration Begins
May 6 – Safety Day @ Surprise Aquatic Center 8 am – 11 am
May 15 – Summer Swim Lesson Registration Begins
May 25 – Itty Bitty Beach Party 10 am-12 pm @ Surprise Aquatic Center
May 27 – Open Swim begins at Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool
June 10 – Dive In Movie “Disney’s Moana” 7:30 – 9:30 pm
July 4 – Pool Party @ Aquatic Center
July 22 – Dive in Movie “The LEGO Batman” Movie 7:30 – 9:30 pm
May 30 – Recreation Swim & Dive Team practices begin at Surprise Aquatic Center and Summer Swim Lessons begin at Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool.

Youth / Teens/Adults
May 12 – Surprise Talent Show 6-9 pm @ Valley Vista Performing Arts Center
May 19 – Rec Night for Teens from 7-10 pm @ Sierra Montana Recreation Ctr
June 16 – Rec Night for Teens from 7-10 pm @ Sierra Montana Recreation Ctr
July 14 – Rec Night for Teens from 7-10 pm @ Sierra Montana Recreation Ctr
May 30 – Summer Camp at Countryside Recreation Center and Sierra Montana Recreation Center begin

Drop in Recreation is available at Sierra Montana.

Open Gym is available at Countryside and Villanueva Gym from 5pm until 9pm Monday – Friday, and 12 pm – 5 pm on Saturday.

Adaptive Programs
Tuesdays in May Adaptive Buddy Bowling, Uptown Alley
May 12 – Adaptive Family Fun Night, Senior Center

Events
May 27 – Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony 9 am @ Community Park
July 4 – Baseball and Fireworks Surprise Recreation Campus

Adult Sports
Coed Indoor Volleyball
Basketball
4 on 4 Flag Football
Softball

Of course there are a variety of special interest classes and tennis classes to choose from this summer. For more information on these events, programs or classes, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Arts & Culture Master Plan

Surprise is developing its first Arts & Culture Master Plan, and we need your help shaping it! The master plan will help us to better express the uniqueness and artistic vitality of Surprise by setting the standard and strategic direction for how we continue to implement and enjoy arts and culture in our community.

The city’s Community Development Department and Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission will be working with consultant, Designing Local, throughout the 18-month development process.

The initial phase is about capturing the essence of Surprise. If you live, work, or invest in the city, we want you to tell us what makes Surprise interesting, unique, a great place to visit or a great place to call home. Share your thoughts by taking a survey and sharing images, stories, sketches and more on the Arts and Culture Master Plan webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/artsplan.

The information we gather will be used to create a draft Arts and Culture Master Plan. That plan will be available online and presented at public and stakeholder meetings for input. In fall 2018, the plan will go before the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission for review and comment, and subsequently to the City Council for potential adoption.

For more information, please contact Joshua Mike at joshua.mike@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3134.

Do you have any questions for me? Please reach out to me, together we will make Surprise an even better place to live and work and play! Here are the best ways to reach me: email at todd.tande@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1326.

Thanks for being a part of what makes our city great!

Todd