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Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • February 2022

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.

A New Leaf

A New Leaf logoThough primarily known as a nonprofit that provides shelter and other services for domestic violence victims, A New Leaf provides a range of programs for Valley homeless, families, foster children and those in need of financial advice. Now, more of these services will be available in person in Surprise. The Arizona Department of Housing awarded $1.14 million to A New Leaf to support the West Valley Housing Support Center in Surprise. Construction is set to begin on the $1.5 million project in April 2022 with opening expected by September. The center will offer temporary housing to women and families as well as housing support services to far-West Valley residents in need of permanent housing, employment and other related services. For information on A New Leaf’s other services, visit turnanewleaf.org/services.

West Valley State of the State Address

Governor Doug Ducey speaks at the West Valley State of the State Address.Governor Ducey gave his eighth and final State of the State Address to local dignitaries, business leaders and community members on Wednesday, January 12. The event took place at the Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, hosted by WESTMARC. He referred to the West Valley as the “heartbeat of Arizona” and deemed the area the “economic driver for the state of Arizona” in the decades to come. It may be his last year, but he promised a busy 2022, focusing on education and the southern border changes.

USTA Tennis Series

A tennis ball on a tennis court.The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments.

  • February 4-6: Adult 65 and Over 6.0 and 9.0 Men and Women
  • February 11-13: Adult 65 and Over 8.0 Men & Women

These events will take place at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex located at 14469 W. Paradise Ln. Fans can take advantage of free admission and enjoy all of the tennis action! For a complete list of events and match schedules, please visit the USTA League tournament page. For information on open court availability and tennis programs, please contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

Tax Preparation Assistance Program

The City of Surprise has partnered again with A New Leaf to offer free tax preparation services to both individuals and families with qualifying incomes. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households making less than $58,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns for free. Tax preparation assistance will be available until April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124 and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd. Please note the Resource Center will be closed on Monday, February 21, for President’s Day. For more information, call 623.222.1600.

Surprise Tentative Budget Kick-Off

The FY2023 budget building process has begun! The Finance Department will give a series of presentations to City Council over the next few months, and the City Manager will release his Recommended Budget in April, which will be followed by public review and then final adoption of a balanced budget in June. Please stay tuned to future Council Meetings for the overall development of the budget and upcoming annual process.

Surprise Spring Training

AZ Cactus League 2022The 20th annual Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 26 with the annual Surprise Sundancer Charity Game at Surprise Stadium, featuring home teams – the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

Season ticket, mini-plan packages and single-game tickets for the 2022 Spring Training Season are on sale now at SurpriseStadium.com. Each ticket option will offer unique perks, savings over the individual game ticket price, choice of the best available seating locations and exclusive access to special season ticket plan holder events and pre-sale opportunities.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on February 6 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. The next Sunday in the Park is April 3.

Fishing at Surprise Lake

Did you know the Game and Fish department keeps our community lake filled with catfish and trout most of the year? This is an excellent time to get outside and go fishing at our local lake. A fishing license is required for anyone age 10 and up. A youth license is only $5 for the entire year and is available up to age 18. Licenses are available at azgfd.gov.

Here is a schedule of when fish will be stocked into Surprise Lake (Bullard Ave. / Paradise Ln.):

  • February 7-11, Trout
  • February 21-25, Trout
  • March 7-11, Trout
  • April 11-15, Catfish
  • April 25-29, Catfish

Stockings will occur randomly Monday through Saturday during the week indicated. Grab a friend or your kids and catch a few!

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “like” button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov where you can subscribe to my Notify Me email list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on February 1 and 15 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 also carries the meetings live. 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 D6 community meeting on February 22 at 6 p.m. at Venue Taproom, 13699 N Litchfield Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Please check my webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • May 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.

FY 2021 Budget

A preliminary budget presentation was given at the Regular Council Work Session on April 21. Tentative budget adoption is scheduled for the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting on May 5 at 6 p.m., with the final budget adoption scheduled for the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting on June 2 at 6 p.m.. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proposed budget, please feel free to contact me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Economic Development

During COVID-19, the business of helping our businesses has stayed strong in the City of Surprise! The Economic Development Department has shifted its focus in many areas to serve our local business community:

  • Businesses, Job Seeker and Surprise Customers now have an online resource at the www.surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp page. This is updated daily and provides concise information to support our community’s economic well-being during COVID-19.
  • The restaurant-focused #SeeRedGetFed banner program was launched and more than 175 restaurants have displayed these banners.
  • The #ShopSurprise “Open for Business” banner and promotional program for our non-restaurant/retail businesses was initiated shortly after the restaurant banner campaign.
  • The Surprise Community Development Department worked to temporarily amend the community’s A-frame sign policy to help our local businesses with their promotional endeavors.
  • New social media campaigns have been showcasing daily restaurant deals (#SuperstarOfSurprise), job opportunities (#WorkforceWednesday), and other positive community stories (#CopingWithCOVID). Follow the Surprise Economic Development team on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SurpriseEconDev and on Twitter @SurpriseEconDev.
  • In partnership with Marketing & Communications, the Economic Development Department developed a COVID-19 resource video series featuring 2-3 minute videos on a variety of important topics, including small business CARES Act eligibility, local job seeker resources, business tips to survive a business interruption, and more.
  • Julie Neal, the AZ TechCelerator Program Coordinator, has elevated the city’s small business services to social media. Virtual interviews with business owners, brokers, tax professionals, and business mentors are helping to showcase different free small business services available to the local community.
  • The Surprise Economic Development Department has also been promoting AZ TechCelerator marketing mentor Chris Amos, who has free webinars available to all local Surprise businesses.

I would like to recognize two businesses located in District 6. IRIS USA, Inc. for their donation of 20,000 masks to Arizona healthcare workers, and Pinkabella Cupcakes, who generously donated N95 masks to the City of Surprise for our frontline emergency staff. Thank you for your generosity!

Road Work Update

Pavement preservation will be moving forward in the coming weeks in Royal Ranch, Ashton Ranch, Kenly Farms, and part of the Marley Park neighborhood, and should be completed before the end of June. Residents will receive door hangers prior to any work being done on the street they live. The HOA property managers have been notified of the coming work and the schedule has been coordinated with the solid waste collection days, to ensure trash containers are still serviced as expected. The work is planned to occur throughout all of the residential streets in Royal Ranch, Ashton Ranch, and Kenly Farms, as well as Marley Park phase 17 & 18 which will be the first significant treatment of the residential streets in the Ashton Woods section of the neighborhood.

Please note, Larkspur Drive will be closed at Litchfield Road from May 1 to May 15, 2020, for milling and paving work. Residents can use Sweetwater Avenue as an alternative during this time.

A Flashing yellow left-turn signal has been installed at Litchfield and Waddell. This is an update the city will be making to all signalized intersections over time, as projects move forward and/or signal replacements are needed.

For more information on City of Surprise road closures and traffic restrictions, please visit surpriseaz.gov/roadwork

State of the City

The State of the City video, which looks at the significant achievements that Surprise has made this year, premiered on April 15. If you didn’t have a chance to watch, it is still available to view on Surprise TV at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/.

Upcoming Events

The impacts from COVID-19 to our city’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget and beyond are still uncertain. In an effort to make sure that we have a balanced budget at the end of the current fiscal year, all recreation programming and events will continue to be suspended until further notice. This will include summer camps, youth and adult sports leagues and camps, swim lessons, swim teams, open swim, and large gatherings, including the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration.

The City’s parks, walking paths and open spaces will remain open to the public and fishing will still be allowed at the Surprise Community Park Lake. Please remember to practice physical distancing guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control when using these areas.

What’s happening on that lot?

Please see the list below of new development happening in District 6!

  • A new construction permit was completed for the Skycom Business Park Shell Building, located at 13274 W. Desert Cove Road.
  • Tractor Supply at Prasada is under construction.
  • Handel’s Ice Cream at Greenway and Cotton Lane will be opening this summer.
  • Costco at Waddell and Sarival is still under construction and looking better every day.
  • Abrazo Microhospital at Bell Road and the 303 is hiring and almost ready to open.
  • A new Starbucks will be coming to the Winco corner on Bell Road and the 303.
  • New Legacy Traditional School expected at the NWC of Cotton and Cactus, not far from Sterling Grove by Toll Brothers – which is open for virtual tours!

If you notice new construction or planning signs posted somewhere and you would like more information, please email me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov. I enjoy talking about what is happening in Surprise and gaining valuable feedback from you!

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, May 5 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, May 19 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 May Meet and Greet is scheduled for May 27, however; due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, please check https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates and cancellations to my meeting schedule.