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Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • April 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.

COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our residents is our number one concern. Governor Doug Ducey issued a new Executive Order, “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected”, on March 30 to promote physical distancing while encouraging social connectedness to continue to help mitigate COVID-19 transmission. This order is in effect until April 30.

Under this Executive Order, Arizonans are asked to limit their time away from their place of residence or property except to conduct or participate in essential activities; for employment, to volunteer or participate in essential functions; to utilize any services or products provided by essential services; and for employment if as a sole proprietor or family-owned business, work is conducted in a separate office space from your home and the business is not open to the public.

For additional information on this Executive Order (2020-18), please visit the city’s COVID-19 webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19. Additionally, the City of Surprise website has information and resources to help residents while we all adhere to social distancing guidelines. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov for links to community resources and other pertinent information.

While most city facilities are closed to the public, city business will continue to be conducted. Core services will not be effected including fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services. As an additional step to help our residents during this health crisis, we are suspending all City of Surprise water customer shutoffs through May 10. By visiting our website, you can find information on ways to interact with the city online, by phone or via email.

In an effort to minimize the potential spread of illness, all city park amenities were closed as of March 24. This includes: playgrounds, water fountains, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, dog parks, skate parks, splash pads, restrooms, and volleyball courts. Ramada and field reservations are not being accepted at this time either.

Updated information on COVIC-19 can also be found on the Maricopa County Department of Health website https://www.maricopa.gov/5460/Coronavirus-Disease-2019, the Center for Disease Control cdc.gov/COVID19, and the Arizona Department of Health Services https://www.azdhs.gov/.

Public Participation Changes at Council Meetings

Taking into account the current CDC recommendations, the City Council Chambers are closed to the public until further notice. You are always able to watch City Council Meetings live via, www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513. If you would like to submit a public comment during a meeting, your comment can be taken by email or phone. For specific instructions on how to interact during the Council meeting, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4802.

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior.

I always look forward to hearing from my constituents. 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.

Census 2020

Be counted! If you have not already responded to the Census, you can take your Census now, by visiting www.my2020census.gov.

Having an accurate Census count allows cities, organizations, and businesses to better evaluate what services or programs residents need, and aids in redistricting to ensure equal representation to our residents. It also affects the number of representatives each state has in Congress. Census data is also used to determine federal funding for programs like the National School Lunch Program and federal student loans. It’s important to be counted!

For additional information visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/Census2020.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

Are you looking for a way to help others during this current health crisis? The City of Surprise is starting a Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign to collect items such as baby formula, diapers, toilet paper, baby wipes, soap, feminine hygiene products, gloves and canned meat. If you have any of these items, and would like to donate them, they can be dropped off in bins at the locations listed below. For additional information about the campaign, or if you are in need of any of these items, please check our website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4785 for additional information.

  • Salvation Army: 17420 Ave of the Arts, 623-977-1084
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Radiant Church: 15522 W. Paradise Ln., 623-975-2662
    Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Surprise Senior Center: 15832 N. Hollyhock St., 623-222-1500
    Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Road Work Update

Litchfield and Cactus Roads
In March, the City added flashing yellow left-turn signals at Litchfield and Cactus Roads. 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.

Flashing yellow arrow traffic signals feature a flashing yellow arrow in addition to the standard red, yellow and green arrows. When illuminated, the flashing yellow arrow allows waiting motorists to make a left-hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic. Otherwise, the new traffic signals work the same as traditional signals.

These upgrades are being made to enhance safety while allowing more traffic to move through the intersection in a shorter period of time. Flashing yellow arrow signals have been shown to help drivers make fewer mistakes. They reduce delays when traffic is light, because there are more opportunities to make a left turn with the flashing yellow left-turn arrow.

What the arrows mean:

Red arrow

Solid red arrow: Drivers intending to turn left must stop and wait. Do not enter an intersection to turn when a solid red arrow is being displayed.

Yellow arrow

Solid yellow arrow: The left-turn signal is about to change to red and drivers should prepare to stop or prepare to complete a left turn if they are legally within the intersection and there is no conflicting traffic present.

Dashed yellow arrow

Flashing yellow arrow: Drivers are allowed to turn left after yielding to all oncoming traffic and to any pedestrians in the crosswalk. Oncoming traffic has a green light. Drivers must wait for a safe gap in oncoming traffic before turning.

Green arrow

Solid green arrow: Left turns have the right of way. Oncoming traffic has a red light.

The city is working closely with contractors and project managers to keep roadway project timelines on track. For the latest information, please check the City of Surprise website, at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/.

State of the City

Mayor Skip Hall’s State of the City Address will be released virtually on April 15 at 6 p.m. I hope you get the chance to watch and hear about Surprise’s accomplishments and vision for the future. Residents can watch the State of the City address video on Surprise TV Channel 11 or online at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/. Don’t worry if you miss it, the video will be rebroadcast on Surprise TV and available to view on https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/ after April 15.

Upcoming Events

Updates on cancelled and postponed events can be found on the city website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/.

What’s happening on that lot?

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!

Meet and Greet

To be compliant with Governor Ducey’s Executive Order, my monthly Meet and Greet scheduled for April 22, will be cancelled. Please check the calendar at www.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • February 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.

Thank you

It is an honor and a privilege to be selected by my colleagues to serve as the Vice Mayor of Surprise. City Council selects a Vice Mayor every January to serve a 1-year term. I very much appreciate the opportunity to further serve our great community and I am looking forward to a great year in Surprise!

Chris Judd raises his right hand to be sworn in as Vice Mayor.

Recycling Update

The Public Works Department is the group in charge of recycling in our city. They are going to give a public presentation to City Council at our next Regular City Council Work Session, which is on February 4 at 4 pm. You can attend the meeting in person, or view it online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv. If you miss the presentation, a video will copy be available at the same link above under the “meetings” tab. This will be a great way to get details on the challenges and potential solutions to our recycling problem. If you have any ideas or comments, before or after the presentation, please send them to me!

Economic Development

The City of Surprise is growing and expanding daily. The Surprise Railplex is soon to be home to Pima Door & Supply, United Construction Group, Skyway Commons, Level Crossing and National Indoor RV Centers. Surprise Pointe welcomes Firestone Complete Auto Care, which is currently under construction, as well as Quick Quack Car Wash, who just held their groundbreaking.

De Boa Jiu Jitsu Academy recently expanded their location at 14763 W. Cactus Road. Congratulations on your success in Surprise and I look forward to your continued growth.

The Angry Crab Shack opened in the Bel Mar complex, 11340 W. Bell Road. This new seafood restaurant offers a wide variety of seafood favorites and a family friendly environment.

Surprise City Council with employees and owners of the Angry Crab Shack cutting the grand opening ribbon.

Spencer’s Place is now open! This family owned and operated coffee shop is located at 15341 W. Waddell Road Suite B101. I wish you the best of luck and look forward to watching you grow in Surprise.

Vice Mayor Judd at the newly opened Spencer's Coffee.

What’s happening on that lot?

If you notice new construction or planning signs pop up 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!

Road Work Update

The Waddell Road project is nearing completion and the city is still aiming for an opening date this spring! Waddell Road will have a total of six travel lanes, a traffic signal at Sarival Avenue, streetlights, bike lanes, turn lanes and more. Litchfield Road is scheduled for a July 2020 completion date. Paving will begin from Cactus to Sweetwater while grading work south of Cactus is ongoing. The improvements will include two additional lanes of travel, sidewalks, bike lanes, street lighting and more.

Cactus Road is closed from Citrus to Perryville Roads; and Perryville is closed from Cactus to Shangri La Roads, for utility work, with a scheduled reopening of February 15. Drivers should consider Peoria Avenue or Cotton Lane as alternative routes.

Please remember that utility companies are constantly doing work that may impact traffic flow. We appreciate your patience during this time.

State of the State

A special thank you to Senator Majority Leader Rick Gray for the hosting Mayor Skip Hall and I at the State Capitol for the Senate Opening Ceremony, on Monday, January 13. Following Opening Session, we were invited to the House Chamber where Governor Doug Ducey gave his State of the State address.

Senate Majority Leader Rick Gray, Governor Doug Ducey, Vice Mayor Judd and Jodi Tas.

Toll Brothers

Toll Brothers has welcomed Sterling Grove to Surprise. This new community spreads across nearly 800 acres south of Cactus Road and Cotton Lane. They offer 13 model homes, 3 pools, club houses, a golf course and much more. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Surprise City Council and Toll Brothers developers cut the grand opening ribbon for the new Surprise community.

Upcoming Events

Spring Training kicks off on February 21 as the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers compete at home. This season will bring 29 games to the Surprise Stadium for your enjoyment! Tickets are available for purchase online or in person at the Box Office. For more information, the full game schedule, ticket purchase and more, please visit www.SurpriseStadium.com.

The Surprise Community Park, 15930 N. Bullard Ave, will host the Teen Sand Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, February 29 from 4-7 pm. Teens, ages 12-17, will need to have a completed participation waiver turned in prior to play. Residents are only $5 and registration forms are found online at https://secure.rec1.com/AZ/surprise-community-rec.

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, February 4 at 6 pm; and the second meeting on Tuesday, February 18 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

Your opportunity to quiz your councilman at my monthly meet and greet will happen on Wednesday, February 26 from 6-8 p.m. This is an informal gathering, which makes it a great opportunity for you to talk with me one on one and ask questions, share ideas, or chat about our community. The event will take place at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road. I hope to see you there.

City Offices Closed

All City Offices will be closed on February 17 in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • December 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council 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.

SATV Survey

The city is looking for your feedback on the Shared Active Transportation Vehicle (SATV) pilot program. The purpose of this survey is to gather and evaluate information regarding the use and deployment of SATVs as an optional mode of transportation in Surprise. The results from this survey have the potential to shape future city codes. The survey will be available for the duration of the pilot program, November 1 until April 28. Please take a moment to visit http://surpriseaz.gov/satv and share your thoughts!

Road Work

Work has begun on a median modification which will add a left turn lane into Dale’s Town and Country Store. This construction may cause some minor delays on Waddell Road between Litchfield and Bullard, but will be completed in the early portion of December.

Waddell Road will be completely closed from Sarival Ave to the Loop 303 until the end of January. This closure is part of the Waddell Road widening project from the G.O. Bond. Cactus and Greenway are the alternate routes while Waddell is closed. Once we complete Waddell, work will begin on Greenway. As always, please drive wise, Surprise.

Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade

Veterans Day is a time to honor all of the men and women who serve and have served our country. This year, the city was humbled to host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Veterans Reflection Circle. This memorial is in honor of the late Surprise resident and wounded combat veteran Brian Mancini. The ceremony brought elected officials and residents together. The annual parade was a huge success and offered fun for the entire family while showing respect for the Veterans.

Holiday Events

The holiday season is here, and the city offers several fun things to do with the family beginning with the Surprise Party on Friday, December 6 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 from 11-5 p.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The party begins Friday with live music, skydivers, tree lighting ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and a special visit from Santa. On Saturday, the festivities continue with crafts, pony rides, petting zoo, music, food and more. This event is free with your donation of a canned food item or a toy.

Deck the Hock is on December 10 from 5-7p.m. and will offer Christmas tree decorating, choir performances, crafts and more at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street.

Tech the Halls will be December 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road. This family fun event will have tech exhibits, games, prizes and more.

Santa’s Workshop will be open for visitors from December 11-13 from 5-8 p.m. The workshop is located at the Surprise Stadium Team Shop, 15930 N. Bullard Ave, and offers kids a chance to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Countryside Recreation Center will be Santa’s next stop on December 14 at the Cookies and Crafts with Santa event! Children can enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, games and crafts while visiting with the man in red. Register at surpriseaz.gov/recreation for 10 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per resident.

Day of Service

It’s time to gather your family, team, organization and friends because volunteers are needed to help complete community service projects for the 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service. This community event will be held on Saturday, January 18, with light breakfast and musical performances beginning at 8:30 a.m. and a program at 9:00 a.m. Service projects will follow the program. For more information, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/MLK.

Council Meetings and Agenda

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month, first being today, Tuesday, December 3 at 6 p.m.; and the second on Tuesday, December 17. 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.

City Offices Closed

All City Hall offices will be closed observance of Christmas on December 25 but will resume normal hours of operation on December 26.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • September 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council 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. You may reach me anytime at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov or 623-222-1326.

Recycling Updates

The City of Surprise has temporarily suspended our recycling program. About half of what we were putting into our blue recycle bins was being redirected to the landfill by the processing facility. Between much of our recycling being diverted to the landfill and a terrible market for the purchase of recycled materials, our recycling program costs were climbing too fast. We are working with staff and community partners to find a cost-effective way to get our recycling program back online and up to date.

You can help! Recycling does not start when you are sorting your trash, it starts when you are deciding what to purchase. Please consider where your packaging or products will go when you are done with them. Did you know that some shipping plastics are not recyclable? For example, Amazon’s new mailers are non-recyclable. Finding biodegradable alternatives to plastics will help. Please spend some time doing a little research on recycling and become educated on the subject. If you find something interesting or worth sharing, please let me know!

Please continue to practice positive recycling habits so the transition back to recycling is seamless. Also, please keep in mind that state and county regulations require that all materials placed in the black container must be bagged.

Residential Waste Cleanup Event

On Saturday, September 14, residents have the opportunity to dispose of a single load of residential waste per household, weighing no more than 2,000 pounds, at no cost. It’s happening 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W Deer Valley Rd. Please ensure you bring your proof of residency when you go.

Sunday in the Park

Mark Coronado Park will again be hosting Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festivals beginning September 15. Come to enjoy the wide variety of food trucks, the live music and mingling with other residents.

Day of Service

The Neighborhood Services Department is looking for over 200 volunteers to participate in the upcoming Fall Day of Service. This event will be held on Saturday, October 19. This is a great outreach opportunity for individuals, families and groups. Volunteers help to beautify the neighborhoods and build community pride. Following the completion of the projects, there will be a party for all participants. There will be BBQ, live music, fun and games. If you would like to register, please contact Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov.

Traffic and Road Construction

As the City of Surprise continues to grow, road construction is inevitable. The widening of Waddell Road is underway, and I urge you to ensure you are allowing extra travel time or taking alternate routes.

We welcome the new traffic signal at Cactus and Sarival. This light will increase the flow of traffic and help to ensure an easier travel route during busy hours.

Waddell Road from 140th Drive to Bullard Avenue will be undergoing daytime work until mid-October.

Community Development

Christopher Todd at Marley Park has completed permits for 58 units, a new fitness center and a new leasing office. We welcome this new addition to the community and look forward to continued growth.

Your Opinion Matters

The annual Surprise General Plan 2035 Major Amendment is under a 60-day review. This is your opportunity to review the updates and submit your comments. The amendments will touch on three elements of the General Plan to include roadway systems, transit, growth elements and extending Surprise municipal planning area. The proposed amendments and maps illustrating the proposed boundary changes have been posted online. Please take a few moments to visit www.surpriseaz.gov/GeneralPlan and let your voice be heard.

Friendly Reminders

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month, first being on Thursday, September 5 and the second on Tuesday, September 17. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of 24 hours prior.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • August 2019

As we jump into August, we are not just jumping into a new month but a new school year. We are doing all the last minute school supply shopping and easily forgetting about all of the old school supplies we have at home. August is not only known for preparing for back to school, but known for being National Crayon Collection Month. Annually, over 150 million crayons are given to young diners which eventually end up in a local landfill and are unable to decompose. This is enough crayons to circle the earth three times annually! This month long campaign encourages the collection of gently used crayons from our homes and local restaurants before they are thrown out and taking them to our local schools. By bringing these simple but brightly colored art tools to classrooms it will help free up teacher resources as well as place them in students’ hands who might have gone without. With this month long campaign, we are able to help reduce what’s going to our landfills and helping those in our community.

Recycling Program Challenges

The City of Surprise is proud to offer curbside recycling for residents. We believe in providing a service to reduce impacts to the waste stream in our landfills. After all, that space is finite.

When we launched our curbside recycling program in 2004, we made money to subsidize the service costs as recyclables were a hot commodity. That allowed us to stabilize our solid waste (sanitation/recycling) rates for residents.

However, the past few years has seen much volatility in the recycling industry. China placed many restrictions on the recycled material it would accept from the United States and elsewhere. That has resulted in a significant drop in prices for recyclables and increased costs to drop-off the materials at recycling processing centers across the planet.

In 2017, the city generated revenue to help cover the costs of the recycling program; however, once demand dropped for many of the recycled materials the city starting incurring expenses as dumping fees increased. From May 2018 to May 2019, our recycling costs jumped nearly 300%. With these new dynamics at play in the recycling industry our city staff is exploring options for what we need to do in Surprise.

Surprise is not alone in evaluating recycling efforts. Many Arizona communities outside of the greater metropolitan area of Phoenix and across the country have either ended or modified their recycling programs due to the changing market.

If you haven’t had a chance to read up on the changes within the recycling market, I’d invite you to do an online search. You will find countless news stories that spotlight the concerns and detail how some communities are changing their approach to recycling.

Events

  • August 6 & 8: Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes (CCC-CPR) will be held at the Public Safety Building. CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compression to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart without mouth-to-mouth. Registration is required by calling the Fire Administrative Office at 623-222-5000.
  • August 16: Poetry Slam at WHAM, located at 16560 N. Dysart Rd. This free event is open to the public and features open mic for poetry, free verse and storytelling. No registration is required.
  • August 17: Dive-In Movie at the Surprise Aquatic Center. Relax in the pool or sit poolside and watch “Dumbo” on the big screen. Concession are available for purchase. Gates will open at 7:30 pm with the show starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for residents and may be purchased in advance by visiting https://www.surpriseaz.gov/17/Parks-Recreation.

What’s under construction?

  • The O’Dell Center for Athletics Building is a new 100,000 square foot indoor activity center with a 30,000 square foot multi-court gymnasium, recreation/fitness center. It will also hold student lab classrooms and athletic department offices. This addition will continue to enhance the growth of the city as well as benefit residents.
  • SeaCa Packaging and Trimaco have received their Certificate of Occupancies and will soon be hiring! This is a great opportunity to join a growing company and work close to home.
  • The new Abrazo Micro-Hospital is under construction at Bell Road and the Loop 303. This hospital will offer a variety of services with a convenient location.
  • Marley Park has begun construction on their newest developments. The site will offer a number of models, community center, pool and basketball court.

Newly Opened

  • Stage Left Theater has opened at the Bell Mar development located on Bell Road and 115th Avenue. This production company aims at providing quality entertainment while providing a creative community atmosphere.
  • Mucho Burrito has opened at Bell Road and Civic Center Drive, located adjacent to In-N-Out Burger. They offer a wide variety of fresh Mexican food. Stop in for lunch or dinner.
  • Breez Dental Office is now open and accepting patients. They are located at 15331 W. Bell Road Ste. 204.
  • Dysart Unified School District has opened Growing Minds Preschool which is located at 17999 W. Surprise Farms Loop S. The latest addition to DUSD offers hands on learning through play while using a creative curriculum. They are now enrolling children aged 2-5. Please visit www.GrowingMindsPreschool.org for more information.

Traffic and Road Construction

  • Road widening is well underway for Waddell Road starting at Bullard and ending at Litchfield Road. This project is scheduled for completion mid-September.
  • Widening on Waddell Road from the Loop 303 to Reems Road will soon begin construction. This project will last approximately 2 months.
  • The traffic signal installation at Cactus and Sarival will be complete by the end of August.

Additionally, please note that local utility companies have ongoing projects that require some disruption to the traffic flow. The city works very closely with them to avoid traffic impacts as much as possible.

COUNCILMEMBER CHRIS JUDD NEWSLETTER • JULY 2019

Make water your best friend, even on a short hike.
A hike on one of the many trails in the White Tank Mountains is great way to get some exercise, clear your head, and to connect with nature. Did you know that in 2018, 172 people died in the Phoenix area due to heat related illness? This was an increase from 155 in 2017. Dehydration is very predictable and can easily be avoided. Always take more water than you need. If nothing else, the extra weight you are carrying adds to your workout.

In our desert temperatures, a healthy person can produce as much as 1.5 quarts of sweat an hour. You need water to replace sweat, so drink, drink and drink some more! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted the following warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

Heat Related Illnesses Flyer

The City of Surprise is a Heat Relief Network partner. The city provides hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during Arizona’s hot summer months. Designated stations offer indoor refuge from heat as well as drinking fountains or bottles of water. These stations can be found at 5 locations:

  • Surprise Resource Center: 12425 W. Bell Road, Building A, Suite 124
  • Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301: 16750 N. Village Drive East (FS301)
  • Hollyhock Library: 15844 N. Hollyhock Street
  • Northwest Regional Library: 16089 N. Bullard Ave.
  • The Salvation Army Sun Cities Valley Corps: 17420 N. Ave of the Arts Blvd.

You can also help those in need by donating water bottles, sun screen, sun glasses and hats to the Surprise Resource Center or Fire-Medical Station #301.

Events

  • Surprise will host the 36th Annual 4th of July Celebration at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. This free family event features live music, food trucks, yard games and more. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with a gorgeous fireworks display at 8:40
  • The Surprise Aquatic Center will be open for a 4th of July Pool Party from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Admission is $6 per person and is limited to the first 400 residents. Visit http://bit.ly/Surprise4thofJulyPoolParty for more information.

What’s under construction around you?

  • Marley Park Construction: Private Developer funded and managed projects in District 6 this summer include, Old Oak east of Bullard Avenue which is almost open, Sweetwater Avenue west of Litchfield scheduled to be complete in July, and Waddell road between Bullard and 140th Drive (just west of Freddy’s) that is scheduled to be complete by the end of summer.
  • One traffic signalization project just west of District 6 that will benefit many residents is at the Cactus Road / Sarival Avenue intersection which is currently controlled by a four way stop condition. The signals are hoped to be installed and operational possibly as soon as the end of August.

Industrial Park Update

  • SeaCa Packing is on track to receive their Certificate of Occupancy which will finalize the $20 million, 160,000 square foot facility located on the 13 acres south of Waddell Road along BNSF rail spur.
  • Hardy World has begun the grading of their property at the southwest corner of Waddell and Dysart Road in preparation of 36,000 square feet of leasable commercial/light industrial facilities.

Finance

The FY2020 Budget, which totals $412.7 million, was approved. The budget includes $105.8 million for Capital Improvement Projects. Public Safety demands are growing and the new budget includes 18 new positions. The utility enterprise funds include 11 new employees to address city growth in water, sewer and sanitations services.

Community Development

The City of Surprise Community Development Department is proposing the adoption of the 2018 International Building Codes with local amendments. This would replace the previously adopted 2012 International Building Codes with local amendments.

The proposed local amendments under review include changes that are intended to:

  • Further streamline the amendments to align more with the published 2018 Building and Fire codes
  • Ensure both the Building and Fire codes are in concert with each other
  • Identify and clarify Fire Protection requirements for new construction and tenant improvements projects

The public can view and comment on the proposed amendments online at www.surpriseaz.gov/buildingsafety.