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Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • August 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.

Census

U.S. Census Bureau workers are visiting homes to interview households that have not responded to the Census. Census interviews should take approximately 10 minutes, and all Census workers have been provided with personal protective equipment and have been trained to practice physical distancing. All Census workers will also have official I.D. badges that will include their name, a photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and expiration date. They will never ask for social security numbers, bank information, or donations or credit card information. If you suspect fraud, please call 1-800-923-8282 to speak with a local Census Bureau representative.

Responding to the Census is critical to ensuring that Surprise receives an appropriate share of the $675 billion given to states annually, and in turn, our community. The Census also helps with planning for critical infrastructure in our community and determines our congressional representation and local political boundaries. Please note, that by law, the U.S. Census Bureau is required to protect your information and is not permitted to publicly release your responses in a way that could identify you.

Everyone Counts in Surprise, Census 2020 Banner

Water Conservation Incentives

City-serviced residential or business water customers can now choose from several water conservation programs to help save water and money.

WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller rebate: Customers who purchase and install a WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller may be eligible for the cost of the controller, up to $125, excluding installation/labor, shipping, tax, etc. Residential, homeowner association, schools, multifamily and commercial properties are eligible to apply.

Single-family new home Xeriscape landscape installation: Receive a $200 rebate for installing low-water use landscape on your property! Eligible properties must be new, single-family residential homes purchased and built within the past two years of the date of application.

Total front and backyard landscaped area must exceed 1,000 square feet; and all plants used in the landscape design must be listed on the Arizona Department of Water Resources plant list.

Applications must be received by April 15, 2021, pre-eligibility approval required, and Xeriscape landscape installation must occur by April 30, 2021.

HOA, commercial, multifamily turf removal rebate: Eligible HOA, multifamily and commercial water customers can apply for a rebate to receive $0.50 per square foot of turf removed, up to $3,000. To apply, participants must contact the city’s Water Conservation Office and receive pre-eligibility approval prior to completing the application.

The application deadline is March 31, 2021; projects must be completed and the city notified by April 30, 2021, to receive the rebate.

All water rebate programs are administered on a first-received, first-served basis until application deadline or fund depletion, whichever occurs first. To learn more and access the applications please visit surpriseaz.gov/waterconservation.

Parks and Recreation Fall Sports Leagues

Fall sports 2020 registrationIt is not too late to register for fall sports! Late registration began on August 3rd. To sign up for youth soccer, tee-ball, baseball, softball, or volleyball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-17, call the Sports Division at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation. Sports skills classes and camps are also being offered for ages 6-15 in basketball, volleyball, baseball and softball skills. For more details on class and camp dates please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2017/Sports-Camps-Classes.

Development in District 6

Amazon is coming to Surprise! The 150,00 square foot building will be located in the Surprise Rail Plex, just south of the entertainment center near Uptown Alley on Litchfield Road. This new operation will serve the northwest Greater Phoenix market, and is anticipated to bring 300 new jobs! Amazon plans to open the building in 2021.

Road Work Update

Roadwork is scheduled to begin on Greenway Road from Sarival Avenue to Cotton Lane in September. The work is expected to continue until early 2021, and will widen the road to four lanes of travel, and add a traffic signal at the Greenway Road and Northwest Road Parkway intersection. You may notice some utility work taking place on the roadway in advance of the project.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 18 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

My next monthly Meet and Greet is tentatively scheduled for August 26, 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 • July 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.

Drop-off Recycling Available July 7

Recyclable materials such as plastic #1 and #2 (these include: milk, soda, condiment, water, shampoo, detergent, etc.), cardboard, and aluminum and tin cans, can be dropped off at the city’s Public Works North Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road, beginning July 7.

Materials will be accepted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Please bring proof of residency and ensure that recyclables are clean and dry.

The City of Surprise is working hard to find a solution to recycling that is cost effective and sustainable, and this is the first step in that process.

For more information and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3818/Drop-off-Recycling

New Business in District 6

Reel Pizza Pies, located at 13953 W. Waddell Road, held a ribbon cutting on June 17. Reel Pizza Pies is a 1,200-square-foot restaurant that seats 15 and serves, slices, whole pies, sandwiches and subs via counter-service style. Welcome to Surprise!

Utility Rate Increase

Single family solid-waste (trash) customers will see an increase on their statements beginning July 1. Customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.40, that will then increase by $0.10 each fiscal year, beginning 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. This rate increase was adopted to obtain the revenues required to operate utilities, and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs.

Stormwater rates for a single-family residential home will see an increase of $0.75, beginning July 1, bringing the utility fee to $2.75 each month. The stormwater utility fee is to enable the city to cover the costs of maintaining stormwater related infrastructure, and develop projects to protect and prevent problems caused by stormwater, such as, flooding.

For more information on either of these rates, please visit, surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo or surpriseaz.gov/stormwater. A stormwater information hot line has also been set up for customers to call with any questions. That number is 623.222.6200.

Road Work Update

The voter approved G.O. Bond roadway project at Waddell Road, Loop 303 to Reems Road, began on June 24. The traffic changes will include:

  • Eastbound traffic on Waddell Road between Loop 303 and Reems Road will be shifted to the south side of the road.
  • Left turns from eastbound Waddell Road will be re-opened at the intersections of Legacy Parc Boulevard and 157th Avenue.
  • The traffic signal at the intersection of Waddell Road and Sarival Avenue will be activated. The signal will be in the flashing red light phase for 48 hours until being put into normal function mode.
  • All three lanes on the north side of Waddell Road, Sarival Avenue to Loop 303, will be open for westbound traffic.

Work is anticipated to be completed late this summer. When complete, this segment of Waddell Road will construct four additional travel lanes, except Reems Road to Sarival Lane which requires three additional travel lanes. Additional improvements will include provisions for drainage, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, street lighting, landscaping, and turn lanes.

Please drive slowly in construction zones and watch for crews in the area during the road project! For more information please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Council Meetings and Agendas

As a reminder, there are no City Council Regular Meetings this month. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 18 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

My monthly Meet and Greet scheduled for July 22 from 6 p.m. -8 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road, Surprise, AZ 85379, has been cancelled. I look forward to meeting again, when it is safe to do so. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • June 2020

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

Senior Center Meals

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

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

Economic Development

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

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

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

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

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

4th of July

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

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

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

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

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

Road Work Update

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

What’s happening on that lot?

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

Council Meetings and Agenda

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

Meet and Greet

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

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.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • March 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.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day… And Upcoming Events!

March 17th will be St. Patrick’s Day, and I hope you will be able to use it as another chance to spend time with your friends and family to have fun and spread cheer! I highly recommend seeing the Spirited Lads perform at the Irish Wolfhound on St. Patrick’s Day.

Spring Training is in full swing, and great weather is upon us! I hope you get time to see some teams play, and don’t forget to support our home teams – the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers.

There are many things to enjoy around Surprise this month. We have St. Patrick’s Day at The Irish Wolfhound, Pink Floyd at The Vista, Luke Days, fishing at Surprise Lake, hiking at the White Tanks, Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival, our Spring Training 5K/1K run, Baseball Art and Collectibles Exhibit at Surprise City Hall and too many other things to list. Get details in the “Upcoming Events” section of my newsletter below.

Recycling Update

Surprise suspended bringing its recyclables to a material recovery facility in August 2019, as the international recycling industry continues dealing with a lack of demand for recycled commodities, low commodity value, and significantly increased processing costs. Our city team has engaged with regional partners including private industry, other cities, and Arizona State University to monitor available options and develop long-term sustainable options for recyclable material. While there is no definite time frame for re-establishing a recycling partnership at this point, the city is committed to identifying and implementing a financially viable and environmentally sustainable recycling program. One interim step, supported by City Council, under evaluation by city staff is the possible opening of a staffed recycling drop-off site that can be used for education and communication, while providing residents a nearby location to continue their recycling.

Economic Development

Amigo’s Authentic Mexican Grill & Bar has opened its doors to welcome residents to enjoy this family owned and operated restaurant. They offer daily specials and are open for breakfast! Amigo’s is located in the complex on the SE corner of Litchfield and Waddell Roads.

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Judd, Councilmember Winters, Councilmember Hayden and Amigos employees inside the newly opened restaurant.

Rangers Village Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, February 21, the City Council joined Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis and Texas Rangers staff to cut the ribbon on the new Rangers Village building. Rangers Village is a three-story, 36 suite, 70,000 square foot team housing complex located along Bullard Avenue, just north of Greenway Road. Rangers Village also includes a 13,000 square foot sports-training lab for the players.

Surprise City Council, Rick Davis and Texas Rangers staff hold scissors in preparation of the ribbon cutting.

Ottawa University Campus Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

Ottawa University-Arizona hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication for three new campus buildings – The O’Dell Center for athletics, the OUAZ Student Union, and Residence Hall. The O’Dell Center for Athletics is a 97,000 square foot athletic complex adjacent to Spirit Field to the west, just north of Tierra Buena Lane. The complex includes a recreation center, four court gymnasium, lockers rooms, an athletic training room, the Spirit Performance Center, five classrooms, and the faculty and athletic department offices. The OUAZ Student Union is a two story, 27,000 square foot building that houses the cafeteria, an outdoor and indoor dining space, the Spirit Fan Shop, campus mailroom, student lounge with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, conference center and designated quiet study spaces. The 76,000 square foot, four story residence hall is located to the east of Spirit Field and is home to an 83 room, 332 bed dormitory with fully furnished, four person suites, four student lounges and the campus security office.

DeBoa Jiu Jitsu Academy Ribbon Cutting

On February 26, we welcomed DeBoa Jiu Jitsu Academy to Surprise with a ribbon cutting. De Boa Jiu Jitsu Acacemy is located at 14763 W. Cactus Road, Surprise, AZ 85379.

Mayor Hall cuts a red ribbon for the grand opening of De Boa Jiu-Jitsu Academy.

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 City-managed Litchfield Road widening project remains on schedule with completion expected this spring.

The Waddell Road widening project reached a major milestone at the end of February with the full closure between Sarival and SR303 being reopened. This project also remains on track with expected completion by late spring.

On both of these projects, there will continue to be lane closures and detours as needed prior to these projects being completed.

The work at the intersection of Reems & Waddell is part of the larger Waddell project and while the early phases of this work have been completed, this intersection will continue to have some restrictions through May.

The roadwork occurring on the south side of Peoria Avenue is being conducted by several utility companies as they upgrade infrastructure to support new development in Glendale and unincorporated county, south of Peoria Avenue. Much of this work is nearing completion.

The county also has Olive Road closed between Litchfield and Reems through May due to construction of a new wastewater line needed to support development in the area.

Having a safe, efficient, and effective transportation system is critical to our quality of life and the smart growth of our city. Our city team is sensitive to the inconvenience and disruption caused by road construction and works closely with contractors to minimize these impacts where possible.

State of the City

Please join us on Thursday, March 26, for the State of the City address to hear updates on all of Surprise’s accomplishments and future visions. I encourage you to stay afterwards to witness the unveiling of the city’s 60th Anniversary Art Wall and enjoy live music, entertainment and more in our courtyard. The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall City Council Chambers.

Upcoming Events

St. Patrick’s Day at the Irish Wolfhound

March 17th – Come see the Irish Lads! The Irish Wolfhound is once again hosting its all-day event in their parking lot. They will have plenty of Irish Fare, drinks and live music. This is always the best event in the West Valley that day. https://www.facebook.com/events/581386772443016/

The Vista Center for the Arts

Dysart recently rebranded it’s performing arts theater to be enjoyed by the entire community! They are hosting professional events and charging a very reasonable admission. On March 20th, they with have a Pink Floyd show. Details can be found on their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheVistaAZ/events/

Luke Days

Luke Days at Luke Air Force Base are March 21-22. Come out and see the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, along with a variety of other aerial demonstrations, ground displays and exhibits. Luke Air Force Base is located at 14185 Falcon Street.

Fishing at Surprise Lake

The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been regularly stocking the lake with trout all winter and will soon switch to stocking catfish. There is still time to catch some very nice sized trout. You need a Valid Arizona Fishing License to fish here. Kids 9 and under do not need a license. Contact me or our Parks and Recreation for more information.

Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K

It’s not too late to register for the Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K that will take place on Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m.! For additional information or to get registered, visit SurpriseStadium.com/events.

Baseball Art and Collectibles Exhibit at Surprise City Hall

Swing by city hall for the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” art reception on Thursday, March 12 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Stop by to enjoy sports-themed artwork; historic, autographed Sport’s Illustrated covers; replica jackets; and historic artifacts. For more information, contact Susan DeJong at 623-214-7537.

Spring Cleanup Event

Take advantage of our spring cleanup event! On Saturday, March 14, residents can drop off up to 2,000 pounds of non-hazardous residential waste for free at the Northwest Regional Landfill. Be sure to bring proof of Surprise residency, via a driver’s license and utility bill showing the same house address. For more information, you can call the Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.1900, or visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/sanitation.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday, March 29th from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave Come enjoy this fun family event with live music by Southbound (Country/Southern Rock) and a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of beer and wine. This family-friendly event will also have various yard games, inflatables and face painting. Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair! Dogs must be on leashes.

Teen College Trips

Join other teens from Surprise and tour a variety of Arizona college campuses! A medium drink from a local coffee shop is included in the registration fee, and please bring additional money for lunch. The trip will depart from and return to Sierra Montana Recreation Center. Spots are limited and registration ends on March 13. Ages 13-18. $15 Resident / $35 Non Resident (per trip).

March 16th – U of A
March 17th – ASU
March 20th GCU

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, March 3 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, March 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.

Meet and Greet

Your opportunity to quiz your councilman at my monthly Meet and Greet will happen on Wednesday, March 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.

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 • November 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.

More Firefighters Hired

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is adding 13 new firefighters! The FY20 budget we approved included funding for 5 new firefighters. A federal grant recently awarded us the funding for 8 additional firefighters. These new firefighters are expected to complete the academy and training by June 2020. Twelve of those positions will eventually be assigned to the new Fire Station 308 when it opens in late 2021 or early 2022 at Litchfield and Cactus roads.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park Wins Award

The beautiful White Tank Mountain Regional Park to our west has received some international acclaim! The park was recently awarded the 2019 Tripsavvy Editor’s Choice Award as best for outdoor enthusiasts! Congratulations to the staff and volunteers at the park! This is a great time of year to hike the trails, and visit the Nature Center and library at the White Tanks.

Road Construction

As our city grows, our roads need to expand so they can handle the increased traffic. The General Obligation Bond that residents voted for and passed in 2017, includes funding for Waddell Road and for Litchfield Road. The Waddell Road widening project and the Litchfield Road widening project are currently underway. These projects are scheduled to be completed spring of 2020. Reems Road from Cactus to Peoria roads is under construction for utility work. EPCOR is installing water lines and when they are finished, Southwest Gas will install gas lines.

Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House Opening

Bonfire Craft Kitchen and Tap House is now open in the Brookside Village complex, east of Reems Road off of Bell Road. The restaurant specializes in re-inspired American classics. The goal is to focus on a family friendly atmosphere with fresh, made from scratch meals while also providing the best service.

Veterans Day Dedication and Parade

In honor of Veterans Day, the City of Surprise will be hosting a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Veterans Reflection Circle on Monday, November 11 at 8:00 a.m. This event will be held outside of the Northwest Regional Library and will pay tribute to late Surprise resident and combat-wounded veteran, Brian Mancini. Following the dedication ceremony, the annual Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. I invite you to join the celebration and help honor our military members.

Veterans Reflection Circle event map.

Surprise Party

The 2019 Surprise Party is scheduled for Friday, December 6 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The party will begin Friday night with live music, skydivers, tree lighting ceremony 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. I hope to see you all there as we begin to kick off the holiday season.

Fiesta Grande

The 6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande event brought residents throughout Surprise to the Original Town Site to honor culture, tradition and community. Special guest Barry Wong, Executive Director at Governor Ducey’s Office of Equal Opportunity, presented a proclamation recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month. Also, Consul Deputy General of Mexico Armando Esparza joined in the celebration!

Surprise Day of Service

The Surprise Day of Service is a wonderful volunteer opportunity that brings residents together to help complete projects, clean up and take pride in our city. This event takes place 2-3 times a year, and this time there were over 300 participants! I thank everyone who came out to support Surprise and look forward to the next one.

Monthly Meet and Greet Postponed

Your feedback is important for me to understand how to effectively represent you. The monthly Meet and Greet is a great opportunity to speak face to face. You can ask me questions, share ideas, or chat about our community. The event takes place at Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, 14029 W. Waddell Road. Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming up and will fall on our scheduled meeting days, so the next Meet and Greet is postponed until January 22. More information will follow as the date gets closer.

Council Meetings and Agenda

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month, first being today, Tuesday, November 5 at 6 p.m.; and the second on Tuesday, November 19. 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 in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, November 11. They will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving. I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter – February 2019

My name is Chris Judd and I am honored to have been elected as your City Councilman for District 6. I am a native to Arizona and a graduate of Arizona State University. I have been a part of the Surprise business community since the mid 90’s. My family and I have lived here for over a decade and we have experienced the growth and changes that Surprise has undergone in that time. I look forward to working with the City of Surprise and my neighbors to ensure our beautiful community is impacted in positive ways. If you see something that doesn’t seem right, or if you have an idea or concern, please let me know. I am available to discuss any questions or concerns you have so please feel free to email me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

City News

City Offices will CLOSE in honor of Presidents’ Day on Monday, February, 18th. City trash and recycling customers are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day the week of February 18 – 22.

New Openings

Destiny Springs, a new behavioral healthcare facility in Surprise, will have an open house on February 16th from 12 – 4 p.m. They are located at 17300 N Dysart Road.

City Events

Spring Break Camp Registration

Games, crafts and field trips will keep your child busy during the school break in a fun, supervised environment. Registration opens February 13 for a camp that runs March 18 – 21. Register at the Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave. Please call 623-222-2000 for more information or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation

DATE NIGHT: Parent’s Night Out

This event is being held February 15 at Sierra Montana Recreation Center. Kids must be potty-trained. You must pre-register for this class. www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation

NEW Photography Classes

We are excited to have two new photography classes! Stop Motion Photography is for youth ages 10 – 12. Intro to Photography is for adults 18 & up who are interested in learning how to use a camera and basic editing tools. Both classes start mid-February! www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

This month, we are featuring live music by Lane Change. Come enjoy some great food and music. March 10th from 5 – 8 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N Bullard Ave. www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

USTA Pro-Circuit Tournament

February 11 – 17 at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex. Thirty-two athletes will compete for a total of $25,000 in prize money. www.surpriseaz.gov/tennis

Babe Ruth Baseball

Babe Ruth Baseball registration for 13 – 15 year olds is February 11 – March 22. Teams play games at the Surprise Recreation Campus on the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers auxiliary fields.

Spring Training Begins

First Royals Home game is Feb 23rd at 1:05 p.m. First Rangers Home game is Feb 24th at 2:05 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.surprisestadium.com or call 623-222-2222

Fire Station Open House

Open House is Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Fire Station 303, located at 15440 N Cotton Lane. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks.

Residential Waste Cleanup Event

Drop off up to 2000 pounds of residential waste March 9th from 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Landfill. One load per household. Please bring a driver’s license and a utility bill to show proof of a Surprise home address.

Level 4 Youth Event

On March 9th from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., there will be dancing, food, art and a view from the 4th level of the parking garage. Free event with school ID. Please call 623-222-1033 for more information.

Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov for more detailed information on any of the events, as well as other community activities.