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Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • December 2021

Thank you for signing up to receive my newsletter and updates. It is my goal to ensure you receive a monthly newsletter containing important City updates as well as upcoming events. You can also find me on Facebook for frequent notifications. I am always available to hear your comments, questions, concerns or complaints! You may reach me anytime at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1326.

SciTech Festival

What a fun event! This year’s SciTech Festival did not disappoint. Thank you to everyone who came out to learn and play! The City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department, along with local organizations and businesses always do such an awesome job!

Councilmember Judd at the White Tank Mountain Conservancy Sci Tech table.

EPCOR Franchise Extension

The results of the November 2 election are in, and Surprise voters have approved an EPCOR franchise extension. This approval extends a previous 25-year agreement with EPCOR Water for an additional 25 years, allowing the company to construct, maintain and operate a potable water delivery system and a wastewater collection, treatment and disposal system throughout the city public rights-of-way. Under this agreement, EPCOR will pay a 2% franchise fee to the City. That money will go into the city’s General Fund, which pays for public safety, parks, street maintenance and more.

Veterans Day Parade

We honored our service members at our 7th Annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade on Thursday, November 11. If you didn’t attend, you can watch it here: surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/index.php/watch

Thank you to our incredible community for coming out to participate and support. A big thank you to Surprise Parks and Recreation for a successful pancake breakfast and parade.

Councilmember Judd rides in a jeep in the Veterans Day Parade.

Trash Collection

Don't get left at the curb, trash collection schedule changes coming January 2022Surprise trash collection zones will change beginning Monday, January 3 to balance the number of homes serviced on each collection day as the city continues to grow. This means some residents will see a change to their trash collection day. Not all residents will see changes to their trash collection schedule. These changes apply to City of Surprise sanitation customers only, and some neighborhoods will retain their current collection day.

These changes apply to City of Surprise sanitation customers only. Get the details: https://bit.ly/3kk155F

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on January 23 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. Future dates are February 13 and April 3.

Day of Service

Surprise is looking for volunteers for its Day of Service on Saturday, December 11. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, and trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more.

How to get involved: Individuals and groups can register with Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1522. Get more info here: bit.ly/3qpmVZk

MLK Celebration Events

The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

Martin Luther King Jr. event thumbnailWednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

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.):

  • December 1-3 Catfish & Trout
  • December 13-17 Trout
  • December 27-31 Trout
  • January 10-14 Trout
  • January 24-28 Trout

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

Surprise Senior Center Lunch

On Tuesday, November 16, Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Aly Cline and I attended a BBQ lunch event at the Surprise Senior Center. This was the Center’s first large gathering since the pandemic began. It was amazing welcoming back so many members to this annual event! To learn more about programs and services offered at the Senior Center, please call 623.222.1500.

EricsHouse Support Groups

EricsHouse logoEricsHouse helps people integrate loss of a loved one using a variety of healing resources that reduce grief symptoms, promote growth and personal well-being, and provide a community of like-minded people who understand this unique grief journey. ericshouse.org

  • Grieving Mothers Support Group
    Open to mothers who have lost a child to suicide, substance abuse, homicide, illness or any sudden loss. This group runs weekly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 & 1/5/22. Contact marianne@ericshouse.org to determine if this group is right for you. Pre-registration is required
  • Support Group for Grieving Men
    This closed group begins November 16 and will run weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Participation is limited to nine members. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4/22 & 1/11. Please contact greg@ericshouse.org or 480.734.3423 to determine if this group is right for you.

Courage Walk 308

“COURAGE is not living without fear, but being able to walk through it while doing the right thing anyway.” This statement is part of a new art installation at the recently completed Surprise Fire Station 308 and pays tribute to the character of our Surprise Fire-Medical Department team and all they do to keep our community safe. Stop by and check out “Courage Walk 308” at 13771 W. Cactus Rd.

The new artwork, titled Courage Walk 308, at Fire Station 308.
Artist: Kai Ekbundit

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 December 7 and 21 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

Join me for my D6 community meeting on December 28 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s, 14029 W. Waddell 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.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • June 2021

Thank you for signing up to receive my newsletter and updates. It is my goal to ensure you receive a monthly newsletter containing important city updates as well as upcoming events. You can also find me on Facebook for frequent notifications. I am always available to hear your comments, questions, concerns or complaints! You may reach me anytime at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1326.

Arbor Day Tree Donation

Thank you to the Surprise Rotary Club for donating funding for a new tree at Dick McComb Park near the splash pad. Our contractors planted the tree on Arbor Day, April 29. As a thank-you, the City of Surprise presented a plaque to the Rotary Club.

Surprise City Council presents an arbor day plaque to the Surprise Rotary Club.

City Pools Now Open

Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Community Pool are now open for limited-capacity swim lessons and open swim. Open swim fees are $2 for youth residents (6 months – 17 years) and $3 for adult residents; the non-resident fee is $5 per swimmer. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by a guardian 16 years or older. For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

Gaines Park Dedication

A baseball with a Floyd Gaines Park logoA dedication ceremony was held on May 15 to celebrate the completion of Floyd Gaines Park. The park, located at 16001 N. Nash St., in the City’s Original Town Site, includes a lighted youth ball field, netting, fencing, restrooms, and a lighted and paved parking lot. Floyd Gaines was a pioneer in our community and an avid champion of its youth and parks and recreation services.

Retail Survey Results

The City of Surprise launched its annual Surprise Retail Survey on April 5, and more than 5,100 responses later, we have the results! The City uses the survey data to identify the City’s retail strengths and opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Select survey insights are listed below, with full results available at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

2021 Surprise Retail Survey results summary

Senior Center Re-opening!

The City of Surprise is re-opening programs at the Senior Center in a phased approach, with limited front desk access and exercise classes available now. The Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St., is a hub for connection and activities for those age 50+ and adults with disabilities. A new enrollment packet will be required when returning to in-person participation. Pick one up at the Senior Center or online at surpriseaz.gov/seniorcenter. Membership is $12 per year for Surprise residents and $15 for non-residents. Fees are due with membership forms.

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page, Councilmember Chris Judd – Home | Facebook! Be sure to click the “follow” 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 Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.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 Monthly Meet and Greet on June 23 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard, 14029 W. Waddell Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

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

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • January 2021

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

New Park!

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

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

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

Rocket League/Among Us Tournaments

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

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

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

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

What’s Happening on that Lot

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

Other projects currently in development review:

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

New Commercial Permits were recently completed for:

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

Economic Development

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

A chart displaying use of funds.

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

Possible APS 230kv Power Lines Down Cactus or Peoria roads

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

Council Meetings and Agenda

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

Meet and Greet

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

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

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • December 2020

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

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

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

Interested in Parks?

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

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

Surprise Party 2020-At Home Style

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

Surprise Party – At Home Activities

Schedule is subject to change.

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

**Denotes a video event

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

What’s Happening on that Lot

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

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

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

DevelopNEXT

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

Possible APS 230kv Power Lines down Cactus or Peoria roads

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

Council Meetings and Agenda

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

Meet and Greet

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