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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 • 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 • January 2020

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.

Recycling Update

The City of Surprise is still working on solutions to get us back to recycling. The challenge we face is almost half of the collected recyclables were being sent to the landfill by the recycling plant operator This resulted in constantly increasing fees being charged to the City by the recycling plant. Forcing our residents to pay these fees would not have addressed the problem – the problem being that most of the items we are used to recycling are no longer being used by the recycling industry.

Our city is working together with recycling partners and other cities to identify and implement recycling solutions. Our staff will give a presentation and discussion on the status of these efforts at a City Council Meeting in February. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I appreciate your continued concerns as we are moving towards a solution to bring recycling back.

Road Work

Waddell Road is still under construction and crews are working diligently to reopen the roadway from Loop 303 to Legacy Park by the end of February, as rain has caused some delays. Work will continue to early summer 2020 to complete the road improvements, but no additional full closures are expected. The Waddell Road widening project was approved by voters as part of the 2017 General Obligation (G.O.) Bond Election. Once completed, there will be a total of six travel lanes, a traffic signal at Waddell Road and Sarival Avenue, eliminate areas that have multiple lanes merging as well as the addition of streetlights, bicycle lanes and turn lanes.

Litchfield Road is also still under construction. This project is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2020. The improvements will include two additional lanes of travel, provisions for drainage, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, street lighting and more. For more information on the Waddell Road widening project, Litchfield Road project or other G.O. Bond projects, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Underground utility work along the south side of Peoria Avenue is having an impact on traffic flow. This is county land with a private utility project completing the work. A completion date has not yet been confirmed.

Surprise Youth Council

The Surprise Youth Council offers opportunities for our youth to engage in our community in service projects and events. These young adults work hand in hand with schools, non-profits and local elected officials. I was honored to be able to sit down with these students and discuss their ideas, goals and futures. Thank you for your continued work in our city.

Councilmember Judd and Surprise Youth Council members seated at a conference room table.

Upcoming Events

In honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the city will be hosting a day of celebration and service. Please join City Council, city staff and residents as we gather in the City Hall Courtyard on Saturday, January 18, for the celebration. The event will kick off with a light breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program which will include local performances, an MLK art contest, a fantastic keynote speaker and much more. Immediately following the conclusion of the program, there will be an opportunity to participate in community service projects beginning at 9:45 a.m. I hope to see you there!

The Surprise Spring Training 5K is now accepting early registrations! This annual fun run takes participants on a scenic tour of the city before ending at the ballpark. Runners receive a shirt, medal and a ‘buy one, get one free’ coupon for select sections of the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game on March 7. To register online or for more information, please visit www.surprisestadium.com/events.

Council Meetings and Agendas

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 7 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, January 21 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.

City Offices Closed

All City Offices will be closed on January 20 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • October 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

Our City of Surprise staff continues to evaluate the state of the recycling industry, and they are also exploring ideas with neighboring cities in search of solutions. We will be recycling again, in some form, once we have identified a reasonable path forward.

Fire Update

Surprise City Council has made Public Safety one of our top priorities – this means making sure that Fire-Medical and Police have the support they need to keep our community safe. The Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) has the authority to manage our ability to respond to fire and medical emergencies as they see fit.

Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott oversees the SFMD. He is responsible for implementing policies and procedures related to fire and medical that keep our community safe. This includes determining what equipment and personnel are staffed at each station.

Chief Abbott determined that the city would be better served with a Low Acuity unit that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Fire Station 305, as opposed to the engine (or pumper) that had only been in service 40 hours a week. That engine is still available to replace other engines when they are out of service for repair or maintenance and can be utilized for other needs as determined by the Fire Chief and as staffing permits.

I believe Chief Abbott and his team are doing a great job leading the SFMD, and I am 100% behind his decision-making ability. His experience and planning skills are a tremendous asset to the city, and this has been demonstrated by his many accomplishments over the past five years.

Volunteer for a 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 way to give back to your community. You can participate as an individual, a family or group. Volunteers help to beautify the neighborhoods and build community pride. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, at 8 a.m. to receive their assignment; and should plan to serve until noon. 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.

Sunday in the Park

A Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival will be held at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave, on October 20 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Parking and entry are free! This family event offers live music, games, inflatables and much more. Bring your chairs or blanket and enjoy the variety of food and drinks available for purchase. Remember, dogs must be on leashes.

G.A.I.N. Night

G.A.I.N. night is an evening for promoting awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. Public Safety displays, games, trick-or-treating and much more will be hosted at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave, on October 26 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. This is a fun family event that residents enjoy each year. Admission is free. Food and beverage is available for purchase.

Traffic and Road Construction

As Surprise continues to grow, the city is working on several significant transportation improvement projects. These projects will range from additional lanes to pavement improvement. The Transportation Projects Map can be found online and will give you a detailed look at the individual projects as well as expected timelines: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/43102/2019-Transportation-Projects-Map. Please send me an email if you have questions about specific roadways or projects.

Monthly Meet and Greet

I will be hosting my monthly meet and greet on Wednesday, October 16 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This is an informal gathering, which makes it a great opportunity for you to ask me 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.

Council Meetings and Agenda

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month, first being on Tuesday, October 1 and the second on Tuesday, October 15. 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.

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.