Tag Archives: road construction

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.

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 • 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 • 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.