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Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • May 2020

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

FY 2021 Budget

A preliminary budget presentation was given at the Regular Council Work Session on April 21. Tentative budget adoption is scheduled for the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting on May 5 at 6 p.m., with the final budget adoption scheduled for the regularly scheduled City Council Meeting on June 2 at 6 p.m.. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the proposed budget, please feel free to contact me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Economic Development

During COVID-19, the business of helping our businesses has stayed strong in the City of Surprise! The Economic Development Department has shifted its focus in many areas to serve our local business community:

  • Businesses, Job Seeker and Surprise Customers now have an online resource at the www.surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp page. This is updated daily and provides concise information to support our community’s economic well-being during COVID-19.
  • The restaurant-focused #SeeRedGetFed banner program was launched and more than 175 restaurants have displayed these banners.
  • The #ShopSurprise “Open for Business” banner and promotional program for our non-restaurant/retail businesses was initiated shortly after the restaurant banner campaign.
  • The Surprise Community Development Department worked to temporarily amend the community’s A-frame sign policy to help our local businesses with their promotional endeavors.
  • New social media campaigns have been showcasing daily restaurant deals (#SuperstarOfSurprise), job opportunities (#WorkforceWednesday), and other positive community stories (#CopingWithCOVID). Follow the Surprise Economic Development team on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SurpriseEconDev and on Twitter @SurpriseEconDev.
  • In partnership with Marketing & Communications, the Economic Development Department developed a COVID-19 resource video series featuring 2-3 minute videos on a variety of important topics, including small business CARES Act eligibility, local job seeker resources, business tips to survive a business interruption, and more.
  • Julie Neal, the AZ TechCelerator Program Coordinator, has elevated the city’s small business services to social media. Virtual interviews with business owners, brokers, tax professionals, and business mentors are helping to showcase different free small business services available to the local community.
  • The Surprise Economic Development Department has also been promoting AZ TechCelerator marketing mentor Chris Amos, who has free webinars available to all local Surprise businesses.

I would like to recognize two businesses located in District 6. IRIS USA, Inc. for their donation of 20,000 masks to Arizona healthcare workers, and Pinkabella Cupcakes, who generously donated N95 masks to the City of Surprise for our frontline emergency staff. Thank you for your generosity!

Road Work Update

Pavement preservation will be moving forward in the coming weeks in Royal Ranch, Ashton Ranch, Kenly Farms, and part of the Marley Park neighborhood, and should be completed before the end of June. Residents will receive door hangers prior to any work being done on the street they live. The HOA property managers have been notified of the coming work and the schedule has been coordinated with the solid waste collection days, to ensure trash containers are still serviced as expected. The work is planned to occur throughout all of the residential streets in Royal Ranch, Ashton Ranch, and Kenly Farms, as well as Marley Park phase 17 & 18 which will be the first significant treatment of the residential streets in the Ashton Woods section of the neighborhood.

Please note, Larkspur Drive will be closed at Litchfield Road from May 1 to May 15, 2020, for milling and paving work. Residents can use Sweetwater Avenue as an alternative during this time.

A Flashing yellow left-turn signal has been installed at Litchfield and Waddell. This is an update the city will be making to all signalized intersections over time, as projects move forward and/or signal replacements are needed.

For more information on City of Surprise road closures and traffic restrictions, please visit surpriseaz.gov/roadwork

State of the City

The State of the City video, which looks at the significant achievements that Surprise has made this year, premiered on April 15. If you didn’t have a chance to watch, it is still available to view on Surprise TV at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/.

Upcoming Events

The impacts from COVID-19 to our city’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget and beyond are still uncertain. In an effort to make sure that we have a balanced budget at the end of the current fiscal year, all recreation programming and events will continue to be suspended until further notice. This will include summer camps, youth and adult sports leagues and camps, swim lessons, swim teams, open swim, and large gatherings, including the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration.

The City’s parks, walking paths and open spaces will remain open to the public and fishing will still be allowed at the Surprise Community Park Lake. Please remember to practice physical distancing guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control when using these areas.

What’s happening on that lot?

Please see the list below of new development happening in District 6!

  • A new construction permit was completed for the Skycom Business Park Shell Building, located at 13274 W. Desert Cove Road.
  • Tractor Supply at Prasada is under construction.
  • Handel’s Ice Cream at Greenway and Cotton Lane will be opening this summer.
  • Costco at Waddell and Sarival is still under construction and looking better every day.
  • Abrazo Microhospital at Bell Road and the 303 is hiring and almost ready to open.
  • A new Starbucks will be coming to the Winco corner on Bell Road and the 303.
  • New Legacy Traditional School expected at the NWC of Cotton and Cactus, not far from Sterling Grove by Toll Brothers – which is open for virtual tours!

If you notice new construction or planning signs posted somewhere and you would like more information, please email me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov. I enjoy talking about what is happening in Surprise and gaining valuable feedback from you!

Council Meetings and Agenda

As a reminder, there will be two City Council Regular Meetings this month. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 5 at 6 p.m.; and the second meeting on Tuesday, May 19 at 6 pm. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

My May Meet and Greet is scheduled for May 27, however; due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, please check https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates and cancellations to my meeting schedule.

Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • April 2020

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

COVID-19

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public Participation Changes at Council Meetings

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

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

I always look forward to hearing from my constituents. If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting, so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Census 2020

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

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

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

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

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

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

Road Work Update

Litchfield and Cactus Roads
In March, the City added flashing yellow left-turn signals at Litchfield and Cactus Roads. This is an update the city will be making to all signalized intersections over time, as projects move forward and/or signal replacements are needed.

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

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

What the arrows mean:

Red arrow

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

Yellow arrow

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

Dashed yellow arrow

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

Green arrow

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

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

State of the City

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

Upcoming Events

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

What’s happening on that lot?

If you notice new construction or planning signs posted somewhere and you would like more information, please email me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov. I enjoy talking about what is happening in Surprise and gaining valuable feedback from you!

Meet and Greet

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