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District 6 Newsletter – May 4, 2018

Vote on Surprise’s water future!

Surprise Water Election

The city is seeking authorization to purchase Circle City Water Company (CCW), a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent, helping to plan for future growth. The purchase of CCW would be offset through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

The water election website, www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection, includes a short informational video, downloadable fact sheet, frequently asked questions, important election dates, and voter information.

For more information, please contact the Surprise Water Resource Management Department at wrm@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.7100.

Union Hills & 107th Ave intersection to be closed through May 21

Street Closures

The 107th Avenue and Union Hills Drive intersection will be closed beginning 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, to realign two waterlines, a storm drain pipe and drainage structure.

The intersection is scheduled to reopen by 5 a.m., Monday, May 21.

Bell Road, Del Webb Boulevard, 115th Avenue and 99th Avenue may be used as alternate routes. Access will be maintained at all times for emergency vehicles.

The closure is required to construct a portion of the 115th Avenue and Union Hills Drive project that will intercept flood water from the northeast and carry it south to the Agua Fria River when complete. The project is a partnership between Surprise, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County, the city of Peoria and the Maricopa County Department of Transportation.

The project is scheduled to be complete in June 2018, weather permitting.

For questions or concerns, call the construction hotline at 602.264.6416.

Surprise Safety Day is May 5

Surprise Safety Day

Join us for a day of fun at Surprise Safety Day this Saturday, May 5!

Bring your family and friends to Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N Bullard Avenue, from 8-11 a.m. and enjoy emergency vehicle and equipment displays, including an appearance by Native Air helicopter; interactive exhibits and live demonstrations of Surprise’s public safety services; and water safety and CPR demonstrations.

Plus, the Surprise Aquatic Center is offering free swim lesson assessments and will be conducting swim team tryouts. Participants should bring a bathing suit and a towel; the pool is heated.

Surprise Safety Day is free and presented in partnership with Surprise Community & Recreation Services, Surprise Police, Surprise Fire-Medical, Native Air and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.

For more information about Safety Day, swim lesson assessments, or swim team tryouts, please contact the Community & Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.

MCDOT Sun Valley Pkwy pavement rehab in Surprise begins May 7

The Maricopa Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will be re-repaving a portion of Sun Valley Parkway, 219th Avenue to just east of Crozier Extension Road, beginning Monday, May 7; the pavement rehabilitation project is scheduled to conclude in July 2018, weather permitting.

Lane restrictions will be in effect. Construction will include roadway shoulders; bicyclists should use caution and, if possible, use alternate routes during construction.

Please obey traffic control signs and posted speed limits. In addition, please allow extra time to get to your destination as there may be traffic delays. Weekend work may occur to keep the project on schedule.

For additional project information or questions, contact MCDOT at 602.506.3342 or mcdotprojects@maricopa.gov.

Watch the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships in Surprise May 8-12

The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships are returning to the City of Surprise May 8-12 as teams from across the nation compete for the title of National Champions. Get your tickets, and come watch some exciting play!

The City of Surprise Sports and Tourism Department, in partnership with the Pacific West Conference, will host the tournaments at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, located at 14469 W. Paradise Lane.

Ticket are on sale now at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet complex, with single day tickets starting at $5 and all tournament tickets available for $20.

All singles matches shall be the best-of-three sets. No-ad scoring and a 7-point tiebreaker at six-games-all will be used for all matches. In doubles, all matches will consist of an eight-game pro-set with a tiebreak played at 8 games all.

For more information visit www.NCAA.com/Tickets or www.surpriseaz.gov/tennis. You can also contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

Volunteer for Surprise Day of Service on May 12

Surprise Day of Service

Looking for an opportunity to help your community? The City of Surprise is seeking volunteers for a Surprise Day of Service event on Saturday, May 12 from 8 a.m. – Noon!

On the day of the event, volunteers will check in at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Transportation will be required to get to most service projects, which will include painting, cleaning/trash removal, landscaping and more.

Light refreshments for breakfast and lunch will be provided.

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign-up by Thursday, May 10 by contacting Jason Hughes at 623.222.3239 or jason.hughes@surpriseaz.gov.

“Despicable Me 3” Stadium Movie Night rescheduled to May 12

The City of Surprise has rescheduled the showing of “Despicable Me 3” and welcomes you and your family to come watch the mischievous Minions and Gru reunite with his long lost brother.

This free family event will take place on Saturday, May 12 at Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7 p.m.

The stadium food and beverage policy is in effect; concessions will be available for purchase.

For event information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

Free Workshops: Medicare 101 & Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

The city is hosting free workshops for anyone wanting to learn more about Medicare or Medicare prescription drug plans.

The following classes are now open for registration:

Medicare 101 – Tuesday, May 8 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Surprise City Hall, Conference Room 150

Already enrolled in Medicare or looking to learn more about it? Come to a Medicare workshop, and get information on the elements of Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare Advantage plans (Part C); Prescription Drug plans (Part D); and Medicare Supplements (Medigap).

Medicare Prescription Drug Plans – Thursday, May 10 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Surprise City Hall, Conference Room 150

Medicare prescription drug coverage is a critical component for anyone on Medicare, and understanding how to select the right prescription drug plan can save you money. If you are on Medicare or plan to be in the next year, we are offering a free seminar that will educate you on your options.

For information, or to register for either class, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

Call to artists! Opportunity to feature art piece at Surprise City Hall

The City of Surprise is requesting proposals from artists to create an original art piece that will be permanently situated on a pedestal at the southwest entrance of City Hall.

The size of the pedestal is 55” L x 55” W x 34” H.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on May 14, 2018. The contract is anticipated to be awarded in June 2018.

To see the complete Request for Proposal, please visit: www.surpriseaz.gov/1761/Arts-Cultural-Advisory-Commission

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes offered in Surprise

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer.

CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 6
  • Wednesday, June 27
  • Wednesday, July 18

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza.

To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

Outdoor painting party with SugarPlum Froyo at Surprise Community Park

The City of Surprise is teaming up with SugarPlum Froyo to offer an Outdoor Painting Party on Saturday, May 12 and Saturday, June 9 from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This event is perfect for a fun family day. We’ll provide an art teacher to walk you step-by-step through creating a piece of art. Afterwards, participants can cool off with a cup of froyo (frozen yogurt) while enjoying each other’s masterpieces!

Classes run about an hour and a half and are great for all ages! Parent participation is required.

Tickets are $30 for Surprise Residents; $50 for Non-Residents. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Register in person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave, or online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under the “Special Events” category.

For more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000.

District 6 Newsletter – May, 26 2017

Hello fellow neighbors of District 6,

The month of May brought exciting things to Surprise…. As your D6 Councilmember and Vice Mayor, I wanted to update you on the latest news and information.

City Council Work Session Highlights

Potential General Obligation Bond Discussion

City staff briefed City Council on three proposed General Obligation Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation, at their May 16 Work Session.

The three proposed questions and projects, as presented to Council, were determined based on community needs, comments received from residents during the 2016 bond election outreach process, and input received during and after the Surprise Capital Improvement Funding Exploratory Committee’s April 19 meeting.

Proposed Question #1: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $34 million public safety bond proposal to: build a Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center; renovate an existing city facility into a Police Training Facility; acquire Land for Future Fire Station/Police Substation & Park; build a new Fire Station at Cactus and Litchfield roads; build a new Fire Station along 163rd Avenue, south of Happy Valley Road, to replace the current temporary station; and build a Public Works Operations Facility to centralize operations. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $26 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #2: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $15.5 million street bond proposal to provide funds to plan, design, construct and improve Waddell, Greenway and Litchfield roads. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $12 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Proposed Question #3: Voters in Surprise are asked to consider a $10 million street pavement preservation bond proposal to plan, design, construct, replace and improve deteriorated street pavement citywide. The annual cost for a homeowner would be approximately $8 per $100,000 in Limited Property Value (LPV).

Per City Council consensus at the Work Session, staff will bring back a Call to Election action item at the June 6 Regular Council Meeting. If approved, the three separate bond questions would appear on the ballot in a Special Election on November 7. All registered voters in Surprise will receive a ballot by mail.

City Council Meeting

Reappointment of Presiding Judge Louis F. Dominguez

Surprise Municipal Code provides a reappointment process for incumbent presiding judges whereby the Judicial Selection Advisory Commission makes a recommendation to the City Council after investigation and evaluation. The Committee recommended reappointment of Presiding Judge Louis F. Dominquez to Surprise Municipal Court.

City Council unanimously approved Resolution 2017-46 reappointing Presiding Judge Dominguez for a term of four years.

Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission’s Art in Public Places Plan

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission was first tasked by City Council to develop a display plan for the city in 2014. The purpose of the request was to update and enhance the look of City Hall and the surrounding campus with the inclusion of art and artistic elements and create a space that residents and visitors alike will enjoy. The first draft of the plan revealed that a more comprehensive and detailed look was needed with the help of multiple resources and stakeholders. In March 2016, the Commission worked with a consultant to proceed.

After a very thorough process, and after input by the City Council following a City Council Work Session in February 2017, the Commission provided City Council an update regarding the plans priorities and associated costs. Recommended projects include, but are not limited to, a new lobby seating area, art exhibit signage, LED lighting, new paint in highlighted areas, relocation of a few existing art pieces and a mural near in the city cashier area.

WESTMARC Economic Development Summit

WESTMARC Stats infographicWESTMARC Economic Development Summit was held on Thursday, May 11. Guest speakers included Land Advisors CEO and Founder Greg Vogel, EMSI Economic Development Consultant Matthew Miller, ASU Senior Sustainability Scientist Dr. Shade Shutters, and Chancellor of Maricopa Community College District Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick. Conversation and panel discussion surrounded today’s workforce strategy and labor trends. Discussion also included the need for more accurate educational and labor data to provide to interested businesses. Currently, standard labor market information does not appropriately capture this information because the data is reported to where people are employed versus where they reside.

Current Curfew Ordinance Reminder

With students out of school for summer break, the Surprise Police Department reminds residents about our curfew ordinance for those under the age of 18. According to the city ordinance, it is unlawful for any minor to remain upon, go or be upon any public street, alley or other public place of the city between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and between 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday unless accompanied by a legal guardian.

Often times crimes occurring between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. are either committed by juveniles or against juvenile victims. To ensure the safety of minors, starting Friday, May 26, the Surprise Police will be heavily enforcing the curfew ordinance. Violation of this ordinance is a class 1 misdemeanor. Parents may also be cited for their children being out after curfew if they allowed the juvenile to violate the ordinance.

View this city ordinance in detail

We Want Your Input on Our Libraries

How can we improve or transform the libraries in Surprise? We are asking you to share your thoughts through our online survey. Resident input is key to the process.

The city currently has two libraries, Northwest Regional Library and Hollyhock Library. The city hired Orcutt Winslow, an architecture and planning firm, to conduct a library feasibility study that will help guide future library operations, library renovation projects and potential new libraries.

Residents are encouraged to take an online survey available at www.surpriseaz.gov/librarysurvey. The results of the study will be completed in August and will be presented at a City Council meeting late August or early September. For questions or more information, call the Community and Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.

Surprise Public Library inside of woman browsing book shelves

City Seeking Applicants for Boards & Commissions

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.

Disability Advisory Commission – 1 vacancy
Judicial Selection Advisory Commission (JSAC) – 1 vacancy
Board of Trustees – 1 vacancy

Applications for the above mentioned commission are available for pick-up immediately and can be picked up from the City Clerk’s Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. The City Clerk’s Office is located at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Applications are also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/boards.

Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person or by e-mail to clerk@surpriseaz.gov. For more information, please contact our City Clerk’s office at 623.222.1200.

Free Continuous Chest Compression Only Cpr Classes

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer. CCC-CPR consists of continuous aggressive chest compressions to keep the victim’s blood circulating through their brain and heart, which has been proven to increase survival rates. And, because it does not require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, it reduces the risk of spreading viruses or other kinds of disease between the life-saver and victim.

A morning and afternoon class will be held on each of the following dates:

  • June 7
  • July 19
  • August 1

The morning class will run from 9-11 a.m., and the afternoon class will run from 2-4 p.m.; both will be held in the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza. To register for a class, please email crfire@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.5400.

NEW Dealership Opens in Prasada Auto Mall

Subaru Superstores of Surprise hosted a grand opening community event on Saturday, May 13. The newest auto dealer in the Prasada Auto Mall is located at 13090 N. Autoshow Avenue. Welcome to Surprise!

City offices closed May 29 for Memorial Day; holiday trash / recycling schedule in effect

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

City of Surprise trash and recycling customers are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day all week. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers and, therefore, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider.

Questions? Please contact City of Surprise Public Works at 623.222.1900.


Do you have any questions for me? Please reach out to me. Together we will make Surprise an even better place to live and work and play!

Here are the best ways to reach me: email at todd.tande@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1326.

Thanks for being a part of what makes our city great!

Todd