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Make water your best friend, even on a short hike.
A hike on one of the many trails in the White Tank Mountains is great way to get some exercise, clear your head, and to connect with nature. Did you know that in 2018, 172 people died in the Phoenix area due to heat related illness? This was an increase from 155 in 2017. Dehydration is very predictable and can easily be avoided. Always take more water than you need. If nothing else, the extra weight you are carrying adds to your workout.

In our desert temperatures, a healthy person can produce as much as 1.5 quarts of sweat an hour. You need water to replace sweat, so drink, drink and drink some more! The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has posted the following warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness.

Heat Related Illnesses Flyer

The City of Surprise is a Heat Relief Network partner. The city provides hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during Arizona’s hot summer months. Designated stations offer indoor refuge from heat as well as drinking fountains or bottles of water. These stations can be found at 5 locations:

  • Surprise Resource Center: 12425 W. Bell Road, Building A, Suite 124
  • Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301: 16750 N. Village Drive East (FS301)
  • Hollyhock Library: 15844 N. Hollyhock Street
  • Northwest Regional Library: 16089 N. Bullard Ave.
  • The Salvation Army Sun Cities Valley Corps: 17420 N. Ave of the Arts Blvd.

You can also help those in need by donating water bottles, sun screen, sun glasses and hats to the Surprise Resource Center or Fire-Medical Station #301.


  • Surprise will host the 36th Annual 4th of July Celebration at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. This free family event features live music, food trucks, yard games and more. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with a gorgeous fireworks display at 8:40
  • The Surprise Aquatic Center will be open for a 4th of July Pool Party from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Admission is $6 per person and is limited to the first 400 residents. Visit http://bit.ly/Surprise4thofJulyPoolParty for more information.

What’s under construction around you?

  • Marley Park Construction: Private Developer funded and managed projects in District 6 this summer include, Old Oak east of Bullard Avenue which is almost open, Sweetwater Avenue west of Litchfield scheduled to be complete in July, and Waddell road between Bullard and 140th Drive (just west of Freddy’s) that is scheduled to be complete by the end of summer.
  • One traffic signalization project just west of District 6 that will benefit many residents is at the Cactus Road / Sarival Avenue intersection which is currently controlled by a four way stop condition. The signals are hoped to be installed and operational possibly as soon as the end of August.

Industrial Park Update

  • SeaCa Packing is on track to receive their Certificate of Occupancy which will finalize the $20 million, 160,000 square foot facility located on the 13 acres south of Waddell Road along BNSF rail spur.
  • Hardy World has begun the grading of their property at the southwest corner of Waddell and Dysart Road in preparation of 36,000 square feet of leasable commercial/light industrial facilities.


The FY2020 Budget, which totals $412.7 million, was approved. The budget includes $105.8 million for Capital Improvement Projects. Public Safety demands are growing and the new budget includes 18 new positions. The utility enterprise funds include 11 new employees to address city growth in water, sewer and sanitations services.

Community Development

The City of Surprise Community Development Department is proposing the adoption of the 2018 International Building Codes with local amendments. This would replace the previously adopted 2012 International Building Codes with local amendments.

The proposed local amendments under review include changes that are intended to:

  • Further streamline the amendments to align more with the published 2018 Building and Fire codes
  • Ensure both the Building and Fire codes are in concert with each other
  • Identify and clarify Fire Protection requirements for new construction and tenant improvements projects

The public can view and comment on the proposed amendments online at www.surpriseaz.gov/buildingsafety.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • June 2019

As we enter the summer months, swimming tends to be the most popular leisurely activity as it offers exercise, social time and a great way to cool off. Pools, rivers and lakes are excellent escapes from the summer sun. During these months, water safety is something every resident needs to be focused on. Unfortunately, each year, too many Americans have to deal with the tragedy that comes when water safety is not properly followed. By ensuring children are wearing life jackets and being monitored are easy steps to avoid a devastating situation. Never leave your pool gate unlocked and always ensure adult supervision while children are present.

The City of Surprise offers a variety of swimming lessons for all age groups. You may register online at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/499/Swim-Lessons. Lessons run from May until August.

What’s happening

Utility Assistance Application Event on Thursday, June 6 and 13: If you or anyone you know is in need of utility assistance please be sure to check out the link below for the utility assistance application event. This is a great service that has helped many! View Event Details.

Wilson Premier Championship West, June 6-10: Top baseball prospects from across the United States will showcase their talents in this four-day tournament! These are some of the biggest high school stars featuring over 85 teams. For more information please visit www.wilsonpremierbaseball.com.

Dive-in Movie on Saturday, June 15: Come to the Surprise Aquatic Center where you can swim and watch Aquaman! Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at 8:00 p.m. This movie is rated PG-13 and children under 12 will not be admitted without a parent or guardian. Concessions are available for purchase. Tickets are $5 for Residents and $8 for Non-Residents. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/17/Community-Recreation-Services.

Poetry Slam on Friday, June 21: Come out to the WHAM, 16560 N Dysart Road, for an open mic night of poetry, free verse and storytelling. This is a free public event and no registration is required to participate. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/arts.

Veterans Reflection Circle Groundbreaking on Monday, June 24: The City of Surprise is hosting the groundbreaking of an outdoor memorial in honor of the late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini. This memorial will be next to the NW Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave, and it will offer a place for all to gather to remember those who fought for our country. An indoor ceremony will begin at 9:00 a.m. with an outdoor groundbreaking immediately following.


The Waddell Road widening project is beginning to take shape. Utility relocations have begun and we can expect intermittent restrictions and closures over the next few months. This project was approved in the 2017 GO Bond and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2020.

Be sure to check out my Facebook page for updates and events and, as always, I’m excited to hear from you if you have any questions, concerns or ideas.