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Vice Mayor Chris Judd’s Newsletter • December 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.

City of Surprise Public Meetings will Reclose to In-person Attendance

To protect public health amidst rising COVID-19 cases, beginning December 1, and until further notice, City of Surprise Public Meetings will close to in-person attendance. This includes meetings of City Council and all city boards and commissions. These meetings will be streamed and broadcast, and public comment will be accepted by phone and email. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513. Instructions for virtual public comment will be available on the meeting agendas at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Interested in Parks?

Tune into our December 15 Council Meeting where we will be discussing options to improve or expand our parks.

Also, we are in the beginning phases of planning a new city park. A city park is typically 75-100 acres. If you have ideas on what should be included in a new city park, please let me know! Email me at Chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov

Surprise Party 2020-At Home Style

Surprise Party at HomeWhile we can’t host our Surprise Party in person this year, we have many exciting virtual events planned. Join us for a virtual tree lighting ceremony, virtual cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, virtual bingo-holiday edition, Zoom calls with Santa, virtual holiday arts & crafts, a Santa drive-thru, and the Light up the Night House Decorating contest. Please see the schedule of events below, and for more details check out surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty.

Surprise Party – At Home Activities

Schedule is subject to change.

Fri, Dec. 4 7:00 p.m. Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony**
Mon, Dec. 7 6:30 p.m. Virtual Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus**
Surprise has partnered with Boyer Bakery to provide 150 cookie decorating kits to the first 150 decorators. Kits will be available for pick up on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or Monday, December 7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave.
Tues, Dec. 8 6:30 p.m. Virtual Bingo – Holiday Edition (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Wed, Dec. 9 5:30-8:30 p.m. Zoom Calls with Santa (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Thurs, Dec. 10 6:30 p.m. Virtual Holiday Themed Art & Craft featuring WHAM**
Craft kits will be available for pick up beginning Monday, November 30 to Thursday, December 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, while supplies last.
Fri, Dec. 11 6:00-8:00 p.m. Santa Drive-Thru at Surprise Stadium
Download a colorable letter for Santa at surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty. Participants must remain in the car during this event. Santa’s helpers will hand out goodie bags to the first 200 participants.
Sat, Dec. 12 –
Sun, Dec. 13
Evening Light up the Night House Decorating Contest w/ map

**Denotes a video event

Please note that video events will be aired at the times noted above on Surprise TV online and the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Facebook Page. On-demand video playback will be available for recorded events, so please visit surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty to view a video recording at your convenience.

What’s Happening on that Lot

The Amazon last-mile delivery station at Litchfield Road and Soledad Street is making progress on construction.

Boyer Bakery, at 13681 N. Litchfield Road, is currently in development review, and will be opening at the former “Pinkabella” location.

There will be 63,000 square feet of flex space at Skyway Commons opening soon, located on the southwest corner of Dysart Road and Rioglass Solar Road!


The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is nearing the finish line! The final draft will be presented for consideration and action at the December 15, 2020 City Council Meeting. The final draft was developed after several rounds of draft documents were posted online and presented at stakeholder meetings to address questions and gather feedback. The document has also been available online for public comment. The Land Development Ordinances (LDO) will replace the current Surprise Unified Development Code (SUDC). In addition, the City is also updating and consolidating the separate design and engineering books into a single Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS). For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/developnext.

Possible APS 230kv Power Lines down Cactus or Peoria roads

More information regarding this project should be available in early 2021. To learn more about the project, visit www.apswestvalleycentral.com.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings will take place on Tuesday, December 1 and December 15 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

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on December 12 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues, and answering any questions you might have. Due to COVID-19, there may be changes to my Meet and Greet schedule. Please check my webpage at https://d6.surpriseaz.gov/ for updates to my meeting schedule.

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.