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Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • April 2022

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.

Modern Dentistry Ribbon Cutting

Monday, February 28, we joined Surprise Modern Dentistry for a ribbon cutting! Surprise Modern Dentistry owner/dentist, Dr. Joshua Shaw, hosted the ceremony in honor of the opening of their office located at 13733 N. Prasada Pkwy., Suite 108. Welcome to Surprise, we’re happy to have you!

Surprise Modern Dentistry owner/dentist, Dr. Joshua Shaw, and Mayor Skip Hall cut a red grand opening ribbon.

Read Across America

Read Across AmericaIn celebration of Read Across America Week, on Monday, February 28, I read to two Kindergarten classes at Canyon Ridge Elementary, and Tuesday, March 1, I read to a Kindergarten and first-grade class at Countryside Elementary. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child, in every community to celebrate reading. We all had a great time!

Surprise Retail Survey Now Open

We want to know how we can make our city a one-stop shopping and dining destination. The retail survey will help the City identify retail strengths within the community, as well as pinpoint opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. We also have a youth-only survey to better understand what our younger generation wants to see. The Shop, Eat & Play Youth Survey is for youth, under the age of 18. The Surprise Retail Survey runs through Sunday, April 24, and is available online at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Spring Eggstravaganza

EggStravaganza! Egg HuntParticipate in Spring Eggstravaganza on April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus! The event is free and features fun for the whole family. Residents will enjoy inflatables, face painting, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and a series of egg hunts filled with fun toys and treats. Food and drink are available for purchase, there will be a minimal fee on some activities.

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and hunt times are as follows:

  • 8:20 a.m. – 2 and under*
  • 8:50 a.m. – 3 – 4 year olds*
  • 9:20 a.m. – 5 – 6 year olds**
  • 9:40 a.m. – 7 – 8 year olds**
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9 – 10 year olds**
  • 10:20 a.m. – all ages**

*1 parent allowed on the field
**Age group may be combined or split based on participation numbers. Times are subject to change.

Surprise Community Outreach Program

Community Outreach Grant ProgramSurprise is accepting applications for the Community Outreach Program now through April 29. This City Council-led initiative provides funding assistance to organizations within the City of Surprise for programs, events and activities that enhance the overall lifestyle of the community. https://bit.ly/36uKIzB

KIDZ Jamboree Event

A young boy holding a red soccer ball sits next to a young girl.Join us on Friday, April 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W. Bell Rd. for KIDZ Jamboree! An event for kids aged 0-5 in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. This fun, family event will showcase early childhood programs and services available in the community, like resources, child care/preschools, libraries and more! For more information about KIDZ Jamboree, please call 623.222.1600.

BBQ Event Rescheduled for Fall

RibFest Throw DownThe RibFest Throwdown at Mark Coronado Park is being rescheduled for fall 2022. The new event name, dates and ticket information will be released in the coming months. This is a live music and BBQ festival presented by the City of Surprise in partnership with national event company Forty8 Live!

Fishing at Surprise Lake

Did you know the Game and Fish department keeps our community lake filled with catfish and trout most of the year? This is an excellent time to get outside and go fishing at our local lake. A fishing license is required for anyone age 10 and up. A youth license is only $5 for the entire year and is available up to age 18. Licenses are available at azgfd.gov.

Here is a schedule of when fish will be stocked into Surprise Lake (Bullard Ave. / Paradise Ln.):

  • April 11-15 Catfish
  • April 25-29 Catfish

Stockings will occur randomly Monday through Saturday during the week indicated. Grab a friend or your kids and catch a few!

Annual Action Plan Public Hearing Notice

In anticipation of receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Department of Housing in Urban Development, a public hearing regarding the City’s Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will be held at the regular Veterans, Disability & Human Service Commission meeting on April 13 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. The Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will identify specific projects to be funded that meet the goals and objectives identified in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. Public comments received during the Public Hearing will be considered and included in the Plan. Comments can be emailed to adam.lane@surpriseaz.gov no later than April 8. Questions can also be directed to Adam via email or at 623.222.3238. City Council will take formal action on April 19, 2022.

Summer Youth Employment Program

The City is offering a summer job program for Surprise teens between the ages of 15 -19 who are income-eligible. Through the Summer Youth Employment Program, applicants must be available to work up to 25 hours a week for six weeks between June 6 and July 15. Chosen interns will receive professional development training, from shadowing engineers to working with youth and seniors, and earn $12.80 per hour.

Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/syep or can be picked up at City Hall by visiting the welcome desk and asking for Lord Garcillano. Electronic application submissions will be accepted through Sunday, April 17. In-person submissions will be accepted during normal City Hall business hours through Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m. For questions, please contact Lord Garcillano at lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1647.

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the “like” button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov where you can subscribe to my Notify Me email list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on April 19 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 also carries the meetings live. 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 community meeting on April 20 at 6 p.m. at Venue Taproom, 13699 N. Litchfield Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have.

Please check my webpage at d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.