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Staying Engaged: Tonight’s Council Meeting

Staying Engaged: Tonight’s Council Meeting

There are a couple items being discussed at tonight’s City Council meeting and into next week that I want to make you aware of. They are:

  • The Council Members and I will receive a briefing from the city’s Community Development team during tonight’s Council meeting at 6 p.m. regarding their progress on updating the City Code relating to business signs. The purpose of the code update is to potentially increase business exposure through effective signage, while also enhancing traffic safety and minimizing “visual clutter.” The ultimate goal is to provide businesses with clear and consistent signage guidelines. Commercial signs impact the overall visual character of our community, so I encourage you to stay informed and obtain a copy of the draft revised sign guidelines when the document is publicly released in early October.
  • If you live near or regularly drive on Bullard Avenue, there are two upcoming public meetings you may be interested in attending regarding recent traffic changes made to the street. At tonight’s Council meeting at 6 p.m., City Manager Bob Wingenroth and Public Works Director Mike Gent will update the Council on traffic-calming strategies that city staff has taken to improve motorist and pedestrian safety on the roadway.We’ll also be presented with information on how the street has been performing since the changes were implemented as well as the results of a citizen survey recently conducted to obtain resident feedback on the changes. If you can’t attend tonight’s meeting, you can watch live coverage on Surprise 11 (Cox cable) or online at http://www.surpriseaz.gov/surprise11. The Bullard Avenue discussion will continue at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 8 when city staff hosts a second community meeting at Marley Park Elementary School, 15042 W. Sweetwater Ave. The community feedback, as well as next steps, will be discussed at this meeting.
  • The Council will consider the approval of $776,400 during tonight’s Council meeting to continue providing transit services to our residents. This annual funding includes the downtown (Phoenix) express bus and Dial-a-Ride services. Aside from public safety, transportation is one of my top priorities for our city, and it’s an area in which we need to continue developing short- and long-term strategies to move our community forward.

Finally, citizen input and engagement is critical to building a strong Surprise. One way to get involved is by attending Council meetings, which are held at 6 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each month. There are two opportunities for you to speak directly to myself and Council members at these meetings.

First, you can speak on matters that are before us, which appear on that evening’s meeting agenda. The second way is during the “Call to the Public” portion of the meeting when residents may address the Council on new or emerging issues or any item that is not on the agenda. You can view tonight’s Council meeting agenda by visiting http://agenda.surpriseaz.gov