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December 2019 • Newsletter

Thank You!

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov/. Please follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/SkipHallD5), Twitter (@SkipHall2), and Instagram (@SkipforSurprise).

Shared Active Transportation Vehicles (SATV)

The SATV (E-Scooter) pilot program has begun and the city is looking for your feedback. The SATV survey will be available during the SATV Pilot Program, November 1 until April 28. The purpose of the SATV Pilot Program is to gather and evaluate information pertaining to the use and deployment of SATVs as a transportation option in Surprise. Your opinion is important to the city and will help shape the future city codes related to the SATVs. The survey is located online by visiting http://surpriseaz.gov/satv.

Home Modifications

The City of Surprise Neighborhood Services Division has now partnered with Ability 360 to assist low to moderate income people with disabilities, or senior citizens, to get modifications to their home which would improve accessibility and safety. Typical modifications would include ramps, widened doorways, grab bars, modified sinks and toilets and more. Ability 360 is a non-profit corporation that promotes programs to continue independent lifestyles. If you would like more information on this program, please contact Neighborhood Services at 623-222-1550.

Fire Station Open Houses

The City of Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) is opening its doors for a series of fire station open houses. Residents are invited to meet the firefighters, check out the living quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks. Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls. Open houses in January include, FS 302 (18600 N. Reems Road) on January 4, FS 307 (16171 W. Cactus Road) on January 11 and FS 301 (16750 N. Village Drive) on January 25. All open houses are held from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.. For more information or any questions please contact the SFMD at 623-222-5000.

Surprise Spring Training 5K

The 3rd Annual Spring Training 5K/1K will be held on Friday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. This evening fun run will take you on a scenic city route before heading to the ballpark. All runners will receive a Jimmy John’s Spring Training Race shirt, finisher medal and a buy one get one free coupon for select sections of the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game on March 7. Early registration is now open and offers discounted rates. Please visit SurpriseStadium.com/events for more information and registration forms.

MLK Day of Service

The City of Surprise is seeking event sponsors and community service volunteers for its 4th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration and Service on Saturday, January 18, 2020. The Day of Service is the perfect time for you to gather your groups, teams, clubs and families to join with other residents in taking on service projects to help our community. This annual program celebrates the life of Dr. King with a light breakfast and musical performances at 8:30a.m. and a ceremony at 9:00 a.m. in the City Hall courtyard. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Seth Dyson at seth.dyson@surpriseaz.gov.

National Guard

The Arizona National Guard made a special trip to Surprise to conduct a workshop with students from Ottawa University’s School of Business. This partnership helps to support a growing community and a positive outreach for staff, students and military members.

Mayor Hall, Surprise City Managers, Ottawa University students and the Arizona National Guard.

Highlights

DUSD Veterans Celebrations

Dysart Unified School District hosted many events to recognize Veterans as part of their Veterans Appreciation Celebration. I was honored to be invited to speak at two of the events. Kingswood Elementary started off the celebrations by welcoming residents to their amphitheater where all Veterans in attendance were recognized. West Point Elementary hosted a Tribute to Our Veterans which featured their band, choir, students and guest speakers. These events bring our community together and allow the youth to have an opportunity to thank the men and women of our military. I thank Dysart Unified School District students and staff for their outstanding display of patriotism.

Veteran Recognition Event

Solana at the Park hosted the 2nd Annual Veterans Celebration that welcomed many guest speakers who gave emotional tributes to their military experiences. Retired United States Army Chief Warrant Officer Glenn Stark was the Master of Ceremony and guest speakers Debbie Lee, Alysse Jackson, Jessica Roza, and Jaime Wasden-Ryum gave powerful presentations on their lives with the military. Thank you to all who came out to support this event and honor the ones who have served to keep our country free.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day began with a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Veterans Reflection Circle, an outdoor memorial built through donated products and services, in honor of late Surprise resident and wounded combat war veteran Brian Mancini. Special guests in attendance were Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, AZ State Senators Rick Gray and David Livingston, as well as State Representatives Joanne Osborne and Frank Carroll. Following the ceremony, our annual Veterans Day parade took place and many residents gathered along Bullard Ave waiting to express their gratitude for our veterans. I would like to thank everyone who participated and all the staff who dedicated so much time into making these events a success.

Congratulations to the following Veterans Day Parade participants for winning in their respective categories:

  • Best Veteran Service Organization Entry: VFW Post 285
  • Best Military Entry: Vietnam Veterans of America West Valley Chapter #1043
  • Best Motorized Entry: Rotary Club of Surprise, honorable mention Surprise Police Department Citizens Patrol
  • Best Non-Motorized Entry: Ottawa University
  • Best Musical/Performance Entry: Valley Vista High School Marching Band
  • Best Youth Entry: Girl Scouts Cactus La Promesa
  • Best Classic Car Entry: Psychedelic Rolls Royce

Ribbon Cuttings

Bonfire

Bonfire Craft Kitchen and Taphouse has opened its doors in Surprise. This family friendly restaurant brings re-inspired American classics to Brookside Village, just north of Bell Road and east of Reems. I welcome you to Surprise and wish you much success.

Vein Envy

Vein Envy is a medical facility that specializes in many different vein disorders. They are located throughout the valley and now here in Surprise off of Grand Avenue. I welcome the Vein Envy team to our city and wish them continued growth.

Ugly Tuna

Located in the SE corner complex of Bell and Reems Roads, Ugly Tuna Sushi has opened its doors to allow residents a fresh new dining experience. This family owned business offers a family atmosphere with a new spin on traditional sushi. Thank you for choosing Surprise as your home and I look forward to your success.

Surprise Health and Rehab

Surprise Health and Rehabilitation offers several types of care for a wide range of needs. They have a full time in house therapy team that offers customizable programs as well as certified therapists in specialty areas of practice. Surprise Health and Rehab also has return home programs. They offer integrated cognitive programs as well as speech and language therapy. Welcome to Surprise!

Richi’s Diner II

Richi’s Diner became a huge success in Surprise and now Richi’s Diner II has found its home. This second location in Surprise offers a wide variety of meals, live music and a full bar. They have every day favorites like hamburgers and traditional American dinners to Greek favorites like gyros, kabobs and more. Thank you for allowing Council to be a part of your newest location!

Coming Up

Surprise Party

There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than our annual Surprise Party! Mark your calendars for Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 and head to the Surprise Recreation Campus, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave, for musical performances, skydivers, Santa’s workshop and much more. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. on December 6 with our tree lighting ceremony at 7:00 p.m. On December 7, the party runs from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This festival is a great way to kick off the holiday season as admission is free with your donation of a canned food item or a toy for the Sanderson Ford Operation Santa.

Deck the Hock

Deck the Hock is a family friendly event that features themed Christmas tree decorations, choir performances, crafts, treats and more. Bring the family to the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, on December 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. and let get yourself into the Christmas spirit.

Tech the Halls

Join residents and staff at the AZ TechCelerator, 12425 W. Bell Road, on Thursday, December 12 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. for our 4th Annual Tech the Halls event. This family fun event will have tech exhibits, entertainments, games, refreshments, prizes and more.

West Valley Symphony

The West Valley Symphony presents a collection from the Nutcracker Suite, Festive Lights of Hanukkah and holiday selections with the West Valley Youth Orchestra on December 22 at 3:00 p.m. Head over to the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place, to hear a variety of holiday music.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council Meetings will be held on Tuesday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 17 this month. City Council Work sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

December Office Closure Dates

All City offices will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Day. Offices will resume regular business hours on Thursday, December 26.

November 2019 • Newsletter

Thank You!

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov/. Please follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/SkipHallD5), Twitter (@SkipHall2), and Instagram (@SkipforSurprise).

Surprise Fire-Medical Department

A new federally funded grant awarded eight new firefighters to the Surprise Fire-Medical Department. This grant pays for the majority of training and salaries for the first two years with a little under half paid in the third year. In addition to the eight federally funded firefighters, five new firefighters were funded through the city’s current budget. All 13 new firefighters will graduate the academy and complete training by June of 2020, making them potentially available to staff Engine 305 at Greenway and Parkview. Twelve of these new positions will eventually be assigned to Fire Station 308 once construction is completed in late 2021 or early 2022. Further discussion regarding the full-time operation of Engine 305 will be part of the FY2021 budget process.

Toll Brothers Tour

Toll Brothers is bringing luxury resort-style living to Surprise! This gated community, Sterling Grove, is almost 800 acres and will feature 13 model homes with up to 31 different floor plans. The amenities will include an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, 3 pools, clubhouses, spas, tennis courts and much more. The models are scheduled to open in January 2020.

Many thanks to Aaron Insco, Director of Land Development, as well as Senior Project Managers Dan Rhea and Devin Hobbs for the tour. We greatly appreciate your time, and we look forward to the grand opening of Sterling Grove.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The 6th Annual Fiesta Grande brought residents and elected officials together in this celebration of Surprise’s heritage. We were honored to host Barry Wong, Executive Director at Governor Ducey’s Office of Equal Opportunity, who presented a Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation; as well as special guest Consul Deputy General of Mexico Armando Esparza. Thank you to our Parks and Recreation team for all of their hard work and dedication in putting on this event.

Mayor Hall holds the proclamation presented by Barry Wong at Surprise Fiesta Grande.

The Stable

Shadow Ridge DECA Club hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for their student run school store, the Stable, on October 1. The DECA program is a non-profit career and technical student organization that prepares youth in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. I was honored to be a part of this celebration and personally thank the staff and students of Shadow Ridge High School for their forward thinking initiative.

Highlights

Valley Vista Homecoming Parade

Valley Vista High School invited me to participate in their Annual Homecoming Parade. I was honored to ride alongside Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis as we made our way through the neighborhood. Families were lined up on the road as their children waited for the candy to be thrown. Thank you to Dysart Unified School District Board, administration, students and staff who continue to make events like this successful.

Mayor Hall alongside Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellisin in the Valley Vista High School Annual Homecoming Parade.

Auviana Groundbreaking

Auviana Medical Development held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate their new Surprise medical and professional offices. This 52,000 square foot project will be complete in 2020 and contain five single-story buildings and one two-story building. They are located just off of Mountain View Boulevard. Welcome to Surprise, Auviana!

G.A.I.N. Night

G.A.I.N. Night is the annual public safety event that allows our residents to gather for a night of fun! The Surprise Public Safety Department hosted hands-on activities, displays and information booths as well trick or treating, music and much more. Thank you to the Public Safety Departments as well as our Parks and Recreation team for making this event successful.

AZ TechCelerator Cyber Warfare Range

The City of Surprise welcomed the AZ Cyber Warfare Range (AZCWR) to the AZ TechCelerator with a ribbon cutting ceremony. AZCWR, in collaboration with the City of Surprise, is working to help solve the cybersecurity skills gap by producing competent cybersecurity talent. AZCWR offers training in a hands-on environment that is mentor-led utilizing volunteers from the local cybersecurity community. This initiative focuses on supporting the local veteran community to aid in their transition from service to their country in the armed services to serve their country in the private sector.

Mayor Hall and Arizona Cyber Warfare Range cut the ribbon for their ribbon ceremony at AZ TechCelerator.

City Council Special Recognition

In August, Surprise resident Larry Brown was awarded the 4th Annual Congressional Veterans of Distinction Award by US Senator Martha McSally. City Council wanted to recognize Mr. Brown in front of his peers and Surprise residents so we did so at our City Council meeting on October 15. I would like to thank Veteran Outreach Manager Keith Forte, from Senator McSally’s office, for presenting Larry Brown with the certificate for his outstanding community service in Arizona. Mr. Brown, I thank you for your service and dedication to this country as well as your continued service to our community.

Surprise resident Larry Brown displays his award with Surprise City Councilmembers.

Coming Up

Dysart Veterans Appreciation Kick Off

Dysart Unified School District will host a Veterans Appreciation Kickoff Celebration at Kingswood Elementary School on November 4 at 4:00 p.m. Veterans from across the city are invited to attend and be recognized by DUSD Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis as well as students from Valley Vista High School and Kingswood Elementary.

Veterans Reflection Circle Dedication Ceremony

On November 11 at 8 a.m., the City will hold a dedication ceremony marking the opening of the Veterans Reflection Circle, which is being constructed near the north entrance of the Northwest Regional Library in Surprise.

The Veterans Reflection Circle is an outdoor memorial in honor of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find healing. Dozens of construction and landscape companies have donated their time and resources to honor our veterans and bring this incredible project to life.

Prior to the celebration, the city will host a pancake breakfast at the Surprise Stadium, which will run from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Following the dedication ceremony, the Veterans Day Parade will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. This annual celebration brings veterans from across the city to honor and celebrate the freedoms they have provided us.

Veterans Reflection Circle event map.

West Valley Symphony

The West Valley Symphony will be holding a concert at 3:00 p.m. on November 17 at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place. This performance will feature the works of Respighi, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov and Strauss. For ticket details, please call 623.707.8844, Option 1.

Surprise Party

There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than our annual Surprise Party! Mark your calendars for Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 and head to the Surprise Recreation Campus, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave, for musical performances, skydivers, Santa’s workshop and much more. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. on December 6 with our tree lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. On December 7, the party runs from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This festival is a great way to kick off the holiday season as admission is free with your donation of a canned food item or a toy for the Sanderson Ford Operation Santa.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council Meetings will be held on Tuesday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 19 this month. City Council Work sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

November Office Closure Dates

All City offices will be closed on Monday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Offices will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28-29, in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

October 2019 • Newsletter

Thank You!

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov/. Please follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/SkipHallD5), Twitter (@SkipHall2), and Instagram (@SkipforSurprise).

Ottawa University Football

Ottawa University Spirit hosted the Western New Mexico Mustangs for their first home game of the season on Saturday, September 7. The stands were packed with cheering fans as the Spirit made their way onto the field. I was honored to participate in the coin toss and shake hands with several of the players before they made their way to the sidelines. At half time the score was tied, but the Spirit held strong and broke the tie with a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Fire Station 304 Groundbreaking

To meet the growth of the Surprise’s northern region, a permanent Fire Station 304 is being built along 163rd Avenue at San Ysidro Road. The Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) has been operating out of a temporary facility for approximately 17 years.

The new Fire Station will allow the SFMD to increase service levels to maintain adequate response times. This 18,000 square foot permanent station will be designed with multiple bays to accommodate an engine, ladder company, ambulance and a Battalion Chief. The completion date is scheduled for Fall 2020.

Ribbon Cuttings

SeaCa Plastic Packaging

City Council and staff attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for SeaCa Plastic Packaging on September 25. SeaCa Plastic Packaging has been a family owned and operated business for over 125 years. They specialize in recyclable plastic packaging for agriculture needs. Their newest location will bring over 60 new jobs to the area. We welcome them to Surprise and look forward to future success.

Trimaco

Trimaco also hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and Council welcomed them to their new home on September 27. Trimaco is a 276,000 square foot manufacturing plant and distribution center. They manufacture paint accessories and professional floor protection products for paint retail, auto body and construction industries, both domestically and internationally. Trimaco was established 15 years ago as a result of the merger of Tri-Paper (Phoenix), DC May (Durham, NC) and Tufco Technologies (Green Bay, WI).

Highlights

EoS Fitness Grand Opening

EoS Fitness is now open to the public! This 54,000 square foot facility offers group fitness, personal training, boxing, an indoor pool, cycling and much more. They are located at 16750 W. Bell Road.

EOS Fitness.

The Colonnade

Sun Health Communities held their monthly meeting at The Colonnade where over 150 residents attended. I attended to give city updates as well as answer questions and concerns. I thank all the residents who were there.

Eve’s Place Drive for Survivors

Eve’s Place, a non-profit organization, is a proud Arizona leader in developing programs that provide needed assistance to victims of domestic, sexual and teen dating abuse. I was honored to participate in the Drive for Survivors fundraising event, along with Councilmembers David Sanders and Chris Judd.

Mayor Hall and Councilmembers Judd and Sanders at the Drive for Survivors fundraising event.

Constitution Day

Canyon Ridge Elementary School hosted Freedom: A History of the United States Traveling Exhibit in honor of Constitution Day. They also welcomed patriotic presenters from Arizona Sons of the American Revolution, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Daughters of the American Revolution. Students in costumes performed in the “Meeting the Founders” activity which included learning stations, displays and more.

Mayor’s SciTech Roundtable

The SciTech Institute hosted the Arizona STEM & Innovation Summit in Scottsdale last month. The Summit attracted 1200 educators, innovators and business leaders from around the state. I was honored to be part of the Mayor’s SciTech Roundtable discussion where I was able to talk about our recent success stories including: the launch of a Taiwanese company in the early Alzheimer’s research space called MagQu; working with an autonomous vehicle company called Udelv; and a few other wins that helped our existing base of innovations grow more than 500 West Valley jobs. Many thanks to this group for giving me the opportunity to showcase Surprise.

Mayor Hall and other participants of the Mayor's SciTech Roundtable at the Arizona STEM & Innovation Summit.

American Legion Post 96

Thank you, American Legion Post 96, for presenting me with an honorary lifetime membership. I am truly humbled by this gesture.

Congratulations to the four young men (Ethan Holman, Giovanni Miranda, Sebastian Nassif, Joshua Tunac) who were awarded the privilege to attend Boys State. Thank you for sharing your experiences, and I wish you all the best.

Freedom Traditional Academy

DUSD hosted a Dedication Ceremony for their newest school, Freedom Traditional Academy. Dysart’s Freedom Traditional Academy offers an education model that recognizes character building is as important as the academics, when it comes to transitioning our young people into productive adult citizens. The back-to-basic curriculum emphasizes teaching in a traditional manner while focusing on character.

Hometown Heroes Award Luncheon

Surprise Independent and Fellowship Square hosted the Hometown Heroes Luncheon where many Surprise residents were recognized and celebrated for their daily efforts to improve the lives of others.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Chuck Strange.

Community Hero winners include Heather Casey (Educator), Connie Whitlock (Arts Innovator), Officer Matthew Barker, on behalf of the SWAT team (Emergency Responder), Kent Guyer (Mentor), Chaplain Dan Brookey (Spiritual), Glenn Stark (Veteran) and Sharon Beard (Volunteer).

The Business Hero winners include Ottawa University’s Dr. Dennis Tyner (Education), Julie Neal from the AZTechcelerator (Entrepreneur), Leo Mendez of Adelante Healthcare (Healthcare), the Surprise Youth Foundation (Nonprofit organization), Tammy Fraser of Gifts to Go (Small Business), Jennifer Powell of Amtrust Bank (Large Business) and Scott Boettcher of Veteran Tinting and Blinds (Veteran-Owned Business).

Coming Up

Fiesta Grande

The City of Surprise will be hosting the 6th Annual Fiesta Grande on Saturday, October 12 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. outside the Villanueva Recreation Complex. Join residents for authentic Mexican food, classic car shows, music, games and much more as our city celebrates its cultural heritage. The street festival recognizes the significance of the Original Town Site (OTS) and the importance of the Grand Avenue Corridor to the City of Surprise and the West Valley. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Day of Service

The city is seeking over 200 volunteers to participate in the Fall Day of Service on Saturday, October 19. This event helps to promote community pride and engagement. There will be several indoor and outdoor service projects to include painting, sorting, yard work and other services.

Following the community service project completion, an island party will be held with BBQ, live music, games and fun! For more information, or to register, please email Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov. Groups of 10 or more must RSVP with a group name.

Public Safety G.A.I.N. Night

Public Safety G.A.I.N. Night will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. You can head out to Mark Coronado Park for a free family event that will offer trick-or-treating, gaming trailer, dinosaurs and much more. Please remember to bring two cans of food for the Salvation Army donation and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize.

Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is accepting parade entries from clubs, organizations, groups and residents who want to show their patriotic spirit and honor those who bravely served our country. The parade will be held on Monday, November 11. Entry forms are available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or at the Parks and Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Entries are due by October 27.

Veterans Reflection Circle Dedication Ceremony

On November 11 at 8 a.m., the city will hold a dedication ceremony marking the opening of the Veterans Reflection Circle, which is being constructed near the north entrance of the Northwest Regional Library in Surprise.

The Veterans Reflection Circle is an outdoor memorial in honor of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find healing. Dozens of construction and landscape companies have donated their time and resources to honor our veterans and bring this incredible project to life.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council Meetings will be held on Tuesday, October 1 and Tuesday, October 15 this month. City Council Work sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

September 2019 • Newsletter

Thank You!

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov/. Please follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/SkipHallD5), Twitter (@SkipHall2), and Instagram (@SkipforSurprise).

Arizona League of Cities & Towns Conference

The City of Surprise was well represented in Tucson for the League of Cities & Towns Conference. Elected officials statewide mingled and discussed topics that relate to all cities. I was able to meet with representatives from COX, APS, CAP and Swire Coca-Cola as well as attend several conferences that included topics of homelessness, changes in the future of recycling, public safety, retirement system updates and future plans.

Advanced Meter Infrastructure Replacement Project (AMI)

The City of Surprise will replace approximately 16,000 residential, commercial and irrigation mechanical water meters with new automated meters. The new water meters will allow customers to monitor their water usage in real time, allowing them to set usage alerts and detect possible leaks. The $5.474 million AMI project is funded entirely by the city’s water fund. Customers will not see a charge for the meter or installation nor will they see an increase of water rates. Customers will be notified via postcard mailer if they will be receiving a new meter. For more information please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/watermeter.

Recycling Program

The City of Surprise is facing many struggles and obstacles in maintaining its recycling program due to soaring operational costs. The city began curbside recycling in 2004 and the revenue generated by the recyclables helped to offset the cost of providing the service. However, since December 2017, the city has incurred growing expenses to the program which can no longer be absorbed. As city staff research to find a cost-effective solution, they encourage all residents to continue positive recycling behaviors. It is also important to remember that only bagged trash may be placed in the black containers. If you wish to place recyclable materials in the black container, please ensure they are bagged properly.

Surprise HOA Academy

The City of Surprise has opened registration for the 2019 HOA Academy. This five week academy strives to provide expert information for HOA residents, board members and managers. Residents who would like to learn more about living in an HOA community, serving on an HOA board or who just want more information on the laws surrounding HOAs, are encouraged to attend.

Classes are held on Wednesdays from 6:00-8:30 p.m. beginning October 16 at the Public Safety Building Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza. For more information on this academy, the online registration form and the complete list of class dates, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HOAacademy.

Highlights

2019 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)

The City of Surprise placed twenty-five interns in departments all over the city for six weeks this summer. During this time, they worked 20 hours per week and learned about public service careers. The interns learned skills and etiquette from their supervisors as well as received training from the Surprise Youth Services team. We are proud of your participation and thank you for your hard work!

Breakfast with Congresswoman Debbie Lesko

The Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting with speakers that included Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, Ottawa University President Dr. Dennis Tyner and Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis. The topic of discussion was Education: New Direction and New Opportunities. Thank you for the continued focus on Arizona’s education system.

Coming Up

Arts HQ Gallery

The West Valley Arts Council has just opened their newest photography exhibit, Painting with Light. The exhibit will run until October 4. Don’t miss this opportunity to view the latest art in Surprise.

Community Dog Park

The City of Surprise Community Dog Park will be closed from September 9 until October 7 for annual maintenance. This closure will affect both the large and small dog parks. Residents are urged to utilize the Dick McComb Dog Park located at 17894 W. Westpark Blvd.

Estate Planning

The city is offering a free Estate Planning class, taught by Ted Meyer with Coventry Financial Group, which will cover several topics of interest. There will also be time set aside for questions and answers with an estate planning attorney. This class is offered September 12 and 26 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the Council Overflow Room at City Hall. For more information or to register, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623-222-3242.

Council Conversation

I was honored to interview Police Chief Terry Young and Fire Chief Tom Abbott regarding overall public safety updates. This taping is currently running on Surprise TV via local cable providers and online at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/index.php/watch?v=4Q3jnjk5sOg. Thank you to our police and fire departments for their daily efforts to ensure the protection of our residents.

Hazardous Household Waste Collection

The City of Surprise will continue the scheduled appointment format to make Household Hazardous Waste Collection events more convenient for residents. Pickups will occur from September 30 until October 11. To scheduled your appointment, please call 623-222-1920 beginning September 9.

Care & Share Expo

The Veteran, Disability & Human Service Commission is pleased to announce the first Care & Share Expo scheduled on Saturday, October 5. This is a free community event creating connections to human service organizations, as well as disability, veteran and health resources. It’s a one stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth and self-empowerment. There will also be fun events for the entire family. For more information please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/careshareexpo.

Day of Service

The City is seeking over 200 volunteers to participate in the Fall Day of Service on Saturday, October 19. This event helps to promote community pride and engagement. There will be several indoor and outdoor service projects, including painting, sorting, yard work and more.

Following the community service project completion, an island party will be held with a BBQ, live music, games and fun!

For more information or to register, please email Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov. Groups of 10 or more must RSVP with a group name.

Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is now accepting parade entries from clubs, organizations, groups and residents who want to show their patriotic spirit and honor those who bravely served our country. The parade will be held on Monday, November 11. Entry forms are available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or at the Parks and Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Entries are due by October 27.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council Meetings will be held on Thursday, September 5 and Tuesday, September 17 this month. City Council Work sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Did You Know?

The City of Surprise is considering Major Amendments to its General Plan 2035 in relation to transportation and growth. The public has until October 7 to review the proposed amendments and comment online by visiting www.surpriseaz.gov/GeneralPlan. Comments may also be mailed to City of Surprise Community Development Services, c/o Joshua Mike, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374.

August 2019 • Newsletter

Thank You!

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov/. Please follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/SkipHallD5), Twitter (@SkipHall2), and Instagram (@SkipforSurprise).

Surprise City Center Master Plan Meetings

Mark your calendars! There will be a series of meetings for residents to get details on the draft Surprise City Center Master Plan. These meetings are an opportunity for you to provide your feedback. The draft plan was produced by Surprise Center Development Company (SCDC), which owns the land at city center. The draft plan was completed after a series of outreach sessions throughout Surprise. The sessions allowed residents, businesses, staff and students to share ideas for future development of the city’s downtown core. The draft was presented to City Council at our Work Session on June 18.

SCDC representatives will be attending these meetings to present and discuss the plan which includes concepts for possible land use, open space, landscaping, water features, design elements, theming, walkability and streets. Councilmember David Sanders and I will be hosting the first meeting on Thursday, August 8 at 6 pm in the City Council Chambers at City Hall (16000 N. Civic Center Plaza). I hope to see you there!

Grand Openings

Growing Minds Preschool

Dysart Unified School District hosted a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the opening of their newest addition, Growing Minds Preschool, available for children from 2 to 5 years of age. The preschool will focus on core academics areas as well as arts and athletics. Growing Minds will offer a positive hands-on learning experience in a fun and exciting environment. The school is located at 17999 W. Surprise Farms Loop S. Please visit www.GrowingMindsPreschool.org for more information on tuition and registration.

Mucho Burrito

The City of Surprise welcomes Mucho Burrito to their newest location at 14345 W. Bell Road. This fresh Mexican grill has a variety of options to include healthy choices as well as vegetarian. Please stop by and welcome them to Surprise.

Highlights

Asante Library

The Asante Library is currently under construction with a completion date projected by the end of 2019. The library, a $5.1 million project funded primarily by developers’ fees, will be situated in Asante Community Park near 167th and Grand avenues. The new library will be 10,000 square feet and designed with an open feel so that patrons can feel like they are part of the park while having a beautiful view of the White Tank Mountains.

Some of the library features will include a self-checkout station as well as internal and external book drops. There will be a multipurpose room for programs, maker space, story time and public meetings. Public restrooms will be included, as well as two small meeting/study rooms and one large one. There will be public access to computers and a variety of book collections for all age ranges.

The library hours are scheduled to be Monday through Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Valley Metro Public Hearing

Valley Metro hosted a public hearing at City Hall earlier this month regarding paratransit services for residents of unincorporated areas of Maricopa County. Valley Metro, in partnership with the County, is exploring service options that will better meet the increased demand and costs in ridership for the unincorporated areas. Proposed changes would take effect beginning October 1, 2019. Please note, there are NO proposed changes for city of Surprise residents. Details on the city’s paratransit program can be found at www.surpriseaz.gov/1353. For more information, please contact Valley Metro at 602.716.2100.

Mayor Hall and Councilmembers Hayden, Winters and Remley at the Valley Metro Public Hearing.

Fill the Bus Event

Surprise Youth Foundation hosted their annual Fill the Bus Event, in conjunction with Dysart Unified School District and Walmart. DUSD provided a yellow school bus, which was stationed in front of Wal-Mart at Grand Avenue and Bell Road. Councilmembers Ken Remley and Patrick Duffy and I, along with volunteer residents, urged shoppers to fill a bag with school supplies for a local school. At the end of the event, the bus was full of much needed school supplies, which were delivered to Surprise Elementary School.

Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Councilmember David Sanders and I joined Economic Development and Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) staff last month for an open discussion on our community’s economic development goals. We were also provided an update on engagement opportunities to help advance our goals.

Dysart Unified School District Update

Councilmembers David Sanders and Chris Judd joined me for a meeting with Assistant Superintendent Jim Dean and Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis for an update on DUSD.

Mayor Hall and Councilmembers Sanders and Judd meet with Superintendents for an update on DUSD.

Coming Up

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes

The Surprise-Fire Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer. The classes consist 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. Registration is required. Please call Fire Admin to schedule at 623.222.5000. Classes will be held August 6th and 8th in the Public Safety Building Auditorium (14250 West Statler Plaza, Suite 101). There will be two sessions, one in the morning (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and afternoon (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council is back in session. There will be only one meeting this month, on August 6. Work Session starts at 4 p.m. and the Regular City Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there.

Did You Know?

Surprise City Clerk Receives Top Industry Award

Surprise City Clerk Sherry Aguilar received the President’s Award of Distinction at the Arizona Municipal Clerks’ Association Annual Meeting on July 23. Sherry has worked for the city for nearly 30 years and worked her way through the ranks. In her role as Clerk, she serves at the city’s official records custodian and administrator of City Council meetings. She also serves as the City’s Chief Elections Officer, working to ensure residents are educated about how to vote and the importance of making their voices heard.

Surprise City Clerk Sherry Aguilar receives the President's Award of Distinction.

Mrs. Aguilar is a mentor not only to her team, but to many city clerks and staff throughout the Valley. She continuously finds new ways to add value to the community, including the addition of passport services to her office in 2016. She is a lifelong resident of our great city and also acts as our city’s historian. Thank you, Sherry, for all you’ve done and for all you continue to do for Surprise!

Surprise Wins Marketing Award

The city won the Outstanding Marketing Award – Rural for its Find Your Surprise marketing campaign, including the website ExploreSurprise.com!

Representatives for the City of Surprise accept the Marketing Award - Rural at the Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism.

This award was given at the Arizona Governor’s Conference on Tourism (GCOT). Congratulations to our Sports & Tourism and Communication teams for their collaborative efforts to brand Surprise as a tourism destination and create a positive economic impact in Surprise!

July 2019 • Newsletter

Thank You!

Thank you for signing up for Council updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov/. Please follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/SkipHallD5), Twitter (@SkipHall2), and Instagram (@SkipforSurprise).

Proclamations

In June, I issued the following proclamations:

Monsoon Safety Awareness Week: June 9-14, 2019
(www.surpriseaz.gov/monsoonsafety)

Parks and Recreation Month: July 2019
(www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation)

Drowning Impact Awareness Season: June, July, August 2019
(https://www.cdc.gov/HomeandRecreationalSafety/Water-Safety/)

I urge all Surprise residents to join me in participating and recognizing these proclamations. You can get more information about these topics at links above.

Did You Know?

The FY20 Budget Passed

At our regular City Council meeting on June 4, City Council unanimously passed our FY20 budget. The budget continues to focus on our commitment to maintain quality public services and infrastructure, while also addressing the needs of a growing community.

When I was appointed Mayor, one of my seven initiatives for the city was to increase our public safety budget. We did just that. In the FY20 budget, a total of 12 positions will be created for Surprise Fire-Medical Department, which includes; 5 sworn firefighters, 3 ambulance paramedics, 3 ambulance EMTs, and 1 Community Risk Reduction Specialist. The overall budget for the Surprise Fire-Medical is $26,099,300 million – a $2.1 million increase from the previous year’s budget.

For the Surprise Police Department, a total of 5 positions will be created, which will be: 1 police lieutenant and 4 police officers. The overall budget for Surprise Police is $31,700,800 million – a $1.7 million increase from the previous year’s budget.

The utility enterprise funds include 11 new employees to address city growth in water, sewer and sanitation services.

The budget includes $105.8 million for Capital Improvement Projects. These funds support new projects such as facilities and roads as well as support asset replacement and maintenance needs to existing infrastructure, including: public safety vehicle replacement; road maintenance; information technology; recreation; and utility infrastructure.
Overall, the general fund revenues are expected to increase seven percent from the FY2019 adopted budget, due largely to population growth and a favorable economy.

National Indoor RV Center is coming to Surprise

We are excited to welcome a Texas-based company called National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC) to Surprise! They selected our city for their new expansion! The Surprise business center will grow 65 full-time jobs and will be dedicated to sales, servicing, storage and maintenance of luxury recreational motor coach vehicles. NIRVC brings quality jobs, in addition to a highly select, luxury destination service and product line, which will add tremendous value to our community and to the West Valley.

NIRVC will be located at 13351 West Rioglass Solar Road in Surprise. They are estimating $60 million annually in revenue. Once again, welcome to Surprise!

Events & Meetings

Department of Transportation Meeting

We welcomed members of the Department of Transportation to Surprise on June 3 for a meeting regarding our transportation needs here in Surprise. I was delighted to meet with Mr. Anthony Bedell, Deputy Assistant Secretary. We discussed our needs for additional transportation options in Surprise. We are looking forward to many more productive conversations!

West Valley Women’s 11th Annual Meet the Mayors Luncheon

On June 4, I was honored to attend the 11th Annual Meet the Mayors Luncheon in Peoria. I joined my fellow Mayors from across the West Valley to provide an update on achievements here in Surprise.

I discussed the great Veterans work we are doing in Surprise with our Surprise Resource Center, the Veterans Bridge naming ceremony, and the future Veterans Reflection Circle. We are doing a tremendous amount of work for our Veterans here in Surprise. I also highlighted our great partnership with Ottawa University. They have invested $48 million dollars into our city with their additions of the O’Dell Center for Athletics, a new administration building, student dorms and additions to the football stadium. I was also able to speak on all the great businesses we have coming to Surprise, such as Abrazo, Trimaco, SEACA Packaging, Toll Brothers and Lennar homes. Our city is very fortunate to have the commitment from these great businesses to invest into our city.

I was excited to highlight these latest achievements from Surprise to the rest of the West Valley. The best is yet to come!

United States Army Celebration

Vice Mayor Winters, and Councilmembers Hayden, Remley and I were excited to host recruits for the United States Army on June 14, Flag Day and the 244th birthday of the Army. As an Army Veteran, it was an honor to see these young men’s willingness to serve their country.

Drive, Chip & Putt Tournament

I was excited to attend the Drive, Chip & Putt tournament for boys and girls ages 7-15 on June 7 at Desert Springs Golf Course. This tournament is a joint initiative that began in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and The PGA of America. This is a nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the fundamental skills employed in golf. These young boys and girls are very talented individuals; I was honored to present the winners in the 7-9 categories with their ribbons. Congratulations to all participants!

Veterans Reflection Circle Groundbreaking

The City of Surprise broke ground on the outdoor memorial in honor of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini. Brian spent his life serving our country and helping other wounded veterans find healing.

The groundbreaking for the Veterans Reflection Circle was held on Monday, June 24 at 9 a.m. at the Northwest Regional Library (16089 N. Bullard Ave). We hosted an indoor ceremony in the library classroom followed by an outdoor groundbreaking.

The memorial will be built within Surprise Community Park, next to the fishing lake and will open Veterans Day 2019. It was an honor to see many of you there supporting a national and local hero.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Councilmembers break ground at the Veteran's Reflection Circle.

Tours

Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital

On June 6, I toured the Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital located at 13060 West Bell Road. This facility is absolutely stunning, filled with caring staff. The purpose of Cobalt is to help patients who have had traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, strokes, and so much more. They have state of the art equipment to help patients get back on track. Thank you for the tour, Cobalt!

Swire Coca-Cola Factory

I was honored to be given a tour of the Swire Coca-Cola Distribution Factory in Glendale. This is a great facility that employs many Surprise residents. We had great conversations with representatives from the factory, discussing water rights and potential partnerships. Thank you to Joe, Beau, and Charlie for the invitation, and I am looking forward to my next visit!

O’Dell Center for Athletics- OUAZ

I was pleased to tour the new O’Dell Center for Athletics at Ottawa University. This center is truly one of a kind. They have made tremendous progress on not only this facility, but all new facilities that will be coming this fall. Thank you to the University President Dr. Dennis Tyner for the great tour.

Grand Openings

Marley Park’s Meritage Homes

On June 5, Councilmembers Duffy, Remley, Vice Mayor Winters and I attended the Grand Opening of Meritage Homes at Marley Park. They showed off six brand new homes, a state of the art amenity center, a resort style pool, basketball court, and a fitness center. We are excited to have a builder like Meritage investing in Surprise. We cannot wait to welcome new neighbors to Surprise!

Mayor Hall prepares to cut the ribbon at the Marley Park Meritage Homes grand opening.

Hilton Garden Inn

City Council and I were happy to attend the Hilton Garden Inn Grand Opening on June 14. The Hilton Garden Inn offers 124 rooms that will support the city’s tourism market. This hotel will truly benefit our city during our peak tourism season when we have thousands of visitors in town for Spring Training and tennis tournaments. Welcome, Hilton Garden Inn!

Mayor Hall prepared to cut the ribbon with City of Surprise Councilmembers at the Hilton Garden Inn grand opening.

“The Park at Surprise” Independent Living

We welcomed The Park at Surprise on June 27 with a terrific ribbon cutting! The Park at Surprise is an independent living facility that offers the perfect balance of privacy and services! They offer a variety of entertainment, classes, and events! We cannot be more excited to welcome The Park to Surprise!

Coming Up

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council will not meet in July. We look forward to being back in August. Our August meetings will be on the 6 and 20. Regular Work Sessions starts at 4 p.m. and Regular City Council meetings begin at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there in August!

Free Chest Compression Only CPR Classes

The Surprise-Fire Medical Department will be offering free Continuous Chest Compression Only-CPR (CCC-CPR) classes this summer. The classes consist 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. Registration is required. Please call Fire Admin to schedule at 623.222.5000. Classes will be held at the Public Safety Building Auditorium (14250 West Statler Plaza, Suite 101). There will be two sessions, one in the morning (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.) and afternoon (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.). Classes will be on July 16 and July 18.

June 2019 • Newsletter

Meetings & Events

Sun City Lodge Elks Youth Awards Dinner

On May 6, it was an honor to attend the Elks Youth Awards Dinner hosted by the Sun City Elks. It was a night of celebrating the accomplishments of young students throughout Surprise. I issued a proclamation declaring the first week of May as Elks National Youth Week to support the great work the Sun City Elks and our youth provide. The Sun City Elks have connected with over 10,000 students, parents, and teachers who reside in Peoria, El Mirage, and Surprise. Elk members bring so much to the community with their investment in programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of veterans, and improve the quality of life. Thank you to the Sun City Lodge Elks for inviting me!

Sun City Elks Lodge list of student winners

EPCOR Interim Rates

Residents in Surprise who have EPCOR have probably noticed a change in your water rates. On March 28, 2019, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved interim rates to recover changes in operating costs since rates were last set in each district. Current rates remain in effect and will continue to appear on your bill as they do today. Interim rates will appear as a surcharge on your bill, calculated based your individual usage.

The Arizona Corporation Commission ordered EPCOR to file a new rate case by May 1, 2020. To share your perspective on the interim rates, you can contact the ACC and reference Docket #WS-01303A-19-0011. You can call 602.542.4251 or mail to:

Arizona Corporation Commission
Consumer Services Section
1200 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation

While we didn’t take first place in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, we came in second place! We were part of a national campaign that pledged to save three billion gallons of water. Congratulations to Athens, Georgia for beating us out in the 100k-299k population category.

The challenge took place over the entire month of April and Surprise had nearly 13,500 pledges from our residents committing to conserve a total of 56 million gallons of water. Thank you to everyone who took the pledge, and make sure to keep an eye out in April 2020. We have our eyes on the grand prize!

Memorial Day Weekend

During Memorial Day Weekend, City Council and I attended many events honoring the service of our veterans who are no longer with us. Saturday, May 25, Marine Corps League and the American Legion hosted a wreath laying ceremony at the Northwest Regional Library on the World War II Memorial. Thank you to Mike Elliott for saying a few words and Reverend Bob Can Allen for the opening prayer.

On Monday the 27th, Northwest Valley Veterans Association hosted a moving service at the Sunland Memorial Park. Our very own Councilman Ken Remley was the keynote speaker. He talked about his time in the service and honoring fallen veterans. We are all forever grateful for the service these men provided to our country.

The Nicky D. Bacon VFW Post 285 hosted a wreath laying ceremony at the Nicky Bacon Memorial outside of City Hall. The Surprise Police Department Honor Guard was on hand as well as the family members of Nicky D. Bacon. For those who do not know, Nicky D. Bacon was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in the Vietnam War. Nicky was a longtime resident of the West Valley and served as Town Manager for Surprise from 1987-1990. After his passing in 2010, VFW Post 285 did not hesitate to rename their post for him.

Nicky Bacon Memorial outside of City Hall

Sun Village hosted a Memorial Day Service “Honoring our Fallen Heroes” outside Peter’s Bistro. Councilman David Sanders gave the keynote speech. I had the great honor to post the POW Flag. It was a remarkable event, and thank you to the many sponsors who made this wreath laying ceremony possible.

Celebrating Our Military

On May 22, the Surprise Senior Center hosted a Celebration of our Military for the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The event hosted Army Sergeant 1st Class Madison and Petty Officer Michael Ferrar. The two discussed the military from then and now with the Surprise Senior Center Members.

The Surprise Senior Center has a variety of activities to participate in; from daily activities, to the fitness center, and a hot lunch program. Membership for residents is $12 per year and $15 for non-residents. For more information about the Surprise Senior Center, please call 623.222.1500.

Arizona Charter Academy Breakfast

On Thursday, May 16, the Arizona Charter Academy hosted their annual volunteer appreciation breakfast. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman was in attendance to recognize the hard work the students and volunteers put into the Academy. Thank you to the Arizona Charter Academy for the invite! Congratulations to all who were recognized!

Congratulations to the following:
ACA Volunteer of the Year: Karen Cassidy
Community Members of the Year: Gary Smith, Kenny Dobbs, Jacob DiMartino of Bully RAADR and Relentless Athletes
Community Partner of the Year: WHAM

Surprise Police Department Annual Appreciation Celebration

Friday, May 17, the Surprise Police Department hosted their annual appreciation celebration. City Councilmembers Remley, Judd, Duffy, Hayden, Sanders, Vice Mayor Winters, and I were on hand to congratulate the personnel for their outstanding achievements.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals: Officer of the Year: Corbin Claxton
Detective of the Year: Lucas Jensen
Rookie of the Year: Dillon Bleicher
Civilian Employee of the Year: Erin Rivera
Supervisor of the Year: Michael Robbins
Volunteer of the Year: Barbara Jones
Citizen Patrol Volunteer of the Year: Marylene Cayron

Lifesaving Awards: Officer Gerald Graziosi, Officer Fredrick Cuthbertson, Officer Joshua Bucur, Officer William Bisson, Officer Shawna Ebey, Officer Tyler Johnson, Sergeant Garrick Boxberger

Unit Citation- Traffic Unit: Sergeant Michael Robbins, Leonard Collins, Drew Persha, Richard Malone, Steven Shernicoff

Thank you all for your service. It was a pleasure to attend and see these dedicated members receive the recognition they deserve.

WESTMARC Economic Development Meeting

City officials, members of City Council, and I attended the WESTMARC Economic Development Meeting on May 15 where we had the opportunity to listen to several panels and a keynote speaker – Colonel Robert Sylvester of Luke Air Force Base. The panels had a wide range of discussion topics, including water, transportation, and infrastructure. Colonel Sylvester reflected on his time in the West Valley as he prepares to embark on his next mission.

Veterans Summit Meeting

This past month, our Human Services and Community Vitality Department hosted a Veterans Summit. Local Veteran groups were represented and staff from Senator McSally’s office were also in attendance. Discussions included ways to bring Veterans housing to Surprise and what Veterans are looking for in a Veterans Hall. If you are a Veteran or know a Veteran seeking assistance, please reach out to the Surprise Resource Center located in the AZ TechCelerator building at 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124 or by calling 623.222.1600. The Surprise Resource Center hosts Veteran Employment Assistance programs and a Job Club for Veterans.

Grand Openings

LA Fitness

On Saturday May 18, we welcomed LA Fitness to Surprise with a remarkable Grand Opening. We are excited to have a company like LA Fitness represented here in Surprise. The new LA Fitness is located at 16635 W Bell Road.

Surprise City Council attends the LA Fitness grand opening

Lennar-Heritage Homes Groundbreaking

We held the ground breaking ceremony for Lennar homes in the Asante neighborhood. We are thrilled to have such a quality homebuilder investing in Surprise again! Asante is truly a beautiful community and Heritage will live up to its name. Residents will enjoy meeting their neighbors in the Asante Park and at the new Asante library which opens next year.

Mark Your Calendar

Veterans Reflection Circle Groundbreaking

On June 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.at the Northwest Regional Library (16089 N. Bullard Avenue) we are breaking ground on an outdoor memorial in honor of the late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans. We hope to see you there!

Poetry Slam at WHAM

On June 21, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at WHAM (16560 North Dysart Road) there will be a Poetry Slam that features open mic night for poetry, free verse, and storytelling. All are welcome to participate as performers and/or listeners. Any established or original pieces may be read. This is a free event and open to the public. No registration required.

Dive-In Movie: Aquaman

On June 15, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Surprise Aquatic Center (15831 North Bullard Avenue) residents will have the opportunity to relax in the water or poolside while watching “Aquaman” on the big screen! Concessions will be available to purchase. This movie is rated PG-13, children 12 and under are not permitted without an adult. As always, parents must remain within arm’s reach of all non-swimmers. The cost is $5 for residents and $8 for non-residents.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council Meetings will be on June 4 and June 18 this month starting at 6:00 p.m. City Council Work sessions beings at 4:00 p.m.

Utility Assistance Application Event

Surprise, in partnership with the city of El Mirage, will host walk-in Utility Assistance Application Events in Surprise during the month of June, to assist eligible households that need support paying gas and electric utility bills. The first-come, first-served event will take place on June 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center (12425 W Bell Road, Suite 124). Interviews do not guarantee assistance.

May 2019 • Newsletter

Veterans Bridge Naming Celebration

It is a distinct honor to now call the Grand Avenue/Bell Road bridge, Veterans Bridge. Late last year, Councilman Ken Remley and I met to discuss the renaming of the bridge after communicating with resident Dan Riley. The proposal to rename the bridge was supported by then Senator Debbie Lesko and current State Senator Rick Gray. The name was later approved by the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names. With a large population of veterans living in Surprise, the West and Northwest Valley, the name of the bridge will honor these heroes. The city hosted a renaming celebration on Friday, April 26. We welcomed Governor Doug Ducey, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, representatives from Senator Martha McSally’s office, State Senators Rick Gray and Sine Kerr and many other dignitaries to the event with our local veterans.Watch the Veterans Bridge Naming Celebration program

Hands-Free Mobile Device While Driving Legislation Passes

As you may recall, Surprise passed a Distracted Driving Ordinance in 2018, making it illegal to use a mobile device, such as a cell phone, while driving unless it is in hands-free mode.

Last month, Governor Doug Ducey signed HB2318 finalizing a statewide law that bans the use of a mobile device while driving, unless in hands-free mode.  While it is effective immediately, it will NOT be enforced by fine until January 1, 2021. However, police statewide do currently have the authority to pull over a driver and issue a warning if they see a violation.

At this time the city’s ordinance remains in effect and will continue to be enforced. The city ordinance differs from the state law, and can be found here: www.surpriseaz.gov/1639/Distracted-Driving.

City Council will hear an agenda item from Police Chief Terry Young on what the new state law means relative to our existing ordinance at their Regular Meeting on May 21, 6 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend.

Events and Meeting

Water Conservation Town Hall

Sun City Grand hosted a Water Conservation Town Hall on the April 25. Residents, Community Managers, and HOAs had the opportunity to ask questions about their water usage. Deputy City Manager and Water Resources Management Director Terry Lowe, along with Jim Kauth, a Certified Landscape Water Manger from Aqua Trac consulting, provided residents insightful information on using water during the different times of year and how an HOA can determine a water budget for their properties.

Meeting with Arizona State Treasurer

We had a successful meeting with Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee at the State Capitol on April 8. We had an informative discussion on the Local Government Investment Pools (LGIP). LGIP is a pooled investment fund that operates like a money market mutual fund for the exclusive benefit of governments within the entity’s jurisidiction. Thank you, Treasurer Yee and your executive team, for your time!

Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee with City of Surprise staff and Mayor
From left to right: Jodi Tas, Surprise Government Relations Administrator, Mayor Skip Hall, Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee, Surprise City Manager Michael Frazier, Surprise Finance Director Andrea Davis

Taste of Surprise

The Taste of Surprise, hosted by the Surprise Rotary Club, is an annual event that benefits local charities. This year, it took place on April 6 at the Surprise Stadium. I joined several of my fellow City Council colleagues in the dunk tank with hopes to raise additional funds for the event. There was plenty of food options offered from several of our local restaurants. The entertainment included live music from Los Gringos and TripWire, a car show, cooking demonstrations, and a kids zone.

Mayor Skip Hall sitting in dunk tank.

On April 15, Carefree Partners hosted an informative discussion with residents from Marley Park on the future physical development of the City of Surprise. Councilmembers Chris Judd and Dave Sanders joined me at the meeting. It was an enthusiastic crowd full of great energy and ideas.Community Meetings

Surprise Fire-Medical Ceremony

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department hosted their Annual Awards Ceremony on April 4. The ceremony was an opportunity to recognize personnel for their outstanding achievements.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals:

Chief’s Award: Firefighter Roy Michael
Perry Award: Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Johnston
Fire Medal: Firefighter Dave Anderson
Engine Company of the Year: Engine Company 302, A-shift: Engineer (Acting Captain) Steve Gilbert, Engineer Steve Spirlong, Firefighter Tim Penner, Firefighter Donovan Maturan
Paramedic of the Year: Firefighter Sean Cullen
EMT of the Year: Firefighter Mike Naehrbass
Unit of the Year: SFMD Honor Guard
Individual Citations: Engineer Jenesa Dobrinski, Firefighter Mike Meadors, Engineer David Anderson | Volunteers from the Lockbox Program – Gordon & Barbara Birschbach, Barbara Pelligrino, Ray & Ramona Simpson, James Cooper, Ron Ottwell
Crisis Response Rookie Volunteer of the Year: Tim Tait
Crisis Response Volunteers of the Year: Don & Patti Nelson
Administrative Civilian Volunteer of the Year: Esther Gillett
Civilian of the Year: Administrative Technician Dana Smith

It was a pleasure to attend and see the dedicated members of the department receive recognition.

Kingswood Parke Spring Fling

Councilman David Sanders and I attended the Kingswood Parke HOA Spring Fling on April 6. We enjoyed spending time with the residents. The community had inflatables, carnival festivities, a great BBQ, and live entertainment.

We always appreciate the invite and opportunity to engage with our constituents. Thank you for inviting us!

Citizens Patrol Recognition Dinner

The Citizens Patrol held their annual recognition dinner on April 12 in Sun City Grand. Councilmembers Hayden, Judd, Sanders and I were in attendance to honor this important group of individuals in our community. I cannot thank these individuals enough for their contributions to Surprise. The Citizens Patrol was created in 1997 to help ensure a safe environment by providing quality customer service to the people who live and work in Surprise. These volunteers consist of 62 highly trained men and women who donate their time and skills in the furtherance of the Surprise Police Department mission.

WHAM

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Sanders at WHAM
Councilman David Sanders, WHAM Founder Connie Whitlock, and Mayor Skip Hall

April was an exciting month for WHAM. They opened up their one-day Recycle Fashion Show & Art Festival on April 6 with the theme “Where Creativity Goes Green” in connection with Earth Day. They showcased three exhibits: Recycled Art Exhibit, Youth Recycled Art Exhibit, and the Find It, Fix It, & Flip It Exhibit. This fun-filled family event offered great food, informational booths, music, entertainment, arts and crafts, and a fashion show! Make sure to always check out what WHAM has going on at www.wham-art.org.

Councilmembers Patrick Duffy, David Sanders, and myself, along with city officials that included City Manager Mike Frazier, Deputy City Manager Terry Lowe, and Police Chief Terry Young participated in the WHAM fundraiser at Top Golf in Glendale on April 14. We competed against each other in teams to help raise money for an excellent cause. Thank you for having us, WHAM!

3rd Annual Surprise Area Interfaith & Golden Rule Community Breakfast

It was an honor to welcome community, faith, business, and non-profit leaders of the region to Surprise for the 3rd Annual Surprise Area Interfaith & Golden Rule Community Breakfast. This year, the event took place at the Salvation Army, 17420 Avenue of the Arts, on May 1. Leaders throughout the community were able to tell their Golden Rule stories. The Golden Rule allows individuals to build bridges, educate one another, and have an open conversation without conflict.

I’d like to extend my gratitude to the Salvation Army, Area Ministerial Association, and the Arizona Interfaith Movement for joining the city in sponsorship of the breakfast. I would also like to say thank you to Seth Dyson, the city’s Human Services and Community Vitality Director, for setting this great breakfast up.

Grand Openings

The Colonnade

Sun Health Communities held a grand opening for their new Assisted Living and Memory Support residences at the Colonnade on Thursday, May 2. I was honored to join Sun Health executives at the ribbon cutting. Attendees were able to tour the building and residence suites, meet staff and learn about new services and amenities available to future residents.

The Colonnade is a nonprofit Life Plan Community spanning over 40 acres in the heart of Sun City Grand and Surprise. This expansion adds 26 assisted living residences and 24 memory support suites.

Mark Your Calendar

Movie Night in the Park

Come on down to the Mark Coronado Park (15850 N Bullard Ave) on May 11 for a movie night. Small Foot will be the featured movie! Gates open at 6 p.m., and the movie starts at 7 p.m. This is a free event! Please no outside food or coolers allowed.

Surprise Family Pool-ooza!

The Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments will be hosting a free Family Pool-ooza at the Surprise Aquatic Center located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue on May 18. It will be an open swim, CPR demos, swim assessments, interactive booths & more!

Itty Bitty Beach Party

At the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Avenue, on May 23 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. bring your swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen for the annual Itty Bitty Beach Party for ages 6 years and younger! There will be games, crafts, prizes, and a special mermaid appearance! Tickets are $5 for residents and can be purchased online at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under “Special Events”.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council Meetings will be on May 7 and May 21 this month starting at 6:00 p.m. City Council Work Sessions begins at 4:00 p.m.

Did You Know?

Surprise City Manager Michael Frazier released his recommended FY2020 budget. At the April 16 Work Session, City Manager Frazier released his recommended expenditure budget of $414 million. Mr. Frazier’s focus is on city growth, while maintaining the cities current existing assets. Overall, General Fund revenues are expected to increase seven percent from the FY2019 adopted budget, due to larger population growth and a favorable economy.

In order to address growing Public Safety demands, this budget recommends hiring the following 18 full-time employees: 3 EMT’s, 3 Paramedics, 5 Firefighters, 1 Community Risk professional, 5 sworn Police Officers, and 1 Court Clerk.

In the utility enterprise funds this would allow the city to add 11 employees to address the city growth. Water Resource Management would add 9 full-time employees in water and sewer; while Public Works would add 2 for solid waste services.

The Recommended Budget also includes $106.3 million for Capital Improvement Projects. These funds support new projects such as facilities and roads as well as support asset replacement and maintenance needs to existing infrastructure, including public safety vehicle replacement; road maintenance; information technology, recreation, and utility infrastructure.

What’s next? A public hearing and the Council’s Tentative Budget adoption is scheduled for the Regular Council Meeting on May 7; with a final budget adoption scheduled for the June 4 meeting. If you are a resident, please feel free to come and let us know your thoughts on the budget at any of the public hearings, or please feel free to reach out via email or phone to voice your opinion. The recommended budget is available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

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Office: 623.222.1325
Mobile: 623.451.3975
Email: skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov

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April 2019 • Newsletter

State of the City of Surprise

It was a night of celebration on March 28, as I had the opportunity to host the 2019 State of the City video premiere, which highlighted the city’s most shining moments over the past year.

The video captured the city’s incredible commercial and industrial growth, with two new manufacturing facilities and more than 1.3 million square feet of new commercial space added last year.

Viewers learned about the growing partnership between the city and Ottawa University and the opportunity residents will have to use some of the school’s state-of-the-art recreation space that opens this fall.

Future focused, the video highlighted some of the city’s larger building projects, including the Asante Branch Library; Toll Brothers executive housing development; and the advancement of the Decide Surprise bond projects.

The importance of preparation was addressed; planning for water resources and transportation and public safety needs… and how the 2020 Census will play an important part in all of that.

We also paid tribute to the countless volunteers who share their time and expertise in building our community.

After the video premiere, attendees made their way through the first floor of City Hall and the courtyard to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the current City Hall building. Participants enjoyed great entertainment from our local schools and recreation programs, fantastic food trucks and plenty of fun activities that helped residents get to know more about the city departments that serve them.

Watch the State of the City video and see event photos at www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.

Transportation Survey

You can help make a difference concerning transportation in our City by taking this survey. Just ten minutes of your time will tell us about your transportation needs and priorities which will help us decide our region’s transportation priorities and system. Your responses will play a critical role and will be utilized in the aggregate, along with the responses of others just like you, to help shape the region’s future.

MAG Transportation Survey

We understand that everyone leads a busy life and greatly appreciate any time you can give to this research effort. Take the survey.

Events & Meetings

Spring Training

As another Spring Training season concludes, we are grateful to have the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers call Surprise their spring home. We are excited to wish them the best of luck on their quests for a World Series Championship.

Surprise Stadium

Thank you to our grounds crew, Sports and Tourism Department, Surprise Sundancers volunteer organization, fans and so many more for making this another successful Spring Training in Surprise. Once again, thank you to the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers for their support in our community.

Read Across America

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Week, I had the pleasure of reading to the two classes at Countryside Elementary School. I look forward to sharing my love of reading each year with these students.

Speaking on Civic Engagement

Earlier this month, I was invited to meet with Mrs. Beth Hutchens-Maloney and her class to discuss civic engagement and the importance of using your voice. It is always great to be able to speak to our youth about giving back, paying it forward and using your voice and talents for the greater good.

Surprise Literacy Challenge Winners

My sixth annual Literacy Challenge visit took place this past month, where I visited Mrs. Lovely’s 5th grade class along with Ms. Eby’s 4th grade class. Over 2,500 students in 4th-6th grade from 11 schools participated in this two-month challenge to experience literacy in fun and interesting ways. Participating students are given 29 literacy challenges, like visiting their local public library and engaging with librarians. I look forward to this great tradition every year.

Surprise Literacy Challenge Winner with Mayor Hall

Community Meetings

In March, three community meetings were hosted by Scott Phillips of Carefree Partners throughout the city. The purpose of these meetings was to get community input on city center development. Those meetings were held in Sun Village, Sun City Grand and Larry H. Miller Surprise. Our next public meeting will be Monday, April 15th from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Marley Park Heritage Pool House (15210 West Sweetwater Avenue). I hope to see you there!

Mayor Skip Hall & Scott Phillips of Carefree Partners

Cal Ripken Day at Surprise Stadium

Did you know that Surprise’s Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth and Bambino Buddy Ball players make up the largest league in the entire state of Arizona with more than 2,000 athletes? How about that we’re the second-largest league in the country? It was great to welcome and thank the 450-plus coaches who volunteer their time for these amazing kids! Over 2000 kids play a total of 723 games between March and June on fields across our city. Thank you to the youth athletes and their coaches for your participation!

Cal Ripken Day at Surprise Stadium

Surprise Regional Chamber Breakfast: Meet the Mayors

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a breakfast meeting on March 1. Youngtown Mayor Michael LeVault, El Mirage Mayor Alexis Hermosillo and I were asked to provide updates on the current and future plans of our city. It was a well-attended event to let the Chamber and local businesses know our vision for our respective cities.

Surprise Regional Chamber Breakfast: Meet the Mayors

New Businesses

Nothing Bundt Cakes

On March 7, we welcomed Nothing Bundt Cakes to the city of Surprise! Please make sure to check them out! They are located at 15332 West Bell Road.

Nothing Bundt Cakes staff seen with Mayor Hall

Avenir Behavioral Health Center

I had the pleasure of attending and welcoming Avenir Behavioral Health Center to Surprise on March 20. Avenir, a family owned and operated company, has built a state-of-the-art behavioral health facility for people over the age of 65. The health center consists of two separate wings with private and semi-private suites. Welcome to Surprise, Avenir!

Avenir Behavioral Health Center staff cutting ribbon

Mark Your Calendar

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

The next Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival will be held on April 14th at the Mark Coronado Park (15850 N Bullard Ave) from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. This is a fun, family event with live music provided by the Steven P Project and amazing food!

Spring EGG-stravanganza

Eager hunters, from toddlers to 10 year-olds, are invited to join the search for more than 50,000 candy and toy-filled eggs as part of the Spring EGG-stravaganza! This is a free, family event that will feature face painters, balloon artists, inflatables and, of course, Mr. & Mrs. Bunny! Gates will open at 7:30 a.m. at the Kansas City Royals Practice Fields, 15850 N Bullard Avenue.

Surprise Talent Show

The city of Surprise is looking for its most talented residents! The Surprise Talent Show will take place on April 26th from 6 – 8 p.m. at Valley Vista High School (15550 N. Parkview Place). The categories are singing, performance, instrumental, dance, and theater/comedy. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Household Hazardous Waste

The annual Household Hazardous Waste event is underway. Now through April 12 residents can make an appointment online at www.surpriseaz.gov/hhwevent, through the My Surprise App, or by calling 623.222.1900 for their household hazardous waste to be picked up. Pick up will occur April 8-19. Residents will place their hazardous waste, on the driveway or against the garage, not on the sidewalk or curb. Properly packaged, sealed and labeled items will be picked up between the hours of 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council Meetings will be on April 2 and April 16 this month starting at 6:00 p.m. City Council Work Sessions begin at 4 p.m. The FY20 budget will be discussed at each Work Session through April. We hope to see you there!

Did You Know?

The Surprise Community Outreach Program, a City Council-led initiative to assist community organizations in providing programs and events that benefit City of Surprise residents, is now accepting applications. The purpose of the program is provide funding assistance to organizations within the city of Surprise for programs, events, and activities that enhance the overall lifestyle of the community. Council set aside up to $100,000 for FY2019-2020 for the Surprise Community Outreach Program in an effort to support and grow qualified local programs and events to improve the health and welfare of Surprise residents.

To be considered, applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization or partner with a 501(c)3 verified agency. The maximum award per applicant is $10,000. According to program guidelines, funds are distributed by reimbursement through an invoice process. The application, complete program details, and eligibility requirements are available online at: www.surpriseaz.gov/communityoutreachprogram. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, April 30, 2019 and should be addressed to:

Human Service & Community Vitality
Attention: Jodi Tas
City of Surprise
16000 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374

A pre-application meeting that will include information about the program and the application process will be held Wednesday, April 3, at 11:00 a.m. in the Surprise City Hall Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

For more information, please contact Jodi Tas at 623.222.1330 or Jodi.Tas@surpriseaz.gov