City of Surprise voters approved three General Obligation (G.O.) Bond questions in November 2017, representing 10 Capital Improvement Projects. The city has already completed Fire Station 304, the Public Works Operations Facility, improvements to Waddell and Litchfield roads, and the majority of the pavement preservation. The remaining projects are expected to be wrapped up by the end of 2021.
Fire Station 308, located at Litchfield Rd. and Cactus Rd., is projected to be complete in the late part of 2021. The 16,000 square foot building is approximately 60% complete, with plans to house an Engine Company, HAZMAT Response Team, and future ambulance.
Greenway Road improvements, from Cotton Ln. to Sarival Ln., are expected to be complete in November 2021, weather permitting. Work is underway to add two more travel lanes, turn lanes, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and a traffic light at Greenway Rd. and Northwest Ranch Pkwy.
Both the Public Safety Evidence and Readiness Center and the Police Training Facility are about 30% complete and are expected to be finished this fall. Both are located at 134th and Foxfire drives. One building will house the public safety tactical and emergency equipment and police evidence; the other will provide police training space.
City staff is also in the process of exploring potential options for acquiring 16 acres of land in the southwest region for a shared Police Substation and Fire Station and city park. For more information on the G.O. Bond projects, please visit surpriseaz.gov/DecideSurprise.
2021 National Community Survey
The 2021 National Community Survey (NCS) results reveal at least 9 in 10 residents gave excellent or good ratings to the overall quality of life in Surprise and the city as a place to live. Responses were collected on various topics ranging from traffic flow to public safety to senior and youth services. City official will use results to prioritize projects for Surprise, and indicate where limited city funding should go based on services most desired.
Here are the overall ratings in each category:
Economy – 88% Overall economic health of Surprise (Higher than national benchmark)
Mobility / Transportation – 41% Overall quality of the transportation system (auto, bicycle, foot, bus) in Surprise (Lower than national benchmark).
Community Design – 79% Overall design or layout of Surprise’s residential and commercial areas (Higher than national benchmark).
Utilities – 83% Overall quality of the utility infrastructure in Surprise, such as water, sewer, storm water, electric, gas. (Similar to national benchmark).
Safety – 85% Overall feeling of safety in Surprise (Similar to national benchmark).
Natural Environment – 79% Overall quality of natural environment in Surprise (Similar to national benchmark).
Park and Recreation – 79% Overall quality of parks and recreation opportunities (Similar to national benchmark).
Health and Wellness – 80% Overall health and wellness opportunities in Surprise and 80% Quality of health services (Similar to national benchmark).
Education, Arts and Culture – 62% Overall opportunities for education, culture, and the arts (Similar to national benchmark).
Inclusivity and Engagement – 64% Sense of community and 81% making all residents feel welcome (Similar to national benchmark).
Starting July 1, 2021, single-family solid waste (trash) customers monthly base rate will increase $0.10 per month, to $23.50. The monthly rate will increase by $0.10 each fiscal year through FY2024, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. Residential water and wastewater utility rates will remain unchanged. Customers who have automatic payments with their financial institution are advised to update their accounts to reflect the changes to their utility rate.
In February 2019, the Utility Rate Study was approved, creating a five-year structured schedule to obtain the necessary revenues required to operate utilities and maintain infrastructure while also considering asset replacement and emergency funding needs.
New Surprise Police Chief
Peoria Deputy Police Chief, Benny Pina, has been selected to serve as the next Chief of the Surprise Police Department. Prior to his appointment to Deputy Police Chief in Peoria in 2014, Pina served with the Phoenix Police Department for 25 years rising to the rank of Police Commander.
Upon completion of final employment screenings, Chief Pina will fill the vacancy left following the promotion of former Police Chief Terry Young to City of Surprise Assistant City Manager.
Surprise Retail Survey
The annual Surprise Retail Survey launched on April 5, and received approximately 5,100 responses. City staff uses survey results to see what local retail and restaurant spots are most requested, and the city’s retail strengths. In previous years, the Surprise Retail Survey has helped bring In-N-Out Burger, Texas Roadhouse, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, and Costco to Surprise.
The City of Surprise will be hosting its 38th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Sunday, July 4th at Mark Coronado Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free with the donation of a canned food item. This event will feature live music from Steven P and Music II Music, a variety of food trucks and a spectacular fireworks show. The 20-minute fireworks show will begin at approximately 8:40 pm., weather permitting. The display will be staged in the area around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane.
The Surprise Aquatic Center will also be open for a fun filled evening, with games, activities and a poolside view of the city’s fireworks show. Admission is $6 for residents and $11 for non-residents. You can reserve your spot starting June 9 at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Face masks and physical distancing are recommended at all 4th of July celebrations.
As we enter summer, we also enter monsoon season, which officially runs from June 15 to September 30. This means higher humidity, which can lead to thunderstorms, heavy rain, lightning, hail, high winds, flash flooding, dust storms and extreme heat. Our city website offers safety tips and details on where to get free sandbags, in the event of heavy rain and flooding. Be prepared by checking out surpriseaz.gov/monsoon.
The first Regular City Council Meeting of the New Year included the swearing-in ceremonies for mayor and three councilmembers.
Skip Hall was sworn in as Mayor after winning the seat in the August Primary Election. He previously served as Mayor by appointment, following a mayoral resignation in November 2018.
Newly elected Councilmember Aly Cline was sworn in as District 2 Councilmember.
Re-elected Councilmember Patrick Duffy was sworn into office to serve District 3.
Re-elected Councilmember Ken Remley took the oath of office to serve District 4.
Each elected official was sworn in to a four-year term.
District 5 Councilmember Jack Hastings was sworn into office in November, per state law, after defeating an appointed councilmember for that district in the August Primary Election. He will serve a two-year term.
For more information about each of the councilmembers, please visit their websites:
Council will select a Vice Mayor at the next regular Council meeting, scheduled for January 19 at 6 p.m. City Council meetings are televised on Surprise TV and streamed live on the internet at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv.
This has been a unique time in history for us with many things slowing down or pausing for the protection of public health. But in the midst of all this, development in Surprise has continued to flourish, and there are some exciting things to look forward to.
For the foodies in the city, we have a new ice cream shop, Handel’s Ice Cream, and Mexican restaurant, Mr. Mesquite Taqueria in the Prasada / Loop 303 corridor. A Starbucks is also set to open in the area.
Costco continues to move forward with a newly advertised opening timeline of this fall. I know that many of you are excited for the doors to open, and it won’t be long now!
Our city’s first microhospital is hiring and almost ready to open. Abrazo Surprise Hospital expands our city’s ability to care for community health – something we deeply understand the need for during this time.
A second Legacy Traditional School is under construction in the city at the northwest corner of Cotton Lane and Cactus Road, adjacent to the city’s first luxury resort-style community, Sterling Grove by Toll Brothers! Education is an important foundation for a sustainable community, and we are lucky to have quality options for our children here in Surprise.
City Center also has some big projects in the pipeline. Several new multi-family residential projects are in process, including a new housing facility for the Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball team. The facility will be built north of Greenway Road and east of Bullard Avenue. Now, both the Royals and Rangers will have a home here year-round. Plus, a new Springhill Suites Marriott is under review in City Center.
Additionally, Mera City Center Apartments is under construction on Greenway Road. This development is a resort-style, 55+ active adult community. My office received several concerns once City Council approved the site plan so I wanted to take this opportunity to elaborate on it. The City Center Planned Area Development (PAD) allows this type of development. The PAD was approved by Council on January 11, 2001 which was long before any of the current Council served on City Council. City Council cannot arbitrarily deny a project that is in compliance with zoning and all other development requirements. This project complied with all zoning and city development regulations and standards, therefore, it was approved.
In the Surprise Rail Plex industrial district, 36,000 square feet of flexible storefront industrial, retail and office space was just completed, growing options for commercial and industrial businesses.
The wide range of development happening across the city right now shows that we are maturing, growing and able to support an exciting mix of new projects.
When the Census wraps up this year, we are aiming to have a complete count of our population. The data from the Census helps businesses decide where to locate. It’s just one of the many reasons that it’s important to fill out the survey. If you haven’t already, please take it online at www.my2020census.gov. You can also call 844-330-2020 or send in the paper form that was mailed to you.
New businesses aren’t the only thing we are celebrating right now. Our Economic Development team has been hosting Virtual Ribbon Cuttings to help local businesses get the word out that they have reopened. When you support your local restaurants and retail stores, you not only help keep unique offerings here in Surprise, you also create local jobs and keep tax dollars at home where they can be used for parks, street maintenance, police and fire-medical.
Little by little, we are returning to some sort of normalcy with our events as well. I am happy to say that the city will feature a 20-minute fireworks display on July 4 beginning at 8:40 p.m. The display will be staged in the area around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane. While we share in our community’s excitement to celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s important to do so responsibly. As a result of COVID-19 concerns, this year’s Fourth of July Celebration will be greatly modified in an effort to avoid mass gatherings and maintain physical distancing, in accordance with CDC recommendations.
I am proud to be the mayor of a city that understands the importance of community and the value of supporting each other. As we look forward, remember to be kind and think safe, Surprise. We will return stronger than ever!
Following an April 15 live premiere, the 2020 State of the City video is now available for on-demand replay. The video looks at significant achievements that have transformed our city and celebrates the progress we have made over the past six decades – as Surprise turns 60 this year!
With so much change and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Mayor Hall sat down with staff to talk about how the city is working hard to preserve public health, support our vulnerable populations, and maintain essential city services.
Community inquires helped to shape the questions he asked, so thank you for reaching out, Surprise.
In consultation with members of the Surprise City Council, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Skip Hall announced a State of Emergency for the city of Surprise today in an effort to preserve public health.
Effective 5 p.m. this evening, city facilities will be closed to public until further notice. City business will continue to be conducted. Please be assured that core services will not be affected, including fire-medical, police, trash, water and other essential city services. Additionally, the city is suspending all City of Surprise water customer shutoffs through May 10.
“My top concern is protecting the health and safety of our employees, residents, and visitors,” said Mayor Skip Hall. “This proclamation is an important step that gives our City Manager the authority to respond quickly during this rapidly changing time.”
The city has already canceled city-sponsored events, programs and sports through May 10, and changed how public comment is taken at City Council and Planning and Zoning Meetings, accommodating remote participation. With the closing of city facilities to the public, limited staff will be on site and other staff will be telecommuting.
The following city facilities will be closed to the public for walk-in services. Select services may be available by appointment:
City Hall (including service counters for: City Clerk, Cashier, Development Services)
Senior Center (meal delivery and pick-up will continue)
Parks & Recreation Offices
Tennis & Racquet Complex
Countryside Recreation Center
Sierra Montana Recreation Center
Villanueva Recreation Center
Doors will remain open at the following facilities, but with suspended or limited services so as to reduce public walk-in traffic:
Fire Stations (non-emergency visits are prohibited)
Surprise Resource Center (open for drop off and pick-up only)
The city has also closed the following facilities within its parks to curb gatherings; skate park, pickleball courts, splash pads, and dog parks.
City libraries are managed by Maricopa County Library District and are also closed to the public.
Please contact the city by phone or email for assistance:
City Clerk – email@example.com / 623.222.1200 (Passport services have been suspended until further notice)
For general questions, please call 623.222.1900. The city’s website at www.surpriseaz.gov is also a great resource for connecting with staff.
All of the city’s actions are in an effort to comply with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Arizona Department of Health Services.
The city reminds residents that, as of March 18, 2020, the following recommendations have been issued by public health authorities and are also recommended by the city of Surprise to best protect our community:
Restaurants, bars and dining establishments in Maricopa County should discourage dine-in traffic. Provide curbside pick-up or drive-through service instead. (UPDATE: Governor Ducey has issued an Executive Order that requires restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide dine-out options only, and that all bars in those counties close. This also applies to movie theaters and gyms. It is effective close of business Friday, March 20. To assist in mitigating the financial consequences of restaurant closures, the Executive Order also allows restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with the purchase of food. Additionally, the Governor’s directive allows manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to buy back unopened products from restaurants, bars and clubs. See full order here: https://bit.ly/2Ur03ae)
Cancel or postpone gatherings of 10 or more people.
Use telework and other alternatives when available.
Increase hygiene and sanitation. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Do not visit nursing homes, retirement homes or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
If someone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home and contact your medical provider.
Details on event and program cancellations, public meeting remote comment, and ways to conduct city business during this time are available on the city’s website at www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19.
To read the Mayor’s Declaration of Emergency, click here.
For information on the COVID-19 virus, please visit cdc.gov for a national perspective, and azdhs.gov for Arizona information.
As the world and our community face ongoing concerns about the spread and impact of COVID-19, I want to assure you that the City of Surprise is working diligently to protect the health and safety of our community.
You may have noticed that we’re changing the way we’re doing things; this isn’t out of panic, but out of precaution. Your health and safety are of the highest importance to the City Council and City Management team, and we are committed to following the advice of national and local agencies to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Yesterday, we announced the cancelation or postponement of all city-sponsored events, programs and sports until May 10. Tonight, public comment at our City Council meeting will look a little different with new remote comment options in place.
You will likely see more changes in the coming days and weeks as we work to address this evolving situation. What won’t change is our commitment to keeping our city running smoothly. Please be assured that core city services will not be affected, including fire-medical, police, trash and water.
Everything we are doing is out of an abundance of caution and under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and county public health authorities; everything we are doing is in an effort to reduce the spread of the illness and keep our community safe.
Right now, we don’t have any reported cases of COVID-19 in Surprise, and with healthy practices in place, we can help protect each other.
If you haven’t looked at the CDC’s guidance on prevention, please take a few minutes to visit www.cdc.gov. You can do your part to respond to this public health threat by cleaning your hands often, staying home if you are sick, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and avoiding close contact and large gatherings.
You can also do your part by being caring and compassionate to your neighbors. If someone is in need, offer to help them. Get connected to Nextdoor or HOA social media groups and look out for one another.
As this situation evolves, updates will be shared on www.surpriseaz.gov and the city’s social media channels. If you would like to have city news delivered right to your inbox, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/notifyme and sign up for “Current News Releases”.
During this time of uncertainty, one thing is certain – Surprise is a community that cares for one another, and I am proud to be part of it.
Happy New Year, Surprise! Reflecting on the last year, I can’t help but feel proud. We had several changes entering 2019. Mike Frazier became City Manager, I was appointed Mayor, Chris Judd began his term as Councilmember for District 6, and David Sanders was appointed to Councilmember in District 5. Everyone worked together, respected each other’s opinions and diligently worked in the best interests of our great City! It was a successful 2019 in Surprise, with many accomplishments that advanced City Council’s strategic priorities – from economic and cultural vitality to community livability and lifelong learning. I want to highlight some of those big moments as we look forward to even more excitement in 2020.
For the thousands of you who told us you wanted a Costco in Surprise, your wish is coming true in 2020! Costco broke ground on a location near Waddell Road and Sarival Avenue in 2019, with a grand opening planned for this summer. Your opinion matters. We work for YOU! Please be sure to let us know what else you want to see come to town when the Surprise Retail Survey comes out in February!
This past year also brought a number of new restaurants, including Ugly Tuna Sushi, Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Taphouse, Richi’s Diner II, Café Rio, Mucho Burrito, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Angry Crab. Plus, in 2020, The Haymaker will open near Waddell and Litchfield roads. You asked for more restaurants, including locally owned restaurants, you got it!
Some of our business wins brought significant job growth to Surprise. This fall, we held a ribbon cutting for SeaCa Plastic Packaging – a 125-year-old, sixth generation family owned and operated company specializing in plastic packaging; and Trimaco opened its new 275,000 square foot operation, which manufactures paint accessories and professional floor protection products. These two companies brought more than 200 new jobs to Surprise! It is important to your City Council to continue to bring head of household jobs. We continue to work on this goal for you. Loop 303 has been instrumental with highlighting the West Valley for economic development. The I-10/Loop 303 corridor is rapidly growing with manufacturing companies; therefore, bringing more jobs to the West Valley and, hopefully, more employment opportunities for you. It is only a matter of time before that growth moves north.
The city is also growing new housing options. More than 1,600 single family residential housing permits were issued in 2019. Much of the growth is in our Northern area where we are building a new fire station and library to help accommodate the population growth; but, there is also a significant project underway in the Prasada area – Sterling Grove by Toll Brothers. This 2,200 home community brings executive style housing to the city with an 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, spa, fitness center, pools, tennis and pickleball courts and more. Models will be open in January 2020.
Education was also an important theme of 2019. Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ) began its third year of classes with 850 students. This fall, their campus in City Center celebrated three building completions – a 300 bed dormitory, a student union, and a three-story athletic training facility that the city will be able to use for recreation programming. West-MEC Northwest Campus is expanding and will soon offer adult certification programs. Paradise Honors continues to grow, and they have recently annexed from Maricopa County to Surprise. We also continue to partner with Dysart Unified School District under the leadership of Dr. Quinn Kellis.
Speaking of education and Ottawa University, OUAZ is bringing an incredible vibrancy to City Center, and we can expect more development to come to our downtown in the coming years. The Texas Rangers are nearing completion of their housing and meeting facility and the new Hilton Garden Inn has opened its doors. Plus, City Council agreed to a Development Incentive Agreement with City Center landowners that brought forward a draft City Center Master Plan focused on walkability, and a mix of housing, restaurants, shops.
This past year was also a time for working on projects that you voted for in the Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond Election. Roads are being built out and buildings are going vertical. Things are really moving! In 2020, you can expect to see work begin on the widening of Greenway Road, the Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center, a Police Training Facility and Fire Station 308. You can continue to check progress on all of the projects at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.
Planning for new roads, schools, hospitals, public safety staffing and more is supported by the data we get from the Census count each decade, so I want to remind you that Census 2020 will begin in March. Check your mail mid-March for instructions on how to respond. It is so very important that each and every one of our residents be counted! An accurate population count attracts federal dollars to fund some of the things I mentioned above. It also strengthens our voice in Washington DC, as the overall state population projections indicate a new state representative in the coming years. Plus, it can help attract new businesses to the city. For the first time, you will be able to take the survey online, by phone or by mail. You can get all of the details on our city website at www.surpriseaz.gov/census2020.
Also in March, I invite you to my 2020 State of the City Address. It will be a celebration of the accomplishments of 2019 and our 60th Anniversary as a city! The event is Thursday, March 26, 6-8 p.m. at Surprise City Hall. Look for more details to come in the next couple of months. I hope to see you there!
Before I close, I just want to say that it’s an honor to serve as your Mayor. It’s the great people of Surprise, like you, who care about the community and take time to engage that make this city so special. Thank you for all that you do, and I look forward to another great year with you in 2020!
It is with the most sincere gratitude that I take on a new position after the Surprise City Council unanimously selected me to serve as the city’s next mayor. I will serve in this capacity until December 31, 2020, fulfilling the remaining mayoral term vacated by Sharon Wolcott on November 16, 2018. For those of you who don’t know me, I have served on the city council since 2008 and was most recently re-elected to the District 5 seat in the 2018 Primary Election. I served as Vice Mayor in 2011 and 2014. I also served three years as a city Planning and Zoning Commission member before being elected to the City Council.
It is my hope to accomplish many things with City Council and staff. Some of my goals include: the anticipation of funding through budget priorities for our police and fire to ensure our city remains safe and secure through our next growth cycle; through vigilant budget review and department by department justification, work to insure that our financial strength and sustainability is maintained; and to maximize the education benefit to our youth by encouraging and facilitating, where possible, the cooperation and synergy of our new residential university, Ottawa, as well as West-MEC vocational school, Dysart Unified School District and our several charter schools. I also want us to work with our Economic Development Department to attract private investment to produce an entertainment venue for teens and to attract more entertainment and restaurant operators. We hope to continue to work with City Center landowners and staff on an updated vision that’s unique to Surprise and is adaptable to the market.
Thank you for your continued support and your ongoing trust. I look forward to working with Council, our various partners and serving the residents of this great city.
District 5 Council Vacancy
The city is currently accepting applications for the position of Councilmember for District 5 (Palm) due to my appointment as Mayor earlier this month. All District 5 applicants must reside within District 5 boundaries. The term expiration for the appointment will be December 31, 2020, and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled Council election in August 20, 2020 per ARS 9-235 (The council shall fill a vacancy that may occur by appointment until the next regularly scheduled council election if the vacancy occurs more than thirty days before the nomination petition deadline. This subsection does not apply to a charter city). The Interview/Selection process is as follows:
Section 2-22 of the Surprise City Code – Council/District Vacancy:
(1) Vacancies in district office will be advertised beginning no later than 14 days from the date the vacancy is created when caused by death, and seven days from the date the vacancy is created in all other cases. The city clerk will advertise all vacancies in at least one newspaper with local circulation, on the city website, and in all designated posting locations during the application acceptance period. (Date of Advertisement – Monday, November 26, 2018).
(2) All eligible persons interested in filling the district vacancy must submit an application to the city clerk’s office prior to the close of the acceptance period. The application acceptance period will end at 5:00 p.m. on the 14th day following the placement of the advertisement as required by subsection (1) of this section. (Monday, December 10th, 2018).
(3) No later than the end of the business day following the close of the application acceptance period, the city clerk will forward to the mayor and council and post on the city website a copy of all applications submitted during the application acceptance period (Tuesday, December 11, 2018).
(4) The council will interview each applicant at a public hearing held no later than ten days following the close of the application acceptance period, followed by a seven-day period during which public comment may be submitted to the city clerk’s office (Interview/Public Hearing – Thursday, December 20, 2018 – 4:00 p.m. & Close of Comments (Thursday, December 27, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.).
(5) No later than the end of the business day following the close of the public comment period, the city clerk will forward to the mayor and council and post on the city website a copy of all comments submitted during the comment period (Friday, December 28, 2018).
(6) A district candidate must be selected no later than the second regularly scheduled council meeting following the public hearing (Thursday, January 3, 2019 or Tuesday, January 15, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.).
Applications are available for pick up the City Clerk’s Office, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, starting on Monday, November 26, 2018 – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, and the closing date will be Monday, December 10, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Interviews will be scheduled for Thursday, December 20, 2018 at a Special Council Meeting (4:00 p.m.).
Selection of the applicant will take place on Thursday, January 3, 2019 or Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6:00 p.m. Regular Council Meeting. Applications are also available online @ www.surpriseaz.gov, under City Clerk section. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office.
Did You Know?
Surprise Youth Services College Readiness Summit
The first annual Surprise Youth Services College Readiness Summit was held on Saturday, November 17 at the Ottawa University campus here in Surprise. The 40 attending high school seniors were treated to a variety of workshops focused on helping them gain tools for success in college or trade school next year. Attendees learned about budgeting and how to be money smart in the Financial Literacy workshop facilitated by a financial advisor from Mid-First Bank. They engaged in thoughtful conversation about how they spend their time and learned how to break down big goals into smaller, easy to manage steps in the Time Management and Goal Setting workshop. In the Physical Wellness workshop, facilitated by doctoral students from Mid-Western University, they created a personal wheel of wellness and examined how all of the various parts of life such as nutrition, sleep, stress, finances, and more, work together to contribute to overall wellness. Lastly, in a workshop facilitated by two students who currently attend Northern Arizona University, attendees heard the inside scoop about “Things They Don’t Tell You About Your First Year of College.” They learned the importance of making connections on campus, how to deal with the inevitable homesickness, how to maintain a healthy relationship with family as they work to be independent, resources for first-gen students, and more. Lunch was catered by Lolo’s and Papi’s Tacos, a local mobile taqueria. Attendance at the summit was a qualifying step in the application process for the first ever Surprise Youth Services Scholarship where three winners will share a total of $7,000. Stay tuned as winners will be announced in mid-February!
Surprise Fire Station 305 Holiday Celebration
Residents from the community gathered together at Surprise Fire Station 305 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday, November 19. Residents wanted to ensure the firefighters working on the holiday had time to celebrate the holiday in advance. Many thanks to our generous community members who contributed!
My Surprise Community Engagement App Now Available
The city has launched a new way for residents to connect with city services and reminders, the My Surprise app! When you download My Surprise, you’ll join our community of vigilant residents who want to help Surprise be one of the cleanest, most well-maintained cities in Arizona.
My Surprise transforms your smart devices into tools that assist with reporting city-maintained service requests such as broken street lights, potholes on city streets, graffiti, flooded roadways and more! The app also provides users a way to connect with City Council members and receive refuse reminders, such as changes to the schedule due to holidays. Plus, My Surprise is easy to use! Reporting a concern is as simple as logging in, typing a brief description of the issue and pressing send; you can even upload video, audio and image files! My Surprise even allows you to pinpoint the exact location of your service request.
My Surprise was designed for a community who cares about the appearance and functionality of city-maintained spaces. Join us, and let’s build a beautiful, safe city we can all enjoy; download the app now and show your love for My Surprise! The My Surprise app is now available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play Store. Learn more about My Surprise at www.surpriseaz.gov/mysurprise.
Bullard Ave traffic signals at Acoma, Sweetwater intersections active week of Dec 3
The traffic signals at the Acoma Drive and Sweetwater Avenue intersections will be activated on Monday, December 3.
Barring changes to the schedule, signals will flash red for 48 hours through Tuesday, December 4. Motorists are reminded to treat the intersections as four-way stops while the signals are flashing red.
The new traffic signals, featuring flashing yellow arrows on north and south signal pole masts, will be fully operational on Wednesday, December 5. Surprise police officers will assist with traffic control during the signal activation.
Work hours for this week are Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; traffic barricades along the roadway are scheduled to be removed on Sunday, December 2.
Crews are scheduled to stripe lanes along Bullard Avenue on Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4; thermoplastic striping will be placed late December.
The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!
For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130. To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/bullard.
Mark Your Calendar
Annual Surprise Party
Come celebrate with the City of Surprise at the 17th annual Surprise Party on November 30 and December 1 at the Surprise Recreation Campus! This fun-filled event offers a variety of activities and entertainment experiences, and admission is free with a canned food or toy donation benefiting Sanderson Ford Operation Santa Claus. Here’s what you can expect:
Friday, November 30 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.) will include a traditional tree lighting ceremony, a hot air balloon glow, Arizona Skyhawks Skydivers, great food, live musical performances from “The Chadwicks” and “SMASHED,” fireworks and ice skating. Plus, Santa’s Workshop offers a free opportunity for youth of all ages to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus while enjoying arts and crafts, cookies, and fun! Friday’s event will be held at the Surprise Recreation Campus – Stadium Plaza, located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. Fireworks will begin approximately at 8:55 p.m.
Saturday, December 1 (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.) will include an arts and crafts festival, classic car show, interactive games, camel rides, a petting zoo, clowns, face painters, inflatables, gingerbread house contest, ice skating and much more! Throughout the day, enjoy a variety of entertainment, including performances by the City of Surprise dance programs. Concessions will be available for purchase. Saturday’s events will be held at the Surprise Recreation Campus – Mark Coronado Park, north of Surprise Stadium.
For additional event information, please contact the Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty.
Ottawa University Victory Bowl
The OUAZ football team has accepted an invitation from the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) to serve as host and participant in the 2018 NCCAA Victory Bowl Invitational. The Spirit will welcome Olivet Nazarene to Spirit Field on Friday, November 30 at 7 p.m.
The 2018 Victory Bowl will mark the 21st straight year the NCCAA will award a Victory Bowl champion. Fox 10’s Cory McClosky came out today to preview the game, so I hope we will have a big crowd tomorrow night to cheer on our home team! Best of luck to our OUAZ football team and Coach Mike Nesbitt!
Surprise Fire Medical Open Houses
The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding a series of open houses at city fire stations. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating 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.
Dates for the open houses are as follows:
Saturday, December 8 – Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Rd.
Saturday, January 5 – Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Rd.
Saturday, January 19 – Station 304, 24900 N. 163rd Ave.
Saturday, February 2 – Station 305, 15517 N. Parkview Pl.
Saturday, February 16 – Station 306, 16645 W. Clearview Blvd.
Saturday, March 2 – Station 303, 15440 N. Cotton Ln.
All open houses will be conducted from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.
City of Surprise “Deck the Hock” Event
Please join us for the city’s 2nd annual “Deck the Hock” event on December 11, and help set the holiday spirit by bringing an ornament to decorate one of eight themed trees! “Deck the Hock” is a free, family-friendly event that will be held on Tuesday, December 11 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. It includes performances by local school choirs, hot cocoa, tree decorating and more.
You can also join in on the tree decorating by bringing a new or handmade ornament that fits one of the following tree themes: Candy Canes; Legos; Sports; Patriotic; Animals; Snowflakes; Red; North Pole. In addition, you can also decorate a luminaria bag for the event. Simply pick up a blank luminaria from the Surprise Senior Center, take it home to decorate it, and then return it by 4 p.m. on Friday, December 7 so it can be displayed.
I would like to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season. Moving forward and as your Mayor, I will be issuing a monthly newsletter beginning in January. I look forward to serving you in this capacity and keeping you updated. Thank you!