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July 2021 • Newsletter

4th of July Celebration

The City of Surprise will host the 38th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Sunday, July 4 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, as well as a variety of food trucks.

The city will host a 20-minute firework show at approximately 8:40 p.m. on July 4th, weather permitting. The display will be staged in the area around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane.

Physical distancing is recommended at all Independence Day celebrations.

Arizona Fireworks Laws

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it is important to review the laws regarding the use and sale of fireworks within Surprise city limits.

  • The sale of permissible consumer fireworks will take place from May 20 through July 6 with the minimum age to purchase fireworks being 16 years old.
  • Consumer firework use is permitted June 24 through July 6, on private property within city limits with owner consent. It is still illegal to use consumer fireworks on public property; this includes streets, sidewalks, and parks.

It is also important that you research your HOA community guidelines to understand their restrictions in relation to firework use in your driveway and yard. For more information regarding the sale and use of consumer fireworks please visit, surpriseaz.gov

APS West Valley Central 230kV Connection Project

Arizona Public Service’s (APS) mission is to provide clean, reliable, and affordable electric services to support and deliver for their existing customers, and their future growth. APS is planning on adding three new 230kV power lines that will connect a new Contrail Substation (located on the southeast corner of Olive Avenue and Dysart Road) to existing transmission facilities, Future TS-2 Substation and El Sol Substation.

APS needs community input to help identify the locations for the new power lines. Citizens are encouraged to visit the Public Information Virtual Open House online any time through July 10 by visiting, apswestvalleycentral.com. Through this, you will be able to view project information, provide your input, and request to speak with one of APS’ subject matter experts.

Heat Relief Stations

The City of Surprise has collaborated with Heat Relief Network to provide hydration and refuge situations to those in need of a place to cool off during the summer months. The city has three Heat Relief stations:

  1. Surprise Resource Center, Refuge & hydration – 12425 W. Bell Road, Building A, Suite 124
  2. Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301, Hydration – 16750 N. Village Drive East
  3. The Salvation Army, Refuge & hydration – 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Boulevard

You can help those in need of relief by donating sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, and water bottles at either the Surprise Resource Center or Surprise Fire Medical Station #301.

The Surprise Police Department wants to remind you that, hot cars can kill! Never leave a child alone in a car, and always check for kids, pets, and vulnerable persons before you lock your vehicle. If you see a child alone in a vehicle please call 911.

Surprise Day of Service

The City of Surprise Human Services and Community Vitality Department will be hosting a Day of Service at St. Mary’s Food Bank. This event will take place on Wednesday, July 21. Volunteers assist with sorting bulk food items, creating food baskets and loading food into vehicles; helping in the process of providing food for families in need. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

Traffic Signal Project

A new traffic signal is being installed at Waddell Road and 145th Avenue. As a result, drivers can expect intermittent lane restrictions. The signals are tentatively scheduled to be fully operational by the end of August 2021. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov

Floyd Gaines Park

Councilmember Ken Remley and I are proud to announce that Floyd Gaines Park is back open after it’s relocation to 16001 N. Nash Street. The newly relocated field includes a lighted youth baseball field, netting, fencing, restrooms, and a lighted paved parking lot.

The relocation of the field allowed for some additional amenities to be brought to the Original Town Site, in addition to the construction of an affordable housing project. For more information on Floyd Gaines Park and all Surprise city parks, please visit surpriseaz.gov/parks

Floyd Gaines Park baseball, sign, and commemorative plaque.

City Council Meetings

City Council is on recess in July. The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be August 17 at 6 p.m. Please join us in-person, or tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

November 2020 • Newsletter

Fall is here, and we finally get relief from the heat. With the holidays rapidly approaching, I hope we find time to reflect on the positives with so much negativity surrounding us. Last month, we celebrated Arizona League of Cities and Towns Week and focused our gratitude on essential workers in municipal departments. There are so many people, community heroes, who help our residents and those in need, whether it be our Public Safety departments, our Human Service and Community Vitality Department and so many others. I thank them for what they do every day to keep us functioning, especially in the times of uncertainty and fluidity.

Speaking of gratitude, I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank Councilman David Sanders for his service to District 5 and the residents and businesses in Surprise. Dave Sanders served the city in multiple capacities years before he was appointed to his seat, having been a five-year member of the Surprise Community and Recreation Services Advisory Board, as well as a volunteer member of the Capital Improvement Funding Exploration Committee. Dave has been instrumental with all of our successes since he has been on Council, including utilizing his professional experience and skills with banking and finance to help the city through this pandemic and to assist our businesses that needed help to continue their services for our residents. Thank you, Dave Sanders, for sharing your talents and intellect; for your sacrifices and commitment to Surprise!

Welcome to City Council, Councilman Jack Hastings! Councilman Hastings took the Oath of Office on Tuesday, November 3. Mr. Hastings teaches US Civics at Valley Vista High School. We look forward to working with you in this capacity.

APS is in the early stages of a public siting process to identify routes in the city of Surprise for new 230kV power lines to best meet current and future needs. With the arrival of high-tech companies, such as the new Microsoft facility in El Mirage, and their load demands, these lines are needed to address reliability and flexibility. The 230kV power lines will need to connect the new Conrail Substation (located in El Mirage near the southeast corner of Olive Avenue and Dysart Road) to existing 230kV facilities. The poles will be between 115-195 feet tall and placed in new or existing rights-of-way or easements up to 120 feet in width. If you would like a say in where the poles are located, please visit www.apswestvalleycentral.com. The Virtual Open House page allows you to leave comments. The comment period is open now through November 20. Additionally, another Live Virtual Town Hall meeting will be hosted on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 from 6-7:30 p.m. You can register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/APSlivechat. For more information on the project, please visit www.aps.com/westvalleycentral.

City Council voted Monday night to disperse an additional $100,000 in Small Business Relief Grant funding, while expanding the scope of assistance to include small business retailers and non-profits with commercial space who were not restricted by the Governor’s executive orders. Council also approved an additional $25,000 for water utility payment relief.

Like the original grant program, which closed October 30, the Small Business Relief Grant 2.0 program seeks to distribute funding to businesses in Surprise who have been affected by COVID-19, have fewer than 25 employees and less than $2 million in revenues. The grant dollars are intended to assist with rent, utilities, payroll expenses and other necessary operating costs.

The grant categories are as follows:

  • Category 1 (up to $1,500): Hair salons, barber shops, massage therapy, nail salons
  • Category 2 (up to $2,500): Restaurants with no indoor or no fully enclosed dining
  • Category 3a (up to $5,000): Restaurants with indoor or fully enclosed dining; Small (less than 4,500 sf) fitness, dance, yoga, gymnastics studios/centers/facilities etc.
  • NEW! Category 3b (up to $5,000): Non-profits in commercial space
  • NEW! Category 3c (up to $5,000): Retail businesses in commercial space
  • Category 4 (up to $7,500): Bars / series 6 or 7 licenses
  • Category 5 (up to $10,000): Large (more than 4,500 sf) Gyms, Fitness clubs

Applications for the Small Business Relief Grant 2.0 program are expected to open the week of November 9 and close December 11, 2020 or until funds last. Applying for the grant does not guarantee that funding will be awarded, and each business entity may apply only once. Businesses who were awarded funding as part of the original grant program, are not eligible for additional funding through the 2.0 program. For eligibility requirements, the application and more, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/smallbusinessgrant. (Please note this information may not be available until the application period opens).

City Council also approved $25,000 to help qualifying residents pay their water bills. This comes after $15,000 was approved by Council for this purpose in September and has since been depleted. For assistance, please call the Surprise Resource Center HOPE line at 623.222.4673.

Last month, Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ) received the Excellence in Innovation award at WESTMARC’s Annual Best of the West Awards. WESTMARC – the Western Maricopa Coalition – is a public-private partnership of 15 West Valley communities, the business community and the education sector. The Best of the West Awards recognizes outstanding contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy of the West Valley.

Veterans Day is around the corner. If you picked up a sign to decorate for our veterans, those decorated signs need to be dropped off at our Parks and Recreation Services department by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 6. The signs will be displayed on Bullard Avenue, near Surprise Stadium on Tuesday, November 10, Veterans Day – Wednesday, November 11; and Thursday, November 12 until 5 p.m.

To all American veterans who we owe a tremendous amount of debt, to ALL American veterans who chose to set aside their goals, ambitions and dreams, to all American veterans who have put their lives on the line for our freedom and who have sacrificed so very much – Surprise THANKS you!

While COVID may have canceled our traditional in-person Surprise Party Celebration this coming December, our Parks & Recreation Department is working with the Marketing & Communications Team to get us all in the holiday spirit with a week-long virtual Surprise Party experience! The City Council’s Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony will kick things off at 7 p.m. on December 4. Musical performances will also be part of this programming. You can view it on Surprise TV and online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv at 7 p.m. Later in the week, Zoom calls with Santa, Holiday Bingo, Holiday & Crafts with WHAM, and Santa Drive Thru events are scheduled. There is even a Light Up the Night house-decorating contest planned. We’ll have all the details available soon at www.surpriseaz.gov.