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April 2022 • Newsletter

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, 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at mayor.surpriseaz.gov. Follow me on Facebook facebook.com/SurpriseMayor and Twitter @SkipHall2.

Arts & Culture Grant Program

We are now accepting applications for an Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission-led grant program that supports qualified community-based organizations pursuing arts and cultural events or activities benefiting Surprise residents. Applications are being accepted now through April 22. The application, program details and eligibility requirements are available online at surpriseaz.gov/artsgrant

2022 Surprise Retail Survey

2022 Surprise Retail SurveyWe want to hear from you! If you could have anything in Surprise, what would it be? The Retail Survey is open until April 24 and is available at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey. This year, we’re also offering a youth survey for those under the age of 18.

Summer Job Program for Teens

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

Yellow Cooking Oil Disposal Station

Someone wipes oil from a frying pan with a paper towel.Surprise has opened a second permanent disposal station for yellow cooking oil in the parking lot of Fire Station 303, located at 15440 N. Cotton Ln. This is in addition to the disposal station located in the parking lot of Fire Station 305 at 15517 N. Parkview Pl. Both disposal stations are open year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for used kitchen oil disposal ONLY. Motor oils are not accepted at this facility. Cooking oils disposed at the station will be processed and reused to make other products such as biofuel, soaps and candles.

The City will continue to operate seasonal stations so residents can dispose of excess used kitchen oils, such as those used for frying turkeys. The City hopes that installing this second location will encourage residents to Be Guardians Regarding Our Sewer System (Be G.R.O.S.S.) and properly dispose of yellow oils to help lower the cost of maintenance on City sewer lines and wastewater treatment infrastructure. Learn about proper fat, oil, grease and wastewater disposal in Surprise at surpriseaz.gov/BeGROSS.

Public Notice

Notice of 2022 Annual Action Plan Public Hearing on April 13, 2022: In accord with its Citizen Participation Plan and in anticipation of receiving approximately $665,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of Surprise announces an opportunity for organizations and citizens to comment and provide input on any housing and/or community development needs they may have identified. See link to public notice for details: surpriseaz.gov/notices.

April is National Safe Digging Month

It’s a great time to remember to put safety first before starting any digging project. Whether a large-scale project or a simple do-it-yourself job in the backyard, safety should always be the top priority. Utility lines that serve the community with vital services such as natural gas, electricity, sewer and water can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk but can also cause an interruption of service to customers. Be safe and always know what’s below before digging!

Red, yellow and orange paint marks power lines under ground.Southwest Gas encourages homeowners and contractors to call 811 or go online at Call811.com and click on your state at least two full working days prior to digging to request a utility line locate, You’ll then be connected to the appropriate one-call center for your area, Be safe and always know what’s below before digging!

Last Chance for Tax Preparation Services

This is the last month to take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households making less than $58,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns for free! Tax preparation assistance will be available through April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124 and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information: surpriseaz.gov/TaxPreparation.

Seeking Applications for Commissions Vacancies

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission
    1 vacancy – term expiration June 30, 2023
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission
    1 vacancy – term expiration June 30, 2023
  • Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission
    2 vacancies – terms expiring June 30, 2023
  • City Audit Committee
    1 vacancy – resident
  • Judicial Selection Advisory Commission
    1 vacancy – resident
  • Public Safety Retirement Commission (Fire & Police)
    1 vacancy – resident

Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment or by email to clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

HIGHLIGHTS

Read Across America Week

Read Across AmericaRead Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child, in every community to celebrate reading. In celebration of Read Across America Week, on March 2, I read to a first and second-grade class at Canyon Ridge Elementary and on March 3, at Countryside Elementary School, I read to a third and fourth-grade class. Thank you to all the schools who participated here in Surprise.

Sterling Grove Golf + Country Club Ribbon Cutting

On March 3, City Manager Bob Wingenroth, Council Member Duffy and I joined Sterling Grove for a private ribbon cutting! Sterling Grove held the event in honor of the opening of the Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club, located at 11530 N. Greenwich Blvd., Surprise, AZ 85388. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Surprise Project Connect

Human Services Campus Project ConnectOn March 22, the Salvation Army North West Valley Corps hosted Project Connect at 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts here in Surprise. Project Connect is a traveling resource fair for all individuals and families who need assistance with housing, shelter, benefits, identification and other essential health and human services. Our services are concentrated on serving people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Mayor Hall speaks to a reporter at Fox News.

COMING UP

Water Awareness Month

Water Use It WiselyThe City of Surprise Water Conservation Program is an important component of the City’s water resource portfolio management strategy. Its purpose is to educate and promote the efficient use of water across sectors in the community including residential, commercial and industrial uses. If you are a City of Surprise water utility customer, you can set LEAK ALERTS. Just access the portal through the “pay my utility bill online” option on our website at surpriseaz.gov/Utilities to set it up.

Spring Egg-stravaganza

Celebrate the spring season with us on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. This FREE family event will also feature fun for the whole family. Food and drink are available for purchase, and there will be a minimal fee on some activities. Children 10 and under are invited to take the field to hunt for plastic eggs filled with candy and toys!

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

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

Schedule subject to change, please visit surpriseaz.gov/calendar for details.

KIDZ Jamboree

KIDZ Jamboree Celebrating the Week of the Young ChildJoin us for KIDZ Jamboree on Friday, April 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W. Bell Rd. This fun, family event will showcase early childhood programs and services available in the community, like resources, child care/preschools, libraries and more! More info: bit.ly/3tR0uN4

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, the upcoming City Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19. City Council Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6 p.m. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11. We hope to see you there.

March 2022 • Newsletter

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, 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at mayor.surpriseaz.gov. Follow me on Facebook facebook.com/SurpriseMayor and Twitter @SkipHall2.

Spring Training Delay

Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association have not yet been able to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

We are disappointed that we are not able to start as scheduled and apologize for any inconvenience this causes you. Tickets bought through an authorized outlet to canceled games will be refunded or exchanged. MLB is working to get the game back on the field as quickly as possible.

  • If you purchased tickets to a canceled game for the Kansas City Royals or Texas Rangers through an authorized Surprise Stadium outlet, tickets may be refunded or exchanged.
  • Please go to surprisestadium.com to review the updated schedule for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers or contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 for more information.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a game at Surprise Stadium later this spring.

Now Recruiting for Surprise Youth Council

Surprise Youth Council logoThe City of Surprise is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) a group of trailblazing teens who are making a difference in their community!

SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including Mayor and City Council, to give a voice on City issues and help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns, service projects, and community-building events.

Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as they reside in or are attending a middle school or high school within Surprise city limits; or are attending a Dysart Unified School District high school.

Applications are being accepted from February 7 – April 8. For more information please go to surpriseaz.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=10845

Seeking Applications for Commissions Vacancies

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration: June 30, 2023
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration June 30, 2023

Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment or by email to clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

Cotton Lane Closed until July 1

Cotton Lane will be closed from just north of Cactus Road to just south of the Legacy Traditional School driveway from February 21 – July 1 for flood mitigation work. A soft closure will be in place from the school driveway north to Waddell Road, allowing for local traffic and school traffic only.

A map showing the area of the Cotton Ln. and Cactus Rd. road improvement closure.

Homeless Project Connect

Human Services Campus logoThe Human Services Campus (HSC) (501c3 non-profit) is partnering with the Salvation Army and the City of Surprise to bring back the homeless Project Connect event Tuesday, March 22nd at the Salvation Army from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us as a volunteer by signing up at hscforms.com/projectconnect. Salvation Army Northwest Valley 17420 Avenue of the Arts. For questions please contact 602.282.0849 or volunteer@hsc-az.org

West Valley Women Luncheon

Mayor Hall and Vice Mayor Cline at the West Valley Women's Luncheon.On Tuesday, February 1, I joined Vice Mayor Cline at the West Valley Women Networking Association’s Bring a Gentleman to Lunch event at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. The event was sponsored by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and discussed ways in which the Commerce supports business in the community. This organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community, while members share information, ideas, contacts and network.

Free Covid-19 Testing

Maricopa County has opened multiple community testing sites across the Valley including a new location at Ak-Chin Pavilion. The site is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Details of all Maricopa County-supported testing events are listed at Maricopa.gov/COVID19 Testing in English and at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Pruebas in Spanish. People who need assistance finding a testing location or scheduling an appointment can also call the MCDPH CARES Team at 602.506.6767.

Tax Season

A New Leaf - Housing, Health, Community ServicesThe City of Surprise has partnered with A New Leaf, who facilitates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax preparation assistance. VITA sites offer free tax preparation and help taxpayers apply for benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The program will be available until April 15 at the Surprise Resource Center and through April 14 at Riverboat Bingo. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For additional information visit turnanewleaf.org/services/financial-empowerment.

Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd.
Wednesdays, Feb. 2 – Apr. 13: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd. Blgd. A, Suite #124
Mondays, Jan. 31 – Apr. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesdays, Feb. 1 – Apr. 12: 4-6 p.m.
Thursdays, Feb. 3 – Apr. 14: 9-11 a.m.

HIGHLIGHTS

A to Z Polish Market

February 4, Council Member Winters & I joined A to Z Polish Market for a ribbon-cutting. A to Z Polish Market hosted the ceremony in honor of their official Grand Opening, located at 17221 N. Litchfield Rd., Ste 50. Welcome to Surprise; we are happy to have you!

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Winters and Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic join A to Z Polish Market inside their store.

Benehealth

Friday, February 11, City Manager Bob Wingenroth, Council Member Winters and I joined Benehealth for a ribbon-cutting! Benehealth CEO, Dr. Tanya Carroccio, hosted the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening located at 16952 W. Bell Rd., Suite 304. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

King Cuts Barber Shop

Council Member Winters and I joined King Cuts Barber Shop for a ribbon-cutting on Valentine’s Day. King Cuts Barber Shop hosted the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening at 15557 W. Bell Rd. Welcome to Surprise!

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Winters join King Cuts Barber shop in the lobby of their business.

Surprise & Ottawa Celebrating 5 Years

Thursday, February 17, the City of Surprise and Ottawa University presented a joint proclamation in the City courtyard. For the presentation, I joined Ottawa University President and CEO Bill Tsutsui.

While the partnership between the City and university is small, the success on the shared campus over the past five years is huge. The Ottawa University Board of Trustees conducted their annual Spring meeting in Surprise, and the joint proclamation kicked off their visit.

Dysart USD & City of Surprise Essay Contest

These talented students were recognized by City Council as the winners of the Dysart Schools / City of Surprise essay contest, where we asked, “Why is ‘My Surprise’ an extraordinary community to be a part of?” Congratulations to Caleb Leavitt, Freedom Traditional Academy, Kacy Dunn, Canyon Ridge (not pictured), and Valerie Ortega, Valley Vista HS. Thanks to Dysart’s English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Danielle Edgerton for her help coordinating the contest!

Caleb Leavitt and Valerie Ortega join Mayor Hall and City Council in front of the council dais.

Surprise City Academy

On February 28, the City Manager’s Office, Mayor and Council, and Finance presented at the Surprise City Academy. City Academy is an opportunity for residents, students and business owners to learn about their City directly from the Council, City Manager and upper-level City staff. City Academy aims to educate residents on municipal government structure, process and funding. It also aims to generate interest and innovation in local issues; to provide a forum for residents to voice their ideas in a structured educational environment; to build a pool of informed residents ready to engage in community affairs; to help residents become effective community leaders; and to increase trust between residents and the City.

COMING UP

2022 State of the City Event

City of Surprise State of the City - March 31, 2022Join me for the State of the City, followed by an outdoor event with a variety of performances and a showcase of City programs and services.

March 31, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Surprise City Hall Outdoor Courtyard
16000 N. Civic Center Plz.
Surprise, AZ

Spring Egg-stravaganza

Celebrate the spring season with us on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. This FREE family event will also feature fun for the whole family. Food and drink are available for purchase, and there will be a minimal fee on some activities. Children 10 and under are invited to take the field to hunt for plastic eggs filled with candy and toys!

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

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

Schedule subject to change, please visit surpriseaz.gov/calendar for details.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on April 3 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, upcoming City Council Meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 15, and Tuesday, April 5. City Council Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there.