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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!