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June 2021 • Newsletter

General Obligation Bond Update

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).

To view the complete results of the 2021 National Community Survey please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/ncs

Solid Waste Rate Increase

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

Police Chief Benny PinaPeoria 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.

To view the full results, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey

4th of July Celebration

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.

Monsoon Season

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.

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.