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November 2019 • Newsletter

Thank You!

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 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).

Surprise Fire-Medical Department

A new federally funded grant awarded eight new firefighters to the Surprise Fire-Medical Department. This grant pays for the majority of training and salaries for the first two years with a little under half paid in the third year. In addition to the eight federally funded firefighters, five new firefighters were funded through the city’s current budget. All 13 new firefighters will graduate the academy and complete training by June of 2020, making them potentially available to staff Engine 305 at Greenway and Parkview. Twelve of these new positions will eventually be assigned to Fire Station 308 once construction is completed in late 2021 or early 2022. Further discussion regarding the full-time operation of Engine 305 will be part of the FY2021 budget process.

Toll Brothers Tour

Toll Brothers is bringing luxury resort-style living to Surprise! This gated community, Sterling Grove, is almost 800 acres and will feature 13 model homes with up to 31 different floor plans. The amenities will include an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course, 3 pools, clubhouses, spas, tennis courts and much more. The models are scheduled to open in January 2020.

Many thanks to Aaron Insco, Director of Land Development, as well as Senior Project Managers Dan Rhea and Devin Hobbs for the tour. We greatly appreciate your time, and we look forward to the grand opening of Sterling Grove.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

The 6th Annual Fiesta Grande brought residents and elected officials together in this celebration of Surprise’s heritage. We were honored to host Barry Wong, Executive Director at Governor Ducey’s Office of Equal Opportunity, who presented a Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation; as well as special guest Consul Deputy General of Mexico Armando Esparza. Thank you to our Parks and Recreation team for all of their hard work and dedication in putting on this event.

Mayor Hall holds the proclamation presented by Barry Wong at Surprise Fiesta Grande.

The Stable

Shadow Ridge DECA Club hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for their student run school store, the Stable, on October 1. The DECA program is a non-profit career and technical student organization that prepares youth in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. I was honored to be a part of this celebration and personally thank the staff and students of Shadow Ridge High School for their forward thinking initiative.


Valley Vista Homecoming Parade

Valley Vista High School invited me to participate in their Annual Homecoming Parade. I was honored to ride alongside Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis as we made our way through the neighborhood. Families were lined up on the road as their children waited for the candy to be thrown. Thank you to Dysart Unified School District Board, administration, students and staff who continue to make events like this successful.

Mayor Hall alongside Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellisin in the Valley Vista High School Annual Homecoming Parade.

Auviana Groundbreaking

Auviana Medical Development held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate their new Surprise medical and professional offices. This 52,000 square foot project will be complete in 2020 and contain five single-story buildings and one two-story building. They are located just off of Mountain View Boulevard. Welcome to Surprise, Auviana!

G.A.I.N. Night

G.A.I.N. Night is the annual public safety event that allows our residents to gather for a night of fun! The Surprise Public Safety Department hosted hands-on activities, displays and information booths as well trick or treating, music and much more. Thank you to the Public Safety Departments as well as our Parks and Recreation team for making this event successful.

AZ TechCelerator Cyber Warfare Range

The City of Surprise welcomed the AZ Cyber Warfare Range (AZCWR) to the AZ TechCelerator with a ribbon cutting ceremony. AZCWR, in collaboration with the City of Surprise, is working to help solve the cybersecurity skills gap by producing competent cybersecurity talent. AZCWR offers training in a hands-on environment that is mentor-led utilizing volunteers from the local cybersecurity community. This initiative focuses on supporting the local veteran community to aid in their transition from service to their country in the armed services to serve their country in the private sector.

Mayor Hall and Arizona Cyber Warfare Range cut the ribbon for their ribbon ceremony at AZ TechCelerator.

City Council Special Recognition

In August, Surprise resident Larry Brown was awarded the 4th Annual Congressional Veterans of Distinction Award by US Senator Martha McSally. City Council wanted to recognize Mr. Brown in front of his peers and Surprise residents so we did so at our City Council meeting on October 15. I would like to thank Veteran Outreach Manager Keith Forte, from Senator McSally’s office, for presenting Larry Brown with the certificate for his outstanding community service in Arizona. Mr. Brown, I thank you for your service and dedication to this country as well as your continued service to our community.

Surprise resident Larry Brown displays his award with Surprise City Councilmembers.

Coming Up

Dysart Veterans Appreciation Kick Off

Dysart Unified School District will host a Veterans Appreciation Kickoff Celebration at Kingswood Elementary School on November 4 at 4:00 p.m. Veterans from across the city are invited to attend and be recognized by DUSD Superintendent Dr. Quinn Kellis as well as students from Valley Vista High School and Kingswood Elementary.

Veterans Reflection Circle Dedication Ceremony

On November 11 at 8 a.m., the City will hold a dedication ceremony marking the opening of the Veterans Reflection Circle, which is being constructed near the north entrance of the Northwest Regional Library in Surprise.

The Veterans Reflection Circle is an outdoor memorial in honor of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini, who spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find healing. Dozens of construction and landscape companies have donated their time and resources to honor our veterans and bring this incredible project to life.

Prior to the celebration, the city will host a pancake breakfast at the Surprise Stadium, which will run from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Following the dedication ceremony, the Veterans Day Parade will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. This annual celebration brings veterans from across the city to honor and celebrate the freedoms they have provided us.

Veterans Reflection Circle event map.

West Valley Symphony

The West Valley Symphony will be holding a concert at 3:00 p.m. on November 17 at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place. This performance will feature the works of Respighi, Debussy, Rimsky-Korsakov and Strauss. For ticket details, please call 623.707.8844, Option 1.

Surprise Party

There is no better way to get in the holiday spirit than our annual Surprise Party! Mark your calendars for Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 and head to the Surprise Recreation Campus, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave, for musical performances, skydivers, Santa’s workshop and much more. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. on December 6 with our tree lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. On December 7, the party runs from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. This festival is a great way to kick off the holiday season as admission is free with your donation of a canned food item or a toy for the Sanderson Ford Operation Santa.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council Meetings will be held on Tuesday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 19 this month. City Council Work sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6:00 p.m. We hope to see you there.

November Office Closure Dates

All City offices will be closed on Monday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Offices will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28-29, in celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

May 2019 • Newsletter

Veterans Bridge Naming Celebration

It is a distinct honor to now call the Grand Avenue/Bell Road bridge, Veterans Bridge. Late last year, Councilman Ken Remley and I met to discuss the renaming of the bridge after communicating with resident Dan Riley. The proposal to rename the bridge was supported by then Senator Debbie Lesko and current State Senator Rick Gray. The name was later approved by the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names. With a large population of veterans living in Surprise, the West and Northwest Valley, the name of the bridge will honor these heroes. The city hosted a renaming celebration on Friday, April 26. We welcomed Governor Doug Ducey, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, representatives from Senator Martha McSally’s office, State Senators Rick Gray and Sine Kerr and many other dignitaries to the event with our local veterans.Watch the Veterans Bridge Naming Celebration program

Hands-Free Mobile Device While Driving Legislation Passes

As you may recall, Surprise passed a Distracted Driving Ordinance in 2018, making it illegal to use a mobile device, such as a cell phone, while driving unless it is in hands-free mode.

Last month, Governor Doug Ducey signed HB2318 finalizing a statewide law that bans the use of a mobile device while driving, unless in hands-free mode.  While it is effective immediately, it will NOT be enforced by fine until January 1, 2021. However, police statewide do currently have the authority to pull over a driver and issue a warning if they see a violation.

At this time the city’s ordinance remains in effect and will continue to be enforced. The city ordinance differs from the state law, and can be found here: www.surpriseaz.gov/1639/Distracted-Driving.

City Council will hear an agenda item from Police Chief Terry Young on what the new state law means relative to our existing ordinance at their Regular Meeting on May 21, 6 p.m., City Hall Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend.

Events and Meeting

Water Conservation Town Hall

Sun City Grand hosted a Water Conservation Town Hall on the April 25. Residents, Community Managers, and HOAs had the opportunity to ask questions about their water usage. Deputy City Manager and Water Resources Management Director Terry Lowe, along with Jim Kauth, a Certified Landscape Water Manger from Aqua Trac consulting, provided residents insightful information on using water during the different times of year and how an HOA can determine a water budget for their properties.

Meeting with Arizona State Treasurer

We had a successful meeting with Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee at the State Capitol on April 8. We had an informative discussion on the Local Government Investment Pools (LGIP). LGIP is a pooled investment fund that operates like a money market mutual fund for the exclusive benefit of governments within the entity’s jurisidiction. Thank you, Treasurer Yee and your executive team, for your time!

Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee with City of Surprise staff and Mayor
From left to right: Jodi Tas, Surprise Government Relations Administrator, Mayor Skip Hall, Arizona State Treasurer Kimberly Yee, Surprise City Manager Michael Frazier, Surprise Finance Director Andrea Davis

Taste of Surprise

The Taste of Surprise, hosted by the Surprise Rotary Club, is an annual event that benefits local charities. This year, it took place on April 6 at the Surprise Stadium. I joined several of my fellow City Council colleagues in the dunk tank with hopes to raise additional funds for the event. There was plenty of food options offered from several of our local restaurants. The entertainment included live music from Los Gringos and TripWire, a car show, cooking demonstrations, and a kids zone.

Mayor Skip Hall sitting in dunk tank.

On April 15, Carefree Partners hosted an informative discussion with residents from Marley Park on the future physical development of the City of Surprise. Councilmembers Chris Judd and Dave Sanders joined me at the meeting. It was an enthusiastic crowd full of great energy and ideas.Community Meetings

Surprise Fire-Medical Ceremony

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department hosted their Annual Awards Ceremony on April 4. The ceremony was an opportunity to recognize personnel for their outstanding achievements.

Please join me in congratulating these outstanding individuals:

Chief’s Award: Firefighter Roy Michael
Perry Award: Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Johnston
Fire Medal: Firefighter Dave Anderson
Engine Company of the Year: Engine Company 302, A-shift: Engineer (Acting Captain) Steve Gilbert, Engineer Steve Spirlong, Firefighter Tim Penner, Firefighter Donovan Maturan
Paramedic of the Year: Firefighter Sean Cullen
EMT of the Year: Firefighter Mike Naehrbass
Unit of the Year: SFMD Honor Guard
Individual Citations: Engineer Jenesa Dobrinski, Firefighter Mike Meadors, Engineer David Anderson | Volunteers from the Lockbox Program – Gordon & Barbara Birschbach, Barbara Pelligrino, Ray & Ramona Simpson, James Cooper, Ron Ottwell
Crisis Response Rookie Volunteer of the Year: Tim Tait
Crisis Response Volunteers of the Year: Don & Patti Nelson
Administrative Civilian Volunteer of the Year: Esther Gillett
Civilian of the Year: Administrative Technician Dana Smith

It was a pleasure to attend and see the dedicated members of the department receive recognition.

Kingswood Parke Spring Fling

Councilman David Sanders and I attended the Kingswood Parke HOA Spring Fling on April 6. We enjoyed spending time with the residents. The community had inflatables, carnival festivities, a great BBQ, and live entertainment.

We always appreciate the invite and opportunity to engage with our constituents. Thank you for inviting us!

Citizens Patrol Recognition Dinner

The Citizens Patrol held their annual recognition dinner on April 12 in Sun City Grand. Councilmembers Hayden, Judd, Sanders and I were in attendance to honor this important group of individuals in our community. I cannot thank these individuals enough for their contributions to Surprise. The Citizens Patrol was created in 1997 to help ensure a safe environment by providing quality customer service to the people who live and work in Surprise. These volunteers consist of 62 highly trained men and women who donate their time and skills in the furtherance of the Surprise Police Department mission.


Mayor Hall and Councilmember Sanders at WHAM
Councilman David Sanders, WHAM Founder Connie Whitlock, and Mayor Skip Hall

April was an exciting month for WHAM. They opened up their one-day Recycle Fashion Show & Art Festival on April 6 with the theme “Where Creativity Goes Green” in connection with Earth Day. They showcased three exhibits: Recycled Art Exhibit, Youth Recycled Art Exhibit, and the Find It, Fix It, & Flip It Exhibit. This fun-filled family event offered great food, informational booths, music, entertainment, arts and crafts, and a fashion show! Make sure to always check out what WHAM has going on at www.wham-art.org.

Councilmembers Patrick Duffy, David Sanders, and myself, along with city officials that included City Manager Mike Frazier, Deputy City Manager Terry Lowe, and Police Chief Terry Young participated in the WHAM fundraiser at Top Golf in Glendale on April 14. We competed against each other in teams to help raise money for an excellent cause. Thank you for having us, WHAM!

3rd Annual Surprise Area Interfaith & Golden Rule Community Breakfast

It was an honor to welcome community, faith, business, and non-profit leaders of the region to Surprise for the 3rd Annual Surprise Area Interfaith & Golden Rule Community Breakfast. This year, the event took place at the Salvation Army, 17420 Avenue of the Arts, on May 1. Leaders throughout the community were able to tell their Golden Rule stories. The Golden Rule allows individuals to build bridges, educate one another, and have an open conversation without conflict.

I’d like to extend my gratitude to the Salvation Army, Area Ministerial Association, and the Arizona Interfaith Movement for joining the city in sponsorship of the breakfast. I would also like to say thank you to Seth Dyson, the city’s Human Services and Community Vitality Director, for setting this great breakfast up.

Grand Openings

The Colonnade

Sun Health Communities held a grand opening for their new Assisted Living and Memory Support residences at the Colonnade on Thursday, May 2. I was honored to join Sun Health executives at the ribbon cutting. Attendees were able to tour the building and residence suites, meet staff and learn about new services and amenities available to future residents.

The Colonnade is a nonprofit Life Plan Community spanning over 40 acres in the heart of Sun City Grand and Surprise. This expansion adds 26 assisted living residences and 24 memory support suites.

Mark Your Calendar

Movie Night in the Park

Come on down to the Mark Coronado Park (15850 N Bullard Ave) on May 11 for a movie night. Small Foot will be the featured movie! Gates open at 6 p.m., and the movie starts at 7 p.m. This is a free event! Please no outside food or coolers allowed.

Surprise Family Pool-ooza!

The Surprise Police and Fire-Medical Departments will be hosting a free Family Pool-ooza at the Surprise Aquatic Center located at 15831 N. Bullard Avenue on May 18. It will be an open swim, CPR demos, swim assessments, interactive booths & more!

Itty Bitty Beach Party

At the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Avenue, on May 23 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. bring your swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen for the annual Itty Bitty Beach Party for ages 6 years and younger! There will be games, crafts, prizes, and a special mermaid appearance! Tickets are $5 for residents and can be purchased online at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov under “Special Events”.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, City Council Meetings will be on May 7 and May 21 this month starting at 6:00 p.m. City Council Work Sessions begins at 4:00 p.m.

Did You Know?

Surprise City Manager Michael Frazier released his recommended FY2020 budget. At the April 16 Work Session, City Manager Frazier released his recommended expenditure budget of $414 million. Mr. Frazier’s focus is on city growth, while maintaining the cities current existing assets. Overall, General Fund revenues are expected to increase seven percent from the FY2019 adopted budget, due to larger population growth and a favorable economy.

In order to address growing Public Safety demands, this budget recommends hiring the following 18 full-time employees: 3 EMT’s, 3 Paramedics, 5 Firefighters, 1 Community Risk professional, 5 sworn Police Officers, and 1 Court Clerk.

In the utility enterprise funds this would allow the city to add 11 employees to address the city growth. Water Resource Management would add 9 full-time employees in water and sewer; while Public Works would add 2 for solid waste services.

The Recommended Budget also includes $106.3 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.

What’s next? A public hearing and the Council’s Tentative Budget adoption is scheduled for the Regular Council Meeting on May 7; with a final budget adoption scheduled for the June 4 meeting. If you are a resident, please feel free to come and let us know your thoughts on the budget at any of the public hearings, or please feel free to reach out via email or phone to voice your opinion. The recommended budget is available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

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