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May 2020 • Newsletter

Governor Doug Ducey announced a new Executive Order amending the Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected order. In short, the Governor plans to continue to put public health first and proceed with a step-by-step approach to reenergize our economy guided by facts and health officials. Some of the key provisions of Executive Order 2020-33 – Returning Stronger include extending a revised “Stay Home, Stay Healthy Stay Connected Order” until May 15, 2020; retail businesses opened following specific guidance in the order:

  • Offer the sale of goods curbside, walk-up, and/or in-store by appointment only starting Monday, May 4
  • Offer in-store sale of goods after establishing and implementing protocols and best practices to address COVID-19 beginning Friday, May 8.

For more details, please see the Governor’s press release: https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/04/updated-guidance-arizonans-businesses

On May 4, following continued positive data trends, Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order allowing cosmetologists and barber shops to resume appointment-based services this Friday, May 8 and restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on Monday, May 11. The Governor’s Office also released additional guidelines to keep customers and employees safe.

For more details, please see the Governor’s press release: https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2020/05/governor-ducey-issues-updated-guidance-restaurants-coffee-shops-barbers-and

In anticipation of Governor Doug Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” Executive Order expiring May 15, the city is preparing to reopen select recreational amenities that allow for appropriate physical distancing, including tennis courts, pickleball courts and dog parks.

  • Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex will reopen May 15. This is for open play only and by reservation only. Residents may call 48 hours in advance to reserve a court and non-residents 24 hours in advance. Classes and programs continue to be canceled until further notice. To make a reservation, please call 623.222.2400. Hours are 7-11 a.m. and 5-9 p.m. Monday – Friday and 7-11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Retail and concession areas will remain closed. Please follow posted signage at the facility, continue to follow all CDC guidelines and practice physical distancing. Check our website at surpriseaz.gov/tennis for more information and USTA recommendations on play.
  • Pickleball courts at Surprise Community Park will reopen May 15. Park hours are 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Please follow posted signage, continue to follow all CDC guidelines and practice physical distancing. Check our website at www.surpriseaz.gov/229/Parks-Facilities for more information and USAPA recommendations on play.
  • Dog parks will reopen May 15. Park hours are 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Please follow posted signage, continue to follow all CDC guidelines and practice physical distancing.

The city is maintaining all other facility and amenity closures and program cancelations until further notice for health and safety reasons, as well as to mitigate the financial impacts of COVID-19 to the city’s budget.

See the full press release, here: https://bit.ly/35Qn5Nn

Budget FY21 built with flexibility in mind

The Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) City Manager Recommended Budget, with a focus on flexibility amid the to-be-determined economic impacts of COVID-19, is available online for public viewing.

The Finance Department presented the budget to City Council at their April 21st Work Session.

The FY2021 recommended expenditure budget is $388.3 million, with transfers of $40.7 million, for total use $429 million. This amount sets the ceiling for how much the city has the authority to spend.

The city will continue to monitor future COVID-19 related financial impacts and adjust the budget as needed to deliver a balanced budget, as required by state statute.

The recommended budget includes $111.2 million for planned Capital Improvement Projects. This includes $40.7 million to begin voter-approved 2017 GO Bond projects including, Greenway Road; Fire Station 308; and the Public Safety Evidence and Readiness Center. $31.2 million will fund critical water and sewer projects.

The budget also includes three full-time employees to support water reclamation and collections services and 1.5 employees to support fleet operations. These positions have no new impacts to the General Fund.

The budget process kicked off in October 2019 and a budget retreat was held on March 27, 2020. The FY2021 budget forecast developed between October and February was revised as a result of the Presidential National Emergency Declaration issued on March 13, 2020. Learn more about this in the story below.

A public hearing and Council’s Tentative Budget adoption was held at the May 5 Regular Council Meeting; with final budget adoption scheduled for the June 2 meeting. These public meetings begin at 6 p.m. They are carried live on Surprise TV and online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv. You can also follow the budget process and see the City Manager’s Recommended Budget at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

City prepares for COVID-19 financial impacts in current budget

While revenues have exceeded budget estimates for the first eight months of current Fiscal Year 2020, the tax data for March through June are months away from being released by the state.

These are the months we expect to be among the most impacted by COVID-19 business closures, event cancelations and service reductions. Our Finance Department will monitor the numbers closely to keep our budget balanced through the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2020.

The City Manager has already authorized some cost-controlling measures. They include:

  • A hiring freeze on non-critical vacant positions;
  • Reduced city department operating budgets;
  • Furlough of some part-time seasonal and part-time temporary employees

With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and its impacts to public assembly and our budget, all recreation programming and events are suspended or closed until further notice. This includes summer camps, youth and adult sports leagues and camps, swim lessons, swim teams, open swim and large gatherings such as 4th of July.

All recreation centers, parks and recreation office, and aquatics facilities remain closed to the public until further notice. The city’s libraries, operated by Maricopa County Library District, also remain closed. They do offer online eMedia options and a new curbside pick-up program at Northwest Regional Library. Learn more at https://mcldaz.org.

Surprise parks, walking paths and open space remain open to the public; and fishing is allowed at the Surprise Community Park Lake. Physical distancing guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control apply in these areas.

Some playground amenities remain closed until further notice: playground equipment, splash pads, restrooms, basketball courts, and skate park.

Our budget strategy will allow us, if needed, to identify future service reductions, and additional furloughs for those employees whose daily work will be significantly impacted by additional program suspensions.

We also have the flexibility in place to re-open some amenities, if the negative impacts to the budget are less than anticipated and public health guidelines allow.

Veterans Reflection Circle wins national and state awards

The city of Surprise Veterans Reflection Circle has been selected as an American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Project of the Year for 2020, as well as the APWA Arizona Chapter Project of the Year, in the category of Structures that cost less than $5 Million.

The Veterans Refection Circle is an outdoor garden and reflection space that was dedicated on November 11, 2019 in honor of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini.

Mancini spent his life serving his country and helping other wounded veterans find healing. The Veterans Reflection Circle is located in the Surprise Community Park (next to the fishing lake) at 16089 N. Bullard Ave. The site was selected as a tribute to Mancini’s love of nature, fishing and quiet self-reflection. These were important components to the non-medicinal healing philosophy he shared at his nonprofit Honor House – a place where wounded veterans can go for therapy and counseling. The space pays tribute to Mancini and his legacy by telling his story and providing a place for veterans to reflect, find healing and feel the community’s deep appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

The design for the Veterans Reflection Circle was completed at no cost to the city by local design companies Logan Simpson and WERK. The generosity and heart of these firms inspired the idea to invite members of the construction and landscape communities to become partners in honoring our veterans by donating products and services to help bring this incredible project to life.

The city shares these awards with the following partners who contributed to the project:

82 Bravo Land Survey & Mapping, Ace Sandblasting, Airpark Signs, Allstate Rent-a-Fence, Arizona Wholesale, Atwater Construction, Castle Steel, Cox Cactus Farms, DBA Construction, EarthScapes, Elite Waste Services, Evergreen Turf, Ewing Irrigation, Excel Screen Printing, Felix Construction, Granite Express, Hawkeye Electric, Haydon Building Corp., Honor House, Hauser Engineering Group, Kilauea Crushers, Lowe’s, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, Natina Products, Nesbitt Construction Contracting, Outdoor Systems Management, Premier Irrigation, RC Lurie, Rummel Construction, Straight Arrow Construction, Sunrise Nursery, Triton Boulder Supply, Weinberger Waste Disposal, Wright Engineering.

For more information about the Veterans Reflection Circle project and Brian Mancini, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/vrc.

The City’s Water Resource Management department receives multiple 2020 AZ Water Association Awards

The AZ Water Association awards recognize members, facilities and projects that have excelled throughout the year.

Surprise Lead Water Operator Ryan Hime has been recognized as the 2020 Water Operator of the Year-Large System. Recipients in the operation leader category are awarded based on their significant contributions to the water/wastewater industry and to AZ Water.

Maris Adams, SCADA Systems Supervisor, is the recipient of the Technology Professional of the Year – Large Systems. This award recognizes an individual for their notable service to the AZ Water Association in the categories pertaining to water, wastewater, collections and distribution.

The city also received safety awards for the following water resource facilities:

  • Mountain Vista PWS (2 awards)
  • Surprise WRF – SPA1
  • Surprise SPA 2 WRF5

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).


In June, I issued the following proclamations:

Monsoon Safety Awareness Week: June 9-14, 2019

Parks and Recreation Month: July 2019

Drowning Impact Awareness Season: June, July, August 2019

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.


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.