City of Surprise by Bob Vukanovich

S‌urprise, A‌Z (April 8, 2016) The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for the week of April 11.

The update is as follows:

Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience. If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at (855) 712-8530 and press option #1, or send an email to bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.

Bell Road closure detour route is from Bell Road to Dysart to Greenway to Litchfield roads. Check out the project website for more information.

S‌urprise, A‌Z (April 7, 2016) The City of Surprise is hosting a Sand Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, April 9 and welcomes teens, ages 13-17, to join the fun!

The tournament will take place at Surprise Community Park, located at 15953 N Bullard Ave from 5-9 p.m. The cost for participating is $5 per person for Surprise teens and $8 for non-resident teens. Register as a team of four participants or as a single participant to be placed on a team.

Registrations are currently being accepted at the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave; registrations will also be accepted from 5-5:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Sand volleyball tournament games are scheduled to begin at approximately 5:45 p.m.

For more information, please contact Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/theteenspot.

Surprise, AZ (April 28, 2015) Tryouts for the City of Surprise recreational swim and dive teams are being held May 2.

Individuals interested in being on the swim team will need to show that they are able to swim 25 yards freestyle and backstroke and must demonstrate all four competitive strokes. Those interested in the dive team must be able to tread water and be comfortable in deep water.

Tryouts are being held on Saturday, May 2 at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Avenue, from 8-11 a.m.

Swim and dive meets will be held at the Surprise Aquatic Center and various Peoria pools. Fees for swimmers and divers for the summer is $80 for Surprise residents and $100 for non-residents. Practices will start Tuesday, May 26.  Practice times vary.

For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics or call the Community & Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000 or the Surprise Aquatic Center in the evenings at 623.222.2500.

Interested in swimming competitively? The City of Surprise also has a year-round USA Club team and is currently accepting new members. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics for more information.

 

Surprise, AZ (April 28, 2015) Tryouts for the City of Surprise recreational swim and dive teams are being held May 2.

Individuals interested in being on the swim team will need to show that they are able to swim 25 yards freestyle and backstroke and must demonstrate all four competitive strokes. Those interested in the dive team must be able to tread water and be comfortable in deep water.

Tryouts are being held on Saturday, May 2 at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Avenue, from 8-11 a.m.

Swim and dive meets will be held at the Surprise Aquatic Center and various Peoria pools. Fees for swimmers and divers for the summer is $80 for Surprise residents and $100 for non-residents. Practices will start Tuesday, May 26.  Practice times vary.

For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics or call the Community & Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000 or the Surprise Aquatic Center in the evenings at 623.222.2500.

Interested in swimming competitively? The City of Surprise also has a year-round USA Club team and is currently accepting new members. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/aquatics for more information.

Community invited to Land Use Planning Workshop April 28

Surprise, AZ (April 21, 2015) The City is hosting a  community workshop where residents will learn about the future approach to Land Use Planning in Surprise and have an opportunity to provide input!

The workshop will be held Tuesday, April 28 from 6-8 p.m. in the Agua Fria Room of the Cimarron Center in Sun City Grand, 17100 W. Clearview Blvd., Surprise.

Attendees will take part in a visual preference survey that will help the City select preferred design concepts for:

• Neighborhood Design
• Parks and Open Space
• Housing Types
• Architectural Styles

Your input will help the City identify how to amend the Surprise General Plan 2035 to better grow a strong, diverse economy, create an enhanced quality of life and develop a unique character that supports the lifestyle you desire.

For more information, please contact Jackie Keller at jackie.keller@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3153.

Surprise, AZ (April 22, 2015) City Council received the $294.7 million Fiscal Year 2016 City Manager Recommended Budget, Tuesday night, which was crafted to shore up immediate operational needs, continue service increases and prepare for the future.

The recommended budget includes funding for the following:

Pavement Preservation
Maintaining mid-year Dial-A-Ride service expansion
Mid-decade census
18 new full time positions (Public Safety, Utility Operations, general government operations)
Surprise Regional Library operations (as required by previous agreement with the county)
Continues Express Route 571
Vehicle replacement
Asset replacement
It also includes policy recommendations to increase fund balance reserves. As a result, the General Fund balance reserve will increase by over 14% from the prior fiscal year to $17 million.

“The budget focuses on shoring up operational areas in need; pursuing higher levels of maintenance and replacement of vehicles, equipment and buildings; and continuing the service level increases and capital improvement plans outlined by City Council over the last fiscal year,” says City Manager Bob Wingenroth.

Council is scheduled to take action on a tentative budget May 5, with a final budget vote on June 2. FY16 begins on July 1, 2015.

The complete FY16 City Manager Recommended Budget is available on the homepage of www.surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise, AZ (April 23, 2015) Six companies will be recruiting for open positions on Friday, May 8 at Surprise City Hall.

Companies participating in the job fair, include:

Cobalt Medical Development (Surprise location will open in late 2015!) – various medical and administrative and management positions

Empereon Marketing – tele-sales representatives, team lead and supervisor

Gestamp Solar – welding and general labor

Intrepid Tool Industries – tool and cutter grinding and machinist

Rio Glass Solar – general labor and forklift driving

WinCo – check www.wincofoods.com\about\careers for information on open positions

The job fair will take place from 8 a.m. – Noon in the Mayor’s Atrium at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Be sure to check out local job postings on our Community Jobs Board!

For more information, please contact Julie Neal at Julie.neal@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3322.

Surprise, AZ (April 16, 2015) The city is recruiting volunteers to help with a park clean-up event on Saturday, May 2 from 7:30 a.m.–Noon.

Volunteers will help with trash pick-up and general landscaping at Lizard Run Park, which is located directly adjacent to Bicentennial Park – 16705 N. Nash Street.

Registration is not required for this event; volunteers are asked to meet at the Nash Street entrance of Bicentennial Park under the ramadas. Gardening gloves and tools will be provided in limited quantity, so feel free to bring your own if you have them!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to volunteers.

Volunteers must be over the age of 12 if unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information, please contact Neighborhood Services Program Coordinator Jason Hughes at jason.hughes@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.3239.

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Sharon Wolcott & Skip Hall City of Surprise

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Mayor Sharon Wolcott & Councilman Skip Hall, City of Surprise
In my opinion the City of Surprise’s Council broke the open meeting law in their meeting held on the 10th of June.
The video of the meeting shows that their decision to hire Bob Wingenroth as the City Manager was made in the Executive Session held that night.

Mayor Sharon Wolcott appears to dominate or controls the City Council with an iron fist. The council members including Vice-Mayor Skip Hall are as quiet as can be, not a peep out of any of them.
They hired a City Manager “Bob Wingenroth” no open discussion, Mayor Sharon Wolcott was the only member of the Council that spoke.

E-mail to Councilman Skip Hall
Skip,The last time I filed a complaint, I was ignored. This will not happen again, trust me. Does the city have a proper form for filing a complaint against the city council? Or do I follow “Filing a Complaint” in your handbook?

Bob-I’m not familiar with a specific complaint form. You can file the complaint with me and I will do my best to answer. Skip

As Skip Hall does not have the answer’s I will follow their handbook again,making sure that the process is followed thru.

In the video for the June 10th Surprise Council Meeting, When reconvening the council meeting what item number was under discussion.

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