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Regular City Council Meeting

The agenda for the November 19, 2019 Regular City Council Meeting has been posted at:

Surprise, AZ (November 14, 2019) Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings raised its long-term rating to ‘AA+’ from ‘AA’ on Surprise, Ariz.’s series 2015 pledged revenue and revenue refunding obligations. The outlook is stable.

The raised rating action reflects the application of S&P’s “Priority-Lien Tax Revenue Debt” criteria, which factors in both the strength and stability of the pledged revenue, as well as the general credit quality of the obligor.

Surprise, AZ (November 13, 2019) Beginning November 14, residents will have a permanent station for disposing yellow cooking oil in Surprise.

The yellow oil station, located in the parking area of Fire Station 305, 15517 N Parkview Pl, will be open year-round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for used kitchen oil disposal ONLY. Motor oils are not accepted at this facility.

Cooking oils disposed at the station will be processed and reused to make other products such as biofuel, soaps and candles.

Surprise, AZ (November 13, 2019) The 18th annual Surprise Spring Training season will kick off on Friday, February 21st at Surprise Stadium – featuring Surprise’s home teams, the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

Tickets go on saleat SurpriseStadium.com starting Saturday, November 16 at 8 a.m. (MST). Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623-222-2222 or by completing a spring training order form. Service charges and processing fees may apply to online, phone and order form submissions.

S&P stated the rating reflects the following positive attributes of Surprise:

Surprise, AZ (November 12, 2019) Surprise would like to thank all of the 2019 Veterans Day parade participants for helping us honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our freedom.

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Surprise, AZ (October 25, 2019) The City of Surprise, in partnership with local community sponsors, was recognized with seven awards on October 24 at the 25th Annual Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment Arizona Talent in Events Concepts (AzTEC) Awards.    
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Questions concerning the City of Surprise Council Agenda? Contact the City Clerk’s office at: 623.222.1200 or via email: clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

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Surprise, AZ (November 8, 2019) Waddell Road, Reems Road to 157th Avenue, will be closed nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Tuesday, November 12 through Monday, November 18, for utility work.

Detours will be in place; access will be maintained for emergency vehicles.

Visit Road Closures and Traffic Restrictions for the most updated information about road work in Surprise.

Learn more about the Waddell Road Improvement Project at surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Surprise, AZ (November 7, 2019) City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

Due to the holiday, City of Surprise sanitation customers ONLY are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day the week of November 11-15. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Surprise, AZ (November 7, 2019) Consecutive weekend closures have been scheduled for Bullard Avenue, Waddell Road to Old Oak Lane, so the city can perform maintenance on a water well.

The first full closure will occur from 5 a.m. Saturday, November 16 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 17; the second closure will be 5 a.m. Saturday, November 23 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 24.

Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles.

Surprise, AZ (November 6, 2019) The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

Arizona History & Culture Speaker Series returns with new speakers, topics.

All presentations will be held in the Surprise City Hall – Council Chambers, 16000 North Civic Center Plaza. The events are free and no reservations are required.

For more information, please contact Surprise Arts and Cultural Commissioner Kathie Morgan at 623.594.3963.

Surprise, AZ (November 4, 2019) The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is opening their fire station doors for the 2019-2020 series of open houses!

Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks! 

Attendees will also get a look at the medical equipment, firefighting gear and tools used on emergency calls. 

Dates for the open houses are as follows:

November 16 – FH303 – 15440 N. Cotton Lane (Greenway & Cotton)

November 30 – FH306 – 16645 W. Clearview Blvd. (Clearview & Goldwater)

January 4 – FH302 -18600 N. Reems Rd. (Reems & Mountain View)

January 11 – FH307 – 16171 W. Cactus Rd. (Cactus & Sarival)

January 25 – FH301 – 16750 N. Village Dr. E. (Bola & Village)

February 1 – FH305 – 15517 N. Parkview Place (Greenway & Parkview)

February 22 – FH304 – 24900 N. 163rd Ave. (163 & Jomax)

All open houses will be held from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, please call the Surprise Fire-Medical Department administration line at 623.222.5000.

Surprise, AZ (November 1, 2019) The city of Surprise Economic Development department is the recipient of two Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) Golden Prospector Awards.

The innovative social media-based video campaign “#SnackswithSurprise” received a Golden Prospector Award of Merit for Multimedia Promotion.

Launched earlier this year, #SnackswithSurprise features Surprise Economic Development team members engaging with industry peers and local business owners while eating a variety of popular candies and snacks.

Visit the Surprise Economic Development YouTube Channel to watch every episode of #SnacksWithSurprise; while there, don’t forget to subscribe to the channel!

The city also won a Golden Prospector Award for the creatively designed and well-executed AZ TechCelerator website.

Surprise, AZ (November 1, 2019) The city is now seeking community feedback on the deployment of vendor-owned, commercially-operated Shared Active Transportation Vehicles (SATV), commonly referred to as electric scooters (e-scooters) or electric-bicycles (e-bicycles), in Surprise.

The SATV Survey will be available during the SATV Pilot Program period, November 1, 2019 – April 28, 202

Surprise, AZ (November 1, 2019) Registration for Surprise Parks & Recreation 2020 Winter Sports programs will be open November 4 – November 23.  A special Saturday registration will be held on November 23 at the Parks & Recreation office from 8-11 a.m.

Winter Youth Basketball League: Recreational leagues for boys and girls ages 5-15.  The winter basketball season starts in early January.  Games are played on Saturdays and/or weeknights.  Practice times are up to the volunteer coach; times may vary but are usually one-hour, once a week (5:30p, 6:30p or 7:30p).  Age determined on or before March 31, 2020.  For league details visit http://www.surpriseaz.gov/1165/Youth-Basketball

Winter Youth Kickball League: Recreational co-ed leagues for youth ages 4-12.  The winter kickball season starts in early January. Games are played on Saturdays and/or weeknights.  Practice times are up to the volunteer coach; times may vary but are usually one-hour, once a week (5:30p, 6:30p or 7:30p).  Age determined on or before March 31, 2020.  For league details visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/2448/Youth-Kickball

Winter Break Sports Camps: Surprise is also offering a number of Winter Youth Sports Camps in January, including basketball, baseball and softball. For a list of camp dates and details, visit htttp://www.surpriseaz.gov/2017/Sports-Camps-and-Clinics

For more information, please contact 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/recreation

Surprise, AZ (October 29, 2019) Grab your skateboard and get ready to ollie, kick-flip and skate your way around the skate park! 

The city of Surprise offers beginning and intermediate skateboarding classes so children and teens ages 6 – 13 can sharpen their skills and learn advanced maneuvers like riding on quarter pipes, tricks and rails!

Skaters enrolled in beginner classes will learn skateboarding basics including riding, turning, stopping and rider safety. Classes will be held at the Sierra Montana Park, 17680 W. Spring Ln.

Intermediate course instruction will focus on skills such as kickflips, ramps, ollies and more. The intermediate classes will meet at Dick McComb Skatepark, 17894 W. Westpark.

Monthly classes are held Saturday mornings beginning in November through April 2020.  Participants must have protective gear.

For more information or to register, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation or contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 623.222.2000.

The city is hosting free classes to help you plan your financial future.

November 5 & December 3 – Wills vs. Trusts

Most American adults do not have a living trust, a will or any estate plan in place. For many who do, they can fall out of date for various reasons. Make sure your financial and healthcare wishes are fully honored and protect your loved ones from the real delays and costs of probate on your estate.

This interactive seminar taught by Bob Mariner from Generation Living Trusts will cover the following topics in an easy-to-understand, informative way:

Surprise is seeking event sponsors and community service volunteers for its Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service on Saturday, January 18, 2020. 

A program celebrating Dr. King’s life will begin at 9 a.m. in the outside courtyard at Surprise City Hall, located at 16000 North Civic Center Plaza. A light breakfast will be served to the first 500 attendees beginning at 8:30 a.m.

 

Surprise, AZ (November 4, 2019) Get your Major League juices running at Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 6 with the Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K, presented by Jimmy John’s!

This 5K & 1K fun run will begin at 7 p.m. at Surprise Stadium and take you on a scenic, evening run through the city of Surprise before heading back to the ballpark to cross the finish line at the field!

All runners receive a JJ’s Spring Training Race tee shirt, finisher medal and a “buy one, get one free” coupon for select sections of the Kansas City Royals vs. Cincinnati Reds game on March 7.

Surprise, AZ (November 5, 2019) Surprise is seeking entries for the 18th Annual Surprise Party Gingerbread House Contest!

The contest will offer four categories: adult, teen (ages 13-17), youth (ages 12 and under) and groups (families, culinary groups, after school programs, organizations, churches, boy and girl scout troops).

Entry is free and prizes will be awarded to the top two entries in each category.

Creations must be 20” x 20” or less and will be judged on originality, use of materials, overall appearance and degree of difficulty.  All materials used to create the gingerbread house must be edible.

Download the contest entry flyer

Entry forms are due by Thursday, December 5, 2019.

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Surprise, A‌Z (October 23, 2019) Activities to prepare Bell Road, Cotton Lane to just west of 183rd Avenue, for pavement preservation are currently underway.

Overnight work to mill sections of the roadway is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 28. Paving activities will begin on Monday, November 4, and will continue through the end of the month. Roadway striping is scheduled to occur in early December.

The project completion date is Thursday, December 12, weather permitting.

Surprise, AZ (October 21, 2019) The AZ TechCelerator will host a ribbon cutting event for its newest tenant, Arizona Cyber Warfare Range at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 24.

The event will take place on the AZ TechCelerator campus located at 12425 W. Bell Road in Building D.

Surprise, AZ (October 21, 2019) Attention goblins, monsters, superheroes and princesses!  Come and party away dressed in your favorite costume at the Itty Bitty Monster Bash on Saturday, October 26 from 3 – 5 p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation Center, 14861 N Spring Ln.

Activities will include music, dancing, games, bounce houses, costume parade, crafts, snacks and more!  Purchase your tickets in advance online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov and at the Surprise Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N Bullard Ave, for $5, or at the door the day of the event for $10.  Tickets are required for children ages 1-10 years old, adults are free!

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Surprise, AZ (October 24, 2019) Westbound Waddell Road will be closed daily at Sarival Avenue beginning Monday, October 28, through Friday, November 8, for utility work.

The daytime closures will occur Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Traffic exiting Loop 303 from Waddell Road will be able to travel both east and westbound during the daytime closures at Sarival Avenue.

Visit Road Closures and Traffic Restrictions for the most updated information about road work in Surprise.

Surprise, AZ (October 29, 2019) Join us in honoring our service men and women on Veterans Day, November 11. 

November 1 & December 3 – Wills vs. Trusts

Most American adults do not have a living trust, a will or any estate plan in place. For many who do, they can fall out of date for various reasons. Make sure your financial and healthcare wishes are fully honored and protect your loved ones from the real delays and costs of probate on your estate.

This interactive seminar taught by Bob Mariner from Generation Living Trusts will cover the following topics in an easy-to-understand, informative way:

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News from ADOT Motor Vehicle Division
Don’t get grounded!  On October 1, 2020 new federal ID regulations will take effect at TSA airport security checkpoints.  The new federal rules will require air travelers to have a federally-compliant form of ID in order to pass security clearance.

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Surprise, AZ (October 16, 2019) The Surprise Fire-Medical Department was awarded eight new firefighters through a federal grant. This newly-awarded grant pays for the majority of the training costs and salaries for a period of two years and a little less than half of the costs for a third year.

Surprise, AZ (October 18, 2019) The U.S.A. Professional Baseball team will train at the Surprise Stadium Complex in preparation for the World Baseball Softball Confederation PREMIER 12 International Baseball Championships beginning Monday, October 21. 

Surprise, AZ (October 18, 2019) Another exciting year of Spring Training in Surprise is just around the corner and season tickets and group specialty packages will be on sale starting Saturday, October 19 at 8 a.m. (MST). 

Surprise, AZ (October 17, 2019) Surprise is joining municipalities across the state of Arizona and participating in the League of Arizona Cities & Towns’ 18th annual Cities and Towns Week from October 20-26, 2019.


Starting in early January 2020, expanded hours are coming to Hollyhock Library, located at 15844 N Hollyhock St. City Council approved funding to double the weekly hours from 18 to 36 at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 1. The increase in hours will provide residents more access to library programs and resources offered by the city in partnership with Maricopa County Library District. The new schedule will be determined by the Parks and Recreation Commission at their next regularly scheduled meeting on October 28, 6 p.m., at Surprise City Hall in the Community Room.

Surprise, AZ (October 16, 2019) The Surprise Fire-Medical Department was awarded eight new firefighters through a federal grant. This newly-awarded grant pays for the majority of the training costs and salaries for a period of two years and a little less than half of the costs for a third year.
 

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New General Plan Approved by Surprise Voters

Posted on November 12, 2013 by Rachel in Local News // 0 Comments

By Lesley Wright for The Arizona Republic

Renderings show an urban downtown that Surprise General Plan 2035 envisions for the future with improved transportation and connections between neighborhoods. Rendering Credit: City of Surprise

Renderings show an urban downtown that Surprise General Plan 2035 envisions for the future with improved transportation and connections between neighborhoods.
Rendering Credit: City of Surprise

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I did not know that the city council could and would approve a policy that appears can be over turned by the city manager, city lawyer or their designee’s.

Waiver: In its sole and absolute discretion, the City reserves the right to waive any requirements of this Policy. The waiver shall be administratively approved by the City Attorney and the City Manager, or his/her designee, after having been publicly noticed in a newspaper of general circulation for no less than ten (10) days.

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WHAT IS “WE CARE”

WE CARE is an automated system designed to call a senior or home-bound person once a day to check on their welfare. HOW DOES IT WORK A daily call is made to the client. If the call is not answered after three attempts an alert is generated. Either the Citizen’s Patrol or the Surprise Police Department will then perform a home welfare check. This service is available to residents of the City of Surprise who are vulnerable due to health or age. The WE CARE program is made possible by grants and donations from Surprise businesses, organizations and numerous caring private citizens who support the mission of the Surprise Police Department.