City of surprise government

When in doubt, the law favors open meetings

This was my questions to the city attorney of Surprise, “Are the committees and subcommittees meetings open to the public ? How, when and where do these committees receive the agenda’s on what information or reconmendations the city councils wants “?
He cannot answer the questions so I am asking our Mayor Skip Hall.

Surprise, AZ (August 31, 2021) Work to trim palm trees in the medians on Bell Road, Litchfield Road to 183rd Avenue, will require single lane restrictions beginning Tuesday, August 31 thru Monday, September 13.  

Work hours are 8 p.m. – 6 a.m., Monday through Friday.

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Surprise, A‌Z (August 30, 2021) City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, September 6 due to Labor Day.

Also due to the holiday, City of Surprise trash customers ONLY are reminded there will be a modified collection schedule that week that will postpone collection by one day. There will be no service Monday. Collection will resume on Tuesday, September 7.


Surprise, AZ (September 1, 2021) Surprise Parks and Recreation is now accepting entries from clubs, organizations, groups and residents who want to participate in the city’s 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade and honor those who have bravely served our country.  
The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes. 

The City of Surprise interpentation of Opinion 183-050……………….The Arizona Attorney General in published Opinion I83-050 (1983),  concluded that this provision extends to not only current appointees, but permits a governing body to interview and discuss/evaluate applicants for appointment even though the applicant may not be currently employed by the public body.

I cannot find where it say’s
applicant may not be currently employed by the public body.

Surprise, AZ (August 27, 2021) Surprise is excited for the return of the annual Surprise Fiesta Grande – in-person!

The Surprise Fiesta Grande street festival celebrates the city’s cultural heritage and features mariachi music, a piñata plaza, games, food, music, dancing, kids’ zone, classic car show, live entertainment and more.  

The celebration will be held on Saturday, October 9 from 5 – 10 p.m. at the Villanueva Recreation Complex, located at 15660 N. Hollyhock Street in the Grand Avenue corridor. 

City of Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission Vacancies

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The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Board/Commissions.  All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.   

  • Board of Trustees (1 vacancy)  – Term Expiration June 30, 2024
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration June 30, 2023

Surprise, A‌Z (August 26, 2021) Surprise residents looking to prune your landscape or clean out your garage – it’s the perfect time! Take advantage of the Residential Waste Cleanup Event on Saturday, September 11.

Surprise residents can drop off up to 2,000 pounds of non-hazardous, residential waste free-of-charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Rd., from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a limit of one load per household.

Surprise, A‌Z (August 26, 2021) Looking to “fall” into the arts in the next couple of months? You can find amazing arts and cultural events – from theater performances to poetry readings here in Surprise. Check out what’s coming up, and mark your calendar to attend!

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Join us via Zoom – it’s free to attend! The Arizona Legislature expanded gaming and approved sports betting this year, and, for the first time in state history, residents can place their bets in September – just in time for the NFL season. How will sports betting work in Arizona? How is the new industry shaping up? What can residents expect in the coming weeks? What benefits will the state accrue? Tune in to the conversation – it’s free to attend!

Surprise, A‌Z (August 12, 2021) The city of Surprise will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 8:30 a.m.

Surprise, AZ (August 9, 2021) The Surprise Parks & Recreation department will soon begin accepting registrations for Fall Adult Co-Ed and Men’s Softball League Divisions, Co-Ed and Women’s Kickball, Men’s Basketball, Co-Ed Indoor Volleyball, and Adult Flag Football. 

Motorcycle Safety Class & Interactive Course presented by Surprise Police Department, September 19

Critical home rehabilitation funds available for eligible Surprise residents

Weather Alert
Excessive Heat Warning issued August 25 at 12:56PM MST until August 27 at 8:00PM MST by NWS Phoenix

Surprise, AZ (August 16, 2021) The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today announced a Tier 1 shortage for Colorado River operations for 2022, meaning less water supplies available to Arizona. See the announcement, here. Due to Arizona’s priority system, our city supplies will not experience a reduction. This shortage declaration does not mean a shortage at your tap. See the response from Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) and the Central Arizona Project (CAP), here.

Surprise, AZ (August 17, 2021) The City of Surprise is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Justice Project (SYJP). SYJP is comprised of high school students committed to increasing the availability of restorative justice opportunities for young people.

Surprise, AZ (August 25, 2021) Cactus Road is closed just east of 175th Avenue due to a sinkhole in the westbound lane of the roadway.

Surprise, AZ (August 19, 2021) The City of Surprise presents the return of Sunday in the Park events in September, October and November!  

The first event in the series is happening September 19 and will feature live music by Music II Muzic, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! 

There is a hard closure of Cactus Road from west of the Legacy Traditional School entrance to 175th Ave; and a soft closure, allowing local traffic only, from the school entrance to the west side of the Cactus Road and Cotton Lane intersection.

The roadway is estimated to remain closed for one week until repairs are complete.

Surprise, AZ (August 16, 2021) The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation today announced a Tier 1 shortage for Colorado River operations for 2022, meaning less water supplies available to Arizona. See the announcement, here. Due to Arizona’s priority system, our city supplies will not experience a reduction. This shortage declaration does not mean a shortage at your tap. See the response from Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) and the Central Arizona Project (CAP), here.

Surprise, AZ (August 23, 2021) Surprise is currently seeking event exhibitors and sponsors for the 2021 SciTech event that will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021, in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. 

Surprise, AZ (August 25, 2021) Surprise voters will be asked to approve a franchise extension with EPCOR Water in the November 2021 election, and voters must register by October 4 to cast a ballot.

EPCOR is one of six water providers in the city of Surprise, and this election will not change EPCOR’s service area. Approval would allow EPCOR to construct, maintain and operate a potable water delivery system and a wastewater collection, treatment and disposal system throughout the city public rights-of-way. The franchise does not grant authority to change your utility rate. 

S‌urprise, A‌Z (June 16, 2021) Surprise City Council voted at their June 15 meeting to reappoint Surprise City Court Presiding Judge Louis Frank Dominguez and Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau to new four-year terms beginning July 1, 2021.

Surprise, AZ (June 15, 2021) Mayor Skip Hall, proclaimed June 13-19 as Monsoon Awareness Week in Surprise during tonight’s Regular City Council Meeting and encouraged residents to be prepared for severe weather during the unpredictable season.

Surprise, A‌Z (June 14, 2021) A traffic pattern change is coming to two intersections of 175th Avenue in Surprise. Four-way stops will be added at Surprise Farms Loop North and Surprise Farms Loop South on Monday, June 28.

In partnership with the Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF), Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Northern Arizona University (NAU), Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, and Rio Salado Community College, the City of Surprise is proud to offer the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center a new home within the Surprise Resource Center at the AZ TechCelerator Campus, located at 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124. The center includes a variety of military and veteran support services and resources, made possible by the generous support of partner organizations and all West Valley cities.

S‌urprise, A‌Z (April 16, 2021) City Manager Mike Frazier’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Recommended Budget,

Surprise, AZ (July 6, 2021) Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is now registering for youth soccer, tee-ball, baseball, softball and volleyball leagues as well as sports skill classes and camps. Youth pickleball and tennis programs are also available. Regular registration for our 2021 Fall Sports leagues, camps and classes runs today through July 23. Late registration begins July 26…………….For more information, please call 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

laws

  • The Constitution. supreme body of laws that govern our country.
  • Statutory law. written or codified law such as legislative acts, declaring, commanding, or prohibiting something.
  • Common or Case Law. …
  • Civil Law (Private law) …
  • Criminal Law. …
  • Equity Law. …
  • Administrative Law.

Maybe this country would not be in such a mess today if the Indians had adopted more stringent immigration laws.

If the law of supply and demand is responsible for existing prices it ought to be repealed.

We fight for freedom and then start making laws to get rid of it.

Nothing makes a man the boss of his house like living alone.

saguaro acres

The City of Surprise cannot give us a map of the Saguaro Acres Community Facility District or how many acres it contains. They must have the answers.

Qualified – unqualified report

Qualified Report: The auditor concludes that most matters have been dealt with adequately, except for a few issues.

Unqualified Report: The auditors conclude that the financial statements of your business presents fairly its affairs in all material aspects.

We have to balance our political, professional and personal life.

At the January 21, 1988 special meeting of the common council of the town of Surprise I was reappointed to serve on the planning and zoning commision.

I was recognized by The National League of Cities for achieving the Bronze level in its Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program

I was a first season ticket holder for our game between the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers in 2003.

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AG says county breaking law by withholding election materials

Maricopa County is breaking the law by refusing to provide the materials demanded by the state Senate, Attorney General Mark Brnovich concluded August 26. 

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointment of Sarah Rose Pirzada as the State of Arizona’s newest Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all state agency operations and managing the Governor’s cabinet.

Biden warns governors against prohibiting mask mandates

Governor Ducey Assesses Flood Damage In Gila Bend

Governor Ducey Calls For Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Resignation Following Leaked Comments

Governor Ducey Appoints Megan A. McCoy To The Mohave County Superior Court.Governor Ducey Appoints Christina Spurlock As Mohave County Clerk Of The Superior Court

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced $5 million to launch the Back to Work Small Business Rehiring and Retention Program, with a special focus on helping Arizona businesses affected by wildfires and flooding. 

Border issues dominated the news as the second week of August comes to a close, with Gov. Ducey calling for the resignation of the Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. 

The Governor also named a new chief operating officer, touted a significant investment in broadband and honored the brave Navajo Code Talkers who are the very definition of the Greatest Generation

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Join us via Zoom – it’s free to attend! The Arizona Legislature expanded gaming and approved sports betting this year, and, for the first time in state history, residents can place their bets in September – just in time for the NFL season. How will sports betting work in Arizona? How is the new industry shaping up? What can residents expect in the coming weeks? What benefits will the state accrue? Tune in to the conversation – it’s free to attend!

Governor Ducey, Local Leaders Continue Work To Support Coconino County

Governor Requests FEMA For Additional Assistance In Gila Bend


AG says businesses can make workers get vaccination
Private businesses in Arizona are free to require that their workers be vaccinated against Covid, Attorney General Mark Brnovich has concluded.

Surprise, AZ (August 23, 2021) Surprise is currently seeking event exhibitors and sponsors for the 2021 SciTech event that will take place from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021, in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. 

What’s causing the delay in getting housing assistance? Do renters face eviction now? What should renters do if they received an eviction notice? Where can they turn to for help? What kinds of assistance are available? 

Recovery & Assistance For Gila Bend Residents 
Following the devastating flooding in Gila Bend over the weekend of August 13, Arizonans are asking how they can assist those affected. 

We are an independent public opinion research company that has been hired to conduct a voter survey to obtain feedback on some key issues facing Arizona.

Supreme Court to consider Senate public-records case

It’s going to be at least another three weeks before Arizonans have any chance of getting access to all of the documents in the hands of Cyber Ninjas that show how it has conducted its audit.

The Arizona Legislature expanded gaming and approved sports betting this year, and, for the first time in state history, residents can place their bets in September – just in time for the NFL season. How will sports betting work in Arizona? How is the new industry shaping up? What can residents expect in the coming weeks? What benefits will the state accrue? Tune in to the conversation – it’s free to attend!

Helpful Contacts:…..State Ombudsman’s Office, hhtp://www.azleg.gov/ombudsman/default.asp State A ttorney General – Public Records Publication https//www.azag.gov/sites/default/files/sites/docs/agency-handbook/ch06.pdf

General law vs. charter government

Most incorporated communities in Arizona are general law towns or cities. The term “general law” means that the town or city exists and operates under the general laws of the state. A general law municipality , the mayor and council must look to the state for authority to pass local laws. Cities that have adopted charters have done so through procedures established in the State Constituition and state statutes.

Helpful Contacts:…..State Ombudsman’s Office, hhtp://www.azleg.gov/ombudsman/default.asp State A ttorney General – Public Records Publication https//www.azag.gov/sites/default/files/sites/docs/agency-handbook/ch06.pdf

City of Surprise

City Manager Mike Frazier announced today that he has selected Holly Osborn to serve as the next Surprise Parks & Recreation Director.

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day, since July 4 falls on a Sunday.

There is NO CHANGE in the sanitation collection schedule for City of Surprise customers. Monday through Thursday trash pickup will not be affected.

Surprise AZ (June 28, 2021) Maintenance on the Surprise Aquatic Center is complete; the Center will reopen at 5:45 p.m. today. 

Surprise, AZ (June 25, 2021) Open Swim, events and programs at the Surprise Aquatic Center are canceled until further notice while the city repairs pool components.
The city anticipates the pool will reopen the week of June 28 at a time yet to be determined.
Open Swim and programs are still available at Hollyhock Pool, 15808 N Hollyhock Street.


Surprise, AZ (June 21, 2021)
 A Neighborhood Meeting scheduled for June 23, 2021 regarding a Major General Plan Amendment Request for the Northeast Corner of 163rd & Grand Avenues has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a date to be determined.

A former city attorney “David E. Ward” was asked if a councilmember could review executives sessions from an earlier council. The short answer is yes.

Be careful this heat is deadly

Surprise, AZ (June 15, 2021) Drivers should plan for overnight lane restrictions on Bell Road, Bullard Avenue to West Point Parkway, on Tuesday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 16, while APS is accessing manholes along the roadway. 

Two east bound lanes will be restricted from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. each night. Left turns will be permitted while the work is occurring. 

Excessive Heat WarningCentral Arizona7 hours ago – National Weather Service

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST SUNDAY … Afternoon temperatures 110 to 120 degrees … Until 8 PM MST Sunday …

Great City Council Meetings Webinar
Thursday, June 17, 2021

This is a live event and no recording will be provided. We will open the webinar 30 minutes early to give an opportunity to talk informally, before the educational portion begins. It will be great to see you there!  One hour, $27.

ADOT may be illegally charging repealed fee

More than 166,000 Arizona motorists who are now renewing their vehicle registrations are being hit up for a $32 fee that the agency may not legally be entitled to collect.

Surprise, AZ (June 11, 2021) Work on the Greenway Road improvement project will require Northwest Ranch Parkway to be closed from Greenway Road to Carmen Drive beginning Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 2.

 
Surprise, AZ (June 11, 2021) City of Surprise is set to host one of the top amateur baseball events in the United States. USA Baseball will host its National Team Championships at the Surprise Stadium Complex from June 15-July 6.

Surprise, AZ (June 11, 2021) Work on the Greenway Road improvement project will require Northwest Ranch Parkway to be closed from Greenway Road to Carmen Drive beginning Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 2. 

Agendas for the June 15, 2021 Regular City Council Work Session and Regular City Council Meeting have been posted at:

https://www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas

Questions concerning the City of Surprise Council Agenda? Contact the City Clerk’s office at: 623.222.1200 or via email: clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise, AZ (June 10, 2021) The Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is excited to bring back Dive-In Movies as part of the Aquatics and Special Events programming! 

The first of two movies shown this summer will be the family-friendly movie, “Croods 2: A New Age”. The movie will be shown at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N Bullard Ave., on Saturday, June 19. Doors will open at 7:15 p.m., and the movie will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. Poolside concessions will be available for purchase

Surprise, AZ (June 4, 2021) Prepare to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge again!  The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department welcomes teens ages 12-17 to join the fun at the Teen Dodgeball Tournament!  

The tournament will be held at Countryside Recreation Center, 15038 N Parkview Place, on Friday, June 11 from 5-8 p.m. The cost for participating is $10 per player for residents and $20 per player for non-residents.

Surprise Police Dept shared “CBP Warns of Telephone Scam”

S‌urprise, A‌Z (June 2, 2021) Temperatures are forecast to be above 100 degrees every day this week. With temperatures increasing, the city of Surprise reminds residents that we are a Heat Relief Network partner. The city provides hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during Arizona’s hot summer months.  

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) coordinates mapping of the Heat Relief Network. 

 
Surprise, A‌Z (June 2, 2021) The Surprise City Council approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 City Budget in a Special Meeting Tuesday night. The budget is focused on maintaining our current level of service as the city continues to see steady growth. The budget continues to focus on Council’s commitment to maintain quality public services and infrastructure. The FY2022 Adopted Expenditure Budget is $437.8 million, including transfers of $48.1 million, for a total of $485.9 million.

Surprise, A‌Z (June 1, 2021) Surprise sanitation customers will see a change on their city utility statement beginning July 1, 2021, as a rate increase determined by a structured schedule is implemented. 

Beginning July 1, 2021, single-family solid waste (trash) customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.50; an increase of $0.10 per month. 

Surprise, AZ (May 28, 2021) Looking for a way to serve your community? Surprise is seeking volunteers for a Day of Service event on Wednesday, June 23.

Volunteers will assist with sorting bulk food items, creating food baskets and loading food into vehicles; helping in the process of providing food for families in need.

S‌urprise, A‌Z (May 17, 2021) 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.

Surprise, A‌Z (May 14, 2021) The City of Surprise launched its annual Surprise Retail Survey on April 5 and more than 5,100 responses later, we have the results!  

The city uses the survey data to identify the city’s retail strengths, as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. In the past, the survey has helped bring in establishments like In-N-Out Burger, Texas Roadhouse, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro and Costco! 

Surprise, AZ (May 13, 2021) The Surprise USA Swim Team, the Storm, has concluded its 2020-2021 short course season with numerous swimmers placing in the top eight in Arizona!

 
The Surprise Recreation Campus opened in December 2002 and was built to drive tourism and economic impact for the local economy while also delivering a state-of-the-art venue for the local community to enjoy. Over the years, the Surprise Stadium Sports Complex has attracted thousands of youth athletes and their families to the City of Surprise. The long-term economic benefits associated with these nationally recognized events continue to be fundamental to the tourism industry while contributing to Surprise’s local economy. 


Ducey signs protection measures for police
Gov. Doug Ducey has signed three pro-police bills that, supporters said, would help protect fairness in disciplinary actions, but opponents worry they will stack the deck too much in favor of law enforcement.