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Arizona Department of Health Services Phased Reopening Plan for Paused Industries

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The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced public health recommendations for the eventual safe reopening of paused businesses in the state of Arizona.

Surprise, A‌Z (August 10, 2020) The voter-approved Waddell Road Improvement Project has been completed, with all major traffic restrictions now lifted.

The north and south half of Waddell Road from the east limit of Loop 303 to Reems Road have been built out, and a traffic signal has been added at the intersection of Sarival Avenue and Waddell Road.

Surprise Mayor Skip Hall, who moderated the town hall event with McSally, said his suburban city went from a $7.5 million budget surplus in February to an estimated $15 million deficit now. 

Surprise, A‌Z (August 6, 2020) Surprise City Manager Mike Frazier has announced that Lee Lambert will serve as the city’s new Water Resource Management Director.

Lee has served as Acting Director of the Water Resource Management (WRM) Department since February, stepping in from his role as Assistant WRM Director. 

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Knowledge is power

ARS 9-500.14. I am going to charge the City of Surprise used city or town resources or employees to influence the election held on August 4, 2020.

The Arizona Attorny’s office said the city was not in violation.

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I believe that the city of surprise campanied for councilman sanders & jack hasting on the city’s website……….in violation of ARS 9-500.14

ARS 9-500.14. Use of city or town resources or employees to influence elections; prohibition; civil penalty; definitions

A. A city or town shall not spend or use its resources, including the use or expenditure of monies, accounts, credit, facilities, vehicles, postage, telecommunications, computer hardware and software,…… (Web Pages) ………, personnel, equipment, materials, buildings or any other thing of value of the city or town, for the purpose of influencing the outcomes of elections. Notwithstanding this section, a city or town may distribute informational pamphlets on a proposed bond election as provided in section 35-454 if those informational pamphlets present factual information in a neutral manner. Nothing in this section precludes a city or town from reporting on official actions of the governing body.

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Keeping children emotionally safe during COVID-19

The coronavirus has brought change and uncertainty to everyone, especially children. Although kids are known to be resilient, they may find difficulty coping with the pandemic.

Find out how you can help children understand the new normal.  

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Surprise, AZ (August 3, 2020) Surprise is joining cities across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation — and in return residents can win $3,000 towards home utility payments, water saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes. Plus, one lucky charity will receive a 2020 Toyota Highlander Hybrid to serve the community.

Surprise, AZ (August 3, 2020) The Surprise Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Fall Adult Co-ed and Men’s Softball, Men’s Basketball, Co-ed and Women’s Kickball, Men’s Flag Football, and Co-ed Indoor Volleyball leagues. 

New and returning teams may register beginning August 3. Participants must register as teams.  

Registrations for the Fall 2020 season can be accepted by phone or by completing the online registration form at


Two kinds of tests are available for COVID-19: viral tests and antibody tests.

  • A viral test tells you if you have a current infection.
  • An antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection. An antibody test might not show if you have a current infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 might provide protection from getting infected with the virus again. If it does, we do not know how much protection the antibodies might provide or how long this protection might last.

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  1. Accreditation Team Invites Public CommentBetween August 3-5, 2020, assessors from CALEA will be conducting a virtual assessment of the Surprise Police Department as part of the reaccreditation process prior to granting reaccreditation for another four years. Read more…

To combat the spread of COVID-19, the Police Department is suspending the following programs until further notice:

  • Prescription Drug Take Back Kiosk. For alternative RX disposal locations:
  • Civilian Ride Along program & tours of police department
  • Fingerprinting services limited to court mandated printing only
  • Police Explorer program
ARIZONA WATER BLUE PRINT Introducing the Arizona Water BlueprintTo coincide with the 40th Anniversary of Arizona’s Groundwater Management Act, the Kyl Center for Water Policy today launched an innovative, online map and water data hub to help our state’s communities plan for a more resilient water future. It offers data visualizations and in-depth multimedia content on important water-related topics.The goal of the Blueprint tool, which includes more than 40 data layers – such as irrigation districts, water withdrawal wells, and Active Management Areas is to encourage holistic approaches to water planning & policy making.

Go to the Blueprint

Beginning July 1, 2020, single-family solid waste (trash) customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.40. The rate schedule will then increase the rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023. Residential water and wastewater utility rates will remain unchanged.

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August 4 Primary Election results to be available on web, TV

City primary election results will be posted to and featured on Surprise TV, the city’s cable TV channel, Tuesday evening, August 4. Read more…

Surprise, AZ (July 28, 2020) City primary election results will be posted to and featured on Surprise TV, the city’s cable TV channel, Tuesday evening, August 4.

The unofficial results are expected to be released by the Maricopa County Elections Department approximately after 8 p.m.

Surprise is voting on candidates for Mayor and City Council Districts 2, 3 and 4 with terms ending December 31, 2024. Voters will also choose a District 5 Councilmember for a 2-year term ending December 31, 2022. The winners will assume office the first meeting in January 2021 after receiving the official oath of office. 


Surprise, AZ (July 30, 2020) The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commission. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary. 

· Panning & Zoning Commission – 1 vacancy for remainder of term through June 30, 2023

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Wonder how Counilman David Sanders meeting yesterday went.

Surprise, AZ (July 2, 2020) The 2020 Census is currently underway, and just over 66 percent of households in Surprise have responded to the survey. In August, U.S. Census Bureau workers will begin visiting homes to interview households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census.

There is still time to complete the survey before a Census taker comes to your door. The survey only takes about 10 minutes, is safe and secure

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Norman Duerr was not home in Sun City West the night of July 24. At approximately 6:50 p.m. on July 25, officials with MCSO say Duerr was found dead in the Surprise landfield.

Surprise, AZ (July 27, 2020) 
The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following  Commission.  All Board/Commission positions are voluntary. 

  • Personnel Appeals Board – 1 vacancy for remainder of term through June 30, 2023

Surprise, AZ (July 27, 2020) Applications are now being accepted for a City Council-led initiative that assists community organizations in providing programs and events that benefit City of Surprise residents.

The Community Outreach Program offers funding assistance to organizations for programs, events, and activities that enhance the overall lifestyle of our community. Council set aside up to $100,000 for FY2020-2021 in an effort to support and grow qualified local programs and events that improve the health and welfare of Surprise residents.

To be considered, applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization or partner with a 501(c)3 verified agency. The maximum award per applicant is $10,000. According to program guidelines, funds are distributed by reimbursement through an invoice process. The application, complete program details, and eligibility requirements are available online at:

Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 31, 2020 and should be addressed to:

ADOT to narrow lanes along Loop 303 in the Northwest Valley

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The controversy began during a public town hall on April 29 with Mayor Skip Hall of Surprise, Ariz. McSally claimed federal relief funds allocated to Phoenix, Tucson, and Mesa would be distributed throughout the state, and rejected the idea of further funding for smaller municipalities. 

Instead, she blamed local leaders for poor management.

“On any funding, I’m just going to be frank with you guys, OK?,” McSally said. “This is not the time for states and cities – unlike Arizona, unlike Surprise – who have mismanaged their budgets over the course of many decades, for them to use this as an opportunity to see you, as a taxpayer in Arizona, as a cash cow for them.”