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Maricopa County Dust Control – 602-506-6010
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) – 602-771-2300
Maricopa County Flood Control District (MCFCD) – 602-506-1501
MCFCD, Drainage Design Manual, Volumes I, II, & III
Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) – 602-771-8500
AZ Department of Registrar of Contractors – 602-542-1525
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City of Surprise Traffic Alerts
Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) – 602-506-8600
MCDOT, Roadway Design Manual
Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) – 602-254-6300
MAG, Uniform Standard Specifications for Public Works Construction
Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) – 602-712-7355
AZ511 – Dial 511 from anywhere in AZ for traffic info
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
FHWA, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) – 202-624-5800
Highway Safety Manual (HSM)
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) – 202-289-0222
ADOT’s Motor Vehicle Division – 623-583-8298
Skip Hall selected as City of Surprise Mayor
Surprise, AZ (November 20, 2018) The Surprise City Council unanimously selected Skip Hall to serve as the city’s next mayor.
Mayor Hall will serve in this capacity until December 31, 2020, fulfilling the remaining mayoral term vacated by Sharon Wolcott on November 16, 2018.
Hall has served on the city council since 2008 and was most recently re-elected to the District 5 seat in the 2018 Primary Election. He served as vice mayor in 2011 and 2014. He also served three years as a city Planning and Zoning Commission member before being elected to the city council.
As a councilmember Hall has been engaged in growing the city’s water portfolio, supporting transportation improvements throughout the city, attracting new employers to Surprise and engaging the city’s youth in developing the city’s future leaders.
Prior to his service to Surprise, Hall held executive leadership roles in the hospitality and real estate industries.
He is a Vietnam War Veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star in 1969-1970. Hall grew up in Idaho and received a business degree from Seattle University.
Hall’s appointment to the mayor’s seat triggers a vacancy in District 5, setting the stage for an appointment process for that district with a term expiration of December 31, 2020. The City Clerk will open the application period on Monday, November 26, 2018.
The next election for the mayor’s seat will be the August 20th Primary Election in 2020, and the winning candidate would then begin a new four-year term on January 1, 2021.
The city council workshop of surprise, what a difference, members can make. In previous work shops the discussions were between concerned council members and their constituents, nothing like that anymore. The other night’s workshop had agendas like a council meeting and you are kept quiet, council members hardly talked.
For more city news go to insurprisetoday.com
Council appoints Michael Frazier as new City Manager
Surprise, AZ (November 6, 2018) The Surprise City Council unanimously voted to appoint Michael Frazier as the Surprise City Manager at their Regular Meeting on November 6.
Frazier has served as the city’s Assistant City Manager since July 2015, with the following departments reporting to him: Police; Fire-Medical; Public Works; Finance; Water Resource Management; and Marketing and Communications. He first joined the city in 2011 as Police Chief.
He will replace Bob Wingenroth as City Manager. Wingenroth, who has served as the Surprise City Manager since 2014, announced earlier this month that he was resigning for personal reasons. His last day with the city is November 16, with Frazier assuming the City Manager position the following day.
Frazier has a long and distinguished career in Arizona law enforcement, which began in September 1975. From October 2007 until accepting the role as the Surprise Police Chief in 2011, Frazier served as the Police Chief for the City of El Mirage. He began his law enforcement career with the Phoenix Police Department, where he served for 32 years, retiring as the Executive Assistant Police Chief after working his way through the ranks and having served in nearly every division of the police department.
Frazier earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Arizona State University in Justice Studies and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is married and has three children.
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Diane Arthur, Director
For Immediate Release
Mayor Wolcott announces plans to resign; succession process set per code
Surprise, AZ (November 7, 2018) City of Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott announced her intention to resign at Tuesday’s Regular Council Meeting. Read her message.
Wolcott was first elected as mayor in November 2011 and re-elected in August of 2016. Prior to her service as mayor, she was a member of the Surprise City Council.
Wolcott’s final day as mayor will be Friday, November 16.
Per city code, all remaining members of the council are eligible candidates to fill a mayoral vacancy. The mayoral candidate must be selected no later than the second regularly scheduled council meeting following the creation of the vacancy.
Selection process: Any council member may nominate any eligible candidate, with no second required. All nominations must occur prior to voting. Voting will be by written ballot. The candidate receiving a majority of the votes will fill the vacancy. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of votes, the two candidates receiving the highest votes will be considered in a run-off vote. The first candidate receiving an affirmative majority of the votes cast will fill the vacancy. The meeting may not adjourn until the vacancy has been filled.
No later than the next regularly scheduled council meeting following the mayoral selection, the city clerk must administer the oath of office.
The selection of mayor under this section will trigger a vacancy in the district from which the mayor-select previously served, setting the stage for an appointment process for that district until the next election in which that seat would be on the ballot.
With two years left on Mayor Wolcott’s term, the council’s selection, will serve as mayor until December 31, 2021. The next election for the mayor’s seat would be the Primary Election in 2021, and the winning candidate would then begin a new four-year term on January 1, 2022.
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Surprise, AZ (November 7, 2018) These are the following District 1 city election unofficial results as released by the Maricopa County Elections Department, Wednesday morning at 2:17 a.m. (Bold denoted winner):
Jim Cunningham 1,965 votes (43.88%)
Roland F. Winters Jr. 2,488 votes (55.56%)
For the results to all County and State ballot issues please visit https://recorder.maricopa.gov/electionresults/.
Posted on: September 25, 2018
District 1 City Council Election Update
After extensive legal review, including consultation and obtaining the legal opinion of outside counsel, the City Attorney’s office has issued the following statement regarding the election:
On September 11, 2018, the City Council approved the results of the August 28th primary election received from the Maricopa County Elections Department. The returns showed that James Cunningham and incumbent District 1 Councilmember Roland Winters received the highest number of votes, with 1,247 and 1,189 respectively. In accordance with Arizona law, City Council directed that both Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Winters’ names be placed on the ballot for the November 6th general election for District 1.
On September 19, 2018, the City Clerk received an email message from a resident claiming that Mr. Cunningham is not an eligible candidate, because he was not registered to vote in Surprise when he filed his nominating petitions. The City Clerk has confirmed with the Maricopa County Elections Department that Mr. Cunningham, in fact, was not a registered Surprise voter when he filed his nomination papers, and Mr. Cunningham has confirmed with the City Clerk that he was not registered at that time.
Arizona statutes mandate that a candidate be a “qualified elector” of the City at the time of filing nomination papers to be eligible to appear on a ballot for the Surprise City Council. To be a “qualified elector,” a person must be a registered voter in Surprise. If a candidate is not a “qualified elector” when he or she files their nominating papers, they are not eligible to be elected.
However, the City Clerk is required by Arizona statutes to accept nominating petitions that appear valid on their face and place the candidate on the primary election ballot. Arizona law does not permit the City Clerk to investigate or challenge whether a candidate is a “qualified elector” when he or she files nominating papers. Furthermore, Arizona law provides no authority, absent a court order, for the City Clerk, the City, or the County to remove a candidate’s name from the ballot if it is later determined that he or she is ineligible to be elected.
There were two opportunities for any Surprise elector to challenge by court action Mr. Cunningham’s eligibility to have his name on a ballot, the first being within ten days after the last day for filing nomination petitions, the second within five days after the canvass of the primary election on September 11th. Because these two statutory remedy periods have elapsed with no challenge having been filed, the Arizona Superior Court would likely have no jurisdiction to intervene.
Since the City Clerk lacks any legal authority to remove Mr. Cunningham’s name from the ballot, and no current availability of a statutory remedy exists, the only remaining question is how the votes in the general election will be counted. The Arizona Supreme Court answered this question nearly a half century ago in the case of Tellez v. Superior Court by holding that, “votes cast for a deceased, disqualified or ineligible person are not to be treated as void or thrown away but must be counted in determining the result of an election.” In the event Mr. Cunningham receives the majority of votes cast in the November general election, Arizona statutes provide for an additional opportunity for a Surprise elector to challenge, by court action, his eligibility to hold office. If he fails to receive a majority of votes, the matter becomes moot.
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Arizona Republic Published 5:22 p.m. MT Nov. 5, 2018 | Updated 6:58 a.m. MT Nov. 6, 2018
Arizona has a lot at stake Tuesday.
A U.S. Senate seat. Nine seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The governor’s office and the entire state Legislature. Multiple ballot propositions.
U.S. Senate seat. Nine seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The governor’s office and the entire state Legislature. Multiple ballot propositions.
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