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Here are the online headlines for Thursday, June 27, 2019:

Commercial real estate booms; Big ‘live-work-play’ projects proposed across Valley

Surprise, AZ (June 28, 2019) Surprise water customers who want to help with water conservation efforts now have additional incentives to save.

Beginning July 1, city-serviced residential and business customers will have several water conservation rebate programs to choose from.

WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller rebate

Customers who purchase and install a WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller may be eligible for the cost of the controller, up to $125, excluding installation/labor, shipping, tax, etc. Residential, homeowner association, schools, multifamily and commercial properties are eligible to apply.

Additional guidelines apply; view the rebate program requirements. Access the application at

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Bob Vukanovich former vice-mayor & councilmember

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City of Surprise ‘Community & Recreation Services’ renamed ‘Parks & Recreation’; celebrate with us!

Surprise, AZ (June 21, 2019) The city of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department will be renamed Parks and Recreation effective July 1. Sports, camps, classes and parks are all managed by this department – so the name has been changed to better fit what they do.

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Former Vice-Mayor & Councilman Bob Vukanovich


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EL MIRAGE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Two suspects were hurt in a shooting involving federal agents in El Mirage late Wednesday night, according to the FBI.

The shooting happened at the intersection of Thompson Ranch Road and the US Highway 60 around 11 p.m.

Surprise, AZ (June 19, 2019) Prep Baseball Report’s Arizona State Games baseball tournament continues for the second weekend in a row, right here in Surprise. This weekend’s event features 2020 and 2021 graduates with over 1,600 players from across the country, experiencing some of best facilities and tourism hospitality in the southwest.

Over 40 teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico will compete Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23. Games will take place at the Texas Rangers practice facilities at 15930 N. Bullard Ave., beginning at 8 a.m. each day

Surprise, AZ (June 19, 2019) The intersection of Peoria Avenue and Cotton Lane will be closed for gas line work beginning 10 p.m. Friday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019.

Daytime closures are also scheduled for Peoria Avenue, Cotton Lane to Loop 303, beginning Monday, June 24, for roadway restoration. Crews will be onsite daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, June 28. During the roadwork, Cotton Lane will be restricted to a single lane; traffic will be controlled by a flagman.

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mayor skip hall

Surprise, A‌Z (April 18, 2019) The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of the first two chapters of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) heading to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission for discussion on April 18, following months of public and stakeholder review and comment. Based on feedback received from the public, stakeholders, and the Planning and Zoning Commission, staff will make revisions and publish an updated draft.

o    The purpose of the LDO is to regulate things like: housing density, commercial uses, industrial uses, building types, setback & heights, connectivity, landscaping, lighting, open space and parking requirements.

Surprise, AZ (April 18, 2019) Surprise has streamlined the public records request process to make it easier for customers to track requests and have documents delivered electronically.

Beginning today, requests for public records will join the list of city-provided service requests that can be made in the My Surprise App; a smart device application that allows residents to report city-maintained service requests such as potholes and broken street lights, receive city news and public safety notifications from Surprise Police.

Surprise, AZ (April 19, 2019) Southwest Gas will soon begin work to upgrade a gas main on Litchfield Road, from Greenway Road to Waddell Road, with expected completion in August 2019.


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Surprise City Council Members
Mayor Skip Hall
District 1 Vice Mayor Roland F. Winters Jr,
District 2 Nancy Hayden
District 3 Patrick Duffy,
District 4 Ken Remley
District 5 David Sanders
District 6 Chris Judd

We make our future by the best use of the present.
Youth and beauty fade; character endures forever, Bob Vukanovich former vice-mayor

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Monsoon, June 15-September 30, is a season characterized by increased thunderstorm and lightning activity, high winds, dust storms and flooding.

While the severity of weather can vary from season to season, Surprise City Council wants all residents to have a Monsoon safety plan and be ready for all possible occurrences.

Below are a few tips and resources to help weather Monsoon 2019 storms:

In your home:

During any major storm event, the safest place to be is indoors. If you are at home, turn off all unnecessary power equipment and refrain from using landline phones. Make sure your home is equipped with flashlights, batteries, bottled water and non-perishable food items.

In your car:

Dust storms and rain events can decrease visibility and increase road hazards when driving. If you are in your vehicle during a storm, slow down and pull off to the right side of the road as far as possible and turn off your engine and lights. Be sure to take your foot off the brake pedal.

When flooding is imminent:

Monitor weather reports and listen for potential flood warnings in your area. When flooding is imminent, knowing where to find sand and bags is essential to protecting your home and family.

Sand and bags are provided free of charge to Surprise residents at multiple locations throughout the city; you will need to bring your own shovel to fill the bags. Sand and bag locations

When encountering flooded roadways:

Never drive through flooded intersections or washes! Even shallow flowing water has enough

When encountering flooded roadways:

Never drive through flooded intersections or washes! Even shallow flowing water has enough power to sweep your vehicle off the road or stall your engine. If you approach a flooded intersection, safely turn your vehicle around and find an alternate route.

If you are experiencing or encounter an emergency, immediately dial 9-1-1.

To report downed trees, roadway debris, clogged storm drains or other non-emergency situations during normal city business hours, contact the Public Works department at 623.222.1900. After hours calls should go to the Surprise Police Department non-emergency line, 623.222.4000; Public Works crews will be on-call and available to provide assistance during major storm events.

Residents are also encouraged to download the My Surprise app and submit pictures and reports of impacted areas to assist the city with storm safety and recovery actions. The My Surprise app is available in the App Store and Google Play; or online at

Visit for a complete list of monsoon safety tips and resources.

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Bob Vukanovich. former vice-mayor

Surprise, A‌Z (June 5, 2019)  The City of Surprise Community Development Department is proposing the adoption of the 2018 International Building Codes with local amendments. This would replace the previously adopted 2012 International Building Codes with local amendments.

The proposed local amendments under review include changes that are intended to:

  • Further streamline the amendments to align more with the published 2018 Building and Fire codes
  • Ensure both the Building and Fire codes are in concert with each other
  • Identify and clarify Fire Protection requirements for new construction and tenant improvements projects

The public can view and comment on the proposed amendments online at Written comments can be sent to City of Surprise Community Development, c/o Brigham Bennett, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374.

The City Council is expected to review the amendments for possible action in October. The item is scheduled for the City Council Work Session on October 1 and the Regular Session on October 15. Meeting agendas will be posted at least 24 hours in advance at

For more information, please contact Plans Examiner Brigham Bennett at or 623.222.3230.

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former vice-mayor Bob Vukanovich

S‌urprise, A‌Z (June 10, 2019)  With forecasted highs hitting over 100 degrees every day this week, 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.

Designated stations offer indoor refuge from heat during the day, as well as drinking fountains or bottled water. Stations can be found at the following Surprise locations:

Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W. Bell Rd., Building A, Suite 124

Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301 – 16750 N. Village Drive East

Hollyhock Library – 15844 N. Hollyhock St.

Northwest Regional Library – 16089 N. Bullard Ave.

The Salvation Army Sun Cities Valley Corps – 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people die in the U.S. from heat than all other natural disasters combined.

You can help those in need of relief by donating water bottles, sun screen, sun glasses and hats at either the Surprise Resource Center or Surprise Fire – Medical Station #301. The fire station is also accepting diapers.

For heat related warning signs and what to do if you or a loved one shows symptoms, please visit:

For a heat safety message from Surprise Fire-Medical, watch this video.

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Surprise, A‌Z (June 7, 2019) Texas-based National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC) has selected the City of Surprise, Arizona for its new expansion location. The new Surprise business center will grow 65 full-time jobs and will be dedicated to the sales, servicing, storage and maintenance of luxury recreational motor coach vehicles.

“We expect that the Surprise location will either be a success – or a runaway success,” said NIRVC Vice President Hal Kendrick. “Surprise is an attractive, easily accessible and hospitable location to welcome our local, national and international customers.”

“We are absolutely delighted to welcome NIRVC to the City of Surprise,” said Mayor Skip Hall. “NIRVC brings quality jobs in addition to a highly select, luxury destination service and product line, which will add tremendous value to our community and to the West Valley.”

The Surprise City Council approved a five-year economic development incentive agreement with NIRVC-AZ focused on quality job creation at their Regular Meeting Tuesday night. Of the new 65 full-time jobs created by NIRVC, it is anticipated that at least 20 will have an average salary of $80,000 or more; and all NIRVC positions in Surprise will offer healthcare benefits. The company will occupy the 170,000 square foot building located at 13351 W. Rioglass Solar Road in Surprise and estimates $60 million annually in revenue generated at the new location.

For more information about National Indoor RV Centers, please visit or contact Hal Kenrick at