city of surprise executive sessions

I don’t believe the City of Surprise is following the law when an executive session is to be held , they must state the specific provision of law authorizing the executive session. A general citation to A.R.S # 38-431.03 or subsection (A) of that section is insufficent. The public body must cite the paragraph applicable to the matters to be discussed.
I also disagree with some of their Consent Agenda items.

The city was in violation of the open meeting in 1960.

A freq uent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual rights and the perpetuity of free government.

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We approved the “HOME RULE” proposition, giving us control over the city’s spending versus the state. Without Home Rule , the city’s budget would be determined by a state-imposed formula.

In Arizona some city’s elect their council members at large, others including Surprise elect council members by district. Douglas elects by wards, Districts verus Wards These are both terms for part of a city or town. A ward is always a legally defined political subdivision. A district may be legally defined, but this word can also be used in an informal sense to describe any area.

CITY OF SURPRISE Boards and Commissions Nominations Committee members Chair Roland F. Winters, Jr., Committee Member, Ken Remley and Committee Member, Nancy Hayden.

The mayor shall either designate three council members to serve as the nominations, or designate one councilmember to serve as the chair of the nominations committee, with the chair selecting two additional councilmember to serve on the nominations committee. The mayor may make this designation for each opening, or the mayor may elect to appoint a nominations or chair on an ongoing basis, during which all openings would be addressed until such time as the mayor elects to make a new designation.

A.R.S. §38-431.03 The motion to go into Executive Session must cite the purpose of the Executive Session and must be adopted at an open meeting.

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Surprise Stadium is a baseball venue located at the Surprise Recreation Campus athletic facility in SurpriseArizona, United States. The stadium opened in 2002 and seats 10,714 people. It is the spring training facility for the Kansas City Royals and the Texas

Morrison insitute

 Planners and city officials today wrestle with difficult decisions about where to locate schools, clinics, parks, and other facilities.
Morrison Institute for Public Policy is an Arizona State University resource for objective policy analysis and expertise. Morrison Institute researches public policy issues, informs policy makers and residents, and advises leaders on choices and actions. 

“Let the people know the facts and the country will be safe.” Abraham Lincoln. 1861


With courage and common sense we will be O.K. in America.

This year, the need is greater.With more people hurting and fewer Red Kettles to help them, your generosity helps rescue Christmas for the most vulnerable.

Should You Sit Out Thanksgiving and Other Holidays This Year? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified big Thanksgiving gatherings as high-risk activities. According to CDC guidelines, the safest option is to celebrate the holidays virtually or just with the members of your own household.

Arrp is committed to providing our members with discounts, programs and services that offer real value during these difficult times.

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$600 million investment in Asante, where they are looking to build 2,000 entry-level to luxury homes near 163rd Avenue and Deer Valley Road in Surprise.

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

Councilman Jack Hastings will hold a discussion on Nov. 14 at Chef Peter’s Bistro, 17300 N. Sun Village Pkwy, lets go and meet him and see what he has to say. Councilman Jack Hasting (district 5) said he had 5 residents at his meeting last Saturday, I did not go because of the virus.

Surprise, AZ (November 18, 2020) In an effort to protect public health amidst rising COVID-19 case numbers, City of Surprise public meetings will reclose to in-person public attendance beginning December 1 and until further notice. This includes meetings of City Council and all city boards and commissions.

Benevilla offers complimentary holiday meals from Birt’s Bistro. They are booked up with a waiting list of 18.

On November 7, 2017 registered voters in Surprise approved the three *General Obligation (GO) Bond questions in the areas of Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation. The three questions represent 10 Capital Improvement Projects for a total bond amount of $59.5 Million. (View Election Results)

This website will be updated regularly through 2022, when all projects are expected to be complete. Please check back often for status updates, photos on project progress, financial reports and other important information.

City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality 623-222-1600………………………………………………….community resource guide

This is an overwhelming time for communities around the world as we face the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re like many others looking for essential resources, support, tips to de-stress and ways to help, you’ve come to the right place! This Community Care Resources page will be updated as more resources for Surprise residents become available.

Surprise Resource Center Services

The city of Surprise is committed to linking residents to programs that offer the support needed for a fuller, safer, more community-oriented Surprise life.

Please download the latest version of our Community Resource Guide to find resources ranging from fire safety to flu shots, from emergency clothing to employment assistance. Some of the programs are provided directly by the City, others are provided by other regional assistance agencies.

The Surprise Resource Center is a one-stop-shop for social services. Through strategic partnerships with community-based organizations and government agencies, the center offers Surprise residents connections to services that include everything from rent and utility assistance, employment support, food and nutrition resources, and more.

Surprise, AZ (November 6, 2020) Surprise utility customers can now make payments at any Walmart store nationwide!

For more information on meal delivery options in Surprise, please contact:

Area Agency on Aging: 602.264.4357

Meals on Wheels for Sun City: 623.974.9430

Regular City Council Work Session & Meeting

Agendas for the November 17, 2020 Regular City Council Work Session and Regular City Council Meeting have been posted at:

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

Planning to decorate your home or business’s exterior with holiday decorations? Enter it in the up the Night House Decorating Contest!

Structures will be judged in the following categories:

·       Best Theme

·       Best Show

·       Best Traditional Holiday Décor (red and green, snowman, etc.)

·       Best Business

The first-place winner in each category will receive a $100 gift card; second-place winners in each category will receive a $50 gift card. Judging will occur December 12-13.

For more information about Surprise Party, contact Parks & Recreation at 623.222.2000 or visit

Surprise, AZ (November 16, 2020)  While the 19th Annual Surprise Party may be going virtual or remote this year, our holiday spirit remains alive and well with a festive lineup of holiday themed programming that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home or car! 

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

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission – 1 Vacancy with remainder of term through June 30, 2023. 

Applications are available online at Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment or by e-mail to

Applications are always available for all boards and commissions and will be kept on file for future vacancies. To contact the City Clerk’s office, please email or 623.222.1200.

Surprise, A‌Z (November 12, 2020) Surprise reminds residents to properly dispose use cooking oil, grease and fat remnants in the trash or at designated dumping locations this holiday season and offers tips on how to prevent deep fryer injuries.

Surprise, A‌Z (November 3, 2020) The Surprise City Council voted Monday night to disperse an additional $100,000 in Small Business Relief Grant funding, while expanding the scope of assistance to include small business retailers and non-profits with commercial space who were not restricted by the Governor’s executive orders. Council also approved an additional $25,000 for water utility payment relief.


Thanksgiving could propel COVID-19 in Arizona back to summer levels

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TOP NEWS – November 17
Attorney for county says ballot hand count now impossibleA hand count of ballots from random precincts sought by the Arizona Republican Party in hopes of finding more votes for President Trump just can’t be done, an attorney for Maricopa County told a judge Monday.

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CBC News: The National 882K subscribers U.S President Donald Trump’s supporters in Phoenix continue to protest the election result as Joe Biden widens his lead in some undecided states. But other voters are worried about possible retaliation.

For a second straight weekend, supporters of President Donald Trump protest the results of the election, while Joe Biden supporters celebrate quietly.

Election 2020 Protests Phoenix

Filling the Arizona Capitol grounds, Trump supporters continue to refute the results of the elections, claiming fraud, without any evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Arizona has had 6,300 deaths due to COVID-19 as of Nov. 14