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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Surprise City Council regular meeting.

Supreme Court to hear Sun Cities wastewater case

Panel to address two issues

By Rusty Bradshaw
Twitter: @SunCitiesEditorPosted 3/11/21

The opposition to consolidation of EPCOR Water Co. wastewater districts will continue to be heard.

The big Question today is ! When will the City of Surprise have term limits for their mayor & council members?

Surprise, AZ (March 4, 2021) The City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission has voted to induct Charley Pride and Buck O’Neil into the Surprise Recreation Campus Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established to honor those who have contributed significantly to the Surprise Recreation Campus.

Surprise, AZ (March 3, 2021) The city of Surprise is requesting public comment on the draft Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO) that was presented to Council during last night’s Council Work Session.

The Property Maintenance Ordinance is the guiding document that establishes minimum standards for all property, residential and commercial building maintenance throughout the city. The goal of the PMO is to keep the city safe, healthy and blight-free.

Surprise, AZ (March 2, 2021) Looking for a way to serve your community? Surprise is seeking volunteers for Day of Service events on March 20 and March 31.

Saturday, March 20: Neighborhood Revitalization & Cleanup

This event is from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal, and more.

Cleanup Event March 13; free waste drop-off for Surprise residents

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Surprise residents- it’s the perfect time to prune your landscape, clean out your garage and take advantage of the Spring Cleanup Event on Saturday, March 13. 

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

Surprise, AZ (February 24, 2021) The City of Surprise is seeking an experienced public safety professional with outstanding leadership skills to serve as its next Police Chief.

Strong candidates will be forward thinking and will continue to lead the Department consistent with our City’s needs and values to ensure the Surprise Police Department continues to provide the highest level of public safety service.

The Police Chief application period runs February 24 – March 23, and the City anticipates filling the position in May 2021.

How will the City pay for CCWC? We have never been told what assets the city are selling to buy CCWC.

City citizens have been kepted in the dark about CCWC, why ?

In regards to Circle City Water Co.
While City of Surprise involves a water utility, the decision arguably applies to cities condemning utilities of all kinds, including electric utilities. The decision thus sets encouraging precedent for municipalities favoring a shift to renewable and clean energy generation (as opposed to non-renewable and environmentally harmful generation). Municipal proponents of renewable energy will have one less barrier in creating new, renewable energy systems: they won’t have to go through the Commission when exercising eminent domain to condemn electric utility infrastructure. Indeed, the implications of decisions like City of Surprise promote renewable energy development at the local level.

The Surprise Independent has Surprise, Arizona the 6th best place in the West U.S to live for high salaries and the low cost of living.


by D Greenwood 

After careful consideration, the city of Surprise is canceling or postponing all city-sponsored events, programs, and sports effective March 16 and continuing through May 10. 

The decision comes as COVID-19 (coronavirus) has reached pandemic level…

Surprise, AZ (February 19, 2021)
 Surprise City Court Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau has been selected as a Fellow in the Judicial Engagement Network’s 2021 Fellowship Program.

Surprise, AZ (February 18, 2021) The city of Surprise will be performing pavement preservation activities on the following roadways, weather permitting:

·       Cactus Road will be closed between Litchfield Road and Solar Canyon Way on February 22

o   North and southbound traffic on Litchfield Road will not be impacted

o   Traffic restrictions will be in place on Cactus Road, Solar Canyon Way to Dysart Road, February 22-26

·       Waddell Road, 175th Avenue to Citrus Road, will have traffic restrictions from February 22-26

o   Left turn restrictions from Waddell Road to south 175th Avenue will be in place after schools are in session

Surprise, AZ (February 17, 2021) The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting applications for Summer Break Camp positions.
Applicants who enjoy working with children are invited to apply for Recreation I and Recreation III openings.

2021 Surprise Spring Training Tickets On Sale February 20

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The City of Surprise  will welcome fans to Surprise Stadium for the 2021 Spring Training season February 28 through March 29 with additional COVID-19 mitigation protocols in place. The game schedule has been modified from what was previously released, and tickets will go on sale February 20.

Surprise, AZ (February 16, 2021) Utility work on the Greenway Road improvement project will require a hard closure on the roadway between Legacy Park Boulevard and Northwest Ranch Parkway beginning 5 a.m. Saturday, February 27 to 5 a.m. Sunday, March 14.

Agenda Name: Regular City Council Meeting

Meeting Date: 2/16/2021

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Regular City Council Work Session & Meeting

Agendas for the February 16, 2021 Regular City Council Work Session and Regular City Council Meeting have been posted at:

Surprise, AZ (February 12, 2021) The Surprise Parks and Recreation Department will be temporarily closing the dog parks at both Surprise Community Park and Dick McComb Park to apply a bi-annual weed control herbicide that prevents weeds from germinating. 
The first application of 2021 will be applied at Surprise Community Park on Wednesday, February 17; treatment at the Dick McComb dog park will be applied on Thursday, February 18

Surprise, AZ (February 11, 2021) The Human Service and Community Vitality Department is partnering with A New Leaf to offer free tax preparation services to benefit individuals and families with low to moderate income.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households that make less than $57,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns.  VITA sites not only offer free tax preparation, they also help taxpayers apply for benefits they may not be aware of such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. VITA will be offered as a drop-off service at Surprise locations.

Surprise, AZ (February 9, 2021) The City of Surprise will welcome fans to Surprise Stadium for the annual Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic this month in a limited capacity and with additional COVID-19 mitigation protocols in place.

The tournament is set to take place February 19 – 22, featuring the Oregon State Beavers, New Mexico Lobos, Gonzaga Bulldogs and Kansas State Wildcats. 

Surprise, AZ (February 9, 2021) The City of Surprise will welcome fans to Surprise Stadium for the annual Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic this month in a limited capacity and with additional COVID-19 mitigation protocols in place.

The tournament is set to take place February 19 – 22, featuring the Oregon State Beavers, New Mexico Lobos, Gonzaga Bulldogs and Kansas State Wildcats. 

Surprise, AZ (February 8, 2021) Register your child for the newest Surprise Parks and Recreation Special Interest Class – Junior Golf! 
Junior Golf is a great way for parents to introduce children, ages 6-13, to the game of golf. Classes feature a low student-to-instructor ratio, enabling golfers to build confidence in putting, chipping, and swinging. Participants will also learn the rules and etiquette of golf in a safe setting. Two class options are available, “Little Strokes Golf Academy” (ages 6-9) and “Surprise Golf Academy” (ages 10-13).

 Surprise, AZ (January 26, 2021) Daytime work to install flashing yellow arrows and upgrade the vehicle detection equipment on the traffic signals at the Greenway and Dysart roads intersection is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, January 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.

Surprise, AZ (January 28, 2021) Looking for a great summer job? The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is looking for responsible individuals with a positive attitude to join our aquatics team. 

Lifeguard Training classes will be offered throughout February and March:

Surprise, AZ (January 26, 2021) Surprise is looking for volunteers for its Day of Service on Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal, and more.

The neighborhood revitalization and cleanup event assists neighborhoods and homeowners who may not be physically or financially able to maintain their homes as required by local codes

Surprise is proud to partner with these and other agencies in addressing transportation, legislative and other key issues for our region


City Council names Duffy as Vice Mayor

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The Surprise City Council selected District 3 Councilmember Patrick Duffy to serve as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting Tuesday night.………………………Surprise, AZ (January 21, 2021) Want to learn about the structure of city government, get updated on local issues and get to know your city leaders? Register for the 2021 Surprise City Academy, hosted virtually this year!

The ten-session academy offers the opportunity to learn about the city directly from the mayor, councilmembers, city manager and upper-level city staff.

The Surprise City Academy begins on February 22 and will meet weekly via the online meeting platform Webex on Mondays from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. through April 26. Meeting links will be sent to registered participants via email.

Surprise, AZ (January 20, 2021) The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting registrations for Spring Youth Sports which includes Baseball, Tee-ball, Volleyball, and Softball Leagues, as well as Esports tournaments and tennis programs! Registration for 2021 Spring Sports will run until January 29.

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

City debuts anti-litter campaign, “Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!”

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The city of Surprise takes pride in being a safe, clean and attractive city, where residents and businesses can thrive and visitors are impressed. In an effort to keep our city as clean as possible, we are releasing a campaign encouraging residents to “Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!”

The campaign consists of videos, social ads, and a webpage with information on how the community can help and get involved, including:

city managers

City managers—who are generally full-time workers—are expected to be nonpartisan and politically neutral as they carry out the decisions of the council or mayor. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), External link  a professional organization for city and county managers, states in its ICMA Code of Ethics External link  that city managers should avoid political activity (other than voting). City managers following this code of ethics should refrain from campaigning on behalf of candidates, donating to political campaigns, and displaying political allegiances with bumper stickers or yard signs. If city managers violate the code, they can lose their ICMA membership. City managers are generally less public-facing, but it is becoming more commonplace for city managers to participate in community events and serve on community boards.

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Did you run out of books with raunchy pictures or are you now spending more time looking for news in Surprise & else-where ? ……….. If you could only subscribe to one magazine or book. Which would you pick ? …………. Rusty, if you were in a stuck elevator would you rather be with a stranger or a newspaper ?

council meetings

CITY OF SURPRISE Special City Council Meeting 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374 Wednesday, January 20, 2021 @ 3:00 PM COUNCIL CHAMBERS .
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The agenda for the January 19, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting has been posted at:


S‌urprise, A‌Z (January 14, 2021) The city of Surprise is excited to host the Fifth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service virtually on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

The program will premiere at 9 a.m. on the city of Surprise Facebook and Surprise TV cable channel and website. The program will include multiple performances, as well as an interview with former U.S. Ambassador Andrew J. Young, who was a key strategist during civil rights campaigns that led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Our emcee is Susan Casper, host of Sonoran Living on ABC15, and founding member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Phoenix Metropolitan Chapter.

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The city will not tell me if our council members belong to the:
The Arizona State Retirement System and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System or not

Learn About Food Stamps and Other Benefit Programs Available to You!

Any organized public event within the City of Surprise of more than 50 people that does not receive prior approval through the Public Event Registration Process and/or the City’s Temporary Use Special Event Permit process will be in violation of the Executive Order. 

Get more information and the applications for both the Public Event Registration and Temporary Use Special Event Permit at press release…

Surprise, AZ (January 11, 2021) The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Sports Division has been awarded the “Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider” designation by the National Alliance for Youth Sports.

Where is the transparency , when questions are never answered ?

D5 Meet and Greet

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Date:January 9, 2021Time:9:00 AM - 11:00 AMLocation:Chef Peter’s BistroAddress:17300 N. Sun Village Pkwy
Surprise, AZ 85374Contact:623.222.1325Email:Councilmember Jack HastingsLink:District 5 Website

Join Councilmember Hastings to get your questions answered, share ideas and learn more about your city!

Sat, Jan 9

CANCELED – D6 Meet & Greet