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Trimaco breaks ground in Surprise

With the growing success of their business nationwide, Trimaco has outgrown their current west valley location and will be building a NEW 275,000 SF facility and employ over 110 people in Surprise!

Trimaco manufactures paint accessories and professional floor protection products for paint retail, auto body and construction industries worldwide.

This project represents more than just the current ground-up development, as the President of Trimaco is a long-term investor in Surprise. Mr. Vito Ancona developed Ancona Professional Plaza off Grand Avenue – and now we’re thrilled to welcome him into our industrial park as well!

Read Across America Day at Countryside Elementary

On Friday, March 2nd, the Surprise City Council and staff  participated in Read Across America Day at Countryside Elementary. I had an amazing time reading a book called “I Can Handle It” by Laurie Wright to Mrs. Judd’s first grade class. The book talks about how to overcome tough situations in life, and how positivity is the best tool to cope with the difficulties that we all experience. Mrs. Judd and her students were wonderful hosts, and I enjoyed every minute that I got to spend with them.

Decide Surprise’s Water Future

Hello neighbors. I’m Nancy Hayden and I am humbled to serve as your District 2 Councilmember. I’m honored to be able to carry on the hard work and dedication of my late husband Jim. While I miss him dearly, it brings me comfort in knowing I can carry on his vision for making Surprise an even more amazing place to live.

Like Jim, I’m available and here for you! And I want to share the important news about our city with you. I begin with sharing news of an upcoming election that will have an impact on our city’s future water supply.

In May, registered voters will have the opportunity to exercise their right to vote on a way to increase our surface river water allocations to meet future needs.

In support of the City Council’s Strategic Plan goal to “Ensure sufficient water resources for current and future needs,” Council, in November, approved a Special Ballot-by-Mail Election on May 15, in which Surprise voters will decide whether or not to authorize the purchase and acquisition of Circle City Water Company.

If approved, the purchase would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets. A reminder that Sun City Grand’s water provider is EPCOR and the city only manages the sewer portion of our water bill.

Purchase increases our surface water supply

Circle City Water Company is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. Circle City Water serves approximately 170 customers.

In addition to the company’s existing customer base, Circle City also has a Central Arizona Project (CAP) subcontract that would increase the City’s current CAP allocation of Colorado River water (Surface Water) by more than 38 percent.

Current Surface Water Allocation – 10,249 acre feet per year

Circle City Water Surface Water Allocation – 3,932 acre feet per year

That’s a 38% increase!

Current Surprise water demand is approximately 7,700 acre feet per year, which serves about 16,000 customers. Just like Sun City Grand, not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise water customers.

Having a surface water supply is important

In order for the city to pump, treat, and deliver water to its customers, it has to demonstrate that it has an equal amount of renewable water in order to offset the water it pumps from the ground. Surface water from rivers, such as the Colorado River, is considered a renewable supply.

Colorado River water is currently the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. Having a right to more surface water is paramount to meet future demands.

Should voters approve the purchase and acquisition of Circle City Water, we will grow our surface water portfolio, which means we can service more people as the city grows.

Have Questions?

Educational public meetings will be scheduled ahead of the election. Meeting dates and locations will be posted on www.surpriseaz.gov.

An Information Pamphlet will also be mailed out in April to all registered households in Surprise.

Election Timeline

  • April 16, 2018 – Voter Registration Deadline
  • April 25, 2018 – Ballots mailed out to all registered households in Surprise. This is a ballot-by-mail election. The City Clerk’s Office will have a ballot drop-off box available beginning on this date.
  • May 5, 2018 – Replacement ballot voting begins
  • May 15, 2018 – Election Day

2018 Special Election information is available at www.surpriseaz.gov/waterelection.

Police investigating trespassing at Ottawa University campus in Surprise; investigation continues

Surprise Police have identified the suspect in this morning’s trespassing incident at Ottawa University, as 31-year old Steven Ziya.

Ziya, a resident of Sun City, is being booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on charges of trespassing, disruption of educational institution, and forgery for possessing an altered driver’s license.

At approximately 7 a.m., February 27, the Surprise Police Department responded to a report of a trespasser at the Ottawa University Campus (15950 N. Civic Center Plaza) who was behaving suspiciously. Officers made contact with the alleged trespasser, now identified as Steven Ziya, and detained him without incident. During the subsequent investigation it was discovered that Ziya had at least two handguns in his car.

Out of an abundance of caution, the students and staff were evacuated from the campus and a security sweep was conducted. There were no items of concern discovered during the security sweep and the campus reopened to students at 11 a.m.

The investigation continues as to why Ziya was on the Ottawa campus.

suspect Steven Ziya
Suspect Steven Ziya

Ottawa Athletics Building Groundbreaking

Thanks to a $6 million donation by the O’Dell family Ottawa University leaders, myself and fellow councilmembers and staff helped recently broke ground on the future O’Dell Center for Athletics just west of the football field on their Surprise campus. The 35,000 square foot facility will house locker rooms, training facilities and coaches’ offices when complete this coming fall.

City begins FY19 budget discussions

The City of Surprise Fiscal Year 2019 budget-building process kicked off at the City Council’s Work Session, 4 p.m., Tuesday, February 6.

This was the first in a series of presentations regarding the overall development of the budget. The first presentation provided a general overview of the city’s budget, including revenue sources, city funds and expenditures.

The presentation also highlighted outside issues that influence the outcomes of the budget process. View presentation.

Future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include additional presentations related to budget development, including topics on Capital Improvement Projects and continued operating budget discussions. The Recommended Budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by months of Council and public review that will result in the adoption of a balanced FY2019 budget in June. FY2019 begins July 1, 2018.

Council agendas are posted online at http://agenda.surpriseaz.gov at least two business days before the meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Sessions are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

Council appoints Nancy Hayden to serve District 2

The Surprise City Council appointed Nancy Hayden to serve as the councilmember for District 2 (D2), at their Tuesday Regular Meeting.

Hayden immediately took the Oath of Office and joined the council for the remainder of the meeting.

The seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden December 20, 2017.

In all, six applicants were interviewed by the council in a January 23rd Special Meeting. You can watch the applicant interviews here.

Nancy Hayden has lived in Sun City Grand for 15 years and is the wife of the late Councilmember Jim Hayden. She cited wanting to develop a strong relationship between the city and residents and be part of the community’s development among her reasons for wanting to serve.

You can read the complete candidate applications here, listed in order in which they were received by the City Clerk.

Hayden’s appointment term will end December 31, 2018. The candidate that wins the August 28 Primary Election will then serve out the remaining two years of the four-year term, beginning January 1, 2019.

D2 includes the following neighborhoods: Sun City Grand, Bell West Ranch and portions of Arizona Traditions.

For more information about the August election visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2018election.

D2 Councilmember signing

Public input online for D2 applicants; Council votes February 6

All comments submitted to the City Clerk during the public input period, January 23 – January 30, have been posted to www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk.

The applicants (read complete applications) listed below were interviewed by the City Council at the January 23rd Special Council Meeting. You can watch the interviews here).

Nancy Hayden

Alyson Cline

Robert Estep

Susan deJong

Wendell V. Fountain

Glenn L. Stark

The District 2 seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the appointment at their Regular Meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, at City Hall.

Public input opens for D2 applicants; Council votes February 6

The public input period for the applicants seeking the District 2 Council appointment is open through Tuesday, January 30 at 5 p.m.

The District 2 seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

Public comments can be received by:

  • E-mail (clerk@surpriseaz.gov)
  • Hand-delivered written responses to the City Clerk
  • By mail (ATTN: City Clerk, Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374)

The following applicants (read complete applications) were interviewed in the order in which applications were received by the City Clerk:

Nancy Hayden

Alyson Cline

Robert Estep

Susan deJong

Wendell V. Fountain

Glenn L. Stark

You can watch the applicant interviews here: https://surpriseaz.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=31&clip_id=4869

Note: Brian Eichelberger had applied, but withdrew his application before the interviews.

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the appointment at their Regular Meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, at City Hall.

To view the candidates applications visit www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk.

D2 applicant names released; interviews on January 23

 Six residents of District 2 have applied to fill the vacancy on City Council, following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

The application filing period closed at 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 17.

The following applicants (read complete applications) are listed by the order in which applications were received by the City Clerk:

Nancy Hayden – SC Grand: Hayden has lived in Surprise for 15 years and is the wife of the late Councilmember Jim Hayden. She cited wanting to develop a strong relationship between the city and residents and be part of the community’s development among her reasons for wanting to serve.

Alyson Cline – SC Grand: Cline has lived in Surprise for 15 years and is the President of Friends of the Surprise Libraries and Chair for Read on Greater Surprise. She’s a former member of the Surprise Disability Advisory Commission and cited her enjoyment for bringing people together to meet the needs of Surprise among her reasons for seeking office.

Robert Estep – Bell West Ranch: Estep has lived in Surprise for 13 years and is a Realtor with Home Smart Realty; and prior service with Ken Meade Realty. He has previous service with Eve’s Place, Chance Shelter and other non-profits. He states among his reasons for wanting to serve is to give back to the community and help it grow in the right direction.

Susan deJong – SC Grand: DeJong has lived in Surprise for more than three years and although mostly retired, serves as a substitute teacher with the Dysart Unified School District. She also chairs the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission. Having served on that commission since 2011, she states her desire to better serve the community in a greater way on council.

Wendell V. Fountain – SC Grand: Fountain has lived in Surprise for five months. He is President and CEO of Fountain Associates Business and Management Consults and in an Adjunct Professor at Grand Canyon University’s Jerry Colangelo College of Business. He stated that his interest to serve was to improve quality of life and economic progress in Surprise.

Glenn L. Stark – Bell West Ranch: Stark has lived in Surprise for nine years and is self-employed through Cruise Planners- Carla and Glen Stark Travel Agency. He is a member of the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Surprise Citizens Corps Council and a United States Army Veteran. He stated as a reason for wanting to serve is to maintain a safe community and manage responsible growth.

Brian Eichelberger (withdrawn from process) – Arizona Traditions: Eichelberger has lived in Surprise for three years and is currently retired. His most recent employment background was with the California Department of Corrections. He cited his care and support of the community among his reasons for wanting to serve on Council.

The City Council will interview the applicants in a Special City Council Meeting, Tuesday, January 23, beginning at 4 p.m.

Per city code the public comment period regarding the applicants will close Tuesday, January 30 at 5 p.m. and be shared with City Council. The Council will vote on appointment selection at their February 6th Regular Meeting, 6 p.m., at City Hall.

To view the candidates applications visit www.surpriseaz.gov/cityclerk.