Greetings, District 2 residents! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important City updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.
Read Across America Week
On Monday, February 28, I read to two first-grade classes at Countryside Elementary in celebration of Read Across America Week. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child, in every community to celebrate reading. The kids and I had a great time reading Dr. Seuss. Can you spot me in the photo?
Know what’s Below before Digging
It’s a great time to remember to put safety first before starting any digging project. Whether a large-scale project or a simple do-it-yourself job in the backyard, safety should always be the top priority. Utility lines that serve the community with vital services such as natural gas, electricity, sewer and water can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk but can also cause an interruption of service to customers.
Southwest Gas encourages homeowners and contractors to call 811 or go online at Call811.com and click on your state at least two full working days prior to digging to request a utility line locate. You’ll then be connected to the appropriate one-call center for your area. Be safe and always know what’s below before digging!
Join me at the KIDZ Jamboree event on Friday, April 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W. Bell Rd. An event for kids aged 0-5 in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. This fun, family event will showcase early childhood programs and services available in the community, like resources, child care/preschools, libraries and more! For more information, please call 623.222.1600.
2022 Retail Survey; Eat, Shop & Play
Do you have a favorite restaurant you’d like to see open in Surprise? What about a unique shopping experience you want added to your hometown? Now is your chance to tell us in our 2022 Surprise Retail Survey! Every response helps the Surprise Economic Development Department better reach the retailers you want the most. We also have a youth-only survey to better understand what our younger generation wants to see. The Shop, Eat & Play Youth Survey is for those under the age of 18, who live in Surprise.
Some retailers requested on last year’s survey are coming soon! Those include HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Total Wine & More and Aldi. We are still actively engaging with others on the list and hope to see more of your favorites open up shop in Surprise soon. The Surprise Retail Survey runs through Sunday, April 24 and is available online at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.
Important Rules for Drivers, Pedestrians, Motorists and Bicyclists
Drivers: You must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the street in any marked or unmarked crosswalk. When the light turns green, you must still yield to pedestrians and vehicles in intersections. The law also requires vehicles to come to a complete stop at any school crossing when the crosswalk is occupied by any person. You may not pass another vehicle that is stopped for a pedestrian, even if you have a clear lane or a green traffic signal. In the interest of safety, if you see persons crossing any street, give them the right-of-way.
Pedestrians: Keep in mind, in many instances and circumstances; it’s easier for you to see an approaching vehicle than it is for the driver of the vehicle to see you. Don’t assume an approaching vehicle sees you and will yield to you. Use crosswalks when provided or cross at an intersection. Make eye contact with the drivers of approaching vehicles whenever possible. Look before you step into a roadway. Even at a crosswalk, drivers must be given time to perceive and react to you stepping into the roadway. Avoid distractions, such as using phones or wearing headphones/earbuds, while crossing the road. Cross in well-lit locations at night. Follow all traffic rules, signs and signals that may be present where you are crossing.
Motorists and Bicyclists: As a motorist in Arizona, you always need to be aware of your surroundings, whether it be motorcycles on the freeways or bicyclers on city streets. It is important as drivers and bicycle riders to adhere to all traffic laws and to watch out for one another on the roadways. In Arizona, it is legal for bicycles to ride in the traffic lanes, as long as they adhere to the same street laws as motorists. To be safe and avoid accidents, bicyclists should ride with traffic and be aware of hazards, cars and people around them. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Program from the Arizona Department of Transportation created a few safety tips to help you bike smart and bike safely in Arizona:
- Ride on the right-hand side of the road
- Always ride with the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic is very dangerous
- Ride predictably
- Follow the same rules motorists do; travel in a straight line without swerving into other traffic lanes.
- Obey traffic control devices (signs, signals, lane markings)
- Bicyclists must follow the rules of the road, just like other vehicles
- Protect your head – always wear a helmet, even on short trips
- Follow lane markings
- Don’t turn left from the right lane; don’t ride straight in a lane marked “Right-Turn Only”
- Ride correctly through intersections
- Use the right-most lane that goes in your direction. If you’re heading straight, get in the through lane, not to the right of a turning vehicle
- Signal before you move or stop – hand signals let drivers and others know what you intend to do next
- Enter streets and intersections cautiously
- Always check for oncoming traffic
- Ride defensively on the road
- Anticipate hazards and be ready to adjust your position in traffic
- Don’t ride on the sidewalk
- Be visible and be seen – wear bright colors to increase visibility and make eye contact with drivers
- Know how to look over your shoulder without swerving or losing your balance; side-view mirrors are an option
- Make sure everything on your bicycle is in proper working condition before you ride
Notice of 2022 Public Hearing
In anticipation of receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Department of Housing in Urban Development, a public hearing regarding the City’s Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will be held at the regular Veterans, Disability & Human Service Commission meeting on April 13 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. The Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will identify specific projects to be funded that meet the goals and objectives identified in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. Public comments received during the Public Hearing will be considered and included in the Plan. City Council will take formal action on April 19, 2022. For questions regarding the draft plan or public hearing, please call Adam Lane at 623.222.3238 or email email@example.com.
BBQ Festival Rescheduled
The RibFest Throwdown scheduled for April 23 & 24 at Mark Coronado Park is being rescheduled for fall 2022 due to a potential scheduling conflict. The new event name, dates and ticket information will be released in the coming months. This event is a live music and BBQ festival presented by the City of Surprise in partnership with national event company Forty8 Live!
C.A.R.E.S. Partners Resource Fair
If you are looking for support services in the community, in-home care, alternate respite services and more, then join Benevilla on Wednesday, April 6 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the C.A.R.E.S. Partners Resource Fair. Benevilla has formed true partnerships with 20+ Sustaining Partners, each with a commitment to quality and ethics that is unsurpassed. When you are referred to a Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. Partner, you can be assured each supports the Benevilla mission and that you will receive professional and principled service. To register for this event, visit Benevilla.org or call 623.584.4999.
Meet & Greet
My monthly Meet and Greet will be 10 a.m. on April 26 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.
City Council Meetings
The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is April 19 at 6 p.m. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11.