I had the honor of meeting Brigadier General Todd Canterbury, who will serve as Commander of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base. General Canterbury assumes command from Brigadier General Brook Leonard. Under Gen. Leonard’s leadership over the last two years, the base has received many accolades, including the Air Education and Training Command Weapons Excellence Award and Outstanding Unit Award, the Gen. Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award, and the Gen. Mark A. Welsh III One Air Force Award in 2018. Although he will be greatly missed, I wish Gen. Leonard the best of luck in his future endeavors, and look forward to Gen. Canterbury’s leadership.
Arizona is home to Gen. Canterbury, who grew up in the West Valley and is a graduate of ASU. Gen. Canterbury’s childhood was largely spent on Luke Air Force Base, with his father serving as the commander of Tactical Air Command’s 832nd Air Division from 1982 to 1984. Gen. Canterbury has previously served as a wing commander in Florida, and now comes to Luke from the Pentagon, where he was Director of the F-35 integration Office. As part of the Luke West Valley Council and as a resident of Luke’s neighboring community, I am excited to work with General Canterbury in leading Luke’s continued growth.
Yesterday I joined community interfaith leaders, non-profit organizations, city staff and members of the Peoria City Council as we celebrated the City of Surprise’s designation as a Golden Rule Community. The 2018 Community Resource Guide, a partnership with the city of Peoria, featuring social services and programs designed to assist Northwest Valley residents in need, was introduced and distributed at the event. We should all feel so fortunate as to have wonderful community leaders here in Surprise and in our neighboring cities.
I recently had the honor of presenting the Jim Hayden Firecracker Award to a few deserving individuals. Recipients of the award were young fire academy graduates who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. A few of the honorees were former students of Jim! It is such an honor for me to keep his legacy alive through these individuals. Congratulations to all of the award winners!
Thank you all for your support in approving the Circle City Water Company (CCWC) purchase. Voters have approved the May 15th Water Election, authorizing City Council to complete negotiations with the CCWC for the possible acquisition of the utility. According to preliminary results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office yesterday, 80% (14,676) of registered voters voted yes; 20% (3,615) voted no. Official final results are expected from the county by Friday, May 18. The City Council will meet to canvass the votes at a Special City Council Meeting, on Tuesday, May 22. This meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m., and will be held in the Community Room of City Hall, as Council Chambers will be closed for pre-scheduled equipment upgrade work.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.