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District 2 Update – May 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! Welcome to May! 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 aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623-222-1322. You can also find me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

Ottawa Tour

Councilmember Cline, Councilmember Hastings, Ottawa's president, Dennis Tyner, and new Vice President of Advancement, Todd Simpson.Councilmember Jack Hastings and I had the opportunity to tour the Ottawa campus and meet with their president, Dennis Tyner, and new Vice President of Advancement, Todd Simpson. Ottawa University is a great partner for the City of Surprise with such a beautiful campus and facilities. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to sit down and hear from their leadership.

City Hall Re-opens!

As of Monday, April 12, Surprise City Hall and other city administrative buildings have been re-open to the public. Additionally, City Council meetings and all board and commissions meetings are now re-open to in-person attendance.

Surprise’s Face Covering Mandate Lifted

Mayor Skip Hall has signed a proclamation terminating the face-covering mandate in Surprise. You can read the full proclamation here.

Please note that based on the Governor’s Executive Order 2021-06, there are some exceptions.

The city retains the right to set and enforce mitigation policies in our city government buildings and public transportation. Wearing of face coverings/masks is recommended within city facilities, with the exception of Surprise City Court, where they are required.

Per the Governor’s order, private Businesses may institute and enforce face-covering policies and retain the right to refuse service to those who do not comply with their policies.

Per federal mandate, face coverings are still required while riding public transportation.

Day of Service at St. Mary’s Food Bank

Councilmember Cline presents a check for $1000 to St. Mary's Food Bank.The City of Surprise hosted a Day of Service volunteer event on Wednesday, March 31, at St. Mary’s Food Bank located at 13050 W. Elm Street. Not only did I have the pleasure of volunteering, but I also presented St. Mary’s Food Bank with a $1,000 check. Thank you, St. Mary’s Food Bank, for helping feed hungry families throughout Phoenix and nine Arizona counties.

Surprise Retail Survey

The 2021 Surprise Retail Survey is now open! Tell us what shopping and dining establishments you want to see in Surprise – plus, vote for current favorites so we can recognize the local businesses you love! Take the survey now: surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey

Property Maintenance Ordinance

Thank you to those that have submitted comments for the draft Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO). This document establishes the minimum standards for all property throughout the city. The goal of the PMO is to keep the City of Surprise safe, healthy, and blight-free. Public comment was requested and accepted from March 3 through May 2, 2021. If you would like to learn more about the document, please view the March 2 Property Maintenance Ordinance Work Session Presentation.

A presentation and vote on the item is scheduled for June 15, 2021, at Surprise City Council Meeting. If adopted, the PMO will be effective July 15, 2021.

COVID Relief Funding

For over a year now, the city of Surprise has been working hard to support residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Our city has been fortunate to receive federal, state, and county financial assistance to provide meals, rental/mortgage payments, and utility assistance through our Senior Center and Surprise Resource Center.

Here is a snapshot of how $10.88 million in federal funds has helped our community during the COVID crisis:

Federal funding allocation.

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program provided billions of dollars in payroll assistance funding for businesses through two rounds of funding.

While these programs have helped, the city identified some funding gaps in meeting specific needs and, in some cases, noticed some needs were not being met at all.

On September 1, 2020, and November 2, 2020, the Surprise City Council approved resolutions to support $555,000 for Surprise COVID Community Relief Packages for addressing community and business needs because of the prolonged nature of the pandemic. Utilizing some of our AZ CARES ACT dollars, we were able to allocate $180,000 to address the following human service needs:

AZ CARES ACT funds allocation.

The remaining $375,000 supported the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant, disbursed over two rounds:

Surprise small business relief funds allocation.

The city will continue to explore additional needs as we anticipate another round of funding through the American Rescue Plan Act in the future. We have a good plan in place to monitor where the needs are and address them as appropriate.

Small businesses are encouraged to review updated COVID business resources available on surpriseaz.gov/businesshelp or reach out to the Surprise Economic Development Department at econdev@surpriseaz.gov.

Community Resources are available at surpriseaz.gov/communitycare, or call the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

Meet & Greet

Join me Monday, May 24 at Sun City Grand Café, 19781 N. Remington Drive, at 6 p.m. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are May 4 and 18 at 6 p.m. and are open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

District 2 Update – February 2021

Greetings Sun City Grand and District 2 residents! My name is Aly Cline, and I am your new District 2 representative. I was sworn in on January 5th, and I am so proud to be your voice on the Surprise City Council. One of the things I am most looking forward to as your District 2 representative is hearing from you! Please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov, or by calling 623.222.1322. Already, I have heard from some of my constituents with questions regarding the second government stimulus payment. The IRS has a “Get My Payment” tool on their website that can be used to find out if/when you will be receiving a payment. Visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment, then select the “Get My Payment” button. Please continue to reach out with any other questions or concerns you might have.

Here’s a little information about me: I have been an active volunteer in the City for the last 11 years, as a representative on the Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission, as a volunteer coach for the City’s Parks and Recreation department, and participating in leadership for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life . I am also a lifetime member, board member, and volunteer for Friends of the Surprise Libraries Inc. I am passionate about women and minorities in business, veterans issues, education and literacy.

Please keep an eye on my website, D2.Surpriseaz.gov, for information on my Community Meetings, as I will be reaching out to residents on a regular basis. My first virtual Meet and Greet via Zoom will be on February 10 at 10 a.m. I hope you can join me as I provide city updates and answer any questions that you might have.

Zoom Meeting information:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9089130407?pwd=a3dSVE5IOXJKNzIvN0tXSm8zRmpVQT09
Meeting ID: 908 913 0407
Passcode: BOOKS

There are many great things planned this month in the City of Surprise! Please see the list below and visit our website at www.surpriseaz.gov for more information.

  • Valentine’s Day is this month, and the Senior Center is hosting a virtual Valentine’s Day Canvas Decorating party! On February 12 at 9 a.m. Senior Center Members can create a love-inspired canvas using everyday household items. To reserve your canvas, call 623.222.1500.
  • If you are looking for a way to help your community, I encourage you to participate in the Surprise Day of Service on February 20 from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Food Bank, located at 13050 W Elm St. To volunteer, please call 623.222.1522.
  • Would you like to learn more about the City of Surprise? The Surprise City Academy is going virtual on February 22. This great program gives you an opportunity to learn about the City from the Mayor, Councilmembers, City Manager and upper level city staff. The Surprise City Academy is free to attend, but you must be registered. You can learn more at surpriseaz.gov/cityacademy.
  • A virtual AZ Humanities Speaker series begins on February 23 at 11 a.m. “For the Love of Turquoise” by Carrie Cannon. For registration information, please call Arts & Cultural Advisory Commissioner Kathie Morgan at 623.594.3963
  • And last, but certainly not least, Spring Training at Surprise Stadium starts February 27! For the latest updates, please visit surprisestadium.com.

As a reminder, City Council meetings are still closed to in-person attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but meetings can be viewed live on Surprise TV, or on Cox channel 11 and CenturyLink channel 8513. Instructions for how to comment during a meeting are included on meeting agendas.

I wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day and a wonderful February!