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District 2 Update – March 2022

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 aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

West Valley Women Luncheon

Vice Mayor Cline and Mayor Hall attend the West Valley Women Networking Association event.On Tuesday, February 1, Mayor Hall joined me at the West Valley Women Networking Association’s Bring a Gentleman to Lunch event at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. This event was sponsored by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and discussed ways in which they support business in the community. This organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community. Members share information, ideas and contacts.

Essay Winners

Three talented students were recognized at the Council Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, as the winners of the Dysart Schools / City of Surprise essay contest where they were asked, “Why is ‘My Surprise’ an extraordinary community to be a part of?”

Congratulations to Caleb Leavitt from Freedom Traditional Academy, Kacy Dunn from Canyon Ridge (not pictured), and Valerie Ortega from Valley Vista High School. Thank you to Dysart’s English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Danielle Edgerton for her help coordinating the contest!

Student winners of the Dysart Schools and City of Surprise essay contest join Mayor Hall and Council at the city council meeting.

MLB Announces Spring Training Delay

The City of Surprise is disappointed to share that Major League Baseball has officially announced a delay to Spring Training. Tickets bought through an authorized outlet to canceled games will be refunded or exchanged. MLB is working to get the game back on the field as quickly as possible. For more information please go to surprisestadium.com or call 623.222.2222. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a game at Surprise Stadium later this spring.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Free COVID-19 testing.In response to increasing demand for COVID-19 testing, Maricopa County has opened multiple community testing sites across the Valley including a new location at Ak-Chin Pavilion staffed with resources through FEMA. The new daily PCR testing site at Ak-Chin Pavilion is located near the Loop 101 and I-10 freeways and is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. This site takes people with and without appointments, and allows people to either drive through or walk up for testing.

Details of all Maricopa County-supported testing events are listed at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Testing in English and at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Pruebas in Spanish. People who need assistance finding a testing location or scheduling an appointment can also call the MCDPH CARES Team at 602.506.6767 for assistance in multiple languages.

Volunteers Needed for Project Connect

Human Services Campus logoThe Human Services Campus is partnering with the Salvation Army and the City of Surprise to bring back the Project Connect event on Tuesday, March 22 from 8-3 p.m. at the Salvation Army Northwest Valley, 17420 Avenue of the Arts. Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop event to assist individuals experiencing homelessness connect to a variety of services. Volunteers are needed! To become a volunteer please go to hscforms.com/projectconnect. For more information or to answer any questions on volunteering, please call 602.282.0849 or email volunteer@hsc-az.org.

4th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K

Get your Major League juices running at Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 4 with the 4th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K and 1K Fun Run. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and take you on a scenic, evening run through the City before heading back to the ballpark to cross the finish line at the field! All runners will receive a Spring Training Race t-shirt, finisher medal and a “buy one, get one” lawn seat voucher to a Spring Training game. Register now at SurpriseStadium.com/events to take advantage of the discounted rates! Early registration ends on March 3.

Now Recruiting for Surprise Youth Council

Surprise Youth Council logoThe City is recruiting new members for Surprise Youth Council (SYC) – a group of trailblazing teens who are making a difference in their community! SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including Mayor and City Council, to give a voice on City issues and help solve youth issues. Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as they reside in or are attending a middle school or high school within Surprise city limits; or are attending a Dysart Unified School District high school. Applications are being accepted now through April 8 and consist of a video submission no longer than 90 seconds.

Applicants can submit their application video at surpriseaz.gov/SYC. They must also have a parent or guardian complete the Parent Acknowledgement Form available on that same website and submit it by email to teenprograms@surpriseaz.gov. For questions or more information, please contact Parks & Recreation at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/SYC.

Surprise Boards and Commissions

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions:

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration June 30, 2023
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration June 30, 2023

All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.

Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment or by email to clerk@surpriseaz.gov. The Clerk’s office is available by phone at 623.222.1200.

Free Tax Preparation Services

The City of Surprise has again partnered with A New Leaf to facilitate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax preparation assistance. The program will be available until April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo. To make an appointment call the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd.
Wednesdays, Feb. 2 – Apr. 13: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd. Blgd. A, Suite #124
Mondays, Jan. 31 – Apr. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesdays, Feb. 1 – Apr. 12: 4-6 p.m.
Thursdays, Feb. 3 – Apr. 14: 9-11 a.m.

Sunday in the Park

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes for Sunday in the Park at Mark Coronado Park! Join us on April 3 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr.

Spring Eggstravaganza

Eggstravaganza egg hunt.Celebrate the spring season with us on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus Kansas City Royals Practice Fields! Children 10 and under are invited to take the field in search of more than 50,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and toys! This FREE family event will also feature face painters, balloon artists, inflatables and more. Food and drink are available for purchase and there will be a minimal fee on some activities.

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and hunt times are as follows:

  • 8:20 a.m. – 2 and under*
  • 8:50 a.m. – 3 – 4 year olds*
  • 9:20 a.m. – 5 – 6 year olds**
  • 9:40 a.m. – 7 – 8 year olds**
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9 – 10 year olds**
  • 10:20 a.m. – all ages**

*1 parent allowed on field
**Age group may be combined or split based on participation numbers. Times subject to change.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m. on March 22 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr., and at 10 a.m. on March 25 at Arizona Traditions in the Ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd. 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 March 15 at 6 p.m. and City Hall is 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 – 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!