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District 2 Update – November 2021

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.

Friends of the Surprise Libraries Ribbon Cutting

Friday, October 8, Mayor Hall and Council Members Cline, Judd, and Hastings joined the Friends of the Surprise Libraries for a ribbon cutting! Joanne Heim, Board Member of Friends of the Surprise Libraries, hosted the ribbon cutting in honor of their newly renovated area at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave. Congratulations on your next chapter!

West Nile Virus

Fight the Bite logoMaricopa County Vector Control has established a West Nile virus hotline. Residents may call 602.506.0700 and select from the following menu:

  • Option 1: Report stagnant water, a green pool, mosquito problems or receive fogging notifications.
  • Option 2: Mosquito related disease and info/assistance
  • Option 3: Current ground fogging schedule
  • Option 4: Info on mosquito eating fish or reach the Environmental Services Dept.

You can also file an online “Environmental Services Complaint Form” with Maricopa County. Here is a link to their education campaign: maricopa.gov/1746/West-Nile-Virus

The Learning Experience

On September 29, myself along with Mayor Hall and Council Members Chris Judd and Ken Remley, joined The Learning Experience for a Ribbon Cutting! Located at 15351 W. Cactus Rd., the Learning Experience Director Heather Turner and Asst. Director Carrie Mikeworth held the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening. Welcome to Surprise!

Surprise Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on November 7 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. Future dates are January 23, February 13, and April 3.

Mobile Home Depot Ribbon Cutting

On Wednesday, October 13, I joined Mayor Hall and Council Member Ken Remley for the Mobile Home Depot ribbon cutting! District Manager Denis Godin hosted the ceremony in honor of Mobile Home Depot opening in Spring of 2021, located at 13033 W Grand Ave, Surprise, AZ 85374. Thank you for choosing Surprise as your home!

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Cline and Councilmember Remley join Mobile Home Depot for a ribbon cutting.

2021 Surprise SciTech Festival

Surprise SciTech FestivalHave fun with science and technology at the Surprise SciTech Festival on November 6, presented by the City of Surprise! This FREE, fun-filled educational event features interactive science, technology, engineering, art and math exhibits and demonstrations. It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. For more information on the event, please visit surpriseaz.gov/scitech.

Care and Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. This community event creates connections to human service organizations as well as disability, veteran, and health resources. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Woman of the Year

Judge Elizabeth Finn, of Glendale, AZ.On October 5, I attended the West Valley Women Networking Association’s 2021 Woman of the Year Celebration. This year’s Woman of the year was Judge Elizabeth Finn, of Glendale, AZ. Businesswomen and women from all walks of life are members of West Valley Women Networking Association, and join West Valley Women for career and personal development at monthly meetings.

Councilmember Cline at the West Valley Women Networking Association’s 2021 Woman of the Year CelebrationThe organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community. Members share information, ideas and contacts. Networking at meetings engages members who establish friendships, promote advocacy, share information and opportunities.

Best of the West

On Thursday, October 21, along with Mayor and Council, I attended the Best of the West Awards dinner, which was held at State Farm Stadium. This event, hosted by WESTMARC, recognizes exceptional contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy here in the West Valley. This Awards Dinner is the signature event of the West Valley with a rich history of celebrating outstanding accomplishments and impacts to quality of life, economic development, innovation and leadership.

G.A.I.N Night

Councilmember Cline wearing a Cat in the Hat costume poses with children at Surprise G.A.I.N. night.Saturday, October 23, I attended this family-friendly event at Mark Coronado Park, which brought the community together! It was a great turnout with trick or treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, and public safety displays. Thank you Surprise Police Department and Parks and Recreation for hosting such a wonderful event!

Hyundai Grand Re-Opening

Thursday, October 21, I joined Mayor Hall, Councilmember Ken Remley and Ken Garff Hyundai for a ribbon cutting! General Manager Peter Pasiakos hosted the ceremony in honor of the grand re-opening of the dealership located at 12925 N. Autoshow Ave. Ken Garff Hyundai also presented Mayor with 300 Hygiene Kits to hand out at the Surprise Care+Share Expo being held on November 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Just Be Youtiful Women’s Boutique

Monday, October 25, Mayor Hall, Council Member Chris Judd and I joined Just Be Youtiful Boutique for a ribbon cutting! Owner Kym Stutzman hosted the ceremony in honor of Just Be Youtiful Boutique’s grand opening, located at 15332 W. Bell Rd. Suite #135! Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Dependent Scholarship Winners

The City would like to recognize Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko as the recipients of the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards! The first place award of $3,000 will go to Alexis, the daughter of Randy Rody (Police Department). The second place award of $1,500 will go to Alina, the daughter of Leonid Bozhko (Information Technology). Congratulations to both winners!

Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko are recognized in the city council chambers as the recipients of the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards.

Dysart School Parks Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, October 29, the Dysart School District hosted a ribbon cutting event, in coordination with the City, to announce the opening of their elementary school fields and playgrounds in Surprise to the public, after school hours and on weekends. It was great to be there to celebrate with Mayor Hall and other members of council.

Block Party Trailer

City of Surprise Block Party logoThe City of Surprise is committed to building quality neighborhoods, and what better way to get to know your neighbors than by throwing a party! The Neighborhood Services Division offers free rentals of its Block Party Trailer. The trailer comes equipped with everything you will need to get your Block Party started, including:

  • Tables and Chairs
  • PA system and music
  • Generator
  • Canopy tents
  • Coolers
  • Sports equipment
  • Games
  • City information

City staff will deliver the trailer and be present during the event. You can also receive a Block Party Information Packet, which includes flyers and posters to help spread the word about your party. We’ll even help cover costs for refreshments and a bouncy house (the inflatable domes that children love to jump around in) or similar family-friendly entertainment! Submit receipts for up to $150 to help pay for local merchants’ select party amenities, including family entertainment. To book the block party trailer, go to surpriseaz.gov/blockparty.

The Surprise block party trailer and a bounce house.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 2 p.m., November 12 at Arizona Traditions in the ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd. and 6 p.m. on November 23 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 meetings are November 2 and 16 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 – September 2021

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.

Library Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Monday, August 23, I attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new El Mirage Library. Fire Station Annex is soon to be the new El Mirage Library, located at 13513 N El Mirage Rd. The ceremony was attended by Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, Councilmember Roy Delgado, and Mayor Alexis Hermosillo. The new library is planned to open in early spring 2022.

Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, Councilmember Roy Delgado, Councilmember Cline and El Mirage Mayor Alexis Hermosillo

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on September 19 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. Future dates are October 17 and November 7 from 3-7 p.m.

Fiesta Grande

Our annual street festival is back! Join us for the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande to celebrate our city’s cultural heritage on Saturday, October 9, from 5-10p.m. Fiesta Grande will feature Authentic Mexican food, a classic car show, arts and crafts, music & live entertainment and more! Admission and parking are free; the city will provide free shuttle drop-off to the event area. Visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande for more details.

9/11 Ceremony

Surprise will hold a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and to honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of that day at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 11. Mayor Skip Hall, Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott, and Police Chief Benny Piña will speak as part of the ceremony.

Surprise Water supply is Secure

Surprise's Water Supply is Secure.The US Bureau of Reclamation has announced a Tier 1 shortage for Colorado River operations for 2022. This shortage declaration does not mean a shortage at your tap. But, it’s still very important to be wise consumers of this precious resource. Learn more about how Surprise is prepared and how you can help conserve: bit.ly/3k1DBBy

Next Steps for Senior Center

The Surprise Senior Center began the next phase of reopening on August 9. The center is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for member-led activities, special groups, clubs, and self-led fitness in the gym without reservations.

All participants are required to fill out a new enrollment packet when returning to in-person programming. Face masks are strongly recommended, and social distancing is encouraged. High-touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized frequently throughout the day.

For information call 623.222.1500. Dates, times, and capacity requirements are subject to change without notice. At this time, there is no open recreation.

Motorcycle Safety Class

Motorcycle Safety ClassJoin the Surprise Police Department for a Motorcycle Safety Class on Sunday, September 19 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Surprise Stadium parking lot, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. There will be time for participants to apply their learned skills on an interactive course, promoting optimal response to dangerous riding situations. This course is for current motorcycle riders. A valid driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement, motorcycle, and helmet are required to attend this class. This class is not for new riders to obtain an endorsement. For more information, please email DriveWise@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.4500.

Spring Training 2022

Major League Baseball has released the 2022 Cactus League Spring Training schedule in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. Opening Day in Surprise is set for Saturday, February 26, with the Texas Rangers taking on the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium.

Additional information regarding the upcoming season, including game times, ticket details, specialty packages, and fan health and safety guidelines, will be announced at a later date. If you are interested in ticket information, please visit SurpriseStadium.com and sign up for email alerts.

Economic Development

What a year for economic development in Surprise! Check out Economic Development’s FY 2021 Year in Review, here.

Economic Development FY21 Year in Review flyer.

Step Up in Surprise, AZ

The inaugural VetLink Foundation Step Up in Surprise will be held on October 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at AZ TechCelerator located at 12425 W. Bell Rd. This event is designed to provide homeless veterans and all veterans the support they need for better employment, housing, health, and overall lifestyle. This event welcomes all veterans and their dependents.

Community Meeting

On August 21, 225 Surprise and Sun City West members attended a meeting with Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Aly Cline, and Police Chief Benny Pena at the Church on the Green in Sun City West for an update on the city of Surprise. Mayor Hall spoke about economic development, Councilmember Aly Cline talked about community development, and Chief Piña discussed the need for the city and the county to work together, especially as it relates to homelessness and county islands within Surprise.

EPCOR Water

Surprise voters will be asked to approve a franchise extension with EPCOR Water in the November 2021 election, and voters must register by October 4 to cast a ballot.

EPCOR is one of six water providers in the city of Surprise, and this election will not change EPCOR’s service area. Approval would allow EPCOR to construct, maintain and operate a potable water delivery system and a wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal system throughout the city public rights-of-way. The franchise does not grant authority to change your utility rate.

For more information on this election and to view the proposed franchise agreement, please visit surpriseaz.gov/electionnews.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 10 a.m., September 24 at Arizona Traditions, 17222 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 meetings are September 7 and 21 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.