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.
SK Lounge Ribbon Cutting
On Friday, July 9, Mayor Hall, Councilmember Winters, Councilmember Hastings, and I attended a ribbon-cutting. Saigon Kitchen owner Dennis Tran hosted the ceremony in honor of the opening of SK Lounge, located at 14071 W Bell Rd, Surprise, AZ 85374. Thank you for choosing Surprise, again!
Neighborhood Grant Program
Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program, providing eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions, or community improvements. Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY22. For more information about the grant, visit surpriseaz.gov/NGP
RideChoice Transportation Program
Valley Metro’s RideChoice program, which offers discounted transportation options for eligible riders, has been expanded to allow more access for Surprise residents. All veterans with proof of eligibility will now qualify, and the FY2021 Income Limit Category has been changed to Low (80%) Income Limits – this is up from Very Low (50%). Persons age 65 and over and people with disabilities still automatically qualify for this program. For more information, click the link below
Know What’s Below
Have you ever wondered what the different colored markings on roads or in yards are? They’re a sign that a homeowner or contractor has put safety first and had utility lines identified before excavation. Utility lines that serve the community, 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. The city of Surprise and Southwest Gas encourage homeowners and contractors to call 811 or visit www.call811.com at least two full working days before digging to request a utility line locate. Be safe…always know what’s below before digging!
Are You Prepared?
Are you prepared to evacuate if necessary? It’s always a good time to be reminded of “Ready, Set, Go!” a program designed to help keep you safe from seasonal threats. Take some time to read about emergency preparedness and the 5 P’s of Evacuation. Learn more at https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go
Ottawa University Meet and Greet
On Wednesday, July 28, the city hosted a meet and greet with the new Ottawa University President and CEO Bill Tsutsui. Dr. Tsutsui received an incredibly warm welcome from Mayor Skip Hall and the city of Surprise.
2020 impacted many of our local businesses, and eateries were affected by the regulation reducing dine-in capacity. To stay in business, many companies began, or increased, take-out, delivery, or curbside pick-up services. I want to share a list of options unique to our community, also known as #OnlyInSurprise – a list of locally-owned restaurants, coffee shops, cafés, and more for you to check out. I challenge you to use the months of August and September to visit as many of the local places listed below, and leave a review on my Facebook page facebook.com/CouncilmemberCline! Please join me in supporting these local businesses and share your reviews! Hashtag #ONLYINSURPRISE. See the Only in Surprise Restaurants list here.
Meet & Greet
My monthly Meet and Greet will be on August 23 in Sun City Grand’s Pima room 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 meeting is August 17 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.