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District 2 Update – February 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.

2022 Vice Mayor

I am humbled and honored that at the regular meeting on January 18, my fellow Surprise City Council members selected me to serve as Vice Mayor. Per city code, City Council must select a Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30. The Vice Mayor acts on behalf of the Mayor in the event of absence. I will continue to serve you as your District 2 representative, as well, as I was elected to City Council in August 2020 to serve a four-year term beginning January 2021. My term expires on December 31, 2024.

2022 Surprise Spring Training

Spring Training 2022The 20th Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 26 with the annual Surprise Sundancer Charity Game at Surprise Stadium, featuring home teams – the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. The 2022 schedule features games every day from February 26 through March 26, with a double header on February 28.

Season ticket, mini-plan packages and single-game tickets are on sale now at SurpriseStadium.com. By choosing one of our multi-game ticket packages, you will receive unique perks, such as savings over the individual game ticket price and choice of the best available seating locations.

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.

A New Leaf tax assistance schedule.

360 Physical Therapy Ribbon Cutting

On Monday, January 24, Mayor Hall, Council Member Winters and I joined 360 Physical Therapy for a ribbon cutting! Clinic Director, Anthony Kuhl, hosted the ceremony in honor of the Grand Opening of 360 Physical Therapy, located at 11340 W. Bell Rd., Suite 101. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Surprise City Council joins 360 Physical Therapy for a ribbon cutting.

A New Leaf Adds Transition Housing

A New Leaf logoThough primarily known as a nonprofit that provides shelter and other services for domestic violence victims, A New Leaf offers a range of programs for Valley homeless, families, foster children and those in need of financial advice. The Arizona Department of Housing awarded $1.14 million to A New Leaf to support the West Valley Housing Support Center in Surprise. Construction is set to begin on the $1.5 million project in April 2022 with opening expected by September. The center will offer temporary housing to women and families as well as housing support services to far-West Valley residents in need of permanent housing, employment and other related services. For information on A New Leaf’s other services, visit turnanewleaf.org/services.

Budget Kick-Off

The City of Surprise FY2023 budget building process has begun! The Finance Department will give a series of presentations to City Council over the next few months, and the City Manager will release his Recommended Budget in April, which will be followed by public review and then final adoption of a balanced budget in June. Please stay tuned to future Council Meetings for the overall development of the budget and upcoming annual process.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on February 6 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. Can’t make it this month? The next Sunday in the Park is April 3.

Surprise to Host USTA Tennis Series

A tennis ball on a tennis court.The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments.

  • February 4-6: Adult 65 and Over 6.0 and 9.0 Men and Women
  • February 11-13: Adult 65 and Over 8.0 Men & Women

These events will take place at 14469 W. Paradise Ln. For information on open court availability and tennis programs, please contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m. on February 22 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 February 1 and 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 – January 2022

Happy New Year, 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.

Skyway Commons Development

On Wednesday, December 1, Mayor Hall and I joined Skyway Commons for a “Sneak Preview” of their newest industrial building in our Southwest Railplex! Skyway Common Development Partners Kurt Weisbeck & Mitch Hoffman welcomed us in honor of the preview of Building C, located at 11860 N. Dysart Rd. Thank you for inviting us out!

Councilmember Cline on the dirt lot for Skyway Commons holds up a artist rendering of the new development.

MLK Celebration Events

Martin Luther King Jr.The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

  • Wednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
  • Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

Village at Prasada Groundbreaking

Friday, December 3, I along with Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy, and Councilmembers Winters, Hastings and Judd joined SimonCRE for a Ground Breaking ceremony! Josh Simon, President of SimonCRE, held the ceremony in honor of the beginning of the Village at Prasada near Loop 303 & Waddell Rd.! The Village at Prasada is the first major power center on the West Coast in over a decade!

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy, and Councilmembers Winters, Hastings, Judd and Cline joined SimonCRE for a Ground Breaking ceremony.

Christmas Tree Disposal

Need to get rid of your Christmas tree? Surprise is offering four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience. The lots are open December 27, 2021 – January 18, 2022 at the following locations:

  • Bi-Centennial Park
    16705 N. Nash St. (south end of the parking lot)
  • Surprise Recreation Campus / Youth Baseball Complex
    15795 N. Parkview Pl. (across from Valley Vista High School)
  • Dick McComb Softball Park
    17894 Westpark Blvd. (parking lot on corner of 180th Ave & Westpark Blvd.)
  • Asante Community Park
    16763 W. Vereda Solana Dr. (parking lot at the north end of the park)

Be sure to remove all decorations before dropping off trees, and place them in the specified designated areas only. There is a limit of two trees per household. For more information, please call 623.222.1900.

Tree Lighting

The Surprise Party Christmas TreeMayor and Council attended the tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Annual Surprise Party in front of Surprise Stadium on Friday, December 3. I would like to thank the community for coming out to enjoy another successful holiday celebration, and a big thank you to our Surprise Parks and Recreation team for all they do to make this a Winter Wonderland in the desert.

2022 Surprise Spring Training packages

Season ticket and mini-plan packages for the 2022 Spring Training Season are on sale now at SurpriseStadium.com. Each ticket option will offer unique perks, savings over the individual game ticket price, choice of the best available seating locations and exclusive access to special season ticket plan holder events and pre-sale opportunities.

Fire Station Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We had a great time celebrating the openings of Surprise Fire-Medical Fire Stations 304 & 308 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 14! Thanks to everyone who came out for the event and to all Surprise voters who made these projects possible.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Council join Chief Abbott for a ribbon cutting at Fire Station 308.

Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

The 10th annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, presented by Thunderbird Artists and the City of Surprise, returns January 7-9, 2022. The event will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Admission is $3 and is cash only.

Live music and a variety of food trucks will add to the atmosphere of the art arena. In addition to tasty meals, there will be plenty of goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth, including kettle corn, caramels and ice cream.

For more information about the Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, please contact Thunderbird Artists at 480.837.5637 or visit thunderbirdartists.com.

Women 4 Women

Councilmember Cline and Women4Women came together to help package feminine hygiene products at WHAM.The number of homeless and low-income women increases each year in our community. Many require the use of feminine hygiene products and Women4Women believes these items should be available to those who need them. Women from a local chapter of Women4Women came together to help package feminine hygiene products at WHAM on December 13. These items are distributed through the Surprise Resource Center, the Surprise Police Department and the Crisis Support teams.

Truck Noise

Noise pollution is a concern that is often shared by residents of Sun City Grand. Sometimes these concerns are in regard to cars on Bell Rd., vehicles with modified exhaust systems, or even truck traffic on SR303. This noise can be especially disruptive at night or in the early morning hours, as there is less overall ambient noise in the community during these times and sounds travel further. Our Surprise police department enforces traffic laws including prohibitions on speeding, racing and modified exhaust systems on city streets, such as Bell Rd and Sunrise Blvd. We rely on the Arizona Department of Public Safety to patrol and enforce state laws on highways such as SR303 and US-60/Grand Ave.

One of the most common questions received is in regards to air brake use by large trucks. Because large trucks are largely regulated and governed by Federal law which preempts local and state laws, implementing and enforcing local bans on air brake use is difficult. Local laws also usually include their own exemptions, such as the use of air brakes being allowed when necessary to avoid an accident. This exemption by itself makes enforcement very challenging. The City of Surprise understands and appreciates the noise pollution concerns that have been shared and will continue to coordinate with our state law enforcement partners to address and mitigate this issue where possible.

Surprise Literacy Challenge

The Surprise Literacy Challenge began almost a decade ago and participation has continued to grow in our schools the past few years. On Wednesday, December 15, Mayor Skip Hall and I joined Mrs. Mitton’s 4th-grade class at Luke Elementary for an ice cream party with all the yummy fixings in celebration of winning the Surprise Literacy Challenge! This annual program engages elementary-age children of Surprise in kindergarten through 4th grade in various challenges that encourage them to enjoy literacy in new ways. Congratulations to Mrs. Mitton’s class!

Senior Center Holiday Party

Councilmember Cline and her husband in front of the Christmas Tree at the Annual City of Surprise senior center holiday party.Friday, December 17, I along with Mayor Skip Hall and Councilmembers Winters, Remley and Judd attended the Annual City of Surprise Senior Center Holiday Party at The Colonnade. This annual event included a delicious lunch and raffles for all to enjoy. Thank you to the Surprise Senior Center for hosting such an incredible event!

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park in January! Join us on January 23 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 February 13 and April 3.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m. on January 25 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr., and at 10 a.m. on January 28 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 meetings are January 4 and 18 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 – December 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.

Mayor Business Roundtable

On Thursday, November 4, Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy and I joined forces with Surprise Economic Development to host our first in-person Mayor’s Roundtable! Economic Development was thrilled to invite local, small businesses as well as our partners from Arizona Small Business Association and Arizona Commerce Authority to lend an ear regarding their troubles, wins and everything in between over the last year. Thank you all for making time for us in your busy schedules!

Surprise Day of Service

A woman puts shrub and debris into a garbage bag.Surprise is looking for volunteers for its Day of Service on Saturday, December 11. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more.

How to get involved: Individuals and groups can register with Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or 623 222-1522.

Get more info here: https://bit.ly/3qpmVZk

EPCOR Franchise Extension

The results of the November 2 election are in, and Surprise voters have approved an EPCOR franchise extension. This approval extends a previous 25-year agreement with EPCOR Water for an additional 25 years, allowing the company 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. Under this agreement, EPCOR will pay a 2% franchise fee to the City. That money will go into the City’s General Fund, which pays for public safety, parks, street maintenance and more.

New Resident Welcome Event

Councilmember Cline speaks at a podium at Arizona Traditions.On Friday, November 5, Mayor Hall, Chief Peña, Councilmember Winters and I attended the New Resident Welcome event at Arizona Traditions. This event welcomed those who moved to Arizona Traditions this year. It was a great opportunity for new residents to learn more about the facilities, activities and clubs within the community.

ThrivePoint High School Grand Re-Opening

Friday, November 19, I along with Mayor Hall and Councilmember Winters joined ThrivePoint High School for a ribbon-cutting. Learning Center Coordinator, McKenzie McClanahan, hosted the ceremony in honor of welcoming ThrivePoint High School, located at 16578 W. Greenway Rd. Suite #204, into our community. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Councilmember Cline, Councilmember Winters and Mayor Hall attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at Thrive Point High School.

EricsHouse Support Groups

EricsHouse helps people integrate loss of a loved one using a variety of healing resources that reduce grief symptoms, promote growth and personal well-being, and provide a community of like-minded people who understand this unique grief journey. ericshouse.org

  • Grieving Mothers Support Group

Open to mothers who have lost a child to suicide, substance abuse, homicide, illness or any sudden loss. This group runs weekly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 & 1/5/22.

Contact marianne@ericshouse.org to determine if this group is right for you. Pre-registration is required

  • Support Group for Grieving Men

This closed group begins November 16 and will run weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Participation is limited to nine members. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4/22 & 1/11. Please contact greg@ericshouse.org or 480.734.3423 to determine if this group is right for you.

MLK Celebration Events

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

Wednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

Trash Collection

Surprise trash collection zones will change beginning Monday, January 3, to balance the number of homes serviced on each collection day as the city continues to grow. This means some residents will see a change to their trash collection day. These changes apply to City of Surprise sanitation customers only. Get the details: https://bit.ly/3kk155F

Fire Station 308 Courage Walk

“COURAGE is not living without fear, but being able to walk through it while doing the right thing anyway.” This statement is part of a new art installation at the recently completed Surprise Fire Station 308 and pays tribute to the character of our Surprise Fire-Medical Department team and all they do to keep our community safe. Stop by and check out “Courage Walk 308” at 13771 W. Cactus Rd.

The new art installation Courage Walk 308.

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.
*All mosquito fogging is done through Maricopa County Vector Control.

Here is a link to their education campaign: maricopa.gov/1746/West-Nile-Virus

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park in January! Join us on January 23 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 February 13 and April 3.

Surprise Senior Center Lunch

On Tuesday, November 16, Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Chris Judd and I attended a BBQ lunch event at the Surprise Senior Center. This was the Center’s first large gathering since the pandemic began. It was amazing welcoming back so many members to this annual event! To learn more about programs and services offered at the Senior Center, please call 623.222.1500.

Councilmember Cline serves lunch to residents at the Surprise Senior Center barbeque.

Speed Limits

An infographic showing bicyclist, pedestrians and vehicles sharing the road.Traffic laws can vary from state to state regarding rights-of-way, and I have heard from some of my constituents regarding concerns of speeding and drivers not yielding to people in crosswalks. I have included information below as a reminder to please share the road!

Sun City Grand Speed Limits: 

  • Sunrise Blvd, Clearview Blvd, Goldwater Ridge, and Mountain View Blvd: 35 mph
  • Residential Areas: 25 mph

Four-Way Stops/Crosswalks – Right of Way:

  1. Except as provided in Arizona Revised Statutes section 28-793, subsection B, if traffic control signals are not in place or are not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be in order to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is on the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. A pedestrian shall not suddenly leave any curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
  2. If a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of another vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

*Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation making it a crime to park a vehicle so that enough of a sidewalk is blocked to prevent someone using a wheelchair from passing.

Walkers, Runners, Joggers:
Walkers and runners, keep your eyes and ears open and move over to allow cyclists to pass safely. If wearing headphones, please have them lowered to a volume that you can hear others when approaching. Runners should signal walkers similar to cyclists when passing.

Bicyclists:
Arizona does not have a statute that specifically prohibits the operation of a bicycle upon a sidewalk (Ariz. Rev. Stat. Article 28-904;28-101). Therefore, cyclists should keep their eyes and ears open for walkers, runners, and vehicles. In addition, cyclists should alert when passing walkers and runners by yelling, “passing on your left (or right)!” Please remember to be cautious of pedestrians and move out of the way to give pedestrians the right of way.

  • Although it is not a law, emergency officials urge all bicyclists to wear a helmet.
  • Follow all traffic signs and rules of the road.
  • If you’re riding at night, use a front & rear light.
  • Use hand signals when turning.
  • Avoid busy streets when possible.

Golf Carts:
Golf carts operate as vehicles; same laws apply. In addition, golf carts are to be operated in public streets by those who have a valid driver’s license. Children, teens, and adults without a valid license are not allowed to operate a golf cart in public streets.

If you notice any violators of the safety laws permitted by the Arizona State Legislature, which are supported by the city of Surprise and Sun City Grand, please contact the Surprise Police Department at 623.222.4000, or 911 for an emergency.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m. on December 28 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 December 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.

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 – April 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! Welcome to April! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains essential 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.

Council Conversations Show

Tuesday, February 23, I had the pleasure of hosting my first Council Conversations show. I interviewed Human Service & Community Vitality Director Seth Dyson about what types of assistance are available at the Surprise Resource Center, including rent and utility help! You can view the conversation on my website at d2.surpriseaz.gov.

Councilmember Cline speaks with Human Service and Community Vitality director, Seth Dyson.

State of the City Video Premiere

The 2021 State of the City will be presented as a video premiere on Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. Join us as as we reflect on the resilience of our community and look forward to what’s on the horizon. Watch LIVE online at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv.

Salvation Army Fundraiser Golf Tournament

A golf club head is lined up with a golf ball on top of a tee.The Salvation Army is hosting a Northwest Valley Corps Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Arizona Traditions. Check-in starts at 7:00 a.m. with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start in a scramble format. The cost is $75.00 per person or $300 for a foursome. All proceeds will benefit social services and the food pantry. If you’re not a golfer, please consider volunteering to help or donating prizes. To register, please contact Fred Folder at 714-420-9886 or Frederick.folden.jr@usw.salvationarmy.org

Miller Massage Therapy Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Cline prepare to cut a grand opening ribbon in front of Miller Message Therapy.On February 26, Mayor Hall and I attended a grand opening ribbon cutting for Miller Massage Therapy, located at 17100 W Clearview Blvd., at Cimarron in Sun City Grand. Congratulations to Nicole Miller, owner of Miller Massage Therapy, in celebrating their second office location in Surprise.

Important Information for Southwest Gas Customers

Southwest Gas is transforming their customer information system from the ground up on Monday, May 3, 2021, to provide an improved customer experience along with enhanced security. For important information on how this will impact you and the way your account will be serviced, please visit www.swgas.com/new4u. The site will provide regular updates and tools to help you navigate the new system.

Drop-off Recycling

Surprise residents can drop-off clean/dry acceptable recyclable materials at the Public Works Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Accepted materials are:

  • Plastic bottles #1 and #2 (including milk gallons, soda bottles, condiment bottles, water bottles, shampoo bottles, and detergent containers)
    Please be sure to screw all lids on the bottles or remove them completely
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

A city staff member will be available to help sort recyclable materials and ensure that the recyclables are not contaminated.

Budget Update

The city kicked off the Fiscal Year 2022 budget building process on February 2. At the February 16 Council Work Session, Council received an overview on Budget Revenues. The chart below shows Citywide revenues and the percentages that they make up out of the whole budget.

A pie chart showing Citywide revenues and the percentages that they make up out of the FY21 budget.

One area of this revenue pie chart that is often talked about is property tax. The City of Surprise has a Primary Property tax rate of $0.7591 (per $100 Assessed LPV), which is a tax levy used for general government operations and a Secondary Property Tax rate of $0.3880, which is a voter-approved tax levy limited to pay for General Obligation (GO) bonds. It is also important to note that the majority of the primary property tax rate that is collected by the County goes to entities other than the City of Surprise. Below is a graphic that represents the property tax distribution.

A graphic representing property tax distribution.

There was also a presentation on citywide budget expenses at the March 2 City Council Work Session. Future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include presentations related to department operation budget development. The Recommended Budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by Council and public review. The final budget adoption is scheduled for June 1. Fiscal Year 2022 begins July 1, 2021.

To watch past budget presentations, please visit Surpriseaz.gov/budget.

Meet & Greet

Join me Monday, April 26, 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.