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.
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
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
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!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 480.734.3423 to determine if this group is right for you.
MLK Celebration Events
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
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.
West Nile Virus
Maricopa 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.