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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 – 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 – October 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.

The Toast Craft Kitchen & Cocktails Ribbon Cutting

We welcomed The Toast Craft Kitchen & Cocktails to Surprise on September 15 at their official ribbon cutting. The Toast Craft Kitchen is located at 17058 W. Bell Rd., Suite 104. Congratulations to owners David and Emily Bromm! We wish you the best of luck on your much-anticipated restaurant!

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Cline and Jeanine Jerkovic join owners and employees in front of The Toast.

October Day of Service

Show your community pride by participating in a day of community service on October 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St., before venturing out to various cleanup and beautification projects across the city. Projects will run until approximately noon. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

2050 MAG Regional Transportation Plan

Do you want a choice of safe and reliable options to get around the Valley of the Sun? From September 13 – October 13, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is asking for your input and review of the MOMENTUM 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program, and 2021 MAG Conformity Analysis. More details here: azmag.gov/Newsroom/Public-Notices

Ottawa Football Game Recognition

Ottawa University hosted its first home football game on Saturday, September 4. Ottawa wanted to spotlight its partnership with the City of Surprise during halftime by recognizing Mayor and Council, who support the partnership.

Surprise City Council receives recognition from Ottawa University.

Care & 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. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources and medical checks. 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

Women4Women

The number of homeless and low-income women increases each year in our community. Many require the use of feminine hygiene products each month, the cost of which is not covered by SNAP (food stamps) and too expensive for many to afford. Women4Women believes these items should be available to those who need them; helping homeless and low-income women maintain their dignity, self-respect, and health. 20 women from a local chapter of Women4Women came together to help package feminine hygiene products at WHAM on September 13. In one hour, the team put together over 100 bags! These items are distributed through Surprise Resource Center, the Surprise Police Department and Crisis Support teams.

Fire Station 308

Construction is complete on Fire Station 308, located on the south side of Cactus Road, east of Litchfield Road, and the station is operational today. Fire Station 308 is approximately 16,000 square feet with four bays for fire apparatus. It houses an Engine Company and Hazardous Materials Response Team – an essential component due to the station’s proximity to the city’s industrial district. The station is designed to provide training specific to responses to hazardous materials emergencies and has room for a future ambulance.

Arizona Fall League

Arizona Fall League logoThe month of October truly is for baseball, and with the start of the Arizona Fall League, the City of Surprise sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars. The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season Tuesday, October 14, at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. Click here for schedule and pricing bit.ly/2XOn0dj

G.A.I.N Night

Surprise G.A.I.N. Night flyerSurprise Public Safety officials invite you to attend the upcoming G.A.I.N. Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods). This free, interactive community event is Saturday, October 23, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park – 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be trick-or-treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, a Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, public safety displays by Surprise Police and Fire-Medical, and so much more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

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 October 17 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 November 7, January 23, February 13 and April 3.

Coffee with Vets

If you are a veteran, thank you for your service. Join me for Coffee with a Vet on Saturday, October 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be free coffee and bagels at the Surprise Resource Center at 12425 W. Bell Rd. Meet other vets, enjoy comradarie and take advantage of resources that assist our veterans!

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m., October 26 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 October 5 and 19 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.

Future Meet & Greet Changes

  • Beginning October 26 my meet and greets at Sun City Grand will be moving to Tuesday nights in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr.
  • November Arizona Traditions meet and greet will now be on Friday, November 12 at 2 p.m. in the Ballroom. Epcor and Surprise Water will be there to answer questions and of course, coffee and doughnuts will be provided!

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 – 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.