Monthly Archives: June 2014

Mayor Sharon Wolcott & Councilman Skip Hall, City of Surprise

Public invited to share thoughts on Veramonte Park Improvements June 26

Surprise, AZ (June 4, 2014) .

The Surprise City Council approved approximately $948,000 in the FY14/15 capital budget for facility improvements at Veramonte. The proposed Phase II improvements conceptually include:

Restroom
Parking Lot (approximately 50 spaces)
Two (2) Ramadas 12’ x 24’ (pre-manufactured with custom columns)
Softball Field Lighting
Soccer Field Lighting

 

Mayor Sharon Wolcott City of Surprise Bob Vukanovich

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City of Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott

After the Special City Council held on May 27th was reconvened, Mayor Wolcott commented that upon Mr. Hilman’s resignation, council has agreed to appoint Mr. Wingenroth as interim City Manager. If the Agreement was made in the executive session, it would appear to be an open meeting law for Mayor Wolcott to comment on what was discussed in the E-Session.
7.8.4 Confidentiality of Executive Session Minutes. The minutes of an executive
session and all discussions that take place at an executive session are confidential and
may not be disclosed to anyone, A.R.S. § 38-431.03(B), except that they may be disclosed
to the following people:

A.R.S.§ 38-431.09(A). In keeping with this expressed intent, any uncertainty under the
Open Meeting Law should be resolved in favor of openness in government. Any question
whether the Open Meeting Law applies to a certain public body likewise should be resolved
in favor of applying the law.
7.5 The Actions and Activities Covered by the Open Meeting Law.
Public officials should refrain from any activities that may undermine public confidence in
the public decision making process established in the Open Meeting Law, including actions
that may appear to remove discussions and decisions from public view.
7.5.1 Generally. All meetings of a public body shall be public, and all persons
desiring to attend shall be permitted to attend and listen to the deliberations and
proceedings. A.R.S. § 38-431.01(A). All legal action of public bodies shall occur during a
public meeting. Id.
A meeting is defined as “the gathering, in person or through technological devices, of a quorum of members of a public body at which they discuss, // Propose or take legal action, including any deliberations by a quorum with respect to such action\\.

” A.R.S. § 38-431(4). The definition of meeting was modified by the Arizona
Legislature in 2000 to prohibit a quorum of a public body from secretly communicating
through technological devices, including, for example, facsimile machines, telephones,
texting, and e-mail.

 

Surprise Independent

By Rusty Bradshaw
Independent Newsmedia, Inc. USA
Updated June 11, 2014

SURPRISE, Ariz. – Choosing to forego a drawn out search, the SurpriseCity Council appointed Bob Wingenroth, currently the city’s assistant city manager and chief financial officer, to fill the vacancy.

Mr. Wingenroth assumed his new duties today, releasing Chris Hillman to start his new job as Irving, Texas, city manager. Mr. Hillman will be paid $20,760, representing wages at his current rate through July 20.

Mr. Hillman informed the council June 5 he had been accepted for the Irving job and resigned with a 45-day notice.

The council cited a desire to move forward on some time-sensitive projects as the main reason for appointing Mr. Wingenroth.

“These projects include establishing new citywide village plans, which will set the course for future development in the community, and the hiring of a new economic development director and community development director,” Mayor Sharon Wolcott and council members said in a joint statement.

Mr. Wingenroth is the former Anaheim, Calif. city manager and spent 28 years with the city of Phoenix, then serving as chief financial officer in Huntington Beach, Calif. He was the CFO in Anaheim before accepting the city manager position there. He assumed the ACM/CFO position in Surprise in June of last year.

City officials have known for weeks Mr. Hillman was a top candidate for the Irving job. The council May 27 unanimously voted to appoint Mr. Wingenroth as interim city manager should Mr. Hillman be offered and accept the Irving position
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The article above; The council did not vote to appoint Mr.Wingenroth as the interim city manager, unless it was done in the executive session. Unable to contact the Surprise Independent to have them make a correction.

 

 

ADOT

Arizona and Nevada to hold public and virtual meetings for the Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor Study
Meetings focus on draft Corridor Concept Report as study nears completion

The City Council has approved approximately $1.68 million in the FY14/15 capital budget for facility improvements at Surprise Farms. The proposed improvements conceptually include:

Restroom-Basketball court (double court type)-Drinking Fountains-Paved Parking Lots, lighted-Tot lot playground with proposed shade-5-12 playground with proposed shade-Two large ramadas (12 x 24) and three small ramadas (12 x 12)-Dog park (3 proposed areas)-Fitness Stations-Skate park-Alternates: Triangular area west of Westpark Boulevard (fencing)-Splash pad
Community and Recreation Services staff will assist in engaging the community to identify viable options for the use of these city-owned properties and do a presentation discussing the site designs. Public input is welcome and encouraged as the City moves forward in finalizing the proposed park design and preparing to call for construction bids in early fall.
If you are unable to attend the meeting but have an idea or a thought that you want to share, please email recreation@surpriseaz.gov.

YF 15 Budget

Surprise Council: FY15 budget good to go, Surprise OKs FY15 budget page 2 06/03/14
The Mayor and Council also thanked city employees, who will receive merit raises in FY15 for the first time since 2007. “Our employees have been fantastic and deserve support,” Wolcott said.

Among other highlights, the Council budgeted improvements at Surprise Farms and Veramonte Parks that total more than $2.5 million. The City’s Recreation Advisory Commission has already set a June 18 joint meeting with the Surprise Farms HOA to consider specific improvements at Surprise Farms.

The Council plans to fund a $15 million expansion of team clubhouses and public facilities at Surprise Stadium in FY15, after staff reported the expansion could be financed without adding to the budget, due in part to the City’s improved credit ratings.

The Council approved a lower primary property tax levy rate of 75.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The current rate is 77.8 cents. Primary property taxes will generate the same amount as in previous years, roughly $6.5 million, according to the City’s Finance Department.

There are no tax increases in the FY15 budget.

The budget projects a $29 million General Fund balance by June 30, 2014. $14.9 million of the surplus will constitute the two-month General Fund reserve, fulfilling a Council goal to have the reserve restored by June 30 of this year.

Even after budgeting for long-overdue civic improvements in FY15, the budget projects a balance of $27 million by June 30, 2015.

Mayor Sharon Wolcott said the Council has kept its promise to restore the City’s finances and is pursuing an aggressive agenda of civic improvements and job creation. “This budget represents the Surprise of today: a successful city with a community-supported vision for the future,” she said. “Now, it’s full speed ahead.”

Economic Development and employee increases

Economic development efforts will receive assistance ranging from additional ED personnel to improvements at the City’s showcase AZTechCelerator program, an award-winning business incubator near Bell and El Mirage roads. “Creating white-collar jobs in Surprise will continue to be our top priority,” Wolcott said.

Some of the public improvements in the tentative budget include:

Surprise Stadium team and public improvements $15,000,000
(app; financed)
In-Ground Skate Park $500,000
Boys and Girls Club in east Surprise $2,000,000
Improved Drainage to 107th Avenue/Union Hills $2,428,000
Linking Mt. View Blvd. to Grand Avenue $300,000
Competitive youth Sports Programs $250,000
Median and ROW landscaping $300,000
Park ‘N Ride enhancements $1,686,300
Surprise Farms Park improvements $1,686,300
Veramonte Park Improvements $948,000
Dial a Ride Expansion $75,000

The Council funded Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Police and Fire represented employees, retaining the current Fire pay plan.

The budget includes a 1.3% cost of living increase for all general employees and a merit increase for employees effective July 1, 2014.

The total cost of employee pay increases is approximately $6 million.

Surprise Stadium Improvements

The proposed $15 million improvement at Surprise Stadium helped the City reach agreement with the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, who told the Council in April they would extend their lease through the 8-10 year refinance period as a way of demonstrating commitment to Surprise.

 

Bob Wingenroth, No participation of the citizens of the City of Surprise

THIS WAS THE RESOLUTING PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL which is different from the resolution presented on the councils agenda in their June 10th meeting
#2014-69
RESOLUTION #2014-69
A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SURPRISE, ARIZONA, SETTING THE EFFECTIVE SEPERATION DATE OF THE RESIGNED CITY MANAGER AND APPOINTING BOB WINGENROTH AS CITY MANAGER.
WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Surprise are vested with the power to appoint the City Manager pursuant to Chapter 2 of the Surprise City Code;
WHEREAS, on June 5, 2014 the Irving Texas City Council approved a written contract of employment with Chris Hillman, the current City Manager for the City of Surprise;
WHEREAS, Mr. Hillman, on June 5, 2014 delivered a written notice 45 days in advance of his requested termination date in accordance with Section VI(B) of his contract of employment; and
WHEREAS, in order to maintain continuity, the Mayor and Council deem it appropriate to immediately appoint the next City Manager pending approval of a contract of appointment.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Surprise, Arizona, as follows.
Section 1. The separation date of the current City Manager is hereby established as June 10, 2014, and he will be paid $20,760 representing wages at his current rate through July 20, 2014.
Section 2. Bob Wingenroth is hereby appointed City Manager commencing June 11, 2014.
Section 3. The City Manager is vested with all power and authority, and must perform the duties and responsibilities of the office, as set forth under Arizona State Law and the Surprise City Code.
Section 4. The City Manager will be paid a bi-weekly salary of $7,115.38 bi-weekly ($185,000 annually) until a contract of appointment is approved by council. All other benefits will be consistent with the Employee Policy Manual.
APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 10th day of June, 2014.
Sharon Walcott, Mayor
Attest: Approved as to form:
THIS WAS THE AGENDA AGENDA RESOLUTING
#2014-69
RESOLUTION #2014-69
A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY
OF SURPRISE, ARIZONA, SETTING THE EFFECTIVE
SEPERATION DATE OF THE RESIGNED CITY MANAGER AND
APPOINTING AN INTERIM CITY MANAGER.
WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the City of Surprise are vested with the
power to appoint the City Manager pursuant to Chapter 2 of the Surprise City Code;
WHEREAS, on June 5, 2014 the Irving Texas City Council approved a written
contract of employment with Chris Hillman, the current City Manager for the City of
Surprise;
WHEREAS, Mr. Hillman, on June 5, 2014 delivered a written notice 45 days in
advance of his requested termination date in accordance with Section VI(B) of his
contract of employment; and
WHEREAS, in order to maintain continuity, the Mayor and Council deem it
appropriate to appoint an Interim City Manager until such time as the position is
permanently filled by contract appointment.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of
Surprise, Arizona, as follows.
Section 1. The separation date of the current City Manager is hereby
established as _________________.
Section 2. Bob Wingenroth is hereby appointed Interim City Manager
commencing _________________ and will continue as such until a duly appointed City
Manager is selected by the City Council and commences employment with the City.
Section 4. The Interim City Manager is vested with all power and authority, and
must perform the duties and responsibilities of the office, as set forth under Arizona
State Law and the Surprise City Code.
Section 6. The Interim City Manager will be paid a bi-weekly salary of $7,115.38
bi-weekly ($185,000 annually) until termination of the interim appointment. All other
benefits will be consistent with the Employee Policy Manual.
APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 10th day of June, 2014.
Sharon Walcott, Mayor
Attest: Approved as to form:

 

Mayor Sharon Wolcott & Bob Vukanovich City Surprise News

Surprise, AZ (June 4, 2014) The City of Surprise Recreation Advisory Commission will hold a joint public input meeting with the Veramonte HOA to discuss the Veramonte Park site developments, design plans and provide a Master Plan Update Presentation.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 26, 5:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express, at 16540 N. Bullard Avenue.

The Surprise City Council approved approximately $948,000 in the FY14/15 capital budget for facility improvements at Veramonte. The proposed Phase II improvements conceptually include:

Restroom
Parking Lot (approximately 50 spaces)
Two (2) Ramadas 12’ x 24’ (pre-manufactured with custom columns)
Softball Field Lighting
Soccer Field Lighting

Community and Recreation Services staff will assist in engaging the community to identify viable options for the use of these City owned properties and do a presentation discussing the site designs. Public input is welcome and encouraged as the City moves forward in finalizing the proposed park design and preparing to call for construction bids in early fall.

If you are unable to attend the meeting but have an idea or a thought that you want to share, please email recreation@surpriseaz.gov.