Monthly Archives: December 2016

explain-simply-columnYou’ve heard this a million times, and I’m hesitant to include it on this list. Yet, as an industry, this tip has not sunk in. Local government has it’s own special language. Many of us have been speaking it for so long, we don’t even realize we’re doing it anymore.

In the book “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Stick and Others Die“, authors Chip and Dan Heath discuss “the curse of knowledge.” At its core, the curse of knowledge simply points out “that when we know something, it becomes hard for us to imagine not knowing it. As a result, we become lousy communicators.”

Local government

Local government
Local government is a form of public administration which, in a majority of contexts, exists as the lowest tier of administration within a given state.

Bob Vukanovich’s question to Mayor Sharon Wolcott

Being in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. Has the City of Surprise designated a municipal point person on substance abuse prevention.

Local officials can encourage individuals to take action to intervene immediately when they are with overdose victims by publicizing that the Good Samaritan Law provides protection from prosecution.

Has there been any work shops on this issue?

Surprise City mayor sharon wolcott

Steps to prepare for disaster

• Develop a 72-hour emergency supply kit that includes one gallon of water per person per day; three days of non-perishable food; first-aid kit; flashlights; AM/FM radio; batteries; pocket knife; clothing and bedding; baby formula; diapers; medications; and important family documents.
• Make a family emergency plan – particularly for individuals with disabilities – that includes a firm home-evacuation plan, shutting off utilities, having an evacuation route and making arrangements for pets and animals.
• Visit or
• Call 1-800-BE-READY or for Spanish speakers, 1-888-SE-LISTO, to receive free materials.

Source: Surprise Fire Department

The city manager should be giving award for having the guts to tell it like it is, he being the closest to those in charge he has with out a doubt insite to the problems. This existing coucil is about as corrupt
as you can get, all seem to have hidden agendas or are self serving.
Its my hope that the citizens of this great city, wake up and start getting
Larry K

Surprise City mayor sharon wolcott


Surprise seeks National Anthem performers for 2017 Spring Training season

S‌urprise, A‌Z (December 8, 2016)
The City of Surprise is looking for experienced vocalists and musicians to perform the National Anthem at Surprise Stadium for the 2017 Cactus League Spring Training games, February 25 – March 29.

To be considered, please submit an audio recording via DVD or audio CD to the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Recordings may also be submitted electronically by .mp3 or YouTube link to by Jan.16, 2017.

All submissions must include the performer’s name, address, phone number and email address, along with their performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Due to the number of demos received, you will only be contacted if you are selected. Limited spots are available.

For more information, please contact Regina Miller of the Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department at 623.222.2249.



2017 Royals, Rangers Surprise Spring Training: Online Pre-Sale Starts Dec. 10!

S‌urprise, A‌Z (December 8, 2016)
The 15th annual Surprise Spring Training season will kick off on Saturday, February 25 at the Surprise Recreation Campus –– featuring Surprise’s home teams: the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.

There will be a special online pre-sale at starting Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 a.m. (MST). Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with at 888.755.2583. Service charges may apply to online and phone orders.

Individual tickets and season packages will be available. Individual game ticket prices range from $8 in the lawn to $30 in the premium lower dugout and include free parking. Dynamic pricing may apply to select premium games. Pre-sale excludes lawn seating – lawn seats will be available for purchase beginning Feb. 17.

The Surprise Recreation Campus invites fans to save by taking advantage of the pre-sale opportunity to purchase from a variety of ticket packages. Ticket packages available include Full Season, Home Team Half Season, and Home Team 7-Packs. All packages include priority seating and VIP Parking. Full Season and Half Season packages include a VIP season ticket holder reception.

Season tickets and mail orders will also be accepted at the box office. Group sales will be available Jan. 7. Call 623.222.2222 to add your name to the priority list now, or download the mail/fax order form online at

The Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office will open for ticket sales on Saturday, Jan.7, 2017 beginning at 7 a.m. The box office is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

For questions or more information, please check our website at or call 623.222.2222

Feb. 2014 Nothing done yet: Bus Rapid Transit along Grand Avenue
Wolcott called for all-day express bus service between Surprise and Phoenix along Grand Avenue, and a designated diamond lane for buses and carpools. She said planned improvements at the Grand/Bell intersection, the popularity of limited express bus service, the opportunity to revitalize Grand and the need to unite the Northwest Valley with the rest of the region, meant all-day express buses could “revolutionize” travel for thousands and transform the community.

Surprise City mayor sharon wolcott


Dance, yoga and more! Now enrolling for winter special interest classes

S‌urprise, A‌Z (December 5, 2016)
The City of Surprise is now enrolling for winter session special interest classes, including dance, gymnastics, music, martial arts and much more!

Classes are available for ages 2 through adult and will be held at various locations throughout Surprise, including Countryside Recreation Center located at 15038 N. Parkview Place and Sierra Montana Recreation Center located at 14861 N. Spring Lane.

For a full list of classes, course dates and fees, visit and click on the Rec-Connect link or contact the Community and Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.

It’s flu season; Surprise Fire-Medical reminds you to know signs, symptoms of the virus

S‌urprise, A‌Z (November 30, 2016) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people in the United States catch the influenza (flu) virus each year; hundreds of thousands are hospitalized and anywhere from thousands to tens of thousands of people die from the flu every year.

Surprise Fire-Medical Department is urging residents to not only protect yourself against contracting and spreading the flu virus during flu season but also know when to seek emergency medical attention should you or someone you know get the flu.

Protect yourself from the flu virus this year; get vaccinated; wash your hands often with soap and warm water; avoid people who are sick; and use prescription medication as your doctor recommends it.

Understanding the signs and symptoms of the virus is also important to prevent contracting and spreading the flu. Common signs of the flu can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Feeling weak or more tired than usual
  • Headaches
  • Chills
  • Body aches

Registration for City of Surprise Adult Sports Leagues opens Dec. 5

S‌urprise, A‌Z (December 1, 2016) The City of Surprise will open registration Dec. 5 for several Adult Sports leagues taking place this winter season.

Adult Coed Indoor Volleyball – Games are scheduled to take place on Sunday evenings beginning January 8. League Play: 5 on 5. Team registration cost is $200.

Adult Kickball League – Games are scheduled to take place on Saturday evenings beginning January 7. League Play: 10 on the field. Team registration cost is $200.

4 on 4 Adult Flag Football – Games are scheduled to take place on Sundays beginning December 18. League Play: 4 on 4. Team registration cost is $300.

Adult Men’s Basketball – Games are scheduled to take place on Tuesday evenings beginning January 3. League Play: 5 on 5. Team registration cost is $400.

Adult Coed and Men’s Softball – Games are scheduled to take place for the following divisions:

Men’s – Tuesday nights beginning January 10.
Men’s and Coed – Thursday nights beginning January 12.
Coed – Friday nights beginning January 13.
Men’s – Saturday nights beginning January 14.
Coed – Sunday nights beginning January 15.

Play: 10 on the field. Team registration cost is $400.

Team registration will take place December 5 – December 9. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Team registrations may be submitted at the Community and Recreation Services Office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Additional information and registration forms are also available online at