Monthly Archives: February 2017

Free sandbags available for flood protection; public reminded to report flooded streets


S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 17, 2017)
– A flash flood watch has been issued for this weekend, and the City of Surprise Public Works Department reminds residents living in flood-prone areas that free sand and bags are available at several city locations.

The sand and bags are available at the following locations (view online map | PDF map):

3 Star Park, 15825 N. Jerry Street (south side parking area off of Jerry Street)
Bell Road Lake (south side), 15105 W. Bell Road
South Plant (north gate), 11401 N. 136th Avenue
Water well site, 16849 W. Jomax Road
Westgate city facility, 13430 W. Westgate Drive
Ashton Ranch Water Supply Facility,15151 W. Greenway Road
Old City Hall recycle bin site,12425 W. Bell Road
Fire Station 302 recycle bin site,18600 Reems Road
DreamCatcher Park recycle bin site, 14534 W. Tierra Buena
Next to Villanueva Center, 15616 N. Hollyhock Street

NOTE: Residents are asked to bring their own shovel to fill the bags. Anyone needing assistance should call Public Works at 623.222.6000.

Designated Public Works crews are on call 24 hours a day during any potential heavy rain events. Crews will be checking for and removing any downed trees and debris, clearing clogged storm drains and closing roads in flooded areas as needed.

To report storm damage in the public right-of-way or a flooded street, please call 623.222.6000. If reporting after hours or on holidays, please call the Surprise Police Department Non-Emergency Line at 623.222.4000

Ottawa University Announces New Residential Campus in Surprise

City of Surprise to become university town with classes beginning August 2017

 

Schedule change for Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic due to weather

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 17, 2017) Due to the expected inclement weather forecast for Saturday, February 18, schedule adjustments were made to the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic Tournament. Please view schedule changes below.

2017 Sanderson Ford College Baseball Tournament Schedule

 

Monday, February 20
Indiana vs Oregon State 11:00 am – Surprise Stadium

*Kansas City Auxiliary 6 – located at the Surprise Recreation Campus 15850 N. Bullard Avenue

All game times are approximate and subject to change.

For additional information contact Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222

 

US 60 (Grand Avenue) and Bell Road weekly project update

 

US 60 (Grand Avenue) and Bell Road weekly project update

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 16, 2017) The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project.

The update is as follows:

Bell Road ramps to and from Grand Avenue opened Thursday, Feb. 16. The new Grand Avenue / Bell Road interchange is what’s called a median urban diamond, which has connections at the center rather than ramps to the right of Grand Avenue traffic or other possible configurations.

Drivers using the new interchange should pay attention to signs and other traffic-control devices, including the new traffic signals on the Bell Road bridge. Motorists using the new Grand Avenue on-ramps also should use caution when merging with other traffic on Grand Avenue.

After ADOT opened the Bell Road bridge as promised before the start of the holiday shopping season, opening ramps to and from Grand Avenue before the start of spring training baseball games at nearby Surprise Stadium represents another key milestone.

Construction of the Bell/Grand interchange began a year ago. The entire project is expected to be completed by early March after crews replace temporary lane stripes on fresh pavement with permanent striping. Landscaping and drainage system work also will be finished in the coming weeks.

The project team appreciates your continued patience as final activities wrap up on the project. If you have questions, please call the project hotline at 855.712.8530 and press option #1 or email bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.

US 60 (Grand Avenue) and Bell Road weekly project update
S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 16, 2017) The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project.

The update is as follows:

Bell Road ramps to and from Grand Avenue opened Thursday, Feb. 16. The new Grand Avenue / Bell Road interchange is what’s called a median urban diamond, which has connections at the center rather than ramps to the right of Grand Avenue traffic or other possible configurations.

Drivers using the new interchange should pay attention to signs and other traffic-control devices, including the new traffic signals on the Bell Road bridge. Motorists using the new Grand Avenue on-ramps also should use caution when merging with other traffic on Grand Avenue.

After ADOT opened the Bell Road bridge as promised before the start of the holiday shopping season, opening ramps to and from Grand Avenue before the start of spring training baseball games at nearby Surprise Stadium represents another key milestone.

Construction of the Bell/Grand interchange began a year ago. The entire project is expected to be completed by early March after crews replace temporary lane stripes on fresh pavement with permanent striping. Landscaping and drainage system work also will be finished in the coming weeks.

The project team appreciates your continued patience as final activities wrap up on the project. If you have questions, please call the project hotline at 855.712.8530 and press option #1 or email bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.

Arizona Department of Transportation crews will resume paving at Coldwater Canyon Road (Exit 244) from 6:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 as part of an ongoing 13-mile repaving project on I-17 between New River Road and Black Canyon City. 

The work will require the closure of the southbound off-ramp and a lane restriction on Coldwater Canyon Road over I-17 during work hours.  Drivers will be guided through the work zone with flaggers. 

ADOT began work over the summer on northbound and southbound I-17 between New River Road and Black Canyon City (mileposts 232 to 244). The project includes minor bridge repair on 13 bridge structures and repaving the roadway.

Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions and closures, but it’s possible that unscheduled impacts may occur because of weather or other factors. For the most current information about highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

For more information, please call Tricia Lewis, senior community relations officer, 928.606.2420 or email tlewis@azdot.gov.

City offices closed Monday for Presidents Day; holiday trash / recycling schedule in effect


S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 15, 2017)
City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Monday, February 20 in observance of Presidents Day.

City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day the week of February 20-24. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers and, therefore, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider.

Questions? Please contact City of Surprise Customer Service at 623.222.6000.

Registration open for Surprise Tennis University, specialized beginners program for adults

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 13, 2017) The City of Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex is now registering for its Tennis University – an eleven-week program for beginner tennis players ages 18 and up.

Tennis University provides a structured framework for learning the game of tennis, offering: six weeks of instruction; four weeks of supervised match play; pre-match drills and coaching; and a week of in-game competition while playing in a non-elimination tournament.

Classes begin Feb. 21 and are held Tuesday evenings from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, located at 14469 W. Paradise Lane.

Students will not only learn the fundamentals of tennis, but will also receive complimentary walk-on court time, ball basket rental and demo racquet use during their session. Spaces are limited for each class and fill fast, so call and reserve your spot today!

To register, or for more information, please contact the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400. For a complete listing of all upcoming classes and tennis leagues visit www.surpriseaz.gov/tennis.

Dine out Friday to support youth in the Surprise Police Explorers program


S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 13, 2017)
The youth of Surprise Police Explorer Post #2236 invite you to dine out for a good cause this Friday, February 17! The Explorers are partnering with Buffalo Wild Wings for a fundraising event that will help support their growing program.

The event is happening 11 a.m. to close at the Buffalo Wild Wings located at 13882 W. Bell Road (northeast corner of Litchfield Road and Bell Road in Surprise).

The Explorers will be onsite at the restaurant from 5-9 p.m. to greet customers and hand out yellow tickets that activate a donation of 10 percent of your total bill to the Explorer Post. If you dine outside of those hours, please print out and bring a copy of the yellow ticket below or present the coupon in electronic form to your server.

The Explorers program is designed for youth to learn the skills necessary for a career in law enforcement. The focus is to foster positive character traits such as honesty, integrity, respect, courage and discipline.

Thank you for your support!

For more information about Surprise Police Explorer Post #2236, visit: http://ow.ly/VqYMc

To download a PDF of the yellow ticket, visit: http://bit.ly/2l1Dg2I

Surprise Tennis Classic Women’s Tennis Championships


S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 10, 2017)
The Surprise Tennis Classic Women’s Tennis Championships, a USTA Pro Circuit Event, returns February 12-19. This $25,000 tournament will feature up and coming young professionals from the Women’s Professional Circuit.

Qualifying matches will be held February 12 and 13 with the main draw slated to start later that day. The tournament will be held at the national award-winning Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex. This is 10th consecutive year the complex has hosted a USTA Pro Circuit event.

The tournament will include great tennis action as well as a series of special events for the public.  This year’s special events include:

Tuesday, February 14 – Red/Orange Ball Kids Day
Kids 10 and under participate in group games and drills with players from the USTA Pro Circuit. Clinic runs from 5-6 p.m. with pizza and prizes for all participants at the conclusion.

Wednesday, February 15: Senior Day
Individuals who are 50 years of age and older can come and enjoy pro tennis for only $1 admission.

Thursday, February 16: Tennis Buddies Day
An adaptive tennis clinic for individuals with special needs provided by staff from the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, along with the tournament’s touring professionals, and the City of Surprise’s Adaptive Recreation Staff.  Clinic runs 6-7 p.m. with a pizza party and prizes for all participants at the conclusion of the clinic.

Thursday, February 16: High School Tennis Day and Players Clinic
Teens that play on their high school Varsity or Junior Varsity tennis teams are invited to a 90-minute clinic with some of the tournament’s touring professionals.  Participants will compete in drills and point situations with world class players from the tournament followed by a pizza party, prizes and a meet-and-greet with the players. Clinic runs from 6-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 18: Kids Tennis Carnival
Kids participate in games with players from the Pro Circuit.  All kids admitted free to Carnival and the day’s matches while parents pay half-price admission. Kids Carnival starts at 11 a.m. with pizza and prizes for all participants prior to the start of the semifinal matches.  For information, contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

Tickets for the event will be sold onsite at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, located at 14469 W. Paradise Lane.  No admission charge for qualifying matches on February 12-13.  Tickets for February 14-16 are $3 per person, and tickets for February 17-19 are $6 per person.

For additional ticket or tournament information, please call 623.222.2400 or visit our website at www.surpriseaz.com/tennis.

ABOUT THE USTA PRO CIRCUIT:
With more than 90 tournaments throughout the county and prize money ranging from $10,000-$100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals.  Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed on the USTA Pro Circuit for approximately $3.2 million in prize money and valuable ATP World Tour and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour ranking points.  Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, Andy Murray, Jelena Jankovic, James Blake, Justine Henin, John Isner, Melanie Oudin and Mardy Fish are among today’s top stars that began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.  The USTA Pro Circuit is world class tennis administered on the local level and played on local tennis courts as part of the fabric of communities nationwide-an opportunity for current and new fans to experience the excitement and intensity of the professional game in their neighborhood.  

Traffic restrictions on Bullard Ave scheduled 2/14-2/17

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 10, 2017) Work to locate utilities for a future waterline project along Bullard Avenue will restrict left turn movements from Waddell Road at Bullard daily beginning Tuesday, February 14 to Friday, February 17. Traffic control will be set up between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to reduce the impact on peak travel and school commute times.

The majority of the work will occur at the intersection of Bullard Avenue and Waddell Road however some work will also occur near the intersections of Bullard Avenue and Hearn Road and Bullard Avenue and Acoma Drive.

Lane restrictions will be in place throughout the day to expedite the project.

Visit Road Closures and Traffic Restrictions for the latest in upcoming and current road work in Surprise.

Surprise hosts Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 10, 2017) Surprise Stadium is hosting nationally-ranked baseball powerhouse Oregon State, as well as the competitive forces of Indiana, Duke and Gonzaga during the Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic, February 17-20.

Get your tickets at the Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office; tickets prices start at just $5 for students. Take advantage, and save more than 50 percent by purchasing a tournament pass that includes event admission for all scheduled tournament games.

For event and ticketing information, visit www.surprisespringtraining.com or talk with a box office representative at 623.222.2222.

SANDERSON FORD COLLEGE BASEBALL CLASSIC | Feb. 17-Feb. 20
Surprise Stadium
OREGON STATE // INDIANA // DUKE // GONZAGA

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
1:00 p.m.    Duke University vs. Oregon State University
5:00 p.m.    Indiana University vs. Gonzaga University

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
10:00 a.m. Gonzaga University vs. Duke University
2:00 p.m.   Gonzaga University vs. Oregon State University
6:00 p.m.   Duke University vs. Indiana University

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19
9:30 a.m.   Duke University vs. Oregon State University
1:30 p.m.   Indiana University vs. Gonzaga University

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20
11:00 a.m. Indiana University vs. Oregon State University

Individual Tickets: Adult $10 | Senior $8 | Youth/Student $5
Tournament Passes: Adult $30 | Senior $24 | Youth/Student $16

Schedule and game times are subject to change. Game times listed are MST. Event seating is general admission.

Mayor’s Welcome Back Lunch celebrates start of 2017 Spring Training season with Royals & Rangers


S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 13, 2017)
Join city of Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott as she celebrates the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers at the 15th Annual Mayor’s Welcome Back Luncheon.

The event will take place Thursday, March 2 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Surprise Stadium – Sanderson Ford 1st Base Concourse, located at 15930 N. Bullard Ave.

Event admission includes a catered lunch provided by State 48 Brewery; (1) plaza level ticket to the Colorado Rockies vs. Kansas City Royals scheduled game; and a 15th anniversary commemorative gift. Guests will have the opportunity to hear about the upcoming season from team staff.

Individual tickets are available for purchase at the Community and Recreation Services office located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Individual tickets are $30 per person; corporate tables for (8) are $210. Seating is limited.

For more information, please contact the Community and Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.


West Valley Babe Ruth Baseball registration is now open

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 14, 2017) The City of Surprise is now offering registration for the West Valley Babe Ruth Baseball League, which begins in late April. Both individual and team registration is available for the16-game season.

Resident and non-resident registration runs through March 24 at the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave. Registration is also available online at http://bit.ly/2lGWZYQ

Babe Ruth Baseball offers the following divisions for individual and team registrations:

• 13-15 year old (Individual registration)

• 13U (Team Registration)

• 14U ( Team Registration)

• 15U (Team Registration)

League age is determined on or before April 30, 2016. All divisions will play at 60 foot pitching distance and 90 foot base paths. Games will be played at the Surprise Recreation Campus on the Kansas City Royals practice fields.

The City of Surprise is looking for volunteer coaches. If you are interested, please fill out a volunteer application and stop by the Community and Recreation Services Office for fingerprinting. For more information, please contact the Sports Division at 623-222-2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation

Outreach and promotional vendor opportunities available for Spring Egg-stravaganza event


S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 14, 2017)
 The City of Surprise invites outreach organizations, promotional vendors and local businesses to participate in the Spring Egg-stravaganza!

The event will take place Saturday, April 15 from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus, located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue.

The promotional booth fee is $750 and includes a 10 x 10 vendor tent, (1) table and (2) chairs. Please note, space is limited.

Surprise Egg-stravaganza is a free event featuring fun for the whole family. The event will include inflatables, face painting, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and a series of egg hunts filled with fun, toys and treats. This annual event is expected to draw 12,000 – 15,000 participants.

For more information or to register, please contact Regina Miller at 623.222.2249 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents to download the vendor application.

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 10, 2017) The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for the week of February 13.

Businesses in the Bell-Grand area are open during the construction project. View the latest Construction Business Access Map so you know how to ShopSurprise.

Familiarize yourself with the Bell Road Bridge and Grand Ave Traffic Patterns before the project is complete in spring 2017! View the ADOT Bell-Grand interchange animation*.

The update is as follows:

View the weekly construction photos and additional information on the project website.

Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience. If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at (855) 712-8530 and press option #1, or send an email to bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.

Upcoming Activities

  • Bell Road will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway nightly from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11 and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.
  • Grand Avenue will be restricted to one lane in both directions at times next week during daylight hours. Two lanes of traffic will be back in place at the end of each day (approximately 5 p.m.).
  • The traffic signal at Bell Road and Grand Avenue will be activated Monday, Feb. 13.
  • The Grand Avenue ramps to and from Bell Road will be opened Thursday, Feb. 16.

**City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits. **

Project Overview

The Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project is using the design-build contracting method, which provides flexibility while the contractor’s designers work side-by-side with the construction team to deliver an improved connection between the two roadways. The project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2017.

The Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange project is part of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Transportation Plan approved by county voters in 2004. Funding sources include a county half-cent sales tax for transportation projects and the MAG region’s share of federal highway funds.

*Subject to change

Stay Informed – Keep In Touch

For more information or if you have questions:
ADOT’s project hotline: (855) 712-8530, press option #1
Project email: bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov
Project website: www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand
Media inquiries: (800) 949-8057; email: news@azdot.gov

For more information about retail shopping and services in Surprise please see: Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce: http://www.surpriseregionalchamber.com/

 

US 60 (Grand Avenue) and Bell Road Weekly Project Update

Weekly Update #55—Week of Feb. 13, 2017

Current Activities

View construction photos and additional information on the project website.

Upcoming Activities:

  • Bell Road will be narrowed to one lane in each direction between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway nightly from 9 p.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11 and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.
  • Grand Avenue will be restricted to one lane in both directions at times next week during daylight hours. Two lanes of traffic will be back in place at the end of each day (approximately 5 p.m.).
  • The traffic signal at Bell Road and Grand Avenue will be activated Monday, Feb. 13.
  • The Grand Avenue ramps to and from Bell Road will be opened Thursday, Feb. 16.

** City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits. **

Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience. If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at 855.712.8530 and press option #1 or email bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.

The Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project is using the design-build contracting method, which provides flexibility while the contractor’s designers work side-by-side with the construction team to deliver an improved connection between the two roadways. The project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017.

Stay Informed:

For more information about retail shopping and services in Surprise, go to:

Tune in to “Rhythm Edition” at Second Sundays in the Park

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 9, 2017) The City of Surprise continues its Second Sundays in the Park series this Sunday, February 12. Enjoy a variety of musical hits from 2-4 p.m. as “Rhythm Edition” performs in the center of Surprise Community Park.

This free, family event is a wonderful opportunity to picnic and enjoy a day at the park while listening to live musical entertainment. The Surprise Community Park is located at 15953 N. Bullard Avenue.

For more information, please contact the Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Parade route for Gold Rush Days in Wickenburg requires closure of US 60 on Saturday

Drivers should expect delays between 9:30 and noon

Due to this weekend’s 69th annual Gold Rush Days celebration, US 60 in downtown Wickenburg (mileposts 107-110) will be closed in both directions on Saturday (Feb. 11) from 9:30 a.m. to noon, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. 

Drivers should expect delays or adjust travel plans accordingly. Traffic will be rerouted through a clearly marked detour. 

Eastbound traffic on US 60 will be detoured to Vulture Mine Road to US 93 and US 93 southbound to reconnect to US 60.

Westbound traffic on US 60 will be rerouted to the US 93 bypass northbound, US 93 to Vulture Mine Road and Vulture Mine Road back to US 60.

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions and closures, but it’s possible that unscheduled impacts might occur because of weather or other factors. For the most current information about highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving.

For more information, please call Tricia Lewis, senior community relations officer, 928-606-2420 or email tlewis@azdot.gov.

REMINDER: Bridge work scheduled on US 60 at New River bridge in Peoria

Westbound lanes closed Friday, Feb. 10, to Sunday, Feb. 12

The westbound lanes of US 60 (Grand Avenue) over the New River bridge in Peoria will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, weather permitting. The closure is required for work in conjunction with a $157,000 bridge rehabilitation project.

The project includes replacement of existing expansion joints, which allow movement on the bridge, and repairs to the abutments on the west end. The work is scheduled for completion in March.

Drivers traveling on northbound Loop 101 (Agua Fria Freeway) who wish to go west on US 60 are advised to exit at Peoria Avenue, go west to 99th Avenue and then head north to US 60. Southbound drivers are advised to exit at Thunderbird Road, go west to 99th Avenue and then head south to US 60. A well-marked detour will be in place during work hours, and drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time. 

During construction, lane closures, detours and minimal delays are possible. Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment. 

ADOT works to inform the public about planned highway restrictions and closures, but it’s possible that unscheduled impacts might occur because of weather or other factors. For the most current information about highway conditions statewide, visit ADOT’s Traveler Information Site at www.az511.gov, follow ADOT on Twitter (@ArizonaDOT) or call 511, except while driving. For more information about this project, please call Tricia Lewis, senior community relations officer, 928.606.2420 or email tlewis@azdot.gov.

Drive Wise, Surprise! Police launch new traffic safety campaign

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 8, 2017) The Surprise Police Department has launched a new traffic safety campaign aimed at encouraging safe driving habits.

The slogan: “Drive Wise, Surprise.”

“In recent years, traffic accidents in our city have increased by 8-to-10 percent amid a growing population,” says Police Chief Terry Young. “This campaign is designed to create a culture of safe driving in Surprise, whether you are a resident or a visitor driving through the city.”

The campaign uses play on words and bright, creative imagery to deploy safety reminders via new street signage.

While the campaign may sound playful, the intention behind it is more serious.

“When you are practicing good driving habits, you are helping to make the road safer for everyone,” says Chief Young. “Getting to your destination faster is not worth a serious injury; driving distracted or under the influence is not worth a life.”

This message is especially relevant as accident statistics increase and bad driving behaviors continue, not only in Surprise, but across Arizona and the country:

• Surprise saw an 8 percent increase in accidents from 2014 to 2015 and a 10 percent increase in accidents from 2015 to 2016.
• Arizona Department of Transportation reported a statewide increase of more than 6 percent from 2014 to 2015.
• About 87 percent of drivers engage in unsafe behaviors behind the wheel, according to national research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
• Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in a one year period, according to a national study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

In addition to street signs, the campaign includes community and media engagement, social media messaging, ads, a public service announcement and various other marketing tools.

Watch the public service announcement and see images of the street signage at www.surpriseaz.gov/drivewise.

Plan for delays with westbound I-10 closed this weekend in West Valley

Drivers should allow extra travel time, consider alternate routes

Drivers planning to use Interstate 10 in the West Valley this weekend should allow extra travel time and consider alternate routes with the westbound lanes closed between 51st and 75th avenues to prepare for construction of a Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway interchange.

Expect heavy traffic and delays while the following closure is in place:

·         Westbound I-10 closed between 51st and 75th avenues from 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13. Westbound I-10 on-ramps at 35th and 43rd avenues will also be closed.

Westbound I-10 traffic will be rerouted along McDowell Road, just north of I-10. Drivers should expect traffic congestion on roads closest to I-10.

Valley motorists should consider other freeways, including the Loop 101 west of I-17. I-10 motorists not needing to travel through Phoenix should consider taking Interstate 8 and State Route 85 to connect back to westbound I-10.

Next weekend, eastbound I-10 (toward downtown Phoenix) will be closed between 75th and 51st avenues from 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20. Eastbound I-10 on-ramps at 91st, 83rd and 79th avenues will also be closed.

These closures will allow crews to establish a safe work zone to build an interchange connecting I-10 and the South Mountain Freeway at 59th Avenue. By the time the interchange is complete in late 2019, I-10 will be widened between 43rd and 75th avenues, with additional merge lanes in each direction. In addition, new east-west access roads parallel to I-10 will allow freeway access between 51st and 67th avenues.

The Arizona Department of Transportation selected the weekends of Feb. 10-13 and Feb. 17-20 for the I-10 closures to keep the South Mountain Freeway project moving toward completion by late 2019. The timing also avoids baseball spring training, the NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Championship and the recent Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament.

The 22-mile South Mountain Freeway, expected to open by late 2019, will provide a long-planned direct link between the East Valley and West Valley and a much-needed alternative to I-10 through downtown Phoenix. Approved by Maricopa County voters in 1985 and again in 2004 as part of a comprehensive regional transportation plan, the South Mountain Freeway will complete the Loop 202 and Loop 101 freeway system in the Valley.

For more information on the South Mountain Freeway, visit SouthMountainFreeway.com.

Highway conditions are available via ADOT’s Traveler Information site at az511.gov or by calling 511.

Police seek public assistance to identify graffiti suspect in Surprise

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 5, 2017) This morning, the Surprise Police responded to several reports of graffiti in a residential area located in the 15200 block of Ventura Street and Hearn Road in Surprise.

The Surprise Police are currently investigating multiple incidents where an unidentified suspect or suspects used orange spray paint to damage several walls and vehicles in the area. The suspect wrote several expletives and also used the initials “KF” to cause damage to several items of property; including vehicles and walls throughout the neighborhood. The damage reportedly occurred between Midnight and 5:30 am on Sunday, February 5, 2017.

Anyone with any information leading to the location or identity of the suspect(s) is asked to contact the Surprise Police Department at 623.222.4000 or 623.222.TIPS (4877). Tips can also be emailed to crimetips@surpriseaz.gov.

• Victims reportedly have successfully removed the paint from vehicles using “WD-40”.

When contacting the police, please reference INC# 170201108.

County Seeking Community Input on Multi-Year Health Improvement Plan

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 1, 2017) Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is seeking the public’s input on defining its health priorities for a three-year plan that will be implemented starting in 2018. Various public meetings are being held throughout the county where the public will be presented with the top 10 health priorities that have come out of this year’s assessment and asked to whittle them down to the top 3-5.

“This has been a collaborative process every step of the way. Over the last year, our team, along with various partners, has been gathering information from residents of Maricopa County in the form of surveys and focus groups,” said Dr. Bob England, director of Maricopa County Public Health. “Our final step is to go back to the community with all that we have heard and ask for their assistance in completing our second community health assessment in 5 years.”

All sessions will provide snacks & refreshments, free childcare service and are ADA-accessible.

Interested West Valley community members should attend the public forum listed below:

Tuesday, February 28
5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
No Spanish translation
Surprise City Hall, Community Room, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza

For more information, contact Sonia Charry at 602-679-3098.

US 60 (Grand Avenue) and Bell Road Weekly Project Update

Weekly Update #54—Week of Feb. 6, 2017

Current Activities

View construction photos and additional information on the project website

Upcoming Activities:

  • Bell Road narrowed to one lane in each direction nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12.
  • Grand Avenue will be restricted to one lane in both directions at times over the next couple of weeks during daytime hours. Two lanes of traffic will be back in place at the end of each day.
  • The traffic signal at Bell Road and Grand Avenue will be activated Monday, Feb. 13.
  • The Grand Avenue ramps to and from Bell Road will be opened Thursday, Feb. 16.

** City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits. **

Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience. If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at 855.712.8530 and press option #1 or email bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.

The Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project is using the design-build contracting method, which provides flexibility while the contractor’s designers work side-by-side with the construction team to deliver an improved connection between the two roadways. The project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017.

Stay Informed:

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US 60 (Grand Avenue) and Bell Road weekly project update

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 3, 2017) The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) has issued a project update for the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project, which includes upcoming traffic restrictions and a schedule of on-site activities for the week of February 6.

Businesses in the Bell-Grand area are open during the construction project. View the latest Construction Business Access Map so you know how to ShopSurprise.

Familiarize yourself with the Bell Road Bridge and Grand Ave Traffic Patterns before the project is complete in spring 2017! View the ADOT Bell-Grand interchange animation*.

The update is as follows:

View the weekly construction photos and additional information on the project website.

Allow plenty of time and observe all traffic control signs and barricades. The project team appreciates your continued patience. If you have questions or concerns, please call the project hotline at (855) 712-8530 and press option #1, or send an email to bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov.

Upcoming Activities

  • Bell Road narrowed to one lane in each direction nightly from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12.
  • Grand Avenue will be restricted to one lane in both directions at times over the next couple of weeks during daytime hours. Two lanes of traffic will be back in place at the end of each day.
  • The traffic signal at Bell Road and Grand Avenue will be activated Monday, Feb. 13.
  • The Grand Avenue ramps to and from Bell Road will be opened Thursday, Feb. 16.

**City, County, and State law enforcement will be patrolling the area. Please obey all traffic signage and posted speed limits. **

Project Overview

The Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange Project is using the design-build contracting method, which provides flexibility while the contractor’s designers work side-by-side with the construction team to deliver an improved connection between the two roadways. The project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2017.

The Grand Avenue/Bell Road Interchange project is part of the Maricopa Association of Governments’ Regional Transportation Plan approved by county voters in 2004. Funding sources include a county half-cent sales tax for transportation projects and the MAG region’s share of federal highway funds.

*Subject to change

Stay Informed – Keep In Touch

For more information or if you have questions:
ADOT’s project hotline: (855) 712-8530, press option #1
Project email: bellandgrandinfo@azdot.gov
Project website: www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand
Media inquiries: (800) 949-8057; email: news@azdot.gov

HOA Connection Classes focus on homeowners associations and the law


S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 3, 2017)
The city of Surprise is hosting a series of HOA Connection Classes, which are designed to strengthen the city’s HOA communities.

Residents and HOA board members are invited to attend the following upcoming classes:

February 28 – Proposed Legislation and Information on Fraud in HOAs

Community association attorney Beth Mulcahy will provide a general overview of Arizona community association law and the new bills that have been introduced in the Arizona Legislature in 2017. There will also be a brief discussion on how to prevent theft and fraud of association funds.

The class will be held from 1- 2:30 p.m. in the Surprise Public Safety Building Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374.

March 8 – HOA Open Meeting Laws

The Arizona Legislature has passed laws requiring planned communities and condominiums to conduct all of their meetings in a manner that is open to the community. This well-intentioned law is sometimes viewed as an unreasonable burden upon board members, which can result in violations. This class will cover:

• Importance of Arizona’s open meeting laws
• Overview of the open meeting laws and how they operate
• Burdens on volunteer board members created by the law
• Typical violations of the law and how they are best addressed

The class will be taught by Steve Cheifetz. Cheifetz has practiced law in Phoenix for 30 years, with the last 15 years of his practice having focused on homeowners association issues and disputes.

The class will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Surprise Public Safety Building Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374.

For more information on either of the classes or to register, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

City begins FY18 budget discussions Feb 7

S‌urprise, A‌Z (January 30, 2017) The City of Surprise Fiscal Year 2018 budget-building process begins at the City Council’s Work Session, 4 p.m., Tuesday, February 7.

This is the first in a series of presentations regarding the overall development of the budget. This presentation will give a general overview of the city’s budget and review the calendar for the upcoming process. Emphasis will be placed on the areas of policy making that the City Council has available to impact the FY2018 budget.

The presentation will also discuss outside issues that will influence the outcomes of the budget process.

Future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include additional presentations related to budget development, including topics on Capital Improvement Projects and continued operating budget discussions.

This process will result in the adoption of a balanced FY2018 budget in June. FY2018 begins July 1, 2017.

Council agendas are posted online at http://agenda.surpriseaz.gov/ at least two business days before the meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Sessions are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV

Fitch upgrades Surprise MPC bonds to ‘A+’


S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 1, 2017)
– Fitch Ratings, one of the “Big Three” nationally recognized credit rating agencies, has upgraded the city’s Municipal Property Corporation (MPC) bonds to ‘A+’ from ‘A’.

These bonds, which total $35.7 million, were issued for the South Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion, which doubled citywide treatment capacity to nearly 18 million gallons per day (mgd). Fitch believes this is ample capacity to meet future growth needs. In 2016, the plant treated an average of 8.4 mgd.

In determining the upgrade, Fitch credits affordable system user fees, which “register just 0.4% of median household income (MHI).” Fitch maintains a 1% MHI affordability threshold.

Wastewater system user fees were last increased in Fiscal Year 2010 and management does not foresee any wastewater rate adjustments for the next five years. Net revenues are expected to continue to support debt service on the series 2007 bonds.

Fitch also championed prudent financial management in which the city pays an annual prepayment principle in lieu of waiting for the large bullet payments that are due in fiscal years 2022 and 2032.

“From fiscal year 2015 to 2017, the system made over $10 million in pre-payments towards the series 2007 MPC bonds outstanding balance. The payments included pre-payment of the $6.5 million 2017 bullet maturity and reductions to the 2022 maturity,” noted Fitch.

A city’s credit rating is important due to its impact on interest rates in the bond market.  A better rating means the city can sell bonds to finance capital projects and pay a lower interest rate to the buyer.

The agency also issued a rating outlook of Stable.

View Fitch’s news release

Fitch upgrades Surprise MPC bonds to ‘A+’


S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 1, 2017)
– Fitch Ratings, one of the “Big Three” nationally recognized credit rating agencies, has upgraded the city’s Municipal Property Corporation (MPC) bonds to ‘A+’ from ‘A’.

These bonds, which total $35.7 million, were issued for the South Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion, which doubled citywide treatment capacity to nearly 18 million gallons per day (mgd). Fitch believes this is ample capacity to meet future growth needs. In 2016, the plant treated an average of 8.4 mgd.

In determining the upgrade, Fitch credits affordable system user fees, which “register just 0.4% of median household income (MHI).” Fitch maintains a 1% MHI affordability threshold.

Wastewater system user fees were last increased in Fiscal Year 2010 and management does not foresee any wastewater rate adjustments for the next five years. Net revenues are expected to continue to support debt service on the series 2007 bonds.

Fitch also championed prudent financial management in which the city pays an annual prepayment principle in lieu of waiting for the large bullet payments that are due in fiscal years 2022 and 2032.

“From fiscal year 2015 to 2017, the system made over $10 million in pre-payments towards the series 2007 MPC bonds outstanding balance. The payments included pre-payment of the $6.5 million 2017 bullet maturity and reductions to the 2022 maturity,” noted Fitch.

A city’s credit rating is important due to its impact on interest rates in the bond market.  A better rating means the city can sell bonds to finance capital projects and pay a lower interest rate to the buyer.

The agency also issued a rating outlook of Stable.

View Fitch’s news release

City hosts free Medicare workshops

S‌urprise, A‌Z (January 30, 2017) Already enrolled in Medicare or looking to learn more about it? Two Medicare workshops are coming to Surprise. Get information on the elements of Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare Advantage plans (Part C); Prescription Drug plans (Part D); and Medicare Supplements (Medigap).

The presentation will be given by Orlando Cruz with American Retirement Advisors and will cover the following topics:

• How to verify if your doctor participates in Medicare and or Medicare Advantage plan networks
• How to calculate your prescription costs on every plan in your zip code using Medicare’s website
• How to compare every Medicare Advantage plan (premiums, co-pays and deductibles) using Medicare’s website
• How company insurance agents and independent brokers are compensated
• How to compare Medicare supplement plans (Medigap) and premiums
• Who needs to enroll in Medicare and when

There are two upcoming classes to choose from:

Thursday, February 23 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 23 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Both classes will be held at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, in Conference Room 150.

For information or to register, contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

Disclaimer: Information in seminars and classes sponsored by the City are a public service and should not be construed as advice or representation of any specific business, company, individual business owners, brokers or affiliations. The City does not endorse any particular business, product or speaker. Any information presented does not reflect the opinion or position of the City.