Monthly Archives: December 2018

Improvement project along US 60 (Grand Avenue) frontage road in El Mirage will require lane restrictions

Work scheduled to resume first week of 2019

City of Surprise

Title 9 – Arizona Revised Statutes 

9-304. Compensation of alderman or councilman; failure to comply; classification

A. No mayor, alderman or councilman of any city or town shall, during the term for which he has been elected, knowingly accept, take or receive for his own use from the city or town, any money or other thing of value other than that which is provided to be paid him for his services as such.

B. A person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a petty offense, and his office shall be forfeited.

Skip Hall, mayor

I asked C.M. Skip Hall this in 2014 never got an answer. Also asked City Clerk  Sherry Aguilar, no reply.

By taking out the Constitution of the State of Arizona and foreign and domestic  in our oath, are we in violation of the Statutes governing our city?

Councilman Patrick Duffy – Bob Vukanovich city of surprise

Councilmember District 3 (Mesquite) Term starts 01/01/2019
Candidate Number of Votes Vote Percentage
Patrick Duffy 1,578 50% Gisele Norberg 1,567 50%

2014 is the only time you will see this phenomenon in your life!!
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August 2016, this year, will have 5 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays. This happens only once every 823 years. The Chinese call it ‘Silver pockets full.

“Rose” and the Surprise Police provide update to MedReturn Program
Rose and the rest of the Surprise Police Department would like to thank the public for the continued success of the MedReturn program. Read more…

Newly Elected Officials Training
Thursday, December 6
Established in 1998, the purpose of the program is to assist newly elected officials to be more effective in their new policy-making role. The program will be similar to that offered in past years and provide participants with an opportunity to: Learn the basics of municipal government in Arizona Review Arizona government and Constitutional structure Learn about general issues of municipal budgeting Discuss ethical and legal issues facing elected officials Review the public policy process The information is presented in a practical format with time for questions. In addition, all participants will receive materials that will serve as a useful reference when they return to their communities.

December 6, 2018 - December 7, 2018 Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Mesa Convention Center  Address: 263 N Center Street Mesa, AZ 85201
Contact: (602) 258-5786 Newly Elected Officials Training

Mayor Skip Hall city of surprise

Fiscal Sustainability Preservation of shared revenues. The City’s budget includes revenue from a number of State sources; most importantly, shared revenues from state income, sales, and vehicle license taxes. Shared revenues make up approximately 30% of the City’s general fund. A diverse and sustainable revenue stream with predictable sources is critical for the City’s financial well-being. Surprise supports the protection and full disbursement of shared revenues and a diverse revenue portfolio based on sustainable, predictable revenue sources. Unfunded mandates. The City opposes unfunded state mandates placed on local jurisdictions and encourages the Legislature to evaluate the fiscal impact such mandates will have on communities prior to considering the issue.

Mayor Skip Hall – Bob Vukanovich city of surprise

There’s still time to register for youth winter sports camps & skills classes
Surprise, AZ (December 5, 2018) The City of Surprise is registering for 2019 youth winter sports camps and skills classes!

We are offering a number of sports camps and skills classes, including: basketball, baseball, softball and tennis. Softball, baseball and basketball camps will be held January 2-4 and will focus on the fundamentals of each sport through games, competitions and drills. Tennis camps are being offered December 26-28 and January 2-4 and are open to all levels to improve technical and tactical skills.

Skills classes will be held for pitching/catching and hitting/base running for both softball and baseball. These classes will focus on refining mechanics through various skill specific drills. Classes start early January and run through mid-February.

For more details, please visit

Registration is available until full. Register in-person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue, or online at

For more information, please contact the city’s Sports Division at 623.222.2000 or visit

Mayor Skip Hall – City of Surprise

“The City of Surprise: A History in Progress,” is a 104-page book and accompanying DVD documentary that tells the story of Surprise. Meet the earliest Surprise residents, from the prehistoric Hohokam Indians to the people who built Surprise into the city of connection and opportunity it is today. Relive the days when cotton was king in Surprise, and how a road called Grand Avenue and a new railroad connected a small farming community to the rest of the world. Enjoy a wonderful video documentary with interviews and rare photos of early Surprise. Discover newly revealed documents that show the real story of what (and who!) is behind the founding of one of Arizona’s premiere cities!

It’s amazing that they say nothing about the swap meet that I had,  that drew thousands every Sat, Sun. and Thursday night. At one time it was the second largest swap meet in Arizona.

Mayor Skip Hall – Bob Vukanovich

Today in Surprise, AZ
Tuesday 4:00 PM
Mostly Cloudy 64

Sunday in the Park – Food Truck Festival Sunday, December 16, 2018
Fun family event with live music by Dirt Road Kings and amazing food

Date: December 16, 201 Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM Location: Mark Coronado Park
Address: 15960 N Bullard Ave Surprise, AZ 85374
Contact: 623.222.2000 Cost: Free admission

Mayor Skip Hall and

The below are the City of Surprise’s number

If this is an emergency, dial 911. For all other police services please contact our dispatch center at 623.222.4000. Online service requests are monitored by administrative staff that do not work nights or weekends; as such our response will be delayed.

Mayor Skip Hall

Free Class: Tax Review
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
The city is hosting a free, one-day Tax Review Class that will touch on various aspects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that passed at the end of 2017. The class, presented by Bernie Dobrin and Ramon Vasquez with Block Advisors Tax and Business Services, will cover: • Withholding/Exemption amounts and their impact for 2018 filing • Education Credit changes • Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) changes • Saver’s Credit • Employee Business Expenses • State and Local Taxes (SALT) deduction

Address: 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374
Contact: 623.222.3242
December 5, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Mayor Skip Hall & Roland Winters

Signature Events, Activities and Programs
Signature activities are unique events or services that are recognized throughout the community and associated with the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Golf Class B2B Expo Shop Surprise Text Deals Economic Outlook Breakfast Interns for Business

Legacy Awards Meet Elected Officials Breakfast Even Sponsorship State Legislative Day

State of the City Internet Optimizer Services Women in Business

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce has several promotional programs, activities and events that are unique to the Chamber. They are listed on the left side of this page.

We have special events, can assist in getting you interns for your business and even have tools to help your business get found on the internet!

Our signature program educate the community, provide members with valuable insights to help grow their businesses and allow guests an opportunity to connect with other business leaders and elected officials.

Our programs provide valuable opportunities to build your network, promote you business, and learn from business leaders, elected officials, and industry experts about the key issues impacting the business community.

Skip Hall & Councilman Kem Remley

Ken Remley is a believer in strong leadership, partnership and fiscal responsibility.
His vision is to support initiatives that attract quality employers and good-paying jobs to Surprise, while maintaining cost-effective city services.
He was elected to District 4 in the August 2016 Primary Election and began his term in January 2017.
Ken is a licensed mortgage loan officer and income tax preparer.
He served as the treasurer for the Litchfield Manor Homeowners’ Association for 10 years. He also served on the HOA’s Budget, Landscaping, Architectural and Social Committees.
He is a Vietnam War Veteran, having served in the United States Navy.
Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Accounting from Cal State Fullerton.
Ken and his wife Beverley have lived in Surprise since 2004. They have four children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mayor Skip Hall & Councilmember Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy was appointed by City Council in September 2017 to represent the residents of District 3 (D3).
Duffy replaces John Williams, who resigned from Council on August 15, 2017. Duffy is a Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch and for the past 9 years he worked part-time as a City of Surprise Recreation Leader 3. He has lived in Surprise for eight years, two of them in D3. Duffy was a member of the Surprise Municipal Property Corporation Board and through his city service has been part of numerous Community and Recreation Services events including Spring Training support, Relay for Life events and Cal Ripken All-Star games. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Arizona State University.
The term expiration for the appointment will be December 31, 2018; and the remainder of the four-year term will be placed on the next scheduled Council election in August 2018.

Mayor Skip Hall & Councilwoman Nancy Hayden

Nancy Hayden was appointed by the Surprise City Council to serve as the District 2 (D2) Councilmember on February 6, 2018.
The seat was vacated following the death of Nancy’s husband Councilmember Jim Hayden on December 20, 2017.
Among her reason’s for applying for the D2 seat, Nancy stated wanting to carry on her husband’s vision to better connect with residents and contribute to the City of Surprise’s bright future and its many growth and development opportunities.
With her spouse and son having both retired from the United States Air Force, Nancy is also a proud supporter of our nation’s veterans, as well as Luke Air Force Base.
She is also committed to working alongside Valley leaders to help combat the regional Opioid Epidemic.
Nancy has an extensive background in project management of enterprise-wide changes in information technology and manufacturing requirements. She has been recognized for her negotiation strength and creative problem solving, as well as her ability to coordinate and implement complex organizational changes.
She began her career with Siemens Business Services/Business Communications Systems, Inc. in Santa Clara, California, in 1989 as a Site Support Manager, overseeing projects involving manufacturing, purchasing, and production control. Over the years she rose through the ranks to assist in company-wide technology updates and contract management that reduced Siemens annual costs by over $5 million. She retired from Siemens in 2002, and held other sales and customer service training positions with Honey’s Clothing Store and Well Fargo, respectively.
Nancy has studied a variety of subjects from transportation to oceanography at San Jose City College, De Anza College and the University of Hawaii; and holds a Project Management Certificate from the University of California- Santa Cruz.
Nancy and Jim moved into the Sun City Grand neighborhood over 15 years ago. She is a proud mother, grandmother and great-grandmother committed to making Surprise a great place for people of all ages to live and flourish.
Nancy’s appointment term will end December 31, 2018. The candidate that wins the August 28 Primary Election will then serve out the remaining two years of the four-year D2 term, beginning January 1, 2019.
D2 includes the following neighborhoods: Sun City Grand, Bell West Ranch and portions of Arizona Traditions.

Mayor Skip Hall & Councilman Roland Winters

Roland F. Winters Jr. was elected to District 1 (Acacia) on August 27, 2013 and is serving a five-year term which began January 1, 2014.
Born and educated through high school in New Jersey, Roland earned a degree in Business Administration and Pre Law at Fullerton College in Fullerton, Ca. He earned a BA degree in Marketing Management from the University of California.
He worked thirty five years at Hughes Air Craft Company in Fullerton, Ca. and also owned and operated a photo studio in Fullerton and Placentia, Ca. He served on the State Board of Directors for Californians for Disability Rights (CDR).
Roland and his wife Carroll have four children – two sons and two daughters. David lives in Muncie, Indiana; Donald lives in Wildwood, Florida; Nancy lives in Gilbert, Arizona; and Jennifer lives at home. Roland and Carroll have seven grandchildren.
Winters currently serves on the city’s Boards and Commissions Selection Committee and the Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships and Grants. In addition, he serves on the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Economic Development Council; the Northwest Valley Connect Advisory Board and the Joint Planning Advisory Council (JPAC).
Winters’ goal for Surprise is to be a fully self-sustaining city where its residents can live, get educated, work and play

Mayor Skip Hall by Bob Vukanovich

How Can I Help?
Take a five minute walk around your property and look for signs of common violations. The best way to stay in compliance and be a good neighbor is to keep your property well maintained.
If you would like to report a possible violation please email us at codeenforcement@surpriseaz.go

Mayor Skip Hall -,Bob Vukanovich


Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission Meeting
Monday, December 3, 2018
The purpose of the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission is to encourage cultural growth in the city and to ensure that art, culture and entertainment are central elements of the quality of life for city residents. To this end, the commission will encourage the development of cultural opportunities and resources, as well as the creative, social and community benefits they provide.

Individuals needing reasonable accommodations, such as large print materials or interpreters, should contact the Clerk’s office at 623.222.1200 (Voice); or 623.222.1002 (TTY) at least 24 hours prior to the event so arrangements can be made.

Mayor Skip Hall



The City of Surprise offers same-day residential curbside garbage and recycling once a week. Each resident is provided with a 95-gallon trash receptacle and recycling receptacle. Click here for your neighborhood’s collection day. Bulk trash pickup is offered to residents whose regular sanitation service is provided by the city and not a private collection company. To schedule a bulk trash pick up, please call 623.222.6000.

Download the 2018 Holiday Collection Schedule
Download the 2019 Holiday Collection Schedule

Sanitation Contacts

Report any of the following problems by calling 623.222.1900 or submit a service request on-line.

  • Garbage container wasn’t picked up.
  • Dead animal on street.
  • Garbage/recycle can replacement
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Bullard Ave traffic signals at Acoma, Sweetwater intersections active week of Dec 3

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The traffic signals at the Acoma Drive and Sweetwater Avenue intersections will be activated on Monday, December 3.

Barring changes to the schedule, signals will flash red for 48 hours through Tuesday, December 4. Motorists are reminded to treat the intersections as four-way stops while the signals are flashing red.

The new traffic signals, featuring flashing yellow arrows on north and south signal pole masts, will be fully operational on Wednesday, December 5. Surprise police officers will assist with traffic control during the signal activation.

Work hours for this week are Monday – Saturday, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; traffic barricades along the roadway are scheduled to be removed on Sunday, December 2.

Crews are scheduled to stripe lanes along Bullard Avenue on Monday, December 3 and Tuesday, December 4; thermoplastic striping will be placed late December.

The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!

For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.

To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit

Contact the NEOGOV Applicant Support Line at 855.524.5627. Need an accommodation? Contact Human Resources to request the Applicant Accommodation Form at 623.222.3520. The City of Surprise is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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