Monthly Archives: February 2019

Councilmember Chris Judd Surprise, Arizona

Councilmember Chris Judd

District 6

FACILITIES

Asante to get next city library

Construction under way on $5.1M facility; January 2020 opening planned

By Matt Roy

INDEPENDENT NEWSMEDIA

The community’s newest library will break ground soon, headed for completion by the end of the year in one of the its newest neighborhoods. City leaders got an update on the development at the City Council work session Feb. 19 at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Construction will commence in April on the Asante Branch Library, a $5.1 million project funded primarily by developers’ fees, which will be situated in Asante Community Park

near 167th and Grand avenues.

Community & Recreation Services Director Donna Miller explained the accelerated pace of the project, which city leaders approved last year. “The library was discussed during the FY19 budget process,” Ms. Miller recalled. “We knew it was going to be a really aggressive schedule … we prepared the procurement side of it and got everything lined up with our construction so that we could come back to council in August.”

To use development impact fees – which represent $ 4,651,900 of the $10,000-square-foot project’s $5,101,900 price tag – construction of the building shell must be completed before the end of this year.

Skip Hall City of Surprise Mayor

Skip Hall Portrait



Whose B.S ing us on keeping our heritage in Surprise?

New tourism website launches; showcases city as a place to “Find your Surprise”

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Virginia Mungovan, Manager
                                   virginia.mungovan@surpriseaz.gov
623-222-1431
 http://www.surpriseaz.gov/ For Immediate ReleaseNew tourism website launches; showcases city as a place to “Find your Surprise”
Surprise, AZ (February 26, 2019)
The city has launched a new tourism website to help showcase the city of Surprise as a year-round travel destination.  

The website, ExploreSurprise.com, features the slogan “Find your Surprise,” and highlights the many ways to play, dine, shop and stay in Surprise! It inspires visitors to make the most of their stay by curating city attractions into one easy-to-navigate website filled with vibrant visual images. It also includes several trip itineraries and a blog with tips for tourists.

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Skip Hall Portrait

Whose B.S ing us on keeping our heritage in Surprise?

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Councilmember Nancy Hayden

City of Surprise

D2 Community Meeting

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Were there any big items at your meeting today?

I wish that the council members would take minutes of their meetings so that I could put the minutes on my web site.

Date: February 26, 2019 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Location: Sun City Grand Palm Center – Mediterranean Room Address: 19726 N Remington Dr.
Surprise, AZ 85374 Contact: 623.222.1322 Email: Councilmember Nancy Hayden Link: District 2 Website

Surprise operates under a council-manager form of government. Under this system the city council determines city policy, passes ordinances, and approves a balanced budget each year.

The city manager is responsible for carrying out the council-created policies, and directing the day-to-day operations of city government. The manager reports directly to the city council, and is subject to council performance reviews. The city manager is also responsible for drafting a balanced budget for council review and approval each year.

council member David sanders City of Surprise

Councilmember David Sanders

Smoke alarmS are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.
SAFETY TIPS KKK Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. KKK Large homes may need extra smoke alarms. KKK It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound. KKK Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. KKK There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use both types of alarms in the home. KKK A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove. KKK People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers. KKK Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

Mayor Skip Hall, CM David Sanders

City of Surprise,
Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

Public Meetings and Public Hearing Rules Individuals wishing to address the City Council on specific items, during public hearings or at the Call-to-the-Public segment of the City Council Meeting shall be required to abide by the following rules:

1. Citizens wishing to be heard will be required to fill out a speakers request form and turn it into the City Clerk prior to the time the issue is called by the Mayor.

2. Staff will make opening comments describing the issue, providing details and staff recommendations to the City Council.

3. Parties to the action will be provided up to 10 minutes to present their request and position.

4. The Mayor will open the Public Hearing to the general public.

5. Each individual will be allowed to speak only once on an issue. Each speaker will be restricted to three (4) minutes (May be adjusted to five (5) minutes by the Mayor if number of speakers is limited and time permits). Mayor will announce any time adjustments at the beginning of the hearing. Organized groups with one spokesperson may be allowed double time by the Mayor, time permitting.

6. Speakers will go to the microphone, give your name and address for the record. You will be required to complete your statements prior to the Council or Staff responding. This will assure the speaker their full time. Should the speaker ask questions, the questions will be responded to following the completion of this statement and as directed by the Mayor.

7. Speakers and members of the audience will not be permitted to enter into verbal exchanges during this period of time. All questions should be directed to the Mayor/Chairman.

8. Council members and staff may ask questions at the conclusion of the statement. An additional two (20 minutes will be permitted for this action.

9. The party to the action will be permitted five (5) minutes for rebuttal and a closing statement.

10. Respect the rights of the parties speaking whether you support or disagree with them. Parties falling to abide by these rules will be removed from the Council Chambers.

11. Personal comments are excluded: The Mayor and City Council will not accept comments of personal nature about any individual or group of individuals during council meetings since such discussion is not part of the business of the City. Persons making such comments may be excluded from the meeting.

12. People wishing to express personal views about individuals or groups of individuals may do so in writing by submitting your statements to the attention of :

City Manager and/or the Mayor Surprise City Hall 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ

Please attach any written materials to be distributed to the City Council. Materials must be received prior to the calling of the issue by the Mayor. If written notes are used during your address, please provide a copy to the City Clerk

Mayor Skip Hall, CM David Sanders

Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

We have a long line of business licenses on the city’s web site

Why can’t we have a list of our ordinances & resolutions on our web site also.

The city council members should look at our archives file and bring it up to date.
Example:
City Council Working Group – Old Town Site Stakeholders Agenda
All Archives
No agendas
 There have been no meeting agendas posted yet.

Mayor Skip Hall, CM David Sanders

City of Surprise,
Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

Skip

There was a courageous citizen that appeared before the city council on an open hearing agenda and was told that the council could not respond to her question. Because the council said they couldn’t respond, you would be surprised how many citizens of Surprise believe this too be true, which it is not.

The city because there will be more open hearings should explain this on their web-site.

Cactus Rd, Citrus Rd to Perryville Rd, has been REOPENED

City of Surprise, Mayor Skip HAll & Councilman David Sanders

Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

Roger Naylor talks Route 66

Arizona Republic contributor Roger Naylor will be in Sun City West on Jan. 16 to talk about Route 66. He will discuss the rich history of the Mother Road, its demise and Arizona’s role in saving and restoring it. He’ll offer travel tips and suggestions on where to find the best pie. Naylor is the author of several books, including “Arizona Kicks on Route 66.” 

Details: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16. R.H. Johnson Social Hall, 19803 R.H. Johnson Blvd., Sun City West. Free. 623-544-6027.

Council approves 5 year Utility Rate Study schedule; new solid waste rates begin July 1

City of Surprise, CM David Sanders

Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

FINANCES

City officials start budget talks Feb. 19

The city of Surprise FY2020 budget-building process kicks off at the City Council work session 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

This will be the first in a series of presentations to council by the city’s Finance Department regarding the overall development of the budget. This presentation will review the major revenue sources focused mainly on general fund operations, including sales tax and stateshared revenue.

Future council work sessions and regular meetings will include presentations related to department operating and capital budget development.

The recommended budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by council and public review, which will result in the adoption of a balanced Fiscal Year 2020 budget in June. FY2020 begins July 1, 2019.

Council agendas are posted online at www.surpriseaz. gov/agendas at least two business days before each meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays

City of Surprise

Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

City Center development accelerates

LAND USE

Design firm to deliver master plan this summer; public outreach continues

By Matt Roy

INDEPENDENT NEWSMEDIA

Momentum appears to be growing in the decades-long effort to develop the empty land, which surrounds the city’s civic core.

After years of legal wrangling and contentious debate over the property’s future, landowners and city leaders are finally collaborating to create a master plan for the roughly square mile of dormant desert bounded by Bell and Greenway roads, Litchfield Road and Bullard Avenue.

Scott Phillips, vice president of Scottsdale- based Carefree Partners, confi rmed his group has selected a design firm to oversee the development of a master plan for the more than 500 remaining acres awaiting development at the City Center.

He said requests for proposals had been issued to seven top firms last fall and, after considering responses from five of those, the landowners selected

Surprise AZ TechCelerator awarded international soft landings designation

Surprise, AZ (March 28, 2018) After completing a rigorous application and peer-review validation process, the AZ TechCelerator is excited to announce its acceptance in the Global Soft Landings Network under the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).

InBIA recognizes entrepreneurship centers that have the ability to serve foreign companies interested in expanding outside of their domestic markets. The AZ TechCelerator is now a member of the InBIA global network which, as of today, has 31 members in more than 8 countries.

“The AZ TechCelerator clearly demonstrated they have the resources and programming to meet the needs of foreign/non-domestic firms that want to enter the center’s domestic market,” states Kirstie Chadwick, InBIA’s President and CEO.  

Benefits of the designation to the AZ TechCelerator include global visibility, credibility, and opportunities to collaborate with InBIA on international projects and grant proposals. 

The InBIA Soft Landings designation is valid for two years.

To learn more about the AZ TechCelerator visit http://www.aztechcelerator.com/.


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Mayor Skip Hall

Scott Phillips

Joel Thomas

City of Surprise


Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

Summary of Arizona Gun Laws

Arizona is a shall-issue state with concealed weapons permits issued at the state level by the Department of Public Safety. 

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual. A purchaser must be at least 18 years old to buy a gun from a private individual. The minimum age to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer is 21.

Open carry is legal in Arizona for any person who is at least 18 years old and who can legally possess a firearm. Some areas are off-limits, including schools and liquor stores that have posted “no weapons” signs.  

Anyone at least 21 years old may conceal carry a firearm without a permit. Arizona Concealed Weapons Permits (CWP) are issued to residents and non-residents and require a firearms training course that has been state-approved. 

Arizona is a Castle Doctrine state. There is no duty to retreat before defending yourself in Arizona. If you’re not engaged in an unlawful act and you’re in a place you have a right to be, you don’t have to retreat when someone threatens or assaults you. Nevertheless, you can only use proportional and reasonable force when immediately necessary to protect against potentially deadly force. Deadly force is not permitted to prevent theft or vandalism except when deadly force would otherwise be justified. There is no civil liability for justified conduct.

City of Surprise


Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris JuddMayor Skip Hall

CONCEPT MEETING GUIDELINES

Overview: A Concept Review Meeting is required to take place prior to submitting design review of a project, including but not limited to, zoning, preliminary or final plats, site plans, and improvement plans. This meeting acts as an opportunity for the City to provide a general overview of the development process and provide preliminary feedback on development proposals. It is recommended that the applicant and their technical team attend the meeting. Prior to this meeting, representatives from various departments will evaluate the project and will then provide comments at the meeting. These departments can include Planning, Engineering, Fire-Medical, Building Safety, Real Property, Land Survey, Water Resource Management, Transportation Planning, Traffic Engineering and GIS. Concept Meeting: The intent of this meeting is to provide more specific information and guidance for property owners, developers and project designers who are considering development within the City of Surprise. Following the meeting, a Concept Meeting Summary will be provided to the applicant which provides:  A general outline of comments and issues related to planning and infrastructure requirements  Submittal requirements and fees  Information about the review process  Information about public hearing and Council processes Comments will be preliminary in nature. Additional comments may be provided during staff review of the formal submittal. Scheduling: Concept Meetings: Meetings are scheduled every Thursday between the hours of 8:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. The meetings are allotted 45 minutes and meeting times may be reserved by submitting all required documents to the Development Center Information Counter at City Hall. Materials must be received on or before Wednesday at 4 p.m. two weeks prior to the Concept Meeting date. One hard copy of all items and one CD in pdf format are required. Meeting times are filled on a first come, first served basis. Meetings will not be scheduled without the required items. If the desired week’s schedule is filled, the applicant will receive the first available spot on the following week’s schedule. Fees: Concept Meeting: $300 For questions, please contact the Project Coordinator below: Elsa De Moss at elsa.demoss@surpriseaz.gov (623) 222-3133 or Allysa Robinson at allysa.robinson@surpriseaz.gov (623) 222-3099

Surprise voters OK city’s purchase of private water company


Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris JuddMayor Skip Hall city of surprise

Why is the City seeking to purchase CCWC?

One of the City Council’s Strategic Plan Goals is to “Ensure sufficient water resources for current and future needs.” In order for the City’s Water Utility to meet that goal, it must continue to expand its access to more water and increase its water portfolio, particularly its access to Colorado River water delivered through the Central Arizona Project (“CAP”) canal system.

CCWC is a small water service company located in the northern part of Surprise’s future planning and water service area. In addition to its infrastructure and customer base, CCWC also has a sizable CAP allocation which, if acquired, would greatly grow the City’s ability to access more Colorado River water. Having greater access to renewable water supplies affords the City the ability to meet future demands and avoid shortfalls.

By Matt Roy, Independent Newsmedia May 15, 2018

Surprise voters last night approved city plans to purchase a water company from a neighboring community.

With 18,319 mail-in ballots cast, four-out-of-five participants in the May 15 municipal election supported a measure, which empowers Surprise City Council to move forward with negotiations to purchase Circle City Water Company.

According data presented by city staffers during a November 2017 presentation, the small water company currently serves only 168 customers in the rural community of Circle City, which lies 14 northwest of Surprise along U.S. 60.

The purchase will add 3,932 acre-feet per year to Surprise’s allocation of Colorado River surface water pumped from Central Arizona Project canals.

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CITY OF SURPRISE v. ARIZONA CORPORATION COMMISSION; LAKE PLEASANT 5000, LLC CV-18-0137-SA

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

What’s the quality of my water?

The data presented in these reports is a combination of analysis results from nationally recognized water quality labs and commercial laboratories, all certified in drinking water testing by the State of Arizona Department of Health Services.

Mountain Vista Systems – PWS ID: 04-07-500 Questions? Call 623.222.6000
Desert Oasis System – PWS ID: 04-07-523 Questions? Call 623.222.6000
EPCOR – PWS ID: 04-07-695  Questions?  Call 800.383.0834

COUNCILMAN DAVID SANDERS

Is all water in the City of Surprise chlorinated? No, some private water companies, private wells, and co-ops may not chlorinate the water. You should contact your water provider to determine if they are chlorinating. Type your address to find your water provider.

City begins FY20 budget discussions Feb. 19

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The City of Surprise FY2020 budget building process kicks off at the City Council Work Session on Tuesday, February 19. 

This will be the first in a series of presentations to Council by the City’s Finance Department regarding the overall developm..

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Join Mayor Skip Hall for a lunchtime reception celebrating the start of the 17th annual Spring Training season in the City of Surprise!

Hear from members of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers management teams while enjoying hors d’oeuvres a…

Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic leads off baseball season in Surprise

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Come see the 2018 College World Series National Champions, the Oregon State Beavers, as they make their 2019 season debut right here in Surprise, Arizona.

The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic will take place February 15-24 at the Surprise Stadium, f…

CITY OF SURPRISE

Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

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You used 8% less than your efficient neighbors
You used 418 kWhu       Efficient Neighbor used 454 kWhs       All Neighbor used 746 kWh


The city of Surprise is committed to linking residents to programs that provide the help people need in many facets of life, programs that offer the support needed for a fuller, safer, more community-oriented Surprise life.

Here you will find resources ranging from fire safety to flu shots, from emergency clothing to employment assistance. Some of the programs are provided directly by the City, others are provided by other regional assistance agencies.      

David Sanders council member

Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

The first Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month in the City Hall Council Chambers at 6 p.m. All meetings, are open to the public, and will be televised on Surprise TV and online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv.