Surprise Council: FY15 budget good to go, Surprise OKs FY15 budget page 2 06/03/14
The Mayor and Council also thanked city employees, who will receive merit raises in FY15 for the first time since 2007. “Our employees have been fantastic and deserve support,” Wolcott said.
Among other highlights, the Council budgeted improvements at Surprise Farms and Veramonte Parks that total more than $2.5 million. The City’s Recreation Advisory Commission has already set a June 18 joint meeting with the Surprise Farms HOA to consider specific improvements at Surprise Farms.
The Council plans to fund a $15 million expansion of team clubhouses and public facilities at Surprise Stadium in FY15, after staff reported the expansion could be financed without adding to the budget, due in part to the City’s improved credit ratings.
The Council approved a lower primary property tax levy rate of 75.9 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. The current rate is 77.8 cents. Primary property taxes will generate the same amount as in previous years, roughly $6.5 million, according to the City’s Finance Department.
There are no tax increases in the FY15 budget.
The budget projects a $29 million General Fund balance by June 30, 2014. $14.9 million of the surplus will constitute the two-month General Fund reserve, fulfilling a Council goal to have the reserve restored by June 30 of this year.
Even after budgeting for long-overdue civic improvements in FY15, the budget projects a balance of $27 million by June 30, 2015.
Mayor Sharon Wolcott said the Council has kept its promise to restore the City’s finances and is pursuing an aggressive agenda of civic improvements and job creation. “This budget represents the Surprise of today: a successful city with a community-supported vision for the future,” she said. “Now, it’s full speed ahead.”
Economic Development and employee increases
Economic development efforts will receive assistance ranging from additional ED personnel to improvements at the City’s showcase AZTechCelerator program, an award-winning business incubator near Bell and El Mirage roads. “Creating white-collar jobs in Surprise will continue to be our top priority,” Wolcott said.
Some of the public improvements in the tentative budget include:
Surprise Stadium team and public improvements $15,000,000
In-Ground Skate Park $500,000
Boys and Girls Club in east Surprise $2,000,000
Improved Drainage to 107th Avenue/Union Hills $2,428,000
Linking Mt. View Blvd. to Grand Avenue $300,000
Competitive youth Sports Programs $250,000
Median and ROW landscaping $300,000
Park ‘N Ride enhancements $1,686,300
Surprise Farms Park improvements $1,686,300
Veramonte Park Improvements $948,000
Dial a Ride Expansion $75,000
The Council funded Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Police and Fire represented employees, retaining the current Fire pay plan.
The budget includes a 1.3% cost of living increase for all general employees and a merit increase for employees effective July 1, 2014.
The total cost of employee pay increases is approximately $6 million.
Surprise Stadium Improvements
The proposed $15 million improvement at Surprise Stadium helped the City reach agreement with the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, who told the Council in April they would extend their lease through the 8-10 year refinance period as a way of demonstrating commitment to Surprise.
THIS WAS THE RESOLUTING PASSED BY THE CITY COUNCIL which is different from the resolution presented on the councils agenda in their June 10th meeting
A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SURPRISE, ARIZONA, SETTING THE EFFECTIVE SEPERATION DATE OF THE RESIGNED CITY MANAGER AND APPOINTING BOB WINGENROTH AS CITY MANAGER.
WHEREAS, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Surprise are vested with the power to appoint the City Manager pursuant to Chapter 2 of the Surprise City Code;
WHEREAS, on June 5, 2014 the Irving Texas City Council approved a written contract of employment with Chris Hillman, the current City Manager for the City of Surprise;
WHEREAS, Mr. Hillman, on June 5, 2014 delivered a written notice 45 days in advance of his requested termination date in accordance with Section VI(B) of his contract of employment; and
WHEREAS, in order to maintain continuity, the Mayor and Council deem it appropriate to immediately appoint the next City Manager pending approval of a contract of appointment.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Surprise, Arizona, as follows.
Section 1. The separation date of the current City Manager is hereby established as June 10, 2014, and he will be paid $20,760 representing wages at his current rate through July 20, 2014.
Section 2. Bob Wingenroth is hereby appointed City Manager commencing June 11, 2014.
Section 3. The City Manager is vested with all power and authority, and must perform the duties and responsibilities of the office, as set forth under Arizona State Law and the Surprise City Code.
Section 4. The City Manager will be paid a bi-weekly salary of $7,115.38 bi-weekly ($185,000 annually) until a contract of appointment is approved by council. All other benefits will be consistent with the Employee Policy Manual.
APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 10th day of June, 2014.
Sharon Walcott, Mayor
Attest: Approved as to form:
THIS WAS THE AGENDA AGENDA RESOLUTING
A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY
OF SURPRISE, ARIZONA, SETTING THE EFFECTIVE
SEPERATION DATE OF THE RESIGNED CITY MANAGER AND
APPOINTING AN INTERIM CITY MANAGER.
WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council of the City of Surprise are vested with the
power to appoint the City Manager pursuant to Chapter 2 of the Surprise City Code;
WHEREAS, on June 5, 2014 the Irving Texas City Council approved a written
contract of employment with Chris Hillman, the current City Manager for the City of
WHEREAS, Mr. Hillman, on June 5, 2014 delivered a written notice 45 days in
advance of his requested termination date in accordance with Section VI(B) of his
contract of employment; and
WHEREAS, in order to maintain continuity, the Mayor and Council deem it
appropriate to appoint an Interim City Manager until such time as the position is
permanently filled by contract appointment.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of
Surprise, Arizona, as follows.
Section 1. The separation date of the current City Manager is hereby
established as _________________.
Section 2. Bob Wingenroth is hereby appointed Interim City Manager
commencing _________________ and will continue as such until a duly appointed City
Manager is selected by the City Council and commences employment with the City.
Section 4. The Interim City Manager is vested with all power and authority, and
must perform the duties and responsibilities of the office, as set forth under Arizona
State Law and the Surprise City Code.
Section 6. The Interim City Manager will be paid a bi-weekly salary of $7,115.38
bi-weekly ($185,000 annually) until termination of the interim appointment. All other
benefits will be consistent with the Employee Policy Manual.
APPROVED AND ADOPTED this 10th day of June, 2014.
Sharon Walcott, Mayor
Attest: Approved as to form:
Surprise, AZ (June 4, 2014) The City of Surprise Recreation Advisory Commission will hold a joint public input meeting with the Veramonte HOA to discuss the Veramonte Park site developments, design plans and provide a Master Plan Update Presentation.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, June 26, 5:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express, at 16540 N. Bullard Avenue.
The Surprise City Council approved approximately $948,000 in the FY14/15 capital budget for facility improvements at Veramonte. The proposed Phase II improvements conceptually include:
Parking Lot (approximately 50 spaces)
Two (2) Ramadas 12’ x 24’ (pre-manufactured with custom columns)
Softball Field Lighting
Soccer Field Lighting
Community and Recreation Services staff will assist in engaging the community to identify viable options for the use of these City owned properties and do a presentation discussing the site designs. Public input is welcome and encouraged as the City moves forward in finalizing the proposed park design and preparing to call for construction bids in early fall.
If you are unable to attend the meeting but have an idea or a thought that you want to share, please email email@example.com.
40 Bed Injury Rehab Hospital Breaks Ground in Surprise
Surprise AZ (May 13, 2014) An advanced rehabilitation hospital specializing in treating traumatic brain injuries took a step closer to opening day with a ground breaking ceremony in Surprise this morning.
The 40-bed facility, operated by Dallas-based Cobalt Medical Partners, will treat injured veterans, first responders, athletes and the general public when it opens at the northeast corner of Dysart and Bell roads late this year, according to Chief Executive Officer Richard Fiske.
Surprise will work with Cobalt to host a job fair to help the company find new employees, Mayor Sharon Wolcott said at today’s ceremony.
“Job creation and new health-care opportunities are key elements of our Strategic Plan,” Wolcott said. “Cobalt’s $15 million investment will have an immediate and lasting impact on our growing reputation as a community of good jobs and excellent health services.”
The rehabilitation hospital is expected to employ about 125 people.
Surprise and Cobalt will collaborate in identifying job training opportunities for future health care professionals and the City will provide Cobalt guidance on federal or state grants that pertain to the company’s mission or that promote energy and water conservation, Wolcott added.
“Making things happen is what Surprise is all about and Cobalt has the same energy and drive,” Wolcott said. “Cobalt brings state of the art treatment to Surprise, which can attract high level practitioners, which in turn can attract additional health care facilities,” she said. “Our community welcomes and supports such high quality, professional development.”
The City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Cobalt in November of 2013 which calls for the City to pay $160,000 in building permit and plan review fees.
Cobalt is a private healthcare real estate development and investment company that partners with physicians and local communities in building successful healthcare facilities. Cobalt has rehabilitation hospitals in Kansas, Texas and Louisiana.
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Proposed agreement with Phoenix gives Surprise authority to lift development restrictions at Surprise Center
agreement transferred ownership to Surprise and SCDC. In order to protect Luke Air Force Base, whose planes overfly the property, the agreement prohibited venues offering overnight stays, such as hotels, hospitals or apartments, a restriction Phoenix has enforced.
In December of 2012, Luke officials expressed understanding of Surprise’s interest in moving forward with talks to lift the restrictions.
The agreement approved by Surprise tonight gives the city authority to remove restrictions and when it does so, to collect and remit to Phoenix an agreed upon per-acre amount by which the land value is increased when the restrictions are lifted. That amount is set in the agreement at $30,000 per acre, subject to regular review and revision.
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“This gives us the flexibility to encourage the type of development our General Plan and our residents are calling for at Surprise Center,” said Wolcott, “It also assures that Phoenix is compensated for the value created when restrictions are lifted.”
Surprise and Phoenix also agree that Surprise will work to acquire releases and easements permitting the Air Force to operate unimpeded in the skies above the property in perpetuity, and removing the Air Force from liability for any damages related to over flight, except damage caused by a falling plane or dropped objects. “That is our rock solid guarantee that these skies will always welcome our Air Force friends, who are such an important part of our community,” Wolcott added.
The agreement also allows Surprise to secure easements or pay for an initial release of acreage by the city of Phoenix.
Another provision states that a property owner seeking to have restrictions lifted on Surprise Center property can convey land to Phoenix adjacent to Luke or in the crash zone north of the base, and if Phoenix accepts the land, the owner will be excused from paying the per-acre fee at Surprise Center. Improving the buffer around Luke is a “priority” for Phoenix, according to the agreement.
(December 17, 2013) A landmark agreement striking a balance between protecting Luke Air Force Base and encouraging the development of Surprise Center was approved unanimously by the Surprise City Council Tuesday.
The agreement between Surprise and the City of Phoenix must also be approved by the Phoenix City Council, which is set to vote Wednesday.
The agreement will transfer from Phoenix to Surprise the authority to lift development restrictions on more than 500 acres around the City Hall campus, a square mile bounded by Greenway and Bell, Litchfield and Bullard roads known as Surprise Center. Ownership of the land is divided among Surprise and private owners, mainly Surprise Center Development Corporation (SCDC).
“We have struck a crucial balance that will benefit our community and our regional partners for years to come,” said Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “This agreement helps protect and preserve Luke Air Force Base while boosting our development of Surprise Center as a true downtown core.”
In 1999, Phoenix owned the property, then an unused Luke Air Force Base emergency airfield known as Aux 3. That year, a land exchange and settlement
As you all know, I recently started a news and political web site. It was, and is, my intention to inform the citizens of Surprise of current events, decisions made by the Surprise City Council and the happenings within our city government.
Citizens call for accountability Donna Weekley, surprise As presented at the City Council meeting last night, 3/08/07
With all of the money we have collected on fee’s and taxation, this council has spent our money, starting with the stadium without any input from the citizens.This city council is now preparing to borrow money for their pet projects and delaying the repairing of Bell Rd.
Read the audit The city’s chief financial officer, Scott McCarty, could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.
A citizen wanted to comment on expenditures but was not allowed to .
When I was on the City Council I tried to convince other council members, city manager and staff that we had to save enough parking space for the stadium. I was told that they had checked it out, that we had more then enough and if not, we could always park on the grass. I told them we should save the corner of Parkview and Greenway for parking, but was over-ruled. I hope they are proven correct and that I was wrong.
Honorable Mayor Mayor Joan Shafer
It seems highly unusual that the court can now hire high paid, associate and pro-tem judges without the approval of the City Council. I understand they do not work under a contract, even our part time lawyers have a contract. When I was on the Council the court had to get our approval to hire security officers. Thank you….Bob 3/13/07 no reply
I have had discussions with both the City manager and AC manager, about my concerns about the engineering department.
, I know that to have an effective engineering department you must have a qualified staff, such as engineers and inspectors that are employed by the city on a permanent basis.
Do any of us know what we have payed, in engineering consultants? We now pay what they call pre-construction consultants. Who I am told by staff verifies that what we receive from the architect is viable, one contract recently was for almost $700,000. A council member took this off the consent items but did not receive the right answer
Tennis Court At the council meeting last night, March 22,2007 I made the point that the city started this project with $4,710,000. After the first contract that was for $1,247,656 they had a balance of $3,051,524.17. Where did $410,829,17 go. Councilman Joe Johnson told me “MONEY IS GONE”. City official told me that the money is accountable for, I cannot verify this.
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The 10% slush fund can now be used for the revitalization in any part of the city.
COUNCIL MEETING BEING HELD ON DEC.28,2006 AT 6:00 P.M. ITEM #17 CONSIDERATION AND ACTION ON DIRECTING THE CITY MANAGER TO TAKE THE NECESSARY ACTION TO CLASSIFY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AS HAVING FULL TIME STATUS. FULL TIME STATUS WILL NOT BE CLEARLY DEFINED.
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New Fort Collins Deputy City Manager/Chief Operating Officer Announced Released on Friday, March 7, 2014 City Manager Darin Atteberry has named Jeff Mihelich as Fort Collins’ new Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer. Mihelich begins on April 2, with a starting salary of $170,000.
B.3 says, The following officers appointed by the mayor and city council.
Must these officers be appointed by them or can they, under common council law delegate this authority to the city manager by ordinance?
As I read the statute, the operative work is shall, so it seems as though it must be the mayor and city council. I will consult with staff attorneys on Monday to confirm.
Our staff attorney who specializes in cities and counties has confirmed that my original interpretation was correct and the appointments must bemade by the mayor and city council.
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Bill Pupo, By Doug Cook, Special to the Review Tuesday, January 15, 2008 Contact the reporter at email@example.com
The 54-year-old Pupo, who has spent 31 years in city and/or town management, including stops in Spokane, Wash., and Surprise, Ariz., announced his decision to the CV Town Council during a Thursday night executive session.
Pupo leaves Chino Valley after four years as manager. He started his government career in Spokane, In March 2000, the Surprise City Council appointed Pupo as its city manager. In June 2003, the Surprise City Council voted against renewing Pupo’s contract and he left for Chino Valley shortly thereafter.
In October, Pupo signed a new annual contract with Chino Valley. He was to earn $139,205 – one of the higher salaries for a town manager in Arizona towns of 10,000 to 49,999 residents.