Councilmember Ken Remley August Newsletter

When we think of honoring our men and woman who fought, and are currently fighting, for our country, we think of Memorial Day in May and Veterans Day in November. However, many overlook the smaller holidays that each branch celebrates. August 4 is the birthday of the U.S Coast Guard and their national day of recognition. This was created after Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. The Coast Guard first received its name in 1915 after the merging of Revenue Cutter Service and U.S Life-Saving Service. They are dedicated to protecting the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in the nation’s waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security. I would like to thank the members of the Coast Guard, past and present.

Economic Development

The City of Surprise is rapidly growing and developing. The AZ TechCelerator is undergoing an upgrade to their parking lot. The pavement restoration project is scheduled to be completed in early August.

Stage Left Theater has opened in the Bell Mar Development, located at 11340 W. Bell Road. This 80 seat capacity building hosts live theatre performances. They have already booked several shows for community enjoyment. For a complete schedule and prices, please visit

Come join the District 4 community meeting scheduled for August 28, 6 p.m., at Rio Salado College in the Community Room, 12535 W. Smokey Drive, Surprise. This meeting will discuss Economic Development and the development of the City Center Master Plan.

Community Development

The City of Surprise has completed a permit for 3 Minute Express Car Wash with a location at 11516 W. Bell Road.

The Angry Crab Shack has a permit under review and they are planning to open in the Bell Mar development located at 11340 W. Bell Road.

The Gaines Ballfield design architect has been selected. The designing process will take a few months to complete. I will be sure to update as I get new information.

Hollyhock Pool

The Hollyhock Pool is closing its weekly hours as school is back in session. They will continue to open for the month of August on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

After-School Program at the Senior Center

Dysart Community Center (DCC), a non-profit organization, is accepting registrations for the 2019-2020 after-school program that is housed at the Surprise Senior Center. Transportation options are available for a fee from ACA, Riverview, West Point and Surprise Elementary schools. Program house are Mondays from 2:00-7:00 p.m. and Tuesdays-Fridays from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Registration is $20, and the monthly program fee is $25. The program strives to help youth develop in heart, body and mind so they can make positive choices and succeed in school, at home and in our community. Intergenerational opportunities for youth and seniors to engage will be available. For more information and to register, please contact Priscilla Duenaz at 623-582-2137 or email her at Space is limited so reserve your spot today!

Asante Library Tour

I had the privilege to take a tour of the progress that is going on with the new Asante Library. Libraries are very important to our community as they offer many resources for individuals and families. This library will be beneficial to the residents in District 1, but will also allow other residents to visit the beautifully designed building as well. I am a big supporter of reading and literacy challenges and like to see the positive growth in the city.

Valley Metro Public Hearing

Valley Metro is planning to expand throughout Maricopa County. The Ride Choice program that focuses on paratransit is hoping to make positive changes that will have a wide spread impact on residents. Public transportation, specifically paratransit, is something that a growing city needs to be dependent on, and I am hopeful about the future changes.

HOA Meetings

I always enjoy meeting with residents in their neighborhoods. It is my continued goal to visit every HOA in my district on a frequent basis. If I have not yet visited your community, please contact me at 623.222.1300.