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Councilmember Ken Remley April Newsletter

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Last Chance for Tax Preparation Services

This is the last month to take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households making less than $58,000 who need help processing their annual income tax returns for free! Tax preparation assistance will be available through April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd, Suite 124 and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd. No appointment is necessary; walk-ins are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, call 623.222.1600.

2022 Retail Survey Now Open

Shopping and Dining in Surprise, Surprise Retail SurveyDo you have a favorite restaurant you’d like to see open in Surprise? Now is your chance to tell us in our 2022 Surprise Retail Survey! We want to know how we can make our city a one-stop shopping and dining destination. The survey will help the City identify retail strengths within the community, as well as pinpoint opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. We also have a youth-only survey to better understand what our younger generation wants to see. The Shop, Eat & Play Youth Survey is for youth, under the age of 18, who live in Surprise. The Surprise Retail Survey runs through Sunday, April 24, and is available online at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. Partners

Are you are looking for support services in the community, in-home care and more? Join Benevilla on Wednesday, April 6 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the C.A.R.E.S. Partners Resource Fair. Benevilla has formed true partnerships with 20+ Sustaining Partners, each with a commitment to quality and ethics that is unsurpassed. When you are referred to a Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. Partner, you can be assured each supports the Benevilla mission and that you will receive professional and principled service. To register for this event, visit Benevilla.org or call 623.584.4999.

Summer Job Program for Teens

Human Service and Community Vitality DepartmentThe City is offering a summer job program for Surprise teens between the ages of 15 – 19 who are income-eligible. Through the Summer Youth Employment Program, applicants must be available to work up to 25 hours a week for six weeks between June 6 and July 15. Chosen interns will receive professional development training, from shadowing engineers to working with youth and seniors, and earn $12.80 per hour.

Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/syep or can be picked up at City Hall by visiting the welcome desk and asking for Lord Garcillano. Electronic application submissions will be accepted through Sunday, April 17 while in-person submissions will be accepted during normal City Hall business hours through Friday, April 15. For questions, please contact Lord Garcillano at lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1647.

National Safe Digging Month

Southwest Gas logoApril is National Safe Digging Month and it is a great time to remember to put safety first before starting any digging project. Whether a large-scale project or a simple do-it-yourself job in the backyard, safety should always be the top priority. Utility lines that serve the community with vital services such as natural gas, electricity, sewer and water can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk but can also cause an interruption of service to customers.

Southwest Gas encourages homeowners and contractors to call 811 or go online at Call811.com and click on your state at least two full working days prior to digging to request a utility line locate. You’ll then be connected to the appropriate one-call center for your area. Be safe and always know what’s below before digging!

Spring Eggstravaganza

Celebrate the spring season with us on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Kansas City Royals Practice Fields! Spring Eggstravaganza is free and features fun for the whole family. Residents will enjoy inflatables, face painting, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and a series of egg hunts filled with fun toys and treats. Children 10 and under are invited to take the field in search of more than 50,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and toys.

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and hunt times are as follows:

  • 8:20 a.m. – 2 and under*
  • 8:50 a.m. – 3 – 4 year olds*
  • 9:20 a.m. – 5 – 6 year olds**
  • 9:40 a.m. – 7 – 8 year olds**
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9 – 10 year olds**
  • 10:20 a.m. – all ages**

*1 parent allowed on field
**Age group may be combined or split based on participation numbers. Times are subject to change

Notice of Public Hearing

The Human Service and Community Vitality Department will be holding a public hearing regarding the City’s Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan on April 13 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. This public hearing will be held in anticipation of receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Department of Housing in Urban Development. The Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will identify specific projects to be funded that meet the goals and objectives identified in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. Public comments received during the Public Hearing will be considered and included in the Plan. Comments can be emailed to adam.lane@surpriseaz.gov no later than April 8. Questions can also be directed to Adam via email or at 623.222.3238. City Council will take formal action on April 19, 2022.

BBQ Event Rescheduled for Fall

The RibFest Throwdown scheduled for April 23 & 24 at Mark Coronado Park is being rescheduled for fall 2022 due to a potential scheduling conflict. The new event name, dates and ticket information will be released in the coming months. This event is a live music and BBQ festival presented by the City of Surprise in partnership with national event company Forty8 Live!

Sunday in the Park

Join us on April 3 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more!

District 4 Community Meeting

Join me for my next monthly Community Meeting on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Check the City website at surpriseaz.gov for updated information on my meet and greet schedule. Call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings are April 5 and 19 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers. City Council meetings are now open to in-person attendance or you may tune in at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meeting live.