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Councilmember Ken Remley May Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Please check the calendar at surpriseaz.gov to check for cancelations during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also find me on Facebook for regular updates.

COVID-19 Financial Relief Information for Individuals & Families

During this difficult time, there are many resources available to help individuals and their families. Resources available to Surprise residents can be found on the City of Surprise COVID-19 Community Care Resources webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/3804/COVID-19-Community-Care-Resources, the COVID-19 Financial Relief Resources webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/3805/COVID-19-Financial-Relief-Information, or by calling the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600. Listed below are some of the resources that are available to residents.

Salvation Army Meals – The Salvation Army, located at 17420 N. Ave of the Arts, in Surprise, is offering drive thru pick-up of hot breakfast and a sack lunch between 7a.m.-9a.m. daily. This program is open to all seniors, or anyone who is food insecure. For more information, please call 623.977.1084.

Electric & Gas Utility Assistance – Surprise & El Mirage families can seek assistance with their utility bills by calling the Surprise Resource Center HOPE line Monday mornings at 8 a.m. The HOPE Line phone number is 623.222.4673. Callers must leave a voicemail. If you cannot leave a voicemail, that means that the limit of assistance for that week has been met.

Surprise Senior Center Hot Lunch Program – If you would like to participate in this program, please call 623.222.1500 two days in advance to order your meal for pickup Monday through Friday at noon.

Benevilla HOME Services Program – FREE program for all seniors who could use help with groceries, errands, etc. For more information please visit www.benevilla.org or call 623.584.4999.

Additionally, the City of Surprise has suspended all water service shutoffs through May 10.

Veteran Aid & Attendance Benefits

The Reveille Foundation in partnership with the American Patriot Service Corporation is now offering online information and registration workshops on Veteran’s Aid & Attendance benefits. These workshops are held bi-weekly and will assist veterans in filing out the necessary paperwork to file for the benefits. The first session was offered on April 29, but additional workshops will be offered every other week thereafter. To register or for more information, please contact Pamela Cameron at 602-592-9461 or pamela@reveillefoundation.org.

Budget Summary

City Council was presented with the City Manager’s Recommended Budget during our Work Session on April 21. If you weren’t able to view the meeting live, a video of the meeting, including the budget presentation can be viewed on https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/. Council and staff are working hard to ensure there is a balanced budget in the midst of economic conditions caused by COVID-19. Steps have already been taken to reduce expenses and prepare for a budget with flexibility to meet the on-going challenges. The tentative budget adoption is scheduled for the Regular City Council Meeting on May 5 at 6 p.m., and the final budget adoption is scheduled for the Regular City Council Meeting on June 2 at 6 p.m.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have. The best way to reach me is ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov

Traffic Improvements

A flashing yellow left-turn signal has been installed at the intersection of Litchfield and Waddell roads. A flashing yellow arrow traffic signal allows motorists to make a left-hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic. Flashing yellow arrow signals have been shown to help drivers make fewer mistakes, and reduce delays when traffic is light, allowing more opportunities to make a left-turn with the flashing yellow left-turn arrow.

A flashing yellow left-turn signal will also be installed at the intersection of Litchfield and Greenway roads overnight on May 1st/2nd.

Development in District 4

Below is a list of permits under review, construction, or recently completed in District 4.

Permits Under Review:
U-Haul, 13420 W. Bell Road-Tenant Improvement

Permits Under Construction:
Arizona Charter Academy, 16011 N. Dysart -New Construction

Permits Completed:
Heritage at Surprise-Building A-F, 13669 W. Rimrock St. -New Construction

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are generally held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. I have decided to cancel my next meeting on May 27 to comply with guidance on social distancing and protect the health of our community. I look forward to meeting with you again when we can. Please call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

Upcoming Events

Please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates on cancelled and postponed events.

Councilmember Ken Remley April Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. You can also find me on Facebook for regular updates.

COVID-19

The City of Surprise continues to monitor the COVID-19 crisis. For the most up-to-date information, please contact the Maricopa County Department of Health at 602.506.6900 or the Centers for Disease Control information line at 1.800.232.4636. You can also contact the Arizona Department of Health Services at 602.542.1025.

For information on ways to interact with the city online, by phone, or by email, please visit our COVID-19 webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19. For general questions, you may also call the City of Surprise at 623.222.1900. For updates on canceled events, please visit our website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/.

Surprise Senior Center Closure

For the safety and well-being of residents, the Surprise Senior Center is closed until further notice. Meals continue to be served by pick-up and delivery; however, members are required to register for meals like normal, at least 48 hours in advance. To register for meals, please call the Senior Center staff by phone at 623.222.1500. Members who are picking up their meals may do so Monday-Friday at noon. Meals will be delivered to those that need it, please let Senior Center Staff know that you will need it delivered when you place your order.

Changes to Public Participation at City Council Meetings

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings until further notice. Members of the public can still participate by having their comments taken by email, or phone. To submit email comments, including Call to the Public, for non-agenda items, please email publicomments@surpriseaz.gov prior to the start of the meeting. To comment by phone, please call 623.222.1250 prior to or during the meeting and your name will be placed on a call back list. If you reach voicemail, please leave your name and phone number. The City Clerk will call those wishing to comment from the dais during the meeting, and the call will be streamed through the Council Chamber audio system. Only calls received before or during Call to the Public for non-agenda items or before action is taken on the subject agenda item will be accepted and streamed. No calls will be accepted after action has been taken upon or an agenda item has otherwise concluded.

For additional details on how to interact during the meeting please visit The City of Surprise website at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

The City of Surprise also streams and broadcasts its City Council meetings. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 also carry the meetings live.

2020 Census

It’s not too late to be counted! If you have not responded to the Census yet, a reminder and paper questionnaire will be mailed to your home between April 8-16. If you need help completing your census questionnaire, you can contact the U.S. Census Bureau at 1.844.330.2020. For more information on the census, please visit the City of Surprise website at  https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3745/Census-2020. To take your census now, visit www.my2020census.gov.

State of the City Update

In consideration of the current health crisis, the State of the City address will now be delivered virtually via  www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv and the city’s Facebook page on April 15 at 6 p.m.

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are generally held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. I have decided to cancel my next meeting on April 22 to comply with guidance on social distancing and protect the health of our community. I look forward to meeting with you again when we can. Please call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

Upcoming Events

Please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates on canceled and postponed events.

Councilmember Ken Remley March Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. You can also find me on Facebook for regular updates.

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. The next meeting will be March 25. Come and hear from Parks and Recreation staff as they give an update on the Gaines Park Ballfield design. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

Surprise Resource Center expands evening hours

The Surprise Resource Center offers connections to human services that include everything from rent and utility assistance to employment support to food and nutrition resources. This week, the operating hours were extended. They are now:
Monday & Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Resource Center is located within the city’s AZ TechCelerator campus at 12425 W Bell Road, Bldg. A, Ste. 124. Please call 623.222.1600 for more information and referrals to services and programs.

2020 Census

It’s important to be counted in the 2020 Census. Check your mailboxes March 12-20 for a letter with a website address and Census ID number explaining how to respond online. The letter will also include a toll free number that you may call to respond, and instructions on how to receive a paper survey. For more information on the census, please visit the City of Surprise website at www.surpriseaz.gov/census2020.

Baseball Art & Collectibles Exhibit

This free reception will be held March 12, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Art Gallery and Mayor’s Atrium, located at 16000 Civic Center Plaza. Swing by to see a collection of baseball art and collectibles that will be on display.

State of the City – 60th Anniversary

The State of the City will be held on March 26, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. Please join us as Mayor Skip Hall provides an update on the city’s accomplishments and vision for our future. We hope you can stay afterwards to see the 60th anniversary art wall unveiling and enjoy live music and entertainment in the courtyard.

Economic Development

Amigo’s Authentic Mexican Grill & Bar is now open! Amigo’s is a family owned and operated restaurant. They are located in the complex on the SE corner of Litchfield and Waddell roads.

Inside Amigos Restaurant

Deboa Jiu Jitsu Academy, located at 14763 W. Cactus Road, recently opened.

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Judd, Councilmember Winters and the employees of De Boa Jiu-Jitsu Academy stand outside the business for the grand opening ceremony.

Rangers Village Ribbon Cutting

The City Council joined Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis and Texas Rangers staff to cut the ribbon on the new Rangers Village building on February 21. The building is located along Bullard Avenue, just north of Greenway Road. The 70,000 square foot team housing complex is three stories and has 36 suites. Also included in Rangers Village, is a 13,000 square foot sports-training lab for the players.

The Texas Rangers housing building.

Ottawa University Campus Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

Ottawa University-Arizona (OUAZ) hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication for three new campus buildings on Friday, February 21 – the O’Dell Center for athletics, the OUAZ Student Union, and Residence Hall. The O’Dell Center for Athletics is a 97,000 square foot athletic complex adjacent to Spirit Field to the west, just north of Tierra Buena Lane. The complex includes a recreation center, four court gymnasium, lockers rooms, an athletic training room, the Spirit Performance Center, five classrooms, and the faculty and athletic department offices. The OUAZ Student Union is a two story, 27,000 square foot building that houses the cafeteria, an outdoor and indoor dining space, the Spirit Fan Shop, campus mailroom, student lounge with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, conference center and designated quiet study spaces. The 76,000 square foot, four story residence hall is located to the east of Spirit Field and is home to an 83 room, 332 bed dormitory with fully furnished, four person suites, four student lounges and the campus security office.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • March 9-27- Household Hazardous Waste Collection Appointment Scheduling. Please schedule your appointment by calling 623-222-1920 or through the My Surprise app.
  • March 14- Residential Waste Cleanup Event at the Northwest Regional Landfill, , from 7 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information, please call 623-222-6000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/sanitation.
  • March 25- Public Art Bus Tour from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Starts and ends at Benevilla, 16752 N. Greasewood Street. Please reserve your seat by calling 623-214-7537.
  • March 26- State of the City address and 60th Anniversary art wall unveiling at City Hall in the Courtyard, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • March 28- Dysart Unified School District Festival of the Arts at The Vista – Center for the Arts, 15550 N Parkview Place, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • March 29-Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival, Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Councilmember Ken Remley February Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. You can also find me on Facebook for regular updates.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Thanks to a partnership with A New Leaf, the Human Service & Community Vitality Department is proud to offer free tax preparation services for qualified households from now until April 14. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides certified, IRS trained volunteers to assist those households that earn less than $56,000. In addition to tax preparation, they can also help taxpayers apply for additional benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome. VITA is offered at two locations.

  • Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Road, on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, please call 623-222-1600.

Library Updates

In addition to the recently expanded hours at the Hollyhock Library, we are happy to announce that a third library has been built in the City of Surprise. Asante Library held a ribbon cutting and Grand Opening celebration on February 1. This 10,000 square foot space offers meeting and study rooms which is another first in our city. In addition to the beautiful view of Asante Community Park and the White Tank Mountains, Asante features self-check kiosks, public access computers, free Wi-Fi and a multipurpose room to accommodate a variety of programming options. I would like to thank the Maricopa County Library District for their partnership with the City of Surprise that made this possible. For more information about our libraries, please call 602-652-3000.

MLK Day of Celebration & Service

This much-anticipated event is truly a point-of-pride in our community. Some of the community service projects included writing thank you letters to Veterans, assembling hygiene kits for homeless outreach projects and filling backpacks full of school supplies. We thank the Human Service & Community Vitality Department and countless volunteers that made this event such a great success!

Economic Development

Last month, I attended a groundbreaking for Quick Quack Car Wash at Litchfield and Waddell Roads. They boast a “green & clean” facility and a car wash that is completed within three minutes. We are happy to see new businesses coming to Surprise and we wish them much success.

Councilmember Hayden, Councilmember Winters, Councilmember Remley and the Quick Quack Car Wash mascot.

Last month we also attended a ribbon cutting for Spencer’s Place at Waddell and Reems Roads. This local shop is not only a great place to get pastries and a cup of coffee but it also provides training and employment for those with mental and cognitive abilities. We appreciate your dedication to making a difference in our community!

Mayor Hall, City Councilmembers and Spenser's Place family and staff outside the newly opened business.

Fire Station Open House

In January, the Surprise Fire-Medical Department hosted an Open House at Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Dr. E. (Bola and Village). It was a great opportunity to tour the fire station, get an up-close look at the fire engines and learn more about all of the firefighting equipment. I would like to thank the Surprise Fire-Medical Department for taking the time to host this Open House and for all they do to keep our community safe.

Spring Training

We are looking forward to the start of another great Spring Training season at Surprise Stadium! It all starts with the Surprise Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, February 14, at Surprise Stadium. Admission is $30 and will include entry into the 1 p.m. Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic game. The College Baseball Classic series runs from February 14-17. Tickets for the College Baseball Classic are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors over 55.

Spring Training starts on February 21 and continues through March 21. Single game ticket prices start as low as $8. There are a number of ticket promotions and special events including Military Appreciation, fireworks night and Chick-fil-A Residents Day every Monday.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 623-222-2222.

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. The next meeting will be February 26. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • February 14- Senior Center Sweetheart Dance from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call 623-222-1500 for more information.
  • February 17- Deadline to register for the 2020 Surprise City Academy where you can learn more about each city department. This eight-session academy begins February 24 and meets weekly through April 6 in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza. Please call 623-222-3239 for more information.
  • March 6-3rd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K http://www.surprisestadium.com/events/5k
  • March 25- Public Art Bus Tour from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. starts and ends at Benevilla, 16752 N. Greasewood Street. Please reserve your seat by calling 623-214-7537.
  • March 26- State of the City address and 60th Anniversary art wall unveiling at City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, from 6 – 8 p.m.

Please remember that city offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Councilmember Ken Remley January Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. You can also find me on Facebook for regular updates.

Luncheon with the Consul General of Mexico

I was honored to attend a luncheon hosted by the Consul General of Mexico Jorge Mendoza Yescas in Phoenix on December 4. There were a number of other councilmembers from across the state in attendance which created an open dialogue to discuss collaborative opportunities. I really appreciate the chance to work together towards common goals.

New Hours for Hollyhock Library

Effective Monday, January 6, the City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District will offer expanded hours at the Hollyhock Library. City Council approved funding to increase the weekly hours from 18 to 36. This change will provide residents more access to a variety of library programs and resources. The new hours for Hollyhock Library will be as follows:

Monday through Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

MLK Day of Celebration & Service

The City of Surprise will host a community day of celebration and service to recognize the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event will begin at the City Hall Courtyard at 8:30 a.m. with a light breakfast. At 9:00 a.m., there will be a short program to include a keynote speaker and musical performances. The service projects will begin upon conclusion of the program at approximately 9:45 a.m. This is a great opportunity for all residents to give back to the community and work together for Surprise.

There are many opportunities to get involved in this Day of Service including sponsorships and volunteer opportunities for individuals, families and groups. Also, we would love to hear your suggestions for service projects to be completed. Please call 623-222-1500 or visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/mlk.

Economic Development

The Angry Crab Shack opened its doors in the Bell Mar Complex, 11340 W. Bell Road. This seafood restaurant combines Asian and Cajun flavors to give customers a new look on traditional seafood favorites. The Angry Crab Shack has been locally owned and operated since 2013. Welcome to Surprise!

Deck the Hock

The Annual Deck the Hock Event was held at the Surprise Senior Center on December 10. This event allows residents an opportunity to enjoy holiday cheer. Attendees were able to participate in music, crafts and this year, we even had snow!

City Awarded Grant

The City of Surprise was awarded a grant from Tohono O’odham Nation to assist our Human Services and Community Vitality Department with several programs and initiatives. These programs include the Crisis Assistance Fund, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Expanding After School and Summer Programming and the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and Celebration. If you would like any further information on any of these programs, please call 623-222-1500.

AZ TechCelerator

The City of Surprise is now offering a new online platform that will enable small businesses and startups in the community to come together to share information and stories as well as create a common space to build their businesses. The AZ TechCelerator business program and innovation center is allowing residents the use of this support for free! For more information, please visit call 623-222-8324 or visit www.aztechcelerator.com.

District 4 Community Meeting

Mark your calendars for my next Community meeting. The meeting will be held on January 22 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

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.

Upcoming Events

Councilmember Ken Remley December Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. You can also find me on Facebook for weekly updates.

Hollyhock Library

Effective Monday, January 6, 2020, the City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District will offer expanded hours at the Hollyhock Library. City Council approved funding to DOUBLE the weekly hours from 18 to 36 which will truly provide residents more access to a variety of library programs and resources. The new hours for Hollyhock Library will be as follows:

Monday through Thursday: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

District 4 Library Card Sign-Up Drive

To promote the upcoming extended hours of the Hollyhock Library, I partnered with Dysart Unified School District and four nearby elementary schools for a library card sign-up drive. Papa John’s generously donated a free pizza party to the four classrooms with highest percentage of library cards. A total of 635 new library cards were issued as follows: West Point Elementary collected 75 cards, Surprise Elementary collected 143 cards, Arizona Charter Academy collected 183 cards and Thompson Ranch Elementary collected 234 cards. I would like to extend my gratitude to each of these schools, Papa John’s and Hollyhock Library for making this initiative such a huge success!

Councilmember Remley presents pizzas to an elementary school class.

Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House Ribbon Cutting

Bonfire Craft Kitchen and Tap House, located at 15332 W. Bell Road, has officially opened in the Brookside Village shopping center in Surprise! During the grand opening and ribbon cutting, we were able to enjoy items from the menu at this new, family-friendly restaurant. Welcome to Surprise, Bonfire!

Veterans Day Events

This Veterans Day brought a whole new point-of-pride to our community with the dedication of the Veterans Reflection Circle and our annual parade. Thanks to dozens of individuals and contractors that donated the time and materials to complete the Veterans Reflection Circle, we were able to build a memorial next to the Surprise Library to honor the legacy of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Sergeant First Class Brian Scott Mancini.

Surprise City Councilmembers stand alongside the newly opened Veterans Reflection Circle.

There were many special guests that attended the dedication, including the Mancini family and a number of federal and state elected officials, including Congresswoman Debbie Lesko and staff from US Senator Martha McSally’s office.

Earlier that week, I was honored to speak at the Veteran’s Celebration Event at West Point Elementary about my military experience. I appreciate all Veterans and thank you for your service.

Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off

It is the time of year for the Salvation Army Kettle Kick-Off. This campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the US.  It provides countless toys for children, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and insurmountable social service programs year-round. I appreciate all of the Salvation Army volunteers and staff as they gear up for the season.

Celebrating Our American Patriots

I had the honor of leading the Pledge of Allegiance at Thompson Ranch Elementary School’s “Celebrating our American Patriots” assembly and parade. This event was to honor and celebrate active and retired police, fire and military members.  It was so nice to see so many attendees and honor those that protect us.

Ugly Tuna Sushi Ribbon Cutting

Mayor Hall and City Council welcomed Ugly Tuna Sushi to Surprise.  They are located on the southeast corner of Bell and Reems roads.  There were many special guests in attendance including Arizona Representative Frank Carroll.  Thank you for choosing Surprise, Ugly Tuna Sushi! We wish you great success!

Fire Station Open House Events

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has announced they will host a series of Open House events.  This is a great way to meet the firefighters, tour the fire station, learn more about the medical equipment and firefighting gear plus also see the fire trucks up-close.

The Open House for Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Drive East (Bola & Village), will be Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  For more information or to tour the other fire stations in Surprise, please call 623-222-5000.

Surprise Health & Rehabilitation Ribbon Cutting

City Council attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for Surprise Health and Rehabilitation Center located at 14660 W. Parkwood Drive. We were also given a tour of their state-of-the-art skilled nursing facility which is beautiful, modern and welcoming. We thank you for all that you do for those in need and are happy to have you here in Surprise.

2nd Annual Surprise SciTech Festival

I would like to thank the Human Services and Community Vitality Department, as well as the numerous vendors, for making the 2nd Annual Surprise SciTech Festival such a great success.  This free, annual event focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. Families enjoyed such fun, educational events as a virtual reality trailer, robotics demonstrations and even roaming dinosaurs. Thank you to everyone for participating!

Councilmember Remley and Councilmember Hayden at the 2nd Annual Surprise SciTech Festival.

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.

Community Meeting

My community meeting is typically held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Surprise Community Center, 15832 N Hollyhock Street, at 6:30 p.m., however, the December meeting has been cancelled due to the holiday.  I invite you to attend my next meeting on January 22, 2020.

Upcoming

Councilmember Ken Remley November Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. You can also find me on Facebook for weekly updates.

6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande

The 6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande Event did not disappoint! We were honored to welcome two very special guests: Barry Wong from Governor Ducey’s office and Deputy Consul General of Mexico Armando Esparza. This festival was held at the Original Town Site and featured many wonderful forms of entertainment, including mariachi music and talented dancers. I enjoyed seeing so many families and children with smiles on their faces. This was a special celebration, indeed!

Day of Service

I was impressed to learn that 300+ volunteers helped at this October 19th event! There were many projects such as landscaping, painting and refuse removal. The city coordinates several Day of Service events throughout the year so please consider registering for a future event at 623-222-3241. Lunch is provided. We welcome all groups and ages!

Library

We have some VERY exciting news to share! In early 2020, the City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District will offer expanded hours at the Hollyhock Library! City Council approved funding to DOUBLE the weekly hours from 18 to 36 which will truly provide residents more access to a variety of library programs and resources. We continue to work on the new schedule, and I will share it with you as soon as it is finalized.

Veterans Day Events

This Veterans Day will bring a whole new point-of-pride to our community. Please join us on November 11th at 8 a.m. at the north entrance of Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard, for the Veterans Reflection Circle Dedication. Thanks to dozens of individuals and companies that donated the time and materials, we were able to build a memorial to honor the legacy of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini. And don’t miss the tradition of enjoying a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. followed by the annual Veteran’s Day Parade on Bullard at 10 a.m.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • November 11, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day
  • November 28-29, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving
  • December 6-7, 2019 – Annual Surprise Party celebration, Surprise Recreation Campus

Councilmember Ken Remley October Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. You can also find me on Facebook for weekly updates.

Fire Station 304

As Surprise continues to grow, so do public safety needs. Last month, Fire Station 304 held a groundbreaking ceremony. This new fire station will be located in the city’s northern region to replace the temporary facility which has been in use for approximately 17 years. Once completed, this station will be able to support the growth in the area.

Ottawa University

Ottawa University is bringing Saturday night college football to our town! The OUAZ Spirit held their first home football game last month and the stands were packed with fans, parents and students. Council attended to show our support, not only for the team, but for the partnership we share with Ottawa University.

City Councilmembers attend a Saturday night Ottawa University football game.

Stage Left Productions

During the month of October, Stage Left Productions will hold performances of The Diary of Anne Frank. This dramatic presentation brings to life eight people hiding from Nazis in an attic. Capturing the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence, their fear, their hope, their laughter and their grief, this performance will be one to go see. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased at www.stageleftaz.com.

6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande

The City of Surprise is seeking promotional booth applicants and classic car show entries for its annual Surprise Fiesta Grande street fair on October 12 near Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N. Hollyhock St.

This Hispanic-oriented, cultural festival and street fair features mariachi music, a piñata plaza, games, food, dancing, music and much more. A shuttle service will be offered due to limited parking near the Villanueva Recreation Center. Mark your calendars for October 12, and I look forward to seeing you there. For more information, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Surprise Fiesta Grande free shuttle parking map.

Volunteer for a Day of Service

The City of Surprise Neighborhood Services Department is seeking over 200 volunteers to participate in the Fall Day of Service on Saturday, October 19. This event helps to promote community pride and engagement. There will be several indoor and outdoor service projects to include painting, sorting, yard work and other services.

Following the completion of the community service projects, an island party will be held with BBQ, live music, games and fun!

For more information or to register, please email Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov. Groups of 10 or more must RSVP with a group name.

Public Safety G.A.I.N. Night

Public Safety G.A.I.N. Night will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Head out to Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N Bullard Ave., for a family event that will offer trick-or-treating, a gaming trailer, dinosaurs presented by the Dino Crew and much more. Remember to bring two cans of food for the Salvation Army to receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a prize. Admission is free. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is accepting parade entries from clubs, organizations, groups and residents who want to show their patriotic spirit and honor those who bravely served our country. The parade will be held on Monday, November 11. Entry forms are available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or at the Parks and Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. Entries are due by October 27.

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.

Councilmember Ken Remley September Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. You can also find me on Facebook for weekly updates.

Events

Mark Coronado Park will transform into a movie theater on Saturday night, September 28. Come out to watch “Wonder Park” under the stars and fresh air. Admission is always free and concessions will be available for purchase. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. with a show time of 7:00 p.m.

Go ahead and mark your calendars for Saturday, October 12 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. and come down to the Original Town Site for the Fiesta Grande Event. This street festival will feature live entertainment, authentic Mexican food, classic car shows, kids zone and tons of family fun. Find more information at www.surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Stage Left Productions is showing “Always a Bridesmaid” from September 20-29. This hilarious comedy follows four friends and their promise to be in each other’s weddings. The play focuses on life more than thirty years later and how they can honor that vow. Stage Left Productions is located at 11340 West Bell Road and tickets are $25 each with reserved seating. Please visit www.stageleftaz.com to view listings and purchase tickets.

Community Development

A designer has been selected for the new Gaines Ballfield, located in the Original Town Site. The design phase, led by Dig Studio Design Team, is estimated to be completed by March 2020. I appreciate your patience during this process and look forward to the finished product.

Construction Updates

Epcor Water Line Replacement work has been ongoing for Coyote Lakes roadways. This project is scheduled for completion by the end of the month.

Greenway Road will begin a pavement preservation process from Dysart Road to Litchfield Road. This project will be approximately a week long in October and consist of day and night time work.

Residential Waste Clean Up Event

It’s that time of the year when the City of Surprise and the Northwest Regional Landfill offer a one load disposal for no charge. Residents are able to take up to 2,000 lbs. of residential waste to the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Rd., on September, 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Proof of residency is required in the form of a driver’s license and a utility bill.

Hazardous Household Waste Collection

The city will continue with the scheduled appointment format to make Household Hazardous Waste Collection events more convenient for residents who need to dispose of unwanted hazardous waste.

Beginning September 9, residents can request an appointment by calling 623-222-1920. Households north of Bell Road will have scheduled pickups September 30-October 4 whereas households south of Bell Road will have their pickups October 7-11. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent.

Recycling in Surprise

The City of Surprise has placed a tentative hold on its recycling program while staff research cost-effective solutions to mitigate the impacts of increased recycling operational costs.

Sanitation trucks will pick up both containers on the same day at the same time, using the same truck until further notice. Please also keep in mind solid waste regulations require that only un-bagged and clean recyclable items be placed in the blue recycling container to avoid container contamination and the attraction of insects and rodent to the container. Also, bagged trash must only be place in the black container. If you choose to throw recyclables in the black container, they must be bagged.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as the city works towards a solution. For more information and a list of FAQ please visit www.surpriseaz.gov.

U.S. Census Representatives in Surprise

In order to get an accurate and complete population count, Census representatives work to verify addresses prior to the Census survey being sent out. From now until October 11, representatives will attempt to knock on every door in the neighborhoods they are visiting. They do not count you or your family for the Census as this is just an address verification process. If you have more questions or to see if your neighborhood is on the map, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/census2020.

6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande

The City of Surprise is seeking promotional booth applicants and classic car show entries for its annual Surprise Fiesta Grande event on October 12.

This Hispanic-oriented, cultural festival and street fair features mariachi music, a piñata plaza, games, food, dancing, music and much more. Mark your calendars for October 12, and I look forward to seeing you there.

Care & Share Expo

The Veteran, Disability and Human Services Commission is hosting the first Care & Share Expo on October 5. This free event will open up connections to human service organizations as well as offer disability, veteran and health resources. For more information please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/careshareexpo.

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.

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 www.stageleftaz.com.

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 dcc.priscillad@gmail.com. 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.