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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.

Councilmember Ken Remley July Newsletter

Water Conservation Do’s and Don’ts

On average, each Arizona resident uses about 145 gallons per day. About 20 percent of the State’s water supply is for municipal use, and most of this is residential. Up to 70 percent of that water is used outdoors (watering plants, swimming pools, washing cars, etc.) especially during the summer months, with the remaining used indoors (bathing, cooking, cleaning, etc.). Residents that incorporate water efficiency into everyday life help preserve water for future generations.

Some ways to conserve water outside: install a water-efficient drip, irrigation system; plant low-water use and drought-tolerant grasses; regularly check sprinkler systems and timing devices; water deeply but less frequently; collect and use rain water; and water plants when necessary.

Some ways to conserve inside: check faucets and pipes for leaks; run washing machine and dishwasher when they have full loads or adjust water levels for smaller loads; do not pre-rinse dishes unless you need to; when washing dishes by hand, do not let the water run; and turn water treatment and softener units off while on vacation.

Protecting Kids, Pets and Yourself Against the Rising Temperatures

As the temperatures keep climbing, I would like to give some friendly safety reminders:

Do Not Leave Kids or Pets in Cars

Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying. When leaving your car, ALWAYS check to be sure everyone is out of the car. If you need a reminder that a child is in your car, simple tricks like leaving a stuffed animal in the front seat will help remind you.

Wear Sunscreen

Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and makes you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, wear a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and apply a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Make sure to always reapply sunscreen.

Stay Cool Indoors

Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible, and be sure to check on those who do not have air-conditioning.

Pace Yourself

Cut down on exercising during the heat. If you’re not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slow and pace yourself up.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, regardless of how active you are.

Heat-Related Illnesses Flyer

The City of Surprise is a part of the Heat Relief Network. We provide refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during the summer months. There are designated stations that offer indoor refuge from heat during the day, as well as drinking fountains or bottled water. Stations can be found here:

Surprise Resource Center: 12425 W. Bell Road, Building A, Suite 124
Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301: 16750 N. Village Drive East (FS 301)
Hollyhock Library: 15844 N. Hollyhock Street
Northwest Regional Library: 16089 N. Bullard Avenue
The Salvation Army Sun Cities Valley Corps: 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd.

You can help those in need by donating water bottles, sun screen, sun glasses and hats at either the Surprise Resource Center or Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301.

Hollyhock Pool

If you and your family are looking for something to beat the summer heat, the Hollyhock Pool, 15808 N. Hollyhock Street, is open Monday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The pool is closed on Fridays. These hours do not change until August 3.

The pool offers a zero depth area with water play features, water spray pad with play features, three-lane lap pool, and a water slide! The pool also offers swimming lessons and is a great way to host an inexpensive party. Please call 623.222.2530 for more information.

The daily entry fee is $1 for youth, $2 for adults and $5 for non-residents. If you’re planning to be at the pool a lot this summer, you can also purchase a semi-annual pool pass. It’s $20 for youth and $40 for adults. The semi-annual pool pass is for Surprise residents only.

Surprise Community Garden

City Councilmembers are allotted a certain amount of discretionary money to spend on non-profit organizations or a one-time purchase for event costs when the event is held or conducted within their district. This year, I utilized my discretionary funds for the Surprise Community Garden, located at Benevilla. This is truly a hidden treasure in Surprise, and I was excited to be a part of it. I appreciate the hard work they do for our community, and I look forward to what the future holds for them.

Councilmember Remley at the Surprise Community Garden.

Veterans Reflection Circle

The City of Surprise hosted a groundbreaking on June 24 for the Veterans Reflection Circle. This memorial is in honor of late Surprise resident, Brian Mancini, and his sacrifices. Currently there is a scheduled grand opening on Veterans Day 2019. You can learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/vrc.

City Councilmembers break ground at Veterans Reflection Circle memorial.

Arizona State Veteran Home: Yuma, Arizona

I was excited to join the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services in Yuma on June 22 for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Arizona State Veteran Home. This home will provide skilled-nursing and rehabilitative care for Arizona’s veterans.

Meritage Homes at Marley Park

Thank you to Meritage Homes for hosting Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Winters, Councilmember Duffy, and me at the ribbon cutting for the new homes in Marley Park on June 5. We toured six new model homes, the recreation center, basketball courts, resort style pool and clubhouse. We are excited to welcome new neighbors to Surprise!

Tour of O’Dell Center for Athletics at Ottawa University

On June 21, I participated in a tour of the new O’Dell Center for Athletics. This is going to be a fascinating facility. Ottawa University students and student athletes will have state of the art equipment year-round. This facility will also offer community partnerships that will benefit City of Surprise residents. We cannot wait for the grand opening this fall!

AZ TechCelerator

In June, I invited Julie Neal from the AZ TechCelerator to my District 4 Community Meeting where she provided informative updates. The AZ TechCelerator is a 66,000 square foot business incubator where small businesses have the opportunity to grow. It provides access to mentors, training, affordable space, and so many more resources tailored for your entrepreneurship venture. The Surprise Resource Center is also located inside the AZ TechCelerator and offers many services for residents and veterans.

Membership at the TechCelerator starts at $50 per month- which includes office space, conference rooms, community meetings, education workshops, and much more. The space allows you to expand at your own pace.

The AZ TechCelerator is located at 12425 W. Bell Road. For more information, please call 623-222-8324 or visit www.aztechcelerator.com.

District 4 Community Meeting

Every fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., I host a District Community Meeting at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 North Hollyhock Street. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

HOA Meetings

This past month, I attended the Coyote Lakes & Litchfield Manor HOA meeting. I had a productive meeting with them and provided them with city updates, took questions, and addressed their concerns. 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. Please contact me at 623.222.1300 if I have not yet visited your community.

Councilmember Ken Remley JUNE Newsletter

In Case You Missed It

EPCOR Interim Rates

Residents in the Agua Fria district of Surprise will see an increase in rates from EPCOR. Operating costs have changed significantly over the past 25 years and more than $150 million has been spent to repair and replace the infrastructure- pipes, meters, valves, plants, etc. On March 28, 2019, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved interim rates to recover changes in operating costs since rates were last set in each district.

Current rates for the Agua Fria district will remain in effect and will continue to appear on your bill as they do today. Interim rates will appear as a surcharge on your bill, calculated for your individual usage. Remember, you pay for as much water as you use.

The Arizona Corporation Commission has ordered EPCOR to file a new rate case by May 1, 2020. To share your comments or concerns please contact the ACC, reference Docket #WS-01303A-19-0011. You may contact the ACC Consumer Services Section at 602.542.4251.

Veterans Meeting

On Wednesday, May 15, the City of Surprise hosted a meeting with various Veteran groups to discuss the potential of bringing Veteran housing and/or a Veterans Hall to Surprise. If you are a Veteran, or have a local Veteran group, and would like to participate in future discussions, please contact Community Partnerships Manager Paul Bernardo at 623.222.1029.

The Surprise Resource Center helps Veterans out in many ways, including employment assistance and by hosting a Job Club for Veterans.  If you are a Veteran, or know a Veteran seeking assistance, please reach out to the Surprise Resource Center, located at 12425 West Bell Road, Suite 124, by calling 623.222.1600.

Valley Partnership May Morning Breakfast

On Friday May 17, I attended the Valley Partnership May Morning Breakfast meeting where I had the opportunity to connect with individuals who are innovating our Valley. The panel was led by Chris Toci (Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield), Lee Mashburn (President & CEO, Pivot Development), Lorenzo Perez (Co-Founder, Venue Projects), and Stan Shafer (Principal & CEO, Holualoa Companies). The conversations focused on an exciting new trend of revamping historic buildings in the Valley.

Memorial Day Weekend

On Memorial Day, I was honored to be the keynote speaker for the Northwest Valley Veterans Association Memorial Day Ceremony at Sunland Memorial Park. It was truly an honor to speak about my service to my fellow veterans, colleagues, and friends. Thank you to George Van de Langeryt for giving me the opportunity to speak to fellow veterans about my service and connecting it to Memorial Day. Our City is grateful to the men and women who have served our country selflessly.

Surprise Police Department Annual Appreciation Dinner

My fellow City Council members and I attended the Surprise Police Department Appreciation Dinner on May 17, where we had the opportunity to recognize the hard working men and women of Surprise Police. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication to providing a safe community for us. Congratulations to all of those who were awarded at the dinner.

Officer of the Year: Corbin Claxton
Detective of the Year: Lucas Jensen
Rookie of the Year: Dillon Bleicher
Civilian Employee of the Year: Erin Rivera
Supervisor of the Year: Michael Robbins
Volunteer of the Year: Barbara Jones
Citizen Patrol Volunteer of the Year: Marylene Cayron

Lifesaving Awards:
Officer Gerald Graziosi
Officer Fredrick Cuthbertson
Officer Joshua Bucur
Officer William Bisson
Officer Shawna Ebey
Officer Tyler Johnson
Sergeant Garrick Boxberger

Unit Citation – Traffic Unit:
Sergeant Michael Robbins
Leonard Collins
Drew Persha
Richard Malone
Steven Shernicoff

National Day of Prayer

On Thursday May 2, we celebrated National Day of Prayer outside City Hall. It was warming to welcome many guests to City Hall and celebrate a Day of Prayer. The purpose of the day is to find power and unity through prayer. Thank you to Community & Recreation Advisory Commissioner Raymond Grim for hosting a terrific event.

Guests attend National Day of Prayer outside City Hall

Surprise Chamber

The Surprise Chamber hosted a great event at Ottawa University on May 28. The topic was “Arizona’s New Water Policy Landscape: Sustainable Water Solutions and How They Impact Business”. We heard from speakers Lisa Atkins, President of the Board for the Central Arizona Project; and Rory Van Pouke, Water Policy Expert and General Manger at Apache Sun Golf Club. These individuals discussed the new Drought Contingency Plan that will impact water policy for the state’s foreseeable future, along with other water policies being discussed at the state capitol. The speakers also highlighted how the drought is impacting business operations and financial performance. This was a great way for companies to learn how to leverage technologies, partnerships, and innovation to reduce impacts, mitigate risks, and protect freshwater in the state of Arizona. Thank you to the Surprise Chamber for hosting a great event!

Hollyhock Library

The Hollyhock Library, located at 15844 North Hollyhock Street, has changed its Saturday hours to better serve the community. The new hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays; Tuesday and Thursday hours will remain 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.

District 4 Community Meeting

Every fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., I host a District Community meeting at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 North Hollyhock Street. This past month, we hosted the president of Gorman Construction who gave an update on the affordable housing being built in the city’s Original Town Site. At our June meeting, we will have representatives from the city’s AZ TechCelerator business innovation center give an update on the great work they are doing. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

HOA Meetings

This past month, I attended the Litchfield Manor HOA meeting. I had a productive meeting with them and provided them with city updates, took questions, and addressed their concerns. 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. Please contact me at 623.222.1300 if I have not yet visited your community. I am always more than happy to attend an event or meeting.

LA Fitness

LA Fitness held a grand opening for their first Surprise location at 16635 West Bell Road. It truly was a grand celebration for such a great company. The city will benefit dearly with the addition of LA Fitness. Make sure to get a membership, and check them out! Welcome to Surprise, LA Fitness!

City of Surprise Councilmembers at LA Fitness Grand Opening

Councilmember Ken Remley May Newsletter

In Case You Missed It

Veterans Bridge Celebration

It was a pleasure to see residents and visitors at the renaming of the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Bridge on April 26. With a high veteran population in the West Valley, the renaming celebration felt appropriate to honor these heroes. We were honored to have Governor Doug Ducey and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, along with State Senators Rick Gray and Sine Kerr. A special thank you to Senator Rick Gray, for supporting the renaming efforts of Mayor Hall and myself and introducing this proposal to the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names.

Councilmembers Sanders, Duffy, Remley, Hayden, and Vice Mayor Winters
Pictured Left to Right: Councilmembers Sanders, Duffy, Remley, Hayden, and Vice Mayor Winters

If you are a Veteran and are seeking assistance, please call the AZ Department of Veteran’s Services Surprise Location: 623.583.1025 or visit their office 13985 West Grand Avenue, Suite 101.

Taste of Surprise

The Rotary Club of Surprise hosted their Annual Taste of Surprise on April 6, and 100 percent of the proceeds from this even benefit local charities. My fellow City Council colleagues and I attended, and even participated in the dunk tank! The Taste of Surprise is always a fun, family-filled event to attend that supports a great cause. Over 40 local restaurants participated this year, providing their favorite dishes and local bands Los Gringos and TripWire provided live entertainment. The event also included a car show and cooking demonstrations. A big ‘thank you’ is warranted to the sponsors of this event who make it better every year.

HOA Meetings

This past month, I attended the Johnson Townhomes, Coyote Lakes, and Litchfield Manor HOA meetings. I had productive meetings with each community and provided them with city updates, took questions and addressed their concerns. It is always a pleasure to meet with residents in their own neighborhoods. It is my goal to attend all of the HOA meetings in my district on a fairly frequent basis. Please contact me at 623.222.1300 if I have not yet visited your community, and I will be happy to attend.

Surprise Senior Center

The Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 North Hollyhock Street in the heart of the Original Town Site, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Membership for residents is $12.00 per year and $15.00 for non-residents. The Senior Center offers countless activities, a fitness center, and a hot lunch program. For more information about the Surprise Senior Center, please call 623.222.1500.

Check out these May events at the Surprise Senior Center:

Mother’s Day Celebration: Friday, May 10 at 8:30 a.m.- Morning tea followed by a “ladies only” pool tournament!

Barter Swap: Monday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m.- Great way to take home some “new” items for FREE! You may bring up to five items to swap with other members! All items must be clean and subject to approval of the Barter Swap Volunteer Team.

Celebrating Our Military: Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 a.m., – Join us in honoring our military members in celebration of Memorial Day & Armed Forces Day.

Surprise EGG-Stravaganza

During Easter Weekend I attended the Surprise Annual EGG-Stravaganza. Kids had the opportunity to search for thousands of eggs filled with candy and toys while Moms and Dads had the opportunity to browse through booths. This year, we had 50,000 eggs and 500,000 pieces of candy. It was great to see many residents join us at the Kansas City Royals practice fields. Kids even had the opportunity to meet Mr. & Mrs. Bunny and get their face painted! A good time was had by all.

Surprise Area Interfaith & Golden Rule Community Breakfast

On May 1, the City of Surprise hosted the 3rd Annual Surprise Area Interfaith & Golden Rule Community Breakfast. I joined my colleagues and the community at this year’s breakfast to hear golden rule stories from community interfaith leaders and non-profit organizations. The Arizona Interfaith Movement, the Salvation Army, the City of Surprise, and Area Ministerial Association did a great job of sponsoring this year’s event.

FY2020 Recommended Budget

This past month, at our April 16 Work Session Meeting, City Manager Michael Frazier released his recommended expenditure budget of $414 million, which includes $106.3 million for voter approved General Obligation Bond projects. City Manager Frazier focused his budget on Council’s commitment to maintain quality public services and infrastructure, while addressing the needs of a growing community.

Over the next few weeks, I will be doing my due diligence and asking questions regarding the budget to appropriate staff members. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please always feel free to contact me. A public hearing and Council’s Tentative Budget is scheduled for the May 7 Regular Council meeting, with a final budget adoption scheduled for June 4. This will be a great opportunity for the public to voice their opinion. We hope to see you there!

District 4 Community Meeting

Every fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., I host a District Community meeting at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 North Hollyhock Street. At our May meeting on May 22, we will have the President of Gorman Construction present to provide an update on the $21 million Heritage at Surprise affordable housing project, which is currently under construction. At future meetings, I will have individuals provide updates on Gaines Park. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

Councilmember Ken Remley April Newsletter

In Case You Missed It

State of the City

The city of Surprise hosted the State of the City and City Hall 10-year Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, March 28. This event brought together many residents and elected officials. I was pleased to see the Council Chambers full of residents. The courtyard offered a gathering place for residents, with music and entertainment as well as games. Various city departments hosted tables with departmental information and city updates.

The event was shown live on Facebook, but it’s not too late to view it! Watch the replay on Surprise TV or any time at www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.

Read Across America

Thank you Countryside Elementary School for giving me the opportunity to participate in Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Event on March 1. Thank you Ms. Greer and your 3rd grade class for welcoming me.

Surprise Youth Council Meeting

I had a productive meeting on March 14 with four members of the Surprise Youth Council. We discussed projects and their ideas on the future of Surprise. It was very nice to meet them and see what issues are impacting our youth in Surprise.

Upcoming Events

Household Hazardous Waste Event

Surprise residents, make your appointment now to have your household hazardous waste picked up. All appointments must be made before April 12. To schedule an appointment, please call 623.222.1920, visit www.surpriseaz.gov/hhwevent, or use your MySurprise app. Scheduled pickups will occur April 8-19.

Spring Egg-stravanganza

On April 20, the Kansas City Royals practice field, located at 15850 N Bullard Ave, will turn into an egg hunt wonderland. Children from toddler to 10 years old can join together and search for 50,000 candy and toy filled eggs. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny will be hosting the event. There will be balloon artists and face painters to add to the experience. Gates will open at 7:30 a.m.

Surprise Talent Show

The city of Surprise is showcasing its most talented residents! The Surprise Talent Show will take place on April 26 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Valley Vista High School, 15550 N. Parkview Place. The categories will include singing, instrumental, dance and theater/comedy. Ticket are $5 at the door.

District 4 Community Meeting

Every fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., I host a District community meeting at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 North Hollyhock Street. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

Learn How to Maximize Your Medicare Options

Already enrolled in Medicare or looking to learn more about it? Come to a “Maximizing your Medicare Options” workshop and get information on the elements of Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare Advantage plans (Part C); Prescription Drug plans (Part D); and Medicare Supplements (Medigap).

The class will be held on Tuesday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Road, Bldg. A, Suite 124. For more information or to register for a class, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

City Opens Application Process for Community Outreach Program

The Surprise Community Outreach Program is now accepting applications. The purpose of the program is to provide funding assistance to organizations within the city of Surprise for programs, events, and activities that enhance the overall lifestyle of the community. To be considered, applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization or partner with a 501(c)3 verified agency. The application, complete program details, and eligibility requirements are available at: www.surpriseaz.gov/communityoutreachprogram.

Councilmember Ken Remley March Newsletter

In Case You Missed It

Utility Rate Study Approved by City Council

City Council approved the Utility Rate Study during the February 19th Regular Council Meeting, effectively adjusting the five-year rate schedule for city serviced solid waste customers at the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019. Single-family solid waste customers will pay a monthly base rate of $20.70 starting July 1, 2019 and with another scheduled increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The rate schedule will then increase the rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2024. Residential water and wastewater utility rates will remain unchanged in FY 2020-2024. This is the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. For information regarding the Utility Rate Study, it can be found online at www.surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo.

Household Hazardous Waste Event

You no longer have to wait in line to drop off your household hazardous waste. Instead, they will be coming to you. Starting April 1-12, Surprise residents will now be able to schedule appointments to have their household hazardous waste picked up directly from their homes. Scheduled pick up will occur April 8-19. For more information visit www.surpriseaz.gov/hhwevent.

Events Attended

Destiny Springs Behavioral Health Center

destiny springs ribbon cutting

I enjoyed attending the ribbon cutting for Destiny Springs Behavioral Health Center right here in District 4. This is a great facility that will thrive here in Surprise. It was an honor to attend with my fellow councilmembers.

Valley Partnership February Breakfast

Councilmember David Sanders & Ken RemleyLast month, I attended the Valley Partnership Breakfast where local executives from the real estate, financing, and development markets discussed the Arizona economy and what to expect in the future.

Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon

Welcome Back Luncheon

I was excited to kick off the Surprise Spring Training season at the Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon! A big thank you to the representatives from the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers who shared their thoughts on the upcoming season and their excitement to be playing here in Surprise. Get your tickets to watch our Spring Training home teams play at www.surprisestadium.com.

Building Homes for Heroes

homes for heroes

I was honored to be a part of a ceremony last month where a veteran received a mortgage-free home thanks to the nonprofit Building Homes for Heroes and Chase Bank. It was amazing to join Council, the organizations and the family for this welcome home event. I truly hope the family feels at home here in Surprise.

Upcoming Events

District 4 Community Meeting

Every fourth Wednesday of the month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. I host a District community meeting at the Surprise Senior Center (15832 North Hollyhock Street). Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

Spring Training

Spring Training is in full swing here in Surprise. Make sure you take the time to check out the awesome fan experiences and ticket promotions we have going on here at Surprise Stadium. Visit www.surprisestadium.com for tickets and promotions. I hope to see you out at the ballpark!

State of the City

On March 28th from 6-8 p.m. our city will be hosting its annual State of the City. This year, we will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of the opening of our City Hall. The festivities will start in the Council Chambers of City Hall where Mayor Hall will kick the event off. This will be a great event for residents to interact with their city government. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Voters ok city water election

Voters have approved the May 15th Water Election, authorizing City Council to complete negotiations with the Circle City Water Company (CCW) for the possible acquisition of the utility.

According to preliminary results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office tonight 80% (14,676) of registered voters voted yes; 20% (3,615) voted no.

CCW is a small water service company in the northern part of Surprise’s planning area and future water service area. This acquisition, which would require City Council approval, would provide Surprise with the company’s existing water infrastructure and grow the city’s allocation of Colorado River water by more than 38 percent.

Colorado River water is currently the only renewable surface supply available to Surprise. Having a right to more surface water will help the city meet future demands and shortfalls.

The purchase of CCW would be funded through the sale of current and future water portfolio assets.

Official final results are expected from the county by Friday, May 18.

The City Council will meet to canvass the votes at a Special Council Meeting, on Tuesday, May 22.  This meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m., and will be held in the Community Room of City Hall, as Council Chambers will be closed for pre-scheduled equipment upgrade work.

City begins FY19 budget discussions

The City of Surprise Fiscal Year 2019 budget-building process kicked off at the City Council’s Work Session, 4 p.m., Tuesday, February 6.

This was the first in a series of presentations regarding the overall development of the budget. The first presentation provided a general overview of the city’s budget, including revenue sources, city funds and expenditures.

The presentation also highlighted outside issues that influence the outcomes of the budget process. View presentation.

Future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include additional presentations related to budget development, including topics on Capital Improvement Projects and continued operating budget discussions. The Recommended Budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by months of Council and public review that will result in the adoption of a balanced FY2019 budget in June. FY2019 begins July 1, 2018.

Council agendas are posted online at http://agenda.surpriseaz.gov at least two business days before the meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Sessions are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

Council Conversations: OTS Development Project

Council Conversations with District 4 Councilmember Ken Remley. In this episode he speaks with Eric Fitzer with the City of Surprise Economic Development Department, Kevin Kellogg Housing with the Maricopa County Housing Authority and Cecil Yates, with Property Management at Commercial Properties Inc. all to discuss the Development project in the City of Surprise’s Original Town Site.

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