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Councilman Ken Remley September Newsletter

Greetings to my District 4 residents! I hope that you are finding ways to stay cool during this summer heat, and that you and your family are safe and healthy. I also hope that you find this newsletter informative, and know that I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. You can also find me on Facebook for regular updates.

Gaines Park Youth Baseball Field Project Update

Construction will be starting very soon on the relocation of the Gaines Park Youth Baseball Field. This project is grant funded and will be completed in phases as funding is received. The first phase will consist of the ball field and associated fencing, plaza area, sidewalks, restroom and both on street parking and off street temporary parking. There will be two ADA parking spots on Nash Street. This phase of the project is projected to be complete early/late Spring 2021. Fall of 2021, the parking lot is anticipated to be completed and field lighting installed. For more information, please feel free to contact the Parks and Recreation office at 623-222-2000.

A design rendering of an aerial view of the Gaines Park Youth Baseball Field.

Community Resources

St. Mary’s Food Bank needs volunteers! Help is needed Monday-Friday, from 7:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with most help being needed between 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Volunteers are needed to help pack the Kids Café Meals. If you are interested in scheduling a group of friends, family or co-workers, of five or more, please contact smarez@firstfoodbank.org. The St. Mary’s Food Bank is located at 13050 W. Elm Street.

Surprise CARES Housing Mortgage Assistance

On July 13th, the Neighborhood Services division launched the Surprise CARES Housing Stability program to assist Surprise residents who have experienced a loss of income directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents needing assistance with mortgage payments are encouraged to visit the participant portal on the city’s website to apply. For more information, please call the Surprise CARES Housing Hotline at 623.222.1640.

A white house house with a red roof.

Rental & Utility Assistance Available Now!

A happy family.The Surprise/El Mirage CAP office at the Surprise Resource Center has received a significant amount of federal CARES Act funding to help residents with rent and utilities who have been impacted by the pandemic. We have expanded our capacity to serve more individuals and families who are eligible, so call our HOPE line today at 623-222-HOPE (4673). Due to the pandemic, eligibility has expanded to serve families with higher incomes, up to 300% above poverty level. (Example – family of 4 is eligible if their gross monthly income is $6,550 or lower). Bilingual staff are ready to help.

Additional Resources

The City of Surprise and its community partners have many resources available for those that need help. The Surprise Resource Center can help with rent, utilities, benefit and employment services, and can be reached at 623-222-1600. The Surprise Senior Center offers a Hot Lunch Program, which provides FREE meals. Please note, you must call two days in advance to order a meal for pickup at 623-222-1500. The Society of St. Vincent De Paul can help with food, rent and utility assistance. The helpline for The Society of St. Vincent De Paul is 623-975-5617. In addition, The Salvation Army offers a FREE breakfast drive thru Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for seniors, and those that are food insecure. They also offer food boxes. The Salvation Army is located at 17420 Avenue of the Arts, Surprise, AZ, and can be reached at 623-977-1084. The Dysart Community Center, located at 14414 N. El Mirage Road, offers a free food drive through Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Benevilla HOME Services Program is a FREE program for seniors that assists with things such as getting groceries and running errands. The phone number to reach Benevilla HOME Services is 623-584-4999. Hope Women’s Center provides bill and utility assistance to help support women and children and can be contacted at 623-875-4549. Please also remember that St. Mary’s Food Bank is located on 13050 W. Elm Street and Valley View Food Bank is located on 10771 W. Peoria Avenue.

Residential Waste Cleanup Event

The City of Surprise Residential Waste Cleanup Event will be held on September 12, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Landfill, located at 19401 W. Deer Valley Road. Surprise residents can dispose of one load of residential waste, up to 2,000 lbs at no cost. Proof of residency is required, and no hazardous waste will be accepted.

Council Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled Council Meeting is September 15 at 6 p.m. The City Council Chambers are currently closed to the public, but Council meetings are broadcast live on Surprise TV at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV. Cox channel 11 and Century Link 8513 also carry the meetings live. Check the agenda, when posted, for instructions on public comment.

Please note, City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are typically held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to conduct face-to-face meetings, but I look forward to meeting again when we are able. Please check the city website at www.surpriseaz.gov/ for updated information on my meet and greet schedule. Please call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

Councilman Ken Remley August Newsletter

Greetings to my District 4 residents! I hope that you are finding ways to stay cool during this summer heat, and that you and your family are safe and healthy. I also hope that you find this newsletter informative, and know that I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. You can also find me on Facebook for regular updates.

Surprise Resource Center

The Surprise Resource Center is open and available to assist those with social service needs. The Surprise Resource Center is open Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. -5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, from 8 am-7pm and Friday, from 8 am-12 pm for walk in assistance. You can also call 623.222.1600 for more information. Some of the many resources available include meal services for seniors and kids, assistance with household essential resources and financial relief.

Development in District 4

The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the City of Surprise Public Safety Evidence and Readiness Center Rezone at their meeting on July 16. The facility is located on the NE Corner of Bell Road and Grand Avenue and the site is approximately 4.54 acres. When completed, this building will house police evidence and property storage and accommodate overall public safety tactical storage in one logistics center.

This project was approved as part of the Decide Surprise 2017 Bond and will provide cost efficiencies by consolidating storage requirements for Surprise Fire-Medical Department and Surprise Police Department. For project updates and additional information, you can view the project webpage at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3629/Public-Safety-Evidence-Readiness-Center.

Face Coverings

The Declaration of Emergency Proclamation requiring face coverings within the City of Surprise is still in effect. Please continue to wear face coverings in public settings where it is difficult to maintain a physical distance of six feet. Please also remember that there are exceptions for individuals that are unable to wear a face covering due to a health condition, disability, or those whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing one. Be kind to one another, and remember that there are those that might not be able to wear a face covering.

Council Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled Council Meeting is on August 18, at 6 pm. The City Council Chambers are currently closed to the public, but Council meetings are broadcast live on Surprise TV at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv. Cox channel 11 and Century Link 8513 also carry the meetings live. Check the agenda, when posted, for instructions on public comment.

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are typically held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6 – 7:30 pm. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to conduct face to face meetings, but I look forward to meeting again when we are able. Please check the city website at surpriseaz.gov for updated information on my meet and greet schedule. Please call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

Councilmember Ken Remley July Newsletter

Greetings to my District 4 residents! I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and healthy. I hope that you find this newsletter informative, and know that I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. You can also find me on Facebook for regular updates.

Surprise Requires Face Coverings

Effective, Saturday, June 20, Mayor Skip Hall, with the support of the Surprise City Council issued a declaration of Emergency Proclamation requiring face coverings within the City of Surprise with limited exceptions. Every person over the age of two is required to wear a face covering while in all public settings within the City of Surprise where it is difficult to maintain a minimum physical distance of six feet from others who do not live in the same residence. This includes, but is not limited to, grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies, restaurants and bars (when not seated at a table), recreational facilities, libraries, public transportation, public places where lines or crowds form, and special events.

The proclamation makes exemptions for individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a health condition or disability, and for those whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing one. Also exempt are those who fall under the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for those who should not wear a face covering. Further, face coverings are not required while exercising or engaging in athletic activity if a minimum of six feet physical distancing can be maintained.

This Emergency Proclamation is intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 and keep our citizens safe and healthy. Please remember, that not everyone is able to wear a mask, and we should be considerate of those who are unable to do so. I encourage everyone to practice kindness, while doing their part to help others.

For more information, visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/facecoverings.

New Library Supervisor

The Hollyhock Library has a new supervisor, Vina Begay. Vina is offering curbside pickup of library materials at the Hollyhock Library Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-10 a.m., and also offering free lunches for children under 18 through Kids Café in partnership with St. Mary’s Foodbank. The lunches are “grab and go” where people can just pick them up and take them. If you would like more information on how to pick up books via curbside pickup, or how to pick up meals, please call 602.653.3000.

Recycling Drop Off to begin July 7

Residents can drop off recycling materials to the City’s Public Works North Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road, beginning July 7. Materials will be accepted Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Materials that will be accepted are:

  • Plastic bottles #1 & #2 (These may include: milk, soda, condiment, water, shampoo, detergent, etc.). Please either screw lids to the bottles completely or remove the lids, and do not recycle the lids.
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

Please make sure that all materials are clean and dry, and that you bring proof of residency with you. A city staff member will be there to assist in sorting recyclable materials, and to make sure that the materials are not contaminated. For questions, or additional information please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3818/Drop-off-Recycling, or call 623.222.6000.

Solid Waste and Stormwater Utility Rate Increases

Beginning July 1, 2020 Surprise sanitation and stormwater utility customers will see a rate increase. Single-family solid waste (trash) customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.40, with an increase of $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2020. This will bring the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023.

The Stormwater Utility Fee will increase $0.75 per month beginning on July 1, 2020. A stormwater hotline has been set up for residents to call with any questions they may have. The hotline number is 623.222.6200.

Traffic Improvements

The Litchfield Road Widening Project, between Peoria Avenue and Waddell Road, is substantially complete. Permanent striping will be installed in July and traffic signals at Sweetwater Avenue and Litchfield Road are scheduled to be installed in August.

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are typically held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to conduct face to face meetings, but I look forward to meeting again when we are able. Please check the city website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/ for updated information on my meet and greet schedule. Please call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

Letter from the Surprise City Council

Please take a minute to read a recent letter from the Surprise City Council, here: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/44864/Council-Letter-06-2020

Councilmember Ken Remley June 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.

Senior Center Hot Lunch Program

The Council and I were able to assist in handing out meals to our seniors on Wednesday, May 6. Each day, 120-160 free meals are distributed through the hot lunch program at Surprise Senior Center, which is designed for adults, age 60 and better, and adults with disabilities. The Council and I were glad that we could provide assistance to our senior community during this difficult time. For more information about this program, please call the Surprise Senior Center at 623.222.1500.

Councilmember Remley and Councilmember Sanders pack hot lunches in an insulated bag.Councilmember Remley, Councilmember Sanders and Mayor Hall pack hot lunches in an insulated bag.

The Surprise Senior Center is open to people aged 50 or better, and adults with disabilities, and costs just $12 a year for residents. There are many programs and resources to take advantage of with your membership. For more information, please call 623.222.1500.

Free Meals for Kids

From June 1-July 31 children up to 18 years old can come to the Surprise Resource Center, Monday-Friday between 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and receive free breakfast and lunch. This program is a partnership between the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Kids Café ® and the City of Surprise. Meals will be handed out using a drive through model, and are offered on a first come, first served basis. The Surprise Resource Center is located at 12425 W. Bell Rd., Bldg. A., Ste. 124. For more information, please call 623.222.1600.

Thank you to The Links Restaurant

I would like to thank The Links Neighborhood Grill for graciously providing a free soup and Sandwich “to go” meal to 200 people on Saturday, May 30. Meals were distributed at the Surprise Senior Center. It is great to see so many people helping out those in need during this crisis.

4th of July

While the city shares in our community’s excitement to celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s important to do so responsibly. As a result of COVID-19 concerns, this year’s Fourth of July Celebration will be greatly modified in an effort to avoid mass gatherings and maintain physical distancing, in accordance with CDC recommendations.

On Saturday, July 4th, the city will feature a 20-minute fireworks display beginning at 8:40 p.m. The display will be staged in the area around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane.

The city encourages people to observe the fireworks show remotely from their homes or vehicles, as the display will be visible from vantage points across the community. Limited surface parking is available at Surprise Stadium, Surprise Aquatic Center and Dreamcatcher Park. While not recommended, should observers chose to drive to the Civic Center and Recreation Campus area, parking will be first come, first served and must be done in accordance with state and local traffic laws.

Unlike past celebrations, there will be no baseball game, food trucks, beverage sales, or any additional entertainment. The Aquatic Center will not be open. Ramada rentals and grill use at Surprise Community Park will be unavailable. Personal grill use is prohibited within the Civic Center and Surprise Recreation Campus. In compliance with Arizona State law, the consumption of alcohol in vehicles or in public spaces is not permitted.

Please remember to follow all CDC guidelines for protecting yourself against COVID-19, including limiting gatherings to less than 10 people and keeping a minimum of 6 feet physical distancing between your gathering and others.

Heritage Building

Work on the mural on the side of the Heritage at Surprise building was recently completed. The mural is made of individual tiles that were hand painted by members of the community, including myself.

A mosaics mural on the wall of the Heritage building.Councilmember Winters, Councilmember Remley and Mayor Hall outside the Heritage building.A worker in a lift placing mosaics tiles waves.

Virtual Ribbon Cuttings

Many businesses have been able to open their doors again. We are proud of our businesses in District 4 and want to celebrate their re-opening! Below are some pictures from their virtual ribbon cuttings.

A purple ribbon is cut outside of Imagine Salon & Day Spa for the business' re-opening.A purple ribbon is cut outside of Hurricane Grill & Wings for the business' re-opening.A purple ribbon is cut outside of My Daddy's Italian Bakery & Cafe for the business' re-opening.
From Left to Right: Imagine Salon & Day Spa, Hurricane Grill & Wings, My Daddy’s Bakery & Cafe
A purple ribbon is cut outside of Joe Streckfuss Plumbing for the business' re-opening.A purple ribbon is cut outside of Direct Carpet One for the business' re-opening.A purple ribbon is cut outside of Gifts to Go for the business' re-opening.
From Left to Right: Joe Streckfuss Plumbing, Direct Carpet One, Gifts to Go

Congratulations to I&J Fountain Restaurant, Lou’s Tivoli Gardens, and Portofino West Ristorante, Grand Pet Hotel, Other Mothers, Briseno Aztec Imports, Fast Med Urgent Care, Flying Pig Embroidery, Arizona Quilts, Baker Bros Area Rugs & Flooring, and Genesis Salon, on their re-openings as well!

Traffic Improvements

Pavement preservation will be taking place in the coming weeks on Bell Road from 134th to Avenue of The Arts, and is expected to be completed by the end of June. The utility lowering work will begin on June 6, and milling will begin on June 7. Mill and overlay work will take place at night.

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. Please join me for my meeting on June 24. Attendees will have a chance to win door prizes, and refreshments will be served! Please bring a mask to wear during the meeting, and attendees will be asked to adhere to social distancing. Please call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

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.

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