The City of Surprise Fiscal Year 2018 budget-building process begins at the City Council’s Work Session, 4 p.m., Tuesday, February 7.
This is the first in a series of presentations regarding the overall development of the budget. This presentation will give a general overview of the city’s budget and review the calendar for the upcoming process. Emphasis will be placed on the areas of policy making that the City Council has available to impact the FY2018 budget.
The presentation will also discuss outside issues that will influence the outcomes of the budget process.
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.
This process will result in the adoption of a balanced FY2018 budget in June. FY2018 begins July 1, 2017.
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.
The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for January 17 at 6pm in City Council Chambers. City Council meetings are televised on Surprise TV and streamed live on the internet at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv.
The 15th Annual Surprise Party was held December 2-3, 2016. The annual celebration has become a fantastic holiday tradition for many of our Surprise families. The tree lighting ceremony kicked off the weekend festivities and was followed by live musical performances, great food, fireworks and visit from Santa!
Commuters were able to cruise over the new Bell Road Bridge at Grand Avenue on their way to work this morning, as the Arizona Department of Transportation officially opened the road at 12:15 a.m.
The city of Surprise hosted a pre-celebration on Monday in the Surprise Marketplace parking lot to officially kick-off the 2016 Holiday Season and to thank the area businesses, residents and drivers for their patience during the seven-month closure of Bell Road.
“To the customers that continued to shop these businesses, thank you for realizing that they were ALWAYS open and for supporting them,” said Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “And to those that took a different commute during the closure, I invite you to come back to this area. No more stopping for the train and three new businesses have opened since the closure began in April, with two others opening this fall. Come check them out!”
Representatives from the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce also spoke at the event that was attended by neighboring elected officials, residents and local businesses.
As a “thank you” for supporting the businesses around the Bell and Grand intersection attendees received Surprise shopping bags, filled with vendor coupons and promotional items. A perfect reminder to Shop Surprise this holiday season!
The Bell Road closure was part of the ADOT US 60 (Grand Ave) and Bell Road Interchange project which began in January 2016. By closing Bell for 7 months, construction delays were avoided during two Spring Training Seasons and this year’s holiday shopping season.
The entire Bell-Grand project, including the ramps connecting Grand Avenue to Bell Road, is scheduled to be complete prior to Spring Training 2017 at the Surprise Recreation Campus. In the meantime, your Bell to Grand Avenue access remains on Dysart Road, east of the intersection and Bell to Reems to Grand, west of the intersection.
City leaders and GateWay Community College administrators gathered at the Surprise-GateWay Training Center today to officially cut the ribbon on the new 13,100 square foot facility.
The observation-centric training facility provides individuals interested in pursuing careers in the water and wastewater professions new opportunities for hands-on learning in the West Valley.
In addition to training space, the center provides mission critical labs and assembly facilities for city water professionals.
The center is located on the grounds of the South Plant (SPA1) Water Reclamation Facility; a facility that currently processes over 8 million gallons of water per day making it a logical location for practical learning.
For more information about the training center, call 623.222.6000.
I’m looking forward to the opening of the West-MEC Northwest Campus in August 2017! The facility at Grand and Dysart will train high school students and adults a variety of career programs including cyber security, medical assisting and law and public safety. This photo was taken at the groundbreaking event in fall 2016.
I love going to our city’s great events and meeting residents! This photo was taken at the October 15th Surprise Fiesta Grande street-festival event in District 4. Great music, food and people! Can’t wait for the 2017 event!