Category Archives: D4 News

Current information and events about the Surprise District 4 community.

Councilmember Ken Remley March Newsletter

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Flying Pig Embroidery Ribbon Cutting

On February 22, Mayor Hall and I attended a one-year anniversary ribbon cutting for Flying Pig Embroidery, located at 13059 W. Grand Ave, Suite 9. Please feel free to drop in and say hi. They have reasonable pricing. Congratulations to them on their anniversary!

A New Leaf West Valley VITA Program

The City of Surprise has partnered again with A New Leaf who facilitates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax preparation assistance. The program will be available until April 15 at the Surprise Resource Center and April 14 at Riverboat Bingo. To make an appointment, call the Surprise Resource Center at 623-222-1600. For additional information, visit www.turnanewleaf.org/services/financial-empowerment.

A listing of the Surprise Resource Center hours.
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Greenway Road Improvement Project

Utility work for the Greenway Road Improvement Project will require a hard closure of Greenway Road between Legacy Park Boulevard and Northwest Ranch Parkway beginning 5 a.m. Saturday, February 27 to 5 a.m. Sunday, March 14. This project will finish the south half of Greenway Road (approximately Cotton Lane to Sarival Avenue), adding two travel lanes and eliminating areas where multiple lanes merged into one lane. The Greenway Road improvement project is part of the 2017 voter-approved GO Bond-funded projects. For further details, please read the Greenway Road Closure press release.

Rent and Utility Assistance Funds

Rent and utility assistance is available for income-qualified El Mirage and Surprise residents. For more information, please call the City of Surprise HOPE line at 623-222-4673. Please note that Maricopa County is in the process of implementing a new online portal for this assistance, and applications will be limited until the portal is ready, which is expected by March 17.

Pavement Preservation Project

Residents in the Original Town Site will be affected by asphalt seal coating happening March 15-18, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. View the map below.

A color coded construction area map.

2021 Spring Training

Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals Spring Training has begun! MLB has approved the City’s capacity and COVID mitigation plan, which includes social distancing, seating pods, limited capacity of about 25%, and increased safety and sanitization protocols. For ticket information and schedules, please visit www.surprisestadium.com

Spring Break Camp registration

Spring Break Camp thumbnailSpring Break is approaching fast! The City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department is offering Spring Break Camp for youth in kindergarten- 6th grade. Camp is held March 15-19, 2021, from 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Sierra Montana Recreation Center, located at 14861 N. Spring Lane. On-site activities will include arts & crafts, games, sports, and more! To register, download a packet at surpriseaz.gov/recreation and then call the Parks and Recreation office at 623.222.2000 to schedule a time to register your child. For more information, please contact Michelle Yingling at 623.222.2233 or by email at michelle.yingling@surpriseaz.gov.

Surprise Day of Service

Thinking of volunteering? Why not consider volunteering at the upcoming Surprise Day of Service on March 20 at 8 a.m. We’ll be completing service projects throughout the city. To register, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.1522.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

The City of Surprise offers Household Hazardous Waste Collection events to help protect the environment by properly disposing of items that may contain harmful chemicals. To participate in the program, you will need to schedule an appointment to have acceptable items picked up from your home. Request an appointment March 15 – 26 through the My Surprise app, or call Customer Service at 623.222.1920.

Community Resource Guide

The front cover of the Surprise Community Resource Guide.The City of Surprise has many resources available for those in need. For a complete listing of social services available throughout the City of Surprise, please check out our online Community Resource Guide, or stop by the Surprise Resource Center to pick up a hard copy.

National Community Survey

What do you love about living in Surprise? Soon, you can share your thoughts in the National Community Survey (NCS). In February, a paper survey was mailed to 2,700 randomly-selected Surprise households for the first phase of data collection. If you did not receive a paper survey, an online version will open for the entire City to participate in mid-March. This survey will allow residents to tell us what services they value the most and what the City can do to improve the quality of life in our hometown. The survey will also help us identify priority projects and indicate where limited city funding could be best spent to provide the services our residents desire most. Details will be provided on our website at www.surpriseaz.gov when they become available. For more information: 2021 National Community Survey.

Does your child need help with their school work?

Dysart Community Center has partnered with ASU’s USL program to have tutors available to meet with your child virtually. Children ages 6 to 18 are eligible for this program. If interested, please contact the DCC Youth Program Director at 623-249-3812.

Surprise Senior Center Hot Lunch Program

Seniors can get a free hot lunch through our Surprise Senior Center! Call 623-222-1500 two days in advance to order a meal for pick up M-F at noon.

Benevilla HOME Services Program

During COVID-19, local nonprofit Benevilla is offering free programs for seniors like grocery shopping assistance, emergency errands and phone pals. For more information, please call 623-584-4999 or visit https://benevilla.org/free-home-care-services.

Budget Update

The City kicked off its Fiscal Year 2022 budget-building process at the February 2 City Council Meeting. At the February 16 Council Work Session, Council received an overview on Budget Revenues. One area of this revenue pie chart that is often talked about is property tax. The City of Surprise has a Primary Property tax rate of $0.7591 (per $100 Assessed LPV), which is a tax levy used for general government operations and a Secondary Property Tax rate of $0.3880, which is a voter-approved tax levy limited to pay for General Obligation (GO) bonds. It is also important to note that the majority of the primary property tax rate that is collected by the County and goes to entities other than the City of Surprise. Only 11.2% of the property tax you pay goes directly to the City of Surprise. Below is a graphic that represents the property tax distribution.

A slide showing a dollar bill broken down into sections that represent property tax distribution.

Future Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will include presentations related to expenses and department operation budget development. The Recommended Budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by Council and public review. The final budget adoption is scheduled for June 1. Fiscal Year 2022 begins July 1, 2021.

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are typically held on the fourth 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 these 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.

Mayor and Councilmembers in Districts 2, 3 & 4 sworn in

The first Regular City Council Meeting of the New Year included the swearing-in ceremonies for mayor and three councilmembers. 

Skip Hall was sworn in as Mayor after winning the seat in the August Primary Election. He previously served as Mayor by appointment, following a mayoral resignation in November 2018. 

Newly elected Councilmember Aly Cline was sworn in as District 2 Councilmember.

Re-elected Councilmember Patrick Duffy was sworn into office to serve District 3.  

Re-elected Councilmember Ken Remley took the oath of office to serve District 4.

Each elected official was sworn in to a four-year term. 

District 5 Councilmember Jack Hastings was sworn into office in November, per state law, after defeating an appointed councilmember for that district in the August Primary Election. He will serve a two-year term.

For more information about each of the councilmembers, please visit their websites: 

https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov
https://d2.surpriseaz.gov
https://d3.surpriseaz.gov
https://d4.surpriseaz.gov
https://d5.surpriseaz.gov

Council will select a Vice Mayor at the next regular Council meeting, scheduled for January 19 at 6 p.m. City Council meetings are televised on Surprise TV and streamed live on the internet at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv.

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.

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.

View the Episode…

City sets meetings to discuss future development in the Original Town Site

As a follow-up to the successful implementation of the Heritage Overlay District in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS), the City of Surprise will host public engagement meetings in January and February to discuss new development opportunities in the area.

Most meetings will be held in the Roy Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N. Hollyhock Street, at 6 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, January 17
  • Monday, January 22 (CRS Advisory Board Meeting, City Hall- Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza)
  • Wednesday, February 7
  • Wednesday, February 28

City staff and development partners will present information about future housing, recreation and retail amenities that are being considered for the OTS, in the general area bounded by Santa Fe Drive, Rimrock, Hollyhock and Nash streets.

For more information please call 623.222.3134.

Holiday house wins District 4 Home Beautification Award

A home in the Roseview neighborhood has won the District 4 Home Beautification Award for its impressive holiday display.

The home, located at 13439 W. Maui Lane, features choreographed lights and video set to a variety of holiday songs. The owners have posted a variety of videos to YouTube showcasing their impressive display.

The resident award winners receive a framed professional photo of their home, a certificate of appreciation and gift certificates to Home Depot and Moon Valley Nursery.

Earlier this year, District 4 Councilmember Ken Remley launched this award program to recognize residents in his district who show pride in their home through decorating, renovation and maintenance activities.

To learn more about the program, please contact Councilmember Remley at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1300.

D4 meeting open to all residents for discussion on future OTS projects

Residents from across the city are invited to attend the next District 4 Community Meeting to discuss proposed improvement projects in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS).

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 6 p.m., at the Roy Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N. Hollyhock Street.

This meeting is the next step following last year’s successful Heritage Overlay discussion in which residents engaged with the city to create positive zoning changes for the OTS.

Through these discussions, the city learned residents wanted new amenities to support youth, employment, retail and quality affordable housing.

The public is encouraged to attend this event to meet with city staff and other partners to discuss the potential for new public-private partnerships to stimulate improvement projects in the area around the city’s existing facilities on Hollyhock Street.


Reunión del distrito D4 será disponible a todos los residentes de Surprise para discusión sobre futuros proyectos de sitio original de Surprise

Se invita a los residentes de toda la ciudad a asistir a la próxima reunión comunitaria del Distrito 4 para discutir proyectos propuestos de mejoramiento en el sitio original de la ciudad (OTS).

La reunión está programada para el Miércoles 15 de Noviembre a las 6 p.m. en el Roy Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N. Hollyhock Street.

Esta reunión es el siguiente paso después de la exitosa discusión de Heritage Overlay del año pasado en la que los residentes se comprometieron con la ciudad para crear cambios de zonificación positivos para el OTS.

A través de estas discusiones, la ciudad aprendió que los residentes querían nuevas comodidades para apoyar a los jóvenes, el empleo, el comercio minorista y la vivienda asequible de calidad.

Se pide que el público asista a este evento para reunirse con el personal de la ciudad y otros socios para discutir la potencial de nuevas asociaciones público-privadas para estimular proyectos de mejora en el área alrededor de las instalaciones existentes de la ciudad en la calle Hollyhock.

Community Meeting: Arts & Culture Master Plan, Bond Election & Special Events Updates

Join Councilman Remley for his monthly community meeting this Wednesday, September 27 to get updates on what is happening in District 4 and around the city!

This meeting agenda includes:

  • Arts & Cultural Master Plan update
  • Bond Election Presentation
  • Upcoming Special Events

The meeting will be held at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock Street, at 6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Councilman Ken Remley at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov.