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Councilmember Ken Remley May Newsletter

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Community Resource Center to Come to Surprise

An artist rendering of a community resource center.The City is making a major investment into the vitality and well-being of the West Valley with plans to build a multigenerational community resource center in partnership with Maricopa County. On Tuesday, April 5, City Council voted to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Maricopa County for the $26 million building project. The next day, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors also voted to approve the IGA, dedicating $18 million of their federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding toward the project while the City is committing $8 million from a combination of City ARPA funds and General Fund dollars.

This partnership will create an estimated 38-thousand square-foot center on City-owned land in Surprise’s historic Original Town Site. The new campus will improve resources for families, seniors, youth and vulnerable populations by centralizing and expanding programs and services from several aging city buildings, including the Surprise Resource Center, Hollyhock Library and Surprise Senior Center.

The campus will be at the corner of Hollyhock Street and Santa Fe Drive, will be built on shovel-ready land and should be completed by 2025.

Surprise Property Tax

A PowerPoint slide showing property tax informationWe’ve been receiving some questions about the City of Surprise tax rate. It has not increased. The primary tax rate in the City of Surprise is $0.7591 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV), plus the secondary property tax rate of $0.3880 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV). These rates multiplied by the assessed value of your home determine what you pay in property taxes. If the value of your home increases, you will see an increased tax bill; however, that is not due to an increase in the property tax rate but rather an increase in the assessed value of your home.

Schedule of Existing Primary and Secondary Property Tax

Property Tax Current Rate Current Levy Proposed Rate Proposed Levy  
Primary Property Tax Rate $0.7591 $9,974,100 $0.7591 $10,873,200 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)
Secondary Property Tax Rate $0.3880 $5,097,800 $0.3880 $5,557,500 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)

Northwest Regional Library Opening Sundays

Beginning Sunday, May 15, the City and the Maricopa County Library District are opening the Northwest Regional Library on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Northwest Regional Library is located in the Surprise Recreation Campus at 16089 N. Bullard Ave. The hours currently are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit surpriseaz.gov/library and click on Northwest or call 602.652.3000.

Proclamations Read in April

  • Water Awareness Month – On April 5, Mayor Hall proclaimed April as Water Awareness Month in Surprise joining the annual statewide campaign to help raise awareness about the value of conserving water in the Southwest.
  • Fair Housing Month – On April 19, Mayor Hall Proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in Surprise to celebrate the Fair Housing Act that was passed on April 11, 1968. This law is designed to protect Americans from facing discrimination in selling or buying houses.

Arizona History and Culture Virtual Speaker Series

Experience stories of Arizona history and culture at upcoming speaker events presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities. Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on the following topics:

  • Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontiers (Speaker: Jan Cleere)
    June 8 • 11 a.m. – Noon
    Register here
  • Bisbee: The Alchemical City of Copper Borderlands (Speaker: Virgil Hancock)
    October 11 • 11 a.m. – Noon
    Register here

The events are free, but registration is required. For more information, please contact the Human Service & Community Vitality Department at 623.222.3243.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is May 17 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers. City Council meetings are now open to in-person attendance or you may tune in at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meeting live.

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. You can also follow me on Facebook @CouncilmemberRemley for weekly updates.

Last Chance for Tax Preparation Services

This is the last month to take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households making less than $58,000 who need help processing their annual income tax returns for free! Tax preparation assistance will be available through April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd, Suite 124 and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd. No appointment is necessary; walk-ins are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, call 623.222.1600.

2022 Retail Survey Now Open

Shopping and Dining in Surprise, Surprise Retail SurveyDo you have a favorite restaurant you’d like to see open in Surprise? Now is your chance to tell us in our 2022 Surprise Retail Survey! We want to know how we can make our city a one-stop shopping and dining destination. The survey will help the City identify retail strengths within the community, as well as pinpoint opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. We also have a youth-only survey to better understand what our younger generation wants to see. The Shop, Eat & Play Youth Survey is for youth, under the age of 18, who live in Surprise. The Surprise Retail Survey runs through Sunday, April 24, and is available online at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. Partners

Are you are looking for support services in the community, in-home care and more? Join Benevilla on Wednesday, April 6 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the C.A.R.E.S. Partners Resource Fair. Benevilla has formed true partnerships with 20+ Sustaining Partners, each with a commitment to quality and ethics that is unsurpassed. When you are referred to a Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. Partner, you can be assured each supports the Benevilla mission and that you will receive professional and principled service. To register for this event, visit Benevilla.org or call 623.584.4999.

Summer Job Program for Teens

Human Service and Community Vitality DepartmentThe City is offering a summer job program for Surprise teens between the ages of 15 – 19 who are income-eligible. Through the Summer Youth Employment Program, applicants must be available to work up to 25 hours a week for six weeks between June 6 and July 15. Chosen interns will receive professional development training, from shadowing engineers to working with youth and seniors, and earn $12.80 per hour.

Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/syep or can be picked up at City Hall by visiting the welcome desk and asking for Lord Garcillano. Electronic application submissions will be accepted through Sunday, April 17 while in-person submissions will be accepted during normal City Hall business hours through Friday, April 15. For questions, please contact Lord Garcillano at lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1647.

National Safe Digging Month

Southwest Gas logoApril is National Safe Digging Month and it is a great time to remember to put safety first before starting any digging project. Whether a large-scale project or a simple do-it-yourself job in the backyard, safety should always be the top priority. Utility lines that serve the community with vital services such as natural gas, electricity, sewer and water can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk but can also cause an interruption of service to customers.

Southwest Gas encourages homeowners and contractors to call 811 or go online at Call811.com and click on your state at least two full working days prior to digging to request a utility line locate. You’ll then be connected to the appropriate one-call center for your area. Be safe and always know what’s below before digging!

Spring Eggstravaganza

Celebrate the spring season with us on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Kansas City Royals Practice Fields! Spring Eggstravaganza is free and features fun for the whole family. Residents will enjoy inflatables, face painting, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and a series of egg hunts filled with fun toys and treats. Children 10 and under are invited to take the field in search of more than 50,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and toys.

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and hunt times are as follows:

  • 8:20 a.m. – 2 and under*
  • 8:50 a.m. – 3 – 4 year olds*
  • 9:20 a.m. – 5 – 6 year olds**
  • 9:40 a.m. – 7 – 8 year olds**
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9 – 10 year olds**
  • 10:20 a.m. – all ages**

*1 parent allowed on field
**Age group may be combined or split based on participation numbers. Times are subject to change

Notice of Public Hearing

The Human Service and Community Vitality Department will be holding a public hearing regarding the City’s Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan on April 13 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. This public hearing will be held in anticipation of receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Department of Housing in Urban Development. The Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will identify specific projects to be funded that meet the goals and objectives identified in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. Public comments received during the Public Hearing will be considered and included in the Plan. Comments can be emailed to adam.lane@surpriseaz.gov no later than April 8. Questions can also be directed to Adam via email or at 623.222.3238. City Council will take formal action on April 19, 2022.

BBQ Event Rescheduled for Fall

The RibFest Throwdown scheduled for April 23 & 24 at Mark Coronado Park is being rescheduled for fall 2022 due to a potential scheduling conflict. The new event name, dates and ticket information will be released in the coming months. This event is a live music and BBQ festival presented by the City of Surprise in partnership with national event company Forty8 Live!

Sunday in the Park

Join us on April 3 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more!

District 4 Community Meeting

Join me for my next monthly Community Meeting on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Check the City website at surpriseaz.gov for updated information on my meet and greet schedule. Call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings are April 5 and 19 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers. City Council meetings are now open to in-person attendance or you may tune in at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meeting live.

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. You can also follow me on Facebook @CouncilmemberRemley for weekly updates.

Tax Preparation Services

The City of Surprise has partnered again with A New Leaf to offer free tax preparation services to both individuals and families with qualifying incomes. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers IRS trained and certified volunteers to assist households making less than $58,000 and need help processing their annual income tax returns for free. For more information, call 623.222.1600.

Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd.
Wednesdays, Feb. 2 – Apr. 13: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd. Blgd. A, Suite #124
Mondays, Jan. 31 – Apr. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesdays, Feb. 1 – Apr. 12: 4-6 p.m.
Thursdays, Feb. 3 – Apr. 14: 9-11 a.m.

Project Connect

Project Connect a traveling resource fairThe Human Services Campus is partnering with the Salvation Army and the City of Surprise to bring back the Project Connect event on Tuesday, March 22 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Salvation Army Northwest Valley, 17420 Avenue of the Arts. Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop event to assist individuals experiencing homelessness connect to a variety of services. Volunteers needed! To become a volunteer please go to hscforms.com/projectconnect. For more information or to answer any questions on volunteering, please call 602.282.0849 or email volunteer@hsc-az.org.

Spring Training Delayed

The City of Surprise is disappointed to share that Major League Baseball has officially announced a delay to Spring Training. Tickets bought through an authorized outlet to canceled games will be refunded or exchanged. MLB is working to get the game back on the field as quickly as possible. For more information, please go to surprisestadium.com or call 623.222.2222. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a game at Surprise Stadium later this spring.

Free Testing Sites

Free COVID-19 testingIn response to increasing demand for COVID-19 testing, Maricopa County has opened multiple community testing sites across the Valley including a new location at Ak-Chin Pavilion. This testing site is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and takes people with or without appointments. This site also allows for either drive-through or walk-up for testing. For more information or to see a list of all Maricopa County-supported testing events, go to Maricopa.gov/COVID19Testing.

Spring Eggstravaganza Vendor Opportunities

The City of Surprise invites interested outreach organizations, promotional vendors and local businesses to participate in the Spring Eggstravaganza! The event is free and features fun for the whole family. Residents will enjoy inflatables, face painting, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and a series of egg hunts filled with fun toys and treats. Spring Eggstravaganza takes place Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. The promotional booth fee is $500 for business vendors and $150 for non-profits. This includes a 10×10 vendor tent, (1) table and (2) chairs. To reserve your spot, go to surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov where you can create an account for your organization if you haven’t already, then click the Special Events tab where you can register. You can also call 623.222.2000.

Youth Council

Surprise Youth CouncilThe City is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) – a group of trailblazing teens who are making a difference in their community! SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including Mayor and City Council, to give a voice on City issues and help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns, service projects and community-building events. For questions or more information, please contact Parks & Recreation at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/SYC.

City of Surprise Boards and Commissions Volunteers

Boards and Commissions vacancySurprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions:

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration: June 30, 2023
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration: June 30, 2023

All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in Surprise. Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment, or by email to clerk@surpriseaz.gov. The Clerk’s office is available by phone at 623.222.1200.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on April 3 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train, and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr.

District 4 Community Meeting

Join me for my next monthly Community Meeting on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Check the City website at surpriseaz.gov for updated information on my meet and greet schedule. Call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is March 15 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers. City Council meetings are now open to in-person attendance or you may tune in at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meeting live.

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. You can also follow me on Facebook @CouncilmemberRemley for weekly updates.

Surprise Trash Collection Schedule Change

Don't get left at the curb-Trash collection schedule changes coming January 2022Surprise trash collection zones will change beginning Monday, January 3 to balance the number of homes serviced on each collection day as the city continues to grow.

Not all residents will see changes to their trash collection schedule. These changes apply to City of Surprise sanitation customers only. View the 2022 Trash Collection Zone Map

Salvation Army North West Valley Corps

On Wednesday, November 24, Mayor Skip Hall and I donated to The Salvation Army North West Valley Corps. We want to thank them for assessing the needs, delivering programs and directing ministries for our local community. Happy Holidays!

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Remley give a check to the Salvation Army North West Valley Corps.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park in January! Join us on January 23 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are February 13 and April 3.

Day of Service

A woman puts shrub and debris into a garbage bag.Surprise is looking for volunteers for its Day of Service on Saturday, December 11. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more.

How to get involved: Individuals and groups can register with Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or 623 222-1522. Get more info here: https://bit.ly/3qpmVZk

EPCOR Franchise Extension

The results of the November 2 election are in, and Surprise voters have approved an EPCOR franchise extension. This approval extends a previous 25-year agreement with EPCOR Water for an additional 25 years, allowing the company to construct, maintain and operate a potable water delivery system and a wastewater collection, treatment and disposal system throughout the city public rights-of-way. Under this agreement, EPCOR will pay a 2% franchise fee to the City. That money will go into the City’s General Fund, which pays for public safety, parks, street maintenance and more.

Fire Station 308

“COURAGE is not living without fear, but being able to walk through it while doing the right thing anyway.” This statement is part of a new art installation at the recently completed Surprise Fire Station 308 and pays tribute to the character of our Surprise Fire-Medical Department team and all they do to keep our community safe. Stop by and check out “Courage Walk 308” at 13771 W. Cactus Rd.

The new art installation Courage Walk 308.
Artist: Kai Ekbundit

EricsHouse Support Groups

EricsHouse helps people integrate loss of a loved one using a variety of healing resources that reduce grief symptoms, promote growth and personal well-being, and provide a community of like-minded people who understand this unique grief journey. ericshouse.org

  • Grieving Mothers Support Group

Open to mothers who have lost a child to suicide, substance abuse, homicide, illness or any sudden loss. This group runs weekly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 & 1/5/22.

Contact marianne@ericshouse.org to determine if this group is right for you. Pre-registration is required

  • Support Group for Grieving Men

This closed group begins November 16 and will run weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Participation is limited to nine members. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4/22 & 1/11. Please contact greg@ericshouse.org or 480.734.3423 to determine if this group is right for you.

Parks & Recreation Receives Award

Congratulations to the Surprise Parks and Recreation team! They won the Outstanding Program – Adaptive Program Award through the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association. The department was selected based on the overwhelming success of Virtual Bingo programs offered throughout 2020 and 2021. See more information on this award and programming here: https://bit.ly/3FqxOyz

Upcoming MLK Events

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

Wednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

District 4 Community Meeting

Join me for my next monthly Community Meeting on Wednesday, December 22 at 6 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Check the City website at surpriseaz.gov for updated information on my meet and greet schedule. Call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is December 7 & 21 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers. City Council meetings are now open to in-person attendance or you may tune in at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meeting live.

Councilmember Ken Remley November Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. You can also follow me on Facebook @CouncilmemberRemley for weekly updates.

The Learning Experience

On September 29, myself along with Mayor Hall and Council Members Chris Judd and Aly Cline, joined The Learning Experience for a Ribbon Cutting! Located at 15351 W. Cactus Rd., the Learning Experience Director Heather Turner and Asst. Director Carrie Mikeworth held the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening. Welcome to Surprise!

Care & Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources and medical checks. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Ave. between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

Fight the Bite

Fight the BiteMaricopa County Vector Control has established a West Nile virus hotline. Residents may call 602.506.0700 and select from the following menu:

  • Option 1: Report stagnant water, a green pool, mosquito problems or receive fogging notifications.
  • Option 2: Mosquito related disease and info/assistance
  • Option 3: Current ground fogging schedule
  • Option 4: Info on mosquito eating fish or reach the Environmental Services Dept.

You can also file an online “Environmental Services Complaint Form” with Maricopa County.

*All mosquito fogging is done through Maricopa County Vector Control.

Here is a link to their education campaign: maricopa.gov/1746/West-Nile-Virus

2021 Surprise SciTech Festival

Surprise SciTech Festival 2021Have fun with science and technology at the Surprise SciTech Festival on November 6, presented by the City of Surprise! This FREE, fun-filled educational event features interactive science, technology, engineering, art and math exhibits and demonstrations. It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. For more information on the event, please visit surpriseaz.gov/scitech.

Grand Re-Opening

Thursday, October 21, I joined Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Aly Cline and Ken Garff Hyundai for a ribbon cutting! General Manager Peter Pasiakos hosted the ceremony in honor of the grand re-opening of the dealership located at 12925 N. Autoshow Ave. Ken Garff Hyundai also presented Mayor with 300 Hygiene Kits to hand out at the Surprise Care+Share Expo being held on November 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on November 7 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are January 23, February 13, and April 3.

Scholarship Winners

The City would like to recognize Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko as the recipients of the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards! The first place award of $3,000 will go to Alexis, the daughter of Randy Rody (Police Department). The second place award of $1,500 will go to Alina, the daughter of Leonid Bozhko (Information Technology). Congratulations to both winners!

Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko are recognized in the city council chambers as the recipients of the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards.

Dysart School Parks Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, October 29, Dysart School District hosted a ribbon cutting event, in coordination with the City, to announce the opening of elementary school fields and playgrounds in Surprise to the public, after school hours and on weekends. It was great to be there to celebrate with Mayor Hall and other members of council.

Mobile Home Depot Ribbon Cutting

On October 13, I, along with Mayor Hall and Council Member Aly Cline, joined Mobile Home Depot for a ribbon cutting! District Manager Denis Godin hosted the ceremony. mobile Home Depot opened in the spring of 2021 and is located at 13033 W. Grand Ave. Thank you for choosing Surprise as your home!

Block Party Trailer

City of Surprise Block Party logoThe City of Surprise is committed to building quality neighborhoods, and what better way to get to know your neighbors than by throwing a party! The Neighborhood Services Division offers free rentals of its Block Party Trailer. The trailer comes equipped with everything you will need to get your Block Party started, including:

  • Tables and Chairs
  • PA system and music
  • Generator
  • Canopy tents
  • Coolers
  • Sports equipment
  • Games
  • City information

City staff will deliver the trailer and be present during the event. You can also receive a Block Party Information Packet, which includes flyers and posters to help spread the word about your party. We’ll even help cover costs for refreshments and a bouncy house (the inflatable domes that children love to jump around in) or similar family-friendly entertainment! Submit receipts for up to $150 to help pay for local merchants’ select party amenities, including family entertainment. To book the block party trailer, go to surpriseaz.gov/blockparty.

The Surprise block party trailer and a bounce house.

District 4 Community Meeting

Please note that my monthly Community Meeting for November has been canceled. Join me for my next monthly Community Meeting on Wednesday, December 22 at 6 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Check the City website at surpriseaz.gov for updated information on my meet and greet schedule. Call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is November 16 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers. City Council meetings are now open to in-person attendance, or you may tune in at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meeting live.

Councilmember Ken Remley January Newsletter

Happy New Year! Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. 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.

Gaines Youth Baseball Field fully funded

The City of Surprise has experienced better-than-expected one-time revenues in Fiscal Year 2020 thanks to strong growth in housing permits and retail sales collections. As a result, Council voted to fund more than $8 million in park-related projects that will advance the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan goals. Gaines Youth Baseball Field will now be fully funded ahead of the original timeline! The project, which includes a lighted youth ballfield, restrooms, lighted and paved parking lot, netting, and fencing, is anticipated to be completed this summer! Also funded is a new eight-acre park at Greenway Road and Parkview Place that will provide additional programmable and rental field space, and a $3 million dollar budget to provide enhancements to the Surprise Community Park. Enhancements could include adding a restroom, improving dog park drainage, and exploring new lighting; however, the final project list will be determined following the design and submittal of actual costs.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

Please join the City of Surprise on January 16 at 9 a.m. for a virtual program celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leading into a day of community service. The virtual presentation, featuring a variety of musicians, performers, and speakers, will be broadcast on Surprise TV, and the City of Surprise social media channels. Community Service projects are also being organized. To volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

New Businesses in District 4

A new AAA Automotive Building is currently in development review for Bell Road and Dysart Road’s northeast corner.

Social Service Resources

St. Mary’s Food Bank now has a home delivery option. Maricopa County residents who cannot travel to a local food bank may qualify for this program. For additional information, please call 602-242-3663, or visit St. Mary’s Food Bank – Covid Relief Home Delivery Sign-Up.

Maricopa County Public Health is offering free, temporary isolation housing to eligible individuals. If you are unable to isolate yourself from sick roommates because you share a bathroom or bedroom or are a high-risk individual who lives with infected family or roommates, call 2-1-1 and dial 6 for COVID-19 assistance. Services include housing up to 10 days from the start of symptoms, meal preparation and delivery, laundry service, and transportation to and from medical appointments.

Salvation Army – FREE breakfast drive-thru Mondays and Thursdays. 8-9:30 a.m. Seniors or those who are food insecure. Food boxes are available. 17420 Ave of the Arts, Surprise. 623-977-1084.

Dysart Community Center – FREE Food Drive-thru. Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. 14414 N. El Mirage Rd, El Mirage. 623-249-3812.

Hope Women’s Center – Support for women & children, bill/utility assistance.623-875-4549.

Radiant Distribution Center – FREE food and clothing Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. at Radiant Church Sun City 10701 W. Boswell Blvd., Sun City. 623-975-2662.

St. Mary’s Food Bank Surprise – 13050 W. Elm St. 602-343-5631.

Valley View Food Bank – 10771 W. Peoria Ave, Sun City. 623-933-3358.

Mortgage Assistance for Surprise Residents – Surprise CARES Housing Stability Program. www.surpriseaz.gov/housing

Surprise Senior Center Hot Lunch Program – FREE. Call 623-222-1500 two days in advance to order a meal for pickup Monday-Friday at noon.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Food, Rent, Utilities & More. St. Clare of Assisi Conference (Surprise residents). Call Help Line at 623-975-5617. Our Lady of Lourdes Conference (Surprise & El Mirage residents). Call 623-344-7267.

Housing for Heroes Program – Supportive Services for Veteran Families – The National Community Health Partners are offering temporary assistance to Veteran families to help with rent, utilities, security deposits, moving costs, and child care. Call the Maricopa County Veteran Service Office at 480-361-0177.

Phone Pals Program for Seniors with Benevilla – Phone Pal volunteers provide wellness checks and meaningful relationships to community members who may find themselves alone. For information on how to sign up to receive calls, or to volunteer, please call 623-584-4999 or visit www.Benevilla.org

AZ Humane Society Resources for Pet Owners – A program for struggling pet owners. A trained social worker can help pet parents navigate resources to help keep pets in their homes. Call 602-997-7585 ext. 3800 or email resourcenavigator@azhuman.org.

Council Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are January 5 and 19 at 6 p.m. In an effort to protect public health amidst rising COVID-19 case numbers, City of Surprise public meetings have reclosed to in-person public attendance until further notice. Council meetings are broadcast live on Surprise TV at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/. Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 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 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.