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Councilman Ken Remley October Newsletter

Welcome to fall District 4! 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.

Public Participation at City Council Meetings

City Council meetings have been reopened to limited in-person public participation. In-person participants will be required to wear a facial covering when entering and exiting the chambers but may remove it while seated if they so choose. In following CDC guidelines, capacity will be capped at 50 people, and physical distancing measures will be in place. Instructions for how to comment virtually are listed on the agenda. Agendas can be viewed at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

Day of Service

Calling all volunteers! Surprise is looking for help for its Day of Service, on Saturday, October 10. Volunteers will help with various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more. This neighborhood revitalization and cleanup event assists neighborhoods and homeowners who may not be physically or financially able to maintain their homes as required by local codes. If you would like to volunteer, either as an individual or a group, please register by emailing Larry Garcia, at Larry.Garcia@supriseaz.gov or by calling 623-222-1522. If you are registering as a group, please note that groups will be limited to no more than 10 people.

On the day of the event, volunteers will meet at the Surprise Senior Center; 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Participants are required to wear face coverings and will be split into small groups. Check-in times will be staggered due to COVID-19. The first group will arrive at 8 a.m. and each project will last from two-four hours.

7th annual Fiesta Grande celebration goes virtual

A Folklorico dancer twirls her blue dress.Celebrate our city’s cultural heritage at the seventh annual Surprise Fiesta Grande – To Go style! This virtual celebration, presented by the City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina, will run Monday, October 5 – Friday, October 9, with a line-up of fun all week long! Enjoy authentic Mexican food, cooking and dance classes, crafts, games and more!

For updates and more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande or contact the Parks & Recreation Special Events Division at 623-222-2000.

If you happen to miss any of the virtual activities, videos will be available at surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande after the event.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • October 5, at 6:30 p.m.: Holy Guacamole & Salsa Dippin’ Virtual Cooking Class (view at facebook.com/SurpriseRec and Surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV)
  • October 6, at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Folklorico Class/Performance (view at facebook.com/SurpriseRec and Surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV)
  • All day on October 6, Let’s Taco ‘bout a Good Meal! Where local restaurants will be offering discounts!
  • October 7, at 6:30 p.m.: Nacho Average Virtual Bingo (registration information coming soon)!
  • October 8, at 6:30 p.m.: Virtual Arts and Crafts, featuring WHAM (to participate, pick up your craft kit at the Parks & Recreation office, Monday 10/5 through Thursday 10/8 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 15960 N Bullard Ave Surprise, AZ 85374).
  • October 9, at 5 p.m.: Fiesta Food Truck Friday & Swag Bag (Villanueva Recreation Center, 15660 N Hollyhock St, Surprise, AZ 85378. Register for swag bags at http://surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov by clicking on ‘Special Events’).

Gaines Park Youth Baseball Field Project Update

Construction has started on the relocation of Gaines Park Youth Baseball Field project. 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 (2) 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.
Illustration-subject to change

Small Business Relief Grant Program

Applications are being accepted through October 16, for the Surprise Small Business Relief Grant Program. This grant program provides emergency financial relief to local small businesses experiencing economic distress and loss of revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic and closures compliant with Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Orders. To apply, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3841/Small-Business-Relief-Grants. As part of the application process, you will need to create an account with the Arizona Community Foundation, a Surprise Business “Registration” License and a W-9 form. For questions call 623-222-3300, or email SurpriseRelief@azfoundation.org.

Citizen Review Meeting

A Citizen Review Meeting is being held on October 7, at 6 p.m. via Zoom to discuss the request of a Conditional Use Permit for a new Multi-Family Dwelling complex located north of Paradise Lane and west of Church Street. Any member of the public may participate and be heard relative to this project. Below, is the meeting link and details for joining. If you have any questions about the project, please contact Shirley Phan, in the City of Surprise Planning Department at 623-222-3153.

A section of a map showing the area of the site location along Church Street.

(415)762-9988 or (646)568-7788
Meeting number (access code): 890 5476 0640
Meeting password: 735652
Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register

Council Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled Council Meetings are October 6, and October 20, at 6 p.m. 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.

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 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.

Councilmember Ken Remley September Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive my notifications and monthly newsletters. I am always available for any questions or concerns via email at ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov. Please also join my monthly community meetings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at the Surprise Community Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. You can also find me on Facebook for weekly updates.


Mark Coronado Park will transform into a movie theater on Saturday night, September 28. Come out to watch “Wonder Park” under the stars and fresh air. Admission is always free and concessions will be available for purchase. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. with a show time of 7:00 p.m.

Go ahead and mark your calendars for Saturday, October 12 from 5:00-10:00 p.m. and come down to the Original Town Site for the Fiesta Grande Event. This street festival will feature live entertainment, authentic Mexican food, classic car shows, kids zone and tons of family fun. Find more information at www.surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande.

Stage Left Productions is showing “Always a Bridesmaid” from September 20-29. This hilarious comedy follows four friends and their promise to be in each other’s weddings. The play focuses on life more than thirty years later and how they can honor that vow. Stage Left Productions is located at 11340 West Bell Road and tickets are $25 each with reserved seating. Please visit www.stageleftaz.com to view listings and purchase tickets.

Community Development

A designer has been selected for the new Gaines Ballfield, located in the Original Town Site. The design phase, led by Dig Studio Design Team, is estimated to be completed by March 2020. I appreciate your patience during this process and look forward to the finished product.

Construction Updates

Epcor Water Line Replacement work has been ongoing for Coyote Lakes roadways. This project is scheduled for completion by the end of the month.

Greenway Road will begin a pavement preservation process from Dysart Road to Litchfield Road. This project will be approximately a week long in October and consist of day and night time work.

Residential Waste Clean Up Event

It’s that time of the year when the City of Surprise and the Northwest Regional Landfill offer a one load disposal for no charge. Residents are able to take up to 2,000 lbs. of residential waste to the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Rd., on September, 14 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Proof of residency is required in the form of a driver’s license and a utility bill.

Hazardous Household Waste Collection

The city will continue with the scheduled appointment format to make Household Hazardous Waste Collection events more convenient for residents who need to dispose of unwanted hazardous waste.

Beginning September 9, residents can request an appointment by calling 623-222-1920. Households north of Bell Road will have scheduled pickups September 30-October 4 whereas households south of Bell Road will have their pickups October 7-11. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/HHWevent.

Recycling in Surprise

The City of Surprise has placed a tentative hold on its recycling program while staff research cost-effective solutions to mitigate the impacts of increased recycling operational costs.

Sanitation trucks will pick up both containers on the same day at the same time, using the same truck until further notice. Please also keep in mind solid waste regulations require that only un-bagged and clean recyclable items be placed in the blue recycling container to avoid container contamination and the attraction of insects and rodent to the container. Also, bagged trash must only be place in the black container. If you choose to throw recyclables in the black container, they must be bagged.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as the city works towards a solution. For more information and a list of FAQ please visit www.surpriseaz.gov.

U.S. Census Representatives in Surprise

In order to get an accurate and complete population count, Census representatives work to verify addresses prior to the Census survey being sent out. From now until October 11, representatives will attempt to knock on every door in the neighborhoods they are visiting. They do not count you or your family for the Census as this is just an address verification process. If you have more questions or to see if your neighborhood is on the map, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/census2020.

6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande

The City of Surprise is seeking promotional booth applicants and classic car show entries for its annual Surprise Fiesta Grande event on October 12.

This Hispanic-oriented, cultural festival and street fair features mariachi music, a piñata plaza, games, food, dancing, music and much more. Mark your calendars for October 12, and I look forward to seeing you there.

Care & Share Expo

The Veteran, Disability and Human Services Commission is hosting the first Care & Share Expo on October 5. This free event will open up connections to human service organizations as well as offer disability, veteran and health resources. For more information please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/careshareexpo.

HOA Meetings

I always enjoy meeting with residents in their neighborhoods. It is my continued goal to visit every HOA in my district on a frequent basis. If I have not yet visited your community, please contact me at 623.222.1300.