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Councilmember Ken Remley June Newsletter

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Senior Center Phased Re-opening!

The City of Surprise is re-opening programs at the Senior Center in a phased approach, with limited front desk access and exercise classes available now. The Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St., is a hub for connection and activities for those age 50+ and adults with disabilities.

All Senior Center participants will be required to fill out a new enrollment packet when returning to in-person participation. Enrollment packets are available at the Senior Center during the hours listed online at surpriseaz.gov/seniorcenter. Completed packets should be dropped off at the Senior Center. Membership is $12 per year for Surprise residents and $15 for non-residents. Fees are due with membership forms.

The Senior Center meal program has also returned to in-person sit-down meals. Call 623.222.1500 two days in advance to reserve your spot. A home-delivered meal option is available through Banner Olive Branch if you cannot participate in the in-person program. To see if you qualify, please call 602.264.4357.

Facemasks are encouraged but not required. Dates, capacity requirements, and times are subject to change without notice.

Gaines Park Dedication Ceremony

A dedication ceremony was held on May 15 to celebrate the completion of Floyd Gaines Park. The park, located at 16001 N. Nash St., in the city’s Original Town Site, includes a lighted youth ball field, netting, fencing, restrooms, and a lighted and paved parking lot. Floyd Gaines was a pioneer in our community and an avid champion of its youth and parks and recreation services. I was honored to speak at this event and am so proud to have this park as a part of our community.

Hollyhock Pool Now Open!

Come and cool off at the Hollyhock pool during open swim hours every day from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.! Open swim fees for residents are $2 for youth (6 months-17 years) and $3 for adults. All non-residents are $5. Swim lessons are also available. For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 623.222.2000.

Veterans’ Services

The Vetlink Foundation is offering a monthly Coffee for Vets event on the last Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the City of Surprise AZ TechCelerator located at 12425 W. Bell Rd. Come enjoy free coffee and bagels and build connections with other veterans. Each event will have a guest speaker who will discuss a veteran-related topic. RSVP by calling 623.303.4355.

Rent and Utility Assistance

The Surprise and El Mirage Community Action Program (CAP) has a new online portal to apply for rental and utility assistance. Please visit http://hsdclientportal.maricopa.gov/ to complete a pre-screening assessment. Those needing assistance with the online process can call 623.222.4673. Eligibility restrictions apply. surpriseaz.gov/3549/Community-Action-Program-CAP.

Free Showers

Free showers every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at the Salvation Army in Surprise between 10–2 p.m. at 17420 N. Ave of the Arts. Food, medical care, haircutting, and pet care resources are also available. Made possible by Church of the Palms, Salvation Army, and the City of Surprise. Call 623.222.1600 for more information.

We Care Program

We Care is an automated system designed to call a senior or homebound person once a day to check on their welfare. If the daily call is not answered, an automatic alert is sent, and personnel from Surprise Police or Citizens Patrol will be sent to the home to check on the individual. If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, you can submit an online application at surpriseaz.gov/wecare and the Surprise Citizen Patrol will contact you to schedule a required home visit and interview.

Prescription Drop-off Box

The City of Surprise Police Department has a prescription drug collection bin in its lobby for easy disposal of unwanted drugs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The focus of this program is to provide a safe location for individuals to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications and ultimately reduce the likelihood of these medications falling into the hands of children and teens. Visit the link below for more information: surpriseaz.gov/3359/RX-Drug-Drop-off.

Vial of Life

Please stop by our Surprise Fire Medical Administration office, located at 14250 W. Statler Plz., Suite 101, where you can pick up a Vial of Life. The Vial of Life contains a medical emergency information form that should be filled out, put back in the vial, and stored in your refrigerator for safekeeping. A sticker also comes in the vial that can be placed on your refrigerator to alert first responders that you have this information available. The vial of life is designed to provide important medical and emergency information to first responders when you cannot. While you are there, you can also pick up a Pet Finder window sticker that alerts first responders to the pets in your home.

Water Wise

Water Resource Management logoYou may have heard talk in the news media recently about the Colorado River and a potential shortage declaration. The Western United States, including Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area, has been experiencing a drought for more than 20 years, with an official drought declaration in June 1999. Drought is a normal occurrence in the southwest desert. However, as the drought in the Colorado River Basin continues to extend, the Lower Basin states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Nevada along with Mexico may face reductions in their Colorado River water deliveries through a “Tier 1” declaration by the Bureau of Reclamation.

What does this mean for Surprise water customers? A Tier 1 shortage declaration will not affect Surprise’s water allocation or its deliveries to customers. Although there will be no immediate impact on municipal water supplies, Surprise remains committed to water resource management and water conservation measures. Shortage on the Colorado River does not mean shortage for Surprise’s customers at the tap. Being efficient with water has been part of our long-term water management strategy, and our water conservation program provides resources to assist customers.

Furthermore, Surprise is not directly delivering its Colorado River allocation. Instead, we use our Central Arizona Project (CAP) water allocation to recharge the aquifer, storing water for future groundwater pumping. As always, water users must follow water-efficient practices to protect our precious resources. Find out more information about drought and how it affects Surprise water customers on our Drought Resiliency and Preparedness website: surpriseaz.gov/droughtmgmt.

Retail Survey Results

The City of Surprise launched its annual Surprise Retail Survey on April 5, and more than 5,100 responses later, we have the results!

The city uses the survey data to identify the city’s retail strengths and opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. In the past, the survey has helped bring in establishments like In-N-Out Burger, Texas Roadhouse, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, and Costco!

Select survey insights are listed below, with full results available at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

2021 Surprise Retail Survey results summary

District 4 Community Meeting

Please join me for my monthly Community Meeting on May 26 at 6 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Please note there will be no Community Meeting in July. 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 June 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 on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at 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 find me on Facebook for weekly updates.

State of the City Video Premiere

Surprise Arizona State of the City thumbnail.The 2021 State of the City Video Premiere is scheduled for April 13 at 6 p.m.! Please tune in as we reflect on our community’s resilience and look forward to what’s on the horizon. To view live, please visit surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV.

Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Retreat

Surprise City Council will hold a Budget Retreat on Friday, April 16, in City Council Chambers at 9 a.m. The retreat will be open to public attendance and will also be televised for viewing. It will be live on surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, and Cox channel 11.

Gaines Park Ballfield Update

The park continues to take shape! Irrigation has been installed, along with concrete flat work at the restroom, fence installation, which included the dugouts and backstop, and the bases for the field light poles have been set.

Covid-19 Vaccination Information

If you are having technical difficulty creating a login/password or other issues using the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Vaccine Registration/Scheduling system, please call 602-542-1000 M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or email azvaccinesupport@azdhs.gov. If you do not have access to a computer and need help setting an appointment by phone, ADHS has established a call center to assist. Call 1-844-542-8201 and press Option #8 to be connected to a navigator. This service is also available M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For additional information, please visit ADHS – Covid-19 Vaccine Registration.

Property Maintenance Ordinance

The city of Surprise is requesting public comment on the draft Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO) that was presented to Council. The PMO is the guiding document that establishes minimum standards for all property, residential and commercial building maintenance throughout the city. The goal of the PMO is to keep the city safe, healthy and blight-free. Meetings have been scheduled to encourage residents and business owners to learn more about the ordinance and ask questions. The next public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13. Attend in person in the Surprise City Hall Community Room or online. Links to the virtual public meetings are available online at Property Maintenance Ordinance. The webpage also includes the option to submit a comment on the draft ordinance.

Surprise Recreation Campus Hall of Fame

Surprise Recreation Campus Hall of Fame thumbnail.The City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission has voted to induct Charley Pride and Buck O’Neil into the Surprise Recreation Campus Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established to honor those who have contributed significantly to the Surprise Recreation Campus.

Other 2021 Hall of Fame inductees include: Gold Glove winners Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Joey Gallo of the Texas Rangers; and Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals.

Surprise Day of Service

Show your community pride by participating in the 4th Annual “Bean Bag Day” event Saturday, April 24th.

Volunteers fill bags of beans.Participants can help bag bulk pinto beans into individual packaging for ease of distribution through the Valley View Community Food Bank to those in need.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov or 623-222-1522.

Opening Soon!

B&B Appliances is on track to open next month at the former Luby’s location on Bell Road, east of RH Johnson Blvd. B&B Appliances is a local family-owned appliance retailer that sells “mis-ordered”, scratched and dented appliances as well as brand new ones.

City Hall & City Council Meetings Reopening

Surprise City Hall, all admin buildings (except the Sr. Center) and all public meetings are reopening to in-person attendance beginning April 12. The reopening comes as Governor Ducey announced that Arizona has hit several important public health benchmarks. The Governor also called for any remaining local government mask mandates to be phased out. As a result, Mayor Skip Hall has signed a proclamation terminating the face covering mandate in Surprise. Get the details here: https://bit.ly/3sqqUTT

District 4 Community Meeting

Please join me for my monthly Community Meeting on April 28 at 6 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Masks are recommended, and social distancing will be in place. 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 November Newsletter

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.

Arizona Charter Academy

Arizona Charter Academy started in-school attendance on October 20, and I was thankful to be there to welcome students back! Arizona Charter Academy is designated an A+ School of Excellence by the Arizona Education Foundation and has been A rated by the Department of Education for five years in a row! Thank you, Arizona Charter Academy, for all you are doing for our students here in Surprise!

Councilmember Remley on the campus of Arizona Charter Academy.

Arizona Skin Institute Ribbon Cutting

While Arizona Skin Institute is not new to Surprise, they recently relocated their practice to a new office location at 11340 W. Bell Road, Suite 127. Mayor Hall and I were invited to celebrate the grand opening of this new location. Congratulations on your new office, Arizona Skin Institute, and thank you for inviting us to share in your grand opening!

Veterans Day Tribute

Thank you to all of our residents who submitted video tributes for our Veterans. The compilation of video messages can be viewed on Veterans Day, on the Surprise TV cable channel, our Parks & Recreation social media pages (Facebook and Instagram), and the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov. Please also take a moment to drive down Bullard Avenue November 10-12 to see the decorated signs of thanks for our Veterans that were created by our residents.

Gaines Park Ball Field

Construction continues on Gaines Park Ball Field! The first phase of this project is anticipated to be completed early/late Spring of 2021 and will include the ball field and associated fencing, plaza area, sidewalks, restroom and both on-street parking and temporary parking. The parking lot and field lighting are anticipated to be complete in Fall of 2021.

Holiday Schedule

Please note the following holidays this month will result in a change to the trash pick-up schedule for city of Surprise sanitation customers: November 11 in observance of Veterans Day, and November 26 and 27 in observance of Thanksgiving. City Hall remains closed to the public due to COVID-19. Please remember to continue to follow all CDC guidelines while enjoying your holiday festivities. I wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Temporary Expansion of Premise Permit

In an effort to curb the financial impacts of the pandemic on local restaurants, City Council recently approved the use of Temporary Expansion of Premise (TEP) permits. A TEP permit allows local restaurants to help expand their available dining space where viable and safe. This could include patio and outdoor areas as well as the use of tents or similar structures. There is no fee for the permit and a streamlined application and expedited staff review process has been implemented. To learn more about the TEP permit and to download the application, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialeventpermits.

Hollyhock Library Pop-in Pickup Hours

The Hollyhock Library has Pop-in Pickup Hours! During the times listed below, patrons can come inside the library to pick up holds, brows a limited collection, and handle any account needs.

Monday-Thursday 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The Maricopa County Library District is also offering a program called Brainfuse HelpNow. This free, online program provides tutoring help for students! Students can use their Maricopa County Library Card to access live tutoring, writing assistance, language labs, skill building activities, interactive study tools, online test prep and customized study plans. They can also collaborate and connect with friends in virtual study rooms and create and share interactive notes. For more details please visit https://mcldaz.org/subject/school/.

Council Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled Council Meeting is November 17, at 6 p.m. 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.

Council meetings have been reopened for in-person participation. In order to adhere to CDC guidelines, 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. Capacity will be capped at 50 people, and physical distancing measures will be in place.

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.