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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.

Councilmember Ken Remley July Newsletter

Greetings to my District 4 residents! I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and healthy. 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.

Surprise Requires Face Coverings

Effective, Saturday, June 20, Mayor Skip Hall, with the support of the Surprise City Council issued a declaration of Emergency Proclamation requiring face coverings within the City of Surprise with limited exceptions. Every person over the age of two is required to wear a face covering while in all public settings within the City of Surprise where it is difficult to maintain a minimum physical distance of six feet from others who do not live in the same residence. This includes, but is not limited to, grocery stores, retail stores, pharmacies, restaurants and bars (when not seated at a table), recreational facilities, libraries, public transportation, public places where lines or crowds form, and special events.

The proclamation makes exemptions for individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a health condition or disability, and for those whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing one. Also exempt are those who fall under the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for those who should not wear a face covering. Further, face coverings are not required while exercising or engaging in athletic activity if a minimum of six feet physical distancing can be maintained.

This Emergency Proclamation is intended to curb the spread of COVID-19 and keep our citizens safe and healthy. Please remember, that not everyone is able to wear a mask, and we should be considerate of those who are unable to do so. I encourage everyone to practice kindness, while doing their part to help others.

For more information, visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/facecoverings.

New Library Supervisor

The Hollyhock Library has a new supervisor, Vina Begay. Vina is offering curbside pickup of library materials at the Hollyhock Library Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-10 a.m., and also offering free lunches for children under 18 through Kids Café in partnership with St. Mary’s Foodbank. The lunches are “grab and go” where people can just pick them up and take them. If you would like more information on how to pick up books via curbside pickup, or how to pick up meals, please call 602.653.3000.

Recycling Drop Off to begin July 7

Residents can drop off recycling materials to the City’s Public Works North Yard, located at 17274 N. Litchfield Road, beginning July 7. Materials will be accepted Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Materials that will be accepted are:

  • Plastic bottles #1 & #2 (These may include: milk, soda, condiment, water, shampoo, detergent, etc.). Please either screw lids to the bottles completely or remove the lids, and do not recycle the lids.
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum and tin cans

Please make sure that all materials are clean and dry, and that you bring proof of residency with you. A city staff member will be there to assist in sorting recyclable materials, and to make sure that the materials are not contaminated. For questions, or additional information please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3818/Drop-off-Recycling, or call 623.222.6000.

Solid Waste and Stormwater Utility Rate Increases

Beginning July 1, 2020 Surprise sanitation and stormwater utility customers will see a rate increase. Single-family solid waste (trash) customers will pay a monthly base rate of $23.40, with an increase of $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2020. This will bring the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2023.

The Stormwater Utility Fee will increase $0.75 per month beginning on July 1, 2020. A stormwater hotline has been set up for residents to call with any questions they may have. The hotline number is 623.222.6200.

Traffic Improvements

The Litchfield Road Widening Project, between Peoria Avenue and Waddell Road, is substantially complete. Permanent striping will be installed in July and traffic signals at Sweetwater Avenue and Litchfield Road are scheduled to be installed in August.

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are typically held on the 4th 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 https://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.

Letter from the Surprise City Council

Please take a minute to read a recent letter from the Surprise City Council, here: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/44864/Council-Letter-06-2020