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Councilmember Ken Remley JUNE Newsletter

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EPCOR Interim Rates

Residents in the Agua Fria district of Surprise will see an increase in rates from EPCOR. Operating costs have changed significantly over the past 25 years and more than $150 million has been spent to repair and replace the infrastructure- pipes, meters, valves, plants, etc. On March 28, 2019, the Arizona Corporation Commission approved interim rates to recover changes in operating costs since rates were last set in each district.

Current rates for the Agua Fria district will remain in effect and will continue to appear on your bill as they do today. Interim rates will appear as a surcharge on your bill, calculated for your individual usage. Remember, you pay for as much water as you use.

The Arizona Corporation Commission has ordered EPCOR to file a new rate case by May 1, 2020. To share your comments or concerns please contact the ACC, reference Docket #WS-01303A-19-0011. You may contact the ACC Consumer Services Section at 602.542.4251.

Veterans Meeting

On Wednesday, May 15, the City of Surprise hosted a meeting with various Veteran groups to discuss the potential of bringing Veteran housing and/or a Veterans Hall to Surprise. If you are a Veteran, or have a local Veteran group, and would like to participate in future discussions, please contact Community Partnerships Manager Paul Bernardo at 623.222.1029.

The Surprise Resource Center helps Veterans out in many ways, including employment assistance and by hosting a Job Club for Veterans.  If you are a Veteran, or know a Veteran seeking assistance, please reach out to the Surprise Resource Center, located at 12425 West Bell Road, Suite 124, by calling 623.222.1600.

Valley Partnership May Morning Breakfast

On Friday May 17, I attended the Valley Partnership May Morning Breakfast meeting where I had the opportunity to connect with individuals who are innovating our Valley. The panel was led by Chris Toci (Executive Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield), Lee Mashburn (President & CEO, Pivot Development), Lorenzo Perez (Co-Founder, Venue Projects), and Stan Shafer (Principal & CEO, Holualoa Companies). The conversations focused on an exciting new trend of revamping historic buildings in the Valley.

Memorial Day Weekend

On Memorial Day, I was honored to be the keynote speaker for the Northwest Valley Veterans Association Memorial Day Ceremony at Sunland Memorial Park. It was truly an honor to speak about my service to my fellow veterans, colleagues, and friends. Thank you to George Van de Langeryt for giving me the opportunity to speak to fellow veterans about my service and connecting it to Memorial Day. Our City is grateful to the men and women who have served our country selflessly.

Surprise Police Department Annual Appreciation Dinner

My fellow City Council members and I attended the Surprise Police Department Appreciation Dinner on May 17, where we had the opportunity to recognize the hard working men and women of Surprise Police. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication to providing a safe community for us. Congratulations to all of those who were awarded at the dinner.

Officer of the Year: Corbin Claxton
Detective of the Year: Lucas Jensen
Rookie of the Year: Dillon Bleicher
Civilian Employee of the Year: Erin Rivera
Supervisor of the Year: Michael Robbins
Volunteer of the Year: Barbara Jones
Citizen Patrol Volunteer of the Year: Marylene Cayron

Lifesaving Awards:
Officer Gerald Graziosi
Officer Fredrick Cuthbertson
Officer Joshua Bucur
Officer William Bisson
Officer Shawna Ebey
Officer Tyler Johnson
Sergeant Garrick Boxberger

Unit Citation – Traffic Unit:
Sergeant Michael Robbins
Leonard Collins
Drew Persha
Richard Malone
Steven Shernicoff

National Day of Prayer

On Thursday May 2, we celebrated National Day of Prayer outside City Hall. It was warming to welcome many guests to City Hall and celebrate a Day of Prayer. The purpose of the day is to find power and unity through prayer. Thank you to Community & Recreation Advisory Commissioner Raymond Grim for hosting a terrific event.

Guests attend National Day of Prayer outside City Hall

Surprise Chamber

The Surprise Chamber hosted a great event at Ottawa University on May 28. The topic was “Arizona’s New Water Policy Landscape: Sustainable Water Solutions and How They Impact Business”. We heard from speakers Lisa Atkins, President of the Board for the Central Arizona Project; and Rory Van Pouke, Water Policy Expert and General Manger at Apache Sun Golf Club. These individuals discussed the new Drought Contingency Plan that will impact water policy for the state’s foreseeable future, along with other water policies being discussed at the state capitol. The speakers also highlighted how the drought is impacting business operations and financial performance. This was a great way for companies to learn how to leverage technologies, partnerships, and innovation to reduce impacts, mitigate risks, and protect freshwater in the state of Arizona. Thank you to the Surprise Chamber for hosting a great event!

Hollyhock Library

The Hollyhock Library, located at 15844 North Hollyhock Street, has changed its Saturday hours to better serve the community. The new hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays; Tuesday and Thursday hours will remain 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, please call the Community and Recreation Services office at 623.222.2000.

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. This past month, we hosted the president of Gorman Construction who gave an update on the affordable housing being built in the city’s Original Town Site. At our June meeting, we will have representatives from the city’s AZ TechCelerator business innovation center give an update on the great work they are doing. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

HOA Meetings

This past month, I attended the Litchfield Manor HOA meeting. I had a productive meeting with them and provided them with city updates, took questions, and addressed their concerns. 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. Please contact me at 623.222.1300 if I have not yet visited your community. I am always more than happy to attend an event or meeting.

LA Fitness

LA Fitness held a grand opening for their first Surprise location at 16635 West Bell Road. It truly was a grand celebration for such a great company. The city will benefit dearly with the addition of LA Fitness. Make sure to get a membership, and check them out! Welcome to Surprise, LA Fitness!

City of Surprise Councilmembers at LA Fitness Grand Opening