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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

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.