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Councilman Ken Remley September Newsletter

Greetings to my District 4 residents! I hope that you are finding ways to stay cool during this summer heat, and that you and your family are safe and healthy. I also 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.

Gaines Park Youth Baseball Field Project Update

Construction will be starting very soon on the relocation of the Gaines Park Youth Baseball Field. 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 two 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.

Community Resources

St. Mary’s Food Bank needs volunteers! Help is needed Monday-Friday, from 7:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., with most help being needed between 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Volunteers are needed to help pack the Kids Café Meals. If you are interested in scheduling a group of friends, family or co-workers, of five or more, please contact smarez@firstfoodbank.org. The St. Mary’s Food Bank is located at 13050 W. Elm Street.

Surprise CARES Housing Mortgage Assistance

On July 13th, the Neighborhood Services division launched the Surprise CARES Housing Stability program to assist Surprise residents who have experienced a loss of income directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents needing assistance with mortgage payments are encouraged to visit the participant portal on the city’s website to apply. For more information, please call the Surprise CARES Housing Hotline at 623.222.1640.

A white house house with a red roof.

Rental & Utility Assistance Available Now!

A happy family.The Surprise/El Mirage CAP office at the Surprise Resource Center has received a significant amount of federal CARES Act funding to help residents with rent and utilities who have been impacted by the pandemic. We have expanded our capacity to serve more individuals and families who are eligible, so call our HOPE line today at 623-222-HOPE (4673). Due to the pandemic, eligibility has expanded to serve families with higher incomes, up to 300% above poverty level. (Example – family of 4 is eligible if their gross monthly income is $6,550 or lower). Bilingual staff are ready to help.

Additional Resources

The City of Surprise and its community partners have many resources available for those that need help. The Surprise Resource Center can help with rent, utilities, benefit and employment services, and can be reached at 623-222-1600. The Surprise Senior Center offers a Hot Lunch Program, which provides FREE meals. Please note, you must call two days in advance to order a meal for pickup at 623-222-1500. The Society of St. Vincent De Paul can help with food, rent and utility assistance. The helpline for The Society of St. Vincent De Paul is 623-975-5617. In addition, The Salvation Army offers a FREE breakfast drive thru Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for seniors, and those that are food insecure. They also offer food boxes. The Salvation Army is located at 17420 Avenue of the Arts, Surprise, AZ, and can be reached at 623-977-1084. The Dysart Community Center, located at 14414 N. El Mirage Road, offers a free food drive through Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Benevilla HOME Services Program is a FREE program for seniors that assists with things such as getting groceries and running errands. The phone number to reach Benevilla HOME Services is 623-584-4999. Hope Women’s Center provides bill and utility assistance to help support women and children and can be contacted at 623-875-4549. Please also remember that St. Mary’s Food Bank is located on 13050 W. Elm Street and Valley View Food Bank is located on 10771 W. Peoria Avenue.

Residential Waste Cleanup Event

The City of Surprise Residential Waste Cleanup Event will be held on September 12, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Landfill, located at 19401 W. Deer Valley Road. Surprise residents can dispose of one load of residential waste, up to 2,000 lbs at no cost. Proof of residency is required, and no hazardous waste will be accepted.

Council Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled Council Meeting is September 15 at 6 p.m. The City Council Chambers are currently closed to the public, but 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.

Please note, City Hall will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.

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 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 May 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. Please check the calendar at surpriseaz.gov to check for cancelations during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also find me on Facebook for regular updates.

COVID-19 Financial Relief Information for Individuals & Families

During this difficult time, there are many resources available to help individuals and their families. Resources available to Surprise residents can be found on the City of Surprise COVID-19 Community Care Resources webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/3804/COVID-19-Community-Care-Resources, the COVID-19 Financial Relief Resources webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/3805/COVID-19-Financial-Relief-Information, or by calling the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600. Listed below are some of the resources that are available to residents.

Salvation Army Meals – The Salvation Army, located at 17420 N. Ave of the Arts, in Surprise, is offering drive thru pick-up of hot breakfast and a sack lunch between 7a.m.-9a.m. daily. This program is open to all seniors, or anyone who is food insecure. For more information, please call 623.977.1084.

Electric & Gas Utility Assistance – Surprise & El Mirage families can seek assistance with their utility bills by calling the Surprise Resource Center HOPE line Monday mornings at 8 a.m. The HOPE Line phone number is 623.222.4673. Callers must leave a voicemail. If you cannot leave a voicemail, that means that the limit of assistance for that week has been met.

Surprise Senior Center Hot Lunch Program – If you would like to participate in this program, please call 623.222.1500 two days in advance to order your meal for pickup Monday through Friday at noon.

Benevilla HOME Services Program – FREE program for all seniors who could use help with groceries, errands, etc. For more information please visit www.benevilla.org or call 623.584.4999.

Additionally, the City of Surprise has suspended all water service shutoffs through May 10.

Veteran Aid & Attendance Benefits

The Reveille Foundation in partnership with the American Patriot Service Corporation is now offering online information and registration workshops on Veteran’s Aid & Attendance benefits. These workshops are held bi-weekly and will assist veterans in filing out the necessary paperwork to file for the benefits. The first session was offered on April 29, but additional workshops will be offered every other week thereafter. To register or for more information, please contact Pamela Cameron at 602-592-9461 or pamela@reveillefoundation.org.

Budget Summary

City Council was presented with the City Manager’s Recommended Budget during our Work Session on April 21. If you weren’t able to view the meeting live, a video of the meeting, including the budget presentation can be viewed on https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/. Council and staff are working hard to ensure there is a balanced budget in the midst of economic conditions caused by COVID-19. Steps have already been taken to reduce expenses and prepare for a budget with flexibility to meet the on-going challenges. The tentative budget adoption is scheduled for the Regular City Council Meeting on May 5 at 6 p.m., and the final budget adoption is scheduled for the Regular City Council Meeting on June 2 at 6 p.m.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have. The best way to reach me is ken.remley@surpriseaz.gov

Traffic Improvements

A flashing yellow left-turn signal has been installed at the intersection of Litchfield and Waddell roads. A flashing yellow arrow traffic signal allows motorists to make a left-hand turn after yielding to oncoming traffic. Flashing yellow arrow signals have been shown to help drivers make fewer mistakes, and reduce delays when traffic is light, allowing more opportunities to make a left-turn with the flashing yellow left-turn arrow.

A flashing yellow left-turn signal will also be installed at the intersection of Litchfield and Greenway roads overnight on May 1st/2nd.

Development in District 4

Below is a list of permits under review, construction, or recently completed in District 4.

Permits Under Review:
U-Haul, 13420 W. Bell Road-Tenant Improvement

Permits Under Construction:
Arizona Charter Academy, 16011 N. Dysart -New Construction

Permits Completed:
Heritage at Surprise-Building A-F, 13669 W. Rimrock St. -New Construction

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are generally held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. I have decided to cancel my next meeting on May 27 to comply with guidance on social distancing and protect the health of our community. I look forward to meeting with you again when we can. Please call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

Upcoming Events

Please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates on cancelled and postponed events.