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Councilmember Ken Remley June 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.

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 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. You can also find me on Facebook for weekly updates.

New West Valley Veteran Hub

Flag thumbnailVeterans, service members, and their families now have a new place to access resources, support, and assistance in the West Valley. The City of Surprise is proud to offer the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center a new home within the Surprise Resource Center at the AZ TechCelerator Campus, located at 12425 W. Bell Rd., Suite 124. The center includes various military and veteran support services and resources, made possible by the generous support of partner organizations and all West Valley cities. For more information on the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center, call 623.222.1658 or visit the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov/veterans.

Senior Center Exercise Programs Re-Opening!

Fitness classes operated by the Surprise Senior Services Team have re-opened! To register, please call 623.222.1500. In addition, the drive-thru meal program is still available with advance registration.

Surprise Fire Department Lock Box Program

Surprise Fire-Medical offers a Lock Box Program to allow first responders quick and safe access into your home during an emergency. In an emergency, the fire department can use its unique key to open the lock box and access your house key to gain entry into your home. Having a lockbox can add precious lifesaving minutes during an emergency and also saves on property damage. For more information, visit surpriseaz.gov/1656/Lock-Box-Program, or call 623.222.5000.

Surprise Library Access

The Maricopa County Library District is moving into the next phase of re-opening at all county-run libraries. Customers can stop by the library during Pop-In Pick-Up hours to browse every shelf and all selections, rather than a limited collection. Hollyhock Library, located at 15844 N. Hollyhock St., has Pop-In Pick-Up hours Monday – Thursday, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday. For more information, please visit mcldaz.org/locations/northwest/.

State of the City Video

State of the City thumbnailThe 2021 State of the City video premiered on April 13. Please take a few moments to view it if you have not had the opportunity. This video captures how our strength, effort, and strategic planning place the city’s trajectory toward future success. Watch the video here: surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov. The video will also replay on the Cox 11 cable channel at select times. To view a schedule, please visit surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/schedule.

Fiscal Year 2022 Recommended Budget

City of Surprise proposes a budget focused on maintaining current service levels as the city continues to grow. The budget continues to focus on Council’s commitment to maintaining quality public services and infrastructure. A public hearing and tentative Budget adoption is scheduled for the May 4 Regular City Council Meeting, with final budget adoption planned for the June 1 meeting.

The Property Tax Rate in Surprise

A slide showing a summary of primary property taxes.We’ve been receiving some questions about the City of Surprise tax rate. It has not increased. The primary tax rate in the City of Surprise is $0.7591 per $100 of assessed property value, plus the secondary property tax rate (from the voter-approved 2017 GO Bond) of $0.3880 per $100 of assessed property value. These rates multiplied by the assessed value of your home determine what you pay in property taxes. If the value of your home increases, you will see an increased tax bill; however, that is not due to an increase in the property tax rate but rather an increase in the assessed value of your home.

Schedule of Existing Primary and Secondary Property Tax

   Current Rate  Current Levy  Proposed Rate  Proposed Levy  
 Property Tax          
 Primary Property Tax Rate $0.7591 $9,135,500 $0.7591 $9,974,200 Per $100 assessed value
 Secondary Property Tax Rate $0.3880 $4,669,500 $0.3880 $5,098,200 Per $100 assessed value

Passport Services are Back

U.S. PassportsPassport services are back at Surprise City Hall by appointment only. Regular business hours for passports will be Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office, temporarily located in Development Services. Applications for first-time passport books and passport cards are accepted and they can also help review paperwork for renewals. They do not offer passport photos, so be sure to have your pictures with you at your appointment. To make an appointment, or for questions, please visit surpriseaz.gov/passport or call the City Clerk’s Office at 623.222.1200.

Surprise Covid-19 Vaccination Numbers

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the overall number of Surprise COVID-19 cases at 13,585 on April 15. Through that day, 45,330 Surprise area residents received at least one vaccine shot. Below are the number of vaccination totals for ZIP codes in Surprise as of April 15.
85374 – 20,841
85379 – 13,001
85388 – 8,398
85378 – 3,090

Benevilla Community Baby-Shower

Monday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Benevilla & Friends will be hosting a drive-thru baby shower for expecting moms and moms with infants up to 6 months old. Mothers can drive-thru and pick-up at Arizona Charter Academy parking lot located at 16025 N. Dysart Rd. Donations will also be accepted during this event!

#6 Safest City

Surprise is ranked the #6 safest city in Arizona, according to a new SafeWise report. Congrats to our community on this accomplishment & a big thank you to Surprise PD for helping to keep us safe! Here is a list of Arizona’s 10 Safest Cities: safewise.com/blog/safest-cities-arizona/.

Free AZ Small Business Association Membership!

Economic Development Department thumbnailIn recognition of the continued small business recovery process resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Surprise Economic Development Department is teaming up with the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) to offer Surprise small businesses a free year of ASBA membership now through May 10! To sign up, please visit asba.com/surprise. Please also see the City of Surprise Economic Development webpage to learn about many other resources available for Surprise businesses!

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. Masks are recommended, and social distancing will be in place. Please check the city website at 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.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is May 18 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers, located at 16000 N. Civic Center Dr. 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 February 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.

Gaines Youth Baseball Field Fully Funded

The City of Surprise has experienced better-than-expected one-time revenues in Fiscal Year 2020 thanks to strong growth in housing permits and retail sales collections. As a result, Council voted to fund more than $8 million in park-related projects that will advance the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan goals. Gaines Youth Baseball Field will now be fully funded ahead of the original timeline! The project, which includes a lighted youth ballfield, restrooms, lighted and paved parking lot, netting, and fencing, is anticipated to be completed this summer! Also funded is a new eight-acre park at Greenway Road and Parkview Place that will provide additional programmable and rental field space, and a $3 million dollar budget to provide enhancements to the Surprise Community Park. Enhancements could include adding a restroom, improving dog park drainage, and exploring new lighting; however, the final project list will be determined following the design and submittal of actual costs.

Senior Center Activities

Valentine’s Day Canvas Decorating is scheduled for February 12 at 9 a.m. During this virtual event, participants will create a love-inspired canvas using everyday household items. To reserve your canvas, please call 623.222.1500.

America’s Pastime Spring Training Party takes place on March 3! Members can pick up a bag of baseball surprises and then join the virtual party at 1 p.m. To participate, please call 623.222.1500.

Surprise Day of Service

If you are looking for a way to give back to your community, please consider volunteering for the Surprise Day of Service on February 20, from 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Food Bank, located at 13050 W. Elm Street. To volunteer, please call 623.222.1522.

“Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!”

The City of Surprise has launched a campaign encouraging residents to “Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!” This anti-litter campaign reaffirms that the City of Surprise takes pride in being a safe, clean and attractive city, where residents and businesses can thrive and visitors are impressed. Please check out surpriseaz.gov/KeepItBeautiful for videos and information on how you can help!

Home Beautification Award

I am proud of our residents and their work to keep Surprise a clean and safe community. My Home Beautification Awards are a way for me to thank you and recognize the hard work and pride you have put into your home. This year, I will be continuing the program by awarding homeowners with a “Home Beautification Award” and an A-frame sign to display in front of their home. Be on the lookout for winners!

Holiday Trash Collection Schedule

Please note that Presidents’ Day is Monday, February 15, and city-serviced sanitation customers will have their trash pick-up postponed by one day.

Spring Training 2021

Spring Training returns to Surprise on February 27! The Texas Rangers will take on the Kansas City Royals at 1:05 p.m. to kick-off the season. A complete schedule of games can be found at SurpriseStadium.com.

Surprise Stadium is working hard to develop protocols to protect the health and safety of fans. Ticket details and safety precautions are developing and more information will be coming as we get closer to the start of the season. Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Spring Training schedules and start dates are subject to change. For questions and updated information, please visit SurpriseStadium.com, or call 623.222.2222.

Surprise City Academy

The Surprise City Academy is going virtual this year! Residents, students and business owners can learn about the City directly from the Mayor, Councilmembers, City Manager and upper-level city staff. The Academy begins on February 22 and is free to attend. Classes will meet via WebEx from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m on Mondays through April 26. Registration is required. To register, please visit surpriseaz.gov/cityacademy, or call Lord Garcillano at 623.222.1647.

Social Service Resources

Salvation Army – FREE breakfast drive-thru Mondays and Thursdays. 8-9:30 a.m. Seniors or those who are food insecure. Food boxes are available. 17420 Ave of the Arts, Surprise. 623-977-1084.

Dysart Community Center– FREE Food Drive-thru. Monday-Friday, 3-5 p.m. 14414 N. El Mirage Rd, El Mirage. 623-249-3812.

Hope Women’s Center – Support for women & children, bill/utility assistance. 623-875-4549.

Radiant Distribution Center – FREE food and clothing Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. at Radiant Church Sun City 10701 W. Boswell Blvd., Sun City. 623-975-2662.

St. Mary’s Food Bank Surprise – 13050 W. Elm St. 602-343-5631.

Valley View Food Bank – 10771 W. Peoria Ave, Sun City. 623-933-3358.

Mortgage Assistance for Surprise Residents – Surprise CARES Housing Stability Program. www.surpriseaz.gov/housing

Surprise Senior Center Hot Lunch Program – FREE. Call 623-222-1500 two days in advance to order a meal for pickup Monday-Friday at noon.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Food, Rent, Utilities & More. St. Clare of Assisi Conference (Surprise residents). Call Help Line at 623-975-5617. Our Lady of Lourdes Conference (Surprise & El Mirage residents). Call 623-344-7267.

Housing for Heroes Program – Supportive Services for Veteran Families – The National Community Health Partners are offering temporary assistance to Veteran families to help with rent, utilities, security deposits, moving costs, and child care. Call the Maricopa County Veteran Service Office at 480-361-0177.

Phone Pals Program for Seniors with Benevilla – Phone Pal volunteers provide wellness checks and meaningful relationships to community members who may find themselves alone. For information on how to sign up to receive calls, or to volunteer, please call 623-584-4999 or visit www.Benevilla.org

AZ Humane Society Resources for Pet Owners – A program for struggling pet owners. A trained social worker can help pet parents navigate resources to help keep pets in their homes. Call 602-997-7585 ext. 3800 or email resourcenavigator@azhuman.org.

Council Meeting Schedule

The next regularly scheduled Council Meeting is February 16 at 6 p.m. In an effort to protect public health amidst rising COVID-19 case numbers, City of Surprise public meetings have reclosed to in-person public attendance until further notice. Council meetings are broadcast live on Surprise TV at https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/ and carried on Cox channel 11. Check the agenda, when posted, for instructions on public comment.

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.

Councilman Ken Remley December 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.

New Public Works Facility

I recently had the opportunity to tour the City of Surprise’s new Public Works Operations Facility. The facility was partially funded by the voter-approved 2017 General Obligation Bond. This 44,000 square foot project supports public safety fleet maintenance and storage, and it consolidated the Public Works operations into one location.

Kiwanis Club Donation

Thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Surprise, AZ Foundation, for your donation of 25 tablets to the Kids Camp Surprise after-school program! These tablets will help enhance the learning experience of the children in this program.

Surprise Party 2020, At-home style

Surprise Party at HomeEnjoy a festive lineup of holiday themed programing that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home or car! Virtual events include a tree lighting ceremony, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, virtual holiday edition bingo, Zoom calls with Santa, virtual arts & crafts, a Santa drive-thru at Surprise Stadium, and the Light up the Night House Decorating Contest. Video events will be aired on Surprise TV online and the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Facebook Page. On-demand video playback will be available for recorded events. Just visit surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty and view the video recording at your convenience. The schedule of events is listed below.

Surprise Party – At Home Activities
Schedule is subject to change.

DATETIMEEVENT
Fri, Dec. 4 7:00 p.m. Virtual Tree Lighting Ceremony**
Mon, Dec. 7 6:30 p.m. Virtual Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus**
Surprise has partnered with Boyer Bakery to provide 150 cookie decorating kits to the first 150 decorators. Kits will be available for pick up on Saturday, December 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or Monday, December 7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave.
Tues, Dec. 8 6:30 p.m. Virtual Bingo – Holiday Edition (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Wed, Dec. 9 5:30-8:30 p.m. Zoom Calls with Santa (must pre-register)
Space is limited; secure your spot by signing up for this Special Event online at surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.
Thurs, Dec. 10 6:30 p.m. Virtual Holiday Themed Art & Craft featuring WHAM**
Craft kits will be available for pick up beginning Monday, November 30 to Thursday, December 10, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Parks & Recreation Office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, while supplies last.
Fri, Dec. 11 6:00-8:00 p.m. Santa Drive-Thru at Surprise Stadium
Download a colorable letter for Santa at surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty. Participants must remain in the car during this event. Santa’s helpers will hand out goodie bags to the first 200 participants.
Sat, Dec. 12 –
Sun, Dec. 13
Evening Light up the Night House Decorating Contest w/ map

** Denotes a video event.

Happy holidays from your Surprise City Council!

Deck the Hock

Deck the HockThis annual event will be a drop-off/pick-up style celebration this year. On December 11, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. you are invited to drop off ornaments, and/or gifts to place under three holiday trees that will be donated to local families in need. The trees will be on display in front of the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. Unwrapped gifts for families can be placed under the trees. For a list of items for donation, please visit https://www.surpriseaz.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4998 or call, 623.222.1500. The Surprise Police Department will also have a Toy Drive box available.

Home-delivered Meal Program

The City of Surprise has partnered with the Area Agency on Aging and Banner Olive Branch to provide daily, home-delivered hot meals to eligible participants aged 60 years, or older, or younger adults with disabilities who are unable to prepare or obtain meals for themselves during a period of need. This service also includes a daily visit to check on the individual’s condition and safety. If you or someone you know is in need of meal delivery, please contact Area Agency on Aging at 602.264.4357, or Meals on Wheel for Sun City at 623.974.9430.

Please also remember that for those who can drive to pick-up meals, the Surprise Senior Center offers a free hot lunch program to those age 60 and better, and adults with disabilities. Meals must be reserved two days in advance by calling 623.222.1500. Pickup is Monday-Friday at noon.

Social Service Resources

The City of Surprise and our partners have many resources to help those in need. Please see a list below of services that are available. You can also always reach out to our Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

Salvation Army – FREE breakfast drive-thru Mondays and Thursdays. 8-9:30 a.m. Seniors or those who are food insecure. Food boxes available. 17420 Ave of the Arts, Surprise. 623-977-1084.

Dysart Community Center– FREE Food Drive-thru. M-Fri, 3-5 p.m. 14414 N. El Mirage Rd, El Mirage. 623-249-3812.

Hope Women’s Center – Support for women & children, bill/utility assistance. 623-875-4549.

Radiant Distribution Center – FREE food and clothing Tues/Thurs from 9-11a.m. at Radiant Church Sun City 10701 W. Boswell Blvd., Sun City. 623-975-2662.

St. Mary’s Food Bank Surprise – 13050 W. Elm St. 602-343-5631.

Valley View Food Bank – 10771 W. Peoria Ave, Sun City. 623-933-3358.

Mortgage Assistance for Surprise Residents – Surprise CARES Housing Stability Program. www.surpriseaz.gov/housing.

Surprise Senior Center Hot Lunch Program – FREE. Call 623-222-1500 two days in advance to order meal for pickup M-F at noon

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Food, Rent, Utilities & More. St. Clare of Assisi Conference (Surprise residents). Call Help Line at 623-975-5617. Our Lady of Lourdes Conference (Surprise & El Mirage residents). Call 623-344-7267.

Community Christmas Drive-thru at Radiant Church – Saturday, December 12th from 9 a.m.-noon. FREE groceries, shoes, socks, underwear and toys for children 3-12. Children must be present to receive gifts. While supplies last. 15522 W. Paradise Lane, Surprise 85374.

Housing for Heroes Program – Supportive Services for Veteran Families – The National Community Health Partners are offering temporary assistance to Veteran families to help with rent, utilities, security deposits, moving costs and child care. Call the Maricopa County Veteran Service Office at 480-361-0177.

Phone Pals Program for Seniors with Benevilla – Phone Pal volunteers provide wellness checks and meaningful relationships to community members who may find themselves alone. For information on how to sign up to receive calls, or to volunteer, please call 623-584-4999 or visit www.Benevilla.org

AZ Humane Society Resources for Pet Owners – A program for struggling pet owners. A trained social worker can help pet parents navigate resources to help keep pets in their homes. Call 602-997-7585 ext. 3800 or e-mail resourcenavigator@azhuman.org.

Mindfulness Practices for Easing the Stress of the Season (Hospice of the Valley) – As the holidays approach, many of us may be experiencing anxiety and frustration — so much to do and not enough time to get it all done! Mindfulness can help us manage these challenges in a healthy way. Join Hospice of the Valley’s Dr. Maribeth Gallagher for a free online presentation 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10. Zoom Link: https://hov.zoom.us/j/92896300757 Meeting ID: 928 9630 0757 Passcode: 406925

Council Meeting Schedule

In an effort to protect public health amidst rising COVID-19 case numbers, City of Surprise public meetings have reclosed to in-person public attendance until further notice. 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.

The next regularly scheduled Council Meeting is December 15, at 6 p.m.

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.

Closing

PLEASE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW ALL CDC GUIDELINES WHILE ENJOYING YOUR HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES. PLEASE STAY SAFE!

I wish you all a very happy holiday season and a blessed New Year!

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. 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 regular updates.

COVID-19

The City of Surprise continues to monitor the COVID-19 crisis. For the most up-to-date information, please contact the Maricopa County Department of Health at 602.506.6900 or the Centers for Disease Control information line at 1.800.232.4636. You can also contact the Arizona Department of Health Services at 602.542.1025.

For information on ways to interact with the city online, by phone, or by email, please visit our COVID-19 webpage at www.surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19. For general questions, you may also call the City of Surprise at 623.222.1900. For updates on canceled events, please visit our website at https://www.surpriseaz.gov/.

Surprise Senior Center Closure

For the safety and well-being of residents, the Surprise Senior Center is closed until further notice. Meals continue to be served by pick-up and delivery; however, members are required to register for meals like normal, at least 48 hours in advance. To register for meals, please call the Senior Center staff by phone at 623.222.1500. Members who are picking up their meals may do so Monday-Friday at noon. Meals will be delivered to those that need it, please let Senior Center Staff know that you will need it delivered when you place your order.

Changes to Public Participation at City Council Meetings

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings until further notice. Members of the public can still participate by having their comments taken by email, or phone. To submit email comments, including Call to the Public, for non-agenda items, please email publicomments@surpriseaz.gov prior to the start of the meeting. To comment by phone, please call 623.222.1250 prior to or during the meeting and your name will be placed on a call back list. If you reach voicemail, please leave your name and phone number. The City Clerk will call those wishing to comment from the dais during the meeting, and the call will be streamed through the Council Chamber audio system. Only calls received before or during Call to the Public for non-agenda items or before action is taken on the subject agenda item will be accepted and streamed. No calls will be accepted after action has been taken upon or an agenda item has otherwise concluded.

For additional details on how to interact during the meeting please visit The City of Surprise website at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.

The City of Surprise also streams and broadcasts its City Council meetings. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 also carry the meetings live.

2020 Census

It’s not too late to be counted! If you have not responded to the Census yet, a reminder and paper questionnaire will be mailed to your home between April 8-16. If you need help completing your census questionnaire, you can contact the U.S. Census Bureau at 1.844.330.2020. For more information on the census, please visit the City of Surprise website at  https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3745/Census-2020. To take your census now, visit www.my2020census.gov.

State of the City Update

In consideration of the current health crisis, the State of the City address will now be delivered virtually via  www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv and the city’s Facebook page on April 15 at 6 p.m.

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 April 22 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 canceled and postponed events.

Councilmember Ken Remley May Newsletter

In Case You Missed It

Veterans Bridge Celebration

It was a pleasure to see residents and visitors at the renaming of the Grand Avenue/Bell Road Bridge on April 26. With a high veteran population in the West Valley, the renaming celebration felt appropriate to honor these heroes. We were honored to have Governor Doug Ducey and Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, along with State Senators Rick Gray and Sine Kerr. A special thank you to Senator Rick Gray, for supporting the renaming efforts of Mayor Hall and myself and introducing this proposal to the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names.

Councilmembers Sanders, Duffy, Remley, Hayden, and Vice Mayor Winters
Pictured Left to Right: Councilmembers Sanders, Duffy, Remley, Hayden, and Vice Mayor Winters

If you are a Veteran and are seeking assistance, please call the AZ Department of Veteran’s Services Surprise Location: 623.583.1025 or visit their office 13985 West Grand Avenue, Suite 101.

Taste of Surprise

The Rotary Club of Surprise hosted their Annual Taste of Surprise on April 6, and 100 percent of the proceeds from this even benefit local charities. My fellow City Council colleagues and I attended, and even participated in the dunk tank! The Taste of Surprise is always a fun, family-filled event to attend that supports a great cause. Over 40 local restaurants participated this year, providing their favorite dishes and local bands Los Gringos and TripWire provided live entertainment. The event also included a car show and cooking demonstrations. A big ‘thank you’ is warranted to the sponsors of this event who make it better every year.

HOA Meetings

This past month, I attended the Johnson Townhomes, Coyote Lakes, and Litchfield Manor HOA meetings. I had productive meetings with each community and provided them with city updates, took questions and addressed their concerns. It is always a pleasure to meet with residents in their own neighborhoods. It is my goal to attend all of the HOA meetings in my district on a fairly frequent basis. Please contact me at 623.222.1300 if I have not yet visited your community, and I will be happy to attend.

Surprise Senior Center

The Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 North Hollyhock Street in the heart of the Original Town Site, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Membership for residents is $12.00 per year and $15.00 for non-residents. The Senior Center offers countless activities, a fitness center, and a hot lunch program. For more information about the Surprise Senior Center, please call 623.222.1500.

Check out these May events at the Surprise Senior Center:

Mother’s Day Celebration: Friday, May 10 at 8:30 a.m.- Morning tea followed by a “ladies only” pool tournament!

Barter Swap: Monday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m.- Great way to take home some “new” items for FREE! You may bring up to five items to swap with other members! All items must be clean and subject to approval of the Barter Swap Volunteer Team.

Celebrating Our Military: Wednesday, May 22 at 8:00 a.m., – Join us in honoring our military members in celebration of Memorial Day & Armed Forces Day.

Surprise EGG-Stravaganza

During Easter Weekend I attended the Surprise Annual EGG-Stravaganza. Kids had the opportunity to search for thousands of eggs filled with candy and toys while Moms and Dads had the opportunity to browse through booths. This year, we had 50,000 eggs and 500,000 pieces of candy. It was great to see many residents join us at the Kansas City Royals practice fields. Kids even had the opportunity to meet Mr. & Mrs. Bunny and get their face painted! A good time was had by all.

Surprise Area Interfaith & Golden Rule Community Breakfast

On May 1, the City of Surprise hosted the 3rd Annual Surprise Area Interfaith & Golden Rule Community Breakfast. I joined my colleagues and the community at this year’s breakfast to hear golden rule stories from community interfaith leaders and non-profit organizations. The Arizona Interfaith Movement, the Salvation Army, the City of Surprise, and Area Ministerial Association did a great job of sponsoring this year’s event.

FY2020 Recommended Budget

This past month, at our April 16 Work Session Meeting, City Manager Michael Frazier released his recommended expenditure budget of $414 million, which includes $106.3 million for voter approved General Obligation Bond projects. City Manager Frazier focused his budget on Council’s commitment to maintain quality public services and infrastructure, while addressing the needs of a growing community.

Over the next few weeks, I will be doing my due diligence and asking questions regarding the budget to appropriate staff members. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please always feel free to contact me. A public hearing and Council’s Tentative Budget is scheduled for the May 7 Regular Council meeting, with a final budget adoption scheduled for June 4. This will be a great opportunity for the public to voice their opinion. We hope to see you there!

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. At our May meeting on May 22, we will have the President of Gorman Construction present to provide an update on the $21 million Heritage at Surprise affordable housing project, which is currently under construction. At future meetings, I will have individuals provide updates on Gaines Park. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.