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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.

Councilmember Ken Remley February 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.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance

Thanks to a partnership with A New Leaf, the Human Service & Community Vitality Department is proud to offer free tax preparation services for qualified households from now until April 14. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides certified, IRS trained volunteers to assist those households that earn less than $56,000. In addition to tax preparation, they can also help taxpayers apply for additional benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

No appointment is needed and walk-ins are welcome. VITA is offered at two locations.

  • Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Road, on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, please call 623-222-1600.

Library Updates

In addition to the recently expanded hours at the Hollyhock Library, we are happy to announce that a third library has been built in the City of Surprise. Asante Library held a ribbon cutting and Grand Opening celebration on February 1. This 10,000 square foot space offers meeting and study rooms which is another first in our city. In addition to the beautiful view of Asante Community Park and the White Tank Mountains, Asante features self-check kiosks, public access computers, free Wi-Fi and a multipurpose room to accommodate a variety of programming options. I would like to thank the Maricopa County Library District for their partnership with the City of Surprise that made this possible. For more information about our libraries, please call 602-652-3000.

MLK Day of Celebration & Service

This much-anticipated event is truly a point-of-pride in our community. Some of the community service projects included writing thank you letters to Veterans, assembling hygiene kits for homeless outreach projects and filling backpacks full of school supplies. We thank the Human Service & Community Vitality Department and countless volunteers that made this event such a great success!

Economic Development

Last month, I attended a groundbreaking for Quick Quack Car Wash at Litchfield and Waddell Roads. They boast a “green & clean” facility and a car wash that is completed within three minutes. We are happy to see new businesses coming to Surprise and we wish them much success.

Councilmember Hayden, Councilmember Winters, Councilmember Remley and the Quick Quack Car Wash mascot.

Last month we also attended a ribbon cutting for Spencer’s Place at Waddell and Reems Roads. This local shop is not only a great place to get pastries and a cup of coffee but it also provides training and employment for those with mental and cognitive abilities. We appreciate your dedication to making a difference in our community!

Mayor Hall, City Councilmembers and Spenser's Place family and staff outside the newly opened business.

Fire Station Open House

In January, the Surprise Fire-Medical Department hosted an Open House at Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Dr. E. (Bola and Village). It was a great opportunity to tour the fire station, get an up-close look at the fire engines and learn more about all of the firefighting equipment. I would like to thank the Surprise Fire-Medical Department for taking the time to host this Open House and for all they do to keep our community safe.

Spring Training

We are looking forward to the start of another great Spring Training season at Surprise Stadium! It all starts with the Surprise Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, February 14, at Surprise Stadium. Admission is $30 and will include entry into the 1 p.m. Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic game. The College Baseball Classic series runs from February 14-17. Tickets for the College Baseball Classic are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors over 55.

Spring Training starts on February 21 and continues through March 21. Single game ticket prices start as low as $8. There are a number of ticket promotions and special events including Military Appreciation, fireworks night and Chick-fil-A Residents Day every Monday.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 623-222-2222.

District 4 Community Meeting

My monthly Community Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. The next meeting will be February 26. Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

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.

Upcoming Events

  • February 14- Senior Center Sweetheart Dance from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call 623-222-1500 for more information.
  • February 17- Deadline to register for the 2020 Surprise City Academy where you can learn more about each city department. This eight-session academy begins February 24 and meets weekly through April 6 in the auditorium of the Surprise Public Safety Building, 14250 W. Statler Plaza. Please call 623-222-3239 for more information.
  • March 6-3rd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K http://www.surprisestadium.com/events/5k
  • March 25- Public Art Bus Tour from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. starts and ends at Benevilla, 16752 N. Greasewood Street. Please reserve your seat by calling 623-214-7537.
  • March 26- State of the City address and 60th Anniversary art wall unveiling at City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, from 6 – 8 p.m.

Please remember that city offices will be closed on Monday, February 17, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Councilmember Ken Remley March Newsletter

In Case You Missed It

Utility Rate Study Approved by City Council

City Council approved the Utility Rate Study during the February 19th Regular Council Meeting, effectively adjusting the five-year rate schedule for city serviced solid waste customers at the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2020 which begins on July 1, 2019. Single-family solid waste customers will pay a monthly base rate of $20.70 starting July 1, 2019 and with another scheduled increase to $23.40 on July 1, 2020. The rate schedule will then increase the rate by $0.10 each fiscal year beginning in 2021, bringing the rate to $23.70 on July 1, 2024. Residential water and wastewater utility rates will remain unchanged in FY 2020-2024. This is the first significant solid waste increase since 2010; a $0.33 rate increase did go into effect in FY 2019. For information regarding the Utility Rate Study, it can be found online at www.surpriseaz.gov/utilityratesinfo.

Household Hazardous Waste Event

You no longer have to wait in line to drop off your household hazardous waste. Instead, they will be coming to you. Starting April 1-12, Surprise residents will now be able to schedule appointments to have their household hazardous waste picked up directly from their homes. Scheduled pick up will occur April 8-19. For more information visit www.surpriseaz.gov/hhwevent.

Events Attended

Destiny Springs Behavioral Health Center

destiny springs ribbon cutting

I enjoyed attending the ribbon cutting for Destiny Springs Behavioral Health Center right here in District 4. This is a great facility that will thrive here in Surprise. It was an honor to attend with my fellow councilmembers.

Valley Partnership February Breakfast

Councilmember David Sanders & Ken RemleyLast month, I attended the Valley Partnership Breakfast where local executives from the real estate, financing, and development markets discussed the Arizona economy and what to expect in the future.

Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon

Welcome Back Luncheon

I was excited to kick off the Surprise Spring Training season at the Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon! A big thank you to the representatives from the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers who shared their thoughts on the upcoming season and their excitement to be playing here in Surprise. Get your tickets to watch our Spring Training home teams play at www.surprisestadium.com.

Building Homes for Heroes

homes for heroes

I was honored to be a part of a ceremony last month where a veteran received a mortgage-free home thanks to the nonprofit Building Homes for Heroes and Chase Bank. It was amazing to join Council, the organizations and the family for this welcome home event. I truly hope the family feels at home here in Surprise.

Upcoming Events

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 (15832 North Hollyhock Street). Please be sure to attend if you have any comments, questions, or concerns. I look forward to seeing you there.

Spring Training

Spring Training is in full swing here in Surprise. Make sure you take the time to check out the awesome fan experiences and ticket promotions we have going on here at Surprise Stadium. Visit www.surprisestadium.com for tickets and promotions. I hope to see you out at the ballpark!

State of the City

On March 28th from 6-8 p.m. our city will be hosting its annual State of the City. This year, we will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of the opening of our City Hall. The festivities will start in the Council Chambers of City Hall where Mayor Hall will kick the event off. This will be a great event for residents to interact with their city government. Learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC. I look forward to seeing you all there.