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Councilmember Ken Remley November Newsletter

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6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande

The 6th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande Event did not disappoint! We were honored to welcome two very special guests: Barry Wong from Governor Ducey’s office and Deputy Consul General of Mexico Armando Esparza. This festival was held at the Original Town Site and featured many wonderful forms of entertainment, including mariachi music and talented dancers. I enjoyed seeing so many families and children with smiles on their faces. This was a special celebration, indeed!

Day of Service

I was impressed to learn that 300+ volunteers helped at this October 19th event! There were many projects such as landscaping, painting and refuse removal. The city coordinates several Day of Service events throughout the year so please consider registering for a future event at 623-222-3241. Lunch is provided. We welcome all groups and ages!

Library

We have some VERY exciting news to share! In early 2020, the City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District will offer expanded hours at the Hollyhock Library! City Council approved funding to DOUBLE the weekly hours from 18 to 36 which will truly provide residents more access to a variety of library programs and resources. We continue to work on the new schedule, and I will share it with you as soon as it is finalized.

Veterans Day Events

This Veterans Day will bring a whole new point-of-pride to our community. Please join us on November 11th at 8 a.m. at the north entrance of Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard, for the Veterans Reflection Circle Dedication. Thanks to dozens of individuals and companies that donated the time and materials, we were able to build a memorial to honor the legacy of late Surprise resident and combat wounded veteran Brian Mancini. And don’t miss the tradition of enjoying a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. followed by the annual Veteran’s Day Parade on Bullard at 10 a.m.

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

  • November 11, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Veterans Day
  • November 28-29, 2019 – all City of Surprise offices will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving
  • December 6-7, 2019 – Annual Surprise Party celebration, Surprise Recreation Campus

Councilmember Ken Remley July Newsletter

Water Conservation Do’s and Don’ts

On average, each Arizona resident uses about 145 gallons per day. About 20 percent of the State’s water supply is for municipal use, and most of this is residential. Up to 70 percent of that water is used outdoors (watering plants, swimming pools, washing cars, etc.) especially during the summer months, with the remaining used indoors (bathing, cooking, cleaning, etc.). Residents that incorporate water efficiency into everyday life help preserve water for future generations.

Some ways to conserve water outside: install a water-efficient drip, irrigation system; plant low-water use and drought-tolerant grasses; regularly check sprinkler systems and timing devices; water deeply but less frequently; collect and use rain water; and water plants when necessary.

Some ways to conserve inside: check faucets and pipes for leaks; run washing machine and dishwasher when they have full loads or adjust water levels for smaller loads; do not pre-rinse dishes unless you need to; when washing dishes by hand, do not let the water run; and turn water treatment and softener units off while on vacation.

Protecting Kids, Pets and Yourself Against the Rising Temperatures

As the temperatures keep climbing, I would like to give some friendly safety reminders:

Do Not Leave Kids or Pets in Cars

Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying. When leaving your car, ALWAYS check to be sure everyone is out of the car. If you need a reminder that a child is in your car, simple tricks like leaving a stuffed animal in the front seat will help remind you.

Wear Sunscreen

Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and makes you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, wear a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and apply a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Make sure to always reapply sunscreen.

Stay Cool Indoors

Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible, and be sure to check on those who do not have air-conditioning.

Pace Yourself

Cut down on exercising during the heat. If you’re not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slow and pace yourself up.

Stay Hydrated

Make sure to drink plenty of fluids, regardless of how active you are.

Heat-Related Illnesses Flyer

The City of Surprise is a part of the Heat Relief Network. We provide refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during the summer months. There are designated stations that offer indoor refuge from heat during the day, as well as drinking fountains or bottled water. Stations can be found here:

Surprise Resource Center: 12425 W. Bell Road, Building A, Suite 124
Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301: 16750 N. Village Drive East (FS 301)
Hollyhock Library: 15844 N. Hollyhock Street
Northwest Regional Library: 16089 N. Bullard Avenue
The Salvation Army Sun Cities Valley Corps: 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd.

You can help those in need by donating water bottles, sun screen, sun glasses and hats at either the Surprise Resource Center or Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301.

Hollyhock Pool

If you and your family are looking for something to beat the summer heat, the Hollyhock Pool, 15808 N. Hollyhock Street, is open Monday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The pool is closed on Fridays. These hours do not change until August 3.

The pool offers a zero depth area with water play features, water spray pad with play features, three-lane lap pool, and a water slide! The pool also offers swimming lessons and is a great way to host an inexpensive party. Please call 623.222.2530 for more information.

The daily entry fee is $1 for youth, $2 for adults and $5 for non-residents. If you’re planning to be at the pool a lot this summer, you can also purchase a semi-annual pool pass. It’s $20 for youth and $40 for adults. The semi-annual pool pass is for Surprise residents only.

Surprise Community Garden

City Councilmembers are allotted a certain amount of discretionary money to spend on non-profit organizations or a one-time purchase for event costs when the event is held or conducted within their district. This year, I utilized my discretionary funds for the Surprise Community Garden, located at Benevilla. This is truly a hidden treasure in Surprise, and I was excited to be a part of it. I appreciate the hard work they do for our community, and I look forward to what the future holds for them.

Councilmember Remley at the Surprise Community Garden.

Veterans Reflection Circle

The City of Surprise hosted a groundbreaking on June 24 for the Veterans Reflection Circle. This memorial is in honor of late Surprise resident, Brian Mancini, and his sacrifices. Currently there is a scheduled grand opening on Veterans Day 2019. You can learn more at www.surpriseaz.gov/vrc.

City Councilmembers break ground at Veterans Reflection Circle memorial.

Arizona State Veteran Home: Yuma, Arizona

I was excited to join the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services in Yuma on June 22 for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Arizona State Veteran Home. This home will provide skilled-nursing and rehabilitative care for Arizona’s veterans.

Meritage Homes at Marley Park

Thank you to Meritage Homes for hosting Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Winters, Councilmember Duffy, and me at the ribbon cutting for the new homes in Marley Park on June 5. We toured six new model homes, the recreation center, basketball courts, resort style pool and clubhouse. We are excited to welcome new neighbors to Surprise!

Tour of O’Dell Center for Athletics at Ottawa University

On June 21, I participated in a tour of the new O’Dell Center for Athletics. This is going to be a fascinating facility. Ottawa University students and student athletes will have state of the art equipment year-round. This facility will also offer community partnerships that will benefit City of Surprise residents. We cannot wait for the grand opening this fall!

AZ TechCelerator

In June, I invited Julie Neal from the AZ TechCelerator to my District 4 Community Meeting where she provided informative updates. The AZ TechCelerator is a 66,000 square foot business incubator where small businesses have the opportunity to grow. It provides access to mentors, training, affordable space, and so many more resources tailored for your entrepreneurship venture. The Surprise Resource Center is also located inside the AZ TechCelerator and offers many services for residents and veterans.

Membership at the TechCelerator starts at $50 per month- which includes office space, conference rooms, community meetings, education workshops, and much more. The space allows you to expand at your own pace.

The AZ TechCelerator is located at 12425 W. Bell Road. For more information, please call 623-222-8324 or visit www.aztechcelerator.com.

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. 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 Coyote Lakes & 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.

Councilmember Ken Remley JUNE Newsletter

In Case You Missed It

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