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Councilmember Ken Remley September Newsletter

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Senior Center Update

The Surprise Senior Center began the next phase of reopening on August 9. The center is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday for member-led activities, special groups, clubs and self-led fitness in the gym without reservations.

All participants are required to fill out a new enrollment packet when returning to in-person programming. Facemasks are strongly recommended and social distancing is encouraged. High-touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized frequently throughout the day.

For information call 623-222-1500.

Dates, times and capacity requirements are subject to change without notice. At this time, there is no open recreation.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

The City of Surprise will be holding a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 11, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We will honor the victims, survivors and heroes of that day. Mayor Skip Hall, Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott and Police Chief Benny Piña will speak as part of the ceremony.

Surprise Fiesta Grande

Our Annual Street Festival is back! Join us for the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande to celebrate our city’s cultural heritage on Saturday, October 9 from 5 – 10 p.m. Admission and parking are free! Plus, we’ll have free shuttle drop-off to the area. Authentic Mexican food, classic car show, arts and crafts, music & live entertainment and more! Please visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande for more details.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on September 19 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr.

Future dates for this event are October 17 and November 7.

Motorcycle Safety Class

Join the Surprise Police Department for a Motorcycle Safety Class on Sunday, September 19, from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Surprise Stadium parking lot, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. There will be time for participants to apply their learned skills on an interactive course, promoting optimal response to dangerous riding situations. This course is for current motorcycle riders. A valid driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement, motorcycle, and helmet are required to attend this class. This class is not for new riders to obtain an endorsement. For more information, please email DriveWise@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.4500.

2022 Spring Training Schedule

Major League Baseball has released the 2022 Cactus League Spring Training schedule in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. Opening Day is set for Saturday, February 26 with the Texas Rangers taking on the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium.

Additional information regarding the upcoming season, including game times, ticket details, specialty packages and fan health & safety guidelines, will be announced at a later date. If you are interested in ticket information, please visit SurpriseStadium.com and sign up for our email alerts.

Water Supply in Surprise is Secure

Surprise's Water Supply is Secure.The US Bureau of Reclamation has announced a Tier 1 shortage for Colorado River operations for 2022. This shortage declaration does not mean a shortage at your tap. But, it’s still very important to be wise consumers of this precious resource. Learn more about how Surprise is prepared and how you can help conserve: bit.ly/3k1DBBy

District 4 Community Meeting

Please join me for my next monthly Community Meeting on September 22 at 6 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. 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 September 7 & 21 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 a facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meeting live.

Councilmember Ken Remley August 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 follow me on Facebook @CouncilmemberRemley for weekly updates.

RideChoice Update

An elderly man and woman approach a Valley Metro van.Discounted transportation options are now available to more Surprise residents! Our Valley Metro RideChoice program has expanded to include veterans, and the FY2021 Income Limit Category has changed. People 65 and over and people with disabilities still automatically qualify for this program. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3xVZjMR

National Digging Day

Grass is marked with red, yellow and orange utility markings.Have you ever wondered what the different colored markings on roads or in yards are? They’re a sign that a homeowner or contractor has put safety first and had utility lines identified before excavation. Utility lines that serve the community, such as natural gas, electricity, sewer, and water, can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk but can also cause an interruption of service to customers. The city of Surprise and Southwest Gas encourage homeowners and contractors to call 811 or visit call811.com/ at least two full working days before digging to request a utility line locate. Be safe…always know what’s below before digging!

Neighborhood Grant Program

Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program, providing eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions, or community improvements. Recognizing an opportunity to encourage community engagement and build strong relationships with communities in Surprise, the city designated $10,000 to support the grant program for FY22. For more information about the grant, visit surpriseaz.gov/NGP

Water Conservation Rebates

Water Resource Management water rebate thumbnail.Water conservation rebates are now available for eligible Surprise residents! City-serviced residential, commercial, and HOA customers can apply to receive rebates for irrigation controllers, xeriscape landscape, and turf removal. Funds are limited and are first-come, first-assisted! Don’t delay; save today! https://bit.ly/2U2kn5c

Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go! Emergency evacuations infographic.Are you prepared to evacuate if necessary? It’s always a good time to be reminded of “Ready, Set, Go!” a program designed to help keep you safe from seasonal threats. Take some time to read about emergency preparedness and the 5 P’s of Evacuation. Learn more at https://ein.az.gov/ready-set-go

District 4 Community Meeting

Please join me for my next monthly Community Meeting on August 25 at 6 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. 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 August 17 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 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.