At my Meet & Greet in Arizona Traditions on Friday, May 27, I presented Jo Grant with a donation for the non-profit organization, Women4Women. The number of homeless and low-income women increases each year in our community. Many require the use of feminine hygiene products each month, the cost of which is not covered by SNAP (food stamps) and is too expensive for many to afford. Women4Women believes these items should be available to those who need them; helping homeless and low-income women maintain their dignity, self-respect and health.
On Wednesday, June 1, Councilmembers Patrick Duffy, Roland Winters, Chris Judd and I joined Sleep Number for a Ribbon Cutting! Sleep Number GM, Jesse Jackson, held the event in honor of the re-opening of their store, located at 13733 N. Prasada Pkwy., Suite 112. Thank you for choosing Surprise!
On Tuesday, June 7, Mayor Hall and I attended the West Valley Women Networking Association 14th Annual Meet the Mayors Lunch. We enjoyed learning about the expansive growth and community initiatives from some West Valley Mayors. Thank you for the invite!
On Saturday, June 4, I attended the Summer Reading Program Kickoff and 20 years in Surprise celebration event held at the Northwest Regional Library. This fun-filled day included crafts, games, costumed characters and more! Thank you to the Northwest Regional Library and Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department for hosting such a fantastic event.
Mayor Hall officially proclaimed June 19th to be Juneteenth in the City of Surprise at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 7. Receiving the proclamation was The Reverend John R. Powell and his wife Anita Powell from Gideon Missionary Baptist Church in Surprise. They were joined by church members and members of our City’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration & Service Advisory Committee, Paul and Mary Outlaw. Last month, Surprise City Council officially voted to recognize June 19th as an annual City holiday.
At the Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 7, Lynn Muilenberg, Kathy Brady, Debbie Worley and Barbara Boyer were recognized for their generous donation of assorted knitted bears to our Police and Fire-Medical Chiefs to distribute to children in the community. Thank you to this amazing group for giving your time and talents!
A dedicated Veteran Benefits Counselor (VBC) will now be available two days a week through the West Valley Veteran Success Center. The West Valley Veteran Success Center is a multi-organization partnership dedicated to supporting service members, veterans and their families, who can now book an appointment with the VBC. The Veteran Benefits Counselor will work directly with Veterans Affairs to develop and file applications for benefits and claims.
At this time, sessions with the VBC are by appointment only and walk-in clients cannot be served. Appointments can be made through the VBC call center at 602.535.1215.
Learn more at surpriseaz.gov/veterans
Tuesday, June 7, the Surprise Economic Development department and I hosted the Surprise Women in Business event. A huge you thank to our keynote speaker Jenn Daniels, CEO of Horizon Strategies and former Town of Gilbert Mayor, as well as to the 20 local female entrepreneurs who attended. We enjoyed the chance to connect, learn and grow together!
The City of Surprise is currently seeking volunteers for upcoming Days of Service. Volunteers will assist with food sorting and packing at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Surprise. Event dates are:
There are two shifts available 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. To register please contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or email@example.com
Mayor Skip Hall proclaimed June 12-18 to be Monsoon Awareness Week in Surprise and encourages residents to be prepared for severe weather during this unpredictable season. Monsoon is observed typically from June 15 through September 30 and is characterized by an increase in thunderstorm and lightning activity, high winds, dust storms and flash floods. While the severity of weather can vary each season, it is essential that Surprise residents have a monsoon safety plan in place and be ready for all possible weather-related occurrences.
Residents are encouraged to download the My Surprise app to easily submit pictures and reports of downed trees, roadway debris, clogged storm drains or other non-emergency situations. These reports assist the City with timely storm safety and recovery actions. The My Surprise app is available in the App Store, Google Play or online at surpriseaz.gov/mysurprise.
To report these storm issues by phone during regular City business hours, please contact the Public Works Department at 623.222.1900. After-hours calls should go to the Surprise Police Department non-emergency line at 623.222.4000.
Visit surpriseaz.gov/monsoon for a complete list of monsoon safety tips and resources.
We had an amazing time on Friday, June 24, welcoming AZ Turn & Burn RC to the Surprise Business Community at their ribbon cutting! Mayor Skip Hall, Councilman Roland Winters and I had a blast cutting the checkered ribbon and celebrating this new family-owned retail business calling the City of Surprise home!
The City of Surprise Xeriscape Demonstration Garden is officially open for the public to enjoy. The new one-acre garden is available for public viewing from sunrise to sunset seven days a week and is conveniently located on the Surprise City Hall campus at 16000 N. Civic Center Plz., just west of West Valley Arts HQ.
The garden offers four themes along its mix of concrete and granite pathways, including:
At the center of the garden is an amphitheater large enough to accommodate 40 people, which will serve as a multi-purpose space for water conservation, master gardener and Arts HQ presentations. This new space will help the Surprise Water Resource Management Department to demonstrate appropriate landscape maintenance and watering practices to residents, HOAs, commercial water users and other groups through both tours and self-guided materials.
The City plans to host an official ribbon cutting and community event to celebrate the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden on September 17 from 9 - 11 a.m. During this time of year, the temperatures begin to cool down and the newly planted garden will have had time to become more established.
To learn more about water conservation, including tips, rebates and workshops, visit surpriseaz.gov/waterconservation.
The Primary Election is Tuesday, August 2 with three Surprise City Council seats on the ballot.
These are the seats to be filled:
Only residents can vote in the races and only in their respective District. To check which District you live in, visit surpriseaz.gov/mysurpriseaddress
Here is the timeline for the Primary Election:
Surprise City Hall is a designated Voting Center. The City Hall Community Room will be open for voting July 6 - August 2 for any Maricopa County resident to cast a ballot in person.
For the Primary Election, Maricopa County voters can choose any Voting Center that works for them to cast a ballot in-person. Please visit Locations.Maricopa.Vote for all Voting Center locations and hours.
My monthly Meet and Greets will be at 6 p.m. on August 23 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr., and at 10 a.m. on August 26 at Arizona Traditions in the Ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd. At these meetings, we will be handing out information and signing up residents for the Valley Metro RideChoice Program. There may be prizes for those who sign up! For more information regarding the RideChoice Program, please visit valleymetro.org/ridechoice. I look forward to discussing the latest City news and answering any questions you have.
The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are August 1 and 16 at 6 p.m. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11.