Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records:
Dysart School starts school one week late as work wraps up on a new building. It has four class rooms, a library and a superintendent’s office.
A 53-year-old El Mirage man was killed when the car he was a passenger in collided with another vehicle during a left turn on U.S. 60. It was Arizona’s 324nd traffic death of 1962 so far.
Town Manager Harold Yingling is attempting to get all Surprise residents to subscribe to the town’s garbage service. It costs $2 a month.
Surprise grows by about a square mile as the City Council approves the annexation of about 600 acres. The new land has Greenway Road to the north, Bullard Avenue to the east, Waddell Road to the south and Sarival Road to the west.
The Arizona Department of Water Resources assures Surprise the city has enough water to supply residents for 100 years, based on 2010 population projections.
Residents opposing the Sierra Montana development file a referendum at City Hall to stop it, days after the city annexed the land. The development between Greenway and Waddell roads, west of Cotton Lane and east of the Beardsley Canal, is opposed by those who want to keep the land rural. It will ultimately go in front of Surprise voters in March 2001.
Patrick Duffy is appointed to replace John Williams on the Surprise City Council. Mr. Williams resigned the prior month.