Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — August 2021

Posted 8/4/21

With the start of the new school year, I would like to remind Surprise residents to stop for school busses and watch for children crossing the road.

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Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — August 2021


With the start of the new school year, I would like to remind Surprise residents to stop for school busses and watch for children crossing the road. Please familiarize yourself with laws requiring you to come to a complete stop when you approach a school bus with its stop arm extended. Let's keep our children safe!

AZ Emergency Evacuation

Ready, Set, Go! 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

Ready Set Go! Emergency evacuations infographic.

Water Conservation Rebates

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!

Valley Metro RiceChoice

An elderly man and woman step up to 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:

Neighboorhood 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

National Safe Digging Day

Grass is marked with red, yellow and orange utility markings.

August 11 is National Safe Digging Day! 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 at least two full working days before digging to request a utility line locate. Be safe…always know what's below before digging!

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting banner.

My next meeting will be August 7 at 9 a.m. at Spencer's Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is scheduled for August 17 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at, or on Cox channel 11.


Please continue to check the City of Surprise website, at for updates to meeting schedules and other important announcements.