Surprise Business: Heritage Asante projects head to Council

The City of Surprise is looking toward overall growth as it asks for approval for its $414 million budget. A public hearing on City Manager Mike Frazier’s budget that he recommended to the City Council on April 16 is the next stage in the process. [Jason Stone/Independent Newsmedia]

The Surprise Planning and Zoning Commission approved a series of parcels as part of the Heritage Asante home development west of 163rd Avenue and north of Grand Avenue in north Surprise.

Commissioners on May 2 agreed to Parcel 1, which calls for 168 attached units on more than 27 acres; Parcel 2, which features 104 detached units on 22.48 acres; and Parcel 5, featuring 84 units on 21 acres.

The active adult community also includes a 15,000-square-foot clubhouse, a pool house, pickleball and tennis courts, a dog park, and a putting course.

The project will next go in front of the City Council for action on Tuesday, June 4.

MCCCD students to learn with Fire Department

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department and the Maricopa County Community College District reached an agreement to train students seeking Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic Emergency Medical Technician certification.

The Surprise City Council on May 7 approved an Intergovernmental Agreement that authorizes MCCCD students in the medical technician program to participate in medical calls with the Surprise Fire-Medical Department.

City officials said the hiring requirements for both ambulance attendants and firefighter positions require at least the EMT certification, so the agreement helps the city broaden the applicant pool for both positions.

Dental Depot project gets go-ahead signal

The Surprise City Council approved a train-themed dental office near the intersection of Greenway and Litchfield roads at its May 7 meeting.

The Dental Depot project was approved just to the east of the CVS. It will go right to the west of a future mini-storage facility.

Approval for the 1.2 acre site passed through the Planning and Zoning Commission at its May 2 meeting.

Medicare class to answer questions

The cost of prescriptions will be among the topics at a free Medicare class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, May 20 at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Road, Building A, #124.

Orlando Cruz with Cruz Insurance Advisors will address critical steps to take to ensure Medicare participants are not overpaying for prescriptions.

Other topics include qualifying for prescription drug assistance, using a preferred pharmacy, manufacturer programs and more.

Space is limited. To register, contact Ruby Sitea at 623-222-3242, or

Hollyhock hours earlier on Saturdays

Saturday hours are now two hours earlier at the Hollyhock Library branch, 15844 N. Hollyhock St.

The city’s Community and Recreation Services Department recently voted to move up Saturday hours to 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.

The hours of 1 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays will remain the same.

Department Director Donna Miller said the change was made based on community feedback.

Cities join up to help utility bill assistance

Surprise and El Mirage are continuing to team up to provide walk-in Utility Assistance through June.

A special intake event is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at the El Mirage Senior Center, 14010 N. El Mirage Road.

Other Utility Assistance Events are set for Thursdays in May and Thursday, June 6 and Thursday, June 13, at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd. Bldg. A #124.

Information is at

Senior Center offers free trial until July

The Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St., is offering free trial memberships to all new enrollees through June 30.

The Senior Center offers a variety of activities for seniors (age 50 and older) and adults with disabilities.

Participants who remain enrolled in Senior Center programs following the free trial will pay the one-year membership fee ($12 residents, $15 non-residents) on July 1.

The state-of-the-art fitness room features modern gym equipment. Fitness membership fees are $30 annually for residents and $35 for non-residents.

To sign up for the free trial membership call 623-222-1500, or log on to

HOA Connection to go over new Arizona laws

Surprise is hosting a free HOA Connection Class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5 in the Surprise City Hall Council Overflow Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Beth Mulcahy, Esq., of the Mulcahy Law Firm, will explain new Arizona Legislation regarding planned communities, condominiums and community associations, plus case laws that affect how associations conduct business; and insight into successful association management.

To register, contact Ruby Sitea at 623-222-3242, or

Estate planning classes continue through Sept.

Free classes on estate planning are available on multiple dates through September at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Ted Meyer with the Arizona chapter of The Society of Financial Awareness will teach classes on the following dates: Wednesdays, May 22; Thursdays, June 6 and 20; Thursday, July 11; Tuesdays, August 13 and 27; and Thursdays, September 12 and 26.

The classes will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on those days.

For information or to register, contact Ruby Sitea at 623-222-3242, or

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