Surprise Community: Applications available for 3 city boards with vacancies

Term limits are opening up City of Surprise vacancies on the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission, the Personnel Appeal Board and Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission.

Applications for the open seats are available at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, or online at

City Clerk Sherry Aguilar said the city hopes to fill the positions by the end of June.

Surprise pool hosting Family Pool-ooza event

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department’s Family Pool-ooza event is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N. Bullard Ave.

It includes open swim, CPR demos, swim assessments, interactive booths, an obstacle course and more.

Call 623-222-2000.

City awarded grant for traffic safety program

The City of Surprise was awarded a $4,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety for overtime expense to enforce seat belt and child passenger safety laws as part of the national “Click It Or Ticket” campaign.

The one-time grant will provide overtime funding for occupant protection enforcement efforts.

Police earn 4 Walmart grants for various help

Walmart awarded the Surprise Police Department four grants through the Walmart Grant Emergency Assistance Program and the Walmart Grant Police Explorer Program.

The $5,000 in total grant money will help provide emergency needs as well as uniforms, duty gear and equipment for the Police Department Explorers Program.

4 new Citizens Patrol cars to get fresh look

The Surprise Citizens Patrol vehicles that are seen around Surprise are getting a new look after the Surprise City Council voted to set aside $200,000 to buy four vehicles with the new look that distinguishes it from regular Surprise police cars.

The money is coming from the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Forfeiture account, but needed the Council approval was needed since it was a purchase over $50,000.

Lesko foe to speak at LD22 Dems meeting

Bob Musslewhite, who is vying for U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko’s seat, is one of the scheduled speakers at the new LD22 Democrats meeting on Thursday, May 16.

The 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 17540 N. Ave of the Arts, will also feature Steve Slugocki of the Maricopa County Democratic Party and Sierra Yamanaka from the Arizona Democratic Party and a Democratic National Committee representative.

Councilmember hosts latest ‘Conversations’

The latest Surprise “Council Conversations” featuring District 5 Councilmember David Sanders is now available online at Surprise TV.

It features an interview with OUAZ’s Dr. Dennis Tyner, who was just named the university’s president, and football coach Mike Nesbitt.

The show is available at

State texting law explained at next meeting

Surprise Police Chief Terry Young plans to give the Surprise City Council an update on the new Arizona law banning texting while driving.

Mr. Young will explain the differences between the city and state’s laws at the regular City Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.

Deadline looms for artist outside city buildings

The City of Surprise’s deadline is near for applications to create artwork in front of some city facilities.

The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission is looking for somebody to create art for a gateway entry monument in the center of an existing roundabout near Cactus and Litchfield roads. This entry feature will welcome users to the City’s Public Works Operations Facility, Wastewater Treatment Facility and the Surprise-Gateway Training Center.

Applications are accepted at through 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 16.

Contact Danielle Osborne at, or Paul Bernardo at

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