I had the pleasure of seeing the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) sworn in on January 15. This inspiring group of young people will bring a fresh, new voice to the city! Learn more about SYC here: http://bit.ly/1xaEvKY
Boards and Commissions members recommended by the Boards and Commissions Selection Committee, of which Councilmember Winters is chair, were approved by Council and sworn in on Dec. 16. Mary Pate was appointed to the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission; Christine Baker, Nicole Jeffords and Joseph Poschner were appointed to the Disability Advisory Commission; Matthew Keating was appointed to the Planning & Zoning Commission; and Ryan Spotts was appointed to the Health Benefits Trust Fund Board.
Councilmember Winters attended the City of Surprise Legislative Breakfast on December 11, 2014.
It was an opportunity for the Mayor and City Council to discuss the City of Surprise legislative priorities with Arizona Senators and Representatives.
Legislators present included Senators Judy Burges, Debbie Lesko and Don Shooter and Representatives David Livingston, Phil Lovas, Rick Gray, Tony Rivera, Darin Mitchell and Steve Montenegro.
Mayor Wolcott and City Manager Bob Wingenroth shared the vision of Surprise and discussions covered economic development, education and fire districts.
Councilmember Winters had the honor of welcoming guests to the city’s 8th Annual Special Olympics Winter Party and Tree Decorating Ceremony on December 12, 2014 at DreamCatcher Park. Attendees had a chance to decorate holiday trees with ornaments and garlands that were made by Dysart School District’s Special Olympic athletes and teachers. The event also included choir performances, games, face painting, train rides and more!
Councilmember Winters attended the annual tree lighting ceremony at Surprise Party on Dec. 5, along with Mayor Wolcott and other members of City Council. Surprise Party attracted thousands of attendees and featured great food, rides, live music, a hot-air balloon glow, fireworks and so much more!
Councilman Roland F. Winters Jr. attended the Surprise Fire Medical Department’s Promotion Ceremony on Monday, November 17. The Ceremony was held in the Public Safety Auditorium. The Department honored seven men for their recent promotions including Captain Richard Brown, Captain Brandley Williams, Engineer Kenneth Herrguth, Engineer Nathan Perkins, Firefighter Donovan Maturan, Firefighter Robert Wieser and Firefighter Edward Swartz. Congratulations to these fine men and their families!
Mayor and City Council met with Planning and Zoning Commission members and city staff, Nov. 8, 2014, to talk about how to grow Surprise through the General Plan, so that the city prioritizes projects to attract new employers, maintain a safe community, and ensure a great quality of life for residents through efficient transportation options, the arts and recreation.
This summer, Fire Station 304 moved into a new 1,500 square-foot temporary, modular, station at the intersection of 163rd Avenue and Happy Valley Road. Accompanying the new modular station is a new garage for the storage of the fire apparatus and equipment. Although these improvements are not the permanent solution, these temporary improvements are a significant upgrade for the Fire-Medical Department.
The council voted unanimously for the upgraded facility last year. The new station includes a living room, kitchen, training room, four dorms and an office.
The timing of the permanent fire station is dependent upon the growth patterns in the immediate region. When the time comes to construct the permanent facility, the temporary station is situated on the 3-acre site in a manner that will not disturb the current Fire-Medical service operation.
I joined Mayor Wolcott and several other Council Members at the grand opening and ribbon cutting. It was a great success, with hundreds of art enthusiasts in attendance. It’s clear that developing the arts in Surprise is something that the community wants and building our city into an arts hot spot is something I am proud to support.
Check out http://www.westvalleyarts.org for more information on arts in the West Valley.