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January 2017 • Newsletter

A big shout-out to all my neighbors and friends in District 1 and throughout this beautiful city that we are blessed to call home. Happy New Year to you! If you are like me, I can’t believe that 2016 was here and gone in the blink of an eye and now we begin 2017.

While December was slightly slower than most months, I was able to attend a few events and meetings as well as meet with some of my constituents. I began the month at the Northwest Valley Connect Advisory Commission meeting on December 2 followed by the Christmas tree lighting at the Annual Surprise Party. City Council Members and their families were joined on stage to welcome residents and light the tree. Despite the cold, there was a great crowd of residents that attended the two-day event.

Mayor and Council at Surprise Party 2016

Councilman Skip Hall and I, as Committee Members, attended the Audit Committee meeting on Wednesday, December 7. In addition, this Committee is comprised of residents, employees, and the City’s auditor. Meetings are open to the public and posted on our website. The next meeting is scheduled for March 22 at 3:30 pm in the Council Overflow Room at City Hall.

I attended the “Tech the Halls” Holiday Open House at the AZ TechCelerator on December 8. This event was an opportunity to look at the latest advancements from Surprise’s technology start-ups, including electric vehicle conversions, water desalination and electric skateboards. Since 2009, the TechCelerator has fostered local start-ups resulting in 16 businesses, over 200 jobs graduated and a local Google corporate office. This year, the TechCelerator reached worldwide with its Global Concierge Services program which helps international businesses establish local operations in Surprise and has thus far generated more than 300 additional community jobs.

Councilmember Winters at Tech the Halls event

On December 9, most of City Council and members of the Planning and Zoning Commission visited the new Mattamy Homes Rhythm development in Tempe to look at their new models. The purpose of the trip was to learn more about the project to see if it would be a possible future “good-fit” development in Surprise.

The Human Service and Community Vitality Department hosted their Annual Holiday Party for senior services at the Arizona Traditions Ballroom, December 14. Councilmembers Jim Hayden, Skip Hall and Todd Tande also attended with staff.

The Arizona State Transportation Board, which is responsible for establishing a complete system of state highway routes in Arizona, hosted their December meeting at City Hall on Friday, December 16. I attended the meeting which included discussion on future transportation projects and a summarization of projects that were recently completed including the Bell Road bridge project which was mentioned several times. While Bell Road opened for commuters in November, the entire project, including the ramps connecting Bell to Grande Avenue, is scheduled for completion in February.

On December 28, I attended an outreach meeting at Desert Oasis where we discussed future development north of Jomax Road. Additionally, this year, there will be some new home building along Bell Pointe and immediately outside the AZ Traditions gate along the dam.

New businesses and restaurants have recently opened or will soon open in Surprise including a new car wash near Winco, a new Wendy’s restaurant, Panda Express, Red Line Grill, a new self-storage facility located near the Sam’s Club shopping center, a new Verizon Wireless store, Denny’s restaurant and a new Popeye’s. At a Council meeting late last month, it was announced that Raising Cane’s has plans to build a restaurant near the corner of Bell Road and Civic Center Plaza.

Until next time, please be good to yourselves and be good to each other.

Best,

Roland F. Winters Jr.
Councilman, District 1

January 2015 • Newsletter

Hello to all of my fellow District 1 residents!

I am looking forward to 2015.  I just know it is going to be a great year for our City.  There are many exciting economic development possibilities that are considering Surprise, and I am excited and honored to be part of it.

December was another busy month for me, but I did get a few days to relax.  The City Council held our first meeting of the month on December 2.  Mayor Wolcott hosted the Mayor’s Quarterly Business Roundtable on December 3 at the Communiversity.  Meg Saligman was a guest at the Roundtable.  The Philadelphia-based artist is serving as a consulting artist to Surprise as the City leads the discussion with ADOT and MAG to create a legacy public art project in conjunction with the future Bell/Grand intersection improvement project.  Meg Saligman is recognized worldwide for her work on murals.  That day, I also attended the Disability Advisory Commission meeting to witness the presentation of their “Above and Beyond” award to some of the Directors at Happy Trails.  Happy Trails received the award for their hard work installing automatic opening doors on their community building as well as remodeling a few of their restrooms to make them more accessible for disabled residents and visitors.  Congratulations to Happy Trails!

Mayors Quarterly Business Roundtable

On December 5, I attended the annual Surprise Party tree lighting party at the Surprise Stadium.  What a spectacular event it was to see the tree lit and the hot air balloons.  If you have not attended this event in the past, I strongly encourage you to do so in December 2015.  It was a beautiful night and not as cold as last year.

Surprise Party tree lighting

On Saturday, December 6, after attending some more events at the annual Surprise Party, I was off to the community of Royal Ranch for their block party and holiday celebration.  Councilman Todd Tande joined me there, and we were able to meet many wonderful residents.  We had a great time!

I was privileged to be invited to the Senior Center’s annual Holiday Party that was held at Arizona Traditions.  The Mayor asked if I could give the welcome to the attendees, and I was more than happy to oblige!  This luncheon has been held in the ballroom of Arizona Traditions in recent years and as a Board Member of the fine community, I want to extend my personal thanks to our Catering Committee for all of their hard work in serving that delicious lunch to everyone.  The Committee’s time and labor was provided at no cost to the City.  Thank you!

Our City Manager Bob Wingenroth continues to build a great team to lead our City into becoming an independent, sustainable city.  On December 9, we attended a dinner at the Rio Mirage restaurant to meet with Jeanine Jerkovich, the City’s new Economic Development Director.  This position is very critical to the goals of the Council, and we are confident Jeanine will lead us to them.  Welcome, Jeanine!

On Wednesday, December 10, the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsored an event in the beautiful community of Marley Park to introduce residents to our newly elected government officials and current elected officials.  The event was well attended.  I was able to speak to our State Representatives and make sure they are aware of the issues that are important to our City.

The annual Legislative Breakfast Meeting was held on December 11 at the Holiday Inn Express.  Most of our City’s Directors were in attendance.  This meeting was a fantastic opportunity for our State legislators to meet the Council and City staff and discuss the City’s priorities for the next legislative session. One of our newly elected State legislators, Representative Tony  Rivero, is a former Peoria Council Member.  Representative Rivero is a fine young man and a person of integrity.  I was very proud to endorse him during his campaign.

Legislative Breakfast

Legislative Breakfast Image 2

Legislative Breakfast Group

I was honored to be asked to deliver the opening remarks to all the attendees at the Adaptive Recreation and Outreach Tree Party at DreamCatcher Park on Friday, December 12.  Joe Gladieux and his team at our Community Recreation Services Department not only did a great job on the party, but throughout the year with all of the programs they put together that our residents truly enjoy.  These athletes that participate in Adaptive Recreation don’t dwell on what they can’t do; they focus and concentrate on what they can do!

CM Winters at the Adaptive Recreation and Outreach Tree Party

Adaptive Recreation and Outreach Tree Party

I attended the Surprise Farms block party on Sunday, December 14.  Surprise Farms is the largest community in District 1 with 7,000 homes.  I was met with a warm welcome and enjoyed some delicious food.  I was able to distribute artist renditions of the planned amenities that will be built in Surprise Farms Park.  The ground breaking should take place this month, no later than next month.  I’d like to thank Donna Miller and Mark Coronado for those renditions and the information they continue to provide me.  I still have copies, so if you’d like one, please contact me or attend my next monthly meeting on January 16 at 7 p.m. in the Community Center at Arizona Traditions (18250 W. Weatherby Drive).  I want to thank the residents who attended my meeting in December in spite of the approaching holidays.  We had a good turn-out.

A few months ago, I attended the Bell West Ranch block party.  At that time, I was asked to judge homes in their community for the holiday decorations.  Well, I did it, and it was wonderful.  With the help of my wife and daughter, on December 18, we selected a first, second and third place winner.  It wasn’t easy as all of the decorated homes were quite beautiful.  The Board of Directors provided me with gift cards for those winners that I was able to distribute.  My deepest appreciation to Bell West Ranch for allowing me to participate!

Bell West Ranch Holiday Judging 1

Bell West Ranch Holiday Judging 2

Bell West Ranch Holiday Judging 3

On Friday, December 19, I hosted my monthly chat.  I really enjoy hosting these meetings, and I’m hoping to see you at my chat in January.

I want to close this newsletter with a bit of good news for those of you who utilize the Surprise Dial-A-Ride.  The City has temporarily increased the number of daily Dial-A-Ride trips and expanded service hours.  The daily cap for weekday trips will increase from 135 to 140 one-way trips. Saturday service will increase from 20 to 30 one-way trips per day.  The expanded services will run through June 30, 2015.  Additionally, service hours are being extended for all service days. The new service hours will be Monday – Saturday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.  As a reminder, Dial-A-Ride offers advanced reservations. Certified ADA, seniors and others with disabilities can schedule advance reservations up to 14 days prior to the trip. Same-day booking is available to all other customers based on trip availability. To make an appointment for Dial-A-Ride service, please call 602.266.8723.

At the end of the fiscal year, I will do everything I can to continue the above Dial-A-Ride service within the City’s budget.  We will address this topic when our budget discussion for 2016 begins.  I would like to thank the City staff for making this expanded service possible for now.

Until next time, be good to yourself and be good to each other.

My best,

Councilman Roland F. Winters Jr.
District 1