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February 2017 • Newsletter

A big shout out to all my friends in District One and the entire city of Surprise! I sincerely hope everyone is enjoying this adventure we call life.

January has proved to be a busy beginning to what is going to be a great year for Surprise. I started the month with a couple of meetings with a few residents near Saguaro Acres who were concerned about their roads and trash pick-up. I am confident we can help them; in fact, our Public Works Department is already working on an action plan based on the residents’ feedback.

I hosted my monthly meeting on Friday, January 13. If you have not attended any of my meetings, please feel free to attend for some conversation and refreshments. My meetings are held at the Retreat at Arizona Traditions, 18250 W. Weatherby on the second Friday of every month. Everyone is invited.

On Saturday morning, January 14, the city hosted its first Martin Luther King Day of Celebration in the courtyard of City Hall. What a great day for the city and the residents! Emmy award-winning journalist and anchor of ABC 15 News, Steve Irvin, emceed the event and retired USAF Colonel Richard Toliver provided the uplifting keynote address. Mr. Toliver told us about his service in Vietnam and the important work Dr. King did in his short life. After the celebration, folks divided into groups and went out into the community to serve through projects at schools, parks, nursing homes and more. Approximately 350 people attended the celebration, and an additional 300 volunteered, for a total of 600 unduplicated participants in the day’s events. I want to thank the Human Service and Community Vitality Department, led by Director Seth Dyson, for supporting this great event that should have been celebrated in our city way before this! Great job!

WESTMARC hosted a State of the State Luncheon on Tuesday, January 17. Governor Ducey provided an overview of his intentions this year. I was honored to attend the event, and I am encouraged that this year he promised to raise our teachers’ salaries. I was able to speak to him for a few minutes prior to his speech!

I was privileged to attend our neighboring city’s grand opening of their new city hall. El Mirage hosted the event on Thursday, January 19. Mayor Lana Mook, the El Mirage City Council Members and City Manager Spencer Isom were overjoyed. In addition to the new city hall, the Tohono O’odham Nation donated funds to build a beautiful veterans memorial in front of the new building.

Valley Partnership hosted their Friday morning breakfast meeting on January 20 at Phoenix Country Club. The meeting focused on Arizona’s real estate development and our infrastructure, specifically transportation. Discussion was led by Former US Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters.

On Sunday, January 22, the Surprise Pops Band performed the first concert of their season at the Performing Arts Center at Valley Vista High School. If you have never seen our great Pops Band, it is well worth a couple of hours of your time, and it is free with the donation of a canned food item. They are truly a talented group of people.

I attended a black tie fundraiser, Campaign ASU 2020, for Arizona State University at Chase Field on January 26. It was a very impressive sight with the tables on the field. Dr. Crow was the key note speaker with many donors and educators in the audience. ASU does a great job ensuring our youth are prepared for a good job.

I went for the Tohono O’odham Nation’s 79th Annual O’odham Wapkail Ha-Tas Rodeo and Parade on Saturday, January 28. I was met with a great reception despite the cold weather. The community and people are quite proud and very generous, and I was honored to attend.

Now a special note to my friends in Surprise Farms, as some of you know, I have been talking to residents about the chain link green fence, and we all agree it needs to come down. It has been there long enough! I am doing my best to get that issue on the agenda for the February 21 Council meeting. I can’t make any promises, but I will let you know if I am successful. We will see what happens, and it will take the majority of Council to agree.

One more thing, I am working on getting the Vietnam Moving Wall to our city with the tremendous help of Jodi Tas, and much support from our City Manager Bob Wingenroth that it may happen. I will let you know when we have a date confirmed.

Lastly, another friendly reminder that I host my meetings on the second Friday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Retreat Club House in Arizona Traditions, 18250 W. Weatherby. I’d be remiss if I did not thank AZ Traditions for allowing me to host my meetings. Thank you!

Until next month, remember to be good to yourself and be good to each other.

Roland F. Winters Jr.
Councilman, District 1

February 2016 • Newsletter

I’d like to extend a big shout-out to all of my fellow District 1 residents. I hope this new year has started well for all of you.

This year promises to be a very busy year for the City of Surprise with lots of construction occurring throughout our growing city. The largest project, of course, is the Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project. The project basically began with utility work last month and lane restrictions on Grand Avenue this past week.

To meet the needs of a growing Surprise, the city is working on several significant transportation improvement projects. The projects range from constructing additional lanes, to paving new areas, to enhancing safety through new medians. In addition, the city has created a 2016 Transportation Projects Map for easy reference. The map shows the areas where the work is happening and their expected timelines.

2016 Transportation Projects Map

The following projects are currently underway:

Original Town Site (OTS) Infrastructure Improvement: This project will replace old asphalt with pulverized asphalt in the OTS. The project began in December 2015 and is scheduled to conclude February 2016.

Cactus Road (north half) from 140th Avenue to Bullard Avenue: This project includes half street improvements with a median. DMB is the project owner, with the City contributing to median costs. The project is underway and is expected to conclude in spring 2016.

Waddell Road Median (Litchfield Road to 1200 feet west): Work to add a landscaped median west of Litchfield Road began in January 2016 and is expected to run through February 2016.

Peoria Avenue (Reems Road to Sarival Avenue): Project will provide two travel lanes in the westbound direction. Lennar has started construction, which is expected to be completed in February 2016.

Greenway Road (Bullard Avenue to Litchfield Road): Project will add an additional lane in each direction. This project began in January 2016. Work is scheduled to be completed in June 2016, weather permitting.

The following are upcoming projects:

Cactus Road (south side) from Litchfield Road to Rail Road Tracks & Litchfield Road (east side) from Cactus Road to Desert Cove Road: The project will provide two travel lanes in one direction along Cactus (eastbound) and Litchfield (northbound). Construction is expected to begin in February 2016.

Landscaping Median (various locations):

The project focuses on completing medians in the following locations:

  • Reems Road—Peoria to Cactus (1 mile)
  • Bullard Avenue—Peoria to Cholla (1/2 mile)
  • Waddell Road—175th to Citrus (1/2 mile)
  • Sarival Road—Bell to Northwest Ranch Parkway (900 feet)

Construction is expected to begin in March/April 2016 with the individual sections prioritized as listed above.

Peoria Avenue (south side) from Greer Ranch Parkway to Reems Road: The project will provide two travel lanes in the eastbound direction. Construction will begin in April 2016.

Additionally, the Arizona Department of Transportation is managing several major improvement projects in and around the city. Loop 303 interchange connections at both U.S. 60 (Grand Ave.) and El Mirage Road are expected to be completed this summer. Early work on the Bell Road bridge, which will carry traffic over Grand Avenue and the adjacent railway tracks, has begun. The project is scheduled to be completed over the next 14 months (in spring 2017). The full closure of Bell Road between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway is scheduled to start April 1 and will be in place for 6 – 8 months. For more information on this project, please visit www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand or call ADOT’s project hotline at 1.855.712.8530.

All project timelines are weather permitting. Please note, this list does not include regular (short duration) pavement preservation and maintenance or sidewalk maintenance projects.

You can find this list of improvement projects and other important city transportation information online at www.surpriseaz.gov/transportation.

My meeting this month is scheduled for Friday, February 19 at 7 pm in the Retreat Community Center at Arizona Traditions (18250 W. Weatherby Drive). I will have officials from ADOT present as well as representation from the city to further discuss the project, provide updates, distribute detour maps and answer any questions you may have. We will have a model of the bridge available to give you an idea of what the finished product will look like.

City Council kicked-off this year with a City Council Work Session and Regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 5. I’m excited to be part of this Council and help make Surprise the greatest city it can be.

Three of my fellow City Councilmembers – Vice Mayor Jim Biundo, Councilman Skip Hall, Councilman Todd Tande and I attended the Dysart Unified School District tour on Friday, January 22. I was very impressed to witness the great job these dedicated teachers are doing to get our school children ready for the challenges in life. School is very different now than it was when I went to school. There are so many more choices for our students such as career and technical education, etc.

Councilmembers from all over the West Valley took part in the 2nd West Valley Council to Council Mixer hosted by City of Peoria City Councilman Jon Edwards at Rio Vista Recreational Park on January 28. Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva initiated this event last fall to build the camaraderie amongst the elected officials in the West Valley.We can do so much more for our respective communities when we are working as a team rather than working alone to promote economic development and quality of life issues for the residents throughout the West Valley.

City Council attended the Surprise POPS band concert at Valley Vista Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 30. I am happy to report there were over 1,000 attendees. As some of you are aware, our fine City Manager Bob Wingenroth worked with the band and arranged for them to call Surprise home. What a great performance!

If you haven’t already heard, the city launched a redesigned website, www.surpriseaz.gov, to enhance mobile functionality and make it easier for our users to connect to the information they are looking for. I encourage you to visit the website see all the changes firsthand.

I will close for now. I hope to see you at my chat on the evening of the 19th. In the meantime, please be good to yourself and be good to each other.

Best Regards to All,

Councilman Roland F. Winters Jr.
District 1