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.
Greetings to all of my fellow District 1 residents! I’d like to give a big shout-out to all of my fellow District 1 residents. I certainly hope everyone in Surprise had a great Thanksgiving holiday and that the meaning behind it was not forgotten. November was a busy month! I was able to connect with many residents from District 1 as well as residents throughout the City.
On November 1, I was invited to Desert Oasis for their Fall Fest Celebration. The event was held at their main community park on another beautiful day in Surprise. I was given a warm welcome by the wonderful families residing in this HOA upon my arrival. Pulte Homes is beginning to build additional homes within the community as well which means additional families will soon join the Desert Oasis celebrations!
On November 7, I was honored to attend the Canyon Ridge Elementary School for a wonderful Veteran’s Day event. I was even provided a tour of the school by some of the National Elementary Honor Society students. I couldn’t be more pleased to have this school located in my District and to personally witness our future leaders grow. These students are mature beyond their years!
The City Council hosted a joint meeting with the Planning & Zoning Commission on Saturday, November 8 from 8 am until 2 pm. The purpose of the meeting was a discussion on the General Plan, our visions for Surprise and future growth.
I attended the Bell West Ranch Block Party on Sunday, November 16. Even though it was a windy day, a good time was had by all. I was able to have good conversations with many of the residents in attendance. A consistent topic amongst those conversations was the status of WINCO. While I was there, I was asked by the Board at Bell West Ranch to judge the Christmas decorations on their homes on the evening of December 18 (the night prior to my monthly Friday Night Chat). There will be a first, second and third place winner and I’m looking forward to being a part of the contest. Lastly, I was very happy to see Jeff Martin from our Neighborhood Services department at the event. Mr. Martin brings all of the equipment, table and chairs to help make your block parties such a great success! Jeff even serves as the DJ. You can also request the presence of any other Department such as the Fire or Police Departments. If any resident in Surprise wants to plan a block party, the City will bring the party trailer to you at no charge. If you are interested, please feel free to contact our Neighborhood Services Department at City Hall at 623.222.1000.
The Surprise Fire Medical Department held a promotional ceremony on Monday, November 17. It’s always an honor to see our men and women who protect our citizens receive hard earned recognition for their daily dedication. Those promoted were sworn in by Chief Tom Abbott.
I held my monthly Friday Night Chat on Friday, November 21. Several residents asked questions, raised concerns or just spoke to me on a personal level. Everyone is invited to attend these chats on the third Friday of every month at 7 pm in the Community Center at the Retreat at Arizona Traditions (18250 W. Weatherby Drive). When you arrive at the gate, just push the number 0 four times and tell the security guard you are there for my meeting.
The day prior to Thanksgiving, I was honored to give a resident the keys to her recently renovated home in Surprise Farms. I will not mention her name out of respect for her privacy, but the City was able to use grant funds to make this renovation possible. We have some exceptional people working for our citizens and often times, they do not get the credit they so deserve. I am only a City Council Member and I only handed this resident her keys but our staff did the work. A special and sincere thank you to Chris Boyd, Jeff Martin, Christina Ramirez, Jason Hughes, and Alicia Rubio (and so many others whose names I haven’t included) deserve this credit. Honestly, this was one of the most rewarding moments I’ve experienced since I was elected to be your Councilman.
There have been so many other events and meetings I’ve attended in November. I just want to leave you with some of them. December is going to be busy as well but everything I’m doing for this District is very rewarding!
I want to wish each and every resident in Surprise a very Merry Christmas, the happiest of holidays and the healthiest New Year. Please be good to yourselves and continue to be good to each other!
Council Roland F. Winters Jr.
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!