Hello to all of my fellow District 1 residents!
It’s hard to believe that we are in the second month of 2015 already!
As usual, a lot of things happened in January and there’s more to come this month in Surprise. The folks at City Hall celebrated our City Clerk’s 25th Anniversary with the City of Surprise on January 5. What a great accomplishment for Sherry Aguilar! We had a good number of staff and Council Member s gather in the Mayor’s atrium for refreshments to say congratulations to Sherry and thank her for so many years of service to the City.
I attended the Surprise Youth Council induction ceremony on the evening of January 15 in Council Chambers celebrating with many other Surprise residents, including many proud parents, as 25 high school students were welcomed into our newly formed Youth Council. What a great bunch of youngsters! Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo has done such a good job in this new position.
I had my Friday Night Chat on the evening of January 11. As always, everyone is welcome.
On January 21, I attended a meeting at the Surprise Senior Center in the Original Town Site about the improvements planned for the O.T.S. The City planners prepared a fantastic and thorough presentation. We have such terrific people working for our great City!
I attended an ADOT meeting about the interchange of the 303 and Grand Avenue at Sun City Grand on January 27. As most of you know, the project is already underway and will take approximately 18 months to complete with the widening of the 303 and new off ramps. Immediately following that meeting, I travelled to Marley Park for the groundbreaking of a new charter school, Legacy Traditional School. Several other elected officials were also present. This will be an elementary school located in District 6. Our Mayor and Councilman Tande, District 6, participated in the groundbreaking.
On the evening of January 28th, I attended a Public Arts meeting with Councilman Hall at the West Valley Arts Council’s Arts HQ in Surprise. The discussion included how the City can improve the presence of art in Surprise. Our City Planners led the meeting.
I was invited to attend a tour of APS that included an energy update for elected officials at their office in Deer Valley on January 30. We even toured the Energy Control Center, which was very interesting and educational.
As always be good to yourself and be good to each other,
Council Member, Roland Winters, Jr.