Greetings to all of my friends in District 1 and to all of the residents in this beautiful city we call home. It’s hard to believe this is November and Thanksgiving and Christmas are close at hand.
Hillview Baptist Church invited me to their grand opening service on Sunday, October 1. Thank you to Dysart Unified School District for allowing them to utilize the auditorium at Cimarron Springs Elementary School located at 17032 W. Surprise Farms Loop South in Surprise. New churches are very difficult to start up and grow so I am grateful the church has this opportunity. I was honored to attend and I wish the church much success there.
I have been appointed to the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Economic Development Council (EDC). They meet once a month in Phoenix. The first meeting after my appointment was October 3. Agenda items included updates from the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority. We also received reports on the integration of health service providers in the Arizona-Sonoran region and the Phoenix International Raceway project which includes major changes and renovations with investment of $178 million.
The role of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Economic Development Committee (EDC) is to develop opportunity-specific and action-oriented initiatives that fosters and advances infrastructure in the MAG region, especially transportation infrastructure that would further economic development opportunities. The committee is led by Chair and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. I am honored to have been selected over a number of other candidates for this position. The Mayor submitted a nice letter of recommendation for me as well.
Sante of Surprise hosted their 6 year anniversary party on Friday, October 6 with a rustic fall harvest celebration. Sante of Surprise offers short term and acute rehabilitation for a variety of conditions. They are located at 14775 W Yorkshire Drive.
It was a great day on Saturday, October 7 with the opening of the additional almost 10 acres of recreational open space at Dick McComb City Park on West Park Boulevard. I am so pleased that we finally disposed of the horrible green fence and I’m sure the residents in Surprise Farms are also happy. The eyesore of a fence was there for approximately 10 years. We now have a great collaboration between the city, the Surprise Farms III HOA Board and the residents in that beautiful community. Additionally, we installed the shade structures throughout the park including the dog park so needless to say, this park has come a long way. The project was finished on time and under budget so we installed sod rather than grass seed.
Later the same afternoon, I attended the Northwest Ranch block party in their newly renovated park with brand new playground equipment. The block party was graciously paid for by the community’s new neighbor, Fellowship Square, to show their gratitude during extended construction of their new facility. What a fantastic neighbor! It was so nice to talk to the residents, and see the Community Manager, Melanie Veach, Kelly Hall and the remainder of the HOA Board Members!
I kicked off the bond presentation at Arizona Traditions on Tuesday, October 10. Staff educated the attendees on all three bond questions and later provided answers to the questions of the attendees.
As a member of MAG EDC, I was honored to attend a welcoming event at the Phoenician in Phoenix along with Phoenix City Council, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and CEO and Founder of Canada Arizona Business Council (CABC) Glenn Williamson to welcome Air Canada’s Senior Vice President, Regional Markets and Government Relations, Kevin Howlett, in celebration of the new Phoenix-Montreal non-stop service.
Mariposa Point, an assisted living and memory care facility, hosted a grand opening on Thursday, October 12. Mariposa Point prides itself with taking a holistic approach to care and service. This facility is large with a varied menu and with several residents residing there.
I hosted my monthly meeting on Friday, October 13 at the Community Center at the Retreat in Arizona Traditions, 18250 W. Weatherby Drive. We had a good crowd and some productive conversation. I hope to see you at a future meeting. Please remember when you arrive at the gate, tell the guard you are there for my meeting. Everyone is welcome!
Surprise Fire Medical hosted an open house Fire Station 305 on Saturday, October 14. We were able to look at all the equipment and talk to the firefighters on duty. What a great gang of men and women!I attended the West Valley Arts HQ Annual Block Party and new exhibit on Thursday, October 19. A great time was had by all. Immediately following the event, I attended the Northwest Ranch HOA meeting to introduce staff and educate residents on the bond.
Several members of our Surprise Youth Council and I met on Monday, October 30. I met with Tatumn Anderson, Daryian Matthews and Isabelle Hunsaker. They provided an update on the things that SYC is working on. After speaking to these young folks, the future looks brighter!
Well that concludes my schedule for October and November has proven to be even busier. I would like to take this moment to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. Let us all be thankful for our health, for our families and the freedom to worship how we like. I will close for now so be good to yourself and be good to each other!
Roland F. Winters Jr.