Hi to all our friends in District One and all of Surprise. June is the last month of the fiscal year, and July is the usual month the council has no meetings, but I am not off. I have other meetings to go to and City business.
Monday, June 4th found me at a Police Promotion Ceremony where we saw three new sergeants and one lieutenant get promoted. These ceremonies are good because it shows our police officers that as council members, we are there to support them.
I was at my Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) meeting on Tuesday, June 5th in Phoenix, and we have a new director of MAG. Eric Anderson took over for the retiring Dennis Smith who put 30 years in with MAG. Then back to Surprise for a Surprise Community Outreach Program grant meeting. The program helps to fund qualified local programs and events to improve the health and welfare of Surprise residents. Then, we had our Council workshop at 4 p.m. and of course our regular City Council Meeting at 6 p.m.
On Wednesday, June 6th we did have a meeting about our property around City Hall and the idea to get a Master Plan so we can move forward. That same evening, I attended the opening of the In-N-Out Burger on the corner of Bell Road and Civic Center Plaza.
On Monday, June 11th, I was at my Board and Commission Selection Committee Meeting. This committee nominates candidates that want to be appointed to our various boards and commissions, but the full council makes the final decision from the nominees presented.
Wednesday, June 13th was our outreach meeting for our transportation survey at City Hall. People attending the event could outline the bus route that they thought would service them well.
On Tuesday, June 19th I had a meeting in my office with the new reporter for The Arizona Republic. Jen Fifield who they brought in from D.C. to cover Surprise and Peoria. I wish her all the best. Then, of course, to the Council workshop and regular meeting to finish off my day.
On Monday evening, June 25th, I attended the Maricopa County Human Services Commission Meeting in Phoenix at 6 p.m. I was appointed to this commission, and this was my first meeting. Of course, I was a little nervous, and I want to do a good job and be effective in this position. So, I will do the best job I can.
We had a special City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 26th to discuss the Prasada development.
On Wednesday evening, June 29th, I went to the Desert Peaks awards that MAG puts on every year, and it was a great event. Their companies were all rewarded for their economic advancement and their innovation. The City of Surprise was recognized for the part we played in enabling those who are hearing impaired to now text 911 instead of having to speak over the phone to the operator.
Thursday June 28th found me at the North West Valley Connect Meeting. This organization is growing by leaps and bounds and is now transporting many people who cannot otherwise get a ride to their doctors appointment, to get their medication, or to a job.
There was a tour of construction on the Destiny Springs Behavioral Hospital, which is going up on Dysart Road in Surprise, so we are getting a second hospital in our town.
On Saturday June 30th, there was an event in Surprise Farms III that I was very proud to be a part of. Mr. and Mrs. Collins have a 10-year-old daughter that has seizures when loud noises are present. The celebration was that the Surprise HOA gave the Collins permission to put up a sign on their street which says ‘Please keep the noise down, special needs child present.’ The American Legion Post 96 and the Legion Riders gave the Collins great support with 21 riders and veterans there, and brought many toys for JoJo. The chair of the Disability Advisory Commission was there and the state director of ARC, Jon Meyers, was there also. Mr. Collins would like to talk to and support other parents that have special needs children, so if you would like to talk to him, I will give you his contact info.
So I will close now, be good to yourself and be good to each other.
Roland F. Winters Jr.
District 1 Councilmember