A big shout out to all the residents in District 1 and everyone in this great city called Surprise. We are certainly getting our great weather back at this time of year. It has been really busy with this election cycle and everything going on in the city. By the time you read this newsletter, the dust will be settled and the elections over.
October started right off on the second with our Work Session at 4 p.m. followed by our City Council meeting where we take action. A number of residents were there from the northwest part of District 1. They were concerned about the conditions of the roads up there, especially with all the rain we have had this year. There is no easy fix to this issue, but we are obtaining right-of-way on Dynamite Road so we can get east/west access for the residents that reside in that area.
October 3 found me at Valley Vista Performing Arts Center to hear our Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich speak to the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce. There was also a nice luncheon prepared by the students in the culinary program from Valley Vista High School. If you have not attended an event at Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, it would be worth your time. It’s a beautiful venue!
On Friday, October 5, I attended Sante of Surrpise’s 7 year anniversary event, “La Dolce Vita.” They are located at 14775 W. Yorkshire Drive. Many folks attended the festivities and many of them were former patients. Later that evening, my wife and I attended a play at Willow Canyon High School called “Once Upon a Mattress.” The kids were great in the play and a number of them have received scholarships to colleges to continue their theatrical studies.
October 9 found me in the Boards & Commissions Selection Committee meeting so we could nominate someone for the open seat on the Planning & Zoning Commission. After interviewing a number of candidates and deliberating, we chose to select Scott Krous to serve.
I was at the Surprise Youth Council meeting at the AZ TechCelerator on Bell Road on Wednesday, October 10. One of the things they were working on was coordinating the Zombie Compound during the city’s GAIN Night event. They had shuttle buses transporting folks over to the Zombie Compound in the City Hall parking garage from the rest of the festivities at Mark Coronado Park. The night I was at their meeting, the members asked me to judge their mummy contest.
On Thursday, October 11, I attended a ribbon cutting for a new restaurant called The AZ Fry Guy, located at 15226 W. Bell Road. It is the former space of Mom’s Fixins, and the food was great! That same night was my meeting at the Community Room at AZ Traditions, and we had a good crowd with a number of folks that want lights in the dog park at Dick McComb City Park. I managed to get that item on the City Council agenda for the evening of our meeting on November 6, and it was approved unanimously.
Unfortunately, the Surprise Fiesta Grande event was cancelled due to the rain we had; but next October, it will be better and bigger. Then of course, on October 16, we had our City Council Work Session and Regular City Council meeting.
Sunday, October 21 was, of course, the Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival. It was a beautiful night and there were lots of food trucks, so you did not go hungry. Plus, there was a good band. Mark Coronado Park works very well for events like this.
Monday night, October 22, was my Maricopa County Human Services Commission meeting night in Phoenix. On Tuesday night, there was a community outreach meeting at Sundown Elementary School about a project called Lone Mountain, a housing development located in the northwest part of my district, and there were many residents present.
Let me address my friends in the community of Desert Oasis. I was very disappointed that your Community Manager (David Heckler) would not allow me to greet you or speak to you about what is happening in the city, particularly in District 1, during your HOA meeting on the evening of Wednesday, October 24. I informed David that I would be there to talk to my constituents up there, even if I had to speak to them outside the gym where your meeting was taking place; which I did. However, the groups were small, and I apologize to those I did not get a chance to talk to. I wanted to make sure those residents knew I wanted to talk to them, but was barred from doing so. It is especially frustrating because your HOA only meets once a year, in October, since you are not built-out yet, and the residents don’t have their own board.
I was also told last October (the first meeting of the new Community Manager) that I was not going to have the opportunity to address you then and there. It is very unusual that a sitting City Councilmember is prohibited from addressing his constituents by an HOA. Previous to David Heckler and the Pulte Group managing your community, I spoke in front of your HOA often when Brad was your manager.
Well, I just wanted everyone in Desert Oasis to know that I did want to talk to you about your new library going in up there, some new homes going in, Happy Valley Road going through to 163rd and eastward to hook up to the 303, and the improvements to the intersection of Jomax and 163rd. You can always call me with questions or email me.
On Thursday night, I had a meet-and-greet at the skate park in Dick McComb City Park and some great conversations with some folks in and around Surprise Farms II. It was great seeing the kids enjoying the first skate park in Surprise.
Friday, October 26 found me at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale for the induction of 28 veterans into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, including George Van de Langeryt. I was there to honor George and the other veterans, but especially George because he is the Chair of the city’s Disability Advisory Commission and one of my constituents and a friend. This award was not so much about what he did during his time in the military, but what he has done for our country since then. Congratulations, George! We are all very proud of you.
Saturday night, October 27, I was at GAIN night. It was a great night of family fun with music, displays, demonstrations and of course, candy.
We had a great groundbreaking on Tuesday morning, October 30 with the development of the Toll Brothers upscale housing project on 800 acres of Cotton Lane and Cactus. These homes will be priced from $300,000 to one million dollars with many amenities in their community which have not yet been named.
On Tuesday night, October 30, we had a Council to Council meeting in Tolleson at one of their fire stations. This gives all the Councilmembers from different cities in the West Valley a chance to get together and talk about ways to solve the various issues in each city we serve. The cities in the West Valley take turns hosting that meeting, and it was Tolleson’s turn in October. We discussed the issue of homelessness and how to handle the issue humanely because it is not going away.
Well, that’s all for now folks. As you can see, October was a very busy month so be good to yourself and be good to each other.