I would like to begin with a big shout out to all of my friends who are as blessed as I am to live in this great city called Surprise.
April was another busy month for me and the whole council. April 2 started off with our council meeting, both work shop and council meeting, where we take action.
On Wednesday, April 3, there was the dedication of the mural painted on the wall of the Northwest Valley Connect building in Peoria. This was an award winning painting. This event was topped off with refreshments and great camaraderie.
Tuesday, April 10, I had a meeting with the City Manager to go over some things in our budget. April was all about the 2020 budget. All items will be voted on in June, and updates will be sent.
Friday, April 12, found me in the Surprise Chamber of Commerce Conference Room attending the Friends of the Library Board meeting.
That same night, I had my monthly meeting in the Arizona Traditions Community Center. The Surprise Today newspaper had the address wrong as the location is on Weatherby Drive. We had a good crowd that welcomed some new folks as well. I answered a number of questions and had good conversation with residents.
The next day, Saturday April 13, I was invited to a picnic at Veramonte Park, 12741 N. 140th Lane. This event was hosted and attended by our deaf residents. Everyone had a great time, especially the kids. I even managed to get by without one water balloon finding its mark, so I stayed dry all day. A big thank you to all my friends.
On Sunday, April 14, I attended a great HOA party celebrating Easter with an egg hunt for the little residents and also photos with Mrs. Bunny. Thank you Paula Lefeure for planning all of this!
On Tuesday, April 16, I attended our council workshop at 4:00 p.m. followed by our council meeting where action is taken.
I was invited to join the celebration of the new circulator transportation system in Peoria on April 22. The City of Peoria has one circulator traveling clockwise and another going counter clockwise around the city to pick up passengers at no charge for riders. The system is called Peoria on the Go (POGO) and is in partnership with Valley Metro. Hopefully, someday Surprise will have such a program. For more information on POGO go to www.peoriaaz.gov.
The Mayor and I visited the new Dysart preschool located at 17999 N Surprise Farms Loop South. The name is “Growing Minds” and they will be opening soon. Visit www.Dysart.orgfor more information.
Our Surprise Youth Council had a great event at the Arts HQ venue at City Hall on Tuesday night, April 23. The displayed photos were equipped with a smart phone app that allowed the photos to actively speak and tell about the individual students.
On Wednesday, April 24, I was invited as a Valley Metro Board member to the opening of the 50th street light rail station on Washington Street in Phoenix. It was a great celebration that included Congressman Greg Stanton, State Senators, State Representatives as well as Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. The new station is centrally located which is great for the thousands of citizens with disabilities who visit downtown.
After that celebration, I headed back to Surprise for a meeting with Friends of the Library at City Hall.
On Thursday, April 25, I found myself at the Northwest Valley Connect meeting at Benevilla. This organization tries to get rides for people who have no other way to get to doctor appointments, dental appointments or even the grocery store.
Following that meeting, I headed to City Hall for my bi-monthly meeting with our City Manager. This meeting is important as it offers a chance to catch up on happenings in the City of Surprise.
My last stop of the day was a Valley Vista High School where an art show, sponsored by Congresswoman Debbie Lekso, was happening. The young people of Surprise have some great talent.
Of course our big event in April was the naming of our bridge that goes over Grand Avenue to Veterans Bridge. The weather was pretty warm that day, but the number of residents that came out in support was overwhelming. Veterans filled the tent, and we thank them for their service. God bless them all. It was a great celebration that brought Governor Ducey to Surprise. Thank you for being so gracious as to stay for photos with the residents and helping to honor our veterans.
Well, before I close my newsletter for this month, I want to thank all the folks who help make this newsletter possible. My new assistant, Jenna Bowen, who is learning my unique penmanship, the Communication Department, headed by Diane Arthur, the IT Department and all you folks who read my newsletter. Take care!
Be good to yourself and be good to each other,