A big shout out to my constituents in District One, and indeed to all the citizens of this great city we call Surprise. Well it has been another challenging month in May, not only dealing with COVID-19, but also now we are having riots across our great nation. We are so blessed to live here in Surprise where our residents are law abiding, and our great police force is interested in de-escalating an incident.
I am still operating out of my home office via emails and phone calls since the City is still pretty much shut down. We are trying to gradually return to normal (whatever that is). I have had emails and phone calls asking to open the dog parks ASAP and with the support of our City Manager we got those opened mid-May.
We did have a few events in May. On Wednesday, May 6th the entire Council went to the Senior Center on Hollyhock Street to give out lunches to the seniors as they drove into the parking lot and out again, we gave out 130 hot lunches in about 20 minutes.
Thursday, May 14th found the full Council at 8 p.m. in the stadium with a large display on the score board congratulating all of the graduating seniors in Surprise, with the Council in the foreground. I have so much empathy for those youngsters who worked hard to get their diplomas and not being able to walk across the stage. I remember getting my diploma, it wasn’t that long ago (or maybe it was). No matter how you celebrated, you will never forget it.
Then, of course, our Council meeting was on the 19th, still with no one in the Council Chambers except for Council, maybe sometime in August we may open up after the council takes their annual break in July.
Saturday, May 30th was a great day for the City of Surprise and Chance Shelter, who will be working together to have our first animal shelter in Surprise, not only an animal shelter, but a no kill shelter. At 8 a.m. on the 30th, we gathered together to celebrate the Land Dedication for the Chance Shelter. Courtland Homes (who are building Copper Canyon North) gave Chance Shelter 7 acres on which to build. The location of the shelter will be near the intersection on 183rd Avenue and Deer Valley Road. Our Animal Control Officers will no longer need to drive to Phoenix when they pick up any strays, but drive to our own shelter right here in Surprise. Audra and Greg Colson worked very hard to make this happen. I want to thank Hans from Courtland Homes for all his hard work to get this done and of course for the property. Chance Shelter has so many great volunteers like Helen, Bob, Mary, Gabe Rivas and many others.
So I hope you folks are staying home as much as possible, but wear those masks when you go out.
I will close for now, so as always, be good to yourself and be good to each other. I will be resuming my meetings, my constituents, as soon as AZ Traditions opens their community center. I will let everyone know when that happens.
Roland F. Winters Jr.