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July 2018 • Newsletter

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.

Surprise Police Promotion Ceremony June 2018

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.

Destiny Springs Behavioral Hospital

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.

Councilmember Winters celebrates with the Collins Family and supporters for the Noise Zone signs.

So I will close now, be good to yourself and be good to each other.

Roland F. Winters Jr.
District 1 Councilmember

July 2015 • Newsletter

Greetings to my fellow District One residents and the citizens of Surprise!

July marks the beginning of our new fiscal year. Earlier last month, the City Council adopted a $304.7 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 budget that immediately addresses operational needs and continues service increases while maintaining the current property tax rate.

I am pleased that it also includes expanded coverage of our Dial-a-Ride system. However, there remains confusion about what the expanded service includes, even amongst the staff at Dial-a-Ride. I am going to try and clear this confusion. The number of weekday rides, Monday through Friday (5 am to 8 pm), has increased to 140 rides weekly. The number of weekend rides has increased to 30 rides; there is no service on Sunday. Providing that holidays fall on a day of operation, service is still provided. These additions have been provided without a fare increase. Senior citizens (65 years of age and older) or people with disabilities can call up to 14 days in advance of when the ride is needed, and all others can call the day of service to get a ride, if available. Another policy change is that all seniors, non-ADA, must now complete a form called “Application for Non-ADA Dial-a-Rid Service.” To obtain this form, please call Valley Metro at 602-253-5000 x602. If you are a disabled user of Dial-a-Ride and have not yet participated in the Valley Metro ADA program, I urge you to call and make an appointment. A discount cab will transport you to Phoenix for the program and bring you home, all at no cost.

On June 8, I attended a dinner meeting with Councilman Hall, Councilman Tande, Economic Development staff and prospective business owners to discuss their interest in coming to Surprise. I can only hope that someday we may see them in our city!

I held my last neighborhood meeting before Council recess on Friday June 19th and had a good turnout. Thanks to each of you who braved the summer heat and attended. My next meeting will be the third Friday of October (October 16). I hope to see you there! Everyone is always welcome to attend.

I attended the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council annual meeting at the Marriott in Phoenix on June 24. Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane was elected as the Regional Council Chair, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton as Vice Chair and Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck as Treasurer. During the Passing of the Gavel ceremony, outgoing Chair, Youngtown Mayor Mike LeVault, was recognized. Thanks, Mike, for doing a great job!

Youngtown Mayor Michael LeVault and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane
Youngtown Mayor Michael LeVault and Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane

WINCO is open! I would have to say that Thursday, June 25 was the highlight of my month as WinCo finally opened their doors. Councilman Biundo, Councilmember Villanueva, and I got a tour of the store by Vice President Craig Goins of WinCo. Councilman Hall also took a tour later in the day. The parking lot has been full every day since. This store is a great addition to District 1, Surprise and the West Valley.

Councilman Jim Biundo and I with Vice President Craig Goins
Councilman Jim Biundo and I with Vice President Craig Goins

Surprise Farms II Block Party took place on Friday, June 26. I was in attendance, along with our finest firefighters from the Fire Station 303. They are always there to support their community, and I know those folks at Surprise Farms really appreciate them.

The Surprise Police Department hosted a Crime Prevention Fair on Saturday, June 27. Councilman Hall and I attended as the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new MedReturn Drug Collection Unit also took place during the fair. The collection unit was installed in the lobby area of the Surprise Police Department. It will provide the residents with a safe and simple way to dispose of unwanted drugs or expired medications including prescriptions and over the counter drugs.

Crime Prevention Fair on Saturday, June 27
Drug collection unit members

I close for now and remember be good to yourself and be good to each other!

Roland F. Winters Jr.
Councilman for District 1

Apr. 17 Coffee Chat – Voting 101

There will be a special focus on the breaking down the election process at Councilman Winters’ Coffee Chat on April 17! City Clerk Sherry Aguilar will be there to share information about elections, voter registration and the early voting list. Plus, attendees will have an opportunity to register to vote and sign up for the Permanent Early Voter List.

Coffee Chat details:

April 17
7 – 8:30 p.m.
The Retreat at Arizona Traditions
18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
Surprise, AZ 85374
Map / Directions
At gate, dial 0000 to speak with guard.