Greetings to all of my District 1 residents and hello to everyone who lives in this great City of Surprise!
I began my April with a visit to the Desert Oasis block party on April 4. What a wonderful bunch of friendly families that live in the northeastern area of District 1. It was a beautiful day for a block party. The party featured bounce houses, fantastic food, a nice group of Surprise Police cadets, and of course, our wonderful Surprise Fire-Medical personnel from Fire Station 304 (on 163rd Avenue) who brought fire hats for the children that were present.
The City’s Employee Appreciation Committee hosted an ice cream social for our employees on April 9 in the City Council Chambers. I really enjoy attending these events to acknowledge our extraordinary, hardworking staff. A number of well-deserved awards were distributed by our City Manager, Bob Wingenroth. The City is truly lucky to have Mr. Wingenroth; he truly is a servant leader.
My wife and I attended the last “Second Sundays in the Park” on Sunday, April 12. These events will return in the fall when the weather isn’t as hot. Second Sundays in the Park is always entertaining, and it’s a great way to relax on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. If you have never been to one of these events, you should consider it. Different music is played at each event through the season.
On Wednesday, April 16, I attended the WESTMARC Economic Development Summit at the Wigwam Resort. There was a panel discussion that included another outstanding employee, Mike Hoover. Not only was Mr. Hoover a panelist, he was also emcee of the event. He is a knowledgeable young man who was very instrumental in getting IRIS to build their Western Regional office in Surprise. A big thank you to him for all he does for us!
The Surprise Police Department hosted the Surprise Police Appreciation Bonanza at Surprise Stadium on Friday, April 17. This event was amazing and such a touching way to show appreciation, not only to the officers who put their lives on the line for us each and every day, but to the families of those officers as well. Rick D’Amico from Fox 10 News served as the emcee. Congratulations to all of the Police staff who were also recognized for their hard work and service.
Saturday, April 18, was a busy day for me and the City! The Surprise Swap Meet was held at the Surprise Aquatic Center. It was well attended! Later in the day, WHAM hosted the Recycled Arts & Youth Festival at their headquarters on Dysart Road near Grand Avenue. The turn-out was huge! All of the displayed art work was made with recycled material. Food trucks and classic cars were also on site. I need to acknowledge Fred and Kathy Shokohi who cleared their vacant lot so those attending the event had a place to park at no charge and WHAM was not charged either. What a great way to work together for the residents of our City!
Councilman Hall, Councilman Tande and I attended a celebration of the completion of the Mountain Vista Ranch Well. The new well was built in the residential area of Mountain Vista Ranch. This new well pumps 1,500 gallons a minute. Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe and his team did such a fantastic job on this project. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the cooperation of the HOA Board at Mountain Vista Ranch, as well as the Community Manager, Misty Laxson, and residents of the community for their patience during the construction. Additionally, thank you to those involved with the construction of the well.
City Council was invited to attend a volunteer appreciation lunch at Arizona Charter Academy on Friday, April 24. Melissa Holdaway, COO, and her team of teachers at ACA do such a wonderful job educating our youth!
On Thursday, April 30, elected officials and staff celebrated the retirement of Shaughna Vaughan, an employee of the City since 2006. It was a wonderful turnout! Please join me in wishing Ms. Vaughan a happy and healthy retirement.
Surprise Farms Park Update: Construction on Surprise Farms Park improvements begin the week of May 11. Residents will first see the installation of temporary construction fencing and the addition of construction trailers. The improvements, including our city’s first skate park, are expected to be complete in later October. Call Project Manager Michael Boule if you have any questions at 623.222.7040.
Lastly, I want to alert you that I will not host a monthly meeting in the months of July, August and September; hence, my last meeting until October will be in June. My newsletters will continue each month.
I will close for now. Please remember to be good to yourself and be good to each other!
Roland F. Winters Jr.
Councilman for District 1