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February 2021 • Newsletter

Hello to all my friends in Surprise, and I hope you are all well and safe. Things seem to be getting a little better. Folks are starting to get their vaccines. I will be getting my booster shot next week, but we must keep our guard up; we can’t relax just yet. I can’t believe that we have been fighting this pandemic for a full year.

City Hall is still closed to the general public, most of the Council are working from our home offices, and most meetings continue to be on Zoom.

Councilmember Winters receiving a COVID-19 vaccination shot.On Wednesday, January 13th, I received my first vaccine shot to help fight COVID-19 at Banner Sun City West. Everything went very well, and the staff was very organized.

I attended my Valley Metro meeting on the 21st of January and again online from City Hall.

I know we have some Whataburger fans in Surprise. Well, I have some good news. The City of Surprise Economic Development Department tells us that Whataburger is building next to Costco, so get ready for a burger.

The Greenway Road improvement project is underway. Utility work for this project is requiring the closure of Sarival Avenue from Custer Lane to Greenway Road until March 1, 2021. The Greenway Road improvement project will add two travel lanes and eliminate areas where the roadway merged into one lane. The project is scheduled to be complete in November 2021, weather permitting.

We do have some openings on our Commissions and Boards, so the Boards and Commissions Nominations Committee will be meeting in early February to fill those seats. If you have an interest, you can call our City Clerk’s office at 623-222-1200.

Upcoming Events:

  • Surprise Day of Service February 20 and March 20 beginning at 8 a.m. Volunteer to help out with various projects, including landscaping, painting, trimming of shurbs, debris removal and more. To volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov. For more information, please visit Surprise-Day-of-Service.
  • Tax assistance program – The City of Surprise has partnered again with A New Leaf who facilitates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The program will begin on Feb 8th at the Surprise Resource Center and Feb 10th at Riverboat Bingo. To make an appointment call the Surprise Resource Center at 623-222-1600. For additional information, click here.

  • Community Legal Services – Is proud to offer Lunchtime Law Lessons every Friday on a variety of topics. Every session is a Zoom Virtual Workshop. Click here to register and join Legal Staff for live No-Cost workshops!
    February 12 – Male Victims of Abuse
    February 19 – TBD
    February 26 – Social Security Denials and Appeals
    March 5 – Consumer Law and Federal Student Loan updates
  • National Community Survey coming soon – What do you love about living in Surprise? The National Community Survey will be mailed to select households this month and offered online to the community at large beginning in mid-March. Details will be provided at www.surpriseaz.gov when they become available.
  • Surprise Progress Magazine – Free. Click on the link below to check out what is happening in Surprise!
    Progress Magazine Winter 2021 (surpriseaz.gov)

I will close for now, so be good to yourselves and be good to each other.

Roland F. Winters Jr.

September 2020 • Newsletter

Hello again to all the great folks in district one and indeed in the City of Surprise, and I hope everyone is doing ok considering these special trying times. I do want to start off on a positive note in that Costco will be having their grand opening on Thursday, September 24th at 8 am. Something we have all been waiting for. Be at 13614 N. Sarival and welcome Costco to Surprise, AZ.

I know this virus is getting old, and it certainly has worn out its welcome a long time ago, but let’s hang in there and keep doing what you have been doing to get through this pandemic together.

I am still waiting for Arizona Traditions to open up their buildings, so I can start my meetings again, but I don’t know when that will be. Keep checking the surpriseaz.gov website.

I am also looking forward to the opening of our doors at the Council Chambers so anyone who wishes to be at our council meetings can be there. I miss all of those happy faces, and engaged residents of Surprise as we used to do.

Beginning September 15, meetings of the Surprise City Council will reopen to limited in-person public participation; while maintaining a call-in option for those wishing to participate remotely. In-person participants will be limited to 50 and will be required to wear a facial covering when entering or exiting the chambers. If they so choose, they may remove them while seated. Seating will be marked to ensure physical distancing of at least six feet of separation from those in attendance. You can get all the details and information on when other public meetings are reopening at surpriseaz.gov.

Let’s all say a prayer that our scientists find a vaccine.

To my friends in North-West Ranch, this is the month you’ve been waiting for. Construction starts on Greenway, widening from 303 eastbound to Reems Rd. Also, on the corner of Greenway and North-West Ranch Parkway will be a fully functioning traffic signal. Which means left and right hand turns coming out of North-West Ranch Parkway will be made easier for you.

Thanks to you, the residents, for voting for the G.O. Bond and making this improvement possible.

I recently attend a retirement celebration for Dave Kohlbeck, who has worked for the City of Surprise since 2001! Dave has raised the profile of the City of Surprise around the region and state, through his involvement with Maricopa Association of Governments and Valley Metro, as well as being actively involved in multiple professional organizations including the Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona, Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Public Works Association. He also served his fellow colleagues for many years on the 457 Deferred Compensation Advisory Group providing strategic investment oversight, as well as chairing the employee project team that helped the city evaluate and move to a self-funded health care program. He has earned multiple recognitions during this time including the City Manager’s Service Award for his outstanding customer service in leading the City’s transit program, communicating and resolving rider issues, and improving the transit services offered in our community. I wish him congratulations on his retirement!

Vice Mayor Judd, David Kohlbeck, Councilmember Winters and Mayor Hall.