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May 2015 • Newsletter

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.

Desert Oasis Block Party 2015
CM Winters with Kids at Desert Oasis

 

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.

Andrea-Villagomez with City Manager
David-Kohlbeck with City Manager

City Manager Award

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.

Officer Mulligan
Police Chief Frazier with Office Mulligan
Kim Davies - Civilian of the Year
Police Chief Frazier with Kim Davies
Officer Filler - Supervisor of the Year
Police Chief Frazier with Officer Filler

 

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!

WHAM hosted the Recycled Arts and Youth Festival

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.

Mountain Vista Well Group Photo
Mountain Vista 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.

Shauna Vaughan

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!

My Best,

Roland F. Winters Jr.
Councilman for District 1

 

January 2015 • Newsletter

Hello to all of my fellow District 1 residents!

I am looking forward to 2015.  I just know it is going to be a great year for our City.  There are many exciting economic development possibilities that are considering Surprise, and I am excited and honored to be part of it.

December was another busy month for me, but I did get a few days to relax.  The City Council held our first meeting of the month on December 2.  Mayor Wolcott hosted the Mayor’s Quarterly Business Roundtable on December 3 at the Communiversity.  Meg Saligman was a guest at the Roundtable.  The Philadelphia-based artist is serving as a consulting artist to Surprise as the City leads the discussion with ADOT and MAG to create a legacy public art project in conjunction with the future Bell/Grand intersection improvement project.  Meg Saligman is recognized worldwide for her work on murals.  That day, I also attended the Disability Advisory Commission meeting to witness the presentation of their “Above and Beyond” award to some of the Directors at Happy Trails.  Happy Trails received the award for their hard work installing automatic opening doors on their community building as well as remodeling a few of their restrooms to make them more accessible for disabled residents and visitors.  Congratulations to Happy Trails!

Mayors Quarterly Business Roundtable

On December 5, I attended the annual Surprise Party tree lighting party at the Surprise Stadium.  What a spectacular event it was to see the tree lit and the hot air balloons.  If you have not attended this event in the past, I strongly encourage you to do so in December 2015.  It was a beautiful night and not as cold as last year.

Surprise Party tree lighting

On Saturday, December 6, after attending some more events at the annual Surprise Party, I was off to the community of Royal Ranch for their block party and holiday celebration.  Councilman Todd Tande joined me there, and we were able to meet many wonderful residents.  We had a great time!

I was privileged to be invited to the Senior Center’s annual Holiday Party that was held at Arizona Traditions.  The Mayor asked if I could give the welcome to the attendees, and I was more than happy to oblige!  This luncheon has been held in the ballroom of Arizona Traditions in recent years and as a Board Member of the fine community, I want to extend my personal thanks to our Catering Committee for all of their hard work in serving that delicious lunch to everyone.  The Committee’s time and labor was provided at no cost to the City.  Thank you!

Our City Manager Bob Wingenroth continues to build a great team to lead our City into becoming an independent, sustainable city.  On December 9, we attended a dinner at the Rio Mirage restaurant to meet with Jeanine Jerkovich, the City’s new Economic Development Director.  This position is very critical to the goals of the Council, and we are confident Jeanine will lead us to them.  Welcome, Jeanine!

On Wednesday, December 10, the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsored an event in the beautiful community of Marley Park to introduce residents to our newly elected government officials and current elected officials.  The event was well attended.  I was able to speak to our State Representatives and make sure they are aware of the issues that are important to our City.

The annual Legislative Breakfast Meeting was held on December 11 at the Holiday Inn Express.  Most of our City’s Directors were in attendance.  This meeting was a fantastic opportunity for our State legislators to meet the Council and City staff and discuss the City’s priorities for the next legislative session. One of our newly elected State legislators, Representative Tony  Rivero, is a former Peoria Council Member.  Representative Rivero is a fine young man and a person of integrity.  I was very proud to endorse him during his campaign.

Legislative Breakfast

Legislative Breakfast Image 2

Legislative Breakfast Group

I was honored to be asked to deliver the opening remarks to all the attendees at the Adaptive Recreation and Outreach Tree Party at DreamCatcher Park on Friday, December 12.  Joe Gladieux and his team at our Community Recreation Services Department not only did a great job on the party, but throughout the year with all of the programs they put together that our residents truly enjoy.  These athletes that participate in Adaptive Recreation don’t dwell on what they can’t do; they focus and concentrate on what they can do!

CM Winters at the Adaptive Recreation and Outreach Tree Party

Adaptive Recreation and Outreach Tree Party

I attended the Surprise Farms block party on Sunday, December 14.  Surprise Farms is the largest community in District 1 with 7,000 homes.  I was met with a warm welcome and enjoyed some delicious food.  I was able to distribute artist renditions of the planned amenities that will be built in Surprise Farms Park.  The ground breaking should take place this month, no later than next month.  I’d like to thank Donna Miller and Mark Coronado for those renditions and the information they continue to provide me.  I still have copies, so if you’d like one, please contact me or attend my next monthly meeting on January 16 at 7 p.m. in the Community Center at Arizona Traditions (18250 W. Weatherby Drive).  I want to thank the residents who attended my meeting in December in spite of the approaching holidays.  We had a good turn-out.

A few months ago, I attended the Bell West Ranch block party.  At that time, I was asked to judge homes in their community for the holiday decorations.  Well, I did it, and it was wonderful.  With the help of my wife and daughter, on December 18, we selected a first, second and third place winner.  It wasn’t easy as all of the decorated homes were quite beautiful.  The Board of Directors provided me with gift cards for those winners that I was able to distribute.  My deepest appreciation to Bell West Ranch for allowing me to participate!

Bell West Ranch Holiday Judging 1

Bell West Ranch Holiday Judging 2

Bell West Ranch Holiday Judging 3

On Friday, December 19, I hosted my monthly chat.  I really enjoy hosting these meetings, and I’m hoping to see you at my chat in January.

I want to close this newsletter with a bit of good news for those of you who utilize the Surprise Dial-A-Ride.  The City has temporarily increased the number of daily Dial-A-Ride trips and expanded service hours.  The daily cap for weekday trips will increase from 135 to 140 one-way trips. Saturday service will increase from 20 to 30 one-way trips per day.  The expanded services will run through June 30, 2015.  Additionally, service hours are being extended for all service days. The new service hours will be Monday – Saturday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.  As a reminder, Dial-A-Ride offers advanced reservations. Certified ADA, seniors and others with disabilities can schedule advance reservations up to 14 days prior to the trip. Same-day booking is available to all other customers based on trip availability. To make an appointment for Dial-A-Ride service, please call 602.266.8723.

At the end of the fiscal year, I will do everything I can to continue the above Dial-A-Ride service within the City’s budget.  We will address this topic when our budget discussion for 2016 begins.  I would like to thank the City staff for making this expanded service possible for now.

Until next time, be good to yourself and be good to each other.

My best,

Councilman Roland F. Winters Jr.
District 1

August 2014 • Newsletter

Greetings, District One!

I hope the month of August is off to a wonderful start for you!  As most of you are aware, Council is back in session after a month long recess in July.  Despite the recess though, we were and continue to be very busy!

I was able to attend the Marley Park Veteran’s Commemorative Plaza (VCP) event in Marley Park on Independence Day.  The VCP is for the community to commemorate those who have served or may currently serve in the armed forces. The event was well attended and Vice Mayor Hall (Army) and Councilman Biundo (Marines) were acknowledged for their military service.

Marley Park VCP Site
Marley Park VCP Site
VCP Dedication Ceremony
VCP Dedication Ceremony

I was fortunate to receive an invitation to the West Valley Gubernatorial Forum and Debate at ASU West on Tuesday, July 22nd along with many other elected officials from around the Valley.

Gubernatorial Candidate, Christine Jones  and Councilman Roland F. Winters, Jr.
Gubernatorial Candidate, Christine Jones and I

On July 24th, Mayor Wolcott and several other Council Members including myself attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the West Valley Arts Council in their new facility at the City Center.  The 2,500 square foot gallery will have regularly changing exhibits by local artists.  It is just north of City Hall next to the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce.

West Valley Arts HQ
West Valley Arts HQ
Councilmember Winters at Arts HQ Opening
Councilmember Winters at West Valley Arts HQ Opening

Surprise Farms III held their Annual HOA Meeting at Willow Canyon High School on July 24.  I was grateful for the invitation.  I was able to provide artist renditions of the amenities of the Surprise Farms Park.

The City Council was invited to interview a top candidate for Assistant City Manager on Friday, July 25.  Bob Wingenroth, City Manager, has really taken over the reigns and is in the process of building an excellent leadership team.  We look forward to seeing our beautiful city grow, both in and out of City Hall.

We are excited to announce that the crews working from Fire Station 304 moved into their new facility on June 28th.  We thank them for their patience and welcome them to their new temporary home!

Fire House 304
Fire House 304

Fire House 304

My August schedule is getting quite full.  Below, please find a quick glance at the meetings and events I will be attending:

  • August 5th, 4 pm – City Council Work Session
  • August 5th, 6 pm – City Council Meeting
  • August 11th, 11 am – Tour of Benevilla
  • August 12th, 7 am – Surprise Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
  • August 13th, 7:30 am – Dysart Unified School District Breakfast Meeting
  • August 14th, 6 pm – Surprise Fire Medical Promotion Ceremony
  • August 16th, 9 am – ADOT 303/I-10 Ribbon Cutting
  • August 18th, 4 pm – City Council Work Session
  • August 18th, 6 pm – City Council Meeting
  • August 19th through August 23rd –  Arizona League of Cities Conference
  • August 28th, 3:30 pm – Water Planning Sub-Committee Meeting

Also, please mark your calendar for my next meet and greet will take place on September 19.  Mark your calendars!  I hope to see you there!

Until we meet again, stay cool and be safe,

Councilman Roland F. Winters, Jr.
District 1

May 2014 • Newsletter

Greetings, fellow District One residents,

A warm hello to all of you. I hope this month’s newsletter finds you and your family healthy and happy in our beautiful city.

I will try and recap all events in April and bring you up to date on things to come in May.  We are already saying goodbye to a fast-fleeing spring so get ready for our warm weather!

Crime Prevention
We attended the crime prevention day at the Aquatics Center on Bullard Road on Saturday, April 5, and a big thank you to the folks that volunteered to help. Our firefighters and police officers put on a number of great demonstrations, including what happens in an auto accident, demonstrations by K-9 police and the crisis response unit, and Del Webb Medical Center held CPR classes.

SurpriseSafeetyDay_WaterMacGruff.jpeg

Monthly Coffee at Arizona Traditions
Councilman Biundo (Dist 2) and I held our monthly meet-and-greet on Tuesday, April 8 at 10 AM in the neighborhood center in Arizona Traditions, as we do every second Tuesday of the month. Each of us represent a part of the Arizona Traditions community. I hope you will join us in the future.

Swap Meet a Big Hit
I attended the citywide swap meet Saturday, April 12, at the Aquatic Center and there was a great turnout of residents selling almost everything you could imagine. I was pleased to meet and talk to a couple of folks who are brand new to our city and live in Surprise Farms. They already love Surprise!

Apostolic Church
The same day I was invited to attend a community event at Surprise Apostolic Church on Paradise Lane in our Original Town Site. What a good time everyone had and a great job by all those volunteers. This was their first community day event and they hope to have one every year. Lunch was provided to all who attended and and there was no charge for admission.

Kingswood Parke Block Party
Finally, to close out a busy Saturday, I attended the Kingswood Parke Block Party at the beautiful park they have. There were bouncy houses for kids, the Surprise Fire-Medical Department was there, as well as the Police Department. They had a great country band and delicious hamburgers. A good time was had by all.

Town Hall with Flake, Bennett
I was very privileged to be at a Town Hall meeting where I got to talk with Senator Jeff Flake and Secretary of State Ken Bennett, who is running for Governor. This event was put together by Tony Rivero, who serving his last term as a member of Peoria City Council. Councilman Rivero is running for Debbie Lesko’s legislative seat.

Art at City Hall
The West Valley Arts Council along with the Surprise Arts and Advisory Commission put on a very well done art exhibit at City Hall Wednesday night, April 23, unveiling some new pieces that are on display throughout the ground floor of City Hall. We had some great food catered by our very own City Hall Café. Sue and Dave did a great job and we had a good turnout. Come visit City Hall to view all the great artwork. This is your City Hall. Come and enjoy it!

City Budget In the Works
Probably the most important thing going on right now is the City Council, Mayor, City Manager and our CFO are working on our FY15 budget.  We have had a few four-hour meetings and an all day budget meeting on Saturday, April 26, and a Special City Council meeting on the budget Tuesday, April 29th.  This will go on until the Council votes on the final budget in June.

All these meetings are open to our residents and I urge you to attend so you can be better informed. When all is said and done, there will be some good things for the residents of Surprise and also our employees. I ask all my fellow residents of Surprise: please do not be upset as our employees get a small raise. After all, they have not had a raise in seven years!

Surprise Farms Park is close to getting some things built, too.

On Sunday, April 27, I attended the Canyon Ridge Community block party with Councilmembers Todd Tande (Dist 6) and Rachel Villanueva (Dist 4). That community is halfway to being built out with 85 homes.

GPEC meeting in Phoenix
I was at the GPEC meeting April 30 in the GPEC  (Greater Phoenix Economic Council) Offices in Phoenix  for a discussion about our water situation and what can be done to sustain our supply of water for the future.

Let’s Keep Surprise Beautiful!
Before I close my newsletter this month, there is a concern that I’ll share with you. As I travel the streets of our beautiful city, I am seeing some trash discarded along our sidewalks and roadways. Please join me and put your soda cups and paper trash in the proper receptacle. Let’s take pride in our clean city and keep it that way.

I will end my newsletter for May now. Take care of yourselves and each other!

Councilman Roland Winters