Greetings to all of my fellow District 1 residents and to all the residents in Surprise!
The City Council was on recess for the month of July. Despite the recess, it was a full month for me! The City of Surprise hosted another fantastic fireworks celebration at Surprise Stadium in honor of Independence Day. Guests of the event were even treated to a Rookie League baseball game and free admission with a canned food donation. “That Kool Band” provided a musical celebration with Beach Boys songs at 8 Acres Park. These events would not be made possible without the hard work of our Community & Recreation Services Department. A special thank you to each of them for another successful City celebration!
The Surprise Chamber of Commerce hosted a lunch on Monday, July 6 to welcome the new director, Raoul Sada. I attended the meet and greet with the City management team and Councilman Jim Biundo. We wish Mr. Sada the best of luck in his new position!
City Manager Bob Wingenroth announced key organizational leadership changes involving the Surprise Police Department and the City Manager’s Office on Thursday, July 9 at City Hall. Following a 40-year career in law enforcement, Chief Michael Frazier accepted the position of Assistant City Manager, replacing the retiring April Reynolds who will be sorely missed. On a personal note, I will miss April’s constant smile and dedication to this City. The promotion of Mr. Frazier was a very good decision by our City Manager as he continues to build an excellent team for this great City. Our new Chief of Police, Terry Young, will continue to lead our police force and maintain our tremendously low crime rate.
The Board & Selections Commission spent three days interviewing candidates for the openings on our City’s various Boards & Commissions. We are lucky to have so many residents interested in volunteering their time and skills for us!
A special Community & Recreation Advisory Commission meeting was held on Thursday, July 15 at the Sierra Montana Recreation Center to discuss the Surprise Farms Community Park construction. A park on this site was long overdue. The residents of this wonderful community will soon see a playground, skate park, splash pad and dog park.
I have been a supporter of this park even before I was elected to the City Council. I even appeared at City Council meetings with residents of this community to ask the City to consider a park in that field. Once elected, there was a unanimous vote to spend $1.6 million to install the park. I have received many emails and phone calls from residents who both favor and oppose the dog park location. I understand both sides of the argument.
After the special Community & Recreation Advisory Commission meeting earlier last month and a great deal of discussion and hard work on behalf of Community & Recreation Services Director Mark Coronado and City Manager Bob Wingenroth, we have identified the site for the Dog Park feature of the Park. The Dog Park will be located on the western edge of the Park, next to the ball fields near the intersection of Surprise Farms Loop and Willow Canyon Drive. The total Dog Park area will be nearly two acres of turf, landscaping, and fencing in addition to a dedicated parking lot. This Dog Park will be the first public facility on the fenced ten acre property. Please join me in thanking Mr. Wingenroth and Mr. Coronado for working so expeditiously on a suitable solution! We look forward to the completion of this project so you are able to enjoy it.
I attended the grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for a new business in Surprise, Hospice Promise. I was happy to take part in the event and to welcome them to our City. In addition to this event, I also attended the ribbon cutting for Legacy Traditional School on Friday, July 31. The new charter school is located in Marley Park, off of Bullard Avenue. There are so many exciting things happening here!
I will close for now. As always, be good to yourself and be good to each other!
Wishing you my very best,
Councilman Roland F. Winters Jr.