Tag Archives: Dysart

May 2022 • Newsletter

I want to give a big shout-out to all the great folks here in the City of Surprise. City Council closed the month of March by celebrating the 2022 State of the City event on March 31. What a great job our staff did on that. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate with us and a huge thank you to our performers who put on a stellar show!

April started with a bang on Sunday, April 3, when I, along with Mayor Hall, Councilmember Duffy and Councilmember Judd joined the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission as they inducted the following individuals into the Surprise Recreation Campus Hall of Fame during the Spring Training game:

  • Charlie Woodland (former Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission member)
  • Kevin Uhlich (Previous Senior VP of Business Operations for the Kansas City Royals)
  • Mike Swanson (Previous VP of Communications and Broadcasting for the Kansas City Royals)
  • Andrew Benintendi, Michael A. Taylor and Salvador Perez (Current Kansas City Royals Players)
Surprise City Council joins members of the Parks and Recreation Commission on the Surprise Stadium field.

At our City Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 5, Council approved an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Maricopa County for the $26 million building of a multigenerational community resource center. The next day, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors also voted to approve the IGA, dedicating $18 million of their federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding toward the project. The City is committing $8 million from a combination of City ARPA funds and General Fund dollars. This partnership with Maricopa County will create an estimated 38-thousand square-foot center on City-owned land in Surprise’s historic Original Town Site. The new campus will improve resources for families, seniors, youth and vulnerable populations by centralizing and expanding programs and services from several aging city buildings, including the Surprise Resource Center, Hollyhock Library and Surprise Senior Center. The campus will be at the corner of Hollyhock Street and Santa Fe Drive and should be completed by 2025.

Also at the City Council Meeting on April 5, Mayor Hall proclaimed April as Water Awareness Month in Surprise, joining the annual statewide campaign to help raise awareness about the value of conserving water in the Southwest. Later, Dysart Unified School District’s 2022 Bookmark Contest Winners were awarded. We have some very artistic young folks living in our city.

Of course, on Friday, April 8, I had my monthly AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat at AZ Traditions.

Wednesday, April 13, I had a Nominations Committee Meeting where Vice Mayor Cline and myself interviewed applicants for the Arts and Culture Commission and Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission vacancies.

On Tuesday, April 19, you found me at our City Council Meeting where Mayor Hall Proclaimed the month of April as Fair Housing Month in Surprise in celebration of National Fair Housing Month. This month we feel grateful for the Fair Housing Act that was passed on April 11, 1968. This law is designed to protect Americans from facing discrimination in selling or buying houses.

The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. I hope to see you there.

A PowerPoint slide showing city property taxes.We’ve been receiving some questions about the City of Surprise tax rate. It has not increased. The primary tax rate in the City of Surprise is $0.7591 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV), plus the secondary property tax rate of $0.3880 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV). These rates multiplied by the assessed value of your home determine what you pay in property taxes. If the value of your home increases, you will see an increased tax bill; however, that is not due to an increase in the property tax rate but rather an increase in the assessed value of your home.

Schedule of Existing Primary and Secondary Property Tax

Property Tax Current Rate Current Levy Proposed Rate Proposed Levy  
Primary Property Tax Rate $0.7591 $9,974,100 $0.7591 $10,873,200 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)
Secondary Property Tax Rate $0.3880 $5,097,800 $0.3880 $5,557,500 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)

Well, I will close for now. Be good to yourself and be good to each other.

Take care,
Roland F. Winters Jr.

March 2022 • Newsletter

Well, hello, my fellow Surprise residents. February started off great with our City Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 1. On February 4, Mayor Skip Hall and I attended the A to Z Polish Market ribbon cutting. They are located at 17221 N. Litchfield Rd., Suite #50. A to Z Polish Market Owner, Mariusz Kurowski, hosted the ceremony in honor of their official Grand Opening. Welcome to Surprise!

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Winters join A to Z Polish Market inside their store for a ribbon cutting.

On Friday, February 11, you found me at the Benehealth Ribbon Cutting Ceremony hosted by Benehealth CEO, Dr. Tanya Carroccio. Mayor Skip Hall also attended and said a few words welcoming the facility to the city. City Manager Bob Wingenroth was also in attendance. Benehealth is located at 16952 W. Bell Rd., Suite 304. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Winters and City Manager Bob Wingenroth join Benehealth Wellness and Aesthetics for a ribbon cutting.

Later that day, I had my AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat at AZ Traditions.

February 14 found me at another ribbon cutting for King Cuts Barber Shop located at 15557 W. Bell Rd. Shop Owner and barber, Luis Gonzalez, hosted the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening. Mayor Skip Hall also attended. Good luck and welcome to the City!

The next day, February 15, we had our City Council Meeting where three talented students were recognized as the winners of the Dysart Schools / City of Surprise essay contest. The question these students were asked to write about was, “Why is ‘My Surprise’ an extraordinary community to be a part of?” Congratulations to Caleb Leavitt from Freedom Traditional Academy, Kacy Dunn from Canyon Ridge (not pictured), and Valerie Ortega from Valley Vista High School. Thank you to Dysart’s English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Danielle Edgerton for her help coordinating the contest! The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 15 at 6 p.m. I hope to see you there.

Caleb Leavitt and Valerie Ortega join City Council to receive rewards in front of the council dais.

Mayor Hall and Ottawa University President and CEO Bill Tsutsui hold a framed joint proclamation.Later that week on Thursday, February 17, we celebrated City of Surprise and Ottawa University Partnership Day. Mayor Hall and Ottawa University President and CEO Bill Tsutsui declared it with a joint proclamation. Partnership Day will be celebrated annually on the third Thursday of February and affirms that the City and university strive to maintain and grow a partnership that is distinctive, enduring and impactful. The university is located on a shared campus with City Hall.

Upcoming Events Happening in Surprise

  • March 7, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
    AZT Meeting at AZ Traditions Retreat Community Center, 18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
  • March 11, 7-8:30 p.m.
    D1 AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat, 18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
  • March 15, 6-8 p.m.
    City Council Meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers

2022 State of the City Event

City of Surprise State of the City-March 31, 2022Join us for the State of the City, followed by an outdoor event with a variety of performances and a showcase of City programs and services.

March 31, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Surprise City Hall Outdoor Courtyard
16000 N. Civic Center Plz.
Surprise, AZ

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

Take care,
Roland F. Winters Jr.

November 2021 • Newsletter

Hi out there to the residents of District 1 and all the citizens of Surprise. I want to give a big shout-out to all the great folks here in the City of Surprise. October started with a bang and found me on October 5 at a City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. where I was recognized for eight years of service and dedication to local government in Arizona. Later in the meeting, City Council voted to appoint Bob Wingenroth to serve as the next Surprise City Manager.

Friday, October 8, I had my AZ Traditions Chat held at The Retreat at AZ Traditions at 7 p.m., which Councilwoman Cline attended.

On October 9 at 6 p.m., myself along with Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy and Council Members Hastings and Judd attended the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande. The Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity presented Mayor and Council with a proclamation in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. Thank you to everyone who attended this wonderful event!

On Thursday, October 14, I attended the Annual Surprise Police Employee Appreciation Banquet. It was an evening of appreciation to compliment our outstanding Police Department personnel for everything that they do to serve the City of Surprise.

Of course, on Tuesday, October 19, we had our workshop at 5 p.m. and the City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. with a full agenda. Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko were recognized for receiving the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards. Alexis, the daughter of Randy Rody (Police Department), received the first place award of $3,000 and Alina, the daughter of Leonid Bozhko (Information Technology), received the second place award of $1,500. Congratulations to both winners! The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 2 at 6 p.m.

Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko are recognized by City Council for receiving the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards.

I had my Valley Metro meeting on Thursday, October 21, from my office at City Hall. That same evening, myself along with Mayor and Council attended the Best of the West Awards dinner which was held at State Farm Stadium. The event, hosted by WESTMARC, recognizes exceptional contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy here in the West Valley. This Awards Dinner is the signature event of the West Valley with a rich history of celebrating outstanding accomplishments and impacts to quality of life, economic development, innovation and leadership.

On Saturday, October 23, I attended the Public Safety G.A.I.N. Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) at Mark Coronado Park. This is a day for Arizona to join forces and promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. It was a great turnout with trick or treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon and public safety displays. Thank you Surprise Police Department and Parks and Recreation for hosting such a wonderful event!

Friday, October 29, you found me at Dysart School District’s ribbon cutting event to reveal the opening of their elementary school fields and playgrounds in Surprise to the public, after school hours and on weekends.

Below are some upcoming events happening here in Surprise:

  • November 7, 3-7 p.m.
    Sunday in the Park at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave.
  • November 11, 9-11:30 a.m.
    Veteran’s Day Parade at the Surprise Recreation Campus
  • November 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
    D1 AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat, 18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
  • November 13, 10-2 p.m.
    2nd Annual Care & Share Expo at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz.
  • November 16, 6-8 p.m.
    City Council Meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers
  • December 7, 6-8 p.m.
    City Council Meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers
  • December 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
    D1 AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat, 18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
  • December 21, 6-8 p.m.
    City Council Meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers

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

Take care,

Roland F. Winters Jr.

May 2019 • Newsletter

I would like to begin with a big shout out to all of my friends who are as blessed as I am to live in this great city called Surprise.

April was another busy month for me and the whole council. April 2 started off with our council meeting, both work shop and council meeting, where we take action.

On Wednesday, April 3, there was the dedication of the mural painted on the wall of the Northwest Valley Connect building in Peoria. This was an award winning painting. This event was topped off with refreshments and great camaraderie.

mural painted on the wall of the Northwest Valley Connect building

Tuesday, April 10, I had a meeting with the City Manager to go over some things in our budget. April was all about the 2020 budget. All items will be voted on in June, and updates will be sent.

Friday, April 12, found me in the Surprise Chamber of Commerce Conference Room attending the Friends of the Library Board meeting.

That same night, I had my monthly meeting in the Arizona Traditions Community Center. The Surprise Today newspaper had the address wrong as the location is on Weatherby Drive. We had a good crowd that welcomed some new folks as well. I answered a number of questions and had good conversation with residents.

The next day, Saturday April 13, I was invited to a picnic at Veramonte Park, 12741 N. 140th Lane. This event was hosted and attended by our deaf residents. Everyone had a great time, especially the kids. I even managed to get by without one water balloon finding its mark, so I stayed dry all day. A big thank you to all my friends.

On Sunday, April 14, I attended a great HOA party celebrating Easter with an egg hunt for the little residents and also photos with Mrs. Bunny. Thank you Paula Lefeure for planning all of this!

On Tuesday, April 16, I attended our council workshop at 4:00 p.m. followed by our council meeting where action is taken.

I was invited to join the celebration of the new circulator transportation system in Peoria on April 22. The City of Peoria has one circulator traveling clockwise and another going counter clockwise around the city to pick up passengers at no charge for riders. The system is called Peoria on the Go (POGO) and is in partnership with Valley Metro. Hopefully, someday Surprise will have such a program. For more information on POGO go to www.peoriaaz.gov.

The Mayor and I visited the new Dysart preschool located at 17999 N Surprise Farms Loop South. The name is “Growing Minds” and they will be opening soon. Visit www.Dysart.orgfor more information.

Council member and staff of Growing Minds facility

Our Surprise Youth Council had a great event at the Arts HQ venue at City Hall on Tuesday night, April 23. The displayed photos were equipped with a smart phone app that allowed the photos to actively speak and tell about the individual students.

Vice Mayor Winter with SYC members

On Wednesday, April 24, I was invited as a Valley Metro Board member to the opening of the 50th street light rail station on Washington Street in Phoenix. It was a great celebration that included Congressman Greg Stanton, State Senators, State Representatives as well as Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. The new station is centrally located which is great for the thousands of citizens with disabilities who visit downtown.

After that celebration, I headed back to Surprise for a meeting with Friends of the Library at City Hall.

On Thursday, April 25, I found myself at the Northwest Valley Connect meeting at Benevilla. This organization tries to get rides for people who have no other way to get to doctor appointments, dental appointments or even the grocery store.

Following that meeting, I headed to City Hall for my bi-monthly meeting with our City Manager. This meeting is important as it offers a chance to catch up on happenings in the City of Surprise.

My last stop of the day was a Valley Vista High School where an art show, sponsored by Congresswoman Debbie Lekso, was happening. The young people of Surprise have some great talent.

Of course our big event in April was the naming of our bridge that goes over Grand Avenue to Veterans Bridge. The weather was pretty warm that day, but the number of residents that came out in support was overwhelming. Veterans filled the tent, and we thank them for their service. God bless them all. It was a great celebration that brought Governor Ducey to Surprise. Thank you for being so gracious as to stay for photos with the residents and helping to honor our veterans.

Well, before I close my newsletter for this month, I want to thank all the folks who help make this newsletter possible. My new assistant, Jenna Bowen, who is learning my unique penmanship, the Communication Department, headed by Diane Arthur, the IT Department and all you folks who read my newsletter. Take care!

Be good to yourself and be good to each other,