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January 2022 • Newsletter

Hello and Happy New Year to all our great residents in this hometown we call Surprise. December started off right with a groundbreaking ceremony on the 3rd, held by Josh Simon, President of SimonCRE in honor of the beginning of the Village at Prasada near Loop 303 & Waddell Rd. The Village at Prasada is the first major power center on the West Coast in over a decade. Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy, and Councilmembers Cline, Hastings and Judd were also in attendance.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Councilmembers join SimonCRE the the ground breaking of the new Village at Prasada.

The Christmas Tree at Surprise Party.Later that day, you found me at the tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Annual Surprise Party in front of Surprise Stadium. Thank you to our amazing community for coming out to enjoy another successful holiday celebration. And a big thank you to Surprise Parks and Recreation team for all they do to make this a Winter Wonderland in the desert.

Water Resource Management logoOf course, on Tuesday, December 7, we had our City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. where Council approved an updated Community Water Systems Drought Preparedness & Resiliency Plan. The plan outlines short and long-term strategies for managing and sustaining our City’s water portfolio.

Thursday, December 9, I joined the Police Department in honoring Detective Mike Forbrook on his years of service and celebrated his retirement. The next day, I had my AZ Traditions Chat, held at The Retreat at AZ Traditions at 7 p.m.

I attended the City of Surprise shared Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in celebration of two Surprise fire stations built in 2021 – Fire Station 304 in our northern area and 308 in southeast Surprise. The ceremony was held on Tuesday, December 14, and included remarks from myself, Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Chris Judd and Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott. Thank you to everyone who came out for the event and to all Surprise voters who made these projects possible.

A few days later on Friday, December 17, you found me at The Colonnade to celebrate the holidays at the Annual City of Surprise Senior Center Holiday Party. Mayor Skip Hall and Councilmembers Cline, Remley and Judd also attended. Thank you to the Surprise Senior Center for hosting such an incredible event for all of its members!

Councilmember Winters and his wife in front of the Christmas tree at The Colonnade.

December 21 found me at our City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 4 at 6 p.m. I hope to see you there.

Upcoming Events Happening Here in Surprise

  • January 4, 6-8 p.m.
    City Council Meeting at City hall in the Council Chambers
  • January 7-9, 10-5 p.m.
    10th Annual Fine Art & Wine Festival at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave.
  • January 12, 6-8 p.m.
    MLK Musical Celebration and Reflections at Willow Canyon High School Auditorium
  • January 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    D1 Community Meeting at Asante Heritage, 24490 N. 173rd Ln.
  • January 14, 7-8:30 p.m.
    D1 AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat, 18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
  • January 15, 8:30-10:30 a.m.
    6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration & Service at the Surprise City Hall Courtyard
  • January 18, 6-8 p.m.
    City Council Meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers
  • January 23, 3-7 p.m.
    Sunday in the Park at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave.

Well, I will close for now. Wishing everyone a happy, healthy new year.

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.

September 2021 • Newsletter

I want to give a big shout-out to all the great folks here in the City of Surprise. Let me start by apologizing to all of you who read my newsletter for being a little late this month. We are starting to get back to normal, and things are getting busier after the summer break. August began with a bang and found me on August 5 at a Surprise Police Department retirement celebration honoring Lieutenant John Bacon, held in the Council Chambers.

On August 10 at 12:30 p.m., the Mayor and I had lunch at Babbos, in District 1, which has a great lunch menu. The Mayor meets with each Council Member at a restaurant in their district monthly to catch up on what is happening across the City of Surprise. Friday, August 13, I had my AZ Traditions Chat held at The Retreat at AZ Traditions at 7:00 p.m., which had a good turnout.

On Tuesday, August 17, we had our workshop at 4 p.m. and the City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. with a full agenda. That same evening the Official Oath of Office was issued to the City’s new police chief, Benny Piña, by Judge Dominguez. He previously served as the deputy police chief in Peoria since 2014. Before that, he served 25 years with the Phoenix Police Department.

The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, at 6 p.m.

Surprise City Council, Police Chief Benny Piña and Judge Dominguez.

On Thursday, August 19, we met to congratulate Terry Young on his retirement at a gathering attended by many Surprise employees who were there to see him off. Terry Young was our Assistant City Manager for a short time. Best of luck to you, Terry.

Surprise City Council and former Assistant City Manager, Terry Young.

The same day, I had my Valley Metro meeting, but we are still doing them via Zoom, so I attended from my office at City Hall, but I guess that’s better than going to Phoenix.

Wednesday, August 25, we welcomed Crumbl Cookies to Surprise at their official ribbon cutting. Crumbl Cookies is located at 13983 W. Waddell Road, Suite 100. Congratulations to owners Jason and Lindsey Armstrong. We wish you the best of luck here in Surprise.

Below are some upcoming events happening here in Surprise are:

  • September 11, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
    9-11 Remembrance Ceremony in the City Hall outdoor courtyard.
  • September 19, from 3-7 p.m.
    Sunday in the Park at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue, Surprise.
  • October 8, from 7-8:30 p.m.
    D1 AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat, 18250 W. Weatherby Drive, Surprise.
  • October 9, from 5-10 p.m.
    8th Annual Fiesta Grande at Villanueva Recreation Complex, 15660 N. Hollyhock Street.

So as you can see, we are getting busy and back to order. I’ll sign off for now, so be good to yourself and be good to each other.

Take care,

Roland F. Winters Jr.

November 2019 • Newsletter

Well hello again to all the residents in this great city we call home and we have the good fortune to live in, Surprise. October started off for me with a bang with our City Council Meeting with a large agenda. Wednesday evening, I went to a Community Outreach Meeting, at Western Peaks Elementary School, to discuss the new development called Mesquite Mountain Ranch III. The development will be located off of Sun Valley Parkway on the western edge of Surprise, with great views of the White Tank Mountains. This family community will have amenities to include a pool for the residents.

On Thursday evening, I attended the Construction Board Meeting in the Council Chambers to hear all of the changes in our building codes, which need to be updated.

On Saturday, October 5, the Human Service and Community Vitality Department, in partnership with the Veterans, Disability, and Human Services Commission, put on a Care and Share Expo in the courtyard and parking garage at City Hall. They had many vendors with information, candy, gifts, and food for the visitors that attended.

Tuesday, October 8, I spent the morning at a company in Phoenix, called MSS. They look for people who have made advancements in their respected fields. I nominated Kathy Chandler, of Northwest Valley Connect, for all of her work getting transit started in the West Valley since coming down from Flagstaff about four years ago. The winners will be announced at the Governor’s Awards dinner on October 24th at the Phoenix Convention Center. On Wednesday, October 9, I attended a transportation update meeting at City Hall.

The morning of October 10, I spent two hours on a conference call with the other members of the Maricopa County Human Services Committee trying to find a solution for those folks in the West Valley who have fallen behind in paying their APS bills after our hot summer. The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) directed APS not to turn anyone’s electricity off until after October 18 and also to set up a payment schedule for those customers to pay off their large bills.

On Friday, October 11, I attended the Friends of the Surprise Libraries meeting at a conference room at City Hall. These folks did some great things to help educate our young citizens with free books, donation of funds, and support from many volunteers. That same night, I had my regular monthly meeting at the community center at The Retreat in Arizona Traditions. We had a good crowd.

Of course, Saturday night, October 12, was Fiesta Grande. There was great attendance and many good entertainers. I think the crowds were the biggest we have had, maybe because it rained last year, and we could not have it. If you have never been, give it a try next year. The selection of classic cars varied. Thanks to those folks for sharing their vehicles.

On Monday, October 14, we had a meeting with some members of the Board of Saguaro View in the northwest part of my district to discuss what streets the city can maintain. However, the problem is that we do not have the right of way in which the city needs to maintain them. We have gotten some rights signed off to us in recent weeks, so we are making progress. Of course, on Tuesday October 15, we had our City Council Meeting at 6 p.m.

On Wednesday, October 16, we had a groundbreaking for Auviana Medical Development, located at 14753 W Mountain View Blvd. A number of medical buildings are being constructed.

I was invited to the Northwest Ranch HOA meeting, and they wanted to discuss the speeding on North West Ranch Parkway, so I asked our police chief Terry Young to attend and he was very helpful. The other concern was the need for some plants along North West Ranch Parkway, so I am pushing to get some funding for some plants and trees to be put in along the road.

Friday, October 18, at 6 p.m. was another art opening at the West Valley Arts Headquarters, right next to City Hall on Paradise Lane. Bernadette Carroll and her team always do such a good job at these art shows with a nice space.

An artist paints at the West Valley Arts Headquarters art show.

The family and I have been going to the Ottawa football games regularly this season, and we have a great time every Saturday night. Last year they went to the Victory Bowl. If you have not been to a game, try and get one next season. The beautiful field is worth the trip. So, Saturday night, October 19th, they won again.

On Sunday, October 20, over at Beardsley Park in Sun City West, North West Valley Connect had a great fundraiser on this beautiful day. I ran into a former City Councilman of Surprise and a friend of mine, Jim Biundo, with his classic car entry in the car show. There were also a number of vendors and entertainers.

Wednesday, October 23, you found me in a meeting at City Hall, then another conference call with the Maricopa Human Services Commission for another couple hours. That same day I greeted a company and their audience at the Christ’s Church of the Valley in Surprise. The organization will help people or companies bring their dreams to realities. Mission Create is a nonprofit incubator helping leaders successfully start their mission. They help launch your idea and support you with fundraising, legal compliance, and mentoring, so I welcomed them to Surprise.

On Thursday, October 24, I spent the day and into the night in Phoenix. I had my Valley Metro meeting located at 101 N 1st Ave in Phoenix. The agenda was full with a good discussion about the Tempe Street Car (the newest transit addition to the Phoenix Area). Since the folks voted for the expansion of the light rail, we can go forward with it. My next stop that night was to the Phoenix Convention Center for the Governor’s Award Program to acknowledge those businesses that made great technological advancements. Sorry to report the North West Valley Connect did not win top spot, but I did get to talk to the Governor.

Friday, October 25, at 7 a.m. you found me at the grand re-opening of the Sam’s Club on Bell Road. I was happy to say a few words to thank Lyle, the manager, for the eleven-million-dollar investment in the remodeling of the interior of the entire store to serve the residents better.

On Saturday night, I was at Mark Coronado Park for G.A.I.N. Night. I hope you made it out. I believe it was the largest turnout ever (over two thousand residents). The highlight of the evening for me was the releasing of three rehabilitated owls by our Police Chief Terry Young, Councilmember Chris Judd, and Public Works Director Mike Gent. To see those owls soar away was quite a sight and maybe one of them are now perched in the trees of your backyard. Of course, all the little residents of our city got their share of candy.

Vice Mayor Winters with Surprise Chief of Police, Terry Young, who holds a rehabilitated owl.

On Sunday, October 27, my wife and I attended the Neighborhood Block Party in Sun City Grand. Since I was elected Vice Mayor in January, I have been trying to get to all of the HOA block parties and/or neighborhood get togethers throughout our city. What an enjoyable afternoon it was with the residents on and around Patagonia Way having a meal with Gregg, Lynda, Bonnie, Jenn, Gerry, Chuck, and all the good folks there. The Mayor and Councilwoman Hayden (District 2 representative) were also there.

On Monday, October 28, was my monthly meeting with Mayor Hall. We meet once a month to check with each other as to how things are going or discuss our concerns. Tuesday, I had a transportation meeting at City Hall to discuss the construction on Waddell, Cactus, and Greenway roads, the progress and completion dates.

On Halloween, the last day of the month, you found me at a block party on W Lisbon St. in the community of Royal Ranch. All the homes were decorated with the owners best Halloween décor. John and his wife, as well as Patrick, Amy, and many others were great hosts to us and had lots of treats for the little trick-or-treaters.

Well, I will close for now and wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. Have a great day with your family and friends, so be good to yourself and be good to each other.

Roland F. Winters Jr.