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December 2015 • Newsletter

Greetings to all of my District 1 residents and all of the fine citizens of this beautiful city we live in called Surprise. November was busy for me and the entire city as we welcomed new businesses and amenities.

I attended WESTMARC’s Best of the West awards at the WigWam Resort on November 5. It was a pleasure to see one of our city’s not-for-profit organizations, Benevilla, win WestMARC’s Best of the West Award for Quality of Life Enhancement. Personally, I have always been amazed at the way Benevilla brings multiple generations together under one roof. We are extremely lucky to have this organization in Surprise as it serves so many of our residents and many surrounding areas. Michelle Dionisio, President and CEO of Benevilla, is an exceptional leader who advocates for our residents and strives to build stronger partnerships with our city.

The Surprise Fraternal Order of Eagles held a ribbon cutting at their new 5,000 square foot location at the AZ TechCelerator. With nearly 300 members from throughout the Northwest Valley, this location provides more than adequate space including a meeting room, a kitchen, an area for live music and dancing and a large social area. Many members of the Eagles assisted with the work needed to get the facility ready for the opening. A big thank you to all of them for their hard work! The Eagles Club is a 501(c)3 organization that supports many charities.

Eagles Ribbon Cutting 2015

I also attended the Surprise Farms III movie night for the residents. It was an enjoyable, well-attended evening, especially for the young ones who watched the age appropriate movie complete with popcorn.

Councilman Skip Hall and I attended Camino del Sol Funeral Chapel’s United States Marine Corp 240th Birthday and Veterans Day Celebration on Tuesday, November 10. Mr. George Van de Langeryt served as Host Marine for the event. Marine Luke Koerner was the guest speaker.

Surprise Fire-Medical Department held a promotional ceremony for our brave firefighters in the City Council Chambers on Tuesday, November 10. I am proud to say so many received well deserved promotions – 18 in total. Fire Chief Tom Abbott also took the opportunity to introduce our new service employees. As you know, the City now has its own ambulance to serve our residents. We want our residents to have first class service from our first class fire department!

Engineer Jason LeBoeuf, Eng. Robert Jenkins & Eng. David Hackett with Chief Abbott & Asst. Chief Johnston.
Engineer Jason LeBoeuf, Eng. Robert Jenkins & Eng. David Hackett with Chief Abbott & Asst. Chief Johnston.
Chief Tom Abbott & Asst. Chief Darrell Johnston with newly promoted Asst. Chief Brenden Espie
Chief Tom Abbott & Asst. Chief Darrell Johnston with newly promoted Asst. Chief Brenden Espie

I must mention our city’s very first Veterans Day Parade which occurred on November 11. This event was fantastic, and we will continue to build on it for years to come. There were approximately 70 entries and 4,500 attendees. Staff has already talked about extending the parade route because the front of the parade overlapped with the back end at Bullard Avenue and Paradise. Kudos to Mark Coronado, Community & Recreation Services Director, and his amazing team for a job well done! We could not do it without you!

Veterans Day Parade 2015

CM Winters at Veterans Parade 2015

I’d like to thank Susan DeJong, Chair of the Arts & Cultural Commission, and the Commission members for their hard work putting together the Art Encounter at City Hall the evening of November 12. Not only did residents get a chance to look at the variety of art work at City Hall, they also were given a tour of our building. I was there to give the residents a tour of the Council Members’ offices on the fourth floor, which not many residents get to see. If my constituents are ever interested in a tour, please let me know. The beautiful building belongs to the residents, and you are always welcome to get a tour if you’d like.

I know one of the events that I have been patiently waiting for was the opening of Veramonte and Surprise Farms Parks. The ribbon cutting, attended by the entire City Council, occurred on Saturday, November 14. What a great step in the right direction for Surprise! We know we are behind most cities in the West Valley with regards to parks and open space, but we will get there gradually! It certainly was a historic day in our city as we officially opened our first skate park! I have been a bit disappointed, however, because I’ve noticed litter in the around the park. Please be considerate, and put trash in the provided trash cans.

The community of Desert Oasis hosted a block party on the afternoon of November 14. I am always thrilled to visit with the residents of this wonderful community. A good time was had by all!

Several City Council Members and I joined staff on Wednesday, November 18 for our first annual Safety Appreciation Day. This celebratory luncheon emphasized safety in the work place. We have an excellent safety record with all of our Departments! Congratulations!

The entire City Council attended the ribbon cutting and open house for one of Surprise’s newest businesses, Cobalt Rehabilitation Hospital, on Thursday, November 19. This hospital will be a game changer for our city! The hospital will focus on traumatic head injuries that regular hospitals may not be able to assist with. Recently, Cobalt partnered with Abrazo Community Health Network because of its depth and strong presence in the West Valley and throughout Phoenix. We are very excited to welcome Cobalt to Surprise and wish them the best of success!

The same evening, I attended the Surprise Farms III HOA meeting. I was able to share the latest news with them. They love the new addition – the Surprise Farms Park!

I hosted my monthly Friday Night Chat on November 20. I had a fair amount of attendees, and we were able to have a lively discussion. All are invited to attend my meetings the 3rd Friday of every month at the Community Center in Arizona Traditions at the Retreat.

Before I close my newsletter this month, I want to discuss 163rd Avenue. We all know that the only way into our communities in the northern area of District 1 is this road. I have been exchanging emails with some constituents, and I know this is a very sensitive issue; hence, I would like to elaborate a bit more. The City is aware of our residents’ concerns, but we need developers to continue to build so we can collect impact fees to add infrastructure and roads. A new development, Rancho Mercado, will make some progress towards our goal by contributing funds to construct an exit to the east and ultimately join Happy Valley Road. I know some of you have mentioned Jomax (to the west), but that would go through County land. If anyone would like to discuss further, please let me know.

That is all for this month. I hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday season. Please be good to yourself and be good to each other.

Best Regards,

Roland F. Winters Jr.
Councilman, District 1

October 2015 • Newsletter

Greetings, District 1 residents! This month, in lieu of my regular monthly newsletter, I would like to update you on some upcoming meetings and events. I will return to my regular newsletter format in November.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in Surprise:

October 21 – Free Class: Tips for Preventing Identity Theft

A free class that will include tips on how to deter and detect identity theft, resources for getting help and more. Registration is required. To register, please contact Ruby Sitea at ruby.sitea@surpriseaz.gov.

Where: Surprise City Hall – Room 150, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
When: 10-11:30 a.m.

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October 23 – Itty Bitty Monster Bash

Dress up & join the fun at our Itty Bitty Monster Bash featuring music, dancing, games, snacks, crafts & fun! All ages welcome!

Where: Countryside Recreation Center, 15038 N Parkview Place
When: 10 a.m. – noon
Cost: Adults -FREE; Residents – $10; Non-Residents – $15

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October 23 – Harvest Festival in the Surprise Community Garden

This free event will feature Pumpkin Decorating, Art Show & Art Sale, Snow White Reading Spooky Stories, Live Music, Trunk-or-Treating, petting zoo, face painting and free pumpkins. Halloween Costumes are Encouraged. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Where: Surprise Community Garden, 16752 N. Greasewood St., Surprise
When: 5-7 p.m.

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October 24 – Free Class: Watering for Healthy Plants & Low Water Bills – Oct. 24

Winter is an excellent time to fine tune your irrigation system. Learn how to have healthier plants, save money on water bills, and conserve precious water resources without having to replace your existing irrigation system. The class is free, but registration is required.

To register, please visit https://surpriserec.surpriseaz.com/Start/Start.asp. Click on “Register for Programs,” then select “Special Interest Classes – Adult Programs.” Indicate which class you wish to attend, and fill out your name, address, and phone number.

Where: Surprise Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza
When: 9-11 a.m.

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October 29 – Arts Luncheon Theatre Performance of “Almost, Almost Maine”

Theater Works presents a whimsical story of the joys and perils of romance.

Where: Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza
When: Noon. (Performance will be 45-50 minutes long.)
Cost: Tickets are $9. Purchased lunch is $9.85, or bring your own lunch.

To order tickets, please call the West Valley Arts Council at 623.935.6384 or Susan de Jong at 623.214.7537.

October 29-31 – Haunted Maze at Sierra Montana Recreation Center

The city’s Sierra Montana Recreation Center will transform into a scary Haunted Maze, October 29 – 31! See if you can find your way through the maze without screaming. All ages are welcome; however children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

Where: Sierra Montana Recreation Center, 14861 N. Spring Lane When: 6 -9 p.m.
Cost: $5 entry fee

More Information: 623.222.2000

October 30 – Early Voting Ends at City Hall

Early voting for the Nov. 3 election ends October 30 at the City Clerk’s Office, Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. City Hall is NOT able to receive ballots on Election Day, Nov. 3, as voters are required to vote at their designated polling location on that day. Residents can visit www.surpriseaz.gov/electionnews for the most current information related to elections and voting in Surprise.

November 7 – America’s Mighty Warrior Challenge Fundraiser

623Strong and City of Surprise are hosting a CrossFit-style fundraiser to honor the sacrifices of our troops and to support families of fallen military members. The challenge will include five levels of participation featuring different activities such as 5K races, swimming and other CrossFit activities.

Where: Surprise Recreation Campus
When: 6 a.m.

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November 11 – Veterans Day Parade

Parade entries are due by Oct. 28.

Where: Bullard Ave. near Surprise Recreation Campus
When: Parade begins at 9:30 a.m.

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November 14 – Surprise Super Swap Meet

A community-wide garage sale that benefits the city’s senior programs.

Where: Surprise Aquatic Center Parking Lot, 15831 N. Bullard Ave.
When: 8 a.m. – 1 pm.
Cost: Free admission and parking

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Thanks for staying engaged and informed! Until next time, always be good to yourself and be good to each other.

September 2015 • Newsletter

Greetings to all of my District 1 neighbors and to all of the residents of this great city we call Surprise!

I am anxiously anticipating the cooler temperatures and the return of our snowbird residents. August was another busy month especially returning from our Council recess in July.

City Council only conducted one meeting in August due to the League of Arizona Cities & Towns Conference in Tucson. Our meeting was held on August 4. Regular meetings are still scheduled to occur twice a month, on the first and third Tuesday, beginning this month.

Councilman Hall and I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, August 11 at the Palm Vista Baptist Church on Bell Road. The church significantly expanded their church by adding a beautiful new worship building. I’d like to thank Debra with Palm Vista for the invitation and her hospitality.

CM Hall and Winters at the Palm Visita Ribbon Cutting

City staff held a public meeting pertaining to the Bullard Avenue traffic pattern changes on Monday, August 17 at Marley Park Elementary School. There were almost 100 residents present and over 50 residents spoke, most of their discontent with the changes; however, most residents seemed content with the speed limit reduction to 35 mph from 45 mph. I personally understand both sides of the issue. The City’s priority with the change was first and foremost safety.

Each member of City Council attended the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Conference in Tucson from Tuesday, August 18 through Friday, August 21. Members of our Surprise Youth Council were also in attendance as they were panelists for one of our sessions led by Vice Mayor John Williams.

City Council at the League of Arizona Cities and Towns Conference in Tucson

Being a member of the Northwest Valley Connect Advisory Committee, I attended the meeting on Monday, August 24 at Benevilla. The meeting was chaired by Kathy Chandler, Executive Director of Northwest Valley Connect. This organization is only two years old and it has already made a huge impact in our city and surrounding areas. Their goal is to service anyone needs transportation, especially for lifestyle purposes. There are numerous volunteers who drive their own vehicles and provide rides to requestors at no cost. In summary, this organization is a great resource to connect residents with a ride who wouldn’t normally have transportation. Next month, I will interview Kathy Chandler during my new Council Conversation. Watch out for it!

Public Works Director Mike Gent and I attended the Saguaro View HOA meeting at the Hampton Inn on Wednesday, August 26. Our conversation focused on the city beginning trash pick-up for the residents who reside in Saguaro View.

On Thursday, August 27, I attended the Water Resource Planning Subcommittee meeting chaired by Councilman Skip Hall. Both Vice Mayor John Williams and I are also members of the Subcommittee. Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe briefed us on our water portfolio as we continue to work to ensure there is enough water for the growth of our city in the future.

Please remember my Friday Night Chats begin again on Friday, October 16 at 7 pm at the Retreat Community Center at Arizona Traditions. The address is 18250 W. Weatherby. (If you plan to attend, please hit 0000 and tell the guard you are there to attend my Chat). I hope to see you there. In the meantime, always be good to yourself and be good to each other.