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March 2021 • Newsletter

Well, hello, my fellow Surprise residents. Here it is already March, and we have finally got the COVID-19 on the run with another serum to help us. The numbers are going in the right direction, but we must still be viligent, it is not the time to let your guard down.

On February 2nd, we started off with our city council meeting. We also started the construction on Greenway Road. This will make it easier for my friends in North West Ranch to get in and out of their community. So let us be patient, and before you know it, we will have a brand new road. Greenway Road is closed through March 14th between North West Ranch Parkway and Legacy Park Boulevard.

The City is requesting public comment on the draft Property Maintenance Ordinance that was presented to us at our last Council meeting. The Property Maintenance Ordinance is the document that establishes the minimum standards for all property throughout the city. This includes residential and commercial. The goal is to keep the city safe, healthy, and blight-free. Two virtual public meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, March 30 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. Links to the public meeting, along with an online comment box, can be found at surpriseaz.gov/PMO.

Spring Training is back, but attendance has been cut back and the stadium is using a cashless system at the concession stands.

Recently, the City completed some work at our Community Park including removing some trees that were dying and some others that were blocking out the sun, which caused the grass to die.

On March 13 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. the city is having a Residential Waste Cleanup event. Surprise residents can drop off up to 2,000 pounds of non-hazardous residential waste free of charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, located at 19401 W. Deer Valley Road. Please bring your drivers license and a utility bill showing the same home address.

The City is also hosting two Days of Service in March. Volunteers can help with a neighborhood cleanup on March 20, or help out at the St. Mary’s Food Bank on March 31. If you would like to volunteer, please call Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522, or you can email him at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

On Thursday February 25th, the Boards and Commissions Nominations Committee met to choose some residents for seats on our various commissions. We interviewed 16 people. We finally finished up at 7 p.m.

I received an email from one of my constituents from the Northwest part of my district (163rd area) concerned about the landscaping on the median of 163rd and the surrounding area. I want to assure everyone in Asante, Desert Oasis, and the rest of the area up there, that it is the obligation of the builders to replace all the landscaping.

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

Roland F. Winters Jr.

February 2021 • Newsletter

Hello to all my friends in Surprise, and I hope you are all well and safe. Things seem to be getting a little better. Folks are starting to get their vaccines. I will be getting my booster shot next week, but we must keep our guard up; we can’t relax just yet. I can’t believe that we have been fighting this pandemic for a full year.

City Hall is still closed to the general public, most of the Council are working from our home offices, and most meetings continue to be on Zoom.

Councilmember Winters receiving a COVID-19 vaccination shot.On Wednesday, January 13th, I received my first vaccine shot to help fight COVID-19 at Banner Sun City West. Everything went very well, and the staff was very organized.

I attended my Valley Metro meeting on the 21st of January and again online from City Hall.

I know we have some Whataburger fans in Surprise. Well, I have some good news. The City of Surprise Economic Development Department tells us that Whataburger is building next to Costco, so get ready for a burger.

The Greenway Road improvement project is underway. Utility work for this project is requiring the closure of Sarival Avenue from Custer Lane to Greenway Road until March 1, 2021. The Greenway Road improvement project will add two travel lanes and eliminate areas where the roadway merged into one lane. The project is scheduled to be complete in November 2021, weather permitting.

We do have some openings on our Commissions and Boards, so the Boards and Commissions Nominations Committee will be meeting in early February to fill those seats. If you have an interest, you can call our City Clerk’s office at 623-222-1200.

Upcoming Events:

  • Surprise Day of Service February 20 and March 20 beginning at 8 a.m. Volunteer to help out with various projects, including landscaping, painting, trimming of shurbs, debris removal and more. To volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov. For more information, please visit Surprise-Day-of-Service.
  • Tax assistance program – The City of Surprise has partnered again with A New Leaf who facilitates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The program will begin on Feb 8th at the Surprise Resource Center and Feb 10th at Riverboat Bingo. To make an appointment call the Surprise Resource Center at 623-222-1600. For additional information, click here.

  • Community Legal Services – Is proud to offer Lunchtime Law Lessons every Friday on a variety of topics. Every session is a Zoom Virtual Workshop. Click here to register and join Legal Staff for live No-Cost workshops!
    February 12 – Male Victims of Abuse
    February 19 – TBD
    February 26 – Social Security Denials and Appeals
    March 5 – Consumer Law and Federal Student Loan updates
  • National Community Survey coming soon – What do you love about living in Surprise? The National Community Survey will be mailed to select households this month and offered online to the community at large beginning in mid-March. Details will be provided at www.surpriseaz.gov when they become available.
  • Surprise Progress Magazine – Free. Click on the link below to check out what is happening in Surprise!
    Progress Magazine Winter 2021 (surpriseaz.gov)

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

Roland F. Winters Jr.

January 2021 • Newsletter

Well a big shout out to my constituents in District One, and indeed every resident in this great city in which we are lucky to live in, and a happy and safe New Year to all.

This year, of course, will be remembered by everyone for the challenging times, the pandemic, people being laid off, economic down turn, and of course the terrible loss of many lives.

In spite of all we have been through, District One has opened a library, finally got a traffic light at 163rd and Jomax Road, we have a new fire station at 163rd Avenue, and started making all the necessary improvements on Greenway Road, including a needed traffic light at Northwest Ranch Parkway and Greenway Road.

The City of Surprise as a whole managed to get Costco, an Amazon Distribution Warehouse, soon to be condominiums in City Center, and all of the road improvements have been accomplished thanks to the residents voting for our Bond three years ago.

I am excited for my friends in the northwest part of my district. As I said last month, not only is a Fry’s going in at 163rd Avenue and Pat Tillman Boulevard, but also a little shopping area. A QT gas station is also going in at 163rd Avenue and Grand Avenue.

On Saturday, December 5th, the council took part in Shop with a Cop at Kohl’s Department Store, sponsored by the Mavericks, to give needy children a chance to shop for themselves or others. This was our first time participating and it went really well. We hope to do this effort every year with the Mavericks. Much thanks for our men and woman in blue for helping the kids that day.

On Tuesday, December 8th, the Boards and Commissions Nomination Committee met to fill some openings on our various commissions. We did find some folks to fill these chairs and the meeting was over by 7 p.m.

On December 16th, one of my constituents wanted to donate some money to the police toy drive for the kids, so I met him at the Police Station and Chuck Collins gave them a check. That was very nice of him to make a joyous Christmas for so many deserving kids.

There are going to be some big changes in January in our leadership in Surprise. Mark Schott, our Assistant City Manager, is retiring and our police chief, Terry Young, is being moved to the fourth floor at City Hall to be our new Assistant City Manager. Geoffrey Leggett (our Assistant Police Chief) will be the Interim Police Chief, pending a recruitment process. On top of all of that, we had a new councilmember start on January 5th, District 2 Councilmember Aly Cline.

I am very optimistic about 2021. We will finally get a handle on this terrible pandemic now that we finally have the vaccine. We just need a plan to get it into people’s arms, and then the economy will follow. Take care my friends

Be good to yourselves and be good to each other.

Roland Winters Jr.

December 2020 • Newsletter

A big shout out to the residents of this great city we live in. Not much really new, except for a few things this month. As you know, we are still shut down at City Hall for public access. Beginning with our December 1 Work Session and Council meeting, no members of the public will be allowed in the Council Chambers, however, the meeting can be seen live on Channel 11 if you have Cox, or on your computer at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv or the city’s Facebook page. This will hold true until further notice.

It looks like we may have a vaccine for this terrible virus by this month. We are all very happy to see this, I am sure. We all need to keep doing what we have been doing, and hang in there with the face masks, washing our hands often, and the social distancing, so we can all be here to get vaccinated.

As has been happening for the last nine months, I have been attending most of my meetings via Zoom and telephone, and like most of you, I am getting COVID-19 fatigue.

We had our meeting of the Board and Commission Nominations Committee, of which I am the Chair, on Monday, November 9th. We do have some vacancies on the Arts Commission, Veterans, Disability, and Human Services Commission, and the Audit Committee to name a few, so if you have some extra time and would like to help the city, you can apply to volunteer for one of the commissions by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 623.222.1200 or visiting surpriseaz.gov/boards.

We changed the date of our first Council meeting in November to the 2nd because of Election Day. In spite of these challenging times, we in the Surprise City Government, are pushing forward with many permits for development, including commercial.

I am so proud of our Economic Development Department, headed up by Jeanine Jerkovic. Jeanine and her team do a great job getting all kinds of commercial construction in Surprise.

To all my friends in the northwest part of my District (District 1) I want you to keep an eye on the corner of 163rd and Grand Avenue. I can’t say too much about it because it is still under development review. I am doing all I can to get more commercial development in your neck of the woods.

A note to the folks in Northwest Ranch. We are finally getting to improving Greenway Road, so there will be construction in the area, and yes, some dust; but when the widening of Greenway Road is finished, you will have a fully functioning traffic light at Greenway Road and North West Ranch Parkway as well as straightening of Greenway Road near the 303. So, hang in there, and I ask for your patience during the construction.

The best news this month is that a grocery store is finally coming to my friends in the northwest part of my district. It’s official, the new Fry’s Asante Site Plan has been submitted for review at the Northwest corner of 163rd Avenue and Pat Tillman Boulevard. Plans for this new shopping center show a large Fry’s store with a pharmacy, gas station and some retail stores so our hard work and prayers paid off.

I want to take a minute here and thank all the citizens of Surprise for voting for the G.O. Bond in 2017. We are reaping the benefits with all of these beautiful new roads and repairs for some.

On Thursday, November 19th, I was in attendance at my monthly Valley Metro Meeting. I have been representing Surprise on the Board for two years now. When the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and Valley Metro decide to start moving toward Surprise with some transit, someone must be at the table.

On Monday, November 30th, the Council was at the Christmas Tree in front of the stadium to light our tree as part of this year’s virtual Surprise Party. Our Communications Department is making a video to be shown, starting December 4th at 7 p.m., and replayed throughout the holidays. You can view it at surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv and see all of the Surprise Party details at surpriseaz.gov/surpriseparty. Because of COVID-19, this Christmas Season will be a little bit different.

Well, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and happy holidays, and remember, be good to yourself and be good to each other.

Roland F. Winters, Jr.